February 7, 2014

Guest Blogger:  Shelia M. Goss

The Joneses are coming!

That's right!  Shelia Goss's new book, The Joneses, releases on February 18th. To mark the occasion, Shelia is here today to talk about dating (specifically, what not to do on a first date), tell you about the book, and to do a giveaway!

Here is Shelia's sage advice to those in search of their soul mates:
Do you get nervous before a first date? Dating should be fun and when you meet a person you're really interested in, you really want things to go perfect. Here are a few things not to do on a first date:

Don't talk about your ex. Unless the other person asks you about your ex, do not spend the entire date talking about problems you and your ex encountered.

Don't do all of the talking. How many times have you been out with someone and they go on and on about themselves and never let you get a word in edgewise? Give the other person time to talk. Listening is just as important as talking.

Don't give it up too soon. Good sex can cloud your judgment. You might think he's the best thing since sliced bread, but he's really not. You're only thinking he is because he knows how to hit your G-spot.

Don't start something you're not willing to put up with later. That means no faking. No pretending like you like something just to get the person and then do a 360 once you're in a relationship. To thine self be true always.

Don't settle. If you do, you'll find yourself caught up in a relationship you really don't want.

What are some other things you shouldn't do on a first date?

Shelia M. Goss is a national bestselling author and a screenwriter. The Joneses is her seventeenth book in print. She writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She's received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her books have been on several bestseller lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Black Expressions Book Club. Shelia loves to hear from readers, so feel free to contact her via her website, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, a little about The Joneses:

Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control.

Click here to read an excerpt.  

Preorder your copy of The Joneses today!

This exciting new novel will be available in both print and eBook formats.  The print version will be in stores everywhere on February 18, 2014!

Finally, the details of The Joneses Giveaway:

Lexi Jones, one of the main characters, from The Joneses, loves her handbags, so it’s befitting that the grand prize be a handbag. Contest ends on February 25, 2014. 

One (1) random entrant will receive a small Coach handbag (Retail value: $188.00, 10 3/4″(L) x 7″(H) x 3 1/4″(W), and Bath and Body Works miniatures (Retail value: $19.75). 

One (1) random entrant will receive an autographed copy of Shelia's novel Montana’s Way.  

Ten (10) random entrants will receive the electronic version of Shelia's novel  Hollywood Deception

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. Void where prohibited by law. 

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below (or link to it, if it shows up that way in your browser).  Good luck to all, and don't forget to share your thoughts about what not to do on a first date in the Comments!

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Shelia Goss said...

Thanks Bettye!