Novels by M J
Author of the Priscilla Series
A Handbook for Emerging and Seasoned Authors
Priscilla Engaging in the Game of Politics – Part One
While doing a favor for her minister-father, a bright, carefree, enterprising young woman gets caught up in a life-altering political scandal in the Ohio Senate.
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Coming-of-Age, Political Thriller
Themes: Black History, Family life, Feminism, Choctaw/Cherokee/Sioux, Italian/Polish/Jewish/Lebanese, Race Relations, Religion, State Politics, Women
Mystery in Harare: Priscilla’s Journey into Southern Africa – Part Two
On her wedding day, a former state legislative aide gets abducted from the American Midwest to the outskirts of early post-apartheid Harare, Zimbabwe. Even more unexpectedly, she finds herself on the run from South African terrorists.
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Coming-of-Age, Political Thriller, Suspense, Terrorism
Themes: Action/Adventure, Family life, Feminism, History, Multiculturalism, Race Relations, Religion, Foreign Policy, International Politics, Women
Three Metal Pellets – Part Three
While working as a PR consultant to a presidential hopeful, the South African terrorists who did not get Priscilla in southern Africa come after her on American soil. Twice they almost kill her; the second time, her life hangs in the balance.
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Coming-of-Age, Political Thriller, Terrorism
Themes: Family life, Feminism, Multiculturalism, Religion, Presidential Election Campaign, Arab-Israeli Affairs, Women
Special Envoy – Part Four
As soon as Priscilla settles back into her serene lifestyle and resumes a relationship with a man with whom she once shared a passionate love affair, she receives her first assignment as a CIA special agent.
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Political Thriller, Terrorism, Espionage
Themes: Family life, Feminism, Religion, Arab-Israeli Affairs, Jordan/Yemen/Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates/Zimbabwe, Global Economies, Romance, Women
The Mysterious Affair at the Met – Part Five
P. J. Austin-Bernhardt, PR consultant extraordinaire, uses her intelligence-gathering prowess to avert some of the deceit, fraud, and skullduggery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that could quickly become the scandal of the decade, if not of the century.
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery
Themes: Family life, Feminism, Art Fraud, France, Greece, Haute Couture, Multiculturalism, Romance, Women
About The Priscilla Series
The Priscilla series chronicles the coming-of-age and the adventures of an African American young woman (Priscilla is her name) abducted from her comfort level in the American Midwest to the savannas and wilds of southern Africa—in early post-apartheid Zimbabwe and South Africa—where, even more unexpectedly, she finds herself on the run. But Priscilla eventually returns home, where, finally, she becomes the woman she was meant to be.
As soon as she settles back into her serene lifestyle and resumes a relationship with a man with whom she once shared a passionate love affair, she receives her first assignment as an intelligence agent.
The protagonist has agency (chutzpah), oh yeah, lots of it.
Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Mysteries, Historical, Political, Suspense, Thrillers (action/adventure)