Love in a Carry-On Bag


By Sadeqa Johnson

Publisher : 12th Street Press

Love in a Carry-On Bag

ABOUT Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson
Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes. She is the co-founder of 12th Street Press, a boutique publishing company specializing in unique voices. An inner pea More...


Erica Shaw spends her week babysitting the country’s bestselling authors for one of the top publishing companies in New York City. But on Friday nights she escapes to D.C., where her sexy-lipped musician boyfriend, Warren Prince, works and performs. Their connection is fierce, and the couple promises to never miss a weekend together. But when real life walks in—an overbearing father, an alcoholic mother, office politics, and a lucrative job contract—the couple starts unraveling at the seam. Tempers flare, violence breaks, while new lovers eagerly wait in the wings—to claim both of them.

Drenched in the perils of passion and the sweet-sounds of jazz, Johnson dives deep into the world of ambition and the stumbling blocks of family. Clever, fast-paced and sexy, Love in a Carry-On Bag is a modern day love story that marks the healing power of forgiveness and begs the question, how much baggage is really too heavy to carry.

My husband, Glenn, and I started off in a long distance relationship. He was from D.C., living in Philadelphia. I was from Philadelphia, living in New York City. The highs and lows of only being together seventy-two hours per week was heart wrenching, but also hot, sexy and intoxicating. The intensity of that experience drove me to write the story of Erica and Warren. Erica and Warren have this amazing love between them and they have to beat the odds of work, family, and the long distance. They have to trust each other in a way that most couples don’t. I want readers to walk away knowing that love is possible, even in the most obscure situations like a long distance affair. My husband and I did it, and this year we celebrate 10 years of marriage!

Love In A Carry-On Bag is refreshing and engaging, with instantly relatable characters caught in the dilemmas of modern life. I was pulled in at once and a little bit sad when I was nearing the end, as it was such an enjoyable ride. That’s the mark of good storytelling and Sadeqa definitely hit the mark.” —Lolita Files, best selling author of Child of God

Love in a Carry-On Bag is absolutely amazing. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Best metaphors, best descriptions, Sadeqa Johnsonmakes me want to write better. I promise, you’ll love this one.”
—Victoria Christopher Murray, best selling author of The Deal, The Dance, and the Devil

With Love in a Carry-on Bag Philly sister, Sadeqa Johnson has written an old-school love story. It’s all heart, sould and realness with a touch of a trumpet man’s jazz reminding me of Spike Lee’s classic film, Mo Betta Blues. Pick it up and enjoy this real chocolate love.” —Omar Tyree, New York Times best selling author of 19 books, including Flyy Girl

Johnson has woven a tale both entertaining and heart-rendering. An engaging, satisfying read!” —Erica Simone Turnipseed, author of A Love Noire and Hunger