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Playing with Destiny

(2005)
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SECRETS CAN TEAR LOVERS APART

Love and basketball don't mix... at least for Courtney Sheffield. With only one year of college left, he's willing to leave school for the riches of the NBA. But with all he's ever dreamed of within reach, he begins to wonder if any of it will have meaning without Chante by his side. She's the only woman he's ever loved, and the mother of a little girl named Destiny who may or may not be his.

Courtney's older brother, Colin, a writer struggling to recapture the hype surrounding his first book, is haunted by an event in his past that still darkens his dreams and casts a shadow over his marriage to Liza, a former model with ghosts of her own to vanquish. Even the birth of their beautiful daughter, Lyric, can't hold them together when bitterness and regret tangle them in a web that leads to a deadly decision.

As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both Courtney and Colin will be pushed over the edge and forced to examine the emotional complexities of love and fatherhood. Can these troubled men and the women they love find their way to true happiness, or will their ties come undone once and for all?

Praise for PLAYING WITH DESTINY
"Playing With Destiny is an outstanding novel, filled with dreams lost and found, strengths tested and the endurance of the soul. Streetwise and reality-biting, Mr. Duck has written a phenomenal story. I dare you to pick up this book and not be affected. Magnificent!"
--Margaret Johnson-Hodge, author of True Lies

"Written with wit and insight, this novel is a frank, powerful portrait of black men coming to terms with moral choices of love and life and their consequences. Duck writes with a voice that is unique, entertaining and compelling."
--Robert Fleming, author of Havoc After Dark

"Phillip Thomas Duck weaves a tale as old as Cain and Abel, yet as true to today's life as a Jersey sunset. It's funny, emotional, passionate, evocative, introspective and most importantly, it's honest."
--Timmothy McCann, author of Emotions

"A gripping debut... all the ingredients of a runaway best seller."
--Keith Lee Johnson, author of Pretenses


 
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Hardback Editions

January 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Playing with Destiny
Author(s): Phillip Thomas Duck
ISBN: 0-7394-5123-5 / 978-0-7394-5123-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sepia Books/BET Publications, LLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

March 2007 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: Playing with Destiny (Sepia)
Author(s): Phillip Thomas Duck
ISBN: 0-373-83039-4 / 978-0-373-83039-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Kimani Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Playing With Destiny
Author(s): Phillip Thomas Duck
ISBN: 1-58314-524-9 / 978-1-58314-524-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kimani Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Playing With Destiny
Author(s): Phillip Thomas Duck
Publisher: Two Daughters
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