Monthly Archives: September 2010

Jazz, Java and Jesus Blog Tour


Aleysha Proctor is an award winning Christian inspirational author & entrepreneur. She’s the author of three books; “With Style & Amazing Grace”, “He’s the Keeper of My Soul” and “Jazz, Java & Jesus”. Her passion in life is helping to inspire people to use their potential now.

Aleysha dropped by my blog today to tell us a little bit about her latest book release, Jazz, Java and Jesus.

What inspired you to write this book?

“Jazz, Java & Jesus” is my 3rd book, and it’s a result of me writing for an online Bible study group for 18 months. I knew that I needed to put all of the devotions together in one product and get it out to the masses for encouragement and hope.


Who are your three favorite non-fiction writers and why? 

Michelle McKinney Hammond, John C. Maxwell and Max Lucado.  I like Michelle McKinney Hammond because of her frankness and sense of humor while sticking to the Scriptures.  I like John C. Maxwell because he talks about leadership and business issues while tying things back to the Word of God. I like Max Lucado because he encourages you in the things of God.

Who are your three favorite fiction writers and why?

Because I lead such a busy lifestyle, I don’t read a lot of fiction publications. However, I can say that I really enjoy Pat G’orge Walker’s work-she is hilarious!!

About the Book

Twenty-four Christian devotions and puzzles about jazz, java and Jesus. The perfect book to take to a coffee or tea house, or anywhere, and meditate on the promises of God.

 Book Review by Linda D. Fegins (

Jazz, Java and Jesus by Aleysha R. Proctor  was a joy to  read. This devotional, like its name ,has a  fresh style but is  full of the Word and divine wisdom without being preachy or  super-analytical. The  daily devotionals seemed as though they were  personally written for you as the reader. The devotionals addressed real issues affecting you in a real way and gave you practical  advice grounded in the Word. This “jazzy” devotional is  highly recommended to sooth your soul and to help you  reaffirm who you are in the Lord . I have even paraphrased one devotional topic “It’s All Working Together for Your Good!” on my Facebook page this past Tuesday.

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A Love for Tomorrow Blog Tour with Vanessa Miller

Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa’s creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has been centered on themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.

Vanessa’s novels have received rave reviews, with several appearing on Essence Magazine’s Bestseller’s List. Miller’s work has receiving numerous awards, including “Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award” and the “Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction.” Miller graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. She is an ordained “exhorter” in her church, explaining, “God has called me to exhort readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord.”

A Love for Tomorrow is the second book in the Second Chance at Love series

About the Book

When Christian talk show host Serenity Williams’ fiancé calls off their wedding because he can’t deal with her popularity, she determines that she will never fall in love with another pride-filled, ego-driven pastor. Then, Serenity’s producer asks her to interview the charismatic Pastor Phillip McKnight, who has recently gone through a divorce. Serenity feels that this is her chance to expose the arrogance of ego-filled pastors to the world. But Pastor Phillip is broken and humbled from his experiences, and the surprising humility of this man causes Serenity to want to un-break his heart. However, Serenity will need the Lord to fix her heart and change her mind about male preachers before she and Phillip can become all they were meant to be to each other.

Book Review

 I loved Vanessa Miller’s Yesterday’s Promise  which is  a delightful romantic story that addresses   the relevant social issue of women in ministry with honesty in a balanced manner.  A Love  for Tommorw  contines to explore the theme of women in the ministry. This time we see issues that  women in ministry or any  ministerial leader  must address which  could impact the integrity and effectiveness of their ministry. Further , it explores the negative impact being a ” preacher’s kid” can have on that son or daughter’s view of church.  It also touches upon the issue of  male ministerial leaders with big ego’s  being threatened by  a  female minister’s anointing. Miller’s simple crisp language and style  and well developed characters makes  this an enjoyable  book to read.


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Sweeter Than the Honey Blog Tour

LaShanda Michelle is an author and a playwright. In her free time she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her family. She is a native of Huntsville, Texas.


Kamilah Wright has a lot on her shoulders for someone entering their senior year of high school. Not only does her mom expect her to raise the other seven children in their home, but she’s also required to turn a blind eye to her father’s infidelity, as well as maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA in order to get the academic scholarship she desperately needs to attend college. To complicate matters even more, she’s also a rape victim. The only person she’s told is her best friend, Eric, whom she’s secretly in love with. Through all of this Kamilah convinces herself that she has everything under control. 

That is until she meets Summer Freeman. The beautiful new girl at school, Summer introduces Kamilah to a lifestyle that she’s never known, including fashion, luxury, and alternative viewpoints that conflict with her Christian upbringing. Pretty soon the love she has for her new friend evolves into something more, and Kamilah has to prove which love she will devote herself to. Will she stay in the same sex relationship that feels so right, or will she embrace the faith she didn’t know meant so much to her.

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Book Reviewed  by  Linda Fegins

In  Sweeter Than the Honey  by LaShanda Michelle Kamilah Wright, is an excellent  high school senior, a rape victim  with low self-esteem and serves as the housekeeper and surrogate mother for her seven brothers and sisters while her mother works and father comes and goes as he pleases. She holds a long-time crush on her best friend, Eric, and can’t bring herself to tell him her true feelings.  Summer Freeman ,is  the new girl in school, who turns heads the minute she steps in the door.  Eric  turns his attention to Summer.  

Summer is a free spirit who opens up a whole new world to Kamilah. She opens up Kamilah’s eyes to fashion, make-up and sexuality.  Kamilah’s friendship with Summer grows to more than what is acceptable in the church, God’s eyes, Kamilah’s mother and society. She has to make a decision between what the Word of God states according to her Christian upbringing and alternative viewpoints that say that this is an acceptable relationship. Will Summer come to believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ? 

 LaShanda Michelle with compassion, yet honesty deals with this controversial subject, of young women struggling with their sexual identity.  The church, for the most part, does not always, lovingly but firmly, confront the subject of homosexuality in a way where true healing and deliverance can occur.  This story should encourage those of us who are ministry leaders and believers to think about how we can address this issue in our churches. LaShanda’s style of writing keeps the readers intrigued.

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Soon After Blog Tour

Multi-published author, teacher, wife and mother, Sherryle seeks to be a fresh voice in Christian Fiction. Her triumphant debut novel, Soon and Very Soon (2007) was followed up by her sophomore release, The Manual (2009). Soon After marks the return of her franchise characters, Pastors WIllie and Vanessa Green and the Harvest Baptist church saga. Sherrryle is currently working on her fourth novel for Urban Christian (Urban/Kensington) titled Taylor-Made. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

About the Book

The Ministry birthed by one will be exploited by another. Can Willie Green stand idly by and let that happen?

When Pastors Willie Green and Vanessa Morton got married and moved to merge their churches, they never expected so much resistance. Now it seems someone is sending a strong message by setting fire to the Harvest Baptist Church building.

The newly unified Pleasant Harvest Baptist Church is no more than four months into business as usual before Co-Pastor Willie Green is drawn into the middle of an arson investigation. Alexis Montgomery, an overzealous reporter, sees the experienced pastor as a great source to latch onto as she tries to unearth the stories that might solve the crime. Instead of being bothered by the presence of this woman, Co-Pastor Vanessa uses it as a distraction to help conceal her own secrets.

Orchestrating the unification rift makes Deacon Charley Thompson a prime suspect. His unexpected silence only fuels the accusations of guilt, and his meek wife becomes his unlikely spokesperson. Meanwhile, his nephew, Abe Townsend, couldn’t care less about family allegiances. Led by an anonymous publicist, Abe and the remaining displaced members of Harvest Baptist Church gain notoriety when news reports garner an outcry of sympathy and support.

What should have been a simple unification of two churches has turned into something much more complicated, and it will take plenty of faith to hold it all.


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