Introducing: Secret Place

Secret PlaceTitle: Secret Place
Author: Leslie J. Sherrod
Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Print Length: 288 pages
Version: Kindle
List Price: $7.69


When desperation leads to homicide, can healing, freedom – and faith – be found?

A Sunday school teacher hides a dark secret. Charisma Joel’s family has been plagued by mental illness for years, leaving her in denial and too ashamed to get help. Desperate and angry with God, she turns to cocky, womanizing Dr. Miles Logan for solace. But when a homicide occurs and more dark secrets are exposed, Charisma is left to wonder if she will ever find the relief and freedom she desires for herself and her family.

Secret Place is a story that reveals the devastation mental illness can cause within families, while offering solid hope and inspiration along the way.


Leslie J. SherrodWife. Mom. Writer. Social Worker. Pursuer of Christ.

That about sums it all up.

Leslie J. Sherrod lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland at College Park with a B.S. in Family Studies. She also studied writing at Johns Hopkins University before completing her masters in clinical social work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Her debut novel, Like Sheep Gone Astray (Grand Central Publishing, 2006), earned a Starred Review from Booklist and was featured on AOL’s Black Voices. Leslie is also a contributor to two devotionals in the bestselling A Cup of Comfort series (Adams Media) and writes poetry for Paintbrush Poetry, a home-based business she shares with her husband, combining her creative writing with his original artwork.

Through suspenseful and thought-provoking stories, Leslie offers readers hope and encouragement to live out their God-given dreams and purposes. One of her favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 3:20, which states that “[God] is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” It is this message she carries to book signings, bookstores, workshops, and church events both in her neighborhood and across the nation.

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