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SWAG (The Floss Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Monica Marie Jones
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Noelle Dresden stepped out on faith and left her full-time job to pursue her passion: singing. Six months later, her singing career hasn't gone much of anywhere and neither has her relationship with her charismatic, yet sneaky boyfriend, Jonah. Although Jonah loves Noelle, he’s not willing to give her the commitment and ring she so desperately wants. After Jonah uses Noelle’s hopes of an engagement for his benefit, Noelle gets fed up and decides to move forward with her career…with or without Jonah.



Her pursuit leads her to accept an invitation to be a house guest on the popular, hit reality show, House of Swag. On the show, aspiring entertainers with the potential to take it to the next level are trained to become multifaceted mega stars. While in the house, Noelle catches the eye of the show’s creator, Monroe "Paper" Chase. He uses his good looks and smooth talk to charm her, then he uses his money and power to attempt to subtract Jonah from the equation. Drama only escalates when Noelle has to deal with an envious, hating house guest who is not beyond trying to bring Noelle down to get ahead.

As Noelle rises toward super stardom, she has some difficult choices to make. What lies ahead of her looks so much better than what she has left behind. Will she work to keep the love that she and Jonah shares alive, or will she choose fame, fortune and a man who can make all of her dreams come true?


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About the Author

Monica Marie Jones is an author whose published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-Help), Taste My Soul (Poetry) and FLOSS (Urban Fiction). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, and 44th (A full color coffee table book about President Barack Obama that is a compilation of front page reprints of actual African-American published newspapers and poetry.) She has also contributed to several publications and youth development training materials for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. She has worked as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications and websites including the Michigan Front Page Newspaper and is an active member of the Motown Writer's Network where she is the host of her own show, "Marketing and Motivation Mondays with Monica Marie Jones" on the Michigan Literary Network Radio. Monica received her Bachelor's Degree and teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She also received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Monica is a youth development expert that does training and consultation for the Center for Youth Program Quality (a joint venture of the Forum for Youth Investment and The High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.) She is a professionally trained dancer and dance instructor that has danced with Gospel recording artists such as Dorinda Clark-Cole, in several venues around the United States, and a three-city tour in Japan with Kierra 'Ki-Ki' Sheard. Monica uses her gifts, talents and expertise to inform her work as a motivational speaker with a focus on topics including by not limited to self-esteem, empowering women and girls, fitness and wellness, and youth development. Monica's next novel, SWAG (Urban Fiction) will be released in September 2009. Her essay, "Don't Wait for the Weight" and her poem, "Fat Girl" will be published in The Souls of Our Young Sisters: The Next Generation of Women Tell Their Stories, Overcome Their Challenges, and Heal Their Spirits (Souls of My Sisters Inc./Kensington Publishing Corp.) anthology in March 2010. For more information visit her website at http://www.monicamariejones.com or email her monica@monicamariejones.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448643503
  • Publisher: The Literary Loft (August 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KW4DT0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It kept my attention May 21, 2011
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This was a very clean urban fiction. I don't recall any cursing and not sexual graphic at all. The story line had a great message and was delievered in a unique manner. It was a page turn for me because I finished it quickly and appreicated what I read.

I believe this book had the potential to be a 5 star book. There were some awesome characters but they were not developed fully. The book was very focued on the main charcters and seem to have forgotten the supporting characters are sometimes the best part of the story. The writer made reference to her previous books that I'm unfamilar with so that was kinda weird to me.

I do look forward to reading more from this writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swag Status September 27, 2009
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Noelle Dresden has a voice of a songbird and wants to pursue a career in the music industry. Her dream is always placed on the back burner, just like the relationship with her boyfriend, Jonah. He wants to have his cake and eat it too, but Noelle wants much more and that is taking the relationship to the next level. Jonah says he is not ready for the commitment.

Noelle wins a spot on "House of Swag," a reality show that is looking for the next mega star. She takes it and starts concentrating on her career. She meets different individuals that are associated with the reality show while living in the house. There are some who are in her corner and preparing her to become the next big thing, especially Monroe Chase, the show's creator who seems to have a thing for Noelle, and the chemistry is mutual. Then there are others who will do anything to see her fail. She is determined to be crowned the next Swag superstar and accomplish her life long dream and will let nothing stand in her way.

"Swag" was a great easy read, being that it's a second installment it can stand on its own. The novel was focused on relationships and never giving up your goals and dreams. "Swag" has much swagger but also is full of drama like no other. It will keep you laughing at the same time. I'm looking forward to more good reads from Monica Marie Jones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 STARS...SWAGGING... September 17, 2009
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Noelle Dresden can sing like a bird, but one thing she needs is more confidence in self. Although Noelle's confidence is not what it should be she decides to pursue her dream of becoming a famous singer. Her boyfriend, Jonah, is not very supportive of her dreams and will not commit. However, once Noelle decides to pursue her dreams, Jonah will have to show and prove. Will he be able to support her or will his ego get in her way? Swag by Monica Marie Jones breaks down the story and allows the reader to feel what is going on with these characters.

Noelle's decision to be a house guest on the reality show, House of Swag, changes her life forever. She will get the opportunity to showcase her real talents and gain some confidence. She will also find out what it is like to be pursued by a man other than Jonah. What she did not bargain for in her pursuit of fame was the deceit and games that swirl around the music industry. Will Noelle be able to keep her head above water or will she be consumed by her ambitions? And what impact will her decisions have on her relationship with Jonah?

Swag is a wonderful, contemporary novel that will keep the reader caught up in the storyline. I recommend this novel to all who love an entertaining, fast-paced, current novel

Angelia Vernon Menchan
APOOO BookClub
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swag Indeed March 16, 2012
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After just finishing FLOSS (The Floss Series) I was very anxious to read Swag to see what happened to the characters, but this book is not a sequel to Floss, so be prepared. This is definitely a stand alone book which stood well on its own. It was great catching up with Dionysus and seeing what a positive turn around her life has made. She really did a complete 180 from the way she behaved in FLOSS (The Floss Series). Noelle was such an authentically written character that you couldn't help but relate to her. The maturing she did by the end of the book was really commendable. Jonah, wow didn't really see that ending coming. I enjoyed this book a bit more than FLOSS (The Floss Series), probably because the characters had closure. I am still intrigued to know what happened with Jabez and Abel, so I'm hoping Intrigued that is mentioned at the end of this book will be published sometime in the near future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doing Me This Time Around!! February 11, 2011
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Reading this book and currently residing in Detroit, I thought to myself, it would really be cool to see a reality show play out just the way it did in Jones "Swag." I believe that the main character Noelle represents all women at one or any giving phase of their life who simply do not see their value or worth. Sometimes, it takes a life changing moment or two for a person to finally wake up and see they are amazing just as Noelle did.

Not realizing that she deserved the best in life and everygood thing this life has to offer, Noelle, enters a competition on a major reality show. Monroe, the creator of the show was astounded and simply amazed at her audition and as a result, she was selected as a contestant. Despite of Noelle, suffering from low self esteem and the on-going drama brought on by a six year relationship with her boyfriend Jonah, she has the personality and the welcoming spirit of a good hearted woman from the South. There is however another contestant by the name of Taylor who's personality is just the opposite of Noelle's. Cutthroat, and very scandalous, there's nothing this woman will not do to win.

Speaking of scandalous, certain characters from Jone's book "Floss", make a grand appearance in this novel as well. Ms Dionysus is back. For those of you who are aware of her, she put the "S" on scandalous and "H" on Hoe back in the day when she was in the process of finding herself. I was proud to read that Di has made some changes for the better in her life. Infact, she becomes the one real true friend that Noelle ends up relying on as she goes on this journey as a singing contestant trying to win more than just a contest. Noelle is also on a conquest to win first place at simply loving herself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it was okay
I thought it was going to be way more than it was. It's was okay, a cute quick read. Story was a little dry.
Published 1 day ago by renee davis
5.0 out of 5 stars No Greater Love
Wonderful eye opening story line on so many levels. The fact that I could relate to Noelle made it that much more interesting.
Published 9 months ago by MsKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the SWAGGER of this STORY
This is a must read!!!!. I couldnt but myKindle down at ALL!! I hated Jonah and he got exactly what he deserved. I loved Monroe even though he was cocky and conceited. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SPRINKLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read...
I just purchased this book for Kindle and I am looking forward to reading it. I have heard amazing things about the author and this is my first book purchase from her line-up!
Published 20 months ago by Bernard Bentley
4.0 out of 5 stars SWAG
This is the first Monica Marie Jones book I read. It kept my interest from the beginning to the end. I really loved Noelle's character. I loved what Noelle told her boss. Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Read in a matter of hours
I liked this book, I especially love the message that sends. Noelle is a woman that put a man before her dreams, but she soon realized that she needed to take initiative in her own... Read more
Published on March 10, 2013 by Tiera
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte
Swag is an interesting novel. I liked the way the events unfolded. I was hoping for an alternate ending so for that reason I really enjoyed the book. Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by Charlotte Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars swag
It took me a very long time to read this book. Had death in my family so it was bringing me dwn that I couldn't function but Ms. Read more
Published on February 26, 2013 by Secretly
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
I thoroughly impressed by the story . . . Noelle found herself which is sometimes hard to do when you are that wrapped up in a man . . .
Published on February 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Swag
This was a good book it kept me wanting more.
I can't wait to read book two. It will probably be as good as this one.
Published on February 19, 2013 by shawnya
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Monica Marie Jones is an author whose published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-Help), Taste My Soul (Poetry) FLOSS (Fiction) and Swag (Urban Fiction). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th (A full color coffee table book about President Barack Obama)and Souls of Our Young Sisters: The Next Generation of Women Tell Their Stories, Overcome Their Challenges, and Heal Their Spirits.

She has also contributed to several publications and youth development training materials for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. She has worked as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications and websites including the Michigan Front Page Newspaper and is an active member of the Motown Writer's Network where she is the host of her own show, "Marketing and Motivation Mondays with Monica Marie Jones" on the Michigan Literary Network Radio.

For more information visit her website at http://www.monicamariejones.com or email her at monica@monicamariejones.com

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