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 



#IWSG Business & The Writing Blahs

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


I’m not sure where the time goes, but today heralds the April version of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! On this day we release our neuroses to the world and also offer encouragement to those who are feeling insecure about their writing. If you’d like to join the group, click here to sign up. While you’re at it, visit someone you haven’t visited with before and leave them some encouragement.

For IWSG News, here goes …

The IWSG Anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, comes out on May 1. Click on this link to hop over to the book’s page and pre-order your copy today!

The IWSG Goodreads Group will be discussing Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder on May 23. Be sure to participate. 
The optional discussion for today is - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 

We all slow down at some point or another in our writing. At times, it can be hard to figure out why we do what we do especially when we hit a roadblock or the journey doesn’t seem worth it. I’m not recommending this for everybody, but one solution that works for me is to step away from writing for a bit.

There’s life, which never stops churning, there are good books (as evidenced by the hundreds of them on my kindle) and there is also the opportunity for a brainstorming session to keep the creative juices flowing. Most of all though, when the way seems cloudy, I remember the reason I started writing – for the love of it. That’s usually enough to refocus my energy and keep me going.

How do you combat the blahs? What’s your solution for keeping them away? What’s the first thing you do when doubt, discouragement, and fear show up?



And last, but not least, I've been busy as usual and had a book release in March. This one was a departure from the norm for me, but I had some awesome editors and my wonderful publisher, Garden Avenue Press, that made the publishing process a breeze. Here's my latest book baby! The Thick of Things falls into the category of women's fiction, but with strong romantic elements. It is a tale of love, devastating loss, and second changes. If you want to find out more, check here.

Thanks for stopping in. See you on the rounds!

Reader Love Tour!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Do you love reading romance books featuring people of color?

Join us on the Reader Love Tour & Giveaway where it’s all about YOU.

Enter daily giveaways for African American, Interracial, and Multicultural Romance books by the participating authors on BlackLoveBooks.com and several prizes including a six month KU subscription (or $60 Amazon Gift Card). 

Participating Authors: Amarie Avant | Bella Fontaine | Chiquitad Dennie | Dana Pittman | Danyelle Scroggins | DeiIra Smith-Collard | G.L. Tomas | J. Nichole | J.L. Campbell | Ja'Nese Dixon | Janae Keyes | Kim Golden | ML Preston | Monica L. Smith | Rachelle Ayala | Savannah J. Frierson | Sheena Binkley | Suzette D. Harrison | Suzette Riddick | Taige Crenshaw | Tasha L. Harrison

Enter for a chance to win!

Enter here: http://www.blacklovebooks.com/book-bargains/reader-love-tour/

Discombobulated Much? #SundaySample

Sunday, April 1, 2018


Here's hoping you're having a wonderful Easter Sunday. My Sunday Sample today is from - you guessed it - The Thick of Things. Enjoy!

I was a little of everything—embarrassed, confused, speechless. How could he be so sure I was what he wanted? 

No matter what he thought, I had too much going on to be adding a relationship to the list.

“What are you afraid of, Khalila?”

My name on his tongue was a caress that scattered my thoughts. 

“It’s not that I’m afraid of anything.” I pulled my hand out of his and drank the rest of the water while gathering my thoughts. “My divorce isn’t final yet and…” 

My mind settled on Amir, who I didn’t want to think about now. Softly, I sighed. “It’s too early to be thinking about a relationship with anybody.”

“We’ve gone way past the point of thinking about what’s happening between us. I’m not asking you to marry me, but I’m interested in you.” His voice softened and I had to concentrate to hear his words. “Give me the chance to show you that what we did wasn’t only about sex.”

I didn’t know what to say, so I held my silence.

His gaze was analytical and he didn’t seem to expect a response. The longer he looked at me, the more my heart rate accelerated. It was ridiculous that at my age any man could get this kind of response from me.

“I hope that wasn’t all it was for you,” he said.

It took me a few seconds to catch up with him, but I didn’t answer. I was too busy trying not to squirm at the image of him on top of me in his bed.

After reading his watch, Douglas smiled. Why, I didn’t know, but it was a genuine gesture that made 
me want to respond in the same way.

“Are you ready?” he asked.

Nodding, I got out of my seat.

Douglas didn’t crowd me, but let me walk ahead of him. As I wove through the tables, I greeted a few members of the working team, who would also be leaving the hotel today.

Once we were out of the restaurant, Douglas touched my arm and directed me toward the elevator.

“Aren’t you leaving today?” I asked.

“Yes, I’m just making sure you get to where you’re going.”

Putting a smile in my voice, I said, “I’m not likely to get lost on my way upstairs.”

“I didn’t think so.” He laughed and eased both hands into the pockets of his shorts. “I’m simply doing what any decent man would do.”

My cheeky grin conveyed gratefulness and understanding. “Carry on, then.”

​He nodded and in silence, we walked to the elevator. When it was a few floors away, he faced me. “I want to ask one favor of you.”

“What’s that?”

“Answer your phone when I call, okay?”

He stepped in close, kissed my cheek and then brushed his lips across mine.

I sucked in my breath and opened my mouth, wanting more of him, but he stepped back.

The elevator opened and he urged me forward with a gentle hand to my back.

​I walked inside, asking myself what kind of game Douglas was playing. Why would he start something he couldn’t finish, not to mention leave me hot and bothered?

As the doors closed, our gazes locked and I swore that man knew exactly what he was doing and the state he’d left me in.

Busby, Campbell, Hampton & Watson Book Blast

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for fiction authors Lisa Watson, Nicole Hampton, J.L. Campbell and Perry Busby. This tour will run March 29, 2018.  Follow the tour here.   Book your own tour here.


About the Author

J.L. Campbell is fascinated with Jamaican flora and has hundreds of photos to prove it. She writes contemporary and sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, as well as new and young adult novels.

Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, has written twenty-seven books and two short story collections. She is also a certified editor.

Website: http://www.joylcampbell.com



About the Book

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?

Genre: Contemporary Romance
About the Author

 National bestselling author, Lisa Watson, is a native of Washington D.C., and writes in the Multicultural & Interracial, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, and Sweet Romance genres. 

Having her debut novel nominated for Best Contemporary Fiction, sparked Lisa’s desire to continue creating engaging storylines, strong characters with universal appeal, and a keen sense of humor. They are drawn together by love, respect, and a strong family ties.

Lisa loves traveling, so weaving beautiful destinations into the pages of her novels as lush backdrops, or the heritage of her characters is not uncommon.



About the Book

Danger doesn’t make an appointment…it just shows up.
When Sasha Lambert’s debut novel, The Passport Diaries, hits the bookstores it quickly becomes a bestseller. Her ex-boyfriend, and Greek tycoon, Milo Georgopoulos, believes one of the characters in the book sheds a not-so-positive light on his own extracurricular activities. He gives Sasha an ultimatum: Ditch the book or else.

Retired football player, Pierce Deveraux thinks he too has been placed between the pages of The Passport Diaries. Determined to make Sasha pay for putting a ding in his knight-in-shining-armor image, Pierce contemplates how best to even the score.

Suddenly strange things start happening wherever Sasha goes. Even her twin sister, Dr. Sienna Lambert-Deveraux worries for her safety. With an adoring assistant, an ambitious publicist, and jealous ex-lover vying for her attention, Sasha soon finds herself at the center of dangerous tug-of-war.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
About the Author

Nicole Hampton is a compassionate woman, who loves to create stories readers can relate to in a way that validates situations that occur daily the lives of many. Her love for reading developed at an early age. She often spent hours becoming lost in the worlds of characters of her favorite books. Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, reading offered an opportunity for Nicole to dream about life outside of her community and fed her desire to want to explore the world beyond her modest surroundings.

Nicole earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and utilizes the skills and knowledge learned to address the issues presented in her debut novel Glimmer in the Darkness in a manner that allows people to connect and understand the struggles of her characters. Nicole lives in North Carolina, is a dedicated wife and mother of six, who spends any time she can snatch, developing characters and story lines to share with her readers. Her second novel, Tears of the Storm, will release in summer of 2018.


About the Book

For Shannon Johnson, full-time wife, mom and freelance writer, life as she knew it changed one spring afternoon with the ringing of her doorbell. On the other side stood Vaneetra James, former mistress of Shannon’s husband, Daniel. With two sons, Shannon resisted the urge to leave Daniel in order to keep her family intact. However, she refused to deal with the issues resulting from Daniel’s extramarital affair.

When Shannon thought her life couldn’t get any worse, a tragic turn of events in Vaneetra’s life turned Shannon’s already fractured world upside down, sending her marriage into an even deeper peril.

Feeling desperate and trapped, Shannon made a series of rash decisions that landed her in the arms of another man, bringing her already fragile world crashing downward. Having to come to grips with the reality that the man she once thought was extraordinary was just ordinary, she had to trudge the road of forgiveness, while learning to love again and accept what she never imagined could ever exist.

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction
                              About the Author

Perry Busby is an author and founder of Buzz Word Publishing. In addition to writing, he is a freelance programmer and data analyst. His client list includes both government and private organizations; from NASA, to the Federal Reserve Bank, and political campaigns; from Fortune 100 companies to non-profit organizations and local business. 

After 30 years of designing and analyzing software and data, Perry now turns his creative energies and keyboard to write about a journey that has been just as adventuresome as it has been nerdy. When he isn’t writing, Perry dedicates time to engage and counsel minority youth and college students on the obstacles and opportunities of working within the IT sector.  

Website: http://www.buzzwordpublishing.com


About the Book

Phil Jacobson, a young African-American computer enthusiast and hacker, lands a prized position as a programmer with Intellect Technology Incorporated, a leading technology company. While coping with being one of a select few minority programmers the company has recently hired, Phil discovers a fellow hacker has uncovered evidence that points to his hiring as being part of a more egregious cover up.

On the brink of closing their doors for good, and faced with competition from a growing personal computer industry, Jack Sherman, the CEO of ITI, hedges his bets on his young chief financial officer, Vincent Martello, and a new technology called the Internet. ITI is set to acquire the first Internet browser from WorldNet Labs, a small startup company founded by Phil’s longtime friend, Malcolm Graves. The deal between ITI and WorldNet Labs could potentially be the smartest and most lucrative corporate deal of the century. 

But, ITI’s questionable employment practices, a reported EEOC complaint, and Jack Sherman’s sordid family alliances, could kill the deal in its tracks. Relying on the skills he learned while assisting his father and information he’s gathered from the Underground (a virtual network of computers on a Bulletin Board System), Phil rushes to uncover ITI’s secret past and put an end to what may be the worst deal ever for his friend.

With Charlotte, North Carolina, as the backdrop Perry Busby weaves a suspense tale about a family confronting life’s changes as society prepares for its next disruptive invention, the Internet.

Genre: Mystery
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077138ZPF

Here's a list of our wonderful tour hosts! 

Arlena's Book Reviews http://arlenasbookreviews.blogspot.com
Write Stuff thewritestuffradio.wordpress.com
Musings of a Romance Junkie www.musingsandromance.wordpress.com
Maureen's Musings http://musingsbymaureen.blogspot.com
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com
Books for Book Lovers www.kimpayne.wordpress.com
The Bookworm Lodge www.thebookwormlodge.com
Sheena Binkley sheenabinkley.com
Harper's Court harperscourt77.blogspot.com
Adrienne Thompson Writes authoradriennethompson.blogspot.com
Love Bites and Silk http://www.lovebitesandsilk.co.uk/
Inspire to Read https://lynelleclarkaspiredwriter.blogspot.co.za
Beach Bound Books https://www.beachboundbooks.com/blogging-about-books
Reviews by Crystal http://reviewsbycacb.blogspot.com
All Write RVA Allwriterva.org 
Manic Readers http://www.manicreaders.com
Nothing But Books http://pauletteharper.blogspot.com/
Martha Emms Cognitive Dreamer http://marthaemms.blogspot.com
The Pen & The Needle www.thepenandtheneedle.blogspot.com
All Write Blog https://allwriterva.org/
Allyson Reese http://www.allysonmdeese.com/
March 30 Tee Garner http://teegarner.com
March 30 Susan Noble https://susanleighnoble.wordpress.com


Sitting Here in Limbo ...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

It's been a week since release day, but I'd be remiss if I didn't share a little something from the book. Here's a bird's eye view into Khalila's headspace.
Since Douglas had already paid the bill, we left the rustic wooden gazebo and headed for the parking lot, hand in hand. It felt good to spend time with him this way. Douglas listened keenly whenever I spoke, as if everything I said mattered. I liked that. 

He opened the car he’d rented and helped me get in. As he sat and switched on the engine, he asked, “What about the things we talked about the other day. The stuff you wanted to do?” 


I slid him a glance, grateful he couldn’t look directly at me because I was guilty of not following through on what I told him I would do. “I…I’ve been checking out some recipes and putting some stuff together.”


“If it’s something you're passionate about, and you believe you have the resources to do it, why not get on with it?”


“I plan to…the divorce distracted me.” 


Sad to say, I had done nothing since we talked about my plans. As I looked at Douglas again, I wanted something different from the status quo. I’d been stuck in limbo so long, I’d lost direction. 


Now that I’d met Douglas, I wanted to rediscover the woman I’d been before I lost myself and who better to do that with than someone who knew who he was and what he wanted. 


 If you want to find out more about these two, follow this link.