Sunday Sample - Retribution

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Since I'm showing off this oldie, but goodie this weekend, enjoy this sample from Retribution. Xavier has discovered that Justine has hidden his son for six years, so of course, he gets on her case...

He removed his hand from her grip, ignoring the heat seeping into his face. He didn’t need to be reminded of what her touch did to him. “I don’t care how you explain this to your husband. You figure it out.”

“But Milton is…” She sighed. “Why d’you want to do this. Why can’t we just keep things the way they are now? Why d’you have to stir things up?”

A bark of laughter escaped him. Had she lost her mind? “We’re not talking about a pet. This boy is my son, who you chose to hide to suit your purposes.” Reckless with frustration, Xavier spoke before he thought. “Milton obviously couldn’t give you a son, so you soothed his ego with mine.”

She choked on the insult, which in turn shamed him. He felt as if he’d kicked a puppy. He knew better than to say something like that, even if it was the truth. However, he refused to apologize. He didn’t owe her any kindness. If anything, she owed him a whole lot more than an apology.

Justine pulled her handbag off the back of the chair and dropped it in her lap, still glaring at him. “That’s not true!”

“Why else would you pass off my son as your husband’s child?”

“For a quiet and peaceful life!”

She dragged a handful of tissue out of the bag and blew her nose. With watery eyes, she studied him. He stared back at her, refusing to change course. He smiled, but the gesture had nothing to do with amusement. “Milton must be blind or stupid to believe that boy belongs to him. So much for your quiet and peaceful life.”

She hunched over the table, but he continued to punish her. “Maybe it suits you to think Milton is a fool, like the fool you took me for, but he probably knows what you did. You just refuse to acknowledge that he knows.”

She blew into the tissue again and shoved the wadded paper into her handbag. “There’s no need for you to act like this.”

His forehead throbbed and he struggled not to smash his fists on the table. When he was sure the top of his head hadn’t exploded, Xavier spoke again. “Woman, don’t force me to be rude to you. All I’m prepared to do is give you time to think about how you’re going to arrange for me to meet my son.”

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SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

C. Lee McKenzie has a new release. Be sure to check out her new book!

SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC


By C. Lee McKenzie

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...

Release date – May 15, 2018
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic/Boys & Men
$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844460
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844477

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand. http://cleemckenziebooks.com

 

Bergman and Turner...Reviews

Monday, May 14, 2018


Here some of what I've been reading recently: 

Having read book 3 in this series first, I then jumped back to read the series in order. 

Spade and Alma have such a great relationship in Loose Ends that I wanted to see how their romance came together. 

In short, I loved 1 to 2. Loved how they connected and that Spade knew from the start he was interested in Alma and wanted her in his life. 

They cut to the chase real quick, settling into something that fed both their souls. A smooth, sensuous read that ended all too quickly.

Source: Purchased from Amazon




2 to 4 picked up where 1 to 2 left off and was no less engaging than book 1.

After Spade's injury, the reader saw more development in the relationship between him and Alma and how they navigate the dangers involved in the business he's in, as well as his colourful past that won't let him go. 

These two lovers learn from each other as things change for Spade in the way he thinks about life and his future. Good read.

Cover Note: Love the cover on this book!

Source: Purchased from Amazon




What else can you ask for when you find a man who knows exactly what he wants and isn't afraid to grab hold of it? Cole is that kind of hero. 

Knowing who he is and not getting swell headed is what I liked most about him. I also enjoyed Cole's voice and his persistence when it came to winning Bethany. 

With her, it was good seeing her do exactly what she needed to, before falling in with Cole's plans.

Her situation was all kinds of complicated and I think, like many parents, Bethany allowed her daughter and ex-husband to take advantage. I was rooting for Cole and Bethany to get their HEA and wasn't disappointed.

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Congrats to all the writers in the IWSG Anthology which has been released today through Dancing Lemur Press. It's a great collection, so grab your copy today!

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective (FIC022000) / Crime (FIC050000) / Thrillers (FIC031000)
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.” - Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

 “I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking crime stories.” - Denise Covey, author

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

Tick Tock buy links:
Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/
B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545
ITunes - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11
Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock
Tick Tock Mystery Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TickTockMystery/
Tick Tock Mystery Blog - https://ticktockmysteries.blogspot.co.nz/

Tour Stop ... No Holds Barred #NewRelease

Monday, April 23, 2018


Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour Stephanie Nicole Norris. This tour will run April 23, 2018. Book your own tour here. 

Title: No Holds Barred 
Genre: African American Contemporary Romance 
ASIN: B07C8J6DH9 Read for free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited

                       Meet Stephanie 

Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine. 

After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked, leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. 

As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.  


                                                                                        About the Book

Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla's had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. 

Adapting to her new surroundings isn't easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn't expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight. 

 As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can't explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.
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Sunday Sample - The Long Game

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Today's sample comes from The Long Game, a friends-to-lovers romance.

Ayisha sighed and avoided my eyes. "I've told you already, you can't be the man I need, so it doesn't make sense to try."

"You're hurting my feelings, Ayisha."

She whispered, "You have the hide of an alligator, so try again."

"You have a point, but you also have a way of getting under my skin."

After licking her lips, she said, "Is that right?"

Nodding, I grazed her cheek with my lips. I wasn't sure when we'd gotten so close, but my hand spanned the back of her neck and she didn't move when I nuzzled the skin below her ear. I planted tiny kisses on her skin and when I got to the corner of her mouth, Ayisha turned her head so her lips brushed mine.

A hairsbreadth remained between us, and then my mouth closed over hers. For a second, I wallowed in the pleasure of being this close to her. I nudged her mouth open, wanting all of her sweetness.

The kiss was slow, sweet and filling, like having something I loved but hadn't tasted for a long time. Her tiny moan spurred me on and my tongue delved into her mouth and mated with hers in a slow dance that had me pressing her closer, overcome with the need to lay her down somewhere and …

My phone rang, killing the mood instantly.

Ayisha pushed me away, picked up her glass and took a huge swallow. She might have been trying to wash away our kiss, but I didn't intend to let her off the hook that easy. Now, more than ever, we had things to talk about.

I pulled the phone out of my pocket.

Corinne.

Crap.

I couldn't help the lack of enthusiasm that colored my voice. "Yeah."

"Vance, are we still going out this evening?"

"Did we plan to?"

"Don't you remember we talked about this on Thursday?"

"Oh, we did? My brain must be gathering water."

"At least you recognize that."

"You're not the only one," Ayisha muttered as she took up the pizza box, along with the bamboo mat and walked toward the kitchen.

Corinne couldn't have chosen a worst time to call, but there wasn't anything I could do about it. At least now I knew Ayisha wasn't as immune to me as I thought. The knowledge was enough for me to continue working on her, professional troubles or not.


The Long Game is on Kindle Unlimited. If you're interested in reading more, grab your copy at lrd.to/long-game

Sunday Sample - The Long Game

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Here's today's #SundaySample from The Long Game. Get a glimpse of how things work between friends who become lovers. Did you enter the giveaway at Black Love Books? You have a limited time, so if not, go here ==> https://www.blacklovebooks.com/the-long-game-giveaway/ 

Excerpt:

When we stopped in front of my house and switched off the engine, a peaceful silence descended over the van. 

I pulled in a deep breath and turned my head toward Vance, who took my hand in his, lifted it to his lips and kissed my skin. Our eyes met in the darkness and something indescribably sweet passed between us.

He shifted toward me and his breath brushed my lips. I sighed as our skin touched and my eyes closed. A low growl came from Vance's throat and vibrated through my mouth.

Everything about the kiss was sensual and yet it wasn't. The demanding swirl of his tongue against mine primed me for more and took me to a place where only Vance could transport me. It was a sweet interlude, a sensory overload and a meeting of souls.

When I'd taken from him until I was dizzy, my eyes opened and I murmured. "We forgot to collect Kiki."

"She'll be okay 'til morning."

"Mom is going to say this is turning into a habit every time we go out."

"Aunt Alice is cool. She loves Cookie. Forget the damn dog."

His mouth covered mine again and with each second our kiss changed. It shifted from familiar and drugging to needy and urgent. Moments later we moved apart, our breathing ragged.

We looked at each other and laughter poured from us at the same time. We scrambled from the car, threw the lock on the grille open and rushed into the house. Our urge to make love was as vital as our need for food and air.


Black Love Tour & Giveaway!

Friday, April 13, 2018


Have you checked out the Black Love Book Tour Giveaway? Well, if you haven't, here's your opportunity to participate. For a chance to win a copy of The Long Game, hop over to Black Love Books and enter! https://www.blacklovebooks.com/the-long-game-giveaway/

Here's what the long game is all about ...

Aside from a brief stint of madness during their teen years, Vance James and Ayisha Glenn are not each other’s idea of relationship material. Vance, a financial analyst and avid golfer, is preoccupied with getting his fill of women, and finding that special someone doesn’t factor into his plans. Yet all it takes to turn his world upside down is one remark from Ayisha about his lifestyle. Suddenly, his focus shifts and he’s spending his days trying to prove he can be the man she needs.

Ayisha is a go-getter who knows what she’s about—a successful business, a lifetime with the man of her dreams, and children to complete the picture. Vance is an expert at romance, but with Ayisha it’s all or nothing. She’s waited years for Vance to stop chasing the wind in pursuit of what’s already in front of him. Now that he’s set his heart on having her, will she accept his love?




Enter the giveaway at this link!

Contraband on Sale!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

For a limited time, I'll be running a special on Contraband, a book which is close to my heart. It was the first book that a publisher said yes to and it started the ball rolling for me. 

People are surprised when I tell them, this book took roughly six months to write and five years to bring it to the point where I was comfortable submitting it to a publisher.

The journey has been an interesting one and, this book, one of the most hair raising that I've penned. It's a low-risk investment, so if you haven't read anything from me, this is a great opportunity to try something exiting and different.

The buy link is here.

Sample Sunday ... Retribution

Sunday, April 8, 2018


Today's #SampleSunday snippet comes from an oldie, but goodie - Retribution. It's a story about a woman who ... I think you better read the excerpt to find out what she did.

The customers in the coffee bar went still. The only sound relieving the lull was the cash register’s chatter. Head lowered, Justine picked at something in her lap. Another moment passed before the other customers forgot them and restarted their conversation.

Xavier didn’t give a shit. He suspected Justine was blinking back tears, but reminded himself to stay focused. Remember what she did to you.

“I want to see my son. I want to talk to him. I need to spend time with him.”

She grabbed his wrist, squeezing hard. Tears hung on her lashes. “I…don’t do this. Please…I…”

He removed his hand from her grip, ignoring the heat seeping into his face. He didn’t need to be reminded of what her touch did to him. “I don’t care how you explain this to your husband. You figure it out.”

“But Milton is…” She sighed. “Why d’you want to do this. Why can’t we just keep things the way they are now? Why d’you have to stir things up?”

A bark of laughter escaped him. Had she lost her mind? “We’re not talking about a pet. This boy is my son, who you chose to hide to suit your purposes.” Reckless with frustration, Xavier spoke before he thought. “Milton obviously couldn’t give you a son, so you soothed his ego with mine.”

She choked on the insult, which in turn shamed him. He felt as if he’d kicked a puppy. He knew better than to say something like that, even if it was the truth. However, he refused to apologize. He didn’t owe her any kindness. If anything, she owed him a whole lot more than an apology.

Justine pulled her handbag off the back of the chair and dropped it in her lap, still glaring at him. “That’s not true!”

“Why else would you pass off my son as your husband’s child?”

“For a quiet and peaceful life!”

She dragged a handful of tissue out of the bag and blew her nose. With watery eyes, she studied him. He stared back at her, refusing to change course. He smiled, but the gesture had nothing to do with amusement. “Milton must be blind or stupid to believe that boy belongs to him. So much for your quiet and peaceful life.”

She hunched over the table, but he continued to punish her.

“Maybe it suits you to think Milton is a fool, like the fool you took me for, but he probably knows what you did. You just refuse to acknowledge that he knows.”

She blew into the tissue again and shoved the wadded paper into her handbag. “There’s no need for you to act like this.”

His forehead throbbed and he struggled not to smash his fists on the table. When he was sure the top of his head hadn’t exploded, Xavier spoke again. “Woman, don’t force me to be rude to you. All I’m prepared to do is give you time to think about how you’re going to arrange for me to meet my son.”

Want to know more? Go to lrd.to/retribution