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It’s no secret my debut urban fiction novel Platinum Dust (Part One) has been released but I have been receiving messages asking me if I would be willing to make a few chapters available to the public. I give a lot of advice on Urban Fiction especially on writing and marketing and so I thought I would allow the public to give me some feedback. I am open to all comments, suggestions, reviews and opinions on my baby (Platinum Dust) If you are up for it please feel free to visit the link below and let me know what you think!!!!!!! Happy reading everyone and remember to Follow for more Urban Fiction News, Reviews and Resources

 

http://www.freado.com/read/15744/platinum-dust-part-one

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Just a quick blurb. I was invited to do a radio Interview on the Keri’s Korner Radio show on Monday May 27th at 9pm. The interview is on F.L.O Empire Radio http://www.keridsingleton.com/category/keris-korner  Mr. Keri D. Singleton is also the author of “The Wanderer’s Game” also available on Amazon.    You can also check out my review of his title in a previous post. Would love the support and hope you all can tune in.

 

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Exciting News for Urban Fiction Readers! Or lovers of action packed stories. You now have an opportunity to win $500 by entering the Platinum Dust Urban Fiction Reading Contest. Official rules are provided below. Good luck and happy reading.

How The Contest Works?

Purchase a copy of Platinum Dust (Part One) E book  Read the story and answer the 20 trivia questions provided below. Tell your friends and other urban fiction readers to do the same listing you as their referrer. The person with the most correct trivia answers and the most referrals wins $500. That simple.

Platinum Dust Official Entry Rules

To enter the Platinum Dust summer reading contest; All entrants must email their book order confirmation # along with trivia answers and the person who referred them to email platinumdust@yahoo.com. before 12am July 31 to qualify. Follow the format below.

Your name:

Order confirmation#:

Trivia Answers:

Referrer’s Name:

The Person with the most referrals and highest amount of trivia questions correct Wins $500 in cash.

Winner will be announced by Friday August 16th. Winnings will be mailed out accordingly. To get your copy follow the links below

http://www.amazon.com/Platinum-Dust-Part-One-ebook/dp/B00CM3CA0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368035755&sr=1-1&keywords=platinum+dust

or visit Booktango’s bookstore for multiple download options (Nook, iPad, e readers) can visit the link below.

http://bookstore.booktango.com search “Platinum Dust”

Disclaimer: if there are mulitple entrants who answers all 20 trivia questions correct the winner will be determined by the number of referrals they have.

Trivia Questions

Which day of the week does Felicia Fall on?

What was Raheim wearing when he met Maya?

What is the name of the mansion Raheim stayed in with Felicia?

Who did Dre put to sleep?

Who bit Raheim?

What is Felicia’s surprise?

What is the name and color of the car that chased Raheim?

Where did Amir meet Pamela?

Where was Carlos Shot?

How many Letters does Raheim read?

Where was the fight between Amir and Raheim?

What is the name of Dre’s enemy/competition?

Which one of Felicia’s Friends is getting married?

Who is Felicia’s best friend named after?

What is the name of the Doctor Felicia was referred to?

What alias does Raheim use?

What nickname does Raheim call Janet?

What is carved into Raheim’s bedposts?

Which character is most known as bipolar?

Who is the first person to die?

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The other day I started reading Jealousy written by Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders. The novel is written under Zane’s trademark. The Story revolves around ugly duckling Rochelle Jackson who has very masculine facial features. Though she isn’t as pretty as her cousin Dakota North who she lives vicariously through she still tries to fit in.

Dakota is living the life mingling with the rich and notably famous, marrying rich and handsome men and traveling around the world. Things take a horrible turn when Rochelle decides she wants to take her cousin out.

Though I think the concept of the story is great I think it was poorly executed. The story dragged on for the first half of the book making it difficult for me to get through it. You also didn’t get a sense of who the character was until somewhere in the middle.

I love reading fiction especially fiction with a strong lead character and I felt like this story left me a bit confused and unconnected. I hate starting books and not finishing them so I forced my way through hoping it would get better. I have only read a few of Zane’s books and was a bit disappointed that this story didn’t deliver.

Being a writer I always worry about engaging my audience. I want my characters to be relatable and memorable. I want you to feel their pain, cry when they cry and feel betrayed when they are. Powerful writers know how to suck you in with the first sentence and make it impossible for you to do anything else until you reach the end. I strive to be that type of author every day. How important is character development when trying to determine if a story is worth following?