Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles by Casandra Charles - Book Tour + Giveaway


Lust & Lies
The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles Book 1
by Casandra Charles

Genre:
Urban Drama, Romance

JR was young, single, making money, enjoying life and on top of her game
as a successful event manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating
from Clark Atlanta University, she focused most of her life on her
career, driven by the need to prove herself while working in a men’s
field. Atlanta was all about keeping up with the Joneses and JR knew
just how to do it. After seven years in Atlanta, she abruptly moved
back to New York to be with her family when her dad had a near-death
experience. During her move, she met Toni, a single, blue-collar,
strong-minded guy who quickly swept her off her feet with his lies.

Love was never on her mind, but Toni was different (she thought). Even
though they were at two different places in life, JR let her guard
down and welcomed him in. After only a few months of their
long-distance relationship, things started to move really fast,
making JR really nervous. Then the drama began as Toni suddenly moved
in with her and she started uncovering the hidden secrets of the real person.

As JR was coming to terms with the idea of Toni being in her life, she
remained torn between him and her past in Atlanta. A past that
included David, her on-again, off-again lover who was everything JR
wanted in a man: well-educated with a successful career, good looks,
and the drive to want more of everything that Toni didn’t have.
However, even after two years of dating, their relationship was like
oil and water: they just didn’t mix. As Toni’s real personality
was revealed, David looked more and more like the safe place for JR.
When her current situation started to heat up, JR began wishing she
had her old life back.

The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies is just the beginning as JR
tries to find the right balance in her life; however, that happy
balance is not so easy find, especially when it’s full of lust and lies.


What a Mess…
“Hey, girl, how was your time in Atlanta?”
“It was cool, Angela, but too short. I didn’t even want to leave.”
“I am so happy for you and Toni. He seems like a really good guy.”
“Thanks, Ang, he is. He really is. I have so much work to do these next few weeks. As
much fun as I had in Atlanta, it really set me back. I’ve been spending more than I’ve
been making. I have to be on my grind these next few months. I was thinking about
picking up a tax job for the next few months.”
“You and this tax job thing.”
“Come on, Ang, you know most of my clients pay under the table; I need a tax job.
Besides, the extra cash will come in handy. So a nine-to-five gig would be helpful right
now.”
“What you going to do? Go back to bartending or retail?”
“I don’t know yet, I was thinking retail. This is a new city and all, and I’m not too
familiar with the club scene round here. It might be safe to do a retail gig since I’m living
by myself and all. I’ll keep you posted. I’m about to walk into this crazy house in a
minute. I’ll call you later.”
“Alright, Jamie, I’ll talk to you later.”
***
Finally after seven hours of heavy cleaning and packing away, my new place started to
look livable.
“I deserve a drink for all my hard work,” I said to myself as I walked over to my
cabinet full of large bottles of liquor and began to make myself a much-needed drink.
“What do I have a taste for? Malibu Bay breeze, peach Long Island or a sex on the
beach.” I took a long pause and decided to fix myself a peach Long Island.
Ring, ring, ring.
“Hello.”
“Hey, what you doing?”
“Nothing, I just finished cleaning up and I’m about to fix myself a drink.”
“Who is at the house with you?”
“Nobody, I’m by myself, why?”
“You’re making yourself a drink by yourself?”
“Yeah, why?”
“Only alcoholics drink by themselves,” Toni said as he began to laugh.
“I drink by myself all the time and I am not an alcoholic, I’m West Indian. Besides, I
have to refresh my bartending skills sometimes.”
“You’re crazy. What does being from Trinidad and Tobago have to do with anything?
What are you making?”
“I’m making a peach Long Island, and my Trinidadian roots makes drinking a social
affair, as West Indians are very social drinkers, like Italians and wine.”
“Italians and wine, I got it now. Well, enjoy your drink. Wait, what is a peach Long
Island?”
“It’s a Long Island ice tea with peach schnapps instead of triple sec.”
“Damn, you’re making a real drink.”
“Yes, I am, thanks to Mexico. Remember I told you when Angela and I went down
there last year I came back with a suitcase full of liquor.”
“I thought you were exaggerating when you said suitcase.”
“No, I was dead-ass serious. When you spend forty bucks on a medium bottle of Ketel
One in the U.S. it’s like twenty-five bucks in Mexico, or at least the part of Mexico we
went to. I loved it.”
“Spoken like a true alky.”
“Ha, ha, funny. I know how to hold my liquor. Besides, one to two drinks doesn’t
make me an alky.”
“No, one to two drinks a week don’t make you an alky.”
I didn’t have the heart to tell him I meant one to two drinks a day on certain days.
“Thank you,” I said with a false sense of security. “Anyway, honey, enough ’bout me,
what’s going on with you?”
“Same oh, same oh. Just thinking ’bout this girl I love.”
“Girl you love, are you cheating on me? Because I thought I was the woman you
love.”
“Ha, ha, very cute.”
“Anyway, I’m ’bout to fix dinner, enjoy my drink, take a shower and head to bed. I
have a busy day tomorrow.”
“Is that anything new? I’ll call you later, baby. Love you.”
“Ditto.”

Secrets Revealed...The Beginning
The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles Book 2

Just as Jamie Reynolds, aka JR, stepped outside of her comfort zone and
lets her guard down with Toni, she quickly understood why she had it
up in the first place. Toni was nothing like he pretended to be, and
after three years of his lies, JR finally had had enough and found the courage to leave. 
JR didn’t have many friends and was so embarrassed at her life’s
direction she tried to pretend she was okay, but her true friends
knew better. This included David, her past lover, who was happy she
was back in Atlanta, but things just weren’t the same between them.
Maybe because JR was still legally married to Toni, as he refused to
sign the divorce papers, or maybe because David’s life was moving
forward and JR’s life had fallen backwards. 
This new JR was nothing like her old self. JR was once a strong
independent woman, but now she can’t even look herself in the
mirror without falling apart. After years of lies and now emotional
abuse from Toni, who refuses to let her go, she just couldn’t hold
it all in and finally her emotions started to get the best of her. JR
tried to drink her problems away, which only made things worse, as
she truly lost her direction. Then her life unexpectedly came
crashing down after her friendship with Terry took a turn for the
worse. One by one JR not only lost her old friends, but she also lost
her way, which led JR to seek help. 
Jenny was JR’s saving grace, and after diving deep into her past, she
finally began to uncover the hidden secrets of the real JR. Secrets
even JR hid from herself. As Jenny encouraged JR to let her guard
down yet again and explore dating, she met Mike, a
twenty-five-year-old young professional who was nothing like Toni. He
was educated, had a thriving career, and truly supported JR even
after watching the drama unfold between Toni and her, but he never
ran, and JR appreciated his strength.
Lust and Lies was just the beginning as The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles
continues and JR is faced with the newest chapter in her life, a life
full of questionable memories into her past, present and future self.



Pillow Talk
The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles Book 3

There are three sides to every story, her side, his side and the truth, as
the men of the Jamie Reynolds Chronicles tell all. Jamie Reynolds,
aka JR, takes center stage of her own reality as she becomes the
focal point of David, her on-again, off again lover who was
everything JR wanted in a man, yet their relationship was like oil
and water—they just didn’t mix. Blue, JR’s first and only
friend with benefits, thought he was okay with his role of friend and
convenient lover, but ultimately the friendship always outshone his
need for something more. Robert, aka Rob, who didn’t see anything
wrong with having his cake and eating it too as he tried to juggle
Maria (his fiancée), JR (his girlfriend) and multiple other women.
Terry, JR’s play brother, wanted to do more than just play. Toni, JR’s
blue-collar and now petty and bitter ex, vowed to make JR life
miserable at any cost. Wes, JR’s first high school love, had to
take a backseat as JR grew up and moved on with a successful life as
he still ran the streets, wishing he had JR back again. And Mike, a
younger man who stole JR’s heart, struggled with growing up as he
battled the thoughts in his head and the passion in his heart. 
Pillow Talk is a unique twist to the backstory from the point of view of the
men in the Jamie Reynolds Chronicles as they also uncover their true
lust, lies and secrets.





Originally from Brooklyn, New York, with parents from Trinidad and Tobago. Casandra
“CeCe” Charles graduated college with a BA degree in Mass Media
Arts at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA, where she resided for
many years and now has her master’s degree in Adult Education. 

Casandra always wanted to write a book but
hesitated for many years, as she suffers from adult dyslexia. She
never allowed her disability to hold her back on anything, and she
finally completed her first book, Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and
Lies, in 2015, Secrets Revealed in 2016 and now Pillow Talk in 2018.

She is the successful owner of Smell the Sunset, LLC,
which is an umbrella company for Creative Encores, LLC, an event
planning business, and What’s Good USA, a Good News website that
highlights good news from around the United States, and now her
newest adventure, author.

Casandra loves to travel and explore
and has a bucket list of places to visit a mile long. She lives by
many mottos, but her favorite one is “Live Laugh Love,” which is
also tattooed on her left arm to remind her every day to Live today,
Laugh often and Love always.



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