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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sweet Chat with Benilde Little

Sweet Tea Chat

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Fabulous Southern Belle is honored to feature the Fantabulous, Benilde Little, in the Sweet Tea Chat! Not only is this woman beautiful, she’s super talented. Benilde’s debut novel, Good Hair, was selected as one of the ten best books of 1996 by the Los Angeles Times. Her subsequent novels, The Itch, Acting Out, and Who Does She Think She Is, were all reader favorites. In her latest work, Welcome to My Breakdown: A Memoir, Benilde has penned a moving account of her journey caring for aging parents, raising children, being married, plunging to the depths of depression, and climbing her way out.

This Southern girl is pleased as peach to share a tall glass of sweet tea with Benilde while we chat. So without further ado, let the fabulousness begin…Southern style.

Q. The thing I find most interesting about the South is…
A. That the people are, for the most part, so friendly and will tell the most surprising things—oftentimes--intimate things. I love that! I liked being greeted with a good morning, hello, whatever—acknowledged. We don’t do that up here and it’s a nice thing.

Q. How did I ever live without…
A. My dog—he keeps me grounded and in touch with non-verbal communication. He helps me appreciate other living beings, not just humans.  Dogs are so great, because they keep things real and simple. He also forces me to get out and walk in the park everyday no matter the weather.

Q. My idea of a great vacation is…
A. A deserted beach, warm water in which to swim, some great novels, waiters to bring me food and drinks

Q. If I were a superhero my power would be…
A. My body would be strong, flexible and pain-free

Q. My favorite beauty product is…
A. concealer (under the eyes)—rarely leave home without it!

Benilde Little, Author of Welcome to My Breakdown
 Q. Fried chicken or baked…
A. There’s nothing like some good friend chicken—but I rarely eat it. If I didn’t have to worry about my cholesterol (and my weight), I would be a fryin’ chicken eatin’ somebody.

Q. I never leave the house without
A. Sunglasses

Q. The most challenging thing about writing is…
A. Let’s see, everything. I guess the hardest part is having really free time, meaning clear headspace where I don’t have to think about anything or anybody else other than what I’m working on. I’m a mom and a wife, and I’m responsible for my 90-year-old father who has dementia, so obviously those completely free moments don’t present themselves often. I just get in what I can, before my teenage son comes home from school.

Q. I wrote, WTMB, because…
A. I was lost and then I lost my mother. My mother and I were extremely close. She was my mirror, my wisdom, my fiercest supporter, my confidante. We loved each other deeply and even before she died, I’d lost something else precious; my ability to write. I was in a mid-life malaise that I couldn’t seem to shake. I was on the precipice of despair and then she died and I fell off a cliff into a pit of sadness. Writing the book was a way to help other people who have suffered with clinical depression, sadness or just a feeling they can’t figure out but know that their life should be better. 

Q. After readers turn the last page I hope they…
A. Will want to remove the mask, to embrace all of who they are, warts and all, to get real. What I’ve learned on my journey, I want to share. I know that being real ain’t pretty, but real is what gets you through the night.

Benilde, thanks again for stopping by and hanging out below the Mason Dixon line with me! I’m so very happy for you and I know your new book will touch and bless many lives!

Click here to order your copy of Welcome to My Breakdown, and don’t forget to spread the word to your family and friends! 

You can learn more about Benilde, her life and her work through the following sites;; @BenildeLittle ; instagram is Blittlevirgin, Benilde Little Fan page

As always, thanks for reading! Until next time, be fabulous!

Trice Hickman

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sweet Tea Chat: Featuring Eric Jerome Dickey

ONE NIGHT, Available Nationwide April 21, 2015, Click here to order your copy

Fabulous Southern Belle is thrilled to feature the super talented, Eric Jerome Dickey, in the Sweet Tea Chat! 

Eric is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, he now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him (Five-Star, I’m sure). Eric’s latest page-turner, ONE NIGHT, is filled with all the hallmarks of an Eric Jerome Dickey bestseller—erotic situations, edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, and fun, believable relationships.

This Southern girl is honored to share a cool glass of extra-sweet iced tea (I’m talkin’ pure cane sugar) with Eric while we sip, laugh, and chat. So without further ado, let the fabulousness begin…Southern style.

Q.  The thing I find most interesting about the South is…
A. The bugs I thought had died when the meteor killed the dinosaurs. They drink Raid like it’s sweet tea from Chick-Fil-A. Are there more churches than strip clubs? Do they both have the same members? Oh you said one thing. My bad. I digress. Let me go feed a bug real quick.

Q. Iced tea with or without lemon...
A. Without. Those slices have too many germs.

Q. My guilty vice is…
A. Comics comics comics. I pick up one and I am that kid in middle school again.

Q. If I was granted one wish it would be (can’t wish for more wishes)…
A. To reach a certain age, maybe 30, then each year become younger until I hit 19, then age to that age again, younger again, stay in that cycle…but retain memories and wisdom.

Q. I’d do anything to avoid…
A. Sleep. Seems like a faulty design. All of those wasted hours.  Giraffes have it made.  

Visit Eric at
Q. After I cut off my locs I…
A. Was not recognized by anyone, not even my gardener. But then again, no one recognized me before I cut them off. Might weave em back in, get one of those front lace numbers and shake my hair back and forth.

Q. My idea of a relaxing evening is…
A. Hulu, Netflix, binge watching something, anything from Daredevil to Jane the Virgin to The Walking Dead to Last Man on Earth.

Q. The most challenging thing about writing is…
A. Working through exhaustion and staying original enough to challenge myself, because I do bore easily, sameness dulls my senses. In the end, though, I need to create a tale familiar and relatable enough for the audience the jump on board and help me row this boat toward a few bestseller lists.

Q. I wrote, ONE NIGHT, because…
A. I had a contract. LOL. Gotta pay dem bills! Dat telephone bill! Dat automo-bill! Then I can chill! Actually (in my intellectual voice) I wanted to create a novel with as few characters as possible. I only wanted to have two named, to have them go through as much of a full relationship as they could in a few hours, to move from being strangers to wherever that road takes them, to have an unforgettable adventure, to have revelation about self and life, and have it pretty much play out real time. I managed to make it all happen between sunrise and sunset. 

Q. After readers turn the last page I hope they…
A. Wipe away tears and applaud. Inhale. Exhale. Laugh a little. Sip wine. Miss the character Jackie. Start rereading with a smile. 

Eric, you are hilarious! Thanks so much for spending time with me below the Mason-Dixon line. I can't wait to read, ONE NIGHT! I know it will be a bestseller that readers will enjoy.  

Please visit Eric at to learn more about him and information for his book tour dates. If Eric is coming to a city near you, you owe it to yourself to come out and get an autographed book or two...or more. Yes, definitely more!

Until next time, be fabulous!
Trice Hickman

I'm On An Author High!...

Advanced Uncorrected Proof for SECRET INDISCRETIONS. Click here to pre-order your copy today!

Woooohooooo!!! I'm so over the top excited that I can barely stand it! What a great feeling it was when I found this box of books outside my front door. After you've spent hours, days, and months sitting at a computer, writing your heart out, it's a great feeling to see the end product. Well, this isn't the actual end product--these are advanced uncorrected proofs that will be sent to reviewers and used as promotional give-a-ways for some upcoming contests--but it's still beautiful! Hard work and big dreams pay off!

Two couples, two unhappy spouses--one shocking solution. . .

Five years into her happy marriage, Geneva Mayfield is devastated to find that things have taken a turn for the worse. Her husband, Johnny, is suddenly hard to reach, distant, and works late too often for Geneva not to be suspicious. Is it because she's been pressuring him about having a baby? Feeling lonely and neglected, Geneva bonds with Samuel Owens, a new friend who is having marital trouble of his own. Soon, their relationship blossoms into an uncontrollable affair.

Bored with her husband, Samuel, and dead set against having a child with him, Vivana Owens is biding her time until she's ready to leave--and she's spending it with Johnny Mayfield. It's just a fling--until Vivana becomes obsessed with Johnny, especially once he tries to win back his wife. But affairs don't end easy--and soon one of the unfaithfuls will end up dead, one will end up in jail, and one just might get away with murder. . .

Click here to pre-order your copy today! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grilled Cheese: A New Twist to the Classic Sandwhich

Hello Fabulous Folks!

Grilled Cheese made with Chef Shamy Parmesan Cheese & Basil Garlic Butter
No matter what part of the country you grew up in, I can almost guarantee you ate grilled cheese sandwiches. In the South, we love grilled cheese, and on a chilly, rainy day, there's nothing better than grilled cheese with tomato soup.

Being the Southern Belle that I am, I wanted to dress up my grilled cheese sandwich with a little more flavor, and Chef Shamy Gourmet Parmesan cheese & basil garlic butter helped me do it. This little tub of heaven adds great flavor to grilled sandwiches, garlic bread, meats, seafood, veggies, potatoes, and more. This butter comes in a variety of flavors and can be purchased at Sam's Club (that's where I got mine), Costco, or click here to order online. 

2 tbsp. Parmesan chees & basil garlic butter
2 slices bread
1 cheese singles (cheddar)
1 tbsp. shredded 3-cheese blend

Heat skillet on medium high to melt 1 tbsp. butter. Put cheese single atop one piece of bread and add to melted butter, let it brown for 1-2 minutes. Remove bread from skillet and sit on a plate. Add remaining 1 tbsp. butter to skillet. Top second piece of bread and return sandwich to skillet to brown the second piece of bread. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

Happy Eating, and remember to be fabulous!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet Tea Chat with Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby
Available June 9, 2015 Click here to order your copy!

Fabulous Southern Belle is honored to feature an interview with the Fantabulous (That’s fantastic and fabulous rolled into one!) Kimberla Lawson Roby! Besides being a great person, Kimberla is an NAACP Image Award winner and New York Times Bestselling author. Kimberla’s literary career began with her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press.  She has sold more than 2,000,000 copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including the aforementioned The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few.

This Southern girl is tickled purple (my favorite color) to share a cool glass of sweet iced tea with Kimberla while we chat. So without further ado, let the fabulous fun begin…good ol’ Southern style.

My favorite thing about the South is…the beautifully warm weather.

How did I ever live without…my smartphone?

I relax by…vacationing in Jamaica.

When I’m working out I listen to…both gospel and R & B music.

My favorite beauty product is…H20+ Spa Sea Salt Skin Smoother.

Fried chicken or baked…I actually love both equally.  It just depends on what day it is!

I never leave the house without…my Oh Baby Tinted Lipglass by Mac.

My upcoming release is…THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, which is being released Tuesday, June 9 2015.   The story centers on Alicia Black (daughter of Reverend Curtis Black), her fiancĂ© and her ex.

After reading TUB, I hope readers…realize that telling the truth is always the best thing to do, no matter what.

Kimberla, thanks again for stopping by and hanging out below the Mason Dixon line with me!
Readers, please visit Kimberla’s website,, to learn more about her, her work, and dates for her upcoming book tour.

Till the next time, be fabulous! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Expo America 2015

This was at BEA 2012. The author was giving away whiskey shots along with signed books!
 Book Expo America
May 27-29, 2015
Jacob Javitz Center, NYC

If you're an author, reader, or publishing industry professional, you know that Book Expo America is the place to be each year. BEA is the #1 book and author event that offers the book industry access to new titles, authors, networking, and education about the publishing industry.

From informative panel discussions, to advanced books, to industry parties, BEA is a literary lovers dream. I will be there this year and I hope to see you there, too!

Be fabulous!

Veggie Sandwich: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious

Quick and Easy Veggie Sandwich on Honey Wheat Bread

With summer just around the corner I'm looking for quick, easy, healthy, and delicious food that will fill me up but won't weigh me down. I made this delicious sandwich and it hit the spot. It's super easy to make and packs lots of flavor. I sauteed enough mushrooms, peppers, and onions to make several sandwiches, so I can enjoy this dish more than once. It's great for a quick lunch or a post workout meal. The recipe is below.

  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 small green pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 carton mushrooms (or 1 can. Drain liquid)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp. McCormick Italian Seasoning  (or to taste)
  • 50/50 Organic Spring Mix (or whatever type of green salad/lettuce you prefer)
  • Sliced tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes because that's all I had in the frig at the time)
  • Bread (Sub/deli bread is good but has more calories. I used honey wheat)
Heat oil on medium in a skillet and prepare on side of bread with salad mix/lettuce and tomatoes. Once oil is heated, add onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Saute 5-7 minutes, add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Remove from heat and spread veggie mixture onto other side of bread (garnish with cheese if you like). Voila! An easy and delicious sandwich.

Happy Eating and remember to be fabulous!