Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Message from a Mistress
Will 160 characters lead to the end of someone’s marriage?
By: NIOBIA BRYANT
National bestselling author Niobia Bryant releases her seventeenth novel, Message from a Mistress which is loosely based on the 1940's movie A Letter to Three Wives.
Jaime Hall, Renee Clinton, and Aria Livewell all reside with their spouses in the affluent gated community, Richmond Hills, in New Jersey. The ladies are all best friends with their Richmond Hill neighbor, Jessa Bell–a sexy and single socialite. Trouble is Jessa Bell has just sent them all a text message taunting that she has run away with one of their husbands. That message opens the door to each of the woman’s unspoken insecurities in their marriage as each recalls incidents that hint that their husband is the one. And with the husbands away—and unreachable-- on a chartered fishing boat all day and Jessa not answering her phone, they have all day to wonder…and to worry about scandalous secrets of their own.
Throughout the book–which takes place in one day–Jessa Bell also recalls her steamy relationship with her unidentified lover. Everything about their explicit romps are revealed from the day she first seduced him up until the day he agreed to leave his wife–her friend–for her.
About the Author--
Niobia Bryant a self described chameleon of the written word has contributed to the book world since 1999 with the release of her first short story Hush, Hush. Since then she has garnered publishing deals with 3 major houses, Simon & Schuster, Dafina and Harlequin. As a full-time writer she has penned over 15 novels using three different monikers including Simone Bryant (Young Adult) and Meesha Mink (Urban Fiction) within four genres of fiction literature targeted for African American females including romance and contemporary. In 2010 she will release three new books a contemporary, a romance and a young-adult within months of each other. This Newark, NJ native splits her time between South Carolina and New Jersey.
45-second book excerpt---
After receiving the text message from Jessa Bell-- Aria, Renee and Jamie decide to head to Jessa's home to confront her and discover yet another surprise
The taxi slowed at the glass-enclosed security booth and Aria lowered the window, knowing they would need to identify themselves to get inside thier subdivision. Sure enough, Lucky, the potbelly, red-faced security guard, walked back to the rear of the taxi. He stuck his head inside. "Hello ladies, he greeted them warmly.
"Lucky, have you seen Ms. Bell yet? Aria asked. His face was instantly confused. "Ms. Bell?" Well, remember she moved today ---?
"She moved," all three women said in unision with plenty of emphasis, obviously shocked as hell. "You ladies being such good friends, I assumed you all knew she was moving today."
Renee pocked the cork on the Patron again.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Talking about the pot calling the kettle black? Former celebrity stylist and professional gold digger Tameka Foster is looking for a new publicist after their very public blow up in Dallas this weekend.
According to close friends of Atlanta publicist Rochelle Brown of The V Firm PR, Tameka Foster threatened Brown and accused her of stealing $20,000 worth of clothes in what turned out to be a major misunderstanding.
But Tameka, being the unstable person that she is, took the whole misunderstanding to another level by physically threatening her frightened publicist, who is now contemplating taking out a police report against Foster.
Friends say Brown was hired by Foster to help repair her damaged image after her very public divorce from R&B singer Usher.
Here’s how it all went down:
Foster and Brown went to Dallas, Texas together to attend the NBA All Star festivities this past weekend. The ladies went out on Saturday night and then Brown decided to stay in Foster’s room at the luxurious boutique hotel ZaZa.
On Sunday morning, the ladies prepared to fly back to Atlanta. A bellman placed Foster’s bags in Brown’s rental car. Everything went down hill from there.
According to friends, Foster and Brown’s plan was to eat brunch at the Ritz Carlton hotel before leaving for the airport. But at the last minute, Brown had errands to run. So she took off on her errands with Foster’s bags in the car.
Feeling some kind of way about eating by herself on Valentine’s Day (and because Usher was in Dallas with another woman), Foster began bombarding Brown’s cell phone with text messages, basically annoying the young publicist about returning to the hotel to eat with her.
When Brown refused to return her calls or texts, Foster called Usher’s mom Jonetta and her other influential friends in Atlanta in an attempt to ruin the publicist’s good name. These people, who only heard Tameka’s side of the story, called Brown asking why she was stealing Foster’s luggage and informing her that Foster was about to call the police.
When Brown agreed to return to the hotel, Foster and a female employee of Magic Johnson’s sat in wait for her across the street from the Ritz.
A huge blow up occurred when Brown pulled into the lot. Foster — and Johnson’s employee — jumped out of their car and confronted Brown. Foster went ballistic accusing Brown of being a scam artist and a thief. At that point, Foster threatened Brown’s life — like she always does when she doesn’t get her way.
For the record, Brown’s family is far from broke. Brown left behind a career in medicine to go into the PR profession because she felt she can make a difference.
Brown’s friends speak very highly of her and feel that Foster is attempting to ruin her career. They describe her as intelligent, hard working and loyal. In addition to that, Brown agreed to take on Foster as a client when no one wanted to work with her.
Brown jumped right in helping to make a difference in Tameka’s life and building relationships in the non-profit community for her foundation, Lost Ones. Brown also helped secure national magazine interviews for Foster. It was Brown’s suggestion that Foster forgo wearing a wedding gown in the Upscale magazine photo spread because it wouldn’t help her image.
When reached for comment, Brown refused to throw Tameka under the bus. Even after all the drama, Brown still respects Foster.
Brown said of Foster:
“I look at her as being a mother first and foremost regardless of who she was married to. She has school age kids and I refuse to contribute to all of that negativity. She is a very good mother and her kids know me, they’ve been in my car. I just want everybody to watch MTV2 Sprite Step Off every Sunday at 3 p.m. That is all.” [sandrarose.com]
Now here I go on Tameka...every since she stole from the words and pages of my spiritual sister, Aisha Curry's book, Pretty For a Black Girl, and denied it I was through with that trick pony! Smh.
"I seriously do not believe John Mayer is a racist. ... But by tweeting he likely wasn't racist ... and for seemingly mounting a defense for his racial insensitivities I got twitter-slapped by my peers and labeled a 'Mammie.' And after 25 years in the business that's a first for my resume."
Actress-Author Holly Robinson Peete responding to John Mayer's racially charged remarks in Playboy magazine. [USA Today]
Honestly I am really tired of hearing about what John Mayer said in his controversial Playboy interview. People can say what the heck they want to. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry are always jumping on the band wagon and getting their Polo boxers and Victoria Secrets 5 for 25 in a bunch for really nothing. Jay-Z said it best when Oprah tried to come at him sideways about using the N-word in his raps...
Oprah: When I met you a few years ago, we discussed our disagreement over the use of the N word and misogynist lyrics in rap music. Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?
Jay-Z: Nothing is necessary. It’s just become part of the way we communicate. My generation hasn’t had the same experience with that word that generations of people before us had. We weren’t so close to the pain. So in our way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.
Now I'm not saying what John said was politically correct but d@mn find another cause to get behind that's worthy of OUR TIME AND ATTENTION.
It seems Star Jones Reynolds is out to help no one, that is, if you look at her recent run-in with comedian Erica Watson. Watson, invited the former TV personality to check out her one-woman show about plus-size women, 'Fat Bitch,' but Jones Reynolds let her know she has no plans to support it and blocked her from further contact on Twitter. What began as Watson telling her she would like to give her a free ticket to check out the show led to Jones Reynolds ' private, direct message to "Please don't advertise on my timeline. I don't allow people to promote their personal endeavors. Delete or I'll have to block." Watson took to The Huffington Post to say her peace, calling her an 'evil mean bitch.' Jones Reynolds should have learned to hush up after her recent firing from 'The Insider,' alas some folks never learn. Meanwhile, Watson's show will probably get some A-list press with Sandra Bernhard confirmed to stop by and 'The View's 'Sherri Sheperd (who is genuinely charming to everyone) has also said she would check it out. Then, that "Fat Bitch" -- who's happy being plus-sized -- may totally get the last laugh. [Huffington Post]