Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On Conversations: #interview with #AAMBookclub #author Janet Autherine

Please welcome AAMBookclub author Janet Autherine to Conversations today. Janet is here to talk about her new book, Growing into Greatness with God. So, check out the cover and blurb below! And don't forget to check out her interview too, and get to know Janet. 

Lisa ~
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KWACD94/?tag=crlaofsu-20Growing into Greatness with God:
Seven Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters

Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis—about life, about the world, and about themselves.

In Growing into Greatness with God: Seven Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters, author and mother of three boys Janet Autherine encourages kids to see themselves as unique and amazing—already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their dreams.

Readers learn how to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence through the inspiring stories of Bible heroes such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Ruth. Each chapter includes a brief summary of two Bible stories, with reflections on each, and concludes with three action-oriented suggestions on how to put the lesson into practice. The book ends with a letter that will inspire and empower readers, and questions for study and self-reflection that can be used by parents and teachers to help their children continue on their journey to greatness.

Dreams are essential to life, and kids need to be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest. Growing into Greatness with God offers biblical examples of how people have nurtured what God has planted in them and teaches kids how to do the same in their own lives.




Interview with Janet Autherine

What was the inspiration for your book, Growing into Greatness with God?

In the book, Growing into Greatness with God, the words of wisdom that accompany the stories are inspired by all the advice given to me by my mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and all the “old souls” that entered my early years.  I grew up in a house where family, faith, good food and hard work were celebrated.  A two bedroom house was home to three generations.  It wasn’t unusual for an 11 year old to walk 1/2 mile to fetch water before school, walk home, get ready for school, walk at least 1/2 mile to school, be respectful and attentive, participate in field day, take the long walk home with friends (not forgetting to stop and say hello to all the neighbors), pick fruit or dig yams for dinner, complete homework assignments, and end the day by having dinner and fellowship with family.  That was my daily life growing up in Jamaica.  I didn’t fully appreciate it back then, but I certainly do now.  I want children to have confidence in the fact that they are unique, amazing, born with greatness and can overcome any obstacle.

What is your spiritual background?

I gained my confidence in a little church in St. Thomas, Jamaica, called the Hampton Court Seventh Day Adventist church.  That church was the cornerstone of the community and it was where I learned and recited bible scriptures, sung gospel songs and recited poetry.  It is where I made some of my best childhood friends, picked cherries from the best cherry tree in town and listened to the sermons that inspired me to keep God the center of my life.  Love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself is my guiding principle in life.  My family currently worships at a beautiful Episcopal church in Florida.

How does your new book, Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, relate to your spiritual journey?

The book, Growing into Greatness with God, was born from those early bible study groups in church.  The stories of young David (the boy who defeated the Giant), Daniel (a man who stood without fear among lions), Solomon (the wise king) and Ruth (the loyal friend), as well as many others, all resonated with me.  We were too poor to afford the latest toys and there was no television in our home, so these characters became my heroes.  We were poor but it didn’t define our lives; we were rich in love, faith and community, and we had big dreams.

Your book is titled, Growing into Greatness with God.  How do you define greatness?

We are all unique beings, so greatness will mean something different to each person.  I think  greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars.  You must then use everything that you have achieved to serve others.  Service is the heart of greatness; for me, there is no greatness without service.

What do you think about the culture of bullying in our schools?

It breaks my heart that fear instead of love is consuming some of our children.  I say fear because most bullies are acting based on their own fears and insecurities.  They seek to feel better about themselves by hurting others.  When children feel whole on the inside, there is no need fill that void in their spirit by hurting others.  Unfortunately, we cannot always protect our children from mean-spiritedness, but we can empower them with the knowledge that they are unique, their thoughts and feelings are important, that God is with them even when they feel alone and they can overcome any obstacle.  I hope that in some small way Growing into Greatness with God can help children shine a positive light on themselves.

How can parents use your book, Growing into Greatness with God, to inspire their children?

As a parent, I know how helpful it is to have a book that sparks discussion with your children.     Each chapter of the book offers stories, practical advice that kids can relate to, and actionable wisdom.  As an example, the chapter, Growing in Love, teaches kids not to focus on their outward appearance but the love and beauty in their hearts.  Kids are encouraged to identify the things that they love and to follow their dreams.  Parents can help their children with the “action” items in the book, such as – perform an act of kindness for a stranger, write 3 things that you love about yourself or establish a pen-pal relationship with a child in another country.  The book ends with 24 questions kids and their parents can answer together, or teachers in a classroom setting or bible study group can moderate.

What challenges did you face as a student?

In 1982, I moved from Jamaica to Philadelphia to live with my mother and my brothers.  I had to adjust to a new country, a new household and the typical middle school anxieties.  I was a shy, introverted child and I struggled to find my voice; it didn’t help that my voice had a very strong Jamaican accent.  For many years, I didn’t speak up as much as I needed to – I feared saying the wrong words and getting into trouble; I feared being teased because of my accent; I wasn’t familiar with the sound of my own voice.  Fortunately, my upbringing gave me a quiet confidence; I was raised to believe that I was a good person, a good student and that I could achieve anything if I was willing to work hard.  This is why I believe that we should empower kids with the confidence to believe in themselves and their strengths at a very early age so that they can face any challenge.

We are all on a journey to realize our dreams, what has been your path?

I went to Murrell Dobbins High School, a vocational high school and followed the business track.  With my typing and short-hand skills, I was prepared to be the best administrative support staff member in Philadelphia.  That was my plan B.  College was not an option for me; it was a requirement.  I always knew that I was going and when my older brother, Mark, encouraged me to attend Penn State University, I jumped at the chance to follow in his footsteps.  I connected with the Caribbean Student’s Association, joined a vibrant church and happily settled into life in Happy Valley.  It was there that I discovered that, at heart, I was a peacemaker.  I ditched my Business major and chose Labor and Industrial Relations, a choice that would lead me to law school at Boston College- I discovered that I wanted to help people solve problems and a legal education enabled me to do so.  Writing is allowing me to share my journey with others.

About 8 years into my legal career, I was blessed to be appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia government.  It was the dream job that allowed me to hear cases, issue decisions, and participate in mediating disputes.  My voice was heard in the courtroom and in written decisions but in a quiet, substantive manner that would make any introvert happy.  When you find that thing that you are passionate about, it frees you up to live a well-rounded life.  I now spend my time raising my three boys, writing and reading inspirational books, practicing law, participating in religious and community life and running as often as I can.

Growing into Greatness with God focuses on empowering children; what lasting message do you want to leave with children and parents who read this book?

Growing into Greatness with God is about finding the unique talent that God has blessed you with, nourishing that skill and using it to be of service.  My journey began in a small town in Jamaica and is being realized in the United States.  It started with the wonderful bible stories that allowed me to believe that with God everything is possible.  It began with the principles of faith, family, hard-work, community and bonding over good, healthy food.  I hope that the book reflects those principles and that everything that I have learned on my journey, thus far, can help a child realize that he or she was born with greatness.  I love to spread that message so when my schedule permits, I gladly speak to children’s organizations, non-profit organizations, and the children’s ministry at churches at no cost.  Please do not hesitate to contact me.  I would like every child to know that regardless of your circumstances, you can become all that God has ordained for your life.


 

Autherine was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and she went on to study at the Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School. After launching her law career, she was eventually drawn back to the sunshine, and she now lives in Florida with her husband and their three sons.

Autherine continues to practice law, waking up at the crack of dawn to cultivate her writing. Her juvenile nonfiction book Growing into Greatness with God is inspired by her own experiences growing up in Jamaica and her goal of raising her sons to recognize and nourish what God has planted within each of them.


Connect with Janet:

Website: http://www.GrowIntoGreatness.com
Twitter: http://www.Twitter/Autherine
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/GrowingIntoGreatness
Pinterest: http://www.Pinterest.com/Autherine
CONTACT: JanetAutherine@GrowIntoGreatness.com


Saturday, September 6, 2014

On Conversations: #romance #author #Jael Friese

Please join me in welcoming contemporary romance author, Jael Friese to Conversations today! Jael is here to talk about her contemporary Western debut, Love Comes to Cookesville. So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below!

Lisa ~
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LOVE COMES TO COOKESVILLE

Jason Stuart is at the end of his rope...

Some people say, once you cross a line, you can never go back.  No one believes that more than Jason Stuart who has been living on the edge of hell the past few years. He's lost the only person who truly matters in his life: Shayla Cooke, who is leaving town with no intention of coming back.

Eighteen, alone and scared...

Some people say you can't run away from your problems. But that is exactly what Hope Welles needs to do, because if she doesn't, she might not have a future. When she arrives in Arizona looking for her long-lost relatives, she comes across Wade Cooke who's been the social outcast for years. Just as Hope gives him a reason to believe his lonely days are behind him, he discovers things are never that easy.

Welcome to Cookesville, Arizona where anything can happen, even love... 






Jael Friese is just a daydreamer who started writing down her dreams. She writes contemporary. Her contemporary romance novels do have sexual content, mostly within marriage and mild language.She enjoys reading romance from Regency, historical, contemporary to paranormal.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Conversations: #interview with #AAMBookclub #author Keyanna Ford

Please welcome AAMBookclub author Keyanna Ford to Conversations today. Keyanna is here to talk about her new novel, Living in Fear. So, check out the cover and blurb below! And don't forget to check out her interview too, and get to know Keyanna.

Lisa ~
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M8O6XMA/?tag=crlaofsu-20Living in Fear

Tia Green came from Kalamazoo, a small town in Michigan. From the time she was a child, Tia had known exactly what she wanted out of life and had already dreamed about how to get it a thousand times over. Tia had always planned on attending the University of Michigan with her childhood friend where they both wanted to become nurses. She worked hard in high school and made sure she got good grades. Eventually, That hard work paid off, She was admitted early to U of M with a full scholarship. After going on the college tour, life changed for her in ways she would have never believed…

Ace was the guy that everybody dreamed they had. He was smart, sexy, and athletic, not to mention, the star of University of Michigan’s football team. See, Ace turned heads wherever he went, and people were always striving for his attention, but Ace could care less. He was a player who didn’t believe in giving his heart away to any female due to his childhood, but that all changed when he met Tia. She was everything he had ever wanted, and most importantly, she reminded him of his late mother whom he lost at a young age. Ace thought Tia was perfect for him. He thought he would finally get the family he had always wanted. He never imagined she'd betray him, especially not with the only other person he loved…

Tia and Ace started with a fairytale romance, truly in love. As true colors bleed out from the cracks of their exteriors, the couple discovered that their fairytale romance was turning into a painful nightmare and the dream filled partnership was on its way to ruins. 




Interview with Keyanna Ford

What made you start writing?

I started writing for therapy. I was going through a bad relationship and didn’t have anyone to talk to about it, I would have usually read a book in this situation but I decided to put it in a book instead. No that does not mean my book is an autobiography, it means it fiction based on a little fact.

Give us an insight into your main character, why is he/she so special?

Tia Green is a high school senior, she na├»ve and a little innocent. She gets good grades, never had a boyfriend or even kissed a guy until Ace comes along. Tia fell head over heels for Ace as most of us did for our first love, it’s just too bad things changed in a blink of an eye and dreams started to become nightmares.

Tia is special because she’s relatable. How many females have lost themselves in what we thought was love? I know too many and Tia is no exception. Tia is an example of how quick things can change and one wrong decision can change your life forever.

Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from real life events, I’ll take something that happened and expand on it. Not necessarily, something that happened to me but maybe something that happened to one of my friends.

Do you read often, if so who’s your favorite authors?

Yes, I love to read. Reading has been my passion since about middle school, the first book I ever read was dope fiend by Donald Goines. It was so descriptive it was like watching a movie in my head and that’s when I fell in love with books.

I love to read Wahida Clark books, she’s my favorite author along with Deja King. I also love Nikki Turner, Ashley & JaQuavis. That’s just to name a few, there’s so many other authors I read and I discover new ones every day.

Do you write every day, if not how often?

No I don’t write every day, sometimes I go weeks without writing. I binge write as I call it meaning I write nonstop for a few weeks straight, leave for a few week then come back and finish.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing to me is incorporating more than just your main characters. For me I could have wrote about Ace and Tia all day but they had to have friends and a family. Making sure everything flowed and the timeline was right was also a challenge.

What are you working on at this moment?

I’m currently working on the sequel to “Living in Fear” which should be out next year, along with my third novel not related to this series that I haven’t titled yet.


Keyanna was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI, she has always been into school but never knew exactly what she wanted to do. She graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2005 with high honor and went to college where she studied Criminal Justice at Kalamazoo Valley Community College first then went on to get her bachelors at Western Michigan University where she doubled major and graduated with two majors in Criminal Justice and Social Psychology. After going through a bad situation Keyanna decided to write about it where she discovered her love for writing and that’s how her debut novel “Living in Fear’ came to life.

Connect with Keyanna:

www.iamkeyanna.com
facebook.com/keyanna.k.ford
twitter.com/KasheenaKaniece
instagram.com/kasheenakaniece 
Kford7424@gmail.com


Monday, August 18, 2014

On Conversations: #romance #author Pema Donyo

Please join me in welcoming romance author, Pema Donyo to Conversations today! Pema is here to talk about her new historical Western romance novel, One Last Letter. So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below. Plus, Pema has a great interview for us, so be sure and check that out too and get to know Pema and her work!

Lisa ~
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MIMHQ0U/?tag=crlaofsu-20ONE LAST LETTER

A romantic hardened by reality…
 

Evelyn Lancaster turned her back on her love for ranch hand Jesse Greenwood when she was sixteen to pursue a career and marry into wealth that could save her father’s struggling ranch. Now twenty-three, she works hard to keep the property afloat, but no suitor has stirred her heart the way Jesse did. After her father falls ill, she needs all the help she can get to keep the ranch running.

A cowboy returning to what he left behind…
 

After making his fortune, a newly wealthy Jesse has returned home to see his younger sister married. Still smarting from Evelyn’s rejection, he finds the tables have turned, and now only his investment could save the ranch that he vowed to never step foot on again.

When he agrees to help her salvage her family legacy, they must overcome their pride and painful past to work together. As long-held emotions rekindle, Jesse pretends indifference, only to admit his true feelings in an unsigned letter left on Evelyn’s porch.

Evelyn finds the missive and writes back, beginning a furtive correspondence. She dares to hope her mystery admirer is Jesse, but then another man comes forward to claim the letters as his own. Will one last letter give them the courage to say yes to love on the wild Texas plains?





Interview with PEMA DONYO

When did you first start writing?
 

I've written stories for as long as I can remember. Even in second grade I was penning down plot ideas - which never ended up having endings, but they were still beginnings! The first full story I wrote (with an ending included) was in fourth grade. My teacher, Mr. Mason, read my story and encouraged my love for creative writing. I was extremely fortunate to have him as my teacher.

Tell us a little about the story behind your current project.
 

One Last Letter was inspired by reading Lorraine Heath's Amelia and the Cowboy. It was the first book from Heath that I picked up and I was hooked. I've read historical romances before, but there was something about the American West that seemed a perfect backdrop for romance. I knew I wanted my story to take place in Texas, but I've lived my entire life in California. Lots of research was required!

Southern California is a lot different than 1800’s Texas. What’s the biggest challenge involved with writing about such a different environment and how did you overcome it?
 

I ran into so many historical restrictions while writing the novel. Since finishing One Last Letter, I have much more respect for historical fiction writers! Extensive research is required at every step of the way. At the same time, it’s exciting to create new worlds and travel back to long-forgotten times. I brushed up on written research, but I also watched a lot of modern Western movies. I love The Love Comes Softly Saga from Hallmark Channel (adapted from books by Janette Oke). Binge-watching historical dramas definitely helped.
 
What is the single most important thing you've learned about managing your career?

 

Don't give up. The road to being an author is paved with rejection. You have to possess a thick skin when you’re an writer – when querying publishers/agents, requesting reviews, or even reading reviews – there’s so many opportunities for others to criticize or reject your work. But if you know creative writing is what you want to pursue, nothing can hold you back from it in the long run. It’s all about just sticking to what you feel passionate about and moving forward.

They say you make your luck...what have you done in your career that has resulted in what other people might think of as being lucky?
 

Being published so young. I’ve been fortunate enough to publish my first novel (a New Adult thriller) The Innocent Assassins and my second novel (a Western romance) One Last Letter while I’m still eighteen. It’s a blessing to begin my journey of being an author so early in my life. Of course, there are lots of authors who have been published even earlier than I! I’m currently living out the years I’m writing about. All my characters in my works have been between the ages of 17 and 23, and I’m fortunate enough to express the age from someone who’s living it out.

Do you write every day?  Every week?  Odd times?
 

Since I’m still in college, I mainly write during breaks. Winter break, spring break, and summer break all provide perfect opportunities for writing. Once I’m at college, there’s so many other projects and events going on that make it hard to write every day during the school semester.

Any advice you can give to other young writers?
 

Trust that everything happens for a reason. Every rejection letter you receive is just more time for you to improve your craft and experience more in the world. Don't be too starry-eyed, but don't ever be disillusioned. Publishing is a business just like any other - there's competition and intimidation. But there's also camaraderie and community and creativity. Just keep writing and don't lose hope; that's all you can do.

Favorite writing quote?
 

“In order to write about life, you must live it,” by Ernest Hemingway. He’s completely right. Experience is the best source of writing material. Whether it’s relating to a character’s first heartbreak or first kiss or even watching a beautiful sunset, authors can only write about emotions after they’ve experienced it for themselves. That’s one of the many wonderful parts about writing: the ability to relate to so many other readers through our shared emotions and experiences.



Pema Donyo is a coffee-fueled college student by day and a creative writer by night. She currently lives in sunny Southern California, where people wear flip-flops instead of Stetsons and ride in cars instead of carriages. As a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna, she’s still working on mastering that delicate balance between finishing homework, meeting publisher deadlines, and… college.

Visit Pema on her website at pemadonyo.wordpress.com
Follow her on Twitter @pemadonyo 
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On Conversations: #AAMBookclub #author Tamika Newhouse

Please welcome AAMBookclub author Tamika Newhouse to Conversations today. Tamika is here to talk about her new novel, The Words I didn't Say. So, check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below!

Lisa ~
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L8IJ1IK/?tag=crlaofsu-20The Words I Didn't Say

Janet had been there and done that when it came to love. After a broken heart love was no longer an option for her. No strings, meaningless sex, and random dates were now her top choices. Besides keeping men at a distance and away from her heart was safe right? You can t get hurt if you don't let anybody in.

But what happens when you suddenly meet someone who just gets you? The moment she met Denim she knew it was something different, something she couldn't control. And from day one she fought that four letter word, love.

Denim had loved and lost and vowed to never feel for anyone ever again and that had worked for years. A successful music producer but a womanizer by nature the day he met Janet his quest to be unattached was challenged. Janet and Denim both fight what was evident, that they both wanted and needed each other.

Vowing to just be in the moment and not commit to one another tension grows as their emotions can t be controlled. Random sex want do, the endless dates with unfamiliar faces is getting old, and everyone is compared to the one that matters, each other.

But when Janet fears confessing her deep feelings for Denim will push him away; things change. Denim although loves Janet is unwilling to commit and it is his the lack of effort to change on his end that ultimately changes them.

Words go unspoken as this romantic, sexy, dramatic novel unfolds leaving two souls lost within each other. And when a broken heart can't be mended it seems that their love will be lost forever without a real chance at happiness.

A love story not based on a fairy tale but solely on the fact that sometimes we run from the very thing that will make us happy.




Excerpt from The Words I Didn't Say

I walked into the restaurant and asked the hosts for the party of a Denim Overton. She assured me that my party called and said they would be five minutes late and led me to my table. I knew that at meetings like this my bill was always covered by the client so I wasted no time ordering an appetizer and pulling out my laptop to work on my novel.

Thirty minutes and fifteen hundred words, and a plate full of bones later, I heard, “Janet Jamison?”

My eyes traveled over my laptop and trailed from the soles of the most expensive shoes I would never spend money on, up his leg, briefly stopping at his mid-section to examine the bulge but I made sure to not stare too long. His torso was broad, his arms were dark so he was a chocolate brother. Please let him be cute please let him be cute. I stared at his face and tilted my head to the side. Got damn this man is sexy.

Stuttering over my words and attempting to gain my composure I say, “Yes!”

He extended his hand and said, “Denim Overton. I do apologize for my tardiness. You can never be too sure with Atlanta’s traffic.”

I suddenly heard the sounds of “Freak Me”by Silk but I think it was only in my head. “Oh that’s fine. I had some time to write.”

He took a seat across from me and smiled. “You’re the writer that everyone praises up in New York. They say you’re the best.”

I blushed. “They speak truth. I’ve already been looking into your client’s life. I think this project is going to be a quick and easy one. He is pretty much an open book.”

“Yeah he is someone I can’t control and he is pretty open.” He said, referring to his client.

“I thought he was going to join us too?”

After ordering a drink Denim turned his attention back to me and said, “No, he had a show in Tampa so he left this morning. I didn’t want to cancel because we have pushed this back long enough. Tell me what you have in mind.”

I begin to lay out the idea for the memoir I was going to write for his artist. I had written for indie and mainstream artists and actors a dozen times and I was good at what I did. So good that my best friend, Claire, and I decided to open our own offices called From the Pen of Claire and Janet. We were both published authors, but we were currently working as ghostwriters for a lot of celebrities throughout the Atlanta area. For this project with Denim’s artist I would pocket over $75,000. So was I complaining truly about being behind on my own project? No. But then again I wrote for the love of it not just for the dollar sign.

“You are good,” Denim said, just above a slight laugh. He leaned back in his seat as our server sat a plate of salmon and rice in front of him.

“I try to do my best,” I said, as my plate of turkey and dressing was placed before me. “Have you read any of my works? Tell me what you know about me.”

He raised an eyebrow. “Well I actually have been in Houston a lot working on an album with an artist so I haven’t been out of the cave in about two months. I hadn’t had the chance to do much of anything else.”

“Oh so what do you do when you’re in the studio?”

“I create beats. The sound of the music.”

“Oh that’s right?” I smiled and nodded my head while covering my mouth that was full of food. “You’re DJ Denim O!”

He had a look of shock on his face. I didn’t know why so I asked, “Thought I wouldn’t know about you?”

“Depends on what you heard.”

He took a bite of his food keeping his eyes glued to mine. I had to rearrange myself in my seat. Denim was more than handsome. He was so heavy on my eyesight that I took deeper breaths to maintain the anxiety building in between my legs.

“Well, I heard some things from back in the day. You’ve been in the game for a while now, huh?”

“Ten years,” he said, leaning back in his seat. “Started in small clubs back in Fort Worth, Texas.”

“Pause!”

He raised an eyebrow. “What?”

“I’m from there you know.”

He gave me the side eye and smiled. I nearly sunk in my seat. I could feel juices from the crevices of my lips seep through and threaten to wet my panties. I squeezed my pelvis really tight hoping my efforts to tighten my walls would create a stopper to the flow. “Why are you looking at me like that?”

“You’re from Funkytown?”

“Yes. I’ve been here in Atlanta for about five years now. Came here for my career.”

“Small freaking world,” he laughed.

“Small freaking world,” I added.

There was an obvious pause in our exchange. I was too busy focusing on stopping the flow of my juices, but what the hell he was doing, I didn’t know. I was thinking to myself this man was obviously irresistible and he knew it. He sat there looking as if he possessed the most sought after tool in the world. Hmmmm his tool. I wonder.

I shook the thoughts out of my head and asked, “So you stay here?”

“I am in and out of almost every major city at some point. Nowhere is home really but Texas.”

He stared at me. His stare was like dare. I couldn’t tell what he was thinking. He had these seemingly innocent eyes that held a hint of grey.

“I like it here. It’s different from Texas,” I said.

“Very different. It’s a city of opportunities you know… And meetings such as this.”

I smiled and bowed my head as if I was a shy school aged girl when his cell phone buzzed. He glanced  at the caller ID with a look of anxiousness. After apologizing for having to take the call, he picked up as I attempted to tune out his conversation. Although being nosey and writing about other people’s lives was how I made a living, for once I wasn’t trying to be.

Denim hung up and said, “I have to get to my next meeting but Janet I will definitely be in touch. I will let my client know what we came up with. He’s really excited about this opportunity.”

I stood up and shook Denim’s hand. When my hand landed in his I felt a rush of something. It was weird. I couldn’t explain why my palms became moist, my breathing became heavy, my heart began to race, and my mind was boggled. Denim tilted his head to the right and frowned. He feels it too.

I quickly let go of his hand and allowed it to drop to my side. “It was nice meeting you Denim.”

His confused look didn’t change as he stated, “It was a pleasure Ms. Jamison.” He slowly took a few steps backwards until he turned on his heels and walked out of the restaurant. I plopped down into my seat and blew out hot air. What the hell just happened? I think I stared at my computer screen for ten minutes before I managed to collect my items and head out of the restaurant pushing back what was obvious; I wanted that man in the worst way.





Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author who founded Delphine Publications, at the age of 21; Tamika appeared on various bestseller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards only 9 months after her debut novel. In 2010 she was inducted into Who’s who in Black San Antonio and she landed a major publishing deal without an agent and still continues to write independent projects. In 2011 her company Delphine Publications won an African American Literary Award for Best Anthology as well as Tamika won for the second time Self Published Author of the Year. She was also nominated by the National Women in Business Association for the 2011 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. In 2013 she was honored with the Author of Distinction E. Lynn Harris Award. Her latest award for the 2013 African American Literary Award for self published author of the year.

Along with Delphine Publications, Tamika is the founder and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) – an online book club and radio show catering to avid readers across the nation. She is also CEO of Obsessive Soul Media. With future projects in the works from short films, stage plays and much more, Tamika is a young woman on a mission. She has been featured in Uptown Magazine, Essence, Hello Beautiful, Juicy Magazine, and in Vibe Vixen Magazine.

Tamika presently tours the country speaking about overcoming her teen pregnancy to fulfill her dream, as well as teaching aspiring writers the publishing ropes. A former radio host, she hosted her own internet radio show (AAMBC) for over three years and continues to expand her brand. She is currently living in Atlanta with her son and daughter and is currently working on her next novel.

Find the author:
Twitter @TamikaNewhouse
Instagram @BossladyTamika
www.TamikaNewhouse.com
www.facebook.com/BossladyTamika



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