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New Release! Dauntless

The book you have all been waiting for has finally arrived! Dauntless Secret of Ceres Book 2 is set to release February 29th 2020 and pre orders are open now on Amazon!

Animated Gif of the Book cover for Dauntless: Secret of Ceres Book 2
A black woman poses with confidence in a library. A mystical purple portal swirls behind her.
ISBN: 978-1-7335638-7-1
ASIN: B084BNBKGP

The Great Sanctuary of Ceres is at a crossroads.

The Barrier is failing, Vampires are hunting innocent Aura, and the Ruling Council is in shambles. It is now up to the High Magistrate, Disrayan Centaurus, to diffuse the tension that threatens to implode everything the Aura ever stood for. However, the solution to her problems is also the man she swore never to trust again.

Maclovis “Mack” Andromeda has been working undercover with Vampires for years, forced to leave behind everything and everyone he held dear. Mack wants nothing more than to show Disrayan that he is still the man she fell for, but until his assignment is complete, he can’t risk being outed, even if that means losing Disrayan all over again.

The personal and the professional collide in this epic tale of myth, politics, and legendary love.

Haven’t read Ferocious: Secret of Ceres Book 1 yet?

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Representation Matters

Representation Matters: A Poem by Stella Williams

I am a Black Author.
I write diverse characters in my books.I write Black love. I write Interracial Love.
I write ROMANCE.
I write Paranormal Romance.
I want my readers to finish my books with a wistful sigh and a deep need to see what next is in store for my characters. I write for the escapism.
I write for the drama and the joy.
I write to push boundaries.
I write to bring awareness.
I write for people who look like me and for those who don’t.
I write to protect my peace.
I write to protect my sanity.
I write to fight racism and in spite of racism.
These are my ideas, my words, my stories, my voice.
Writing is my life.
I REPRESENT

New Book Trailer!!!

The book trailer for Dauntless: Secret of Ceres Book 2 is finally here! Check it out below!

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The longest winter ever…

I don’t know about you but this January 2020 has felt like the longest month in existence. Everyday it seemed some new catastrophe or drama just sprung up out of nowhere. There has been death, disease, political turmoil, and natural disasters and there are still days left to go before this tragic month comes to an end.

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I know I sound pretty nihilist right now but I am bringing this all up to say that it’s times like these that spawn the best stories. When faced with hardship we as creatives are inspired to create beauty and light. So, yes, January 2020 has been a whole cluster but that just means we should all get to work in bringing the world back to rights through our art.

For me that looks like finishing the Secret of Ceres Series, creating fun and informative videos for the Serpentine Creative Youtube Channel, sharing the laugh out loud worthy memes on Facebook and Twitter, and filling your Instafeed with beautiful and creative content. These are not New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t believe in those. This is simply a wish list, a goals sheet, intention setting if you will.

Peace, Love, and Happy Writing!

Stella Williams

RWTF- AOC Perspective

Just when we thought the New Year would bring a fresh start in 2019 shenanigans, Romance Writers of America attempted to drop a sneak diss against Authors of Color. If you are unaware of the inciting incident that led to the implosion of RWA all the drama can be found under the Twitter hashtags, #IStandWithCourtney and #RWAShitShow.

To be complete honest, as a black female author I was unsurprised by the attempts to silence and discredit an author of color by an establishment that had proven time and again that voices of color are not their priority. (see #RITASoWhite). Likewise, I was not surprised by all the NWL’s calls for “calm” explanations of the trauma inflicted by their inability or unwillingness to accept systemic racism and microaggressions exist.

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If anything, the entire situation is a prime example of how far people are willing to go to invalidate the accomplishments and concerns of marginalized groups. RWA circumvented their own bylaws to punish an author of color for calling out a racist book, attempted to lie to their own membership about the reason behind their shady behavior, offered a non apology and made several statements filled with veiled threats against any member who continued to speak out against the board. Even going so far as to attempt to stop a petition demanding the resignation of Damon Suede and recall of all board members involved.

I was hesitant to join RWA because of my own experiences with racism, both blatant and systemic that I saw within the organization. I joined last year when I saw that there were people stepping up to correct the wrongs of previous years. I volunteered to judge the RITA in order to promote diverse perspectives in the judges pool. I submitted my novel, Ferocious, in the hopes that it would be judged just as fairly as my non poc counterparts works. My hope for a more diverse and inclusive RWA has proven to be a mistake.

There is only so much fight and effort that I can expend on one thing and RWA has officially tapped me out. I have withdrawn my intent to judge as well as my entry of Ferocious. Which at this point doesn’t matter as the numerous other authors and participants have taken a similar stance the RITA Awards have been cancelled. I am still a current member because I want my recall vote to count but I have no intention to renew my membership when it is up.

RWA is a sinking ship with its current leadership turning it further out to sea when the shore was still within reach. At this point, I’m glad I am safely on the shores and not at all saddened to see it go.

Full Timeline of Events can be found in this article

The Implosion of the RWA by Claire Ryan

Happy Holiday Reading!

There is nothing I enjoy more over the holidays than curling up with a warm blanket and a hot new read. I may be on a social media hiatus but it’s mostly so I can make some kind of progress with my massive TBR. The books listed below are my December/Holiday reads so far. Not all of them were my faves but most are worth the read. Maybe a few will end up in your TBR.

What I’ve Read (in no particular order)

  • Her Mistletoe Minotaur by Erin St. Charles
    • Really wanted to love this but had a hard time with the characters motivations. See my full review on Serpentine Reads
  • Jinn, Nitara, and Ardyn and Zaria by Jessica Cage
    • The first three books in the Djinn rebellion series. More Urban Fantasy than Romance but still a really great read that I will continue to read into the new year.
  • The Fit Trilogy and Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon
    • Fit Trilogy- Lovely introduction into the world of BDSM and diverse erotic romance
    • Xeni- Fun marriage of convenience that brought all the feels and family drama
  • Huddle With Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon
    • Nothing like the spirit of competition and delicious food to get the romantic juices flowing.
  • A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
    • Health, Wealth and dodging paparazzi. All the wonderful things I have come to expect from Alyssa Cole.
  • Seeded by Loki Renard
    • A scif-fi menage that was touch a go as far as plot but the alien sex was definitely hot
  • Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue
    • Cute kid, hot dad, super sweet romance that gave me a giggle or two
  • The Chai Factor by Farah Heron
    • This canadian rom com will give you all the feels and maybe a garden gnome fetish

*All links provided are Amazon Associate Links.

December has been a blast and I can’t wait to tackle more of my TBR. You can keep track of most my reading by following me on Goodreads!

https://www.goodreads.com/stellalove4life

Peace, Love and Happy Reading!

-Stella Williams

Lessons Learned-NaNoWriMo

Wicked Winter Giveaway!

Over 30 Hot Paranormal Romance Novels up for grabs including my romantic short Coy Wolf!

Black Friday Giveaway!

Hey Creatives! 

I have great news to share about my upcoming giveaway beginning Monday, November 18th, 2019!

This is your chance to win a signed copy of one of my books as well as signed copies of books from two other amazing Indie Authors.

Our participating authors Ann McQueen, B.L. McGrew & Stella Williams all write in different genres, including YA, Paranormal Romance and Poetry, giving you the opportunity to expand your personal book collection.

Entry Rules are as follows:

•contestants must follow each participating authors Instagram page.

•Contestants must also “like” and “tag” a minimum of two friends in the comment section on EACH participating authors post that announces the giveaway. 

*Please Note: Multiple entries are welcomed. However, each contestant MUST “tag” additional friends in order for additional entries to count.*

One Winner will be announce on each participating Authors instagram post on Friday, November 29th, 2019 (Black Friday)!!!! 

If you are selected as the lucky winner, I would love to receive a picture of your prize package once you receive it to share with our awesome followers. 

So head on over to instagram to enter!

https://www.instagram.com/iamannmcqueen/

https://www.instagram.com/writer_b.l/

https://www.instagram.com/stellalove4life/

Peace, Love, and Happy Reading!

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