Reverend Benjamin Thomas has finally obtained the post for which he has been praying for years; he and his son, Forrest, are now Pastor and Assistant Pastor of First St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church. They are given a choice of housing: the parsonage beside the church or a mansion that was donated to the church by a deceased member, as the new parsonage. Because of its dark past: the horrors of slavery; a reported murder/suicide of a past pastor and his wife; and the disappearance of another pastor and his family; they are warned against taking the mansion. Despite the warning, Benjamin chooses the mansion. Forrest discovers that there is major corruption going on in the church, and that the chairman of the Deacon Board, Gaston Burton Davis—who is also the city’s mayor–is at the core of it all. He also discovers that his father is being used to further the corruption. Forrest, with the help of one of the mothers of the church, tries to save his father, and the church, from the negative forces that are working against First St. Marks. In the process, the practice of tithing is explored.
About the Author:
Dr. Mildred Dumàs is a novelist and a playwright. She is also an actress of stage, screen and television. Some of her movie credits include Lady Killers, The Hustle, and Chasing Papi. She is best remembered as Principal Brandywine on Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous Show. Some of her plays have been produced at theaters around the country. Her play, When the Past Comes Back . . . (drama about sorority hazing), received seven N.A.A.C.P. Theater Awards Nominations in 2001. Mildred is also a Naturopathic Doctor and has penned a book on natural healing: God’s Diet for His People. Dr. Dumas lives in Southern California.$14.41
William Ellis Colby, Caucasian, is dead. He has willed his thriving multi-million dollar advertising agency to his daughter, Sonya Ellis Colby, and his personal assistant, Velma Hannah (the woman he planned to marry and who is African American), Claire Colby, William’s wife, unable to cope with her estranged husband’s death, commits suicide. Sonya vows to make Velma pay for what she has done to her (Sonya’s) family.
Sonya disappears, then returns home (after four years) with a vengeance. She assumes her position as second-in-command at the agency and manages to inveigle Vlema into her home where she drugs her and holds her captive. Callie Foster, a former maid of the Colby family—who has been locked in the house for the four years. Sonya has been gone and who hates Sonya as much as Sonya does Velma Hannah—comes to Velma’s aid. These three women—and Bradley Morris, head of the Creative Department at the agency, and who is secretly in love with Velma—make Bitter Inheritance a thrilling must-read.
About the Author:
Mildred Dumás’ outstanding record as a writer includes numerous stage plays—some of which have been produced by theaters around the country. One of her plays, When the Past Comes Back . . ., a drama about sorority hazing, received seven NAACP Theatre Awards Nominations in 2001. Bitter Inheritance is her first novel. It is awaiting funds to be made into a movie. Her fourth novel, Black Eden, a drama about the good and bad within a church, is being published along with this edition of Bitter Inheritance. As a Naturopathic Doctor, Mildred penned a book on natural healing, God’s Diet for His People, in 1998. Dr. Dumás resides in Southern, California.$2.99–$14.08