Sunday Sample - DNA

Sunday, December 8, 2019


Today's sample comes to you from DNA, which is coming in January. 

At the sound of his voice, Troy looked up and Junior lowered the tablet. The apprehension in his eyes squeezed Amoy’s heart. She swallowed hard, wishing with her whole heart that the man she married wasn’t such a sneak, and that she had even the whisper of a plan to put things right between them.

Russ laid his hand on top of hers, which rested on her knees. “We didn’t tell you that we’ll be moving away for a while. To Miami.”

Troy pumped his fists. “Wow! When?”

In a few months.

 “But … ” Troy looked at Junior over his shoulder, then back at his father. “What about Grandpa and our friends?”

“All of us?” Junior blurted and sat forward, his gaze swiveling between Russ and her.
Russ’s hesitation was barely perceptible, but it like a dart piercing Amoy.

He nodded, then glanced at her.

Amoy didn’t look at him, but felt him shift. Her insides were shattering in tiny pieces as anxiety shrouded her son. He’d always been her joy. Bright and bubbly. Now, because of something she didn’t know she’d done, he was turning into an insecure shadow of himself.
She let her gaze go to Junior as Russ explained the situation. Junior kept his eyes on her and instinctively, she pulled her lips into a smile to reassure him. Hard to do, since she didn’t know whether she was coming or going.

“ … not necessary for you to know all of that now.”

“But—”

“Don’t argue. That’s all you need to know this minute.”

Frowning, Amoy wondered what she’d missed.

Russ directed a glare at Junior that had him lowering his eyes to his lap. When his lips trembled, Amoy pulled her hand away. “Junior, go to your room.

“We’re not finished yet,” Russ said, his tone tight.

“Russ—”

Russ overrode her words. “Like I said, we’re not done.”

Using the side of his fist, Junior swiped at his cheek and curled in on himself.

Troy sat on his heels staring at them, his brows wrinkled.

Exhaling on a loud tide, Amoy counted to five. Her gaze swept both boys, then under her breath she said, “Can’t you see what you’re doing—”

“You wanted us to have this talk.” The flash of annoyance in his eyes was unmistakable. “That’s what I’m doing, if you’d let me.”

She studied him sifting through the range of emotions she witnessed—anger, disgust, frustration. Keeping her voice even, she said, “I’m only trying to help.”

“I don’t need your help,” he ground out. His jaw flexed as he continued. “You’ve done enough already.”

Her eyes widened and the air rushed from her chest. She pulled her head back. “What the hell is wrong with you?”

“Mommy, you said a bad word.”

Troy was on his feet, pointing at her. “You said a—”

“Yes, honey.” She got up, throwing Russ a bad look. Lowering her voice, she added, “Mommy’s sorry.”

As her attention turned to Junior, who sniffed and rubbed a tear off the tablet screen. 

Holding out her hand toward him, she said, “Junior, let’s go.”

Amoy circled the sofa, leaving Russ sitting with both elbows on his knees and his hands clasped in front of his mouth. She sent him a glare that said she wasn’t finished with him. Not by a long shot.

King of Evanston

Friday, December 6, 2019

December 3 marked the start of another literary journey for me. The King of Evanston went live. The reviews have been positive so far and the book was also selected for a feature by Apple books! So about the King of Evanston ...

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Blurb

Shaz Bostwick’s personal views and business ethics collide when Camilla Gibson walks into his office, seeking his help. The treatment her daughter needs is available in Chicago, but Camilla is almost out of time and has several issues working against her. 

Raised as an immigrant, Shaz knows the heartache of family separation firsthand. In a race against the clock and the authorities, he calls in favors but receives a disturbing offer. Let baby Ayanna slip through the cracks in exchange for a handsome reward. Fed up with politicians and businessmen with too much money and too little scruples, Shaz and his fellow Kings of the Castle band together to stem the flow of illegal adoptions, while they solve the mystery of who wants their mentor dead.

Camilla Gibson has traveled the world in her capacity as an adventurer, sometime model, and blogging celebrity. In her eyes, the charming, but tough lawyer is her last resort before deportation. Shaz is smart and tenacious, with renowned negotiating skills and a reputation for making a way when there seems to be none. If she can get past the biggest crisis in her life, then maybe the spark of attraction that sizzles between them will develop into something magical.

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Fate made them brothers, but protecting the Castle, each other, and the women they love, will make them Kings. Their combined efforts to find the current Castle members responsible for the attempt on their mentor’s life, is the beginning of dangerous challenges that will alter the path of their lives forever.

These powerful men, unexpectedly brought together by their pasts and current circumstances, will become a force to be reckoned with.

Book 1–Kings of the Castle (the introduction to the series)
Book 2–King of Chatham
Book 3–King of Evanston
Book 4–King of Devon
Book 5–King of Morgan Park
Book 6–King of South Shore
Book 7–King of Lincoln Park
Book 8-King of Hyde Park
Book 9– King of Lawndale

Kings of the Castle is Live!

Monday, November 25, 2019


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This book had me ready to read all the other books in one night!! This foundation was laid so well that I read it in one day and I will read it again before the next book comes out. These guys have all kinds of things going on in their personal life but still find time to help others and fall in love! This is definitely a must read!

Blurb

After an assassination attempt on their mentor, nine powerful men, are snatched from their successful lives and unexpectedly brought together by their pasts and current circumstances. Each one accepts the challenge to take on human trafficking, dirty politicians, the Russian mafia, American crime lords, and businessmen with their own sordid agendas as they bring The Castle back to its original humanitarian purpose.


Shaz, Dro, Grant, Jai, Daron, Kaleb, Vikkas, Reno, and Dwayne find that fate made them brothers, but protecting the Castle, each other, and the women they love will make them Kings.

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The Heart of Things

Sunday, November 24, 2019

SUNDAY SAMPLE


“I want us to have a baby.”

The sun’s rays slanted across the polished, hardwood flooring in the living area of the suite, heralding the new morning. We’d been up for an hour and ordered room service for breakfast because I needed the privacy of our room for this discussion.


The forkful of fish in Doug’s hand stopped halfway to his mouth, before he rested it on the plate. He squinted and then asked, “What did you say?”


My back stiffened as I answered, keeping a neutral tone. “You heard me.”


Doug looked at the plate as if he wasn’t sure he wanted the rest of the bammies and escoveitched fish, but the golden-brown cassava and the batter-fried fish—heaped with onion and pepper, steeped in vinegar—was a favorite of his. He picked up the cup of coffee next to his hand, sipped, and put it back on the saucer. Then he cleared his throat, but the puzzlement in his gaze was obvious.


This was the first time I’d ever seen him thrown way off balance. I was almost sorry for him.


“That was the last thing I expected you to say.” He waited a beat before asking, “Why?”


With one eyebrow raised, I said, “Why not?”


He sighed, rested his arms on the table, and frowned. “My kids are almost grown and…”


My raised eyebrow reduced his words to a trickle. Monique and Kimone—nineteen and seventeen—were as unalike as chalk and cheese. I didn’t doubt that marrying Doug would mean interesting times ahead.


Folding my arms, I cocked my head. “So the girls are adults. Your point is?”


He spread his hands while his frown deepened. “That’s just it. What am I going to do with a baby?”


I let my hands fall to the table and pulled my head back while the

bottom fell out of my stomach and my appetite disappeared. “I beg your pardon?”

With another heavy sigh, Doug continued, “All I’m saying is that I’m forty-six years old and…”


My patience ran out and I snapped, “I know how old you are.”


He stared into the cup, while I studied the ring on my finger. I still wasn’t ready to give up my new-found independence after my divorce, but I also knew Doug was serious about wanting to marry me. I hadn’t refused the ring he put on my finger last night and in both our minds that spelled acceptance.


I loved Doug, but we couldn’t have a relationship without give and take.


“Kally.” I looked into his troubled eyes as he spoke. “Have you thought about all the implications?”


My lips twisted and I reminded myself that I needed to be conciliatory rather than combative. “Of course.”


He laid a hand on his chest, which lifted in a deep inhale. “You never said anything.”


My voice turned sharp when I said, “I don’t tell you everything.”


“Yeah, but something this big…” He gazed through the plate glass at the street below, where traffic was already bumper to bumper. With one hand, he rubbed the stubble on his jaw.


Meanwhile, his behavior made me want to wring his neck. Instead, I tried reasoning with him. “Last night you said I could have anything I wanted if I married you. This is what I’m asking.”

Doug’s eyes narrowed as he stroked his moustache. “Khalila, that’s…”

I raised both brows. “Is ‘bribery’ the word you’re looking for?”


“Yes.” He rested both hands on either side of his plate and let out his breath in a gust.



“Call it what you will.” I dragged my fork over the fish on my plate, before adding, “That’s what I want.”

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Sunday Sample - The Blind Shot

Sunday, November 3, 2019


Any other man would have wondered what he'd gotten himself into after Gina's shenanigans yesterday, but not me. Somewhere along the way, I'd lost my usual cautiousness. Maybe my heart too, but now wasn't the time to examine that thought closely.

I sat in front of my laptop talking to my mother via Skype. My father had said hello, found out how I was and then disappeared. He wasn't into technology as much as my mother. Her interest mainly had to do with tracking my brother and me wherever we were on the globe.

Gina had jetted past the screen briefly, and my mother went silent. Now I waved at Gina to move from where she sat at the table to join me on the other side of it. "Bring your chair," I said.

When she sat, Gina waved at the screen. "Good day, Mrs. Danquah."

My mother smiled, like the gracious woman she was, but I knew she was taken aback. "Hello, young lady."

"Mama, her name is Gina."

"Where is she from?"

"She's sitting right here, Mama. You can ask her."

"Sorry. Where are you from, young lady?"

"Jamaica."

"It is nice to meet you." Mama's sharp eyes settled on me. "Kofi, where are you?"

"We're in Jamaica."
Mama gave away nothing as her gaze shifted to Gina and returned to me. "You did not think it was important to let me know you were leaving Miami?"

"I thought I told you. I must have forgotten."

"Hmm."

Her response could mean anything from acceptance to displeasure over my lapse. I'd bet a hefty consultation fee it was the latter.

"So, when are you coming back to the States?"

"Soon."

Any other response would have prolonged her questions and from the curiosity in her eyes, Mama was dying to ask who Gina was and why we were together. As if she didn't know.

After introducing Mama to a couple of women via Skype during my early days in university, I hadn't repeated that mistake. Until now, but I knew what I was doing.

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The Blind Shot Book Blitz

Friday, September 20, 2019


THE BLIND SHOT BY J.L. CAMPBELL

When all else fails, love will find a way.


Kofi Danquah has travelled halfway around the globe for fifteen years, satisfying his need for advancement and adventure. In that time, he has never met another woman as intriguing as Regina Chu. She's a chameleon—a wild child with issues she hides behind a playful persona.

In Gina's eyes, Kofi is a mystery—exotic, intense and secretive. His sober nature balances her bubbly personality and unconventional approach to life. Plus, he's appealing enough to make her forget they're from separate worlds.

Time spent together changes Kofi and Gina's platonic relationship into an attraction that burns hot despite their cultural differences and the disapproval of their families. But fairy tales don't always last and true love needs fertile soil in which to bloom.
 

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J.L. Campbell writes contemporary, paranormal, 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 penned over thirty books. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction. 

When she’s not writing, Campbell adds to her extensive collection of photos detailing Jamaica’s flora and fauna. Visit her on the web at www.joylcampbell.com

The Blind Shot Blitz

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The third book in the Par for the Course series will be released on September 20, 2019. This one is The Blind Shot. I'm hoping you will sign up to share in the blitz. 



Blurb:


Kofi Danquah has travelled halfway around the globe for fifteen years, satisfying his need for advancement and adventure. In that time, he has never met another woman as intriguing as Regina Chu. She's a chameleon—a wild child with issues she hides behind a playful persona.

In Gina's eyes, Kofi is a mystery—exotic, intense and secretive. His sober nature balances her bubbly personality and unconventional approach to life. Plus, he's appealing enough to make her forget they're from separate worlds.

Time spent together changes Kofi and Gina's platonic relationship into an attraction that burns hot despite their cultural differences and the disapproval of their families. But fairy tales don't always last and true love needs fertile soil in which to bloom.


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The Reboot of A Series

Monday, August 19, 2019


I did a re-boot of the first books in this series this past week and the reception has been good so far. This group of friends was a pleasure to write about and I hope readers feel the same way. If you haven't tasted my writing as yet, this is a good way to get your feet wet. 

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THE SHORT GAME - One kiss. Two friends. Three relationships changed. What d'you do when you're in a committed relationship, but your best friend starts looking like the lover you need in your life?  http://lrd.to/short-game

THE LONG GAME - He's all she's ever wanted, She's all he'll ever need. What moves can you make on your bestie when she's watched you make them on other women for the last fifteen years?  http://lrd.to/long-game

THE BLIND SHOT - Despite cultural differences, love will find a way. Although your family might not approve of your relationship with someone from another culture, opposition means nothing when you find the one that gives your life meaning. 

Coming soon ...

Support Book Lovers Day Romance Book Fair

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


This week, a number of authors will be participating in the Book Lovers Day Romance Book Fair hosted by Iris Blobel.

The fair will run from August 9-15, so check out the landing page for a wonderful range of romance novels that will be on sale. The landing page is here


The book I will have on special at $0.99 is Grudge, which is here.

After dumping her cheating ex, Corra Bingham goes on vacation to take her mind off the double whammy of her cheating ex and overbearing father. But things turn complicated when she nearly loses her life to a ruthless and persistent stalker.

She's clueless as to why anyone would choose her for blood sport, but isn't happy when Phillip Denham appoints himself as her protector. He's everything she doesn't want in a man—good-looking, frugal with the truth, and a law-enforcement officer. Try as she might, she cannot make him go away.

On a previous visit to the exotic island of Xantrope, Phillip Denham discovers that he has a twin. His life is a complex web of lies and he wants answers. Intrigued by the missing pieces of his past, Phillip returns to the island to trace his roots.

While there, he encounters Corra and someone who is intent on putting her six feet under. She's a fascinating woman, but her relentless enemy makes him wonder what she's involved in. Using his skills as a detective, he races to find answers that will prevent Corra from ending up on a slab in the morgue.

The Heart of Things on The Hive Podcast

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Great news!!! 

The Heart of Things is featured on this week’s episode at The Hive. Have a look at the webpage. You can also go ahead and subscribe to the podcast.





Be sure to go on over and listen to the interview and the excerpt from The Heart of Things.