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The Priscilla Series

Set in the decade of the 1980s, the series chronicles the coming–of–age and the adventures of an African American young woman abducted from her comfort level in the American Midwest to the savannas and the wilds of southern Africa—Zimbabwe and apartheid-ruled South Africa—where, even more unexpectedly she finds herself on the run. But Priscilla is eventually rescued and returns home to the American Midwest, where, finally, she becomes the woman she was meant to be.

 

In SPECIAL ENVOY, the fourth installment in what is now “The Priscilla Series,” the author creates more adventure and intrigue for Priscilla, this time, in Arab Islamic territory.

PRISCILLA

Engaging in the Game of Politics, © 2016, 343 pages, Coming-of-Age/Political

ISBN: 978-0-578-17899-8 Paperback, $19.95 & ISBN: 978-1-7322406-2-9 EPUB/MOBI $9.99

Set in the early 1980s, Priscilla: Engaging in the Game of Politics portrays a bright, carefree, enterprising young woman strongly bound to her father—a Methodist minister and consummate politician—about whom 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 and relocates to the capital city of Columbus, where she engages in the game of politics of her own volition.

 

Throughout, 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.  

MYSTERY IN HARARE

Priscilla’s Journey into Southern Africa, © 2017, 447 pages, Thriller/Terrorism

ISBN: 978-0-578-19519-3 Paperback, $19.95 & ISBN: 978-1-7322406-3-6 EPUB/MOBI, $9.99

The bride pauses for an instant before walking down the aisle to marry a man she likes but does not love, and in that hesitant moment, a shot rings out, and then another. The groom falls. Blood stains the sanctuary.

 

Priscilla J. “PJ” Austin—a magnetic, up-and-coming, baby boomer—catches a glimpse of the shooter before everything blacks out for the bride. . .

 

Priscilla’s fortitude is sorely tried as she awakens, sometime later—sedated and confused—on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe to face the adventure of her life. Along the way, there is mayhem, murder, mistaken identities, and a barbed reunion with Carlton Elliott Bernhardt—a swarthy, intrepid special operative, who may be her one true love.

 

Set in the mid1980s, MYSTERY IN HARARE is a stylish, fast-paced, character-driven thriller that unravels the secrets behind this carnage at a Midwestern American black church.

THREE METAL PELLETS

Priscilla and the Presidential Candidate, © 2018, 625 pages, Thriller/Terrorism

ISBN: 978-1-7322406-1-2 Paperback, $24.95 & ISBN: 978-1-7322406-4-3 EPUB/MOBI, $12.99

 

After she returns from her time in Africa, she is besieged by prospective PR clients. But Priscilla has long since decided to only take on projects of substance, “earthy.” So she waits and waits, until, one day she receives a handwritten note that reads: “Interested in spearheading the marketing campaign for the next president?” 

 

Meanwhile, her one-time lover, Carlton Elliott Bernhardt—the swarthy, intrepid special operative—surprises her with an invitation to meet his family at their home in Bow Lake, New Hampshire: his parents—Emerson C. Bernhardt II and Lady Chelsea, his surrogate father and head butler of sorts—Ramses, and his older sister—Arvana, a socialite and cocaine-addict. Shortly after Priscilla arrives, they all attend a polo meet, where Priscilla encounters Arvana’s latest fling, Hans Verwoerd—who is also her supplier of the white powdery stuff. But he is more than that. Hans is a vicious villain of the highest order—a South African Nationalist Movement’s Patrol Guardsman. 

 

By the end of her epic adventure, Priscilla discovers that her world and her possibilities in it in love and in work are far larger than the small circumscribed world of Ohio politics and her traditional family, and that she is a darn good PR consultant, too.

SPECIAL ENVOY

Priscilla Journeys into Arab Islamic Territory, © 2019, 391 pages, Thriller/Terrorism

ISBN: 978-1-7322406-0-5 Classic Edition, USD $49.99 / $66.40 CAN., available at this website and book events attended by the author.

 

On the heels of her wedding, the outgoing president commissions Priscilla as a special courier for a
secret mission.

 

Then, with the success of her special courier-mission behind her—which Priscilla believes to have been a test
of sorts—the newly-inaugurated president appoints her as a “special envoy” for another secret mission and,
the newlywed, and still rather inexperienced intelligence agent, sets out on a perilous trek into Arab
Islamic territory.

 

Although a work of fiction, SPECIAL ENVOY, explores what happens behind–the–scenes, ahead of the signings of the armistices and the peace accords, and the historic handshakes.

Could Priscilla’s once-serene life get any more thrilling? Stay tuned as “The Priscilla Series” continues!