Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory
Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, to the fight for families, and the love for foster children; it speaks wholeness to the fatherless, healing to the broken, and hope when faith and determination are all that remain! This is a young girl’s journey, pre and post, foster care. This journey embodies real-life issues through faith-based reflections; it showcases circumstances that impact social and emotional development through a lens of determination. THIS IS THE JOURNEY – THE VICTORY!
Babygirl: Prequel to Black Butterfly
In 1977, siblings Tina, Michelle, and Leon Hilton live with their mother, Catherine, in Detroit. Although times are tough, Catherine does the best she can with the support of her mother-and in spite of the abuse she receives from her boyfriend, Victor. When eleven-year-old Michelle is accidentally injured, a caseworker from Child Protective Services visits the family. Later, Vic's drug stash is found in their house, and soon the three siblings are taken from their mother, separated, and placed into various foster homes. Over the next several months, Michelle experiences a number of foster homes that lead her to question and challenge the lifestyle and sense of identity that she has experienced so far, significantly affecting her self-esteem, purpose, and well-being. Meanwhile, Catherine works to put her life back together and win back custody of her children. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.
Game Changers: Power – Control – Deception
Carmen Fenton is a waitress at Greyton’s Grill. She is also a student studying to earn a college degree in marketing. Upon graduation, Carmen is seeking an internship at an executive firm where she plans to eventually climb the corporate ladder. Carmen is eager to complete college. She can barely wait to take advantage of the internship program NYU offers. Unaware of the competitive nature of the marketing business, she is ill-prepared for practices that are often high-handed and cut-throat. As she lands the job and begins to learn the business, she encounters an old flame, new friendships, and corporate sabotage. Meanwhile, she has become attracted to Ray Collins, a customer of Greyton’s Grill. She is reluctant to take the relationship seriously as she is career-focused at this point in her life. However, Ray Collins is not only handsome, but persistent, and very suave. Ray is an architect and lover of the arts and he finds Carmen quite beautiful. Although Carmen finds a mutual attraction to Ray, she wonders if she can handle the demands of work, its related drama, and a new relationship. Carmen is determined to be successful as a marketing executive and mustn’t let anything get in the way of that. However, Ray Collins is determined to make her his own.
Penny Candy: The Hopscotch Trails
Margo is excited that school has finally let out for summer vacation. She is anxious to visit her best friend, Trisha. They haven’t seen each other since Trisha and her mom moved away to Florida. It’s finally time for best friends to enjoy a fun-filled summer together. But what is this? When she arrives, she finds Trisha has other friends, too. Will they all get along? Will they have fun? Whatever will they do? Penny Candy – The Hopscotch Trails takes you on a journey through the eyes of Margo, a little girl, on summer vacation.