It is my great pleasure to have my friend and fellow author, Tamika Newhouse, on Conversations today! Please sit back with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy reading about her latest book, KISSES DON'T LIE 2.
BIO: Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author who founded Delphine Publications, at the age of 21; Tamika appeared on various bestseller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards only 9 months after her debut novel. In 2010 she was inducted into Who’s who in Black San Antonio and she landed a major publishing deal without an agent and still continues to write independent projects. In 2011 her company Delphine Publications won an African American Literary Award for Best Anthology as well as Tamika won for the second time Self Published Author of the Year. She was also nominated by the National Women in Business Association for the 2011 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Along with Delphine Publications, Tamika is the founder and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) – an online book club and radio show catering to avid readers across the nation. She is also CEO of Obsessive Soul Media. With future projects in the works from short films, stage plays and much more, Tamika is a young woman on a mission. She has been featured in Uptown Magazine, Essence, Juicy Magazine, and in Vibe Vixen Magazine.
Tamika presently tours the country speaking about overcoming her teen pregnancy to fulfill her dream, as well as teaching aspiring writers the publishing ropes. A former radio host, she hosted her own internet radio show (AAMBC) for over three years and continues to expand her brand. She is currently living in Atlanta with her son and daughter and is currently working on her seventh novel Kisses Don’t Lie 2
Kisses Don't Lie 2 by Tamika Newhouse
After moving on from her first love Dean, Kyla finds love with his brother Chris. But when Chris relocates to make a new life for them he discovers lies that could break Kyla's heart but could finally get rid of Keith, Kyla's current boyfriend. Forced to protect her and keep the lies a secret, Chris's choice to be quiet can ruin his chance at love with Kyla. Meanwhile Brittany is prepping to have Michael's baby that is until an unlikely visitor claims she is the one Michael is with when he is not with her. When Chance returns to mend a friendship lost because of lies, Brittany finds comfort in the arms of Chance; the man who once held her heart and her relationship with Michael is put to the ultimate test.
I would never admit that I ran from my problems. But then again we can lie to ourselves the best. No wonder I was sitting here listening to this man talk a good game. I don’t know what the hell he was saying but he looked good saying it. I had to block his good looks out of my mind, because since making partner it was my duty to keep personal and business separated. That is besides Keith.
Hmmm just thinking about Keith gets me wet right now. I loved to feel that man in between my legs and for a damn good reason too. He was good at what he did. But who was I fooling, I was torn.
Trying to take my mind off of my own issues I took my attention back to my colleague, David a junior partner in my marketing firm along with myself. He offered to take me out for drinks since he was new to DC and didn’t know anyone here. I guess I wanted to be nice. Being nice was going to get me in trouble as I sipped slowly on my long island. I couldn’t get tipsy and not be accountable for my actions with Mr. Sexy. Plus having sex with one man in the office was good enough.
I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket as I gave David a one second warning as I checked to see who it was. I pressed the menu button and saw his name flash across my screen. Chris!
It was a text from the man I ran away from. The man I knew I couldn’t be with because I had unfinished business with his brother Dean. Ugh and how could I forget Dean? My very first love. But that shit ended in a nightmare after the wife he failed to mention came after me and tried to shoot my ass. No literally she tried to kill me. That’s why she is sitting in jail now. Seven years before her crazy ass gets out. Thank goodness.
I glanced at my phone again and gave David an uncomfortable smile as the message said, “Look behind you.”
Turning slowly inch by inch I turn around in my seat and surveillance the restaurants room. And then there he sat. He smiled and then reached for his phone again.
My phone vibrated as I knew he sent another text message. Blowing out hot air as I thought I left my problems back in Texas I looked at my phone to see it say, “I’m ready to be with you when you are and if making DC is my new home then so be it.”
Sulking in my seat as I turned back around to face David I slowly said, “Can we call it a night, I just saw someone I knew and I know it’s going to be a long night?”
David kindly agreed and got out of his seat. As I watched him walk out the door I stood up from my seat and marched over to Chris.
Standing across from him at the table he sat at I folded my arms across my chest and said, “So you made the move huh?”
He smiled again and said, “I let you get away before, but this time I’m not going to let you go that easily.”
I couldn’t help but to smile as I read his expression as he declared his love for me. I loved this man, but as soon as I wanted to say how happy I was to see him Dean and then Keith popped in my head. I knew I had to make a choice on what I was going to do and quick.
“Are you serious?” I asked.
“I’m sitting here aren’t I?” Chris was a secret affair I had craved back in college. One passionate kiss led to a decade of feelings that I never acted out on. Mainly because he was the brother to the man I had promised to be with. But being with Dean was out of the questions now that his wife tried to kill me. I would be a fool to try to be with him after that.
I plopped myself down in chair right in front of him and just stared for a moment. I smiled, and then he smiled. No words were spoken. I blew out air and poked my bottom lip out as if I was preparing to throw a tantrum. “I can’t say no to you Chris.”
He leaned forward in his seat and licked his lips before saying, “I’m not here to make you love me. You just simply do.” His words didn’t make me cringe or shy away. Because he was right; I did love him.