“A Scoop of Love” Release Day Blitz & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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You know how every once in a while you’re really in the mood to curl up with a sweet love story? I’m talking about one of those tender books that leave you with a sigh and a smile. Well, if you’re in that kind of mood, have I got a treat for you! Read on to get all the deets about the latest release by an author who’s mastered the art of literary romance.


scoop_of_love_coverTitle: A Scoop of Love

Author: Unoma Nwankwor

Released: January 30th 2015

Publisher: KevStel Group LLC

ASIN: B00RPI2616

Genre: Christian Romantic Fiction

About The Book

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?

About The Author

Unoma Nwankwor is a self- proclaimed romantic. She is passionate about telling stories that are uplifting and life changing sending the message of faith, hope and love. 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.

Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013) and When You Let Go (May,2014).

Social Links

Website: http://www.unomanwankwor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNwankworAuthor?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unwankwor

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1BwlGpJ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1CxctyI

Faith Simone says: One of the aspects I enjoy most about Unoma’s books is the glimpse she gives into African culture! Are you a fan of multicultural fiction? Do you often read books with settings and characters of other cultures and races?

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Unoma is giving away Two (2) $10.00 Gift Card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Two winners will be randomly chosen via rafflecopter.

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Book Review: The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva

It’s been a while since I posted a book review, but trust me it isn’t because I haven’t been reading up a storm! I finished this little gem of a book months ago. Forgive me for not sharing it with you sooner!


 

Stolen GirlTitle: The Stolen Girl

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description:

‘Your mother has been arrested. She stole you.’

For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her mother by her side, Diya has never needed anything else.

Then, in an instant, Diya’s fragile world is shattered. Her mother is arrested, accused of abducting Diya when she was a baby…

Vani has spent a lifetime looking over her shoulder, determined to make the best possible life for her daughter. Now she must fight for her child, re-opening the door to her own childhood in India and the woman who was once as close to her as a sister.

Told through the eyes of Diya, Vani and Aarti, this is a heart-breaking story of friendship and betrayal, love and motherhood, which asks the question; how far would you go to protect your only child?

The Stolen Girl is an emotional, culturally rich and utterly compelling read from the new must-read name in women’s fiction—Renita D’Silva.


My Review: 

The Stolen Girl is classic women’s fiction done right. I don’t know why women have such an overwhelming fascination with stories about kidnapped children, but we do. Write a book or make a movie about it, and we show up front and center every single time. D’Silva takes a classic story line and revamps it by telling it from three different perspectives: the mother, the thief, and the child.  Don’t get me wrong, while it’s a classic story, it’s far from predictable. The author pulls you into the expertly woven fabric of these ladies lives and you walk away with a clear understanding of why they made the choices they did.  There’s an element of suspense to the story and the descriptive language is rich and layered. All in all, it’s a great read when you’re in a sentimental mood.


 

Any thoughts on why people have such a fascination with kidnapping? Do you watch movies or read books about it? Have you read a book that you thought would be utterly predictable, but it surprised you?

** I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I freely give.**

My View of Dr. King’s Dream

I spent this past weekend in the small town of Mound Bayou, MS with some of my extended family. With it being MLK weekend, I couldn’t help but to think about the many sacrifices made by people just a few generations before me for the sake of civil rights. My heart warmed as I watched two little girls, one black and one white, share a church pew and play together. The sight of them, sitting with their heads touching as they played a game on an Ipad, confirmed what I already knew: Dr. King’s dream has become a reality. I’m so glad I’m alive to see it.

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I hope you all have a wonderful day remembering Dr. King’s legacy!

I’m going to see Selma later this evening. What are your plans for MLK day? Did you participate in any community service this weekend?

 

Author Spolight: Adrienne Thompson!!!

I’m beyond thrilled to feature author Adrienne Thompson today! One reason is that she’s a prolific writer with fifteen published works under her belt. Color me super impressed. The other reason is that she comes across as an awesome and authentic person. Read on to learn more about Adrienne and her latest release!

What’s your name or pen name?

My name, pen and/or legal, is Adrienne Thompson.

What are your genres?

I write Edgy Inspirational Women’s Fiction and Romance. I also recently released a short devotional.

What have you written?

I have written and published a total of 15 books, including the Been So Long, Bluesday, and Your Love Is King series.

When did you begin your writing career?

I wrote my first novel in 2009, but have been a writer of poetry my whole life. I’ve also always been a very animated verbal storyteller.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I quit my RN job in 2012 and have been a full time writer ever since. Making time to write has never really been an issue. I love writing and it’s almost second nature for me. The problem I have is deciding what to write. I always have several works in progress at the same time and a few more stories playing in my head.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)

Music always helps inspire me. No particular music, just whatever moves me at the moment. I don’t really require any certain space or environment. I’m the divorced mother of three children, so I’ve mastered the art of tuning things out—maybe a little too well, lol. I try to write every day, but I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day or two. I try to work an 8-4 workday (I don’t write all of those hours. I also do promo and other writer stuff.), but sometimes, inspiration will hit me in the middle of the night, and I’ll right then. There’s really no rhyme or reason to the way I work, but it works out well for me.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I write in a prayer journal when I’m prompted to. It helps me in every area of my life.

What’s your inspiration?

Brokenness, healing, love, acceptance, and the inherent goodness of people.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I just hope that something I’ve written blesses people for years to come.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Trust your voice, be authentic, and never give up.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

Wow, that’s a loaded question! Well, too many to name, really. I’m not only a writer and reader, but I’m a horrible book hoarder.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working to perfect my January release, Ain’t Nobody, a women’s fiction novel.

better cvr tnLatest release and book blurb?

My latest release is Better, the follow-up to Your Love Is King. Here’s the blurb:

First, her marriage fell apart, then her life fell apart. She’s been through hell. He just wants to make things better… but will she let him?

Carla Foster is still reeling from what she calls “the ultimate betrayal” of catching her husband in the midst of his infidelity. Now, seemingly stuck in marital limbo, she finally decides to move on with her life only to find herself face-to-face with a monster. As her life begins to crumble, she wonders if things will ever get better. Will Carla be able to find healing and eventually, love?

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

Carla is a seemingly strong woman plagued by some serious, life-altering issues. She is a fighter, but finds herself sinking fast. I’m honestly not sure who I’d cast to play her. I always have a picture of who the characters are in my head, and they are real people to me. It’s hard for me to choose an actress. Maybe Nia Long?

How can we purchase your work?

My books are available at:

Amazon: http://ow.ly/fxVXG

Kobo Books: http://ow.ly/fxW6V

Barnes and Noble: http://ow.ly/fxW4y

Amazon UK: http://ow.ly/miFUU

How can we stay in touch with you?

Website: http://adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com/

Blog: http://authoradriennethompson.blogspot.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH3qpX69quIi2_O1A-c84XQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdrienneThompsonWrites?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_H_Thompson

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ahthompsn

Tumblr: http://authoradriennethompson.tumblr.com/

Adrienne Thompson picBio: Married at sixteen, a mother twice by seventeen, and thrice a mother and divorced by twenty-four, Adrienne Thompson is no stranger to adversity. Not your typical teenage mother, she went on to complete her college degree and to earn her nursing license. She attributes God’s faithfulness as the catalyst for her success in life. Now, having raised two children as a divorced mother, with a third fast-approaching adulthood, she is sharing a long hidden talent and passion with the world. Using the lessons that life has so expertly taught her as a guideline (betrayal, abusive relationships, self-esteem issues, witnessing the deteriorating effects of drug abuse), she has created stories that will both entertain and inspire the reader.

Adrienne currently resides in Arkansas with her daughter. Formerly an RN, she now writes and publishes her stories full time. She is also a motivational speaker.

Faith Simone says:

Ok, so I now officially have a new author to stalk. Those answers were amazing. I particular connected with Adrienne’s advice to new writers: “Trust your voice, be authentic, and never give up.” And her personal story of triumph reads like a novel itself. Ms. Adrienne is one to watch, and an author I plan to have on my bookshelf for years to come!

Ever read any of Adrienne’s work? How do you feel when you discover a new author? Do you binge read their work, or pace yourself?

4 Ways Blogging Has Made Me a Better Writer

bloggingBlogging consistently over the last year has been a challenge, but it’s one that I’m glad I took on. Most writers know that blogging is something that they should do and it’s easy to treat it like another task to check off of your to-do list. But what if I told you that instead of viewing blogging as another writing requirement, you should view it as one more way to hone your overall writing skills? If you’re a writer who doesn’t blog, you’re missing out on some great advantages. If you’re a new aspiring writer, I strongly encourage you to keep reading.


Here are 4 benefits I gained from becoming a blogger.

  • I got used to working under deadlines. Sure they’re self-imposed deadlines and there’s plenty of flexibility but they forced me to transition from writing on a particular topic when the mood struck, to writing because I had a commitment to keep. Staying true to posting at least once a week wasn’t easy, but it brought home the lesson that writing is craft I have to choose to do, even when I don’t particularly feel like it. In other words I went from casually flirting with the idea of being a writer to being fully married to it. I gotta say that some days I absolutely love it and can’t imagine my life without it. Other days I question what in the world could I have been thinking when I decided to go ahead with this writing thing in the first place. See, it’s just like a real marriage!
  • It changed the way I view the world. Ok, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic. But seriously, once I started blogging I began to measure many of my life occurrences and thoughts by asking myself, “Is this blog worthy?” or “How can I incorporate this absolutely brilliant philosophical revelation into a relevant post?” In other words I began to think like a writer. I viewed my everyday life and thoughts through a filter geared towards sharing them with an audience through writing. I really got into the whole life is art and art is life thing.This way of looking at things translated into my novel writing as well.
  • It increased my confidence as a writer. For years I was the kind of person who only showed my poems, short stories and other works in progress to close family members and friends. Like most artists, I’m sensitive about my creations. Blogging helped me get over the excessive fear that my writing wasn’t good enough. Putting myself out there by sharing my writing on the internet shoved my fears to the backseat. I’ve mostly had great feedback, and for that I’m grateful. But even if someone came along and made it their business to tell me that they think my writing sucks, I wouldn’t be phased. I’m far from perfect, but I’m confident in my God-given talent.
  • I’ve ‘met’ a lot of amazing authors. The blogging community is awesome. I’ve had the pleasure of networking with talented and gracious writers simply because I blog. Iron sharpens iron and participating in the blogging community gives me the opportunity to interact with other people walking the same path as me. Being new to the literary scene, I have a lot to learn and what better way to do that than to study those who are already mastering the lesson?

I could keep going with all the many ways blogging has made me a better writer including improving my organization, planning and time management skills. The bottom line is that you won’t know for yourself until you take the plunge and put yourself out there! So what are you waiting for?

Ever thought about starting a blog? What’s holding you back? Have a blog already? How do you keep yourself motivated to continue?

Photo credit: Mexicanwave / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

2014 In Review

I’m soooo late posting this, but I had to take a moment to thank each of you for visiting this blog regularly or sporadically in 2014. I’m happy to ‘see’ you anytime you deign to grace me with your presence! Here’s to hoping that you’ve started off the New Year with high expectations, lofty goals and a plan in place to achieve them. Cheers, my loves!


 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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All Up in My E-Reader! (December 2015 Edition)

I think I went a little crazy this month. Scratch that, I know I went totally insane this month. Apparently, December is a great month to promote books, and I seem to have bought more than my fair share. Plus, authors get caught up in the holiday spirit and start giving away books all willy-nilly! Being that I’m a die-hard fan of anything discounted and/or free, I kind of went on an e-book shopping spree. Never mind that I’ve been to busy to actually read the books. It’s just weirdly comforting for me to know that they’re there waiting for me… I think that’s a clear indication that I might have a problem. It’s one I don’t mind having though  (Click on the pics or book title to read reviews, excerpts etc. via Amazon)

 

Right Package Wrong BaggageTitle: Right Package, Wrong Baggage

Author: Wanda B. Campbell

Genre(s): Urban Fiction/Christian

Description:

For five years, Pamela Roberts, has balanced the demands of being a single mother and a devoted Christian. She unselfishly places the needs of her son, Matthew, above her own. Although she tries to convince everyone that she’s happy with Jesus alone, Matthew hand-picks the perfect present for her—a husband. Everything about the man her son chooses is perfect, except for his past. Micah Stevenson is excited when he learns the son of the woman he has been praying about wants him to join their family permanently. Believing Pamela Roberts is his soul mate sent from God, Micah pursues her. Once he is certain of her love for him, Micah reveals his dark history, shaking the foundation of the once loving and stable relationship. Trust is broken as judgments and prejudices threaten to deny the couple’s destiny. Will the man he used to be prevent Pamela from loving Micah for the man he is now?

 

InsecureTitle: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond (Currently free!)

Author(s):  Several Contributors

Genre: Publishing & Books

Description:

Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don’ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.

 

Catch MeTitle: Catch Me If You Can (Book 1 in a Series)

Author: Christina C. Jones

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description:

Diligence. Focus. Agility.

For Naomi Prescott, it’s not just a cute little saying. It’s a critical mantra, words to live by if she wants to retain her freedom, and more importantly, her life. Impeccable planning is the only way to ensure she sets off the small flutters that will trigger the big ripple she needs to pull off the score of a lifetime — no matter the stakes.

FBI Agent Marcus Calloway is a straight-shooter… if you overlook his sometimes unconventional, law-skirting, expensive ways of solving a case. A big arrest would do wonders to restore his reputation, and he has one woman in mind: Jolie Voleuse

Unforeseen circumstances force them into a closer proximity than either — especially Naomi — would like to be. Sparks fly, and as surely as fire ignites,eventually their undeniable chemistry combusts into a passion that neither expected as they join forces in the dangerous pursuit of a common bounty.

[PLEASE NOTE that Catch Me If You Can is the first title in a continuous series that will carry over three books. Book 2 will be released in February 2015, Book 3 in April.]

 

Unbound HeartsTitle: Unbound Hearts (Book 2 in a Series)

Author: Michelle-Lindo Rice

Genre(s): Christian/ African-American/ Fiction

Description:

Would you hire the person responsible for your losing both your legs?

Before he lost both his limbs, Jasper Orion was on his way to being voted Most Valuable Player in the National Football League. A man of faith, his faith in God remains unshaken and he starts his own business. With God’s leading Jasper decides to hire Charmaine Evans, the woman responsible for his demise. But, unexpectedly, Jasper develops feelings for his newest employee. He longs to hold her in his arms. Wheelchair bound, will Jasper’s love for Charmaine motivate him to walk again?

A backslidden Christian, Charmaine Evans’ ambitions left her broke, unemployed and a social pariah. Guilt-ridden, she returned home to Port Charlotte, FL to lick her wounds. To Charmaine’s surprise, Jasper not only offers her forgiveness but also a job when no one else would. Charmaine marvels at Jasper’s faith while grappling with her own. Bound by her past, will Charmaine learn to accept God’s plan for her heart and her life?

 

The AmenTitle: The Amen Sisters

Author: Angela Benson

Genre: Christian Fiction

Description:

Would you believe a friend who told you she was pregnant with your pastor’s child? Francine Amen doesn’t and it leads to drastic consequences for both her and her friend.

The Amen Sisters is a compassionate look at the lives that are forever changed when a pastor abuses his power with the women of his congregation.

Francine Amen burned a lot of bridges when she left her home town to join a traveling ministry. When she’s forced to return broken and alone, she finds that making amends is not easy. Her sister, Dawn Amen-Ray, is having her own set of problems. With her marriage to Francine’s ex is in trouble, she’s not ready to deal with Francine’s return.

The Amen Sisters is a story of love, compassion and forgiveness that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

 

Getting to Mr RightTitle: Getting to Mr. Right

Author: Carol Balawyder

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Description:

Campbell’s research into the father/daughter dynamic and how it affects a woman’s personal choices proves that Prince Charming is nothing but a myth. In a few months, she will receive international recognition for her work.
As part of her study, Campbell gives workshops to help women still seeking Mr. Right. Her latest group is made up of three women: Missi Morgan, who can’t seem to let go of a philandering spouse; Suzy Paradise, a self-proclaimed queen of online dating; and Felicity Starr, whose life and career are dictated by a controlling father.
In the midst of her study, a charming and personable man enters Campbell’s life, putting her theories in shambles. Not only does she now question the validity of her research, but she must choose between her career and having her own Prince Charming. This personal dilemma makes it difficult for Campbell to give these women advice, as she encourages them to find their own paths to happiness and helps them set themselves free.

 

A shouldaTitle: A Shoulda Woulda Christmas (A Novella)

Author: Michelle Stimpson

Genre: Christian Fiction

Description:

After being fired twice in the same day, Chaka Stringer wonders how much worse her pointless life as the wife of an underachieving husband and mom of two musty pre-teen boys can get. If only she had finished college and picked a different husband, her life would be better…or would it?

Through a mysterious haze, Chaka gets her shot at fame, fortune and the passionate relationship with her high school crush who never quite left her heart. But what ugly truths about herself will be revealed in the process? And what about the life she left behind?

Anyone who has ever wondered what “shoulda” or “woulda” happened if they had made different choices will enjoy this funny, inspirational, faith-based Christmas novella by bestselling Author Michelle Stimpson.

 

Daisies are ForeverTitle: Daisies Are Forever (ARC from publisher)

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre(s): Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction

Description:

In the final days of Nazi Germany, the strength of one woman’s heart will determine the fate of a family.

Prussia, 1945

The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst.

Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin—and take Ella’s two small daughters with her.

The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye, Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Josep Cramer.

Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion.But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family.

With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.

 

Many Strange WomenTitle: Many Strange Women (1st in a Series, Gift from Author)

Author: Parker J. Cole

Genre(s): Romance/Christian Fiction

Description:

Solomon Greene made a deal with God.

If He’d send him an unattractive woman, he’d marry her on sight and do what was spiritually right. After all, he needed that kind of wife to help him escape from his sordid past.

Celeste Martin made a deal with Solomon. She’d be his ugly wife. All she wanted in return was his name. She was in love with her sister’s fiance and he would be the only man she’d ever love.

Solomon had no idea that he’d find his wife fascinating. Celeste didn’t know that one taste from her husband’s lips would have her wanting more. Yet many strange women were between them.

Could Solomon ever escape from his past?

Could Celeste ever love her husband?

 

Hush PuppyTitle: Hush Puppy (Won in a Give-A-Way)

Author: Lisa T. Cresswell

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction

Description:

Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he’s terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine’s left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.

Yowza! I know, I know…it’s a tad bit ridiculous to have so many books waiting to be read. I’m thinking that I’ll need to put myself on restriction for the month of January. But who am I kidding? I won a $25 Amazon gift card (shout out to author Deana Lynn Sletten!), and it’s burning a hole in my pocket! 

What’re you readin’?