Denene Miller Makes Sure You Can Read “Sparkle” Before Seeing It On Screen

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Publisher Simon & Schuster releases the book, “Sparkle” (Atria Books; August 2012; $15) just in time for the theatrical release.

THEY HAD A DREAM. SHE HAD IT ALL.

Detroit, 1968. The Motown sound is sweeping the nation. Girl groups are hotter than ever. Over their mother’s objections, three beautiful sisters—Delores, Sister and Sparkle—are taking the local music scene by storm. But their dreams are bigger than Detroit. Their manager, Stix, is just as ambitious and will do whatever it takes to make it to the big time, even if it means using the girls—and his love for Sparkle—as the foundation of a new musical empire.

Behind the music and lights, the recording industry is a ruthless and unforgiving place–just as Mama had warned her girls. Sister, with her good looks and voice, is the natural headliner of the trio, yet her complicated personal life threatens to overshadow her talent; Delores has her sights set on a different kind of life outside the spotlight; and young Sparkle must push past her deepest fears if she is to fulfill her destiny—does she really have what it takes to go all the way?

Riveting and soul-stirring, this timeless tale reminds us of the unbreakable bonds between family, the high price of fame and what can happen when we dare to show the world how brightly we can sparkle.

 

 

About the author:

Denene Millner is an American author and journalist. She has written 18 books of fiction and non-fiction, including co-authoring two #1 New York Times bestsellers, Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man,both with comedian Steve Harvey. Act Like a Lady was in the top ten on the New York Times hardcover advice list for 43 weeks in 2009; Straight Talk was in the top ten for more than 12 weeks in 2011.

In March 2011, Millner was chosen by Black Voices website as one of 40 Influential Black Female Writers. Millner’s other books include the young adult novel Miss You, Mina, written for Scholastic; the novel The Vow written with Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller; and the three-book teen series Hotlanta written with Mitzi Miller. She has written three novels and three books of non-fiction with her husband Nick Chiles, including Love Don’t Live Here Anymore and What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know, both Essence bestsellers. In 2007, Millner wrote the novelization of the screenplay for Dreamgirls.

Millner was a reporter for the Associated Press and a political and entertainment reporter for the New York Daily News. She was an editor at Honey and Parenting, where she is still a columnist.

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