Monday, June 29, 2015

#MondayMotivation - #Quote

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”– Author Unknown

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Spotlight - Jordan's Confessions by Charmaine Galloway

About the Book:

Jordan was a very outspoken teenager, until she lost a very close friend of hers. She began carrying a lot of grief and sorrow in her heart. All she wanted was someone to comfort her and tell her that life would get better after the loss of someone special. 

Jordan thought she could trust, Darnell, her mother’s boyfriend, until he deceived her to the fullest. See how he pulls Jordan into his web of deceit, leaving her hurt, broken and confused. Can she build the courage to confess to her mother the secret that she had been holding on to? Would anyone believe her?

About the Author:

Charmaine Galloway was born and currently resides in Toledo, Ohio with her two children. Writing has been her passion and a positive emotional outlet since middle school. As a teen, writing in her journal allowed her to escape from the negativity of her world. Around that time she also began writing her debut poetry book. 

Charmaine has a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Titles by Charmaine include: My World, Through My Eyes, Girlfriends Secrets, The Secrets They Kept, Tyree’s Love Triangle, Golden, Heaven’s Cry, Girl Talk, Find The Princess Within, Mommy’s Little Superhero and I love Myself As I Am

Ms. Galloway is passionate about writing reality based stories about imperfect people. She hopes to enlighten, inspire and touch the hearts of her readers. She is currently working on new projects, so keep a look out for her upcoming releases.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Multi-Book Blog Tour with Cynthia Blue

Meet Cynthia Blue

Cynthia Blue is a military brat and a native of Albany, Georgia. She is the oldest out of two children and the only daughter. She is single with no children. She graduated from Dougherty Comprehensive High School and is also a Savannah State University Alum with a BBA in Computer Information Systems. She started writing in the beginning of 2011 as a coping mechanism. In time she found it to be her passion and decided to let it grow and blossom into a challenging and fulfilling career. In December 2014 Cynthia Blue decided to take her literary career a step further by starting her own publishing company Cynthia Blue Creations. 

Twitter: @CynthiaBlue4
Instagram: blue.cynthia
Facebook FanPage: Cynthia Blue Creations

About The Books

Title: The Marshalls: Loyalty Is Thicker Than Blood
Genre: Urban Fiction
Publisher: Cynthia Blue Creations
Pages: 212
Publication Date: 1/25/15

Blood is thicker than water. A saying that symbolizes the ties of family, but if you ask the Marshall siblings Rocco, Phoenix, Moselle and Skyla they'll tell you that's not necessarily true. Abuse, abandonment and neglect have brought these four siblings together and created a family like no other. Take a journey with The Marshalls as they go through the good, the bad and the ugly and prove that when it comes to family: Loyalty Is Thicker Than Blood.

Title: The Lesson
Publisher: Cynthia Blue Creations
Genre: Urban Fiction
Pages: 87
Publication Date: 1/27/15

What happens when a man has almost everything he wants and decides he needs the total package? Or when a man receives the love he needs, but decides the giver isn't enough? How do you let go of something you know, for what seems to be greener pastures? Find out these answers and more as The Lesson takes you inside the lives of three people as the quest to have it all may turn out to be more destructive then one anticipates. Follow this tale of love lost and found as one man’s story may become another man’s lesson.

Title: Unrestricted Chains
Publisher: Cynthia Blue Creations
Genre: Urban Fiction
Pages: 75
Publication Date: 1/20/15

Explore the steamy hot sexual chemistry between two unlikely new friends: the sexy and irresistible correctional officer Appolonia and the innocent inmate Dewayne in Unrestricted Chains. In this unique, not afraid to go there, take risk story these two unforgettable characters take the lessons they learn from each other to resolve their personal conflicts and conquer their inner demons. This unbelievable lustful tale will take you on an out of this world ride from start to finish.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#WriterWednesday - Spine #Poetry

Though I'd share a little book spine poetry. Enjoy!!

Guilty of love
getting to happy
the shattering
sweet bye bye

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Bejeweled #Book Tour


Olivia’s dreams have finally begun to come true, as she marries the man who’s held her heart for twenty years. Her beauty salon is prospering, and she has begun rebuilding her team, after seeds of discord were sowed and bonds were broken. Everything is beginning to look up, or so she thinks. When a scandal is leaked to the media, Olivia’s dream of expanding is in jeopardy. She must step up and play hard ball in a game with which she’s unfamiliar.

Nikki had dreams of building a beautiful family with a loving husband. But after looking at the shattered pieces of her broken life, she is losing hope and desires more. She wants more than the shame of barrenness, and more than physical abuse from his drinking binges. One phone call gives her courage to escape the deadly clutches of her husband. Yet, when she finds strength in another’s arms she finds herself spinning more lies. Nikki’s web of deceit is going to cost all those who are close and it could just cost her, her life.

When deception is the name of the game, who all will have to share the pain?


“Mrs. O, can I talk with you for a moment?” she asked, hesitantly stepping into the kitchen.

“Sure,” Olivia said, washing a knife in the sink. She had just prepared a fruit salad for a late night snack. She set the knife back into its place in the knife block on the marble countertop. Grabbing the bowl of fruit, she took two black glass bowls out of the overhead cabinets and walked to the table.

“Come on and have a snack,” she offered, placing the bowl before Nikki.

“I wanna thank you for all that you’ve been doing for me. I haven’t told my mom about the episode at the reception yet,” she stated somberly.

“How come?” Olivia asked, ladling fruit from the large mixing bowl into the bowl in front of Nikki.

“Thanks,” Nikki grabbed her spoon and speared a pear and twirled it around in the fruit juice at the bottom of the bowl. “Well, as you can probably guess, my mom and sister don’t really like my husband.”

“I’m sure they don’t dislike him, Nikki. They probably just do not like what he puts you through. That would have to be tough on any family.”

“I know, but it makes it hard for me to go and talk to them. I feel like they’re judging me every time I do, and the only thing they can say is, leave him.” She popped the pear into her mouth. Staring off into space, she thought of the last conversation she had with her mother about Carlos, which didn’t go over well.

“Have you shared with them how it makes you feel when they do that?” Olivia asked.

“Uh-uh,” Nikki replied, swallowing the last of her pear, “it don’t matter. They won’t listen, anyhow.”

“I see. I think you want them to just hear you out and keep their opinions to themselves, support you, right?”

“Well, that would be nice. But anyway, like I said, I wanna thank you for being here for me. But my time is up now,” Nikki stated as she stared down into the bottom of her bowl, refusing to meet Olivia’s eyes.

“What do you mean, your time is up? You know I told you that you were welcome to stay for as long as you needed. If you want to get help, I’ll do that; if you want to move out into your own place, I will help you with that, too. I don’t want you to feel rushed into anything, or like you have a time limit on you, because you don’t. I just—”

“No, no, it’s nothing like that, Mrs. O, it’s just…it’s time for me to go home.”

Olivia raised one eyebrow and swallowed past the lump in her throat before speaking. “Home?” she asked in a shocked tone, as if she didn’t know there was such a place.

“Yes. Home. I’ve been gone long enough,” Nikki stated, “and Carlos and I talked, and he thinks we can work this thing out. He’s apologized so many times. And I miss him, you know?”

“Mm-hmm,” was all Olivia said. She placed her fork into her bowl and clasped her hands under her chin.

Nikki turned away from the look of disappointment that she saw reflected there. She could take anger, attitude, rejection, and even sorrow. But disappointment, she could not handle.

“Look, I’ve been gone from home for a while now. I’ve stayed with Rory a couple of nights. Then I stayed at my sister’s one night, until I couldn’t take her pressing me about why I had left home. Then I came here with you. I’ve never been gone from home this long before. I think he realizes how serious I am.”

Receiving no response from Olivia, Nikki scooted her chair back from the table. She took her bowl to the trash receptacle, emptied it, and washed it out. The entire time she stood at the sink, Olivia sat quietly at the table eating her fruit salad.

As Nikki walked to the entrance of the kitchen, Olivia finally spoke up.

“Nekana,” Olivia called. Nikki stopped in her tracks. No one except her mother called her by her given name. “You don’t have to bask in it just because it was given to you.”

“Huh?” Nikki turned around with a scowl on her face. She had no clue what Olivia was talking about.

“Your name. Surely you know it means ‘sorrow.’ But you don’t have to carry that weight on your shoulders, anymore.” Olivia released a weighted sigh before going on. “Baby girl, when you turn it over to the Lord, He delivers you and gives you peace and joy. His word says: ‘And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.’ Nikki, it’s time for you to hold your head up and stand strong. Reclaim your life. Do what you must do to be the strong, beautiful woman that you are. Trust in God, and stop fighting this battle you call life. I’ve known you for five years now, and you’ve been sad every one of them.

“Where is your joy? Where is your strength? Where is your courage? Stand up for Nekana Vincent, because no one else is capable of doing it but you. You’ve got Wesley running around here, trying to protect you. You’ve got Carlos acting a fool and taking you through hell over his drinking and jealousy. Then you’ve got your mama and sister trying to dictate every step of your life and placing their expectations on you. And if you let any one of those people down, you’re scared you will fail. You’ve already failed, because you’re trying to please too many people. Stand up for one person…you. Stop being the victim, Nikki. Fight! Fight! Damnit, fight for your life!” Olivia had come to a stand behind the table and was hitting the table with her fork with every sentence she said. She stood trembling with anger.

About the Author

An original Georgia Peach, Chelle Ramsey is the author of five published and several waiting-on-the-shelf contemporary fiction books, with a focus on women's fiction. 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. Chelle wants people to become empowered to rise above life's adversities, with faith in God, and belief in themselves. She sprinkles words of encouragement and inspiration throughout all of her real life fiction novels.

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 enjoys trying to solve the engaging mysteries of James Patterson and Stuart Woods, while eating a bowl of butter pecan ice cream. Chelle resides in a rural community of Atlanta, GA and enjoys writing, family time, ministering through dance at church, and watching NBA games with her husband. 



Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review: A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life

A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable LifeA Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life by Deval Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Reason To Believe is a truly inspiring read!! Penned by Deval Patrick, Massachusetts' first (and to date, only) black governor, this book offers deep insight and a transparent look into his remarkable and inspiring life. I believe this should be a must-read for high school students and others seeking direction. This is a wonderful story of humble beginnings and triumphant victories. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!!

5 Enthusiastic Stars!!

Adrienne Thompson
Author of Seven Days of Change (A Flash Devotional)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Seasoned with Grace #Blog Tour

Are you ready for a dose of Grace? She’s a beauty and the beast, which one will prevail in her life?

About the book:

Sentenced to probation, thirty-year-old, supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting to extend the longevity of her career on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job Grace’s ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be. His church.

Instead of God, Grace finds a “chocolate drop” of a man—Brother Horace Green. However, Horace isn’t looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of fortune, fame, and Grace?

While Grace focuses on the pursuit of passion Ethan finds one director willing to take a risk and cast Grace in his debut film, but this role fits Grace all too well. Will this film revive Grace’s relationship with God and her career or bring her closer to destruction?

Excerpt (Exclusive):

Having a husband was no longer a necessity for most women. There were plenty of women opting to be single parents today. No sir, that ain’t for me, Grace decided, watching a woman lug a stroller in one hand and a baby in the other down the steps of a brownstone. She preferred the stability, the help, and the warmth that a man can bring over independence. The only problem Grace had besides being involved in one too many public brawls was finding a husband, now that Candace had Ethan under what seemed to be some kind of love spell. Being forced to spend all of her time serving food at Mount Carmel was not conducive to finding a mate either.  
“Grace! Grace!”
Grace stopped walking and scanned the dust and scaffolding that she heard her name coming from. Brother Horace emerged from between some scaffolding with his bulky arms on display in a sleeveless grey shirt. Most of his clothes were covered in splotches of white paint and a coating of dust.

“Nice jacket,” he said as he ran his fingers down the lapel of the jacket. 

No one was allowed to even breathe on her custom made Balenciaga motorcycle jacket yet all she could think about was how cute Brother Horace looked in his hardhat. 

“What are you doing walking around here with no bodyguards?”

“Do you think I need someone to guard my body, Brother Horace?” Grace added a little extra arch to her back. 

Smiling, Brother Horace removed his hardhat giving Grace direct view of his sumptuous brown eyes. “With a body like that someone should be watching you.”

“Brother Horace.” Grace lightly slapped him on the chest, fabricating a look of innocence. “Are you being fresh?”

“Yes, I am. I’m saved not dead. I know a good looking woman when I see one.”


“Don’t act so shocked. I know you know you’re one of God’s greatest endeavors,” he said, licking his lips. “I’d like to see more of you, Grace.” 

“Yeah, I’ll see you on Wednesday at the pantry.” While his directness and confidence aroused the butterflies in Grace’s stomach, there were two big warning signs that flashed before her eyes. One, his bank account was way too low, there’d be no romantic getaways to Golden Bay beach in Malta or suites at the Mandarin, and then there was the whole man of God thing. She’d already experimented with a romance in the church. It was the greatest romance she’d ever known and the worst heartbreak she’d ever felt. If Grace had been allowed to continue dating her then boyfriend, David instead of being forced to put his career in ministry before her feelings her wouldn’t be so full of distress right now, she thought. Loving a man of God wasn’t a roller coaster ride that she was about to willing step onto again.

“I have to go, Horace. I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch before you stopped me.” She walked away without saying bye and refused to look back even though she could feel his eyes locked on her every move. 

My Review:

This is my first time having the pleasure of reading a book penned by Ms. Lockley, and it certainly won't be the last. Seasoned with Grace was well-written, flowed seamlessly, and was full of beautiful life lessons. The story follows Grace King, supermodel extraordinaire, as she continuously lives up to her bad girl, diva image. As the story progresses, Lockley peels back the layers of this complicated and sometimes unlikable character's life, revealing the roots of her actions. Writing about fictional celebrities and their lifestyles is tricky, but where others can be heavy-handed with name and brand dropping, Lockley ushers us into the world of the rich and famous effortlessly. We actually feel like a fly on the wall as the story unfolds.

This was a wonderful story, a must-read for lovers of Christian Fiction and believers in redemption and hope.

5 Stars

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Time Out with Nigeria Lockley:
Love can be found in the most unlikely places. Today, I’ll share a secret with you, I met my husband in a nightclub. That’s right a nightclub. I wasn’t looking for love and I doubt he was either, but one chance meeting has grown into eleven years of marriage. I don’t recommend anyone lower their standards, however sometimes we need to just stop and give people a chance. Remember, a great tree is inside of tiny seed. You’ll have to read Seasoned with Grace to find out if Grace is willing to plant the seed. 

About Nigeria

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, and a second 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. Join her online at

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Perfectly Loved #Book Tour


Perfectly Loved 
Author: Rhana A. Gittens 
Paperback: 212 pages 
Publisher: NyreePress Publishing (October 22, 2014) 
ISBN-10: 0990666239
 ISBN-13: 978-0990666233 
Genre: Inspirational/Christian Living

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 Rhana A. Gittens has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida. She has a minor certificate in African-American studies and is an accomplished writing tutor. She was born in Queens, NY, raised in Lauderdale Lakes, FL and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Love is one of the most consumed terms in the human language. It’s probably the most wrongly used word, but the word that is most necessary when used correctly. With an inaccurate definition of love we find ourselves searching for something to fulfill us, but in all of our searching we miss it. We miss it because unfortunately we don’t recognize that we are already perfectly loved. The problem is not the overuse of the word love. If it were up to God, we would use it at all times. The problem is, we say the word but don’t do any of the actions that come with its meaning. The problem is that we don’t know what God wanted it to mean, because we don’t give God the credit for the most amazing thing He ever created—LOVE! Perfectly Loved will bring us back to the understanding of love from the creator and embodiment of love Himself. Each chapter includes “Think About It” questions and a study verse that are perfect for individual study, Bible Study, and small group lessons. As you explore how God loves you, you will also build love in your relationships with other people, and God. When you discover “perfect love” you will be able to relinquish your fears, push through your adversity, and serve others with love.



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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Empty Womb, Empty Tomb


Empty Womb Empty Tomb 
Author: Quiana E. Johnson 
Genre: Inspirational, Non-Fiction 

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Quiana E. Johnson is a sought-after Bible teacher and the author of the new book Empty Womb, Empty Tomb, an astounding life-altering memoir for women who desire encouragement, hope, healing, and deliverance from prenatal trauma. Quiana is also a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, worship flag dancer, vision consultant, online radio personality, and CO-Pastor of Transformation Temple International, a new progressive church in the Richmond, VA area. Affectionately known as "Queen", she resides in North Chesterfield, VA with her husband and business partner, Bradley. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science at Liberty University. Since the age of 19, Quiana recognized that her predestined assignment is to travel the world teaching women how to overcome their past by having their broken hearts completely mended by the Word of God while becoming engulfed in the purposes of God and representing the Kingdom culture. She currently mentors women in achieving the abundant life in the areas of vision, marriage, finances, and self-love.

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 Empty Womb, Empty Tomb is a thought provoking memoir recapping the dramatic events surrounding the premature birth and death of Quiana's baby boy, Nehemiah Johnson, and the restoring work of the Holy Spirit in the aftermath. March 10, 2014 was undeniably marked as one of the most life altering days of her life as her and her husband delivered their firstborn child at home in the bathroom, only to bury him five days later. Through this tragedy, Quiana learned many truths that allowed her to overcome her trauma and receive one of the most riveting revelations of her life. Empty Womb, Empty Tomb provokes every emotion imaginable as the reader tags along as one woman finds hope and wholeness through venturing to an empty tomb once occupied by Jesus Christ.

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