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Deborah L. King is the Book Bar's new author for 2023. She takes the shelves by storm with this heartfelt and emotional story of Glory Bishop. Her journey is not for the faint of heart, but you will be well rewarded if you decide to take this adventure.

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"Deborah King has written a compelling, thought-provoking novel that engages readers and made me wish the story would never end." -Chicago Writer's Association Windy City Reviews

Glory Bishop lives her life in pieces. At work and with her friends, she reads novels, speaks her mind, and enjoys slow dances and stolen kisses with her boyfriend, JT. But at home, Glory follows strict rules and second-guesses every step. Though she dreams of going to college and living like a normal teenage girl, her abusive mother has other ideas.

When JT leaves to join the Navy, Glory is left alone and heartsick. The preacher's son, Malcolm Porter, begins to shower her with lavish gifts, and her mother pushes Glory to accept his advances. Glory is torn between waiting for true love with JT or giving in to the overzealous Malcolm.

When a stranger attacks Glory on the street, Malcolm steps in to rescue her, and her interest in him deepens. But the closer she gets to him, the more controlling he becomes. Glory must eventually decide whether to rely on others or to be her own savior.

Chicago Writers Association 2022 Book of the Year Finalist

When Glory Bishop is offered a new life by a seemingly altruistic Chicago socialite, there may be more than good intentions at play. Against the advice of trusted friends and family, Glory chooses the protection of Malcolm Porter, her adoring, much older bad-boy-turned-minister fiancé.

Thrust into a gilded world of wealth, society, and privilege, Glory struggles to overcome the guilt of loving her new life. The whirlwind of 1980s designer clothing, .

With this new reality come unexpected complications and temptations. As she struggles to remain true to herself and her fiancé, Glory wonders if she will ever truly feel at home in this new world. Follow Glory Bishop in her search for freedom and independence as she strives to be her own savior.



HOUGH DEBORAH L. KING has been a writer and storyteller her whole life, publishing her first short story at seven years old, she took only 32 years to complete the story of Glory Bishop. The novels were published in 2019 and 2021 as Glory Bishop and Glory Unbound. The two-part story tells the coming-of-age of a Chicago teenager growing up in the 1980s. Glory Unbound is a finalist for the CWA 2022 Book of the Year. Deborah’s third novel, Mary Not Broken, is the prequel to Glory Bishop and tells the story of Glory’s mother. Mary Not Broken is being published on Amazon’s Kindle Vella, one episode at a time, and is due out in paperback in 2023.

Deborah loves storms, champagne, Old Time Radio, and 70s Blues and Soul. As a fiction writer, she loves the work of Octavia Butler, classic Stephen King, Peter David, and the illustrations of Dan DeCarlo. Thanks to an interesting childhood, she’s afraid of escalators, bill collectors, and sometimes fresh produce.

Along with being a Vulcan and a bread-bender, Deborah enjoys cartoons, baking, photography, and Star Trek. Born and raised in Chicago, she has managed to achieve all of her childhood dreams—artist, teacher, baker, photographer, model, truck driver, writer— and still lives in the area with her husband and two youngest children. According to her daughter, she has “literally aced her life!”

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