I'm so excited about my upcoming release, THE OTHER TWO-FIFTHS, due in June!
From the historical account of a bloody race riot is Springfield, Illinois through the racial tension of the 60's and 70's, much of which I witnessed.
I will have further updates as the release date nears.
As the new year dawns, I implore each of you, whether devout Christian or staunch atheist, to try making the world a better place by practicing the golden rule of Do Unto Other As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.
It's so simply and basic, yet so germane. Respect those who look or sound different from you, whose religious practices differ from yours, respect all creatures who share this universe. Refrain for hiding behind your "freedoms" to bring harm or cause pain for others. Carry yourself with pride, decency, and respect. Enjoy life to the fullest and allow others to do the same.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Johnnie Bernhard with Loiacono Literary Agency takes on Joan Early's novel, THE OTHER TWO-FIFTHS!
THE OTHER TWO-FIFTHS
The shadow of Abe Lincoln disappears in the catastrophic race riot shattering the Springfield, Illinois community in 1908.
Despite the model of a harmonious community, a labor strike in the mines pitted blacks against whites. A lone man seeking
revenge seizes the moment, raging a war against the Carter family. The cauldron of racial hatred leads to the destruction of
two black communities, claiming seven lives. Hollis Carter escapes. He begins a journey of social justice; one that continues on in his children and grandchildren.
The Carter legacy becomes an organization, covert and lethal, in 1956 Chicago. The Amos family uses the organization to save a young black man from murder, as they fight injustices not tackled in courtrooms. It is the same organization that saves four black voter registration workers and a lone white freedom rider who fall into a deadly KKK ambush in 1969 Mississippi.
Amos Carter's great-granddaughter and her husband, two survivors of the bloody Mississippi Voter Registration Drive, recall the pain and celebrate the victory during the historic inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States.
Joan Early's Bio
Joan developed a love of books while growing up in rural Mississippi. Reading was her prime entertainment throughout childhood. Later, she chronicled her family's history in stories told by ethnically diverse ancestors and expressed her feelings through song and poetry.
Joan's professional career began in 2003 when her short story entry won first place in Ebony Magazine's literary contest. She continued writing historical fiction and family sagas but changed to contemporary romance. Her published works include: Sara's Reward (New Concepts Publishing, 2007), Look Both Ways and Fireflies ( Genesis Press, 2009), Oak Bluffs and Friends in Need, (Genesis Press, 2011), and Separate Dreams, (Genesis Press, 2011). Joan's first novel, Legacy, (First Books, 2002), remains a favorite with book clubs, and was followed by Night Sweats, (New Concepts Publishing, 2012), A Tangled Web and Heartstrings (New Concepts Publishing 2015).
Joan returns to her first love of historic fiction and family saga in The Other Two-Fifths, (available for acquisition, represented by Johnnie Bernhard of Loiacono Literary Agency, www.llallc.net).
Exciting News!! I'm so happy to have an agent for my next book and hope this leads to a long-term relationship and a chance to enter the next level as a published author. Thanks, Johnnie!
Keep education in your kids' life while enjoying the summer. Read! Read! Read!
Let them know that every movie or TV show they love was someone's written creation!
Together we have planted the tree of liberty and watered its roots with our tears and blood, and under its branches we will stay and be sheltered.
_____Thomas E. Miller
Tried to think of something interesting to write during the storm last night....nothing came to mind.
The Other Two-Fifths received a great review by Dylan Ward in US Review of Books! Thanks, Dylan