Sunday Sample ... The Short Game

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Enjoy a sample from The Short Game, my latest release.

Garth

I was testy and irritable and a little ashamed at the same time.

Nadine had hung around all morning before giving me a breather by leaving to run some errands. Then, by the time I'd started to unwind, she'd come back just before evening visiting hours. It wasn't that I didn't appreciate her concern, but I hadn't realized before now how overbearing she could be, even if it was in an unassuming way.

My attention wandered from the crime-thriller I'd been trying to read, and she leaned forward. "Is everything all right? Are you okay?"

"Yeah, I'm fine."

Just the same as the last time you asked me, five minutes ago.

Earlier in the day, I assured my parents they didn't need to come because I was going to be released tomorrow afternoon, but they refused to consider staying home. They'd come and gone and only half-hour was left of the hospital's visiting hours.

Ayisha stood at the end of the bed looking at her watch.

"You're in a hurry or something?" I asked.

"Nah, just checking on the time and wondering what happened with … "

She didn't continue, but I guessed what she was about to say.

Where was Anna-Lise?

      From the foot of the bed, Vance asked, "D'you need anything?"

I shook my head, regretting it immediately. The headache that had set in earlier hadn't left and it now reminded me that it had only been on break.

"I'm going home tomorrow evening, once they give the all-clear."

"We're both very lucky," he said, pointing to the neck brace he wore. "This could have been much worse. The way that van flipped, man … "

"How long d'you have to wear that thing?"

"About five more days." He touched the collar and cleared his throat. "Like I said, we're lucky."

"Yeah," I grumbled. "And you get to go home today, while I'm lying here like a vegetable."
He shifted his feet and stared at the floor.

If I had to guess, I'd say he was feeling guilty. He'd still been going at me about my parents and Nadine just before impact, but that was his nature and I shouldn't have been distracted, but still …

I opened my mouth to tell him I didn't blame him, but Ayisha sidetracked me.

"Sorry to interrupt your pity party, but d'you want us to come and get you tomorrow?"

I nodded, grateful for the offer because I didn't want that stress on my parents. "They may let me go in the early afternoon after the doctor examines me. I'll call you or Lise."

Nadine sat forward in her chair. "I was thinking—"

"No problem," Ayisha said, drowning Nadine's words.

I figured Ayisha's response was deliberate, but I much preferred her and Anna-Lise around me when I was less than a hundred percent, rather than having Nadine trying to pamper me to death.

Since nobody was broaching the subject that was of the biggest concern to me, I asked, "So where is Lise?"

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Monday, July 11, 2016

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IWSG - Exciting New Features!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I can scarce believe it's July already and another IWSG post today. Today, writers everywhere are releasing their fears and offering encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic about their writing. 

If you’d like to join us, got to the Insecure Writer's Group page and sign up. Everyone is encouraged to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. If nothing else, drop by the IWSG page for a roll-out of exciting new features.

Today, Captain Alex's capable hosts are Today's co-hosts are  Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott! 

We have a new feature this month where a question is asked to jumpstart our thinking. So …

What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

With my reviews, I notice a recurring theme. People often remark that they are part of my characters' experience in that they feel as if they are on location. Since I write from the island of Jamaica, I take that as a compliment. It's a good thing when someone can open the pages and dive right in alongside the characters. 

What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing? 

IWSG Anthology Contest & Post Day

Monday, July 4, 2016

This year will see the second annual The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology being published and the contest kicks off  in the fall. 

Things will be different this year in that members get to select the genre. 

Click through here to cast your vote. 

Don't forget this Wednesday is posting day for the Insecure Writer's Support Group

A new feature this month is that there will be question to jump start your thinking process. This question this time around is:


What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

For my American friends, enjoy your holiday today!

The Short Game is Here!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

So today's the day! I gave myself a birthday present by releasing The Short Game today. This story would not have been written were it not for a boxed set planning group and took on a life of its own with two more stories in the pipeline. Readers seem to like the characters, so that's a plus. 

In the order of things, this will be my fourteenth novel, in addition to four published novellas and two short story collections.

The Short Game is on Amazon and Smashwords, so feel free to grab your copy. If your TBR list is at the toppling stage, then add The Short Game on Goodreads.


Blurb:

Garth Chu is on his way to having the most sought-after video production outfit in Kingston, Jamaica. Everything is lining up well, including his relationship with his current girlfriend—until his mother starts pressuring him to get married. He has no intention of giving up his freedom to fit in with his parents' desire for him to settle down and run the family business, but his girl, Nadine, has other ideas and starts a crusade to get Garth to propose. 

Anna-Lise Myers has been Garth's golfing buddy for fifteen years and resents Nadine's intrusion on their friendship. When Garth is injured in an accident, his friends rally round him, but things take an unexpected turn. Anna-Lise discovers feelings she's never admitted to having and Garth can't remember when Anna-Lise went from sister-friend to potential lady-love. A hot and disastrous interlude between Garth and Anna-Lise forces them to decide whether they want to risk their friendship and take a chance on happy-ever-after. 

Pick up your copy today on Amazon

The Short Game ... A Snippet

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Short Game will be released in two days and since it's also my birthday, I'm looking forward to June 28. Here's a snippet from this friends-to-lovers novel. Enjoy!


I unlocked the seat belt and leaned toward Anna-Lise, feeling the need to touch her. I'd tipped her chin up and was about to kiss her when Nadine's voice sliced through the silence.

"Garth! I thought you'd dumped that slut. What are you doing?"

The light died in Anna-Lise's eyes and she faced forward in the seat. "Get out."

"What?" My gaze cut to Nadine, who stood akimbo in my doorway. Why the hell hadn't I gotten my key back yesterday? Now wasn't the time to think about that because Anna-Lise was talking to me.

"You don't understand English?" She opened her mouth, speaking as if I'd developed a learning deficiency. "I said, get out!"

I opened the door and put one foot on the asphalt, my stomach sinking when I stared into her eyes. 

"But—"

She put the car in reverse and I protested, lifting my foot off the ground. "Lise, what I'm trying—"

"So help me Garth, if you don't get out now, I'm going to turn this car and fling you straight on the asphalt."

On my right, Nadine's voice had gotten louder, but I didn't hear a word she said. 

Anna-Lise stepped out of the Audi, and I was sure my reputation would be ruined and I'd have to move, after she did whatever was on her mind.

To my relief, all she did was pull the back door open and yank the crutch off the seat. She turned, ignored Nadine—who continued to rave—and chucked the crutch on the sidewalk. 

Struggling to stand before Anna-Lise got back in the car, I twisted my good ankle and stifled a curse word. When I stood on my own, Anna-Lise swung the car around and raced from the property, barely waiting for the security guard to raise the railing across the driveway. Seconds later, the car screeched and I winced. She'd gotten to the end of the avenue and made it to the main road.

I prayed she'd make it home in one piece.

You can pre-order The Short Game at this link

Ey Wade Tackles Thought-Provoking Subjects

Friday, June 24, 2016

Today, I'm happy to host Ey Wade,  a prolific author who writes both fiction and non-fiction. Ey released two books on Father's Day. Both tackle subjects that aren't seen too often in fiction. 

Blurbs:

Ribbons & Belle

Gorgeous, dedicated fertility counselor Tyson Ribbons, has admired and loved embryologist, Anabelle “Belle” Lee for along time. When she comes in for counseling he fights everything within him not to deter her from her plans. Doesn’t stop his heart from wishing it could be him fulfilling her desire.

Anabelle Lee, mourning her inability to have a child of her own-suffered through two miscarriages, a heartbreaking late-term abortion, and a soul crushing divorce. As an embryologist, she has protected the potential life of many frozen specimens, and lived envious of the women choosing InVitro fertilization as their form of reproduction. 

After a bit of encouragement from her best friend, and counseling from the very perfect Dr. Ribbons, Anabelle takes steps to fulfill her desire to become a mother. Problem is, the announcement brings more of a shock than a gift.

Ismet’s Honor:

Sunny Verdi Reyes, has always wanted the “good-life.” Husband, home, lot’s of children. After cheering on her best friend and fellow embryologist Belle, through her successful quest for her dream, she wanted those things even more.

Unfortunately, Sunny broke the heart of her fantasy years earlier and it would take more than wishful thinking to get him back.

At 17, unable to voice his opinion against an unwanted abortion, Ismet Honorable O’Neal ran from the girl who killed his dream of the perfect life and the white picket fence.

Now he spends his time aiding other men in being the voice in the lives of their children. Years later, he returns and Sunny is waiting. She’s going to need more than the love in her eyes to repair the fences.

RIBBONS & BELLE 

“So, are you saying your plans will never include a man? A man who has no intentions of being a participant in an affair for friends benefiting off a burning desire? You have no time for a man who has a wish to have a lasting relationship”

“Honesty, I hadn’t figured a literal man in the picture at all. My mind is to do what I need to do to be happy and fulfill my goals.”

“A literal man? What does that mean? What are your goals? What do you have planned in your life that you are so sure I, a literal man, couldn’t be a part of?”

Belle stood, smoothed her shirt and tugged at the waistband of her pants- trying to gather her words before opening her mouth. Eventually, giving up. Crossing the room to the closet, she pulled out the Christmas gift bag. 

From it she placed a couple of the fertility magazines in front of Tyson and stood back to observe his reaction. The look on his face transformed from burning curiosity into lip pursing illumination.

“Oh. I have this one in my office.” Leaning forward, he tapped the cover of one magazine before shifting back to his previous position. Arms, crossed over his body gave emphasis to the movement of his chest, and the stretched material of his shirt. Tyson sucked in a deep breath before letting it out slowly and clearing his throat. His glance never leaving her face. 

“How soon do you plan on going through with the procedure?”

“As soon as possible. I would simply love to have a baby by Christmas.” Belle smiled softly. unaware of how wistful she looked. 

“At this moment, you remind me of a child wishing on a star for a toy she covets. You know this isn’t a game, right? This baby you want would be a living being. Not something you can return when it doesn’t meet your expectations.”

Belle’s smile vanished at the censor in his tone. Belle’s smile vanished at the censor in his tone. What the hell? I know he’s not about to try and lecture me. As if I need his advice. Humph, as if he knows me like that. Who does he think he is? Hands on her hips, she looked down at him leaning back with his body pressed into the material of her couch. That body making her all hot and bothered, like he belonged there. Searing his body from head to toe with a slit eyed glare, she stifled the urge to kick the underside of his shoe and order him out of her house.

“What are you trying to say, Tyson?”

“Hold on, wait a minute...” Tyson, stood. Hands held out in front of him as if he thought he had to protect himself from harm, a chuckle escaping.  “Damp down the fire. I’m just observing your reaction and emotions. Counseling in this area is my thing, remember?”

“Yes, I remember.”

“Well this is no different than what I would ask any potential parent. Do you really want to be a parent? A single parent, even?”

“Yes. I want to be a parent.”

Noticing the tears forming in her eyes, Tyson moved closer, pulling Belle into his arms and close to his chest.

“You know, you don’t have to use the lab method. I promise you, it would be much more fun trying the old fashioned way. I’m just saying,” He laughed and held her tighter when she struggled to pull out of his embrace. “You have me here. Happy and willing at anytime. And if you want, anywhere.”

“Tyson, stop laughing at me.” Belle pushed a little harder and found herself free to move around the room. Happy yet bereft at being deprived of his warmth. ‘This is a serious matter for me.”

“Oh, believe me, I know it is. Once a woman has gone through the trouble of collecting magazines, and you seem to have a ton,” he tapped the decorative bag with the toe of his shoes. “The thought of being a parent, going through the procedure is a foregone conclusion. Yet, still I wonder.”

ISMET’S HONOR

“So, you're into studying women, Ismet? Know a lot of them? Are you into any certain one?”

“Still blunt and as curious as ever aren't you, Belle?” Ismet laughed. Sitting and filling his plate from several dishes, passing each to Sunny so she could do the same. “Of course I've known a few. I don't have a steady or I wouldn't have come here alone, but to answer the obvious- I'm not searching for one.” His gaze landed briefly on Sunny's face before he stuffed a fork filled with food into his mouth.

“Humph, well if you know like I know, life is short. If you're still out there searching at your age, you're more than likely looking in the wrong direction. Sometimes, what you're searching for is right next to ...what?” Belle squealed and ducked at the not trying to be subtle, roll thrown in her direction. The swift, timely reaction of her husband's catch, saving her from getting hit square in the face. “Sunny, did you purposely throw bread at me?” The fork she pointed at Sunny jerked up and down.

“Of course I did.” The tight eyed look Sunny cast in Ismet's direction, a cross between irritation and a dare, froze his expression in mid laughter, for all of a millisecond, before he continued laughing heartily. With the swift turn of her head, she flicked her hair. The ends swung and hit him in the face. “Me, kicking you under the table didn't make you shut your mouth.”

“That's because you were kicking me.” Tyson laughed. Reaching over and placing the roll back on her plate. “You got a good aim though.”

“I'm so sorry Tyson. But then again, I blame you. You should've tapped your wife or something. Put some check in her tongue.”

Tyson's smile was huge and the wink he shared with Ismet, flowed with a conspiring air.
“I tried. Shortened the length of my finger with all of the poking I was doing.” He held up his pinkie finger. “Didn't make a bit of difference.”

When the laughter subsided, Ismet-  pointing his finger at Belle, responded to her statement. 

“Actually Belle, I think you could be on to something. Tyson shared a bit of your story when we were in the nursery, earlier. It was excellent, congratulations all around. Two beautiful daughters and love to boot. I never imagine such luck in my life.

Truthfully, I'm not going to try. I had my suburban dream as a kid.” He turned his head towards Sunny. For a moment they stared into each other’s eyes, their history plainly seen, no explanations necessary. “And we all know what a nightmare that turned into.”


Author Bio: 
Ey considers herself to be a caged in frustrated author of thought provoking, mind bending books in several genres. She is the mother of three adult daughters that were previously home-schooled and the drooling ‘Lovey' to a little boy. Ey was born in Texas and reared as an Army brat. There is the constant need to speak, writing and telling stories is the way she choose to socialize.

The inspiration to writing Ribbons and Belle came from the controversy of abortions and the vitriol in which the women are attacked. People tend to over look the fact there may be medical reasons. Ismet’s Honor was born after a beta reader finished Ribbons & Belle and wished there was a story about Sunny. I decided to make it more about the father and what his wishes may have entailed and how abortions also affect the father’s to be.

Online contacts:
Website: http://wade-inpublishing.com  
Twitter: http://twitter.com/@jumpouttheboat
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eywade2
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/itsmeeywade/
Amazon Central Author Page: http://bit.ly/EyWade-Amz
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/EyonGReads

Buy links:
Coming soon in paperback on CreateSpace.com

Go pick up your copy of each!

A Two-in-One Week!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As expected, my writing journey keeps taking me to new places. This time, I have two releases in one week. This, however, is by accident and not design. As with everything else, life intervenes and dates get shifted and we learn how to accommodate everything that must be done to honour the commitments we make.

So, on Monday the Paranormal Attractions Boxed Sex hit the online book stores and so far, it has been doing great. The reviews are positive so far, which is expected from this wonderful collection. Be sure to pick up your copy!


Amazon link: http://ow.ly/qisj300r4Mt 

Today, Summer Solstice is on the menu. This is a tantalizing selection of full-length romances that feature sexy heroes and their women who make the leap from the security of friendship to the heat and passion of new-found love. If you like Friends-to-Lovers stories, this set is for you! 


Amazon Link: http://bit.ly/1UFiMpk

Happy reading!

Paranormal Attractions Sneak Peeks: Romance Under Wraps

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Next Monday, the Paranormal Attractions boxed set will hit the streets. Here's a snapshot of the books in the set. Pre-orders are at $0.99 for a limited time, so get your copy of these novellas! 













Vampires, sexy ghosts, gargoyles, mummy’s curses and a secret magical society are some of the fabulous paranormal twists you’ll find in PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS, a boxed set of 9 steamy romances brought to you by Amazon, Barnes & Noble bestselling, and award-winning authors. Lose yourself in these light and dark paranormal stories that are only around for a short time. Get your copy here.