JOY – Jesus on You by D. Michele Jackson
Novel Based on a True Story - Travels of the Promises Trilogy (Book 2)


From the writer introduced in "Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us",  D. Michele Jackson returns with questions.  Is it not the right to be well in a country that offers civil liberties?  This is a question Secret poses on her quest to revise the Nineteenth Amendment.  On a mission to secure equality and address the social issues that plague health, Donna is chiming for change in her novel that is based on a true story, “JOY:  Jesus on You”.

A native of the “City of Brotherly Love” and a registered nurse, Secret is on a mission to secure equality and address the social issues that plague health. She’ll also decide once and for all, if love conquers all.

In the midst of a bitter divorce weeks before Christmas in 2011, Secret finds herself in a small, Southern courtroom pitted in a vicious dogfight against The Paper. Secret is divorcing a retired sheriff deputy, who is working on a second career in law enforcement, who had a payroll deposit going into a bank account not listed in his name and a vehicle that he denied having, even though there was clear documentation that he is purchased the car. The Paper is a former police officer willing to break laws to protect his double life, even if it means committing perjury.

As she detangles herself in a fictional contract socially accepted as marriage, a document Secret deemed as “final,” Secret is lied to, deceived, and demoralized. What’s worst is the judge’s final verdict states clearly that Secret will also be displaced from her home. It is a home she’d won fairly. It’s a home she deserved. As the winds of change blow, Secret’s new normal is shaky, what isn’t is her sense of purpose.

Secret decides to take on the establishment, one that seems bent in destroying her. Besides her faith in God, it helps that as a nurse, Secret has had seventeen years of experience of what she recited at graduation, “I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession in the practice of my calling.” Ultimately it’s clear that the local and federal court systems and the Paper offer her a platform to argue for wellness as a legal nurse consultant.

After her observation of threats to health as it relates to marriage, divorce, and law, she begins to question the definition of health as defined by the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Over the next two years, she will submit brief after brief for judicial review, advocating for healthcare reform, especially when it comes to matters of divorce. Secret goes from that small courtroom in Georgia to argue in the United States Supreme Court. She isn’t ready or even able, but she chooses to fight the good fight—she chooses this fight, not with anger, but with heart, and she chooses this fight for all of us.

A narrative that is both heartfelt and impassioned, this novel loosely based on a true story is told in the first person from a retrospective point of view. As she offers a chronological glimpse of her journey, Secret considers her relationships prior to her marriage; each of these relationships offers health data that could be used for arguments pertaining to health in which she submitted for judicial review. Secret offers readers a biopic on sexually charged, if failed relationships, but the most telling health facts come from the man she divorces. Her experiences are reinforced by the statistical numbers presented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that, “Women account for one in four people living with HIV in the United States.”

In a Congressional Public Health and Safety Report, an argument is put forth that Congress consider the country’s wellness. Secret lends her voice. A voice that echoes what once sounded to promote women’s suffrage, “…liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants….” The issues include suffrage; healthcare cost; the uninsured; decreasing transmission of HIV/AIDS; criminal justice; unemployment; education; increased divorce rates; promotion of healthy families; and holding courts accountable to judicial prudence decisions, as they have a direct effect on health. Health is a universal right, and neglect of is an offense to wellbeing.

It’s the United States Supreme Court that Secret comes up against her greatest challenge to help ensure wellness. Secret requested to introduce Maslow Hierarchy of Human Needs. Secret’s stay request to an individual justice was on the grounds of Bounds v. Smith, which states, “The fundamental constitutional right of access to the courts held States must assure the indigent defendant an adequate opportunity to present his claims fairly.” Rivals against “justice for all” presented at the United States Supreme Court clerk who disregards the court rules preventing Secret’s stay application from being reviewed by an individual justice and the attorney who shows due diligence in defaming his oath that, “I offer fairness, integrity, and civility. I will seek reconciliation and, if we fail, I will strive to make our dispute a dignified one.”

Though blindsided and further disenchanted, Secret forwards a brief to the Department of Justice requesting a federal investigation pursuant to a constitutional rights violation, Section 35 of the Judiciary Act of 1789, Federal Statute 42 US 1983. She argues threat to civic danger, obligation to exercise judicial review by disregarding purported laws if they violate the Constitution, and addresses the rights of people worldwide. After being ignored by every system designed for protection against crimes, Secret writes to the 113th Congress for relief, and takes advantage of the opportunity to request policy changes as a politically active nurse requesting legislation that makes it a crime for a spouse to become infected while married related to failure to disclose sexual orientation.

Secret is currently waiting for a congressional response.  It’s time for change.

Order JOY – Jesus on You by D. Michele Jackson
Novel Based on a True Story
Travels of the Promises Trilogy (Book 2)


About the Author
Donna M. Jackson is a blogger, podcaster, published author of two books, a Philadelphia native, Tuskegee University alumna, and a Registered Nurse. Writing as D. Michele Jackson, she now adds blogger, published author, politically active nurse to her accolades. Her sociology studies at Tuskegee University and twenty-five year nursing career enabled Donna to be prepared when the opportunity of Legal Nurse Consultant availed itself as she represented herself Pro Se in court. That experience allowed Donna to draft briefs during a historical time affording her a voice advocating for health. Donna submitted argument to Congress supporting amending the Nineteenth Amendment. Read more about the author, D. Michele Jackson, on her website:




Intimate Conversation with D. Michele Jackson




Celebrating twenty-five years as a professional nurse, Donna Michele Jackson now adds podcaster, blogger, published author of The Travels to the Promise Trilogy and politically active nurse to her accolades. Having studied Sociology at the historically Black college: Tuskegee University and graduating from Charter Oak State College with honors, it is as a registered nurse opportunity lend itself.


As a legal nurse consultant, Donna represented herself pro se. The experience allowed the drafting of legal documents during historical time. It afforded her a voice advocating for health as she submitted an argument to the United States Supreme Court and Congress supporting amending the Nineteenth Amendment. Visit her website for information on her events, blogs and new podcast:

BPM:  Could you tell us something about your most recent work, JOY: Jesus on You”?  Is this book available on Nook and Kindle?  
People who know me will always have a story of me singing in some off beat.  I finally hit the perfect note with “JOY”.  It is the story of a woman’s divorce experience that afforded her a voice for wellness.  

As a defendant representing herself Pro Se, the main character finds herself presenting argument explaining why she should not become homeless post-divorce.  Scheduled to be heard last by the presiding judge allowed the defendant to use her nursing assessment skills as she listened to a divorce case.  Honing in on health after hearing the judge’s verdict, the defendant was able to make a nursing diagnosis. The judicial system dropped the gavel against well-being, and it becomes the defendants quest to fight not only for herself, but an ailing nation as well.  The book will be available on Nook and Kindle.

BPM:  Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?  
The main character is the defendant.  She takes us on a journey of the men she dated prior to marriage, and how each of the relationships offered facts for consideration in legal briefs forwarded to the Supreme Court of the state of origin, which led to the United States Supreme Court.  It is the man she’s divorcing that allows a platform writing as a Legal Nurse Consultant.  In hindsight, after failed relationships, the other characters enabled the defendant to form opinions on health.  The once defendant, final brief is to Congress presenting argument supporting amending the Nineteenth Amendment. The experience could be considered the epitome of taking lemons and making lemon aid.     

BPM:  What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?
The story started with me writing what I thought would be a good and entertaining read. Twice, I understood God to say, “That’s not the story.”  I stopped writing.  When I decided to begin writing again (after divorcing), the story had written itself.  Now, that’s God!

Inspiration to me is always my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  The women who spoke into my spirit.  The smirk on the man I divorced face at my most vulnerable point in life.   My battered heart.  The possibilities that await as a result of sharing my story. The book was written at the perfect time as history is on my side.

BPM:  What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
People often remember me as always wanting to be a nurse.  What many don’t know, my motivation to go to nursing school was to have a career that would offer me a salary I could live off working part-time while attending law school.  Later in my career I learned about Legal Nurse Consultants.  The older I became, I had a peculiar interest in law.  As difficult the journey has been, I find pleasure in the fact “JOY” took me to the halls of justice as a self-taught consultant practicing Constitutional Law.

BPM:  Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven?  Why?
“Amazing Grace:  A Tribute to You, The Story of Us” is the first book in 
The Travels to the Promise Trilogy.  “Amazing Grace” is an introduction of me written in a memoir. I would have to say it is character driven.

“JOY: Jesus on You” is the second book. The novel comes across as plot-driven. Both “Amazing Grace” and “JOY” were divinely inspired.  “JOY” is the mark I hope to leave on society.  “JOY” is an extension of “Amazing Grace” in both stories you see a woman of faith.  In “Amazing Grace” the woman is trying to find her way to proper positioning before God.  In “JOY” the woman is being used by God to fulfill His plan and purpose in her life. Both are stories of change offering hope and liberation.

BPM:  Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book?  If so, discuss them.
As taught as a student attending Drexel University, School of Nursing, I presented to Congress as a politically active nurse advocating for health.  I wrote to the 113th Congress, submitting bipartisan opportunity to holistically reform health and promote preventative care for: women, children, men, elderly, gay, poor, and rich.  Globally, women are not progressing socially and economically as men.  That fact is reflected in my own profession. “Men are more likely to be found in highly-paid nursing occupations. Among men and women in the same nursing occupations, men out earn women.” (Source: I advocated for health from every perspective impeding well-being.

BPM:   Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
I had to consider how strategic I was in approaching marriage.  I asked what I thought to be all the right questions.  Important to me was knowing if he was a believer of the resurrection of Christ.  I was honest with who I was as a person, and that included the baggage I carried; my goals, ambitions, and desires as an individual and a wife.  Although at this point, I only remember my discussions of me as an individual.  I think that is because I never had a realistic opportunity of being a wife with the man I divorced, and unfortunately I learned that fact after becoming married.

My time as a single woman again has broadened my views on matrimony.  A more telling line of questioning would have been related to can God trust you with my heart.  Are you the man God has sent to relive me of the turmoil that lies within?  Do you understand the importance of relationship with God and the role it plays as a husband who can cover his wife in prayer allowing her to become the help meet God created?  Are you committed to the vows?   I believe had these points been addressed, the issues that were discussed prior to marriage would have proven insignificant because we would have truly been on one accord.  Subtly, I had been groomed for marriage my entire life; as excited I was about becoming engaged, I marveled at finally having my opportunity to love a man wholeheartedly as I have always known the holy state of matrimony is endearing to God.        

I would have to say I learned how much God is on point in all that He does.

BPM:   Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?
The only “research” I had to do for the book was legal related.  As a result, I was truly at the mercy of some people.  I reached out to many people for help.  I met kind and helpful law students. I met law students with sealed lips.  I met honest attorneys.  I met corrupt attorneys.  I reached out to people who could care less.  My favorite attorney was Attorney Johnny Cochran.  After learning that I may have given the benefit of doubt too freely in many instances regarding attorneys, I never forwarded my request for help to his firm.  I made that decision as a result of my experiences with requesting assistance.  I didn’t want to risk having his name tarnished in my memory.    

BPM:   What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
First and foremost, to honor Jehovah.  To offer the world His Son, Jesus – The coming Messiah.  To reveal Him as a loving God that loves us all the same.  Then, to honor the sacrifices of my mother.  I also wanted to pay tribute to talented people, prominent figures, women who paved the way, and leaders who made a difference so that I would have opportunity to do the same for others.  I’m proud to say I nailed my goals.       

BPM:   What projects are you working on at the present?
Inspired by the last ten years of my life which have been quite traumatic for me, I recall how this slippery slope began with me in a hospital with my mother waiting to go in the operating room.  It was in that holding room I now understand that a promise for everlasting life was initiated and sealed with a kiss.  I present as that vessel that offers what Abraham Maslow describes as fulfilling Self Actualization.  

The Lipstick Movement is a vision of mine with a focus on upward mobility.  Welcome to the Lipstick Blog Tour:  

BPM:   How can readers discover more about you and your work?  





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