I remember way back in the olden days (like 2015) when i was about to publish my first book. Like, I was about to hit the publish button on Amazon and send my baby out into the world for strangers to grab it and grope it and criticize it and say nasty things about it. And me. Because that’s what I was convinced was going to happen.
Sometimes I read a book by a well-loved author and I think,”wow, that was their best yet!” and sometimes I think, “wow, that was so classic [author]”. This book is classic Slaughter to me. Gritty, compact, twisted and complex.
On one of my beach trips, I was watching the tide come in and thinking about a cute short story about a woman who owns some kind of business on an island and she meets a man she can’t resist… but she has to, because he’s not staying. That was summer of 2015…. it took all this time (and about 4 beach trips!) for this story to come together in my head.
When Ameenah Porter moves to the quaint beach town of Black Diamond Isles to fulfill her dream of opening her own smoothie shop, she encounters a man who is tall, dark and extremely handsome with a wicked taste for orange flavored beverages. She doesn’t need the distraction of a new man but Wade, who’s staying in the giant sized home at the end of her block, is irresistible.
Soon, Wade is a regular fixture at Tikis & Cream and while her days are busy, her nights sizzle.
Wade Marshall was supposed to spend the summer on Black Diamond Isles getting away from the city, ridding himself of the distractions that had been impacting his work. When he meets his bold, beautiful, sexy neighbor with the “glorious hips” and a penchant for ice cream, he tries hard to resist, but the attraction wins him over.
There’s only one problem: Wade is returning to Brooklyn at the end of the summer. Ameenah lives on Black Diamond. If they give into their desires, it has to be with the understanding that this fling is just that… a Beach Thing.
As the end of summer on Black Diamond nears, will they run from what they feel, or admit what they’ve known all along?
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I thought it was time for another snip… enjoy! Happy Friday! Ameenah I heard music blaring from inside the house, so I wasn’t sure if Wade could even hear the doorbell, but I kept trying it. He’d been coming by the shop every few days. I’d try to talk him into something new; he’d still choose the Frozen Sunshine, but promise that he’d try something new soon. I quickly learned that orange was his favorite flavor. Which led to me standing at his front door with a plastic container of orange cranberry muffins, leaning on the doorbell like my life depended on it. I’d almost given up when I heard the music cut out. I pressed the doorbell button again, this time hearing it chime throughout the house. I stepped back and waited for the footsteps that eventually came and for the door to swing open. The surprise on Wade’s face as he opened the door made me giggle. That I knew of, he didn’t know anyone else on Black Diamond— who else would be at his door? “I’ve been standing out here so long, these muffins are probably cold.” He eyed the container and stepped aside to let me into the house. “Sorry, I couldn’t hear with the music going. What’s up?” “Not too much. I just whipped these up for the shop.” I gestured toward the container. “I thought I would bring you a few. They’re orange cranberry.” The slow, sexy smile that spread across his face did things to my body, made it tingle in a way it hadn’t in awhile. I’d been so head down for the past few years, working two, sometimes three jobs to save enough to move to Black Diamond and open Tikis & Cream. I’d cut out dating and most forms of socializing. I only ever saw Paige when she dropped into the bar where I served drinks. I could catch my family at the weekly, non-negotiable Sunday dinner. Otherwise, unless I […]
Genres: African American Romance Heyoooo! Hope everyone is doing well! Just a quick update on the writing process for Beach Thing and the Beta Reader Application that I put out last week. Beta Readers First things first– I got an OVERWHELMING response to my request for betas! If you wrote to me, I responded so if you did not get an email from me, please let me know because I have not heard back from everyone. The email would have come from dlwhite [at] thesweetescape dot net. If you need me to re-send because you still want to beta read, get in touch with me! If you plan to pass, no big deal! Since I have more than enough applications, the process is closed for now but may re-open so stay tuned! Beach Thing updates I estimate that I am about 75% of the way through Beach Thing… possibly more but I’m….pantsing a little bit right now so I’m not too sure. I have a general idea of what’s going to happen before my ending scene but at the same time, letting the prose and muse lead each other around. Overall, writing this project has been enjoyable– once I made it past the ‘this thing kinda sucks’ mark. I love my characters and the setting and what’s happening between them. I’m a little nervous about timing since it’s going to be coming out probably late September. I don’t want it to be later than that because a summer beach romance in October……I don’t know how that’s going to go over and I was NOT waiting a year to put this out! A few of my new betas and my writing pals are helping me with the finer details, something I am QUITE thankful, so THANK YOU. It takes a village and what-not. I hope to update everyone soon with more progress on this WIP! Til then! XOXO DLWHITE
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I get nervous to share new work because… well, because. It’s nerve wracking. I feel like the second I share it, people become aware of it and start asking questions and then I hit a wall and never finish (See Dinner at Sam’s, The Never List, Missing Persons– all have about 8 chapters of blah and I have no desire to return to them at the moment). This blog doesn’t exist to host snippets of unfinished work. So, I am tempted to hold this until I know I am finished with the book.
So if you don’t see this post until end of August, early September, my butt went numb and I chickened out and held it. But if you see it on August 24th, I got over myself and posted it.
At any rate, here’s a little piece of Beach Thing, a contemporary black romance with a cozy beach theme. Pub Date, Septemberish.
In case anyone wanted to read the fanfic story I wrote for the August writing challenge, I have uploaded a pdf copy to my site. You can check it out below. Copyrighted, all rights reserved and things like that. DISCLAIMERS- this story is fanfiction, written in the *NSYNC universe therefore my hero is caucasian. My heroine, Lena is Latina. Know before you go! CLICKY