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Have You Read ‘DON’T SAY NO’

Long lost love who ditched her? Check

Brother who keeps getting into trouble and dragging her in with him? Check

Nephew to protect? Check

Melanie has more problems than she needs. She certainly doesn’t need her ex barging into her life and making promises they both know he can’t keep. But he’s here – and her heart won’t listen to her head.

 

 

Melanie Daniels has her hands full trying to protect her family from the neighborhood gangster. The last thing she needs is her old flame and first love, Nicolás ‘Nic’ Gavilan, barging into her life and offering help she hasn’t asked for. But as difficult as it is to admit it, she needs him. She can’t afford to say no.

Nine years is a long time to love someone from afar. Nic stepped away from Melanie to protect her, but now that trouble is at her doorstep, he can no longer watch from a distance. He is determined to keep their relationship strictly platonic, help her and be on his way. But the heart wants what it wants, and even the best laid plans can go wrong.

 

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MORE THAN FRIENDS: What You Didn’t Know

More Than Friends is finally published. Finally! I know you all were wondering if that book would ever be completed, but I did it. If you haven’t read the book yet, please get it before you read this article because we’re about to have some major spoilers out here. You can GET IT HERE.

Okay, here’s a few things you didn’t know about More Than Friends.

 

WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO WRITE

I got a lot of private messages if I was okay while writing this book. First, thanks for being worried about me. It’s great to know that they’re great people out there who care about me. Second, no there was nothing wrong with me. It’s just that my real life was a bit hectic; COVID scares, a wedding (not mine), a funeral (definitely not mine) and a break up (mine). Add that to the personal finance & investment classes that I decided to take this year and the writer’s block caused by long periods of not writing. Things have calmed down a lot this month, so let’s hope they stay that way as I start to write something new.

 

PIPER IS JUST AS SELFISH AS YOU THOUGHT

Those of you who read More Than Friends on Wattpad had a grand old time cussing out Piper, and I was right there with you. The lady was a real piece of work. Someone wrote to me saying that she was such a ridiculous person that she almost seemed unreal. No one can be so selfish. And to that… I laughed. Because she is based on someone real. Yes people, I know someone who acts exactly like this.

Anyone who knows a true narcissist will tell you that this is exactly how they act. They hurt people then expect forgiveness. If they don’t get it immediately, they gaslight you into believing that you’re the bad person for not understanding them. Piper is in that club. If you know someone like her in real life, then receive my condolences. Let’s start a support group lol.

 

KIT’S ADOPTION STORY IS A BIT MORE COMPLICATED

Though Kit’s adoption was mentioned, I kind of glossed over it. That was mostly because I didn’t want to bog down the book with lots of backstory when y’all just came for a good love story. But if you’re interested in how it happened, here’s the scoop.

Kit was the child of teenagers. Two high school kids who played adult games and unfortunately experienced the harsh consequences. His biological mother was the daughter of strict parents, and his biological father was the son of absentee parents. As you can imagine, they would have had a hard, hard time raising a baby so they did what they thought was the best thing for Kit. They gave him up for adoption.

At eighteen, Kit was able to access his adoption records. He didn’t ask his adoptive parents to find them for him because he was afraid that they’d be hurt and think that he didn’t love them. But frankly, it was just curiosity to find out who he came from. By the time, he and Amarie found his adoptive parents they were both adults with their own families. Kit saw no need to rock their present boats when he already had loving parents. So yeah, his biological parents are out there!

 

AMARIE & HER FATHER HAVE A COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

 I think I touched on Amarie and Louie’s relationship a bit but let me explain lest you think that she hates her father. Louie is a workaholic which means his family is his second priority, work is his first. Winter, a stay at home, raised the girls (Tammy and Amarie) practically on her own. She disciplined them, gave them the love they needed, went to their parent-teacher meetings etc

Because Louie is an introvert and also rarely spent time with the girls, they had no time to connect with him. To them, he’s just their father, the guy who locks himself in his office, the guy who pays their college fees yet doesn’t even know what college they attend. I think there are a lot of parents like these out there. They’re just providers but are really disconnected from their kids. Don’t be them.

 

AMARIE HAS AN OLDER SISTER. HER NAME IS TAMMY

Yes, even though she was mentioned just a couple of times, Tamara is really a member of the family. She is four years older than Amarie, and lives in Canada with her Somali husband and three kids (two boys, one girl). Unfortunately, she quit her music career and is now working a nine-to-five in a PR company. But she’s okay with that. Sometimes you have to trade in your dreams for true happiness. Maybe I’ll write her story one day. Maybe.

 

INGRID ANDRESS’S ‘WE’RE NOT FRIENDS’ WAS THE INSPIRATION

Tell me you’ve heard this song. Tell me you’ve heard it! If you haven’t, then let me lead you out from under that rock because this jam will blow your mind.

 

 

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Cheers,

Linda. V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing The Invisible Line Between Friendship & Love Is Risky Business

It started with a crush. The best stories always do.

Now Amarie has started a fire that even her hot-as-hell, firefighter best-friend, Kit, can’t put out.

More Than Friends is now available for your reading pleasure.

MTF Website Cover

Being in the friend-zone sucks!

No one knows that better than Amarie Parker. She’s had a crush on her sexy-as-sin best-friend, Kit Iseman, since forever. But he is blind to her feelings… or pretends to be blind. Still, she stays his friend. Watching him date women who are too idiotic to realize how special he is. Desperately hoping that one day he will see her as more than just his sidekick.

However, the return of an old flame makes it clear that living as just his best-friend forever will break her. Now she has to make a hard choice… fight for him or cut him off completely.

 

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NOTE: More Than Friends is currently discounted at $2.99. Prices will rise to $3.99 on Monday the 12th so grab your copy before then. It is also available for borrowing through Kindle Unlimited.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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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