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God's Gift to Women: How Much is One Night of Passion Really Worth?
     

God's Gift to Women: How Much is One Night of Passion Really Worth?

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by Michael Baisden, Stacey Luecker (Designed by)
 

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A smooth talker. An even better listener. And handsome as heaven on earth. He is God's Gift to Women.
Julian Payne gets into bed with millions of women every night. As an after-hours radio talk-show host, Julian captivates his female audience with his deep voice and sensitive spirit. Women can't get enough: They call in, begging for his advice about love,

Overview

A smooth talker. An even better listener. And handsome as heaven on earth. He is God's Gift to Women.
Julian Payne gets into bed with millions of women every night. As an after-hours radio talk-show host, Julian captivates his female audience with his deep voice and sensitive spirit. Women can't get enough: They call in, begging for his advice about love, lust, commitment, and betrayal. Julian provides his listeners with the blunt male perspective, and he always has the right thing to say. But when it comes to his own romantic life, or lack thereof, he's at a loss for words.
A widower and father to ten-year-old Samantha, Julian wants nothing more than to settle down again with the right woman. Just when he thinks he's found her in Dr. Terri Ross — smart, stunning, and with her own counseling practice — Julian is confronted by a ghost from the past: Olivia Brown, a woman with whom he had a one-night stand. Suddenly Julian finds himself in a situation with a woman who's determined to win him over...or make his life a living hell.
Michael Baisden's hottest offering yet, God's Gift to Women is a compelling tale about the consequences of sex with a stranger.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743249973
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
10/02/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Prologue: Consequences

I was fighting to stay conscious as the paramedics rushed me down the corridor of my office building. In the distance I could hear gunfire and horns blowing.

"You chose one hellava way to bring in the New Year, Mr. Payne," the paramedic said.

"Where's my daughter?" I asked while trying to sit up. "And where's Terri?"

"Please lie still. You'll only make the bleeding worse."

The radio station was on the twenty fifth floor. I didn't feel strong enough to make it to the ambulance -- let alone the hospital. The bullet had penetrated my left side and exited through my back. It burned like hell.

"Am I gonna die?"

They both paused, then looked at one another as if to seek the other's opinion. That terrified me. Once we boarded the elevator, they began broadcasting my vital signs into the radio. I didn't know the significance of the blood pressure and heart rate numbers, but judging by the urgency in their voices, I was in trouble.

"Where's my daughter? And where's Terri?" I asked again.

"Relax, Mr. Payne, your daughter is -- "

He stopped in mid-sentence as the elevator doors opened on the lobby level. Suddenly, a wave of photographers and reporters rushed towards me. I was blinded by a barrage of flashing lights. Although my vision was blurred, I could see the outline of several husky policemen clearing a path.

"Julian, can you tell us what happened?" a reporter yelled out.

"Who shot the security guard?" another shouted while shoving a microphone in my face.

"Fuckin' vultures!"

I tried to lift my hand to shield my bloody face but my arms were strapped down. The yelling was deafening -- like a continuous roar. The paramedics tried to move faster, but it was no use. The lobby was packed with policemen, reporters, and nosy fans who had come to watch. The atmosphere was festive, like a circus.

"Get out of the way, please!" the paramedics yelled. "This man is in critical condition! Move, move, move!"

The paramedics fought through the main doors, but once we made it outside we came to an abrupt stop. The crowd was even larger. People were jumping up on the hoods of their cars trying to get a better look. As the brisk night air blew across my bloody face, their loud voices suddenly faded -- replaced by sirens and the humming of the helicopter blades. I could feel the blood soaking through the bandages. It was obvious from the paramedic's expression that we were running out of time. The ambulance was only a few yards away but the crowd was out of control. When they continued to push, the cops pushed back -- violently. People were knocked to the pavement and trampled.

"I love you, Julian!" a woman screamed as she struggled to get off the ground.

"I'm your number one fan!" another woman shouted as she lifted her blouse, exposing her breasts.

Suddenly a woman lunged towards me and ripped the sleeve off my blood soaked shirt.

"Aarrgh!" I screamed.

"Now I'll always have a piece of you," she said. Her hazel eyes and deranged stare were all too familar.

"Move back!" The cops yelled as they pulled her away. "Move back, dammit!"

The stretcher seemed to move towards the ambulance in slow motion. I was growing weaker. I fought hard to stay conscious -- to stay alive. I gazed up at the flashing lights from the squad cars as they danced across the dark sky and against the nearby glass buildings. It reminded me of the Fourth of July in Chicago.

I wish I had seen the fireworks on Lake Michigan this summer. I thought to myself. And I never did see the view from the top of Sears Tower. I wish I had gone to Sam's first basketball game when she was seven. I wish I could be with Terri when my baby is born. But most of all, I wish I had never met Olivia Brown. She was the reason I was bleeding to death in Houston, Texas on New Year's Eve.

How could she go this far? I wondered as they lifted me into the ambulance. And why did she choose me?

Copyright © 2002 by Michael Baisden

Meet the Author

Success did not come easy for this 37-year-old Chicago native. In 1993 he was driving trains for the Chicago Transit Authority and struggling to keep a small business from going under. In 1995 he released his first book, Never Satisfied: How and Why Men Cheat, a controversial book of short stories about unfaithful men and the women who support their irresponsible behavior. The large New York publishing companies rejected his work, saying it wasn't marketable — which basically meant, it wasn't good enough. Not willing to concede defeat, Michael decided to self-publish. He borrowed money from friends and family, charged his credit cards to the limit, and sold his automobile.
Within eight months, he sold more than 50,000 books and was on Essence and Emerge magazines best sellers' lists. He toured with black expos, sorority conventions, and book fairs. He even signed books at the local nightclubs, and hair salons.
"I was determined to make it!" he says. "I would sell books at a funeral if they let me."
Eventually, his popularity grew and so did the demand for his next book. This time, instead of writing another book on relationships, Michael took a gamble on a novel. "There was a void in African-American novels written by men," he explained. "I wanted to destroy the myth that men don't read."
In July of 1997 he released his second book, Men Cry in the Dark. Once again, the book was a big success, selling 30,000 hard cover editions during the first six months. This time the national media paid attention. Michael has been a guest on several local and national radio programs, including the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. His electrifying personality has earned repeated appearances on talk shows such as Ricki Lake, Sally Jesse, Maury Povich, and The View. He has also been a guest host for Tavis Smiley on BET Tonight.
By the summer of 1997, demand for his appearances were overwhelming. Organizations, book clubs, and retail stores were frantically trying to book him. But Michael wasn't about to go back to doing business as usual. The local retail stores were too small to accommodate his large following and organizations refused to pay honorarium. He decided it was time to promote his own seminars. And he called it, The Love, Lust and Lies tour. Unlike traditional book signings, the events were held in auditoriums and lavish hotel ballrooms, usually on Saturday nights from 9-11 P.M. And best of all, he could charge admission, which was only $10.
Michael was careful not to turn-off his customers for the sake of a quick buck. "My goal was to make sure everyone took something positive away from the experience. If I broke even, I was happy," he said. The cost of promoting a successful event was beginning to add up. With the cost of radio advertisement averaging $5000, and rental fees for hotel ballrooms $2500, it was clear to Michael that he needed help. That help came in the form of radio stations cosponsoring the events. They ran additional commercials, gave away tickets, and in some cases, broadcasted live from the seminar. Other sponsors, such as banking institutions, credit card companies, and magazines soon came aboard with solid financial support. Michael could now concentrate on promoting bigger and more elaborate shows.
At the 1997 and the 1999 Expo in Cleveland, the seminar attracted over 3,000 women. "In 1997 it was so crowded the fire department closed off the floor," Michael recalls. In other markets such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Detroit the seminar has become a highly anticipated annual event. The interest was so great that Michael produced a video with excerpts from various shows and sold it through direct mail. The name of the video was, of course, Love, Lust, and Lies. During the first week of its release, the tape sold more than one thousand copies. Lastly, in 1999 he self published his most recent novel, The Maintenance Man. The main character, Malcolm, is a handsome gigolo looking to break out of the game. Michael says, "It was my way of letting the world know that not all men enjoy cheating and playing women. Eventually you have to grow up." As expected, it climbed quickly to the top of the best sellers' list and cemented Michael as one of the top authors in the country. No doubt he was already "The" most controversial and entertaining.
Michael is currently living in Houston, TX and is working on several projects for 2001. He is holding down his responsibilities as CEO of Legacy Publishing. Also, well-known Hollywood producer, Rueben Cannon, has optioned his latest novel, The Maintenance Man, for a movie. And most recently, Michael signed a deal with Tribune Broadcasting to host his long anticipated national talk show, "Talk or Walk" scheduled to air in the fall of 2001. Details of these events will be posted on his site and his monthly newsletter, so be sure to sign on!

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God's Gift to Women 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 152 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book to me was one of the best. I read it in one day and at the end I was left jaw dropped and liberated inside. The craziest part about the book is plots like this one really happen in real life. There are really people that crazy!
SheFox More than 1 year ago
Loved it, read it in two days. I wish Michael Baisden would make all of his books ebook capable, I enjoyed reading on my nook more than paper backs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Great read
Cheri818 More than 1 year ago
Julian wasn't a player, he just played with the wrong woman.
Oshay More than 1 year ago
Omg! I opened this book and didn't put it down until i finished it. Very interesting. Must Read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's a shame that it sat in my closet for about 5 years before i picked it up to read it. It was not until a friend told me "Girl that's a good book", then I read it. This book keeps you on the edge. Lots of of ohhhhhh and whats in this read.
Queen8701 More than 1 year ago
I read this book and enjoyed it a lot i read it for the second time and it felt like i was reading it for the first time. The only thing is that some parts are predictable other than that it's a really great book.
Sheena-Baby More than 1 year ago
Every man that swears that he is God's Gift, should read this book to see what you get when you wanna be a player. This book was good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, was unbelieveable. I am 18yrs old and the book had a major affect on me. Im so used 2 reading 'hood' books, this book was an interesting change. I highly reccomend it. I started reading it the day I endured a break up and it made me feel so much better simply with the text. I reccomend it 2 all the ladies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because everyone is a victim, villian and good person just living life tryna get it right...
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LEO64SUN More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, I couln't put it down. I have other book by Michael Baisden. I wish all of his books were E-BOOKS.
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Tesha Simon More than 1 year ago
One of the best book I ever read...I read the whole book in one day....