#SampleSunday- Love, Trust, and Secrets

The reality of relationships is there will always be secrets. Sometimes it’s good to keep a secret, sometimes it isn’t. What happens when  the truth comes out? Can a couple who seem to have the perfect relationship find their way back to happiness after their ability to trust each another has been tested?

Some secrets are worse than infidelity…

Excerpt:

Why didn’t I think about this before?

I was so stupid.

I pushed the button on my phone and brought the screen saver to life. An image of our wedding day appeared. Zack stood behind me, his hands wrapped around my waist possessively. Smiles of contentment, love, and joy were on our faces.

Four days of wedded bliss felt as if it happened a million years ago.

How were we ever going to find that feeling again?

I said a brief prayer, then sent Zack another text apologizing and begging him to come home. The chances of him replying to the text were greater than expecting him to answer the phone.

After all, he wasn’t sure how he felt about me.

I had to remain positive. Negativity already permeated our relationship.

I had to believe he would forgive me. I had to believe my husband would return to me.

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Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, 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.

 

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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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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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The Start of a New Relationship

Today I visited my good friend, and coffee aficionado, Synitha Williams, and share a snippet of my novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, which is on sale this month for .99 cents!

 

The Start of a New Relationship.

#8Sunday- A Heart Not Easily Broken- Changes

Events in Ebony Campbell’s life have lead to drastic changes in her daily activities. No matter how much she tries to hide it, those close to her know something is up. Sometimes a  secret isn’t as hidden as you think…

Excerpt: 

Brian was right, Ebony had changed. Her hard work and dedication to her job were nothing new. But once he left, she started working harder than usual.

She ate, slept, worked, and talked to him when she could. But when it came to Kaitlin and me…

I could understand why she avoided us. After all, we were spending time with our boyfriends while she waited by the phone. And the three months without sex thing…damn.

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Interview with Raine Delight!

Today I welcome  author Raine Delight. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to her via Facebook and the fact that she writes for two different types of Romance  is very interesting!  Grab that cup of coffee and take a moment to meet her!

Red Hot Magic Cover

Welcome, Raine!


What inspired you to write?

Actually it was reading one too many books that had too stupid to live heroines and heroes who made me want to scream. An author friend dared me to write something better and after a few tries I got my first book, Sticky Magic, as well as my first series set up.

What genre do you write? Did you choose it, or did it choose you?

I write Paranormal Contemporary, either M/F or M/M, depending on the how my characters want to go. I love paranormal, contemporary stories and felt right at home with them.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I work from home so I have a bit of a flexible schedule. I normally write during the day when kids are at school and sometimes after they are in bed depending on if the story really gets its grip in me.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like having green tea and skittles nearby if I need a break and I need music for background noise. Sometimes the music even makes it into the story. J

Are you a pantser or plotter?

I am a pantser all the way. I tried an outline once…my muse laughed his fool head off and proceeded to take the story in a completely other direction. Let’s just say outlines and myself are not good bedfellows. J

Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?

It all depends…sometimes I draw from experiences in a bakery I used to work at like I did in my latest story, Moonlight Masquerade found in the On Valentine’s Day Anthology or other jobs but otherwise it is all make believe.

Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Write every day or whenever you can. Read whatever genre you want to read. Talk to other authors, let yourself learn as you write your books and eventually things do stick in your head when you write. J

Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?

RD: I am published through Secret Cravings. I have six books there right now and plan to send in three more to them this year and I also am involved in two anthologies a bunch of us got together and self-published. Both anthologies I am in, Hot Summer Fun & On Valentine’s Day were both best sellers at All Romance Ebookstore and on Amazon Kindle. I also have another story I am getting ready to self-publish called Second Chance at Love on my own.

What are your current projects?

I am promoting my story Moonlight Masquerade, now out in the On Valentine’s Day Anthology then I am getting into my next Devon Falls story, Mistletoe & Magic (Paranormal M/M) and I am eager to get to my space pirates finished and sent out for submission.

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Mysterious roses keep popping up on Skylar Everclear’s doorstep. No idea what is going, a little disturbed by this secret admirer, he tries to forget it all since he just got rid of the latest line of loser boyfriends and just wants to do his job at the local bakery. But when he meets his new neighbor, Marc Douglas, he finds himself drawn to the quiet young man even as he tries to not let his libido take over. But on Valentine’s Day, a mysterious rose again pops up with a note to meet his admirer that night. Will Skylar take a chance that this time, love is right there waiting for him?

Excerpt:

Skylar opened his door and groaned. Another damn rose was lying on his doormat. It ticked him off that he had no idea who was doing this but every freaking night this week he either came home to a rose on his porch or opened the door to it. It was enough to feel creeped out now. He looked around, seeing no one, shut the door with a soft click and leaned against the door in despair. It has been three months since he threw out his lover, Saul, after catching him fucking some other guy after one of the numerous block parties the neighborhood held in the summer and autumn months and frankly he didn’t know what to do anymore. All he did was work, sleep and work some more. He always seemed to pick those guys who are bound to break his heart.

“I must have ‘Loser’ tattooed on my forehead the last few years.” Skylar muttered to himself.  “Why can’t I find a nice guy for once? One who won’t lie, cheat or steal and break my heart by telling me I wasn’t good enough for them.” Sighing, Skylar grabbed his backpack, keys and cell phone as he hurried to get ready for work. As a baker in the local bakery, his day started earlier than many others. With Valentine’s around the corner, he was working longer than normal hours. He was in the bakery at 4 am and not coming home till almost five at night. It made for long hellish days but he enjoyed what he did. Plus he enjoyed seeing the people enjoy his desserts and hey, the paycheck after days like this made a nice chunk of change in his bank account. His mind on what items he needed to get done for the next few days, he opened then shut his door, locked it and made sure to pick up the rose before he stepped all over it, crushing the fragile blooms. As he turned and walked to his car, he wondered who his mysterious admirer was.

Skylar’s day got off to a good start at work as he hummed a long with a local radio station playing 80’s rock bands while he rolled out dough for cookies, breads and made delicate fruit pastries. He was finally able to take a quick break around noon when the front sales person, Marlene, poked her head in the doorway saying they needed more pastry hearts. Seemed everyone was buying those desserts for their significant other, or ordering the smaller ones for class or office parties. He sighed as the fleeting dream of getting off his feet for ten minutes went on by as he got to work making more goodies. By the time five o’clock hit, Skylar was exhausted but pleased. They sold out of many of the Valentine themed items and the specialty breads were also almost gone. He made a note on the dry-erase board what needed to be replaced tomorrow and clocked out, waving to the front sales people as he went through the door to the parking lot.

Shivering as he hurried to his car, Skylar fumbled with his keys before unlocking the door and sliding into the seat. Turning the heat up on high, he waited a bit before putting his car in drive to go home. All he wanted to do was grab a shower, order a pizza and veg in front of the television. He was so exhausted it wasn’t funny. Watching couples come into the bakery or men buying items for their partners/girlfriends was a downer to be sure. He never liked Valentine’s Day to begin with. He felt it was a holiday that Hallmark cards liked so they could guilt people into buying cheesy cards and florist could raise the prices of roses so high it was mind boggling. He never had a nice Valentine’s Day where a lover surprised him with dinner or gave him something romantic or funny or sweet. He was always alone on Valentine’s day and he tried to make sure he didn’t have to deal with people who were so sugary sweet they made his teeth ache. Finally feeling the car heat up, he drove off determined to not think of hearts, flowers and all the things associated to Valentine’s Day. It was for couples, people in love and not for him.

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Interview with Synithia Williams!

For the past year, I’ve had the privilage of getting to know Synithia Williams. It’s amazing what wonderful people you can meet on Twitter! We started off as “Coffee Diva’s” along with three other amazing women, giving each other shout out’s and toasting our ‘virtual’ mugs every morning, all the while encouraging one another to keep writing, and never get discouraged. I am proud to say that a few weeks ago, Synithia’s first novel, You Can’t Plan Love, was published by Crimson Romance! Today, she’s dropped by to share a little about herself, her writing process, and her wonderful book!

Every writer has their own story as to why they chose to write.  What inspired you?

There wasn’t anything particularthat inspired me to write—that I can remember. Writing stories is something I’vealways done. I didn’t work on novels consistently, but I would always make upstories about random situations, write in a diary and start the first chapterof a story idea. A co-worker who packed up her family and went to law schoolinspired me to take my writing seriously. If she could pursue a dream, so couldI.
You have a very important day job. Can you share a bit ofinformation about it and how it relates to your main character, KenyattaCopeland?
I’m the Environmental Coordinatorfor Lexington County in South Carolina. So my days are filled with waterquality, air quality and other sustainability projects. Our largest newspaperdubbed me as a Green Queen in 2010 and I really appreciated that and the otherrecognitions I’ve gotten. As I wrote You Can’t Plan Love, I needed a career formy main character. I felt more comfortable putting her in an environmentalfield—that whole write what you know idea—than putting her in another career.
With your work responsibilities and being a wife and mother, how doyou find time to write?
I make time to write. My kids go tobed every weeknight at 8 p.m. and I try to write around 9 p.m. I also keep a notebookor my iPad with me and write story ideas, outlines and snippets of scenes whenI’m on lunch break or have time between meetings. On the weekends I write whenthe boys are napping, and sometimes when they’re awake. My biggest distractionnow is social media, I’ll lose an hour or more doing that if I’m not careful.
I have a purple amethyst stone that sets on my desk to encouragecreativity. Do you have any special rituals you do to get ready to write?
I usually get a glass of wine(white in summer and red in winter) and popcorn before writing at night. I’vealways loved unusual food pairings and wine and popcorn work when I’m writing.
Are you a pantser or plotter?
A little bit of both. I alwayswrite a story outline to map out the major events in the story. The problem isthat when I write the characters may take the story somewhere else. So an eventin my outline either no longer make sense, happens at a different point than Iexpected or is completely re-vamped.
As writers, we often find inspiration from news events, people weknow, or even our own life experiences. Do any of your stories reflect parts of your life experiences?  Can you share and example?
I do draw inspiration from randomthings that happen in my life. The most obvious in this story is my experienceworking in water quality. I will admit that I can understand some of Kenyatta’sfrustrations with her past dating experience. The idea that men only wanted herfor sex is something I’ve thought about and discussed with friends. Thatthought gave me the idea of a woman trying to plan her love life because she’s beenhurt in the past. I on the other hand, I couldn’t commit to planning my lovelife. I went total opposite of my “type” and ended up with my husband.
Congratulations on the publication of your first book! As a newlypublished author, do you have any advice to share with others who just startedtheir own publishing journey?
Keep writing! When you’re queryingand getting rejections it’s easy to say “I give up” but don’t. I wrote mysecond book while querying my first and also started my third. If writing iswhat you want to do, don’t put all your eggs in one basket (i.e. story). Keepwriting, researching and improving your craft.
Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?
I’m went with an e-book publisher,Crimson Romance a new imprint of F&W Media, to jump in on the digitalrevolution without taking the time required to format, design a book cover, etcthat comes with self publishing.
What are your current projects?
I’ve recently sent my second bookto my editor (fingers crossed she likes it). You meet the hero, JaredPatterson, in You Can’t Plan Love. He’s Malcolm’s brother.  Here is a quick logline to tell you what it’sabout: When a virgin frustratedby her nonexistentdating life, asks a playboy for a one-night stand, can they really ignore theirattraction after the affair?

After several bad relationships, Kenyatta Copleland decidesto control her life with the same discernment she uses in her professionallife.
Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotionrule a relationship, Kenyatta assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to astable life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard toignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just onelook. After Malcolm, learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heartand reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks…but alsoits costs. When Brad suspects there’s more than work between Kenyatta andMalcolm, he works harder to keep Kenyatta by his side. Torn between her promiseto marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decideif she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convince or once againtrust her heart. Yet Brad isn’t as perfect as he seems, and by the timeKenyatta realizes this it may be too late. 


Excerpt: 

Kenyatta scoffed. “Well it sounds likeyou’re spending way too much time paying attention to me and my relationship.”
“Why not pay attention to it? I thinkit’s fascinating to watch a smart, beautiful woman try and convince herselfshe’s in love with a man who doesn’t even arouse her.”
Her brown eyes widened, sparking fire.She had never looked so damn tempting. He took a step toward her, but she wastoo angry to notice. She pointed her finger at his chest again and tried topush him back.
“You have no idea what you’re talkingabout. Brad does arouse me.”
“Liar.”
“How can you begin to makeinterpretations about our sex life?”
“You never have the look of a womanwho’s had a great night of sex.”
She laughed caustically. “Really,that’s your answer? Unlike the chicks you bring through here, I don’t need toput on a show for the world to see that I’m having sex. I’m not going to walkaround in yesterday’s clothes with my hair flying all over my head just toprove a point.”
“It’s not about putting on a show; it’sabout the look in your eyes when you talk about him or see him. You don’t lookat him as if he knows all your secrets and all the ways to turn you on.”
“For your information, Bradknows…enough about me to keep me happy.”
“That’s not the same as arousing you.”
“There’s more to a relationship thanarousal. What we had—have is built on more than that.”
He rolled his eyes. “Yeah, patience andunderstanding.”
She nodded. “Yes, and for yourinformation, he does arouse me. He’s the best…I’ve ever…had.”
“That’s such a lie you can’t even sayit with a straight face.”
“And how would you know?”
He stepped closer and lowered hisvoice. “Because I arouse you every day and you try to pretend like I don’t. I’mnot a fool, Kenyatta. I can tell when a woman wants me.”
Anger flared in her eyes, and her cocoaskin flushed with emotion. “You conceited bastard! You think that every womanin the world is ready to fall at your feet. You’re the epitome of what I don’twant in a man. Cocky, chauvinistic, and convinced he’s God’s gift to women.”
“Not women, Kenyatta, just you.” Hepulled her into his arms. Before she could utter another word, his mouthcrushed down on hers. She stood against him motionless for a second beforeresponding to his kiss.
Malcolm’s original intention was toprove his point. He knew she was attracted to
him,and her accusation of his conceit hit a nerve. But as soon as she melted in hisarms, he forgot his reason for kissing her and got lost in the feel of her softlips against his. He’d never wanted a woman as badly as he wanted her. Malcolmsqueezed her butt, pressing her against him so she could feel how she affectedhim.

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