Book of the Quarter

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

Available on Amazon

or Books2Read.com

Book of the Month

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

Available on https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C90PVQC/

or https://www.draft2digital.com/book/245541

SAMPLE

Sandy Herrick, a light skinned 42- year-old African-American woman, drove through the hood in her red Ford Taurus to her destination. Her radio was jamming with Ascension by Maxwell. She bobbed her dreaded hair as she sang with it. Dangling on the review mirror by a piece of rough cord was a button head drift pin that had been bent with each end overlapping. She had on a black Fila top that zippered in the front and a comfortable pair of jeans as she had been working out and wanted to show off her curves. While she didn’t have an 18 inch waist, it was smaller than her 36 top and she didn’t measure her bottom, so she decided to flaunt it. February in North Texas was a cross between winter and spring. The average high was about 50, but a clear sky and bright sun could make it feel warmer.  The day before there was a good soaking rain, but the ground had dried up except for a few puddles.      

“So shouldn’t I realize you’re the highest of the high. If you don’t then I’ll say it,

Don’t ever wonder.[1]

She jammed all the way to her destination, dancing in the car. She reached it and parked her car down the street from a row of strip clubs.  It was eleven o’clock in the morning and the lunch crowd was showing up. She pulled out her camera and favorite snack, Smores Teddy Grahams. She ripped the bag open as she changed the radio station. Fred Hammond came on, as a black Cadillac CTS rolled past her and pulled into one of the club parking lots.

She started singing with Hammond.

“I know you can. I know you will fight my battles if I just be still, Jesus be a fence all around me everyday.[2]

She sang with the radio and took pictures of a little fat round Anglo American man as he got out of his car and walked into the club. She had a Canon EOS 5D Mark II that did everything except take the pictures for her.

“Jesus be a fence, Jesus be a fence.”

Her phone rang. She smirked as she answered it.

“You know you need to be doing this.”

“Uh?” the caller asked.

“Running errands for Bandit,” Sandy said.

“Bandit?”

“Your boss.”

“Girl, why you call that fool Bandit?”

“You remember that little Indian boy who used to hang out with Johnny Quest.”

“You are such a racist.”

“White people can’t call me racist.”

“Yeah, we can.”

“No you can’t. I do not receive that.”

“Hey, we need to..”

Sandy’s phone beeped with another call interrupting their conversation.

“Oh wait…It’s the other line,” she said. She saw it was Michael.

“Oops, it’s Bandit, I gotta take this one,” she said as she hung up and answered the other line. 

“Hello.”

Michael’s East Indian accent asked her, “So where are you?”

Sometimes his English was perfect; sometimes he had an accent.

“Following that stupid guy married to your client,” she replied.

“Where is he?”

“In a strip club.”

“You are kidding.”

“No. And I don’t think it is his first time here. He seems to know the people.”

“Which club?”

“The one on Maschino Rd., Big Daddy’s, next to Ladies World and PTime.”

“Well don’t go inside. Wait outside.”

“No problem.”

She hung up and said to herself, “Brother you have only said a word.”

She watched more cars pull up to the strip clubs. They came in all shapes and sizes. She noticed most were in luxury cars and had dark tinted windows. Most waited patiently for valet parking. They filed into the club like it was bargain day.  A black Charger sped past her and turned the corner. The windows were tinted dark, so she couldn’t see the passenger. It didn’t matter, because they had to get out of their car to walk into the club, regardless of where they parked.  Then she realized she was out of Teddy Grahams. She looked down to find her bag that held all of her equipment. She searched for her extra bag.  She hoped Natalie didn’t take it.

“Tap, Tap” on her window, surprised her so that she jumped and screamed a little. She looked up to see Michael Singh, an East Indian man in his late thirties or early forties, tapping on the window.  Michael’s hair was slicked down to his head and his face was clean shaven.  He had on a Robert Graham shirt in a wild red pattern with purple sleeve cuffs and neck. His tie matched the pattern of the shirt.  She was surprised to see him. She unlocked the door to let him in. When he got in she could see that his black Berluti loafers matched his simple black slacks. He took off his sunglasses and loosened his tie as he got into the car.  She thought he looked like a high dollar clown.  He spent a lot of money on his clothes, but she thought they looked ridiculous. Michael was all about business.  He knew how to make a buck and was very careful how he spent it.

“It is deserted around here,” Michael said as he looked up and down the street.

“Pretty much.”           

“We need to make you not look so suspicious,” he said and put his arm around her.

Sandy protested. “I know what I’m doing.”

She hated when he tried to tell her what to do. He could be chauvinistic at times, but she wasn’t sure if this was one of those times. Sometimes he was just dumb. She eyed him suspiciously, but didn’t resist. She didn’t want to offend him and wanted to see what he was doing, so she leaned close to him to look like they were lovers.

Michael asked very matter of factly, “So, where all has he been?”

She gave her report, “Everywhere. For someone who is disabled, he gets around. He’s been to the market twice, TV repair shop, shoe shop, office supplies, but I think one of those places was a bookie joint.”

“You got it on the digital camera?”

“Yeah.”

“May I see it?”

Sandy held her digital Canon camera up and he took it from her. She asked, “You know how to work the camera?”

“I think I can manage…” he said arrogantly as he leaned back and pulled up the images.

As he flipped through the images on the camera, he also reached over and changed the station on her radio to an oldies station. She pulled away and looked at him.

“Excuse me?” Sandy asked.

 Michael didn’t even look up from flipping through the pictures on the camera.

“The client is always right. Besides, it’s the Beatles,” he said and began to sing with them. “I feel fine anytime she’s around me.[3]” He exaggerated his accent to bug her.

He looked up for a moment, but before she could protest, he reached over and kissed her firmly on the lips.  She was stunned. He looked at her shocked face and smiled.

“Don’t look so stunned, there is a cop watching us.”

She glanced to the front of Big Daddy’s and there was a motorcycle officer watching them. 

They continued to embrace.  Michael continued to click through the pictures on the camera.

“You need a class in sneak photography,” Michael criticized.

“You need to pay more if you want sneak photography.”

“I’m so glad that she’s my little girl, she’s so glad that she’s telling all the world,” he sang.

“Uh  huh. Michael…” she whispered.

Michael looked up enough to see the police pulling up.

“Oh,” he said.

He dropped the camera in the bag between his feet, then Michael pulled Sandy closer and kissed her.  She realized that he was much stronger than he looked and she fought her instincts to resist him. She was a curvy woman, who could take care of herself, and this caught her off guard. She had had clients try to kiss her, but she could usually out maneuver them.  She wasn’t expecting this from him. He was a little on the stuck up side. She was a little on the homegirl side. The police officer tapped on the passenger window. Michael lowered the window.

“Yes sir?”

The police officer leaned into the open window.

“Just checking to make sure everything is okay. Is everything okay, ma’am?”

He was really checking her out to make sure she wasn’t a prostitute.  She could see the look in his eye.

“Yes. Everything is fine,” she said slightly embarrassed.

“We have to get away from the kids when we can,” Michael said interrupting him and pulling Sandy closer. “It’s okay, we own this warehouse.”

The officer saw the expensive watch on Michael’s wrist and believed him.

The officer laughed, and then said, “Be careful.” He tapped the roof of the car and left.

Michael raised the window up. He picked up the camera and went back to looking at the pictures.

“You need to let me know when you are going to do something like that,” she said fussing about the kiss.

“I’ll be right back,” Michael said and got out of the car with the camera.

“Hold on partner, where you going with my camera?”

“I’ll be right back,” Michael said with a very authoritative voice.

He got out of the car, closed the door, and walked down the street toward the valet. On his way, he saw a brown paper bag lying on the ground. He picked it up and put the camera in it.

“Bandit, what are you doing with my camera?” Sandy said mumbling to herself.

She watched Michael talk to the valet for a moment then give the brown bag with the camera to her.  He then, walked down the street opposite of the direction of Sandy. Sandy started her car and followed him.  She watched him dart into an alley. She followed. In the alley she saw him standing next to a black Dodge Charger. He was fishing through the trunk when she pulled up.          

“Have you lost your Indian mind? Do you know how much that camera cost?”

Michael laughed at her question.                               

“She’ll bring it back. She is going to wrap up this case for us. Good job, Sandy. And by the way, I’m an American.”

“How do you know she is going to bring it back?”

“I know her. I bailed her out of jail. She’ll bring it back. In the meantime, here’s your next case,” he said handing her a file.  “And if I were you, I wouldn’t stay in this neighborhood too long. It looks rough.”

He laughed to himself as he got into his car.

Sandy leaned on her car and watched Michael drive away. She thought about how she wanted to pimp slap him, but she didn’t. He was her only paying client at the time. He was an arrogant punk.


[1] Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder); Menard Maxwell, Gerard Davis, Shur Itaal; Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite; 1996

[2] Jesus Be A Fence; Sam Cooke; performed by Fred Hammond and RFC; Purpose By Design; 2000

[3] I Feel Fine, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, performed by the Beatles; 1964

Book of the Quarter

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

Available on Amazon

and Books2Read.com

Sample Chapter

A 42-year-old Anglo-American woman, Kayna Jones walked into the country bar. Toby Keith’s Red Solo Cup was blaring from the sound system. Her 5’8” tall thin frame had on a dark blue suit with a cream colored shirt and her blonde hair was in a loose bun on her head. She had a red scarf around her neck to protect her from the cold air and looked like an attorney. She stopped a moment and looked around to let her eyes adjust to the dark bar. The place was half full of locals.  She could tell by the way they were dressed; no one was in clean pressed clothes. She looked around the bar until she found the one she was looking for. She walked over to a large biker and handed him papers.

“Elmer Williams, AKA Dipper, this is a restraining order. It says you need to stay away from my client.  If you do not, you will be arrested.”

Dipper looked at her in disbelief.

“I ain’t afraid of no sheriff or you either.”

“Well good, cause I gave her a gun and told her to shoot you in the genitals.  If you go near her, you will spend the rest of your life as a eunuch. So I hope you do.”

Kayna walked out of the bar. She was late.

As Kayna made her way to her car, a tall blonde cowboy walked out behind her and watched her get in her car.

She had been late for her volunteer time at the Dianna Harmon Homeless Shelter. It was a small soup kitchen on the east side of Fort Worth, Texas.  The Fort Worth skyline was visible from the storefront windows. It served about 50 people a day.  It was Kayna’s day to help serve lunch. The former shoe store had been converted into a soup kitchen. Tables and chairs filled the front of the room, while the food line was at the back of the room. Hungry people got a tray and utensils, and then moved from station to station. Kayna stood at the first station, filling bowls with soup and bread as people filed through the line.  She had a hair net on her head and plastic gloves on her hands.  Sandy walked up to the serving line with her hair net on, but she had on yellow rubber gloves.

“Are you done chasing ‘perps?” Kayna asked, then to the woman in front of her “Soup?”

The woman nodded and Kayna served her soup.

“Bandit thinks the case is closed. You know that fool gave my camera away.”

Sandy dropped cornbread on the woman’s plate.

“Our camera,” she asked, then to man in line, “Soup?”

The man nodded.  Kayna served him.

“Did he say when we’d get it back?”

“No,” she said and dropped cornbread on the man’s plate. “But I’m gonna charge him for it. And camera rental is going to be expensive.”

“Yeah. Good luck collecting that. Make sure you catch up with Chewy,” she said and then to man. “Soup?”

He nodded. She served him, and then back to Sandy, “He left me a message. I didn’t listen to it. I’ve been running.”

Sandy dropped cornbread on his plate.  He picked it up and dropped it back in the pan.

“You’re always running. You know we need to take off and go to the beach.”

Kayna to a woman, “Soup?”

The woman nodded. Kayna served, then to Sandy. “If we had a bigger client base we could.”

Sandy dropped cornbread on her plate.

“You should ask them if they want cornbread.”

Sandy rolled her eyes and prepared to drop another piece of cornbread.

“We should move to a bigger city, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio,” Kayna said.

“I don’t want to live in a bigger city. This is big city enough for me.”

 A few minutes later, Kayna and Sandy stood by a table rolling plastic ware into paper napkins. Kayna was diligently working. Sandy was slacking.

“You know Sandy, you need to check your attitude when you come here.”

“I don’t know what kind of demons you are working off, and I am here to help you, but they aren’t my demons. This ain’t my guilt complex.”

“You know what, I’ll finish this by myself.”

“Don’t be getting pissed off. I said I’d help you.”

They exchanged a few karate moves, with Kayna clearly the superior. But Sandy couldn’t wait to try the hold on her she had been practicing. Yet, Kayna pinned her against the wall.  They were good friends, closer than sisters, but fought like cats and dogs.

“You like the way I worked that?” Sandy asked.

“Yes. You did finally get it right,” Kayna said.

“Yeah. And I know you purposely didn’t teach me the counter move.”

“I ain’t stupid.”

Book of the Month

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

Available on Amazon

or Books2Read.com

Book of the Quarter

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

Available on Amazon

or Books2Read.com

Book of the Quarter

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them? Available on Connections – Amazon.com.

Books2Read.com

Sample Chapter

Back in the hood, Sandy drove up and parked on Morrison Street. She parked in front of a payday loan store, on Main Street in her hood.  There were corner stores and other small businesses, but there were also abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The recession took its toll. She looked for the one person who could help her business grow.

Sandy knew that there were a few folks who helped her get new cases. Chewy Dias was one of them. Sandy got out of her car and walked over to a tall thin African-American man in a pair of freshly pressed jeans, a Dallas Cowboy jersey with number nine on it and a light jacket, Chewy Dias. He stood next to a very large African-American woman in her late thirties, Doretha Sims. She had on a cloth coat and a tattered red scarf.

“What you got Chewy?” Sandy called out to him.

“This is Doretha Sims,” he said pointing at each one with the Monster in his hand.  “She is looking for her brother.”

“What’s your brother do?” Sandy asked

“DD, this is Sandy, the one I told you about.”

“Nothing. He ain’t done nothing his whole life,” Doretha said concerned. “But he owed some folk some money. I think something bad has happened to him.”

“I can look into it for you, but it will cost you five hundred dollars to find him.”

“Five hundred?”

“If you want him, it will be five hundred.”

“Well, okay,” Doretha said.

“I need my money up front,” Sandy said.

“Up front? What if you don’t find him?”

“I’ll find him.”

And if you don’t find him.”

“If I don’t find him, I will give you a partial refund.”

“Partial?”

“Time and gas you don’t get back.”

That was the problem of working with poor people; they didn’t understand the value of someone else’s time and effort, Sandy thought.

Book of the Quarter

2nd Quarter brings in a different book. You will get to know my book, Connections.

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

Available on Amazon.com or Books2Read.com

Book of the Month

An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.

Available on Amazon.com

or Books2read.com which include Barnes & Noble, Apple, Indigo and more.

Sample Chapter

She had just picked up her first newspaper when she heard.

“Miss Zoraida Williams, you are looking lovely today.”

She turned to see the man who had rescued her at the train station on the day she first arrived.  She could not remember his name, but she remembered his smile and his playful big brown eyes. He was a big dark skinned man with a solid build. He had on a nice pair of pants and a suit jacket that didn’t quite match it, but looked good on his build. He looked like a business man, not a farmer.

“Mister?”

“Andrew Forrest. My friends call me Drew.”

“I just want to thank you for your help the other day.”

When Zo arrived in Fort Worth off the train, she was confronted by a big smoky black colored man who the locals called Big Bull.  He was notorious for meeting colored women who were fresh from the country and putting them to work in his prostitution houses.  It had become an acceptable practice among the white and colored whore house establishments. He saw Zo at the train station and tried to grab her.  Andrew Forrest interrupted Big Bull’s plans.

“Now Miss Zo, it is not safe for you to be walking about by yourself. You need to let me know when you need a ride. “

“Andrew, I can take care of myself. I am not as helpless as I look.”

“Girl, I know you ain’t helpless. I know your daddy.”

She couldn’t help but laugh.

Book of the Month

An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.

Available on Amazon.com or Books2read.com which include Barnes & Noble, Apple, Indigo and more.

Book of the Month

An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.

Available on Amazon.com or Books2read.com which include Barnes & Noble, Apple, Indigo and more.