Author: Casandra Charles
Genre: African-American/urban romance and drama
JR was young, single, making money, enjoying life and on top of her game as a successful event manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University, she focused most of her life on her career, driven by the need to prove herself while working in a men’s field. Atlanta was all about keeping up with the Joneses and JR knew just how to do it. After seven years in Atlanta, she abruptly moved back to New York to be with her family when her dad had a near-death experience. During her move, she met Toni, a single, blue-collar, strong-minded guy who quickly swept her off her feet with his lies.
Love was never on her mind, but Toni was different (she thought). Even though they were at two different places in life, JR let her guard down and welcomed him in. After only a few months of their long-distance relationship, things started to move really fast, making JR really nervous. Then the drama began as Toni suddenly moved in with her and she started uncovering the hidden secrets of the real person.
As JR was coming to terms with the idea of Toni being in her life, she remained torn between him and her past in Atlanta. A past that included David, her on-again, off-again lover who was everything JR wanted in a man: well-educated with a successful career, good looks, and the drive to want more of everything that Toni didn’t have. However, even after two years of dating, their relationship was like oil and water: they just didn’t mix. As Toni’s real personality was revealed, David looked more and more like the safe place for JR. When her current situation started to heat up, JR began wishing she had her old life back.
The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies is just the beginning as JR tries to find the right balance in her life; however, that happy balance is not so easy find, especially when it’s full of lust and lies.
“Hey, Jonathan, I just tried to call you.”
“My bad, J, I was outside and left my phones in the house.”
“I hope you’re ready.”
“I’m about to get dressed now.”
“Hurry ya ass up,” I said, sounding crazy.
“Woman, don’t be rushing me.”
The two guys just stood there looking at me. I am not going to sugarcoat my appearance that day. I had on some old gray sweats, an old LeBron James T-shirt, and some black Nike flip-flops with white socks on, not to mention my hair was pulled back into a sloppy ponytail. I was looking a hot mess. Oh well, I thought. I didn’t care; I was about to be stuck in a car for fourteen hours, driving back home to New York. Besides, I was never going to see these guys again.
“My bad,” Jonathan tried to apologize.
“Hey, guys, this is Jamie. Jamie, this is my brother Antonio, aka Toni, and his cousin Billy, aka B,” Jonathan said, trying to make the guys sound cool with akas, as he noticed they were looking at us as if we were an old married couple.
“Hey,” I said to both of them as I walked into the house.
“I’m about to get dressed now, Jamie. Give me a sec,” he yelled as he ran upstairs to the bathroom.
“You good. I’m just going to make myself comfortable,” I said under my breath. “Damn, I hate guy houses; they never have any food in them.” Just as I said that Jonathan’s brother, Antonio, walked into the kitchen.
“What did you say?”
“I said guys never have any food in their house.” I was bold as hell and that was my first time in their house, but I didn’t care.
“We got things to eat. What do you want?” Antonio said, trying to defend the men’s honor.
“I don’t know. You guys have bagels with no cream cheese, cereal with no milk, no bread, no sandwich meat, nothing.”
“Look, man, I got this. I’ll make you something to eat.”
“For real… okay. What you going to make me?” I asked, sounding surprised he offered to make me breakfast.
“I said I got this,” Antonio said while looking in the refrigerator.
“My bad,” I said as I began to walk out of the kitchen and into the living room, to give him some room. “I heard a lot about you, Mr. Antonio, or should I say Toni.”
He looked up from behind the cabinet with a dumb look on his face. “Oh really?”
“Don’t get your hopes up; they weren’t all that good…” I really didn’t know him to come at him like that, and besides, he had a disappointed look on his face. “I’m just kidding,” I said really fast, trying to pretend that I was playing, but really, I wasn’t.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, with parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Casandra “CeCe” Charles graduated college with a BA degree in Mass Media Arts at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA., where she resided for many years.
Casandra always wanted to write a book but hesitated for many years, as she suffers from adult dyslexia. She never allowed her disability to hold her back on anything, and she finally completed her first book, Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies, in 2015.
She is the successful owner of Smell the Sunset, LLC, which is an umbrella company for Creative Encores, LLC, an event planning business, and What’s Good USA, a Good News website that highlights good news from around the United States and her newest adventure author.
Casandra lives by many mottos, but her favorite one is “Live today, Laugh often and Love always,” which is also tattooed on her left arm to remind her every day to Live, Laugh and Love.
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