High Rise

High Rise

by Donna Michele Ramos

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Overview

HIGH RISE is a fast-paced, fun, sometimes gritty story about 3 women, at different stages in their lives. It delves deep into your heart eliciting numerous strong emotions as you experience all their joys, heartbreaks, devastation, pain and rebirth. You’ll relive a few of your own as you identify with these women.

Apartment 13A is a young single African-American woman, Cheyenne Davis who falls in love with a younger African-American man, Brandon Williams.

Apartment 9J is an Italian-American couple, Joe is a second generation fireman, Connie is a stay-at-home mom to their 6-year-old daughter Tiffani. The Lauriello’s are struggling with their unhappy, often too physical marriage.

Apartment 27D is a young African-American secretary Michele Jones who becomes involved with an Irish-Scottish Junior Executive Mark Karelle at the bank they both work at on Wall Street.

These 3 women live in the same high rise apartment building in New York and have never met, but they have more in common than they will ever know. They will each experience the same circumstance but all with a completely different outcome. Which one(s) make it out of their predicament unscathed?

Let’s peel back the walls of Tiffany Towers, look inside and see what happens!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418404970
Publisher: Author Solutions Inc
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.33(d)

About the Author

Donna Michele Ramos is a transplanted New York native who has been a Californian for the last 17 years. She attended Fordham University, Rosehill Campus, Bronx, NY in the 80’s but did not graduate college CSUS Sacramento until Spring 2000. A proud accomplishment, showing it’s never too late. She is the mother of a son and a daughter, and the grandmother of four little ones, 3 girls (including a set of identical twins) and 1 boy. She enjoys playing and spending time with them as often as possible. She is a civil service employee and has been for 16 years. Donna has been writing since the fourth grade, she started with children’s stories. An avid reader, who also loves traveling, she writes when the mood hits her; pretty often. There are several more manuscripts waiting in the wings to be published. This is her first self-published novel. There are two children’s books on the back burner also. There’s definitely much more, be on the look out. She will be releasing her second novel “Borrowed Time”, her first Historical Romance set during the Civil War in Fall 2005. To wet your appetite, read the Epilogue of this novel.

Read an Excerpt

Ladies, we are all Princesses. If fate doesn’t have him ready for us yet, (I’m with you ladies, I’m still waiting for mine) someday our prince will come...

“Cheyenne come on the water’s going to get cold.”

“O.K. crybaby, I’m coming.”

Opening the door, Cheyenne doubles over laughing as Brandon sits enveloped in bubbles, with bubbles floating in the air.

“Are you going to stand there and laugh or help an injured man wash his back?”

“I thought you were supposed to be soaking your knee not taking a bubble bath,” laughs Cheyenne.

“I’m multi-tasking.”

Leaning over Cheyenne takes the wash cloth from Brandon and scrubs his broad back, silently mesmerized by the muscles, wondering what it would feel like to hug that strong back. “I’d better get out of here, this man is too beautiful, too sexy. You’ve got to know your limitations.” She clears her throat.

“Your back’s finished Brandon. I’ll be in the living room.” She gets as far as putting her hand on the door knob.

“Wait a minute. Cheyenne what was so funny when you came in here?”

“Funny? Oh it was seeing a big doofus like you sitting in a tub full of bubbles, like some girlyman...”

“Doofus? Girlyman” chokes Brandon sneakily grabbing Cheyenne, “I ought to”

Cheyenne stops laughing realizing what Brandon has in mind, when she feels his hand on her thigh.

“No, no Brandon you heard me wrong. I didn’t say doofus, I said dude, a big dude.”

As his hand tightens around her leg, Brandon says “It’s too late Cheyenne, too late. Now you have to come clean.

”There’s a huge splash cutting off her last word, water flies everywhere. Now there’s more water on the floor than in the tub. Cheyenne shoots up out of the water, sputtering and laughing.

“I can’t even be mad with you, that was too funny.”

“I know I’m the Trickster, don’t ever forget, I love playing jokes on the servants.”“The servants?”

“You did wash my back didn’t you?”

“Oh so instead of doing a friend, a broken down friend I might add a favor, now I’m a servant?”

“Pretty much.”

They look at each other, trying to keep straight faces but neither is any good at it. They dissolve into a fit of laughter. Laughing until she feels like her sides will burst, Cheyenne collapses against Brandon who is laughing just as hard as her. She finally stops laughing but still can’t catch her breath; Brandon is busy taking it away with a long, searing kiss.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
HIGH RISE WAS A VERY BRILLIANT BOOK ABOUT 3 WOMEN GOING THROUGH THINGS THAT EVERYDAY WOMEN GO THROUGH.THAT'S WHY I ENJOYED THE BOOK BECAUSE YOU COULD RELATE TO IT!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS AUTHOR'S NEXT BOOK AND I KNOW THERE'S NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS THAT'S GOING TO COME HER WAY.I HOPE TO SEE HER AS ONE OF THE TOP 5 BOOKS SELLERS THIS YEAR, SINCE SHE WAS ON THE TOP TEN LIST FOR JAN. 2006 ON ESSENCE.COM. THAT IS AMAZING FOR HER FIRST BOOK. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DONNA MICHELE. I SUGGEST IF YOU HAVEN'T READ HIGH RISE TO GO AND PURCHASE IT YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'High Rise' is one of the most delightful, books I've read in a long time. Donna Michele Ramos did a beautiful job taking us through 3 womens life experiences. Taking the complexities of courtship, marriage, love, children, friends, childhood, growing, loss, and what it means to be a real person - and weaving them together poetically and with amazing clarity. Her characters are wonderful, 'real' people with strengths and flaws, and I really grew to adore them. The events are sequenced in such a way that you still witness each character's growth as a person, as well as discover many surprises along the way. I highly and enthusiastically recommend this book with whatever beverage relaxes you. I am eagerly awaiting her second book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An easy read. Realistic, easy to relate to at least one of the characters. Funny, sad, at times dramatic. Very entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been said that we best see ourselves through the eyes of others. Never was this more true than in Hi-Rise. This book was thoroughly engaging. One becomes attached to each character, only to be drawn in and surprised again and again. The only disappointment is that all good things came to an end. I eagerly anticipate, no, demand the sequel to Hi-Rise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
High Rise made me fall in love and connect with all the characters. Some I loved, some I hated but the cast is well-rounded. I cried and laughed and was very entertained. I'm not ready to say good-bye to these characters yet. Donna you MUST pen a sequel for your starved audience. You've got us and we want more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed High Rise....It truly captivated me for several hours (neglected housework). It was very difficult to lay the book down because it was awesome....It took me only a day and a half to complete...Looking forward to more books by this author....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I read it in 4 days - I could not put it down - donna has a way of making her characters in the story seem like you know them personally. I look forward to her next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a true 'hook' that makes you want to keep reading. It grabs you in from the very beginning and holds your interest. I look forward to reading more books written by Donna Ramos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, my GOD!!!!! This was an excellent book. This book is off the hook. It is so real. I bet any woman who has read this book knows of someone if not herself, who has lived the actual life of one of the many characters in this book. It only took me 4-5 days to read it. The book is so good, you won't want to put it down. For me, not to be an all the time reader, reading this book makes you become one. Once you've read it, you will have the same feelings. The only thing I disliked about the book was because there was an end to each story. I wanted to read on an on and on. And then when I was done, I hated myself for reading it too fast. This is a dynamic author to have published a book so real that it hits home. Donna, thank you so much for a very well put together book.