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Cassandra Whitmore is facing yet another Valentine’s Day alone. Her love life is as dry as the Sharpie pen she uses to mark an even more dreadful day on her calendar—her upcoming 30th birthday. Driven by the maddening ticking of her biological clock, Cassandra is determined to meet, fall in love with, and marry “The One” within nine months. When Cassandra accompanies her cousin to a night club, her Type-A quest to meet a man is quickly rewarded by a stranger’s velvety, baritone voice asking if he might occupy the seat next to her. He’s Nicolas Harte, whose good looks leave Cassandra speechless, but not for long. After mustering enough courage to strike up a conversation, she learns Nicolas is everything she wants in a man—smart, successful, and available. There’s only one catch: He’s “GU” (geographically undesirable). Nonetheless, Cassandra falls in love with Nicolas and makes the uncharacteristic decision to move from Los Angeles to New York to be with him. But Cassandra gets a rude awakening when she discovers there’s something rotten in the Big Apple.
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An author and playwright, Alretha is making her name through her pen. Award winning plays and wanting to help her community, her background is as diverse as her personality. She started at the age of ten, when her 5th grade teacher picked and read her short story assignment in front of the class—that simple, loving act empowered a new writer. Continuing in high school, her numerous original oratorical conquests on the Speech Team led her to a journalism concentration at USC. Upon graduating, Alretha soon realized that her interest in journalism was not heartfelt. While at the taping of a sitcom, the producer noticed her and encouraged her to model. Modeling didn’t mean much to her, but it did lead her to acting and a NAACP Theatre Award Nomination (1993) for BEST ACTRESS. Alretha left acting and began to write full time. Her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the response was overwhelming. This led to plays outside of the church. The Stella Adler Theater presented A Shrine to Junior (2002), nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award. Civil Rites (2004) was awarded an NAACP Theatre Award, and Alretha’s play, Grandpa’s Truth (2006) ran at the Inglewood Playhouse in Inglewood, California, and was extended more than once by popular demand. Not only did radio station KJLH support by recommending this production to its listeners, but notables like the Mayor of Inglewood, Roosevelt Dorn, and music legends like Freda Payne and Stevie Wonder had critical acclaim for Grandpa’s Truth. This wonderful piece was featured on Channel 5 (KTLA News) by Entertainment Reporter, Sam Rubin. Additionally, Alretha’s play, Sacrificing Simone (2007) had a successful run at Stage 52 in Los Angeles and was called “An inspirational crowd pleaser” by the Los Angeles Times. Her most recent work, the ground breaking One, Woman Two Lives, starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by three time NAACP Best Director Image Award recipient, Denise Dowse, garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences. In between plays, Alretha’s first novel Daughter Denied was launched in 2008 and has received glowing reviews from readers and book clubs across the country. Her second book, Dancing Her Dreams Away, debuted in 2011. Representing her books, Alretha has been the guest on many radio and television shows, including San Francisco Public Affairs show Bay Sunday with Barbara Rodgers.
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Book Description Diverse Arts Collective, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0615620744