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EXCERPT: Curse of the Whiskey House by Marc Lacy




Jesus once saved Lazarus, but some wonder if the City of Lazarus is beyond saving. This historic Bible Belt homestead located in Hawthorne County, Alabama has a population of 45,000 and is nationally renowned for its fine whiskey. Lazarus, a lively city that was once a resting spot for the Buffalo Soldiers, has a lot of heritage, history, and religion. Maybe too much of each.

 

The Hawthorne County Whiskey Stop, the city’s most profitable tourist attraction, gets thousands of customers per year from in and out of town. But the Hawthorne County Whiskey House, its counterpart, is anything but good and sacred. Just ask the beloved Mayor of Lazarus, Samuel Justice, who has enough skeletons in the closet to fill the local cemetery.

The level of treachery and mayhem spawned within the whiskey house is uncharted despite the fact that Reverend Jackson Jones, the pastor of the Central Baptist Church, owns it. Many believe that a lot of spirits are uneasy and that a curse lingers around Lazarus and Hawthorne County because of the crass circumstances that surround the whiskey house. There’s an old saying around Lazarus, “Once you enter the whiskey house, if you should ever come out, your life goes south.”

There is also an eerie prophecy tied to the whiskey house that no one wants to acknowledge; they keep quiet about it hoping it will just disappear. Detective Brock Taylor is the only hope in saving Lazarus from total destruction. But will he be able to extinguish the curse and bring happiness back to the lives that have been maimed by the misgivings at the whiskey house? Or will he be another victim of the devastating curse? This time, even Jesus may not want anything to do with Lazarus.

 


BOOK REVIEWS

Lazurus, Alabama, a community rich with history, heritage and religion, could be any one of thousands of American towns from east coast to west coast, but the contrasting popularity of the Hawthorne County Whiskey Stop and the more dubious Hawthorne Whiskey House makes it much more. In this first in a trilogy of novels, ‘Curse of the Whiskey House: When Life Is the Principle and Death Is the Practice,’ author Marc Lacy offers a compelling drama centered around the tensions created by secular and spiritual forces experienced through the characters, most notably Reverend Jones and Detective Taylor. ‘Curse‘ is a page turner that consistently draws you deeper into the storyline while exploring basic human values like choice, integrity and morality and will have you anxiously anticipating the next book in the series.
–Kenny Anderson, Maximum Life Enhancement

 

Everyone has heard the phrase? There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.? I must say, that phrase cannot compare to the rotten, low-down, animalistic activities that take place in the Whiskey House, a house that is cursed from the depths of Hell. Here, you will meet Black Abe, a highly regarded man of the cloth and his cultish followers. Even though he is not what he seems, no one wants to go against him- except Brock Taylor. He wants to make sure that the secrets of the Whiskey House are burned to the ground, but there are two people in his way, Ace Honeycutt, his nemesis, and Brooklyn Fontroy, his girlfriend. Be prepared to take horrifying roller-coaster ride to the black abyss, because Marc Lacy is not afraid to take you there. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!
–Pamela D. Rice, Author

 

 

PROLOGUE

If Jesus could save Lazarus again, I guess I would have to put the bottle down…well at least for a day. Shoot, let me quit lyin’. Sometimes I don’t know what’s better, straight Jack shots or moonshine samplers. I even drank moonshine in a Jack bottle an’ Jack from a moonshine pitcher. Hell, it’s all whiskey…an’ if you a drunk like me, it don’t matter. Well, on second thought it do matter. ‘Cause there was nothing like the moonshine Lulamae Gerther Jones used to make in that ol’ whiskey house on Turner Road.

Whew. Them Buffalo Soldiers would come through an’ fetch a good nip, an’ be on they way. Matter-fact, World War II was a good time for me. After I enlisted, I never went into battle or shot one gun – I reckon it was preparin’ me for these recent gun-law debates or something. But I sho shotgunned me some whiskey…yes suh. Private Rufus McClendon, that’s me. Supposed to have gone out to Arizona with the 92nd Infantry Regiment an’ then on into the Pacific to fight; but I never made it out of the state, ‘cause the bottle wouldn’t let me go. Well that was over three score ago and needless to say, I’m still a private wandering ‘round Lazarus an’ Hawthorne County. But that old whiskey house ain’t been the same since. I mean, I can’t judge a soul the ways I been my whole life. But good God A’mighty, I know a foul odor when I sniff one. An’ let me tell you, the stench is badder than death itself. I guess when the whiskey died, it left a bad spirit. An’ that spirit is doin’ somethin’ to this town.

Lazarus, Alabama located in the Northeastern part of Hawthorne County in the west central part of the state, got just the right history, climate, an’ bad people for the perfect spooky story. I don’t believe in them goblins myself. But boy when somethin’ wicked takes over…it takes over. People won’t talk about it, but it’s there.

It all started when Lulamae’s grandson used to roll to the whiskey house with us. Now young Jackson Jones seemed like he was ordinary minded; but I said all along…there’s something funny ‘bout that lanky boy. Lulamae raised him as best she could. Raised him in that ol’ whiskey house. Back then, that house had so much space in the front yard comin’ off a Turner Road, you could park a few airplanes an’ trucks out there. Then they had a front porch, a carport garage so folk could grab an’ go, a living room for brewin’, kitchen, one full bath, two bedrooms, a back yard for days, an’ a crawl space for storage.

Matter-fact, the back yard was so close to the Hawthorne County Woods, that if somebody was afraid of gettin’ caught with illegal booze, all they had to do was either run in the woods, or throw they bottle. Wadn’t no police gone chase nothin’ in them woods. Shoot, they wadn’t gettin’ enough pay for all them bee stings, snake an’ chigger bites they woulda got. Nowadays, the house looks mostly the same; but it got runnin’ water, ‘lectricity, an’ some renovations been done. One of them bedrooms was knocked out so the living room could be bigger. But yep, Lulamae raised that boy Jackson in that house. She ain’t have no choice. Wit’ his daddy being a molester an’ mama a prostitute, they was both no good for him.

An’ even though Lulamae gave him a roof over his head, she also showed him some thangs that came with being a hustler. So by the time it was all done an’ over with, young Jackson knew how to brew moonshine, shoot skeet, an’ be a good cheatin’ gambler. He was such a good shot, that he could probably close his eyes, shoot straight up in the air, an’ the bullet would land on a lost Florida ballot. In ’65, Jackson went into Vietnam as a sniper, an’ has been snipin’ ever since. Got a eye like a eagle an’ he still loves to shoot skeet, throw them arrows, an’ would take yo’ tax money in a game of Horseshoes. He mostly mild mannered; but will snap like a twig if somebody drove him to that point. I believe he got that PDSD, or PPDD, or PTSD whatever they callin’ it. Jackson even part of local hunt club, too. Some folk think that hunt club is like a secret militia. Hmmm, I don’t know. Maybe that’s how a seventy-year-old preacher can keep his aim sharp…I guess.

Now with all that, he also inherited Lulamae’s gift of gab. Yessuh. The boy was good at talkin’. An’ when his granny died, she left the house to him. Then out of nowhere, this multi-faceted young’n became a grown Baptist minister, still ministering today, an’ is still doin’ stuff with that whiskey house. I think people don’t want to say it. But I’mma say it anyway. Jackson may be the only black southern Baptist preacher who part of that NRAA National Rifles of America Agency or something like that. I tell you what, if good ol’ Abraham Lincoln had a twin who was black, he would be Jackson Roosevelt Jones. Ol’ Jackson ain’t nowhere near honest as they said Abe was; but he tall like him, an’ he mysterious lookin’ like him.

 

( Continued… )

© 2015 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Marc Lacy. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

 


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Intimate Conversation with Marc Lacy

Intimate Conversation with Marc Lacy

Huntsville’s own Marc Lacy, a graduate of Alabama A&M University is a nationally renowned, award winning poet/author and a lecturer. He has performed all over the country at many national literary events and spoken word venues.  Marc is also a seasoned freelance writer and a blogger for The Man-Ologist Blogs. Along with writing and performance, Marc utilizes his wordsmith talent and poetic flair as he facilitates lectures, conducts workshops, and delivers motivational speeches concerning writing, communication, and self-development.

Additionally, Lacy is a cast member of the new hit webisode, The Men’s Room. Marc credits his faith in God and love of family for providing energy he needs to succeed.


BPM: How did you get to be where you are in your life today? Who or what motivated you?

Via God’s blessings, loving parents, and a supportive family, I’ve been able to graduate college, and work in a defense field as an engineer, and technical writer. All the while, I’ve always had the knack for creative writing. Getting published was a major goal of mine. Once it happened, everything else is history.

 

BPM: Who does your body of literary work speak to? Do you consider authors as role models?
If feel my work speaks to everyone who sees the need for societal wrongs to be “righted.” Authors are role models because somebody is ALWAYS going to be lifted from your writing.

 

BPM: Could you tell us something about your most recent work? Is this book available on Nook and Kindle?
Curse of the Whiskey House is my latest and greatest work. It is action-packed, suspenseful, and intense, with a twist of paranormal added to it. Curse of the Whiskey House is available on Kindle now. It will be available on Nook in the very near future.

 


BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?

I actually have a second narrator who is part omniscient and part character.  However he has no interaction with the other characters. His name is Rufus McClendon. He is an old Buffalo Soldier reject still roaming around  the woods of Hawthorne County. What makes him unique is that he is a drunkard; but he actually knows what he is talking about. Another main character is the Reverend Jackson R. Jones. He pastors the biggest black church in Central, AL;  but he is also the owner of The Hawthorne County Whiskey House. Many citizens of  Lazarus, Alabama are uncomfortable with that combination.

 


BPM: What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?

Some years ago, I began doing daily flash fiction stories in one of my Facebook groups. Once I got into a good groove, my supporters encouraged me to convert the stories into a full-fledged fiction novel. So, from concept to actual birth, the entire span of time was four years. That is how long it took.


BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven? Why?

I do not have one particular source of inspiration when writing fiction. However I do like to take societal issues, flip them, and turn them into a colorful piece of literature. Although my characters tend to have a very heavy influence on the plot, I’d like to say that I am an author who thinks “plot first.”  Reason being, in writing a trilogy, you’ve got to make sure that you have a common denominator within all three publications. So for the Whiskey House Trilogy, the plot is the tie that binds the books together.


BPM: Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book? If so, discuss them.

Curse of the Whiskey House covers a lot of things; of which, one of them is the gun law debate. Various characters in different scenarios have a licensed weapon; but bring to the reader’s attention, the fact that the way of life in Lazarus can and will be affected by gun laws. They also go on to imply, that if the issue does not get regulated, there will be hell to pay.


BPM: How does your book relate to your present situation, education, spiritual practice or journey?

The book actually does not relate to my situation, education, or spiritual practice. But it does paint a picture of how challenging things can be if people let controllable problems fester into impossible hurdles.

 


BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?

My knowledge came from indirect research for my book. Through various forums, I met several people who experienced what many characters experienced (at one point or another in their life). Their actions now, and the manner in which they carry themselves (per what they experienced), helped me to assign various traits to certain characters.


BPM: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

My main goal was to show how jacked up people will let situations get, then play the blame game for an escape instead of addressing the real problems. I feel Curse of the Whiskey House accomplishes this goal in a thunderous fashion.


BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?

One project I am working on is Viral Xgressions, the second book of the trilogy.  Other than that, I am back in the studio writing and recording more spoken word tracks.


BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work? Share all of your social media links.

Curse of the Whiskey House: When Life is the Principle and Death is the Practice

 

Whiskey House Trilogy Book 1  by Marc Lacy
Download Link:  http://amzn.com/B00UTLAND4

SPOKEN WORD CDs:
http://www.marclacy.com/bookshelf.htm

 


LITERARY WORKS:

http://www.amazon.com/Marc-Lacy/e/B002TIUCWM/


Website:  http://marclacy.com
Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/marc_lacy
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/marclacy

 

 

Praying for the Penis by Gail Crowder

Praying for the Penis: A Wives Guide to Understand Male Sexual Health by Gail Crowder
Non-fiction. Men’s Health. Amazon: http://a.co/9ctJf5k

 

Certified Master Sexpert Gail Crowder Answers Questions About Male Sexual Health that Every Wife Has. This guide takes a unique perspective by guiding and empowering wives to help their husband navigate his sexual health without judgement or shame.

In Praying For The Penis, you will find simple-to-read information about male sexual health issues. Covering issues like erectile dysfunction, male menopause and more, Crowder guides wives on how to support and guide their husband to better health. Throughout this in-depth guide, she gives wives’ solutions on how to bring intimacy, passion and closeness back into their marriages.

Many books exist on helping women to deal with sexual health matters as they age. Women’s magazines and blogs are always covering menopause, weight gain, vaginal dryness, etc. But for most men the conversation isn’t as easy. As men age and experience changes in their bodies, they become distant and shut off. And as a wife, this can be stressful. The conversations of stressed-out wives trying to reach their husbands is what inspired this guide.

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Keep Your Legs Open A Wives’ Guide To Sexual Satisfaction by Gail Crowder
https://www.amazon.com/Keep-Wives-Guide-Sexual-Satisfaction/dp/0983218544

Simple Solutions to Bring Passion, Creativity and Better Sex into Your Marriage “When I first said “Keep Your Legs Open” as final advice to wives on a show about love and relationships, I didn’t think the response would be so big. Husbands were cheering me on while wives had mixed emotions — from a little excitement to disappointment, even anger. I knew then that wives needed guidance on the importance of sexual satisfaction, not just for the health of their marriage, but for their overall fullness of life. That’s why I wrote this guide!”

Gail Crowder, marriage expert and founder of Bringing Sexy Back to the Marriage, has empowered hundreds of women through training, live and virtual events, and coaching to become a One Sexy Wife. Important topics that are often considered taboo or private are outlined in simple steps that are immediately useable to create the sex life that all wives deserve to have.

Here, in Keep Your Legs Open, you will:

• Rate Your Sex Drive, so that you can know where you are and how to rev it up.

• Learn what happens to the body during orgasm and how YOU can achieve them, even multiple ones.

• Ways to get in touch with your body to better share your desires with your husband. Discover when to introduce sex toys, position pillows and other fun tools to enhance sexual pleasure .

• Identify problems or issues that are preventing sexual satisfaction, like painful intercourse, and how to resolve those matters. Keep Your Legs Open is a simple guide to take wives to another level in pleasure and satisfaction without the feelings of judgment and shame.

Purchase Keep Your Legs Open A Wives’ Guide To Sexual Satisfaction by Gail Crowder
Christian Living > Women’s Issues > Parenting > Marriage & Adult Relationships
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About the Author
Gail Crowder is a wife of over 30 years, mother of two and the Founder and President of Bringing Sexy Back to the Marriage (BSB). After seeing a need in both secular and religious communities, Gail saw a need to create a safe space dedicated to the spiritual and sexual enhancement of marriages for the modern-day wife.

Gail has been responsible for spicing up thousands of marriages through the BSB conference and continues to change lives every day. As an author, marriage and life coach; Gail has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows as a specialist and seasoned lifestyle & relationship expert.

Gail is a Certified Master Sexpert, Marriage and Life coach, member of the International coaching science research institute, Life University, and Member of Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching.

Gail has authored several books related to marriage and sex which includes her signature book, Bringing Sexy Back to Marriage and her latest best-selling book, Keep Your Legs Open: A Wives’ Guide to Sexual Satisfaction. Gail’s energy, expertise and tell-it- like-it- is approach makes her a sought-after keynote speaker or workshop facilitator.

 

 

 

I SPaT – In Spirit Power and Truth by Stephanie R. Bridges


I SPaT – In Spirit Power and Truth: Poems Inspired by God’s Grace and Mercy by Stephanie R. Bridges

I SPaT: In Spirit Power and Truth, takes you on one woman’s triumphant journey to spiritual wholeness. Stephanie R. Bridges introduces the idea that struggles with addictive behavior, which she continues to deal with, should never be reviled, but instead embraced as a call from God. Addiction is an illness that only He can heal, and oftentimes it is the only bridge that we will take to true salvation.

Stephanie is refreshingly honest and often unavoidably raw in her poetic commentary on subjects such as fornication, abortion, adultery, and incarceration. Every poem that stems from her personal story is accompanied by scriptures that remind us that no matter where we are in life, God is right there with us In Spirit Power and Truth.

Excerpt: I SPaT – In Spirit Power and Truth

RIGHT NOW 1 Peter 2:15-17

First and foremost, I am black
Till inexplicably, I was overtaken by becoming a woman
Finally, Christian became my name to claim

Right now
Right now

I am a spirit free of labels
I am no longer a disabled victim
I am a child of the Most High God
There is no limit in Him
And He put no limit in me

You can chain me, beat me, hate me
I am still free to love you
You can dominate my might, delegate my rights, dictate my heights
I am still free to submit
You can chastise my church, burn my bible, crucify my Christ
I am still free to believe

Rising above what I have become
Ascending to what I will be
There is no master, no man, no mass that can imprison me

Right now
Right now

Galatians 5:1
Stand Fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

( Continued… )

© 2018 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Stephanie R. Bridges. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

Purchase I SPaT – In Spirit Power and Truth: Poems Inspired by God’s Grace and Mercy by Stephanie R. Bridges
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Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business Conference
September 20-22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Hosted by Joylynn M. Ross and Path To Publishing

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Create Your Women of a New Sisterhood Audio Presentation

 

Hello!
I would like to invite you to create an audio presentation for Women of a New Sisterhood.  I understand we are all busy women, so I created a simple way to share your story on the webinars.  Here’s a way for you to pre-record your message on your own schedule.  Listed below are the details on how to create the audio campaign and the materials needed.  We look forward to showcasing your service, company or your book within the next 30-60 days!  Read this entire page to answer most of your questions.  It’s long, but I want you to have all of the information to make the process seamless.

YOUR INFORMATION WILL GO HERE:

Women of a New Sisterhood Online Conference
Website: bit.ly/1UQJ9gY

 

1.  Select a topic that’s important to you and prepare a speech for our audience. Create your webinar in the TED TALK fashion of presentation. Introduce yourself, give the title of your session.  Next, explain  what we will learn today. Give a 1-minute intro into how you can serve the Women of a New Sisterhood community and what your company/book/wisdom offers the audience.
 
Next move into your planned speech. Imagine them right before you!  Ask them questions. Give them a call to action.  Pull them into this ‘conversation’ and really show them how much you care about their success.  Practice or plan what you want to say before recording.

 

2.  Please do not make multiple recordings. If you make a mistake simply stop the recording by pressing the (#) pound key. You can re-record as many times as you like, just don’t hang up to stop recording. Multiple recordings will slow down the entire process for ALL of the other speakers.  You can record up to 55 minutes!  Do not go over.
 
Try to keep it entertaining and informative. The first 10 minutes are crucial to holding the online listener’s attention for the entire session. This email breaks down the process of recording to the finest detail. I will need your recording back within 5 days.
 


3. At the end of your presentation, share your websites, blogs and all your social media info.  Let the audience be sold on your expertise.  Do not mention a time sensitive offer or discount because this recording will be re-purposed several times over the next few months. If you make an offer, it has to be something that is available months from now.


4.  Please do not mention any dates, times or any events.   If you mention dates or events it limits what I can do with the recordings. It limits your presentation’s visibility on future programs.  You can gently promote your service, charity, book, product or signature program at the end.  If you have any books, please submit the bookseller details. Submit your confirmation and promotional material as soon as possible.


Speakers call into the recording center and record your message!
Call this number to record  (201) 283-9143   PIN: 158-535-351#
To record message, select option (1) when prompted.
Press the (# Key) to STOP the recording when you are finished talking and reading.



DO NOT MAKE MULTIPLE RECORDINGS.  FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! 

Hit the (# key) to STOP the recording and re-record. You can keep re-recording the same session over and over until it’s correct.  Do NOT hang up to start over.  If you need a do-over, immediate press the (# key). 

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Word Food for Doods by Duane Lance Filer

Word Food for Doods by Duane Lance Filer

If women can have a chick lit genre, what about a dood food happy hour? Word Food for Doods is a guys night out buffet comprised of three short stories, two funky one-act plays, and two essays that sprout about important men banes. In addition, there are twenty-three eye-popping illustrations. Women, these stories will help you understand our warped minds. These stories will enthrall both sexes. Enjoy pardners!

 

Here’s a brief glimpse of each story from Word Food for Doods by Duane Lance Filer

Short Stories

1. “Kemal’s Last Laugh” – Three white, experienced mountain climbers receive a lesson in humility from some unexpected sources as they attempt to conquer deepest, darkest Mt. Kenya in Africa.

2. “Streople” – One day on the streets of downtown Los Angles and one can meet the strangest people, street people or just “Streople.”

3. “A Week in the Life of a Closet Miserable” – I wanna be a writer, but one week leads to the next, and every time I start to write…well…kids…the wife….sports…they all get in the way!

One-Act Plays

4. “The Tattle-Tale Grin of Kid Spade” – Tells the exploits of a black cowboy, Kid Spade the Blade, in the very wild, unfriendly west of Yall City.

5. “Jazz Junkies” – Recounts an important point in the life of band leader Hemp Leeks. Does he follow fame and certain riches or stay loyal to his original band mates?

Essays

6. “t.s. etiquette (a.k.a. the toilet seat chronicles)” – An essay for men on how to avoid that age-old argument with your woman on whether the toilet seat be left up or down?

7. “Dedman Speeks the Hellcatcher” – Dedman thought he had caught it all – a sucker soul magnet….. but never caught anything till he caught the hell that often arises from marriage issues. Dedman Speeks will indeed be a “Deadman” who no longer “Speaks” should this story be published!

 

Purchase Word Food for Doods by Duane Lance Filer
Action & Adventure > Mystery >Thriller & Suspense

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Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Word-Doods-Duane-Lance-Filer-ebook/dp/B07DNQTKNG

 

 


 

Black Pearls Magazine Interview

Duane Lance Filer grew up in Compton, California and had one of the greatest, richest childhoods one could have growing up in an “inner” city. Duane’s dad Maxcy Filer was involved in the west coast civil rights movement, and during the late 50s, 60s and 70s Duane got to witness and was involved in some wild and crazy events during this important time in American history.

Since birth, Duane has possessed an extraordinary memory; an insatiable imagination; and a fascination with writing. He started writing in high school, through college, during his 30-plus work years, and into his present retirement. Duane’s funky writing projects and painting can be viewed at his website http://duanelancefiler.wixsite.com/duanelancefiler.

LISTEN TO DUANE FILER ON BAN RADIO SHOW
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The Legend of Diddley Squatt Intro
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BPM: Tell us about your most recent, “Word Food for Doods.” Available on Nook or Kindle?
You can find an ebook at AuthorHouse, Amazon and it available on Kindle.

If women can have a “girls night out” and chic lit reading groups/lunches; what about a “Dood Food” happy hour? “Word Food for Doods” is a guy’s night-out buffet comprised of 3 short stories; 2 funky one-act plays; and 2 essays that sprout about important men banes. A plus for the ladies – these stories will help you understand your man’s warped mind.

Also there’s a bonus is the twenty-three eye-popping/old-school/black/white/brown illustrations that help bring flavor to each story; you will be amazed at how these old-fashioned pictures bring life to the characters.

BPM: Give us an insight into your main characters in “Word Food for Doods.” 
“Word Food” clocks in at 25,244 words and 119 pages. To date, I have self-published eight books. My book published in 2017, “The Legend of Diddley Squatt – A Novella from a Brother Fella” – has received the most press and local/U.S. media attention of any of my books! I want readers to love this books just as much!

Here’s a brief glimpse of each story in “Word Food for Doods.”

Short Stories
1. “Kemal’s Last Laugh” – Three white, experienced mountain climbers receive a lesson in humility from some unexpected sources as they attempt to conquer deepest, darkest Mt. Kenya in Africa.

2. “Streople” – One day on the streets of downtown Los Angles and one can meet the strangest people, street people or just “Streople.”

3. “A Week in the Life of a Closet Miserable” – I wanna be a writer, but one week leads to the next, and every time I start to write…well…kids…the wife….sports…they all get in the way!

One-Act Plays
4. “The Tattle-Tale Grin of Kid Spade” – Tells the exploits of a black cowboy, Kid Spade the Blade, in the very wild, unfriendly west of Yall City.

5. “Jazz Junkies” – Recounts an important point in the life of band leader Hemp Leeks. Does he follow fame and certain riches or stay loyal to his original band mates?

Essays
6. “T.S. Etiquette (a.k.a. the toilet seat chronicles)” – An essay for men on how to avoid that age-old argument with your woman on whether the toilet seat be left up or down?

7. “Dedman Speeks the Hellcatcher” – Dedman thought he had caught it all – a sucker soul magnet….. but never caught anything till he caught the hell that often arises from marriage issues. Dedman Speeks will indeed be a “Deadman” who no longer “Speaks” should this story be published!

 

BPM: Is there a specific place/space/state that you find inspiration in?
For my three children’s books, I remember when growing up in Compton, CA in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s – loving children’s books and cartoons on Saturday morning T.V. The Jetsons was one of my favorite Saturday morning T.V. cartoons. Once again, I wanted to feature some black/minority kids in my writing because IT WAS NEEDED. I also remember asking my parents “how come none of the people in these books or on the cartoon shows look like me or any of my friends on the street or in Compton?” So, I reached back in my memory and thought of various popular cartoons, and then twisted some of the characters into remembrance into things that happened in my personal family with my brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors. I think the world should show its diversity. Kids of color can now relate to characters like them – that’s important!

For my teen/young adult/adult books, I like to show how everybody has issues/problems/set-backs at first – but that you must remain positive and keep working toward your dreams and ideals. I like to show that there are folks in everyone’s life who reach out and will be there for the helping (teachers, mentors, baseball coaches, religious people, brothers and sisters) – all you have to do is trust certain folks.

 

BPM: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
That it is a compilation of various genres/formats of writing, i.e. 3 short stories, 2 one-act plays, and 2 “essays.” It is a funky gumbo of the written word for different types of media – books….the theater….and magazines. The only thing missing is a screenplay for TV and the movies – and I do have a couple of each which I will be presenting soon. I AM ECLECTIC – I LIKE DIVERSITY!

 

BPM: How much planning goes into writing a book? How long does it take to complete one of your books?
I have tons of materials…possible screenplays…short stories…plays…that I have written since the 1970’s. I have kept all of the stories in my overstuffed desk drawer and file folders. If something happens on the news or becomes a trending topic – or a situation just moves me – I can pull out some of this material and start expanding on it. On some of my earlier work, such as the Diddley Squatt book, it is already set-up for a Diddley Squatt part 2 because of where I left off in the story. Or, sometimes, something new hits me and I jot down a few key phrases….. and BOOM – I have the idea/story for another book. I will then create a separate journal for this new idea and jot down storylines, possible characters/plots – as they come to me.

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Two Steps Past the Altar by Patricia A. Bridewell

Pharmaceutical sales representative, Sasha Edmonds, is a motivated high-flyer with a stellar track record at Wexel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Being the top sales rep and having a fiancé who loves her is more than she could ever imagine. But it’s not enough. Her obsession with climbing the corporate ladder is the number one goal that she strives to reach by any means necessary. Until she learns that her mother requires a new medication for her life-threatening medical condition.

When she discovers that her fiancé, Damien Taylor, may be cheating, she breaks off their engagement. In the midst of healing, she becomes captivated with Wesley Dunbar, a wealthy pharmaceutical businessman that may hold the cure for her mom and Sasha’s wounded heart. Although she attempts to resist Wesley’s romantic overtures, his charm, status, and kindness open a window of opportunities to consider. While Damien tries to woo her back into his life, her involvement with Wesley becomes complicated. A surfeit of lies and deception causes a web of mixed emotions as she struggles to help her mom and determine whether Damien or Wesley is the real love of her life.

Excerpt: Two Steps Past the Altar

As Sasha stood in the mirror, admiring how well the dress complimented her figure, she paused. Dad.

She rushed out the room, holding up the bottom of her dress so she wouldn’t trip as she made her way into the living room. Sasha whirled around. “You like my dress?”

“It looks nice,” he said, walking right past her.

Sasha tilted her head. “What’s wrong, Dad?” He frowned and mumbled under his breath before opening the refrigerator. From the expression on his face, something must have happened.

“Hi, hon,” her mother said. “When’d you get in town?”

Sasha turned and saw her mother hugging Damien.

“This morning,” Damien said, peering at Sasha beneath a raised brow as he sat in a corner chair in the living room.

Sasha squinted at him and moved her attention back to her father in the kitchen. Her dad’s behavior made sense now. Damien had told him. Why else would her dad be acting so strange? She glared at Damien, who slightly shrugged his shoulders looking unbothered.

“What’s the occasion for the dress?” Her dad’s tone stung like acid.

“Tamar’s wedding is Sunday,” Sasha explained. “This is my bridesmaid dress.”

“Humph. A Sunday wedding? So, I’m guessing you won’t be at church,” her dad said.

Her shoulders felt heavy from the disappointment in his voice. “No, I won’t be there. Ebony’s leading the Women in Prosperity Ministry until my job slows down. Right now, between me trying to get this promotion, my business trips to Atlanta, and Tamar’s wedding, I’m swamped.”

Her father scrunched his face but didn’t comment.

“We understand, and you’re planning your own wedding. This gown looks nice on you,” her mother said, touching the fabric. “Fits you perfectly. Ebony did an excellent job, and I’m loving the color. Doesn’t it look good on her, Damien?”

With his attention on Sasha, Damien got up and crossed the room, closing the space between them as he examined her in the dress. “Yes, she looks stunning. But she always does.”

Sasha forced her pouty lips to smile. “Thank you,” she said, taking a moment to observe his well-sculpted physique. Even in his camouflage cargo pants and black t-shirt, he could turn a few heads any day. But she refused to allow his striking appearance or cotton candy sweet talk to woo her. The fact remained; he had disrespected her, and their wedding was off. If he couldn’t be faithful to her for 365 days, how in the world could he commit to a lifetime?

He stretched out his arms for an embrace, and her skin bristled. Just the thought of his touch made her cringe. At the same time, she knew if she avoided his hug, it would raise questions from her parents that she didn’t feel like discussing. She’d just have to play this one out.

Her back stiff, she allowed him to wrap his arms around her briefly and then stepped back. “I…uh, I didn’t know you were coming down today. You usually call first.”

( Continues…  )

 

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