Welcome to my first Blog Tour! Today I’m happy to feature an excerpt from He’s Mine! by Bernadette Y. Connor. Be sure and visit the other Blog stops on the Tour for reviews and interviews with the author.
Excerpt from He’s Mine!
Patrice went into the kitchen. Only wanting to make this announcement once, Patrice had to stop her mother’s bustling and get her into the den. That could be a problem when Sierra was involved in preparing a big meal. Anticipating having all of her children home at once had her flying at warp speed.
Patrice walked over to her mother and took her by the arm. As she led Sierra toward the den, Patrice said, “Mom, Miles and I have to talk to you and Daddy about something.”
Not wanting to be disturbed, Sierra asked sharply, “Can’t it wait until dinner?” “No, Mom.”
Seeing how serious Patrice’s expression was and noticing the tension marks on her forehead, Sierra stopped struggling. Patrice thought she saw fear in her mother’s eyes, and hated knowing she was the cause of it.
“He’s Mine! is a gripping tale of love, dysfunctional relationships, deceit, passion, infidelity and unrequited love. Bernadette Connor writes unapologetic, in your face prose with her searing human touch. Connor’s seventh novel is a must-read and will keep you guessing about the fate of Patrice Mays and Miles Alexander, until the last page.”
~ Thelma Balfour, author of Black Love Signs and Black Sun Signs (Touchtone/Simon & Schuster)
“Using passion and intrigue as her thread, Ms. Connor has woven a fascinating story. HE’S MINE! is a tale you’ll remember long after you turn the last page!”
~ B. Berry, author of Clothesline Blues and Cold Crazy (series)
“Love, murder and mayhem. It is a love story after all!”
~ Lori Bryant Woolridge, Emmy winner and author of Can’t Help The Way That I Feel
Bernadette’s first love was music, but she found herself writing poetry. Some of her earliest writings were published in SCLC monthly magazine. Both singing and writing had to take a back burner to caring for her family, but midnight often found her doodling. A divorced mother of three, Bernadette saw that all of her children graduated from college.
Bernadette found her niche’ at AT&T as a communications technician. With the merger came a lay-off and she saw as an opportunity to begin a new career, but that was put on hold by a series of medical problems and finally the devastation of the brutal murder of her eldest son on Christmas Eve of 1991. Her zest for life, travel and adventure were nearly extinguished. However, Bernadette’s thoughts slowly returned to writing.
The literary fire was stoked by reacquainting herself with her earlier poems. Bernadette embarked on yet another adventure. She wrote a simple love story called “Finally” that opened the gate to an avalanche of works . . . 13 novels and 7 screenplays. Bernadette’s published debut novel, “Damaged!”, the first psychological thriller ever written and published by an African American garnered her a spot in “Who’s Who In America 2004”. Publishers Weekly dubbed her the “genre-crossing writer” and she loves the distinction.