Love Unbroken

The Love Interviews- Riana & Shawn

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to kick off The Love Interview series, which will be a week-long event featuring some of your favorite couples from my most popular series.

Today, I have no other than the couple who started it all for the Love, Life, & Happiness series, to start the first interview, Riana and Shawn.

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SB: First off, I have to say thank you for being apart of this event.

Riana: It’s a pleasure, Sheena. Thank you so much for having us.

SB: Of course! I know both of your schedules are pretty busy these days. You just recently moved to Atlanta. How is that going for you two?

Shawn: So far, so good. Of course, it was a huge adjustment from being in Baker, but we’re managing.

Riana: Yeah, we are.

SB: You don’t sound so assuring, Riana. Is everything okay?

Riana: Of course. Like Shawn said, there has been a lot of adjustments that we had to make, but that’s part of the process of moving to a new city.

SB: I must say, I completely fell in love with you and Shawn when Love Unbroken was released. You two had such a raw chemistry that was so beautiful. Tell me, what made you two instantly click?

Shawn: Besides the fact that Ri is beautiful, she has a wonderful soul that you will instantly gravitate to. I knew when I first saw her that she was going to be in my life forever.

Riana: I felt the same way about Shawn. I tried hard to deny it, but I couldn’t anymore. I knew he was the one for me who accepted all of me and loved me for the person that I am.

SB: You two remind me so much of myself and my fiancé, especially you Shawn. He does spoken word as well; so I have to ask, do you still do it, since your schedule is so jam packed now?

Shawn: I don’t do it as much as I would like, but I try to write something every now and then. Maybe me and your fiancé should get together and compare a few poems one day.

SB: Really, wow. I’ll let him know. How’s your writing coming along, Ri? Are you cooking up any new stories lately?

Riana: I actually am. It’s top secret, so I can’t reveal anything just yet.

SB: I can respect that. I’m usually like that as well. How is Elis? Is he adjusting well in the ATL?

Shawn: Of course! I swear that little boy is just like me.

Riana: He’s not kidding.

Shawn: I mean with loving to try new things. He’s only four, but he’s an adult trapped in a little boy’s body.

Riana: That I can agree on.

SB: That’s really great to hear. What about the crew? How is everyone?

Riana: Everyone is good. In fact, you’ll be seeing Cheryl and Marcus tomorrow, right?

SB: Yup! I can’t wait to talk to them. I’m sure they have a lot going on as well.

Riana: They do; with Cher in med school and Marcus with The Phoenix ATL, their lives are pretty hectic. As for everyone else, they’re all doing fine. We’re hoping everyone can come to Atlanta soon to visit.

SB: I’m sure that will be great. Well, I think we got off track a bit with the interview. You have a book coming up titled Real Love which is about part of your move to Atlanta. I have to say, what you both have experienced was pretty intense.

Shawn: It was, but of course, we always try to see the positive in everything, right baby?

Riana: Of course. All relationships are not perfect, but it’s how you manage them and work out your issues before they escalate are important. We don’t hide anything from each other; never have and never will.

SB: Didn’t Shawn hide the fact that he was Alpha Man when you two were on Spoken?

Shawn: Besides that.

Riana: Things have really progressed between us after that. We’re a much better unit after that.

SB: I’m glad. Communication is so important in a relationship. Without that and trust, there’s no relationship.

Riana: That’s true.

SB: You both have a lot of readers who are anxious for this story. What can we all expect from this book?

Shawn: There are a lot of things that the two of us try to deal with both personally and professionally. With me, I began a new position with a new network in which I’m an anchor with and I come across a lot of different situations with my co-worker as well as with the producer of the network.

Riana: Yeah. I still don’t like that co-worker of yours.

Shawn: Do we really have to do this now, Ri?

Riana: I’m just saying.

SB: What’s with your co-worker, Shawn?

Shawn: That I don’t want to discuss right now, but I can say that she’s quite the handful.

Riana: You can say that again. And to think we used to be friends.

SB: Whoa! What?

Shawn: Can we move on, please?

SB: Sure. So anything else you would like to add, Ri?

Riana: Well, readers will be able to catch up with the crew again in this story as well as Roland and Carolyn. They visit us, which is always a treat.

Shawn: Yup, Mom and Dad are quite the pair.

Riana: Lol. They definitely are.

SB: Will you two be doing any singing in this story?

Riana: We will, especially Shawn. The network found out that he could sing, so they asked if he could be one of the acts for their celebration gala. It was nice. That and there’s also another time when he pulled a performance on-air.

SB: Really.

Shawn: There’s a reason for it.

SB: It must be a good one if Ri is smiling.

Riana: It is.

SB: Well, I have to say it was quite the honor to interview you two. I really enjoyed it.

Shawn: Thank you for the opportunity.

SB: And I still want to know who the co-worker is.

Shawn: You have to read the story to find out.

SB: I definitely will. Make sure to one-click Real Love, which will be available only on Amazon April 25th. If you have never read these two love story, you can pick up the very first story in the Love, Life, & Happiness series, Love Unbroken, which is available now.

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Make sure to check back tomorrow as I interview Cheryl and Marcus as I see what they have been up to as well as the two making a huge announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Interview- MzJetson.com

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Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. This past week, I did an interview for Love Unbroken on MzJetson.com! Read what inspired me to write the book and how much of the storyline is real. 🙂

AUTHOR ♥ SPEAKS

Q01. What inspired you to write Love Unbroken?

The characters were part of a series that I wrote about 10 years ago that focused on the ins and outs of college life, similar to what these characters went through in this story. At the time when I was thinking of a new series, I just revamped the original story and focused on a couple, which brought about Love Unbroken.

Q02. How did you come up with the title and storyline?

The title and storyline were pretty simple. It described what the main characters were going through with relationships; they both were broken in a sense and wasn’t sure if they could repair the thoughts they had about love; but that all changed when they gave love a second chance.

Q03. Is this a standalone novel or apart of a series?

This is the first book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series. The series has five parts and each book devoted a couple and their journey to love. The main characters (Riana and Shawn) not only started the series, but finished the series with the book, Love Always.

Q04. Tell us a little about the main character(s)?

The heroine, Riana, went through so much in her life, especially during the last two years of high school. After being humiliated and ridiculed, she wanted to have a fresh start in college; that’s when she meets the hero, Shawn. Shawn has been through his own experiences with relationships and didn’t want to be in another one, until he met Riana. The two both had to realize that it’s okay to give love another try, but they both had to do a lot of soul searching within themselves before they were able to fully give their all to each other.

Q05. Do you think the cover art of your e-book/novel will persuade readers to read the story inside?

I think the cover does the book justice. The story is filled with so much passion and intrigue and the cover has both elements. I think one look at the cover and readers will be curious to know more about the story.

Q06. How much of the book is realistic?

The story is strictly fiction, but there are some elements that are realistic. The poems, the open mic scenes, all of those are real experiences that I have encountered when I first met my husband when I was in college. I supported him when he performed poetry at open mic nights and events.

Q07. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The story was sort of a dedication to the relationship I have with my husband. Although the story is fiction, there were some elements in the story that I wanted to incorporate in my personal life to make it a bit realistic. How the main characters are is how the relationship my husband and I have, which is pretty solid.

Q08. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

The hardest part about writing this book was actually putting some of my personal experiences into the story. I was a little hesitate on what people would think of the story as a whole or wondered if the entire story was about my husband and me. There are some scenes that described us, but not the entire story. You have to read between the lines to figure out what is real and what is fiction.

Q09. Is there a message in your e-book/novel that you want your readers to grasp?

I want readers to know that no matter what you have been through in a relationship and lost hope on love that you shouldn’t give up on having that feeling of being in love and being loved by someone. Love does exist with the right person; you just have to believe.

Q10. Is there anything else you would like your/the readers to know about Love Unbroken?

This story has a lot of twist and turns that I don’t want to give away, but it’s an enjoyable read with a lot of emotion and passion between the main characters. Readers will definitely enjoy this story, which is a great way to start off the series.

Q11. Where can readers purchase your e-book/novel?

Readers can purchase Love Unbroken on the following sites: Amazon.Com, BarnesandNoble.Com, KoboBooks.Com, and AllRomanceEbooks.Com.

To read the entire interview, please visit MzJetson’s website at http://mzjetson.com/?paged=3.

Happy Anniversary Love Unbroken!!!

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Hi everyone! Can you believe that one year ago today Love Unbroken was released, starting the published version of the Love, Life & Happiness series. This was the third book I’d released in a year and I was so nervous because it showed an entirely different style with my writing. Now, through all the mixed reviews and opinions, the book spanned into a popular series, releasing four other books and a spin-off (which will be happening next year).

Riana and Shawn hold a huge place in my heart; that’s why I did a second story with the couple, Love Always. This couple is one of my most popular couples and I couldn’t agree more with the chemistry the two shared in all of the books.

Now that the series has come to a close, that doesn’t mean this couple will be long gone. They will appear in Kevin’s and Elise’s stories coming next year, so you will be getting an update on them as well as little Elis.

As for Love Unbroken, thank you all so much for supporting this book. Thank you for the kind words about the story and the couple.

There were several favorite moments for me with this story; one in particular was the poem Shawn wrote to Riana in the epilogue, titled Love:

When I hold my arms open

You’re the one I’ve chosen

When I close my eyes to sleep

The thought of you makes me complete

When I’m feeling down

I carry your picture around

The sweetest touch

Makes me miss you so much

When I have a lot on my mind

I think how you help me shine

When I’m stressed

You help me be my best

I can’t imagine being without you

My special friend

You’re the one I want to hold

And to keep away from the cold

What I’m speaking of

Is love.

 

If you have a favorite moment from the book, feel free to share it on the comment section below. 🙂

 

Book Blitz- Love Always

Hi everyone!! Since today was the actual book release date for Love Always, there were a lot of activities that were planned for the release, including a book blitz, where several blogs will post the book information, excerpts, teasers, and more to help launch the book. I also launched a giveaway through Rafflecopter for a $25 Amazon gift card as well as the entire eBook collection of the series.
Since it’s  midnight in my neck of the woods, I will be posting my own blitz first!

So if you have not 1-clicked Love Always, hopefully this will change your mind to 🙂

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Love Always by Sheena Binkley
(Love, Life, & Happiness, #5)
Publication date: November 12th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Riana:


From the first moment I’d laid eyes on Shawn Walker, I never thought he would be the love of my life. In the three years we have been together, we have been through so much, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else I would have wanted by my side. Now, we’re about to experience another event that has us both in shock. Will we be able to get through this one together, or will it end up destroying our relationship?

Shawn:

I never thought I would experience love again until Riana Robertson entered my life. The two of us have been through hell and back, but we’re still standing. Now that I’ve graduated Shaw and heading into the real world, I have a lot of responsibility, not just for myself, but for my growing family. With all of the issues surrounding Riana and me, will we slowly lose sight of the love we have for each other, or will it strengthen us as a couple?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwKEmETW41c
Purchase:
–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Always-Life-Happiness-Book-ebook/dp/B00O1LNY9I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416233384&sr=8-1&keywords=Love+Always+sheena
–B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-always-sheena-binkley/1120730014?ean=2940150640030
–GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sheena_Binkley_Love_Always?id=ythNBQAAQBAJ&hl=en
–Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/491984
–iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-always/id941001057?mt=11

Our Love Is One 

As the evening sun sets upon us

I see a vision to behold

Your beautiful eyes can make me melt with one glance

Your smile alone can make my bad days disappear

 

The love I have for you is evident

As I look upon your face

With one look

One touch

And our passion ignites

 

Drawing me near to you

Losing myself within you

As I caress your beautiful face

 

All the fears you had are now gone

All the worries you had have been erased

All the tears you shed are slowly fading

Because of my love for you

 

One look into each other’s eyes

One touch on each other’s skin

One kiss upon each other’s lips

And we are forever connected

 

Our heart has become one

Our love has become one

And will always be one

Now and forever.

 

In the three years Shawn and I had been together, we had our share of ups and downs. But through the good and the bad, we’ve stuck by each other, and our experiences helped us grow; not just as a couple, but as individuals.

I knew the two of us could get through anything together. Especially with the love we had for each other. Now and always.

Riana 

AUTHOR BIO
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. 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.

Author links:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7092860.Sheena_Binkley
https://sheenabinkley.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/ChevonBink
https://www.facebook.com/sheenabinkleyauthor
http://eepurl.com/U1gqj

Interview

 

Where did the idea of Love Always come about?

Love Always is the fifth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series and it’s the second book for one of the couples, Riana & Shawn. The story takes place three years after they met and it shows how much their relationship has evolved. They been through so much in their relationship and now, they have an even bigger test they have to endure. It will show whether their relationship will become stronger or will it destroy them.

 

With the series, each book was devoted to a couple and their journey to happiness. Why were two books written about Riana and Shawn?

Although I love each of the couples in the series, there were so much more to tell regarding Riana and Shawn. Their relationship is very special and unique that I had to do another story on them. Also, readers of the series love these two and wanted to have an update; so another story was born.

 

Since this is a part of a series, do you need to read the first four books?

Not necessarily. This story does provide enough background for first-time readers to understand the storyline and the couples; but it would be more beneficial if readers read the first four to see the journey each couple (especially Riana and Shawn) went through to understand where they are now in their relationships.

 

What was your favorite part in writing Love Always?

I have various scenes that are my favorite with Love Always. In fact, I love the entire story, because it shows how powerful love can be. Also, this book is important to me because it’s has some real-life elements to Riana and Shawn with myself and my husband. Some of the lessons this couple has been through was similar to some of the situations my husband and I faced at their age, so it brought back various memories during my college days a few years ago.

 

Will there be any other stories coming soon from the series?

Yes, Actually, Love Always was supposed to been the final book in the series, but I couldn’t let these characters go; so I decided to write one more story, titled Redemption. This will be a novella and will be from one of the most hated (but misunderstood) characters from the series, Nathan. Several questions will be answered in this story, so hopefully everyone would understand his point of view on some of the situations that has occurred between him and with several characters.

What are your future plans?

Along with Redemption, I am working on a new series titled Resisting Temptation.  I am also working on a spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness titled Simply Love. Both series will be available next year.

GIVEAWAY (Ends November 24th) 
Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Entire eBook collection of the Love, Life, & Happiness series
  • Autographed copy of Love Unbroken

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2d93349b6/

Now Available!!!

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Love Always, the fifth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series is now available!!! For those of you who have pre-ordered the book, you should have already recieved your copy at midnight (or earlier).

Here are the links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Always-Life-Happiness-Book-ebook/dp/B00O1LNY9I/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415773468&sr=1-3&keywords=sheena+binkley

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lovealways-1674304-178.html

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/491984

I will post the links for Barnes and Noble and Kobo once they are available. 🙂

Riana:
From the first moment I’d laid eyes on Shawn Walker, I never thought he would be the love of my life. In the three years we have been together, we have been through so much, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else I would have wanted by my side. Now, we’re about to experience another event that has us both in shock. Will we be able to get through this one together, or will it end up destroying our relationship?

Shawn:
I never thought I would experience love again until Riana Robertson entered my life. The two of us have been through hell and back, but we’re still standing. Now that I’ve graduated Shaw and heading into the real world, I have a lot of responsibility, not just for myself, but for my growing family. With all of the issues surrounding Riana and me, will we slowly lose sight of the love we have for each other, or will it strengthen us as a couple?

Love Always Will Be Released Early!!!

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Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday!

Well, I was submitting the final manuscript for Love Always on Amazon for the pre-order deadline, and I noticed that the date could be moved to an earlier date; so I decided to change the date a week early from November 19th to November 12th.

To show proof, here’s the screenshot to the page on Amazon:

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So the new date is November 12th. For those who have pre-ordered, it will be available for download before or at midnight. 🙂

Is The LLH Series Too Sexual?

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Happy Sunday everyone!!!

Since the Love, Life, & Happiness series debuted last year in December (which is hard to believe that it’s almost a year), I have received various reviews regarding the books in the series. There were some that loved the series and the characters, but there were others who felt the series was a little on the raunchy side. Although I wrote a post regarding this earlier this year with the issue of how much sex was portrayed in Love Unbroken, now it’s the issue of the entire series that is in question.

Now, I understand that this is a series involving young adults who are in college who are experiencing love for the very first time, but never did I portray these “young adults” as squeaky clean. They are just that; adults who ages ranging from eighteen to twenty-three, who are going to experience sex. I don’t know how college was for some individuals, but when I was in college, this is what happened on a regular basis. It might not have happened as much as these characters experienced, but it happened.

Certain scenes were brought up in the series, especially during Love Unbroken. In the post I wrote earlier regarding the first book in the series; yes, maybe the story was heading to borderline erotica with some of the things the two were doing, but with any couple that is in that stage in their relationship, they will want to experience certain things. It not as if they were experimenting with other people; they were with each other and only each other.

Some had even brought up about Unconditional Love and the amount of sex  scenes Britney and Jayden had. This book was about first love and mind you, the two were virgins and only wanted to be with each other before they actually went through with it. Yes, at the time of the story, they were only 18, but some people get married at 18; so what is wrong with these two having sex?

With each story, it talked about the issue of love and being in love; it’s not about seeing how many people these characters can sleep with or engaging in other activities that deemed inappropriate.

While some believed the characters were lacking direction and only thought about having sex; that was not true at all. Each character was determined and driven with their college education. No one looked at the fact that Shawn and Riana were working on a class project when they were introduced; or Cheryl trying to be independent and working on furthering her education to go to medical school. So sex was not always on these characters’ minds.

For anyone who has read the series, do you think the stories are too sexually charged, or are the stories depict what people who are in love with each other do? Let me know by posting your comment below.

And for those who have not read the post titled “Sex Scenes in Love Unbroken,” I included the link: https://sheenabinkley.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/sex-scenes-in-love-unbroken/

As I mentioned in the previous post, I hope I’m not offending anyone with this post, but this is something that I wanted to express and whether anyone agreed with the subject. If I am offending anyone, that was not my intention and I sincerely apologize.

And in case you are wondering,  Love Always only have two sex scenes.  🙂