#SampleSunday- Foot massages, Conversation, and Mr. Ed

The reality of relationships is that regardless of race, worrying about how your lover’s family will view you arrive. Today’s #SundaySample is from Brian’s point of view as Ebony tells him about a phone call to her sister.

Excerpts:

“What’s new with you?”

A funny look passed over her face as she rested her feet in my lap. “Work is okay, I guess. I talked to my sister the other day.”

I fought the urge to let my curiosity be obvious. We had barely talked about her family since our first couple of dates. She’d made it known they probably would not approve of our relationship. To counteract that negativity, I made sure she met mine. My mother adored her. Every time we talked, one of her first questions was about Ebony. Were we still seeing each other? Was I happy? To each of those questions my answer was a resounding yes.

“How’s your family?” My focus stayed on her foot.

“Okay, I guess. The conversation dealt more about me than her.”

I risked a glance and saw her staring down at her fingers. Uh oh.

“I told her about us.” Her gaze met mine.

“And?”

“And…she thought I had gone crazy. She called Trevon, and well, it was a very interesting phone call.”

Nervousness grew in the pit of my stomach. I’d been down this road before, and the consequences had not been good.  A fact I had yet to share.

I held my breath while she continued.

“Trevon said he predicted I’d end up dating a white man.”

I creased my eyebrows. “Are you serious? How did that happen?”

Ebony lips turned up, her eyes brightened slightly as she giggled. “The night before my family drove me out to L.A., I was in my room stuffing every article of clothing in my suitcase. Well, he walked in as my bag popped open and my underwear fell onto the floor. I’m a tomboy, remember?”

I nodded, giving her eyes, and her foot, my full attention.

“The year before, Shana talked me into wearing thongs, something I hated. Well, to my surprise ­ and embarrassment ­ thongs of a variety of colors fell onto the floor. Tre picked one up, a white one, and makes this crazy joke. Now that I think about it, I’d rather not repeat it.” Her face screwed up as if she’d said too much.

“Oh no, you don’t. You brought it up, and now you’ve got to share.”

“No, never mind it’s stupid.”

“You said he predicted our relationship. I want to know how that happened.”

Ebony covered her face and groaned. “You’re not going to let this go are you?”

“Nope.” I put on the most evil grin, which made her crack a smile.

“Okay, fine, you asked for it.” She paused and took a deep breath. “Do you know who Mr. Ed is?”

I thought about it. “You mean the talking horse? My parents watched reruns of the show on Nick at Night years ago.”

She bit her lip. “Yeah, that’s the one. He said since I wore thongs, I would get a boyfriend named Mr. Ed because I was studying to become a veterinarian. And since Mr. Ed was white…” Her voice trailed off as she chewed her lip.

“Since the horse was white and I’m white, that makes me Mr. Ed?”

She nodded.

I laughed so hard I could barely breathe.

She snorted. “Are you okay?”

I held up a finger and nodded as I regained my breath. “When can I meet him? I like him already.”

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Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond-haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

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Here’s a little something to beat the Hump Day blues!

Wednesday, better known as Hump Day….the middle of the week, the day where the weekend is in site. My favorite commercial on TV is the one from Geico that features a camel walking around an office asking ever one what day it is. “HUMP D-AAY!!!” ROTFL, cracks me up every time!

Well, I decided to share a little hump day action with a snippet from Jaded. No, it’s not that type of ‘hump day’ action, (get those heads out of the gutter! :)), it is from the ‘hump’ spot in the story where the heroine, Yasmine Phillips,  true feelings are exposed. And just for the fun of it, there’s an ex-girlfriend involved!

Happy Reading!

Excerpt:

“Who is she?” Melissa spat.

Zack opened his mouth to reply, but I cut him off.

“I’m the woman who’s taking care of everything he needs.” My eyes cut to where her hand gripped Zack. “Get your hands off my man.” I allowed every ounce of hatred and jealousy to be evident in my voice.

Her eyes narrowed. “Excuse me?”

I walked over and stood next to Zack, ignoring the confused expression on his face. I looked down; Melissa’s hand hadn’t moved. I cocked an eyebrow and sucked my teeth.

She dropped her hand and stepped away without uttering a word.

I stood in front of Zack and staked my claim. “Now, if I heard right, he doesn’t want or need you.” Her perfect lips opened as if to argue. I stuck my manicured nail in her face. “If you want to keep that cheap lace front wig for the next man you want to seduce, keep your mouth shut and leave before it ends up on the floor.”

Melissa stared at me, then angled her head so she could see Zack. Since he stood behind me, I had no idea what expression was on his face. Whatever it was, it forced her mouth shut.

She smirked while studying me. “Well, Zack, I see you’ve found a little playmate. She must not be as good as me or else you wouldn’t have answered the door.”

“What the…oh hell no!” I reached out for that stupid wig, but she slipped out of my grasp and into the hallway. Zack grabbed my waist, drew me in the door, and kicked it shut.

I struggled out of his arms and straightened my shirt, fuming that she got the last word.

Zack stepped in front of me, his expression a mixture of shock and lust.

I stomped past him to the kitchen, buttoned my shirt, and stuffed my legs into my jeans.

He followed.

“What?” I snapped, glancing over my shoulder.

“Did you mean what you said?”

“Hell yes. If I had gotten a hold of her that wig was coming off.” Dressed again, my focus went to the simmering sauce on the stove. “I better not see her ass in the street—”

“No, not that…you said I was your man.”

I cringed on the inside, refusing to let him read my face. “It’s what she needed to hear.”

The weight of Zack’s silent stare behind me made my hands shake. Blurting out my feelings because of the random appearance of his ex-fiancée was not how I’d intended to convince him to stay in my life.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.

 

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#SampleSunday- Meeting the Family on the Fourth of July

Well it’s Sunday and I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! In the spirit of the traditional holiday family barbecue, I’m sharing an extended scene from A Heart Not Easily Broken. This scene is from Brian’s point of view as he takes Ebony to meet his family for the first time. Ebony is nervous  because she is unsure how they will except the fact he’s dating a black woman. But as things go, someone in the family always have a funny story to tell!

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Excerpt: 

“So this is where the party’s at.”

My family turned, startled at my voice. My mother got out of her seat.

“Brian!” She came over to hug me and kissed my cheek.

A chorus of ‘hellos’ came in response as all eyes left me to focus on my date.

“Hey, everybody, I’d like for you to meet Ebony Campbell. Ebony, this is my mother, Laura, and my father, Winfred.”

My mother shook her hand. Dad stayed at the grill, but smiled warmly and waved a pair of tongs.

“I made a cake,” Ebony said, holding it out to my mother.

“Oh, thank you. I’ll just put it in the kitchen.” Mom took the plate inside.

“This is my sister, Lisa, Cody and Hannah’s mother. And this crazy girl is Bridget.”

Both came to shake her hand. Ebony’s voice remained warm despite the fact she squeezed the heck out of my hand.

Lisa sat back down, but Bridget remained next to me, a wicked gleam in her eyes.

“Where is everybody? I see cars out front. Where are the bodies?”

“Andrea and Caroline went to the store to grab a few things. Tim and Randall are working so they’ll be late,” Bridget informed me while studying Ebony.

“Andrea and Caroline are my other sisters. Tim and Randall are their husbands,” I said, turning to Ebony to fill her in.

“Jackson is on the way with Josh and Sara. They went to pick up some fireworks. Aunt Gina and her boys should be here soon.”

I groaned. “Tell me Dad isn’t going to be in charge of lighting them again this year.”

“After last year’s fiasco? Hell no.” Bridget leaned around me and spoke to Ebony directly. “Last year, dad burned down the gazebo. He shot off a rocket that went sideways instead of up in the air, and poof,” she demonstrated with her hands, “instant fire.”

“Oh, no.” Ebony covered her mouth to conceal her laughter.

“Fortunately, Tim and Randall are both fire-fighters. They got it quickly under control.” I pointed to the gazebo’s remains. “He’s supposed to rebuild it, but Mom refuses to let him start until after tonight’s fireworks.”

Bridget’s contagious laughter kept Ebony from being able to continue to contain her own.

“Hey, are you kids talking about me over there?” my father bellowed.

“No,” Bridget and I said in unison.

“I might be getting older, but I’m not deaf. Brian, bring your lady friend over here.”

I winked at Ebony as we walked over to the stainless-steel giant we’d chipped in to buy him on Father’s Day. The savory smell of hot dogs, steak, and chicken permeated the air.

“Dinner looks great, Dad.”

“Me and this grill are a match made in heaven.” He took a moment to flip a row of steaks. “The kitchen is for the women. But this…” He pointed with pride to the grill. “This is man’s work. It’s like the caveman days of cooking over a pit fire.”

“Winfred, cavemen didn’t know how to make fire,” Mom said.

Everyone laughed.

“Look, woman, go grab me a beer,” Dad said. He glanced at Ebony. “So, you’re dating my son, huh?”

My heart dropped to my knees. I should have seen this coming. My dad had no problem getting to the point. We hadn’t been here for more than ten minutes and he’d already jumped to the wrong conclusion. Even though the sexual attraction was there, the only thing we’d done was kiss. I wanted more, damn, I really wanted more. But I didn’t want to push and risk the chance she’d decide we were doing too much. Bringing her to meet my family was more than I thought would ever happen. The last thing I needed my father to do was­

“Yes, sir, I am his girlfriend.” She squeezed my hand.

Holy. Shit. My heart started beating again. I studied Ebony to make sure I heard her correctly. Her smile said it all.

“How did you guys meet?” Mom reappeared with a beer.

“She picked me up at the bar,” I joked.

“Brian!” Ebony poked me in the ribs with her elbow.

Bridget laughed. “And he’s the only thing you could find? Girl, I have to take you out sometime and show you where to find a real man.”

“Ignore her, she’s got a few screws loose,” I warned.

Ebony giggled. “I like her.”

Annoyed, I decided to mess with my sister. “So, Bridget, what happened to the last guy you dated? What was his name, Raul? Wasn’t he like twelve years younger than you?”

Bridget’s eyes shot over to our mother who eyed her questioningly. “His name was Francisco, and he was not twelve years younger.” She held her head high. “He was five years younger. I broke up with him a few months ago because we couldn’t agree on the terms of our relationship.”

“Which were?” I pushed.

Her eyes narrowed. “He wanted to get married. I’m too young for that.”

I howled.

“Bridget, you’re nearly thirty-two years old. It’s time to settle down,” Mom supplied.

“You can say that again,” Lisa muttered, joining in the conversation.

Lisa was my second oldest sister. Ever since we arrived, she’d been watching Ebony. For her to finally speak meant she must have formulated an opinion.

“Ebony, where are you from? You don’t have a California accent.”

“Charlotte, North Carolina,” she replied.

“Wow, you’re a long way from home. How did you end up here?”

The moment Ebony dreaded had arrived. I decided to give her some space, confident she could handle my sisters. I kissed her hand and continued to stand next to my father while she followed them to sit in the patio chairs. I stood in silence, listening to the flow of questions and answers between them. Lisa was obviously filling in for our older sister, Andrea, and would give her and Caroline a detailed report in private once they returned.

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When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

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And the winners are…..

Happy Friday! This week has gone by fast! I have to say my blogging highlight was participating in my first Blog Hop in celebration of Loving Day on June 12, where I shared why I write Interracial Romance. Today I am happy to announce the winners of the contest who will receive an eBook copy of my novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken!

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A Heart Not Easily Broken(Butterfly Memories) by M.J.Kane

I received this wonderful review for A Heart Not Easily Broken on Amazon yesterday…after a long day, it made me smile. Reviews like this remind me that taking the time and putting in the hard work can pay off in the end. There’s nothing an author wants more than a happy reader! Thank you! 🙂

“This was my first time reading a book by M.J. Kane and I loved it. This book was so different from other IR books. Most IR books make you think that the couple’s relationship is fine and nobody has a problem seeing it. We live in the real world and no that that is not true. This author shows you the issues that the couples are really faced with. It may be complete strangers or even your friends and family that have a problem with it. I was glad that Ebony and Brian’s love was able to overcome the obstacles. Now I’m ready to read book #2.”

If you haven’t read A Heart Not Easily Broken, or the next Butterfly Memoir in the series, Jaded, visit this link to learn more about the series and the books. Hang out for a little while and read the First Chapters, check out the Character Bio’s, Diary Post, and Deleted Scenes!

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#Loving Day Blog Hop: True Love Sees No Color, No Bounds

When I decided to write my first novel, I was nervous. I had never written anything other than a thirty page FanFic, and the idea of writing a complete story, especially one that involved love scenes, scared me. Yet, my Muse would not let me give up. So, I grabbed a laptop and started writing.

I knew from the beginning my heroine would be a black woman who was goal-oriented, lived clear across country from where she grew up, an was not looking for or in need of romance. I knew there would be a traumatic experience that would change her life and force her to question her ability to continue on the path she’d laid out for herself. What I did not know was what type of man would convince her to fall in love with him and have the ability to support her in all things, even when he does not realize there is a problem.

Being an African-American woman, you would think the hero would be a black man.

My Muse saw things differently.

I remember sitting on my bed writing the chapter in which Ebony Campbell first meets the hero. Now, mind you, this was in 2009 and the story was in its infant stages. The original scene had her and her friends at the beach when she meets a really handsome black man whom she flirts with. During the course of their conversation, his roommate approaches and the two characters are introduced. Brian Young is a blond haired, blue-eyed, white man with a devilishly handsome smile and cocky attitude. Something about him at that moment caught Ebony’s eye, and more importantly, my imagination.

Three years, and many revisions later, the black man that originally caught Ebony’s attention faded into the background, and Brian Young, rooted himself in both of our hearts. Thus, my decision to write Interracial Romance began.

I have not been in an interracial relationship, but I am a firm believer that love has no bounds. Skin color should not be the determining factor as to whether or not you allow yourself to be attracted to another person, nor fear of racial differences.  While family and friends have the ability to influence our decisions, it is up to us to decide what will make us happy. I tell my children if they fall in love with someone who is not black, the only thing that will concern me will be whether or not that person is good to them, loves them, and makes them happy…race does not matter.

Easier said than done, right? Even in 2013, when interracial dating is politically correct and a lot of people with raciest attitudes are dying off (as one fan who has read my book told me, lol) people’s thoughts about IR relationships behind closed doors still exist.

While writing A Heart Not Easily Broken, I researched couples who are in interracial relationships, read articles, books, questioned a few people I knew who were in relationships or the children of  IR couples. I imagined what my reactions would be like if I were Ebony, realistic reactions, not ones that are politically correct. I researched the marriage statistics of interracial couples (black women/white men to be exact) in different areas of the country. I watched couples in the city where I live. I say all of this because I wanted to be sure the story I wrote  focused on Ebony and Brian’s relationship realistically and not ignore or make up situations that would not ring true.

A Heart Not Easily Broken is a story about more than a black woman and white man struggling to be together. It is a story about two people from different backgrounds who recognize love when they find it. Yes, there are some issues the heroine faces because her upbringing is far different from Brian’s. She’s from the South where regardless of what we see on TV, the news, or any other media source, negative influences from family and friends still happen. Though it’s not as negative as it was in the past, it almost an unspoken thing that a young black woman knows bringing a white man home to momma may not go over very well. Despite the fact Ebony is a grown woman who has lived in California for the past seven years, it does not take away from her personal fear that her parents may not support her decision to be with Brian. As their relationship grows, Ebony’s fear dissipates and leads to a love that she never imagined existed.

I am proud to say A Heart Not Easily Broken has received over 80 5-Star Reviews from Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble readers. My biggest compliment came a few weeks ago by a reviewer who said her child is in an interracial relationship and she could relate to the experiences had by Brian and Ebony.

If you are looking for stories that focus on human nature, finding love where you least expect it, and the ability to overcome the trials life throws at you, the The Butterfly Memoirs are for you.  To learn more, follow this link.

In celebration of Loving Day, I am giving away two eBook copies of A Heart Not Easily Broken. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 14th! To enter the context, leave a comment and share the reason why you love reading Interracial Romance. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

***The contest ends 6/13/2013 at 11:59 PM, and the winner will be announced on my blog on Friday, 6/14/2013. Good luck! ***

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A Heart Not Easily Broken(Butterfly Memories) by M.J.Kane

Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond-haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

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#8Sunday- Jaded (Book 2 of The Butterfly Memoirs)- What would you do?

Sometimes the decisions we make in our lives can lead to awkward situations. Yasmine’s decision to quit working at her families business leave her without a roof over her head. While waiting for an apartment, an offer comes from the place she least expects it….

Excerpt:

“Stay here.”

Yasmine and I both stared at my mom. She rolled her eyes.

“Am I speaking a foreign language? I have plenty of room and could use the company. I’ve been thinking of renting a room for a while now.”

My eyebrows shot up as I met my mother’s gaze. She always said she liked living alone.

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So…what would you do if the mother of the man your sleeping with offered to let you live with her? What does Yasmine do? Are the results good or bad?

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Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Interracial Romance

A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.

New to The Butterfly Memoirs Series? Catch up with A Heart Not Easily Broken (Book One of The Butterfly Memoirs)

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Let’s Talk About It: What Does Friendship Mean To You?

What is the meaning of the word friend? According to Dictionary.com, a friend is: a person attached to another by affection or regard.

During the course of our lives, we have friends on many different levels. There are acquaintances, people we are friendly with at work or socially. There are also people we do not view as being hostile – yet is considered a friend or friendly. People who donate to charity are considered friends of that organization.

What about the act of being a friend, or to be more exact, friendship?

The definition of friendship is:

1.) The state of being a friend, association as friends

2.) friendly relation or intimacy

3.) friendly feeling or disposition.

(Dictionary.com)

As children, there were people we hung out with, got in trouble with, and made lasting memories with. Many of them may have navigated their way in and out of our lives over time. Yet, there is always that one – if we’re lucky, two – people who managed to dig their way in and mean something. Those are the friends we would stand up for, help in times of trouble, and if the situation called for it, give our lives. And they would do the same.

This type of friendship is addressed in, A Heart Not Easily Broken. Ebony Campbell, the heroine, shares a home with her two best friends, Yasmine Phillips, and Kaitlyn Rodgers, whom she met while in college. The three women have gone through the difficulties of maturing for the past six years. They know each other’s secrets, motivations, and fears.

When Ebony must deal with a situation that, even though it has damaged her, has the potential to devastate one of her friends, she has a decision to make. Does she tell her friend and begin healing emotionally from the damage done, yet knowingly destroy her best friend’s already damaged heart? Or, does she keep it bottled up, putting her friends feelings first, and protect the friendship that means so much to her?

Now, here’s a question: Would you be willing to keep a deep, dark secret from your best friend if you knew it could devastate them in the end, no matter what it would do to you?

MJ

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Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

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#TeaserTuesday- Jaded- Split Second Decision

Sometimes in life we come to that moment when the pressure of living up to what our family expects of us gets to a point we can’t take it any longer. We snap. In the heat of the moment, things are said that can not be taken back and we’re forced to live with the consequences. Sometimes those decisions are the catalyst needed to reach our life-time goals….

Excerpt:

“Rachael,” my father snapped, “that’s uncalled for.”

“No it’s not, Joe. You’ve seen the signs. It’s time we stopped talking about it and put it out on the table.”

I looked at my father. “Put what on the table?”

My father shook his head and sighed. “Yasmine, we love you, we really do, but your personal life is beginning to affect your work. I don’t know what’s going on, but you need to fix it. Or else…we’re not going to have any choice…”

I stared at both of my parents. The two people who brought me into this world and cared for me were supposed to have my back. Were they serious?

“You’re going to fire me?”

The room went silent. I turned and saw my brother’s shell-shocked expression mirrored my own. His mouth had fallen open, but he apparently didn’t know what to say.

I did.

I pulled together the dignity I had left, gathered my business plan, and crammed it into my bag.

Never had I felt so betrayed in my life. First, Carlos, then Javan, and now my parents.

“You know, you’re right. I do need to get my personal life together. I’ve put what everyone else needs or wants first for too long. Look what it got me. Nothing.” I stepped around my chair and shoved it back to the table, not caring about whether it damaged her perfect white tile. “Now it’s time for me. You don’t have to worry about firing me. I quit.”

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Does Yasmine’s decision to quit the family business lead to long-term happiness?

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A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.

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#SampleSunday- The Jaded Hero

The fun part about writing is developing the characters. In a series, you struggle to keep the reoccurring character’s voice the same, yet give it a life of its own.  When writing a new male character, you want him to be strong and sure like your previous hero – you know, the one every female reader fell in love with – yet he has to be different. Well for Jaded, Zachariah Givens does the trick.

If you’ve meet Yasmine Phillips, you know she has a strong personality. In A Heart Not Easily Broken, she never hesitates to tell her friends exactly what type of man or relationship she’s looking for.  She appears to be happy, then just like that, her dreams evaporate, leaving her heart broken and wary. She’s unsure of her finding a man who will ever love her.

So I asked myself…when a woman has been hurt like that, what type of man would it take to convince her to love again?

My answer: the complete opposite of what she’s used to.

Zachariah is a little older, a loner, and very intelligent. He’s good with his hands and is a technological wiz who can tear electronic equipment down and fix it with his eyes closed. No, he is not a gamer or a nerd. He prefers to sit back and observe people and what goes on around him.  He thinks before he opens his mouth.

I think Yasmine put it best when she says, “He held a quiet confidence that was never to be boasted.”

Zachariah also has some personal issues to overcome, first and foremost, trusting another woman with his heart. Like Yasmine, he too has been jaded.

Here’s an excerpt from his point of view…the quiet, yet very passionate hero:

Excerpt:

Over the past year, my life had turned into nothing but wide-open space and emptiness.

Life was perfect when Melissa and I bought the condo. She found the place just as it went on the market. The loft was part of a warehouse converted into loft condominiums and featured a great view of the city. It was on the outskirts of town, thirty minutes from anywhere, as long as traffic wasn’t too bad.

Large windows ate an entire wall, leaving magnificent views, and plenty of natural light, day or night. I loved the open floor plan of the living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one area with no walls to separate it. A small half bath hid beneath stairs leading up to the open bedroom and master bathroom.

My eyes traveled up from where I stood in the kitchen to the rail that marked the end of the bedroom. Visions of Melissa wearing lingerie to entice came to mind. One look at what she wore and I would be upstairs in a heartbeat.

Back then, the place was full of furniture, life, laughter, and love.

Melissa liked to decorate. Nearly every paycheck she brought home went towards something new to make this place ours. If electronics were my vice, shopping and decorating were hers. I didn’t mind because I made enough to pay the bills.

Man, she knew how to make a house a home. Pictures, flowers …everything modern and clean.

When she decided she didn’t want to wait around to see if my mother lived or died, she cleaned the place out, taking everything except for the bed and kitchen table. Guess those items were too big to move.

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***TRIVIA QUESTION! What is the name of the drummer in Diverse Nation?***

Autumn landscape

A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.

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 Having fun visiting the blog tour stops? I hope so! There are only two stops left! Two more chances to answer the A Heart Not Easily Broken Trivia Questions for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

Jaded Book Tour Prizes:

4th: $10 Amazon Gift Card

3rd:  eBook copy of Jaded

2nd: Autographed copy of Jaded

1st: Autographed copy of A Heart Not Easily Broken and Jaded

Once the contest ends, you will have a week to revisit the blog tour stops, or re-read (or buy a copy and read :)) A Heart Not Easily Broken to find the answers and email them to: thebutterflymemoirs@yahoo.com. The winners will be announced on my blog and by email Tuesday, April 9th. Good luck, and thank you for your support!

MJ

Jaded – Book Two of The Butterfly Memoirs Blog Tour!

Welcome to the Jaded Blog Tour!!!

I don’t know who’s more excited…me, readers, or the characters!

Today marks the release of the second novel in The Butterfly Memoirs Series….YAY!!!! For those of you who have followed me for the past year, and have read A Heart Not Easily Broken, you have met Yasmine Phillips. Throughout the novel, she came across to many as confident, a bit loose, and stuck on herself. By the end of the novel, she was a devastated woman left to pick up the pieces from a relationship she thought was real. A lot of readers thought her reaction to learning about Ebony and Javan would be different based on the way she’s depicted.

But as they say, never judge a book by its cover.

And now it’s time to pull back the cover of Jaded

Autumn landscape

A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.

 And of course with the new book comes a CONTEST!!!!

Follow this link to the Jaded Blog Tour Schedule and Contest Information! 

Good luck and thanks for your support!!!

MJ