This book was written from a dream. I went to bed one night and woke up with a vision in my heart, and I knew I had to write it. However, writing this novel and all the novels I have created has been a dream. Each new book, each new story—is a part of the dream that I am creating for my life. The dream that I will one day be a New York Times Bestselling author, and live each day sharing more and more of my stories to the masses to read and enjoy. Each person that is involved in the writing process is helping me to achieve my dreams—to tell my stories. Thus, I want to thank each and every one of them. First, I would like to thank my readers. You could have spent your time doing anything else, but you choose to read one of my novels. Thank you so much for your support, your following, your likes, your comments, and your reviews.
As for my inspiration, it would not be surprising where it lies. If you have been following my post since last year, you would have learned that I had a son on March 15, 2016. He was born the same day as my mother and he died the very same day. He was premature. As I grieve, I have been prone to dwelling on my mother who I miss terribly, but I also have been having nightmares again. It honestly reminds me of the nightmares I had when I was pursuing my brothers. The dreams would always be so vivid and I would wake up in a sweat. Well, since the death of my son, my dreams have been rather chilling, and as I stated before, this novel was born from one of those chilling dreams. I saw the cover in my sleep, and I wrote the synopsis and made the cover on the same day.
As always, I have been dealing with my grief as I always do, and that's through writing. Splitting open my heart and pouring it out for everyone to see, I expose myself before my readers and fans, and my books are like frozen mannequins, a model of how I felt at one particular time or another. My son, Donovan Asante Jacobs, as the biggest inspiration for the novel, served as a lasting testament to the power of forgiveness and the craziness of grief. Each individual in the novel had to learn how to deal with loss, how to forgive, and how to empower themselves to move forward. In each of the characters I saw myself. I carried my son with me all the way to his grave, and I carry him further in my heart. Just as, Ocean carries Bayana-- Queen carries Polynya, Ann carries Kash-- each of the women learned to deal with loss in her own way for better or for worse. I cannot say that I have overcome my pain. I mean, I am faced with the idea that I may never again bare my own children. Also, even if I get pregnant again, I would be haunted by the very real fear of losing him all over again. Maybe, that makes me like Ann in the novel-- the antagonist. Always trying to get the very thing that is tearing her apart.
Regardless, below is the abstract for the book and I hope you all love it. This is my fourth novel to date. 4 years and 4 novels is a phenomenal feat.
Kash Matthews is a secretive, yet charming man, who has wealth, fame and the admiration of women everywhere-- and also the eyes of Ocean Alexandra McQueen— a small town girl working in her Grandmother’s quaint diner-- who stops at nothing to get what she wants. However, Ocean’s Grandmother isn’t just known for making the best pies in town, but also casting the best spells—especially those dealing with revenge. Yet, Ocean doesn’t believe in her Grandmother’s Hoodoo magic until it’s her heart that needs mending.
Family secrets, death, and magic plunge Ocean into a world of chaos and regret. When it comes to matters of the heart and black magic-- be careful what you ask for.
Remember, the novel is Available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook and by request at local bookstores such as Barns N Noble and Books A Million.
Dawnell Jacobs is the author of The Shade of Devotion, Brains Not Included, Black Magic, and The Monsters of Within: Heart of Darkness. She has also published a self-help book Your Story Matters: Leaning How To Be The Author of Your Destiny. You can find all of her books on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and Barnes And Noble. She is also a motivational speaker to young audiences. She uses her personal journey to inspire hope and change. All pictures and entries in this blog are subject to copyright laws. ©Dawnell Jacobs 2017
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