Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Born to be Wild - Sneak Peek #1

Here's the first unedited excerpt from BORN TO BE WILD, Book One in my new series - https://www.facebook.com/ChickiBrownNovels/

The heroine owns the only bookstore in a small Alabama lake town...

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This particular Wednesday I was sitting between the shelves on the rolling black stepstool unpacking a box of books I’d ordered for the history section. Biographies of former local residents and family histories were some of my biggest sellers. Soft jazz was playing from the small shelf system I always had playing into the room, and I was engrossed with recording the incoming stock and sorting it out when heavy footfalls drew my attention from the task. 

“I’ll be with you in just a second,” I called out, set the stack of books onto the floor and quickly stuffed the packing material back into the empty box. I was trying to organize the pile of books and papers when the deep timbre of a voice sent a ripple of sensation down my spine.

“Sorry to disturb you.” Black leather boots with silver hardware came into view. My gaze traveled from the boots, up a pair of sturdy thighs, past the black tank which displayed muscular, caramel-colored shoulders. Well-formed muscles were evenly distributed over his lean frame, which had to be at least six feet tall. But his face is what did immediate damage to my nervous system. Scruff covering his angular jaw of a GQ-worth face gave him a rough edge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a good-looking man. It took me a couple of seconds to stand and get my brain and mouth working together to produce some intelligible words that didn’t sound like stuttering.


“I’m sorry. May I help you?”


“Yes.” He took off his sunglasses revealing eyes that were so dark they were almost black and handed me a piece of paper. “I’m looking for this book on motorcycle repair. Would you have it in stock?”


Without even looking at the title, I knew it wasn’t one I carried. “I don’t, but I’ll gladly order it for you. It should take three to four days. Can you wait that long?”


 He smiled and my bones felt as though they were melting. “I’m on my way to Florida, but I’ll be coming back through in a few days. Can you order it for overnight delivery just to make sure?”


“No problem.” It took everything I had to make sure he didn’t see the way my hands were shaking when I handed him an order form and a pen. “Do you mind filling this out for me?”

He grinned. “I wouldn’t mind doing anything you ask.”

The whole room tilted, and I glanced way from his penetrating dark gaze. While he completed the form, it was all I could do not to gawk at him, so I pretended to be busy straightening up around the register.


“Here you go. I appreciate this. It’s a birthday gift for my buddy.”

“Would like me to gift wrap it?” I asked, simply wanting to hear him talk some more.


“Could you?”


“Of course, Mr…,” I glanced down at the order form. “Turner. No problem.”


He didn’t move to leave, and I suddenly felt uncomfortable with the way he stared at me. “Is there something else I can help you with?”

He cleared his throat. “Yes. Can you tell me where can I get lunch?”

“There’s Arby’s, KFC, Church’s Chicken, and McDonald’s up yonder on Eufaula Street.”


“I mean real food. I ate Mickey D’s for breakfast, and after being on the road all morning, I’m starving.”


“Well, I’m prejudiced, but Karly’s KafĂ© around the corner is where I eat whenever I don’t bring lunch from home.”


That smile again. “It’s lunchtime now. Are you going there today?”

I checked the clock and returned his smile. “I’d planned to.”


“Can you show me where it is?”


Was he flirting with me, or was this confident, laid-back manner just his everyday personality? It had been so long since a man flirted with me, I wasn’t sure, but what harm could there be in walking there with him? It was broad daylight, and Karly’s was a little over three hundred steps away. The only reason I knew that piece of trivia was thanks to my FitBit. “Okay. I have to lock up, because my assistant doesn’t come in until later.”


He propped a lean hip against the counter, placed the leather backpack that hung over one brawny shoulder on the counter top and looked inside. “I need to make a call.”


After I pulled the plug on the coffeemaker and hit the power button on the stereo, I listened as he dialed and said, “Spence, I’m going to get lunch somewhere else. If you want to head out, I’ll catch up with you.” Reese listened for a moment and smiled. “Yeah, there is. Okay. Later.” He returned the phone to the well-worn bag. It wasn’t until he turned around that I realized he was wearing his hair in a ponytail. Long hair on a man never appealed to me, but it actually looked good on him, and it was evident his wasn’t chemically straightened. The texture testified of something in his bloodline. Native American, perhaps.

I grabbed my purse from beneath the counter.

“Nice place you have here. Been here long?”


“Thank you. This is my third year.” I took out my keys. “Okay, I’m ready.”


“Is it okay to leave my bike here?”


“Of course. Nobody is going to bother it.”


“All right, I’ll take your word on that.” He stretched out a very muscular arm toward the front door. “Lead the way.”


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Status update...

Since I posted here last time, I've had major surgery and have been recuperating at home. Since I wasn't allowed to do much else, I concentrated on writing the first two chapters of BORN TO BE WILD, Book One in The Lake Series.

This story is going to be a love triangle with the heroine, bookstore owner Tangela Holloway, trying to decide between two men - one whom she's known her entire life, and another who has just walked into her life. And these men couldn't be more different. 


Here's the long blurb I'm working on. It needs tweaking, but this is what I have so far...
If you enjoyed reading the Stafford Brothers Series, keep an eye out for my upcoming Lake Series. This series, set in an Alabama lake town, will feature different residents of the town. Book One, Born to be Wild, introduces readers to Tangela Holloway, the shy, introverted owner of the town’s only bookstore. She spends her days running the store, and her nights reading. 

For the past two years Tangela has been dating Johnnie Ellison, a hometown boy who owns one of the town’s boat rental companies. Johnnie is among the town’s few eligible bachelors. She cares about Johnnie and considers him a good friend. Recently he’s been hinting about taking their relationship to the next level. She is giving his suggestion serious consideration but secretly longs to feel the kind of sparks she’s read about in the romance novels she loves to read. Tangela wonders if she is holding out for a ridiculous fantasy that only happens between the pages of fiction.

One August afternoon, Reese Turner strides into her store looking as sexy, wild and dangerous as one of the heroes in her books. As he speaks to her, what she experiences is more like an electrical storm than mere sparks. Reese explains that he and his motorcycle club are on their way from Atlanta, Georgia to the Annual National Bikers Roundup being held this year in Panama City Beach, Florida. He asks her to order a specific book on cycle repair and says if she can put a rush on it, he will return to pick it up. The handsome biker ends by asking if he can also take her out to dinner when he returns in a week.

Tangela has a week to decide if she’ll make the safe choice and settle down with her old friend or follow the current that’s pulling her to a man who is different from any she’s ever known.


Today I'm 8,500 words into the story...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Release Spotlight!



Title: Love at Christmas
A Sexy Romance


Author: Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Interracial/Multicultural
No of Pages: 170

ISBN: 978-1540375742 (Paperback)

Release Date: Nov 27th 2016

Blurb

~ When the desire to be with her is so strong ~ 

Emem is on her way to attend a Christmas speed dating contest in her hometown. This season, she has her mind made up to only date a bachelor who grew up in Barrow-in-Furness. Her reasons are personal and there is no way she would date a man who is a non-local.

Runo has an invitation to a Christmas event that sounds more like a blind date. He is excited at the perfect chance to indulge in a quickie affair with a woman he will not have to see again after this year’s week-long contest.

When Runo is paired up with Emem, their attraction is instant and the urge to kiss her is so strong and undeniable. Then he finds out Emem wants more than a week long affair. And she discovers Runo is a non-local out to have fun. When the desire to be together is so strong, would they reveal their deep emotions or find reasons to opt out of the contest?

~ From the Author of His Ring: A Sweet & Steamy Romance

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Teaser

In haste, Emem dropped the mug on her dressing table and fished out her mobile phone. Runo’s name scrolled across the screen and her fingers wobbled as she answered the call.

“Hello,” she whispered, locking her bedroom door.
“Why are you whispering? Are you not home yet?” Runo queried, his tone sharp.

“I’m home. Just don’t want my family listening to my conversation.”

He laughed in her ears and she giggled.

“Sounds like my family. I bet they sat you down to ask about me.”

Emem nodded. Then realised Runo could not see her, so she responded. “Had to reveal the basics to pacify their interest.”

“So did you tell them I massaged your shoulders?”

The reminder of how his strong fingers kneaded her flesh made her grit her teeth as a hot flush boiled her face.

“No I didn’t,” she murmured, pressing the mobile phone to her face as if to bring him closer.

Runo chuckled, the sound tingling her skin.

“Did you tell them you kissed me?” he rasped in her ears.

Emem stared at the ceiling, took in a deep breath and touched her lips with one finger the way Runo had in the restaurant. She could still taste the champagne on his lips and a fresh surge of shivers strolled around her backbone.

About the Author


I'm Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, the author of several toe-curling & heart-fluttering Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels consisting of Contemporary/Interracial/Multicultural and Historical/Paranormal Romance.

Just so you know, I'm a romantic freak, mother of two fun - loving teenagers, married to my gorgeous husband and we live in London, UK. If my teens had their way, they would fill our home with a dozen pets. Swimming on my back like a star-fish is one of my skills.

My stories are dotted with unexpected twists and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe and enchanting America. An emotional spin is what you get when you read my books: Loitering Shadows, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1), Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series #2), Forbidden Dance, Stolen Valentine Kiss & Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series 2~ Books ~ in ~ 1), Tempting Desire, Seduced Hearts, Red Velvet Rose, Wild Whispers, Indecent, His Ring and Lust.
Love at Christmas is my sexy new release.

Royal Cowries (Cowries Series #1) and His Choice (Cowries Series #2) are Historical/Paranormal Romance stories.

Please write or connect with me on social media. I love reading from you.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Release Spotlight!

My former critique partner and face-to-face friend, M.J. Kane has a brand new release in her Butterfly Memoirs series! This series has received wonderful reviews, and I am proud to introduce you to Book Five, entitled Alone.

About the book:

When Derrick’s brother drives the family business into bankruptcy, Derrick is left without a job and only one choice: start over. With a new job waiting in Atlanta, the only other thing he’s looking for is a woman who’s willing to fit his no-strings-attached relationship policy. But then he runs into Kelli, a woman with a smart mouth who challenges him in every way. She’d be perfect … if it weren’t for the fact she had kids. 
Shortly after giving birth to her son, Kelli’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce. Forced to move in with her newlywed sister, Kelli is faced with raising two young children on her own, finding affordable housing, and landing a job that will pay her bills. The last thing she needs or wants is a man in her life. But when her brother-in-law’s best friend shows up for dinner, it’s impossible to ignore the sexual attraction. 
Fate and finances have another plan, though, forcing them into living under the same roof. Despite their differences, Derrick finds himself breaking his own relationship rules. But as his luck would have it, just when he thinks he’s ready to make a commitment, tragedy strikes close to home and, with it, issues from his past that force him to risk it all. 

Here's a snippet:

“Well, well, look at what the cat dragged in.”

I turned and expected to see Trevon’s wife, Kai, but instead faced her sister. The first time we’d come face-to-face had been during the renovations. She was in charge of interior decorating, while I was in charge of renovating the entire restaurant. A delay in the work schedule had had her fuming. She’d searched me out and jumped down my throat, demanding my crew be finished so she could keep to her interior decorating schedule before she had her baby. She had been heavy with child and bore a pregnancy glow. She’d had the baby by the time I came back for the wedding.

But today…

“Kelli, you look…” Unable to help myself, my gaze traveled the length of her body. All the baby weight was gone and damn, she was fine.

She wore a pair of ripped jeans, a T-shirt, and her feet were bare. Long jet-black hair rested on her shoulders and cat-shaped eyes drew my attention.

“I look what?” A hand went to her hip as a thin eyebrow arched.

She may have had her baby, but she still had the attitude.

Before I could respond, a little girl, the spitting image of Kelli, ran to the doorway and tugged on her shirt. “Mommy, Aunty said the timer went off on the stove.”

Kelli ran a hand over the little girl’s head. “Okay, tell her I’ll be there in a second and that Uncle Tre’s friend is here.”

The little girl looked at me. Her eyes widened as her head went back to take in my full height.

Kelli clicked her teeth. “What do you say, Christina?”

The little girl snapped back to attention. “Hello.” She grinned, then ran off to deliver her messages.

Kelli’s attention came back to me. “You were saying?”

I cleared my throat. “The last time I saw you was at Kai and Trevon’s wedding. You look nice.”

“And what, I looked like a crazy person then?” She stepped aside and directed me to come in.

I wasn’t taking the bait. “No, I was going to say−”

She laughed; the musical quality struck a chord inside of me. “I probably did. I was breastfeeding a three-month-old while trying to play maid of honor. It was crazy.” She breezed past me and walked down the hallway. I followed, unable to take my eyes off her waist and hips as they swayed. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t trying to be sexy, but in those fitted jeans….

I ran a thumb over my brow and forced myself to look away and remember she was a married woman. As much as I appreciated a woman’s anatomy, there was at least one line I didn’t cross. Married women were completely off-limits.

The smell of cooked food grew stronger as we neared the kitchen, and my stomach growled. It was the perfect distraction.

“Hungry?” Kelli glanced over her shoulder.

Damn, those eyes of hers were sexy as hell.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It's Live!!!!!


Inner City Blues is live on Kindle and Nook! Check out the final book in the #StaffordBrothersSeries   


Kindle - http://amzn.to/2fssIXM  Nook - http://bit.ly/2eFLdcr  #EndOfSeries   #NewRelease #Family 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Coming Soon Promo #1


For the next several days, I'll be sharing the promos I created for Inner City Blues. I hope they're good enough to draw some interest for the book...


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Between books...

INNER CITY BLUES went to my editor on Sunday! 


Since then I've been working on my "between books to do list". When I'm in the process of writing, I don't do much of anything else besides read and little bit and watch some TV at night.  That means the house only gets the minimum vacuuming and dusting. All of the craft/business articles I've printed out during the six months I'm in my writing cave are stacked up in piles in my office and on the dining room table along with everything else that needs to be filed. I also had to make up folders for the research I did on all of the Stafford brothers books.

So every day I'm spending time going through the piles and sorting out what I need to read and what I just need to file, and every afternoon I'll be reading the craft and business stuff. Getting organized always makes me feel good. The idea of starting a new book/series with everything in its place is wonderful.


My editor blocked out two weeks to do the book, and that means I have fourteen days or less to get everything done.

On the fun side, I'm reading a great book, ALWAYS AND FOREVER, by the queen of historical African-American romance, Beverly Jenkins. 
Yes, on the surface (front cover) it looks like a traditional historical romance, but the story is actually about 35 women traveling from Chicago to Kansas by wagon train in the late 1800's. They are going to become wives to men in a town founded by blacks where women are few. All the women have to base their choice on are sketches of the "grooms" and a description of what each man is looking for in a wife. Grace Atwood has personally interviewed each of the woman, chosen the ones she feels fit the descriptions sent by the men and those she feels are tough enough to make the trip. She organizes the wagon train and hires Jackson Blake to be their wagonmaster. The romance that unfolds is between Grace and Jackson, but all of the things that happen during the trip is what makes this book amazing. Ms. Jenkins, who always does detailed research into actual African-American history, did an incredible job on this story. I'm enjoying it immensely, and I thank God I'm living now. I wouldn't have made it back in the old days. 

As soon as I get the manuscript back from my editor, I'll do the revisions, format it for Kindle and Nook and then send it to the woman who formats it for Createspace. It still looks good for a release the first week of November. To all of the readers who've sent me Facebook messages or e-mails asking how long it will be before they meet Jesse, I say...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Release Spotlight!

While I wrap up Book Six in the Stafford Brothers series, I thought I'd give fellow authors time to share their books.

Today I'm proud to feature author Suzette D. Harrison and her historical romance novel, Taffy.

Please join author Suzette. D Harrison as she tours the blogosphere with  Write Now Literary Book Tours 
and her new release Taffy on
October 4, 2016.
Author: Suzette D. Harrison
Genre: Historical Fiction; Historical Romance
Book Title: TAFFY
Publication Date: February 11, 2016
ISBN-10: 1523298251
ISBN-13: 978-1523298259
About The Book
Welcome to the sleepy, all-Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare "ain't nothing white here 'cept milk and teeth." It's 1935. A press-and-curl costs a quarter. Records play on phonographs. And a telephone is a luxury. Meet twenty-three-year-old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman. She doesn't need her gift of second sight to know her "mockery of a marriage" to a man twice her age is far from good. After a seven-year exile Up North, Taffy travels down-home to the small town bearing her family's name, plotting her escape from a marriage not worth the price of a press-and-curl. She only needs to retrieve the son her husband banished to her parents' care, before boarding a train headed for the Windy City filled with liberty and opportunity. Instead, Taffy stumbles into Roam Ellis: the man Taffy meant to marry. Twenty-six-year-old Roam Ellis is a "broad-shouldered, hard-bodied" Pullman porter riding the rails coast-to-coast, outrunning the bitter heartbreak Taffy left behind. Now, after a seven-year absence, Roam is face-to-face with his first love. Anger ignites. Old wounds are exposed. But when pain subsides, passion rises, thrusting Taffy and Roam into a hurricane of buried secrets and lies. Reminiscent of the works of Bernice McFadden, Bertice Berry, and Andrea Smith (The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner) this Historical Romance is bathed in southern lore and sweeping imagery. Lyrical and powerful, Taffy is a story of restoration and redemption that you won't soon forget.
About The Author

Suzette D. Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began when her poetry appeared in a volume of creative writing published by her junior high school. While Ms. Harrison pays homage to Gloria Naylor, Dr. Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison for initially inspiring her creative spirit, it was Alex Haley’s Roots (which she read at the age of fourteen) that unveiled the tremendous power and importance of African American literary voices. In addition to being the wife of a university professor and mother of gorgeous children, Suzette is a cupcake proprietor who loves singing gospel-with-a-hint-of-jazz. An elementary school librarian, Suzette is currently working on her next novel…in between batches of cupcakes.
Excerpt
Taffy made ready to fuss him out only to reconsider. That steel-headed man won’t move. She would. Taffy eyed the fence, knowing she’d earlier hopped it with ease. But she couldn’t hike her dress up before present company. “Go ahead,” Roam goaded, popping peppermints in his mouth, ready to enjoy the spectacle. “I’d like to see you try.” Options were few with the opposite side of the road lined by a ditch and a frighteningly out-of-control briar patch. Taffy could reverse her path. I’m not! Taffy had long ago learned how to do what she had to. “You ‘bout to break something,” Roam warned, shaking his head as Taffy prepared to climb. “Gal, quit acting up and walk this way.” Ignoring Roam, Taffy hoisted herself onto the bottom rail. Fumbling, she tried climbing with shoes in hand, finally dropping them over the fence, onto the other side. Roam moved quickly before Taffy, too, was beyond reach. Taffy felt an arm snake about her waist, effortlessly hauling her backward as if it didn’t cost Roam a thing. “What’re you doing?!” “Whatever I want,” Roam responded, setting Taffy on her feet, anchoring an arm about her waist when Taffy spun, spitting heat. “Move, Roam.” Taffy strained against Roam’s iron hold. “Get off me before I hurt you!” “Already did.” Her fire fizzled. Voice softened, tongue tasted regret. “Roam, what do you want?” “You.” Taffy stilled. Roam reinforced his hold. “Two things I won’t do with you: mince words or waste time.” Lifting her chin, claiming her mouth, Roam proved his point. His lips were hot, soft, sweet. Taffy got lost savoring them and him, and the bombarding emotions of mere moments before became nonexistent. Oh my blessedness, Taffy inwardly purred, feeling a slow, unsanctioned melting. They’d shared quick, quaint kisses in adolescent sweetheart days. Never this. Never with man-to-woman savoir faire. Resuscitated passions exploded and multiplied. Taffy could barely breathe let alone think, so she followed love’s lead and held on for the ride.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Release Spotlight

Please join author Paulette Harper as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Secret Places Revealed, on September 27, 2016.

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
In celebration of Paulette’s upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed, she’s giving away one (1) autograph copy of Secret Places Revealed.

This contest is open for US only through October, 7, 2016

Rafflecode:
Publication Date: September 16, 2016
Paperback: 342 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romance
ISBN-10: 0989969150
ISBN-13: 978-0989969154
ASIN: B01M0GXCGB
About The Book

A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.

Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.

After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She's built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.

About The Author
In addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speaks into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

Paulette resides in Northern California.

Buy Link
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Amazon paperback: https://amzn.com/0989969150
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Release Spotlight!

Today the spotlight is shining on author Sheryl Lister. She has a brand new Kimani romance that I hope you will buy. Here are all of the details.  Sorry about the spacing. This was an HTML document, and I didn't know how to fix it...


Please join author Sheryl Lister as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Places In My Heart, Pre Order Blitz and Contest on September 15, 2016.
CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
In celebration of Sheryl’s upcoming release, Places In My Heart, she’s giving away (5) five prizes: (4) four mini-swag packs and (1) one Grand Prize of a Reader Lovers Basket, including a Kindle Fire and $25 Amazon gift card. 
Pre-order your copy: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OSFA3h
Once you've ordered, enter the contest here: http://sheryllister.com/contest
This contest is open to US only through September 30, 2016. 
Publication Date:  Oct 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN-10: 0373864701
ISBN-13: 978-0373864706
About The Book
Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her...
Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her he has to show her the man he can be away from the field and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.
About The Author
Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She been nominated for an Emma Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and named BRAB’s 2015 Best New Author. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two very special little boys.
Excerpt
Omar knew he had taken a risk showing up at Morgan’s office, but he was desperate. It had taken a lot to persuade Malcolm to share his sister’s information, especially since Omar had declined to say what had happened between them. He toyed with calling first, but changed his mind because he didn’t want to chance her refusing to see him. The woman seated outside Morgan’s office, whom he assumed was the assistant, greeted him with a wide smile and an exaggerated sway of her hips as she led him to the office. Omar ignored the not-so-subtle brush of her breasts against his arm when she turned to leave. In his peripheral vision, he noticed the slight rise in Morgan’s eyebrow and knew she’d seen it, too. He waited until the woman closed the door before turning to face Morgan.
Morgan folded her arms. “What are you doing here?”
“Hello to you, too,” he said.
An embarrassed expression crossed her face. “Sorry. Have a seat.”
Omar took the chair opposite her desk. “I apologize for stopping by without calling, but I figured you wouldn’t see me otherwise.”
“You were probably right. How do you know I won’t call security to throw you out now?”
“I don’t, but I’m counting on your love of football to work in my favor.” They engaged in a stare-down for several seconds until she looked away first.
“How did you know where I worked?”
“Malcolm.” She frowned and he added, “If it’s any consolation, he adamantly refused to divulge your home address.”
“Well, maybe I won’t kill him, after all.”
He chuckled.
“Since you went through all this trouble, I guess I can spare you five minutes.”
Omar knew the mention of football would rouse her curiosity. “I’d like to talk to you about a business proposition.”
“What does that have to do with football?”
“My contract is up for renewal in six weeks and—”
“Don’t you have an agent? If memory serves me correctly, you have one of the best agents around.”
“Things aren’t always as they seem.”
She sat up straight. “What are you saying?”
“I’m saying it’s time for a change, and I’d like you to negotiate my upcoming contract. You’re an attorney and, according to your brother, you know football like you’ve played it all your life.”
Her eyes lit up and her mouth fell open. “Are you serious? Wait a minute.” She sat back again and angled her head. “What about your current agent? Did he dump you or something?”
Omar sighed. “No.” There was more to it, but he would only tell her if she agreed to represent him.
Morgan narrowed her eyes. “There are dozens of sports agents out there, and I’m certain any one of them would be happy to take you on, especially with your numbers from last year. Yet you’re in my office.”
He smiled. “You checked my stats? So, you’re admitting I’ve got game?”
A rush of color darkened her face. “Why me?” she asked, ignoring his questions.
“You want to be an agent, and I need one.” He leaned forward and whispered, “And I know you passed the sport’s agent certification test. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”
“On second thought, I am going to kill Malcolm,” she muttered.
“I need your help, Morgan. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.”
“I have to think about this.” She turned slightly in her chair and stared out the window, and then back at him. “You realize I already have a job. And I’m working on a case.”
Omar nodded. “I understand, and I have no problems working around your schedule.”
“Even on weekends or late evenings.”
“Anytime.”
“I see.” She went back to staring out the window.
He could almost hear the wheels turning in her head. She bit down on her lip, drawing his attention and reminding him how much he enjoyed kissing her.
Finally she angled her head his direction. “I’ll agree on one condition.”
“What’s that?”
“You keep your hands and lips to yourself. No more kisses.”
Omar groaned inwardly. There was no way he could go without kissing her. In fact, it had been the first thing on his mind from the moment he saw her today. “Morgan—”
“No. More. Kisses,” she repeated.
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