© 2018 Jessica Yinka Thomas

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Remi Austin is a fundraiser for the African Peace Collaborative (APC), a conflict resolution nonprofit founded by her late mother. Frustrated by her inability to raise funds and faced with the imminent closure of the APC, Remi turns to a life of crime to keep her nonprofit afloat.

 

From Sydney, to Tokyo, Geneva, and Cape Town, Remi transforms from a fundraiser too shy to speak during staff meetings into a daring international art thief who must stop a war from breaking out and figure out how to save herself from a life behind bars. With the help of her best friend, a designer and inventor who creates gadget-packed gowns, Remi eludes a dashing insurance agent and a terrifying stalker, all while redistributing the wealth of the world, one work of art at a time.

Released February 2012

How Not to Save the World

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How Not To Make Friends is a fast-paced social justice thriller set in a world of high culture, high fashion and high-tech gadgetry, about a band of three friends who make a pact solve the world’s problems, big and small.

 

Remi, Izi and Alex crisscross the globe, building an international network of supporters focused on ending human trafficking while trying to bring down a greedy corporation and elude a shadowy networks bent on world domination. Surrounded by an intriguing cast of characters, the friends test the limits of international law, until one betrays the others and their carefully designed pact falls apart.

Release date - December 2018

How Not to Make Friends

What People Are Saying About
How Not to Save the World

John L. Jackson Jr.,

Racial Paranoia

“Remi Austin ... is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan action figures in contemporary American fiction.”

Nancy Peacock

Life Without Water, Home Across The Road

“I laughed out loud at the main character’s delivery. The plot is clever and unusual.” 

Mrim Boutla

Co-founder, More Than Money League

“The plot is intricate, well put together, and Remi's multi-faceted personality will draw you in and keep you guessing about her next move.”

Caroline Adams Miller

Co-author, Creating Your Best Life

“A powerful story built around characters who awe and inspire readers to find their personal path to change the world."

What People Are Saying About
How Not to Save the World

John L. Jackson Jr.

Racial Paranoia

“Remi Austin ... is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan action figures in contemporary American fiction.”

Nancy Peacock

Life Without Water, Home Across The Road

“I laughed out loud at the main character’s delivery. The plot is clever and unusual.” 

Mrim Boutla

Co-founder, More Than Money League

“The plot is intricate, well put together, and Remi's multi-faceted personality will draw you in and keep you guessing about her next move.”

Caroline Adams Miller

Co-author, Creating Your Best Life

“A powerful story built around characters who awe and inspire readers to find their personal path to change the world."

What People Are Saying About
How Not to Make Friends

Heather Allen Zucchino

Let Your Creativity Work for You

“How Not to Make Friends throws you into an international adventure that is grounded by socially-conscious, smart and feisty characters meeting impossible challenges head on."

Monica Gragg

Create the Change You Want to See

“It was hard to pick your favorite character because each one had a story that you understand or aspire to have. Jessica teaches us humility and gratitude through three unpredictable stories."

Katie Kross

Profession and Purpose

"What's not to love? Armed with brains, beauty, and high-tech gadgets that would make James Bond jealous, three friends jet-set on a mission to make the world a better place."

Michele Tracy Berger

Reenu-You

“Thomas keeps you both tense and entertained in this thrilling adventure that combines futuristic fashion, global politics, social justice and corporate conspiracy.”

How Not to Save the World

Soundtrack

How Not to Make Friends

Soundtrack

Soldier of Love, Sade

1.

Alors on Danse, Stromae

2.

All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix

3.

Where is My Mind, Pixies

4.

Right Here, Right Now, Fatboy Slim

5.

I Won’t Back Down, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

6.

All Right Now, Free

7.

Where Is My Mind, Pixies

8.

V pour Vérité, Keny Arkana

9.

This Woman’s Work, Maxwell

10.

Senegal Fast Food, Amadou & Mariam

11.

Painted on Canvas, Gregory Porter

12.

All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix Experience

13.

Utopia, Gigi

14.

Crowned and Kissed, Esperanza Spalding

15.

Demain, Les Nubians

16.

Wonder Woman, Alicia Keyes

1.

Single Ladies, Beyoncé

2.

History Repeating, Propeller Heads & Shirley Bassey

3.

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, Edith Piaf

4.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper

5.

All We Do, Oh Wonder

6.

32 Flavours, Alana Davis

7.

Three Little Birds, Bob Marley

8.

The A La Menthe, La Caution

9.

Push It, Salt-N-Pepa

10.

What if Feels Like for a Girl, Madonna

11.

Ai Du, Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder

12.

Cà Plane Pour Moi, Plastic Bertrand

13.

Soukura It’s Late, Alsarah & the Nubatones

14.

River, Ibeyi

15.

Water No Get Enemy, Fela Kuti

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