Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
The Scale was released in July. It’s the story of Minka Greene and Jason Montgomery, two troubled souls coming together and finding peace. Minka thinks she’s in love with her twin sister’s fiancé, traveled to Martha’s Vineyard for their wedding and ended sleeping with Jason, who happens to be Blake’s best man. On the other side, Jason is trying to get over his mother’s suicide. He has a broken relationship with his father. The guy has a lot on his plate.
It is available on Amazon, Secret Cravings Publishing, Barnes & Noble, ARE, Smashwords and iTunes.
The Scale was loosely based on my best friend. However, what really inspired me was a conversation between two women at my gym’s locker room. Their definition of beauty.
It was always a pastime. The beginning of this year I made a goal to finish writing The Scale and to be published sometime this year.
I love Nora Roberts and Bella Andre. I love their voices and how they write.
(Laughs.) With two kids, a husband and graduate school, no. I write whenever I can.
Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?
What I’ve learned so far is don’t be generic. If a genre becomes a hit, it doesn’t mean you have to write a book similar to that. Keep your voice. The Scale is a cross genre, Women’s Fiction and Romance. Some may not like the angst or how it’s written, but I’m proud of it. My advice? Don’t be generic and be proud of your work.
Readers, here is the blurb for The Scale.
Twenty-seven year old, African-American, Minka Greene has to endure watching her twin sister marry the man she loves. Her weight is up, and her confidence is down. Not exactly the ideal time to meet the real man of her dreams.
The Scale opens in Martha’s Vineyard with Minka attending Keely and Blake’s engagement party at Martha’s Way, the beautiful inn owned and operated by the tall, blond, tattooed man with the piercing blue eyes. It just so happens Jason Montgomery is also Blake’s childhood friend and the best man. Dealing with a whirl of emotions, Minka faints in Jason’s arms.
When she wakes up naked in Jason’s bed after a night of passion, the Vineyard confirmed bachelor struggling with his own demons and the woman filled with self-doubt and pining for another man are joined in an experience that will change their lives.
The Scale is the first book of the Martha’s Way series.
Here is an excerpt.
What could possibly go wrong with a dance? Their bodies would touch, and the thought of being so close to him worried her a bit. But it also triggered a level of excitement within her that she hadn’t known existed prior to tonight.
She wanted more. She wanted to feel him against her. Touch his hair and hold him as close as possible. Tomorrow she could deal with Keely, Blake, and reality. Tonight, she wanted to lose herself in Jason even if it was for one dance.
Her hand remained locked in his as he guided her up the stairs to the lounge. As they entered V-Lounge, Minka scanned the room. A couple sat on the red velvet sofa kissing passionately; two men sat on stools at the bar talking to the pretty bartender who flashed the man holding her hand a familiar smile before turning her attention back to whatever concoction she was putting together.
Jason swung her around to face him and started swaying to the music. His arms tightened around her waist then and Minka placed her hands on his chest with the hope of steadying her equilibrium. It was just a dance, something men and women did in social situations every day. So why did the light pressure of his hand against her hip feel way too intimate? Why did his warm breath against her temple send shivers down her body? He moved closer and her breasts brushed over his chest, the sweetness of it starting tremors deep in her abdomen. His head lowered close to hers just as Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon’s voice reverberated in the darkly lit room.
The lyrics of Sex on Fire blasted in the room. There were no hidden messages. The title of the song spoke for itself, but her life didn’t include uninhibited sex. Minka had heard the lyrics a number of times, but she’d never really paid attention to the intensity of the words until now.
She pressed her body against his, closing any remnants of space between them. She welcomed the escape, the hardness of his body against hers. His scent. She breathed him in.
“You smell good,” she said. He leaned closer, his lips very close to hers.
Minka blamed her loose tongue on the eroticism of the situation.
“So do you.”
She swallowed hard.
“Today is my birthday,” he said in a low, husky voice.
“Happy Birthday. Did you do anything special?”
He chuckled, his warm breath against her ear, making her body tremble with need.
“I painted my house.”
She didn’t believe him. Men like Jason didn’t spend their birthday at home alone. “That’s it?”
He shrugged. “More or less.”
She tilted her head back to meet his gaze. “Anything special you wanted?”
The weight of the question hung between them for a while. Their bodies moved slowly to the rhythm of the song.
He smiled. “You mean my special wish?”
She nodded, unable to speak.
“I wish to kiss you again. One kiss wasn’t enough.”
Oh my! She opened her mouth to say something, but before the words could be spoken, his lips were against hers. The kiss was like nothing Minka had ever experienced. It was more intense than earlier, causing her head to spin out of control. His tongue slipped inside her mouth and her wall crumbled. She wanted more. Putting her inhibitions aside for the night, she wrapped her arms around his neck and drew her body even closer to his. He seemed to like that because he moaned before he deepened the kiss.
“I want to take you home and make love to you,” he whispered against her lips.
A sudden urge to abandon all she had ever known and give herself to this man overpowered her. Maybe that was the point. Maybe for once in her life, she needed to throw caution to the wind. She could tuck away all of her insecurities, enjoy the moment and not think about what was to come. Especially since she now possessed zero chance of ever taking the spot Keely owned in Blake’s heart.
At that instant, Minka forgot they were standing in the middle of Vapor’s lounge. She forgot the DJ wasn’t standing far away; she forgot there were still a few stragglers at the bar. Jason’s hands rested on the curve of her back. His lips brushed against her ear. His breathing increased. She closed her eyes and lost herself in him.
“I want to go home with you.”
Author of contemporary sensual, empowered romance, with fun relatable characters. I’m also a wife, and mommy to 2 energizer bunnies. Member of Secret Cravings Publishing. When I do have time to breathe, I like to run, hike with my camera at hand, and work on my gardening and knitting skills. I promised my husband I’d knit him a scarf…that was 5 years ago.
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