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ULR Feature: Thuggz Valentine by Wahida Clark

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ThugvalentineThis is the first Street Lit book to be written in reverse! Thuggz Valentine is the story of a modern day Bonnie & Clyde, natural born killers who go out in a blaze of glory after taking on the city’s police force.
Step by step, readers relive Ebony and Bless’s last day together . . . Valentine’s Day. The day however, starts nothing like it ends, and as time goes back, hour by hour, the two lovers are unable to avoid destiny. Fate brings them together in a most bizarre way, and the couple realize the day is not about winning, it’s about embracing the moment, no matter the outcome.
Thuggz Valentine is the story of a ghetto love doomed from the beginning, but definitely worth the trip to Hell.

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Book Review

“Ebony was messed up since she was born didn’t have a chance. And Bless was Aaron sweetheart at first but the unleashed a beast for real. I hate the ending but I figured it out. Dam is all I can say ” – Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

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Four-time New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark has become one of the most sought after Urban Lit authors of this generation and is one of only 4 Urban (Street) Lit authors to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. To date she has released 13 successful novels including Four New York Times bestsellers. Her own publishing company, Wahida Clark Presents is one of the fastest growing independent publishing houses in the country. WCP has 51 titles currently in stores across the country and has a roster of 19 established urban authors. Wahida Clark has sold more than 700,000 novels to date including Four New York Times bestsellers with Cash Money Content. Her latest novel, the CMC release, Honor Thy Thug , made its debut on the New York Times bestsellers list at #23. It is the follow up to her New York Times bestselling title Justify My Thug (2011, CMC) which debuted on the list at #19, only two weeks after release. Payback Ain t Enough (also from CMC), made its debut on the New York Times Extended Bestseller List at #27 in 2012 and is the follow up to Payback With Ya Life (2008). Payback With Ya Life was one of only four urban fiction releases to appear on the New York Times list. Wahida is hailed as the Queen of Street Literature. Per Professor Vanessa Irvin Morris of Drexel University School of Library Science s Readers Guide to Street Literature, Wahida Clark is the creator of the Thug Love Fiction genre which is a sub-genre of street lit. She is also the first street lit author to pen a series, thus establishing the trend. Wahidas style of writing has become the template for urban literature. When you read her novels, they are so real you are convinced that you either know the characters; you want to know the characters; or you are one of the characters!

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ULR Feature: Meet Author Byron Carey, Nowhere 2 Turn

 

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About the Author

Author Byron Carey is a reformed drug distributor that served a ten-year federal prison sentence. Byron was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas; he has transformed his way back into society as a truck driver and author. He was an outstanding basketball player that worked his way into the USBL basketball league in 2002. He attended Alvin Community College where he holds his Associates in Business Administration. He is the author of Nowhere 2 Turn with several more to come in the future .

 

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A riveting, and suspenseful tale about two brothers  (Orlando and Bre’on) growing up in Fort Worth, TX,  living two separate paths until a dramatic chain of events changed the future of the two of them leaving Bre’on stuck between right, wrong, love, and lust. With one parent mentally distraught due to the war and the other acting as a single parent.

Which way would they turn? What happens when they learning who was the real cause of so much pain in the household that they grew up in?

Book Review

“Amazing book. Best plot and most interesting introduction. The twist along with the tosses and turns kept my eyes glued. The sex scenes are so real you can almost touch them. I’d recommend this book to any and everyone. A must read of 2014 and 2015.” – Amazon Reviewer

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The Landscape Of Urban Fiction w/Author Nisha Lanae

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.”

Charles Caleb Colton

In the subsector of business, things change. The landscape of the particular industry you’re in diversifies  into the future and competition starts to get incredibly steep. How do you make your creative work stand out above the rest of the crowd? In the midst of the trauma and  agony of your fight to be successfully self-employed, how do you keep your sanity? These are two of the many questions that plague authors in the current over saturated urban fiction landscape.

Recently I got a chance to speak with author Nisha Lanae, one of the genre’s unsung success stories, about moving and shaking in the industry as a new author and rising above the competition. Her answers were brief, but also very informative. New authors should most definitely take note!

Randall: As an author, what’s your take on urban fiction today?

Nisha Lanae: It’s a constant change. I was 15 years old when I decided I wanted to write urban fiction, I have seen so many changes within the genre.  From that time, until I published a book at 23. It’s still my number one genre to read, but I think these days we as authors in the urban fiction literary world are catching a lot of flak, for the nonsense and changes going on. Like everything, changes are going to happen, some for the good, and some for the bad. It’s up to us to stand, make a pack and demand changes we want to see, and I think that’s where “WE” as authors are lacking. We are lacking in coming together, and being the force to make urban fiction greater than it is.

Randall: How do you make your novels stand out from the competition?

Nisha Lanae: I give them my all. I write from my heart, and stories I would like to read. In today’s time, so many people are worried about competing and fitting in, rather than just being them. I write to entertain, aspire, inspire and to tell great stories.

Randall: Many skeptics and critics consider the sub-genre of street fiction as the proverbial bastard child of African-American literature and artistic expression. What’s your take on this?

Nisha Lanae: I  don’t feel that way. We are no different than a rapper, rapping about their struggle. Some of them haven’t lived that life, but maybe someone close to them has. We are no different than a writer who writes plays, moves or broadways or actress who put a visual aspect to the writer words. We just choose to express our creative thoughts on paper, in a storyline. Contrary to what people think, those stories relate to everyday life that people go through, and nine times out of ten there is always a message convoyed to the readers.

Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?

Nisha Lanae: I have a few collaboration projects coming up with some talent writers, as well as a few of my own.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Nisha Lanae: My advice is to always remain true to you, and your goals in life. I don’t care what someone thinks of them, if it’s something you want to do, work hard for it, and do it. A lot of times people tend to down talk your dreams, goals or aspirations in life, because they were too afraid to live out there’s. I was always told there is never a dream too big to achieve. Set your mind on achieving it, and work every day towards it.

You can find Nisha at:

Facebook: Nisha Lanae

Instagram and Instagram: Pendiva_Nisha

Email: Author.NishaLanae@yahoo.com

Website: WWW.NishaLanae.com

 

 

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THE EMERGENCE OF A LEADER

Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

 

A man can only teach what he himself has learned.

 

In this thing we call a ‘book game’ different people make it/succeed for varying reasons. To be clear, not all great writers achieve great notoriety or pools of riches, and not all poor writers flop like the dead-weight tomb they drop. Some succeed on popularity and their charismatic ability to draw a crowd (like the guy/girl in school just popular and adored for no identifiable reason) and their writing may be totally sub-par, others may succeed on the basis of hard work and dedication: they probe, they learn, they watch, they wait, they push and get that boulder up the hill, slowly but surely, until others take notice and lend a hand. They earn their way and they pay their dues. And, finally, at the very end of the chain, there’s talent; that one who can write their ass off and, truth is, they may or may not succeed, if they don’t get up and do the work, increase their popularity and try to become all three. For, talent alone is not enough, and even the best book ever written will go unread if no one ever knows it exists. And, this is what Silk White intrinsically understood.

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Silk White is a young 30ish CEO who’s building his own company, and gathering the all important distribution he needs to succeed. Not just another eBook CEO with a Fb profile, Amazon/CreateSpace account and a charming smile, this diverse author of 13 books went after it because he wanted it. He never let anything stand in his way,and when he faced a brick wall, he sought a way to get over it. He found a rope and he climbed.

A New York native, Silk White, now heads his company Good 2 Go Publishing. He’s picked up 4 other authors (a line-up which includes a children’s book, a Christian book and a horror story) and he’s just finished working on his 2nd indie film called No Way Out. So, is Silk White making it? Is he a success? Well, I’d say he’s well on his way, because, in order to succeed he well understood that he, first, had to be a student of the game, but, like he told me, he’s still learning everyday and still reaching out to network in order to share and exchange the hows and whys of this constantly evolving game. Because, no one starts at the top, and to know it all is to crash and burn, as we simply can not learn that which we feel we already know.

So, let’s hear it from, Silk White, CEO and avid student of the game.

 

Godfather: 13 books in the game. Talk about them. What are the titles and when did they come out?

Silk White: Married to da streets
Tears of a hustler 1-5
The Teflon Queen 1-3
Never Be The Same
Stranded
The serial cheater
Sweet Pea’s Tough Choices (children’s book)

Godfather: I know you’ve had some legal troubles. Talk about that?

Silk White: I got caught with a gun and drugs in 2003 and did two years.

Godfather: I’ve seen a few comments from readers who talk highly about your books. What sets your books apart?

Silk White: Basically, what I try to do is not the same ole same ole drug dealer story. I add a lot of other things in my books, I do it in a way that the reader won’t get bored.

Godfather: Were you self-published from the beginning? How much did you spend? What were your initial challenges? Tell us about your journey?

Silk White: Yes, I have been. It has been a rough and expensive journey all the leg work I had to do myself. All the different states I went to, I had to pay for it myself. I don’t even know how much I spent in the last seven years but it’s a lot .

 

Godfather: Is the book game easier or harder than you expected?

Silk White: No. It’s just like any other business, you are going to get out what you put in.

 

Godfather: Marketing. What are some of the marketing tricks you’ve learned along the way? What’s worked? What hasn’t?

Silk White: I’ve spent so much money In marketing, it’s not even funny. A lot of marketing tricks have helped me, and a lot of others haven’t. What will work for one person, won’t necessarily work for you. So you just have to go with what works best for you.

 

Godfather: Ebooks. Have they been profitable to you or do you find selling ebooks to be a challenge and, if so, why?

Silk White: I think that ebooks are a wonderful thing, it makes it easier and quicker for the author to get their work out there. The only problem with ebooks is that anyone can now upload a book and say that they’re an author. People who don’t have love for the craft but just looking to make a quick dollar.

 

Godfather: Distribution is a pretty big deal. It’s the holy grail to success in this industry. So, how did you obtain distribution and how would you advise others to go about it? Are there any short cuts or tips?

Silk White: For years I was trying to find a distributor to distribute my work, and repeatedly, I had door after door slammed in my face. I kept on doing my thing and a distribution company heard about the noise I was making and found me.

 

Godfather:  Social media. What social media sites do you find to be most beneficial/profitable?

Silk White: Social media is good, as long as you use it for what it’s for. I think it’s a good way to connect with readers that you may not ever be able to come in contact with.

 

Godfather: Tell us about Good 2 Go Publishing. How big is it? Are you looking to expand? What sort of materials are you looking for?

Silk White: I am currently taking submissions and yes I am trying to expand the company. All genres are accepted.

 

Godfather:  Expectations. A lot of us come out of the gate believing, ok I wrote a book, now it’s time to get rich. What do you say to them?

Silk White: I would tell a new author to not expect anything. If you come into this game expecting something, and you get the opposite, you’re going to be mad. I would say just do your best at promoting yourself, and trying to become a house-hold name. And the biggest key is consistency.

 

Godfather: The biggest mistake you’ve made so far, and what you’ve learned from it?

Silk White: I think it was have to be giving certain people consignment, I hate having to have to ask for my money. You should never have to ask for what’s yours, but you’re going to run across some people in this business like that.

 

Godfather:  The top 3 things you’ve done which you feel have contributed to your success?

Silk White: 1. Never gave up
2. Never stop trying
3. Never took no for an answer

 

Godfather:  What advice do you give the new guy with a manuscript and a dream?

Silk White: I’ll tell a new author, to be prepared to work. Nothing comes over night. They probably see a lot of authors eating, and say they wanna eat too, but trust and believe, those same authors that you look up to, had to go through the same thing, when they started their career.

Godfather:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Silk White: Yes. I would like to thank Godfather for this interview sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

 

Godfather:  How can you be reached?

Silk White: www.Good2gopublishing.com
Silkwhite212@yahoo.com
@silkwhite (twitter)
Silkwhite212 (Instagram)
Facebook.com/silkwhite212

Check out Silk White’s book now available at amazon.com

 

 

 

 

Wesley “Godfather” Hunter is a long time incarcerated author, who’s spent over 20 years seeking an opportunity, to get in the door and be recognized, Godfather, speaks, first hand, to the challenges which have plaqued the West Coast author in general, and the incarcerated West Coast author in particular.  <PARA >
Wesley “Godfather” Hunter is an L.A. native and author of the self-help/howto/ advisory /women’s empowerment guide EVERYTHING SHE SHOULD KNOW: What Daddy never told you and Mama never knew. As well as the autobiography TRUE BLUE: The life and times of a real and true Mafioso. Which journals his travels as a 98 Main Street Mafia Crip, begining in 1979, and takes into and through the case which finds him facing 36 counts of robbery, 2 counts of attempted murder on Deputies, a hostage situation and a 12 hr police standoff.With over 20 completed manuscripts, and having just signed with the indie-major DC Bookdiva Publications and Ben Official Books, you can expect that many more of Godfather’s titles will be coming to market soon.Having taught urban lit. classes, since in prison, added his ink to various projects, written poems and social political articles for various newspapers, etc. Godfather is no stranger to the art and craft of the pen. Author of fiction, non-fiction, self-help, howto, erotica, poetry, news articles, autobiography, as well as a frequent interviewer,  blogger and former spokesman, Godfather, is now ready to make some noise and he’s well prepared to do it.For more detail/info check out the detailed interview titled INCARCERATED SCARFACE on the all new hot spot for industry news www.StraightChaser.com and get to know this all around talent as he emerges from the shadows.