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Excerpt Friday: Secrets Revealed, Book Two of The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles by Casandra Charles




Book One

JR was young, single, making money, enjoying life and on top of her game as a successful event manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University, she focused most of her life on her career, driven by the need to prove herself while working in a men’s field. Atlanta was all about keeping up with the Joneses and JR knew just how to do it. After seven years in Atlanta, she abruptly moved back to New York to be with her family when her dad had a near-death experience. During her move, she met Toni, a single, blue-collar, strong-minded guy who quickly swept her off her feet with his lies. 

Love was never on her mind, but Toni was different (she thought). Even though they were at two different places in life, JR let her guard down and welcomed him in. After only a few months of their long-distance relationship, things started to move really fast, making JR really nervous. Then the drama began as Toni suddenly moved in with her and she started uncovering the hidden secrets of the real person.

As JR was coming to terms with the idea of Toni being in her life, she remained torn between him and her past in Atlanta. A past that included David, her on-again, off-again lover who was everything JR wanted in a man: well-educated with a successful career, good looks, and the drive to want more of everything that Toni didn’t have. However, even after two years of dating, their relationship was like oil and water: they just didn’t mix. As Toni’s real personality was revealed, David looked more and more like the safe place for JR. When her current situation started to heat up, JR began wishing she had her old life back.

The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies is just the beginning as JR tries to find the right balance in her life; however, that happy balance is not so easy find, especially when it’s full of lust and lies.


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Book Two

Just as Jamie Reynolds, aka JR, stepped outside of her comfort zone and lets her guard down with Toni, she quickly understood why she had it up in the first place. Toni was nothing like he pretended to be, and after three years of his lies, JR finally had had enough and found the courage to leave.

JR didn’t have many friends and was so embarrassed at her life’s direction she tried to pretend she was okay, but her true friends knew better. This included David, her past lover, who was happy she was back in Atlanta, but things just weren’t the same between them. Maybe because JR was still legally married to Toni, as he refused to sign the divorce papers, or maybe because David’s life was moving forward and JR’s life had fallen backwards.

This new JR was nothing like her old self. JR was once a strong independent woman, but now she can’t even look herself in the mirror without falling apart. After years of lies and now emotional abuse from Toni, who refuses to let her go, she just couldn’t hold it all in and finally her emotions started to get the best of her. JR tried to drink her problems away, which only made things worse, as she truly lost her direction. Then her life unexpectedly came crashing down after her friendship with Terry took a turn for the worse. One by one JR not only lost her old friends, but she also lost her way, which led JR to seek help.

Jenny was JR’s saving grace, and after diving deep into her past, she finally began to uncover the hidden secrets of the real JR. Secrets even JR hid from herself. As Jenny encouraged JR to let her guard down yet again and explore dating, she met Mike, a twenty-five-year-old young professional who was nothing like Toni. He was educated, had a thriving career, and truly supported JR even after watching the drama unfold between Toni and her, but he never ran, and JR appreciated his strength.

Lust and Lies was just the beginning as The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles continues and JR is faced with the newest chapter in her life, a life full of questionable memories into her past, present and future self.

Sneak Peek of Secrets Revealed

Robert was older than me and one would say he was my first taste of a grown up relationship. Naturally, I had boyfriends in the past and they were real, my first love was my high school sweetheart Wes at the age of 17 and pretty much stayed out of serious relationships all through college until I met Robert my senior year in college. He was 6 years older than me. I meet him at an 18 and up club when I was 20. He was very well known in Atlanta and it felt pretty cool to be around him. He treated me like a queen or so I thought. However, he never lied to me about his situation and he had a serious relationship “fiancee” at home. I was the side chick but somehow at that age I didn’t care. I never understood guys, why would you ask someone to marry them if you are still dating other people. I loved Robert so I never thought I was doing anything wrong.

Robert and I went through so much. Since I wasn’t old enough to go to the club with him we often just did dinner, movie’s and stuff like this. He never hid me from anyone. I meet all of his friends and they all respected me. I never felt like the sidechick until I turned 21.

I was super excited to finally be 21, I felt like an adult and I can finally go to the club with Robert. I was young, with a coke bottle figure and was about to graduate from college not to mention Roberts friends was in the industry so I had work already lined up. Robert was great, he supported me in all aspects. I could never understand what he told his girl as Robert started spending the nights at my apartment (often) and we was a real open relationship. However things changed when he finally sat me down and told me his girl was pregnant. The funny thing is I think I was more upset to find out he was actually sleeping with his girl. Nevermind the fact he was sleeping with us both without protecting.

“so what is she going to do?” I asked not knowing what he would say.

“come on Jamie, don’t ask me that question. I’ve been open and upfront with you about her. I thought you would be happy for me and Maria.”

what the hell, how was I supposed to be happy, my boyfriend’s fiance is about to have his baby. It sounded crazy in my head but somehow Robert had a spell over me or something because he always said just the right things to make me understand our twisted relationship.




Originally from Brooklyn, New York, with parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Casandra “CeCe” Charles graduated college with a BA degree in Mass Media Arts at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she resided for many years. She later received her Masters in Adult Education and currently works in East Harlem for a local Not for Profit Organization.

Casandra always wanted to write a book but hesitated for many years, as she suffers from adult dyslexia. She never allowed her disability to hold her back from anything, and she finally completed her first book, Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies, in 2015 and now Secrets Revealed in 2016.

She is the successful owner of Smell the Sunset, LLC, which is an umbrella company for Creative Encores, LLC, an event planning business, and What’s Good USA, a Good News website that highlights good news from around the United States and now, her newest adventure, is an author.

Casandra loves to travel and explore as well as having a bucket list of places to visit a mile long. She lives by many mottos, but her favorite one is “Live Laugh Love,” which is also tattooed on her left arm to remind her every day to Live today, Laugh often and Love always.


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