Connie Divers Bradley, (Cynique) is a retired postal employee who still resides in the suburb of Chicago where she was born and grew up. She attended the University of Illinois for 2 years before marrying and settling down to raise a family. Her first introduction to the journalistic world occurred during the 1970s when she enjoyed her 15 minutes of fame as a provocative columnist, writing about the "black experience" for the CHICAGO TODAY newspaper.
In addition, she is a long-time contributor to the AALBC discussion boards, often taking on the devil's advocate role. Being opinionated and controversial is what she attributes her longevity to, and is also why she has adopted "Cynique" as her pen name. In 2011, the Culture, Race & Economy Discussion Forum was renamed "Cynique's Corner" in her honor.
She has self-published 3 well-received books, and currently enjoys her leisure years reading, surfing the net, playing Bridge and getting in touch with her spirituality.
The Only One by Cynique
About the Book
Carole Everly is bright, attractive and a lover of books. In fact, when it came to her romantic fiascos, she could’ve written one. Carole is also adaptable which is why, in the absence of a steady boyfriend, she has currently found other interests to embrace. Things change, however, when superfine Troy Briggs swaggers into her job space and instead of encouraging Carole’s immediate interest, displays a preference for their co-worker, Debbie Marlowe.
Recently-divorced, the survivor of a stormy marriage, handsome, aloof Troy Briggs is on the loose, hungry to sample a different flavor of seduction. Enter Debbie Marlowe. In addition to her luscious blond hair, and creamy vanilla skin, what Troy sees in her inviting blue eyes is what really stirs his appetite!
With the characters all cast, the stage is soon set for a triangle to develop and as the book unfolds, “The Only One” tells its story of how a plucky “sista” competes with a perky “Barbie doll” in the race to win the affections of a provocative “brotha”.
Also stalking the plot is a vicious serial killer who has his own way of dealing with the rocky road to romance, and Carole Everly is just his type!
Full of drama, suspense, and humor, “The Only One” is an urban-contemporary slice of life, - a compelling novel that explores the complicated relationships that define black love.
Commentary from the 1970's: New Hair-do is a "Natural"
A Few Book Reviews
A Guest Blog Post
Connie Divers Bradley Celebrated her 80th Birthday with Family in August of 2013