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USA Today Featured Author At Decatur Book Festival

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In "Blue Butterfly" Life Imitates Art: First Black Ballerina Misty Copeland

s4story - Aug. 17, 2014 - ATLANTA -- Award-winning author Marian L. Thomas, whose book, "Blue Butterfly," was recently featured in USA Today as a "Must-read romance," (http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/05/11/recommended-romances-dickey-thomas-raye/8957691/) will make a "Featured Author Appearance," at the ninth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia, on August 31, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. on the City Hall stage.

         Thomas will be a part of the AWC Contemporary Fiction Panel2, hosted by the Atlanta Writer's Club, where she will highlight "Blue Butterfly." (http://www.marianlthomas.com/). The book could not be more timely, considering the first Black female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre in 20 years, and only the second in its history, Misty Copeland, just received a huge contract with Under Armour.

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         The Huffington Post reported last week that New Line Cinema is in the process of creating a movie based on Copeland's life, which will undoubtedly draw comparisons to "Blue Butterfly," which most fans on Goodreads.com have described with adjectives like, "Beautiful," "Flawless," "Touching," "Eloquent," and other endearing terms.

         In a situation of "Life imitates art," Copeland came from a poor background and makes a once-in-a-lifetime journey to become the first African-American ballerina, just like the heroine of the book, Precious Blue.

         Fans get to meet Thomas, at the AJC Decatur Book Festival when this year more than 350 authors will present on 18 stages. According to Access Atlanta, event Executive Director Daren Wang said, "The lineup is really great and dynamic."

         According to USA Today, "From the first page, Marian L. Thomas grabs your wrist to have a seat and listen to a story. Blue Butterfly has a wonderful quality within its prose that enables you to hear the words, the dialogue, the ballet movement and music powerfully told in the story. A literary style that reminds me of Sue Monk Kidd's."

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         Just like Blue, Copeland lives an extraordinary life trying to gain entrance to a world where she was once not allowed.

         Her website states that, "Thomas is a dynamic story-teller with five engaging and dramatic novels to her credit."  Her books have been seen on national television stations such as, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations.

         Thomas' other titles, "My Father's Colors" and "Strings of Color", both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award. Each of her books have reached a bestseller position on Amazon.com for their respective categories and have placed on the bestseller's list for Barnes & Noble.com, as well.

         For more information about Marian L. Thomas please visit her website: (http://www.marianlthomas.com/),

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Rikki Sandress

Source: L.B. Publishing
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