With love, sex and romance consistent hot topics debut author Sadeqa Johnson stuffs all three into a carry-on bag and takes readers on a trip into a long distance relationship that will leave minds open and hearts aching for a chance to experience such high-living. LOVE IN A CARRY-ON BAG (12th Street Press; March 2012; $14.95), tells the story of a love affair hampered by the stumbling blocks of career ambitions and family. Set between the publishing world of New York City and the jazz clubs of Washington, D.C, this fictional gem will captivate readers who enjoy a bold, bluesy, saga.
Erica Shaw, publicity manager for a leading publishing company in New York City, is driven to become one of the top African-American women in the business, and overcome her family’s legacy of “chasing away welfare blues with cans of Colt 45, prescription pills, and number-running.” Her boyfriend, Warren Prince, is a sexy-lipped trumpet player who lives in D.C., where he works as a computer engineer. Their connection is fierce, and after a year of intense weekend dating, it’s time to close the distance. But an overbearing father and a lucrative contract threaten to keep Warren rooted in D.C. Erica’s world starts spinning as her impending promotion at work causes her to miss a string of weekends.
Arguments between the couple escalate and real life takes its toll, while audacious lovers wait in the wings—for both of them.
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LOVE IN A CARRY-ON BAG is a brilliantly written tour de force, with the pulsing sensation of the sultry rhythms of jazz running right through it. Johnson has crafted characters that readers will relate to and has weaved familiar matters of abandonment, substance abuse, adultery and unforgiveness to oppose the powers of love.
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