Tag Archives: contemporary romance

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.

 

 

Have you read More Than Friends? Learn more about it

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

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

 

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.

 

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

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091ZH74F1

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B091ZH74F1

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B091ZH74F1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57660422-more-than-friends

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT I’M READING: Cynda and The City Doctor by Theodora Taylor

Cynda and the City DoctorTheodora’s books are immediate purchases for me. I don’t even need to read the description because she never disappoints me. This book was no different. I loved it right from the first word to the last.

Dr. Prince and Cynda were legendary. They scorched these pages with their emotions and the fire in their relationship. I was so invested in their happy ending that I felt like these were people I knew. Let me not spoil the book for you. You can read it for yourself. Here’s the description though.

 

You’re fired.

When my father died and my stepmother cut out, leaving me with two stepsiblings to raise, I figured that would be the biggest surprise of my life. But then the pandemic hit, and my big city ex showed up in my small Missouri town to take over my father’s practice.

What’s the first thing he says to me after three years?

“You’re fired.”

Sooooo…it looks like he totally didn’t appreciate the way things ended between us, and now he won’t settle for anything less than cold, hard revenge.

But as it turns out, I’m the only person in our small town with a rental unit available. And without a job, I’m desperate for a renter.

So now the extremely bitter ex who fired me is living in my backhouse. Way, way closer than I want him to be.

But everything will be fine. I hate him, and he hates me. So nothing’s going to happen between us, right?

Right?

 

Get Cynda and The City Doctor on Amazon

 

Have you read it? Let me know in the comments section.

Got a book you think I should read? I never turn down recommendations.

HOW MANY CHANCES DOES TRUE LOVE DESERVE?

Years ago, Scottie and Logan loved each other. Then she broke his heart and disappeared. Now she’s back. She’s still as beautiful as ever. Still makes his heart race when she smiles. He wants to keep hating her… but that’s kind of hard when he still lusts over her.

Pleasure is now available for your reading pleasure.

Pleasure Website Cover

 

Scottie Harper was Logan Avery’s first love. He was so crazy about her that he handed her his heart on a platter. She promised she’d keep it safe, instead she mercilessly broke it. Then she left.

Years later, she’s back, and she’s nothing like Logan remembered. Now there are shadows in her eyes and she has ‘Do Not Touch’ signs all over her luscious curves. And that’s a problem… because he still wants to touch.

However, regardless of the sparks that still fly whenever they’re in the same room, he’s not sure he should look back. Their past still haunts him. He’s torn between the love he still has and the agony she caused him. Is he strong enough to let himself fall again?

 

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

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08C5K5QZD

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08C5K5QZD

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08C5K5QZD

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54352173/

 

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

Eve’s Wrath: 6 Things You Might Not Know

EW Website CoverIf I had to pick a book that sticks out from my stable like a sore thumb, I’d definitely go with Eve’s Wrath. It’s definitely different from anything I’ve ever written and frankly, I was a little scared going into it. Though I’ve tried writing Romantic Suspense before there’s usually a mystery being solved. In this case I was just going for straight-up revenge which is new to me.

As if that wasn’t hard enough to chew, I set the whole story within a business environment. So many things could have gone wrong and there was always the risk of the story being boring because the romance takes a backseat to the revenge. Thankfully, it all worked out and from the reviews, it seems like most readers liked it. If you haven’t read the book, you should grab your copy. Do that before reading the rest of this post because there will be spoilers.

Okay, now onto the tea.

1: SHARON HAS NO REMORSE

Sharon WellingSome people wanted to know why Sharon never repented even after going to jail. She still remained as the bitter, evil monster that Eve speared. Why? Because sometimes that’s just how people are. They do not change. If even almost killing Carter (the person she claimed to love the most) didn’t make her rethink her actions, then going to jail was nothing in the grand scheme of things. She has no conscience and will not be getting one anytime soon.

2: CARTER HAD A BROTHER

You remember him, right? Aaron. I didn’t say much about him in the story other than that he was dead and Jackson was his step-son. Frankly, I wish I could’ve at least shown him before his death. He was a really good guy as evidenced by the fact that he was raising a child who wasn’t biologically his. Also, he wasn’t as blinded to Sharon’s faults as Carter was. I hate that he had to die but if he was alive, Eve’s story would never have happened and maybe Sharon could’ve been stopped before she completely crossed over to the dark side.

3: IT WAS INSPIRED BY K-DRAMA ‘SEARCH WWW’

Search WWW PosterIf you’re into kdramas like I am, then I’m sure you know about Search WWW. It’s the story of three women who work in two competitive web portal companies. What impressed me about the whole series was how badass the women were. Bae Ta-mi, the female lead, was great on her own as was the volatile Scarlet. However, Ga-kyeong, Ta-mi’s former boss provided the most inspiration for Eve’s Wrath. She was a fascinating character. Sometimes she had morals, sometimes she had none. Her relationship with her husband and mother-in-law was quite interesting. I won’t lie, it hurt me when her and her husband’s marriage fell apart and I wanted to fix it with a book. So I did!

4: IT WAS WRITTEN ON WATTPAD

The book first came to life on Wattpad. The reason I like to write on Wattpad is because that’s where I started my career. Also, my followers there are awesome. While they read, there are always insightful and encouraging comments that help to guide the writing of the book. I really believe that those comments improved the overall quality of the book because I could see how certain characters were being received and how Eve and Carter’s actions were being perceived. Will I be writing another book on Wattpad? Definitely. If you’d love to read while I write instead of waiting until the book is published, make sure to follow my Wattpad profile. For those who already have an account, my handle is ‘lindaverji’.

5: I’M NOT DONE WITH CARTER & EVE

Not by a long shot. Though their relationship ended on a hopeful note it wasn’t quite what I want for them. After everything these two went through I think they deserve more than a quickie in a hotel room. Even if I don’t write a whole novel for them, expect at least a short story that gives them (and Jackson) an even happier ending.

6: ‘REWRITE THE STARS’ HELPED TO WRITE IT

Have you watched ‘The Greatest Showman’? No? Neither have I 😂. But I love the music that was used in the show. ‘Rewrite the Stars’ by Zac Efron and Zendaya caught my ear because of the lyrics of the song. They matched exactly what I was feeling when writing Carter and Eve’s scenes. Carter was hopeful that their relationship would work while Eve was sure that it wouldn’t. You should try listening to the song sometime. I think you’ll like it.

Have you read Eve’s Wrath? Learn more about it

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

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

Cheers,

Linda.