And the Winner is… #Giveaway

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Whew, it’s been a busy week all up and through here! My week long blog tour is over, and it’s time to announce the winners of the giveaway. Three fantabulous people have won 1 $10 Amazon Gift Card each! Without further adieu, here are the winners:

Rachel M.

Mary V. 

Christa W.

Winners I’ve sent you an email, and once you confirm your email addresses I’ll send you an e-gift card. Thanks to everyone who entered and participated in my blog tour week! Your pictures are next to the word awesome in my dictionary. 🙂


If They Only Knew….+ #GIVEAWAY !

A few weeks ago I sent a shout out into cyberspace asking for bloggers that would be willing to host me during my debut novel blog tour. The response I got was absolutely awesome! Wonderfully kind ladies came forward offering to help promote ‘When the Real Thing Comes Along’. Some I’ve known for the last year through following their blogs and some I’ve just ‘met’. They’re all my bosom buddies as a result.

I’m an unusual person. I’ve made my peace with that, but sometimes I’m reminded of just how weird I am and it freaks me out. The dream I had the other night is proof positive that I’ll never have access to #TeamNormal.

Picture it: Memphis, Tennessee 2015. I open the door of my home and all of my bosom buddies are standing on my porch with a copy of ‘When the Real Thing Comes Along’ in their hands. In classic hood style I invite them in and we all turn up; throwing our hands in the air, and waving my book around like we just don’t care. It was an epic night of dancing, book discussions and exclamations of “You look so different in person!” You know, typical nerd like shenanigans.

I woke up with a smile on my face, happy that the love of my cyber bosom buddies and the questionable decision to eat buffalo wings late at night combined to create the perfect storm for the release party of my dreams. Literally.

So you can imagine how thrilled I am to invite you to get to know these fabulous bloggers (and me) a little bit better by following along as I tour with them today! Don’t by shy. Click on the links/pics. We’re all family here.


(Various Questions at Each Location. Hhmm….What Will I Reveal?)

 Odyssey of a Novice Writer

Kate Loveton

Author LaToya Murchinson





 A Women’s Wisdom

A woman's Wisdom

Writing Fiction for the Renewed Mind

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And now, because that house party was so real for me I leave you with this throwback song from Grammy award winning gospel rap artist Lecrae. This is how I’m doing it all day. Go hard or go home!

Ever have a ridiculous dream that you didn’t want to wake up from? Don’t leave me out here by myself. Tell me all about it in the comments below.

When the Real Thing Comes Along is Available Now!!! Buy Here

All Up in My E-Reader (November Edition)

Hey you guys, I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Despite feeling a little under the weather on Thanksgiving day, I had a ball and STILL managed to do some damage in the food department. I’ve got lots of books to share, so here goes!

Click on the pics or titles to get more info via Amazon.

The WayTitle: The Way (Volume l of The Vemreaux) Currently FREE!

Author: Mary E. Twomey

Genre: Dark Fantasy


In a world not divided by race, creed or color, but by blood type, Blue Anders finds herself on the wrong end of fortune’s mercy. Born with a lesser blood type, Blue is raised in The Way, a work camp for A-bloods.


Title: Victoria’s Beginning (Breaking the Lines Book 1) Currently FREE!

Author: A’mera Frieman

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction


Set early in the time of America’s burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, Breaking the line: Victoria’s Beginning follows the life of young Christian girl, Victoria Roberts. Victoria is born to Black parents, Tess and Clyde who despise that Victoria looks more White like her wealthy paternal grandfather, Paul Roberts. Rejected at an early age by her parents, Victoria is sent to Dallas to live with her childless aunts, Charlotte and Mary. Charlotte is a wealthy widow, and Mary is clairvoyant. Mary has seen the difficult road ahead for Victoria if she makes the wrong choices. Because of this, Charlotte, Mary, and Victoria’s maternal grandparents, Chandra and Ed, shower Victoria with love and encourage her unique intelligence and talents to help keep her on the right path. However, Clyde and Tess, along with Clyde’s domineering, voodoo practicing mother, Betts, begin to spitefully interfere and attempt to crush and cower Victoria’s spirit. Can Victoria withstand the vindictive influence of Betts and her parents? Will she be able to remain true to her faith and herself to overcome the trials of her childhood and find her destiny as an adult? Or will she succumb to evil and find herself creating a line that she cannot break?

Stepping DownTitle: Stepping Down

Author: Michelle Stimpson

Genre: Christian Fiction


Mark has been pastoring New Vision church for six years now, and all his hard work is about to pay off as the church approaches mega-church status. But while Mark has been busy building the church, his own household has been crumbling to pieces. After ignoring divine guidance, Mark finds himself caught up in the appearance of a scandal that threatens to tear the church apart. And his wife’s secrets only add insult to near-fatal injury.

Sharla would have done just about anything to be a mother…and, actually, she did. She was willing to pay the price for her mistakes, but she never dreamed someone else might have to suffer instead. How close can she come to confessing her past without jeopardizing her future?

Stepping Down is the eighth full-length novel from National Bestselling Author Michelle Stimpson.  As the granddaughter of a pastor and the great-granddaughter of a bishop, she explores a conflict many spiritual leaders still encounter today. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced, hard-hitting novel that addresses the ageless question: How can a man run the church if he can’t run his own household?

Just One ThingTitle: Just One Thing

Author: Holly Jacobs

Genre: Women’s Fiction


“Sometimes, you find yourself inadvertently in the dark. But I’d discovered that if you stopped fighting against it and just stood still, sometimes something marvelous comes along.”

Artist Lexie McCain spends her days literally weaving the story of her life into a gorgeous tapestry. But on Monday nights, she walks to the Corner Bar, drinks a Killian’s, and answers the same question every week from Sam the bartender: “One thing?” She starts with her name, then her cottage, slowly moving on to the devastating tragedies that tore her life apart.

Sam Corner’s smile doesn’t seem to hide any pain. One night, Lexie turns the tables on him, asking Sam, “One thing?” To her surprise, Sam reveals his own tragic history. Together, Lexie and Sam learn that, with good beer and a trusted friend, sharing just “one thing” might lead to the one thing they both thought was lost forever: love.

From award-winning author Holly Jacobs comes the story of heartache, hope, and the power of sharing just one thing.

My Wife's BabyTitle: My Wife’s Baby

Author: R. M. Johnson

Genre: Urban Fiction


Does the love for a wife and the jealousy for an infant, warrant murder?

After ten years of bad dates and worse relationships, Stan is in heaven, for he has finally found his soul mate, Erica—a beautiful, caring woman who shares all his beliefs, to include not wanting children. They discussed this over bottles of red wine the night they met and promised, if ever they became a couple, they would remain childless and forever the other’s priority.
One year after being married, Erica tells Stan she’s pregnant: news she’s very happy about. Stan considers talking Erica out of it, but that would mean aborting her child, something he knows Erica would never do.

Two months into the pregnancy, Stan notices changes: times he and Erica enjoyed as a fun-loving childless couple are no longer; Erica’s attention is occupied with all things related to the forthcoming baby, and Stan has gone without sex for months.

The child arrives and things get even worse; Stan feels like an outsider: a stranger living among his wife and her son. Erica gives all her time, attention and love to the infant, leaving none for her husband. Stan becomes envious; he looks at the newborn as a threat, tells himself something must be done—but what? He fights his jealous thoughts, knowing horrible things would happen if he were ever to act on them. But one night while drunk, Stan attempts to make love to his wife but is once again rejected. His pride hurt and feeling disowned, Stan stumbles into the baby’s room with intentions of eliminating his problem once and for all, knowing there can only be one man in Erica’s life. That is the promise his wife had made him on the night they met, and it is the promise he intends to make her keep.

I hope you saw something that sparked your interest. Apparently, I’m into series now. It’s either that, or the books were on free promotion at the time I downloaded them. If you plan to check out any of the books, or if you’ve previously read something by the authors, let me know in the comments below. Happy Reading!

All Up In My E-Reader (October Edition)

It’s that time again. I’m giving y’all full access to my Kindle. Take a look at what I’ve downloaded in the last month. Some of these items I bought, some were on free promotion, and one of them I won! I told you guys that stalking authors on Facebook pays off. Don’t sleep on “liking” author pages! Anyway, check these books out. If you see something you like, add it to your Amazon or Goodreads wish list.

Clicking on the book pic or title will take you to Amazon.

What God has for me2Title: What God Has For Me (Love at the Crossroads Book 4) *Note: This book is the 4th in a series

Author: Pat Simmons

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, African-American, Christian

Book Description: Halcyon Holland is leaving her live-in boyfriend, taking their daughter and the baby in her belly with her. She’s tired of waiting for the ring, so she buys herself one. When her ex doesn’t reconcile their relationship, Halcyon begins to second-guess whether or not she compromised her chance for a happily ever after. After all, what man in his right mind would want to deal with the community stigma of ‘baby mama drama?’ But Zachary Bishop has had his eye on Halcyon since the first time he saw her. Without a ring on her finger, Zachary prays that she will come to her senses and not only leave Scott, but come back to God. What one man doesn’t cherish, Zach is ready to treasure. Not deterred by Halcyon’s broken spirit, Zachary is on a mission to offer her a second chance at love that she can’t refuse. And as far as her adorable children are concerned, Zachary’s love is unconditional for a ready-made family. Halcyon will soon learn that her past circumstances won’t hinder the Lord’s blessings, because what God has for her, is for her…and him…and the children.

sifting through mudTitle: Sifting Through Mud

Author: Demetria Foster Gray

Genre: Literature & Fiction

Book Description: The death of Nyla’s husband comes as a shock to everyone except Nyla. What’s shocking to Nyla is her inability to grieve his death like a typical loving wife should grieve. But Nyla isn’t a typical loving wife. She’s a woman in desperate need to breathe. The oxygen in her life has long gone, and the astonishing thing she feels from her husband’s death is relief, not grief.

Even more astonishing is the rare and unexpected friendship which develops between Nyla and her dead husband’s mistress. However, Nyla isn’t aware her new best friend is a former mistress. And as their friendship deepens into an unshakable bond, Nyla is forced to face secrets her husband took with him to his grave. This means she has to sift through mud to unravel the truth. A truth that’s better off dead. Yet through it all, the one thing which makes Nyla violently breathless, is the exact same thing that causes her to finally breathe.

collins_promo (1)Title: The New Mrs. Collins

Author: Quanie Miller

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Book Description: In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great-grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

Kiss a CowboyTitle: Kiss A Cowboy (Kiss A Cowboy Series Book One) *Note: This book is the 1st in a series.

Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Book Description: Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything…

Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle and says goodbye to her sister to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she’s ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him and is also downright rude. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.

Luke Brennan isn’t interested in having his heart-broken again. He’s loved and lost once, and he’s hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she’s a city girl, and engaged to another man. She’s off-limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it’s too late?

Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?
(Please Note: This is a Contemporary Romance novel and does contain tastefully written sexual content.)

 I’ve had the pleasure of featuring two of the authors on this list! Check out and excerpt from The New Mrs. Collins here and Deanna Lynn Sletten’s Author Spotlight interview here.

I hope you found something you’ll enjoy while curling up with a blanket and a book this winter! What’re are you currently reading?

All Up in My E-Reader (September Edition)

It’s that time again. I’m allowing full disclosure of the books I’ve downloaded to my Kindle in the last 30 days. Right now you can get a touch screen Kindle of your own for $79. That’s a great deal! This month’s e-reader edition is all about mega deals. Three out of the four books I downloaded were free! Don’t sleep on author promotions. Signing up for your favorite author’s newsletters and/or stalking or,…-er following them on Facebook definitely pays off. I hope you see something that sparks your interest! Click on the pic or title for deets.

Deep fried troubleTitle: Deep Fried Trouble (Eugenia Patterson Series Book 1)

Author: Tyora Moody

Genre: Mystery, Thriller &  Suspense /Christian Fiction

Book Description: 

Widowed and officially retired, EUGEENA PATTERSON throws herself into organizing the neighborhood association. This presents a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and get to know new neighbors like recently widowed Amos Jones, that is until Eugeena stumbles upon her estranged neighbor’s dead body. Eugeena’s daughter is fingered as a prime suspect, but where is she?

Determined to find her missing daughter, Eugeena and Amos sort through a list of neighbors with shady or unknown backgrounds. The more she searches, the more Eugeena becomes unsure about this neighborhood association idea. Someone closer than Eugeena thinks, wants to keep it that way.


The FaultBook Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Contemporary/Love & Romance

Book Description:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


Long windingTitle: A Long & Winding Road: A Cargiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Author: Linda Brendle

Genre: Memoir

Book Description: 

“Sometimes, reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots; vascular dementia has attacked dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped up the toilet again; Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we imagined for ourselves.”

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.


Paint meBook Title: Paint Me Gone

Author: Molly Greene

Genre: Mystery/Women Sleuths

Book Description:

Private Investigator Genevieve Delacourt is hired to find a missing sibling, but it proves to be a convoluted task. The search is complicated by two things: the woman was thought to have committed suicide over twenty years before, and she was the only suspect in a stranger’s murder before she disappeared.

Gen’s client, Sophie Keene, revives the case when an unsigned painting that depicts her sister in unmistakable detail finds its way into Sophie’s hands. The painting holds the key to the missing woman’s story, and as Gen unravels the mystery, the threads of her own complicated romantic life fray out of control.

In need of help, Gen turns to old friend and one-time romantic interest SFPD Detective Mackenzie Hackett and his insider access to the cold case file, and is forced to fully confront her feelings for the man after their unresolved past.

 I haven’t gotten a chance to read any of these yet. My TBR list is crazy long. If you decide to check any of these books out, let me know in the comments below!