Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sons of Ishmael Reintroduction #Blog Tour


Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops during the one month tour for Sons of Ishmael Reintroduction Tour: The Danjuma Brothers by  Unoma Nwankwor.  

This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs September 11 – October 5, 2017.  Follow the tour here.  

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Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance


About the book
A SCOOP OF LOVE~ SONS OF ISHMAEL BOOK I 

The oldest of the Danjuma brothers, Rasheed was a self-made man. He’d learned at an early age that love and commitment brought with it complications he didn’t want to deal with. His single-minded focus had paid off. He was able to step into the shoes of his absentee father by taking care of his mother and twin brothers. But just when he thought he could stop carrying the weight of his family on his shoulders, he gets a call that could change the trajectory of Rasheed’s life. Ibiso Jaja, a professional caterer, had gambled on the love of a man and lost. Through the redeeming love of God, she had picked herself up and was now living her dream as the owner of Bisso Bites, a bistro in the heart of Abuja. However circumstances conspire to threaten the bistro and bring her face to face with the type of man she has vowed to avoid. The attraction is instant. Once again, Rasheed is forced to do something he has done all his life – put the needs of his family ahead of his own. This time however, he crosses path with the sassy, independent, Jesus-loving caterer who is bent on making him see the power of forgiveness and God’s love. Just when Rasheed lets his guard down, a deadly sabotage causes old demons to rise. Will Rasheed continue to pursue power and success or surrender to the light of God’s love?


Rasheed Danjuma sighed aloud at the sight of another unwanted email from the law
offices of Ezekiel and Stanley. These lawyers were beginning to work his last nerve. He placed his finger over the touchpad of his laptop, directed the cursor to the delete icon and pressed it.It had been six months since Zayd Danjuma, the man that contributed to his genetic makeup had passed away. And his lawyers were still hounding him. Rasheed had thought his non-attendance of the funeral service was a clear indication of his disinterest in anything they had to say about his so-called father.

Determined not to let the email ruin his day, he picked up the receiver and dialed his
assistant’s extension. She picked up at the first ring.

“Yes, Rasheed?”

“Have you heard anything back from those clients in the United States?”

“No, I didn’t,” she said. “But while you were on your conference call, your mother
called.”

Rasheed felt a strange rise in his stomach. His mother almost never called him on his office phone unless she wanted to reach him in a hurry. “Did she leave a message?”

“No, she just said to let you know she called.”

“Okay, thank you.” He disconnected the call.

Rasheed walked over to his jacket and pulled out his cell phone. Looking out of the large window of his Hyde Park office, his sense of unease grew. He checked, and there were three missed called from his mother. His voice mail was empty. What was going on? He dialed his mother. She answered on the third ring.

“Mama, you tried to reach me. Is everything okay?”

“Nna, I really don’t know how to answer that.”

His mother used her term of endearment, Nna, for her sons when she wanted to ask for something she knew they didn’t want to give.“What is it?”

“Those lawyers from your father’s estate came to see me today,” she said. “Rasheed, I don’t want those men in my shop or house. I’m asking you again to come home and see what they want.”
Rasheed’s jaw set. How dare those lawyers hound his mother? Why was it so important that he and his brothers attend the stupid will reading? Even though it had been twenty-five years since their father had walked out of their lives, the memory of that morning was still vivid. Their father didn’t care about them in life, so why was he so concerned about their well-being in death? Squaring up against those lawyers himself was one thing, but when they involved his mother, it was totally different. He wouldn’t have it.

“You mean they came to your shop?” Rasheed asked as though he didn’t hear her the first time. Anger shot through his feet as he began to pace the length of his office.

“Yes.” His mother’s voice sounded shaky. “It’s one thing for them to call but to show up,I don’t appreciate it. They almost scared my customers away.”

After his mother had retired as a school administrator, she had decided she couldn’t sit idle. Her love of fashion led to the opening of a boutique in the heart of Abuja’s business district. Within months, the business had flourished. Rasheed had supported her because whatever made his mother happy made him happy, too. After many years of living in pain, she deserved to live her life in peace. They all did.

Rasheed’s mind went back to the email he’d received earlier in the day. Since these
lawyers were playing hardball, it was clear he had no choice but to travel to Nigeria. “If those lawyers call you again, tell them I’ll be there soon.”

His mother’s sigh expressed her relief. “God bless you, my son.”

“It’s okay, Mama. They better make it worth my while. If not, I won’t be held responsible for my actions.”


 ANCHORED BY LOVE~ SONS OF ISHMAEL SERIES BOOK II



When cardiac surgeon, Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga at the University of Michigan seven years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. With love comes commitment and he knows that’s not a promise he could keep, after all he is his father’s son. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Their ensuing one year romance is passionate and intense, and he begins to feel the forbidden emotion—love. Just as he starts to let his guard down, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way around the world to Lagos, Nigeria. He knows immediately that the demise of their relationship has something to do with that church she joined. She becomes unrecognizable and wants to change him into something he is not. His studies are the most important thing to him, so he did what any sane man would do, let her go. Popular television personality Damisi Odinga, needs to end the fourth season of her show Becoming Ruth, with a bang. The trending topic in the country is the fairy-tale wedding of the heir to the Danjuma empire. The family has been shrouded in secrecy ever since the unknown sons resurfaced in the country last year. Coverage of the wedding weekend will give her show the boost it needs and seal its number one rating. No one can get an interview with the couple but she had a way in, her ex man, Jabir Danjuma. So what if he broke her heart and she hasn’t been able to get over him? This was kingdom business, right? Years ago, Damisi left him without an explanation and now Jabir has her just where he wants her. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. Angry, they leave Abuja to their destinations. If they didn’t set eyes on each other again it would be too soon. But little did they know that fate has another thing planned. 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.


Thirty minutes later, Jabir was in the KTN lobby waiting for Damisi. He got curious stares from the receptionist and guard. He didn’t know whether it was because he looked like Kamal—someone they’d recognize—or because Damisi never received male visitors. He hoped it was the latter.
The space was decorated in light colors, and the walls were decorated with paintings or pictures of guests of their shows. He walked to the one the one that had Damisi in it. She was on the set of her show and looked beautiful. She had a microphone in her hand and was smiling. From the picture, he could see she loved what she did. His eyes saddened at what the scandal would do to her career. If they acted fast, she might have a chance of salvaging it, but she was too stubborn, and his approach wasn’t helping either. He had to get her to see reason.

“What are you doing here?” she whispered behind him.

Jabir turned around and marveled at how gorgeous she looked. He smiled inwardly.

“I figured you could use breakfast.” He handed her the smoothie and the box of pastries.

She took it from him slowly, her eyes softening with gratitude. “Thank you, but you shouldn’t be here.”

Jabir frowned. “Why? Expecting someone?”

She grabbed his wrist and tried to pull him to the corner. He resisted at first, but caved when he saw the plea in her eyes. “I really appreciate the breakfast, but I thought you were supposed to be on your way to Badagry. I really don’t need any rumors started.”

He lifted his brow. “Rumors? I’m not doing anything but making sure you’re fed. The baby needs to eat.”

She looked around in shocked horror. “Shhhh. Do you want to say it a little louder?” She rolled her eyes at him and he chuckled. “Jabir, please you can’t be here. In case you forgot, you look like one of the most recognizable Nigerian soccer players. I can’t do the rumor mill now.”

He wanted to dismiss her argument, but he was running late, and she was right. But then he had another idea. “Okay, I’ll leave on one condition.”

“Really?”

“Really.” He smirked.

Some people walked past them and did a double take. Damisi panicked. “What is it?”

“Have dinner with me when I get back.”

Damisi hesitated, then someone she knew walked over to say hello to them. By now, he could see the fury in her eyes. The daggers in them were aimed at him. He raised his eyebrow.

“I can’t believe you. Okay. Go,” she said hurriedly and turned away. He watched her go, but smiled when she walked back his way. “Thank you, and please drive safe.”

Yep. This new approach just might work. There was hope.


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Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unoma Nwankwor is a multi-published author and 2015 winner of the Nigerian Writers’ Award for Best Faith Based Fiction. Her readers are in love with her unique story telling that fuses faith, romance and African spice, capturing the essence of her present home base; Atlanta and her Nigerian culture. She is also the COO ofKevStel Group LLC and resides in Atlanta with her husband and two kids.


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author EA Cook

This week's #WriterWednesday interview is with the very interesting EA Cook. Check him out!!





AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
EAC: Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Overland Trail runs along the West side of town at the base of the foothills of the Rockies. This was a major route during the western migration of the 19th century. Stage stops can still be found along the way

AT: Oh, wow! What genre do you write?
EAC: I’m a storyteller and my subjects are people, so, it gets messy. I’ve written a Western novel that is, intentionally, a crime fiction ancestor story that precedes the characters in my contemporary books. Another crime fiction story, Rusk, takes place in 1917 and so is historical fiction. I’ve also put together a collection of what I call Autobiographical Snapshots. I truly do write all over the map.

AT: Lol, so do I. I think that's common among true storytellers. Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
EAC: I’ve had a number of flash fiction pieces and short stories published in a few e-zines and in a pulp fiction paper magazine. I’ve self- published three books, a short story, and my autobiographical stuff.

AT: What inspires you to write?
EAC: I’m not a writer framing stories or books, but rather a storyteller trying to write it down for you. I have tales to tell if you’ll read them. Also, I have an unreasonable and insatiable need for the approval of strangers.

AT: Don't I know the feeling! Name one book you wish you’d written.
EAC: Treasure Island. It would have been darker.

AT: Oh, my...a more adult version, eh? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
EAC: Full Dark, No Stars – Stephen King.
Top notch. King’s best work is in his shorter writings.

AT: Definitely putting that one on my list...maybe. Who is your favorite author?
EAC: ...nope. I couldn’t begin to go down that rabbit hole.

AT: Lol!!!! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
EAC: CrΓ¨me Brule’ Tan.
If one could capture that color of the crispy caramelization then they deserve a color. 

AT: Oh, that would be niiiice! What would your autobiography be called?
EAC: Faces, Places, and Pain.



AT: Sounds intriguing! Do you believe in love at first sight?
EAC: An unexplainable instant chemistry at least. 

AT: I can agree with that. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
EAC: 
1. Life is hard enough and too short not to not know without a shadow of a doubt that God exists, so one wish is that he would speak audibly to me. It’s really the only decent thing to do considering the hours and years that I’ve spent talking to Him audibly. Until then, we’re estranged.
2. That I would be able to feed myself and wipe my own butt until the day that I die.
3. I want to control the time and place when I hear the word no.

AT: I believe there are many people who can identify with those wishes. Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
EAC: All of the seasons here in Colorado are easy and they each have their charm, but I get grumpy above 85 degrees.

AT: So do I, lol. Tea or coffee?
EAC: Coffee

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
EAC: My newest novella – Further, went live at the end of May!

Go go go and get this book!!! It grabs you tight and never lets go...I couldn't put it down....brilliant!!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
-Michelle Cappel


Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZJ8ZF4?ref_=k4w_oembed_98HVMRNnNO80O3&tag=kpembed-20&linkCode=kpd


AT: How can readers connect with you?
EAC: www.eacookwrites.com

AT: Any final words?
EAC: Whenever I tell a story I want the reader to be swept away, intrigued. To feel the exhilaration that the protagonist does, to be able to smell and taste the darkness, or to feel the concrete in the back alleys or the wind blowing along forested trail. It’s my hope that the reader had a good ride.

Some folks miss the adventures in this short life and others will die rode hard and put away wet with a smile on their face. I’m writing for both and I hope your experience is like a 14-year-old boy seeing Jeremiah Johnson for the first time.

AT: Love it!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

But My Soul is Black Virtual #Book Tour

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
ASIN: B074TCQJDD
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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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Shelia Bell

This week's #WriterWednesday interview is with Author Shelia Bell. 
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AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
SB: I presently reside in Nashville, home of country music!

AT: What genre do you write?
SB: I write Christian fiction, women’s fiction, and Young adult fiction

AT: Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
SB: I am a published author with twenty titles to my name, and I am extremely grateful that God blessed me with the talent and gift to write and tell stories!

AT: Amen! What inspires you to write?
SB: I love it. It’s a passion for me. I truly believe that it is a form of ministry. I love to see the characters develop into real life people. I enjoy going back and reading the work that God blessed me to create. It’s an awesome feeling.

AT: I can definitely identify with that feeling. Name one book you wish you’d written.
SB: Ummm, one book I wish I’d written. That’s a tough one, Adrienne. So tough that I can’t name one. I don’t look at other work and say that I wish I had written that particular book. I write what I write and how I write. My writing is unique to me and another author’s work is unique to them. 

AT: So very true. What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
SB: I am a full time editor, so I read constantly, but it’s primarily for editorial purposes. So, I would say the last book that I read and truly enjoyed was Jezebel’s Daughter by Jacquelin Thomas. I also enjoyed reading Every Little Step by Bobby Brown and Journey to Love by Lacricia Angelle. I have read so many others, especially new and upcoming authors, but to be honest, because of poor editing, I wish not to name them.

AT: Oh, my! Well, who is your favorite author? Why?
SB: My favorite author of all time was J. California Cooper. I simply loved her unique, flavorful style of writing. I have not read anyone who can top her even though I have read and enjoyed numerous books by a bevy of authors.

AT: Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
SB: Adrienne, where do you get these questions? LOL. I would be the color purple.  Purple represents royalty and since I am “God’s Amazing Girl” I can see no other color befitting me more than purple!

AT: Love it! What would your autobiography be called?
SB: That’s easy: The Story of My Life.

AT: Do you believe in love at first sight?
SB: Yes, definitely.  Been there done that.

AT: Hmm, I bet there's a story there! If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
SB: Without thinking about it I would say Total Health for me and my family, longevity of life for me and my family, peace for me and my family

AT: Beautiful! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
SB: I actually love Winter. I love the cold because I can cozy up inside a blanket and get warm. I love seeing the snow on the ground and in the trees. 

AT: Tea or coffee?
SB: Definitely a tall glass of iced tea with a splash of lemon!

AT: Yummy! Tell us about your most recent/current project.
SB: The McCoys of Holy Rock” was released June 30 of this year. In this sixth installment, readers will learn more about Hezekiah and Fancy McCoy who came on the scene in book V (My Wife My Baby…And Him). This couple has a lot they’re not telling, and when Hezekiah McCoy is voted in as the new Senior Pastor of Holy Rock things began to hit the fan! 




The Real Housewives of Adverse City 2 released on July 31, 2017. It is appropriately named  because it is book II of a new series I started: The Real Housewives of Adverse City. The Real Housewives of Adverse City 2 continues with the tales of the fabulously rich housewives, Eva, Peyton, Meesha  and Avery.  Their stories prove that there are definitely some things that money can’t buy!



AT: Both sound so good! How can readers connect with you (share website and any social media links)
SB: Readers can connect with me on Facebook
Instagram: @sheliaebell 
Twitter: @sheliaebell
Email at sheliawritesbooks@yahoo.com.

For editorial services vist me on Facebook at WrittenWord Editorial.
My website is sheliaebell.net

AT: Any final words?
SB: Yes, just a few. I want to thank you for this opportunity, Adrienne to share with others information about my work, my passion, and my dream.  I also want to take this time to tell you that I have enjoyed reading several of your books. You are a gifted writer and I encourage you to keep living your dreams now! Thanks again.

AT: You're most welcome and thank YOU!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

#MondayMotivation #Quote

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
~ Louis L’amour

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Real Love #Blog Tour


Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Real Love by Sheena Binkley. The tour will run August 27-September 2, 2017.

Publication Date: May 3, 2017
Publisher: SBinkley Publishing
Genre: African-American Romance, Contemporary Romance, African-American Women’s Fiction, African-American Drama & Plays
Paperback: 230 pages


About the Author


Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment.

To date, her best-selling novels include In Love With My Best Friend, Love Unbroken, Something Just Ain't Right, and The Love Chronicles.

In April of 2016, Sheena launched her own publishing company which focus strictly on romance books. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.



About The Book


Synopsis

Riana:
Shawn and I have been in love with each other since our first encounter in college six years ago. Despite our share of ups and downs, the two of us have a bond that no one could ever break. No matter what, we have supported each other; so when Shawn accepted a position in Atlanta, I wasn’t too happy about moving, but I would do anything for him. With living in a new state, things can become very complicated. I know our love is strong, but is it strong enough to get through the issues we’re currently facing?

Shawn:
I knew the first moment I saw Ri that she was going to be my wife someday. Although we had a few bumps in our relationship, we were able to get through them and is more in love than ever before. When I accepted a huge opportunity in Atlanta, I knew Ri wasn’t on board with leaving Baker, but she did it for me, which I was grateful for. But with new challenges facing us, including issues with my co-worker, I have to wonder was moving worth risking my marriage for?

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Shan Mahogany

Today's #WriterWednesaday interview is with poet and author, Shan Mahogany. Let's see what she has to share with us!


Shan Mahogany



AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
SM: I currently reside in Tampa, FL – aka the city of the Apostolics!

AT: What genre do you write?
SM: Poetry, Christian Fiction

AT: Nice...Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
SM: I’m published and currently there are 3 books with my name on them.

AT: What inspires you to write?
SM: Just my desire to vent without restraint.

AT: Name one book you wish you’d written.
SM: The book of Psalm

AT: What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
SM: I don’t recall. Sadly, I haven’t read anything in a while. I’m looking for books to read though, I miss that past time!

AT: It's truly a wonderful pastime. Who is your favorite author? Why?
SM: That’s like asking me what’s my favorite song. I don’t have a favorite really. I appreciate all writers who have something to say and can spark a will in me to move forward. But if I had to list a few I’d say, A.W. Myrie because of her ability to connect with the entire family unit, DINA because the risk she takes in her writing, Adrienne Thompson because of her vast knowledge of everything and Lashanda Michelle because of the authentic capturing of human nature in her books.

AT: Wow! I'm honored to be on your list! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
SM: That’s easy – Mahogany, because it’s rich in personality and bold and confident in appearance!😊

AT: All right, now! What would your autobiography be called?
SM: Funny you should ask that, I have written my autobiography already and it’s called Chasing Love: The Story of My Life.  Check it out!😊


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AT: It's on my TBR list! Do you believe in love at first sight?
SM: Yes, I believe it is possible, because anything is possible.

AT: So true! If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
SM: To be financially secure, meet and marry my future husband and bare the perfect pair of twins (boy & girl!)

AT: Awwwww! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
SM: Fall – I’ve always loved that time of the year. It always feels laid back, peaceful, easy, breezy and beautiful all around.

AT: I agree and plus it brings back football! Tea or coffee?
SM: Lately, lots and lots of coffee!

AT: Okay, so definitely coffee, lol. Tell us about your most recent/current project.
SM: I’ve been working on a lot of in-house ministerial projects, such as request for poems to suit certain occasions. But aside from that, I’m endeavoring to participate in a poetry book compilation called, Unraveling the Layers: Memoirs of a Wounded Soul, that is expected to be released on July 28th. And, I’ve also decided to participate in a spoken word competition, that when won, I will have the chance to represent my city and open the show for some famous spoken word artist. Does the name Jackie Perry and Ezekiel ring a bell? It’s the Poets in Autumn tour!

AT: Sounds exciting! How can readers connect with you?
SM: Currently I’m on Facebook under Shan Mahogany and Instagram as apostylicpoet. I would love to connect with other poets and writers.

AT: Any final words?
SM: Special thanks to Author Extraordinaire Adrienne Thompson, for this wonderful opportunity to be a guest spot on her blog. She continues to be an inspiration and resource to us all. Thank you! Thank you! And, God’s blessing to all.

AT: You are ore than welcome!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hearts of Purpose #Blog Tour - #GuestPost


Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops during the two week tour for Hearts of Purpose by Gail G. Nordskog. 
This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs August 21-31, 2017. Follow the tour here Book your own tour here WNL

Genre: Christian Living/Women 
  Book Title: Hearts of Purpose Vol. 1 
ISBN-10: 1946497088 
ISBN-13: 978-1946497086
                                     
About The Author


Gail Grace Nordskog has established the “Gail Grace Nordskog Collection” to embolden readers to live their lives with a “heart of purpose” for God’s glory. Gail has been involved in media for over two decades. She presently produces and hosts a program called Hearts of Purpose, that can be seen on her website, heartsofpurpose.com. 

Gail and Jerry Nordskog live in Ventura, California, where they have raised six children, four of whom were adopted from China.
                                                 




Guest Post


Why writing is a form of personal Therapy: 

My writing as a form of personal therapy began over 30 years ago.
Sometime during the Jesus Movement in the late 1970’s I gave my life to Jesus.  I was given a gospel track called The Four Spiritual Laws.  God used that little track to open the eyes of my understanding and for me to surrender my life to Him.  I have never looked back.

Just because you become a Christian and partner with the Creator of the Universe, it does not mean you will begin to live an easy life.  In fact, it may be that all hell will break out against you to try to cause you to renounce your faith.   Or just simple, subtle temptations come to entice you to compromise your faith.

I learned quickly that prayer and praise are very powerful weapons in our arsenal as Christians.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

I joined a group of women who had a weekly prayer meeting.  Believers who pray God’s word fervently and faithfully are sometimes called Prayer Warriors. These women were Prayer Warriors! 

Do you remember the movie WAR ROOM, Miss Clara, played by actress Karen Abercrombie was a “simple” woman but a mighty woman of faith and prayer, A Prayer Warrior!  

I felt like Elizabeth (played by actress Priscilla Shirer) whose marriage and life in general was falling apart but God led her to Miss Clara who taught her how to pray.

I remembered receiving journals for Christmas and birthday gifts as a little girl. They were usually pastel in color with a little key probably used to keep your little sister from reading all your hidden thoughts and telling your Mother.  I hadn’t had one in years but remembered while in a Christian book store they had a wide selection of prayer journals.

I wanted to begin to write down my prayers, the cries of my heart as well as the blessings received.  I wanted to be able to remember all the mighty works of God in my life and those I’ve prayed with and for over the years.

I have thousands of pages of journal writings over the years. Prayer Journaling IS my therapy. 

If you have never tried journaling especially while praying, try it; you’ll grow to love it, resulting in a more intimate relationship with our Lord.
  


About The Book 

You have a call on your life. My desire is to encourage you to live life in fulfillment of that call. Following the example of Joan of Arc, you can be inspired to live out your purpose in first hearing from God and then taking your stand in following Him. Just as Joan of Arc could step forth in full confidence under the banner of her calling, so we too are under God’s banner as we step out to fulfill our purpose. Hearts of Purpose brings you ten real-life stories about ten ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the Glory of God. As you read of how God called these women to service, you will be motivated to explore His call in your own life. Let this reading experience be an invitation for you to take a step closer to fulfilling your God-given calling in Christ Jesus.




Mary Ann Ambroselli (chapter 1 starting on page 21)

On January 5, 1965, at 10:18 p.m. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces. I was told when the baby was born that I would not see him or be able to hold him, and that he would be taken to his awaiting adoptive parents. I also knew that adoptive parents often did not tell their adopted child that they were adopted, so chances were that he would never know about me. The morning after he was born, a nurse who did not know my baby was being adopted brought him to me and laid him in my arms. Another nurse came in right away and apologized for the mistake, and took him away. To this day, I am grateful for that moment. I was able to look into his face and tell him I was doing this because I loved him and wanted him to have a life that a two-parent family could give him. The image of his perfect little face is imbedded in my memory. To date, I do not know anything about him or if he knows he was adopted. I continue to pray for him! As I left the hospital with my mom, depression and sadness set in. I struggled with the meaning of life and what to do next. I did not want to go to church. Facing people there would be much too hard. Besides, all that had happened in my life did not reveal to me that God was loving or compassionate. And, I was sure He did not care about me. I spent my days crying a lot. I had six weeks from the day of my baby’s birth to change my mind about adoption, which I did consider. Dad said there was no way he would support me and the baby. Since I had no idea what I would do or how to support myself with a baby I decided that signing the adoption papers was best for all involved. Even though he may never read this, the following poem written for my son has brought me a lot of comfort.

Blood Mother Farewell
I’ve carried you beneath my heart, and now must let you go. That you will not remember this, or me, as I do you. The years will take you even farther from my reach and view. Now other eyes will cherish you, and other arms embrace, Now other tears will fall for you, and other voices sing, Yet this I do, that you may never want for anything; not even distant echoes of my weeping as we part; The name I name you, or the thunder of my breaking heart.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Denise Kelley

This week's Writer Wednesday interview is with Author Denise Kelley (DA Kelley).
Let's get to know all about her!!






AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
DK: I currently reside in Roanoke VA. My town’s claim to fame is my annual Christmas play production.

AT: What genre do you write?
DK: Urban Christian Fiction 

AT: Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
DK: Yes, I am a published author. There are three books ‘out there’ with my name. (Pen name D. A. Kelley)

AT: What inspires you to write?
DK: Writing is my God-given talent, and that is my first inspiration. I’m also inspired with the thought of being able to reach someone and help them by the message I release through my words. 

AT: Amen! Name one book you wish you’d written.
DK: The Coldest Winter Ever

AT: What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
DK: A Sinful Calling by Kimberla Lawson Roby. I’m a big fan of hers, so yes I enjoyed it.

AT: Adding that one to my list! Who is your favorite author? Why?
DK: Oh my, I have many. Vanessa Davis Griggs. I write the same genre as her. I am intrigued with her delivery and execution of a story. She delivers an encouraging, uplifting message, but along with outright good ole story telling. 

AT: Sounds like my kind of author! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
DK: I would be a color called Chameleon. It’ll be the crayon you use when the color you really want is not included in the box. The crayon itself would be ‘clear’, but when you color with it, it’ll be whatever color you need it to be.

AT: I love that! What would your autobiography be called?
DK: There’s only ONE Denise

AT: No doubt! Do you believe in love at first sight?
DK: Yes, I believe Love at first sight is a great possibility.

AT: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
DK: 1) Health and Prosperity for my family and friends
2) For my creative flow to increase and NEVER deplete
3) Joy

AT: I can definitely identify with those wishes. Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
DK: I am Spring. Things bloom in the spring. The earth comes to life with color. 

AT: Tea or coffee?
DK: Coffee with my sugar :)

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
DK: I have a project entitled: Even When it Hurts: Seventy Times Seven
Snippet:
I had already started the ball rolling with one of my schemes. I didn’t have it all figured out yet, but I would feel my way through it and see how it plays out. I didn’t want to do things to hurt Claude, but I grew angrier and angrier with each passing day because we weren’t together. So yeah, I knew he wasn’t coming back to work today or tomorrow for that matter. I hated how he pushed me to do crazy things, but it would all be worth it in the end. He would learn to love me or I’d make him regret it.



Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Even-When-Hurts-Seventy-Times/dp/1534939393

AT: Oh, wow! How can readers connect with you (share website and any social media links)
DK:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mzdakeley
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msdkelley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mzdakelley

AT: Any final words?
DK: GOD has gifted us all with a talent. Find your God-given gift and walk out your destiny.

AT: Amen!

Monday, August 21, 2017

#MondayMotivation #Quote

Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.
– Lady Gaga

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author KR Bankston

Today's author interview is with KR Bankston. Scroll down and get acquainted with her and her work!!!




AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame? 
KRB: I live in Jonesboro GA, originally from Tallahassee FL. Honestly I am not sure what Jonesboro’s claim to fame is, but I do know that Tallahassee is home to a great HBCU, Florida A&M University and its world famous band.

AT: What genre do you write? 
KRB: I honestly do not like to confine myself by genre. I write the story that wants to be told. I have written erotica, criminal romance, contemporary romance, horror. 

AT: You're not one to be confined to boxes, I see, a true artist. Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them? 
KRB: I am a published author with over 30+ titles to my credit.





AT: Wow!! What inspires you to write? 
KRB: My inspiration comes from life. I have always written in some form for as long as I can recall. Sometimes as therapy through the bad, others to share in the good, and everything in between. My imagination is a wonderful gift from the Divine Creator so I never try and stymie it.

AT: We definitely share in that sentiment. Name one book you wish you’d written. 
KRB: I cannot really say. I mean if you are referring to something on the market already, even then I cannot say. I am a firm believer that everything to be written by me, will be inspired and I will write it.

AT: What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? 
KRB: The last book I was afforded the opportunity to read was entitled, I’ll Be Damned, which is an autobiography of Eric Braeden of Y&R fame. It was a wonderful read. It was very enlightening and entertaining. I am glad I took the time to check it out.

AT: I love memoirs. Gotta check that on out! Who is your favorite author? Why? 
KRB: My favorite Authors are VC Andrews, and E. Lynn Harris. I love them both for the same reasons. They were masters of the serials. They could draw you in so deeply and passionately to the stories that you felt incomplete not reading all of them. I loved their use of language, expression, and description when writing.

AT: Love me some E. Lynn Harris! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? 
KRB: Caramel Cayenne. Smooth and creamy on the outside, hot and fiery on the inside. Lol. I am very laid back person, pretty live and let live type, but if you push the right button, it will get very hot, very fast.

AT: Okay, we've been warned. LOL. What would your autobiography be called? 
KRB: I see this question asked often, and honestly I don’t know. Maybe something very simple as “And I Still Ain’t Scared of the Mountains Left to Climb”

AT: Sounds good! Do you believe in love at first sight? 
KRB: Yes! Now I can see anyone who thinks they know me laughing, but those who truly do will understand the answer. I am not the mushy romantic type, but hell yes I believe in love. Truly, madly, deeply!

AT: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes) 
KRB: Health, Wealth (different than riches), Breaking of every Generational curse over my bloodline.

AT: Love it! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why. 
KRB: I’m a spring, summer, early fall type person. I love warmth, I love new life, I love watching the colors in nature change. 

AT: Tea or coffee? 
KRB: Tea (by default). I still love the smell of coffee but had to break the habit a few years back.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
KRB: I am working on a novel which steps away from some of the things my avid readers normally associate with a KR Bankston novel, but trust it will be great! Lol. I will only say small town, greed, arrogance, power, and progress,  in regard to the content of the story.

AT: Definitely sounds like the makings of a good story to me! How can readers connect with you.
KRB: I can be reached on my website, www.krbankstononline.com (contact), Twitter - http://twitter.com/KRBankston 

AT: Any final words? 
KRB: Thank you so much for allowing me this opportunity to connect and reach out to new readers. I would love to invite you all to give me the opportunity to woo you. Download the free novella from my website and enter the world of KR Bankston novels. Thank you to those who have supported the movement to this point. I appreciate you and I look forward to many more book adventures before we call this journey over. Lastly, please if you have not, Register and VOTE! Our voices are so important at this juncture in our country’s history. Not just national elections either, please vote in every election you can. Local elections are important!!

AT: Thanks for your words of wisdom, KR. It was wonderful getting to know you!