The Royal Family

By: S. Nicole & Bri Noreen

Bri’s Acknowledgements



First of all and as always, all praise and honor to God for allowing me to be able to use my talents and have a creative mind. Thank you to my family, every last one of them and especially my mom, dad and brother. Mom this book is dedicated to you. I am in awe of your amazing strength and I love you so much.



A special shoutout to my writing partner, S.Nicole! This was crazy, right? But fun! You’re an amazing talent and I cant wait to take on other projects with you!



To my reader’s group! I love ya’ll! Ya’ll have become like my new best friends and you support me in all my crazy writing endeavors! I really appreciate ya’ll rocking with me.



Thank you to my friends: Lucky, Jess, Bri, Trebreh, GB, Erika, Jonathan, Dustin, Anthony, Spence, Adrian and any others that I may have forgotten to mention that have supported me in my writing. Oh and Jackie, who has been my biggest cheerleader at work! I appreciate you all.



Thanks to all the JWP writers who have shown me love and taken me in. Nichole, Charae and Jasmine especially. Can’t wait to meet ya’ll in person! And again thanks to Jessica Watkins for believing my writing!





S. Nicole’s Acknowledgments



First and foremost, I’d like to thank God. I thank Him for giving me the gift of writing and the ability to create a plethora of stories in my head, leaving me no choice but to bear my soul and share my imagination down on paper. Thank you.

To my mother, Helen Gate-Bryant, I wouldn’t trade you for the world. You’re the hardest working, most forgiving and loving woman I know to this day. Your encouragement and the excitement you radiate when I succeed only add to my drive to make you proud. I can never repay you, but I will do my best.

To my father, Maurice Bryant, although you’re not physically here with me, you bright spirit and creativity lives in me, and I will stop at nothing to bring your dreams to life, along with my own.

To my older sister, Lucky Bryant, you are my right hand, my casting associate, my title creator, my stylist, my “sista date”, and much, much more. You’re my voice of reason when I doubt myself and I thank God for having you for a sister.

To my best friend, Ndeye Fatou Diouf (yes I put your whole name), never in a millions years would I think we’d be as inseparable as we are now. From middle school, to high school, to college and now the “adult world”, I feel so blessed to always have you by my side during the most agonizing times, to the most joyous times in life. God made no mistake the day I was able to call you friend.

To my 7th grade teacher, Ms. Cupps, although it has been years since I seen you, your kind words about my writing are forever engrained in me. If no one else was interested in my lengthy writing assignments, you definitely were. The fact that you saw a writer in me, before I even saw it in myself, deserves my never-ending gratitude and appreciation for you.

To my co-writer Bri Noreen, it truly has been a pleasure having you by my side when my brain decides to shut off. You are an amazingly talented writer and I can’t wait for the world to see your light shine! You’ve accomplished so much with your skill, faster than I’m sure you ever imagined and you paid it forward by saving some room to let my light shine as well. I can’t even begin to thank you enough.

To all of my friends and relatives that have never stopped supporting me, no matter how unsuccessful I may feel at times, you truly are a blessing. You believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself, and that’s what keeps me going: support and unconditional love.

To my publisher, Jessica Watkins, thank you so much for taking a chance on me. I’ve heard so many “no’s” when it comes to the Royals, and you simply saying “yes”, was more satisfying for me than you will ever know. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Bri and I as a writing team.

To anyone I may have forgotten, don’t worry I got you in the sequel’s acknowledgements lol.



I do hope you enjoy the beginning of the crazy, rollercoaster life of The Royal Family! Thank you again!





Prologue



“Welcome to a night in Idlewild!” the MC sang through the 1930’s-style microphone sitting on the lighted stage.

Blanketed in luxurious gold velvet curtains and holding a large band consisting of a drummer, saxophonist, piano player, and a cellist, the stage shook as the vibrations of the instruments kicked off the themed charity event.

The ballroom at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit served as the perfect venue and had been transformed beyond recognition. Everyone who walked through the banquet doors were instantly transported to a backwoods juke joint from the 1930’s. Traditional lighting had been turned down, and backlights gave the room a dark and smoky club feel. The cigar lounge that had been built in the far right corner added to the ambiance. Round tables decorated the space and gave way to a large parquet dance floor. Male waiters dressed in wool short pants, vests, page boy hats, and fedoras wandered the room with trays of champagne bubbling over in crystal flutes, and female waiters dressed in short flapper-style dresses milled about with cigarette boxes filled with snacks, small liquor bottles, and cigars for sale.

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