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PRISCILLA: Engaging in the Game of Politics by M.J. Simms-Maddox

M. J. Simms-Maddox, Inc. in consultation with Professional Woman Publishing, LLC
$19.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-578-17899-8
April, 2016
Fiction: Relationships/Politics
Available from the publisher

Set in the 1980s, PRISCILLA portrays a bright, carefree, enterprising young woman strongly bound to her father—a Methodist minister and consummate politician about who she has conflicted feelings. Shortly after she begins her career as an assistant professor of political science at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, her father mysteriously asks her to relocate closer to home (Prendergast, New York). She contacts an Ohio state senator for whom she performed an internship during her graduate studies at The Ohio State University and with whom she had an affair. The senator offers her a job as his legislative aide. She accepts. The story is off and running.

Throughout, PRISCILLA: Engaging in the Game of Politics—the series’ prequel—takes a deep look at the forces which made her what she is: her family roots in highly-segregated Mississippi, her upbringing in upstate New York where subtle racism leaves its scars despite her loving father’s protection, a campus date rape that leaves her with unhealed wounds and, a scintillating season as a high-powered legislative aide in a life-altering political scandal.

The Priscilla Trilogy is the debut for political science Professor M. J. Simms-Maddox as a fiction writer.

M. J. Simms-Maddox is a tenured-professor of political science at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She earned her PhD. in political science from The Ohio State University, served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, has operated a public relations agency and has published in various academic, community, and religious publications.

She is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Women, the Professional Woman Network, the North Carolina Writers' Network, and the Women’s National Book Association; and she is a founding member of the Livingstone Writers Club—an informal group of faculty whose writings cover the gamut.

In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, watching culinary and travel shows, and writing; and she enjoys getting her hands dirty pulling weeds in the landscapes of her yard.

Satchel: A Cherokee Girl Tells All by Martha Gunsalus Chamberlain

CaryPress Publishing
$15.00, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1631030208
March, 2016
Fiction: Historical
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

This historical fiction set in nineteenth century Salem is written by Martha Gunsalus Chamberlain, just in time for the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, NC.

Throughout her lifetime of tragedy and triumph, the indigenous American girl Madaya carries treasured relics in her satchel that represent both her own story and those of her companions, from the Trail of Tears, back to Cherokee, and to the Moravians with whom she lived in Salem.

The story of the hunt always glorifies the hunter until the lioness tells her tale [African Proverb]. In Satchel, Madaya the lioness tells all. She reveals hidden secrets, forbidden sex, extraordinary discoveries, and lost stories of Cherokee Chief Junaluska and Squire, an enslaved African who lived among the Moravians.

Chamberlain reminds us that telling one’s story bridges the gap from past to present, connecting us not only to one another, but also to those yet unborn, lest we forget, lest we die like the endangered species we are.

“If you don’t tell it, who will?” she asks.

Martha Gunsalus Chamberlain moved from Virginia to Old Salem with her husband four years ago to research Cherokee Chief Junaluska. Finding so much more, they bought the Van Vleck house in Old Salem, built in 1831. They grasp the significance of walking "on common ground" among departed spirits and ancient bones of early settlers in this Moravian community.

A graduate of Sacred Heart School of Nursing, United Wesleyan College, and George Mason University, her other books include: A Love Affair with India and The Ultimate Flight. She nurtures the seed of telling one's own story, not only for connection to one another, but also to link past through present to those yet unborn for survival of us all.

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