Happy Monday everyone!! A new Lady Guardians book is available today! Bankrolled by J.L. Campbell is now available to purchase as well as on Kindle Unlimited. Make sure to read this book, along with the other books from the October serial. There are more to come soon.
Here’s the spotlight for Bankrolled. 🙂
Strong-willed and independent, Bo ‘Spice’ Casserly will do what’s necessary for her family’s well-being. She’s wary of relationships, but when she meets Imari Newsome—who holds the key to keeping her business afloat—she can’t help thinking he might be the man to change her mind.
Bo is unlike any woman Imari has ever met. She’s used to doing things her own way and isn’t about to change her lifestyle to suit him. He doesn’t understand the bond with her motorcycle club and thinks there’s a connection between The Grove Lady Guardians and the person who’s stalking Bo.
Either there’s something sinister about the club or Bo is keeping secrets that may put both their lives at risk. Imari must decide whether he can stand the heat or walk away from the woman who has come to mean the world to him.
J.L. Campbell is fascinated with Jamaican flora and has hundreds of photos to prove it. She writes contemporary and sweet romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, as well as new and young adult novels.
Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, has written twenty-seven books and two short story collections. She is also a certified editor.
Hi everyone!! We are at the halfway mark of the 30 days 30 Authors event, so I hope you all have entered into the Rafflecopter giveaway to win books from all of these amazing authors that are participating in the event.
Speaking of amazing authors, today’s spotlight is on Y.M.Sheree. Get to know her and her fantastic books.
Now, here’s Y.M.! 🙂
Y. M. Sheree is an Army veteran who currently resides in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is a proud mother of two daughters, one a CNA and currently in College and the other is serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Colorado Technical University she has received two MBAs, one in Business Administration and the other in Project Management. While in High School a short story written about, King Author gained attention of the librarians. She switched her knight to a female and the damsel had been a male. Her best friend co-authored a book when they attended High School together.
While stationed in Germany, she tried her hand at poetry that she sent to a publishing company that turned her down stating her writing was journal entries and not poetry in 2009. Her spirit crushed she put her pen down and stopped writing until 2015. Mary B. Morrison challenged aspiring writers to write a book in ninety days on Facebook. Y.M. Sheree took the challenge as a hobby to pass her time not knowing that later on that year her first published work Purple Haze would release in October 2015. She now has three published books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Purple Haze, Purple Haze 2, The Switch Up, and Fantasy Island.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, playing video games on her Xbox one, and she is a diehard Baltimore Ravens fan and Golden State Warriors. Known for writing Erotica she plans on being versatile and write in different genres.
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
Besides writing, I enjoy doing numerous things. I love to watch movies, television shows, basketball, MMA, and football. I also enjoy reading books along with playing video games.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I never thought about becoming an author. I joined Mary B Morrison’s Write a book in 90-day challenge just to pass my time. After I completed my first book, I decided to publish after receiving nice feedback from a few friends. After that I wrote three more books and I am still going.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
To be honest, I felt all type of emotions. I was scared, excited, nervous, and very proud. I feel all this when I release each of my books.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself as a published author of at least 15-20 books with a huge following. A girl can dream can’t she.
5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
My advice to a new author is not to put a lot of pressure on yourself. The main thing to do is get your story out of your head. You can tweak as many times as necessary when you do your revisions. Make sure to have a good team in your corner that truly supports you and you can learn from. You still want to do your own research so you don’t always receive it second hand. Also before signing to smaller publishing companies make sure, you have someone look over your contract for you.
Imani Rose is overworked, stressed, and sexually deprived. Between dealing with a no good, lying, and cheating ex boyfriend. Her 60 hour workweek has her all work and no play. Not to mention the impure thoughts she has of her boss Sebastian Chandler. With all the mayhem in her life, she never knew a spa day would lead her to Purple Haze, where her Impure Thoughts would turn fantasy to reality with the help of a masked man. Her once bland social life has sparked to life once again. Does the ex, the masked man, or her boss fulfill her needs?
Sebastian Chandler owner of Chandler Enterprises keeps his business and personal life separate. Learning a valuable lesson from a past experience. The problem he has with that is he became enamored by the exotic forbidden fruit, which is his Executive Assistant Imani Rose. Does he keep having lustful images of tasting her fruit or does he throw caution to the wind and claim her as his. Consequences be damned.
Newly promoted Accounts Manager for Chandler Enterprises Imani Rose was on cloud nine feeling as she now had it all. Until that visit to the club Purple Haze turned her whole world upside down. What happens now that the identity of her masked man is now known? How does she cope with what she considers the ultimate betrayal from the person she thought she knew? Decisions need to be made despite a family background standing in the way. Wicked turn of events have Imani Rose second-guessing everything that she thought was familiar.
Not taking NO for an answer Sebastian Chandler is on a quest to claim Imani. Will he be able to gain her trust despite his own underlying issues?
With day and night personalities what else could you expect to experience when you encounter the Humphries twins Seleste and Simone? Chaos! That’s right nothing but chaos! One loves to live in the moment while the other loves to plan for the future. What would happen if the roles were reversed? Circumstances place the sisters in a situation that makes one question if she made the wrong choice.
Then there is the business man Mr. Erik Rivers, lost in his desires for success may cause him to risk losing the love he desires. Hoping to rekindle the sparks an unforgettable trip is taken. Will he realize the switch made or get caught up in the web of deceit? Who is able to capture the love of his heart? What if he made the wrong the decision? Is it too late to turn back the hands of time?
The Switch Up is full of thought provoking experiences and unforeseen outcomes. Is it really that bad to play the guessing game and switch things up? You be the judge…
“Forgive my fingers for when they find your body they will lose themselves.”
– Tyler Knott Gregson
If you were given the opportunity to fulfill all of your fantasies, would you take a chance of a lifetime? Are you in need of a spark of excitement in your life again? With the possibility of winning a trip to Fantasy Island you realize that there is more to this island than just its name. Four unsuspecting winners of the contest are about to embark on an adventurous journey that will forever change their lives.
Meet the Contest Winners: Melody Edwards, Johanna Michaels, Makayla Washington, and Jacob Winters. Melody is a wife of three years who has found herself having self-image issues. Johanna, is cursed with not being able to sustain relationships. Makayla is the soon to be wife, yet she never seems to be satisfied with her life. Jacob, is the widower who longs for love again but unsure if anyone would be able to fill that void. Although, their reasons may vary they all have one goal in common: escaping reality. Can this luxurious island fulfill all of their desires or will it leave them craving for more? Fantasy Island is full of twists, turns, and sensual moments to keep you on edge….
Hi everyone!! Welcome back to the 30 days event! Today, we have Maurice M. Gray, Jr. gracing us with his book collection. Check out his interview and get to know the author behind such books as Like a Brother, and All Things Work Together.
Now, here’s Maurice! 🙂
Maurice Gray is the author of three novels (To Whom Much Is Given, All Things Work Together and Like A Brother) and a contributor to four anthologies. He is also a skilled proofreader, copy editor and development editor for several clients, both individual and publishing companies.
Maurice serves on the faculty of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, where he teaches workshops on various literary topics and works one-on-one with conferees.
Maurice is a member of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware, of the Wilmington (DE) Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and of the Greater Newark Area Toastmasters club. He lives in New Castle, DE.
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
I LOVE to read, which to me, goes hand in hand with writing. If you read, you have it in you to be a writer even if you don’t actually try it. If you write, reading will make you better. I cringe when I hear an author say they don’t read.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I always liked writing book reports and such in school- I suppose it was inevitable 😊. I had this idea for a short story right after I graduated college (1990). I started fleshing it out and next thing you know, it was a novel. The first draft took three years. After I had a literary agent look at it and tell me how much it sucked, I went back to revise it. I attended the Sandy Cove Christian Writers Conference in 1996 and got more input that helped me get it ready to go. I met publishers at that conference who asked to see my manuscript, but none of them took it. When a fellow author (Patricia Haley-Glass) took time out to explain self-publishing to me, I eventually took that path. Thirty rejection letters helped push me in that direction 😊. I got downsized from my job in February 2000- I took the severance package and used it to publish my first novel, To Whom Much Is Given.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
When I got that first shipment of books from UPS, I was beyond elated. The best part of that was the delivery man. I went to high school with him, and when I told him what was in the boxes, he bought the first copy and insisted I autograph it for him. That’s when I knew I was an author.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I intend to be full time literary by then. Between writing more books, editing for other authors and teaching writing workshops, I think I can make a decent living.
5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?
I have two projects rolling right now. One is my next novel, Female Problems. It features Erik Dawson, who was a supporting character in Like A Brother, and two men; the three of them become as close as brothers. The other two will be featured in the other two parts of the trilogy.
My other project is a call back to 2001. When I was extremely new as an author, a man in my church (Livingston Lee) approached me for help with his memoirs. I had no clue how to write for another author; I just sat with him, recorded him telling me his story and then did my best to put it in book form. I think we did okay- he had the book with him when he went out speaking at different venues. It’s called I Really Didn’t Mean To Get HIV. He stopped speaking so much after about five years or so, and we let the book go out of print.
Livingston passed away recently, and those who remember him fondly keep asking me for copies of his book. I’m going to revise and re-release it to keep his legacy alive.
6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
Learn all you can about independent publishing even if you don’t intend to publish that way at first. That way you have all options in front of you; if you can’t get a traditional publisher to take your work, you’ll be in position to do it for yourself.
All books are also available on Maurice’s website:
Excerpt from Like a Brother:
“I caught the bouquet!”
Jeremiah McAllister resisted the urge to roll his eyes.
Of course you caught it. You only posted up the other women like a power forward. I’ve seen LeBron James grab rebounds with less energy.
“Good! That means you’re next to get married and you’re out of my hair.”
Jenisse threw a gentle punch at Jeremiah’s shoulder.
“Uh uh Jay, you don’t get rid of me that easy. At least not unless that guy catches the garter.”
Jeremiah instantly hated the man she indicated. He was Jeremiah’s polar opposite: where Jeremiah was brown-skinned, this man was bronze. He was well over six feet tall to Jeremiah’s five-foot-eight. The other man had a six-pack of abs evident even under his suit. Jeremiah on the other hand seemed to have misplaced his pack somewhere around puberty and had yet to find it. He felt like Gumby standing next to a body builder.
Jeremiah pulled Jenisse to her feet and led her back to the dance floor as the DJ promised to pull out some oldie slow jams. They settled onto the dance floor to the strains of Love Takes Time. She looked Jeremiah in the eye, amused as usual at the fact that they were the exact same height. After her weight loss, she was only ten pounds less than him to boot.
Jeremiah caught Jenisse side-eying her dream man, who danced contentedly to their left with one of the bridesmaids. They’d been together most of the afternoon, and clearly enjoyed each other’s company.
As Jenisse silently wished that someone who looked like him would dote on her the way Jeremiah did, the song changed to Luther Vandross’ If Only For One Night. Jenisse looked at Jeremiah, and by unspoken agreement, they abandoned the dance floor, fighting unwanted memories all the way back to their table.
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Here’s chapter 8! 🙂
A few hours later: and the night sky was fully set in the air and the evening was beginning. Sophia was in her room getting ready for the club when her phone started ringing. She picked it up without even seeing who was calling.
“Cassandra. Why are you calling?”
“I’m sorry to bother you, but we need to talk.”
“About what? There’s nothing to talk about.”
“There’s something you need to know about Natalie and Patrick.”
“What? They’re together now?”
“Nothing like that. It’s about you and Patrick breaking up. I found out something today.”
While Cassandra told Sophia the story, Sophia slowly sat down on her bed, taking in the news with shock.
“Sophia, are you still there?”
“Yeah; yeah, I’m here.”
“I’m sorry. If I would had known sooner, I would have told you, but I just found out.”
“It’s not your fault, Cassandra. Thanks for telling me.”
“That’s what friends do. We’re still friends, right?”
Sophia smiled. “Always.”
“In case you wanted to know, Natalie and I are going to Liquid tonight. You could talk to her if you want.”
“No bother, Cassandra. I know what I have to do.”
“If I’m lucky, Patrick might make an appearance tonight at the club. Everything else will fall into place.”
“I hope everything work out between you two You’re good together.”
Sophia smiled. “I know, Cassandra. I hope things work out too.”
Patrick looked at himself in the mirror and smiled.
Tonight’s the night things will go my way.
He knew Sophia and Layla will be at Liquid tonight.
Who wouldn’t be there tonight?
If things go right, him and Sophia will be back together by tonight. He went to his dresser and pulled out the ring box he was looking at earlier.
Tonight, we will be engaged.
Hi everyone! For those of you who have preordered Real Love, the book has been delayed by a couple of days to May 3rd. Not to worry, though, because preorder copies will be sent on the new release date.
For now, here is an excerpt from the first chapter of Real Love. It’s from Shawn’s POV. Enjoy! 🙂
When I first stepped foot on the campus of Shaw University, I didn’t know what path I wanted to take in my career. I was an undeclared major, just taking things day-by-day. I never imagined I would be where I am today, a reporter for a national news network. I can’t help but smile at what I’ve accomplished. God has definitely been good to me, in more ways than one.
I looked over and saw my wife, Riana, staring at me. A huge grin spread across her lips as she came closer to me.
“Reminiscing again?” she asked.
“I wasn’t trying to.”
“Well, it’s expected. You’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.”
“You have, too, Mrs. Best-Selling Author.”
Riana blushed. “I have, but it doesn’t compare to where you’re heading. Your dreams are coming true, and I couldn’t be happier for you.”
“Our dreams are coming true, baby. Don’t ever forget that.” She smiled then kissed me.
After our vacation at Riana’s family’s cabin, we took a four-hour flight from Houston to Atlanta. Since the African-American News Network had provided transportation to our new digs, we were more than excited to get there.
The driver was now pulling into the driveway of our new, temporary, home, courtesy of the network. I don’t know how long we’ll be staying here, but I’m going to live it up for as long as I can.
“Is this our new home, Daddy?”
I looked over at my son, Elis, and smiled. “It is, lil man.”
“Wow, it looks huge!”
“It really does. Are you sure this is the right place?” Riana asked, skeptically.
“It’s the address Oliver gave me.”
“Wow, it’s amazing! And we’re just outside.”
The driver stopped the van, and we all got out. He stopped me to hand me the keys and welcome me to the network. We rushed into the building. Once we stepped inside, my feet felt like they were glued to the hardwood floor as I looked around the place. It was amazing.
“Wow! I can’t believe we’ll be living here!” Riana gushed. She walked a few steps then spun around in the middle of the foyer.
I continued taking in everything: the golden brown walls, the elaborate tan and cream furniture in the living room, and the sculptures located throughout the penthouse.
While Elis ran up and down the foyer, Riana came to me and gently looped her arm through mine.
“Just think of all of the places we can make love,” she whispered with a sexy smile.
“I knew you would notice that,” I teased.
“I did; I guess I’m in awe of everything. We are officially home in Atlanta.”
“We are, and I have to admit, we’re doing it in style.”
“We certainly are,” she agreed.
“I’ll have to call Oliver and thank him for everything he’s done so far. I haven’t even started the position yet, and I’m already overwhelmed.”
“I wouldn’t feel that way. It’s just a new chapter in your life; be proud of it.”
I smiled. “I’m just happy that you and Elis are with me and that Melanie will be here soon.”
“Yes! I can’t wait to see her.”
I turned her so she was facing me then gently grabbed her hips. She put her arms around me and smiled wider.
“You know I would go anywhere with you, just like you would for me.”
“No doubt, baby. I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
Just as we were about to kiss, Elis pushed his way between us. We laughed as he grabbed our legs.
“Can I see my room, please?” he asked.
“Yes, you can. Come on,” I replied, picking him up. He giggled as I threw him over my shoulder. I glanced at Ri, who was looking at us adoringly.
I have a feeling that the move to ATL will be pretty interesting. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead for myself and my family.
There is still time to preorder. The spinoff to the Love, Life, & Happiness series will be available only on Amazon.
Hi everyone! And Happy Valentine’s Day! Say That You Love Me will be released on February 23rd, so that means it’s time for me to share an excerpt with you all! I’m so excited for the release of the second book in The Love Chronicles series, as Andie and Dexter move on to college as they deal with even bigger challenges in their personal lives and in their relationship.
The unedited excerpt follow the two as they prepare for their first day at Smith University. This is from Andie’s POV. Enjoy! 🙂
College. The epitome of what some people say as the beginning of your adulthood. This is the time when the decision-making is all your own and you have a bit of freedom.
So they say.
For me, college is a bit of that, but also knowing what you can handle. I think I can handle it all. I was able to study and engage in activities in high school, so college shouldn’t be any different, right? Well, that was before Dexter.
Even though the two of us started our relationship a few months back, things over the summer changed between us, and now, we’re inseparable. I don’t think we have been apart from each other for even a second. We went out together, worked together at the neighborhood community center, and even volunteered together. If we had our way, we probably would had went to sleep together. I’m sure our parents would have had a fit if that happened. Now that we’re in college, I’m sure that will change.
I pulled into the student parking lot of the Richardson dorms at Smith University. I looked around, taking in the entire campus as a huge smile spread across my lips. I have to admit, Smith is a beautiful campus. It may not be my dream college, Yale, but it’s close to it. Besides, it has the most impressive communication department in Texas, so that’ll be a plus for me.
“Will you stop daydreaming and get out of the car? I’m ready to see our room.”
I looked over at my friend, Mashawn Peterson, as she gave a huge smile. The two of us has been tight since middle school. I still don’t see how we became friends since we’re so different, but as the saying goes, opposites does attract. Despite our differences, we have always been there for each other.
“I’m getting out in a second. I’m waiting on Dexter.”
Mashawn rolled her eyes. “Damn, you two can’t do anything without the other. I wonder do you two go to the bathroom together.”
“That’s just crossing the line.”
“I have to wonder.”
“Why you just didn’t drive down here. You do have a car.”
“Because it’s in the shop again. My parents going to bring it down later.”
I nodded, wondering how that will go. The three hasn’t had the best relationship before the summer, but things has become really rocky since they caught her and her boyfriend, Andrew Pierce doing a lot more than making out on the couch. Personally, Dex and I wouldn’t had done that in the living room, but that’s just me. Actually, Dex and I haven’t even gotten to that point yet, so that’s not a concern with us. For now.
“You’re not going to need reinforcement, are you?”
“Everything will be fine. Andrew just can’t come to the house anymore while they’re out. Doesn’t matter because I won’t be going there for break.”
“Where will you be staying?”
“I was hoping with you.”
I rolled my eyes and sighed. “We’ll see.”
I noticed Dexter’s car pulling up beside mine which made me smile. As soon as he got out, my heart started to skip a beat. I never thought I would say this, but I’m deeply, madly in love with him. I love everything about him, which can be good, but also a curse. In the summer, we didn’t have too much to worry about, but now that classes will start soon, I hope it doesn’t affect our education. I know Dexter wouldn’t let it, but I’m a little worried that I will.
“I’m surprised your parents aren’t here yet. I’m sure they don’t want you to go. They might think you’ll go buck wild here.”
“You know that won’t happen, Mashawn.”
“Please; you have your boyfriend here, which I might add, is looking delicious in that blue shirt. Do you really think you two will still be able to control yourselves here? I don’t think so.”
I glanced over at his car as he gave me a bright smile. He came over to mine and tapped on the window.
Mashawn gave me an unconvinced look and I hit her arm.
“Resulting to violence now?”
He stood back as I got out of the car. He gently grabbed me and gave me a heated kiss. I slowly melted against him, enjoying the moment with him, but I always do every time.
“I missed you.” he whispered in my ear.
“We just saw each other at your house.”
“An hour is too long without seeing you.”
I blushed and smiled.
“God, you two are sickening.” Mashawn teased.
“Don’t you have a boyfriend you can go bother?” Dexter asked.
“Do you see him here?”
“That’s still your cue to leave.” Dexter said while giving a smirk.
“Not until my roommate and I check out our room. We should make our entrance together, so you two can carry on.”
I smiled. “She’s not leaving, Dex.”
“Fine, we’ll just give her more to be sick over.” He said and kissed me again. We were still going at it when we heard several people clearing their throats. I didn’t have to look behind me to know who they were.
“Look at you two giving people a show.” Dexter sister, Regina said while laughing.
I looked at her parents and mine as they were giving Dexter and me funny looks. Mashawn giggled as I gave an embarrassed look.
“Leave them alone. They’re in love, so it’s natural.” Dexter’s mom, Tia, said and smiled.
My mom came over and gave me a hug. “I still can’t believe you’re in college. I’m going to miss you so much.”
“It’s just an hour away, Mom.”
“I know, but this is your first time being alone without any supervision. Anything can happen.”
“Don’t worry, Mrs. Williams; with Dex and me here, she’ll be in good hands.” Mashawn said and smiled.
“That’s not reassuring.”
“What are you trying to say?” Tia asked.
“Nothing against you, Dex, but I just don’t want anything happening to my baby.”
“Mom, I’m not a child. I can take care of myself.”
My dad came over to me and put his hands on my shoulders. “We know, but you’re our only child. We know this is an exciting time for you, but it does come with a lot of responsibilities.”
“They think you two are going to have sex.” Mashawn whispered.
My dad stared at Mashawn and continued talking. “We just don’t want anything to come in between your studies.”
“And they won’t, Uncle Trevor. We both assure you and Aunt Camille that our education is our top priority.” Dexter said.
“Absolutely.” I agreed.
“Why are you two concerned? You know these two have good heads on their shoulders. Nothing will happen.” Dexter’s dad, Charles, responded.
“We all have been to college, so we know what happens.”
“That doesn’t mean these two will fall into that trap.”
“You never know. I’ve seen a lot of stuff happening at my art school. No supervision and access to anything you need can cause trouble.” Regina added.
“You’re not helping the situation.” Dexter said.
“And that’s why you’re no longer there.” Her dad added.
“Mom, Dad, I know you’re both concerned, but we talked about this; I’ll be fine.”
“I guess you’re right. Besides, we can always visit.” My mom said.
I sighed, knowing they probably just might.
“We won’t let that happen. You two just enjoy your time in college. We all were young once, so enjoy it.” Tia said.
“Thank you, Aunt Tia.”
“And if you two do try, we’ll take your keys away.”
“That’s fine; we’ll just take yours. We know all of your hiding places.” My mom said.
Tia smirked as everyone grabbed items from the trunk of my car. I looked around again, still in awe over the campus.
While Mashawn was looking at the room checklist for the room number, Dexter gave me the once-over, which made me blush again.
“Your parents does have a point.”
I stared at him, wondering what he meant. “What part?”
“We will be spending a lot of time together, and we won’t have to sneak around, climbing into each other’s bedrooms.”
I stared at him, becoming nervous to what he was saying. Is he thinking about us going to the next level? We’d talked about it a lot over the summer, but we both agreed we will when the time was right. I have been thinking about it a lot, though, but I just didn’t want to jump into it and regret it later.
“I didn’t mean to make you nervous.”
“It’s not that, Dexter.”
“Then what is it?”
“What are you two talking about?” My dad asked while staring at us. I didn’t realize we had stopped walking and was in the middle of the hallway.
“Nothing, Uncle Trevor. Let’s go check out your room, Andie.”
I nodded, knowing there will be another time when this conversation will come up.
My dad turned to stare at a guy who had his shower gear with him as he was heading to the bathroom. He stared at me with a disappointed glance.
This is a co-ed dorm?!”
I sighed. I didn’t tell my parents because I knew they wouldn’t approve. Mashawn and I planned to move to the Watson, the dorm we spent the weekend in during our campus visit, but Housing made an error, giving our room to someone else; therefore, we had to opt for Richardson, which is in fact, co-ed.
Of course Mashawn didn’t have a problem with it.
“Why you didn’t tell us it’s co-ed?”
“Because you wouldn’t have let me stayed on campus. Housing made an error, so they found us a room here.”
“You don’t have an issue with this?” Charles asked Dexter.
“I trust my girl. Besides, I’ll be here all of the time, so it’s fine.”
“That makes me feel so much better.” My dad sarcastically replied.
“Enough! Trevor, Andie is right; we need to trust her. She’s been wise beyond her years, so we don’t have to wonder about her. She’ll be okay.” My mom said.
“It’s not Andie I’m concerned about; it’s everyone around her that has me on edge.” He said while staring at Dexter.
“Even me?” Mashawn asked.
“Okay, stop! Let’s just check out our room.” I said, quickly becoming annoyed with this conversation.
I grabbed my key, which we picked up from Housing a couple of days ago, and put it into the lock. Mashawn and I wanted to check it out when we received our keys, but the office mentioned they had to clean it before letting us see it.
I slowly opened the door, smiling at how huge the room was. Instead of being one room, it was actually a suite with our rooms connected by the common room.
Mashawn quickly put down her bags and went to the kitchenette near the window. “Wow, this is like a mini apartment! This is really cool!”
“This is where our money went?” my dad asked while looking around. “We definitely didn’t have this in college.”
“Times have definitely changed.” Charles pointed out.
“Is this how yours and Andrew’s room set-up?” Tia asked Dexter.
“Ours a regular room. You two definitely lucked out.”
“That we did. Hallelujah!” Mashawn exclaimed.
We continued to look around when Andrew walked in. “Wow, you girls definitely lucked out. I guess I’ll be here all the time, then.” He said while going to Mashawn. She gave him a kiss before he stared at everyone.
“Thanks for giving me the room number.”
“Of course. Glad you were able to find it.”
My dad sighed and asked which room was mines. I looked at Mashawn who shrugged. “Take whichever.”
“On the right.”
He grabbed my things and went in.
“Don’t worry about him; he’ll be okay.” My mom said.
“You’re worried too.”
“Not as much as him.”
“I can handle myself.”
“I know, baby; but as I mentioned before about having sex; get on birth control. And use a condom. Always.”
“We don’t have to have this talk.”
“We need to. You’re 18, but you’re still my baby.”
I nodded as she gave me a hug.
As everyone was putting items into the common room and our bedrooms, the suite started to look like home. Once everything was situated, Dexter, Andrew, along with Dex’s parents and Regina, went to go to their dorm room, leaving me, Mashawn, and my parents in the suite.
“Did you two need anything while we’re still here?” my mom asked Mashawn and me.
“No, we’re fine, but thank you all for helping us.”
“Of course, sweetie.” My mom replied.
“But if there is anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.” My dad said.
“I know. I love you both.” I said as I gave them both a hug.
“Love you too, sweetie.”
“Call me when you get back home, okay.”
I looked at them as my mom gave me another hug. “Remember what I said, okay.”
“I know, I know.”
The two went to the door as Mashawn opened it. They didn’t want to leave as she gently pushed them to the hallway.
“Thanks again. Bye bye.” She said and closed the door.
“What? Those two need to loosen up. You’re an adult, which means you can make your own choices. They can’t and shouldn’t baby you any longer.”
“You know they’re not going to like you after that.”
She shrugged. “Once I give them the old Mashawn charm, they’ll like me again.”
I shook my head. She was right about that.
“But seriously, I have to agree with your parents on one thing: Now that you and Dex have a bit more freedom, you do know he’s going to want to take things a bit further.”
“What is it with everyone about sex? If we wanted to do it, we would had already.”
“That’s true, but now you two don’t have to sneak around to do it. You both have a lot more access to do what you want. Trust me, it’s going to happen.”
I looked at her as she grabbed her bag and went into her room. I looked at the heart necklace that he bought me for my birthday. I sighed, realizing she could be right, but was I ready to take that step?
It’s playlist time!!!
Unconditional Love will be released in July (the date may be pushed back due to The Wedding, Part II), so to get everyone ready, here is the playlist. The songs listed describe certain scenes in the story, so listen to the preview to get an idea of what to expect with the story.
Come Get It Bae: Pharrell Williams
Wild Wild Love: Pitbull feat. G.R.L.
Summer: Calvin Harris
Turn Down for What: DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Liar Liar: Avicii
Memories(feat. Kid Cudi): David Guetta
Latch(feat Sam Smith): Disclosure
You(feat. Lil Wayne): Lloyd
Show Me: Usher
Wreckless Love: Alicia Keys
Ah Yeah: August Alsina
My First Love (feat KeKe Wyatt): Avant
Need You: Travie McCoy
Not a Bad Thing: Justin Timberlake
Kissin’ You: Total
Vertiago (feat. Jordin Sparks): Jason DeRulo
Desire: Raheem DeVaughn
sobeautiful: Musiq Soulchild
Fall For You: Leela James
If you are a subscriber to Rdio, please make sure to check out the Unconditional Love playlist.
Unconditional Love will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Books, Smashwords, and Google Play in July!!!