Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a great day so far.
Wow, I can’t believe it has been seven years since I published my very first book, In Love With My Best Friend. At that time, I wasn’t thinking about having a career as an author; I just wanted to fulfill my goal by releasing a book. Little did I know, that one book turned into several series, and forty two books total. I had some ups and downs in my career, but nevertheless, I don’t regret what I have went through to get to where I am right now.
To the readers who have stuck by me since the very beginning, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me a chance to share my stories and to let me be myself. Although some of my stories were a bit off the wall, I’m still grateful and blessed that you all continued to support me.
As I continue my journey, I just hope that I can continue to write stories that readers can enjoy, because I still have a lot in me to share.
Again, thank you. 🙂
To celebrate, I decided to do a few giveaways on several platforms, including on my blog. For this giveaway, one lucky winner will be winning signed copies of the entire Love, Life, & Happiness series as well as a $10 gift card from Amazon.
That’s right, every book from the Love, Life, & Happiness series can be yours if you do the following:
1. First enter the giveaway on Rafflecopter.
2. Visit my Facebook Author page.
3. Follow me on Twitter (@ChevonBink)
4. Answer this question on this post: What was your favorite moment from the Love, Life, & Happiness series?
The giveaway will start at midnight and end on May 28th. I will choose the winner on May 29th.
Good luck to everyone who will be participating! 🙂
Hi everyone!! I mentioned I was going to post a few upcoming releases, so here is the second one that I’m working on, which is another spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series titled Believe In Love.
This time, it’s Cheryl and Marcus’ story; you may have remembered that there was going to be one after I previewed a potential story in Ri and Shawn’s story, Real Love.
The two have a lot going on with their busy schedules, so this story will be interesting to read with how they will adjust to everything with their careers, their kids, and other factors surrounding them.
Here is the extended preview of their story, Believe In Love:
Marcus and I have been through a lot in our short relationship. No matter what issues occurred between us, we both found a way to get through them together.
In recent months, our lives have changed drastically, from becoming parents for a second time to our busy professional schedules, we’re finding it more difficult to spend time together. Now that I’m going into my residency, I’m having even more challenges trying to compete with my colleagues, including the arrogant and obnoxious Drew Harrison. With him constantly on my back, and the struggles accepting Jackie’s death, I feel as if I’m going to explode. I don’t know if I can talk to Marcus about it, especially when he has his own problems to deal with.
If I can’t talk to my husband, then who can I confine in?
Cheryl and I had a rough start to our relationship six years ago. From miscommunication to trust issues, the two of us were able to overcome our dilemmas and be there for one another.
Lately, things between us have started to fall apart. With our busy schedules, we barely have time to see each other, let alone have alone time. We did reconnect recently, but things are not the same between us. I want us to get back to what we had together. I need for us to.
Now that I’d opened a new club in another city, I’m spending more time there getting the new staff settled. There’s one person in particular that is helping me more than anyone, which is a good thing, but could be dangerous once Cheryl finds out.
I know she’s hiding something from me, which is driving me crazy; but should I be upset when I’m doing the same thing to her?
If you don’t remember their first standalone, Trust Me, it is available on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, and other sites.
Trust Me by Angel Mystique is available now for pre-order. It will be released on Amazon July 12th!
Sometimes, all it takes is trust.
Blake Harper has only loved one woman: Samantha Chandler.
The one woman who broke his heart years ago. Blake finds a way to get in touch with her again. Who knew she would say yes to meeting face to face again? Who knew she would allow herself another chance with him?
Who knew they both would begin to trust each other… surprising each other along the way?
TRUST ME is Blake and Samantha’s story of redemption. Join them, as they find themselves all over again- together.
Angel Mystique has been writing stories ever since she was eight years old. She pens as a Fantasy (Sci-Fi Romances, love stories & PNR & love stories) & Contemporary Romance (and love story) Author., When she’s not typing up her latest WIP, she can be found catching up on shows that she loves. Greenleaf, Scandal, and The Bachelor Franchise (and so many other authors and TV shows) all are attributing factors to why she writes what she writes.
It’s the second day of The Love Interview series, and I have gracing the blog today, Cheryl and Marcus, who you all know very well from the Love, Life, & Happiness series. Let’s find out what the two have been up to as well as the huge announcement they have for everyone.
SB: First off, I would like to say thank you for agreeing to do an interview with me.
Cheryl: Thank you for wanting to do one with us. We’re flattered.
Marcus: We really are. Our lives are boring, so I don’t know why you would want to interview us.
SB: Lol! Please Marcus, your lives are far from boring. Honestly, I have to say, out of everyone from the series, you two have a pretty interesting life.
Cheryl: Seriously? Especially when there’s Ri & Shawn…
Marcus: Brit & Jay…
SB: Yes, their lives are interesting too, but Cher, you’re in med school becoming a surgeon while Marcus is an entrepreneur who just opened your third club in four years. How do you two juggle all of that, be parents to two kids, and still find time for each other? I mean, we all need to know that.
Cheryl: Simple: we just find the time to balance everything.
Marcus: After our trip at the cabin, we realized that we have to find time because our marriage was suffering. We needed to get back to how we fell in love and continue to build on that. As for being parents, we need to be there for our kids and be the best parents that we can be. Sometimes, it can be really hard, but I think we’re managing.
Cheryl: We definitely are.
SB: I interviewed Ri & Shawn yesterday and I could tell they are really happy. Have you spoken to them recently?
Cheryl: We have. We recently visited them a few weeks ago to get ready for the Phoenix ATL opening.
SB: Can you share with us anything that has happened with their move to the ATL? Also, I’m trying to figure out who Shawn’s co-worker was, because he nor Ri would tell me.
Marcus: You know we can’t say anything about that.
Cheryl: They would chew us out on that, Sheena.
SB: I’m just curious.
Cheryl: Everyone have to check out their story to find out who it is. I can say this, though, readers will know this person very well.
Marcus: Very well.
SB: Okay, I will not discuss that any further. Cheryl, how are you holding up with Jackie’s passing? Did you still go to Niagara Falls with Kevin and Elise?
Cheryl: Yes, I did. It was quite the experience, especially with Dante there, but all in all, it was good.
SB: But how are you really holding up?
Cheryl: I’m fine.
SB: Okay. How are Kevin and Elise?
Cheryl: They’re good. Elise is taking her pregnancy in stride while Kevin is still working under Marcus and was a big part of the ATL opening.
Marcus: Yeah, he was actually in Atlanta around the same time as us with the club opening. We were even able to help out Shawn during the network’s celebration gala.
SB: Oh yeah; Ri mentioned that. So your group played for the event?
Marcus: We did. It was fun.
SB: Any other events you all have planned?
Marcus: Not at the moment, but maybe in the future.
SB: That’s good to hear. Looking back on the beginning of your relationship, are you both content on how things ended up, or do you wish you could have a do-over?
Cheryl: I’m pretty happy with how things progressed between us. We had some bumpy moments, but we managed to work through them.
Marcus: That’s true. There were some trust issues, but what couple doesn’t have that, especially in the beginning of a new relationship.
Cheryl: We both have grown from the start of our relationship, I believe with the events that occurred between us, it made us stronger, both individually and as a couple.
SB: I think in a relationship, both individuals realize a part of themselves that they didn’t know exist; so I think with the right person, it could bring out the other person’s full potential in themselves, which I think is a wonderful thing.
Cheryl: It certainly is.
Marcus: I still think about how we met at that party. If it wasn’t for that night, we probably wouldn’t have met.
Cheryl: We still would have.
SB: I really do love you two as a couple. I just have one more thing to ask.
Marcus: Ask away.
SB: What is next for you two? I know readers would love to have another story about you two. Ri & Shawn have three, so why you two can’t have another one.
Cheryl: Do readers really want another story from us? I mean, our lives are pretty average.
SB: Didn’t we just have this discussion earlier? There’s still a lot that the two of you can share. If you’re willing to.
Marcus: Well, I’m down for it. What about you, Cher?
Cheryl: I think it would be great. Sure, why not.
SB: Great! I’m really glad to hear that. Thank you both again so much for taking the time out to do this interview.
Cheryl: It was our pleasure, Sheena.
SB: And there you have it! There will be another Love, Life, & Happiness spin-off with Cheryl & Marcus coming in November. This story will tackle a lot, including the two juggling married life, kids, and their careers. This is a standalone you do not want to miss! An official release date will be announced soon.
Check back tomorrow when I interview Asia & Bryon from Reclaiming What Is Mine as they talk about their upcoming book, Reclaiming What Is Ours.
Hi everyone! Wow, I cannot believe it has been a year since Trust Me was released! I still remembered release day and there was a bit of a delay with Amazon and how readers were frantically asking when would it be available. That was when I knew that this book was going to be huge; and it definitely was.
Trust Me is the second book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series and it’s Cheryl and Marcus’ story. When I wrote this story, I knew the readers would love it, but I just didn’t know how much. To this day, Trust Me is still the most talked about book, not only in the LLH series, but for all of my books, period. Everyone automatically fell in love with this couple, especially with Marcus. I have to admit, Marcus is one of my most popular characters, mainly because of how he was represented in the series. He was the womanizer who changed his ways all in part of one woman. He’s likable and so damn sexy (especially with the scene after his and Cheryl’s first date). Not only did Cheryl change him for the better, but he did the same for her, as she was able to let go of her past and let herself fall in love.
Trust Me was my second #1 best-seller on Amazon, as it was the top seller on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance lists for two weeks. Based on readers’ interaction, this was the book that helped gain popularity for the series, as it not only focus on the two main characters, but also with the other characters in the series.
As always, I have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this book. I still get emails and comments from readers regarding this book and how great it is. For that, I will be giving away copies of this book for free today, only on Smashwords. This will give a chance for those who have not read the book to download and see why this story is so great. The code for the free download is: WT53G.
If you have any favorite scenes from the story, please feel free to put them in the comment section below. 🙂
Hi everyone!! Here is an interview I done with Digital Book Today for the book Trust Me. Check it out…
Author Interview #336: Trust Me by Sheena Binkley
November 26, 2014
By Anthony Wessel
Sheena Binkley, Amazon best-selling book, Trust Me, from the Love, Life, & Happiness series (African-American Romance, 4.6 stars, 36 reviews). Here is more about the story:
Cheryl: Falling in love is something I’d never imagined. I didn’t think love existed, mainly because of the way I was raised. Relationships were never in the cards, especially since I gave a chance on one, and it nearly destroyed me. When I met Marcus Walker, I was only looking for a fling, nothing more; but the more time I spent with him, the more I realized he could be so much more. Not only has he helped me through my family drama but also with a situation I thought was way behind me. Now, I understand what love is and how powerful it can be. But will I let myself be loved, or will I continue to believe that love is not for me?
Marcus: One thing I said I will never do in my life is fall in love. Being in love is great for some people, but not for me. That all changed when I met Cheryl Thompson. At first, I thought she would be like the rest, just a one-night stand, but when I saw what she was going through, I realized she was much more than a fling; she was someone I wanted to commit to. Will I be able to trust myself and give her what she needs, or will I end up destroying her even more?
Sheena Binkley brings a unique spin to the African-American Romance and New Adult genres with Trust Me, the second book from the Love, Life, & Happiness series. This book is available in e-book and print on Amazon and other major retailers.
1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
The setting for Trust Me was built around a college town and gave an excellent backdrop to college life and what people have experienced in a given semester. It provided a visual for readers to go on a journey with the characters and the experiences they’d shared throughout the story.
2. What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What were you trying to get across to the reader?
I think readers will take away the fact that it’s okay to trust your significant other by being understanding and having each other’s back throughout any situation. Although relationships can be rough and can cause problems, by being in love, it can help majority of your situations become happy and joyous.
3. Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Each character in the story has a unique quality to them that makes them relatable to readers. Personally, the characters are based from some of the people that I have come across in my life; therefore, I try to have some sort of realness to each character in the story.
4. How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
For the main characters, they both go through life changes that make them re-evaluate what’s important to them and the people around them. While one person becomes stronger from the issues she has to relive through, one realizes that life can be wonderful with the right person by his side. By the end of the story, the two realize love can be wonderful and they shouldn’t hide from it, and I think that’s the main focus throughout the entire story.
5. In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the your world view?
I think everyone will go through their own struggles in life; whether it’s with a loved one, a job, or even a friendship, people will have to think about what they have experienced and whether it will help them become a strong person. With everyone in the story, I think they had to go through their own set of issues or struggles to realize that life is a learning process and they should be able to learn from their mistakes to become a better person.
6. Was there a basis for your story? A previous experience? Something else?
The story was not based from a real-life issue or experience, but I think readers can relate to the story and the characters and realize that could had actually happen to them, and read through the journey that both of the characters had to endure in order to be happy.
7. What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? Are you character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?
My routine for writing a story is whatever mood I’m in. Some days, I could be all day in front of the computer, typing away without a care in the world; while others, I do not even want to write (which is not often for me). It’s just the mood I’m in and what type of thoughts I have in mind to prepare myself to write.
8. How do you get past writers block or distractions like the internet?
I try to set some time for writing and time for other things that I have to do throughout the day; for example, I do not try to write past two or three hours. Taking a break can help me stay relaxed and not be drained from thoughts or information. If I do have writer’s block, I would simply stop and do something else; for example, read a book, watch TV, or listen to music.
9. Favorite book from childhood.
I loved reading Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters’ Club. Those were the books that motivated me to become a writer, so I owe a lot to those books.
10. What’s on your desk? Can you see your desk? Describe what you see when you look around.
I don’t have a desk, but I do have an area that I would keep my laptop and my writing materials. Currently, I’m brainstorming ideas for a new book; therefore, the area is a little scattered, but that is the best way for me to think and to stay focus with my ideas.
Check out the entire interview on Digital Book Today through the link: http://digitalbooktoday.com/2014/11/26/author-interview-336-trust-sheena-binkley/
Happy Sunday everyone!!!
Since the Love, Life, & Happiness series debuted last year in December (which is hard to believe that it’s almost a year), I have received various reviews regarding the books in the series. There were some that loved the series and the characters, but there were others who felt the series was a little on the raunchy side. Although I wrote a post regarding this earlier this year with the issue of how much sex was portrayed in Love Unbroken, now it’s the issue of the entire series that is in question.
Now, I understand that this is a series involving young adults who are in college who are experiencing love for the very first time, but never did I portray these “young adults” as squeaky clean. They are just that; adults who ages ranging from eighteen to twenty-three, who are going to experience sex. I don’t know how college was for some individuals, but when I was in college, this is what happened on a regular basis. It might not have happened as much as these characters experienced, but it happened.
Certain scenes were brought up in the series, especially during Love Unbroken. In the post I wrote earlier regarding the first book in the series; yes, maybe the story was heading to borderline erotica with some of the things the two were doing, but with any couple that is in that stage in their relationship, they will want to experience certain things. It not as if they were experimenting with other people; they were with each other and only each other.
Some had even brought up about Unconditional Love and the amount of sex scenes Britney and Jayden had. This book was about first love and mind you, the two were virgins and only wanted to be with each other before they actually went through with it. Yes, at the time of the story, they were only 18, but some people get married at 18; so what is wrong with these two having sex?
With each story, it talked about the issue of love and being in love; it’s not about seeing how many people these characters can sleep with or engaging in other activities that deemed inappropriate.
While some believed the characters were lacking direction and only thought about having sex; that was not true at all. Each character was determined and driven with their college education. No one looked at the fact that Shawn and Riana were working on a class project when they were introduced; or Cheryl trying to be independent and working on furthering her education to go to medical school. So sex was not always on these characters’ minds.
For anyone who has read the series, do you think the stories are too sexually charged, or are the stories depict what people who are in love with each other do? Let me know by posting your comment below.
And for those who have not read the post titled “Sex Scenes in Love Unbroken,” I included the link: https://sheenabinkley.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/sex-scenes-in-love-unbroken/
As I mentioned in the previous post, I hope I’m not offending anyone with this post, but this is something that I wanted to express and whether anyone agreed with the subject. If I am offending anyone, that was not my intention and I sincerely apologize.
And in case you are wondering, Love Always only have two sex scenes. 🙂