It wasn't until Chyna finds out that her husband, Parker Mills, was having an affair with her twin sister, Cheyenne, that she realizes she's losing the best thing she's ever had. Feeling the ultimate betrayal by her own sibling, Chyna knows she has to do whatever it takes to keep her husband and give him what he longs for - a baby. Knowing that she's unable to have children and Cheyenne is afflicted with the same condition, she decides to go to the only person that can help her save her marriage - her younger sister, Charisse.
In the end, one sister will die, another will lose everything and one will get everything that she wants.
“Spending fifty thousand dollars to produce off spring is crazy. Do you know what I could have done with that money? By this time, I’d have hundred college funds set up for you to donate to some third world child you could have adopted.”
Frustrated, Parker sunk down in the chair in front of Jaelen’s desk. “Yeah, but it’s not the same and you know it, Jae. Look at you. Five kids. Five damn kids.”
“Two are from my wife’s first dead husband.”
“But you’re still a family. You have off spring. You have someone to carry on your bloodline and you’re sharing these moments with the woman you first fell in love with and married. I want that. I want to be you… well not all ornery and mean, but you know what I mean. I’ve been married ten years to Chyna and you weren’t even married to Kim before you were bopping out twins.”
“Well, she raped me to get mine.”
“Let’s not even go into that. I think you just harbor that over her just so you can take advantage of her.”
Jaelen smirked wickedly. “It does make the mundane marriage very exciting when you can tie up your wife and make her beg for you. You should try it sometime.”
“Chyna says it might mess up her hair and hands.”
“If you can spend fifty on a baby, you can spend a couple of hundred– “
“Let’s not go into this.” Parker really didn’t want to expand upon his wife’s shallow behavior.
Jaelen took the hint, understanding in advance this was a sore subject for Parker. “So, this crazy sister-in-law, what’s her story?”
“Nothing I haven’t already told you. Chyna says her sister is so pathetic she can’t even kill herself.”
“How many times has she tried?”
“This last time makes three.”
Jaelen stopped what he was doing and frowned. “I’m not religious and all that, but she ever thought that it just wasn’t her time, and that she had a purpose in life.”
“You ever thought you’re just saying that shit because you’re an ass and you’re trying to find some hilarity out of a bad situation?” He stood up.
“So I take it you haven’t told Chyna about the boat?”
Parker didn’t answer because he knew Jaelen already knew the answer. He was saving it for the moment when Chyna announced that they were going to have a baby. Knowing that they were going to dedicate eighteen more years together deserved an award and “the boat” was the key.
Yet that moment hadn’t come and he was starting to think it never would. The majority of Parker’s friends were married and those that were had children, vibrant healthy off spring. Their blood running through small versions of themselves.
1. Tell us about yourself. I am first and foremost a person deeply and devoted to words – a writer and a reader, always wanting more. Words are my drugs. Words are my life. Words are my Everything. Being a mother, a woman and a human being becomes secondary in my life.
2. How did you get started writing? When I was six years old. I used to lie to my mother a lot and after she would give me punishment I would have to write my lies down. My pain became my pleasure. My lies looked so good on paper and I could make them longer and longer. The only bad thing is that I can’t lie verbally anymore so I have very little friends.
3. What genre(s) do you write in and why? I started writing first historical romance because that is the genre I started reading in. I was a little paranormal fan, but I didn’t want to make up new worlds. Although I love history, I found that I couldn’t find my voice because it was a lot of research and I didn’t want to keep facts so straight and accurate. By the age of seventeen I realized I wanted to be a contemporary suspense romance novelist and the first book I ever finished was Stone’s Revenge, my psychological thriller, which actually became my 2nd independent work I published.
4. How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
I have over thirty published works since 2000 and to ask me which is my favorite is to ask me which is my favorite child. My books are so hard to choose from and I actually try to re-read them every once in a while not just to pass the time or look for new characters to bring into other stories, but just because they are that enjoyable. I write because I can’t find what I want to read and I still have that challenge as a reader. I love really all my books. Now my favorite character, and most challenging one, would be Lethal Heart. I’ve woven him throughout a lot of my books. He’s dangerous, sexy and crazy. Just the way I love my men.
5. Tell us about your current series/WIP.
My current book series is His Substitute Wife. (Two books as eBooks but one whole paperback book.) Bringing Charisse to life with her problems and past was difficult and hard. I could feel her inner emotional pain. Dealing with her family, especially her sisters, the frustration grew to a tipping where she had nothing to live for. Parker Mills was a man who knew he wasn’t perfect, but he craved a family. Doomed to be in a loveless marriage he tries to make the most of his situation by allowing his wife to convince him to let Charisse have his baby. Getting Charisse pregnant with Parker’s baby was easy part. Filled with drama, suspense and romance, The His Substitute Wife… My Sister Series has given me a great joy to bring to my readers.
6. What inspired your latest book?
Studying other phobias, I found Charisse condition and wondered if I could actually write a romance with a woman who hates to be touched? It was a challenge and I’m proud of the story.
7. What is your next project and when will it be released?
Betrayed is my current Work In Progress. Cons, Revenge, Deceit and Love can’t mix, but I’m going to try.
8. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Life, living and observing the world around me. My mind is an open syringe looking for the unique, strange and ominous.
9. What is your favorite part of writing?
The initial process itself. When an idea hits and you must go to write it down. Once I start I can’t stop. It’s addictive. I sleep with my kindle with a keyboard right by me or under my pillow in case I wake up in the middle of the night and get the urge.
10. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The marketing of my work, but I’m glad I earned a degree at it so it comes a little bit easy to me.
13. How much time do you spend promoting your books? I try to spend at least four hours a day marketing, two hours blogging and one hour working on websites I manage in order to make my books sells work for me. I look at promoting like a real business. If I opened a store, I’d dedicate at least twelve to sixteen hours a day to my business. I do that for my writing career tirelessly promoting and tirelessly writing more for the upcoming year.
What works best for you? Blogging on my website always has worked best for me or being on other bloggers. I’m an avid tweeter and FB’er, but I use those as breadcrumbs to get more people to the website.
14. How has your experience with self-publishing been?
Awesome. Since I’m a control freak I love it.
15. What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?
Research and learn what you have to do before you do it.
17. Where can readers find you?
I can be found on my website at http://sylviahubbard.com, FB: http://facebook.com/SylviaHubbard& Twittter: http://twitter.com/sylviahubbard1
More About the Author
Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.
Today, she has independently published over 28 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The AA Electronic Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”
Considered an addicted blogger by HoneyTechblog.com, nominated and recognized for her literary work in the Metro Detroit area, referred to as “A Literary Diva” by Detroit City Council and donned “Cliffhanger Queen” by her readers, she finds solace in speaking and educating on a variety of topics.
Author’s Website: www.sylviahubbard.com
Author’s Blog: www.sylviahubbard.com/blog
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