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JaydencoverYou can never tell a book by it’s cover!

On the surface, Isaac Bridges has it all; wealth, a beautiful wife, and a successful career. But deep down, he desires Denton & Associates back under his family’s name and a male lover he can call his own.

Enter Jayden Demario, a handsome college student looking to make a career in advertising. Underneath the pretty exterior, Jayden is a very damaged young man. Thrown out on the streets by his stepfather at 15, Jayden’s only concern is to make something of himself to move his “madre” from the tough neighborhood.

Jayden has no time for love, especially not with a closeted married man who runs the company he interns at and Isaac can ill afford to out himself to the homophobic CEO at Denton.

Will the sparks between the two men cost them their livelihood?

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“I can’t do this anymore… I just can’t. Being without Linda has been too hard for me, so I’m leaving this earth to join her wherever she may be. God bless you, Jayden. You gave me so much joy, and now it’s time to live your life for you. Take care of yourself and Lydia. I’ll see you someday on the other side.” Jayden read the note aloud, dotting his eyes with the tissue to stop the tears. He’d read this suicide letter from Alan Murdock repeatedly, in total disbelief that he’d take his own life.

Something doesn’t seem right.

Jayden knew the story the police gave him Wednesday when he rushed to Alan Murdock’s home. They’d found him, slumped in a chair with the note addressed to Jayden on a nearby table and the bottle of pills he’d allegedly taken too many of to kill himself. Yeah, Mr. Murdock hated this time of year and he loathed being alone, but Jayden didn’t think Alan would do this, not now, not when they’d planned things for the summer.

“Oh, Pops!” Jayden sniffed and dropped the letter on his bed, not wanting to look at it anymore. The police didn’t release it to him until today, keeping it for evidence in case there was foul play. But after further investigation everything led to suicide, making this situation even harder for Jayden to take. He knew Mr. Murdock missed his wife immensely but didn’t think he’d kill himself because of it.

Jayden pulled his legs close to his chest and pressed his head against his knees. These last couple of days had been quite a shock to him, and he wasn’t sure how to cope with it all. Jayden didn’t drink, smoke, or take drugs, so none of those were an option. And other than Lydia and Bertha, he had no one else to comfort him in his time of need. He’d thought about calling Isaac, but he didn’t want to ruin the man’s New Year’s Day with bad news. Isaac’s probably recovering from the party anyway. Surely he wouldn’t be up for any long talks after attending Silas, Jr.’s big bash last night. Who wanted to reminisce over a man he’d never met? That’s all Jayden wanted to do, and no one had a shoulder available for him to cry on.

Jayden sighed, running his fingers through his hair, pushing it away from his line of vision. He hadn’t slept much because of Murdock’s death and his momma’s own sickness which seemed to worsen with this horrible news. The bags under his eyes had bags, and he hadn’t eaten too much other than the food Bertha had cooked for him and Lydia.

Many in the neighborhood had come by Jayden’s place, paying their respects to Alan, knowing that Jayden was like a son to him. However, his sons hadn’t come, even after Jayden tried to contact them. They’d probably show up once Alan’s will was to be read. Alan had given Jayden power of attorney, so he called Mr. Murdock’s lawyer to inform him of his death. Apparently, Alan trusted Jayden with his life and personal dealings more than his own flesh and blood.

“Pops, we just went to pick out a tree,” Jayden said aloud, and a stray tear ran down his cheek. He gazed out the window, remembering going to hardware stores and empty lots all over the north side a few days ago, looking for the perfect tree for Lydia to put up in their living room. And although Jayden and Alan both loathed Christmas because of bad memories, they were enjoying the time together, freezing their hineys off, searching for a five foot, scrawny tree to please his mother. Alan refused to stop looking until they located the right one regardless of the weather and the time it took to find it. He was determined to get that tree for Lydia to enjoy her Christmas with Jayden no matter how he himself felt about the holiday.

 

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 “Good Lord it’s cold. Alan, we can make this the last stop so we can go warm up. If we don’t find anything here, I’ll go back to the hardware store tomorrow and get that other one Senor Gonzalez would sell for half price.”

Alan trudged behind him, coughing and kicking snow as he walked. “Don’t worry about it, boy. Something tells me we’ll get the right one here. Looks like most of their stock is gone, and they’re bound to have a couple of stragglers they’d like to get rid of.”

Jayden stopped and turned to wait for Mr. Murdock to catch up. Due to the amount of snow in the lot, he’d asked him to stay in the car, but Alan demanded to come along. He could be such a stubborn old man at times, but Jayden loved him anyway. “Yeah, hope so. It’s getting colder and late. I know she still wants to cook the turkey and decorate the tree.”

“Why is she cooking when it’s only the two of you?” Alan finally caught up and took hold of Jayden’s bicep for support.

“I don’t know, Pops. She feels like she has to. I guess it brings her comfort to fix large meals. That’s why I always have leftovers to take to school and work. I’ll be taking a lot with me to the job this week. You want any of it? She’ll have plenty to feed a small army.”

Alan chuckled and stumbled on a patch of ice.

Jayden grabbed him tighter and pulled him up to keep him from completely falling down. “They really should have some salt on this lot. Be careful, okay?”

“I will. By the way, Bertha’s cooking, so I’m eating at her place. If I have enough room in this stomach of mine, I’ll stop by for some of Lydia’s homemade dressing. Not a big fan of turkey, though.”

Jayden laughed at that and stopped in his tracks when he found the perfect tree his madre would want for the front room. “Alan, I think this is the one. It looks like something she might like.”

Alan nodded and blew on his hands, rubbing them together. “Yep, I’d say that resembles you when we found you in the alley all those years ago. Not too tall, cold, and skimpy from not eating in days. I still can’t believe your father threw you out just because you like boys.”

“Yeah, well.” Jayden kicked some snow in front of him and sighed aloud. “He didn’t care much for me after my mom died, so that was his way of justifying getting rid of me.” Jayden stepped forward carefully and caught the eye of the attendant.

“Well, shame on him. Good ol’ Karma will come back to get him someday. And look at you now, Jayden. All grown up and strong after Lydia took you under her wing.”

“I have you to thank for that, Pops. I’ll always appreciate everything you’ve done for me.” Jayden gripped Alan’s shoulder tightly, hugging him close.

“No problem, boy. You’re a good kid, and you deserve the best of everything after going through so much hell. I’m happy I was able to give you a second chance.”

“Me too, Alan… And I’ll be forever grateful.”

Jaydencover Flashback Friday today is on my book, Something About Jayden. The book was originally released by a publisher then I self-published it. I’ve always loved these two characters and wrote two freebies for them on Wattpad. Issac has a dilemma; he’s a married man and he’s fallen for his intern.

You can never tell a book by it’s cover!

On the surface, Isaac Bridges has it all; wealth, a beautiful wife, and a successful career. But deep down, he desires Denton & Associates back under his family’s name and a male lover he can call his own.

Enter Jayden Demario, a handsome college student looking to make a career in advertising. Underneath the pretty exterior, Jayden is a very damaged young man. Thrown out on the streets by his stepfather at 15, Jayden’s only concern is to make something of himself to move his “madre” from the tough neighborhood.

Jayden has no time for love, especially not with a closeted married man who runs the company he interns at and Isaac can ill afford to out himself to the homophobic CEO at Denton.

Will the sparks between the two men cost them their livelihood?

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***I’ll share an excerpt for tomorrow’s Saturday Sips

Jaydencover

 

The Don’t Buy Me Love

M/M Goodreads experiment was a learning experience

Jayden, for the most part fared well but Rhett, not so much

Ah well, you can’t win them all

I’m grateful for every review

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PLease leave your feedback

Believe me, we do listen and it does make us better authors!

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ColorofLove_Banner500pwGood morning. Thank you Kassanna Dwight for bringing this up on Facebook and I hope she doesn’t mind me taking it a step further.

I’ve done quite a few posts on interracial romance in books and since the last one I did, I’ve seen a lot of changes. IR seems to be hot at the moment with more people writing them regardless if they are people of color or not. A lot of the storylines are similar, Caucasian billionaire takes a girl straight from the hood and treats her like a queen. Sort of like Pretty Woman but the female MC in there was white and the ladies in our stories aren’t prostitutes. And then there’s also been a small boom in m/m interracial which makes me very happy since I write a lot of interracial gay romance.

However with any boom, especially in the publishing industry, there comes problems. As I mentioned up top, the same storylines, the misrepresentation of characters on covers as well as some of the terms and/or dialogue used in stories. Now, I’m not going to gripe here. The more interracial romances there are the better. We need more diversity in all genres whether it be romances, sci-fi, horror, children’s books, whatever. The world is not fully one color and the publishing world should reflect that. Still, when we do these romances, we as authors must take into account who reads these stories. Again, not everyone is schooled on how every culture is. We don’t need to be, because again every culture is different. You can’t base characters or settings on what you see on television. Every black person isn’t from a bad neighborhood, they aren’t always poor, and they don’t talk slang. Every Asian isn’t meek or overly suspicious, nor is every Hispanic person a hot head or an illegal alien. While it’s true some minorities fit the so called “mold” not every person of color is the same. Think about it, a lot of people take what they see on TV or read as the truth and when you paint people in a certain light you run the risk of offending them.

Here’s another thing; you’re not going to write the perfect book that doesn’t offend someone because everyone takes things a different way. In my own book Something About Jayden, the person reading found my comments about Caucasian blonde to be troublesome. Not only that, he or she said my character was a racist because he wanted to work for a minority own company. Even though I didn’t find any issues with this, the reader did and as I stated you run that risk every time you put pen to paper. If I can answer to that without pissing anyone off, I’m a black woman married to a Latino man. I have a biracial child so I know a little bit more about Latino culture than some. A lot of minorities whether they be black, Asian, or Latino want to support their own. That’s not true in every case, but in my character’s life, he felt close to his heritage and wanted to support a minority owned company. I don’t see an issue with bringing that out but again, it’s all how someone takes it.

In thinking about what I’ve wrote and read, I’m trying not to sound hypocritical. While I do love the boom in IR, I just want people to look closer at what they say. I’ve read books that bothered me when I see things like the white mc saying he or she had never been with a black person before or even a black character asking the white character that question. Or even the assumptions that all black characters talk slang. Unless these characteristics are essential for the plot it isn’t needed. I’ve used it myself with black and white characters from the south to give it a little “color” but even those things could bother a reader while they peruse your book.

So what am I saying here? Be more conscious in writing interracial romance and how you show your characters but don’t let the “unknown” or fear of getting it wrong bother you. Just don’t make assumptions. Write this character the way you want but don’t dumb them down or make them a “lesser” being because of their differences. While some stereotypes are true of some people of color they aren’t the norm. If they aren’t going to be used to advance your plot, you don’t need them.

I hope this post clears up some confusion about interracial romance. Keep writing them and hopefully, multicultural and or interracial won’t be a “fringe” or boom, it will be mainstream.

JaydencoverBlurb: You can never tell a book by it’s cover! 

On the surface, Isaac Bridges has it all; wealth, a beautiful wife, and a successful career. But deep down, he desires Denton & Associates back under his family’s name and a male lover he can call his own. 

Enter Jayden Demario, a handsome college student looking to make a career in advertising. Underneath the pretty exterior, Jayden is a very damaged young man. Thrown out on the streets by his stepfather at 15, Jayden’s only concern is to make something of himself to move his “madre” from the tough neighborhood. 

Jayden has no time for love, especially not with a closeted married man who runs the company he interns at and Isaac can ill afford to out himself to the homophobic CEO at Denton. 

Will the sparks between the two men cost them their livelihood? 

 

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