Friday, January 31, 2014

The Worst Dilemma by Muhammed Sokhna: Guest Post and Excerpt


 



Tips for Novice Writers

1.       When you start writing your novel, finish it no matter what your circumstances are. You owe it to yourself to see the project through to the end.

2.       Decide whether if you want to self-publish or go with a traditional publishing house. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, you will still have the market the book yourself.

3.       Save 10-25% of what you earn from your day job. Or, you can take out a loan up to $10,000 for self-publishing authors. If you have good credit, get a limit increase up to $10,000. It is not necessary to use the whole $10,000, but the money will give you a great financial boost toward your business. Use the money for business needs first before you even think about business wants.

4.       Find a good editor. If you can’t find one locally, there are a few good websites that have editors on staff that will help you with your manuscript. (Ex: http://www.scribendi.com/)

5.       Know your market. Nothing is worse than coming out with a book that nobody knows about or nobody in that market cares about. The author who knows their market will always appeal to that market.

6.       Join your local Chamber of Commerce.

7.       Create an author’s website or website for the book.

8.       Think about having a book tour for your book. There are tons of companies that will organize a tour for you if you don’t have the patience to organize one yourself.

9.       Self-published authors should save all receipts that are business related for tax purposes

10.   Have a deadline for your novels.

11.   Let everyone you know that you are coming out with a book with a professional business card.

12.   Invest in writing workbooks to increase your writing chops (I highly recommend Writing with Stardust by Liam O’Flynn ).

13.   Don’t be afraid to “go there” in your manuscript. Writers are daredevils. We say what others could say or express. Be proud and bold.

14.   It’s ok to have a shitty first draft. At least the idea is on the paper. The hard part is over.

15.   Join your local writers club.

16.   Engage with fans through social media about your book.

17.   Brainstorm about your book before writing your first draft.

18.   Write every day ever if you are not writing your manuscript.

19.   Don’t always look for the cheap route when you are investing into your book. Look for quality.

20.   FINISH THE MANUSCRIPT!
 
 About the Book

The Worst Dilemma
Muhammed Sokhna
Genre: Erotic Romance/Erotica
Publisher: World Entanglement Publications LLC
ISBN: 9780991202706
ASIN B00GRXTYBA
Number of pages: 126
Word Count: About 33,000 
Cover Artist: Ronnell D Porter
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Book Description: 
The spark of all dilemmas is lies and deception
 Just what is love? Is it just a word people use for personal gain? Is it a verb that needs creativity expression in order to understand its full meaning? Or, is it just looking in the mirror?
For Chantrelle Hayfield, love is simplicity. But, she lives in Atlanta, a complex city full of surprises. Like her chiseled, tall, and chocolate next door neighbor, Rasheed Goodmen, who could be a new love interest? But, when her best friend, Ashley Leslie, comes out about her true feelings, will Chantrelle be able to handle the convoluted feelings of others even if that means losing her simplicity? 
Chantrelle’s other friends Ariel Samson and Alexis Smith could be able to guide her? But, Ariel needs to learn to be a little selfish and Alexis has to stop scheming to get by. The underworld of Atlanta will test each of these women. Because behind the spark of every dilemma, is lies and deception. Who will be able to see clearly in order to avoid tragedy?

Excerpt

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The night is at its darkest in the suburban area of Gwinnett County when the residents of the Sugarloaf Country Club retire for the night. The Casper-white moon light radiates brazenly, polishing the streets. The crickets begin to creak and mingle, while the waft of the earth's musk flows into the nostrils of Chantrelle Hayfield.
The young 22-year-old tattoo artist and entrepreneur loves to put on her white and purple striped pumas, black puma tights, and white sports bra and jog through the streets. The streets serve as a sanctuary. With every step, a jolt of lightning surges through her, releasing the frustrations of the day. There is no need for music. The thumping of her feet hitting the ground serves as the perfect accompaniment to Mozart. Her strides stay consistent until she reaches her mailbox.
"Let's see what we have here?" she says softly to herself. She shuffles through her mail and discovers it's all junk mail. She was hoping for another check, but it's no big deal. Besides, it's not good to be money hungry all the time. Chantrelle knows this all too well. She owns several booming tattoo shops, has written several books about tattooing, and is a freelance model. Her days are never dull, but they are always full, leaving little time for herself.
 
She walks steadily toward her doorstep and discovers an unknown vehicle in her driveway. "Who car is this?" she asks.
It's not uncommon for an unknown car to be in her driveway. Her neighbor has a bad habit of getting drunk and parking at the wrong house. When you work sixteen hours a day at a law firm and just recently got a divorce, alcohol can easily become your new mistress. She shrugs it off, steps in front of her door, inserts the keys, and opens it.
"Drew! I'm home." Chantrelle announces. "I had such a good workout just now." No reply.
Strange, Drew is always eager to see his baby come home, but today, it seems that only the television is awaiting her arrival.
"This is a little strange." Chantrelle wanders into the living room to see open pizza boxes, a running kitchen faucet, and open bottles of Hennessey. Just what the hell happened after Chantrelle left for her one-hour run?
She finds strands of blonde hair all over her leather couch. This is highly upsetting for Chantrelle.
She gathers all the hair and proceeds to the kitchen, slamming the hair in the garbage before going to the sink to wash her hands. As she scrubs the vermin off her hands, she can't stop a barrage of curse words from flying out of her mouth.
With clean hands, she lets out a deep sigh of relief. In her peripheral vision, something added more suspense to this mystery. There are three wine glasses. One is half filled and the other two are empty, with a pink lipstick residue. Chantrelle lifts the glass of wine and nods her head in disapproval.

She lifts the other glass with the pink lipstick and examines it.
 
"I can't believe this shit!" Chantrelle shouts out loud. Her mighty hand crushes the champagne glasses into shards like a gemstone being drilled into finer fragments. Her hands drip with balefire-red blood as she opens the sink cabinet to arm herself with her trusted 9 mm. She cocks the chamber back and marches toward the bedroom. But just a few feet down, all the might within her to advance any further is sapped. Her steps change from loud and determined to a discreet muffle.
The murmuring activity in her bedroom isn't making Chantrelle exactly comfortable. In fact, it's only adding to her anxiousness. She continues to creep toward the bedroom door and notices it's cracked open. She peeps inside. The lights are dim--bright enough to see inside, but dark enough only to show silhouettes. The humidity of the room punches Chantrelle in the face along with the full-bodied aroma of another woman's sex and sweat. Even though she is armed, her hands tremble as she witnesses her boyfriend of four months with two unknown women in her own bed. Her eyelids bear the weight of a battered soldier, shutting them is the only way to block this reality and her tears.
The noises the women make with Drew are similar to the ones Chantrelle makes with him, but they were more lustful. It's sickening to know that the love she was trying to forge with this man is now tainted. Unwillingly, she slowly opens her heavy eyes and grasps her lover's betrayal.
Drew and his two companions find themselves entangled in the threads of ecstasy. His dark skinned lover enjoys riding his shaft as she slowly coils her hips onto him. His Asian persuasion girl watches alongside and nibbles his rigid nipples. They continue to deepen themselves into the webs of their lustful threesome, until a series of bullets are shot into the ceiling. That put a stop to the orgy; the girls scatter off the bed, grabbing a few articles of their clothing to cover themselves. Drew is taken aback when he looks into Chantrelle's once soft, now hard, arctic eyes.
 
"Baby," Drew extending his hands toward Chantrelle, attempting to explain. "This isn't what you thi--."
 

 
 
 
About the Author
Throughout Mr. Sokhna life, he searched for a purpose. At the age of eighteen, he went through some tough times. His girlfriend left him, his finances were not where they needed to be, his family was struggling to make ends meet, he lost his Hope scholarship, and was desperately trying to find out what was his purpose here on earth. The depression within him started to build and lead to an attempt of suicide.  
With the love and support of his family and close friends, he slowly climbed back on his feet, but there was still one remaining problem. He still didn’t know what his purpose was, until he had a vision. 
Something within him told him to write down his story. There was resistance, but he followed the hunch. Five thousand words turn into ten thousand. Then ten turned into twenty thousand. Then all of a sudden, twenty thousand words turned into over forty thousand words. He recognized that he found his true passion. It was something that will challenge him. It was something he was yearning for all his life. It was something he could call “his own” and that something was writing. 
Mr. Sokhna purpose is to ignite the creativity within people and help them realize that life is much more than what meets the eye. He wants his readers to know that all that we ever done and all we will ever do in this world is just the tip of this iceberg of what could have been done in this life. 
The Worst Dilemma Series is one of the three ways he likes to channel his talent to the world. Being able to create erotic content that makes people blush is not only pleasing to him, but it makes him more humble to evolve the craft of literature. Mr. Sokhna will continue to strive to bring more enticing content through The Worst Dilemma Series. A series that will shed light on some of the toughest situations people go through in life, with the added bonus of erotic content.
Twitter: @MuhammedSokhna
 
Tour Wide Giveaway  
$50 Amazon gift card 
Prize pack of  The Worst Dilemma, an autographed t-shirt, and 1 jewelry set custom made from Candibugz 
3 jewelry sets custom made from Candibugz
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