Shakuita Johnson is a 30-year-old Psychology major. When she isn't going to school or working, she is doing what she loves most. Writing. She started writing in middle school. She would write poetry in her room or the middle of the night. Then she was introduced to short stories in a creative writing course her senior year. Her love for paranormal and supernatural started with R.L. Stine Goosebumps books and TV shows, Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, and Christopher Pike books. She is an avid reader with over 100 books on her bookshelf and 1000 plus on her iPad. She also loved to watch Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with her mom.
Dark Indiscretions is her first novel and is a Paranormal Thriller. She has followed it up with Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed, Dark Indiscretions: A Prequel, Dark Indiscretions: Seer Destined and Rumspringa (Dark Indiscretions #3.5).
She also released her Dark Romance which has a bit of suspense entitled And So She Waited.
She is currently working on her first erotica serial Kiss and Tell: Encounters of a Prostitute and the final two Dark Indiscretions books.
What happens when your whole family is scarier than any nightmare and you have no desire to be anything like them? Do you stay and go along with the family plans or do you rebel and have them possibly turn their viciousness on you?
Jennifer Johnston experiences first hand why whispers are spoken in the dark about her species’ being evil when she was just a century old. What should have been another family dinner spent arguing over why she didn’t want to keep the bloodlines “pure” by being married off to her older brother turned into a nightmare and left her with more than tortured memories.
Jackson Dawls and Taylor Durham had been pack mates, best friends, and the other’s mate for as long as they could remember. They were a deadly species all their own but even they feared the Mystics and their overly cruel and barbaric ways, but unforeseen circumstances bring them face to face with not one but a few. Will there lives be in danger or is something great and unexpected awaiting them?
They also have to stay under the radar of the human society that is set out to destroy those they believe to be “Tarnished” and a danger to mankind.
When the three meet long ago secrets are brought to the light. Secrets no one but Jennifer knew. Not only do they have to learn to get along with each other because they are fated, someone is also stalking Jennifer and preforming sinister acts without her being any the wiser.
Jennifer must seek guidance from old acquaintances and form alliances with those she never thought she would. She is met with riddles and startling revelations that she never would have imagined possible.
Will they accept their fates and work together or will old fears destroy their lives? Will Jennifer be able to reclaim what was taken from her right from under her nose?
What would you do if the one fate chose for you vanished into thin air? What would you give up? Who would you become to stay with that person?
Krista Bell Johnston finally knows what it's like to be free. The torture she endured at the hands of her psychotic father has unleashed the monster her mother tried so hard to help her suppress. The only thing she wants to do is be the shadow in the night that everyone is afraid of.
Taser “Taz” Jameson is barely holding it together. He lost Kris once to her father and now he's losing her to the monster she is becoming. He's also barely containing his own monster since Krista decided she didn't need her mates anymore. Nathan is still near but he may not be enough.
Nathan Brimming, Jr. is on the verge of losing not one but both of his mates. One vanished without a trace. The other is avoiding him. He has run out of patience with them both.
But when the monster that Krista has become comes to them with a proposal; will they take her up on it and possibly lose themselves or will they try to talk her down and get the beast to put back on her chain?
Three destinies entwined since the beginning of time…
James Johnston, ruthless, evil, Mystic, is not looking for love. In fact, the only things keeping him going are revenge, obsession, and an ancient Prophecy. He’s back from the Hell his niece sent him to for the second time and is ready to make her immortal life miserable. He also has a daughter to mold and an ancient Prophecy to fulfill. He wants everything to burn and die around him. He feels no love, no loyalty—only rage. Yet, one action sprouts several reactions and before long, he may lose complete control over his own fate. But not to worry, he has a plan…
Alexander Carvanis, Mooyer. Legacy. After his occult upbringing, he only knows one thing: kill anything that has been labeled "Tarnished" by the Mooyer Society, led by his father. He is obsessed with one thought in his mind and it isn’t his own. The only things he’s ever known are what his father told him. He’s followed for years without question and it all comes tumbling down because of his blind obsession to bring down the one he never trusted. Five forbidden journals later and his whole life has changed. Now, the very person he set out to ruin is the only person he can trust not to kill him on sight…
Isobelle Mina, freak, or so she always thought. But there is more to her—so much more than she had ever dreamed possible. Secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to push her over the edge. A destiny she isn't sure she wants and two men who are fated to be hers, if only they can see past their hatred…
Will these three overcome a vendetta thousands of years in the making, or will the wounds be too old to heal?
What would you do for love? Would you sit by and let it pass you by, or would you grab onto it no matter the cost? Would you break the rules and leave everyone else behind so guarantee your own happiness?
Sy Cole wants what all sixteen-year-old girls in her coven want. To master one of the four elements, move out of her parents' home, and into her new one with her chosen husband. It seemed all that was within her grasp, when it was brutally snatched away.
Instead of sitting by and letting her life be dictated, she acted. When faced with having to choose family over love, she chose love. She took control of her life and went on a journey that would turn all she knew and was always told upside down.
On the run and looking over her shoulder Sy, along with her love Jamie, look for the only people she believes can help them now…her brothers.
Join Sy as she undergoes the ceremony that changes her life forever. Whether it's for good or bad is still to be determined.
Mature audiences only, contains M/F scenes and adult language
This is a six part serial book. Although each can be read as a standalone it is best to read them in order.
Clarissa is an acclaimed journalist and blogger, who sets out to show the erotic side of prostitution by writing a blog article to her followers. She speaks to six women, in six different cities, and she has them tell her one of the hottest encounters with one of their clients.
The first she interviews goes by the name of Vixen. After suffering tragedies no child should endure, she found a way to take back control of her life. She recites the hot and steamy scenes with her client Brandon.
The second she interviews is Diamond and she didn't have the easiest childhood. Having to grow up too fast and take care of her younger siblings sets the tone for the rest of her life. Diamond does whatever she has to in order to keep them all together. She reveals this along with her hot encounter with Sarah.
The third she interviews goes by the name Candy. After giving a bit of information about herself, Candy then takes Clarissa on a journey of the steamy threesome she engaged in with Marcus and his friend, Stefan.
The fourth she interviews goes by the name Madeline and there is more to her than meets the eye. Born with the same silver spoon in her mouth as Clarissa, what reason could she possibly have to sell her body to the highest bidder? She reveals her secrets as well as her roll in the hay with Kyle.
The fifth she interviews goes by the name Star, who is still trying to overcome a trauma from her childhood. In the mist of her storm she uses sex as an escape from her life. She then recounts her encounter with the sensual couple Alexi and Niko.
The sixth she interviews goes by the name Asterisk, who left an abusive marriage and ended up on the streets with nowhere to turn. Some ladies on the streets took her in and she's not looked back since. Sit back and relax as she recounts the sexy encounter she helped facilitate between Jonathan and his boyfriend Noah.
I just watched this on Magic, but although it was the 99 best, some of the song choices for the artists and the order of the artists was all wrong. I'm sorry, but there is no way that Leona Lewis 'Bleeding Love' should beat out Bryan Adams 'Anything I Do, I Do It For You'. Never. Especially not by at least 5 spots.
No disservice to Magic, but they had multiple songs by some artists and left out all of the classic big names of music. These songs also happen to be some of my favourite of all time.
So here's my Biggest Voices (in alphabetical order):
Aaliyah - Try Again
Abba - Dancing Queen
Adele - Set Fire to the Rain
Aerosmith - Crazy
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alannah Miles - Black Velvet
Alicia Keys - No One
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Annie Lennox - No More 'I Love You's'
Aretha Franklin - Respect
The Bangles - Manic Monday
Barbara Streisand - Woman in Love
Barry Manilow - Mandy
Belinda Carlisle - Leave the Light On
Beyonce - Love on Top
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Bobby Darin - Mack the Knife
Bon Jovi - Lie to Me
Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me
Bonnie Tyler - It's a Heartache
Britney Spears - ...Baby, One More Time
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bruno Mars - Grenade
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Carpenters - (They Long to Be) Close to You
Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
Celine Dion - Because You Loved Me
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had A Heart
Crystal Gayle - Talking in Your Sleep
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
David Bowie - As the World Falls Down
David Cassidy - I Think I Love You
Dean Martin - Sway
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
Don Henley - Boys of Summer
Duffy - Syrup and Honey
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Emmylou Harris - I Don't Have to Crawl
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Fleetwood Mac - Need Your Love So Bad
Florence and the Machine - Dog Days Are Over
George Michael - Faith
George Strait - I Cross My Heart
Girls Aloud - Beautiful 'Cause You Love Me
Gloria Estefan - Conga
Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
John Legend - All of Me
John Lennon - Imagine
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Katy Perry - Firework
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kenny Loggins - I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
Lady GaGa - Bad Romance
Lionel Richie - Hello
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Mariah Carey - Hero
Marianne Faithfull - The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Martina McBride - A Broken Wing
Mary J. Blige - Family Affair
Meat Loaf - Cry Over Me
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror
New Kids on the Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
No Doubt - Don't Speak
The Nolans - Attention to Me
The Osmonds - Love Me For A Reason
Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker
Patti Smith - Because the Night
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
Queen - I Want to Break Free
Rainbow - Catch the Rainbow
Reba McEntire - Fancy
Richard Marx - Hazard
Ricky Nelson - Sweeter Than You
Rihanna - Where Have You Been
Rod Stewart - Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Roxette - Listen to Your Heart
Roy Orbison - Crying
Sam Smith - Lay Me Down
Sandy Denny - Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
Selena - I Could Fall in Love
Shakira ft Carlos Santana - Illegal
Shirley Bassey - I (Who Have Nothing)
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Stevie Nicks - Rooms on Fire
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Tom Jones - She's A Lady
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart
Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
Trisha Yearwood - She's in Love With the Boy
If you don't know some of these songs, or just feel like listening to them again, I've embedded my playlist below.
As authors, whether Traditional, Indie or Self-Published, it's our responsibility to know what we're doing and to abide by the laws and legal rules of our chosen profession. In this post, I'll be addressing some of the commonly mis-interpreted or confusing issue that we will face during our careers.
Most of this should be common sense, but I'm sad to say that I've seen plenty of smart, famous authors, illegally using photographers or celebrities images in their promo work. This is illegal and can get you sued, if the photographer/celebrity finds out. And they will.
Trust me, it's not worth the risk. Once you have to face something like that, your reputation can be ruined. It may seen harmless, but it's really not and it only takes one mistake to cause chaos.
Before we get started, you might want to read this document or save it. It's Permissions Guidelines for Authors, by John Wiley & Sons, which is a global publishing company.
Music is one of those dangerous and tricky tools that can get you into a lot of trouble, and it won't always be your fault. Sites like Animoto supply music for all different genres, for a monthly subscription. This can be invaluable when making a super amazing book trailer. However, when some artists get famous, they remove their work from Animoto and that's where you an face problems. When you upload to YouTube, they're so smart that they'll warn you if there's a legal issue with your music. YouTube and Animoto have a great relationship and can warn you about this, so always take notice of any warnings they give you.
When you make a book trailer with Music Maker, however, you don't get those warnings and you have to be responsible for what you're doing and what music you're using. There are a bunch of sites that you can buy music from, for a subscription, or you can download from for free, as long as you credit the artist and song in your video. Which, should be good practice.
No matter where you get your music, free or not, it's common courtesy to credit the artist and song.
Videos are basically the same as music. There are a lot of sites where you can get moving clips or just images for free or at a cost, for your book trailer. Be careful, remain vigilant and read all the legal rules of the website, before you use anything. Then, simply add a 'Credits' page at the end, so you can credit the website/artist or designer.
There are different rules for Quoting a book/author/poet and they can get a bit tricky, so I'm going to get some help here.
"The discussion for copyright of text and music lyrics is similar to that of images and graphics, but they are not exactly parallel. With a graphic or image, you’re likely using the entire work, whereas with text or music lyrics you’re only using a portion. It is much more clear that using an entire text or reproducing the full music lyrics would violate copyright, the question now becomes how much can be used so that you’re not.
Traditional publishers may have guidelines, but they’re also willing to defend them if challenged. For self-published authors, being sued for using “too much” of a work may not be a risk worth taking.
Of course, there is still the ability to ask for a license before using the work if you are concerned with the legalities of using copyrighted material. There is, also, Fair Use. However, as was mentioned with regard to images and graphics, it’s not a clearly defined exception.
Unlike the discussion above, though, with text or music lyrics you’re likely only using a portion of the work so there is a stronger argument with regard to the quantity of the work used. Nonetheless, Fair Use goes beyond just a “word count” and you must be able to establish that your use does not interfere with the owner’s rights."
"You do not need permission to include song titles, movie titles, TV show titles—any kind of title—in your work. You can also include the names of places, things, events, and people in your work without asking permission. These are facts.
Because songs and poems are so short, it’s dangerous to use even 1 line without asking for permission, even if you think the use could be considered fair. However, it’s fine to use song titles, poem titles, artist names, band names, movie titles, etc.
The law does not offer any percentage or word count here that we can go by. That’s because if the portion quoted is considered the most valuable part of the work, you may be violating fair use. That said, most publishers’ guidelines for authors offer a rule of thumb; at the publisher I worked at, that guideline was 200-300 words from a book-length work in a teaching/educational context."
This is a really sticky one, because I see authors illegally using images for promo posters and covers, on a daily basis. I've seen a self-published book with a famous actor on the front cover, selling on Amazon. They rendered it on the computer, as though that would disguise the actor, but it didn't. Some add wings, hats, glasses, some form of disguise. Others blatantly use a celebrity in promo posts.
So what are the rules? Well, if yo're doing a character casting, yes, you can use an actor/actresses image. Label the actor/actress and state which character in your book that you'd want them to play. That's allowed.
Using a celebrities face or easily identifiable tattoo/logo/feature on a cover or promo poster is NOT legal. You can be sued.
The same goes for using photographer's work. Unless you have their express permission to use the picture or they supply free downloads on a site like DeviantArt, you can't use the image. In the case that you do have permission or a free LEGAL download, then you should always credit the photographer on the promo poster or in the credits of the book cover.
(Please check individual sites and conditions, for payment options. Most are free, but often have paid features.)
Pixteller - supplies images and fonts. You cannot use your own fonts, but there are clipart images you can add. The site also saves your posters as Private or Public, as to your preference. You can also go back to your poster and change it, if you notice a mistake or change your mind. You don't have to pay anything.
Pixlr - Also free, this one gives you more options than Pixteller. You can add layers, create 3D images and do a whole host of things that I haven't learned to do yet. You can check out their blog, for all the great ways you can use this site.
Ribbet - You can register for this site, which used to allow you a free account. They've now made it that you have to pay for an upgrade to get all the fancy extras. However, the free version is great on its own and it allows you to use your own fonts. As an author, I collect free fonts so that each project is unique. (You can get some awesome fonts here at 1001 Fonts and Hongkiat.)
PicMonkey - This is my preferred site. My publisher has the 'premier' account, which is awesome, but you can also get some amazing features on the free account. You can use their fonts or your own and your own layers. You can also use all of their extras and effects.
Even jealous Aphrodite would demand of the Creator,
“Why did you make this creature, who is more beautiful, more lovely than I?”
You are my love, my life, my Leila… my queen.
Come back to me.
Your Knight Forever,
I laughed to myself. Even though I was only twenty-nine, I had been a doctor for two years now, which included four years of pre-med, four years of medical college and two years of residency, but my long blonde hair and blue eyes made me appear younger.
O’Malley let his eyes travel up and down my five foot, six inch frame and smiled.