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Cordially Invited

by Natasha Jackson

You are cordially invited…

After a mishap involving a stripper and a coffin, event planner Lucky Gould-Bang is fired for the third time in three months. When a position for Post Conviction Coordinator pops up at the Bureau of Prisons, Lucky jumps at the chance with no clue what it involves. Finding out she will be planning recently re-instated executions, Lucky finds herself dealing with an ambitious Governor, smarmy detah industry executives, protestors and a spree murderer cum pastor on a regular basis, all while trying to do the Governor’s bidding by putting on ‘family friendly’ executions.

At the Governor’s request, to attend the execution of…

Madison Madigan is tired of everyone seeing her as Lil’ Maddie, First Granddaughter of the state of Illinois. She’s Governor now and she will do anything to win the office on her own merit, even if she has to rely on voters from the other party get there. She reinstated the death penalty over her Party’s wishes and now she’s determined to make it something everyone is talking about…and not because a run of the mill death by electrocution turned into a barbecue. Her key to winning is Pastor Bishop Parsons–will she commute his sentence or won’t she–now all she has to do is make a decision.

On this day at the following time…

Pastor Bishop Parsons doesn’t deny his sordid past. A former drug addict on Death Row for the spree murders of ten people. But twenty years into his sentence he is a reformed man; Pastor of the largest e-church in the country, fundraiser for the upper crust and media darling. He’s not ready to die and he’ll do anything he can to stop it…even invoking religion.Cordially Invited teaser 1

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About the Author

N.D. Jackson BIO

Hey I’m Natasha! I’m originally from Chicago but I’ve lived all over the US and I’m making my way through Europe…and I love stories. I love to read them, to watch them and most of all I love to write them. I find people endlessly fascinating and frustrating, which makes for the most interesting stories!

I also love politics and true crime so in addition to writing romance, I also write political satire. It has been my dream to make a living as a writer since I was a kid and got lost in Judy Blume, The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High (is my age showing?!?!). When I’m not writing I can be found engaging in one-sided conversations with everyone from Rachel Maddow to the food I’m preparing, singing very loudly very badly and trying out new recipes from around the world.

I love to laugh, I gave my husband a sappy pet name and I think answers to most of life’s dilemmas can be found in an episode of Dawson’s Creek.

My first series, Mustang Prairie, is small town romance because I feel they offer a variety of fun characters whose lives are interconnected. It is based loosely on my college town, which was the smallest town I’ve ever lived in…Go Panthers!

My new novel, Cordially Invited is about my love of politics and how we as a society deal with matters of life and death.

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4 star review:

Lucky Gould-Bang is an event coordinator who has lost her third job in several months and is looking something new. When her friend Taryn comes to her with a possible job, Lucky is excited even though all she knows is that job is at the prison. When she goes in for the interview she is expecting to be hired to plan events for the prisoners, staff, warden and possibly the Governor. What she is not expecting is to be told that including in those duties she will be coordinating the deaths of inmates on death row. Lucky isn’t sure how she feels about this new revelation but decides to accept the job and see where it takes her. She must first change the feel of the death chamber as well as figure out how what types of new and better methods to use for executions that won’t fail the way the previous one did. Will she be able to handle having to coordinate other people’s deaths or it will it break her as it has so many others?

Madison Madigan is the Governor of Illinois and she is trying to create a separate persona for herself that doesn’t include being the former governor’s granddaughter. Her first step was to reinstate the death penalty but the first execution gets seriously screwed up. Now she is intent on hiring an outsider to become the first Post-Conviction Events Coordinator of the prison. She wants someone who can change the way public executions are done, make them infallible as well as family friendly. Madison is also looking for someone to help change her public image and get her off the worst dress lists around the world. Will she be able to win the re-elect for Governor or will her antics be too much for the people of Illinois? Will she give a stay to a beloved prisoner on death row or will she follow through with the sentence that was almost 20 years ago?

Taryn Micklesby works for the BoP and for the Warden and she has been delegated to handle the hiring of the new Events coordinator. Taryn is beautiful, intelligent and successful but she dreams of having more. She wants to good friends with the Governor as well as possibly becoming the Governor’s trusted Advisor. She will work any angle and use whatever manipulations necessary to reach her goals, including using lucky as the new coordinator and her stepsister Patrice aka Tricee as a professional stylist to help Madison to accomplish her goals.

Bishop Lamont Parsons has been sitting on death row for almost twenty years for being a serial killer and killing 10 people. During his time in prison, he has become a Pastor, an activist, started an E-Church, and won a Pulitzer Prize winner. Now that the death penalty has been reinstated Pastor Bishop has been informed he will be executed in 6 months’ time. He believes and wants everyone else to believe that he is a changed man since he is now a man of GOD he deserves a stay of execution and/or to have his sentence commuted. Pastor Bishop will do everything he can to try and make sure that he is successful in his cause even going as far as scheduling multiple media interviews, using his echurch followers to petition and protest on his behalf and also by staging the first ever behind bars internet press conference. Will he be able to convince the Governor that he is a changed man and deserves a second chance or will he lose his life the same way his victims did?

Natasha writes an intriguing and eye opening fictional book about the interworking of a prison and Governor’s office. She shows multiply dimensions to each of her characters as well as making them likable and hated at the same time. She allows the reader to imagine what goes behind closed doors all the while holding their attention by providing glimpses of what’s to come.  Ms. Jackson keeps the story light and makes the darkness acceptable. I read this story in a span of a few hours because I couldn’t put it done due to the need to know the outcome of each person’s story. With this book, your attention will be grabbed and held till the very last page.

Cordially Invited N.D. Jackson


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