What You Really Want

I haven’t met anyone who can read minds, at least I don’t think I have. If I ever do, I’d like to prance that person around, passing by people and picking out those I’d like to take a look into their thoughts. What are they really thinking? What do they really want? Knowing your want is easy even if you don’t share them with another soul, but knowing someone else’s is a totally different story. We often assume we know what someone else wants because we like to believe whatever we want has to be the same as someone else, but that’s not always true.

Back in 2013, I wrote my first book, Bachelor Not For Sale, and I was excited. Who knew I could write anything? Well, I did because whatever you want to do is in you. It may be buried deep and you may have to wait until the desire surfaces in order for you to follow the path that leads to it, oh, but it’s still there. When I wrote that book and then two others (A Designed Affair & A Perfect Combination) making them books 2 and 3 of that series, I had in mind a series about men who were fine, successful, rich and highly sexual. I wanted those things to be what my male characters would consider the most important things in life to them. I loved writing ‘The Bachelor Series’ and thanks to readers, I have appreciated all the feedback and love for Duron Knight and his two friends, Michael Bailey and Tyrone Davis. Those men led the lives of bachelors that some men only dream about, but in the end, they found women who made them reevaluate their lives and discover that love was more important than lust. Is that so, you ask? Yeah, it is so, but the path was paved with a lot of lust and great sex! Women, I know you can relate because though we’d all love to find that man who will love deeply and love us for life, we know we want that great sex and these guys brought that. Then there was book 4, “Love at Last”, in the series which I just released and all that changed.

Brian Knight is the brother of Duron Knight from the first book in the series, “Bachelor Not For Sale”. He is totally different than his brother who took pride in beating his chest to celebrate the number of women he’d bedded. Brian, on the other hand, was different. He had his share of casual relationships, but deep down, he only wanted ‘The One’. He wanted to love until it made him think of nothing, but that woman who would make his world complete. He was the brother that wanted to find a woman to give his heart to and let that love and intimacy create a world where she was his main priority and even if he was approached by a different beautiful woman each day, his love for that one woman would be so strong, he would only have eyes for her. Brian knew that the ultimate passion came with giving his all to the right woman. He never planned on going to a football game and finding the love of his life.

Brian met his equal while at a football game and he thought his life was perfect until a day came when she didn’t want to see him anymore and he didn’t get an explanation of why. to him, their relationship was perfect. He had been her first, teaching her all the pleasant and delightful places on her own body that brought her the most satisfaction when she was kissed, touched, massaged and made love to. He enjoyed not just her body, but the whole experience of being with her and then she was gone.

Sherry Braxton, though younger than Brian by several years, thought that she’d found the perfect man who treated her like a queen until an overheard conversation caused her to run away and stay away. It wasn’t until after, that she discovered she was pregnant with Brian’s child. She was hurt and felt betrayed by him and never told him about the baby. Somehow, he found out and she looked up and who was standing before her? Yup, it was Brian all the way from Atlanta now in Baltimore looking for an explanation and falling in love at first sight when he saw his daughter for the very first time. What ensues next is Brian and Sherry struggle with deep-rooted feelings that never went away. They dance around the love they still feel while focusing on Brian’s relationship with is daughter. Something else was in play and it was the kind of love no one should ever walk away from; it was that kind of love that people wait a lifetime for. Brian knew it from the start and knew that Sherry was the love of his life. He let her slip away once, but if it’s up to him, he won’t make that mistake a second time. Brian wants love and he only wants it with one person, Sherry Braxton. Can he finally have a love that lasts a lifetime? Can he now have love at last? Check out my new release and find out if that’s what’s in the cards for him.

 

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Who you gonna call?

124079-Think-For-YourselfI went to a business expo and one of the speakers, who was a fellow author, talked about people she comes across on a daily basis who have shied away from following a dream or a passion. Nowadays, it’s hard to convince people to stay the course and follow their dreams because there is always some naysayer on social media or some other platform who has nothing else to do with their day other than to tell you how much your dream or goals suck. You find yourself making an honest attempt and putting in the hard work only to feel let down when someone throws shade on your dream. She spoke about her path to writing and then publishing and how shock set in the moment she read her first review. She vowed never to write another novel because of how nasty and cruel the review was while other people seemed to love it. For three years, she put off writing another novel until her son asked her what was taking her so long. She told us it was words from her son that encouraged her to pick her pen back up again and read. He asked her why would she let a few nuts in a barrel of millions control what she does with her life and whether she ever writes again. He told her he was proud of her for doing what some people only dream of doing and because she took that first step and published her first book, he looked forward to reading her next. The next day, she started work on her second novel and now she is seven novels in and loving the path.

When it was my turn to introduce myself and talk about what I do, write romance novels, I talked about my path to writing and how, even now, I don’t let any of the reviews of my books taint my decision to write or not write. I love all of the reviews, good and bad, but what I’d like for people to do is learn to make a decision about what you like or don’t like on our own. We are becoming a people who take to other’s to decide what choices we’ll make in our lives. Who you gonna call?

I’ve always said like what you like if you decide that’s what you like and not like whatever you decide isn’t for you, but make it your own decision. People don’t know how to think for themselves anymore, but they wait to see what the masses think. I wanted to see a movie with a friend once and he refused to see it because he heard it was awful and based on what people were saying on the internet, he wouldn’t waste his money. I went to see the movie anyone on my day off and I laughed the entire movie it was so good. When it came out on DVD, I bought a copy just for him and we watched it one evening and you know what? He LOVED it! He was all set to not like this actor because other’s told him he wasn’t funny, but I tell you at one time I thought I was going to have to get some tissues he was crying fro laughing so hard. I told him next time just go see it and not make a decision based on someone who doesn’t live, think or act like you do. Be your own person!

One good example is Kim Kardashian. Now I see how social media has a love/hate relationship with Kim, but you can’t knock her hustle and thankfully, she doesn’t give two shades about what anyone has to say about anything. By way of those who love and and hate her, trust that someone is watching everything she does, buying what she sells and promotes what she says by tweeting and retweeting her every word and that’s what it’s about. It’s about going through life not allowing someone else dictate what your next moment or next move will be. i respect her for her game and however she chooses to increase her bank account, I say go for it. As others are sitting home and complaining about the next picture she puts up or the next wild thing her husband does, she’s throwing up the finger as she heads into the bank to check her new balance! I’m the same way when it comes to my writing. You can’t write or live to please everyone. For me, if I love what I wrote then I have mad love for it and nothing anyone can say or do will ever, ever, ever change that. See, the way my self-esteem is set up, I am my own woman and I dance to the beat of my own drum and it makes me happier than I’ve ever been in my life. Miserable people are miserable and like to spread their misery because no one finds anything about them to like so they want to share how much they don’t like anyone or anything else. It’s perfectly okay. Who you gonna call?

I look at our youth of today and they can’t survive without everyone loving and liking everything they say and do and if they are not the popular one’s, they look for a way to tear other’s down. You have to find your life is worth living, no matter what someone else things about it. Just do you, boo boo! You will find that when you walk through life not giving a hoot about those who have a problem with you, you’ll spend it trying to always make them happy. I live for me, yet I respect everyone’s desire to live their life their way in their own space. I pick a movie to see because I want to see it. I read a book because I love reading and none are perfect, but all are someone’s hard work. I drive the car I want because I like it and if you don’t, I have no problem driving by you. I’m currently buying a new house and buying it where I want to live because the bank said yeah, you can do that girl and so, yeah I’m doing it! For the few people who said why would I move so far from work and my answer is because I want to. If you don’t visit me now, should I not expect you now that I’m moving so far away? Yeah, let me take a lifetime and think on that one. I didn’t make these decisions based on making a million phone calls and asking someone what I should do. I did it because you only live once and for this one life I’m living, I’m going to do it my way. Who you gonna call?

When I choose the next book to write and I put it out, I feel excited and happy that I’ve made another achievement, doing something that I’m very passionate about and I do it thankful for those who decide to read my novels. You don’t have to, but you choose to and I hope you continue to do so. All of my books are my favorites and my most favorites change according to the day. Today my favorite four of my own novels are

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Now, this list will change tomorrow based on how I’m feeling, but trust, I love every single book I’ve put out and I choose what to write based on what I decide to write about and how I want to write it. I’m like Kim Kardashian, while some sit home and critique my art, I’m actually following my dream and achieving some goals while other’s choose to sit home and not chase any and that’s okay too. Who you gonna call?

Who am I gonna call? No one because when I make a choice or a decision, I easily live with it because it came from my heart.

Happy living 🙂

Cheryl

 

Best Man or Better Man

ABetterManNewCover2atwitterYou have to wonder if best is better than better or if better tops being the best! Phoenix Graham  in “A Better Man” lived with that dilemma and she has been the first woman to question her choice of the best man for her especially when the grass does look greener on the other side. What would you do when your mind and body crave what’s on the other side.

Relationship are never easy and from the beginning until the end, there is a struggle with being faithful and staying faithful because it doesn’t matter how happy you think you are, something better chooses your happiest moment to step up and wave a hand at you. Temptation can lead you to believe a little flirting is harmful and it may be until you cross the line. Now, Phoenix didn’t go beyond a little flirting, but that flirting is what gave her the insight into what life and love could be like on the other side.

She finds herself engaged to Carson Stone, heir to the Stone Hotel empire and for her being in love turned out to mean settling and overlooking what her relationship lacked because Carson was handsome, popular and every woman wanted him. She ignored his playboy background and his wild partying behavior because she thought she was in love. At one time she may have been, but when she meets her sexy, hot neighbor, Gavin Black and they become friends, she realizes the attention she thought she was getting from Carson was nonexistent. Carson made excuses of skipping out on dates and stories of why he would show up for a night together only to then leave because he forgot about a meeting or event he needed to be at. The lovemaking wasn’t what it used to be and definitely wasn’t what it should be. Gavin showed her that. Gavin was humble, attentive, kind and lead from his heart. Carson, on the other hand, lead by his wallet and needed to be the center of attention.

Is it true that if you don’t pay attention to your woman, another man will? Of course it is and Carson couldn’t see the the was loosing his woman not because she was being unfaithful, but because he assumed no matter what she would always be there despite his lack of attention to their love.

Love and relationship works when both people are on the same page. When they’re not, what may happen next is one or both will stray and at a minimum, doubt starts to invade wha they thought was solid love.

For Phoenix, she started to question her choice of Carson being the best man for her until Gavin begins to show there may be a better man out there for her and it may be him.

What is a girl to do when she has the best and then better walks in? Check out “A Better Man” and find out!

Happy Reading!!

Cheryl:)

I Want More

Down,_But_Not_Out_Cover_for_NookMy name is Karina and for now I’ll leave my last name a mystery just in case someone who knows me is reading this. I’m a young mother of two of the best kids in the world. How did I end of being blessed enough to be a mother to two such wonderful kids. I haven’t lived a life deserving of such an honor. I’ve done some terrible things and I have justified doing them by convincing myself that I didn’t know any better, but deep down I did. Sometimes I watch my kids sleep and I wonder if they deserve a different mother, someone better than me who can give them much more that I can. They are the only reason I wake up each day still in this trap, struggling to find my way out.

My plight started back in high school when I fell for the hottest boy in school. That led to a teenage pregnancy, his dreams of a career in professional sports flushed down the drain and my lack of self-esteem and self-respect. How could things have gone so wrong? I could blame it on my upbringing because my mother didn’t work hard enough to keep us from staying in the hood where all I ever learned to do was survive by taking advantage of others. I could blame it on the friends I had who never wanted anything for themselves so I followed the crowd instead of becoming a leader. Perhaps I could blame it on the system that keeps us down by giving us the bare minimum to survive, but not enough to get out of the downward spiral that is living in the hood. Who or what is the blame? Perhaps it’s me? Perhaps it’s the father of my children who I couldn’t seem to break away from even when I knew he was doing things that would either land him in jail or the grave. Perhaps I’m just someone who doesn’t deserve anything more than what I have.

There are many like me who wonder whether or not the hand we have been dealt is the only hand available to us. We all, at one time or another, have encountered others who were able to get out and now live in big houses, driving fancy cars and have careers and not just jobs. How did they make it yet I’m still here? I’m young, I have two children, I don’t work and though a high school education was free, I turned my back on that and figured, I’m fine, I’m sexy so some guy with lots of money will want me and once I give myself to him, he give me the world because after all, the only way I know to survive is to use what I have to get what I want. What does someone like me have? Only what I see in the mirror so that means I have to keep it tight and right and make sure it’s the first thing everyone notices about me. Should I care that all they’ll want is my body? I should, but I don’t because that’s just the hood where I came from and that’s all I know.

I’m going to take another look at my children while they are sleeping and I’ll dream of a better life for them even if I can’t have it. A dream, is a dream is a dream and that’s all some of us have to live on. There’s no prince charming who will come and rescue me from this life because they don’t want to come to the village and get themselves a slave girl living life on a wing and a prayer when they can have a queen who brings as much to the table as they do and not just what’s between her legs.

As I once again look at my beautiful children sleeping, I realize I have my motivation to do better and be better right before my eyes. They deserve me just as much as I deserve them and we all deserve so much more. I stand up straight, hold my head up high and decide at this very moment that I may be down, but I don’t want the world to count me out because I want, need and deserve to have it all and I’m going to get it. I’m going to put one foot in front of the other and walk my way into my new destiny and that starts with loving myself enough to know that I can get out because I’m better than my situation. Being down, but not out is who Karina will be.

Come read more of my story in Down, But Not Out: Breaking Chains. I am no longer my situation. I’m Karina Joseph and I’m breaking out of here!!

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Self-healing with Bachelor Not For Sale

This book game is no joke.  I didn’t realize it as a reader but my radar has been extended as a writer.  I started with publishing my first book, Bachelor Not For Sale and I am impressed with the continued interest.  I also like when people send me emails with reviews or review the novel on other book sites.  I honestly admit, it wasn’t intended to be this monster novel that outsold everything else on the shelves, but it has done extremely well for my first time out. 

I decided to go with self-publishing for the same reason a lot of people do; I wasn’t sure what would happen with that first book and the way social media, marketing and promotion can be amped up from your home computer and by word of mouth, I wanted to try that first before signing a contract and not being able to hold up my end of the bargain.  I know that some people write full time, but I have a very demanding job that I work full-time, so any writing or promoting that’s done, I do in my off time over the weekends.  Having deadlines was also going to be a big problem.  Life is just too busy at times and I knew I wouldn’t survive being held to deadlines for something that’s a hobby. 

So in my hurt and pain, I birthed Bachelor Not For Sale.  When I share that with people before they let me get the whole story out, they immediately think because I’m writing a romance novel that my hurt and pain was over a relationship gone back.  That’s far from the truth.  It was birthed out of the pain of losing my oldest brother in 2010.  I didn’t tell many people, but I struggled for a long time with that.  I couldn’t believe that I could no longer see or talk to him whenever I wanted to or just hear his voice.  Looking back, I sometimes took that for granted and if I would have known he wouldn’t be here, I would have flooded his days with calls and visits.  Through that struggle I needed an outlet.  Sitting around with idle time on my hands after work had me depressed knowing he was no longer here.  One day in late 2012, I was in search of something and came across a paper I’d written for a creative writing class and it was titled, Bachelor Not For Sale.  I remembered how much my class mates enjoyed my paper so I decided I would turn that paper into a novel.  It took me a few months to get my thoughts together and down on paper, but in mid-2013, three years after my brother’s passing my book was finished.  I had never written a novel before and the paper for that assignment was probably one of the longest.  It wasn’t a perfect work, but it was written from my heart and I loved it. 

I had a book launch in May 2013 and lots of people showed up and bought the book.  It was popular on Amazon and at one time, when I offered it for free for two days, it showed up as number 1 and on the top paid download list, it went as high as number 9.  I was happy.  

My book, Bachelor Not For Sale is still my favorite because it was my first.  You know how you always remember your first? Good or Bad?  That’s how it is with this book.

So let me tell you about the sexy bachelor in Bachelor Not For Sale.  His name is Duron Knight, one of three sexy bachelors and who is also a partner in a very successful architecture firm.   Not only is he successful in business, but his family is loving and supportive and no once could ask for better.  Though his business is growing and he has a great family, his love life has suffered because of a failed relationship.  A woman snatched his heart out of his chest and stomped all over it.  Wait until you read the recap in the story of how that came about.  You will see why he stayed away from relationships after that.  During a bachelor auction that his sister begged him to be a part of, he meets Taija Charles.  Taija is someone who has also had her fair share of hurt when it came to relationships.  After he is left speechless by her beauty and intrigued by her sense of humor and glowing personality, Duron realizes he needs more than just a helping had at the auction which Taija gladly offers him.  From that day, it’s a whirlwind affair that doesn’t go exactly as either of them had planned.  There are ups and downs and a few little surprises that will shock you and make you wonder what was the author thinking with that little twist, but you’ll love it. 

I’m excited about this first release and hope readers enjoy it and share that enjoyment with other. 

I’m smiling today not simply because they book is doing well.  I’m smiling because I am able to release some of the daily frustrations of life and pour them into my writing by getting engrossed in love stories.  Everyone loves a good love story because they always make us happy.  I’m a happier person today because of this book and the joy it’s brought me.  I also know that my brother would be so proud of me today.  That makes me smile even brighter. 

Bachelor Not For Sale is available in paperback and e-pub via my website at www.cherylbarton.net and through Amazon.  Go on and get your read on and see if tall, sexy with dimples to die for Duron brightens up your day!  Happy reading.  Check below for a short excerpt from the book.

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Duron watched the sway of Taija’s hips as she made her way to her adjourning shower.  His thoughts turned back to one morning a few weeks back when he entered his bedroom and Taija had been in the shower.  He wanted to join her then, but she had just turned off the water and gotten out.  The sight of her always turned him on and seeing her today, was like seeing her for the first time.  His body’s response to her was instantaneous.  He heard her turn on the shower and wondered just how adventurous he could get her to be.  He slowly walked over to her office door, told her secretary that Taija asked if she could hold all of her calls.  When her secretary smiled at him, knowing his intent, she acknowledged as he closed and locked the door.  He wanted her bad and he wanted her now.  Duron started taking off his own clothes as he headed for bathroom to join her. 

Taija knew the moment Duron had entered her office bathroom.  She waited to see if he would do what she figured he had on his mind when she’d excused herself to take a shower.  She never missed that lustful gleam in his eyes.

When Duron pulled the shower door open, he noticed the look on Taija’s face that said she had been waiting for him to join her.  No words were said as he entered the stall, closed the door behind him, and immediately took Taija’s mouth in a hot, searing kiss. They had been together intimately so many times that Taija knew what Duron’s body needed.  She gave into his heated kiss as he lowered to lift her body up and turned so that her back was against the wall of the shower stall. 

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