Hi everyone! I have been MIA due to finishing up How Deep Is Your Love. But I’m back and I’m bringing a new blog tour for my latest release, Just Right.
If you haven’t read the latest installment from the Something Just Ain’t Right series, then here is all you need to know to 1-Click the novel today! Not only will I be sharing an excerpt from the novella, but also an interview for the tour. I’m even doing a giveaway for an eBook copy of Just Right, as well as a $10 Amazon gift card. 🙂
Thank you so much, Maia, from Silver Daggers Book Tours, for putting together this amazing tour. I really appreciate it! 🙂
Mystery & Suspense, Romance
What happens when the chaos ends and their normal life begins?
It has been three years since Hayley and Morgan Carter experienced the
turmoil caused by Morgan’s family. Now that the threats,
kidnappings, and shootings are behind them, the two can now live a
normal life with their two-year-old son, Morgan Jr. While Hayley is
living her dream as an event coordinator for a high-profiled company,
Morgan decided to go into law enforcement and become a detective.
With their lives slowly falling into place, the two will soon find
out that things are not what they seem.
As the two receive some surprising news from a former nemesis, they must
decide what is best to protect themselves and their loved ones. Will
the two result back to their former lives to keep their happily ever
after, or will it be too late?
A lot of people take that word for granted. Some do it because they’re scared to be loved by someone, or feel that they shouldn’t be. I have felt that way before, all because of the things I have done. I never thought I was worthy of it.
Until I met Hayley.
Hayley is and always has been the love of my life. When I first laid eyes on her, I knew she would be the one for me, but I let my personal views on love and life get in the way of happiness. When she made me realize how precious life can be, I let all of my past feelings go and just lived. That’s something I haven’t done in a long time. Since I have been with Hayley, I never looked back. Even with all of the bullshit that has happened with us, our love became stronger, which I’m happy for every single day.
Since Hales and I got married, we have been living a pretty normal life. We have a two- yea r-old son, Morgan Jr., who we call MJ. That boy is certainly a handful but I enjoy being a father to him. It’s definitely the highlight of my day. Not only are we parents, but Hales is working as a private event consultant with a high-profiled agency, while I took an extremely different career path. I decided to become a cop.
Yep, a cop.
After the incidents concerning my family, I wanted to give back to society in some sort so I decided to go to the academy. Throughout the training, I kept wondering if I was doing the right thing, but when I looked at what I have been through and the future that I will have with my family, I knew I was making the right decision. Two years later and I was promoted to being a detective. With my new title, I knew one thing I wasn’t going to do and that was abuse my badge like my so called father did. To be honest, I think that was another reason why I went into law enforcement.
Sometimes, I have to laugh at the life that I’m living right now. Me, Morgan Carter, the former womanizer, is talking about happiness and love and living a normal life. That’s something I’ve never experienced, but I’m glad that I’m able to now.
I looked over to see Hayley staring at me. She is still as beautiful as when I first laid eyes on her all of those years ago. Her curly hair was now a honey brown color to match her honey skin tone. Her brown eyes looked into mine as she gave me a huge smile and leaned closer to me.
“Hey, baby. I didn’t hear you come in.”
“That was because you were asleep. Long day?”
I slowly sat up from the couch and looked around. I looked down at my clothes realizing that I was still wearing the suit that I’d gone to work in.
“You must really have had a long day if you’re still in your clothes.”
“I guess I laid down as soon as I walked in.” I slowly replied.
“Luckily MJ is staying with my parents tonight, or you probably would have forgotten to pick him up,” Hales said. She paused before speaking again. “Or did you forget that he was spending the night there?”
I sat up on the couch and ran my hand through my hair. “I guess it’s this case I’m working on. Between meeting with the Sergeant and working these damn stakeouts, I guess I just lost track of everything.”
Hayley smiled and sat down beside me. She motioned for me to turn so that my back was facing her.
“I guess a massage is in order then.”
“That would be nice.”
Once her hands were on my body, I immediately relaxed. Just having her near me was all I needed.
“I know you can’t talk about any of your cases, but…”
“You’re right… I can’t. As much as I want to I can’t jeopardize any type of information we have on certain suspects. Not just that but I don’t want to put you or MJ’s life in danger.”
“I understand, baby. I just wanted to understand how your days are with you working on the force. I still find it hard to believe that you’re on the force.”
I chuckled. “I think no one saw that coming.”
She turned me so I could face her again. She ran her fingers through my hair and smiled. “I know why you’re doing it, though. You needed to find a purpose for everything that has happened with your family.”
“Let’s hope I don’t have to deal with any of them again.”
“I hardly doubt it. With Travis, Will, Caroline, and Sophia still in prison and Rick dead, that will be highly unlikely that you’ll come across any of them again.”
I leaned my back on the couch and sighed. “I have thought about it, though. Whether anyone would try and come after us again.”
“Hales, even though we have been living this perfect life, we still shouldn’t let our guards down. There could be other people out there who are working with Travis but just haven’t made their move yet.”
“Do you think you’re overreacting a bit? It’s been almost three years, baby. If anyone was going to do anything, they would have done so already.”
“Do you really think that? If anyone does make another move, cop or not, I will be ready.”
Hayley sighed. “Maybe I just got too comfortable with actually living a normal life compared to us always on the run looking over our shoulders.”
“I sort of forgot too, but just for a little while.”
Hayley leaned her head on my shoulder and I wrapped my arms around her. She gave a soft sigh.
“Should we be worried about this now, though? Your cousin is getting married next week, so whatever thoughts you’re having, you shouldn’t worry him about it.”
I caressed her shoulder, knowing she was right, but I can’t stop thinking about it, especially when I have information about Travis being released from prison. I didn’t know if I should tell Hales about it, especially since everything is going so good between us.
I’ll tell her when the time was right. Whenever that may be.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I used to play the clarinet in middle school. I was really good at it. I also wanted to be a news reporter and did a news show for a local public access channel when I was in college.
What are some of your pet peeves?
People chewing with their mouths open, and leaving trash in my car.
What inspired you to write this book?
Just Right is a novella that is part of one of my series, Something Just Ain’t Right. I did the series over two years ago, and I figured I should write an update on the main characters of the series. It felt good to go back and write about how the couple of the series changed over the years and what they have accomplished after everything that has happened after the series ended. I think the readers of the series were also happy to read about how much the characters have changed and just to see how they are adjusting to life now.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I just wrapped up the third book, How Deep Is Your Love, from my current series, The Love Chronicles. This book is a romance/new adult novel that is a continuation of the main couple in the series. The story is an emotional roller coaster that readers will experience. I know I did while writing the story, so I know readers will feel the emotions throughout every scene.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in Houston, TX.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend my last day with my family, and I would do all of the things that I would love to do, including bowling (if I can), going to the beach, and watching the sunset.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I mainly listen to music to unwind. When I do, I’ll just put my earbuds in, lay back and just relax. Shopping also helps too, lol.
How to find time to write as a parent?
Writing when you’re a parent can be a challenge, lol. My son is 10, so I try to balance everything on a daily basis. I would usually write when he’s asleep, or on my days off from work. When I have a huge deadline, I would either try to write while I have some down time at work. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about writing as much when I go home.
Advice they would give new authors?
My advice to new authors is to never give up on your dream. There will be critics and naysayers that will criticized your work, but don’t let that discourage you. Also, write because you love to do it, and not for the fame or money; because believe me, sometimes writing is not all it’s cracked up to be. You must have patience and thick skin to be in this industry; if you do it for the wrong reasons, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for about 27 years, since I was 9, but I have been a published author for four years.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Unique, imaginative, spunky, energetic, & romantic
Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her
first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since
then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that
are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a
freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including
education and entertainment.
To date, her best-selling novels include In Love With My Best Friend,
Love Unbroken, Something Just Ain’t Right, and The Love
In April of 2016, Sheena launched her own publishing company which focus
strictly on romance books. Besides writing, she loves reading,
shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in
Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband
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Hi everyone! I recently did an interview with Romance Novels In Color for a giveaway for The Wedding Part 1 on their site. Even though the giveaway is closed, the interview was pretty interesting.
Here are some of the questions that were asked:
What do you do for fun?
Besides writing, I love to read, watch TV, go outdoors (when the mood hits me), go shopping, and just spend time with friends and family.
What type of music do you listen to?
I pretty much listen to any type of music: Pop, R&B and a little hip-hop (depending on the song). I love listening to old school music, especially songs from Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ohio Players, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
What are your favorite movies to watch?
I love romantic movies. Also comedies. Sleepless in Seattle, A Walk to Remember, Sweet Home Alabama, Footloose (the remake), and The Hangover are my favorites.
Short Answer Favorites:
Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake
City: Houston (of course!)
Type of Hero: Alpha
Type of Heroine- Strong-minded
Actor: Bradley Cooper
Actress: Don’t have one
Band/Solo Singer: Maroon 5 & John Legend
Cuisine: Anything Cajun
What TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss each week?
This show I cannot miss each day, and that is General Hospital. I have to know what happens each day.
How do you relax at the end of a long day?
I get a good drink (can be anything from soda to wine), turn on some music, and crank up my computer to write.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what else did you want to do?
A news reporter. I even have one of my degrees (I have 3) in broadcast journalism. At one point, I hosted a news program at my college, which was pretty exciting; that’s when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in journalism. But, as time went, I started to focus more on writing stories and decided to pursue a writing career.
What is your greatest accomplishment as an author so far?
Since I started my writing career two years ago, I have accomplished so much, including having all of my books going on Amazon’s bestselling list (in their categories). Two have even went to #1. Growing up, I never expected to become a writer; now, two years and 13 books later and I don’t see myself slowing down.
How do you celebrate each book release?
I try to treat myself to a gift every time a book is released. One of my obsessions is handbags, so that is usually my item of choice to purchase before or on release day.
Here is the blurb and an excerpt from The Wedding Part 1:
Camille Anderson has been dreaming about her wedding with Trevor Williams since she first laid eyes on him in her driveway 18 years ago. Now that her dream is coming true, she doesn’t want anything to interfere with her special day. But when issues surrounding her parents, an office scandal and Trevor’s nosy cousin come into play, Camille wonders if her dream day will go up in smoke.
Trevor Williams doesn’t want anything to go wrong with his wedding with Camille. He wants to do everything perfectly; but when he is faced with an important decision, he soon realizes that not everything in life will be the way he wants it.
With the issues that are surrounding them, they soon have to re-evaluate the love they have for each other and most importantly, the friendship they deeply cherish.
After wrapping up the walk-through, my workday was complete. Hopefully, everything went as planned later tonight with the designers and tomorrow with the caterers and DJ. But for now, work was not a factor as I drove home. Before leaving Hotel Icon, Trevor texted me and told me to dress casually for our date. I still didn’t know what he had planned and that made me even more excited.
I pulled into the garage and saw that his BMW wasn’t parked there. I wondered where he could be since we were going out in an hour. As soon as I walked into the house, I went to our bedroom and got ready. Since he said to dress casually, I chose a pair of black skinny jeans and a cream colored shirt that flowed to my waist. I looked at myself in the mirror as I put on a pair of flats. I started to think maybe I was too causal and should put on a dress. Then, I glanced at the clock and realized an hour had already passed, and there was still no sign of Trevor.
Where could he be?
I was wondering if he got held up at work when the doorbell rang.
“Who could that be?” I asked, going downstairs.
When I opened the door, I had to catch my breath at the sight before me. Trevor always looked good, but tonight, he looked extra hot in a deep purple long-sleeved shirt and black jeans. His wavy black hair was cut even shorter than usual and was starting to look a little curly, which I adored.
I finally got over the initial lust I had for him when I realized he was the one who rang the doorbell.
“You could have just come through the garage.”
“I know, but I wanted to do everything right for tonight, starting by picking you up at the front door. And also, to give you these,” he replied as he handed me a dozen pink roses, my absolute favorite.
“They’re beautiful; thank you, baby.”
“You’re beautiful,” he said, bending down to kiss me.
I smiled as he caressed my cheek.
“Are you ready to walk down memory lane?”
“Definitely, but first, let me put these in some water,” I said.
Trevor smiled and walked into the foyer. I went into the kitchen, grabbed a vase from the cupboard and filled it with water. Before I knew it, he was behind me, gently kissing my neck, which felt so good.
“Keep doing that, and we won’t make it out the door.”
“Would that be so bad?” he asked.
I turned around and wrapped my arms around him as I kissed his lips. He pulled me up on the counter, and I wrapped my legs around him. The date was becoming a distant memory as I started to run my fingers through Trevor’s hair. He placed his hand under my shirt touching my abs, then moving up to my breasts. While I wanted so much for us to continue, I knew we shouldn’t. We looked at each other and smiled.
“I promised you a date, so we should go,” Trevor whispered.
“Yeah, we should. Am I going to get any hints about where we’re going?”
“You will; once we get there,” Trevor quipped with a wicked grin. He grabbed my waist and helped me down from the counter. I smiled and took his hand and my clutch. I already knew this evening would be one I would never forget.
To read more of the interview, please check out Romance Novels In Color by clicking on the link below:
Hi everyone!! Here is an interview I done with Digital Book Today for the book Trust Me. Check it out…
Author Interview #336: Trust Me by Sheena Binkley
November 26, 2014
By Anthony Wessel
Sheena Binkley, Amazon best-selling book, Trust Me, from the Love, Life, & Happiness series (African-American Romance, 4.6 stars, 36 reviews). Here is more about the story:
Cheryl: Falling in love is something I’d never imagined. I didn’t think love existed, mainly because of the way I was raised. Relationships were never in the cards, especially since I gave a chance on one, and it nearly destroyed me. When I met Marcus Walker, I was only looking for a fling, nothing more; but the more time I spent with him, the more I realized he could be so much more. Not only has he helped me through my family drama but also with a situation I thought was way behind me. Now, I understand what love is and how powerful it can be. But will I let myself be loved, or will I continue to believe that love is not for me?
Marcus: One thing I said I will never do in my life is fall in love. Being in love is great for some people, but not for me. That all changed when I met Cheryl Thompson. At first, I thought she would be like the rest, just a one-night stand, but when I saw what she was going through, I realized she was much more than a fling; she was someone I wanted to commit to. Will I be able to trust myself and give her what she needs, or will I end up destroying her even more?
Sheena Binkley brings a unique spin to the African-American Romance and New Adult genres with Trust Me, the second book from the Love, Life, & Happiness series. This book is available in e-book and print on Amazon and other major retailers.
1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
The setting for Trust Me was built around a college town and gave an excellent backdrop to college life and what people have experienced in a given semester. It provided a visual for readers to go on a journey with the characters and the experiences they’d shared throughout the story.
2. What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What were you trying to get across to the reader?
I think readers will take away the fact that it’s okay to trust your significant other by being understanding and having each other’s back throughout any situation. Although relationships can be rough and can cause problems, by being in love, it can help majority of your situations become happy and joyous.
3. Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Each character in the story has a unique quality to them that makes them relatable to readers. Personally, the characters are based from some of the people that I have come across in my life; therefore, I try to have some sort of realness to each character in the story.
4. How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
For the main characters, they both go through life changes that make them re-evaluate what’s important to them and the people around them. While one person becomes stronger from the issues she has to relive through, one realizes that life can be wonderful with the right person by his side. By the end of the story, the two realize love can be wonderful and they shouldn’t hide from it, and I think that’s the main focus throughout the entire story.
5. In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the your world view?
I think everyone will go through their own struggles in life; whether it’s with a loved one, a job, or even a friendship, people will have to think about what they have experienced and whether it will help them become a strong person. With everyone in the story, I think they had to go through their own set of issues or struggles to realize that life is a learning process and they should be able to learn from their mistakes to become a better person.
6. Was there a basis for your story? A previous experience? Something else?
The story was not based from a real-life issue or experience, but I think readers can relate to the story and the characters and realize that could had actually happen to them, and read through the journey that both of the characters had to endure in order to be happy.
7. What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? Are you character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?
My routine for writing a story is whatever mood I’m in. Some days, I could be all day in front of the computer, typing away without a care in the world; while others, I do not even want to write (which is not often for me). It’s just the mood I’m in and what type of thoughts I have in mind to prepare myself to write.
8. How do you get past writers block or distractions like the internet?
I try to set some time for writing and time for other things that I have to do throughout the day; for example, I do not try to write past two or three hours. Taking a break can help me stay relaxed and not be drained from thoughts or information. If I do have writer’s block, I would simply stop and do something else; for example, read a book, watch TV, or listen to music.
9. Favorite book from childhood.
I loved reading Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters’ Club. Those were the books that motivated me to become a writer, so I owe a lot to those books.
10. What’s on your desk? Can you see your desk? Describe what you see when you look around.
I don’t have a desk, but I do have an area that I would keep my laptop and my writing materials. Currently, I’m brainstorming ideas for a new book; therefore, the area is a little scattered, but that is the best way for me to think and to stay focus with my ideas.
Check out the entire interview on Digital Book Today through the link: http://digitalbooktoday.com/2014/11/26/author-interview-336-trust-sheena-binkley/
For my next stop during the blog tour for The Wedding Part II, I did an interview with Elite Book Promotions. Check it out!
1. What career did you plan during your education days?
When I was in high school and college, my dream was to be a reporter. I wanted to either do newspaper or television. I even majored in Broadcast Journalism in college, but I realized that’s not want I wanted to do, so I switched majors (to Corporate Communication to graduate) and started to pursue my career in writing.
2. What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?
My biggest inspiration would have to be my faith in God and my family. Being able to go through this journey is a blessing, so I’m fortunate to have such a great support system with my family and for them being there for me.
3. What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced was criticism. When I first started writing, I was not used to the negative comments from people with my stories. Whether it was the storyline or the characters, I couldn’t take the criticism well and it almost made me not write again. I overcame it by having a tougher skin. In this industry, people are going to voice their opinions, so that’s something that I would have to live with. I’m not going to make everyone happy, but I will do what I can to produce great writing to readers and hopefully they will enjoy it.
4. When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
I started writing at 9 for a project for school. After I wrote the assignment, I realized how much I enjoyed creating a story that I continued to write more. Later, I began to write short stories before expanding into full length novels. My purpose for writing is being able to produce quality work for people to enjoy. I love to create new stories and characters that I hope readers can relate to, which I hope I can continue doing for years to come.
5. Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
My latest novel, The Way We Were, is the fourth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series, and this is Monica and Donnell’s story. With Monica, she has done a lot of crazy things in previous books, so hopefully readers will be able to relate with her and sort of root for her once the story is over.
Here is the synopsis:
I’d always been unlucky with love. No matter how much I’ve tried to experience it, something always happens to make me turn away. When I was with Donnell Patterson, I believed I finally had a chance at it, but I ended up destroying it by being selfish. Now, I have a second chance with Zack Hall. He’s a woman’s dream – smart, generous, and sexy as hell. But now that I’m with someone else, why does Donnell keep coming back into my thoughts? Should I let go of the past, and start with someone new, or go back to the person that I’ve always considered my one true love?
Monica Taylor and I have had our shares of ups and downs. Honestly, we had more downs than ups. But no matter what we did to each other, we always found our way back to each other; but she did the unthinkable when she tried to hook up with Marcus Walker. Now, I’m with someone new, who makes me really happy. Dominique Sawyer is amazing; not only is she smart and beautiful, but she’s also drama-free. But if she’s so perfect, why do I keep thinking about the person who has continuously broke my heart?
6. What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the fifth book of the LLH series, Love Always. This is another story about Riana and Shawn, which they are going through a lot of situations throughout their relationship. They will have to realize is their love strong enough to make things work in their relationship.
7. What are your future plans?
I have three new series coming soon. Two are spin-offs from my current series,In Love With My Best Friend and Love, Life, & Happiness, while the other is a brand new series titled Resisting Temptation. The spin-offs will be available next year, while the first book in the Resisting Temptation series will be available in December.
8. How much real life goes into fiction writing?
For me, there may be some scenes in a story that I will depict my real life into. With Love Unbroken, although majority of the story was fiction, there were scenes that described my relationship with my husband. In the new story Love Always, there will also be scenes that will explain a little to how my husband and I dealt with the birth of our son. In other words, for me, it’s okay to put a little of your life into a story, that way it can be more believable to your readers.
9. What is the last book you finished reading?
The last book I read was Reality Check by Camisha Almonor. The story is about best friends whose lives changed after an unexpected night together. I really loved the story. It kept me interested throughout the entire story.
10. What is the current book you are reading?
Currently, I have A Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Christina Jones next on my Kindle. I really want to read this book, but since I’m writing, I haven’t had a chance to yet.
11. Your Favorite book and why?
Anything by Carl Weber. I just love him as an author because he knows how to deliver the drama! I especially love The Choir Director. I haven’t started on the sequel yet, but I know it will be just as good as the first book.
12. Are any of the characters like you? In what ways?
I think there’s a little in me in all of my characters, especially with Camille (In Love With My Best Friend) and Riana (Love Unbroken). With Camille, I tend to be shy and reserved sometimes like her, but can also be a bit bold when I need to. With Riana, she has a spunky personality, in which I can relate to. She is also the peacemaker of the group, which she does a lot of between Cheryl and Monica.
13. If you were a celebrity, who would you be? Why?
I haven’t really thought about being someone else, but if I had to choose, it would probably be Kerry Washington. She has a grace about her and seemed pretty down to earth. Also, I love her as Olivia Pope on Scandal!
To check out the full interview (including my picture, which I’m pretty short, by the way), click on the link: http://www.elitebookpromotions.com/blog/