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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (December 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Naja Rodgers has always wanted to be her own boss, so when she's laid off from her awful office job, she begins pursuing her dream in earnest. At the encouragement of her best friend Vlora, she attends First Fridays, a monthly networking meeting for St. Louis–area African-American business owners and investors. Naja is skeptical of the catty women and the shyster, scope-a-date men, but then she meets Russ, a handsome and successful real estate developer who wants to partner with Naja on her Internet cafe business plan. They become romantically involved, but, in an uncharacteristic turn of events, Naja quickly loses her sense of self and allows Russ to control her life. As his demands escalate, Naja's headaches and misery increase, but it isn't until Russ hands her a brochure on liposuction that she resists. She and Russ split, but how will this affect business? Though the uneven pacing slows to a crawl more than once and Naja's descent into submissiveness strains credibility (ditto the root of Russ's domineering attitude), her by-the-bootstraps story should garner for Michaels (Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window) a loyal following. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Naja Rodgers figures she can open her Internet cafe in just a few months, so in the meantime she'll continue to work at the job she disdains. But then she's let go. The misery of starting again from scratch is all she can think about when her best friend convinces her to attend the St. Louis chapter of First Fridays, an African American networking organization, in hope of meeting an investor. After a couple of duds, Naja meets Russ King, who is not only interested in her idea but also happens to be magnetic, dark, and handsome. Naja is hesitant to take him on as anything more than a business partner, but Russ soon overcomes her reluctance. Problem is, Russ soon overcomes Naja herself. Slowly but surely he isolates her from her friends and assumes control over her life. Michaels weaves an ever-increasing tension into her story to create a truly compelling read with a satisfying ending. Maria Hatton
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More About the Author

Cherlyn Michaels self-published Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window in January 2004, which led to her 2-book publishing deal with Hyperion Books. First Fridays is her second novel. She was nominated for the African American Literary Awards Show Open Book Award for Best Self-Published Author of the Year. Cherlyn resides in Atlanta, GA where she works as a technical writer and ghostwriter for her own company. She is also working on her third novel.

Cherlyn loves to communicate with readers. Find her here:

Website: www.cherlynmichaels.com
Facebook profile page: http://facebook.com/cherlyn.michaels
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cherlynmichaels

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donnica Carter VINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
First Fridays by Cherlyn Michaels is a story about Naja Roberts, a black woman in St. Louis, MO with BIG dreams. She has dreams of opening an internet cafe in a not so likely part of town. She has a plan to get there in nine months. She is working her 9-to-5 and stacking her money. That plan was accelerated when she suddenly lost her job.

Her best friend Vlora and sister Allie, convince her that now was the best time to attend St. Louis' hottest networking event, FIRST FRIDAYS. She would always turn them down, but now that she was without a job, she needed to get out there and find a business partner for her internet cafe, Exodusters 1879. Naja meets Russom King and they have an instant connection. He loves her idea and they quickly become business partners.

The connection between Russ and Naja was so great, they enter into a personal relationship, despite Naja's hesitation. Things are great until Naja realizes that Russ is slowly controlling her every move. He is making business plans without her, telling her not to hang with her friends, and practically dressing her. She finally calls it quits and Russ leaves the business and takes all of his connections with him.

FIRST FRIDAYS shows how a woman can get involved with a man that totally changes her and distracts her from her goal. Never mix business with pleasure! :o) It was a great story of determination. Michaels shows how friends and family will be there for you no matter what. It was kind of a slow read, but the ending makes it well worth the wait.

Donnica Copeland
APOOO BookClub
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Black Butterfly Review on February 15, 2007
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Naja Rogers just lost her job, but that's okay because she was planning to quit anyway. Naja has dreams of opening an Internet café and now that she's out of a job, it's time to make those dreams come true. She starts by attending First Fridays, a networking event attended by the who's who in business.

Accompanied by her best friend, Vlora and her spoiled, immature sister, Allie, Naja attends First Fridays unsure of how this will further her business goals., but that all changes when she meets Russum King and is suddenly thankful for showing up. Naja and Russ immediately go into business together, while Naja fights her attraction to her new partner. Eventually, Russ wears her down and they begin a relationship.

Business is good, but personal is bad. Russ systematically cuts Naja off from all of her friends then assumes running the business and controlling her at the same time. Naja eventually wakes up and breaks things off with Russ, to which he responds by leaving her high and dry.

Ms. Michaels is to be commended on her original plot and clever cast of characters. However, I was a bit disturbed by Naja's--who was portrayed as an intelligent and sophisticated entrepreneur--delay in figuring out what type of man Russ was. Taking into account that she was blinded by love, I guess it was inevitable that she would figure it out sooner or later.

On a side note, I must state that Chaney was my favorite character because he kept it real throughout the entire story. His feelings for Naja were clear from the start and his dedication to his friends and to the youth of the neighborhood were endearing and kept me wanting to read more about him. Overall, First Fridays was an entertaining, if a bit of a slow, read.

Reviewed by: A.C. Arthur, Black Butterfly Review
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Curtis on February 5, 2007
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"First Fridays" is a phenomenal book that kept my attention from the first page until the last. Although this is author Cherlyn Michaels' second novel, the reader would never know it because this novel undoubtedly reads as if a veteran author has written it. The character development was excellent and the story line was great and refreshing.

The story follows the life of protagonist, Naja Rodgers, whom like many people, was laid off from her job without any warning and finds herself somewhat perplexed and uncertain of her next move. At the suggestion of her best friend, she attends a First Fridays monthly gathering for those African American persons within the St. Louis area, although she's cynical and reluctant at first about the idea. This event proved to be the catalyst that helped Naja decide to embark on her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. From there "First Fridays" takes on many twists and turns watching Naja's personal and business lives unfold.

"First Fridays" is indeed an entertaining and page-turning novel with memorable characters. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other novels in the future written by this talented author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renee Williams on March 14, 2007
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I loved First Fridays, Cherlyn Michael's sophomore literary offering. Strong characters and good plot development...nothing was lacking. It didn't end the way I wanted it to, but all in all, it was a great read, and I look forward to reading Michael's next book.

Renee Williams
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