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Celebrating Spring With A Bit of Carnival Temptress

In celebration of Spring Break, here's another excerpt from Carnival Temptress (The Revelers Series).

“Get up. Dance up. Who ready? She ready. J’Ouvert time!” Banging on the pot, Micha went to each room, chanting her chorus. She’d never heard so much cussing.
“Now you, b-yatches know how it feels.” She returned the pot and spoon to the kitchen.
“Payback.” Asha stumbled down the hall to the bathroom.
Micha knew she’d pay dearly for her wake-up assistance. Whatever. It felt good to get back at them. Most times, she was the last to get going. Their threats to leave her behind always fell on deaf ears.
“You’d better take off the jewelry.” Simone pointed at Micha’s earrings and necklace. “Didn’t you bring something old that you didn’t mind having to throw in the trash?”
“When you said old, I thought you meant like not fancy.”She’d worn a blouse that she’d bought about two years ago. The horizontal stripes were cute, but with the inches expanded around her body and limbs, those horizontal str…

Still Celebrating Launch of Carnival Temptress

Carnival Temptress is ready and available on Kindle and Nook. This e-novella was especially significant because it was my first story created from the start for my self-publishing arm--Stella Maris Publishing. By the way, Stella Maris was my Catholic elementary school in Guyana. A place that nurtured my love for reading and writing stories.

This Revelers series is a venture shared with Marcia King-Gamble is also writing carnival-themed stories. We will be publishing various stories, in tandem, throughout the year. Her book, Seducing Circe, will follow Carnival Temptress.

I also want to acknowledge a friend, Michelle "Trinibaby" Buckmire, for all her help with details about Carnival. It's one thing to research the event and watch the videos on YouTube to get an idea. However, having an avid, veteran Carnival reveler to provide the finer details was a wonderful bonus. Any deviations from actual goings-on was my intent as author.

I'll leave you with a wonderful video ab…

Carnival Temptress Playlist...Destra-Call My Name

Ladies can rock at Soca too. Destra is one of the queens of Soca. Here she is with Call My Name.

Destra Garcia is known for her high energy live performances, as you'll see in the video.

Lyrics for Call My Name

If you looking for somebody to come and rock spine
Just call my phone , dial my number boy anytime
Doh worry bout getting none of them roamin charges
And if its good service yuh lookin for then its me you have it

Just dem to call meh (Its my pleasure!)
Just dem to call meh (Call me whenever)
Inside of the fete (Just call my name)
Yuh want to get wet (Just call my name)
All out on the road (Just call my name)
In case you forget nowww

dey call de the Party Animal, we jammin straight till mornin
Is only me dey callin
dey call me the Queen of Bacchanal, is only non-stop wukkin
Just hear the people shoutin

Just call my name(Destra!)Just call my name(Destra!)Just call my name(Destra!)
Just call my name(Meh lover)Just call my name(Destra)Just call my name (Destra)
Just call my name(Destra…

Carnival Temptress Playlist...Kes-Thief A Wine

A song that I played, while writing, to help set the mood of what to expect for Carnival.

Here's KES, a Trinidadian soca band, formed in 2005 by three brothers and a friend. Their song is Thief A Wine.

Lyrics for Thief A Wine:

Ah cya let you get away
So I coming over dey
And thief a wine on you.

Baby come right here
Push it up on me
Before this party done
We’ll start a love affair
Baby you done know
Make dat bumper roll
I does lose control
Cya let you wine alone

So give me dat something
You know ah want something
Come leh we do something
I really want one thing
Come give me dat something
Cus girl I have something
So leh we do something
You know all ah want is one thing

Hey gyal it don’t matter what you do
I go be right up on you
I going to come and thief a wine on you
Watch the way you getting on
Wining rude gyal
It’s time to make da move gyal
I come to thief a wine on you

When she jamming on the road
I’ll thief a wine on you
Watch your bumper overload
I’ll thief a wine on you
Gyal before a go me…

Carnival Temptress Playlist...Indian Gyal by Machel and Drupatee

I'll be posting songs that inspired the story writing process and motivated the characters on their journey.

The first song is by Machel Montano and Drupatee Ramgoonai called Indian Gyal. Machel Montano is a long time Trinidadian soca singer, record producer, and songwriter. Drupatee is also Trinidadian and is known for her chutney soca and chutney songs, which blends Hindi and English in the uptempo Calypso-soca beat.

The ladies in my Carnival Temptress are dancing and listening to this song, as they try to persuade out-of-work Maya Lindsey to join them at Trinidad Carnival. The bandleader of these ladies, Asha Jaikaran, an indo Trinidadian, considers this song her personal anthem.

For those who can't follow the accent--LOL--Here's Indian Gyal

Well this indian gyal cyah come
and wok she waist
Take over the street
Make ah bacchanal in the place

Drop to the gound and
Shake all around
Push up on a speaker
Break it like ah indian drum

Calling it Mr Lotala
This gyal she …

Carnival Temptress -- Excerpt Teaser


Please enjoy this excerpt of Carnival Temptress, part of The Revelers Series with Marcia King-Gamble; upcoming March release. Editorial changes may still be made until final release. Chapter One

“Hey, baby, I’m heading out, now.” Maya nuzzled her man’s cheek with the tip of her nose.
“Okay. Is the coffee machine programmed?”
“Yep. Nine o’clock on the dot.” She slid her hand along Teddy’s back and over his firm ass. She squeezed his butt cheek, sucking air between her teeth, at the sexual rush. “God, I want you so bad.”
“You’re like an addict.”
Maya moaned. “Cause I don’t get to see you often.”
“Don’t start.”
Maya bit back further protest. They’d spent too many hours fighting about their long distance relationship. Well, to be honest, Teddy issued his mandate and she fumed and held a grudge. She’d even tried to withhold the v-jay jay, but once he stripped down to get into bed, not only her mouth drooled its juices.
“Love you.”
Teddy grunted his response.
Maya smiled and squee…