Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Born at Dawn at Nigeria Lockley

Book Title: Born at Dawn
Genre: Christian Fiction
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Urban Books
ISBN-10: 1601626754
ISBN-13: 978-1601626752
Release Date: September 30, 2014

Back in May, Michelle’s Book Stop first introduced Born at Dawn and author, Nigeria Lockley to readers. With the release of Born at Dawn rapidly approaching (September 30, 2014), Nigeria is stopping by again to share some fun facts about herself and Born at Dawn. From inception to publication seven years have passed, so today Nigeria will be sharing seven fun facts about herself, her work, and an excerpt from Born at Dawn.
Seven Fun Facts about Nigeria Lockley
1. When writing at night I like to wear bold shades of lipstick (I don’t know why).
2. The first draft of Born at Dawn was written by hand.
3. I used to write poetry exclusively.
4. I don’t use outlines to write.
5. Before going natural I used to wear wigs.
6. I was once an extra on MTV Jams when Bill Bellamy was the host
7. Before heading to the Faith and Fiction Retreat in 2012 to pitch Born at Dawn someone stole the memory card containing the first four chapters of the book and I had to start all over again a month before the retreat. But God!!
Excerpt from Born at Dawn

The transition from sinner to saint wasn’t easy for Cynthia. The moment she walked in the door from her first trip to Mount Carmel, the devil was waiting to tempt her.
            “Where you been all day?” Marvin huffed at her while she helped the boys out of their jackets.
            “We went to church today, Daddy.” At nine years old, James was the official family reporter. He was still struggling with learning the difference between what should be uttered and what should not be. “You should have come with us. A friend of yours was there.”
            Twelve-year-old Keith slapped James in the back of his head, trying to demonstrate his superiority. “He wasn’t there. He’s the pastor.”
            “The pastor?” Marvin asked with his eyebrows scrunched together. “Did you take the kids to that joke of a church, Mount…?” Marvin snapped his fingers. “Mount…”
            “Mount Carmel Community Church. It’s not a joke. It’s a lovely place, Marv,” Cynthia said resolutely. “Are you hungry?” She quickly tried to stave off the inevitable—Marvin’s monologue on the legitimacy of Pastor David’s ministry.
            According to Marvin, Pastor David could not be trusted since he’d abandoned his street life and friendship with Marvin to pursue the ministry. Every time they walked past Mount Carmel or anyone mentioned it, Marvin had to trudge through the past.
            “Of course I’m hungry. You left me here alone to fend for myself, and you know I can’t go on without two things.” Marvin wrapped his hands around her dime-sized waist, pulled her in close to his body and stared in her eyes. “I can’t go on without your loving.” He brushed back a few loose strands of Cynthia’s burgundy hair and planted a wet kiss on her lips. “And I certainly can’t make it without your cooking, girl.”
            Cynthia could see through the act. She knew Marvin was trying to smooth whatever feathers his behavior had wrinkled the previous day, and it wasn’t working. It took every atom of Cynthia’s fragile being to cook Marvin’s food without spitting in it. Cynthia called it a small victory every time she was able to inflict some pain on Marvin unbeknownst to him, like the time she put ex-lax in his cupcakes.
             Small victories were no longer satisfying. She wanted more. Peace or blood. Cynthia envisioned Marvin’s chiseled face bubbling upon contact with the olive oil that was now sizzling in the pan. “Peace, peace, think about peace. You just left church,” she chided under her breath.
That kept her from acting on her impulses and the voices of vengeance echoing in her head.

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About the Author

Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master's degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master's degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student -parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

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