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Flashlight Moments In the Dark Presents: Abimbola Dare

Peace and blessings be with you at the start of this new week. You aren’t reading wrong, I have decided to move the Flashlight Moments in the Dark series to Mondays. That way you can get the full experience of the Anchor Talk Podcast on Tuesdays.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Abimbola Dare. She isn’t a stranger to the blog so I won’t go into any long intro so we can get to the juiciness of her interview. Reading and preparing it for you was one big “wow fest” for me. The reason is that our stories to purpose is kinda similar. Pain and hopelessness pushed me into mine via my hubby.Chaos pushed her into hers.

There is something about our storms that have a way of turning things around. But as I say on this blog all the time, we can’t give up in the midst of it. We gotta hold on by having #confidentexpectations in the All Knowing God. Without further talk, let’s enjoy Abimbola(who I fondly call”Bims) Dare’s interview.

Unoma: Who is Abimbola Dare?
Abimbola: First, I am a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ, a writer and author of two books ( plus a few short stories and other unpublished works). I am married to a kind, wonderful man, a mother of beautiful children and an IT professional in the publishing industry (a job I love). I am also an anointed speaker of God’s word, and a playwright. I wear many hats by God’s grace- and grateful for them all.
Unoma:  In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your purpose journey?
Abimbola: Sharing God’s love, one story at a time…
Unoma: What is the driving force in your life?
Abimbola: The Holy Spirit; the desire to fulfill destiny, and knowing that other destinies are tied to mine.
Unoma: How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?
Abimbola: I try to juggle everything and take each day as it comes. I outsource some of my house hold chores where I can, and ask my husband to help when it gets overwhelming. My children are getting older and are starting to understand when mummy needs to write, and so leave me alone for like 15 minutes before they come badgering back! I try to write every spare moment which often includes train rides to work, or during my lunch break. I write when I can and try not to stress when I can’t.
Unoma: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?
Abimbola: I went through an experience in 2009 that is still tough to talk about. It was a time changed my life and shook my faith to my core. It was a time of loss, of disappointing news, of hopes crushed. It was a time when I was convinced that God did not love me anymore, a time when I questioned God’s faithfulness, his ability to save, but the precious Holy Spirit kept on assuring me and whispering words of love to my soul. But for the Holy Spirit, I would have turned my back on my faith… but God did not let me go! I overcame it by choosing to trust God, regardless and by leaning on the Holy Spirit. It’s amazing how God works because that experience led me to find my purpose … through the pain. It was in the chaos of that period, God called me to write for Him.

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Unoma: How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?
Abimbola: I try to press on, holding unto Jesus even when it feels like He isn’t there. I talk to myself in the mirror, remind myself that I am special. That God loves me. That I have a calling, a purpose, a destiny. Sometimes I have to repeat this to myself many, many times before my confidence is restored.
Unoma: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?
Abimbola: I know that I was created for a purpose. I know that I am light, and that I will shine. I believe that God has a plan for me, one of good and so that helps me hold my head up and press on even when things don’t seem to work out the way I want them to.
Unoma: What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.
Abimbola: In my writing, when I am unsure of what to do with a story or when I face writer’s block or when I am uninspired to write) I have sometimes fasted, prayed, and deliberately waited on God for direction. Sometimes I lie on the floor in my bedroom and just stay there, saying nothing. The prayer is a cry from the depth of my soul for God to give my story a direction.
Unoma: What advice would you give your younger self?
Abimbola: Be fearless. Don’t worry. God will not fail. Be consistent. Try again.
Unoma: What can we look forward to from you this year?
Abimbola: I am working on releasing two novels by God’s grace- one which will be traditionally published (and is currently being edited by the publishing firm). The second novel is now being featured on my website as a blog series titled The Accidental Wife. The aim is to run that for as long as I can before I get it out into a novel.

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You can read the first two episodes of The Accidental Wife here

Bio:

Abimbola Dare started writing in 2006 as Bimbylads, the blogger. When she took a break from blogging to start a family in 2009, God called her to write Christian fiction. Her first novel, The Small Print, was released in 2011-which became a top 40 Kindle Bestseller. In 2013, her second novel, When Broken Chords Sing also reached the number 1 spot in its category. In 2012, she wrote a short story titled The No-Nonsense Wife which became an internet sensation and was made into a short film. She is a gifted speaker of the Word, a wife and a mother. She is currently working on her 3rd & 4th novels, a play script ( stage) and a screen play. The novels are due to be published later this year.

Contact: abimboladare1@gmail.com
Facebook.com/bimbylads
Instagram: @abimboladareauthor

I hope you enjoyed this interview and found something in it that resonated with you.

A couple of things before you go.There is still time to get your FREE Light Pearls in the Dark Prayer Journal. All you have to do is pre order In the Dark

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Blessings,

Unoma

 

 

#GoodReadsFriday: Practice What You Praise By Candice Y. Johnson

This is a new author to be but the story synopsis is so juicy. Well before you really get to check out exceprts and stuff read this quest post from the lovely Candice Y. Johnson

Your CHEERS Await!

Dumb. Stupid.

Unworthy. Embarrassing.

… not good enough.

You are so much stronger than you think!

So I am not Iyanla, and the only somebody who can truly fix a life is Jesus! But, as a woman whose heart knows the beat of feeling insignificant for the better part of my years – if I see the opportunity to knock the snot out of negativity, I’ve got the tissues ready to catch it!

Too often, the one holding us back from making a second date with success is our own self. In the past, no matter how my support system would try to filter positive encouragement into my spirit, I would internalize those not-so-pretty adjectives the enemy would try to conquer them with. It would wear me down until I was completely broken. But the great thing about broken pieces is, sometimes they can be put back together.

Today I challenge you, Dear Reader: Do not let your own words destroy you! We have to watch what comes out of our mouths, because the Word of God declares our words have power (“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21 KJV)

I encourage you to edit your own life story. DELETE dream-threatening words/phrases from your vocabulary – can’t, won’t, how, no way, impossible, why would, why me. These words are all counterproductive to creative peace. Get rid of them and proceed with confidence. Counter self-deprecating tags you put on yourself with positive reinforcement.

“I don’t know how” evolves into “I’ll learn.” “I can’t” becomes “I will.” “I don’t have the funds or resources” reminds us that God will provide. (“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19 KJV)

Don’t play possum to circumstances. So often, we convince ourselves that we have so many haters, detractors, or folk who are just not for us. Truth is, Heaven has an entire cheering section celebrating our success before we can see the finish line! Today, write your own appreciation, sing of your own triumph, and dance to a beat that only you can make!

Sometimes, we let our own limited perception of who we think we are define us, but take a closer look, lean forward and LISTEN.

Hear that?

It’s your background music.

Let it play as you star in your own life!

It’s good right? Now let me introduce her work to you…

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Teaser
A teen mother, a praise dance team … who gives whom the right to praise?

Description
Pregnant and unwed, Jojo was quickly dismissed from the church’s praise team, though the baby’s father (a choir musician) remained in his position thanks to his familial ties at church. Two years later, Jojo believes she’s paid the price for her choices and wants her spot back–after all, anyone who has ever seen her dance knows that she’s anointed to praise Him in the dance. But how long must one “sit down” before being reinstated? Isn’t a repentant heart and a humbled spirit enough?

Pastor Trigg wants to lead the church in the right direction, but the congregation seems quite divided about how to move forward with letting Jojo–who is still in high school–dance in the sanctuary. Will allowing her to dance set a bad precedent? Can the members forgive and forget? While trying to sort through what’s best for the church, his personal life seems to be a total bust. Will he ever find true love?

This debut work deals with a sensitive topic while maintaining a uniquely humorous point of view. Jojo will have you laughing out loud and make you while the story line begs the question: Who gives whom the right to praise?

Excerpt (Chapter 1): Download here
Youtube Preview Video: http://youtu.be/ijGdFIB7xfg

Buy Link Amazon

About the Author

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Candice Y. Johnson is a choreographer, dancer, indie actress, speaker, author and freelance writer who has rested her head on a pillow in Dallas, Texas for most of her life. Known for her dynamic choreography as the artistic director of the award-winning Ordered Steps Productions dance company, Candice has garnered more social media support for her original, creative, energetic writing style than her not-so-veiled obsession with Tabasco Sauce! Her work has been featured in the Associated Press, the Dallas Morning News, TV Guide, Curly Nikki, Mahogany Curls, her own blog – The Frizzness, and so much more! Currently, she’s using her left-handed brainpower to pour into the next chapter of the Practice What You Praise novel series!

When not enjoying the occasional fleeting moment at home with her hubby, this dance ministry coach and encourager moves to her own invisible beat, and is dancing from her keyboard straight to the heart of the people!

Social Media
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/candiceyjohnsonauthor
Twitter: @iamworship7
Instagram: naturaldancer

Author contact information: ordered.steps@yahoo.com

I Even Forgot To Title It…

Remember I talked about the whirlwind in a previous post? Now I’m going to give you an update on what has been going on so you too will be in the know.

 

 

 

First thing is first, I’m in Lagos, Nigeria. The reason for my visit apart from seeing family and friends is the premiere of my movie #TemptingFate. My husband wrote & directed the movie I worked as a producer…I earned that title..LOL. The movie will show in Nigerian theaters nationwide on July 17th. If you are in Nigeria, make it a date.

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On the 12th of July at 2pm, I’ll be signing and reading from my books at Patabah bookstore Off Adeniran Ogunsanya in Suru Lere Lagos. I really hope to meet my Nigerian readers there. Prizes and surprise guest will be there..:-)

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Now onto publishing news….drum roll please, giving thanks to God,  I’m now signed to Brown Girls Publishing under the Brown Girl Faith imprint. yay! My own publishing company, KevStel Publications is still alive and the Sons of Ishmael series and others stories will be published under it…but Final Ultimatum which is the sequel to The Christmas Ultimatum will be published under BGF in the Spring of 2016! I’m excited to be on this new journey as a hybrid author.

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Speaking of Sons of Ishmael, Anchored By Love which is the second book in the series, is in the proof reading stage but I need to tighten up the end.It should be available for pre order late August hoping to release in October 2015.

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Here is the synopsis:

One request changed everything forever…again

When Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Just as he begins to feel the forbidden emotion, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way across the world. Now, Damisi has a request that only Jabir could fulfill. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. They vow never to see each other again, but fate has a different idea. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day.

 

I  shared the first chapter of the book with my newsletter subscribers last month and I’ll share more chapters soon, to get it sign up here

Lastly, I’d like to announce that my books are now available on Jumai Nigeria online. If you’re in Nigeria, you can now order from Jumai and it gets shipped to you anywhere in the country.

I’d like to say thank you for your support of my work. I couldn’t do this without you, sounds like cliche but it is so so true.

Be Blessed.

Unoma

PS: This post went on for weeks without a title…hence the title

Wednesday Author Spotlight~ Yejide Kilanko

This week I have the pleasure of introducing Yejide Kilanko. I’ve known of her for a while but just got to really “know” her. Online of course, since she lives in Canada and I’m in the US of A. :-). But I can truly tell you that she is such a sweet lady with a big heart. But don’t let me be the judge read her words for yourself. Her debut novel Daughters Who Walk This Path is out now but she is also a powerful poet. Weaving words and raw emotions that have you captivated from beginning to end.

spotlight2“My life as a writer began with poetry writing at the age 12. Because I didn’t think I could write one, I didn’t start working on my first novel manuscript until I was 33. Because it’s the best way I express myself, I wasn’t surprised the novel was inspired by a poem I wrote titled, Silence Speaks.

My story is really a miraculous one as I was signed up by a literary agent within one week and found a publisher interested in Daughters days after it was submitted. With Daughters now published in Canada, The United States, Germany and Thailand, I’m living proof that life can bring new dreams when least expected. That’s why it’s important to believe in your abilities and don’t give up.

spotlight22I say to those who have the desire to write, go for it. As you work on that first manuscript, learn the craft of writing. Be patient with yourself. Re-write the sentence a hundred times if you need to. Always put your best work forward. There will be days when it seems the blank paper is winning, step away if you must, but go back and write anything that comes to your mind. You can only edit a full page.

As a Christian, I believe my ability to write is a gift from God. And like the other gifts he has given me, even as a mainstream fiction writer, I can use my work for his glory. I’m always happy when I receive mail from fans who tell me how reading Daughters has positively impacted their lives. I know some Christian writers struggle with the desire to write secular fiction. If this is your conviction, I want to say it’s possible to be a blessing wherever you’ve been planted.

Thanks Unoma for having me on your site. All the best in your writing journey.”

Listen to her read from her book…good stuff

yejide Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Yejide Kilanko is a writer of poetry, fiction and a therapist in children’s mental health. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. Yejide’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path was published by Penguin Canada, April 2012. Her second novel is forthcoming from Penguin Canada, spring 2014. Please visit www.yejidekilanko.com