Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Release Showcase

Today I'm sharing the new release from Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku!

Book Title:

IRRESISTIBLE Passion ~ A BWWM Sweet & Sexy Romance

Love Quote:

“I know I’m not perfect and I probably never will be. But I love you with everything in me and I know I’ll never be whole without you, without your love.” - Jayden Cartier Donovan ~ IRRESISTIBLE Passion

Genre: Romance/Interracial/BWWM
Release Date: July 19th, 2018
Word Count: Over 70,000 words
No of Pages: 252 (eBook) & 288 (Paperback)

Blurb:
“I crave her...” - Jayden
“I can’t get him out of my head…” - Tiana
In between looking after his son during the day and living a double life at night, Jayden Donovan shuts out everything else. He does not welcome strays or strangers into his mansion in Buckhead, Uptown Atlanta. So, when he sneaks home and finds a woman with full curves, sun-kissed lips and long dark hair asleep on his sofa, all hell breaks loose. Who is she and what does she want?
Doctor Tiana Seegars ends up where she is not wanted–in an affluent neighbourhood far from home. Waking up to find the intense gaze of a sexy, rough-around-the-edges, tattooed man roaming over her body sends her pulse racing. Though Jayden gets her body hot, he wants her out of his home fast. 
Yet his search for answers leads to a growing irresistible passion. Will Jayden and Tiana find what they both need?
~ From the author of “Shocking Affair”: A Sweet & Steamy Romance ~

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Excerpt:


Inhaling fast, Jayden’s nostrils flared and he swallowed. The tiny knots from earlier strengthened into larger bumps in his stomach.

A groan shipped out of his mouth.

“Please Lord, tell me the woman isn’t cooking in my kitchen.”

Christian had a separate apartment, so his housekeeper knew better than to cook inside his home.

Hastening down the stairs, Jayden charged into his kitchen, stopping short when he saw Tiana bending over in her short dark-blue skirt. She was reaching over to grab the roll of paper napkins on the floor.

The skirt stretched over her round backside and curvy hips like second-skin. His eyes trekked the long length of her legs up to her thighs. Curvy and attention-grabbing were two words that stuck in his mind.

Jayden swallowed at high speed.

Many women had attractive legs, so what? He had never dated a woman with full curves and he had no intention to change his preference. Sharpening his tongue to scare her out of his life, he cut her with his get-lost glower.

“Hello, what are you doing in my kitchen?”

The woman gasped, placing her fingers devoid of nail polish on her cleavage. Her eyes, wide and a dark-brown hue shot arrows at him as if he had intruded on her space.

“Lord, you scared me. Don’t you make any sound when you walk?”

Licking his lips, he averted his gaze from her boobs flashing at him. The pair looked like funbags. Her full lips, free of lipstick fell apart giving him a peek at her white teeth and pink gums.

Rendered almost speechless by her accusation and lovely voice, Jayden sputtered.

“I beg your pardon! You scared the hell out of me when I found you asleep on my sofa. This is my house and I can move around the way I want, don’t you think?”

A Bit About Stella
I'm Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, author of several toe-curling & heart-fluttering Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels.
I love and enjoy writing Interracial/Multicultural/BWWM & African American Romance as well as Historical & Paranormal Romance Stories. My heroes are super-sexy men with big hearts and the heroines are strong, flirty and feisty. All my stories are page turners, a breath of fresh air, dotted with unexpected twists and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe and enchanting America. You will laugh, cry, get a thrill and a message when you read my books and each novel makes the perfect gift for your family, friends and colleagues. There are now 23 published books so far. 
On a personal level, I'm a romantic freak, mother of two vivacious teenagers, married to my gorgeous husband, my hero and best friend and we live in London, UK. Swimming on my back like a star-fish is one of my skills. 
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Monday, August 20, 2018

I'm skeeered...


I haven’t blogged about this because I hate to moan and gripe about stuff here. To put my current situation in a nutshell, I’ve been having a hard time finishing my WIP. For the life of me, I couldn’t put my finger on what the issue was. I like the characters, and I have a theme in the story that’s been in the news lately. I obviously love the setting, since it’s the third book in the series which is set in a small Alabama lake town. So what was the problem?

This weekend, while I was reading J.R. Ward’s The Thief and watching Will Smith’s Hancock, it came to me that there wasn’t anything wrong with my characters. The problem was with me. My characters have always been normal people with normal problems. What I need is to write a character(s) that isn't normal. I need to write something outside of my comfort zone. I’m not about to switch to mystery or sci-fi, but I want to try my hand at penning a paranormal romance.
In one of my Facebook writer groups, someone posted this picture. When I saw it, I knew this guy had to be my next hero. In real life, he is model Christopher Flanagan. He has such a unique look, and I can see him as a man with extraordinary gifts – no not those gifts – although he will surely be gifted in that area too.

Although I can see him as a vampire, I don’t want to write about vamps. My brain has been churning all weekend as to what kind of supernatural powers he’ll have or how he came to have them. The thought of writing something so different scares me, but perhaps I need to be a little frightened in order step into new territory. I’ll keep you posted…



If you’re a paranormal reader, what characters have you read in African-American romance that made an impression on you and why?




Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Vacation ... finally!

After moaning and complaining for months, I finally got to the beach! Hubby and I went to Biloxi, MS for a few days. The drive took about six hours from Atlanta, which isn't bad at all. It was my first time visiting Mississippi, and I was pleasantly surprised. Growing up in the 1950s and 60s, the word Mississippi conjures up awful memories of all the news stories my parents constantly watched during the Civil Right Movement, so I was a bit apprehensive. I know that was a long time ago, but images imprinted on a child's brain are almost impossible to erase.

Happily, I was surprised at the racial balance in the restaurants and stores and on the beach. The scenery was beautiful, and I got some writing and reading time in. 😀 If you ever get an opportunity, check out Biloxi Beach. 

Here are some pictures of where we stayed, where we ate, and what we saw...

 The beach at night

 Daytime view

 No caption necessary

Breakfast restaurant in an old library

Beignets!

Art museum

Great seafood restaurant!


Our hotel

The lobby

 Firepit at the pool

Our room

View from our room



Monday, July 16, 2018

New Release Showcase

Today I am so excited to share the new release from author Chelle Ramsey entitled, A Woman’s Design: Redemption 



About the author:


Women's fiction author and blogger, Chelle Ramsey lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and three children. Chelle wants readers to become empowered to rise above life's adversities, with faith in the Almighty God, and belief in themselves. She hosts the annual 20 Days of Love authors’ blogging campaign, March Madness authors’ giveaways campaign, and showcases other authors on her blog at www.chelleramsey.com/beautifully-inspired-blog. Her novels can be found online at Chelle Ramsey Amazon.

BLURB:

Ambiance – After discovering her husband had an illegitimate child resulting from a lengthy affair, her world was torn in two. His untimely passing left her feeling she had been robbed of the chance to deal with the betrayal. Seeking to give herself a fresh start, she packs up and moves cross country to the West Coast. Pursuing her dreams as a business owner, she’s on top of the world, until the man who caused her to question her marriage comes knocking. Will he mend her broken heart, or uproot her new life and leave it in further disrepair?

Naomi – Dealing with empty nest syndrome, she discovers everything everyone ever said about her is true. She has no life. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and entering the dating world after years of being alone, she’s unprepared for the games that lie in wait. Juggling her feelings between two very attractive men, she will soon learn that one is playing a deceptive and dangerous game.

Paige- Barely escaping a deadly snare created by her own devices, she is searching for healing and redemption. After two years of therapy, Paige is finally ready to face her demons. It won’t be as easy as it seems when accusations are constantly launched at her, and people from her past continue to pop up. A former lover is not ready to let go, and she soon finds herself making similar choices from her past. Will she open her heart up to love and be loved, and will she be convinced to open her life to Christ?

Three best friends search for healing and deliverance from their emotional wounds, as they come to grips that the affliction they’ve borne was at the burden of their own hands. They yearn for the redemption of their sins in the arms of men, the arms of a Savior, and in the eyes of one another.

When the heart mourns, redemption is born.



EXCERPT:
Paige 

I had never been to Nikolai’s before. I was enthralled with the elegance of the atmosphere from the moment I stepped in. As I was led to the dining area near a bank of windows, my eyes were instantly drawn to the tasteful light fixtures hanging overhead. But that paled in comparison to the large windows flaunting a view of the city; which was magnificent. I thought back to the windows at Legal and knew they were incomparable.

My preoccupation with the views, chic white seating, and the ambiance caused me to miss the flashing red light; the flashing red light that something was wrong.

When I arrived at my table, Jacob stood and held out my chair for me as the hostess left. I looked around in confusion, noting that we were the only ones in attendance from the office and wondering if a “fool” sign had been painted on my forehead, if anyone else could see my shame. But the other diners in attendance were engaged in intimate conversations of their own, oblivious to the trickery I had fallen into. My cheeks flushed red and my eyes narrowed. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, hoping I had not been duped.

“What the hell is going on?” I whispered harshly.

“Please have a seat.” One of Jacob’s hands rested lightly on my waist while the other extended towards my chair.

“No! Not until you tell me where everyone’s at.”

“Please, keep your voice down and take a seat. You’re embarrassing yourself.”

“Really? Mr. Hawthorne, you’ve not seen embarrassment. You have no idea of the type of embarrassment I have endured over the last couple of years. And you have no idea of the type I can cause!”

My voice had risen once more, but to his credit, he refused to back down.

“Please, Paige. Take a seat.” His hand had moved from my waist to my elbow.

“Not until you tell me where everyone else is.”

“There’s no party. I knew that if I invited you alone, you would not come. That’s why I asked you not to share it with anyone.”

“You lying ass! Why?”

“I need to talk to you…away from the office.” His eyes never left my face, although like me, I’m sure he could feel the stares of the other diners.

The waiter approached at that moment. “Mr. Hawthorne, does there seem to be a problem? Something we can help with, perhaps?”

Shaking my head side to side and sucking my teeth, it took every ounce of control not to go off on the thin, balding man. I knew he was referring to me as the “something.” His watery blue eyes pleaded with Jacob’s to allow him to remove me from the restaurant.

“Ah, no, Thomas. There’s been a slight mix-up, but I have everything under control. Thank you.”

“As you wish, sir.” He bowed slightly before eyeing me once more and disappearing.

I looked around at the glares we were getting from the other diners and finally gave in. Refusing to relax in my chair, I kept my posture straight. I wanted him to know at any moment, I might bolt.

He exhaled a deep breath before placing his hands on the table and staring into my eyes. Gone was the light mirth that always danced in the chocolate depths, replaced by a solemn stare. “First, let me apologize for lying to you. I had no right, but this was the only way I could think of to get you here.”

“You’re damned right you had no right!”

The twinkle returned to his eyes once more, and I could not understand what could be so amusing to him. It only served to anger me more.

“Paige…I think we’ve both found ourselves in an odd predicament. The reality is, we have jobs to do and we have to do them to the best of our ability. The fact that each time you walk into my office, or past my office, I remember those legs clasped around my back does not change that. Neither does the fact that I recall how you moaned my name all night long—”

“Look, asshole! If you called me here to humiliate me further, I can leave now. I don’t need your shit, Mr. Hawthorne!”

He reached across the table and boldly pressed a finger against my lips. What the hell was wrong with me? My legs clenched tightly of their own accord, struggling to no avail to repress the throbbing sensation.

“I did not call you here to humiliate you. I actually called you here because I owe you an apology.”

“I don’t know what the hell type of apology you think that was—”

“I had no right to treat you like a paid woman that morning. To be honest, I was completely caught off guard by your lack of discretion. We didn’t know each other that well. When I called you over that night, I simply thought we’d get to know one another a little better, but I didn’t expect what happened to happen.”

“Is that right?”

“That’s absolutely right. Don’t get me wrong. I had planned on trying; I just didn’t expect it to go so easily. Paige, you have to admit you played yourself like that. What was I to do? You weren’t who I thought you were. I lost respect for you.”

His comment had not quite registered in my head as I sat staring at him. I contemplated whether I would accept his so-called apology or get up and walk away with no explanation. That evil tongue of mine won out. “You lost respect for yourself, too, Mr. Hawthorne. You invited a strange woman into your home, had sex with her, and treated her coldly. You have no idea what I could have come back to do.”

“Is that a threat, Paige?” He lifted his eyebrow and smirked at me.

“No. Just be duly warned. You shouldn’t make a habit of it, Mr. Hawthorne. You never know…you just might be sleeping with the enemy.”

He rested his elbows on the table and pressed his fingers together, staring at me. I began to squirm underneath his glare. I was quickly rescued by the return of our waiter.

A part of me wanted to stay and see what he had to say. What was his motive? And another part wanted to leave. The shallow part stepped up and took over, as I decided to enjoy a wonderful dinner in the refined restaurant with a despicable, mysterious man.

Once our orders had been placed, we turned our attention back to our issue.

“So, what are you proposing, Mr. Hawthorne?”

He chuckled and shook his head at me. “I respect your choice in the office. But please…here and now there’s just you and me. Can we drop the Mr. Hawthorne for the night? Let’s quit pretending, Paige.”

“Quit pretending what?”

“That the physical attraction between us does not exist.”

He bit his bottom lip in between his teeth and the light in his eyes brightened. My heartbeat amplified, blocking out all other sounds around us. There was a strong desire within me to give in to the cravings I was having. Yet, I knew better. I knew it would lead to no good, just as I knew I should have turned and walked out the restaurant when I saw him.

Giving in to the desires of my flesh would crush me. I began to ponder the discussion my therapist had with me earlier. She suggested a meditation technique known as mindfulness to help me stave off my cravings for sex. Supposedly, I would need to focus on the present, taking note of all the thoughts, feelings, images, and sensations, I was experiencing. My primary goal was to not react to or judge them in any way. This would cause those thoughts and feelings to die away on their own. But there was an internal war between my body and my mind. I feared which one might win.

“I cannot speak for you, Mr. Hawthorne, but I can speak for myself. I’m not in the least bit physically attracted to you.”

“You lie so well, Paige, among your many other talents.” He winked at me and smiled before reaching to take my hand into his.

I refused to let him see me sweat. So, no matter how much I wanted to take a sip of wine or turn away from him, I stared him down and refused to remove my hand right away. “What makes you say that?” I counted to twenty in my mind before removing my hand from his.

“I see how your heartbeat has increased. I noted the change of your breathing, the way your hair is plastering to your temples slightly, and the way your eyes keep jumping while you try to control them.”

This man had me pegged. But what good would I be if I didn’t refute him?

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. My heartbeat has increased, because I’m angry at you for lying to me. For tricking me into this charade of a dinner.”

“You could’ve left at any moment, but you chose not to. Your breathing changed, because you were taking deep breaths, trying to control the emotions and not allow your angst to overwhelm you. Your hair is lying against your temples, because you’re heated. Yet, it’s cool in here. I know when a woman desires me, Paige. And you…desire me.”

“You’re an arrogant ass. You know that?”

“No, Paige, I’m simply confident.

* * * * * *
Buy Links:
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SHORT LINK: Or bit.ly/AWD_R
You can contact Chelle here:

FACEBOOK: ChelleWrites
TWITTER: @UndeniablyChell
PINTEREST: ChellesBooks
INSTAGRAM: UndeniablyChelle

Monday, June 25, 2018

New Release Showcase






Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for Bounce Back: Tips for Overcoming Adversity, Life Challenges and Setbacks by Dr. Bridgette Jenkins. The tour will run June 4-29, 2018.



Publication Date: May 19, 2018      

Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction




                                       




Bounce Back will encourage you to be intentional about facing adversity and challenges while staying positive about your situation. With practicality, wisdom and experience, Dr. Bridgette shares strategies and tips that can be used to help you Bounce Back from any negative life situation. After reading this book, and applying the practical Bounce Back tips, you will be able to withstand, recover from and overcome any challenge you might face in life.








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Introducing Dr. Bridgette Jenkins





Dr. Bridgette is a doctorly prepared registered nurse who specializes in education and community health. She has a heart for nursing students and those struggling to reach their education and career goals. She serves as mentor and coach to nurses and nursing students as they matriculate through the nursing profession.



She is the owner of Health Education Institute where she teaches lifesaving courses to healthcare providers and the public. She also offers a variety of courses to healthcare providers to help them stay current on updates and changes within the healthcare arena. Dr. Bridgette also speaks at churches and community events on various health issues that are prevalent among vulnerable populations.


She is the CEO/President of the Houston Chapter of Black Nurses Rock, a nonprofit organization committed to changing the lives of the citizens in the Houston area and surrounding communities through service and education.

Bridgette resides in Houston Texas where she’s actively involved in her church and community. She is a mother to three adult children and a miniature schnauzer named Dallas. She is also MiMi to two adorable grandsons.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

#AmReading

I have been quite neglectful of sharing what I'm reading here on my blog. I'm so excited about the book I'm reading right now that I've been sharing it on all my social networks!

It's called Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan, and it's fabulous! Here's what I posted to Facebook the other day:

"OMG, I'm reading the best book! It's called LONG SHOT by Kennedy Ryan, and it's filled with drama, suspense, romance and even a little violence in the world of professional basketball.
I absolutely loooove her writing, so much so that I bought three of her other books last night. Look at how many reviews this book has...