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Looking good Buckaroo- My eye candy review of Buckaroo Banzai

So in my usual state of insomnia last night I was flipping channels and came across

The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

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A classic gem (and I use these term in the loosest possible sense) from 1984 which brings forth all sorts of questions:

Why was this on my cable TV – I mean I am paying through the nose for premium channels and this is what they come up with? Could we get a little more current Verizon?

What was John Lithgow doing this this thing? But it’s John and he’s been known to make, well, choices and we love him for it.

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And lastly, why did I go and see this in the movies, like the actual theater, when it first came out? Was I that desperate for cinema in 1984? Uh… guess that’s a yes.

And the why clearly became apparent during my late-night re-watch. Some of the dudes in this cast were serious eye candy in 1984 and right up my alley:

The first, and seemingly most far fetched (for me), was Peter Weller, but not really though since his styling in this movie was all up and down the Adam Ant Alley which was just my 15 year old thing back then.

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And then there was the supporting cast:

Jeff Goldblum as New Jersey, in the most unfortunate costume this side of Pee Wee’s playhouse, but still so very Jeff:

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Strong and silent Clancy Brown as Rawhide:

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And that gorgeous Lewis Smith as Perfect Tommy. Talk about perfect use of peroxide:

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And finally can we talk about the glasses? IMO this movie did more for men in glasses than any other. Yas boys!

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So tell me in the comments what were some of your fave 80’s and 90’s movie classics.

All the best,

KMJ

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Happy New Year! And so it begins…

Happy New Year my Dear Peeps. Welcome to the new world.

Ouch!  Does that sounds as scary as you read it as it does when I write it?

Sorry. I’ll just move right along to happier chit chat. I’m hoping you all had a wonderful holiday and a

Very Happy New Year!

I’m thrilled to say that on the very first day of the new year I got to start it off in a most exceptional way by seeing my very first mass market single title, INSERT GROOM HERE book one in my Unconventional Brides Series, on the shelves in my local Barnes and Noble for the first time. It was a pretty fantastic feeling and one I’ll never be able to recapture. Hey, your first time is your first time and I’m so grateful to my editor, Selena James and my publisher, Kensington Books for making that dream come true! (cut to me posing awkwardly while I try and play it cool blinking back tears as my husband not so discreetly snaps pics.)

I tell you what, I may be a way late bloomer, but I least I got a chance to see the sun.

There is something to this never too late stuff.

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You can pick up your copy of INSERT GROOM HERE Book 1 of the 
Unconventional Brides where ever books are sold !  

Kensington: http://bit.ly/2eh61Vb
Amazon: http://amzn.to/28Mbqk3
iBooks: http://apple.co/28RPaWU
Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/2gwFuas
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2g8Fhtp

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And a bonus don’t forget: please subscribe to my mailing list on the right and click below to enter this

month’s giveaway!

Hint: it’s FIRE! (Kindle Fire)

http://gvwy.io/wbjmjcd

All the best,

KMJ

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Insert Groom Is Finally Here! #WeNeedDiverseRomance

Today is one of those days where the life I’m living feels quite unlikely. A woman like me starts to think and reverts back to the girl I was growing up in Harlem and Washington Heights. Back then I spent almost as much time on the ‘A’ train as I did off of it as I commuted back and forth to school. In those days I always had my nose in a book and if a book wasn’t to be had I would erase my surroundings and retreat to the way back of my imagination and come up with a story of my very own. On the train there were plenty of characters for story fodder.

Well today a story of my very own is out and released into the world in a way that is almost beyond my dreams.

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INSERT GROOM HERE is my first single title and the first in my Unconventional Brides Series and here is the kicker, this book being release from Kensington publishing is the first for me that will be out in book stores and retail outlets and holy crackers there are even some libraries that will carry it! The thought of it overwhelms me. The thought that there may be another girl out there growing up somewhere like I did, who at a certain point may desperately need an escape from her everyday life on the commuter train or a home life which is not the fairy-tale her mask pretends it to be. The fact that she may find that escape in one of my books that she happens upon with a heroine that happens to look like her makes me so very happy.

I am grateful to God to have made it to this point in my career and know I have so much further to go, both in my writing and in helping to make more of these types of stories more equally accessible to the public.

Sidebar: #WeNeedDiverseRomance

But for now, today, I know day dreaming is not for nothing. Dreaming combined with work can lead to a moment of fulfillment greater than I ever imagined.

 

And now for the pluggy part about my book:

INSERT GROOM HERE Book #1 the  
Unconventional Brides Series

 
Eva Ward has won a lavish wedding on the nation’s hottest morning show and can’t wait to kick off her
happily-ever-after in style. Too bad her fiancé backs out on-air—and cameraman Aidan Walker makes sure her private meltdown goes viral, down to the last couch-kicking moment. The only way Eva can save face and keep her perfect nuptial plans on track is to star in a new “find-a-groom” reality segment. But finding Mr. Right in one month means ignoring her handsome new producer—none other than Aidan himself—and getting their instant, exasperating attraction out of her system…

Eva soon finds there’s a lot more to Aidan than freewheeling charm. But one glimpse of his caring side can’t make up for off-camera politics, Aidan’s own secrets—or Eva’s fear that they’re too different to ever trust each other. So it’s time for her to flip this script, write twists no one will see coming—and risk her heart to get the real thing…

Be one of the first to be introduced to the 
Unconventional Brides and grab your copy today where ever books are sold !  

Kensington: http://bit.ly/2eh61Vb
Amazon: http://amzn.to/28Mbqk3
iBooks: http://apple.co/28RPaWU
Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/2gwFuas
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2g8Fhtp

 

And a bonus: please subscribe to my mailing list on the right and click below to enter this month’s giveaway!

Hint: it’s FIRE! (Kindle Fire)

http://gvwy.io/wbjmjcd

All the best,

KMJ

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Tis The Season!

Hello Dear Peeps! How are you all?

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve checked in and I apologize. November has been an incredibly busy and stressful month, but I’m happy to be back home and get started on the crazy of the holiday season with all of you.

And speaking of the holidays it’s time for me to get going with making those holiday donuts (see how I was dying to work that pun and these pics into this post) because my first single title release will be out at the end of this month and it will be busy, busy, busy in the best of ways!

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On 12/27 INSERT GROOM HERE will be HERE!! Yay! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Well please do and be one of the first in the know (all the cool kids are doing it- if hat kind of peer pressure works on you).

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You can Pre-order INSERT GROOM HERE at any of these retailers.

Kensington: http://bit.ly/2eh61Vb

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28Mbqk3

iBooks: http://apple.co/28RPaWU

Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/2gwFuas

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2g8Fhtp

Also congrats go out to Michael S. for being last month’s 25.00 Newsletter contest winner. Please fill out the links to the right and sign up for my newsletter if you have not already so that you can be sure to get links to the next contest. I hope you all are well and let’s rock this busy holiday month out together!

 

Best,

Kwana

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Turning Pages

Where, oh where, did the summer go?

 

jack judge 2Listen, don’t look to me because I have no answers over here. I’ve pretty much spent most of my summer in my little cave pecking away at my laptop in prep for next year’s books. It’s ok though, all my vacations have been in my head and I’m sure a physical one will come soon (sure? Hope?).

Meanwhile, The Jackster has been by my side as I put the finishing touches on my upcoming Unconventionl Brides Series, only giving me grief when he wants a treat or when he finds me totally slacking. You all know that nobody does judgy like Jack.

Well now that you made it to my new place on the web grab and a cup of what ever strikes your fancy, a seat and stay a spell. Check out some of my other blog posts, my book page and please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter (sidebar: you get to find out about my new contests that way) to stay up-to-date on my upcoming projects (there are many!). The most immediate being HOLIDAY TEMPTATION which will be out in now less than a month with me, Donna Hill and Farrah Rochon (I’m so the under card in that fight and proud to be it). HolidayTemptation150

So that’s that. Happy early-fall peeps! If you know me you know I’m already on the hunt for the perfect black turtleneck and scheduling my Fall TV viewing and tweeting in my planner.

Thanks and I’ll see you around!

 

All the best,

KMJ

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If you could turn back time… Romancing The Fashionista is here!

Blows horns and throws confetti because today is a release day!!!

I’m so excited to announce that my novella ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA is out today!

I hope that readers enjoy ROMANCING as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s a whimsical, sexy and I hope funny romp that takes the reader back in time to the not so carefree school days and explores the hopefulness of a second chance romance.

Like with most of my stories the idea started in a small grain of reality. I call it my ‘BEEP you Facebook’ story as found myself one day being tagged with a way back when photo and wanting to jump though the computer to pull it back and there was the little germ needed for me to get to writing a romance.

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Here’s a bit about ROMANCING THE FASHIONISTA:

Manhattan fashion maven and magazine editor Melinda Mitchell shuns the social media spotlight. That is, until a tipsy girl’s night out ends with her first Facebook account and a friend request from none other than her secret high school crush, Nolan Parker.

When Nolan lost his chance at the big leagues, he signed on with Doctors Without Borders and never looked back. Now he’s back home to help out his ailing father. Running into Mel at his fifteen-year high school reunion rekindles old feelings he thought he’d buried for good.

Intrigued by Nolan’s irresistibly sexy profile, Melinda heads to the reunion with her best friend to see if the picture matches up to the man. Their instant attraction flares brighter than the Manhattan skyline.

Although the tough fashionista and accomplished ex-jock rub each other the very right way, a few stumbling blocks will decide if the heat between them is a symptom of forever love, or a past that should be left where it belongs.

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You can pick up ROMANCING

at

AMAZON

or here at

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Tell me where would you go or what would you do if you could turn back time? 

Thanks so much!

All the best,

KMJ

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Viva Las Vegas! My Time At #RT16

 

Back from Las Vegas and the RT Book Lovers Convention and though I’m exhausted as all get out and think it will be quite a while before I volunteeringly get on a Starbucks line to order coffee, I’m already looking forward to next year’s convention in Atlanta. I had such a good time seeing old friends and making new ones as I launched

BOUNCE BACK out into the world.

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That said, here is my recap in a totally non-writerly way… pics.

Can you spot anyone you know?

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All the best,

KMJ

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Come away with me… Books I want to live in for a while… #ListifyLife

For this week’s #ListifyLife post the theme is ‘Books I Want To Live In For A While’

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And honestly there are so many that I could list all day but here are a few that came to my mind quickly. You’ll notice they are very different but they all take the reader to places with great atmosphere and people/characters that a offer a warm welcome and a good time.

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I’ll recap here because my handwriting is well… eh:

Like Water For Chocolate

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Eat, Pray, Love

Jackie Collins Lucky Series

Farrah Rochon’s Moments in Maplesville series

Lauren Dane’s Hurley Brother’s Series

Beverly Jenkin’s Destiny Series.

 

What are some books you’d like to get away to?

 

All the best,

KMJ

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#ListifyLife – Spring for Me is…

Happy Spring and welcome to week 1 of the #ListifyLife Challenge It’s so funny to welcome in spring when this was the view out my window this morning….

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But no matter, the calendar says Spring and the snow has now melted so I’m going to get with the program and spring it up!

Here is my first list:

Spring For Me Is…

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Tell me, what does Spring mean for you?

 

All the best,

KMJ

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Time to List it Up with the #ListifyLife Challenge!

To know me is to love my quirks. One of the odd or not so odd things about me is that I’m a terrible procrastinator and I thrive (as I drown) under deadlines and live by checking things off my to-do lists. Without them I’m pretty sure I’d get next to nothing done. I know for sure I’d not get the books written that I have or keep any sort of track of the what’s to do in my family life.

Those that are long time followers of me over here on ye old blog know that the way I keep track of things using my tried and true Filofax planner system.

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If it’s not written down it may as well have been said to the wind. I’ve also come to love Travelers Notebooks for their versatility.

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I feel so fortunate to have found a group of friends who are just as quirky excited as I am when it comes to all things planning and organization.

And speaking to that I’m so thrilled about the #ListifyLife Challenge made up by the fabulous Roni Loren (and peep these gorgeous graphics made by Sierra Godfrey ).

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So what is the #ListifyLife Challenge?

 

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I’m so glad you asked. It’s a weekly challenge which starts on March 20th  and runs through June 19th where you write down your lists in response to the topic prompt of that week. You post a photo of your list on any social media network of your choice (Blog, Facebook, Instagram and hashtag it #ListifyLife so that we can all stay connected. Easy as pie (well easier if you ask me and low cal). Please join in if you like. I’ve got my Moleskine ready and waiting along with my new Frixion markers.

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I can’t wait to list it up! Please let me know if you’ll be joining in in the comments.

All the best,

KMJ

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