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.

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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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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.


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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... 





Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Release Showcase!

My girl from across the pond, Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, has a new release that she'd like to share today.


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 Contemporary/Interracial/Multicultural 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 22 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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“Shocking Affair” ~ A Sweet & Sexy Romance
Amazon #1 New Release Bestseller

Love Quote:

“You’ve got more than I ever thought I would get in a woman. And you’re the only one in the world who makes me feel the way I do. I love you with my whole heart.”

~Toye Williams from “Shocking Affair”.


Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Interracial/Multicultural

Release Date: April 16th, 2018

Word Count: Approx. over 70,000 words

No of Pages: 221

BLURB

She is the CEO and he is the janitor.

“Brilliant, beautiful and bold, Michelle’s the CEO of Hotshot Publishers. I’m the janitor assigned to clean her office. She has her eyes on me. The truth is, I don’t date powerful women. In fact, I don’t date at all, but it doesn’t stop my eyes from finding hers in a room. Suddenly, she asks for my help. I want to refuse, but I’m curious. Besides why would I turn down my boss? Maybe just this once, every inch of her sexy body will know my touch even if it’s the last thing I do. If I get hooked, it’ll be a shocking affair. Suddenly, her old crush appears and then I realize I want something from her…” ~ Toye Williams

“Striking from head to toe, there’s something about Toye, the janitor that distracts me as I work. Maybe the tattoos designed along his muscled arms play havoc on my mind, or the rippling muscles beneath his fitted top is the reason, I’m not sure. When you’re at the top of your career, holding on to a relationship is tough. Yet, my stomach scrunches every time I see him. He sends me a mysterious glare and a stay-away-from-me frown when our eyes lock. I reject accomplished men who want me. With Toye, maybe it’s the chase I enjoy or the fact I know I shouldn’t date the janitor. Whatever it is, I’ve got a favour to ask of him. If he says yes, I’ll do what I’ve got in mind. If not, I might settle for my old crush.”

~Michelle Taylor

From the Author of Guilty of Love ~ A Sweet & Steamy Romance ~

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EXCERPT


Toye made his way past Michelle along the hallway, but she clipped his forearm with her slender fingers. 

Though her touch was tender, it lit a slow flame in his chest. In that instant, the quiet heat building up inside him for months exploded.

He grabbed his boss’s arm and flung her against his body.

She gasped, tilting her head.

There was no time to think.

He swooped down his head and crushed her parted lips with his own. Deep inside her mouth, he swept his tongue around, brushing over the tender flesh with short caresses. She pressed against him and surged her tongue inside his mouth, sweeping and brewing a storm around his body.

He trembled slightly.

She shivered in his arms.

As suddenly as the passionate hunger seized him, he cut it off and marched toward the kitchen.

His head growled at his reckless behaviour. Who kissed their bosses without asking and then strode off without an explanation?

If she fired him, he would not protest, because he had earned the right to be laid off.

For all of two seconds, he wondered if he was insane or if he had a wish to ruin his fortune.
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Flash Friday Excerpt




Here's a Flash Friday excerpt from A Song For You where Bree has her first bad experience with a famous artist...

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Lavaughn took me on a tour of the seven-bedroom, nine-bath house complete with a twelve-seat home theater, fitness center, wine cellar, and recording studio. The decorator had done a marvelous job on the décor. Nothing was overdone or flashy, which I’d expected. I commented on the décor in each room, being careful not to gush. I refused to give him the pleasure.

Back in the solarium with its floor-to-ceiling windows, the coffee and pastries awaited us.

“Tell me how your album is going.” He filled the two cups and indicated the cream and sugar on a second small tray.

“So far so good. I still have two more songs to record. I’ll be back next weekend to finish those.”

“Is your contract for a three-album deal?”

“Five.” I took a tiny sip of the steaming coffee.

“You do know it’s only an option, right?”

“Of course. It’s why I’m working so hard on this one.”

He angled his body toward me and leaned in. “I can help you make this album better than anyone ever expected.”

“How?”

“By working on your body language and movement. The voice is one thing; how you move on stage is another.”

Lavaughn had never heard me sing or seen me perform. I squinted in confusion when he asked. “Do you know ‘I Need You?’”, speaking of one of his biggest hits that had extremely sexy lyrics.

“Sure.”

“Maybe you can come into the studio for a few minutes after we finish dessert. I’d really like to hear you sing it.”“Okay, if it won’t take too long. I have to drive home this evening and need to go back to my girlfriend’s house to pack, so I can be on the road by six o’clock.”

He made a show of glancing down at the Piaget Altaplano Caliber 1200 D on his right wrist. The only reason I knew about the watch’s outrageous one hundred fifty thousand dollar price tag was because I’d seen it on a magazine show. They’d recently done a story because a Hollywood celebutante had given one to her bae for his birthday. The watch’s unique design was encrusted with diamonds. Still, I wasn’t impressed. That amount of money could pay off my mama’s medical bills.

Lavaughn hadn’t spoken positively about anyone else all afternoon. It struck me as not only rude but also deceptive. There had to have been people during his career who helped him. To hear him tell it, he was a self-made man, a virtual impossibility in the music business.

“Let’s do it. I want to hear you blow.”

Naturally, everything in the studio was top-of-the-line. Lavaughn momentarily studied the control board before he passed me a handheld mic. Suddenly, the background instrumentals to his hit song started playing. I picked up on the second line. The fact that I was actually doing a duet with him in his private studio was a fantasy come true. Our voices melded perfectly together. I got caught up in the music and was enjoying the magical moment until he closed his arms around my waist and started grinding his pelvis against my ass.

I’d never been naïve when it came to men’s motives. What he wanted from me basically boiled down to the now infamous Harvey Weinstein promise. If you give me what I want, I’ll make you a star.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t strongly attracted to him physically, even though his lighter complexion and wavy hair wasn’t what usually appealed to me. Lavaughn Westfield had sex appeal oozing from his pores, but his disturbing air of entitlement turned my stomach. He seemed to think he could do whatever he wanted without asking. He now had an undeniable erection, and he made sure I knew it by pulling my hips into his crotch. This wasn’t romantic or even sexy. It smacked of predator. I only had two choices: either go along with it or stop his sleazy ass cold.

At first I’d thought Pierce might’ve been jealous of Lavaughn’s looks and wealth, but he’d known the truth about the Neo-Soul King. Now I understood Pierce’s intense dislike for him. My mind raced for a way to get out of this without setting him off. I wriggled around in his tight embrace, slid my hand between his legs and stroked him hard. Even though the package was impressive, I wasn’t interested. “I’d like to freshen up a bit. Where’s the restroom?”

“Of course, down the hall on the left.”

“Why don’t you relax and get comfortable while I take care of a few things?” I suggested, squeezing him tightly in my fist.

Lavaughn studied me with a predator’s unwavering attention. “Yes, ma’am. I will. Don’t take too long.” He covered my lips with his and dipped his tongue deep into my mouth. I wanted to puke, but I returned the kiss with as much enthusiasm as I could drum up. Grabbing my purse, I turned with my sexiest smile before I left the room.

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Excerpt from A SONG FOR YOU, Book Two in The Lake Series #Romance #SmallTown #Music

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Release Showcase

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour Stephanie Nicole Norris. This tour will run April 23, 2018.  Book your own tour here.

Title: No Holds Barred

Genre: African American Contemporary Romance

ASIN: B07C8J6DH9

Read for free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited
Meet Stephanie
Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine.

After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.

About the Book

Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla's had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn't easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn't expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.
As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can't explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.



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