Scroll To Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE POUR OVER ME'S PRELUDE:


It's the 1980s. Pork chops smothered in sweet onions are frying in the kitchen. PacMac is the rave. Outside sirens blare their way down the street. Not much has changed in Dayton, Ohio. Miles away, in Philadelphia, the University of Pemberton awaits the arrival of a high school track and field phenom, a local celebrity who is eager to escape home. But trouble has a way of following a man, especially one who's on the run. Relax. Stay awhile . . . Come closer . . .

 

Author Denise Turney is the writer of the urban novels Love Pour Over MePortiaLove Has Many FacesSpiralGada's GloryGregory The Lionhearted and Long Walk Up. Urban books author, Denise Turney, has more than 40 years of writing experience. She is a full-time writer whose works have appeared in popular African American magazines, diverse newspapers and women's periodicals such as: Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, Madame Noire, America Online, Bahiyah Woman, Today's Black Woman, Parade, Sisters In Style, Your Church Magazine, Modern Dad Magazine, KaNupepa, The Trenton Times, Family Times, The Preacher's Magazine, Black Living, Princeton, New Jersey's Business and Entertainment Weekly - US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pif, Q, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University's Literary Journal and Obsidian II.

 

Click Here or Image For My Media Channel

You'll love Off The Shelf! Here you'll find all things storytelling! That's from books to stage plays to motion pictures. That's not all! We offer in-depth feature author interviews! 411 on book conferences, book festivals and book club events. Get your dose of real literary advice, book tips and hard-to-find 411 from professional book writers, editors, literary agents and bestselling book publishers! And at Off The Shelf Book Radio, we answer your questions LIVE on the air! You may be surprised with a LIVE feature from a bestselling books author, movie producer or leading edge business owner! Tune in! 

 

Chistell Publishing 
7235 Aventine Way,
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(215) 869-3469

Email Us

Denise Turney

Speaker / Author

Chistell Publishing 
7235 Aventine Way,
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(215) 869-3469

Email Us

Top

Author Denise Turney is the writer of the urban novels Love Pour Over MePortiaLove Has Many FacesSpiralGada's GloryGregory The Lionhearted and Long Walk Up. Urban books author, Denise Turney, has more than 40 years of writing experience. She is a full-time writer whose works have appeared in popular African American magazines, diverse newspapers and women's periodicals such as: Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, Madame Noire, America Online, Bahiyah Woman, Today's Black Woman, Parade, Sisters In Style, Your Church Magazine, Modern Dad Magazine, KaNupepa, The Trenton Times, Family Times, The Preacher's Magazine, Black Living, Princeton, New Jersey's Business and Entertainment Weekly - US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pif, Q, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University's Literary Journal and Obsidian II. African American author, Denise Turney, has also appeared on popular Christian and educational radio and television stations around the United States. Denise has spoken at major cultural festivals, writer conferences and colleges and universities, including Black Herstory, Spelman College, Emory University, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Philadelphia Bible College and the Philadelphia Community College. She is a newspaper and magazine columnist and the editor of the literary periodical The Book Lover's Haven.

Denise host the international radio program Off The Shelf Books Talk Radio which airs on Blog Talk Radio live from 11AM-12PM on Saturday and 24/7 throughout the rest of the week. She has interviewed New York Times bestselling authors like Zane, Francis Ray, Roland Martin, Patricia Haley-Glass, Paulette Harper, Valerie Coleman, Tyora Moody, Omar Tyree and Tracey Price Thompson and Grammy Award nominee, Awiatka.

Denise is a mother and a co-founder of Bucks County Pennsylvania's first African American owned and operated drug and alcohol intervention program - No Longer Bound. She has volunteered with numerous charity and community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Saturday Scholars and Girls, Inc. Denise Turney is an entrepreneur, freelance writer, and a businesswoman and a civic and community volunteer. Her current and former memberships include: The National Women's Executive Association, Black Women Entrepreneurs, You Are Not Alone (YANA), The Philadelphia Writer's Organization, The International Black Writer's Organization, and The International Women's Writing Guild.

Denise is listed in Who's Who, 100 Most Admired African American Women, and various novelists directories. She is the author of the new and emotionally gripping story - Love Pour Over Me, author of the motivational book Long Walk Up,author of the the historic mystery, Spiral, author of the children's book, Rosetta's Great Adventure, author of the multicultural celebrity mystery, Love Has Many Faces and the author of the story of a successful African American defense attorney dealing with breast cancer - Portia. She is currently working on her seventh and eighth novels.

Treat yourself to this writer's moving books!

EARLY YEARS: African American books and urban novels author, Denise Turney, attended South-Young High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Faculty voted her to be one of four students to attend Girls' State in Nashville. A nature and sports lover, Denise was one of Tennessee's top high school middle distance track and field runners and one of Knoxville's leading cross-country runners. After high school, Denise attended The University of Tennessee. She served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1984 - 1988. While serving in the Navy, she earned two Navy Achievement Medals within four years. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

BACKGROUND: Denise Turney is the third cousin of Norris Turney, a jazz musician who played lead saxophone in Duke Ellington's Orchestra. She is the great-granddaughter of Rueben Skinner, one of Ohio and Kentucky's early and top African American show horse trainers. Denise is the sister of Eric Turney, an actor and professional singer who makes his home Orlando, Florida. She is the sister Reverend Richard Turney, pastor of Rest Haven Baptist Church, and Reverend Dr. Clark Turney, youth pastor and family counselor. Her sister and super good friend, Adrianne, is a retired police officer and school teacher. Denise is the daughter of Richard Turney, a pioneer and reportedly the first African American to successfully own and operate a business in South Knoxville. It was through her father that Denise first learned to dream. As a young girl, Denise loved going to NHRA drag races with her father and siblings and watching her father win races while driving his white Austin Healy. Her mother, Doris, transitioned when Denise was a young girl. Her father transitioned in 2011. Her precious son, Gregory, transitioned in 2017. Today they are among Denise's angels, the people Denise thinks about whenever she sees a butterfly or large birds.

KEEP IN MIND: YOU are VERY important to Denise! She loves to hear from visitors to the site.

Denise encourages you to treat yourself with as much respect, love and tenderness that you would give to your very best friend. Her favorite scriptures are: "He persevered because he saw him who is invisible." -- Hebrews 11:27b (NIV) , "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." -- Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) and Psalm 23.

Love Pour Over Me (New Book), Long Walk UpLove Has Many FacesPortia and Spiral and Rosetta's Great Hope are the beginnings of great works created by this exciting professional writer. To our customers - Thank you for supporting Denise's books!

 

Top

Would you love your father if he had been abusive to you when you were a child? Could you forgive him?

LOVE POUR OVER ME'S PRELUDE:
It's the 1980s. Pork chops smothered in sweet onions are frying in the kitchen. PacMac is the rave. Outside sirens blare their way down the street. Not much has changed in Dayton, Ohio. Miles away, in Philadelphia, the University of Pemberton awaits the arrival of a high school track and field phenom, a local celebrity who is eager to escape home. But trouble has a way of following a man, especially one who's on the run.

Relax and stay awhile . . . Come closer . . . .


Chapter One

It was Friday afternoon, June 15, 1984. Raymond Clarke lay across his bed. An empty bowl of popcorn was on the floor. Snacking did little to ease his excitement. In less than three hours his year round efforts to prove himself deserving of unwavering acclaim would be validated in front of hundreds of his classmates. Tonight was his high school graduation, the day he had dreamed about for weeks. He knew his grades were high enough to earn him academic honors. Even more than his grades were his athletic achievements. He hadn't been beaten in a track race in three years; he won the state half mile and mile runs for the last six years, since he was in middle school. People would cheer wildly for him tonight.

The television was turned up loud. "Carl Lewis threatens to break Bob Beamon's historic long jump record at the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles this weekend," an ESPN sportscaster announced. "Beamon's record has stood for sixteen years. Lewis . . . "

Raymond got so caught up in the mention of the upcoming Olympic Games that he didn't hear the front door open.

"Ray," his father Malcolm shouted as soon as he entered the house.

"What?" Raymond leaped off his bed and hurried into the living room. "Dad?"

"What? Boy, if you don't get your junk--"

Raymond watched his father wave his hand over the sofa, the place where he'd thrown his sports bag as soon as he got home from graduation practice at school.

"Get this sports crap up," Malcolm growled.

Silence filled the house.

Raymond grabbed his sports bag, carried it into his bedroom and tossed it across his bed.

His father exited the living room and entered the kitchen. Like a dark shadow, frustrations from spending ten hours working at a drab automobile plant where he drilled leather seats into one Ford Mustang after another while his line supervisor stood at his shoulder and barked, "Focus, Malcolm. Get your production up," followed him there. It was in the furrow of his brow and in the pinch of his lip. "Ray."

Raymond cursed beneath his breath before he left his bedroom and hurried into the living room. Seconds later he stood in the kitchen's open doorway.

He watched his father toss an envelope on the table. "Letter from Baker came in the mail. Something about you getting some awards when-" He reached to the center of the kitchen table for a bottle of Steel Fervor. He'd stopped hiding the alcohol when Raymond turned five. The alcohol looked like liquid gold. Felt that way to Malcolm too. "-you graduate tonight."

Malcolm took a long swig of the whiskey and squinted against the burn. He tried to laugh but only coughed up spleen. "You're probably the only kid in the whole school who got a letter like this. Everybody up at Baker knows nobody cares about you. Letter said they thought I'd want to let all your relatives know you're getting some awards so they'd come out and support you."

Again Malcolm worked at laughter, but instead coughed a dry, scratchy cough that went long and raw through his throat. "We both know ain't nobody going to be there but me and your sorry ass. Don't mean nothing anyhow. They're just giving these diplomas and awards away now days." On his way out of the kitchen, bottle in hand, he shoved the letter against Raymond's chest.

Raymond listened to his father's footsteps go heavy up the back stairs while he stood alone in the kitchen. When the footsteps became a whisper, he looked down at the letter. It was printed on good stationery, the kind Baker High School only used for special occasions. Didn't matter though. Raymond took the letter and ripped it once, twice, three times --- over and over again --- until it was only shreds of paper, then he walked to the tall kitchen wastebasket next to the gas stove and dropped the bits inside.

"Ray."

He froze. From the sound of his father's voice, he knew he was at the top of the stairs.

"Give me that letter, so I'll remember to go to your graduation tonight."

Raymond twisted his mouth at the foulness of the request, the absolute absurdity of it. He didn't answer. Instead he turned and walked back inside his bedroom. He grabbed his house keys and headed outside. At the edge of the walkway, he heard his father shout, "Ray."

Raymond didn't turn around. He walked down the tree lined sidewalk the way he'd learned to walk since Kindergarten -- with his head down. He stepped over raised cracks in the worn sidewalk, turned away from boarded windows of two empty dilapidated buildings and told himself the neighborhood was just like his father -- old, useless, unforgiving and hard.

A second floor window back at the house went up. Malcolm stuck his head all the way out the window. "Get your ass back here," he hollered down the street.Raymond sprang to his toes and started to run. His muscular arms and legs went back and forth through the cooling air like propellers, like they were devices he used to try to take off, leave the places in his life he wished had never been. It was what he was good at. All his running had earned him high honors in track and field. He was Ohio's top miler. He'd made Sports Illustrated four times since middle school.

"Ray."

"Yo, man, you better go back," Joey chuckled as Raymond slowed to a stop. Joey, a troubled eighteen-year-old neighbor who dropped out of school in the tenth grade, leaned across a Pontiac Sunbird waxing its hood. "If you don't, your old man's gonna beat your ass good."

"Aw, Ray's cool," Stanley, an equally troubled twenty-one-year-old who pissed on school and failed to get a diploma, a man who couldn't read beyond the third grade level, said. He stood next to Joey. His hands were shoved to the bottoms of his pants pockets. "And we know the Brother can run. Damn. We all can run," Stanley laughed.

"Ray, remember the night we ran away from that Texaco station, our wallets all fat?" Joey laughed. He talked so loudly, Raymond worried he'd be overheard."Thought we agreed to let that go," Raymond said. He looked hard at Joey then he looked hard at Stanley and the nine-month old deal was resealed, another secret for Raymond to keep.

One glance back at his father's house and Raymond started running again. He ran passed Gruder's an old upholstery company and Truder Albright, a small, worn convenience store, all the way to the Trotwood Recreation Center six miles farther into the city.

 

Top

 

$18.95

 

 

Top

 

$6.75

Top

 

$12.75

 

 

 

Top

 

$13.99 (Print Book Sold Out..ebook available)

 

 

 

Top

 

$6.75