Taylor Williams didn’t grow up with the loving parents, white picket fence, and a dog. She’s struggled to get where she is and knows that with all she’s endured, life can only get better. At 28 years old, she hails as one of the country’s top divorce lawyers and is ready to slow down and start a family with her husband. The only problem is he shuts her out and has treated her like everything but a wife since the night he came across her and his boss in a compromising situation. In spite of her innocence, she’s determined to make it up to him.
Isaac Warren is bad business; the kind of bad business that requires focus and determination in order to stay alive. It’s also the kind that caused him to shut himself off from serious relationships after the brutal murder of his fiancé three years ago. Now his cold exterior keeps him at bay from everyone except those he considers family and right now that list doesn’t have room for anything more than the occasional tryst and nothing more, especially not with the highly acclaimed lawyer he’s accidentally stumbled upon.
*This novel is only recommended for readers 17 and older*
LaShanta Charles was born and raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Urban / African American Fiction has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. She published her debut novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and released the sequel, Lovely Lies 2, in February 2014. Currently she is preparing to release her third novel, Splitting Karma, along with other projects. In recognition of her work, LaShanta was named National Black Book Festival’s 2013 Best New Author and was nominated for 2013 Breakout Author of the Year through the African American Literary Awards Show. Lovely Lies was also awarded Most Underrated Book of 2013 for the Literary Scream Awards.
Every woman needs an escape…
Give into temptation this October with Lionsgate’s upcoming provocative thriller
Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.
DIRECTED BY: Billie Woodruff
CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy
SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash
We have all been affected by a form of rejection at some point in our lives, but it is how we’ve dealt with the rejection that shapes who we become. Keith Taylor II shares his passion and knowledge to change readers’ minds about rejection. In Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II helps readers understand the meaning of rejection, how to handle it and how to overcome it.
We first have to understand what is against us, then look to ourselves for change and learn to forgive those that have hurt us. Rejected But Still Prevailing will help you through it with biblical references and personal examples, readers will have a better understanding of what they are facing.
Minister Keith Taylor II is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at a local church. He received an Associates Degree in Leadership and Ministry from Crossroads Bible College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Leadership and Ministry.
Minister Keith Taylor II started preaching at the age of four and was known as “The Little Preacher Boy”. At this young age, he was found to be a young man with a heart after God, preaching and praying for people all over the city of Indianapolis wherever he could. At a young age he was giving the world a preview of what was to come. God has kept a hand on his life from his youth and gifted him with wisdom, insight and a heart for people.
He became a Youth Pastor at the age of 23. The youth ministry has grown spiritually and numerically since he took it over in 2012. He also mentors at risk youth in his free time. Some of the places God has allowed Keith to minister are juvenile detention centers, prisons, churches, and conferences.
Minister Taylor published his first book called, “Rejected, But Still Prevailing”, and is working on many more encouraging books. Additionally, he is a worshiper, teacher, husband, and world changer. Minister Keith is married to his high school sweetheart, Jasmine Taylor.
Keith has been known to some as, “Mr. Inspiration”, and that is one “mantra” that he lives by.
LOST IN ST. MAARTEN?: Was Valencia Taken or Did She Go? Excerpt
By Angelia Vernon Menchan
Valencia’s eyes flew open to the feeling of hands massaging her scalp. Armand
was sitting on the bed with her and her head was between his muscular thighs.
The scent of coconut and lime filled the air. His thick and nimble fingers were
massaging her scalp and separating her thick hair into twists. It felt sublime.
Closing her eyes, she allowed him to continue to work. She could feel heat
vibrating from him and she wanted nothing more than to bite into his thigh. When
he was done he lifted her up, pulling her against him.
“Who taught you to twist hair?” She whispered.
“The island women, I grew up motherless and they taught me to cook and take care
of my hair and skin. My father was Dutch African and there were many women who
ventured through our home. They cared for me. My father was a man who loved his
son but had too many vices and too much money and it made him careless with
people. You have gorgeous hair.” She felt she should move but was unable to.
“What happened to your mother?”
“I don’t know. I was told she was a young French African girl who my father
impregnated when she was sixteen. She left me on his doorstep and rumor has it
she left the island. My father never discussed it and I never saw her. The woman
who was reported to be her mother and my grandmother told me what I know. She
feels my father paid my child mother to leave. I have one photo of her and she
is my mother.”
“Can I see it?”
“Later, now I don’t want you to move from being so close to me. I am going to
soon devour you but you aren’t ready yet. Tell me about you, Valencia.” She
closed her eyes and conjured up images of her mother and sister. A smile covered
“My mother Virginia called herself a seamstress but she was a dress designer and
made enough money to raise two daughters, own a home and travel. She was a
beautiful gypsy. She was born in Louisiana but came to Florida at sixteen to
work. She never got a degree in anything but she was brilliant. My sister and I
had different fathers, neither of which we have ever met. You and I have to
commonality. My mother raised us to be fierce, warrior women but my sister
wanted traditional marriage and life. She has that but has never known joy.”
“Have you known joy?”
“Yes, every time I place a camera to my eye, I know joy or I spend time with my
nephews or other young people, I know joy. I am a simple woman who is happy with
my camera and passport.”
“Have you known the love of a man?”
“No… not really…” she answered honestly. “Sex yes, love no.”
“Hmmm… not sure why the thought of you having sex just enraged me.” He murmured.
“Probably a chauvinist. Have you had sex and how old are you?”
“I have had lots of sex and I am thirty six and you are what thirty three?”
“No, I am forty. Too old to be someone’s captive.” He was stunned to hear she
was older than he.
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Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis—about life, about the world, and about themselves.
In Growing into Greatness with God: Seven Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters, author and mother of three boys Janet Autherine encourages kids to see themselves as unique and amazing—already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their God-given dreams.
Readers learn how to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence through the inspiring stories of Bible heroes such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Hannah. Each chapter includes a brief summary of two Bible stories, with reflections on each, and concludes with three action-oriented suggestions on how to put the lesson into practice.
Dreams are essential to life, and kids need to be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest. Growing into Greatness with God offers biblical examples of how people have nurtured what God has planted in them and teaches kids how to do the same in their own lives.
Autherine was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and she went on to study at the Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School. After launching her law career, she was eventually drawn back to the sunshine, and she now lives in Florida with her husband and their three sons.
Autherine continues to practice law, waking up at the crack of dawn to cultivate her writing. Her juvenile nonfiction book Growing into Greatness with God is inspired by her own experiences growing up in Jamaica and her goal of raising her sons to recognize and nourish what God has planted within each of them.
Get to know Janet:
What was the inspiration for your book, Growing into Greatness with God?
In the book, Growing into Greatness with God, the words of wisdom that accompany the stories are inspired by all the advice given to me by my mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and all the “old souls” that entered my early years. I grew up in a house where family, faith, good food and hard work were celebrated. A two bedroom house was home to three generations. It wasn’t unusual for an 11 year old to walk 1/2 mile to fetch water before school, walk home, get ready for school, walk at least 1/2 mile to school, be respectful and attentive, participate in field day, take the long walk home with friends (not forgetting to stop and say hello to all the neighbors), pick fruit or dig yams for dinner, complete homework assignments, and end the day by having dinner and fellowship with family. That was my daily life growing up in Jamaica. I didn’t fully appreciate it back then, but I certainly do now. I want children to have confidence in the fact that they are unique, amazing, born with greatness and can overcome any obstacle.
What is your spiritual background?
I gained my confidence in a little church in St. Thomas, Jamaica, called the Hampton Court Seventh Day Adventist church. That church was the cornerstone of the community and it was where I learned and recited bible scriptures, sung gospel songs and recited poetry. It is where I made some of my best childhood friends, picked cherries from the best cherry tree in town and listened to the sermons that inspired me to keep God the center of my life. Love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself is my guiding principle in life. My family currently worships at a beautiful Episcopal church in Florida.
How does your new book, Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, relate to your spiritual journey?
The book, Growing into Greatness with God, was born from those early bible study groups in church. The stories of young David (the boy who defeated the Giant), Daniel (a man who stood without fear among lions), Solomon (the wise king) and Ruth (the loyal friend), as well as many others, all resonated with me. We were too poor to afford the latest toys and there was no television in our home, so these characters became my heroes. We were poor but it didn’t define our lives; we were rich in love, faith and community, and we had big dreams.
Your book is titled, Growing into Greatness with God. How do you define greatness?
We are all unique beings, so greatness will mean something different to each person. I think greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars. You must then use everything that you have achieved to serve others. Service is the heart of greatness; for me, there is no greatness without service.
What do you think about the culture of bullying in our schools?
It breaks my heart that fear instead of love is consuming some of our children. I say fear because most bullies are acting based on their own fears and insecurities. They seek to feel better about themselves by hurting others. When children feel whole on the inside, there is no need fill that void in their spirit by hurting others. Unfortunately, we cannot always protect our children from mean-spiritedness, but we can empower them with the knowledge that they are unique, their thoughts and feelings are important, that God is with them even when they feel alone and they can overcome any obstacle. I hope that in some small way Growing into Greatness with God can help children shine a positive light on themselves.
How can parents use your book, Growing into Greatness with God, to inspire their children?
As a parent, I know how helpful it is to have a book that sparks discussion with your children. Each chapter of the book offers stories, practical advice that kids can relate to, and actionable wisdom. As an example, the chapter, Growing in Love, teaches kids not to focus on their outward appearance but the love and beauty in their hearts. Kids are encouraged to identify the things that they love and to follow their dreams. Parents can help their children with the “action” items in the book, such as – perform an act of kindness for a stranger, write 3 things that you love about yourself or establish a pen-pal relationship with a child in another country. The book ends with 24 questions kids and their parents can answer together, or teachers in a classroom setting or bible study group can moderate.
What challenges did you face as a student?
In 1982, I moved from Jamaica to Philadelphia to live with my mother and my brothers. I had to adjust to a new country, a new household and the typical middle school anxieties. I was a shy, introverted child and I struggled to find my voice; it didn’t help that my voice had a very strong Jamaican accent. For many years, I didn’t speak up as much as I needed to – I feared saying the wrong words and getting into trouble; I feared being teased because of my accent; I wasn’t familiar with the sound of my own voice. Fortunately, my upbringing gave me a quiet confidence; I was raised to believe that I was a good person, a good student and that I could achieve anything if I was willing to work hard. This is why I believe that we should empower kids with the confidence to believe in themselves and their strengths at a very early age so that they can face any challenge.
We are all on a journey to realize our dreams, what has been your path?
I went to Murrell Dobbins High School, a vocational high school and followed the business track. With my typing and short-hand skills, I was prepared to be the best administrative support staff member in Philadelphia. That was my plan B. College was not an option for me; it was a requirement. I always knew that I was going and when my older brother, Mark, encouraged me to attend Penn State University, I jumped at the chance to follow in his footsteps. I connected with the Caribbean Student’s Association, joined a vibrant church and happily settled into life in Happy Valley. It was there that I discovered that, at heart, I was a peacemaker. I ditched my Business major and chose Labor and Industrial Relations, a choice that would lead me to law school at Boston College- I discovered that I wanted to help people solve problems and a legal education enabled me to do so. Writing is allowing me to share my journey with others.
About 8 years into my legal career, I was blessed to be appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia government. It was the dream job that allowed me to hear cases, issue decisions, and participate in mediating disputes. My voice was heard in the courtroom and in written decisions but in a quiet, substantive manner that would make any introvert happy. When you find that thing that you are passionate about, it frees you up to live a well-rounded life. I now spend my time raising my three boys, writing and reading inspirational books, practicing law, participating in religious and community life and running as often as I can.
Growing into Greatness with God focuses on empowering children; what lasting message do you want to leave with children and parents who read this book?
Growing into Greatness with God is about finding the unique talent that God has blessed you with, nourishing that skill and using it to be of service. My journey began in a small town in Jamaica and is being realized in the United States. It started with the wonderful bible stories that allowed me to believe that with God everything is possible. It began with the principles of faith, family, hard-work, community and bonding over good, healthy food. I hope that the book reflects those principles and that everything that I have learned on my journey, thus far, can help a child realize that he or she was born with greatness. I love to spread that message so when my schedule permits, I gladly speak to children’s organizations, non-profit organizations, and the children’s ministry at churches at no cost. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would like every child to know that regardless of your circumstances, you can become all that God has ordained for your life.
Find the author:
Website: Growing into Greatness: http://www.GrowIntoGreatness.com
Amazon: Available for purchase at http://www.Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Into-Greatness-God-Daughters/dp/0991200004
I’m grateful to see another year. Yes, I know I say that every year and I mean it. There’s so much that happens over the course of 365 days so TGIMB – Thank God It’s My Birthday again!
My Life from A to Z
A – Age: 40′s
B – Best Friend: They know who they are
C – Choice of Meat: Beef
D – Dream Date: hmm…let me think on this one.
E – Exciting Adventure: Cruising or hiking
F – Favorite Food: chicken fetticine alfredo, bar-b-que, steak
G – Greatest Accomplishment: It’s Yet to Come, but if I had to pick one, it would be graduating from college
H – Happiest Day of Your Life: Every day because every day is a blessing
I – Interests: Writing, Reading, Travelling, Surfing the Net, Chatting with Friends (online/offline)
J – Joke: Couldn’t tell a joke, even if you gave me the punch line.
K – Kool-Aid: Any variation of RED
L – Love: Still believe in love.
M – Most Valued possession: duh…my computer
N – Name: no, my mom did not spell my name wrong…it’s s-h-e-l-i-a…not the other way.
O – Outfit You Love: Turquoise satin blouse and black skirt/slacks
P – Pizza Toppings: pepporoni and sausage
Q – Question Asked To You the Most: It’s a tie: When are you getting married or Why don’t you have any kids?
R – Radio Station: Pandora
S – Sport: Basketball…will watch Football if I’m with a guy I really REALLY like
T – Television Show: Scandal, reality shows, Power, Ray Donovan, The Walking Dead, etc.
U – Umbrella in the rain?: Now you know I can’t get the hair wet.
V – Video: Michael Jackson videos
W – Winter: Love it if I can be cuddled up with some sexy guy
X – X-rays recently?: Yes, ladies, please get your mammograms
Y – Year Born: It was in the 1900′s
Z – Zodiac Sign: Virgo–and you know this.
Meiah Shaun is an inspirational author and freelance writer. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. She is a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas. She started writing poetry at age eight. Meiah Shaun is the author of Marvelous Are Thy Works, a Novella (VC Publishing, 2014). Meiah Shaun has a special interest in empowering African American women to self love and to embrace their natural hair. She and her twin sister rock Sisterlocks. Her fraternal twin sister is thirteen minutes older than her. Meiah Shaun is featured on Ezinearticles.com as a platinum level author penning articles on numerous topics such as inspirational, spirituality, goal setting to shopping and product reviews. Meiah Shaun enjoys writing, reading, cooking, jazz music and making scrapbooks.
Get to know the author:
What was your inspiration for writing Marvelous Are Thy Works?
I am passionate about the natural hair movement. I love empowering black women to accept and wear their natural hair.
Have you had any experiences or life events that are related to your book?
Yes, I decided in 2007 to stop chemically relaxing my hair. I discovered during my journey that my natural hair is very beautiful. I embraced my 4b/4c hair texture with all of it kinks and coils. I received compliments from people of all races on my natural hair when I wore an afro, braids and two strand twists. I currently wear Sisterlocks. Black men constantly shower me with compliments on my Sisterlocks.
Wearing my natural hair renewed my self esteem and gave me more confidence as a black woman. There is nothing to fear about going natural.
Can you identify with the protagonist in your book?
I identify with my protagonist, Fatima Williams, in that black natural hair is unique and beautiful. It is God’s perfect craftsmanship and black women should be enlightened about the benefits of wearing their natural hair.
What author(s) have inspired you as a writer?
For Marvelous Are Thy Works, authors Lori Tharps and Ayana Byrd were inspirations to me. They wrote the book titled: Hair Story, Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. Their book inspired me to go natural when I was seeking answers for my hair loss, breakage and low self esteem.
Also, author and innovator Dr. JoAnne Cornwell is an inspiration to me as I proudly wear Sisterlocks. Dr. Cornwell’s book titled: That Hair Thing is a must read for black women to educate themselves about natural hair and sisterlocks.
How has your faith influence you as an inspirational author?
Writing is spiritual to me as I pray before I sit down to write. I ask God for direction and for him to use me as a vessel to bless and inspire others.
How have you developed as an author?
I write and journal regularly. I work on multiple projects such as articles, devotionals and on my second manuscript. I believe that working on several projects can prevent writer’s block.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title is taken from Psalms 139:14 (KJV). It’s one of my favorite bible verses for self love and self esteem. God makes us for a purpose and we are perfect in his image.
What type of environment do you prefer to write?
I like to write at home. Sometimes I prefer quietness and other times I put on my headphones and listen to jazz music and write.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I want to go to London. It is one of the top cities in the world for vegetarians. I am no longer a vegetarian but I still desire to sample London’s vegetarian cuisine along with some fish and chips.
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Amazon.com Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Meiah-Shaun/e/B00KYGN8X6
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Fatima Williams is the owner of All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, D.C. Her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are her business partners. Fatima had an epiphany. She desires to empower black women by motivational speaking and traveling across the country.
As Fatima moves further into her destiny, her inner circle has dwindled. Frustrated that she is an eternal girlfriend, her boyfriend Ephraim of five years is too busy climbing the corporate ladder. To make matters worse, Lauryn and Sheba will not commit to the cause. The best season of her life is turning into a lonely one.
Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story about natural hair empowerment, self love and relationships.
In this sizzling, exciting novel, four women show that age is just a number by seeking out new forms of pleasure, love, and romance.
Whether it be getting a tattoo, using whips and chains, or preparing dinner in nothing but stilettos, four divas—all best friends and over fifty years old—decide that they need to spice up their love lives. And they’re willing to go to any length to achieve that.
So Emma, Queenie, Yolanda, and Connie set out to get the pleasure they crave. For Emma, that means rekindling her sex life with her doting husband, whom she decides to take care of for once. Yolanda, who is still turning heads and could have anyone she wants, finally meets a man who suits her tastes—but can she suit his? Queenie, who is fifty-eight and divorced, entertains her on-again, off-again male friend one night when he’s lucky enough to get his hands on some Viagra. And Connie, who has never been married, is in love with a man who won’t put a ring on her finger. Will she be able to convince him to marry her, or, more importantly, does she even want that herself?
As things start heating up, the ladies’ lives get sexier…and more complicated. Soon, the four divas soon face more drama than they bargained for…
Getting to Know Suzetta Perkins
1. Which author would you invite to dinner?
2. Where do you write?
In my special room at home that I call my office
3. When do you write?
In the evenings
4. What makes you happy?
Looking out of a window and taking in the splendor of God’s creation.
A native of Oakland, California, Suzetta Perkins’ writing history dates back to her high school senior year when she shared the title of co-editor of her high-school yearbook. Since then, she’s traveled the globe making stories of her own, which have been the subject of some of her unpublished short stories. Suzetta also is a contributing author of My Soul to His Spirit, an anthology that received the 2006 Fresh Voices Award. She is the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of two delightful granddaughters.
While in another country, CIA Operative Joshua Lassiter uncovers a plot targeting the current president of the United States. His loyalty to the country that betrayed him in the past comes to the forefront as he takes action to prevent the treasonous act. He is injured during the course of the mission and now must trust the new administration will rescue him.
In-active CIA Operative known only as ROC is called back into duty by the White House. Her mission is two-fold. Bring Joshua Lassiter home, alive. Restore him to the number one weapon in the United States covert arsenal.
The mission plunges the two into danger and uncertainty as the plot revels it is the United States military trying to prevent them from reaching the President, by any means necessary.
Who do they TRUST? ——- Who do they BELIEVE?
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About the author:
Iris Bolling was born in Richmond, Virginia, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. Iris is currently employed with the Commonwealth of Virginia, providing management, training, and professional development consultation for the state workforce.
Iris began writing in 2006. To date she self-pulished seven novels under the romantic/suspense genrue. She’s won several awards.In April of 2010, Iris was awarded the Emma Award as Debut Author the Year, at the Romance Slam Jam conference. Her novel, Once You’ve Touched the Heart, was voted the Readers Choice Award with Shades of Romance Magazine for Romance Book of the Year. Iris was voted Romance Author of the Year and Author of the Year. In 2011, her novel was nominated for Suspense Nove of The Year. In 2012 she has been nominated for Author of The Year. Her novel The Heart has been nominated as Book of The Year, Sequel of the Year, and her character Al”Turk” Day has been nominate for Hero of The Year.
Her passions are reading (especially romance novels), writing, sports and politics. An active proponent of state and federal educational issues, she continues to encourage young adults to pursue their education. She also volunteers with her local registrar’s office, promoting voter registration in the African-American community.
For more information, please visit: www.irisbolling.net
Houston music critic Alvin Zak becomes smitten with violinist Madeline Deever from the first moment she lays her bow to her violin to perform a concerto. Sent to review the orchestra, Alvin becomes so enraptured by Madeline that he asks her if he can do a feature on her. The polite, yet elusive Madeline agrees to think it over while declining Alvin’s invitation for coffee. Alvin does not understand Madeline’s abrupt refusal to his invite and it makes him even more interested in getting close to her.
The last thing Madeline is looking for is love since she is harboring a secret that has the power to ruin any potential relationship. Convinced no man would love her enough to accept her situation, she fights off Alvin’s advances, but begins to fall in love with him.
Can Alvin convince Madeline to trust him and give into her feelings or is Madeline destined to spend her life alone?
About the Author:
Stacy-Deanne (pronounced Dee-Anne) is an award-winning and bestselling novelist of interracial romance and interracial romantic suspense novels.
Her work includes Everlasting, Melody, Bruised, and Captivated. Stacy is a 2011 and 2012 African-American Literary Award nominee. Visit her website to learn more about her and her books: http://www.stacy-deanne.net/