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Withdrawn Philadelphia attorney Landrien Moriset has spent most of her life emotionally closed off from everyone around her, and that’s just how she likes it. With a nice little apartment, no lack of lovers, and a caring police officer brother, she has few complaints. She’s living by her own rules, and that's all that matters. But everything changes when her mother’s sudden death calls her back to the family home in Phoenixville, and she is forced to confront the ghosts of her painful childhood. From a mysterious locket to a dusty old photo album and a box of diaries, what Landrien discovers in the family home threatens to turn her carefully crafted life upside down. Taking the reader on a journey from snowy Pennsylvania to backwoods Arkansas, Landrien Moriset is Berneta L. Haynes’ quiet, suspenseful debut novel about love, secrets, survival, and sacrifice.
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Berneta L. Haynes was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas but has lived everywhere from Missouri, England, Iowa, Chicago, and Philadelphia since age eighteen. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in English, Writing, and Psychology from Drury University in 2006. She later received a Master of Arts in English from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law. She has practiced environmental law in Chicago and Atlanta, advocating for environmental justice and renewable energy.
Her previous short story publication credits include Bonfire, a literary magazine published through Drury University, and The Bangalore Review. Additionally, she has published articles in Out on the Town Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, and the Iowa Press-Citizen. Her debut novel, Landrien Moriset, is now widely available at Amazon and other well-known book retailers.
Currently, Berneta is the founding editor of Waking Writer, managing editor at NPO.io, and a public policy advocate in Atlanta. She is working on her upcoming science fiction novel and blogging joyously. Social butterflies can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
"[Landrien Moriset] is a well-written, interesting, historically-accurate, presently-relevant read that holds the attention of the reader with a creative plot and likable characters." - Tameka L. White, Editor
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