The Story behind ‘Not All Americans Are Racist,’ by Nicole Weaver

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american (4)I was inspired to write Not All Americans Are Racist because of the killings of unarmed young black males. I believe certain part of America still has a fervent love affair with racism.  It is mind boggling that some people think the killings were justified, and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin deserved to be killed. This sends a very bad message.  Now, granted I also believe black fathers need to do a better job raising their sons, but this does not excuse nor validate the  killings that took place.

I am an optimist and always thinking of ways to find solutions to problems. This is another reason why I wrote Not All Americans Are Racist. Many good white people are not racist. In my book, I talk about the non-racist people that helped me in becoming the person I am today.  One must never concentrate only on the bad.

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The Story behind ‘Between These Walls’ by John Herrick

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HerrickBTWI believe the best stories result from characters who come to me when I’m not looking for them. That was the case with Hunter Carlisle and Between These Walls.

In 2011, a novel concept came to mind: a Christian middle-school student who harbored an attraction to the same gender. Facets of his struggle tugged at my heart: his fears, his faith, his feelings of guilt, the hits to his self-esteem. At that point, though, I wouldn’t have had the courage to write a book about him. So I shelved the idea.

Fast-forward one year. During book work one night, a television news story caught my attention. It revolved around the plight of a high school student, about 15 years old, who was on the verge of suicide. He was gay and had paid for it as the target of endless bullying.

He’d reached his breaking point and posted a…

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Living in the Seventh Day Book Blast!

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Living in the Seventh Day

Author: Jeanetta Britt

Genre: Christian Fiction

Publisher: Twelve Stones Publishing LLC (September 30, 2014)

ISBN-10: 069-2300503

ISBN-13: 978-0692300503

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Jasmine, Leeza, and Cristal are thrown together by a chance meeting at the Atlanta Airport during Hurricane Allee. Under normal circumstances, these three diverse women wouldn’t have said word-one to each other. By all appearances, they have absolutely nothing in common. But during the long layover caused by the killer storm, they’re forced to set aside their differences–at least for the moment–and form a lasting connection. Going their separate ways, it’s not long before their own well-ordered plans spiral out of control. Will their lives be blown away like their broken dreams and the six-day reign of Hurricane Allee, or will they be able to help each other find the faith and courage to let go and begin again…Living in the Seventh Day?

Bestselling author and award-winning poet, Jeanetta Britt, graduated with honors from Fisk University and The University of Michigan. She completed a successful executive career in Dallas, Texas, before returning to her native Alabama to live and to write. “My faith in Jesus Christ means more to me than anything, and it has proven to be the most valuable asset in my life,” she says. “That’s why I write Christian Fiction novels and Gospel poetry…to share the love!” Jeanetta’s novels are also filled with juicy drama and edgy suspense–exciting the senses while inspiring the soul. She also writes inspirational poetry.
In addition to being a sought-after encourager for youth and adults, alike, Jeanetta is also an avid gardener and community advocate. She founded Twelve Stones CDC—a non-profit organization that operates two community gardens in rural Alabama. “We provide free, fresh food for our community and an opportunity for our youth and senior citizens to form vital intergenerational bonds–and get some free exercise, companionship and sunshine, too.” She smiles. “No rules—just love!”

 

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Interview with E.M. Powell, author of The Blood of the Fifth Knight

E.M. PowellE.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller The Fifth Knight, which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she now lives in the northwest of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society (HNS), International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America, as well as a reviewer of fiction and nonfiction for the HNS.

Her latest book is the historical mystery/thriller, THE BLOOD OF THE FIFTH KNIGHT.

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The Blood of the Fifth KnightEngland, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for her failed attempt to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure his King’s throne, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and worthy sequel to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, E.M. Powell. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is the sequel to my bestselling debut, medieval thriller The Fifth Knight. So I wouldn’t quite describe myself as multi-published-yet!

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I had a very unusual route to debut publication. Thanks to my agent, the peerless Josh Getzler at HSG, The Fifth Knight was signed by Thomas & Mercer as a Kindle Serial in 2012. Kindle Serials were an Amazon program where books were published in episodes (in my case, six), each two weeks apart. The episodes were downloaded automatically to buyers’ Kindles. There was a discussion board for each episode and I gained loyal readers. The Serial version sold really well, and then was released as a complete book.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

The first episode went out a month after signing. I said it was an unusual route!

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Pretty much stunned! I had been writing and trying to get published for ten years. Signing with an agent in 2012 was such a huge milestone for me. Then to get an offer in October, and then to have my story out there in November felt surreal. It was also strange in that I couldn’t actually get hold of the book while it went out as episodes. Kindle Serials were only available in the US, and I’m in the UK. But my arms hurt. From pinching myself. A lot.

Q: What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I mentioned the discussion boards for Kindle Serials. So talking to readers and engaging with them was the first tangible thing. How lovely was that? Getting feedback about each stage of my story was very exciting. But I had to be really, really careful about spoilers. That was fine at the start. But as the book went further on, it was tricky at times to remember exactly which events fitted into which episode. I consulted my notes so much!

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

Getting published has definitely boosted my confidence. I have also found my market, which is for medieval thrillers and mysteries. That in turn has helped to target my research in finding unusual (sometimes gruesome!) aspects of history.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

The support and generosity of readers and other writers alike. I mean those people who take time out of their own busy lives to help support and spread the word about my books. It happens time and time again and it genuinely never fails to amaze me. I hope I reciprocate, but I always feel like I’m in debt.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Hearing from readers who have loved my books. I’m an avid reader and the feeling of getting lost in a book, where the world fades away, is second to none. To think that I have done that for someone else is genuinely humbling and the absolute reward for me as a writer.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Learn your craft. You wouldn’t expect to pick up a block of wood and carve it into a perfect, tiny version of the Statue of Liberty on your first attempt. But some folks can. Because they’re spent a long, long time learning to choose the right wood, the right tools. Rejecting clumsy versions. Cutting their fingers on the blade. Having their attempts crack or splinter because they carved wrongly. Yet they do it over and over again, learning all they can, until they produce the finished article. It’s the same with novel writing. So learn the craft. And never, ever give up. You’ll get there!

A Scoop of Love Release Day Blitz & Gift Card Giveaway

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Title: A Scoop of Love
Author: Unoma Nwankwor
Released: January 30th 2015
Publisher: KevStel Group LLC
ASIN: B00RPI2616

Genre: Christian Romance Fiction

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The oldest of the Danjuma brothers, Rasheed was a self-made man. He’d learned at an early age that love and commitment brought with it complications he didn’t want to deal with. His single-minded focus had paid off. He was able to step into the shoes of his absentee father by taking care of his mother and twin brothers. But just when he thought he could stop carrying the weight of his family on his shoulders, he gets a call that could change the trajectory of Rasheed’s life.

Ibiso Jaja, a professional caterer, had gambled on the love of a man and lost. Through the redeeming love of God, she had picked herself up and was now living her dream as the owner of Bisso Bites, a bistro in the heart of Abuja. However circumstances conspire to threaten the bistro and bring her face to face with the type of man she has vowed to avoid. The attraction is instant.

Once again, Rasheed is forced to do something he has done all his life – put the needs of his family ahead of his own. This time however, he crosses path with the sassy, independent, Jesus-loving caterer who is bent on making him see the power of forgiveness and God’s love. Just when Rasheed lets his guard down, a deadly sabotage causes old demons to rise. Will Rasheed continue to pursue power and success or surrender to the light of God’s love?

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 Unoma Nwankwor is a self- proclaimed romantic. She is passionate about telling stories that are uplifting and life changing sending the message of faith, hope and love. Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice.

Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013) and When You Let Go (May,2014).

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Forty Days of Grace Book Blast!

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Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: God’s Glory (December 18, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0974374938
ISBN-13: 978-0974374932

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Forty Days of Grace is a prayer devotional full of wisdom orchestrated by God to manifest His purpose through a chosen nation. As you read Forty Days of Grace, God will daily impart into you revelation and knowledge for strength and encouragement. On each page God depicts His grace given for you to complete the work He has chosen for you to do. Everyone who takes the journey through Forty Days of Grace can anticipate receiving God’s triumphant Victory. As you travel within the pages of Forty Days of Grace – A Prayer Devotional, the power of God is unveiled for you to know that His Grace is Sufficient and for you to daily experience His Abundant Grace.

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Elder Kim Y. Jackson, M. Divinity is a licensed Elder at Greater Bethlehem Church (Bishop Jason Nelson). An anointed writer, conference speaker, teacher, oracle and psalmist for the Lord, Elder Jackson is called to write the plans of God for His people. Her self-published non-fiction Christian books include In the Garden: A Woman’s Journey Orchestrated by God for Deliverance and Spiritual Maturity, Forty Days of Grace: A Prayer Devotional and True Worship: Understanding the Command of God for a Chosen People. She has also contributed to the anthologies This Far By Faith, Have A Little Faith and Keeping the Faith. Her written works have also been featured in numerous print and online publications. Elder Kim Jackson is also the founder of the Women Writers of God’s Word Author’s Tour.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit Elder Jackson imparts revelation knowledge to empower believers of Christ. As an oracle and scribe for the Lord, God has released her to effectively minister in the areas of healing and deliverance. Elder Jackson ministers at several recovery houses, transitional homes and support groups.
Elder Jackson has fully accepted her calling to preach, write for the Lord, teach God’s word and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She stands on God’s word and encourages other believers to “Write the Vision” (Habakkuk 2:2) that God has given to them.

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Prodigal Release Day Blitz

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Book Title: The Fall of the Prodigal

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Urban Books (January 27, 2015)

ISBN-10: 1601626983
ISBN-13: 978-1601626981

Genre: Christian Fiction

Michelle Lindo-Rice enjoys crafting women’s fiction with themes centered around the four “F” words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her first published work, Sing A New Song, was a Black Expressions featured selection. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner.
She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. Feel free to connect with her at michellelindorice.com
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A condemned man, his two brides, and one untimely death.
Michael Ward is at the top of his game and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend–until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?
Verona “Tiger” Stachs has been Michaels’ attorney for years. She’s in love with him, but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona finds herself being drawn closer to God. She thought she was through with God, but soon discovers He’s nowhere through with her. Which relationship will she choose?
Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light?

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