MKeyes Disclaimer

Okay, get this - everything here - is about me, what I'm feeling and thinking at the time I write it. I may not always be right, but if I wrote it here, it was heavy on my mind and well, there you go! So - because I'm 47, -(4 years later - 51)- growing, changing, living, learning, I may look back a year or two from now and feel differently about what I wrote, so - if I make it to the big time, end up on a talk show, Oprah's or Larry King, don't be pulling from this blog, because I'm going through menopause right now, ain't no telling what I might say, okay? Cool... ciao!

Monday, March 31, 2014

My Blog Tour

Mercedes Keyes

Latest release: 
Beauty of Man and Woman – Volume 13, Amazon for Kindle & Paperback!

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

First, thanks and proper props to my girl T-sis, Ryter Rong, her blog many thanks, see you on the bestsellers list!

1.)        What am I working on?
I’m working on back works and a current new project. One of the back works is one of my historicals, my first in fact. Princess Ces’alena. You can find it at Amazon on my authors page. - Princess Ces’alena is getting a new cover as well a final clean up with a launch in Amazon’s KDP Select program! Plus – I have a drama series, Bomaw – 13 volumes that I’m updating and they too will get new covers and released as second editions.

And finally – my new current work-in-progress – Saoirse. Historical drama surrounding America’s first trial slaves – the Irish! Cromwell started it all, what a monster! Anyway, everyone speculates on why we – African-Americans are so mixed with Irish and Indian. For too long – African-American women have believed the mix came from the master of the plantation and rape! No, sorry – that is not everyone’s story, not all light skinned black women are the product of that ancestry and Saoirse will tell why!

2.)        How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My specialty is the interracial genre. How my novels or stories differ from other interracial story writers is that I’m writing to teach and inform. My primary directive is to help as few or as many as I can with this world’s dirty history of lies on racism. My aim is to tell at least one version of truth concerning our divisions. How a love between man and woman of any color was and is a beautiful thing, but the world made it ugly. I’m telling! Mixing – black women with white men or all other “non” black, and black men and white women is NOT a new thing, nor a taboo thing as it was deliberately concocted to be. There’s a world filled with rich stories and truth out there surrounding the wonders of love over the color lines. Stories that are not based on perversions, rape, erotica and taboo sex! But deep, lasting, heart-wrenching, life changing, to-die-for kinds of love – those are my stories. Way back when in history and now! As long as I can, I will be telling them.

3.)        Why do I write what I do?
It’s what I am. I’m a mix. I have a heritage based on love and sacrifice over the color lines. My Irish great-grandfather passed me something precious and with it – I write what I do.

4.)        How does your writing process work?
Well, when I’m inspired by something, the story is born in my mind instantaneously. I immediately know how it will start and the longer I ponder it – I come to how it ends. I also get flashes of what takes place within. Quickly I open MS Word and write the beginning out. I end up usually with about 25 pages or so. Then I grab my favorite pen, a fine writer with a nice grip and black ink. A fresh new paper notebook and as I write that way, the story unfolds. I write until there is nothing more coming from me. I sleep on it and then the next day – I prop my paper tablet up and open the story in MS Word that I started and begin transcribing what I’ve written to add to it.

In my transferring it, I end up with something better than what I wrote - more of it, much fatter, a richer story. I can write no other way. If I try and write fresh directly into MS Word, I get writers block. I’m going nowhere! However the moment I grab the ink pen and paper – away I go. So to avoid writer’s block the story grows on paper first and then to MS Word in the transfer. Once I run out of what I’ve hand written, I save it in MS Word, close it and turn back to writing more in the paper tablet. This process is repeated until the book is done. I rarely get writers block doing it this way.

Next Authors up Monday - April 7th…

Nikki Walker

Nikki Walker is a passionate believer in second chances! It is because of that belief and passion that she’s been dubbed as the Diva of Second chance! She has since discovered that second chances are her specialty. If you're a lover of second chances, her books are for you! Nikki fits her writing in around being a full time wife and mother. You’ll find her at Facebook and @ Google+ - and her second chance works at Amazon.

Author Latrivia Nelson

Latrivia S. Nelson is the national bestselling interracial romance author of The Medlov Crime Family Series, The Agosto Family Series and the Lonely Heart Series. She had penned 15 novels under her name and currently has over 50,000 fans in 124 countries. Along with being the President and CEO of RiverHouse Publishing, LLC in Memphis, TN, she is the proud of mother of two children and the quintessential supermom.

LaShawn Vasser
Vasser is an author of contemporary romance.  She developed a love of books and a passion for writing at a very young age.  However, it wasn't until 2013 that she published her first romance novella "Out of Nowhere".  She's a dedicated wife and mother of three. In her spare time, she loves trying new recipes and cooking big family dinners with her sisters.  Those dinners always tend to be crazy, loud, and the perfect place for juicy plot ideas!  LaShawn's mantra for life is always good food, good wine, and good friends.  That's the best recipe for a happy life.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And my new life begins...

What new life?
A single one. You see, I've been with someone all of my life. Parents - they divorced - then with my mother who had no choice but to become a single parent - which caused me to have a few foster parents. Yeah, yeah, yeah - I've been in the system. Not entirely mama's fault - but I'm not going there right now because it would lead into a mute direction. I may speak of it later, but for now, I shall try to maintain this course. Anyway, I went from mama - sort-of-speak to my first husband at the age of 17. Me, and uh - well, my 2 year old daughter - yeah go on, do the math. That's another story.

That marriage taught me a great deal about myself, what I could be forced to endure. Being in a domestically violent marriage does that and yes, more often than not, that entire lesson episode sucked! But - it was my bed and lie in it I did. That lasted for 21 years because I was determined that my children and I would not end up like my mother and I and brothers. All split into different locations and even states. They were in Mississippi and I got Chicago. In either case, there we were, like puppies in the wild who'd crawled from the hidden den yelping and howling scared to death - wanting mom and dad - wanting back what made us feel safe and secure. Yet we were left to fend for ourselves, ah sort-of-speak. There were other people around to watch us. My brothers - the older two, they went to my grandparents. Lynn, brother three above me, went to our father. They were the fortunate ones - because I got to go with mama.


My brothers hated me because of that. Because she took me with her. Yet, I wasn't with her at all, I was in
the hands of others - not gonna go there, that's another story as well. Anyway, they hated me because they thought I had mama, but loved me too, yeah, a love/hate relationship. Hmmm, a sudden epiphany - it suddenly occurred to me that both my marriages were like that. Two men who loved me, but hated me as well. Ooops, I digress. I may come back to that one day as well. Anyway, enough of that mess!

I - did not want to do that to my own children and so I stayed and fought it out for 21 years.


Yeah, not a good idea. While my three beautiful children were indeed, smart, ambitious, independent, self-starters and go getters, like their mother - also, like their mother, they still ended up with ugly issues and baggage. *Soooo sorry for that my babies - I really am. I didn't know what I was doing, just trying to avoid one sack of problems and created another.* Enough of that mess!
After 21 years of marriage - with all three kids gone and into a life of their own, I left hubby one. Unfortunately I didn't take a decent break in between - like mama tried to tell me to do - at the time when she told me that, I was thinking, 'Ha! You're one to tell me!' - (Maybe I'll explain why I felt that way later) Never say that to yourself or out loud. It WILL come back to bite you in the rump! Wanna see? Still have the teeth marks.

Anyway, I knew what I was doing, right. I was in my 30's when I chose this life partner, not a young girl of 12! Yes, I did that, I determined at 12 years old that I wanted hubby number One! So I figured, surely I've learned a lot sense then - right?

*Wrong!* Ain't learn she-ite-shooky!

I fell head over heels in a BIG BIG BIG way - gave up all and everything in America and moved to England for hubby two! Don't get me wrong, this second one lasted 12 years. Seven of which we were sooo in love we could not imagine living with out the other. We went through hell with immigration and spent some serious money in flights and VISAS to get me there so we could be together. WE - were - in - LOVE! Soulmates! Destined to be together. MADE for one another. I born for him and he for me!
Our favorite place and road to walk! UK

Yet, here I am today - back in America and my new life begins. Single - how I plan to remain - yes - finally after that bite in the rump, I am going to listen to mama! Only took me 39 years to get wise, at 51 years old I grew into some sense, woke up, snapped out of it, took off the rose tinted glasses, and accepted what I knew all along - that is - that only my CREATOR knows me, my baggage, my inner make up, the whys of who I am, well enough to know what I need. (I intimidate some men! I'm too driven and they can't cope with that) So, He is the only one capable of finding my right match. From now on, I'm leaving it in his hands and getting on with my life. One where I can set priorities that won't back-fire on me. Focus on growing me up by keeping me alone with no distractions from the goal. Focus on my children, grand and all - focus on work and what I was shaped, molded and guided to do.


Me, myself and I have finally looked back to see so many events of the past where He has shown that He's been with me all along and if I'd just turned and asked, I could have saved myself a lot of sorrow, heartbreak and pain... not to mention time wasted. Lessons learned Father! So with my constant, dependable, unchanging ROCK - the Almighty - by my side - I am going to let Him guide me, direct my steps from here on out. He has great plans for me in my new life - I just have to draw close to Him to know what that is...

And today... in this new life... I am happy - to be me - who has learned how precious it is to be FREE!