Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Remember This and Devil's Play by Kenya Carlton GUEST BLOG

Devil’s Play
Sweet as Sin Series,
Book Two
By Kenya Carlton

Genre: Paranormal Multicultural Erotic
Publisher: Parker Publishing      
Date of Publication: May 25, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60043-130-2
Number of pages: 169

Book Description:

Snuggled within the warm embrace of marital bliss, biologically altered army Captain Drake Devilin and his supernatural bride Sienna face their biggest challenge to date. Called back for duty in World War II, Drake must leave his amazing life behind and join his troop to fight the Nazis.  Although he’s certain his new mission is merely a rouse to obtain his most precious commodity, his wife, Drake leaves, but not before giving Sienna a magical necklace in the hope it will protect her against unknown enemies.
Lured from her prosperous island by a sorcerer who is convinced she was always meant to be his bride. Sienna is challenged to play three magical games to ensure her husband’s safe return. In each game, a limited time is given to Sienna to immerse herself into a new world, situation, and persona; find Drake; and have him acknowledge her by name. And she can’t use her powers to make it happen.

Everything dear to Sienna’s heart is put in jeopardy. Willing to fight for the love of her life and her happiness, Sienna takes on the sorcerer in his own game of cat and mouse.
Remember This
By Kenya Carlton

Genre: African American Romance


Ex-ballerina turned rehab designer Cece Newman competes in a reality show that could give her fledgling company the boost that it needs. Assigned a relic of a house in a renovation challenge, Cece soon becomes suspicious of the producer’s intentions.  When she finds the house is one of many properties her ex-fiancé and baby daddy Brock Thorn owns, Cece is convinced that she is being set up for failure.  Ready to drop the project and what’s left of her career, Cece has to find a way to ignore the handsome athlete while she navigates around his kooky family.  Cece must also convince their daughter that mommy and daddy won’t be getting back together again, a job easier said than done—especially when the attraction between the two is hotter than ever.

The biggest hit Brock Thorn took on or off the field occurred when Cece Newman left him at the altar. Five years later, Brock is more determined than ever to get answers from his baby’s momma. Even in regards to joint custody of their daughter, Brock’s only form of contact with Cece is through her loving, protective sister Lily. Brock packs up his high profile life and digs his heels in at the crappy house he’s inherited—the very one Cece is set to renovate.  As he dodges cameras and uninvited family members, Brock must get to the bottom of his failed romance with Cece—especially if he has any chance of getting back the life that was lost when Cece left.


by Kenya Carlton

My writing niche is a bit of everything with romance thrown in. I will be the first to admit, I will never, ever write a book without someone falling in love or getting a good amount of sex. However, I will tone down the variation of hay rolling, but all of my books will have a little lovin’ in them. Now with that said, let’s talk about Alfred Hitchcock. The master of mystery always had specific themes intertwined within his mysteries. Romance thrown into one of his creepy crawlies for good measure was a must; whether it was ever after or doomed didn’t matter in the world of Hitchcock.
The famous director had his favorite themes he relied on just like a lot of authors who have a hook or thread they like to explore in different variations of their books. Whether it’s a character or a setting, some writers like to take the same theme and twist it. Sometimes it’s recognizable, but most of the time these authors are so adept at taking the reader into another world that one doesn’t see the similarities right off the bat.
The cool blonde: Hitchcock loved the unobtainable blonde. Grace Kelly was among his favorites of this sophisticated and aloof bunch. His leading ladies would always be steps out of reach of the protagonist.  At times, the audience would often be misled to believe she was the villain instead of the simply beautiful love interest.
Damaged Hero: Jimmy Stewart was an emotionally and physically damaged photographer in Rear Window. In Vertigo, Jimmy Stewart was, you guessed it, scared of heights and to beat the killer he had to face his fear. To Catch a Thief is about Carey Grant having to come out of retirement to catch a thief imitating him, see this dude is flawed.
(The antagonist in Hitchcock movies were never all bad, which made for an interesting dichotomy when the viewer finds themselves rooting for the baddie.)
Bad Guys: Norman Bates wasn’t exactly the archetype for murderous hotel owner. Unassuming, no one suspected that cute Anthony Perkins of being *spoiler alert* an endearing serial killer. Dial M for Murder, Robert Cummings wanted to kill his wife and was having a hell of a time pulling it off. There were moments I was so caught up with the antagonist actual plan, I found myself unwittingly rooting for him to succeed … Wait what? Who said that!   
The most important part of Hitchcock was the ambience, his setting of mood, and timing. The buildup in the birds, how could someone make a whole movie about birds flipping out be interesting? Trust me, I have no idea, but those flying rats did become scary for two hours. Now I am completely aware that this is a book blog, so why the hell are we reading about Hitchcock? Watching a Hitchcock movie is an experience, similar to reading a book. With several moving pieces to construct—i..e characters, settings, plot, and pacing—it takes a lot to keep a reader interested. Crafting a good book, which someone actually takes time out of their lives to read, is an amazing art.     
Native of Chicago Illinois, Kenya worked in the Network operation Center for PBS and TLN television stations. Executive producer of her own production company Black R.O.K Productions Kenya produced a pilot for travel series Destination Everywhere, Independent short film Dawn shown at the Chicago Latino film Festival, and wrote and directed the documentary Our Africa. Writing titles available; Jaded, Sweet as Sin, Brazil re-issue, Devil’s Play, and Remember This.

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