Tri-Romance by Dana Littlejohn Genre: Contemporary Romance
Twin sisters, Opal and Pearl Jefferson, and their best friend Debra Flores were living blissfully by their no strings attached rule, enjoying the many comforts of a good life. All was well in their world until Frank, Jake, Doug and Rakim entered into it. When one of the girls abandons their well practiced rule and falls in love. Does her decision throw a monkey wrench into the lives of everyone else around her? Or does it open up the possibility for love to capture them all?
“Jake, I’m here! Where are you?”
“I’m in the kitchen, babe!”
Jake sent her a wide and genuine smile over his shoulder when she entered the room. His long legs quickly covered the space between the table and door. He scooped Pearl off the floor and spun her around, giving her a long, deep kiss.
“Damn, I’m glad to see you. It’s been too long since we’ve seen each other. Come sit down.” He pulled her to the table.
“Two days is too long?”
“Sweetheart, two hours is too long to be away from the one you love.” He kissed her hand then pulled out her chair.
“You are so sweet.” She surveyed the table as he poured he filled a second flute handing it to her. “So, what’s all this?”
He sat across from her. “This, honey, is a celebration.”
“Really? What are we celebrating?”
“Well, we’ve got an anniversary coming up, don’t we? Next month will be a whole year since we started seeing each other, and I think it’s time we took this thing to the next level.” He tapped his glass to hers before taking a sip. “Don’t you?”
Pearl took a drink then rolled the glass between her hands. “Are you sure that’s what you want, Jake?”
“Yes, it’s what I’ve been wanting.” He pushed a bowl of strawberries toward her and leaned on the table. “I gotta tell you Pearl, I don’t want to keep doing this. I’m starting to think you’re, you know, maybe a little embarrassed to be seen with me.” He turned pain filled blue eyes to her. “Are you?”
“No, Jake, of course not.” Pearl went around the table to sit on his lap. “We have a nice quiet existence. What’s wrong with that?” she added popping a strawberry in her mouth.
“I don’t want a nice quiet existence. I want the whole world to know how happy I am, how happy you make me.” Jake took her hand and kissed it again. “I want to do what other couples do. I want to take walks in the park, go on picnics, out to the movies. I want to walk down the street and hear the old people say, ‘Aww, look at them, they’re so in love.’”
“I— I want more, Pearl.” His voice softened with his plea.
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I am Dana Littlejohn, author of sensual erotic romance. You will find that I write contemporary romances with just a hint of another genre to take it away from the ordinary. My stories will touch your heart and your soul and make your body feel like it's being touched, too.
Imagination will take you places your money can not. I invite you into my world with open arms to see my imagination run wild...
Come along for the ride as I go on an imaginary trip into my world. You'll enjoy every minute of this wild ride.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I have been writing all my life. I really don’t remember a time when I wasn’t. As a kid I wrote short stories and when I became a mother I told my children intricate bedtime stories. I finally decided to put it all on paper when my children were all grown up.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I am a member of Starfleet, Hogwarts and I’m a Jedi knight in training.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn New York.
What are you passionate about these days?
I really want my books to reach more people. I am doing a big push this year.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to crochet. When I get writer’s block my friends get lots of crochet items.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Happy, friendly, eclectic, loving and strange.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Yes, I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast. The idea of loving someone for who they are inside. I think it’s the very essence of romance.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I would love to see the Power of the Bayou on the big screen.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to show the complex lives of women of color.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I have several books coming soon including a Greek mythology, vampire and miltary inspired story.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I sometimes do free stories about side characters.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Tri-Romance?
The story is about twin sisters, Opal and Pearl Jefferson and their best friend Debra Flores. The twins are complete opposite and so much alike at the same time. While Debra was best friends with Opal, over the years she has grown just as close to Pearl. Opal and Debra own a beauty salon while Pearl runs a daycare. Each have their own issues with men and dating and have unique ways of dealing with them.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I try to keep people who have passed on alive in my books by using their names. Sometimes I use names of living family members, but make sure they look totally different than the real person.
Who designed your book covers?
I use 3 different designers so my covers don’t all have a similar look.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would love to see Kerry Washington play the twins and Rosario Dawson play Debra.
How did you come up with name of this book?
I thought it was a good play on words since it was 3 girls trying romance for the first time.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They are purely imagination. Only the cities are real in this book.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
My characters always hijack my stories to guide my hand.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have several books on my release list to be published in 2020 and 2021.
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to have a sit down dinner and talk to Zane, Piers Anthony, Bertrice Small and Jackie Collins. Sadly the latter two are no longer with us.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
All of the main characters are set when I start a book, but secondary and random characters come along as the story develops.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I do lots of research. Reading up on it or hands on depending on the specifics of the book.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to switch my career to writing. It is on my mind each time I complete a book.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
Between a full-time job, my love for traveling and writing I don’t have much time to read, but when I do I love reading historicals.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I like white noise in the background. Most times it’s a Disney movie playing.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Baptiste St John, from the Power of the Bayou, is the bad guy but I loved creating him.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I was the kid that said, when I grow up I’m going to be an author. I will continue to write books until people hear my name and know I’m an author even if they haven’t read a single book.
Describe your writing style.
I don’t know if I have specific style. I’m kind of a combination of a panster and outliner.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first?
My process is the same with every book: I always know the beginning, the middle and the how it will end. I make the outline and fill in key points I don’t want to forget. Once I start writing, the characters tell me how I get to each section.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I have no desire to be a cookie cutter author and give what the masses are looking for. I try to be original with all my books.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Because men and women think so differently it is always hard for me to know how they would react in a situation and make it realistic. I do research on that as well and ask several men random questions to keep the men in my books close to real.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely. Sometimes when too many characters are talking at the same time no one can be heard. When that happens I don’t force it. I walk away from the story and do something totally different to relax my mind. After a while the voices ease and one can be heard to guide the story flow again.
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