Chasing Destiny

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Billie is as notorious for her beauty as she is for the hot yellow Ducati motorcycle she rides down L.A.'s meanest streets. Tough and talented, she does things her way. Until an unplanned pregnancy spins her life out of control. Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative wife, Carmen, along with their troubled and deceptive daughter, Destiny, a fifteen-year-old dancing on the edge of womanhood. Horrific things happen when ...

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Overview

Billie is as notorious for her beauty as she is for the hot yellow Ducati motorcycle she rides down L.A.'s meanest streets. Tough and talented, she does things her way. Until an unplanned pregnancy spins her life out of control. Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative wife, Carmen, along with their troubled and deceptive daughter, Destiny, a fifteen-year-old dancing on the edge of womanhood. Horrific things happen when Keith's daughter disappears in the company of low friends in dark places. And in chasing Destiny, Billie, Keith, and Carmen find their lives inextricably linked by a dangerous and seductive pursuit-at any speed, at any cost.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Revenge, deceit, familial loyalty, manipulation, jealousy: Dickey creates a dark Los Angeles world where there is little love and few heroes. The story is told alternatively by two very different women caught up in a tale of sex, speed, and power: Billie, who is known for her expertise and flair on a yellow Ducati motorcycle, and her lover's rebellious 15-year-old child, Destiny. While Olivia Goldsmith once held the title "Queen of revenge novels," Dickey bears his own vengeful crown in a tale full of skillful twists. Kimberly JaJuan handles the gritty and angry story well, moving easily among accents and between genders. Recommended for adult collections only.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
L.A. free spirit's life takes a dangerous turn when she discovers she is pregnant-just as her lover decides to go back to his wife. Part-time bartender, aspiring singer and celebrated biker babe Billie (aka, Ducati, after the Italian motorcycle) is understandably crushed when Keith tells her, at Starbucks no less, that he is back with his estranged wife Carmen, a controlling harpy who has long been blackmailing him emotionally. Even after convincing him to revoke their impending divorce, so that they might once again live as a family with their teenaged daughter Destiny, Carmen is unsatisfied. Winning back the weak-willed Keith is not enough for the hypocritical lawyer, who had a lover of her own. She knows that Keith still loves Billie, so she is determined to make sure the other woman stays out of Keith's life-by any means necessary. Meanwhile, Carmen's baby-faced daughter is struggling with her own strong emotions. With a habit of sneaking out of her room after dark, Destiny uses a big fight with her mother as a pretext for hooking up with a group of slightly older kids she meets on the street. What happens that night is a gritty descent into a shocking teen underworld of violence, drugs and amateur porn. When Destiny does not come home, it is Billie who finds the traumatized runaway, and drags her back to her parents, if only temporarily. After that, Billie finds herself menaced by somebody bent on harming her and her unborn child, while Destiny goes off on a harrowing mission of revenge. Dickey's latest (Genevieve, 2005, etc.) delves into dark territory, with mixed results. While Billie is the kind of strong, sexy, heroine that Dickey's readers have come to love, it is hard tobelieve that a bright girl like Destiny-even with her family falling apart-could sink so far, so fast. A violent, sometimes farfetched look at the desperate lengths people will go to protect the things that matter most to them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451219275
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 224,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey

ERIC JEROME DICKEY is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

Biography

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and earned a degree in computer system technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry working as a software developer, Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. He soon began working the local and national comedy circuit. In the early 1990s the aerospace industry took a downward turn and Dickey found himself "downsized," but took this as an opportunity to embark on a writing career.

Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, Dickey started writing poetry and short stories. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's creative writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing, Voices of the Diaspora: An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.

With those successes behind him, Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called Cappuccino. Cappuccino was directed and produced by Craig Ross Jr. and appeared in coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, Cappuccino made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles and is currently on the film festival circuit.

Dickey's book-signing tours for Sister, Sister, Friends and Lovers, and Milk in My Coffee took him coast to coast and helped propel these novels to No. 1 on the Blackboard bestsellers List. His books have been featured in many publications, including Essence magazine and USA Today, and have appeared on the bestseller lists of The Los Angeles Times, Blackboard, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Dickey has appeared as a guest on many television shows, including BET's Our Voices and CNN's Sunday Morning Live.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Memphis, Tennessee
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2009

    Thriller

    I couldn't put this book down waiting for a sequel. . . wonder what happens to Billie and Raheem. . . .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Good Storyline.......but long winded

    This book had a very good storyline....however I found myself nodding off at the elaborate and drawn out descriptions of everything. He needed to get to the point. It took me a month to read this book and I usually finish books in no more than two days.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!

    there was way way way to many details and not enough dialogue which is ridiculous......the ending SUCKED.....he did all that detail at the beginning to just rush the ending and barely explain wat went down with everyone!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Love this book wdw

    I have read this book twice. Its so intense. I don't really like how it ended without further details on the four young girls involved but I love this book to deaht and have recommended to everyone I know

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    The book really leaves you hanging in the end.

    It was a very good book, in the beginning, the further you went through the book, the worse it had gotten, I honestly could have found more to do with my $15.00 other than buy this book. What happenend to The crazy ass wife, did she die? And, Why didn't Billie and Keith ever have another encounter, just leaves too much wondering for me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    The Reader

    This Book was good.It had me staying up late trying to get to the bottom of what some one did. The beginning was great its just the ending i wasn't to crazy about!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    NOT ABOUT DESTINY

    I usually can read a book in 2-3 days but this was a little drawn out... Too many minor details such as city streets and highways. He could've given more towards the character destiny. This book should've been named billie. I hated the way it ended.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Love this book read it 20 times already have to buy it ASAP

    Fav book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    I enjoyed this book. Some of the characters situations were just

    I enjoyed this book. Some of the characters situations were just like a normal person life. It's a big step away from the money, sex, drugs, and murder books i read as a young teen. His books set my mind at ease. I felt the ending could have been better, he could've gave us a little more than what he did. But overall it was good to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Part two?

    We need a part two! It was amazing

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    The Dec


    The Deceit

    My favorite character is Destiny because she’s not your average 15 year old she runs away from her and meets two dudes who then has two more girls in the car who dislikes her and she fights them which causes her to drug her and has her raped when destiny awakes she seeks revenge on everyone who had something to do with it , while Destiny’s out causing trouble her father Keith trying to handle the divorce between destiny’s mom Carmen and Billie who has an unplanned pregnancy

    Chasing Destiny is an extraordinary and really captivating book to me it really is fulfilled with lots of drama and shocking surprises throughout the book, Revenge , Deceit , and Loyalty makes the climax of this book absolutely amazing !! I would say the novel is a best-seller with all the juicy drama coming from it

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    This was my first time reading a EJD book. I bought it months ag

    This was my first time reading a EJD book. I bought it months ago, read a chapter, put it down and then finally finished it in two days. I loved the suspense and drama. But I feel it was too much dialogue! I wanted him to get to the point in many conversations. Other then that I loved how it left you guessing and how all the characters were connected in one way or another. At the end I was left dumb-founded, felt like there needed to be a conclusion. Like if Viviane and Jacob seen the DVD and if Billie tooke Keith back for the upteenth time....??? Part 2 please....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Intense

    This is favorire ejd book by far. It is intense and encapsulates the reader from the very first scene to the last very last word. The details make a story and this novel just keeps giving punch after punch after punch! Ive never felt so in the moment. My only critique is the book cover. Its super tacky and if it wasnt a ejd book I would have never picked it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Good Book

    This was the first EJD book I read. I really liked this book and it has made me want to read more by EJD and has also made me a fan of his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Great story

    But yes a little long winded, and many possibility for part 2 or spinoff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK EVER

    I Highly recommond this book. But inly read if u are ateen because it has a couple sex related scencs

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    I read this whole book :(

    read this whole book simply because i really wanted to get into reading. i really wanted to give this book the benefit of the doubt and it was so stupidly detailed. I do not like this book and it was so dumb. There were so many times where I had to stop myself from daydreaming and drifting off to get into this book. I do not recommend this. I gave it to a friend and she had the same complaints. :( Hortible Horrible Read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    "Chasing Destiny"

    Dis book Got Me Wishin It Will Never In,I lik Dah Sexual Nd Meaning Paragraph of dis book Chapter 6-7-8-9-10 is My Fav Chapters Wish He Had A Part 2

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Now I understand why it was a 'bargain' book

    This book is basically the novel version of the movie Crash. The characters somehow all interwine, yet some of the chracters lack substance. Save your money and either borrow it from a friend or your local library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Just finished it loved it.

    Wasnt the absoulte best book i've read but I was very good. I would recommed this book to anybody. Billie is sexy and smart. The only thing I didnt like but kept me interested was the 'relationship' between her a raheem. He seems like a good man and she didnt care. And the fact she kept going back to keith even with his wife drama. Other than that. Awesome book, great read.

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