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 Deep Waters - A Heart's Journey Part Two (Genre - Fiction/Contemporary Romance)

    Damien entered the room and reminded Rachel that they had a house full of guests. She was needed as the hostess with the mostest. “You and Cierra get to talking and forget the world still exists,” he joked. He walked to Rachel and gave their baby girl, Alicia, a kiss on the forehead while in her mother’s arms. Cierra took a mental photo of the young family and validated Alicia didn’t have her daddy’s eyes. Rachel gestured for the nanny who took Alicia and placed her in the crib while the others returned to the party downstairs.
    In the basement, Cierra found Paul engaged in a game of pool. She cheered him on as he beat his challenger. Soon after Rachel called everyone to the middle level for dinner. Damien blessed the food and everyone was served buffet style. An evening of joyous laughter and lots of talk about this pro game and that pro game, this player and that player occurred.
    At 9:30 p.m., Cierra and Paul called it a night, ready to go home. They thanked Rachel and Damien for inviting them and spoke of how delicious the food was. As Rachel and Damien opened the door to let them out, Chris pulled up in the Pathfinder. An uneasy moment filled the cold night air as Rachel said, “It’s so late that I didn’t think he was coming.” Paul looked at Cierra to see how she was handling the situation.
    “Well, we better go. Thanks again,” Cierra said as she prepared herself to pass Chris. He walked up the brightly lit driveway as Cierra and Paul descended the front steps that were decorated with white Christmas lights. Chris eyed his beloved the entire way to the porch. When they reached each other, he desperately wanted to embrace her. Paul observed Chris trying to touch Cierra’s hand as he spoke to her. Instantly, Paul extended his hand for a shake, causing Chris to stop his obvious intentions and said, “What’s up Chris, I’m Paul."
    Chris ignored Paul's handshake and returned an unenthusiastic, "What's up," as he continued to look at Cierra. He walked slowly passed her and whispered in her ear, "You know where your heart belongs."

 A Heart's Journey - To Quench a Thirsty Soul (Genre - Fiction/Contemporary Romance)

    “Chris, I miss being with you,” said Cierra as she touched his exposed muscular thigh in the Bermuda shorts. Chris said nothing. He leaned toward her, placed his hand behind her neck and gestured her towards him. The steamy, hot passionate kiss sent surges through them. He placed one of Cierra’s legs across his lap and ran his hand up her dress and stopped short from one of her hot spots that he remembered so well. She then moved her leg back and forward across his lap to feel the erection that reached from the bottom of his zipper to beyond his shorts pocket. Their palms became clammy as their infectious thoughts heightened with each romantic word, each sensuous touch.
    Will he ask me back to his room? Would I go? Is this his love for me, or pure lust? She wondered. The words swooped through Cierra’s mind like Chris’ tongue swooped through her mouth and down her neck. She held her head back giving him permission to venture further. He cupped her breast with his hands and kissed the top of her cleavage. They panted and moaned under the clear star lit sky, taking advantage of their semi-secluded hideaway.

  "A Twisted State of Mind" (Genre - Fiction/Erotica)

Excerpt of my contribution to the anthology Another Time, Another Place, presented by Zane.

    Ahhhh yes, home sweet home. I enter through the garage, open the kitchen door and am hit with the aroma of sizzling steak, onions and peppers. The enticing smell leads me through the family room to the deck out back where I find my boyfriend, Keith Nelson, manning the grill. I stand at the sliding, glass door for a moment, taking in the sight before me, a well-groomed, buff, caramel brother wearing only a grill apron and a pair of knee length, jean shorts. Sweat beads on his forehead and glistens across his upper body from Hotlanta’s ninety-eight degrees and the heat of the grill. Mmmm mmmm, he’s simply scrumptious. He makes me want him every time I look at him. I open the door and his welcoming eyes greet me.
    “Hey, baby. How was your day?” He presses his soft and sexy lips against mine and I can’t help but to kiss and slurp them.
    “Insane. Boss lady is at it again. She’s out of town all next week and gave me a pile of crap to do before she gets back.”
    “Well, that’s what happens when you’re the star. She trusts you. That’s a good thing.”
    “Yeah, well, she doesn’t have to work a sista like this to show her confidence. Some of the other Assistant Attorneys can share the load too. Anyway, enough about work, what are you cooking?
    “One of your favorites, a big juicy steak, veggies on a barbi, and baked potatoes.”
    “Mmmm, you’re making my mouth water.”
    “Yeah? Well, after dinner, I plan to put something else in your mouth.”
    “Oh really.” I grab his sweaty shoulders, draw him closer, put my hand in his pants and take hold of his manhood. “Is this what you’re gonna feed me?” I squeeze his groin harder.
    “Oh, so, it’s like that? Ah’ight. We’ll see who’s holding what. Dinner should be ready in about twenty minutes.”
    “Fine.” I release him with a smile and watch him regain his composure.
    “Are you hanging outside with me?”
    “Hell to the no. It’s too damn hot out here for my cocoa behind. I’m going inside and get comfortable. Call me when dinner is ready.”
    After changing into a soft, cotton summer dress, I lay my head back and relax on the sofa with a glass of White Zinfandel. As I watch Keith’s gleaming, athletic body put a hurt’n on my steak, I drift and reflect about him.

 Hale and Fury - Two Sisters, Two Worlds, One Destiny (Genre - Fiction/Drama - Street Lit)

(In progress)


 About My Father's Business (Genre - NonFiction/Inspirational)

Finishing Your Course with Joy

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
Acts 20:21-24

Everyone has a course and a task in life. A task is merely testifying about or bearing witness to a certain thing. A course is more difficult because generally, a person is not sure of his/her course. In order to be sure that we are on the right course, we must follow Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul was not sure of his course as he returned to Jerusalem, but suspected that prison and hardship awaited him. Yet, he was determined to go to the city anyway and finish the task Jesus gave him which was to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. Paul went to Jerusalem how? Bound in the spirit of Christ.

You can face anything and stand your ground when you are bound in the spirit. Your course is God’s business. The task (i.e., testifying) is your business. He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world. Stand your ground with God in you. Things such as persecution, ridicule, and loneliness have no real power over you because they are simply circumstances.

Be aware of your emotional state. When you allow yourself to be consumed by emotion, you cannot think clearly. Unstable emotions create a mind full of clutter. So often, it’s during these times that people make irrational decisions. Stay conscious of your emotions at all times; they should not control your course, alter your aim, or steal your joy.

Receive your ministry from Christ. Then finish your course; realize your vision and finish with joy. You might cry, be misunderstood, or get depressed. It’s all right for these things to happen, but make sure that you finish your course.

KEY POINT: Understand and achieve your life's course.

 About My Father's Footsteps (Genre - NonFiction/Inspirational)

A Faith that Works

“The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.”
Psalm 27:1-3

 “Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:2-5

In these times, limp faith will never do. Can your faith hold up against heavy pressures? Establish the right attitude. Ensure that you have a genuine faith, because a genuine faith changes a person’s character and conduct. The two greatest challenges to one’s faith are when you’re tested and tempted.

Understand that God does not tempt. But when you are tried and tested, God is at work. Have confidence that God will deliver you, confidence that when you ask for God’s help, He hears you. It’s natural to worry and feel stress, but praise God in the midst of, and in spite of, your troubles. By doing this, you become mature and strong through perseverance. If you don’t understand what’s happening to you, then ask for God’s wisdom. He will answer without finding fault in your actions. Count your circumstances all joy and you will have:

    1.  The Right Perspective – Rather than complaining or just wanting out, see God at work. Remember that He loves you. He has a plan.

    2.  Rare Persistence – You have to hang in there. Cultivate a greater level of spiritual energy because it will help you persevere. God sends patience and gives you strength to go on when you don’t feel like it. He helps you to forgive when you did nothing wrong. God is not finished with you. He is preparing and taking you to a place where all your needs will be met. Believe in your heart that God is who He said He is.

KEY POINT: Confidence in God reflects a strong faith.

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