Book Reviews

Book Review: She’s Obsessed by Nick Haskins

Title: She’s Obsessed

Author: Nick Haskins

Genre: Urban Fiction

Publication Date: 7/30/2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About The Book

In the suburbs of Chicago, Jayceon and Leah were all set to start their new lives together as husband and wife. In Jace, Leah thought she married the perfect man until she accidentally stumbles across his deleted secret that quickly turns her sanity, and their marriage, upside down.

The night before Jayceon marries Leah, he hits the record button on his iPhone when the curvaceous dancer—Jessica Fox—from his bachelor party makes her way back to his hotel suite. Soon after, the nasty recorded mistake comes back to haunt Jace, and the stripper, in the worst way possible.

The life Leah planned with Jace rapidly spins out of control when she becomes obsessed with the X-rated video, and the girl in it. Leah will do whatever it takes to right her new husbands wrong, even if it means getting rid of Jessica Fox for good . . .

My Thoughts

Jayceon aka Jace’s slip up comes back to bite him in this urban fiction novel. Sometimes having strippers at a bachelor or bachelorette party may not be the right entertainment. The characters figure this out a little to late.

This was a typical novel about man doing things without thinking and the wrong person finding out about it, his wife. I will say Leah’s reaction was unexpected and she may have taken it to far. I can relate to her, but the reaction was a little extreme. It was hard to believe Jace didn’t think about photos and videos on his phone being in the cloud. It was also hard to believe he didn’t know that his wife had some serious issues. Jayceon would step up at time but I wondered if he was scared of his wife. I will say that Leah was a determined character and willing to take care of anything that got in her way.

It was a fast paced book and true to Haskin’s writing style. Some of the descriptions leaned toward erotic romance and took away from the story in some areas. Overall, the storyline was interesting and Leah’s character kept me reading. If you like books with drama and nice twists, She’s Obsessed is for you.

Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Nick Haskins

Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner today is Nick Haskins is the author of On the Edge of Heat, Jamal, My Husband’s Wife, Betrayed and his latest novel, She’s Obsessed. Nick was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he currently resides. After years of aspiring to become a film and TV writer, he began to shape his creative dreams and released his first book in 2011. Nick has been actively working on building his catalog of work, and readership, with plans to become a full-time writer.

Q & A with Nick Haskins

A&RBC: How did you get started in the publishing industry?

NH: I started writing stories when I was very young. I stopped for many years until I fumbled across a Mary B. Morrison book. From there, I became fascinated with her work, and others, and wanted to entertain readers the way they entertained me.

A&RBC: I know you were originally going into filming, will you be going back to it? Or do you feel writing books are a better fit for you?

NH: I hope to migrate to TV and film in the future. I’m working on a script right now for a new series I would love to bring to life. That is a big goal I’ve set for myself as a writer that I’m ready to strive to achieve.

A&RBC: What do you love most about being an author?

NH: I love that I’m able to create stories with characters, and plots, and cliffhangers, and a crazy ending—just like the writers I admire—and actually be able to entertain people that I don’t know with something that came solely from me. That is the highest point of being an author.

A&RBC: What has been your biggest challenge as an author?

NH: My biggest challenge as an author has been building an audience. I’ve always been told by family and friends that I was a good writer, so when I first started putting out books I thought I would have massive amounts of readers that would flock to my work just because I was told it was good. I later found out that’s not how it goes.

A&RBC: You are releasing your fourth novel, She’s Obsessed, what or who was the inspiration behind this particular book?

NH: My main inspiration behind She’s Obsessed was to show my readers a different side of my writing style. I wrote my other books based on how I thought I should write if I wanted to be a fiction writer. With my new book, I just went for it, kicked down all of the restrictions and doubts, and wrote it how I wanted it to come out.

A&RBC: Tell us about Leah and Jace.

NH: Jace is a good man, that turned into Leah’s loving great husband, but not before he cheats on her with the stripper from his bachelor party the night before their wedding and records it, but later deletes it. Leah is a no-nonsense chick that’s ready to slice up her new husband after she finds his deleted mistake. Fueled by drugs, emotions, and obsession, Leah takes it too far with Jace and the girl from the video.

A&RBC:  How do you approach researching topics for your books?

NH: Google is my best friend when I’m writing. For She’s Obsessed, I called on my sister, Myranda, a lot since she is the same age as the characters.

A&RBC: Do you usually base your books in cities you live in or have visited?

NH: No, but I would LOVE to visit LA, Potomac, Anchorage, or Chicago.

A&RBC: If you can express your writing style in three to four words, what would they be?

NH: Love. Passion. Drama. Heartbreak.

A&RBC: What new projects can readers expect from you?

NH: I would like my readers to keep their fingers crossed for me that I can birth a new TV series for them.

A&RBC: Where can readers find you?

NH: Please visit my website www.nickhaskinsbooks.com, like my author Facebook page (@iamnickhaskins), and follow me on Instagram & twitter @iamnickhaskins

 

About The Book

In the suburbs of Chicago, Jayceon and Leah were all set to start their new lives together as husband and wife. In Jace, Leah thought she married the perfect man until she accidentally stumbles across his deleted secret that quickly turns her sanity, and their marriage, upside down.

The night before Jayceon marries Leah, he hits the record button on his iPhone when the curvaceous dancer—Jessica Fox—from his bachelor party makes her way back to his hotel suite. Soon after, the nasty recorded mistake comes back to haunt Jace, and the stripper, in the worst way possible.

The life Leah planned with Jace rapidly spins out of control when she becomes obsessed with the X-rated video, and the girl in it. Leah will do whatever it takes to right her new husbands wrong, even if it means getting rid of Jessica Fox for good . . .

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Betrayed by Nick Haskins

Title: Betrayed

Author: Nick Haskins

Publication: August 25, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Betrayed is the second book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by Nick Haskins, who writes drama and suspenseful novels. In Betrayed, the story centers on a father, his son and a woman who changes everything. William is loyal, believes in family and believes in honoring promises he’s made to keep his son safe and to provide everything he needs. As time passes it is natural for him to want companionship but only if his son, Billy approves. Billy feels it is healthy for his dad to move on but doesn’t know what to expect until he met Jennifer.

Betrayed is an awkward love triangle that doesn’t disappoint because the characters are believable as well as the story line. This book held my attention with just enough drama, twists and turns. The only reason I gave it a three star is because there are areas in the book that have telling instead of showing, which ruined some of the suspense and anticipation of what the characters would do next. However, I will definitely read more of this author’s work.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Nick Haskins

Nick Haskins is the author of On the Edge of Heat, Jamal, My Husband’s Wife and his latest novel, Betrayed. Nick was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he currently resides. After years of aspiring to become a film and TV writer, he began to shape his creative dreams and released his first book in 2011. Nick has been actively working on building his catalog of work, and readership, with plans to become a full-time writer.

Let’s get to know Nick Haskins

It has been a while since you stopped by Authors & Readers Book Corner, tell us about your journey since releasing My Husband’s Wife.

Yes, it has been awhile since my last visit with Authors & Readers Book Corner. After I released my third book, My Husband’s Wife, in 2013 I took a lot of time off. I stopped all promotions, ads, campaigns etc. in early 2014. I was dealing with a lot of personal issues that prevented me from giving total focus to my career. I wanted to get me together first, and now I’m back with a brand-new book.

What genres do you write in? Will you write in other genres as you progress as a writer?

All of my books are African-American fiction, although the book that I’m currently working on leans more toward urban fiction. I have dabbled a little in erotica as well. Other than those three genres, I see myself maybe exploring suspense, or even a murder mystery.

What is your process for creating characters?

My characters always seem to appear to me. I don’t seek them out; I let them come to me along with the plot, the climax of the story, and the ending.

Do you write from an outline? If not, what is your writing process?

It really depends on the mood I’m in. When I’m feeling extremely creative, usually, the end of the story will play in my head for days, sometimes weeks. When it’s like that, I start jotting down my ending, and before long, I find myself typing out full chapter outlines. Other times, I sit at my computer, turn on some low tunes, and just start typing. I try not to have too much of a process though; I like to just let it flow.

What are four tips you have learned since becoming a published author?

The four tips I’ve learned is, one, it’s a lot harder than it looks! But, I’ve learned not to give up, or stall out each time someone says no, or I don’t get the review I was looking for etc. I’m learning to keep going. Two, as an author, one of my main goals is to entertain my readers, so I’m learning with each book how to craft and weave stories more for my readers amusement. Three, I’ve learned how to have a small group read my work a few times before it’s released. I have an amazing team who is always willing to read my manuscripts, and provide honest feedback which is so needed. The fourth tip I’ve learned is to read and understand everything! I feel as an author, I am in control of my career, and I owe it to myself, and my books, to make sure I’m making the best, and most informed decisions and choices.

What ingredients do you believe a book needs to keep readers?

I believe to keep readers an author shouldn’t leave them in too much suspense. You have to take them on a journey with you, but make sure they know where you’re going, why, and with which characters. With that, a smooth beginning, a good climax, and a rocky cliffhanger ending seems to have been my main ingredients.

Your new book, Betrayed, has a message about loyalty, how important was this topic to the storyline?

Loyalty, or the lack there of, is very important to the storyline. In Betrayed, William Majors is married to a disloyal woman, while his son, Billy, proves where his loyalty lies when he falls in love with his father’s new wife.

What city is Betrayed based in? Is it a city familiar to you?

Betrayed is based in Anchorage. I am not familiar with Alaska at all, but when the storyline started playing in my head set in Anchorage, Alaska I went with it.

Tell us about Williams Majors Sr.

William Majors Sr. is a hardworking, fifty-one-year-old single father. While his first wife Jean was dying, he promises her – and their young son – that he would always take good care of their boy. William dedicated himself to his son, living as a single man for many years. He didn’t trust another woman to come in and attempt to raise his son, so did it on his own. When Billy turns twenty-one, William becomes eager to find a wife. That’s when he meets, and falls madly in love with Jennifer Payne.

Tell us about Jennifer.

Jennifer Payne was written after Jennifer Williams from Basketball Wives. She’s tall, thin, beautiful and proves to be dangerous for the Majors men. She loves her husband, William, and wants him and their marriage, but she starts to want his son just a little more.

Where do you see Nick Haskins in five years?

In five years, I hope to see my name on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I also want to eventually migrate into TV and/or film.

What is your favorite motto or scripture?

My favorite motto is: If it didn’t kill you, brush yourself off and keep going!
I have several favorite scriptures: Psalms 23, Psalms 103, Isaiah 41:28-31, and the one that’s taught me the most about having faith in God which is James 1:1-9

Readers can visit Nick’s website at www.nickhaskinsbooks.com, or email him at nickhaskinsbooks@gmail.com.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IamNickHaskins 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamnickhaskins
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamnickhaskins/

Purchase a copy of Betrayed at Amazon.com

About the Book

Sixteen years ago, William Majors Sr. made his young son, Billy, a promise that he would always take care of him after his mother died. He vowed to raise his son into a man he would someday be proud of. William also vowed not to take another wife until Billy was all grown up, so he opted to live as a single man. That all changed the day Jennifer Payne walked into his life. Her seductive body and stunning beauty instantaneously captures William . . . and Billy. When Billy secretly deceives William – seemingly overnight – Jennifer finds herself trapped in a dangerous love trio with both Father and son. When she chooses one over the other, a deadly line of betrayal will be crossed that will shake The Majors’ forever . . .

Excerpt from Betrayed

Over the years, a variety of women have tried and failed with William no matter what their efforts. He just wasn’t ready . . . until now. Only problem is, he doesn’t know where to start. He surely doesn’t fancy any of the desperate, flabby tired selection of women that was constantly trying to feed him and his son. He’s a fifty-one-year-old father, so clubbing is completely out of the question. He’s never attended a church service, so meeting a good ole’ church girl wasn’t going to happen either. He doesn’t trust anyone off the Internet, so his future wife, in his words, would have to come and find him, which is exactly what happened the day Jennifer Payne walked into his lumber company.

Jennifer was doing a small remolding job to her condo, and needed to pick out just the right materials for the project. Her contractor gave her a card for Anchorage Lumber, and told her she should go check out some of the marble samples the lumberyard offered. When she decided to take the contractors advice, Jennifer’s tall, thin frame swayed into Anchorage Lumber and the rest, as they say, is history – history William Majors Sr. would someday wish he could rewrite . . .