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Escaping Toward Freedom:


Escaping Toward Freedom is the fictional story of four teens who escape a human trafficking ring. Clarissa Maxwell, a key character in this thriller, is a former Navy specialist with friends in military special forces. Clarissa is vacationing in the Georgia countryside, deep in the woods, when she spots a girl hiding at the edge of her cabin. Sight of the girl trembling changes everything, strips Clarissa of the reason she’d traveled to the cabin. At once, Clarissa and the girl enter a world of danger, mystery and chase.

 

Author Denise Turney is the writer of the urban novels Love Pour Over MePortiaLove Has Many FacesSpiralGada's GloryGregory The Lionhearted and Long Walk Up. Urban books author, Denise Turney, has more than 40 years of writing experience. She is a full-time writer whose works have appeared in popular African American magazines, diverse newspapers and women's periodicals such as: Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, Madame Noire, America Online, Bahiyah Woman, Today's Black Woman, Parade, Sisters In Style, Your Church Magazine, Modern Dad Magazine, KaNupepa, The Trenton Times, Family Times, The Preacher's Magazine, Black Living, Princeton, New Jersey's Business and Entertainment Weekly - US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pif, Q, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University's Literary Journal and Obsidian II.

 

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Chattanooga, TN 37421
(215) 869-3469

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Author Denise Turney is the writer of the urban novels Love Pour Over MePortiaLove Has Many FacesSpiralGada's GloryGregory The Lionhearted and Long Walk Up. Urban books author, Denise Turney, has more than 40 years of writing experience. She is a full-time writer whose works have appeared in popular African American magazines, diverse newspapers and women's periodicals such as: Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, Madame Noire, America Online, Bahiyah Woman, Today's Black Woman, Parade, Sisters In Style, Your Church Magazine, Modern Dad Magazine, KaNupepa, The Trenton Times, Family Times, The Preacher's Magazine, Black Living, Princeton, New Jersey's Business and Entertainment Weekly - US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pif, Q, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University's Literary Journal and Obsidian II. African American author, Denise Turney, has also appeared on popular Christian and educational radio and television stations around the United States. Denise has spoken at major cultural festivals, writer conferences and colleges and universities, including Black Herstory, Spelman College, Emory University, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Philadelphia Bible College and the Philadelphia Community College. She is a newspaper and magazine columnist and the editor of the literary periodical The Book Lover's Haven.

Denise host the international radio program Off The Shelf Books Talk Radio which airs on Blog Talk Radio live from 11AM-12PM on Saturday and 24/7 throughout the rest of the week. She has interviewed New York Times bestselling authors like Zane, Francis Ray, Roland Martin, Patricia Haley-Glass, Paulette Harper, Valerie Coleman, Tyora Moody, Omar Tyree and Tracey Price Thompson and Grammy Award nominee, Awiatka.

Denise is a mother and a co-founder of Bucks County Pennsylvania's first African American owned and operated drug and alcohol intervention program - No Longer Bound. She has volunteered with numerous charity and community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Saturday Scholars and Girls, Inc. Denise Turney is an entrepreneur, freelance writer, and a businesswoman and a civic and community volunteer. Her current and former memberships include: The National Women's Executive Association, Black Women Entrepreneurs, You Are Not Alone (YANA), The Philadelphia Writer's Organization, The International Black Writer's Organization, and The International Women's Writing Guild.

Denise is listed in Who's Who, 100 Most Admired African American Women, and various novelists directories. She is the author of the new and emotionally gripping story - Love Pour Over Me, author of the motivational book Long Walk Up,author of the the historic mystery, Spiral, author of the children's book, Rosetta's Great Adventure, author of the multicultural celebrity mystery, Love Has Many Faces and the author of the story of a successful African American defense attorney dealing with breast cancer - Portia. She is currently working on her seventh and eighth novels.

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EARLY YEARS: African American books and urban novels author, Denise Turney, attended South-Young High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Faculty voted her to be one of four students to attend Girls' State in Nashville. A nature and sports lover, Denise was one of Tennessee's top high school middle distance track and field runners and one of Knoxville's leading cross-country runners. After high school, Denise attended The University of Tennessee. She served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1984 - 1988. While serving in the Navy, she earned two Navy Achievement Medals within four years. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

BACKGROUND: Denise Turney is the third cousin of Norris Turney, a jazz musician who played lead saxophone in Duke Ellington's Orchestra. She is the great-granddaughter of Rueben Skinner, one of Ohio and Kentucky's early and top African American show horse trainers. Denise is the sister of Eric Turney, an actor and professional singer who makes his home Orlando, Florida. She is the sister Reverend Richard Turney, pastor of Rest Haven Baptist Church, and Reverend Dr. Clark Turney, youth pastor and family counselor. Her sister and super good friend, Adrianne, is a retired police officer and school teacher. Denise is the daughter of Richard Turney, a pioneer and reportedly the first African American to successfully own and operate a business in South Knoxville. It was through her father that Denise first learned to dream. As a young girl, Denise loved going to NHRA drag races with her father and siblings and watching her father win races while driving his white Austin Healy. Her mother, Doris, transitioned when Denise was a young girl. Her father transitioned in 2011. Her precious son, Gregory, transitioned in 2017. Today they are among Denise's angels, the people Denise thinks about whenever she sees a butterfly or large birds.

KEEP IN MIND: YOU are VERY important to Denise! She loves to hear from visitors to the site.

Denise encourages you to treat yourself with as much respect, love and tenderness that you would give to your very best friend. Her favorite scriptures are: "He persevered because he saw him who is invisible." -- Hebrews 11:27b (NIV) , "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." -- Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) and Psalm 23.

Love Pour Over Me (New Book), Long Walk UpLove Has Many FacesPortia and Spiral and Rosetta's Great Hope are the beginnings of great works created by this exciting professional writer. To our customers - Thank you for supporting Denise's books!

 

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Escaping Toward Freedom: Journey out of trauma back to love and safety

She dressed hurriedly. Then, she packed and toted her luggage, her handgun and book bag downstairs into the living room. Luggage in the living room, she entered the kitchen where she scrambled and ate three eggs for breakfast, took her vitamins and drank a glass of cranberry juice. After she washed the dishes, she went into the first floor guest bathroom and peed.
A moment later, she hurried into the living room and placed her Glock handgun in its case. After she put the gun case in her book bag, she glanced over her shoulder, checking to see if she'd forgotten anything. Certain that she hadn't, she headed outside, locked her townhouse and walked toward her burgundy Toyota Camry, silently praying to God for writing inspiration.
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            Yellow daffodils, pink, red and purple tulips and blue irises sprang up on the sides of the narrow, two lane highway that Clarissa drove down for miles. Flowers, nature, color -- they were what Clarissa loved about the hills of North Georgia, especially the area surrounding the Mozark Cabins. She hadn't seen nature explode with so much color since she'd visited the cabins a year ago. The hills rolled with green grass, plants and trees that birds and squirrel played in, their chirps and squeaks going up like an exuberant chorus.
            The Camry's dashboard recorded an outside temperature of ninety-four degrees. Yet, Clarissa punched the window remote and rolled her driver side window down, letting cold air escape. Less than a quarter mile ahead, on the right side of the road, was a creek. Thanks to the previous night's pouring rain, Clarissa was confident that the creek running behind the Mozark Cabins was full, allowing her to hear the creek gurgle, even if only faintly.
            Swinging around a curve in the highway, she turned the car radio off and listened. Although sound of the creek flowing escaped her, she smiled when she heard birds playing in the trees, reminding her of how nature remained untouched by commercialism out here.
            Nature’s tranquility continued to relax her as she drove around another curve, then looked up and saw a familiar red, brick building. A wooden sign with “Mozark Cabins Travel Services” printed in thick black letters across its front was placed in the building’s front window.

 

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