Riana & Shawn

Available Now!!!

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Hi everyone! Today is the day!! Real Love, The latest spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series is available now only on Amazon and can also be read for free with Kindle Unlimited. Catch up on the couple that started the series in their latest book.

Riana:
Shawn and I have been in love with each other since our first encounter in college six years ago. Despite our share of ups and downs, the two of us have a bond that no one could ever break. No other what, we have supported each other; so when Shawn accepted a position in Atlanta, I wasn’t too happy about moving, but I would do anything for him. With living in a new state, things can become very complicated. I know our love is strong, but is it strong enough to get through the issues we’re currently facing?

Shawn:
I knew the first moment I saw Ri that she was going to be my wife someday. Although we had a few bumps in our relationship, we were able to get through them and is more in love than ever before. When I accepted a huge opportunity in Atlanta, I knew Ri wasn’t on board with leaving Baker, but she did it for me, which I was grateful for. But with new challenges facing us, including issues with my co-worker, I have to wonder was moving worth risking my marriage for?

Coming May 3rd!!!

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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.

“Baby…”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available For Pre-Order!!!

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Real Love, the latest spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series, is available for pre-order! It will be sent to your Kindles at midnight on April 25th! 🙂

Here is the blurb (subject to change):

Riana:
Shawn and I have been in love with each other since our first encounter in college six years ago. Despite our share of ups and downs, the two of us have a bond that no one could ever break. No other what, we have supported each other; so when Shawn accepted a position in Atlanta, I wasn’t too happy about moving, but I would do anything for him. With living in a new state, things can become very complicated. I know our love is strong, but is it strong enough to get through the issues we’re currently facing?

Shawn:
I knew the first moment I saw Ri that she was going to be my wife someday. Although we had a few bumps in our relationship, we were able to get through them and is more in love than ever before. When I accepted a huge opportunity in Atlanta, I knew Ri wasn’t on board with leaving Baker, but she did it for me, which I was grateful for. But with new challenges facing us, including issues with my co-worker, I have to wonder was moving worth risking my marriage for?

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon!!

Hi everyone!! Since I have already wrapped up A Love, Life, & Happiness Christmas, it’s now time to focus on my projects for 2017. One will be a new Love, Life, & Happiness spin-off, Real Love.

As many of you may know, Riana and Shawn is definitely one of my favorite couples, and to me, I felt as if they have a few more stories to tell. While writing A LL&H Christmas, I came up with this cool concept to do another story about them as they start a new chapter in their lives with Shawn being offered a position with a national news network in Atlanta (and no, this is not the network you’re thinking of; this one is completely fictional). While Shawn’s news career is going strong, so is Riana’s writing career.

With new beginnings in a new city, new problems will also arise for the couple, making them wonder is their love strong enough to get through the issues they are facing.

I’m still undecided if this will be a standalone or a series, but regardless, I already determined that the release for this book will be set in February.

And here is the cover for Real Love:

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If you have not read their love story, both Love Unbroken and Love Always is available now.

To read about the couple’s decision, it will be one of the short stories in A Love, Life, & Happiness Christmas, which will be available December 13th. Pre-order is available now on all major sites.