Saturday Special: A Story not Wished to be Read Blog Tour

We don’t get many poets on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer, so this is a real treat! Today, Nicola Black shares with us some of her poems.

A Story not Wished to be Read is the thoughts and inmosts feelings of the author in poems of all styles. It contains darkness and self-doubt, but also hope and love. The style varies, but the message never does.

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Excerpts

Dark Passages

Don’t follow me
Down the dark passages of my mind.
Though I need you near,
Would you stay with me
To find my dark secrets?
Are you willing to risk
Getting lost in the shadows
To bring me light?

Come follow me
Down the dark passages of my mind.
I want to lure you and keep you
Forever mine.
To get entangled in my sinister thoughts
And never get free…
Would you want to be mine then?

Save me from
The cruel dark passages of my mind.
Teach me how to love, how to trust.
Take my hand and
Lead me to the light.
Give me yourself
And I’ll give you everything.

Faith

She suffered in the torment she made
When she did not trust God.
Through tears and fears she did wade,
Trapped in her horrifying abode.

He showed her mercy and love
And first she was blind.
All she saw were clouds above,
And Satan spoke in her mind.

When at last alone, tired, and afraid,
She thought to turn to His love,
All she thought He would do- upbraid
And knew she deserved Him to disapprove.

But still He gave love, mercy, and grace
And with tears in her soul
She fled to His warm embrace
And no longer felt cold.

Reminiscent

Looking back on my short life
Should I be ashamed?
What did I do and who did I please?
And was there an innocent blamed?

When I account for my life
Will I be able to say
That I did my best and tried my best
And made the darkness go away?

Only time will tell whether
I deserve the crown
The crown that God will deme fit for me
For my life, for my time I’ve been around.

Time

Is there enough time in this world
To do what you want to do
To be as helpful as you can be
To do what you long to?

Is there enough time in this world
To think what you want to think
To be as creative as you can be
To not think of your rank?

I think there’s enough time in this world
To do what you want to
To think what you want to thin
To do what you long to.

About Nicola Black

Nicola Black has always been a very creative young woman. When she was younger, she and her mother would make up stories together. As Nicola got older, she started writing them down. However, she would never finish anything. Throughout school, she had to write poems for English. She was homeschooled and her patient mother taught her how to write well. Eventually, Nicola started writing poems outside of school projects. At first she did not think they were very good, but after a while, she finally published her first set of poems on Smashwords. After receiving some very good reviews, she finally realized that she could write. Nicola Black is currently working on three novels and a compilation of short stories.

Nicola Black has been to Scotland three times, but is currently living in the South. She has also joined the Navy and is going to boot camp in September. She also enjoys writing music.

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Thank you for reading!

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Incognito Blog Tour + Giveaway

You like blog tours? Like M/M Erotica? Yup! Yup! 🙂

Welcome to the Incognito Blog Tour

Presented by

Book Title: Incognito
Author: Miho Li
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Male/Male
Words: 25,377

Book Description:

“When Ren sees the new transfer student—Shin, black hair, storm-cloud-gray eyes, and more beautiful than any guy had a right to be—he makes it his mission to get to know him. Too bad Shin is about as sociable as fungus, and about as likable, too. But Ren isn’t good at giving up, so he takes on the challenge of cracking Shin’s titanium shell. What he finds underneath, though, is way more than he’s prepared to handle.

People are disappearing in Akita, and Shin might be behind it. As Ren’s feelings grow for the reserved man, so do the number of missing person reports, and Ren doesn’t know if their budding relationship is enough to withstand both the well of secrets and the organization Shin works for.”

Purchase: http://www.bookstrand.com/incognito

Excerpt:

There was a heavy sigh and then, “Ren, just go talk to him already.”

Ren’s gaze snapped back to his friends. He flicked shaggy blond hair out of his eye and said, “What?”

“Shin,” Hideyoshi said, making vague hand gestures at the student Ren had been ogling.

Shin had settled in the grass beside a tree and was propping a book open in his lap. Messy strands of black hair fell across his pale cheeks, and he brushed it back with fingers that were surprisingly elegant for a guy.

“Go talk to him.”

Shin Sarutobi was a newly transferred junior, and despite sharing several classes, Ren had yet to find the right opportunity to talk to him. Not because he was intimidated but because Shin treated everyone around him, professors and students alike, with what barely qualified as cool indifference. He spoke in class when necessary but otherwise remained removed from everyone else and, from what Ren could tell, preferred it that way.

The exception was Kyouya Tsutano. Kyouya had transferred in about a month before Shin. It had been a big deal, what with his family being corporate millionaires. Rumor had it Kyouya’s dad died recently, and he had returned to Akita to live with his uncle.

From the start, Kyouya and Shin had a volatile relationship—they always looked pissed just being near each other. Except Ren had overheard them arrange meetings, and Kyouya remained the only person to date Shin spoke with on a regular basis.

Naturally, Ren assumed they were sleeping together. He entertained the theory that Shin and Kyouya were trapped in an unhealthy relationship based on angry but mind-blowing sex.

He chose not to share this theory with his friends.

In any case, the fact remained that Shin was a jerk. A gorgeous jerk with ink-black hair, intense gray eyes, and long legs that made him one of the few students taller than Ren, but a jerk nonetheless. Ren watched as a line formed between Shin’s brows, and he glanced in the direction Kyouya had gone with a sour twist of his lips.

Shin was also a jerk in dire need of an intervention.

Ren nodded decisively. “I’m going to talk to him.”

Hideyoshi gave him a flat look before apparently deciding against voicing what he was thinking. Ren ignored him and crossed the lawn with purposeful strides toward Shin.

With blond hair and blue eyes thanks to his European half, Ren wasn’t used to making the first move. Shin, however, was definitely worth the exception.

“Hi,” Ren said. He didn’t believe in pick-up lines.

Shin didn’t acknowledge the greeting.

Ren cleared his throat, undeterred. “Your friend looked pissed.”

Shin’s gaze lifted, passing dismissively over Ren’s smiling face before returning to his book.

“Uh…your boyfriend?” Ren said, hedging for a response.

Without lowering his book, Shin turned his head and looked up at Ren with ill-concealed impatience. “Did you want something?”

Ren considered this. “Should I answer that honestly?” Because there were a great many things that Ren wanted, including but not limited to Shin spread out on his bed in nothing but a silk ribbon.

Maybe it was best not to be quite so forthcoming yet.

About the Author:

Miho grew up on horror, fantasy, and romance novels (although she hid the romance novels, considering she probably shouldn’t have been reading them at eleven years old). She started writing horror first, but these days, her work features more boys kissing boys than heads exploding, which everyone agrees is an improvement. She has a love of all things fantastical, and her favorite romances are the ones that don’t happen easily. Reading or writing about characters overcoming adversity in order to reach their happy endings, whether that’s together or not, is what fuels her love of the written word.

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Promo Posts & Giveaways at every stop, so be sure to follow the blog tour to the end!

Giveaway Time!

The giveaway is a eBook copy of Incognito by Miho Li. Simply leave a comment and you’re in!
*A comment here also enters you into the Mid-Month Commentator giveaway!

Meet the Characters Blog Tour

So I mentioned participating more in blog/book tours. After all, this is a blog, and it focuses on books, right? 🙂 Today is the first day of the Meet the Characters Blog Tour. This is your opportunity to try out 6 paranormal books in one easy download.

So, come  join the fun and talk to your favorite characters on this three day blog tour event!! You will get to follow characters as they are interviewed! On the third day, join these characters on Twitter! Ask them questions! Celebrate with them! Come join the festivities!!You will get to follow characters as they are interviewed! On the third day, join these characters on Twitter! Ask them questions! Celebrate with them! Come join the festivities!!

Meet the Characters 3 Day Blog Tour!!

Volume 1 of First 5 Chapters has been released and is available for free from Smashwords and Amazon (currently listed at .99 cents but should be ‘free’ very soon).

This ebook will give you the opportunity to discover & read the first 5 chapters from 6 talented new Authors in the very popular YA – Fantasy – Paranormal genre. 

The Authors featured in this volume. 

Carolyn Hockley – Arazi Crossing
KaSonndra Leigh – When Copper Suns Fall
Patti Roberts – Paradox ~ The Angels Are Here
Mary Ting – Crossroads
Starr West – Tomorrows Child
Lenore Wolfe – The Fallen One

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On behalf of all the 6 Authors featured, I hope you enjoy the read. Your reviews and feedback are warmly welcomed and appreciated. 

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Character Interview: Carl Whitman from Anchored + Giveaway[CLOSED]

If you haven’t stopped by Rachel Haimowitz’s blog, do so! From January 14-24, 2011, she’s having her blog tour for Anchored: Belonging Book One. Anchored releases on January 17, 2011, from Noble Romance Publishing. To celebrate, Ms. Haimowitz is throwing one heck of a party and giving out nearly twenty-five free books!

Network news anchor Daniel Halstrom is at the top of his field, but being at the bottom of the social ladder—being a slave—makes that hard to enjoy. Especially when NewWorld Media, the company who’s owned him since childhood, decides to lease him on evenings and weekends to boost their flagging profits.

Daniel’s not stupid; he knows there’s only one reason a man would pay so much for what little free time he has, and it’s got nothing to do with his knowledge of current events. But he’s never been made to serve like that before, and he fears he won’t survive the experience with his sanity intact.

He finds himself in the home of Carl Whitman, a talk show host whose words fail him time and again when it comes to ordering Daniel to bed. Daniel knows what Carl wants, but it seems as if Carl isn’t willing to take it, and Daniel’s not willing to give it freely. His recalcitrance costs him dearly, but with patience and some hard-won understanding, love just might flourish where once there’d been only fear and pain. Can Carl become the anchor in Daniel’s turbulent life, or will he end up the weight that sinks his slave for good?

(WARNING: This book contains potentially triggering subject matter, including a violent on-screen rape. Please take heed.)

Today Carl Whitman, the talk show host who leases Daniel, is here to chat up with us for a bit.

Reena Jacobs: Thank you, Mr. Whitman, for joining us today. I imagine you have a pretty busy schedule.

Carl Whitman: My pleasure. Always happy to chat with a fan.

RJ: I bet your introduction into broadcasting differed significantly from Daniel’s. Tell us a little about how you became a news anchor.

CW: I’m actually a late-night talk show host, although I did get my start in news. Radio, to be specific. I studied broadcasting at NYU, did a 30-minute radio show on the college station my junior and senior year. A lot of current events, a lot of football talk, the occasional interview. Took an internship at a local radio station the summer after my senior year, and ended up staying on there for three years. I was the guy who did the Local News on the 15s, you know? Mostly reading wire reports, but every once in a while I’d get to interview a local celebrity or politician. After that, let’s see . . . Moved on to sports reporting with the local evening news, then got a gig morningside as a co-host on the local morning show—slightly bigger market, went from Philly to New York—and it all just sort of took off from there.

RJ: I’m curious about your childhood and your interactions with slaves. Will you share with us a bit about that?

CW: I grew up pretty solidly middle class. My parents couldn’t afford their own slaves, but I remember they used to rent a woman from a couple down the street, have her come in and clean once a week, maybe send her out to do the grocery shopping if they were really busy. And they hired slave babysitters for me and my sister from an agency. Since my dad worked a lot of late nights and my mom was getting her Master’s degree in the evenings for a few years, there was a lot of babysitting going on. So in a way I guess they were a part of our household, and of course they’re just everywhere in restaurants and stores and whatnot. I always knew they were important resources, and my dad raised his kids never to be cruel to a slave—a lot of times they just don’t know better, or just don’t understand; it’s pretty uncommon to see one being deliberately willful. Like dogs, you know? They trust you, and they count on you for their care and safety and affection, and in the end, they really only want to please you. That’s a lot of responsibility, and you need to take it seriously. Which is why, to be honest, I hadn’t ever really given serious thought to owning my own slave until my career really took off. Suddenly I had no free time anymore, but more money than I knew what to do with. Seemed smart to stop renting someone from an agency and just get my own.

RJ: How did you discover Jane?

CW: So I’ve got this thing, right? This allergic-to-gluten thing. Makes it kind of hard to eat out. But there was this little restaurant down in the East Village, place called Lefties, they serve the most amazing gluten-free food. I’d go down there maybe once, twice a week, every week, and one day when it’s not real busy, I ask the waiter if I can’t give my compliments to the chef. So he brings her out, and it’s Jane, this quiet, polite little southern belle. And then I see the bracelets and realize she’s a slave—well, plus, you know, the whole “Yes sir” and “No sir” and “Thank you, sir” bit she had going on, never looking me in the eye and all. But anyway, this is around the same time the money’s piling up and my time is dwindling and I’d made up my mind I needed to buy someone. She didn’t come cheap—the owner was pretty fond of her, and frankly I don’t blame him—but we shook hands on it that night and I came to pick her up the next day.

RJ: What was your rationale behind keeping Jane’s husband?

CW: Husband, eh? I mean, I know I got them rings, but you do know slaves can’t marry, right? But anyway, why I kept Dave? *shrugs* They’re in love. And yeah, sure, maybe it’s true that slaves don’t feel love like we do, but still, it woulda been cruel to pull them apart. And I told you what my dad taught us about never being cruel to a slave. Anyway, Dave’s not such a bad investment. He’s got good skills, and he’s eager to please; the agency finds him a lot of work.

RW: Would you ever allow Jane to have children of her own?

CW: I gotta be honest, I really don’t want a baby in the apartment crying all hours of the night. Besides, I get the impression Jane doesn’t want kids. Don’t know why, but she always gets this look when she sees other people’s babies, you know? Like it makes her sad. All I know is, she asked me if she could go on the pill, and I got it for her. If she comes to me one day and says she doesn’t want it anymore, well, I guess we’d deal with it then. Maybe if I moved to a bigger place, somewhere I wouldn’t hear the kid or trip over its toys . . . I mean, it might be kind of nice to have a little critter around.

RJ: Tell us about the first time you saw Daniel.

CW: Hm, well, I guess it was . . . six or seven years ago, maybe? He was a foreign correspondent then with InfoGlobe, just starting to break out into the spotlight. Fuck, he was pretty, and smart, too. They knew they really had something special there.

RJ: When did you first realize you had the hots for him?

CW: *laughs* Oh, I dunno, the instant I laid eyes on him? I mean, seriously, have you seen the guy?

RJ: What draws you most to Daniel?

CW: I know I should be mature here and say “his brain,” but . . . I mean, not that it isn’t a lovely brain, because it is; he’s smart, he can really be hilariously funny when he lets his fucking hair down and relaxes, he’s lightning-quick on his feet, a little flirty—and mind you, I don’t even think he realizes he’s doing it. Guy just oozes charm. He’s got a big heart, too, so appreciative of the tiniest little things. And he certainly doesn’t hurt to look at, either, if you know what I mean.

RJ: Is there anything about Daniel you’d change?

CW: Sometimes I wish he weren’t a slave, you know? But it’s not as if manumission is even legal in this country, so even if I owned him I couldn’t make that choice. Anyway, poor kid would have no idea how to take care of himself. But he’s just so skittish sometimes, and there are things I’d love to do with him, places I’d love to take him, where those damn bracelets just get in the way.

RJ: Why did you lease Daniel rather than flat out purchase him? And are you considering purchasing him in the future?

CW: Hah! I wish I could buy him, but that man is so not for sale. Even if he were, I doubt I could afford him. Do you know how much it costs just to lease him?

RJ: We’ll we be hearing more about you and Daniel in the future?

CW: At the very least, you can see us on TV five days a week. And I’m afraid we’ve been in more than our share of the gossip rags lately too. God only knows why the press is so interested in our sex life, but there you have it, eh? You know what I think? I think they’re jealous.

RJ: Thank you again for stopping by today, Mr. Whitman. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on you and Daniel, gossip and all. 😉

You can find my review of Anchored here. Find out more about the men in Rachel Haimowitz and the men in her life on her blog.

Great news! Rachel Haimowitz has offered prizes to two lucky commenters! So what’s up for grabs?

  • 1 ebook copy of Counterpoint: Book I of Song of the Fallen OR of Sublime: Collected Shorts (winner’s choice).
  • 1 swag pack featuring cover art from Anchored and my other works.

The rules! We love rules, don’t we?

  • Leave a comment on this post.
  • Leave your email in the post, so I can forward your info to Ms. Haimowitz.
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, January 23, 2011.

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