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Steppin’ Into the Good Life Blog Tour

 

About the Author

 TIA MCCOLLORS

About the Book

In addition to being a novelist, Tia is a motivational speaker and instructor for writing workshops. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization, and serves as the vice president of Visions In Print. Tia was voted as the Breakout Author of the Year by the Open Book Awards of the African American Literary Awards Show.

 
Tia lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and son. For more information, visit her online at www.TiaMcCollors.com.
 

Shelia Rushmore thought she’d be the last woman standing when it was time to fight for her man. Instead Ace, her boyfriend of two years, chose to reunite with his ex-wife, leaving Shelia emotionally devastated. It’s a year later when Sheila is convinced that sneaking into their wedding ceremony will put closure on the gaping hole in her heart.

But it’s on the back pew of the church where a new relationship begins for Shelia. She can’t explain the touch she received from God on that day, but she’s determined to be a better woman-a woman of faith. Since high school, Shelia has been chasing her definition of the good life – it’s left her with no home, no man, and no money. But now that’s she’s living life for God, things should get better, right? Shelia learns that living a faith-filled life isn’t always easy.

With faith, tough love, and some tough decisions, Shelia realizes that the life she’d been praying for she could have for herself is actually attainable. Being wrapped in God’s arms, she decided, was by far the safest place she’d ever been.

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    Good News from Publishers Weekly by Pat G’orge Walker

    Good News…

    In this week’s blog, I wanted to discuss the Best Seller writing techniques and other myths. However, due to the sudden hospitalization of my husband, time would not allow it. Therefore, I have decided to take the opportunity, use some of my “grace” capital from Nubianlit.com, and toot my horn!  Even when the enemy tries to snatch away your joy, he fails when God shows favor. Check out my Publisher’s Weekly Review for my upcoming novel Don’t Blame the Devil. It is the sequel to Somebody’s Sinning in my Bed. Make sure you pass it around and please preorder the book.

    Don’t Blame the Devil
    Pat G’Orge-Walker, Kensington/Dafina, $15 paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-7582-3542-8
    Walker’s (Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed) latest hilarious faith-based romp spotlights a devilish diva who finally realizes that, although she might look like Lena Horne, she “ain’t Lena Horne.” But in Walker’s world, second chances at happiness are not only possible but probable, even at 63. Almost 40 years have passed since Delilah Dupree Jewel left her husband, Deacon Thurgood (aka “Thur-no-good”) and put their two-year-old son, Jessie, in foster care in order to pursue a career in showbiz that took her all the way to California. Back in New York, running out of money (but not out of smarts) and licking the wounds of her failed shot at stardom, she asks Jehovah for help. Ask and ye shall receive: she runs right into Thurgood at Harlem’s New Hope Assembly Church. Now 70, but still sporting the same hairstyle he wore in his youth, Deacon is mortified; he doesn’t want Delilah to know that he’s befriended Jessie, now a widower, but he’s never told Jessie that he’s his real father. But the truth finally, and humorously, comes out. Walker shines a little light on a wacky family reunion with her usual inspirational, knee-slapping style. (Sept.)

    Meet our Blogger

    Pat G'orge Walker

    Pat G’Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) – Walker is in a league of her own. This accomplished Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church and black church life, in particular, into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G’Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk. She does it without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.

    Pat G’Orge-Walker has led a colorful life professionally, to say the least. She  is a former record industry veteran who has worked for several major labels including Epic, Def Jam, and Columbia. She also performed with the legendary 60′s girl group, Arlene Smith and the Chantels (“Maybe”) as well as with gospel groups.In between writing books and spending time with her husband Rob in their Long Island, New York, home, Pat is busy touring the country performing her sold-out one-woman Sister Betty comedy show.Websites:www.sisterbetty.comwww.patgorgewalker.com

    The Spotlight: Crystal Rhodes

     

    Crystal Rhodes

     I am an author and an award-winning playwright.  My first romance suspense novel, Sin, received critical acclaim. Sin is the story of a woman minister, noted for her anti-drug activities, who falls for a man who, unknown to her, is involved in the drug trade. This was the first in a line of books that I call the Sin Series.  My second novel in the series, Sweet Sacrifice, was nominated for the Romance Suspense Book of the Year.  My third novel titled, Grandmothers, Incorporated, was an entirely different genre.  It was comedy fiction and was co-written with author L.  Barnett Evans and it was selected as Best Book of the Year by two online websites. My writing partner and I wrote a play based on the characters from Grandmothers, Incorporated and in April 2010, the play made its debut off Broadway.  I returned to writing romantic suspense with my fourth novel, Sinful Intentions.  The third novel in the Sin Series Sinful Intentions, is the sequel to my first book Sin and Sinful Intentions received the BlackRefer.com Annual Reviewer’s Choice Award as Best Romance Novel.  My next romantic suspense novel was titled Singing a Song… and it was selected by Genesis Press, the publisher of my romantic suspense novels, to help promote its Genesis Press Writing Contest in 2009. Both Sinful Intentions and Singing a Song… were selected as reads by the Black Expressions Book Club.  I have two books coming out in 2010, Small Sensations (August) and Still Waters… (December).

    I started out my writing career as a playwright with over 20 plays to my credit that have been produced in theatres, high schools and colleges all over the country. I have been the recipient of numerous nominations and awards, including having won the Black Theatre Association Award for Best Original Writing for one of my plays.  I have been blessed as a writer.  Written Word Magazine named me as one of the Ten Up and Coming Authors in the Midwest.
    I have a Masters degree in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University and I’ve written for newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Please visit my web site at www.crystalrhodes.com or drop me an e-mail at writetome@crystalrhodes.com.

     

    Jacquelin Thomas, A Quiet Storm by Pat G’Orge-Walker

    Jacquelin Thomas

    Author Jacquelin Thomas dressed in nothing less than the latest designer fashions gracefully walks into a standing room only, Durham, North Carolina bookstore. She is accompanied by her husband Bernard and her son Jonathan and there to sign her latest offering, a fast-paced Bible-based adaptation of the Bible’s resident ‘blinded by love’ strongman, Samson; a modern-day pastor’s dance with earthly desires . . . and the faith that made him whole.

    Guided by her need to always let God shine she has already wrapped her spiritual cloak of humility tightly about her even before she arrives at the podium. Those who know her well will attest that she will not wear or accept the title of Literary Diva willingly although her constantly increasing reader base expects it. Even with her vast list of bestselling romance, young adult, Women, and Christian fiction books still in print as well as movie adaptations, a number rivaled perhaps by author Donna Hill, Ms. (Quiet Storm) Thomas seems almost embarrassed by her success.

    Before a standing-room-only audience in the Durham, North Carolina bookstore, Ms. Thomas begins to read an excerpt from “Samson.”

    For excerpts and more information on Essence and National Best Selling author Jacquelin Thomas’s books and credits please visit www.jacquelinthomas.com

    Blogged by Pat G’Orge-Walker, Essence Best Selling author and Christian comedian (Sister Betty). For a list of Ms. G’Orge-Walker’s books and videos visit www.sisterbetty.comwww.patgorgewalker.com

    Meet Our Guest Blogger:

    Pat G'Orge Walker

    Pat G’Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) – Walker is in a league of her own. This accomplished Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church and black church life, in particular, into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G’Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk. She does it without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.

    Pat G’Orge-Walker has led a colorful life professionally, to say the least. She  is a former record industry veteran who has worked for several major labels including Epic, Def Jam, and Columbia. She also performed with the legendary 60’s girl group, Arlene Smith and the Chantels (“Maybe”) as well as with gospel groups.

    In between writing books and spending time with her husband Rob in their Long Island, New York, home, Pat is busy touring the country performing her sold-out one-woman Sister Betty comedy show.

    Websites:

    www.sisterbetty.com

    www.patgorgewalker.com

    Author Spotlight: E.N. Joy

    All About Joy

     

    I am an author currently writing Christian fiction under the name E. N. Joy.  I’ve written a children’s book under the name N. Joy that received the Coretta Scott King honor by the American Library Association. Book club rights have also been purchased by Scholastic Books and the book is on tour at Scholastic Book Fairs in schools across the country.

    A former secular author writing under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, a couple of my titles reached Essence Magazine bestsellers status while another was translated to Japanese.  I’ve also had the honor of having one of my titles appear in Newsweek.  In 2000, I formed my own publishing company, publishing only my own titles.  Eventually I got a book deal with a major publisher.  Since then, under End of the Rainbow, I have published New York Times and Essence Magazine Bestselling authors in the “Sinner Series,” in which the current releases are Even Sinners Have Souls (Book 1) and Even Sinners Have Souls TOO (Book 2).

    In 2004, I branched off into the business of literary consulting.  I provided one-on-one consulting and literary services such as ghost writing, editing, professional read-throughs, write behinds, etc…  My clients consist of first time authors, Essence Magazine bestselling authors, New York Times bestselling authors and entertainers. 

    Currently, I am the executive editor for Urban Christian (www.urbanchristianonline.net) in which the titles are distributed by Kensington Publishing Corporation out of New York.  When I’m not adding my two cents to other authors’ works, I’m diligently working on my own novels.  My latest project, a five book series titled the “New Day Divas” is taking the literary world by storm.  Book one of the series, She Who Finds A Husband and Book two, Been There, Prayed That, are currently dominating book stores and libraries all over the country.  I am certain this project is the one that is going to bless me with the title of New York Times Bestselling Author.  Until then, though, I don’t mind the title of BLESSed selling author. 

    About the Book

     Been There, Prayed That by E.N. Joy

     

    Mother Doreen has left New Day Temple of Faith in Malvonia, Ohio and moved to Kentucky to help her diabetic sister. Her sister’s husband, a truck driver, pretty much lives on the road. Mother Doreen feels in her spirit that she’s needed to intervene on her sister’s behalf, especially when the assistant pastor of her sister’s church seems to be there just a little bit too much. Her suspicions really grow when her sister’s belly does too. Is it Mother Doreen’s spirit of discernment warning her that things in her sister’s home and church aren’t what they seem, or is Mother Doreen just a busybody church mother sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong?

    Back in Malvonia, Tamarra and Maeyl’s relationship is moving along nicely. She even has a feeling that the man she knows God placed in her life is going to propose to her. But suspicions arise when someone from Maeyl’s past shows up at New Day Temple of Faith, unexpected and unwelcome. Will their relationship be able to withstand the strain?

    Follow the New Day Divas series by E.N. Joy as this soap opera in print brings back these and all of your other favorite blessed and highly favored characters whose antics will keep you entertained until the last page.

    Author’s website: www.enjoywrites.com

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Been-There-Prayed-That-E-N/dp/160162882X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256501504&sr=8-1

    Summer Reading Pick: Many Paths, Many Feet, An Anthology

    About the Book:
    Many Paths, Many Feet is an anthology of women’s stories, some fiction and some non-fiction, that candidly reveal women’s triumph and perseverance.  The stories, coupled with splashes of poetry, bring to light the essence of the human spirit. You will read familiar refrains of faith, determination, and tenacity.  We will take you on a powerful journey with incredible stories of challenges and the discovery of ourselves!
    The authors are fearless, indefatigable, and righteous in their march to victory, thus presenting the archetypal story of what all men and women experience in their quest for an exemplary life. At Many Paths, Many Feet, they believe the journey is as powerful and rewarding as the destination!
    The Authors:
    Inspirational, heartfelt encouraging stories featuring Motivational Speaker & Radio Personality, Phyllis Wilson; and highly-respected University Professor, Rosalee Martin; Student of Life, Consultant, and Writer Tracy René Beavers; Human Services Advocate, Sandra Thomas;  Spiritual Consultant, Motivational Social Expressionist and Author , Lewis; Author, Ayanna Fears-Betts;  Community Activist and Author, Gloria Scruggs; Communications and Public Affairs Guru Paula Jemison; Independent Product Consultant , Lynnell Morrison; Psychologist and Success Coach, Dr. Nicole Cutts;  Lotus Blossom, Lynn Simpson; Author, Salli Saxton; and Author, Quenzette Jackson.
    Book Excerpt:
    As I sat outside his door on the cold ICU floor, I cried and rocked myself and begged God to spare his life.  I would give anything.  After what seemed eternity, with people rushing in and out his room, the nurse came out and said that he was revived and I could go back in and talk to the doctor.  The doctor gave me the forms to sign and said the transfusion would start immediately.  As I leaned down to kiss his wrinkled forehead and wipe his face, I whispered, “Nothing will separate us.”
    He opened his eyes and looked at me and said in a whisper “I will always love you Sis” and slowly closed his eyes.  My hands started shaking and I could see he was taking his last breath.  The doctor moved me out of the way and said “Code Blue” in a firm voice.  Only this time they did not make me leave the room.  They announced his death at 2:36 p.m. September 14, 2004.
    Now every September I make the journey to Abilene with my now grown kids to see UNCLE Phillip.  The ride is always quiet as we are all in deep thought.  We clean his gravesite and tell stories about what he has missed since he has been gone.  The ride back is always joyful because we think about how he would have reacted if he had known how we have changed.  Because of his death my life has been changed forever.  I have tried to slow my pace and try to be the AUNT of all AUNTS to my other siblings’ kids.

    Website: www.manypathsmanyfeet.com

    Summer Reading Pick #4 “Ghetto Sin-Phony” by R. McCall

    Video Reading by the author
    Book Excerpt:
    Boom!!!! “Freeze” screamed the first Narc through the door followed by his team of heavily armed officers. They came in with guns drawn, flooding the small Plainfield apartment as the young hustlers inside scattered toward windows and the bathroom in hopes of escaping the grips of incarceration and getting rid of the product which would surely land them in prison for a substantial amount of time.
    It all seemed to be happening in a hazy blur as Rameek Matthews , a.k.a Rated-R, stood motionless like a deer caught in head lights staring blankly through bloodshot eyes. It was the rookie hustlers first raid and it took a second for his weed fogged mind to alert his body to react, but soon as it did he found himself panic-strickenly scurrying towards an open window with thoughts of slipping down the fire escape. Those thoughts were immediately cut short though when he felt himself being tackled to the ground by a steroid induced, John Cena looking officer.
    “Don’t move punk”!The Narc informed him as he forcefully shoved a knee into Rated-R’s back while cuffing him.
    Hearing all the commotion going on from the bedroom where he laid cuddled with a slim redbone, another young hustler by the name of Young Trigga instantly knew what was going on. Without a second thought he jumped out of the bed butt a– naked and reached for the loaded semi-automatic on the nightstand next to him. Fear of being placed in a small, dank, cold cell ran through his mental as the PCP induced teenager lived up to his deadly moniker.
    The first officer through the bedroom door received a slug to his protective chest armor followed by another to his unprotected neck and another ripping off his lower jaw bone. The officer managed to let off a few wayward shots which hit the girl in the bed and the wall as he fell backwards screaming in a gurgling, death curdling howl.
    “Shots Fired!” yelled the lead officer. They wasted no time entering the bedroom with their guns blazing. Seeing their fellow officer down only enraged the Plainfield Narcotics Officers, causing each of them to unload their clips on Young Trigga like a firing squad. A few minutes later Rated-R and his crew were in custody and one of his boys bullet ridden body laid in a pool of blood on the bedroom floor.
    It wasn’t their biggest bust, but The Plainfield Narcotics Division was surely pleased with the $200,000 worth of crack cocaine they did recover along with the numerous unregistered hand guns and confiscated money. What they weren’t pleased with was seeing their fellow officer getting wheeled out of there on a stretcher in critical condition with half his face torn off.
    The group of young hustlers were being led out in cuffs as the Lil’ Wayne track still blasted from the c.d. player inside of the apartment.
    “Man f–k these niggaz, I’m a spare everything but these niggaz. I’ll flip the gun & gun butt these niggaz, take the knife off the A.K. & cut these niggaz…YEEEAAA! And f–k these b—hes, I swear i care everything but these b—-hes. I-I Don’t care, i so what these b—hes. And i’ll put Young Moola way above these b—hes. If it aint broke dont break it. And if it aint shook I’m goin’ shake ’em. Hope i don’t look weak cuz, when a wolf cry wolf you still see that wolf’s teeth, MUTHAF–KAAAA!”
    Hours later in a holding tank at the Plainfield Police department Rated-R was finally allowed his one phone call after being finger printed and processed.
    “Listen bay-girl, they ain’t set no bail for me yet but get cha ass down here with the money i left in the cut for situations like this cuz i aint tryin’ to sleep on this hard ass wooden slab tonight.” He instructed to his girlfriend and mother of his first born.
    After giving out orders and saying his I love you’s Rated-R hung up and was escorted back 2 his cell.
    “Aye yoooo Buck!” He yelled through the cell bars at one of his co-defendants.
    Joseph “Buckey” Jones, a.k.a Buckshot laid on the hard wooden slab that acts as a bed and snapped out of his thousands thoughts that was running through his mind.” Whatz good my nigga?”
    “Did u ever get in contact with ya peoples?”
    “Nah, aint nobody answerin’ right now. Whatz good with u tho?”
    “I got in contact with wifey and she on her way up as we speak 2 post my bail”
    “Say no more my nigga. Yo…when u get out go by my crib and tell my shorty 2 call up here & find how much my bail is & hit da stash & come get me cuz I aint tryin’ spend da night on this dis hard ass wood either.”
    “U already know my nigga..I gotchu.
    “I can’t believe diz sh-t.” Yelled Darius Willams a.k.a D-Nice, another one of his co-D’s.” I just got dat apartment & now I’m about at lose dat s–t. If I have 2 do a bid Tanya aint gonna be able 2 hold dat s–t down. Dat b—h don’t gotta job. Damn…I just brought a 50 inch flat screen & ey’thing.Da Benz aint paid 4 or nuttin’”
    “U should’ve been prepared her 4 situations like dis. Datz y I been mentally prepared Wifey from day one what 2 do if dis type s–t happened. U was 2 busy trickin’ on them h–s and spoilin’ dat broad u 4got 2 school her 2 da game my nigga. Don’t worry…I’m a put something’ towardz ya s–t & when u touch get dat b—h mind right cuz if we gotta do some time u gotta have a ryda on ya side & if she aint gonna ride u gonna be f—-d.I done seen 2 many real niggaz fall victim 2 a grimy b—h when Buck chimed in.” Alotta b—-s aint built 4 dis and if u know ya b—-h u already know if she a soilder or not. Most b–ches jump ship and move on 2 da next nigga getting’ it when they dude get knocked cuz they don’t know nothing’ else. U got dat b—h addicted 2 a lifestyle she not gonna wanna give up.I hope u got some plan B’s just in case cuz I aint depending on my broad 4 s–t. I got Tisha, Courtney,& Jessica on da team so if I gotta do a bid I know dem b—hes gonna give they last 4 a nigga after all da s–t I done 4 them. And I got a lil’ sumptin’ put up 2 cum home 2 y digg!”
    “Maaaann, f–k all dat. Them pigz pushed Triggz s–t back.” Hollered another co-defendant.
    “I know, datz f–ked up dat nigga went out like dat. Dat wet must’ve had him gone cuz I heard him blastin’ soon as they went in da room.” Buck hollerd back.
    “Yo Phatz…Steele.” R. yelled.
    “Yooooo,” both men answered simultaneously.
    “Just H-e checkin’.” He chuckled playfully.
    They all continued to converse through the bars about the events of the night and what laid ahead for them until their family and girls came to post their bails.
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