• Through The Lens,  writing life

    Hey Boy, Hey…


    Thanks Ryan. Here’s the link.





    Happy Friday and Thanks to Maureen McGowan  and the fab women of Drunk Writer Talk for reminding me that Ryan has our back.


    P to the S!

    I had to add this bit of joy that I was alerted to this morning. Please head on over to the fab Scandalicious Book Reviews and check out what she has to say about Through The Lens. 4 Stars! Full of Swoon. Oh yeah!! What a way to start out the weekend.


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    Putting Your Heart Into It…

    Happy Monday!

    And good afternoon thanks to some not so fun blog uploading problems today. I’m hoping you had a great weekend. This weekend I went to the New Jersey romance writers Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. What a great time I had and it was so inspirational. But then again I always find it inspirational when I get with so many writer ladies (and a the few writer men) at these conferences. I attended many informative workshops that had me feeling both empowered and gave me lots of room for thought on where I can improve both my craft and the business side of things especially now that I have my first book out, Through The Lens.

    And speaking of marketing Through The Lens, I was so happy that my first try at Goody Room swag was a success. I did these little bags with my postcard, some candy, a kaleidoscope and little camera that was all the DD’s idea. Yay! All my goodies got gone. Wait. Somehow that does not sound quite right but oh well. Now the DD is all ready to be my marketing manager. Hey, if it gives her a focus and a major than I’m all good with that.

    TTL Swag

    Below are a few pics and highlights from the weekend and the book signing. I wish I had more and I wish my cell camera was better. Sorry for the blurriness.

    Golden Leaf Award winner Dee Davis. Congrats Dee!

    RWA/NYC’s  Isabo Kelly and our newest little member on the way!

    RWA/NYC’s – Karen Cino

    Me and the fab Marie Force

    RWA/NYC’s Tanya Goodwin

    RWA/NYC’s Anna DePalo

    RWA/NYC’s Lena Hart

    And here should be the best pic of RWA/NYC’s Catherine Greenfeder.

    But I goofed and it’s all super blurry. Please take this pic of her newest release Wildflowers in it’s place. So pretty huh? Please check it out.

    Me and the lovely Angeline M. Bishop

    And now I’m hanging up my badge till next year. Thanks RWA NJ!

    All the best,




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    Keeping the Faith

    Happy Friday! Congrats, you’ve made it through another week. This weekend I’ll be attending the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Put Your Heart In a Book Conference. I’m so excited. It’s a wonderful conference that I’ve attended before but this will be my first time going a as published author myself with my own book to talk about Through The Lens so I’m a little nervous. It’s also my high school’s 25th, that’s right I said it, 25th reunion! I’m sorry to be missing it but wishing everyone all the best.  To that end I’m sending this hit from 1987 from the always well coiffed George Michel. So glad we held onto the Faith.


    All the best,


  • blogs,  interviews,  my view,  writing life

    Gumbo Time!

    Good day tweets. Thanks for all the great comments yesterday from my Reading a Multicultural Life post. They were so appreciated and made gave me heart-warming conformation on those old life decisions.

    Today I’m hanging over with one of my favorite bloggers, Karla from Brown Girl Gumbo. Karla has the most fantastic lifestyle blog. Please stop by and check out the interview and then stay awhile and see what else she has brewing. You won’t be disappointed.

    Have a fantastic day!

    BTW I let it slip by me that yesterday with the 1 month-inversay for Through The Lens! Have you gotten your copy yet? Thanks to all of you who have given it a read and a kind word. I love you forever. And if you haven’t gotten a copy yet just look to the right and click. It’s easy peasy. Thanks!






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    Reading a Multi-Cultural Life

    Happy Wednesday! Today’s post comes from a piece I recently shared with my New York romance writers chapter and wanted to share with you all my ye old blog friends…

    I once received what I considered one of the biggest compliments I could ever have about my writing. It came from a friend of mine who was a fairly new friend at the time but I had already felt that sister from another mother type of kinship. We chatted easily, finished each other’s sentences and had the same taste in love/ hate of certain “not so real housewives” thing going on.  It didn’t matter that I am Black and Methodist from Harlem and that she is Jewish and from the Bronx. That is not our world. Our world in that moment was the chatter across the table in our little knit, stitch and yes, sometimes bitch group, surrounded by the other diverse friends we have from many different cultures and ethnicities.

                Well, I had given this friend a small sample of my writing (something I rarely do, but she asked and I was weak and there was some wild, rare trust thing going on), a budding, buddy detective story with two best friends as the leads. In the story one main character is Caucasian and the other is African-American. They both flowed in and out of the story (along with some pretty hot guys) as my mind took me and that was that. My friend read the excerpt and her comment was, “I loved it. And what I really loved was that you had so many diverse characters but they were just real and not made up characters. Just women not Black women and then White women. You know women– like us.”

    To me this was such a high compliment as a contemporary writer.  You see I never want to make my characters caricatures. I want to portray women as real feeling people with heart, like the women I see and meet every day. Even the villains are real to me and not some superficial portrait of what past media history they should be.

    I once had an agent (that I think I rightly parted ways with) give me the critique that my characters were too tame. I was asked to make my stories less diverse and to amp up the “Blackness”,  whatever the heck that means (and I think I know what it meant to him) of the African American characters, so that when they were submitted to publishing houses, the houses would know where to put them and how to market them.

    I, of course, saw red and then became incredibly sad and then I left that agent and kept on writing. My way. I had spent all my life living in the world I lived in, not compromising who I was, there was no way I was going to start now. That being said, many years and a few manuscripts later, I have found a publisher that has embraced my book with it’s truly multi-cultural cast and I could not be happier. Crimson Romance is not shelving THROUGH THE LENS in its multi-cultural section. No, it’s sitting right there with the rest of the contemporary romances as I feel it should. I’m happy to say they believe in the idea of story first and the color of the characters— and the writer for that matter —does not come into play. I hope that there will be a time when all publishers follow this route and more people can read the way we live, in a truly multi-cultural way.


    All the best,






    Note to self: Get back to that buddy book. It’s a good story!


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    Moto Mama- Riding Out Of The Zone…

    Happy Tuesday!


    It was gorgeous weather in NY this holiday weekend and today with downpours and expected flooding I’m so happy I got to get out and enjoy it. Speaking of getting out and enjoying…this weekend I did something that I never thought I’d do (but kind of secretly always wanted to) and in the name of research, I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for it.

    I rode on a motorcycle for the first time!

    Now for a total fraidy cat like me this is a huge deal. But you see in the book that I’m currently working on my hero rides a motorcycle and of course has to give my heroine a ride or two. Stop laughing.

    Now I have quite the imagination and can flow with making up how I think she would feel being on the bike but I really wanted to experience it for myself. And thanks to a great friend and neighbor and her kind motorcycle riding friend (Thanks so much!), there I was going for my first ride. That a thrill!

    I think My DH was in total shock as I rode off. The last time I was on a bike it was on a moped over 20 years ago in the Bahamas on our honeymoon and I may have shrieked in his ear the whole time.  This time I made it through with more smiles than shrieks and now I’m ready to rock my on the bike scenes after facing my fear and doing something completely out of my comfort zone.



    Tell me is there anything you are waiting to step out of the zone and do?




  • book launch,  Books,  contests,  Through The Lens,  writing life

    Friday Goodies

    Happy Friday!

    Well, we’ve made to the end of another week. Go us! I hope it was wonderful for you and I hope the weekend is even better. I wanted to share with you all my bookmarks and postcards. Aren’t the beautiful? I’m in lurve with them. And I should be since I have a ton. They were so very easy to upsize. Sort of like popcorn at the movies.

    I also wanted to share that even though Through The Lens is an e-book you can still have it personalized if you like. Well, in a way. I’m now signed up on Kindlegraph and if you go there you can send a message asking for a Kindlegraph and I can send a personalized page to you for your e-reader! Check out the one I sent to myself.  (Don’t judge I had to test it out.) Cute huh?

    Lastly, today is the final day to enter the Through The Lens tell two friends contest. Please click on over here to enter. Don’t miss out. A $25 gift card plus other fun prizes are up for grabs!

    Have a happy weekend.


    All the best,

    K.M. Jackson



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    Babbling On…

    Happy Monday!

    Welcoming the week with a cheery smile and hoping you all had a great weekend. I had a great time as my fantastic block had is annual block party this weekend. Only postponed one day due to some scary storms and off tornadoes in New York, but the next day the sun was shining and the bouncy house came out.

    The Jackster got into trouble early off after stealing two hot dogs in two minutes. Showing everyone that he’s not fit for mixed company. So embarrassing but that’s the Jack.

    That said the party rolled on and today I’m a little tired but still ready to move and on my virtual blog tour.

    Today I’m Super Excited to be over at Kate’s  Babbling about Books babbling about Through The Lens. I’d love it if you’d stop on by and give my guest post a read. And after that please stay awhile. Kate has a fantastic review blog and I know you’ll become a fan as I am.


    Have a great Monday.



  • Books,  my view,  Through The Lens,  writing,  writing life

    Friday Goodness…

    Thanks so much for making this a wonderful launch week. It’s been so exciting and tons of fun. Over the next few weeks I will be popping up in different spots all over the web promoting Through The Lens and telling you all about it as I go. Yeah, I’m sure you’ll be tired of me before long, but please hang in there, no worries between you all and the Jackster my head won’t get all that big. LOL.

    But really, I can’t thank you all enough for sticking by me and encouraging me as I fought to make this dream come true. I actually do feel like I’ve won the crown this week!

    You have all my love. Have a wonderful weekend!






    P.S. Don’t forget to enter the contest and tell 2 friends! Thanks!


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