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Julenia Speaks is the author of the “Learning to Trust” romance series. They are perfect for adult romance readers who enjoy reading about strong men and smart heroines with complex issues that they can relate to. She is currently working on Book 7 of her “Learning to Trust” romance series. Browse through the list of her fiction and nonfiction books, and purchase them here or in Amazon. For inquiries, get in touch with us in Arlington, Texas.

Learning To Trust Again: Forbidden Desires 

This is Book 1 in the “Learning to Trust” romance series. It tells the love story of Victoria Stevens and Jesse Markov, an interracial couple. Foster care alumna and domestic violence survivor Victoria Stevens begins working at a men’s homeless shelter in Massachusetts.


There, she meets Jesse Markov, a tall, dark and sexy resident of the facility. An immediate friendship develops and sparks begin to fly between them. The chemistry is undeniable, and before long they become romantically involved.


Victoria is later subjected to ongoing sexual harassment by her boss, who has a dark side. This makes her more determined to maintain her independence and to keep her job. Before long, things come to a head and Victoria finds her life in danger. Does she have what it takes to survive once again?


“Learning to Trust Again: Forbidden Desires” is a dark, interracial romance and is only intended for readers over the age of 18, due to strong language and steamy adult content. It is available in digital format at http://www.books2read.com/u/brovME and in print on Amazon

Learning to Trust Again:

Dark Desires 

In Book 2 of the “Learning to Trust” series, Victoria finds herself held in captivity by her boss and his crazy sidekick. As she tries to outsmart her captors, Jesse enlists help from friends, family, and the local police as he tries to find and rescue his woman.


Victoria is later sold into sex slavery to a man from her past, and Jesse and their friends must race against time to find her, traveling from Massachusetts to Florida, and later to the Virgin Islands.


“Learning to Trust Again: Dark Desires” is a dark, interracial urban romance. Due to strong language and adult content, it is only meant for readers who are over the age of 18. It is available in digital format on iTunes at iTunes.com/us/book/1271176704 and in print format on Amazon

Learning to Trust Again: Letting Go 

In Book 3 of the “Learning to Trust” series, Victoria is learning to adjust to life at home, having spent the last 2 years being held in captivity by her sadistic boss and his crazy sidekick, and then later sold into sex slavery to her abusive ex-husband. While she is busy taking care of things at home, Jesse and their friends are working to keep her safe and away from the kidnappers.


He learns that two of the kidnappers have been arrested and are now facing prison. He also discovers that members of his father’s motorcycle gang have a special treat especially for Ben, who was captured at his house in the Virgin Islands and is now being controlled by The Dark Wolves Motorcycle Club.


Later, The Dark Wolves capture Tom and have decided to also serve him up with sweet justice, The Dark Wolves way. Both men get a taste of their own medicine when they are forced to submit to doms and dommes at Club Amara, the fetish club owned by Jesse’s father.


“Learning to Trust Again 3: Letting Go” is a dark interracial romance and contains strong language and themes that are only meant for adult readers over the age of 18. It is available in digital format on Amazon at ASIN# B079zXVC3B and in print format at Amazon

Learning to Trust Again: Focus on Love

Adventurous and in love, Victoria and Jesse are getting used to the idea that they are now expectant parents. With the trauma of her being kidnapped and abused behind them, they are now ready to focus on their future. While Victoria is busy developing her housing and vocational program, Jesse is focused on making her his wife and giving her the comfortable life she deserves.


He decides to give her the wedding of her dreams and enlists the help of friends and family. Together they create a memorable event at a hotel and spa owned and operated by Jesse’s friend, Jason.


“Learning to Trust Again: Focus on Love” is an interracial romance and is only intended for readers 18 years of age and older, due to strong language and steamy adult content. It reunites characters from previous books in the series and introduces new characters who will appear in the next few books. It is available in digital format at books2read.com/u/mle61Z and in print on Amazon

Learning to Trust Again: Zena’s Journey 

Readers of the “Learning to Trust” series are introduced to a new and different type of love story. Zena Matthews-Roberts was devastated one afternoon in December when she learned of her husband’s affair with her best friend since childhood.


As an accomplished professional from a well-to-do family, she wasn’t too concerned about surviving in a world without her husband. She owned the house they lived in, she had more money, and she paid all the bills. Just like her friend Victoria Stevens, she was cute, small and feisty.


She was one tough little woman, has never backed away from a fight, and she knew that she had what was needed in order to take down her opponent. Her husband was thinking that he could strong arm her into giving him the bulk of the money from the sale of her house, but she let him know right away that she was not one to be played with.


Suddenly separated and headed for divorce court, she found herself juggling not one boyfriend, but two. Who will she choose? She didn’t want to make a choice because she wanted them both.


“Learning to Trust Again: Zena’s Journey” is Book 5 of the “Learning to Trust” series. It is a dark interracial romance and is only intended for readers over the age of 18, due to strong language and steamy adult content. It features a foul-mouthed and criminal-focused doctor, two sexy and adventurous men, and one feisty photojournalist.


It is available in digital format at books2read.com/u/b2/Ykne and in print format on Amazon

Learning to Trust Again: Zena’s Awakening

Readers of the Learning to Trust series have been introduced to a new and different type of love story. Zena Matthews-Roberts was devastated one afternoon when she learned of her husband’s affair with her best friend since childhood.


As an accomplished photojournalist from a well-to-do family, she wasn’t too concerned about surviving in a world without her husband. She owned the house they lived in, she had more money, and she paid all the bills. She was one tough little woman, has never backed away from a fight, and she knew that she had what was needed in order to take down her opponent.


Her husband was thinking that he could bully her into giving him the bulk of the money from the sale of her house, but she let him know right away that she was not one to be played with. As her divorce case wraps up, she finds herself loving her newfound freedom, having the time of her life with her two sexy lovers.


Angry that the divorce case was wrapping up and his wife had turned the tables on him, Jeff comes up with a plan to force her into handing over the money he has demanded from her. Will Jeff succeed in his efforts, or will others gain the upper hand?


“Learning to Trust Again: Zena’s Awakening” is Book 6 of the “Learning to Trust” series. It is an 89,000-word dark interracial romance and is only intended for readers over the age of 18, due to strong language and steamy adult content. It features a foul-mouthed and criminal-focused doctor, two sexy and adventurous men, and one feisty photojournalist. It is available in digital format and in print format on Books2Read.com.

One Child’s View: A Foster Child’s Perspective 

“One Child’s View: A Foster Child’s Perspective” is Book 1 of the “Family of Secrets and Lies” series. It is a 47,313-word nonfiction book that tells the story of a young girl who is placed lovingly in a temporary, informal foster home at the age of three years old, immediately following a major family crisis. She is later thrust into the chaos of the New York City foster care system, which becomes a long term situation for her.


“One Child’s View” also shows how caseworkers and supervisors are so overwhelmed that they fail to detect the continuing incidents of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect involving children in their care, even though the evidence is staring them in the face.

Family Secrets: The Turbulent Years 

“Family Secrets: The Turbulent Years” is Book 2 of the “Family of Secrets and Lies” series. In this 36,395-word nonfiction book, Valarie experiences the turbulent teen years as she prepares to go away to college and learns valuable lessons and skills on becoming an independent young woman.


During vacations from school, she resides in numerous foster homes and foster group homes while experiencing abuse and neglect within the foster care system.


As a college student, she is confronted with many challenges, but is determined not to allow those challenges to get in the way of her accomplishing her education and career goals. As she envisions a future after foster care and living independently, she begins focusing on her housing and career goals.

The Road to Independent Living: Aging Out

“The Road to Independent Living: Aging Out” is Book 3 of the “Family of Secrets and Lies” series. It is designed to make the reader increasingly aware of the devastating conditions faced by many foster children and foster youth as they live in and journey out of the foster care system.


Born into a medium-sized family that already lacked stability, Valarie endures 18 years of psychological, physical and sexual abuse within the foster care system after entering foster care at the age of 3 years old. After graduating from high school, she leaves New York City to attend college in Massachusetts, knowing that she will need to obtain a college degree in order to increase her chances of achieving economic self-sufficiency in adulthood.


The “Road to Independent Living: Aging Out” is a 28,746-word nonfiction book that tells the story of one “aging out” foster youth leaving behind a life of abuse, neglect and systemic indifference as she prepares to graduate from college.


With only hope, inner strength and determination as her guide, she focuses her attention on her education, career and housing goals and makes the successful transition from foster youth to independent adult, despite the fact that she will “age out” without having a “forever family” or other supportive adults guiding her through the process.


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Speaking and Training Services 

Julenia Speaks also provides speaking engagements and trainings to "aging out" foster youth which focus on developing their independent living skills. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment.

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Learning to Trust Again: Forbidden Desires
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Learning to Trust Again: Dark Desires
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Learning to Trust Again: Letting Go
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