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Temptation: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Temptation Website CoverTemptation is one of those books that you either love or hate. Mostly because both characters are flawed and make mistakes that could make anyone raise their eyebrows. Red is so firm in his conviction that marriage isn’t for him that at first he comes off as kind of an asshole. Meanwhile, Trinity can come off as quite having trust-issues that are taller than a mountain. If you read the book, then I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read the book… WHY? Why, why, why? Seriously… WHY? Grab your copy first before you read this post because there will be spoilers.

Okay, now onto the tea.

1: RED’S MOTHER IS DEFINITELY A RACIST

Choi Hye-jinYou must’ve gotten a hint of it when you were reading her parts, right? The lady doesn’t like people who don’t look like her, which is everyone who isn’t Asian. Trinity got only a small taste of it but if I do write a follow-up book, Hye-jin’s distasteful attitude will be more obvious. Usually, I don’t really focus on racism in my stories. I prefer my characters to be tolerant of differences between them and others. However, everyone knows that the world isn’t perfect like that. Hye-jin might end up being my first venture into that world.

2: JOSEPH’S ACCIDENT

Joseph BarclaysEveryone’s wondering what actually happened to Trinity’s father because I didn’t really explain it much when I was writing the story. Well, before his accident Joseph was a mechanic. His dream was to own his own shop but even without it he was a pretty good father, husband and provider. When Trinity was thirteen, he got involved in a car accident that messed with his spine and vocal cord causing him to lose the ability to use his limbs and his voice. In the story, he is going through rehab. But I’ll be honest, after 15 years of being like that I don’t think much is going to change in his condition. The Barclays are pretty lucky that he is still around.

3: MY INTEREST IN ASIAN CULTURE INFLUENCED THE STORY

Now you all know that I’m currently addicted to Asian TV. I’m out here bingeing hard on Korean romantic comedies, Chinese wuxia series and Japanese medical dramas. It’s kind of surprising that I’ve only written one book with an Asian lead (The Love Contract) and even then the female lead was an Asian. I think it was time for me to try an Asian Man with a black woman romance. Expect more in the future.

4: THE CHARACTER’S CHOICES ARE NOT A REFLECTION OF MY OWN

Jared 'Red' KangAs you’ve read the book, I think you’ll realize that both Red and Trinity are pro-choice. Now, my blood is liberal red. I’m open-minded about a lot of things, but I haven’t yet decided what my position on abortion and stuff like that. The reason is because I can identify with both sides of the conversation. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really been in a situation where I had to decide between my future or an unborn child.

Trinity BarclaysRight now I’m old enough and financially secure enough that even if I had an unintended pregnancy, abortion wouldn’t be on my list of things to do. I can afford to be pro-life. But I don’t know everyone else’s situation or background so I think it’s only fair for me to sit out of the conversation and not have an opinion. Either way, when you see my characters being pro-choice don’t assume that that’s my stand. It’s theirs and they have their reasons that go beyond just politics. Next time I might have a pro-life Lead who knows.

5: RED & TRINITY’S STORY IS NOT OVER

Red and Trinity’s journey is just beginning. Trinity is getting into a family that is extremely different from hers, not just because of how they look but how they think too. It would be interesting to explore these differences and follow her journey as she tries to adapt. That would of course include conflicts in hers and Red’s relationship because he has to be loyal to both her and his family. If I write a follow-up book for them, there’s a good chance that it will be based in Korea… ya know, throw Trinity into the furnace and see whether she burns. The future of that story is in your hands. Let me know in your review whether you’d be interested in a Part 2 and I’ll see what I can do.

6: DESTINY’S RECOVERY JOURNEY MAKES A GREAT STORY

Destiny BarclaysDestiny is another character who had me fascinated. She’s a smart girl who got roped in by addiction and is trying to crawl out of it. It would be interesting to see how this works out in the long run and whether she can sustain a relationship all while trying to stay clean. I haven’t decided whether I’ll give her a story but if you guys really, really insist I might think about it.

7: JASPER SAWYER’S ‘PRETTY, PRETTY’ WROTE THIS BOOK

Jasper Sawyer is pretty unknown in the singing world but I’m not sure why. The guy has a great voice and great lyrics. Why are you all sleeping on him? I found him by chance. I was watching someone’s apartment tour and they had ‘Pretty, Pretty’ playing in the background. Immediately I was hooked and I went to look for the song. It’s a pretty song and it talks about loving each other even after time when looks fade. You should check it out.

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Linda.

Passion: The Untold Stories

Passion Website CoverPassion! Passion! Passion!

The book that almost didn’t get written.

Well, it got written and is now published. In brief, the book follows the relationship of political consultant, Michael Klein, and his pesky actress neighbor, Gigi. The moment these two kids meet, they clash. I’m talking war and pettiness galore. Enemies? Psh! These two give a new definition to the word. So you can imagine their horror when they find out that they are attracted to each other.

Tell me that you’ve read it. No? Why not? I know you’ll like it, but if you don’t trust me then Go and READ IT for yourself lol. But make sure you read it before you continue reading this article because we’re gonna have some spoilers in here. I don’t want to ruin the book for you.

If you’ve read the book, then here are a few more details that will put the book in context for you.

1: I ALMOST DIDN’T WRITE THIS BOOK

After Obsession (the first book in this series), I got a little down since some people didn’t like the characters. It happens and I don’t begrudge those readers. I mean not everyone will like the same things. Besides that Freddie and Lex were odd ducks… their personalities were not for everyone. But I won’t lie and say that the unfavorable reviews didn’t get me a little down.

For a minute there I thought of just shutting down the series and doing something else. But after thinking about it for a while, I realized that I was focusing on the wrong thing. Though there were some people who just weren’t into the book, there were many more who loved it. Me included. I enjoyed writing Obsession, and couldn’t wait to write the rest of the series. In fact, I was (and still am) so excited that I got covers for the whole series made in advance. That’s how invested I was. It wouldn’t be fair to myself or to readers who are looking forward to the rest of the series to just stop. So I decided to write the book anyway.

And I’m glad I did.

I had a lot of fun writing about Michael and Gigi. These two’s Tom and Jerry relationship had me laughing to myself like a crazy person as I wrote. They were fun. I hope you thought so too. Don’t forget to let me know what you thought of them when you leave your review.

2: MICHAEL’S BROTHER GABRIEL IS ACTUALLY GAY

Michael KleinAh! You’d forgotten that Michael even had a brother, right? Even though he didn’t make an appearance in the book and was only briefly mentioned, Gabriel exists. He’s an architect with a heart of gold. That’s why he’s out in Venezuela trying to build houses. He’s also gay. I know, I know… how radical! But hear me out… I’m trying to make an effort to be more diverse about the characters I write. In future don’t be surprised to see Gabriel back in the States and looking for a relationship. Yes, that means that I will try out MM fiction. Are you ready for it or did you just give me a side-eye? Let me know what you think.

3: WHY GIGI WON’T DUMP HER MOTHER

Lisa ChampionY’all know this lady called Lisa, right? She is a mess. Can you imagine having a mother like her? Yeesh! But mothers like this exist. Most people in Gigi’s position would cut contact with her and I know some of you were wondering why Gigi still gives her space. Well, she’s family. Think of it this way; Gigi has no father, no sibling and her grandmother (the person who really cared for her) is dead. Lisa is her only blood relation. She might be a devil but she’s the only one Gigi has. I’m not sure that there’s a line that she could cross that would make Gigi cut her off. But who knows… now that Gigi has a new family she may start to realize just how toxic her mother is. I know y’all would’ve liked me to give the two some closures but sometimes in life people just stick with family even if they’re crappy.

4: GIGI’S FATHER IS STILL OUT THERE SOMEWHERE

In the book, I didn’t say much about Gigi’s father. Lisa really doesn’t talk about him because he hasn’t been in either of their lives since Gigi was born. But he exists. I thought of bringing him back in but figured that Gigi already has enough drama with her mother, we don’t need a deadbeat dad stirring that messy pot anymore.

5: MORE OF THE HEIRS WILL GET BOOKS

We’ve still got three heirs without books; Ari, Red and Logan. Yes, I plan to give them happy endings too so please don’t tune out of the series. Y’all know me; once I start a series I work on wrapping it up no matter how long it takes me. But I’ll try to make sure the books get released fast. If you’re not already in my Book Club, join it so that you can get immediate updates once the books are out.

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6: DAVIDA MIGHT GET HER OWN STORY

Davida is an interesting character. Her kind of loyalty doesn’t come every day and she’s been friends with Gigi for over ten years. I think she deserves a story. She’s already married and has one kid, but that doesn’t mean that the drama ends just because you’re married. What do you think about a story that explores after-marriage drama?

7: MICHAEL BOLTON’S ‘MURDER MY HEART’ WROTE THIS BOOK

Yo! I am a fan of Michael Bolton. He’s one of the earliest singers I remember being amazed by. That husky voice… Lord! That husky voice. I confess that I have quite a few of his songs saved up for rainy days, but for this book ‘Murder my Heart’ was my jam. The song is almost a decade old but it still works. I mean, listen to the song for yourself then tell me that you can’t come up with a romance novel for it.

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Linda

She’s Definitely NOT His Type

And she drives him insane. Every time they cross each other’s path they fight like cats and dogs, so why can’t Michael stop thinking about Gigi? Why does she own his fantasies? She has him crossing lines he never thought he was even capable of crossing.

Passion is now available for your reading pleasure.

Passion Website Cover

Some people call Michael Klein responsible and upright. Others say he’s just uptight.

He’s been a single father for so long that the words ‘love’ and ‘fun’ have disappeared from his vocabulary. That is until Gigi Champion crashes into his life! Gigi’s the pesky neighbor he never wanted. Sure, she’s gorgeous, vivacious and has the prettiest eyes he’s ever seen. But it seems like her mission in life is to make a hot mess of his neat, responsible, o-so-serious world.

She’s definitely not his type.

The problem is Michael can’t get her out of his mind. All he wants to do is haul her over his knee and see that pretty mouth of hers open with a pant, a gasp, and a long moan. But he can’t do that. Or can he?

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Obsession: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Obsession Website CoverHave you read my 18th published book, Obsession? No? Really? Why? You should. You really should. Obsession is one of those books that started out in my head as a short story but quickly evolved until it bore a full novel. It’s based on one of my favorite tropes, best-friend’s little sister.

Freddie has known Lex for over fifteen years and in all that time she never realized that he actually liked her. Imagine her shock when he confesses to it after saving her from her cheating ex-boyfriend. The confession is made when they’re drunk and what ensues is a night of… um… passion. You see where this is headed, right? Seriously, you haven’t read it? Go and READ IT. If you’ve read it, then here are a few more delicious tidbits that you didn’t know while reading the book.

1: THE PREVIOUS REINCARNATION OF BAD COP GAVE THE IDEA

Ari LathamYou remember Bad Cop, right? The book I published before this one. If you were riding with me when I wrote its first reincarnation then you’ll remember that Jasmine/Brandy also had an older brother, Kevin, who Lucas was afraid of offending. When creating the new reincarnation of Bad Cop, I ditched the whole older brother and instead made Jasmine an only-child. Still the concept of having a hostile older brother was intriguing. For those who have older brothers, you likely know that they can be very unreasonable when it comes to their friends trying to get with their baby sister, and Ari is no exception. He is hilariously/annoyingly nosy when it comes to his sister and his best-friend’s relationship. I loved him. 😂 😂 😂

2: LEX SHOULD’VE BEEN QUIETER

Lex BishopLex is a quiet guy, a really quiet guy. He doesn’t talk if he doesn’t have to. In fact sometime he doesn’t even talk when he needs to. When I was writing this book on Wattpad, a few readers complained that if they were with a guy like him they’d be so irritated mostly because you have to guess what he is thinking most of the time. I just laughed. Why? Because I’d even toned him down.

If I had my way, Lex would be nearly mute. One word sentences? Please! I was going to make him talk with his eyebrows lol. Lex is based on one of my male friends who is also not a talker. At first when you’re with him, it’s uncomfortable because you feel like he doesn’t like you. But once you get to know him, you realize it’s just his personality. Also, often such people are excellent listeners and secret-keepers.

3: FREDDIE’S JOB IS INSIPIRED BY LANIE FROM CASTLE

Freddie Latham.jpgWho was addicted to Castle, the mystery TV series? Me too. ❤️ I can’t even describe how invested I was in that series. Of course, Beckett was my favorite character, but Lanie, the medical examiner, held a special part in my heart. I always wanted to write her story. Freddie is my way of doing that. Of course Freddie doesn’t lead her own autopsies yet, but in the future she will (in my head lol). Since Obsession is part of a series of five book, I’ll probably drops hints of what she’s doing in future books.

4: THE BISHOP FAMILY WERE TO PLAY A BIGGER PART IN THE STORY

You didn’t get to know most of Lex’s family in the book so let me tell you about them. You already know, Andrew, right? He’s the head of the family, stinking rich, blatantly adulterous and a real douche-bag. So you can see why his wife, Nancy Bishop, might turn into an alcoholic. Nancy is pushing seventy and is always drunk. She isn’t sure who she hates more, her husband or the bastard son (Lex) who he shoved into their house after he had an affair. Nancy has two daughters, Eve and Ruth.

After seeing what their mother has gone through, there is no way the two girls could possibly like their father. For Eve, it’s even worse because despite all her hard work in the family business, her father still refuses to recognize her and is constantly scheming to hand the business over to the aforementioned bastard son, who has never even worked in the company. So if you see her being a bitch to Lex don’t be too hard on her.

5: IT COULD’VE HAD MORE SUSPENSE

You know how Wesley is crazy? I was going to make him even crazier. The guy has the potential to be a real psycho, and considering his profession, it would have made it even sweeter. I even thought of making him a kind of serial killer with women disappearing whenever they get close to him. I know! I’m crazy lol.

6: ALL THE OTHER MEN WILL HAVE THEIR OWN BOOKS

Lex is the (forced) heir of The Bishop Group of Hotels. You met his four friends in the book; Ari, Michael, Jared/Red and Michael. They are all heirs to their families. Some have taken on the mantle, others don’t want the title like Lex. You’ll meet them all in the course of this year as they try to find their own happy-ever-afters. Are you ready for them? Don’t forget to sign up for my Book Club (if you haven’t already) to receive updates on the books and notifications on when they’ll be released.

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7: SUGGI’S COVER OF SIREN BY SUNMI WROTE THIS BOOK

Have you heard of suggi? He’s an unsigned YouTube singer who has his own songs but also does covers for popular mainstream and kpop songs. You should check him out if you haven’t met him yet. Anyway, I’m addicted to his covers. Usually, I don’t listen to kpop. In fact, I didn’t even finish listening to the original song, Siren by Sunmi, but there’s just something about suggi’s voice that makes me think of romance. Here’s his cover of Siren.

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Linda

What I’m Reading: The Forbidden Man by Elle Wright

The Forbidden Man was written in 2015, and was Elle’s first novel – and what a first novel it was. The first thing that caught my attention was the title. The word ‘Forbidden’ just grabs you and pulls you in because it promises some illicit action and lots of passion. The book did not disappoint. Right from the start the book grips you and never lets you go until the end. It’s drama filled, has well-rounded characters and explores some interesting themes like betrayal, family and mental disorders.

The Forbidden Man CoverSydney is engaged to Den. The only problem is that Den loves to dip his stick in other pots. This isn’t the first time she’s caught him. You’d think that after getting caught and forgiven, Den would change. You’d be wrong. Den is just… I can’t even.

Lots of people would say that Sydney should have left Den the first time he strayed, but I can understand why she didn’t. She owes him; he helped her get through the most painful time of her life. To top it all off, Den has a mental disorder (I think it’s bipolar), and we all know how those disorders can screw with rationality. Personally, I felt like it might have contributed to his inability to ‘stick’ to Sydney.

Enter Morgan. Morgan had been Sydney’s rock through her problems with Den, and when she endd her engagement she runs to him. The same night – things happen. And that’s when the real drama starts. See Morgan is Den’s brother. Yes, you heard that right… he is Den’s brother.

Let me stop there before I ruin the book for you.

 

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She’s His Best-Friend’s Little Sister

And he wants her!

Talk about messy.

Lex Bishop never planned to sleep with Freddie, but now that he has, he’s obsessed with her.

Obsession is now available for your reading pleasure.

 

Obsession Website Cover

Billionaire Lex Bishop has had a thing for Freddie Latham for so long that he can’t even remember when it started. She’s everything he wants in a woman; gorgeous, generous, warm and she makes him smile every time he sees her. Unfortunately, she’s also his best friend’s little sister a.k.a. seriously off limits. He can’t have her.

That is until heartbreak and drinking together leads to one unforgettable night of passion.

Lex has an empire to run and a friendship to keep… so why can’t he get Freddie off his mind. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want… so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed? Or how much he wants her there, not just for one night but forever?

Being together might be against the rules… but being apart is impossible.

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Bad Cop: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

BC Website CoverAh! Bad Cop. The one that almost got away. Thankfully, I managed to get our relationship back on track and we finally have a happy ending *cue applause. I bet you’re just as glad as I am that the book is finished though for different reasons. In your head you’re saying, “Thank God. Now we don’t have to listen to her whining about this damn book all the time.” Lol. ‘Tis okay. As long as you’re happy.

Lucas and Brandy were high school sweethearts who reconnect thirteen years later. Lucas is now a cop and Jasmine is a very, very successful financial manager. Given their explosive break up, it’s no surprise that their reuniting isn’t a happy occasion. Worse, the whole thing is shadowed by the death of Jasmine’s assistant. It took a while to get these two to deal with their past as well as solve the murder, but as always Dr. Phil a.k.a. Linda managed it. This be what I do.

You’ve read the book, right? If you haven’t, I don’t even know what to do with you. Go and READ IT. If you’ve read it, then here are a few more facts that might make you smile – or frown.

1: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN REINCARNATED THREE TIMES – I THINK

I don’t even know where to start. Jasmine was originally called Brandy. When the book first appeared, she was a naïve wannabe actress who’d somehow gotten a job as a stripper. Yes, a stripper. In that first reincarnation, she struck up a friendship with a suspicious guy called Rafi, lost her roommate to a serial killer and had a frenemy called Kia who had slept with Lucas in the past. In the second reincarnation, she had a little more backbone, was still friends with Kia but had less of a relationship with Rafi (who now turned out to be the killer). In this reincarnation, all of that is gone. Shoot! I still miss Kia. Should have brought that lady back –lol. She had no shame and didn’t give a flying pig about what people thought of her THOT ways. But she’s gone now. The only constant was that the book was still called Bad Cop. This time when I started the rewrite, I decided to start with a completely clean slate. There are still a few scenes that were pasted from the originals, but there are so few and so heavily edited that I bet those who read all those other reincarnations won’t even recognize them.

2: LUC’S FATHER WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY A GREATER PART

Originally, I’d intended to give Jasmine an older brother – a dead older brother. If that older brother had actually existed, then Luc’s father would have played a part in his death. As in while Luc’s father was robbing the store that sent him to jail, Jasmine’s brother gets killed in the course of that robbery. Of course that would’ve complicated Jasmine and Luc’s relationship. How do you start a relationship with the man whose father killed your brother? I ditched the whole storyline because it would have taken more than ten chapters to resolve the mess and I was already closing in on one hundred thousand words. But think about it! How would it have worked? Would her mom have even agreed so easily to let Lucas back into their life?

3: MICHAEL WALCOTT COULD HAVE DONE MUCH WORSE TO JASMINE

michael walcottAs you already know, the Michael Walcott is trash. But I was going to make him even trashier. Jasmine is a personal finance manager with a thriving YouTube channel. Teddy offered to get her a radio gig. I was going to give her that and a column with a Buzzfeed like online paper. Michael, with all his money, would then have ruined the whole thing by threatening to withdraw advertisement from the station and paper unless she was fired. His way of making her back off from the investigation. I was even thinking of getting him to pay people to mess with her channel (maybe leave bad comments or spread rumors). I know, I know. I’m as wicked as the Walcotts :D. But just imagine how awful her life would’ve been.

4: IT TOOK ME ONLY A MONTH TO WRITE IT

That’s right. When I started this newest reincarnation, it only took me one month to write 96,000 words. Meanwhile I’d been trying to write it for four years. Starting, stopping….. I think I figured out what the problem was. Because the book was a so mystery heavy, I was scared that people wouldn’t like it. My most well received books have been those that feel more erotic romance and just focus on the characters. But when I started Bad Cop this time, I just told myself that it didn’t matter whether others liked it or not. What mattered was whether I liked it. I told myself not to care about how it would be received or whether people would even buy it and just right. I think that’s what got me to let go of all my fears and just write. Finishing this book taught me that sometimes it’s hard to write just because you’re so conscious of the readers or what income a book will bring. Once you stop thinking of these things and let things be, it becomes much easier to write the story that you want.

5: IS THIS LOVE BY BRIAN NHIRA WROTE THIS BOOK

I know, right? The lyrics have absolutely zero to do with this book and yet for some reason, every morning when I sat at my desk to write it was the only book song that could get the juices flowing. The beginning especially got me (Let’s not even talk about his voice).

Quit playing with my heart

How dare you try to start what you don’t intend to finish

Is this a gimmick you’ve had planned right from the start

Something about those lyrics just connects with me. Maybe it’s because lately I’ve been talking to some guy who is into mind games. One day he is into you, calling like one hundred times per hour, and the next day he just goes MIA. He reappears a week later claiming to have missed you, declaring his love every second. Then disappears again. Right now, I wouldn’t even be surprised to find out that he has a wife and family somewhere out there which is why he keeps disappearing. Anyway, enough about me….. lol…. How you been? Have you read Lucas and Jasmine’s book ? You interested now?

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Linda