Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Interview with Michelle Robinson- Author of "Right Before My Eyes II"






 
 
Right Before My Eyes 11 Virtual Book Tour

with Michelle Robinson

December 2-31, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1491805442

ASIN: B00EU77UW0

Genre: Mainstream Fiction

 
 

Hosted by: WLN Book Tours:  http://wnlbooktours.com



About The Book

Journee and Jordyn are back! It’s a new year and things have shaken up a lot between The Bell Twins after the untimely death of Kalena’s husband Todd. Coming back alone from her honeymoon, discover if Kalena will find peace with Todd’s death and happiness within her own life again.

Jordyn’s shocking secret only gets worse as it takes a turn down a path that leaves everyone more confused than before. Will Jordyn and Chris survive? Now that Jordyn’s mayhem has put Journee in the middle of her and her sisterhood, Journee has to decide what’s more important now, the friendship that the girls have shared for over twenty years or the relationship with her twin sister.

Chelsea & Najah’s lives have changed as well as Journee’s when Drew comes home from prison. This is the moment that Journee has been waiting for but is she ready to leave her broken past behind and marry him? Has she really moved on from Jason?  On vacation in Cabo San Lucas, things about him are uncovered and the truth is finally revealed to her.

As you witness more drama and celebrations, follow Jordyn, Journee, Kalena, Najah & Chelsea as the year 2009 just might be their year after all.


About The Author

Michelle Robinson was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Oakland’s rich culture has laid the fabric for this story. She’s been doing hair for two decades. As a hairstylist, it’s safe to say she has also served as a therapist to her clients. She has heard and witnessed it all right behind her styling chair.  From her experiences, she’s given advice to many and has watched people’s lives transition. With this driving force, she has finally penned her second novel.
 
Thank you so much Michelle for visiting  and sharing with us.
Please go to my blog page for my review on "Right Before My Eyes II"  http://arlenasbookreviews-arlenadean.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Interview with Author Doris H.Dancy of 'Jagged Edges'



Thank you so much for this interview, Can you tell us where you are from?

I am originally from Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, but I now live in Yorktown, Virginia.

How did you come up with your title?

I tried to imagine what a betrayed heart looks like, and I decided that, while it may still be in one battered piece, it has jagged edges where each painful stab was inflicted carelessly. Betrayal, to me, does not come in one blow. It is a series of thoughtless stabs…lies, covert actions, and manipulations. It takes pieces of the heart away…it deflates the heart because it “sucks the life out of promise” and leaves the remains unevenly battered and torn. In my view, the edges are conspicuously jagged.

They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

My cover design is by Atinad Designs, and I love it. The cover really depicts the essence of the story. There is a clear picture of a smiling Derek and Arianna, and, on the other side, facing torn edges, is Morgan, the dancer and Derek’s first love. At the bottom of the cover, between darkness and light, you see a cross that helps to demonstrate that it is Christ and His redemptive Love that brings these characters from darkness to light.

Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Discover the devastating impact of betrayal, and then find the hidden secrets that guarantee good and lasting relationships. Answers that are generally elusive are clearly exemplified in Jagged Edges.

Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Yes…most definitely. I want us to realize the devastation of betrayal…the carelessness of the act…the inability to bring the relationship back to its original state. I want us to give greater thought to who we want to be ourselves before getting into intimate relationships with others. Also, I want us all to be cognizant of the fact that using others for our convenience will always come back to hurt us and could possibly destroy credibility when we want to demonstrate the veracity of REAL LOVE.

What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter is chapter 8 ~ “A Secret Place.” It is the place where Arianna takes Derek so he can see how important it is to be patient with love… to take time with our lives, notice the miracles of God, and allow Him to help us find just the right person with whom we can “grow” in love. The scenes are beautiful and both the serious and playful scenes with Derek and Arianna are enlightening and fun to read.

Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I believe that Jagged Edges is an anointed Gift from God…the God who wants us to stop allowing infatuation to draw us into quick and meaningless situations…situations that create innocent children who must sometimes live in turmoil.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would travel to Japan. I love the culture.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

I am definitely a MORNING PERSON. Even though I stay up late, I function much better in the morning.

Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

Both of my daughters are wonderful writers, but my oldest daughter is the one with the passion for it. Her stories are intriguing.

Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I am so grateful for the experience of writing this book, and it is my fervent prayer that it will be a help to many. Also, thank you for the opportunity to share so much of my novel with so many.
 
 
Jagged Edges Virtual Book Tour with Doris H. Dancy

November 18- November 29, 2013

Paperback: 364 pages

Publisher: St. Paul Press (July 15, 2013)

ISBN-10: 0989088596

ISBN-13: 978-0989088596

Genre: Christian Romance
 

Hosted by: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour
http://wnlbooktours.com/

About The Book

Derek Wellington had his life set.  He was born into wealth, graduated with honors from Harvard Law, and, since high school, knew he would marry the beautiful Morgan LaRue.  …but somewhere along the way, everything he thought he knew about himself, about Morgan, and even about life itself will boggle his mind, and catapult him into a world of betrayal, deception, and confusion. Somewhere in this darkness, he must search for The Light to find his way out of a maze that, if he fails, will destroy his heart and soul forever.

Praise for Jagged Edges

Jagged Edges is definitely an easy reader and page turner.”

From the prologue to the last chapter, Doris grabbed my heart, mind, and soul with her masterful storytelling”

Meet the Author

Doris H. Dancy is an accomplished and award-winning educator, speaker, writing consultant, playwright, wife, mother and now author. Her life’s focus has been educating our youth in an appreciation of both the written and spoken word. She received her BA Degree in English from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and began a teaching career in both English and Spanish.  She was graduated from Hampton University with a MA in English Education and eventually became Chairperson of the English Department, English Teacher Specialist, and later Curriculum Leader of English K-12 for Hampton City Public Schools.  Teaching and supervising were both rewarding careers, and each taught her a different level and focus of professionalism and commitment.  As the Curriculum Leader, along with many other responsibilities, she developed and provided staff development for a writing program that guaranteed student achievement.

~A Prologue~

~The breaking of dawn is the best keeper of secrets I know; it has a pact with the close of day. At sun’s first peek, the confidence is safe, and one has no evidence at all how altered life might be by eventide~

 
The library at the university is quiet except for multiple pages turning and a stupid unnecessary clock facing me. I might just waste a star wish to get that annoying thing smashed. I’d do it myself, but I’d get caught, and be a greater disappointment to my parents than Ruff who still can’t sit up, roll over, or even bark like a real dog. I sigh. Deal with the clock, Arianna. You’re twenty-four years old, already have your MBA in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship and almost ready to start your own Fashion House for goodness sakes. All you have to do is complete this little research, and you’re on your own. You’re not five. Anyway, you have far more important things to think about at 8:15 on this lonely Friday night, like how to meet that gorgeous guy sitting at the table across from you.

I sit back in my chair and just stare at him, counting how many times he glances up and quickly looks back at his work. He is doing a very poor job of pretending he hasn’t noticed that I’m staring at him. He’s on his eighth under eyed glance at me when he puts his laptop down, folds his hands, sits back, looks straight at me with a smirk, and holds the stare. I smile what I think is my very best smile. Let the games begin! After a minute and a half of staring, I’m just getting comfortable, and there is no way I’m giving up. He begins packing up his things slowly. Still staring, never glancing down to see what he’s doing, he meticulously places his laptop in his black leather attachĂ© case. I can tell he is purposefully taking his time, and for some strange reason, his deliberate movements, to me, are extremely sensual. I almost have to break my stare when I think to myself: any man that sexy ought to be locked up and the key thrown away. He leaves his case on the table, returns two books to a nearby shelf all the while looking into my staring eyes, and then he brings his fine self over to me.
He pulls out the chair that faces me without saying a word, turns it backwards, and tries to stifle his grin from becoming a full face all teeth showing spectacle. Of course, he’s far too cool for that.
OK, you’ve been staring at me for the last ten minutes so I thought I would just come over and ask if I have spinach in my teeth or a booger up my nose.” I laugh. He smiles.
What if I say both?” I grin, cupping my hand under my chin and looking directly into his brown bedroom eyes.
Well, I’ll know that’s not true,” he taunts matter-of-factly.
And how would you know that?” I question cynically. This man is about to make my heart jump out of my body.
Simple.” “Simple?” “Yeah, simple. It’s a trick question.” He rocks back in the chair. “I didn’t have
spinach today.” We both laugh as quietly as we can since we are somewhat aware that we are in a library, and there are a few people still pretending to study on a Friday night.
Well, to be quite honest with you, umm...Peter? Ah...Paul?” I lift one eyebrow and continue. “...Mary?” He gives me a closed mouth smile, and plays around his mouth with his thumb and index finger.
Well, definitely not Mary. Derek. Derek Wellington.” For the first time in my life I hear the sexiness in that baritone voice of his that will drive me insane for years to come.
Well, to be quite honest with you...Derek, Derek Wellington, your hair caught my attention.
My hair?” I bite my bottom lip to cover my grin, and nod my head yes. “Yes, your hair...and
definitely your eyes too,” I say with mocked seriousness... “and then there’s that mouth,” I giggle.
Oh, is that good or bad?” he chuckles. “Oh, that’s real good,” I admit with a flirtatious grin. “Good. Good,” he nods in mock approval. “So, you... this beautiful woman sitting here toying with me, you are... Gracie?”
No, not even close,” I laugh.

I opt here for a more serious tone. My hazel eyes, my windows to the soul, touch his. “My name is Arianna...Arianna Channing.”

Ah, a beautiful name for a lovely lady.” “Well thank you kind sir.” I bat my eyes playfully. “You are quite welcome, my lady.” And then he does something totally unexpected. He reaches across the table, takes my hand in his, and slowly brings it to his beautiful lips. That is how it all started with Attorney Derek Chase Wellington, III and me.

I would say that we had a whirlwind summer romance. We were inseparable. Both of us were taking a break of sorts before starting full force into our careers. Derek had studied for the Bar, passed it, and in September would join a private law firm in Virginia. I had completed my studies in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship in New York City, and studied an additional two years in Paris. Coincidentally, I was also moving to Virginia, after the summer, to start my own Channing Fashion House, the first one in the Tidewater area.

Our connection, from its inception, has that magic touch...that something special; however, there is this one thing that tears our bond, interferes with our solidarity, and will forever puzzle me. Throughout this disappointment, I am honest with myself. Common sense and life’s experiences have taught me that it will be impossible to know the essence of the truth surrounding a very deep, but damaged, relationship in Derek’s past, but that is not my issue.

From the inception of our brief courtship and after we marry, Derek and I are always completely honest with each other...we trust each other explicitly, or so I am led to believe. That is what makes my discovery so perplexing... so hurtful and a huge issue for me. The mystifying thing, now that the real truth irradiates, is that my friend, my boyfriend, my fiancée, my lover, my husband never mentions Morgan Shay LaRue to me. Not once, that I can remember, does he ever even call her name.

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Be sure to check out my review of "Jagged Edges" at http://arlenasbookreviews-arlenadean.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CHOOSING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED... Interview from Author: Myckelle P. Williams


Hello:  Mrs. Myckelle P. Williams:

Tell us about your book? My book is a non fiction account of my experience with an unplanned pregnancy as a teenager growing up in difficult circumstances. It shows that God can find you in any situation and meet you where you are.

How did you come up with ideas for this book? Based upon my life story. I knew that I had many stories to tell, but not sure where to start. So I started going to school. In my Oral communications class, I was told to give a 3-5 minute speech about something that impacted your life the most and made you who you are today. I wrote the story of my decision regarding abortion that led to me getting saved. Everyone in the class was stunned and told me that this was a book. So I wrote it.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book? That God takes those regardless of situation and circumstance, and can get a hold of you and change you from the inside out. That we all have choices, and your past does not have to be a determiner of your future. That you don’t have to repeat the ‘Generational curses” of those that went before you.

                 Here is a excerpt from: Choosing The Road Less Traveled....


PROLOGUE


Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose...I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.
~Jeremiah 1:5
I’d like to make an appointment...for an abortion.”
Desperation and shame filled my voice, and I hoped the lady on the other end didn’t know me or my parents.
How many weeks are you? When was your last period?” The lady on the other end asks, seemingly not surprised, sounding more annoyed than anything else.
I gave her the dates she requested, asking “How much will that cost?”
Annoyed sigh. “You are fourteen-and-a-half weeks. Well, the process will be much longer because you are further along, but it will be $375 total.”
Do you take Medicaid?”
Yes.”
When can I come in?
Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Do I need to bring anything?”
Just your money, or Medicaid card, proof of pregnancy. And a ride home.”
I hung up and looked at my boyfriend. How were we going to afford that? We could barely afford to take care of our eleven month old son, the child I had had less than a year ago at age seventeen. “It’s cool.” He told me. “My sister has Medicaid. We can use her card. You just use her name and info.”
 
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Where can visitors find you online? www.myckelle.com is my website. Here you will find my calendar of events, a space to sign up to receive my emails, and a place to request me for speaking engagements. www.myckelle.blogspot.com is my blog and www.facebook.com/myckelle is my Facebook page.

What inspired you to write this book? See above explanation. It’s usually those that you never think will step up that God will use. In my case, it was a white Christian family. Sometimes its those people who show love and compassion the most, rather than those that you’ve known all your life.

What’s next for you? I’m working on two more books, and presenting a weekend workshop called the “Heartwood Project” which God placed on my heart and expounds on the lessons learned in the book. It’s a life changing workshop and follow-up journal that in 40 days will show you how to overcome generational patterns, and have a different future for yourself and your children. I am just looking at funding it and getting a test group of 12 women together to give feedback and try the project for 40 days. These are things that I'm really excited about.

How can someone get a copy of the book? Provide links. Its on Amazon.com and Kindle, or you can order it straight from me at www.mpowermentww.org. For the next two weeks during the book tour I will be offering 20% off to everyone who buys the book through my site, with code: _________.  Please contact above for code.


Tell us about yourself? I am a pilgrim. The first Christian, non-drinker, smoker, and first person to get and stay married. Born in Compton, my parents weren’t married, neither were my grandparents. I didn’t see healthy relationships growing up. I decided that I wanted to change things for the next generations, and my book details the struggles that I went through to make that happen. Now I a wife, mother of 6, grandmother of 2, And God is not a respecter of persons, what he does for me, He can do for anyone. Now I am an author, public speaker, and mentor who runs an online Christian women’s magazine (www.blogmagazine.org) and develops programs.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book? Opening up about my childhood. I didn’t want to hurt or offend anyone. I didn’t want to call anyone out, so I changed the names in the book as well to protect some. However, a friend of mine sent me a quote as I was anguishing about this: she said “ If people are don’t want to be portrayed badly in your story, then they should treat you better.” And I realized that this is My Story. Every part of it has made me who I am, for better or worse, and I cant change a thing. Nor would I. I have to stay true to who I am.

Did you have to do any special research for your book? Not at all. Except biblical verses. God kept showing me things from the word that lined up with things I went through. So it was like one long year of biblical research.

Why do you write? Is it something you've always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently? Since I was 9, I have written. I used to write and read in class, and be distracted. I always wrote and illustrated my books. In class, even the teachers started asking to read my books. I have written since I can remember. Fiction, plays, and sitcoms. Just never had the courage to publish anything.

How did you feel when you got the first copy of your book? The process was slow and painful, like labor. But seeing the finished product also felt like when I gave birth for the first time and saw my child in person. Its like the vision coming to reality. Its amazing, and humbling at the same time. I felt so blessed and inspired to continue and do more. Especially when I started reading the reviews and seeing how my book touched others.


 Again.... to connect with Myckelle Williams: 

 Email Address: myckelle@mpowermentww.org

Website
www.myckelle.com

LinkedIn:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/myckelle-williams/8/4a9/728/




 Thank you,  Myckelle  for visiting with us.   It was a privilege to have read your novel  "Choosing The Road Less Traveled" and to have had this interview with you.  May you be truly blessed in all of your endeavors and these Yellow Roses which are my favorite are for YOU!
 

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You may find my book review of  Choosing The Road Less Traveled:

http://arlenasbookreviews-arlenadean.blogspot.com
and for this interview:
http://agordond.blogspot.com








 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 








 
 


 

 


 





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