Books by Tesa Erven
The Loose End Series
BONDED FOR LIFE by Tesa Erven (The Loose End Series - Book 3)
In the third installment of The Loose End series, we find Renee and Bradsen attempting to move past the adulteress relationship, turned down proposal and trust issues. While Bradsen remains optimistic, Renee fears that her scandalous past is a hindrance toward their future.
Meanwhile, Renee's best friend Sabrina is overjoyed with her relationship with NFL rookie Derrick St. Jermaine. All is well with the two until photos mysteriously surface on the internet.
Derrick's sister, Sonya, finds herself in a love triangle. During a lull in her longtime on-again, off-again relationship with her sexy firefighter, she begins to date the deejay of a popular nightclub she frequents. It's all fun and games with Sonya until she finds herself in an unforeseen situation.
EXCERPT: BONDED FOR LIFE
"I can't believe that just happened," Bradsen said to himself as he pulled his car out from in front of his twin brother, Jacksen, and his wife, Cynthia's house. He glanced over at Renee who had a stunned expression on her face.
With a concerned tone he asked, "Are you okay?" He watched as the glistening tears in her oval-shaped eyes threatened to spill over.
Renee's voice quivered as she replied, "I'm fine. Although, it's not every day I have a drink thrown in my face."
Sabrina, Renee's best friend and former roommate, chimed in from the backseat, "I can't believe she did that. There was way too much tension in there."
Renee lowered her head. "Yeah there was. But, Brenda has every right to be angry with me. I was knowingly having an affair with her husband. I'm glad she was able to release some of her anger. It could have been worse, you know. She could have pulled out a gun and shot me," Renee added, attempting to make light of the situation.
"That's not funny, Renee." Bradsen glared at her. "Okay, you cheated with her husband. I get it. But, I thought we were past it. Apparently not."
"Let's face it. It was too soon. I had a feeling we shouldn't have gone there tonight."
"Yep," Sabrina said.
Derrick joined the conversation. "I agree."
Renee cleared her throat and laughed at them. "Really now? So, earlier when we were in the car contemplating on whether or not we should go into the house, no one bothered to say, 'Oh, there's a small possibility that you may get your butt kicked.' You guys are unbelievable."
"A drink thrown in your face. But your butt kicked? That wouldn't have happened. At least, not with me standing there," Sabrina assured her.
Bradsen hadn't said much. Renee looked over at him and noticed tension on his handsome face. "Are you alright?"
Bradsen looked at her and softly uttered, "We'll talk about it later."
Silence filled the car until Derrick asked, "You two still coming to my game, right?" The six three, well-built rookie linebacker would be starting in his first game on Sunday. Sabrina nudged him in the side. "What?" Derrick mouthed.
"Yes, we'll be there," Bradsen said as he pulled into Renee's apartment complex. Once they said their goodbyes, Sabrina and Derrick headed to his car and Bradsen and Renee went into her place.
"Now do you want to tell me what's wrong?" Renee asked when Bradsen closed the door.
"Baby, I'm so sorry about tonight. I feel terrible. I should have never pressured you into going. Me and Jacksen kind of thought enough time had passed. I really wish there was a way we could all get along."
Renee put her arms around his waist and leaned back to look up into his brown eyes and clean-shaven, dark brown face. Bradsen stood a couple inches over six feet, easily towering over her five-and-a-half feet.
"I don't know what you want me to do, Bradsen. This is tough. I didn't expect your family to accept me with open arms. I chose to be the other woman. It was a bad decision on my part, but I have to live with the choices that I've made, not you. I love you, but I don't want you to be miserable because you can't have it both ways. There's always going to be some kind of animosity towards me from your family."
"Baby, I realize this is hard and I love you too, but there has to be a better way-" He stopped mid-sentence.
Renee pulled her arms from underneath his. She spat, "A better way to what? To us trying to get together again. It's not going to happen. I'm sorry to tell you that I'm not welcomed there, and if that's a problem for you then I guess you could-"
Bradsen cut her off, "Don't you dare say it, Renee. I'm not going anywhere. You are the one I want, and we'll have to figure out something, because I won't give up on us."
Renee shook her head while Bradsen pulled her back into his embrace. With her petite frame wrapped in his arms, she always felt safe with him. He wanted to reaffirm his love for her to show her that they would get through it no matter what happened. But he knew only time would tell.
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The Loose End by Tesa Erven (The Loose End Book 1)
After celebrating an unforgettable weekend, he vanishes without a trace. Was he injured? Was he murdered? Where was he? Find out now in The Loose End.
Renee Lawson is a young, vibrant, beautiful woman who fell in love with one of Oakland’s finest, and of all things, a married man. For her twenty-fifth birthday, he surprises her with a romantic getaway. He planned to make it a weekend she’d never forget.
And indeed it was, until a few weeks later, her phone calls and text messages stopped being answered or responded to. He had gone on vacation with his family, but he’d always found time to communicate with her in the past. How can she start to build a connection with him when her secret love has vanished without a trace? Was he injured? Was he murdered? Where was he?
Threads that Mend by Tesa Erven (The Loose End Book 2)
Renee finds herself staring her decisions in the face: the selfishness of dating a married man for four years and the foolishness of pushing away another who offered true love.
Meanwhile, Bradsen is attempting to cope after being rejected by Renee. The happiness he’s forced to witness from his soon-to-be-wed twin brother and business partner only accelerates the pain he's feeling.
Excerpt from Threads that Mend
“Shots fired, shots fired! Officer down, I repeat, an officer is down.”
Renee couldn’t believe the startling breaking news that was interrupting regular programming.
“This is Sonya St. Jermaine and we are now at the scene of what appears to have been some kind of robbery at a local convenience store. The two off duty officers pulled up to this mini-mart where the shooting took place,” the reporter said as she pointed to the store behind her.
“I’m getting word that the families have been notified and the two officers involved are Kayron Hawkins and Julia Williams, both veterans with the Oakland Police Department. We understand that one of the officers was shot in the leg and the other one was airlifted to UCSF Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. We will have more on this as soon as it becomes available. Reporting live from MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland, I’m Sonya St. Jermaine.”
Renee sat there in horror as she listened to the news report before she yelled for Sabrina to come into her bedroom.
“Calm down Renee. I’m sure they will be okay.”
“Bri, I can’t believe this. I need to know which officer is in critical condition. I need to know.” Renee was near tears.
Sabrina glared at Renee. “We are not going through this again. Let’s just pray that they will be okay.”
For Renee it brought back all those terrible feelings of the night Sabrina had to break the news to her that Kayron was dead. It was as if her heart had been ripped out of her chest. She couldn’t understand how they had just shared the most memorable birthday of her life, then the next he vanished without a trace. Only to find out later that he was reportedly dead. Her heart was filled with so much hurt, pain, sorrow and despair after hearing about his sudden death. She wasn’t ready to face the fact that he was gone. Even now, was it true? She had no other information from what she heard on the news and no one she could contact for answers. Not wanting to relive the past, she made a promise to herself not to find out what happened.
“Okay, you’re right.” Renee started to calm down a bit. “I promise I won’t go searching for answers.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes I’m sure.” Renee assured her. “Don’t worry Bri, I won’t have you call the precinct or visit funeral homes with me. I’m going to leave it alone.”
“Thank you.” Sabrina breathed a sigh of relief. However, Renee couldn’t help but wonder if Kayron Hawkins was once again dead or alive…
Books by Tesa Erven
Intimate Conversation with Tesa Erven
Tesa Erven rocks the pen when it comes to writing contemporary romance fiction. Bursting onto the publishing scene in 2015, she has already captured a large reading audience with her three-book "The Loose End" series.
Tesa's hectic life as a wife and a mother of two children, while holding down a full-time job, is the steam that pushes her to create a private world of her own.
This realm of unique, real and dramatic love stories is filled with suspense and riddled with plot twists. Escape into the world of this New Jersey romantic that will keep you intrigued and pondering what the next page will bring.
BPM: Tell us about your most recent work? Is this book available on Nook and Kindle?
Tesa: My debut novel is called The Loose End. It is available on Nook and Kindle.
Renee Lawson is a young, vibrant, beautiful woman who fell in love with one of Oakland's finest, and of all things, a married man. For her twenty-fifth birthday, he surprises her with a romantic getaway. He planned to make it a weekend she'd never forget. And indeed it was, until a few weeks later, her phone calls and text messages stopped being answered or responded to. He had gone on vacation with his family, but he'd always found time to communicate with her in the past.
Renee still confused by her lover's disappearance, attends an event with her best friend, Sabrina. There they meet California native Bradsen Myers. A single, handsome, respected attorney and he's definitely interested in Renee. While Bradsen feels its love at first sight, she pushes him away. After returning home from the event, desperation sets in. During her weeks of worry, Renee has a chance encounter with Bradsen. She feels an attraction but is conflicted. How can she start to build a connection with him when her secret love has vanished without a trace? Was he injured? Was he murdered? Where was he?
BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?
Tesa: Renee Lawson is a young, vibrant beautiful woman that fell in love with a married man. Kayron Hawkins is the so-called happily married man in a relationship with Renee. Sabrina Brown is Renee's childhood best friend and roommate and she's very opinionated. Bradsen Myers is a prominent attorney and is attracted to Renee. I enjoy developing new characters and giving them a voice because each one is uniquely written.
BPM: What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book?
Tesa: I started writing ten years ago. The experience was great because I knew it was a big accomplishment. The problem was, I tried to go the traditional publisher route and after the many rejections I gave up on the manuscript. It wasn't until years later when my husband found it and liked what I wrote. That's when the desire for writing returned and I decided to research self-publishing.
BPM: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Tesa: For me, the easiest part about writing is when you have a muse that you can build or base a character on. My childhood best friend of 30+ years is inspiration to Sabrina's character in my book. She happens to have those same character traits of always being there and guiding me that it just makes the story come together in a nice even flow.
BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven? Why?
Tesa: My ideas are character driven. I keep a notebook with me on the go. I start a story in there before scanning it into the computer. I still have a thing for the old fashioned scratch and scribble... I write everything down on paper.
BPM: How does your book relate to your present situation or journey?
Tesa: I write fiction for entertainment purposes. I want readers to be able to escape into my world.
BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
Tesa: I love writing; it gets the creative juices flowing. I love unknowingly connecting characters together. It's a small world and I prove that in my writing style. I get the thrill of just being able to write about love, twists, and a little suspense.
BPM: Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?
Tesa: Some of the places/establishments in my book are places that people can actually visit. I would recommend Sonoma Valley, where you can tour the Korbel winery.
BPM: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
Tesa: My goal was to write a love story with romance, suspense and unexpected twists. I am so pleased with the way the story turned out that it became a series.
BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?
Tesa: My current project is titled, Bonded for Life, its book three in The Loose End Series: Coming soon.
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Tesa website: www.tesaerven.com
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/tesaerven