Lyrical. Thoughtful. Emotional.
L.Y.’s literary work has earned multiple awards and accolades including the National Best Book Award. Her authentic voice as a survivor, mother and friend – an ordinary woman with an extraordinary story – is a testament to the transformative power of discovering one’s passion, purpose and power.
DON’T LOOK AT THE MONSTER
Through her provocative and deeply moving storytelling style, L.Y. takes you on a captivating journey as she shares candidly her most terrifying moments and monsters—from soul crushing struggles to painful loss. And just when she finds the courage to face her fears, she encounters the biggest monster of all. It would take wise words from her three-year-old granddaughter to inspire L.Y. to surrender and embrace a purposeful life—the gifts, the lessons and the blessings.
DON’T LOOK AT THE MONSTER contains practical advice pulled from L.Y.’s story for people suffering and struggling with their own fears. This heartfelt and relatable story of tragedy to triumph will inspire women from all walks of life to confront their own monsters and embrace their purpose, passion and power.
COLOR ME BUTTERFLY
Inspired by a true story, Color Me Butterfly follows four generations of mothers and daughters—haunted by a common specter of domestic abuse—as they discover the strength, hope, and courage to survive.
The last thing Eloise Bingham wanted was to leave the comforts of her South Carolina home and family. But at the end of World War II, the young wife follows her husband, Isaac, to Philadelphia—only to experience his sinister and violent temper. Eloise’s children—and their children and grandchildren—will face their own trials over the next sixty years: Mattie, who has lived in her mother Eloise’s shadow, finds it takes a life-changing tragedy to help her break free; Lydia, Mattie’s strong-willed daughter, summons the resolve to rise above the cycle of abuse; and finally, Treasure, Lydia’s lively daughter, has the chance to be the first to escape her family’s destructive legacy.
It will take unconditional love, old-fashioned family values, faith, and fearless determination—already embedded in each woman’s DNA—to triumph over a life plagued with unspeakable pain.
A LIFE APART
From the author of Color Me Butterfly, the poignant story of a decades-long love affair that creates complicated and unbreakable ties between two families that live worlds apart.
When Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940, his hopes are high. Though he leaves behind his new wife and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream—only to be shipped off to Pearl Harbor when the war begins. When he narrowly survives the 1941 attack, thanks to the courage of a black sailor he doesn’t know, Morris is determined to seek out the man’s family and express his gratitude and respect. On leave, he tracks down the man’s sister in his very own hometown of Boston—and finds an immediate, undeniable connection with the nurturing yet fiercely independent Beatrice, who has left the stifling South of her upbringing for the more liberal, integrated north.
Though both try to deny their growing bond, their connection and understanding is everything missing from Morris’s hasty marriage to his high school sweetheart Agnes, and from Beatrice’s plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic, and a historical drama that takes readers from World War II through the Civil Rights era to the present day, A Life Apart brings readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice’s relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, racial tensions, death, unending guilt, and the profound effects of war.