New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 1 7 novels. Her novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few, and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1 997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1 997.
Kimberla is a 201 2 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 201 0, and 2011Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, the 1 998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and in 2001 , Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL) Alumni Hall of Fame.
Each of her novels deal with very real issues, including corruption within the church, drug addiction, gambling addiction, infidelity, social status, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, overweight issues, and drug addiction. Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.
PRETTY PICTURES HIDE UGLY SECRETS.
THE PERFECT MARRIAGE
Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for fifteen years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected . . . and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.
It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.
They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe . . . As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?
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