Juice Box: The Book of Shaun
by Daneal Brown
Genre: Urban Erotic Romance
Shaun Sheppard is equal parts hood-grown homeboy and corporate success. He dominates boardrooms by day and tears up the club by night, searching for the finest and juiciest women he can find. He’s locally famous for both his marketing tactics and his sexual escapades. Having coined the phrase juice box to describe the female anatomy, he considers himself to be a connoisseur of juice boxes far and wide. He has no intentions of slowing down his corporate climb or taming his sex drive.
Until he sees Essence.
From the moment Shaun lays eyes on Essence, he can’t get her off his mind. She dominates his dreams, invades his thoughts at work, and all other women pale in comparison to her. He gets hooked on her juice box before he ever speaks to her.
When he’s presented with a truly golden opportunity, Shaun thinks this is his time to shine and gets on his grind. But he’s soon met with twists and turns that he couldn’t even begin to fathom. His seemingly unquenchable thirst for the juice box comes back to haunt him and puts a strain on his budding love affair with Essence.
In the end, Shaun must decide if he’s going to get the juice box, or if the juice box is going to get him.
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I stared into my phone for a while longer and looked up just in time to see Essence parking her car next to mine. I stood up, stretched, and approached her car as she applied her make up in her rear view mirror. By the time she looked up, I was already opening her door.

“Hey beautiful,” I greeted her. And as always, she stepped out looking gorgeous.

“Hey Mr. Shaun,” she said with a smile. Essence handed me her purse, pulled her maxi dress down, and twisted her belt to the front, before turning around, staring at me eye to eye. She smiled and opened her big brown eyes wide. “Am I straight Shaun?”

“You mean the line between them cheeks, YES LAWD!” I told her.

Essence smacked her teeth in a jokingly manner, twirled her hair, and walked off. I closed her car door and she hit her lock on her key fob. From the way she was swishing those hips while walking towards the door, I could tell Essence knew she was looking good and wanted me to watch. I rushed past her to hold the door open for her. This gave me a second chance to admire her ass bounce. Mesmerized by the way her little red dress hugged her waist, I enjoyed the show watching her every step as she crossed the room in a couple of strides. Her walk was just as sexy as she was. Just as she made it to the table I snapped out of the trance and moved to pull her chair out.

Essence’s hypnotizing scent opened the door for conversation, “What type of perfume is that you are wearing?” I asked with a smirk on my face.

“Gucci Bloom. Do you like how it smells?”

“Do I? It’s got that let me know when you are running low, so I can make sure you get some more type of smell to it. You know what? I’ma be right back. I’ma ahead over to the mall and get you some more right now.” I got up and played like I was walking off.

“Shaun you are so crazy! Sit down and stop it,” she said laughing.

When I sat back down, the waitress came by. “What are you guys drinking, today?” We started out with two waters with lemons on the side. Once the waitress came back to our table she asked, “What can I get you guys to eat?” We ordered twenty-four wings in four different flavors. My phone was going off so I started responding to a few text messages.

“What type of work do you do?” she asked me.

I put the phone on the table, “I am a senior marketing executive for a marketing firm.”

“Really? Wow that sounds like . . . like . . . ” Essence smiled big and asked shyly, “What is that?”

“Basically, I develop marketing strategies to help a company sell its business to the public. I’m paid to find ways to increase net earnings, and the dollar and the bottom line are what really matters. It’s cool. I mean I love what I do. I love the different challenges that can be presented with each day. My day today got me feeling like you were the other day though. I need me a few drinks.”

Essence rubbed my hand. “Let me buy you one. I mean you helped me out so much, buying me and my friends drinks the other night. That was sweet of you and if I didn’t tell you, thank you!”

“Wow, you just continue to blow my mind. Sexy and humble, I love it. I gotta decline though. As good as that drink sounds, right now I still have to go back to work you know.”

“What’s one drink going to hurt Shaun? You say that you could use one. I saw you throwing ‘em back

that night, and one drink is not going to hurt you.”

“Is it always this hard with you? You sure can make it hard as hell to tell you no. Has anyone ever told you that?”

“Honestly, I hear it a lot, but I’m not sure how true it is. Look how you got me jumping through hoops just to buy you a drink.”

“Well I can’t speak for others, but it’s hard for me to say no. So, yes, you’re right Essence one drink won’t hurt I guess. I’ll take a patron and a….”

“Glass of Moscato. I pay attention sir,” She started laughing like she just told the funniest joke ever, but then her laugh turned to a face of stone.

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Daneal Brown has been creative all of his life, but he didn’t start focusing his creativity on writing until he began attending high school in Atlanta, GA. His writing started out as poetry, which laterbecame raps. Being a huge rap music fan, Daneal tried his hands at many rap styles, but storytelling became his signature style. His love for storytelling intensified in college when he was a student at Grambling State University.
After graduating and entering the real world, Daneal got away from writing his tales, but his writing was revived after seeing a writing challenge on Facebook. He hopes that his writing takes people into a zone where they lose themselves and rekindle lost emotions. When asked about his writing style, he said it’s out the box, spontaneous, entertaining, and he doesn’t plan on sticking to one genre. Daneal’s first book, Juice Box, is due out in August 2018.
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