Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Word or Two from Deja to You~

A Word or Two from Deja to You~
Thank you to those who’ve taken the time to grow with me. It’s a journey I never want to end.

What’s for this week? Do you have a bucket list? Well, someone asked me about mine, so take a glance. Of course, I have an audiobook that’s a must listen. And, as always, there’s blog hopping. The last one, in particular, is a doozy. Where was it when I needed it?   

And finally? The pictures!



Deja Black’s Top Ten Bucket List

1.       Attend a GRL Conference – They sound like fun, and I love the pictures on Facebook. How cool would it be to have my own table?
2.       Complete the Broken Series.
3.       Meet my favorite authors - No need to mention names. Keeps everything friendly.
4.       Develop a website for my writing - I’ve seen some awesome examples out there. One day, people, you’ll look me up, too.
5.       Retire and write full time – I love writing, and maybe one day I can actually make a living from it, but right now I have two beautiful children and a husband who need my health benefits and the ability to purchase food. If something changes, I’m all for it.
6.       Have my books made into audiobooks then have them narrated by Sean Crisden, Eli Knight, Greg Tremblay, and KC Kelly – I love their voices. They’ve all narrated some of my favorite books.
7.       Interview book models - Just because. Who wouldn’t want that on their bucket list?
8.       Allow reviews to wash over me rather than drown me. – The article Amy Lane wrote on reviews*, my friends and peers all help me to rise above the waves. One day, it won’t even matter.
9.       Thinking back to number one? Be a speaker for the GRL Conference – Hopefully one day I will have something worthy to share with others who will be interested in what I have to say.
10.   Give my dad one of my books – My dad’s a Baptist minister in the Deep South. Need I say more?

Audiobook Fave for the Week!
One of the suggestions for a person who wants to read but simply lacks the time? Audiobooks! And, I have the perfect one for you!

My absolute favorite this week is:

 Dark Edge of Honor by Aleksandr Voinov, Rhianon Etzweiler
Narrated by Jack LeFleur

Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act, and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.
Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.
When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass?

This is one truly amazing listen, and Voinov and Etzweiler make an excellent writing team. They are able to place the listener right in the heat of battle one moment and make their audience weep for Sergei the next. There’s action, angst, passion and war, and all of it made beautiful with the voice of Jack LeFleur.

Looking for a book that will carry you away? Dark Edge of Honor will do just that.

Blog Hopping!

Are you a writer, a reader, or just interested in anything literary wise? Well, I have three excellent blogs for you!

Not Quite Dead: A Writer’s Guide to Serious Injuries and Calamities

Now, heads up! There are some pretty gruesome mentions here, but Donovan does a fantastic job of supplying some ways to harm the main character without killing them. Sometimes, pain for the people we write is a must. Here’s how.

5 Free Online Proofreader Tools for Error-Free Writing

Could you use a little help with proofreading? What if there were online tools to use? Would that make the job of finding that help a little easier? Take a look at some nice freebies Agrawal gives here that will make the journey of writing a little easier to bear.


Could be I’m just a little hormonal, but there were a few in here that started the waterworks for me. They were close to the heart. From having an idea to interacting with other writers, Athena has some astonishing truths to share. I really wish I’d read this before I even considered writing. It wouldn’t have changed my mind to start, but it sure would have been great to know.

Now for the pictures that inspire me...


I have learned that you’d rather just enjoy the photos, so here you are!

Let me know if there’s one that totally takes your breath away!








Thanks for reading.

Love always,

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Word or Two from Deja to You~

A Word or Two from Deja to You~
I love teaching. What I don’t love? The onslaught of allergies and germs that come with my beautiful pupils. Oh, well! They’re worth the sacrifice.

This week I can't wait to share my favorite genre, a lovely audiobook, some really great web links showcasing techniques that will help you grow as a writer or just a person who enjoys good writing, and amazing, vibrant, in-living-color pictures.

Come on! Take a look!

Of course, it’s not all about me, so if you have some favorites, please share. I would love to know more about you and what makes you happy.


What Do I Like Best About Paranormal Romance?

Oh, where do I start? Paranormal romance is my favorite. Now, this isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy contemporary, historical and basically all other genres of m/m romance, but my absolute favorite is paranormal.

Why? I can tell you that it didn’t just start this year, last year or even ten years ago.

I’ve loved paranormal and all of its creatures since I was in middle school when Piers Anthony then later, in high school, Anne Rice were my “go to” reads. There’s just something about being able to stretch the limits that really thrills me. Even in those works, there were glimpses of m/m, little pearls I treasured. Imagine my happiness when I discovered that not only was m/m being published, but paranormal romance was embraced as well. I had found my home.

Now, why do I like romances involving monsters, fabled creatures and the like? It would have to be the freedom. Yes, there are certain parameters that must be followed, moors that exist for different beasts and mythical beings, but I love the passion, the ability to stretch the imagination beyond the literary constraints of contemporary romance.

What’s fun about paranormal romance is the fact that I have room to play. I could dabble in the historical, urban fiction, thriller, etc. But, the expectation of the otherworldly is there as a thread providing me the ability to do more. It’s what I love. The more.

I can’t help but think about the heat that the characters are able to experience in paranormal romance, the acceptance that things may burn a little faster, a little hotter. The men are able to be more aggressive, a little more possessive. 

Also, introducing the main characters and developing the way they will circle around each other, sizing each other up or slamming together, unable to resist that overwhelming pull to become one? 

Or, maybe it’s the fear of the unknown, overcoming the divide that separates those that are different? Simply varying the approach is fascinating to me.

Finally, there’s the history of the creatures. I tend to like the ones that are a little less known, the mysterious ones. I read about them, find out what makes them so unusual and invite them in to play.

Paranormal romance. Contemporary romance. Historical romance. Truly, I love them all. But, my requirement? The reader must be able to develop a relationship with my characters, know them, love them or even hate them. There has to be plot, a true story line.

Can I help that paranormal romance tends to offer the best story lines of them all?

Of course, this is only my opinion. Do you have a little something different to share? Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

I’m offering a printed copy of Broken Bones to a person who does.  

Audiobook Fave for the Week!
So very busy this week, let me tell you. Not only do I teach, but my kiddos are in school, too. Makes the joy of reading almost non-existent!

How do I still read and get everything done? Audiobooks, baby!

My absolute favorite this week is:

 Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Narrated by Nick J. Russo
In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers - and their penchant for making good music when they weren't getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends - especially Grant Adams - made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.
Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he's hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn't flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that's not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav's help - but Trav's not sure he's going to survive falling in love with Mackey.
Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn't do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey's past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

BENEATH THE STAIN will break your heart and put it back together again. Mackey Sanders, the heart and soul of Outbreak Monkey and Trav Ford, the man who loves him are two mcs not to be forgotten. This book made it hard for me to get out of the car, to turn off my phone, to move into the real world. It is just that powerful.

And, the way Nick J. Russo performs it? Magic.

Be sure to let me know what you think.

Blog Hopping!

Are you a writer, a reader, or just interested in anything literary wise? Well, I have three excellent blogs for you!

Bridgid Gallagher – 9 Ways to be a More Productive Writer

Who doesn’t want to know how to be more productive as a writer? Okay, maybe someone who’s not a writer. But, check out what Gallagher has to say. There are a few words of advice that would work for almost any career involving writing, reading, studying, but the pearls of wisdom she has for writers? Priceless. Check it out.

Justin McLachlan – 25 Things about Creating Characters

I’m a character writer. There’s just something about creating someone who lives and breathes, becomes real for the individual that reads about them. But, there’s still so much for me to learn. And, what about the writer who focuses on the timeline, the story but forgets about the men and women who live it? Read what McLachlan has to say from avoiding Superman to remembering that real people lie, too.

Interested? I sure was. You won’t be disappointed.

Rachel Giesel – How to Find Your Story’s Heart: 5 Revision Techniques

Now, there are five tips, so I refuse to give away anything. But, as a new writer, I am thrilled beyond belief to find these gems. I will definitely use them, and Tricia Kristufek, an incredible editor, will be so proud.

I can’t believe this was just sitting here waiting for me! Well, it’s waiting for you, too.

Go for it!

And, of course, if you have some amazing links to share, don’t be afraid to comment and provide one or two.

Now for the pictures that inspire me...


I have learned that you’d rather just enjoy the photos, so here you are!

Let me know if there’s one that totally takes your breath away!
















Love always,