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I'm stoked about my new release, Mocha Kisses and Coffee. This duet is my stories Time to Make the Donuts and Smooth Like Latte completely revised, but with the same sweet endings.
Release day is April 1st from my new publisher Thirteen Below Press. Here is an unofficial blurb for the whole book and the two stories!
Mocha Kisses and Coffee Blurb
Love sees through all differences and no matter what the situation it can strike the heart of any soul at any given time.
Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences and when love comes into play, it can make for a very satisfying experience.
In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more.
Time to Make the Donuts
Blurb: Christopher Wettlon has inherited his grandfather’s Donuts to Go shop. He’s young, degreed, pretty well off, but still there is something missing from his life.
Enter Andre Bentley who seems to have everything going for him and Chris notices this right away. The two exchange smiles when Andre walks into his shop, but little does Christopher know Andre is out for more than his fresh, strawberry creams.
The two men are getting along well until Chris confronts Andre about his job, but instead of getting overly upset, Christopher makes his new man “work” to gain back his trust.
Smooth Like Latte
Brendan Walsh likes money and because of this, he is willing to deal with his irrational, homophobic dad who has threatened to disown him if he comes out gay to the world. This puts Brendan on edge and alert at all times, leaving little to no time for him to build a steady relationship with anyone.
Davori “Latte” Jenkins is a happy go lucky barista working in the Walsh building. Born and raised in North Carolina, Latte possesses extremely good looks and charms the pants off anyone in his path using his Southern boy attitude.
When Brendan visits the shop Latte works in, they’re immediately drawn to one another. Latte makes him a caramel latte with something extra and because Brendan isn’t out of the closet, they keep their thoughts and flirtations silent. Once they start dating, Brendan gets the courage to come out publicly and the relationship goes into overdrive. Still, Latte desires something more to define their relationship.
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Here's an excerpt from Donuts
Jesse, Chris’s right-hand woman, smacked him on the shoulder. “Yo, dude, you look like you haven’t slept in weeks.”
“Well, thanks,” he frowned. “I’m still being bombarded by calls from that place to get me to sell. They won’t quit. Didn’t they get the message?”
“Apparently not. They been callin’ ya at home?”
“No, on the cell and all because that one girl that used to work here got employed by them. I suppose the powers that be thought they’d be able to pick up some secrets or learn something new about me, or the restaurant. Didn’t they know I brainwash my former workers,” Chris laughed.
“You wish. You just don’t share anything important, which is smart. Now me on the other hand—” She cocked an eyebrow. “I could be an asset to someone if they swayed me to leave.”
Christopher stopped immediately and glared at her. “You’d never.”
She drew up her lips. Within seconds, she guffawed and smacked him on the back pretty hard. “Babe, no. I’m just messing wicha. I’d never leave your side. I told you the day Jayson died I’d help you run the place till we couldn’t do it anymore, and I meant it. You know I’m a rebel at heart. I couldn’t go anywhere and work for “the man” and feel comfortable. I ain’t wearing no suit and tie for nobody.”
Christopher choked a little from the slap and let out a small sigh of relief. He didn’t know what he’d do without Jesse if she left. Good thing she always had such a good sense of humor, and because he liked her as his second-in-command, he vowed never to piss her off if he could help it. They’d had run-ins a couple of times over various decisions, but he knew most of the time the two of them would come to an agreement in the end.
“Well, I’m glad about that.” He straightened his tie and shrugged his shoulders. “I need you here, Jess. Most days, I’m not sure what I’d do without your intellect.”
She blushed. “Aw, Chris, I swear if I didn’t like women and you didn’t like men, we’d be a match made in heaven, right?”
“Aw, sweets, c’mon, perk up a little bit, will ya? How about an arm wrestle for old times?”
“No, naw, that’s o−”
“Come on, babes. Let me see if that gym membership is doing you any good.”
Chris eyed her and sighed. It would make his day if he could finally beat Jessie in an arm wrestling match.
“Oh all right, fine.” Chris leaned down on the counter and waited for Jessie to grip his hand.
She did so immediately with a smirky grin. “All right, ready?”
“Yeah.” Chris gritted his teeth and narrowed his eyes, waiting for the signal to go. He inhaled sharply, willing himself to win.
Jessie gripped his hand tighter and pushed.
Chris held his own, grimacing with every move. His hand felt like it was going through a meat grinder, but he refused to give up easily.
“You’re there, almost there, yep… uhh!” Without too much effort, Jessie slammed Chris’s hand down on the counter.
Chris exhaled, shrugging his shoulders. “So much for that extra time I’ve been spending in the gym.”
RAWIYA is the more sensual erotica writer in the BLRawiya duo. She loves multiracial characters who overcome obstacles other than race. Sweet, sassy, and spicy would be the best way to describe her work. Happily married mother of two, loves music, computers, and travel. For more please visit the Rawiya's blog on Wordpress.
Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have
3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.
In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses. She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.
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