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Deborah Johnson was born in Missouri and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. After college, she moved to San Francisco and then lived in Rome, Italy for eighteen years where she worked as a translator and at Vatican Radio in its English/ Africa broadcast services and also edited doctoral theses. She returned to the United States in 2002. Her novel, The Air Between Us, was published by HarperCollins in 2008 and won the prestigious Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction in 2010.
Her second novel, The Secret of Magic, came out from Amy Einhorn Books/ G.P. Putnam's Sons in January 2014 and was chosen by the Mississippi University for Women as its Reading Initiative selection for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ms. Johnson currently teaches for Stanford University in its online writing program. She lives in Columbus, Mississippi and it working on a new novel. Visit her here: www.DeborahJohnsonBooks.com
The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
This book was inspired by my grandfather and his service to his country during World War II in the segregated army that he joined shortly after Pearl Harbor. He went off from the US to fight for the liberation of Europe from the Nazis and the Fascists when, effectively, he did not have the right to vote in his home state. My grandfather always greatly admired Thurgood Marshall and the work he and other lawyers were doing at the NAACP Legal Defense and education Fund in New York. He thought this work would change all of our lives for the better and it has.
I loved my grandfather. What he admired, I admired and so I always knew I wanted to write something about what was being done at the Fund in the 1940s. When I was doing preliminary research for The Secret of Magic, I came upon the largely forgotten case of Isaac Woodard. My reaction to what I read about Mr. Woodard and what had happened to him was both visceral and painful. It still is. But this reaction let me know that I I had found the real life foundation upon which I wanted to build my fictional novel. It was important for me to bring his story from the shadows of history into the light.
Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.
As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.
Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past. The Secret of Magic brilliantly explores the power of stories and those who tell them.
Reviews for The Secret of Magic
"A riveting novel." —O, The Oprah magazine
"There are a million metaphors I could use to describe Deborah Johnson's writing in The Secret of Magic—but all of them are inadequate in conveying the ebb and flow of her phrasing or the care in crafting her characters.... If you liked The Help, you'll love this one! ... [T]he cadence of Johnson's writing is an absolute joy.... I can't think of any other recent book in which I have so enjoyed an author's actual stringing-together-of-words." —Entertainment Weekly
"Johnson offers a completely engaging southern gothic with unforgettable characters..." —Booklist
“A work of masterful storytelling, telling truth with fiction in a novel that comes alive with every word on the page. With as many curves as there are branches on magnolia trees, this novel will take you into the forest and leave a mark on you.”—The Herald-Sun
“A spellbinding novel of a young, female, black attorney trying to earn justice for a murdered World War II hero.”—San Antonio Express-News
“A passionate, nuanced drama about Southern race relations...provocative.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“I found this story about race, The South, our country, part history, part mystery—never disappointing. Like The South she tragically portrays, The Secret of Magic is a layered tale of the best and worst of our history, beautifully wrought by a master storyteller.” —Robert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of Widow of the South and A Separate Country
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Previously in Twisted Seduction, thirty-two-year-old Denise Jackson sacrifices her nine years of marriage to pursue a three-year affair with her multimillionaire client, Greg Adams. To keep things intact, she orchestrates the perfect twisted diversion by allowing her husband and best friend to carry on a full-fledged affair. But once everyone's dirty mattresses gets aired out, every player in the game starts to feel the heat, and what seems to be picture-perfect happiness is inevitably one twisted illusion.
One year later in Twisted Vows of Seduction...
Still mourning the death of his lover, Denise, Greg Adams conspires to leave his wife, Vivian, for a woman who resembles his departed mistress. Could it really be that his true love has come back to him, or has he fallen victim to a twisted game of deceit and seduction clandestinely arranged by no one other than his own vengeful wife?
A torrid affair with her best friend's husband, Jeff, has scarred Nadine Collins for life. Jeff's unwillingness to commit pushes her into the arms of another man, but he has a few skeletons in his own closet that could rob her of her very existence.
Ménage, an aspiring actress, has her sights set on Hollywood. She will do anything to ensure her rise to the top, including robbing Jeff of all the life insurance money he collected after his wife died. But a blast from the past slows her down. When Jeff comes running to her rescue, it proves to be the perfect setup.
The real twisted games are just beginning!
Twisted Vows of Seduction by N'Tyse
MEET THE AUTHOR N'Tyse is the erotic romance author of several best-selling novels. She is also executive producer and director of the upcoming documentary film Beneath My Skin which was filmed in her hometown Dallas, Texas. While N'Tyse, pronounced entice, spells out exotic seduction, the true significance behind her name takes on an entire new meaning. The acronym translates to Never Tell Your Secrets -- a message she envelops within her stimulating taboo tales.
The author's passion for writing dates back to a very young age where she found poetry, music, and creative writing as an outlet. In 2007 N'Tyse ambitiously penned and self-published her freshmen novel My Secrets Your Lies. MSYL and its sequel Stud Princess Notorious Vendettas, went on to grace many bestsellers lists, including The Dallas Morning Newspaper and Black Expressions. Determined to see her works reach national and international audiences and markets, she pitched her junior project to a traditional publisher. Twisted Seduction quickly landed N'Tyse a publishing deal with Strebor / Simon & Schuster.
A private banker and financial counselor for over 12 years, N'Tyse currently juggles her literary career as a fulltime mom, wife, and filmmaker, while also pursuing her bachelor's degree in creative/screenwriting and business entertainment. Her literary contributions have been featured in magazines and several bestselling anthologies, including Zane Presents PP2 Missionary No More, Chocolate Flava 3, and Gutta Mamis. N'Tyse currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she is hard at work on her next novel and film project.
Chapter Excerpt: Twisted Vows of Seduction
"Daddy where's, Ebony?" Deandra asked the instant she walked through the door. She hadn't seen Ménage's car and Jeff knew she would be looking for her. Especially considering how well Deandra seemed to take to her.
"She's not here," Jeff said as he took his keys and cell phone out of his pockets and laid them on the table. "And she won't be back." Just that quick he'd saved himself from having to answer a million questions.
"But...I thought the two of you were getting married."
Jeff's face seemed to swell. "Married!" He'd banned that word from his vocabulary months ago. So as his cheekbones pushed his eyes into a squint, he looked at her wondering where in the hell that ludicrous idea had come from.
"Deandra, why would you think Ebony and I were getting married?"
"Because she told me you were."
Jeff snatched off his tie. The anger rising inside of him had his blood boiling. He clenched his jaws.
"Ebony told you we were getting married?" He wanting to make sure he'd heard her right the first time.
Deandra nodded profusely. Not an ounce of doubt in her face. "She told me I would be the flower girl and that Nadine..."
"Nadine?" Jeff shot.
"Yes, Daddy. She said that Nadine was going to be her maid and that she would get to hold her dress as she walked down the aisle."
"She lied to you, Deandra, and she used you for information!" He was furious.
Deandra appeared saddened. "Daddy, please don't be mad at me. She told me to pinky swear not to say anything because it was supposed to be a surprise."
Jeff shook his head and walked over to hug his daughter. "Daddy's not mad at you, baby. I'm mad at myself because I should have never brought her here." He kissed his daughter on the forehead. He wished like hell that he had seen this one coming. He was upset with himself more than anything because he'd given her the benefit of the doubt. He thought he was helping her. Now he wondered if she really had been robbed or if it was all part of her scheme to rob him.
"Go on and do your homework," he said. "I need to handle some business."
Jeff picked up his phone to call Nadine. He needed to fix this because she was the last person he wanted to believe this nonsense. Not so much that her input would have mattered had he chosen to walk that path again, but she deserved the truth. And the truth was, he wasn't marrying anybody. Not today, not tomorrow, or years to come.
"This is Nadine."
"Are you busy? I had something I needed to straighten out."
"Here, baby, let me get that for you," the male's voice in the background called out.
"Thank you," Nadine said, obviously switching her attention from Jeff to whoever she had been conversing with before his call.
Jeff froze in his steps. That was his son.
"Nadine where are you?"
"Jeff, can this wait until later?"
"Where are you with my son?" He didn't mean to sound as angry as it came out.
As if muffling her voice to speak, she asked, "What's so important that you need to talk to me right now?"
"I'm coming over."
"We're not home."
"I want to see my son!" Jeff could hear the rounds of laughter in the background and it made his stomach churn.
"Leonard, I'm going to step out for a minute, baby. I'll be right back."
Jeff could hear her heels patter across the floor. There was an echo as she moved from one area to the other, but even in the distance, Jeff could hear his son laughing, playing, and enjoying, this other man.
"What has gotten into you?" Nadine lit into him. "It's only Monday, and all of a sudden, you want to see your son."
"Don't do that."
"Don't do what? Tell you how I really feel for a change?" She didn't give him time to respond. "I'm sick of you playing part-time daddy to Canvas when it's convenient for you! He needs a father, Jeff. A father! So why don't you, Deandra, and your new fiancée, go on with your happy lives, and let me do what's best for my son. You can clock back in on Friday!"
( Continued... )
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N’Tyse is a Dallas, Texas native and bestselling author of Twisted Seduction. She currently juggles her writing career as a full time mother, wife, and documentary filmmaker. Her latest works include the Twisted soap-drama series and documentary feature film, Beneath My Skin.
Getting Away With Everything by Joyce A. Brown
Some men are born into success and some men are thrust into it!
Neal Collins is a charming ladies’ man whose street smarts and business savvy propels him to a position of power and respectability amidst of Detroit’s political shifts and corruption. He has the toughness, cunning, and intelligence to take advantage of the opportunities that make him a force to be reckoned with. But he also has powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to take away the successful empire he has built. The one thing Neal wants most is still out of his reach—the love of his life, Shari Grant.
Shari loves Neal with the passion of a woman who has known what it is to lose everything and come back stronger than ever. She is the one woman Neal cannot control. Beautiful, educated, and hardworking she refuses to become dependent on Neal or sit at his table begging for the crumbs of his life.
While the unlikely couple navigates the pathways of love, loss and betrayal, Neal and Shari must finally come together to deal with outside complications that pose a threat, not only to their business interests, but their lives. They are forced to put their personal issues aside, launch a daring plan to rid Detroit of a criminal element, and ensure their loved ones aren’t caught in the aftermath.
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She is a proud member of AKA Sorority, Inc. and has served as a direct services worker, executive director, program director for a major foundation, and an entrepreneur. Joyce has experienced many uplifting moments as a professional and as a dedicated parent and strives to bring those events and lessons to life through her characters in the contemporary fiction novels she pens.
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