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A Novel

When Blossom, a beautiful schoolgirl, meets an older, charismatic street hustler named Dude, she gets a delicious taste of the good life. Lavished with expensive jewelry, exotic getaways, and, most important, her first love, Blossom's life is transformed. But her fairy tale is quickly ended when a murder occurs -- meant for the two lovers -- and Dude's emotional pain and controlling temper cause him to change his attitude toward Blossom. Soon deceit casts a dark shadow over their relationship, and Blossom is left feeling abandoned and betrayed -- but still hopelessly in love.

A portrait of life in urban black America, Blossom takes us on the rocky journey of falling in love with a street hustler, where tomorrow is never guaranteed -- even for Blossom, a woman full of such life and promise.

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Queen Pen, author of Situations, a collection of short stories, is a columnist for The Source magazine. A protégée of producer Teddy Riley, she topped the charts as the female voice in Blackstreet's smash hit "No Diggity." She released two albums, My Melody (1997) and Conversations with Queen (2001), respectively taken on by famed labels Interscope and Motown Records. Her latest album, Blossom, titled after this novel, will be released in May 2006 with Travio/Fountana Universal Records. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.