Q&A with @Jamalthewriter #Author of, Project Terror @ProdigyGoldBks #CrimeFiction #AmericanNoir

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Project Terror by Jamal Lewis
Synopsis:

In a street war, there’s always a body to be discovered.

Lamar Dunken is a dedicated monster who presents the perfect image of a street terrorist. He knows how to respond when a desperate crisis threatens his operation, and he exacts horrifying tactics to get things under control.

FBI Special Agent Livingston is faced with the serious task of investigating Lamar’s tactics while connecting killings start to terrorize Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Also, a violent criminal locked behind bars a year before Lamar was even born is back on the streets and looking for him. Lamar is forced to call on his deepest strength to face his accusers and ensure that the values that he holds most dear will survive.

The nightmare has begun.

Again.

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I have a military background. United States Army, precisely. I was a military brat and then I enlisted myself. But I also have a poverty-stricken background. It wasn’t pretty in either place, leading to the setting of PROJECT TERROR. The housing project where the story takes place is a place that my mother forbid me to hang, but of course, I did anyway. I watched the FBI and DEA take out whole communities with drug busts and sought to cover that in PROJECT TERROR. But I add a twist. I wondered what that big drug bust would have looked like if an undercover agent moved into an apartment in the project months before the bust. So, I tossed him into the book and crafted a plot around him, making for a delightful crime thriller (if that is possible).

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) It was an process like no other. I am not a typer, so I hand wrote the book on notepads and blank paper. I then had it typed before submitting it to publishers, and ultimately signing with Prodigy Gold Books. The team there was similar to boot camp instructors. They warned me of the process before signing me and assuring that I was ready for the editing process and the pre-publication promotion, and even this interview and publicity phase. I didn’t know that so much went into this process, but I am here and looking forward to getting my second novel all typed up.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are Iceberg Slim and Walter Mosley. I like the way they depict stories about the struggle and success of urban communities. They played a role in forcing me to write a story from my angle.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) My teenaged reads were text books and the early Dr. Suess and Bernstein Bears classics.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) My favorite moment was finally being signed and the start of the editing process. Having a professional point out plot holes and character flaws were a gut-punch, but worth it. I am an amateur boxer of sorts, so I can take a punch.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My support comes from my family and friends, and my Prodigy team. My mother is my rock, along with one of my sisters.

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Jamal Lewis 
Author Bio:
Jamal Lewis was born in Philadelphia, a former boxer, and military brat. He pursued a writing career while serving a federal prison term after allowing his life to take a terrible turn resulting in him being shot four times. His debut crime thriller, PROJECT TERROR (Prodigy Gold Books, 2017) was released Halloween 2017 on his birthday.
Author links:
https://prodigygoldbooks.com
Twitter: @Jamalthewriter
Book: PROJECT TERROR by Jamal Lewis releases on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Publication Day Q&A with @Rahiemthewriter #Author of, A Butler Christmas @ProdigyGoldBks #NewRelease #RomanticThriller

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A Butler Christmas by Rahiem Brooks
Synopsis:
Naim Butler, a rainmaker, has perfected the art of sentencing mitigation, as a partner with Manhattan power-firm, Baker and Keefe. He’s the kind of captivating and accomplished man that therapists vent too. His bachelorhood is turned upside down when an old flame, Sinia Love, drops a seventeen-year-old son into his lap forcing him to balance this revelation and his budding romance with Brandy Scott.

Professionally, Naim’s assigned to prove a man’s innocence of murder is filthy work itself, but catastrophic when an envious lover of Sinia Love’s sets out to kill him while hiding amongst the glitterati of Manhattan’s upper crust.

“Brooks’s clunky first Naim Butler contemporary romantic thriller has strong characters…The well-developed relationships among the characters propel the story until the addition of suspense very late in the book…”–Publishers Weekly

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) Yes, certainly. I have worked as a legal researcher for a criminal defense attorney, which spawned the idea to cover a topic in a novel that could paint a picture of the current state of the criminal justice system. Naim Butler, the main character, grew up in poverty-stricken Chicago. He escapes that life and heads to New Orleans for college before being recruited by a law firm in New York City. He works as a Sentencing Mitigation Specialists and having the time of his life as a NYC Bachelor. And, then it happens. A child that he created in Chicago seventeen-years earlier drops into his life unexpectedly. Life gets complicated by a son, and his new romance with reporter, Brandy Scott. But he is a strong man that makes it work, although, someone has to die in the process.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Writing is fun activity for me. I am a plotter as I need to know what things need to happen to satisfy my readers. I am on book number six, and I know that they will call you out with errors, so I research and try to get things right.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are quite commercial. James Patterson (his actual written novels and the ones stamped with his name) is my favorite author machine. I begin my reading life with Along Came a Spider and I often skim through a copy as a teaching tool of scene setting and plotting. I am a crime fiction lover, so I enjoy John Grisham ( his voice is authentic to the legal thriller) and Sue Grafton.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I didn’t read much as a team. Like Naim Butler I grew up in poverty, so reading wasn’t high on many people’s list of hobbies. I did read an old encyclopedia set that my grandmother had. She still has it. I like learning new things and that lead me to reading around nineteen.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) My favorite moment is being on panels and at conferences. I have a blast kicking it with readers and writers.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My support comes from my author friends that I regard as colleagues. I can contact them and run ideas by them and they get it. Most people not into books cannot relate to me trying to make believable dialogue in a manuscript. (chuckles)

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Rahiem Brooks
Authors links:
Twitter: @rahiemthewriter
Facebook: @novelistrahiembrooks
Instagram: @rahiemthewriter
Website: https://prodigygoldbooks.com/33%25-off-pre-order-1?olsPage=products/a-butler-christmas-by-rahiem-brooks&olsFocus=false

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