Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

A Novel Inspired by the World's Greatest Black Ballerinas

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Breaking Shackles of Discrimination for Black Ballerinas

Award-Winning Author Releases fictional novel "Blue Butterfly", a heart-touching story about discrimination for black ballerinas.

Is the world ready for a black ballerina?
When the word ballerina is heard, it invokes the image of beautiful and radiant white woman dancing in the most graceful manner. Our mind never imagines black women as ballerinas, they are more likely to be thought of as hip-hop dancers, but not ballerinas. However, breaking through these shackles of racial discrimination, there have been five ballerinas in the world that have carved a niche for themselves and made a noticeable mark on the ballerina stage.

Taking inspiration from these brave and beautiful black ladies, award-winning fiction writer Marian L. Thomas has come up with her most awaited novel, “Blue Butterfly”- a heart-touching story about a black girl (Precious Blue Johnson) that fights all odds in order to become a ballerina in a time when most people can only imagine white women in the famous leotard and tutu. "Blue Butterfly" will be released in a digital and print editions. It will be available for purchase through online retailers and bookstores nationwide.

It is fitting that "Blue Butterfly" is set to release on the anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. His fight for freedom and equality provide the back drop to the story. Marian shows how his death reaches into the heart of Anya Duport, a beautiful and young white ballerina who struggles to carve out her own sense of what freedom means.

The story unfolds when the main character, Precious Blue Johnson leaves her Georgia hometown for New York, in search of her birth father. During this journey, Precious meets the wise Ms. Ann, and falls in love with the very handsome Ray Silvers. While the stage for a heart-warming love story appears to fall in place, her real struggle will not be of the heart. It will be fought in the world of ballet, as Precious sets out find a place to hang her own pair of pointe shoes and perhaps become the first black ballerina.

"Blue Butterfly" will no doubt trigger strong emotions of romance, love, family, forgiveness, friendship and even the harsh reality of betrayal. This is the reason why "Blue Butterfly" is being eagerly awaited by fiction lovers around the world.

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About the Author
Clean Fiction novelist Marian L. Thomas is a dynamic storyteller with four engaging and dramatic novels to her credit. Her books have been seen on national television stations and featured in print magazines and newspapers. She has also been a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations. Her titles “My Father’s Colors” and “Strings of Color” both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award.

What makes her books unique? Mrs. Thomas might be the first African-American pioneer of contemporary women’s clean fiction. She refuses to lace her work with explicit sexual themes or profanity. Ms. Thomas’ books are rich with ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, divorce, friendship and abuse. And yet her tales, which seem to pre-stage current tabloid headlines, are spelled out in ways that suit the delicate moral tastes of both the Christian Fiction reader and the Clean Fiction book reader. Ms. Thomas resides in a suburb of Georgia with her husband, family and dear friends.

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There have been five black ballerinas that have made a noticeable mark in the world of ballet. Five that have fought to have the world see their talent rather than the color of their skin. Each has graced the stage as soloist and/or principal dancer. Precious Blue Johnson is set to become one of them.

Book Review for Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

What happens when Precious Blue Johnson sets out to find her father on the way to stardom? Author Marian J. Thomas has woven a page turner that will have you wanting more. In her book, Blue Butterfly, the author does a fantastic job developing each character and taking the reader on a ride of unexpected turns.

Blue Butterfly brings families together through past painful experiences, hidden secrets and personal agendas. Those three elements make for a wonderful and enjoyable read. As the story progresses, we see a talented and gifted ballerina come full circle with life and her passion to dance. I applaud Marian for writing such a book that will surely make the reader come away knowing that in spite of life’s disappointments, dreams do come true. Very well written, Marian. --- Reviewed by Paulette Harper, author of Completely Whole, Living Separate Lives and The Sanctuary

Excerpt Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

From Chapter One

They say on the night that I was born June 30, 1969 the fringes of the moon could be seen peeking out through the thin layers of the clouds. They say that the rain had done come down so hard it felt like something was tearing away at your soul, drop by drop. They say my mama was laying in the birthing room screaming because I was ripping her life away from her. They say that the doctors wanted to cut away at her tummy, but she had done plain-out refused. She was an ebullient woman, with the heart of an unbreakable but beautiful stallion.

I ain't never seen the woman with eyes so blue they felt like they could reach down into the pit of your core and tell you about yourself. I ain't never seen the warmth of her smile or the way she could soothe my daddy with her kind-hearted words. People talk under their breath about her. Talk about how long her silky blond hair was or how thin and soft her frame was. I do alls I can when I hear them whispering about the woman who gave her life so I could dance in the rain on a hot summer day.

Just before she took her last breath they say that she stared into my eyes and smiled because I done come into the world with what she thought was the better part of her. The one feature that my daddy loved the most.

She was the one who placed the weight of my name upon me. Precious Blue Johnson, but everyone around here in Lutts County, Georgia, fixed my name at Precious.

My dear, sweet Daddy is a tall, well-stocked-around-the-tummy man. I heard that back in his heyday he sported a nicely trimmed frame of six feet, two inches. That his hair used to be slicked back so perfectly there wasn't a black woman in Lutts County that wasn't dying to give it a coat or two of sweet brown sugar with the very tips of their hard-worked fingers.

His shoulders hang now sometimes, but that wasn't always the case. No, it be said that when Charles Johnson used to walk down these dirt-filled roads, his shoulders stood towering with an air of confidence that one could breathe in from a mile away.

Once upon a time, it be rumored that his hazel brown eyes were fixed on singing his way out of Lutts County. They still talk about this fact in the rooms of their barely-able-to-stand homes, where they figure can't nobody hear them but God. Whispering under the dim lights about how it is such a shame that he wasted his talent on a white woman.

There are nights when I would wonder what his voice must have sounded like. I would hear him humming sometimes, but I ain't never heard the sound of butter flowing from his lips.

That's what they say he sounded like.

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