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Book Spotlight- The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one-week book tour for The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. The tour runs Feb 18-22, 2019.  Book your own tour here WNL.
ISBN-10: 1732488002
ISBN-13: 978-1732488007
 
Genre: Women Fiction
 
Meet Marian
Award-Winning Author and Speaker, Marian L. Thomas, has penned five women’s fiction novels to date. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation, and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on local, national and online radio stations. For her book, I Believe In Butterflies, Marian ranked among the top 100 Most Popular Authors in Literary Fiction on Amazon. She spent most of her teen years in Oak Park, Illinois, but now resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband. She enjoys a good bag of popcorn, a plate full of pasta, and a grape pop.
About The Book 
 
The Caged Butterfly by author Marian L. Thomas is the heartrending story of the Mayfield/Taylor family spanning four generations ranging from the 1930s-1990s. While the character-driven plot touches on relevant social issues such as child abuse, racism, skin bleaching, and suicide, ultimately it is a story of love and forgiveness.
The book begins with Addie Mayfield’s loving letter to her unborn child which plays a central theme throughout the plot. As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to Addie’s mother, son, and granddaughter: Millie, Timmy, and Nina. Alternating between the cities of Georgia, Chicago, and New York, and told through first-person narratives by each character, the plot follows the family’s history, relationships, triumphs, and sorrows. The book emphasizes self-acceptance, forgiveness, and redemption regardless of life’s hardships.
 
 
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The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas, is a fictional story that follows three characters as they navigate life’s often rocky terrain in search of hope, courage, and forgiveness. 

 

One of the main characters, Nina Taylor—is convinced that having white skin is the only way to make it successfully in the entertainment industry and thus begins bleaching her skin to hide her black heritage.
“At the heart of Nina’s story, lies a very dangerous obsession that has become an authentic reality for young women today, ” Thomas stated. 
The Caged Butterfly is the third contemporary fiction book that Thomas has written that broaches on the issue of race. The other being- I Believe In Butterflies. She said: “The Caged Butterfly provides an imitate look at a young woman who must go through the caterpillars of life to learn that one must love the skin they’re in. It’s a tough lesson for Nina, but the end is beautiful.”
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Blog Tour- Just Right (Something Just Ain’t Right Novella)

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! 🙂

Just Right:
A Something Just Ain’t Right Novella
by Sheena Binkley

Genre: Interracial,

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?

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Morgan

Love.

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.

“Morgan! Morgan?!”

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.”

“Morgan…”

“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.

 

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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

Chronicles.

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

and son.

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31 Days, 31 Authors-Stacy Deanne

Hi everyone! The 31 Days, 31 Authors event continues with Stacy Deanne. Not only is she a talented author who have written a boatload of romance novels, she is also a fellow Houstonian (Just like me, yay!) But this is an author that I have looked up to when I first started in this industry, and continue to this present day.

Now, here’s Stacy! 🙂

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bio

Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is an award-winning author of sweet to sensual romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction books. She’s written Amazon Top 100 bestsellers, and her work has been praised and reviewed in USA Today numerously. She loves writing stories that focus on main characters who rarely get the spotlight such as characters with physical disabilities, mental illness, and terminal diseases.

Stacy is known for bringing versatile stories to her readers. With her you never know what you’re gonna get, which separates Stacy’s work from the pack. Stacy’s books are full of passion, thrills, intriguing characters and so much emotion you can’t get enough! If you want something different and unpredictable then definitely check out her work.

With Stacy every book is an adventure.

 

interview

1. What inspired you to become an author?

Writing comes from my soul. I wouldn’t be myself if I wasn’t a writer. I really believe it’s my calling and fate. I write the genres I write in because I enjoy them and the interest comes from the heart. I write BWWM books because I strongly support interracial relationships. This is a personal lifestyle choice so of course I wanna write something that I’m interested in and that reflects me. That’s why my books come from the heart concerning that aspect. I wanted to write stories that showcase couples in BWWM relationships for readers interested in them.

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

My debut novel was published by Simon and Schuster so I was elated. I couldn’t believe it had finally happened because I’d worked so hard for years trying to get someone to notice my work. Unfortunately, my mother passed away around the time the book was released so emotionally I wasn’t there. I was still proud but because of the difficult loss, I became detached from what I’d accomplished and though it was my first novel published, it will always link to a very difficult part of my life.

3. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I don’t like to answer these types of questions. LOL! I’ve been in the writing business 20 years now, and I’ve learned that you can’t plan on anything careerwise or in life. We can hope things turn out as planned but life always throw curveballs so I just go with the flow and execute my goals to the best of my ability from day-to-day.

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

The best advice I would say is to make sure you are writing from the heart and if you aren’t then you won’t last in this business because it’s tough. Also, everyone should research the craft and business side of writing. Be prepared to continue learning and growing because that’s the key to being a good writer.
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Excerpt from Hawaii Christmas Baby:


                 “Everyone in that room saw how you two looked at each other.” V pointed toward the house. “You can’t fight your attraction to Jody and he won’t be able to fight his for you.”

                        “We have to if we intend to stay sane. Jody knows we can’t be together now.” Talia twisted and turned. “That’s it. It’s over. No negotiation.”

            “What’s the big deal about dating your stepbrother?” V put his hand on his hip. “Shoot, I got blood cousins who are fucking so—”

            “Is everything a joke to you?”

            “You’re a grown woman, Talia. It’s your decision who you date.”

             “And I’m deciding to break it off,” she shouted. “I’m not down with this. Besides, I don’t wanna hear from Momma that this is just another way I’ve screwed up. She’d love to tear into me if she found out I slept with Jody.”

            “What if Jody tells them what happened? Isn’t it better to be honest?”

            “Trust me, he won’t tell.” Talia massaged her fro. “He looked about as sick as I am.”

            Jody walked out. “Talia, we need to talk.”

            “Let me leave you two alone.” V started toward the house then stopped beside Jody. “Mm.”

            Jody pulled on his blazer, fidgeting. “Is there a problem?”

            “Nope.” V walked past, checking out Jody’s ass.

             “Jody, this is horrible.” Talia flung her arms. “How can this be happening?”

            “Calm down.” He held her. “It’s all right.”

            “It’s not all right. We slept together.”

            “I remember.” He grinned. “I was there.”

            “This isn’t funny.” She pushed him. “This is horrible. It’s horrible, Jody!”

            “Come here.” He hugged her. “It’s not horrible. It’s a peculiar situation, and I’m as shocked as you are, but it is what it is.”

            “And what is it?”

            “Talia, I care about you and last night was the best night of my life.”

            She touched the collar of his shirt. “Mine too but—”

            “I don’t want it to end.”

            “We can’t see each other, Jody. It’s just not right.”

            He kissed her cheek. “I’m not ready to let go of how good you make me feel. I know it’s only been one night, but my heart won’t let me walk away.”

            “We can’t do this.” She turned away from him for fear of losing herself in his eyes. “No way would this work.”

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30 Days, 30 Authors- Té Russ

Hi everyone!! Té Russ is the next author to be featured in the 30 Days, 30 Authors event. One thing I love about Té’s stories is that you are able to go through the go along with each couple as they go through their journey to happiness. From beginning to end, it will have you go through so many emotions, which is a good thing in a romance story (you have to go through every emotion to find happiness, right?).

Anyway, enough with me rambling; I’ll let Té take over as she shares a preview to her upcoming release, Just One Touch, the sixth book in the McAllister Family series.

Here’s Té ! 🙂

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author bio

Té Russ found solace in literary arts at an early age. Reading was a vehicle which broadened her horizons as writing became a form of self-expression. She began writing love stories as an adolescent to expel her youthful thoughts of love into words. Since then she has gone from writing stories and thoughts of love in journals to attending college for journalism and falling in love, which has allowed those youthful words of love to blossom into a series of stories in her romance novels. When she doesn’t have her nose pressed deeply into a book or her fingers flying across the keyboard, this Texas wife and mother of three can be found jumping out of airplanes, cheering her husband on at the top of her lungs at MMA fights, buzzing down the interstate on the back of motorcycles, or kayaking.

Contact links: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TeRussNovels & http://www.facebook.com/TeRussAuthor Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TeRussNovels Blog: http://www.terussnovels.blogspot.com Email: terussnovels@gmail.com

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/author/teruss

 

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Just One Touch-20

Savannah McAllister is only focused on one thing: raising her son. When she decides to take him on a long overdue vacation, the last person she expects to run into is the only man she’s ever truly loved…who also happens to be her son’s father.

Ethan Porter gets the surprise of his life when he discovers he has a son. Now, he wants answers and he wants them from the one woman who was able to steal his heart with nothing more than her smile.

Both Savannah and Ethan are determined to make the best of their situation for the sake of their son, EJ. But in the process, they quickly discovered that all of those feelings they had years ago, have been lying dormant and the passion they shared is about to come back to life.

EXCERPT

Ethan was stretched out in his bed with his arms over his head as he stared at the ceiling. EJ had been thrilled when he found out they would be spending the night at Ethan’s place. After dinner, they played some of the old boards games, Ethan found in one of the closets.

Eventually EJ grew tired and Savannah sent him off to get ready for bed. Since the sleepover was a last minute idea, they hadn’t brought any extra clothes, so Ethan gave EJ one of his t-shirts to sleep in. The shirt swallowed EJ up, and Savannah thought he looked adorable.

After they’d tucked him in, Savannah and Ethan had stood outside the bedroom door quietly.

“I guess this is good night,” he said.

“Good night,” Savannah said, quietly. “And thanks for the shirt.” Ethan had given her a shirt to sleep in as well.

Now, he was lying in bed, imagining what Savannah looked like walking around in nothing but his t-shirt.

The sound of a light knock on his door had him sitting up slightly.

“Come in,” he said, wondering which of his house guests were at his door.

The door crept open and a long bare leg peeked through, causing Ethan to sit all the way up. He felt a twitch beneath his boxers as Savannah came fully into view. She quietly shut the door before looking at him.

His shirt engulfed her as well, but it stopped right her thighs.

“Savvy,” he finally said. “Is everything all right?”

She opened her mouth to say something then stopped, clamping it shut. Then she crossed the room. His pulse quickened as he watched her climb in the bed, straddle his lap and wrap her arms around his neck.

“Savvy–”

Whatever he’d been about to say got cut off when Savannah thrust her tongue into his mouth. He gripped her thighs before sliding his hands higher, underneath the shirt. He let out a groan when he discovered she was wearing nothing underneath. In a flash, he had her on her back and he shoved the shirt up so he could admire her entire body.

He knew he needed to slow down, but for the moment, he couldn’t stop himself. He reached down and circled one of her nipples with his finger, before he gave in to temptation and bent down to pull it into his mouth.

She arched against him, pushing her breast further into his mouth and he greedily tasted her. When he moved to the other one, she gripped his head and let out a moan.

He felt her hand inch closer to his erection and he finally found the strength to pull away.

“Why’d you stop?” Savannah asked.

He shook his head and raked his hands down his face. He felt like an idiot. An extremely horny idiot. “As difficult as this is for me to say…we can’t do this. Not yet.”

“But…I thought…” Savannah mumbled. She sat up quickly and pulled her shirt down, covering her body. “Never mind. I’m sorry.”

She went to scramble out of the bed, but Ethan stopped her. “Savvy, wait.” He blew out a frustrated breath. “Don’t misunderstand me. I want you. Desperately. But…Are you honestly comfortable with this happening for the first time with EJ right down the hall? What if he hears us? Or what if he gets up looking for you?”

He could tell by the look in her eye that she wasn’t comfortable with that thought.

“When I finally make you mine completely again, I want to make love to you all night, uninhibited and uninterrupted. I don’t want to have to explain why mommy was screaming all night,” he said with a grin.

Savannah’s lip twitched and she said, “You’re right, I know.” She covered her face with her palms. “I’m so embarrassed, sneaking in here and jumping you like a little tramp.”

“Hey!” he said, pulling her hands away from her face so he could look into her eyes. “You’re no such thing, you hear me? It’s my fault for giving you the impression that that’s what I meant when I invited you to spend the night.”

Savannah shook her head. “It was my own interpretation.”

“We will have our night together,” he said. “And I promise you it will be worth the wait.”

 

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30 Days, 30 Authors- Olivia Williams Ball

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The 30 Days, 30 Authors events continues with Olivia Williams Ball. She visited my blog before as one of my book spotlight for her Lydia & Jerome series. I’m happy to have her back on the blog to not only promote this series, but talk about what else she has in the works.

Now, without further ado, here’s Olivia! 🙂

author bio

I’m a native Californian, where I still live with my husband. I worked in the medical field for years. Writing was something that I had never imagined doing. But my husband insisted that I give it a try, since, over the years too many incidents that I have encountered turned into a story. So here I am, having fun creating stories. Which are mostly about romantic relationships between African American characters, although my next novel is a multicultural novel.

 

author interview1.Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I enjoy taking walks, though I don’t do it often enough, especially walking on the beach enjoying the view and the sound of the ocean. I also enjoy going to the movies, listening to music, reading and spending time with family

2. What inspired you to become a writer?

I felt my first spark of inspiration to write after reading one of Walter Mosely’s novels. During the entire read, I felt as if I was listening to an older cousin of mine talk about his life experiences of living in the Los Angeles area during the 50’s. But I also have to give credit to Terry McMillian. I find the writings by both of these gifted people to be so natural, which encouraged me to feel that I could also tell stories and enjoy doing so. Thus, I sat down and actually got started.

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

Although my debut novel was also self-published, to actually see it out there with my name on it was a wow feeling. An I really did that feeling. A sense of accomplishment.

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

Still writing stories (with God’s grace) for others to relate to and enjoy with that satisfying feeling that everyone wants, once the story ends. And I expect to be better at the craft.

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

Don’t think about it any longer. Just do it. Planning is always a good thing, but in my opinion, if you want to write stories you can do both. You can get started, plus do what you need to do to improve your writing skills. But don’t keep putting it off. There’re too many stories out there that are never told because too many people procrastinate. Just go for it.

 

 

books and links

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EXCERPT

 From Twists & Turns (Lydia & Jerome Book 2)

 

 

What does he want? Why is he calling? Hearing his voice is the last thing I need, just when I’m trying to make things work with Phillip. I worked hard to keep you from consuming my thoughts. I’m tired of craving your touch, your lips, and the feel of your strong arms around me.

 

     I shivered, pausing over the phone. Finally, I picked it up and pushed the button to hear his message.

 

“Hi Lydia. This is Jerome. If it’s…if it’s all right… Well, you see, I don’t know your circumstances. But if it’s no problem, will you return my call?”

 

My circumstances… Yes, I’m with Phillip… What about your circumstances? I went back to the couch and flopped down. I huffed and puffed, regretting that I had played the message.

 

     Hearing his voice brought, not only an ache in my stomach, but delicious memories came with it.

 

I got up and played the message again. Then I almost played it a third time, but caught myself. I was already breathless from hearing his voice the first time.

 

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30 Days,30 Authors- Alexandra Warren

Hi everyone!! We’re passed the halfway mark of our 30 Days,30 Authors event, so I hope you’re having a great time being introduced to some wonderful authors! Today’s author is Alexandra Warren, who personally is one of my favorites. I was first introduced to her as a blogger through her Bookworm Lodge site, but now, she’s a full-fledged author, penning wonderful books including Getting The Edge, The Pre-Game Ritual, her latest, The Real Deal, and her popular series, Attractions and Distractions (which I love!!). I really hope you all are able to check out this amazing author and add her books to your TBR list!

And now, Alexandra! 🙂

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author bio

Alexandra Warren is a twenty-something year old Nebraska girl who enjoys teaching, blogging, traveling, and of course, writing. Contemporary Romance novellas are her absolute favorite to write as well as to read. With nine books under her belt, and more on the way, she is excited to see what 2016 will bring!

Learn more about Alexandra at www.actuallyitsalexandra.com

 

author interview1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I recently moved to Houston, TX. So I love just going out and exploring the city. What inspired you to become an author? 🙂

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I loved to read growing up. So as I got older, the more that I read, the more I became curious about if I could actually get behind the pen. Then with a push from an author friend, I ended up publishing my first book.

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

It was so exciting! I wasn’t sure if anybody would buy it, or be willing to take a chance on it since I was a new author. But all it took were those first few five star reviews to come in for me to get hooked. 🙂

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

Hopefully still writing! LOL. But I’d love to see a book or two of mine in a major bookstore.

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

DO IT! It is a little nerve-wracking to take that leap, but I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.

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EXCERPT

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Reagan

 

“Coming to the stage. Our hometown favorite. Give it up for G. Griffey!”

What a stupid ass name…

I never understood why rappers couldn’t just go by their mama-given names, instead choosing to come up with dumb shit like G. Griffey.

Ugh.

The bass hit me dead in my chest, forcing me to put a hand over it. I still didn’t understand why Leilani was so pressed to get close to the stage as if either one of our washed-up asses knew who these young dudes were. I mean, you could tell they were young by the demographics of the crowd that surrounded us, most of ‘em being college kids. And since both of us were a solid three years removed, I knew we had no business being there, let alone being at the front of the stage.

“When I say G, ya’ll say Griffey. G…”

“Griffey!”

“G…”

“Griffey!”

I looked over to Leilani who was all chanting along, hands in the air, eyes wide as she watched the performer on stage. I finally decided to take a peek myself and… damn.

  1. Griffey had it goin’ on.

His skin was maybe a shade or two darker than mine, but still qualified him for the lite-brite category. His hazel-green eyes twinkled under the lights from the stage, so much so that I wondered if they were colored contacts. And his lips were perfectly full, curling as he spit his lyrics to the crowd’s enjoyment.

No wonder Leilani’s ass wanted to get close to the stage.

I certainly couldn’t blame her now.

I mean, the way he commanded the stage was damn near hypnotizing. Before I knew it, I was singing along to the chorus that thankfully wasn’t about selling drugs, or shooting somebody though by this point I would’ve probably been singing along to that too.

  1. Griffey did a few more tracks that everyone in the building seemed to know before he quote-unquote, “slowed it down for the ladies”, eliciting all types of screams and squeals. The bass was still heavy, but the tempo was slow as he rapped a song about a bunch of freaky shit I could hardly stand to listen to. Not because I was offended, but because I was painfully turned on as his raspy voice flowed about eatin’ it up and beatin’ it up and, “not trickin’ but treatin’ it up.”

Surely his raps weren’t all talk.

I mean, everything else he rapped about had sounded realistic, so why would these songs be any different?

And it wasn’t only his words that were hypnotizing, it was his mannerisms; the way he used his massive hands to emphasize the point of caressing a woman’s shape and licking his lips to emphasize how much he enjoyed devouring a woman from top to bottom.

Damn, this dude is a problem.

 

 

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30 Days, 30 Authors- T.S. Brumsey

Hi everyone!! Today is day nine of the 30 Days, 30 Authors event and joining in on the fun is T.S. Brumsey! She may be new to the writing scene, but she has an impressive New Adult series available, titled Capable of Anything. Not only does she have a series under her writing resume, but she is also my author mate as she is now one of the authors under Niyah Moore’s Ambiance Books. Her new book Fallen is available now.

Now, here’s Tameka! 🙂

 

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author bio

T.S. Brumsey was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, but was mostly raised in Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has been writing novels since age 15. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the social work and mental health field for the last 15 years. She currently resides in Wiesbaden, Germany with her husband and stepdaughter.

For more information about T.S. Brumsey’s work visit,

http://tsbrumsey.com

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books and links

COA Ihttp://www.amazon.com/Capable-Anything-T-S-Brumsey-ebook/dp/B00R91X8BQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459384660&sr=8-1&keywords=t.s.+brumsey

When close friends Candice, Samar, Sha, and Sabrina have to face the reality that tomorrow isn’t promised for any of them, primarily due to Candice’s mother’s violent death and the rapidly surfacing complexities in their lives, they realize they are capable of anything, be it positive or negative, and it is up to them to make the best choices to avoid being in harm’s way.

Candice, Samar, Sha, and Sabrina are learning how to deal with the highs and lows their lives are hurling at them. Candice is sixteen and is having a preponderant amount of difficulty dealing with her mother’s death and coping with issues regarding her peers. She experiences her first serious romantic relationship. She wonders if their love for one another will stand the test of time and if their relationship is worth the trouble it brings her way.

Samar, seventeen and the boldest of them all, definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. She is very temperamental, especially because her boyfriend seemingly cannot be faithful to her. She seeks revenge and does not care how evil she has to become to achieve it.

Sha is Samar’s younger sister. At sixteen, Sha is in the process of determining if she wants to discontinue an abusive relationship in order to become involved in a much healthier one. She learns from her mistakes but is unsure if she will repeat them, despite her lessons learned.

Sabrina is seventeen, laid back, and carefree. She mostly keeps to herself and does not need a lot of attention to feel self-assured. She figures having too many girlfriends will cause too many problems she’d rather not deal with. She has strong feelings for a fellow whom she does not trust. She is on the fence about whether to follow her heart, go out on a limb, and give him a chance.

COA IIhttp://www.amazon.com/Capable-Anything-II-T-S-Brumsey-ebook/dp/B01BURRFTK/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51rb8JFLQrL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU01_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1VBB2PPTFD44JE216GGG

When close friends Candice, Samar, and Sabrina have to face the reality that tomorrow isn’t promised for any of them, primarily due to Candice’s mother’s violent death and the rapidly surfacing complexities in their lives, they realize they are capable of anything, be it positive or negative, and it is up to them to make the best choices to avoid being in harm’s way.

Candice, Samar, and Sabrina are learning how to deal with the highs and lows their lives are hurling at them. Candice is sixteen and is having a preponderant amount of difficulty dealing with her mother’s death and coping with issues regarding her peers. She experiences her first serious romantic relationship. She wonders if their love for one another will stand the test of time and if their relationship is worth the trouble it brings her way.

Samar, seventeen and the boldest of them all, definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. She is very temperamental, especially because her boyfriend seemingly cannot be faithful to her. She seeks revenge and does not care how evil she has to become to achieve it.

Sabrina is seventeen, laid back, and carefree. She mostly keeps to herself and does not need a lot of attention to feel self-assured. She figures having too many girlfriends will cause too many problems she’d rather not deal with. She has strong feelings for a fellow whom she does not trust. She is on the fence about whether to follow her heart, go out on a limb, and give him a chance.

Cover-2-Tamekahttp://www.amazon.com/Capable-Anything-III-T-S-Brumsey-ebook/dp/B01BWBT88A/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51x6K63s0hL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU01_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1M7K44X4DXCJTPFMED9V

When close friends Candice, Sha, Natalie, and Brandy have to face the reality that tomorrow isn’t promised for any of them, primarily due to Candice’s mother’s violent death and another tragedy involving someone very close to them, they realize they are capable of anything, be it positive or negative, and it is up to them to make the best choices to avoid being in harm’s way.

Candice is sixteen and is having a preponderant amount of difficulty dealing with her mother’s untimely death and the changes occurring in her family. Her relationship with Kelvin becomes very testy. She can’t seem to figure out whom she wants to be with. Who will it be, Jacob or Kelvin?

Sha is sixteen and could possibly end up pushing her boyfriend, Delvin, away when she needs him the most. Will she hold on to him or will she lose him forever?

Natalie is seventeen and quietly tiptoes her way into this circle of friends. Her innocence, loyalty, and true friendship is what they need, especially during the tumultuous times that creep upon them. She ponders whether she will ever experience being with Ezekiel whom she’s had her green eyes on for a couple years.

Last, but not least, there’s Brandy who is sixteen. Will she leave her longtime boyfriend, William, for Mitch? She’s not so sure if a long distance relationship will work between Mitch and her. Will she end up following her heart or playing it safe?

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The college years are upon close friends Candice, Brandy, Natalie, and Sabrina. They realize they are capable of falling, be it falling in love or falling into a web of sticky negativity. They are continuously learning how to deal with the highs and lows their lives are hurling at them.

 

Candice is eighteen and her relationship with her boyfriend, Kelvin, is very testy. Jealousy and rage ensues especially when her other love interest, Jacob, is around. She can’t seem to figure out whom she wants to be with and Jacob isn’t making it easy for her to disregard her feelings for him. Who will it be, Jacob or Kelvin?

 

Eighteen year old Brandy has to decide if she wants to be with and remain with her love interest, Mitch, when she starts college or if she wants to continue remain single? She finally notices the enchantingly charming Brice when she starts attending the same college as him, but does he stand a chance of stealing the heart that Mitch has so diligently conquered?

 

Natalie is nineteen and is having difficulty maintaining her Christian beliefs and values due to being curious about going all the way with her boyfriend, Ezekiel. She knows she’s supposed to wait until marriage, but that’s easier said than done. Will she hold up her virtue or allow temptation to get the best of her?

 

Last, but never least, there’s Sabrina who is nineteen and is thoroughly enjoying being with the love of her life in many more intimate ways than one. Will she have any regrets regarding how close she’s allowed Steven to get to her? Can she truly trust that he won’t break her heart, especially after going to the point of no return with him?

 

EXCERPT

From Part 1

Sabrina

His intentions cannot possibly be any good. I must be the female he has chosen to prey on next. I don’t know what to say to him. He makes me nervous, and no other guy has done that before. I know one thing—he is absolutely not having his way with me. I refuse to be his next victim.

Part 2

Candice

I want to tell him that my mom and he have taught me better and that I know better. I know I’m contributing to making my race lo ok bad and I’m fitting into the mold of certain stereotypes that have been thrown out there about black people. Especially the particular stereotype that we are violent. I don’t say anything, though. My lips will not part. Tears begin to fall down my cheeks instead. I feel my dad’s eyes on me. He wipes my tears away, but more tears replace the ones he wiped away. I’m so tired, both mentally and physically.

Part 3  

Natalie

After we finish our homework, he walks me to my white BMW M6, which is parked in his driveway. I open my car door and stand in the doorway. He stands directly in front of me. I toss my backpack into the passenger seat. We can’t keep our eyes off each other. I’m infatuated with him.

“I’m going to come and pick you and Christian up in the morning,” he informs me.

He brings a smile to my face. “Do you want me to call you when I get home?” I ask him.

“You already know the answer to that.”

“I’ll call you when I get there. Oh, another thing. Will you accompany me to Bible study tomorrow evening?”

He’s taken aback by my request. I can tell. But after pondering this for a moment, he says simply, “Yes. No problem, Natalie.”

“I’ll pick you up at six forty-five tomorrow evening, then.”

“Okay.”

“Another thing.”

“What is it?”

“Will you come with me to Bible study from here on out, every Wednesday?”

“Are you serious?”

“Yes.” My heart sinks because I assume he’s going to say no.

“Do you go to Bible study every week?”

“I do,” I confirm. “So does Christian.”

“Figures,” he states, as if he doesn’t even know why he asked the obvious.

“What do you mean by that?”

“Don’t worry about it.”

“I know you’re probably wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into concerning me and everything that goes along with me.”

He nods in agreement. “I understand.”

“My faith in God is a part of the package deal you’re getting along with me. If you don’t want to continue to see me, I’ll understand. And another thing—I’m not allowed in your bedroom, so I can’t go in there anymore.”

“Says who?”

“My dad.”

“That’s not an issue, Natalie.”

“And you’re not allowed in my bedroom. We also can’t be at one another’s houses if our parents aren’t home.”

“If you say so.” He isn’t taking heed to what I’m telling him.

“I’m serious!”

He grabs me by my waist, pulling me closer to him while taking in everything I’ve told him. He kisses me and as I’m returning his kiss, I think this must be a “goodbye, nice knowing you” kiss.

 

From Fallen

Natalie

 

“Come here,” he requests, pulling me closer to him.

I lean over, kissing him on his soft lips. He kisses me back and his kisses always take me to a mystical place. I want to do more. At least, my body does. My mind hasn’t caught up with my body yet. He pulls me in closer to him and our kisses become more intense. He moves down to my neck, I moan softly and then realize…

“Ezekiel, we’re on the side of the road.”

He stops kissing me, looks over his shoulder, leans back over, says, “Come here,” and kisses me one more time before taking us for a ride around town while holding my hand.

 

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