Red Ink: Bosses, Bullies, & Butterflies

Red Ink: Bosses, Bullies, & Butterflies Red Ink: Bosses, Bullies, & Butterflies 
by Butterfly Brooks

Can you imagine discovering that your favorite author uses ghostwriters and has been bashing other authors for using ghostwriters? Well...

Lesli Lyn Faulkner (pen name, Butterfly Brooks) Lifestyle Editor of Mahogany Magazine and founder of the world-famous urban fiction blog The Kaleidoscope, watches, monitors, and documents the strange, sinister behind the scenes happenings in the urban fiction industry much to the dismay of its chieftains. She chronicles author rivalries, cyberbullying, reader beatdowns, and corporate in house tension and competition that make rap concerts look like ladies afternoon teas.

At the center of the industry's latest scandal is Kendali Grace, author of The Vixen Notebook and Starchild of Dominion Publishing, helmed by the cunning, calculating Hiram Rivers and his wife Georgette. Their fortunes are threatened when Kendali's artistic integrity is called into question on a massive scale spawning a rollercoaster ride of situations, confrontations, and investigations.

All events culminate at the annual Platinum Quill Book Expo, where a key player in the industry is killed. Sex, lies, competition, thievery, plagiarism, and murder make for a troublesome climate for any butterfly to flutter her wings. What happens to the industry after the tragic death of one of its beloved? What does it mean for the Bosses? What does it mean for the Bullies? But most of all, what does it mean for the Butterflies?

                                                         Book Review 

Well, I have to say that if you like salacious fiction then this book is just what the doctor ordered. For those in the industry in the urban indie niche, they will undoubtedly see a few comparisons to today's current climates. The story was packed with drama, betrayal and murder more topped with another layer of drama.  There was a lot going on with the story. You had to remember multiple characters and keep track of the many subplots in play.  I had to go back a time or two to keep to verify things.  
We are introduced to the urban literary industry by Lynn Faulkner, who documents the craziness and sometimes vile behavior that occurs in the industry. When the golden child of a publishing house is outed as a ghostwriter after touting her literary prowess the mayhem ensues. It has the feel of the old FX show Dirt as it gives you the gritty underside of the entertainment industry. 

The story is fast-paced and keeps the reader engaged. There were small issues with formatting and transitions, but all in all a good read. The author also utilizes today's social media commenting style, which was interesting.  I recommend this to those who love their fiction with a heavy dose of realism. You can get your copy here and support the author by leaving a review.