Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Two More Reviews for Cuffed!

4.5 Stars from APOOO BookClub
"Cuffed by Candlelight by Beverly Jenkins, Gwyneth Bolton and Katherine D. Jones is a compilation of three romantically, erotic short stories with the connecting theme being an involvement in law enforcement. Otherwise the stories could not be more diverse... Handcuffs Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry by Gwyneth Bolton is a hip-hop influenced wild ride of a story. Police Officer Tamara Downing is working undercover to bring down Murder Row music's Tommy Coles. Coles' music business is a front for drug activity and prostitution. Just when she is about to close the case, DEA Officer Lance King intervenes. Lance and Tamara's lives have been linked since childhood and he feels a need to protect her. Tamara is not interested because what she wants from Lance has nothing to do with protection. What she is going to find out is Lance has his own plans where she is concerned... I recommend this anthology to anyone interested in romantic heat and diversity in stories. Prisoner is a historical, romantic adventure. Gunns and Roses boasts contemporary flavor, while Handcuffs is cutting-edge and hip-hop influenced. What they all have in common is unbridled heat." Angelia Menchan for APOOO BookClub

3 stars, VERY GOOD from Shades of Romance Magazine
"Cuffed by Candlelight is the opening act in Parker Publishing Noire Passion line. I found that all of the heroines in the three novellas were strong women and it gave the anthology an edge that most do not have - tasteful erotica... Gwyneth Bolton's novella, Handcuffs Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry, was a perfect end to this anthology. This novella has characters that are true to life and easy to relate to... Ms. Bolton's novella was entertaining and the characters were interesting. The history of the main characters gave a deeper understanding to the passion between them and the use of the handcuffs were a classy end to this anthology." ~ Renee Motley for Shades of Romance Magazine

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sweet Sensation: The Mix Tape

For those of you who don't know, my latest novel Sweet Sensation is the second in the Hip-Hop Debutantes Trilogy. I plan to do a blog entry in the near future about what I think it means to "write hip-hop" let alone "write a hip-hop romance." But for now--since I haven't done a mix tape on the blog in a minute--I thought I'd post an entry about the music behind Sweet Sensation. First, the title Sweet Sensation comes from a old Stephanie Mills song. “Sweet Sensation… so sweet… a fantasy… love vibration… And I just want to let you know… That I'll never let you go…" At first I toyed around with the idea of using the title of one of my all time favorite R&B songs, "Sweet Thing" (both the Chaka Khan version and the Mary J. Blige version are good to me). But one of my critique buddies was working on a novel titled Sweet Things. What's up Susan St. Thomas ? Anyway, the novel has a soundtrack of hip-hop love songs that I kept in mind as I wrote it. And, each chapter has a song title for its subtitle. So, without giving away any spoilers, I thought it would be cool to share the titles of the songs and some of the lyrics in order to help folks get a feel for the novel. Also note that when I say hip-hop love song, I mean it in a variety of ways. It can be a rap song, an R&B/Hip-Hop Soul song, or even a Neo-Soul song. It can also be a love song about any form of love, from romantic love to love of family to love of hip-hop culture to love of self. So with out further ado, I'm going to let the hero of the novel, Flex, spin a fly mix tape of music to read Sweet Sensation to.

Introducing deejay turned super producer Fredrick "Flex" Towns III and the Sweet Sensation Mixtape Volume One...

~ Prologue "Superwoman," Lil' Mo featuring Fabolous
All I can say is "dadadada dadadada damn…" This song is the perfect intro song for when we meet the heroine, Deidre "Sweet Dee" James. She's been holding it down as a single, working mother and doing a great job at it. Too bad her whole world is about to get rocked…
~ Chapter 1 "Who Can I Run To?" Xscape
The Jones Girls did the first version of this song. Since it is a hip-hop love story I went with the Xscape version. But either version is fine. I love the lyrics and the conflict the lyrics show. The excerpt that I posted on my website comes from this chapter. And I think given the fact that Deidre's life is spinning out of control at this moment, it fits. Here are some of the lyrics: "As I stand here contemplating on the right thing to decide... Will I take the wrong direction all my life? … I have strong determination and I’m not afraid of change…"
~ Chapter 2 "Left Me Lonely," MC Shan
Flex finds out some news about his past love that has some huge implications for his future... And... well... he can't help but wonder…"Girl why'd you have to leave me that way I love you till this day and it hurts to think of the words you used to say. Girl, why did you have to leave for so long? I'd never did you wrong..."
~ Chapter 3 "Just the 2 of Us," Will Smith
"From the first time the doctor placed you in my arms, I knew I'd met death before I let you met harm…" I love this song because it represents hip-hop heads growing up, becoming parents and maturing. And that's a big theme in the novel also. What happens when hip-hoppers grow up and have to raise children of their own?
~ Chapter 4 "A Teenage Love," Slick Rick
Angst, drama, emotions… Why did teenage love always seem so life or death... all or nothing? Flex and Sweet Dee know a little something about Slick Rick's lyrics… "Don't hurt me again… don't… don't… don't hurt me again…"
~ Chapter 5 "Dear Mama," 2Pac
Misunderstandings and conflict have plagued the cross-generational dialogues about hip-hop in black communities. Sweet Sensation examines several generations in a family and it gets pretty interesting once they start talking to one another…
~ Chapter 6 "Always on Time," Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
What would you do if your ex showed up at your door thirteen years later talking about do the right thing and marry me, girl? "Baby, I'm not always there when you call. But I'm always on time. And I gave you my all now baby be mine."
~ Chapter 7 "Ex-Factor," Lauryn Hill
And what would you do if your hard headed ex wouldn't try and see reason and just accept your proposal so that you can protect her? "It could all be so simple. But you'd rather make it hard. Loving you is like a battle and we've both been dealt the scars… No one loves you more than me and no one ever will…" This is one of my all time favorite songs! Come back Lauryn, come back! Please!
~ Chapter 8 "Daddy's Little Girl," Nikki D
"Daddy never had a clue of what his little girl would do…" I miss Nikki D. Where are you Nikki D? Sweet Sensation is for you and all the other great femcees to ever bless the microphone.
~ Chapter 9 "Keep Ya Head Up," 2Pac
Just got to go with some of Pac's lyrics here. "Some so the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. They say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots. I give a holla to my sistas on welfare. 2Pac cares if don't nobody else care… And since we all came from a woman. Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman. I wonder why we hate our women…"
~ Chapter 10 "I'll Do For You," Father MC featuring Mary J. Blige
"If you do for me, I'll do for you…" What ever happened to Father MC? I miss you Father MC... This is the song that first brought the wonderful Mary J Blige to our ears. Thank God for that!
~ Chapter 11 "Destroy and Rebuild," Nas
I love this song because Nas is showing love for his 'hood at the same time that he is calling for overhaul and change. “‘Cause gangsta do gangsta shit. Real recognize real. Still laughing to the bank and shit…” Stillmatic is my favorite Nas album.
~ Chapter 12 "Hush," LL Cool J
This is the perfect song for when Flex is trying to convince Deidre to marry him... “Everything will be okay if you do it my way, my way, my way…” (See video below)
~ Chapter 13 "Old Times Sake," Sweet Sable
"Long time no see. What ya been doing? Is everything all right? I know you know. That I been cooling. Even though, I been out of sight. This time don't leave me, hanging around. I just want to love you down…" This is one of my favorite songs. I like the version of this song with Nikki Nicole rapping. She ends her verse with "A hip-hop love song, a song, a song you can sing along..."
~ Chapter 14 "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By," Method Man featuring Mary J Blige
I love this song because it blends that old school R&B flava with hip-hop in order to create the quintessential hip-hop love song. And in the video, Method Man goes to the store and purchases feminine products for his girlfriend. Now that's how a man shows his love. LOL.
~ Chapter 15 "Lost Ones," Lauryn Hill
"Funny how money changes situations. My emancipation don’t fit your equation…" The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the best hip-hop album ever. Come back Lauryn, come back!
~ Chapter 16 "It's Bigger than Hip-Hop," Dead Prez
"One thing 'bout music when it hits you feel no pain. White folks say it controls your brain. But I know better than that. That's game… All these fake thugs and R&B on the radio…monotonous material… y'all don't hear me though..."
~ Chapter 17 "Bonita Applebum," Tribe Called Quest
This is a classic hip-hop wooing love song and it is the perfect song for the chapter when our hero decides it time to stop playing and really put his mack game down hard. LOL. "Bonita Applebum… You gotta put me on…" One part smooth, one part begging, two parts irresistible..." One of my favorite songs (Okay... really I had a big crush on Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest...)
~ Chapter 18 "My Place," Nelly featuring Jaheim
With Jaheim singing those Teddy Pendergrass lyrics, "Won't you come on and go with me, come on over to my place…" And Nelly getting his sing/rap croon on with these lyrics, "Shorty, where ya been? Feels like a long time, a long long time since I seen ya…. Yes it has girl... And I know I said some messed up things to you before, but girl you know I didn't mean it…. When we laugh and we cry it's together, through the rain and the stormiest weather, we gonna still be as one, it's forever…"
~ Chapter 19 "Kissing You," Total
I don't have to give any hints about what might happen in this chapter... So, I'll just give you some lyrics, "I don't care who knows. It doesn't matter who sees. Me thinking about you makes my life complete. And what I mean by that. Is you're my best-kept secret. You're my pride and joy boy, that's why I'm dreaming of you. I wanna kiss you…"
~ Chapter 20 "Mind Sex," Dead Prez
Perfect for keeping the sexual tension going in a romance novel, I’d say… :-) "We can have mind sex. We ain't gotta take our clothes of yet…"
~ Chapter 21 "Sweetest Thing," Lauryn Hill
I love this song. Love it! It is probably one of my favorites. "The sweetest thing I've ever known was like a kiss on the collarbone. The soft caress of happiness…The way you walk, your style of dress… Intoxicating… Oh… So, intoxicating…"
~ Chapter 22 "I'm So Into You," SWV
"I'm so into you… Don't know what I'm gonna do… Got me so confused…." SWV needs to get back together. I miss them! Hey, SWV, where are you? Come back…
~ Chapter 23 "All I See," A+
A+ was a little kid rapping before Lil' Bow Wow and Romeo. He had a nice flow too. I wonder what ever happened to him… "Girl all I see is you and me and all I do is think of you. Give me the chance to know your name and I'll never leave and walk away…"
~ Chapter 24 "If Headz Only Knew," Heather B
Remember Heather B from the first MTV The Real World? She was a bad femcee! Where is Heather B? Sweet Sensation is for you, girl! "If headz only knew how I felt about the rap game, they’d know I ain’t going out…"
~ Chapter 25 "I Need Love," LL Cool J
This was one of the first hip-hop love songs, one of the first times you had a guy getting on the microphone and rapping about love and vulnerability. [Stops to wipe a tear from her eye] The lyrics weren't all that hot. But the meaning behind the lyrics... priceless…LOL.
~ Chapter 26 "Bag Lady," Erykah Badu
This is neo-soul classic about self-love and letting go of all the things that stop you from experiencing a fuller and happier life. It is also one of my personal favorites. "Bag lady you gonna hurt your back, dragging all those bags like that. I guess nobody ever told you… all you must hold on to is you, is you, is you…"
~ Chapter 27, "Real Love," Mary J. Blige
This is another favorite and my introduction to Mary J. Blige. This song came out my senior year of college and I was err… umm… going through some things at the time… Needless to say, I became a Mary J. Blige fan for life because that What's the 411 album spoke to a sista on so many levels. "Real love…. I'm searching for a real love… Someone to make my heart sing… Real love… I'm searching for a real love… Got to have a real love… Love so true… Oh, baby, I thought that love was you…"
~ Chapter 28 "I Can," Nas
"I know I can… be what I want to be… If I work hard at it… I'll be where I want to be…" A positive rap for the kiddies to give them hope for the bright futures they can have, this song shows a love of community in hip-hop.
~ Chapter 29 "Down 4 U," Ja Rule featuring Ashanti, Charlie Baltimore and Vita
"Every thug need a lady…." Usually I don't condone the 'down-ass chick" mentality. But at this point in the novel, Flex and Deidre really needed to be down for one another...
~ Chapter 30 "Song Cry," Jay Z
"Can't see them coming down my eyes. So I have to make the song cry… You know you love me like cooked food, even though a brother got moves like a crook moves." I love this song!
~ Chapter 31 "Wifey," Next
"Will you be my wifey? … Yes, I'll be your wifey…" And they lived happily ever after…

So, I'll leave you with a video from Uncle "Ladies Love" "Licking Lips" LL Cool J, one of the first to cut a hip-hop love song with his hit "I Need Love." Still looking good Uncle L. Holla! This is the perfect video representation of Flex and Deidre's love story because the couple in the video has a history from their teenage years to their adult years. And since Flex is trying to get Deidre to do things his way it can almost be their theme song. So check out LL’s video "Hush." And then let me know what you think about the combination of romantic love and hip-hop. Do you see the two going together? Or, do you think it is a bit of an oxymoron? Do you have a favorite hip-hop love song? What is it?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Contest: Who's Your Favorite?

Hi All,

Well, I've decided to run my first contest and I hope that you all will enter. I've decided to share some of my author copies of Cuffed By Candlelight as the prizes. And I will be giving away one a week for the entire month of March. All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is go to my website and tell me who your favorite Gwyneth Bolton character is and why. Entering the contest will add you to my e-mail and print mailing list. But I'm not that much of a pest and I won't bombard you with stuff. I promise. You only enter once and then your name is added to the drawing bag. Four lucky people will get copies of Cuffed by Candlelight signed by me. It's that simple. So stop by my website and enter today!

  • My Website

  • much love and peace,


    APOOO Gives Divine Destiny 5 Stars!

    The review from APOOO Book Club is in and they gave it five stars. Here's an excerpt from the review: "As a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Ms. Bolton's ability to weave a story with just the right amount of conflict and romance is nothing short of remarkable. In addition, her characters were unforgettable. Long after the last page was turned, I found myself thinking about Kara and Darwu. If you are a fan of romance, with a little mix of science fiction and enough steamy romance scenes to keep your eyes glued to the pages, Divine Destiny is a definite must read." ~ T. RHYTHM KNIGHT of APOOOBookClub

    Sunday, February 18, 2007

    Rats! Tagged Yet Again!

    The wonderful Bella tagged me. And this time I have to give six to ten weird things about me. So, here are some quirky little idiosyncrasies that I bet you’re just dying to know about me.

    1. I refuse to drink or eat after other people, not even my husband. He thinks this is funny, by the way, since I will kiss him and share all the other intimacies that spouses share, but won’t let him have a sip of my soda or take a sip of his after he’s taken a drink from it. I’ve been this way ever since I was a kid, for as long as I can remember. So, I probably won’t be changing any time soon. In fact, once when I was five I had a fit because my grandmother took a sip of my soda. Five-year-old me decided to turn the straw around. And dear grandma said, "You ain't doing nothing but putting the germs on the inside." Horrified five-year-old me didn't finish the soda. Grandma did however. LOL.

    2. I have a very low tolerance for pain. So low that I don’t like hearing about it. If someone is around me and they start talking about anything remotely painful, bloody, etc. I make them stop. I think it's because I have a pretty vivid imagination.

    3. From the time I was eleven until the time I was sixteen, I wanted to be an emcee. I had skills too. LOL.

    4. My family nickname is Kitten. My father gave me the nickname because of the way I used to ball up under my mother and sleep when I was a baby. There are still members of my family who don’t know my real name. In fact, when I was in high school I was at an uncle’s house after a funeral and I’d given my boyfriend at the time the number there so that he could call me. He kept calling and asking for Gwen and they kept telling him he had the wrong number. Finally he wised up and asked for Kitten and they gave me the phone.

    5. Oh, and even though I still have to ball up in bed to get to sleep at night, when I wake up in the morning I’m all over the bed and I have wrapped all the cover around me, much to my husband’s delight. LOL. So I guess I’m a wild sleeper and a cover hog. LOL.

    6. I’m very, very shy. People always act so shocked when I say it. But it’s true. Honest.

    That’s it. That’s all you get today. A girl has to keep some secrets. And I’m doing my blog buddies a favor and I won’t tag anyone this time. But if I’m tagged again, I will get you my pretties. *evil laugh*

    much love and peace,


    Saturday, February 17, 2007

    I Learned Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Supporting Characters from Watching Dream Girls

    Okay... not really... But... It makes an interesting title; so, I'll keep it. With Jennifer Hudson up for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for the role of Effie White in Dream Girls, which Jennifer Holliday won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for in 1982, it seems only fitting that there be some kind of writing lesson here. So here's the lesson as far as I can piece it together.

    You see, I read the article in Jet Magazine where Jennifer Holliday reflects on that moment. And while scholar/professor me would cringe at the thought of using Jet Magazine as a citation source, cultural critic me knows that the old saying "if you didn’t read it in Jet Magazine, it didn't happen in the black community" exists for a reason. And romance writer me, could care less about citation source blah, blah, blah. So, anyway... As the story goes, the character of Effie White may very well indeed have started out a "supporting role," a "side character" so to speak. But by the time Jennifer Holliday got done fighting for her character, the character had extra songs in the musical, more space to shine and most important, the character did not die.

    When you add to this the fact that the original play is said to have been created for Nell Carter, and you know she wasn't going to play no Deena Jones... and you know she would have been the star not a supporting character... then the fact that the role of Effie has somehow become a supporting role seems all the more strange… but I digress… Because anyone who has seen the film knows that Jennifer Hudson's performance in this role, like Jennifer Holliday's before it, was not a "supporting character." She was the star of the film. The script and writing dictated it. If you take away the character Effie then you have no story. Adding the song "Listen" does not make Beyonce Knowles's portrayal of Deena Jones become the "lead" in the story. They needed to rewrite the script for that. And since I promised there would be a writing lesson here, I'll add that there is a certain finesse to writing truly supporting characters that Dream Girls, the film becomes the perfect "how not to" template for. In fact, the film breaks key supporting character rules that writers should be mindful of when they create side plots and side characters. First, your supporting characters are there for support. The main action should happen to the leads, your heros and heroines. In the beginning of the play and film, the action happens to the girl group and that is fine. But as we watch the film, where does the drama really unfold? Who do we find ourselves on the edge of our seats caring about, wondering what will happen next to her, damn near crying (okay, I really did cry, but I'll never admit it) for when life dealt her another blow? If you say anyone but Effie White, you're a liar and the truth ain't in ya! This leads me to the second supporting character rule, readers should like the support cast and be interested in them yes. But if the reader starts to like the supporting cast more than the lead… if we become more interested in what happens to the side characters and could care less if the so-called lead is there or not… we have a writing problem. I'm sure we've all read books where we've experienced this. We could care less about the hero or heroine but that spunky friend, that witty comrade, now that's someone we'd like to get to know. As writers, I'm sure we've all had side characters that are just begging for their own books. And most of us know how to give just enough of these characters so that they don't outshine the lead. Which leads me finally back to Dream Girls and the character Effie. She wasn't a supporting character in the play's debut in 1981. And no matter what they billing the film role today--or why they billed it that way--she is not a supporting character now. The play just wasn't written for her to be sidelined. The writing dictates that she's the star. The fighting that Jennifer Holliday did for the role back in the eighties demanded that the she be a star. The performance that both Jennifer's contributed to the role demands that they be awarded "Best Actress," not "Best Supporting Actress." But nevertheless, there are writing lessons to be learned by watching the film. I found one. Now, I can call watching the film writing research. ;-) What do you all think? Do you have any thoughts about supporting characters and side stories? Do you think Jennifer Hudson is being cheated of the rightful nomination of Best Actress? Do tell...

    Friday, February 16, 2007

    Excerpt from Sweet Sensation

    Hi All,

    I've posted an excerpt from my forthcoming release, Sweet Sensation, on my website. Check it out if you'd like and let me know what you think.

  • Sweet Sensation Excerpt

  • much love and peace,


    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I'm sending you all virtual flowers, cyber hugs, and lots of yummy Internet chocolates. If you close your eyes you can almost smell the roses. For those of you dealing with this big snowstorm that hit us here in Central New York, I sent some webilicious hot cocoa with marshmallows. Enjoy yourselves!

    much love and peace,


    Friday, February 09, 2007

    Eddie, Eddie, Eddie...

    Just when I thought I might have to take you seriously... Just when I thought you might be on the verge of making a comeback...

    You come out with this...

    I'll be honest, I haven't seen the film yet. I probably won't go see the film. From what I've seen of the previews, I can't imagine who would want to see the film. But if there is an audience for "Flava of Love, "I Love New York," and "Soul Plane" I guess there must be an audience for "Norbit"... I have no words. What do you all think?

    Wednesday, February 07, 2007

    Romance Slam Jam and Emma Awards

    It's almost that time of year again! The Romance Slam Jam will be held in Miami Florida this year! I'll be there with a lot of other very talented authors. I can't wait! Going to Miami from Syracuse in the middle of March is going to be such an inconvenience for me... But, I'm going to try my best not to think about all the cold and snow I'll be leaving behind for Miami sunshine... ;-)

    Check out the website for more information. And who knows, maybe I'll see you there...

  • Romance Slam Jam 2007

  • Also, the nominations are open for this year's Emma Awards. So be sure to get your nominations in! There were lots of wonderful award-worthy books written this year by some stunning writers. (And I wouldn't be mad at you if you nominated a certain newcomer named Gwyneth Bolton for your favorite new author). :-) But honestly, there were so many wonderful new authors in 2006 that I'd truly be happy to see any of them win, Ann Christopher, Deatri King-Bey, Patricia Sargeant, Sheila Goss and Phyllis Bourne Williams, just to name a few. So anyway, here are the categories:

    Emma Award Nominations for 2007

    Award Guidelines

    The Emma Awards for Romance Slam Jam 2007 will be decided on by the attendees of the conference. Each conference attendee will submit their choice for the individual categories and the books. Books eligible for the awards must have been copyrighted/published between Janaury 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

    The voting categories are:

    Book of the Year
    Favorite Anthology
    Favortie New Author
    Favortie Hero
    Favorite Heroine
    Favortie Book Cover
    Favorite Sequel in a Romance Series
    Favorite Steamy Romance
    Favorite Romance Suspense
    Favorite Inspirational Romance
    Favorite Novella
    Favorite Author

    We will start accepting nominations the first week of February 2007 through February 27, 2007. Please send your nominations in attachement form to

    You can download the form from their website.

    Much love and peace,


    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    February Interview with Katherine D. Jones

    GB: Welcome, Katherine! I'm so glad that you were able to spare a moment to visit my blog and do an interview. I know that you are really busy with work, writing, being a wife and mom. So, let's start with that. How do you manage it all? How do you juggle a busy life with your writing and publishing?

    KDJ: For the most part, I just let things fall through the cracks and then go crazy! LOL. Actually, my new position allows me much more freedom. I was working as an investigator for child abuse and neglect, but it was overwhelming, so I only lasted nine months. Now, I'm home by 5:30 and I find that I'm able to be the wife, mother, and writer that I need to be. I write every night and when things are slow at work, I'll write or read during lunch. It's a schedule that works well for me.

    GB: You have written for several publishers, with books published by Arabesque, Dafina and now Parker Publishing, LLC. What has your road to becoming a published author been like? Tell us a little bit about your journey.

    KDJ: I started with a two book contract with BET Books, which was smooth, but then, just when I thought I'd made it, my road took a decidedly crooked turn. My third book was rejected by BET, but thankfully after a few revisions, I was able to sell to Dafina. I love working with Kensington and will have two more releases coming out next year with them. Now, the Parker Publishing contract was just pure luck! My name was recommended by one of my good writer friends, Angie Daniels, and after a wonderful conversation with the acquisitions editor, Angelique, I signed with them.

    GB: You have really made a name for yourself in the area of romantic suspense. Your Special Corruption Unit series and your other works to date all share that unique and thrilling blend of romance, suspense and mystery. Have you always been interested in writing these kinds of stories? Is this something we can expect more of in the future?

    KDJ: Aw shucks, thank you.
    I didn't start to read romance until 1997. My first romance was "Through the Storm" by Beverly Jenkins. The first Arabesque book I read was a Robyn Amos book…"Private Lies." After reading them, I was hooked. Prior to that I'd only read mystery, espionage, or thriller books. It was what my parents read and the only books in the house. To this day, my favorite authors are Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, and Sidney Sheldon. My next Kensington release, "Make Me Do For Love" will continue to combine romantic and suspenseful elements.

    GB: I love that title! "Make Me Do For Love" it brings all kinds of images to mind...
    But, back to the Special Corruption Unit... what was your inspiration for these novels? I have to say, as someone who occasionally watches shows like "CSI," "Law and Order" and "Criminal Minds," I can see the automatic appeal of these kinds of novels. They blend life's drama and relationships with the excitement of whodunit and catching the bad guy. Is that what you were aiming for with the Special Corruption Unit?

    KDJ: Yes, I wanted to do something a little different with my books. I love to write romance, but I need to have a little twist in what I read. I love male authors such as Ludlum, Grisham, and Clancy because they just give it to you straight--no chaser. That appeals to me, but I want women to enjoy the stories as well, so I soften the edges a little bit.

    GB: Can you tell us a little something about each book in the series and how they connect? Also, I know you've said that "Deep Down" was the last book in the series, but… is it really? Can we expect more from the Special Corruption Unit in the future?

    KDJ: Book one is "Love Worth Fighting For," which is about Tangie Taylor and SCU agent, Eric Duvernay. Their story has the back drop of the Chilean Cartel, from which Tangie has to be rescued. In this story the agents involved in the case must find out who is killing members of a basketball team from Chile. The killings come to a head with the death of a Virginia born player, Bubba Fraser. Soon the FBI learns that Kevin is targeted and he is placed in protective custody…too late. He and Tangie are kidnapped and the SCU must launch a rescue. Tangie has been through the loss of her relationship and has trust issues that prevent her from fully giving her heart to Eric. The scenes after the rescue show her that they have a love that is worth fighting for…and they do.

    The rescue at the end of the book involves agent Maria Thomas. Book two is the story of Maria and Kevin. Kevin becomes Alex Milbon in his new life as a club owner in Memphis, TN. The unit decides to use him once they realize that Kevin/Alex unwittingly comes in contact with her during her undercover operation with the Russian mafia.

    Book three involves the couple who serve as Maria's back up, Rod and Helene. They have their own story in "Undercover Lover," which was released in December 2005. The story is set in San Antonio and involves Internet fraud, hacking and home invasions.

    The final story in the series involves senior agents Beatrice McCoy and Michael Spates. Their story is "Deep Down" and it involves the Jamaican mafia system or posses as they are called. The story takes place in West Virginia…with a couple of my favorite places and things highlighted such as The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. I had the occasion to spend time there when I was a teen and loved it! I enjoyed being to talk about it in the book.

    "Make Me Do For Love" takes place in North Carolina in the 1960's but that's all I'll say about it now. Stay tuned!

    GB: I feel so honored to be a part of an anthology that features novellas by yourself and Beverly Jenkins. You have certainly made a name for yourself in the area of romantic suspense and Beverly's contemporary novels are showing that she can bring the mystery, drama and action to the present day as well. So tell us a little something about your novella in Cuffed by Candlelight: An Erotic Romance Anthology, "Gunn and Roses." I read it and it is full of suspense and HEAT. Great job!

    KDJ: It was more than a treat to do the anthology with Beverly and you. It was a great learning experience one which greatly enhanced my writing…Deatri is a wonderful editor. She put up with a lot from me, and I'm sooo glad she did.
    I'm really looking forward to writing more emotional characters…but with heat and action.
    And thanks for the compliment! It was a lot of fun to write Stephanie Gunn's story. I enjoyed the heat between Stephanie and Bryant--and hopefully readers will too.

    GB: Deatri was my editor for "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Cuffed by Candlelight." She rocks!
    So, speaking of heat, a little birdie told me to expect a little more heat from you in future releases. How have you found writing the spicier novels? The covers look hot and I can't wait to read them. But tell us a little more about these H-O-T new novels.

    KDJ: I'm very excited…hee hee, no pun intended, to be writing novels with a little more steam for Parker Publishing. My goal for my future books is to kick it up a notch with action, romance and steam. Readers will have to let me know if I accomplish the goal. The first novel is "Cuffed by Candlelight," which is a February release. My next novel is "Dangerous Dilemmas" which will be released in March. I have two more scheduled for 2008 release, but I'll save that information for later. Readers, you'll just have to keep watching my website for more information: Katherine's Website

    GB: Did you always know you wanted to be a romance writer? Did you read a lot of romance before you decided to become a published author?

    KDJ: I never dreamed of being a writer. I thought I would work for the government…make a career out of that and become a mother. I never imagined the exciting turn my life would take back in January 2003. That call from Chandra Taylor has forever changed my outlook, my relationships, and apparently, my employment destiny. (Smile)

    GB: Who are some of your favorite writers? And, what are you reading right now?

    KDJ: I always try to read books in the genre that I am writing. Some of my favorites in the romance world are Beverly Jenkins, Rochelle Alers, Maureen Smith, Angie Daniels, Shelia Goss, Karen White-Owens, Nathasha Brooks Harris, Mary Balogh and of course, you!
    I finished "If Only You Knew" and "Heated" by Niobia Bryant last month. This month, is Parker Publishing month and I'm reading "A Delight Before Christmas," "Divine Destiny," "Taming the Wolf," and "Beauty and the Beast."

    GB: Awwww... Girl, now you're making me blush! Stop that! That's my job. LOL. Anyway... Do you have any words of wisdom to share with aspiring writers?

    KDJ: Yes, just continue to write! Too often new writers will start a project, but not have enough self confidence to finish. You'll never succeed if you don't have a completed book--so finish and submit!

    GB: How can readers get in touch with you?

    KDJ: My email address is and my website is Katherine's Website

    GB: Thanks so much for sparing the time for an interview!

    Monday, February 05, 2007


    I've been interviewed! You can check it out over on Ann Christopher's Blog. Stop by and ask a question or two or three. ;-) I just finished Ann's novel Risk. And I'll be blogging about it later this week. Pick it up if you want a good read. Also, she has agreed to be my March author. Yay!

    And if you still want to know more about all my deep and dirty secrets and haven't checked out my interview on Delilah Dawson's Blog, be sure to check that out too!

    Now, I'm off for a day of teaching... :-)

    much love and peace,


    Thursday, February 01, 2007

    I Got My Author Copies of Sweet Sensation!

    So, speaking of Sweet Sensation... I just got my author copies in the mail! Yay! (You don't realize what a big deal this is for me. Usually folks are calling me saying 'I saw your book in the store' before I hold my author copies.) Anyway, they changed the cover a little. They made my name smaller so that you can actually read it. Yay! I'm very glad about that. I know most people say the bigger your name is on the book, the better. But what does it matter if it is not readable. Anyway, I'm doing the happy dance right now because I'm holding my fourth novel in my hands. And I wanted to give you guys some music so you can join me. So here's Erykah Badu's "Love of My Life" to jam to. It is perhaps the best hip-hop love song ever. And it was on the soundtrack for what is probably the best hip-hop romantic comedy movie ever, Brown Sugar. And, I hope one day people are saying that Sweet Sensation is the best hip-hop romance novel ever... Oh wait, DeltaReviewer already said that about Sweet Sensation. :-)

    So, here's Erykah Badu:

    Happy dance with me! :-)

    Romance Junkies and Romantic Times Reviews for Sweet Sensation! And an interview!

    Sweet Sensation-my March release-got two great reviews from Romance Junkies and Romantic Times Book Review! Romance Junkies gave it 5 stars and Romantic Times gave it 4 stars. I'm really excited about the reviews that Sweet Sensation and my novella in Cuffed have gotten, because I really think that I finally found my voice in these pieces. Anyway, here are some excerpts from the reviews.

    Also, check out my interview on Delilah Dawson's Blog! And if you haven't read Delilah Dawson's newest novel, Something Naughty, what are you waiting for? :-)

    Romance Junkies 5 Stars!
    "Ex hip-hop artist Sweet Dee was living a nice simple existence until a 'Whatever Happened to . . . ?' show exposed the fact that she'd had producer and record label owner Flex's love child. Her life is turned upside down when Flex reenters her life and insists that they marry. It doesn't matter that Kayla is no longer a baby. He wants both 'his' women living with him as soon as possible... Gwyneth Bolton brings readers into the exciting and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop with her newest book SWEET SENSATION. We were first introduced to Flex and Sweet Dee in Ms. Bolton's first book I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME and I've been anxiously awaiting their story ever since. I've gotta tell you I loved the attitude and spirit that are apparent throughout this storyline. It's full of all the culture and enthusiasm I remember from when hip-hop first became so popular...Deidre and Kayla are so very much alike I just adored the scenes where they expressed their differing views on Deidre marrying Flex and Kayla's plan to become a rapper. The scene where they indulge in a free-style battle is just hilarious. Flex and Deidre may not have been together over the past decade but it's obvious the feelings are still there. They have issues - both past and present - that need to be addressed and there's no shortage of heated moments between them. Congratulations Ms. Bolton on yet another fabulous story!" -- Chrissy Dionne

    Romantic Times Book Review 4 Stars!
    "Instead of another 'hip-hop' book filled with violence, sex and drugs, Bolton's latest surprises with the sweet story of Flex, a scrawny, preppy high school boy who becomes a sexy music mogul. Readers will root for him to reclaim his former love." - Robin R. Pendleton