Short Cut by Karen Sloan-Brown
Ernest was the owner and head barber at the King Cut Barber Shop. He could cut out the likeness of Barack Obama, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X with the words ‘By Any Means Necessary’ onto a client’s scalp with his straight-razor that would rival any accomplished artist. He’d done all right for himself and his family with a successful business on a rough corner in the hood, except he wanted more.
All he needed was a loan to make his dream of In Ernest Gentlemen’s Spa come true. When the bank said no, Eva, the attractive wife of Pinnacle Financial president, said yes. Giving Ernest more than he bargained for, his dream turned to a nightmare. When the volatile cocktail of passion, jealousy, and money are mixed together somebody is bound to end up dead.
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Daniel, Luke, and John by Karen Sloan-Brown
The only thing Luke was sure of was that he didn’t want to be like his father, John. Raised on a one-way ghetto street in North Philly the odds weren’t in his favor. Nothing special had ever happened to him until he met Ruthie on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. When Ruthie got pregnant, he finally had something to live for. Even being drafted into Vietnam wasn’t about to take that away from him.
Back home Ruthie did hair to help make ends meet and developed a cream that made kinky hair curly. Together she and Luke built a successful cosmetic company. Luke’s dream was to pass it on to his son, Daniel. Except Daniel doesn’t want it, he wants to box and be the next Mike Tyson. This is a story of love, loss, success, disappointment, redemption, and acceptance.
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About the Author
Dr. Karen Sloan-Brown grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of a Civil Rights Activist. A scientist with a love of history, she earned her Bachelor of Chemistry, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees at Tennessee State University. She is currently employed at Meharry Medical College.
She is the author of Reflection: What a Difference a Day Makes, What About 100 Years? She has authored The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings, A New Season, Searching for Everland, Daniel Luke, and John, and four other novels. She lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.
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