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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Down, But Not Out: Breaking Chains – Unconditional Love

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It took me months to get this book done and I still don’t know why.  I started it in October 2013 and I had the vision for it all mapped out.  Between then and now, it changed a lot, including the names of the characters.  I had days where I would get up early and come into my home office prepared to get lots of chapters written.  The minute I sat down, I would turn on the news or Netflix, get hung up in something on the tube and never get to writing.  After months and months of procrastinating, I finally focused and finished. 
A lot happened over those several months.  One thing in particular that stands out is the passing of a friend from her battle with breast cancer.  Her passing really hit me hard.  I met her about thirteen years ago in the office.  I still remember the day we met.  She had on a green and blue dress and had just come from walking around the complex getting some exercise.  We introduced ourselves and started talking about work.  It wasn’t until years later that we actually became more than co-workers and became friends.  I admired her love for her husband and children.  She was a part of a sorority that she loved dearly and I enjoyed hearing all of the stories about the various events she took part in to make the community a better place to live. 

When she first became ill I was heartbroken for her.  I watched her for a few years battle this horrendous disease and not once did she ever complain about getting cancer.  I watched her fight a hero’s battle and I will never forget her strength.  What she must have gone through hearing she had cancer and then knowing that her days were going to be made shorter because of it had to be hard.  She fought til the end, even coming to work a few weeks before she took her last breath. 
Several weeks before she passed away, she came around to my desk (we sat an aisle away from each other) and she held out this pretty black mesh satin satchel and asked me wasn’t I a big Baltimore Ravens fan.  I told her of course and she gave me the satchel.  I asked her what was in it and she said look in it.  I did and inside were three handmade bracelets in Ravens black and purple colors, each having one charm of the Ravens bird head.  I looked up at her and she said “they’re yours.  I thought you’d like to have these.”  She said she liked the Ravens but she thought that I would really appreciate them.  I didn’t know it then but weeks later she would be gone and now I realize she left me with a part of her that I’ll always remember.  She thought enough of me to give me something out of the blue that was hers that she knew I would appreciate.  I haven’t worn them yet but they sit prominently on my nightstand waiting for the day that I’ll get up the courage to wear them without crying, missing our friendship.

I also remember one morning so clearly after her health prevented her from coming into the office.  She had been on my mind heavily for a few days and early one Friday morning she called me at home.  We talked a little about work and then she told me she was pretty sick, had received some really bad news and she was trying to figure out how to take it all in.  I didn’t press her for her personal business.  I simply said I would pray for her as I had been doing and she asked me to please do without stopping.  I heard finality in her voice that day but I didn’t hear defeat.  She was still fighting and I have no doubt, she did so until she breathed her last. 

When I became really worried about her I couldn’t write.  After she passed I was having a hard time with it, harder than I thought I would and I could not focus on writing.  Then one day, out of the blue I got a burst of energy and sat down to write and the words of the three stories in Down, But Not Out: Breaking Chains finally came to me to finish each of the stories.  I drew on her strength knowing if she could fight so hard against a disease as strong and deadly as cancer, I can pick myself up and get back to writing.  The title of my book made me think a lot about her.  I know that she had many days that she was down but she never, ever once wanted us to think that she should be counted out, I’m sure even until the end.  I thank you Debbie for showing me what real strength and endurance is.

Now that Down, But Not Out: Breaking Chains is done and released I feel good about it.  The book tells the story of three women, Dana Carr, Terri Bryant and Karina Joseph who have been mistreated and disrespected for far too long by the wrong men in their lives.  When they each find the love and support of the RIGHT man, they prove that they may have been down, but they shouldn’t be counted out.

Dana Carr was married to a man who treated her like property.  She was so in love with being in love that she put her own needs and desires on the back burner and catered to her husband and her children’s needs and wants.  Even after her walked out on her and hooked up with a woman much younger, she still held hope that he would come to his senses one day and come back home.  All of the things she ever wanted to do for herself in life she didn’t accomplish because her husband told her that she didn’t need too because she was just what he needed, but she never thought about what she needed for herself.  One day she meets a stranger in a deli and he sparks a desire in her that she’d never experienced.  She took a look at her life and realized she didn’t like what she saw and with his encouragement and unconditional friendship she started walking a path where she became the priority.  He helped her find her way to herself and with an undying love, they found that they were meant to be not only because helped and encouraged her, but because she could finally see who she truly was and who she could be with him and it’s exactly where she wanted to be.

Terri Bryant dealt with issues with men for years.  She tired of dating younger men or men her own age because none ever lived up to the success and maturity she wanted in a relationship.  She settled for a much older man who cheated on her, never respected her and had her doing things no within her character.  Into her life walks a much younger man and though he’s handsome, looks aren’t enough to draw her attention.  She saw him as not matching up to the status of her current boyfriend and she walked away.  A chance run in at a gym started a friendship with him that eventually turned into unconditional love, something she had been missing in every relationship she had. 

Karina Joseph never thought she’d get beyond living in the hood and hood type men who wanted her for her body and nothing else.  She thought using her body would be her ticket out of the life she had and into a fabulous life, but that never happened.  One day she found herself on the other end of the bumper of a car driven by a local doctor.  Even though there was an immediate attraction, she questioned whether he was another man after her body or if he really saw something special in her.  What he sees in her is the desire to get beyond her situation and it wasn’t another man who was going to do it, but she herself.  Listening to his advice was the best thing Karina ever did and when she finally woke up to what her life could be like if she stopped questioning her self-worth, the flood gates opened for her and out poured a love like she never thought she’d experience. 

I’ve written several novels but I’m most proud of this one.  I’m not a perfect writer and I never professed to be one, but I am a woman who loves telling a story and I hope for those of you who like stories with happy endings that you’ll enjoy the one’s that I’ve written. 

In the end, this novel was meant to inspire and empower others, but what it really did was inspire and empower me to never give up on the gift of writing.  Each day is a new day to continue to get it right and I’m all over it.

For more information, check out my website at http://www.cherylbarton.net or my author central page at http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylbarton.