The crowd in Albert’s Lounge was small for a Thursday night. Malik took a sip of the glass of Brandy in front of him as smoke from a cigar floated from an ashtray.
Most of the people visiting Albert’s Lounge were regulars, and the ones who did notice him knew he was there to relax and be incognito. As such, they respected Malik’s privacy, leaving him to be removed from handshakes, rushing conversations, and pictures.
A whistle floated from the small crowd. “Where’s our girl?” someone yelled.
As if on cue, the lights dimmed, and the echo of high heels could be heard as Tina Braddon strutted onto the stage to stand in front of the microphone.
Shoulder-length black hair shifted with each move she made, and dark almond eyes—full of soul and calm stared out at the crowd. Her ruby red lips curved as she winked towards the corner of the room where the patron who’d shouted for her moments before sat.
A black, thigh-high, shimmery dress teased onlookers with sparkles as the only light that hovered over her glimmered off the material.
Thick, brown legs poured from the dress into red open-toe high heels, and she cleared her throat, seeing everyone but him.
That was no fault of Tina’s. Malik was purposely hiding in a dark corner of the room. Trombones, trumpets, and a guitar instrument blended together, and Ashanti’s two-thousand and three hit, ‘Rain On Me’ filled the lounge.
Tina slipped her hand up to grip the vintage gold microphone, her lips opening as she hummed the throaty tune from the hitmaker’s song. Immediately, Malik was pulled into a trance—her hypnosis, an allure he could remain in for all time.
Drums and the entrance of a piano pulled the melody together as she sang, her voice elevating to catch the high notes and ease into the tune so effortlessly that the entire crowd, including Albert himself, were in a chokehold.
Malik’s gaze crawled over Tina, the power in her voice holding him hostage and tugging at his heart. She was immaculate, unique, a remarkable phenomenon to behold, and he wanted her—so bad that his thoughts had pushed into action as he rose to his feet.
Christmas is 36 days away!
Stephanie’s Christmas Box (That’s me. LOL.) is available for pre-order now! Inside this box, you’ll get The Clarks of Northshire Bend prelude which gives you an introduction and inside look at all three brothers, Malik Anthony Clark, Tristan Neil Clark, and Langston Jamal Clark. You also meet their mother, Cynthia Clark, and take a peek at their father.
Stephanie’s Christmas Box also comes with Book One, which is Malik and Tina’s complete love story. Along with some luxury gifts for you to enjoy, this Christmas box is one of a kind! It’s the perfect gift for your reading family, friends, and fashionistas!
Afterpay and Sezzle are available payment options if needed, so reserve your box before orders are closed! Time is ticking. Christmas will be here before you know it. Have you pre-ordered?