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“Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” – Jay-Z, “Reminder”

This morning, I checked the sales stats for my two books GUESTLIST and KISSES FOR TATI. You know, just to see how well they were doing.

Well, according to Amazon, the sales rank for KISSES FOR TATI was 280,613; GUESTLIST, which was released back in March, is at 331,939.

Now, some of you may be saying, “That’s not impressive. It ain’t like you hit number one or nothin’.” But I’m a tell you like this, Dear Readers: those rankings are impressive as hell.

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Kisses for Tati by Jay Fingers

Because I am a piss poor blogger these days, I did not post this when I was supposed to. Ah well, life happens. But YESTERDAY, my new novelette KISSES FOR TATI officially released (despite Amazon selling it a couple weeks early). The book is about a young woman named Tati, natch, who lives under the oppressive thumb of her older sister Jacqueline. When Tati meets the handsome, charming Roy, romantic sparks fly and Tati finally has a shot at happiness. But is that something Jacqueline will allow?

A few people have read K4T and given me their feedback. One person said it was “very weird.” Another person loved it and sent me the below text saying so.

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To buy KISSES FOR TATI from Amazon, click here.
To buy KISSES FOR TATI from Barnes & Noble, click here.
To buy KISSES FOR TATI from me, click here.
To read an excerpt, click here.

As of right now, K4T is only available in paperback. The digital version will be released in September. But c’mon. It’s only $5.99. A real book at that price is a bargain.

Please read and tell all your friends to read KISSES FOR TATI, and be sure to leave a review of it on Amazon and Goodreads. It’ll be the best novelette you’ll read all year. Ha!

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Indie Publishing

As an indie author and publisher with two books under my belt (GUESTLIST and KISSES FOR TATI) and a third in December, I feel I’ve learned a thing or two about the wonderful world of self-publishing. Many people ask how I’ve done certain things, such as acquire distribution, design covers and interiors, and come up with marketing initiatives. To be honest, it’s all pretty easy – what’s hard is devoting the necessary time and effort in making an indie published book a success.

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Zadie Smith

The below quote is from Cressida Leyshon’s recent interview with author Zadie Smith about her upcoming novel NW.

[E]very time I write a sentence I’m thinking not only of the people I ended up in college with but my siblings, my family, my school friends, the people from my neighborhood. I’ve come to realize that this is an advantage, really: it keeps you on your toes. And it seems clear to me that these little varietals of voice and lifestyle (bad word, but I can’t think of another) are fundamentally significant. They’re not just decoration on top of a life; they’re the filter through which we come to understand the world.

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Joss Whedon Avengers

Welp, I can’t really say this is surprising news but it sure is good news. According to Deadline Hollywood, Marvel Studios has not only confirmed the 2015 release date for The Avengers 2, but they have gotten writer-director Joss Whedon on board for the sequel. So sayeth Disney:

Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.

This bodes well for Disney and Marvel seeing as The Avengers is the year’s biggest film, taking in almost $1.5 billion since its May release ($619 million of that from U.S. and Canada alone). This also makes it the third top grossing film of all time. Pretty damned awesome.

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Danielle Gilyot

My Cocoasis sister and fellow writer Danielle Gilyot has just published her latest short story When the Bough Breaks in Specter Literary Magazine. Check out the excerpt below.

Nadine took the money out of their savings account that morning without telling her boyfriend. 300 dollars. Gabe would have a fit. Half-running down Magazine Street because New Orleans’ buses wanted to be extra slow today, she made it to the fancy baby store within ten minutes to closing time. Thank goodness. No one had bought it yet. The white-wooden jewelry box adorned with small pink flowers on vines. Little hearts instead of thorns. The ballerina’s brown limbs positioned into a perfect arabesque. Nadine looked down at her stomach. Six weeks. It was a girl. She felt it. 300 dollars. Her little girl would be a ballerina, too.

 

An elderly black woman waved Nadine inside of the store. Nadine smiled with embarrassment. No more window stalking. She had the money.

 

“Isn’t she lovely?” The woman asked. “I’ve seen you. On your way home, I assume. I think your nose print it still on the window from yesterday.”

 

“I’ve been waiting for right moment to buy her,” Nadine answered. “I used to dance.”

 

“I see. Well take your time, dear.”

 

As the woman disappeared into the back of the store, Nadine looked around. A pink-and-white-lace wonderland. Christening dresses packaged inside clear garment-bags. Tiny black, patent-leather Mary Jane shoes with ruffled socks displayed on a table. Satin hair bonnets, pink-flowered head bands, porcelain piggy banks. This place was made for little girls. The kind of little girl Nadine would have. Cocoa butter and baby powder. Powder-puff cheeks. She’d have Gabe’s beautiful green eyes. Brown skin like the ballerina. Like her Mama. Nadine’s little girl. Sugar and spice and everything nice.

Lifting the jewelry box so she could hear the music up close, Nadine saw the price tag. 375 dollars written in a beautiful green ink. She’d have to wait until payday at the end of the week to get the rest of the money. Using the word “layaway” seemed blasphemous for this kind of store. Placing the jewelry box back into its spot in the window display, she left the store before the woman could see her.

 

“We’ll get it soon enough,” Nadine said to her stomach.

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Kisses for Tati by Jay Fingers

As most of you already know, my novelette KISSES FOR TATI releases on Tuesday, August 21, but here’s a chance for readers to score an advanced copy. Head on over to Goodreads and enter the KISSES FOR TATI giveaway.

The novelette tells the story of Tati, a young woman who lives under the oppressive thumb of her older sister Jacqueline. When Tati meets a handsome young man named Roy, it seems she may finally have a shot at happiness. Or does she?

The novelette includes an exclusive interview with author/blogger Jamie B. Musings, a GUESTLIST Q&A, and sneak preview of my forthcoming novel ORANGE MOUND.

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As you all know, I like to eat. This explains why I’ve gone from crackhead skinny to slovenly fatass the past ten or so years. However, I am not ashamed of my proclivity for delicious food. Therefore, I will be sharing with all of you photos of my amazing meals, like the above photo of Dino’s Eggs Ragú, baked with sausage and meatball ragu topped with melted parmigiano reggiano.

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s likely you’ve already seen these photos. If not, you’ve been missing out like a motherfucker. Okay, anyway, on with the pics!

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If you are always in the South Beach party scene, or you’ve listened to the GUESTLIST Official Mixtape, then you are already familiar with DJ Sage. Not only is he a dope DJ, he’s a good friend, and an amazing educator known to his students as Mr. G.

The above video documents the creative lengths to which Sage went to propose to his longtime lady Lauren. Grab a hanky, then press play.

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