Thursday, December 28, 2017

Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two week book tour for Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs December 18-29,2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL
ISBN-10: 1683143728
ISBN-13: 1683143727

Genre: AA Christian Fiction

About The Author

Meiah Shaun pens fiction, non-fiction and plays with faith-based messages linking her personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons. She launched A Crown of Beauty Ministries. She's a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. Her anticipated new release "Burnt Orange" is an inspirational coming-of-age story. In addition to writing, she's an avid reader, a foodie, loves flowers and shoe shopping.

About The Book

A coming-of-age story of Erin and Erika, Texas twins in an abusive home in a town segregated by white and black color lines, who are wounded by the revealing of a shocking family secret and long to escape their circumstances and erase what they have been labeled. Follow their journey in this compelling novel filled with inspiration and triumph.

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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 and

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
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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome WNL Tours!

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce What I Gain Through His Pain, by Nicole Benoit-Roy. Virtual Book Tour. August 1-31, 2018. @wnlbooktours @nicoleroy52
Genre: Christian Non-fiction

Nicole is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Andrews University. She directs the Children Ministries Department at her church. She works as a special education teacher by day, a literature evangelist by night, and writes during the wee hours of the night. She enjoys reading and playing the piano (beginner). Nicole struggled with college writing, which lead her to eventually drop out. For this reason, one of her many goals in life is to become a best-selling author to the glory of God. Nicole and her husband, Roosevelt Roy, have been married since 1994, and are the proud parents of a handsome brown-eyed son, Nolan. They currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

In a society filled with easy Christianity and cheap grace, Nicole Benoit-Roy takes her relationship with Christ to a much deeper level. Since becoming a Christian, she has been learning about her newfound Savior, Jesus Christ. She is an educator who vows to be a student for as long as she lives. The more she learns about the cross of Christ, the more she realizes the importance of it in her life. As she meditates on His suffering, she concludes that His pain is the reason for every blessing in her life. In this book, "What I Gain Through His Pain," she shares her story about the benefit of the cross as she expresses gratefulness for His pain.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome WNL Tours with Maybe by Joy Avery

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Maybe, Book Blast Tour with Joy Avery. August 3, 2017. @wnlbooktours @authorjoyavery Genre: Contemporary Romance ASIN: B072VJ9P6K
About The Book
Sometimes, all it takes is the right motivation… Artist Rana Lassiter has sworn off men. After being hurt, she prefers painting passionate scenes of love on her canvas instead of the real thing. But when she meets Mount Pleasance’s newest arrival, sexy and suave fireman Dallas Fontaine, she envisions a different kind of stroke than the ones she performs with her brush. To say she’s attracted to the debonair man is an understatement, but she refuses to fall victim to his good looks, charm or persistence. Dallas has never had a problem getting any woman he wants. And he wants Rana. In a way he’s never wanted any woman before. There’s just one problem…she doesn’t want him. But she will. By the time he’s done, she won’t be able to resist his blazing kisses. But nothing is easy, especially love. When a life-altering event occurs, it will test them both. Are they strong enough to forge through the catastrophic storm, or will they allow it to destroy their chance at happily-ever-after?
Rana eyed him curiously. “I like you?”
“I know.”
She barked a laugh. “I wasn’t confessing. I was asking—”
“If I wanted to kiss you? Why, yes, I do.”
When he tilted his head forward, Rana reeled back. “What do you think you’re doing?”
He would have actually been convinced she was insulted, had her eyes not been fixed on his mouth. “Giving you what you want.”
About The Author
By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds--creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after. Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen. Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you'll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

WNL Tours presents 40 Days of Healing

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce The Book Tour for 40 Days of Healing by Danyelle Scroggins. July 27, 2017  Publication Date: June 12, 2017 Genre: Inspirational ASIN: B072MS2TLR ISBN-10: 154806775X ISBN-13: 978-1548067755
40 Days Of Healing takes the reader through 40 days of fasting in hopes of being delivered from the "IT" that has caused separation between them and God, and gives them the opportunity to journal their most personal prayers, thoughts, and intentions.
40 Days Of Healing is also a complete guide to 40 days of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is an opportunity for mind renewal in your mind, body, and spirit. It is saturated with wonderful scriptures to help usher you into your healing.
Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She 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 Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional by marriage.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: The Breakdown

The Breakdown The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed The Breakdown. As I read through Cass Alexander's story, I was impressed with how well B.A.Paris wrote what we would call 'crazy' but for many is a sad reality of mental illness. There was a point where I felt it dragged and I was tired of the same plot line but I persisted. And... I'm so glad I did! I enjoyed the reveal. I enjoyed the fallout. A really good psychological thriller that had my mouth dropping and finally chuckling. Very good ending. Worth the patience through the buildup. Thank you, Netgalley!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: The Visitors

The Visitors The Visitors by Catherine Burns
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The title suggested this would be so much more. Told from Marion's point-of-view, there is no rationale given for WHY John became a monster. For me, the story took life at 63%. I was glad to see Marion take control of her life. The ending was a shocker to me. I thought something else would happen.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. I didn't care for it but this is one single opinion. I am sure there will be many who will find it suspenseful.

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It's all about Chandra Sparks Splond's New Release: It's Like That

This book cover for It's Like That is All That and Then Some! Check it out.

About the Book

After suffering a tragic loss ten years ago, twenty-six-year-old Jasmine Richardson has traded her love of lyrics for writing legal briefs. It only takes one encounter with the microphone for Jasmine to realize the music is still in her heart—if only it could pay the bills. After making some bad decisions, Jasmine is thrown into a tailspin. She is forced to consider taking a case that could make her legal career from someone from her past. Suddenly, Jasmine finds herself questioning her future. When the music is still in your heart, sometimes life forces you to make some tough decisions. Sometimes…it’s like that.

About the Author

Chandra Sparks Splond is a blogger, editor, speaker and award-winning author. Her young adult novel Make It Work was selected as Alabama's Great Read 2017, Spin It Like That was chosen as a Popular Paperback for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and The Pledge was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She is also the author of Make It Work, He’s Got Game, The Promise, You’ve Gotta Have Faith, and The Greatest Gift of All. Splond is the owner of West End Publishing, LLC, and Live Life Creations, a personalized gift boutique. Her clients have included several New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestselling authors. In addition to working for Kensington Publishing as the consulting editor for Arabesque romance, Splond has also done work for Random House, Moody Publishers, Kimani Press (formerly known as BET Books), and Hyperion. She has also worked for Good Housekeeping, Black and Married with Kids, Brides Noir, Weddingpages, Newsday, The Morning Call and Romantic Times. Her award-winning blog, Book of Splond, helps African-American women balance faith, family and fiction. Splond graduated from Ramsay High School in Birmingham and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa with a degree in journalism. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Birmingham with her family and is a member of Forty-fifth Street Baptist Church. Visit her online at

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Tempted by the Bridesmaid: Italian Royals

Tempted by the Bridesmaid: Italian Royals Tempted by the Bridesmaid: Italian Royals by Annie O'Neil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Tempted by the Bridesmaid, we meet Luca and Francesca. Luca is a physician who has to care for his orphaned niece. Francesca is a skilled physiotherapist who trains animals. This had such a great premise and great potential, which I feel the author could have really brought out but Tempted by the Bridesmaid had touching moments that kept me going until the HEA. Themes such as forgiveness, hope, second chances and a strong bond with family and relationships resonated within this read.
Best quotes:
"Isn't it better to know the truth than live a lie?"
"Destiny wasn't just something you haphazardly fell into. Destiny was something you shaped."
Thank you Harlequin and Netgalley for this ARC.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: Everything We Left Behind

Everything We Left Behind Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It takes skill to tell this story - one man's story from two point of views - and Kerry Lonsdale has that skill. I think this second book was way better than the first. Kerry Lonsdale took us from the present and the past as James gets to know himself and his two children. I was glad with how his character evolved. I enjoyed this story and am glad to see there will be a part 3. Very good read.

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