Marlene Taylor distinguished herself having won the title 'Business Executive' of the year from the New-Penn-Del Minority Business Council and by graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. This was after a six-year stint in the Air Force working as an Air Traffic Controller.
At the age of 10, Marlene declared that she would be an artist, and as an artist would suffer in order to know happiness and experience heartbreak in order to know true love. She has persisted in her determination to experience as much as life has to offer, by holding the various titles of African jewelry designer, surgical nurse, air traffic controller, homemaker, mother, business tycoon, role model, writer and publisher.
Included among the many awards, honors and medals she has acquired throughout the years, Marlene holds most dear; a letter of recognition from Hans Mark, then the Secretary of the Air Force, awarded when she trained many an Airman to a successful completion of the difficult Flight Simulator.
She incorporated her own $1 million dollar direct marketing firm, and then began writing. Marlene Taylor has spent more than thirteen years making a study of the soul and what it takes to be truly human. Her first novel, Life Is What You Make It, Darlin' and now A Silver Tongue, (ISBN 0-9677679-1-1) are expressions of her findings. She is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and is working on her third book.
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There are some novels so beautifully painful they bring tears to my eyes, as I continue to read through the blur of tears. Very rarely, the same story makes me laugh out loud. When I decided to write my first book, it became my goal to take you, my reading audience, through a myriad of emotions while reading my work. As a writer, I can think of no higher achievement than this.
For instance, I can always count on some of my favorite novelists such as Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, Walter Mosley, Mary Higgins Clark or Stephen King, to jolt my senses by scrolling a completely unexpected turn-of-phrase across my mind's eye. This is what I hope for you, with my latest book, A Silver Tongue. My goal is to take a seemingly ordinary event, like the one where Gregory and Tuesday Washington are sitting down to dinner, and javelin a flash of words across the page, so unique, so unexpected it sizzles; causing you to sit straight up in your seat, and make you say, "What?"
Of course, having a broad scope of my goal is the easy part. But, what is it, I ask myself; what is it in particular that I intend to accomplish? Basically, I hope to give a gentle wake-up call to people regarding the importance of maintaining soulful, loving, intimate relationships.
My hope is that this book and all of my stories help spread the joy of sensual, loving relationships wherein people realize that life is really what you make it. I want to help my fellow humans discover that getting there; that evolving and learning to love more fully, is not an easy task; but certainly worth the effort. This is what I hope for all my readers.
Is What You Make It, Darlin'
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Format: Paperback, 182pp.
Publisher: Oshun Dynasty Publications
Pub. Date: July 2000
Bruce and Jackie have the perfect hookup. He's a pilot. She's a doctor. They live in a good neighborhood, in a beautiful house, and after jet-setting around for few years, have settled down into a bucolic life as mother and father of twins girls. Bruce: A man with a dark past, holding back a secret from his long time wife. Jackie: A black woman who follows her heart, thinking she's found the perfect man for her. What's wrong with this picture?
Life Is What You Make It, Darlin sizzles the G-spot as a good old-fashioned romance as told today: Erotic, Spicy, Enticing. This is a how-to manual about surviving the ups and downs of love in a day where nothing seems to last forever. This is an endearing portrayal of a young married couple working through a difficult time. * Warning: contains sexually explicit material.
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