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Synopsis: 

Elementary school teacher, Summer Wallace, has been looking forward to summertime…her favorite time of the year. Not only does she get a break from her sometimes unruly students, she’s looking forward to letting her hair down when she and her best friend and cousin, Dionne take their annual summer trip, this year to sizzling Miami- the fun in the sun capital of the world.

However, Summer’s excitement is short-lived after her boyfriend suddenly dumps her. Humiliated after she catches him with another woman, she contemplates skipping the trip to Miami in favor or staying home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and romance novels, but Dionne is not even trying to hear that, so she packs her bags and heads to The Magic City.

What promises to be her most depressing summer vacation ever takes an interesting turn after she visit’s the hotel spa and is given a nearly orgasmic rub-down by smooth-talking massage therapist, Mekhi, who is the epitome of dark chocolate sexiness. While Mekhi relieves Summer of her built up tension and stress, an immediate, undeniable sexual chemistry permeates the air in the room around them. Will Summer resist temptation or give in to her desires by engaging in a fling on the rebound with this sexy stranger?

 

Excerpt: 

Mehki began the full body massage ritual by starting at her feet, focusing on pressure points as he rubbed them. Next, he glided his hand up to her calves, deeply massaging first one and then the other, before he moved his hangs higher, to rub the backs of her thighs. Summer bit her lip in an attempt to stifle the moan that took form in her throat and threatened to escape her mouth when Mekhi’s large hands squeezed her ass as he slowly and thoroughly massaged her body, and her breath caught in her throat when his fingers nearly touched the forbidden spot between her thighs as he continued his treatment. Summer simply closed her eyes and tried to block out the dirty thoughts that crept into her head as Mekhi relieved her of pain and stress. Damn, if only he’d move his hand a little to the left.

“So,  are you from around here?” Mekhi asked as he worked.

“No, I’m visiting with my best friend, Dionne for summer vacation,” Summer responded.

“Cool. You enjoying it here so far?”

“I guess.”

“You guess? Miami is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world, and you have to guess?”

“I’ve only been here two days, and I have mostly stayed in my room.”

“Jetlag had you tired?”

“Not really….I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed. I honestly didn’t even want to come on the trip, but Dionne would have never let me hear the end of it if I hadn’t come.”

“Why didn’t you want to come, if you don’t mind my asking?”

Summer shrugged as Mekhi rubbed her shoulders. “I just…have a lot going on right now that’s keeping me from enjoying myself.”

“Care to elaborate?”

“Man problems, let’s just leave it at that.”

“Ah, I see,” Mekhi said, she his hands dropped back to Summer’s butt and he squeezed her plump cheeks again, which caused Summer to twitch. She held her breath as his fingers glided up and down the inside of her thighs again, the tips of his fingers barely grazing her Georgia peach.

This feels so inappropriate…yet so good at the same time, Summer thought to herself.

“Can you turn over onto your back now?” Mekhi’s deep voice said, breaking her thoughts.

Summer turned over and looked up at Mekhi, who stared down at her with unmistakable lust in his eyes for a brief moment before he began his work. Just as before, Mekhi began at her feet and worked his way up. Even though Mekhi made sure not to touch any of the forbidden areas, he’d let his fingers glide dangerously close before he’d move to another spot.

“Does this feel good to you?” Mekhi asked as he looked down into Summer’s big, brown eyes while he rubbed the inside of her thighs, applying just the right amount of pressure to them to cause her thighs to tingle in reaction to his touch.

“Yes.” Summer’s voice was barely a whisper and her eyelids fluttered rapidly. She bit her lip and groaned when Mekhi’s fingers repeatedly grazed the inside edge of her underwear and she was sure he was going to touch her there. To her disappointment, he remained professional and never did.

Mekhi grasped Summer’s forearm and lightly massaged it, all the way down to fingertips. “Did you know that the wrist has direct access to one of a woman’s erogenous zones?”

Summer shook her head no. “What are erogenous zones? And no, I didn’t know that.”

Mekhi turned her arm so that her palm was facing upward and slid his fingers along the crease inside her wrist and rubbed it, applying slight pressure to the spot right underneath her palm. He gently pressed the spot with his thumb, which caused Summer to flinch a little. “Erogenous zones are sexual pressure points, basically.” He pressed the spot again as he looked down at Summer’s face to gauge her reaction.

“What was that?” she asked. Whatever Mekhi had just did, it immediately awaked all of her sexual senses and sent a tingling jolt of energy throughout her entire body.

“That was me finding one of your g-spots,” he answered as he moved to the other arm and began the same ritual.

“Wow, who knew the wrist could be so exciting?” Summer said nervously. She was still trying to recover from whatever Mekhi had done a few seconds ago when he’d pressed that spot on her wrist.

 

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Elementary school teacher, Summer Wallace, has been looking forward to summertime…her favorite time of the year. Not only does she get a break from her sometimes unruly students, she’s looking forward to letting her hair down when she and her best friend and cousin, Dionne take their annual summer trip, this year to sizzling Miami- the fun in the sun capital of the world. However, Summer’s excitement is short-lived after her boyfriend suddenly dumps her. Humiliated after she catches him with another woman, she contemplates skipping the trip to Miami in favor or staying home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and romance novels, but Dionne, is not even trying to hear that, so she packs her bags and heads to The Magic City. What promises to be her most depressing summer vacation ever takes an interesting turn after she visit’s the hotel spa and is given a nearly orgasmic rub-down by smooth-talking massage therapist, Mekhi, who is the epitome of dark chocolate sexiness. Mekhi definitely relieves Summer of her of built up tension and stress as an immediate, undeniable sexual chemistry permeates the air in the room around them. Will Summer give in to her desires and do something unpredictable for once in her life…like engage in a fling on the rebound with this sexy stranger?

Dear Amazon: Please stop lumping all AA Books in the same category

Last night I came across a really great post on Facebook from author Zuri Day

In the post, she talks about how, for some unknown and unfair reason, Amazon has decided to lump ALL African-American Fiction/Auhtors into the “Hood/Street” Fiction category. You can click on her name above to read exactly what she wrote. I feel she is speaking what many African-American authors who don’t read or write “Hood Fiction” have been saying and thinking for a very long time. Listen, we all are allowed to have a preference of what genre of books we enjoy writing or reading. I don’t knock any author who writes Street Lit (THOTS-such a stupid word, king/queenpins, etc) nor do I judge the many readers who obviously enjoy these types of books. However, I don’t write hood/street lit because it’s not me- I’m not about that life. I don’t associate myself with drug dealers, or women who take pride in being side-chicks, or dope boy chasers, or whatever on a daily basis. Now, that’s not to say I have never read and/or enjoyed Urban authors/books. The Coldest Winter Ever has always and probably will always be one of my favorite Urban books. When I’m in the mood for something different, I have several Ashley & JaQuavis books on the Kindle and in Paperback. But I don’t write Urban fiction. I write Women’s Fiction/Romance that deals with everyday life. I can always see myself in my characters, even when they do something stupid, because we ALL do dumb things sometimes. So, it’s very frustrating to me that when I go to Amazon, my books are always lumped into the street lit categories. The problem there is, I’m ignored by readers who are fans of this genre, because more than likely they want to read about a hood chick who’s starting or engaging in drama or trying to land a dope boy, and they won’t find that when they click on my name. So, I’m just there…stuck in a category where people who would enjoy my books can’t/won’t find me, because a lot of people automatically bypass the Urban/Hood genre, altogether.

Authors decide which genre to place  our books when we publish them, and I think that a big part of the problem is that some Urban/Street/Hood Lit authors are placing their books in the wrong genre, such as the AA Romance/Women’s Fiction categories, thus unfairly taking attention away from the authors who truly are writing Romance novels. What Zuri was saying made a lot of sense- the Top 100 in AA Romance was filled with Urban/Street Lit, and very few books in the Top 100 were actual romance books/authors. I went over to Amazon to see what she meant and when I went to the Top 100 books in AA Romance, I counted 4 books that were actual romance novels…the rest of them were about side-chicks, THOT’S, thugs, gangsters, baby mama’s, etc. I can definitely see how this would frustrate real romance authors. Part of this is Amazon’s fault, because they are very biased towards AA authors, regardless of which genre we write in.But  a big part of it is again, authors placing their books in the wrong categories when they upload them to Amazon to be published. Sure, it get’s them plenty of recognition on the Top 100 lists, but it always takes away from the authors who truly deserve to be there. I’m never going to write a male character who’s a drug dealer. I’ll never write a female character who’s goal is to become the dope boy’s main chick. So, I get really upset when my books are placed alongside others with this M.O. I’m not saying that my books are better than their’s. However, the target audience that I’m trying to reach is not the Hood/Street Fiction readers, nor do I categorize my books as such when they’re being published. What happens is, my women’s fiction or romance books get lost in the sauce of side-chicks, thugs, and bitches.

I don’t know what needs to happen. Maybe a petition is what will make Amazon realize that not all AA authors should be lumped into the same categories/genres. Maybe since there is such a huge market for ‘Hood Romance’, they need to add that category to the list so that those authors can market their books in the correct genre. Because I do find it odd that real romance authors, such as Christina C. Jones, for instance, was far down the Top 100 list almost at the very bottom. This issue has gone on long enough, and if enough authors light a fire under the powers that be over at Amazon’s butt’s, maybe (hopefully) something will be done about it. I won’t hold my breath, though.