Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) March 31, 2005
In May 2005, best-selling author, Carl Weber (The PreacherÂs Son, Player Haters), will release through his publishing company, Urban Books, the debut novel of Kansas City, Missouri author Michelle Buckley.
The novel, Bulletproof Soul, celebrates the resiliency of women from the ghettos to the Âburbs by offering a real and fearless portrayal of friendship, family, career, lost love, lost minds, broken hearts and unbreakable spirits.
Bulletproof Soul is the story of Lacy Foxx, an entertainment reporter who embarks on a soul-searching journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she faces many challenges. This includes romance with a charismatic and not-quite-what-he-seems entrepreneur who volunteers with her at a local Youth Center. It also includes a contentious relationship with her ex-fiancÃ© Sebastian Gamble, baby momma drama, a demanding job, and the deaths of people close to her. Additionally, Lacy has to deal with the embarrassment of having her never-before-married grandmother beat her down the aisle. Through it all, Lacy learns to nurture her indestructible spirit...her bulletproof soul...and in doing so, she learns some surprising things about herself and those she loves.
Says Buckley, ÂIÂm humbled this day has arrived. IÂve wanted to be an author since I was a kid. By choosing to finally write a book and follow a more creative life path, I feel like I'm being more authentic to who I really am. And IÂd like to encourage and nurture that in others. Hopefully people will see me as an example of what can happen when you pursue your creative dreams.Â
Bulletproof Soul was sold to Urban Books as part of a two-book deal, through author/agent, Donna Hill (In My Bedroom, Getting Hers). ÂWorking with Carl Weber and Donna Hill, two well-respected people in the African-American writing community has been a double blessing. And I hope readers support my book as they have. I really want Bulletproof Soul to strike a nerve. I believe we all have bulletproof souls . . . that indestructible place deep within that canÂt be destroyed, and we need to honor and celebrate that. By telling this story, I wanted to pay homage to all the strong women I know, who despite everything theyÂve gone through, have managed to survive,Â says Buckley.
Adds Weber, ÂWhen I first read Michelle's manuscript, I liked her voice and style of writing. Plus, I recognized this was just good storytelling and I knew I had to sign her. Bulletproof Soul will hopefully jumpstart a great writing career. If given a chance, readers will be pleasantly surprised by what Michelle has to offer as a writer.Â
Distributed by Kensington Publishing, Bulletproof Soul is available beginning in May 2005 as a trade paperback in most bookstores and online. To learn more, visit http://www.michellebuckley.com.
About the Author
Michelle Buckley has degrees in journalism and psychology from the University of Kansas. She formerly worked in marketing for a national youth organization, as a publicist for Hallmark Cards and as a freelance writer for publications like Black Enterprise Magazine. Her writing is also included in the bestseller among black women, Souls of My Sisters (Kensington, 2000). Michelle lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she runs a public relations firm, Perfect Pitch Communications.
About the Book
Title: Bulletproof Soul
Author: Michelle Buckley
Publisher: Urban Books
Distributor: Kensington Books
Release Date: May 2005
$14.95 Trade Paperback
Excerpt from Bulletproof Soul
The fear I felt was a lot like a gallstone that wouldnÂt pass. In the pit of my stomach lay the fear of the unknown, the unseen, the uncertain. It was a fear that no amount of bile, antacid, stomach acid, laxatives or natural waste elimination could eradicate from my system.
But I knew that asking him to quit his job was not an option. I knew he wouldnÂt. I knew the job was about more than just money for him. While he was a young child, an uncle that he adored died in a fire. It was the result of an explosion at the manufacturing plant he had worked at for years. Sebastian wasnÂt on hand to save his favorite uncle, so instead he made a commitment to save the world, one fire at a time.
He was a man with a mission, a purpose. He was living his boyhood dream. In his eyes, heÂd grown up to be a superhero like the Green Lantern, Batman, Spider-Man, Superman and Captain America before him. The only difference was he didnÂt have superpowers. He was just a man. He was just a man with a big, warm, caring heart that saved scores of lives everyday, often at the expense of his own. He was just a man who wouldnÂt have it any other way.