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In the Books featuring Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose by Tracy James Jones

A great review of my novel, “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose,” by author Cp Bialois

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Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose by Tracy James Jones.

About the book: ~ A Fictional Memoir ~ (Contemporary Psychological LGBT Drama) Warning: Adult language, mild sexual situations. What could possibly go wrong for a sensitive effeminate male unexpectedly incarcerated in a room full of unpredictable strangers? For Adrian Bailey, just about everything, and in the midst of constant fear, lies, prejudice, and madness, he finds more… Under false pretenses, Adrian Bailey finds himself arrested and locked up in the local county jail for the first time in his life. Despite all the horror stories he had read or heard of concerning life behind bars, nothing was like the actual experience. Not only was he utterly devastated and confused over the situation he was unjustly thrown into, but also lost at the mercy of whatever actions that could…

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Hey guys! Today the third novella in my Winter Creek Trilogy, The Winter Creek Witch, is live on Amazon and Smashwords.

Blurb: The sins of the past have come to roost in Winter Creek.

After witnessing the rise of another monster, Jay is forced to face his fears and come to terms with treachery from an old friend. Only by embracing his past will he find the means to save those he loves.

In the end, family is forever.

The Winter Creek WitchExcerpt: A two-foot wide creek that fed into the river ran alongside his yard, separating his property from the wooded hillside. The creek was at its lowest point until the spring thaw, so there was a one-foot drop to the muddy rocks on either side of the water. Flat stones serving as steps were imbedded in the steep bank along the other side of the creek and led…

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Leap Year Feature: “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose” (Psychological Drama Novel)


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It was February 29th, a leap year of all things, the day his life went to hell, but Adrian hardly paid much attention.  He had never actually read about anything bad happening on that date and wasn’t looking for anything bad to happen either. At least not to him. But something bad DID happen.  Something so bad, so very wrong, that he feared his life would never be the same again…

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~ A Fictional Memoir ~

(Psychological LGBT Drama)

Warning: Adult language, sexual situations.

It is said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste…

For some, it is also a very terrifying thing to lose…”

Logline: “Wrongfully incarcerated, an innocent gay man must rely on his feminine nature to survive as he struggles to maintain his sanity against the uncertainty of unpredictable cellmates and the jailhouse mentality that threatens to break him.”

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What could possibly go wrong for a sensitive effeminate male unexpectedly incarcerated in a room full of unpredictable strangers?  For Adrian Bailey, just about everything, and in the midst of constant fear, lies, prejudice, and madness, he finds more…

Under false pretenses, Adrian Bailey finds himself arrested and locked up in the local county jail for the first time in his life.  Despite all the horror stories he had read or heard of concerning life behind bars, nothing was like the actual experience.  Not only was he utterly devastated and confused over the situation he was unjustly thrown into, but also lost at the mercy of whatever actions that could or would be made against him, including prejudice from someone of his own race.  As the madness of his experiences take control, he fears his only recourse is to succumb to whatever means necessary to survive.

The traumatic events that occur thereafter would surpass everything Adrian thought he ever knew about real life.  And then he finds what he never expected: an intense three-way love affair that would test every remaining fiber of his mental stability and then some. The love of one would only add to his mental deterioration, while his connection to the other would at some point give him peace.  Worst of all, there wasn’t one thing he could do to stop any of it.  Not one damn thing at all…

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Note: Not many would know the emotional impact that society has over a quiet, sensitive gay person because they are the ones who are rarely seen or heard.  Send that person into a difficult, life-altering situation and what comes out of it is a heart wrenching, inspirational story never expected and one that many would never dare to admit.

“Stepping Out of the Shadows – An Indie Author’s Unexpected Journey” by Tracy James Jones


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“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you have never done.” –  Author JD Houston

Those few magical words by Mr. Houston stood out to me for so many reasons when I was looking for something profound to begin this post.  Without question, I have spent many years wishing to be heard in concern to my writing, as long as I didn’t have to be seen too often to promote it. Not sure if it was low self-esteem, social anxiety or what, but long story short, I wanted my work to stand out on its own until I had no other choice. Being the introvert that I am, for reasons I still do not recall, it took the support of a lot of great people in my life to coax me out of the shadows and into the light.  The catalyst being that if I truly wanted to take my work to the next level, then I was going to have to step out of my comfort zone and do something I am usually afraid to do.  Thanks to a lot of chatting, blogging and networking throughout the month of February, I stumbled into an unforgettable journey that can best be described as being an introverted Indie author’s dream come true.  And it was an adventure that I dared myself to take all on my own.

It was February 11th when I stepped into DFW airport for a three-day trip to New York City.  For someone who had never been to NY, all the scary thoughts were there in the back of my mind, but I kept the faith that as long as I kept my wits about me, then all would be just fine.  And it was.  The weather was a bit cold, biting at times really, because the temperature was 26 degrees and constantly dropping the whole time I was there. (When I left Texas it was about 70 degrees.)  I didn’t get to sight-see as I had planned because it was just too cold, but I did take the time to admire whatever I could.

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The next day, February 12th, was the event that took me to New York in the first place.    In my notes, the best way to describe it was like this; As a former background extra turned indie author/aspiring screenwriter, I had long since given up any expectations of ever appearing on a movie screen.  Thanks to Emmy-Winning Director Jill Salvino, I am in NY to make my debut in the documentary feature film “Between The Shades.” Yep.  That’s what I went for.  If you read my bio you would know that a lifetime ago I was seriously into acting, but gave that up for writing.  It’s still difficult for me to describe my emotions at being chosen for this amazing project, but I can say that Jill, the director, and her whole crew were the most wonderful people I have ever met on a movie set.  The many other guests who were there to be featured were impressive and friendly as well.  If I had been there on the Celebrity day shoot, I would have likely lost my mind.  Overall, it was an experience more beautiful than even I can put into words.

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After my return from NY, I had a few days to catch my breath and wrap up all the things that needed to be taken care of while I gone.  The main thing was getting ready for a book signing event at a Dallas library.  By February 17th, I was all good to go.  Unknown at the time, a Dallas City Councilwoman, past and presently running, was in attendance.  I actually spoke to her and gave her all of my contact information and didn’t realize who she was until the next day.  The turnout was small but the outcome was promising for future events, making new friends and interacting with interested readers.

Highland Hill Library Event

Considering that I had been doing emotionally well with all that I had done this month thus far, I decided to reach out to various local media outlets with my story just to see what else I could do while I was still brave enough to do it.  Near the end of the week I received an invitation for a featured interview with staff reporter James Russell at the Dallas Voice, the premier media source for LGBT Texas.  This too, was one of those moments that my mind was blown because I knew if I was ever going to reach a wider local audience, this interview would definitely help.  I think I was the most calm for this than even I expected to be. The interview/photo shoot was February 22nd and the paper came out February 26th.

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“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights the way.” – Unknown

So, here at the end of this post, I need to reflect on a couple of things.  Though I have no idea what this month-long adventure will do for me or my work in the future, it has, without question, allowed me to feel some level of confidence in myself.  Humble and thankful as I will forever be, it feels really good to have stepped out of the shadow of my fears and did something important for what I know I always wanted to do. As is, I am just one voice for those who are rarely seen, hardly ever heard, and often misunderstood, and this journey has made a great big difference for me no matter how long it lasts.  So please be encouraged to follow your dreams no matter what obstacles that may stand in your way, including yourself.  I am a living witness that when you least expect it, the world of unexpected wonders will open up just for you.

Thankful hugs to all of you for stopping by my page. Be safe.  Be strong.  Be you.  ~ Tracy J

New Release: “Blind Love: Enough is Enough” by BlaqButterfly (Viveka Thompson)


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Genre: Urban Fiction, African American books, Romance


Every woman dreams of having a great man that works hard and loves even harder. Dimera thought she found her soul mate and better half in Anthony. At the beginning, he was so caring and loving. Soon, the façade fades and he becomes everything she doesn’t want. She soon finds a way to leave him once she finds out about his infidelity and kids. It doesn’t take long before he physically abuses her. Anthony is confident that Dimera will never leave him even with everything he puts her through.

Dimera’s best friend, Roxie, never fails to let Dimera know that she deserves better every chance she gets. Roxie is a cool and straight forward woman that adores Dimera and only wants what’s best for her friend.

Dimera’s thirst for love and being treated right lands her in the hands of Shun. Shun moved to Texas from the east coast, starting over and searching for love as well. Once he crosses Dimera’s path with the help of Roxie, he does everything in his control to show her how a woman should be treated. Feelings and sparks between them grow fast just as Dimera is about to give up on love, but a turn of events threatens those plans once Anthony gets out of jail with plans on getting even with Dimera.

Will Dimera and Shun get their happily ever after? Or will Anthony rip them apart?

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12079608_10205099186935304_2508346469523005397_n About the Author:

Viveka Thompson (penned BlaqButterfly) was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her love for writing began when she was only 13 years old as she wrote poetry. She would compete in contests and won 1st place in the city, the state and 3rd place nationally. She is an avid lover of the all different genres of music and art. Viveka also love to travel whenever she gets the chance. She also loves to do community service and possess a passion to help others. Driven to advance in life, she went on to receive her second degree in business, open an online business, and advance in her career; all while being a single mother to a handsome boy.  Also, she is in the process of starting up a non-profit organization to help the homeless. Her goal is to become a well-known authoress as she is determined to continue to produce novels for her urban novel readers to enjoy!


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Release Day Launch: “DANCE OF DESIRE” by New York Times, Bestselling author Christopher Rice


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DANCE OF DESIRE is a novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. DANCE OF DESIRE is the first contemporary romance told with the author’s trademark humor and heart. It also introduces readers to a quirky and beautiful town in the Texas Hill Country called Chapel Springs.

DanceOfDesire-CoverAbout DANCE OF DESIRE: 

When Amber Watson walks in on her husband in the throes of extramarital passion with one of his employees, her comfortable, passion-free life is shattered in an instant. Worse, the fate of the successful country music bar that bears her family’s name suddenly hangs in the balance. Her soon to be ex-husband is one of the bar’s official owners; his mistress, one of its employees. Will her divorce destroy her late father’s legacy?

Not if Amber’s adopted brother Caleb has anything to do with it. The wandering cowboy has picked the perfect time for a homecoming. Better yet, he’s determined to use his brains and his fists to put Amber’s ex in his place and keep the family business intact. But Caleb’s long absence has done nothing to dim the forbidden desire between him and the woman the State of Texas considers to be his sister.

Years ago, when they were just teenagers, Caleb and Amber shared a passionate first kiss beside a moonlit lake. But that same night, tragedy claimed the life of Caleb’s parents and the handsome young man went from being a family friend to Amber’s adopted brother. Has enough time passed for the two of them to throw off the roles Amber’s father picked for them all those years ago? Will their desire for each other save the family business or put it in greater danger?

DANCE OF DESIRE is the first contemporary romance from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, told with the author’s trademark humor and heart. It also introduces readers to a quirky and beautiful town in the Texas Hill Country called Chapel Springs.

READER ADVISORY. DANCE OF DESIRE contains fantasies of dubious consent, acted on by consenting adults. Readers with sensitivities to those issues should be advised.

Buy Links:  Amazon eBook ** Amazon Paperback


12513846_10153438190313215_6683326964813488270_oAbout Christopher Rice:

After publishing four New York Times bestselling thrillers by the age of 30 and being declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive, award-winning writer Christopher Rice became the first author to make his erotic romance debut part of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS series. THE FLAME: A Desire Exchange Novella kicked off a steamy new series set in New Orleans, featuring magical candles and a sexy new breed of supernatural beings, The Radiants, who are devoted to helping heroes and heroines realize their heart’s desire. THE FLAME earned accolades from some of the biggest names in erotic romance and was quickly followed up by THE SURRENDER GATE: A Desire Exchange Novel, available from Evil Eye Concepts as a Blue Box Special. Aside from authoring eight works of dark suspense, Christopher is also the co-host and executive producer of THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN, all the episodes of which can be downloaded at and from iTunes. Make sure you’re subscribed to The Dinner Party Show’s You Tube channel to receive their newest content in 2016.

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