Alithea-Jae Smith is back with a brand new series! Unplanned Love is the first book in the McKnight brothers series. This book is all about Quad and Maya as they try to develop a relationship after an unexpected first encounter.
Here is the blurb:
Quad McKnight can have any woman he wants, but a night of passion leads him to Maya ‘MJ’ Fox.
Maya ‘MJ’ Fox isn’t looking for a relationship, but a single act of kindness leads her to a lifetime decision with Quad.
Along the way of their new found relationship, Quad’s ex Jasmine doesn’t make things easy for the two by turning their lives completely upside down.
Will Quad and Maya be able to find happiness together, or will their issues cause them to end their unplanned love?
Unplanned Love will be available only on Amazon October 22nd!
Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. For me, not so much, but I’m still staying positive, especially since I’m proud to announce my newest project!
I’m so excited to be releasing a new novella under Xyla Turner’s Lady Guardians series, which is part of the Kindle World books on Amazon. This is such a wonderful series and I’m so proud to be apart of it with such a shrew of amazing authors.
For my novella, I’ll be releasing Lady Guardians: The Ultimate Risk, which is all about Raven, as she tries to find herself due to a tragedy that she has experienced years before. She meets Ryan, who helps her overcome her issues, but will soon learn that their relationship is tested due to an issue he has with her ultimate passion.
Here is the synopsis:
Raven Howard has always lived life on the edge. No matter what, she is always willing to try new things and just enjoy life. While her personal life is adventurous, she does have a balance with her professional life by being a kindergarten teacher. She loves kids and hopes to have some one day.
Despite her family’s disapproval, one of the things Raven loves to do is ride her Street Triple R on the weekends. It’s a great way for her to relax and just be on the open road for a few hours.
When her friend, Tess, mentioned that a new Lady Guardian chapter would be opening in Houston, she was all for becoming a member. A past incident involving her brother threatens to rekindle memories that she nor her family want to relive. She is willing to move on, but it could destroy the tenuous relationship she has with her family. Is Raven willing to make the choice that is best for her, or will she bend to please her family?
Ryan Baxter is going through a lot while being a single father to his five-year-old daughter, Kendall. His wife passed away a year ago and he is still trying to pick up the pieces of his life. This young father is trying to be strong for Kendall, but sometimes his shattered heart and soul make him question whether he can survive the emotional storm of his wife’s death.
When he meets Kendall’s teacher, Raven, during a parent/teacher conference, Ryan is instantly smitten with her. That’s a feeling he hasn’t felt for anyone since his wife’s passing. As the two slowly connect, the attraction they have is undeniable, but also scary.
When Ryan finds out about Raven’s passion for fast bikes and the open road, he immediately disapproves, which is an issue for Raven. Although Raven discovers Ryan’s reason for his disapproval, a war of wills ensues. If Raven wouldn’t stop riding for her family, then she won’t for Ryan. Will her decisions drive away the man that she has fallen in love with?
Raven has a lot to deal with from all directions. Will she be able to keep everything under control, or will it all come crashing down around her?
Lady Guardians: The Ultimate Risk will be available on October 29th, but you can pre-order your copy now on Amazon:
The first book in the Lessons In Love series is available now!! Take a journey with Trina as she learns that not everything in life is as perfect as it seems.
I’m really excited for this book to be released and to share with you all Trina’s story as she not only goes through her self-discovery in being happy, but also by finding love when she least expect it.
If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, make sure you 1-Click to enjoy reading this wonderful story. It’s also available with Kindle Unlimited!
As always, thank you all for your continued support. 🙂
Trina Dotson is a young woman whose career is on the rise, but her love life is a mess. After finding out her boyfriend is engaged to another woman, she tries to do everything in her power to get over him, including going on blind dates, speed dating, even making a profile on an online dating site. Although she’s trying her best to overcome a broken heart, none of those options have worked.
If her love life isn’t complicated enough, she also has to deal with Nick, her new neighbor, who moves in next door to her. With his music constantly blaring and other activities bothering her, Trina has to wonder how much longer she can deal with him before she tells him off, or go to jail for hurting him.
With the help of her best friends Trent and Ashley, Trina soon realizes that she doesn’t have to look for love; she should let love come to her.
Hey everyone!! Wow, it has been awhile since I’d posted anything on my blog (sorry about that), but I’ve been so busy trying to finish Lessons In Love while working, and other personal stuff, so honestly, I’m physically and emotionally drained.
Speaking of Lessons In Love, I hope you all have pre-ordered your copy of the first book in my brand new series, because it will be available on July 31st! I’m really excited about this book, along with the entire series, because each story will only be explained through the main character’s POV (compared to my other stories, in which the story is usually told from both the heroine/hero’s POVs).
The first book will be told in Trina’s POV as she struggles to move on after she finds out her boyfriend has been two-timing her. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will give a tiny preview of the story, in which Trina goes back to her childhood.
This excerpt is unedited. Enjoy! 🙂
I stared at myself in my full-length mirror, wondering will I be like my mom when I grow up. I wonder if I’ll look like her or dress like her, or even act like her. Even though I’m only 6, I always had a curious mind, so of course I always think about the future. With how my life is going right now, I had to think like a grown up. My mom sure not.
It’s not as if she’s not there for me; she is, but there are times when I wished she would slow down with dating multiple men and just spend time with me. Even I know that she gets into relationships too quickly, which all ended up in failure. That’s why I wasn’t concerned about meeting Gary, the new man in her life. I knew for a fact he wouldn’t last either.
I was still looking at myself when my mom walked into my room. She looked beautiful, dressed in a green sleeveless dress, which went with her caramel complexion. Her hair was pulled back into a high ponytail as she gave a concerned look.
“Child, why haven’t you packed yet? Your aunt Dedra is coming soon to pick you up.”
I gave a long-winded sigh. That’s what my weekend consisted of. While my mom went out, I went to my aunt’s house to spend time with her. Although she didn’t mind, I knew she was frustrated because she was only 23 and could be doing something else with her weekend than spending it babysitting her niece.
“I’m already packed.” I mumbled before sitting on my bed. Sometimes after coming home from Aunt Dedra’s, I don’t even unpack because I knew I’ll be back there again.
“Then what’s wrong? Why did you call me?”
I sighed, wondering why I’m even mentioning this, but I had to ask. “Why don’t you want to spend the weekends with me? Is it because it reminds you of Dad?”
My mom lowered her head and took a deep breath before sitting beside me. She put my hand into hers and sighed. “I know I have been out a lot, and I’m sorry, but we do spend time together. Despite what happened with your dad and me, I would never blame you for that. You are my mini-me, so don’t you forget that.”
I smiled. “Why do you always call me that?”
She gave a slight chuckle before speaking. “Because that’s what your dad used to call you. You’re the splitting image of me, so he always said that you’re my mini me.”
I lowered my head when my mom placed a hand on my chin so she could stare at me. “I know you miss him. I miss him too.”
“Is that why you’re dating different men? So you can feel wanted?”
My mom titled her head as she gave a slight shiver. “Why would you say that?”
“Because you felt lonely when Dad died. Why do you need a replacement husband when you have me?”
My mom caressed my cheek and smiled. “Honey, no one can ever replace you or even your dad. Your dad was one of a kind. Even though he was, he’s not here, so of course I would want to talk to other men. He’s been gone for awhile now, so it’s time for me to move on.”
“He’s been gone for a year.”
“He has, but I know your father. He wouldn’t want me moping around feeling sorry for myself. Instead, he would want me to go out and date. He would want this, T.”
I slowly shrugged, knowing my mom was still struggling with the fact that my dad was gone. He died from lung cancer, which shocked everyone, because he never smoked. My mom still never gotten over his death; that’s why she wants to find another husband immediately. I may be a child, but I know the signs.
“Okay, enough talking, Trina. Your auntie will be here soon.”
I nodded as my shoulders slumped. I guess that talk didn’t help at all. I slowly got up to grab my shoes. I sat back on the bed and looked at myself in the mirror again. My mom walked out of my room as I continued to stare. A tear rolled down my cheek as I looked down to the floor. I do look like my mom, but I hope I never have her personality when I grow up. I know if I ever become a mother, I would never do the things she’s doing right now. Maybe she will change in the future; but right now, it seems highly unlikely that she will.
Believe In Love, the latest spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series, is available now on Amazon. It’s also free with Kindle Unlimited.
Take a journey with Cheryl and Marcus as the two try to balance their professional lives along with their marriage, kids, and everything in between. There will be some surprises as well as a reunion from the crew.
If you haven’t pre-ordered the story, it’s
available for immediate download now:
Believe In Love is the latest spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series, and it is also available for pre-order! Make sure you’re one of the first readers on March 8th to download Cheryl and Marcus’ new story as they both are adjusting to changes in their personal and professional lives.
Here is the link to pre-order:
To get you ready for the new story, here is an unedited excerpt from Marcus’ POV. 🙂
Kevin and I talked for a few minutes until he had to head to the club. Since I was paying his salary, he figured he didn’t want to piss me off by staying at my house any longer, but I didn’t care. I needed the distraction, especially with what happened this morning.
I was watching the kids as I dialed Nisha to ask about the shipment at the Phoenix in Atlanta. Nisha has been the best employee ever since she started working there. At first, I was skeptical about hiring her; she was fresh out of college, and really didn’t care about the business aspect with working at The Phoenix; she only wanted to have fun. But since I got to understand her reasons and her life story while attending college, I figured I’ll give her a chance. I’m glad I did, because she has become a valuable asset to the club. I even gave her the task of handling some of the things needed at the lounge while I wasn’t in town. She has stepped up her business game, which I appreciate.
I put the phone on mute as I went to the living room to stop Troian from hitting Preston. It looks as if she took one of her blocks, which I’m sure she didn’t like.
“Stop it, you two! I saw what you did, Preston, so apologize. Troian, I’m going to put you in your chair so you can’t be hitting Preston.” I said.
While Preston just turned five and Troian almost one, it’s becoming a challenge to get those two to behave. With Troian, she doesn’t know any better, but I think Preston is slowly starting to act out to get attention. That’s why I’m trying hard to further myself from the business so I can be there more for my kids.
“Marcus! Hello, Marcus!”
I forgot I put Nisha on mute as I fumbled to unmute her so I could speak.
“Hey, Nisha. Sorry, I had you on mute. I was stopping my kids from hurting each other.”
I could hear Nisha’s lips going to a smile as she gave a huge sigh. “I can relate. My sister has three kids, all a year apart. She constantly has to break up a fight every five seconds.”
“I can understand sibling rivalry but with my kids, I think it goes a little deeper.” I said while watching Preston. He had a mean pout on his face as I went up to him.
“You still haven’t apologized.”
I looked taken aback by his remark as he folded his arms across his small chest. I don’t know what to say because I was still shocked that he was being smart with me.
“Little boy, I don’t have time for your smart mouth. Apologize to your sister, now.”
“She’s one; she doesn’t know what the word means.”
“But you’re her big brother; you need to set an example for her.”
Preston rolled his eyes and I took a deep breath. I don’t know where this little boy got this attitude from, but it’s not cute.
“You’re in time-out.” I said as I grabbed his chair near the couch. I put it in the corner and told him to go to it. He refused, so I told him again to go, but he refused again. I gently grabbed his arm and told him to sit there for five minutes. I didn’t want to raise my voice at him to go, but maybe that’ll get him to go next time.
I glanced over at Troian, who was clapping her hands and laughing. She knew completely well what was going on. I shook my head, forgetting again that I was on the phone.
“Sorry about that. Preston has been acting out lately.”
“I understand. Remember, I got a sister with kids.”
“He recently been doing this. I know it’s because of his mom and me being busy with work.”
“You might want to cut back on work, then. I know your wife’s becoming a doctor, so it’s harder for her to scale back.”
“That’s why I’m here if you need anything. Just say the word and I’ll do it.”
“You’re doing enough, Nisha.”
“I don’t mind. Besides, I enjoy the distraction. It’s just me, so I don’t mind the extra work.”
I sighed as I looked at my kids again. The doorbell rang, which startled me because I wasn’t expecting anyone.
“Maybe you should get that. Just call me back when you can.”
“Okay, but before I hang up, did the shipment come in for the club?”
“It just arrived, so I have to hang up anyway.”
“Okay. Thanks, Nisha.”
I disconnected the call and opened the door to see my mom outside. She was smiling, but it disappeared once she noticed my expression.
“What’s wrong, baby?” she asked as she walked in.
“Everything is fine, Mom.”
“You know you can’t hide anything from me. You’re my first born, so I know every expression.”
I sighed as I closed the door. “What brings you by?”
She glanced at me with a concerned look. “I have to have a reason to come by to see my son and grandkids?”
I tilted my head and she sighed. “I came to check on you. I know the past few weeks have been rough, so I want to lighten the load for you”
I stared at my mom, realizing something wasn’t right. Although she and my dad have helped out with watching the kids, they haven’t been lately, which was the reason the two been going to Kevin’s and Elise’s.
“I should be asking you how you’re doing. You usually call before you visit, so something’s up.”
My mom gave a nervous chuckle as I glanced at her. “Mom,”
“This used to be my house, so I can come when I want to.”
I gave her an unconvinced look. Yes, this used to be her home as my dad purchased it for her as an anniversary gift. They gave it to me to live in a few years back, but neither of my parents dropped by before calling.
My mom rolled her eyes and went into the living room. She took a quick look at the kids and shook her head. “What’s going on?”
“Nothing, just Preston misbehaving again.”
“Again! I told you really need to discipline him. When you were his age, you knew you had got a good swift kick in your behind.”
“That’s considered child abuse now.” I pointed out.
“It was considered that then, too, but your dad and I still did it.”
“I’m not going to do that, Mom. Preston knows right from wrong; he’s just doing this because Cheryl and I aren’t at home a lot.”
My mom sighed and sat down on the couch. Troian started wailing and she went over to pick her up.
“That is why I think I should move in, just until you and Cheryl get yourselves together.”
I looked at my mom, wondering if that’s a good idea. I don’t know if myself or Cheryl would want my mom around 24/7. We love her, but we know how she could be if she tries to take over.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Why? Would you rather for the two to keep being bounced from house to house every time you two have to do your business? Kevin and Elise have their own lives to live, so let me be a grandmother to my grandbabies.”
“Grandma!” Preston exclaimed as he turned around and smiled.
“Keep your eyes on that wall, Preston!”
My mom sighed as she told Preston to get out of his chair. I shook my head, already becoming annoyed. If I agreed for her to stay, it’ll be a lot worse.
“Mom, Cheryl and I got this. Besides, how would Dad feel about this if you did?”
My mom blew out a hard breath. “He’s not a factor right now. We’re kind of having problems at the moment.”
“Wait, what?” I questioned. From my 28 years on Earth, I have never experienced the two to have problems. They’ll have their occasional spats, but never any major issues.
“That’s why we never wanted the kids to come by the house, because we don’t want them to sense any tension.”
“What’s going on, Mom?” I asked as I came over to her. She shook her head while waving her hand away.
“It’s nothing for you to be concerned about. We’ll work things out; right now, we just need some time apart.”
“He’s still at the house, but he’ll be visiting your brother soon. Don’t mention anything to Shawn about this; you know how he gets.”
I sighed. I’ll still warn him about our dad making an unexpected visit to Atlanta, and I’ll still tell him why. Shawn maybe the youngest, but he’s not a little kid anymore.
“Did you get the invite to Nathan’s wedding? Him and Rachel getting married at the country club, so you know how that’ll go.”
I sighed again. Honestly, I don’t know if I did receive one, but I haven’t checked the mail in days. Although Shawn and I had our issues with our cousin in the past, we did bury the hatchet a few years back after our grandmother passed away. We maybe cool now, but with my busy schedule, I probably won’t be going.
“I probably won’t go.”
“I thought you all squash everything that happened with Shawn and Riana?”
“We did, but I might have to be at one of the clubs.”
“I’m glad you brought that up, because I have a favor to ask.”
“How did we jump from you and Dad to Nathan?” I asked.
“Evidentially, I don’t want to talk about your dad.”
“Marcus, I tell you what’s going on when I’m ready. Anyway, your uncle wanted to see if you could throw Nathan a surprise bachelor’s party.”
“What?!” I asked. I already had enough going on as it is.
“Nathan doesn’t have too many friends, and majority of the force won’t be able to attend the wedding, so Nathan didn’t want a party, but since you and Shawn have a variety of clubs to choose from, I told your uncle it was fine.”
I gave my mom a crazed look as I ran a hand through my fade. “So, you volunteered our club? Why would you do that, Mom?! Not only should you had asked me first, but Jay is also the owner of every club now. He might have a problem with us throwing a party for Nathan.” I said.
My mom sighed. “Didn’t he bury the hatchet with Nathan, too? He shouldn’t be too upset anyway since Ri is happy with Shawn.”
“I get that, but…” I stopped midsentence when I noticed Preston wasn’t near my mom. I looked into the kitchen, seeing that he was trying to pull down the ceramic cookie jar from the counter. It slipped to the edge and fell on the ceramic tile, breaking the jar and part of the floor.
“Damn it! Preston!” I yelled.
I was about to go after him when my mom gently grabbed my shoulder.
“Go take care of what you have to with your clubs. I got this covered.”
“Just go. And I’ll give you the details of the party. Make sure you tell Shawn because I want the both of you planning it as well as be at his wedding.”
“And be a dear and get my suitcases out of the car. I need to tend to your kids.”
The only thing I could do was stare at my mom as she went to go scold Preston. She still had Troian in her arms as she told him to get the broom and dust pan.
I sat down on the couch, still not believing what just happened. Not only did my mom just move in, but she volunteered mines and Shawn’s help to plan Nathan’s bachelor’s party!
“This is some bullshit,” I whispered as I stared ahead at the window.
Hopefully when Cheryl finds out about my mom being here, she doesn’t have a problem with it.
Love, Life, & Happiness: The Lost Story, available now on Amazon! The story picks up where part 2 left off as the crew prepare for another semester at Shaw University. See how everyone copes with the aftermath of the Riana’s birthday party, and if everyone can let go of their past mistakes.
Here is a preview of the story, as Riana and Shawn relive a happier moment in their relationship:
“Where are we?” Riana asked as she walked over to an area full of brightly lit lights.
“This is an area where I love to come to when I want to think,” Shawn said as he put an arm around her.
“This is beautiful. You can easily see the stars from here,” she said as she looked up at the sky.
“This is the first place I came to when I first started Shaw. Just looking at it made me stop and relax. It made me not think about any cares in the world. Just being here and looking at the stars was all I thought about.”
“Who knew you was sentimental?”
“I have a soft side.”
“If this place is only for you, why did you bring me here?”
“Because you’re special to me. Riana, I know I said it before, but I really appreciate you in my life. You’re special to me in ways that no one will ever know. I love you so much and I hope that we can share our lives together forever.”
Riana looked at Shawn as he pulled out a black jewelry box. Riana couldn’t believe her eyes, as Shawn opened the box to reveal a beautifully cut diamond ring set on a white gold band. Riana’s eyes started to swell with tears as she looked at the ring in awe.
Shawn smiled and looked at Riana. “Before you say anything, it’s not what you think. It’s not an engagement ring.”
“Then, what is it?” Riana asked in tears.
“It’s a promise ring. I would like for us to get to that point in our relationship but, right now, I want us to be committed to each other in every way possible.”
Riana smiled, as Shawn placed the ring on her ring finger.
“So, Riana Robertson, do you commit to our relationship and to the love we have for each other?”
Riana nodded her head as the tears started to flow down her cheeks. “Yes, Shawn. Yes, I do,” she said and wrapped her arms around Shawn in a tight embrace. “I love you, Shawn,” she said softly.
“I love you too, baby…”