||Timeless Pictures & Publications
||October 31, 2006
Candace James has it all, or so anyone who met the 25 year old would think. She s beautiful, smart and has a successful career as an interior decorator. Successful enough to have a condominium in a nice New Jersey neighborhood, designer clothing, a brand new luxury car that she paid for with cash, money in her bank account, and her pick of any man she wants. The problem is that she s sick of just any man; she wants Mr. Right. Deciding to do what men have been doing since the beginning of time she begins dating Kevin James and Dorian Knight with neither one knowing about the other. They have traits that she wishes she could package into one perfect man but having her cake and eating it too feels pretty good until she comes to the realization that she s in love with them both, unable to let either one go. Confiding only in Elaine, her best friend and confidante of six years everything s going the way she plans until she unexpectedly winds up pregnant with no idea which one is the father. Shocked and confused, she distances herself from them in order to decide what to do about her situation when her life begins to spin violently out of control. Tell Me No lies takes you on a journey of love, lies and deception that irrevocably changes the lives of everyone involved.
Shay Nolon Online
“ And so It Begins”- An Excerpt
Candace rolled over and wound up face to face with some brotha’ she didn’t even recognize. His mouth hung open and he was snoring so loud that she wanted to put a pillow over his head and smother the shit out of him. She let out a small moan as she sat up, yawned, and stared at him thinking he looked like he was right at home in her bed. Shit. How did this happen? All she remembered was being out at the club with Nia and getting her groove on out on the dance floor. She never intended to bring anyone home with her. She snatched the blanket and wrapped it around herself causing him to sit straight up in the bed and stare at her, eyes bugged out looking crazy as hell.
“What’s wrong baby girl?” He reached out and squeezed her leg.
“Nothing,” Candace said snatching her leg out of his reach. She wanted him to get the fuck up and leave so she could get her head together.
”Look, I don’t want be rude, but you have to leave.”
Not giving him an opportunity to speak she found his clothing on the floor and tossed them to him. She went into the bathroom and slammed the door, hoping that by the time she came out he would be gone. She brushed her teeth twice like she normally did but then thought better of it and brushed them a third time. There was no telling what she had done since she was so drunk that she didn’t even remember bringing someone home with her. She splashed cold water on her face and stared at herself in the mirror. Two large gray eyes tinged with redness stared back at her. She closed her eyes and tried to figure out how he’d ended up in her bed. She remembered sitting at a table laughing, talking and drinking glass after glass of hypnotic with Nia when a tall dark brother built like a pro football player had walked up and asked her to dance. He looked so good she had to practically keep her tongue from falling out of her mouth.
“Uhmmm sure,” She said looking over at Nia mouthing, “Dayum”, as he took her hand in his and they walked away.
A slow jam was playing as they headed onto the floor and he slipped his arms around her waist, but what amazed her was the fact that he didn’t do like all the other brothers did and grab her butt. He just held her as they swayed to the music and from that moment on she was stuck to him like glue. Apparently that wasn’t all she’d gotten stuck to.
“Oh God, I hope I had sense enough to use protection because in the light of day the brotha’ wasn’t even all that cute,” She mumbled to herself and glanced down at the trashcan. There to her surprise was an empty condom wrapper. She breathed a sigh of relief as her heartbeat slowed back to a normal pace.
The sound of the bedroom door closing caught her attention and she stood there for a moment listening for sounds of movement in the room. After a few minutes she stepped out of the bathroom and walked through the house to make sure he was really gone and not hiding out like some back alley mugger, waiting for her to leave in order to rob her blind. Satisfied that she was finally alone she finished her morning ritual of taking a shower, drinking her coffee and attempting to make it to work on time. Even though it was Saturday morning, a day that she usually had off, she had volunteered to come in and work some extra hours of overtime which she was beginning to regret as she exited onto the highway.
Candace reflected on her life as she drove. She had almost everything that a woman her age could want. At twenty five years old she was already a successful interior designer with her own contacts and an office with a view at one of the most lucrative designing firms in New Jersey. She had a nice split level condominium, a brand new specially ordered Cadillac Escalade, and money sitting fat in her bank account. She also figured that her looks didn’t hurt either. Standing at only five feet two inches, she had a honey brown complexion with straight black hair that fell past her shoulders, long lashed gray eyes so big that they looked like saucers, long legs, and what most men would consider perfectly rounded breast, butt, and hips. Shit, if the truth be told she had it going on but the only thing she was on a continuous search for was the right man to share all of these things with and so far she hadn’t had any luck because as usual Mr. right usually turned out to be Mr. wrong. Every guy she met never lasted past a couple of weeks, a month at the most because it seemed that she always found something to dislike about them, so she would stop answering their phone calls and avoid them until they finally gave up and left her alone and then the cycle would start all over again. Would this dating drama ever end? She pulled up in front her office building, parked in her designated parking space and smiled. (“At least I have something to look forward to”); she thought to herself as she headed inside of the building to start what she knew would be one hectic but productive day.
(RAW Rating: 3.5) - Keep Your Enemies Close, May 1, 2007
In TELL ME NO LIES, Candace James is a beautiful 25 year old woman with a successful career as an interior designer. Her only source of discomfort is the fact she has not found Mr. Right. In her quest, she decides to date two men, Kevin and Dorian. Kevin is a player, who has the ability to make Candace's body sing. Her best friend introduces her to Dorian, who is sensitive, intelligent and patient.
When the pressure mounts, Candace decides to cut both men off and finds out she is pregnant, she has no clue which man is her baby's daddy. As Candace tries to figure out her dilemma, her life is made even more hellish by a stalker, who turns out to be closer than anyone realized.
TELL ME NO LIES is filled with drama, love, sex, lies and betrayal. I found Candace to be at times naïve and other times, just out and out stupid. The plot is a little transparent because the author reveals her hand too early in the novel. However, the drama bursting from the pages makes up for that. The overall story is an excellent down time read, when you want to read something entertaining. Shay Nolon has enormous potential as an author, and I cannot wait for her next novel.
Reviewed by Katrina
Of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
MSKIKI425, December 3, 2006
CANDACE JAMES IS A 25 YEAR OLD THAT HAS IT ALL...A SUCCESSFUL CAREER, MONEY, AND SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!AS SHE GOES THROUGH MAN AFTER MAN HER PROBLEM IS SHE CANT FIND MR. RIGHT.ONCE SHE GOES OUT ON A DATE WITH KEVIN SHE BELIEVES SHE HAS FOUND MR. RIGHT AFTER ONE PASSIONATE NIGHT. THEN HER BEST FRIEND INTRODUCES HER TO DORIAN KNIGHT AND SHE IS SPEECHLESS AT HIS GOOD LOOKS AND MANNERISMS. NOT REALLY BEING ABLE TO DECIDE BETWEEN THE TWO SHE BEGINS TO DATE BOTH AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH BOTH. WHEN THE PRESSURES GET TOO MUCH SHE CUTS THE BOTH BACK ONLY TO HAVE A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH BOTH AND END UP PREGNANT! SHOCKED AND CONFUSED BY THE NEWS SHE BEGINS TO ALIENATE HERSELF FROM EVERYONE. ALSI IN THE MEANTIME SHE ALSO HAS A STALKER TO WORRY ABOUT. TELL ME NO LIES IS DEFINITELY A MUST READ! THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH DRAMA, LOVE, SEX,LIES, AND BETRAYAL!
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