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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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THE GIFT OF WORDS

Written by: Godfather

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A writer writes. Words in the mind of a creative spirit, simply MUST be expressed. Poems, lyrics, letters, novels, notes. We flip and twist; become captured by the sounds and descriptive acrobats of that which flows from our pen.

Umar Quadeer was always talented. From early on, he was spitting lyrics on the stage of name brand acts, and becoming known for his lyrical skills. A man of knowledge and wisdom, while in prison, the guys would often ask, Umar Quadeer, just how it was that he’d ended up there. No matter the options available, or the natural talent we may have, we all choose our paths, even when we don’t consciously make a selection. By NOT tapping into his talent, Umar had let himself down, and left himself to suffer within the troubling travels of his bad decisions.

From Philly, to Sacramento, and now Atlanta, Umar’s life has been a broken journey spotted with imprisonment. In fact, it was while in prison that Umar took the time to write. With 10 manuscripts under his belt, when he paroled, Umar originally tried his hand at self-publishing. However, he was quickly discovered by, Wahida Clark, The Queen of Urban Lit, when he approached her about having some books printed. She saw it. She liked it. She called. And, so the push began, shaping, Umar Quadeer, into one of the next wave of talented urban authors worthy of recognition. And, so, the journey begins.

ENEMY BLOODLINE dropped in June 2014. Now, meet and remember, Umar Quadeer, a man who’ll clearly be around for a while.

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What is ENEMY BLOODLINE about? 

Umar: Enemy Bloodline is about a Mixed Italian and black gangster named Spaz. He inherits a multi-million dollar drug enterprise and tries to carry on tradition. But, pretty women, FBI agents, and jealousy make his goal harder than he could ever dream of.

What makes your writing different than what’s out there?

My creativity and originality separates me from the rest.

Who/what were your inspirations? 

A song I wrote, called ‘5 Niggas in the Cadillac’, influenced me to write a book. The underground classic was a story from beginning to end.

Tell us about your rap history. How long were you in the biz? Who all did you work with? Any other music in your future? 

I hit the streets hard for a few years grinding my music. I did a show with the late Notorious B.I.G., but going back and forth to prison is what took me off that path. I’m working on a single as we speak.

I know you’ve acted as an extra in movies. Tell us about that. Which movies were you in? How long were you acting? Any plans for acting in the future?  

I was in this series called City of Angels. That was fun working besides Gabriel Union, she’s beautiful.

What other books do you have coming out, and when should we look for them? 

Enemy Bloodline part two is coming soon and I have an arsenal of other series coming so stay tuned!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about the business end of publishing? 

Stay on your A-game. You have to write like an author and think like a publisher.

Self-publishing. What were your greatest challenges?

There were a lot of challenges, but mainly the overall grind. Marketing, promotion, distribution and the preparation of the manuscript.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Work on your craft. Study before you dive in, and be yourself.

Marketing: Share one tip you’ve learned? 

Social media is the new stage for authors.

Distribution: Any advice there? 

Books don’t sell themselves.

Book signings: Anything in the works?

Yeah. Dec. 13th book signing, at the Cobb Center in Atlanta, Ga.

What’s next for Umar Quadeer?

Books, music, movies and clothes.

Anything else you want to share? 

Yeah. I want to think the higher power for generating energy inside my brain to be talented, and I want to thank, Wahida Clark, for giving me the chance to show the world my talent.

How can you be reached?

I can be reached easy through Instagram’s direct message.  Umar_quadeer_ on facebook and twitter.

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WHAT DO YOU CALL HIM?

Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

What do you call a man who’s misspent over $20,000 to launch his own publishing company? Who’s acquired promotions and entered into chain store deals requiring him to pay for the printing and shipment of 5000 copies of a paperback, only to have those paperbacks returned less than 60 days later, after being told the chain store had closed? A man who then runs into another bunch of dream sellers, which promise to help re-distribute the few copies which could be salvaged from the jumbled junk which had been literally shoved into a box and returned, only to discover that this group too would almost instantly disappear into thin air, without returning a single copy. Leaving shuttered doors and changed numbers in their wake. Yes, what do you call him? What do you call a man who’s been almost signed, but then warned not to do it? A man who’s chased his dreams, but then given up? A man who’s sat in a cage with a pen and a dream, who was a boss in the streets and commanded his change, but then enters the so-called “legit” world to become a victim of thieves, left suffering with the angers and pains which drive a reformed hustler to his knees: the streets calling, the clouds falling. A dream filled with storms and rains. What do you say? What do you call him?

In 1996, Rumont TeKay, was just 18 years old, when he was captured with a kilo of rock cocaine and sentenced to 35 years in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Rumont was made to serve 12 years on that sentence, and while serving his time, Rumont began to write. A prisoner with a dream and no clue, simply trying to find his way, but as a penpal of a then incarcerated Wahida Clark, he had formed a long term bond which mattered; a bond which even he himself couldn’t know would prove to be so life changing and meaningful.

“BE MINDFUL OF THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, FOR YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S WATCHING.”

With the ups and downs of the publishing game; with the twists and turns; with the ones at the  top suddenly in flux, and the entire landscape of the industry so drastically changing, I can promise you that everything you thought you knew just 3-5 years ago; all of the so-called top dogs of the industry, tools, costs and trends: Everything and ALL OF IT has changed. So, just imagine being trapped in a cage, with no mentor, no internet, no phone, no plugs, and no clue… The publishing game can be super challenging and made even more so by the physical state of our struggle. That said, Rumont had taken the journey, put it all on the line to escape old ways and carve out a new life, and, in the end, was left holding a shamefully empty bag loaded down with dull hope. But, then, the Urban Lit. Queen called.

In April 2014, after Rumont had all but given up and walked away from his   dream of becoming an author, Wahida Clark picked up the phone and asked him simply, “you ready?” she said that her people had taken a look at Rumont’s novel ‘Venom in My Viens’ and they instantly knew that they had to have it! Rumont had sent Wahida the manuscript almost a year before and had pretty much forgotten about it as he continued on with day-to-day life. Until, one day, he just happened to call his old penpal friend to check on her. The convo eventually turned to him asking if she’d read the manuscript, he then discovered that she had not and, in fact, that she’d been moving around so much that she didn’t even recall having seen it! Yet, the call lead to the hunt, the hunt then lead to the discovery, and the rest, as they say is history! On, August 26, 2014, VENOM IN MY VIENS by Rumont TeKay, officially dropped, and is currently making major waves, as a part of the WCP Team.

“THE SEEDS WE PLANT, BEAR THE FRUITS OF OUR PATH.”

In the beginning, I asked you what you’d call a man like Rumont TeKay. Well, I’ll tell you what I call him: I call him a man with a vision, a man on the move. I call him a serious author/business man who’s taken the risks and paid his dues. I call him reborn, rebirthed, replenished, refilled and ready to take the game by storm!

I promise you, Rumont TeKay, is NOT just another fly-by-night author out to make a bit of extra lunch money on the side, this brother is the honest to goodness built-to-last truth! I assure you, this is a guy who’ll be around for a while, and I’m truly honored to have met him. I definitely see what Lady Wahida saw, and so, now, I share him with you.

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Venom In My Veinz. Hell of a title. Tell us about your book, what’s it
about? Why the title?

RT: It’s about a young kid (Bromise Balducci) growing up in the streets of Chicago, fatherless, and worships the ground that his biological grandfather (Brisco Balducci) walks on. It just so happens that Brisco is the Head of one of the two most powerful mobs within the underworld, so Bromise was born in to it. And the story also has a profound love saga inter-woven into the plot, as Chasidy mirrored Bromise’s very image, although they clearly had their differences. And the two make one dynamic team. The title Venom In My Veinz is when pain meets with fury.

I know you’ve spent a lot of money in trying to go it alone. You ran into some struggles. Learned some lessons. Knowing now what you do, would you have done it different?

RT: I have no regrets. Sometimes you have to pay financially to learn from your mistakes. Rather you pay knowingly up front, or get swindled from behind, experience is always the best teacher. However, I will say that the biggest change or difference this go around is that I removed my publisher’s hat and focused only on being a writer.

What advice would you give someone who’s actively building their own company?

RT: Make sure your company is legally registered. Do your due diligence and connect with reputable peers in the business. Start the same way you want to finish. In other words, branding is everything and you start at the onset. Don’t cut corners in the production of your works. And take advantage of every marketing avenue known, be creative, a trailblazer, and create your own lane.

Self-publishing vs. Publishing what advice do you give?

RT: Well, that depends on what the person is trying to achieve and in what order they look to achieve it. It also depends on what the current options are. If you are an aspiring author who has a manuscript that you really believe in, my advice would be to look around at publishing houses, see who’s doing what and where your work would be a good fit, and then submit. Now after doing this a few times, only to receive back rejection letters,then it’s time to think about self-publishing. And never stop networking.

What’s the most challenging part of this business?

RT: Time management.

What marketing tips would you give?

RT: Look at what other successful people in the business are doing. And don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. That’s what separates the men from the boys, the ability to recognize an opportunity and pounce on it like never before.

What distribution tips would you give?

RT: Major distribution is an absolute must if you truly want your voice to be heard by the masses. My tip is to get signed.

How many books have you written? What are the titles?

RT: Venom In My Veinz is the only title that I’m promoting at this time.

Who is Rumont TeKay?

RT: A child of God. A father. A friend. Goofy at times. A realist and an all around cool dude.

 

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What makes your writing different?

RT: I write from the soul through my perspective.

Sitting in a cage with a pen and a dream, what/who inspired you to
write?

RT: While doing time, a very talented author caught my attention with his novels. He wasn’t the first to do it, but his books were the first to resonate with me. His name is Victor L. Martin. After I read his first book, the flame within me was lit. I quickly dove into his second book, finished it and reached out to him with praises and works of my own. He reached back with support and words of encouragement. That was all the motivation I needed. I immediately put my pen to work! Thereafter, we remained in contact and years later, we are now label mates. God is good! Big Shout out to, Victor! Hold ya head, you don’t have much longer!

What advice would you give a new author?

RT: Keep writing. Hone your craft. Work hard at being the best at what you do and the literary world won’t be able to deny you. There’s a place for you, all you have to do is get in where you fit in.

What’s your thoughts about eBooks?

RT: I like paperbacks better.

Speak to the readers: why should they take a chance on Rumont TeKay?

RT: In Truth, my pen recipe contains the ASG formula: Action! Scandal! Grit! Venom In My Veinz will cause sexual arousal to the tenth power, provoke intellect, and take you on a ride you won’t soon forget. Simply put: this book will make your jaw drop.

I know it’s a little early in the progress, but talk about your vision
to marry hip hop music and Hollywood personalities: what, if any,
help/support/talent are you seeking?

RT:  I have a big Book Release Party Celebration scheduled in downtown Chicago on November 15, 2014. And we are looking to do it even bigger the following month in Atlanta. And I’m not stopping there. The plan is to create a movement which will enhance the literary industry as a whole, and bring back the camaraderie. I’m in the process of talking with celebrities who have shown interest in partnering up. So stay tuned for sure.

What’s next for Rumont TeKay?

RT: Expect to see the sequel to Venom In My Veinz, in the near future, and other projects are on the horizon as well. I’ve decided to stick around for a while.

I see you’ve been nominated for Outstanding Author in Urban Literature 2015. Tell us about that. How were you selected? How will the winner be decided?

RT: Yes, and I’m humbled, honored, grateful and every other feeling along those lines. AMB Ovation Awards allows the readers to vote for their favorite authors, and by God’s will I was chosen. I was elated and shocked to say the least, mainly because I wasn’t even aware that the contest was taking place. So I didn’t even get a chance to promote it. The winner will be announced on December2014. I’m up against four powerhouses, so justbeing nominated is a win for me.

Anything else you want to say or share?

RT:  Through it all there’s one thing I’ve learned… and that is, hope never dies just as long as one breathes life into it. Starting small is the beginning of it all, so never-mind your age. You’re never too old to learn, nor too young to teach. Just never lose hope in yourself, no matter the price.

Where can your book be found?

RT: Aside from the usual Amazon, Barns-N-Noble, etc., it could be found wherever books are sold nationwide. Venom In My Veinz is also available in Audio as well.

How can you be reached?
https://www.facebook.com/rumontTK
https://twitter.com/RumontTeKay
http://instagram.com/rumontvenom

 

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The Art of Reinvention w/New York Times Bestselling Author Wahida Clark

“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

-Oprah Winfrey

One of the many reasons I wrote my first novel The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson was to show the young people of my millennial generation that there are benefits in dreaming and keeping things positive. On a daily, we are bombarded with a myriad of negative media images that depict us in the worst ways possible. Why can’t more of our successes be celebrated on a mass scale? Why is it that you have to dig deep to find the positive aspects of the youth of America? An even bigger question, why is it buried in the first place?

When you live in a community where a sex tape gets more attention and coverage than a young man getting accepted to all of the Ivy League learning institutions, there’s a major problem that needs to be addressed. How can young people ‘aim for the stars’ when we’re stuck in a seemingly inescapable, bottomless pit? Those who have the courage enough to attempt an escape from this proverbial hell hole are condemned and dragged down by the very individuals that they are trapped with.  Others allow their fear and doubt to overtake any thoughts of striving for better. We’re honestly in a miserable state!

The adults of this society aren’t any better. Many of them spend their times psychoanalyzing any misstep we happen to make in our journey to adulthood instead of being guides for us. We are so desperate to find the path to success that we often choose to fall victim to the mesmerizing glare of instant gratification. What’s the point of working hard when it’s easier to wild out and have fun twenty-four/seven? Forget the future! Many young people decide to live for right now, a choice that one comes to regret as time wears on. But how are we to know any better? We are seen as the bastard child of human evolution after all. Listening to how people view us, you’d think that the world is doomed to Armageddon when we grow to become the elders of our respective communities.

I want my peers to realize that struggle is the only way to achieve success. Nothing worth achieving in life is easy. No matter what neighborhood, block or project you’re from, passion for your craft and hard work can help you achieve infinite prosperity. Don’t let anything limit you from climbing the stairway of success. You may experience a few bumps in your trip. You may even stumble altogether. Nevertheless, it’s your responsibility to get up and keep working towards your goals.

One of my favorite songs of all-time is James Fortune’s gospel hit Hold On featuring Fred Hammond, Monica and FIYA. The hook of the song really speaks to me. The members of FIYA sing:

“So hold on

You are too close to give up now

You have so much to live for

Remember what you prayed for

Hold on, please don’t let go in this season

Know that flowers bloom when rain falls

You just hold on”

A perfect example of a person using their talent and ambition to make it out of their rough situation is Wahida Clark. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, publisher, entrepreneur and one of the most recognizable faces in urban literature. However, she didn’t start off at the top of the food chain. Ms. Clark underwent some major changes to become the literary legend that she is today. In between promotion for her new novel Blood, Sweat & Payback with Cash Money Content, I got a chance to ask her a few questions.

Randall: You were in prison for nine in a half years. What willed you through that trying time?

Wahida Clark: If I had to choose one thing, I’d have to say having to provide for my family.

Randall: You wrote your first novel and signed a publishing deal while still serving your prison stint! How were you able to keepwahida_-084 focus on your goals?

Wahida Clark: I actually wrote seven novels by the time my nine in a half years were over and had lucrative contracts with two major publishing companies. I was determined to write best-sellers, be the best at what I was doing and to provide for my family. That is why I was able to stay focused.

Randall: How much of a key was your relationship with Martha Stewart to your current success?

Wahida Clark: Knowing that Martha was right next door, but yet still seeing her shows and commercials running on the television was huge to me. Her empire was still growing even while she was in prison. That spoke volumes to me.

Randall: How were you able to bounce back from your prison stint and become one of the most recognizable brands in African-American Literature?

Wahida Clark: Honestly, I am just getting started. Outside of expanding Wahida Clark Presents Publishing, I have also just a few days ago launched W. Clark Distribution (wclarkdistribution.zreply.com) to assist indie authors and small publishers to get their titles in every format and in front of 38,000 retailers. I’ve noticed that we have not been able to do so because we didn’t know how or have the vehicle.

Randall: What are the qualities of a New York Times best-selling author?

download (4)  Wahida Clark: There are three major qualities that all New York Times best-selling authors have:

  1)      They are able to move large units of their work 

  2)       They have a well-crafted product  

  3)      They have a strong fanbase and they engage them daily

Randall: From extensive research, I can tell that you use all of your power and resources to give back  to  your community. What are some of the services that you provide to young people?

  Wahida Clark: Through our non-profit organization Prodigal Sons & Daughters Redirection    Services, we offer Mentorship and Life Skills training. Our ultimate goal is to get our own state-of –    the-  art vocational training center. We actually have just been nominated for the White House  Agents of  Change award. Wish us luck!

Randall: Do you believe black women are at a disadvantage in the business world? Why or why not?

Wahida Clark: Of course we are disadvantaged but it’s not just black women. All women experience this. I honestly believe there’s a change coming though. Women’s liberation has been going on for over a hundred years. Not just here, all over the world.

Randall: What advice would you give to young women aiming to become entrepreneurs?

Wahida Clark: Study your craft and then master it. I love being an entrepreneur. You can grow, you never remain stagnant and are always learning new things.

Purchase Blood, Sweat  Payback now!

A list of Wahida Clark’s upcoming projects!

  • The Blood, Sweat & Payback App.
  • W. Clark Distribution (w.clarkdistribution.zreply.com)                      

o   Enemy Bloodline by Umar Quadeer

o   Butterfly by Michael A. Robinson

o   Venom in My Vienz by Rumont Tekay

o   Ratchet City by Cayenne

o   The Pussy Trap Part 4 by NeNe Capri

Follow Ms. Clark on:

o   Twitter: @wahidaclark

o   Facebook.com/wahidaclark

o   Instagram: @wahidaclark

o   www.wclarkpublishing.com

o   www.bloodsweatandpayback.com

The Randall Barnes Experience

-We came, we saw, we conquered! My debut publishing effort “Riverview High: Circumstances” reached #2 on the Amazon charts! Check it out on Amazon today. Don’t forget to leave a review!

http://www.amazon.com/Riverview-High-Circumstances-Young-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00O2FCWGY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

-“The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson” is out now! Make sure to go get it!

http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Aaliyah-Anderson-Randall-Barnes/dp/0988762196/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404822785&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Diary+Of+Aaliyah+Anderson

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