Authors Tell All- M. J. Kane

Author Pic 5.2012M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Tell+All+IconMy journey to becoming a published author didn’t have a typical start. I wasn’t an aspiring writer when in school. I didn’t do a great job writing journals or diaries. I hated doing research and writing term papers for school, I even hated book reports. The one thing I did do was read…a lot! As an only child, I lived inside the pages of my favorite books and going to the library was a treat. I wouldn’t walk out with just one book; I’d have a stack and read them all before the two week return date arrived. When I found a book with a story I loved, it was a mission to read each and every book written by that author. My favorite stories as a child were Alice in Wonderland, The Box Car Kids, Circle in the Sea, and Homecoming. All of them were stories about kids who either faced some life-changing hardship, or were caught up in a world of fantasy and stole my imagination.

As an adult, my reading list took a slight turn. Science Fiction and Mystery novels captured my imagination. Authors such as Michael Crichton, John Grisham and Steven King had me. And when the Lord of the Rings movies came out, I dived into the books because I just had to know what important character development point was left out of the finished novel. Did I read romance novels? Nope. I admit I fell prey to the typical ‘it’s porn!’ mindset.

Then one day at work I had nothing to read (having just finished reading Lord of the Rings: Return of the King). Not able to stand sitting in the breakroom for an hour with nothing to do, a co-worker walked me over to her desk drawer and introduced me to Nora Roberts. It was then that I realized that this whole Romance genre could be about more than just sex on paper. There were stories with characters that meant something. Needless to say, I started reading a lot of Nora.

Then one day, I was challenged to write something.

Okay, there’s a story that leads up to the challenge. As a fan of the show, LOST, I got caught up in an online challenge to write a short fan fic. It was to be posted on a forum page, and it should have only been a few paragraphs. Well, the next thing I know, I had written several pages. From there, I decided to integrate my character into the entire first season of the show. Before I knew it, I had over thirty pages! My family liked it, and so did a few online friends. But then life happened, the story got filed away, and it wasn’t until a few years later that my husband challenged me to pull it out and write some more.

I’m so glad he did, because if he didn’t, I have no idea what I’d be doing right now!

After dozens of rewrites and checking out numerous books on writing, and even taking a brief weekend class at my local collage, I discovered that the character who originally started off as someone I imagined being stranded on an island with the characters of LOST became the main character of my first published novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken. The back story I’d given her morphed and grew wings (as a caterpillar does when turning into a butterfly, thus the name of the series, The Butterfly Memoirs) and became so much more than I ever imagined. In the span of four years, I went from the reader who avoided Romance novels to an author in the genre. Instead of being your typical Romance novel, it incorporates Women’s Fiction themes and characters who are Interracial. My brand of storytelling follows the evolution of both the male and female leads. It’s heartrending, realistic, contemporary, and at times, comical doorways into the lives of people who are just trying to live their lives and find their slice of happiness. My goal in my stories is to open the eyes of readers to the lives behind closed doors of those around us, and to serve as a reminder that no matter what type of trial you are faced with in life, there is a chance to find love and happiness and to overcome the issues that threaten to tear you down if you open your mind and heart to those around you who are willing to help. The topics that have been visited in the first three novels of the series include: interracial dating, recovering from rape, friendship (A Heart Not Easily Broken); recovering from a broken heart, breaking the mold of family expectations, illness, (Jaded); single-parenting, life changing mistakes, and career advancement (Lonely Heart.)

My latest release, the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs, Nobody’s Business, is a bit different from the previous three. Instead of having a female lead, this time, the story is more from the man’s point of view, with a strong female story that supports and intertwines with his. This story deals with the reality a man faces raising a son he never knew existed, while waring with his heart as to who he should be with; the mother of his son or the woman he can’t forget after a one-night stand.

To learn more about the series and the books, visit my website where you will discover more than just the first chapter samples. There are character bios, diary posts, and free short stories that continue the story after the book ends, and in the case of Nobody’s Business, there is a novella, Crossroads, which introduces Trevon and Kai and how they met before the start of Nobody’s Business.

Nobody's Business

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond-haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

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Author Pic 5.2012ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below.

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M. J. KANE…. 5 Prince Publishing Author

 

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below.

 

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Blog: http://thiswriterslife-mjkane.blogspot.com/

Email: thebutterflymemoirs@yahoo.com

 

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M.J. KANE……… A HEART NOT EASILY BROKEN

A Heart Not Easily Broken is about Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

Excerpt from A Heart Not Easily Broken:

The song ended, and I opened my eyes to cheer with the rest of the crowd. I was noticed all right. Various men in my immediate vicinity threw out catcalls and whistles, which were flattering, but the drummer paid me no attention. In fact, no one in the band seemed to notice me, except for one man.

One of the guitar players watched me intently. Astonished, I nearly stumbled in my heels. He was attractive but… he was white, not what I was aiming for. My lips tilted in a small smile before I moved out of his line of sight, placing myself in front of dancers who’d moved closer to the stage blocking my view of the drummer.

The next song played, and again, I tried to get lost in the music. My eyes closed, it was impossible to find my groove again without feeling stalked. The hair on the back of my neck stood up, drawing my attention down the length of the stage and to the guitar player, who once again, watched me with a predatory gleam in his eye. When the song ended, I worked my way back to the bar.

Neither Yasmine nor Kaitlyn were there.  They must have gone to the bathroom.

“What can I get you, miss?” the bartender asked, interrupting my thoughts.

Music from the loud speakers blasted again, after the MC announced the band was taking a brief intermission.

“Margarita, extra shot of tequila, please.” The bartender nodded and went to fill my order.

“Did you get a load of the blond guitar player? He’s hot!”

My attention turned to a busty brunette who’d taken up temporary residence in the empty seat next to me. I recognized her as being one of the women who’d been dancing next to me. She adjusted her boobs, primping while talking to her friend.

“He doesn’t know it yet, but I’m going home with him tonight,” she continued. Her friend giggled.

Good luck. She had a better chance than I did of finding a man tonight.

“Here you go.” The bartender placed a napkin in front of me with my drink.

“I’ve got this,” a deep voice said close to my ear, making me jump. It was incredibly sexy despite the fact it scared me. It also sent a warm tingle down my spine. Intrigued, I turned and found myself face-to-face with the guitar player. The same one my barstool neighbor wanted to go home with.

Any sort of coherent words failed me.

Available from 5 Prince Publishing www.5princebooks.com  books@5princebooks.com

Genre: Fiction/African American / Contemporary Women/ Romance/ Contemporary Women/ Contemporary/ Interracial Romance and Women’s Fiction

Release Date: September 20 2012

Digital ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-02-8 ISBN 10: 1939217024

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-03-05 ISBN 10: 1939217032

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