||Jan 23, 2006
Manerva R. Jones is trapped in her Southern roots until she discovers her freedom is deeper than life itself. Her sense of passion, power, and spirit cause her to fight injustice at all cost. And it is injustice that takes her on a journey to Chicago where she meets two important people in her life. The three of them realize the irony of their freedom...battling love and lust...wanting to do the right thing...knowing God will forgive them....They are torn between living life to please family and following their hearts to their own happiness.
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Feel good about reading this book., February 2, 2006
Reviewer: Lynn Barry (Fillmore, NY)
Feelings by Tempie is a book that made me think of VC Andrews' books and how the well to do seem to have a different self serving set of rules and how those rules can destroy many lives in the process.
This novel cleverly interweaves interesting story telling with social problems that effect all of society. The ability to inject spiritual truths as well makes the author a three dimensional communicator, in my book. Well done!
If You Have Any Feelings At All
If you have any feelings at all!, March 20, 2006
Reviewer: Shayla McClellon "Shayla"
I was curious when I started reading this author's novel as to why she decided to name it what she did. As I became engrossed in the storyline, and began to know the main character Manerva, I could have sworn someone had been following me around in my young years as a young black woman. Living in the late sixties and early seventies, during the period of segregation and depression changing the way society was taught to think was a feat by itself, let alone becoming a professional nurse as her main character Manerva. One thing I wished I had was the enormous strength and integrity that her character showed. Whether it was when she felt her back was against the wall and she was being mistreated or if she saw someone helpless and unable to fight back, Manerva stood firmly behind them. I cried with her for the patient without a name that was treated unfairly! I stuck out my chest when Manerva walked away from bigotry and the deception that surrounded her! I applauded her for finding out the truth and fighting through her own sickness Manerva was able to make it right! What a curageous woman this character was to give her all and somehow find peace in the end. If you do not have Feelings while reading this novel, you may not be among the living.
Shayla McClellon author of "Hypnotic"
Review for Tempie's Amazing Book
Review for Tempie's amazing book "Feelings" , April 25, 2006
Reviewer: Donna Sheehy "Poet/Author of Romancing on the Bay of Fundy" (Nova Scotia, Canada)
While reading Tempie's novel, "Feelings," I was instantly drawn to the main character, Manerva, and her sincere heartfelt manner and unwavering determination, as she deals with the injustice of racism while being a third year medical intern. During this crossroad in her life, she is forever changed. Not only does she feel the impact of this tragic injustice, but also feels for others having to deal with the same issues. Her spirit is strong and her nature good. Her vulnerability is apparent in her personal relationships. However, her determination to fight the injustice on behalf of those who fall short due to race, culture, or social status in the eyes of the tainted elite, is constant and her choices will empower her spirit as well as those around her. She is determined to have a voice and have it heard.
Tempie has created a strong woman for all women to emulate. She provides us with a character that is sincere, honest, determined and fair. A character whose love for others is apparent and her desire to share her happiness with others is commendable and her greatest strength. "She always looked for the good in people, realizing their faults, just as her own, but not concentrating on them."
Tempie clearly covers every emotion both seen and felt through her vividly depicted characters and storyline. Her story is clever, thought provoking, gripping and covers an important topic that must be read. I can visually see her characters come to life as each page turns. Tempie also covers every topic, racism, ethics, politics, relationships, family and religion. I could see this story become an instant hit on the big screen. I highly recommend this story for all to read. In fact, I believe this would make an excellent book for required reading for all college students.
Author of Romancing on the Bay of Fundy
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Reader Reviews for "Feelings"
|Reviewed by Pier Tyler
|Fascinating, moxie story...a winning page turner.
|Reviewed by Albert Williams
As a fellow published author, under the Publishamerica imprint, Albert Williams said, "I proudly recommend, Feelings, as an amazing read, and a publication worthy of critical acclaim."
Albert Williams reading Tempie's book Feeling
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Tomorrow’s author today
JOURNALIST, FREE-LANCE REPORTER, LITERARY CRITIC, POET AND AUTHOR OF HAUNTED HERITAGE AND OTHER STORIES (PUBLISHAMERICA, ISBN 1-4241-0680-X)
very once in a while, there comes along an author who captures in real-time the spirit of a particular society.
One such author in my view, is Memphis-born, Tempie D. King, author of ‘Feelings’ (ISBN -4241-0706-7) Published by Maryland-based, traditional publisher, Publishamerica LLLP. This 164-page publication is a modern-day, classic written in the literary tradition of the Deep South. Its treatment of its subject, matter resembles such writers as the renowned, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Ernest Hemingway and Og Mandino who are the author’s idols. “John Grisham,” says Tempie, ”is another author that I love. His work has inspired me tremendously, even more so, since I left Chicago and moved back. Now, I live where he lived…I see what he saw. Our age is only one year apart. I now sit in the same library and write as he wrote his many novels such as: ‘A time to kill.’ …Both libraries here in Mississippi are featuring and want to promote me just as they did John Grisham.”
Miss King, who prefers to be known by her Christian name only, presents her protagonist, Manerva R. Jones, as a young, medical student determined, to champion the cause of the down- trodden, particularly in Memphis, Tennessee, USA where the novel is set, against institutionalised racism and injustice in corporate America.
Her debut book, which was just released, March 27th, 2006, and which is now available, with great five-star reviews on-line, from top booksellers such as Amazon.co.uk, Borders, Barns and Noble and WH Smith, etc, and in several libraries, in the states Kentucky and Mississippi and others, is a well-crafted tale told in the vernacular of the characters she has presented. And through whom she relates events and episodes, which are at once recognisable to readers, acquainted with American society, and its all too evident racial divide.
Tempie, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre medicine, and who attended the Writers Digest School of Novel Writing, in addition to weaving her abundant knowledge of the medical profession into the plot of the story, also has extensive expertise in management and marketing and sales, and cleverly utilises anecdotes from her professional life in this little gem, to bring to life the themes of family values, spiritual enrichment, and romantic love into one masterful volume of a publication, in this her first of many novels.
The author told this writer that she realised that she had the gift of writing during her early years, “in between jobs.” She already was in the habit of keeping a journal of her reflections on life matters, and it was these jottings that she would later turn into ‘Feelings’ many years later following a traumatic period when, as fate would have it, she would lose both her parents within the space of one month. “Feelings was written ten years ago,” she confessed. “…That’s when I wrote it. I remember every day; it was like an obsession. I’d go to the library and I made a job out of learning how to write a novel. I read every book that could teach me how to write fiction. I became very happy because of what it did for me. I was this person away from home…I was going through my own life obstacles. But I didn’t want family and people to know. So I would just write down what I was feeling, and when I did that it gave me a sense fulfilment. It made me feel good about my self and my life…it filled a lot of the void. And so, I built on that.”
I asked Tempie to share her thoughts in retrospect about her lead character, Manerva, around whom the story revolves. She revealed that while Manerva, is a fictional character spawned from her imagination, she is quite a creation of her own making.
“Manerva is a creation of fiction but her stories and life are so real. They are based on a lot of inspired truths,” she mused adding, “ There are actual battles throughout the story where being the author, I had to yield to my heroine and remove myself completely, and allow her to guide and dictate the story.” Tempie declares adamantly, that although memories of her up bringing of the 60’s era, which saw protest marches and boycotts to fight for the recognition of civil rights for coloureds; inspired by the oratorical speeches of the now deceased, Dr. Martin Luther King, have shaped her world-view, she sees her self as simply a writer, and states, “I wanted it to be something that I could read to my nephews and niece; something that they could be proud of.”
Aptly, Feelings is dedicated to the memory of her parents and her brother. She will ever be grateful to her two sisters and brother, and close relatives and friends for all of their love and support.
On Friday morning, Tempie will be the guest on CBS- affiliate, WREG TV Channel 3’s Live .9 to promote her first major book signing at David-kidd Booksellers in downtown Memphis, where she will meet the reading public and sign copies of Feelings on Saturday, August 5th at 1:00 p.m.
As a fellow published author, under the Publishamerica imprint, I proudly recommend, Feelings, as an amazing read, and a publication worthy of critical acclaim.
FEELINGS (PUBLISHAMERICA ISBN 1-4241-0706-7) IS AVAILABLE AT ON-LINE BOOK STORES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND INTERNATIONALLY
FEELINGS IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS BOOK STORES IN MEMPHIS
q Davis-Kidd Booksellers-Laurelwood Plaza
q BookStar Barnes & Nobles-Poplar Avenue
q Barnes &Noble-Winchester Avenue
q Barnes & Noble -Wolfchase Galleria
q Burkes Books-(mid-town)Poplar Avenue
q Urban Knowledge-Southland Mall
q Urban Knowledge-Hickory Ridge Mall
FEELINGS IS AVAILABLE AT FOUR LIBRARIES IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY, AND TWO IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AND MORE TO COME…
For more information on Tempie, her works, and her tour of events, go now to her websites and please feel free to sign her guest book.