This Is Where I Sleep: Blurb

Hello Again!

Didn’t think you’d see me so soon, huh? Well, I’m going to try my best to never be gone as long as last time. Anyway, I just finished the blurb for This Is Where I Sleep and wanted to share it with you all. First, I’ll let you all in on a secret of mine. I dislike writing blurbs. Seriously, it consists of condensing 70k+ words into less than 200. In the blurb you want to write enough so readers get a gist of the story and become interested enough to read it, but NOT give the good parts away. *Sighs*. I’m not complaining though, I love writing and sharing these stories with you. So here it is:

Blurb: This Is Where I Sleep 

For more than a decade life has been one mission after another for Coral Coleman. This time, Coral is on a mission to find out who tried to kill her two years ago. Unfortunately for whoever it was, they missed her, but took out two of Coral’s teammates—that, she takes personally. Coral has searched far and wide for the elusive “Ghost” who apparently has it out for her. She comes one step closer to finding him when a case involving Bennett Industries falls into her lap.

There’s just one problem.

The current CEO of Bennett Industries is Liam Bennett, the man who was Coral’s best friend turned lover turned heart breaker when he walked away from her without any explanation and married another woman.

            For the last five years Liam Bennett has been on his own mission—maintaining control of Bennett Industries while plotting to take down the one man who has kept him from the love of his life. When Coral re-enters Liam’s world for this case, once-buried feelings emerge and secrets are revealed, but most of all, a connection that cannot be denied resurfaces. Liam resolves to put this case to an end and reclaim the woman he has always wanted. He will have to overcome vindictive family members, betrayal by someone in his inner-circle, and most of all, have to work to convince the very stubborn Coral that with him is where she belongs.


I Haven’t Forgotten About You! (And Cover Reveal)

Hi All!

It has been SO long since I’ve updated this blog and I apologize for that. It was never my intention to go this long without posting anything, but your girl has been busy. Busy writing!


This Is Where I Sleep


Yup this is my next book entitled This Is Where I Sleep. And for those who have been asking, yes, this is Coral’s story. If you’ve read Black Butterfly (of course you have!), you will know that Coral is Stacey’s older, kickass sister. Well, Coral’s got a love story to tell and we can’t wait to share it with you. The release date for This Is Where I Sleep is June 3rd. Over the next couple of weeks I will be dropping more information including excerpts, bios of the main characters and the story blurb. Stay tuned!

*Also, I just realized that we are a little more than a month away from the one year anniversary of my first published book, Black Pearl. I think maybe, a short story from Devyn and Nikola, just to catch up on the anniversary would be fun. What do you think?

**Lastly, I’m considering starting a private FaceBook page. There I’ll share upcoming release dates, try to get author interviews/chats, discuss other books in the genre and just have fun. Would anyone be interested in that?




It’s Coming: Black Butterfly!!

Hi All,

I know this is somewhat short notice, but I can finally share the release date and cover of the third installment of my Black Burlesque Series. The book is entitled Black Butterfly, and yes, is it Andre’s story of finding love! The book is scheduled for release tomorrow, Tuesday December 8th.

I’ve given you some sneak peeks, so here is an image of the cover for the book:

Black Butterfly Cover

Also, what would a book in the Black Burlesque Series be without some music, right? Here’s  the Spotify playlist for the book.

I’ve been working hard on this book and I can’t wait for you all to finally get a chance to get your hands on it! You guys should know by now I LOVE feedback, so feel free to leave a comment, shoot me an email, Facebook message on your thoughts, and if you’re so inclined, to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I would REALLY appreciate it!

Oh, and speaking of reviews. I was thinking I may start doing reviews of other books on this blog. As a lover of romance, I read A LOT of books, and have come across some really great ones I’d love to share and talk about on here. Would you all like that? Let me know! And, as always, happy reading!!


A Quick Word From Andre and Stacey. Enjoy!

Hi All,

So my manuscript is complete and has been read over by my betas who all gave me some great feedback! Now, I am just waiting to here back on a release date from my publisher and to get to work on more edits and revisions so it will be perfect for your eyes!

While you wait I wanted to give you a little teaser from Andre and Stacey. You ready for it? Here goes:

Andre parked, rushing out his car door and hurrying to Stacey’s door, to open it before she could even remove her seat belt. When they reached the door to her condo, Andre took the keys from Stacey’s hand, turning her pressing her back against the door. He leaned over his lips lightly touching hers.

“Invite me in,” he said just above a whisper.

“Um, uh,” Stacey sputtered. She couldn’t think with his lips on hers, “I’m not sure–”

“I won’t do anything you don’t want me to. Invite me in,” Andre insisted, cutting off her response with a quick kiss to her lips.

Hesitating, Stacey stared into his eyes. Though she wasn’t sure how far she was ready to go with Andre just yet, something in his eyes told her she was safe with him. “Come in,” she whispered.

            Before the words were even out of her mouth, Andre had inserted her key in the lock and opened the door.


Why I Write Romance Featuring Black Women

A few weeks ago, a popular IR author posted a negative review on her Facebook page. Negative reviews are common, and not to be unexpected when you put your writing out there for others to read. What made this review particularly negative is that the reviewer admitted to not reading the book. Yup. You read that correctly the reviewer didn’t even read the book, but instead chose to leave a one star review as a “warning” to other prospective romance readers that the heroine in the story was…wait for it…a black woman. The reviewer identified herself as a Hispanic woman, who just couldn’t “relate” to stories about black women and therefore felt it her duty to caution others who may come across this book.

I wish incidents like this were isolated, but they are not. Just the other day on my Facebook page there was a discussion of some authors who write IR, leaving out the physical descriptions of the female heroine, but not the white male hero.


Simple oversight?

I highly doubt it.

For years, Black authors have discussed how large publishing companies will try to persuade them to either write white characters or downplay the physical characteristics if they must write black or non-white characters. It seems the mainstream audience has trouble relating to non-white characters.

Now, can we think about this?

In the literary world, books featuring wizards, talking animals, witches and aliens are easily put on book shelves, made into movies and sell millions, but stories featuring black people, in particular, romance featuring black women is just too much to relate to? Does that make sense to you? Says a lot about our society when black women being loved and protected is where people throw up their hands because it’s just too absurd a concept.

This is why I write romance featuring black women.

When I first discovered the world of Black romance, I was shocked to discover a genre in which black women were prominently featured as being loved and protected. Today, with digital books allow more black authors to break into the genre and be discovered by their targeted audience. This has created the opportunity for a host of more dynamic and diverse stories featuring black women to be told.

In a world where black women are often told we are too strong, too independent, too masculine, too much of this and not enough of that, and that is why we’re single, unloved and uncared for, romance featuring Black women being loved is my safe space. I enjoy reading and writing about black women who’ve overcome whatever trials they may have gone through, and are able to find love that is worthy of their greatness. These stories allow me to take a few hours out of my day and escape to a world in which a woman being black does not take away from her beauty or humanity. It allows me to read about women with café au lait, caramel or dark chocolate colored skin (excuse the food references), with full lips, thick thighs, wide noses and kinky to relaxed hair not only being the recipient of mind-blowing orgasms but love.

I write romance featuring black women because even as I write this post there is a video circulating social media of a young black girl being tossed from her chair and dragged like an animal from a classroom by a school police officer. In that video not only were the actions of the school officer abhorrent, but the non-reactions of everyone else in the classroom is just as telling. Unfortunately, not even the teacher in that classroom saw that young girl worthy of a “Be careful!” or “Not so rough!” directed at the officer.

I write black women in romance to remind ourselves that we are not the problem.

I write black women in romance as a reminder that our black is beautiful.

I write to remind ourselves that we are worthy of love and protection because the world so often tells us the opposite.

I write black women in romance as a reminder to myself that my worthiness of being loved is not dependent on my proximity to whiteness, but simply because I exist (and you are too 😉 ).

Why do you read romance featuring black women?


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

Andre 2

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 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:


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.


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.

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