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The Love Interviews- Andie & Dexter

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Hi everyone and welcome back to The Love Interview series! We’re halfway through the series as I sit down with the wonderful couple from The Love Chronicles series, Andie & Dexter!

SB: How are you two?

Dexter: We’re wonderful, Sheena. Thank you for letting us be a part of your interview series.

Andie: Yes, thank you. It’s truly an honor.

SB: The pleasure is all mine. You two are one of my most popular book couples, so of course I had to include you both on this roster.

Dexter: It’s great to be a part of it.

SB: Did you two ever imagined that your story would be so popular with readers? I have received everything from how cute you two are to how mature you both were in The Love Chronicles. It made readers go back to their teenage years and their first love, which I thought was amazing.

Andie: Honestly, we didn’t think it would reach so many people. We just told our story the way it happened. It was truly a romance story, so I’m happy that it made readers feel happy.

SB: A lot of readers were anxious to read your story because of your parents and the success of their stories in the In Love With My Best Friend series. Did it make you two feel intimidated by the comparisons between your series and theirs?

Dexter: Honestly, I don’t think there is a comparison between the two series. Yes, our parents’ series was really good and it told their stories on how they fell in love, but that were their stories. This series is ours and it’s completely different because we have experienced different situations compared to what our parents experienced.

SB: I have to say, you are a splitting image of your father. I hope I wasn’t out of line when I said that.

Dexter: It’s fine. I always get that, so I’m used to it.

SB: Let’s move on to the series. Since The Love Chronicles was a story of how you two reconnected after being apart for some time, Say That You Love goes into a deeper level as the two of you explore your relationship further. Can you tell your readers how far does your relationship go in the new story?

Andie: Since we’re both in college now, our relationship has become more mature as we start to learn more about each other. We both start to make bigger decisions that we probably never imagined making before. I think readers will like how things have evolved between us as a couple as well as individually.

Dexter: I agree. We both had to make some huge decisions in this story. Of course a lot of people weren’t on board with those decisions, but that’s a part of life. Regardless, I don’t regret anything that I have experienced so far with Andie.

Andie: I feel the same way, Dex.

SB: Gosh, you two are so cute! How is college life treating you two? Is it everything you both imagine it would be?

Andie: It’s very interesting.

SB: What about you, Dex?

Dexter: A lot has happened so far with our first semester at Smith.

SB: Care to share what happened?

Dexter: You know I can’t do that, Sheena.

SB: I know, I know. But how are Mashawn and Andrew?

Andie: They’re great.

SB: What about Regina, Dex? I know she’s living at home now; so how is that going?

Dexter: It’s going fine for the most part. I know she misses being at her art school, but Mom and Dad felt it was better for her to stay at home and go to Williamson, so she had no choice.

SB: But she will be going off to college in another year, so was taking her out of art school sort of a waste since she’ll be leaving home again soon?

Dexter: I think our parents felt she kind of lost her way a bit there and felt it was best for her to be at home right now.

SB: That’s understandable. Well, I know you two can’t give a lot away from Say That You Love Me, because the book is available today, but can you give a little insight on what readers should expect from the story?

Andie: Just be prepared for some of the scenes in the story.

Dexter: It’ll be a roller coaster ride, for sure.

SB: There you have it. I want to thank both Andie and Dexter for taking the time out of their schedules to talk with me. Their new story, Say That You Love Me, is available now only on Amazon. If you haven’t read their first story from the series, then that is available as well. Trust me, these two books are truly wonderful.

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The Love Interview series continue tomorrow as I catch up with Hayley & Morgan from the Something Just Ain’t Right series. The two have a surprise announcement to make, so you definitely don’t want to miss that! 🙂

 

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The Love Interviews- Asia & Bryon

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Welcome back to The Love Interview series, where today I’ll be chatting with Asia and Bryon from Reclaiming What Is Mine! This was actually a standalone novel, but decided to do another story regarding the couple’s nuptials, titled, Reclaiming What Is Ours. Of course, there are other elements in the story that readers will definitely be intrigued with.

Now, let’s start the interview:

SB: Before we start the interview, I have to thank you both for agreeing to do one. I know you both have hectic schedules with Bryon running the agency and Asia with your writing.

Bryon: Of course, we had to take some time out for you, Sheena.

Asia: Yes! We’re so excited that you wanted to talk with us. It’s truly an honor.

SB: Thank you. I have to admit, Reclaiming What Is Mine really hit home for me with the situation that you were in, Asia. Tell me, what was going through your mind when you decided to move in with Dwight’s aunt, Jordan? I know that was difficult for you.

Asia: It was truly an adjustment that I had to face. Thank God I’m no longer there, lol.

SB: Lol, I can imagine. But moving on, how are things between you two? When readers read the ending, you two were going to Vegas to elope, but in your new story, you’re having a wedding. So, are you two married or decided to wait to have a lavish wedding?

Asia: We decided to wait. We figured we wanted to do things right.

Bryon: When Asia told me that she didn’t really have a wedding the first time, I figured it was only right to give her want she deserves, so we decided to just go to Vegas as a celebration of our engagement.

SB: That’s sweet, but Bryon, you always have been a sweetheart and a man who knows what he wants. I love that in a man.

Bryon: Thank you, Sheena. I appreciate that.

SB: No problem. But how is the agency going?

Bryon: It’s going fine. Jason and I actually locked three new clients this past week.

SB: Wow, that’s amazing! Congratulations.

Bryon: Thank you.

SB: So Jason is still working at the agency?

Bryon: He is, part time; but he’s more focused with being a detective. He tried to lighten his work load once Delia came along, but he couldn’t handle it. He loves what he do.

SB: And Maxine doesn’t have a problem with it?

Bryon: Not at all.

SB: Do you miss working on the force?

Asia: Yeah, Bryon, do you?

SB: I can tell by your facial expression that you two have discussed this before.

Bryon: We have, and I have went back to the force.

SB: Really?

Bryon: There was a case I had to be a part of.

Asia: Ask him who his partner is?

SB: Judging from Bryon’s expression, I don’t think I should.

Asia: Try him.

Bryon: You know this is not funny, Asia.

Asia: Am I laughing?

Bryon: You’re smirking, so it’s the same thing.

SB: Is it Dwight?

Bryon: Unfortunately.

SB: How did that come about?

Bryon: He switched divisions; since I left the force, Jason got another partner, which left me with Dwight.

SB: I’m sure it’s awkward.

Bryon: You don’t say.

Asia: Now, this is awkward to discuss.

SB: I agree, so we should move on. How is your writing coming along, Asia? What about your company? Have you signed any other new authors?

Asia: I do have another book coming out and I’m working with one of my new authors with her book. As it just so happens, she’s dating Dwight.

SB: Wow, so he’s not with Tonya?

Asia: Nope.

SB: And as I can see from Bryon’s expression again that we should completely stop talking about Dwight.

Bryon: Please.

SB: Okay, what about your wedding? Can you share any ideas on the theme?

Asia: We settled on an outdoor wedding, possibly the beach. Since it will be in the summer, then it’ll be a possibility.

SB: A beach wedding. I love those. You should talk to Hayley and Morgan, since they had a beach wedding.

Asia: Maybe we should so we can get some pointers.

Bryon: Cool.

SB: There is something I wanted to point out. With the first story, a lot of readers were displeased with the basis of the story since it did tackle the issue of infidelity. How do you two feel about the issue?

Asia: Of course I felt guilty throughout the time that Bryon and I developed a relationship. We both knew it was wrong, but as the saying goes, you can’t help who you love. No matter how much I’d tried to deny my feelings for Bryon, they were there; with the issues I was having with Dwight, it made things with Bryon even more complicated; but I knew where my heart was, and it was with Bryon.

Bryon: I don’t think a lot of people want to be in a situation where they cheat. Honestly, if someone is not happy in a relationship, they should either try to fix what’s broke or just move on. Honestly, I think that what happened with Asia and Dwight. I admit, the situation should had been handled better, but at the end, everyone did realize the part they played and moved on from the situation.

SB: So, you both encourage infidelity?

Asia: Of course not, but as adults, we have to own up to our mistakes, and I think we all did that.

Bryon: I agree.

SB: At the end of the day, you two were able to find the love that you both longed for as well as Dwight, even though it didn’t last for him.

Asia: He did find love as well with his son, Omari, so there was a silver lining with that situation.

SB: What should readers expect from your new story?

Asia: Reclaiming What Is Ours takes place a year after the proposal as Bryon and I get ready for our wedding, while dealing with other events in our lives.

Bryon: There will be some issues along the way, but no matter what, we work through them. I can’t imagine not having A in my life, so whatever the issues may be, we’ll find a way to overcome them, right A?

Asia: Of course.

SB: I love you two as a couple. Despite what you two have went through, you found a way to make things work. But I want to thank you two for a very insightful interview.

Asia: The pleasure was ours, Sheena.

Bryon: Thank you.

 

SB: Reclaiming What Is Ours will be available on September 8th! Their first story, Reclaiming What Is Mine, is available now on all major outlets in eBook as well as paperback. If you haven’t read this story, then you definitely should. It’s a must read!

Check back tomorrow as I interview Andie & Dexter from The Love Chronicles series as they discuss their new story, Say That You Love Me.

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The Love Interview Series- Cheryl & Marcus

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It’s the second day of The Love Interview series, and I have gracing the blog today, Cheryl and Marcus, who you all know very well from the Love, Life, & Happiness series. Let’s find out what the two have been up to as well as the huge announcement they have for everyone.

 

SB: First off, I would like to say thank you for agreeing to do an interview with me.

Cheryl: Thank you for wanting to do one with us. We’re flattered.

Marcus: We really are. Our lives are boring, so I don’t know why you would want to interview us.

SB: Lol! Please Marcus, your lives are far from boring. Honestly, I have to say, out of everyone from the series, you two have a pretty interesting life.

Cheryl: Seriously? Especially when there’s Ri & Shawn…

Marcus: Brit & Jay…

SB: Yes, their lives are interesting too, but Cher, you’re in med school becoming a surgeon while Marcus is an entrepreneur who just opened your third club in four years. How do you two juggle all of that, be parents to two kids, and still find time for each other? I mean, we all need to know that.

Cheryl: Simple: we just find the time to balance everything.

Marcus: After our trip at the cabin, we realized that we have to find time because our marriage was suffering. We needed to get back to how we fell in love and continue to build on that. As for being parents, we need to be there for our kids and be the best parents that we can be. Sometimes, it can be really hard, but I think we’re managing.

Cheryl: We definitely are.

SB: I interviewed Ri & Shawn yesterday and I could tell they are really happy. Have you spoken to them recently?

Cheryl: We have. We recently visited them a few weeks ago to get ready for the Phoenix ATL opening.

SB: Can you share with us anything that has happened with their move to the ATL? Also, I’m trying to figure out who Shawn’s co-worker was, because he nor Ri would tell me.

Marcus: You know we can’t say anything about that.

Cheryl: They would chew us out on that, Sheena.

SB: I’m just curious.

Cheryl: Everyone have to check out their story to find out who it is. I can say this, though, readers will know this person very well.

Marcus: Very well.

SB: Okay, I will not discuss that any further. Cheryl, how are you holding up with Jackie’s passing? Did you still go to Niagara Falls with Kevin and Elise?

Cheryl: Yes, I did. It was quite the experience, especially with Dante there, but all in all, it was good.

SB: But how are you really holding up?

Cheryl: I’m fine.

SB: Okay. How are Kevin and Elise?

Cheryl: They’re good. Elise is taking her pregnancy in stride while Kevin is still working under Marcus and was a big part of the ATL opening.

Marcus: Yeah, he was actually in Atlanta around the same time as us with the club opening. We were even able to help out Shawn during the network’s celebration gala.

SB: Oh yeah; Ri mentioned that. So your group played for the event?

Marcus: We did. It was fun.

SB: Any other events you all have planned?

Marcus: Not at the moment, but maybe in the future.

SB: That’s good to hear. Looking back on the beginning of your relationship, are you both content on how things ended up, or do you wish you could have a do-over?

Cheryl: I’m pretty happy with how things progressed between us. We had some bumpy moments, but we managed to work through them.

Marcus: That’s true. There were some trust issues, but what couple doesn’t have that, especially in the beginning of a new relationship.

Cheryl: We both have grown from the start of our relationship, I believe with the events that occurred between us, it made us stronger, both individually and as a couple.

SB: I think in a relationship, both individuals realize a part of themselves that they didn’t know exist; so I think with the right person, it could bring out the other person’s full potential in themselves, which I think is a wonderful thing.

Cheryl: It certainly is.

Marcus: I still think about how we met at that party. If it wasn’t for that night, we probably wouldn’t have met.

Cheryl: We still would have.

SB: I really do love you two as a couple. I just have one more thing to ask.

Marcus: Ask away.

SB: What is next for you two? I know readers would love to have another story about you two. Ri & Shawn have three, so why you two can’t have another one.

Cheryl: Do readers really want another story from us? I mean, our lives are pretty average.

SB: Didn’t we just have this discussion earlier? There’s still a lot that the two of you can share. If you’re willing to.

Marcus: Well, I’m down for it. What about you, Cher?

Cheryl: I think it would be great. Sure, why not.

SB: Great! I’m really glad to hear that. Thank you both again so much for taking the time out to do this interview.

Cheryl: It was our pleasure, Sheena.

 

SB: And there you have it! There will be another Love, Life, & Happiness spin-off with Cheryl & Marcus coming in November. This story will tackle a lot, including the two juggling married life, kids, and their careers. This is a standalone you do not want to miss! An official release date will be announced soon.

Check back tomorrow when I interview Asia & Bryon from Reclaiming What Is Mine as they talk about their upcoming book, Reclaiming What Is Ours.

 

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The Love Interviews- Riana & Shawn

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to kick off The Love Interview series, which will be a week-long event featuring some of your favorite couples from my most popular series.

Today, I have no other than the couple who started it all for the Love, Life, & Happiness series, to start the first interview, Riana and Shawn.

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SB: First off, I have to say thank you for being apart of this event.

Riana: It’s a pleasure, Sheena. Thank you so much for having us.

SB: Of course! I know both of your schedules are pretty busy these days. You just recently moved to Atlanta. How is that going for you two?

Shawn: So far, so good. Of course, it was a huge adjustment from being in Baker, but we’re managing.

Riana: Yeah, we are.

SB: You don’t sound so assuring, Riana. Is everything okay?

Riana: Of course. Like Shawn said, there has been a lot of adjustments that we had to make, but that’s part of the process of moving to a new city.

SB: I must say, I completely fell in love with you and Shawn when Love Unbroken was released. You two had such a raw chemistry that was so beautiful. Tell me, what made you two instantly click?

Shawn: Besides the fact that Ri is beautiful, she has a wonderful soul that you will instantly gravitate to. I knew when I first saw her that she was going to be in my life forever.

Riana: I felt the same way about Shawn. I tried hard to deny it, but I couldn’t anymore. I knew he was the one for me who accepted all of me and loved me for the person that I am.

SB: You two remind me so much of myself and my fiancé, especially you Shawn. He does spoken word as well; so I have to ask, do you still do it, since your schedule is so jam packed now?

Shawn: I don’t do it as much as I would like, but I try to write something every now and then. Maybe me and your fiancé should get together and compare a few poems one day.

SB: Really, wow. I’ll let him know. How’s your writing coming along, Ri? Are you cooking up any new stories lately?

Riana: I actually am. It’s top secret, so I can’t reveal anything just yet.

SB: I can respect that. I’m usually like that as well. How is Elis? Is he adjusting well in the ATL?

Shawn: Of course! I swear that little boy is just like me.

Riana: He’s not kidding.

Shawn: I mean with loving to try new things. He’s only four, but he’s an adult trapped in a little boy’s body.

Riana: That I can agree on.

SB: That’s really great to hear. What about the crew? How is everyone?

Riana: Everyone is good. In fact, you’ll be seeing Cheryl and Marcus tomorrow, right?

SB: Yup! I can’t wait to talk to them. I’m sure they have a lot going on as well.

Riana: They do; with Cher in med school and Marcus with The Phoenix ATL, their lives are pretty hectic. As for everyone else, they’re all doing fine. We’re hoping everyone can come to Atlanta soon to visit.

SB: I’m sure that will be great. Well, I think we got off track a bit with the interview. You have a book coming up titled Real Love which is about part of your move to Atlanta. I have to say, what you both have experienced was pretty intense.

Shawn: It was, but of course, we always try to see the positive in everything, right baby?

Riana: Of course. All relationships are not perfect, but it’s how you manage them and work out your issues before they escalate are important. We don’t hide anything from each other; never have and never will.

SB: Didn’t Shawn hide the fact that he was Alpha Man when you two were on Spoken?

Shawn: Besides that.

Riana: Things have really progressed between us after that. We’re a much better unit after that.

SB: I’m glad. Communication is so important in a relationship. Without that and trust, there’s no relationship.

Riana: That’s true.

SB: You both have a lot of readers who are anxious for this story. What can we all expect from this book?

Shawn: There are a lot of things that the two of us try to deal with both personally and professionally. With me, I began a new position with a new network in which I’m an anchor with and I come across a lot of different situations with my co-worker as well as with the producer of the network.

Riana: Yeah. I still don’t like that co-worker of yours.

Shawn: Do we really have to do this now, Ri?

Riana: I’m just saying.

SB: What’s with your co-worker, Shawn?

Shawn: That I don’t want to discuss right now, but I can say that she’s quite the handful.

Riana: You can say that again. And to think we used to be friends.

SB: Whoa! What?

Shawn: Can we move on, please?

SB: Sure. So anything else you would like to add, Ri?

Riana: Well, readers will be able to catch up with the crew again in this story as well as Roland and Carolyn. They visit us, which is always a treat.

Shawn: Yup, Mom and Dad are quite the pair.

Riana: Lol. They definitely are.

SB: Will you two be doing any singing in this story?

Riana: We will, especially Shawn. The network found out that he could sing, so they asked if he could be one of the acts for their celebration gala. It was nice. That and there’s also another time when he pulled a performance on-air.

SB: Really.

Shawn: There’s a reason for it.

SB: It must be a good one if Ri is smiling.

Riana: It is.

SB: Well, I have to say it was quite the honor to interview you two. I really enjoyed it.

Shawn: Thank you for the opportunity.

SB: And I still want to know who the co-worker is.

Shawn: You have to read the story to find out.

SB: I definitely will. Make sure to one-click Real Love, which will be available only on Amazon April 25th. If you have never read these two love story, you can pick up the very first story in the Love, Life, & Happiness series, Love Unbroken, which is available now.

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Make sure to check back tomorrow as I interview Cheryl and Marcus as I see what they have been up to as well as the two making a huge announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt – Say That You Love Me

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Hi everyone! And Happy Valentine’s Day! Say That You Love Me will be released on February 23rd, so that means it’s time for me to share an excerpt with you all! I’m so excited for the release of the second book in The Love Chronicles series, as Andie and Dexter move on to college as they deal with even bigger challenges in their personal lives and in their relationship.

The unedited excerpt follow the two as they prepare for their first day at Smith University. This is from Andie’s POV. Enjoy! 🙂

College. The epitome of what some people say as the beginning of your adulthood. This is the time when the decision-making is all your own and you have a bit of freedom.

So they say.

For me, college is a bit of that, but also knowing what you can handle. I think I can handle it all. I was able to study and engage in activities in high school, so college shouldn’t be any different, right? Well, that was before Dexter.

Even though the two of us started our relationship a few months back, things over the summer changed between us, and now, we’re inseparable. I don’t think we have been apart from each other for even a second. We went out together, worked together at the neighborhood community center, and even volunteered together. If we had our way, we probably would had went to sleep together. I’m sure our parents would have had a fit if that happened. Now that we’re in college, I’m sure that will change.

Maybe.

I pulled into the student parking lot of the Richardson dorms at Smith University. I looked around, taking in the entire campus as a huge smile spread across my lips. I have to admit, Smith is a beautiful campus. It may not be my dream college, Yale, but it’s close to it. Besides, it has the most impressive communication department in Texas, so that’ll be a plus for me.

“Will you stop daydreaming and get out of the car? I’m ready to see our room.”

I looked over at my friend, Mashawn Peterson, as she gave a huge smile. The two of us has been tight since middle school. I still don’t see how we became friends since we’re so different, but as the saying goes, opposites does attract. Despite our differences, we have always been there for each other.

“I’m getting out in a second. I’m waiting on Dexter.”

 

Mashawn rolled her eyes. “Damn, you two can’t do anything without the other. I wonder do you two go to the bathroom together.”

“That’s just crossing the line.”

“I have to wonder.”

“Why you just didn’t drive down here. You do have a car.”

“Because it’s in the shop again. My parents going to bring it down later.”

I nodded, wondering how that will go. The three hasn’t had the best relationship before the summer, but things has become really rocky since they caught her and her boyfriend, Andrew Pierce doing a lot more than making out on the couch. Personally, Dex and I wouldn’t had done that in the living room, but that’s just me. Actually, Dex and I haven’t even gotten to that point yet, so that’s not a concern with us. For now.

“You’re not going to need reinforcement, are you?”

“Everything will be fine. Andrew just can’t come to the house anymore while they’re out. Doesn’t matter because I won’t be going there for break.”

“Where will you be staying?”

“I was hoping with you.”

I rolled my eyes and sighed. “We’ll see.”

I noticed Dexter’s car pulling up beside mine which made me smile. As soon as he got out, my heart started to skip a beat. I never thought I would say this, but I’m deeply, madly in love with him. I love everything about him, which can be good, but also a curse. In the summer, we didn’t have too much to worry about, but now that classes will start soon, I hope it doesn’t affect our education. I know Dexter wouldn’t let it, but I’m a little worried that I will.

“I’m surprised your parents aren’t here yet. I’m sure they don’t want you to go. They might think you’ll go buck wild here.”

“You know that won’t happen, Mashawn.”

“Please; you have your boyfriend here, which I might add, is looking delicious in that blue shirt. Do you really think you two will still be able to control yourselves here? I don’t think so.”

I glanced over at his car as he gave me a bright smile. He came over to mine and tapped on the window.

Mashawn gave me an unconvinced look and I hit her arm.

“Resulting to violence now?”

“Shut up.”

He stood back as I got out of the car. He gently grabbed me and gave me a heated kiss. I slowly melted against him, enjoying the moment with him, but I always do every time.

“I missed you.” he whispered in my ear.

“We just saw each other at your house.”

“An hour is too long without seeing you.”

I blushed and smiled.

“God, you two are sickening.” Mashawn teased.

“Don’t you have a boyfriend you can go bother?” Dexter asked.

“Do you see him here?”

“That’s still your cue to leave.” Dexter said while giving a smirk.

“Not until my roommate and I check out our room. We should make our entrance together, so you two can carry on.”

I smiled. “She’s not leaving, Dex.”

“Fine, we’ll just give her more to be sick over.” He said and kissed me again. We were still going at it when we heard several people clearing their throats. I didn’t have to look behind me to know who they were.

“Look at you two giving people a show.” Dexter sister, Regina said while laughing.

I looked at her parents and mine as they were giving Dexter and me funny looks. Mashawn giggled as I gave an embarrassed look.

“Leave them alone. They’re in love, so it’s natural.” Dexter’s mom, Tia, said and smiled.

My mom came over and gave me a hug. “I still can’t believe you’re in college. I’m going to miss you so much.”

“It’s just an hour away, Mom.”

“I know, but this is your first time being alone without any supervision. Anything can happen.”

“Don’t worry, Mrs. Williams; with Dex and me here, she’ll be in good hands.” Mashawn said and smiled.

“That’s not reassuring.”

“What are you trying to say?” Tia asked.

“Nothing against you, Dex, but I just don’t want anything happening to my baby.”

“Mom, I’m not a child. I can take care of myself.”

My dad came over to me and put his hands on my shoulders. “We know, but you’re our only child. We know this is an exciting time for you, but it does come with a lot of responsibilities.”

“They think you two are going to have sex.” Mashawn whispered.

My dad stared at Mashawn and continued talking. “We just don’t want anything to come in between your studies.”

“And they won’t, Uncle Trevor. We both assure you and Aunt Camille that our education is our top priority.” Dexter said.

“Absolutely.” I agreed.

“Why are you two concerned? You know these two have good heads on their shoulders. Nothing will happen.” Dexter’s dad, Charles, responded.

“We all have been to college, so we know what happens.”

“That doesn’t mean these two will fall into that trap.”

“You never know. I’ve seen a lot of stuff happening at my art school. No supervision and access to anything you need can cause trouble.” Regina added.

“You’re not helping the situation.” Dexter said.

“And that’s why you’re no longer there.” Her dad added.

“Mom, Dad, I know you’re both concerned, but we talked about this; I’ll be fine.”

“I guess you’re right. Besides, we can always visit.” My mom said.

I sighed, knowing they probably just might.

“We won’t let that happen. You two just enjoy your time in college. We all were young once, so enjoy it.” Tia said.

“Thank you, Aunt Tia.”

“And if you two do try, we’ll take your keys away.”

“That’s fine; we’ll just take yours. We know all of your hiding places.” My mom said.

Tia smirked as everyone grabbed items from the trunk of my car. I looked around again, still in awe over the campus.

While Mashawn was looking at the room checklist for the room number, Dexter gave me the once-over, which made me blush again.

“Your parents does have a point.”

I stared at him, wondering what he meant. “What part?”

“We will be spending a lot of time together, and we won’t have to sneak around, climbing into each other’s bedrooms.”

I stared at him, becoming nervous to what he was saying. Is he thinking about us going to the next level? We’d talked about it a lot over the summer, but we both agreed we will when the time was right. I have been thinking about it a lot, though, but I just didn’t want to jump into it and regret it later.

“I didn’t mean to make you nervous.”

“It’s not that, Dexter.”

“Then what is it?”

“What are you two talking about?” My dad asked while staring at us. I didn’t realize we had stopped walking and was in the middle of the hallway.

“Nothing, Uncle Trevor. Let’s go check out your room, Andie.”

I nodded, knowing there will be another time when this conversation will come up.

My dad turned to stare at a guy who had his shower gear with him as he was heading to the bathroom. He stared at me with a disappointed glance.

This is a co-ed dorm?!”

I sighed. I didn’t tell my parents because I knew they wouldn’t approve. Mashawn and I planned to move to the Watson, the dorm we spent the weekend in during our campus visit, but Housing made an error, giving our room to someone else; therefore, we had to opt for Richardson, which is in fact, co-ed.

Of course Mashawn didn’t have a problem with it.

“Dad, stop.”

“Why you didn’t tell us it’s co-ed?”

“Because you wouldn’t have let me stayed on campus. Housing made an error, so they found us a room here.”

“You don’t have an issue with this?” Charles asked Dexter.

“I trust my girl. Besides, I’ll be here all of the time, so it’s fine.”

“That makes me feel so much better.” My dad sarcastically replied.

“Enough! Trevor, Andie is right; we need to trust her. She’s been wise beyond her years, so we don’t have to wonder about her. She’ll be okay.” My mom said.

“It’s not Andie I’m concerned about; it’s everyone around her that has me on edge.” He said while staring at Dexter.

“Even me?” Mashawn asked.

“Especially you.”

“Okay, stop! Let’s just check out our room.” I said, quickly becoming annoyed with this conversation.

I grabbed my key, which we picked up from Housing a couple of days ago, and put it into the lock. Mashawn and I wanted to check it out when we received our keys, but the office mentioned they had to clean it before letting us see it.

I slowly opened the door, smiling at how huge the room was. Instead of being one room, it was actually a suite with our rooms connected by the common room.

Mashawn quickly put down her bags and went to the kitchenette near the window. “Wow, this is like a mini apartment! This is really cool!”

“This is where our money went?” my dad asked while looking around. “We definitely didn’t have this in college.”

“Times have definitely changed.” Charles pointed out.

“Is this how yours and Andrew’s room set-up?” Tia asked Dexter.

“Ours a regular room. You two definitely lucked out.”

“That we did. Hallelujah!” Mashawn exclaimed.

We continued to look around when Andrew walked in. “Wow, you girls definitely lucked out. I guess I’ll be here all the time, then.” He said while going to Mashawn. She gave him a kiss before he stared at everyone.

“Thanks for giving me the room number.”

“Of course. Glad you were able to find it.”

My dad sighed and asked which room was mines. I looked at Mashawn who shrugged. “Take whichever.”

“On the right.”

He grabbed my things and went in.

“Don’t worry about him; he’ll be okay.” My mom said.

“You’re worried too.”

“Not as much as him.”

“I can handle myself.”

“I know, baby; but as I mentioned before about having sex; get on birth control. And use a condom. Always.”

“We don’t have to have this talk.”

“We need to. You’re 18, but you’re still my baby.”

I nodded as she gave me a hug.

As everyone was putting items into the common room and our bedrooms, the suite started to look like home. Once everything was situated, Dexter, Andrew, along with Dex’s parents and Regina, went to go to their dorm room, leaving me, Mashawn, and my parents in the suite.

“Did you two need anything while we’re still here?” my mom asked Mashawn and me.

“No, we’re fine, but thank you all for helping us.”

“Of course, sweetie.” My mom replied.

“But if there is anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.” My dad said.

“I know. I love you both.” I said as I gave them both a hug.

“Love you too, sweetie.”

“Call me when you get back home, okay.”

“We will.”

I looked at them as my mom gave me another hug. “Remember what I said, okay.”

“Mom.”

“I know, I know.”

The two went to the door as Mashawn opened it. They didn’t want to leave as she gently pushed them to the hallway.

“Thanks again. Bye bye.” She said and closed the door.

“Mashawn!”

“What? Those two need to loosen up. You’re an adult, which means you can make your own choices. They can’t and shouldn’t baby you any longer.”

“You know they’re not going to like you after that.”

She shrugged. “Once I give them the old Mashawn charm, they’ll like me again.”

I shook my head. She was right about that.

“But seriously, I have to agree with your parents on one thing: Now that you and Dex have a bit more freedom, you do know he’s going to want to take things a bit further.”

“What is it with everyone about sex? If we wanted to do it, we would had already.”

“That’s true, but now you two don’t have to sneak around to do it. You both have a lot more access to do what you want. Trust me, it’s going to happen.”

I looked at her as she grabbed her bag and went into her room. I looked at the heart necklace that he bought me for my birthday. I sighed, realizing she could be right, but was I ready to take that step?

 

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The Love Interview Series Lineup

 

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to announce the lineup for The Love Interview series, which will be starting on February 20th! With this series, not only will you all be getting a glimpse of each book couple’s lives, but also learning new information about upcoming books and their release dates.

Now, here is the lineup. I hope you all are able to check in each day to read each interview from your favorite couples. 🙂

 

2/20: Riana & Shawn

2/21: Cheryl & Marcus

2/22: Asia & Bryon

2/23: Andie & Dexter

2/24: Hayley & Morgan

2/25: Tamara & Lamar

2/26: Vanessa & Mark

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Behind The Pen 17

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Hi everyone! I know I’ve been MIA from everything recently, including social media, mainly due to the fact that I was finishing up Say That You Love Me. It’s now with the editor, which I’m pretty excited for.

Another thing that I’m excited for is that I’ll be one of the featured authors during the Behind The Pen event in New York in August! This will be an event to remember as some of your favorite indie authors will be coming together for a day of fun as we mix and mingle with our fans!

Here is the info for the event:

Have you purchased your ticket to attend the hottest literary event happening on the east coast? Tickets are selling fast, get yours before they are gone!

Date: August 12, 2017

Time: 12pm-4pm

Purchase tickets here > http://bit.ly/BehindThePen17

PS. We hear there will be lots of giveaways!

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Tickets are still available, so click on the link above to register.

I hope to see you all there! 🙂