Tuesday, February 25, 2020


I don't often get to read for pure pleasure, but recently I was honored to receive a copy of FORBIDDEN PROMISES by author Synithia Williams. Talk about a joyful read! This book was everything I needed in that moment. Super-talented, Ms. Williams builds a beautiful story about a taboo romance and family loyalty. She pulls you in and keeps you holding on as you fall head over heels in love with her characters. It's a five-star read and I'd give it six or seven stars if I could!

I just had to invite her to my Tea Table to talk about her new book, which releases today, and was so excited when she agreed to answer a few questions for us. So please, give a warm welcome to SYNITHIA WILLIAMS!

So, Synithia, what does your writing process look like?

I am very much a plotter. I start with an idea and spend a few days or weeks thinking about the characters and what should happen in the story. From there I’ll draft a synopsis for the entire story and create a plot board outlining each chapter. I don’t always follow the outline I create because the characters always do what they want to in the end, but my outline gives me a good enough road map to stay on track.

What literary character is most like you and why?

That’s a good question. I never thought of that before. I’m probably a mixture of several characters. I can see myself as a combination of Savannah and Robin from Waiting to Exhale and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. I’m a little snarky, pessimistic, and guarded, but I’m also a hopeless romantic. It’s why I write romance.

What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Finish the book. That’s been the best advice and what I always go back to. I can’t edit, publish, or promote a blank page. When I wanted to pursue publishing and was working on three different books someone told me to pick one and finish it. That’s the advice I’d give to anyone struggling with writing right now. Pick a book/idea and finish it. You can figure out everything else once the book is done.

What secret talent do you have that no one knows about?

I can pick up things with my toes. That may not be a great talent, and my husband thinks it’s funny, but I wasn’t blessed with a great singing voice, I can’t dance (though I love dancing), and I gave up piano lessons years ago. So, I’ll go with my useful toes.

I so appreciate Synithia taking time from her busy schedule to share a little bit about herself with us. Now, anyone who knows me, knows I love a beautiful cover. FORBIDDEN PROMISES has one of the prettiest covers of any book this year. It absolutely makes my heart sing! Today is the official release day! Run and get your copy now! You won't be disappointed.


What do you do when you want the one person you can never have?

Get in and get out. That was India Robidoux’s plan for this family visit. But when her brother needs her help with his high-profile political campaign, India has no choice but to stay and face the one man she’s been running from for years—Travis, her sister’s ex-husband. One hot summer night when Travis was still free, they celebrated her birthday with whiskey and an unforgettable kiss. The memory is as strong as ever—and so are the feelings she’s tried so hard to forget.

Travis Strickland owes everything to the Robidoux family. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for them—his divorce could never change that. Still, he has one regret. Impulsive and passionate, India always understood him better than anyone else. And the longer they work together on the campaign, the more torn he is. Coming between her and her sister is out of the question. But how can he let love pass him by a second time?

More About the Author:

Synithia Williams has been an avid romance novel lover since picking up her first one at the age of thirteen. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. She’s a native of South Carolina and now writes romances as hot as their southern settings. She’s published over fifteen, novels since 2012. Her seventh book, Making it Real, was listed as one of the Must Read Romances of 2015 in USA Today. Her second release with Harlequin Kimani, A Malibu Kind of Romance was a 2017 RITA® finalist and she’s a two-time African American Literary Award Show nominee in Romance. Synithia is married to her own personal hero and they have two sons who’ve convinced her that professional wrestling and superheroes are supreme entertainment.

You can learn more about Synithia by visiting her website: www.synithiawilliams.com or follow her on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Books and Main.