Monday, December 28, 2015

My Top Ten Reads of 2015

Michelle's Book Stop Top Ten 5-Star Reads of 2015
I read sooooo many great books this year, I couldn't stop at 5. So here are my top Ten. I have an eclectic reading taste. Not all the books listed are Christian Fiction. 

Honorable Mentions: The Forbidden Man by Elle Wright, The Stranger by Harlen Coben

#10 Righteous Ways by Rhonda McKnight
I finished this in hours. I got a little teary-eyed with this heartwarming tale. I can't wait to read more about Samaria in the upcoming novel, Shame on You. It was released late in the year but I had to add it to this list. Great read from an amazing author.

#9 Friction by Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is one of absolute favorite authors. Once I started I could not put it down. I read this book in a matter of hours. The suspense, the improbable romance, vendettas had me on the edge of my seat. The title suited. Crawford's journey had me tear up. He was flawed, human but a hero. Truly enjoyed this read.

#8 Memory Man by David Baldacci
Excellent Read. The Memory Man had me turning the pages. I was caught up until the very end. There is a new hero, Decker and his mind is amazing. I have read several of David Baldacci's work. I love that Decker is flawed but phenomenal.

#7 Lady Elect 2 by Nikita Lynnette Nichols
I love a big woman confident in her skin who knows how to put herself together. The follow-up to Lady Elect made me laugh and definitely had moments where my eyes bulged. Lady Arykah has a mouth on her but she's fierce and loyal. The ending has me asking WHO said that? For me the Breakout Character was Myrtle. She is a treat.

#6 Jezebel's Daughter by Jacquelin Thomas

Whew! What a twisty-good read. My grandmother used to make soup and what was great about it was that she threw everything in there. But all the ingredients came together for some seriously good soup. Jezebel's Daughter was all that and then some. Jacquelin Thomas had romance, repentance, redemption, revenge, remorse, retaliation, religion which made for a sizzling read. She weaved multiple characters and their storylines toward a finale that left me stunned and wanting more. All I can say is nothing turned out how I imagined and there were a few "Oh, snap" moments in this soap opera. Great storytelling. And look at that cover. Can we say hot?

#5 Secret Places by Vivian Kay

Excellent writing. Vivian Kay should amazing skill when creating the characters. The plot line was so creative. She ventures into a topic that is so out there while weaving in God's redemptive plan. This book was so good I had to create my own event to talk about it.

#4 The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby

The Ultimate Betrayal was the ultimate in writing craft. The dialogue between characters was one of the strongest elements in the novel. Kimberla is a master at dialogue that you can follow even without tags or beats. For me, there were so many life lessons to be learned from Alicia's story. Her battle was between her mind and heart. What she felt was expected versus her own desires. However, the breakout character was Melanie. Melanie battles something as an adult that we would expect to see in someone much younger. I felt her struggle scene by scene. The transformation of this character is glaring. Melanie is a living example of how crucial a role parents play in an individual's development. This wouldn't be a Reverend Curtis Black novel without the reverend appearing. One of the powerful sentiments he says, "there are so many times when we've done things that could have been prevented ... if only we'd kept our faith in God." Can I get an Amen?

#3 - The Favorite Son by Tiffany L. Warren

Tiffany L. Warren has crafted an edgy, meaningful Jacob-and-Esau cautionary tale with thought-provoking lessons and themes . The descriptive language brings the characters and scenes to vibrant life. Friends, all I can say is with all the drama going on, when God acts, He will leave you breathless. I imagine this will be a great discussion piece for many. I LOVED it.

#2 - Mama's Boy - ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Mama's Boy by ReShonda Tate Billingsley is one of the best books I've read this year. ReShonda creates characters with so many layers that you have to keep turning the pages to learn more about them. This was a remarkable journey of forgiveness and never say never. You never know what you would do until you're in a situation, so it's best not to judge. One of the most powerful lines I read was, "You can't help anyone face their demons, when you're helping justify their actions." How true that is.

#1 - Stand Your Ground - Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria Christopher Murray is the mistress of first lines. From the very first sentence to the last I was drawn into the story of two women: Janice and Meredith. Two women from different worlds who share one thing in common: death. With artful descriptions, Victoria put me inside their hearts and minds. I did not just enjoy this read, I lived it. I lived every scene on BOTH sides! I finished it in hours. I had to. When I read the last line, I knew that I had been schooled. I had seen the impact of Stand Your Ground laws and I knew this book would stay with me, always. There is forgiveness, love, twists, turns but above all: Truth. Real. Insightful. Unadulterated and told without apology. A must read.

I had so so many to choose from but this pivotal MOMENT so eloquently described is my absolute favorite from Stand Your Ground.

"We weren’t friends. But we were something. We were two women. Two mothers. One with a son and one without. We were two people whose lives were forever linked and forever changed. We were Janice Johnson and Meredith Spencer. Forever hopelessly connected." Quoted with permission from Stand Your Ground.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Michelle Lindo-Rice's Book Releases of 2015

I can't believe 2015 is almost at an end. As we all look forward to 2016, I'd like to take a moment and share with you the books I released this year and some of my highest moments.

I won my first Award as an Author!
BWABC Literacy Rocks! Female Author of the Year 2015

I also put out some of my finest writing!

November 2015

A Piece of the Pie

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"This story of love and forgiveness was wonderfully written. Michelle is one of my favorite authors. You will not be disappointed with this read." LaCeasha Banks Turner

"While reading this book I had a roller coaster of emotions – I laughed, yelled, got mad, and jumped for joy. It was a few surprises throughout the book bit I held on for the ride and loved it." Queenie Clem

August 2015

My Soul Then Sings

"This book just changed my life. Thank you for writing it. I hope there is another one in you. I would love to see how everyone evolves." Wyniqua Brown

"Having read the first one I didn't think it could get any better. Man was I wrong, the suspense and the Jaw dropping it's clear to see why you have been nominated BWABC LIteracy award." Bridgette Murray

April 2015

Silent Praise

"This was my first book by Michelle Lindo-Rice and I loved it! This story grabbed a hold of me from the first page until the last. I laughed, I cried and I praised God for the incredibly well written and sincere storybook. The journey of all of the characters resonated with on me." Cafe au Lait Diva

"Readers you will find yourself wiping away tears when you are reminded weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning. There's so much more I could say, OMGoodness - the dance scenes!!! Hurry up fellow readers get your copy now and find out why Ms. Lindo-Rice is one of my favorites." Leslie Hudson

February 2015

The Fall of the Prodigal

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"The Fall of The Prodigal is a wonderful story about forgiveness and faith with a lot of twists and turns. I was glued to this book from page one. Michelle Lindo-Rice did a great job as she dealt with love, faith, forgiveness, mental illness, and the struggle in moving out of God's way to allow him to fix a situation." Miss Kay

"Michelle Lindo-Rice has a way of painting a picture with words that will draw you in and keep you captivated. Love, forgiveness, redemption, peace, hope...God's work revealed throughout the series." Dawn Marie Pitts

The Fall of the Prodigal is about family, secrets and lies but when God enters the fight there is no competition. This book had well-developed characters with a plot that has more twists and turns. It will keep readers on their toes while anticipating the characters next moves. This is by far my favorite book by this author. This book is entertaining, suspenseful with a clear Christian tone with a splash of drama. I definitely recommend this book to others." Teresa Beasley

I can't wait for 2016. My first book with Brown Girls Faith will be released Jan. 12th. 
Title: Tell Me Lies. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Announcing the Third Book in the Bejeweled Series: A Beautiful Blend

Welcome Chelle Ramsey!

Olivia believes she can have it all.  A successful business and a loving husband. But his ex-wife is not ready to walk away, and continues to threaten any chance he and Olivia might have at happiness. When Olivia discovers she’s being stalked, secrets her mother took to the grave come creeping out.
The baby Nikki and Carlos have been planning is finally on the way. One problem…the paternity is at question, and Carlos is in the dark. To protect her secrets, Nikki’s ready to sever ties to both men that hold the key to her heart. But one half of her heart won’t let go, and the other half is willing to fight until the end. The birth of her child may lead to the death of her marriage.
One test has the power to determine the truth. One test will change their lives forever.
Deception will bring separation, and destiny will mend two broken hearts. And in the end, everyone must work together to create a beautiful blend.

Carlos pulled her tight in his arms that night and kissed her down her neck and back. She lay in bed pretending to be asleep. How did she find herself in this mess? She loved her husband, but longed to be with another man. Because the other man knew how to appreciate her and make her feel desired.
Beyond that she was too much of a coward to tell Carlos the truth. She knew that he would be hurt and angry. She didn’t want to face his rage.
“Nikki,” he called out to her shaking her arm. When she didn’t move, he shook her again. “Nikki, baby,” he called once again.
She knew he wouldn’t stop until she woke up. “Hmm?”
“Come here,” he said, turning her around to face him. Carlos untied the ribbon on her night gown releasing her breasts. His calloused fingers roughly caressed her full breasts. They had grown so big and round since she had become pregnant. He lowered his lips to one of her puckered nipples and took it in his mouth. Nikki felt her body responding to her husband’s touch and his mouth.
Carlos pulled away and looked into her face. “I love you, Nikki. I’m gonna take good care of you now and after this baby come. But baby, don’t keep pushing me away. Please, baby, I’m trying,” he said.
The lovemaking she shared with her husband that night was filled with passion fueled by guilt.
When Nikki awoke the next morning, Carlos had already left for work. She called her mother.

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An original Georgia Peach, Chelle Ramsey is a fiction author, writing stories to encourage, empower, entertain and strengthen readers. Many of her stories are based in her birthplace of Atlanta or her husband’s hometown of Cincinnati, where readers can relate to local hot spots and events. She wants her readers (women and men) to become empowered to rise above adversity, with faith in God, and belief in themselves.
Chelle holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, which she puts to use in her property management role by day, while she writes her fiction novels by night. Her most important roles are those of a wife and mother of three. During her “me time,” she loves listening to music, and becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, and Nora Roberts. She especially relishes trying to solve the engaging mysteries of James Patterson and Stuart Woods, while eating a bowl of her favorite butter pecan ice cream. Chelle resides in a rural community of Atlanta, GA and enjoys writing, family time, and watching NBA games with her husband.



Friday, December 4, 2015


 Publisher: KevStel Group LLC (December 4, 2015)
 Author: Unoma Nwankwor Publication
Date: December 4, 2015 ASIN: B0175FT2EC

About The Book
When Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Just as he begins to feel the forbidden emotion, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way across the world. Now, Damisi has a request that only Jabir could fulfill. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. They vow never to see each other again, but fate has a different idea. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day. photo
About The Author
Unoma Nwankwor is a romantic at heart. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She is the COO of KevStel Group LLC, a faith based Entertainment Company aimed at providing uplifting and life changing entertainment through its movies and books. Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013), When You Let Go (May,2014), A Scoop of Love (Jan,2015) and Anchored By Love (Dec, 2015). She has numerous published flash fiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club, USA Today HEA blog and the Kenyan Ezine ;Wamathai and well as numerous radio shows and blogs. She is currently working on her next novel The Final Ultimatum. 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. After all, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13 Unoma resides in Atlanta Georgia with her husband and two kids.
“So I guess you’re my knight in shining armor coming to rescue the damsel in distress…” The tone of her voice was not lost on him. There was an edge in it he didn’t like. She continued, “How many of us have there been over the years?” “What?” He stared down at her. She sat up straight and scooted away from him. She stared at him. “How many of us have there been? Six years…let’s see…yeah, I remember the three-month rule, so what is that, twenty-four?” “You want to do this? Now?” His forehead creased in confusion. What had he said? How could she go from sweet one minute to this the next? “We might as well. All this pretending we’re all good is making my stomach sick.” He sighed. He wasn’t going to take the bait. Besides, she really didn’t want the answer. She just wanted to find a way to not let him into her heart. “Answer me. How many?” “No.” “No?” “N-O. No.”

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Meet Sydney Richardson, Attorney At Law

Sydney Speaks

I’ve always preferred dark chocolate. Its rich texture on my tongue leaves me panting for more.  Even now, if I close my eyes, I can savor the sweet goodness of such a fine treat.

I like my men like I do my chocolate. Dark. And Fine. So when I met Dr. Lance Forbes, I salivated. I couldn’t wait for him to be mine, under the sanctity of marriage of course.

But, all Lance did was Tell Me Lies. I never knew so much dishonesty could come from such full lips and an even finer mouth. But lie he did.

Now, if it’s one thing I can’t abide, it’s dishonesty. Believe it or not, there can be an honest lawyer. I should know because I am one. And, I’m good at it. Actually, I seem to be good at everything I do, except finding the right man.

However, when I met Noah Charleston, everything changed. The first time I laid eyes on him, I wanted to run my fingers through his thick, black hair. And, those blue eyes of his blinded me like the waters of the Caribbean.
Yes. I said blue eyes.
Yes. Noah is white.
Who knew?
But, as I like to say, saying never is for punks and weaklings. Well, actually, I stole that line from my best friend, Belinda Santiago. Truthfully, she pushed me to go out with Noah. And, I’m so glad she did.
Noah is everything I imagined and more. His kisses have me so hot only prayer can cool me down. And, I’m praying. I’m praying he’s the one because when I tell you I’m ready. I’m ready. I’m chasing my heart and telling it to slow down, but it’s set on Noah. I’m not too worried, though, because Noah’s perfect. He would never tell me lies, and that’s nothing but the truth.

About the Book

The Lawyer, the Preacher, and the Past that could Destroy Them 

 When Sydney Richardson met Pastor Noah Charleston, it was practically love at first sight. Sydney battles so much deception in her personal life and on her job, she is glad for a perfect man she can depend on. But her Prince Charming has some scars in his past. What will she do when she finds Noah's past life come to light?
Pastor Noah Charleston has come a long way since his troubled youth. A respected man-of-God, Noah’s past emerges in the form of blackmail and threats. Noah’s not sure how Sydney will reach when she learns about his past.  Will Noah take a chance on the truth before it’s too late?
Release Date: January 12, 2016  Order Your Copy