The stars seemed to have been aligned for Avery and Alicia. From the outside looking in, Lady Luck passed their way and left a fortune! They had a whirlwind, fairytale romance filled with all the little things that make dreams come true, a wedding of grace and beauty, and perfectly magical careers that produced almost enough money to burn. They were the picture-perfect couple.
Unfortunately, time has a way of revealing fissures in what appears to the naked eye as impenetrable. The results send this fairytale romance spiraling out of control.
Avery, as perfect and so right as he seemed, struggles to free himself from his demons. He clings to this delicate relationship that he desperately needs as if his last breath depends on it. Alicia, on the other hand, struggles to make the necessary corrections that will release her from a prison of unexpected, agonizing turmoil.
A novel of enduring strength, undeniable empowerment, and the compelling ability to overcome incredible odds, Book one in the When a Man Loves a Woman series is a powerhouse that will impact readers long after the last words have been read.
Excerpt From When A Man Loves a Woman A Season of Change
Feeling better than I’d felt in a while, I walked into the condo with a purpose. “Alicia, where are you, baby?”
“I’m in the tub, Avery.” I burst in on her and she looked up at me with a curious expression. “Ave, are you okay?” Her eyebrows raised in question.
“Baby, I’m great!” I dropped down to my knees by the side of the tub to plant a kiss on her perfect face sticking up from the sea of bubbles. She looked adorable. And incredibly sexy. “Mmmm. I missed you.”
She stared at me for a long time before answering. “I missed you, too.” Her face was so serious. Her eyes bespoke of a great turmoil burning in her soul. It was a hard admission for her to make, but nevertheless true. I began to nibble her neck, and I heard her moan. It had been a month since the “incident” and we’d barely touched. Not that I hadn’t tried. She wouldn’t let me too close to her. I missed her softness, and I could tell she wanted me as much as I wanted her. Felt her breath quicken and become labored against my cheek.
“You wanna join me, Avery?” The look on her face was a cross between come hither and nervous anticipation of what was to come by letting me into her space again. In her life. Seeing as how, until that point, I’d been hovering near the edge, just barely able to keep from falling off. That was the sweetest question I’d ever heard.
“Yeah, baby. Oh, yeah.” I growled deep in my throat. Before I could even finish my answer I’d already stripped down to nothing and was climbing into the oversized whirlpool tub to join my wife. The sight of her reaching up to me excited me tremendously. I heard myself groan.
Heated sounds of moaning and ecstasy filled the air as I nibbled and sucked her neck, lips, breasts. A romantic urgency eased between us. “Come to me, Avery,” she panted against my ear. I thought she’d never say it. Our mating was fast and furious as we loved away our hurt and frustrations. We were left panting and clinging to each other. She looked into my eyes and I felt her reach for me again. I picked her up and carried her to our bed. All the urgency of the first encounter was gone, so we were able to love each other slowly, tenderly. Tears slipped silently from her eyes, releasing a host of unanswered emotions, finally being let loose. I licked them away and looked deep into her eyes. “I love you, Alicia. And I’m so very sorry I hurt you. Please forgive me.” I couldn’t touch her enough. I wanted to mold us together to absorb all of the hurt she was feel.
Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author, media personality and publisher whose works centers around uplifting, encouraging and empowering others to live the abundant life. She is also an accomplished poet; founder of the Say What?? Book Club; and host of the internet radio shows Living Abundantly with Tumika Patrice Cain, In The Spotlight, and Say What?? Author Spotlights. In addition, she is a respected book reviewer and columnist for PEN’Ashe Magazine, a contributing writer for BLOG and Believe Magazines, and editor for two smaller publishing companies. A champion for indie authors, she works tirelessly to level the playing field to bring exposure to those authors who excel at their craft, but whose marketing budgets are limited. Inkscriptions, her publishing company, offers a myriad of book publishing services. Living by the motto of each one reach one, each one teach one, Tumika shares her passion for purpose and for life with all who cross her path. She is the 2013 recipient of a Spoken Word Billboard award for her debut novel, Season of Change (December 2012), a novel that has since been picked up by Shan Presents and will be re-released as When a Man Loves a Woman – A Season of Change in December 2015. To her publishing credit, she is also the author of After the Rain…a Poetry Collective (March 2014) and The Heart of a Woman (August 2015). Tumika’s works have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, newsletters and periodicals.
Facts about Tumkia
- Finish this sentence: I am addicted to chocolate, good books and gorgeous shoes!
- What advice would you give another author who is struggling with procrastination? There is always a fear element present with procrastination. I’d tell the author to look deep within and ask him/herself the question “what am I really afraid of?” If answered honestly, the answer will bring the author face to face with one layer of truth in their lives. Sometimes just admitting where we are and what we struggle with is enough to get the ball rolling. Other times, it may require more questions, to which I’d encourage them to ask if they are more afraid of whatever it is (from the first question) or getting to the end of their lives and having not accomplished what they set out to do. Typically, the weight of one will overshadow the other and help the person reach a decision. Thirdly, I’d tell them to look in the mirror and remind themselves how capable and worthy they are. Know that you are more than your setbacks, more than the mistakes you’ve made, and success is a divine right…so embrace it!
- How long have you been writing? I began creative writing at the age of seven when poetry was introduced as a second grade class assignment. I loved the way I felt after stringing together a series of words, and the power writing gave me to express myself when I was otherwise shy and felt voiceless.
- What are your pet peeves? Narcissism/selfishness and Lying!