Thursday, September 20, 2012

An Ey Wade Review of A Bundle Tied in Red!

Last night I was excited because one of my Ebooks, "A Bundle Tied in Red" which I write under my pen name Tess Allen, was being reviewed on The John Wills Book Tree program on BlogTalkRadio. The excellent review was done by Ey Wade of Wade-In Book Reviews and I'd spent the day anticipating listening to the program.

Sure enough, at the appointed time I made my way to the site on BlogTalkRadio where I could find the necessary link to tune in to the program and I was actually quite proud of myself for having not run into any of the technical glitches I tend to do from time to time when I move beyond anything but the simplest of online connections.

For an hour I listened to the invigorating discussion that was going on between Mr. Wills, his co-host and their celebrated main guest of the evening about several of her books, and when, near the very end of the program he announced that the regular segment which was a book review by Ey Wade was about to air I waited with baited breath.

To my surprise, rather than the review of my book as I'd anticipated, Ey gave a thoroughly interesting detailed review of another book by another author. I thought, wow, did I get my wires crossed! She must have meant the review would air next week, not this! But then something guided me to take a look at the "episode" that I was listening to and yes, as you might have already guessed, I had tuned into last week's episode not the one that was currently airing!

So, thanks to modern technology I was able to download the right episode, the September 19, 2012 episode, shortly after it went off air, and, at the end of that excellent program with yet another very talented author, I heard Ey Wade's review start and to my thrill and delight her WONDERFUL review of "A Bundle Tied in Red"! I share that episode with you now here! Just click the player below for the entire episode or, if you feel like cheating, you can fast forward towards the end to hear the review! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks Ey!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Quite recently I experienced a series of events that genuinely left me wondering "what the heck was that?"! On one hand it was humorous, another flattering, another almost surreal in how it had come to that one cosmic moment in time.

It left me buoyant immediately afterwards, giving me an emotional boost that was more than welcome coming when and as it had, but the practical side of me was anxious for it to run its course as something I was focused on. Anxious because of my need right now to remain practical and dedicated to personal commitments I've already made to accomplish things I've already determined are in and for my best interest. Yet, it hasn't been quite so easy to dismiss.

This is synchronicity, a small voice whispered in my head this morning. There's more to come, it seemed to say. Of course I want to scream "what", followed by an even louder "why",  but instead I have just decided to entertain the possibility that perhaps there is indeed an intervention of grace at work in my life in a way more discernible than normal. The kind of grace that, rather than running like that constant underground current that God provides that allows our spirit to be nurished and  replenished ongoing, it is a highly charged grace not to be missed but to be witnessed and understood as it brings about tangible change that neither I, nor anyone watching from the sidelines can deny.

My task now is patience; it is simply to wait, because if in fact this is synchronicity its unfolding is a certainty.

Okay, so that said, let me go somewhere and find myself a quiet seat.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Living On the Tip of My Pen...Again

It has been quite a while since I just wrote for the pure act and love of writing for this blog. Like many others, I formed a circle of "friends" on Facebook and tend to stop there first, if not exclusively, when I sign on line. I realized recently that in many ways that has become tantamount to what occurred when we stopped phoning and opted for texting and stopped sending letters and cards and resort now to emailing. There is a great deal lost in those paradigm shifts; much more than can be immediately realized and much more than we can, as a society, afford.

This is my humble opinion, of course. Yet, because of changing circumstances in my own life it has become abundantly clear that sound bites (bytes) and snippets do not a life sustain. Emails and text messages do not substitute for warm voices and actual quick hugs. Timelines and dozens of photos of dogs, cats, hairdos, and someone elses' espoused clever words in interesting fonts and colors do not ultimately keep you "kissed" when you just need a peck on the forehead. I wonder, often, what we are really exchanging for life, not just for ourselves, but for those we love, those we have been charged with guiding and directing, giving a solid foundation, and exposure to the set of values we deem essential for a long range quality existence. Have we given in, submitting to unspoken defeat, because this is just the way things are now? I'm not at peace with that, so, personally, I'm not willing to accept it for myself from this point forward. I need more than 142 characters, more than an updated status report for personal sustenance.

What am I saying? I'm saying that I'll be stopping here more often than there when I need to share. I'll once more examine, when I feel a desire to subject myself to scrutiny, criticism, and accountability, my thoughts, positions, impressions, hopes, dreams, desires in this platform. This blog is calling me back. I might be the only one following me, but that too will be okay - I need to know where I'm going and very clearly the 'me' I'm now following.

So, Living on the Tip of My Pen is flowing fluid again. I hope you'll indulge me from time to time.



Monday, July 16, 2012

A Minute With Author Deatri King-Bey

What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?

 Deatri King-Bey and I’d like to introduce my latest title, Tease, the last book in the Write Brothers Series and the eBox set of the entire Write Brothers series, Sons 4 Sale.

What genre do you normally write in?

  Romance with a good dose of reality.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

 I started in the publishing industry over a decade ago as a developmental editor at Third World Press, Inc. the oldest African American owned publishing house in the country. My first published title was released in 2006 and since then I have 15 titles under my belt. On a personal note, I’ve been married 25 years to my hero and we have three beautiful daughters and the three greatest grandchildren EVER.

Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?

TEASE: After Eva caught her fiancĂ© in bed with her cousin, she swore she'd never be played for the fool again. Now the ultimate bed-hopper—Tyler Write, has set his sights on her and she’s having difficulty resisting him.
Tyler can have any woman except the one he truly wants—Eva Simpson. Smooth lines and sweet talk won't work with her. To have a chance at Eva’s heart, he’ll have to show her who he really is.

Purchase this eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble. The print version will be released in a few weeks.

SONS 4 SALE (Write Brothers Series eBox Set): If Gloria Write hears “There are no good Black men…” one more time, she’ll scream. She has four sons who fit the bill and not one is married.  Desperate times call for desperate action. During the course of four novels, Gloria sets out to ensure her sons marry. The eBox set includes all four Write Brother novels.

Purchase the eBox set for $7.99 or each novel for $2.99 from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?

 My current work in progress is Hell Hath No Fury, book II of the dangerously-sexy Black Widow and the Sandman series I write with Curtis Alcutt as L. L. Reaper. By the way, the eBook versions of Black Widow and the Sandman are discounted from $5.99 to $2.99 during the Christmas in July sale I’m participating in.

What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?

 Learn from your past, prepare for the future, and live in the now.

How can someone follow you if they want to stay abreast of what you are doing?

 Visit my blog at, or twitter @deatrikingbey or @LLReaper

Thank you for allowing me to give insight into myself and novels. I appreciate it and you. Have a fantastic rest of the week.
Deatri King-Bey

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's Spring on My Front Porch

Spent the morning painting these buckets to house my spring flowers. I think I'll paint about a dozen more...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New from Tess Allen - "The View from Suite 2100"

It's here! The latest release from Tess Allen.

Meet Rowena Wilkes...
She's  a self-made millionaire several times over and reigns over a diverse  hand full of intriguing businesses, but you'd never know it by the man  in her life or the woman in his who makes her life a living hell.  Neither would you expect her to be caught up in something so trivial but  yet so damaging as what is threatening to bring her whole world  crashing down around her feet.

Available from these EBook Retailers


Barnes and Nobel



Buy it now and enjoy! Thank you!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Prayer Changes Things!


I can just imagine this as First Lady Michelle Obama's prayer at night after a day filled with the Jan Brewers, Birthers, blantant bigots, and the like who hate him not because of true political ideologies, but for one reason and one reason only ...


Prayer for Her Man

He came home all bloody again Lord.
I could tell he'd been fightin',
could smell the stench of
unfairness and inequity oozing
from his pores,
but it wasn't him I was worried about,
it was them.

Them poor ignorant folk don't realize
how I pray for him, and
don't know how you always hear -
they think they can jest do him
any ole' kinda way
as if he jest somebody don't nobody
see or respect,
as if he ain't one of your peculiar
people who you love and protect,
as if they know you better than
he do and you favor them
over him jest cause they...

Lord I ain't even sure they really
know you at all,
how can they and not see
how bright 'a light you put
in my man's mind,
how strong you made his back
and hands,
how perfect and faithfully
you made the love inside him
that keeps right on flowing
and growing even when he
comes home

all bloody cause he been fightin'
unfairness and inequity until
it stinks and oozes from his pores, but
he falls down on his knees
with me to give thanks to you
for the opportunity.

©Peggy Eldridge-Love
You Beckon 2002
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