Left in a dirty house by themselves with only the roaches to look after them as their tummies rumbled, the two anxiously await their mother to return with food for them to eat. Seeing LeBron James play in one of his first NBA games awakened Davion’s passion for the sport, but hearing his baby sister’s tearful pleas for something to eat makes him vow to become a super star athlete, so he and his sister would never again see days like the ones they were currently living. While salvaging slices of bread from a moldy loaf in the refrigerator, the two manage to make jelly sandwiches, only for the electric to be turned off. They are now alone in the dark, cold and hungry. A phone call placed to their father leads to their rescue and Davion and Janaya are placed in his custody.
His mother’s dope fiend habits wreak havoc in his young life, causing him to get into countless fights while losing all respect for the woman he now only refers to as Joselyn. But a heated confrontation between the two leads to a startling revelation that it was his father who turned Joselyn onto coke and created her habit that ultimately led to her overdose, with Janaya and Davion being the ones to find her. The respect, love and admiration Davion once had for the man he affectionately referred to as Pops, quickly diminishes after that dreadful day, and tragedy seems to make itself right at home in their lives.
Holding on to his hoop dreams, Davion works hard at perfecting his craft with his sister following in his footsteps. But with tragedy striking around them constantly, the dream begins to slowly slip from his grip. Davion soon learns that everyone is not who they seem as he suspects his step-mother played a part in a murder that nearly destroys the family. Through Davion’s eyes, he tells his story down to the final seconds of his fourth quarter when it’s too late for him to realize that his suspicions were misplaced… as was his trust.
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The author Yani was born and raised in the North Philly and Germantown sections of Philadelphia in 1984. Writing isn’t just what she does, it’s who she is and she began when she was barely old enough to attend kindergarten. Starting with short stories based on her version of her favorite cartoon, Tom & Jerry, Yani would then move on to giving speeches at her school assemblies. Yani followed up with writing poems that would later grant her an invitation to the tri-state area’s number one hip-hop and R&B radio station, Power 99 FM when she was only 16-years-old. After that, Yani began performing at numerous open mic nights in Philadelphia. She wrote her first novel, A Thug’s Redemption when she was 15-years-old and self-published it under her own publishing company, Anitbeet Productions twelve years later. After which, she was featured in Yo! Raps magazine, and landed on the Amazon’s Best Seller’s list not only for her first novel, but for each of her novels afterwards, including her book of short horror stories, Terrors From Beyond. She currently has eight titles under her belt and recently signed her first author, LeRoy Payton. For book signings, appearances or speaking engagements, contact her at email@example.com