It’s September 2014 and Rahiem Brooks is sitting in a cell at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia waiting to be hanged. Well, not exactly. It was the eighth, his birthday, though. It’s not exactly how he planned to spend the day. But, then, Rahiem was facing charges for committing a white collar crime, and it was serving a two-year sentence in a federal prison that A Butler Christmas’s main character, Naim Butler was born.
It seems there’s nothing that can stop men from attending federal sentencing hearings without having their necks being wrung like a turkey. This was apparent to Rahiem who had started to devour the Criminal Law Rules of Procedure, giving him an opinion of the judicial system.Rahiem learned that the only potential exception was men hiring exoribitant—and excellent—sentencing mitigation experts, representing their mitigation factors to garner lower sentences. Everyone else was railroaded. Hence, Rahiem built Butler to be the ultimate defendant courtroom advocate. He can’t practice law because he has a record, but a sitting U.S. Senator positively back bites Butler to the President, requesting a pardon, so that he can practice law. That can’t come cheap. Besides that, Butler has other problems. First, he has a son dumped on his lap right in time for Christmas. A seventeen-year-old son that he has never met was not the ideal Christmas gift. Bringing along bad memories from his ex-girlfriend, which creates problems for his new flame, Brandy Scott, a New York Times editor.
Then Sinia ‘the Ex’ pain-in-the-bum, plays the victim to the point that someone has to die. And, the cops don’t have to investigate much to learn the killer, and someone’s life is screwed.
A Butler Christmas is the first full-length novel in the Naim Butler Romance Suspense series, described in a Publisher Weekly review as clunky. “It seems that everyone has an opinion,” Rahiem says when asked about it. He doesn’t seem that bothered as A Butler Christmas is his sixth novel. He has taught Creative Writing, sat on panels at publishing conferences, and has a membership to the Mystery Writers of America. He’s an active publishing consultant for indie authors and publishers.
The Butler romance suspense are primarily set in New York City in the current political climate. The Upper East Side lifestyle is sexy and brings a certain flare for the rich and wealthy.
“When deciding on a location for the novel, I wanted Butler to live in a place that was expensive and like none other,” Rahiem says. “I did my research for the location as I did for the many criminal law aspects of the plot. I called doctors, lawyers, and psychologists to get this plot right for readers. And while Butler lives in NYC in every book of the series, he works a case in another city. In book 2, he’s called to Washington, DC by the president to defend a man killing people on the National Mall and Capitol Building.”
The first book in the series has so far racked up 12 five-star reviews on Goodreads. And other authors have given the tale the thumbs-up. Despite being the “clunky” opening, Publishers Weekly managed to describe the book as having “…well-developed relationships among the characters propel[ling] the story until the addition of suspense…”
The book is on sale wherever books or sold on December 5, 2017. You can blow up Rahiem’s Twitter and Instagram inbox @rahiemthewriter. You can follow him on Facebook @novelistrahiembrooks. Please leave all review on Goodreads and Amazon by December 25. The perfect Christmas gift.