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Wednesday Author Spotlight ~ Michelle Lindo-Rice

Hi Folks!

It’s a new year! Any resolutions? Goals? Challenges? Well I have a reading challenge going on over at Goodreads. Speaking of which our Wednesday Author Spotlight is back for the new year. And our first author is Michelle Lindo-Rice. Her book Walk A Straight Line is now available.

Now before we get into that book let me talk about her debut novel Sing A New Song. This was the last book I read in 2013 and it was in one word…GREAT. See my review on Amazon here. Go get it. You will not regret it.

Ok back to the reason Michelle is visiting us today, her new book; Walk A Straight Line

WALK-A-STRAIGHT-LINE-COVERSynopsis

Two friends. Two brothers. Two weddings. Too many secrets.            
Colleen MacGregor rededicated her life to God when she met and married Terence Hayworth. However, her happily-ever-after will have to wait, because she has some serious dragons to slay to sustain her marriage and keep her friendship with Gina Price intact. After fifteen years of friendship, Colleen must now draw the line and stop telling Gina everything.
What did God do to her friend? Gina finds it hard to deal with Colleen’s newfound faith. She thinks Colleen has become self-righteous, subjecting Gina to her holy tirades whenever the mood strikes. When Gina begins dating one brother, while simultaneously falling in love with another, boy, does she get an earful! Gina, however, is way too busy trying to sort her way through her own murky feelings to worry about her soul. Her heart wants what it wants.
Michelle Lindo-Rice explores the complicated world of female friendships. Can a friendship survive when one friend becomes saved.

You can buy the book today on Amazon

About Michelle

MISH 2Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. From a young teen, Michelle discovered a passion for reading and writing and feels blessed to use her talents to bring God glory. Michelle currently works as a Reading Specialist for exceptional student learners, and is the proud mother of two teenage sons. Her published books are Sing a New Song and Walk a Straight Line.

You can read her testimony, learn about her books, join her mailing list, or read a sample chapter for her books at www.michellelindorice.com

Lucky By Yejide Kilanko

During the year,I have featured numerous authors and aspiring authors. Yejide Kilanko is a sister writer of mine and a favorite. Her feature on Wednesday Author Spotlight can be found here. Enjoy another flash fiction piece from her…it had me cracking up. Remember my post What’s In A Name ?…..this made me remember it.

Ps: This will be my last feature of the year but stayed tuned for the new year.

I have been told several times I came out of my mother’s womb talking, so brevity in speech or the written word, has always been a challenge of mine.

Sometime during this year, I decided to start writing flash stories. It has been so much fun writing stories where every word has to count.

Please find below my latest flash story titled Lucky. Coming from an African culture where children, are named with the hope it would impact their destinies, it was hard not to share Lucky’s pain.

Whether you’re a reader or writer, I hope you’ll decide to try something new in 2014. It just might open the door to a new adventure.

Lucky-Flash Story

Author Bio:

Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. A therapist in children’s mental health, Yejide, lives with her young family in Ontario, Canada. Daughters Who Walk This Path (Penguin Canada, 2012) is her debut novel. Her second novel, A Deep and Distant Shore, will be published by Penguin Canada in 2015. For more information about Yejide or her writing, please visit www.yejidekilanko.com  or https://www.facebook.com/YejideKilankoAuthor

The Holidays Are Heating Up….

I love this time of the year.  First the selfless sacrifice that Jesus Christ made…subjecting himself to his own creation so we might have a chance at salvation. Oh what joy.!!

I also love spending time with family and friends…its also my birthday month (yeah I’m a Christmas Eve baby) so its all good for me.

And lastly, nothing makes the holidays more complete like a good holiday read. Besides mine The Christmas Ultimatum , The Christmas UltimatumI have some books to share with you that I think you might wanna try…In fact I know you will enjoy. Books make wonderful gifts…*hint, hint*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover - Anya's Wish1. Even with love in the air, Anya has some Scrooge-like moments that put a damper on the holidays…

One man. One woman. One wish.

After five years in a dead-end relationship, the last thing Anya needs is a man to upset her ordered existence. A quiet, Christmas season with family is all that’s on her agenda, until her job puts her in contact with Christophe Mondesir, who refuses to play by her rules.

 

Caught between an interfering ex, a secret that gives her anxious moments, and a man with the power to make her forget promises to herself, Anya faces more complications than she can handle.

If her ex would stay gone, she might take a chance on romance with the man determined to spin her world off its axis. But the obstacles in her way leave Anya stuck in a groove with work as the main diversion from her problems.

Only Christopher’s resolve to win Anya’s love makes the difference between staying in a rut and pursuing her dreams.

Anya’s Wish is the prequel to Chasing Anya.

Amazon linkhttp://www.amazon.com/Anyas-Wish-Island-Adventure-Series-ebook/dp/B00H6TXVMM/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_d_1

Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386086

Joy’s website http://www.joylcampbell.com/p/books.html

rhonda2. Brooke Jordan thought her Christmas was going to be boring, particularly since she’s stuck working in Montego Bay, Jamaica, instead of home in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family. Paradise isn’t paradise when you’re not where you want to be, but this Christmas is anything but uneventful. Three airplanes land on the island and Brooke finds herself in exchanges that cause love, temptation, and HATE to surface.

Marcus Thompson has pain in his past, but he’s decided it’s time to try love again. A widowed orphan from a wealthy family, he’s alienated from his grandfather and wants a family of his own. His feelings for Brooke can’t be denied, but she won’t give him a chance to prove he’s not the playboy she thinks he is.

Though she finds Marcus tempting, Brooke is determined to get off the island without falling for his charms. The two people she trusted the most betrayed her in the worse way, and she isn’t prepared to risk love again. But when her worst enemy stands on her doorstep needing the generosity that has always been a part of Brooke’s character, she begins to question who she is and what she’s allowed heartbreak to do to her. Will she let anger and hate take over and turn her into someone else? Or will she find that even in her pain, she has the capacity to give?

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H7QUGJU/?tag=rhomckaut-20

Barnes & Nobles:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/give-a-little-love-rhonda-mcknight/1117655920?ean=2940148939160

Rhonda’s website http://rhondamcknight.blogspot.com/

Small Love at Christmastime3. The Love at Christmastime series is two sweet holiday novellas, A Heart for Christmas, and Two Hearts for Christmas to warm your heart and soul any time of the year.

In A Heart for Christmas, Yvette Stilwell, a young widow, has overcome a terrible loss. Her eight year old daughter, Lacey, is her primary focus and romance is a thing of the past…until now.

When Christopher Darcy realizes that the woman sitting next to him in the airport is the “one that got away” so long ago, he is amazed at his good fortune.  But Yvette is not exactly ready to rush into anything, even after she discovers just how attractive a holiday romance may seem…

Will the magic of the season and some well-placed mistletoe bring them together?

In Two Hearts for Christmas, the Darcy’s have a two-year old son, a pre-teen daughter, and work keeping their family on the go.  When Christopher begins spending long hours running his parent’s Christmas tree farm, it causes stress at home.

Will a hidden secret and unexpected news threaten their bond, or will they find a way bring their family joy at the holidays?

Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=lisa%20watson%20love%20at%20christmastime

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-at-christmastime-lisa-y-watson/1117314781?ean=9781493516216

Connect with Lisa – http://www.lisawatson.com

pat4. Yes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but unless the jewel is going on Solae Wyatt-Palmer’s ring finger, they hold little value to her.
When she meets Fire Captain Hershel Kavanaugh, their magnetism is undeniable and there’s no doubt that it’s love at first sight.
Since Solae adores Hershel’s two boys from his failed marriage, she wouldn’t blink at the chance to become a mother to them. But when it seems as if Hershel doesn’t have a proposal on his agenda, she has no choice but to cut her losses and move on.
But Christmas is coming. And in order to win Solae back, Hershel must resolve some past issues before convincing her that she possesses everything he wants.

The purchase links: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Christmas-Love-The-Crossroads-ebook/dp/B00GXV10L8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385855088&sr=8-1&keywords=a+baby+for+christmas+pat+simmons

Author Website : http://www.patsimmons.net

christbeaucover5. Christmas Beau (Book 1 – The Haven and Harper Series)

By Norma L. Jarrettt

Haven Powell issues Santa and God a challenge…

 “They must be giving away engagement rings like government cheese!” Haven Powell thought after hearing even her seventy-something co-worker even had a man. A bit dismayed at her career options and dismal holiday plans, Haven issues Santa and God a challenge…to deliver her “+ one” by 11:59 p.m. December 31st. When her sister Harper officially launches “Project + One” the holiday fun begins! After a series of hapless hook ups and lackluster love connects she discovers the ultimate lesson in faith, patience and Gods’ timing!”

 Purchase Links:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Beau-Harper-Haven-Series-ebook/dp/B00AL0BPD0

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-beau-norma-jarrett/1113969108

Author Website

http://www.normajarrett.net

ChirstmasAngel2006. The Christmas Angel

I’m just spreading a little Christmas Cheer! Enjoy….

The madness must end. All Abigail wants for Christmas is to be left alone. She has grown tired of her family’s horrible matchmaking schemes and her daughters’ deceptive plans to get her to take her ex-husband back. It’s not that she doesn’t want a relationship. She’s more than ready for Mr. Right to sweep her off her feet. She’s just come to the realization that there may not be a Mr. Right out there for her—and that’s okay. Now if she could only convince her family of that.

Jeff is all work and no play, which is why he found himself stranded in the middle of nowhere with a blizzard quickly approaching. Desperate for cover, he spots a house in the distance. Upon meeting the kindhearted, gorgeous owner of the home, he deems Abigail his Christmas Angel, and thanks Santa for the early gift. But is she too good to be true?

Disclaimer: This title is NOT Christian fiction

 Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Second-Chances-Deatri-King-Bey-ebook/dp/B00GBJCAAC

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-angel-deatri-king-bey/1117268242?ean=2940148713821

Visit Deatri online: http://DeatriKingBey.com

 

twitter27. Inspired by her own battle with breast cancer, Zaria Garrison presents The Power of Pink: A Christmas Story.

Caron Taylor, Teresa Sanders, and Pamela Jefferson are three women looking forward to celebrating the upcoming holiday season with their family and friends.

After becoming engaged to the love of her life, Caron finds out she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The first person she confides in is her fiancée’, Michael. He is stunned by the news and suddenly drops out of sight.

Teresa is a pediatric nurse who considers all of the children in her ward as her very own. She is also a twenty year cancer survivor who has never shared her diagnosis with anyone. After her marriage fell apart she chose to have the surgery alone and never speak about it with another living soul until fate and circumstance force her to open up her secret box.

Pamela Jefferson has just completed radiation and chemotherapy following her diagnosis. Although she lost both breasts to the disease she is not letting a little thing like a double mastectomy slow her down or steal her joy.

These three women, like so many, are fighting breast cancer and its lasting effects bring them all together this holiday season to celebrate.

 Purchase Links:

CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4507826

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Pink-Christmas-Story/dp/1493652206/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1385595324&sr=8-1

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Power-Pink-Zaria-Garrison-ebook/dp/B00GQJ69OA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385595324&sr=8-1&keywords=zaria+garrison

Website: www.zariagarrison.webstarts.com

 

 

ESCAPE TO LOVE Book Tour with Essence Bestselling Author Vanessa Miller

bookcoverESCAPE TO LOVE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

with VANESSA MILLER

Nov 4-15, 2013

Genre: Christian Fiction, Novella

E-Book 5 – Praise Him Anyhow Series

Publisher: Praise Unlimited Enterprises (October 7, 2013)

ASIN: B00FPA73IM

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

Vanessa is giving away 5-ebook copies of Escape To Love during the tour
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About The Book

She wanted a peaceful escape to the Bahamas. What she got was love and danger at every turn.

Renee Thomas can’t trust herself to pick a good man. Putting her life back together after being in an abusive relationship, she finds a job. Her new job isn’t exciting, but it nets one major positive: she reconnects with an old flame, but like a moth to a flame, her abuser also tries to reconnect with disastrous results, not only for her, but everyone she loves.

Jay Morris can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire career on an IPO that must go off without any glitches…but he can’t stop thinking about Renee and the fear he saw in her eyes. He’d give up everything in order to protect her… he’d walk through fire for the chance to love her.

About The Author

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Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.

Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.

To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.

  • Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award 2003
  • Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction 2004
  • Nominated for the NAACP Image Award (Christian Fiction) 2004
  • Essence Bestseller’s List March 2008; May 2008 (Former Rain)
  • Essence Bestseller’s List September 2008 (Rain Storm)
  • Black Expressions Book Club Alternate Selection 2007, 2008 & 2009.

Vanessa originally self-published, then in 2006 she signed a five-book deal with Urban Christian/Kensington. Her books can now be found in Wal-Mart, and almost all major bookstores, including African American bookstores and online bookstores such as Amazon.com.

Vanessa is a dedicated Christian and devoted mother. She graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. In 2007, Vanessa was ordained by her church as an exhorter. Vanessa believes this was the right position for her because God has called her to exhort readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord.

Most of Vanessa’s published novels depict characters that are lost and in need of redemption. The books have received countless favorable reviews.

Buy Links:

Amazon ebook:  http://www.amazon.com/Escape-Love-Book-Praise-ebook/dp/B00FPA73IM/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1381786231&sr=1-5&keywords=vanessa+miller

Amazon paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Escape-Praise-Anyhow-Series-Volume/dp/1492986704/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Website: http://vanessamiller.com/

Social Links:

Email: vmiller-01@earthlink.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vanessamiller01

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanessamiller01

Facebook Reader Group: https://www.faceook.com/groups/77899021863/

Add to Goodreads wln5

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18714919-escape-to-love-praise-him-anyhow-series

Vanessa Tour Schedule: Write Now Literary VBT: http://wnlbooktours.com/vanessa-miller-3/

bannervmREAD AN EXCERPT

Looking herself over in the full length mirror, Renee Thomas liked what she saw. She’d often been compared to  Angela Bassett. When Renee first began hearing the comparison she felt compelled to remind people that Angela Bassett was in her fifties and old enough to be her mother. But then Renee realized just how ageless Angela Bassett seemed to be. She might be in her fifties, but the woman could pass for a thirty-something. So, whenever she heard the compliment these days, Renee simply smiled and accepted it.

Outer beauty had never been a problem for Renee. But her inner beauty that had taken a beaten because of her dealings with Marlin Jones. He had constantly made her feel as if she couldn’t do anything without him. The night he beat her and made her loose their child had caused her self-esteem to sink even lower.

Her father and step-mother had been praying for her and after months of doubting herself, Renee was finally ready to re-enter the workforce. Wearing a navy blue suit, she grabbed her purse and headed out of the house. She’d messed up her life by making so many wrong choices in the past, but this was a new day for her, a new beginning.

“Looking good there, Ms. Thomas,” Carmella Marshall-Thomas said as Renee entered the kitchen.

“You’re looking pretty good yourself, Mrs. Thomas.”

Carmella handed her a glass of orange juice and a bagel with vegetable cream cheese. “I figured you’d want something light to get you going.”

“You’re always so thoughtful.” Renee kissed Carmella’s cheek. “I haven’t always been as thoughtful where you’re concerned, but you’re good people. I still miss my mom. But I am so thankful that my father married you.”

“You’re always going to miss your mom, Renee. I still miss mine. But you were so young when you’re mom died… I just wish you could’ve had more time with her.”