Author Feature: Deborah Fletcher Mello

There are very few authors that I will automatically read without hesitation and I’m thankful that one of those authors stopped by the blog today for a little chat. Deborah Fletcher Mello is here to discuss a few things and  share a little bit about her books that are scheduled for release in 2016.  Take a few moments and get to know this author who truly knows how to write romance novel!!!


1. When did you decide to become a writer?

 I don’t know that the decision to be a writer was one I made consciously. Storytelling and writing have been something I’ve loved to do since I was a little girl. It was something I felt compelled to do. Writing was therapy and it gave me immense joy to weave a story from beginning to end. Pursuing a publishing deal and wanting to share my writing with others came many, many years later after raising my family and working a very successful corporate career. It was in that decision that I realized I was meant to do this.

2. Why do you write?

 I write because I have an innate need to do so. I often joke that there’s a whole lot of crazy going on in my head and I’ve been called to make sense of that crazy. I firmly believe that I’m just a conduit for the characters who want their stories told and when I do that, I honor this gift that I’ve been blessed with. And I truly believe it’s a gift so I don’t take it lightly.

3. Which writers inspire you and why?

 That list is long and distinguished. I have great admiration for the many writers who paved the way before me, whose words and stories have enthralled me. Writers who managed to draw me so deeply into their stories that I lost all sense of myself. Writers who are creative, prolific and emotionally engaging. From Maya Angelou to Zora Neale Hurston, that list is a cornucopia of phenomenal women and men who absolutely loved the written word. To pick one or two would be a great disservice to all the others.

4. What is your favorite book and why?

 Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson. Guy Johnson is the son of Maya Angelou and this book was absolutely everything! It was romance, drama, historical, suspense and so much more! I fell head over heels in love with King Tremaine. The author’s characterizations were on point and his talent for storytelling exceeded my wildest dreams. This book left me breathless!

5. Of all of the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

 James Tucker from my literary novel, Rested Waters. James had my heart from start to finish. He embodied the spirit of my father and uncles and men who I have loved and respected. Writing his story was a celebration of everything I adore about strong black men.

 6. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

 I do read my reviews and I read them because I believe that it’s necessary to be mindful of what readers think and feel about my stories. Although not all criticism is constructive it’s important that a good writer be able to learn and grow from other people’s opinions about their work.

 I typically don’t respond other than to say thank you because every reader is entitled to their opinion, whether I agree or not. And I appreciate every reader who takes the time to tell me and others what they think because far too many don’t say anything at all. I also know that not everyone is going to like everything I write. And that’s okay. I tell young writers all the time, you need to have thick skin in this business or you’re not going to last long.

 With my very first book, one of the very first reviews, the reviewer said, “I hope she doesn’t quit her day job.” Had I taken that to heart I wouldn’t be where I am today. She also said that I needed to “write less and plot more”. That comment struck a cord and I instinctively knew what she was trying to say. I took that advice and used it to get better. Her review of the book that followed was glowing!

7. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

 My stories have much more depth than they did in the beginning. I am more aware of my word choices and I allow the characters to evolve into their own beings instead of trying to force them into what I think they should be.

 8. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Interesting question but I don’t have an answer for it. I believe all of us are here to do what we are meant to do. I wasn’t meant to write any story other than my own.

9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

 Continually improve your craft! Take classes, join writer’s groups, learn from other authors. You owe it to yourself and to your readers to try and get better with each new book or story. And write! Your story is as important as anyone else’s so don’t be afraid to tell it. Just make sure you tell it well and insure that your final product is the very best that it could possibly be! What you invest in yourself and your books, especially if you are self-published, will be reflected in what you ultimately produce. Make sure it represents you well.

 10. Why do you think so many well-written books don’t sell?

 The publishing industry has undergone some significant changes in the past few years. Self-publishing has changed the literary landscape. It’s given voices to writers who would never have seen a book deal and it’s also allowed some really bad writing to flood the marketplace. All writers, traditionally published or self-published now have to work exceptionally hard to get their books noticed because there are so many books out here. The days of large promotional budgets is long gone and ultimately, people can’t buy what they don’t know about. Throw in an ever changing economic climate and some readers no longer have the flexibility and ease of buying books that they once may have enjoyed.

 11. Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?

There is immense power in being vocal about what we want and don’t want. Publishers buy books and support authors who they can see being read and who have a significant following. Publishing has always been about the bottom line and will continue to be that way in the future. If you love an author’s work, buy their books. Ask your libraries to buy their books. Tell your friends and family about their books and ask them to pass the word along. Tell the publishers the kinds of books you want to see more of by leaving book reviews. Book reviews can literally keep an author published. And don’t think that you’re just one person so what you do and say won’t make a difference. One person can move mountains!

 12. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

 I hope to keep telling great stories. Although traditionally published I plan to spread my wings and write more literary works under my own imprint. I also hope to see my stories on the big screen. And ultimately, I will continue to strive to keep getting better and better with each and every book.

 13. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

 I love to hear from readers so I tell everyone to please reach out and connect with me. I’m all over the internet so just Google my name – Deborah Fletcher Mello! I can also be found easily at the following websites:

Website / Blog: http://www.deborahmello.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeborahFletcherMello

Instagram: http://instagram.com/debbmellowrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbMelloWrites

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDeborahMello

Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/deborahmello

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DebbyM

14. Are there any final words for the readers of Reading in Black & White?

I just want to extend my sincerest appreciation to you Tiffany for all that you do. Your support of writers and your love for the written word validate what I and other authors strive to do. We tell stories hoping that they will touch someone’s spirit and you have given many of us that opportunity by reading our work and sharing our books with your followers. So, thank you! And to your readers, HAPPY READING!



Writing since she was old enough to put pen to paper, Deborah Fletcher Mello firmly believes that for her, writing is as necessary as breathing. Her first novel, TAKE ME TO HEART, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author. In 2008, Deborah won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Series Romance for her ninth novel, TAME A WILD STALLION. Her publication, CRAVING TEMPTATION was named one of Publisher’s Weekly Best Books for 2014 and was also nominated for a 2015 Emma Award for Book of the Year. As well, her novel PLAYING FOR KEEP was a Library Journal Best of 2015 and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Multicultural Romance. Most recently, Deborah was named the 2016 Romance Slam Jam Author of the Year. Born and raised in Fairfield Country, Connecticut, Deborah maintains base camp in North Carolina but considers home to be wherever the moment moves her.


Released March 29, 2016

 Former NBA star Alexander Barrett has slam dunked his career into second gear with the grand opening of his hot new gym in Boulder, Colorado. But his excitement is tempered when his estranged twin brother, MMA title holder Zachary “The Hammer” Barrett returns home from Thailand. Alex has never forgiven Zach for marrying his college sweetheart. And while they’re now divorced, his bitterness lingers.

 Zach hoped to re-connect with his brother, but when his personal assistant and trainer, Sarai Montri, arrives, their rivalry is soon reignited. Highly educated, not to mention gorgeous, the former Miss Thailand captivates Alex for the first time since his heartbreak. But Sarai’s devotion to Zach only stirs up the past. Will the brothers’ competitive natures tear them apart once more–with Sarai caught in the middle?


Coming October 1, 2016

Nicholas Stallion’s championship dreams are almost within reach. The star quarterback has lucrative endorsement deals, A-list friends and beautiful women on call…until a play-off injury changes his life. He’s angry at the world—and butting heads with family friend Dr. Tarah Boudreaux. Yet the ambitious neurosurgeon’s unwavering encouragement sparks an intimacy that blindsides them both.

 The Nicholas that Tarah met before the accident had wealth, fame and charm. All of that pales in comparison to the driven, determined man she’s falling for now. And when a captivating first kiss leads to an intensely tender moment, she knows she’s in way over her head. But with a jealous rival in the mix, Nicholas must be willing to make the ultimate play, or lose a love he had never dreamed of finding…


Coming October 25, 2016

World famous MMA champion Zachary Barrett has returned to his home in Phuket, Thailand, and his elite training camp, Revolution. Thanks to his twin brother, a renowned pro trainer in Colorado, Zachary is primed and ready for his next title bout—but his toughest match may be with the sports journalist assigned to write an exposé on him. Not only is she gorgeous, she’s after a well-guarded secret that Zach soon realizes makes her off limits in every way…

 It’s true that Kenzie Monroe has an ulterior motive for pursuing Zachary. The half-Asian beauty believes he’s connected to her estranged father, a former MMA fighter who disappeared years ago. And the more Zachary avoids her, the more determined she is—and the hotter their game of cat and mouse becomes…until they both surrender. But as lust, love, and friendship combine, Zachary knows he has to answer all of Kenzie’s questions—because outside of the ring, the heart makes the rules…

Book Feature & Interview: Color of Deception by Khara Campbell



Grief strikes everyone differently, for Pete it struck him to the core. After his beloved wife Moriah was tragically killed in a car accident, the driver and his entire ethnicity become the target of Pete’s wrath. 

When Pete buried his wife, all love, compassion, empathy, joy, he ever possessed, was buried along with her. Family tries to bring him out of his grief, but his stubbornness allows it to keep a chokehold on his life. 

Carlisha, the young black, orphaned woman that Moriah had welcomed into her heart and their home as a part of their family, is now a bullseye for Pete’s grief. But despite his now callous attitude toward her, Carlisha still sees Pete as the man that once was a father figure in her life. 

Tragedy strikes yet again, and a budding romance and a series of deceptions leave Pete questioning the target of his wrath. Soon Carlisha is forced to accept her life as an orphan yet again after the man she loves turns his back on her when she needs him the most. And love Pete never thought would resonate in his heart again blossoms in more ways than one as he fights for someone that represents the very race that he has come to hate.

The knocking on the door interrupted Pete from his Sunday morning routine of coffee, sports news on TV and reading The Washington Post. He sucked his teeth in frustration and stood up effortlessly, which was great for his forty-eight year old body, which he refused to put any extra effort in keeping in shape. He stood tall at six feet.

Pete walked over to the front door, already knowing who was behind it before he opened it. He cussed under his breath. Part of him really wanted to ignore the knocking on the door and pretend like he wasn’t home. But he was sure if he didn’t answer now, she would be back later, no doubt. He unlocked and slowly opened the door, not even trying to mask the look of irritation on his face.

“Good morning Uncle Pete, I came to see if you would like to go to church with me today,” Rachel said, beaming. Her bright smile and flowing golden-blonde hair almost overshadowed the early morning sun shining down on the front porch.

“I don’t know why you insist on coming here every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening pestering me about some damn church,” Pete howled. “You know good and goddamn well that I’m not going. Yes I said goddamn, is that blasphemy like you call it? Well I don’t care!” Pete turned and walked away from the door and left Rachel standing on the porch.

Rachel walked in the house and closed the door behind her, she wasn’t the least bit fazed by her Uncle’s abrasive attitude. She’d been coming to visit him faithfully every week for almost a year since her Aunt Moriah was killed in a car accident. She felt it was now her responsibility to check up on him, but more importantly to continue praying for him because when his wife died he had turned into a completely different person.

“What the hell! When did my neighborhood get filled up with all these niggers!?” Pete yelled when he looked out the bay window and noticed a young Black couple walking their dog.

“Uncle Pete! How dare you? That is offensive, rude and not Christ-like.”

“Well, I’m offensive, rude and not Christ-like, so I can say whatever the hell I want,” Pete defended. “I’ve been living here for ten years and never have I seen so many black people. Did they all win the lotto or get rich picking cotton?” Pete mocked, he took a seat back on the couch.

“How dare you talk like that? Aunt Moriah is probably rolling around in her grave.” Rachel took a seat in the armchair across from her uncle.

“Well she wouldn’t be there if a nigger hadn’t crashed into her car,” Pete snapped.

“That was an accident. The driver of the other vehicle had a heart attack behind the wheel. You shouldn’t be blaming anyone for what happened. Two lives were lost that day,” Rachel reasoned. “And calling black people the N word is not right. You need to pray and ask God to heal your heart. You shouldn’t lash out because of Aunt Moriah’s death like that. And you can’t blame every black person for what happened.”

Pete took a sip of his coffee and ignored everything Rachel just said. All he knew was a black man was driving the car that crashed into his wife, whether he had a heart attack or not, he still caused the death of the love of his life. That bastard was drunk; I still don’t believe he had a heart attack! Now he was left with no wife, no kids and only a pestering niece that insisted on bothering him every freaking week about going to her damn church. He considered going to church with her; maybe that would get her off his back.

“I can do and say whatever the hell I want! This is my house!” He spat.

“I bet you wouldn’t say the N word in public because you know it’s wrong. So you shouldn’t say it in private either!”

Pete sucked his teeth loudly. Out of respect for his niece and the kind heart of his beloved dead wife, he held back saying a few cuss words to Rachel. Rachel’s father was his dearly departed wife Moriah’s brother and as much as it pained him to have to deal with Rachel pestering him to go to church every week, he was happy to have Moriah’s family around, it helped him deal with some of the pain of losing his wife so soon and so unfairly. If the driver of that car hadn’t died in the accident he probably would’ve killed the man himself for killing his wife.

Pete would never forget the phone call he received telling him about the accident. Moriah had left their office at Minute Print, the small printing company they operated together to make a deposit at the bank that evening. She was on her way back to the office when the accident happened. The driver that had the heart attack, or drunk driver, veered into her lane hitting her head on. She died instantly. Pete’s whole world turned gray that day. He wanted to die with his wife. Then his anger shifted to every black man that reminded him of the man that hit his wife’s car. Then he just began to despise the sight of any black person that would remind him of the black man that took his wife’s life. Even Pete was surprised at how quickly his anger for the black race grew, but he then began to not care because the fact still remained that his love, his queen, his life, the woman he wanted to have children with, the woman he wanted to grow old with was gone and she was never coming back.

“Rachel – why do you insist on bothering me every Sunday? Get the hint, I am not interested in going to church.” Pete took another sip of his coffee and went back to reading his newspaper.

“Uncle Pete, you know Aunt Moriah loved going to church, she sang in the choir. I’m sure she doesn’t want you not to go anymore.”

“Moriah’s not here, Rachel. And every day I am painfully reminded of that, especially when I look out my own window and see all those black people taking over my neighborhood. You ever thought that maybe I don’t like to go to church anymore is because it reminds me too much of her? When the choir goes up to sing, I still try to find her in the group, but then I remember, yet again, that she’s gone.” Pete pushed down the emotion to cry with the memory of his wife. It was a couple weeks shy of a year since her death, but to Pete, sometimes it still felt like it just happened yesterday.

“I’m sorry, I never thought about it like that.” Rachel was sincere. “Well, will you at least be coming over for dinner later?”

Pete wanted to say no right away, but figured it would be good for him to get a home cooked meal. “What time is it?”

“Four.”

“Alright, I will come over for dinner,” he conceded.

Rachel got up and gave her uncle a quick hug. “Thanks! And don’t be late. I’ll see you later.” She turned and walked toward the door.

“I said I’ll be there all right – I’ll be there on time,” Pete answered, relieved that she was leaving.

“Okay!”


Buy Color of Deception here!


1. When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve had a passion to write since I was a little girl. I knew it was definitely something I wanted to do when I was a teenager.

2. Why do you write?

Writing is very therapeutic for me and I like sharing my creative thoughts with others.

3. Which writers inspire you and why?
There are several, because I love reading as much as writing. But to point out a few: Maureen Smith, Neta Jackson and AC Arthur.

4. What is your favorite book and why?
That’s tough. But I will say Maureen Smith’s Wolf Pack series. I’m a sucker for romance.

5. Of all of the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

Virtue is my favorite character from my debut novel Not My Will. I love her because of her faith and her desire to fight for what she believed in.

6. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes I love reading my reviews, the good – and the bad. I don’t respond to them, but I definitely like knowing people’s opinion and it helps me to better my writing skills. With the bad reviews, you can’t take it personal. Some bad reviews could be as simple as it was too short; or they didn’t like a particular character, etc. You have to know that you can’t please every reader, your work isn’t for everyone. And you have to be okay with that.

7. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I’ve evolved by challenging myself to write in different styles and genres. Soon I would like to write a murder mystery which is something I’ve never done.

8. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The book was made into one of my all time favorite movies. I enjoy reading historical fiction and this book is it. It was just so beautifully written.

9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Don’t give up! Even after publishing your book, keep the faith, work on your craft and write because you love it, not for the accolades. Because they may never come, or won’t come as soon as you think. 

10. Why do you think so many well-written books don’t sell?

Marketing. That’s one of the main reason. If the audience don’t see your book, they won’t know to buy it. This is something I struggle with.

11. Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?

Publishing is move more and more towards eBooks, that’s for sure. But I hope paperbacks don’t become extinct. We can promote diversity by buying and promoting authors of different race and and writing genres. Unfortunately I’ve noticed that black authors are mostly labeled as only “African American Fiction”, “Urban Fiction”, etc when we shouldn’t be categorized in those areas only.

12. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to write more novels. One day I would love to have my stage plays and screenplays produced. 

13. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://kharacampbell.blogspot.com/

Blog: http://kharacampbell.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Khara-C-1441067522851851/?ref=hl

Instagram: @KharaCampbell

Twitter: @KharaCampbell
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Khara-Jhanielle-Campbell/e/B00ED1OPXK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Review & Interview: Reckoning by Shakir Rashaan



Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series meets Law & Order: SVU in the third installment in the Kink, P.I. series featuring modern-day renaissance man, Dominic Law, whose ability to seamlessly navigate the dark streets and the complexities of the fetish world allow him to solve crimes that no one else can, even at the risk of his own life.

“No one can escape their day of reckoning…not even me.”

After solving two of the more difficult cases of his short P.I. career, Dominic Law feels like the worst might be over. But before he can settle in to take on more routine cases and take a well-deserved rest, a series of intensely brutal homicides occur, making him wonder if someone is truly out to get him.
A series of copycat murders from the previous Roman Numeral case begin to show up in different parts of the city, while another crime scene close to home brings the specter of an old nemesis, hell-bent on revenge. Dominic finds himself in the crosshairs in a race against time to solve the cases before the grim reaper can fulfill a promise in the most explosive installment of the Kink, P.I. series yet.
Can Dominic postpone his reckoning, or will it be too late? 

“The last thing he suspected was the scene of his dreams turning into a nightmare of epic proportions.”

I don’t know how to start this review except by saying, the first chapter had me completely sold on this book. “Why was it about to be a nightmare for him? Who is doing this to him?” I love when a book hooks me in and has me asking questions. 

Someone has it out for Dom and they have weaved an intricate plan to bring him down. Rashaan gives us a glimpse into the BDSM world as the reader knows the relationship between the colorful cast of characters based on the use of lower and upper case letters. This particular book doesn’t go knee deep into the sexual aspect of the BDSM world so don’t allow that to deter you from picking this one up.

“We were so focused on one person that the others quietly worked behind the scenes in other capacities, trying their best to put an innocent man behind bars.”

The Reckoning is a clever, fast-paced read. It is like a puzzle that makes you think one piece fits here and then you’re like, “Crap, I was wrong,” and then you have to try something else. If you enjoy a good mystery that has a sexual element to it, then I recommend a visit to your favorite retailer or online site and buy a copy of The Reckoning. 

Side note, this is the third book in a series but you do not need to read the previous books to understand this one!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Reckoning in exchange for an honest review. 




Buy The Reckoning here!

Welcome to ShakirTV, this is Shakir Rashaan, thank you for joining me on location inside of the Reading in Black & White blog channel today. We’re anxiously anticipating the release of the third book in the Kink, P.I. Series, RECKONING, due out in stores June 14th. Rather than give you all some boring op-ed, I thought it would be fun to sit down with the main man in this series, Dominic Law. Of course, he decided to bring his business partner along for the conversation, Mr. Alexander (although a lot of you know him by his other moniker—Ramesses), so there’s no telling where this conversation may flow.

So, without further delay, let’s get into it!

Shakir: Welcome to ShakirTV, gentlemen. I appreciate you coming through to sit down with me to discuss the Kink, P.I. Series, I know things are really heating up right now. I’m sure the reading audience will definitely enjoy what you two have to say during this conversation.

Dominic: Thanks for having us, Shakir. It’s always fun sitting down with you to chop it up. Oh, Natasha and Niki wanted me to tell you hello, and they were sorry they couldn’t make it. You know how much of a crush they have on you.

Ramesses: (clears throat) That goes double for the women in my life. Neferterri has been meaning to speak with you about a certain matter. She says you’ve been keeping her waiting, and you know how she doesn’t like to wait.

Shakir: Sir, please tell that delectable wife of yours that I have not forgotten about her, but other deadlines have needed to be met, and that she and I will have a lengthy talk about that matter as soon as humanly possible. I’m only one man, and I know she’d hate for me to give a half-assed effort. In fact, she’d be damn near ticked off.

Ramesses: Yeah, you got that right, Sir.

Shakir: Cool, so let’s get this thing in gear. Okay, Dom, I have questions that I know the readers want to know with regard to the series, but I also have some questions I pulled from the readers themselves, too! I’ll mix them in as we go, and I promise they weren’t too explicit (well, that’s not entirely accurate LOL).

Dominic: Hey, I know how it goes around here. Ramesses told me that you are the man in your own right, Pharaoh, so, I’m just sitting back and enjoying the ride. I’m in the presence of legends.

Shakir: (looks at Ramesses) Yeah, you just had to say something. Okay, first question: In Obsession, how did you keep your emotions in check when you found out your ex-wife was murdered? I know how I would be, and the Great One over there would have rained hell on the whole city, so, how did you do it?

Dominic: (exhales) Shakir, I’ll be honest with you, I’m still not entirely over it. She was my college sweetheart, and at that time in my life, I thought she would be the last I’d ever have. So, seeing her on the concrete like that, I was ready to wreck the entire city. But I had a job to do, even though I wasn’t a part of the force anymore. Despite the fact that I have Natasha and Niki, she was the “one.” I’m just glad I was able to find the person who killed her.

Shakir: Yeah, that was a bit emotional for me, too, trust me. Now, on to that other case in Obsession. That one still has people a little salty that you weren’t able to resolve things. Veronica Emerson managed to slip through your fingers in ways that left a bad taste in readers’ mouths, but she didn’t get away completely scot-free, right?

Dominic: Yeah, you know how that goes, there’s always a measure of justice that happens, even if it isn’t legal justice. She got away with murder, for God’s sake! But, thanks to my partner over there, I’m good with what happened to her.

Ramesses: Well, that was a matter of luck and opportunity, but we’ll just leave it at that. I remembered the last interview we did; we can’t give away a lot of details, there are some readers who are just finding out about you, young’un.

Shakir: LOL! Yeah, we have to keep the details sketchy, we have people who might want to find out for themselves. Let’s fast forward to the current set of cases, since we don’t have a lot of time, you still have some new cases popping up as we speak. In Reckoning, you both had to deal with a well-connected and high-profile Dominant who turned into a person of interest in a missing person’s case involving a Civil Rights icon’s daughter. How in the world did you get through that one without the news crews swarming around?

Dominic: Well, since Obsession, my partner has developed some really good connections within the business and entertainment communities. Money brings influence, you know? It almost got a little too crazy for a minute there, though; there were so many more moving parts than what I’d dealt with before, and having the other case hitting so close to home, too, it was amazing we got through it in one piece.

Shakir: Do you mean the murder of Niki’s coworker in the DA’s office?

Dominic: Yeah, that one almost derailed a few trains, that’s for sure. I thought the murder case involving my ex-wife was bloody, but that one almost took the cake! I hadn’t taken a beating like that since the Academy, and I’m still healing from it as we speak.

Shakir: Trust me, I got emails from fans of the series that are a little upset with me about some of the deaths, and what happened to you, too, that’s for sure, so I know what you mean. I know when RECKONING drops, there will be more emails where that came from.

Ramesses: Well, there will be more where that came from. We still have to get things back on track within the compounds anyway, Shakir. I’ve been getting calls about some things that we did in Tempest that we need to discuss.

Shakir: Yeah, we need to set up a time later this summer to get that out of the way. I think I know why you got those calls; it might take the series in a direction I hadn’t altogether planned to go.

Okay, we only have time for a few questions from the readers, so I’ll pick a couple and we’ll wrap this thing up. Sounds fair?

Dominic: I’m good with it. Shoot.

Shakir: Okay, here’s the first reader question: What events brought you into the world of BDSM? I know your friends, Ramesses and Neferterri, brought you in, but what were your first thoughts of that lifestyle?

Dominic: (laughing) my first introduction was having to deal with that rape and kidnapping case involving Master Amenhotep in The Awakening. That was a lesson in shock value to say the least. I mean, I kinda knew what was going on—there are a lot of conventions that go on in Atlanta—and I knew Ramesses got down like that, but until that investigation, when I was still on the force, it was more fantastic stories than real life for me.

My mind got opened even wider once my ex-wife mentioned she was interested, but I wasn’t receptive to it, which led to our divorce in the first place. If I knew then what I know now, who knows? Maybe I’d still be married, but on the flip side, I wouldn’t have the women I have in my life now. Bittersweet trade-off, I suppose.

Shakir: This question plays to your musical tastes, Sir: What type of music do you like, and what would be in your soundtrack?

Dominic: Man! I’m a DSGB (for those that don’t know, that’s a Durty South, Georgia Boy), so you know that means OutKast, T.I., Killer Mike, Ludacris, and I’ll rock a bit of Pac and Biggie (RIP to them both, gone too soon), maybe some Kendrick Lamar for that West Coast flavor, and of course some of the old-school HipHop, too. Which reminds me, did you hear that new one TIP did with Marsha Ambrosius? YO!!!!

Shakir: Man, I’m still rocking that as we speak! And I think the music is what defines you both, too: Ramesses has more Jay-Z in him, while you’re more DMX (before he lost his mind, that is).

Ramesses: I feel that, but I thought the ladies compared you to Jigga, though, Shakir?

Dominic: Look, I ain’t got no problems with X, I just hope he gets back to the music he was doing that put him on top. This trap music…man, what in the hell is that noise?

Shakir: Hey, we’ll have to leave that alone, you know the kids are rocking that these days LOL!

Okay, this last question has gotten a lot of debate when it comes to you, Sir, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask it: Who would you want to play you in a movie based on your life?

Ramesses: Oh, this should be fun! I’m good with what the readers chose for my character. Idris Elba is that dude!

Dominic: (short pause) actually, I like either Omari Hardwick or Morris Chestnut. I think Morris could pull off a lot of the comedic moments within a movie, but Omari has the harder edge to him when it comes to the action and fight sequences, so that would be a rough call. They’re both shorter than me, though, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers, right?

Oh, and I took a peek at who might be good for Niki and Natasha, too…good lawd, Taraji P. Henson can get it, and so can Roselyn Sanchez!

Shakir: (laughter) All right, that’s all the time we have, gentlemen it was a pleasure, as always, and I’m hopeful we will get the chance to talk again very soon.

Dominic: Man, this was fun, we have got to do this again!

Ramesses: Yeah, and you need to drop by NEBU with Empress, too. And soon. The girls would love to scene with you.

Shakir: Consider that a date, soon, Sir. And now, I’d like to say to those reading this interview, thank you for stopping by. RECKONING releases June 14th, and if you place your thoughts in the comment section, I will select a couple of people to receive an autographed copy of OBSESSION to get you started on the Kink, P.I. Series! How cool is that?

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“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” 

~ Pope John Paul II

Known for his mind-twisting plots and unique prose, Shakir Rashaan rolled onto the literary scene as a contributing writer to Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3 in 2012. His raw, vivid, and uncut writing style captured the attention of the Queen of Erotica herself, Zane. A year later, Rashaan made his debut with The Awakening, opening to rave reviews and a “recommended read” accolade in USA Today’s “Happy Ever After” literary blog. The follow-up in the Nubian Underworld series, Legacy, has garnered even more success, and its third installment, Tempest, picked up yet another “recommended read” from USA Today’s “HEA” blog, making the series one of the most unique in the erotica genre. 
Obsession is the first of the Kink, P.I. series, with the next installments, Deception and Reckoning, poised to add another exciting series to the mystery genre. A few new projects are also being developed under the pen name, P.K. Rashaan. With his prolific writing prowess and openness on his social media platforms, Rashaan has plans to be a mainstay within the erotica genre and beyond. 
Shakir is part of USA Today’s Happy Ever After literary blog as a regular contributor. You can find him on Fridays for his “Manly Musings” blog, where he dishes on the latest movies, television shows and books, all from a man’s perspective.
Shakir is a Phoenix, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Communications from the University of Phoenix. He currently resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children. You can see more of Rashaan at http://www.ShakirRashaan.com
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RECKONING’s release date: June 14, 2016