Join us in welcoming Keshia Robertson as she answers our interview questions and introduces us to her novel – Here’s To Hound Dogs!
Who would play you in the movie about your life and why?
I would like Tatyana Ali, Ashley from Fresh Prince of Bel Air to play me in a movie about my life though she is older than me because I feel like we have similar facial features and I love her work as an actress.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I love watching Korean movies and also some mainstream movies. One of the latest ones I watched was The Suspect starring Gong Yoo who is my favorite actor.
Short answer favorites: Dessert: Ice cream, City: LA, Season: Summer, Type of hero: Motorcycle, Type of heroine: Glamorous, Actor: Gong Yoo, Actress: Kim So-Yeon.
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman? On a man my favourite body part is the chest.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week? Sleepy Hollow.
If your life were a movie, what would it be rated (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17)? It would be rated R.
Finish this sentence: The one thing I would like to change about myself is… the size of my feet.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what else did you want to do? I wanted to be a fashion designer.
Why should readers consider buying your books? They are multilayed and complex romance stories about extraordinary women and men searching for love.
What inspired you to write your latest release? Corinne Bailey Rae’s album “The Sea” inspired my current release “Here’s To Hound Dogs” with all of it’s tracks especially “I’d Do It All Again.”
The past boomerangs back for a former mistress and dating coach with women problems of his own… Liana Parker wants back in the dating game after a long hiatus, and what better advice than the most controversial article of Flow Magazine, “The Animal Kingdom: Where Does Your Man Fit In?” to guide Liana on her new man search. Instead of a “safe animal,” Liana goes for a hound dog, a man she can play with instead of fall for.
Ray Dalton is a superstar dating coach who has scorned one woman too many. During a “surprise” Tell-All interview, his spotless reputation disappeared along with his six figure advances. To restart his career, Ray will have to transform the toughest dating case possible into a sex goddess and chronicle her blossoming for the world to see. Instead of the “old maid or thirty-year-old virgin” he was looking for, he falls for Liana, a woman with a dark secret that will put him on the map again. All he has to do to get his career back is be willing to break Liana’s heart and his own.
Just try to keep your cool, man. It’s almost over.
Ray Dalton was trying to talk himself down but it wasn’t working. There was no way to leave the stage with the bright lights trained on him and audience looking at him blankly. He couldn’t even reach up to sweep away the sweat rolling down into his tuxedo collar. On live TV there were only two real choices when caught lying: sit in sweat like you just finished running a marathon, or try to mop yourself off like a wet dog. Either way Ray knew he looked guilty. He was screwed.
No dating history. No dating history. There should definitely be no dating-history questions.
He had warned his manager when he signed on to do an interview with Christina Grey on her show Modern Dating & Love. Ray had been reassured over and over again that he wouldn’t be asked about his love life. It wasn’t a tell-all interview. It wasn’t supposed to be…personal.
“Don’t clam up now, Ray. Our audience would like to know why the most successful dating coach in twenty years hasn’t met any of his ex-girlfriend’s parents to signify, you know, a long-term relationship. And I’m not talking about all of those times you went just for the anecdotes to put in your books,” Christina said. “Guess Who’s Never Coming to Dinner? can be the title of your next book.”
Ray returned her smile with something just short of a Joker grin. Avoiding anger at this point seemed unnecessary. He had been thrown to a lioness in light pink lipstick and expensive perfume. His career hung in the balance. Being trustworthy was at the center of his work. Complete strangers gave him control over their love lives. Christina’s questions chipped away at that trust and dropped zeros off his royalty statements.
In the past year alone, he could count ten short-term girlfriends. Women who knew what the deal was when dating a public figure. Or at least what it meant to be Ray Dalton’s arm candy. The last woman who flipped the script on him—even after she had been briefed on the rules of his love life—he affectionately nicknamed Private Investigator or P.I. for short. The woman should have been an amateur detective the way she was able to break through his cell phone and computer passwords. God knows he couldn’t resist the temptation to date her either way. She was a plus-sized model who was blessed with curves on curves. But that kind of detective skill was acquired for a purpose and he couldn’t connect the dots until this moment. P.I. would be more than able to track down his ex-girlfriends to see what was up with his love life and sell it to the highest possible bidder. Ray reached for his bottle of water to buy time when he remembered the line that he used on her and all of the women before her.
“This isn’t going to be the kind of relationship that you want. Not the kind of relationship you deserve…”
Ray’s perfectly crafted words usually ensured that every woman who heard them headed straight out the door after he recited them. Instead of moving onto her next boyfriend, P.I. had zoned in on his “commitment-phobia.” As a career-driven man, he focused on collecting data from his dating life instead of settling down. But the truth was hidden within a phobia that gave Christina Grey his family jewels to twist whichever way she wanted: a relationship guru without a long-term commitment in all of his thirty-three years. The contradiction would be a boring tagline for a rom-com movie in the middle of a summer-blockbuster lull. The empire Ray had built was about to fall down faster than the author who was exposed as a liar after being inducted into the Oprah Book Club.
“Mr. Dalton, did you not hear the question? Our audience would like to know why one of the most successful Dating Coaches has never even had a successful long-term relationship,” Christina repeated.
Her tone was neutral but it would have been less painful to take a knife to the chest. He needed O.J.’s lawyer or Clinton’s publicist. He needed someone who would be able to get him out of the hot seat and into the La-Z-Boy recliner in his bachelor pad with a cold beer in his hand.
“Well, you see, Christina…” he began.
Ray knew exactly where the truth would get his books in the bargain bin or a garage sale with other writers who were hung in the jury of public opinion. Ray ran a hand through his hair. This is going to be my last interview. I might as well do it in style.
Ray began with his dating history and watched as the audience’s faces change as he spoke. Their expressions went from shocked gazes to annoyed looks at their watches. It wasn’t hard to imagine people watching at home switching off their televisions sets or just going to bed early. There would be no more advances and no more books.
Too bad, because the radio silence after he finished speaking inspired him to think of one of his best opening lines: The best revenge after a breakup isn’t plotting your comeback but their downfall. Complete ex-lover destruction is how you recover quickly from an unfair breakup or how you get your fifteen minutes on prime-time news
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How to enter: Leave a comment on the first chapter of Here’s To Hound Dogs.
Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:59pm EST
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About the Author
I’m Keshia Robertson a writer born and raised in Canada who lives in one of the most multicultural cities in the world so I’ve always had POC as lead characters in my stories. Only in 2005 did I find out more about the IR writing community and decide to join up with my fellow multicultural writers. When I’m not writing I’m watching Korean dramas, learning more about fitness, creating eBook covers, and dating aka living my own romantic comedy.
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”