10 YA Authors Who Got Me Through My Teen Years

I lived in my local library when I was in high school. It was my favorite hang out spot. During the summers, when I had a job, Boarders became my second home. Books about teenagers who looked like me, and were going through similar situations as me, were my greatest escape. For the most part, young adult books were all I read. I snuck a few adult books in, too. You know, the ones we couldn’t bring home so they had to be read in the library. But as far as my YA books, they were everything to me. Kimani Tru and Dafina Books got me through some of my best and most rough days. Check out the authors who shaped the reader I am today and a few of their books!

Ni-Ni Simone

Amir Abrams

L. Divine

Nikki Carter

Monica McKayhan

Cassandra Carter

Earl Sewell

Celeste O. Norfleet

Kelli London

Vanessa Davis Griggs

6 Black Audiobooks For Your Listening Pleasures

For many years I tried to get into audiobooks, but I could never get far into one. The voices just never seemed to connect with the words for me. They lacked the passion and emotion that was intended for the portrayal of the scenes they were reading. But then again, those books were for the masses. They weren’t for us. And it took me hearing one of my favorite books being narrated by someone that sounded like me to completely tune in. Someone who brought life to the characters the same way I do in my head to open me up to the world of audiobooks. I didn’t know that there were so many of our books out there for my listening pleasure. But I do now. Shout-out to Wesleigh Siobhan and her narration on Wins & Losses by Alexandra Warren for inspiring this list and my new obsession.


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Naughty: Recently separated from her on again, off again boyfriend, Darryl, Nedra Brooks finds herself in the arms of her handsome neighbor Justin Steele. Years of sexual tension finally come to a head when she seeks, and finds, temporary satisfaction in Justin’s arms. 

After the climax settles, deeper feelings are unearthed, and they stumble into more than either of them had bargained for. Will the two of them be able to leave it in the bedroom and move on? Or will this sexy Christmas gift exchange turn into something more? 

Nasty: Two innocent bystanders are introduced by their siblings with nothing in common but a sexual attraction that they couldn’t act upon without breaking all the rules. But rules are made to be broken, right? 

That’s just what happens when Seth and Phalin finally come face to face for the second time, and sparks fly that won’t be so easily extinguished. One thing leads to another and before either of them knows it, things get nasty in the best kind of way. The trouble starts when the heat leaves the bedroom and attempts to travel some place else. Some place deeper. Some place closer to love. 

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For Jane and Nigel, timing is everything.

It started with a trip to a rooftop bar. Actually, it all started with a command from my boss. I was sent out of town for business, a trip deemed necessary by my boss but bequeathed unto me because Robyn couldn’t miss her goddaughter’s debut as Elsa the Snow Queen in a local middle-school production of Frozen. So, I was the one sent out East to meet with leadership at our parent company.

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My, my, my! The Bennett Brothers have come a long way. They’ve faced some turbulent times that left them with an unknown feeling about their reality and new normal. The Brothers have fought, broken barriers that seemed impossible to overcome, and most importantly…they welcomed love in the most unconditional way possible!

What more can they overcome? Wanna find out? Dive into True Love to see these brothers come together one more time in the name of brotherhood and family. You may be surprised to find out that they aren’t much different from the rest of the world when it comes to coping with the new norm and facing a pandemic crisis.

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The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Zay + Jersey): When life circumstances arise that make them examine their individual truths and desires, Prototype singer Isaiah Broussard and bassist Jersey Kincaid will have to decide if their love is truly big enough to overcome anything. 

The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Travis + Kennedy): When outside forces threaten the sanctity of their bond, Prototype guitarist Travis Broussard and lead singer Kennedy James have to decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their love. 

The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Devin + Willow): One thing has always been for certain – Prototype founder/drummer Devin Walker and Willow Harden can’t be without each other. When a situation arises that puts that to the test, they’re both forced to make some hard decisions about their marriage and themselves. 

The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Bam + Cassie): Prototype keyboardist Bam Mosley and Cassandra James have put the drama that defined their early relationship behind them. But what happens when decisions are made that threaten to disrupt the calm they’ve worked so hard to create?

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Nasir Valentine has one thing on his mind: winning a championship title in his first year as head coach of the boys basketball team.

But when his team captain’s father is murdered just before the start of the season, he quickly learns coaching high school basketball in the inner city is a lot more than just drawing numbers and arrows on a dry erase board.

Struck by the tragedy of her father’s murder, Carmen Wellington is faced with the tough decision of keeping her life away from home or coming back to her hometown to support her little brother through his senior year of high school. It’s a decision that will change her life in more ways than one, especially with her brother’s handsome basketball coach in the picture.

Carmen is supposed to be focused on what’s best for her and her family. Nasir is supposed to be focused on what’s best for him and his team. But with those two worlds colliding and an undeniable attraction developing because of it, the two can only hope for more wins than losses….

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Friends?

Lovers?

Both?

For Kora and Tariq, those lines have been blurred for a long time. Every time clarity seems to be within reach, something shifts, and in a single moment, focus is lost. Once again, they’re in limbo. Between them, there is only one secret, with the power to permanently alter their relationship. For good or bad, neither of them knows-nor are they willing to take that risk.

Through the pain of past tragedies and the pressure of current dramas, they always find solace in each other’s arms. Inescapably connected by the interminable bond of friendship, Tariq and Kora navigate family, life, and love, searching for separate answers to a problem that has only has one, unavoidable solution.

10 Boss Chicks in Black Romance

Black girls. Black women. We are magic. We are strong. We are some of the fiercest bosses out there. I usually tend to gravitate more towards the male leads, because let’s be real, they make your mouth water. But every now and then I come across a boss chick who makes her presence known, like “Blaw Tadow, Watch Out Now” in the words of the Original Queen Bee.

Kat

Malinda

Charadee

Akila

Asha

Zora

Baylee

Rayna

Nia

Cole

5 New to Me Authors I Loved in 2020

I had a few authors that were just sitting in my TBR and I was hype once I finally got to them. I have a few faves who take up my reading time, but I try to make it a priority to discover a few new authors every year. In 2020, I discovered these ladies and I can’t wait to read more from them. Check out my favorite reads from them thus far.

Renee A. Moses

Jade Royal

Chelsea Maria

Aubree Pynn

Cherish Amore

7 Eye Popping Book Covers That Caught My Attention

Yes, sometimes I commit that readers sin. I judge books by the cover, but sometimes you just can’t help it! Some covers are just so bomb that you can’t help but to pick it up. It could be the model, the bright colors, the pretty font, or all of the above. Check out my list of bomb covers below. 

Okay so this cover definitely had me hot and bothered. Like 🤤
Who Santa laying hands on though?? Those boxing gloves definitely made me stop, because Santa ain’t violent!
That red! Red is a statement color. Every time you see it, you can’t help but to stop. But duh, stop sign. But then the hair! This model slayed this cover.
The pregnancy stick. The title. Listen, you couldn’t not stop for this book.
This chocolate man would make any red blooded woman stop because damn he fine.
The colors of this are really sensual. They set a mood.
These bright vibrant colors had me clicking immediately. I couldn’t even tell what was happening in the photo but the pretty colors drew me in.

5 Books That’ll Get You On The Naughty List

Sometimes it’s just as nice being naughty 😏


Love and Hip Hop… The two mix together smoothly like Hennessy and Coke.

Harmony used to love love. She loved the idea of being in love. As a result, Valentine’s Day was her favorite holiday…was. Now, she hated the very thought of it. Cody had ruined it for her and any chance of her ever falling in love again. He ruined it so much that when she met Dallas, she didn’t trust him to lead her to fall in love with love again.

On Valentine’s Day, Dallas experienced the biggest loss of his life. He ignorantly assumed that life couldn’t get any worse. Yet, as they say, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. God must have been cracking up at Dallas’ plans because Dallas soon found himself completely lost for a year… until he met Harmony. She was perfect, yet Dallas was beyond flawed and at the lowest part of his life. He should have been honest with her when he’d first met her. Instead, he only proved to her that men couldn’t be trusted.

Meanwhile, Caine, Dallas’ best friend, plays a big role in how Dallas’ life constantly finds misfortune. Unfortunately, Dallas will not see that his right-hand man is the problem until it is too late. Jocelyn, Caine’s wife, is losing at love, while Harmony thinks she is winning. All of Caine’s indiscretions are finally revealed, and Jocelyn is forced to choose whether she will continue to turn the other cheek for the sake of having everything she always wanted.

Harmony and Dallas fell into each other’s lives when they needed each other the most. Yet, heartbreak and insecurities lead their union on a rocky path that their love may not survive, all while Dallas falls into a career that he never saw coming. Join these four on a sexy, yet chaotic, path to love. Will Harmony and Dallas survive their insecurities in order to heal one another? Will Jocelyn be strong enough to walk away from the man that is destroying her? Will the three of them survive Caine’s maliciousness in order to live happily ever after?

Are you ready for the heat? Two of the hottest erotica authors team up to deliver a sensually heated tome of dangerous seduction and sinful desire, where lust, lies, and forbidden pleasures lure you to the edge of your seats, leaving you hanging on until the last steamy page.

Smooth-talking, twenty-nine-year-old Cruze Fontaine is tall, dark, and dreamy-eyed. Chiseled to perfection, the six-foot-four self-made millionaire is every woman’s dream. With a reputation of giving toe-curling orgasms, this sex addict has a personal harem of vixens at his fingertips to satisfy his sexual appetite. But, after all the sweet nothings have been whispered and the shuddering climaxes are over, the salacious playboy finds himself yearning for something more.

But what happens when fate and wanton lust lands him in bed with someone just as emotionally detached and cunning as he?

Meet thirty-two-year old Arabia Knight. Runway ready and always fabulous, this beauty knows that the way to a man’s wallet is through his libido. And this well-kept, materialistic diva is no stranger to turning on the charm, then luring her next big score into her web of seduction since the bigger the bank account, the greater the rewards.

The problem is, none of her middle-aged, wealthy benefactors fulfill her erotic yearnings, leaving her starved for someone with the sexual prowess she craves. But, as the saying goes: “Be careful what you wish for…”

And Arabia gets more than she could have ever imagined after a chance encounter with the enigmatic Cruze Fontaine. One night of animalistic pleasure unleashes her deepest, darkest desires, and sets off a chain of fiery events that leave them both breathless. With each having something to prove and everything to lose, Cruze and Arabia fight to defy the urgings of their hearts. But as temperatures rise and desires ignite, the two lovers quickly find themselves unraveling with want, and both learn that complete surrender can lead to unexpected love.

Together five years, Kerisse and her fiancé Orlando lived the picture perfect life. After noticing a great change in Orlando and calling off the wedding two years prior, Kerisse was needing something more. With Orlando’s spontaneous trips back and forth to Florida, Kerisse suspects there is someone else. Separating herself from Orlando’s unwanted advances, Kerisse builds herself a secret oasis which allows her to tap into a fantasy world she never wants to escape. One night, Kerisse decides to bring her fantasy to life! After entering into a diner, she sees him. Although she has the courage to make her fantasy a reality, the outcome turns out to be more than she could imagine. Will her fantasy remain a fantasy or will her one night stand become her true REALITY?

“This is a contract. A contract that says you’re allowing me to do any and everything sexually pleasing to your body within your discretion. I guess the only question is, are you bold enough to sign it?”
What would you do if a dangerously sexy vampire dangled temptation so easily in front of you? Trinity was looking for an escape from a reality she despised. What she didn’t expect was finding that the ultimate escape rested in the whiskey colored eyes of the sexy as sin vampire who’d crashed into Trinity’s life. He invaded every one of her senses and ravished her with need and want. As a human, could she be bold enough to step into a world that was forbidden to her? Could she find her ultimate escape from a life that sought to cling to her despite her desperate pleas to be let go?

Hot and spicy. Gentle and sweet. Romance meets real life.

With her tenth wedding anniversary barely two weeks away, the only gift Kate wants is to spend a week alone. After all, life with Ethan has become so cold and distant, it’s a strain just being together.

But Ethan wants just the opposite and his indecent proposal at dinner is a shock that rocks Kate’s world off its axis and into a sensual world of possibility.

Will Kate fulfill Ethan’s fantasy? Or have the strains of married life eroded the foundation that once was so solid?  Just how far is she willing to re-connect with her husband?

The Anniversary Gift is a love story of two people struggling to rekindle the love and passion that brought them together to begin with. After all, it’s easy to fall in love. It takes work to stay that way.

Pick Your Poison (Trope): 15 Black Sports Romance Novels

Reading books and sharing the great reads I find are my hobbies. However, working in the world of sports is my day job. I love sports; I am a huge sports fiend. I was a three-sport athlete in high school. I have two degrees in sports. As I said, I love them. And I LOVE books centered around romance in the sports world. There are a few authors who DOMINATE this list for me, and those ladies are beasts in the sports romance world. Check out my list below! Oh! And as a bonus, most of these belong to series! Boom. You’re welcome.


Starting Forward for the Tennessee Trojans Nikolas Verette hasn’t always lived the golden life. After personal setbacks placed barriers in his path to professional basketball superstardom, he took to approaching life with the motto “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Following his passions leads him to an opportunity of a lifetime, but he is in need of a slight bit of assistance to achieve his goal.

Enter Jayde Turner, a smart-mouthed, straight shooter who is grappling with her own set of roadblocks that are in her path as she tries to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a popular country singer. Moving from her tiny hometown in rural Tennessee to Nashville was supposed to be the major key to her success, but instead she consistently faces narrow-minded individuals and stereotyping based on her appearance.

A common interest and shared goal eventually causes Nikolas and Jayde’s paths to converge. Both of them are operating with a single-minded focus that is consistently detoured by the underlying current of…undeniable chemistry between them. The further along the road they travel, the more their individual goals morph into a singular focus—maintaining their sanity and connection in a world that constantly threatens both.

Set in “The Athens of the South” Nashville, Tennessee, The “Nymphs & Trojans” series is a sports romance collaboration by Nicole Falls and Alexandra Warren that follows two fictional professional basketball franchises – the Nashville Nymphs Women’s Team and the Tennessee Trojans Men’s Team.


As a professional basketball player, Selena “Sharpshooter” Samuels seemingly has everything going in her favor. Playing for her hometown, playoff-bound team, the Nashville Nymphs. Playing under a knowledgeable coach who she adores. Playing for a franchise that’s well respected and family-owned. But the potential dynasty she’s trying to build comes under threat when a new assistant coach is hired; an assistant coach who she may or may not have had a huge crush on growing up.

DeAndre “Dre” Leonard hasn’t had it easy. After being banned from the league as a player for violating the drug policy, his world came crashing down. But now he’s back and ready to rebuild his reputation, starting with a coaching opportunity with the sister team of his beloved Trojans that includes one of the best women’s players in the game; and arguably the finest woman he’s ever seen.

Selena and Dre both want the same thing; to have a successful season. But as they spend more time together chasing a championship, that shared goal slowly begins to change from a title… to each other.

Set in “The Athens of the South” Nashville, Tennessee, The “Nymphs & Trojans” series is a sports romance collaboration by Nicole Falls and Alexandra Warren that follows two fictional professional basketball franchises – the Nashville Nymphs Women’s Team and the Tennessee Trojans Men’s Team.


With his entire career ahead of him as the starting point guard for the Tennessee Trojans, Kage Steele is feeling on top of his game. He’s got the talent, he’s getting the attention, and most importantly, he’s raking in more than enough money to have the entire world at his fingertips. But after a Summer spent enjoying the fruits of his labor, basketball isn’t the only thing on his mind coming into his second season since he can’t seem to forget about the gorgeous sports reporter he shared a moment with back in Sin City.

Bleu Taylor is living out her childhood dreams. As the offspring of a radio personality and a professional football player, using her voice to talk sports was practically what she was born to do. But naturally, that also means coming into contact with a lot of athletes, including the slightly younger, sinfully sexy point guard out of Nashville who she’d tried to forget about after breaking her own rule of not fraternizing with active players.

From the moment they locked eyes, Kage knew Bleu was something special. From the moment they kissed, Bleu knew Kage was a problem. But when they both find themselves on separate downward spirals regarding their lives and careers, the ability to rebound from those individual events becomes a lot easier once they finally decide to stop relying on self and instead choose to turn to each other.

Set in “The Athens of the South” Nashville, Tennessee, The “Nymphs & Trojans” series is a sports romance collaboration by Nicole Falls and Alexandra Warren that follows two fictional professional basketball franchises – the Nashville Nymphs Women’s Team and the Tennessee Trojans Men’s Team.


With her professional basketball career seemingly in her rearview, Micaiah Kennedy is trying to figure out what the future holds for her. Despite working tirelessly through her adolescence and adult years, she’d never quite accomplished the one thing in life that was the highest on her bucket list – playing for the Women’s National Basketball Association. Dreams of hooping in the W dashed, she instead set her sights on playing professionally abroad, going on to excel and make a name for herself outside of the States.

Victor Covington is a full-time single father and professional athletic trainer whose only concerns are making sure his baby girl is doing well and that the players within his care remain healthy and active. The looming unknowns of the pandemic however keep both of these precariously hanging in the balance, compounding his stress.

A serendipitous call from the Nashville Nymphs and an opportunity to check the last item off her bucket list sends Micaiah off to Florida where she reconnects with Victor, a former childhood crush. All grown up and still feeling the draw of attraction from their youth, Micaiah and Victor get reacquainted with one another in the confines of the WNBA bubble. Learning how to navigate in an unprecedented environment while getting closer to one another, Micaiah and Victor embark on a journey and discover that the road to getting what you’ve always wanted isn’t always the easiest.

Set in “The Athens of the South” Nashville, Tennessee, The “Nymphs & Trojans” series is a sports romance collaboration by Nicole Falls and Alexandra Warren that follows two fictional professional basketball franchises – the Nashville Nymphs Women’s Team and the Tennessee Trojans Men’s Team.


Train. Fight. Repeat. 

That’s been Princeton “The Prince” Lattimore’s life for as long as he can remember. But when an interruption to his heavyweight champion world comes in the form of an alluring journalist who sees well beyond his undefeated stature, he quickly learns there’s a lot more to life outside of the boxing ring.

Write. Submit. Repeat.

As a budding journalist, Bella Stevenson is determined to solidify her place as one of the best writers in the game. But when she’s assigned to cover a boxing match – a sport she knows nothing about – she realizes that it’s going to take a lot more than just a good write-up to do so. And once chasing a good story turns into meeting the man of her wildest imagination, her world is quickly turned upside down in more ways than one.

Falling for each other proves to be an easy feat. But going the distance becomes the biggest challenge either of them has faced, especially as Princeton discovers who’s really in his corner…


In order to find love, you have to take a chance. You have to open yourself up to the possibility of being hurt. You have to expose yourself in a way that you usually wouldn’t; allow others to see vulnerabilities that you try to hide.

Journalist Aria Smith tried that three years ago and it ended in disaster. Now, she’s just trying to focus on moving up the ladder in her career. She’s just been handed the most coveted interview in sports writing, so it looks like she’s well on her way.

Basketball star Tory Barker is fresh off of a championship season and is in high demand right now. He’s riding high off of his success, avoiding drama as he does so. His usually introverted and stress free lifestyle is upset when he comes face to face with Aria. She’s everything he never knew he wanted and everything he plans to get.

Aria’s not sure she’s ready for the likes of Tory. Yes, he’s a sweetheart. Yes, he’s easy to talk. However, living life in the limelight was never her dream. Nor, was dating a basketball player. She’s throwing up strong blocks every time he makes a move. Tory knows she’s worth it and is more than ready to play for her love. Can he win is the question…


Nasir Valentine has one thing on his mind: winning a championship title in his first year as head coach of the boys basketball team. But when his team captain’s father is murdered just before the start of the season, he quickly learns coaching high school basketball in the inner city is a lot more than just drawing numbers and arrows on a dry erase board.

Struck by the tragedy of her father’s murder, Carmen Wellington is faced with the tough decision of keeping her life away from home or coming back to her hometown to support her little brother through his senior year of high school. It’s a decision that will change her life in more ways than one, especially with her brother’s handsome basketball coach in the picture.

Carmen is supposed to be focused on what’s best for her and her family. Nasir is supposed to be focused on what’s best for him and his team. But with those two worlds colliding and an undeniable attraction developing because of it, the two can only hope for more wins than losses…


Ava knows that she’s the best girls basketball player in the country at the collegiate level.
She knows that she’s going straight the pros once her senior season comes to an end.
And she knows that finding a man is the least likely thing to happen while she’s chasing that dream.

That’s until she meets Miles.
A freshman phenom who has no idea what college life is like but is in for a red-headed surprise with a mean crossover.

Their chemistry is a given, but will age be more than just a number?
Or will the PreGame Ritual be enough to even the score?


Bryson is a ladies man by nature.
And why wouldn’t he be?
He’s young.
He’s single.
He’s sexy.
And he’s fresh off of a record-breaking second year of professional basketball with his whole career ahead of him.

So when he meets Kennedy while interviewing for a new stylist, of course he wastes no time going after her.
Until he finds out she’s engaged.
And even though he knows how wrong it is to be so damn attracted to a taken woman – has already learned his lesson when it comes to taken women – he can’t help but be drawn in by her captivating persona of innocence mixed with a hint mystery.

But when Kennedy finds herself in the same predicament, caught completely off-guard by Bryson’s charm and sex appeal, the line between attraction and distraction suddenly becomes a blur.

Who’s really the distracted one?


Can you tell the difference between a distraction and a blessing? It should be simple, but sometimes what we think is a distraction can actually be a turning of the tide required to bring life full circle, to a place of blessing.

Meet Trent Bailey, who is fighting for the right to continue his stellar professional football career after enduring striking legal woes in the recent past. Trent cannot and will not blow his second chance for anyone; after all, this is the blessing he’s been praying for. After receiving confirmation that staying focused is all he needs, it’s what he aims to do. No distractions. That’s until he bumps into two unexpected overnight guests.

Jade Matthews is doing everything she can for herself and her young son, Kyree. After journeying through her own bumps in the road, she’s finally getting it together. She’s doing what she has to do to make sure her family of two stays afloat. Life’s setbacks won’t stop Jade from providing for her little one, even though she fumbles each pass thrown at her.

What starts out as a temporary favor turns into rapid passion. There’s one agenda here, but getting to the same meeting point has never been more difficult. Fighting their way through trust and self-esteem issues, the two must meet in the right zone; the red zone, where you may think you’re safe, but life has a way of intercepting blessings and…turning the tide.

Love Belvin and Christina C. Jones collaborate on a series of football romance, staring two football greats who so happen to be in for the biggest play of their lives: for their hearts. Quarterback, Trent Bailey, and wide receiver, Jordan Johnson, give their all out on the green. But what happens when the two friends encounter true love?

Take on Connecticut Kings’ finest and journey through their discovery of developing themselves as men, and exploring love.

***Book one of the “Connecticut Kings” series***

First impressions don’t have to be everything.

But second, third, fourth impressions create a reputation, and those are hard to break. In the public eye, where everybody is tuned in to your every move, and behind the scenes, where certain people are privy to the real you… or at least what they perceive you to be.

Jordan Johnson is a man under pressure – from his teammates, fans, family, and the one person who wants to see him succeed as badly as he wants it for himself. He’ll do whatever he has to in order to not let anyone down… and maybe find an unanticipated connection along the way.

Nicole Richardson is a woman with a purpose – prove herself worthy of her place in a male-dominated field. Fiercely competitive, wielder of tough love and motivation, and terrible at dealing with things outside of her control. Between making sure the players are thriving, and coping with a changing family dynamic, a relationship isn’t even on her radar.

Denying their chemistry would be a waste of words, but giving in isn’t an option.

A season on the line.

Reputations at stake.

The threat of seeing their personal lives played out on the evening highlights.

With all of that swirling around them, Jordan and Nicole have to decide if it’s worth the effort to make the play… or take a knee.

Love Belvin and Christina C. Jones collaborate on a series of football romance, staring two football greats who so happen to be in for the biggest play of their lives: for their hearts. Quarterback, Trent Bailey, and wide receiver, Jordan Johnson, give their all out on the green. But what happens when the two friends encounter true love?

Take on Connecticut Kings’ finest and journey through their discovery of developing themselves as men, and exploring love.

Good decisions don’t always leave you unscathed.

Sometimes, the best choice might be the one that leaves you vulnerable. The one that forces you to face a not-so-distant past that hurts, or go through with something you never thought would come to fruition. The one that makes taking a risk your only viable option.

Wilhelmina “Wil” Cunningham is no stranger to pressure. The child of an Olympian and a title-winning boxer, and a former Olympian herself, Wil has gained an “America’s sweetheart” sort of reputation – a high pedestal to fall from when her world gets rocked by betrayal and deceit, from more than one direction.

Not that long ago, Ramsey Bishop dominated the field, as one of the best running backs the league had ever seen. Personal tragedy drew him away, but he made a promise he can’t take back, and no one will let him forget. Keeping that promise though… much easier said than done.

But Wil believes he can. And Ramsey believes Wil can and will bounce back from the misfortunes that have the potential to destroy her if she lets them. Their supportive, motivational back and forth is just one element of what has grown into a friendship neither of them would choose to do without. But could it be… more?

With their recent pasts littered with baggage and sorrow, and both of them facing uncertain futures, Wil and Ramsey have enough stress on their hands, but they’ll have to make a choice – continue their friendship as it was before, or risk it all for the possibility of something amazing?

After losing an improbable opportunity at the Super Bowl, Trent Bailey still has something to prove. He’s come out, not only as America’s favorite redemption story, but also a married man; a marriage not yet known to the public. He’s trusting more, finding his home more comfortable and befitting a Connecticut King.

Jade’s a new woman now. Her insecurities are under control at Trent’s side. No more violent fits around Trent’s female admirers, she’s understanding the fanfare attached to her husband’s returning celebrity. She’s found her place in the big world, and is content figuring out the rest.

The Baileys survived the red zone, that place where failure is unlikely, but still possible. But with old cast members resurfacing, can their secure love prove successful in this new position on the field?

“We’re in the end zone, and I’m dragging everything I got to score.” ~TB

Let’s see if after the review, the ruling on the field still stands.

The league didn’t believe in me. I was the last pick of the first round.
The Kings didn’t believe in me. They low-balled my contract and mandated therapy to begin immediately.
My coach didn’t believe in me. But I get it; she’s a female.
The General don’t halfway believe. He keeps threatening violence if I blow this opportunity.
This chick I bagged at the first team event… Well, let’s say she’s listening.

I’m a black, educated, and self-made man. I have no kids, and was rich and established before draft night. The odds are stacked against me, but I’ll show them all. They’ll understand my name before it’s all said and done.

I was born a king, and now I am a King.

Note: Love’s Ineligible Receiver is book 5 of the Connecticut Kings series and is a completed installment.

My bio might speak for itself, but I still have everything to prove.
Everything to gain.
Everything to lose.
On the field, and off.

I’m here for a reason, and Nate Richardson isn’t one of them… except, he won’t let me relegate him to a non-factor. Even knowing what’s at stake, he won’t let me pass him off.

So I’ll adapt.
Open myself up.
Dominate my position.
Defend my right to be here.

Who says a woman can’t have everything?
Or, better yet… who says a woman can’t be a King?

10 Book Baes You Wish Were Wrapped Under Your Tree

This title pretty much speaks for itself! Check out my list of beautiful fictional men I fantasize about unwrapping this holiday season and every other day of the year.


Guy Thompson

School may be out, but class is still in session…

After a hectic school year with her classroom of first graders, Nova Grant is desperate for a break. So when her best friend invites her to spend the summer down in Miami, taking the vacation is a no-brainer. The only thing is, her best friend’s husband had the same idea, inviting his friend Guy Thompson to stay in the condo Nova was already guaranteed.

Set up or accidental… Fate or coincidental… the attraction between the two is undeniable from day one. But with their days under the sun numbered and plenty of lessons to learn between them, Guy and Nova still find themselves teetering the line of lust and love, even if it’s only for the summer…


Azmir Divine Jacobs

Love Lost is book 1 of the Love’s Improbable Possibility series.

You ever wonder what events led up to an individual’s inability to trust in love?

Rayna Brimm survives a series of betrayals and loss, only to forge ahead into self-preservation. After receiving her degree, she finds herself in California and tries to build a self-contained life.

Enter Azmir Jacobs. A tall, dark, handsome, and very wealthy man, whose street credibility and executive power in the corporate world has beautiful women at his beck and call. However, only one woman has caught his eye: the resilient Rayna Brimm, who turns out to be more than he bargained for.

Even though both have checkered pasts, can Azmir conceal his convoluted life long enough to prove he can provide Rayna the stable and reliable love she clearly needs and deserves?

Just when you thought you’d begun the read of an urban novel, you turn the pages and find the journey of a classic love tale and a story of redemption instead.


Isaiah “Zay” Broussard

The only thing in Jersey Kincaid’s world that she has time for are keeping her grades up so that she doesn’t lose her scholarship to South Texas University, playing the bass in her band, The Prototype, and satisfying her coffee addiction. Oh, and the occasional random hook-up she indulges in to pass the time.

Love? Eh, not so much. Save that crap for a Katherine Heigl or Natalie Portman movie.

Jersey’s seen enough in life (courtesy of her Pops) to realize that undying romance is nothing more than a myth used to sell books and movie tickets. As she knows too well, the only thing inevitable in life is death— love is definitely not promised.

That’s why when Jersey meets Isaiah “Zay” Broussard with his soulful gray eyes, quick wit and easy charm, she’s determined to remain aloof. She doesn’t have time to get sidetracked by fleeting fantasies, even if she does feel an unexplainable connection to Zay she’s never experienced before.

But when his interest in her only seems to intensify, despite her attempts to brush him off, she gets to see a side of him and herself she didn’t expect…


Cress Williams

Busy Pierre is a thirty-year-old music schoolteacher in the big city of Saint Mountains. After a heartbreaking relationship and two years of celibacy, she meets Cress Williams, a successful oil-company owner who sweeps her off her feet and shows her a new world. Their relationship rapidly blossoms into something life-changing, but not every beautiful thing comes easy. A jealous friend and a bitter baby mama add problems to their relationship, problems which leave Busy wondering if she let her guard down to the wrong man for the second time.


Chadwick “Wick” LaForte

What’s done in the dark…

Murderer is a title she never expected to wear. Friend? Sure. Boss? Hell yes. But murderer? Never. If only she hadn’t threatened exactly that, just before someone winds up dead, and her fingerprints are all over the murder weapon.
Always comes to light…

All he wanted was to live a quiet life, without all the danger and darkness of his past. Those plans are blown when he’s accused of a crime he has nothing to do with, leaving him with a hard decision… remain in the shadows, or do what he can to help a friend?

When other crimes start stacking up – the handiwork of an anonymous suspect with an unknown vendetta, they’ll discover something that flips their worlds upside down…

A murder accusation may be the least of their worries.


Phoenix ‘Nix’ Knight

Phoenix ‘Nix’ Knight thought pulling his club out of the illegal shit his Pops got them into was difficult.

Until he meets Kadence.

Kadence Turner has no business lusting over a student’s father, especially the president of the Knights Rebels MC. Nix is crass, obnoxious and dangerously sexy and for some reason, Kadence can’t seem to hate him for it. The bossy biker breaks down her defenses, but unlike the old Kadence, the woman she is today won’t give in without a fight.

The tension is undeniable, the attraction fierce. A man that wants what he wants and a woman that will fight him every step of the way.


Colton Green

They’ve got the ‘friends’ part down pat. But now, they have to learn how to be lovers. Samantha has been best friends with Colton since they were toddlers. His NBA career has never impressed her, nor would he want it to. Their friendship is based on two things: a long, shared history, and Sam’s tendency to keep things real with him, even if the rest of the world doesn’t. When Sam realizes that the feelings she has for Colton—that are much stronger than friendship—might be returned, it seems like their problems are over, but no, that’s when the real trouble starts.


Dalton Beck

Private Investigator, Marklynn Brooks has a major problem and this time it’s personal. Her sister, Sydney, is missing and the trail leads to Dalton Beck, CEO of Beck Security Systems. He denies any involvement in Sydney’s disappearance, but with the evidence stacked against him, can she believe him? As she races against time to find her sister, she’s not only in danger of losing Sydney she’s also in danger of losing her heart.

Dalton Beck is positive that Sydney is responsible for the security breach at his company. Someone is hacking into his computer system. To find the truth he turns to Marklynn for help. She doesn’t trust him but he’s not going to let that stop him as an attraction develops between them. But to earn her trust, he must make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his company and catch a killer who will stop at nothing to destroy them.


Les Moore

Tali couldn’t care less about finding a man. Phone is getting cut off tomorrow. Rent is due next week. There are more important things to stress over. It’s high time something good happened to her, and an unexpected phone call offers just that.

Les is out here living his best life, making money and forgetting faces. There’s nothing he wants that he can’t have, and once his eyes land on her, he wants Tali.
A relationship is the last thing either is interested in, but once they fall in, fighting is pointless. Dark points from both of their pasts make it difficult to get on solid ground. She’s damaged, and so is he. Can they piece each other together enough to make this work?


Everett “Big South” McClain

Trying to put past hurts behind you is hard when your ex is a fool, but buoyed by child support and alimony, Jo Walker is moving forward with her life, pursuing a career, raising her little girl, and trying to live in peace. She believes she has all the bases covered in her world. But what about her heart?

Rap legend Everett “Big South” McClain is divorced, too, knows all about failed relationships, and has relegated his love life to casual connections rather than pursuing something real. That is, until he lays eyes on Jo.

She’s exactly what he never knew he needed.

He’s what’s been missing from her world.

Will she accept what he has to offer and let him love her?

***This novel contains profanity and sexual content. If you do not like those elements in your romantic reads, this is not the book for you***