And Then There Was You

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I recently returned from an incredible trip to Hollywood, California and while there, I explored and ended up in Malibu. I enjoyed the beach, drove up Pacific Coast Highway (a dream of mind), checked out a few great restaurants and loved the beautiful homes that lined the coastline. I was inspired to write a Malibu themed romance series from the impact and the majesty of the beauty I encountered. Love can be discovered anyplace, but I wanted to take time to focus on a city that I came to love in a short period of time. I hope you enjoy book one of my new “Malibu Hearts” series and that you will stick around for the four follow-up novels that are coming!

First up is, “And Then There Was You,” a beautiful, sexy love story, set in Malibu, California and focuses on the growing love between Diezel Wilder, an attorney from New York who recently moved to California after a bitter divorce from a woman he married on a whim and Brooklyn Hunter, a sexy Armenia bombshell, who is a late-night, on-air radio talk show host who woos men all over the country with her sexy, sultry, seductive voice. Brooklyn is coming off of a divorce from a man twenty years older, who she thought was helping her escape a dismal existence only to thrust her into the Hollywood spotlight which revealed adultery and out of wedlock children. Seeking a new lease on life, Diezel and Brooklyn are in search of the kind of connection with a mate that leaves you breathless. Little did they know they would find it right next door. Bring on the ice-cold water because you’re about to go on one very steamy ride to love in, “And Then There Was You.”

Happy Reading!
Cheryl

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What Would You Do?

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Well, another book has been added to my list of published novels and I’m still as excited as I was when I released my first book back in April 2013. I still smile bright when I push the button to release yet another romance novel.

Sometimes when I write, I add a little of me and my story here and there, but not with this one. This new release, “I Can’t Let Go”, isn’t a personal story at all. I’m not married, haven’t been stepped out on and had to deal with whether to stay or not to stay. The only one of my books that has a real personal, me-like touch to it is “Bossy”. When people ask me if any of the stories I write are true or are they about people I know, I always say no, but that may or may not be true. There is always a little bit of someone when an author pens a novel. In my novel, “Bossy”,  she is all me – not her life story, but her personality is pretty much me. I even made sure we had the same initials to keep that connection between Cassidy Bostic and Cheryl Barton, me.

In, “I Can’t Let Go”, I tried to dive into the story behind what kind of love makes a woman stay with a man who has hurt her, not physically, but emotionally. I’m not a believer in any woman staying after being physically abused, but I straddle the fence when it comes to an indiscretion. How far did it go? How long did it go on? Did the indiscretion produce any children that were kept a secret? Was the indiscretion with someone the other person knew? A friend? A relative? These and more are considerations to make in any relationship when you have to decide whether it can survive someone stepping out.

Carter Garrison was a man deeply in love with his wife, Sienna, but he made a bad choice. He got caught up in the limelight of hanging out with and being included in as a friend of a professional athlete who was known for cheating on his wife and in his case, the wife was good with it as long as it didn’t interfere with the life they had together. Carter knew Sienna wasn’t that type of wife, but he went with it anyway. To his credit, his  act of stepping out lasted for few minutes before he realized how wrong it was and how he shouldn’t be in that situation with anyone that wasn’t his wife. He could have done what so many others do that we read about in the media everyday – he could have kept the incident to himself. He decided to tell Sienna and suffer the consequences and hope they could stay on tract as husband and wife. Sienna had a different idea. Any indiscretion is a problem and it didn’t matter the size or length of time, it was wrong. She tried to I’ve with it, tried counseling, but the image of the only man she’d ever loved and given herself to had hurt her in the worse way. She couldn’t shake it and had a hard time forgiving it, so her answer? She packed up, left Carter and divorced him. Her only problem was she did it out of spite and in the heat of the situation. The only way for her to deal with it and be okay with her decision was to avoid any contact with him after the divorce. That worked only for a time.

Eighteen months later at a wedding of a friend, Carter and Sienna see each other and sparks fly immediately. With one glance, they each remembered how deep their love had been and questioned if being apart forever was the answer for them. True, he made a mistake, but was it a mistake that could be forgiven? Some would say yes and some would say no. What are those things that you weigh against an indiscretion to determine if it’s something you would forgive or not? How easy is it to forgive and then live your life wondering if it will happen again? A bigger question is, how deep is your love?

A while back, everyone was up in arms when Jay-Z released an album which alluded to him stepping out on Beyonce. Before that, Beyonce release an album that referenced “Becky with the good hair” and the world went crazy about the possibility of him stepping out on her. Then there was the fight between Jay-Z and Solange on the elevator and the word decided that was because she found out he was cheating on her sister. No one knows for sure what went on at any time other than Jay-Z and Beyonce, but that didn’t stop the tongues from wagging with stories of their own about what it all mean. Even if he did step out, why is it anyone else’s concern if she decided to forgive and move on AND have two more children by him? Why do we care? I thought about that as I wrote, “I Can’t Let Go”. What does it matter if a man or woman decides to stay with a cheating spouse if the only people impacted are the two of them? What about forgiveness? Is there such a thing after cheating? I believe there is and so does Carter Garrison. His hope in, “I Can’t Let Go”, is that he can convince Sienna that the love they one shared is still there and though he messed up, she is still the only woman for him.

Take a look inside of “I Can’t Let Go” and decide for yourself if the kind of love Carter and Sienna share is worth saving and worth a second chance.

Get “I Can’t Let Go” on my website as a download or paperback at www.cherylbarton.net. You can also find a copy on my Amazon author website at http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylbarton.

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Kanye and his jackass-ness

kanyes a jackassDon’t be distracted by the jackassness that is Kanye West. He’s mentally unstable and can’t survive without attention being placed on him even if he has to demean and bemoan the history of what our people went through. He’s the kind of buffoon that others would like to put front and center as if he represents all black people. If you can’t respect what our ancestors went through to make it so that someone like Kanye can live as luxurious as he does, he certainly doesn’t deserve anyone attention. There are many educated, powerful, intelligent and non-mentally strapped African Americans that can be quoted and given an audience to, but that’s not who the media choose to focus on. We have to see how the media also wants our people to appear in mainstream media. He’s fodder for those who want to claim we’re all like Kanye. Yeah, not! He’s the worst of the worst when it comes to pathetic jackasses and is on a path to self-destruction, giving us all a front row seat to his descent into madness. This is what mental illness looks like and why our healthcare system needs to change. He may have the money to seek whatever kind of help he needs, though it’s clear he doesn’t, but for those who do need it, this is what they become, not by choice but by circumstance. A choice is what you decide and agree to do, not by being chained, dragged away, raped and whipped until you conform. Our ancestors would love to meet this crass jerk and school his pathetic mind away from his mental deficiency. But then again, perhaps there is no help for him. Let him crash, burn and throw himself over the edge. He’s heading there anyway.

 

Hooray for Black Panther

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“Black Panther,” Marvel’s first film directed by an African-American, brought in an estimated $192 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend. That’s the fifth biggest opening of all time.

For all of my friends who are writers/directors/producers and aspire to be even greater with a wider reach, be empowered, be inspired and be encouraged to stay the path through the ups, downs, doors closing and hearing no time and time again. Somewhere in the past, someone said no to this young director and he still chose to never, ever give up. I have some incredible opportunities that are being placed before me this year and I know that each one is a step closer to my destiny. I will not be hindered by any negative vibes. Come on and dream-chase with me!

I started writing a few years ago and have pretty much stuck to my introvert personality and haven’t really spread my wings like I’d like to. I would like to expand my writing and really dive into the entertainment industry and this year, I’ve found that it’s time to do exactly that. I’ve been inspired by so many great movies and books and the talent of those behind the scenes. I believe that’s where I’m suppose to be and I’m retooling what I’m chasing. It’s not just the dream of writing and getting better at it, but it’s also the dream of writing for major Hollywood projects. Now, some may say, oh, she is dreaming mighty big for someone living a quiet life in Bel Air, Maryland, but all dreamers start someplace. I’m starting.

I never thought that I was meant to be a writer and though it’s still on a small scale, it’s meant for something greater than what I’m giving myself credit for. I have to aim higher, dream bigger and work harder because if I don’t, then who will really take me serious. It’s time for a change and to move to the next level. Look out world, Cheryl Barton is coming for you!!

Check out my websites at www.cherylbarton.net and www.crbarton.com.

Take a good look at where I’m starting from and one day you will join others and say, “I knew her when…”

 

Black Love is Real!

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I woke up one morning a few months ago and for once I could remember my dream. That doesn’t happen often, so I was excited. I jumped up from the bed, grabbed a pen and paper and started writing like crazy. My mind was working faster than my fingers could go. I don’t know why I didn’t head to my computer, but it was on another level of my house and I didn’t want to lose what I could remember.

The night before, I was in a group chat on Facebook and women were talking about how much their men loved them and all they ways they prove it everyday. It was refreshing to read their posts because a lot of times men get a bad rep and in particular, black men. I’ve seen people who say that so many black men grew up in homes without fathers that they never saw their mother getting the royal treatment by a man and from that, they never learn how to really love a woman. Do I think that’s true? Absolutely not.

Any man can love when it’s in his heart to do so. If a man cheats does that mean he doesn’t love their woman? No, I don’t believe it does. Recently, there was speculation that Kevin Hart cheated on his wife and when he gave a public apology on social media, that was his way of deflecting responsibility for the fact that he didn’t mess up, he made a conscious choice to do whatever he felt the need to apologize to his wife and children for. That’s between Kevin Hart and his family though he made us all a part of it because he took it to the internet. Whatever he did, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his wife or that he doesn’t know how to love her. Whatever he did, I can equate to disrespecting and dishonoring his wife, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love her.

Black love is something special. I say that because I’m black and I can’t account for love for a race that I have no experience being. I believe in love and I believe that no matter what anyone has gone through in life, if you want real love, don’t stop until you find it or until it finds you. The love between a black man and a black woman goes back to a time in our history when our men had to stand by and watch white men rape and molest our women during slavery. They had to deal though they were broken. When they had a chance to love their women, they loved them deeply because they know what our women had to experience every day.  As centuries go by, that deep love is still there because of the past and history of our women. Even today, our women still have to struggle to be taken seriously and seen as equals, so when a man encounters a black woman and sees her out here doing everything in her power to survive, he should want to love her and be that rock she needs at the end of the day. There is nothing like coming home to a man who loves you unconditionally. There are other options out there, but seek out that love that is all about you everyday, all day.

I tried to tell a story of unconditional love in my new book, “Black Love”. In this story a woman loves a man with all that’s in her only to find that on her wedding day, he doesn’t show up. He is, in fact, away on a romantic trip with another woman. The bride-to-be was so hurt that a year later, when a real, good man wants to love her like she should be loved, she can’t let herself let go of her past treatment. She’s afraid she doesn’t know how to give and receive love because her heart is still broken. The hero of the story is a patient and loving man and he knows that all it takes is a little time and patience because a black woman, a good black woman is a delicate specimen and if he’s lucky enough, she’ll want him and will be open to letting him treat her right. Invest in real love and in this book, “Black Love” and experience what its like when a man really loves a woman and he does it, unconditionally!

Love matters, especially black love – it’s real love!

Happy Loving!!

Cheryl  www.amazon.com/author/cherylbarton      www.cherylbarton.net

Pay Attention to Your Wife

Love on Top New Cover 72617b“Pay Attention to Your Wife,” were words spoken that carried a powerful punch for Brandon King in “Love on Top” a new romance novel. This romance novel is an example of much of what we see and read about these days. It starts out wonderfully with Brandon King finding the woman of his dreams and there is no doubt in either of their minds that they were meant to be. One day Brandon’s wife, Dakota, discovers life isn’t exactly what she thought it would be. After being married for eight years, having two children she adored and her husband’s extremely successful career as a business man, she hoped that they wouldn’t lose sight of each other along the way, but that’s exactly what happened. Brandon’s success turned into even more success and that led to him being away from home and distance grew between him and the love of his life. He’s becoming an absentee husband and a father who sees his kids less and less and his business grows bigger and bigger. Dakota, not wanting to become a woman who complains tried to give Brandon the benefit of the doubt because he was taking care of his family. To her, marriage was more than just taking care of the family. It was also about taking time with family.

How many times have we seen marriages end because not enough attention is spent on one spouse or the other. We live in a society that tells us to make more money because that’s the key to happiness. In the interim, while that’s going on, there’s the possibility that love is being sacrificed. Brandon was busy making more money that his attention to his wife began to suffer and he took for granted the fact that she’d be there. It wasn’t until he stood on the outside and overhead men talking about how lonely his wife appeared to be. Though she tried to tell him that on several occasions, it wasn’t until he stood back and took a good look at his life and realized he was fighting hard to make his businesses bigger and better, but he wasn’t giving the same attention to making sure his home life was everything it was supposed to be.

Fight after fight doesn’t appear to get them anywhere, so Brandon has a better idea. He wants his wife to know that she means more to him than anything about business and rather than spend time with a lot of words of promises to do better, he’s going to show her that he values her and their love and he’s ready to put his love for her where it belongs; he’s ready to put their “Love on Top”.

Enjoy Brandon and Dakota’s story of never taking love for granted ever again.

 

You have the power….Use it!

you-have-the-powerI’m very aware of the fact that every time I turn on my television and flip through the channels, i’ll come across some show I don’t enjoy. I’m not a fan of horror movies, I don’t care for those non-reality, reality shows and i’m not big on daytime talk shows; just not my thing. I do understand that there are people who live and breathe for the shows I choose not to watch because they aren’t my cup of tea. I don’t knock your flow when it comes to being entertained by what works for you. My problem comes when people have real live internet arguments and cyber-fights over a show that someone else loves, but another person hates. The arguments are often between people who don’t even know each other. Social media allows us all to connect with people across the globe who have similar or not similar likes and dislikes, but when I see literal fights with cursing and threats, all I say to myself is which one of you are so heated that you can’t see that you have the power to turn them off. One person loves a show, the other hates it and both can’t understand there is a block/ignore feature. People are so angry over crazy little things like the plot of a television show. There are some shows I live to watch every single week and some I even watch over and over again because of the entertainment factor. When it comes to a show I don’t care for, I just use the power that lies in my hands. What is that power you ask? It’s the power to change the channel. Here is the process for anyone who just can’t get it because they are so lit. First, you pick up the remote control, that piece of equipment that you used to get you to the channel where the show is playing that you don’t like and then (now wait for it because this is a power and enlightening statement I’m about to hit you with), you click the buttons and you find another channel!! (drops the mic). That one move gives you so much power, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Should you find something you like, maybe listen to the music channel and chill out or perhaps, now this is an incredible option to, how about turn the television off! (Now that’s saying something right there!) Either way, you have the power to move beyond what you don’t want to lay your eyes on. Instead, you decide you’re going to take your anger out on someone who likes what you don’t like. I can sit here forever and write about all of the things I don’t like in this world, but what I won’t do is get into a cyber fight with a stranger or with a friend about something I chose to continue watching though I don’t like it, it disgusts me or I don’t find it entertaining. Its a television show, those are actors and they making a living at what you ask? Yes, they make a living at entertaining you. If you’re not entertained, use that ultimate power and change the channel. I read a conversation where someone was called a sell out because they watched a Maury show. (I think that’s the name of the show). The guy was called a sellout because he enjoyed the craziness of the show and the person who called him that name did so because he said its insulting to our race to watch a show and continue to let people make money from us folks acting a fool. Again, it’s entertainment. If that’s what works for him, to lighten his day, makes him smile and forget about serious concerns in his life, let him be. I don’t care for those types of shows either and I could write many, many blogs about why, but I find it hard to understand fighting with someone on the internet, name calling and being insulting simply because it’s a show you don’t like. What amazed me even more is that they name caller gave examples of various episodes that he found disgraceful which in my book means he watched more than one. Why? If you hate it and find it demeaning, why did you continue to watch beyond one episode then go to the internet, search for twitter hashtag that took you to people who glorify the show only to then bash them with post after post after post? Houston, I think there’s a problem!! I’m just saying, forget that Chuck D said “Fight the Power” and use that power to gain control over your option to not look insane. Go ahead and change that channel; I dare you. I want to hear you put that Superman/Superwoman “S” on your chest and declare that you have the power and you’re going to use it and let that anger rest easy for a real situation.  Remember, you have the power!