The Wedding Part II

Author Interview: Elite Book Promotions

For my next stop during the blog tour for The Wedding Part II, I did an interview with Elite Book Promotions. Check it out!

1. What career did you plan during your education days?

When I was in high school and college, my dream was to be a reporter. I wanted to either do newspaper or television. I even majored in Broadcast Journalism in college, but I realized that’s not want I wanted to do, so I switched majors (to Corporate Communication to graduate) and started to pursue my career in writing.

2. What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

My biggest inspiration would have to be my faith in God and my family. Being able to go through this journey is a blessing, so I’m fortunate to have such a great support system with my family and for them being there for me.

3. What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced was criticism. When I first started writing, I was not used to the negative comments from people with my stories. Whether it was the storyline or the characters, I couldn’t take the criticism well and it almost made me not write again. I overcame it by having a tougher skin. In this industry, people are going to voice their opinions, so that’s something that I would have to live with. I’m not going to make everyone happy, but I will do what I can to produce great writing to readers and hopefully they will enjoy it.

4. When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

I started writing at 9 for a project for school. After I wrote the assignment, I realized how much I enjoyed creating a story that I continued to write more. Later, I began to write short stories before expanding into full length novels. My purpose for writing is being able to produce quality work for people to enjoy. I love to create new stories and characters that I hope readers can relate to, which I hope I can continue doing for years to come.

5. Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

My latest novel, The Way We Were, is the fourth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series, and this is Monica and Donnell’s story. With Monica, she has done a lot of crazy things in previous books, so hopefully readers will be able to relate with her and sort of root for her once the story is over.

Here is the synopsis:

Monica:

I’d always been unlucky with love. No matter how much I’ve tried to experience it, something always happens to make me turn away. When I was with Donnell Patterson, I believed I finally had a chance at it, but I ended up destroying it by being selfish. Now, I have a second chance with Zack Hall. He’s a woman’s dream – smart, generous, and sexy as hell. But now that I’m with someone else, why does Donnell keep coming back into my thoughts? Should I let go of the past, and start with someone new, or go back to the person that I’ve always considered my one true love?

Donnell:

Monica Taylor and I have had our shares of ups and downs. Honestly, we had more downs than ups. But no matter what we did to each other, we always found our way back to each other; but she did the unthinkable when she tried to hook up with Marcus Walker. Now, I’m with someone new, who makes me really happy. Dominique Sawyer is amazing; not only is she smart and beautiful, but she’s also drama-free. But if she’s so perfect, why do I keep thinking about the person who has continuously broke my heart?

6. What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on the fifth book of the LLH series, Love Always. This is another story about Riana and Shawn, which they are going through a lot of situations throughout their relationship. They will have to realize is their love strong enough to make things work in their relationship.

7. What are your future plans?

I have three new series coming soon. Two are spin-offs from my current series,In Love With My Best Friend and Love, Life, & Happiness, while the other is a brand new series titled Resisting Temptation. The spin-offs will be available next year, while the first book in the Resisting Temptation series will be available in December.

8. How much real life goes into fiction writing?

For me, there may be some scenes in a story that I will depict my real life into. With Love Unbroken, although majority of the story was fiction, there were scenes that described my relationship with my husband. In the new story Love Always, there will also be scenes that will explain a little to how my husband and I dealt with the birth of our son. In other words, for me, it’s okay to put a little of your life into a story, that way it can be more believable to your readers.

9. What is the last book you finished reading?

The last book I read was Reality Check by Camisha Almonor. The story is about best friends whose lives changed after an unexpected night together. I really loved the story. It kept me interested throughout the entire story.

10. What is the current book you are reading?

Currently, I have A Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Christina Jones next on my Kindle. I really want to read this book, but since I’m writing, I haven’t had a chance to yet.

11. Your Favorite book and why?

Anything by Carl Weber. I just love him as an author because he knows how to deliver the drama! I especially love The Choir Director. I haven’t started on the sequel yet, but I know it will be just as good as the first book.

12. Are any of the characters like you? In what ways?

I think there’s a little in me in all of my characters, especially with Camille (In Love With My Best Friend) and Riana (Love Unbroken). With Camille, I tend to be shy and reserved sometimes like her, but can also be a bit bold when I need to. With Riana, she has a spunky personality, in which I can relate to. She is also the peacemaker of the group, which she does a lot of between Cheryl and Monica.

13. If you were a celebrity, who would you be? Why?

I haven’t really thought about being someone else, but if I had to choose, it would probably be Kerry Washington. She has a grace about her and seemed pretty down to earth. Also, I love her as Olivia Pope on Scandal!

To check out the full interview (including my picture, which I’m pretty short, by the way), click on the link: http://www.elitebookpromotions.com/blog/

Blog Tour- The Wedding Part II

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Hi everyone!!! Today begins the 5-day blog tour for The Wedding Part II. To celebrate the tour, I am doing a giveaway for a $25 gift card from Amazon, as well as a signed paperback of The Wedding Part II.

Here is the link for the first stop of the tour:

http://authorlakishajohnson.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/the-wedding-part-2-by-sheena-binkley-blog-tour/

And here is the giveaway through Rafflecopter:

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The giveaway ends September 28th. Good luck!!!

Available On Paperback: The Wedding Parts I & II

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The Wedding Parts I & II are now available on paperback! If you loved both books and would like to have a paperback copy, then now is your chance! Purchase your copy on either Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Part I:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Part-Love-Best-Friend/dp/1500206903/ref=la_B00CSTNTIG_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404598957&sr=1-3

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wedding-part-i-sheena-binkley/1119423698?ean=9781500206901

Part II:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Part-Love-Best-Friend/dp/1500304557/ref=la_B00CSTNTIG_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404599038&sr=1-4

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wedding-part-ii-sheena-binkley/1119843988?ean=9781500304553&itm=1&usri=sheena+binkley

Goodreads Giveaways!!!

Recently, I have launched the In Love With My Best Friend series to paperback through Createspace. To celebrate, I am doing 3 different giveaways on Goodreads! Through each giveaway, I am giving 2 copies of A Chance at Love, The Wedding, Part I and Part II. The giveaway for A Chance at Love is for the US and Canada only, while the giveaways for The Wedding, Part I and II are for the US, UK, and Canada.

To enter, either click on the links below or you can go onto Goodreads and go on the Giveaway page. The contest for A Chance at Love is going on now, while the giveaways for The Wedding Part I and Part II will start at 2am central, Midnight pacific time. The end dates will appear on each contest link. As always, good luck!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/96964-a-chance-at-love

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/97899-the-wedding-part-i

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/97901-the-wedding-part-ii

It’s Live!!!!

The Wedding, Part II is now available!!! Click on any of the links below to download:

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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Part-Love-Best-Friend-ebook/dp/B00L4LLWAQ/ref=la_B00CSTNTIG_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403237761&sr=1-6

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-Part-Love-Best-Friend-ebook/dp/B00L4LLWAQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1403238386&sr=8-6&keywords=sheena+binkley

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Wedding-Part-Love-Best-Friend-ebook/dp/B00L4LLWAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403238503&sr=8-1&keywords=sheena+binkley

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Wedding-Part-Love-With-Friend-ebook/dp/B00L4LLWAQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1403238456&sr=8-6&keywords=sheena+binkley

Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/Wedding-Part-Love-Friend-English-ebook/dp/B00L4LLWAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403238533&sr=8-1&keywords=sheena+binkley

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wedding-part-ii-sheena-binkley/1119843988?ean=2940149721825

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-wedding-part-ii/id891575611?mt=11

Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sheena_Binkley_The_Wedding_Part_II?id=q0bbAwAAQBAJ

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/450117

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theweddingpartii-1554257-178.html

I will post the links for Kobo once it becomes available 🙂

Release Day Events!!!

The release for The Wedding, Part II is almost here and to celebrate the wonderful occasion on Friday, I will be doing a variety of events on my Facebook page as well as on Goodreads!!

For my Facebook page, I will be doing various giveaways, including:

* Two $5 Amazon gift cards

* A $10 iTunes gift card

* An autographed paperback of A Chance at Love and eBook copy of The Wedding, Part I

To win any of the prizes above, I will be listing a question from either A Chance at Love or The Wedding, Part I. The first person to inbox the correct answer will win the prize.

I will also be revealing a sneak peek of a brand new series, a snippet of Unconditional Love, and revealing the winner of the contest through Signed Books and Stuff.

The event will be start at 12pm eastern/11am central and will end at 6pm eastern/5pm central, so make sure to visit my like page to join the fun!

On Goodreads, I will be running a giveaway for two autographed paperback copies of A Chance at Love. The contest will start on June 20th and will last for a month. I will be posting the link under the Contests & Giveaways section.

And for those of you who do follow me on Facebook, I am trying to reach 1,000 likes so I can reveal my huge surprise. I hinted that it will be a giveaway and it will be the biggest one yet, so tell everyone you know to like the page so it can reach its goal!

Also, if you haven’t done so yet, please sign-up to my mailing list. The first newsletter will have a great giveaway: http://eepurl.com/U1gqj

The Wedding, Part II Excerpt

Here’s a sneak peek to The Wedding, Part II, available on all major sites June 20th!!

Love. For some, it can be a pleasurable experience; while for others it can leave a lifetime of hurt and pain. At first, I believed that love was for fools and could leave you with scars that would stay with you until the day you took your last breath. But now, I can gratefully say that my thoughts have completely changed. Now, I’m one of the lucky ones to say that love is wonderful and beautiful.

I looked over at my fiancé and smiled. Charles Robinson is the epitome of perfection. Well, to me anyway. I stared at his smooth, chocolate skin, and his long eyelashes, which covered his deep brown eyes as I watched him sleep. His full lips, which were slightly smiling as I’m sure he’s having a dirty dream about us. I touched his goatee, as a shiver went through me. He was simply beautiful, which made me even more blessed that he was in my life.

He slowly opened his eyes and stared into mine, giving me a huge smile.

“Shouldn’t you be asleep instead of staring at me?” he asked.

“I should, but looking at you is more entertaining.”

“Why is that?”

“Because you’re even sexy while asleep,”

Charles smiled and touched my skin. He slowly caressed my shoulder, going towards my chest.

“I should say the same about you, but you already know that.”

I blushed and leaned toward him. I parted my lips as Charles held me closer, moving his hand toward the small of my back. I moaned as he nibbled on my earlobe, pulling me toward him as I held onto him.

“Can you believe that our friends are married?” I asked as I put my head onto his chest.

“Yeah, finally. Now, it’s our turn, which I cannot wait for.”

“Neither can I. You think we should just elope so we wouldn’t have to wait?” I asked as I kissed his chest.

“As tempting as that sounds, I know you; you would want a wedding.”

“Maybe so, but I just want to be your wife.” I said, kissing his lips.

After we watched our friends Camille and Trevor Williams get married and leave their reception, we decided to go to Charles’ place and spend the rest of the evening together. Being with him never became old. I didn’t care if we stayed in this bed for eternity; just him beside me was the best feeling ever.

“I know we talked about this before, but I went ahead and asked Camille to be our wedding coordinator.”

Charles looked at me, giving me a curious glance.

“Seriously? I don’t know about this, T. I told you when you mentioned it that it wasn’t a good idea.”

“Why not? Cam is our friend, so I don’t see what the big deal is.”

“There are a lot of reasons why I think it’s a bad idea. I’ll give you some. First, the venue.”

“What’s wrong with the venue?”

“You chose The Crystal Ballroom. If I remembered correctly, that was the venue Camille was going to choose for her wedding.”

“Okay, so maybe when I went with her to look at the venue I was impressed. I don’t think Camille would have a fit over it.”

Charles shook his head while propping his elbow up on the bed. He touched my cheek, giving me a tender caress.

“Baby, I just don’t want anything petty to go down between you two. You have known each other since preschool. I’m pretty sure she enjoyed the wedding Trevor surprised her with, but she may have some unsolved issues with the wedding she imagined. I just don’t want you to throw anything in her face regarding it.”

“So you’re saying I should spare my feelings to accommodate Camille? You’re truly delusional if you think that. Besides, Camille is not the jealous type. She will be happy for me and the decisions I made for the wedding. Now, why don’t we move on to another topic?” I said as I went up to Charles’ ear. I gave a little pull with my teeth, causing him to moan.

“What topic would that be?”

“You’ll see.” I said as I pulled myself up. Charles lay on his back as I got on top of him.

“I love this topic already.” he said and smiled.

“I figured you would.” I said, leaning forward to kiss him.

Charles moved his fingertips down my back, giving me a thrilling sensation. He looked at me as I went into his nightstand, pulling out a condom. Although Charles wanted us to stop using them, I told him I rather wait until we say I do before we take that step. Although I love him, I rather for him to be my husband in every form before we go down that road.

I tore off the wrapper, putting it on him as I prepared to slide himself inside of me. I was ready for him and the pleasure I was about to experience, but that thought was slowly fading when the doorbell rang.

“Who is that?” Charles asked.

I shrugged my shoulders as I moved from him. The doorbell rang again as he threw on a shirt and a pair of shorts that were nearby in an armchair. I watched as he went towards the door, wondering who would be ringing his doorbell at 10 at night.

He opened the door, which immediately led me to put a hand over my mouth. I knew who the person was from the countless photos I’ve seen from Charles’ siblings.

This was definitely not going to be good.

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