It’s hard to believe that the year is zooming by so quickly. First, allow me to wish you a Belated Happy New Years. I do apologize for the late update. The year started off with way too many task. I hope you enjoyed your 2015 holiday season. And, I am wishing you the very best for the coming year.
I’ve been a busy bee! Had to get some ghost writing out of the way, and at the same time, finish up the next title in the Gumbo Love Series, A Perfect Blend. The middle brother, Michael, finally gets to tell his story, and I hope it will be one enjoyable ride. He and Denise had long been a couple, even before Reggie and Trae, and of course, Autumn and Travis. So, hopefully you’ll get to see how Michael’s story fits into the others. The last of this story will be that of their baby sister, Trish. The little ‘Miss Prissy’ is in for the ride of her life. See the summary of what’s up for Trish and her beau, Denver Baldwin.
I would also like the take this opportunity to thank you for your faithful support. I greatly appreciate your encouragement and look forward to sharing more stories in the very near future.
2016 Romance SLAM JAM
Get ready! It’s that time again. This year, Romance SLAM will be hosted by Diva Readers Book Club and authors, Elaine Overton and Karen White-Owens in Detroit MI, April 28-30, 2016. The theme, ‘Revving up the Romance in the D’, will feature key note speaker, the award winning, Beverly Jenkins. As usual, I look forward to this conference for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is because I get to fellowship with readers like you. Registration is opened until March 31, 2016. Check out the SLAM website @ www.romanceslamjam.org or email the planning committee at email@example.com for more information. Don’t miss it! Look forward to seeing you in the D!
CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS!
It’s time to strut your stuff! Who will be named Romance SLAM’s 2016 Book Club of the year? Well, this year’s book club competition will once again award some pretty hot prizes the overall winner. Competition will include best T-shirt, club picture, rally cry or cheer, and the number of books your club read in 2015. The rally will be during the Detroit Princess Dinner Cruise, and winner (s) will be judged and announce at the conclusion of the competition. Guaranteed to be a fun time, so come ready to participate. Good luck!
EMMA AWARD Nomination
I am elated that the second book in the Gumbo Love Series, Beyond the Blue Cypress, was nominated for an EMMA in the category of ‘Best Series in 2015.’ Thanks to SLAM participants for considering my work for such a prestige award. I’m honored and humbled because the other books nominated in this category are written by authors I admire. So thank you, and congratulations to all EMMA finalists.
S.T.A.R. Book Club
I had a fabulous time with the Sisters, Talking, and Reading (STAR) Book Club of Warren OH in February. They were great hostesses, and we had a blast. All the good food… I’m sure I gained 10 pounds, but worked it off with some fun line dancing. I can’t thank them enough for having me, and for considering my work. I greatly appreciate them and their support. Love ya!
A Perfect Blend
“Eat up sweetheart, you’ll need your strength,” he said with a wink.
“How can you eat?”
“I’m hungry, baby. When was the last time you ate?”
“Early this morning.” She took a small sip of her water.
Michael sat his sandwich down, wiped his hand on the white paper napkin, and turned. He then pulled Denise over, and with all the strength he could muster locked their lips completely. Crushing her to him in the process, he didn’t let up until it was necessary for air, and even then, he staged the attack again, not giving her any chance to recover. When she withered in his grasp, he lifted his head.
Michael stood and picked her up, and draped her across his shoulder in a fireman’s carry. His reaction was so quick that, again, she had no time to protest. And with her in tow, his arms strapped around her thighs, he moved from the kitchen, and stopped long enough to grab the bag from the table before he took the steps two at a time. Of course, by the time Denise had a chance to recover, he was already halfway up the stairs.
“What are you doing with me, you crazy man?” she complained.
It was too late for her commentary. “Talking is over,” he said dropping her onto his bed.
CHECK OUT THE NEXT TITLE IN THE GUMBO LOVE SERIES
Next in the GUMBO LOVE SERIES
Worth the Ride
Trish Brooks shocks her parents and brothers when the 'Little Miss Prissy' waltzes off to college to pursue a veterinary degree. That's right; turns out she really wants to work with animals. But that's not the true shocker. Trish ventures out to a small Texas town, where there's not a mall within thirty miles, and life in 'small-town' Texas requires a huge adjustment. After she fall flat, butt-down, in a large mud puddle, she is rescued by tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, Denver Baldwin. Of course, their encounter is the worst day of her life, or let her tell it. She has no idea what she's up against when she decides to venture so far from home. But soon the rough edges of the sexy Denver has Trish trading her stilettos for a pair of worn cowgirl boots - not to mention, she's ready to wear a flour sack if it means being near him.
Denver Baldwin is put-off by the mouthy, city girl who thinks she knows it all. How did she expect to survive in their small town, let along work with animals? He instantly thinks she doesn't have a clue. And when the little tempting ball-of-fire lights a flame he can't seem to get rid of, he soon finds himself looking for her at his every turn. Just when things seem to be heating up between them, in marches her three brothers - all built like wrangling bulls. One on one, he might be able to best her brothers, but when all three show up at once, he wonders if Trish is worth the tangle. He has to admit though, her sweet kisses, and satiny body will make any man, especially Denver, forget the potential danger of losing everything, including his limbs.
The heat of Texas can't contend with the fire brewing between Trish and Denver, and their journey, although rocky at first, ends up a voyage neither will ever forget. A bumpy journey turns city lights to moonlight, and a love worth the ride.
Sweet Soul Sisters Book Club
Royce & Ann
Scene From The GIRLFRIENDS Of Virginia
More Than A Bargain Excerpt:
Trae showed up at Reggie's door with a pizza box and two bottles of lemonade. A smile a mile wide graced his handsome face.
"Hey, pretty little lady. Wanna share some bread with an ole ugly dog?" he winked at her.
"Hmmm. I'm not sure I'm supposed to talk to strangers," she joined his game.
"Well, I'm no stranger, Miss. Just ask any of your neighbors," he teased.
Reggie threw a punch that landed in the center of his chest. "My neighbors better not know you as nothing other than a stranger," she spat.
Trae fell back several steps as if her little blow to his chest had struck him hard. He coughed profusely, faking injury. He bent forward, continuing to pretend he was harmed. He held tightly to the pizza box and plastic bottles, but continued to cough. Reggie couldn't imagine that her pint-sized blow did anything to injure Trae, still his actions seemed real. Concerned she moved toward him.
"Trae, are you okay?" she asked.
When her hand landed on his shoulders, Trae quickly straightened and threw the arm with the two cold drinks in them around her waist. He pulled her into him tightly. His mouth covered hers and he suckled her until her surprised fight melted into surrender.
"You're a bad boy, Traekin Brooks," she whispered.
"I can show just how bad I can be, little miss. We can do it here if you like," he looked up and down the hall for a quick second. "I'm sure we would attract a lot of attention if we did it out here, don't you think?"
Reggie eased out of his embrace, took the two drinks, and pulled him into her room before closing the door.
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