Valenciya Lyons is a customer results advocate by day and a novelist by night. She received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. She credits her grandmother for encouraging her to write at an early age. A Mississippi native, she is a lover of Sailor Moon, Gevalia Kaffe cappuccino, and cinnamon rolls. For more information, please visit valenciyalyons.com
What inspired you to write your latest book, Flawed and Dangerous?
The prevalence of bullying inspired me. There are parents who actually have to homeschool their children because it's so bad. Some people blame social media but it's not facebook or twitter; it's the people behind the screen who are attacking their victims that's causing the problems. I like to write about things like this because I have seen the damage that can be done to a person when they're bullied or have low self esteem coupled with that. This isn't a typical book about someone who's bullied and who just sits around and takes it. I've included major twists in this one. I wanted to go all out because I'm not sure when I'll be writing about this again. I may try my hand at more romance or something; but in the end, I know I'll probably end up coming back to the young adult genre because it's my favorite one to write about.
How do you approach cover design?
I cannot design a cover to save my life! So I use selfpubbookcovers.com to search for a cover that captures the book’s theme and grabs the reader’s attention.
Seina Santiago and Ashlynn Lindley are two Atlanta sisters who seem to have it all. Seina’s married to a handsome ex-police officer turned mechanic and works as a gym instructor while Ashlynn parties hard until the sun rises the next day. There’s only one problem: Ashlynn hates her sister and will stop at nothing to ruin her life for good. But when a family secret surfaces, lives will be changed forever. Ashlynn may just accomplish her mission. Or will she?
Between her home and school life, Emma Brisson feels like a ghost in the shadows. Being bullied on a daily basis in high school isn’t helping her self-esteem and being ignored by her mother at home doesn’t help either. Now four years later she still can’t seem to put the painful memories behind her. When she finally decides to take a big step forward, someone from her past pays her a visit and makes her feel like an outsider all over again.
Following the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Cami faces the gut-wrenching decision of whether she should keep her firstborn or place the baby up for adoption. Despite pleas from her best friend to confide in her mother, Cami decides to keep the pregnancy a secret. As if being a pregnant teenager isn’t enough, Cami is being bullied by one of the most popular girls in school. Then someone discovers her secret and spreads it across town. Just as Cami finally thinks she has everything figured out, a devastating tragedy occurs that will change her life forever. But will she be strong enough to handle it?
Hazel, a recent college graduate, donates a kidney to save her ailing boyfriend only to discover he has been cheating with her younger sister. With two relationships in shambles, she moves out of her parents’ home and immerses herself in work. Then she meets the sexy next door neighbor who is willing to help her heal her heart. But will she let him?
Between her home and school life, Emma Brisson feels like a ghost in the shadows. Being bullied on a daily basis in high school isn’t helping her self-esteem and being ignored by her mother at home doesn’t help either. Now four years later she still can’t seem to put the painful memories behind her.
Cami has survived a suicide attempt, miscarriage, and heartbreak. She’s slowly starting to get her life back on track. But as hard as she tries to move on, she can’t. As if things couldn’t get any worse, the school bully, Kelly Davidson, is now targeting her sister. With her back against the wall, Cami makes a decision that even she didn’t see coming.
Seina Santiago and Ashlynn Lindley are two Atlanta sisters who seem to have it all. Seina’s married to a handsome ex-police officer turned mechanic and works as a gym instructor while Ashlynn parties hard until the sun rises the next day. But Ashlynn hates her sister and will stop at nothing to ruin her life for good. And when a family secret surfaces, lives will be changed forever.
Following the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Cami swears her best friend to secrecy. But someone soon discovers her secret and quickly spreads it across town. Just as Cami finally thinks she has everything figured out, a devastating tragedy occurs that will change her life forever. But will she be strong enough to handle it?
on May 17, 2017
I really like the series. Bethany has a crush on a guy who barely knows she exists. Or does he? The notes that pop up in her locker was a really sweet thing to do. Once I started reading this book, I should've known that the person who I thought was putting the notes in her locker wasn't the one who was actually doing it. It was someone else completely. Can't wait to read part 2.
on May 17, 2017
Wow, I didn't see this one coming. I like the plot twist at the end. I didn't want to reveal too much because I didn't want to spoil it for others. If you like romance and suspense, then you should definitely read this!
A Tangled Web
on June 03, 2017
What a tangled web it is. The moment I started reading the book, I was thinking please don't let the baby Kimberly's carrying belong to Damien, her half-brother. Please let it be Kent or someone else's baby. I feel so bad for Kent. He fell in love with the wrong woman and got his heart broken into a million tiny pieces. I'm thinking all of this until I find out the baby can now possibly be Kent's. And then I keep reading on and find out that Damien has lost his mind. And he's up to something... Kept reading on to discover that the grandfather, Luke, is as evil as they come. I do feel a little sorry for Damien that is until he hits Kimberly. I have no respect for men who do that to women. All in all, this was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who's looking for something with plot twists and drama.
on June 05, 2017
Started reading this one as I was getting ready for the work day. What was supposed to be just a few pages read turned into many. I could not put this book down. It resonated with me because of the realness of it. So many times we as human beings try to pretend that everything is okay instead of confronting our issues and dealing with them head on. We may pretend that we don't know that so and so has an issue with dependency on alcohol or drugs. And sometimes the avoidance is due to fear - the fear of "what happens next" after confronting the issue(s) and any consequences that may be involved. Deep down inside we may already know what's going to happen next. What you do in the darkness will always come to the light. A secret is not really a secret. There's a Higher Power that is watching over you who is very well aware of your secrets and sees all. This is a must read page turner. It's also sad and powerful with a meaning and purpose. I recommend this book to anyone.