In Deed and In Truth is Live!

Lillian Rose Atkins is tired. She’s tired of picking cotton, serving as a maid in a hotel, and taking care of her younger cousins. So when she receives an invitation—from the mother she hasn’t seen in ten years—to move to Chicago and take part in Chicago society, Lily jumps at the chance. This is her opportunity to finally have new things, be on the other side of service, and find a wealthy husband.


Rutledge “Rudy” Addison is tired. As an investigative journalist who reports on the facts of lynchings and race riots in the South, he’s tired of dealing with the dregs of society. But when he is challenged to love those he is starting to hate, he begins to find that life is not as black-and-white as he always thought.


When Lily and Rudy are thrown together, will they realize that maybe the things they’re tired of are more important than they could ever have fathomed?

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2 thoughts on “In Deed and In Truth is Live!

  1. Just finished this book, great read! Just curious, could you explain the cover of the book? Which character is on the cover?


    1. Kay, what a question you’ve asked! There’s definitely a story behind it. In Deed and In Truth was the first, only, and last book that I ever used the services of a self-publishing company. It was an experiment. Most of these companies are pricey and I needed to see if it would be worth it. For me, for a variety of reasons, it was not worth it, and I’d never do it again. The cover of this book was one of the problems I had.

      When choosing a cover for a novel, most authors and designers start from a stock photo. I requested stock photos for a historical novel with Black people. It’s been quite a few years since then, but if I recall correctly, they only had one distinct, obvious choice. And I wasn’t happy with that option. I kept digging and came across the current photo for my book. I promise you, in the catalogue, the woman looked like a person of color. She was much fairer than how I had pictured my heroine, but my mom and I thought it was the best option I had considering the circumstances, and I thought the background best captured the story I was telling. Fast forward some time and I finally get my hands on a paperback. At some point in the production process, the model had become lily-white. By this time, I was up to my ears in frustration with this company and so, I kept the cover. I decided the model would represent no one. She’d be a metaphor and sort of represent both the main characters. But from then on, I promised myself that I’d stick with someone who could offer a more personalized touch to my book covers!


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