It’s hard to believe that the year is zooming by so quickly. First, allow me to wish you a Happy Reading and Writing Year. I do apologize for the late update. The year started off with way too many task. I hope you're enjoying this weather. Personally, I have been done with the back and forth for some time now. It's going to be a hot summer.
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 series entitled Durbin Enterprise. Also, Trish the youngest Brooks got her story this year, making this the final chapter of the Gumbo Love Series. 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.
2018 Romance SLAM JAM
Get ready! It’s that time again. This year, Romance SLAM will be hosted by Diva Readers Book Club and author, Lisa Rayne in Kansas. A lot of stuff has gone down in Kansas, my friends, and in June, I suspect romance will have it's chance too. It should be a great time and 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 still opened.
CALLING ALL BOOK CLUBS!
It’s time to have a blast. This is the first year for the Manaic's Booklover's Extravaganza. It sounds like a lot of fun and I plan on attending. It will be in Columbia MD in late June. Here's the link. Check it out. http://www.cillasbookmaniacs.com/upcoming-events/2018-conference/. Cilla and the Maniacs are in full planning mode to ensure a great experience. Hope to see you there!
2017 EMMA AWARD
I am elated that the third book in the Gumbo Love Series, A Perfect Blend, was nominated and won an EMMA award in the category of ‘Best Series in 2017.’ 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.
CHECK OUT THE EXCERPT FOR THE LAST TITLE 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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