Precious Blue Johnson, young, country and naive, from Lutts County, Georgia, is traveling to the energizing city of New York to search for her birth father and perhaps make history by becoming the first black ballerina. Her simple mocha skin and thick lips will put her in the center of a movement, expose secrets and unlock the past as she steps onto the stage as the Blue Butterfly.
She will be guided by the vivacious and wise Ms. Ann and fall in love with the alluring Ray Silvers.
Ray brings the whole package. Enchanting eyes, a bright future as a doctor, and a willingness to love completely. To Precious, he is perfect. Except Ray's package includes his deadly past.
Will their love survive the one person who could end it all-his drug-addicted mother?
Blog Talk Stop Q&A
Research. I found that there have been five black ballerinas who have managed to make a noticeable mark in the world of ballet: Raven Wilkinson, Lauren Anderson, Tai Jimenez, Aesha Ash, and Misty Copeland. Through their determination and hard work they were able to accomplish something precious: the ability for people to see their talent and passion instead of the color of their skin. Precious Blue Johnson, the main character in ʺBlue Butterflyʺ, is just as motivated and willing. However, she too, will find that the world might not be ready for a black ballerina.
Ms. Ann would be a great character to create a spin off from ʺBlue Butterflyʺ. Readers get a good glimpse of her ʺstoryʺ but, there is so much more to the essence of her existence. The pain that she suffered. The heartache. The realities that she had to encounter as a black woman that looked and was treated like a white woman, because of the skin she was born with. I think her story would be fascinating and worthy of a book that stood on its own.
I sincerely hope that ʺBlue Butterflyʺ will trigger emotions of romance, love, family, friendship and even the harsh reality of betrayal. But, in the end, I hope that readers conclude the last page understanding the depth and purpose of forgiveness.
I used to draw. Loved it in high school. Represented my school at a state championship.
About Marian L. Thomas
Marian L. Thomas, is no stranger to the world of fiction. With four dramatic and engaging books to her credit: AQUA BLUE; Color Me Jazzmyne; My Father's Colors and Strings of Color, this award-winning author continues to weave colorful stories of emotion and realism, that crosses all boundaries and finds a home in the heart of today's female reader. This has become her trademark.
Marian resides in DeKalb County, Georgia with her husband.