I know it has been a long time since I updated my website. I wanted to let you all in on what has been released and what is coming up. Plus, I have some great news.
Let’s start with my news, I’ve been offered a three-book publishing deal. The first book titled, Hearts On Ice will be released in the coming future. I’m very excited to bring you new works and with a great publisher in the world of African-American Romance, Urban/Street Fiction, and Interracial Romance.
Next, I’ve released some books in the meantime, and I have one release coming up.
Pleasing the Professor: The Professor’s Student Series Book 1, was released at the beginning of March and was a co-write with the lovely Deliaria Davis. It is a BDSM Forbidden Romance.
Professor Ramsey Kendall knows he has to have American exchange student, Dora Monroe, from the moment he lays eyes on her. Everything about her sends his primal instincts out of control.
Dora Monroe is running away from humiliation and shame. Studying abroad seems to be her only escape from a grim reality.
The moment her eyes meet those of her Professor, she knows their connection is magnetic.
Risking it all for intense moments of pleasurable bliss, Dora is willing to learn all she needs, to please the professor.
My upcoming release is with the uber talented Shannon Youngblood. It is a standalone that packs a good punch. It has been a joy to write it, and I cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on it. The book drops April 16th!
When your life has been planned for you from the moment you were born, there isn’t room to be yourself. Born to accomplished Atlanta lawyers, Megan Reese has been given a path to take, under the watchful eye of her strict parents. There is no room for slip-ups in their world, and Megan has never been given the opportunity to be her own person until her childhood crush re-enters her life.
After eight years across the pond to avoid his life, and his parent’s incessant need for him to use his genius for good, Spencer Grant has returned to Atlanta to escape his mistakes in Europe. However, when fate steps in and tempts him with the sweetest Peach he’s ever encountered, Spencer finds himself wondering, is Megan influencing him to be a better person or is she the one being Influenced?
INFLUENCED can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.
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Time to bust out those leggings, oversized sweatshirts, and grab some Pumpkin Spice. Fall is here! As we relish in the changing of the leaves and the cooling of the weather, it is a very good time to curl up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy a good book.
I will admit, I’ve failed at doing reading this summer, and I could do a lot more of it. I know I’m always busy writing, but reading makes me a better writer, so I need to make time for it.
I’ve decided that I’m going to compile a list of books I want to read this fall, and hopefully some of you will join me. Most of these books will be Contemporary and/or Erotic Romance, BWWM and not. As I finish, I will post my reviews here.
My list is below, and each title is a link to the book’s Amazon Page.
Let’s get reading!
BEAUTIFUL VENGENCE – Perri Forrest & Jasmine Williams
Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
**I know I’m so behind on this one. I’ve read chapter one, but it is a hard book to get through. I need to finally finish, so I’m not left out. I’ve seen the movie, though.
Billionaire Romance: Billionaire Games (Book 1) – Anna Collins
10-80: Line of Duty Series – Xyla Turner
Beautiful Prey: The Storm Series – Phoenix Daniels
Only You – Ancelli
Up In The Treehouse – KK Allen
Intimate Strangers – Tara Mills
ENVY Deceptive Desires #1 – Amarie Avant
Deep Betrayal – Raven Mera (Finished – REVIEW COMING SOON)
As the Fall goes, I may add or subtract books from this list, and we will see how it works. When I finish a book, I will review it.
I’m also doing NaNoWriMo in November, going to make this fall fun and exciting.
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I know you all have been wondering where I’ve been. I’ve been writing and over the summer I finished writing my first Erotic Romance, Champagne Bubbles & Lipstick Stains. I am very excited about this book. I was going to release it on September 22nd, but I got a little excited and I’ve just released it.
CHAMPAGNE BUBBLES & LIPSTICK STAINS
Taylor Walker is an eccentric young artist. While she chases her dreams, her parents have been breathing down her neck to find a real career. When offered the opportunity to commission a piece in London, she jumps at the chance.
Upon arriving in London, Taylor learns her new employer is a reclusive billionaire bachelor. Lord Nathaniel Branagan is scruffy, brash, and downright rude. Nathaniel is closed into himself and Taylor tries to break his hard shell.
When Nathaniel opens up to her, she finds he is much more than he puts off and finds herself seduced by him.
Check out the book trailer here:
Just a few super sexy teasers after that hot trailer…
I literally just finished reading this book minutes ago. I experienced so many emotions in such a short amount of time while reading this book.
About the Book:
A chance encounter brings Charlie and Kelsie together during his leave from the Army and they both know they were meant to be. But what happens when Charlie has to go back to war? Can they survive the tragedies of war? Or will it break them? This is the beginning of their story of love, loss, and healing.
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This is a fast-moving love story, and I love myself a good fast love story. Charlie and Kelsie jump right in to mix in what seems like it will be a one night stand, but it becomes much more than that very fast. They find home in one another and can’t seem to let go from the first moment.
Their physical attraction to one another is off the charts. They can’t get enough of one another, but they only have 13 days before Charlie has to return to Afghanistan. I laughed, and I cried. The last page is a heart string puller and keeps you hanging for Part 2. For the first novel from this author, I completely recommend it.
Sorry for not posting a review last week, I was on vacation with my family in Greece. We had a fantastic time, and I got a ton of research done for a future book that takes place on the Greek island of Crete.
The book I’m reviewing this week is Just A Man, by. Shannon Youngblood. I got to read an ARC copy of this book and let me tell you, this book is everything and has it all. It is an Alpha Billionaire romance. Normally, Alpha’s aren’t my thing, but Alex Porter has a heart of gold and won me over when it comes to Alphas.
About the Book:
For Charlotte Ann-Marie Hightower, living with her best friend, applying for a Personal Assistant job at Alex Porter Industries and enjoying all that Southern California had to offer was enough to scab over the tragic truth of her past. Little did she know that Alex Porter, a sexy billionaire entrepreneur, would turn everything on its axis.
Alex comes with his own past of tragic regret that often causes his desire for complete control in all areas of his life. However, with one look from the fiery haired daydreamer, everything changed for him too.
Now Charlotte finds herself facing the deepest darkest aspects of the past while Alex refuses to do the same. The question becomes, can they save each other from a past that quickly becomes their present?
Just A Man is set for release on June 30th, you can buy your copy HERE!
I loved this premiere novel from Shannon Youngblood. The chemistry literally drips from the pages as you get into the complex, yet sizzling relationship between Alex and Charlotte. Each character has their own past that dictates their relationship. I found Charlotte to be outspoken and fun, which I love in the leading female characters. I’m currently reading very popular Billionaire Alpha Erotic Romance (take your guess) and the lead female is always putting herself down and it is driving me nuts. Charlotte, on the other hand, has spark and spunk. Then there is Alex Porter who drips with sex appeal **fans self**. He has a need for order and control, and Charlotte is the total opposite.
Charlotte’s huge personality and backbone helped me personally get into the story, and it didn’t hurt that Alex sounds like a sexy beast.
This story is excellently written, and I couldn’t wait to read more and more. You won’t be disappointed with this book, and I am so excited for the upcoming books in the series (I’ve started with the second book… OMG you guys will eat it up once it is released). There is a sizzling romance, a hot man, and suspense that ties this great story together.
Shannon Youngblood has a winner on her hands.
I’m currently working on a new book titled, A Misconception of Loyalty. I’m in love with this book, and I thought I’d give you a little taste of what I’ve been working on lately. This book is apart of a new series of books I’m working on where all the leading women are heiresses.
Danielle “Dani” Hayes is on track to inherit it all. As the sole heir to her father’s company and the hardest working employee. Her loyalty lies with her family and is always striving not just to make the company better, but make her father happy. Dani’s loyalty begins to shake when her father forces her into a relationship she doesn’t want with, Tyrone Clayton, the son of a notorious gangster.
Agent Carter Mason is the best the FBI has, he is also a bit of a playboy. He has been given his next assignment, taking down businessman Desmond Hayes, Dani’s father, and exposing his illegal business practices. Carter is no stranger to working undercover and normally does his job with no distractions until Dani. Falling for the daughter of the man he is trying to take down isn’t a part of the job, but his secret love affair with Dani might give him the fuel he needs to complete his mission.
IF THERE WAS anything about Haze Tech I admired, it was the fact that salaried employees had some pretty fantastic offices. I stood at the floor to ceiling window in my office and gazed out onto the sprawling campus of the tech firm I’d was employed. Desmond Hayes had sure made something and something big. The only problem was the fact that he was involved in some unsavory business practices. A knock struck me at my door. I sharply turned in the direction of the door.
“Yes!” I shouted out, and I felt I did command a bit of power here in this palace of an office, this was nothing like the ugly four walls I had back at the FBI field office. The door squeaked open and in the doorway was my secretary that I’d been introduced to earlier in the day, she was my next project after Dani.
“Mr. Wakefield, you have a visitor,” Joy my secretary informed me. Joy was a very vivacious blonde. Normally, blondes weren’t my thing, but with the rack and round behind Joy had on her, I was willing to give her a spin.
“Thank you, Joy. Send them in please,” I said kindly giving her a smile that I was certain by the glint in her eye, made her as wet as could be, she no doubt would be changing into a new pair of panties by lunch.
Joy turned to leave the office but stopped to give me one last fleeting look. Joy disappeared, and I heard her voice speaking to whoever was there to see me. Only moments later, I was greeted with the one beauty that captivated me beyond anything I’d ever experienced before.
Dani stood in the door of my office giving me a nervous, but soft grin. I was surprised that I could make a woman like Dani nervous. Dani appeared to be a force to be reckoned with, but in the very moment appeared meek, this turned me on instantly.
“Do you like your new office?” Dani inquired as she walked further into the room, her hips swaying as she moved, it was hypnotizing.
“I love it, suits me well. At least I think so,” I noted to the gorgeous creature in front of me. I watched as she moved a strain of her perfectly straightened hair from her face.
“It does. Initially, you’d been put up the hall in what is basically a closet. I said hell no and had your office placed here,” she informed me with a smug and knowing look on her face. The memory of my fingers grazing her damp panties the night before lingered in my mind, making me hard. Seductively, her lips pouted as she stood and regarded the space she’d had me placed. I shifted my pants for her not to see the tent that began to present itself. “I’m not just here to see the office, though.”
“Is that so, what are you here to see?” I questioned cocking an eyebrow. Her cheeks strained, she was fighting not to blush.
“I’m here because as you know, there is an upcoming board meeting. I know it is short notice, but I need you to assemble a team from employees in the marketing department. There are plenty of bodies in the department including an abundance of interns. I need you to get a game plan ready with your team and present to the board. Let my father see that hiring you wasn’t a mistake.” I loved the way she got down to business. There was no doubt that Dani wasn’t just an incredibly alluring woman, but a confident and intelligent businesswoman, that I wanted to have my way with as soon as I had the chance.
“Can do,” I informed her as I sat at my desk. I placed my feet on top of the bureau. Dani’s eyes stayed glued to me. “I hope you and Tyrone had a great dinner last night.”
At the mention of Tyrone’s name, Dani rolled her eyes. It was apparent to me that she hadn’t meant to show that particular emotion as she quickly tried to recover, but it was very much too late. Something wasn’t right in the state of Denmark when it came to her relationship with Tyrone, and I was determined to figure it out.
I am so excited to finish this book and I cannot wait for you guys to read it. As always, a HUGE thank you to my cover designer Courtney. Go to the Courtney tab at the top of the page for information on hiring her.
I hope you guys enjoyed the sneak peek of A Misconception of Loyalty, expected Christmas 2016.
Besides writing, something else I love to do is read. Over the summer, I want to catch up on my reading and find some new and exciting reads. I will mainly be reading Contemporary Romance. If you have any book suggestions, please sent them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will try and post reviews once a week as best I can.
My first review of the Summer will be MINT an Interracial Romance by. Blue Davis.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lexi Steele began as a jewel thief in Seattle. Brave, clever and a little reckless, she defied the status quo while satisfying her hunger for an adrenaline high. When a high-rise diamond heist went wrong, she promised herself to stick to retrieving unclaimed gold, which was less likely to lead to violent situations.
Did she sentence herself to a boring life? Hardly. She now trots around the globe, seeking lost treasure of the world. There’s just one problem. As exciting as her life is, she has no one to share it with.
James Ashton, her chief rival in the business, would love to fix this problem for her. Too bad they have been competing in the same field for almost a decade. Granted, they’ve been flirting for almost that whole time, but at the end of the day, business has always been business.
When Lexi discovers that she needs a man to help her deal with locals in Haiti, she makes a somewhat reluctant offer to split the take with him in return for a temporary partnership. Is the implausible partnership doomed from start, or will they cooperate and learn to work together?
When events take a turn for the worse, she and James must rely on each other to escape back to the States with the gold. Do they lay aside their differences and fight to succeed or do they push each other away and end in failure?
You can purchase your copy of MINT on Amazon.
I’ve been a Blue Davis fan since the winter when I discovered her books. I was very excited for MINT and this book did not disappoint. In fact, I think it is her best book yet. (My 2nd fav is Love in Transit)
I was hooked from page one. First, Lexi is a strong and independent woman on her own in a foreign country hunting treasure. She is determined to accomplish what she set out to do. You cannot help but love this leading female.
I ate this book up and read it in a day. I had a toddler climbing all over me, but I refused to put this book down.
You won’t be disappointed when you buy this book. I love the treasure hunting element to the book, it kept the storyline fresh (Plus National Treasure is one of my favorite movies… secretly love the idea of Treasure hunting). There are twists and turns that leave you gasping for air, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year. I cannot wait to get my hands on the upcoming books in the saga.
I am so excited to announce that my next book Sleepless Fate will be released on June 10th. On my Facebook page, I promised that I would share an exclusive excerpt from the book if I reached 200 likes. I reached that goal, so here you are, an exclusive excerpt from Sleepless Fate.
LUNCH WAS THE same as I spent it every workday. I sat alone in my office picking at my food, barely taking bites. I think my body had gotten used to surviving on just bites of food a day. I packed up what I needed and made my way towards the executive floor of our office.
Getting off the elevator, I found myself in a reception area with dark brown leather couches and plants. Sitting at the receptionist desk was a girl who used to work on my floor before she got bumped up.
“Brielle, hi!” She said cheerfully as she spotted me.
“Hey Layla. I have a meeting with Mr. Bailey,” I informed the perky brunette.
“Yep, I see you on the schedule. You can go right in,” she said. I gave her a smile and went to the door of his office. I gave a couple knocks out of courtesy.
“Come in!” Shouted a male voice.
I opened the door and walked into the large office. The floor to ceiling windows showcased one of the most beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay I’d ever seen. This was for sure a perk of having our offices in the Transamerica Pyramid, the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco. There was a wall with a tank built into it full of exotic fish, and one side of the room had two couches and a coffee table. Right in front of the windows was a dark cherry wood desk. The back of the chair was turned to me, but it was obvious someone was sitting in it.
“Hello, Mr. Bailey. I believe we have a meeting,” I said shyly. I wanted to laugh at myself for being so apprehensive. I for sure wasn’t timid and when it came to business, I was on top of my game.
“Mmhm… yes she is here… I will talk to you later….Goodbye sir,” I heard the voice say. I then saw an arm come from behind the chair. He had the receiver of a phone in his hand which he gently hung up before his chair turned around and I instantly knew what April was talking about.
The man in the chair gave me the sexiest smile I’d ever seen. I watched him stand and run
his fingers through his dark brown hair. He had a firmly chiseled jawline and his nose was pointed and strong. My panties went wet in seconds. I cursed myself for having this reaction to this stranger, when I was an engaged woman.
He walked around his desk and came straight to me nearly gliding. Once in front of me he pulled me into a hug. I inhaled his cologne. “Brielle Elliot. Just as beautiful as always,”
It took me a moment. He was talking as if he knew me. I surely didn’t know this guy. I would remember if I’d met him before. He pulled away, his eyes seem to examine my body and take everything in. I wasn’t dressed provocatively or anything, but his eyes studied me like I was a piece of meat or something. I just watched him before I finally found my words to speak.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t know you,” I interjected. He gave me a smirk and I couldn’t keep from wiggling as I felt a certain heat between my legs.
“I guess losing 150 pounds, shaving, and getting Lasik eye surgery can make a guy look different,” He said. I stared at him and tried to figure out where I knew him from. I tried to imagine him heavy and with glasses. “Think, Stanford Business School,” he commented and I did my best to think. At once my eyes went wide. He couldn’t be.
“Paddy?” I questioned.
“In the flesh… a lot less flesh,” he laughed as he spoke.
“Oh my God… um, wow!” I now knew who he was. Paddy B was what everyone called him. In school, he was nerdy and chubby, had a beard, but was a boss at statistics and when it came time for exams everyone wanted to be his best friend, and study buddy.
“I guess becoming the stepson of a billionaire can change things. You know, Lasik and a personal trainer. Just the small things,” He laughed once more as he spoke.
“You look amazing,” I said happily to the guy I now recognized as my old friend. “But you didn’t need all of that. You were perfect before.”
“I was okay,” he shrugged. “I got a few girls I guess.” He gave me a soft grin as he spoke. “Though the most beautiful one, she kept slipping through my fingers. I asked her out one day after study group. She blew me off for this boyfriend of hers. Though, she still has her maiden name, so I might have a chance,” He gave me a wink. I remembered the day he asked me out, but I had Keaton… I still had Keaton.
“Well, about that…” I trailed off.
“We have so much to catch up on, come,” He put his hand on the small of my back. I shivered at his delicate touch as he led me to one of the couches.
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Sleepless Fate – Janae Keyes
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