Any Way the Wind Blows [NOOK Book]

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When her wedding to John “Basil” Henderson didn’t come off as planned, Yancey Harrington Braxton flew off to L.A. and remade herself as mega-diva Yancey B. And Basil started concentrating on his career as a high-powered sports agent. But then Yancey’s first single, “Any Way the Wind Blows,” hit the charts, and now it threatens to blow Basil’s cover--if anyone learns who it’s ...
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Overview

When her wedding to John “Basil” Henderson didn’t come off as planned, Yancey Harrington Braxton flew off to L.A. and remade herself as mega-diva Yancey B. And Basil started concentrating on his career as a high-powered sports agent. But then Yancey’s first single, “Any Way the Wind Blows,” hit the charts, and now it threatens to blow Basil’s cover--if anyone learns who it’s really about. And it looks like the gorgeous (and ambitious) hunk Bart Dunbar might just have it all figured out.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

With just the right amount of wickedness, love, and compassion, Harris's masterful storytelling and delicious plot twists will have fans and newcomers alike frantically turning pages trying to find the answer to the ultimate question: Does revenge ever really pay?

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Editorial Reviews

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Last seen in Not a Day Goes By, bisexual hunk John Basil Henderson and Broadway bombshell Yancey Harrington Braxton continue to romp, feud, and yearn through their busy, style-setting schedules. Addictive reading.
Library Journal
Harris brings back a mix of characters from his previous best sellers, focusing on John Basil Henderson, who's glad to break the hearts of both women and men. When Basil finds his life swinging out of control, he wonders whether former fianc e Yancey and her bombshell mom, Ava, are after him again. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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“Packed with more drama than a hurricane at a Fourth of July picnic.” --USA Today

"A witty glimpse into the world of pop divas and sports stars....Light, funny and fast-paced." --The Houston Chronicle

“Drop-dead gorgeous characters caught in a web of deception and sexual intrigue. . . . Quite tasty.” —The Washington Post

“More lying, cheating, bed-hopping and name-calling than a year’s worth of Ricki Lake.” --People

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400033003
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/13/2002
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 211,869
  • File size: 304 KB

Meet the Author

E. Lynn Harris
E. Lynn Harris is a former IBM computer sales executive and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is the author of seven previous novels: Any Way the Wind Blows, Not a Day Goes By, Abide with Me, Invisible Life, Just as I Am, And This Too Shall Pass, and If This World Were Mine. His most recent novel is A Love of My Own. In 1996, Just as I Am was named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers, Inc. Abide with Me and If This World Were Mine won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. In 2000, E. Lynn Harris was named one of the fifty-five Most Intriguing African Americans by Ebony and inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. Harris divides his time between New York City and Atlanta.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Biography

Jackie Collins has kept the literary romance world well stocked with claws-out, upper-crust melodramas. But until E. Lynn Harris came along, the genre lacked a little ... diversity. Harris brought diversity and then some, with his now-trademark "buppie" characters, questions about sexuality, and hopelessly (but deliciously) complicated relationships.

Written from both male and female points of view and featuring recurring characters, Harris's books can be read as a veritable soap opera. The cycle begins with Invisible Life, the story of Raymond Winston Tyler Jr. -- a character Harris has acknowledged bears many similarities to himself. Raymond grapples with his sexuality, developing a relationship with a man he meets in law school and jeopardizing one with his girlfriend. His coming-of-age continues over the next two novels in the trilogy, Just As I Am and Abide with Me, as he struggles with losses of friends to AIDS, the ending of a relationship with an actress, and the beginning of a new one with a man.

Another recurring Harris character, Basil Henderson, is the man readers love to hate. An arrogant, badass football player-turned-sports agent, Basil beds both women and men until he meets up with his female (and later, male) counterparts. His story is mainly told in Not a Day Goes By and Any Way the Wind Blows.

It's true that in the Basil Henderson books, Harris is taking a saucy cue or two from his female romance novel predecessors; but the author claims to be more heavily influenced by writers such as Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan, and it would be misleading to pigeonhole his books as purely guilty pleasures. Particularly in his earlier books, Harris brought to a mainstream readership the issues that many gay and bisexual men face, and added a new voice to the portrayal of black, upwardly mobile characters. And in books such as If This World Were Mine and the young adult novel Diaries of a Light-Skinned Colored Boy, he has addressed issues of race and self-realization.

Given his themes, it may seem surprising that the majority of Harris's readers are straight women; but it's also a testament to his ability to write about love and self-discovery with humor, not to mention a little steaminess.

Good To Know

Harris worked as a salesman for IBM, and earned a following by self-publishing Invisible Life before getting a book deal.

He was tapped to write the screenplay for an update of the 1976 movie Sparkle, to be produced by Whitney Houston's production company. But with the death of Aaliyah, who was attached to star, the project's future is uncertain.

He lived most of his adult life in Chicago, Illinois.

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 20, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flint, Michigan
    1. Date of Death:
      July 23, 2009
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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Yancey's Big Reign

When I walk into a room, other women either leave or gather into small groups. That's the kind of woman I am. So imagine my surprise when that stopped happening when I moved to the West Coast. I was used to the seas parting for me. But I guess LaLa Land hadn't been warned about me.
About a month ago, my record company gave a listening party at one of Hollywood's newest eateries, Reign, for my soon-to-be-released CD, I'm Not in Love. The party was swimming with members of Hollywood's black elite and their flunkies and was a West Coast version of a Ghetto Fabulous plush bash. It was a great event, but if I had to rank them, it was the second-best party where I was the guest of honor. The best party I ever attended was the day before I was supposed to get married. We had a spectacular party at Laura Belle, in New York City, and as delicious as that party was, my wedding day was an equal disaster. My groom-to-be dropped a full-tilt nuclear assault bomb on me: He decided the morning of our wedding that he would rather spend the rest of his life flip-flopping between the beds of both men and women instead of sleeping with just me.
But when I really think about it, Basil and I had more problems than a college entrance exam. He had a difficult childhood. I had a miserable one. He lied about his past. I embellished mine. He wanted children, while the only thing I desired with the letter C was a Career. And not just any career, mind you, a C-A-R-E-E-R that would rival that of any diva, living or dead.
My name is Yancey Harrington Braxton, now known to the recording world as "Yancey B," pop singer fabulosa. (Move over, Whitney. Step aside, Mariah. J-Lo, get outta my way.) I relocated to Los Angeles a day after being left at the altar, and it has turned out to be the best move I've ever madeóthat is, if you don't count not speaking to my former fiancé and my mother.
I arrived in LaLa Land with no agent or manager, no permanent residence and very little money. Thank God the real estate market in New York was so hot; I was able to get a much-needed equity loan against my East Side town house. The L.A. weather was so inviting when I arrived that it was hard to close myself off from the world, as I had intended. I went to Malibu, did lots of window shopping and started reading the trades looking for work. The only contact I had with New York was a call every other day from my good friend Windsor, who was staying in my house until the right offer to sell came along.
One night I found myself having dinner alone at the hotel's Polo Lounge restaurant. After finishing a chicken caesar salad, I went into the bar, had a drink and soon found myself singing and confiding in the piano player. Turns out Bobby Daye was not only a talented piano player, but a wonderful songwriter as well. After he finished his set, he took me to several other clubs while I told him my life story. When he dropped me off, he looked at me and said, "I'm going to write some songs for that voice." I thought it was the liquor talking, so I was shocked when he showed up a week later at my suite with five songs written just for me. Three weeks later, we were in a West Hollywood studio recording a demo. One month later, not only did I have a record deal with Motown Records, but an agent and manager as well. Who said dreams can't come true in Hollywood anymore?
Right now I'm living right in the middle of Beverly Hills, in a lovely two-bedroom guesthouse behind the mansion of my manager, Malik Jackson. Malik (a.k.a. Roosevelt) stopped counting birthdays some fifteen years ago but looks to be in his early fifties. I get to live rent-free; I just have to perform a few duties for Malik every once in a while. Trust me when I say I'm not talking about cooking and cleaning.
I've been so busy recording my CD that I've had very little time to concentrate on my movie career, but that will come soon enough. I do know that Hollywood is a lot like New York. A few divas (Angela, Nia, Lela, Ms. Jada and Vanessa L.) get all the work while the rest just pray the unemployment checks come on time.
I'm an actress and a damn good one. And if my word isn't enough, just ask anyone who was at my wedding. Even though Basil had drop-kicked me unmercilessly that morning, I'm a diva and the show must go on. So after all the guests arrived, I stood at the head of the table, poised like I was one of the last two beauties standing in the Miss America pageant, confident that my name would be called after they announced the first runner-up. I told the assembled guests and press that I had had a change of heart and had decided not to marry John Basil Henderson. Damn . . . if Julia Roberts could leave Kiefer Sutherland on their wedding day, then why couldn't I leave Basil? At least I showed up. I shared with a few of my guests the exciting news that I had been offered the lead role in a movie being filmed in Toronto based on the life of Lena Horne. I reported that I had beat out Vanessa L. Williams, Halle Berry and Sanaa Lathan. I asked them to keep my news on the QT since the producers hadn't told the other ladies I got the part. In front of the press, I acknowledged, softly, that Basil was heartbroken and had left the hotel in tears. I even bit my lips as my own tears appeared on cue. I encouraged them to keep Basil in their thoughts and wish me much success. And then I greeted my guests, each one of them, accepting their hugs and kisses for over an hour.
So after a year I think I'm ready to return to the scene of my greatest acting triumph ever. In conjunction with my debut CD, the record company has decided to film my first video in New York City as well and has set up media interviews with BET, VH-1 and MTV. We're releasing a house version of the first single a couple weeks before the single is dropped. The A&R manager thought it might make sense to do a couple of performances at some gay clubs in New York and Washington, D.C. He told me if the "kids," as he called them, loved the song, then it would be Billboard number one here I come.
I am a little nervous about returning to New York. But I knew I couldn't stay away forever. I can't wait to visit with Windsor, eat some of her cooking, and stroll through Shubert Alley. I plan to stop at the stage door of the theater where I first heard the sounds of thunderous standing ovations.
There are a few places I want to shop and some scores I need to settle. Damn . . . now I'm sounding like my mother, the been-done, broke-down diva Ava Parker Middlebrooks. There was a time when I would have said that with great pride. But every time I breathe the air and look at the sun, I shed layers of Ava. I know that one day very soon, I will finally be the marvelous, amazing, and incomparable Yancey I was placed on earth to be. And trust me, everyone will know my nameócoast to coast. The real reign of Yancey B is just beginning. To update a line from one of my favorite movies, All About Eve, Strap on your seat belts. And don't say you weren't warned. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.

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Reading Group Guide

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Packed with more drama than a hurricane at a Fourth of July picnic.” —USA TODAY

The introduction, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of Any Way the Wind Blows, a hip, high-flying novel about revenge and redemption. Written by bestselling African American author, E. Lynn Harris, it’s a wicked romp through showbiz and the world of big-time sports agencies. As Harris’s fans might expect, it also peeks into the bedrooms of men and women whose sexual adventures are as supercharged and complicated as their career moves.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    LOVE THE DRAMA!!

    This is the first book that I have read of his and I loved it! this is a real page turner and all the drama and excitement made me really get into it, I love how he talks about real issues and current issues. I have bacame I fan of his because of this book. Its just too bad basil does not know what he wants :-) great job and will continue to read more of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    This book was really good!

    I really liked this book as being the sequil to abide with me. I really think in the end of this Ms.Yancey got what she really deserved, and i think thats what she should have been all along.Alone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Very good book!!!!!

    THIS WAS ALSO A VERY GOOD BOOK. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I READ THIS BEFORE I READ THE FIRST PART(NOT A DAY GOES BY), BECAUSE THAT WAS AT THE TIME WHEN I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT NOT A DAY GOES BY WAS THE FIRST PART OF THIS BOOK. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    UMMM, JUST OK

    i was not very intrigued by this one. this is my first novel by him, and this just didnt do it for me. the plot was not well developed, a bit unrealistic, and the end was a let down. the plot didnt reach a full peak. dont know if i want the read the next one...

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    The novel is an easy read and a great book for any of Mr. Harris' fans.

    It's hard to imagine how far Mr. Harris has come from the days he sold his books door to door to these days when he can claim to be a decent author.

    Unfortunately, in Any Way The Wind Blows, Yancey Harrington Beaxton and Basil Henderson return as central characters in a story that seems more like a feature from a tabloid gossip column than a piece of well crafted and creative literature. While Harris is certain to mention just about every popular African American music and movie star on the scene today, he fails to deliver any new insight with this novel. After reading his previous novels, this one seems like a collage of themes introduced in his earlier work. While I found his previous novels entertaining, just like any good gossip can be, I had a hard time, while reading this novel, getting past the feeling that I've heard this story before. The novel is filled with clichés and didactic in tone. Both of these literary faux pas diminish the story and oversimplify the plot. At times, it seems the characters are only devices for Harris to preach his views on relationships and the role sexuality plays in them. Often times, it's hard to discern if the characters are giving the author the dialogue, or if the author is putting his words in their mouth.

    The novel is an easy read and a great book for any of Mr. Harris' fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    the best ever

    this was a really good book,it kept you on your toes.it made you read cover to cover non stop and wanting more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    TOO MUCH DRAMA!!!!!!!!!

    I can't imagine having to read the sequels...too much drama going on at once..good writer but bad storyline..I wanted to stop reading it after the first few chapters realizing that too many things were happening at once and the characters had enough going on to have their own books published!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    A Great Read!

    I read this book in a day. It was so good, and it had non-stop drama. This is my first E. Lynn Harris book, so I will definitely be reading more from him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    WOW*****and so the addiction continues

    I loved this book. Harris never fails to keep me entangled in his colorful characters and surprising story lines. You'll never guess the ending to this one. I am dying to read the next book. :-D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    An eye opener

    The book really made me put alot of things into perspective. It is truly a masterpiece. One of E.Lynn Harris's best works ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    a true gay black woman

    i as a gay afro american female have only one thing to say about this book. it put a point accross to any one who is ashame of their sexuality. let it out, i have been gay for seven years i am proud of me, myself and who i am. if you are ashamed of what you do or who or what you are then just don't do it.maybe it is not for you, i am actually proud to be gay, i have a six year old daughter and loving wife that i care for and been with for a year now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    HERE WE GO AGAIN!

    Another Gay Harlequin Romance from a writer who is too good to keep putting out this trash! E Lynn Harris needs to get back to his REAL gay audience who is not superficial or closeted and write something that everyone can get into! He is a great writer but how many times can you keep putting out the same book over and over? His sales indicate FOREVER!!!!! Oh well just my opinion.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    You Must Read Them All...

    Just when I thought E. Lynn Harris had created the best of the best, he comes up with a book that's even more spectacular. I couldn't put the book down...I read it in 24 hours. This is a record for me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    .....SAY WHAT?

    This book was very very good. I have read a couple of his other books and they are excellent as well. The author keeps you going...thinking. It did not take long to finish this book...especially towards the end. I highly recommed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Perfect Read

    If you enjoy reading about characters possessing non-stop drama, some of whom are as "jive" as they come, you will find putting this novel down virtually impossible. The characters are down right sexy and complicated, in no way, shape or form one-dimensional!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Average...

    I'm reading his books backwards cause "A Love of my Own" was the first book I paid attention to. I loved that book! I thought it was excellent. But this one was pretty average. First of all, his constant use of the word "b's" is so irritating. Who edits your books? Snoop Doggy Dogg would probably be shocked at how much he uses the word over and over again. And why doesn't this man like commas? Try another editor please. People do not talk like "You are so beautiful and..." The word "and" in between descriptions of dialogue sounds so fake. I ordered another one of his books too. I'm hoping Ava isn't the villain in that one too. In "A love of my own", I thought Ava was a cool villain cause the story wasn't based around her. But after the second go-round, I was like "Her again?" It's cool to use the same characters if they work, but Ava is a little played out. I would've given this book three stars atleast but that whole Desmond part at the end was super fake! I was like Has Mr. Harris been watching "Days of our Lives" or some other corny soap opera. Now for the good parts, overall every single chapter had me cracking up. E. Lynn Harris has a wonderful habit of slick lines and sarcastic jokes that make you shake your head. Basil was a great character to follow with during the story. Yancey was fun to read about too when she came back down to earth and did stuff like follow people on beaches. I thought overall, the plot was good but the commas, b's, and Desmond were a big distraction! And Ava should have been nonexistent in this one (or maybe the other one?) The same villain lacks spontaneity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    An Eye Opener For Sure

    I recently finished reading Any Way the Wind Blows. This is the first of E. Lynn Harris' books that I have read. Out of all the books I have ever read, this one sure was an eye opener for me. The book is great, but yet surprisingly shocking and hillarious. Thanks E. Lynn Harris for being so open to your audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    absolutely fabulous

    E.Lynn Harris is constantly outdoing himself, each book is better than the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    E. Lynn Harris has done it again

    Harris has done a great job at creating this master piece. I am pleased at how the whole theme came into play in the book. I give this book hundred stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    A MUST READ

    E. LYNN HAS DONE IT AGAIN.THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ.I WAS SO ENGROSSED WITH THIS BOOK I COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT PUT IT DOWN UNTIL I WAS FINISHED.MY DAUGHTER TURNED ME ON TO E.LYNN AND AFTER READING HIS FIRST BOOK,I LOOKED FOWARD TO THE NEXT THEN THE NEXT AND SO ON.THIS BOOK HAD ME TOTALY ENGROSSED.TWO THUMBS UP MR.HARRIS

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