Shonda Rhimes (or Somebody) Needs to Turn Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley’s Book Series Into TV Shows

Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray
Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray

ABC programmed its entire Thursday primetime lineup with ShondaLand dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, then branded the night as “Thank God It’s Thursday” (or “TGIT”). This echoes ABC’s former TGIF branding of its Friday night family sitcoms and even NBC’s Must See TV promotion of formidable Thursday night television hits in the 1990s.

Thursday is an especially important night for American television networks because it’s the last chance for advertisers of weekend purchases like movies and cars to reach a large TV audience, and networks schedule highly rated programming for the night to attract those advertising dollars. The Associated Press called Rhimes’ reign of an entire night of network television “unmatched in TV history.

Shonda has a narrative that makes you tune in.

It may be time for Shonda to start farming what I believe are the best book series out there. These books I will stand behind as picking the best in print. Yes, I said it. If you haven’t read them. You need to read them!

Jasmine Cox Larson Bush. The name is a mouthful but the books are an adventure in what happens when a woman wants to survive is the brainchild of Victoria Christopher Murray.

You meet Jasmine in ‘Temptation’. This is book 1 in the series that introduces you to a woman who wants to do more than succeed, she wants to win.

Book 2 A Sin and A Shame-After her scheme to break up her best friend’s marriage fails, Jasmine is ready to begin her new life. She attends church every Sunday, swears off married men, and begins her mission to find her soulmate. It doesn’t take long to meet the one God has chosen for her – a pastor

Book 3 Too Little Too Late– She took marriage vows to be honest and true, but Jasmine’s still hiding secrets to keep her husband, Minister Hosea Bush, by her side. When Hosea’s ex-fiancée, Natasia, suddenly appears in New York, Jasmine knows it’s not a coincidence. A former man stealer herself, Jasmine is very aware of Natasia’s motives — even if Hosea is not.

Book 4 Lady Jasmine– With her own lies, she nearly destroyed her marriage to Pastor Hosea Bush. Why, Jasmine was forced to reveal every secret she’d ever kept from her husband, right down to her real age, weight, and shoe size! She thought she had told Hosea everything.

But when Jasmine is blackmailed with a terrible truth from her past that she “forgot” to tell Hosea, more than just her marriage is in jeopardy.

Book 5 Sins of the Mother Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.

But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving.

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Oretha Winston

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