#FridayFinds Bejewled: Standing Strong by Chelle Ramsey

Have you ever been with someone who was locked up before? Could you imagine yourself arguing with someone about who was with him first or longer? Don’t worry if you’re not about that life this week’s #FridayFinds can help you imagine what it must be like.

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Excerpt

The loud clatter of a curling iron falling to the floor drew everyone’s attention to Angel, who stood staring at the floor, hands shaking.

“You okay?” Georgette asked, moving closer to her friend.

“Y…yeah,” Angel muttered. She bent over to pick up the curling iron and put it back in its place. No longer able to ignore what was occurring around her, Angel walked to Antoinette’s station.

“Kianna, why are you lying? Did you purposely come to my salon to start trouble today? Because if that’s what’s going on, you need to leave. I refuse—”

Kianna cut Angel off. “Honey, please. The world don’t revolve around you, Angel. I knew you worked here, but I didn’t know you were here today. And I don’t know what you’re accusing me of lying about. I haven’t told one single lie since I been sitting in this chair, boo,” Kianna snapped.

“You’re lying about you and Black being together for thirteen years. Kianna, I met Black in 2007 when he first got out of jail, and we’d been kicking it for two years before we got married in 2009. You were nowhere around. I never heard of you, saw you, or met you until you came to work at the downtown salon in 2012,” Angel argued.

“It doesn’t matter if you heard of me, saw me, or met me until 2012; check your ex, boo. Because I was there. Matter of fact, that’s the reason I came to work for BeJeweled in the first place. I wanted to check out the competition. I have a degree in finance. Doing hair was just a little something I did on the side until I started my career. And there was no better place than BeJeweled, where you were,” she slipped in. “Pssh, me getting fired was the icing on the cake. I kept doing hair in my home on my own terms and time and found my dream job. I didn’t need this. All I needed was Black, and I got my man back,” Kianna barked, eyes narrowing.

A cold chill ran through Angel. How much of her life with Black had been a lie? What did she really know?

“Why the hell did you act like you didn’t know him the first time he came into the salon after you were hired?” Angel snapped.

“Ask him, Angel. You need to check Black. You still don’t believe me, do you?” Kianna asked, smirking.

She popped up her phone and pulled up her Facebook page. Scrolling through her posts, she pulled up a #throwbackthursday post. The caption read “#2003tbt with my boo. Cuz I’m a real ride or die chick.”

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From the Author

Why I write in this genre:

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I like to bring a refreshing perspective into the lives of my readers and I want them to find entertainment, healing and inspiration in each novel. Using real problems and challenges faced by ordinary people, I try to convey the message to readers that they can become empowered to rise above life’s adversities, with faith in God, and belief in themselves. 

My stories are relatable to individuals of diverse demographics, who have suffered a loss, been hurt, have low self-esteem, have lost hope, or need a word of encouragement. I use drama, humor, and inspiration to share a powerful and meaningful message that is designed to be impactful. Women’s fiction allows me to do just that and toss in an element of romance.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

WEB: www.chelleramsey.com

EMAIL: chelleramseywrites@gmail.com

FACEBOOK: ChelleWrites

TWITTER: @UndeniablyChell

PINTEREST: ChellesBooks

INSTAGRAM: UndeniablyChelle

#FridayFinds Love, Lies, & Consequences by Natasha D. Frazier

Okay, last week it was all about taking care of the teens and now let’s deal with some adult stuff, in Love, Lies, and Consequences by Natasha D. Frazier. 
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Excerpt:

 

“Hold on, wait!” Tammy interrupted. “Now you know that you can’t give dude the cookie before you get engaged and then just decide to take it away,” Tammy said giggling. “I mean, seriously. You can’t blame him too much for getting upset about that. Here you were, having sex with him, get engaged to marry, then you snatch the cookie away as if you were using it as bait. Guys love sex, honey, and they generally feel like they’re moving backwards if you’re taking it away, even if you’re about to get married.” Tammy snapped her fingers to solidify her point.

Raegan’s stomach twisted into knots at Tammy’s reasoning because of how she’d let herself go with Rico. She was already feeling guilty enough about what happened between the two of them and now her friend was sitting here saying there was no going back. But Tammy wasn’t Rico, she thought.

Echoing Raegan’s thoughts, Michelle sat up straight on the couch and interjected, “Well hold on for a second now. So you’re saying that if a woman slips up and says yes once, twice or lots of times, then she can’t ever say no? What if she decides that it’s wrong and she wants to do the right thing by waiting until marriage? Then what?”

“A woman is certainly allowed to say no whenever she wants but you should understand that a guy may feel like he’s moving backwards and that usually doesn’t end well unless he agrees that the sex should wait until marriage,” Tammy said to clarify her point.

 “Can it really be serious enough to throw our relationship away?” Michelle asked as her eyes began to water, becoming frustrated again.

“I’m sorry honey, but I don’t make the rules. If you want to wait until you get married, you can’t give it up at all,” Tammy said as she moved over to sit next to Michelle. She could see that her words were really getting to her. Tammy rubbed Michelle’s back as the tears fell. Tammy continued, “Guys are like this. They simply want the cookies. If we give them up, they are going to expect to keep getting them. To them, they are receiving mixed signals if we give it up and then take it away. I know it’s hard to wait, but you have to make a choice. We’ve all had this conversation before. We want God’s blessings on our marriage whenever we get married, so we are trying to hold on to the cookies until then. Establish the boundaries up front and stick to them like our girl Rae over here,” she said as she winked at Rae.

Rae avoided making eye contact with any of them at that moment because she wasn’t sticking to her guns these days. Instead, she repositioned herself in the chair to help alleviate the awkwardness she felt in that moment.

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From the Author: 

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I write Christian fiction to inspire readers to grow closer to God. Through my characters, I want to encourage readers to develop a daily relationship with God and to let them know that even when they mess up, God’s love still covers us. Allow God’s love to lead you into being who you were called to be.

#FridayFinds The Girl Who Lived Behind the Fence by Mary Rodwell

It’s been awhile since I’ve done #FridayFinds, but we’re back and bringing you some good, good books. The Girl Who Lived Behind the Fence is for one of my favorite group of people to work with teens and young adults. It’s summer time and many of them have summer reading logs to complete. I recommend adding this book to the list. 

 

The Girl Behind the Fence

“Growing up in a high-crime area wasn’t so easy for one young girl named Tutu. She lived behind a fenced in two bedroom house with her parents and four siblings. Tutu had great hope for her family, but things changed once she received some heartbreaking news. As a result, she found herself over the years stepping outside that fence. Tutu was stuck between two ways of living “Hot Pursuit” versus “High Pursuit”. Based on a true story, learn how she changed her life for the good after experiencing death of a loved one, destruction and deceit.”​

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Reason I write in this genre: I believe in helping others become the success story of their environment and not the product. 
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#FridayFinds The Final Ultimatium by Unoma Nwankwor

Friday Finds is always exciting to me, but this one is extra special. My #soulsis and award-winning author, Unoma Nwankwor is releasing her seventh book. Now, you know seven is the number of completeness and perfection in the Bible, so please help me make this release completely perfect for my sister. One-click, like, and share this Friday Find.

Please join author Unoma Nwankwor as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release The Final Ultimatum, October 21, 2016.

Book Title: The Final Ultimatum

ASIN: B01LQO2F60
Author: Unoma Nwankwor

Publication Date:  Oct 21, 2016

Genre: Christian Romance



About The Book

For the second time in Olanma Obinze-Rice’s life love hasn’t been good to her. Five years ago, a repossessed car and the looming threat of eviction, left Olanma Obinze-Rice in dire need of cash. Then out of the blue, she landed an interview of a lifetime that would solve all her problems. But she had to go through former bad boy and heir of Rice Holdings, Abayomi Rice. One ultimatum, a whirlwind romance and a life scare later, Olanma and Abayomi were married.

Now all Olanma wants is to be free. Free from her rocky marriage, manipulative husband and overbearing father. If everything goes according to plan, she’ll be divorced and free from her father’s clutches by her thirtieth birthday. All she has to do is wrap up one last business deal. Once he gets divorce papers, Abayomi Rice knows his wife has called his bluff. He didn’t mean to manipulate her but her broken promises and inability to stand up to her father tore them apart.

Despite their present state, the finality of a divorce is not an option. He wants his wife back. With his sister’s wedding coming up, he sets his plan in motion and issues one final ultimatum- pretend to be a happy couple one last time. Their farce leads to unexpected healing of their hearts, but then life throws another wrench in the plan. An ultimatum brought them together will this final one tear them apart?

About The Author
Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unoma Nwankwor is a multi-published author and 2015 winner of the Nigerian Writers’ Award for Best Faith Based Fiction. Her readers are in love with her unique story telling that fuses faith, romance and African spice, capturing the essence of her present home base; Atlanta and her Nigerian culture. She is also the COO ofKevStel Group LLC and resides in Atlanta with her husband and two kids.

Excerpt

“Nma, so where’s this husband you keep saying you have?” Abayomi heard the man say as he approached.
Olanma giggled and then abruptly stopped. Abayomi knew that in that moment she sensed his presence. She turned sideways, but the man she was with was so busy checking her out that he didn’t see Abayomi walk up.

“If he’s not taking care of…”

“I hear you’re looking for me and I take care of my wife just fine.” Abayomi came to a halt between Olanma and the man.
The look of shock on both their faces was satisfying. Nma? He couldn’t believe she allowed another man to call her that. Not even her father called her “beauty.” Only two people had that privilege – he and her grandmother. Or so he thought.

Abayomi snaked his arm around his wife’s waist and kissed her hair. He then stretched out his other hand to the man. “Abayomi Rice, said husband.”
The expression on the man’s face switched from shock to embarrassment. At least he had some shame.
After a few moments, he heard his wife say, “Yomi, this is Emeka Maduka, an old friend.”
Old friend? That’s what she thought. The man wanted her. Abayomi wasn’t fooled. He wrote the book on old friends. It was time to cut this little reunion short. “It was nice meeting you. I’ll take my wife now.”

Abayomi didn’t wait for a response before he ushered Olanma out of the ballroom. He found a secluded area where they could talk. He stared at her and began to pace. He had never been good at hiding his possessive nature.
“Yomi, that was rude and what are you doing here?” Olanma asked in a hushed whisper.
“Apparently, reminding you that you’re still my wife.”
She stared at him in disbelief. “No, I’m not doing this with you.”
“Really? Nma,” Abayomi said, his tone laced with irritation and sarcasm.

“You’ve got some nerve. You pop into Lagos two days ago, and then you don’t come home…” Her voice was shaky with rage. “I’m not doing this with you. Not here.” She began to walk away.
Abayomi exhaled. He was messing this up. “Olanma, wait.”
She stopped, but didn’t turn around.
“I’m sorry. I saw him touch you and then you laughed with him. I haven’t heard that sound in ages and I saw red.”
He hadn’t meant to reveal all that, but masked feelings were what had brought them to this point. If there was going to be a chance for them, they would have to lay down the masks. And since he was the one that was served with divorce papers, he had to take the first step. His prayer was that his vulnerability would lead them back to the intimacy they once shared. Where their souls were tied as one and hopefully rebuild their trust. He hoped she would see that.

Olanma walked back to him and stared at him intently. “It’s been a year. What did you expect? That I’d curl up and die?” She turned and walked away.

Her heated eyes showed him her soul. She was hurt, but so was he. This wasn’t what he imagined for them. Past the pain and anger he saw in her eyes, he also saw longing and love. It was clearer to him that restoring his marriage would be an uphill battle. Losing, however, wasn’t an option.
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#FridayFinds: SummerTime by Adrienne Thompson

Adrienne Thompson is no stranger to The Neophyte Author. This week she’s sharing the inspiration behind her novella SummerTime. 

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An unlikely journey… an unlikely love.

J’Nay Walker is a talented singer, driven toward success by a promise she made to her late mother. One gloomy day, on the tail of some disappointing news, tragedy strikes, threatening not only to derail her plans, but to end her life. As a result, she soon finds herself on an unlikely journey, but is she ready for an unlikely love?

(Genre: African American Women’s Fiction/Edgy Inspirational Romance)

*Inspiration or theme of Summertime  – My inspiration for writing this book spawned from a combination of my love of music, my fascination with and love for a certain era in time (you’ll have to read the book to find out which era I’m referring to), and my love for love.

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Bio:

Adrienne Thompson picAdrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of two young adults and one teenager currently resides in Arkansas with her daughter where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

 

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#FridayFinds: The Power Series: The Power of Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving by Danyelle Scroggins

It’s been a minute since I did a #FridayFinds post, but I’m back and hopefully I’ll have a steady stream of new books and new authors to share with you. This week let me introduce you to author Danyelle Scroggins and The Power Series. 

The Power Series

Title: The Power Series: The Power of Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving

Author: Danyelle Scroggins

Genre: Christian or Inspirational Fiction

Why I write in this genre:

This genre is so near and dear to my heart because it is how I share Christ. I write for those who might not ordinarily go to church or participate in organized religious gatherings, for those who may have knowledge of God but not a close relationship with Him, and for those who know Him and are excited about reading books that represent His love. It’s also my way of introducing the love of God through Christ to those who have never had the opportunity or desire to know Him as Lord and Savior.

Synopsis:

Pain: Felecia and Dean are married but happily is an understatement. The pain of her past relationship has filtered deep into her marriage causing what could very well be an end to a great love affair. Will Felecia allow the power of pain to destroy what God has blessed her with or will she embrace healing for herself and her marriage?

Restoration: Tajdrick aka Taj, a young rap artist, is at a breaking point in his life. His mother has stolen from him, using his very own drug habit as a barricade to contain him. The only one who could possibly change things is the Father he turned his back on years ago. The world will soon see how the power of restoration will revive the soul in need of being restored.

Love: A restored Tajdrick turned his life around and is now marrying the love of his life, Dallas Strong the niece of Pastor Roderick Prince Strong, Pastor of Faith Temple Cathedral. As fate would have it, their love becomes the arena for the power of love to take over. Tammy has been praying for a husband and patiently waiting on God but little does she know where love abides, grace does too.

Forgiving: Carol who has been with her husband for years finds herself in unfamiliar territory. Her husband has decided he wants a divorce and Linda; one of his high school chicks. As sure as you sow seeds, you must reap and not only does Wallace and Linda find themselves reaping, but Carol finds herself face to face with the power of forgiving.  One never knows how hard forgiving is until you are put in a predicament that requires you to be the one exercising the power of forgiving. Will Carol allow the power to forgive to restore her or will she allow her pain to keep her from forgiving?

A Brief Excerpt: Pain

Felecia balled up in her living room corner, allowed the palm of her hands to support head as she cried. The Ibiza top grain leather sectional sofa by Nicoletti along with the ceiling to floor glass windows dressed with Manhattan blended linen drapes, denoted purity and serenity. A far cry from her atmosphere in the place they called home. With its entire luxurious grandeur it still was not a home. Mainly because the very thing everyone warned her about came true. Felecia allowed jealousy and insecurities to suck up the very existence of a home. To add insult to injury, she’d run the only man she ever loved right out the door. It hadn’t been enough he came to this house every night right after work; neither his confession -on numerous occasions- to do nothing to hurt her. The façade of a home of peace was too much to consider for someone who lived the naked truth of a bad marriage.

     Felecia surmised there wasn’t a man on earth who wouldn’t cheat on his wife, not even her man. If you asked Felecia, men were complete dogs; always in search for another bone. Dean’s devotion and desire to provide caused him to be considered a good dog. The fact still remained that a dog conjured notion might cause him to decide he wanted a mutt with a fresh bone. Felecia refused to give him the satisfaction of dogging around on her. If he wanted a mutt with a smutty bone, he had to find one on his own time and dime. Her way of thinking, although not approved by others, now rendered her consequences she would never be ready to face.

 

A Brief Excerpt: Restoration

Taj slide into the back row making sure his dark shades didn’t fall when he lowered his body into the seat. He took the seat directly next to a young lady who held her little baby in her arms. Some of the teenagers on the row in front of him looked back towards him and waved. Apparently, there were fans a disguise would not fool, but he pretended he wasn’t aware of them.

The choir sang, “Oh how I love Jesus, oh how I love Jesus, oh how I love Jesus, because He first loved me,” and a tingling came over him. He closed his eyes, lowered his head and the young lady sitting beside him touched his knee.

“Christ loves you.” The young lady whispered and flashed a smile fit for the cover of JET Magazine.

Not knowing exactly what to say, he simply nodded but wondered how she’d known his thoughts. The choir continued to sing, and a tall man whom Taj presumed the pastor, stood up before the microphone. As if he too heard Taj’s thoughts, he spoke, “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done; Jesus loves you.” He simultaneously began to sing along with Faith Cathedral’s heavenly sounding choir.

“How many of you take into account we all are filth and rags before the Lord? Thanks belongs to God when the Saints were sinners, Christ died for us. Christ didn’t die because of our goodness, kindness, or sin free life. Christ loved us and He is still showing us His love now! Can I get a hallelujah?” Pastor Strong asked and the noise level in the church resembled a baseball game. Many of the parishioners were shouting, “Hallelujah,” while some shouted, “Thank you Jesus.”

 

A Brief Excerpt: Love

“Tajdrick Kayvawn Dagley, would you take Dallas Lashay Strong, to be your loving wedded wife? Do you vow to keep her second only to God? Do you vow to keep her, cherish her, and give your love only to her until death due you apart? Stand in agreement by saying, ‘I do.’”

“I do!” Taj said loud with the warmest smile strolled across his face as he looked deep into Dallas eyes. He recognized the day he sat next to her at Faith Temple Cathedral, the one for him, for life- found. Over the last past months, she reconfirmed every emotion with the slightest touch of her hands.

As Dallas heard the man she loved vow to her his life, she cried. She finally had a man who would love her how God intended for her to be loved. No one had known except for her family the pain she endured as the girlfriend on Randal Shaw and if she had her way, her secret would stay hidden.

When her uncle called her name, her thoughts broke and she quickly said, “I do.” As she wiped the tears from her eyes, her aunt Destiny handed her a microphone and the music played.

 

A Brief Excerpt: Forgiving

“Praise the Lord Saints of God. Praise the Lord! We are gathered in His holy place to lift Him up today. He said, ‘If I be lifted up from the earth, I’ll draw all men unto me’. Does anybody here realize the Lord has drawing power?” Pastor Strong said as he took to the podium at Faith Temple Cathedral.

“Yes, he does hallelujah!” Mother Lucy Thomas shouted and she and Mother Queen, the pastor’s mother, clapped hands.

“Tell your neighbor, He wants you to lift Him up today.” The entire church now speaking with their neighbor touched as they spoke while others including Carol simply agreed. After the interaction she closed the pretend windows attached to the walls she’d built around her, suitable for keeping people out of her face and her life. Carol embodied the attributes of a sweet and generous woman. One who raved of her African American heritage and God’s blessing of hips. Her 5 foot 6 frame and sassy sway made both men and women take notice of her presence but it’s her smile that usually enveloped you. Lately her smile turned upside down and her eyes wore a sadness that gave a glimpse of a wounded soul.

She recalled how she’d been lifting God up in her life and in her marriage and the reward for her, a slick chick with a plan to steal hubby away. In all reality Carol concluded it was neither smart nor sensible to blame the woman with whom she had no vow; Wallace’s dirt and involvement in the situation were his deeds to accept blame for and bear. She knew since high school Linda wanted him. She just couldn’t phantom her awaiting the chance to give “it” up after so many years passed.

Suddenly Carol questioned why she even came to church. Everything around her seemed fine by church standards but her mind would not allow her to focus. She put her purse on her knees as she estimated how many steps to get out of the pew, down the aisle, and out the door. If her eyes hadn’t met Tammy whose smile showed appreciation and gratefulness she came, she’d be in her car. Instead Carol nodded and put her purse back on the pew.

 

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About Danyelle Scroggins

 

Danyelle Scroggins is the author of Not Until You’re Ready, His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s ReDSvenge, & Not Too Far Gone . She is presently promoting her third Christian Fiction debut, The Power Series: The Power of Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving. Behind this great woman, is a life story of pain and promise which led her to the reality of who she is in Christ. It is this reality that has caused Danyelle to write books that are designed to usher change in the lives of God’s children; especially His daughters.

Danyelle studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology/Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

Danyelle is the Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North, and the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins. She is also the mother of three wonderful young adults Raiyawna, Dobrielle, & Dwight Gatlin Jr. and two awesome step-sons Reynard & Gabriel Scroggins. She and her family currently reside in Louisiana. To find out more about Danyelle and her ministry, visit www.danyellescroggins.com.

#FridayFinds: Are You There, God? by Theresa A. Campbell

This week Fridays Find is a two part find from the tremendously talented and sweet Theresa A. Campbell. She’s a full fledged woman of faith and her books are bursting at the spine with the power and presence of God. Initially, I was going to share her most recent work, God Has Spoken, but I want y’all to read Are You There, God? first. 

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About the book:

As a young woman in rural Jamaica, Dupree struggles to maintain a home for herself and the ailing aunt who is raising her after she was abandoned by her teenage mother. The effort of life with no electricity, running water, or money often leaves Dupree battered and bruised, but she refuses to be defeated. She might have been forced to grow up too fast, but she will not succumb to the wiles of the devil, choosing instead to rely on the power of Almighty God to help her through.
After a brutal attack that takes her to hell and back, Dupree must reach for her inner strength once again to survive. Her journey for a better life leads her to Kingston, a city some people refer to as “Jamaica’s Sodom and Gomorrah.” There, she sees and experiences things beyond her imagination. Dupree seeks comfort in the arms of her Prince Charming–but he might just be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. 
Caught up in a web of lies and betrayal, Dupree fights to save her life. In pure desperation, she seeks an answer to her question, “Are you there, God?” Will she be around to hear His response, or will it be too late?

Excerpt:

Suddenly out of nowhere two hands grabbed her from behind. It happened so fast Dupree had no time to run. Her eyes grew wide in terror and she tried to scream but a large hand was already covering her mouth. Dupree struggled to free herself but she felt as if she was trapped by a brick wall. The person who held her was very tall and strong. Poor Dupree was no match for her attacker. She knew that she was about to be violated in the worst way and felt the sandwich she ate at church earlier that evening forcing its way back up. She was getting sick to her stomach.

Still kicking and struggling to break free, Dupree felt the grip loosen a little, and she spun around to face her attacker. Almost instantaneously she felt a hard, stinging sensation across her face as she was knocked to the ground. Her small back made a hard contact with the unpaved track that had a lot of loose, prodding, sharp stones and gravel. But she didn’t feel the pain as she looked up and stared straight into the eyes of the devil standing a few inches away from her.

Her attacker wore a stocking mask over his face with only his wild eyes showing, and Dupree could have sworn that they were red. Who knew after spending all her life in church and reading about the devil that she would actually meet him? But here he was in the flesh and she just knew he was about to kill her.

Dupree’s mind flashed to Aunt Madge. Who would help her now? Would Aunt Madge die of a broken heart after hearing of her rape and murder? Dupree felt the tears about to fall but willed herself not to cry. She remembered something Aunt Madge once told her: “It’s not over until God said so.”

Suddenly the story of Daniel who was thrown into the lion’s den and came out without a scratch popped into Dupree’s mind and her body began to relax. Dupree knew that Jesus was the same today as He was yesterday so she did what Daniel did: she prayed.

Dupree slowly rose to her knees and lifted her hands to the heavens, oblivious of her attacker who was drawing closer to her, and she prayed without ceasing. She called on the almighty God for protection, and praised and blessed His holy name.

“Precious Jesus, I know if you bring me to it then you can bring me through it. Lord, remember I am your daughter and you are my Father. Please keep me safe from the devil who is about to take my life. Please remember Aunt Madge needs me. I know I am not perfect and I have lost my faith in you so many times, but please forgive me for all my sins, dear Lord. Please do not let the devil win this battle tonight. Let us show him that you are the mighty warrior. Dear Father, I submit my life into your hands right now to do as you please, because your will must be done.”

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 About the Author

theresa_a._campbellTheresa A. Campbell is the author of the captivating novels, “Are You There, God?” and “God Has Spoken.” She was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Theresa has had a deep passion for reading since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers by writing stories from the heart to uplift their faith in God.

Theresa would love to hear from her readers. You may contact her at:
www.theresaacampbell.com

If you’re in NYC be sure to save the date, June 20, 2015 Theresa A. authortalk theresa & nigeria (1)Campbell and I will be hosting a workshop on publishing and signing books. Come on out and if you can’t make share this info with a friend. See you then! 

#FridayFinds: Sweet Violet and a Time for Love by Leslie J. Sherrod

 

Sweet Violet and a Time for LoveSweet Violet and a Time for Love

(Book Four of the The Sienna St. James Series)

My stories could be categorized as Christian fiction, women’s fiction, and contemporary fiction – with a touch of mystery. I enjoy writing stories that have plenty of plot twists that keep readers guessing until the end while offering hope on the journey. My goal as a writer is to provide stories that are thought-provoking yet entertaining; inspirational and intriguing. As a social worker, I also want to address issues of significance: love and relationships, emotional wellness, social issues, faith, and more. The biggest honor I have as an author is when readers tell me that they had to put the book down a few times to think about matters and issues in their own lives. I don’t pretend to have all the answers on the big issues that surface in my stories; however, I want to open the door to discussion – and healing. 

  
Synopsis:

“Flowers can’t tell lies. If you keep the sun off of them, dry up their waterbeds, and throw in weeds to choke ‘em out, ain’t no way or reason for them to bloom. If a rose is in full bloom when you know it’s only been kept in darkness, and the ground it’s planted in is cracked and cold, don’t stop to smell that rose. There’s a trap somewhere in those tempting dark red petals. There’s deceit. Maybe even death. Run from that flowerbed. You don’t want to get buried in that soil.”

 

It’s a few weeks before her fortieth birthday, and Sienna finally has the life she’s dreamed of: a husband who loves her, a private practice that’s flourished, and an extended family that has finally put its skeletons to rest. However, when a homeless, older woman named Sweet Violet comes under Sienna’s care with nothing on her but broken memories and a pocket watch stopped at 5:11, Sienna knows the peaceful life she’s been enjoying is coming to a screeching halt.

 

Despite her best attempts not to get too involved, Sienna quickly discovers the dangerous past of Sweet Violet, and decades-old secrets and shadows come creeping into the present with violent results. Further complicating matters is a shocking midlife surprise for Sienna, and an unwelcomed guest her son Roman brings home.

 

Life and death, love and loss remain on the line as Sienna seeks answers, ducks bullets, and tries to be a good wife.
A brief (brief) excerpt: Here’s an online link to the first three chapters: http://bit.ly/sweetviolet

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LJS author photoAuthor Bio:

Leslie J. Sherrod, the recipient of the SORMAG Readers Choice Award for Christian Author of the Year (2012), has a Masters in Social Work and has worked as a therapist, just like her current protagonist, Sienna St. James. The author of six novels, including Secret Place, Losing Hope, Without Faith, Sacrifices of Joy, Sweet Violet and a Time for Love, and Like Sheep Gone Astray, she has been featured in Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library Writer’s LIVE! Series, as well as on local CBS and NBC television affiliates. She has been a guest on both national and regional radio shows and podcasts, including The Mother Love Show (LA Talk Radio) and AOL’s Black Voices. Leslie has received a starred review from Booklist and is a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort devotional series.

 

Leslie lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children. She currently works as an outreach social worker at a top-rated medical center where she coordinates special projects, facilitates trainings, builds community partnerships, and provides direct care services as needed. As both a writer and a social worker, Leslie tackles matters of current social significance, including mental health and wellness, healthy relationships, and spiritual growth – with the unique backdrop of page-turning, satisfying suspense. With a talent for drawing on raw emotions and painting vivid and meaningful imagery with her pen, her books especially speak to the needs of diverse women and have been welcomed at book club meetings, literary events, and church groups around the country.

#FridayFinds: A-Z Writing Tips: A Motivational Guide for Authors

Our #FridayFind comes from author and publisher, Barbara Joe Williams, who is no stranger to The Neophyte Author. If you want to get your writing rolling look no further, Barbara has the answer for you. 

 

SynopsisAZwriting

 

Genre

Non-Fiction/Self-Help. I wrote this book to help aspiring as well as published authors with their writing goals. Hopefully, this book will motivate them to write and keep writing.

Synopsis

“If you’re looking for a place to get started writing, this is it. Chock full of

helpful tips, this book will have you writing in no time. Just like it says:

you don’t have to get your manuscript perfect, you just have to get it done.

There’s nothing like A-Z Writing Tips to cure writer’s block. Buy it! Use it!” Felicia S.W. Thomas, author of 80 Proof Lives.

A brief (brief) excerpt

 

One valuable piece of advice for any author is this: Get a partner. Not a writing partner,

but another author you can share ideas with, proofread each other’s work, and

keep each other motivated to write. Staying motivated to write every day is the

key to becoming a great writer. Don’t let writer’s block or anything else block

you from getting your writing done.

Bio

Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living Barbara Joein Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008. She has published books for over thirty authors and the following for herself:  

 Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day Story (2015), A-Z

Marketing Tips (2015), A Cup of Barbara Joe (2015), Holiday Hotel: A sexy short

story (2014), Forgive

Us This Day (Anniversary Edition, 2014), First Class Love (2014); You Don’t Even Know My Name (2014); A Writer’s Guide to Publishing &

Marketing (Volume 2, 2013); Double Proposal

(2013); Losing My Soul (2013); The 21

Lives of Lisette Donavan (Anthology, 2012), A Man of My Own (2012), A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing

(2010), Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh (2009),

Courtney’s Collage (with Sherille Fisher, 2007), How I Met My Sweetheart (Anthology, 2007), Falling for Lies (2006),

Dancing with Temptation (2005) and

Forgive Us This Day (2004). Her novel, Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition), was recently reviewed in USA Today by Michelle Monkou. It was a recommended a “must-read” romance.

All of her books are available on Kindle and Nook.

 

 

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Email:  amanipublishing@aol.com

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Twitter:  @Barbarajoe22