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How To Love A Crook: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

HTLAC Website CoverSo, our second crook, A.J, finally got her own hero. Okay, that might be an exaggeration. If you’ve read How To Love A Crook, then you know that A.J or Amara Justice Nixon as she’s known by the correctional system doesn’t need any heroes. Lee is a breath of fresh air to her life but she’d be good even without him. Basically, she’s good all by herself.

Writing A.J was fun, real fun. I think she’s one my favorite heroines, right up there with Tasha from Not Broken and Mel from Don’t Say No. I’m not saying that I don’t love my other ladies. I love spitfires like London from Wicked Surrender, Zain from Daddy’s Home etc but women who are stealthily strong have a special place in my heart. And A.J is one of these women. She’s one of those women who doesn’t need to announce to the whole world that she’s a strong, black woman. She’s just strong.

So, were there any special things that I didn’t include in the book? Hmm, let me think.

1. A.J COULD’VE BEEN AN ASSASSIN

A.J.Yeah, I know what you just thought: “You’re kidding, right? She’s bad enough as a thief and now you want to make her an assassin too?”

No, I’m not kidding. When I originally envisioned her, I thought of her as this assassin who was really good at her job and had very little remorse. I was going to make her a psychopath of sorts. Think Mazikeen from Lucifer. However, try as I might I couldn’t find a way to justify her being a killer and yet still managing to get out of jail. Also, I didn’t want to have her tormented for life by the lives she’d taken. So I made her a thief.

2. LEE COULD’VE BEEN MORE BROKEN

LeeYou only saw the nightmares he was having. However, in my original script, he had schizophrenia. The man was broken, really broken. I could’ve gone with all that, but I decided not to. Why? It was too much for one person. He’s already been through hell during his childhood, I didn’t feel like making his adulthood troubled too. Can you imagine how A.J would’ve felt had she found out that she ignored him all these years while he was having all that trouble? It would’ve been a nightmare.

3. CASPER WAS ORIGINALLY BEHIND THE FIRE THAT RAZED A.J’S STORE

Yup! In my first manuscript, he’s the one who sent someone to burn up A.J’s store. Why did I change it? Frankly, I was so tired of that douche. I didn’t want to have to deal with him for another two chapters so I just killed his role in the story. Can you imagine having a father like him? I mean I know some fathers out there aren’t the greatest thing but Casper was just…. Wow!

4. SIN MIGHT STILL BE A CROOKSin

Are you as intrigued by this woman as I am? I’m about to start writing Sexy Miss Tamsin’s book and I haven’t decided if she’s still a con woman or not. All evidence points to her still clinging to her crooked ways but sometimes a glimmer of morals show and you’re like…. she might not be as bad as we think. Anyway, I’ll decide soon. Don’t forget to sign up for my Book Club so you know when her book comes out.

5. TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO WAS ON REPLAY’

Did you just make a face? Shoot! I don’t care. Yes, I listen to Taylor Swift. I’m not a Swiftie (yet) but you gotta admit that despite her ways, the lady has some good music. Why did I play ‘Look What You Made Me Do’? Hmm, I’m not really sure but I think it’s because the lyrics are very IDGAF. Like, I’ll do whatever makes me happy and the rest of you can just keep on running your mouths. That’s what A.J is about. She’s not a limelight kind of girl but she just tends to follow her own road.

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Cheers,

Linda

Are You Ready for A.J?

Cause she’s coming! And she’s coming hard….

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If you’re following my Crooked In Love Series then you’ve probably read Kelly’s story. A.J is the friend who was still in prison when Her book, How To Love A Crook, will be coming this December 12th and I  can’t wait for  you to read it.

This one might be a little different mostly because A.J isn’t your usual kind of woman. She’s a real crook. Like really! So don’t be too surprised if you get more thrill than you’re used to. Of course the steamy romance will be there too though 😁😁

You can read a few excerpts on my Wattpad profile.


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Love Contract

TLC Website CoverI’m done writing the Sizzle & Burn series. *sigh. It was a great ride. A great, great ride. I hope you enjoyed reading the three books in the series as much as I enjoyed writing them. Greyson, Roman or Orion? Who was my favorite virtual boyfriend? I’m not sure. Can’t I have them all? But I will admit that I loved writing Orion the most just because I’ve never written an Asian man as the lead. He was… an adventure.

Vina wasn’t too bad either. She comes off as this strong woman when people see her on the outside but they don’t know the double-life she’s leading. What was I thinking when I wrote The Love Contract? Read on…

1. OF COURSE IT WAS INSPIRED BY KDRAMAS

Duh! If you follow me on social media or read my newsletters then you probably already know this. Kdramas are life! Every time I finish a book, I take a week to binge watch kdramas. I watch them all from romantic comedies to crime thrillers. Sometimes, I even think that I might have some latent Korean genes. lol. The reason I’m so into them is because unlike Western series, they don’t drag you through season after season of angst and drama. 16-24 episodes and they’re done… Next!

2. IT TOOK THE LEAST TIME TO WRITE

Orion-Vina PhotoOne month. That’s how long it took me to write it. Though I put it on a two-month pre-order, I spent the first month in Procrastinator City just trying to get my head in the game. But once I was in, man, my fingers were just flying over the keyboard. I think it’s because I really enjoyed writing Orion and Vina, plus Vina’s family kept pissing me off so I kept coming back to the manuscript just so I could glare at her dad.

3. DAD’S LIKE MIN-KYU EXIST

Yes! Yes, there are. Min-kyu is based on a high-school friend’s dad. The daughters’ used to call him Saddam just because he was such a terrorist. Those daughters were also the most rebellious teenagers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Lesson: If the leash on your kids is too tight, be careful. They might end up biting you.

4. NA-RI WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GOLD-DIGGING PARENT

You remember Na-ri (Vina’s mother) and Doo-shim (Vina’s grandmother), right? Initially, Doo-shim was only going to be a nagging mother-in-law and indulgent grandmother. Na-ri was supposed to be the one pushing Vina to get a wealthy husband just so that she could have something to hold on to in case her husband turned out to be as bad as Min-kyu. However, as I was writing the two just somehow evolved. Somehow, Na-ri lost her backbone and Doo-shim became witchy. What can I say? These characters have their own mind.

5. DO’S ‘WE’RE IN HEAVEN’ WAS ON REPLAY

2002 is a long time ago, but I still remember ‘We’re in Heaven’. Do’s voice was just so haunting and when I listen to her version of the song, what I can say… romance. Just check out these lyrics.

Oh, once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you’re feeling down
Yeah, nothing could change what you mean to me
Oh, there’s lots that I could say
But just hold me now
Cause our love will light the way

 

How is that not romantic? Ms. Dominique kept me company most of the time when I was writing The Love Contract.

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Cheers,

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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