Release Day – A Spring Affair by Té Russ

Happy Release Day to Té Russ! Her new release,  A Spring Affair, is now available!!

By the way, I’m in love with this cover! Simply beautiful. :-)



Though they’ve yet to meet face to face, Maya has had a secret crush on Xavier, the man who owns a wine café that the winery she works for distributes to. But being that Xavier is involved, she’d never reveal her feelings.

 Xavier’s previous relationship has left him wrung out emotionally. Needing to get away for awhile, he decides to drive to Napa and visit the winery that produces one of the best selling wines at his café. And finally get the opportunity to meet the woman with the sweet little voice.

 One email and four little words stands to flip their love lives on its head and when Maya and Xavier meet for the first time, both are blindsided by the attraction they feel for one another.

 Springtime and wine make a beautiful backdrop for two people on a romantic journey to love…


Maya stood there in the wine cave staring at Xavier.

“‘We’,” she said. “As in…you and me?”

She watched at the corner of his mouth quirked up slightly, before he released a deep chuckle.

“Yeah,” he said. “That’s the idea, unless there is some rule that says you can’t drink right now?”

“My boss doesn’t mind if we taste the wines along with our tourist, as long as we use the spittoon. But it is after hours and everyone has left for the day.”

“So what do you say?” he asked with a smile. “All these years we’ve talked on the phone and emailed each other, it would be nice to sit down and finally get to know more about you.”

She wanted to get to know him better as well.

Then why are you hesitating? her mind screamed.

She looked over her shoulder at the exit, then back at the table.

“I’m sorry,” he said when she still didn’t answer. He looked at his watch. “I suppose now I’m being presumptuous. Here I am asking you to sit down and share this wine and food with me and technically you’re suppose to be off the clock already. I didn’t think that maybe you already had plans with your husband.”

Maya grinned at Xavier’s inquisitive tone.

It was more than a little obvious that he was fishing for her relationship status. Grinning, she held up her hand to reveal her bare ring finger. “I’m not married.”

“Boyfriend?” he corrected.

She shook her head, and she felt her grin widen. “I’m single.”

“Then I’m not stealing you from anyone important.”

“It doesn’t appear that way.” Finally Maya smiled and said, “Sure I would love to sit with you.”

They moved over to the table and Xavier held a chair out for Maya. As he pushed her chair in after she sat, she felt his finger inadvertently brush against her shoulder. It amazed her that even the lightest touch from this man made her body come alive.

She expected him to go around and sit on the other side of the table, but was surprised when he pulled out the chair right next to hers and sat down.

“So, what do we have here?” Xavier asked, rubbing his hands together in anticipation.

Trying to ignore their knees touching under the table, Maya pointed to a white wine.

“This is a chardonnay, much like the one you tasted from the barrel. Of course this one is ready for consumption,” she said with a smile.

They both reached for the bottle at the same time and she stopped as Xavier’s large hand grabbed it first.

“Do you mind?” he asked.

“By all means.” She held up her glass so he could pour some, then he filled his own glass.

“I assume we’re pairing this with the brie cheese over there?” he guessed as he sat the bottle back down.

“You’re absolutely right. It’s actually from a local cheesemonger not too far from here.” She cut them both a small slice of cheese. “You know your pairings.”

“I would hope so, otherwise business would be terrible at my café.”

“What made you decide to open a wine café?” Maya asked. She had always been curious. “Why not just open a wine shop?”

“Because there is a wine shop every few blocks. Not to mention you can get wine from just about any store. With the wine café, people can also experience the joy of learning about wines as well as different foods that pair well with them.”

 She loved his answer. And it was obvious that he was a true wine lover. As they went through their flight of wines, tasting several varieties, she watched as he described each one in great detail, as well as how each item of food was enhanced by the wines.

As they finished up their tasting, Xavier wiped his mouth and sat his napkin down on the plate in front of him.

“That was amazing. I can’t thank you enough again for doing all of this.”

“Even though it was meant for you and someone else?” she asked sheepishly.

Xavier turned and looked Maya directly in the eyes. “If it was meant for me to be here with someone else, I would have been here with someone else,” he said with a self-assured tone.

There was something in his voice and the look in his eyes that made Maya’s heart race.

She broke their eye contact and stood, gathering up the dishes. “I still feel terrible. Setting up this whole romantic scene must have brought up some strange feelings considering–”

“Maya.” Xavier stood, gently grabbing her arm, to stop her from her task of cleaning. “The only thing I’ve felt tonight is joy at spending time with you. In fact…” he removed his hand from her arm and hooked his thumbs into the loops of his jeans. “…I was wondering since the winery is closed tomorrow, do you have any plans tomorrow?”

“Uh, no. I don’t have any plans tomorrow. You’re not going to visit anymore wineries?”

“I visited all of the ones on my list yesterday and today. This was the final stop for me. I wanted to save the best for last,” he said, and she felt like he was referring to more than just the winery.

“I know this may seem fast, and forward. And I’m kind of out of practice with all of this, but…I’ve enjoyed our time together today and I want to see you again. So I was wondering if you would have lunch with me tomorrow, before I have to head back to Sacramento.”

Oh. My. God.

After years of fantasizing about this man she’d never before met, he was better than anything she could have imagined. And for all of those years, there was a road block in her dreams by the name of Darby. Now Darby was out of the picture and Xavier was showing interest in her. It was the stuff romance novels were made of.

She remembered what her sister had said about jumping at the opportunity if it presented itself with Xavier. Well…she’d been a little more cruder, but still…her overall advice was on point. And Maya wasn’t going to let a chance she’d secretly been wishing for, for several years now, pass her by.

“Lunch with you tomorrow would be great.”




Growing up an introvert, Té Russ found solace in literary arts at an early age. She found reading to be a vehicle to broader horizons and writing a form of self-expression. She began writing love stories in her adolescent years as a way to expel her youthful thoughts of love into words. Since then she has gone from writing stories and thoughts of love in journals to attending college for journalism and falling in love, which has allowed those youthful words of love to blossom into a series of stories in her romance novels. Though she has an immense appreciation for the sheer smell that books collectively exert, she also has found balance to her introverted nature with adrenaline inducing activities. So if she does not have her nose pressed deeply into a book or her pen ticking through a pad, you may also find this mother of three baking some tasty treats, jumping out of airplanes, cheering her husband on at the top of her lungs at MMA fights, buzzing down the interstate on the back of motorcycles, or kayaking.

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Dream Cast- Something Just Ain’t Right Series

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Hi everyone! I was going to do this after I created my dream cast for both In Love With My Best Friend and the Love, Life, & Happiness series, but time has slipped away from me. Since I’m about to do a discussion for the series and needed images for each character, I decided to share them here with you.

Here are my choices for each character of the series!


Morgan Carter – Chandler Parsons



Okay, I know what you’re thinking, but he is the inspiration for Morgan. If anyone remembered a post I’d done last year about my story idea for this series, I mentioned that I was watching a Rockets game (before he joined the Dallas Mavericks)  when the concept came up. So, here is my idea of Morgan. :-)


Hayley Stevens – Sal Stowers


I think she would be a great fit for Hayley. Here’s her with curly hair:



Lamar Stevens- Sinqua Walls



Tamara Morris- Kyla Pratt

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Paula Howard- Logan Browning





Brandon Harper- Jordan Calloway

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Will Carter- Robert Scott Wilson



Shantel Reed- Meagan Tandy



Kyle Baxter- Jesse Williams

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Travis McFarlane-  James Scott

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Craig McFarlane-  Daniel Goddard

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Rick Carter- William deVry



Caroline Carter – Michelle Stafford



Zoe Stevens-  Tamara Taylor



Cedric Stevens- Sean Blakemore


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Sophia McFarlane (Morgan’s mom) – Laura Wright

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So there you have it! I will add on more characters once part 3 is released (I have the perfect person for Kyle’s mom!).  But let me know what you think. Do you agree with some of the characters? If not, who would you choose? Feel free to post your comments below.

Anniversary Celebration!!!


Hi everyone! I have been MIA lately because I’m working on Something Just Ain’t Right 3, which is the final book in the series. For those of you who have purchased the second book, I truly appreciate the support. I know for some of you, this series is a little different from what you’re used to from me, and I totally understand that. That’s why I have been doing a lot of thinking lately on where I want my writing future to go after this series. I have come to a decision that probably will make some people upset, but I realized during the months while I was working on SJAR, that I need to make the best decision for me and not for anyone else. With that being said, I will make an announcement regarding the next step in my writing career once the third book is released.

Now, since that is out of the way, let’s move on to more happier topics, like polls! May 14th will mark the 2-year anniversary of me becoming an author; so to celebrate, I wanted to do something wonderful. Usually, I would do polls on the site to see how readers feel about a certain book or character; but now, I would like to do a bunch of polls to celebrate all of the books I have done in the past 2 years.

Below will be 5 different polls ranging from favorite book to favorite couple. You can vote as many times as you like on each poll before May 13th. On my anniversary day, not only will I be announcing the winners from each poll, but I will also be doing a giveaway for several books from each series!

Remember to vote on your favorites starting now. Looking forward to seeing who will be chosen! :-)












Our Love is FREE!!!!


Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday so far! To celebrate the re-release of Our Love, for one week only, it will be for FREE on Amazon!! The new version is newly edited and contains an excerpt from Redemption, the sixth and final book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series.

1-Click this great book before it’s goes back to regular price this weekend! :-)

Charlie Perry is faced with a huge dilemma. After having an altercation with a classmate, she is given an ultimatum- transfer schools or face criminal charges. When Charlie is left with no choice but to transfer, she steps into Belmont High not knowing what to expect, especially when she crosses paths with Michael Collier.

Michael Collier is the most popular guy at Belmont. He can practically have any girl he wants, but when he sets his brown eyes on Charlie, he is instantly hooked, wanting to know more about the honey-colored beauty.

But when secrets from each other’s pasts begin to surface, will the two be able to find their way to each other, or keep them apart for good.

(This book is considered mature YA/NA and contains mature subject matter, including mild violence, alcohol use, and sexual language/situations).





Excerpt- Something Just Ain’t Right 2

Hi everyone!! Here is an excerpt from SJAR2, which is the prologue and the first chapter. Enjoy!


Prologue: Morgan


I raced to the guest house to make sure Hayley was there. After what happened, I had to know if she was safe. I was trying not to panic, but a part of me feared the worse. How could I have not picked up on the signs? With all of the issues I had with everyone around me, I should have known something was up. I should have known someone near to me was a part of everything that was happening. They were involved with what happened to Craig and the problems I had faced since I’d been in Dallas. The one person I was unaware of that was causing all of these problems was the person I was close to and saw every single day. For that, not only was I pissed, but I was defeated because I let my guard down.

After cutting off three cars on the feeder, I was quickly approaching the house. I ran out of the car with the engine running and headed for the door. I forgot about my key, so I stepped back and after two attempts I was able to kick the door in. I would have to give some money to Uncle Rick to pay for the door later.

Whoever did this knew no one else would be here since Uncle Rick and Aunt Caroline went to Houston to pick up the motorcycle. This was the perfect opportunity for them to do something to Hayley. I was stupid enough to leave and told Steve and Carl not to follow her since she asked me to do this. For being so blinded by the truth, I should be the one punished, not Hayley.

I saw the blood stain on the carpet which made me panic. I had to find her.

“Hayley!” I yelled going around the guest house. I went into the bathroom, praying that she was in there, but she wasn’t.

I continued to walk around only to find she was gone. I stood in the middle of the house trying hard not to break down. My fears had come true, which was tearing me apart.

I went over to the counter, thinking about that night that Hayley and I shared. Anger began to rise in me as I threw everything on the floor. I was about to start destroying the china near the cabinets when I saw a recorder lying on the coffee table. I went over and picked it up. I pressed play and listened to the voice of the bastard that caused all of this shit.

“I told you I would come after you for what you did. Now, I have someone that you love. An eye for an eye, right?  Now, let’s see what you will do.”

I threw the recorder at the wall and watched it fall to the floor.

I walked out of the guest house, preparing myself for another battle. He wanted to see what I’m capable of, well, get ready, because he hasn’t seen anything yet.




Three weeks earlier…

It’s been almost a month since Morgan and I arrived at his uncle’s house. He and Caroline had been nothing but nice as they helped us to settle in. They even allowed us to use their guest house so we would have our own space. Of course, that didn’t go well with Morgan’s cousin, Will. For some reason, I didn’t trust him. I had these feelings about him since I first arrived. He was just weird and tried too hard to be a certain way around Morgan. Honestly, it was a little embarrassing.

Since we had been here, all we did was stay in the guest house and entertain each other. We only went outside to go to the main house which was fine at first, but now, it was becoming annoying. I’m not used to wasting my time doing nothing. I was always on the go, so this was a huge adjustment. Since someone was after Morgan, it was understandable that we couldn’t go anywhere, but I would like to see something other than these gray walls for a couple of hours.

I picked up my phone and scrolled through my photos. Once I got settled in, I immediately changed my number which meant I couldn’t really talk to anyone. Not only did I miss Thanksgiving, but also Christmas, and this made me really emotional. I never missed a holiday with my family, so this was taking a toll on me. As for Lamar, I’m not sure how things are going with him. After what happened between him and Morgan, their friendship was practically over. I really hate that happened, but it had to be done. Now, Morgan and I didn’t need to hide our relationship. We could finally be together. Sure, we couldn’t show it now, but at least we didn’t have to sneak around once we return home. Well, if we did return home.

As for what happened before we arrived in Dallas, I still cannot stop thinking about that. The fact that I killed someone still bothers me. I have nightmares about it all the time when I think about pulling the trigger. Now I understood what Morgan has been going through all of these years with killing his stepfather. No matter how much you try to block it from your memory, it’s something that would never go away.

I looked over my shoulder at Morgan as he was lying on the bed. I stared at the window looking at how beautiful the night looked. It was perfect for going out to celebrate the New Year. Too bad we couldn’t.

“This sucks.”

Morgan stared at me and smiled. “What? That you and I will be here alone. I hardly find that a bad thing.”

I glanced at him with a huge smile. “Trust me, it’s not that. It’s just that it’s New Year’s Eve. We should be going out and having fun.”

Morgan got up from the bed and walked over to me. His clear blue eyes were giving me a piercing stare while his lips were curled into a sexy smile which instantly made me wet. This man definitely knew how to make most of my issues disappear with a smile and those damn eyes. I loved his eyes.

“I was hoping we could ring in the New Year another way,” he said.

“I’m sure you do.”

He pulled me into his arms and gently kissed my neck. He gave me a sincere look as he noticed the doubtful look on my face.

“I know you want to go out, but you know we can’t.”

“That’s my problem with this entire thing. We have been in Dallas for almost a month now, and we’ve barely been outside. I can’t deal with this. I’m so used to being outdoors that I feel like I’m being shut in.”

“Baby, I know this is an adjustment. Believe me, I’m feeling the same way, but we can’t risk being seen.”

I sighed and sat down on the bed. “Does Rick and Caroline even know why we’ve been hiding out?”

Morgan sighed and sat down beside me. “Not really. Aunt Caroline did ask why we’re always here.”

“Don’t you think you need to tell them?”

“Tell them what? That I killed my stepfather, and I’m possibly hiding from his damn family. Let’s not forget that my girlfriend killed someone for me in self-defense.”


“Hales, this is something we have to do right now. Eventually, things will get better.”

“I hope you’re right.”

“Things will change. Just trust me,” he said. He leaned over to me and slowly kissed my lips down to my shoulder. He moved up to my neck and sucked on my skin which made me moan.

“Keep doing that and I won’t care about going anywhere,” I whispered.

“That’s my plan,” he said.

He moved my face to his and kissed me. His hand was moving up my thigh as his tongue was grazing my earlobe. Before we could even go any further, the door opened, and Will walked in. We both looked up, wondering what the hell was going on.

“What the hell, Will!” Morgan yelled.

“Sorry, I didn’t think you two were about to…”

“We’re not now,” I whispered as I moved away from Morgan.

“You could have knocked,” Morgan continued.

“I know and I’m sorry. Anyway, a bunch of us are going to the Palace to ring in the New Year. You guys want to come?”

“I don’t think so,” Morgan said.

“Come on. Every time I have asked you to go out, you never do. You’re always here which I know can be a little boring.”

“Will, thanks, but no thanks. We’re cool.”

“Don’t you two think you should forget about whatever happened this year and bring in 2015 with a little fun? I know something must have happened back in Houston, and that’s why you’re here.”

Morgan looked at Will while I gave him an uneasy look. This conversation was moving in a different direction.

“Why would you think that?”

“I know you Morgan. You barely come to visit us and all of a sudden you’re here, and you haven’t left. If something is wrong, you can always tell me.”

I glanced at Morgan, who looked at me. He looked back at Will and gave him a confident smile.

“Nothing’s going on Will. We’re here because I hadn’t visited in a while. I know it has been a long time, that’s why I needed to visit.”

Will folded his arms across his chest and nodded. “Okay. I never got to ask, but how is your mom? I know things haven’t really been the same since Craig went missing.”

I tilted my head at Will wondering where he was getting at. We’ve been here for a while now, and he’s just now bringing this up. Something’s not right.

“My mom is fine. There was a period when things were sort of dark for her, but she’s doing better.”

“Why haven’t you contacted her since you been here?”

Something definitely wasn’t right.

“Uh, Will, I think we will take you up on that offer. Give us a few minutes while we get ready.”

“Hales…” Morgan interrupted.

“Trust me, we’ll have fun,” I said while giving him a cautious stare.

Will smiled and went to the door. “I’ll be back in an hour.”

I gave him a fake smile as he went outside. As soon as the door closed, Morgan gave me a heated glance.

“What are you doing? We can’t…”

“I know that, but I had to do something so he would leave.”


“Don’t you find it weird that he was asking all of those questions about your mom? It didn’t make sense.”

“He was just wondering.”

“He could have asked that when you first arrived, not when you’re alone with him. It was like he was fishing for details.”

“You’re being paranoid now.”

“Am I? Since everything we have been through, I think you need to put your guard up for everyone, including your family.”

Morgan shook his head while I sighed. “Baby, I’m not being suspicious, but I been having a strange vibe about him since we first arrived. There’s definitely something up with your cousin, and I really think you should watch what you say around him.”

“I understand that you have been through a lot with everything that has happened, but he’s my cousin. Yes, he can be a bit pushy sometimes, but I have never had to doubt him or his motives.”

“Okay, fine. I just wanted to give you my reasons. I didn’t want to keep that from you.”

“That’s fine, but I assure you that Will is good people. You can trust him.”

I gave him a doubtful look which I quickly replaced with a forced grin. “Well, if you trust him, then I will too.”

“Good. Now, I guess we should get ready to go out, even though, we shouldn’t. I think you said that so we actually could go.”

“Well, yes.”

He smiled and kissed my cheek. “In that case, you better make it worth my while.”

“You know I will.”

He smacked my ass and smiled before going to the bathroom.

I looked over at the window and saw Will looking through the window as well. He gave me a sinful grin before going into the main house.

A shiver went through me as I turned around. I would never put any trust in him. He was too creepy. I guess I would have to keep my suspicions to myself for now.



Lucky IS Reading Giveaway Hop



Hi everyone!! I’m happy to be a part of this wonderful giveaway hop hosted by StuckInBooks.  Since my time has been limited due to writing, I haven’t had a chance to read much; but when I do, I have been lucky enough to come across a couple of great reads.

Here are a few of those books:


Alexis + men = disaster. At least, that’s how it’s always been. Still, she’s easily tempted by her new surroundings at the University of California to put a foot forward into the dating pool; just not her best one. Relationships and situation-ships quickly become a balancing act as she tries to survive her freshman year.

Jaden is something like an “it guy”, but not by choice. He would much rather live a quiet, normal life exactly opposite of the one the media portrays. So when he meets Alexis by chance, he instantly falls for her beauty, charm, and… normalcy. But he learns very quickly that dealing with her is anything but normal.

Tyree isn’t a man of many words; he prefers action. When, sweet, sexy, naive Alexis Martin becomes a resident in his dorm, he can’t help trying his hand at getting with her, even if she is a freshman.

Attractions and Distractions will take you on a bumpy ride through the struggles and triumphs of finding love on the college scene.


Simone is a woman on a mission: Stop being boring, and fall in love.

That’s easier said than done with no prospects on the table… or under the table… or near the table. Her luck changes when fellow neighborhood business owner Roman Taylor walks through the door of her flower shop.

Roman is single, successful, and sexy — everything Simone is looking for to embark on a whirlwind summer romance with the potential to spark an everlasting love.

But things are never as “perfect” as they seem, and Simone — and Roman — have to decide if they’re willing to risk their hearts when things get a little messy in their pursuit of a crazy little thing called love.


After the surprise engagement party for Mina and Brock, Gabby and Slim found themselves involved in a night of passion. When Slim awakens and finds Gabby gone, he decides then that he deserves better. But can he stay away from Gabby?

Gabby is busy battling skeletons from her past while dealing with her strong feelings from Slim. Slim reminds her so much of her father, that she is a afraid to take a chance on what they feel. The treatment she watched her mother receive from her father was something she always said she wouldn’t tolerate. She knows she deserves better.

Watch as this love story unfolds to find out Who Truly Deserves Better…


At eighteen years old, Brooklyn Andrews is nothing more than a naive college student. Being the youngest of five and the only girl, she is sheltered from a lot of things that most girls her age experience, including boys. That is until she meets Dominic.

Dominic Roberts is a young, handsome business man who owns a profitable trucking company, along with his older brother, David. When the two meet it’s hard to deny the attraction that they have for one another and it doesn’t take long before they act on what they both feel. The only thing standing in their way besides Brooklyn’s brothers is Kennedi, Dominic’s fiancé.

Kennedi loves Dominic with all her heart, but Brooklyn is slowly making him rethink if marriage is what he really wants. Will Dominic drop his fiancé and make Brooklyn his number one or will she continue to be his little secret?

Giveaway: 3 winners will each receive one of the books above or a book of your choice ( eBook must be valued up to $2.99). This giveaway is only for individuals in the US.

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Our Love is BACK!!!



Hi everyone!!! After almost two years of not being available for purchase, Our Love is finally back on all major sites!!! The story has been edited and contains an excerpt from Redemption, the final story in the Love, Life, & Happiness series.



Charlie Perry is faced with a huge dilemma. After having an altercation with a classmate, she is given an ultimatum- transfer schools or face criminal charges. When Charlie is left with no choice but to transfer, she steps into Belmont High not knowing what to expect, especially when she crosses paths with Michael Collier.

Michael Collier is the most popular guy at Belmont. He can practically have any girl he wants, but when he sets his brown eyes on Charlie, he is instantly hooked, wanting to know more about the honey-colored beauty.

But when secrets from each other’s pasts begin to surface, will the two be able to find their way to each other, or keep them apart for good.

(This book is considered mature YA/NA and contains mature subject matter, including mild violence, alcohol use, and sexual language/situations).


Here are all the sites in which Our Love is available:


Barnes & Noble:





I will also post the link for Kobo once it is available. 




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