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About the Book

Book Title: To Speak His Name Author Name: Tara Johnson Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: March 4, 2024 Avalina is a woman trapped in silence. Stolen from her home in Ireland and sold as a slave to a Barbados plantation owner, the trauma of her past has left her mute, wrapped in a prison of loneliness and isolation amid an island of beauty. Though she longs to be free from the cruelty of her overseer, her heart yearns for a greater freedom…something just beyond her grasp. Josiah Holland has been born into a South Carolina slave-holding family but all it takes is one trip to the island of Barbados to open his eyes to the ugly cruelty that abounds beyond the confines of his plantation. With the aid of fiery abolitionist Benjamin McGee, Josiah forges a new future, fighting the very ideals he was once a part of. When Avalina and Josiah’s lives entwine, will their spark engulf them in destruction, or ignite a revolution?

Book Excerpt

“I have something for you.” Digging into his pocket, he pulled out a bright blue feather. “Here.” I gasped at its beauty and gently ran my finger over its downy softness, marveling at the exquisite color. Aqua, like the dazzling water of the ocean when it roared in the morning. The feather melted down into a deep sapphire blue at its tip. Matias returned my grin with a toothy one of his own. “I knew you’d like it, what with watching the birds like you do. This feather is from a violetear. One of those beautiful hummingbirds that fancy the hibiscus blooms near the south side of the garden. Their feathers are a rare find.” I ran my finger down the plumy spine, delighting in the ticklish sensation. A work of art. Matias wiped his forehead once more. “I better get back to work but I thought you’d like it. Just another gift of beauty from our Creator. Bye, Red Bird.” I watched him stroll away, machete perched on his shoulder as he whistled a jaunty tune. His simple comment troubled me. This feather, a gift from our Creator? Who was he? Where was he? Yet my questions could not be voiced, locked behind a door of silence.

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About the Author

Tara Johnson is an author and speaker, and loves to write stories that help people break free from the lies they believe about themselves. Tara’s debut novel Engraved on the Heart (Tyndale) earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a finalist in the Carol and Christy awards. Tara has been published by Tyndale House, Annie’s, and Guideposts. In addition to being published in a variety of digital and print magazines, she is a certified body language expert and has been on radio, television and podcasts. She is a history nerd, especially the Civil War, and adores making people laugh. She, her husband, and children live in Arkansas.