What’s up, y’all! Today I’m working and packing and making my way to my first RWA Nationals conference. So I’ve invited my Twitter pal and coffee lover, M.J. Kane to come over and talk about relationships. Hope you all enjoy! Hit it, M.J.!
The fun part of any Romance Novel is the moment a relationship between the two characters ignites and it is obvious, despite what either of them think, they were meant to be together. For Ebony Campbell and Brian Young, that moment happens at different times. Brian knew it from the moment he met Ebony at the night club. After watching her dance and buying her a drink at the bar, her attempts at blocking his advances were immediate turn-ons. For Ebony, it took a little bit more prodding for her admit her attraction.
Since our plans changed, Brian insisted he pay for dinner. But at these outrageous menu prices, I would need to sleep with him in order to be even again. That was not an option.
I studied my surroundings after the server took our order. Dark floors complimented the hardwood tables. Pictures depicting forest landscapes were on the walls. Animal heads and antique farming tools mounted on the walls aided the rustic cabin theme. Nearly every seat in the restaurant was taken, which could mean one thing they served good food.
A server walked by with a tray weighed down by steaming plates. Shrimp rested on rice next to cubed potatoes and steak covered with onions and bell pepper. My mouth watered while my stomach growled at the delicious aroma.
“The next time we go out, we’ll eat first.”
The deep timbre of Brian’s voice took my mind away from hunger pains.
“Who said there would be a next time?”
A lopsided grin spread on his handsome face as he reached for his cup of water. “Call it wishful thinking.”
“Anyway, this isn’t exactly a date.”
Brian chuckled. “That’s not what you told Harry.”
“I said you were my date so he would let go of me.” I allowed a half smile.
Brian laughed loudly. “It definitely worked.”
Another server delivered a tray to the patrons sitting across from us. I contemplated the events of this evening. In the past few hours, Brian entertained me with live music, we slow danced, and a seventy-year-old man made a move on me. Most dates were boring, but not this one.
An outburst of cheers and clapping disturbed the ambiance as servers walked by singing happy birthday. I studied Brian as he watched the show. He’d ditched the tie and vest in his truck before loosening the top three buttons of his shirt. His chiseled features deep blue eyes under thick eyebrows, cocky smile, and curly blond hair – were heart-stoppingly handsome.
My gaze followed the movement of his Adam’s apple down the opening of his shirt. It had been impossible to ignore his hard body as we danced. His rough fingers were strong and sure on my body. His eyes drew me deep into the sea of blue. My initial reaction was to press myself against him because it felt…secure. How could being in his arms have felt right? I barely knew the man.
Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond-haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.
When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.
MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.
You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below.