Seasoned with Grace Book Trailer and Excerpt

I just got the book trailer for Seasoned with Grace and I love it. Now, because I also love you, I’m sharing it with y’all!!! Check out the book trailer and a short excerpt of Seasoned with Grace

Excerpt

The sound of Young Thug’s cartoonish intonation and the infectious chorus of his and Rich Homie Quan’s hit song “Lifestyle” snapped Grace King out of her alcohol-induced slumber. She squinted to read the screen of her iPhone. “Ethan Summerville,” she read slowly before tapping the green telephone icon to accept the call from her attorney slash agent slash everything. Throughout the years, Grace had come to rely on Ethan. To Grace, it seemed like no one understood her except for him.

“Hello,” she grumbled into the phone.

 “Grace Terisha King, I know the reason that you are late to this meeting is that you’re still in bed.”

“No, I’m up, Ethan.”SEASONED-WITH-GRACE (1)

“You know what my mother used to tell me when she caught me in a lie? Lying lips are an abomination unto the Lord.”

 Grace mustered up enough strength to sit up in the bed so that she wasn’t completely lying, just telling a little half-truth. Those half-truths had taken her far. The half-truth she’d told the bouncer—that her friend was drunk and needed her help getting out of the club—had enabled her to finagle her way into the VIP section of the 40/40 Club, where she was discovered by Bleeker Kios, the head of Fresh Faces Modeling Agency. Her friend had been drunk and had needed her help, but she’d passed out with her head on the bar. From there, Grace had parlayed that half-truth into a prosperous modeling career.

“You can’t continue to do this,” Ethan said when she was silent.

“Do what?” she asked, slapping her thigh. Sometimes Ethan’s paternal and overbearing nature frustrated her, and it also made her think of all the things she’d left behind, like family, namely, her father, whom she had once considered herself close to.

“You cannot continue to walk out of nightclubs, inebriated, and expect to book legitimate jobs. It’s all about branding, and no one wants you associated with their brand. These proceedings were supposed to begin at eight, and it is now nine o’clock. The judge has been calling here every hour on the hour since six a.m., trying to determine why it was exactly that she didn’t lock you up, and why it is that she shouldn’t lock you up now.”

 “So . . . what?” Grace shrugged her shoulders. “Am I not supposed to enjoy myself ever?”

“Not when you’re trying to break into the world of acting. Tell me which producer wants the drunken girl on page six on their billboard.”

“Page six?”

“I knew you were not out of bed. You’re on page six of the Post, page two of the Daily News. And I’m sure they have a shot of you in every free paper that exists in New York City as well. If you keep this up, your star is going to nova soon.”

Grace ran her fingers through the long blond bang she’d had sewn into her short pixie cut as she digested what Ethan was telling her about her career. Since she’d left home at sixteen, the only thing she had had was her career.

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Seasoned with Grace will be released on 7/28 but you can pre-order

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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.

Purchase Links

Kindle: http://amzn.com/B00XQE1MPE

Nook: http://ow.ly/NLnSv

Kobo: http://ow.ly/NLo1J

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XQE1MPE

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.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdrienneThompsonWrites  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_H_Thompson 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5051327.Adrienne_Thompson 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ahthompsn/ 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ahthompsn/  

Tumblr: http://authoradriennethompson.tumblr.com/ 

#LaunchParty: You’re Invited

If you’ve been following The Neophyte Author for awhile now then you know how much I like to party and celebrate each book. Now there was no way I could not throw a party for Seasoned with Grace even though I considered not doing it. However, once my sister convinced me to have a party the Lord allowed everything to come together. Two great things about this party is, one it’s going to be at Grace King’s favorite coffee shop in Seasoned with Grace and there will be a stylist on hand to give some personal styling tips to us all. There will also be plenty of games and gifts.

If you’re in the NYC area and want to celebrate with me you’re invited to attend the Seasoned with Grace Launch Party and Style Session, lead by the Visual Stylist Shanette Valle. We’ll also be collecting donations of gently used women’s office wear for the organization Dress for Success.  To get your tickets click the image:

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For all of supporters who are outside of the city stay tuned for details on the virtual launch party.

#VirtualBookTour: Under Covers by Rhonda Bowen

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Here’s one to watch. I’ve heard nothing, but fantastic things about this book. Don’t miss this one!

Book Description:

Naomi is days away from marrying the man of her dreams when she must face the man of her nightmares. But even though it is an encounter she would like to avoid, the clock is ticking and she is running out of other options. Jordan knows there are layers to his future wife that he has yet to uncover. But when he starts peeling them back will he be able to handle all he discovers? Find out in Under Covers.

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Excerpt from Under Covers:

She slipped out of the office and down the corridor to her own space. Jordan must have heard her voice. He leaned lazily against the door frame, looking better in a collared shirt and jeans than the photo-shopped image of a bare-chested J. Cole that she had seen just moments earlier. Naomi felt the heat begin at her toes and travel all the way through her as their eyes locked.

How had she gotten this lucky?

“Good morning, Red.” His eyes devoured her as the distance closed between them.

“Good morning.”

He pulled her into his arms. Naomi sank into him willingly as he parted her smiling lips with his.

“Babe, the whole office can see us,” she murmured against his delicious mouth.

“Good.” He kissed her again. “Let them see what Black love looks like.”

About Rhonda’s Writing

I write African American inspirational fiction and the themes of my books cover real life, real love, and real faith. I chose to write in this genre because this is the context I live in. I am the single black female on a covert search for love and most of my friends are in this same place or were recently in this place. Truthfully, all the stories I write are based a little on true stories – not always my stories but usually of people I know. My faith is so central to who I am that I only know how to interpret life through the gospel of Christ and His amazing love for me. This is why it has to be a part of my writing. But at the same time I live in the real world where nothing is simple and love – even the best kinds – are often messy and complicated. But that is what makes life so interesting and that I think is what makes my stories fun for me to write and for others to read.

Author Bio

R3Rhonda Bowen knew she would be a writer as early as eighth grade when she wrote her first novel with a classmate in a dollar notebook. While waiting for the day to come she completed a degree in Communications and spent a few years working in Public Relations and Event Planning. Throughout this time however, her desire to write stayed alive. She eventually completed her first novel, Man Enough for Me, which was released under Kensington Books’ Dafina imprint in February 2011.

Several years, a stint in Asia and a career change to youth work finds her still writing. She has written four romance novels and her books have been featured in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and LIBRARY JOURNAL. Her latest novel Under Covers was released March 16, 2015. She writes about the themes of Real Life, Real Love and Real Faith, weaving stories about strong women who must deal with life and love without losing themselves. Sometimes they succeed, other times they make a mess of things while trying.

When not writing or being schooled on what’s current by the youth she works with, she enjoys chilling with her family, trying on shoes she can’t afford, bargain hunting online on Asian clothes websites and enjoying the great outdoors. Visit her online at www.rhondabowen.com , www.facebook.com/RhondaBowenBooks or drop her a note at rhondakbowen@yahoo.com.

Here are my social media contacts:
Twitter: @MsRhondie (FYI: I don’t use this very often – just occasionally)
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/msrhondie/ (FYI: I rarely go here)
Instagram: MsRhondie

Character Chatter with Grace King of Seasoned with Grace

The Neophyte Author is so pleased to have the one and only Grace King drop by for a little chatter. Grace King is the protagonist of the soon to be released novel, Seasoned with Grace.

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 Available for Pre-order on:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/SeasonedwithGrace

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/B_NSWG

Books-a-Million: http://bit.ly/booksSWG

 

Grace, I want to welcome you and thank you for stopping by The Neophyte Author. What brings you here today?

You know the saying can’t nobody tell it like you can. With the upcoming release of the book, Seasoned with Grace in which I am the star I wanted to make sure I get ahead of this thing and let everyone know who I am.

Who are you Grace King?

I’m a fabulous and fierce supermodel with a slight criminal history.

Slight? Is that accurate? When I checked you record–

Slight. I said slight, I’ve been arrested less times than DMX so, I consider my record to be slight. Do we really want to dig up skeltons? I’m sure you’ve got a few to share. You’re not the only one with research skills.

Grace the last place I want to be is on your bad side, I’ve heard you don’t play around. Why is that?

I’ve been on my own since I was sixteen and the streets of New York are much like the jungle–it’s kill or be killed, eat or be eaten. Although, most would say I’ve ascended far beyond my days on the street there are some things that you just can’t let go of. I just don’t know how to not defend myself and when I sense someone is on the attack I’d rather be the aggressor instead of the victim.

Some say that you’ve been a victim before and that’s why you’re overly aggressive. Is there any truth to that rumor?

I have been taken advantage of in my lifetime by people that I was supposed to be able to trust–some church folks. Y’all always doing dirt when you’re supposed to be serving God, but that’s neither here nor there. What’s really important is the release of Seasoned with Grace. All of my fans and new supporters will have the opportunity to see inside of my home, my heart, and my struggles in a way that others have not.

What should readers expect from this book?

Readers should expect a  fierce and fabulous ride with the one and only Grace King. They’ll have V.I.P. access to all of my shenanigans and of course there’s quite a bit eye candy in book. They’ll get to meet, Ethan Summerville my dedicated, extremely bright, and handsome lawyer; Pastor David, the pastor of Mount Carmel Community Church, and Horace Brown, my chocolate drop. Ladies, let me warn you know, don’t get too many ideas when you meet him. The only one who is going to taste that chocolate will be me once he stops playing hard to get. Seasoned with Grace is will tackle some touchy stuff that I have dealt with in my life like addiction, rape, and abortion. Things I couldn’t openly discuss until you wrote this book. Thank you for that, Nigeria. 

It was my pleasure Grace. Why did you allow me to be the author of your tale?

I’m a harsh, abrasive Harlemite and you know how to make the grit of life look and sound good. I trusted to you to honor my story and I believe you did. 

Before I let you go, Grace King, one last question–I can’t let you go without getting some fashion tips from you. What are your recommendations for this spring and summer?

Floral is in. I recommend buying a floral print pantsuit and a few pastel shirts and jeans. You can easily mix and match and work the trend. For the woman on the go and in need of a day to night look I’d recommend a figure flattering floral print dress with pumps in the day and a neutral shoe with fringes at night. For the daring sisters, sheer blouses are the go to item, but make sure your undergarments are the same color as the blouse. This summer jumpers are a must. I know the naturals are ruling the scene, but I have a feeling that short hair will make a comeback this year and even if it doesn’t I’m still going to be rocking this short cut. For more of my style tips please visit the Seasoned with Grace board on Pinterest that I help Nigeria curate. Thanks for having me on for Character Chatter. I’m going to try and get the rest of my buddies to sit down with you. To all those reading please one-click Seasoned with Grace today. You’re going to enjoy this ride. 

 

 

#Wanted #Bloggers and #RadioShow #Host for the Seasoned with Grace Virtual Book Tour

Seasoned with Grace Virtual Tour

In a couple of months my new book, Seasoned with Grace will be making its world debut. I’d like to make sure that Seasoned with Grace enters the literary world feeling welcomed and I need your help. If you’re a blogger or a radio show host please consider hosting me during this tour. 

Seasoned with Grace not only deals with struggles surrounding faith, it also deals with issues like addiction, rape, and a forced abortion (and of course there’s a spot of romance in there).

If you would like to host me and Seasoned with Grace please click here

If you know a blogger or a radio show host then please share this post or the link to the sign up form: http://bit.ly/SWGVirtualTour

Thank you! 

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

 

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(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

Buy links:

Special Offer – Personally Autographed Copy for $10: http://bit.ly/sweetvioletoffer

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Amazon (including Kindle): http://amzn.to/18J52Ju

Barnes & Noble (including Nook): http://bit.ly/1vprhiq

Audio Book: http://bit.ly/1EwCMoO

Also available on iTunes and Google Play

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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.

Things to Make You Go Hmmm….

This post is solely for those who have read Born at Dawn. If you haven’t then you better read it so that you share your two cents or at least be prepared for the May discussion of the book. I encountered this post today on Facebook courtesy of Micheal Baisden Live and I could not help but think of Cynthia and Cheo. 

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Now, I have a question for you: is this why Cynthia was so intrigued with Cheo or was she genuinely in love with the brother? What do you think? 

If you want to weigh in one the discussion one-click today! 

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#FridayFinds: Blemished Honor by Berta Coleman

This week’s #FridayFinds is so special because it is the sequel to a book that I just love, Honor Thy Father, Really?. I have been waiting quite sometime for Blemished Honor to be released and I am so delighted to share this book with you all. Please be sure to check this one out. 

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A family’s determination to stand—flaws and all…

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Genre: Christian Fiction
Why?:  I write Christian Fiction because I want to glorify the Giver of my gift of writing. I attempt to create characters that have experiences that  people can relate to on some level, while glorifying God. In the end, the goal is for the reader to have more than just a “good read”, but to find themselves immersed in a soul-stirring experience.
Synopsis of Blemished Honor
On the rebound from family drama, the Holloways are determined to recover from previous wounds that threatened to tear them apart. Every member of the family is striving to live lives that honor God, in spite of their faults and shortcomings. While Michael and Ranya fight for reconciliation of their marriage, they’ve each got new issues to deal with—Ranya, with the entrance of Jordan, whom she has kept hidden from her family for over 20 years—and Michael, with a past that creeps up to disturb the peace he is working so hard to maintain. Meanwhile, college freshman Devin continues in his new spiritual journey and his relationship with McKenna, but struggles with insurmountable obstacles that cause him to reach his breaking point. When extreme demands jeopardize the unity of the family, the Holloways must respond with radical actions to protect themselves from further destruction.
About the Author 

7CShe was the little girl who was reprimanded for sneaking books and flashlight under the covers past bedtime, and the student who was told to put her book away during math class. Now, Berta Coleman is still passionate about reading and writing. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, she worked in the insurance industry for 20 years before re-positioning herself to pursue one of God’s purposes for her life. The author of the novel Honor My Father…Really?, Berta is also an anointed pianist, gifted to play by ear at the age of 8. She has the privilege of assisting authors realize their dreams through her work at a publishing company. Berta lives in the Central Florida area with her husband and two daughters.

Keep up with Berta:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBertaColeman

#FridayFinds : When the Real Thing Comes Along by Faith Simone

It is an esteemed honor this week to present to you, When the Real Thing Comes Along by Faith Simone. She is an awesome and inspirational blogger whose work I know will be a delight to us all.

 

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Title: When the Real Thing Comes Along

Author: Faith Simone

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Fiction, Edgy Christian Fiction

Release Date: February 13, 2015

About the Book

She loved and lost…Will faith give her the courage she needs to love again?

Jacelynn appears to have it all together: a great relationship with her boyfriend Jason who is truly a man after God’s own heart, a decent career and the love of family and friends. But when an unwelcome reminder from her past shows up, her previously uncomplicated world is turned upside down.  Will she jeopardize what she has with Jason in an attempt to rewrite the mistakes of her past?

They say you never forget your first love, no matter how hard you try. So far, Jacelynn has done a pretty good job of forgetting Taylor, the boy who had her heart first. When Taylor returns several years later as a man requesting a second chance, what’s a girl to do…Especially when she already has a new man?

The hidden issues of Jacelynn’s heart come to light and she’s forced take a hard look in the mirror while making choices that will change her future forever. Will she be able to reconcile who she was then, with who she is in Christ now?

Living and loving in faith isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. That’s what happens…

When the Real Thing Comes Along

 

Excerpt from When the Real Thing Comes Along

My eyes were wide open the night I invited Taylor into my life. It was at the end of one of those parties that starts out with what seems like hundreds of people, but turns mellow before midnight. I was ready to go but my best friend, Kim, wasn’t. She was trying to finalize the hook up with a guy from her history class. Meanwhile, I was waiting on a ratty couch in the dark living room with a guy I knew I would never see again, wishing that I was at home watching Lifetime movies. That’s when I saw him.

He walked past me through the sliding glass doors into the backyard. Something about the gracefulness of his long strides, made me get up and follow him while the guy on the couch was still running his mouth.

The sound of Usher singing about how to tell if you got it bad muffled to a slow thumping bass as I closed the patio doors behind me. I waved away the sweet smell of weed as I stepped around a few people smoking and lounging on the mismatched patio furniture.

I trailed him across the large backyard where the only sound was the loud swishing of the dozen or so palm trees waltzing in the fall winds. Both of our steps were silent in the soft mushy grass. I felt strange following him without saying anything, but I wanted him to sense me behind him. I wanted to know if the crazy magnetism I was feeling was working on him too. But there was a different force drawing him that night. One that I would contend with at a later time, in another place, with a lot more to lose.

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00SRRKTPY

 

About the Author

Author2Faith Simone is a poet, playwright and novelist.  She is also an active blogger, sharing her personal thoughts, book reviews and tips for writers on her website FaithSimone.com. Simone is passionate about using her gift of writing as a tool to help promote humanity, understanding and compassion.

 

 

Social Links

Website: FaithSimone.com

Twitter: @Faithsimone2011

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