Young, ambitious and energetic, Brianna Anderson is new to the political scene in crime-infested Rockville, NJ. With an equally talented group of people surrounding her, she embarks on her first campaign - to win a seat on the City Council. Brianna is determined to claim victory over her more experienced and well-connected opponent, Colleen Smith. But Brianna has secrets, and when someone close to her discovers them, loyalty turns into ...
Young, ambitious and energetic, Brianna Anderson is new to the political scene in crime-infested Rockville, NJ. With an equally talented group of people surrounding her, she embarks on her first campaign - to win a seat on the City Council. Brianna is determined to claim victory over her more experienced and well-connected opponent, Colleen Smith. But Brianna has secrets, and when someone close to her discovers them, loyalty turns into double-dealing and deceit.
Colleen Smith will do anything to keep her long-held seat on the City Council. She will use every resource she has to derail Brianna, be it ethical or not. Though Colleen finds a way to exploit Brianna's weaknesses, she learns that her tactics may actually prove detrimental to her own campaign.
As Election Day quickly approaches, passions of the heart battles reasoning of the mind. Brianna struggles to keep a lid on her personal life and must find a way to stay in control, or face losing everything.
"It has been said that the hallmark of a gifted novelist is the ability to take the scandals of everyday life and make them humorous, thought-provoking and an opportunity for introspection. By that standard and several others, author Cheril N. Clarke is just hitting her stride."
"LOSING CONTROL was a wonderfully written book by Cheril N. Clarke. I was a little hesitant in the beginning, because it is based around politics which is not a topic I am familiar with. However, once you get past that, this book is definitely a page-turner and it holds your interest until the end. Clarke deals with issues of love, homosexuality and trying to find who you are as a person."
"This novel is a departure in nearly every way for Clarke, and a successful one at that. For the first time she has written a story from the third-person omniscient perspective, a great choice for this particular book. No longer are we confined to the thoughts of one character, but given access to everyone's inner monologues...the eroticism is present, but takes a backseat to the emotional development of the characters and their stories. Everything feels more focused and more mature."
Cheril N. Clarke stands comfortably on the shoulders of the past while embracing the future. At 30 years old, she is the author of five novels, one e-book and two plays. Three of her novels, Intimate Chaos, Tainted Destiny, and Losing Control, are available in both paperback as well as e-books. Raised in Miami, Florida, Clarke has lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and has finally settled down with her wife in southern New Jersey. She has been featured in Curve Magazine, the nation's best selling lesbian magazine, The Princeton Packet, Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), About.com, Out IN Jersey, EURweb, Burlington County Times, Phillyburbs.com, 247gay.com, Femmenoinre.net, Sistah2Sistah Magazine, Clik Magazine as well as Crain's New York Business newspaper, among others. She is one of the most popular writers of fiction that features, but is not limited to, African-American lesbian characters. Clarke is read by women, men, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals in the United States, Caribbean and the United Kingdom because her work delves into the most universal themes of love, life and friendship. Her novels have explored subjects such as foster care, obsessive love, suicide, politics, infidelity, marriage and erotica. Her upcoming works promise to explore deeper themes such as same-sex domestic violence, white-collar crime, divorce and adoption across varied mediums.
In addition to novels and plays, her opinion columns have been featured by the National Coalition of Black Justice and her editorial work has appeared in About Magazine, GayWired.com and on 247gay.com. Clarke was a keynote speaker at an African Asian Latina Lesbians United conference and has performed at events organized by African American Lesbians United for Societal Change. Her most recent novel, Losing Control, debuted in paperback in June 2009. Her other recent publications include "Love and Marriage: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Dating and Romance," a non-fiction e-book, and "Illusions of Love" and "Ecstasy," which are erotic vignettes featuring Kenya, her firecracker character from "Intimate Chaos."