Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bergman unwraps delicious romantic treat with 'Chocolate'

Dripping with vivid description, 'Her Chocolate Fantasy' was a real damn good read. Bergman has a simple – and by that I mean, clear – easy stride in her voice, too difficult to resist; I fell into the story. Bergman spends so much time setting up scenes and intimate encounters, that by the time the character(s) is in the throws I have no other choice but to feel how I feel, horny as phuq. Which brings me to my point: Bergman has an authenticity in her narrative I completely enjoyed. Every day moments, beaming sunlight, a gust of wind, the aroma of a cooked meal, these details paint luscious, vivid images Bergman has wonderfully permitted her lead female to have. Sarah is a delight to read, vulnerable, but not feeble, sexy and smart, not always the go-getter but sensuous. And when she finally meets the man of her daydreams, my only piece of advice: Be prepared. Have an unopened bag of ice handy. Drape it over a fan and crank that blade full blast, because, oh lord, it's one helluva freaking hot ride.

1. Before you tell us about your book, why don’t you share a little bit about yourself.
Well, let me see here. I’m a single parent of a teenager daughter, who like her mom is very artistic but in the way of making movies and making models on the computer, is the love of my life. I was born in Jamaica Queens New York but mainly I was raised down south in Alabama and Georgia where I was raised in a town called Roswell. Right now I reside in Atlanta in Buckhead.

2. Outside of writing, what sort of activities do you enjoy?
Well I like to go for walks when I can, I also love to cook and bake. I use to collect Cobalt Blue glass items of all kinds, since it’s my favorite color. I also use to collect cookbooks so I have a big collection.

3. Do you have a favorite food, snack, and/or beverage?
My favorite food is pizza as far as snack I love pistachios now and beverage is tea, hot or cold.

4. Authors draw from a wide variety of experiences, from their own lives as well as the lives of others. Which is the richest source for you?
I think like most writers, we all put a bit of ourselves in our books because most of the experiences that we put our hero and heroine in, we could only wish for ourselves. I know that my richest source for ideas is myself. I put a bit of myself into most of all my books. I also get some of my ideas from pictures I see or maybe an article I’ve read about or maybe even talking with a friend or fan of mine and then something in my head says, “THAT’S IT….USE IT!”. So I run with the idea and develop the characters and storyline from there.

5. Of the stories you have written so far, which is your favorite and why?
Oh my…..heck that’s like asking what your favorite candy bar is. Hmm…I have to say that my favorite out of all ten of my books has got to be “The Admission”. I wrote this story, which I had based on one of my favorite movies of all time “The Heiress” because it was a story that had to be told. I of course changed it up a bit but I kept the idea of the struggle between the daughter and father, like in the movie, how much the father resented the daughter so much that he would belittle her in every single way possible to break her. Even though throughout her life, she only wanted her father’s acceptance. I think it’s also my favorite because of the cover itself. I usually had like a guy and a girl on my cover but with this one, I only had the heroine on the cover. The main reason for this is because the guy that I had wanted to be on the cover, I couldn’t get him on it because his pictures were with two other companies. I dedicated the book in his memory since he had died because he was a great friend as well as a beautiful soul and he is missed daily by those he had touched.

6. Embarrassing moment. Do you have one? Or better yet, are you sure you want to put it out there?
Oh lord…..well this particular embarrassing moment happened when I was a teenager in high school. I had a breast reduction when I was a teen and the local news was doing a segment about teens that had plastic surgery. My doctor who did my surgery had asked me about being on it and answering some questions. Well when I did, they soon told me that they would be at my school, doing some taping of me while I was doing daily activities. Also they would come to my house as well.

When they came to my school, everyone was shocked including me because that particular day, I was coming from band class (yeah I played clarinet) and I had to pass the office…well standing there was the principal, assistant principal, the secretary along with the coaches for the football and basketball team and my old home economics teacher. They all told me that they didn’t know about me having a reduction and I kinda laughed a bit and said yeah yeah I did. Well the bombshell came when the assistant principal said to me, in her clear Southern accent, “Why Jamallah, had I known that you were getting a reduction, I would have asked you to at least save me something for myself.”

*insert smack on the forehead and groan*… least that’s what was going on in my head while everyone else was laughing it up and I laughed it up too and walked away saying “OH MY GOD!”

7. What genres do you write for? Are there any that you haven’t that you would like to explore?
I mainly write Interracial and Multicultural Romance….Contemporary and Erotica. But I do have to say that I would love to write horror.

8. What advice would you give new authors?
My advice is to ask around, talk with some of your favorite authors or just authors in the genre that you want to write in. Don’t give up….no matter how many rejections you get and you feel like life is hopeless and you might be thinking to yourself, “Why am I even doing this?” Don’t give up no matter what.

Also it’s best to get into groups that have writers, whether budding or experienced, and that way you can find out some of the best info about publishers, editors, cover artist, etc.

9. Now that we’ve had a chance to get to know you, tell us about the latest story you have out now?
Her Chocolate Fantasy is my first self-published story. I’ve been writing with my publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing, since 2011. But I’ve always wanted to publish one on my own. So I said that 2014 would be ‘THE YEAR’ that it would happen.

Basically it tells the story of Sarah Alexander, who even though she works as a file clerk, her real passion is to become a chocolatier and own her own shop. Chocolate is her obsession and she loves it along with a man who she has been eyeing for years, executive Max Taylor. Soon these two come together and what happens between them is something that honestly HAWT and EROTIC. All I can say is that Phantom of the Opera much less going to the Opera PERIOD will never be seen the same way again.

From Her Chocolate Fantasy:

Hello my name is Sarah Alexander…..and I’m a chocoholic

I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember…..

Chocolate has been my passion since I was young and even as an adult, I dream about this yummy confection.

Well I don’t always dream of chocolate though…..

I do dream about Max Taylor, one of the executives in the office where I work at as a file clerk.

I mean who wouldn’t want to dream about a man who sends my heart racing every time I would look his way.

Soon Max and I get to know one another and we both realize that we have one thing in common with one another besides our love for one another…..

An obsession over chocolate…..

HER CHOCOLATE FANTASY is a story about what happens when you get two chocoholics together…..and all of the hot sweetness that happens in between.

From Her Chocolate Fantasy:

We continued laughing and talking, but when the waitress brought out our dessert, all laughing ceased, and I simply stared at what she set on our table. The dessert was like nothing I had ever seen. Have you ever had one of those out-of-body experiences? Where your soul just leaves your body and you’re floating overhead, looking at yourself? Well, I didn’t have one of those—this was something that would never be documented…ever.

The dessert filled a huge champagne glass, topped off with whip cream, dark cherries, and chocolate shavings. I could see the different layers of whipped cream and what looked like either chocolate pudding or mousse, along with dark cherries. I couldn’t do anything but stare in shock, my mouth gaping over what I was seeing before me. I looked over at Max, who was obviously trying to suppress his laughter by covering his mouth.

“Please tell me you don’t eat this entire thing by yourself,” I said.

He shook his head, still holding his hand over his mouth, while he looked back and forth between me and the dessert. I honestly didn’t want to eat the damn thing; it was too beaut
iful to disturb. Grabbing my purse, I took my phone out, and like an idiot, I took a picture. No one would have believed me if I told them how gorgeous it was. As I snapped the picture, Max leaned into my view, his head beside the champagne glass, and a goofy look on his face. I started laughing as I put the phone down, and soon we both grabbed our spoons to dig into the decadent confection. I found out that the chef used chocolate mousse rather than pudding, but I honestly didn’t care; every bite I took was like heaven on earth.

As we ate, every once in a while, I would look over at Max, and it seemed he was watching me while we ate. My gaze fell to his lips, and I stared as the spoon entered his mouth. I couldn’t help but watch him, taking in the way the spoon would enter his mouth, only to slowly exit from between his lips and then he’d lick off the remaining cream. His movements were so sensual, I had to cross my legs and squeeze my thighs tightly together. The sensation I experienced while watching him perform such a seemingly innocent act intensified each time he licked his full lips.


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me here Alex it's been real fun :D