Review: Giving My All To You by Sheryl Lister

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A hero’s touch 

Faith Alexander’s guardian angel has a body built for sin. Ever since she woke up in the hospital after a car crash, her rescuer, Brandon Gray, has been by her side—chivalrous, caring and oh-so-fine. Faith came to Los Angeles to find her long-lost father, only to learn that he’s a partner in Brandon’s family business. How can she reveal that her inheritance stands in the way of Brandon’s career dreams?

All Brandon’s focus is on his long-coveted role as CEO—until he stops to help a mysterious beauty. With chemistry this irresistible, he’s ready to share a future with Faith, but he feels beyond betrayed to discover what she’s been hiding. If desire and trust can overcome pride, he’ll realize he’s found the perfect partner in the boardroom and the bedroom…

 

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“When he started dating, his friend had drilled into his and his brother’s heads how they should treat a woman – always open doors, stand when she enters the room and never expect her to pay when you take her out. Brandon had taken those instructions to heart and didn’t see that changing anytime soon.”

BRANDON!!!! He was a supporting character in previous books in the Grays of Los Angeles series, but this was his time to shine and he definitely does!! He isn’t “broken” or hurt from a previous relationship. He is a strong, alpha male that simply believes in being single and is the love ’em and leave ’em type until he meets Faith.

There’s another storyline in this book outside of the romance and it completely tugs at your heartstrings so be prepared for that. Back to the romance, Lister writes a tale that is full of heat, passion, and love. The story is so well-written that you get completely lost in it and you’re at the final page before you’re ready for it to end. Giving My All to You is the perfect reminder that when you least expect it someone will come along and change your opinion about love!

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Get to know Monica Richardson!

I am excited to feature Monica Richardson to the blog today. She is a romance author with Harlequin and recently released her novel Second Chance Seduction. Read below to learn more about the book and for an interview with Monica!

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Loving and marrying Savannah Carrington came naturally to Edward Talbot. Thanks to his political ambitions, losing his stunning wife was all too easy, as well. Co-parenting their young daughter has been the silver lining in their divorce. Then Savannah surprisingly accepts Edward’s invitation to visit his family’s Bahamian bed-and-breakfast, and the sultry tropical breezes begin to rekindle their deep, passionate connection.

He’s always been the man of her dreams—sexy, confident and charismatic. Savannah and little Chloe just needed more than Edward could give. With a successful new career in fashion design, she’s ready to move overseas. Yet from the Caribbean to London, Edward is in hot pursuit, reminding her how good they can be together. The stakes are higher than ever. And it may take the threat of losing everything to see just how wonderful love’s rewards can truly be…

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Monica Richardson

Monica Richardson writes romance based in the Caribbean Islands.  Her alter-ego, Monica McKayhan currently has 11 titles in print.  The first book in her young adult series, Indigo Summer, was the launch title for Harlequin’s imprint, Kimani TRU which made its debut in January of 2007. That same year in May, Indigo Summer snagged the #7 position on the Essence bestsellers list, another first for Kimani Press. It also appeared on the bestsellers list in the May 2007 issue of Black Issues Book Review (BIBR). Indigo Summer appeared on the American Library Association (ALA)’s list of 2008, 2009 & 2010 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.  Monica’s young adult title, Ambitious appeared on the ALA’s list of 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. In 2009, Monica received a film option for the INDIGO SUMMER series. She also penned her first romance novel, Tropical Fantasy in 2013.  She currently has 14 published novels, 4 of which are romance.

img_0010-1.jpg1. When did you decide to become a writer?  I’ve been writing since about the age of 12, but began to seriously pursue a writing career when I was about 21 years old.  I submitted to several publishing houses, got turned down many, many times and spent years polishing my craft.

2. Why do you write?  I write because it’s my passion.  It’s like the air I breathe.  It’s who I am.  I also write because I can give messages, hope and encouragement through my writing.
3. Which writers inspire you and why?  My very first inspiration was Maya Angelou.  Reading some of her earlier works…that was my first encounter with an African American writer.  I was so encouraged, and so excited to learn that black people write!  Then when Terry McMillan and Eric Jerome Dickey came on the scene, that was a whole new world for me.  They were so talented, and I could relate to their stories.  Margaret Johnson-Hodge was my mentor, and I love her work.  I’m a fan of Walter Mosley, as well as Victoria Christopher Murray and Kim Roby.
4. What is your favorite book and why? I have two favorite books – I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou. it was my first encounter with African American literature, well written and terribly engaging.  I also love DISAPPEARING ACTS by Terry McMillan.  I thought it was brilliant how she bounced between the female and male protagonists.  It taught me how to write from different perspectives, and inspired my first male character, Rico, from my book FROM HERE TO FOREVER.
5. Of all of the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why? I think my favorite character (if I must choose) is Maxie from my debut novel, AS REAL AS IT GETS.  She was so flawed and raw, and down to earth. She was real, and my readers connected with her.  And I loved writing her story.
6. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? I read all of my reviews, and I read them with an open mind.  My readers are my best critics, and they keep me grounded.  The best way to deal with bad reviews, is to take from it what you can and incorporate the helpful things into the next book.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.
7. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think that my creativity has been somewhat stunted since writing romance.  There are so many rules and stipulations that go along with writing for a traditional house, which is why i’m excited to get back to writing mainstream fiction and doing it independently.  
8. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?  I think I would love to have written THE COLOR PURPLE.  I thought it was brilliant, and one of the best stories ever written.
9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?  Keep writing, finish the story.  Don’t be discouraged by the industry politics.  Develop your time management skills because that will be the so important.  Learn as much about the industry as you can.  Network and make connections.  Writing is about 10% actually writing the story.  The rest is about networking and marketing the book, so develop those skills.
10. Why do you think so many well-written books don’t sell?  So many well written books don’t get read because of my previous statement.  Writing is about 10% of actually writing the story.  The rest in about networking and marketing the book.  Many writers are simply creative creatures, they never intended to be marketers.  Most are introverts.  However, the reality is people won’t know about your book if you’re not out there talking about it.
11. Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?  I think the traditional houses will continue to suffer, as hybrid authors are finding that self-publishing is way more lucrative and provides more freedom.  I think that downloadable e-books and shorter stories will become more favorable.  People are busy and have a need for speed, so convenience will prevail.  As for diversity…the state of diversity and equality in this industry has been grim for a long time – decades.  I think that people of color need to be in influential positions of publishing, if change is going to occur.  We have to continue to create our own awards, ceremonies and celebration – but we have to do it without the cliques.  Talented writers should be celebrated for their talent and hard work.
12. What are your ambitions for your writing career?  I’m embarking on a new endeavor as a hybrid author.  I’m pretty excited about that.  I’m planning to re-release my first two books (which were published by BET Books) as e-books.  AS REAL AS IT GETS & FROM HERE TO FOREVER.  And then write the third book in that series, which will be a Christmas book, SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS.  It’s targeted release is December 2017.  I truly enjoyed writing YA and connecting with the young readers, and will return to that one day as well.

13. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Instagram: island_romance
Twitter: @island_romance, @monicamckayhan
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Monica-Richardson/e/B00R3PAFH8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466778946&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Monica-McKayhan/e/B001IR1RPQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466779119&sr=8-1

14. Are there any final words for the readers of Reading in Black & White?  Thanks so much for allowing me to share with your readers!  It’s an honor and a privilege whenever I’m able to connect with readers.  I hope readers will pick up my Talbots of Harbour Island series, and stay tuned for the other indie projects I have in the works.  Look for that in the fall!

 

 

 

Giveaway: Harlequin Holiday Gift Guide

One lucky reader will win this AMAZING Harlequin Holiday Gift Guide!!! It includes 7 books along with custom made Harlequin gift tags!!! If this doesn’t get you into the mood of Christmas, I’m not sure what will!!! Here’s a peek into the titles in the basket:

upon a winter's night

 

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A cold night’s silent majesty hides a BITTER secret…

Though she is deeply loved by her parents, the fact that Lydia Brand is adopted has always made her different from her close-knit Amish community. But as Christmas approaches and she begins to search for answers about her biological parents, more questions surface.

Soon it seems that the deaths of two women in her small town may not be coincidences, after all. And her pursuit of the truth has left her only with hints of a dark secret—and threats from an unseen adversary.

While she does her best to stave off advances from her parents’ preferred suitor, Lydia discovers that her heart truly belongs to the man who’s been there all along: her friend Josh Yoder. It’s only with his help that Lydia can ensure that the stillness of a winter’s night means peace…and not danger.

a seaside christmas

 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods takes you back to Chesapeake Shores for another heartwarming holiday season

 

As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted nothing more than to be part of a large, rambunctious family like the O’Briens. Ironically, though, when her mother married into that family, Jenny found herself feeling more like an outsider than ever.

Now, after years in Nashville as an established songwriter, Jenny’s drawn back to Chesapeake Shores to collaborate on a Christmas production…and to make peace with the past. As if that’s not challenging enough, Caleb Green, the singer who broke her heart, has followed her to town, determined to win her back.

With the help of a little O’Brien holiday magic, will Jenny and Caleb find a way to make sweet music forever?

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Join the Sassy Belles this holiday season—it’s Christmas, Southern-style!

With her hair perfectly coiffed, nails freshly manicured and a heavy trail of perfume wafting behind her, local news reporter Dallas Dubois is sure she’s about to kick her career—and maybe her love life—into high gear. The director of the Tuscaloosa children’s Christmas play has fallen ill, and Dallas is ordered by her station manager to take the reins. Everyone is shocked—especially Cal Hollingsworth, who still remembers her as the Ice Queen from high school.

If nothing else, Dallas has never met a challenge that a little lip gloss and a Chanel knockoff couldn’t fix. But she has no idea how to relate to these kids, and their brutal honesty is giving her pause. Things are made even more complicated by the butterflies she gets whenever Cal is near….

But when long-lost family members reenter her life, Dallas’s icy veneer begins to melt. And with Cal by her side, she soon realizes that it’s what’s under all the hair spray that counts.

Sexy Southern fun…with a hint of magnolia!

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USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan heats up the season with the O’Neil brothers in a brand-new holiday series!

Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

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Christmas is a time for remembering…

Too bad not all memories are pleasant! Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town’s Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned.

But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he’ll never come back—until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he’s left her to face all the townspeople he cheated.…

Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can’t bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time.

Or will the season of love and forgiveness give them both another chance at happiness?

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There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped…

Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.

Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

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Mrs. Miracle on 34th Street

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (just call her Mrs. Miracle) is working in the toy department of Finley’s, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than Jake Finley, the owner’s son.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family gatherings were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means only one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly’s widowed brother is in the army and won’t be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley’s, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to pay for it…

Fortunately, it’s Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others—and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!

This Christmas will be different. For all of them.

A story that’s destined to become a Christmas classic from the Official Storyteller of Christmas.

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