The Love Chronicles

My Birthday Gift To You!!

Hi everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Since it was raining in Houston, I had a chance to write, so my fourth was pretty productive.

Anyway, today is my birthday, which I don’t normally talk about on my blog, but I figure there’s a first for everything. 😊 Not only is it my birthday, but The Love Chronicles was also released two years ago today. To celebrate, I decided to put the first book in the series for FREE! That’s right, The Love Chronicles will be available for free starting today thru Sunday. If you have not read this story, then it’s a must read. I love the story between Andie and Dexter, so this is a great way to get to know the couple, especially since the last book in the series, Love You For Life, will be released later this year.

Make sure to 1-Click your copy but clicking on the link below. Happy reading! 😊

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Black Friday Sale!!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying your day with your loved ones and just being thankful for all that you have in your life. I know I am. 🙂

But starting on Black Friday, I will be discounting parts 2 & 3 of both Something Just Ain’t Right and No Other Love, along with my latest release, How Deep Is Your Love, to only $0.99! That’s right, each book will only be $0.99 for the entire Thanksgiving weekend! So if you haven’t purchased any of these books, then this is the time to do it, because each book will be going back to their regular prices on Monday.

Something Just Ain’t Right 2: https://goo.gl/wXQBLa

Something Just Ain’t Right 3: https://goo.gl/49hQ9u

No Other Love 2: https://goo.gl/S7g4Uc

No Other Love 3: https://goo.gl/CYKDQg

How Deep Is Your Love: https://goo.gl/FY8AeR

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How Deep Is Your Love, the third book in The Love Chronicles series, is available now!! See how Andie and Dexter transition from college students to working adults in the continuation of the series.

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Andrea “Andie” Williams and Dexter Robinson have experienced a lot during their first semester at Smith University. From making life-changing decisions for their relationship and their futures, it seems like everything is finally falling into place for the two.

Or is it?

In the next book of The Love Chronicles series, How Deep Is Your Love, there will be a huge time jump as the two graduate college and are living their dreams in their prospective professions. Their relationship has also changed, leading them onto different paths in their lives. When they return to Houston for a surprise wedding, they have to find their way back to each other and become the couple they once were. But with old wounds and unresolved issues, will the two be able to rekindle their relationship?

It’ll be a roller coaster ride for Andie and Dexter as they revisit old memories and create new ones in the continuation of The Love Chronicles series.

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Sample Sunday- How Deep Is Your Love

November 8th!!

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

For today, I will be giving a sample of my upcoming book, How Deep Is Your Love. This is the third chapter from the third book in The Love Chronicles series, as Andie experience a typical day at her internship. She also goes into dream mode about a happy moment with Dexter.

Remember, How Deep Is Your Love will be available on November 8th. Until then, enjoy this wonderful, unedited excerpt. 🙂

 

“Beeeeeppppp!”

 

I stared at the ceiling, realizing another day has begun. It was also another day at the internship from hell.

 

My alarm continued to disturb me as the bright sunshine from the window made me even more irritated. I hit the alarm, causing more force than I expected, and it fell on the floor.

 

“Damn it,” I muttered.

 

I pulled the covers over my head, not wanting to get up when I felt someone yanking them from me.

 

“Must we go through this every morning? We both know you hate your job, but you still have to go, so wake up.”

 

I stared at my roommate and sighed. “I don’t want…”

 

“To go. You say that phrase every morning too. What happened to the Andie Williams that I used to know? Even though I couldn’t stand you then, you have really become very annoying.”

 

I slowly rose and looked ahead at the white wall. “That Andie is long gone.”

 

“Yeah, and whiny Andie took over. Get your ass up so we can make it to the office on time.”

 

She pulled me up and put her hands on my shoulders. I shook my head and sighed. “Thanks for the small pep talk, LaToya. You definitely know how to get my day going.”

 

She smiled. “Of course. Who else is going to tell it like it is to you?”

 

“I know a few people, but you’re the only one who’s available.”

 

She smirked and I smiled. I guess I should mention that LaToya, my ex-friend and Dexter’s ex, is also my roommate. I still couldn’t believe it. Although the two of us couldn’t stand each other, we helped each other out when we got this studio apartment. Rent in New York is not cheap, and with the salary I had, it was a no-brainer that I needed a roommate. Since LaToya also works at The Region as an entry-level accountant, we decided to get a place together. That, and because we didn’t know anyone else in the city.

 

I can admit that since the two of us are staying together, I have become acquainted with the LaToya that I used to know. We were good friends back in the day, until LaToya revealed her true feelings for Dexter. Now that is under the bridge, we sort of have something in common, which slowly made us rebuild our friendship. Although she gets on my nerves sometimes, it’s a lot better having her here than being lonely in an unfamiliar city.

 

“I already took my shower, so the bathroom is yours.”

 

“Thanks,”

 

I gathered up my outfit when LaToya started tapping her foot on the hardwood floor. I stared at her, wondering why she was doing that.

“That’s annoying.”

 

“Sorry; I was just trying to find something to do.”
“Try something else.”

 

“Ugh! Did you finally open that letter from Regina?”

 

I turned around and stared at her. She had a look mixed with sadness and anger as she tapped on her foot again.

 

“Can you please stop with the tapping.”

 

“I do this when I get nervous. So, did you? What was it? It looks like a wedding invitation. Is she and Damien getting married?”

 

I put my outfit down on the bed and walked to her. I sat beside her as I didn’t say a word. She looked at the wall and sighed.

 

“I guess that’s a yes.”

 

“Sorry I didn’t tell you last night. I tore up the invite anyway.”

 

“I’m happy for Damien. I hate how things ended between us, but if he’s happy, then I am too.”

 

“That’s good.”

 

“Are you going? I know you probably don’t want to because of Dexter.”

 

I sighed. LaToya pretty much know everything that happened between Dex and me. She was actually a great confidante during that time. It was a bit awkward at first talking to her about it, but she was there when I needed a shoulder to cry on. And there were a lot of nights when I needed one.

 

“I don’t know. I think it’s best if I don’t go.”

 

“Aren’t you and Regina friends, though?”

 

“We kind of fell out after what happened with Dexter.”
“She only got upset with you because of a certain person; it wasn’t because of your break-up with Dex.”

 

“All the same. That was a mistake anyway.”

 

“You wanted to see what else was out there. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

 

“Only because of what I did to Dexter. I felt things wouldn’t have been the same after I left. It doesn’t matter anyway. That relationship wasn’t going to work. Just like the relationship I had with Dexter.”

 

“You know you’re lying to yourself. You got scared and left.”

 

“I didn’t get scared.”

 

“Andie, you can say what you want, but you got scared when you felt your life wasn’t going according to your plan and you bailed. You thought you could handle it without being with him until you saw him that day. You reconnected, but got scared and left again. Do you see a pattern here?”

 

I rolled my eyes and sighed.

 

“You jumped into something thinking that it was really over between you and Dexter, but it didn’t work because you were still in love with him. You’re still in love with him now; that’s why you don’t want to go to Regina’s wedding.”

 

“I don’t want to go because it could be a set-up. I haven’t been back to Houston in four years. Do you really think everyone hasn’t gotten over what I’d done to Dexter? I’m pretty sure Aunt Tia will have some choice words to me about how I hurt her son.”

 

“Oh, she definitely will. She gave me a couple back in the day.”

 

“That’s because you cheated on him.”

 

“True, but I never had his heart like you did. That’s worst compared to what I did.”

 

She got up as I continued to stare at the wall. I really didn’t want to cry right now. It was too early to already be feeling sad.

 

LaToya gently tapped my shoulder and I suddenly turned to her. “There’s no time to daydream. You wasted enough time talking. Get ready for work.”

 

I really wanted to crawl back into my bed and sleep the day away, but there’s no point in moping around. That wasn’t going to solve anything. Besides, I had a job to do.

 

 

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Once I was finally able to get ready, LaToya and I took the subway to The Region office. I still had my car, but I’m still not used to New York traffic, so I just ride the subway with LaToya. It’s actually pretty interesting to be around different people and have that experience to ride on one. You haven’t visited New York if you haven’t been on one.

 

Twenty minutes later and we both rushed inside the building, holding our badges to security and running to the stairs to the sixth floor.

 

“You want to go out tonight? Cecil was telling me there’s a great happy hour at Wilson’s.” LaToya asked.

 

I really didn’t want to, but I barely ventured out since I’ve been here. Maybe it’ll do me some good to be around other people.

 

“Why not.”

 

“Cool. Meet you outside when we get off. And leave the depressed attitude behind, please. We don’t need that tonight.”

 

I rolled my eyes and LaToya smiled before going to the accounting department. I headed to the editorial side of the office and sat down at my desk.

 

I stared at my computer, thinking about what LaToya said earlier when I heard a thump. I looked up and saw the senior editor, Kelsey, giving me a smug look. I looked down and saw the stack of papers she placed on the desk and sighed.

 

“Seriously,” I mumbled.

 

“Good morning to you too, Andrea. Now that you’ll here, you can get started on these.”

 

“What are those?” I asked.

 

“They’re letters for our advice column, Ask Region. Since no one wants to do them, you finally can show your writing skills. Aren’t you glad about that?”

 

“Advice column? I didn’t know the paper had one.”

 

“Like I said, no one wants to write for it, so it goes unnoticed. We need it by tomorrow, so get to it.”

 

I sighed. I guess it’s better than walking her Shih Tzu and picking up poop everywhere.

 

I pulled out a letter from the top and read it. I had to shake my head at how ridiculous this person sounded. How am I going to give anyone relationship advice when my life is in ruins? Maybe I could ask Mashawn about some of these letters. She’s in love, so she would know.

 

I put the letter to the side and picked up another one. I started to read it, becoming interested in this person’s dilemma. It was a female contemplating on if she should follow her boyfriend to another state. He just accepted a job offer in Florida and have to leave by the end of the month. She didn’t want to leave her family and friends, but she loved him and knew that they’ll get married soon.

 

I stared at the letter, thinking about my own life and how happy Dex and I was when we arrived to our new place. That was when things weren’t so complicated…

 

January, 2037

 

“We’re here!” I exclaimed as Dexter and I entered our new place. It was a tiny one-bedroom with a closet for a bathroom and barely enough storage for our belongings, but it’s our home for the next three years.

 

“Yes, we’re here, so we should do it right.” Dexter said. He picked me up, causing me to shriek as we entered the apartment. We got to the couch when he put me down.

 

“You know that only happens when we’re married.”

 

“Who cares about traditions. Besides, we’re engaged, so it’s close enough.”

 

He pulled me to him and kissed me. I put my arms around him as he gave me a kiss on my neck.

 

“I can’t believe we spent four days on the road, so I’m happy to be spending a night in our own bed.”

 

“Me too. The trip was fun at first, but I felt like it was never ending.” I said and sat down. Lucky for us, the apartment we got was furnished, although Uncle Charles had to pay an additional deposit. Of course Dexter will have to pay him back, but it was worth it not to come into an empty apartment.

 

“I really don’t feel like getting our bags from the car.” Dexter whined. He sat down beside me and leaned his head on the back of the couch.

 

“Leave them out there for tonight. Besides, it’s not like we’ll need clothes anyway.” I said and gave him a sexy grin.

 

“Look at you; you’re trying to get me out of my clothes already, aren’t you?”

 

I laughed. “I’m not doing no such thing.”

 

“Please. But you don’t have to ask, because I’ll gladly do it. I’ll help you out of yours too.”

 

I blushed as he gave me another kiss.

 

“You do know our toothbrushes are in our suitcases.”

 

I smiled as I pulled out our travel bags from my tote. Dexter smiled. “Race you to the room,”

 

I quickly got up as he playfully tackled me. I started laughing as he turned me to face him.  He held me as his lips grazed the side of my neck. His hand went underneath my shirt, causing me to moan.

 

“I thought we were going to race.” I whispered.

 

Dexter smiled. “I like this much better.”

 

His hands caress my back as he led me to our bedroom. I think I liked this better too…

 

“Andrea! Andrea!!”

 

“What!” I exclaimed.

 

I looked to see Kelsey giving me a nasty glance. “We need you to go to Starbucks and get a round of Caramel Frappuccinos asap. And stop daydreaming. That’s not part of your job,” she said and walked away.

 

I sighed. “Neither is being an errand girl.” I whispered.

 

I looked down at my desk and noticed she didn’t even leave any money for the drinks. I shook my head. I didn’t even complain as I got up and grabbed my crossbody bag.  Since I’m paying, I might as well get me one too.

 

 

Sample Sunday- How Deep Is Your Love

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Hi everyone!! Today is Sample Sunday as I offer a sample of my upcoming book, How Deep Is Your Love. This is the third book from The Love Chronicles series as Andie and Dexter adjust to life four years later after their move to Connecticut.

There are some major changes between the two as they try to piece together the life they once had before the chaos started.

Here is an excerpt from the first chapter of the story, which is from Andie’s POV. This excerpt is unedited. Enjoy! 🙂

 

August, 2039

 

“What did I do to deserve this?” I asked myself.

 

I took a look around my tiny studio apartment that I share with my roommate and sighed before going into the kitchen. Actually, it was more of a very small kitchenette. Even smaller than the one I’d shared with my bestie, Mashawn at Smith.

 

I opened the mini fridge and grabbed a bottled water. I took another deep breath, realizing I didn’t’ have any groceries. Oh well, I couldn’t do much about that since I just paid rent on this crummy apartment. Maybe my roommate will buy something. She makes more money than I do, so she should be able to.

 

It was four years after Dexter and I had left our families to be on our own in Connecticut. Gosh, it felt as if that was centuries ago. So many emotions were going through me at that time. I was about to embark on a new journey with the love of my life. No one could tell us anything since we felt we were grown and could conquer the world on our own. Now, I wished I did listen to everyone. Either that, or someone could have knocked some sense into me. Either way, what I’d experienced during that time was just a lesson learned. Whether I wanted to or not, it was time for me to move on.

 

There was one thing that I’m glad I’d fulfilled and that was my dream to go to New York. Once I graduated from Yale, I was offered an internship at The Daily News. That was one of the proudest moments that I’ve ever experienced. Everyone was so excited for me and felt I deserved it. I damn sure did deserve it, especially with all of the hard work and hours I had to put in.

 

Unfortunately, that moment was short lived when I was informed that the current intern from The Daily News screwed up the entire process by selecting myself and another graduate into the program. The program only had one slot available, so since the other person was chosen first, that pretty much left me out of the running.

 

As soon as I was about to pack up and move back home, I got a call from The Region, asking if I wanted to intern with them. Since it was a paid gig, I figured why not.

 

Big mistake that was.

 

The position sucked. It sucked so bad I wanted to walk out on my first day. Instead of me learning about the industry, I was basically the damn golfer. There was even one “job” I had to do which involved one of the editor’s dogs. If I ever see another shitzu again, I will go nuts. And I used to love dogs.

 

I knew that was risk I had to take by being an intern, but I didn’t think it would be this intense. I’m pretty sure this was karma for what happened between Dex and me. I know that’s not true, but in the back of my mind, I felt I deserved it after how I treated him. I regret what I did, but I can’t change it now.

 

I sat down on the couch and picked up the TV remote. While trying to find something to watch, my mind started to drift off to the time when Dexter and I stayed together. It was nice at first, but as time went on, our insecurities got in the way of our relationship. Or maybe it was just our personalities that caused our problems. Either way, our happy honeymoon turned into a nightmare that the two of us were trying to wake up from. After awhile, we finally did, which was bittersweet, but it had to been done.

 

I slowly kicked off my work pumps and relaxed. I wished I had something stronger, but I guess water will have to do. I wasn’t a drinker at first, but since I took this position, I found myself taking a drink almost every night. I shouldn’t complain, though. If I wanted a decent job as a reporter, I had to have some kind of experience, so if I had to be a golfer for six more months, than I just had to.

 

Figuring I wasn’t going to watch TV, I turned it off and grabbed the mail that was accumulating on my ottoman. I haven’t opened it in days, but I figured I didn’t have anything important anyway.

 

I took my bottled water and went to sit out on the patio. That was the best thing about this place. After having a bad day, I could take one look at the skyline and the liveiness of New York City and it’ll make me feel better. This was what I wanted, to live in New York and experience being a New Yorker. I wanted to be a part of the hustle and bustle of the city, which was good, but a part of me wished was it really worth it? Was it worth losing my happiness over? Do I regret everything that I had experienced to be living in a studio apartment and doing crap jobs for snoozy editors?

 

I put my elbows onto the balcony and looked at the night sky. Maybe it wasn’t worth it, but at least I could say I went after my dream.

 

I looked down at the mail on the table when a silver envelope caught my attention. I picked it up and saw it was addressed from Regina. I stared at it, wondering why would she send me anything. After what happened between Dex and me, the two of us kind of drifted apart. I missed the conversations I used to have with her. I always ask Mashawn how she and her boyfriend, Damien, was doing, which she always replied that they’re doing fine.

 

I tore open the envelope, seeing it was a wedding invite.

 

“Wow. Regina and Damien are getting married.”

 

I continued to look at the invitation when suddenly tears were streaming down my cheeks. I don’t know why I was crying. I wiped the tears from my face and continued reading. The wedding was going to be held in two weeks at LL, which from my understanding was where Uncle Charles and Aunt Tia had their wedding. I remembered my mom telling me since there was an issue between her and Tia about it.

 

I glanced at the invite again, wondering if I should go. Although the internship offers no vacation days, I could always go Friday evening and return Sunday. That’ll give me a chance to see my parents and Mashawn. But I’ll also see Dexter, which I was trying to avoid. Unless he doesn’t come.

 

Why wouldn’t he? That’s his sister.

 

I sighed and ripped the invitation in half. I don’t know why I was entertaining that thought of going. There was no way I was going.

 

I can’t face Dexter. Not now and not ever.

 

How Deep Is Your Love will be available only on Amazon on October 25th. This title will not be on pre-order, but I will keep you all inform when the story is live on the site. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon!!!

How Deep Is Your Love, the third book in The Love Chronicles series, is coming October 25th! This installment takes place four years later after Andie and Dexter move to Connecticut. Are things still the same between the two, or have they drifted apart? I guess you have to read the story to find out.

This book will not go on pre-order, but it will be available either before or on October 25th. I’ll keep you all posted when the title is ready for release.

In the meantime, here is the synopsis as well as the cover for the book:

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Andie and Dexter experienced a lot during their first semester at Smith. From making life-changing decisions for their relationship and their futures, it seems like everything is finally falling into place for the two.

 

Or is it?

 

In the next book of The Love Chronicles series, How Deep Is Your Love, there will be a huge time jump as the two graduate college and are living their dreams in their prospective professions. Their relationship has also changed, leading them onto different paths in their lives. When they return to Houston for a surprise wedding, they have to find their way back to each other and become the couple they once were. But with old wounds and unresolved issues, will the two be able to rekindle their relationship?

 

It’ll be a roller coaster ride for Andie and Dexter as they revisit old memories and create new ones in the continuation of The Love Chronicles series.

 

If you haven’t read parts 1 & 2 of the series, they are both available on Amazon. They’re also free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Love Chronicles series

The Love Chronicles: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Chronicles-Sheena-Binkley-ebook/dp/B01GGCYJBQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Say That You Love Me: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WWJT89W/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

What’s Next For Sheena Binkley?

Hello everyone! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! I have been so busy that I forgot that In Love With My Best Friend was released on this day four years ago. That day, I was so proud of myself for doing something that I never imagined doing, and that was publishing a book. Sure, I’ve written books, but I never thought about publishing them. That day still feels like it was yesterday because many of the things that I have experienced then I’m still experiencing now as an author.

After In Love With My Best Friend, several other books were released, including Our Love, and Love Unbroken; but the book that really got me noticed among the romance genre was A Chance At Love. Not only did that book reach #1 in the African-American Women’s Fiction category, but it also became my best-selling book of my career. That story made readers want to read more of my stories, which made me a bit surprised, but also happy, because my dream was coming true.

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As time progressed, so has the books that were released. From romance, to new adult, to even urban, I wanted to tackle all of the genres that I were interested in and have even read as a reader. I wanted readers to relate to my stories as I would when I read another author’s work, because that’s what being an author is all about. You want to be able to create a story that not only touches you as the writer, but touch your audience as well.

Throughout my writing journey, I have seen a lot of success, including another #1 best-seller with Trust Me, great series with In Love With My Best Friend,  and Love, Life, & Happiness, signed with an urban publisher, launched several great series that were edge of your seat drama, and even started my own publishing company. There have been a few bumps in the road and probably burnt some bridges with some people, but no matter what, I have learned a lot along the way. I’m still learning to this day, which to me helped me become a better writer. As I look back on everything, I know I have came a long way, and I know there is still some room for improvement. I may not have the recognition as other authors, but I’m still proud of what I have accomplished so far in my career. There may be some things that I wish I could change, but it’s all a learning process.

Now that I have been in the writing business for four years, there are still some things that I want to accomplish, including reaching a bigger audience and writing more books. One of the books that I will be working on will be If It Isn’t Love, which will be a spin-off from the Something Just Ain’t Right series. This will be Lamar and Tamara’s story as readers get to learn more about their relationship. Not only that, but I will be doing a short story involving Hayley and Morgan, which I will probably add to If It Isn’t Love (I’ll keep you all updated on that soon).

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Not only that, but I will be doing another spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series involving Cheryl and Marcus as well as write the third book from The Love Chronicles series, How Deep Is Your Love. The third book from The Lost Story will also be released sometime this summer.

I will also continue with my short story, Love. I released the first three chapters last year, but I will relaunch it in the next few weeks with the entire story released on my blog. I think you will love the story of Sophia and Patrick.

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One of the things I have always been grateful for is you, the readers. Thank you so much for supporting me and reading my stories. I’m extremely grateful for the readers who have stuck by me and have been a reader since my first story; so for that, I’m thankful and blessed that you all continued to support me.

Again, thank you. 🙂

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