After eighteen years, Matthias Laing has snagged the woman of his dreams. They're past the misunderstandings of high school and are settling into a relationship, but his job as a vet keeps getting him into trouble. 

The appearance of a kitten in Toni's yard puts her and Matthias at odds. Jade, her five-year-old daughter, is drawn to animals and wants to keep the cat. The situation is past complicated, because there's also Ridley—the resident pet who catches a case of jealousy, Jade's abandoned fish and to top it all, the conflict between Matthias and Jade's father. 

Can Matthias and Toni's budding romance survive their assortment of problems and if it doesn't, will Toni's precocious five-year-old find a way to play Cupid and fix things by Valentine's Day?

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The last thing Toni wants for Christmas is more responsibility, but her daughter has other ideas. A near accident not only brings them a dog in need of a home, but puts Toni back in contact with Matthias Laing, a hot-shot footballer from her past, who she'd prefer to stay there. 

Matthias can't believe his luck when a lost pooch puts his high-school crush back on his radar. Given an opportunity to grant a wish for Toni's daughter, he can't resist going into Santa mode. Christmas is about to be the merriest one in ages, until Toni discovers the deception surrounding Ridley, her daughter's new pet. 

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Camille Moyston has put the nightmare of a violent attack behind her and likes her safe, predictable existence. What she doesn't need is a cliché, oversexed Jamaican male taking interest in her. Things would be simple if this Casanova didn't heat her blood and make her want him, but nothing in her life ever goes according to plan. 

For Quinn Mayhew, life is too good to waste time chasing a haughty, irritable female who is too cautious to accept him for the man he is, but somehow Camille symbolizes everything he wants in a woman and his future. 

When Camille's inner fortress starts to crumble, Quinn is arrested for murder and everything he's built falls to pieces.

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One indiscretion leads to untold upheaval.

Sherryn Allbright is the envy of her peers. She is a wife, mother, and successful business woman, but her life turns topsy-turvy when a woman leaves a child on her doorstep, claiming her husband is the father. Denial is useless, for the boy resembles Reece too closely not to be his offspring. 

Sherryn is ready to end their marriage and blames Reece's problems on his old neighborhood—a Kingston ghetto. If he'd sever ties there, he wouldn't be caught up in baby-mother drama. 

When the boy's mother is murdered, Reece becomes the prime suspect and things go haywire for the Allbrights, whose lives will never be the same.

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A musician. A student. A tutor. Can love overcome obsession & bad choices? 

Josh is everything Kelleigh wants—a talented, performing artist and bad boy who appeals to the guitarist in her. On the other side, there's her math tutor, Joshua, who has the hots for her. Despite being a brilliant university student and businessman, Joshua is too tame and ordinary for Kelleigh to give him a second look. 

Kelleigh's world shifts when she sends nerd-boy a racy picture meant for Josh. Her tutor grabs the opportunity to blackmail her into two dates. In exchange, he promises not to share the photo she sent him in error. 

Backed into a corner, Kelleigh goes out with Joshua intending to set him straight. But things don't go exactly as she plans and to complicate matters, Josh has secrets of his own that make Kelleigh second guess their relationship. 

Will Joshua change her mind about the kind of guy she needs or will Kelleigh continue to feed her fixation with Josh, who has different ideals and feet of clay, despite the pedestal she's created for him?

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A willful girl. A determined guy. A sticky situation. Can love conquer all?

After six months of serial breakups with her two-timing boyfriend, Natasha is ready to give relationships a break. Malik has no plans to give up and schemes to get her back, but his efforts throw his cousin in the middle of his campaign.

Natasha doesn't need another guy messing with her brain, or her plans for the future, but Karim is different from anyone she's ever met. The fact that he's off-limits deepens her guilt over her attraction and puts her judgment into question. Can she move beyond the mistakes of the past and trust someone who's no angel?

Karim is back in Jamaica for the summer and has no plans to tie himself to anyone, because girls are complicated and he's been burned a time or two. He's knee-deep in responsibility as a result of a thoughtless act that changed his life. But Natasha is a girl with a difference, who makes him want things he has sworn to give up. Will she give him the time of day and will she want him when she finds out about his past and the present he wants to keep hidden, but can't?

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Corra Bingham is all about preserving her sanity. After dumping her cheating ex, she goes on vacation in Xantrope. Time away is just what she needs to take her mind off the double whammy of her no-good 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, not even if it means saving her life. 

Phillip Denham is a man on a mission. On a previous visit to Xantrope, he discovers that he has a twin. His life is a lie 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 doesn't seem like the type who would make enemies, which leaves Phillip to wonder just what she's involved in. Not that she'd give him the time of day, for him to find out her secrets. Using his skills as a detective, he races to find answers that will prevent Corra from ending up on a slab in the morgue. 

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Flighty and Irresponsible - that's how Celeste's family sees her. After racking up one disaster after another, Celeste flees Jamaica intent on seeking a fresh start. On the island of Cayman, she encounters Mark Weekes who makes her forget she's sworn off men. He's everything she wants, if only he'd stop running. A decision to follow him to his island home of Xantrope, puts her in the orbit of a killer.

Rebellious and Pig-Headed - that's Mark's reputation. After escaping a kidnapper and murderer five years previously, he turns his life around. Everything would be fine if Celeste Davies stopped complicating his life, but trouble follows her the way night follows day. Instead of the calm life he envisions, Mark ends up neck-deep in the world of software piracy. He has two choices. Walk away and leave Celeste on her own to deal with a stalker or admit she means the world to him and help the police catch the man who's determined to kill her.

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As master of his destiny, Paul Weekes does what is necessary to survive 

He makes his own fortune, but his luck changes when hijackers target his illicit shipments. He has no proof, but suspects the police officer who facilitates his exports off the island of Xantrope has turned on him. To make things worse, Paul's ne'er-do-well cousin is accidentally involved in a gang murder, and a hit is put on him. A budding romance with the cop's niece adds more complication. 

Janine refuses to accept Paul's way of life, but inadvertently becomes a victim of his lifestyle. Thrust into kidnapping, double cross and murder, Paul must choose between a relationship with Janine and staying alive long enough to change the course of his future.

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Been there. Done that.
Feisty and independent, Anya Davies lives by her own rules. The one thing she’s hell-bent on avoiding is a conventional relationship, thanks to her abusive ex who refuses to stay in the past. The second complication in her life is a secret that condemns her to constant guilt and a solitary life. A series of near misses and escalating threats are a third and worrying factor. Only a special man would understand or live with Anya’s challenges and demands. 

Casual not having that.
Enter Christophe Mondesir. Two years ago, Anya dumped him without explanation. An accidental meeting shoots Anya back on Christophe’s radar. He refuses to be denied and plans to breach the fortress Anya has built around her heart—if she’ll commit to more than a casual liaison. He’s also determined to find out what she’s hiding. That’s if the stalker who’s after Anya doesn’t end her life first.

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One man. One woman. One wish.

After five years in a dead-end relationship, the last thing Anya needs is a man to upset her ordered existence. A quiet, Christmas season with family is all that’s on her agenda, until her job puts her in contact with Christophe Mondesir, who refuses to play by her rules.

Caught between an interfering ex, a secret that gives her anxious moments, and a man with the power to make her forget promises to herself, Anya faces more complications than she can handle.

If her ex would stay gone, she might take a chance on romance with the man determined to spin her world off its axis. But the obstacles in her way leave Anya stuck in a groove with work as the main diversion from her problems.

Only Christophe’s resolve to win her love makes the difference between Anya staying in a rut and pursuing her dreams.

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You've heard it said ... 

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. 
             - William Congreve, English playwright 

Dumped by her spouse of seventeen years, Annette McKellop has no choice but to adjust to life on her own. An accomplished social worker, she can't help but see the irony of treating clients who live parallel lives, disrupted by cheating men who leave broken families behind. Not that she intends to suck up her ex-husband's betrayal. 

Her plans for revenge start out brilliantly, but instead of striking a blow for all wronged females, Annette's quest to get even with Xavier is all-consuming and leads down avenues where even the most reckless souls won't go. 

Until she meets Roderick Minto—a man who is off limits. Her role as counselor to his daughter prohibits anything more than a platonic relationship, but Roderick has other ideas. As their relationship deepens and she does what is taboo, Annette questions the direction of her moral compass. Should she follow her heart and Roderick's leading? Is losing a second chance at love worth the relentless pursuit of a man who has moved on and isn't coming back?

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JUSTINE CHARLES is still trying to put the pieces of her life together seven years after a disastrous extra-marital affair. She’s raising a troubled teenage daughter and six-year-old Emile, the result of her indiscretion.

A chance meeting drops the still-scorching Xavier McKellop back on her radar. Her former lover is hurt and furious that Justine has kept his son’s birth a secret. She has little choice when Xavier demands time with Emile.

Though the moments between Justine and Xavier are tense, it’s evident the flame of attraction between them still burns hot. And just as she begins to hope and dream about being with the only man who ever stirred her heart, body and soul, Justine’s life is thrown into chaos. Her daughter discovers Justine’s betrayal and Xavier’s soon-to-be ex-wife wants him back.

This time around, in her quest for love, Justine might not only lose her deepest desire, but everything she holds dear.

The muted light in the room, and the sensation of Xavier’s skin kissing hers, heightened Justine’s excitement. She closed her eyes and buried her lips in his shoulder to soften her cries. His passion matched hers; she threw her head back and…

“I’m glad you agreed to meet me to finish our discussion.”

Xavier’s voice dragged her from her fantasy, forcing Justine to squirm and dust her lap while she composed herself. “You didn’t give me much of a choice,” she said. “Those movie tickets for Yolanda and Emile guaranteed I couldn’t say no. Especially since you told him first.”

He ignored the accusation and let his gaze linger on her hair, lips and the valley between her breasts where the pearl pendant rested.

The murmur of voices around them increased as the bar filled with customers. They sat in a corner, where they had a view of the drafty room filled with heavy furniture. It could certainly do with a makeover to lighten the atmosphere, Justine thought.

 Xavier picked up his ham and cheese sandwich and took a bite. After he swallowed, he met her eyes, a smile on his lips. “Well, I did want to distract them.”

Afraid of his answer, she asked, “Why?”

Wishing she could stop herself, Justine glanced at her watch. Too much time remained until she was scheduled to pick up her children, and danger lurked at the table with this man who was once the center of her world.

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Three Jamaican women walk a tightrope of decisions when their lives are derailed by blackmail, deceit and infidelity. 

JUSTINE CHARLES, sensible and self-contained, battles an addiction which could destroy her marriage, reputation, and relationship with her daughter. 

DIONNE JONES, an aggressive go-getter, takes risks that cut a trail of devastation through her family and business. 

KYRA MILLS, struggling single mother, is crippled by debt, bad judgment and destructive choices. 

Can two of the long-time friends survive startling revelations involving their partners? And will the other push her obsession to the point of danger?

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In true Jamaican style, Dionne, Justine and Kyra have found ways to make the best of a bad situation. According to Jamaican parlance, they've learned to tun dem han' mek fashion.

Their combined financial need, drive to succeed and lack of emotional support are detrimental to their survival, but these enterprising women are living the best life they can--coming up with creative ways to survive--given their situation.

The lack of emotional support and the death of romance with their partners deepen their problems, which in turn leads them down a path of distraction--even as they strengthen their friendship.

Friends. Sisters. Keepers of shocking secrets. This selection of intertwined vignettes traces the path of three black women whose lives intertwine in Distraction, the novel.

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Despite promises made in tough times, people do break their word, and as Jamaicans say, ‘throw stone behind them’ when circumstances improve.  

In Don’t Get Mad…Get Even: Kicked to the Kerb, characters good and bad discover that despite Fame & Misfortune, victims are Freed of their Excess Baggage. Some learn that when friends and family are Discarded, What Goes Around…comes around. 

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Romantic tales with a twist of suspense. 

 If you enjoy hearts and flowers with a huge helping of suspense, then Contraband is right up your alley. See reviews on Amazon. Watch trailer below. 

2008 Bronze Medal Winner Young Adult Novel - Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Creative Writing Competition

Raised in a hotbed of arguments and fights, eleven-year-old Christine Simms is always at the centre of conflict between her parents. With each new day and unfolding drama, she suffers through her mother's temper and cruelty. A domestic dispute ends in tragedy, sending the family into a tailspin. Christine's siblings become wards of the state and she is taken in by her father's sister.

A shocking discovery sends Christine on a quest to find the stranger who abandoned her in Jamaica and changed the course of her life. Determined to unravel the mystery of her birth, Christine uses every tool at her disposal and treads with courage where no child should.

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A young boy's future hangs in the balance when those sworn to protect him become abusers.

A tragic domestic dispute between his parents lands eleven-year-old Samuel Simms and his siblings in the Downswell Place of Safety. The challenges come hard and fast, but the one thing Sam doesn't count on is being left behind in the children’s home. Angry and disillusioned, he gives up hope of adoption.

A ray of light comes in the form of a foster family, but everything is not what it seems in the Miller household. After a harrowing five-month stint, Sam runs away. A victim of child abuse, he's determined not to repeat his mistake and opts to remain a ward of the Jamaican government until he’s eighteen. The burden of secrecy is more than he can bear and Sam's hair-trigger temper makes him disruptive.

Under pressure from his aunt, Sam caves in and shares a tale of horror surrounding his foster parents. With his ordeal exposed, Sam must make life-changing choices. He can continue to be brainwashed by his abuser or face his nemesis in a court of law and stop a habitual predator from harming other children.

Saving Sam is a moving coming-of-age story that explores relationships, the abuse of trust and the ease with which evil can hide under the guise of Christianity and philanthropy. 
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  1. I read Distraction then Retribution. Then of course I read the insert of Absolution. I go to to look for the book Absolution and it doesn't exist. I come here and it doesn't exist. When will I be able to buy the book Absolution?

    1. Thanks for coming by. Absolution will be available toward the middle of the year.

  2. Hi J.L. - nice excerpt! Good luck with Retribution and Absolution when it is released.

  3. Thank for taking part, Joy.

    A magical mix of tension and desire, for although irked to discover he's a father, Xavier's eyes focus on her attributes! Nice one... ;)


  4. I'm so excited about Retribution. Looking forward to reading it.


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