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A Little Taste Of Andre…

Hey Y’all,

First of all, thank you to everyone who messaged and e-mailed me to volunteer to be one of my beta readers. I truly appreciate it and have all your information. I am planning on probably using 3-5 betas per story, and will try to give everyone who messaged me a chance to be a beta reader at some point. I plan on writing plenty of more books so everyone will definitely have a chance to participate 😉

As most of you know, Andre’s story is the next in the Black Burlesque series. For those of you who remember, Andre is Nikola’s younger brother and the CFO at Excel, the financial company started by their father. I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on for Andre. As of now, I have about 50,000 words and I’d say I’m about two-thirds of the way through the first draft of his story. I’m thinking a release date around late November to Mid-December may work, but don’t quote me on that. I still need to finish the first draft, work on revisions, send it out to my betas, revise again, send it to my publisher, have it edited, revise yet again, and all the extra stuff that comes with bringing a story from the recesses of my mind to your (the reader’s) fingertips.

Alright, with all that said, on to the excerpt:

Andre stared down at her with such tenderness in his eyes it made her shiver. He placed another kiss to her forehead and Stacey’s heart melted.

Goddamn forehead kisses, she thought remembering back to her conversation with Devyn and Mercedes.     

“I won’t ask that of you. I’ll just beat anyone’s ass who tries to touch you,” he said rubbing his face along her cheek.

Stacey knew he meant every word of what he’d said. Smiling, she reached up and grazed her fingers through his beard.

“You know the rule, right?” he asked slyly.

Stacey pulled back, looking at him curiously, “What rule?”

“You touch the beard, you have to sit on it,” he said, quickly moving to pull the stopper out of the drain, and pulling them both up to stand.

Stacey giggled as Andre hurriedly dried them both off, discarded the towel over his shoulder and carried her to his bed, where he made good on his latest rule.

Oh, and if you’re interested here’s a visual of my inspiration forstacey Andre and Stacey

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Calling On Beta Readers!

Hey Y’all?

How are you all doing? Hope you’re well. As of today, it’s been about two weeks since Black Dahlia was released and most of the responses have been very positive. I always welcome feedback no matter how you felt about the story. Whether it is positive, negative or in between. I like hearing your thoughts and questions on my work.

With that said…

I am looking for two to three more beta readers to help me during the revision stages of my books.

Now you might ask, “Tiffany, what’s a beta reader?” Good question. Allow me to explain.

A beta reader is someone who is a fan of the genre and likely the author they are critiquing. They are given a preview of the author’s work after the first one or two (or twelfth) draft has been written, but not published. The job of a beta reader is to give honest feedback and critique on the author’s work.

beta reader

 

Here’s a list of questions I’d ask of my beta readers:

  1. Did the book hold your interest?/ Were there parts you got stuck/lost interest?
  2. Did you feel connected to the main characters? If not, why not?
  3. Did the setting help add to the story, take away from it, or was it just neutral (neither adding nor detracting from the story)?
  4. Were there any discrepancies in time or sequencing of the story?

These are just some of the questions I would ask of my beta readers. You wouldn’t necessarily be asked to write down each answer and send back responses in a Word document or anything. These are just questions to keep in mind as you read over the story.

I would likely give my betas about a week’s turn around time from when I send out the novel to when I’d need your feedback. I understand most people are busy and this is a favor you are doing for me as an author, so I will do my best not to rush anyone or send readings at the last minute. As a beta reader, I would also require that you not share the writing with anyone else.

Essentially, your job as a beta is to help me avoid producing work like this:

beta joke

As a beta reader you will get to read the story before anyone else (for free! at that). So it’s a win-win situation. You get to read a (hopefully) enjoyable story and I get some good critique and a chance to produce a better novel for readers.

 

That’s pretty much it.

If you’re interested in being one of my beta readers. Send me an email at TiffanyPattersonWrites@gmail.com with the words “Beta Reader” in the subject line.

 

Book 2 Release Date, Title, Cover Reveal, and Playlist!

Hey Y’all,

It’s been a little while since I last posted, but that’s because I’ve been working! Mercedes and Raul’s story is complete, and scheduled to be released September 1st. With that said, let’s get on to what your waiting for. The cover and title of the next book in the Black Burlesque Series will be…

Drum roll please…

Black Dahlia

 

Below is a synopsis of Black Dahlia to whet your palettes a little bit and prepare you for the September 1st drop:

Synopsis:

A year and a half ago Mercedes Holmes and Raul Santiago shared an explosive encounter that ended abruptly. Since then, Mercedes has gone out of her way to keep both her emotional and physical distance from the sexy and charming Brazilian. Now, however, the full-time assistant principal and part-time burlesque dancer finds herself in need of Raul’s security services.

Raul Santiago is the consummate ladies’ man. He’s wealthy, sexy-as-sin, and just dangerous enough to put himself between the woman he’s had his eye on for more than a year and the stranger stalking her. When Raul finds himself not only offering Mercedes his professional services, but opening up his home to her, the undeniable chemistry between the two becomes irresistible. Over the course of one busy, burlesque performance-filled summer, Raul fights to break down Mercedes’ emotional walls, and stop whoever it is that threatens her very life.

And for the pièce de résistance, here’s the Spotify playlist for Black Dahlia. Enjoy!

Book Discussions and a Sneak Peek

Greetings All,

How’s everyone doing?

I hope you’re well. I wanted to give an update on what I have coming up in the next few weeks, and to give a little teaser of Raul and Mercedes’ story. I will be having two book discussions in the coming weeks on Facebook. The first is August 1 (this Saturday) at 7pm eastern standard time, hosted by Crystal Moody and the group Violette Dubrinsky’s Fantasyland. The second book discussion will be on Wednesday August 12 at 7pm EST, hosted by S.K. Lessly’s Alpha Addicts group. These are my first book discussions and I am SO excited. I’ve been to a few other book discussions by authors I’ve read, and I enjoy getting to learn the author’s process while they were writing and how they came up with certain story lines. I am looking forward to talking with my readers and getting more of your thoughts and questions.

Secondly, I know I’ve been saying for weeks that Raul and Mercedes’ story is coming (and it is. I promise.). It is currently in the editing stages, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peak from the book to whet your palates! So, without further ado, I present a little from Raul and Mercedes. Enjoy!

“Leaving so soon.” Devyn and Mercedes turned to see Raul approach.
“Yeah, I couldn’t convince her to stay the night,” Devyn answered.
“Uh, yeah. I’ve got some things I need to do tomorrow,” Mercedes tightened her lips wondering why she felt the need to explain herself to him.
“Let me walk you to your car.” He grabbed Mercedes around the waist before she could protest and opened the door. Devyn’s eyebrow raised, but she remained silent.
Mercedes felt a sensation of warmth through her dress, where Raul’s hand pressed into her lower back. She had to force herself not to lean into him.
“This wasn’t necessary. I’m sure Yvette is wondering where you are,” Mercedes said, in an attempt to remind herself and him that he was there with another woman. Other than a small tick in his jaw Raul did not respond, and kept walking to her pine green Kia. As they walked Mercedes inhaled his masculine scent, she knew it was a mix of some type of expensive cologne and a scent that was all Raul Santiago.
“This is it. Thank you,” she said as they arrived at her car. She turned to look up at him when she felt his hand still pressing on the small of her back.
Raul nodded. “You’re welcome, Querida.” Mercedes didn’t know what the last word meant, but she remembered he’d repeated it over and over when they kissed outside his hotel room that night. She shivered just thinking of the way his lips felt as they moved over hers. She unconsciously stared at his lips and licked her own. She didn’t even notice until she saw Raul’s lips turn up into a smile.
“See something you like?” He asked in that wicked tone that shot straight to her core.
“You wish,” she said defiantly pulling her gaze off his lips and up to his eyes. That was even worse. His eyes held a sinful look. He knew she wanted him.
“I do,” he said still smiling.
Mercedes placed her hands on her hips. “I don’t think Yvette would appreciate your talking to me like this. And for that matter neither would Cindy, or did you finally break up with her instead just cheating on her?” Mercedes heard the anger in her own voice but didn’t care.
Raul didn’t rise to the bait.
“I already told you I don’t even know Cindy and I have not seen her since that night. As for Yvette, she’s just a friend.” Mercedes eyed him closely. For some reason she believed him about Cindy, and maybe even Yvette. She couldn’t blame the man for women coming on to him or being attracted to him. He was deliciously attractive, successful in his career, and very wealthy. She looked into his eyes and knew, if given the chance he could make her fall hard for him. She couldn’t allow that.
“If you say so. That’s none of my damn business,” she said stepping back to unlock her car door.
“What if I wanted to make it your business?” He asked flirtatiously. Mercedes tried hard not to smile, but his was infectious. She smiled as the butterflies in her stomach rose.
“I’m leaving now. Goodbye, Mr. Santiago,” she said using his last name, attempting to assert some emotional distance.
“Raul,” he stated in a low, but firm voice.
“What?” she asked caught off guard.
“My name is Raul. Say it,” he commanded.
“Mr. Sa–”
“Raul,” he commanded more sternly stepping closer to tower over her. Mercedes felt the butterflies in her stomach turn into a full on jackhammer as her insides hummed with desire under his watchful gaze. She wanted to be her usual defiant self and let him know she wasn’t the least bit turned on. But, they both knew that would be a lie.
“Raul,” she said just above a whisper.
Those sexy lips of his, again, turned up into a devil’s grin. He’d won this round.

Expectations and Self-Doubt

Hey Y’all,

I’m going to come clean, I’ve been struggling a bit with completing the second book. It’s not because I don’t want to finish it. It’s because of a little thing called self-doubt. I’m not a stranger to self-doubt, mind you. Self-doubt is something we all experience at one point or another in our lives. It rears its ugly head whenever we’re embarking on a new adventure (and that’s what writing is for me, an adventure). I certainly had a lot of self-doubt going on when I was writing my first book. However, this is the self-doubt of a different kind.

It’s the doubt born of expectations.

When I was writing Black Pearl, no one knew me. When self-doubt rose, I could tell myself, “Well, if no one likes it, at least you tried. You went after something you wanted.” I could manage that self-doubt by telling myself expectations weren’t high because I was an unknown author. Today, that’s no longer the case. I’ve released my first book, and most of the feedback has been extremely positive.

Now, I’m writing my second book.

As of this moment, I am approximately 80%-90% of the way through my first draft of Raul and Mercedes’ story. This book is different because the main characters are different. Their journey is not the same as Nikola and Devyn’s. It feels easy for me to fall back into a formula that worked the first time around, but that wouldn’t be fair to the characters, the story or the readers. But with this realization come the doubts: Will people like it? What if this story is not up to expectation? What if I’m a ‘one hit wonder’ (so to speak)? These doubts can be paralyzing.

DOUBTS

In actuality, I could’ve been done with the first draft of Raul and Mercedes’ story, but self-doubt has often kept me from being able to focus. I’ve definitely gotten better in the last few weeks, and have been more dedicated to completing this story. Each day I get closer and I realize that self-doubt is just something I will have to contend with in this journey as a writer. I’ve said before, my goal with each book is to get better and better. To do that, I need to be okay with stepping out of my comfort zone, trying new things, and actually, you know….write. So that’s what I’ve been telling myself whenever self-doubt creeps in.

Just write.

Editing is a whole other process.

Welcome and Thank you!

Hey Y’all, Hey!

First, I’d like to say welcome to my slice of the internet! My goal for this website is to be a place where I can update fans on upcoming projects, share ideas on writing and romance, and just have a place to connect with readers. As of right now, I don’t have a set schedule of how often I will update this site. It may be once or twice a week, or a few times a month. It depends on how busy my schedule is, but I will do my best to update as often as possible. To stay updated on posts, you can subscribe to my mailing list and receive emailed notifications of posts. Just enter you name and email address. Simple as that!

Let’s see…what else?

Oh, I want to give a big, huge, THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased, read, or told a friend about Black Pearl. As of today, it has been 8 days since Black Pearl was released under my publisher Jessica Watkins Presents, and the feedback has been great! I am so thrilled that many of you enjoyed my book and took the time out to write a review, send me an email, reach out to me on Facebook, etc. For me, writing is a labor of love. I truly enjoy opening a romance or erotica book and getting lost in the story. I admire so many authors in this genre, and to think that I am now joining the ranks of these writers is truly a blessing (not a word I use lightly!). Writing is my solace, my escape from the world when things get too hectic. I do it to create a world in which love always triumphs. I know that may sound a little (or a lot) corny, but it is what it is. Real life can be a drag sometimes, and romance/erotica offers me an escape.

So, my objective is to keep writing and providing you all with stories you enjoy. Speaking of which, I will be spending my 4th of July weekend working on the second book in the Black Burlesque Series. Mercedes and Raul’s story is a work in progress, and even I’m surprised at the twist and turns they’re story is taking, but I’m enjoying it just the same. I can’t wait until it all comes together.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your holiday weekend!

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