Sharon C. Cooper

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A New Look and More On The Jenkins Family

As I slowly gear up for the release of ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED, book 2 of the Jenkins Family Series, I figured I’d introduce to some and remind others about the Jenkins Family. But first, have you seen the new book cover for BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB (short story prequel to STILL THE BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB)? If not, here it is!

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Like the last four books of the Jenkins Family Series, this book cover was created by Noelle at Selestiele Designs. So if you’re in need of a book cover designer, I highly recommend her! She’s fun to work with!

Now, let’s talk about the Jenkins Family Series.

Many of you know, but some might not, that in my other life (many, many years ago), I was a sheet metal worker. I worked in the trades (construction) for over ten years, and though it was an exciting line of work, where I learned a lot and work with some wonderful men, there were definitely some challenges of being a woman in a male dominate field. So I decided to bring out some of those challenges (and laughs) in the Jenkins Family Series.

Also in my other life (numerous years ago), I ran our family business (one of my brothers oversees it now). Our family is not as large as the Jenkins Family, but we grew up with strong family values, understanding the importance of loyalty not only to the family, but to the family business. And like you’ll see in the Jenkins Family Series, maintaining those values are not always easy – but the love of a strong family will get you through some tough times. As you’ll see in the Jenkins Family Series.

Here’s a little backstory about the Jenkins:

Steven Jenkins, the patriarch of the Jenkins Family, and founder of Jenkins and Sons Construction wants what every entrepreneur head of the family wants – for his children to continue to run the family business long after he’s dead and gone. None of his four sons and three daughters are interested in taking over the reins. It’s not until his oldest granddaughter, Peyton Jenkins, shows an interest that his hope is renewed.

Now its 16 years later, Steven is happily retired, and business is better than ever – thanks to five of his amazing granddaughters. Sweet, levelheaded PEYTON (PJ) JENKINS is an electrician, and the senior construction manager for Jenkins and Sons Construction; and MARTINA (MJ) JENKINS, is a carpenter and Steven’s most challenging grandchild. TONI (TJ) JENKINS, a master plumber, is his favorite granddaughter – though he’ll never admit it; and then there’s CHRISTINA (CJ) JENKINS, the shy one in the group who is a painter, but refers to herself as an artist. Last, but not least, is JADA (JJ) JENKINS the youngest and the most spirited of the bunch. Steven still hasn’t been able to figure her out, but he has to admit, she’s a darn good sheet metal worker.

Now is a great time to get caught up in the series, if you’re not already!

BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB (short story) – Toni Jenkins (TJ) – Available NowAmazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  | Smashwords

STILL THE BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB (novel) – Toni Jenkins (TJ) – Available NowAmazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  | Smashwords

ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED – Jada Jenkins (JJ) – Available Late August 2014

TEMPTING THE ARTIST – Christina Jenkins (CJ) – Available November 2014

NEGOTIATING FOR LOVE – Martina Jenkins (MJ) – Available 2015

SEDUCING THE BOSS LADY – Peyton Jenkins (PJ) – Available 2015

July 9, 2014 Posted by | Jenkins Family Series | , , | 5 Comments

Best Woman for the Job – FREE

Happy Labor Day weekend! In celebration of Labor Day AND the soon to be released – Still the Best Woman for the Job, my short story – Best Woman for the Job (the prequel) is *FREE* on Smashwords until September 6, 2013! Find out below how you can get your copy.

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NEVER SAY NEVER…ESPECIALLY IF THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB…IS A WOMAN

Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, needs a plumber, but not bad enough to hire a woman.  “No way am I letting some woman wanna-be plumber anywhere near my pipes!”

When Toni (TJ) Jenkins shows up at Craig’s house to repair his plumbing issues, he thinks it’s a joke, but soon finds out the joke is on him. Toni is the finest plumber he’s ever seen. Will Craig realize before it’s too late, that not only is she the best woman for the job, but she’s also the best woman for him?

Excerpt

If Craig Logan was surprised to see a female plumber standing at his door, he didn’t show it. Instead he leaned against the door jamb, arms folded, wearing a police uniform – gun and all, looking sexier than any man had a right to look.

“And who did you say you were again?” His voice rang with authority but was as smooth as silk.

“I’m Toni Jenkins from Jenkins & Sons Construction.” She handed him her business card. “You called regarding some plumbing issues.”

Used to men checking her out, Toni didn’t take offense when he did a slow perusal of her from head to toe, before his eyes returned to her face. His lips curled into a cocky smile and Toni drew in a breath. In her line of work, she was around men all the time, but none that looked as good as this one. With smooth skin the color of sandalwood, intense eyes that seemed to see into her soul, and a body that made you want to rake your hands over every muscular inch of it, she had no doubt that he made women’s heads turn wherever he went. The brother was fine.

His hazel eyes crinkled around the edges as he released a hardy laugh, and she was awed by the rich bass sound of it. Hold up. Is he laughing at me? She didn’t care how gorgeous he was, she wasn’t about to stand there and be some Robocop’s form of amusement.

With her clip board in one hand, she shifted her weight and her other hand flew to her hip. “I must’ve missed the joke. What’s so funny?”

His smile faded and he straightened before stepping out onto the concrete stoop, towering over her by at least a foot. “What’s so funny?” He moved close enough to entice her with the scent of his woodsy cologne. “You’re kidding right? I can’t believe you’re the person they sent to take care of my plumbing. Can you even lift a pipe wrench?”

Not another one. Why was it so hard for people to believe that she was a plumber, especially men? Not only had she completed a five-year apprenticeship just like every other journeyman plumber, but she was a master plumber with advanced skills. Yet, on almost every service call, she had to take crap from some idiot who didn’t have a clue that this was the twenty-first century where women could do anything a man could – except pee standing up.

“As a matter of fact, I can lift a pipe wrench, as well as a toilet auger, kitchen sink and a bathtub if I have to. But I’m not going to stand here and argue with you about what I can or can’t do. I was under the impression you wanted the best person for the job. Well, I’m her, but if I’m too much of a woman for you, then I suggest you call someone else.”

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Craig didn’t know how long he stood outside staring after Toni once she pulled her van away from the curb, but he eventually turned and went back into the house. Most people were intimidated by his imposing height, as well as his uniform and gun, but apparently not her. It wasn’t often he got told off by a pint-size female plumber. Scanning her business card, he chuckled.

Toni “TJ” Jenkins huh? No way am I letting some woman wanna-be plumber anywhere near my pipes, no matter how attractive she is.”

Tradesmen sure don’t look like they used to, he thought on the way upstairs to his bedroom. As the old guys used to joke – she was short on both ends, a few inches over five feet, and she probably barely tipped the scale at hundred and ten pounds. But he had to admit, he liked her curves, the way her red T-shirt stretched across her generous breast and the girl was working the blue jeans. He shook his head. What happened to the beer belly, pants hanging, butt-crack-showing plumbers?

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Coming Soon: an excerpt from Still the Best Woman for the Job (book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series and the sequel to Best Woman for the Job), available September 25, 2013!

August 31, 2013 Posted by | Books, Jenkins Family Series | , | 8 Comments

The Jenkins Family Series

Lately I’ve been receiving a few emails and inquiries on whether or not there will be a full-length novel featuring Toni (TJ) Jenkins and Craig from the short story – Best Woman for the Job. So I decided to share a little information on how the Jenkins Family came to be and what’s coming next.

When I wrote the short story, Best Woman for the Job, I created it for several reasons:

1. I wanted to do a story with a female tradesmen (or tradesperson).

2. I wanted to see if I was capable of writing a short story (smile).

3. I wanted to not only introduce an African American family that has strong family values, but a family with dynamic women overseeing the family’s construction business.

Well, based on the wonderful feedback that I’ve received thus far regarding Best Woman for the Job, there will definitely be a Jenkins Family Series!

In Toni (TJ) and Craig’s story, I introduced the Jenkins Family (Toni’s family) and their family business – Jenkins & Sons Construction. I had no idea that the concept of a tradeswoman and the short story itself, would be so well received.

Readers have wondered (and asked):

  • Will there be more on Toni & Craig (will they get their own novel)?
  • What about the other cousins – will they get their own stories?
  • Will there be more about Jenkins & Sons Construction?

And the answer to each of those questions is – YES!! I think the only complaint that I’ve heard so far from readers is that the story was too short  -hence short story- but from what I understand, the story left readers wanting more…much more. I also realize that I failed to mention at the end of Best Woman for the Job, that more was coming…soon!

In my other life (many, many years ago), I was a sheet metal worker. I worked in the trades for over ten years, and though it was an exciting line of work, where I learned a lot and work with some wonderful men, there were definitely some challenges of being a woman in a male dominate field. So I’ve decided to bring out some of those challenges in the Jenkins Family Series.

Also in my other life (numerous years ago), I ran our family business (one of my brothers oversees it now). Our family is not as large as the Jenkins Family, but we grew up with strong family values, understanding the importance of loyalty not only to the family, but to the family business. And like you’ll see in the Jenkins Family Series, maintaining those values are not always easy – but the love of a strong family will get you through some tough times.

Needless to say, I’m SUPER excited about this series that will be coming in 2013. So make sure you stay tuned for: Toni & Craig’s story (a full-length novel this time); Peyton (PJ) Jenkins – she’s not only an electrician, but she’s brilliant at running the family’s construction business; Martina (MJ) Jenkins – a carpenter, and the hot head of the family (she’s a trip!); Christina (CJ) Jenkins – the painter and the sweetest person in the world; and Jada (JJ) Jenkins – the sheet metal worker in the family – who is sassy…and maybe a little misunderstood. Lol! And you’ll be introduced to a host of others in the Jenkins family.

I assure you, it will be a fun series with multi-dimensional characters and enticing story lines. So stay tuned!

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Jenkins Family Series | , , , , , , | 10 Comments