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The Neophyte Author is preparing a virtual book tour to promote her debut novel, Born at Dawn and she is currently booking stops for her two week tour. If you would like to support the Neophyte Author, Nigeria Lockley click here to sign up.

Born at Dawn Synopsis:BORN-AT-DAWN-FRONT

Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

 Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

 After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?

 

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SisterGirlFriends: Nikki Thompson, Nigeria Lockley, Cherylrese Lynette

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This Tuesday the Neophyte Author had the opportunity and privilege to appear on a segment, “SisterGirlfriends” on the Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show, During the show we discussed why I write fiction for the renewed mind and the characters in Born at Dawn. 

Two other awesome soul sisters, Nikki Thompson and Cherylrese Lynette, shared how they’re spreading the gospel and worshiping God with their gifts as well.

If you missed it please take listen by clicking on the link below. Post your comments and questions here and remember to support these other women of God as they spread the word of God.  

SisterGirlFriends: Nikki Thompson, Nigeria Lockley, Cherylrese Lynette

 

Moms on the Run: Why do Moms take off?

Photo Credit, Deviant Art
Photo Credit, Deviant Art

Blame it on choice. Blame it on chance. Blame it on circumstance. Blame it on their finances.  Regardless of the cause  moms are on the run and they’re running away from their families. In a recent interview on the Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show this week I was asked about Cynthia Barclay, the protagonist of Born at Dawn, decision to abandon her responsibilities not only to her husband, but to her children as well and run away. While Cynthia’s decision seems unfathomable in many of our eyes it is a reality presented in Isaiah 49:15 “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?…” and it is becoming an increasing reality in our country. The number of children being raised solely by their fathers was up to two million in 2011 based on statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

One of the most recent and publicized cases of a mother running away was Brenda Heist who dropped her children off at school one day and did not return. According to an article by Erik Ortiz, Heist ran away due to the distress brought on by an impending divorce and the stark reality that she would soon become the sole provider for her family. When she returned home after eleven years Heist was not greeted by a marching band. Her daughter lashed out publicly and basically said you should have stayed where you were at because we’re dong fine without you.

Barbara Heist Photo Courtesy of Fox Tampa Bay
Barbara Heist Photo Courtesy of Fox Tampa Bay

Did she deserve to be welcomed home or chastised for abandoning her responsibility to her then eleven year old son and eight year old daughter?

Regardless of what we think of these women’s decision there is a great promise connected to their absenteeism from God. The rest of verse fifteen of Isaiah forty-nine gores on to say “yea, they [mothers] may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”

Sound-off: What do you think is the leading cause behind mother’s abandoning their families? Is their any justification for a woman abandoning their family? What do you think should be done to help them? Be sure to pre-order Born at Dawn to find out how the Barclay’s handle Cynthia’s disappearance.

 

Born at Dawn Cover Reveal Recap

Have you ever watched an episode of a reality show and one of the characters is about to host an event and they start flipping out because everything just started falling apart at the last minute (and yes I watch reality t.v. in moderation)? Well, I had a few of those moments and I also had some totally great moments that I’d love to share with you. 

 

 

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By the grace of God I survived the event and things ran smoothly, however not because of my efforts or the efforts of the event organizer. We forgot things and had to rush through some parts. It ran smoothly because the Lord showed up and allowed His grace to flow-proving the word to be true, it’s not by my might or strength, but the spirit of God. So, to God be the glory. Here’s Evangelist and first lady, Peggy Dunkley of my church, King of Kings & Lord of Lords helping me give God the glory. 

 

I am so glad to share my debut novel, Born at Dawn with the world!

 

Pre-order Today!
Pre-order Today!

What is Born at Dawn About, Anyway?

For all those wondering what my novel is about simply stated Born at Dawn chronicles what happens to the members of the Barclay family after their matriarch, Cynthia Barclay decides she can no longer wait on God for deliverance and disappears. 

If that’s not enough for you here is the official synopsis:

Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

 Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?

And for those of you who want more please join me at the Born at Dawn Cover Reveal and Reading Party on Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Born at Dawn Cover Reveal and Reading Party Invite is Here!

Without further adieu I present the invite to the

Cover Reveal and Reading Party for Born at Dawn.

It matters not whether you are near or far–you can register for tickets to the live event or attend the virtual event. Either way I want to see you there!

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                                   Click Here  for your ticket to  Born at Dawn Cover Reveal and Reading Party

Cover Reveal Party and Reading for Born at Dawn

I am so excited and pleased to announce that I will be having a cover reveal and reading party in April. 

Why? I’m no celebrity, right so why go through the extremes, because this is my first book and I want to celebrate the book and glorify God. Two, I want to introduce myself to my readers and supporters my way not after the book has come out and I’m dying for a sale. 

Now the question is would you like to attend? I’m sure you have a question for me as well–“why should I attend?”

You should attend because you’ll have opportunity to hear me read excerpts from Born at Dawn, ask me questions, pre-order Born at Dawn, and you will be among the first to see the cover of Born at Dawn.

Customized phone case for Born at Dawn. Attendees of my cover reveal party will have the chance to win one.
Customized phone case for Born at Dawn. Attendees of my cover reveal party will have the chance to win one.

  Did I mention that there will be  giveaways that include, customized phone cases, Amazon gift cards  (so you can order Born at  Dawn and some other great book), and autograph copies of new novels  from other authors on the  Urban Christian roster?

 If you’d like to attend, either virtually or physically–oh yeah, did I mention I’ll be broadcasting this  party live on the web so that my friends and supporters who are far away still get to participate in  the merriment. So, if you like to join me virtually or physically please sign-up to receive my  newsletter, follow the blog, or drop your email in the comments section below. 

 I look forward to seeing you and sharing the cover and scenes from my debut novel with you. 

       Nigeria

Praise the Lord and Hello World

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I can’t help but offer up a praise as I sit down to type my very first post on my own website. This is not my first venture into the world of blogging. I am the author of The Carpenter’s House an inspirational blog for those looking for a place on the web to nurture the Holy Spirit in them or invite Him in. However, this site is the very first time that I am writing as a published author or should I say soon to be published author. My very first novel, Born at Dawn will be in stores October 2014.

Until then I will be keeping you posted with exclusive content, previews to the work, and my musings on my career in the world of writing. Until then stay blessed and buy some books. Below are some authors who I recommend:

Michelle Stimpson

Rhoda McKnight

E.N. Joy

Berta Coleman

Norma L. Jarrett

Booker T. Mattison

Pat Simmons

Michelle Lindo-Rice

Paulette Harper

Vanessa Miller