Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.
When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.
Curious to find out what Brian Young, the hero of, A Heart Not Easily Broken, has been up to in my absence, I stopped by the studio of B&D Records where he’s in the middle of a late night band practice. It appears they have stopped to take a break.
Brian: MJ! What are you doing here?
Me: I came to see you play of course! How’s it going?
Brian: Never better. How about we have a seat? It’s been a long night; I’m beat.
*He leads me over to lounge area just outside the recording booth, stopping to grab a bottle of water from a table littered with refreshments*
Me: So, it looks as though you’re enjoying the good life.
Brian: Yes, I am. Thank you by the way, for all of this. *he waves a hand around the room* I was getting tired of playing night clubs all the time.
Me: You’re welcome. You know, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I had a hard time trying to decide what to talk to you about.
Brian:*chugs half a bottle of water* What do you mean?
Me: I mean it’s been so long since I channeled your voice that--
Brian: What, you don’t remember me anymore?
Me: Not exactly. I mean, I’ve got six stories to tell and yours is the first. You have no idea how many other characters are struggling to get out of my head onto paper.
Brian: *shakes head* That’s just messed up. I thought I was your first.
Me: Brian, when you say that it comes across in so many different ways.
Brian: *he wags his eyebrows* I know.
Me: It’s impossible to ignore that lop sided grin and those bad boy baby-blues. I see why Ebony feel in love with you.
Brian: What can I say, it’s a gift. So are you feeling me now?
Me: *I shrug* A little.
Brian: Hmm... *he sits back; his eyes traveling over my body. I fidget under the scrutiny* How about I ask you the questions.
Me: Okay, ask away.
Brian: When you imagined me, what did I look like?
Me: Oh that’s an easy one! Paul Walker! When I set up my character chart for inspiration, I searched the web for a lot of hot, blond haired, blue-eyed guys, and for your back story, he fit to the T.
Brian: No runner ups?
Me: Um, maybe Brad Pitt, but, he’s too old and not tall enough.
Brian: *smirking* You got that right. I can live with Paul. I’m cool with the idea of being in a band. What made you decide to give me a bass guitar? Why not drums? Chicks dig drummers.
Me: True, but I’m a bass girl. Give me music with a tight bass line-
Me: I also love the sound of the orchestra bass, which my son plays by the way.
Brian: Again, drummer. Hell, Ebony even wanted to get to know the drummer before I stepped in.
Me: *I chuckle* What can I say, women dig guys with sticks –no pun intended. *Brian rolls his eyes* My inspiration for the bass guitar came from one of my favorite songs, Butterfly, by Crazy Town. The bass guitar in that song calls to me every time. Put it together with the idea of a tall, blond-haired musician with sexy blue eyes that peer into your soul…that is so you!
Brian: *sits back, lost in thought* Okay, I can get that.
Me: Anything else?
Brian: Hmm….I will say this, thanks for listening to me on how to write the book's ending. That first one would have left me looking like a punk.
Me: You’re very right. After three years, I figured the fact that you finally had something to say meant something. Because of you, I’ve learned to listen to my characters even more. Yasmine’s got a mouth on her though.
Brian: *he smirks* You can say that again. But I respect the hell out of her. I don’t know what Ebony would do without her. *he stares down at the nearly empty bottle of water* I just wish there was something I could do for her. I feel as if I had something to do with what happened.
Me: Why? Brian, nothing that happened was your fault. None of you guys saw the signs. I did of course, but I couldn’t protect you guys. And if I did, there’d be no story.
*Brian stares at me hard, the pain in his eyes evident. My heart breaks*
Brian: Well...I have no choice but to respect that. At least you gave me a happy ending. I expect you to do the same for Yasmine.
Me: In time, in time. You and Ebony’s story must be told first, it’s the order of things. But don’t worry; Yasmine will have hers as well. She’ll have to work for it, but I promise it will be worthwhile.*I glance at my watch*
Me: Man, time flies. It’s getting late and my family is probably wondering why I haven’t come home yet. The moment I said I had to visit with you for this interview, eyes rolled.
Brian: *chuckling, the pain in his eyes dissipating* Take care of them, and tell them I said thanks for sharing. We would never be without you.
Me: Aw…that’s so sweet. Take care, Brian. I’ll see you soon.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.
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