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Going Broke Synopsis:

Whats a girl to do when she's going broke? Sarai Emery is financially worry-free, thanks to her boyfriend, Damian. However, after finding him cheating, Damians out the door-but not before assaulting her and draining her bank account! And to top it all off, she gets fired from her job the next day. In need of a vacation, Sarai goes to the Bahamas, and meets Conrad, who promises her a steady income working for a high-society escort" service back home. If it were only her welfare she had to consider, she wouldve refused. But her Alzheimer-inflicted fathers nursing home bills need to be paid, so she agrees to do it. Now that shes met the man of her dreams, will she be able to come clean about her new financial gain?

Baltimore Book-Signing Schedule

February 17,2005 (Thursday)

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Reprint Books

455 LEnfant Plaza SW

Washington DC

February 18,2005 (Friday)

Noon to 2 pm


110 N Paca (Lexington Market)

Baltimore, Maryland

4 pm to 7 pm

Urban Knowledge (Mondawmin Mall)

2301 Liberty Heights Ave

Baltimore, Maryland

February 19, 2005 (Saturday)

2:00 pm

Karibu Books

Centre at Forestville

5:00 p.m.

Karibu Books

The Mall at Prince Georges

7:30 p.m.

Joint Book Club Meeting

Girlfriends Reading Circle and Sistah's As One

Louisana Bar and Grille RT 1, Laurel MD

February 20, 2005 (Sunday)

2 p.m.


Eastpoint Mall

Baltimore, Maryland

Going Broke is like gumbo, each spoonful is filled with something spicy, juicy and hot. It goes beyond what is expected from a book in the genre of hip hop / street fiction. With just enough "street" to still be considered sophisticated, sufficient drama to be classified as suave, and sex scenes so vivid and provocative that you'll smell the funk, this book will light a match and shine light on what some people will do for the love of cash when they find themselves Going Broke.


Rawsistaz, Online Book Club (4 of 5 Stars)

Trista Russell is a talented new author. From the opening line of the book, it is evident that if nothing else, she knows how to capture the readers attention. She uses interesting plot twists, graphic sex scenes, and diverse characters to transform a relatively predictable storyline into a surprisingly enjoyable read. The story reminds readers of just how quickly one bad decision can spiral into an unfortunate series of events. I especially enjoyed the way the author offered her own version of alternate endings for the book. Not being a huge fan of urban fiction, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book."

-Joan Burke Stanford, of Jazzy Pen Communication (5 stars on Amazon)

Going Broke, the debut novel by Trista Russell, is excellent. Although I wanted to learn more about Sarais twin and see the subplot surrounding him developed a little more, the story was hot. The author masterfully combined a chick lit storyline with a street" edge. By adding explicit sex scenes and a few unexpected twists, Russell has really penned a top-rate tale. Never have I read a book with three alternative endings, but I think Russell pulled it off with ease. She brings a creative new voice to the urban fiction scene and I simply cannot wait to see what she will deliver next.

-Tina Brooks McKinney, author of All That Drama.

I loved the way Trista provided three different endings to the book. Very unique but the final ending had me speechless. Trista did a great job telling the story and I can't wait to read more from the talented author. Well done!


Born in Miami but raised on the tiny island of Bimini in the Bahamas, Trista discovered her passion for writing in the third grade. Picking up a pencil was no longer for the satisfaction of the nuns at her private school, she fell in love with what words did to and for her. Trista moved back to South Florida and became a product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System where she attended Campbell Drive Middle, Homestead Senior High and later Miami Dade College where she majors in English Literature / English Education.

Urban Books (Publisher)

Best selling author Carl Weber and Urban Books, a subsidiary of Kensington Publishing could not overlook Tristas gift and signed her on with a two book contract. Urban Books is a new imprint specializing in "hip-hop fiction" and is the latest in a flurry of imprints launched by Kensington.

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Trista Russell
Trista Russell