I have a confession to make. A guilty pleasure to admit to… No, not my Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta and Total Divas obsession. Nope, not the fact that I bought the last New Kids on the Block CD. *cough* And no, not my addiction to all things Emily Delicious… Nope, my secret is this…
I love millionaires.
I do. I mean, who doesn’t love a man who, on a moment’s notice, can sweep his woman away on his luxurious jet to a private island? An island he owns, by the way. A man who hands over his double platinum-Pretty Woman-Rodeo Drive card without a care to price tags or credit limits? A man who can close down a five-star restaurant so he and his woman can have a sumptuous dinner followed by a private concert from Lionel Richie? Okay, so I haven’t read the Lionel Richie serenade yet, but still, what’s not to love about a man who can do all of the above? And still be driven, Alpha and sexy? Shooooot.
The hero in Beauty and the Bachelor, my new release from Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line, is a scarred, bitter millionaire bent on revenge. Now some would ask what do I know about millionaires…namely, my father who asked me what makes me enough of an expert on millionaires that I can write a book about one. *sigh* Such a skeptic, that one. Because I do have experience with the elite one-percenters that qualifies me to write about them.
Here’s my résumé:1. I watched Silver Spoons, Diff’rent Strokes and Dynasty for years. Research. All writers have to do their research. And I started mine from a very young age. I learned that although millionaires may have their…well, millions in common, they are varied. They are, uh, eccentric—train riding, conductor cap-wearing—and philanthropic as well as ruthless. I also learned what a man bitch slap looked like…
2. I’ve owned real estate property, hotels, railroads and utilities. *Blink. Blink.* What? I have…
3. I’ve inherited wealth from a relative. True, it was a wealth of hair, boob-age and backwoods remedies for bee stings, burns and swollen knees, but it was definitely an inheritance. *nodding*
4. Many of them are cash poor…as am I. For years I worked in the banking industry where I reviewed the profit and loss statements of many a wealthy client. I soon learned a good portion of their wealth was tied up in investments, stock, equipment and real estate. Same goes for me. Althooouuugh, a good portion of my assets are tied up in books, weave, shoes and Cherry Cokes. No, not Coke stock, but literally, Cherry Cokes…
5. I have greedy, grasping family members. So many millionaires endure constant demands of “More, more, more,” and “I want…” from relatives. These family members are always tugging on them to gimme this, loan me that. *sigh* I, too, understand this endless demand of resources. They’re called children.
So how’s that for experience? I’m ready for my high-rise and penthouse now…
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About Naima SimoneAuthor Bio:
Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.
She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.Connect with NaimaCONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide.
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