When an insecure woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark albeit with devastating consequences. On the night of her brother's murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the hood in a Porsche will bring, a sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her grief. Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her white mother killed her black father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad. Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve, hell, never acknowledge her fast-growing love for Takumi. And had he never made love to her that way, in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way, she couldve done the same. But loves a devil that way. So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. Anyone. And Tak understands this for now. After all, Deena's career hinges on the favor of her mentor and boss, his hard-ass of a father. And the Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an acceptance shes never had. And away from him.
Praise for Crimson Footprints
"Romance at its Best."
The Kindle Book Review
"Wow, wow, and triple wow... This story was multifaceted in so many ways. Secrets, vendettas, hatred and prejudice, guilt, regret, neglect, and abuse, cruel words, bitterness and the taint of murder simmer in a toxic mix of volatile emotions and riotous scenes."
Rachelle Ayala, Rachelle's Window
"Up and coming author Shewanda Pugh has a potential hit on her hands...I was impressed by the amount of thought and research that went into Crimson Footprints... I would recommend Crimson Footprint to anyone who likes a good romance. I especially like the fact that there is more going on in the story besides a girl meeting a boy and falling in love."
Sistah Friend Book Club
"This was an incredibly enjoyable and intricate novel. From beginning to end, it was rich in detail and character development. No character went unexplored, and each story was told exquisitely."