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Afraid To Love You by J. Brinkley

11 Dec

After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Stephanie Dennard finds herself a single parent of two beautiful daughters. After years of struggling alone, she is suddenly swept off her feet and finds comfort in the arms of a new man, a handsome smooth talking truck driver named Mike. Mike soon moves into the home Stephanie shares with her young daughter, Anita, a teen who possessed exotic features much like her father. She had a passion for helping others and dreamed of one day becoming a nurse, just like her mother.

LaSonya, on the other hand, looked just like her mother, but possessed the business acumen of her father and pursued a career in business management. LaSonya was the perfect ‘big sister’ and loved Anita dearly. Anita and LaSonya, the both, dislike Mike but is their dislike for him misplaced or is there a more sinister side to him that hasn’t yet surfaced?

Stephanie finds herself torn between the man she loves and the daughters she adores. Will she be forced to make a decision between them? While Anita is left fighting the demons that accompany nightmares, bitter memories, and depression, LaSonya is left trying her best to hold the family together, while searching for her own piece of happiness.

Will the family ever regroup? Will Anita ever be the same innocent carefree spirit she once was before evil crept in to rob her of all that was pure?

 

 

Purchase Afraid To Love You by J. Brinkley
Genre:  Women Fiction, Urban Fiction
https://www.amazon.com/Afraid-Love-You-Jonas-Brinkley/dp/154071425X

 

Chapter One:  Afraid To Love You by J. Brinkley

Lightening spider webbed through the dark stratosphere, summoning a low bellied rumble reverberating throughout the valley. The evening was gloomy and the rain poured down fiercely, making it hard to see the road. The gusty wind blew rain harshly up against the SUV. The windshield wipers struggled to perform effectively. The windows began to fog. He reached to turn on the defrost but that didn’t do any good. Still, Dontae wasn’t at all bothered by the harsh weather.

He was listening to the smooth sounds of Boney James’ Hold on Tight streaming through the Bose speakers in his SUV, reflecting on his family, his day at work, and the huge contract he had just landed. Dontae was a very hard working family man who loved his family with all his heart. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for them. They meant the world to him, and they loved and adored him just as much.

He had put in a lot of hard work, dedication and long hours at the architectural firm where he worked as a freelance architect. Both he and his family, a loving and loyal wife and two beautiful daughters, had sacrificed a lot over the years and it was finally paying off. He had landed a multi-million dollar contract to design a new shopping mall being built in the city. Yes, life was indeed good. He was planning on telling the family they could finally take that much overdue vacation they had been planning for years but somehow never managed to get around to, and he could go ahead and purchase some life insurance that his wife, Stephanie, had been asking him to do.

The rain and gusty wind became more intense, making it virtually impossible to see the road. His windows fogged up even more.  “Shit!” he said, then took a deep breath and exhaled.His SUV came to slow halt at the red light. The traffic was fairly thick but his vision was blurred by the heavy rain. The light turned green; he put his foot on the accelerator; the SUV propelled to the mid-section of the four-lane street. Bright lights flashed from his peripheral.

Suddenly he heard the menacing sound of screeching tires and could even smell the burning rubber as the driver of the oncoming vehicle tried desperately to stop in time. Before he could turn his head to face the moving object that was quickly closing in on him, he was side smashed by it viciously, damaging his body and sending him into a state of unconsciousness.

Red and blue lights flashed while police and ambulances occupied the intersection where the accident had taken place. Police officers investigated while the paramedics put the victims on gurneys and wheeled them onto the back of two waiting ambulances.

The detective and two deputies rode out to the address listed on the registration inside Dontae’s SUV. When they pulled up in the yard, the lights were on inside the house. The area was quiet; the heavy rain had slacked off to a slight drizzle. They strolled casually up the walkway until they reached the front door and knocked three times. A chubby dark skinned woman opened the door wearing her pajamas.

“Ah, hello, ma’am. We are so sorry to bother you at this time of night. However, my name is Detective Lawson,” the detective politely informed Stephanie while pulling out his Raleigh, North Carolina badge to show her. “I would like to know if you, by any chance, know Mr. Dontae Mitchell?”

“Yes, I do. He is my husband. What’s wrong?” Stephanie asked curiously.  The stout detective took his brim off and held it in both hands feeling a bit nervous. “Well, ma’am, I’m afraid to impart this news, but I must… your husband was in a terrible crash over on Jefferson mid-section a few hours ago,” Detective Lawson informed her.

“Oh my! Is he alright?” Stephanie asked frantically.


“Ma’am, as of now he is in critical condition. He suffers from a few broken bones and he is unconscious. There also appears to be some internal bleeding. You can go to the hospital and find out his latest condition. He was transported to Mercy General.”

“Hold on, wait… let me make sure I’m registering what you said correctly. You said he was in a crash, right?” Stephanie was hoping this was some kind of mistake.

“Correct.”

“If you don’t mind me asking, what was he hit by?” Tears filled Stephanie’s eyes and rolled down her face.

“An eighteen wheeler Peterbilt blindsided him. We’re assuming the driver of the Peterbilt couldn’t see the caution lights because of the heavy rain; he could have been texting and driving or maybe he fell asleep behind the wheel. This part still remains a mystery. We’re still investigating. Mrs. Mitchell, you have our condolences. Do you have any further questions?”

“No, thank you,” Stephanie replied, while holding her right hand over her heart.

The detective and two deputies got into their squad cars and drove off in the drizzling rain. Stephanie stood in the doorway until they faded out of her eyesight. Then she closed the door. She placed her back against the door, confused and trying to decipher the dreadful news that  was just delivered to her. She began to feel nauseated; she slowly slid down the door until she sat completely on the floor. She started to cry like a baby with her head buried in her palms.

(   Continued…  )

© 2018 All rights reserved.  Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, J. Brinkley Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

 

 

Amazon Reader’s Book Reviews: Afraid To Love You by J. Brinkley

  

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Forgiving is the easy part
How do you bounce back when your husband is taken away too soon? How do you comfort your oldest daughter who can’t bear children, and when your youngest is assaulted by your boyfriend, where do you find the strength to help her fight back? You do it the Dennard way. I found myself hating and crying, laughing and praying right along with them and when said boyfriend sustained an injury to the spine after an uncle approved beat down in prison I didn’t necessarily agree with uncle Rick’s decision, but I understood the anger behind the retaliation. With a plot that hits really close to home and characters that are certainly lovable, it’s as close to reality as this book gets. The author may have at times gotten carried away with the descriptive details, but it didn’t distract from the story. This is his best book yet, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

 

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ You will enjoy this book.
I loved the book because I can relate to the characters and everyone has been afraid to take a chance on love.

 

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Resilience at its finest
Many families experience this loss of a parent, a spouse and take these journeys often alone. They battle additional turmoil often while trying to live their new normal. These books tackle all of their journey…..the good, the bad and the happily every after….great book. Great story…..keep it up!

 

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Life
This was a very good book. I know some families that have been through this… The author did a wonderful job with this book I can’t wait to read more.

 

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Loved it!!!
This was a great read! It showed what having a strong foundation can do, you can overcome anything! I loved this book! It was a page-turner! This is a must read! The characters truly grab you! Thanks for a good book truly enjoyed.

 

 

Purchase Afraid To Love You by J. Brinkley
Genre:  Women Fiction, Urban Fiction
https://www.amazon.com/Afraid-Love-You-Jonas-Brinkley/dp/154071425X

 

 

 

About  J. Brinkley
Jonas Brinkley (J. Brinkley) is currently an independent author. Mr. Brinkley was born in Georgia and raised in Tift County by his mom. He began his writing passion as a young teen but didn’t start taking it seriously until he reached his early twenties. He shared his thoughts with close friends and relatives who became inspired by his writing style and unorthodox philosophies about life and love. They encouraged him to share his gift with the world.

Brinkley took the extra mile by enrolling and completing the following college courses:

Global University for (Ministry)
Theosophical University for (Theosophy)
Stratford Career Institute for ( Starting Your Own Business)
Stratford Career Institute for (Creative Writing)
Stratford Career Institute for (Entrepreneurship & Psychology/Social Work)

After excelling in these courses he set more goals for himself to accomplish. On July 30th, 2017 (Voice Of My Ancestors) known as Voma Publications LLC was formed by Jonas Brinkley who writes under the pseudonym, J. Brinkley.

Voma Publication’s mission is to publish quality material that’s thought to provoke. Voma Publication would also like to contribute to the youth who live in dysfunctional homes by offering them mentors and financial resources to become young entrepreneurs. We strongly believe that the youth is our future. Therefore, They want to lessen the chances of the youth from entering into the judicial system. Author J. Brinkley strongly believes that the youth need love and support.

Author’s website: http://www.vomapublications.com

Twitter:  https://mobile.twitter.com/jonasbrinkley7

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/j.brinkley84

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/sanojabx31

 

 

 


 

Black Pearl Magazine Intimate Conversation

Jonas Brinkley is currently an independent author. Mr. Brinkley was born in Georgia and raised in Tift county by his mom. He began his writing passion as a young teen but didn’t start taking it seriously until he reached his early twenties. He shared his thoughts with close friends and relatives who became inspired by his writing style and unorthodox philosophies about life and love. They encouraged him to share his gift with the world. Brinkley took the extra mile by enrolling and completing the following college courses:

Global University for (Ministry)
Theosophical University for (Theosophy)
Stratford Career Institute for ( Starting Your Own Business)
Stratford Career Institute for (Creative Writing)
Stratford Career Institute for (Entrepreneurship & Psychology/Social Work)

After excelling in these courses he set more goals for himself to accomplish. On July 30th, 2017 (Voice Of My Ancestors) known as Voma Publications LLC was formed by Jonas Brinkley who writes under the pseudonym, J. Brinkley.

Voma Publication’s mission is to publish quality material that’s thought to provoke. Voma Publication would also like to contribute to the youth who live in dysfunctional homes by offering them mentors and financial resources to become young entrepreneurs. We strongly believe that the youth is our future. Therefore, They want to lessen the chances of the youth from entering into the judicial system. Author J. Brinkley strongly believes that the youth need love and support.

 

BPM:  What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?

JB: I fell in love with the art and the freedom of expression. I have been writing since I was a teen but I didn’t get serious about writing until 2015.

 

BPM:  How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

JB: There’s so much to learn in the literary world. I am constantly learning new things on how to master my craft as a storyteller. I am a work in progress.

 

BPM:  Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

JB: Writing has been an escape route from the world and it has allowed me to talk about things I like and dislike about the people in the world. The process has been therapeutic.

 

BPM:  How has writing impacted your life?

JB: Since I’ve been writing it has allowed me to step outside of my own confront zone to analyze other people and circumstances. It has taught me to not be so quick to judge people because we never know what people had to go through to get to where they are.

 

BPM:  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

JB: That I was capable of telling a story that people can relate to. I also discovered that I could do anything I put my mind to.

 

BPM:  How do you find or make time to write?  Are you a plotter or a pantster?

JB: I usually just sit down and write. I don’t have a busy schedule like some people. However, I have been learning other things such as marketing. As far as being a plotter or panster, I would say I am both, but I have come to realize the importance of prioritizing. Successful people win because of their consistency and because if their ability to prioritize.

 

BPM:  How did you choose the genre you write in? Have you considered writing in another genre?

JB: I can relate to the urban lifestyle. In fact, I come from this background. This is what made me choose the genre of African American Interest or Urban Fiction and Urban Romance. Yes, I have thought about writing in another genre. I wouldn’t mind trying paranormal romance.

 

BPM:  Tell us about your most recent work.  Available on Nook and Kindle?

JB: Revenge was about two teens that had strong feelings for each other. Like most young adults, the had a child. Brooklyn thought that would bring them closer but it didn’t. Brooklyn endured a lot from Tyrell out of love. However, everything has an end. Brooklyn had reached her peak of verbal and physical abuse. She wanted revenge. (Available on Amazon Kindle)

 

BPM:  Give us some insight into your main characters or the speakers. What makes each one so special?

JB: Brooklyn was young, gorgeous and smart. She was also vulnerable and gullible to love. This is the characteristic of most young people who are learning about love. Brooklyn came from a good family. Tyrell, on the other hand, was fairly handsome and a smooth talker but his priorities were messed up. He was smart but he was addicted to the fast life. This was Tyrell’s downfall. They came from different backgrounds.

 

BPM:  What was your hardest scene to write, the opening or the close?

JB: I would say the closing. There will be a part 2.

 

BPM:  Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.

JB: Choosing the streets over my woman at home.

 

BPM:  Is there a specific place/space/state that you find inspiration in?

JB: My thoughts flow when I listen to soft jazz music or nature music (raindrops). I get my inspiration from life in general.

 

BPM: Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

JB: I have considered it but I haven’t made a final decision on which route I want to take.

 

BPM:  Do you want each book to stand on its own or do you prefer to write a series?

JB: I started writing standalone books but people are more into series. (This is my personal opinion). Therefore, I am going back to the single books and creating part two.

 

BPM:  Does writing energize you?

JB: Most definitely.

 

BPM:  Do you believe in writer’s block?

JB: I’ve heard about them but I have never had that experience. I have taken a day or two to look at the many ways I can express a certain idea. I wouldn’t categorize that as having a writer’s block.

 

BPM:  Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?  

JB: Everything is on the table at the moment. I might have a change of heart somewhere down the line.

 

BPM:  Have you written any other books that are not published?

JB: Yes.

 

BPM:  What projects are you working on at the present?

JB: I don’t want to give up to much info but I will say that it is a romantic suspense/crime novel.

 

BPM:  How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Afraid To Love You Paperback:  http://a.co/d/gyCsqSy

Brinkley website: http://www.vomapublications.com

Linkedin page:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/author-j-brinkley-b71776152

Youtube page:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWRWFda_qhAiELqfQpuN25g

Facebook fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/sanojabx31

Google plus page:
https://plus.google.com/112794216121789314791

Instagram page:
https://www.instagram.com/j.brinkley84

Twitter page:
https://mobile.twitter.com/jonasbrinkley7

Author central page:
http://amazon.com/author/jbrinkley

 

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