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Writing Process Global Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Two weeks ago, Lynn Lovegreen hosted me on her blog for the Writing Process Global Blog Hop. Today, I will be giving my take on what inspired me to write as well as host three authors. 🙂

What am I working on?

Currently, I’m getting ready to write the third book in the Something Just Ain’t Right series. I’m also working on re-releasing one of my previous stories, Our Love, as well as gearing up for a new series that is a spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work is different from others of its genre because it provide diversity with the main characters.  I love New Adult fiction, so when I began writing, I wanted to focus on characters that were not only strong minded, but also diverse.  That was the concept I had in mind when I wrote the Love, Life, & Happiness series. Although there are starting to be more NA books that feature African-Americans characters, it’s very rare that you would encounter a book, let alone a series, in this genre that have predominately African-American characters.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I love to write in certain genres, especially romance and women’s fiction. I also like to step outside of the box, and that was what I did with my current series, Something Just Ain’t Right. I never thought about doing romantic suspense, but I didn’t want readers to see me only as a romance author. I want to be known for other areas of writing as well. That’s what make being a writer so great, because for me, I have the ability to explore many areas and to develop various characters.

How does my writing/creating process work?

Since I have an 8-year-old son, I usually do all of my writing late at night, when it’s just me and my computer. Music is very important with my writing process because it help create various scenes for my stories. I also create playlists for my stories, which describe my thoughts through a particular scene. There may be times when I would have to revise a scene or two and even go through several rounds of editing, but it’s all worth it once I receive the final result.

 

Please allow me to introduce you all to three new authors that will be continuing the blog hop. These authors are very talented and have wonderful stories available. Please check out their blogs or pages to learn more about them and their work. 🙂

 

Té  Russ- Author of Love After War (Available now)

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Growing up an introvert, Té Russ found solace in literary arts at an early age. She found reading to be a vehicle to broader horizons and writing a form of self-expression. She began writing love stories in her adolescent years as a way 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. Though she has an immense appreciation for the sheer smell that books collectively exert, she also has found balance to her introverted nature with adrenaline inducing activities. So if she does not have her nose pressed deeply into a book or her pen ticking through a pad, you may also find this mother of three 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.

To keep up with her writings and other things going on check out her pages:

www.facebook.com/TeRussNovels
www.terussnovels.blogspot.com
Twitter: @TeRussNovels

 

Her Global Blog Hop Date: Wednesday, February 25th on her blog

 

 

Alexandra Warren: Author of Attractions & Distractions (Available Now) 

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Alexandra Warren is a twenty-something new author from the middle of the map, Nebraska. She enjoys writing young adult contemporary romance novels. With one book under her belt and another on the way, she is looking forward to what the rest of 2015 will bring. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time teaching preschool, traveling, blogging, reading, watching sports, and hanging out with family.

Twitter: @mspiedoubleu

Instagram: @mspiedoubleu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralexandraw

Blog: http://www.thebookwormlodge.com/alexandras-author-page

Email: thebookwormlodge@gmail.com

Purchase link: Attractions & Distractions: Freshman Year

 

Her Global Blog Hop Date: Saturday, March 7th on her blog

 

 

Alithea Elizabeth- Author of Love On The Track (Coming Soon) 

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“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist who does her best in her craft.”-Pattie LaBelle

Those are the words of the legendary Miss. Pattie LaBelle. She sees herself as a Diva in the music world; just like I see myself, Miss. Alithea Elizabeth, as an upcoming Diva in the literary world.

I was born and still do live in the beautiful island of The Bahamas, where I’m currently a student at The College of the Bahamas studying Secondary Education, specializing in History and Geography. I’m actively involved in my community as an Advisor with the Junior Achievement Bahamas. I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.

I was in love with writing from an early age, writing all over my mother’s walls.  However, after being put in timeout a few times, my mother gave me a notebook and a pen. From that time, I have always been putting my pen to paper, writing short story about my family and friends or even about my family vacation. It wasn’t until 2012 when I decided to write my debut novel, Love On The Track.  After a few setbacks I got discouraged, but thanks to  supportive family and friends, I’m currently working on publishing my first book in the near future.

Writing is my passion…..

 

Her Global Blog Hop will be in May.  

LLH: Book 2 Chapter 19

A little late, but chapter 19 is now available…

After the evening they had together, Riana wanted to stay in bed with Shawn and enjoy the moment they had shared. Even though she was going through so much with him and Marcus, her heart was still with Shawn and she realized that what she was doing with Marcus was wrong. She wanted to save her relationship and be the devoted girlfriend she once was to the man she loved.

She watched Shawn as he got dressed, which made her heart flutter. She shook her head, realizing all the horrible things she has done and wished she could take them back.

How could I have been so stupid? she thought.

Shawn walked over to her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

“You sure you don’t want to stay here and go for round three?” he asked while kissing her neck.

She smiled. “As tempting as that sounds, I think we need to go out. We can’t stay in the apartment forever.”

“Who says we can’t.” He continued to give her kisses down her neck and chest.

“We can always continue when we return.”

“Definitely.” He said. He smacked her ass, which made her smile. “Where do you want to go anyway?”

“I was thinking the movies. We can catch that new action flick if you want.”

“On Valentine’s Day? That’s the first.”

“I feel like watching something different.”

“Fine by me.” he said, giving her a sexy grin.

Her heart fluttered again. Yeah, she was stupid to have cheated on him.

Once they got ready, they headed to the theater. They purchased their tickets and were inside going to the concession stand when the two saw Britney and Marcus ahead of them in line. Riana gave a nervous glance as she watched the two.

Britney looked over at the two and gave a tight smile.

“Hey.” Riana said.

“Hey, Ri. Shawn.” Britney said. She seemed nervous around him, which made Riana raised her eyebrow in curiosity.

“Hey Britney. What’s up bro?” he asked.

Marcus smiled, giving a quick glance at Riana before grabbing hold of Britney’s hand.

“I see you two had the same idea, huh?” Shawn asked.

“Yeah; we figure the restaurants will be crowded, so we took a chance on the movies.” Britney said. “What movie are you seeing?”

“The new action flick with Vin Diesel.”

“We are too. If you both want to, we can sit together inside.” Marcus said.

“No, we just want to spend some time together, if you don’t mind.” Shawn said.

Once Shawn said that, Riana gave a sigh of relief. She did not want to sit by Marcus in a dark theater.

He moved his hand down Riana’s body, stopping at her ass. He gave her a light squeeze, which made her release a tiny moan. Marcus stared at the two, anger growing inside of him as he watched his brother be with Riana. Since the time they have spent together, he realized that he was falling for her. That was something he never thought he would experience, but with Riana, it was easy to have feelings for her.

Britney looked at the two with a disgusted expression. She couldn’t believe how they were behaving. It was immature and pathetic.

“Well, we’ll catch you two later.” Shawn said. Riana smiled and the two went to the room. He gently grabbed her hand, which made her smile.

After tonight, she knew what she had to do. She has to break things off with Marcus. Soon.

***
Donnell pulled up into a parking space in front of his apartment anxious to see Monica. He asked his supervisor if he could leave early to spend the last few hours of Valentine’s Day with her. He knew that crushed her that they couldn’t spend the day together because of work, but his job is short staffed so he had no choice but to work his shift.

He went up the stairs, with a dozen of red roses and take-out food from her favorite Mexican restaurant, Los Hermanos. He knew once she saw the items, it would put a smile on her face.

He carefully opened the door and went inside the apartment. He was a little surprised it was dark since Monica said she was going to be there. He turned on a lamp near the TV to discover an empty apartment.

“Monica.” He called out, going to the bedroom. He checked there and the bathroom, which made him worried.

“Where is she?” he asked.

He walked into the kitchen and saw a note on the counter. He picked it up and read it. His expression changed from worried to shock at what he was reading.

He went to the couch and slowly sat down. After everything they have been through and she decided to pull this? He asked her countless times if everything was okay and she lied to him, saying it wasn’t when all along she wanted out.

He balled up the note and threw it on the floor.

After all I have done for her and this is how she repays me? he thought.

He grabbed the dozen roses and threw them across the room, landing on the counter before falling on the floor. He picked up a picture of the two from the coffee table and threw it against the wall, watching the frame shattered before falling on the floor.

He began to pick up items that were nearby and threw them across the room. He was pissed that she would do this to him. He has done everything to make her happy, but it wasn’t enough for her and he was tired of it.

After throwing another frame against the wall, he stopped since he knew his neighbors were probably calling the cops on him. He felled down on his knees, upset and sad that she left him. Instead of facing her fears head on, she took the coward way out and left. Although they have worked out their issues in the past, he can’t continue to take her back. This time, their relationship cannot be repaired.

Facebook Contest- Ending April 6th!!!!

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The contest that I’m currently running on Facebook is almost over!!! In celebration of the release of Trust Me, the giveaway is for a $50 gift card from Amazon!!!

To enter, simply like my Author Page on Facebook as well as request to join my group, Sheena Binkley Reading Palace. Once you are accepted, post to the group which one of my books is your ultimate favorite.

For those who already liked my page and are members of the group, simply say which book is your favorite.

The contest will end on April 6th. The winner will be announced on my Facebook like page, the group page, as well as on here.

The link for the like page is below:

https://www.facebook.com/sheenabinkleyauthor

The link for the group page is below:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/577100099053119/

Good luck everyone!!!

Release Dates!!!

Hi everyone!!! I was able to finalize a couple of dates for my new releases. This will be for all the books I’m releasing for this year. The dates may change, but only if there is a MAJOR issue. If so, I will definitely provide a reason if that ever happens.

The Wedding, Part I (Camille & Trevor): May 14th (This is to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of In Love With My Best Friend)

The Wedding, Part II (Tia & Charles): June 20th

Unconditional Love (Jayden & Britney):July 5th (The release date is also my birthday!!)

The Way We Were (Monica & Donnell): September 10th

Love Always (Riana & Shawn): November 19th

Resisting Temptation (Hayley & Morgan): December 17th

Also, when The Wedding, Part II is released in June, make sure to check out the end of the book, because there will be a HUGE announcement 🙂

Love, Life, & Happiness: The Lost Story, Part 3

The next chapters are up for the lost story….

Ten

There was only a month left until the end of the semester and for winter break to arrive. Monica looked at her notes for her Government class in a daze. It has been a month since she found out she was pregnant and now she was three months along.

Since she found out she was pregnant, Monica really haven’t thought about anything else. She can’t concentrate on her school work and half the time she just sat alone in her room and cried. She missed Donnell so much. She wished she could talk to him and see how he was doing.

I miss him so much. she thought while going into the kitchen. She opened one of the cabinets and got a bag of pretzels. She noticed during the third month of her pregnancy she was always hungry.

At least I can keep stuff down now. she thought as she bit into an unsalted pretzel. During the second month, she was running into the bathroom every five seconds.

As she look at her notes one more time, the door to the apartment opened and Cheryl walked in with an armful of groceries. She looked over at Monica and smiled. To Monica, it seemed as if Cheryl was in a better mood since she started dating Chris. She even has been nice to her, which was unusual.

“Hey, Monica. How are you doing?”

“Good, thanks.”

Cheryl walked into the kitchen and put the plastic bags onto the counter. She walked back over to her and sat down beside her.

“I know we haven’t been friends in the past and that I never really liked you nor Britney being Ri’s friends, but now that I’ve lived with the two of you, I noticed a difference in you that makes me think twice about you all being friends.”

“And what is that, Cheryl?”

“I don’t know. I guess the fact that you three are so close. That’s why I never really like you two because I was jealous of the bond you three had.”

Monica put down her notes and looked at Cheryl in a different light. She never thought Cheryl would be jealous of her and Britney. She just thought Cheryl was antisocial towards people that didn’t fit her standards.

“Why would you be jealous? You’re Ri’s cousin. You two should have a bigger and better bond than me and Britney.”

“I know, but I noticed the way you three are and it seems like you all could pass off as sisters. Y’all always been there for each other, and even though what Britney done to Riana was wrong, I knew those two would be friends again. Friendships like that don’t fade away that quickly.”

“You know, I have always been kind of jealous of how you and Ri were too. Even though we’re all friends, Ri doesn’t tell us everything. The first person she goes to is you.”

“How do you know that?”

“Believe me, I know. Cheryl, it’s nothing for all of us to be jealous of. Ri is such a great person and she has all sorts of people in her life that is unique. When she looks at me, you, and Britney, she doesn’t see any difference in us; she looks at us as family. She always has and always will.”

Cheryl nodded her head in agreement and smiled.

“I guess you’re right. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m going to put all my feelings towards you and Britney to the side for now on. I think that since we’re roommates, we should all get to know each other a little better.”

Monica smiled.

“I’d like that, and I will do the same.”

Cheryl extended her hand out to Monica.

“Friends?”

“Friends.”

The two shook hands on the agreement.

“I meant what I said about being there for you and the baby. Anything you need I will be here.”

Monica looked at Cheryl with a happy expression.

“Thank you.”

Cheryl got up from the couch and went into the kitchen. Monica smiled.

I think everything is going to okay now.

***
Riana and Shawn were at Shawn’s apartment putting the finishing touches on their project. They decided to take a little break from working and were now having cuddle time. A little break turned into two hours and the two were on the couch kissing.

Ever since she met Shawn, Riana always been physically attracted to him; but now since they became a couple, she started to have feelings for him that she never had for any other guy, including Isaac. Now she was pondering the thought of making Shawn her first.

She pulled away from him and sat up straight on the couch. Shawn looked at Riana and sat up with her.

“What’s wrong?”

“I just started to think about something.”

“From the way you’re looking, it must be serious.”

“It’s nothing to worry about.”

“Well, you can tell me.”

Riana gave Shawn a sweet smile.

“I don’t think I should. It was something that just came into my head.”

“You were thinking about sex, were you?”

“How did you know?”

“I can tell how you were looking when we were kissing. Listen, I don’t want you to think that you need to have sex to satisfy me. I told you the day we started our relationship that I respect your decision. You don’t have to have sex to please me or our relationship.”

“You think that’s why I’m thinking about it?”

“Yeah, unless you’re thinking about it because you want to.”

“Shawn, I am human and I do think about sex. Ever since I met you, my beliefs have taken a different turn and I’m having thought I never had before. It seems that every time I see you I want to tell you to make love to me. I want to know what it feels like to have you inside of me. To feel good and to be loved. I always thought if you’re that good with your tongue, imagine what else you’re good at.”

Just hearing Riana talk made Shawn want to do the things she just mentioned. He always thought about making love to Riana. To feel her body next to his and be with her in a way she never experienced. He wanted to be her first, but he also respected her decision and felt that she need to stay true to her beliefs.

Shawn put his hand in Riana and smiled.

“Baby, I know you’re probably thinking that sex is such a wonderful experience shared by two people. Trust me, it is; but I think we need to wait. Believe me, I have thought about making love to you for hours, but baby I know you and I know that you probably will regret it if you went through with it.”

“No I won’t. Shawn, I haven’t told you this because I didn’t know how or if it was the right time, but Shawn, I’m falling in love with you.”

Shawn looked speechless at Riana as his heart skipped a beat. He couldn’t believe what Riana was telling him. He looked into her beautiful brown eyes and gave her a kiss so magnificent they both felt like they were on a natural high. Why they pulled apart, Riana smiled at Shawn.

“Wow; where did that come from?”

“From what you just said; Ri, I’m falling in love with you too. In fact, I always been in love with you the moment I laid eyes on you. I know that sounds crazy because no one believes in love at first sight. Even I didn’t believe in it, but baby, I don’t know if it’s that or if its fate, but I love you Riana Robertson.”

Tears started to flow from Riana’s eyes. She stared into Shawn’s eyes and realized that what he was saying was no joke. He was really being sincere and that the words he just belted out to her was how he was feeling. Riana has never seen a man be so genuine with his feelings before and it made her happy; not only happy, but extremely turned on.

“I didn’t mean to make you cry.” Shawn said.

He took his hand and gently wiped her tears away. Riana tenderly grabbed Shawn’s hand and kissed it. Just the feel of Riana’s lips on any part of his body made Shawn’s manhood rise.

Riana didn’t stop with Shawn’s hand. She kissed his neck and went up to his ear, gently putting her tongue in his earlobe and lightly caressing his ear. Shawn let out a soft moan while Riana went back to his neck and towards his chest.

While Riana was seducing him with her kisses, Shawn wanted so bad to pick her up and carry her to his bed, take off her clothes nice and slow, and make her body feel so good with all the emotions he had inside of him.

But I can’t do that. I love her too much for her to regret what might happen.

When Riana started to unbuckle Shawn’s jeans, he put his hand on Riana’s shoulders and pulled her up to face him.

“I can’t let you do this, not now anyway.”

“Why not?”

“Ri, I love you, but I can’t let you do something you might regret. You are such an important person in my life and I don’t want to hurt you in any way. I will always support you on whatever decision you make; so in other words, I have to support you on this. I’m sorry baby.”

Riana looked at Shawn as if her world just came to an end. She gave Shawn a disappointed stare and got up from the couch in a hurry. She goes over to the table and grabbed her books and notebook and stuffed them in her backpack furiously.

“Damn.” Shawn said under his breath as he got up from the couch. He went over to Riana and took her hand, but she pushed him away from her.

“Why are you so upset? I’m trying to be supportive with what you decided when we got into a relationship. I know you’re attracted to me and want something to happen, but you have to realize that once you go through with it there’s no going back.”

“I understand that, but I thought if two people loved each other then they should be able to express their feelings. Shawn, I love you and I’m willing to give myself to you. If I don’t have a problem with it¸ then why should you?”

“Because I really love you and I don’t want you regretting the actions you make after it’s all over. Ri, you mean so much more to me than your body. I look at you and see a strong, beautiful, talented woman who don’t take shit from anyone and who stands up for her beliefs. What make this any difference from the other decisions you make in life? Why are you backing down from this one?”

“I don’t know. I guess because you’re so different from the other guys I’ve been with. I see you and think you’re too good to be true. You’re just a wonderful guy that makes me feel so special. You’re nice, sweet, kind, and not to mention fine as hell. I guess that’s why lately my body been talking more than my mind. I’m not thinking straight and I’m probably will regret it if something did happen.”

“Like you said, you’re human, but thinking and acting out are two different things and to me, it’s better to think about things before you react to them.”

Riana looked at Shawn and wrapped her arms around him. Shawn put his arms around Riana and began to smell the mango scent she always wears. He moved his hand up and down her arm and back.

“I’m sorry baby, I shouldn’t have snapped at you.”

“It’s okay. I understand you’re frustrated. I know you want some.”

Riana laughed and playfully hit Shawn on his shoulder.

“Whatever. You know you do too.”

“I do, but when the time is right, we will and it will be an experience we both will cherish forever.” he said.

He took Riana’s hand and kissed the back of it with his soft lips.

Riana’s body quiver from the feel of his touch.

“Let’s get back to the project.” Shawn said.

“Sure.” Riana said.

And the two went back to the couch.

Eleven

Cheryl went up to Chris’ dorm room and knocked on the door. After talking to Monica and burying the hatchet with her, Cheryl decided she need to straighten some other issues she had in her life.

Before going over to Chris’, Cheryl went to an advisor and changed her major. She didn’t want to be a psychologist; that was her parents’ dream. She wanted to be a surgeon. And if her parents didn’t respect her decision, then they didn’t respect her as a person.

Chris opened the door revealing only a towel wrap around his privates. Cheryl looked at Chris and kissed him roughly on the lips. Just the thought of Chris opening the door with only a towel on made Cheryl want to take him right there on the floor.

Chris closed the door while kissing Cheryl in the process. The two went over to his bed and fell down with a loud thump. Cheryl pulled away from Chris and sat up on the bed. Before they started something they couldn’t finish, she needed to talk to Chris about her sudden decisions.

“Nice to see you too; what’s up?” Chris asked. He moved up from the bed and went to his closet.

“Why did you answer the door with only a towel on? This is a co-ed dorm you know. I don’t want some other chick looking at my man’s body.”

“Ah, my baby’s jealous.” Chris said. He went over to Cheryl and stood over her. He looked into her eyes and gave her a sexy grin.

“You know that turns me on.” he said in a sexy tone.

“It bet it does. What else turns you on?”

“You.” he said. He kissed her and the two was right where they left off. Before Cheryl got caught up in doing something with Chris, she put a finger to his lips and smiled.

“Before we start something we can’t finish, I need to talk to you.”

“Okay, what is it?” he asked. He sat down on the bed besides her.

Cheryl turned her body so she could face Chris.

“For the past few days, I’ve been thinking about a lot of things that has happened to me since I started this semester. Everything sort of changed for me; starting a new year, meeting you, calling a truce with Monica, and now my classes.

“Since I’ve met you, you showed me a way to see things that I have noticed for years, but just never acted on them because it would hurt the people around me. I always listen to other people make decisions for me; I never realized how much this affected me growing up and even now. It had to take you to show me that I can stand up to anyone, even the people who gave me life.”

“Cheryl, it didn’t take me to make you understand how your life is. Yeah, I made have open your eyes, but you knew all along what was happening. You just didn’t want to disappoint anyone if you had a difference in opinion.”

“I know and that’s why I decided to change my major to pre-med. I talked to my advisor, Ms.Adams, and she told me since I’ve only been taking my core classes during my freshmen and sophomore year, I shouldn’t have any problems changing majors. With the extra classes and summer school, I could graduate on time and start medical school.”

Chris smiled and gave Cheryl a hug.

“I’m so proud of you, baby. I know this is what you wanted.”

“I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me. Being a doctor has always been my dream. I couldn’t see myself being in a profession that I didn’t choose. That’s what my parents wanted me to do, and if they don’t respect my decision to be a doctor, then I guess they never really cared about me.”

“It’s not that, it just your parents want what’s best for you. They just like every other parent out there in the world who loved their children a little too much. They just don’t know when to let go.”

“Well that’s what I wanted to talk to you about. I was going to my parents’ house tomorrow and I was hoping if you’re not busy if you would like to come with me? I know this is sudden, but I would really like it if you was there with me.”

Chris looked at Cheryl and ran his hand down his low cut fade. He didn’t know if he wanted to meet Cheryl’s parents. He didn’t want to have their first meeting to end in a cuss out.

I have to do this for Cheryl.

He smiled and gave Cheryl another hug.

“Of course I’ll be there for you. Just let me know what time and I’ll go.”

Cheryl gave Chris a squeeze as she inhaled the scent of his pine fresh soap he showered with.

“Thank you so much.”

“No problem, baby.”

The two pull apart and smiled.

“I’m really happy for you, Cheryl. I hope your parents see what I see in you.”

Cheryl nodded her head.

“I hope so too.”

***

After the two worked the entire afternoon on their project, Riana and Shawn were finish and ready to take to for editing. Riana put her arms around Shawn and gave him a big hug, congratulating him on a job well done.

“We’re finally finished.”

“I know; I felt like we’re been doing this forever.”

“We have.” Riana said while laughing.

Shawn’s expression turned from happy to serious as he put his head on Riana’s shoulder.

“Since we have a lot of time on our hands, how should we spend it?”

Riana moved her hand onto Shawn’s chest and smiled.

“I don’t know; you tell me.”

Shawn leaned over and reached for Riana’s lips. They started to engage in a heated kiss, as Riana put her hand behind the back of Shawn’s neck to pull him closer to her.

Shawn started to unbutton Riana’s pink colored shirt. He slowly took it off her body, admiring her caramel colored skin. He removed her bra and bent down to touch her breast with his tongue. Riana leaned back and sighed softly as Shawn slid his tongue around the nipple.

Shawn knew what he was doing was wrong, but he couldn’t help himself. He wanted to taste every part of Riana’s body. She looked up and pulled Shawn’s shirt over his head. She moved her lips up and down his chest, making him wonder if he made the right decision in talking Riana out of sex. The two looked at each other knowing they wanted more than just kissing and groping.

Shawn unzipped Riana’s jeans and pulled them down to the floor. He slid off her panties and threw them on the floor as well. As he goes back to Riana’s lips to kiss her, he inserted his index finger into her while kissing her neck.

“Damn, baby you’re wet.” he whispered in Riana’s ear, making her even more excited.

Riana’s body started to heave in and out Shawn slowly inserted another finger into her, making her cry out in pure pleasure.

As Shawn quickened his movement, Riana’s moans became even louder.

“Come for me, baby.” Shawn whispered, setting Riana over the edge.

As she lifted her hips onto Shawn’s fingers, her body started to tighten, causing her to scream out his name.

She looked at Shawn, while he carefully removed his fingers from her. He put his lips to hers as he gave her a sensual kiss. He put his face to her as she tried to slow her breathing.

“I need you.” Riana whispered.

“Riana…”

“Baby, I’m ready. I need to feel you, now.”

Without hesitation, Riana unbuckled Shawn’s jeans and began to kiss him. The two heard a bunch of keys jingling from the outside, but they were in their own world. The door to the apartment opened, and a guy, who looked identical to Shawn, but a little older, walked in with a bunch of bags in his hands. He looked up at the two and nearly dropped all his bags on the floor.

Shawn and Riana look up at the guy and Shawn nearly fell off the couch. Riana quickly tried to find her clothes, but couldn’t find them anywhere. The guy looked at the two and started laughing.

“Hey man, I didn’t mean to interrupt. I can come back when you’re finish.”

“Shut up and close the door!” Shawn said.

He got up and zipped his jeans back up. He went over to the guy and took some of the bags from his hands. Riana finally found her clothes and headed into the bathroom.

Shawn looked at the guy and slapped him on the back of the head.

“What was that for?” the guy asked while putting a bag of chips in the cabinet.

“You didn’t have to laugh. If I knew you were coming home early we would have been in my room.”

“Well excuse me. Next time I come to my place I’ll make sure and call to see if you’re not busy.”

“Real funny, Marcus. I don’t know why you’re saying your place. From the looks of it, I’m the only one who lives here since you’re never here.”

“I have business to take care of half the time. Besides, it seems like you rather for me to stay gone. So, that’s your new girl? Damn, she’s fine.”

“And mines. I saw you looking at her when you walked in. She’s off limits man.”

“How could I not look at her when she’s practically naked? You know I would never hurt my little brother by pushing up on your girl. You should know I wouldn’t do that.”

Shawn laughed and playfully pushed his brother into the refrigerator. Marcus pushed Shawn towards the kitchen drawer. When the two was play fighting in the kitchen, Riana finally came out of the bathroom.

After being embarrassed as hell when Shawn’s brother walked in and seen her naked on the couch, she didn’t know whether to grab her clothes and leave or lock herself in the bathroom. She chose the better choice and went to the bathroom.

She walked into the living room and saw Marcus putting Shawn in a headlock. To Riana, it seemed as if the two was fighting, but realized that was their way of “playing around.”

When the two saw Riana, they stopped play fighting. Shawn went over to Riana and smiled.

“I’m so sorry about my brother walking in on us.”

“It’s okay.” Riana said softly.

Marcus walked over to the two and smiled.

“Hey Riana, I’m Marcus, Shawn’s brother.” he said while extending his hand out to her. Riana smiled and shook Marcus’ hand.

“Nice to meet you.”

“The same; even though it was under unusual circumstances.”

Riana laughed.

“How did you two meet?”

“We met at the club. He spilled a drink on me.” Riana said while smiling brightly at Shawn.

“It was an accident though.” Shawn said while laughing.

Marcus looked at the two and smiled.

“Well nice meeting you again, Riana. I have to get ready to go out.” he said while walking towards his room.

Shawn looked at Marcus leaving and followed him to his room. When Shawn approached the room, he saw Marcus looking through his closet.

“You’re going out again?”

“I had a little break from work so I decided to go to the store. Now I’m heading back to work.”

“Marcus, I don’t know what’s going on, but you’re never here, and when you are, you’re sneaking around like you’re hiding something. Is something going on with you, because if it is I can help.”

“It’s nothing to worry about. Just keep doing what you’re doing, and that’s going to school to become something of yourself.”

“That’s all good, but if you’re in trouble, I would like to know. I figured I’m your brother, so I should help you any way I can.”

Marcus looked at Shawn while shaking his head.

“I always thought I was the big brother, but it seems like you’re the one protecting me. Listen, nothing is going on. Even if it was, I can take care of it myself. Don’t worry about me, okay. Now, I think you have a fine ass girl waiting on you in the living room, so let me get dress and you two go back to whatever you were doing.” he said while taking a shirt from the closet.

Shawn looked at his brother and sighed. He knew something was going on with his brother, but of course he won’t tell him.

Whatever is going on, I’ll be there for you.

He looked at Marcus changing shirts and walked out of the room.

He walked back into the living room to be with Riana, but she was nowhere in sight.

“Where did she go?”

He noticed the door to his room was closed, so he walked up to it.

I know this door was opened. he thought.

He slightly opened the door and saw Riana stretched out on his bed wearing only her bra and panties. Just looking at Riana’s body made Shawn greatly aroused. He walked in and smiled at the beauty lying on his bed.

“What made you decide to come in here?”

Riana smiled.

“I thought it was best if we picked up where we left off in here.”

Shawn walked over to Riana and lay on the bed.

“Where exactly was that?”

Riana smiled and the two started to kiss.

***
After going to her Government class, Monica decided to go home. She was walking around the quad to her car when she realized that today was the first time since she been pregnant that she felt energized. She felt so good that she actually wanted to walk to her apartment instead of driving.

But I’m not going to take any chances. she thought as she went to her Toyota Camry, which was parked near the Student Services Building.

As she went to her car, she noticed someone was standing by it waiting impatiently for someone to come back to their car. When Monica got closer, she noticed the person was waiting for her, and it was Malcolm. When she saw him with an angry expression on his face, a small lump started to form in her throat. Her feeling of being energized quickly changed to anxiety as she wiped the sweat that was forming on her forehead.

After talking to Cheryl earlier that day, Monica decided to clear things up in her life as well. After finding Malcolm’s number in the bottom of her purse, she called him to tell him that she was pregnant, but instead of talking to him, she talked to his voicemail. She told him to meet her after her Government class by her car so they could talk. Now after seeing Malcolm with an pissed-off look on his face only made Monica wish she told him to meet her in a crowded area instead of a parking lot. She took a deep breath and walked over to him.

“Hey.” she said softly.

Malcolm looked at Monica and sighed.

“You left a message on my voicemail. What’s up?” he asked impatiently.

Monica stared at Malcolm with an uneasy feeling settling in her stomach. She didn’t know whether to tell him she was pregnant, but he had to know he could be the father.

“I know it has been awhile since we saw each other, but there’s something important I have to tell you.”

“I thought you said after that night we wouldn’t have to talk again. That’s the whole idea of a one-night stand.” Malcolm said.

“I know that, but I really have to tell you something. This is something that will affect the both us.”

Malcolm looked at Monica with a disbelief look on his face.

“You don’t have something, do you? Are you telling me you have a STD and I might have it too?”

“No Malcolm, that’s not it. That’s far from it.”

“Then what it is? I don’t have all day, so whatever it is just say it.”

Monica put her hands towards her face in a prayer position and took another deep breath before speaking. She had to tell a guy she barely knew that she could be carrying his child and it’s going to take all of her strength to do it.

“Okay, I’ll tell you. I’m three months pregnant.”

Malcolm looked at her as if she lost her mind. He turned away from her as if he was trying to walk away.

“You’re lying. You can’t be. I mean we met in August, and this is November. You could have slept with someone else in that time period.”

“Yeah, I could have, but you’re the only person who I didn’t use a condom with. I’m not saying you’re the father, but it’s a possibility.”

“Are you crazy! Why should I believe someone that I picked up at a club and slept with? You could be saying this because the real father won’t take responsibility for it. Is that it? If it is, I’m sure in hell not taking care of it.”

Malcolm started to walk away from Monica’s car. Monica started to walk behind him.

“Can you stop walking please? Just listen to me. I needed to tell you this because you could be the father. I didn’t want you to not know about the person growing inside me. I want my child to know who their father is, whether you like it or not. If it is yours, are you going to take care of him or her?”

“I don’t know. This might not even be mines. In fact, how do I know you’re pregnant? You could be saying this to get back into my life. I already told you that night that all I wanted was sex and nothing else. I don’t know what game you’re playing, but I don’t want to be with you.”

“I’m not playing any games; I am pregnant. Can’t you tell from when you saw me at the club and now? My stomach is bigger.”

“You could have put on some weight; or you could be wearing those pads people wear in movies to look pregnant.”

Monica looked at Malcolm and rolled her eyes. She couldn’t believe she wasted her time on this loser!

“I tried to do the right thing and tell you that you could be the father of this child, but now that I think about it, telling you was a huge mistake.”

“You damn right it was. Even if you are pregnant and it’s mines, I won’t take responsibility for it. So you and your bastard child can get the hell out of my face and find some other sucker to take care of it.”

“You are unbelievable! To think I was with you just to have fun. My life changed so much and it’s all because of you! You weren’t even all that in bed, so I don’t even know why I wasted my time on your sorry ass.”

Malcolm turned around and gave Monica a frosty stare. Just the look in his eyes made Monica frighten.

“Now I know you’re tripping. You ain’t nothing but some cheap ass bitch who is trying to find some punk to take care of you and your child. If that the case, you chose the wrong man because I don’t want anything to do with you. Now get the hell out of my face!”

“I know you didn’t call me a bitch! You need to apologize to me.”

“The hell if I will.”

“No, you need to.” Monica said. She stepped closer to Malcolm and looked at him with a stare so cold it could had turned him to ice.

“You need to get out of my face.”

“And what if I don’t?”

Malcolm raised his hand up to Monica as he tried to hit her. Monica blocked Malcolm’s blow with her backpack. The impact of the heavy backpack caused Malcolm to lose his balance and almost fell backwards.

Monica turned around and ran towards her car. Malcolm ran after her, trying to catch up to her. Instead of going to her car, Monica was running towards the Student Services Building. She looked behind her to see if Malcolm was following her. As she faced forward, she noticed a guy was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. Before she could avoid him, she tripped on her own feet, causing her to fall face first on the ground. The guy stopped in his tracks and threw his bike down on the grass.

Malcolm watched at the scene unfolding and slowly turned around. He started to walk in the opposite direction as if nothing happened.

The guy went over to Monica and tried to help her up, but she wasn’t moving.

“Are you okay? Miss, can you hear me?”

Monica was lying unconscious on the ground. As the guy looked around for help, he noticed no one was near. He didn’t know whether if he could move Monica, be he took a chance. He carefully picked her up and rushed towards the Health Center.

***

Britney was going up to her old apartment and sighed. She promised Monica she would stop by and check up on her to see if she was okay. As she rang the doorbell, she noticed no one was answering.

“I guess no one is home.”

She turned around and headed down the stairs. When she did, she noticed Isaac was standing by her car smiling at her.

“You didn’t think I would find you, did you?”

Britney looked at Isaac with fear in her eyes.

***

Riana and Shawn were laying in Shawn’s bed looking at each other in total amazement. Riana snuggled closer to Shawn and started to nibble on his ear. She loved being in love. The idea of having emotions that was so dear and special for someone is a great feeling.

And having someone return those feelings are even special. Riana thought.

Shawn kissed Riana’s neck and smiled.

“What are you thinking about, baby?”

“Nothing, I’m just so happy that I’m here lying in your arms. Did your brother leave? I hope he didn’t hear anything in here.”

“He left. I heard the door close. Besides, you don’t have anything to worry about as far as my brother is concern. I was thinking since Marcus probably going to be gone the whole night that you might want to spend the night with me? I understand if you don’t want to since you’re been keeping an eye on Monica lately, but I was wondering since you really didn’t have any space at your place that maybe you want to be somewhere less congested.”

Riana laughed.

“Like you care if it’s crowded at my place. Just admit it; you don’t want me to leave.”

Shawn laughed.

“No I don’t. I would love to have you in my arms when I go to sleep and see your beautiful face when I wake up.”

“You know if I stay I’m going to look kind of bad and have morning breath.”

“Baby, you could never look bad in my eyes.”

Riana smiled and kissed Shawn on the lips.

After Shawn discovered Riana in his room, the two have done everything a couple in love does: Talk, cuddle, and pleasing each other. Even though the two decided not to have sex yet, Riana found other ways to please Shawn. Not only did it make him happy, but it was a complete turn on for Riana.

“So, how was my performance?” Riana asked.

Shawn smiled. “It was magnificent.”

While Riana snuggled up to Shawn even more, Shawn started to caress her hair through his fingers.

“I love you so much, Ri.”

“I love you too, Shawn.”

The two moved closer to give each other a kiss. Riana pulled Shawn on top of her as Shawn moved his hand down her body. As his weight started to press onto Riana, she felt himself rise, making her wet with excitement.

“I can’t wait any longer Shawn. I want you.” she whispered.

Shawn looked at her as he kissed her forehead.

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, I’m sure. I’m on the pill.”

Shawn gave her a confused look after her last statement.

“It’s for my periods. They’re sometime irregular.”

“Okay. I could still use a condom if you want me to.”

“It’s fine, Shawn.”

Riana pulled Shawn closer to her to kiss him. Shawn let his hand roam through Riana’s body as he stopped between her legs. He inserted a finger in her while he kissed her breast.

“That feels so good.” Riana said as she laid her head back on her pillow.

Shawn licked his lips as he supplied kisses onto Riana’s body.

As Shawn increased Riana’s good feeling, he stopped to look into her brown eyes.

“Are you sure?”

“Baby, I’ve never been so sure about something in my life.”

Shawn kissed Riana’s cheek as he reached into his nightstand drawer to retrieve a condom. As he was putting it on, Riana started to move her tongue on his shoulder. Shawn let out a moan, which only made Riana more than ready.

“Are you ready?” he asked as he gently laid on top of Riana.

Riana nodded, not knowing what to expect.

As Shawn was about to put the tip into Riana, the sound of Riana’s ringtone filled the walls of the bedroom.

“Who is calling?” Riana asked in an irritated tone. She picked up her phone from the nightstand and noticed the number was unfamiliar.

“Hello.”

Shawn fell back on his side of the bed in annoyance.

“Hello, is this Riana Robertson?”

“Yes, who is this?”

“I’m Dr. Wilson at the Health Center at Shaw University. Sorry to bother you, but Monica Taylor was brought in a few minutes ago by one of the students here. From the looks of your friend, it seems she was in an accident. We contacted you because your number was on her contact list.”

“Is she okay? What caused the accident?”

“From what the witness stated she was running down the sidewalk. She was looking behind her to see if someone was following her. When she turned around, she noticed him riding his bike and fell on the ground.”

“But is she okay? She’s three months pregnant, doctor.”

“I realized that when I ran some tests on her. As far as I know Monica is okay, but the baby she’s carrying I’m not so sure about. I decided to send her to the hospital for further testing, just to be safe.”

Riana put her head in her hands and sigh heavily. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing. What made Monica have an accident? Why was she running in the first place, especially in her condition?

Unless she was arguing with someone.

After Riana received the hospital information from Dr. Wilson, she thanked her for contacting her and hung up her phone. She looked at Shawn as he gave her a hug.

“Is Mon okay?”

“I don’t know. I can’t believe Monica would go talk to the guy she slept with from the club. She should have known that was going to cause drama.”

“How you know if she did talk to him?”

“I have a feeling she did. I know a couple of days ago she said she was going to, but she didn’t know how to tell him. So more likely she did.”

“What makes you think that was the cause of the accident?”

“I just have a feeling. They probably got into a heated argument and more likely she was trying to get away from him. She didn’t notice the guy and the bike and fell.”

“Which hospital was she admitted to?”

“Penbrook. Let’s get dress.” Riana said.

As they got up from the bed, Riana looked at Shawn with a worried look.

“I hope Mon and the baby are okay.”

Shawn went over to Riana and hugged her.

“I hope so too.”

Sex Scenes in Love Unbroken

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I originally wrote this post back in January, when Love Unbroken was recently released, but I decided not to post it, until now. The reason being is because I didn’t know whether it would receive a positive reaction; but I really want to get readers’ opinions on this, so I decided to publish the post. So, here it is…

As an author, I know I’m not always going to get positive reviews. There are going to be some readers who will not like my work, so that’s not an issue. In fact, sometimes a negative review can be a great way for me to know my mistakes and correct them accordingly for my next book. With this issue, I’m not sure if I should even discuss it, but I guess I will.

There were a couple of comments from readers stating how much sex Riana and Shawn were having in the story. If anyone who read any of my previous books, you would know that this is the first book that featured love scenes, and to be honest, I was hesitant in even writing them. Now, I didn’t think this would cause such a huge issue, considering that is something two people do when they are in love. I don’t know if the issue is because they are college students (who are adults), or because of the nature of the scenes.

If anyone ever read a New Adult novel, you would know that majority of those books will have sex scenes, so I’m not sure why some would feel upset that there were so much included. Now, maybe I did put in a lot of scenes, I don’t know, but I believe it didn’t take away from the story and the love they had for each other. They’re attracted to each other and in love with each other. What’s wrong with that?

All in all, people are entitled to their own opinions, so I will leave it at that. For anyone who has read Love Unbroken, please tell me what you think. Were there a lot of scenes between Riana and Shawn that were a bit unnecessary, or were the story just right? For me, it was, but I would love to hear from you all regarding the story.

Also, I hope I’m not offending anyone with this post. I truly appreciate everyone who spend their hard earned money to purchase and read my books (I’m also an avid reader, so I completely understand).

Until then, happy reading!!

The Thursday Interview

Hi everyone!!! Recently, I did an interview with “The Thursday Interview.” Check it out…

No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?

I believe I would. Knowing that my loved one is the person that needs help, I would do everything in my power to help him or her when needed. It’s just a part of loving someone and for them to know that you have their back no matter what. I hope my loved one would do the same for me (which I’m sure of), lol.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Being alive is just going through the motions, not experiencing life for what it is. With truly living, you’re doing everything that you want to do, experiencing new things, surrounding yourself with great people on a daily basis. It’s also knowing the importance in being happy and living a full life.

No.3 What motivates you to write?

I have a vivid imagination, so I think that’s the inspiration I need to come up with storylines, characters, etc. But I also think it’s my love for writing and being a reader that makes me want to create stories that are interesting and engaging.

No.4 Why do humans want children?

There could be various reasons. Majority of humans want children because they feel they have a tendency to love and take care of others. They have a nature in them to help guide someone in this world. Some may just want children to keep their namesake and to continue the legacy going.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Trust Me”?

Since this book is a part of a series, the biggest challenge was to create an entire new storyline, but keep the same theme as with the first book, Love Unbroken. At the end, I was able to provide a new focus with characters that were first introduced in the first book, but was able to add more personality so readers could root for them as individuals as well as a couple.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?

To always live life to the fullest. Do not ever regret the choices that were made in the past or the present and to never doubt yourself.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Trust Me”?

Since the story is all about giving your all to someone and for that person to do it in return, and believing in that person, regardless of their issues or flaws. With those thoughts in mind, the title fit the story perfectly.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?

At first, I couldn’t handle criticism. I would always take it to heart, putting doubt in myself on my decisions and my abilities as a writer. Now, I just let the criticism roll off my back. Not everyone is going to like my work, so now, it’s just something that I have to deal with.

No.9 Why should people read your book?

I believe readers will enjoy this book, because it has every element to a good story: Romance, drama, and hot love scenes. Who wouldn’t want that in a story?!

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?

In life, you have to have something to strive for, whether it’s a job or school, or just to be a good person. No one should live life empty and meaningless; everyone should have something they want or long for.

A special thanks to “The Thursday Interview” for the great interview. To check out the interview on their website, click on the link below:http://the-thursday-interview.blogspot.ie/2014/03/interview-with-sheena-binkley-author-of.html