Author: LaShonda DeVaughn
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: LaShonda DeVaughn Publishers
“Drama is no stranger to Tiara James. When it felt like the world had finally changed the hand that she’d been dealt, reality continued to creep up on her. With a mom on the verge of becoming an alcoholic and an alcoholic crack-addicted father who use to beat her mom in front of her, who could blame Tiara for finding a family on the streets of the city?.
Tiara’s loyalty to her friends was undeniable. The crew consisted of, Tiara, Tamika, Shavon, Renee, Ke Ke and Karen. They jumped, robbed and fought other girls who stood in their way. When trouble surfaced, the crew had no problems with getting their hands dirty. Tiara was faithful to her crew handling any drama that presented itself. But when jealousy get’s the best of friends, things continued to get ugly.
With an older brother Tre James wrapped deeply into the streets becoming a drug dealer at age 13, their younger brother Sharod had no choice but to admire both Tre and Tiara’s lifestyle. Tragedy continued to hit home and Tiara’s life continued to go downhill. She lost people who she loved and trusted the most to death, jail or betrayal. From welfare, section 8, jail, drugs, abusive relationships and lies, Tiara’s future seems uncertain.
Will she finally rise above the drama that meets her at every corner, or remain trapped in the jaws of the hood? Brace yourself as Tiara James takes you on a rollercoaster ride in her footsteps, in her hood, telling her story.”
When LaShonda DeVaughn first stepped into the literary world in 2007, she did not anticipate the raving success that seemed to emerge overnight, especially as a self-published author. Although self-publishing is a route that more writers are now exploring, it was uncommon to thrive without a publishing company a decade ago, and even more rare in LaShonda’s genre of choice, urban fiction. Thus, the Boston-native defied the odds with flying colors and proceeded to create a lane for writers of urban fiction while also demonstrating that it is certainly achievable to flourish as a self-published author.
Widely known for her Award-winning series A Hood Chick’s Story, LaShonda has written 14 books and published 23 through her very own publishing company, LSDV Productions, all within the last decade. In her most recent work, Write That Book and Make That Money: Strategies For The Hungry Author, LaShonda shares her most valuable tips and tricks that will enable aspiring authors to manifest their dreams into reality.
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