12 Days Of Christmas: A LL&H Happiness

Hi everyone! We are now into the third day of the 12 Days of Christmas, which will be another Book Day, as we spotlight A Love, Life, & Happiness Christmas.

This is the seventh book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series as “The Crew” spend the holidays together. This story has so many elements, as it gave different stories on each couple from the series. As many of you know, this series is one of my favorites, mainly because it gives the true meaning of family.

Here is an excerpt from the book, as “The Crew” celebrated Christmas together. Enjoy! 🙂

(This excerpt is from Riana’s POV)

After an amazing night with the fam, it was finally Christmas day. I slowly opened my eyes and smiled at my two favorite guys. When we got in last night, the kids were still up since they were so hyped about Christmas. They begged us to open their gifts, but we all agreed that later in the morning would be better. Instead of Elis sleeping in his room with Preston, he opted to sleep with us.

“Is it Christmas, Mommy?” he asked, rubbing his eyes.

“Yes, it is, sweetie.”

“Yay!” he yelled and jumped up.

Shawn quickly sat up and began looking around.

“I think you startled your dad,” I said, laughing.

“It’s not funny. That scared the crap out of me.”

“That’s a bad word,” Elis scolded.

“That isn’t a bad word, and don’t do that again.”

“I’ll go get Preston,” Elis announced, trying to get out of the bed.

I gently pulled the back of his shirt, preventing him from moving. “You can’t just barge in his parents’ room,” I told him. “Let’s get cleaned up, and we’ll go in the main room.”

After doing just that, we walked into the room and saw that Preston was already unwrapping one of his gifts. I looked at Cheryl, who shrugged. “He couldn’t wait,” she explained.

“You still could have waited. Elis wanted to unwrap presents with him.”

He looked at one of the gifts like it was a foreign object as he stared at the wrapping.

“Just open it,” Marcus said.

Cheryl and I giggled as Elis ran to join Preston by the tree.

“Y’all started the party without us?” Jayden asked as he and Britney walked in with Carter and Isabella.

“Well, these two did,” I said, pointing to the boys.

“Cool! I got a Lego set!” Elis yelled, showing it off.

“We know. I almost had to fight a dude to get it,” Shawn whispered.

Everyone started coming out of their rooms, and my mom turned on some Christmas songs. As I watched my family open their gifts, Shawn came over to me with a black jewelry box.

“You know you didn’t have to get me anything.”

“I know, but I thought it was perfect for the occasion.”

I gasped and smiled when I opened the box and saw what was. I looked up at Shawn, and he smiled.

“I know you will always love your promise ring, but I think this really describes our relationship.”

I stared at the ring, noticing that it had two sets of diamonds on the platinum band. I looked at Shawn, confused, wondering what he meant by his statement. “What do you mean?”

“You see, the ring represents two points in our life. You’re my wife and also my best friend. That’s what the diamonds represent.”

A tear slowly rolled down my cheek, and Shawn wiped it away with his finger. “We started off friends, and now, we’re living the life that most people only dream of. I can’t wait to continue our journey together, because I know there’s more to come.”

I nodded. “Me too. I love you so much.”

“I love you, too.”

He took the ring out of the box and took my promise ring off of my ring hand. He replaced it with the new one, making me smile even wider.

To read more, please download A Love, Life, & Happiness Christmas, which is available on all online platforms. But, if you prefer the paperback version, I will be doing a giveaway of the book. To win, all you have to do is tell me in the Comments section your favorite Christmas memory. I will randomly choose the winner. You will have until Thursday, December 16th, to enter. Good luck to everyone, as I look forward to reading everyone’s favorite memory.

That’s it for day three. Check back tomorrow as we go into day four of the 12 Days of Christmas with a throwback to part 1 of The Love Interviews. This one will be with Tamara and Lamar from the Something Just Ain’t Right series.

Until next time, everyone! 🙂

12 Days Of Christmas: Into You & Only You

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the 12 Days of Christmas event. Now, to the second day!

Today is Book Day, which I will be spotlighting one of my favorite books, but there is a twist. Not only will I be spotlighting the first book from the Into You series, but I will also be showcasing my latest release, Only You.

into You was released in 2018 as it gives a fictional story about a car wash in Houston. As many of you may know, I am a manager for a car wash, so the series is fiction, but I did provide some detail into how my daily routine is while I’m at work.

Here is an excerpt from the story, as the main characters, Vanessa and Mark, has their first kiss in the most unusual way.

(This excerpt is from Vanessa’s POV)

I looked around at my new room in Simone’s house and exhaled. After two and a half hours of moving everything out of my condo, my stuff was crammed in my room, Simone’s living room, and in her garage. Luckily, she didn’t have anything in her guest room, so I was able to place all of my bedroom furniture there.

I was about to lay down on my bed when there was a knock at the bedroom door. I looked over and saw Mark standing there.

“Is it okay if I come in?”

“Sure.”

He walked towards the bed, looking at me. I quickly got up and went over to him.

“I really have to thank you for everything. You even put my bed up; that was really sweet of you.”

“I didn’t want you sleeping on the floor. With everything that’s happened today, you need a good night’s rest.”

“Well, I appreciate it. I would like to take you out to dinner as a thank you.”

He shook his head. “You don’t have to. I was glad to do it.”

I suddenly became nervous as I looked at him. I noticed a little sweat on his forehead, so I slowly wiped it away with my fingers.

I smiled at his confused expression. “I didn’t want the sweat to fall in your face. You know, once it gets in your eyes–”

“It stings. Happens a lot to me while I’m working.”

I quickly walked over to the doorway to grab a box. I lost my balance as I bent to pick it up. Mark rushed over to help me. We stared at each other as he slowly let go of my waist.

“Sorry, I didn’t want you to fall.”

“It’s fine; thank you. Where is Simone? Did she leave for work?”

“Yeah, she did. I think you were in the bathroom. She said she’ll call you later.”

“Okay. Well, I guess I better unpack a couple more things before I get some rest.”

“Did you want me to help you?” he asked, moving closer to me. I could feel his presence as he tried to grab a small box beside me.

His shoulder brushed against mine, sending tingles throughout my body. “It’s okay. I can manage.”

“You sure? I don’t mind.”

He looked at me while his fingers slowly caressed my arm. My heart started pounding at his touch. But no matter how good it felt, I couldn’t let this continue. “I’m fine, Mark. Thank you, though.”

He nodded. “Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

I smiled. “See you tomorrow.”

He went towards the hallway, and I followed him. He opened the front door and walked outside. Then, he turned around and gazed at me. “There’s something I have to do, though,” he told me.

He grabbed my waist and stared into my eyes before slowly pulling me to him. His lips touched mine. I was completely surprised but very turned on. His hands slowly caressed my lower back, as they were moving to my ass. My hands were in his hair as I pushed my tongue into his mouth. I whimpered when I felt his hard-on pressed against me. That’s when I knew we had to stop.

I slowly pulled away, and he ran a hand through his hair. I took a minute to control my breathing, and he did, too.

“Now my night is complete. See you, Vanessa.”

I watched him as he went to his truck. He looked back at me before getting inside.

I slowly closed the door, not knowing what the hell just happened. I touched my lips, still feeling his on them. My hands went to my breasts; my body was on fire. I completely forgot about unpacking as I headed to my room.

I needed to take a shower.

A long, steamy shower.

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The second book is Only You, which is the latest spin-off from the Love, LIfe, & Happiness series. This is Drew’s story, which has a different spin from the other books from the series, but it still has the same elements as its focus on the importance of family.

Here is an excerpt from the story, when Drew sees Kayla for the first time.

(This excerpt is from Drew’s POV)

I went towards the door, needing a moment to myself. For some reason, I suddenly felt a bit overwhelmed. Just seeing everyone together tonight all coupled up and with their kids made me feel some type of way. I didn’t regret how things were in my life right now. I was just 27, so I did have a lot of life ahead of me, but sometimes, I wondered if I was missing out on something.

I walked over near my car to see a silhouette in the moonlight. I couldn’t move, as I felt the figure before me, leaving me intrigued. I stepped closer, wondering if the vision was real, but as I looked closer, I realized it wasn’t my imagination. She was definitely a sight to behold. She was gorgeous, with her curly coif framing the sides of her sexy brown face. Her eyes were striking, as I couldn’t tell if they were auburn or brown, but they still were beautiful in the moonlight. Her skin glistened as she swept some hair from her face. I didn’t say I was looking for anyone, but just looking at her made me rethink that notion.

Before I could speak, the woman gave me an alluding smile before disappearing. I tried to follow her, but one minute she was there, the next she was gone. It was as if she instantly disappeared. I stared ahead, wondering what just happened. I shook my head, trying to get myself together, but I couldn’t. The image I just witnessed wasn’t my imagination. It was real. I just hoped I’d be able to see that lovely vision again.

Both books are available on Amazon, but one lucky person will receive both books for free as I’m giving away Ebook copies of both books.

To win, all you have to do is write “Seasons Greetings” in the Comments section below and I will randomly choose a winner. The winner will have to contact me through my blog to receive their books.

The giveaway will end at the end of today, so make sure to enter. I will announce the winner on the next blog post.

As for the Into You series, please make sure to check out the characters’ interview during The Love Interviews which will be scheduled for December 20th. That interview will be very interesting.

But I hope you all enjoy the second day of the 12 Days of Christmas. Check back tomorrow as I will be doing another Book Day, spotlighting A Love, Life, & Hapiness Christmas.

Until next time, everyone! 🙂

12 Days Of Christmas: Favorite Holiday Traditions

Hello everyone and thank you all so much for joining me on this journey during the 12 Days of Christmas event! I’m so excited to do this, so I hope you all are as well.

For the first day, I will be doing favorite holiday traditions, as I give you all some of my absolute favorites. These pastimes have helped me get into the holiday spirit, so I hope that some of these will help you all as well.

1.Decorating the Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas tree has been a tradition of mines since I was a little girl. Right after Thanksgiving, my family would come together and break out all of our ornaments and make an evening of sharing memories. I still keep this tradition going with my husband and son as we put up our favorite ornaments.

2. Listening to Christmas Music

Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than listening to Christmas music. From the Jackson 5 to The Temptations, I love hearing classic Christmas melodies while waiting on that special day to arrive. It just makes me feel good to hear those songs as it makes me think about the memories that I have with my mom and other special people throughout the years.

3. Watching Christmas Movies

I don’t know about you, but I love a great Christmas movie. I get excited when Hallmark or Lifetime preview their holiday movies, because I’ll definitely be glued to the TV watching every one of them with some cocoa or wine (depending on the type of mood I’m in).

4. Baking Christmas Cookies

I started this tradition when my son turned six when we would bake Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve. I love to bake sugar cookies and use red and green sprinkles to make different designs. It’s not only relaxing, but it’s fun because you get to eat them once they’re done.

5. Viewing Holiday Lights

I love a good light show, so I would find different ones throughout the city. My family and I recently went to The Light Park in Spring, which was interesting since they were a drive-thru light show. We plan to go to more throughout the holiday season, including Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo.

6. Spending Time With Friends and Family

This one is the best tradition of all. With my busy schedule, and with the virus still around us, I don’t get as much time to spend with my friends or immediate family as I should, but I would love nothing more than to go back to the days where I get to spend time with everyone. This is a tradition that I hope that we all can come back to very quickly.

So, there you have it. These are some of my favorite holiday traditions. Now that I’d shared mines, please feel free to share some of your favorite traditions in the Comments section.

Please come back to my blog tomorrow as I go into the second day of this great event.

Until next time everyone, have a wonderful day! 🙂

12 Days Of Christmas

Hi everyone!! I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday. So, I was checking my calendar, and did not realize that today is December 12th, which is actually the day that the 12 Days of Christmas was supposed to have started on my blog. For that, I sincerely apologize. Between working my day job and planning this event, I forgot to post the majority of the events on its designated days. But not to worry, because I will be starting the event tomorrow, that way, it will conclude on Christmas Eve.

Here is the calendar for the events that are planned for the next twelve days.

I’m really looking forward to the next few days and I hope you all will join me as I have a variety of wonderful events to share with you all.

Until next time, everyone! 🙂

12 Days of Christmas

Happy Friday everyone! Every year before Christmas, I do my annual 12 Days of Christmas, which consists of giveaways, excerpts from books published throughout the year, as well as other wonderful events. I will be doing it this year, but it will be a bit different. This year’s 12 Days of Christmas will strictly be right here on my blog, as I will post various events during December 12 to December 24th! From doing several giveaways, to giving my favorite Christmas songs, I will be doing a ton of great things to get everyone ready for what’s in store for 2022.

I will also be doing part two of The Love Interviews! This was an event that I have done back in 2017 where I had interviewed several of your favorite book couples. There will be a twist though, as I will be making several huge announcements during those interviews, so please make sure to be on the look out for that.

The 12 Days of Christmas will begin on December 12th, with new events posted until Christmas Eve. Please make sure to join this wonderful event, because there will be a LOT to cover.

Until next time everyone, have a great weekend and happy reading! 🙂

Black Friday Sale

Hi everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day spending it with your loved ones.

Every year, I do my Black Friday sale, in which I’ll place selected books on sale during Thanksgiving weekend. This year is no different. Starting right now until Sunday, November 28th, over five books will be on sale for only $0.99. Yes, only $0.99! So, if you have not purchased any of these books, then now is the time! 🙂

HIs Holiday Wish: https://amzn.to/3DWDRdH

Resisting Temptation: https://amzn.to/3DTRqux

The Right Kind Of Love: https://amzn.to/2ZnGPca

One Shot With A Baller (The Complete Series) : https://amzn.to/3HMWcMC

I’m The Only One You Need: https://amzn.to/3p1bapJ

Remember, the sale is starting now and will end on November 28th.

I’m also will be getting ready for my 12 Days of Christmas, which I will have news on new books for the new year, as well as a great giveaway for my newsletter as well as for my blog; so, I really hope everyone be on the look out for those announcements.

Until then, I hope everyone continues to be safe and enjoy the rest of your holiday. 🙂

Available Now!!

Hey everyone!!! Only You is available now to 1-Click on Amazon!! It’s also available with Kindle Unlimited.

https://amzn.to/2Soks2v

Make sure to download it now for only $0.99 this weekend. The price will go up to $3.99 on September 7th.

For those of you who have pre-ordered or already purchased the book, thank you so much. I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoy Drew and Kayla’s story.

🙂

Sneak Peek – Only You

Hey everyone!! And Happy Thursday! Yesterday, I mentioned that I was going to include a sneak peek of Only You on my Book + Main (now Verve Romance) page. The first chapter is available to view now by clicking on the link below:

https://ververomance.com/app/bite/53520

Make sure to check it out before the book is officially released tomorrow! Pre-order is still available for $0.99, but in honor of Labor Day, the book will remain that price until Tuesday, September 7th.

Happy reading! 🙂

Only You Playlist

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday evening. As for me, I’m doing a few promotional ads for Only You’s release, which will be available on Friday.

One thing that I always love to do is create playlists, which I have for this book as well. The songs chosen are songs that I believe are suitable for Kayla and Drew’s journey to romance.

The playlist is available to listen to on Spotify. If you are a subscriber, please log in and it will go directly to the playlist.

Also, tomorrow, I will be posting the first chapter of Only You on my Book + Main page. I will notify everyone when it will be available to view.

But, enjoy, and happy reading! 🙂

Write 2 Be Magazine Interview

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Recently, I did an interview with Write 2 Be Magazine regarding my writing career as well as talk about my latest project, Only You. Here is a snippet of the interview:

What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?

My most significant achievement as a writer would have to be connecting with my readers. I love hearing from readers and seeing how happy they are to have read any of my books. It’s truly an honor for anyone to even read my books, but for someone to say they were able to connect with the story and the characters, or even say they could relate to what a character was going through make me feel proud, because that’s something that I want readers to take away from my stories. I always try to put a personal spin to all  of my books, so it’s wonderful to be able to connect to readers. 

In the next five years, I would love to quit my day job and write full-time. I hope to have one of my books make the New York Times or USA Today best sellers list as well as develop a movie deal with one of my series.

How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?

When I first started writing, I had a difficult time dealing with rejection. There were times when I cried after reading negative reviews or when publishing companies didn’t like my work. But now that I look back on those times, it made me develop thick skin for myself because I had to realize that not everyone is going to like my work. Instead, it just made me become stronger as a person and to work harder at my craft. So, I appreciate those times because it was a stepping stone for me to become a better writer. 

 To read more, please click on the link below to go directly to Write 2 Be’s website:

https://write2bemagazine.com/2021/06/29/author-interview-with-sheena-binkley/

Until next time everyone!!