The Breaking Point

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Black-Smith Enterprises, Aug 1, 2004 - Fiction - 188 pages
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Vanessa Jackson is a reporter on assignment at the Wayne County Women's Correctional Facility. Her assignment is to interview Marion Hayes, who was convicted to a life sentence for murdering her husband. At first Vanessa is a little put off about having to do the seemingly mundane interview in the first place, until she researches the case in depth and finds that there is more to the woman's story than meets the eye. What kind of woman murders her husband? Almost immediately upon meeting Marion, Vanessa becomes intrigued with the beautiful woman that is presented to her. She becomes mystified to understand how this woman, who exudes such strength and poise, could be capable of murder. No sooner is this question formed in her mind then the tape recorder starts rolling and she is taken deep into the grim existence of a woman who has known nothing but loss, abuse, and heartache all of her life. You will become enthralled in the story of a woman who has become the prisoner of her mind and emotions and has no other outlet than to tell her story to a complete stranger to expunge her demons. You will feel the heartache of her tremendous loss, the suspense of her trials and tribulations, and the shock of the incident that finally drives her to the point of violence. Travel with her from childhood with her mother-like love for her younger brother and their experience as they get bounced around as foster children at a young age, to the meeting of her childhood sweetheart who would be her soul mate, her battle with drugs and prostitution, and the many other obstacles that plague her life along the way.

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While I try not to turn away from a book for poor editing, if the story is worth the read, I am elated when I encounter a book that is well written with a great storyline, and near perfect editing ... Read full review

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Janaya Black- the eldest of five children, was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Even as a child, she always showed a passion for creative writing. She began writing short stories at a young age and showed great promise by exhibiting her skills in various college-prep classes all through her school career, entering oratorical contests through church organizations, and song writing.In 2004, Janaya wrote and published her first fiction novel The Breaking Point, followed by her second release in November of 2006, As Told By the Other Woman, which is the second installment of the Prison Chronicles series. In addition to her book authoring and publishing endeavors, Janaya is also a freelance journalist for the Michigan Front Page newspaper, screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright.Janaya serves as president/CEO of Black-Smith Enterprises, which is an entertainment infrastructure she created to house all of her creative projects. She is also a managing partner and founder of the Trinity Film Coalition, which is a Michigan based film organization that is dedicated to the advancement of independent film.Black-Smith Enterprises is currently in negotiations to turn The Breaking Point into a feature length film. Thus far the company has shot a four-minute mini short to showcase the storyline for the film. The project was both written and directed by Janaya and produced in association with her husbands film company Goldline Films. She also wrote, directed, and produced the breakout video Im Hott for rapper Jassasin and Clubbin. These works can be viewed,, and

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