Brooklyn native Steven Van Patten is the author of the critically acclaimed Brookwater’s Curse trilogy, about an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes law enforcement within the vampire community. In contrast, the titular character in his Killer Genius series is a modern day hyper-intelligent black woman who uses high-end technology as a socially conscious serial killer.
SVP’s short fiction includes contributions to horror anthologies like Hell’s Kitties, Shopping List 4 and the Stoker Award nominated New York State of Fright. A collection of short horror and dark fiction stories entitled Hell At The Way Station, published by his Laughing Black Vampire Productions publishing company and co-authored by acclaimed storyteller, Marc Abbott hit shelves in 2019.
Along with a plethora of other honors and accolades, SVP won three African-African-American Literary Awards in 2019, two for Hell At The Way Station (Best Anthology and Best In Science Fiction) and one for Best Independent Publisher. He’s also written four episodes of the YouTube series, Extra Mythology, and an episode of Viral Vignettes, that starred veteran actors John Schneider and Max Gail as embittered ex-rock and rollers.
He uses his full name on Facebook but goes by @svpthinks on Twitter and Instagram. When he’s not creating macabre literature, he can be found stage managing television shows primarily in New York City and occasionally on the West Coast. Along with being a member of the New York Chapter of The Horror Writer’s Association, he’s also a member of The Director’s Guild of America and professional arts fraternity Gamma Xi Phi. His website is www.laughingblackvampire.com.
About his book
Synopsis: Imagine if you lived in a world where you couldn’t be racist, sexist, an uneducated bully, or even a career criminal without being killed. That is at least part of the vision of The Killer Genius, the most elusive serial killer in human history. Her methods are diverse and her knowledge is unfathomable. Sometimes she kills up close, other times she can be miles away. No matter how she decides to kill, one thing is clear – if you’re chosen, you’re as good as gone.
T.L.Jackson has always been interested in writing about sexuality and erotica ever since reading various books in high school from Flyy Girl to The Coldest Winter. A few years went by and she thought to put her dreams of writing in this genre to rest until she was encouraged by boyfriend to go for it.
As a Boston native with Jamaica heritage she wants to share with the world what lives inside her mind. Sometimes it gets a little nasty, but that’s normal. T.L. Jackson is currently finishing her final book in her short story trilogy titled, “Dirty Talk Before Dark”.
Author Bio: China
China, a self-proclaimed lyrical storyteller, camped out on floors in recording studios throughout the city of Memphis in the late nineties, listening to music and allowing it to inspire her writing. Her first love was music and the ability to envision the stories behind the music was innate. Throughout the years, she mastered the art of character development and used Hip Hop and R&B as a way to bring her characters to life. As the nineties gave way to the two-thousands, she was able to circumvent the changing world of Hip Hop and continue to share her stories with underground rap audiences in Memphis, Chicago, and Atlanta. Then, one night in a studio in South Memphis, she was recording a song about a young girl who would not allow people to love her. The producer was so blown away by the story, that he asked her if she knew the person in the rap. China told him that she had created the character and the character’s background. He told her that she should turn the rap into a novel. After producing several more “rap stories” and receiving the same response, China knew that it was her destiny to introduce her stories to the world, in written form. However, it was not until an old friend; B’Shone, who was a published author, and shared the same love for Urban Fiction that she did, re-entered her life and presented her with an opportunity of a lifetime. They combined their writing styles and co-wrote her first novel; Tangled in a Lover’s Web 1, and released it in the summer of 2019. In the winter of 2019, she delivered her first solo novel; LACY: Caviar to Collard Greens. It was one of the two prequels to the Tangled in a Lover’s Web story. The second being, B’SHONE: How It All Starts. With no plans of slowing down, China teamed up with her co-author for the second time, and they produced Tangled in a Lover’s Web 2: Collapsed Web. It was released in early summer 2020.
China was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and Union University, with a master’s degree in English Education. She was introduced to Urban Fiction when her cousin handed her a copy of Sister Souljah’s novel, The Coldest Winter Ever. The novel opened the door to a world she never knew existed, Street Literature. The plot lines and characters were so real, that she became an instant fan of the genre. Over the past twenty years, she has read over three-hundred Urban Fiction books. She believes that a good writer must first be an avid reader.
Currently, China lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches English to high school students. When she is not developing young minds and training future authors, she is spending time with her daughter and a granddaughter.
Tangled in a Lover’s Web Part 1
by B’Shone and China
Memphis, TN, is the “Home of the Blues” in more ways than just music. The atmosphere of the “Blues” hovers over the city like dark clouds, so it is no surprise that the wicked storms of Murder, Adultery, Sex, Lies, Revenge, and Dark Secrets rain down on the weary and desperate citizens of the “Bluff City”.
In the tale, Tangled in a Lover’s Web, the weary and desperate become “spiders” caught up in the web of deceit. The “spiders” crawl in and out of each other’s lives leaving a trail of destruction behind, as they struggle to distinguish between “Love” and “Lust”.
28-year-old Luther Stewart is at a crossroads in his marriage to Victoria Walker-Stewart, when he has a chance encounter with an old flame; Malaysia Garrison-Tong. Regret, selfishness, and lust drive him to her doorstep and eventually into her bed. Unfortunately, Malaysia is married to one of Luther’s clients; Ji Tong, but she is still in love with Luther. While she slowly becomes entangled in the marriage of Victoria and Luther, she is forced to question the materialistic foundation of her own marriage. As Luther continues to spin his web of lies, he does not realize that Malaysia and Victoria are unknowingly weaving webs around each other. Eventually, the web that Luther spins around his failing marriage entraps him, and he is forced to face-off with his worst enemy; himself. Amid Luther’s infidelity and inner turmoil, Victoria seeks attention and ultimately finds what she thinks is love, in a talented Urban Fiction writer; B’Shone. As B’Shone enters the web, his presence goes unnoticed until the web he spins, catches all the “spiders”.
In the end, all the webs become one, and the life of each “spider” is permanently altered, when dark secrets are revealed, and the web collapses.
Will Luther and Victoria Stewart continue to be Tangled in a Lover’s Web, or will they find their way back to each other and honor their vows?
Honey Thomas is a Chicago, Illinois native. She is an avid reader of urban fiction novels which inspired her to write her first book. The plethora of books, short stories and poems she has read throughout high school to the present day allowed her mind to escape into a world of fascination, mystery, realities and suspense. Being a new author allows her to share her creative mind with the world in hopes of giving them the same escape she experienced. Honey is currently working hard on her next novels.
About her book
I wish I may I wish I might I wish to be loved, no popular, no tall, no petite, no strong, no beautiful, no rich, maybe I should be more spiritual. I know, I wish I was all of these things like the women on social media and television.
Maxine Little was a wife, mother and entrepreneur. She was loved by many because of her beauty inside and out. However, she didn’t see herself in this way. She lived a fairytale life of perfection. Stuck in an unrealistic world of vanity and materialism. She cared deeply for her husband and children and wanted more than anything for them to reciprocate that love to her… which they did. Unfortunately, the love that was shown to Maxine was not enough for her, she felt it was mediocre at best.
Maxine looked at life through stain glass mirrors, missing her reflection and the realism of her world. She denied being associated with the turmoil of her family. She only saw green grass, blue skies and butterflies. This caused everything she was accustomed to, to fall apart.
This confusion Maxine adapted took her on a downward spiral of madness, broken hearts, criminality and the ultimate sacrifice of selling her soul to the underworld of jealousy.
Will Maxine open her eyes and heart in time to redirect her mentality to grasp self, or will she let this self-loathe and shallowness overtake her and risk losing everything that life has to offer.
Find out as this story of CONFUSION unfolds!
Janie De Coster writes not only to entertain but educate as her topics shine a light on issues of today's society such as Mental Illness, Domestic Abuse, Infidelity, and Low Self-Esteem. She has penned several novels in various genres such as Women's Fiction, Christian Fiction, Interracial Romance and Paranormal.
Her Contemporary Christian Fiction novel When The Vows Break has been on Amazon Best Seller List and featured in several Book Clubs.
In her spare time, she likes to travel, shop, and spend quality time with her husband and family. She is also a collector of anything pertaining to elephants.
Janie De Coster's Contact Information is listed below.sweetsmells2003.wix.com/janie-decoster
About her book, When The Vows Break
Yasmin Lewis finds herself in love with a married man but not your ordinary married man. He is Pastor Sidney Teal, a fine and prominent leader of the megachurch, Holy Word Holiness, with a membership of thousands. Pastor Teal treats her well in and out of bed. However, Yasmin knows he will never be hers, and she longs for more.
More comes in the form of sexy, successful, and single Ambrose Hunter, a man who's willing and able to give her the kind of life she knows she deserves. Yasmin's sins catch up with her when Ambrose finds out she is not only seeing another man behind his back but a man of the cloth at that.
Now Yasmin's world spins out of control. Will she be able to redeem herself and find forgiveness in When The Vows Break?
I'm a wife and mother to three beautiful children, and a grandmother to two awesome little boys. During the day, I works as a customer service representative serving the public, but when nightfall comes, my alter ego Karamell Jones emerges and that's when the fun begins. Karamell Jones is a self-published author, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. My desire to write came late in life for me. Before May 2013, I had no interest in writing. The mere thought of having to write more than a few lines would stress me out entirely. I can honestly say I was intimidated by the process. But just like that, I mean overnight, things changed. I woke up one morning and said to myself, “Yvette, you should write a book.” I laughed, of course, but the feeling didn’t go away, and I said, "why not, what do I have to lose." I created the pen name, Karamell Jones and my journey began.
Here I am seven years later, and I have self- published three books; The Neighbor, TwisTed Dream I & II, currently working on book three of the TwisTed Dreams Series. I wrote and produced my first stage play based on a short story I wrote. I am also working on my first short film based on my book TwisTed Dreams, my goal is to create a web-series, pitch Netflix and produce a full-length feature film.
I create stories about everyday life situations but with a twist…..
Sonya Lindsay is a self-published author. Sonya was raised in the city of Chester, Pennsylvania and resides in Delaware. Her education includes attending undergraduate school at Waynesburg University where she acquired her Bachelor’s in Math and graduate school at Strayer University for her Master’s in Business. She began her writing career in 2014 when she started a blog on Tumblr.com. named after her first book, Penetration for the Mind. As readers engaged into her writing, many gave great feedback by showing more interest in a possible book. She quickly began working on her first novel. Ever since Sonya was a teenager, she enjoyed reading which included authors such as Omar Tyree, Eric Jerome Dickey, Terry McMillan and Zane to name a few. Their books were like movies and each page kept the reader wanting more. The first book by an African American writer she owned was FLY GIRL. She fell in love with the character because she saw a reflection of herself as a young woman starting college. Sonya enjoyed each authors’ ability to write about more than just relationships, but also their books brought mysteries and suspense mixed with love and sex.
Her own inspiration to write comes from personal experiences mixed with fantasies as well as every day relationships that can be seen on TV and social media. Society today has become very sexual and more open to sexuality. Many people today use social media as an outlet to express their thoughts. She uses her writing in ways to express her thoughts and fantasies. Her writing allows her to let any insecurities take a back seat and create strong women characters who aren’t afraid to go after their hearts desires. She wants the readers to be able to picture themselves as the woman or man in the stories and for the character to come to life in their minds. Even inspire them to be more open and creative within their own lives and experiences.
Sonya has published 2 novels of erotic short stories, Penetration for the Mind and Mind Games while currently working on her third book about a married woman who married for money and enjoys parading around town with her many boy toys when her husband goes on his business trips. Sonya’s books are available for e-books, paperback or hardcover format on iTunes, Books2Read.com, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.
About her book
Penetration for the Mind and Mind Games are a series of short stories that provide enticing, erotic, sensual, and exciting tales of love, lust, and relationships. Open your mind to whole new experiences of sexual gratification. Each story has different types of relationships and get insight on what can happen when you give into your lustful thoughts and live life. Meet Tiffani, Darius, Charles, Melinda and many other characters as they experience different sexual experiences and relationships. You will enjoy the exciting stories of love, lust, and passion. Explore the lives of exhibitionist women and men and how one "Hello" can turn into a night of passion. Let the stories penetrate your imagination with each page. These stories will have you wanting more from the married couple trying to spice up their relationship to the single women and men looking for love but finding lust. Each story gets steamer than the last so get comfortable and enjoy the tales of spontaneous, exciting, and passionate sexual adventures. Sometimes sex can be dangerous so you never know how the stories may end.
S.L. Jackson, an urban fantasy author, from Inkster, Michigan, who now resides in metro-Detroit first entered the publishing scene in 2019 with the novella ‘Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle’. He is an auto worker, a community activist skilled in the art of urban jungle survival, a podcaster, and a former entertainer and entertainment education provider. You can always find him reading, watching, and listening to interviews, helping others achieve their goals, and busying with anything that challenges his creativity. “Writing is my way to escape,” Jackson says.
Even though his first novella ‘Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle’ is considered an Urban Fantasy he prefers not to place himself in a box and stunt the growth of his creativity by limiting himself to one genre. He is the creator of the hashtag #respecturbanauthors. He has been nominated for several awards that include Feathered Quill Awards, Ippy/Elit Awards, Top Shelf Magazine Awards, and Top Shelf Book Cover Awards. His podcast “The Connected Experience” is a cultural and lifestyle show.
Jackson is currently working on a comic book and cartoon series for ‘Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle’. His plans also include more books, awards, and his books placed in libraries across the world. “Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle” has won the GOLD MEDAL award for “Short Story Fiction” at the 2020 eLit Book awards.
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Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle is a collection of creative stories based on the lives of animals in an
urban underworld jungle. The stories are focused around a family of outlaw rabbits who are fixtures in
the criminal activities taking place in the jungle while trying to maintain a balanced life and family structure. Deceit and mistrust lead the rabbits down a dark rabbit hole of revenge and murder. There are no happily-ever-after's in these stories. Join the Jackson rabbits as they navigate their way through the urban jungle using their Animal Instincts.
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