What is your favorite body part on a man?
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
smiles with his eyes.
Finish this sentence: I’m addicted to…
heat… except direct sunlight kind of heat. That’s not cute! Spicy food… hot men… sizzling sex. I’m a girl from Texas and it’s always about the heat.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
I caught an episode of Maury one day (which for me was totally random by the way) and Trent Scott popped into my thoughts. I wondered what would happen if his dirt ever caught up to him and Baby Love was born.
How do you balance writing and your personal life?
I don’t. I’m always writing in my head even when I’m not physically putting something down on paper. I wish there was a way to better balance it, but I have yet to discover what works for me.
Do you have a favorite hero/heroine you’ve written? What makes them special?
I had a couple before writing Baby Love, but Trent Scott is now my absolute favorite. I adored getting to know the guy that I once loathed. He used to make my skin crawl whenever his name was mentioned, but now that I know him and what was behind all of that I feel different. He’s actually a pretty cool guy. (Yes, authors sometimes hate their characters just as much as readers.)
If you could date the hero from one of your books, who would it be and why?
Donovan Sinclair from my Love Sessions series. He’s a lot like my own best friend and I just admire his character. A true good guy at heart.
Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why?
Carlos Ortiz (Taste for Love)… LOVE my alpha men, but I’m too much of a free spirit and would bump heads with him way too often. (Although I imagine the make up sex would be off the freaking chain with a guy as intense as Carlos can be sometimes!)
On your road to mega stardom, what types of interesting or odd jobs have you held?
Probably the most interesting would be my career in the music industry. As a music lover, I’m blessed to know that whenever I hear some of the biggest hits on the radio, I was a part of it.
What can readers expect from you next?
My next novel “Chasing Moments” will be released this summer and the final installment in the Wilkersons in Love series “Terms for Love” is coming out in the fall.
The son of an NBA legend, Trent Scott was born a catch and groomed since birth to know it. Little fazes him, including the mystery woman that appears on his doorstep with a baby in tow… even when she claims Trent is the father before disappearing. Until he can prove otherwise and find the delusional woman, he’s stuck caring for a kid he knows can’t be his… or is it?
Brandi Avery is ready to start the next chapter of her life. After coming to the rescue of a frazzled (and extremely attractive) stranger with an adorable (yet obviously upset) baby, she can’t help but fall for Trent Scott… which wouldn’t be so bad if she could convince him to feel the same way about her.
Pulling the door open, he saw a gorgeous woman and immediately thought of Lupita Nyong’o.
“About damn time!” She sounded nothing like the graceful actress.
Trent’s brow raised a fraction, but he didn’t say a word.
“Do you mind?” she asked, setting a foot inside his house.
She cut her eyes at him before glancing at her watch. That was when Trent saw the stroller behind her. Ms. Uninvited set an infant carrier on the ground between them after stepping across the threshold.
“How did you get past the gate?”
“It was open when I got here.”
Trent peered around her because he knew he closed it.
“Earlier when the ambulance was here.”
The woman just shrugged.
“Do I know you?”
“You don’t remember me?” Her angry scowl became masked from hurt.
“Why should I?”
“It’s been just over a year, but not that much has changed other than the child we share together.”
“Come again?” That’s when he saw an infant stirring beneath a blanket in the carrier. The plush pink and white covering did nothing to soften his discomfort.
What the hell?
“We met in Vegas the spring before last.”
“And it’s about time you met the daughter we share as a result.”
“Look Miss… I don’t even know your name, so how do I have a daughter?”
Dark piercing eyes were now damp. “Trina.”
She cleared her throat, jutted out her chin. “My name is Trina.”
Trent ran a hand over his head, refusing to glance at the child. As far as he knew, he wasn’t anyone’s father. What he needed to do was call the authorities to come escort this crazy lady from his property. “Trina, if this child is mine, why am I just hearing about it now? If this happened more than a year ago, that means your kid is what…two or three months?”
Trina rolled her eyes pointing to the carrier between them. “She turned six months yesterday and… I… I didn’t know.”
“Didn’t know what?”
“I thought she was my husband’s. That was until the taping yesterday.”
If it didn’t prove him to be a complete ass, Trent would have laughed out loud. “Did you say your husband?”
Trina nodded. “It was the night of my bachelorette party in Vegas. We met and well, you… you gave me a night to remember.”
More like eighteen years, if what she was saying was true. But it’s not.
“Somehow word got back to my husband about that night and he got suspicious and suggested we go on the show to get the baby tested. Up until the wedding, we used condoms.”
What the hell? Trent shook his head in disbelief and rolled his eyes. This woman was something else. And I always use condoms.
Shit, Trent thought to himself, waiting for her to read his mind again. But if a condom did break, he would’ve remembered that major detail. Right? Unless it was that trip to Vegas, the one he wanted to forget.
“He insisted we get London tested and that’s when Maury confirmed it this morning, you’re her…” Trina said. She stopped only to make sure she had Trent’s attention. She had it all right, but it was her quivering lip and shaky voice that puzzled him. “You’re London’s father.”
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: an autographed print copy of Baby Love
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer this question – In Baby Love, a woman from Trent’s past leaves a baby on his doorstep after claiming he’s the child’s father. Would you date a man you just met if he was in this predicament?
Deadline: August 23, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prize open to U.S. entrants only.
About the author
Tia Kelly is the author of contemporary and women’s fiction. She is known for her candid way of capturing life’s moments, one character at a time.