Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Interview with Author Toppnotch PART 2

Hi Divas,

                   After my interview with Toppnotch, the author himself came back to let me know he wanted to express more to his readers and I love author who wants to push his limits and let his readers know more about them behind the books and characters. Don't forget to check out Part 1 of this interview. If you would like to see more from authors please let me know.

Here is more from my interview with Toppnotch...

My book has a unique style with rap versus and intrique information about the music business. Would you elaborate on these features? I wanted Blinded by the Lights to have a realistic feel to it. I wanted the characters to be tangible. 

How could the reader respect them as rappers if they never heard them rap? I also feel it was imperative to show how label executives sometime take advantage of their artists and their ignorance to the by laws and fine print of contract business. 

We have heard the stories before of artists being trapped in bad deals with labels and owing money after going platinum. I shed some light on these situations for people to understand.

I must say the book was very intriging. I couldn't put it down but do you think it would transcend and resonate with a broader audience outside of urban literature? I believe so because the storyline is universal. 

Rap music and drug dealing are global institutions that affect all of our lives in one way or another. People can relate to the issues and the characters go through love, friendship greed and aspirations no matter their background. 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking of writing a book? Have a passion for the craft and what you your writing about. Also learn and understand the business of the literary industry without that your craft could be tainted by the hands of yourself and others. Everyone has a story or two to tell. Dont let nothing stop you from successfully writing yours. 



Monday, June 22, 2015

Interview with Author ToppNotch Part 1

Hi Divas,

                  I love the book Blinded by the lights so when Author Topnotch asked your girl Mika to do an interview for my blog, I couldn't say no. As those of who don't know Blinded by the Lights can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Paperback Copies are available for $10 to purchase.

Toppnotch is signed to Tajana Sutton Ruby Love Publication Company where he released his first book Blinded by the lights, based off his experience in the music industry, Toppnotch creates OG characters and characters you will love, hate and some you can relate too.

To get to know more about the author himself.

Here is an exclusive interview with the man himself.

1What was the inspiration behind Blinded by the Lights?
Blinded by the Lights is basically the story of me and my homie (Merk Murphy) coming up in the music industry and how I envisioned our life would turn out if we kept grinding for our success. Over the years with our record label (G.O.T.T.A. Eat records) I’ve experienced the business side and lifestyle of an artist so I wanted to give the world my take on it.

2 What do you want your readers to know about you?
The most important thing for me as a writer is that I’m authentic. I’m as real as it gets on the streets and my writing is no different. When you read a Toppnotch novel you are getting a realistic view and insight on the lifestyle I’m depicting. Outside of that I want my readers to know that I write to right my legacy and afford my freedom. Despite my current situation of incarceration, and with my passion for writing, I can make my name known in a positive way and create a platform to shed light on the circumstances people like myself come from. I’m currently in California serving an inhumane sentence but have action at getting out when I can obtain a decent lawyer. I’m grinding with my talent to give this time back.

3What would you say you want others to learn from your story?
That dreams can become reality with ambition. I wrote Blinded by the Lights while in a San Diego county jail facing 45 to life. Instead of focusing on my fate, I chose to put my faith in my ambition. It doesn’t matter what your situation in life is if you have goals or a plan for your life, strive to obtain it. You’re worth it. 

4Why did you sign with Tajana Sutton and RLP?
As I said, I wrote the book while incarcerated with no knowledge of the literary business. Instead of being a novice, I educated myself on the genre ad started trying to network with people. Well it wasn’t going so well but out of the blue my mom told me about her facebook friend who had a publishing company. She told her about me and my book. Since that day Tajana has been more than my publisher. She’s been a mentor and an avid supporter of mine. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity Ruby Love Publications provided me.

5What should your readers expect to see with your next book?
Nostalgia ! I wanted to challenge myself with the second book in the Blinded by the Lights trilogy by taking my readers back to the story of Lac and Deville’s rise to power. Blinded by the Game – the Rise of Legends, takes place during the 60s through the 80s from their childhood being raised by dope fiends, learning life lessons in the streets to become the most powerful and feared organization in Chicago. I felt it was imperative to pay homage to those I looked p to and learned the game from. After that, it’s back to swag mag  fashion with the Blinded by the Fame – Da Swag Mag Curtain Call the third book of the trilogy.

What character do you relate to the most from Blinded by the Lights?
That’s tough because it’s all of me in every character. For the sake of your question, I would say Cashmir because he’s a real hustler that’s down for his team. Merk was my manager like 360 but I would have took the case like 360 did (feel me)

7If you could name your book in one word, what would it be?

8Who is Toppnotch and what do you stand for?
Toppnotch is the pinnacle of all things fly. I’m loyal to the game, I’m a businessman, I’m a visionary, I’m a seeker of knowledge, I’m influential, I’m a father and I’m single. I stand for integrity and making my voice heard. I stand for the struggles people that come from environments like mine and put them on display for the world to view. I stand for the incarcerated entrepreneurs that had lost their voice behind these concrete walls. I stand for my family who needs me regardless of my situation. I stand because I refuse to lay dormant to society’s standard of an inmate.

9What’s your favorite color?
I really don’t have one I like all hues.

1What’s your motivation in life and what do you aspire to become?
 I’m motivated and driven by my ambition. My possibilities aren’t confined by my situation. I live with a purpose and destined to succeed with my God given ability to write and motivate others. I’m motivated by my son, niece and nephew. As well as younger cousins who look up to me. I want to give them a lasting impression of striving towards success in positive productivity instead of memories of negativity. I aspire to become the next name in urban literature. The modern day Donald Goines. More than my aspirations in writing, I plan to become an advocate for the committed and at risk youth. I’m grindin to be great.


Thursday, June 18, 2015


Hi Divas,
                  Well I know we are all awaiting on this book and finally Sutton has given us a excerpt to leave us wanting more. Skai's the Limit 2 will have you going through twists and turns, more characters to love and hate. And of course Xavier and his crew return. Skai will be tested, but will she continue to remain loyal to Izzy?

Izzy laid in bed late that night missing Skai. He wanted to accept her back in his life but his pride wouldn’t allow him to do so. He felt betrayed by her and to some, it may not be a big deal, but Izzy took her letting him down extremely hard. After all he’d done for her, it was more embarrassing than anything.
The sound of the rain outside of his bedroom window relaxed him. The thunder was loud and the lightning was powerful. Izzy looked over at the clock, it was 2:11am. He clicked on his big screen and continued on with the FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Then he reached for his laptop, but before he could flip it open, the doorbell rang.
“What the fuck!” he said as he hopped out of bed. After grabbing his pistol off of the nightstand, he headed downstairs to the front door. Looking out the peep hole, he exclaimed, “What the hell?!” He quickly unlocked the door and snatched it open. Skai stood there drenched from the rain. “What are you doing here in the middle of the night in a damn thunderstorm?” he asked. He pulled her inside and closed the door as water dripped off of her as if she’d stepped out of a pool without a towel. “What are you doing out here, Skai?” Izzy asked again.
“You won’t take my calls,” she said.
“So you come out in a severe thunderstorm?!”
“If that’s what it takes,” she replied. “I can’t lose you. I am truly sorry for saying what I said to you and I don’t care how long it takes or how many times I have to apologize before you forgive me!”
“You’re gonna be sick, it is freezing out there. You have some clothes over here so go get out of that wet stuff,” he said.
“I don’t care. I’m not going anywhere or doing anything until you talk to me.”
“You are so damn stubborn. We can talk after you get changed.” She still didn’t budge. “Skai, go change out of that stuff before you catch a pneumonia. I promise I will give you a few minutes after you get changed,” he said, staring into her eyes.
She went upstairs to get changed. Her hair was soaked but she didn’t care one bit. Her focus was on the fact that she was not going to lose him. She would walk through a snowstorm to show him just how sorry she was.
Izzy went into the kitchen to make her some hot tea. He added a K-cup tohis Keurig System and cut up a lemon while the tea was brewing. Skai walked into the kitchen and as Izzy was adding a teaspoon of sugar, thunder rattled the kitchen window. Skai looked on as Izzy stirred the tea and his appearance made her panties wet. All he had on were pajama bottoms. The print of his dick made an imposing print in the crotch area of his pants. His chiseled arms, six pack, and impeccable pecks were on full-display. He had a fresh cut and his outline was perfect. His goatee was also trimmed to perfection. Not only was his physical appearance breathtaking, his heart was pure gold. She felt insensitive for degrading him the way that she had.
He walked toward her and handed her the tea. “You are relentless, I see,” he said. 
“I am, and I am also so apologetic. I made a huge mistake by coming at you the way that I did and I am going to be ‘relentless’ until you truly forgive me. I jumped the gun, I admit, and I’m sorry!”
“Like I stated earlier tonight, it’s deeper than what you said. You are not as loyal to me as I am to you. Allegiance is everything to a nigga like me. Inthe life I live, loyalty will either save you or body you. You let me know where your devotion and commitment lie, and they are not with me.”
“They are with you! I just felt sorry for Floyd. When I saw him on that bench, my heart sank and it took me back to our childhood. I knew he wasn’t a threat, but when you told me that you were investigating him, it upset me. I told you he wasn’t a problem but you went against my words and went after him anyway. Isn’t that the same thing that you’re chastising me for?” Izzy just looked at her and didn’t respond. “Do you realize that I have no family? None! Yes, I’m doing better financially, but I have no blood. My entire family turned their backs on us the minute my mother died. They would always say that we weren’t their responsibility. They use to say that they didn’t have the joy of making us, so they were not going to take on the responsibility of raising a group of bastards. No filter! Floyd and I only had each other. We hustled together, we scraped up food together and we fought together. It was just us, but when Floyd got into his late teens, he began running with his own crowd and that was the end of us until a few days ago. I guess I just yearned for the relationship that we use to have. Because of that, I didn’t think about what my words may do to you but I swear I didn’t mean it the way that it came across.” She looked him directly in the eyes as she spoke.“I guess I never thought of it like that,” said Izzy. “You are so lucky that I love you. You should never question my actions because if it’s something that I have to do to protect you, I will do it. That is something that will never change, but I will respect your feelings. I will listen to you, but you’re gonna have to trust me because I will never steer you wrong. I read people for a living. I instigate for a living. So if I feel the need to do that, I’m gonna do it because that’s just me. If that’s gonna be a problem then we may as well go our separate ways now.”
“I will never let that happen. You are stuck with me,” she said.
Izzy replied, “I would rather have it that way.” He leaned down and kissed her, then pulled away and looked at her. He kissed her again and lifted her up. She wrapped her legs firmly around his waist. He carried her over to the fridge and pressed her back up against it. He was firm already and she took control. She wasn’t interested in any foreplay. She wanted him, so she took him. She pulled his piece through the opening of his pajama pants, slid her panties to the side and let her wetness devour him in one slurp. He pushed deep inside of her. Her eyes rolled to the back of her head as he brought his moist tongue to her neck. He licked and sucked on her neck while thrusting profusely inside of her. She moaned, he grunted, she hissed, he grunted some more and they braced each other while the fridge rocked with each thrust. She was taking every bit of what he was giving her as he gripped her ass. She bounced on his piece until she felt herself cumming. He knew by the sound of her breathing that he’d reached her spot. He gripped her tighter, turned around, and sat her down on the counter. He then murdered her G-Spot. Her eyes rolled again as she leaned backwards and tried to continue to take it quietly, but it felt too good for her to maintain her composure. He showed no mercy as he held her hands down and kept her legs spread wide. She no longer had control. He had the upper hand and he took full advantage of it. She screamed out for leniency and she screamed out for God as she begged Izzy to let up, but he didn’t abide. She tried to break loose but to no avail. He sped up until he ejected a U-Haul truck full of nut inside of her. Both their legs vibrated and trembled.
“I love you so much!” Izzy said into her ear. “I love you too,” she replied. Her private area was throbbing externally but the feeling inside of her was that of pure pleasure. After catching their breath, they both headed upstairs to shower. 
zzy never saw his phone ringing. He was getting calls back to back along with text messages but was too busy taking advantage of makeup sex. He never saw any of the contacts until it was too late. 



Friday, March 27, 2015

ScentBird Perfume Subscription Review

Hi Divas,
                 Something new and exciting, especially for my ladies that don't like to smell a tons of fragrances at the counter but we all love to smell good. Scent bird offers something that is great, easy and simple for you.


Scentbird is a monthly perfume sampling subscription box. When you sign up, you take a preferences quiz to help them suggest recommendations for you to try, and you can also go browse and rate the rest of their selection to make the recommendations even more accurate. You can build a queue of fragrances you’d like to try or you can let yourself be surprised every month.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. I was able to go online take the quiz and pick from the choices that came up for me.  Based off my choices, my recommendations came up as Elegant, Office & Sweet. I was able to receive the Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo, which personally I love. 

The scent is described as an expression of the modern woman’s aura, this scent at once conveys strength and beauty, glamour and confidence. Luminous green top notes join a heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid and lingering base notes of sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli to leave a sensual memory on the skin. 

The Cost: $14.95/monthly, $14.50/month with a 3-month plan, $14/month with a 6 month plan, or $13.50/month with a year plan with One 8 ml spray atomizer of a 100% authentic perfume.

The one thing I love besides the perfume itself is the fact that this fits in my purse and I can travel with it.  I don't have to go to stores anymore and I can pay less than the cost of a rollerball which is between $18-$24 at most retailers.

To Reach Scentbird:

What is your favorite Perfume?

Let's all smell great together, let me know if you have signed up for Scentbird.

Stay Beautiful!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ELF 50% OFF Online Exclusive Sale

Hi Divas,

                     We all continue to love all the wonderful and exciting things ELF (eyes lips face) are coming out with. I hope you purchased there new brushes recently. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram beautywithmika and Twitter Ms_TamikaL for photos and more. 

The Shop Diva has once again found another sale for you to grab and save. 

Shop our exclusives and save! Add products to cart, creating a minimum value of $30. Discount will be calculated as 50% Off items in the Online Exclusives category. Maximum discount $100. Offer valid online only. Offer ends 11:59 PM PST 3/30/2015. 

Don't Forget to check out to start saving cash back while shopping your favorite beauty products.

Have Fun Shopping!!

Monday, March 23, 2015


Hi Divas,

At charming charlie, when it comes to accessories, we believe if it feels good, do it, and if it looks good, do it in every color it comes in. If fashion is fun, then accessories are definitely the life of the party!

 Jewelry, handbags, eyewear, scarves, shoes and more all grouped together in your favorite colors – thousands of accessories in one store!

Starting March 30th, 2015-March 30, 2015 Hurry New Sale Markdowns Up to 75% Off at charming charlie! Shop now!  is offering 3% cash back depending on when you shop.

They have locations worldwide and of course online at Charming Charlie.

Have Fun Shopping!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NEW L'Oreal LA PALETTE NUDE 1 & 2 Palette

Hi Divas,

If you follow me on Instagram +BeautywithMika or Twitter @Ms_TamikaL then you know my wonderful husband who is my #1 supporter picked up the new L'Oreal Nudes 1 & 2 palette for me while he was in Wal-Mart &, now of course  is offering 2% cash back for shopping on 

Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel BeautywithMika, for a giveaway coming soon with these palettes.

Retail Price $15.84 each @ Wal-Mart

 They've been a few stores for months with "coming soon" displays in CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, but my husband actually spotted it first at Walmart store and I found them on 

 La Palette Nude 1 - "Light to Medium Tones"; contains Ivory, Beige and warm browns
On the back of the palette, there is show 4 looks with instructions on how to achieve them with the shades inside.

There is a double-ended brush in each palette (brush on one end, sponge-tip applicator on the other)

Swatches from Left to Right w/o Primer

It features 10 shades and a double sided applicator with a sponge on one end and brush on the other.  I like the's a really small flat brush, like a mini concealer brush, applying shadows. 

La Palette Nude 2 - "Medium to Deep Tones"; contains Taupe, Mauve and cool plums

Swatches from Left to Right w/o Primer

There's a combination of matte and satin shades here  (no glitter) and they both have different textures.  The matte shades feel powdery, the satin shades go on smoother and slightly more pigmented than the matte shades, which go on a little bit streaky.
I would recommend you get this palette even if you have the Naked 1 & 2, the prices are kinda of high for a drugstore brand. I would price this palette between $9.99-$12.99. But the quality is good. The swatches above are without primer.
Don't forget as of now you can only purchase these palettes at Wal-Mart stores or
Let me know if you find these palettes at any other locations besides Walmart.
Stay Beautiful!!

Friday, March 20, 2015


Hi Divas,

                   It's PROM SEASON, I remember my senior prom, when I went to Prom I wanted to create my dress my way. Prom is the last formal dress before your wedding and I love PROM season.

NORDSTORM is having great deals on Prom dresses selected styles starting at $78, along with offering 3% cash back right now, depending on when you shop it will be higher.

What was your dress like? Will you be shopping for Prom this season?

Have Fun Shopping!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Hi Divas,

So much is going and so many great sales. 2015 I promised myself to let you know about as many sells as I can. I hope you are signed up to receive emails for blog posts and updates.

Free Shipping on all Orders at Forever 21 - No Minimum! Offer ends 3/20/15. Shop now!.

Right now is offering 2% cash back.

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Hi Divas,

Once again we all love a sale and of course ELF  loves to gives us a sale.

Save an extra 30% off sale and clearance with code EXTRA30 at checkout. Offer valid 3/19 - 3/23/15.

Have Fun Shopping!!

Michael Kors 2015 Spring Collection

Hi Divas,

Michael Kors Spring Collection is described on the MK website as OPTIMISTIC CHIC...A SPORTIF TAKE ON ROMANTICISM.



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ELF Beach Sale

Hi Divas,

ELF is having there Relaxing at the Beach Collection for $3.  is a great way to shop and save money while buying great items from ELF.

The Sale for this week for ELF (Eyes Lips Face) is Spend $25 and receive the Relaxing at the Beach Collection for $3. Enter code BEACHDAY at checkout. Offer valid 3/19 - 3/22/15.

My Top Picks for ELF are:
1. Blush Palette
2. Makeup Remover Wipes
3. Kabuki Brush
4. Foundation Brush
5. Contour Brush

Have Fun Shopping!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tajana Sutton Presents Skai 2

Hi Divas,

                 You many of you know Tajana Sutton is one of my favorite authors. And anything she does you will find out about it. Besides, beauty and makeup. I love to read. As a teenager I would spend my money on books remember Borders, I was in there overtime I got a paycheck and would spend $50 on books, yes instead of clothes I would buy books, before makeup I would buy books. I was the girl at school reading during any free break I had. 

Now fast forward to 2015, we have Kindle, iPads, Facebook and other social media outlets to gain access to books and authors. I have loved Tajana Sutton for over 4 years. And always support her for her drive, determination and work. Every book she publishes you see growth in her work and her writing style. Something that was a way to vent and release her thoughts has become a very successful career.

2015 Sutton plans to give her readers more books. She expects to go beyond her previous years of releasing books and give the readers what they want. Sutton has continue to release authors under her publication company Ruby Love Publications

Her latest release coming soon Skai 2. I recommend you read or reread Skai


“You are a very lucky girl, Sis!” Floyd said. She smiled at him. “I’m going to get me something to drink, something strong!” They chuckled. Floyd left out the door. Izzy grabbed his jacket then went for the door as well.

“Izzy,” Skai called out. He looked at her with a scowl. “Can we talk?”
“I don’t think we have anything to talk about between us. I was here strictly for your brother. You said what you had to say the other night,” he replied.
“I’m sorry.”
“No need to be sorry. You said how you felt. I’m cool on that. I’m cool on you!” he said. 
“So because I said something in the heat of the moment, you’re just going to walk away from me?”
“In the heat of the moment?” He turned back toward her. “That’s what you wanna call it? You haven’t seen me in a very long time so I can expect you to be sleep on a nigga like myself. Let me clarify this for you, Ma. I have never let a muthafucker walk away after disrespecting me, so count your blessings. 

When you got with me, you knew what I did for a living. With your family’s track record, common sense would have told you that I was gonna make sure they were stepping into your life on the right side of things, that’s what a nigga that loves you would do. You were too damn blind to see why I was doing what I was doing. Because I brought it up, you decided that the best thing for you to do is to belittle me like I’m some bum ass nigga on the street. That ain’t who I am. Never been, never will! With that being said, I accept your apology, but I will not forgive or forget the way you came at me over another muthafucka. It’s a bit above what you may be thinking. Not only did you come at me in a disrespectful manner, you let me know where I stood.”
“What does that mean?” she asked as tears filled her eyes and pain consumed her heart. 
“That means that if it was me and one of your people that you had to choose to shoot in the “heat of the moment”, you made it clear that I would be the one taking a dirt nap. I can’t be with someone that would throw me to the wolves if their back was up against the wall. 

Your loyalty is not up to par to fuck with a nigga like me. And to think, I spent most of my years looking for you, praying for you to come back to me. That’s my bad though. Lesson learned.” 
“I’m so sorry, Izzy. Please don’t do this. I was scared of losing my brother and I wasn’t thinking. I’m sorry!” she said from the heart. 
“There you go again. You were afraid of losing your brother, but you were fearless when it came to losing me. That’s my point exactly!” Just like that he walked out. Skai became hysterical. She didn’t know what to say. It seemed like everything that came out of her mouth was somehow the wrong thing. Her heart was broken. His was too, but it was something that he had to do.