ALABASTER BOX GENERATION

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About the Author
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Uloma Chinwe Iro is the Vision Coordinator of DOMINION FORCE OUTREACH MINISTRY. She is passionate about three things: issues that affect the welfare of women, youth and life transforming literature.

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She had an encounter with the Lord in 1991 and has been involved in active christian ministry ranging from ministry in the campuses, ministry to young people and literature. Uloma has served in various leadership positions in the body of Christ – from pastor, youth leader, counselor, personal assistant and more. She has travelled to many countries on speaking engagements, such as Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and within Nigeria. Uloma is the author of a number of books – Price in the hand of a fool, Alabaster Box Generation, Protocol for the gates, DNA of an outstanding youth, Breadcrumbs for breakfast, I dare you to dream, SELAH a collection of poems and Tomorrow.
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She believes her tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

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About the Book
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ALABASTER BOX GENERATION shares on the imperative of living a life of fulfilment; engaging one’s full potentials and applying oneself to tilling one’s field or peculiar assignment. It encourages the reader to strike until the strike until the iron becomes hot. the book is a timely piece especially for readers interested in leaving their footprints on the sands of time.

Herstorys: Her history told through the eyes of her true self.

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About the Author:
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I was born and raised in Newark, NJ. I hopped from projects to projects and bounced from my father’s house to my mothers. My mother made it her business to keep me in performance arts (although she had me at the age of 14) and I believe to this day, the arts saved my life. I am a survivor of molestation/rape, teenage pregnancy, drugs, gangs, violence and a list of other travesties.
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At 24 years old, after finding out my mother was on drugs, realizing my father would never be consistent in my life and accepting the fact that I was now a single parent; I opened up a 501c3 non-profit organization, named Sacrit Devahood Incorporation. SDI, started in the middle of my living room with one young girl and it has now grown and expanded to Kampala, Uganda. Sacrit Devahood Incorporation empowers young girls ages 11-19 through performing arts, social building skills and international connections.
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Six years into trials, tribulations, speeches, traveling and personal overcoming: I decided to finally take the time to truly ‘know thyself’. I noticed that I was setting expectations for my young girls (organization and daughters), but barely setting any for myself. I felt it was time to truly love me. Loving me included: loving what I hated about myself and loving the person within me that I was hiding from. By beginning this process, I eventually began to love the ones that hurt me.
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March 10, 2015, “Herstorys- Her history told through the eyes of her true self” was self-published. This book took 2 weeks of my time during my fasting period and self-actualization. I learned in order to be truthful with others; I had to become truthful with self. In this book, I’ve written biographical poems, short stories and confessions to begin my new, true and happier life. With anything that I do, I am always looking at how this benefits others and I wanted this book to help my sisters/brothers as well.

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I’ve noticed the lack of camaraderie in the female community, for years. I made a vow to begin what I call, “Universal Sisterhood” by using “Herstorys” as a vessel. In addition; I wanted to build relationships with the souls that placed their inquisitive hands on this book. This sisterhood is the made up of ALL women, no matter the race, ethnicity, creed or disability.
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We all have a story…and our stories will help other sisters to grow, which will build, “Herstorys”.

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This is my story
This is your story
This is our story
And our stories are Herstorys

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About the Book
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We all speak on the lack of camaraderie within the female community, yet something keeps us from building such a powerful movement. This book is your gateway to make that happen! This is our beginning to #Universal Sisterhood… In this book there is an interactive dialogue between the writer and the reader. On each page you’ll find an expressive story, a confession, or a poem about the writer’s life. Each entry will evoke an emotion from the reader. During these interactions, the reader becomes the writer in her/his own right. This is her story This is your story This is our story And our stories are Herstory’s.
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More about Nyeesha D. Williams:
www.NyeeshaWilliams.com

The Town Dance

About the Author

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Nikki Skies is an accomplished poet, author, and playwright living in Atlanta, GA. Skies is the author of the short story book, “Mississippi Window Cracks” and the published collection of poetry and prose, “Pocket Honey, Wind & Hips”. A firm believer in the power of education, Skies studied for her BA and MFA in Theatre and Screenplay Writing and uses her art as a teaching tool to encourage an interest in literacy. “The Town Dance” is the dramatic debut novel from Skies.
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About the Book
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Lorna Simon has plans to diminish her resume of safe journalism and be known for reporting trendsetting stories. Certain that she can persevere her impressive family lineage within her carefree lifestyle as a social butterfly, this notion is put under fire after a night of partying thrusts Lorna into being a newsmaker instead of a news writer. Lorna alleges she has become the victim of a sexual assault crime committed against her by a woman, Trista, who is a promising event planner and an associate of Lorna’s mother.
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Paralyzed with the humiliation of having to publically defend her sexuality as a heterosexual, Lorna must decide to believe in her bouts of memory loss and forego the incident or rekindle her passion for journalism to protect her livelihood and uphold the integrity of her family.

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More about Nikki Skies: 
www.nikkiskies.wordpress.com

Event: Amsterdam BLACK WOMBMAN EMPOWERED HEALTH 19TH SEPTEMBER 2015

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Amsterdam the Netherlands Workshop Information
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Black Wombman Empowered Health workshop is a well needed space created for like minded sisters to gather together for honest, open dialogue about challenges to health, spirituality, diet and healing that black wombmen face. The space created is for us to share our stories, energies and heal together.
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Within this space we will impart knowledge about diet, nutrition, health, spirituality & emotional healing. We will support you to uncover your innate power tools and gifts to suceed in life. To help and improve your relationship with food, family, friends and most importantly with self.
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Spirituality is defined as one’s personal relationship with divinity and focuses primarily on ones individual experiences of the transcendent. Health is defined as healing the body, mind and soul from inside out. Spirituality and health are vitally important to the psychological well-being of black wombmen. The two fit like a hand to a glove. In order for the black wombman to rise and reclaim back her leadership role in her community, spirituality and health must be reconnected and become harmonious and balanced within.
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Our approach to facilitating the Black Wombman Empowered Health workshop is unique, empathic, holistic, creative and empowering. So book your ticket and be a part of an authentic experience. Come and enjoy soulful connections with like minded sisters as you reclaim your health, spirituality and life. Embrace a new way of being, perceiving and experience greater freedom, joy and well being. Bring along a journal and wear comfortable clothing. We look forward to seeing you there!!

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More information about the workshop:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tickets-black-wombman-empowered-health-17614867543
www.facebook.com/events/648822318552009/

Talking about The Sisterhood interview by Keisha Howard, founder of Sugargamers.

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The SISTERHOOD by Nichol Bradford
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Nichol Bradford is an extraordinary human being. If you haven’t yet heard of her, get ready, because here at Sugar Gamers, we will be speaking to her a lot! We’ve even made her an honorary member. Nichol is not only the author ofThe Sisterhood, but has had a career in gaming that has spanned over a decade. She is also an entrepreneur and currently CEO of Willow Group, a company that is using transformative technology to elevate the psychological wellbeing for the masses.
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Let’s start our conversation with The Sisterhood!
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The Sisterhood is a tale about a highly impressive and successful female run organization that has grand ambitions to change the world. While working toward that end, they are have to contend with enemies that seek their demise while coming up with solutions for the devastation caused by the very addictive drug, Cocanol. To do this, nine leaders of the organization must use all of their respective resources and talents to not only survive, but succeed in their objectives.
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Reading The Sisterhood I was entertained, motivated, inspired, and felt renewed in my creativity toward how to accomplish my goals. But more than that- I started to really appreciate my “Sisterhood” that are part of Sugar Gamers and in my life as a whole. I couldn’t wait to tell them about the book. Beyond the amazing story, the action, the espionage, the battle of wits, and the interesting romantic developments between the characters- there are several reasons this book is compelling.

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1. Women, particularly women of color get to save the world!
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2. The women of The Sisterhood are not only highly intelligent, but excel in business, tech, science and engineering
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3. These female characters are strong, but also human and experience a variety of emotions making them very relatable.
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4. The Sisterhoods motivations are always rooted in freedom and empowerment
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5. The book is effectively written with the underlying goal to give the reader a blue print for a positive life-action plan
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6. The book is a fictional account of an incredible philosophy
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These are just some of the reasons I had to learn more about author Nichol Bradford.
 

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Nichol Bradford attending the Collision Conference 2015
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Looking at her from across the table, I am already beaming with a sense of pride. Since Sugar Gamer’s creation six years ago, I’ve met many amazingly talented women, however, I never actually met a woman of color that has held an executive level position in the gaming industry. Hearing about the exceptional challenges of being a woman and a minority in this field, I was almost expecting to detect a cynical tone when speaking with her. Contrary to my expectation, Nichol’s eyes sparkle with enthusiasm, warmth, and passion as she tells me about every project she’s ever put her energies into. She’s an individual who’s actions come from the heart. Which is why her book The Sisterhood has in some ways changed my life.

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K: Tell us about the sisterhood. What inspired you to write it?
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N: The Sisterhood is the literary version of what I’m doing now. In the sense that I’m very interested in freedom. Mental freedom. “None but ourselves could free our minds” right? Freedom is a tough word to use because people bring a lot different connotations to it, but for me, it’s freedom to choose. The Sisterhood is very much about a group of women who endeavor to become mentally free and to free every woman, child, and community member. They can touch lives by providing the tools and spaces to think for yourself.

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K: What experiences from your life that motivated you to turn this book from an idea to a reality?
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N: I was Miss Black Houston and don’t remember what year it was, I think there were dinosaurs you know! But the reason why I was Miss Black Houston is that I was entering my fifth year of college which took me five years to complete because I was working at various jobs the whole time. I didn’t want to rely on my parents and was financially emancipated at seventeen. So, I was in a situation where I was about to start my fifth year of school, my scholarships had finished and I didn’t have any money. I was walking in the mall I worked at and a woman came up to me and she said “Hey would you like to enter a beauty pageant?” In my head I was like “Are you out of your mind”! Really, beauty pageants had never ever appealed to me EVER! But then she said there’s a scholarship. This is what completely changed my decision.
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My first beauty pageant was very much like the story Stone Soup. The fable where you know the whole town puts in something and they end up making soup. This is exactly what the mall I worked at did. The salon did my hair, makeup and nails. Another store in the mall let me borrow a dress and so on and so forth. Without their help, I wouldn’t have had a chance at winning the pageant.

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K: With everything you’ve done with your life, I can’t believe you had the time to add beauty pageant winner to your list!
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It had never ever crossed my mind to do something like that. It was not in my D.N.A. I come from a very long line of very hard core women. But, I felt that as long as I have this tiara. I might as well make it mean something. So I started volunteering and doing workshops with girls and young women about how to be successful.
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I was giving my standard workshop. And this is the one that really struck me. There were seventeen or eighteen high school seniors standing in a circle at one point in the workshop. I would talk to them, give advice, then we would do different exercises. The last exercise I had them do was take turns focusing on one girl and each person would tell this girl directly and honestly, “You’re smart. You’re beautiful and you can have anything that you want.”
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It was so powerful . The low number of people who could handle that….without crying was incredible. I think no one in the group truly, truly believed these things about themselves.
 
It was tearful. And I knew the work wasn’t done. I had the realization that I haven’t even really helped these girls. You can’t change someone’s life in a moment. I mean you can sometimes but it takes more. I’m gone and they’re back to their lives. So I began thinking of ways if how I could have a have a LASTING impact.
 

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The SISTERHOOD Sugar Gamers Cosplay
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We will continue discussing the “Sisterhood” and how you can become a part of it! We are in love with this book and what it means for us! We were even inspired to do our own cosplay campaign which you will be seeing more of soon! In the mean time, to learn more about Nichol Bradford and The Sisterhood please visit the links below! We would love for you to join the conversation.
 

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More about The Sisterhood:

Enter the Moon and Howl at the Moon by Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson


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About the Author
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Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson has been writing and publishing fantasy stories since 2003. Publishing credits include short fiction, writing contests and novels.
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She attended the Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a B.A in African American History and promptly went to work with AmeriCorps on a literary initiative. She went to the University of Michigan and got her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2008 and while she finished writing her thesis, also got a Masters in English – Composition and Rhetoric in 2009. She recently is working on her PhD at Michigan State University in the field of Writing and Rhetoric. She has been teaching collegiate and community writing classes since 2003 and loves the variety and inspiration her students bring.
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She currently is finishing her trilogy and dutiful writes on her blog space about her journey. She is excitedly expanding her ever developing world and looks forward to the new adventures waiting to be written.

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About the Books
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Book 1:Enter the Moon
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Enter a world where chance encounter changes a woman’s chosen path.
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Enter a world where, in the dark of Central Park, a hidden society fights to exist.
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Enter the Moon where Her fluctuating phases irrevocably intertwine two lives.
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With wealth, beauty, and a voice like liquid gold, life was right on track for Kama DeKosse; then she met Jack and, for once, decided to toss caution to the wind and see where it would take her. The world of romance gave her new encounters and the chance to flirt with the mysterious.
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Jack Twist enjoyed his orderly life of power and control. Being pursued was an intriguing challenge and, following instinct, he enjoyed the chase. In a twist he would have never expected, Jack found an amazing passion that ran wild and crazy as Kama brought something new to his life, something that neither of them knew how to control. Unable to resist the attraction, he joined the game as Kama turned his world upside down and made his inner wolf howl with desire, consequences be damned.
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Kama can’t deny the overwhelming pull towards Jack, even when she is forced to make a choice that could cost all her hopes and everything she has ever worked for. And just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, life takes her up on the challenge. Kama learns a secret that not only threatens her family and Jack, but also her very life.

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Book 2:Howl at the Moon
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Kama DeKosse thought the most exciting thing about her senior year would be a solo recital at Julliard. That was before she found out her werewolf lineage and was forced to take a Rite of passage to stay with her pack in Central Park. Kama began to feel the constraints of trying to simultaneously live in both the human and Loup worlds. In the human world, she was still a child with little choice. In the Loup, she became an adult, and with that title, the expectations to fully participate as a member of the pack.
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Jack Twist reveled in the success that allowed Kama to stay with him. Just when he relaxed, his Park was attacked and he was forced to take a Spirit Quest that tested him and subjected him to pain he thought left behind. He is forced to make decisions that might save his pack but would mean leaving the woman he loves.
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Kama traveled to learn about her heritage from the family she had never known existed. This only caused more tension with a Pack who questioned her loyalty and with her loved ones who don’t understand all that being Loup entails. Only the threat of war called her back and she prepared to go into a battle, uncertain if this was a fight she could win.

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More about Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson:
www.warriorsofluna.com
www.facebook.com/etm.jff

Two books: Cold Serial and Cold Crazy by Barbara Grovner

About the Author

I love a good mystery! Writing, as well as reading stories with intriguing and interesting plots are my favorite things to do. The thing about a good mystery is that they’re entertaing and they feed the senses in a huge way…at least for me, anyway. I get so wrapped up in a good mystery, spending an entire night absorbing and devouring every word is a pretty regular thing in my world.
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The best mysteries get my blood coursing through my veins at a high speed while my heart rate struggles to calm itself. I guess I’m a mystery junkie. lol! The part that really gets me going is the mind of the killers in these stories and how in the world do they have whatever it takes to kill another human being! Gives me the willies just thinking about it! But it’s very interesting as well. Can you imagine having a mind full of swirling thoughts ending the life of another? Whew! Before you begin thinking I’m capable of murder, let me say this:
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“I write murder mysteries, not because I enjoy the act of killing, but because I’m fascinated by the audacity of it”. ~ Me


About the Books

COLD SERIAL

She noticed the thousand-dollar suit, the diamond Rolex and the BMW almost immediately, and decided she must have him; after all, she’s a diva and deserves nothing but the best. Harold Masterson smiled, but only because he anticipates what will come later. He knows she’ll be impressed when he tells her he owns Masterson’s Gems in downtown Boston and when she gets an eye-full of his two million-dollar condo on Beacon Hill, she’ll immediately begin working on a plan that will get her a spot in his bed. She has no idea what he’s really after.
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He is sick to death of women who think of themselves as divas. They have no idea what it means to be a true diva, nor do they have what it takes, with their knock-off shoes and purses, believing the world can’t tell the difference. Well, he can tell the difference from across the street! He’s tired of the pushy attitudes and the demanding tones in their voices. They remind him of his mother; she’d treated his father like a servant, always insisting he treat her as if she was some sort of royalty. All Harold wants from that type of woman is to seduce her, use her body, and then strangle her to death.
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Women are coming up missing in Boston, Massachusetts and the families of the victims are demanding answers. Lead detective, Craig Barnes is convinced this has the smell of a serial killer’s work and he is determined to apprehend him. After losing his wife to the hands of a serial killer that had stalked the streets of Boston many years ago, the case has him rattled and stressed. With Raayna by his side, keeping him grounded, he finally stumbles on information from a homeless man who tells him what he saw in the park on a dark, rainy night.

COLD CRAZY

COLD CRAZY is a story of love and loyalty and about the times in life when the bond of friendship can overstep its bounds. It’s about a group of friends that push their long-lasting relationships to the limit. Unexpected and startling affairs ignite, and friends and lovers become suspects in a senseless, premeditated murder. Boston’s trendy South End is the backdrop for this sexy tale, where the drama rises to a suspenseful climax, and souls are bared for the world to see.
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Kara and Makai were truly happily married, at least for the first couple of years before Makai begins thinking he can’t possibly get all he needs from just one woman. Kara had heard about his indiscretions from her younger sister Raayna, but it wasn’t until she found evidence of his cheating (on her own) that she realized Raayna had been right all along. Kara finally confronts him and kicks him out of their home, and then the unexpected occurs.
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Kara is found dead from two bullets to the head, in the parking garage at the Boston Hospital where she worked as an oncology nurse, and things immediately begin to heat up. When police begin digging around, searching for a cold-blooded murderer, truths unfold and secrets come tumbling out. Lives begin to unravel, revealing jealousy and raw rage, and most disturbingly, pure insanity at its most dangerously evil depth rears its ugly head and somehow, someway, justice must be served.

More about Barbara Grovner:
www.bberrybooks.com

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