Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Coveted Conversations

Lessons Learned
For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of sharing my life with two phenomenal Christian women.  We met every four to six weeks to share, eat, laugh, cry, and write.  Let me share with you a few “Lessons Learned” from our three year journey.
v Trust God in your writing process.  As you seek Him, He will give you the words that he wants you to share with His people.
v People were created with the need for connectivity.  It has been wonderful to share the joys and challenges of life with these two women.  We each have grown spiritually, emotionally, and relationally because of the encouragement and inspiration we have received from one another.
v Building relationships and working on a project together is not always easy.  Each of us had to sacrifice time, energy, and some of our personal desires to bring this project to fruition.  We learned to value each other’s opinions and viewpoints and to build consensus.
v Everyone brings a different gift to the table.  One of my co-authors was great at developing storylines; the other co-author was instrumental in the editing process. One of my major contributions was the typing and formatting.  All gifts were needed to bring this project to life.
v Writing is hard work.  We spent many hours/days brainstorming, gathering our thoughts, and researching best literary practices and grammar rules, but the effort was well worth the end product. We are much better writers today than when we started.
v We needed to write this book just as much for ourselves as for future readers.  All of us know women who poured into our lives. Writing provided an avenue for us to do the same for other women. Edifying and uplifting individuals became a passion for us.
v Authenticity can be difficult. The decision was made early to pen “real-life” stories. We live in a world where people spend a lot of time, money, and energy creating the perfect image. It’s a little unsettling to write about not being perfect. You automatically wonder, “What will people say and think when I am transparent in my writing?”
v Everyone has a story.  Most stories can be used to encourage, inspire, and refresh someone else. Never be afraid or embarrassed to share what you have been through. It just may be what someone needs to inspire them to continue their journey.
v We learned from our literary mistakes. We are all human and making mistakes is a natural part of the human experience. We did not waste time discussing the mistake or placing blame; we corrected it, and moved forward.
v Never give up. Continue to move forward even when you don’t feel like it. Many days we did not want to write, but we persevered.  Some sessions that began with “writers block” were the most successful.
v Stay humble and seek help when you need it. No one person (or three) knows all the answers. When we had a question, we asked individuals that were experts in that field.  That helped us save valuable time and energy.
All of the aforementioned “Lessons Learned” are transferable and can be used to fulfill any goal.  Life is a wonderful journey and if we pay attention along the way, we can gain knowledge from every experience that can be used to prepare us for our next assignment.

Shailendra Thomas, Marilyn Randle, and Jennifer Smith are the authors of Coveted Conversations. This inspirational book was written especially for women who value connectivity and growth. Coveted Conversations starts with down-to-earth stories depicting women in various authentic situations. Readers will see themselves over and over as the authors bear witness to the joys, challenges, and sorrows of life. Coveted Conversations is available on-line at Amazon.com and BarnesandNobles.com.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Right Where We Belong

Right Where We Belong Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right Where We Belong is another amazing read by Brenda Novak. I love the Silver Springs series and this read was filled with suspense to keep me engaged.
Savanna's husband is accused of rape and she cannot remain the small town. So, she packs up her family to start over in Silver Springs. This is where she she meets Gavin, her next door neighbor with a tragic past.
Together they make the journey to happy-ever-after while keeping us captivated. Well done, Brenda Novak. On to the next one!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, the beginning threw me a little but I enjoyed Chris Brennan's story. The plot twist and the conclusion made this a good read.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops during the month tour for But My Soul Is Black by Terrell Williams. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs September 4-29, 2017. Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL   
ISBN-10: 150069312X
ISBN-13: 978-1500693121
ASIN: B074TCQJDD
Genre: Fiction/Romance

Terrell Williams began life as the 2nd eldest son of 9 children (4 girls and 5 boys) and was reared in less than affluent circumstances. The second in his immediate family to graduate from college, he went on to marry a wonderful woman, and who eventually became the proud parents of 4 children (3 girls and 1 son who is also his namesake).

Mr. Williams enjoys reading and writing poetry, and he has written several plays that have been performed and were well received in Texas. The idea for his debut novel, But my Soul Is Black, lay dormant for many years until Mr. Williams finally finished the novel upon his retirement, fulfilling his dream of becoming a published author. His romantic tale tackles controversial topics such as interracial relationships, generational differences of conceptual thinking about life and love. This novel seeks to remind the readers of the interconnectedness we share as humans, as well as showing that truly, love transcends all!

But My Soul is Black, takes a candid look at interracial romance and the human experience. The book reveals the cultural misperceptions that harm us, and the love that heals us.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: Help Wanted

Help Wanted Help Wanted by Allison B. Hanson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thank you for the advance copy Netgalley. Unfortunately, this read didn't grab me the way I thought it would. Not sure why. It was an okay storyline and obviously a happy-ever-after but I had to make myself finish.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book in the Innkeeper's Series did not disappoint. I enjoyed reading Tanya and Gage's romance. I love the visual descriptions and the whole New Orlean's vibe come to life. Ms. Alers is masterful with descriptions! When you have food and romance together, you can't go wrong! I can't wait for the third book in the series.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It has been a year since Billie Flanagan has disappeared. Her husband Jonathan and daughter, Olive are still feeling the repercussions of her death. The first half of the book dragged for me. I had a hard time connecting. However, the second half, I finished in hours. I think this author has promise and would read more from her. But there were so many storylines that weren't necessary.
Thank you Netgalley for this read.

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