Blog Tour- CONTROL by @qsteph With An Excerpt & #Giveaway! #ownvoices @RockstarBkTours 

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CONTROL by Stephanie Guerilus Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: CONTROL

Author: Stephanie Guerilus

Pub. Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Stephanie Guerilus

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 297

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

Read for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Membership!

Control, whose title is lifted from the iconic Janet Jackson song, embodies its name. Theresa Marie Jenkins is a 17-year-old who thinks she knows it all. As the saying goes, a hard head makes for a soft ass and Reesa learns the hard way that she doesn’t really know much about life.

 

Reesa quickly becomes an It girl after speaking up at a Black Lives Matter protest but her activism gets in the way of her career. She wants to be the next pop diva on the charts. For that to happen, Reesa will have to be packaged; smile and wave as though she’s at a beauty pageant. She’ll have to give control to advisers who want her to sing on cue, tap dance on command, no throwing shoes at parties and keeping her mouth shut on the culture. If only Reesa had just sat there and ate her food.

 

Control is a novel that addresses the political climate, #MeToo, identity and what it means when you are a young woman of color who the world doesn’t automatically think to protect.

 

Excerpt:

2.

“Theresa Marie Jenkins!” Momma hollered my government name.

I picked up my high heeled boot and stomped down the stairs. Momma stood at the base, arms folded across her chest. Her brown eyes, which matched the hue of her swept back ponytail, locked in on me.

“I’m trying to make it into heaven and you’re making me late for church,” she said in exasperation.

Momma’s polished manicured nails fell to her wayside and just shook her head.

“I’ll sneak through the pearly gates and write Melissa Ann Jenkins in that big book,” I promised with a big ‘ol smile.

I even reached for her pinky and intertwined the limb with mine to make the vow official. Her pouty lips creased.

“What am I gonna do with you, Reesa?”

“An extra $100 in my allowance would be nice.”

“You’re gonna be a whole grown woman next year and you’re still hitting me up for money.”

“You say that as if you’re gonna let me do whatever I want even when I turn 18.”

Momma just smirked, turning on her black heel to approach the foyer closet and retrieve her wool coat.

“If my Momma could see me now,” Momma said with a wistful smile. “She used to be yelling at me to get ready.”

Momma slowly breathed in and out, a bit of mist filling her eyes as sadness lingered on her brown face.

“Your Big Momma Ruthie always said I’d turn into her one of these days,” she said with a faint breath.

I leaned in to wrap my arms around her. She held me back and then playfully pushed me back with the palm of her hands.

“Great moment but we’ve still got to haul our butts out of here,” Momma said, reaching for the front door handle.

I followed Momma outside, clutching onto my Burberry jacket as the risk wind blew. The gust caused my curls to swirl. I pushed the ringlets behind my diamond studded ears and then raised a hand to wave hi to our neighbor’s 17-year-old son. He was the starter kit of the kind of white boy who shopped at Target: mop of blonde hair coiffed into a clean cut buzz, dressed in khaki and a blue sweater.

“Gregory’s crushing on you,” Momma said, driving her black Mercedes into the barren street.

Gregory was still waving at us as she peeled away, driving towards the green light and pushing her foot on the pedal to turn.

“Opinionated Aries are his kink,” I smacked my lips. “Especially black ones.”

My cheeks rose.

“You know the type,” I teased.

Momma’s long lashes just batted.

“Reesa, don’t even start.”

“I can’t bring up the fact that you like white boys?”

“I prefer men.”

“Who ain’t shit.”

Her brows arched.

“My skin could use some exfoliating,” Momma began, her fingernails tapping on the steering wheel. “Your tears are just as good as any lotion.”

I frowned.

“You don’t want this smoke.”

“It’s not as if I haven’t been burned before.”

A scowl formed around her mouth.

“I just think it’s funny how these cops keep getting away with killing Black people for no reason and my own father doesn’t even care,” I said through gritted teeth.

We sat in silence for the next few minutes as Momma just drove. My head leaned back into the leather seating during that time.

“He cares more about being a politician and not even decent at that,” I grumbled of Sen. Ben Chandler. He served as the junior United States senator from Georgia.

“Ben’s white,” Momma said in resignation, pulling into the Philadelphia Baptist Tabernacle parking lot. A flood of cars were navigating the space that housed the Victorian built megachurch.

“We can talk to Rev. Daniels after the service,” she offered.

I cleared my throat.

“Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough,” I stated matter of fact.

 

About Stephanie:

Stephanie Guerilus is a multimedia journalist and social media expert. 

She is a native of Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University and is the secretary of the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Prior to joining the chapter board, she has volunteered with the National Association of Black Journalists. In this role, she helped in functions related to the annual convention, media and organizing various panels that have featured April Reign and Vann R. Newkirk II.

Stephanie previously worked as a reporter at The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest African American newspaper in the country. Through this position, she was assigned late breaking news coverage in addition to the community, religion and obituary beats. She interviewed such notable names as Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Victoria Rowell, Sen. Pat Toomey, Olympian Dawn Staley, gospel artist Mary Mary, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile and TV Personality and Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of CONTROL, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2020

Two Chicks on Books

Interview

10/2/2020

Bookhounds YA

Interview

 

Week Two:

10/5/2020

What A Nerd Girl Says

Excerpt

10/6/2020

Oh Hey! Books

Guest Post

10/7/2020

Books A-Brewin'

Excerpt

10/8/2020

Lisa-Queen of Random

Guest Post

10/9/2020

Bri's Book Nook

Review

 

Week Three:

10/12/2020

The Phantom Paragrapher

Review

10/13/2020

Pine Enshrined Reviews

Review

10/14/2020

Nays Pink Bookshelf

Review

10/15/2020

Abbott Can’t Write

Review

10/16/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

 

Week Four:

10/19/2020

YABooksCentral

Guest Post

10/20/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

10/21/2020

tmbacorbett

Excerpt

10/22/2020

Gimme The Scoop Reviews

Excerpt

10/23/2020

Bookswithpaulak

Review


Week Five:

10/26/2020

Rockstar Book Tours

Excerpt

10/27/2020

JaimeRockstarBookTours

Instagram Post

10/28/2020

Jaime's World

Excerpt

10/29/2020

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

10/30/2020

Onepageatatime88

Review


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