Sunday, November 23, 2014

**BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY** Love Always by Sheena Binkley

Love Always
(Love, Life, & Happiness, #5)
by Sheena Binkley
Publication date: November 19th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

From the first moment I’d laid eyes on Shawn Walker, I never thought he would be the love of my life. In the three years we have been together, we have been through so much, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else I would have wanted by my side. Now, we’re about to experience another event that has us both in shock. Will we be able to get through this one together, or will it end up destroying our relationship?


I never thought I would experience love again until Riana Robertson entered my life. The two of us have been through hell and back, but we’re still standing. Now that I’ve graduated Shaw and heading into the real world, I have a lot of responsibility, not just for myself, but for my growing family. With all of the issues surrounding Riana and me, will we slowly lose sight of the love we have for each other, or will it strengthen us as a couple?



May, 2016
“Baby, where did you put my shoes?!”
I rolled my eyes and went into the closet. I pulled out Shawn’s dress loafers and walked into the living room. He was searching underneath the couch when I cleared my throat. He looked up, and I shoved them into his face.
“Why did you move them? I had them in the living room.”
“I wouldn’t have had to if you didn’t leave them sitting in the middle of the room. I almost tripped on them, not once, but twice this week.”
“Sorry, but I figured I would find them better if they were out here.”
I rolled my eyes again then walked into the kitchen. Since moving in with Shawn 18 months ago, this was a constant issue we had. Sure, we always had fun, but his tendency to forget to put his clothes and shoes in the proper places irritated me. I’m a neat freak, so I liked a tidy apartment. I did not want to see his shoes or clothes thrown on the couch and even in the kitchen. It’s disgusting.
“Shawn, all I ask of you is to clean up after yourself. We never had this problem until I moved in.”
“I know there were times when I've left stuff in plain view, but you know me, I’m just as much of a neat freak as you are.”
I scoffed and walked back into the living room. “Are you really being serious right now? When I moved in here, I didn’t expect to be a damn maid!”
“And I didn’t expect you to. What is your problem?!” 

The doorbell rang, and I stomped to the door.
I opened it without looking through the peephole. Marcus and Cheryl were standing outside with a surprised expression.
“If it’s a bad time, we can come back,” Marcus stated.
I opened the door wider so they could come in. They were a little hesitant, but I gave them a look, assuring them it was okay.
“We could hear you two from the walkway. What were you arguing about?” Cheryl asked.
“Marcus, has Shawn always been a pig, leaving his stuff all over the place?”
Marcus glanced at his brother. I turned to look at Shawn, who shrugged his shoulders. 

“Just answer the question.”
“Maybe sometimes.”
“Of course you’ll defend him,” I replied and went back into the kitchen. Cheryl walked in behind me and sat down on a barstool. She took my hand with a slight smile.
“What’s wrong, Ri?”
I glanced at her then slumped over onto the counter. Although Shawn’s things laying around the apartment did irritate me, that wasn’t the reason I was so upset.
“I got my grades for the semester. Let’s just say they weren’t stellar.”
“Aww. Ri.”
“What am I going to tell my mom and Marc? I can’t return home and say ‘I’m so happy to be here for the summer, and by the way, I failed two of my classes.’”
“Wow, Ri; that’s not like you to fail your courses, especially since you’re almost done with school.”
“I know. I think since Shawn and I moved in together, school hasn’t been my top priority. In fact, nothing really has.”
“Didn’t Shawn pass his classes? I mean, he is graduating today.”
“Yeah; barely though.”
“What the hell have you two been doing? Never mind. You two really need to get your priorities straight.”
“I know you’re not talking. You and Marcus are on each other constantly.”
“Well, Marcus gives me room to breathe. Besides, I had to stay focus to apply for medical school.”
“How is that going, by the way?”

“I did receive letters from Baylor and UT. I just haven’t open them yet.”
“Why not?”
“Because I’m scared. I've had them for a while now.”
“You need to open them.”
“I will, but I guess I don’t want that feeling of rejection.”
“How do you know that you will?”
“I don’t know. I’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and I just don’t want that feeling of failure.”
“Cher, you need to believe in yourself. You have done so much to get to this point, so don’t lose faith now. If you want, one day, when you're ready, why don't us girls get together and open them?”
“You sure?”
“Thanks, Ri.”
“No problem.”
“So, what about you? Do you need me to be there for you when you tell Aunt Melanie and Marc?”
I took a deep breath. Honestly, I hadn't even told Shawn about my grades; I know he would be upset about it. That’s one thing the two of us had always agreed on: We would support each other in our classes. During this semester, though, we both kind of slacked off. Shawn did mainly because this was his last semester, and he’d been working nonstop at his job at the news station. After his internship, the station did offer him a position as a production assistant. Although it wasn’t glamorous, he enjoyed it because he was learning a lot about the industry. Once he graduates, hopefully, he would be promoted.
As for me, I think I slacked off because I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go career-wise. Although I enjoyed journalism, I didn’t know if that's want I wanted to do as a career. I took a creative writing class for an elective, and I really fell in love with the assignments. I'd always had a knack for writing, but I'd never thought of it as a career. Until now.
“Thanks, but I have it covered. Besides, they’re not the only ones I haven’t told yet.”
“Shawn doesn’t know either?”
“No. I’m thinking about taking both of the classes again in the summer any way. I already checked and saw there are online courses I can take.”
“Well, that’s good. So, are you calm enough to go back out to the living room?”
I sighed. “I am; but he really needs to clean up his stuff.”
“Well, Marcus was the same way, especially when he came home from work. He’d leave everything sitting out, and I ended up cleaning it up.”
“What did you do?”
“I withheld sex until he got his act together. It worked,” she answered with a wink.
“Maybe I should do that with Shawn.”
“It wouldn’t work with you two.”
I shook my head, while she laughed. “I’m just telling the truth.”
She suddenly snapped her fingers as if she remembered something. “I forgot. We have a final dress fitting once we return to Houston.”
“I thought we already had our final fitting?”
“Nope. Elise claims she gained weight, so we have to do another one. Really, I don’t know where she gained it though.”
I smiled. I still couldn’t believe she and Marcus were getting married. They'd stuck to their agreement of having their wedding after her graduation, so their date was set for July.
“Okay, I’ll let the girls know.”
“Thanks. So are you cool now? There won’t be any altercations while we’re out in public, will there?”
“Of course not,” I said with a smirk. “You know I can’t stay mad at Shawn for long.”
“Okay,” Cheryl replied. She gave me a pat on my back and went to the refrigerator.
I sighed and rubbed my stomach. There was another reason I was moody lately. It was a good thing there was going to be another fitting, because I probably couldn’t fit into my bridesmaid dress anymore. Lately, I hadn't been able to fit into anything. I sighed and rubbed my stomach again. I also hadn't had my period in a month, which was making me even more anxious. I know I’d had irregular periods since I’d been on birth control, but I switched to another brand two months ago.
Cheryl turned around and noticed my sad look. “Is there something else you want to talk about?”
I shook my head and smiled. “No, I’m fine.”
I wasn’t going to mention what I was thinking right now. This was her and Shawn’s graduation day, and I wasn’t going to ruin it. Instead, I would enjoy their moment, and let my issues be.


Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.

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