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Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul: Poems and Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously by Janet Autherine

Books by Janet Autherine

 

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, is a beautiful collection of poems that tell the stories of strong, vulnerable, courageous women who love deeply, sometimes fall hard but always lead with their hearts. It is a deep and gritty, fresh and robust look at the thrill of loving unconditionally, as well as the mental and physical toll that it takes when peace and harmony are sometimes lost in the process. Drawing on personal experiences from her own journey of the past 30 years, J Autherine delves into the vulnerable hearts of women from around the world, including from her early years in Jamaica.

 

Growing into Greatness with God, 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters is inspired by her own experiences growing up in Jamaica, as well as her experience raising her three sons to recognize and nourish what God has planted within each of them. Her goal, through her writing, is to empower adults and children to see themselves as unique and amazing, already blessed with the ability to succeed in life and achieve their dreams.

 

About the Author
Janet was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School. Janet continues to practice law but wakes up at 5am almost every morning to cultivate her inspirational writing and introduce readers to great books through her publishing company, Autherine Publishing. She is a proud introvert and running and reading are her peaceful passions. Her books are available on Amazon and she blogs at http://www.JanetAutherine.com.

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Passport Wife by Terri D.

Passport Wife takes you beyond the fairy tale behind the scenes straight to my journals. Here is my story about how when I stopped looking for it love found me. It’s been quite the journey and all along I’ve been asking myself how did I end up here?

“I think we spend too much time trying to understand love. The who, what, when and where of it. Trying to put it into categories or a box so that it can make sense. Well the reality is that love means something different to everyone. No two people describe it the same way. It feels different and It affects us all differently. I do not have all the answers so this isn’t a book to tell you how to find love. It’s just my story about how when I stopped looking love found me.” –Terri D.

 

Book Review from iTunes by Sweet Lump: Passport Wife restores the hope of romantic true love. The author allows personal glimpses at her inner struggle and continues fear of the reality of what is unfolding but with determination to stay in the moment. According to Tennyson “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

 

Excerpt: Passport Wife by Terri D.

For most of my life I have had a very different perspective on love. I’ve always felt things very deeply, not like a physic just very strong feelings about love and good vs bad. The word love is a very powerful word. Saying it and hearing it evokes so many emotions. How a person responds to those words depends on the person saying it and who is receiving it. The circumstances around those words being uttered also plays a major part in how the message is received. It’s also become a very diluted word since we so often use it to describe how fond we are of things like food, “I love pizza” or “I love sweets.”

I’ve always been able to tell within minutes of meeting someone or being in their presence what type of vibe I received from them. Again, not physic but I’ve always been drawn to those who needed something. This explains many of my romantic relationships but I’m not ready to go there just yet. When I say love, I’m not talking about romantic love, I’m talking about all of it. Love for yourself, other people in general; from the stranger on the street, your acquaintances and your closest and most intimate relationships.

For as long as I can remember, or at least ever since my mother took me to see the movie Endless Love when I was an impressionable teenager, I have sought love. I craved loved from my father which I never really felt and since I had daddy issues, I sought love from men in general. After two failed marriages and many failed relationships, I found myself alone and resigned to the fact that this was going to be my fate. I was no longer looking for love from outside of myself just focusing on showing love to others in my everyday life. I’ve believed for a very long time that everything begins and ends with love. Some of my favorite Bible verses that express love are noted below.

1 John 4:8 God is love

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 describes to us the Bible’s definition of love. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.

This is my story about how love found me when I wasn’t looking for it.

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

Purchase Passport Wife by Terri D.
Genre: Memoir /Relationships
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPVRVW9

 

 


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Unveiled by La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson

 

“Unveiled” coming 2019…promises to become a Book Club Favorite!

Attorney L. Morgan Franklin finds her well-ordered life at a prestigious New Orleans law firm, turned upside down when her half-brother, Winston, dies in their small hometown of L’Ouveture, Louisiana. When it becomes evident that Winston’s death may not be as it appears, Morgan begins a search for answers that lead her to new discoveries about the people she loves the most. The mysteries of family, life and love all converge in this story of one woman’s refusal to accept things as they are.

 

Excerpt: Unveiled by La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson

Grief and the sickeningly sweet smell of too many flowers hung heavy in the warm air of the late August afternoon. Morgan felt the weight of tears shed and hearts breaking. She rubbed her hands down her black silk suit when she walked slowly toward the simple wooden coffin that held the body of her beloved baby brother, Winston. “Half-brother.” She could almost imagine her mother, Marie, standing in front of her and uttering the word “half” as if it were some sort of disease. Morgan breathed deeply and pushed Marie’s words from her mind as she exhaled. They had no place here.

Winston’s mask-like, powdered face somehow belied the words “heart attack” that still echoed in her head. Morgan stepped away from the coffin and quickly brushed away her tears. She fled the church and barely heard the words of comfort tossed her way. Outside there would be air she could breathe without inhaling the pain of the mourners.

Morgan moved quickly once outside. Her legs felt somehow lighter than they had only moments before. She breathed deeply for the first time since she had received the news of Winston’s death a week ago and headed for the sanctuary of her car. The tinkling melody of the car alarm signaled her safe haven. She slid onto the butter-soft, caramel-colored leather seat and found comfort in its warmth. She cranked up the car, rolled down the electric windows, and turned on the CD player. The soulful sound of Jill Scott’s voice surrounded her as she watched the family file out of the church and head toward limousines with the words Garrett Bros. painted in gold across the rear doors and windows. Of course, it would be Garrett Bros. They were still the only mortuary in town that “knew how to do colored.” Morgan had heard her maternal grandmother, Essie Baptiste, say that many times while she was growing up. Mama Essie, as everyone lovingly called her, had made everyone in the family vow to take her body to Garrett Bros. when her time came. Although it had been three years since Mama Essie passed, Morgan still felt her presence in this place. This thought alone eased the tension in her neck and removed the large knot that had taken up residence in the pit of her stomach. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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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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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?

Purchase Miami Beat II: Dilemmas by Frederica Burden
Fiction » Psychological Thriller » Erotic Suspense » Crime Thriller
Books can be found on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Available in Paperback and Kindle Unlimited eBook format.

 

 


 

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.

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The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

Who Would Think That One Act of Love Could Affect Four Generations?

 

On December 29, 1930, Mildred “Millie” Mayfield gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Addie. Millie teaches Addie three things that she feels matters most in life; inner beauty, reading books and giving your “special something’ only to the man you marry.

Addie lives up to the first two.

On one autumn night in 1949, Addie falls for the irresistible red curls and vibrant green eyes of a young man from the other side of the railroad tracks. Neither knowing that the consequences of their love would have lasting effects.

Known as one of the greatest white jazz pianists in New York, Timmy Taylor never had a reason to question his identity – until truth and betrayal strike. Will Timmy be able to push past the pain?

Beautiful and talented, Nina Taylor inherited her father’s gift, but not his looks. Certain that’s how he made it big, she dives deep into a deadly obsession. Will Nina learn to love the skin she’s in before it’s too late?

Spanning from 1920 to 1996, this captivating tale of secrets, betrayal, and forgiveness will pull at the strings of your heart, and keep you turning pages while you pray for a happy ending.

 

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“Powerfully evocative and winding in its story of uncertain connections and alienation, The Caged Butterfly will delight women’s fiction readers who seek strong multicultural stories of enlightenment, and family connections honed through generations of interaction and self-examination.” ~D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review on The Caged Butterfly

 

CELILA L. BOOK REVIEW
“The Caged Butterfly by author Marian L. Thomas is the heartrending story of the Mayfield/Taylor family spanning four generations ranging from the 1930s-1990s. While the character-driven plot touches on relevant social issues…ultimately it is a story of love and forgiveness… Every so often, I have the pleasure of getting lost in a book that I know will stay with me. The author’s writing style pulls in the reader and seamlessly weaves the plot between generations and different geographical cultures. Rich in dialogue and featuring a memorable cast of well-developed characters…I’m pleased to give this well-written book 4 out of 4 stars. The intricate plot will appeal to an eclectic audience. Readers who enjoy books about family relationships and related social issues will appreciate it. Fans of The Help will likely enjoy this book, too.”~ Celilia_L, Book Reviewer, Onlinebookclub.org on The Caged Butterfly

 

BookBub is a hot place for authors to meet new readers! Marian L. Thomas is listed there so let’s all show her our support by following her titles on BookBub today: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/marian-l-thomas

 

 

 


 

Georgia Readers Heads Up – Marian L. Thomas will release The Caged Butterfly on October 23rd! If the weather permits, she has 2 marvelous events planned for the month. Details below:

October 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Town Center Prado – Bldg. 3
BARNES & NOBLE Bookstore
Book Signing and Discussion
50 Barrett Pkwy Suite 3000
Marietta, GA 30066

October 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Edgewood Retail – Moreland Ave
BARNES & NOBLE Bookstore
Book Signing and Discussion
1217 Caroline Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

To read excerpts from MLT books visit http://www.marianlthomas.com

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