Hi you guys! 2016 has started off with a bang and I intend to keep the excitement going throughout the year! *Rubs hands together* So I’ve been talking about Mistaken Identity for a while now and the closer the release date gets the more excited I become. We have officially, 28 days before it’s debut! Seriously, I am very proud of this story. Not to say that I’m not proud of all my stories but this one is my first stand a lone title which makes it extraordinary because I had to close it out at the end. I happen to love book series so that wasn’t easy for me. Nonetheless, it is finished! *Sighs* Now comes the fun part Mistaken Identity is now available for pre-order! Yesssssssss!
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It’s that time again, For Better and Worse part 3 of Trouble In Paradise is available today on KINDLE! I hope you’re ready because I am! I can’t wait for the official discussion on the third part to this series. I have a feeling it’s going to be fun. To tease you a little bit below I posted an excerpt so once you finish reading it make your way to amazon.com and 1-CLICK!
For Better and Worse an excerpt;
“I’m going to be so fabulous in my wedding dress!” Victoria said, barely able to contain her excitement.
Shay shook her head up and down, “Yes, you are, and I’m going to be so fye in my dress. I can’t wait!”
They were riding down 75 North, going to Marietta. Besides the irritation she was feeling from Danielle’s call, Shay needed someone to confide in. Who better than her best friend? She turned the music down and looked at Victoria.
“What’s that look about?” Victoria asked.
Shay sighed. “I’m pregnant.”
Victoria swerved and straightened the car back on the road.
Shay clutched her seat belt in her hands and frowned at Victoria.
“Is that why you were looking so sour at lunch?” Victoria asked.
“Something like that,” Shay lied.
“Wow, that is big news. This is a good thing?” Victoria questioned.
“Is that a serious question?” Shay asked.
“Girl, you know I’m not trying to have no baby by Dantae. Not yet, anyway. We are not there yet. This relationship is fresh. I don’t want to start it off with a baby, that’s why me and Chelsea’s father are no longer together. When you really get to know someone and money is involved, things get out of hand.”
Victoria nodded, understanding. “Every man is different, honey. Dantae may not be like Chelsea’s dad.”
Shay pursed her lips. “Since when are men different? I mean, don’t get me wrong, not all men are the exact same, but they come pretty close.”
“Well, what did Dantae say?” Victoria asked.
There was a brief pause.. “I haven’t told him,” Shay said, putting it plainly.
“When do you plan on telling him?”
“Who said I was going to tell him?”
“What are you going to do when you start showing? I’m sure he’ll know you’re pregnant.”
There was another brief silence. “I’m having an abortion.”
Victoria’s eyes almost popped out of her head, her mouth hung open, and Shay had to grab the wheel to keep them in their lane.
“Have you completely gone insane?” Victoria asked.
“No, I haven’t. Girl, drive this car before you kill us both!” Shay said.
Victoria got off on exit 265 North Marietta Parkway. She turned left, driving under the highway. At the next light, she made a slight right into an Exxon gas station and put the car in park.
“Shay, why would you do something like that? Don’t you know how much pain you’ll be in after killing your baby? Girl, no! I have never heard you speak like this before, what am I missing?”
“I don’t want to have another baby out of wedlock, I just can’t do it. I have enough on my hands with my two girls. I just can’t raise another child on my own.”
“Shay, you haven’t even given Dantae a chance to prove himself. I mean, I know he can be immature at times, but girl, you have to at least give him the benefit of doubt. Don’t you love him?”
Shay shook her head. “I do love him, but what’s love got to do with it? Is he gone pay for day care, food, clothes, and help raise a child? ’Cause I’m trying to picture Dantae being that guy, and I just don’t see it.”
“Didn’t you tell me he dropped everything to go pick Chelsea up from school when you needed him? So what makes you think he wouldn’t drop everything to take care of his own child? You shouldn’t keep this from him. That would be so cruel.”
Shay was feeling some kind of way about Victoria’s words. She hadn’t told her friend so she could chastise her and make her feel guilty. The decision was made; there was no room for negotiation.
“Forget I brought it up,” Shay said.
“And how am I supposed to do that?” Victoria asked.
“Just don’t worry about it. I can handle my own problems.” Shay folded her arms and stared out the front window.
“Shay, don’t do that. You’re wrong for keeping secrets from Dantae. I thought you guys were starting off on an honest note.”
“Well look who has something to say about secrets. After all the secrets you’ve kept from Joshua, you have no room to tell me what I should keep and what I shouldn’t.”
Victoria narrowed her eyes at Shay. “Oh no you didn’t.”
“Oh yes I did,” Shay said, returning Victoria’s glare. “I thought I could get this off my shoulders, but you making me feel like I’m a little girl with no direction is for the birds.”
“You sure are acting like it. What makes you think I want to hear you talk about having an abortion after I lost my child last year? Are you crazy?” Victoria said.
“This is about me, Victoria, not about you! Why do you always have to make everything about you? I’m sorry you lost your baby in such a tragic way, but for one second, can you think about somebody else for a change?”
“How am I not supposed to think about my child, when you are talking about killing yours?”
Tears formed in Victoria’s eyes and ran down her cheeks. She was feeling very hostile with Shay. This was not the girl she grew up with. Sure, this was about Shay, but she had made it about Victoria when she talked about killing her baby. If Victoria had anything to do with it, Shay would be having this baby.
“I’m not trying to make everything about me. Excuse me if I cannot dig you going and willingly killing your baby! If you do this, I am going to tell Dantae,” Victoria threatened.
Shocked at the audacity of her words, Shay gasped and turned to Victoria. “You wouldn’t,” she said.
“Try me,” Victoria responded.
They stared at each other in a show down, neither one of them blinking. Victoria was not playing with Shay. She needed to smack some sense into her friend real quick before it was too late.
Shay was flushed all over. She opened the car door and got out, slamming it behind her. Mumbling to herself, she took off walking down the street. Victoria jumped out and chased her.
“Shay!” she yelled. “This is ridiculous. Get back in the car!”
Victoria picked up her speed to catch up with Shay. The last time she saw her move that fast was when Danielle was trying to kill them back in Chicago.
Shay was not trying to hear anything Victoria had to say. It was unfortunate that when she needed a listening ear, Victoria had treated her like she was the worst person in the world. That made her want to go crazy. All the crap she had been through with Victoria, all the understanding, all the sympathy she had, and this is what she got. Typical, Shay thought.
Catching up with her, Victoria grabbed Shay by the arm and swung her around to face her. “Stop acting stupid!” Victoria yelled.
“Acting stupid?” Shay said. “Vickie, you better let go of me before I do something I might regret later!”
Victoria folded her arms. “I’m not scared of you, Shay. I will not let you kill this baby!”
“It’s a good thing it’s not your choice then, isn’t it?”
“If I have to tie you down until you change your mind, I will.”
Shay rolled her neck and shot daggers with her eyes at Victoria. “I’d like to see you try that,” she said through gritted teeth.
“Why are you fighting this so hard? If it comes down to it, I’ll help you take care of the baby!”
“Yeah right!” Shay yelled. “Sure, you’ll keep it every now and then, but let’s be real. I stay in Memphis, Tennessee, and you stay in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s not like I can just come knock on your door and drop the baby off. I’m supposed to believe you are going to play the role of baby daddy?” Shay shook her head. “I don’t believe that, and I’m sure you don’t either. Do you help me with Chelsea? How about Dashia?” Shay waited for Victoria to respond. “Exactly, that’s what I thought, but I’m supposed to believe you’ll help me with this one. Girl, boo, get out of here!”
Shay snatched her arm away from Victoria.
“Look,” Victoria said. “At any time, you could’ve asked me for help. You know I would have!”
“How, Victoria? You’ve been too consumed in your own life with all the drama you’ve got going on to even pay attention to anything I’m going through. Then you have the nerve to be judgmental?”
Shay rifled through her handbag looking for her cell phone.
“I’m not being judgmental!” Victoria said.
Shay pursed her lips and rolled her eyes. “Whatever,” she said. She pulled her phone out and dialed numbers.
“Who are you calling?”
“Why don’t you worry about you, since that’s what you’re good at? I never should’ve told you anyway.”
“Shay!” Victoria yelled, but she was ignored.
“Yes, can I have a taxi come to the Exxon off exit 265 please?” Shay said. The dispatcher on the other end of the phone asked for specific directions. “That’s about as much as I can tell you right now, ma’am, I’m not from around here. I’ll flag ’em down when I see the taxi.”
In disbelief, Victoria yanked the phone from Shay’s ear.
“What the…” Shay responded as Victoria hung up the phone.
“Are you for real right now?” she said.
“Does it look like I’m playing with you?” Shay was mad. “You have some nerve, give me back my phone!”
Victoria threw the phone into the street. Immediately, two cars ran over it. They could hear the crush of the phone under the weight of the tires.
Eyes wide, Shay balled up her fist and took a swing at Victoria. She connected with her face just slightly, because Victoria moved. Shay swung again, letting out multiple jabs at her friend. Victoria held her arms up, blocking Shay’s assault, making sure to protect the rest of her face. Waiting for her friend to become tired was taking too long. Victoria finally reached out and grabbed Shay in a bear hug, wrestling her down to the ground.
She screamed, “Stop it, Shay! Stop it now!”
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Well it’s that time again! For Better and Worse part 3 of Trouble In Paradise will be out soon and to gear up for it’s debut I’m having a series review. This event will be held on Facebook’s event page wall. This will be another fun filled event with giveaways of course! To give you a little back ground on Trouble In Paradise. It is my debut novel released in 2012. It is the first book in my romantic suspense series.
Synopsis; Victoria is thankful for a lot of things- Joshua, the love of her life, a career change that starts a new chapter, and a condo in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. Her jaw drops when she opens the garage and finds a brand new Cadillac wrapped in a huge bow. She is ecstatic and ready for the next steps towards her future. This is Victoria’s fresh beginning.
When Victoria and Joshua start their journey things take a turn for the worse. Victoria finds out her nemesis and Joshua’s ex, Danielle Shumaker has flown to Chicago to try to get Joshua back. Victoria is determined to win this fight, when she finds out Joshua has secrets of his own. Distraught, confused, and feeling the sting of betrayal she falls into the arms of another. When emotions run high and desire digs deep Victoria finds herself caught up in Trouble.
During the event we will discuss this story in detail and find out your likes and dislikes about characters and scenario’s played out in the story. We might even have guest characters in attendance. That should be very exciting. Upon completion of this part of the discussion we will move right into Vengeful Intentions which is part 2 of Trouble In Paradise. Both of these books are out and available on ebook and/or paperback on Amazon.com. A little bit about Vengeful Intentions.
Synopsis; After serving eight long months in jail and becoming obsessed with the woman who put her there Danielle Shumaker is released when the evidence held against her comes up missing. With Victoria clouding her mind with thoughts of revenge Danielle is caught off guard when someone wants to make her pay for past transgressions. Not needing the added drama Victoria is still torn between her feelings toward Greg and her undying love for Joshua. With new knowledge that Danielle has been released from jail; Victoria is stunned knowing Joshua has not been honest with her. Things get hotter when Joshua catches wind of Victoria’s affair and Caroline wants her husband back by any means necessary. Will this love story end in tragedy or will these couples learn to forgive and forget? Find out in part II of Trouble In Paradise.
As intense as this book cover looks the story is much more intense. I’m so excited about the release of part three and the book cover will be unveiled during the event. At that time I will announce the rules for the biggest contest I’ve ever done and the prize associated with it. For those who don’t know, I often do giveaways with my subscribers only so if you are not subscribed to my newsletter now’s the time subscribe here. To join this event find it here. Have you read the Trouble In Paradise series? If so are you pumped about part 3?
Saturday April 26, 2014 we had a ball during the release of my new story Broken. The event was hosted on a Facebook event page wall and there were a lot of giveaways. First of all Marissa Palmer who is the author of the Lost In Bliss series was hosting the event with yours truly because her story was also being released on the same day. Marissa writes up under the pen Name Janae M. Robinson. The name was inspired by her three kids Ke’Asha Janae (Janae), Michael (M.), and Breanna Robinson (Robinson). What a unique way to come up with a pen name right? You can find her books on Amazon. So as the event went on we played games and gave challenges for our guest to win gifts. This post is to give a special shout out to those winners.
Congratulations! Ikia Hennings, Tekela Howard, Me’Tova Hollingsworth the winner of our subscriber only contest, and Arlena Gordon Dean the winner of our bonus giveaway! They were our top winners for the contest and giveaways. There prizes included ebook giveaways and Amazon or Barnes & Nobles gift cards! It was a good event and we had a great time. My favorite part was the challenge questions some of you had me crying laughing! Besides the primary giveaways every reader who attended the event got a free $99 cent ebook just for being there! If you were there and you didn’t get yours contact me by commenting on this post or through Facebook. In the meantime get ready for the next release it’s one a lot of you have all been waiting for. For Better and Worse Part 3 of Trouble In Paradise and I guarantee it’s a PAGE TURNER! Sign up for my newsletter you never know what kind of contest or giveaways I will send out next!
Here comes another drama filled read from Love Is A Drug, Ink available Saturday April 26, 2014.
Relationships always start out rosy in the beginning, but they never last that way. At least this is what Marissa thought as she watched Nathaniel preparing to go out to God knows where at 11 o’clock at night. What used to be love had turned into regret — to the point that Marissa often despised being around him. Sure, they’ve had their break-ups and their make-ups. But this relationship had grown stale, boring, and sometimes depressing, and Marissa wanted out.
Now Joe, on the other hand, was handsome, flirtatious, and older. He had Christian values and knew what he wanted out of life. Marissa couldn’t deny his obvious charm and magnetic pull towards her and she wanted to find out what being with him was like. However, being a Christian woman herself, her morals wouldn’t allow her to cheat on Nathaniel, even if their relationship was practically over. Or maybe she could get a taste just once. Nathaniel didn’t have to know, and God would forgive her, right? The struggle between knowing when a relationship has run its course or when it’s time to stand strong is real. Is the grass really greener on the other side?
Have you read the first story in The Lunch Break series?
Jasmine Johnson wants nothing more than to be swept off her feet by classmate and cutie Maurice Desmon Jones. Everything about him, from his obvious confidence to his charisma, makes her melt like ice cream on a sundae cone.
One day, someone threatens to challenge her for his affection and Jasmine goes into a jealous rage, unable to control her emotions. Obsession sends her over the edge and there is no turning back. In the eye of a brewing storm, she has to come up with a clever way to get out of the catastrophe she has created and she won’t give up, even if she has to die trying.
The Lunch Break series is not a series of the same story written in parts, it is a series of different short stories, packed with the romance, drama, and suspense that you’re used to reading in my books. The Lunch Break series is only available on e-book. Once you get a taste, you will want to read again and again. Read them on your lunch break, on the train ride home, on the bus, in the back seat of a car, in a waiting room, on the beach, or on an airplane. Wherever you go you are guaranteed to feed your need to read. The series was created to give people who don’t have time to read a full novel the opportunity to get their read on and still be fulfilled the same as if they were reading a full novel. This series was also created with avid readers in mind that have not yet sampled my books and would like to get a peek at my reading style before investing in a full story. Sit back, chill out and enjoy! Tell me what you think about the lunch break series. Which story have you read? Leave your comments below!
To check out more books in the Lunch Break series, visit Amazon.com or BN.com
Rhonda McKnight is the author of the Black Expressions Top 20 bestseller, A Woman’s Revenge (Mar 2013), What Kind of Fool (Feb 2012), An Inconvenient Friend (Aug 2010), Secrets and Lies (Dec 2009) and Breaking All the Rules (Oct 2013). She was a 2010 nominee for the African-American Literary Award in the categories of Best Christian Fiction Novel and Best Anthology. She was the winner of the 2010 Emma Award for Favorite Debut Author and the 2009 Shades of Romance Award for Best Christian Fiction Novel. Originally from a small, coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia home for fifteen years.
Hello Rhonda, thank you for joining us today for this interview. We are always on the lookout for romance novels here at Love Is A Drug, Ink. Now that we have your attention for a little while we have a few questions to ask you so let’s get right to it!
1. What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, but I didn’t even know Christian Fiction existed until 1998 when Victoria Christopher Murray introduced me to her novel, Temptation. That was when I started to think about the kind of stories I wanted to tell. But even then I wasn’t sure I was the right person to tell a “Christian” story. As I’ve grown spiritually, I’ve realized that it’s really the only kind I can tell. I write who I am.
My latest release, Breaking All The Rules, is an inspirational romance. When I began writing, it was because I had fallen in love with the then, BET, now Harlequin Kimani/Arabesque line of African-American novels, so while my novels have been pretty serious Christian Fiction stories, my love for “boy meets girl and they fall in love” type romance has shown up in both my novella length fiction.
2. What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?
My favorite thing about the writing experience is reader feedback. Readers are fantastic. They fall in love with the characters and that connection to my work is exciting and encouraging.
3. How do you handle bad reviews?
I’ve had great reviews with just a few bad ones here and there. When I see the bad ones, I shrug. Every book isn’t for every reader and some people are really emotional readers who can’t see the book ending any other way than the way they had it mapped out in their head. There’s nothing you can do about that.
4. Where is your favorite place to write?
Any place where my kids and the dog aren’t. I can be found at the local Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts tapping away on my keyboard. One day I’ll rent a cabin in the woods or a house on the beach and fail marvelously at getting any work done. I’m sure the scenery would pull me away from my work.
5. When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?
I do both. I work full-time and I’m a mommy, so I write when I can and when I must because of a deadline. I typically start a project and write for weeks or months for long hours on the weekend and late into the night until it’s done, but then I won’t write again for several months.
6. Where did your inspiration for this book come from?
Facebook chatter. One day I was scrolling through my newsfeed and found a long discussion about what I call “the Ex-Factor” (the original title for the novel). People were so passionate about it that I thought, “Surely, this will make a good book.” I decided to give Deniece the career of a wedding planner simply because I was watching the movie, the Wedding Planner one night and thought that career would give the book the perfect twist. I also love, love, love David Tutera’s show, My Fair Wedding.
7. What is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author is actually deceased. The late, great BeBe Moore Campbell. She was a master at description and character development. She also did a amazing job at weaving several plots bringing them together nicely by the end of the book. I miss her work.
8. What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read, write and then read and write some more. Study the craft of writing. Buy craft books or take writing classes. Attend a writer’s conference. You’ll learn so much about writing and the publishing business.
9. Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
My favorite character is the hero, Ethan Wright. He’s yummy. Handsome, rich, generous and did I say handsome?
10 What is your favorite scene from the book or why?
My favorite scene from the novel is the black moment; you know when you think the lovers might be finished. Deniece puts up a great fight. She’s angry and stubborn to the point of silliness (kind of like we women get) and then she finds out she was wrong about the hero. I love it when couples make up.
11. If your book was turned into a movie who would you want to direct it?
Malcolm Lee and not because my character is Deniece Malcolm. J He directed The Best Man and it’s one of my favorite movies.
12. What is the best book you have ever read?
Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by BeBe Moore Campbell. Riveting, beautifully written story based on the Emmitt Till story. I read it nearly twenty years ago and it still remains my favorite novel of all time.
13. What projects do you have planned for the future?
I’m writing quite a bit. I’m working on a sequel to my third novel, What Kind of Fool, which was the sequel to my second novel, An Inconvenient Friend. My readers love the character, Samaria Jacobs. She’s a messy, homewrecker who’s trying hard to get her life together, but her ratchet ways keep getting in the way. I’m also releasing another romance novella next month, just in time for Valentine’s Day in an anthology with a few other authors. I’m writing a lot.
14. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
My books all have the theme of forgiveness. I believe the stories resonate differently with each individual, but if I had to name one thing, I’d say I’d like readers to understand that forgiveness is a decision. Once a person decides that peace is more important than bitterness and pain, they will have a fuller, more complete life. Forgiveness is not about the other person. It’s about you.
15. Is there another hobby you have that you would like to share?
Everything in my world seems to be about child rearing and writing these days, but I do have a garden and I enjoy that immensely. It a great way to work through stress and get some organic veggies for my family.
16. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Is buying an island on that television show “Island Hunters” too ambitious? I pray I’m retired from my job and happily creating stories for my readers.
17. Do you have an official website?
18. Where can we find you on social media?
I’m also on Twitter @rhondamcknight and I’m addicted to Pinterest. I have a great Pinterest page for the novel, Breaking All The Rules. Please check it out. http://www.pinterest.com/rhondamcknight1/breaking-all-the-rules/
19. Where can we find your books?
My novels can be found pretty much wherever books are sold and if not in stock they can be ordered. All of my work is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and iBooks.
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