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Flashlight Moments In The Dark Presents: Norma L. Jarrett

Welcome to another edition of Flashlight Moments in the Dark. I hope you have been keeping up. This week is our third week and I have the pleasure of interviewing Norma L Jarret.

Me: So tell us, who is Norma L. Jarrett?
Norma: Norma Jarrett is a believer who seeks to encourage and inspire through the use of her creative gifts.
Me: What is the driving force in your life?
Norma: My desire to encourage and inspire women and to help them understand how fearfully and wonderfully he has made us all.

Me: How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?

Norma: It is not always easy. I think you have to continuously commit it to God. Especially when you know you have not honored your time as you should. God is the great balancer. Me: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?
Norma: Losing my mother shortly after I graduated from college. She was my best friend. (next to my father) Her death was so unexpected and heart breaking. I can’t say I have completely gotten over it but it forced me to grow closer to God. I wandered around plugging that whole with accomplishments but on He could fill that space.
Me: How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?
Norma: On the professional, I talk to God a lot but also have a few trusted sounding boards. I read the word and other motivational material. I pray and use affirmations and I try to stay around passion infused people. On the personal side I journal, stay connected to spirit filled but balanced friends, listen to praise and worship and attend church. I do lots of “self-talk” and remember everything is a season. It is also wise to have a great prayer partner.

 

 

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Me: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?
Norma: I know that God holds the future. I have learned hard lessons about anxiety and fear. Some of our biggest mistakes occur when we get out of God’s timing. It sounds cliché’ but you do have to live in the moment. (Business or Personal)
Me:What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.
Norma: It means quiet time for me. I have to shut everything down. By nature I am a socialized introvert so turning inward comes natural. It means getting up a little earlier to pray and meditate or something simple as sitting outside and soaking up nature.
Me:What advice would you give your younger self?
Norma: You are so much smarter, together and more beautiful than you give yourself credit for. Don’t ever let anyone else assign your value. Have fun and enjoy every experience in life.
Me:What can we look forward to from you this year? OR What are you working on?
Norma: I am working on two non-fiction books. Place and With Dignity and Grace.

I hope you enjoyed Norma’s transparency and see that even through uncertainty, we owe it to ourselves to push through the process and glow in the dark. Also Journaling play an important role in intentional thinking and reflection. There is still time to get your FREE Light Pearls in the Dark Prayer Journal. All you have to do is preorder In the Dark

Now let’s find out more about Norma,

Bio: Norma L. Jarrett, J.D. is the award winning author of Randomhouse novels, Sunday Brunch, Sweet Magnolia and The Sunday Brunch Diaries (Essence bestseller) and other works: Bridal Brunch, Brunchspiration, Christmas Beau, Love on a Budget, Valentine’s Day…Again??? and Salt and Sky. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Essence, Ebony, Publisher’s Weekly, Rolling Out, Southern Living, Upscale, Hope Magazine and other media. Norma has been a featured guest on The Yolanda Adams radio show, ABC 13’s Crossroads, Outlook Houston, Majic 102, Atlanta’s V103 and other media. Among other honors, Ms. Jarrett has received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her literary work. She has served as a panelist and/or speaker at events such as the Baltimore Book Festival, Miami Book Fair, Faith & Fiction Retreat, Harlem Book Fair, the Essence Music Festival, Christian Book Lovers Retreat and other venues. Ms. Jarrett is a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Norma is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and a founding member of The Anointed Authors on Tour. She is married and resides in Houston, Texas, where she attends Lakewood Church. Visit her website at http://www.normajarrett.net.

You can also keep up with Norma on Social media

@jarrettwrites7 (Twitter)
@Authornormajarrett (Instagram)
@jarrettwrites7@aol.com (e-mail)

Enjoy the rest of your week

Blessings
Unoma

 

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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

 

 

It’s My Party!

Wrapped_GiftsI have told the story a thousand times… I got the gift to write from God but the actual push came from my husband. I remember the day he saw my personal library overflowing with books.

“Babe, I see all these books, where is yours?” he asked That was six years ago. My blog was born and then followed my book, An Unexpected Blessing.  Suffice to say that before I even thought about writing one word, I was and still am a book addict. I mean it, seriously…so I thought what better way to celebrate my blog’s birthday than to introduce you to the books that I read. And the authors I admire..

I will be giving away five books.

Pat Simmons: I call Ms. Pat my “shero”, her books have me up till 3 a.m on a work night. Yeah that good. When I finally talked to her, she was just as down to earth as I imagined. I wanted to give way my best book by her, Crowning Glory but its not in an e format. So here is  Stopping Traffic. Thank me later and try out her Guilty Series..it will take a whole post to talk about those Jameison men.stopping

 

 

 

Rhonda McKnight: I really admire this author. She has a lot of great books, I like all her books. But I’m giving away An Inconvenient Friend, after reading it you might knock over people trying to get to the sequel What Kind of Fool..lol. While you are at it you might wanna check out her new book Breaking All The Rules, its on my to be read list.download (4)

 

 

 

Salt Bola Essien-Nelson: She is my sister pillar, my big sis and a woman spreading the message of Christ in the simplest of terms. She is the brain behind the Desperate Naija Woman series. Now she has a new book out True Confessions, and I’m giving it to you!

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Yejide Kilanko:  She is my sister in pen. She is another sister pillar that God has blessed me with. I want to introduce her book Daughters Who Walk This Path to you. Her new book will be out next spring.

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Finally, Norma Jarret: I haven’t read her work but she is a true woman of God. Dropping nuggets that give you food for thought. She is known for light hearted books that spread the message and provides humor at the same time. I have her latest book  Love On A Budget on my to read list but I’m giving it to you…tell me what you think would you?

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I might have to do another giveaway soon cos this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Of  the authors I love and are so into…but for now here are the rules:

You have to:

1. Like my Facebook page https://facebook.com/unwankworauthor

2. Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/unwankwor

3. Comment on this post ( You have to do 1&2 above then come here to let me know)

4. Have an Kindle or Nook. The books to be given away are E books ONLY!

5. Offer ends Oct 31st at midnight EST. Winners will be announced November 1st

Thank you for supporting me.  I feel so blessed to know these women and do what I do…..Weaving Stories of Faith, Hope & Love….

Be Blessed

Unoma