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Hot Off The Press~The Confession By Pat Simmons

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Allow me to roll out the red carpet for my shero and mentor Pat Simmons. I admire they way she weaves romance around the infallible unchanging Word of God. Don;t believe me just try one of her books. The proof is in the pudding, today I’m bringing you her latest baby~ The Confession

Title of Book: THE CONFESSION
Author: Pat Simmons
Genre: Christian fiction romance
Back cover blurb: Fashion consultant Sandra Nicholson catches the eye of pretty boy Raimond Mayfield whose priorities have evolved over the years to include God first, followed by his business and restoring broken relationships. As the pair get to know each other, they learn they have a lot in common–if only their adult children don’t stand in the way of their happiness and their past secrets don’t come back to haunt them.
This story brings back several beloved characters, including Grandma BB, who is up to usual her shenanigans.

CHAPTER ONE

“Excuse me.” The richness of a baritone voice interrupted Sandra Nicholson’s next sip of java as she stared out the window at the Nook Café. Glancing over her shoulder, Sandra expected to see… Well, she didn’t know what she expected, but the good-looking gentleman with defined features wasn’t it.
The mesmerizing voice matched a captivating man. Wow, she thought to herself as he seemed to study her.
“You are one incredibly beautiful woman,” he stated as he towered over the table she shared with her son, who had minutes earlier excused himself to the men’s room.
The stranger’s timing couldn’t have been more precise. A snarl from her overbearing son, and the man surely would have thought twice about stopping. What was taking Kidd so long, anyway?
Without waiting for her response, the distinguished gentleman swaggered out of Nordstrom’s boutique café and disappeared into the store, leaving a trail of his designer cologne as his calling card. His stride had been as confident as his declaration.
Sandra did her best not to ogle, but she conducted a quick assessment in less than sixty seconds. She guessed him to be about six-one or two and would tower over her five-seven frame. Judging from his wavy thick salt-and-pepper curly hair that complemented his brown skin, the man was in his late forties, early fifties. If good genes ran in his family, he could have been hovering over eighty for all she knew. Yet, his confident stride hinted of a man who was youthful and fit. With jaw-dropping looks, she pegged him as a ladies man in his heyday, or even now. Sandra knew how to call them, because she had been charmed by the top-of-the-line Samuel Jamieson. She dismissed the temptation at the same time Kidd reappeared, talking on his cell phone.
“Eva,” he mouthed.
She nodded as he took his seat, then her mind drifted once again to the striking stranger. It wasn’t like she didn’t receive compliments here and there, but it was the commanding way he said it that made her want to pass out and never regain consciousness if it meant he would be in her dreams. Because he said it, Sandra felt beautiful. Maybe it was the highlights in her hair that her daughter-in-law, Talise, insisted she try or maybe it was the ensemble she had meticulously assembled to wear.
“Okay, babe. Don’t worry. I’m on my way.” Lines etched Kidd’s forehead, which put Sandra on alert. No time for whimsical musing as she leaned forward with concern. “Is everything okay?”
“No.” He gritted his teeth. “The car won’t start and Kennedy has a doctor’s appointment. Sorry, Mom, we have to cut our breakfast date short.” He stood and pulled a twenty out his wallet then kissed her cheek. “Are you going to be all right?”
Sandra smiled. “No apologies needed, son. Go see about my grandbaby. She’s your priority.”
“But you’re right up there at the top of my list too.” Snatching his jacket off the back of his chair, he hurried off.
The monthly breakfast treat was her older son’s idea for some one-on-one time. Even though he was married, he still felt obligated to look after her as if she was an ailing out-of-shape granny in her eighties, not a woman who had yet to experience a hot flash.
In her mid-50s, Sandra had regrets in her life. One, she had yet to marry. Even after she repented of her deeds and accepted the salvation outlined in the Book of Acts, God hadn’t blessed her in that way. Second, the man who fathered her two sons out of wedlock wasn’t worth the heartache he caused her. But the Lord had given her two beautiful granddaughters to spoil—one from each son. And she did without any guilt trips from their scolding.

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Author Bio

Pat is the multi-published author of several single Christian titles and eBook novellas, and is a two-time recipient of the Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.
As a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth, Pat is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience. God is the Author who advances the stories she writes.
Pat is currently overseeing the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions. She has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pat converted her sofa-strapped, sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.
Read more about Pat and her books by visiting http://www.patsimmons.net or on social media.

Contact Links
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Twitter @patsimmons
Facebook
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#WriterWednesday: A Lesson In The Value Of “Free”

Hey there!

It’s Writer Wednesday and I’m so honored to reintroduce Pat Simmons back. She is my literary shero. If you remember, I featured her in Hot Off The Press last week. She is back today to give us a lesson on the value of FREE.

Free means $$. I decided after some recent announcements from KDP (Kindle), I should discuss FREE TIPS before I tackle PRE-ORDER TIPS. So here we go. I’ve been hearing the word “FREE” for years and until I attended Romcon in Denver, I really didn’t know how to go about it without enrolling in KDP Select—again, which I tried years ago without any success. I don’t like the idea of Amazon having exclusive rights to my book and lose $$ by removing them on other sites. However, the author at Romcon shared how I could get around it by using Smashwords to offer the first eBook in my Guilty series to all channels. I groaned. Not that dreaded Smashwords formatting—no! So I turned to Bookaholic on http://www.Fiveer.com, and my problem was solved!! Thanks to author Tiffany Warren who reminded me about Fiveer.com for covers.

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I think this is Bookaholic’s direct link: http://www.fiverr.com/bookaholic/format-your-ebook-for-smashwords-to-pass-autovetter?funnel=201408151242529417459640. She’s done 1722 formats.
Thanks to her, I uploaded GUILTY OF LOVE to Smashwords with ease. Within minutes, readers began to download it before I could even announce it on social media. After 10 days of being FREE on Smashwords, I had 600+ DOWNLOADS from readers and 27 DOWNLOADS from the library. I thought that was decent, considering those were 600 readers, giving me a try.
Next, I notified Amazon that GUILTY OF LOVE was FREE through Smashwords and could they match it. I was told they would look into it. After about a week of “looking into it”, GUILTY OF LOVE was available on Kindle for FREE. In just 5 days: More than 4200 FREE DOWNLOADS—wow. That’s 4200 readers that have never read me before.
This was how my other books in the series did last summer.
• GUILTY OF LOVE: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
o #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > African American > Christian
o #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > United States

• NOT GUILTY OF LOVE: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
o #64 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > African American > Christian
o #65 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > African American

• STILL GUILTY: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
o #18 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Adoption
o #35 in Books > Parenting & Relationships > Adoption

• THE ACQUITTAL: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
o #84 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Christian

Thanks to different keywords, I ranked in different categories.

Digitalbooktoday.com contacted me and advised that GUILTY OF LOVE was on their website and invited me to be a featured author because of my ranking on Amazon. Free eBookDaily.com also had me listed. Wow, now that’s more FREE promotion that I didn’t count on. Look at Jesus as my church folks say.

Last summer, FREE exposed me to new readers, and I’m hoping those readers will become fans of my current series, the Carmen series, which I pushed pre-release reviews from groups on Facebook. That has been a blessing for IN DEFENSE OF LOVE. Twenty-four reviews in two weeks is record for me, and I’m thankful that God’s Word is getting out through my work. Amen in Jesus’ name!

Pat Simmons.

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About Pat Simmons

Pat is the multi-published author of several single titles and eBook novellas, and is a two-time recipient of Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.
As a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth, Pat is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience. God is the Author who advances the stories she writes.
Currently, overseeing the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions, Pat has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pat has converted her sofa-strapped, sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and her administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.
Read more about Pat and her books by visiting http://www.patsimmons.net

I hope you learned something you didn’t previously know. I know I have. Authors, if you’ve offered free books let me know in the comments how that turned out? Readers, if you see a free book from an author you don’t know, do you immediately download? Please share in the comments.

Be Blessed

Unoma

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Hot Off The Press: In Defense of Love By Pat Simmons

I’m so giddy right now…the lady I want to introduce to you is who I consider my mentor, big sis, friend, bestest author…okay you get the picture right? I simply love her. I was reading her work far before I knew I’d write and way before I ‘met’ her. She is just I imagined she’d be…sweet, kind and loves her some Jesus. She is the queen of African American Christian Romance…yep, that’s my tag for her. I can’t begin to tell you which of her books to read cos I love all of them. But I want to introduce you to her latest release. Okay, Imma be quite now….

Synopsis

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Lately, nothing in Garrett Nash’s life has made sense. When two people close to the U.S. Marshal wrong him deeply, Garrett expects God to remove them from his life. Instead, the Lord relocates Garrett to another city to start over, as if he were the offender instead of the victim. Criminal attorney Shari Carmen is comfortable in her own skin most of the time. Being a “dark and lovely” African-American sister has its challenges, especially when it comes to relationships. Although she’s a fireball in the courtroom, she knows how to fade into the background and keep the proverbial spotlight off her personal life. But literal spotlights are a different matter altogether. While playing tenor saxophone at an anniversary party, she grabs the attention of Garrett Nash. And as God draws them closer together, He makes another request of Garrett, one to which it will prove far more difficult to say “Yes, Lord.”

Chapter 1

Garrett Nash’s Boston homecoming was bittersweet. The majority of his family and most of his friends were glad to see him—but not all. There were some who found pleasure in his discomfort in the aftermath of his breakup with his ex-fiancée. At least their whispers couldn’t be heard in Philly where he had relocated months ago.
If only he hadn’t had to return home so soon, but it was his grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, and nothing could keep him away. But one problem had arisen as the event neared. While spearheading the entertainment for the program, the original band canceled, and Garrett had to scramble to find a replacement.
John Whitman, an old college buddy and band director at his new home church in Philly, had offered the band’s services and had been a godsend. Garrett didn’t think twice about accepting the offer.
The band members would arrive an hour or so before the ceremony. Garrett’s only request was that someone perform one of his grandparents’ favorite old songs. John assured him that a fellow saxophonist could play the selection flawlessly.
He hoped so. The slightest off key would be blaring to his grandfather who taught music theory in high school and at a historically Black college before retiring. Plus, Grandpa Moses had toured with a band in his heyday. Most in the Miller dynasty didn’t bother reading music and could play almost anything by ear. His grandfather was convinced his family scripted notes on musical sheets before they were born.
Sighing, Garrett glanced out the window from his old room in Roxbury. The radiance of the moon was surreal. It seemed like yesterday when his fate was sealed without a heads up.
His maternal grandfather, Moses Miller, had been livid when he got the news that Garrett’s fiancée, at the time, was expecting a baby. The rumors, accusations, back-biting and most of all shame from longtime friends in the church caused the Miller clan to call for two days of consecration with fasting and prayer. After all, they were a godly family, living a God-fearing life and scandal was not something that was connected with the family name.
Then on the infamous night of the gathering, a family member had spoken in tongues, and Garrett and his grandfather both received the interpretation.
“What did God tell you?” His grandfather’s eyes had been weary, reflecting the same heaviness Garrett felt in his heart.
Garrett had frowned, confused and disturbed. The Word from God didn’t make sense. The Lord wanted him to just walk away from the job and family he loved and the woman he vowed to love—everything that was in Beantown. “I’m supposed move.” That hadn’t sounded right to his ears then, and a couple of months later, he was still baffled.
Deborah, his older sister by two years, was outraged. “Your fiancée got herself pregnant.” There had been no lost loved between his only sibling and Brittani.
The fault didn’t lie with his ex alone. Regardless of his sister’s outburst, Brittani hadn’t gotten pregnant by herself.
“Granddaughter, my spirit bears witness to Garrett’s. God’s ways aren’t like ours. His decision is final,” their grandfather had stated in a voice that left no room for bargaining.
Their grandmother, Queen—a classy, garrulous grand diva who was appropriately named—seemed to age in seconds. Sniffing, she held her peace as she linked her arthritic fingers with her husband’s.
“This pregnancy is not only an embarrassment to our family but a humiliation before God. There’s no excuse for any sin, and sexual immorality…” Moses shook his head.
His grandfather had preached to the choir. The Millers were three—going on four—generations strong of committed Christians. Garrett had been born, reared, and educated in Boston public schools; completed his undergraduate studies at Boston University, and at thirty-one, had just transferred from Homeland Security to the Justice Department as an U.S. Marshal less than a year earlier. Life was good. Everything had been going smoothly, until through no fault of his own, a night of passion—one that never should’ve happened—had altered his life forever. Garrett scowled whenever he thought about it.
“All the years I’ve talked to you and your cousin Landon—my only two grandsons…” Moses had no shame doting on the boys in the family. After having seven daughters, he couldn’t get enough of male grandsons and great-grandsons. “You’re supposed to walk upright before God, not touching a woman unless she’s your wife. I’m so disappointed. Your ex was bewitching from the start, but God can forgive instantly, as each of us is a work in progress. Look at your moving as a blessing in disguise.”
Deborah snorted. “A blessing, Grandpa? I see it as Brittani dolled up in a church disguise.”
Their mother frowned and shook her head. She was long-suffering toward her children until they stepped out of place.
Garrett cleared the memories. That night had been traumatic. At times, he hadn’t known where he was going—city, job, place of worship. There had been so many questions, but one by one, the Lord had opened doors as if leading him to where he lived currently—in Philly and attending a great medium-sized church where he was a new kid on the block and no rumors.

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About the Author

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Pat is the multi-published author of several single titles and eBook novellas, and is a two-time recipient of Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.
As a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth, Pat is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience. God is the Author who advances the stories she writes.
Currently, overseeing the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions, Pat has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pat has converted her sofa-strapped, sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and her administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.
Read more about Pat and her books by visiting http://www.patsimmons.net, or on social media.

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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