Today, MRN puts the spotlight on Author Christina C. Jones. Let’s get acquainted with Christina and her work…
Christina C. Jones is a modern romance novelist who has penned more than 15 books. She has earned a reputation as a storyteller who seamlessly weaves the complexities of modern life into captivating tales of black romance. Prior to her work as a full time writer, Christina successfully ran Visual Luxe, a digital creative design studio. Coupling a burning passion to write and the drive to hone her craft, Christina made the transition to writing full-time in 2014. With more than 17,000 books sold or borrowed, Christina has attracted a community of enthusiastic readers across the globe who continue to read and share her sweet, sexy, and sometimes scandalous stories. Most recently, two of Christina’s book series have been optioned for film and television projects and are currently in development.
Read an excerpt from Christina’s latest release….Love You Forever
“You seem different.”
I nearly jumped out of my skin.
I’d stepped outside, into the delivery area, just to take a breather and collect my thoughts after the intensity of that little impromptu meeting with Harlan. I’d washed my face in the bathroom, took a deep breath, and then went out to talk to the customers. It was a nice distraction for a bit, but then Harlan came out, and just having his energy in the same general area made my heart race. What I needed was the fresh air.
It had been working too. I felt a little calmer, a little less on edge. Definitely less anxious than yesterday, or the day before. Better, now that I’d apologized to Harlan. Maybe he accepted it, maybe not, but at least it felt like a step in the right direction. What direction that was? I had no idea. Anything was better than where we’d been though… right?
But now, my mother had picked it up. Inspector Scott, as I jokingly referred to her, had noticed a shift in the atmosphere, and was coming to investigate – and scare me half to death in the process.
“What do you mean?” I asked, turning my face up toward the sun, hoping my eyes no longer looked bloodshot from crying.
She clicked her tongue. “Don’t play coy with me, little girl. Did something happen?”
“Something like what?”
“Something,” she said, cupping my chin to pull my gaze toward hers as she stepped in front of me, “like a mending of the rift between you and Harlan?”
I swallowed hard. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
As much as I loved my mother, as much as I told her – almost – everything, I’d never given her an explanation for my sudden disdain for Harlan. She and my father both assumed it was onlybecause of the job – as far as I knew – and I let that assumption ride. I didn’t know what the reaction would be if they found out just how close Harlan and I had become before the announcement of that job, but I knew I didn’t want to risk causing a split between him and my parents. If my father knew I’d left for New York with a broken heart, Harlan’s job may not have been the only thing in jeopardy.
But Inspector Scott was always onto something.
“Sydnee, when you came back here less than a week ago, you refused to even share a dinner table with that young man. Five minutes ago, I saw him smile at you, and you smiled back. And not that fake smile you do either – you blushed, young lady, and I don’t mean your cheeks turned red.”
My eyes went a little wider. She’d seen that?
I’d been heading to the back, and Harlan had been coming out, so we almost bumped into each other. He’d grabbed my arms to steady me, then smiled, and I’d bolted out here to calm my racing heart.
“So… you want to tell me about it, or not?”
“Not,” I answered, putting a hand up to cover my smile when she rolled her eyes.
“You know your secrecy only lets me know for sure that there’s something going on, right? You may as well just tell me….”
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