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As if high school wasn't stressful enough, throw in being a girl from the hood attending one of the top private schools in the city, Windham Academy. Just getting across town to attend five days a week is no easy task. But senior Cynamon Brown has been doing it with style and grace the last four years. Cynamon can't wait to graduate and leave the school where she feels like she never really fit in. She's also anxiously awaiting graduation and looking forward to attending college and leaving behind a hectic home-life where she feels more like the parent than a carefree child. Things are going along exactly as she planned when a curveball is thrown her way. Out of nowhere the very students, she's spent the last four years avoiding, vote her prom queen. It's the icing on a very salty cake for a few students who believe they're more deserving than Cynamon. The added drama that comes along with a title she never wanted or needed is fueled even further when elected to be her king, is one of the most popular guys in the Senior class Dash Knight. Jealousy, envy, and chaos are soon to follow but the students at Windham Academy will soon find out that before she was ever elected prom queen, Cynamon Brown was a Project Princess who never wanted to wear the crown. Until they tried to take it from her.
Look what's finally arriving in the bookstores! I was told this was a North Carolina location. If you see a copy in a store near you, take a picture with it and tag me!
Boys Over Flowers
Over a year ago or so I watched this show with my teenage daughter and actually found myself really enjoying it. There were a ton of episodes( Subtitles) but I braved through them with my daughter and it was my first taste of a K-Drama. It was good, a little over the top with the acting but I took it for what it was. Then last night as I was browsing Netflix, I saw a new show and decided to check it out because I'm always looking for shows my daughter and I can watch together. I found this show and began to watch.
Which is an almost exact replica of the original show with a new cast. I'm a bit lost as to why they even made a 2018 version of the show. It's basically the same scene for scene. There are a few slight and I do mean slight changes but that's about it. So if you've watched this before it may be a complete time waste to even check out the 2018 version of the show. As of today's day, there are 16 episodes listed with new episodes added weekly. The original show had 25 episodes so we'll see if Meteor Garden will have more.
Here's an extended sample of Danielle for those who haven't had a chance to read it yet. This is the free sample I have for Readers on Google Play so in case you don't frequent that site here it is!Click to enlarge and read!
Today's Throwback Thursday post will be my book "The Conversation"
Yeah, I wrote it but I thought it was a really good book. It explored starting over in relationships and it never being too late to take your relationship in a different direction if things are not working and your partner isn't seeing your value. If you haven't read it yet, check it out.
It looks like Author Tomi Adeyemi had some drama brought directly to her doorstep recently. These days this isn't something you can just brush off as no big deal. To be honest, for Black people it has never been that. We've always known simply opening your door to a police officer could mean unwarranted trouble. The last few years it's been solidified that even complying with police can lead to you losing your life for no reason at all. Read about Tomi's recent interaction with police on July 12.2018 via a series of Tweets she shared with the public.
Well, this was a highly anticipated Netflix Orginal movie I was looking forward to and let's just say this. It didn't end fast enough for me. I like my movies like I like my books. I don't mind a slow build up as long as it doesn't leave me dazed and confused wondering what the hell happened...and not in a good way either. The trailer was really misleading to me as well. I don't want to reveal too much about the movie because just like books, we all like different things, this just didn't do it for me on any level.
Check it out and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Have I not bought any Fenty Beauty products yet? It's just ridiculous at this point. In my defense, it's because every time I go into Sephora it's pretty much all sold out. The main staple I like to try from different lines is the foundation. I was lucky enough to get a sample of my perfect shade in Fenty but they're always out of my shade. I guess I'll have to resort to ordering online which I hate to do with makeup but it seems to be my only option at this point! This new Morraccan collection looks simply gorgeous!
Okay, I know by now you've had to have seen all the "In My Feelings/Shiggy Dance" Challenges going around. Even if you're not a Drake fan, you've seen the challenges. Don't play with me!
The first guy to initially do the challenge was on a radio show. He sounds like a good kid. Check it out.
Here's a Tuesday Teaser for Project Princess which will be released SOON!
*Teasers are unedited and subject to change. Release dates TBA
“Okay, everyone. Let’s see who made prom court this year!” Mrs. Snow said waving a red envelope around excitedly. I swear Mrs. Snow lived for this stuff. She sounded as excited as the students. I could clearly tell just by how she was as an adult that she’d been a proud member of the Geek squad when she was in high-school. So, I wouldn’t be shocked to discover she was living vicariously through her students. Dang, had 45 minutes passed that quickly? I started putting papers away in my notebook. All I was doing was drawing anyway to pass the time. All my coursework was complete. My stomach was growling I was so hungry. I needed to hit my locker up as soon as the bell rang. I had a granola bar there and I’d grab a bottled water from the vending machine on my way out of the building. I had exactly an hour and a half to get to my after-school job at Meyers Dry Cleaning. Thank God it’s Friday and payday, I thought.
“Let’s see, senior prom King is Dash Knight and senior prom Queen is Cynamon Brown! How exciting!”
My head snapped up at hearing my name. I was confused. Did Mrs. Snow ask me a question? I hated that I was caught off guard not paying attention.
Everyone was staring at me.
“Excuse me Mrs. Snow what did you say?”
“Well Ms. Brown it looks like you’ve been elected by your peers to be Prom Queen. How exciting is that? I must say you and Dash will make a lovely couple.” Mrs. Snow said. She was one of my favorite teachers. Kinda young and really goofy but she went above and beyond to help a lot of students. If she saw anyone struggling in her AP English class she was always willing to help. I did so well in the class, I was basically her teacher’s aide and helped out.
Just then the bell rang signaling the end of the school day.
All the classes on the Senior level floor flooded the student lounge which was in the middle of the hall.
Everyone gathered around congratulating me, but I was in pure shock. How the hell did this even happen? I literally had like five people I would consider myself to be friends with in the entire school. Of course, I talked to other people in class, but I didn’t consider them to be friends really. I guess you could say I was “cool” with everyone but I never thought it would lead people to voting me as prom queen. All of my close friends lived in my neighborhood on the other side of town. They were the kids I’d gone to school with from kindergarten through middle school. I felt like all eyes were on me. I felt self-conscious as hell. I did manage to smile and say thank you to everyone who congratulated me. My ears were buzzing hearing random phrases like, “I’m glad someone new one for a change. At least that bitch Kira didn’t win again. We needed someone new.” Random people were patting me on the back.
“I don’t give a damn what those envelopes said, I’m going to the office right now and demanding a recount. There has been some fuckery going on. There’s no way I shouldn’t be prom queen! You know it’s true. Me, Kira Randall, losing to Cynamon Brown?”
I looked over to see Kira Randall, the undisputed most popular girl in school ranting on. Every word she said was punctuated with a toss of her weave. The weave she swore up and down grew out of her head, but I could spot even the nicest weave. She may have thought she was fooling the Mexican and White girls she hung out with but not me. Besides, one day in gym she was bending down doing a cheer. When I tell you the hair in her “kitchen” was from Southern Sudan Africa and the weave was from a whole other continent. I don’t know why she felt the need to get all loud. I didn’t cast a vote at all for prom court let alone try to get myself nominated. I was just as clueless as to how it happened as she was.
“I know girl! What were people thinking? There must have been a mistake.” Kira’s best-friend Monique cosigned looking at me with her nose turned up as if I smelled. I stared dead in her face and her lips stopped moving mid-sentence. Then I gave her the middle finger.
I didn’t give a damn about any of this, but I’ll be damned if I let a snooty bitch think she was going to talk shit about me.
“Obviously there wasn’t a mistake if every 7th period class got the same envelope. But go ahead and walk to the office to complain with your bucket full of salty tears. Just face the fact you ain’t got the juice this year sweetie.” I replied with a smirk. These bougie girls at this school really did not want it with me. I stayed to myself and minded my business. I’d been rolling that way since freshmen year but the last thing they wanted to do was try me. I was not with that whole bullying thing.
“Excuse me? Were you talking to us?” Kira asked. When I looked in her face I almost burst out laughing. I could tell she was really mad about not winning. How lame can you get? I guess you could act like not making prom court was the end of the world. I may only be 17 but I have real-life shit going on. Every day I opened my eyes it was survival of the fittest. Fuck a damn prom queen. It must be nice to have being prom queen on your list of priorities.
“I was talking to whoever is running their mouth.The prom queen loser. So yes, I was talking to you. Look if you have a problem because people didn’t vote for you, talk to whoever you need to about all that. But I suggest you don’t come for me unless I send for you. For what it’s worth, I’m not pressed about being prom queen. If they let us switch I’m fine with it.” I said before turning my back on her and continuing on to my locker. Kira Randall didn’t deserve my attention. I didn’t have time for this at all. I was going to miss my damn bus addressing this nonsense.
Five minutes later I was standing at the bus stop down the street from the school stuffing a granola bar down my throat. I hadn’t even gotten to work yet but I was already daydreaming about the Chinese food plate I was going to treat myself to at the spot next door to my job. Ugh, on second thought, after that video I saw on Instagram with the employees from the Chinese restaurant carrying that dead dog inside, I changed my mind. I mean I know that’s not all restaurants, but way take a chance? I knew by the time I got home from work, if any food had been made, it would have been long gone by the time I walked in the door. I pulled out my cell-phone to check my Instagram then call my best-friend Nakia. She was going to trip when I told her I’d been voted prom queen.
I kept right on looking at my cell-phone. Yeah, my Mama was dead ass wrong for naming me Cynamon, but I know damn well she didn’t name me “Aye”.
I was checking my favorite celebrity’s pages, the Shaderoom, along with a few of my friend’s pages from the neighborhood.
I raised my eyes up to see none other than Dash Knight parked right in front of the bus stop in his black Mustang convertible. I shook off the shock. Good Lord this boy was fine, but he already knew it. I’m sure every girl at Windham Academy let him know no less than 100 times a day. Plus, he was Kira’s boyfriend. I guess they called themselves a little power couple.
“So, I wanted to talk to you about prom court.”
“Who are you?” I asked my lips pursed tight. I decided to play with his ass just because I could tell he was conceited as hell. Rolling up on me talking about some damn “Aye”. The nerve.During the last four years of course, our paths had crossed occasionally but it had always been school related. Dash Knight was as snooty as his girlfriend.
I could see his face momentarily fall but he quickly recovered. Hmm, I’ll give him a little credit for trying to play it off quick.
“My name is Dash Knight. We’ve gone to school together the last four years. Matter of fact, we had chemistry together last semester.”
“Oh yeah. I remember now. So, what’s up? Whatchu want?”
“Well I thought maybe we could talk right now about prom night. You know with the new rules and everything, they want us to go together. So, I figured since we only have a month to get it all together, we may as well start planning as soon as possible.”
“The rules say we have to go together? I never heard that. I mean I ain’t all into the prom thing but how they gon’ tell me who I have to go to prom with? They must be gon’ sponsor me to go huh?”
“Well I mean it’s not set in stone, but I figure with all the pictures we have to take together, the dance we have to do why not?”
“Boy bye. If you don’t want to go to prom with Kira, why not just tell her? Don’t put me in your mess.”
Dash’s eyes widened quickly, and he played down a smile flirting at the corner of his lips.
“Nah. That’s not it, but I just know all the stuff they have you doing for prom and it’s much easier if you just go with the person. I was Jr. Prom king last year. You may not recall, I mean since you don’t recognize me and all.” Dash said slyly.
Just then the bus pulled up right behind him blaring the horn loudly.
“Look I have to get on the bus now. This is a lot to think about…,”
“Well just get in with me, I’ll give you a ride home, so we can talk.”
“No, I don’t think that’s a good idea.” I stammered nervous all of a sudden. This was a lot to think about and I still wasn’t sure I was going to accept the nomination.
“Shit if she don’t want a ride I damn sure do!” A grown ass woman said leering at Dash. She looked almost as old as my Mama. That wasn’t saying much, my Mama was only 36. It’s not like she was ready for the grave and half the time she acted younger than me, and I wasn’t even the oldest. I was her middle child.
“You need to be ashamed of yourself. This is a teen-aged boy.” I said cutting my eyes at her. It suddenly pissed me off because even though I could care less about Dash, this woman was acting as thirsty as my Mama would have acted.
“He looks every bit of 18 to me! As long as he’s legal you best believe I can ride that thang!” The woman said cackling loudly with her mouth wide open showing several missing teeth. The bus honked again.
“Come on now, you are holding these people up.” Dash pressed.
I looked at the crowd of people waiting to board the bus and they all glared back angrily.
“Okay but I need you to take me straight to work.” I said hopping in the passenger side.
Okay, Power fans we're into the second week of season five and what are your thoughts? As for me, I'm underwhelmed. The season premiere didn't have me on the edge of my seat at all. Raiya's funeral didn't leave me wiping the corners of my eyes with tears of sadness ( yes I do cry at shows and movies) it was just BLAH! Some people on my social media were going nuts acting like it was off the chain and I was sitting there watching like (insert crickets).
Last nights show I was just rolling my eyes. So Ghost you're really just going to turn into a vigilante killer to deal with your daughter's death? Avenging the death of other people's dead kids? Okay. Let's hope the third show is the charm.
Authors LOVE to read! So here is the book that kept me up all last night. Give it a try. Buy it, check it out from your local library but give it a try. It was the perfect break-down of emotions from a married couple facing the most challenging situation the could ever imagine. Read it. What would you do?
Just a quick update about this book. Shot Through the Heart will be available online and in select stores on June 26th(hardback) so look out for it! I'm super excited about this book being available to a wider audience. The audiobook will release September 2018 and the mass market paperback version will hit major stores in January 2019. I still own the ebook right to this book so you may notice my original book cover, but this is the new cover that was created by the publisher (Kennsington). So if you're in your local bookstore and see this title, please support me if you can and buy it! You can also order it online. If you haven't read this yet, give it a try. It has great reviews! (Scroll down) Thank you, Candace
Here's a look at the ebook cover!
Check out the reviews and star ratings at Google Play.
If you're looking for something to watch this weekend, check out this show! For reason, I love Billy Bob Thornton's acting abilities. This show will pull you right in. (Available on Amazon Prime)
But you can try if you want to!
It's LIVE Y'all!
Free w/Kindle Unlimited
Not only do I love all the opportunities she's brought to Black Creatives in the film industry, I love how Issa Rae is just unapologetically bliggity-BLACK. I've enjoyed watching her grow since her series on Youtube. Persistence and dedication pays off. Congratulations Queen.
Check out the link and see how she shades Coonye West right in front of his wife.
Check out the link and see how she shades Coonye West right in front of his wife.
Hey Supporters, I just wanted to give an update on what's in the pipeline for Candace Mumford aka Ms.Bam!
Up next will be my reentry into Kindle Unlimited. Readers may be aware that you don't see my books in KU but I've been in there previously though my preference is to make my books available to Readers on all platforms. I will be doing some books that are specifically for KU. They will be Novellas just so I'm clear on that aspect . KU requires that books remain in KU for 90 days. I haven't fully decided if after 90 days I'll make those books available on other platforms. I'll definitley keep everyone updated.
Then late August, the trilogy
Anatomy Of A Break-Up
( All three parts will be released the same day )
Hello Dear Readers, just a quick post in regard to word counts. In writing, word count dicates what your story is classified as. Be it a Short Story,Novellete,Novella or Novel. The page count is irrelevant. Especially when it comes to Ebooks. An Author can have their work formattaed and know exactly how many pages the work should be. Load it on Amazon ( who always shorts page counts BTW) and all the other online vendors and each place will show a different page count according to their system. Your favorite Authors are NOT trying to mis-lead you in the event you see different page counts at various ebook vendors. So with this post, I just wanted to let my readers know what I personally go by when classifying my books. This is the only chart I utilize. Also just a reminder that I write all forms depending on the story I'm telling,but I will always price accordingly. You'll never see me publish a Short-Story and charge the same price as I would a Novella or Novel.
You can also read more about word count classifications here.
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Memorial Day!I'm having a relaxing day with my family and the BBQ is going. Have a blessed day everyone ~ Candace aka Ms.Bam
I ran across this article last night and thought it was really interesting. Unless you're just a straight out homophobe,it will make you question some of your ways of thinking. I especially like the part where it asked why it was so easy to accept pictures of two women together,even encouraged but when it came to two men being pictured together it's an issue. I'm really annoyed by the fact a lot of men really feel all women have an inner Lesbian just waiting to come out.Literally. So not true. At any rate,enjoy the article.
So, I watched season 1 of this with my two youngest children.It was a good show and lead to a lot of discussion between us in regard to peer pressure,suicide,having someone to talk to and for me what I really wanted to express to my kids was that especially during their teenage years,the problems of high-school are truly a mere snapshot in their life. All the people you who think are so important in your day to day life, the in crowds, the out crowds will literally the day you get your high-school diploma mean NOTHING to you.Most people take a handful of friends from high-school with them into the next phase of their lives. But I digress, I'm having such a hard time getting into this new season. There is just way too much teenage angst going on! I saw a scene in a coffee shop and it was full of teenagers drinking coffee and shit! I was like really? Is this how all the teenagers are doing it these days? I mean...I guess. I'll try to make it through the whole season. I torture myself that way. Once I start,it's hard for me to bail on it. I'll check back in,so far I've only made it to episode three. ~ Candace
I saw this young man initally on the Shaderoom's Instagram page and was blown away by his talent. So much so,I've shared it on several of my social media platforms. I also had my son watch it. Why not grab some inspiration from kids his age? I hope you enjoy this,I certainly did.
It's been four long years since plus-sized beauty Danielle Dotson has let real love into her life. Since the un-timely death of her high school sweetheart, Danielle has concentrated on nothing but fulfilling her dreams of becoming a successful business owner. Too disillusioned with men more concerned about the size of her jeans instead of the size of her heart. Love could come later. If it came at all.Danielle would never have thought being pressured into a last minute blind-date by her favorite cousin aka best-friend would drop the perfect man in her lap. Perhaps a little too perfect for her.
Christian Lawrence is far from perfect. At least that's what his Ex said. Christian finds himself in a new city trying to piece his life back together after a break-up he should have seen coming a mile away. The only thing he walked away from after a four year relationship was a beautiful daughter and a scorned heart. That is until he's introduced to Danielle a woman unlike every woman he's ever found himself attracted to before. The really issue is are those differences just enough to bring them together, or pull them apart?
Danielle is Volume 1 of an on-going standalone series dedicated to plus-size women(or men ?) called Heavy On My Mind
...ratchet music! This video is chock full of Kill Bill vibes. I for one think Cardi's team needs to do better with what they present to her.A lot of the themes she uses have already been done and are completely unoriginal. I know everything old is new but when you can spot it on first glance, you need to come harder. I don't give a damn what anyone has to say. I love Cardi B. I'm rooting for this young woman to win and change her life for the better. Who wouldn't root for the underdog to win? The other week she had some issues with Azealia Banks...or rather Azealia had an issue with Cardi B. but who the hell doesn't Azealia have an issue with? Granted she told no lies in her assessment of Cardi B but I for one think she takes issue with anyone doing better than her. It's like she's scratching and climbing to make a name for herself while putting other women down. So even though she was speaking a lot of truth, no one wants to hear it from a person who proves to be a hater through and through. But I digress. Enjoy the video.
....am I doing up wide awake watching the royal wedding on CNN? I mean WTH? Okay I'll be honest, I'm totally watching by default. I'm up pulling an all nighter writing and had been literally sitting in one position for HOURS ( my ass is going to turn into a pancake ) so I decided to camp out in the living room for a change of scenery. I figured why not attend the wedding since I'm awake any way. Best of luck to the newlyweds!