We’re almost there!!!!!!
I am beyond excited about the release of my second novel, Jaded. For months I’ve forced myself to not talk share too much information. Questions and comments from readers have been torturer!!!
But now the ban is lifted!
Yasmine and Zachariah’s story has been close to my heart since the moment I wrote “The End” on A Heart Not Easily Broken. Read the book and you’ll understand. If you enjoyed Ebony and Brian’s story, I have no doubt there are many of you who will be able to empathize with the characters of Jaded in ways that will surprise you.
My previous posts and snippets for #8Sunday have all been from Yasmine’s POV. This time I want to introduce you to the voice of the hero, Zachariah Givens.
Yasmine was an amazing woman. I didn’t know her, yet she’d gone beyond anything I expected when it came to my mother. Why hadn’t Melissa been that way? I could count on one hand the amount of times I’d asked her to help me and exactly how many times she’d agreed to help with minimal fuss.
Yasmine dispelled my preconceived notions. She was nothing like what I imagined. As the saying goes, appearances could be deceiving. I wondered what else lay beneath her beautiful exterior.
“I’d like to take you out sometime to thank you. Maybe we could meet for dinner.”
The line went silent.
“Are you asking me on a date, Zack?”
“No, no, not a date, I’m sorry. I’m not trying to use my mother to…that’s sounds awful. What I mean is I wanted to do something to thank you for agreeing to help me…us. It would be strictly platonic with no expectations. Damn, I’m sorry. I didn’t think to ask if you were in a relationship. I’m sure your boyfriend wouldn’t want you to be seen with another man.”
She laughed again, but this time there was nervousness in her voice. “I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to shoot you down. No, there’s not a man in my life. You’re a nice guy, Zack, and I like you. I don’t want you to waste your time trying to hit on me because I’m not looking for a relationship. I don’t want to make things awkward between us.”
I’d say they were awkward already. “I understand. I’m not dating either. It’s complicated. Maybe we can swap war stories sometime.”
“Maybe.” She paused. “I’ll be swamped for the next week or two. Maybe we could do it in a few weeks.”
“Sure, no pressure here. Like I said, it’s my way to say thank you.”
“Okay. Well, I have to go. I have a ton of calls to make and little time to make them. Just let me know when you need me. This is my cell number so you can call or text night or day. If I happen to snap your head off when I answer, just ignore it, especially if you reach me in the morning.”
“Not a morning person, I remember.” It was my turn to laugh. “Thanks again, Yasmine.”
I stared at the phone when the line went dead. What just happened? Did a woman I didn’t know agree to help me care for my mother? Why? What did she get out of it? Nothing that I could see. My mother and I were going to be the ones getting the benefit of her time. I got my promotion; my mother would spend time with a young woman she apparently liked a lot.
The only problem I could foresee was Yasmine being put in the middle of my mother’s matchmaking attempts. Well, at least we’d already established neither of us was in the market for a relationship. I would make sure my mother understood so she wouldn’t pressure Yasmine into changing her mind.
I dialed my mother’s number to share the good news.
Of all the words spoken, the one thing that stayed on my mind was the fact this beautiful woman was single.
What could a man have done to a woman that amazing, that sexy, that…openhearted, to walk away from her?
Whoever he was, he had to be an idiot. If I was in the market and had a chance at being with her, I’d do my damndest to make her happy. There would never be a reason for her to wonder about my feelings.
The love of a woman like Yasmine Phillips had to be treated with the utmost care and respect. Her every need, physical, mental, and emotional, would be my number one priority.
It was a waste of time thinking about it. The line was drawn in the sand between us.
The only thing to do would be to enjoy her company. Nothing more, nothing less.
“Zachariah, how are you?” My mom’s voice disrupted my thoughts.
“I’m good. I’ve got some good news for you…”
Jaded will be available from 5 Prince Publishing on March 7th!
In the meantime, if you haven’t read A Heart Not Easily Broken, grab your copy today so you can catch up!!!
- #8Sunday- Jaded- A Peek into the Mind of Yasmine Phillips (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- #SampleSunday- Jaded- Book two of The Butterfly Memoirs Cover Reveal (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- Lets Talk About It!: Finding Love After a Broken Heart (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- #TeaserTuesday- A Heart Not Easily Broken- Here Comes the Drama (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- #SampleSunday- A Heart Not Easily Broken- Talking to Brian’s Mom (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- #TeaserTuesday- A Heart Not Easily Broken- Family Influence (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- #SampleSunday- A Heart Not Easily Broken- Real Life (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)
- #8Sunday- Jaded- Yasmine’s Philosophy on Love, Sex,and Relationships (authormjkanebooks.wordpress.com)