Jan 17 2012

Update 1/17/12: Schooling Carmen E-Book (FREE for 48 hours)

More on Schooling Carmen at Amazon.com

New E-Book Release!! My novel Schooling Carmen is now available as an E-book. Introductory price is just $2.99*.

*(Usually $2.99, but for 48 hours ’til MIDNIGHT (pst) January 18th you can get it free.)

“Cross quickly pulls her readers in…It’s not her style to do anything ordinary, or expected.” — Detroit Free Press

“…my favorite book.” –Actress, Lauren London

“…sexy and smart, yet also thought-provoking and timely–with an intriguing touch of mystery.” –HarperCollins

“Moved me to more than tears…changed my outlook on life. Kathleen Cross will be added to my top-ten list.” — Tina Burns for The Road to Romance

Some of the “tags” that describe this novel’s content are:

beautiful, bigoted, faith, friendship, healing, homosexuality, immigration, karma, life after death, los angeles lakers, love, marriage, metaphysics, sexual harassment, social justice, sex, spirituality…

Yes, all that for the price of a cup of coffee :)
Note: You do not need a Kindle reader to read this e-book. Simply download the free Kindle software onto your smart phone, tablet or PC.

Book Description:
Desperate to stand out in a family of overachievers, beautiful, bigoted, and bitchy Carmen DuPrè will do anything to leave the “hellhole” high school she works in—even if it means getting groped by a geezer who promises her a promotion.

She’s not worried about things getting out of hand though—if there’s one thing Carmen knows, it’s how use her looks to get what she wants—including courtside Lakers seats and diamond jewelry—from attentive men she cares nothing about.

But when a devastating medical diagnosis threatens to permanently knock her off her pedestal, Carmen might have to trade her looks for her life—and she’s not sure a life without beauty is worth living—which is why she’s risking hers by ignoring her doctor’s advice.

Is it coincidence or divine intervention when a sexy stranger walks into her world insisting there’s a whole lot more to Carmen DuPrè than what’s on the surface? If it’s not too late for her to turn things around, her mysterious guardian angel wants to dish out some serious schooling in a few subjects Carmen knows little about—like faith, hope…and love.


Jun 12 2011

Bret Lockett Should Apologize to Kim Kardashian and Admit an Impostor Duped Him

If you’ve paid any attention at all to entertainment news channels over the last few days, you have heard that football player Bret Lockett is calling Kim Kardashian a cheater and a liar. He adamantly swears he has carried on a five-month telephone sex affair with the beautiful mogul — an affair that was allegedly the result of a “hookup” via actress Lauren London, whom Lockett’s younger brother claims he has been romantically involved with (also over the phone).

I am predicting Lockett will soon be issuing an apology and admitting that he and his brother were duped.

Both Kim and Lauren have released statements saying they have never met or spoken to either of these guys and I am quite sure these young ladies are telling the truth. Here’s why:

For the past several years, there has been an impostor who has been calling celebrities on the phone pretending to be actress/model Akira Torii, a close friend of Miss London.

Akira has been approached at events by famous men she has never met who behave as though they know her well. When she explains that she does not know them, the humiliated celeb tells her about the hours long *intimate* conversations he thought he’d had with her and the sexy text messages he thought they’d exchanged.

That’s pretty damn creepy.

“This person thinks what they are doing is harmless, but they are affecting my life and my family negatively. People think I’m a flake for not showing up at events the impostor sets up. The person phones people while they’re sloppy drunk and portrays me in a way that isn’t me at all. I don’t drink alcohol, and I am in a committed relationship. There are people walking around who really believe they’ve had drunk phone sex with me. It’s disgusting.” –Akira Torii

Not long ago, the impostor got really bold and called Akira’s cellphone bragging about how excellent they were at impersonations, and claiming that they would never be caught because they had connections at the phone company and their calls would never be traced to a real number. In the midst of this brag session, the call dropped and when the person called back, the voice was a man’s voice for about three seconds, and then it suddenly switched into the high-pitched feminine voice it was previously, leading Akira to believe the impostor might actually be a man who is using a telephonic device to sound feminine.

A person’s ethnicity, age, gender, weight and other traits are easy to disguise in cyberspace, so it is entirely possible that Brett Lockett was carrying on a virtual romance with an impostor — possibly even a man pretending to be Kim. In this new age of Internet dating and virtual relationships, you really cannot be sure the person you’re communicating with is who they claim to be unless you meet them face to face.

Be cautious, people.

Akira Torii does not have “celebrity status,” but just her proximity to someone famous has made her a target, so you can imagine how thirsty these impostors must be when it comes to more high profile celebs like Kim Kardashian.

If you read the recent exclusive interview with Lauren posted here at Skin Deep on May27th (days before the Kardashian story broke), you will recall that Miss London mentioned having an impostor who was using social media and the telephone to trick the unwitting into believing they have interacted with her:

Who are these people who have nothing better to do than spend hours and hours on the Internet pretending to be me? They send messages to fans pretending they are coming from me. That’s just sad. There are fake MySpace pages. Fake Facebooks. Fake  Twitters. My verified Twitter is @MsLaurenLondon and my Facebook is brand new (Facebook.com/TheRealMsLaurenLondon). I don’t do Skype, and if I didn’t hand you my phone number face to face, you’re probably not talking to me on the phone either.

Up until now, these impostors have been operating in relative obscurity and they have been getting away with this trickery because the public has not been informed that they exist. Like cockroaches that scatter when the light comes on, the more media attention these stories get, the more likely it is the posers will have no uninformed victims left to trick, and they will disappear.

This is an exclusive story that includes quotes from exclusive interviews. All rights reserved. Excerpts of this article can be published with a link back to http://kathleencross.com

To use the article in its entirety, please contact the author at email@kathleencross.com


Jun 2 2011

Lauren London Exclusive Interview: ‘Under My Skin” (Part 2)

After we got most of the serious topics out of the way last week in part one of this interview, the beautiful actress and model Lauren London responded candidly to my barrage of not-quite-so-deep questions:

You are stranded on an island for the weekend. Name three male and three female celebrities you hope are stranded there with you, and why.

Dr. Phil, so he can talk me off the ledge (laughs). Barack Obama, because you better believe Air Force One is coming to get him, and we won’t be stranded too long. And, Bobby Flay, because if we’re going to be stranded we might as well be enjoying some good food.

And the females?

Oprah, because… (pause) she’s Oprah. Barbara Streisand, because I’ve admired her since I was a little girl. And, Khloe (Kardashian) because she’s a real friend and she’s hilarious.

What would you name the street you’d like to build your home on?

Get Away Lane

Is that “Get Away” as in “this is my refuge” or “Get Away” as in “leave me alone?”

(Laughs) It could go either way, right?

You are rear ended at a traffic stoplight. What are you doing in the first ten seconds?

Cursing.

I’m a genie granting you one wish with the stipulation that you have to use it on yourself. What is your wish?

I wish you would give me the ability to get out of my own way.

Name a character in a book that forever changed you.

Dinah in The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. She lived through tough circumstance but she kept overcoming and getting stronger the more difficulties she faced. She knew more than she should have for her age, but it helped her survive and thrive.

If you could spend a day in any man’s skin, who would you want to be for 24 hours?

Will Smith. I think I could learn so much about this business being him.

What are three qualities you don’t want in a husband. Three deal breakers:

Someone who doesn’t believe in God.  A liar.  And, someone who’s been madly in love more than ten times.

You once told an interviewer that O-Dog from Menace to Society was your dream date.  Who’s your dream date now?

Okay, that was my first interview ever and I was being sarcastic. Sarcasm doesn’t translate well in print, does it?

So, who’s your dream date now?

I haven’t met him. I’ll tell you what… He’s not a menace to me or society.

My last question is keeping in line with the theme of Skin Deep. How do you feel about being half Black and half Jewish. How has that impacted you?

Whatever your ethnicity is, in this life you are going to be on a journey to discover who you are and how you feel about yourself. I do remember being teased by my cousins on my mom’s side for not being black enough, and  then I’d spend the summer with my dad and be sent to all white summer camps where I was “that black girl.” I struggled for about a minute with that, then I figured it out for myself. What it has done for me is I don’t care what people think about my identity. If someone thinks I’m not black enough that’s their issue. I’m okay with who I am and it is what is. I’m a Black woman like my mother, and I love who my father is, and I love both sides of me.  Nobody makes a big deaI about it anymore because I won’t take that anymore.

This is an exclusive interview. All rights reserved. Excerpts of this article can be published with a link back to http://kathleencross.com. To use the article in its entirety, please contact the author:  email (at) kathleencross (dot com)