Pitched as “a poor man’s Halle Berry,” forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph, has successfully avoided waiting tables since she left Midland, Texas at eighteen. But then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Jo manages to lose her job, burn her bridges in Hollywood, and accidentally burn down her lover/director’s beach house, after which she is shipped home to Texas by her agent to stay out of sight while she sorts out her situation.
The more Jo reluctantly reconnects with her Texas “roots” and the family and friends she left behind, the more she regains touch with herself as an artist and with what is meaningful in life beyond the limelight. The summer of 2007 is cathartic for Jo, whose career and lifestyle have allowed her to live like a child for forty years, but who now must transition to making grown-up decisions and taking on adult responsibilities. In the Heart of Texas is a wry, humorous commentary on the complexities of race, class, relationships, politics, popular culture, and celebrity in our current society.
Breeze Monsoon is a poster child for contentment. Her aunt and best friend have another “C” word in mind: complacent. Unconvinced that Breeze is “content” with her nonexistent love life, the two take matters into their own hands with getting her love life right, at least once. An unexpected opportunity presents itself, after Breeze agrees to an unusual request and the pair enroll her in a class, specializing in “relationship repair” for Christian single women. Through encouragement, accountability, laughs, and serious girl talk, Breeze and seven other women take an eight month journey through their season of preparation rediscovering themselves, reclaiming their joy, and redefining the petitions of their heart.
A captivating and complex beauty, Bettina Charles has exactly what it takes to make it big in the music industry of the 1980s—gorgeous looks, striking intelligence, and undeniable talent as a singer-songwriter, musician, and dancer. As she maneuvers to take the world by storm, her journey is like a metronome—moving back and forth from happy-glad to gloomy-sad. Non-stop drama is the tempo of her complicated love song, causing Tina dizziness during her climb to super-stardom. The rising songstress is no stranger to tragedy, having lost both of her birth parents and her adopted mother at an early age.
Sexy, thought-provoking, and entirely unpredictable, A Complicated Love Song is literary mainstream fiction at its best, documenting one young woman’s rise to pop-icon status between ages seventeen and twenty-one. Peppered with clever turns-of-phrase, lyrics straight from Tina’s songbook, and surprising situations, our first glimpse at Lynda Jones-Burns’s stellar fictional songstress is one that will have readers longing to see what happens next.
Will a forty-year-old woman with everything on the line – her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account – risk it all for an intensely lusty secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback, for good?
Jenna Jones, former It-girl fashion editor, is broke and desperate for a second chance. When she’s dumped by her longtime fiancé and fired from Darling magazine, she begs for a job from her old arch nemesis, Darcy Vale. The beyond-bitchy publisher of StyleZine.com, Darcy agrees to hire her rival – only because her fashion site needs a jolt from Jenna’s old school cred. But Jenna soon realizes she’s in over her head. She’s working with digital-savvy millennials half her age, has never even “Twittered,” and pretends to still be a Fashion Somebody while living a style lie (she sold her designer wardrobe to afford her sketched-out studio, and now quietly wears Walmart’s finest). Worse? The twenty-two-year-old videographer assigned to shoot her web series is driving her crazy. Wildly sexy with a smile Jenna feels in her thighs, Eric Combs is way off-limits – but almost too delicious too resist.
Written by the bestselling author of The Accidental Diva, The Perfect Find is a scandalously sexy, laugh-out-loud funny, utterly quotable saga about star-crossed love and starting over.