Newly published scenes from Asylum!

Happy Friday!

I’ve uploaded scenes from my award-winning show, Asylum, that have never been seen before on the web. If you weren’t in the audience that night in NYC you have NOT seen these scenes!


This video contains one of the most dramatic moments of the play–when Prossy (Tiffany Barrett) and her girlfriend (Brennie Tellu) are caught in an intimate moment by Prossy’s father (Steve Crum) and fiance’ (Michael Way).

It also includes the rest of the prison scene that was clipped in an earlier video (Melanie Mathews and Eyakeno Ekpo). Bare bones set with an fantastic cast from Philly!

Newly published scenes from Asylum

Brand new installment to The Beautiful People series!

New work released today, The Beautiful People: South Beach!

I know it’s been a while but I’m bringing these characters back! The fourth installment to the sexy series was released for e-readers today for only $0.99!

 

The Beautiful People: South Beach

Book description:

Skinny dipping, reckless flirting, fetish-parties and mind-blowing erotica are all abound in Cheril N. Clarke’s fourth installment of the popular Beautiful People series. In this edition we meet the four core friends – the sexy financial consultant, Vanessa; the party boy accountant, Colin; the cute fashion photographer, Yen; and the debonair designer, Donovan – heading to South Beach for some well-earned R&R, and no small amount of fun and frolic. They are joined by a fifth friend, Suraj, a Bollywood star all the way from India but not everything goes as expected, as the South Beach law enforcement makes its presence felt. 

The sexual tension between Yen and Vanessa continue to surface in flagrant violation of Colin’s “no sex between friends” rule and ladies man Suraj finds himself in a shocking position. Treat yourself to loads of glamour, glitz, fashion, attitude, sexiness, and get charmed by The Beautiful People having the time of their lives without a care in the world. This story will give you more than a few hearty laughs at their Beautiful People “problems!”

 

Buy on Amazon:The Beautiful People: South Beach

Buy on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beautiful-people-cheril-n-clarke/1119607530?ean=2940149614424

Buy on All Romance ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thebeautifulpeoplesouthbeach-1521933-353.html

Brand new artwork for “The Beautiful People” ebook series

A sexy old series of mine, The Beautiful People, is getting a make 0ver!  I started writing these stories a few years ago and am preparing to release a few new installments that were never published. In the meantime, please take a look at the brand new artwork for the first three installments!

The Beautiful People-New Orleans

SUMMARY:

In The Beautiful People: New Orleans, the first short story in a new series, Cheril N. Clarke introduces us to four intriguing characters who will propel the reader into a provocative world filled with sophisticated naughtiness. Nontraditional in its presentation, The Beautiful People follows a close group of friends who love to travel, meeting up in a different city every other month for a weekend of exploration, partying, and a much-needed break from the daily grind of their careers. From the city of New Orleans, this installment acquaints us with a high-end tailor with a disdain for the common man, a fashion photographer riding a narcotic seesaw, an accountant with a penchant for flirting and flings, and an haute entrepreneur who is struggling with secret desires of her own. The Beautiful People subtly pushes moral boundaries and challenges preconceived notions of perfection.

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The Beautiful People-Las Vegas

SUMMARY:

Cheril N. Clarke’s second tour de force in the short story cycle The Beautiful People invites readers to accompany her quartet of vibrant characters on a luxe tour of Sin City, and all the temptations and wonders that entails.

The Beautiful People: Las Vegas returns readers to the lives of four friends whose magnetic personalities and gorgeous good looks rivet our attention. Vanessa, an entrepreneurial executive, reveals shadowed parts of her past and displays talents long ago abandoned; Yen Chu, desperately trying to navigate the waters of self-imposed sobriety, yearns to be disciplined, but doesn’t let that prevent her from arranging erotic adventures for her group; party boy Colin, on a quest to have the time of his life, ensures that everyone he meets will have the times of their lives as well; and Donovan, sometimes haughty, and always more conservative than the rest, allows himself to loosen up, and succumb to Sin City’s extravagant indulgences.

From glamorous adventure to steamy and sometimes seamy escapades, from the luxe lifestyle to laugh-out-loud humor, Clarke’s latest installment of “The Beautiful People” will satisfy the deep cravings of your imagination.

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The Beautiful People-New York City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

Back for the third time and chock full of luxury, beauty, erotica and wit, Cheril N. Clarke’s The Beautiful People: New York City is a sizzling follow-up to the sinful activities that happened in Las Vegas. The four original characters return for a quintessential two nights in the city that never sleeps and take us on a joyride of fashion shows, swanky mansions, risqué house parties and more. When suppressed desires pull at two core members of the group, they must decide if they will resist the temptation to avoid collective chaos or throw caution to the wind and satisfy their wicked own cravings. The Beautiful People: New York City is a masterpiece of Clarke’s intelligence and imagination – her best short story to date!

 

Life is funny…took a break from creative writing just to…

The universe really has a sense of humor. About a year ago, for many reasons, I finally admitted to myself and my readers why it was taking me so long to release another book: I had fallen out of love with creative writing and wanted to have a different career. I wanted to go back to school so that I could prepare for a new track in the health care industry. Well, I got off to a great start. I snagged a job in the industry, started taking some preliminary classes to get myself back in structured learning mode but…six months into the new job had me looking to change positions within the company. I didn’t like it and was sure there was someone who could do it better than me. It just wasn’t a good fit (but the company, the people and industry were), so I found something else that was as close to a perfect as I could get: corporate communications (at the same company-yay)!

I told life I didn’t want to write any more and it basically said so what. lol This update is just to let you know that something greater than me is insisting I not put down my pen, or close my laptop. For the first time ever, my “day job” is being a writer, and the last 14 years of doing my creative stuff after hours has become a tremendous asset.

These days I’m crafting articles and executive speeches—all about health care and helping the underserved. And as a funny twist of fate: theatrical vignettes on issues such as diabetes, stroke awareness, and asthma, etc. As a part of my day job?? What? Who knew? lol Anyway, writing speeches is definitely rekindling some feelings in me—feelings that had fizzled out years ago. I love it. School is going to take a few years to get through and I’m pleasantly surprised to say I like having a mash-up of careers until I finish.

That’s all for now,

-Cheril

Cheril N. Clarke

 

LGBT Children’s Books…

Just a quick update to say thank-you to all who have purchased our books of covered us in the media over the last couple of weeks. We are humbled by the support of the community and hope things continue in this manner. Striving to build a large, multi-cultural library that features LGBT families was no small undertaking but day by day, we get a bit closer to realizing that dream. Last month we released two new titles for Jewish families, Adopting Ahava and The Wonderful Adventures of Benjamin and Solomon, which were our first exclusive books for this demographic. The support has been amazing! In the last week we have shipped books to Italy, France and Israel! So again, thank you very much. The best is yet to come!

LGBT Children's Books

LGBT Children’s Books – some of which we’ve published, others we just retail on www.MyFamilyProducts.com

Two New Children’s Books for the Jewish LGBT Community—Just in Time for Hanukkah

The following press release is for some of my latest work with Monica for our children’s books line:

 

Chances are if you’re a gay or lesbian Jewish couple, you will be hard-pressed to find books that reflect your family—especially children’s stories and young adult fiction. You may find two or three titles if you’re lucky, but certainly not much more. This holiday season LGBT publisher My Family! is introducing two new history-making books that will accelerate the process of building a virtuous library (and legacy) for Jewish LGBT families.

The first of the two books being released is “The Wonderful Adventures of Benjamin and Solomon,” a tale of two scholars who get more adventure on one snowy night than they could dream of. Set in medieval Europe, this fairytale is penned by new author, Elena Yakubsfeld of Greenwich, CT. This book is for young adults.

“Benjamin and Solomon are not just students,” says publisher Cheril Bey-Clarke. “They are two young men whose intimate love for each other is as strong as any other couple. On their quest to recover a stolen prayer they trek through a magical forest, encounter dragons and confront angry knights in a towering castle. They are essentially gay, Jewish heroes and quite frankly there is no other story like this. We’re thrilled to work with the author to bring it to the community!” Accented with lively illustrations and playful dialog, this title explores Jewish history, devotion to God, and non-traditional ideas of family.

 

The Wonderful Adventures of Benjamin and Sol0mon

The second title being released is a picture book for younger readers entitled “Adopting Ahava.” It is a charming story of a boy named Jonathan who wants nothing more for his eighth birthday than to adopt a puppy. But after looking at all the cute, squirming tail-waggers with his mamas, Jonathan makes an unexpected choice. “Adopting Ahava” was written by Jennifer Byrne, who resides in Glassboro, NJ. “This is an adorable story about a beautiful family that radiates love and respect,” says publisher Monica Bey-Clarke.

Both titles aim to encourage childhood literacy, provoke thought, build self-esteem and help to reinforce morality already taught in the home. They are available for 25% off the retail price of $9.99 now through December 6 at http://www.MyFamilyProducts.net. (Use promo code: jcpr13.) Free shipping and handling in the United States.

 

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Something I never thought I’d Say: I’m moving on from creative writing

This is a blog that I’ve delayed writing for over a month. I wanted to be sure that what I’ve been fighting for a well over a year had been real. I wanted to do everything I could, push myself in every way I knew how— to make sure my feelings were rock solid and my mind was made up before I said it publicly. So, here goes…Having started this exciting journey at the age of 19, I can definitely say that this was a hard destination at which to arrive but with the exception of one more production of Asylum (more about that in a separate post), I am going on an indefinite hiatus from creative writing.

It’s funny how our lives can change, however, how we evolve and grow from that which we used to love. If someone would have told me ten years ago that one day I’d write a blog like this I would have said that person was crazy and that, “I’m going to write until I’m 80!” It’s also remarkable how (as young adults) we often think that once we choose a career path that we’re locked into it forever. Some people are fine with that option, but I actually don’t think most people are. I think they just stay in their field because it’s familiar and more painful to have to start over because they want to explore something new. I’m not most people, however, and I’ve accepted the fact that it is time for me to move on, expand and do more things with my life—things that will challenge and excite me. Creative writing used to get me up early and keep me up late but doesn’t it do that anymore. Lack of inspiration, procrastination, dread, writer’s block etc., are things I’ve never had to deal with before (not for more than a few days at least). So with all of that being said, I’ve made a major decision. In order continuing feeling fulfilled in all areas of my life, I have to start a new career that will give me that excitement back.

Foundations: A Novel of New Beginnings

While I was sad to arrive at this conclusion—it’s been a long ride, my first book was written on a floppy disk, lol, it’s been a great one. I didn’t accomplish everything I thought I would by now, but I did achieve things that were never in the plan. With five novels, five short stories, documentary work, a non-fiction ebook, two children’s books, two mounted plays (one award-winning, the other translated and licensed to be performed in Spanish) and countless magazine features, I can honestly say, I’m happy with how this chapter of my life turned out. I did IT—what I wanted to the way I wanted to.

So, what’s next for me? I’m going back to school. My choice of study will likely come as a pretty big surprise as it isn’t at all related to arts and entertainment, but science and technology. I’m going to major in biology.

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I can’t say exactly what I want to be just yet, but I know what my interests are (artificial organs to prolong life, studies of disease and prevention, etc. it’s wide, I’ll narrow it down).  I may or may not end up doing either of those. I’m not going to burden myself with trying to “know it all” before I start. What’s most important is simply that I start. The answers and my new path will make themselves apparent to me as I get deeper into my studies, I’m sure of it. The Universe/God has a way of putting a force behind you when you follow your heart so I’m not worried that I don’t know it all yet. As you can imagine, this isn’t going to be an easy task. Like most kids, I used to say I hate math and science, but I’m interested in it now and refuse to let a decision the 15 year old version of me made keep me from exploring that interest. I’ll get tutors if I need to, whatever it takes. I want to challenge myself and am going to do it.

I really don’t know what else to say except thank you for supporting my endeavors and me over the years. Thank you for buying my books, coming to my shows, following me on social media and all of the nice things you’ve said about my work, family and me. I hope to stay connected. I’m not saying I’ll never write another story again. That would be absurd. I may do all of this and come back to write that bio-chemical suspense novel that I outlined three years ago and never wrote. It’s funny to me that now that I did that because at the time I had NO INTENTION of going back to school. Life is a trip. Anyway, thanks for reading, thanks for everything. If you have any thoughts or questions feel free to ask! If you’ve done something this drastic, feel free to share. I’d love to hear your story of starting over.

The boxing novel that I was in the middle writing, Brutal Ballet, will unfortunately be put down. If I can’t write it with my heart in it then I don’t think it’s right to force it, which is what I have been doing for the last four months.

That’s all for now.

Best,

Cheril

PS: I will still run My Family! with my wife as that doesn’t require me to write. I love publishing the works of other authors and am definitely passionate about bringing more books for children of LGBT parents to market.

PPS: Check out this news clipping I found from my first book signing in 2002 at B. Dalton Booksellers in Laurel, MD. I think that mall is gone now or about to be demolished.

First book signing 2002

ASSIGNED SEX: A DOCUMENTARY FILM

This is a quick, unplanned post. It’s not every day I see a project that makes me want to share it with ALL of my social networks, but since I heard of this one, that’s all I want to do. Covering probably one of the most misunderstood group of people in our community, Assigned Sex is a documentary film showcases five transgender individuals who “untie themselves from stereotypes that American culture has regarding gender roles.” There are only a few days left to pledge and back the project on Kickstarer. If you have a few extra dollars to help the producers of this make through production I know they’d be extremely grateful. Check it out and spread the word if you believe the transgender community needs more visibility, more help breaking through stereotypes and more support from allies.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/assignedsex/assigned-sex-a-documentary-film

Assigned Sex

Personal Power – My “30 days” with Tony Robbins

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog entry and I can’t help but think that a review of my going through this program is one of the best ways to come back with an update. For the last month, I’ve spent about an hour a day with Tony Robbins via his 30 day audio program (the classic version, not II). Though much of the first half was familiar to me either from other programs of his or someone else’s,  it was still very much worth the investment.

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People often ask me how I’ve gotten so much done by age 30 (I’m 32 now), if I have any advice for “success,” and how I manage all of my artsy endeavors and business interests while working a full-time job, etc. The answer to that is quite simply:  I have made it a daily habit to learn how to master my life, which includes time management, emotional mastery and continuous goal setting, etc.  Every day, for at least two 30 minute time blocks, I listen to something that is enriching, motivational and educational. I do this when I’m putting on make-up, eating breakfast or driving to and from work. I do it no matter what and highly recommend this practice to anyone who wants to get the most out of their life. I haven’t accomplished all of my dreams thus far on my own, I’ve had daily help from others who keep me motivated and striving for greatness.

As one of my favorite motivational speakers used to say (bless his soul), “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily!”

Back to Tony Robbins’ 30 Personal Power program; whether you’re looking to improve your finances, relationships, a business, your performance in school or just have more joy in your life, this program will definitely put you on the right track IF you do it the way it was designed to be done. Unlike many other self-help programs, this one is JAM PACKED with action items for you to do that will naturally keep you moving forward. It’s not just someone telling you a bunch of affirmations. It teaches you how our brains work, why we do the things we do and why we don’t do some of the things we should do. It explains how we can control our emotions, which in fact means, controlling our lives. This program implores you to work. Some of the exercises may make you uncomfortable if you’re not already in an honest place with yourself and your behavior patterns, but by the end of each day you will feel EMPOWERED to change your life. You will recognize that “your past is not your future” and it doesn’t matter if you’ve failed or never taken action in the past. None of that matters because you can still do what you need to do to improve your life right now IF you’re willing to put in the work.

So if you’re tired of being late to work/church/school all the time or tired of waking up feeling like you need more sleep, then check it out.  Are you tired of seeing other people achieve their goals while you seem to be in the same place you were last year? Tired of feeling like you’re unlucky and bad things always happen to you—tired of feeling out of control and without power over your own life? Then take a look at this program.

Like I said earlier, much of the first half of this program was more of a review for me because I’d long learned the basics of creating the life I wanted but it was still good to hear again. I forced myself to this as it was designed because I knew author had a reason for producing it the way that he did. Listening in order is important and now as I reached the end of the program I actually feel like I’m going to miss hearing him every morning! I got used to getting a strong daily dose of YOU CAN DO IT, THIS IS HOW! If you’re brand new to action oriented self-mastery programs this will change your life. It is not for those who are too lazy to stop dreaming and start acting. It is for those who are READY to start “living with passion” and creating the life they feel they deserve.

One of the best sections in this one that speaks of success and how people think that once they get to this place called success all of their problems will disappear. Tony explains who this couldn’t be further from the truth (which I’ve always believed) and that successful people are not people without problems. They are people who have learned how to look at them as challenges and make fun out of overcoming them. Success isn’t a place or destination you’ll arrive at someday, it’s who you become while you’re striving for your dreams.

Don’t be put off by the price. If you can’t afford the CD version of it but happen to still own a tape player, get the cassette version. Because I purchase expensive audio programs very often when I take interest in ones that are $300+ dollars I look for more cost effective ways of doing it like buying a pre-owned cassette version and using a converter to convert the audio from tapes to mp3s—-where there’s a will there’s a way. Including the converter, I think I spent $45 to obtain a $300 program. This is just one example of overcoming a perceived “problem” (did you see what I just did there?) If you want something badly enough, you’ll find a way to get it. 🙂 It is an investment in yourself.

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If you decide to get this program or any other one, let me know how it goes!

 

Best,

Cheril

Cheril

To be Black and Gay in the USA Today: Why the Future is Bright

This blog was originally published by the Human Rights Campaign in honor of black history month 2013. Below you can find the unpublished (until now), unabridged version. 🙂

 

To be Black and Gay in the USA Today: Why the Future is Bright

 

For years people have discussed what it’s like to be black and LGBT inAmerica—a simple search of those key words bring up pages and pages of negativity. Pundits have weighed in, activists have chimed in and the clergy has shouted in, but despite the obstacles black people face in this country, America is more of a place where all things are possible than she has ever been. Now is a time of hope; a time to acknowledge our challenges, yet celebrate our achievements.

This month we honor our ancestors who survived a racism that defies our ability to imagine. Yet black people in America have not only survived, we’ve thrived. There is no other prosperous nation that has as many black people in political positions of power; that liberates rather than subjugates its women than the USA. Despite woebegone voices of those who acknowledge only our struggles, black Americans are not just living the dreams of our ancestors but are exceeding them. However, much work remains, especially for those of us who identify as LGBT.

As we celebrate our more recent heroes, it is time we add to the list those who have been fighting for the last half a century for LGBT equal rights as black Americans. Just as Malcom X and Rosa Parks stood on the shoulders of slavery survivors, there are many who have helped our modern civil rights movement: people like Audre Lorde, Anita Cornwell, James Baldwin and many others who were stigmatized because they loved like us.

Today we have activists who have fought for and won protection against bulliesworkplace discrimination and military discrimination. We have black LGBT brothers and sisters channeling the strength of those who once did sit-ins to protest against segregation, standing firm on their right worship openly. They refuse to allow bigots to force them to choose between their sexuality and God. Their presence alone is their choice of weapon. Let’s appreciate them all for their strength and courage to live out and proud.

Thanks to contemporary filmmakers like Patrik Ian Polk, Tiona McClodden, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Wallace, black LGBT individuals can feel assured that we will not be omitted or shamed out of history as we have been in the past. Photographers like Duane Cramer and LGBT publishers are making sure that there are beautiful images of our families now and for many years to come. Our children now have books that accurately depict their families: black, happy and LGBT. Let us rejoice in these achievements and understand that the best is yet to come. If each of us continues to do our part, we can be sure to make it through this last lap of injustice for LGBT Americans.

Laws are slowly starting to get on our side. Much of the work has been done for us and for what is left all we need is the courage to be visible and no longer silent, the discipline to be educated and politically active. We need to harness the indomitable spirit that is encoded in our DNA, hold fast to a steadiness of purpose and secure what is rightfully ours: the right to love and marry; the right to raise a child; the right to worship; the right work in environments free of prejudice. These things are inalienable.

For when the dust settles and this chapter of history has ended, our children should be able to look back with pride knowing that when their parents’ generation held the baton they made sure history arched toward liberty and freedom for all people.

-Cheril & Monica

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed, please share.

 

Cheril and Monica Bey-Clarke
photo by Nnamdi Ejim

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