A Sneak Peek!

Hola everyone! Today I have a snippet of my upcoming crime/thriller book, An Unfortunate Accident. This snippet is unedited so continue with caution (lol). This is for the sole purpose of giving you guys a piece of what I’ve been working on and please know I’m always writing. I have other projects I’m also working on and some that have been completed.

I do have a romantic suspense story coming that I’ve co-written with another author. I’ll post about that next, it’s fire! You’ll get a sneak peek of that one also but for now. Enjoy! Oh and if you’re not signed up for my newsletter you should do that asap. I’ve got contests/giveaways (plural) coming with these new releases and I want you to be apart of that but they’re only available to my subscribers! 😉

An Unfortunate Accident

“Baby, give me the gun.  It’s okay, it’s alright.” Nathan said.  He wanted her to focus on him.  It was obvious she was still in shock.  A sudden cry from the baby monitor sounded.  It was then that Renee snapped out of it.  When she came to she noted the gun in her hand, her grip loosened and it hit the floor with a thud. Shaking now, her eyes followed the deep red blood stain on their bedroom floor to the body laying still.  “Oh my God,” she whispered at first.  “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God!” she said getting frantic with each exertion.

“Baby, look at me,” Nathan turned her to  face him.  “I need you to clear your mind.  Isaiah is crying, he needs your help.  Go to him.”  She folded her arms tight and her eyes traveled back down to the body.

“Renee,” he called.  Her eyes snapped back to him. “Isaiah.” He said.  He grabbed a towel and wiped the blood spatter from her face.  He wrapped her in another towel and escorted her out of the room to the hallway.  “Isaiah,” he repeated.  She put one foot in front of the other, her baby’s cry drawing her in the closer she got.  Nathan watched her disappear into the room before he disappeared into theirs.  He stood over the intruder with a million thoughts running through his mind.  Again, he knelt down and checked his pulse but there was none.  A harsh expletive flew from his tongue.  This was bad, very bad.  How would they explain this, who would believe them?  There was the video, it could show that they were attacked because they had the incriminating evidence.  Nathan shook his head.  That wouldn’t work.  No one would believe them.  They were an African American couple.  Their lives would be over as they knew it.  No one would come to their defense.  They would be hung out too dry, separated, thrown under the jail.  They would lose everything, their son, each other, their lives.  Beads of sweat surfaced on Nathan’s forehead and lines creased as he frowned.  He needed to handle this, he had to make it go away, he needed to protect them.  His mind continued to race.  How did he get in here? Where did he come from? The gate was locked at all times, how did this happen? The questions were overbearing.  Nathan stepped over his body and left the room, on his way downstairs he checked over his shoulder to make sure Renee was still in the room with Isaiah.  There was no sign of her.  He took the stairs two at a time and checked the front door.  It was unlocked.

Description

Nathan and Renee Johnson are more in love now than they were on their wedding day.  Their careers have sky rocketed and the move to Cleveland Ohio five years ago has been their best move. However, on the night of their eight year anniversary, Nathan and Renee’s life changes forever.  Leaving one of their favorite restaurants, tipsy and looking forward to an extensive night of passionate sex, a startled cry in the darkness of night captures their attention. Drawn to the sound, they discover a crime in progress and caught up in the horror of it all the couple take out their cell phone and begin recording. But to their dismay, they’re spotted by the perpetrator and he goes after them with a vengeance.

At day break, the magnitude of everything they witness hits the couple full force. They’ve noticed the vehicle sitting outside the gates of their two story Tudor style home last night.  And quickly things around them start to change.  With their lives in danger, the couple goes through any means necessary to keep their family safe and the costs weigh so heavy that they may not survive it.

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Risky Retreat!

Hola! Welcome to this week’s Risky Retreat! Here you can find a teaser of the romance, drama, and suspense that flow through my pages when I write. Even though this is only a teaser, it will still feed your need to read. Some of these stories are coming soon, some are available now and some are simply free short stories I wanted to share with you! Enjoy and don’t forget to check back in two weeks for the next Risky Retreat!

Until My Last Breath (Trouble In Paradise Book 4)

The day had been long and exhausting. Caroline sat in her office chair, legs crossed, bouncing her pointy toe heels. The back and forth flights from Chicago to Atlanta were making her exhausted. She’d done this so frequently that she now had enough frequent flyer miles to use to catch flights without using her credit card on file. In her thoughts Caroline pondered on Greg and the interesting morning they had. She wondered if he was serious about the things he said. A girl could hope, right? A part of her told her he was full of it and just telling her what she wanted to hear so he could get Victoria out of there safe and sound, but that would never happen. Even if he was serious, she would never let Victoria live where there was a chance she could come around and snatch him away again. Caroline had made that mistake on more than one occasion. She wouldn’t make it again.

Since being out of the psych ward she’d pick up a few bad habits. One being the pack of cigarettes in the inside pocket of her Vera Wang handbag. She tried not to smoke unless she was done with business. Nobody wanted to be around a walking ashtray all day, and she’d known from personal experience how unpleasant it was to sit next to someone who’d just taken a cigarette break.

Her phone buzzed and her assistant came through. “Mrs. Banks, you have a visitor.”

Caroline straightened up and stood to her feet. She checked her schedule to make sure she didn’t forget a client, but there weren’t any other appointments. She buzzed her assistant back.

“Pick up,” she said through the loud speaker. Caroline held the receiver to her mouth, “Who is it?” she said.

“He said his name is Mr. Faragosse,” she said.

Caroline froze. “First name, please,” she responded.

“Brandon,” her assistant replied.

Caroline dropped down into her seat. She hadn’t heard from Brandon Faragosse in a year, she wondered what he was doing here now.

“Send him in,” she said.

She quickly removed the mirror from her second drawer and checked her reflection. Confident that her look was on point, she replaced it no sooner than the mahogany double doors to her office opened, and in walked a sexy specimen of a man. Six foot two inches of dark skin, low fade, full beard, moist full lips, and dark brown eyes. Caroline crossed her legs letting her eyes roam the full length of him.

“To what do I owe this pleasure?” she asked.

He smiled. “The pleasure is all mine,” he responded. “I’ve been thinking about you.”

Caroline’s eyebrows lifted. “Is that so?” She watched his eyes assess her, moving from her curls to her lips, neck, and down her blouse. “Why don’t you have a seat,” she said.

“Don’t mind if I do.” He sat down and relaxed in his chair.

“So what can I do for you?”

“I’m glad you asked.” He paused. “I thought maybe we could get to know each other again. I miss talking to you, and more than anything I miss our midday office flings.”

Caroline grinned and shook her head up and down. “Yes, those were some good times, but you know I was a woman on a mission then. I needed you, and you wanted me, so we we’re looking out for each other,” she said.

He tipped his head forward in agreement, “I think we still could be of service to each other.”

“How’s so?”

“I have a problem with an inmate who needs to get an early release. In order for that to happen she’ll need to have a professional on the stand tell the jury that she’s been evaluated and holds no threat to society. I figured since we’ve done this before you’d be willing to do it again.”

Caroline held the smile on her face. She stood and rounded the desk, once in front of him she perched her booty on the front of it and crossed her legs at the ankles. This man had lost his mind. He seemed so sure of himself too. It was too bad.

“That was a one time deal,” she said.

He also stood, coming face to face with her. He smelled of peppermint and oozed masculinity. Caroline was very aware of his closeness and was not naïve to his hypnotic lure. “I understand that, but it doesn’t need to be,” he said. “Besides, I have something you want.” He grabbed her arms and ran his hands down them to her wrists turning her full circle pulling her backside into his center.

Charmed, Caroline said, “Proceed.” She couldn’t imagine what he could possibly have that she would want, well she could think of a thing or too. A rumble wouldn’t be so bad. She could definitely use the tryst but it wouldn’t be enough to put her neck on the line.

“Let’s just say I’ll make sure,” his lips touched her neck, his tongue tracing up to her ears, “no one ever finds out about those two women you have chained up in your basement.” Chills ran throughout her whole being. She jerked away instantly almost falling over her own two feet trying to get away from him. “You know,” he said, “you can get Alexis to do it, she’s got the credentials too. It shouldn’t be too hard since you’ve got her wrapped around your little fingers.”

Caroline was completely disturbed. “You can’t be serious. Blackmail, that’s what you’ve got?”

Brandon tipped his head in agreement. “We don’t have to call it blackmail, we can just call it a business deal. After all, blackmail is when you’re threatening someone. I wouldn’t threaten you, Caroline, because I know I don’t need to. You’re a good friend and I know you would want what’s best for the both of us. Moreover, I’d be willing to be of some assistance if you needed me. Now that doesn’t sound like blackmail, does it?”

“What is in it for you? Is this person another one of your bed bugs?”

Brandon laughed. “I would be offended, but you are so cute when you’re feisty.” He went to her and caressed her face. She jerked away. He put his arms around her waist and pulled her in hard, holding on to her tight. Their feet did a dance, backing up until he was pressing her against her windowsill. “I’ve always enjoyed this view from your office,” he said. “It’s nice to see it again. You should really appreciate it more often.”

“Why are you doing this?” she asked. “What have I ever done to you?”

“Oh, come on now, is what I’m doing really so bad? I mean when you wanted to be rid of Victoria, did you not hire me to do the same thing I’m asking you to do. Put your neck on the line. Did I not get rid of the evidence you needed so that Danielle’s charges could be dropped and she be released to wreak havoc on Victoria’s life? I did all you asked honey, and I didn’t bat an eye about it, did I?”

“I also paid you, not blackmailed you,” she said.

“Would you rather have payment? I’d be more than happy to pay you.”

“You know I don’t need the money,” she growled. He kissed her lips and she tried to bite him.

He laughed. “Woo hoo, feisty!” he said. “I figured you would say you didn’t need the money. Besides, you only paid me five thousand dollars. That wasn’t nearly enough for what I did.”

“Oh, please, you got your fill of her, didn’t you?” He raised an eyebrow, “Oh what, you thought I didn’t know? Please. Every chance you got you were rolling in the sack with her, and I was giving you more than money anyway. Don’t act like you didn’t like it,” she said.

“On the contrary, I did like it, as a matter of fact I loved it. Tell you what, just name your price. Do you want money? Or do you want me?” He licked his tongue out, tasting her lips.

His breath warm, sending chills across her skin. Although he was blackmailing her, he was still a force to be reckoned with. When they’d had their affair it was the most exhilarated she’d ever felt before, except of course, with Greg. She thought about his proposition. She didn’t really have a choice.

“And if I say no?” she tried him.

He pulled back slightly to study her face. “Come on now, don’t make me beg,” he said. He resumed kissing her neck moving to her shoulders. Slowly he unbutton her blouse. He kissed down her neckline to her breast. He drop to one knee and unzipped the back of her skirt. She grabbed his hands his gaze piercing through her. “Don’t stop me, you know you want this.”

Lord help her, she did want it, but she couldn’t let him know that. Not just yet anyway. She stepped away from him. “How do you know about the two women in the basement anyway?”

“Are we back to square one?” He asked standing back to his feet.

“I never asked you,” she said.

“I didn’t think you needed to. Come on you know I’m good at what I do. I watch people, that’s how I’m able to be where I need to be when I need to be there. That’s how I’m able to make moves and get what I want.” He was back in her face now, “That’s how I know about the two women in your basement, that’s how I know about Alexis Patrice, that’s how I know that you’ve got two men in your attic. I see, I watched, and I know,” he whispered into her ear. “You know, I can’t believe you’re still after him. After all this time you’d think you’d be tired of the chase by now. I mean, either he loves you or not—

She slapped him hard. “Don’t pretend to act like you know what’s going on in my life.” She sneered. He’d hit a nerve and she wasn’t having it.

He put his hands up in surrender. “I didn’t come here to fight with you. Nowhere near it. I just came to get your help and maybe give you something in return.”

He stepped back in her face. “I will never understand how any man could turn his back on a beautiful, educated, successful woman as yourself. The man must be blind, crazy and confused.”

“Didn’t you get enough of me the first time?” she said.

“Never. Anyway, you were done with me before I was done with you, so I’ve got some built up frustration.” She stood with her back to him. He turned her around. “Listen, I need this done next week. Thursday to be exact.”

“Thursday!” she said. “That is too soon, I have appointments, clients,” she said.

“I know. I wish I could’ve had the chance to get to you sooner, but it’s okay. You can stand to cancel an appointment or two. I’ll be calling you Monday, but if you need me sooner,” he pulled out a business card and placed it on her desk, “you know how to contact me.”

Brandon grabbed her throat forcefully and shoved his tongue in her mouth. She fell off balance and he made sure to tighten his hold on her. Finishing her off, he sucked her lips in his mouth. He backed up, winked, and strolled out of the office.

Caroline didn’t know whether to be mad, horny, or irritated. She was starting to think it was a combination of all three.

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Until My last breath

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Until My Last Breath

Coming this month from Love Is A Drug, Ink is the finale to the Trouble In Paradise series Until My Last Breath.  This romantic suspense story closes the chapter on Victoria and Joshua’s love story as well as their friends Dante and Shay, Caroline and Greg, and their nemesis Danielle.  If you’ve never read Trouble In Paradise, I insist that you do so before picking up this book! The series is as follows;

Trouble In Paradise

Vengeful Intentions

For Better and Worse

Until My Last Breath

The finale picks up right were For Better and Worse left off.  Check out the book blurb;

In the finale of the Trouble in Paradise series, Victoria finds herself in the worst position of all, hanging by her wrists in the basement of Caroline’s three story house. She knew that her own actions had sealed her fate and landed her in this position, but how will she survive it? After seeking help to get past his many infidelities, Joshua goes on the hunt for Victoria when he receives a cryptic telephone call from her. Instantly, he rushes to her rescue, but will he be too late?

Danielle’s misery becomes unbearable when her efforts to reach out to Joshua fail. Instead of going after him with vengeance, she falls into a deep depression. Her best friend, January, tries to pull her out of her funk when a person from January’s past resurfaces, determined to steal her heart again.
Have these couples finally hit rock bottom or will they fight for love until their last breath?

Until My Last Breath releases this month June 28, 2016. Be the first to get your copy and pre-order today.

Until My last breath

Until My Last Breath

It’s that time, the final part of the Trouble In Paradise series is coming to you next month in June, enjoy this teaser!

Coming Soon!

Hola!  I know it has been a long time since I’ve blogged. Six months to be exact. I’ve had a lot going on.  To try and make a long story short. I had a baby!  Yay!  A little boy by the name of Noah who was born premature.  So I’ve been in mommy mode and only focused on his well being since I had him May 11, 2015.  However, my pen still bleeds!  I have some great reads coming up and they are indeed going to feed your need to read! First up is Mistaken Identity.  This story line came to me out of the blue!  It was not something I’d pondered on for a while then decided to write like most of my stories, but I knew I wanted to produce another drama filled romance novel without it being a part of a series.  So Mistaken Identity will be my first stand a lone book.  Exciting right?  Well unless you fall in love with the characters so much that you want to hear more from them.  Then I’ll bet you’ll be saying, “Stephanie is there going to be a sequel?”  And I’ll be saying, “Nooo.” LoL.  Sometimes you guys force my hand though but I would have to get an overwhelming response for a sequel for me to do that with this story.  So what is the story about you ask?  Here’s a blurb I’m working on that is still in the process of being tweaked:


The only thing Briana and Tiana have in common are their identical looks.  Being a successful defense lawyer and partner at an’ elite downtown firm, a doting wife with two beautiful children, and having a best friend and ace is all that Briana could ever ask for but that’s about to change.


Tiana is tired of pretending to like her sister in fact she doesn’t love her at all.  She’s had enough of being in Briana’s shadow and after plotting her sister’s demise she takes the ultimate step to kill her and take over her life.


When Briana wakes up in the hospital after a year of being in a coma nothing is familiar to her not even the handsome gentleman sitting next to her bedside.  With smooth brown skin and a strong square jawline his masculinity keeps Briana’s voice at bay.  Even when his alluring brown eyes turn to meet hers with surprise no recognition hits her but she does feel something else.  Discouraged by her empty memory the thoughtful stranger turns into her knight in shining armor. Could she have been so lucky to wake up alongside him or does she need a serious wake-up call?

Mistaken Identity


This story comes jammed packed with romance, drama, and suspense.  With every new story I write I make it my business to try and out do myself.  I’d like to think I improve and all of my stories leave the reader’s thirst quenched but wanting more.  If you’ve read one of my stories before I’d love to know what you thought about it even if you think I have areas of improvement I’d love to hear those!  Leave your thoughts here or leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or Kobo for my current series Trouble In Paradise or for my Lunch Break series.  Tell me what you think of Mistaken Identity so far.  Are you intrigued? Will you be reading?