Sunday, May 22, 2011
Ladies Man By Frederick Germaine
Spring 1993: Los Angeles, CA
Damien Hardy is a six-foot one, one hundred ninety-five pound high school baseball player. He is a seventeen year old senior at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles where he excels as an academic and athletic All-American. Damien accepts a baseball scholarship to USC so he could be close to his girlfriend, Crystal Gayle, who he has been dating for the last three years. Crystal who was a former cheerleader at Dorsey High (Baldwin Hills), is now a freshman at USC majoring in pre-med. One day after baseball practice, Damien decides to surprise Crystal at her off campus apartment. The surprise is actually on Damien as he catches Crystal in the bed with a USC football player. After the incident, Damien is distraught and vows never to give his heart to a women or fall in love again.
He tells no one of the incident, not even his grandmother who has raised him since his parents died in a car accident when he was younger. He refuses to talk to Crystal again and simply wants to move far away from Los Angeles.
He rescinds his scholarship to USC against the wishes of his mentor and father figure, Coach Frazier. He decides to accept a baseball scholarship at the University of Miami which is three thousand miles away.
Part II-The Starting Five
Spring 1998: Miami, FL
Damien is disappointed as his college baseball career is less than stellar due to injuries. His baseball teammate/roommate named “Mookie” convinces Damien to move to Atlanta after graduation. Mookie also turns Damien on to the “Starting Five Concept.” Mookie was a three sport high school All-American at Southwest DeKalb High in Decatur, GA. While at the University of Miami, he was too busy chasing skirts instead of fly balls and never really applied himself academically. Mookie was known as a party guy and received two DUI’s while at UM. Subsequently, he was kicked off the baseball team during his senior year. Damien graduates from UM with a 3.25 GPA in business but Mookie does not.
Part III-Welcome to Atlanta
Summer 1998: Atlanta, GA
With the help and wits of Mookie, Damien finds an apartment on Chandler Road (Decatur, GA) and a modest car. He also secures a job at Macy’s (South DeKalb Mall) in the ladies’ shoes department until he can find a job in his career field. While working there he meets Diamond who is a senior at Spelman College but dances at the infamous Gold Club to offset tuition/living expenses. Diamond is a very attractive young woman who has a fetish for designer heels and lives well in an upscale high-rise in Buckhead. The two hit it off immediately and have several hot and passionate sexual encounters. Diamond graduates from Spelman in the spring and moves back to Chicago to start her own business.
On the Fourth of July, Damien celebrates Mookie’s birthday at Club 112. Damien promised Mookie’s mom he would look after him as his drinking has gotten out of control. That same night, Mookie gets wasted and is involved in a fatal car accident killing a neurosurgeon. He is eventually sentenced to ten years in state prison. Damien feels guilty for what happened.
Damien finally receives a job in his career field as a marketing specialist and goes to work for Coca-Cola. There he meets Nicole, who is his boss and is married and miserable. Damien and Nicole end up having a sexual rendezvous.
Part IV-Full Circle
Summer 2008: Atlanta, GA
Damien loses his job at Coca-Cola due to the recession. After ten long years working for the company, he feels betrayed.
Damien reconnects with Diamond who has now relocated to Atlanta. She owns an upscale salon on Piedmont Road in Buckhead. He later finds out Diamond’s nine year son is actually his.
Crystal resurfaces in Atlanta as well. She relocates her medical practice from L.A. to Atlanta and wants to rekindle her relationship with Damien.
Mookie finally gets out of prison as a “changed man” but turns Damien on to a new hustle.
Raphael, Damien’s flamboyant gay cousin from L.A., relocates to Atlanta and works as a stylist in Diamond’s salon. He adds the comical element within the novel.
Damien is torn between choosing Diamond or Crystal as his true love interest. In the meantime, he has to find a way to eliminate a few other woman in the picture: Nicole, who is still married and miserable but wants Damien all to herself. Katrina, the high profile corporate attorney, who can’t seem to find love and wants to make Damien her “boy toy.” Tameka, Diamond’s fake friend who works at her salon. She is jealous of Diamond and Damien’s relationship and wants Damien to be exclusively hers.
Frederick Germaine has always been fascinated how writing could be so intriguing. It takes dedication and an imaginable thought process to capture an audience within a good novel. After writing leisurely for years, Frederick Germaine decided to pen his first novel. Ladies’ Man is an entertaining love novel from a male-perspective. He wrote the novel because he felt almost everyone has previously been in love, is currently in love or simply seeking love. Thus, we all can relate to it. After the release of Ladies’ Man, Frederick Germaine was featured in Xtra Magazine.
Besides being an author, Frederick Germaine is an advocate for mentorship programs. He currently serves as a mentor to the youth and young adults. Additionally, he is a motivational speaker compelling individuals to make the right “choices” in life.
Frederick Germaine graduated from Jacksonville State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He currently resides in Atlanta where he continues to write and promises to deliver another hot novel.
Interview with Frederick:
1) Tell us about your novel.Ladies’ Man is the ultimate entertaining love novel from a male-perspective. The story begins when the main character, Damien Hardy, finds his girlfriend of more than three years cheating on him when he catches her in bed with another man. His girlfriend, Crystal Gayle, breaks his heart and he basically vows never to fall in love again or commit to a woman. Damien eventually turns into a ladies’ man and goes through a plethora of beautiful black women but eventually has second thoughts on falling back in love again. This is caused when Crystal reenters his life after many years have passed. A dilemma develops when Damien has to choose between the former love of his life or attempt to balance the women in his life now. There are a cast of women characters that will stop at nothing to have Damien all to themselves.
2) Where did you get the idea for the storyline and do you plan to continue its development?I develop my storyline for all my novels in an unorthodox way. First, I brainstorm on the hottest titles or topics and write them down. Then, after I narrowed them down to the final two or three I make a selection. That’s how I came up with Ladies’ Man. I chose the title first, and then wrote the storyline from there. I figured everyone could relate to it and know what it means to be a “ladies’ man.” Most men want to me a ladies’ man which means being charismatic, attractive, and well dressed. And of course, women are attracted to a ladies’ man by the traits he possesses. The storyline basically centers on love and romance which I know mostly all readers can relate to.
I plan to develop Ladies’ Man into a play or movie in the near future. A few people who read the advanced copy are already asking me if there will be a sequel. I wrote the novel without a sequel in mind. I wanted Ladies Man to be a classic. In my opinion, classics don’t have sequels.
3) Do you have anything in common with the characters?It’s so funny you asked that because a few of my close friends (who read the book) are asking me if I am Damien Hardy in the book. I laughed at them but the answer is no. The real ladies’ man is definitely Damien not me. I did use to play a lot of baseball growing up but that’s the only similarity Damien and I have in common.
4) What/Who inspired you to write a novel?I love reading African-American Literature and have been writing leisurely for a few years. I’m a big fan of Michael Baisden and he was my biggest inspiration to pen my first novel. I read all his books and constantly listen to his radio show. He is always pushing for entrepreneurship and wants everyone to reach for their dreams. Plus, he does so much for the African-American community. I finally woke up one day and said I was going to stop sleeping on my dream.
5) What advise you would you give to someone who is interested in getting published?First and foremost, learn the business of what publishing is. Many times new authors go into publishing novels without learning the business end first. Publishing is the backbone in the book industry. Always retain your publishing rights no matter what!
After learning the business end, authors should be prepared for running into roadblocks along the way. Never give up on your dreams and aspirations to pen a novel. If you’re denied by a major publishing company try to self-publish your novel. If you are indeed a great author with an excellent novel, the major publishing companies will eventually find you and eagerly come knocking on your door. Remember, for every one hundred doors that close on your dream, there is one that will open. That one might be your big break. Never let anyone say “no” to your dreams. Simply implement your plan if you indeed believe in yourself.
6) Where can we purchase your book?
Ladies’ Man will be available in paperback and eBook format at all major on-line retailers including: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. It will be available in Kindle, Nook, and the iBookstore as well.
7) Are you available for speaking engagement, events, or book signings?Yes, very much so. I currently participate in various speaking engagement in Atlanta now. I speak to the youth and young adults about making the right choices in life. I believe we can’t give up on our youth because they are our future.
All events including book signings can be viewed on my website: www.frederickgermaine.com. For anyone wishing to book me for an event, please make the request from my website.
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