Afton Locke Newsletter #20
November 2017

Is it November already?? My Drunk on Men serial is finally complete! Volume Eight just released. I have more giveaways up my sleeve and a peek into my latest dream trip.


New Release

Drunk on Men
Drunk on Men serial - Volume Eight


While the women marry independence at a beachside ceremony, Clive, Raoul, and Drake look on, vowing to become the men they deserve, but can flawed men really change? Clive wrestles with a ghost from his past, Raoul makes an unbelievable sacrifice, and Drake stumbles across his missing heritage. But when a racial incident divides the town of Ocean Promenade, will the men remain worthy of love after the smoke clears?

When three African-American women meet at a resort on the Jersey Shore in the 1920s, they say goodbye to their old lives. Finding men as intoxicating as bootleg liquor, they pin their futures on happily ever after. But love can be worse than a hangover when the men’s flaws threaten to destroy them.

You may think it’s sloe fizz gin
But honey we’re sober, just drunk on men


From the boardwalk, Drake watched his woman race into the water. His chest burned when he saw the joy on her face. Why did she have to be so happy…without him? Raoul Fabrizio and Clive Scribner watched, too, and shook their heads as they headed toward the boardwalk. At least they’d danced with their women. He, on the other hand, had promised to stay away from Edie, so he stood at a distance.

How the hell could he keep that promise?

He leaned on the wooden railing, oblivious to the splinters digging into his bare forearms. Her cries of laughter as she frolicked in the water reminded him of her moans of pleasure under this boardwalk.

In the past month, he’d bought the farm across the Promenade River like he’d always planned. And worked from dawn until he dropped at night from exhaustion. Anything to avoid sitting inside the empty house that should be filled with Edie and their children.

Staring at the ocean didn’t even move him anymore. He hadn’t set foot in a boat since he’d walked out of her classroom one month ago.

“What are you doing here?” Raoul asked, eying him warily as if he were a poisonous snake.

Drake raised his hands. “Just watching. I’m not planning to cause any trouble.”

Raoul leaned his elbows on the railing. “Did you ever see such a thing? A marriage with no men.”

“We only have ourselves to blame, you know,” Clive said as he claimed a spot on the other side of Drake.

“So we’re not perfect,” Raoul argued. “Show me a man who is.”

“I want her back,” Drake said through tight lips.

“I’d give anything to have Belle again,” Raoul said quietly. “She’s the hottest thing I ever had in bed. She nearly scorched my sheets.”

He tore his eyes away from the girls and faced them. “Let’s get them back.”

“But look at them,” Raoul said, flinging his hand out. “They’re better off without us.”

“They’re better off away from the men we were,” Drake said, raising his chin. “Not the men we can be. Will be.”

“But how can we change when we’ve already tried and failed?” Clive asked.

“I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m about to find out,” Drake said before heading back to his automobile.

He walked toward the Sands, needing a drink worse than his next breath. Or five. Or ten. With iron-stiff steps, he forced himself to pass by temptation and head straight to the car. But when he got home, he’d probably give in, open the liquor cabinet, and drink until he passed out with Edie’s name on his lips. Just like he had so often the past month.

Maybe the other men were right. Changing would be hopeless, but he wasn’t about to give up without trying.

more excerpts

Volume Eight - Buy Links:

Amazon V8   Amazon series   iBooks   Nook   Kobo

See the Drunk on Men series page for links, character list, excerpts, and more.



Drunk on Men: Volume One Giveaway!

I missed October because I was traveling, so I'm giving away two copies today!

***The first 2 people who email aftonlocke AT aol DOT com with "DOM V1" in the subject will win a copy of Volume one!***



Although I'm hooked on my Kindle, I know I still enjoy holding a book in my hand. Well, if you feel the same way, I have good news. My books are in print!

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Jamaican Temptation
Deeper Than Perfect
Plucking the Pearl
Rose, Exposed
Sadie's Surrender
Cali's Hurricane




Last month, I went to Jamaica. How was it? Fantastic! (Then again, lying on the beach drinking a pina colada can't be bad, right?) I love eating all my meals outside, and watching weddings and candlelight dinners got my writing mojo going again.
The only downside is I've had a hard time adjusting back to real life...

The best part of the trip was seeing the places where my muse, Bob Marley, lived:

Nine Mile, St. Ann

Hope Road, Kingston

Who read my contemporary romance Jamaican Temptation?
Well, here's a coffee plantation like the one appearing in the book.
We got to taste Blue Mountain coffee as well as a lot of tasty fruits grown there like pineapple.
It poured down raining, but the tour guide was prepared and gave us plastic ponchos to wear.

Jamaica is pure magic. Not just beautiful scenery but great people who told us all about what it's like to live there. I took home souvenirs and inspiration to write the JT sequel!


Coming Soon

I'm thrilled to announce my new series!

It's the Daughters of Africa collection ~ stories about African women who shaped the world and the men who love them.

first up: Mission of Pleasure. Look for it in early 2018.

Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond. She lives with her husband, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and watching retro T.V.

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Until next time...

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