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Outskirts Press Announces Beyond the Shackles of Double Tree by Richmond, VA Author Sharlene Tate

Richmond, VA, March 17, 2008 --( Now was the time to escape. With the master of Double Tree gone to fetch his bride, and no overseer to guard the slaves, the far away notion of freedom suddenly became a real possibility. In the face of danger, Big Mose would lead an unlikely group of slaves to the prospect of a better life.

Jackson Sinclair smiled to himself as he galloped away from Double Tree, having disposed of his good-for-nothing overseer who was drunk more often than sober. Jackson was on his way to pick up his soon-to-be wife who was sure to give him the heir to his fortune. Life was finally on track, but blinded by arrogance and greed he never saw what was coming:

Massa Jackson was jumping the broom in two days and the new Mistress and her family were to arrive on Saturday morning. By then Mose would be long gone; he hoped to be a good distance away before they were missed.

Kicking the dust of Double Tree from their bare feet, they trudged through the swamp hoping to find freedom from the cruel bondage they had endured all their lives. Even the dark cold swamp, stagnant with black mud-sucking waterways, teaming with hungry biting insects and lurking poisonous snakes was not enough to keep them from moving forward. Big Mose had no idea what to expect once he made it to freedom in New York until he met one rich and powerful man, a Mulatto who was a run-a-way slave passing himself off as a white man. Only two others knew his forbidden secret, a slave who had escaped from the same plantation, and his cruel father who was his master.

Author Sharlene Tate tells an epic tale in her debut novel Beyond the Shackles of Double Tree. With an acute attention to detail and a natural gift for story telling, Tate crafts a narrative rooted in history but lofty in its creativity. Characters that illicit both empathy and disdain will hold the reader captive as they follow Big Mose and the others in a memorable journey away from the gruesome reality of slavery and into the unknown.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1649-3 Format: 6.14 x 9.21 SRP: $16.95
Genre: Historical Fiction

About the Author: Sharlene Tate is married, and the blessed mother of three and grandmother of four. She feels that writing about the slavery of men and women kept in bondage and servitude tells the story of that era and time forever marked in history. Beyond the Shackles of Double Tree is Tate’s first novel.

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