Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea for this story come from?

Sheryl:  The story idea originated with Harlequin and is part of the Millionaire Moguls continuity series. The first three titles are based in Miami, the second trilogy in San Diego, and this final one in Los Angeles. Their team came up with the concept, characters, and major plot points. As one of the invited participating authors, my job was to create Alexis and Derek’s romance journey while being sure to include the other plot elements that will flow through each of the three connecting books.

Rad-Reader:  How long did it take you to write this?

Sheryl:  This book took about five months to write and was probably the hardest one I’ve written to date. There were several parts that had to be clarified and revamped and added to the time it usually takes me to complete a book.

Rad-Reader:  What is the backstory on Alexis and Derek that we don’t know from just the blurb/synopsis?

Sheryl:  Derek and Alexis were high school sweethearts and separated by the time they graduated. Alexis pursued a successful modeling career, while Derek went out to make his own mark on the real estate world, apart from his estranged father.

Rad-Reader:  Why did they walk away from each other in the first place?

Sheryl:  Derek felt he had something to prove and he didn’t let anything or anyone get in the way of it, even if it meant walking away from the girl he loved.

Rad-Reader:  Why is their father having to clear his name?  What did they say he did wrong?

Sheryl:  As I mentioned above, His Los Angeles Surprise is part of a series. This is book eight and the second in the Los Angeles installment. In the San Diego trilogy, their father was accused of sabotage and he’s asked his sons to help clear his name.

Rad-Reader:  So, Max and Trey were not raised with Derek correct?  Were they all by different moms?

Sheryl:  Yes, all three sons have different mothers and were raised apart. 

Rad-Reader:  What are the ages of the brothers?

Sheryl:  Trey (A Los Angeles Passion by Sherelle Green) is the oldest at 33, Derek is 32 and Max (A Los Angeles Rendezvous by Pamela Yaye) is 28.

Rad-Reader:  Do all the baby mama’s live in the same town?  If so, that had to have been touchy when all the brothers met?

Sheryl:  Trey and Derek’s mothers are still around, however, Max’s mother passed away. The brothers have been working to forge a real relationship, but not without some hesitation on Derek’s part, of course. 

Rad-Reader:  Was he married to any of the baby mamas and how did she take all of this playing around?

Sheryl:  Their father was married to his first wife when he met Derek’s mother. I don’t know all the details, but it goes without saying she wasn’t happy. You’ll have to read His Los Angeles Surprise to find out what happened between Derek’s mother and father, but I’ll just say, they never married. Reginald did marry a second time to Max’s mother.

Rad-Reader:  How did Reginald make all his money?

Sheryl:  Reginald owned a few private businesses, made some lucrative investments that paid off and became a wealthy man. He was also deeply involved in the Prescott George (Millionaire Moguls) outreach activities for inner-city youth and early education.

Rad-Reader:  What do all the boys do for a living?

Sheryl:  Trey is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, Derek is a real estate mogul, and Max is a talent agent.

Rad-Reader:  Trey the oldest son is in a relationship, engaged, what does his love interest, Kiara do?

Sheryl:  Kiara owns a daycare for the rich and famous. To find out more about her and Trey’s story, be sure to pick up A Los Angeles Passion by Sherelle Green.

Rad-Reader:  Has Derek told his mom he’s going to be a father yet?  It’s almost time for the ultrasound and he is being no different than his dad at this point, right?

Sheryl:  He hasn’t told his mother yet. He’s still in a little shock, himself…lol! He’s not like his dad at all. In fact, he goes out of his way to be very different. I don’t think he plans to walk away from Alexis, but I’ll let the readers see what happens.

Rad-Reader:  Why is he so afraid to admit that he and Alexis are dating when the brothers ask?  Yet, when the guy at the fundraiser chats her up Derek turns all Alpha Male on his behind.

Sheryl:  Afraid is probably not the word I’d use. It’s more like not wanting to admit he’s allowing someone to get close to him. Now the guy at the fundraiser is a different story. Nothing like seeing another man talking to the woman you’re trying hard not to fall for, to bring out your true feelings.

Rad-Reader:  Alexis also brought Derek comfort at that same fundraiser.  Did he even notice that she’s done that for him more than once? 

Sheryl:  Oh, he notices, all right. Why do you think he’s having such a hard time keeping his feelings under wraps? J

Rad-Reader:  What do you think they were both thinking and feeling at the ultrasound? 

Sheryl:  I think they were feeling what most new parents-to-be feel: wonder, amazement, joy.

Rad-Reader:  When they saw the heartbeat it meant something to Derek to the point where he even filmed it.  Do you think that’s when it became real to him?

Sheryl:  I believe this is when several things became real to him.

Rad-Reader:  Do they ever find out who set up Reginald before he passes away?

Sheryl:  They do. Check out Pamela Yaye’s A Los Angeles Rendezvous Dec 1 to get all the details!

Rad-Reader:  Derek tortured himself when it came to not wanting to lose his heart.  Didn’t he realize that he was losing his heart by pushing her away?  Like he did at the hospital?

Sheryl:  Tortured is a great word to describe Derek and isn’t that typically what we do when we’re trying to protect ourselves from hurt? He’s no different in that aspect. At the hospital, it was more about fear.

Rad-Reader:  So, who is this mystery person leaving Max gifts?  Have we met them already?  Could it be Christina and should we be worried?

Sheryl:  Those details will be in Max’s story, coming next month.

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…

Alexis:  Tanisha Harper

Derek:  Tyson Beckford (younger)

Charlene:  Saffi Karina

Trey:  Michael B. Jordan

Max:  Kofi Siriboe

Reginald:  Wesley Snipes


Alexis:  Nafessa Williams

Derek:  Newton Mayengewho just happens to be the cover model for the book (nice guy!) https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6893526/mediaviewer/rm2152029440

Charlene:  A younger Regina King (love her wit!) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/552957660493559400/

I’ll leave the casting of Trey and Max to Sherelle and Pamela. 



Rad-Reader:  What does the phrase, “Just listen to what I do” mean?

Sheryl:  You know how they always say actions speak louder than words? This is my way of saying it. My husband said these words to me when we first started dating and I’ve heard every word of his love through everything he does.

Rad-Reader:  What song or songs best describes your couple or your book as a whole?

“Playing in Love – Muscadine Bloodline”
Derek found out that Alexis won the bid to rent him.  Flattered by fearful she would want a relationship.  After all, she was his high school sweetheart.  Leaving a risk of bruised or hurt heart or hurt ego.  No Way!

“Can’t Tell You No – Muscadine Bloodline”
Alexis was fixing dinner and was surprised to see him.  He explains he has no time to go out to dinners.  Invites him to stay for dinner and counts it as her bid win.  Problem solved.  That way they could catch up from the time since high school.

“Emotional Rollercoaster – Vivian Green”
Their dinner together resulted in faulty birth control.  Although he got bent that night when she said she was on the pill, he explained he didn’t want an unscheduled pregnancy or a relationship.  Starting the roller coaster ride with him.  They both couldn't stop the old feelings from flooding them.  Both backing away until he makes contact.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me – Tank”
Due to not being acknowledged by his father at birth, Derek has issues and fears.  Alexis knows she can’t change him.  When he announces they should marry for the baby she declines.  He has no clue why.  She will never be able to make him love if he doesn’t and she won’t try. 

“Silence – Grace Carter”
Alexis figured Derek would come around to loving her.  Yet, the night at the hospital he emotionally checked out.  She was done.  She had enough time to put her mommy panties on.  Telling him there will be no us, no more family, but they could co-parent.

"Emotional Rollercoaster by Vivian Green" 
For sure

"I Can’t Make You Love Me (Will Downing’s version)"

"Eric Benet’s Let’s Stay Together (Midnight Mix)" 
Are a few of the songs I played while writing.

Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite type of food?

Sheryl:  I love, love Mexican food! Give me some chicken enchiladas and I’m a happy girl.

Rad-Reader:  What are your three favorite genres of music to listen to?

Sheryl:  Gospel, R&B and smooth jazz.

Rad-Reader:  Where was your last vacation that was the bomb?

Sheryl:  That’s an easy question! I went to Montego Bay, Jamaica last month with my husband to celebrate our 25th anniversary and I’m still floating. A-Maz-Ing!!!

Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Sheryl:  I have several projects in the works. I plan to release a novella in late January/early February 2019, am participating in a series with several other authors titled Distinguished Gentlemen that’s slated to release at the end of March 2019 to coincide with our Book Euphoria event in Chicago (details at https://book-euphoria.com/events/book-euphorias-2019-weekend-block-party/). I’ll also be releasing my final series with Kimani Romance, The Hunters of Sacramento in May, Jul, Sep, and Oct.

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?  Links

Sheryl:  You can find my books here: 

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?  Links


     Thank you so much for being with us.  It was 
interesting finding out how the process works when writing for a series with other authors & Harlequin.  This was interesting reading this second chance romance also.  There are a lot of people out there that are single wishing that they could go back and do that one thing over to get 'the one that got away', back.  Derek and Alexis are having their chance.  Does it go smoothly, of course not?  But what would be the fun in that? 
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A millionaire with a wary heart…
And a first love worth repeating

Success couldn’t make former model Alexis Armstrong forget the one who got away. When she “rents” Derek Moore at a fund-raiser to show him what he’s missed, things don’t go as planned.

Their sizzling chemistry reignites…with lasting repercussions. Derek wants to be there for his baby, but Alexis will only marry for love. Can he convince the stubborn beauty he’s for real?

Derek rose smoothly from his chair and headed out of the office. “Hey, Alexis,” he said, stepping into the hallway.
“Hi, Derek. I was wondering if you could stop by sometime tonight. I’d like to talk to you about something.”
He knitted his brows in confusion. She had all but told him to get lost when they were in Paris, and now she wanted to talk. He glanced down at his watch. “Sure. I’m in a meeting right now, but it should be wrapping up soon. Is eight okay?”
“Yes. I apologize for interrupting your meeting.”
“No problem. I’ll see you in a little while.” Derek tapped the phone against his hand, pondering what she could possibly want to talk about. He would find out soon enough.
He went back into his meeting and it took another half hour to finalize the details. But Derek felt this would be his best project yet. He’d be using one of the most highly sought after architects and a top-notch developer, and the pairing was already generating buzz. 
Once the team departed, he packed up and did the same. He tended to be the last to leave most times, and his assistant would occasionally stay past her normal hours to help him. However, today, she’d left with everyone else at the close of business.
Derek bought a sandwich and some juice from the shop next door to his office building and ate as he drove. He figured if he’d already eaten, it would be easier to turn down any offer Alexis might make, and keep him from staying longer than necessary. He could not afford a repeat of last time. 
He arrived a few minutes before eight and rang her bell. Unlike last time, Alexis had on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.
“Hi.” She backed up so he could enter.
“I’m out on the deck.”
He followed her there and stood against the rail next to her as she stared out at the water. “What’s going on, Alexis? A couple of weeks ago, you told me we should just leave things as they were, and now you’re calling out of the blue to talk.”
“Two weeks ago, I didn’t know I was pregnant,” Alexis said softly.
Derek felt like he’d been punched in the gut. “What did you just say?”
She faced him. “I assume that’s a rhetorical question.”
He scrubbed a hand down his face, paced the length of the deck and came back. “But you said you were on the pill.” Okay, the condom broke, but he’d seen the half-filled pack.
“Lucky me. I happen to be in that minuscule percentage where it failed,” she said sarcastically.
If this had happened to someone else, he might be congratulating the man on having sperm strong enough to break through a contraception guaranteed to be ninety-nine percent effective. But it wasn’t someone else. What the hell was he supposed to do with a kid? He didn’t know anything about raising a child. His father had certainly not been a role model. “When did you find out?”
“Today. There are some other things I need to tell you, as well.”
There was more? Derek needed a drink, preferably something straight and strong.

Malcolm Gray is Lauren Emerson’s biggest regret. Eight years ago, a breakdown of trust cost her a beautiful future with the most charming man she’d ever met. Now a career-making opportunity brings the nutrition entrepreneur home, where she hopes to declare a truce with her ex-love, the star running back of the Los Angeles Cobras. But their first encounter unleashes explosive passion…and unwanted memories of the precious dreams they once shared.

Malcolm can’t forgive Lauren for her betrayal after they had pledged their eternal devotion. But her play-stopping curves alone are a turn-on he can’t resist. He knows he’ll never get over her—nor does he want to… Is their love worth a second chance? Or is he risking heartbreak again? As they jockey for position, a new set of rules could change the game for both of them.

Malcolm heard Lauren’s laughter before he saw her. The same laughter he used to love.
“Thanks for your help,” he heard her say. A moment later, she rounded the corner. “Oh, Malcolm. Hey.”
He mumbled something he thought passed for a greeting.
They stood in awkward silence for several tense seconds before she said, “Um…I was just making…copies… We can talk in my office.”
He gestured her forward but didn’t comment. They stopped halfway down the hall at her door, and he followed her in. She had a pretty nice setup—spacious, expensive furniture, great view. Malcolm sat at the conference table and waited. As she walked past, he was treated to a view of her shapely backside in a pair of navy slacks that clung enticingly to her curves. The familiar scent of the soft citrusy fragrance she always wore wafted across his nose, and he closed his eyes briefly to block out the unwanted memories.
“Are you okay?”
Malcolm opened his eyes and met her concerned gaze. “Fine,” he said tersely.
Lauren regarded him thoughtfully. “It’s good to see you, Malcolm. I’m happy you’ve been able to live your dream.”
“Thanks.” Too bad he couldn’t say the same about her. “Let’s get this over with.”
Lauren sighed softly. “Malcolm, I—” She squared her shoulders and opened a file folder. “They’ve already done the DEXA scan, and your bone, muscle and fat percentages are all excellent. For your diet—”
“I already emailed you that information, so we don’t need to repeat it. My goals are to maintain where I am. Simple. This is my eighth season, so it’s not as if I don’t know the drill.” Malcolm didn’t know how much longer he would be able to sit in this confined space with Lauren. He was torn between wanting to lash out at her for what she’d put him through all those years ago and kissing her senseless. He prided himself on having a good amount of control but felt it slipping as the minutes ticked off.
Her pen stilled, and she looked up from the pad where she had been writing notes. “You did.” She rose and retrieved a sheet of paper from her desk. “Height, six one, and weight, two hundred fifteen pounds. Diet consists of fish, chicken, lean beef and a variety of vegetables and fruits.” She tossed the paper aside. “Look, Malcolm, I know this is awkward for both of us.”
“Awkward? Is that what this is?” Malcolm leaped to his feet, and she instinctively took a step back. “Awkward doesn’t begin to define what this is. Why are you here?”
Lauren frowned and folded her arms. “I don’t know what you mean.”
“You could’ve taken a job anywhere. Why here?” he asked through clenched teeth. “I don’t want you here.”
She placed her hands on her hips and leaned up in his face, her dark brown eyes flashing with anger. “Because this is where I wanted to work. I was offered an opportunity few get, and taking it meant being closer to my family. What was I supposed to do, check with you first? News flash, Malcolm Gray, I don’t need your
permission for my job choice, and whether you like it or not, I plan to be here for a long time!”
Something within him snapped and before his action registered in his brain, he hauled her into his arms and crushed his mouth against hers in a hungry and demanding kiss. Malcolm expected Lauren to push him away, slap him or make some kind of protest…anything, but she didn’t. She kissed him back. And in the way that drove him crazy, like only she could.
“Malcolm,” Lauren whispered.
Finally, sanity returned, and he jumped away from her as if he had been burned. What the hell am I doing? His breath came in short gasps, and his heart thumped erratically in his chest. His gaze was drawn to Lauren’s lips, still moist from his kiss, and the rapidly beating pulse in her neck, which didn’t help matters. He needed to leave now. Malcolm stepped around her, crossed the office in three strides and snatched open the door. He paused and turned back. “This changes nothing. I still don’t want you here.”


LET’S WELCOME SHERYL LISTER AUTHOR OF: Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea for this story come from? Sheryl:  ...