J. Carter-Ball
About the Book

As Soft As Cotton” is a tribute to African-American women.  It is a story about the journeys of three women whose lives are
Sarah’s journey is a reflection of our past.  It allows us to look back at those who passed their strength, courage and resilience on to us.  
Sarah lives in the mid-1800s on a plantation in Holly Springs, Mississippi.  She is a dreamer.  She wants much more in life than she is destined
to have as a young slave girl.  
Celia’s journey is in the present.  It represents some of the challenges that women are confronted with every day.  Raini’s journey gives us a
glimpse into what the future may hold for us.  
Celia and Raini live several decades after Sarah, and are “free” women.  However, like Sarah, they, in some ways, are “bound” by challenges
they must tackle, one step at a time.
Sarah, Celia and Raini are like trees planted by rivers of water.  You will laugh and cry with each of them.  These women teach us a valuable
lesson – chains can be broken.  
About the Author

J. Carter-Ball is an Administrative Law Judge in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with
her husband, James H. Ball, Jr.  They have two daughters, Attorney Ashley Ball and Jamie
Ball, a clinical psychology graduate student.

She enjoys gardening, traveling and writing.  Her first novel “As Soft As Cotton” is written to
inspire readers to have faith, be strong, persevere and confront what they fear.  

J. Carter-Ball's
Books Are

Published by
Westview, Inc.
“A wonderful novel that traces the
lives of three southern African-
American women across an expanse
of time and emotion.”  

                                          -Alice Randall,
                author of
The Wind Done Gone

As Soft as Cotton
               ISBN 9780981932576
                   December 2008
      Paperback, 6.14x9.21, 276 pages
                   List Price $15.95


I absolutely love this novel! Ms. Ball writes in a way that makes you read a little faster. I
couldn't wait to find out what happened next. This novel sends you on a journey of self
discovery, courage, strength and wisdom. It was an absolutely lovely read!  

Thank you!
Almond Gatewood

Mrs. Carter-Ball,

I apologize it has taken me so long to contact you but I just wanted to send you a note of
THANKS for writing your latest literary piece of art,
As Soft As Cotton.  My mother-in-law,
Patsy Petway, gave me a autographed copy for Christmas in 2008.  I thoroughly enjoyed.  I
even had my 13 year old daughter read the book and she enjoyed it as well.  I have
recommended this book for my sorority book club to read.

Thank you again and I look forward to reading your next piece of art.
Ameryllis Petway