Monday, April 20, 2015

On Conversations: #bestselling #author Judith Arnold

Please join me in welcoming the USA Today bestselling author, Judith Arnold to Conversations today! Judith is here to talk about book 4 of The Magic Jukebox series, Heat Wave. So be sure and check out Judith's commentary, and the cover and blurb below!

Lisa ~
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Judith Arnold on Heat Wave, Her Newest Magic Jukebox Romance

Remember when every booth in a diner was equipped with its own individual jukebox? As a child, I loved flipping through the pages of those booth jukeboxes and deciding which song from each page I would choose to play, if only I had tons of money (and my parents weren’t there, griping about that awful rock-and-roll.) When I was older, my friends and I would gather around a free-standing jukebox, arguing over which three songs to play on our quarter, making our choices, hoping we didn’t press the wrong buttons and get stuck listening to a song we hated. I especially liked jukeboxes with clear glass windshields that allowed me to see the armature slide up and down the row of 45’s, finally plucking one and transferring it to the turntable.

It all seemed magical. And the music had its own magic. Some songs made me dance. Some made me sing. Some made me sigh, or cry. They all cast spells on me.

So I guess it’s only natural that I’d write a series of romances about a magic jukebox. A beautiful antique jukebox that could cast a spell on listeners with the music it played? This seemed perfectly logical to me.

I created the picturesque seaside town of Brogan’s Point, north of Boston, and planted the Magic Jukebox inside an unpretentious pub called the Faulk Street Tavern, run by a no-nonsense six-foot-tall woman named Gus Naukonen. Gus has never been bewitched by the jukebox herself, and her boyfriend, police detective Ed Nolan, thinks the whole mythology surrounding the jukebox is a bunch of hokum. But Gus has seen its effect on her customers.



In Changes, the first book in the series, wealthy Bostonian Diana Simms is in town with her fiancĂ© to look at wedding venues, but when the jukebox plays the David Bowie song “Changes,” it creates a connection between her and Nick Fiore, a local boy with a troubled past who now tries to help other troubled youths. In True Colors, the Cyndi Lauper song “True Colors” transforms the relationship between artist Emma Glendon and high-tech mogul Max Tarloff, who happens to be her landlord. In Wild Thing, the Troggs song “Wild Thing” plays, and Emma’s best friend, Monica Reinhart, discovers the wildness inside herself when bad boy Ty Cronin sails into town.

It took a few months to get Heat Wave written and ready, but now the newest Magic Jukebox book is available. You may be familiar with the Martha and the Vandellas version of “Heat Wave,” which I use in the book, or the Linda Ronstadt version. Both are loud, bouncy and infectious. In Heat Wave, Caleb Solomon, the lawyer who defends Ty when he gets himself into serious hot water in Wild Thing, is suffering from a broken air conditioner in the midst of a hot, humid stretch of weather. He’s in the Faulk Street Tavern, cooling off, when high school teacher Meredith Benoit encounters him. Meredith has been the victim of a prank which might cost her her job, and she needs a lawyer. They both also need some relief from the heat wave enveloping the town—and the heated wave of passion that sweeps through them when the jukebox captivates them with its magic.

I hope you’ll give Heat Wave—and all the Magic Jukebox books—a try. If you love music, and if you love romance novels with just a touch of magic in them, you’ll love this series.



HEAT WAVE

The Magic Jukebox sits in the Faulk Street Tavern in the quiet seaside town of Brogan’s Point, Massachusetts. No one knows what classic rock songs will come out of the jukebox when a coin is inserted, but every now and then, the jukebox will play a song that casts a spell on two bar patrons—a song that will change their lives and open their hearts to love.

Caleb Solomon’s office air conditioner is on the fritz. Although not his choice, he winds up meeting with a difficult but profitable client in the pleasant chill of the air-conditioned Faulk Street Tavern. It’s there that high school teacher Meredith Benoit finds him. Due to a silly prank, her job and her reputation are in jeopardy. She needs a lawyer, fast. But the Magic Jukebox starts playing “Heat Wave,” and a hot wave of passion crashes over Caleb and Meredith, catching them in its undertow and carrying them off.



USA Today bestselling author Judith Arnold has written nearly 100 published novels. She’s received four Reviewers Choice awards from RT Book Reviews, and she's been a multiple finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Her novel Love In Bloom's was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, and her novel Barefoot in the Grass has appeared on recommended reading lists at hospitals and breast cancer support centers.  Married and a mother of two, Judith lives near Boston in a house with four guitars, three pianos, a violin, an electronic keyboard, a balalaika and a set of bongo drums. Visit her website to learn more about her, and sign up for her newsletter for updates and news.


Friday, April 17, 2015

On Conversations: #award-winning #author Leigh Court

Please join me in welcoming the award-winning author, Leigh Court to Conversations today! Leigh is here to talk about her new contemporary romance, Fear Of Flying. So be sure and check out Leigh's commentary, and the cover, blurb and excerpt from Fear Of Flying!

Lisa ~
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Many thanks for letting me blog today, Lisa!

Confession: I’ve pretty much always been afraid to fly. It started at age 18, with a rough plane ride on my first flight to Europe. Since then I’ve tried not to let my fear of flying control my life, but every time I board a plane, I can’t help but get a little nervous. Ironically, I’ve had a fortune teller assure me I’ll never die in a plane crash and an astrologer friend tell me I will live to a nice old age. I think of those two women every time I buckle my seatbelt!!

But now I’ve found a way to turn my fear of flying into a positive thing.


I’m the author of nine books, and the advice always given to writers is “write what you know.” So for my latest story, aptly titled Fear Of Flying, I decided to get semi-autobiographical. I gave my heroine, Jessie Jordan, a fear of flying and wrote her story based on many of the real-life experiences I’ve had.

A job as a book publicist? Check. On a nationwide book tour with a travel writer? Check. Winter de-icing of plane wings and bouts of white-knuckle clear air turbulence? Check!

Everyone probably has stories of scary plane flights, me just more than most people. And I included them all in this book! Pretty much everything in it is true, except for the ex-military travel writer hero of the story, Regan Quade, whose lust for Jessie helped make this a very hot contemporary romance!


FEAR OF FLYING

“You’re never going to die in a plane crash…”

Book publicist Jessie Jordan is deathly afraid of flying, which prompts travel writer Regan Quade to come up with a highly imaginative (and very intimate!) way to calm her anxiety. When they’re thrown together on a two-week cross-country book tour, the result just might be a bestseller!


This romance is definitely one wild ride! I’ve gotten some great reviews and some wonderful feedback from readers. Here are some buy links if this sounds like a fun read to you…



Excerpt from Fear Of Flying by Leigh Court

      “You’re never going to die in a plane crash.”
      Jessie Jordan stared into the piercing blue eyes of the old fortune teller, her mouth going suddenly dry. She didn’t believe in fortune tellers, or psychics, or any paranormal stuff, but one of her girlfriends had given her this “reading” as a birthday present, and Jessie’s curiosity had gotten the better of her. She’d expected the gray-haired woman to spout some generic drivel, like ‘you will meet a handsome stranger’ or ‘you will come into some unexpected money.’
      Not to predict something that would hit so close to home.
      “How… How could you possibly know I’m afraid of flying?”
      “This.” The woman opened her palm, where Jessie’s pearl ring was nestled. “It vibrates your fear.”
      The fortune teller had requested a personal item that she’d claimed would help her see Jessie’s future. So Jessie had handed over the simple pearl ring she always wore – the one her parents had given her for her eighteenth birthday a decade ago, and which had been on her finger a month later, when her parents had taken her to Italy for a two-week vacation.
      Her first airplane ride.
      And the most traumatic experience of her life.
      Nervous as Jessie had been about stepping onto the huge plane in New York that summer, the overnight flight had been fine until the aircraft had started its descent into Leonardo da Vinci airport the next morning. The 747, as Jessie later learned, did a common ‘step landing,’ which entailed descending a few thousand feet, gliding, then descending a few more thousand feet on its approach to landing.
      Trouble was, every time the plane sank on its glide path, Jessie had been convinced they were going to crash. She’d never been very good with roller coasters, and the wavy motion of the plane had made her sick to her stomach. The minute she’d felt a sour taste in her mouth, she’d known she was in trouble.
      The flight attendants had ordered everyone to buckle their seatbelts for landing, but Jessie had shakily unhooked hers and scrambled into the aisle, making a mad dash for the bathroom in case she was going to throw up. She’d never made it. A flight attendant at the back of the plane had blocked Jessie’s desperate beeline down the aisle and literally shoved her into an empty seat in one of the last rows, ordering her to buckle up for the landing.
      That’s where a guardian angel had come to her rescue. A young man in military uniform in the next seat had urged her to put her head between her knees and just breathe. As Jessie had bent over, shaking with her effort not to get sick, she’d felt his hand gently stroking her back, trying to calm her. With his other hand, he’d slipped an air sickness bag between her knees, just in case.
      But it turned out she hadn’t needed it.
      His advice worked. The plane landed without her making a scene.
      Jessie gazed at the fortune teller in front of her, her mind lingering on that old memory. Odd, but she hadn’t thought about that guy in ten years. She’d never even found out his name, although she could still remember the brilliant smile of approval he’d given her when the plane landed.
      To this day, she was still a nervous wreck whenever she had to fly, but she’d tried hard during the last decade not to let that fear dictate her life. In fact, she’d taken a job three years ago as a book publicist, which entailed flying around the country with authors promoting new book releases.
      Jessie believed in facing her fears.
      “Here.” The fortune teller handed back Jessie’s pearl ring with a knowing look. “You didn’t believe in my ability when you sat down at my table. Do you believe now?”
      She cleared her throat. “Actually, I expected you to tell me I’m going to meet a tall, dark stranger. I mean, there’s no wedding ring on my finger. That would have been the obvious thing to say.”
      The fortune teller laughed. “Oh, that will happen, too, my dear. In fact, the two things are fatefully intertwined. But it seemed more important to reassure you about your fear of flying.”
      Oh, brother. Jessie rolled her eyes. She was going to meet a tall, dark stranger? Okay. Time to get out of here.
      The old woman tilted her head and gave Jessie a perceptive, all-knowing look. “Just remember what I told you. There’s no escaping fate.”
 

Copyright © 2014 by Leigh Court


Award-winning multi-published author Leigh Court has been writing since age eleven, starting with wild adventure stories for her elementary school newsletter, growing up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took her on real life adventures.

After traveling most of the world, she segued into the more normal job of public relations, but she's never stopped writing. Having seen what she has of life's struggles, Leigh now writes romantic fiction because she wants her readers to be able to escape into a story guaranteed to have a happy ending!


www.leighcourt.com


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pre-order: DAKOTA COWBOY

Dakota Hearts series, Book 8

The last thing Luke McKinnon wanted in life was to work at the family oil business. He'd done a good job steering clear of that by setting up a successful law practice in Sioux Falls. But when the patriarch of the family falls sick, Luke steps in. He's only trading his crisp white dress shirt for a t-shirt and hardhat until his father is back on his feet. He doesn't plan on sticking around. That is...until he meets Tessa.

Single mother, Tessa Rock isn't afraid of hard work. She can hold her own with the ranch hands on her daddy's ranch and on an oil rig. She doesn't have time for a man to mess up her fragile life...until Luke McKinnon shows up on her rig. The handsome lawyer is probably used to having beautiful women draped on his arm. But at the end of the day, it's a miracle if she can get all the dirt and grime out from under her fingernails. The two of them couldn't be more different. But none of that matters. She quickly learns what a fool she'd been to think of Luke as just a lawyer who can help her get what she wants. One night in his warm embrace, and seeing the heart and soul of a man who loves so deeply, Tessa realizes she wants the man...for the rest of her life.


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Monday, April 13, 2015

On Conversations: #bestselling #author Dee Davis

Please join me in welcoming bestselling author, Dee Davis to Conversations today! Dee is here to talk about Endgame, the first book in her Last Chance series! This book will be on sale for only 99¢ April 13th through the 17th! So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below!

Lisa ~
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008JQME74/?tag=crlaofsu-20ENDGAME 

They both know the games killers play...

FBI criminal profiler Madison Harper understands dangerous minds. Tough, tenacious, with nerves of steel, she’s the best of the best. So is her new partner, Gabriel Roarke, a crack CIA operative who likes to do things his way. When the two are forced to jointly head up a task force investigating murder in high places – it’s no surprise that sparks begin to fly.

As they race through a shadow world of power, politics and deadly secrets, the passion that simmers between Madison and Gabriel soon ignites. But a clever killer at the top of his game has challenged Madison to play to the very end. Now all she can trust is her instincts—and Gabriel, the one man reckless enough to keep her alive...



Excerpt from Endgame by Dee Davis

     “Madison Harper?” The voice was deep, almost a bass, the sound sending a wave of something akin to pleasure coursing down her spine. She swung around, her eyes locking with pale blue eyes in the midst of a hard, chiseled face.
     The eyes narrowed as the man with the voice let his gaze travel from her head to her feet then back again, the look measuring, weighing her worth. Black hair curled around his temples, a couple days worth of beard decorating his chin. He should have looked unkempt, but instead looked rakish, the glint in his eyes letting her know he was more than aware of his effect on the fairer sex.
     “Gabriel Roarke,” he said, leaning against the door frame, crossing his arms over his chest, his mouth quirking upward ever so slightly.
     She opened her mouth to say something pithy, but couldn’t get the words past the cotton in her throat. Gabriel Roarke was anything but average. Seven years in the Bureau, five of them working with Investigative Support meant that she could be pretty certain her reaction was well hidden. But the very fact that she was having it at all, didn’t sit well.
     The last thing she needed was a pretty boy with attitude. “I wasn’t expecting you until this afternoon.” She carefully modulated her voice, keeping it neutral, almost bland. She’d used the exact tone on reticent offenders with great effect.
     Gabriel’s left eyebrow rose, the resulting expression somewhere between amused and demonic. “I caught a ride on a cargo plane out of Tyndall.”
     “There was no need to rush over. You could have at least waited until you’d had a shower.” It was her turn to measure him, and she had to admit there was nothing a good haircut and a shave wouldn’t fix.
     His lips parted in a smile, his teeth white against the beard, making her think of a pirate. “I’ve been here since yesterday evening, and if you’d care to check,” he languidly lifted an arm, resting it on the doorframe, “I think you’ll find I’ve showered.”
     Their eyes locked, the air hanging between them, heavy as if it were laced with cyanide. One breath and ...
     Behind her, Harrison cleared his throat.
     She exhaled and turned gratefully toward her friend. “I’d like you to meet a colleague, Harrison Blake. He’s an expert with a computer, and I’ve asked him to join us. I hope you don’t mind?” She smiled, knowing full well the gesture was empty.
     There was just something off-putting about Gabriel Roarke. As if he kept the world at arm’s length, totally self-contained. A man of mystery.
     Which simply meant he was a challenge. After all cracking personalities was her specialty. The darker the better. And if she could successfully profile someone like the Sinatra killer, she could surely deal with a CIA operative -- no matter his baggage...

Excerpt from ENDGAME by Dee Davis, Copyright 2005 by Dee Davis. All rights reserved. Reprint only with permission from author.



Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, edited two newsletters, wrote three award winning public service announcements, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress, and served as the director of two associations.

Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. She's won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has written twenty-two books and five novellas, including A Match Made on Madison, and the A-Tac series. She's lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now lives in Connecticut she still calls Texas home.


www.deedavis.com


Friday, April 10, 2015

New Release: HIS DAKOTA HEART

Dakota Hearts series, Book 7 

How do you say goodbye to a love when it had no ending? Gray McKinnon has spent two years struggling with moving on when the woman he loved suffered an accident that left her in a coma and no hope of recovery. Everyone urged Gray to move on. He's had plenty of offers to help him mend his broken heart on and off the rodeo circuit. But moving on is easier said than done when your heart belongs to someone else. At least, he thinks so until he sees Nina Hendrix again.

Nina couldn't help falling in love with her big sister's cowboy any more than she could bring her sister, Jen, back from her coma. She's kept her distance from Gray out of respect for her sister. But when her family decides to move Jen to another medical facility a few states away, she can't help but reach out to Gray, even though she has no illusions that he could love her the way she loves him. She won't let herself be just another woman passing through his life, helping him forget. But one night in his arms makes her realize there is no future for them if every time he looks at her he sees the one woman he can never have.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

On Conversations: #bestselling #author Rogenna Brewer

Please join me in welcoming bestselling author, Rogenna Brewer to Conversations today! Rogenna is here to talk about book 1 in her SEAL It With A Kiss series, The Frogman, Prince! So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and Rogenna's commentary below!

Lisa ~
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OH, HAPPY DAY!

Happy April! Happy Spring! Happy, happy...birthday Toad!

20 Years ago, on April 5th 1995 The Frogman, Prince was born, a thirty-three year-old Navy SEAL. One of my many quirks is to give one character the book's start date as a birthday....

While Lieutenant Thaddeus Miles Prince, aka Tad or The Toad is forever young, it's been awhile since I could pull off thirty-something. Not saying I'm going anywhere. I'd like to think I have several more books in me, but I'm tried of putting this one off.

There are reasons why I couldn't publish this book before now, but again...tired of making excuses.

So without further ado...



THE FROGMAN, PRINCE

A princess, a toad and a curse…

Kissing a toad wasn’t on her agenda.
 

Ship’s Captain Lily Chapel is running out of time. Desperate to save her family’s ocean salvage business, Lily risks everything to carry on her late father’s search for the legendary—some say mythical—treasure of the infamous pirate ship, The Golden Curse. The last thing she needs is a scarred frogman commandeering her vessel for his mission.

Rescuing a princess wasn’t part of his plan.
 

Get in, get out and no one gets hurt—a simple credo that’s served Lieutenant Tad “The Toad” Prince well…until he meets Lily Chapel. Right from the start this mission was personal. In exchange for information regarding stolen warheads, Prince has promised to absolve his old mentor’s daughter—provided she’s innocent. And if she’s not?

Can the daughter of a notorious smuggler—a smuggler in her own right—and a hardened Navy SEAL trust each other long enough to uncover a four hundred year old shipwreck and recover missing cold war missiles in the process?


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Amazon 



Celebrating more than half a million books in print!

In my life I've been a rebel, a sailor, a petty officer and an author. Served in the United States Navy in such exotic locals as Midway Island and The Pentagon. Married a Nuke. Kaboom! And have three sons as a result.

I write happily ever afters about men and women in uniform.


www.RogennaBrewer.com


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On Conversations: #interview with #AAMBookclub #author Jamila T. Davis

Please join me in welcoming author Jamilia T. Davis to Conversations today! Jamila is here to talk about her book, She's All Caught Up! So, check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below. And don't forget to check out her interview too, and get to know Jamila T. Davis!

Lisa ~
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She's All Caught Up!

She's All Caught Up is a cautionary tale for young people enamored by the fast life and the older folks that love them. This memoir tells of the negative influences that swayed the early life of author Jamila T. Davis (creator of the Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series). She is currently serving a 151 month sentence for her role in a multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme.

Young Jamila grew up in a loving, middle class home. Her hardworking parents, the Davises, overcame the barriers of poverty and racism faced by African Americans in the segregated South. From the back wood shacks of the rural south, the Davises migrated north, making Jamaica Queens, New York their new home. They drove themselves relentlessly. By education and endless hard work, they attained their portion of the American dream.

Determined to afford their own children the opportunities they themselves never had, the Davises provided their children with a good life, hoping to guarantee their children's success.

At first, it seemed as though the formula worked. Jamila became her parents' ideal "star child." At a young age she performed in dance recitals at Lincoln Center and toured the country in a leading role in an off- Broadway play. Throughout elementary and middle school she maintained straight A's and was accepted to the acclaimed "Fame" High School of Performing Arts in New York City.

All was copacetic until high school years, when Jamila meets Craig. He was a 16 year old drug dealer from the Southside projects of Jamaica Queens. His street edge fascinated naive Jamila, and he quickly usurped Mrs. Davis' position as role model and protector.

Jamila became mesmerized by the hustlers and life in the inner city ghetto. Her values quickly changed. She wanted independence, power and notoriety, and she chose life in the fast lane to claim them. With her brains and beauty, she rises to the top!

As this high school teen rebels, breaking loose from her parents' tight reins, the Davises wage an "all-out" battle to save their only daughter who they love so desperately. But Jamila is in too deep! Poisoned by materialism and the drama of street life, she resists, and the Davis family is turned upside down!

This real-life story exemplifies the powerful societal influences that affect today's youth, and the almost insurmountable challenges of the older generation who fight hard to protect them. This heartfelt story empowers both youth and adults to understand the tragic consequences of poor choices while instilling the ability to resist them.

When this good girl goes bad, it seems as if there is no turning back.

SHE'S ALL CAUGHT UP!




Excerpt from She's All Caught Up
 
     “Pull the car over now!” I heard blaring from a bullhorn as I was suddenly awakened from a deep sleep.
    
“Oh my goodness, Jamila, wake up!” Theresa shouted as she fiercely nudged me from the driver’s seat of her gray Mitsubishi Mirage.

    
“What in the world!” I shouted as we pulled over on Capital Boulevard and close to a dozen cop cars surrounded us.

    
“Oh, God, girl. We are in trouble. I’m so nervous,” Theresa whimpered in a panic as sweat began to pour down her jet-black petite face.

    
“Calm down, girl. Just act normal,” I instructed, trying hard to gather my composure. My heart pounded intensely as I watched the police gather through the rearview mirror. Two cops exited their vehicle.

    
“You don’t understand! I’ve got a ton of drugs in the trunk. Oh, man, Jamila, I think we are in big trouble,” Theresa ranted as the cops quickly approached us.

    
“Young ladies, step out of the car and show me some identification,” the tall, white cop said in a strong Southern drawl as he approached the driver’s door of the vehicle, with his hand tightly gripped on the gun in his holster.

    
We stepped out of the small, two-door car and fear engulfed me as I watched several other officers swarm our vehicle. It became apparent this was not a routine traffic stop.

    
“You can make this difficult, or it can be easy. Do you give us permission to search this vehicle, gal?” the officer asked Theresa sharply in his strong Southern accent.

    
“Well, um,” Theresa mumbled, clearly confused and frightened. “I don’t . . . um. Well, I guess so.”

    
That’s all the officers needed to hear. They had Theresa’s consent and began to ransack the car. After a brief search, the drugs that were hidden in the luggage in the trunk of the car were quickly apprehended.

    
Tears rolled down my eyes as Theresa and I were read our rights, handcuffed, and placed in the back of the police car. I was seventeen years old and under arrest!

    
My life flashed in front of me. What was I going to tell my parents? How could I ever explain this? I was supposed to be enjoying my freshman year at St. Augustine’s University. Instead, I sat in a tiny holding cell at the Wake County Jail in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    
I nervously stood silent as I was finally taken before a magistrate judge, who formally announced my charges and determined my bail.

    
“Jamila Davis,” the old white judge announced as he banged his gavel, “I hereby set your bail at two million dollars.”

    
Two million dollars! I thought in rage and disbelief.
     I was escorted out of the small courtroom by the bailiff and sent back to the dark holding cell. I cried uncontrollably as the reality of the consequences of my lifestyle had suddenly crept up on me. I had no clue the power a few bad decisions could have. My life didn’t have to turn out this way. It was one poor choice that ultimately altered my entire destiny!



Interview with Jamilia T. Davis
 
Introduce yourself to the audience and tell them a little about your latest memoir, "She's All Caught Up."

Hello, my name is Jamila T. Davis. I am the author of "She's All Caught Up." My book is a memoir about my early life, written as a cautionary tale. It exposes some of the negative influences that led me on a destructive, high speed chase to find fulfillment.

I grew up during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 80's. Back then, it was cool to date drug dealers who were getting significant amounts of money. Just like kids today, my desire to be accepted by my peers caused me to try to appease those I admired, regardless of the consequences. Unlike the average chicks I grew up with, once I got a taste of life in the fast lane I wanted my own share. Instead of simply accepting handouts from my drug dealer boyfriends, I decided to try my hand in the game. Overnight, I became addicted to the high of getting money and it all went downhill from there!

Please share with our audience where you are at? And, how your current experience sparked the creation of your memoir?

I am currently serving a 12 1/2 year sentence at the Danbury Federal Prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut. It is the same facility where Piper Kerman, author of the book "Orange Is The New Black," was housed.

While incarcerated, I participated in a prison public speaking program, geared to deter at-risk youth from crime. Hearing teens vow to avoid participating in criminal activities after listening to my story made me recognize the power it had. This inspired me to write my book to warn others about the detriments of living life in the fast lane. I want kids to understand the severe consequences of this lifestyle, so they will think twice before committing crimes.

What audience do you think will benefit most from this book and why?

I think teens will benefit from reading my book, as well as adults. A lot of people from all races and backgrounds have told me they can relate to my story in certain aspects. I created my book to become a mirror that causes readers to reflect. Even if you didn't make the same mistakes as I did, most of us have been vulnerable to some form of peer pressure or negative influences to gain acceptance. It is my goal to cause readers to dig in and analyze themselves. I share my flaws so that others will have the courage to take a look at their own flaws. We all make mistakes, but true empowerment occurs when we dare to go back and fix them. It's all about being real and breaking free from the chase that keeps many in bondage.

Share with us a little about how your family life was growing up?

My mother was a school teacher and my father was a NYC Transit supervisor. They migrated from the South to build a better life for their family.

I grew up in an upper middle class home, with two very loving parents. They enrolled me and my brother in all types of activities including dancing, singing, acting, gymnastics and Judo. I had a full schedule and was expected to get straight A's in school. My parents wanted to ensure that my brother and I had all the things, and opportunities, that they lacked growing up. So for the most part, we were pretty spoiled.

Do you think your childhood life fits the typical prisoner? Please explain.

Not at all! My parents raised me for success. My mother's dream was for me to become a doctor or lawyer, while being successful in the world of entertainment. They never imagined that I would be enamored by life in the fast lane. My desire to be accepted swayed me over to the other side. After that, there seemed to be no turning back!

What was the changing point in your life that turned you into a "get money" chick?

I was dumped by my first boyfriend, a well known drug dealer, for an older girl who worked in a bakery. He told me he chose her over me because she made her own money, attracting him to her independence. At that moment something went off in my head. I felt like money would be the key factor that brought me happiness and companionship, so I went after it full fledge. Once I saw the attention it got me, I was hooked!

What is your message to teens that think living in the fast lane is cool?

Take a look at my life. Serving time in prison is certainly not cool! Regardless of how smart you think you are or what you think you can get away with, in the end crime will always catch up to you!

For the past 6 1/2 years I've raised my two children from a prison visiting room. I missed out on their birthdays, graduations and all the major holidays. I would give back every dollar I ever made to regain the time I lost with them.

My experience has taught me that nothing is ever worth losing your freedom. Therefore, avoid crime at all cost!


Jamila T. Davis, born and raised in Jamaica Queens, New York, is a motivational speaker, prison reform activist and the author of several books geared to empower the young and the old. She is also a co-founder of WomenOverIncarcerated.org, an advocacy group created to shed light on the lengthy sentences of non-violent, female federal offenders and rally for sentencing reform.

As a former Hip Hop Music & Professional Sports Celebrity Advisor and real estate investor, Davis is no stranger to triumphs and defeats. From a self-made millionaire at age 25, her life took a tragic twist. Today she’s known as federal prisoner #59253-053, sentenced to 12 1/2 years for bank fraud.
From behind bars, Davis embarked on an intense journey of inner healing and restoration. Documenting her findings, she created the “Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series,” which has helped to transform the lives of female offenders across the country.

Discovering her purpose while incarcerated, and encountering injustices within her own case, Jamila T. Davis developed “The High Price I Had To Pay” Book Series, creating a platform for women serving decade plus sentences for non-violent crimes to tell their stories. The success of the series led to the formation of WomenOverIncarcerated.org.

Despite her current obstacles, Davis is committed to paying her way forward and transforming lives through her literary work. From behind bars, she’s making a difference!


Connect with Jamila:
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Website: www.voicesbooks.com
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Twitter: @jamilatdavis
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Email address:jamiladavis06811@gmail.com



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