Posts Tagged ‘Rebekah Weatherspoon’

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My Never-Ending TBR List: Look At All The Pretty Edition

I’ll admit up front that I’ve had almost no time to read. I went to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and then I had to do pesky stuff like write and pay attention to my family. Since we last met I was able to read Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole and Her Kind of Man by Elle Wright, but they weren’t on the list, so really we’re back to square one. Join me as I pile on.

I process things visually. If you try to give me instructions, I’ll probably turn around ask you for a diagram. In the films and TV shows I like, bright colors and stark contract are something they have in common. Jane the Virgin is visual crack for me, sooo many pretty colors. When I’m on the hunt for books I know better than to just hit that one-click based on cover alone. The blurb has got to snag me, which the blurbs for all the below titles did, once I read them. Here are a several books that have made me stop, do a double take and walk back to the shop window.


Sugar Love Victoria H. Smith
Sugar Love by Victoria H Smith

Sugar…

That’s some kind of name, isn’t it?

It wasn’t any type of name I’d heard of, but across the world, it seemed I was the only one.

You see, he’s an international superstar, talented, sexy, and one day, he comes walking into my record store. He tells me he wants to buy some music, and later on, wants to get to know me a little better.

I had no idea he was here for his American debut, nor that he was one of the most successful rappers South Korean music had ever seen. If I had, I might not have been so frazzled when I found out and accidentally kidnapped him.

But then again…

Maybe that wouldn’t have mattered anyway.

This cover is giving me sexy 80’s realness and I’m a sucker for a good interracial new adult romance.

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My Never-End TBR List: Taking One For The Team by Rebekah Weatherspoon

If you’re keeping score, so far I’ve managed to knock two more titles off my massive list. Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins (5 stars) and Level Up by Cathy Yardley (also 5 stars). I won’t say how many books I’ve added to the list. It’s a lot and here are six more to pile on to the sweet sweet torture. I haven’t read many romances that focus on athletes. I actually think I’ve only read two, both by Farrah Rochon (You should check out Huddle With Me Tonight and the rest of her New York Sabers series. Good stuff.) Thanks to all the book browsing I’ve been doing for WOCInRomance, I’ve come across quite a few sports based romances that have caught my eye.

Rookie of the Year by Charity Pineiro (Baseball)

Alicia Santos knows she shouldn’t be tempted by the team’s new rookie catcher. . .

But Joe Fernandez isn’t just your average baseball player. He’s a potential rookie of the year with amazing skills on the field. Smart, sexy and determined, he’s fought hard for everything in his life and Alicia appreciates that kind of focus. But she’s older and wiser, or so she thinks, until Joe sets his sights on winning her over off the field. . .

Joe Fernandez has never backed down from a challenge . . .

Especially when it’s a woman like his team’s beautiful trainer. He doesn’t mind that she’s older or stubbornly refusing to give into her attraction for him. He’s a patient man and little by little he wears away her resistance.

Nights spent together are glorious and forbidden . . .

Alicia and Joe work hard to keep their personal and professional lives apart to avoid problems on the baseball field. When a career-ending injury threatens their newfound love, Alicia and Joe must find the strength to rebuild Joe’s body and restore balance to their lives.

This has a few taboos for me. Sex in the workplace is can always be tricky, but something tells me this is going to be steamy as hell. Give it to me.

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My Never Ending TBR-List: The No. 1’s by Rebekah Weatherspoon

I’m dooming myself. I really am. Every minute I spend on this planet the list just grows longer. This month I thought about doing a feature about the books on my list that I want to read for Valentine’s Day and then I remembered we’re talking about Romance and in Romance every day is Valentine’s Day. ::wink wink:: . It’s a new year so here are the newest additions to the list, all titles to kick off a new series.

Level Up (A Geek Romance Rom Com, Book 1) by Cathy Yardley

Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

Latina geek girl? Sign me the eff up!

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My Never-Ending TBR List: 2016 Fangirl-Gimme Edition by Rebekah Weatherspoon

It’s that time of year again, the time for looking back on the good, the bad and all the books I still haven’t read. The TBR List still grows and grows. I’ve read exactly zero of the fifteen books I’ve shared with EverAfter readers so far. So here are five more, five titles by a few of my go-to authors. 2016 is gonna be good.


To One Hundred by Melissa Blue (January 7)

When they met online they were equals…Then she walks into his classroom.

For four months Eva March shared almost every secret with a handsome stranger. It was easy when she didn’t have to meet his gaze in real life. The online flirtation was fun. She could be a strong, put-together woman without a sordid past. Most importantly, he’d never know the truth.

Grady Addison takes his job as a professor seriously. He doesn’t sleep with co-eds, much less his students. Eva doesn’t even fit his leggy, peppy blonde requirements, but he can’t walk away now. He’s spent too much time fantasizing about her, her smile and the way her eyes darken when she thinks of her past. And her past is a problem. The secrets she hasn’t yet told him could end his career and for Eva, her life could just come crashing down…again.

Melissa has been teasing her upcoming Dirty Sexy Geeks series for months. I cannot wait to get my hands on this first installment.


Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins (January 26)

Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he’s always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.

Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won’t risk her heart for him. As soon as she’s saved enough money from her cooking, she’ll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden…

If you’ve ever met me or seen me tweet, you know that I am a tithes paying member of the Church of Beverly Jenkins. I’ll read anything she writes, but I’m really interested to see how she tackles passing and colorism in this new romance.


Betting The Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison (February 2)

Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.

Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.

Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?

I inhaled The Bad Boy Ceo, the first book featuring the King brothers, and I have to admit that Duke is my favorite of the bunch. He’s rough around all his edges, but boasts a huge heart of gold. I’m also a sucker for the secret baby/kid trope. I neeeeeed this book.


Hold Me Courtney Milan
Hold Me by Courtney Milan (April 12)

Eighteen months ago, Maria Lopez felt an unexpected spark with Jay, a hot, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy who checked off every item on her fantasy list. But “too good to be true” never ends well. So when he asked for her number, she walked away.

When she runs into him again, she discovers that Jay is a different kind of trouble than she’s imagined. He’s a demanding, driven genius, and once he’s set his sights on something, he does not give up. Now that their paths have crossed once more, he’s not going to let her get away until he knows exactly what’s on her fantasy list…and he figures out how to make her embrace it.

Milan is known for historical romance, but I sobbed like a baby reading Trade Me which is a contemporary New Adult romance. I need more from these characters and more of Milan’s NA goodness. Maria shows up in Trade Me as Tina’s best friend and roommate. Years ago, I would have known better than to hope that as a trans woman, Maria would get her own book. I’m so jazzed that she’s getting her chance at love. In 2016, I am really hoping we see more romances featuring trans women.


The Right Man for the Job Alisha RaiThe Right Man For The Job by Alisha Rai (Winter 2016)

I started 2015 with Rai’s A Gentleman in the Streets, a crazy hot IR romance featuring Jacob Campbell, a super sexy hero looking after his younger siblings. TRMFTJ follows his younger brother Connor’s journey.  There’s no official blurb yet, but you can read and excerpt here.

 

 

 

 


Rebekah WeatherspoonRebekah Weatherspoon was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with a great human, one cat whom she loves dearly and another cat she wants to take back to the shelter. Her most recent release, So Sweet is out now. You can find out more about Rebekah and the steamy, funny romance she writes at RebekahWeatherspoon.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Guest Post: “Thank God For People Who Can Sing: A Look At The Wiz Live” by Rebekah Weatherspoon

The Wiz LiveLast Thursday night (Dec 3rd,) me and 11.5 million of my friends tuned in to watch The Wiz Live, but before I get into all that let me back it up.

Here’s the thing about putting together a remake or an adaption. It always helps to gather a cast that’s as good if not better than the original. The Sound of Music was one of my favorites growing up and I remember watching the scratchy VHS of Peter Pan featuring Mary Martin over and over again at my neighbor’s house when I was little. But when I saw what NBC was doing with these first two live broadcasts I was a little confused. Vampire Bill? Christopher Walken? I don’t know what was going on in those production meetings and I’m not sure I want to know. I thought NBC learned their lesson when Walken froze several times, forgetting his lines. I wasn’t expecting them to plan another live production for a while over and imagine how skeptical I was when I heard they were taking a crack at The Wiz next.


For those who don’t know, the original 1974 production of The Wiz, a musical adaptation of the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first debuted in Baltimore. For other people who didn’t know, The Wiz has always had an all black cast so this new line up should not have comes as a surprise. The original Broadway production of The Wiz won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

For those who extra don’t know, The Wizard of Oz/The Wiz tells the story of Dorothy, a young girl magically transported to the Land of Oz, and her adventure to get back home to her Aunt Em’s house in Kansas. I loved the original movie and coveted the hell out of those ruby slippers. When I finally saw the 1978 film of The Wiz, I drove my mom nuts screaming the lyrics to “Everybody Rejoice” all over the house. Most people familiar with The Wiz, have seen the ‘78 film and immediately picture Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne. I mean, think of those three names for a minute and really consider if a live remake is something you’re ready to tackle. I was skeptical alright, until actor by actor, NBC announced the cast over the summer. I squealed with girlish glee with every new name added to the list.

Unlike the first two live NBC productions, everyone in this cast can sing. And I mean everyone. Stephanie Mills who plays Aunt Em, was that original Dorothy who won all those Tony awards. R&B singers Ne-yo (the Tinman) and Mary J. Blige (the wicked witch Evillene) had nothing to prove. Then you have Queen Latifah (the Wizard) who made it known in Chicago and Hairspray that she had the chops to rap and sing. Elijah Kelley (the Scarecrow) who starred alongside Latifah in Hairspray showed he can sing and dance his butt off. Amber Riley (Addapearl) killed it on Glee, plain and simple. I’ve played her version of “Don’t Want to Lose You Now” in my car approximately seven hundred times. Oh and she won Dancing With the Stars.

Many might not know that David Alan Grier (the Cowardly Lion) has pipes, but he’s being singing over the top and perfectly on key since his early stand up days and sketches on In Living Color. Uzo Aduba, who most people know from her role as Suzanne/Crazy Eyes on Orange Is the New Black has a background in opera, and that just leaves the newbie, 19 year old, Shanice Williams. Clearly at this point in the process it would be plain silly to cast someone who couldn’t hold her own as Dorothy. Shanice has a gift. I can’t explain it any other way. I’m looking forward to great things from her.

The production team on this version of The Wiz, headed by director Kenny Leon, made some excellent choices when it came to simple updates to bring the performance to a 2015 audience. Dorothy starts off in ruby studded high top wedge sneakers The hairstyles on the Munchkins included fingerwaves, dreadlocks, kinky twists, afros and asymmetrical flat tops. Addaperle incorporates an iPad into her magic. Dorothy utters the phrase “What had happened was?”. The Scarecrow has an uncanny resemblance to artist Jean Michael Basquiat. The citizens of Emerald City are too busy voguing to take Dorothy’s request to see the Wizard seriously. And in a lovely twist, the Wizard is played by a woman.

Finally bring the journey to an end with the glorious appearance of Glinda The Good Witch  portrayed by a dark skinned black woman with full gap in her teeth brought a tear to my eye. Or five. I started weeping the moment Uzo started talking. (The moment she sees her, Dorothy exclaims how beautiful she is.) In a smart move, Toto was missing from the bulk of the production, only showing up in the beginning and the very end. I’m sure no one, including Shanice, thought it would be a good idea to have a dog along for a live stage show. Please check Twitter for some hilarious reactions to the lack of Toto.

This production was choreographed by Fatimah Robinson who is the genius behind music videos by Aaliyah, Rihanna, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Prince. Some of you might remember her work from those awesome GAP ads in the late ’90s. Fatimah refreshed the numbers, taking out swing dancing moves and old timey favorites like the Charleston, and replacing them with Dabbing and the Stanky Leg. She even managed to work in Mary J. Blige’s most gif’d dance move.

For me, Michael Jackson was my favorite part of the 1978 Wiz, so I was ready to instantly jump on Elijah Kelley’s Scarecrow bandwagon. Surprisingly David Alan Grier, brought a false bravado and warm humor to the Cowardly Lion I wasn’t expecting, and his rendition of “Mean Old Lion”, “Be A Lion” and his moves during their run in with the Poppy Girls completely won me over. Mary J. Blige also brought a special umph to her evil Evillene. To me I really felt like Mary played up the character for the kids and I just loved that. I’d like to say I have a favorite song, but I’d be lying. Every song is great, “What Would I Do If I Could Feel”, “We Got It”, “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News”, “Everybody Rejoice”, being the tracks I know I’ll listen to on repeat the most when the soundtrack releases on December 11. The Wiz Live is available now on NBC.com and Hulu, for your first or in my case fifth viewing.


Rebekah WeatherspoonRebekah Weatherspoon was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with a great human, one cat whom she loves dearly and another cat she wants to take back to the shelter. Her most recent release, So Sweet is out now. You can find out more about Rebekah and the steamy, funny romance she writes at RebekahWeatherspoon.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Guest Post: “My Never-Ending TBR List: A Christmas Edition” by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Hello again. Another 30 days gone and I’ve only managed to knock 1 book off my Never-Ending TBR List. The Viking Wants Forever by Koko Brown. It was fun in the extreme and I highly recommend it.

Here in Southern California, Summer hasn’t gotten the text or the snapchat that it’s almost December and it’s time to bring on the holiday season. It was 87 freaking degrees outside today, when this time of year it’s usually 60 or so degrees. It’s no winter wonderland, but being an East Coast Kid I need a bit of a temperature drop to get into the Christmas spirit. Instead, I’m waiting for El Niño to show up and soak us to the bone. I plan on diving into all the Christmas madeforTV movies ABC Family has to offer (please check out Christmas Cupid (2010) starring Christina Milian and Chad Michael Murray) and in the meantime I’ve gotten my holiday reading list going.

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Guest Post: “My Never-Ending TBR List” by Rebekah Weatherspoon

So Sweet Rebekah Weatherspoon

Remember the before times, when the only books you read were stories that were recommended to you by family and friends, or assigned in school. Or when you used to steal paperbacks from your mom or grandma because the covers looked racy and sophisticated, and you were ten years old and you totally thought you had the patience and mental capacity to get through Waiting To Exhale. Or maybe you were lucky enough to have a friendly librarian in your life who kept you up to your eyelids in the news titles. Things were simpler then. Reading lists were manageable. You’d finish one and then you’d start the next, EZ-PZ.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Copy of SO SWEET by Rebekah Weatherspoon!

So Sweet Rebekah Weatherspoon

Hey guys! The awesome team here at EverAfter Romance was nice enough to let me kick off 7 Days of So Sweet with a rockin’ giveaway. SEVEN, yes 7 copies of So Sweet are up for grabs. Enter to win and find out what I have in store for the young and beautiful Kayla Davis and her billionaire boo.


Desperate times call for desperate measures…

And desperate is the only way to describe Kayla Davis’s current situation. Out of work and almost out of money to cover her bills, Kayla finally caves to her roommate’s nagging and follows her to Arrangements, an online dating site that matches pretty young women with older men of a certain tax bracket.

Convinced this “make-rent-quick” scheme will surely fail—or saddle her with an 80 year old boyfriend—Kayla is shocked when Michael Bradbury, Internet billionaire and stone-cold salt and pepper fox, offers her a solution to all her financial troubles.
It’s hard enough for Kayla to accept his generosity, but what’s a girl to do when the wealthiest man she’s ever met is a dream in and outside of the bedroom?


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Rebekah Weatherspoon was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with a great human, one cat whom she loves dearly and another cat she wants to take back to the shelter. You can find out more about Rebekah and the steamy, funny romance she writes at rebekahweatherspoon.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter.