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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466381256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466381254
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,080,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Pugh doesn't use the obvious differences to give lip service to the can't we all just get along cliché. Instead Pugh demonstrates a sophisticated prose that allows the reader to delve deeply into two socioeconomic worlds. Thankfully, with this debut novel, Pugh has entered the field of romance fiction with her unique footprint to chart her own path." 
USA TODAY


"Crimson Footprints is a fascinating, romantic, and enchanting novel that I recommend to readers looking for a change. This is a well written novel that clearly demonstrates the author's skills."
--OOSA Online Book Club O.O.S.A. Gets It Read!


"Crimson Footprints is about understanding and looking beyond ones comfort zone for love. This was a romantic love story with twists and turns that will have readers anticipating if Deena and Takumi will stay together...I was impressed with the storyline and intrigued by Deena's sister, Lizzie's character and wanted to know more about her. I pray that there is a part two that will tell Lizzie's story. I recommend Crimson Footprints to others."
Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub


"Pugh is very descriptive...connecting the reader with each character. As the story went on, I found myself laughing, in awe, or teary eyed. Crimson Footprints is about family, acceptance, forgiveness, and love. The ending is astounding...I never saw it coming."
Romance Novels in Color
"This was an incredibly enjoyable and intricate novel. From beginning to end, it was rich in detail and character development. No character went unexplored, and each story was told exquisitely."
Book Luvrs Haven


"Pugh describes her debut novel as a "literary romance," and after reading and thoroughly enjoying it, I can say with conviction that she has artfully mastered the skill of storytelling. Her characters are genuine and complex. The story that she presents is real, and the issues wrapped in that story and in those characters are authentic to real life situations."
The Kindle Book Review


With remarkable skill, Shewanda Pugh paints a picture of a bi-racial woman from a disadvantaged background who is smart and ambitious enough to succeed at life, despite her family's efforts to bring her right back down. It's bold and tragic and sweet and encouraging. The author's writing skills can't be faulted. She created a world that was vivid and real and then invites the reader in. Even with my very busy life, I managed to read this book in just a couple of days, and even now I think about it... If you'd like a book full of angst and love, family drama and family redemption, from an author who has amazing skills with the written word, I recommend you give this book a try. I bet you won't regret it. --LAS Romance Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Shewanda Pugh is a native of Boston’s inner city. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Fueled from a young age, her passion for crossing societal boundaries like race, class and culture, is the inspiration for both her cluttered bookshelf and her writing. When she’s not busy obsessing over fiction, she can be found traveling, nursing her social networking addiction or enjoying the company of loved ones.

More About the Author

Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she's been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering. Her first young adult romance, Love Edy, is a coming of age tale that released on June 24th, 2014.

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Customer Reviews

The characters were very well written and charming.
Momma Says Read
I had my doubts when I started reading this book - the very beginning seemed somewhat bleak - I'm SO happy that I continued past the first few pages.
Sabrina S.
I like Deena and I can understand her frustration with dealing with her family's negativity.
Toryana Butler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
With remarkable skill, Shewanda Pugh paints a picture of a bi-racial woman from a disadvantaged background who is smart and ambitious enough to succeed at life, despite her family's efforts to bring her right back down.

Deena Hammond is a great protagonist. She's got a foot in two worlds as we begin. We see her in her fancy suit, getting off a bus and arriving in a poor, gang-ridden neighborhood. Her family derides her for her fancy ways and are just as biased against her white half as many others are biased against the black.

I felt both badly for and so proud of Deena as I read this book. Her life is a struggle and she does her best to make it through. When she finally finds someone she can love, and who loves her right back it's just another struggle. Why? Well, he's Japanese and exceptionally wealthy (two HUGE strikes against him).

I wasn't sure I'd like this book. The blurb doesn't do it justice but I'm so glad I gave it a chance. It's bold and tragic and sweet and encouraging. The author's writing skills can't be faulted. She created a world that was vivid and real and then invites the reader in. Even with my very busy life, I managed to read this book in just a couple of days, and even now I think about it. There are more stories here to tell: I'd love to know the story behind Deena's mother and the murder of her father. There are hints that it's not all what it seems. And Deena has another sibling she's trying to save. I'd like to see her sister's story, too. Then there's Tak... he's such an awesome hero, and he has family I became attached to as well. I'm sure they have plenty to say!

If you'd like a book full of angst and love, family drama and family redemption, from an author who has amazing skills with the written word, I recommend you give this book a try. I bet you won't regret it.

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy Thomas on October 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Crimson Footprints is about family, acceptance, and differences. It was hard for me to identify with Deena's family--as my family was always very supportive. Deena's family not only didn't support her--they actively put her down because of the fact that she is bi-racial and that she is successful. But, they are the only family she has since her white mother is in prison for killing her black father (and that's another story I would love to read. Hopefully in the next book, all that will be explained).
Shewanda did a great job at sharing the backstory slowly. Just as she did an excellent job stretching out the sexual tension between Deena and Tak. I like him--he, too, has issues with his family, but they were the types of issues I understood. Both Deena and Tak, however, have families they feel would not accept the other because they are of different races.
There were elements of this story the author left hanging--esp. the issue of Deena's sister, Lizzie. She was wild, but the author shows us in snippets that go back until the time she was eleven that helps explain the circumstances that lead to her current behavior. I hope that she, as well, is given more time in the second book to work out her issues.
This book is richly drawn--not a quick read, but a very satisfying read. Even with the times I wanted to take Deena and shake her, I was still very interested in what she was going to do and how her and Tak's relationship was going to play out. Kudos to Shewanda Pugh for an intriguing debut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tams (TTC Books and more) on October 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Deanna Hammond is a bi-racial woman that has suffered the loss of both parents therefore being raised by a family that looks down on her bi-racial heritage but certainly enjoys the money she gives to support them. She graduates college and lands her perfect job as an Architect. Then her brother is murdered, opening up old wounds from her Father's murder that never completely healed. She has achieved her success through hard work and strong character though life and circumstance have left her with very little self esteem.

Takumi Tanaka is a Japanese American man that has suffered loss of a different kind but just as damaging. A very successful artist in his own right he hasn't faced the hardships in life or the suffering brought on by a less than loving family but, his emotionally absent father has left his mark on this young man. When he finds himself staring down the barrel of the gun with Deanna's brother on the other end, this odd couple share an instant attraction that won't be denied.

As you read you learn more and more about the two, their families, how they grew up and became the people they are today. Their love story slowly builds as they attempt to lay a solid foundation, growing more and more comfortable with each other every day. All the while though, they are hiding their love affair from almost everyone in their lives. What will happen when their two worlds collide, will they live happily ever after? Will the love Deanna craves so desperately continue to grow or crumble at her feet?

Once you throw in Deanna's overbearing boss, who just happens to be Tak's emotionally absent father, it would seem the deck is stacked against this pairing and they are doomed from the start.
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