A broken marriage.
A former lover.
A passion for success.
A recipe for disaster.
It's Day 8 of March Madness and there will be two winners today! Nigeria Lockley is tempting us with a touch of sin in today's excerpt. And all I can say after I finished reading it was "Yeah...why???" So read on and prepare to enter the giveaway at the end!
About the Book:
Kira Seagram is frustrated by her husband Mason’s zeal for the Lord, so she pours all of her attention into her work and reserves her soprano singing skills for the shower. Kira would rather not use them if she get can’t the adoration and recognition she feels she deserves and doubts she’ll find singing lead for Mason’s choir. When a routine drop off at her son, Nate’s private school turns into a ten-year reunion with her ex-boyfriend, Quincy McAdams, Kira isn’t interested in Mason's half-hearted affection or willing to keep her voice to herself. With a firm offer from Quincy to help Kira cut a demo and possibly revive the love they let die, Kira has some choices to make. When Kira finds herself tempted to touch will she remain faithful to her husband or yield to the desires of her flesh?
After securing a thirty-two ounce cup of coffee I pushed Nate towards the exit. We moved in such a flurry there was no time for me to brace myself for a collision with another parent during the morning Manhattan shuffle. The Manhattan shuffle was what I had dubbed the mad dash from the subway into the school and out the door followed by a nod and wave at the principal, then you hurtle back through the door desperately trying to avoid the president of the PTA who was trying to corner you for your signature, a donation, or cupcakes.
I shook my head and refocused my eyes on the hand that once safely cradled my cup of Joe, which was now dripping from my fingertips and rolling up the sleeve of my trench coat.
“Are you okay, Ma?” Nate inquired, looking up at me.
“I’m sorry, Kira,” a familiar voice said with his head bent in my direction and his hand full of tissues extended towards me.
“Ma, are you okay?” Nate asked again tugging on the strap of my suede tan hobo. No, I’m stuck on stupid. Thankfully that didn’t come out of my mouth. I replied with a strong and soothing, “Yes. Hun, I’m fine,” before snatching the napkins from the palm of Quincy McAdams.
“Thank you, Quincy.” I dabbed at my arm and Nate pulled on my purse string again.
“Uh…who is this?” Nate asked doing his best imitation of his father’s gruff voice.
“Nathan, this is Mr. McAdams, an old friend of mine,” I said doing my best to appear pleasant and mask the nature of our relationship.
Quincy hiked up the legs of his tailored slate grey trousers and crouched down to Nate’s height. “Nice to meet you, Nathan.” He extended a balled up fist for Nate to tap. “You know,” he drew back the sleeve of his blazer and glanced at his watch, “in about two minutes you will officially be marked late and I would hate for that to happen.”
Nate winced. “Me too.” He looked back at me. “If you’re good, Mom I’m going inside,” Nate declared, releasing my purse string and trotting towards the doors of Emblem Academy.
“Nate,” I called to him following him out the coffee shop.
Nate turned back, smiled at me, and waved. “Bye, Ma.”
Please don’t leave me alone with six feet of fineness who was, by the looks of it, a lil’ bit too delighted to have spilled my coffee. I waved back trying to see past the face in front of me. Emblem Academy was a few feet away from Joe’s House of Java, but I wasn’t worried about Nate’s safety, I was concerned about my own. I wanted to look away from his monsoon-deep eyes, but I was too dazzled to turn away.
Quincy didn’t waste a moment seizing upon my apparent weakness; he inched closer as I backed away.
“Kira, if you keep backing up you’re going to crash into another person. Stop playing.” He grabbed the underside of the sleeve on my coat pulling me in closer. “I’m not going to bite you. I just wanted to wipe the coffee off your arm before I hug you.”
I rolled my eyes and smiled. “Of all the coffee shops on the Upper West Side you could have walked into and accosted a woman in, why’d you have to walk into mine? Oh forget it.” I waved my hand at him putting his response on pause.
Copyright ©2015 Nigeria Lockley
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Temptation is the major issue that Kira Seagram, the protagonist of my latest book, Tempted to Touch has to deal with. We all have to face down temptation in our daily walk. Sometimes, it’s small and sometimes it large like the battle Kira has to face. Being tempted isn’t a sin, but how we respond to it—whether we walk away when someone cusses us out or decide to turn what seems like a simple office conversation into regular night time banter can lead us into sin. How do you handle temptation??? Leave your response in the comments for a chance to win an autographed copy of Tempted to Touch.
Nigeria Lockley possesses two master's degrees, one in English secondary education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second master's degree is in creative writing. Nigeria's debut novel, Born at Dawn received the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home, King of Kings and Lord of Lords Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.
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