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Summertime Sale: Red Clay and Roses

I have been planning a summertime sale of Red Clay and Roses for over a month now and wanted it to coincide with a promotional I am doing with Ereader News Today. It took a while to reschedule with them because I was out of town the last time they approved a promo and missed their email, so it was cancelled.

download (1)The sale officially begins tomorrow, but the sale price has already been set!  Red Clay and Roses is on sale for 99 cents! This sale will last a week, but ENT gets a cut on the first two days of the sale. With a 35% royalty and ENT getting a cut, I don’t plan on buying a new car with the proceeds, or anything like that, but I did want to let you know about the sale in case you have an interest in picking up the book.

Blurb:

A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s.

Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb.

A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it!

Red Clay and Roses is a roman à clef . Pronounced romanaclay, Wikipedia defines a roman à clef as, “A novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of fiction.” The technique was used historically in writing about controversial topics and/or reporting inside information of scandals without giving rise to charges of libel; the opportunity to turn the tale the way the author would like it to have gone; the opportunity to portray personal, autobiographical experiences without having to expose the author as the subject; avoiding self-incrimination or incrimination of others that could be used as evidence in civil, criminal, or disciplinary proceedings; and the settling of scores.

Being a fictionalized true story based on personal family member’s lives, I promised that I would not use real photographs to portray my characters. Sybil is a cousin in real life. For giggles and grins, I once did a casting call for the movie using popular actors and actresses today.

I got on the internet a while ago and tried to find a 1950s entertainer that I thought best represented Sybil Hamilton, a main character in the book, and came up with Peggy Lee. Her hair styles remind me of the images I had of young Sybil in my mind as I wrote the story.

 

Peggy Lee was a an actress/singer and her work includes the soundtrack for Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.”  All of her recordings are bluesy and jazzy, like the music of the era I listened to while I was writing. Enjoy.

If you haven’t read it yet, pick up your copy today.

 Reviews are appreciated.

RED CLAY AND ROSES

Casting Call: “Red Clay and Roses”: If the Author Could Cast the Film

Book Description:

A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s, when the world was beginning to change. Mystery, rape, murder, drama, and forbidden love meld as the origin of the ledger unfolds.

Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb.

A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it.

Casting Call:  Red Clay and Roses

9781483402000_p0_v1_s114x166I recently saw a post on the lovely Helen Valentina’s site.  She is the author of the newly released book titled “The Seed”.  I loved the post and told her that I was going to steal her idea and create a post doing a Ebook Jpg (2)casting call for “Red Clay and Roses”.  Of course, she was fine with that, so here it is:  My list of actors and actresses for the characters in “Red Clay and Roses”:  I ordered them as they appeared in the story:

1)      Hannah Hamilton:  A nurse and narrator of the first person in the introduction and first five chapters and the conclusion.

Jennifer Anniston
Jennifer Aniston, because she needs to do a serious part and she has that “Girl next door” image that would make a good Nurse figure. She would also be able to be patient with Beatrice and Moses as they tell their stories, and show them compassion.

2)      Sybil Hamilton: Narrator’s 80 year old cousin, who tells Hannah her story and hands over her diaries. Nathan’s love interest.

3)      Beatrice Handley:  Wife of The Good Doctor who is plagued by delusions and hallucinations of fairy babies and dark angels.

Betty White for sure.  She could play both the mature Beatrice and the elderly Beatrice just fine. I could see her old and crumpled but a bit of a funny character with red tinged hair.  I would just love to have her personality in my movie.
Betty White for sure. She could play both the mature Beatrice and the elderly Beatrice just fine. I could see her old and crumpled but a bit of a funny character with red tinged hair. I would just love to have her personality in my movie.

4)      The Good Doctor: The local chiropractor and former Army Medic.

Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison break)  I could see him trying his hand at farming and then cleaning up to become a chiropractor.  I think he could pull off the limp well also.
Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison break) I could see him trying his hand at farming and then cleaning up to become a chiropractor. I think he could pull off the limp well also.

5)      Moses Grier:  The Good Doctor’s handyman and patriarch of the Grier family.

Laurence Fishburne with his gapped tooth could be quite convincingly authoritarian, yet kind, and as an elderly man could project the mild humor and sorrow that Moses needs in character form.
Laurence Fishburne with his gapped tooth could be quite convincingly authoritarian, yet kind, and as an elderly man could project the mild humor and sorrow that Moses needs in character form.

6)      Eula Mae Grier:  Matriarch of the Grier family and mother to Nathan and Althea.

Nia Long is a fairer skinned black actress that would make a terrific Eula Mae.  The 12th richest black actress in the wolrd.  I won't hold my breath on this one.  She is cute and has the right frame and sauciness.
Nia Long is a fairer skinned black actress that would make a terrific Eula Mae. The 12th richest black actress in the world. I won’t hold my breath on this one. She is cute and has the right frame and sauciness.

7)      Althea Grier: Sixteen year old Grier daughter, who is brutally raped, planned to become famous for her singing abilities and Bee Bop music.

Bianca Lawson at 33 yo has played 16 yos in other castings quite well.  She was a lesbian love interest in "Pretty Little Liars".  She also played in the series "Saved By The Bell'". She would make a great Althea in that Althea saw herself  as glamourous and wanted to seek fame and fortune before her tragedy.
Bianca Lawson at 33 yo has played 16 yos in other castings quite well. She was a lesbian love interest in “Pretty Little Liars”. She also played in the series “Saved By The Bell'”. She would make a great Althea in that Althea saw herself as glamourous and wanted to seek fame and fortune before her tragedy.

8)      Swamp Witch Wilma: An elderly quadroon who lives in a swamp.

Naomi Harris from "Pirates of the Caribbean" would be perfect for the role of The Swamp Witch with a little make up to make her even older.  She certainly has the accent and voice for it.
Naomi Harris from “Pirates of the Caribbean” would be perfect for the role of The Swamp Witch with a little make up to make her even older. She certainly has the accent and voice for it.

9)      Nathan Grier: Grier son, medical student at Howard University in Washington, DC, Civil Rights activist.  Sybil’s love interest.

Shemar moore, of course, just because I think he's HOT.  Also, he is a good actor who can talk street talk or speak eloquently.
Shemar Moore, of course, just because I think he’s HOT. Also, he is a good actor who can talk street talk or speak eloquently.  I would also like to see him in the scene where Nathan is chopping wood without his shirt on.

10)    Trenton Stipes: Pawn Shop owner/accountant who keeps The Good Doctor’s books.

Muscular, swaggering and tough, Scott Caan would suit the unlikeable character of Trent with his fifties "bad boy" image.
Muscular, swaggering and tough, Scott Caan would suit the unlikeable character of Trent with his fifties “bad boy” image. Nathan’s rival.

In the general line up, I think we would have a pretty good movie going!  THE DEBUT CAST LINE UP FOR “RED CLAY AND ROSES”!!!