Friday, July 31, 2015


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Book Title: One Delicate Night Publication Date: 7-11-2015 Genre: Contemporary romance Author: Joy Avery

cooltext1950058583 image Can one night lead to forever? Kassidy Monroe has spent far too many nights alone. But could she actually go through with a one-night stand? No! At least, that’s her answer until her eyes settle on him—tall, dark, and ultra-mysterious behind a black and platinum mask that makes him even more appealing. It’s lust at first sight, but how far is she willing to go with a man she’s just met? Jaxon Prescott has always gone after what he wants. And he wants her—the sexy vixen in the feather mask. Something about her calls to him, and he’s all too willing to answer. An invitation to his hotel suite was supposed to be for a night she wouldn’t soon forget, but somehow the tables turn. He never imagines he’d be the one constantly reliving their time together. One need. One night. One unforeseen outcome. cooltext1950057983 joy_avery1 Joy Avery is a contemporary romance author who loves watching her imaginary friends fall in love. When not crafting her next love story, she enjoys reading, spending time with the family, playing with her two dogs, and cake decorating. She’s the author of the novels Smoke in the Citi, His Until Sunrise (book 1 in the Indigo Falls series), Cupid’s Error-a Valentine’s novella, and His Ultimate Desire (book 2 in the Indigo Falls series). cooltext1950060718 download (5) connect socially

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

NRCLIFEONFIREPHARPERBANNER Book Title: Life On Fire Genre: Fiction Author: Jenetta M Bradley

About the Author jenetta_pict Chicago natives, Jenetta and Karen Bradley, are sisters and authors. Jenetta has always had a love for writing and has written and published five fictional books. She also post weekly updates to The SSMD, her online, interactive fictional story of a relationship advisor helping the Single, Shacking, Married, and Divorced (SSMD) while dealing with her own life’s ups and downs. Her younger sister, Karen, didn’t start off sharing the love of writing. While being a creative mind, English and Grammar were never her strongest subjects. As life would have it, her weakest link would become her saving grace in life. It was during college she wrote her first book to help her cope with the death of her father, the upheaval of emotions, and her changing family dynamics. Writing fiction soon became one of her favorite forms of therapy. About the book lifeonfire1_final_300dpi__amazon Brooklyn Saunders' life is set ablaze when her ex, Dante Nines, and a newly single friend, Hunter Torres, vie for the number one spot in her heart. Unknowingly, Dante brings trouble to her door causing their personal and professional lives to collide in the worst way. The entanglement unleashes a danger that will have both of the men she loves fighting to keep her safe. Will Brooklyn survive the chaos threatening to destroy her very existence? And if she does, who will she choose? connect with the author

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Brand New Release: A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley

Award-Winning author, Piper Huguley, has found her niche in Christian fiction. I am so honored to have her on my blog today.

About the Book

1915 – Winslow, Georgia thought shame would keep her from speaking out against lynching–they were wrong.   Town troublemaker Ruby Bledsoe resolves never be quiet, loving her baby, no matter how he had come into the world.  However, when she seeks help for her sick son, she doesn’t anticipate meeting a handsome stranger who offers Ruby a way to help her son and a brand new life.

Dr. Adam Morson had always felt shame as a mixed-race child–shame enough to masquerade as something that he wasn’t.  However, something powerful draws him to protect the beautiful and fiery activist who shows him how to be true to himself.  Some unknown force unknown compels him to offer Ruby a job in his practice up north and Ruby has to decide if she should stay and fight for the soul of her hometown, or if she should seek her own happiness with the handsome stranger.

Meet Piper Huguley

Piper G Huguley, named 2015 Debut Author of the Year by Romance Slam Jam and Breakout Author of the Year by AAMBC, is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck, reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts. Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a top ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins.
Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Rubywon the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart® finalist in 2014. Book four, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart® finalist in 2013.  She blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son. 

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Ruby arranged her own features into calm, not reflecting the fear on her sister’s face. People spilled out of the small buildings and stood around on the wooden sidewalks. No one seemed to know what to do. With a quick glance, she could see Dr. Morgan, the white doctor, was not in his office next to the general store.
“I’m going to go to see if I can help.” She started toward the mill.
“What can you do? You just help with baby birthing.” Mags shouted after
“I’ve seen blood before.” She put more certainty in her voice than was in her heart as she yelled over her shoulder. “I can help. You stay here.”
No need to reinforce the warning with Mags. She did not like blood and she never moved.
The whistle of the afternoon train sounded as Ruby rushed on to the mill. Normally, the arrival of the train was something to note in little Winslow, but the screams of a man coming from the edges of the mill yard, distracted her. Four men, including Mags’s suitor Travis, carried out another Negro man. Jacob.
Blood trickled from his hand. Thank God, Travis wasn’t the injured one.
“What happened?” She asked him.
Travis showed no surprise at her question. Apparently a midwife, even a disgraced one, was better than nothing. Even one who hadn’t left her house in a long time. They were clearly going to try to take this man to Dr. Morgan, but it didn’t mean he would treat him.
“Hand got caught in the machine.”
She swallowed. The flesh had been cut deeply across his palm, but luckily, all of his fingers were there. Moving. Underneath his dark brown skin, the man had colored to an unhealthy gray. “Set him down on the sidewalk.”
The men did as she directed and almost immediately, Jacob’s co-workers stepped away from him in fright. “No Dr. Morgan?” He managed to grit out in pain.
“He’s not there. You’ll have to do with me, I’m afraid.” She tried to ignore the alarm on his face. Jacob had a family of four young girls and a baby boy. She struggled to keep her hands steady. She prayed for guidance.
Inhaling the familiar metal-rich tang of blood, Ruby touched the stripped-apart flesh. “Does anyone have a clean cloth?”
The men stared. They had just come from the machines and they were dirty. One by one, they peeled away. All of the onlookers who had been there moments before had also vanished. “I go find something, Ruby,” Travis said, and he left Jacob to her, rushing off.
No time to lose. Looking quickly from side to side, she reached up under her white dress and, with a sharp quick tug, pulled at her slip and ripped way some of the white cotton. Tearing the slip into strips, she startled.
A man had pushed her to the side and began to probe at Jacob’s hand.
“What are you doing?” An unfamiliar deep male voice spoke sharply to her and with the push to the side, red scuffs marred her best high-topped shoes.
Back before her shame, she would have been completely humiliated in front of a strange man. Now, pushed aside, she stopped. The man had large, beautiful grey eyes edged with long, black fringe lashes, which would have looked female if his cream-colored features were not so chiseled.
“I’m trying to fix his hand.”
She fixed him with a hard glance, and spoke again, demanding, “Who are
His angular, handsome face reflected scorn and disapproval.
Then, she immediately regretted her quick words.
Was this man white or a Negro?
His color sure gave her pause. Even now, as she took her glance away from
his disapproving gaze and to his lips, there was a hint of fullness to them.
She blew out a sigh of relief. She had not been wrong. He was a Negro, just as light as her. They were the same.
“Don’t use those dirty bandages on his hand. What’s wrong with you?” The man sat next to Jacob and probed Jacob’s hand with sure fingers. Jacob calmed. Her pride prickled and she clenched her teeth at the stranger yelling at her now. Everyone was after her today.
“And who are you?” Ruby repeated the question. Her mother always told her she was too forward, but she couldn’t help it.
“I’m a doctor.”
“Praise God,” Jacob said with clear relief. “See Ruby. This man here a doctor. He can fix me up good.”
“How do we know he’s a doctor?” Ruby pursed her lips together and applied pressure to keep them shut.
“Fetch my bag over there on the train platform, there are sanitary bandages in it. Hurry.”
Who was he to tell her what to do? Directing her! Ruby tossed him a quick look of distain, but she raced back on fast feet. Jacob’s situation required speed, even if this strange man treated him. When he got the bag, as if he were a magic man, he began to take out bandages and other things from it.
He handed her a needle and a spool of thread. “Please thread this. Try not to get it dirty.”
The nerve! She knew how to thread a needle! Well, enough she supposed. Sometimes after a delivery, a woman needed to be sewn up some, but sewing wasn’t her strong point. Did this man know about her poor sewing skills just by looking at her? Maybe he did, just as she knew his secret by looking at him.
Jacob’s voice was too polite even as he enthused. No, he didn’t suspect the man was as much Negro as them. “Wait ’til May hear about this. God was sure looking out. I got some real doctoring.”
“I’m glad for you.” Ruby handed the threaded needle to the doctor. “This sewing up part can’t be no fun now. Calm down, Jacob.”
“It’s all right. Long as my hand can get fixed.”
“It will take some time.” The doctor splashed some smelly stuff on the
gash. Jacob jumped but the doctor held him firm. He applied neat stitches to the gash in Jacob’s hand, which had stopped bleeding, “But it will be as good as new in a few weeks time. You will need to keep it clean so infection does not set in.” “Infection?” Ruby asked.
What did I just say? She knew what infection was. This stranger moved her and made her act like she knew nothing.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Hot New Release!! Mama's Boy by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

I'm so blessed to be able to feature this dynamic writer, ReShonda Tate Billingsley. She is a gifted woman of faith.

ReShonda is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit, Royal Ties Productions and Bobcatt Films. The movie is slated to air on BET in August 2015. (ReShonda, who served as a consultant, makes a cameo in the movie). The Devil is a Lie and The Secret She Kept will be original movies on TV One in Fall 2016.

A much sought-after public speaker, ReShonda recently won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her book Say Amen, Again and was nominated again in 2013 for her book The Secret She Kept. She has won numerous awards for her journalism, fiction and poetry writing skills. She is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Considered one of the top Inspirational Fiction authors in the country, her books remain a staple on the Bestseller’s list and have been featured in USA Today and Ebony Magazine as Summer Sizzlers. She was recently inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
On February 3, 2014, ReShonda Tate Billingsley along with National Best Selling author, Victoria Christopher Murray launched Brown Girls Publishing, their new boutique publishing company.

About Mama's Boy

When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him, in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s powerful family drama—a novel as timely as today’s headlines.
The breaking TV news rocks Jasper, Texas, to the core: a white police officer is fatally shot in a scuffle with three black youths—and a cellphone video captures Jamal Jones, the sixteen-year-old son of esteemed Reverend Elton Jones, escalating the tragic encounter. Now, as the national spotlight shines on a town already rife with racial tension, Jamal is a murder suspect on the run. And all of Jasper—even the Reverend’s congregation—rushes to judge the boy they thought they knew.
But Gloria Jones knows her son best, and she races to find Jamal before the law does—to the outrage of her workaholic husband. Once she finds him, she has to decide whether to turn him in or help him run. With ruthless prosecutor and Houston mayoral candidate Kay Christensen hungering to put another young thug behind bars, Gloria will face her biggest battle yet. And when long-hidden secrets and shocking lies come to light, throwing Jamal’s case and his destiny into a tailspin, all Gloria can do is pray that the truth—and a mother’s unconditional love—will be enough to redeem the mistakes of the past and ultimately, save her son.


What it meant to have the Grim Reaper sneak up on you, wrap his claws around your heart, and squeeze. That’s what Gloria Jones felt right now. Her heart tightened, her breath slowed, and Gloria wondered how it was that she hadn’t passed out. All because of the story that she’d just seen on the news. “Again, we want to warn you that this video is disturbing,” the red-haired female anchor from Channel 12 News said. “Police have released this footage in hopes that someone can identify the suspect or the other two boys in the video.” The video that had initially stopped Gloria in her tracks during the news introduction began playing again. “Put the phone down!” a police officer in the video yelled. “I have a right to film,” the young boy replied as he turned the camera on himself. It was dark and the picture was grainy, but he was clearly recognizable. And even if he wasn’t, the tiny cross tattoo on his neck was a dead giveaway. “You see how they treat us?” he continued. “If you’re young and black in America, you’re guilty until proven innocent!”

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A. Incredible Hulk, don't you just feel sorry for him? I used to cry at the end of every episode.
A. The Joker
A. Negative people
A. TV News Reporting
A. Stripper. Ok, just wanted to see your reaction. Really it's a singer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Welcome Dawn Marie Pitts! A Michelle Lindo-Rice Reader

I'd like to welcome another Michelle Lindo-Rice Reader, Dawn Marie Pitts to my blog. She is a loyal supporter and I'm blessed to feauture her today.

Dawn Marie Pitts was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She and ger husband, Richard, moved to the Dallas suburb of Irving, TX in 2012. Dawn is an avid reader whose favorite genre is Christian Fiction. Known to family and friends as the "cake lady", Dawn takes pride in carrying on her mother's tradition of putting a little love in her cakes.

On the Right Path Series

A Father for my Heart

Gina Ward grew up not knowing who her father was and believed he didn't care about her. Circumstances forced her husband to locate Gina's father and in turn forced her to face the man she had no desire to meet. She resented him for abandoning her but the truth was he never knew about her. After some time of healing, Gina was able to form a long awaited relationship with her father. Wouldn't it be nice if life imitated art and we could have a happily ever after like Gina?

I can remember a time when I wanted to know who my father was but didn't ask until I was 20 years old. Being raised and adopted by my maternal grandparents I guess I didn't really see a need to know. I've always known who my mother was just not my father. Curiosity got the best of me and I finally asked. Little did I know one of my former coworkers knew my father and even went to school with him. He asked her if she knew how to get in touch with me. When we met I didn't really know what to do or say but I tried to forge a relationship with him. That didn't go so well. It was one sided. I was the one trying when really he should have been the one making the effort. Once I realized that I backed off and didn't see him again for about 17 years.

Once again, I tried to forge a relationship with my father. This time was worse as he proved over and over he didn't care about breaking my heart. I've finally come to realize that a healthy relationship with this man is just not possible. So for my well being I decided to move on with my life. Sure the Christian in me wondered if I was doing the right thing given the commandment to "honor thy father and mother". I've always struggled with that because neither of my birth parents were there for me.
I saw my father recently after 3 years and am now at peace with my decision. I understand God gave me a mother and father that loved me, cared for me, and nourished me when he put me with my grandparents. That's who I honor.

Gina's story had an impact on me that I didn't expect. Gina was fortunate to build a strong, healthy relationship with her father. I wish my outcome could have been as wonderful as hers. What I can say is it made me understand how God's will works in my life. The best thing that came out of meeting my father is meeting my 5 sisters, 1 brother and 21 nieces and nephews. I love them and they love me. God truly turned things around for my good.

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