Something Special for My Multicultural Romance Readers!

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African American and Multicultural Romance – LV Lewis

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

 

I’ve teamed up with 33 fantastic African American and Multicultural Romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS A New KINDLE FIRE to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel Jungle Fever Duology, plus books from authors like Xyla Turner, Sharon C. Cooper, Delaney Diamond and Shyla Colt.

 

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: bit.ly/af-am-romance

 

Good luck, and enjoy!

L.V. Lewis

M.J. Kane’s “Nobody’s Business” – Book 4 of The Butterfly Memoirs

First of all, I want to say thank you to L.V. for letting me drop by and share a little bit about my latest release, the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs series, Nobody’s Business!

I’d like to introduce you to the female lead character, Kai Malone, a bi-racial firefighter who loves her job. In this brief excerpt, she’s at work, doing her duty of preparing dinner for the station. While she cooks, she has a conversation with her best friend on the job, Lopez. Enjoy!

 

Excerpt:

 

Working out of Firehouse 19 was a dream come true in more ways than one. Having a Malone stationed at the firehouse for the past thirty years was part of my family’s history. My being the first female firefighter at the station, or even in my family, made it that more special.

Following in the footsteps of my grandfather and uncle had been my dream. My parents, on the other hand, were not happy about it. Neither was my sister. For the longest time, I stood out as being different in my family. I was even taller than most females in my family.

My father was a career postman, my mother a third generation florist. Kelli had chosen to follow in our mother’s footsteps, but branched out to focus on the interior decorator aspect, which went hand in hand with mom’s business.

As a teen, I trained at my mother’s and grandmother’s sides, learning the art of floral design. I was good at it. My mother had dreams of Kelli and me taking over the shop when she retired. So did I.

Until my uncle became a local legend.

Uncle Jeramiah gave his life in an effort to save a family in one of the worst fires in the history of our city. Add the fact that my grandfather was named the first African-American Fire Chief in the state back in the eighties, and well, that sealed the deal for me.

The one thing I was proudest of was not only following in my family’s footsteps, it was doing so while creating a legacy of my own. I was the first African-American-Cambodian female firefighter in the state.

Talk about breaking the stereotypical lines of race and gender.

Earning the badge hadn’t been easy, though. Gaining the respect of the men at the station was even harder.

After five years, most had gotten over their initial fear and discomfort of having a woman on the team because I carried my own. There were still a few who wouldn’t hide their distrust, mainly because no matter how well I performed in the field, I was still a woman. To them, I represented their wives and sisters, the innocent victims we risked our lives to save. I realized long ago there was nothing I could do to change their minds.

So, I did my job in the field and fulfilled my responsibilities at the station. Cooking dinner was part of my rotation duties for this shift.

In the kitchen, I pulled out the ingredients for tonight’s meal: restaurant styled hamburgers, or as I liked to call them, Juicy Lucy’s. It was a name the guys liked to use in inappropriate ways, of course. Nothing thick skin and a good pair of earbuds couldn’t handle.

“How was your weekend, Lopez?”

My friend and confidant at the firehouse joined me in the kitchen and grabbed a can of Coke out of the fridge.

“Had a nice night out with my lady. Dinner and a movie. How about you?”

“I got caught up on sleep then spent Saturday with a house full of kids under three feet tall.”

He laughed. “Sounds like fun.”

I shrugged and grabbed seasoning out of the cabinet. “It wasn’t bad. It was a birthday party for a friend’s son. He turned one.”

“My lady wants one of those.”

I looked up from the skillet I pulled from the cabinet. “A frying pan?”

“No, a kid.” He grimaced.

My brow furrowed. “You said that like a kid is an item to be bought from the store.”

“What can I say?” He popped the lid on his soda. “I think her clock is ticking.”

I emptied the ten-pound tub of ground beef into the mixing bowl and added seasoning. “What about you? Your clock ticking?” The expression on his face made me laugh.

“Men don’t have ticking clocks. We get the urge to sow wild oats. Totally different thing.”

Leave it to Lopez to have an off the wall explanation of things. “How is that different?”

“Women expect sexual encounters to be full of romance and love. You want to walk away satisfied and knocked up. We just want to get off and go to sleep.”

Unable to put my hand over my mouth because my fingers were deep into the ground beef mixture for the patties, I turned my head and put my mouth on my shoulder to keep my outburst from disturbing the guys who watched TV. “Lopez, you are a fool. How does Maria put up with your crazy ass?”

“I could tell you, but then you might get jealous.” He wagged his eyebrows and winked.

I shook my head and went back to forming patties.

“Anyway, what about your clock? Your lady parts looking for a sperm donor? I’ve got a few friends who think a woman that can handle a huge hose is hot. They’d be happy to service you anytime.”

I groaned on the inside. I hated when people asked me that question. The reality of my life was simple when it came to my inability to conceive and carry to term. My issues were my business. I dug into my bag of lies and shared my ‘truth’.

“Uh, no thanks. I can find one on my own. Besides, I’m not sure having kids is the right thing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece and can’t wait for my nephew to be born. I’m the aunt who spoils them and sends them home to momma. But be a full-time mom?” I pointed to the lounge area full of grown men. Some played pool while the others watched CNN. “You guys have been enough work as it is.”

Lopez chuckled. “True. But seriously, Malone, you’re what, thirty-eight and you don’t want to reproduce?” He leaned on the counter and stared at me as if I was an anomaly.

I glared at him. “I’m not thirty-eight, I’m thirty-five and proud of it. I worked too damn hard to get where I am in my career to give it up just yet.” I concentrated on forming a hamburger patty. “Besides, if I got pregnant, do you know what a female firefighter has to do in order to keep her job? Under no circumstances would I be allowed near a fire truck or any equipment for fear that I’d have a miscarriage. The county would look at me like a walking law suit waiting to happen.”

Lopez’s eyebrows knitted together in thought. “You could do community service work. Visit schools and talk about fire safety.”

I smirked. “Actually, I’d be doing office work.” I shuddered at the notion. “No thanks.”

He raised his can. “Ouch.” He drank, and then frowned. “Seriously though, no kids?”

“Lopez, for me to consider having a baby, he’ll have to be one hell of a guy worth putting my job on the back burner. The chances of that happening are slim to none.”

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CONTEST TIME!!!

To celebrate the release of the fourth novel in the series, I am giving away a gift basket full of butterfly swag AND autographed paperback copies off all four novels! This is a month long contest, so enter as many times as you’d like to increase your chances to win!

 

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Nobody's Business

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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About the Author:

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

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New Release – EXIT STRATEGY – Follow-up to 50SoJF Is Here! ~ #OCT #EroticRomance #50SoJF #ASMSG

I could say a lot of flowery things right now, and I could wax on forever about the difficulties faced in getting this book to you, but I won’t. I’m just going to say, finally, and without further ado, I give you: EXIT STRATEGY!!!!!

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Author L.V. Lewis revisits the world of Keisha Beale and Tristan White from her Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever in Exit Strategy!

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Ex·it Strat·e·gy (noun) 1. A preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation that is likely to become difficult or unpleasant. 2. The method by which a venture capitalist or business owner intends to get out of an investment that he or she has made in the past.

 Will Keisha and Tristan exercise their elaborate EXIT STRATEGY and end their unorthodox arrangement?

Assailed by demons she thought she had conquered, Keisha Beale has uttered the words to end her tumultuous relationship with Tristan White. Separated, they grapple for a time with their personal demons. However, when their lives apart become unbearable, a credible threat brings them back together prematurely.

As they seek to discover who is responsible for the threats, several seemingly unrelated incidents throw them into a tailspin. Will Keisha’s youthful indiscretions or Tristan’s un-reconciled feelings for a former sub derail their tenuous arrangement?

In the meantime, trouble in Nathan and Jada’s paradise send dramatic ripples that hint of future difficulties in the idyllic pairing.

Nothing Ventured…

Tristan uses his vast wealth and connections to correct a gross miscarriage of justice, while Keisha makes herself utterly vulnerable to Tristan and fears he has chosen to exercise his own exit strategy.

…Nothing Gained!

Will this be the end of the indecent arrangement that became a fairy tale? Or will Keisha and Tristan reveal the trauma from their pasts so they may heal and completely embrace their relationship?

Sensual, suspenseful, and still infused with the riotous levity of Triple-G and Fairy Hoochie Mama, the Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy departs from full parody with a distinctive take on love, loyalty, sacrifice, redemption, and acceptance.

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L. V. Lewis doesn’t have the financial means of Tristan White, but she wouldn’t want readers to go away from this new release empty handed, so she’s giving all readers the chance to win some fabulous prizes.

This time there are too many to list, but you can read the list and “Like” or “Follow” the Authors participating in my Release Day to enter the attached rafflecopter giveaway!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L. V. Lewis has one foot in South Georgia and the other in North Florida. She’s been blessed with a husband who’s put up with her for a lot of years and has given birth to four children, two of whom she has raised to adulthood and one to near adulthood. She delights in her almost empty nest status so much that she writes the kinkiest novels she can conjure up.

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Spotlight – Hot Knight in Paradise by Sofia Harper ~ #ASMSG #Romance

Blurb:

Hot Knight in ParadiseStranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast. Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island … Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?

Excerpt:

He grasped her waist. “But a proper kiss is about the anticipation.” His hand continued the journey slowly up to her face. “Both parties must be aware of the possibility and wait for the right moment to happen.”

“Telling me to come here so you can kiss me means you created the right moment. And the anticipation doesn’t make it better.”

“Still counts. You don’t know when I’m going to make my move.” He paused, voice lowered. “You should also know I will make you regret those words.”

Well, damn if he wasn’t right. Once he’d spoken her heart had kicked up. Her pulse thumped against the hand now on the side of her neck. Marshall’s gaze went to her lips as he ran a thumb over the parted flesh. She trembled.

“So soft. Do you still taste like lime?”

The comment made her lick her lips, which was probably the reason he said it, if the smirk was any indication. He lowered his head, placed a whisper of a kiss on her bottom lip, then a little bit of pressure. He moved back, but only a breath away.

“You do,” he said.

He kissed her the same way again and again until he introduced her to his tongue in slow swipes along her top lip. He would pull back far and long enough that she didn’t think he was coming back. Just when she thought he was done, he’d nip at the sensitive flesh of her mouth. Marshall continued the torture until he had his hands gripped in her hair and there was no pulling back.

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Burned out from a job that was supposed to be her way of helping people, Leah takes a much-needed vacation in St. Lucia. However, her tropical paradise quickly becomes a nightmare. The driver she hired to take her quickly away from the hustle and bustle of the airport spirits her away to a remote area where he is full of nefarious intention.

In the course of being robbed of all the possession on her person, and quite possibly a few other things, a Knight in sexy, fleshly armor comes to her rescue. Marshall saves her from most of the robber’s nefarious intent, but he gets away with everything else–most notably her purse and passport. Leah is stranded, yet she has no choice but to trust the stranger who has come to her rescue. Marshall takes her to the Rum Shack, his bar and home, which she insists on calling a dive.

Overnight, they make a deal and against both their better judgments, they strike said deal which includes Marshall giving Leah a job where she can earn the money she needs to get out of her dilemma while she waits to hear back from her mother via email to retrieve a copy of her passport.

Demons from Marshall’s past have driven him into the jungles of St. Lucia, and Leah’s family relationship, or lack thereof due to a past situation beyond her control, makes these two proper kindred spirits. They are both damaged, and each thinks they are beyond repair. The story teems with well-rounded characters, neighbors of the Rum shack who are Marshall’s friends. One such friend Marshall calls the mother of his heart, is Delores, a neighbor at a nearby banana plantation who worked with Marshall in his past life. How will he handle her decision to leave the island?

Meanwhile Marshall and Leah learn to trust and care for each other as their attraction takes over. Both realize that neither of them is in a place for a romance right now, but forces beyond their control have other ideas. Sofia Harper has written a romantic story that has teeth. The characters are beautifully flawed by guilt and hurt they have unfairly internalized to the point of crippling them both emotionally, until their combustible chemistry builds something neither of them planned. Hot Knight in Paradise is a story about forgiveness and second chances. Will they take a chance on each other, or will their attempt at romance fail miserably like everything else has in their lives?

I give Hot Knight in Paradise 4 out of 5 stars!

Bio:

sophia harperSofia Harper started writing contemporary romance a long, long time ago. When Sofia’s not spending time with imaginary people in her head, she’s corrupting two little trouble makers. Currently she lives in California where the wine is good. She also going full-throttle on the ride called publishing. These two thoughts are not related.

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A Brisk, Sexy Tale of Rekindling Love Lost!

Reinstated Bond

First, I just have to say that books of this size are my friend! Oftentimes, I don’t have time to read a full-on novel, because I’m busy. Enter a short novella like this and it allows me to get my read on without compromising on all the other things I’m juggling in my life. So, if you want a quick read, this is your story.

The book opens with the hunky ginger, Carter Aiken, trying to apprehend his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Skinner. As a Bounty Hunter, Carter is no stranger to bringing fleeing felons back to have their day in court. Marilyn believes the cards are stacked against her, because her most recent ex, who just happens to be the Mayor’s son, has accused her of arson. Rather than face a kangaroo court, Marilyn goes on the lam.

They share a painful history due to Carter’s inability to date her openly when they were in high school because of his parents’ conservative bent. Ten years later, he’s still drawn to this woman he had to give up once. Now he wants to rekindle the love they shared long ago, but first he has to haul her off to jail.

I love how Ms. Trent handled the backstory between these two, she was skillfully able to give us just enough so we knew where these two were coming from, but not too much to bog this brisk story down. Also enjoyed the chemistry they shared and how Marilyn used it to her advantage.

The brevity of the story might lead some to believe there wasn’t a complete story arc there, but there was, and I didn’t mind using my imagination to conjure up things that I needed to, because in the grand scheme of things Carter wanted Marilyn back, to reinstate the bond they had before. The bail-skipping gave him just the perfect way to make her his captive audience. 🙂

You will enjoy the steam between these two so much, it’ll be over before you know it, but you’ll enjoy every second getting there.