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A Love of My Ownby E. Lynn Harris
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Cyndi, let's go over the articles I need to assign, I said. I was in my office with my executive assistant, Cyndi Jones. I met her when I gave a speech at the Howard University School of Communications, and I hired her immediately after she graduated because she was ambitious and aggressive. It seemed like every other week I was getting an update on articles Cyndi had written for the Howard University newspaper. She's been with me for more than three years now.
The Halle Berry and Yancey B. stories have been given to Kirsten Dawson. I'll make sure we have the signed contracts. The only one that hasn't been assigned is 'Divas return to the Great White Way, ' Cyndi said.
Refresh my memory. Who are we featuring?
Vanessa L. Williams and Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cyndi said.
Are they in the same show?
No. Sheryl is in a new musical, Millie sumthin', and Vanessa is in a revival of the musical Into the Woods.
Now, Cyndi, I know the show isn't called Millie sumthin'--make sure you have the correct title before we talk to writers about a story, I said. You know I hate stuff like that.
I'm sorry. I'll be sure to do that. Do you have any writers in mind?
Maybe we should go with a guy. See who's available. By the way, how are things coming with the Sexiest Brothaman Alive contest?
The contest is coming along great. We've gotten some fantasticsubmissions. I'll investigate and get back with you. Don't forget your breakfast meeting in the morning, Cyndi said as she stood up. She was wearing a black semitransparent silk blouse that truly wasn't appropriate for the office. I started to say something, but the last time I spoke to Cyndi about her wardrobe she got a little sensitive. I realized she was young and she didn't know quite how to dress in a corporate environment. I had even taken her on a couple shopping trips, but she always seemed to be drawn to the tight and the transparent. Every Wednesday, Cyndi would use her lunch break to go to Century 21 and somehow always managed to find the tacky items left from the previous week. I was just praying that Davis didn't come down to the office today, because he wouldn't be able to bite his tongue. He'd tell me to send Cyndi home to change posthaste.
Cyndi, who am I eating with tomorrow morning?
Eunice, the ad manager, and the guy who handles all the national advertising for Wal-Mart, Cyndi said.
Oh yes. Eunice has been trying to land that account for months. I need to make a mental note to wear my red power suit, I said.
You look fierce in that suit, Cyndi said as she walked out.
* * *
I was looking over the agenda for the weekly staff meeting when Cyndi walked back into the office carrying a vase of white orchids and said my mother was on the phone.
Thanks, Cyndi, I said as I picked up. I smiled to myself, thinking that after three years Davis still remembered to send me a token of his affection once a week. I loved flowers almost as much as the aqua-color
The author of Just As I Am and If This World Were Mine brings together new and previous characters to explore how they try to find their places in the world when class issues and changes in economic status affect their family lives and friendships. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Friendship. Love. Family. Bestselling author E. Lynn Harris is back with another new tale that embraces his signature themes.
Zola Denise Norwood is a young hot editor-in-chief of Bling Bling (the magazine for people who want everything ), who's at the top of her game, ruling the roost in business as well as the bedroom. Having discovered the power of three (not tying herself down to just one guy), Zola surrounds herself with a coterie of men: her best male friend, the gay Hayden; her Monday night man, Jabar; and married Bling Bling owner and media mogul Davis Vincent McClinton, a man who chases power at all costs... Still, Zola dreams of finding true love.
Raymond Tyler, Jr., a favorite and classic Harris character, has suffered a personal loss and picks up and moves to New York to re-build his life. As CEO of Bling Bling, Raymond struggles to enjoy his newfound success in business as he searches for love and meaning in his personal life. John Basil Henderson returns with a new lady in his life, and Raymond and Basil renew a friendship that is fraught with sexual tension. As Raymond examines his life and strains to move forward, tragedy strikes, and Raymond faces his biggest challenge ever.
As Zola and Raymond each search for a love of their own, several characters from the past make cameo appearances and round out another E. Lynn Harris classic tale. A Love of My Own is filled with all the marvelous ingredients the author's fans the globe over have come to love. Sit back and get ready as E. Lynn Harris takes you on another satisfying and rip-roaring ride.
An entertaining confection.... True to form, Harris keeps the sex, scandal and drama churning.
E. Lynn Harris has done it again.... Filled with love, suspense, tragedy and quite a few surprises.
A tangled web of love, lust deception and intrigue.
Fans... will be turning pages even faster than usual.
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A tangled web of love, lust, deception and intrigue.
Harris has a knack.... Romance... drama... suspense and... sexual and sensual fantasies.
DETROIT FREE PRESS
About the Author
E. Lynn Harris is a former IBM computer sales executive and a graduate of the University ofArkansas at Fayetteville. He is the author of seven previous novel: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS, NOT A DAY GOES BY, ABIDE WITH ME, INVISIBLE LIFE, JUST AS I AM, AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS and IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE. In 1996 and 2002 Just As I Am and Any Way the Wind Blows were named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers, Inc. If This World Were Mine won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. In 2000 and 2001 Harris was named one of the fifty-five "Most Intriguing African Americans" by Ebony and inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. In 2002, Harris was included in Savoy magazine's "100 Leaders and Heroes in Black America." Harris divides his time between New York City and Atlanta, Georgia.
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