My sister-in-law’s favorite book of mine is White Gold. Perhaps it is because I dedicated the book to her or because many of the readers who know her thought it was written about her. For those of you who do not know my sister-in-law, she is the person you call if you want something done. She has had her own business and worked as many as five jobs at one time and still is willing to volunteer for church, community or charities she believed in, as well as help family and friends. She embodies the character of Dana Windley, the heroine of White Gold.
Dana Windley has just opened her dating club, Cupid’s Zone, a combination computer and face-to-face dating club. She is in charge of the festival fundraiser beauty pageant. When two of her contestants go missing, she discovers they are being prostituted and she is determined to rescue them. With the help of North Carolina SBI agent Jake Monroe and her friends, they uncover a sex trafficking ring operating in their small town. Can they save the girls before they are sold to the highest bidder?
In honor of my sister-in-law I’m doing a special giveaway to celebrate her birthday. To receive a signed copy of White Gold, a hand-crocheted scarf donated by my aunt and tiara, post a photo, meme or GIF and use the hashtag The Leeward Files (#theleewardfiles) on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. If you post a photo of a strong woman who inspires you, I’ll add your name in twice. Let’s flood social media with strong, wonderful women!
The drawing takes place December 7th. Good luck and thank you for helping get the word out about my series.
Citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas are in the midst of a mayoral election. Trent July has been mayor for the past four years since Bernadine Brown purchased the town online and brought about much change for the small, historically black town built by freedmen. They are once again fighting those who would betray their trust and steal their homes and land. In this awesome, Blessings tale, Beverly Jenkins shows us that might does not make right, and often it is the humble and meek who bring about change and who are the true heroes of the day.
I loved this story with it’s mix of older and younger characters. Ms. Jenkins gives us romance, intrigue, suspense, friendship, and inspiration. In Henry Adams we see what a small town could be like if everyone works together for the greater good. She also shows us the mistakes we make as humans, are failings and shortcomings but how we can overcome these to be better and stronger. Her positive female characters with their strength and courage
As I listened to this story, I dreamed of what I could do in my own small town if only I had the money and opportunity. Like Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, I too have a dream of saving my hometown and making it a place where all children, all people live together in harmony.
Ms. Jenkins gives us a map of what it could be like if we could create our town and give its inhabitants safe places to live, share and seek solace. Henry Adams, Kansas is as close to paradise as we on earth can hope for and I’d love to live there.
Portia doesn’t wish to risk the freedom she has by marrying a man who treats her like a belonging. Although her aunt and uncle have an amazing relationship, the men her mother entertained where brutes. Portia has no desire to give up the work she enjoys as bookkeeper and manager for one of the largest hotels in the Arizona Territory. She is content with her life, that is, until Kent Randolph comes to visit.
A friend of the family, Kent Randolph is not the same man
who worked for her uncle years ago. Life and bad choices have honed him into a
man of strength and honor. Not expecting Portia to be all grown up and
beautiful, Kent is as surprised as she is over the power of their attraction.
Ready to put down roots after living the life of a vagabond cowboy, Kent starts
to imagine that life with Portia. Can he convince Portia he is the man for her,
that she can continue to do what she loves with his blessing and support?
Portia can’t resist the lure of her attraction for the
cowboy, but it is the little things he does that makes her realize he is
nothing like the men who frequented their house when she was a child. Though
she no longer leaves the room or puts furniture between herself and men, she is
still apprehensive about trusting them. Kent proves to be someone she can
trust, he also gives her the courage to go forward with her dream.
True romance isn’t needing someone to make you whole but
wanting something to make your life more complete. Finding that person who
knows what we need and is happy to give it to us or help us get it on our own.
The person that puts your needs and desires above their own.
If you love strong characters, historical settings and interesting
plots, Beverly Jenkins’ Breathless is
a great choice.
When I first started writing I believed I was a romance
writer. In the past ten years, I’ve focused my attention on writing what I call
romantic suspense. Defining my stories and finding the right home for them
hasn’t been easy. Although the Leeward Files is a series, each book is a little
different. Chrome Pink is more women’s fiction, focusing on Rae Lynne’s
healing journey to love herself as well as her battle to allow herself to love
and be loved. Thus, I called it romance.
Romance, the genre has definitive rules, Chrome Pink breaks nearly all of them. Rae
doesn’t meet her romantic hero in the first few pages of the book, and while
the romance is an important part of the book, it is not the driving force. So,
is it a romance novel?
I’m not sure what category my stories belong, women’s
fiction, romantic suspense, suspense thriller with romance, or something else. Chrome Pink stars a strong but flawed
female character. It is set in a small, southern town. There is a meet-cute
scene. The hero is the heroine’s counter balance, while he is not the reason
for her healing, he adds to her reasons to be sober and strong. There is a dark
side to the suspense, but the romance is almost sweet, but I can hardly market
this book as a sweet, small-town romance, especially not with the language and
adult situations. So, how do I categorize this book, this series?
If you have read or are reading Chrome Pink, let me know what you think. Is it romance, suspense,
fiction? What label do we put on it?
Rebel: Women Who Dare by
Beverly Jenkins, Narrated by Kim Staunton
Women of strength and courage
make history, forge nations and make a difference. Ms. Beverly Jenkins is a
genius at building characters and setting them in familiar places and times,
and showing what true courage looks like.
Reconstruction in New Orleans, or
any place in the south, was hardly a romantic time period for people of color. Supposedly
free, they still faced the hate and bigotry of being people of color. Still,
life did not end, people still loved, lived and survived, to spite the
cruelties others inflicted.
Valinda Lacey is representative
of the strong, determined young women who came south to teach former slaves. When
she meets Drake LeVeq, he brings out that spirit in her she’d tried hard to
suppress as a young lady of the time period. Together, this amazing couple will
build a better world one generation at a time.
If you love historical romances,
strong characters and a blend of family and friends with a New Orleans setting,
this is the story you have to read. Fabulous romance and wonderfully
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