Martyring Martha

By Kiarra M. Taylor

 

The events of the last twenty four hours have been nothing short of baffling. And once again it comes back to, arguably, one of the most contentious subjects in the world: racism.

Yesterday, a friend and an avid member of our beloved book community made an innocent post (see below screenshot, which is posted with Martha’s permission).

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Read this post. Did it offend you?

If the answer is ‘no’, thank you. Thank you for allowing someone else’s opinion to be just that: THEIR OPINON.

If the answer is ‘yes’, buckle up and settle in for the ride, or more accurately, the read.

Martha is no stranger to controversy in the book world. She is an advocate for equality in all things. Whether it’s for plus sized models or models of different ethnicities getting more jobs/recognition. Whether it’s championing well known authors or the author just starting out. Whether it is loving, supporting, and speaking up for the LGBTQ community. Whether it’s drawing awareness to adopted children or children with special needs. Whatever it is, it’s always something that she feels passionate about, which she is very much entitled to do–note my use of that word ‘entitled’ because we’re going to come back to it shortly.

As we all know, being outspoken almost assuredly comes with backlash. I have to give credit to Martha because she is very much aware of the backhanded comments that are made about her in the book community. Very much aware of the assumption that she is a ‘drama llama’. Very much aware of the hate that is spewed her way because she has the audacity, the nerve, the courage *insert sarcasm here* to stand up for what’s right. Whether she’s standing up to an everyday person, your favorite author, or your favorite author’s favorite author. And she doesn’t let it stop her. She just keeps on moving forward with her dreams and goals.

There are people who don’t like this woman, think she is drama, and generally hang around on her friends list waiting for the opportunity to hop on HER post(s) and be nasty toward her, or, just to be nosy. Okay, so that’s the background that I wanted to lay out for you.

Now, back to what happened yesterday and is actually STILL happening even as I type this (yes, people are still commenting and making hateful, ignorant, privileged statements. Unbelievable, right?).

When Martha made her post, note the language she used. It was non-inflammatory, non-aggressive, and very self-oriented. What does that mean? That means she didn’t use offensive language, wasn’t overly angry (which she has the right to be if you want to go that route, but I digress), and most importantly she wasn’t making a post telling everyone that they should boycott signings that weren’t diverse, she simply stated that SHE, owner of her body and soul and wallet, would not be spending any more of her hard earned (she’s a teacher, if that’s not hard earned money I don’t know what is!) money on signings that didn’t promote diversity.

Simple statement. Right? Much like me making a post saying, “I don’t like the way Wendy’s fries my French fries. If they can’t fry them crispier, then I am going to take my money to Burger King.” This is a true statement by the way. Wendy’s, if you’re reading this FRENCH FRIES NEED TANS TOO!

Then guess what? People actually got offended by the post. *insert dramatic outraged gasp here* Yes, you read that correctly. People got on a post and had the nerve to tell the owner that she was wrong for feeling how she felt. The hateful, entitled comments that followed were mind-blowing.

 

Where I come into play…

 

I work all day, so by the time I got home it was 6:30 my time, but 9:30 everyone else’s time.  I’m sitting in my car in front of my house scrolling through my timeline and I see Martha’s post. I keep scrolling. A few posts later, I see a post by another woman of color that is basically ‘vaguebooking’ Martha’s post. Normally, I would have kept on scrolling, because as we know, people are pussies and never have the nerve to go directly to the person who they took the time out of their super busy, super important lives to ‘vaguebook’ about. But then I read the comments. A group of people proceeded to drag this woman, my friend, through the mud. What’s worse is one of the people engaging in this ‘gang bang’ was a ‘man’. I use that term loosely, because where I come from I don’t know a single man who has the time or the inclination to participate in a group bashing of a FEMALE. Nope. Don’t know a single one. What’s even worse is that one of the people engaging in this ‘gang bang’ then proceeded to drop Martha’s name making it known to anyone who cared to read that they were talking about her. For me, that’s where the line was crossed. If you drop my name in ANYTHING, I’m going to rebut. I thought it only right that Martha had the chance. So, acting accordingly, I sent screenshots to my friend.

 

The people on this post were doing it because they thought they could, because they THOUGHT she would never see it. These, my friends, are what the politically correct call ‘cowards’. These, my friends, are what I call ‘pussies’. Have one. Love one. Eat one. But by all means, do not BE one. If you feel the need to say something, go all out with it. I’d respect you more for it. Am I still going to verbally eviscerate you? Yes. But, while you’ll walk away wounded, you’ll do so with a modicum of my respect, if that means anything at all to you.

Now, I have screen shots-almost a hundred of them-of every single hateful comment that was spewed. I seriously debated whether or not to include them all in here, but decided that it wouldn’t be right if I put the names and faces of these people out there. If I did that I would be just as guilty, as wrong, and malicious as the person who dropped Martha’s name on the Facebook post.

The point of this blog post is to tell you the unfiltered truth. When there is drama in the book world it is often propagated by people gossiping about it without knowing all the facts. These are the facts. The proof is still up on Facebook and I have asked Martha to leave the post there because she has done NOTHING wrong.

 

Take a look for yourself. Just know that my part in it, was based solely on sticking up for what was right. Martha’s part in it was based solely on advocating for what she feels is best for HER. No one HAS to comment on things they do not like or do not agree with. Yes, as the argument is so often stated, FB IS INDEED there for people to make comments and engage. But it is NOT there for you to come on a person’s post and attack them, tell them they are wrong for having feelings or stating their opinion, tell them they are “everything that’s wrong with America”, tell them that they are inciting drama, or DEMAND that they tell you when, where, and who was being racist for it to be validated. For them to believe you. “What signing?” “What event host/organizer?” “If you can’t or won’t tell us, then you’re lying and causing drama as usual!”

Pause.

This, people, is entitlement in all its glory (if that’s even possible). Who are you to demand anything of a woman/person that you did not push out of your vagina? Sorry, honey, my mother doesn’t even make demands of me and she carried me for 40 weeks then proceeded to deliver me without an epidural. She’s the real OG and even she has enough respect for me as a person not to make entitled demands of me. So why in the ever loving BLEEP do you think that little old YOU CAN?

 

People came on the post saying, “I’m Asian and I go to signings all the time and don’t experience racism.” Or “I’m an Asian gay man blah, blah, blah I go to signings….” We get this people. We totally do. That has been YOUR experience, this has been MARTHA’S. Don’t come on her post talking about things which you do not know anything about because then you look inherently ignorant. And that’s just sad.

 

I’ll part with these words, in no way am I saying that Martha, my friend, an advocate for all things good and right, is an angel one hundred percent of the time. None of us are. I can personally tell you that I’m not generally a nice person (I’m a Gemini, enough said), which is why I tend to like keeping to myself. I don’t force my smart mouth or my inherent surliness on anyone because that wouldn’t be fair. But what I am saying is that there is nothing wrong with someone posting on their own page. I’m also saying that it’s never right to attack a person for their opinion, whether you take the ballsy approach and do it on their post or the pussy approach and make a post about them that you think they won’t see. It’s not right.

 

The ignorant people commenting on the post have attempted to make a martyr out of Martha. Meaning, you tried to figuratively eviscerate her for her beliefs and opinions. To that, she wanted me to let you all know, “Not today, Satan. No, thanks, I’m good.”

 

Stay classy, or stay ignorant or stay woke. The choice is up to you, but either way, you can rest assured that neither Martha nor I will come on your post attacking you for your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

New Release AND $160 Giveaway!

Helloooooo to my #TaylorGang,

As you know, my second book A SERIES OF AGAINS is releasing in just TWO days on 6/14/16!!! Because I know how busy I tend to get on release day, I wanted to get this post up now. Below you will find the highlights of everything I have going on at the moment, and as always thank you for subscribing!

Sincerely yours,

Kiarra M. Taylor

 

New Release Alert!

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My new book A SERIES OF AGAINS is releasing on June 14, 2016 and is currently on sale for just 99 cents! You can pre-order your copy here!

 

Giveaway Alert!

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For a chance at a $160 Amazon gift card AND 25 FREE Kindle books, enter the June Bug Summer Giveaway that I have the pleasure of being apart of. Click here to get in on this awesomeness!

 

Other Books by Me:

TQC3DbooksMy debut novel THE QUARTER CHANGE came out in December of 2015. As a way to celebrate my new release, I’ve also put this book on sale for just 99 cents for the dates of 6/13-6/20. Pick up your copy here!

Cover Reveal: “A Series of Agains”

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

A Series of Agains by Kiarra M. Taylor
Publication date: June 14, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook and Paperback will be available at online book retailers

Synopsis:

Her past…

Single mother, KaLena Tweed, is a bright-eyed law student who has absolutely no reason to be wary of the world. But when her son is kidnapped by her boyfriend, her outlook swiftly changes. Ultimately her beloved son is returned to her untainted, but the same can’t be said for Lena, who is forever changed.

Her Present…

A hellish dating experience has permanently scarred KaLena, and five years later she is both the victim and villain in her own life’s story. Like a badge, she proudly wears her pain and anger for the world to see. For her, trust is a thing of the past and these days the only thing Lena can trust anyone to do is stay far away from her—and even further away from her son. But unfortunately, a woman has certain…needs that just can’t be denied, so she resorts to taking on a friend with ‘benefits’.

Her Their Future…?

Sheriff Tristin Sullivan is as kind as he is handsome and KaLena is unable to resist making him the lucky new recipient of her ‘benefits’. He quickly proves that he is undeterred by Lena’s lethal mouth and foul attitude. In fact, it turns him the hell on. Although their physical chemistry is hot enough to scorch even the sun, KaLena is careful to make it known that anything more is simply not in the cards for them, because her ability to trust was stolen at the same time her son was. Not one to be easily dissuaded, Tristin vows that he will have her trust and her heart because he’s damned determined to earn them—through a series of agains.

Cue an epic, sexy, and endearing battle of wills.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30246292-a-series-of-agains?from_search=true&search_version=service


AUTHOR BIO:

Kiarra M. Taylor is a Pittsburgh native and current resident. She is a mother to a handsome son as well as a beautiful daughter. A lifelong bookworm, Kiarra began writing in the fifth grade and hasn’t stopped since. With so many genres out there she doesn’t limit herself to writing in just one and aims to write across genres. Her interests in books vary as does as her interest in music; she literally likes it all. Some of Kiarra’s favorite authors are; J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Day, Tiffany Snow, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, Mary Monroe and ML Rodriguez.

Aside from reading Kiarra has a passion for all things Criminal Justice and currently holds several higher education degrees including a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. When Kiarra isn’t transferring fictional worlds from the dredges of her mind to her laptop, you can find her nose-deep in a book or spending time with her children. Ever the social butterfly, Kiarra is very active on social media so please feel free to catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and Goodreads!

Author links:

www.authorkiarramtaylor.com
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKiarraMTaylor/
https://twitter.com/KMTaylorWrites
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14537611.Kiarra_M_Taylor


Release Date Alert: “A Series of Again’s” by Kiarra M. Taylor

Hello my #TaylorGang!

I’m writing today with good news! I want to share with you the release date of my sophomore novel, “A Series of Again’s”. Originally this book was supposed to be published on 5/16/16 but I’ve decided to release it the week of my birthday. So without further ado, the release date for “A Series of Again’s” is…(drum roll)…6/14/16!!!!

The cover reveal will be taking place any day now but for now here is a sneak peek, as well as the back cover blurb to whet your whistle:

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Her past…

Single mother KaLena Tweed is a bright-eyed law student who has absolutely no reason to be wary of the world. But when her son is kidnapped by her boyfriend at the time, her outlook swiftly changes. Ultimately her beloved son is returned to her untainted, but the same can’t be said for Lena who is forever changed.

Her Present…

A hellish dating experience has permanently scarred KaLena, and five years later she is both the victim and villain in her own life’s story. Like a badge, she proudly wears her pain and anger for the world to see. For her, trust is a thing of the past and these days the only thing Lena can trust anyone to do is stay far away from her—and especially her son. But, unfortunately a woman has certain…needs that just can’t be denied, so she resorts to taking on a friend with ‘benefits’.

Her Their Future…?

Sheriff Tristin Sullivan is as kind as he is handsome and KaLena is unable to resist making him the lucky new recipient of her ‘benefits’. He quickly proves that he is undeterred by Lena’s lethal mouth and foul attitude. In fact, it turns him the hell on. Although their physical chemistry is everything and then some, KaLena is careful to make it known that anything more is simply not in the cards for them, because her ability to trust was stolen right along with her son. Not one to be easily dissuaded, Tristin declares that he will have her trust and her heart because he’s damned determined to earn them—through a series of again’s.

Cue an epic, sexy, and endearing battle of wills.

 

 

New Release Alert (save the date)!

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Happy to announce the title of my next book is A SERIES OF AGAIN’S and will be released on 5-16-16! Save the date! And if you enjoyed #TheQuarterChange prepare for a totally different kind of story will the same loveable characters and awesome writing! #TaylorGang #ASeriesOfAgains #ComingSoon

Tis the Season To Give!

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As the release of my debut novel, THE QUARTER CHANGE, draws near I find myself in an increasingly good mood (if you know me you know this is SO not the norm. LOL). With that said, I know that its holiday time and money can be tight, so for those of you that would really like to read THE QUARTER CHANGE but may not be able to buy it right now I’m giving away ARCs (advance reader copies) of the book.

If you would like one, all I ask in return is that you email me at: kiarramtaylor@gmail.com within the next week to claim it and that when you’ve finished the book you leave a review on either Goodreads or Amazon!

Happy holidays from my family to yours. ❤

-KMT

COVER REVEAL & PRE-ORDER FOR THE QUARTER CHANGE

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The Quarter Change by Kiarra M. Taylor @KMTaylorWrites @bookenthupromo

Genre:Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 11, 2015

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions (http://bookenthusiastpromotions.com )

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#Synopsis:

The-Quar-ter- Change:

/T͟Hē, ˈkwôrdər, CHānj/

Noun

A drastic personality change brought on by a person’s upcoming twenty-fifth birthday and the realization that they have been EXISTING for a quarter of a century but not LIVING.

Kimbella Tyler is done floating through life…

She’s turning twenty-five in a few weeks, and even though she’s in the prime of her life, living by the motto “Keep head down or in a book” hasn’t exactly been fun. Sick of hanging in the background of life, Kimbella embarks on a mission to leave her introverted ways in the past and live by a new motto—“Liquor. Lust. Living.”. The first step in her mission is to change her surroundings. Armed with her “Quarter List” full of fun local attractions and wild, adventurous things that she was always too introverted to do, Kimbella heads to California for two weeks of no holds barred fun.

An unlisted attraction…

Kimbella’s carefully laid plans are interrupted when she meets the crazy sexy Dr. Roman Tanzman and he attaches himself to her at the hip. Rolling with the punches for once in her life, Kimbella takes Roman along as she goes on the adventure of a lifetime—well the adventure of a quarter of a lifetime.

Liquor. Lust. Love…?

Kimbella’s new life is one she’s always dreamed about; filled with hot nights with Roman, endless fancy dinners and dancing and no shortage of liquor. But with Kimbella pretending to be a bold, outgoing and sexually forward woman, and Roman pretending to be a carefree guy who isn’t going through the most trying time of his life, their facades have the potential to be their very undoing. Liquor and lust were part of the plan—love certainly wasn’t.

#MeettheAuthor

Kiarra M. Taylor is a Pittsburgh native and current resident. She is a mother to a handsome son as well as a beautiful daughter. A lifelong bookworm, Kiarra began writing in the fifth grade and hasn’t stopped since. With so many genres out there she doesn’t limit herself to writing in just one and aims to write across genres. Her interests in books vary as does as her interest in music; she literally likes it all. Some of Kiarra’s favorite authors are; J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Day, Tiffany Snow, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, Mary Monroe and ML Rodriguez.

Aside from reading Kiarra has a passion for all things Criminal Justice and currently holds several higher education degrees including a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration.

When Kiarra isn’t transferring fictional worlds from the dredges of her mind to her laptop, you can find her nose-deep in a book or spending time with her children.

Ever the social butterfly, Kiarra is very active on social media so please feel free to catch up with her on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram!

#SocialLinks

Website:www.authorkiarramtaylor.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKiarraMTaylor?fref=ts

Twitter:https://twitter.com/KMTaylorWrites

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14537611.Kiarra_M_Taylor

Newsletter:www.authorkiarramtaylor.com

Instagram:https://instagram.com/kmtaylorwrites/

#Excerpt

I held out a hand to stop him from invading my personal space and throwing me all off balance.

“You’re not sorry. In fact, I don’t even think you care about me beyond being able to have sex with me whenever you want to!” I accused.

He drew back in shock. “That’s absolutely not fucking true! I was the one who wanted to wait a while before jumping into bed with you. How could you even say that? I care, KB…I care too fucking much,” he said angrily.

I shook my head as tears pooled in my eyes. “Then why haven’t you said one single thing about…about us?” I asked in a vulnerable voice.

His brows rose. “‘Us’? KB, you made it clear from the first day I met you that you didn’t want there to even be an ‘us’. You just wanted to ‘get fucked’, as you so eloquently put it. And I think I’ve more than fulfilled my obligation in that area.”

My eyes widened. “You know what, Doctor? Fuck. You,” I spat angrily.

I turned, all too ready to leave, but I caught sight of him going back to eating his breakfast like our blow-up had never even happened. My anger surged higher than I could control and I strode back over to the breakfast bar and knocked both plates off the table in one sweeping motion.

Roman held his hands in the air, fork still in one of them, and looked at me in shock.

“You don’t get to sit there and just eat your breakfast after you’ve just ripped my heart out of my chest!” I yelled.

“How? How did I do that when your heart was never even accessible to me? So don’t…don’t stand there and yell at me pretending like you were in love with me or something, Kimbella. We both came into this knowing what it was. And it’s over now,” he said somberly.

Hello Out There!

Hello, Lovelies!

After several weeks of tinkering and wanting to break my laptop (I didn’t because being a writer, I maybe, kinda sorta need this thing!), I am pleased to welcome you all to my website! Although I am very active on my social medias (follow me dammit!) this will be the hub for all things ‘Kiarra’.

I’ve had some big, big developments behind the scenes here in the past two weeks and I look forward to sharing them with you all very, very soon! If you’re on Goodreads go to the ‘books’ section of this website and add THE QUARTER CHANGE to your ‘want to read’ shelf!

Thank you for being a fan-or for being nosey and checking out this website just because. LOL.

#TaylorGang , I love you ALL!

-KMT