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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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:)

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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