Today’s spotlight shines on Family Ties: Love Has No Boundaries by Perri Forrest.
Family Ties is a love story at its core, but inside of this love story, many other themes appear; the primary one being that love really has no boundaries when it comes to family…
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Everything I do is for my daughter. I only want the best for her life. So when her father finally decided that after three years he wanted to get to know her, I put my feelings aside and allowed him in. Not to be with me, but to be a daddy to her. Well, a few things came with him that I wasn’t prepared for—a crazy ass girlfriend who wanted to guard her territory at any cost and a fine ass uncle that made it clear he wanted my attention.
My sister/friend Laney is telling me to go for it, but my conscience is messing with me on a daily and telling me that it’s just too close for comfort. But the heart wants what the heart wants and before long, I start to feel that pull toward this man who makes me feel like no other man ever has.
When I first saw Malina, I knew I had to have her. Yeah, there’s code that says if your family has touched the merchandise, then you don’t entertain it. But Malina isn’t just any woman. Because not one woman that I’ve ever encountered made me want to reach out and touch her on sight—but she did. From the way she carried herself, to the way she looked at me, I knew that if she let me in, she would know what it was like to be loved for real . . . and by a real man.
I’m not perfect by any means. I’ve done my share of dirt. I can’t even say for sure that my dirty deeds are done. I love women . . . a lot of them. As a result, I’ve had a few babies along the way—babies that I haven’t always done right by; so I’m setting out to change that and do what a real father is supposed to do. Problem is the woman I’m “with” doesn’t really grasp the concept of what it is I’m trying to do and her reaction to it all causes a whole lot of chaos.
I’m territorial. I don’t make excuses for it. It’s who I am. And when I feel that somebody is trying to step into my zone and steal what belongs to me, I react. This chick, Malina, who opened her legs to my man and had his child, thinks she’s going to come in with her daughter and claim a spot that never belonged to her. She’s dead wrong. If I have to show her what that means, that’s what it’ll be. But she won’t like it if it does come down to that, so if I was her, I’d tread carefully.
-1- Malina Alexia Wright
Laney had her arms folded across her chest, leaning against the threshold of her best friend, Malina’s bedroom door. “Damn, girl!” she complained. “How long are you gon’ take? If I’d known you were around here laggin’, I woulda waited before I left my house! I coulda still been watching LMN. You know those Saturday movies that they show are hella good!”
Malina’s laugh echoed throughout her room, as she stood in her full-length mirror applying the finishing touches to her look. She snapped her neck around to where Laney stood to respond. “Girl! First of all, those movies are cheesy as fuck and don’t have a single cast member that looks like yo’ ass. And second . . . shut yo’ grumpy, compuhlainin’ ass up!” she yelled, turning back to face the mirror, and fluff around her wild mane of curls while gathering the mass all up into a curly ponytail.
“Oooh, mommy, you said a bad word!”
Malina shot her best friend a look through the mirror, and shook her head, in slow motion at her. “That’s because your auntie made me,” Malina reasoned with her young daughter, Mahri. Mahri was an adorable three-year-old that Malina had given birth to on her twenty-second birthday, and who was the apple of her mama’s eye. “Your auntie likes to say things to mommy, to get a reaction out of her because she doesn’t have manners like you and me, baby.”
“Okay, Mommy!” Mahri exclaimed as she burst into laughter so contagious, it always made her mother’s heart warm. “TT!” she yelled in her squeaky pitch, in between giggles, “Don’t make Mommy cuss okay?”
“Okay, lil’ mama,” Laney promised her Goddaughter. “I won’t make mommy cuss anymore. That was bad and I’m sorry. I just thought you andyour Mommy would be ready to go to the nice, biiig park when I got here, but—”
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Perri Forrest is a California based author with more than fifteen titles to her credit. A writer who becomes one with her characters, Perri has produced numerous outstanding titles including having reached number one in African American Romance on the Amazon Best Sellers list. The fan favorite novel, “Captivated” was an international hit debuting at number two in Women’s Fiction for three consecutive weeks on the Amazon Best Sellers list in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Having studied psychology, Perri delves into the intrinsic elements that make her characters tick. She consistently creates strong female leads weaving in the complexities of fiction and real life. This dynamic writer, who has penned stories since a pre-teen, ensures that each novel is mixed with insight, passion and love. Having only professionally written for just shy of three years, Perri was nominated Best Romance Author of 2015 by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA).
An unintentional venture into blogging allowed Perri to express her raw emotion, break down her personal barriers and explore her gift of writing. Ultimately Perri’s blogs resulted in fans adoring her work and clamoring to read more. Writing quickly became her sole driving force, her goal is to nurture the minds and hearts of the readers who trust her to feed their literary appetites.
When not creating her own captivating characters, Perri can be found enjoying a good suspense thriller. She credits the work of James Patterson and Lisa Unger as being among her favorites. She also loves playing Words with Friends, which has been a constant companion while writing the bulk of her literary works.
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