Author Archives: Linda Verji

About Linda Verji

Writer, Dreamer, and Mistress of Procrastination Linda Verji is the pseudonym for the author of more than half a dozen romance novels. A passionate world traveler, Linda currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya where she spends her days exploring the thriving culture there and her nights finding new ways to torture her characters.

MONEY CHASER: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

MC Website CoverI’ve written many books and I have my favorites, but I think Money Chaser has earned its place in the list of books that were fun to write. The book before it took 6 months to write. This one took one and a half months and that’s only because I was also taking driving lessons while writing it. I maybe could’ve finished it in a month. That’s how fun the ride was.

Those who read it on Wattpad will tell you, we had a great time cussing out Arthur lol. Seriously, if you haven’t read the book, you’re missing out. You can GET IT HERE. This post will have several spoilers so just head out to Amazon first and read the book before you read this post.

Money Chaser is a special book because it had lost going on behind the scenes. Like what?

1: ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE FLAWED

When we’re learning to write Romance, we’re told that the characters need to be heroic and noble. Everyone who has read the book can attest to the fact that no one, and I mean no one, was noble. Tegan was a home-wrecker and sugar-baby. Arthur was just… wow! Debbie was the victim of her own choices. Jam-Jam, though a good friend, stole a husband too. Sierra was a desperate and disloyal friend. Even Max who was the good guy in all this would be considered messy by normal standards. I mean the guy slept with his uncle’s side-pieces. Like I said everyone was a mess… and that’s what made the book so much fun to write.

Tegan Baptiste Arthur Vaughn Maxwell Ward

2: IT ALL STARTED WITH KANYE WEST’S ‘GOLD DIGGER’

You remember that song, right?

She takes my money, when I’m need

Yeah, she’s a triflin’ friend indeed

Oh, she’s a gold digger

Way over town, that digs on me

I was listening to the song one day, laughing my ass off because of how hurt Jamie Foxx looked when he was singing that song, when it hit me. Why is the gold-digger digging on him? Like, is she just triflin’ or is something going on behind the scenes. And that’s how Tegan was born.

If you’ve never heard the song then you need to. I promise, it will make your day!

3: THE HAPPY ENDING WAS UNEXPECTED

When I was writing the book, I really thought that it was all going to end badly. I even had an ending in mind. Someone (probably Max) was going to end up dead and everyone would be left regretting the choices they made. But along the way I fell in love with Tegan. The girl had an awful life and there was no one on her side (except for Jam-Jam). I thought she deserved a little happiness. So I gave it to her.

4: ARTHUR WAS ALL ABOUT HIS EGO

Many of you kept wondering why Arthur was so obsessed with Tegan. Well, for one, he’s a psycho and that’s just how some psychos are wired. Also, he considered himself better than Tegan in every way so when she decided to leave him, it bruised his ego. If she’d waited for him to leave her first, maybe things would’ve gone different. Then again… I wouldn’t have had a story to write.

5: TEGAN’S STILL GOT A BAD REPUTATION AT HOME

Our girl Tegan might be happily chilling in Brazil but if you know anything about humans, then you know that stories about her are still going round. People back home only know part of her story (as it usually happens). She’s the girl who abandoned her mom and sister, shot her sugar-daddy then ran away with her sugar-daddy’s nephew. They still think of her as a messy homewrecker. Though it wasn’t my intention to preach with this story, I think it’s still an opportunity to learn a l’il something. You don’t know people’s stories so don’t be quick to judge them for what you see as their sin.

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Cheers,

Linda.

What I’m Watching: Mystic Pop-Up Bar

Back in the day, as in the Joseon period kind of day, Wol-joo (played by Hwang Jung-eum) was a shaman who could read the dreams of her clients and soothe whatever demons were hustling them. In the course of doing her shaman-things, she met a Prince, they fell in love and….

No, there was no happy ending for them.

Things went wrong… very, very wrong. The prince betrayed her. Her mother was killed. Their home was burnt. Worse, no one would help Wol-joo get justice. After all the drama, Wol-joo ended up committing suicide.

Usually ghosts go to heaven, but our dear Wol-joo did a few bad very bad, vengeful things before dying that made her get kicked back to earth so she could atone for them. It’s 2020 now and Wol-joo is still doing time on earth. To get out of here, she needs to resolve the grudges of 100,000 souls. To do that, she opens up a pop-up bar where people can come drink and talk about their problems, and she helps them solve those problems. Helping her out is her weary sidekick, Chief Gwi (played by Choi Won-young) who keeps her from messing up her tasks because of her nasty temper.

The real story begins when a cheerful kid called Kang-bae (played by Yook Sung-jae) accidentally walks into Wol-joo’s bar. Kang-bae isn’t like her usual clients. He’s a strange one who seems to be able to get people to confess their truths and worries to him just by one touch. That’s a skill Wol-joo could definitely use. And thus starts the partnership of the century.

I went into this because of Yook Sung-jae. I’m not really a fan of Hwang Jung-eum because in my opinion, she tends to overact. In every project she’s done (except Secret) she’s made me cringe and I only stayed for the male leads. But this time, it was different. She was standing-ovation amazing. Just the right balance of empathetic and tough. The relationship of the three leads was also amazing. They matched each other perfectly and their shenanigans made me laugh, gasp and cry. It was a great series. Unfortunately, it was only twelve episodes. They wrapped it up well but I wouldn’t have minded a few more episodes of this crazy trio.

FIND IT HERE: https://www.netflix.com/title/81264882

THE VERDICT: 8/10 because this trio made me both laugh and great. They were awesome. The minus two points is because they gave us only twelve episodes. We want MORE!

There’s No Such Thing As A Free Ride

Sleeping your way up to good life isn’t as easy as it sounds. Worse, once you get there, every move you make comes with serious consequences. But if you try to get out of that life… well, you could end up dead.

Money Chaser is now available for your reading pleasure.

MC Website Cover

 

Men call her a gold-digger. Women call her a ho.

Tegan Baptiste calls herself a survivor, doing what she needs to do to pay her bills.

But all that glitters is not gold and there is no such thing as a free lunch. Every day she has to pay the price for choosing money over morals. Pretense, obsession, judgment and even violence shadow her like an evil monster.

However, worst in her list of problems is the dangerous passion brewing between her and Maxwell Ward, the one man she should stay away from.

 

To get your copy today, just click on the link to your favorite store/site

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GSTKBNQ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08GSTKBNQ

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08GSTKBNQ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55143449-money-chaser

 

Enjoy and let me know what you think by leaving a review after you’re done.

 

 

WHAT I’M READING: Beautiful Chaos By Keta Kendric

Beautiful Chaos by Keta Kendric

If you’ve read any Keta Kendric book then you know that she can spin a story. Beautiful Chaos is one of those books that you just can’t put down. You have to get to the end.

Khane and Desiree’s story is fire. The erotic scenes alone will make your jaw drop but the meat of the story is what keeps you reading. Khane is an animal, but Desiree is the one woman who brings out the human within him.

I would love to give you some spoilers but I don’t think the author would like that so let me leave you with the blurb:

Desiree:  Family. Being a member of the Evans family had never been easy. By the time I was sixteen, I’d been snatched twice, shot at, and knifed in the back. Yet, I’d turned out to be the tame one, the one that had been smart enough to stay away from my family business…until my father dragged me back in.

Animals were what the Vallin family were known to be, and my father had offered me up like a juicy steak, not only to save his own skin but also to bridge a gap between two groups set to engage in a merger that would only end in bloodshed.

Khane: ‘The Kannibal.’ That’s the name they had chosen for me. I’d been groomed to take on the role of executioner. Strike down those who stood against us, punish those who threatened us, destroy those who needed killing. I did my job well. I did it with no mercy. I did it because I loved feeding my animalistic urges.

There was one thing that quieted the animal inside, but Desiree Evans had no idea I existed. My secret obsession with her had been my only source of therapy. Her lure had the ability to quiet my beast even at a distance…until she became my brother’s fiancée. 

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PLEASURE: 7 Things You Don’t Know

Pleasure Website CoverFinally, it’s done. The book that took six long months to write. PLEASURE has finally been published. This is the fourth book in my HEIRS series. To be honest when I planned it out, I expected it to be a fun, easy book. If you’ve read the other three books in the series, then you know that Logan is the fun guy in the group, the party animal. I was going to keep him that way, then Scottie walked in with her baggage. Things got serious real fast.

Despite how long it took to write it, I actually enjoyed the process especially because I was posting on Wattpad and getting your feedback as I went. If you haven’t read it, you should Grab Your Copy. Do that before you read the rest of this post because there will be major spoilers.

Okay, let’s get to it.

 

1: WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO WRITE

You noticed, right? I started this book way, way back in January immediately after the holidays and only just finished it. No, there were no other projects in between, just life stuff. I’m telling you guys, this COVID-19 ish will play games with your mind. Add in a few relationship problems and you can say goodbye to your productivity. I’m actually shocked that the book is over given all the nonsense that was being thrown my way. Speaking of which; I hope you’re well wherever you are. Don’t forget to wear your mask and socially distance.

 

2: THIS IS ACTUALLY A REMAKE OF A PREVIOUS BOOK

If you’ve been with me for a while, I think you’ll remember my Trey Songz phase. That was back in 2013 when I was still an innocent college kid with crushes. I didn’t do much fan-fiction back then, but when I did it was his. There’s a short book I wrote back then called ‘Hurting Kind of Love’ that featured a girl who’d been raped then ditched by her boyfriend. This book was a remake of that story and I quite prefer it because the way I dealt with the assault back then was kind of childish. If you read the book, then you know what I mean.

 

3: I WAS GOING TO KEEP JACK ALIVE BUT MY INNER DEMON KILLED HIM

Jack! Jack! Jack. You met Vinny, the first deviant who scarred Scottie. Jack was just mentioned in passing as having died in a car crash. I was going to keep him alive and make him repent, but the thought of him and Scottie existing in the same space just annoyed the hell out of me. So I killed him. #SorryNotSorry.

 

4: LOGAN, LEX & THEIR MOTHER HAVE A COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

If you read Lex’s book along with Logan’s book then you already know why Logan was shocked that Bree, his mother, was calling Lex. However, it bears repeating for the late crowd. Bree was unfaithful in her first marriage. Lex was the product of that infidelity and the cause of her divorce from her first husband. Because she was going through ‘stuff’, Bree ditched Lex with his father’s family. Lex’s father was married at the time (and thus had also been unfaithful) so you can imagine the kind of welcome Lex received. He was hated and treated like an outsider in the Bishop family.

Logan Avery  Bree Clementine  Lex Bishop

While ‘healing’ herself, Bree met Logan’s dad, Nick, and Logan was conceived. Given that she dumped him then promptly created a new family, one would understand why Lex can’t stand her. And of course it would be understandable if he hated Logan too. The reason he doesn’t is because Logan practically stalked him into liking him. Lex still hates Bree though.

 

5: LOGAN HAS ANOTHER SIBLING

Remember the marriage that Bree ruined, there was a child of that marriage too. Her name is Leona. The reason she was never mentioned is because she and her brothers have absolutely no relationship. She’s not as forgiving as Lex. So as you can see though Logan’s family seems perfect, it really isn’t. Families are complicated, man.

 

6: WHERE IS SCOTTIE’S FATHER?

Still nursing his pride! I don’t think any parent would love being estranged from their children. His pride and insistence that he’s right is what is keeping him apart from them. Will he try to reconcile with them now that Esther has made headway? Probably. But he’s the type who would try to pretend like the past never happened. An apology would never slip from his lips. If you were Scottie or Prince, would you let him back in your life?

 

7: ‘I BELONG TO YOU’ BY JACOB LEE WROTE THIS BOOK

I have no idea how I found this song but I did, and once I did I couldn’t unheard it. It’s a catchy tune, perfect for a wedding day or a roman. Listen to it sometime. You’ll like it.

Have you read Pleasure? Learn more about it

If you read it, have you reviewed it? Review it HERE

Is there something you really want to know about Pleasure? Ask away. Drop a comment below and I’ll answer it ASAP.

Cheers,

Linda.