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Why LaVie and I Had To Write This Story
LaVie EnRose and I teamed up to do this story because she is going solo with Double Switch, and because Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever fans got everything from Keisha’s point of view until Exit Strategy.
Then, of course, some fans were not pleased with the manner in which Tristan was presented in Exit Strategy because his point of view was in third rather than first person. In The Venture Capitalist, fans get to be inside Tristan’s head. They know everything he’s thinking and feeling, and will get that same treatment with The Venture Capitalist Part II which will be Tristan’s POV of Exit Strategy.
LaVie has some of the best ideas and I look forward to collaborating with her again. We are both working on solo projects, and hers are with other publishers, so please be patient. She and I both work full-time jobs and write part-time, but we’re writing as fast as we possibly can!
FYI Jungle Fever Readers: The Venture Capitalist (The Jungle Fever story from Tristan White’s POV, Part I), introduces readers to LaVie EnRose as the writer who will continue the series with Double Switch and In the Paint. LaVie wanted to do something like Grey before delving into the new books. The story narrative is all in Tristen’s head as well as his interactions with Princess Danai, Nathan, and of course Keisha.
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COMING IN 2016
The Venture Capitalist II
By LaVie EnRose & LV Lewis
Tristan White thought he was the king of the exit strategy, but Keisha Beale has turned that idea on its head. There is not much time to reflect on the fact that they both have an anxiety disorder before she ends their unorthodox arrangement with two words.
Dominant to his core, Tristan launches one final, desperate appeal to make her stay, but to no avail. Nothing he says or does can dissuade her. Is it the resurfacing of her anxiety episodes, or the feelings she’s developed that he can’t return that makes her hell-bent on leaving him?
Separation brings about its own set of difficulties. His need for control doesn’t allow him to step aside and let his security team handle the credible threat that develops from her association with him. Tristan jumps in with both feet—a move that together with his secrets could prove detrimental to a lasting, loving relationship.
TITLE: THE R COLLECTION
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Interracial & Multicultural Romance
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Two racy romance novellas from one bestselling author.
REDEEMING THE AMAZON
Karen Freeman is nine years post-op from a double mastectomy. Returning to a normal dating and sex life has been difficult. Her most meaningful relationship after surgery occurred with a man other than her husband.
Paul Beaudelaire, former ladies’ man, had his career in the corps cut short by the loss of his left leg. He returned to New Orleans with a state-of-the-art prosthesis, but left his heart in Baltimore with an ex-model, whose crippled marriage was the only deterrent to his waning honor. A fantasy weekend at The Beaudelaire Hotel may give him a second chance with his contemporary Amazon.
REKINDLING THE FLAME
Sabine Beaudelaire returns to her hometown of New Orleans to the bedside of her favorite uncle, Sebastian Beaudelaire. Estranged for six months from her fiancé of eight years, she still hopes for reconciliation. But her hopes are short-lived.
Enter a gorgeous “Hot IT Guy”, aka Xander “Fish” Fisbourne, whose sex appeal fills her head with thoughts of propositioning a man for the first time. Fishbourne and the Den of Sin may be exactly what Sabine needs to bring her out of her sexual drought.
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REKINDLING THE FLAME
(A Second Chance Romance)
Sabine Beaudelaire returns to her hometown of New Orleans to the bedside of her favorite uncle, Sebastian Beaudelaire, who’s been in a horrific accident and lies comatose at a local hospital. Estranged for six months from her fiancé of eight years, she still hopes for reconciliation. Enter a gorgeous man she affectionately dubs “Hot IT Guy”, whose sex appeal–and open season at her family’s secret sex lair–fills her head with thoughts of propositioning a man for the first time.When it becomes apparent she’s lost the love of her life to a more accommodating woman poised to give him everything he desires, Sabine’s hopes are shattered.
With career benchmarks looming, Sabine is fulfilled by her work but lacking a love to call her own, a situation which Hot IT Guy, aka Xander “Fish” Fishbourne is eager to remedy.Is it by coincidence or by design that Xander, her protective older brother’s high school friend who once admired her from afar, becomes her guest at the Den of Sin? Who cares? Her dormant libido needs a serious kickstart since she and her fiancé called it quits. But will this weekend of sexual freedom rekindle an old flame, or will it further complicate her already complicated life?
Rekindling the Flame is a second chance romance bringing an alpha hero back with a woman he wanted before any other, and a heroine whose dominating older brothers shielded her from every man’s advances. Now they’re , together again at the Beaudelaire Big Easy Luau, a Den of Sin event where long held fantasies are made to be acted upon.
Growing up, L.V. Lewis wanted to be an internationally known rock star, but unfortunately, lived in the wrong part of the country to pursue that career (and neither American Idol nor The Voice were available then). An early love for the written word gave her the plan B she sought. Her career as a contract manager was not creative writing by a long shot, but it didn’t require her to spend the hundreds of thousands of dollars required for a law degree. It does pay the bills while she dabbles in the publishing world as an author on the evenings and weekends.
LV lives in Florida with her husband. They are the parents of four children, three of whom don’t think they need their parents anymore, so they share their home with a sweet female German Shepherd and an alpha male Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who thinks he rules the world.
Her love for writing is only eclipsed by her love for her family.
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REKINDLING THE FLAME
A Second Chance Romance
(Coming July 20, 2015)
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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!
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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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.
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.
I loved the title of this so much, i had to reblog it!
Originally posted on the literate lens:
Over the three years I’ve been writing The Literate Lens, few events have screamed “blog post!” as loudly at me as the one I attended last night at Symphony Space, in which Sally Mann, the acclaimed photographer (who, by her own admission, rarely leaves her Virginia home), was in conversation with Nashville-based novelist Ann Patchett.
I’ve loved Mann’s work ever since she blazed into the headlines with her 1992 book Immediate Family—I’ve followed her since into some strange and dark territory, and knew, from the essay excerpt published in the New York Times Magazine a few weeks ago, that her new memoir Hold Still would be fascinating. I also loved Ann Patchett’s 2011 novel State of Wonder, which can roughly be described as a sort of contemporary feminist version of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. A photographer-turned-memoirist in conversation with a novelist—needless…
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