Stand Your Ground #Race #Politics #Justice #NewRelease

In light of recent racial terrorism (because say what you will, that’s what the Charleston massacre was all about), it seems fitting that I should help spread the word about this captivating novel that seeks to help start the conversation about race, prejudice and laws (or lack thereof) that make up the current American culture. If you dare to face this controversy head on, keep reading.


Book Summary: 
From the #1 Essence bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray comes a new novel about three women forced to grapple with their faith and their belief in the justice system when they become involved in a high-stakes murder trial.
Janice Johnson is living every mother’s worst nightmare. Her sixteen-year-old son was murdered in the parking lot of a convenience store and the shooter hasn’t been arrested. Janice and her husband want justice for their son, but disagree about whether to trust the police investigation—or take matters into their own hands.
Shelly Vance cannot believe the nightmare that has become her life. Her husband is facing murder charges for shooting a sixteen-year-old who he says attacked him in a parking lot. This tragedy is only magnified by the racial divide it has created, and Shelly feels herself being judged by everyone from her employer to her friends. She’s vowed to stand by her husband no matter what, but how can she keep quiet when she’s keeping a secret that could blow the whole case wide open?
Alax Wilson would rather be anywhere else but on the jury of this highly charged case. Not only is she missing work—which she can’t really afford to do—but she’s been chosen as the jury’s foreman, which means she has to take her role seriously if there is any hope of reaching a verdict.
Faced with the tragic death of a teenager and a dramatic trial that has turned into media frenzy, Janice, Shelly, and Alax are forced to face their own prejudices and those of the world around them. But will the truth come to light?
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Author Bio:(null) (1)
Victoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton University where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.
Victoria spent ten years in Corporate America before she tested her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened a Financial Services Agency for Aegon, USA where she managed the number one division for nine consecutive years. However, Victoria never lost the dream to write and when the “bug” hit her again in 1997, she answered the call.
Victoria originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Temptation made numerous best sellers list and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature.
Victoria has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction. Since 2007, Victoria has won seven African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year – Female. Her 2014 NAACP Image Award nomination for Never Say Never was her third Image Award nomination.
Several of Victoria’s novels have been optioned to become movies, including The Deal, the Dance and the Devil and the Ex Files series.
With over one million books in print, Victoria is one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors.
Victoria, along with ReShonda Tate Billingsley, is the cofounder of Brown Girls Publishing.

What I appreciate about Stand Your Ground is the fact that it looks at the situation from three entirely different points of view. I can attest to VCM’s ability to manage these perspectives because she’s done it before.  There are so many people on both sides of the divide that refuse to entertain the thought that there could be valid points on either side. My hope for this book is that is sparks genuine conversation. Your thoughts?

6 thoughts on “Stand Your Ground #Race #Politics #Justice #NewRelease

  1. Faith, I hadn’t heard of this book, but thanks for sharing. You know, I actually live in Charleston. When I found out what happened I was so saddened and shocked. No matter how “post-racial” people think we are as a society, there’s just no denying the hatred that some people have for people just because of the color of their skin.


    • Anytime Quanie. I love sharing books like this that spark conversation. I need to update this post to reflect that it’s available for pre-order and drops tomorrow. I can imagine that the vibe in Charleston right now is tense. I’m all for being positive, but I draw the line at delusional i.e anyone who says that race relations and racial terrorism is still not a very big problem in this country.


      • Quanie: Omigoodness…I didn’t know you liked in Charleston! I would’ve reached out to you. I can only imagine the heaviness over the city right now. My Pastor back in D.C. preached an awesome sermon in response to the murders and it really encouraged me. He talked about what to do when evil is all around. One of the things he said that we should “let our anger fuel our advocacy.” In short, we must DO SOMETHING.

        Here’s the link:

        Faith, thank you so much for the introduction to this book. I love reading books from different POVs every since The Help. Because POV is something that I really struggle with.


        • Me too Simone, on both accounts. I love reading books with different POV and I struggle with POV. It’s something that you don’t really understand how much of a difference it makes in your reading, until you start writing! POV helps with continuity and a reader’s emotional tie to characters. I’ve been composing a post about POV in my head for weeks. I guess it’s time to tackle it and put it out there!


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