"I want adult readers to learn that you should never live your dreams through your children,” she says. “I want young readers to learn that just because you fall down, doesn’t mean you can’t get back up. Hard work and self discipline does pay off."
East Pointe, MI (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
Jayson Jackson has gone through life in Detroit without any real supervision from his mother and father. His parents decided to be his friends rather than an authoritative figure in his life leaving his grandmother to raise him. Michael Stephens is an aspiring singer and all-star athlete who has also been raised by his grandmother. Unbeknownst to many, Jayson and Michael have become best friends, both knowing the hurt the other harbors within their soul.
Two unlikely friends lives are changed forever in an incredible story of substance abuse, peer pressure, betrayal, as well as, friendship, second chances, forgiveness and most importantly accountability. Readers will follow Jayson on an entertaining, gut wrenching, heartwarming and enlightening journey to manhood, as he thinks back to the decisions that brought him to the juvenile correctional facility on the eve of his 18th birthday.
An excerpt from “The Peacemaker”:
“My mind wanders to a world of its own when the slamming of the gate sends a jolt that penetrates my entire body, causing my head to throb. Officer Douglas stands before me, snapping his fingers and yelling my name. “Jayson Jackson,” he calls, forcing me back into reality. “Spread ’em,” he says in his usual loud, authoritative tone. I conform, all the while hoping that tomorrow my life will be my own. My body stiffens as he pats me down under my arms and between my legs. This has been my life for over the past two years. I have tolerated this same form of humiliation on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, and it still doesn’t get any easier.”
With an authentic voice and entertaining style, Criswell hopes her novel will help younger generations come to terms with their surroundings before it is too late. “I want adult readers to learn that you should never live your dreams through your children,” she says. “I want young readers to learn that just because you fall down, doesn’t mean you can’t get back up. Hard work and self discipline does pay off.”
About the Author
T.L. Criswell works full time in the automotive industry. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and writing. She resides in Eastpointe, Mich., with her husband, son and adopted nephew.
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