Balancing Act

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Dutton, 1997 - Fiction - 340 pages
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"Elise Jeffries, new media spokesperson for the huge multi-national ScanTron, has to prove herself - and do it fast. She lost her last job and ended up in court when a man she trusted leaked information she had given him - information that turned out to be dead wrong. The mistake ruined her career and nearly wrecked her marriage, as the costs of the lawsuit wiped out her husband's dreams of his own business. Now a chemical plant explodes and a huge fire threatens to rip through her old Texas hometown of Flatwoods - a disaster that has already destroyed several nearby homes." "The friendly town of Flatwoods that Elise remembers from childhood has disappeared, replaced by rows of houses for sale and angry people suffering from a series of mysterious ailments. As the acrid smoke from the fire covers the area, more people fall ill. But the company denies that anything toxic is stored at their facility, and Elise believes them. She believes them until she finds her girlfriend - still young but no longer the pretty, vibrant woman Elise remembers - ravaged by illness." "With her suspicions growing and her old nemesis trying to win her back into his confidence, and perhaps his bed, Elise must defend ScanTron or lose her job. But her conscience tells her she must do something else - find out the truth about the accident, the truth about ScanTron's real business, the truth about the sickness killing her people. It's an investigation that will take grit and daring, for Elise is uncovering secrets someone is willing to kill to keep."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Bunkley (Starlight Passage, 1996, etc.) has toned down her tendency toward purple prose, but, ironically, while the writing's vastly improved in this new outing, the plot could use some livening up ... Read full review

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Elise Jeffries's marriage, friendships, integrity, and probationary job as media spokesperson for Houston-based ScanTron Security International are challenged when a suicidal driver crashes into a ... Read full review


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Anita Richmond Bunkley is a novelist, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She was born in Columbus, Ohio. Bunkley was researching the African American woman who inspired the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas," when she decided instead to write a novel based on the woman's life. Bunkley self-published the book, Emily. Bunkley published other novels with Dutton/Signet including Wild Embers which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 10 best romances of 1995. Glamour magazine picked Starlight Passage as a favorite romance novel of the year. Bunkley has also been honored with the United Negro College Fund's Excellence in Achievement Award. She created a program based on her story of determination and success in the face of overwhelming odds. Her book, Steppin' Out With Attitude, offers practical advice, emotional support, and step-by-step tips to help pave the way to success for the businesswoman, entrepreneur, or young person entering the job market. She tours throughout the country offering her workshops through the black women's empowerment venue African American Women on Tour.

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