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Why I Wrote About Josephine Baker by Sherry Jones

 

My novels tell the lives of extraordinary women in history who overcame formidable obstacles to achieve their highest potential—which, for me, always involves making a positive difference in the world. I delve into these women’s lives in hopes of inspiring others and myself.

And yet when I first considered writing about Josephine Baker, the African-American performer who hit it big in Paris in the 1920s, I expected a romp. I wanted it, in fact. Having wept as I wrote The Sharp Hook of Love, my tragic novel about the 12-century French lovers Abelard and Heloise, I was ready for some light-hearted fun. A pretty woman who danced and made funny faces wearing nothing more than a skirt of bananas seemed just the ticket.

But Ms. Baker, as it turned out, was a lot more than a nude, comic Parisian dancer.

Josephine Baker was a woman who lived life on her own terms, fearlessly and with heart. Raised in poverty by abusive parents, she dreamed big, pursued her goals with passion, and succeeded beyond even her wildest imaginings—and then risked all, even her very life, to make the world a better place.

First as a World War II spy for the French Resistance and then as a trailblazing U.S. civil rights activist, Josephine Baker used her power and her platform to fight for justice and equality against the forces of tyranny and hatred, prefiguring the anti-colorist activism by current celebrities including Colin Kaeparnick, Oprah, and Rihanna.

From the 1917 East St. Louis race riots to the 1963 March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the adoption of a “Rainbow Tribe” of 12 children of various races and cultures, Josephine Baker dedicated most of her life to eradicating racism. Although she felt encouraged by the changes that occurred during her lifetime, she knew the struggle for “her people” was only beginning. She was a fighter to the end, and also a lover—not just of individual men and women, but of all humanity.

When I feel overwhelmed by the vitriol and violence rearing its ugly head in America today, I draw on Josephine Baker’s courage, strength, and determination for the power to persevere. I wrote JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE with the hope that it will inspire others to keep fighting the good fight—to, as she said in her 1963 speech, “light that fire in you, so that you can carry on, and so that you can do those things that I have done.” Given her many remarkable accomplishments, it’s a tall order, indeed.

 


About Sherry Jones

Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of The Sword of MedinaFour SistersAll QueensThe Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart.

Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne. Visit her online at AuthorSherryJones.com.

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The Author in You: New Writers Searching for a Theme by Dr. Lynda Mubarak

The Author in You: New Writers Searching for a Theme by Dr. Lynda Mubarak

What Is the Theme In a Story and Why Does It Matter? Dr. Lynda Mubarak has the answer in her new publishing guide: http://a.co/d/5oTwihA

Having trouble deciding on your topic or subject? Too many choices? You are torn between several subjects and you need assistance deciding what’s best. Take a few minutes to investigate some areas of interest with this short guide to planning your book.

The Author in You will save time and provide some insight on selecting a theme that works for you and offer some simple steps on getting it done!

 

The Author in You: New Writers Searching for a Theme by Dr. Lynda Mubarak
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Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones

Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones

 

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine’s early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

 

 

Praise for Josephine Baker’s Last Dance

 

“Sherry Jones takes us on a remarkable journey of heartbreak and empowerment. Josephine Baker’s Last Dance is a bold and beautiful book about a bold and beautiful life. This book left its mark on me.”
– Susan Crandall, author of The Myth of Perpetual Summer

 

“The mesmerizing chanteuse who shattered race barriers and hearts across the world is brought to vivid, unstoppable life in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance. The champagne swirl of the Jazz Age fuels this amazing, untold story of a defiant woman who fought her way from poverty to become the toast of Europe, infamous for her bawdy act and banana-peel-barely-there skirt. Jones’s Josephine is complicated and human: a courageous artist on a quest for freedom under the haunting legacy of race inequality; she emerges as not only a fantastic icon from the past in her own right, but also as a mirror and example for today. “
– C.W. Gortner, author of Mademoiselle Chanel

 

“[An] entertaining portrait of a groundbreaking woman. Hand this to fans of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife (2011), Liza Klaussman’s Villa America (2015), and other tales of Jazz Age artists.”
– Booklist

 

“The extraordinary story of a unique and unrivaled icon…Jones delivers a satisfying life of one endlessly fascinating person.”
– Kirkus Reviews

 

“If you loved The Paris Wife, you’re going to love this… Sherry Jones’s new Fall release is an inspiring novel that women everywhere will find to be an important piece of literature in helping to bring about total equality in our current world.”
– PopSugar

 

 

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I Did It to Myself: True Confessions of an Overachiever by Edgar L.Vann

 

This inspiring memoir and lifestyle guidebook shares one pastor’s close call with dying from overwork, offering biblical wisdom and practical strategies to help others cultivate a healthy life-work balance.

 

This book, I Did It to Myself, is the product of a “life to death” and “back to life” experience that changed my perspective on the nature of work, career commitment, personal goals, and ultimately, the meaning of success. Health challenge recovery compelled me to evaluate life forever from a fresh perspective. Many books are written to convince us to do more. We are often told to be successful we must be incessantly engaged — squeezing in other essentials, if we can. It is the frenetic, hyperactive lifestyle to which we have been coerced. We are pressured to take on more than we can, accelerate everything, and maximize all we do to the hilt. We feel we must be all things to all people, never realizing “NO” to be a complete sentence.

I know what it means to take on the world at once. Blessed with many gifts, talents and skills, I thought I was able to do it all. The beauty of life is really a matter of integrating all of its salient components into a well-coordinated fabric. The proper fusion of life amalgamation enhances it value and makes life captivating and attractive.

Creating synergies in the tapestry of life is the equipoise of life fulfillment. I was “made to lie down” and compelled to live my life differently. I share here the life changing truths that I’ve learned and continue to learn. I am most eager to reach those who thrive on busyness and big goals as I have. Integrating life and work equitably is the message. I want to teach people who anxiously crave success a more excellent way to thrive and stay alive.

 

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About the Author
Edgar L. Vann grew up as a prodigy: a gifted child who was always expected to finish first – and usually did. He became the pastor of a divided Detroit congregation at age 21, beginning four decades of nonstop church growth, wide-ranging comprehensive ministry and civic involvement, with little room built in for rest, relaxation and reflection. That breakneck schedule contributed to a New Year’s Eve Service health emergency: “sudden cardiac death,” followed by a back-to-life recovery on the floor of his church.

Edgar Vann’s experience was a wake-up call that helped produce this practical guide to breaking out of the prison of overwork and needless stress. He uses statistical data, entertaining anecdotes and Biblical scripture to convincingly demonstrate that being a do-it-all “work martyr” is a dead end. He shows how the path to a richer, more rewarding life starts with a better work-life integration and a focus on improved health. edgarlvann.com

 

Miami Beat II: Dilemmas by Frederica Burden

The warm, salty, sea air of Miami blows in change for everyone that Sidney holds dear to her heart. After years of hard work and dedication, Sidney Stevens’ dreams have finally manifested to reality. The Academy extended an offer of a lifetime, and she is prepared to invest everything she has into her future, everything EXCEPT her heart.

Sidney’s heart belongs to one man, Major Marcus Mystic.

Major Mystic has demons of his own to put to rest. His wife Vondra is on a misguided pursuit of the love she once had with her husband. She will stop at nothing to get her husband and their relationship back to how it was, and she is willing to kill anyone who stands in the way. With his wife on the hunt for blood, Mystic faces dilemmas of his own. Mystic is forced to choose between his deranged wife, Sidney, and the promotion that he so desperately covets. Afraid to lose it all, he can’t imagine selecting just one.

Which will Mystic choose?

As long as Vondra is alive, Sidney’s life is in danger, and everyone she loves is at risk. Luckily, Sidney has her closest friend to protect her, but unbeknownst to her, he has dilemmas of his own to conquer.

After a night of passion that he can barely recall, Spencer has found himself on the wrong side of the law. Spencer only has Artie Garcia in his corner, and he’s petrified that Artie’s affiliation with the Department could shake his resolve.

Will Spencer trust his lover with his life?

The characters from Miami Beat: The Secret Society have returned with drama so hot it will have you sweating. As the body count increases, everyone is left wondering, who will be next?

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Chapter 7: Miami Beat II: Dilemmas

Listen to a reading from the book:  http://www.audioacrobat.com/note/CCmvBHQX

 

Spencer drove to Artie’s house with a one-track mind. He didn’t realize that someone was following closely behind. When he parked in the driveway and exited his car, Steven drove by the house making a note of the address. Oblivious to Steven’s presence Spencer knocked on Artie’s door and held his breath waiting for him to open the door. He needed to be in Artie’s arms.

Spencer nearly collapsed when Officer Arturo Garcia wrapped his muscular arms around him. Arturo, or Artie as Spencer liked to refer to him, was a handsome man with the complexion of butterscotch and the body of an Adonis. Artie was also Spencer’s lover and protector. He never wavered in his duties, either. Spencer knew that Artie would have done anything to make sure that he was safe. Artie was heading to meet Spencer when he heard the fear in his voice over the phone. He had his keys in his hands and was prepared to drive to wherever Spencer was to save him.

Artie and Spencer became friends several years prior when Spencer offered him personal training services at the local gym. The attraction between the two was immediate and intense. Spencer was a bronzed, physically fit, hazel eyed dream-come-true. He used the gym that he managed as his proverbial hunting ground for men, not because he wanted to, but, “spontaneity” is Spencer’s middle name, and he had no trouble drawing men to him.

Artie tried to play it cool when they first met, but Spencer could tell by the way Artie looked at him that he wanted him. His hazel eyes burned with fire. A fire that Artie was ready and willing to stoke. What they initially thought would be a hot one night stand grew into something more profound. Although Artie loved beautiful women, Spencer held a special place in his heart.

Spencer helped Artie grow. He taught Artie to let go of his inhibitions and be free. Artie felt like he owed Spencer for helping him accept himself for who he was, a bi-sexual man. Artie promised Spencer that he would take care of him and he meant it. Hearing the fear in Spencer’s voice over the phone Artie instinctively grabbed his gun and keys. He was going to drive to wherever Spencer was to rescue him. Instead, Spencer instructed Artie to wait, he was on his way to his house.

Artie was on pins and needles when Spencer arrived. Spencer tried to maintain his composure as Artie closed his front door and allowed his friend to have a seat. He didn’t want Artie’s neighbors witnessing his mental breakdown.

“Are you alright?” Artie asked, his face showing fear and concern as he surveyed Spencer’s wrinkled clothing. “Is that blood?” Artie questioned as he scanned Spencer for wounds. “What happened to you?” he asked, staring into Spencer’s eyes.

“I don’t know what happened,” Spencer offered absently shaking his head in confusion. “One minute we were partying… and the next…” he gasped trying to fight back the tears as images of Linda’s bloody body flooded his mind.

Artie embraced Spencer, rocking back and forth as he tried to console his friend. Spencer cried like a baby on Artie’s shoulder. Artie tried to get more information out of Spencer, but Spencer refused to say anything. Artie planted a reassuring kiss on Spencer’s forehead and whispered, “I’m right here with you. Get it all out,” he affirmed. He held Spencer in his arms and let him cry, knowing that whatever the situation was, he would be there for Spencer.

“I think I killed someone,” Spencer finally blurted out as Artie’s mouth dropped in surprise.

( Continued…  )

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The Delusion of Cinderella by Kym Whitley

It’s Actress/Comedian/Producer Kym Whitley like you have never seen before. It’s not for the faint at heart, you got to be able to handle this heat!!  In her first novel, “The Delusion of Cinderella”, Kym tackles the sexy story of a young woman who finds her Prince Charming but when he abandons her, it leaves her damaged and emotionally broken. Love and lust may feel the same but you can only trust one of them.

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“The Delusion of Cinderella” is a perfect read for today’s climate! With the me-too movement, this pointed book has the ability to educate women while entertaining and reminding them of their self-worth. “The Delusion of Cinderella” explores just how precious and important self-love is and the true meaning of Sisterhood!  ~Vivica A Fox

“Kym has done it again… not only is she taking you on an erotic journey, she goes deeper into the psyche of women who are broken in spirit. I loved the journey into realizing that Cinderella is a fairytale but loving yourself is real. Kym takes you on a hilarious, hot and sometimes heart wrenching ride. I couldn’t put my friend’s book down.” ~Sherri Shepherd

 
 
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