South Beach by Angeline Bishop 
Contemporary Romance

In SOUTH BEACH, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back.

 

When her vacation becomes a media circus that draws Malcolm back into her life and her handsome Psyche marketing colleague, Gray Ryley, arrives on the scene to tame her antics, Laila is determined make the men play by her rules. Gray finds himself torn between anguish and ecstasy when another Lalia-sitting assignment is placed in his hands; he's asked to hinder Malcolm's advances and subdue the paparazzi, while wrestling with his smouldering desire to get Laila in his bed.

 

Will this assignment cause him to disclose feelings that may sever their friendship and jeopardize his career?

  

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   MEET THE AUTHOR   

BAN Radio Show Author Interview 
June 16, 2014  at  8:30-9:30pm EST 
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Angeline Bishop writes contemporary romance fiction and has a growing fan base.  Angeline's novels are thought-provoking, refreshingly entertaining, fast paced, and with a strong romantic elements. She was born in Washington, D. C., but lived most of her life in New Jersey and considers the 'Garden State' her home. Her childhood passion for writing led to a degree in English Literature and a membership in Romance Writers of America.
 
Aside from writing her own novels and blogging, Angeline is the Vice President of the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America and enjoys helping authors strengthen their craft.  She co-hosts the AMB Talk Radio podcasts each Fall with her pop-culture loving, college-aged daughter. And she's the founder of the AMB Ovation Awards (The Angie) which provides honor and recognition of authors' outstanding achievements in the multicultural romance literary profession.
 
South Beach, the second novel in the Sheridan Series, will soon be following by Wild West and Big East. Angeline also looks forward to launching the Jacmuir Series, a multicultural New Adult series inspired by her college-reader fan base.
 

BPM:   What motivated you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?
AMB:  SOUTH BEACH is the continuation of Laila Sheridan story; readers receive a glimpse of her love life drama in NORTH STAR so I had to pull back the curtain and let them see the rest of her story in Book Two.  For me, it's important to show how Laila manages her relationships. Readers will see the confident woman that seems to have it all together in the boardroom can still have a lot to learn in the real world.

BPM:  Does your upbringing or life experiences inspire your writing?
AMB: Oh, of course. My maternal grandfather was a strong patriarch that raised seven children within the sacred bonds of a 59 year marriage.  He kind of acted like Ben Cartwright (from Bonanza, played by Lorne Greene), looked like a lighter Morgan Freeman, and talked like Melvin Van Peebles.  When he laughed, the laughter always drifted up to his eyes and made him tear up with every chuckle. I would say his wisdom influences most of the pearls of wisdom in the Sheridan Series. My daily life experiences in Corporate America and Academic influence the rest of the characters.

BPM:   Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot driven or character driven?  Why?
AMB: I'm a plotter to a fault.  Have you seen the character bios on my website? You would think I'm ready to cast the movie roles. (Grins) I really enjoy plotting my books because I want the characters to be distinct. I don't want to get in the habit of not respecting the reader's intelligence. When I fail to plot out a book it becomes easy for me to drift back into stereotypical, one-dimensional characters and I really don't want to start doing that.

As for where do I get my book ideas, I would say they are born from my author tagline "Our Love Stories, Our Community, Our Connections". If my novel embodies that mantra, then I know I'm on the right track. I also let my friends, colleagues, and a few acquaintances inspire me.   

BPM:   Introduce us to your current work. What genre do you consider your book? Is this book available in digital forms like Nook and Kindle?
AMB:  SOUTH BEACH is a multicultural contemporary romance but some of my Romance Writers of America colleagues say it could be categorized as Women's Fiction with Romantic Elements. And yes, it's currently available in the Nook and Kindle digital forms along with being presented in paperback.

BPM:   Give us an insight into your main characters. What makes each one so special?  
AMB:  Okay, here's the condensed version of all five. Laila Sheridan, the youngest sibling in the Sheridan family, is a fashion enthusiast with a penchant for shopping and that has an unhealthy attraction for bad boys. Her sister Janet believes she's a passive commitment-phobic that dates bad boys in order to sabotaging her relationships, while her big brother Graham thinks Laila just isn't ready for what it takes to be with a real man.

Her best friend Dr. Sof�a Barea-Vega is a survivor of the foster care system. She learn early that education would be the key to her financial freedom but her inner demons keep testing her relationships and her peace of mind. Laila's other best friend is Marina Carter, co-owner of her family's southern cuisine restaurant. She's a Preacher's kid that knows how to assert herself if she's pushed too far. But overall, she's an easy-going woman and can be seen as a bit sheltered because of her conservative Christian values.

Laila's two love interests in SOUTH BEACH are Gray and Malcolm. Gray Ryley is the man you want with you on Survivor Island.  He's a resourceful, dependable, intelligent, handsome and Sheridan Graham's favorite 'go to' person when a crisis arises at Psyche Magazine. When he's in a relationship, he's all in or not doing it at all.  No drama, secrecy, or game playing. Seeing his mother's life unravel because of love choices gone wrong, taught him to be true to himself...no matter what.  On the other hand, Malcolm Khalid wants a writing career that will have him scheduled for speaking engagements and writing his own New York Times column. And he'll do whatever he can to achieve that, including using his romantic relationships to get connections. He may be considered a bad boy but he truly believes Laila knows the real man underneath the hard exterior.

BPM:   What topics are primarily discussed?  Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
AMB: The bond between women is heavily looked at, along with the topic of striving to have authentic relationships. As I wrote this novel, I let the characters take me where they wanted to go emotionally. Sof�a is so closed off and sees the world as black and white because of her failed marriage and her previous life experiences. She loves her best friends but she's never learned to lean on anyone but herself. While Laila learns trying to control anyone's perceptions of herself or her friends will always jeopardize her relationships.

As the author of SOUTH BEACH, I was reminded to be very selective in who I grant the privilege of calling my best friend because there's a great amount of commitment, loyalty, and honesty that comes with that title.  

BPM:   What defines success for you, as a published author? What are your ambitions for your writing career?
AMB: Success for me is being proud of the stories I've presented to the world. I want to look back and know I gave the world a glimpse into a family I was proud to create.  Not because of their accoutrements of success and good looks but due to their close family bond. They have values and principles that their parents worked very hard to instil in them.

As far as my ambitions go, I want the Sheridan Series and my Jacmuir Series (New Adult) to be well received my readers and my peers. I don't think anything would make me happier than to be able to show my two daughters and the young women at the university that dreams can come true.

BPM:   What are your expectations for this book? What would you like for readers to do after reading this book?  
AMB: I'm expecting the book to entertain readers while making them think about their own relationship choices. I would love for booklovers to let me know their thoughts by reviewing SOUTH BEACH at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or on my website.  Oh, and since I have some great giveaways coming up this summer, I would love for them to sign up for my newsletter at my website too.

BPM:   Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven't included?  How can readers discover more about you and your work?
AMB: As the founder of the AMB Ovation Award (The Angie), I would like everyone to get ready to nominate their favorite romance writers. Unlike traditional awards shows that carry more romance industry notoriety, like the RITA, we created a fan-based platform to increase awareness of the growth of the Multicultural/Interracial/African-American romance genres.  These reader-based awards serve to remind writers their fans appreciate their efforts. The nomination form will be posted on my website from June 16th - July 31st.  

You can learn more about my novels and what I'm up to by following me on Twitter or checking out my blog at www.ambishop.com.

Author Links 
Website - http://www.angelinembishop.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/angeline.bishop
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ambishop1
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/108093223816799786481/posts
Instagram - http://instagram.com/angelinembishop#

                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                       
                     

Excerpt From  Chapter One  

Laila approached Sof�a and Marina as they were enjoying their conversation and shrimp cocktails appetizers. "Here I am, straight off the plane. Where's the love?"

Marina Carter squealed with laughter and rose to hug Laila tightly, "Oh girl you look great!" Genuine excitement radiated from her eyes as she peered into Laila's face.

"And why shouldn't I, we're in South Beach, right?"

"You know it!"

"Could you two take it down a few notches?" Dr. Sof�a Barea-Vega demanded. She remained seated and frowned before she forced a demure smile to the people seated next to them. "You're causing a scene."

Laila took her seat, between her girlfriends, as Marina poured her a glass of Italian white wine. "I can see that someone's high-profiled marriage is really doing a number on them. When did you start caring what other people think?"

Sof�a toyed with the appetizer in front of her, as boredom overshadowed the faint hint of a worried brow. A sullen look on the very attractive Latina annoyed Laila because it was in direct contrast to the lively mood she and Marina were basking in. There was only one way to change the mood, it worked in college and she prayed it would work in this case.

Laila took a hearty sip of wine and suddenly developed a serious demeanor. She squared her shoulders and winked at Marina before turning all of her attention toward their brooding best friend.

With a subdued face, Laila lowered her voice to a whisper and asked, "Could you do me a favor, Sof�a?"

Sof�a looked up from wine menu to Laila and then to Marina and noticed the seriousness. Concern suddenly washed over Sof�a's face as she leaned forward and placed her hand on Laila's forearm. "Anything, La La, what is it?"

"Could you please remove that painful stick from your behind because it's destroying my sunny disposition?"

Hearty laughter roared from Marina as Sof�a recoiled and crossed her arms under her breasts. "Oh you got jokes, huh?"

Laila and Marina tossed back their heads and giggled like two high school girls as Sof�a sat rigid like a frustrated, overworked parent. It was amazing how frowning aged her about seven years.

"Not jokes...observations." Laila brought her hand up to her mouth to stifle her giggle. "And believe me, after our ultimate South Beach trip, you'll have a different way of seeing things too."

Sof�a returned her attention to her menu and began looking over the selections. "You think?" she asked in her usual disconnected medical voice.

"I know!" Laila composed herself as Marina signaled a waiter and gave Laila's food order. "I know Sean ripped your heart out and kicked it like a football, but wearing a foul mood on a vacation is like wearing last year's bathing suit after losing fifteen pounds. -totally non-supportive to the festive environment and unattractive to my eyes. Do I need to remind you of the Sof�a you were before he placed that ring on your finger? You were strong, confident, and-"

"I'm still strong and confident and whatever else is on the list."

"And fun, Sof�a! You were a lot of fun! Don't you remember how we celebrated in Florida after you got your residency in Chicago?"

"Yes, I do. We crashed the Gator Ball in Gainesville." Sof�a smiled at the memory before she met Laila's concerned gaze. "That seems like a lifetime ago."

"But it doesn't have to be." Laila continued to influence Sof�a to loosen up. "We have two weeks to let our hair down and get back our feminine power. So we're going to enjoy some much needed relaxation by using men for our enjoyment. They will draw our baths, massage our bodies and serve us wonderful food. By the time we step back into our lives our heads will be clear and focused."

"Sound like a miracle," Marina said, when she saw the determination in Laila's eyes.

"Let's face the facts. Malcolm pulled the rug right out from under me. He gave me no warning, just condo that reeked of dead fish. But I swallowed the pain, planned this vacation, and even helped my new sister-in-law, Caresse with her wedding. I put on the face of normalcy for seven months and now I'm going to get my sexy back."

"You go, girl!" Marina cheered, as she raised her glass in sympathetic acknowledgement before taking a long sip of wine.

Laila nodded her appreciation and continued, "Girlfriends, it'll be a cold day in hell before that dog gets a whiff of these panties again. I'm putting the whole situation behind me."

"I guess I feel the same way about Sean." Sof�a said, as she toyed with a tendril of auburn hair that flowed from her center part.

"I say the hell with them!" Laila snapped. "They were lucky to have us for the time they did 'cause we were the best thing to ever cross their paths.' Laila raised her glass and raised herself up on one elbow. "Let's make a toast. Do the honors, Sof�a."

Sof�a smiled mischievously as she raised her glass along with Marina. "To the ultimate femencation; a time to enjoy luxury, sisterhood and feminine power. To the ladies."

"To the ladies!" Laila and Marina repeated and drank a sip of wine a moment before their dinner was set before them.


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