Hello book lovers!
Today author Stephanie Nicole Norris is stopping by to share an excerpt from her book, Trouble in Paradise. I’m so excited to have Stephanie here today because I was on her blog yesterday and cross promoting and supporting other authors is always rewarding. Happy reading oh and check out the giveaway after the excerpt!
Victoria is thankful for a lot of things- Joshua, the love of her life, a career change that starts a new chapter, and a condo in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. Her jaw drops when she opens the garage and finds a brand new Cadillac wrapped in a huge bow. She is ecstatic and ready for the next steps towards her future. This is Victoria’s fresh beginning.
When Victoria and Joshua start their journey things take a turn for the worse. Victoria finds out her nemesis and Joshua’s ex, Danielle Shumaker has flown to Chicago to try to get Joshua back. Victoria is determined to win this fight, when she finds out Joshua has secrets of his own. Distraught, confused, and feeling the sting of betrayal she falls into the arms of another. When emotions run high and desire digs deep Victoria finds herself caught up in Trouble.
Excerpt: Danielle means business
Victoria jumped off the bed and ran to the steps.
“VICTORIA GET DOWN HERE!” Shay screamed.
“What was it now?” Victoria said.
When she got to the bottom of the steps she realized Shay wasn’t calling her from inside the house. She ran outside. Shay was standing by the passenger door of Victoria’s Cadillac. She walked over to her.
Shay stared up at her blankly.
“Your stalker has left her mark,” she said.
Victoria’s mouth dropped as she read the words
“WATCH YOUR BACK” in red lipstick on the side of her new Cadillac.
“I just know she didn’t,” Victoria said. Victoria walked around to the back of the car studying every part of it. There was nothing wrong with the back, she continued to walk around to the driver’s side and she gasped.
“I didn’t even look over there,” Shay said, “What is it?”
“The word ‘MUTT!’ I’m guessing this was supposed to go together. ‘WATCH YOUR BACK MUTT!’”
Shay walked to the driver’s side and cringed. She looked at Victoria,
“What you want to do V? We can get this chick. She deserves to get dropped like a bad habit. I’m down with you, what’s up, we can take this to the hood, this heifer don’t want it, I’m telling you V lets go.”
Shay was riled up; she was ready to fight. Too much was too much.
“I know you’re not going let her keep picking with you like you’re scared after you done whooped her once! You need to put the smack down on her again.”
Victoria looked at her.
“What you want me to do, kill her? I have already put her in the hospital and she still acting like this. I mean this rat is a total psycho.”
She turned to walk in the house and Shay was on her heels.
“Hey, she can be a psycho all she wants but she still can get slap back every time she comes incorrect. This don’t make no since girl. What type of person comes all this way to keep stuff going after she done been put in the hospital? I’ll tell ya what kind, the kind that wants to get put back in the hospital again, and again after that! I didn’t come all this way to get caught up in no senseless drama, I came for moral support but there is no way I’m about to sit around and let her harass you and do nothing about it.”
By now they had walked back into the house, Shay was following behind Victoria ranting and raving about Danielle, they didn’t realize Danielle was already in the house. She hadn’t gone anywhere; she wrote her note on Victoria’s car in her red lipstick then slid into the side entrance when Victoria went flying down the steps to marvel at her artwork. She had Leon’s forty-five and it was about to get serious. She was a black woman gone mad. She wasn’t psychotic she was mad, pissed off is what she was, and she was about to show them just how mad she could be. Shay was still ranting and raving about slapping somebody back when Danielle stepped into view.
“What the…?” Shay said and reached for her purse.
“OOO no I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” Danielle said raising the forty-five so it could be seen.
“This is some major bull,” Shay said.
“I know right,” Danielle snickered. “And you were talking all that trash, my beef isn’t with you Shay but since you talk a lot I should shoot you anyway.”
Shay swallowed hard. She did not come all the way to Chicago to get shot, or killed that’s for sure. She didn’t know how she would get to her purse but she would have to get it, bullets flying between her and all. She couldn’t go out just standing here and she had a 380 of her own in her purse that she had been to the gun range with, so she knew how to use it. Victoria had weapons all in her closet but there was no way to get to them now. She would be better off trying to go for her purse then the closet.
“What do you want Danielle?” Victoria asked.
Danielle looked at Victoria like she was dumb, deaf, and stupid. “Do you really have to ask?”
“Well why don’t you take him then, you want him so bad take him. Oh wait, you can’t because he’s a grown man not a child and he doesn’t want to go with you.”
Danielle turned her aim from Shay to Victoria.
“Trick, what you don’t know is I will shoot you, right between the eyes without blinking, so I suggest you stop bumping those pretty little gums and shut up.”
Victoria tried not to sweat but she had to be real, the girl was crazy.
“Now I didn’t come over here to kill you but I will, because I hate you and even though I’m not supposed to have hatred in my heart, I hate you. I just can’t shake how much I hate you so I’m expressing it this way. I told you to watch your back and you didn’t even do that. I don’t know what to tell you. You’ve been warned.”
“Well what now rookie, get this over with, you might think you’re intimidating but you’re not!” Victoria taunted.
Danielle crossed the room in two strides and smacked her with the butt of the gun twice, Victoria hit the floor and Shay tried to make a run for her purse and felt the barrel of Danielle’s gun on the side of her face.
“Didn’t I say my beef is not with you Shay, tisk tisk, now I’m going to have to shoot you.”
“Danielle what are you doing?”
Danielle turned to see who had addressed her and of course it was Joshua. “MMMM,” she said, “my man is home.
Hey baby, you’re just in time for the party!” she said. “Is anybody with you?”
“No,” he said.
“Don’t play, I know Dantae’s with you so tell him to come on in,” she said getting serious.
“He’s not with me; he dropped me off and went to the store.”
Joshua looked at Victoria; she was sitting against the wall bleeding from her forehead. Danielle had the gun up to Shay’s head. She pointed for Joshua to come in and take a seat.
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Stephanie Nicole Norris is an up and coming writer from Chattanooga, Tennessee with a humble beginning. She was raised along with six siblings by her mother, Jessica Ward. Always being a lover of reading from early childhood Stephanie loved to read books by R.L. Stine, fantasy, and supernatural. Stephanie always had a natural talent for writing and website design. Starting her journey in 2010 she decided to bring her stories to life. In 2011 her Debut Novel “Trouble In Paradise” was completed and published in early 2012. A dramatic romance about a 28 year old African American female trying to better herself with an internship and marrying the love of her life, but runs into road blocks and things get so out of control that there are major changes for her future. Seven month’s later, Stephanie released her sophomore title Vengeful Intentions which is part 2 of Trouble In Paradise. In the works is her first Christian fiction romance Catching Bees With Honey also For Better or Worse part 3 of Trouble In Paradise and a short story titled Wreckless. The short story has been introduced currently within a collaboration of short stories on Amazon titled; Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation Volume II. Her pages tell a story of love, drama, deception, suspense, and restoration. Stephanie is inspired by writers like Victoria Christopher Murray, Vanessa Davis Griggs, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, Gwynne Forster, and more.
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