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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

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Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Advice on using the "n word" in books
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:17:27 PM »
I am African-American and I think if a certain vernacular  is an  introcal part of a story it should be used. I'm not keen on the n-word obviously, but it is often used as a term of endearment amongst young Black males. Not using the n-word in your story about  Black males may come off as unrealistic.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance genre reader expectations
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:30:57 PM »
I've been wondering this for awhile -- why are there so many and such specific reader expectations in this genre?

I get the basic things that make the genre what it is, like the HEA/HFN, but stuff like the heroine can't have a past of sleeping around (but it's okay for the guys) I don't really understand.

Well there is a double standard when it comes to males and females. That said, I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum and that is, I prefer to write virginal or at the least celibate characters (and of course there is that one man they will come out of celibacy for)

My particular dilemma is, I don't believe that there is a Black readership for virginal Black heroines. I say that to say, I still write my characters how they come to me. And I would say the same for youyou can write your characters how you wantBUT if you are writing for the masses, you might have to buckle and give the readers what they want. Which is a one man, woman heroine, or at least one man that she will ultimately sleep with, but her other suitors may chase her, but she never gives into them physically. Honestly I prefer those type of stories as a reader.

I think the stories you want to do would be more of the 'modern' woman (Sex in the City types) but I believe the vast majority of women/readers would prefer to live vicariously through more chaste/pure women. Or, women with not a lot of experience.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Giveaway....does it work for authors?
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:00:09 AM »
I did it for about 3 of my books. I like how easy it is to create. As for encouraging sells of my books, not so much. The only 'plus' if you want to call it thatI managed to get and keep 200+ followers on Twitter. I also got some followers on Amazon, but I don't think Amazon shares how many followers with you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A question about "heat level" between books
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:42:34 AM »
Not too long ago I started putting flame levels (1-5 flame intensity) on my blurbs. I could be wrong, but I speculate that with my characters being Black, people may make assumptionsi.e. a  4 or 5 flame intensity level and my books are more like 2-3 flame intensity.

Also, heat level is subjective. I had a reader tell me one of my books was too hot (she was used to reading totally clean romance and she was formally promiscuous and no longer live that life) but then there are readers who tell me my books aren't hot enough. I consider my books down the middle. I like to give my readers enough to use their own imagination.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Promiscuous Heroines
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:56:47 AM »
I'm probably not the best person to answer this question because long before I was a writerI spent a lot of time online talking to young ladies about the 'dangers' of promiscuity. It wasn't based on personal experience, but on friends of mine, and even coworkers. That said, I prefer to write about 'chaste' women.

My last couple of characters I've written as celibate (because I know a virgin past a certain age in this society is rare-or at least not broadcast) So celibacy is a little more realistic than virginity. Though one of my characters  in A Love Worth Waiting For, was a virgin.

I believe I might have missed the mark with one of my books Under the Irish Moon, because, although my character didn't sleep with another man, she and her male friend were a little too close for comfort and I believe it may have rubbed a couple of readers the wrong way.

I based that character on the chatter I see online from 20 something's who are sex positive, with different men types. But that is typically not the characters I write nor want to write.

I think promiscuity is subjective, but I think multiple partners for some women over the course of their dating life is 'normal". However, when it comes to romance novels, I think readers want the woman to be as close to chaste as possible.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Facebook blocked my author pen name account
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:16:46 AM »
Exact same thing happened to me as well until i figured out it wasn't permitted. I haven't bothered since, but once I'm vested again in my other work under my pen name I will create a page off of my anchor account.

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I've decided to stop using FB ads. I agree with some other posters. When you pay the amount FB says-it tells you, you can potentially reach d amount of people. The very first time I did an ad, I saw results and got quite a few sales.

The next couple of times I did it (changing demographics and interests) I saw very little to no impressions.

FB is all about themselves and I get it. I notice when I post a photo with no other markers i.e. my website, or Amazon I get dozens of reaches. But, if I put Amazon, or my website link in the post I get 0-1 reach.

FB ads may work for some, but not for me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for romance readers/authors
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:46:02 AM »
From the stand point of a reader the hero and heroine should only be for each other (sexually) I think if the hero/heroine had sex with other people it would change my perception of them. Especially the heroine.

As a writer I think that's why one of my books bombed. My heroine was too involved with her male friend and though they never had sex-her friend put her in a compromising position.
My reasoning for her character was to keep up with the times. I know some women juggle a couple of men at once. But in a romance novel, eh, probably not.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance: Baby Tropes
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:35:29 AM »
I've done 'accidental' pregnancy and secret/love child in a couple of my books. Like it or not it does happen IRL. And i'm currently working on a single dad novel. It wasn't my plan, but any writer knows your characters often have the upper hand in how their story is told.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can an anti-stereotypical hero work in romance?
« on: June 24, 2017, 01:16:56 PM »
I think its possible. I've read romances over the years where the hero wasn't necessarily handsome i.e. Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre, but as you read the story he became handsome in your mind.

I think with men in general, they can be sexy, or have that umph! about them without being handsome-their personality if its a good one will compensate for any 'shortcomings'

Also its your story, chances are if you write a character that you love your readers will see your vision and love him too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A matter of race?
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:14:40 PM »
I think going with a pen name may be better if you want broader appeal.

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Good question. I'm still fairly new to the publishing world (2 1/2 years in) and still learning. That said, I think I would do a different pen name for the spicier stuff. My first romance was clean and that was going to be my angle, clean Black romance (Christian romance to be exact). But then I decided to go more realistic ie. most people are not waiting till marriage so I added xes but not in graphic terms but as a natural flow of a relationship.

When I wrote books 2 and 3I tried to appease different readers, some loved the whole clean angle of the first book and expected it to be the same for parts 2 and 3.
Some wanted xes, xes, xes. So parts 2 and 3 got me in some hot water with a few of my readers who wanted clean only, but for the ones who wanted it spicier it wasn't spicy enough. And for some it's just about right.

 I have yet to find a larger readership who wants a tame romance. By tame, I consider my works 3 out of 5 flames.

Another thing you could try that I just started doing is putting a heat rating on my books so people would know what they are getting. I believe I got 1 star on one of my books because the reader thought it would be a different kind of book.

I started playing around with a pen name about a year ago for works that are far more sensual than I would ever write in my regular works.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Another scam marketing gimmick?
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:42:59 PM »
Yes, I got this message today too. I am very leery anyway. Thanks for the heads up.

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As other posters are statingdon't respond. I know it's tempting, but it's best not to. I remember my first 1 star and a hateful review to go along with it. What made it worse was the fact that I knew it was from not only someone from a media site that I frequented, but I also suspect a fellow writer. I was p*ssed for days. Anyway, the 1 star and review eventually disappear. I think that person was looking for a rise out of me, because on that social site you are allowed to respond back and go off on people, however, it is not a writers site.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What does a 3-star review mean to you?
« on: May 06, 2017, 05:30:17 AM »
In the past I have stressed over 3 star ratings because there was no clear cut agreement online as to what a 3 star meant. I've even read fellow author view a 3 star as almost worse than death for an author. That all said, 3 star is average to me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What Music Do You Listen to While You Write?
« on: May 06, 2017, 05:19:21 AM »
I love music and usually listen to it when I am aimlessly surfing the web. When I am writing or editing I need complete quiet.
My music choices when I do listen is contemporary Christian,  easy listening or soft rock. I prefer 70s or 80s music.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Goodreads and U
« on: September 25, 2016, 12:31:04 PM »
Hello, I'm a long-time lurker of Kboards and just joined today. I visit Goodreads often. Some of my friends are people I know IRL, but the majority of my "friends" and followers are strangers. I do belong to some groups and participate from time to time. I agree with some of the other posters, I interact more as a reader than an author. If someone reaches out to me as an author I'm ok with that, otherwise I rate/review books and track my reading progress of whatever I am reading at the moment.

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