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Rooftop Diva - A Novel of Triumph After Katrina [Kindle Edition]

D. T. Pollard
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Book Description

ESSENCE Bestseller

…she was called the rooftop diva by the man that saved her, but she never knew his name. She must have passed out because the next time her eyes opened she was surrounded by a throng of people at an aid station. A kind lady gave her a cold bottle of water and then reality started to settle in that all she owned was clinging to her in the form of the clothing she wore.

“Has anyone seen my grandmother Martha Devareaux?” she inquired and all that met her was a blank stare and a shake of the head for no.

Deep down inside her mind, she knew that her grandmother was floating in the water that swamped their house. It came in so quickly. By the time Monique realized what was happening it was up to her neck. She called for her grandmother, but at eighty years old and wheelchair bound, there was little chance that she survived. Not only was she homeless and destitute, she was also alone.

Could Monique rebuild her life in a new city while encountering wealth, love, violence and betrayal along a twenty year journey after Hurricane Katrina?

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About the Author

D.T. Pollard was born in Henderson, Texas and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He is married and has one son.

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  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Book Express (December 13, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NPDMZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Hot Mess June 8, 2012
By Jenn J.
Format:Kindle Edition
The author seems to have taken the tragedy of Katrina & turned it into soft-core porn. One highly unlikely scenario leads to another. I was thoroughly unimpressed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Which rooftop? July 28, 2012
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I don't know which hurricane Katrina the character went through, but it surely wasn't the same one as the poor people of the actual 9th ward.
The author evidently was not from Louisiana and doesn't know much about hurricanes. The book upset me as I felt it degraded the suffering of those people who really were on a rooftop!
This book appears to be nothing more than someones attempt(!) at sophistication and soft porn. Sorry author, this was not a winning story.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish. July 14, 2012
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First of all, I am a native and resident of New Orleans, and I love reading novels set in the city. However, if that novel contains a character named Deveraux (I don't know anyone here named Deveraux), takes place during Mardi Gras, or involves voodoo, I usually pass. I thought this would be interesting, with the Katrina connection, but I was wrong. Even though the main character is named Deveraux, I decided to give it a chance. After seeing on one page the word champagne spelled "champaign", and that her grandmother lived in an alcohol-free zone of the city, it was time to push the "Remove from device" button. All you authors out there, if you are going to set your story in this city, do some homework! Don't call streetcars "trolleys", don't have a Jazz Funeral, and please don't have your characters speak in a Cajun accent. And PLEASE use spell-check, and have someone proofread for grammar mistakes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 out of 10 June 13, 2012
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Nice story overall, although not very realistic after the storm. The sex scenes are clearly written by a male author. Also, the book is full of typos, super annoying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful at best. July 13, 2012
By dakota
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Maybe if the book had been edited well to correct the grammatical and typographical errors it would have been easier to read, however the way it was presented here made it unbearable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sex and Survival July 14, 2012
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I have rated many Kindle books.This is the first one that I ever rated one *star.The sex scenes were absolutely not needed.Was the author trying to write soft porn. SHAME,SHAME!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time! July 17, 2012
By TMLfan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow, truely awful. Don't waste your time with this one.
I got it for free and can not believe how bad it was!
Parts of it read like a story outline instead of a story.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Determined to Survive... July 10, 2007
Monique Devereaux was rescued from her rooftop and transported to a shelter in Dallas, Texas, three days after Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown. It is in this shelter that Monique's life is changed in more ways than she cares to remember. Trying to move forward with her life, Monique is introduced to some affluent women who show her what the "good life" is all about. Giving her a taste of a life she was unaccustomed to, these women helped Monique get back on track.

Deciding to stay in Dallas, Monique lands a wonderful job. She has a great place to stay, and is the object of desire to one of the wealthiest men in the world. One who is willing to divorce his older wife just to be with her, but is it all too good to be true? Unbeknownst to Monique, she has an enemy lurking in the shadows waiting for the perfect opportunity to wreak havoc upon her life, trying to destroy all she has rebuilt.

ROOFTOP DIVA is an emotional page-turner from the beginning to the end. It gives a realistic and emotional account of Hurricane Katrina and the effects it had on its victims. With excellent character development, one would feel as though they were a part of the story--experiencing the joys and pain. Full of unexpected twists and turns, D. T. Pollard does an excellent job of helping the reader understand some of the issues many of the survivors had to overcome following Hurricane Katrina. It shows how when we reach out to one another, it could be just what one needs to put their life back together. I commend the author for tackling such a real and emotional subject. He took a chance on revisiting a horrific event, but has turned it into a wonderful story of tragedy, faith, love, strength and determination. Kudos to Mr. Pollard on a job well done.

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More About the Author

ESSENCE(R) bestselling author D.T. Pollard lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. He is married and has one son.

He earned an academic scholarship to the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University and stopped writing during his second year in college.

D T was at the top of his class in Marketing and graduated Summa Cum Laude and won the Most-Outstanding-Performance-in-Marketing award for the graduating class of 1981.

While working in sales for giants of the high-technology world for over 28 years, his desire to write returned after losing several siblings from various causes. D T Pollard is the author of many works including Rooftop Diva, Fools' Heaven, Vulture Capitalism and Ratchet Woman. Rooftop Diva, a fictional account about a Hurricane Katrina survivor became an Essence Magazine bestseller and is featured in libraries nationwide and abroad in hardcopy and audio formats.

D T Pollard's Elder Erotica series offers something different for adults. The sizzling Things You Can't Tell Mama, Microwave Fiction - Quick Hot Done series are setting the urban fiction category on fire.

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