#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: 

headshot (1)Why I write in this genre:

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: 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. 

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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: 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

Buy links:

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Also available on iTunes and Google Play

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. 

 

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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.

 

 

Amazon page: http://goo.gl/hCOkBb

Email:  amanipublishing@aol.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/barbara.williams.31105674

Website:  www.Barbarajoe.webs.com

Twitter:  @Barbarajoe22

 

 

#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…

Blemished Honor

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: Live a Little by Rhonda McKnight

Looking for an inspirational romantic read this weekend? I’ve got one for you–Live a Little by national bestselling author, Rhonda McKnight.

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A grieving woman, an injured soldier and an abandoned dream…can they find hope for tomorrow in each other?

Raine Still has never had much of an identity outside of being the daughter of the old hippie couple that own Hope House, a transitional housing facility in the worse part of Charlotte, North Carolina, and that had been okay with her until her parents died and left her alone in world.

Gage Jordan is a decorated solider discharged from the army after fourteen years due to a physical injury, but the emotional scars are far worse than anything he’s rehabbed from. He has a great job lined up and a mass of support from his family, but something is missing and he’s starting to feel like it’s Raine.

Gage thought his wounded heart had issues, but Raine’s pain is much deeper. If something doesn’t give soon they will never have a chance at love. Can he convince her to see that “hope” and faith are the balm she needs to heal her hurting soul?

Excerpt

They rode in silence to her house. The sugar Gage ingested seemed to have dulled his chattiness. The trip wasn’t long and traffic was nonexistent. His navigation brought them right to her door. He cut the engine.

Gage looked through the window past Raine. “This is a nice house. Nice neighborhood. You were looking the last time we talked.”

She had been house-hunting that spring. She’d found this one the very week he’d left. She inspected the shrubs that needed pruning and the trim that would definitely get a fresh coat of paint in the spring and replied. “Thank you.”

“How long have you been here?”

“Six years. It was a foreclosure during the early run of foreclosures. I’d finished my master’s degree and gotten a promotion at work, so I thought, it was time.”

“I remember you’d just finished your masters. You mentioned it that day.”

His memory was impeccable. Raine’s stomach flipped. That day. That day she’d shared a table with him in the mall food court because all the others were full. That day lunch turned into a trip to the movie theatre, dinner and a stroll through a bookstore.

“No waiting for a husband to buy a house with, huh?” he asked, but then he didn’t wait for an answer. “I like that. The women in my family are very independent too.”

Gage smiled. It sucked the wind out of her. Not because he was so good looking, or even because he had flashed his movie star, picture ready white teeth, it was the disposition behind the smile. Lazy, relaxed…Raine didn’t exactly know the word she was looking for. He seemed interested in her, again. He wasn’t making small talk to fill up the time, because they were here at her house. All he had to do was open the door and then open hers and walk her to the door of her house, if he was so inclined to do that. In seconds, he could be done with Raine Still for tonight and forever. But Gage wasn’t moving. He wasn’t trying to leave.

The only man that had ever been interested in her was her father. He’d hung on to every word she’d said from the time she could talk until he took his last breath. But this attention from Gage was different. She didn’t know how to take it. She’d been here with him before and then he disappeared without a trace.

“Can I ask you a question?” His tone was tentative. “What happened to your date tonight?”

Raine had no idea what he would ask, but this question surprised her. “I didn’t have a date.”

Gage’s expression posed the follow-up question before he did.  “You said you were waiting for someone.”

She shrugged. “I lied. I wanted to be alone and I thought it was easier to say I was waiting on someone than be rude to all of you.”

He cocked an eyebrow. “That’s honest.”

“I don’t like to lie and I don’t have any reason to lie to you now.”

“Why did you have so many tickets if you weren’t expecting anyone?”

Raine couldn’t keep the amusement out of her voice. “Are you questioning if I’m lying about lying?”

A beautiful crooked smile filled half his face, revealing one of his dimples. “I’m not questioning if you’re lying. I guess I’m just curious, nosy.”

Raine explained how she came to have the extra tickets. Gage nodded. “That was God. You were supposed to help us out.”

Raine didn’t think that made any sense. “Why wouldn’t God just make it so I had one ticket and your mother had the ones she needed?”

Silence again and then, “Because if God made it happen that way then I wouldn’t have run into you.”

She swallowed now. Hard. He was staring at her. Looking from her face to her lips. He leaned closer and put a hand behind her neck. Then he brought his face closer so that it hovered just inches from hers. Raine could smell his breathe, the mint he’d popped into his mouth after eating the ice cream. She could also smell his cologne, a strong, sexy masculine scent that rose from his pores to torment her.

But then just as quickly as he’d pulled her close, Gage let her go and reached for his ignition key. “It’s late. I need to get you inside.”

Get her inside. She didn’t have a curfew. Raine was disappointed. But more than disappointed, she was embarrassed. She wanted that kiss. “I can see myself to my door,” she replied, icily. She released her seat belt and grabbed the door handle.

His hand was on hers. “Raine, let me explain.”

She turned toward him and frowned. “Explain what?”

“Why I stopped.”

Raine thought she would die. No he was not going to explain why he was rejecting her. She sighed heavily.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful.”

The conversation was awkward, but he’d started it, so she questioned, “A kiss is disrespectful?”

He didn’t remove his hand from hers, but he didn’t respond either.

Oh my God, she thought. He has a girlfriend or maybe even a wife. Of course he did. How could she be so naïve?  He didn’t want to disrespect his marriage. She dropped her eyes to their intertwined fingers. So why was he still holding her hand?

He finally spoke. “I’m careful about what I start.”

That only confused her more. “What does that mean?” she whispered. And then she thought, I don’t want to know. “Never mind. You don’t have to explain.” She grabbed the door handle again, but Gage squeezed the hand he held. She froze.

“I do, because I don’t want you to think I didn’t want to kiss you. My stopping has nothing to do with you.”

Raine didn’t look at him. If she could have jumped out of the car and run in the house without seeming rude she would have. She wanted to escape the pounding rush in her veins. The agony over the fact that the only man she’d ever wanted was taken. “Of course, I understand. You have to respect your wife or your girlfriend.”

“Wife or girlfriend?” She could hear a frown in his voice.

“You’ve been a real gentleman, Gage. I appreciate the ride.”

“Wait,” he insisted. “I don’t have a wife or a girlfriend.”

Raine knew she should not let the next question come out of her mouth because it was embarrassing and it would sound like begging, but she would drive herself crazy if she didn’t know. Since she knew she’d never see him again, she went ahead asked, “Then why did you stop?”

The expression on his face was so serious it nearly looked pained. “It’s late,” he said releasing her hand. “I’ll be back in the morning.”

“In the morning?”

“I told you I was picking you up so we could see about getting your car towed.”

She shook her head. “It is really kind of you to offer, but you don’t have to do that.”

His words came swift and impulsively. “What if I want to do it?”

Her stomach flipped again. “Why would you want to do it? We’re not neighbors.”

“For the same reason I didn’t kiss you. I finish what I start. Once I commit to a thing, I have to see it all the way through.”

He smiled and opened his door. Once she got out they fell into step up her long walkway. She said good night to her prince, pushed the door closed and peeked out to watch him disappear. Raine kicked off her shoes and realized the irony of having both shoes. She hadn’t left one behind, so the prince didn’t have one. Gage didn’t have a reason to come looking for her. He didn’t even have anything to look with, because he hadn’t even asked for her phone number to call to make arrangements for tomorrow. Her Cinderella story was a bust.

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About the Author

RMcK-2-high-res_croppedEven as she pursued degrees in Textile Technology, Organizational Leadership and finally, Adult Education, Rhonda McKnight’s love for books and desire to write stories was always in the back of her mind and in the forefront of her heart. Rhonda loves reading and writing stories that touch the heart of women through complex plots and interesting characters in crisis. She writes from the comfort of her Atlanta home with black tea, Lays potato chips and chocolate on hand. At her feet sits a snappy mixed breed toy dog. She can be reached at her website at www.rhondamcknight and on social media at www.facebook.com/booksbyrhonda and www.twitter.com/rhondamcknight and www.blackchristianreads.com where she has joined with nine other Christian fiction authors to introduce her stories to the world.

#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…

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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.

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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.

 

 

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#FridayFind Bonus: #BookBlast & #Contest: A Scoop of Love

Last my #soulsis dropped by The Neophyte Author to share her latest work with us and now she’s back to let you know that A Scoop of Love Drops today and she’s giving some stuff away.

 

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Title: A Scoop of Love
Author: Unoma Nwankwor
Released: January 30th 2015
Publisher: KevStel Group LLC
ASIN: B00RPI2616

Genre: Christian Romance Fiction

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The oldest of the Danjuma brothers, Rasheed was a self-made man. He’d learned at an early age that love and commitment brought with it complications he didn’t want to deal with. His single-minded focus had paid off. He was able to step into the shoes of his absentee father by taking care of his mother and twin brothers. But just when he thought he could stop carrying the weight of his family on his shoulders, he gets a call that could change the trajectory of Rasheed’s life.

Ibiso Jaja, a professional caterer, had gambled on the love of a man and lost. Through the redeeming love of God, she had picked herself up and was now living her dream as the owner of Bisso Bites, a bistro in the heart of Abuja. However circumstances conspire to threaten the bistro and bring her face to face with the type of man she has vowed to avoid. The attraction is instant.

Once again, Rasheed is forced to do something he has done all his life – put the needs of his family ahead of his own. This time however, he crosses path with the sassy, independent, Jesus-loving caterer who is bent on making him see the power of forgiveness and God’s love. Just when Rasheed lets his guard down, a deadly sabotage causes old demons to rise. Will Rasheed continue to pursue power and success or surrender to the light of God’s love?

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Unoma Nwankwor is a self- proclaimed romantic. She is passionate about telling stories that are uplifting and life changing sending the message of faith, hope and love. Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice.

Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013) and When You Let Go (May,2014).

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#FridayFind Fall of the Prodigal by Michelle Lindo-Rice

This week’s find is quite special because Michelle and I share the same publisher. Michelle is a real sweetie and has been very helpful to, so please be sure to support her latest release by ordering a copy or sharing the news. 

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About the Book

A condemned man, his two brides, and one untimely death.

Michael Ward is at the top of his game and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend–until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?

 Verona “Tiger” Stachs has been Michaels’ attorney for years. She’s in love with him, but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona finds herself being drawn closer to God. She thought she was through with God, but soon discovers He’s nowhere through with her. Which relationship will she choose? 
 
Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light?
 

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Rape.

What an ugly fourletter word. The very idea was preposterous. He had been arrested for rape. Michael Ward shook his head, remembering the charges written under his mug shot. He did not have to take any woman by force. Look at him.

He was at the top of his game. He began as an architectural designer. Then he moved into real estate where he purchased, rebuilt, and resold properties. It took some time, but his name meant something in the hotel resort business. Patrons knew any building bearing the MJW seal signified quality and topnotch service, for a price, of course. He had two MJW hotels in New York City, three in Atlanta, two in London, and one in Dubai. He had spa resorts sprinkled across Florida, Texas, and Chicago, all with the MJW stamp of approval.

Now, after all his hard work to build his empire, Michael could not imagine a nineteenyear old bringing him to his knees.

Last week, he had been cracking open a bottle of champagne, celebrating his newest property acquisition in Colorado. This week, he was squatting in the corner of a four-foot cell, waiting on Verona “Tiger” Stachs to post his bail and negotiate the terms of his release.

How had he gotten here?

He had been booked on multiple sex and assault charges and had almost lost his cool at his arraignment. The fact that it was September 11 was not lost on him either.

Someone had set him up, and once he was out of here, he intended to find that person and make him pay.

 
 

Read sample chapters and join Michelle’s reading list at www.michellelindorice.com

The first two books in the On the Right Path series

1. Walk a Straight Line

2. My Steps Are Ordered

 
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My pictureMichelle Lindo-Rice is the bestselling author of Color Blind. She enjoys crafting women’s fiction with themes centered around the four “F” words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. She was nominated for Author of the Year 2014 in Building Relationships Around Books book club. Michelle’s first published work, Sing A New Song, was a Black Expressions Editor’s Choice featured selection. My Steps Are Ordered, the second book in the “On the Right Path” series made the AALBC bestseller lists on May/June 2014 and August/September 2014. My Steps Are Ordered was also#1 in UBAWA’s 2014 Top 100 list.
Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook,Teachers College Columbia University and Argosy University, A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. 
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Website: www.michellelindorice.com (Please join her mailing list)