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Monday, January 29, 2018

Motherhood isn't the goal for every woman

I'm 40 years old. And I don't have children. Guess what, I don't want any.
People often ask me, why don't you have kids?
I smile and keep it moving, but I'm going to go ahead and let you nosy mofos know what I've kept my womb empty all of the years.

1. I'm the youngest in my family. My first nephew came when I was in the seventh grade. A cute little boy who I promptly dropped when he was about six months old. Oops. Also, the first person to ever piss on me. That was 1989.
Then, in 1991 came my second nephew. When he was born he had a cone head. I was scared. But, his grandmothers knew what to do to round his head out. I dropped him as well. He also pissed on me.
2. I make bad relationship choices. We're not even going to talk about the dude who got married on me while sending me roses and confessing his love. Fuck him today, tomorrow and forever. What if I had gotten pregnant with his child?
3. My father's children are all married, except me. They should have kids. I can not raise a child without making sure she or he has the relationship with her or his father that I have with mine. Y'all know my pops is my hero. And yes, I'd be that mother to tell her child that "Yo' daddy ain't shit." I know my limitations.
4. Conceiving is going to be really hard for me. Without telling all of my medical business, I have some reproductive issues that would make me having a child become a multimillion dollar under taking. No. Thank. You. Because if I spend that kind of money to become a mother, you can best believe I'm protecting my investment like a motherfucker.

So, here's the deal, stop asking why I don't have kids. And I was never that little girl who wanted baby dolls to pretend she was a mother. I wanted Barbie and Ken dolls so they could have sex. Besides, baby sitting for my brother and sister proved to me that I'm not motherhood material. I'm good with being the coolest auntie in world.
Besides, nephews and nieces are the kids you can spoil and return to their parents.




Sunday, December 24, 2017

50 years of the best Christmas romance ever

December 24, 1967
A wounded Vietnam veteran married the love of his life in her mother’s living room.
That man was my dad and that woman was my mother.

Three kids and 50 years later, my sister pulled off a miracle of all miracles. She kept a secret from both of them and we celebrated their 70th birthday and 50 year anniversary. I’m still not sure how she hid it, since the building we used is the one right outside of the park named after my dad. Then there was the gathering of the pictures for the video. My mother is not a fan of people taking her old pictures without asking more questions than the FBI and CIA.
And somehow we got my dad to put on a suit that day, when he said, "I'm comfortable in my leisure clothes." You might be wondering why I haven't written this story.
Two reasons. First, my mama told me no.
And secondly, books come to an end and this story is going to keep going and going. That's the magic of getting married on Christmas Eve.












Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's Beginning to Read a lot like Christmas Part 7 . . .

This post is my Christmas love letter to the one and only, Brenda Jackson.
Thank you for Coop. Yes, Coop made my holiday and it isn't even Christmas yet. Coop is the book boyfriend we all deserve. And it's a Christmas story.

The story I'm talking about is His Secret Son. 
Three nights with a Texan…and one pregnancy surprise! Only from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson!

The Texas rancher and navy SEAL who fathered Bristol Lockett’s son died a hero’s death…or so she was told. Yet when Laramie “Coop” Cooper strolls into her exhibit at an art gallery three years later, he’s very much alive—and still making her pulse zing. The all-consuming chemistry between them is as undeniable now as it was then, but Bristol won’t risk her heart—or their son’s. Little does Bristol know he’s determined to win over his unexpected family at any cost!




With a snowy New York and Paris background, this story takes you on a romantic journey of passion, family and hot sex. HOT. SEX.

Thank you, Brenda Jackson! You made my Christmas with this story right here! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's beginning to read a lot like Christmas Part 6 . . .

Ever wonder what Christmas was like for our grandparents, great-grandparents and the like? Thankful, there are some historical Christmas stories that allows us to look in on history! And there are some classic Christmas romances that you have to read year after year!

A Season For Family and Friends

The year is 1886, and it's Christmastime in the small enclave of Ridgeway, California. As the town gathers at the Taylor Hotel for the first Ridgeway Holiday Social, memories are shared, secrets are revealed, and new attractions are discovered.

Family is Everything
Ricardo and Lilly Benigno have journeyed by ship to his home in Barcelona, to introduce their son Leo to his Spanish roots. For Ricardo's parents, meeting their first grandchild is a delight beyond compare- but old wounds still exist between Ricardo and his elder brother, Hernando.

A Secret to Tell
Back home in Ridgeway, Prudence is keeping a secret from her husband, the Reverend Derrick Emerson. Between keeping their home, chasing after their young daughter Chloe Grace, and helping take care of the needs of their parishioners, she's hardly sure of when she'll have the time to tell him what's on her mind-but the Christmas social presents the perfect opportunity.

A Choice to Make
Sheriff Noah Rogers and his wife Valerie are still in the throes of newlywed bliss, and are looking forward to finding every sprig of mistletoe the staff at the Taylor hotel has hung. Watching little Abraham grow up makes Valerie long for another child- but will Noah agree, when he has his eye on the mayor's seat?


 Four wish lists. Two holiday stories. The most wonderful time of the year.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Beverly Jenkins 

Three years ago, Broadway star Dina Caldwell and celebrity chef Morgan Caldwell were passionately in love. Now America's onetime favorite couple are about to be reunited in Morgan's Detroit hometown for the holidays. Is this the season for forgiving and forgetting? With sizzling kisses under the mistletoe, Morgan vows to make this a Christmas Dina will never forget!

Second Chance Christmas by Elaine Overton 

Diana Rogers is ready for some holiday R & R. Until Robert Fenton comes home for Christmas. The handsome, powerful hotelier has plans to take over her beloved family winery. But this is the season for miracles. And Diana's seductive ex-lover has his own secret wish list—one that includes a second chance with the woman he's never stopped loving.

Sojourner Falls is in trouble

…For two-hundred years, Sojourner Falls has been a safe haven for African-Americans looking to escape the ills of racism. The once lively town used to boast of joyous times and festive holidays, but after years of bad economic downfalls and low tourist turnouts, the town is going under. 

When corporate attorney Blade Martyn gets a call from his older brother to come back home to Sojourner Falls, his first thought was to say hell no, as he had been saying for the last twelve years. But things were different this time around. Blade couldn’t put his finger on it, but something strong was tugging at him to come back home. 

Grace Bellamy only has one thing on her mind: saving Sojourner Falls. So when Blade Martyn comes gallivanting in to save the day, she has no intention of falling for the man who had come to steal Christmas like his name was the Grinch. 
Together, Blade, Grace and the rest of Sojourner Falls must figure out a way to save the town before it’s too late. However, Blade and Grace must first address the explosive connection that threatens to take them from frenemies to lovers. 





Have yourself a sexy little holiday…

Overtime Love by Beverly Jenkins 

Drew Davis's goal is to buy the semipro football team where he is general manager. But the owner's grandaughter, Tasha Bloom, unexpectedly inherits it first. Still, Drew's not brokenhearted, since their mutual passion for football runs second only to their attraction to each other. But can the team and their budding romance make it to the New Year's Day championship?

Ex-mas Reunion by Kayla Perrin 

Kendra Harris and Damien Monroe had a summer fling years ago. Now fate has left them stranded together at the airport during a winter snowstorm. Sharing a rental car makes sense if they want to get home for Christmas. And so does sharing a hotel room…and a bed. Because sometimes the one that got away is the only one you ever wanted.…

A Holiday Affair by Maureen Smith 

Over the holidays, Atlanta attorney Ava Cameron is dumped, depressed…and primed for a one-night stand with sexy stranger Colby Austin. How is she to know he will end up being opposing counsel on a major case—and the best mistake she has ever made?

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Beginning to Read a lot like Christmas Part 5 . . .

On the Seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a new book by Piper Hugley!

A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth...and only six days left to save the town.

Avis Smith is willing to go to Noelle to marry a man she doesn’t know in order to avenge a fourteen year wrong--her abandonment to a life of misery and abuse when she was just six years old. In order to get to Noelle, she has to lie about who she is, but her thirst for vengeance is so strong, she transforms herself into the pious, beautiful bride that JD Jones wants. Still, she never expected to be abandoned at the altar. 

His work as an abolitionist and fighter for justice will not allow storekeeper Liam Fulton to turn his back on the beautiful woman his archenemy is willing to leave at the altar. He figures a way to help Avis out of her predicament, offers to showcase her in his store so that other potential grooms in Noelle will see her and might want to marry the young woman with the long and elegant neck. 

When swans mate, they mate for life. When Liam offers to help Avis, he never expects that in working with her to find a resolution to her problem, he discovers a fierce need to protect her. Avis doesn’t know that she might find something better than what she was looking for--a new way to a family and bonds of a strong and life-long lasting love.






It’s no mystery why veterinarian Callie Webber is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. When the residents of her small hometown aren’t pitying her because of her ex-husband’s very public departure, they’re attempting to hook her up with a man…any man. Fed up with being everyone’s favorite charity case, Callie considers closing her animal clinic and moving to the big city. But, before she goes, she decides to give herself a Christmas treat to remember: a romantic holiday fling. And who better to have a fling with than the gorgeous newcomer who is turning heads around Maplesville? 

When injured Navy pilot Stefan Sutherland reluctantly rescues a gutter cat for the sake of his five-year-old nephew, he never imagined it would lead to him discovering Maplesville’s most fascinating attraction…its smoking hot vet. Getting involved with a woman was the last thing Stefan anticipated when he agreed to care for his nephew during his Army nurse sister’s deployment, but if he’s going to spend the holidays in this sleepy Southern town, why not make the most of it with the perfect holiday fling.

This is a novella of approximately 28,000 words.








Ever since he accidentally outed Santa as a fraud, guest news anchor Duke Rodriguez is getting his first taste of bad press. Worse yet, the former baseball star is striking out with sexy decorator Macy Cuomo. To prove he's no grinch, he offers to work for free during her busiest weekend. A vibrant, down-to-earth single mom, Macy makes Duke want to leave the limelight behind and focus on making all of her sensual fantasies come true. 
Despite his festive faux pas, Macy has to admit there's a good reason Duke is every hot-blooded woman's secret crush—hers included. Behind the famously gorgeous physique is a smart, charismatic man who lights her up like a Christmas tree with just one sizzling kiss. Opposites definitely attract, but when celebrity drama comes calling, will their budding love survive the holiday season?

















Vanessa Harrison's holiday spirit goes from humdrum to armed and dangerous when the filmmaker becomes an eyewitness to a crime. Spirited away to a Caribbean hideout for her safety, she isn't prepared for her instant attraction to gorgeous, take-no-prisoners FBI agent Kendrick Boudreaux. On Pleasure Island—where every sensual fantasy is fulfilled—her vow to never trust another man melts in the heat of Kendrick's sizzling embrace. 
Kendrick must keep Vanessa safe. But in his protective arms, desire ignites, and soon they're giving in to their deepest passions. Now he's determined to turn their days of pleasure into a lifetime of bliss. Until a shocking revelation threatens their future together, forcing Kendrick to choose between his career and the woman he has come to cherish….

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's Beginning to Read a lot like Christmas Part 4 . . .

And this Christmas will be a very special Christmas to read! Get some books and have some joy! There's enough love for every girl and boy!

How long will you wait for the love of your life to say yes?
Pearl Lassiter disgraced her parents while in high school. She vowed never to disappoint them again. She’s excelled in life even becoming one of the most recognized women in the country as Press Secretary to the President of the United States. The life she always wanted is hers…until a certain doctor proposes to her…. twice.

Dr. Theodore Prentiss is the product of a bi-racial marriage and proud of it. He openly embraces both of his parent’s heritages and is very proud of his accomplishments. The path he thought was firmly set changes on a snowy night when he meets a vixen with a mean crowbar.

Their lives are filled with possibilities if Theo can get Pearl to believe in the magic of love. 

Simple right…NOT

She’s a Democrat. He’s a Republican. Will the political divide keep these star-crossed lovers from forming a united front? 







A Lassiter Novella

Ruby Lassiter has spent her life taking care of others. Helping to raise her siblings took all her time and energy. Now they are grown, some married with children and all living their lives. Ruby is now thirty-seven years old, experiencing empty nest syndrome. No she never married and has no children of her own. What is she supposed to do with her life now? 

Devin Upton moved back home to settle his father’s estate. Taking over his father’s business was one thing. Fulfilling his father’s dying request was another. It was up to him to find the right person to bring the plan to fruition. At thirty-eight, never married and no children, love was the last thing on his mind. 

An angry woman bursting through the door and literally knocking him to his knees changed that. 

Christmas magic is in the air. Love is all around. Anything…anything can happen when red slippers are involved. 







Tis the season for everlasting love…

All Devon Granger wants for Christmas is a peaceful, low-key escape to his North Carolina coastal hometown far from LA. But how is the injured Hollywood action star supposed to rest with Hadley Monroe tending to his every need? His caring childhood friend has blossomed into a stunning, self-possessed woman who’s making her amorous feelings known…and lighting a fire Devon has no interest in putting out.

As the youngest in a family of overprotective brothers, Hadley has to work twice as hard to prove herself. The heiress to the Monroe real estate dynasty plans to transform Sapphire Shores while preserving its small-town charm—a vision she shares with Devon. Until the media and Hollywood camera crews descend on the beachfront community, putting their love to the ultimate test. With suspicion and mistrust dividing them, will Hadley and Devon ring in the New Year…together?












All you need this Christmas are these sizzling stories full of love and a touch of holiday magic… 

Just for the Holidays by Nana Malone 

Justin Morrison would do anything to make his ailing grandmother happy. Even if that means inventing a fake girlfriend to take home for the holidays. His best friend, Alex Winters, reluctantly agrees, but it's not easy to keep her long-buried feelings for Justin under wraps when they're sharing a room…a bed…a kiss. Christmas in Catalina is turning out to be hotter than anyone expected, but is theirs a love for all seasons? 

His Holiday Gift by Reese Ryan 

Pleasure Cove's prodigal son just got the ultimate Christmas surprise—Madison, his five-year-old daughter he knew nothing about. Maddie's aunt, Mikayla Mitchell, was once one of Dash Williams's best friends…and his secret admirer. Now, seeing the sexy, ambitious lawyer with his little girl, Mikayla's more smitten than ever. And Dash is starting to realize Mikayla's the only one who could make his days merry and bright, and fill his nights with bliss…

Thursday, November 30, 2017

It's beginning to read a lot like Christmas Part 3 . . .

 It's Christmas time in Hollis, Queens. Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens. You know what else you need to ring in the Christmas season? These books, boo!

Check out today's offering of Holi-reads!

A historical holiday story of homecoming and second-chance romance by NAACP Image Award Nominee, Beverly Jenkins.

In 1883, Lydia Cooper is happily traveling back home to celebrate the simple joys of the holidays when an unexpected complication appears in the all-too-distracting form of Gray Dane, the man she loved as a girl; the man she left behind. Gray, a soldier, is finally returning home too. Seeing Lydia after fifteen years reignites all the temptations from years ago…and also the pain and regret.

But as Lydia and Gray make their way home together, they get a chance to mend the past, and rediscover the joy, trust —and passion — of before; to realize that love isn’t just sweeter the second time around, it’s downright decadent.

This novella was previously published in Gettin’ Merry, A Holiday Anthology 

“Jenkins’s dialogue crackles ...” –Publishers Weekly

“Her stories are delicious and always leave behind both feelings of satisfaction and want...for her next novel.” –Fresh Fiction

“Jenkins is a gifted storyteller who knows how to bring special spark and sass to romance.” –Romantic Times BOOKclub






But Lee Madaris isn't letting anyone else control his destiny. He'll bring a bride of his own choosing to the family's holiday gathering—if his hotel's gorgeous new chef will agree to a marriage of convenience.
It's not just the chance to work at the Strip's hottest hotel that brought Carly Briggs to Vegas. Witnessing a crime in Miami may have made her a mob target. Though she's reluctant to complicate their working relationship, Lee's tempting offer is so hard to resist. And soon, desire is clouding their no-strings arrangement.
The danger that made Carly flee Miami is about to land at their door. So Carly and Lee must decide who to trust, when to let go—and whether a love they never anticipated is strong enough to pass the ultimate test.














Sealed With A Kiss Celeste O. Norfleet
Small town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home—along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it—and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him—until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her….
Mistletoe Lane Regina Hart
Benjamin Brooks’s marriage ended when he learned his wife was having an affair—with his boss. Now he’s returned to Trinity Falls to start a new job—and ignore Christmas. Too bad his new employee, June Cale, won’t let him. June knows all about bitterness, and she’s determined to help Ben heal—through embracing the holidays. And soon he just might find himself embracing brave and beautiful June as well….
His Christmas Present Deborah Fletcher Mello
Bianca Torres is already dreading Christmas with her parents in tiny Boone, North Carolina. But she’s not at all prepared for her father’s golf buddy, the sexy, successful, holiday-loving, aptly named Ethan Christmas. And when she and Ethan find themselves snowbound, Bianca discovers a whole new appreciation for the season…