Rose Jackson-Beavers is sharing an excerpt from her novel, A Sinner's Cry. All I can say is at the end, she left me with "WHAT?" It's another day of March Madness, and today's post is heating things up and it's getting a bit juicy.
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About A Sinner's Cry...
Denise Reese's life seems as if it is on a sure course to perfection until a single phone call crushes her reality and leaves her heartbroken and vulnerable. As she attempts to rebuild her shattered life, Denise seeks solace in the confines of the church that she'd walked out of years ago and swore never to return. As she struggles to gain redemption, the ringing of her phone continues to haunt her and impede her progress. In the midst of her struggles, she receives support from the newly appointed pastor, the handsome James Davis. While the two attempt to walk the right path, they must combat the lies and deception that those closest to them are spreading. Once Denise learns to decipher between lust and love, she realizes, even from a struggling sinner, God hears sincere cries.
A Sinner's Cry Excerpt...
The sudden shrill of the phone jarred me awake. Pulling my hand from under the soft bed covers, I fumbled and patted the cherry wood nightstand in search of the sound that annoyed and interrupted my peaceful slumber. My fingers made contact with the hard receiver, as I lifted my head off my satin pillow and put it up to my ear. “Hello,” I groaned as if in pain.
The woman on the other end screamed, “Who is this?!”
I rubbed the sleep from my eyes while I averted a yawn. “You called this number, so you should know.” I closed my eyes and lay back down.
“This is Jill Tate, you trick.”
My eyes popped open as if a fairy godmother had sprinkled dust in them. All the sleepiness I felt was gone. My body sprung up to attention as I turned on the lamp. The bright light temporarily blinded me. My heart began to pound like little staccato drums being brutally hit. I took a deep breath and released the irritation that threatened to consume me. Finally, I asked, after reeling my voice back into control, “Jill who?”
“Tate.” The woman smacked her lips like she was sampling a sour piece of candy. “You know who I am. I’m tired of you little tricks sleeping with my husband.”
“Sorry, but I think you have the wrong number,” I said as I rubbed my right eye.
“I don’t think so. I checked my phone bill and your number is all over it. Your trifling ass is sleeping with my husband, Darren.”
I sat straight up in bed and changed the phone from my left ear to the right one, trying to assure I heard what the woman had said. “Darren is not married, not the one I know.”
“Are you serious? Is that it? Really, is that all it takes for a man to get into women’s panties is to say he’s not married?”
“Sorry, but the Darren I’m seeing is not married.” My heart was beating hard inside my chest as my left hand balled up into a fist. I needed more information. I tried to think of what would be a good facial distinction to share with her to assure she had the wrong number and wrong man. “Is the Darren you’re seeing a professor with green eyes?”
“You’re not stupid. Yes, he has green eyes and I’m sure you knew he was married. All you skanks know. You’re just playing a role like you don’t.”
Chief Executive Officer of Prioritybooks Publications grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois and received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Illinois State and Southern Illinois Universities. Rose is an inspirational speaker who is frequently asked to talk to youths and young adults about life issues.
She has worked with many teens throughout her community and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in youth empowerment and publishing. She has worked as a freelance writer for A-Magazine, a St. Louis Publication, and The Spanish Lake Word Newspaper and as an Opinion Shaper for the North County Journal Newspaper.
Married for thirty-two years to Cedric, they have one daughter, Adeesha. Rose is the author of nine books. Her 2012 book, A Sinner's Cry was a finalist in the Religious Fiction category in, The Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012. Her newest release through Urban Books is Full Figured 5 with Brenda Hampton remained in the top ten on Black Expressions Bookclub for several months. She has published over thirty authors and more than 100 books with many of the books becoming best sellers and award winning recognition.
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