Risky Retreat

Hola! Welcome to this week’s Risky Retreat!  Here you can find a teaser of the romance, drama, and suspense that flow through my pages when I write.  Even though this is only a teaser it will still feed your need to read.  Some of these stories are coming soon, some are available now, and some are simply free short stories I wanted to share with you!  Enjoy and don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next Risky Retreat!

Trouble In Paradise

“I left my netbook in the car can you go get it for me?” Victoria asked.

“Yeah,” Shay said.

They were upstairs in the master bedroom of Joshua and Victoria’s condo.  Victoria needed to get online and do some research on clients she had been studying with Caroline and put together a report on ways to help a client in certain situations.  She hadn’t been able to completely focus on her work because of all of the drama going on in her personal life.  It was getting out of hand.  She had been in Chicago all of two weeks and everything had went from good to bad, real quick.  She had a feeling it wasn’t over.  Before she could get the thought out of mind she heard Shay scream,

“VICTORIA!!”

Victoria jumped up off the bed and ran to the steps.

“VICTORIA GET DOWN HERE!” Shay screamed.

“What was it now?” Victoria said.

When she got to the bottom of the steps she realized Shay wasn’t calling her from inside the house.  She ran outside, Shay was standing by the passenger door of Victoria’s Cadillac.  She walked over to her.

Shay stared up at her blankly.

“Your stalker has left her mark,” she said.

Victoria’s mouth dropped as she read the words

“WATCH YOUR BACK” in red lipstick on the side of her new Cadillac.

“I just know she didn’t,” Victoria said.  Victoria walked around to the back of the car studying every part of it.  There was nothing wrong with the back, she continued to walk around to the driver’s side and she gasped.

“I didn’t even look over there,” Shay said, “What is it?”

“The word ‘MUTT!’  I’m guessing this was supposed to go together. ‘WATCH YOUR BACK MUTT!’”

Shay walked to the driver’s side and cringed.  She looked at Victoria,

“What you want to do V?  We can get this chick.  She deserves to get dropped like a bad habit.  I’m down with you, what’s up, we can take this to the hood, this heifer don’t want it, I’m telling you V lets go.”

“I know you not gone let her keep picking with you like you scared after you done whooped her once!  You need to put the smack down on her again.”

Victoria looked at her. “What you want me to do, kill her?  I have already put her in the hospital and she still acting like this.  I mean this rat is a total psycho.”

She turned to walk in the house and Shay was on her heels.

“Hey, she can be a psycho all she wants but she still can get slap back every time she comes incorrect.  This don’t make no since girl.  What type of person comes all this way to keep stuff going after she done been put in the hospital?  I’ll tell ya what kind, the kind that wants to get put back in the hospital again, and again after that!  I didn’t come all this way to get caught up in no senseless drama, I came for moral support but there is no way I’m about to sit around and let her harass you and do nothing about it.”

By now they had walked back into the house, Shay was following behind Victoria ranting and raving about Danielle, they didn’t realize Danielle was already in the house.  She hadn’t gone anywhere; she wrote her note on Victoria’s car in her red lipstick then slid into the side entrance when Victoria went flying down the steps to marvel at her artwork.  She had Leon’s forty-five and it was about to get serious.  She was a black woman gone mad.  She wasn’t psychotic she was mad, pissed off is what she was, and she was about to show them just how mad she could be.  Shay was still ranting and raving about slapping somebody back when Danielle stepped into view.

“What the…?” Shay said and reached for her purse.

“OOO no I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” Danielle said raising the forty-five so it could be seen.

“This is some major bull,” Shay said.

“I know right,” Danielle snickered. “And you were talking all that trash, my beef isn’t with you Shay but since you talk a lot I should shoot you anyway.”

Shay swallowed hard.  She did not come all the way to Chicago to get shot, or killed that’s for sure.  She didn’t know how she would get to her purse but she would have to get it, bullets flying between her and all.  She couldn’t go out just standing here and she had a 380 of her own in her purse that she had been to the gun range with.  Victoria had weapons all in her closet but there was no way to get to them now.  She would be better off trying to go for her purse then the closet.

“What do you want Danielle?” Victoria asked.

Danielle looked at Victoria like she was dumb, deaf, and stupid.  “Do you really have to ask?”

“Well why don’t you take him then, you want him so bad take him.   Oh wait, you can’t because he’s a grown man not a child and he doesn’t want to go with you.”

Danielle turned her aim from Shay to Victoria.

“Trick, what you don’t know is I will shoot you, right between the eyes without blinking, so I suggest you stop bumping those pretty little gums and shut up.”

Victoria tried not to sweat but she had to be real, the girl was crazy.

“Now I didn’t come over here to kill you but I will, because I hate you and even though I’m not supposed to have hatred in my heart, I hate you.  I just can’t shake how much I hate you so I’m expressing it this way.  I told you to watch your back and you didn’t even do that.  I don’t know what to tell you.  You’ve been warned.”

“Well what now rookie, get this over with, you might think you’re intimidating but you’re not!” Victoria taunted.

Danielle crossed the room in two strides and smacked her with the butt of the gun twice, Victoria hit the floor and Shay tried to make a run for her purse and felt the barrel of Danielle’s gun on the side of her face.

“Didn’t I say my beef is not with you Shay, tisk tisk, now I’m going to have to shoot you.”

“Danielle what are you doing?” Danielle turned to see who had addressed her and of course it was Joshua. “MMMM,” she said, “my man is home.

Hey baby, you’re just in time for the party!” she said.  “Is anybody with you?”

“No,” he said.

“Don’t play, I know Dantae’s with you so tell him to come on in,” she said getting serious.

“He’s not with me; he dropped me off and went to the store.”

Joshua looked at Victoria; she was sitting against the wall bleeding from her forehead.  Danielle had the gun up to Shay’s head.  She pointed for Joshua to come in and take a seat.  Joshua knew what he would have to do; he would have to play the soft role.  He knew Danielle and she would only fight fire with fire.

“Baby, he said looking at her, this isn’t you.  What are you doing?”

She turned her nose up and frowned.

“Oh please don’t try to play me, because I don’t have a problem shooting your mutt over here.”

She turned the gun back to Victoria.  She had the hardest look in her eyes.  He had never seen it.  He didn’t know this Danielle and he had to keep it together or she would probably kill them all and turn the gun on herself.  She looked mad enough to do it.

“What do you mean, I never said you weren’t, I just said we were moving on.  Look how long have we been in each other lives, of course you’re my baby, so what are you doing?”

Danielle felt confused.  She looked around.

“Don’t act like you don’t know I’m in love with you and you just push me to the curve and moved here with this stray and what does she have that I don’t!” she yelled.

Shay moved and Danielle slapped her with the gun.  Shay hit the floor.  Joshua stepped closer to Danielle.  If he could get her attention off of the girls at least they would be safe.  It worked.  Danielle focused on Joshua she held the gun up at him with unsteady hands.

“Stop!” she yelled.  “Don’t come any closer I swear I will pull this trigger!”

Joshua stood still. “Please calm down,” he said in a pleading gesture.  “You didn’t have to bring it to this point Danielle.  I get it, you’re so in love with me that you have gone through extremes to get me, I’m honestly flattered, I never knew you loved me this way.  Put that gun down girl, how you gonna hold that up at your man, how do you expect to take me back with you if you shoot me?”

She wondered if he was sincere. “I love you, she said. I always have, and you know how much,” she said letting the gun fall just a little.  “Why did you make me go through all of this?  You know this is way past extreme for me, but what am I supposed to do when my whole life is threatened?”

Joshua tensed; he didn’t know the girl was that in love with him.  They’re going to have to put her in a mental home, he thought, because she will hurt someone or herself.  He just needed to do something or say something to get the gun out of her hands.  He said the first thing that came to mind, “I love you girl.”

At that moment Victoria tensed up and a single tear ran down her face.  Danielle looked over at her and smirked.

“Told you trick,” she said making a disgusting looking face.

Joshua didn’t want to look at Victoria because his face would break and he would probably run to her.

“You love her, what do you mean you love this psycho?” Shay said.

Joshua said something before Danielle could focus on the comment Shay had made.

“So you’re not going to tell me you love me?” he asked.

“I love you,” she said, “with my entire heart and soul, baby you have no idea.”

“Well put down that gun and come to me, I want to hold you but I can’t with that gun in my face.”

Danielle hesitated; she looked around the room again then started to put the gun down when Leon rounded the corner saying,

“Danielle what is taking you so long girl I’m not about to be sitting in the car waiting for you and you . . . .”

Danielle jumped and turned the gun toward Leon letting off a single shot.  BANG!  Victoria screamed and Joshua jumped at Danielle two more shots were let off.  BANG! BANG!  Someone screamed again and then it was quiet.

“JOSHUA!” Victoria screamed.

Shay grabbed her purse and pulled her gun out.  Joshua had not responded.

“JOSHUA!” she yelled again.

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Virtual Book Tour

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This November I’ll be kicking of my second virtual book tour and my 4th annual NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the next thirty days! Participating in NaNoWriMo is already a challenge within itself so being on tour will create an even bigger challenge, but I’m up for it! The virtual book tour kicks off on November 1st at AAMBC (African Americans On The Move Book Club) Join me as I blog hop and discuss the Trouble In Paradise series. Tag along, join the conversation and look out for contest and giveaways!

Trouble In Paradise starts in Memphis Tennessee with the lead female heroine Victoria Mathis packing up her apartment getting ready to move to Chicago Illinois for an internship with Banks Association for Relationship and Family Therapy. Victoria’s boyfriend Joshua Eubanks is traveling with her but first he decides they should have one more rendezvous in the apartment. No sooner then they get on the road Joshua’s ex Danielle Shumaker starts to throw shade their way. Danielle’s made up her mind that if she can’t have Joshua, Victoria can’t either and she flies to Chicago bringing all the drama. Things go from bad to worse as lives are threatened, relationships are destroyed, murder is emanate and new lovers arise.

The drama continues, Trouble In Paradise is a five book series. Part two is titled Vengeful Intentions and part three is titled For Better and Worse. Part four and five are still in the writing process and both are set to be released fall 2015. Tag along with the virtual book tour here.  Find out more information about the series here.  Visit my Amazon book store here.  Visit my Barnes and Nobles book store here.

New Release!

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!

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For Better and Worse an excerpt;

Atlanta, Georgia

“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.

“Well, yeah.”

“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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For Better and Worse (Trouble In Paradise 3)

As I finally put the finishing touches on my book there is sigh of relief.  I’m excited, pumped actually this series has been a good one to write.  As a writer I not only create the characters and their emotions, I have to deal with them like the reader does.  Some characters get on my nerve like Danielle (the nemesis) but I still love them all in their own way.  Now I can let them speak for themselves and tell their story and I believe you will love it.  I write romance but I take pleasure in knowing that my stories aren’t your typical romance stories.  They come pact with much drama, thrills, suspense, obsession and restoration. So along with the new release comes, another round of contest/giveaways so make sure you are subscribed and connected to my newsletter.  Only readers who are subscribed can participate in this upcoming contest.  If you’ve never read the Trouble in Paradise series then you should get familiar with the characters. Subscribe to my youtube channel to see previous and present book trailers. Coming up this month I’m participating in a black writer’s and bookclubs literacy festival.  This event happens September 20, 2014 from 10am to 5pm.  This is the original release date for the paperback version of For Better and Worse but the fact is it maybe available sooner! Yay! As for the Kindle and Nook version they will be available September 27, 2014.  The Kindle version is available now for pre-order.

 

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Coming out of hibernation, Danielle Shumaker has put behind her the pain and misery she’s caused Victoria and Joshua. Blinded by her selfishness her ultimate goal is still her main one. As far as Danielle’s concerned Joshua belongs to her, always has and always will. No amount of therapy can cure her love addiction and no matter what anyone says she will fight for him, even if she has to kill someone AGAIN.

 Wedding bells are in Victoria and Joshua’s future, Victoria is excited to be Mrs. Eubanks. However, when she closes her eyes at night, Greg invades her dreams, the passion and love leaves her wanting more and waking with doubt about her upcoming marriage. How will she get over this man or does she even want to?

 

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Trouble In Paradise Series Review

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.

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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.

Countdown To The Release Contest!

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?