(DECEPTION SERIES BOOK 2)
About the Author
National Bestselling Author, London St. Charles has always had a passion for the pen, paper, and books. She is a Chicago native who uses the Windy City as a backdrop to the contemporary fiction, crime fiction, interracial romance, and suspense stories she writes. London has contributed to two anthologies, Sugar and Just One Kiss, and one series, Kings of the Castle with New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling authors. Her debut novel, The Husband We Share, hit the AALBC Bestsellers List within six months of release and was followed by her recent literary offerings: Betrayal of Trust, King of Chatham, Sugarcoated Deception, and Deadly Deception. She is a beta reader and a proud member of several writer’s groups. She also composes an online newsletter, London Writes, that keeps readers abreast of what's going on in her world.
She began writing short stories at the age of eight. Using construction paper and a hole punch, London would bind the stories together with yarn and tape and would give them to her mother as gifts. That zest for writing followed London into high school where she took an elective Advanced Writing Class, which further fed her creative mind. She also wrote poetry, which she still has, typed and dated in a binder to this day.
Driven by wanting to be more present in her children's lives, she resigned from her successful sixteen-year career as a Pharmacy Technician and opened a business as a Licensed Childcare Provider. She has found tremendous joy in securing a safe and loving environment for families seeking affordable childcare for their little ones while being available to her family as well.
When not writing, you can find London spending time with her loving husband, children, and mother, playing Spades, catching a basketball game, binge-watching one of her favorite shows on Netflix, or with her nose stuck in a book.
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The Husband We Share
Xavier Carter is a Chicago detective who is leading the ultimate double life. He is married to not one, but two beautiful, intelligent, professional women. Over the years, he has taken extreme measures to keep both homes happy—and separate.
Patricia, the first Mrs. Carter, believes that Xavier has left his playboy ways in the past. She had been warned to stay away from the “Campus Casanova,” but didn’t listen. Now she’s finding that something’s not quite right in their world. Unfortunately, Patricia can’t focus on him, when she has a secret of her own that has shadowed her since age sixteen. Fate has been unkind in the fact that her “secret” is actually watching her every move, waiting for the chance to destroy Patricia and her family.
Lauren, the second Mrs. Carter, is an independent, down to earth, home girl from New York with enough passion and sassiness to keep her husband intrigued, and the presence of mind not be taken for a ride. She gave Xavier an ultimatum and Mr. Carter managed to put a ring on it, even though, unknown to her, he’d already made a lifetime commitment to his college sweetheart.
Shawn Johnston has a unique and intricate connection to both “wives” and the husband, which only stirs an already complicated pot. She survived, by coming out on the opposite end of a turbulent past within the foster care system. Her quest for the one thing she has craved more than anything, may cause everyone’s world to collapse and send someone to an early grave.
All in all, when the skeletons come creaking out of the closet, two of the women will wonder if the man they share is worth dying for.
Sugarcoated Deception (Deception Series Book 1)
Walking a tightrope of a career, a husband, and fulfilling a life-long dream is never easy. Balancing a lie, a child out of wedlock, and public scandal is almost unforgivable.
Cadence Goldsmith, a young, successful automotive engineer, would have never thought a six-year-old had the power to change her life with only four words, but that’s exactly what happened when bubbly, Jacqueline Nevels introduced herself during an awards ceremony honoring Cadence, as her husband’s daughter, whom she knew nothing about.
Blindsided by the devastating news, Cadence grapples with having blind faith in her husband and trust him when he swears he never had sex with the woman from his past or cut her losses. Not willing to simply walk away, she works to uncover the sinister plans of a woman who is out to destroy them.
Will Cadence fall prey to the mystery woman’s tactics, or will she believe her husband who’s never given her any reason to doubt him, even though all the evidence says he’s lying?
Deadly Deception (Deception Series Book 2)
Four years have passed, and Cadence Goldsmith’s family is in just as much danger as it was before they moved to Germany. Lester, the man of many evils, has still managed to evade capture for Braelyn’s murder, and the trial of rogue Detective O’Brien, who had threatened Cadence, is less than one week away. She wouldn’t be so worried if she weren’t seven months pregnant, on top of being the star witness for the prosecution, which means Cadence has to leave the place where she feels most safe and return to Chicago and face the menaces that prey on her demise.
Cadence’s husband, Jackson Goldsmith, is not on board with his wife testifying. Not only is their safety at stake, but the welfare of their daughter, Jackie, who, through years of therapy, overcame the nightmare that Lester inflicted on her young life. Jackson’s holding onto the promise that the trial will be over in enough time for them to return to Germany before the baby’s born. Though Jackson feels strongly about staying put, he supports Cadence’s decision and vows to protect her at all costs.
Less than twelve hours after arriving in Chicago, their greatest fears become a reality. Havoc and unforeseen coincidences consume their life, starting with vandalism to the family home. No longer knowing whom she can and can’t trust in law enforcement, Cadence questions every day if she made the right decision.
Who knows what other injustices may happen to the family while awaiting trial?
Let Cadence and Jackson pull on your heartstrings as they maneuver through obstacles and triumphs that will have you rooting for them from beginning to end. They’ll show you why love is an action word through this story that’s filled with mystery, suspense, and intrigue.
Betrayal of Trust
What do you do when you've committed a heinous crime? You run and never look back.
At least that's what Uwezo Omari and his mother planned when they fled their hometown of Reno, Nevada and planted roots in the Midwest, far away from their tumultuous past. Or so they thought.
Fifteen years later, Uwezo, now known as Chef Cedrick Dalton, is a loving husband, father, and successful businessman. Still haunted by the sins from his childhood, he treads carefully by keeping a low profile. Unfortunately, having a booming restaurant in an affluent neighborhood, the anonymity that he once coveted is now a thing of the past.
With the anniversary of the worst day of his life nearing, Cedrick's feelings of guilt and paranoia are triggered and kick into high gear. The mysterious phone calls and anonymous notes stating that someone is looking for him doesn't help. The belief that his mind is playing tricks on him vanishes when he runs into Victoria, his childhood friend who knows his secret. Turmoil is brewing because Cedrick's wife, Sierra, is unaware of his past and Victoria now threatens his freedom and puts the people he loves in danger.
Cedrick is left with life-altering decisions: tell Sierra and jeopardize her safety, or risk losing her because of this betrayal of trust? Or does he take his secret to the grave?
All options have dire consequences.
Kings of the Castle
USA Today, New York Times, and National Bestselling Authors work together to provide you with a world you'll never want to leave. The Castle. Powerful men unexpectedly brought together by their pasts and current circumstances will become a force to be reckoned with.
When their mentor and founder of The Castle ends up on the business end of an assassination attempt, Grant, Alejandro, Shaz, Mariano, Vikkas, Jai, Daron, Kaleb, and Dwayne are snatched from their daily lives and successful businesses in order to right old wrongs and track down the men responsible for the attempt on his life.
Their combined efforts to find the people responsible for the attempt on their mentor’s life is the beginning of dangerous challenges that will alter the path of their lives forever. Not to mention, they will also draw the ire and deadly intent of current Castle members who wield major influence across the globe.
Fate made them brothers. Protecting The Castle, each other, and the women they love will make them Kings.
This world was brought to you by: S.L. Jennings, Naleighna Kai, Martha Kennerson, J.L.Campbell, Lisa Watson, Karen D. Bradley, Janice M. Allen, London St. Charles, and MarZe Scott.
King of Chatham
Mariano “Reno” DeLuca uses his skills and resources to create safe havens for women who find themselves in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, a surge in criminal activity in the Chatham area threatens the women’s anonymity, including the mysterious beauty who landed on the doorstep of The Second Chance at Life Women’s Shelter right before an all hands on deck call that summons him to The Castle.
When Zuri Okusanya, an exotic Tanzanian Princess, arrives seeking refuge from an arranged marriage and its deadly consequences, Mariano is now forced to relocate the women in the shelter to an even more secluded place. He is striving hard not to lose his heart to the forbidden goddess, all while fighting an enemy who’s supposed to be an ally and fending off immoral attempts by men who covet his seat on The Castle’s board.
Will Mariano have the power to defeat the adversary before he destroys him and the woman he loves?
Just One Kiss
Remember the one kiss that blew your mind, curled your toes, and sealed your heart forever his?
Thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors share a collection of their most-beloved kiss scenes. Some of the characters you already love, others speak of romantic interludes to come.