How To Overcome Heartbreak

Hey, lovely people! Long time, no “see”. When I say that 2016 has done a number on me, I ain’t lying. From my cancer scare, to the hysterectomy, to complete healing in my body, I have been on an emotional and physical roller coaster. But I’ll tell you something that’s been solid as a rock; my faith. I could preach a sermon and tell a testimony that would have a non-believer giving God thanks, but I won’t do that today. Just know that God is good, and He is oh, so faithful!

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I’m starting to get back in the swing of things. I’ll be returning to work, after a 6 month leave, at the start of 2017. Hopefully, my life will be back to normal. With ALL that being said, I’m finally back to blogging! And I couldn’t wait to share one of the latest projects I’m participating in.

One of my author friends, Ms. Nicole Miller, was on a broadcast with me earlier this year about the challenges of living a celibate lifestyle. What I shared on that call about a previous relationship must have resonated with Nicole, because she contacted me to collaborate on a book project with her about overcoming heartbreak. I was only too pleased to oblige, and we spent about 30 minutes on the phone taking a heart wrenching walk down memory lane.

I shared some intimate things, y’all. Like some stuff I haven’t even shared on this blog and you guys know I be letting you all up in my business. Things like being in a totally dysfunctional foul jacked up relationship and not thinking that I deserved better. Things like losing my daughter when I was 7 and a half months pregnant. I’m telling y’all, we went in.

Then, through the magic of publishing, a wonderful book appeared in my mailbox yesterday. It’s entitled How to Overcome Heartbreak: Stories That Heal and it’s absolutely overflowing with genuine stories of men and women who have experienced heartbreak AND how they overcame that heartbreak. Let me assure you that Nicole knows exactly what she’s doing. I was all over the place in my interview and she put it together in a way that truly allowed my story to shine. She did the same with every single person interviewed for this project.

The truth is that most of us have experienced heartbreak in some capacity or another. The key is to move past that heartbreak and to do so with grace. To not allow bitterness to set up residence in your heart, and to transition into a place where you are once again open, and ready to receive and give love.

So that’s all for now, folks. I had to share How to Overcome Heartbreak: Stories That Heal with you because I really feel like it will touch a lot of people and bring them to a heart space of peace. Get a copy for yourself, some friends or anyone you think would benefit from reading it!*

Until next time…

Get real with your girl and tell me about your own story of heartbreak and how you overcame it. Let’s have our own little therapy session together. 😉

*I am not receiving any compensation for participating in this project. I am simply doing it because I truly believe in the healing power of words.*

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The Other Side of the Story + A Giveaway!!!!

Now, y’all know I like helping authors promote their books because the struggle is real out here in these streets. Today, I’m featuring Daphine Pricilla Brown-Jack and her book The Other Side of the Story. Plus, she didn’t come up in here empty handed: she’s giving away a paperback copy of her book! Check out the deets below.

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On August 26, 2009, Daphine Priscilla Brown-Jack thought everything was fine. While driving home from work, she began to reflect on her day, grateful for all her blessings. But just as her gut instinct told her something was wrong, her phone rang. As her daughter relayed news of an allegation against her husband—the man who was always serving and loving God and his family—Daphine’s life plunged into turmoil. Suddenly, nothing was fine.

In the coming months as the situation in her home grew unbearable, Daphine knew she could no longer depend on anyone and turned to her only remaining hope and strength: God. As she relives the emotional experience of watching her life fall apart before her eyes, Daphine provides a compelling glimpse inside her personal journey as she separated fact from fiction, navigated through the criminal justice system, and learned to trust in God’s purpose and plan for her life.

The Other Side of the Story is the inspirational true story of one woman’s struggles within herself, her family, her faith, and the justice system after her husband is wrongfully accused of a crime.

Also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

DaphineBio: Daphine Priscilla Brown-Jack is a law enforcement officer and motivational speaker. She earned a degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University. Daphine is a wife and mother of three children and one step-son who lives in Houston, Texas. This is her first book. Website: www.dalphinepriscillatheauthor.com

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Any questions for Daphine? She sounds like a pretty interesting lady. Not only is she the “po-po”, but a motivational speaker too? Now, I know y’all want to ask her some questions. Even if it’s just how to fix a ticket, lol!

(Anyone who comments on this post will also be entered in the giveaway.)


***UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and the winner is ‘DuggarLover’! Check your email to collect your prize. 🙂 ***

Author Spotlight: Karen Adams

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I had the pleasure of ‘interviewing’ debut author Karen Adams. She’s written a non-fiction autobiographical book entitled “Trying to Outrun the Love of God” that speaks on some heavy hitting topics such as drug addiction, mental health problems, and child abuse. Read on to learn more about this phenomenal overcomer and the book she wrote to help set others free.

When did you begin your writing career?

2 years ago.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

Part-time,  I just make time after work, weekends and vacations.

What’s your writing process?

I write probably 2 days per week.  Praise and worship music playing in background.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I have been keeping a journal since 1992. I can’t really say it helped my writing though.

What’s your inspiration?

The need for others to receive hope.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I hope my writing helps someone realize all is not lost regardless of what they have gone through.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Just do it. Get rid of all the negative thoughts and proceed.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library? 

I have several Christian fiction books on my e-reader.

What are you currently working on? 

Nothing at this time, I am trying to decide if I will write another book.

book coverLatest release and book blurb? 

In her debut book, author Karen Adams struggles to understand how a loving God would allow life to be so unbearable. Facing childhood molestation, years of crack addiction, nervous breakdowns, and admissions to mental wards, she learned that no matter how difficult life was, God continued to extend His love. “Trying to Outrun the Love of God” is a deeply moving story of one woman’s journey filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds wholeness and deliverance in the arms of a loving Savior. A must read for all those who think they are alone.

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

The main character is myself.  I have gone through a long healing process dating back to when I was 3 years old, due to childhood molestation.  My goal is to allow the readers to understand the pain of it all while also letting them know that by God’s grace I have been redeemed from the pain of it all.  I take them step by step on my transformation journey.

How can we purchase your work?

CSNBooks.net or you can reach me at joyfulkministries@yahoo.com

How can we stay in touch with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karen.adams.7399786?fref=ts

My email joyfulkministries@yahoo.com

Author Bio

head shotKaren Adams survived childhood molestation, 7 years of crack addiction, 4 nervous breakdowns,  and two admissions to mental wards of hospitals against her will. She is now an Evangelist who teaches and preaches on the transforming love of God. She has a burden for emotionally wounded and hurting people. She attended college at all of the Alameda County Jr. Colleges. In her free time she enjoys traveling, movies, reading and spending time with her cat Noches and her Cockatiel bird.

Whoa! Take a deep breath everyone. That was some heavy stuff! Do your personal experiences shape your writing? Do you find it therapeutic to help others that have gone through the same experiences as you have? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

Check out the rest of Karen’s tour stops (hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours) by clicking here!

 

Ashea Goldson Is In Our Author Spotlight!

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What’s your name or pen name?

Ashea Goldson

What are your genres?

My genre is predominantly Christian fiction. However, I also write women’s fiction, inspirational non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, and inspirational screenplays.

What have you written?

As far as novels are concerned, I have written The Lovechild, Joy Comes In The Morning, Count It All Joy, Let Joy Arise, and my latest release is Scorched. I have written two volumes of poetry, one children’s book, and one screenplay which was released as an independent  full length feature film this year. I am also about to release Resurrecting The Real Me, a non-fiction book about finding your purpose.

When did you begin your writing career?

Although I couldn’t tell you a date when I began to write seriously, I guess I could say it officially began when I signed my first traditional publishing contract in 2007. My first book was released in 2008.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I have recently transitioned into full time writing. Previously, I had worked a full-time day job, where I was a business owner and educator. I wrote in the evenings, on weekends, holidays, vacations, in the car, whenever and wherever I could, etc.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)

I try to write every day, although there have been some days that have not worked out that way. I prefer to write early in the day, although on occasion I get inspired to write late at night. When I’m writing usually I prefer total silence. Sometimes, however I need worship music to help me with the spiritual element, or romantic music if I’m writing a love scene.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?Ashea Author

No, I don’t keep a journal. I used to when I was much younger but I haven’t in the past twenty years.

What’s your inspiration?

Writing is unequivocally my calling so therefore I am compelled to write. I can only say that God gives me that push and that creative flow so that I can share the gift with others.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I hope to leave a legacy of God’s love being the number one source of restoration, healing, peace, and overall satisfaction. Nothing can separate us from His love and I hope that my books carry on that message forever.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I have so much advice but I will try to narrow it down to what I believe are the top three of the most important things.

  1. Since completing the manuscript is just the beginning, don’t forget to market your book.

  2. An author must study the craft in order to realize  his or her strengths and weaknesses, and therefore be able to grow as an author.

  3. An author must be well read in various genres in order to know what good literature actually is.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

I have quite an extensive book collection so: In terms of Christian fiction I have books by fellow authors, like Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray, Rhonda Mcknight, Tia McCollors, Sherri Lewis, Shawneda Marks, Shana Burton, Stacy Hawkins Adams, Kendra Norman, Dwan Abrams, Tyora Moody, and Dee Stewart, aka Miranda Parker (rest in peace) along with many others. However, I also have books on my bookshelf from other genres as well. I enjoy the classics, like books by Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Jane Austen, Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, etc.  Then there are books on my shelf by John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey,  just to name a few. I also love non- fiction so I also read books by Pastor Creflo Dollar, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Joyce Myers, Dr. Myles Monroe, Joel Olsteen, etc.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently completing novel #6, When Kingdom Comes. I am also writing two screenplays simultaneously.

Latest release and book blurb?

My latest release is Scorched.  Nila, a beautiful Indian girl, still bears the scars from the fire that claimed her abusive husband’s life. When she finds herself accused of murder, will Malcolm be able to save her from her mother-in-law’s fury, or will she, in law and love, be burned again?

scorched 2Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

The main character in Scorched is Nila who is beautiful, courageous, and resilient. If she had to be cast in a movie, perhaps I would want Rosario Dawson or Vanessa Hudgens.

How can we purchase your work?

My books may be purchased wherever books are sold, including Black Expressions Book Club.

How can we stay in touch with you?

I may be contacted at asheagold@yahoo.com or I may be found at http://www.asheagoldson.com/, Blogtalkradio,Facebook, Twitter,and Linked In.

Let’s show Ashea some love!  Besides all major book retailers you can also purchase her books on-line through Amazon here, Barnes & Noble here or Books-A-Million here.