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30 Days 30 Authors- Anita Davis

Hi everyone!! Welcome to a new week! The 30 Days event continues with Anita Davis! Check out her interview as well as read an excerpt from her book, Catch Me If You Can: Friends Forever 1.

Now, here’s Anita! 🙂

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Anita Davis is a former elementary teacher born and raised in Chicago. Although she wrote short stories much of her childhood, she didn’t unlock and cultivate her passion as a writer until she became a writing teacher for middle school students. The more she had to create sample writings for her students, the more she realized her passion and ability to tell stories in the written form. She decided to hone her craft as a writer by completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing via National University. She now pursues writing books most of her time, in addition to being a flight attendant and a substitute teacher. She is Co-Founder of Book Euphoria, a group of Chicago authors bound by their love of literature. Book Euphoria hosts Book It Chicago bi-annually, a literary event series and they also founded the empowerment movement, Black Girl Passion. Anita seeks to encourage, engage, and entertain her readers.

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  1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

Besides writing, I LOVE to read. As of late, I prefer to read romance novels over any other genre. I also love to skate, exercise, sing, design things, whether it be T-shirts, jewelry, paintings, redesigning a space in my house, and I also love to make functional furniture pieces.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

 

My inspiration for becoming an author is that I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. I eventually became a middle school writing teacher and constantly having the discipline of writing in my face reminded me of how much I loved to write. I had to get my students interested in writing, but the district samples provided never motivated them. I had to walk them through the stages of writing (plotting, drafting, editing, etc.) with off-the-top-of-my-head samples. Doing that daily for seven years grounded me in the reality that I wanted to write on a more serious basis and prompted me to get my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which further reassured me that writing was my calling and true passion. It all led me to publishing my first work, a novella, “Underneath It All: Sisterhood Chronicles 1”, in about 2014.  I haven’t stopped since then. I won’t stop.

 

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

My first published work was a novella, “Underneath It All: Sisterhood Chronicles 1”. I was so excited to have a book on the market, something I’d written. My first review said, “…Blah blah blah happily ever after. Good life time short show. The author has skills she just needs to get off the fantasy and write drama and suspense.” I smiled so hard because the reader acknowledged my writing skills. That made me giddy, proud, and ready to keep going.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I see myself being invited to book festivals as one of the headlining authors, having a grand readership, more titles under my belt, the book events I host in Chicago heavily visited and loved by readers and authors, and still loving and enjoying this book life.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

In regards to my works in progress, I am working on my first contemporary romance series, the finale to my Sisterhood Chronicles Series, “All Things Considered: Sisterhood Chronicles 5”, and my November release, “Hues”

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

The advice I would give to anyone wanting to become an author is to never stop learning the craft of writing, never be afraid to tell a story, be as much of a reader as a writer, find trusted and compatible writing partners, understand that it is a journey and not to compare themselves to another author’s journey, and above all, have fun doing it.

 

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Excerpt from Catch Me If You Can: Forever Friends 1

…“Girl slow down.” Melanie drew in deep breaths trying to slow her heart rate down. “I want to know why you just lied to that fine man saying that you’re taken. By who, and why haven’t I met him?”

“Whatever.” Karen kept looking ahead.

“Why didn’t you take Kyle up on his offer for a date? You couldn’t stop gawking at him, barely said two words to him, so I know you like him.”

Karen picked up her pace.

“Stop.” Melanie pulled on Karen’s arm with enough force to stop their run. “What’s up? You talk about wanting a great man to pursue you, but whenever they try, you shoot them down. You just had an NBA player gawk at you and ask you out, and you turn him down. Why?”

“That’s exactly why I turned him down. He’s an NBA player. That means a horrible reputation with women precedes him.” Karen took off running again.

 

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Release Day Blitz- I Used To Cry by EN Hardy

Vaneka’s VIP Literary Services is pleased to announce the Release Day Blitz of I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence by E. N. Hardy.

Genre African American Fiction, Urban Fiction, Coming of Age
Publisher Hard Pen Publications
Publication Date July 1, 2017
ASIN B06Y4VKX5Y
ISBN Hardcover 9780998775418
ISBN Paperback 9780998775401
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 Synopsis

Based on true events, I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence, is an epic coming of age novel that captivates the reader from beginning to end. An emotional tale chronicling the life of Essence, a young girl from the streets of Inkster, Michigan. She had it all. A good home, loving family and friends, beauty, and brains. When a traumatic turn of events changes her life forever, Essence is left emotionally crippled with a jaded perception of self, life, and love. For years her life is in shambles. She finds herself on a path of destruction fueled by pain, struggling to pick up the pieces. All she wants is to be loved, and accepted for who she is, but not even she knows the true answer to that question. Will she ever find what she’s looking for? Take this journey with Essence as she discovers the true essence of herself.
Author E. N. Hardy
Author E. N. Hardy was born and raised in Inkster, Michigan. Writing became a passion for her at a very young age, as an outlet, and as a means to deal with trying circumstances. She loves to write poetry, erotica, and in her own words “emotional fiction.” The only thing that matters to her is the way you “feel” after reading her work. She enjoys a career in healthcare education, and does lots of reading in her spare time. Her all-time favorite author is V. C. Andrews, with Frank McCourt being a very close second. In 2012 she began working on her debut novel, I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence. She currently resides in the Metro Detroit area with her husband and four children.
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Release Blitz- Family Ties by Perri Forrest

 

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Title: Family Ties: Love Has No Boundaries

Author: Perri Forrest

Genre: African American Romance, African American Fiction

Release Date: November 14, 2016

Publisher: Self Published

 

Book Blurb

Malina 

Everything I do is for my daughter. I only want the best for her life. So when her father finally decided that after three years he wanted to get to know her, I put my feelings aside and allowed him in. Not to be with me, but to be a daddy to her. Well, a few things came with him that I wasn’t prepared for—a crazy ass girlfriend who wanted to guard her territory at any cost and a fine ass uncle that made it clear he wanted my attention.

My sister/friend Laney is telling me to go for it, but my conscience is messing with me on a daily and telling me that it’s just too close for comfort. But the heart wants what the heart wants and before long, I start to feel that pull toward this man who makes me feel like no other man ever has.

Zeke

When I first saw Malina, I knew I had to have her. Yeah, there’s code that says if your family has touched the merchandise, then you don’t entertain it. But Malina isn’t just any woman. Because not one woman that I’ve ever encountered made me want to reach out and touch her on sight—but she did. From the way she carried herself, to the way she looked at me, I knew that if she let me in, she would know what it was like to be loved for real . . . and by a real man.

Rocco

I’m not perfect by any means. I’ve done my share of dirt. I can’t even say for sure that my dirty deeds are done. I love women . . . a lot of them. As a result, I’ve had a few babies along the way—babies that I haven’t always done right by; so I’m setting out to change that and do what a real father is supposed to do. Problem is the woman I’m “with” doesn’t really grasp the concept of what it is I’m trying to do and her reaction to it all causes a whole lot of chaos.

Kai

I’m territorial. I don’t make excuses for it. It’s who I am. And when I feel that somebody is trying to step into my zone and steal what belongs to me,

I react. This chick, Malina, who opened her legs to my man and had his child, thinks she’s going to come in with her daughter and claim a spot that never belonged to her. She’s dead wrong. If I have to show her what that means, that’s what it’ll be. But she won’t like it if it does come down to that, so if I was her, I’d tread carefully.

“Family Ties” is a love story at its core, but inside of this love story, many other themes appear; the primary one being that love really has no boundaries when it comes to family…

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Perri Forrest

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Perri Forrest is a California based author with seventeen titles to her credit. A writer who becomes one with her characters, Perri has produced numerous outstanding titles including having reached number one in African American Romance on the Amazon Best Sellers list. The fan favorite novel, Captivated was an international hit debuting at number two in Women’s Fiction for three consecutive weeks on the Amazon Best Sellers list in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Having studied psychology, Perri delves into the intrinsic elements that make her characters tick. She consistently creates strong female leads weaving in the complexities of fiction and real life. This dynamic writer, who has penned

stories since a preteen, ensures that each novel is mixed with insight, passion and love. Having only professionally written for just shy of three years, Perri was nominated Best Romance Author of 2015 by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA).

An unintentional venture into blogging allowed Perri to express her raw emotion, break down her personal barriers and explore her gift of writing. Ultimately Perri’s blogs resulted in fans adoring her work and clamoring to read more. Writing quickly became her sole driving force, her goal is to nurture the minds and hearts of the readers who trust her to feed their literary appetites.

When not creating her own captivating characters, Perri can be found enjoying a good suspense thriller. She lists the work of James Patterson, Terry McMillan and Jackie Collins as being among her favorites. She also loves playing Words with Friends, which has been a constant companion while writing the bulk of her literary works.

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Release Blitz- Beautiful Vengeance

Congrats to Perri Forrest and Jasmine Williams on their new release, Beautiful Vengeance, which is available now on Amazon!!

Beautiful Vengeance

Beautiful Vengeance: Every Murder Has a Purpose

By Perri Forrest & Jasmine Williams

Published by: Chic Lioness Publishing

Publication Date: August 10, 2016

Genres: African American Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Crime Fiction, Urban Fiction

Amazon Purchase Link: https://amzn.com/B01J01MBKG

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31280150-beautiful-vengeance

Editorial Review

“In a day and age where acts of senseless violence are committed at an alarming rate, the only thing more frightening is the grave injustice on behalf of murdered victims as their killers continue to walk the streets. This lack of justice has created an atmosphere of despair which leads to resentment by those affected the most, to the point where they harbor a burning desire to take matters into their own hands. An eye for an eye, if you will.

Talented authors Perri Forrest and Jasmine Williams capture that revengeful spirit in “Beautiful Vengeance” as they take readers on an emotional journey in the dangerous West Oakland streets where innocent lives continue to be tragically affected by cops, gangs and the ones we trust the most. The story begins with two sisters, Angel and Angelique Simmons, and their cousin Rikki, whom themselves mourn the loss of their mother and cousin Audrey Ellis after she was murdered years earlier in a hail of bullets. Audrey’s killer remains free.

Years later, as the nonexistence of law and order continues to build in the city, the three deeply-afflicted and wounded women begin their own movement for social change. Sometimes the families of victims are able to reach deep down inside and forgive the perpetrators for their cowardly acts. Other times, all it takes is another act of injustice before that burning desire turns into a flame. Enough is enough. There must be consequence. I consider “Beautiful Vengeance” to be a timely read in the face of all that takes place in society, today, with the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter developments.

The truth is all lives matter: In life, and death, and most importantly revenge.

I enjoyed this book. As someone who has experienced the tragic loss of innocently murdered loved ones, I understand how it feels to be impacted by their deaths far greater than many know, especially when their killers haven’t been brought to justice. To live every single day without harboring feelings of retribution in the back of your mind is a daunting task and even more disheartening when the perpetrators are knowingly and unknowingly among you.

“Beautiful Vengeance” offers a well-written, well-developed, action-packed and suspenseful thirty-eight chapters filled with strong and rounded characters that come to life and death. The general premise of the story is sometimes you must take matters or better yet, revenge, into your own hands.”

– Don Christoper, former blogger at Minus the Bars

 

Synopsis

Two Amazon bestselling fiction authors came together to pen a riveting novel about family, love, loss, and the levels of passion they can all evoke. “Beautiful Vengeance” is not your average story and is guaranteed to draw a plethora of emotions from readers.

When twenty-seven year old Audrey Ellis died in a hail of bullets on the streets of Oakland, it was a horrific scene for everyone who witnessed it. But none were more devastated by the tragedy than, Angel and Angelique, her two daughters and Rikki, her younger cousin, who unfortunately, had front row seats as the deadly scene played out.

They say that time heals all pain…

But sometimes this maxim is not a ‘one-size fits all’. Years later, each of the girls, now women, have full lives and have managed to get beyond the pain of their loss . . . kind of. Most people who have lived through traumatic events have trigger points. And sometimes those trigger points can cause repressed emotions to brim to the surface at the most unexpected times . . .

Rikki, Angel, and Angelique have collectively found a way of soothing their deeply inflicted wound. They want to help. So, they’ve taken matters into their own hands and where the police have failed, they have succeeded. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with as they take it upon themselves to make sure that those who commit acts of senseless violence are served justice—vigilante justice.

But the driving force behind the girls’ mission is laced with secrets and betrayal. Way too many, in fact. And before long, the many complicated layers begin to peel leaving in its wake, more questions than answers. “Beautiful Vengeance” is a whirlwind story with something for everyone, and will keep readers guessing.

 

About The Authors

Perri Forrest

Perri Forrest

Perri Forrest is a California based author with more than fifteen titles to her credit. A writer who becomes one with her characters, Perri has produced numerous outstanding titles including having reached number one in Interracial Romance, as well as African American Romance on the Amazon Best Sellers list. The fan favorite novel, Captivated was an international hit debuting at number two in Women’s Fiction for three consecutive weeks on the Amazon Best Sellers list in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Having studied psychology, Perri delves into the intrinsic elements that make her characters tick. She consistently creates strong female leads weaving in the complexities of fiction and real life. This dynamic writer, who has penned stories since a preteen, ensures that each novel is mixed with insight, passion and love. Having only professionally written for just shy of three years, Perri was nominated Best Romance Author of 2015 by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA). Perri’s was also nominated for 2016 Romance Author of the Year by African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC).

An unintentional venture into blogging allowed Perri to express her raw emotion, break down her personal barriers and explore her gift of writing. Ultimately Perri’s blogs resulted in fans adoring her work and clamoring to read more. Writing quickly became her sole driving force, her goal is to nurture the minds and hearts of the readers who trust her to feed their literary appetites.

When not creating her own captivating characters, Perri can be found enjoying a good suspense thriller. She credits the work of James Patterson and Lisa Unger as being among her favorites. She also loves playing Words with Friends, which has been a constant companion while writing the bulk of her literary works.

 

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Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams is an author from Virginia Beach, VA. She has penned ten urban fiction novels to date, which have all made the bestsellers list. She started off writing short stories and poetry in elementary school.

It wasn’t until 2015 that she decided to write a full length novel, and she took off from there. Jasmine aspires to write in many different genres, including interracial romance and mystery/suspense novels. One day, she also hopes to be able to write for movies and television.

Aside from being an author, Jasmine is a mother of two and is in the process of getting into the publishing industry, where she can help aspiring authors bring their dreams to fruition.

Jasmine was a 2016 nominee for Best Urban Author of the Year by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA). Her biggest dream is landing on the New York Times Bestselling list.

With her work, Jasmine hopes to inspire young black women worldwide. She wants them to know that they can do anything that they put their mind to!

 

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30 Days, 30 Authors- Trinity DeKane 

Hi everyone!! The 30 Days, 30 Authors event continues with Trinity DeKane. She is no stranger to the Urban genre as she puts her own spin on creative storytelling. Get to know a little bit more about Trinity and her rise in the Urban genre.

Now, here’s Trinity!

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Trinity DeKane began writing at a young age. Born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina Trinity had experienced alot of different experiences both good and bad which led her to writing. From Poetry to Urban Fiction, no genre will go untouched by this author. THOT’s Ambition$ is the first novel publicly released by Trinity and it won’t be the last. Gathering Lilies is the second book to be released with Loving You Until It Hurts following.

Trinity DeKane has other novels written but will be released later on in the future. Trinity DeKane believes that with the support of her family and friends nothing will stop her from becoming a great author.

author interview
1. What do I like to do other than writing?

Spend time with my daughter. She does so many old things and new things that keep me entertained.

2. What inspired you to write? 
I went through so many life altering experiences both good and bad and started writing poetry which got published and I turned short poems into short stories which ultimately got me into writing novels.

3.What was my reaction when my first book was published.

I was beyond excited. I called all my family and friends telling them it was ready to purchase.

4.Where do I see myself in Five Years?

In five years I see myself being a well established author and owning my own cleaning company.

5. What Advice would I give someone who was looking to become an author? 

I would advise them to take their time and really research. Know your audience… Take your time to develop your story..characters etc…. if you are going with a publisher know who they are…their business ethics… know what they expect from you from the beginning and tell them what you expect from them. That way there will be no confusion afterward.

Finally read your contract..”understand your contract and ask questions if there is something you don’t quite get before you sign it.


books and links

 

Link: http://www.amazon.com/T-H-O-T-S-AMBITION-Trinity-Dekane-ebook/dp/B00ZE43R9S/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457850773&sr=1-3&keywords=Trinity+DeKane

Link: http://www.amazon.com/T-H-O-T-S-AMBITION-2-Trinity-Dekane-ebook/dp/B0150U9ZPA/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457850773&sr=1-4&keywords=Trinity+DeKane

Link: http://www.amazon.com/T-H-O-T-S-Revenge-Trinity-Dekane-ebook/dp/B01C4CYQ38/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457850773&sr=1-1&keywords=Trinity+DeKane

 

EXCERPT

From T.H.O.T.S Revenge 
Prologue

A year and a half after the tragic fire that Jeryca and her new found crew set, Dana was still recovering from the wounds she had sustained from that fire. She couldn’t remember a whole lot about that night but one image haunted her nightly and that was the evil grin of Jeryca’s and the knowledge of Zack’s betrayal.

But to her surprise Brittany and Stephanie were there with her every step of the way through her rehabilitation.

Detective Rone vowed that he would find and arrest everyone involved in the horrific crime committed against Dana.

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Thad was struggling to keep his head above water. His life took a drastic turn the day his brother went missing and soon after he received a tape in the mail of his brother Toby being beaten to death. He had also learned that Toby’s wife Tiffany had been in the same warehouse fire that Dana was found in. He had never felt so angry in his life. He didn’t understand where they went wrong. He had no idea that Tim was connected to Serigio and Ramon but what really didn’t register was how they knew it was Toby who killed him. Only one person registered in his mind as a possible snitch and he was going to get even with the person responsible for his brother’s death.

 

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Coming Soon: I’m The Only One You Need

Hi everyone!! I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with posting more, but it’s been kind of hard with working and writing nonstop; but not to worry, I will still bring updates on new stories, releases, and more. 

Today, I’ll be sharing an excerpt from one of my newest projects, I’m The Only One You Need, which will be another standalone. This is Mika’s story, who you probably remember as Carla’s cousin from the No Other Love series. This story is all about choosing the right man for her as she struggles with her feelings for her ex, Devin, who was recently released from prison, and Anthony, her current boyfriend who is deemed the “perfect guy” by everyone in her life. Of course there will be a lot of secrets revealed as well as knowing a little about each character, especially the relationship between Mika and Devin. 

Here is cover for I’m The Only One You Need:

  
And here’s an excerpt from the story. Enjoy!!

Growing up, I never expected my life to be where it is right now. I always imagined that I would be married at thirty, have two kids, a successful career, and live in the suburbs with the white picket fence and two dogs. My husband would be a successful lawyer, while my kids would have the best in everything. I would be living the American dream.

Of course, my life didn’t turn out that way. Instead, I met and fell in love with a guy that was wrong for me, got pregnant at sixteen, watched my baby daddy go to prison and had to raise my child without him and basically had to fend for myself.

Yep, my life was not a fairy tale. Instead, it was a fucking nightmare. But as some people would say, it’s reality.

I looked over my notes for my presentation when I glanced at the clock on the wall. I sighed and yelled loud enough for my thirteen-year-old daughter, Parker, to hear.

“Parker! If you don’t get your ass up, I swear I will burst down that damn door! You’ve been late to school too many times this week!”

I shook my head, wondering what was wrong with her. Despite everything that is going on in her life, Parker is such a great kid. She would do anything for anyone and has a good head on her shoulders. Honestly, I wish I was like her when I was her age. Even though I don’t regret having Parker, I should have listened to my mama on a lot of things. I think my life could have been different if I had.

“Parker Cecilia Windsor! If you don’t open that door this instant, I swear I will knock it down myself!” I yelled as I made my journey upstairs. I had an important meeting with a very high-profiled client at work today and I cannot be late. Being the youngest executive at my investment firm, I was up for a promotion against several other seasoned employees. This meeting could be my ticket to getting that new job title, so I cannot mess this up.

I went to her door and opened it. The scene I witnessed quickly made me slam the door.

“Oh my God,” I whispered as I leaned my back against the door. My breathing became shallow as I stood there, not knowing what to do or say. I could go in and beat her ass for what I just saw, but I couldn’t, especially since I was in the same situation when I was a teenager. I looked ahead down the hall, trying to collect my thoughts as I took a deep breath and sighed.

“Parker, we’ll talk about this later. I have to get to work. I’m going to call Cousin Carla to take you to school, okay?”

She didn’t say a word on the other end of the door as I wiped the tears from my face. Hopefully she had the common sense she was given to get rid of what she was doing in there before Carla came there. She had her own key to my house, so she could easily come in if needed. I put my hand on the door, still shocked by what I saw. I took another breath and slowly went down the stairs. I had a meeting to get to.

Sixteen Years Ago…

“I don’t know why you dragged me to this,” I complained as I walked up to the front steps.

My cousin Carla smiled. “Because you need to loosen up and have some fun. You’re always either in the house reading or outside reading. You’re too young and you need to have fun.”

I sighed, “My life is perfectly fine. I don’t need to be like you, always in the streets.”

She laughed, “If you talking about being with Danny, then whatever. I think he’s cool.”

“Did you sleep with him?”

Carla looked at me as if I was crazy. “I may say I like him, but I didn’t sleep with him. I’m saving myself. Besides, how did this get to me? This is about you acting like an old woman. Before long, you’ll probably be living in a shoe with fifty cats.”

I shook my head and smiled, “Whatever heifer.”

She opened the door and we immediately looked at the scene in front of us. I looked over at Carla and she shrugged.

The place was an all-out orgy as everyone was either making out, bumping and grinding on each other as if they were having sex, or were actually doing it. I looked around, wondering where were these kids’ parents to let them out like this.

“I’m going to find Danny, so stay right here.”

“What? You’re going to leave me here?”

“I have to let him know I’m here. This is his party, so he told me to make an appearance.”

I rolled my eyes as she went out into the crowd, leaving me standing near the middle of the living room, wishing I was anywhere else but there. My mom would be horrified if she knew that Carla and I were here. She didn’t raise either of us to be associated with anyone that would bring our futures down, and being here tonight was definitely doing that for me.

“I see you don’t want to be here.”

I looked over and stared at the guy that was talking to me. I couldn’t stop staring as he had the most amazing eyes I have ever seen on a guy. He gave a sexy smile, which made my heart beat fast. With his mocha colored skin, short wavy fade, and those baggy clothes he’s wearing, he would be someone that I wouldn’t normally talk to, but those hazel brown eyes and that smile is what was drawing me to him.

“How could you tell?”

“Just by your expression. Besides, you don’t look like you would fit in with this crowd.”

“Oh, and how do you know I wouldn’t fit in?”

He smiled again and my heart fluttered. “I just know.”

“If you’re wondering, my cousin dragged me here. I would rather be at home, reading.”

He laughed, “See, you don’t fit in.”

“Whatever.”

“Who’s your cousin? I might know her.”

“Carla Windsor.”

“She’s the girl dating my cousin, Danny. I’m Devin,” he said while coming closer to me. I was starting to become sweaty as he stared into my eyes.

“Oh, well I’m Mika.”

He nodded, “Nice to meet you, Mika. I have to say, you are one beautiful girl, but I’m sure you’re too young for me.”

“Why would you think that? Aren’t you fifteen?”

He laughed, “Not even close. I’m eighteen, baby girl. If I get involved with you, I’ll be setting myself up for some jail time.”

“I’m not that young.”

“Oh really. You look like you’re twelve.”

“I’m not. I’m fifteen.”

“Exactly. Jail bait.”

I glanced at him again while he smiled. “But I guess we could talk some more. Nothing wrong with that, right?”

I smiled, “Not at all.”

He took me outside near the patio where we talked for hours about school and our favorite things. I looked at him throughout our conversation, realizing that coming to this party wasn’t so bad after all.

I looked ahead at the street in front of me, wondering why I allowed myself to go down memory lane and think about Devin. But with what happened with Parker this morning, I guess that was the natural unconscious reaction to do so. Those were the good times between us; when everything was all good and great. Now, I kind of regret that I even met him.

The full standalone will be avaiable either in March or April, but you can read a sneak peek of this story and many more in the Married To The Hustle anthology, which is available on Amazon. Each story will be a full length novel, so make sure to 1-Click.

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Zack Hall’s life comes crashing down when he gets tangled up in a bad situation. When things starts to get serious between himself and his new girl, Mariah Benson, he tries to change his ways to protect himself and her. Unfortunately, new secrets from Mariah’s past will come to light, forcing him to go back to his old ways. Will he be able to regain his life back or will he fall even deeper into a situation that he can’t get out of? 

After attempting to murder his girlfriend’s boss, Jayden Robertson is trying to lay low from all of the drama. However, it comes back to him full force when he discover several skeletons, including one that Britney has been hiding for some time. Will he be able to forgive Britney in order to help him out of his situation with Tyree? 

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