Inspirational romance author, Jae Henderson stops by to share an excerpt from her latest release, Forever and a Day. Its the final book in the Someday Trilogy. Check out the blurb and excerpt below and let Jae know what you think!
Tee and Michael Stokes have realized that life for them will never be normal. As heads of a new entertainment management company and expecting parents, it’s now more important than ever to figure out if their stalker, Rebecca DeFoy, is dead or alive. If she’s alive, will she kill again? If she’s dead, who is impersonating her and why? Whichever the case, they must put an end to the harassment once and for all before she puts an end to them.
Their friends have drama of their own……
Tiffany has traded in her tight clothes and stilettos for big hats and conservative dresses as she tries to prove to one of Memphis’ most promising young pastors that she is worthy of a man in the pulpit. Can she control her feelings for Michael, or will temptation ruin her chances for love and her friendship with Tee? Lenice has entered the world of online dating. Her keystrokes can’t mask the pain of a failed relationship, but they could lead her into the life of an elderly millionaire. Lenora’s weight loss has changed her body and her attitude for the better, but her husband’s job at the Kitty Kat Club may be too much for even the new and improved Lenora to handle.
Join Tee, Michael, and their hilarious friends as they discover that the key to surviving this journey called life is to hold on tight to the hands of the ones you love while you pray for faith to see you through. Forever and a Day will keep you loving, laughing, and on the edge of your seat!
“Thank you for calling MiTee Management, how may I help you?” asked Sheba in her sweetest voice.
“Yeah. Can I speak to my momma?” said a young male.
Sheba hated prank phone calls. She had better things to do with her time than play with somebody she couldn’t see.
“Sir, I think you have the wrong number. Everyone in this office is childless,” she said rudely.
“No. Tina Stokes is my momma. Tell her that her son is on the phone. She’ll know exactly who you’re talking about,” the young man insisted.
Sheba was sure he was crazy. Tee didn’t have any children yet, and if she did, whoever was on the other end was way too old to be her child, but she decided to humor him. “One moment please,” she said and pressed the button to put him on hold. She then pressed the extension for Tee’s office. “Boss Lady, there’s a young man on the phone who says you’re his momma. Do I need to get rid of him?”
Tee giggled. “No, Sheba, that’s my baby. I’ll explain later. Put him through.”
Her phone rang two seconds later. “MiTee Management, where we are lifting our clients to new heights. Tee Stokes here. How may I help you?”
Tee loved to say the name of her and Michael’s new management company. They selected MiTee because it was a combination of their names and it sounded like the word mighty. That’s exactly what they planned to be—stronger, bigger, and badder than any other management company in the nation. Together, they were a force to be reckoned with. They had only been in business two months, and MiTee Management was currently responsible for maintaining the I’m A Good Woman brand and executing the I’m A Good Woman Empowerment Conference. They also managed Michael’s career as a motivational speaker and book author, Tiffany’s Magic Touch Mobile Massage, and now gospel hip-hop artist Icy Blak. It was an eclectic bunch, but nothing she and Michael couldn’t handle. So far, their assistant Sheba was the only employee, but they were looking to add an additional manager to the team so Tee could attend solely to the baby after he or she was born.
Things took off much faster than either of them could have imagined. After the word circulated that MiTee Management existed, many of the celebrities she and Michael knew called to see if they would be interested in managing them. They turned most of them down because they didn’t want to take on too much too soon, but when Blak called, there was no way Tee could deny him. He was her mentee, and she was honored that he wanted her to help manage his career. They finally had the details worked out, and Blak would be in town tomorrow to sign the contract. She was quite proud of the businessman he was becoming.
“Hey, Ma! I liked your name better when it was Tina Long,” teased Blak.
“Boy, I told you I am nobody’s mother. At least not yet, and I think my new name is beautiful and my new life is beautiful!” Tee looked down at her small, almost three-month baby bump. She was actually enjoying being pregnant. She got to eat as much as she wanted, and everyone pampered her. The breast swelling was annoyingly painful, but she was secretly excited about the notion of added cleavage. They seemed to be getting bigger every week. She hoped the added inches would stay once the baby was born. Although she didn’t enjoy the morning sickness she first experienced after finding out she was with child, it seemed to have stopped. Odd eating habits were the newest phase in her pregnancy. She dipped a Cool Ranch Dorito in applesauce and chewed it loudly in Blak’s ear.
“I hope it’s a girl so I can continue to be your only son,” said Blak.
Blak was one of several young people God placed in Tee’s life to mentor. When she met Isaac Blakston, he was a 19-year-old secular artist tormented by the fast life he no longer enjoyed or wanted to be a part of. He was bedding multiple women, using excessive profanity, and spouting vulgar lyrics in an effort to live up to the image his record company created for him. Although it made him a millionaire, he was miserable. Tee convinced Blak to find peace by following his heart and his God. Doing so allowed him to repair his broken relationship with his parents, who didn’t approve of his lifestyle, but ended his relationship with his record label and management company. He even had to sue them for the money they stole from him throughout his career. But the Lord worked it all out in Blak’s favor, and he was now with a Christian music label and was getting ready to release his debut hip-hop gospel CD titled Walking in the Light. Blak prayed that his new CD would be well received. Even though he stood to lose thousands of his secular fans, he felt good about the positive messages in his songs that anyone of any age could enjoy. He was hoping to gain new fans and win souls for the Kingdom through his music. He couldn’t wait for his first single, “Living the Good Life,” to drop.
“Aw, Blak, that’s so sweet. What can I do for you, baby boy? Is everything all right? You usually call my cell phone,” said Tee.
“Yeah. I thought I’d catch you off guard. Nothing’s wrong. I just had the urge to talk to you for a few minutes. I can’t wait to see you,” he said.
“Same here. Don’t forget I want you to do a private meet and greet with the group I told you about, Behind the Bars. These little boys and girls have a mother or father who is locked up, and in some cases, both parents are in jail. I know seeing you would brighten their day. We’re also going to swing by Mercy Children’s Hospital and have you spend some time with the patients there too.”
“No problem, Momma. I like doing stuff like that. I’ll call you when my plane lands. You’re picking me up, right?” he asked.
“Actually, I was going to send a car to get you.”
“No deal. I haven’t seen you since you convinced me to stop sleeping with a bunch of women just because I could. The only person I want picking me up is you.”
Tee had a million things she needed to do, but she couldn’t turn down the young man she had grown so fond of. “All right, Blak. You got it. Tee’s escort service will be there waiting for you.”
“That’s the business! I gotta get to rehearsal now.”
“Okay, Blak. I’m so proud of you.”
“Thanks, Momma. I owe it all to you. I’m glad you’ll be helping to guide my career. I trust you with my life. Holla.”
He hung up before Tee could say good-bye. She smiled and looked around her spacious office. She and Michael had purchased the building right after she got fired from her old job. Upstairs was a luxurious loft they were renovating and hoped to move in within the next month or so. Soon, to go to work, all the couple would have to do is walk downstairs. So much had changed in only a few months, but the changes were for the better.
The holidays were especially good to her. She and Michael hosted Thanksgiving at their home. His family came into town from Ohio. It was a wonderful time as their two families fellowshipped together. They interacted very well, but there was a noticeable rift between the Stokes men. Michael, his younger brother Maxwell, and their father were cordial to one another but not warm and loving as they had been previously. The Stokes men had a very bad year of revealed painful secrets, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. They were all trying to get past it and become a close-knit family again, but it was going to take time. The bonds of trust had been severely damaged. Michael’s mother, Vanessa, prayed day and night that God would restore her family. One member of the Stokes family was oblivious to problems of the adults in the room and had more fun than anyone in there. It was wonderful seeing Michelle play and laugh with Tee’s niece and nephew. She truly was a beautiful little girl, and everyone hoped that her mother’s past wouldn’t have a negative impact on her future. No one would ever guess that her mother was a schizophrenic killer or that her life was the result of Michael’s brother sleeping with his now deceased ex-girlfriend Becca.
Christmas held a special present that couldn’t be placed under a tree. Tee’s premature niece, Little Tina, was allowed to come home on Christmas Eve. After weeks in the NECU of the hospital, she was now able to sleep in her own nursery. It was hard to believe the chubby, gray-eyed baby was only four pounds when she was born. On Christmas Day she cooed, gurgled, and smiled to the delight of everyone in the room, especially her older brother and sister. They wore Sandy’s nerves thin asking every day when Little Tina would come home. Now that she was home, they couldn’t get enough of her. The two even stood watch over her crib and admired her while she slept.
Michael and Tee flew to Paris to ring in the New Year. They made some wonderful memories sharing kisses atop the Eiffel Tower and dining on French cuisine. They also took a train through the countryside and admired its beauty. Many romantic nights were spent under the starry skies of a foreign land living, laughing, and loving as happily married couples do. Their trip was short, but they promised them-selves they would see much more of Europe in the future. It was now February, and the dynamic duo was hard at work launching their business.
Tee lovingly rubbed her stomach again. She could hardly wait for her and Michael’s baby to arrive so they could also experience the joys of parenthood. She suddenly realized that Michael had not returned to the office yet. He said he was going to run some errands and come right back, but that was hours ago.
Thank you so much for sharing, Jae. I can’t wait to read the rest!
After embracing careers as a radio talk show host, marketing and media professional, and voice over artist, Jae Henderson decided to add inspirational romance author to her roles. Her entertaining stories about the astounding power of love and God’s ability to care for us have been warmly received by readers of all ages.
Jae began her I’m A Good Woman literary series in 2011 with her debut novel, Someday, and followed it with the 2012 released of its sequel, Someday, Too. Now she’s back with the final book in the trilogy, Forever and Day. Join Jae as she uses her wit and way with words to take us on a most entertaining journey filled with wisdom, romance, suspense, and jaw dropping twists and turns that inspires believers to keep the faith and remember that we may not be perfect but we serve a perfect God. She even has an inspirational estory series entitled, Things Every Good Woman Should Know. These short stories encourage women to be the best they can be in their spiritual, professional, and social lives. Two have been released thus far: You Are Beautiful and Take Care of Those You Love.
Jae Henderson is a graduate of The University of Memphis where she earned a BA in Communications and an MA in English. She is the former host and producer of On Point, a once popular radio talk show geared toward youth and young adults. Other accomplishments have included serving as a contributing writer for the award-winning, syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and a successful career as a voice over artist. Her signature voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials and even a couple of cartoons. When Jae isn’t writing, she works as a public relations specialist and college professor. She currently resides in her hometown of Memphis, TN.