Happy Thanksgiving to you all!! Thank you for love and support!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!! Thank you for love and support!
The paperback version of Tempted to Touch is now available for pre-order on the Inheritance Books website. That’s right we’re sticking it to the man and bringing it to people. Amazon doesn’t allow small independent publishers like Inheritance Books to run pre-order specials on their paperbacks, so Inheritance Books is accepting pre-orders directly on their website.
Kira Seagram is frustrated by her husband Mason’s zeal for the Lord, so she pours all of her attention into her work and reserves her soprano singing skills for the shower. Kira would rather not use them if she get can’t the adoration and recognition she feels she deserves and doubts she’ll find singing lead for Mason’s choir. When a routine drop off at her son, Nate’s private school turns into a ten-year reunion with her ex-boyfriend, Quincy McAdams, Kira isn’t interested in Mason’s half-hearted affection or willing to keep her voice to herself. With a firm offer from Quincy to help Kira cut a demo and possibly revive the love they let die, Kira has some choices to make. When Kira finds herself tempted to touch will she remain faithful to her husband or yield to the desires of her flesh?
My second, yes second novel, Seasoned with Grace is now available in stores and online. If you haven’t ordered Seasoned with Grace yet please get in on the fun and order you copy today!
Synopsis: Sentenced to probation, thirty-year-old supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job, Grace’s ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be—his church.
Instead of God, Grace finds a “chocolate drop” of a man, Brother Horace Green. Unfortunately, Horace isn’t looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of fortune, fame, and Grace?
While Grace focuses on the pursuit of passion, Ethan finds one director willing to take a risk and cast Grace in his debut film, but this role fits Grace all too well. Will this film revive Grace’s relationship with God and her career, or bring her closer to destruction?
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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.
For a longer excerpt visit the Books page
Ladies and gentleman it has been a wild weekend for me that started with the Phillis Wheatley award ceremony on Friday.
For those of you who regularly follow The Neophyte Author, you know that I was nominated for a 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction for my debut novel Born at Dawn. In June I became one of three finalists and I am pleased to announce that my God is faithful and as His word says He has blessed the work of my hands. Born at Dawn took home the 2015 Wheatley Award for First Fiction. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
There are not enough words to describe the level of emotions that washed over me when Omar Tyree (yes, the Omar Tyree, author of Flyy Girl) called my name. It was a wonderful night and I have some pictures of the other winners and I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners.
Midnight and the Man Who Had No Tears by Tiffany Golden
Tate and His Historic Dream by Bernard C. Turner
Dear Diary, The Bullying Won’t Stop by Delicia B. Davis
Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Daffodil: A Mother’s Journey by Demetria Hayes
No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant by Thandisizwe Chimurenga
Breaking Grounds: My Life in Medicine by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
Businessman First, Remembering Henry G. Parks, Jr… by Maurice W. Dorsey
Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the Life of Anna Murray Douglass by M. Nzadi Keita
Tears for My Ancestors by Malik Canty
Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet by Jeffrey A. Faulkerson (Check him out, please :))
Shifting Allegiances: A Nigerian’s Story of Nigeria, America & Culture by Amaka Lily
Every Day is for the Theif by Teju Cole
Glorious Sunset by Ava Bleu
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.
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.
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 Revenge, & 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.
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.
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?
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.”
Theresa 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:
If you’re in NYC be sure to save the date, June 20, 2015 Theresa A. 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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Rhonda 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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.
I’m a fabulous and fierce supermodel with a slight criminal history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).