Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another Man's Treasure - Book Trailer

Pick up your copy of Another Man's Treasure today. Read an excerpt at

Tina Martin

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Character Interview

Head on over to my blog, to check out one of the coolest things I've done as a writer - a character interview. I really had fun with it and I cannot wait to do the next one.

This interview is about my novel, Another Man's Treasure. Reggie, one of the main characters, explains his relationship with his best friend, Tiphani.

Check it out----> HERE.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Howard Sisters are Back and Feistier than Ever!

Crossing Sisters is the spin-off of Jessica Tilles's best-selling novel, In My Sisters' Corner, picking up where all the drama left off.

Although China’s life shattered into a million pieces when her husband of twenty years committed suicide, she continues to annoy Maya, criticizing and indulging in monumental arguments, and spewing her hateful venom. However, when ugly secrets are revealed, China and Maya begin to question their relationship and love for each other.

Free is madly in love with Sam, and is elated to accept his proposal of marriage, despite a devastating loss, and Jade is happily in love with Jon.

The sisters are still at each others’ throats, but will an unexpected trip to Montego Bay and a tragic accident change their lives, their love and their attitude toward each other?

Crossing Sisters is a highly entertaining page-turner from acclaimed author Jessica Tilles that explores the meaning of love and sisterhood through tragic life-changing events.

To purchase Crossing Sisters, and other XYP titles, visit!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Celebrating 10 Wonderful Years!

Happy Spring!

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Xpress Yourself Publishing, and we're celebrating with a BANG with 7 new releases, 1 new author and 2 pieces of great news!

Xpress Yourself Publishing welcomes new author Toney Rowe into our literary family. Born a female, but living her life as a male was not an easy road for Toney. Read her fascinating story in her memoir, Trapped Inside A Female's Body.

Some of your favorite authors have returned and have truly written novels that will not disappoint! See them all under New Releases on this month's Newsletter.

Lastly, I am happy to announce that Cost of Our Affairs by Linda R. Herman and Loving Simone by Jessica Tilles was selected by Black Expressions Book Club and are now available in hardback! If you're not a member of Black Expressions Book Club, you can join up and get our books for only $0.50! Whomever heard of buying a hardback book for $0.50? I think it's fantabulous, and I couldn't resist and purchased both books for $1.00! I love a great buy, and I know you do, too. If you're a member of Black Expressions, you can get both books for $12.95 each—an excellent price for hardback, and cheaper than our prices for trade paperpback! :-)

That's it for now, but I'll leave you with words that were given to me at my 6th grade commencement by my 100-year-old aunt:

"Love many, trust few, learn to paddle your own canoe!" —Aunt Fena

Literally yours,
Jessica Tilles
Proud Publisher of Phenomenal Writers

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cost of Our Affaris at Black Expressions!

There is no news like GOOD NEWS! I am honored to say my second novel, COST OF OUR AFFAIRS is now available at BLACK EXPRESSIONS in hard cover edition!!!

Yes, God is good and dreams do come true! Back in 2005, when I won Black Expressions' Annual Fiction Writing contest, I dreamed of having my book in their catalog. Today, my dream is a reality. If you can and will please support me by ordering a copy of my novel, COST OF OUR AFFAIRS from Black Expressions! Numbers, truly do count!

When you join Black Expressions Book Club, you can get my book and three others for only $2! May I suggest Loving Simone by Jessica Tilles, Holy Seduction by Jessica Robinson, and A Whisper to A Scream by Elissa Gabrielle?

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Monday, April 25, 2011

REVIEW: Another Man's Treasure

Another Man’s Treasure
by Tina Martin
ISBN: 9780984527380
Xpress Yourself Publishing
Reviewed By Kenya Dow
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

On the outside, Tiphani and Reggie have a solid platonic relationship; on the inside, each of them is burning with a secret desire for the other. When Tiphani hooks up with Derrick, though, she soon finds herself moving away from her old friend as her budding feelings for her new man begin to deepen - much to Reggie's chagrin. Afraid of losing the only woman he's ever truly loved, Reggie sets about the task of convincing Tiphani that she really belongs with him - but will his efforts ultimately prove too little, too late...?

Throughout the pages of Another Man's Treasure, author Tina Martin invites the reader to consider the tenuous boundaries of platonic friendship. Though some may claim that a man and a woman can truly remain friends, Reggie and Tiphani ultimately prove to be the exceptions to that rule as they struggle to suppress their deeper feelings for one another. Perhaps the most salient lesson to be learned from Martin's engaging tale is never to hold back how you truly feel for someone - lest you lose the chance to act on those feelings someday. As Reggie soon discovers, there truly is no time like the present to express your love for those who mean the most to you, and the reader can only hope that the strength of his desire is enough to outweigh Tiphani's urge to embrace a new love. An enjoyable read.

Kenya Dow
Apex Reviews

Sunday, March 6, 2011

If the shoe is not on your foot....

It's easy to tell someone what you would do when you are not in their current situation.

Elise Thomas Edison never imagined she'd need advice on how to handle a cheating husband but the news of her husband's affair is only the beginning of her storm. Derek is also the father of his mistress' five year-old daughter, a child his wife knew nothing about. So, what is a wife to do when her perfect man reveals that he is only a fallen mortal? Is it possible for Elise to move past her envisioned fairytale of happily ever after and accept that her marriage is flawed?

Everyone seems to have a word of advice for Elise but unless you're a wife scorned and betrayed by the man you love, you can't tell an angry woman how to wear her shoes. You just have to be thankful her 'shoes' don't fit your 'feet.'

What's A Wife to Do? is Herman's third novel to date and the melodrama only gets better. Be sure to order your copy of this great novel today! The official release date is March 15, 2011 but you can pre-order your copy at Barnes & Nobles as well as Xpress Yourself Publishing,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What Chapter of Your Life Are You On?

What Chapter of Your Life Are You On?

Take Responsibility for your Actions and Results


If you were to look over the last five years of your life, is it drastically different from where you are today? Does it seem like nothing really has changed? Does it seemed like everything has changed? For better or worse? Do you feel like you are on a plateau? Do you take time out to feed your mind with positive and healthy thoughts?

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Easier to Find One When You Have One...

It's easier to find one when you already have one...

I've heard this expression used in connection with jobs. People say that it is easier to find a job when you already have one - which is true - but why is that true? Is it because you're not in a state of desperation. Is it because when you go hunting for a job, you don't necessarily need it (since you already have one) but it would be okay if you got it? Can employers since your desperation when you're completely jobless? Do they have the upper hand?

Recently, I've heard the same expression (It's easier to find one when you already have one) used concerning relationships in conjunction with this expression: Nobody wants someone that no one else wants.

Really? So is all hope lost for single people who are looking for suitable mates? Do men look at a women and NOT want them because, presumably, no one else wants her so why should he? Do men think that the woman has some flaw that other men loathed, and therefore she wouldn't be a suitable mate for him? Or is it true - that men want a woman that other men want.

You could conclude this in Reggie's case. In my new novel, Another Man's Treasure, his single, best friend Tiphani (pronounced Tiffany) is very much in love with him. He knows this, but he doesn't want to act on those feelings until he sees her with another man. An act of jealousy or an act of love? You be the judge.

Another Man's Treasure is available for Pre-Order now at for 20% off.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Have you ever been trapped?

In 1963, I was born a female.

In the late seventies, I found myself attracted to females.

In the late eighties, I changed my name to be more masculine.

It became a really dangerous journey, trying to hide the real me. Once rumors began to circulate that I was really a female, and someone threatened to kill me, I had to realize that it was time to find my true self.

Trapped Inside a Female's Body is not fiction. This is the true story of my life.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Introducing Another Man's Treasure

Can a man and woman be best friends without feelings getting in the way?

That's how the idea behind Another Man's Treasure, my new novel. In the story, Tiphani Water can openly admit to herself that she is in love with her best friend, Reggie Howard. The problem is, she doesn't have the guts to tell him how she really feels. So she remains his "best friend" while agonizingly watching other women date the man she loves...

There is a catch to all of this - Reggie has an idea how she feels about him, and uses her own emotions to control and manipulate her to his own advantage. He loves his friend and he selfishly wants her all to himself as a friend while he also has a girlfriend. He has the best of both worlds.

His world is suddenly turned upside down when Tiphani agrees to go on a blind date with Derrick Brooks. Derrick is a bit older, more mature and very well grounded. He and Tiphani hit it off, then suddenly, Reggie grows so jealous, he breaks up with his girlfriend to pursue Tiphani.

His actions has Tiphani thinking like Jennifer Lopez in her song, Ain't It Funny:

Ain't that funny
Baby that you want me, when you had me
Love is crazy, now I can smile and say
Ain't that funny...

But it's not funny. Though Tiphani is dating a hot, handsome gentleman, she still has feelings for Reggie which makes her situation that much more difficult. She has a lifelong history with Reggie. They grew up together. Their mothers are best friends. They have history. But is their history enough to pull her away from Derrick?

Yeah, it's definitely not funny. It's a little sad. Reggie had Tiphani at his side for years. It wasn't until another man stepped into the picture that made him realize that he wanted her. And now, it just may be too late.

Another Man's Treasure will be released March 15, 2011 and is available for pre-order now. Click here to find out more.

Read the excerpt and watch the book trailer at