Join RNIC in welcoming author Chanta Rand to the site! Chanta is introducing us to her novel, Goddess and doing a giveaway, but first, let’s get to know her.
Chanta, what types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
This may sound crazy for a romance author, but when I’m not writing, I read a lot of non-fiction. I can’t get enough of history, biographies, and socio-political themed books. Yeah, I know–I’m a nerd. I even made up a song about myself that I sing to the beat of Super Freak by Rick James. It’s called Super Geek. It’s my life story!
What is your dream car and why?
I’m driving my dream car now. It’s a yellow Camaro with black racing stripes. I named her “Queen Bee.” I like my car because it’s strong with a classic look and it’s a head-turner–just like the heroines I write about. And most guys don’t expect a woman to drive a muscle car. Once again, this is like my heroines–they are strong and unpredictable.
What is your favorite body part on a man?
The tongue. It’s capable of so many acrobatic feats!
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
The Walking Dead! I’m a huge zombie fan. I just came back from the Walker Stalker convention last week in Atlanta where I met Danai Gurira (who plays Michonne). She is my absolute favorite character on TV. I love her strength, her wit, and the fact that she doesn’t take crap from anyone. Oh, and she wields a mean katana. She’s a role model for women everywhere, and as one of the few leading ladies of color on TV, she’s breaking barriers. By the way, I have every one of her collectible action figures. Remember, I’m a Super Geek!
Yes or no: Does size matter?
If you have to ask this question that means you’ve never had a big (you know what). Heck yes, size matters. My slogan is “Don’t come knocking if you can’t send me rocking.”
What is your greatest accomplishment as an author so far?
Just getting published has been the greatest achievement for me. I wrote my first novel, Pharaoh’s Desire simply because I wanted to combine my love of romance and history. The fact that people actually bought it and liked it was thrilling for me. I’m proud that it has consistently been in Amazon’s Top 100 Ancient World Historical Romances. It also validates my point that black women DO read historical romance. I’ve had publishers tell me just the opposite. Not only am I proving them wrong with my historical novels, Pharaoh’s Desire and Goddess, but I’m amongst good company with other historical authors such as Altonya Washington, Kiru Taye, and Roslyn Hardy Holcomb.
Why should readers consider buying your books?
I write about Alpha males and the women who tame them. When you pick up a Chanta Rand book, you can expect sizzling romance, witty dialogue, and blissful endings. I jokingly say that I’m selling hope. When you think about it, that’s exactly what romance is. No matter what your educational level, career choice, background, upbringing, or taste in men, you want to believe there’s hope that you’ll find that special someone who rocks your world and your mind. I try to deliver that in my romances.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
My historical romance, Goddess was inspired by my passion for Nubian history. Goddess is the story of Princess Ayana, the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh and a Nubian queen. When Ayana is kidnapped by an evil Nubian prince named Bakari, she’s forced to align forces with his brother, Samir in order to orchestrate her escape. What she doesn’t count on is her fierce attraction to Samir. Goddess is the sequel to my best-selling romance, Pharaoh’s Desire. I chose to write about the relationship between Ancient Egypt and Nubia because 1) it fascinates me and 2) I want people to know that black history did not start with the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Our rich legacy dates back much further.
Would any of your books make a good movie? Which actors/actresses do you see in the lead roles?
When I write a book, I always try to write it from the angle that it could become a movie. I would love to see Pharaoh’s Desire or Goddess as a movie. For Pharaoh’s Desire, Boris Kodjoe could play the pharaoh. Danai Gurira or Meagan Good could play Kama. For Goddess, Idris Elba could play Samir. Zoe Saldana could play Ayana. There are a host of secondary characters too. Of course, I would have to find a spot for Vanessa L. Williams. I love her story. I’m currently reading her biography, (You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other)). She is such a strong woman!
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
The Highest Bidder consistently outsells all of my books. Honestly, I don’t know the reason why. Trust me, I’ve tried to duplicate the formula! I think readers enjoy the story of a cocky NFL quarterback and the lady doctor who brings him to his knees. His name is Tristan Rexford (he goes by the name T-Rex). He’s fine, rich, and determined to have Dr. Alexa Kennedy. She puts him in his place, several times, but even his magnetic personality is too much for her to deny. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. I think this sports romance resonates with readers because of the bad-boy theme, the snappy dialogue, and the steamy sex scenes. There’s one scene in there where both of them do some creative moves with their tongues!
Blurb for Goddess:
It’s the year 1650 B.C. and all hell has broken loose in Egypt.
Two brothers. One woman. A fight to the bitter end.
Princess Ayana is considered a goddess by her people. When she is kidnapped and enslaved by an evil Nubian prince named Bakari, her life as a spoiled princess comes to an abrupt end. She plots her escape, vowing to kill her captors the first chance she gets. What she doesn’t anticipate is the fierce attraction she feels towards Bakari’s brother, Prince Samir. She might be able to flee, but can she outrun her passions?
Spurned by a woman he believed loved him, Prince Samir has been wandering the world with a broken heart for five years. He’s become a bitter man who is determined never to love again. But when he returns home to find his brother has taken a beautiful captive, he is immediately drawn to the woman. There is no love lost between Samir and Bakari, and tempers flare when Samir claims the spirited Ayana as his own. Then, an unexpected shift in power leaves Bakari as king and Samir as an outcast. Samir must risk everything to win a kingdom and the love of Ayana.
Excerpt for Goddess
“This world is made up of conquerors and conquered,” Samir told Ayana. “At this moment, you find yourself in the unlikely position of being the conquered one.”
“Why should Bakari want me when he can have his pick of willing females?”
“He likes a spirited woman. More so, he likes breaking that spirit.” Samir did not bother adding that Bakari was not accustomed to being denied anything. Ayana’s rejection merely increased the imbecile’s desire.
“What of you, Prince Samir? You came to my defense only to pull me into your private bedchamber. Am I the kind of woman you desire?”
She caught his gaze. The beautiful drops of glistening honey drew him like a spell. He could easily pull her beneath him and bury himself deep inside her. He wanted to protect her and ravish her at the same time. Yet he could not allow himself to be drawn to her. He vowed never to be vulnerable to a woman again–even if she did have a voluptuous body that smelled of sweet jasmine.
“I desire no woman,” he assured her. “Nor do I trust any.”
“We each must trust someone.”
“Why should you care whom I trust?”
“I do not.” She crossed her arms over her chest. “I was merely making conversation.”
His loud chuckle echoed throughout his quarters. “You are a not a good liar.”
She stuck her determined chin out. “Am I free to go now? I have much work to do.”
Despite the fact that she was obviously rattled, she acted beholden to no one. Samir could not help but be endeared by this quality. “In my travels I came upon an exotic fruit called a pewa or peach,” he told her. “You are like this fruit. Velvety soft outside, but firm on the inside. Many an unsuspecting traveler has been fooled by this succulent fruit, intending to bite into the fleshy meat, only to be met with a hard pit.”
“Hmm. Perhaps one day I shall sample this fruit for myself.”
Ayana had such proud bearings. She would make a good queen. Samir shook off his thoughts and tenderly fingered the darkening skin next to her eye. “This will blacken and swell.”
She winced. “I shall be fine. I can make a poultice with soothing herbs.”
“Yes,” he murmured. “I forgot I am in the presence of a great healer.”
“Be careful,” she warned. “I also have knowledge to make a potion that will render a man mute. If you continue to harass me, I shall slip some into your beer.”
He laughed. “A great healer with a sense of humor.”
Her eyes dropped down to his bare shoulder. She stroked a tender spot where he’d been cut. “You’re injured. Let me tend to your wound.” He’d rushed to her rescue wearing only a leather loincloth. For the first time, he was cognizant of his near nude state of dress. His manhood chose that moment to stir to life. He caressed Ayana’s soft skin, his thumbs grazing her cheeks and trailing a path to her full bottom lip. He both felt and heard her sharp intake of breath as his hands fondled her lush flesh. His resolve was like a dam threatening to burst. He leaned closer. His mouth ached to taste hers.
Giving in to his carnal desires, he tenderly tugged on her lips, nibbling the corners, and savoring the feel of her delectable flesh upon his. His tongue teased and stroked before languidly pushing past her lips into her sweet, wet mouth. Their tongues performed an intimate mating dance. His was the aggressor….
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Here’s the information on the giveaway!
Prize: Three (3) commenters will win one (1) free eBook of Pharaoh’s Desire. See blurb below:
He’s the most powerful man in Egypt…
For hundreds of years, Egypt and Nubia have been fighting for control of each other’s borders. Pharaoh Amonmose, known for his ruthlessness in battle and his cunning wit in politics, takes what he wants and he is denied nothing – until he lays eyes on the ebony beauty named Kama. He regards her as one of the spoils of war, burning her village and taking her as his captive. Mesmerized by her fiery spirit, he’s determined to conquer her – no matter what the cost.
She’s determined to resist him…
With her exotic looks and full curves, Kama is a prize worthy of a mighty pharaoh. But she vows never to be dominated by any male, mortal or divine. The two embark on their own power struggle as Kama fights to keep him from possessing not only her body, but her heart as well.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Leave a comment answering the following question: Who is your favorite character from any era in history and why?
Deadline: November 22, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes opened to U.S. and International entrants.
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About the Author
Chanta Jefferson Rand is a multi-published author of sizzling-hot African-American romance, and the co-owner of Colorful Covers. An avid reader of all romance genres, she stepped onto the scene in 2010 with her first published historical romance, entitled Pharaoh’s Desire.
Whether writing historical or contemporary romance, she always tries to educate readers and teach them something they may not have known before. Chanta is a history junkie, a typical Pisces, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn’t like! If you still want more, check her out at ChantaRand.com.
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