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Embracing Diversity in Fiction by Sharita Lira

Good morning.

I’ve wanted to do another article about diversity in fiction for a while now. My first was about interracial romances and why I love writing them but with so much chatter going about the need for diversity in books, I had to speak on it again. First let’s start off with a question for authors. Since I’m an author too, I figured I’d begin here. You’re an author and you have an idea for a story which features a character of a race other than your own. Say it’s a black male and you as a white female or male aren’t sure what to write. Do you scrap this idea, even though it could be one of your best books or do you try doing it yourself and using what you’ve seen on TV as your guide? I’ve talked with authors before who’ve said they’d rather not do the “black” character for fear of getting it wrong but unless you’re doing a historical, say something in the days of slavery or in 1920’s Harlem New York, what could you possibly get wrong? I say this because I’m a black female who may not fit the mold of the so called black stereotype.

One example, I like rock music and not rap and I don’t talk slang like many might perceive a person of color to do. Yet, I’ve seen books with black characters who fit that description. In many publications, even those written by black authors, black characters are painted a certain way. The way they talk, dress, the neighborhood they’re from. Is it wrong? Not necessarily but does it hold true for every black male or female? No. What I’m getting at is, when you’re an author you don’t have to draw from those stereotypes unless it fits into the plot. If your story is centered around black males who talk slang and dress a certain way fine. The problem comes in when every book paints black characters that way. What about you as the reader? If the cover features characters that aren’t like you, are you more apt to shy away from it or does it even matter?

I’ve heard rumblings about covers with black characters not selling well. Even worse, publishers haven’t put people of color on the front at all because they fear it won’t be marketable. Why is this? Do we live in a world that is fully white? No we don’t so why should this even be an issue? The book should be judged on its plot and subject matter. If that’s interesting to you then you shouldn’t be deterred to read it because of the characters on the front. I’m an author and reader who loves reading and writing books about diversity. Some people might take issue with certain books because of the race of characters but that’s not me. If the storyline is interesting I’ll read it whether it be two of the same race or multicultural. We live in a very diverse world so why wouldn’t we want more books that reflect today’s society? In my opinion, authors should be the leaders in showing what’s outside the box. We should be writing characters whether they’re of different race, sexual orientation, religion, and or gender.

Fiction is supposed to be about freedom to express yourself and it shouldn’t be held back because of what people think or say. People in general just want well written books with fleshed out characters not the colors of their skin or what religions they are. We need more diversity in fiction for so many reasons. Why stifle creativity because of our various differences? I’m sure you’re saying it’s easier said than done but if we all do what we can to embrace diversity around us someone else might just learn from it and pass it on.

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My latest book is under Rawiya, Something About Jayden You can never tell a book by its cover! On the surface, Isaac Bridges has it all; wealth, a beautiful wife, and a successful career. But deep down, he desires Denton & Associates back under his family’s name and a male lover he can call his own. Enter Jayden Demario, a handsome college student looking to make a career in advertising. Underneath the pretty exterior, Jayden is a very damaged young man. Thrown out on the streets by his stepfather at 15, Jayden’s only concern is to make something of himself to move his “madre” from the tough neighborhood. Jayden has no time for love, especially not with a closeted married man who runs the company he interns at and Isaac can ill afford to out himself to the homophobic CEO at Denton. Will the sparks between the two men cost them their livelihood?

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Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.


In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses. She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine


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Mish-Mosh Stuff and Toss

My mind has just drawn a total blank for this blog. I had an entire post mapped out in my head, complete with photo and title. That’s what I get for not writing it down. It’s four days before Halloween, the Detroit Lions are winning, I’ve heard rumors of a weather warm up and let’s just I’m ready for a nap.

Since a nap is not an option at the moment. How about a pic of nature? I took this on one of my walks. I just had to take a moment and admire the beauty and tranquility of the animals.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires

A Mother’s Love of Horror Films

IMG_20130607_175759I spent yesterday with my daughter doing everything she wanted to do (without complaint of being tired) because it was her birthday.

Happy Birthday to my Mags!

And as always I reminisced about that morning that she was born into the world. I’d been on bed rest for three weeks because I kept going into pre-mature labor. Add that to swollen extremities, gestational diabetes, acid reflux and well, let’s just say this was a nightmare pregnancy. So when I started having contractions in the early morning hours of October 25, 2000 (four weeks before her forty week due date), I decided that thirty-six weeks was enough. I waited until the contractions were less than five minutes apart and headed into the hospital.

Despite my foolishness, my daughter was born healthy. And something amazing happened when I looked at her– my being filled with the most unbelievable sense of Love that my heart felt like it was bursting.

It’s something that I can only call a Mother’s Love.

Sweet right? But leave it to the evil genius of certain writers to turn that tender moment into something that will make your toes curl.

So for those of you who like spine-tingling horror films, I give you my Mother’s Love Halloween Five:

Psycho: To please his mother, a psychopathic killer unleashes terror in a roadside motel

Mama: Restless spirit kills those who get too close to her babies

The Woman in Black: Mother kills children to avenge the death of her son

Carrie: Mother keeps powerful secret in order to protect her daugther

Frightmare: Cannibalism – like mother like child.

Mmmmwahhaaa…watch and scream!


Scary Movies that Made Me Laugh


It’s October, the time of the year where I watch scary movies either early in the morning, or from behind my husband’s shoulder at night.  But there are some movies that are so ridiculously silly they can’t even scare me.  I mean, really, Leprechaun?

The Killer Shrews

Just the title.  Killer.  Shrews.  At first glance, one would think it’s about a bunch of loud women on a killing spree, which you gotta admit, would be a lot scarier.  No, this movie is about actual shrews and how they kill. Oh, and making them GIANT shrews does not amp up the terror.

I first saw this movie on Mystery Science Theatre 3k, which took any potential scariness right out of the picture.


The GingerDEAD Man

Man, I’m laughing at the damn trailer.  And Gary Busey.  Why not just throw a glass of milk on this b*tch?  Shoot, water worked for those aliens in Signs and I was way more scared by them!

The Wicker Man – Remake with Nicolas Cage

Nicolas. Cage.  Need any more be said?  Between his scary hair, amped up acting and…running around in a bear suit…I stared at the screen with my mouth half open with disbelief or simple shock.  A ridiculous movie.

 The Shaft – with Naomi Watts

This movie is about a killer elevator.  Enough said.  Also, Ron Perlman is in it.




What are some of your favorite “scary” movies that make you laugh? I could use a few more to add to my collection so leave them in the comments.  Boo!!


A Luscious Look ~ Underneath It All (Storm Series #2) by Cassandra Carr

Underneath-It-All-Print-CoverAlso in PRINT.


Professional hockey player Rob D’Amico is confused when he’s chosen to take part in a reading program for inner-city students. While athletes are role models, he tends toward the gregarious and playful side, rather than a studious bent.

Despite the lack of funding plaguing her inner-city district, every day, kindergarten teacher Alaina Rossa ensures her students learn something to prepare them for life. At first, she’s unsure how a hockey player will help her achieve that goal.

When Rob visits Alaina’s class for the first time, the kids welcome him with open arms, despite the lack of even the basic supplies for their education. He takes it upon himself to get the students what they need, sweeping Alaina up in the excitement.

As time goes by and she learns more about Rob, Alaina finds her heart opening to him. Is it possible her soul mate could be found in a world so different from her own? As for Rob, the last person he thought he’d find love with was an elementary school teacher wearing clothes permanently stained with finger paint. But when you’re playing for keeps, sometimes you have to get a little dirty.

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Potluck Wednesdays Recipe – Cold Fighting Strawberry -Banana Smoothie

Lately I have been on a smoothie kick. In an effort to get in all my fruits and vegetables I have been making smoothies or as my brother corrected me “juicing” them. I usually have one for breakfast with toast. Slowly I have been creating my own recipes and I finally got one down pat that I like and in my opinion is actually beneficial and good tasting. All the ingredients can be found in the grocery store and you must have a blender with a puree setting. Let me now what you think.


This recipe makes 1 serving


1 medium banana (cut up)

7 or 8 frozen strawberries (I pic up a bag of them in the frozen section of the grocery store)

1 teaspoon of honey (good for colds)

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (also great for colds but should only be taken when mixed with liquid)

1/4 cup of kale (ruffage)

1 cup of Sugar Free Ocean Spray Cranberry Grape juice.



Drop or pour everything into the blender.

Blend on Puree for 45 seconds – check to make sure everything is mixed. If not…

Blend for an additional 30 seconds.

Pour in a glass and enjoy.



A Luscious Release – Now in Print – Operation Wedding Crash by Sandra Sookoo


Blurb ~


Until death—or a secret—make them part.

Nora “Can’t Say No” Lenhart’s life is way past complicated. To add stress to everything, she’s just been appointed maid of honor for the upcoming wedding of the World’s Worst Boss and her ex is the best man. Looks like she’ll need to buy stock in an antacid company and try her best to ditch the green-eyed monster of wedding envy.

Camden Webber is an FBI agent with a massive chip on his shoulder—namely not being able to forget the woman whose usual inability to say no didn’t keep her from shooting down his proposal five years before. Though he has jaded views on weddings and marriage, Cam agrees to stand at his best friend’s side.

When Nora and Camden are thrown together at an engagement dinner, despite their tumultuous romantic history, they devise a plan to break up the ill-suited bride and groom. As the big day nears, emotions hit a breaking point, proving that wedding planning is more suited to a reality show and while happy endings are optional, they exist amidst the rubble, if the couple looks hard enough.


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