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On this day in music history: July 24, 1976 - “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” by Lou Rawls hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on July 31, 1976, peaking at #4 on the Club Play chart on July 17, 1976, and peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on September 4, 1976. Written and produced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, it is second chart topping single for the soul singer from Chicago, IL. Having replaced R&B and pop vocal icon Sam Cooke in the legendary gospel vocal group The Soul Stirrers in the 50’s, to scoring a long string of jazz and R&B hits for Capitol Records in the 60’s, Lou Rawls continues to have hits into the early 70’s when he signs with MGM Records, and hitting pay dirt with the Grammy winning classic “A Natural Man”. Then Rawls hits a dry period in his career after 1971. Rawls leaves MGM for Bell Records, then Arista but is unable to regain his hit making stride. In 1975, he is playing a gig opening for The O'Jays, when they suggest that he get in touch with their producer and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the founders of CBS distributed label Philadelphia International Records. Friendly with Rawls since the late 60’s when they were beginning their rise to stardom in the music business, the pair not only offer to sign the veteran singer, but vow to put him back on the charts in a major way. Gamble and Huff go back to Philadelphia and write “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”, which is inspired by Gamble going through a divorce from his wife, singer Dee Dee Sharp. Tailor made for Rawls smooth vocal style, Gamble and Huff summon him to Philly to put his vocals on the track. Released as the first single from “All Things In Time” in April of 1976, it hits immediately. A multi-format smash, “You’ll Never Find” hits the R&B, pop, AC, and Disco charts all at the same time, giving the singer his biggest hit in five years and reigniting his recording career. “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Literary Commissions by Kaye Allen

About the Writer

Kaye Allen is a graduate of Communication Arts (major in Media Production) with honors and distinctions. She has been writing for more than seven years now and two years of which were dedicated to running this literary blog. She has taken courses in Creative Writing, Scriptwriting, Journalism, Broadcast Content Development, Narrative Film, Visual Arts, and Philosophy. 

Her strengths lie in Fiction writing with genres such as Drama/Angst, Fantasy, Romance, Fanfiction (Kpop, Greek & Egyptian Mythology), and Contemporary Young & New Adult literature. Though she has also ventured in Action/Adventure as well as Horror/Suspense writing. 

To learn more about her writing style, here are some recommended works to read:

  1.  Laws of Motion & Attraction (Novel; Contemporary New Adult)
  2. Chasing Sunsets (Short Story; Fantasy/Fairytale)
  3. Kilometer Zero Paris (Article; Travel)
  4. Blue (Write-Up)
  5. Dreams (Short Story; Horror/Suspense)
  6. Sadie Hawkins Dance (Essay; Argumentative)
  7. Baby, I Got Your Back (Short Story; Fanfiction)

Read more of her works HERE.

Read some of the reviews for the author’s writings. 



Kaye Allen writes PROSE literature. Here are the types of pieces she is wiling to write for commission:

  1. Short Stories / Narratives  (Fiction: original and fanfiction)
  2. Essays 
  3. Write-ups / Articles
  4. Reflection papers

(in USD)

  • For Essays, Write-Ups, Articles, Reflection papers

$15 - 500 words 

$25 - 1,000 words

$30 - 1, 700 words

$40 - 2, 500 words

$50 - 3,000 words


  • For Short stories/narratives

$15 - 500 words

$25 - 1,000 words 

$35 - 3,000 words (note: best word count for short stories)

$50 - 5,000 words

$70 - 8,000 words

$90 - 10,000 words

*$0.03 per additional word


*Author’s notice: commissions exceeding the number of words listed above will have to be negotiated. Please don’t ask me to lower my prices since writing takes as much time and effort as creating an artwork. And I do guarantee that it will be a good quality literary piece. 



- Payments are only accepted through PAYPAL. Details of which shall be disclosed upon agreement. 

- You are required to pay 30% of your chosen rate upon acceptance of order. This is to make sure that the writer does not go empty-handed if ever an order is to be cancelled. 

- An invoice will be sent once your order has been accepted. You will be given 3 days to settle the 30% payment advance. Once you have settled it, your request will then be written. Failure to comply leads to denial of order. (Transactions will be communicated through email.)

- Refunds are possible. If the work has not been started, a full refund may be given. Though if it has already been started or is in the middle of being written, the 30% advance payment may not be refunded anymore. 


- The writer has the right to refuse a commission with or without an explanation.

- The writer will not be swayed to write what is uncomfortable to them, regardless of price. Kaye Allen is open to most genres except smut

- The writer is not responsible if your commission doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, especially if the writer stated that it is not their strongest point. However, all literary commissions are guaranteed to be good quality works. If you have doubts, it is better to get to know the writer first by looking through their portfolio. Please proceed to the MASTERLIST PAGE for Kaye Allen’s sample works. 

- In ordering, please include your name, email (to where your commissions will be sent), and type of service you require. Please be specific on the package you want to acquire and the subject of the piece to be written. The author will contact you within 2 days if your commission is granted or denied.

- Commissions may be posted on this blog upon consent by the one who requested it. 


- May be negotiated upon order for it depends on the length of the work. Remember that the longer the writing time, the better a piece will turn out to be. 

- For orders, it is best to give at least 2 weeks writing time (especially for short stories/narratives). The writer works a full-time job so writing commissions is only a part time thing. Essays and articles can be written within 2-3 working days but give at least 5-7 days for thorough editing and research. 

- Rushed orders are possible but will have higher rates. Please message the author to negotiate. 

- Rest assured your deadlines will be met, considering that the writer will only take projects which she could handle at a given period. 


*If you have other questions or concerns, please send me a message. 


Author’s Note:

Hi guys! So I decided to open up for commissions since I needed a part time job while I work full time for this company. I’m currently saving up for my masters so I thought this would really help me get started. Hope you’ll all be interested to commission some works from me. <3

THANK YOU!

- Kaye Allen


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 Day 15: Optimistic 

I first read I Am the Messenger when I was 18 years old and feeling adrift, which is probably the main reason I connected with Ed Kennedy so much. Throughout the book he struggled with the same self-doubt and fears as me, and as he realized that you don’t need to be a Joan of Arc or a Bob Dylan to leave your mark on the world and those closest to you, so did I. This book helped me be optimistic about the world, and my place in it.    

Now Available: “With or Without You” by Zane Riley

His future. What a thing to imagine himself with after so many years of one day at a time.

Summary

In the much-anticipated sequel to Go Your Own Way, high school seniors Lennox McAvoy and Will Osborne pick up right where they left off—navigating the tumultuous waters of a new relationship and dealing with Will’s disapproving father.

When a violent incident forces Lennox to give up his independent ways, he must come to terms with his past just as Will is grappling with his future. As Will’s college plans become reality, will Lennox have the courage to go after the opportunities he doesn’t think he deserves?

Download a PDF excerpt.

Price: $19.99 print / $6.99 multi-format ebook
Pages: 348
ISBN: 978-1-941530-76-4 print/ 978-1-941530-77-1 ebook
International: Order the print edition by September 21, 2016 from your favorite book retailer and receive free multi-format eBook by submitting a copy of your receipt to contact@interludepress.com.

About the Author

Zane Riley is a transgender writer who wrote his first work of fan fiction in the fourth grade. He is a recent transplant to Vancouver, Washington where he spends his time watching long distance baseball games, hiking, and exploring the musical depths of the internet. His first novel, Go Your Own Way, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.

4 Things About This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

  1. It’s been a long time coming
  2. You’re Elise, I’m Elise
  3. The writing is darkly humorous and witty
  4. An excellent overall message

★★★☆

Read Alise’s full review on Readers in Wonderland

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Major contemporary list!

Because it’s summer and I like to read tons of contemporaries in the summer I thought I’d do a major contemporary blogpost! It’s simple: I’ll just give you a list with contemporaries (most of them I’ve already read). You’ll find all sorts of genres: romance, drama, heart-wrecking, suspense, … Most of them are YA with some exceptions (I’ll mark the ones who aren’t YA).

I hope you guys like this kind of post and maybe spot a few contemporary novels to read this summer! Because I’ve read all the books on this list, except maybe 6 books, I’d love to give you my thoughts about some contemporaries if you need any! Just send me a message and I’ll gladly respond.

Here we go:

I wish you all the reading pleasure in the world!

Rebekka

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On this day in music history: July 10, 1976 - “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Bill Danoff, it is the biggest hit for the Washington D.C. based pop vocal quartet. The group consists of two couples led by husband and wife Bill and Kathy “Taffy” Danoff, who had previously sung background vocals (as “Fat City”) on John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” in 1971. In early 1976, Starland Vocal Band are signed to Denver and producer Milt Okun’s newly established label Windsong Records (distributed by RCA). The song is inspired while Bill Danoff is eating at a restaurant called Clyde’s in Washington DC, when he sees a section of the menu called “afternoon delight”. Taking that for a title, Danoff goes home and write it later that day. The songs mildly provocative lyrics (with the title being a double entendre for mid afternoon sex), anchored by the groups immaculate four part harmonies, it becomes a solid hit in short order. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on May 8, 1976, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. The single wins the group two Grammy Awards including Best New Artist of 1976. The success of “Afternoon Delight” leads to CBS giving the group their own mid-Summer variety series, “The Starland Vocal Band Show”. The series only runs six weeks before it’s canceled, but is noteworthy as it features a then unknown David Letterman as a series regular and writer on the show. “Afternoon Delight” is also featured in numerous films including “Good Will Hunting”, “Boogie Nights”, “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy”, and on the TV series “Glee”. “Afternoon Delight” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Currently Reading: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando! I just finished Asking For It by the ever talented Louise O’Neill and @mrfidler picked this as my next library loan book. I loved Asking For It, and I’m really looking forward to this mystery/thriller! Look at that cover, it’s gorgeous! What are you guys currently reading this week?

4.5 Stars…My kindle didn’t leave my hands for a minute.
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Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews on Zane Riley’s Go Your Own Way

And if you liked Go Your Own Way, we have good news for you! You can now pre-order Zane Riley’s follow-up With or Without You before it’s July 21st release. Use the discount code WOWY in the IP Web Store to receive a free multi-format eBook edition with the purchase of a print copy of With or Without You.

Romance Stories Needed for HarperCollins’ Avon Impulse Imprint

HarperCollins is inviting published and non-published authors to submit their manuscripts to its digital-first romance book imprint, Avon Impulse (est. 2011), for possible publication.

Currently, the editors are seeking manuscripts for these genres:

  • Romantic Suspense
  • Super sexy contemporaries
  • Trilogies– and beyond
  • Historical Romance with a hook

The editors also have a need for mini-series books in contemporary romance, new adult fiction, historical romance, and erotica.

Since its debut in 2011, the imprint has expanded from publishing four titles monthly to eight new titles monthly, and more than three dozen titles have become national bestsellers.

Payment: authors receive 50% royalties after the first 10K copies, and start at 25% royalties.

Authors can submit their manuscripts online at http://avonromance.com/impulse

My ability to write a review worthy of this debut novel could be likened to stepping into an Icing by Claire’s™ after a morning spent browsing at Tiffany & Co. Ms. Henson and I both speak English – in the same way that those two stores sell sparkly bracelets – but that’s about where the similarities end.
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Prism Book Alliance on into the Blue by Pene Henson

Into the Blue is currently available from the IP Web Store and your favorite book retailers.

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On this day in music history: July 23, 1977 - “Looks Like We Made It” by Barry Manilow hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings, it is the third chart topping single for the New York City born singer, songwriter and musician. Riding a wave of major success that begins with his first chart topper “Mandy” in early 1975, Barry Manilow records another song written by British songwriter Richard Kerr that takes him back to the top of the pop singles chart. Collaborating with American born lyricist Will Jennings (“Up Where We Belong”, “Street Life”, “Higher Love”, “I’ll Never Love This Way Again”, “My Heart Will Go On”), the pair begin a long and successful songwriting partnership in 1975 with “Somewhere In The Night, also a hit for Manilow (in 1978). "Looks Like We Made It” is about a couple struggling to make their relationship work, with the ironic twist being that both end up finding happiness with others instead. Following up “Weekend In New England” (#10 Pop), “Looks Like” is the third single released from Manilow’s fourth album “This One’s For You” on April 20, 1977. Entering the Hot 100 at #88 on May 7, 1977, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. “Looks Like We Made It” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

i just want to say that some of the best books i’ve ever read have been young adult contemporary romance novels and that if anyone ever looks down at you/is condescending because you enjoy them just let them know that at least you’re reading cute ass books that make you smile instead of living a sad ass life because you won’t let yourself enjoy things that don’t have “meaning”

With a new exploration on Demi Lovato’s music, Billboard noted that her album “updates the adult-contemporary album archetype for tween graduates.” There were also times where her tones were similar to Adele, but then Lovato brings everyone back to her world by “belting out the verses but downright wistful when she drops her voice and breathes.”
Lovato’s growth since her debut as a tween TV star has been public, and it hasn’t been without stumbles. But her willingness to own every step and misstep, and to show her audience how the rough times helped her become the woman she is, makes “Confident” a surprisingly compelling listen.
—  Inquisitr Future Now Tour Review x

Genres: Young Adult, Poetry, Contemporary, LGBT+
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: November 3rd 2015

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

“There are more imperfect diamonds than flawless stones.”

In the follow-up to Tricks, Hopkins continues the stories of five trafficked teens to see where their stories end up. Cody; a  gambler who was forced into the life to pay his debts and was shot. Ginger; who’s mother helped her into the life and had to run away. Seth; a gay teen kicked out of his home forced to exchange his body for shelter. Whitney; pimped out and addicted to heroin. And Eden; a preacher’s daughter who uses sex to escape a horrible religious reform school. Hopkins gives fans the conclusion they’ve been waiting for six years.

Hopkins books are almost always written in free-verse, and normally that makes them quite a bit more interesting. Unfortunately, this book felt a little bland. The verse felt more forced, like regular sentences were just being chopped up and not as though verse was the intended style. It felt more like a hindrance to the story than anything which is extremely weird for a Hopkins novel.

The book doesn’t properly go over it’s past, which, being six years since the previous novel, might have been wise. I had some difficulty remembering the characters’ stories and relationships. I don’t expect books to hold their readers’ hands, but when the gap is significant a little brushing up never hurts.

The characters themselves have pretty similar voices. I’m glad the chapters were labelled with names otherwise it might have taken a while for me to remember who the story was focusing on. The worst bit is when three of the girls are in homes so the plot lines are somewhat similar and I struggled to remember who was at which home with which other girls. Their lack of voice really hurt that section of the novel.

Without spoiling too much the ending was cheesy. Tricks was brilliant because readers were left with no real conclusion. Life in child trafficking is dirty, uncertain and dangerous. Traffick throws out all that work and settles everyone into mostly happily ever afters. Hope is important, but the book would improve if at least a character didn’t make it. It lacks the grittiness it could have had and feels less real because of it. 

The book was fine, but far less than I’ve come to expect from Hopkins. Tricks didn’t need a sequel, but if it was going to have one it shouldn’t have been so disappointing.

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Read this if you’re a fan of: Crank

I love Steve Winwood’s adult contemporary music so much I feel like a 39 year old mom in the 1980s who drinks red wine every night and listens to his records in my clean, white carpeted living room with my kids in the other room doing their homework while I get emotional because my husband is at work but even when he’s home he doesn’t talk to me much so I think he might be cheating on me but you know who’s not cheating on me? Steve. Steve is always there. Steve and his adult contemporary.