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Thirteen words in a want-ad turn Tess Cooper’s
world upside down after she signs on as a paranormal research assistant to the
mysterious Davin Egypt. He reveals a world of grave robbing, clockworks artifacts in blue
amber, antique revolvers that fire strange ammo, and powerful forces beyond
As ancient occult energies threaten to destroy
her city, Tess must use her journalistic instincts to stay one step ahead of
the public works director, Drew Dawson, whose agenda seems bent on destruction
rather than maintenance. And possibly murder, but will anyone believe her?
Yeah, right. When garbage trucks fly.
If Tess teams up with the hunky police
lieutenant, Kirk Gunther, and the pale, oddball Mr. Egypt, they
might be able to save the city in time. That is, if Egypt even
wants to. And if Tess overcomes her phobias long enough to do battle in
Granddad’s 1983 Subaru Brat.
Things are about to get icky.
* * *
I watched Angie wobble away and
marched myself toward the stonewalling the cops would give me when I felt the
soles of my flats slide. Pinwheeling arms didn’t help me get my footing, and
with a tiny cry, I went down.
And down, and down, and down.
Snow slid up my shirt, up my pants,
and something less cold but more wet. I thrashed around, succeeding only in
getting more snow inside my clothes. Not falling, but sinking. I sank into a
deep hole. And then I realized it wasn’t a hole but a grave.
Angie came rushing back, as much as
she could rush on her stumpy, little legs. “Tess, what the hell happened? I
heard you screaming and—oh, my God.”
I expected her to kneel down and
help me out of the loose soil and slush, but instead, she whipped out her
camera. The little motor whined as she took about six hundred shots. “I think I
got the image for my Christmas cards this year.”
“Ange, help me out of here!” I
pushed against the soil with one foot, and felt it sink deeper. I tried with
the other one. Then I plunged in up to my neck. My arms found no grip, either.
It was like quicksand, even though quicksand doesn’t really exist. I knew that.
Worse, a horrible, horrible smell drifted up from below. Decomp, rot, death.
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Many times, women talk about the men they keep meeting on
various online dating sites. When these men take them out to dinner on the
first date and foot the bill, they automatically assume that the women owe them
a booty call. Most women cannot understand why they keep attracting these frame
of mind men. And this is where examining the men’s personal profiles is extremely
When a man is just seeking a sexual encounter, a friend with
benefits or just a one night stand, somewhere in his personal profile, he will
let it be known. But if you are not interested in a sexual relationship early
on, then you have to be forthright and let the man know what you will or will not
do on a first date.
when you decide to compose an online profile, there are several key words which
you can use as a guide to help you weed out those just looking-for-sex
individuals. Mention what type of relationship you are
interested in, and be honest. If you are seeking a friendship, a long or
short-term relationship, a marriage-minded person, a life-time partner, or an
activity partner without the sex, then say so. Whether you're advertising on the World
Wide Web or in a printed publication, you want to make a first-rate impression
and catch the attention of the kind of person you are interested in attracting,
or the one who will ascribe to the same attributes and interests that you are
seeking. Some of these words can include: give, describe, mention, highlight,
inform, and be and when. Of course, you may come up with other terms to help
create an appealing summary of yourself, a summary that won’t say, “I am only
interested in sexual relationship.”
Finding the right person on online dating sites can be
daunting but using common sense when searching through profiles and reading
between the lines will save you a lot of disappointments on that first date. Of
course, you can always go Dutch treat. This way there will be no
misunderstandings or soaring expectations from the man’s end.
Zeke and Teresa - a
married couple with issues. Zeke never met his father, so he has no intentions
of ever being one. Teresa's biological clock is ticking so loudly that it
drowns out all good sense. Out of desperation, Teresa commits an unthinkable
betrayal that threatens to destroy their happy home.
Recording Artists Terry "COMMON
FOLK" Williams and Dana Hemphill star in the new stage play Just Like Yo’
Daddy as Zeke and Teresa - a married couple with issues. Zeke never met his
father, so he has no intentions on ever being one. Teresa’s biological clock is
ticking so loudly that it drowns out all good sense. Out of desperation, Teresa
commits an unthinkable betrayal that threatens to destroy their happy home.
Lakeicha Thomas plays Arshanay, Zeke’s
sister who doesn’t care about a man’s love, only the size of his wallet. Will Devon (BET’s Let’s Stay Together star
Christian Keyes) make her reconsider her relationship rules? At the center of
the turmoil is the family’s matriarch, needy Mama Annie (Myrtle Andrews). Also
featuring Ray Lavender from Donald Trump's The Ultimate Merger, Gospel
Comedienne Mrs. Cotton White, Christian Hip Hop Artist Norris J, Contessah
Irene, Cory Espie, Raison Thompson, Santosha Faulkner, and Tasha Harden.
Executive Produced by Aaron Hall,
Written by Essence Bestselling Author Tiffany L. Warren and Directed by Snoop
Robinson, Just Like Yo' Daddy will have you rolling in the aisles.