Monday, October 15, 2018

RUNNING FROM LOVE BY J. NICHOLE

Synopsis:


J​​ennifer is having some pretty hard luck with the dating scene lately. Not even her closest friends could help her out of the rut she’s been in, after her bad break up with her last beau, Derrick. But, thanks to one of her devoted girlfriends, Laila, and the hot new dating app on the market, DateNight, Jennifer just might have a good chance, and another shot, at love.

T​​hat is, until fate finally throws a bone her way. Into her hectic and loveless life walks Aiden, who could have only been sent Jennifer’s way by the dating gods. A gentleman of high reproach, Aiden quickly sweeps Jennifer off her feet, and into his own life.

B​​ut, this fairy tale romance may not be all that it seems to Jennifer. Sure, there’s the flowers, the dinners and the earth-quaking sex, but there’s also a secret or two that Aiden is keeping from Jennifer, which may end their perfect relationship forever.

W​​hile Jennifer does need to protect her heart from Aiden’s secret, she knows that she can’t keep ​Running from Love f​orever.

About The Author: 

J. Nichole is a Contemporary Romance author. Her love of Romance novels grew into her love for writing. She enjoys creating lively characters that are realistic, and demonstrate black culture... the good, bad, and the fabulous. Characters even with all their dramatics still find their way to a happy ending. 

When J. Nichole isn't writing, she's doing a million other things; being a wife, mother, and an IT Consultant when she's feeling nerdy. 

J. Nichole hopes to create insomniacs out of her readers. Ones who can't sleep until the last page is read, but when the last page is read stay awake thinking about what happens to the characters beyond The End.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Waking Wild By Ceri Grenelle




Title: Waking Wild
Series: Stupid Awesome Love #2
Author: Ceri Grenelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 6, 2018



Blurb

Gemma…meets a gardener in shining armor.

I’m fine, at least that’s what I tell everyone. A series of heartbreaks leads me to move across the country, hide away in my pajamas, until a sexy gardener at the San Francisco botanical gardens gets me off my ass. Hell, he saves me when I step in dog shit. He’s close to perfect.

But the past has a way of catching up to me. A promise I made my husband before he died keeps me bound, keeps any chance at love a distant dream. The more time I spend with Jack, the guiltier I feel for breaking my promise. Everyone’s got their hang-ups, right?

Jack…can’t stay away from Gemma.

Life is good. I’ve got a successful landscaping business and I’m an active member of my community. I know better than most that our tragedies shape who we are. Gemma comes from the world I turned away from, but I can’t leave this undeniable thing I’ve got for her alone. I shouldn’t want her, and yet I do.

Being with Gemma makes me feel like a new man, like I’ve been hiding my true self without even knowing it. But something from her past keeps us from moving forward. Someone. Can a simple man compete with a ghost?







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Excerpt

The cadence of my banter falters. “Oh, no. It’s a New York thing. I moved here not too long ago. I’m still adjusting.”
He shifts on his feet awkwardly, adjusts the tool belt.
“What brought you out west?”
I lost all faith in humanity and decided to run away from my problems.
“Oh, just needed a change of scene, ya know?”
He gives me that long, penetrating look again, like he’s trying to hack my brain.
“You from here?” I ask, wanting him to stop staring at me like a circus freak.
“No, I’m from San Diego originally. My folks moved us up here when I was ten. I moved away after college.”
“Oh, how long have you been back?”
“About five years.” He clears his throat, his voice faltering.
“Why did you return?” I ask, just to continue talking. Though I probably should keep my big mouth shut. It’s the way he says five, like the word is cursed. I shouldn’t press him for this.
“I was in an accident. Needed to come back and recuperate.” He strokes down the fade on the side of his head, his gaze focused on the bench. “That’s all I’d like to say about that, if you don’t mind?”
“Of course. I’m sorry I pried. Blame it on East Coast blunt audacity.” The sound of my laugh is hollow. I should quit while I’m ahead. One month in hibernation and I’ve completely forgotten how to interact with people.
 “Thanks for fixing the bench.” I wave awkwardly then turn away, giving him an easy out.
“No problem, but do you want to take that tour now?”
“Huh?”
“You’re Lillian’s daughter, right? I’m Jack. I’m giving you a tour.”
Oh, just fuck my life. Really? I cannot spend one more second in this man’s company.
“Oh, Jack. Right. You know what? I’m okay. I think I’ll stay here for a little while longer. I can walk around myself.”
“Listen, if you’re gonna be working here you need to get familiar with the park. The kids can be a little rambunctious, and they’ve been known to wander off.”
“I can look at a map and find my way around. Thanks.”
He crosses his arms, challenging me.
“Those maps don’t show areas like this one, the little hiding spots. Best trees to climb. It’s a big garden. And that’s not even part of the main park.”
“I’m fine.”
“Don’t think you are.”
“That’s not your decision to make.”
“Opal is my boss. She told me to give you a tour. That’s what I’m gonna do.”
My defenses shoot up.
“Whether I like it or not?”
His tone gentles.
“Would you rather walk around a garden on a beautiful day with me, or stand here, talking to a bench?”
Oh, it is on.
“Fine.” I stomp past him. “If you ever tell anyone about that I will put cacti in your utility belt pockets.”
“Ouch.” He cuts me off and faces me, walking backward, sidestepping around roots he can’t even see. “I’ve never met a person so worked up over a tour before. Do you have something against trees? Nature? Instructional experiences?”
“Just show me what you need to show me,” I grumble as we reach the main path and all the pedestrians.
“Sure.”
“Jack!” An older woman with curly black hair and a gap-tooth smile encompasses Jack from behind in a big hug. “How are you, darling?”
“Great, Marianne.” He turns to face her, bending low to give her a kiss on the cheek. “How are you? How are the grandkids?”
“Wonderful. They keep asking when you’re going to babysit again. You’re their favorite.”
“That’s only because I let them eat ice cream for dinner and chow mein for dessert. Don’t tell their parents.”
“Ha, you gotta spoil them sometimes.” She elbows him playfully, clearly smitten. “We’re having a cookout next Sunday. Stop by for a bite.”
“I will, thank you. Tell the kids to be good for their folks. Or at least as good as I would be.”
Marianne chuckles and waves him off, shaking her head but charmed.
I get it. He’s good looking. His grin is infectious. He put his hand on her shoulder so gently, yet full of good-natured warmth. Who wouldn’t be affected by that?
Only someone with a dead heart.
“Sorry about that, I know most of the regulars here.”
Jack takes me to the sectioned parts of the garden, but he doesn’t tell me about the trees or the different Latin names of the flora as another tour guide might. Instead he points out hiding places, tricky places that visitors have tripped, plants that might be harmful to kids with sensitive skin. His attention to detail and familiarity with the garden is impressive, but he’s formal, never gives me the bright smile Marianne or any of the other people known to him are afforded. And there are a lot of people that stop to chat with the amiable Jack.
Like every single person that crosses our path.
Toward the end of our tour, I’m a bit frustrated by all the interruptions.
“Are you the mayor of the Botanical Gardens, or something? How do you know all these people?”
He laughs, shaking his head.
“What?”
“Your Mom calls me the town mayor sometimes. Says I know everything about everyone.” He shrugs like a good old boy. “I like getting to know people, hearing stories from their past, their hopes and dreams. Connecting to people on a level beneath the surface is a special gift. One I’ll always treasure and respect. The least I can do is provide human connection.” His mouth tightens as he says, “If they want it.”
A hot bitterness wells up inside me, the great tide threatening to pull me under. I take a deep breath, think of coffee and loud subway trains. Times Square at Christmas. Sangria with Sophie. Playing hooky with my best friend, Adele. Moments in my life I love and miss…but where they used to bring comfort, now all I feel is loss.
God, I made such a mistake coming here. There’s nothing I can connect with. Nothing to keep me from drowning.
“Want to talk about it?” he asks as the silence between us grows tense.
“There’s nothing to talk about.”
“You sure?”
“Yes.”
“Because I’m a really good listener.” He dips his head, trying to get me to look at him.
“You’re also annoyingly persistent.”
We walk a bit longer, in silence this time. When I start to recognize where we are I decide to make my escape. Being around someone so shockingly open is like razor blades on my skin, and he is too nice to say he doesn’t want to be near someone as rude and closed off as I am.
“Thanks for the tour. I can find my way back from here.”
“Wait—”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sultry Nights By Suzette Riddick

Suzette Riddick

Taking you on a journey to love...

"... you were everything I wasn't supposed to love."
Disowned by her parents for loving the wrong man, fashion designer, Teresa Castro returns to Philadelphia to fulfill a childhood dream.
Tall, dark, and irresistible, Pierce Harrington is a forbidden temptation she can't ignore. Teresa’s past taught her love doesn’t play fair. Though she wants to resist Pierce, it's impossible to ignore the smoldering chemistry between them.
Former Secret Service Agent Pierce Harrington believed he found his soulmate until his ex-wife cheated. He's given up on finding love again, until Teresa Castro.
For two years, Pierce shadows the younger sister of professional athlete, Alonzo Castro. Each day, his attraction to the Afro-Cuban beauty grows stronger. After his assignment is over, Pierce makes his move to capture Teresa’s heart.
Will old family traditions, self-doubt, and a spiteful ex-wife spoil their chance of finding love together?

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Second Time Sweeter By Beverly Jenkins

Synopsis:


Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown.
But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness?
Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances?
A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around…

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

News with Curves By Iris Bolling



Although this book isnt available on Amazon you can still purchase it from the authors website: https://www.irisbolling.net/product/news-with-curves/

Synopsis:

When investigative reporter, Rachel Fontaine stumbles into a story involving judges, our so called pillars of society, she has no idea it would lead to the discovery of modern day slavery or murder. Raised with the in-depth sense of justice, and the desire to expose the wrongs of the world, Rachel sets out to find the truth behind the incarceration of young men of color.
Wade Tyson, of the Tyson Communication family, has no idea what he is walking into when he takes over as News Producer for Tyson Broadcasting. From his first encounter with the mouthy, opinionated, Rachel Fontaine, his life will be forever changed. Armed with no boundaries in seeking the truth, he listens to her theory of un-explainable sentencing practices of certain judges and finds himself the victim of an attempted murder.
Pushing aside the sexual tension, his crazy brothers, and her ever questioning father, Wade and Rachel dig deeper into her theory, eventually uncovering a conspiracy that neither realize how wide or far up the political power chain it lives.
The P.I.E. infiltration begins……

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Reluctant Fiancee By Nikki Walker

Synopsis:


The Reluctant FiancĂ©e—The Look Of Love
Moira Kelly fell by chance into a career that completely encompasses her gift of cooking and staging houses—not for potential buyers, but for homeowners like divorcees and widowers who suddenly found their homes devoid of love and warmth. She is completely content with her life of beautifying the lives of others, or so she thinks. Her tagline? Create a home “With the look of love”. So efficient is her business that word of mouth spreads to billionaire and international playboy, Javier Hommes; a man whose life Moira has seen play out on the T.V. news, social media and any tabloid still in business. 

When he expresses interest in her services, she is initially hesitant. He was gorgeous with a capital G oozing charisma from every pore. A few minutes in his presence makes her want to run. But finally, she agrees to the monetarily attractive offer on one condition, he must keep their interactions completely professional. No Flirting. 

Billionaire Javier Hommes, whose legacy is Hommes International Resorts & Properties doesn’t doubt his ability to make his parents, and in particular his father, proud when it comes to his business acumen. His reports and increased revenue are proof of that. It’s his personal life that gives them pause. Is he truly settled enough in life to completely take on the reigns of the family business?

He is convinced that he is. His parents will be visiting soon, and he just needs a little help from the beautiful Moira Kelly to stage his impulsive house purchase to look like the tagline she is known for. It doesn’t hurt that she added a little challenge. She actually expects him to not flirt with her. Yeah, good luck with that! Him not flirting is like asking him not to breathe. And she is far too beautiful for him not to at least try to get next to her.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

I am BACK! But Not Really


Well.... I am not fully back lol Life is so crazy sometimes and I have been trying to live what the kids call it, "my best life." Self-care is a big thing for me especially in the crazy world we live in. Lately I have rediscovered the Public Library. ( crazy I know) I forgot how nice it is to feel a real book and the smell!!!! Lately I have been reading Maya Angelou book: "Mom & Me & Mom." This book has made me reevaluate my own  journey of womanhood. I can tell you its a process and one that I am thoroughly enjoying. What books have you read that made you want to make some changes?