Good morning, good day, good evening, or whenever you have stopped by to see about me and my corner of the Internet, I just wanted to greet you properly as best as I could!
Thank you for stopping by and finding out a little more about me. I’ll do my level best to try to not make it sound boring for you. Once you’ve gotten a chance to get to know me, perhaps we’ll have the chance to further that connection in the future. Sounds like a winner, yeah?
Cool, so, let’s get started, shall we?
I know we’re supposed to have a “formal biography” so you can see what I’ve accomplished, the things I’m planning to do, blah, blah, blah, but let’s be real: you might be interested in that, and you might not be interested in that, but what we’re not gonna do is pretend that that is ALL you want to read about.
Now, to get through some of the particulars (this will more than likely evolve over time, so, bear with me, this is my bragging moment).
I’m a married father of two; Beloved and I have been together for over twenty years, soon to be married for almost nineteen. We have two children; our oldest is currently a soldier in the US Army, serving overseas, and our youngest is graduating college at the end of the year. Thankfully, they are on solid footing in what they would like to do when they really get away from school and the military. (Yes, this is an official proud parent moment)
Now, when we aren’t being parents and productive citizens and all that good stuff, we do indulge in a few proclivities that most people would attribute to a wildly popular book series that tripped the world fantastic almost a decade ago. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: I was writing about that world years before that book made it to the light of day. Hell, we’ve been living and doing it longer.
Am I bragging? Perhaps, but more than anything, I’m irritated. This world is not some dalliance for us. This. Is. Life. In that vein, I follow that time-honored tradition that writers come to embrace: I write what I know. I write what I know because I live that life.
Anywho, that’s me in a nutshell, in a manner of speaking. I’m trying to keep it short, especially when I still have to give you the “formal” spiel, too. LOL! So, take a look around, and if you’re so inclined, subscribe to my Secret Society and request to become a member of NEBU. I’m ramping things up here, so it should be a fun ride coming.
AND NOW, THE FORMAL INTRODUCTION!
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” ~ Virginia Wolfe
Conjurer of worlds. Sorcerer. Man. Myth. Legend. Prototype.
All of these words describe Shakir Rashaan, who has been creating mind-twisting stories and lavish worlds for well over a decade, rolling onto the national literary scene as a contributor to Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3 in 2012. His raw, vivid, and uncut writing style captured the attention of the Queen of Erotica herself, Zane. A year later, Shakir’s debut novel with Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster, The Awakening, opened to rave reviews, while the follow-up in the Nubian Underworld series, Legacy, garnered even more success, and the third installment, Tempest, helping to make the series one of the most unique and best-selling in the erotic romance genre.
Rashaan would later add to his impressive catalog with the debut of the Kink, P.I. Series in 2015, starting with Obsession and following up with Deception and Reckoning. Drawing comparisons to Walter Mosely’s Easy Rawlins series, Kink, P.I. has developed into yet another best-selling series, carving its place as a “throwback to the days of classic mystery books” in the mystery genre.
Further adding to his impressive portfolio, Rashaan was a regular blogger for USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, where readers could find him at his “Manly Musings” personal blog, reviewing books, television shows, and movies from a man’s perspective. He wrote recaps for various shows for the STARZ Network, including The Girlfriend Experience, POWER, and Survivor’s Remorse, before the blog was retired in late 2018.
Shakir has gone on in recent years to pen a series of bestselling novels, including In Service to the Senator, a sexy political thriller surrounding an up-and-coming vice presidential candidate, The Devil’s All-American, a unique paranormal romance featuring a rising college basketball star, Unthinkable, a not-so-conventional romance set in the entertainment industry, Love, Lust & Beautiful Liars, a romantic suspense novel about an international weapons dealer who was looking to retire and enjoy his HEA, and most recently in 2021, Queen of Cambridge, part of the Queens of the Castle anthology series.
Shakir has switched gears, jumping into the young adult world, developing the Neverwraith series, a YA paranormal fantasy for Entangled Teen, and the South Hampton series, which is being pitched for acquisition, in addition to several other YA and New Adult projects to expand his NEBU universe. Neverwraith is his most ambitious project to date, about a teenage descendant of an ancient metahuman bloodline who searches for the truth about the death of his parents and their connection to a centuries-old blood feud over sacred texts contained inside of his native Kindara, an island nation located near the West African coast ... all while navigating high school
Shakir currently resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife, soon-to-be college graduate daughter, and a Jack-Chi named Teddy.