Tag Archives: Kayelle Allen
29 Sep

In Dallas, Texas, there’s a 100% chance of rain all day, but I’m not letting the weather put a damper on my day.   I’ve been on Blogtalk radio giving a “pre-cap” of my upcoming shows. Tune into this quick 15 minute broadcast to see what’s jumping off this month in the Author Spotlight.


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I’m on Killer Fiction Today

11 Sep

I’m on the Killer Fiction Blog today talking about my latest release, Delay of Game.  A big shout-out to Diane Kelly, my host and also the author of Dealth, Taxes, and a French Manicure.  I’ve posted some of our interview below. Happy reading!

Diane: DELAY OF GAME looks like another great book with a super sexy hero–definitely the Chanta Rand “brand” we all love! Can you tell the Killer Fiction fans a little about it?
Chanta:  You guessed it. There is definitely a sexy hero involved–and a heroine who’s tough enough to put him in his place. Delay of Game is the sequel to my best-selling book, The Highest Bidder. It’s the story of Tyrek Powers, a quarterback who plays for the California Predators. This notorious party boy has champagne tastes and the budget to match. When a dead woman is found in his tub after one of his famous Predator Parties, he becomes the prime suspect. Sidelined until the case is resolved, Tyrek is determined to clear his name, even if it means joining forces with Persia Banks, the tough detective who’s working the case–as well as his nerves.
Persia Banks is a wise-ass, beer-drinking, gun-toting detective. She gets her kicks by putting bad guys behind bars for good. When she’s not visiting her shrink for her anger management issues, she’s using her photographic memory to solve crimes. Convinced of Tyrek’s guilt, she resents his constant meddling in the case. But as the weeks drag on with no leads in sight, Persia reluctantly accepts Tyrek’s help. She doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him–and worse yet, she doesn’t trust the way her body ignites whenever she sees him.
Giving into their carnal desires only makes things worse. Can these two control their feelings long enough to find the real killer? Or will lust cloud their judgment?
Diane: You won the Romance Slam Jam 2012 Debut Author award. Woo hoo! Brag on yourself a bit and tell us how winning this award feels and what it has meant for your career.
Chanta:  I will admit my head was so big my hats didn’t fit for a week afterward! But seriously, it was sort of like a validation of my writing. I don’t study the literary market or analyze the next hot trend. I just write what interests me. If my work sells–great. If it doesn’t, at least I’ve written a story I’m passionate about. The Romance Slam Jam is the largest gathering of African-American authors and readers in the country. To be recognized as the RSJ Debut Author of the Year is truly a humbling honor for me. It’s helped to increase my visibility as an author and it’s exposed me to readers and fans who were previously unaware of my work.
In case anyone is interested, the RSJ will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 2nd-5th, 2013. For more details, visit : http://www.romanceslamjam.org/
Diane: You write in several different genres. Do you have a favorite? What are some of the things you enjoy about each genre?
Chanta:  My favorite genre is definitely historical romance. I’m a history junkie and I need my fix every now and then. And I want everyone else to have a healthy dose too! The research is both fun and draining. My first book, Pharaoh’s Desire, set in ancient Egypt, took almost ten years to write. I had a lot of what I call life interruptions along the way. I’m working on the sequel, which will be entitled….
To read the entire interview, check out the link below:


Are You Scared of FaceBook?

6 Aug

Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with Kayelle Allen, Founder of Marketing for Romance Writers (MFWR).  This all started when she sent an email to the members of the MFWR loop requesting banners for a banner promo.  Kayelle is so sweet, she also offered to help members create their own banner for posting.  Me, being the independent, hard-headed multi-tasker that I am, decided I was going to use one of the free websites out there to create my own banner.

By the way, I used www.Bannersnack.com.  It’s an excellent site.

As usual, my first attempts were remiscent of a newborn foal trying to walk on wobbly legs. After some tweaking, Kayelle helped me get my banner ready for publication.  The woman has the patience of Job on steroids!

Finally, she sent an email requesting my Facebook and Twitter links. When I told her I had none, she was shocked. Okay, that’s putting it mildly.  I think she probably wanted to respond back, AYSM (Are You Shittin’ Me?)!  I told her that I’ve had issues with FB in the past. Frankly, I was overwhelmed by all the posting when I first got the account, and I immediately shied away from it.

Of course, Kayelle stressed the importance of authors having social media as a way to interact with readers. Let’s face it: Readers keep us in business and they deserve to have a way to communicate with us.  My readers have made wonderful suggestions for my books. Even the reviews I’ve received have helped me refine my writing. None of this would be possible without email and social media.  My response prompted Kayell to blog about the importance of social media.  You can check it out at the link below.


Kayelle provided me with the same list that’s on the MFRW list.  And guess what? This prompted me to get a Twitter account. I’ll be sharing it with you later this week.  I’m still not ready for FB, but I’m taking baby steps!  So, what are your thoughts? Is all this social media overwhelming for you?