How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch

The Morrow Girls Series

Book 1
Bravebird Publishing
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THE MORROW FAMILY SAGA BEGINS... 

At just seventeen years old, Belinda finds herself orphaned and alone. When the handsome, self-assured Ricky Morrow proposes marriage she agrees without a second thought. A decision she will soon come to regret... Belinda gives birth to their first child--a baby girl. Ricky makes good on his promise to provide for her and she rewards him with another baby girl, then a third and fourth. Still, life as Mrs. Ricky Morrow is not without its sacrifices. Her body, pride, and even her sanity are at the mercy of a husband who would rather see her dead and broken than happy and free. To survive, Belinda must be as cold and vicious as Ricky. But will she lose her girls in the process?

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About the author

D. Bryant Simmons, an award-winning American author and Chicago native, is also the publishing force behind Bravebird Books. As a writer, her focus is on realistic fiction that straddles the line between art and social commentary. She is currently hard at work on The Morrow Girls Series, a family saga that spans three generations of women. Simmons manages to incorporate meaty topics such as domestic violence into her fiction without sacrificing entertainment value. In January of 2014, she published How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, which won a gold medal in the 2014 international IPPY Awards. When asked about writing her debut novel she said, "I wasn't as interested in the cuts and bruises as how the violence affects a person's mind."
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Publisher
Bravebird Publishing
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Published on
May 18, 2015
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780985751616
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Sagas
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