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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.

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