Title: A Little Sumthin Sumthin
Author: Imani True
Publisher: NCM Publishing
Release: February 13th 2012
Genre: Drama, Romantic Suspense, F/F
How do you start over when you never thought you’d have to?
Fatimah Briggs is tired of the games, tired of the lies.
Tired of her husband.
Malcolm has spent his entire marriage thinking only of himself and getting “a little sumthin sumthin” on the side. Plus, when he’s angry, he lashes out at the one person who’s always believed in him, even when it tore her heart to pieces. But after one confrontation too many, Fatimah decides that enough is enough. When her bruises heal, she refuses to return home, choosing instead to start a new life without Malcolm.
Enter Xiomara, Fatimah’s sexy new boss who wants so much more. That’s when Fatimah is forced to face some truths of her own, and finally take charge of the situation.
But more than a few people aren’t going to like the ‘new and improved’ Fatimah. And dealing with “a little sumthin sumthin” may prove to be more than anyone should be expected to handle.
A Little Sumthin Sumthin is a story of staring over, and finding strength when you thought you had none. It’s a tale of karma, truth, and ultimately, survival because sometimes, what goes around, really does come around.
For Fatimah, the trick will be staying alive long enough to see it happen.
I’ll start by saying that I throughly enjoyed A Little Sumthin Sumthin. Fatimah’s husband, Malcolm, however, so needs to go.
A Little Sumthin Sumthin is the story of Fatimah learning to be who she truly is and of finding one’s way out of an abusive relationship. The story is a quick paced adventure of growth. Fatimah is smart, fun, and much stronger than even she realizes. Malcolm is simply horrid. and Xiomara . . . is perfect for Fatima, IMHO.
I don’t want to give too much away, there is an excerpt below after all – LOL, but A Little Sumthin Sumthin is a seductive and captivating read that blends the reality of an abusive relationship with the love and suspense of strength and new love.
Oh, and just remember . . . Fate is a real Byotch when pissed, a truth Malcolm learns, though you have to read to truly enjoy, lol. A Little Sumthin Sumthin is a great read! One you will enjoy from beginning to end, and every page between.
*Note: Domestic violence, sexuality, and one seriously nasty man included.
Chapter-A Working Lunch
“This is my favorite place. You’ll like it.”
A young man escorted us to a private table in the back. As we walked, I couldn’t help but notice how Xiomara’s suit from the new ‘Lady Boss’ collection really showed off her best assets. I shook it off and tried not to stare too hard.
“I’m here so much, I have my own table,” Xiomara joked.
We both laughed. Then we sat down across from each other.
“Can we get two waters with lemon?” Xiomara asked the waiter. “I try to start every meal with water,” she told me. “That way, I eat less.” She was whispering.
I nodded at her small talk, taking time to admire the restaurant’s interior.
“This is a really nice place.”
“So Ms. Briggs, you graduated from Harvard, huh? Top of your class and editor of The Law Review?”
I had to give it to her; the woman had done her homework.
“Yeah, I was hired by Kittman, Marshall, and Michaels right after graduation. Got my feet wet with the Bank of New York merger last year.”
“I read about that deal, quite an accomplishment. You know, those of us in the industry really held our breaths over that one, but you brought it home. And it really increased the bottom line for KMM, made them one of the big boys. Fantastic work, Ms. Briggs.”
“Thank you. Please call me Fatimah.”
“You know, Fatimah, I could really use a closer like you on my team.”
Xiomara was the CEO of Stallworth Global Holdings, one of the top two financial investment companies on the West Coast. They’re respected worldwide, and working for her would really do wonders for my resume, not to mention my bottom line.
Finally, our waters came. As we both reached for the same glass, her hand brushed against mine. I was caught off guard and tried to play it off. “I’m sorry,” she said, handing me her glass. “You first.”
I took it. We raised our drinks.
“Let’s toast to a future with you as my new counsel.”
“Huh? Didn’t know I was interviewing for a job with Stallworth.”
“Ms. Briggs, you’re an educated professional, so you understand we’re always being watched, even when we don’t know it. I’ve certainly been following your career.”
“I’m flattered,” I said to her. “So you’re offering me a position in your company? We haven’t even talked terms yet.”
“Just tell me what it would take to steal you away from Jack Kittman. Name your price.”
Before I could say anything, she wrote a number on a napkin and slid it across the table. It was in the low six figures! My eyes widened as I thought, girl, that’s twice what Mr. Kittman pays me!
“Am I in the ballpark?” Xiomara asked.
In the ballpark? You just hit a grand slam! I mumbled to myself. I tried to play it cool, act disinterested.
I was doing a bad job at it.
Bad move to give in too easily, I thought.
“I’ll need some time to think about it,” I told her. “And of course, to resign with proper notice. If I decide to take the job.”
“Well, the position is yours to refuse. I won’t consider any other candidates until I hear from you. Your qualifications are outstanding, and we’d love to have you here. You’re just what we need at Stallworth.”
“I’ll consider it.”
“Great. Here’s my cell number. Call anytime.”
She slipped a piece of paper into my palm. Her perfectly-manicured nails lingered an extra moment, grazing my nervous fingers lightly as she pulled them away.
I looked around the restaurant to see if anyone else there knew me. The last thing I needed was someone telling KMM that I was having lunch with another firm.
I knew it was an amazing opportunity, but I had to be careful. For all I know, Xiomara might have known exactly what Kittman paid me. Maybe she had even talked to him. I had to see where she was going with this. I knew I was worth the money — after all, I did pull off that merger! And while I felt I was off my game some because of all the drama with Malcolm, I knew that was only temporary.
Yeah, Xiomara ran SGH and her game was definitely on point, but I was a bad chick in my own right, so I wasn’t going out like some new law school grad who was just happy to have an interview! I knew I was the right person for the job, but that wasn’t the issue.
“It may take me a few weeks to get back to you,” I told her. “I want to check out a few things before I make a decision about your extremely generous offer. I need to do some research, see what other attorneys with my experience and credentials are getting.”
Sounds good, I thought to myself.
I’m sure she could tell that I was lying.
Bad chick or not, I wasn’t fooling Xiomara. She knew that I wanted her!
Imani (“True”) has been writing her entire life. Early works consisted of poetry and short stories written under the name C. Highsmith-Hooks. Her 2010 collaboration with Ms. Dreama Skye produced Strawberries, Stilettos, and Steam, a collection of erotic stories published by NCM Publishing. That same year, one of Imani’s stories was published in Delphine Publications’ Between the Sheets anthology. Both books won literary awards.
In February 2012, True released A Little Sumthin Sumthin, the story of Fatimah Briggs, a woman trying to start a new life. But when Fatimah packs her bags to leave, she has no idea what secrets, lies, and indiscretions will unfold as she tries to make her own way.
A native New Yorker at heart, True currently resides in Las Vegas, where she works a traditional 9 to 5 until the pen pays her bills. When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching crime thrillers, traveling, and sports. The mother of one grown son, Imani is currently working on several e-books, screenplays, and novels in the genre of erotic crime thrillers.
“Author Imani True writes a powerful, heartfelt, gritty novel. Her story explores the realities of life, the ones no one wants to talk about – spousal abuse and lesbianism. Ms. True takes these topics by the collar and yanks them headlong through the streets for all to see. Her heroines are strong and proud. You cheer them on every step of the way. Her villain is a man you have no trouble seeing get his own back when karma finally catches up. A solid storyline and intensely written characters with intriguing subplots makes this a great read in my opinion. I will be looking for a little more sumthin, sumthin from this author!”~Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson, Author of Georgia’s Smile, Love’s Trust, Callie’s Fate, and her most recent release – Love And Liberty (now also available in print).
“’A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’” is a seductive blend of mystery, sensuality, and drama. A well-crafted novel that invites the reader to not just peruse the first few pages, but it invites them into a world where motives and secrets are exposed in an erotic, but thrilling way.”~Gaiven Clairmont, Author of Reality, Dreams, and Nightmares.
“’ALSS’ is captivating and very well-written. Imani True did an awesome job at combining sexiness with the right amount of suspense and twists. Fatimah is definitely a bad chick, and Malcolm…let’s just say he’s definitely NOT the ladies’ man he thinks he is!” ~Queen B.G., Author of Dealt the Wrong Hand and Bridge 2 Destruction.
“’A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’” is a very sexy story with fully developed characters in realistic situations, which makes this intriguing story a must-read. It’s what happens when high finance collides with low-life crime. It’s not so much ‘whodunit,’ but why they did it that will keep readers on the edge, and turning pages late into the night. This one is a winner!~Terry B., Author of The ‘E’ Collection: A New Definition of Erotica: Volume 1, Dancer’s Paradise: An Erotic Journey and At Midnight: Choice Fowler’s Story.
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