7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Games We Play

TGWP Website CoverOkay, you already know that The Games We Play is published, right?

You don’t? What? Stop playing with me. I know you already have it. But if you don’t, then get it HERE.

You’d think that by now I’d have stopped planning my books down to the last chapter in advance. After all, things never ever go the way I plan and my characters are ridiculously mischievous. But alas, I am a planner. Anywho, let’s pull back the curtains and take a look at what didn’t make into the book.

 

1. APRIL SHOULD’VE GOTTEN PREGNANT EARLIER

lol. I think I just heard you groan.

Yes, this was going the secret baby route. The original manuscript had April getting way earlier. Also she was going to hide the pregnancy from Roman. Of course that would have racked up the drama index, but after thinking about it I decided that Roman had been punished enough – throwing in a secret baby would have been cruel. I’m cruel but not that cruel.

 

2. WHEN YOU THINK OF ROMAN, IMAGINE HIM AS RYAN MCPARTLIN

Ryan McPartlinChills. Fine, isn’t he? While Roman’s looks match Ryan McPartlin, his character is close to Jason Pitts from The Game (as played by Coby Bell). I haven’t watched The Game in a minute but from what I remember, Jason was extremely frugal. Roman isn’t quite as frugal but he’s close. The book wasn’t meant to trash thriftiness, but it was more of a caution that you shouldn’t let money ruin your relationship.

 

3. IT WAS INSPIRED BY CHARLIE’S STORY

If you read Yes, Chef, then you know how Snow was snatched right from under Charlie’s nose, as in he was sleeping on the job and Greyson snuck in. So I couldn’t help asking myself; what if Charlie had realized Snow’s value earlier, before Greyson came into the picture, would he have had a chance? Also, what if Snow was still in love with him, would they have made it? Roman and April were born from those questions.

 

4. APRIL WAS ORIGINALLY FROM A LARGER FAMILY

Keri Hilson 3If you read the Wattpad version then you know that initially, April had eight other siblings. But I changed it. Why? Laziness. I’m sorry – eight siblings? And I’d have to say something about all of them in the book? Phew! I got tired.

 

5. JEALOUS BY LABRINTH WAS ON CONSTANT REPLAY

I know it doesn’t exactly match the tone of TGWP, but it’s pretty close to how Roman felt when he lost April. Also Labrinth knows how to pull those heartstrings.

 

6. WE ALL FEEL BAD FOR JAVIER

Poor kid! He probably would have been good for April with his easy-going ways and passion. Now we’ll never know because our girl was too into Roman. Oh well! At least he still has Eva (the best-friend who he threw the party for)

 

7. THE SADDEST PART FOR ME WAS WHEN APRIL WAS EAVESDROPPING

I felt bad for April, I really didn’t. When strangers talk smack about you, you can brush it off, but when it’s someone who you really like and who you often ride for, it stings. Can you just imagine yourself in her position? How she managed to stop herself from storming into that room still remains a mystery.

 

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Linda

 

WHAT I’M WATCHING: W- Two Worlds

I have an obsession – a crazy obsession. It’s called Korean dramas , and I’d like to ruin you by introducing you to one of the most interesting ones out there. It’s called W.

W-posterI haven’t seen anything quite as unique as W. Most Korean ‘travel’ dramas have characters moving between the past and present, but W has them moving between the real world and the manhwa (comic) world.

W is a fantasy romance starring Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul and some girl (I didn’t bother to learn her name since I’m here for the hawt gentlemen) as Yeon Joo. Yeon Joo is a surgeon living in our world, and her father is the author of a popular web-comic, W.

This is where stuff gets complicated. The main character in Yeon Joo’s father’s comic is Kang Chul. Yeon Joo’s father decides to kill off Kang Chul character because Kang Chul  has become a little too real, as in sometimes he writes his own storylines. The creatives out there will appreciate the irony because we often complain about characters taking over our work and driving it to unexpected destinations. In W, it’s real. Kang Chul is driving his own bus. Get ready for a wild, wild fantastic ride.

I loved Kang Chul. Suave, rich, handsome, kind… starts out as imaginary then transforms into a real man. The best parts for me were when he pulls Yeon Joo into the comic and she tries to get out by forcing a ‘to be continued’ (You’ll understand what I mean when you see it). The ‘slap’ and ‘get naked’ parts were especially hilarious. I’m on episode 8 right now and I can’t wait to finish it.

THE VERDICT: 9/10 for sheer creativity and spunk

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The Writing Never Stops

The second book in the Sizzle & Burn series, The Games We Play, is on the burner and almost done. I’ve finished writing and editing it and now I’m just waiting for my editor to do her thing. When it’s cooked, I’ll let you know but you need to be in My Book Club if you want firsthand information. Are you there yet?

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Yes, Chef

yc-website-coverSo yeah, you know I recently published a little something, right? It’s done pretty well on the market and I cannot express how grateful I am to everyone who took the time to check it out and/or buy it. If you haven’t… well, what are you waiting for (Learn More Here)?

Writing Yes, Chef was an ‘interesting’ experience. Of course I started out with a plan, but as every writer knows, characters tend not to follow the script you give them. And the characters in Yes, Chef were extremely mischievous. This is me pulling back the curtains so you can see what went on behind the stage.

1. MY ADDICTION TO HELL’S KITCHEN INSPIRED IT

You already guessed that though, right? Don’t judge me. I like food, I like cooking it, and I like watching it get cooked. I think I’ve watched every season of Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Master Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen…. I’ve even gone International. Go ahead; ask me anything about the Great British Bake Off….

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2. I STARTED WRITING IT IN OCTOBER 2016

You probably assumed that I was just chilling out on some sunny island with sexy cabana boys between August 2016 and February 2017 because I didn’t publish anything. I wish that were true. Unfortunately, when I wasn’t fighting various random illnesses, I was trying to figure out where I was taking Yes, Chef. You wouldn’t believe it but I have an 80,000 word manuscript that was going to be the original Yes, Chef but got discarded. Which brings me to the third thing you didn’t know…

3. SNOW WAS GOING TO HAVE MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER

SnowIn my original script, Snow was going to have MPD (or DID) and the story was a thriller. You guys, the Yes, Chef you’re reading now is a really tame version of what I’ve got in my drawer. Don’t worry though. I’m still going to publish that Manuscript after editing it a little and changing some names, so keep an eye out.

4. I THOUGHT ABOUT INCLUDING RECIPES

I saw a few people wondering why I didn’t throw in a few delicious recipes. And I was going to throw them in… but then I though y’all might not like that and think I was just adding random stuff to pad the book (as if my books aren’t long enough). Next time I’ll go with my instincts.

5. GREYSON’S LOOKS ARE INSPIRED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH

GreysonLook at that man. Seriously. Look. At. That. Man. And with that long hair… chills. PS: Mr. Greyson was about to get himself two gay fathers but after thinking about him a little more I decided to throw in a little depth with a momma who deserted him. When I added Lana to the story, I didn’t even know how much of a part she’d play in the story and I never even intended for her to make an appearance… but alas, story happened.

6. OSCAR IS BASED ON A REAL LIFE PERSON

Admit it. You thought Oscar was a little too dramatic, didn’t you? The truth is Oscar is based on someone I know (complete with being in the closet). Mm, that boy loves to dig up dirt on people. Whenever I need updates on who’s doing what, I don’t even need to go to Facebook. Bonus; he’s my neighbor J

7. CHARLIE MIGHT BE AN ALCOHOLIC

CharlieSomeone in the reviews commented that Charlie seemed like an alcoholic, and the truth is I was torn about that. Charlie is not really an alcoholic but he is in that danger zone. Anyone who’s lived with a budding alcoholic knows what I’m talking about… i.e. they’re not the type to go to work drunk yet and when the occasion calls for them to be sober, they can rise up. But when they have free time or some money, they get stupid drunk… like pee on myself, vomit on you, sleep in a ditch drunk. Charlie’s at that point where you can’t really say he’s an alcoholic because he’s shown that he can do without it, but you also can’t say that he doesn’t have a problem. Basically, Marlene should be focusing on fixing her son before he gets ‘unfixable’, not stalking his ex-girlfriends.

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Linda

WHAT I’M READING: Jilted by Eve Vaughn

I am a sucker for second chance romances and characters who grow, and Eve Vaughns knows how to spin a second chance tale. This book had me shaking my head and giving the characters so many side-eyes, I’m surprised I’m not yet cross-eyed.

Jilted Eve Vaughn CoverLet’s start with Ashley. This man can hold a grudge – seriously. I know I hold grudges but Ashley made me a little scared. Apparently men who are scorned can be dangerous too. Days before his wedding to Skylar, he gets a DVD showing Skylar in a compromising situation. Instead of confronting her, he waits until their wedding day to  let her know that this wedding is not happening. Skylar is devastated, wants to talk it out. But Ashley is too hurt to discuss anything and he kicks her out of his world.

Five years later, the two meet again and… you guessed right, messiness ensues. Painful messiness.

Ashley was cruel at times, but I don’t think that it makes him any less of a hero. The thing about real life heroes is that sometimes they make mistakes, they are not perfect. Some get cruel when they’re hurt, some shut down, some want to talk it down. And maybe he didn’t have to work so hard for forgiveness – but I think that Skylar saw his sincerity and didn’t want to waste time dragging out the forgiveness. If it were me though… huh! *snorts

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New Release: Yes, Chef

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I missed you too. I got caught up in life, work and everything in between then forgot to check up on you. But, oh well… Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year.

While I was away I did manage to jot down a little something. It’s called Yes, Chef:

yc-website-coverChef Greyson Teller has had a thing for Snow Harrison since the moment she walked into his kitchen asking for a job. When she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend for what has to be the millionth time, he decides that this is finally his chance to show her that he’s the one who truly knows the way to her heart.

It’s about to get hot in the kitchen.

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And Another One Begins

I know. I know. You’re wondering where the hell is The Bridal Candidate 2. After all I did promise that it’d be done by March and April. I’d say that life happens sometimes but that would be only half the truth. The whole truth is that I did a bit of bad planning. I forgot that I still needed to finish the Hollis Brothers series. Because that series was halfway done, I decided to postpone TBC2 and finish it up officially. Good news; now that Wicked Surrender is finally published and the series has drawn to an end, I can now focus on The Bridal Candidate 2.

Now about TBC. Initially I was just going to write one book.  But while I was writing the book I realized that Lincoln was just sitting there ‘dead’. In my head  he’s such an important part of Aiko’s life that I felt it would be important to find out more about not just their relationship but what actually happened to him. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but I assure you the book will be an emotional, tangled mess. Get ready.

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