The Pier- The Silent Character

jaded-blog-tour-cover2If you’ve had the opportunity to visit the ocean, at some point you find yourself drawn to the water’s edge.  Whether your feet are in the tide pool, or your standing on the dock, you stare off into the horizon. There’s no land in sight for hundreds of miles, just wide open space.

The Unknown… your future.

Look to your left, right, or behind you…what do you see? Land, buildings, objects offering security. It’s the remnants of decisions already made, or rules that cannot be broken. All you do is go with the flow.

Isn’t that how life usually is?

We’re born, taught right from wrong, what’s expected of us, and what decisions we should make.

Then one day we reach a critical point in our lives where a life-altering decision has to be made.

For the characters of The Butterfly Memoirs, that place is the Santa Monica Pier.

Life experiences bring them to a cross-road, a time where the decision made can change the rest of their lives, for good or for bad. In A Heart Not Easily Broken, Ebony Campbell was at the pier when she decided where her interracial relationship with Brian would go, resulting in a first kiss.

The same is true for Yasmine Phillips in, Jaded. For the sake of not going into spoilers, I will say this: when you reach those chapters in the book, pay special attention to how the characters lives were before and after their visit.

Was it for the better…or worse?


***TRIVIA QUESTION! What is the name of the record label where Brian Young works?***

A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.


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Author Pic 5.2012


M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and two pit bulls. MJ can often be found hanging out at the local library where she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below.




Author M.J. Kane Blog and Website




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10 thoughts on “The Pier- The Silent Character

  1. Hi MJ!!
    I’ll definitely have do a re read and see how everyone’s life was before and after visiting the pier.

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