About Zion, the bad bitch from the novel, Raven’s Seduction!

I’ve received messages from readers who loved the character Zion from Raven’s Seduction, but they are bothered by her use of the N-word, not to mention her overall flamboyant demeanor. Instead of replying to each message individually, I decided to drop a post. I was supposed to write this post last week, but I’ve been knee-deep in my other projects. My paranormal world needs me! 

Nevertheless, here I go…

Like many of my characters, Zion was created from a person who is a real-life class act and a good friend of mine. I thought about toning her down for the sake of the faint-hearted. I’ve done it before. I admit that Zion was a bit much on the rough draft. But after mulling over it for a few days, I decided to let her be her true self and emerge from the pages as the bad, boss bitch that she is. Yes, she’s extremely outspoken, unfiltered, and vulgar at times. But she’s also compassionate and downright lovable. She was raised in an area where the n-word is often used as a term of endearment. Because of that, it became a word she uses in her everyday life. She uses it when she’s happy, sad, or pissed off. She even uses it when she’s confused. But that word does not define who she is. 

Personally, I can’t stand the word. It has no place in my world. However, in her world, it’s just another way of saying “dude”. 

Upon publishing Raven’s Seduction, I knew her character would cause a stir. That’s why I issued a warning on the buy page. I’m happy that so many readers related to her on a personal level, despite her verbiage. Many have asked for a story featuring her and Remi. *wicked grin* They are definitely spinning their own tale. We’ll see how it works out. 

Thanks for reading! 

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“Cover of the Month” Round Two #ASMSG #IARTG

Hello, world! I have more great news!

The book cover for Simone ~ The Crush Files has been selected for round 2 in the AllAuthor’s monthly “Cover of the Month” contest. The top 50 covers will be the winners.

If you voted the first time, the online voting for the second round is now open, so please vote away.

To vote, click on the button below.

“Cover of the Month” Contest #ASMSG #IARTG

Hello, world! I have some great news!

The book cover for Simone ~ The Crush Files has been selected to take part in the AllAuthor’s monthly “Cover of the Month” contest. The top 100 covers with the most votes will move onto the 2nd round of the competition on June 7th.

These kinds of competitions are always so exciting. Hopefully, Simone will come out on top. Your vote will help.

To vote, click on the button below. And thank you in advance.

Simone, Available for Pre-Order #ComingSoon #ASMSG #IARTG

“I don’t know what it is about her, but she sets my soul on fire by simply existing.”

SIMONE, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

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New Look for the New Year #YNWrites #ASMSG #IARTG

Happy New Year folks! I hope everyone is having a splendid new year so far.

Like every new year, I change the appearance of my website. Unfortunately, this year, the change came early due to some unforeseen circumstances.

Last week, a cover model took to social media with a rant on obesity that spread like a wildfire through the author community and publishing industry. Not only did he get the attention of many authors, but he also gained the attention of readers.

This cover model didn’t say anything new in his explosive post. People have been preaching about the obesity problem in the US for years. However, the tone he used to express his thoughts on obesity is what really got people’s attention. The words “fat” and “lazy” were often used throughout his post. Instead of encouraging those who are overweight to seek a healthier lifestyle, he used his platform to belittle and berate women of a particular size. And I say women because his rant was directly geared toward women.

Although he’s not the first model to go on such a rant, I thought he was better than that. I was disappointed in him. Of course, once he set that dumpster fire, authors and readers alike lashed out at him. He, in turn, lashed back and his comments grew nastier and nastier. This showed me that I didn’t know him like I thought I did, and that he was indeed a crappy human being.

I won’t say his name. He knows who he is, and by now, I’m pretty sure a lot of you know who he is as well.

After that debacle, I decided to cut ties with him. I will no longer use any of his images on my work, my blog nor my website.

Thankfully, his face is only on one of my book covers. I will leave it as it is since that story is more than five years old. However, his face was plastered all over my website. Yikes! Thanks to the quick work of my cover artist, that is no longer a problem.

*Click image to be redirected to Yvonne Nicolas’s website.

I plan to make more changes to my website within the next few months, but until then, back into the writing cave I go. Catch ya’ later, folks!

Another Year Behind Us. Hello, 2019.

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m so glad to have made it through another year, and I’m glad you guys made it with me. May not be a big deal for some, but for me, that’s enough reason to celebrate. Cheers!

At the beginning of 2018, I made a resolution. Though I tried, I wasn’t able to reach my goal. Part of the reason was due to something that happened in my personal life, and the other part was due to my lack of drive to make it happen. Earlier last year, my hubby fell ill, right after my boys got over a bad flu. It caused a big scare. As a result, I directed all of my attention to my better half’s health, totally disregarding my chatty characters and even my own health. I was so concerned about him, I didn’t even realize I was sick myself. It was a respiratory infection, which truly sucks for someone with bronchitis asthma. *sigh* Thankfully, I caught it before it got really bad.

Nevertheless, throughout it all, my writing suffered. Life happens so it couldn’t be helped. That just means I have to push harder to get ahead just in case life throws another monkey wrench my way.

That said, I’m going to do things differently this year. Instead of announcing my new year’s resolution, I’m going to keep to myself and make it happen. I won’t TALK about it, I’ll BE about it. That’s my motto this year and I plan to stick with it.

I have high hopes that you’ll be able to stick with your plans to reach your goals as well. Let’s do it together!

COVER REVEAL #WhateverNiyahWants #ASMSG #IARTG #ComingSoon #Romance #Menage

COVER REVEAL FOR WHATEVER NIYAH WANTS

Niyah ‘Butterfly’ Darby, a YouTube sensation, finds herself entangled in steamy love affairs with two gorgeous bachelors.

How will she choose when her heart reaches for them both?

*Release date will be announced soon. Stay tuned.*