Shades Below Is Leaving #KU!

Into the great wide open!

L.J.K. Oliva Books

It’s announcement time!

Shades Below is leaving Kindle Unlimited!

For the first time, the Shades Below series will be available on iTunes, Nook, Kobo, and other ebook retailers! If you get your reading material from sites other than Amazon, now you’ll be able to find the Shades Below books at your online shop of choice.

If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, there’s still time to get your read on! Here are the official “exit dates” of the books in the series. Add them to your KU reading list while you can!

A World Apart (Shades Below, #1) – March 9, 2017 (passed)

Season Of The Witch (Shades Below, #1.5) – March 23, 2017

The Devil’s Disease (Shades Below, #2) – March 25, 2017

All future Shades Below novels will also be published wide, so keep an eye out for them wherever ebooks are sold (okay…most places where ebooks are sold).

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“Folks need you making their panties wet…” #MondayBlogs #amwriting

If y’all haven’t checked any of Tasha’s words, you should. They are delicious and filthy and so. damn. hot.

Tasha L. Harrison

I’ve been sitting on this news for like a week…

Partly because I wanted to get the all the details worked out and make sure it was okay to share and now it is…

So…I have an agent!


Yes, this girl is now represented by Brower Literary & Management. They will be handling my Subrights which means that I’m still self-published but they will pursue different ways to improve my reach and get the more eyes on my filthy words!

I can hardly believe that this is a thing that is happening and honestly, none of it would’ve happened if it weren’t for the lovely and talented, Madhuri Pavamani! She’s the one who said that “Folks need you making their panties wet..” among other wonderful things. I can’t thank her enough.

Shit is about to get really, real, you guys.

Time to start a new chapter.

bigXsloppyO,

Tasha

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DUTCH: The Keeper Series Book One – Cover Reveal

Madhuri Writes

“Full of sex, magic, and turmoil, this first installment in the series completely blew me away. The way Madhuri weaves Dutch and Juma’s story is poetic and utterly beautiful. I can’t remember the last time a book made to stop and think, wow.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild on Dutch

2017.

This is the year The Keeper Series and Dutch and Juma and all of their dark sexy are unleashed on my friends and maybe some of my family – please not my parents and aunties – and if I’m lucky, a few folks I don’t know personally.

Correction: make that a hell of a lot of people I don’t know personally, but am able to suck into my world of heartless assassins and Poochas, Death’s emissaries tasked with crossing the dead back to life.

Book One in the series releases on April 4th – my…

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Poetry: Wondrous Women

A poem for my mom, and women everywhere – we are truly wondrous creatures

Madhuri Writes

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Wondrous Women

on a too-many-miles-away-to-count
conversation with my mom
in the midst of catching up
she paused and commented
on new ink across my hand
I laughed and replied
how did you notice and
she laughed and replied
I know every inch of your skin
I birthed you and learned you
and will know you always
days later I glanced at my son
paused and commented
on the new freckle on his wrist
he laughed and replied
how do you see these things
and I smiled and thought to myself
because I am like my mother
and she is like her mother
and we are magic beings
in the most wondrous
of ways


The poetry on this blog and Write Bitches are works of fiction, erupting from my incredibly over-active imagination. This piece is inspired by mom and really, women in general – goddamn we are wondrous. It’s slightly…

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The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered By Asher Evans

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I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking.

Why not put some of my characters under the microscope?

Below is the Proust Questionnaire as answered by Asher Evans: survivor, vampire, and protégé of vampire Constable Seneca Lynch. Asher will be starring in the the upcoming Shades Below novel, If You Were My Vampire.

Now, without further ado…

The Proust Questionnaire: Asher Evans

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness? There’s a quaint thought.

2. What is your greatest fear?
Fear is a trap. It is the fearful who are the first to die.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I lived.

4. What is the trait you most…

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Shades Below Got A Facelift!

L.J.K. Oliva Books

Happy New Year!

In honor of 2017, the Shades Below tribe got a makeover! Seriously though, I’m too obsessed with these new covers. Is that weird?

Probably.

Whatever.

Feast your eyeballs on these pretties…

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“There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It’s my job to bump back.”

Private investigator Jesper MacMillian is sure he’s seen it all. Living in San Francisco, strange is what’s for breakfast. Then he meets psychic medium Lena Alan, and his definition of “strange” changes for good. Suddenly, MacMillian finds himself in a world where monsters aren’t just real, they’re hiding in plain sight. For Lena, a medium since childhood, it’s just another day at the office.

For MacMillian, it’s the beginning of the end of everything he thinks he knows.

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Something wicked this way comes…well, more wicked than usual.

Georgia Clare needs help, and fast. As the lone survivor of her coven’s…

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Online Writing Workshop: WRITE SEX

Ever wanted to write something racy and hot, explore your sensual side, but never took the time to sit down and put pen to paper? Next month I’m leading an online writing workshop called WRITE SEX — the perfect moment to take that first step and make some time to release your inner sex goddess writer woman, put some words on paper, meet some cool folks, and say fuck a lot. Check it out and let’s write (sex)…

Madhuri Writes

I’m leading a writing workshop in February.

Crazy, I know.

Usually I take them and they’re led by my fabulous writing promptress – and fellow Barnard alum – Jena Schwartz.

But Dominique Sinagra and her company BOUDICA like my raw sexy beautiful words and think I can help other folks explore and discover their own. So that’s what I’m going to do this coming February in my first online writing workshop

WRITE SEX

There will be introductions and a private online space and laughter and love and writing prompts and sex and support and enthusiasm and poetry and prose and dirty words and gorgeous words and painful words and any words you feel moved to put down somewhere.

There will no doubt also be some of my favorite words: fuck, cunt, suck, and obstreperous

Kidding.

There probably won’t be any obstreperous sightings – I just couldn’t resist adding it…

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My #BareFacePlay Story

Makeup artist Jasmin Rahman intends for her campaign #BareFacePlay to help women love the skin they’re in by thinking a little more about the hows whats wheres and whys of our makeup habits. She’s asked women to open up about their #BareFacePlay stories, so here’s mine…

Madhuri Writes

barefaceplay3Confession: I’m not a makeup girl.

In sixth grade, my girlfriend Jennifer Mason gave me my first item of makeup: Mary Kay blush in that iconic pink compact. But I have no idea when I purchased any of my own makeup because for years, makeup and I weren’t really friends.

Even today, I keep it minimal – mostly because I like it that way, but also because quite frankly, I don’t really know what to do with it. And when I venture beyond my most basic capabilities, I feel somewhat clownish. And am certain the rest of the world agrees.

Don’t get me wrong, I have makeup goals, two to be precise: 1) rock some red lipstick and 2) a cat’s eye like Adele.

Have they happened? Will they happen?  Probably not because number one intimidates me and I cannot fathom accomplishing number two on my own nor have I…

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An Experiment In #Writing Contemporary Romance: AMAL, Part 8

because while Trump is pissing off the Chinese and doing his best to ensure the world is going to hell, all of us could use a filthy little break from the madness…

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There is a serious funk going around that has managed to get its nasty long fingers all over me. I’ve been fighting it all week because for real – I never get sick – and although I’m keeping it at bay, I’m sure as hell not succeeding in making it creep off into the sunset and leave me the fuck alone.

I tried sweating it out in a hot yoga class and a spin class – no luck. I tried drowning it in bottles of DayQuil – no luck. I even tried being nice to it and feeding it spice tea and bourbon.

Maybe that’s why the motherfucker doesn’t want to go anywhere – that tea and bourbon is really really good.

Woke up this morning to The Kid and The Pup lying on top of me, and still sick. Thank goodness fighting slimy nasty decrepit germs has not been…

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