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- It All Started with Disturbia.....
Just a few days ago, I was driving home from work and I saw a post a fellow author made about this being his fifth year as a published author. Looking at his post sent me diving into a realm of nostalgia as I remembered how this year was also my fifth year as a published author and it all started with what was actually the fifth poetry book I'd written. I had decided to take a leap of faith and share my words with the world. I'd already been unemployed for a year and had a semester of my Master's program under my belt. To be perfectly honest, I had no real idea what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to be a writer... I'd always been a writer. So, on February 21, 2014, after doing some extensive research for days on how to become a self-published author, I released Disturbia. A chapbook compiled of love letters from my two characters, Bodega and Indigo with poetry intertwined. I wrote this book while going through a tumultuous period in my life with work and love. Writing it was therapeutic to say the least and I love to dive into the pages from time to time and reminisce. Like my life, this book has gone through a few updates and since its release, I have redesigned the cover a couple times. Just in time for it's five year anniversary, I have finally settled on a cover to commemorate its original debut and reflect the madness between the pages. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
- Are You A Love Addict?
Pre-orders for the second book in The Dark Side of Love poetry series is now available. Tales of a Recovering Love Addict is the continuation of the series and shows the next stage in trying to move on from a love gone sour. It’s been over a year since I released a poetry collection (Love, Heartbreaks & Hangovers), and I am itching to put some more poetry out into the world. I enjoy writing it and it has become my outlet that drives my creativity. On 10/18, I will be releasing the 157 poems that makes up this chapbook. For a signed copy, be sure to click here and reserve yours today. I'm off to finish writing my next book. In the meantime, grab a copy Love, Heartbreak & Hangovers while you're waiting on Love Addict! Also, be sure to let me know you’re reading on Goodreads!
- Pre-order Date Set for Tales of a Recovering Love Addict!
The time has finally come! Tales of a Recovering Love Addict will be hitting shelves soon. In the meantime, pre-orders for a signed paperback copy will be available in my shop July 29th. Orders will be shipped two weeks before the release date. Save the date and be sure to grab your copy! There’s an addict inside all of us. Some of us are addicted to physical things, while others are addicted to the highs and lows of love. The exhilarating feelings we experience when you are at the top of love and the excruciating pains you feel as it plummets to the bottom. Tales of a Recovering Love Addict is the second book in the Dark Side of Love series, that explores the highs and lows, the back and forth you experience when you fall in love over-and-over again with the wrong kind of love. Tales of a Recovering Love Addict is for all the fragile hearts who yearn to know what it feels like to leave a toxic relationship and never yearn for it again. #iamshadressdenise #talesofarecoveringloveaddict #poetry
- Say Yes To the Dress!
Recently, I did a poll on Instagram for people to help me choose a wedding dress for one of my character's that's getting married in my upcoming novel, The SideChick Chronicles. After picking eight dresses off Pinterest (my happy place), I put the dresses in my Instagram story & on my Facebook author page for people to vote on. Well, after a close race between #2 and #5, a dress was chosen. Drum roll please..... #2 wins!! My character will be draped in this beautiful chiffon dress on her imaginary special day. Be sure to save the date for February 2020 to find out which lucky lady is getting married!
- The Side Chick Chronicles
Hey hey! I have some news about my next novel release! I am so excited about this book! I came up with the idea for The Sidechick Chronicles in 2014 while writing the second book (Who Do You Love Too?) in my Who Do You Love series. At the time, I was struggling with a little writer's block and figured what better way to get over that hump than to start writing another book. Well... I wrote it, published it, HATED IT, and ended up pulling it off the shelves. Still, I knew the story concept was a great one. So, like the rest of my genius book ideas, I placed it on my pending book list and finished the book series I was working on. Jump, skip, and hop over to five years later, I'm finally back writing this book. I have revamped a few of the character's names and I've even broken the book up into two books! Originally, I was going to put all four women into one book, but the story grew so big I knew bunching them all in one book wouldn't work. The book would seemed rushed and I didn't want to cheat my readers. I've even redesigned the cover from the original cover (see below) that I had. Now, there are still the six original women: Haven (previously named Destiny), Nea, Mariah, Valentine, Constance and Ambrosia, along with all the scandalous men they are intertwined by. I've even thrown in a few audibles to mixed up their lives and really cause a little chaos. There will be some sporadic cursing, hating of several characters and possibly a few "I can't believe you did me like this" angry posts to me... but I promise you'll love it. Check out the synopses for both books below and stay tuned for more behind the scenes info on the characters and what they're up to. VOLUME 1: MISPLACED LOVE Haven Collins is the baby mama you love to hate. She has a twenty year history, and a baby with the married man of her dreams. Her entire adult life has been centered around two men. Despite the countless disappointments, broken promises, and years of sitting on the sideline, Haven knows her loyalty will pay off in the end. Her future man has promised her a trip down the aisle, but the only problem is his actual wife. Valentine McDaniels, a successful, celebrity stylist has spent the 13 years of her life married to her husband, Byron. Regardless of their ups and downs, as far as she convinces herself they have a great life together. A life that includes love, his daughter, and their successful careers. Unfortunately, there's Mariah Hancock. Your typical, bourgeois girl next door who’s determined to find her perfect man. She’s done everything right in life, except fall in love with Byron McDaniels. Unbeknownst to her, her Mr. Right is the furthest thing from being a perfect man. As the secrets unravel, the reality of mistrust, betrayal and unrequited love leads to some relationships being tarnished, and others possibly destroyed forever. What will happen when these women realize they may have placed their love and lives in the hands of the wrong man? VOLUME 2: MISHANDLED LOVE For nineteen years, Constance Bishop has given her husband plenty of chances to walk a straight line and stay on the right side of it. But for the man of God, temptation often leads him to drive a cross through her heart every chance he gets. As far as women go for Laurence Bishop, one is just never enough. But his treachery may have caught up with him and now he may have gone too far. This time, his lust and greed may cause more damage to his family, friendships, and his congregation. As the best friend of Ambrosia Bishop, Nea Lampkins is the girl every girl dreams of being. She has a successful business, couture to die for, supermodel looks, and two gorgeous men pining for her love. One of whom just so happens to be someone she has no business sleeping with. As far as friendships go, she and Ambrosia have been connected at the hip since they were ten, and know every single thing there is to know about one another. Except for one secret, that if it ever saw the light of day, lives could be destroyed and families ripped apart. Get ready, The SideChick Chronicles will be here 2020! #iamshadressdenise #thesidechickchronicles
- The Truth Behind Late Night Thoughts
My first, "Let's Talk Poetry" post and I'm excited to feature my book, Late Night Thoughts! This is one of my favorite poetry books and how it came about was a true journey. So read along as I tell you the journey to my late night thoughts finding their way to paper... The truth is Late Night Thoughts was more than just a book. It was therapy and it came at a time where I was in this 3-year up and down relationship. Up to this point, I hadn't written poetry in almost 10 years. My 5th poetry book, Disturbia had been the last poetry book (1st published book by the way) I'd written and I'd truly missed writing poetry. I'd even published three other poetry books I'd previously written. But such as life, I wasn't creatively inspired to write poetry. Enter the up and down relationship...LOL! I vividly remember sitting on my bed one day thinking and speaking aloud, I really miss writing poetry. Now don't get me wrong, I was still writing and by this time, I'd already published my first fiction novel. But there was still a void. Poetry is my first love and even though I enjoy taking on the personalities of so many different characters, poetry gives me room to express my personality alone. It allows me to be vulnerable, raw and the platform to speak my truth. There is just something about the way people connect to each word in a poem that makes it worthwhile. Okay, so after I came to the realization I missed writing poetry, I decided to give myself a goal. Each time I would start a poetry book, I would always give myself a poem goal. For me, challenging myself to write more than I had in the last book pushed me to really delve into my feelings. In most cases, I'd reach that goal and in others I wouldn't because I have this inner voice that tells me when I've written the last poem and the book is finished. However, for this round of poetry writing, I wanted to write 300 poems. That was my goal and I was sticking to it! To get me started and my creative juices flowing, I decided to participate in the April 30-day writing prompt challenge on Instagram that J.R. Rogue and Kat Savage, two other bomb poets put on. The prompts were a God send because it gave me direction and helped me focus. Not to mention, I'd never written from prompts before so I wanted to challenge myself. Before I knew it, I was writing the poems that went with their theme and even more. Fast forward a month and a half and I had literally written over three hundred poems! I reached my goal and was I so happy. But here's the catch... are you ready for it? The book I finished wouldn't be Late Night Thoughts and the kicker is there was just something incomplete about it. I didn't know what it was, but I knew it needed more time to marinate. So I tucked that book to the side to publish later and went back to the drawing board. By this time, a couple of months had gone by and another writing challenge had presented itself. Since I'd had so much fun with he last one and my poetry bug had been re-sparked, I was ready. Another 30 days had gone by and I'd successfully completed another challenge. This time around, I'd managed to accumulate close to two hundred poems. During this time, I hadn't picked a name for the collection of poems I finished, but I had garnered quite the following from some other writings I had been posting. Re-enter the crazy relationship... lol! While participating in the challenge, I'd been posting these thoughts I'd write in my notepad on my phone. The notes and even some of the poetry I'd written during the challenge derived from text messages I would send to the guy I was involved with at the time. When I saw the response from the post, I started labeling them late night thoughts in my caption. Enter the birth of Late Night Thoughts. It was like a light bulb had gone off in my head. At that moment, I knew the collection of poems I had just finished would be called Late Night Thoughts. I started compiling all of the posts I had uploaded to Instagram, and even scoured through the text thread he and I had to pull more material to put in the book. A lot of the poetry in the book were texts I'd sent him and a lot were thoughts I had never sent or said out loud, but had written down in my journal. Hence, the subtitle, "The lost texts I never sent you." At this point, I had a title, a collection of poems, and my love for poetry had returned. I was ready to share my open heart with the world. I knew what I wanted the cover to look like, so I designed it and boom... I had completed my 7th poetry book. Fast forward to April 2017, Late Night Thoughts was published. My thoughts and even a few private messages had been shared with the world. I felt liberated! For so long, I'd hidden my poetry because I didn't want anyone to see that side of me, but even now I was so glad I did. I've had the best responses from people who read it and how the poems connected with them on an emotional level. And that's what art is supposed to do right? Well that's it folks! That's my truth behind my 7th poetry book written and 7th book published. Lucky #7 which is my favorite number by the way..... now click the title link above, grab your copy and dive into the full scope of my late night thoughts! Love and light, Shadress p.s. That book that I pushed to the side... it became my 9th published book, Love, Heartbreak & Hangovers... go figure! #iamshadressdenise #latenightthoughts
- Hello, it's me... I'm Back!
Hello World, I've finally decided to give this blogging a go again. For awhile, it seemed like a tiresome thing to do, but I once I changed my perspective of it — it became easier to do. At this point, I look at it like an electronic journal. Journaling was my introduction to being an author and a poet. Whenever people ask me how I started writing, I always refer back to writing in my journal. So much so, three of my poetry books (Disturbia, Late Night Thoughts, and Love, Heartbreak & Hangovers) contained a lot of my journal entries. My novels even contain pieces of my journaling. Now can you see how I changed my perspective? Journaling led me to my purpose and revealed what my talents were. It led me to writing and that opened the door to designing. I've always found it fascinating how one, simple thing you love to do can open the doors to other interests & talents you may not have even known you had. Not only do I love writing, but I now I am equally in love with graphic design. I see words and pictures in full color and I love that about me! This site — the new look, the literary works displayed are proof of it. As you click through the pages, I hope you are able to see the love I have for both crafts and become a regular visitor.