Getting in a Movie Mood
Here are the main characters:
Cheryl Ferguson –
Cheryl Ann Ferguson is a girl who makes mistakes. Lots of them. She has a weakness for dark-eyed fellows with sexy smiles and muscled chests. Ryan Carter is just such a guy. When she first lays eyes on him, she knows he’s the one.
Ryan is the dark-eyed fellow with a sexy smile and a muscled chest. He’s got a list of reasons why starting a family won’t work—they’re too young to be parents, they’re not yet married, they need time to enjoy life, they’re planning a vacation, and then there’s the boat. He’s willing to give up the baby but not the boat.
Is too old and set in his ways to start raising a family. Convinced she can no longer have children anyway, Cheryl claims that’s not a problem and allows him to move in with her. The relationship is good, maybe even great, while it lasts. But when Cheryl becomes pregnant, it’s destined to end. After losing her baby girl, she knows that regardless of cost she will keep this baby. Nick stays until after Violet is born, then leaves.
William is a friend of a friend, a farmer who lives down the road. He calls and they chat on the phone a few times then get together for a date. That night magic happens—not because he is the handsomest man in the room, or because she is the most beautiful woman, but because they look into each other’s eyes, see what’s inside and realize this is the person they’ve been waiting for.
Always has a cup of Dandelion tea to serve people who find her apothecary shop. Cheryl tells her things she hasn't told anyone else.
Cheryl rents an apartment from Margaret. She was a plumpish woman with streaks of silver in her hair and the smell of cookies clinging to her. Almost every day Cheryl came home and found some nice little surprise: a ripe tomato, a loaf of her banana bread, a plate of cookies. Sometimes there was a note, sometimes not. If Cheryl felt the least bit lonely she could call down and invite Margaret up for a cup of tea.
Melanie Dodd looked younger than expected, with narrow shoulders and delicately boned hands. Her hair, a medium brown, was streaked with grey, but the thing you noticed was the emerald green color of her eyes. Melanie is instrumental in helping Cheryl make the most important decision of her life.
Morgan (Baby Girl)
Seventeen years after Baby Girl’s birth, Cheryl receives a note with a newspaper clipping tucked inside. It is from the adoptive mother. In the note Morgan, who is Cheryl’s baby girl, is to be the keynote speaker at her high school graduation.
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#IAN Outstanding Fiction Award Spare Change
Wow – this is so awesome! Spare Change was named the Independent Authors Network Outstanding General Fiction Novel for 2015.
Independent Author Network Awards – #fanfun
WOOT WOOT! Just got a super lovely e-mail announcing that PASSING THROUGH PERFECT is a Historical Fiction Finalist in the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Competition. This is a Fabulous Group with tons of great authors so I am very, very honored. Winners will be announced August 15. Crossing fingers, toes, etc.
Memory House is a FINALIST – #fanfun
I'm going to the FAPA President's Award Convention! It was just announced that Memory House is a finalist. I've been a member of this organization for years and they've been so generous with praise for my books.
About the Florida Publishers Association, Inc.
The Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc., was originally organized in 1983 (then known as the Florida Publishers Group) by Betty Wright (Rainbow Books, Inc.) to provide Florida’s growing group of book publishers with an opportunity for education and networking and to provide its members with a clearinghouse for publishing information. FPG became FPA (Florida Publishers Association) and began with only six members. In 2012 FPA expanded the name to FAPA (Florida Authors & Publishers Association) to include a steadily increasing number of authors within the organization.
Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc. (FAPA) is dedicated to providing the highest quality of information, resources, and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession in the state of Florida. FAPA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is affiliated with the following national publishing organizations: IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), AAP (Association of American Publishers), and APSS (Association of Publishers for Special Sales).
Inspirational! – #fanfun
HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!
Passing through is a Finalist in the Indie Next Generation Awards (Inspirational Fiction) and I've been invited to the Awards Gala at the Harvard Club in NYC. Lovely, absolutely lovely!
Passing through Perfect is a Reader's Favorite
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Passing through Perfect: The Wyattsville Series, Book 3 is a historical fiction novel written by Betty Lee Crosby. It's the story of Benjamin Church, a young African American who grew up and lived in Grinder's Corner, Alabama, in the 1940s and 1950s. He served in the Air Force during World War II and became an ace mechanic. When his tour was up, he went back home to Grinder's Corner. While he was serving, his mother died, but his father, Otis, was still alive and working the small farm that the family leased. Benjamin quickly realized the difficulties Otis was having keeping up, and he began to take over the hard work. Fearing that Benjamin was forgetting to enjoy his youth, Otis encouraged him to go to dances and meet young women. One of those young women, Delia, a parson's daughter, caught his eye and Benjamin knew right away that he would marry her.
I was entranced reading Betty Lee Crosby's historical novel, Passing through Perfect: The Wyattsville Series, Book 3. Crosby deftly brings to life a family and a culture, and the devastating impact that the separate and rarely equal ideology of the deep South had on African Americans in the 20th century. Benjamin is such an inspirational character. While the color of his skin kept him from achieving his dream of learning to fly in the Air Force, the mechanic skills he learned while serving are the building blocks that, together with his hard work and dedication, make his mark in society. He's not the only unforgettable character in Passing Through Perfect. Otis, known as Daddy Church to Delia, and the Klaussners are just a few of the bright stars shining in this historical fiction of what were very dark times for African Americans. Crosby's writing is fluid and careful never to slip into sentimentalism. Passing through Perfect is very nearly a perfect novel and, indeed, often exceeds that very exacting standard. It was the first book written by this author that I've read, and it will by no means be the last. Passing through Perfect: The Wyattsville Series, Book 3 is most highly recommended.