One second and one lie is all it took to turn life on its head.
Parker Drayton’s fourteen-year relationship with his live-in partner, Julia Grosvenor, has long turned sour, yet he finds contentment in his thriving hotel business and his two young sons.
But an early arrival home leads to the discovery of a life-shattering admission – one that crumbles the very foundation of his family.
Unsure of whom to trust or what to do, one thing becomes painfully, abundantly clear…ignorance isn't bliss.
D. U. Okonkwo was born and raised in London. An avid reader from childhood, she began writing her own stories at the age of ten. She holds a BSc Hons degree in Business with Spanish from Salford University, and is currently working on her next novel.
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Named to School Library Journal Best Books of 2014
Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn't want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it's important to wait until you're married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, "Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas." Eyes open, legs closed. That's as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don't mind it. I don't necessarily agree with that whole wait until you're married crap, though. I mean, this is America and the 21st century; not Mexico one hundred years ago. But, of course, I can't tell my mom that because she will think I'm bad. Or worse: trying to be White.
Isabel Quintero is a library technician in the Inland Empire. She is also the events coordinator for Orange Monkey and helps edit the poetry journal Tin Cannon. Gabi is her debut novel.
She hurries towards me, eyebrows furrowing in disbelief. “You’re going out like that?” she hisses.
“Like what?” I reply, quickly giving myself a once-over in the corridor mirror.
She stills; “Aren’t you going to cover your hair? It’s not done. Let me get you a scarf.” She begins to look around frantically.
Confused, I run a hand over the soft bouncy curls of my Afro. With that just-washed fragrance that I love, my hair looks lovely to me. “My hair is done; it comes out of my head done, in ready-styled, tight curls”, I explain.
“You can’t go out like that”, she insists, her eyes widening in sheer horror. “What will people think?”
Coiled hair, coarse hair, kinky hair, often mislabelled “bad hair”, many sisters have grown up being told that the very hair that comes out of our head simply isn’t good enough. As a result, many have openly confessed to a struggle to embrace the very look of their natural woolly hair throughout most of their lives, and knowingly or not, have denied themselves one of the most basic and fundamental of human freedoms. Thankfully, as the truth becomes more and more apparent that the beautifully powerful and exceptionally versatile natural woolly hair is indeed the original, and needs to be displayed, not hidden, hopefully dialogues like the one above will quickly become a thing of the past.
Issues in life revolve around lies and truth, and this natural woolly hair issue is no exception. In BEFORE WE BECOME EXTINCT – How Do I Get the Confidence to Wear My Natural Woolly Hair? sisters T.C. and D.U. Okonkwo will explore this issue in order to answer this often-unspoken question. They will share profound insights into the link between love, lies, fear and rejection, since these underpin the struggle many sisters have with embracing this unique and exceptional aspect of their beauty.
If you struggle to confidently display your natural woolly hair - perhaps you used to wear it but now feel the pressure to hide it - or if indeed the very idea of displaying your woolly hair makes you feel anxious and fretful, this book is for you. It encourages you to dig deep and consider for yourself the answers to many of the questions posed, and to use these answers as fuel for empowerment, to ultimately free yourself from this woolly hair issue, and more importantly…stay free.
One plane crash. One extraordinary faith. One million lies.
Left to raise her three younger siblings at the tender age of seventeen, Nina Bishop is accustomed to solving problems. Now that she and two friends run their own law firm, she gets paid for solving other people’s problems. And as a businesswoman, she can always smell a great opportunity. So when her biggest client, Parker Drayton, organizes a networking ski trip to Salzburg, Austria, she is the first to board the plane. There's only one drawback: Parker is bringing along his two notoriously difficult, grown-up sons, Justin and Hugh.
Even before take-off the tension between Parker and his sons is palpable. But when Hugh causes their small jet to crash, plunging them all into unforgiving back country, the networking trip goes from tension-filled journey to living nightmare...
Book One – SPIRAL – Out now
Book Two – TORN – Out now
Book Three – AWAKEN – Coming soon
One plane crash. One extraordinary faith. One million lies.
It was meant to be a successful networking trip to Salzburg for Nina and her two business partners, Neil and Angela. Their biggest client, Parker Drayton, had organized a weekend of introducing their small law firm to potential clients. But they hadn’t accounted for Parker’s two grown sons who had also joined them.
They hadn’t accounted for Hugh Drayton.
Drunk, belligerent and on a power-trip following an argument with his father, Hugh had turned the journey into a nightmare when he stormed the cockpit of their small private jet, causing them to crash, spiralling them into treacherous and unforgiving Austrian back country.
Now, with nothing but snow and dark, looming mountains surrounding them, they must band together in order to survive. But as fear and hunger escalates, long buried Drayton secrets begin to emerge. Those secrets shatter the fragile bond they had sought to build, leaving them unable to rely on those they can see, but on the One they can’t…
Torn is the second book in the compelling Salzburg Saga.