Afro-Bougie Blues: A Collection of Short Fiction

Afro-Bougie Blues is a collection of twelve original, engaging, and occasionally edgy short stories that dig into the souls of ordinary black women and men meeting life’s challenges with courage and care. A newlywed considers her past abortion after having a miscarriage. An Army veteran subdues his war memories with alcohol. A woman who loses weight watches her marriage crumble around her. A single father reflects on his pre-teen daughter’s complicated questions about love. A married woman falls in love with a jazz singer. Watch as the protagonists find their way, find love, or find themselves amid the chaos. Explore the world of Afro-Bougie Blues. An extraordinary assortment of stories awaits you. Dig in.


Meet Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson has been writing poetry and prose off and on for over 40 years, beginning with a series of poems to commemorate a cousin who passed away at age 19. She finds inspiration for her stories from a muse, an inner voice that propels her to put thoughts and emotions into words. When she isn’t writing, she uses her engineering background to work as a safety consultant, assessing machines and robotics in preparation for sale to European companies. Lauren is married to Howard Wilson; they have one dog, Petey. Lauren and Howard also have five precious nieces who provide much fulfillment and joy. In her spare time, Lauren is working on a labor of love – a 5 story miniature apartment building, filled with African-American art. She has been a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. since 2004.

Passionate Oversights

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This is a true story of seduction and corruption. All the events occurred in the town of Burkesville, a small farming community in South Central Kentucky

.Charlie Mason is a happy, retired gentleman living in Syracuse, New York; one of the snowiest parts of the nation. He yearns to move to a warmer climate such as Tennessee or Georgia. A romantic relationship in his life would be nice also since he has been alone for a long time.

He meets a woman on the social media platform Craig’s list, who appears to be everything he desires. She is a beautiful redhead; a business owner who is smart, funny and vibrant. She owns a horse farm and is part owner of a construction company. Her name is Patricia but most people call her Patriche.

After many email and phone conversations, she invites him to visit her at her home in Kentucky.He takes a chance and travels by bus to her location. Their first meeting is absolutely magic. Charlie has always had a penchant for redheads and Patriche is gorgeous. Overall, Charlie is impressed by her industrious nature.

They seem to have so many things in common, including the fact that she is originally from upstate New York. Charlie believes he may have met his soul-mate. Their days are filled with love and laughter as Patriche shows Charlie the beauty of the Kentucky landscape as well as the local sites.

But the real fireworks happen in the bedroom. Even though neither of them are ‘spring chickens’, their sexual responses to each other can rival couples half their age.

Charlie and Patriche decide to travel to upstate New York in order to pick up their various possessions, visit friends and return to Kentucky to begin a new life together.

Their is only one problem. This lady is a deadly Black Widow in disguise.

Through their nightly conversations, Patriche discloses several events of her past that shock Charlie. She was responsible for the death of her oldest daughter, she is estranged from her children, she had her ex-husband deported to Canada, and her last lover put a shotgun in his mouth and blew his brains out.

The story now becomes a painful voyage into perdition. Suffering at the hands of a sadistic lover is only the beginning. Patriche has Charlie arrested for a heinous crime for which he is innocent. While he is incarcerated, Patriche takes her possessions, as well as Charlie’s, and moves back to upstate New York.

Charlie is convicted and sentenced to a 5 year term in Federal prison. Physical and emotional abuse from a corrupt judicial system could possibly lead to his death. In the face of overwhelming odds, Charlie fights to save his life, his honor, and his sanity. Throughout this journey, the reader will come to see how one man used every single ounce of his being to survive.

Passionate Oversights offers a glimpse of domestic abuse from the male point of view and is a ‘must read’ for anyone considering an Internet-Based relationship.

From Battery to Victory 2: In the Midst

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Just when Deanna thinks she has escaped the nightmare her life has become, Jamie is set free and picks ups right where he left off. Vowing that he had changed like so many times before, Deanna finds herself once again trapped sub-coming to abuse much worse than before. What will she do? Will she survive?