My latest release, HEART'S DESIRE is now available! So I'm really excited for you to read this novella. It's a second chance romance and office romance, and dare I say, even a sprinkling of opposites attract. This couple is hot, hot, hot! I love Janice's personality, and Nathan is... well, you know how I write my heroes. He's definitely swoon-worthy.
As a reminder, the book will be released only on Amazon initially. After the 90-day exclusive period has expired, Heart's Desire will be available on other platforms. If you don't want to wait 90 days, you can download the FREE Kindle app to any computer, tablet or phone and read it now.
HEARTS DESIRE TEASER
“And how was your weekend?” He poured a cup of coffee. He drank his with no sugar or cream, one of the many details she remembered from their relationship a few years ago.
“Did you go out?”
“I did. Went to a club and danced the night away. It was fun.”
He slowly nodded. “Still partying hard, huh?”
“Not too hard.” On occasion, she went to a club or lounge to relax on the weekend and unload the stress of the work week.
“I’m sure you had men lined up to be your dance partners.”
“Nothing quite so dramatic,” Janice demurred, though she was pleased by the compliment.
Nathan chuckled, low and sexy, showing off pretty teeth and dimples. She hated that laugh. Not because it annoyed her, but because it was so enticing she longed to hear it over and over again and highlighted the smallest regret that she and Nathan were no longer a couple.
But they were in a good place now, and she had to remember that. Friendly, able to engage in polite conversation and the occasional banter the way they used to before they became romantically involved.
“At least you’re not still wasting your time with boys,” he said, amusement filtering into his eyes.
Janice arched an eyebrow. “Who says I’m wasting my time with boys?”
“I’ve seen the men you date now, remember?” He lowered his voice, arching an eyebrow right back at her.
Janice’s voice also went lower. “Once. One time you saw me on a date with a younger man. That’s not my norm.” Unfortunately, she’d run into Nathan at the movie theater she and her date had gone to.
At thirty-six, she figured she’d try something different, so why not try a younger man? She’d assumed younger men were easier to deal with in relationships, and she wouldn’t have to worry about getting serious because they were in their prime and not looking for anything permanent. Au contraire. Her experiment had been a bust. The first one she dated was too immature and saw her as a bank to borrow money from. The second became attached way too soon, so she’d had to end the relationship before it started.
“You shouldn’t waste time with boys when you could have the benefits of being with a real man.”
“And I suppose you can tell me all about the benefits of being with a real man?” Janice asked sweetly. They were entering dangerous territory.
Nathan locked eyes with her, seemed about to add more, and then shook his head. After a few seconds, he said, “I’m not going there.”
“Say what’s on your mind,” Janice said, her heart rate speeding up a fraction.
“Nah. Not a good idea.” His gaze swept the room as if searching for someone.
“Tell me before I beat it out of you.”
His attention came back to her. For a second, he hesitated, but then he finally whispered, “I can show you all the benefits of being with a real man better than I can tell you. But you already know that.”
They locked eyes again, and her stomach tightened.
Janice swallowed. “You did, but that didn’t work so well, did it?”
“So you say.”
The other two books in the Unparalleled Love series are EVERLASTING LOVE by Stephanie Nicole Norris and SOUL'S DESIRE by Sharon C. Cooper. The books can be read in any order, and paperbacks are already available for all three novellas.
Soul's Desire buy links: AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON CA
Everlasting Desire buy links: AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON CA
To celebrate the release of Heart's Desire, I have a contest with some lovely prizes. Here are the details:
PRIZE(s): 1) reader's choice of a $25 gift card or Paypal cash and 2) the lovely bangle below. The double heart design is rose gold plated and dusted with Swarovski crystals.
HOW TO ENTER: Click the link below and enter your name and email address into the form.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to U.S. and international entrants. NOTE: Because the jewelry will be drop-shipped, an international entrant is only eligible for the gift card.
DEADLINE: 11:59 PM EST, September 15, 2019
Take advantage of these sales that end in September
I was lucky enough to be invited into Apple's audiobook romance series starter collection. They're having a massive promotion right now, and the Love Unexpected series is part of it. You can get THE BLIND DATE for only 99 cents, and the other audiobooks are discounted from $4.99 to $9.99. So take advantage. The starter page disappears after the 11th, but the sale lasts until September 30th.
You can still start the Brooks Family series for 99 cents, with A PASSIONATE LOVE. Sale ends September 30th. In the meantime, I'm working on Deeper Than Love, Reese and Nina's story, which is the last book in the series. Get ready for an angsty love story that pulls at the heart strings. 😊
That's all for now! Go ahead and 1-click the UNPARALLELED LOVE series, and have a fabulous reading day.
Last night, Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB), an online book club with over 1600 members, announced their nominees for their annual book awards. And I was fortunate enough to receive FOUR nominations!
I couldn't wait to share my great news with you! I'm super-excited and honored to be nominated. Knowing that readers have so many choices makes this even more special that I was included on these lists with the other amazing authors.
So I'm feeling mighty good today, and I'm channeling those good vibes into more sexy and emotional stories I look forward to sharing with you. I'm currently working on DEEPER THAN LOVE, Reese and Nina's story, the last book in the Brooks Family series. It's going to be sooo good ya'll! These two are putting me through the emotional wringer!
Here are the nominations:
* Beverly Jenkins Author of the Year Award
* Book Husband of the Year: Stephan Brooks from Two Nights in Paris
* Best Interracial: Princess of Estoria
* Adrianne Byrd Queen of Comedy Romance: Two Nights in Paris
Last night I conducted a virtual book chat on my fan page for Wild Thoughts. It was interesting reading the answers to the questions I posed, and I also answered questions from readers. I will be doing the same thing for the most recent release in the series, Two Nights in Paris. You can RSVP for that one here.
Today kicks off my virtual book tour to promote the Brooks Family series! And of course, I'm having a pretty cool giveaway (see below). Currently, there are five books in the series with one more on the way. If you haven't started the series, what are you waiting for? A Passionate Love (Book 1) is only 99 cents for a limited time. Then you can dive into the other stories.
SWEET. SENSUAL. PASSIONATE. ROMANCE.
A PASSIONATE LOVE
Simone Brooks and Cameron Bennett should not be together. She’s a wealthy socialite looking for a suitable husband. A man with the right pedigree and an economic status that matches her own. He’s part owner of the hottest nightclub in Atlanta with his siblings. Someone who loves cooking, the outdoors, and women, not necessarily in that order.
After one night together, their sizzling chemistry makes it difficult to stay away. Then comes the hard part—navigating their differences to salvage a relationship that, while it may be imperfect, overflows with love and passion.
This book was previously part of The Bennett Triplets series.
For a LIMITED TIME, get A PASSIONATE LOVE for only 99¢!
As far as Sylvie Johnson is concerned, her ex-husband used her and left her and she cannot stand the sight of him. Fifteen years after their divorce, her feelings haven’t changed. She wants nothing to do with him—no matter what her beating heart suggests.
Oscar Brooks has always assumed that his ex-wife hates him, but after an unplanned kiss, he’s not so sure. Why does she always have such a hostile response to his presence? Is it love, or is it hate? He’s determined to find out.
This is a short story.
She’s devoted to her daughters.
Years ago, when her cheating husband left, Ella Brooks realized how much she’d changed and wasn’t sure how to get back to the woman she used to be. When she meets Tyrone Evers, the last thing she’s looking for is another relationship, but it turns out that the police detective is just too tempting to resist.
He’s devoted to his job.
Tyrone meets Ella when he’s investigating a break-in at her home, but ends up paying more attention to the wealthy socialite’s case, and her, than normal. After his wife cheated on him, he’s not looking for romance, he’s not looking for commitment, and he’s definitely not looking for love. But you don’t have to be looking for any of those things for them to find you.
And when life gives you a second chance, do you take it or run for cover?
He's an introvert. She's an extrovert.
He's celibate. She's...not.
What could possibly go wrong?
It started with a little white lie...
Lindsay Winthrop's weekly podcast on sex and dating has garnered thousands of listeners across the country, thanks to experience with a loving fiancé she's been with for years. Except, her husband-to-be doesn't exist, and now she's in a bind. With a book deal on the line, she has to find a man fast, and Malik Brooks might be just the man she's looking for.
If he knows what's good for him, he'll stay away from her...
A few years ago Malik gave up sex and now works hard as a metal sculptor. In doing so, he's created enough pieces to fill a gallery, and his vow of celibacy has kept him focused. When a major deal falls through, Lindsay makes him an offer he can't refuse, and all he has to do is pretend to be her fiancé. Sounds easy at first, but after one kiss, he wants more. Then things really get interesting.
TWO NIGHTS IN PARIS
Two nights. One undeniable attraction.
To prove to his mother that he can be responsible, Stephan Brooks takes a job at her firm and promises to be a better son. But one glimpse of Roselle Parker, her up-and-coming protégé, and all his good intentions disappear. All he has to do is conduct himself in a professional manner, but a trip to Paris with Roselle proves too big of a temptation.
Roselle knows Stephan Brooks is nothing but trouble. She’s heard the stories, and her brief contact with him confirms they’re all true. But two nights in Paris and her inhibitions crumble beneath his seductive touch. They plan to leave what happened in Paris, in Paris. But the best-laid plans often go awry.
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ABOUT DELANEY DIAMONDDelaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels, born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free reads and the first chapter of all her novels at www.delaneydiamond.com.
I'm doing another author collaboration and I'm so excited! This time it's the Unparalleled Love series with Stephanie Nicole Norris and Sharon C. Cooper. The series is about three friends from college who temporarily move in together in the Atlanta area and end up falling madly in love with swoon-worthy heroes (of course!).
The books will only be available on Amazon, and we don't have pre-order links yet, but make sure you mark your calendar for the release date, September 5.
Meet Janice, Jada, and Soul
Three friends. A matter of the heart. Desire, uninhibited.
HEROINE: Janice is 36 years old, a Spelman graduate who's loyal to her friends, and wears funky glasses and colorful clothes to match her vibrant red hair.
HERO: Nathan is easy-going and always with a ready smile, responsible and dresses conservatively.
TENTATIVE BLURB (subject to change): Co-workers Nathan Crenshaw and Janice Livingston once had a passionate relationship that went up in flames and created a strained environment at their place of employment. Since then Janice has tried to move on. Unfortunately, they have to work together, and unfortunately, she’s still very attracted to Nathan.
Nathan can’t forget his connection with Janice—a connection he hasn’t experienced with any other woman. After an earth-shattering kiss rekindles their flame, will these two finally get it right—or will they end up even worse off than they were before?
SHARON C. COOPER, is a romance-a-holic - loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (Truth or Consequences), Emma Award - Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), BRAB-Breakout Author of the Year 2014, and BRAB - Book Wifey of the Year 2018 (Vindicated). When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net.
STEPHANIE NICOLE NORRIS penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series packed with romance, drama, and suspense. She went on to pen grin-inducing romance and to her pleasure was awarded BRAB's Best Book Cover of 2018 and has been nominated for several other's including, 'BRAB's 2018 Rochelle Alers Best Series Award for the Falling for a Rose Series. 'BRAB's Donna Hill Breakout Author Award 2018, as well as Girl Have You Read's Favorite Romance of 2019 for With Your Permission. As a prolific writer, Stephanie's catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon as well as www.stephanienicolenorris.com. Currently, Stephanie resides in Tennessee with her husband and four-year-old son.
I make no secret of the fact that I don't like doing live interviews. In fact, the last one I did was in September of last year, when I did a five-minute interview as the Author of the Week with Kimberly Kaye of WFKX 96Kix in Tennessee. Still, I agreed to do The Hive interview because the host, Tia Kelly is a friend of mine, and frankly, she twisted my arm. (Just kidding. She didn't.)
I had a great time talking about my books, possible future releases, and my latest, Two Nights in Paris! Author Lucy Eden did an ah-mazing job reading the first two chapters to take you inside the book and introduce you to the characters. Listen in the car, during your commute, or whenever. Just make sure you listen and then subscribe to this weekly podcast, created specifically to promote books that contain a main character who is a person of color. And it's conveniently available on Spotify, Google Play, or Apple.
Two Nights in Paris, Book 5
Two nights. One undeniable attraction.
To prove to his mother that he can be responsible, Stephan Brooks takes a job at her firm and promises to be a better son. But one glimpse of Roselle Parker, her up-and-coming protege, and all his good intentions disappear. All he has to do is conduct himself in a professional manner, but a trip to Paris with Roselle proves too big of a temptation.
Roselle knows Stephan Brooks is nothing but trouble. She’s heard the stories and and her brief contact with him confirms they’re all true. But two nights in Paris, and her inhibitions crumble beneath his seductive touch. They plan to leave what happened in Paris, in Paris. But the best laid plans often go awry.
What readers are saying about Two Nights in Paris
Love this family. Stephan (my new book boo) is a rich, spoiled playboy who falls for Roselle, a very sweet girl with a troubled past. Loved their story.
I read this book in one day!! I didn't want it to end.
STEPHAN, STEPHAN, STEPHAN OMG I love him and his character. That is one hell of a man.
This book was so, so good!!! I couldn't get enough of Stephan and Roselle! Their chemistry, their fire, ooooh weeeee! This is a must read!
Tiye Love is having a book blitz to celebrate the release her trilogy, the Endgame Trilogy: Endgame, Game Time, and Game Changer. Are you ready to learn more? Read on.
🏈 About Endgame: "The chemistry between Zoe and Michael was incredible, I was glad [the] storyline was not predictable as far as athletes go. I predicted Michael to be one way and he turned out to be totally different. This book had me from the beginning until the end and had me wanting more." ~ Shay's Book Reviews
🏈 About Game Time: "This is the second book that I have read by this author and Tiye Love didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed reading GAME TIME so much that I couldn’t put my kindle down!" ~ Romance in Color
Check out the excerpt below, pick up your copies, and then enter for a chance to win the gift card!
Is love worth risking it all?
Psychologist Dr. Zoe Broussard has always been a no-nonsense, play by the rules woman until she meets her new client. From the moment the impossibly gorgeous Michael Carson walks into her office, she finds herself dangerously drawn to him and irrevocably hooked.
Michael is an NFL quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract and a penchant for breaking hearts. He’s used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to tempt his hot new therapist into exploring the obvious passion between them. Even though there’s another man in her life.
Can Zoe resist Michael’s charms and her growing feelings for him? More importantly, is she willing to risk everything for a man who may not be there tomorrow?
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I stepped out of my office into the lobby as Michael got off the elevator. He walked toward me, angry as hell. “How come you didn’t tell me that you were recommending I see another therapist? I trusted you!”
“We explained everything to your management and team rep. They said it was fine that you will be meeting with my partner instead of me. I can’t be objective after what happened yesterday, and this is an important year for you. You need the best person for the job and I’m definitely not it.” I continued to walk toward the elevator.
“I don’t want to hear that bull!” He stopped and grabbed my arm. “You should have told me you didn’t want to see me again.”
“It’s not like that. I just felt you needed someone more qualified than me to help you get through this year. I’m used to rookies, and you are far from a rookie.”
“But what about what I feel I need? I’m not a rookie, so I know what I need, and it’s you.” He looked down at me, speaking with desperation in his voice. “I need you. I don’t want anyone else.”
I almost relented, but even then, the guilt of wanting him to kiss me ate at me. “It’s too late. We already spoke with your team.” I tried to walk away again.
He moved his rigid body in my path. “The hell it is. Whatever you need me to do to make this work, I’ll do it.” We were making a scene and drawing a small crowd. He seemed oblivious that people were looking and possibly even recording us.
I impulsively grabbed his hand, unlocked the office, and pulled him past the reception area to my office. I opened my door and walked inside. Before I could say a word, he closed the door and roughly pushed me against it, kissing me desperately.
At first, I was in shock and didn’t move as his mouth stroked over mine. Then he softly used his tongue, which sent a feverish heat through my veins. I responded, and his hands began exploring my body as he pressed against me.
When his hardness wedged against my stomach, I pushed him lightly and surprisingly, he didn’t resist and stopped kissing me. “I’m sorry.” He rested his forehead against mine.
I looked at him and whispered, “This is why I can’t be your therapist. I can’t resist you.”
“I would rather you work with me than lose you, so I won’t kiss you again. You are so beautiful. When you grabbed my hand and brought me in here...” He shook his head. “That was some sexy shit and I couldn’t stop myself.”
I watched him, not sure what to say.
He stared at my lips, only inches from his. “Like I said, I won’t kiss you again, if you don’t want me to.”
God knows, I really wanted him to do so much more. And when I bit my lip, with no response, he groaned and pushed my legs apart with his knee. He picked me up, wrapped my legs around his waist, and set me on my desk. He kissed me again, and this time I didn’t fight my attraction. His strong arms closed around me and I melted. Between kisses, he asked, “Can you feel how much I want you?”
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