The Wedding Part 1

2015 Swirl Awards Nominations

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Hi everyone!! Nominations for the 2015 Swirl awards were announced last week and The Wedding Part 1 is nominated in the Contemporary category! I’m really excited and honored to be apart of this award because I’m nominated with such amazing and talented authors.


Here is the complete nomination list for the awards. To get detailed information of the awards, please logged onto The Swirl Awards website at



An Unexpected Love by Stacy-Deanne (Jessica Watkins Presents)

Better by Adrienne Thompson (Pink Cashmere Publishing)

Bollywood and the Beast by Suleikha Snyder (Samhain Publishing)

Dangerous Beauty Part Two: A Mafia Princess by Michelle Hardin (Dewy Moss)

Gift from Carolina by Holley Trent (Holley Trent)

Her Insatiable Scot by Melissa Blue (Confessions of a Romance Author)

Need You Now by Mika Jolie (Secret Cravings Publishing)

Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye (Kiru Taye)

Law of Moses by Amy Harmon (Amy Harmon )

Life After by Keith Walker (Keith Walker Books)

Loving Words by Olivia Gaines (Davonshire House Publishing)

Making Scandal by Kiru Taye (KT Books)

Maybe Baby by Kim Golden (Echo Books)

No Ordinary Love by Kenya Wright (Swoon Romance)

Obsidian Faith by Bev Elle (Bev Elle)

Outside Woman by Stacy-Deanne (Secret Cravings Publishing)

Remember Me by Michelle N. Onuorah (MNO Media, LLC)

Southern Drawl by Paige Warren (Evernight Publishing)

Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley (Entangled: Lovestruck)

The Christmas Tree Guy by Railyn Stone (5 Prince Publishing)

The Scale by Mika Jolie (Secret Cravings Publishing)  

The Scale by Mika Jolie (Secret Cravings Publishing)  

The Wedding Part I by Sheena Binkley (Sheena Binkley)==
Until I Saw Your Smile by J. J. Murray (Kensington Publishing)

Erotic Contemporary

#1 Crush (Loose Ends Book  #1) by Kaia Bennett (Kaia Bennett)

Brick House by Keith Walker (KeithWalkerBooks)

His Marriage Bargain: So Inked 3 by Sidney Bristol (Ellora’s Cave)

Hot Game by Bridget Midway (Xcite Books)

One Last Rodeo by Michel Prince (Michel Prince)

Protecting Portia by Pavarti K. Tyler (Evolved Publishing)

Ruined: Loving an Alpha Male by S K Lessly (Jessica Watson Presents

Scarred (Damaged Souls, Book 1) by Twyla Turner (Twyla Turner)

Scores by Kiru Taye (Evernight Publishing)

Through the Dom’s Lens by Doris O’Connor (Evernight Publishing)

Three Strikes (Den of Sin #16) by Holley Trent (Holley Trent)

Thursdays in Savannah by Olivia Gaines (Davonshire House)


Angel’s Shield by Erin Leaf (Evernight Publishing)

Broken Mirrors: Book One of the Broken Mirrors Duology by A.F. Dery (Ring Drop Press)

Paradox by P.J. Dean( eXtasy Books)

Run by Eve Vaughn (Eve Vaughn Books)


Kindred, An American Love Story by P.J. Dean (Devine Destinies)

Loving the Lawman: Roses of Ridgeway Book 3 by Kianna Alexander (Kianna Alexander)

Sweet Jazz by Ursula Renée (The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Vintage)

The Mayor’s Mission by Piper Huguley (Liliaceae Publishers)

The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Huguley (Liliaceae Publishers)

New Adult

An Arrangement of Love by Kenya Wright (K. Wright Press)

Canning the Center by Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)

Dangerous Beauty Part One: Destiny by Michelle Hardin (Dewy Moss)

The Calum by Xio Axelrod (BookBaby)


Ileeria: The Chosen One by Latoya Wilson (Latoya Wilson)

A Demon Bewitched (Sons of Gulielmus #3)  by Holley Trent (Crimson Romance)

SinfullyEver After by Kenya Carlton (Parker Publishing)

Sword of Mercy (La Patron’s Sword Book 2) by Sydney Addae (Sitting Bull Publishing)

Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath by Mia Mitns (Mia Mitns)

Romantic Suspense

Billy  by H.M. Mann (Kinfolk Books)

Duty Bound: Bayou Bound 2 by Sidney Bristol (Inked Press)

Drug of Desire: Committed by Sidney Bristol (Random House)

Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye (Avon Impulse)

Heart of the Matter: Queens of Kings: Book 1 by LaQuette (Hot Ink Press)

Short Novel

Debauching the Virgin by Melissa Blue (Confessions of a Romance Author)

Maybe Tonight by Kim Golden (Echo Books)

Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder (Entangled Publishing: Edge)

Queen of Dust by Ankhesen Mié (Middle Child Press)

Redemption by Reana Malori (Reana Malori Books)

Santa’s BigHelper By Olivia Gaines (Davonshire House)

Superstar by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb (Roslyn Hardy Holcomb)

Worth the Risk by Stacy-Deanne (Sweet Cravings Publishing)

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Author Interview With Romance Novels In Color

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Hi everyone! I recently did an interview with Romance Novels In Color for a giveaway for The Wedding Part 1 on their site. Even though the giveaway is closed, the interview was pretty interesting.

Here are some of the questions that were asked:

What do you do for fun?

Besides writing, I love to read, watch TV, go outdoors (when the mood hits me), go shopping, and just spend time with friends and family.

What type of music do you listen to?
I pretty much listen to any type of music: Pop, R&B and a little hip-hop (depending on the song). I love listening to old school music, especially songs from Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ohio Players, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

What are your favorite movies to watch?
I love romantic movies. Also comedies. Sleepless in Seattle, A Walk to Remember, Sweet Home Alabama, Footloose (the remake), and The Hangover are my favorites.

Short Answer Favorites:
Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake
City: Houston (of course!)
Season: Summer
Type of Hero: Alpha
Type of Heroine- Strong-minded
Actor: Bradley Cooper
Actress: Don’t have one
Band/Solo Singer: Maroon 5 & John Legend
Color: Pink
Cuisine: Anything Cajun

What TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss each week?
This show I cannot miss each day, and that is General Hospital. I have to know what happens each day.

How do you relax at the end of a long day?
I get a good drink (can be anything from soda to wine), turn on some music, and crank up my computer to write.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what else did you want to do?
A news reporter. I even have one of my degrees (I have 3) in broadcast journalism. At one point, I hosted a news program at my college, which was pretty exciting; that’s when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in journalism. But, as time went, I started to focus more on writing stories and decided to pursue a writing career.

What is your greatest accomplishment as an author so far?
Since I started my writing career two years ago, I have accomplished so much, including having all of my books going on Amazon’s bestselling list (in their categories). Two have even went to #1. Growing up, I never expected to become a writer; now, two years and 13 books later and I don’t see myself slowing down.

How do you celebrate each book release?
I try to treat myself to a gift every time a book is released. One of my obsessions is handbags, so that is usually my item of choice to purchase before or on release day.

Here is the  blurb and an excerpt from The Wedding Part 1:


Camille Anderson has been dreaming about her wedding with Trevor Williams since she first laid eyes on him in her driveway 18 years ago. Now that her dream is coming true, she doesn’t want anything to interfere with her special day. But when issues surrounding her parents, an office scandal and Trevor’s nosy cousin come into play, Camille wonders if her dream day will go up in smoke.

Trevor Williams doesn’t want anything to go wrong with his wedding with Camille. He wants to do everything perfectly; but when he is faced with an important decision, he soon realizes that not everything in life will be the way he wants it.

With the issues that are surrounding them, they soon have to re-evaluate the love they have for each other and most importantly, the friendship they deeply cherish.


After wrapping up the walk-through, my workday was complete. Hopefully, everything went as planned later tonight with the designers and tomorrow with the caterers and DJ. But for now, work was not a factor as I drove home. Before leaving Hotel Icon, Trevor texted me and told me to dress casually for our date. I still didn’t know what he had planned and that made me even more excited.

I pulled into the garage and saw that his BMW wasn’t parked there. I wondered where he could be since we were going out in an hour. As soon as I walked into the house, I went to our bedroom and got ready. Since he said to dress casually, I chose a pair of black skinny jeans and a cream colored shirt that flowed to my waist. I looked at myself in the mirror as I put on a pair of flats. I started to think maybe I was too causal and should put on a dress. Then, I glanced at the clock and realized an hour had already passed, and there was still no sign of Trevor.

Where could he be?

I was wondering if he got held up at work when the doorbell rang.

“Who could that be?” I asked, going downstairs.

When I opened the door, I had to catch my breath at the sight before me. Trevor always looked good, but tonight, he looked extra hot in a deep purple long-sleeved shirt and black jeans. His wavy black hair was cut even shorter than usual and was starting to look a little curly, which I adored.

I finally got over the initial lust I had for him when I realized he was the one who rang the doorbell.

“You could have just come through the garage.”

“I know, but I wanted to do everything right for tonight, starting by picking you up at the front door. And also, to give you these,” he replied as he handed me a dozen pink roses, my absolute favorite.

“They’re beautiful; thank you, baby.”

“You’re beautiful,” he said, bending down to kiss me.

I smiled as he caressed my cheek.

“Are you ready to walk down memory lane?”

“Definitely, but first, let me put these in some water,” I said.

Trevor smiled and walked into the foyer. I went into the kitchen, grabbed a vase from the cupboard and filled it with water. Before I knew it, he was behind me, gently kissing my neck, which felt so good.

“Keep doing that, and we won’t make it out the door.”

“Would that be so bad?” he asked.

I turned around and wrapped my arms around him as I kissed his lips. He pulled me up on the counter, and I wrapped my legs around him. The date was becoming a distant memory as I started to run my fingers through Trevor’s hair. He placed his hand under my shirt touching my abs, then moving up to my breasts. While I wanted so much for us to continue, I knew we shouldn’t. We looked at each other and smiled.

“I promised you a date, so we should go,” Trevor whispered.

“Yeah, we should. Am I going to get any hints about where we’re going?”

“You will; once we get there,” Trevor quipped with a wicked grin. He grabbed my waist and helped me down from the counter. I smiled and took his hand and my clutch. I already knew this evening would be one I would never forget.


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