Forever and a Day - By Jasmine Barber

First and foremost, I would like to thank God for bringing me to where I am in life. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t even have this acknowledgement section to show. I’ve been through many trials and tribulations over the past year, and that’s what bought me to write this.

To my mother, Taiesha Barber. I love you more than anything. Thank you for all the support you’ve shown me through out this writing project. I owe you the world for being my cover model Yes everyone, that’s my mommie on the front cover <3.

To my brother, Alonza. Boy I swear I wouldn’t think you were 10. As I wrote, you threw out ideas that you wanted me to write and thanks to you Alonzo is a character in Forever and a Day.

To Poohbear, Thank you for everything. I’m thankful for all the tips you gave me on a business aspect. You supported me through out the whole process. Like you said we on the roll. As a unit we will make it.

To my Auntie, Tonya Barber. Thank you for inspiring me and pushing me to write my own book. You were the one who said that I should turn my short story into a full project.

Tiffany McGhee: I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You barely knew me, but you motivated me and took me in like a long time friend. I will be forever grateful. I told a couple of my friends, but I have to say you are the best editor ever!

MC Family: Mercedes, Leondra, Tiffany, Dwinique, Danielle, Alicia and Jarell. Each of you pushed me hard to make sure I finished Forever and a Day. Nique, you made me laugh throughout the whole process making writing so much better. Danni, you pushed me to be different from other authors and for that I would like to say thank you. You definitely were my savior when it came to writing at the end. My WORSE critic Cedes, you made sure that Forever and a Day was perfect before I could say I was done. I knew this wouldn’t be a good book without getting your approval. Leondra, thanks for giving me friendly advice as an author and as a friend. You saw me stress over little things and made sure I never let it deter me from reaching my goal. Alicia, you publishing Shy’s Heartbreak was motivation for me. You gave me advice, you were an honest test reader and I just want to thank you. You pushed me and I’ll forever be grateful. Tiff, I love you man. You are one of the biggest ain’t shit people in MC but that’s what makes you Tiffany. Thank you for being the test reader throughout the process.

Dynasty’s Cover Me: Thank you so much for giving me one of the most creative book covers ever! I’ll be back for my future projects!

Jade Broomfield: Thank you for making my 1 Cover. Just wanted to let you know your work did not go unnoticed! Love you Jadie.

Special Thanks To:

Tajana Sutton (Tajana Sutton’s Deja Series)

Leondra LeRae (Hood Love Fan Group)

Monique Chanae Tillman & Dama Cargle (The Takeover)

Nae (Dollhouze Ent)

Shameek Speight (#TeamTrueGlory)

Tonya Barber (Tonya’s Reader Den)

Brandie Davis (My Urban Book Club)

Thank you all for letting me promote my work in your groups. I truly appreciate it.

My 1 Set of Test Readers: Jasmine, Christina, Naiima, and June. I love y’all. To be honest this wouldn’t have been a book if it weren’t for y’all. Ya’ll asked for more so I gave y’all more and look at me now

Support System: Kellee Enos, Jackie Black, Ellie Melon, and Nellie Mithcell. Thank y’all for encouraging me throughout the process. Sometimes I just needed to hear that, “I’m so proud of you”, “Keep up the good work”, “I can’t wait to read that” and you were the ones throughout the project who continuously gave positive feedback. I love y’all more than y’all will ever know.

To everybody who said I was going to fail, eat your heart out because Forever and a Day is now a reality.

If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me and know that just because you weren’t in my mind, you were still in my heart. Here is a place for you: ____________________.

Now, I present you with my baby, “Forever and a Day.”

Love Always,

Jasmine B.

Chapter 1

“I'll always love you but I can't stand being with you.” - Brielle

Dear Murder,

It took me a long time to write this letter because I