The Story Behind the Story….Jaded
My decision to write Yasmine Phillips story was not a difficult one. After all, if you’ve read the first book in The Butterfly Memoirs series, A Heart Not Easily Broken, you’ll remember she wasn’t left in a good place. Her best friend, Ebony Young, revealed the true nature of Yasmine’s fiancé and left her heart broken. Though she put on a brave front for Ebony’s sake, inside, she was devastated. Not only because of what happened to her friend (can’t elaborate or else it would be a spoiler!), but to also find out her engagement was nothing but a lie. Again.
With the story built around Yasmine’s decision to ignore the idea of falling in love again, something different was needed to keep it interesting. After all, any man who managed to convince her to try love again would have to be someone who is strong, completely different from the previous men in her life, and have issues of his own to face.
Meet Zachariah Givens.
I think of Zachariah as a quiet hero. While he is good looking and has a nice body, he’s not your typical Alpha Male. He’s observant, intelligent, and very passionate. He loves his family and goes out of his way to care for those closest to him, often sacrificing his own happiness. In fact, while helping his mother deal with chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with breast cancer, his fiancées true colors came out and he found himself alone.
What would bring two people who’ve given up on love together and make them risk it all for a chance to love again? Is it possible to disregard preconceived notions and see the inner beauty of a person instead of what is on the outside?
Here’s an excerpt of Jaded from Zachariah’s point of view. When he first meets Yasmine, his first impression is she is nothing more than a beautiful, stuck-up woman. But after circumstances bring them together, he begins to see more.
Yasmine was an amazing woman. I didn’t know her, yet she’d gone beyond anything I expected when it came to my mother. Why hadn’t Melissa been that way? I could count on one hand the amount of times I asked her to help me and exactly how many times she’d agreed to help with minimal fuss.
Yasmine dispelled my preconceived notions. She was nothing like what I imagined. As the saying goes, appearances could be deceiving. I wonder what else lay beneath her beautiful exterior.
“I’d like to take you out sometime to thank you. Maybe we could meet for dinner.”
The line went silent.
“Are you asking me out on a date, Zack?”
“No, no, not a date, I’m sorry. I’m not trying to use my mother to ask you out. I just wanted to do something to thank you for agreeing to help me…us. It would be strictly platonic, just as friends. I’m sorry, I didn’t think to ask if you were in a relationship. I’m sure your boyfriend wouldn’t want you to be seen out with another man.”
She laughed again, but this time there was nervousness in her voice. “I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to shoot you down. No, there’s not a man in my life. You’re a nice guy, Zack, and I like you. It’s just…I’m not in the dating market right now so I don’t want you to waste your time trying to hit on me. It would make things…awkward.”
I’d say they were awkward already. “I understand. I’m not dating either. It’s complicated. Maybe we can swap war stories sometime.”
“Maybe.” She paused. “I’ll be swamped for the next week or two. Maybe we could do it in a few weeks.”
“Sure, no pressure here. Like I said, it’s just a way to say thank you.”
“Okay. Well, I have to go. I have a ton of calls to make and little time to make them. I’ll be listening out for your call. This is my cell number so you can call or text night or day. If I happen to snap your head off when I answer, just ignore it, especially if you call me in the morning.”
“Not a morning person, I remember.” It was my turn to laugh. “Thanks again, Yasmine.”
A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.
When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn't expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah's life.
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M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.
MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.
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