Thursday, October 19, 2017

Author Interview with Paulette Jones

Hi Paulette, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I personally don’t feel like my background is overly spectacular. I grew up with a few challenges in life that kids around me didn’t have but I had a great balance of love from my family to get me through those times. My specs are simple really, graduated high school with a million of ideas on what I wanted to do with life but nothing concrete to be honest, got my degree still without a clue as to what I really wanted, then found a job and started figuring out life. That’s the cliff notes of me I’ve never been one to like complications or as it’s so used now “drama”. I don’t mind being and if that is on my own I’m good with that also. I took on the world of photography first and have to say it’s been a great love affair some of that work inspired me to push out my dream of being an author.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Full honesty the only goal I had originally was to just get the stories out. The ones that have been in my mind for years really. Now that I’ve found growth had some really inspiring conversations around my writing and the writing of authors I truly admire I’ve come to a place of positivity. I want people to escape into the words find a light when maybe life isn’t given you that. Enjoy the realistic fairytales that come from the words in my imagination.

Which writers inspire you?
Maya Angelou Ava Miles, Rochelle Alers, Rainbow Rowell, Nia Forrester, Terry McMillian, Jane Austen, and Christina C Jones are just a few…. To be honest my list is probably endless but diverse at the same time my imagination loves to be fed and I enjoy so many genres. 

What are you working on at the minute?
Book three of “The Ladies” series I started last year. My goal is to show a diverse group of independent, educated, and complicated women bonded through true friendship with the ladies. I’m also finishing a “reunion” so to speak of my first series “Where Your Heart Belongs” a where are they now type thing. Then a novel about tragedy and triumph of a young father it’s a story that came to me on vacation about two years ago and I’ve started working it out since then.

What genre are your books and why?
I don’t know that I fit one genre but I would say Multi-Cultural and African American Fiction and or Drama’s. My stories cross culture lines at times explore the many influences to culture and life. The ways we are so similar but still distinctly different.

In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
I’m not sure I can do it in 10 words or less but if you give me one extra I have this: Fresh, inviting, youthful look at the world that exist through words.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Zoe Saldana, I think she could give Storm all the fire I tried to convey in the book and maybe a little more. I’ve loved her since drumline days so I would go with her.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I would say after I read Taken by Storm by Rochelle Alers I knew the stories in my imagination needed to be on paper and that started me writing without the thought of anyone reading it round 23. Then the realization that thirty-five was knocking on my door led me to sit down with my laptop and get out all the thoughts running through my head to actually let someone else see.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Mentally I write full-time in reality I am slightly more than part-time. Life requires income so that takes a good amount of time that I’m just letting things ramble around my head then I escape to my laptop at the first chance I get almost every day.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Not on purpose, however, I usually end my days writing, a good amount of times I’ve fallen asleep with the computer on my lap.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?
No, I think that would make my head hurt trying to focus on a certain number of words and getting the thoughts out the way I want them. I let them keep coming till I am to tired then start the process over the next day.

Where do your ideas come from?
The world around me, parts of my life, music, random thoughts, pictures, and well just about any and everything. Completely honesty my first series came to me after fighting with the thoughts from a visit to my former high school for homecoming. It poured out of me from beginning to end after that night.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I’m not sure really. I do write down the main thoughts about the story that comes to me in the beginning, but not any specific order or layout. I will write down key factors like names and dates or birthday’s but mostly I let it all just flow. I know in some ways that is an outline so I guess it’s a yes and no.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I’ve hit adulthood (lol). I myself know some of my work, in the beginning, had a sense of youth and maybe that was my minds way of growing and expanding my thinking and then, as a result, my writing. I feel like now my words still hold that sense of youth but full blow adulthood had taken over and truly all ages can enjoy my work.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Most of the time it's focusing on the thought I have no problem at all imagining things but focusing on the thought and completing it becomes a problem. One thought sparks another and then I want to take that road before I’ve gotten down the first one. (sigh)

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Taking on a new culture one I’m not completely versed in. It’s been my goal for over a year now to show how the world has mixed and we can truly love one another so exploring a culture that wasn’t exactly brand new to me but still on the list of (do I really know them). It was the hardest thing for me.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
The story (if that makes sense) the idea of how to convey the person's emotions so that the words are clear, the process of building the scene so that one could close their eyes and be in the midst. The complex parts of families and histories and how all the little parts build the larger picture. How in chapter two there is the hint of drama that explodes in chapter eight. The story itself is the easiest part to me.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
On average, it takes about three months to get the full story out. I’m sure if life wasn’t going on around me it would be a lot faster but the bills have to be paid, clothes washed, car serviced etc.…

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Well the optimist in me would say flourishing. When I look back five years I couldn’t say I was an author, I wasn’t anywhere near writing to the point of letting someone read my work. So, I would say if I stay on the path I’ve started down I should find my way to success and inspiring others to take on their dreams full force.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop fighting it, grab the fear and let it guide you. It will all work its way through and you’ll love yourself more for going for it.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Coretta Scott King. Her quiet power was overwhelmingly inspiring to me she was the first Michelle Obama, educated, classy and full of power.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? The heart of a woman by Maya Angelou. That book was about her life and what a life it was, she was so young and experiencing so many exciting, traumatic and uplifting things. The way her words guide you through the experience you can help but walk away feeling your own power.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Go for it if nothing else you’re going to learn something and you can only grow from learning.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Author Interview with LaToya Martin

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
As of now, since I'm a new author, I'm focusing on expanding and establishing a loyal readership. I also want to be a versatile author who writes books that cater to adults as well as children. Ultimately, I want to leave a mark in Christian fiction and be a blessing through my writing.

Which writers inspire you? I love Michelle Stimpson! She has an amazing writing style and has been a consistent presence in the African American Christian Fiction genre. I'm also inspired by writers such as Kimberly Cash Tate, Norma Jarrett, Francine Rivers and my childhood best friend, Toni Shiloh.

What are you working on at the minute?
I'm currently working on the sequel to Pain's Purpose and a children's book.

What genre are your books and why?
Christian Fiction, my relationship with Christ is extremely important so what's in me manifests in my writing.  I also believe that even though my novel is fiction the message of hope in Christ is embedded within each page. I pray that it falls into the hands of someone who doesn't know God so the seed of God's love and power can be planted in their life!

In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Aspiring to showcase the love Christ in everything I write.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I think Dawn-Lyen Gardner would bring Talia William to life!

When did you decide to become a writer?
I've loved to write since childhood. I did a lot of writing in high school but don’t think I ever imagined it leaving my spiral notebooks. I actually started writing Pain's Purpose in high school and worked on it through the years when I could since I was busy with school. Last year, over ten years since its inception, I decided to start the publishing process and make my dream become a reality.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I wish. Unfortunately, my schedule is so hectic and it's hard for me to write every day. I try to take advantage of my vacations, I'm a teacher, to get a lot of writing done.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?
I don't. I'm a "go with the flow" kind of writer. When something comes to me, no matter where I am, I jot it down and find time to merge all of my random ideas into a cohesive flow.

Where do your ideas come from?
I consider my writing a gift from God. I'm just a vessel that He uses. I also pull from life experiences whether personal or from people that I know.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I just see where the ideas take me. I try to have an outline or brainstorm ideas but that never works for me!

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I'm better able to express myself than in the past. I strive to write in a way which makes it easy for the readers to envision the characters and become engrossed in the storylines.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, it's finding the time to sit down and write. It can be challenging to balance work, being a single parent, church involvement, an attempt at a social life 😉and writing.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Deciding whether to wrap up the story in one book or create a series.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
Writing, in and of itself. Once I get into a groove it comes easily.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I've only written one and it took over ten years! I'm positive that the sequel won’t take nearly as long especially since I have a lot of people on me about finishing it. I can’t keep the readers waiting too long!

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Hopefully, in five years, I will have figured out the best way to effectively reach my target audience and the art of marketing my books. I pray I have a strong readership and will have published several books.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Make time for your love of writing and don’t be afraid to take the leap to self-publishing.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
 Anyone who knows me can tell you my answer would be Michael Jackson! I love his music and wish I could have went to one of his concerts before his passing.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Gain knowledge from others who have been successful. Your book may be great, but if you don’t have the necessary tools or motivation to market it, it will just be book enjoyed by family and friends. Believe in your work but remain humble. Take chances and put yourself/your book out there.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Author Interview with Eartha Watts Hicks

Hi Eartha thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a mother of 2 and, like many, have been trying to write (poetry) since I was 11 years old. In 2001, I decided to write a novel. I taught myself at the New York Public Library, borrowing fiction writing books. I was seriously expecting to write 10 pages a day, (like Steven King), finish my manuscript in 3 months, and being on the New York Times Best Sellers list in a year and a half.
But no. It took me 5 years to write my first draft. And before that, at one point, I was honestly ready to throw in the towel.

BUT FOR THIS....My Aunt had taken the first half of the manuscript to her job. She worked at a very large, call center. She called me to ask for the rest of it, because her co-workers were fighting over the pages. And that is when I registered for a workshop here in New York, called Write Your Novel In 30 Days. My first draft was completed 5 months later (2006). Then came the research and rewrites. 5 more years of taking writing workshops, doing research and gaining permissions.

My debut, Love Changes, was self-published, won an award from the NYCHA Branch of the NAACP, has been endorsed by Nikki Giovanni and was featured in the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I always wanted to bring forth incredible writing…that sells. I soon learned that I had to come out of hiding to sell the books. Every role I fill as an independent publisher, I would love for my business to flourish to where I could fill those positions with someone equally qualified, and have that business run, churning revenue.

Which writers inspire you?
Jamaica Kincaid, Iyanla Vanzant, Zora Neal Hurston, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Terry McMillan, E. Lynn Harris, Omar Tyree, Marsha Hunt, Dorothy Allison.

What are you working on at the minute?
Couples Night, Chocolate Love, Graffiti Mural 2, His Tori, and a couple of nonfiction titles.

What genre are your books and why?
I write women’ s literary fiction, set in the inner-city, based on true-to-life, everyday, urban professional characters, because this is a landscape that I knew very well. My characters would be an investment banker from the Bronx, a valedictorian who went to Georgetown on a scholarship, whose best friend is actually smarter than him, but lost focus and dropped out of college running behind her boyfriend.

In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
I write life and love’ s teachable moments and hard solutions.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I would love to see Natori Naughton (Tasha from Power) as Mia.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I announced it when I was about 6 years old because my aunt was an avid reader who’ d read hundreds of trade romance novels and none featured black people on the cover. I made the decision in 2001.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
All the time. Fiction, poetry, articles, market copy, legal copy.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
This is really hard to explain. I used to have scheduled writing sessions 4-6:30. Since publishing, I promote/sell more regularly than anything. And if I am in an artsy mood, I am designing something. Or editing, When I am more focused. And when I have an event scheduled, things get pushed up or pushed aside.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I aim to tap into the essence of the characters. Accumulation of pages can become endless but still not form a story. I have thousands of pages, but if it ain’t a story, it ain’ t a story. And there have been days when I have written, very eloquent circles.

Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere: art (Alonzo Adams is among my favorites), music, life, the sky, the ground, everything I find fascinating. LOVE CHANGES was inspired, in part, by the 80s tune of the same name. And one of my all-time favorites “Same Place, Same Time” by 80s sensation, Krystol. Love Changes was meant to be a journey of 80s and 90s music with a complete music soundtrack of my own original music. The music aspect was the factor that made it very difficult to place with a literary agent.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I free write poetry, articles and short stories. If I want to finish a novel, I have to outline. Without an outline I get stuck.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I have learned to love my characters from a distance. When I hold them too close, too tight, the writing process becomes agony. And I do have to stop protecting them from their choices.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, this is a tossup between second-guessing your gift and wrapping up a story, being sure to tie up all loose plotlines.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Calling Chocolate Love my latest book, the hardest thing about it has been empathizing with the male species enough to write a young 20-something brothah, in 1st person from his perspective, understanding his cares and frustrations without making him a girly-boy.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
For me, that is dialogue. Dialogue has always been my gift.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Love Changes took 5 years to a completed first draft. 12 years to publication. It’s a 56 chapter opus of nearly 120,000 words, and I tracked down 18 music publishers for permission to quote their song lyrics (Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Curtis Mayfield’s estate, etc.). I wanted this book released exactly the way I wanted, and I was very happy with the finished product.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I would have to say the …on line at the bank making larger deposits. I wanted to produce quality books (I love paperbacks) with meaningful content. I have more or less smashed my goals. Right now, I am more focused on sustaining the profitability in my book publishing business.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
I have been different ‘people’ at different stages in my life. Wishing I turned left instead of right is mildly ridiculous, so I would just say to my younger self, “You’re gonna be just fine. God got you.”

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Phyllis Hyman. I was inspired by her beauty, poise, style, talent, and sophistication. Her suicide was heartbreaking. I know, more than likely, she had her own circle of friends who poured into her, but I would have loved to have given her a hug. Depression is real.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
If I could have been the original author of any book what book would that be and why? I would have to say Joy by Marsha Hunt. Joy by Marsha Hunt is the first book I fell in love with. It was delicately written about a family and issues within the family and how those experiences shaped and explained who they become as adults years later. This was first women’s fiction drama and my first introduction of plot twists and the reversal of expectation. I feel it was grossly underrated. I read Joy decades ago until it fell apart, and I still have my original.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Spotlight: Oh My Gosh! There's a Mouse in My Mouse by Regina Hennegan



About the Author
My name is Regina Hennegan. An up and coming Author, Educator, Director and owner of my own Daycare for 20 years. Born and raised in Buffalo New York. A wife and a mother of 5 beautiful children and a grandmother of a beautiful granddaughter and a handsome grandson. I’ve always had a love for reading, my favorite books was a Tea Party For Frances and Curious George.

Now today, fifteen years later, I have published my first Children’s Book titled, Oh My Gosh! There’s A Mouse In My House. All praises to God For blessing me With the gift of writing and allowing me to share it with so many children. I pray each book will be a blessing to each person/child that reads it.

About the Book


Bobby is an Adventurous 10-year-old little boy who enjoys playing in his bedroom until an uninvited guest interrupts his day! Find out how Bobby's acts of kindness ends up helping everyone involved including the little-uninvited guest.







Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Author Interview with Tristan Jackson


Hi Tristan, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Tristan Jackson from Houston, Texas. Author Tristan Jackson was born and raised in a section of Houston, Texas called 4th ward. She by having faith, hope, and perseverance obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resource Management (2009) and Masters of Public Administration (2013) from Lamar University. Raised by a single parent, she determined to break the generational curses in her family.  

For the last 7 years, she has worked in Higher education as an Academic Advisor. Making sure that every student she comes in contact is aware of every opportunity available to them in college.  
God has allowed her the gift of writing. Though the path of Tristan Jackson life remains clouded by the mysterious mist of the future, of one thing she is sure:  no matter what her priorities in life may become, she will always keep God first.

She prays through her books, academic advising, speaking and helping, I want to inspire everyone to reach their dreams. I want to reach the silent voices in the world that are searching for hope. I am a witness to God’s favor and how you can rise above your situation.   In addition to serving as a mentor and coach in her role as an academic advisor, Ms. Jackson is active in her community through her participation in hosting events like, Back to School Prayer Care of Love (toiletry drive for seniors), Pre-Mother’s Day Dinner and College 101 prep event.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambitions for my writing career is one day make New York Best Sellers list. One day, I hope to open a book store. Also, I want to work with low-income youth to help them read, write and publish their own stories. To feel the flow and the passion to my writing. To share my knowledge for others to feel better. 

Which writers inspire you?
Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, James Baldwin, and Tyler Perry

What are you working on at the minute?
currently working on my first novel entitled: Secret Church Wives-Sinful Desires

What genre are your books and why?
All of my books are inspirational and motivational. Why I love to write. Everyone is different so obviously, my reasons are going to be different from others. Writing isn’t just putting words on a page or screen, it’s all of my thoughts, feelings, and ideas displayed in a coherent way; I do this not only for others but for myself. I write because it’s the best, and sometimes the only way, to fully understand what I’m feeling and why. I write to make the things that don’t make sense a little more comprehensible. I write to help make myself feel better. I write to inspire and motivate dreamers. I write to leave a legacy for my future children and next generation.  I write to motivate people and to help make them feel better about themselves. I write in hopes that others will realize that they really are not as alone as they may feel. I write because the thought of making just one person feel better, or happier or simply just smile, makes me happy.

In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Never Give Up, Perseverance, Dreamer

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
For my first novel, I would love for Oprah Winfrey to be the lead character. Maya Angelou to narrate the novel and Tyler Perry to direct the movie.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I became a writer in 2012

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
My full-time job is an Academic Advisor at a local University. God gives me the vision to write at crazy times. I usually like to write at the end of the day or Sunday evening.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?
My number I aim for per day is about 500-1000 words.

Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas to write come from God, my personal experiences, family members, and church.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
Work from an outline.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Since 2015, when I released my first book. I would have never imagined, that I would have written 4 books. 

What is the hardest thing about writing?
There are a LOT of challenging things about writing, as I’m currently working on one. I’m on page 75 and am still far from done and I don't mean length-wise. In my opinion, creating complex characters Organizing is definitely the most difficult for me. After that, deciding the main plot would be second. that win over an audience is. For me, the hardest thing is staying focused.  

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Love writing but it still works. I find the hardest thing to writing is to spill all the juicy secrets in book 1. The novel is a three-part series.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
For me, the easiest part is writing the rough draft. Once I have characters and a plot outline I can write the rough draft of a novel in four to six weeks and I enjoy doing it. What happens before and after writing the rough draft is far more difficult and time-consuming.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It takes me about 6 months to write a book from start to publishing.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I see myself in 5 years opening a publishing company, on New York Best Sellers list, and writing my 20th book.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
would stay a kid forever!! Real friends will be there for the long haul. Don't sweat the small stuff! Life as an adult is much more difficult. Have fun! Don’t follow the crowd. You were born 2 lead! Don't let others dampen your passion! Passion is what will drive you to live your life to the fullest and enjoy what you do.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
would love to meet Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
wish, I was the original author For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou. Oprah Winfrey. Just like the like my favorite author and writers, they didn’t allow their upbringing stop them from writing. Writing isn’t just putting words on a page or screen, it’s all of my thoughts, feelings, and ideas displayed in a coherent way; I do this not only for others but for myself. I write because it’s the best, and sometimes the only way, to fully understand what I’m feeling and why. better, or happier or simply just smile, makes me happy.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write what you're passionate about not what's on trend. Develop a thick skin. There will be rejections. Those are only a few people's opinions. When someone tries to close a door on you, kick it in. Becoming a published writer isn't easy and taking no for an answer will get you nowhere fast. I would take writing classes. Feedback from both teachers and your peers is essential. Read a lot and often. And read different genres, not just the one you write. The more you can develop your story before you write it, the easier it will be. Write often. Even if it's not your "work-in-progress" it will get the juices flowing Set realistic goals for your writing.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Reed Family Tour with Tyora Moody

Thank you, LaToya for hosting me on your blog today. I want to thank your readers for stopping by today to learn about the Reed Family.

 Currently there are three sisters features in three novellas, Broken Heart, Troubled Heart, and Relentless Heart. In 2018, I hope to continue the series with the brothers.

This week we will focus on the second book in the series, Troubled Heart. Below you will find a synopsis and an excerpt from the book.

Troubled Heart: A Novella

Forensic artist Toni Reed loves when her work helps the police catch criminals.  Tasked with helping a traumatized woman identify her attacker, Toni is troubled when she sketches a face that resembles a man from her past. Is it the same man who brutally attacked her two years ago?
Despite longtime family friend Detective Cam Noble’s insistence that she not interfere with the case, Toni becomes obsessed with seeking justice. Will she let God lead her to come to terms with her past

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PROLOGUE
Two Years Ago
Toni Reed sensed the next few minutes would not go well for her.
As soon as Paul Lambert’s handsome face turned red, she knew. His blond side-swept bangs lay plastered across his forehead. The charmer’s usually playful blue eyes gleamed bright with anger. He shouted, “Were you trying to sabotage me?”
“No!” She backed away from Paul’s piercing stare bumping into the chair. “No,” she yelled, her eyes wide with fright. It felt like the air had been sucked out of the room. This must be what it feels like to be in the room with a wild animal where any sudden movements could result in a strike. The crazy thing was Paul had never laid a hand on her before. She tried to convince herself he would calm down and walk away.
I’ve seen him like this before.
Toni glanced at the wall behind Paul. Less than a month ago, she watched in horror as he punched a hole in the wall above his entertainment system. Books and DVD’s crashed to the floor as Paul swept his arm across the top shelf. The hole had since been covered up with one of her paintings, all the items neatly put back in place and not a word said about the incident.
Taking a deep breath, she tried to appear calm. “You know I would never do anything to sabotage you. I want you to look good. We talked about this last night. Remember? You said it was an important point.”
Paul stepped forward, “I had it under control. You’re trying to say you could do it better. That I don’t know what I’m doing. You made me look like an idiot.”
That’s not how I remember it. Why is he blowing this out of proportion?
Her heart pounded when she saw Paul’s clenched fists. Toni shook her head. “No, no…I just wanted to make sure you told him the benefits you could bring to his company.”
“You wanted me to appear like I was desperate and didn’t know my own company. He will never invest now.”
“That’s not true. You did a great job and —” Before she could finish her sentence, Paul grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her against the wall. She cried out in pain as her head bounced off the hard surface.
“You ruined everything! I saw the look on his face.”
The back of her head throbbed as she tried to focus. She wheezed, “What is wrong with you?”
Paul’s hand came across her face.
He’s crazy!
Anger surged. She was no match for Paul’s size, but she had to get away from him. Lifting her right knee, she shoved it up as high as she could into his groin area.
Paul groaned from the impact and loosened his grip on her arm. “You — “
Toni wrenched her arm away and wasted no time moving around him. She had to get out of there. Her bag was on the coffee table. She grabbed it and moved quickly to the front door. As soon as she reached it, she felt a strong hand grab her shoulder.
She screamed and turned, swinging her heavy bag across Paul’s face.
He stumbled from the blow, but it didn’t prevent him from reaching. He wrapped his arms around her body. Toni felt her feet lift off the carpet. She struggled and screamed. Suddenly her body was thrown across the room, crashing into the coffee table.
She cried out in pain as she felt something snap in her arm.
Through her tears, she saw Paul looming over her.
God, help me!
 Reed Family Series Links


Troubled Heart: A Novella (Book 2)

Relentless Heart: A Novella (Book 3)

 

About the Author

Tyora Moody is the author of Soul-Searching Suspense books which include the Reed Family Novellas, Eugeena Patterson Mysteries, Serena Manchester Series, and the Victory Gospel Series. She is also the author of the nonfiction book, The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, and the compilation editor for the Stepping Into Victory Compilations under her company, Tymm Publishing LLC.
As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include virtual event planning, book covers and book trailers.
To contact Tyora about book club discussions or for book marketing workshops, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com.
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