Marlene Banks Virtual Book Tour- Ruth’s Redemption

How did you start out your writing   career?

I’ve written for fun since childhood; very early before I could even write cursive. I printed out little stories. I only took writing serious about fifteen years ago. That’s when I started pursuing it as something I wanted to do professionally. So I wrote and wrote and wrote some more. Stories spilled out of me like water. I knew then it’s was GOD’s will for me to write. After I got saved it became something I did more often. Then after I got Baptized it really took off. I was not formally trained so I learned as I went and am still learning.

What inspired you to write a   historical piece?

I love writing romance and I’m a very lightweight history buff. As I get older I find my interest in past events growing. A marriage of the two genres seemed like a perfect match and a new area for me too stretch my writing ability. This is my first Historical Romance.

What was your most difficult scene to   write?

With a slave era story there are many difficult scenes emotionally but two difficult scenes to craft technically and emotionally were Ruth’s first encounter with Jasper in the barn and Mara’s attack by the slave catcher. As an African American female those kind of scenarios assaulted my sensibilities on all fronts. It was taxing and draining just to write so I can only imagine what it would be like to actually experience it. Much of the raw emotion and description in the original manuscript was edited out. I tried to do it tastefully but keep the real horror of the situation out front. It was a tough job to balance the trauma and vulgar violence with delicate wording.

Can you give us one do and one don’t   for those aspiring to be a writer?  

Do keep writing because practice makes perfect…or at the least you get a whole lot better. Write, write and write some more. 

Don’t give up because  you get rejected over and over. Hang in there.

Which character did you have the most   fun writing about? 

Naomi, she was a lot of older sisters I knew and loved in my own life rolled up into one character. She was full of love, wisdom and common sense. She was Godly and strong. She was also outspoken, meddlesome and sassy.

Have you had a “Wow” moment since you have   been an author? What made it a “Wow” moment for you?  

My “Wow” moment was getting my first contract from Lift Every Voice Books/Moody. I was stunned and thrilled and “Wow was just the feeling I had. I couldn’t believe it that after years of trying it had actually happened. All I could think and say was “Wow! Thank you, Jesus!”

What did you hope to accomplish with   this book?

Tell an engaging and thought provoking story that showed the power of GOD in everyday living and the desperation that fueled slave revolts. Show the human side of events that historical accounts my not consider and give a good romantic fix to romance lovers.

What’s playing on your CD while you’re writing?

Nothing, I write in total quiet so the story come alive in my head without distraction as much s possible. Occasionally I play some music relevant to a story if I need it to help me get into the mood.

If you had the opportunity to talk with three writers, who would you choose and why?

Alex Haley because I thought Roots was Phenomenal. It’s one of my favorite stories and movie. I actually met him in college after he wrote the book but a few years prior to the movie release. If he were alive I’d like a redo. 

Francine Rivers because she is one of my favorite Christian writers.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because I absolutely adore Sherlock Holmes stories. He created a timeless character that still fascinates. 

What was the best advice you’d ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?

Get thick skinned if you want to be a writer is the best advice. Everybody’s a critic. 

Don’t write Christian fiction and African American relevant novels was the worst.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

Once I get into a story I can write twelve to sixteen hours a day non stop if given the time.

What are your favorite resources on  the net.

I have no favorites. I goggle and whatever comes up I check it out. There are so many out there now and new ones popping up all the time.

About the Book       

Set in the 1800s, Ruth’s Redemption, depicts slave life in the south.  Bo, the main character who was educated while a slave is a freedman who now owns a farm and  buys slaves for the purpose of giving them their freedom. Bo is also a widower whose life is destined to changed when he meets the stubborn, proud and hard-hearted 20 year old slave girl, Ruth.

Ruth has known nothing but harshness and brutality since being seperated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding and the enlargemnt of her master’s slave stock, Ruth struggles to understand the way of her new master. Bo is unlike any master she has known and what she experiences in his care will leave her forever changed. A gripping pre-Civil War slave era novel, Ruth’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater, Virginia, this novel shines the light of God’s unconditional love in the darkness of the evils of hatred and acts of inhumanity.


About the Author 

Marlene Banks is a Philadelphia, PA native.  She attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and has an Associate’s Degree in Theology from the Rhema Bible Institute in Keysville, VA.  She is the director of ministry at Lifeline Mission of the Gospel.  Through her writing ministry, Marlene’s desire is to promote the gospel and serve the needs of her community.

Book Review by Linda Fegins

 RUTH’S REDEMPTION is a compelling historical love story set in 1830s Virginia that grabbed me from the beginning until the very end despite the fact it’s a slave era story. A lover of history, yet I did not want to read about slavery at this time. But Ruth’s Redemption is not just another story of the evils of slavery, but is one of forgiveness, redemption and wholeness. It is a well crafted story about Ruth, a young female slave who is defiant and bitter from the abuses of her slave existence. Ruth’s strong, yet poignant character, arrested me as I saw the development of her character when her liberator, Bo who later becomes her husband, helps free her from the physical and emotional bondages of her past. Her life becomes entangled when she’s purchased by a free black man named Bo. Bo is an educated man of strong faith in Christ. Ruth wants no part of Bo’s faith and yearns to be free from slavery and men who have misused her. Ruth learns to love Bo, but still cannot trust a God who allowed blacks to be treated with such degradation as she cannot see that God is the one who made it possible for her freedom through Bo. Banks does a great  job of portraying the conflict Ruth has about believing in Jesus and putting her faith in God and loving a saved man of God Bo. However, she discovers and embraces freedom from sin, slavery and her past and learns to trust God for her redemption. My only concern is that as the reader I would have seen a clearer demarcation of when Ruth accepted Bo’s God as her God and Savior.

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Alec London Virtual Book Tour


The Alec London Series is a series written for boys, 8 – 12 years old. Alec London is introduced in Stephanie Perry Moore’s previously released series, The Morgan Love Series. In this new series, readers get a glimpse of Alec’s life up close and personal. The series provides moral lessons that will aid in character development, teaching boys how to effectively deal with the various issues they face at this stage of life. The series will also help boys develop their English and math skills as they read through the stories and complete the entertaining and educational exercises provided at the end of each chapter and in the back of the book.

Making the Team

Alec London is a fourth grader whose have a tough time.  His dad is the new assistant principal at school; his classmate Tyrod is bullying him; his brother, Antoine is mad with him and his mom is going away for a long period of time because of her job.  Through the game of football, lessons from his dad and a story about a man named Joseph, Alec learns that God cares about him and will help him out when he is struggling.

Learning the Rules

Alec feels abandoned by his mom. Now his brother Antoine and their cousin Little P are mad with him. At school when his tries to take up for a new kid in school he gets into trouble. Alec is trying to do his best but he just can’t seem to get things right. When he goes to church on Easter Sunday, the pastor shares a message that helps him to look at everything a different way.

Going the Distance

The school year is ending. Alec is looking forward to sleeping late and no bullying. But dad and mom have other plans for him this summer. Dad wants him to play baseball and mom puts him in an acting camp. He doesn’t want to do either but decides to try anyway. Alec hates baseball but dad won’t let him quit. He loves acting but mom won’t let him continue when he gets a part in a Disney show. Alec is upset with his parents but he learns that even when things don’t go his way he must still obey God by honoring his parents.

Winning the Battle

The summer is over and Alec is back in school. Tyrod has a new friend Zarrick who also bullies Alec and mom is still away. In response to all that’s going on in his life Alec begins to act out in school, sleep in class and hang around with the wrong crowd.  And, to protect himself, he starts taking karate lessons. With the help of his karate instructor, parents, old friends, Alec learns that being disciplined and learning to respond to things in a way that pleases God are important when it comes to winning the battle.

Taking the Lead

Alec is voted class president and joins the track team. Though Tyrod continues to bully him, Alec tries to become friends. Everything is going well for him until he loses his grandmother. Alec becomes sad and gets off track but running track and working with the Special Olympics kids helps him work through the things happening at home and school. When his team wins the county title Alec thinks about how proud his grandmother was of him for learning how to take the lead.



STEPHANIE PERRY MOORE is the author of many Young Adult Christian fiction titles, including the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series. She is also the co-editor for the impactful BibleZine, REAL. Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, showing them how they can live life fully and do it God’s way. Stephanie currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, a former NFL player and author, and their three children. Visit her website at


DERRICK MOORE is a former NFL athlete who played for the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, and Arizona Cardinals following his successful college football career. Since his retirement from the NFL in 1998 he has been in demand as a motivational speaker for professional teams, civic groups, churches, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is on staff with FCA, serving as the chaplain of the football program at Georgia Tech. Derrick is the author of The Great Adventure and the general editor for the Strength and Honor Bible.

BOOK REVIEW by Linda Fegins


It was so refreshing to read “Making the Team” by husband and wife team, Derrick and Stephanie Moore. The book is about the challenges of a 10 year  old young boy, Alec London, and the lessons he learns through relevant real life challenges involving family and school relationships. Alec , a smart young man, has to adjust to his father’s attitude while out of work, an annoying big brother, temptations at school and  his father gaining employment by  becoming the Assistant Principal of Alec’s school of all things. His problems are compounded when his loving and doting mother decides to take some time away from the family to discover some career choices, which results in feelings of anger and rejection arising in young Alec.

Alec loves sports and makes the football team. Many of the lessons Alec learns shows him the importance of working as a team. Alec learns to trust God and that He is on God’s team. The book will engage young males because it addresses relevant issues that they face and it speaks in a language they will understand.


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Guilty by Association Virtual Book Tour with Pat Simmons

The Jamieson Family Legacy series follow the lives of two Jamieson brothers in Boston, Kidd and Ace, and their cousin, Cameron, from St. Louis. The older brother, Kidd, is struggling with anger and resentment issues toward his absentee father who never married his mother. Yet, he had the audacity to demand his illegitimate sons carry his Jamieson name. Ace, on the other hand, is on his collision course to be a chip off the old block when it comes to women. Their highly MIT educated cousin, Cameron Jamieson, is all about saving family from self-destruction. Through genealogy research, Cameron’s mission is to show his cousins their worth as the eleventh generation descendants of a royal African tribe and to give them a choice: live with the stereotypical “angry black men” syndrome or to crush any obstacles that try and stop them to become strong successful black men.

Interview Questions by Linda Fegins

 What inspired or lead to you writing a series?

Readers. As a debut author in 2007, I didn’t know if I would make the cut, but the readers were very supportive, so the birth of the Jamieson men began and is still going strong. I think readers welcome the portrayal of strong black positive Christian men who know how to handle any negative situation. Also, Grandma BB’s antics with her Stacy Adams shoes proved to be the comedy relief in the stories. The readers loved her too.


Who is your favorite character and why?

Parke Jamieson VI is a fan favorite, but in Guilty by Association, it’s Kidd, who has just as much attitude. He gives Parke a run for his money. I cast my vote for Kidd because he represents the complexity within of all us and how God can heal our spiritual deficit.


How do you go about developing your characters?

I observe people—their expressions, mannerisms, dress, features, and then I pull out what I like and dislike about them. That helps me to build a character that is rounded with weaknesses and strengths that readers can identify.  I also interview people who have experienced what my characters are going through.


How did you determine the overall theme or 40 elevator pitch for this story?

LOL. In the writing industry, people call it an elevator pitch, but in news, which is my background, we call it the lead sentence. Broadcasters use it to entice the viewers to stay tuned. I learned the importance of the elevator pitch after I started going on book tours. I only had a short window to capture their interest before they moved on. Now, I create a lead sentence or pitch, sometimes, before I write the book. My pitch for Guilty by Association is actually 27 words:  “To Parke Jamieson VI, the tenth generation descendant of a royal African tribe, the name means everything. To his cousin, Kidd Jamieson, his name means absolutely nothing.”  A person would know genealogy or royalty is involved, and ask what happened to cause the conflict between the two.


Do you outline your book first or do  you just writing?

Give us an ideal of how you write and develop your  book? I’ll be the first to lift my hand and say, “I hate the outline process.”  BUT if you don’t have a book deal, get used to it. It’s a must when submitting a proposal to prospective publishers. They review every piece of paper in that proposal. However, I don’t always complete them before I start with the story. Usually by the sixth chapter, I’m free styling. The writer has to know the direction she wants to go and there has to be a smooth transition. Sometimes, you can’t tell that from an outline—or let me say I couldn’t get it. In the third book in the Jamieson Legacy, Free from Guilt, I tried to do an outline because of my tight writing deadline. After a few days, I realized I was wasting writing time because I couldn’t get pass five chapters, so I began to write the novel. I completed ten chapters (short chapters, maybe five pages), and from there I was able to complete the outline, but it took me to write fifty or so pages to know how to complete a 300 page book. Yay. Transition is IMPORTANT. It gives your novel a good flow.


Any writing suggestion or tips, strategies for writing a book?

1. Read your competition’s work. Know what you like about author A and what you don’t like about author B. Ask yourself where does your writing fit. For example, early in my published career, I was reading a novel and the author kept injecting into her character’s conversation, “I don’t want anything to happen to us…” Sure enough, on the next page, something happened. The story became so predictable. She was giving the reader the heads up too many times. I went back through my manuscript to make sure I wasn’t making the same mistake.

2. Know the general story in your head: how it begins, major scenes, and how it ends. Once you get it on paper, secure the services of an editor (I use Chandra Sparks Taylor), but there are other ones out there. Make sure they have edited for authors and the editor should provide a free sample edit. 3. Attend a writer’s conference (and there are many) that has the editors, agents, and publishing houses that represent your genre. Here are a few: RT Booklovers Convention, Romance Slam Jam, ACFW, RWA.


Who is your favorite Christian author and why? What skills,  if any have you learned from the person? My favorite?

That is never an easy answer for me. The very first African-American Christian romance author I discovered was Aisha Ford. I loved how she weaved scriptures into the story line. I do that in my novels. I’m learning how to insert them better, so my novels don’t come across as preachy. Right now, Vanessa Miller has become a good friend and mentor. She has taught me how to master the art of writing faster with confidence. I think she writes in her sleep.

What is your favorite author in any genre and why?

Wow. What a loaded question. I’m always excited about any projects Henry Louis Gates publishes, probably because I touch on genealogy in my books. Key word is “touch”. I don’t come close to the research he does and uncover invaluable information.


About the Book

There are three books in the Jamieson Legacy series: Guilty by Association (Kidd’s story), The Guilt Trip (Ace’s story), and Free from Guilt (Cameron’s story). Each of the three Jamieson men have to accept that their past and present are in God’s hand, and without Him they can’t advance to their future blessings. The bonus storyline in Guilty by Association is one that progresses the story of the much-loved character in the previous three book Guilty Series, Grandma BB. This time, she picks up a sidekick Mrs. Valentine.

Guilty by Association is the story of Boston bad boy Kevin “Kidd” Jamieson.  His gripe is with his father who dared to insist that his two illegitimate sons carry his last name.  To add insult to injury, the man never bothered to stick around to provide love and guidance as his boys matured into men.  Kidd’s anger overflows into every area of his life. As his animosity festers, Kidd becomes as a roaring lion, seeking whatever and whomever he can devour.  He’s as gritty as his cousin in St. Louis, Parke Jamieson VI, is polished. The two strong-willed men clash when Kidd relocates to St. Louis where his cousin assures him it’s a land of milk and money in job opportunities. Where is lands a job is far from it. 

Through a series of events that involve Grandma BB, her dog named Silent Killer and her Stacy Adams shoes, Kidd meets two women who recognize his hostile tendencies and immediately begin to administer CPR to his soul. LPN Eva Savoy eventually becomes his “Eve,” a woman God created from the underlying goodness hidden in Kidd’s own heart.

Reluctantly, Kidd allows Parke to divulge information about their royal family heritage. While everyone’s care and compassion begins to smother Kidd, he struggles to keep up the bad boy attitude as his walls start to crumble. Kidd learns it’s not his association with the name that identifies him, but the man he becomes that defines him.

About the Author

Pat Simmons is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth. She is passionate about digging up the dirt on her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother died at the young age of ninety-seven years old. Pat has won numerous awards for her novels which include: Talk to Me, Grace and Humility and Still Guilty, which was voted the Best Inspirational Romance for 2010. Pat is best known for her Guilty series: Guilty of Love, Not Guilty of Love, and Still Guilty. She is continuing the series through the Jamieson Family Legacy trilogy: Guilty by Association, The Guilt Trip, Free From Guilt. Pat has recently been nominated for the best Christian fiction award by the African American Literary Awards for her latest release, Crowning Glory.  Pat and her husband live in Missouri and have two children. Visit Patricia at:

Book Review by Linda Fegins

Pat Simmons wonderfully crafted a clever tale about the Jamieson family’s determination to preserve a rich heritage and the desire of one of them to reject any association with that legacy and to distance his association with the Lord. It is a story of faith, love and family reconciliation. Without being preachy, the book subtly addresses the dismal affects of fathers being absent from the lives of their families. Thus, men who have no relationship with their father or responsible mentors struggle with many manhood issues which influence how they relate to women, family, their children and society. The book provides a message of hope and healing as “Kidd” ,after overcomig his emotional struggles and stubbornness, learns to trust God as his Father and to  understand the true meaning of family and love. I am looking forward to the next book as I thoroughly enjoyed Guilty by Association.

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In Search of A Father by Terrence Wilson


This book is for every boy and man. For those who grew up with their father, it will enhance their appreciation of their father’s love. For those whose relationship with their father was less than what they desired, it will foster a desire to continue to work on that relationship. For those who grew up without a father or never even knew their father, it will introduce them toa Father who will never leave them nor forsake them.

Terence Wilson writes with compassion and a depth of understanding that come from his own struggles to become a man in spite of the absence of his father. Those who are suffering from the lack of a father in their lives will find inner healing, hope, and assurance in the teachings and testimony of this book.

Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Senior Pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple writes, “Fatherless families are America’s single largest source of crime and poverty. Terence Wilson’s resilience and self-motivation are an inspiration to anyone in search of a father. Restoring responsible fatherhood is a criticalpriority achieved by responding to the father heart of God. In Search of a Father is a timely book for a desperate generation.”

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Bridge-Logos
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.35 (inches)
ISBN: 0882709968
ISBN-13: 9780882709963

Author Info

Terrence Wilson is the founder of Wilstonian Enterprises (, which exists to inspire individuals to be their best. He is an author, motivational speaker and life coach, and he has over thirteen years of experience working with churches, grassroots organizations, and youth groups across the United States. He is also a radio host; his broadcast, “Changing a Generation, confronts head-on the major issues of our time and our society. He and his family reside in the Metro-Detroit area.Find him on Facebook at:

Book Review by Linda Fegins
I  just finished watching the DVD, He Motions, the book written by preacher, author, T.V. host and motivational speaker, Bishop T.D. Jakes who has emerged as one of the pre-eminent spiritual leaders of our day. The DVD addressed the issues confronting men under social, emotional, spiritual and psychological siege. He noted that many combat the dismal affects of fathers being absent from the lives of their families (whether physically or emotionally . Thus, men who have no relationship with their father or responsible mentors struggle with many manhood issues which influence how they relate to women, family, their children and society.
That is why the reading of Terrence Wilson’s “In Search of A Father” timely message of hope and healing from a man growing up without the presence of his father in the home or significantly in  his life as a result of divorce, is a great book to read for fathers, sons, husbands, church leaders and the women who suffer the ill-effects of a man’s fatherless state and actions. The book examines the complicated and challenging task of manhood when one lacks a sound relationship with his father. However, the book does not leave the reader on a sour downcast note, but empowers and enlightens men. It inspires them and shows them how to trust God as their father. It is encouraging and inspiring that Terrence found the courage and strength   to receive wisdom and guidance about fathering from God the Father and that he has strived to  become the kind of man who will make a great father and husband to his present family. He serves as an encouragement for others that they can do the same.
The book provides basic real life answers on how to overcome the pain of rejection and to effectively deal with the issue to live a productive life. Significantly, as one of the endorsers of the book stated  it “empowers the reader to achieve spiritual freedom through developing a strong relationship with God as their heavenly Father”.  “In Search of A Father” would be a good tool for the church and male organizations to use in bible study or for workshops geared for men.

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Broken by Patricia Haley (Author)

#1 Essence bestselling author Patricia Haley takes sibling rivalry to a shocking new level as one man tries to heal his broken family in this compelling series based on popular biblical stories.

Don Mitchell is certain the Lord has a plan for him to reconcile his family, when his younger half brother, Joel, suddenly resigns as CEO of their father’s company. The gesture comes after Joel has nearly sent the enterprise into bankruptcy. Don’s first order of business as newly appointed head of DMI is to bring his estranged older sister home. It isn’t easy. Tamara has been running from the past for years. But once she is home, she plans to claim her rightful place in the multimillion-dollar family ministry—no matter what it takes or who gets hurt. Joel, meanwhile, is regretting his decision to step down and is doing everything in his power to resume his path to greatness. As Don finds himself waist-deep in the corporate mess Joel left behind, his love life is also in flux. He must balance a complicated friendship with Abigail, his right-hand woman at DMI, with a budding romance involving his beautiful business partner in South Africa. Just as Don begins to realize that forgiving and forgetting may be his greatest weapon, a terrifying ordeal rocks the family to its core, and they must turn to God and to one another for the answers.

BROKEN – Patricia Haley
Chosen Series, Book 3
Gallery Books
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8064-5
August 2011
Inspirational Fiction

About the Author 

 PATRICIA HALEY is the award-winning, Essence bestselling author of Nobody’s Perfect, Blind Faith, Still Waters, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, and No Regrets. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago.  She lives is in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.With an engineering degree from Stanford Univ. and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the Univ. of Chicago, readers are often surprised to hear that Patricia is writing novels, given her technical and business background.  She welcomes readers to visit her online at or join her Facebook fan page.

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Book Review by Linda Fegins

 In this third installment of the Chosen series, Broken by Patricia Haley, readers are re-introduced to the Mitchell family, an African American family living in Detroit, Michigan, who own a multimillion business and ministry. However this powerful family is plagued with issues of family strife, anger, sibling rivalry, infidelity, impact of divorce on everyone, difficulty in forgiving transgressions, and learning to  let go of the past and to forgive .

I loved the characters created as Haley’s savvy craftsmanship and the real life issues lead me to become so engaged that I disliked a few as though they were real persons I knew. After reading Destined  prior to Broken, I read with expectancy to see how Don Mitchell would attempt the task of mending this broken family and put the family business together again  in light of the  challenges of conflicting plans and attitudes of the siblings and complicated relationships and loyalties. So engaging was this inspirational novel in which, Patricia Haley has based the story on King David  and the family drama that surrounded him, I recommended that my Christian book ministry club read the book. While a few disliked some characters such as Tamara ( me too) and could not grasp how a training ministry could do  the level of billion dollar business mentioned ( not me), they found the novel intriguing and suspenseful, filled with real life biblical issues, which kept them glued to the last page. Many decided that they just had to read the prior novels of the series.

 Patricia Haley has penned not just a great story, but one that subtly, yet profoundly if that makes sense, addresses how we struggle and respond to issues of betrayal and rejection and the scriptural importance of forgiveness and walking in faith and love without preaching to us. There was indeed so much truth in the book to make the fiction feel real.

  November 11,2011 by L.Fegins

Having read Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Destined, Broken and thereafter, lastly  Chosen, I needed to ask this inspirational and thought provoking writer a few questions.

 Why did you select Detroit for the home of the family?

Ans. All my novels are based in areas where I’ve lived and/or traveled. It adds an extra piece to the story when I can incorporate elements of the city.  My books are primarily based in Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

 What lead you to create this series?

Ans. Inspiration for the Chosen series came from one of my all time favorite characters in the Bible, King David. He is an imperfect man plagued with family tragedy, personal failures, and constant battles. Yet, he is remembered as someone highly favored by God.  I’m equally intrigued by his son, Solomon. I’m equally intrigued by King David’s son Solomon who managed to squander away his noteworthy position of power, wealth, and godly favor after succumbing to his weakness for women. Joel plays the role of Solomon in Chosen and Destined as the son of Dave Mitchell. At the conclusion of Chosen, readers weren’t satisfied with only an epilogue ending. They wanted more. So, Destined was born. Then, I couldn’t stop with just tales of the Mitchell men. In Broken, the women have something to say as well, particularly the high-spirited estranged daughter, Tamara. 

  What suggestions do you have for writers on the business side and the creative write side?

Ans. My suggestion to writers is that writing is the creative side. and publishing is all about business. You have to understand the difference and recognize that having talent on one side might not carry over the other. You may be a great writer and lousy businessperson. Fear not, that’s why you’d want to get an agent and shop a deal for as long as it takes to get published. If you’re confortable with conducting the business component, then you have the options of self-puslishing or seeking a mainstream publisher. How much time, support, investment capital, and patience will dictate the path best suited for you. No matter whether you publish or get published, do your homework. Understand how costs, royalties, contracts, and other key elements work. You are your most trusted advocate.

 Do you have any writing courses?

Ans. Periodically I teach writing workshops at conferences. I tend to focus on getting writer’s started. Although I don’t do courses on a regular basis, I highly recommend venues such as the Iowa Writer’s weekend summer courses. I went a couple of times early in my writing career and it was very instrumental in helping me begin learning the craft.

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Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

Two Women. Two Cultures. A Troubled Teen

About the Book

A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Dallas hotel. They have come to discuss the future of Lily, the daughter Gloria adopted from China and the sister Kai hopes to reclaim. Kai is a doctor who had to give up her little sister during the Cultural Revolution and has since discovered that an inherited genetic defect may be waiting to fatally strike Lily.

Gloria’s relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and the arrival of Kai, despite the woman’s apparent good intentions, makes Gloria fearful. Gloria longs to restore her relationship with Lily, but in the wake of this potentially devastating diagnosis, is Kai an answer to prayer…or will her arrival force Gloria to sacrifice more than she ever imagined?

About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti at” />

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09/11/01 A Long Road Toward Recovery by Nicole B.Simpson

On 9/11/2001, the United States was faced with the great tragedy of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Many people were directly exposed to this massive traumatic event.

World Trade Center survivor Nicole B. Simpson has faced many mental, spiritual, emotional and financial struggles over the years from the ill- fated day. She documents in her book, 9/11/01, A Long Road Toward Recovery, how almost ten years since the ill-fated day, she as well as other survivors, still feel the after effects of the tragedy and its unknown enduring toll on their lives.  What are the survivors’ struggles and the effects this tragedy had on their family life, finances, career life and their relationship with God?

Simpson in 9/11/01, A Long Road Toward Recovery shares how she sought out other survivors who were directly affected by the tragedy to allow them to voice the journey they traveled to find peace, balance, and  healing , if any of these qualities at all. She shares her story, along with the stories of other survivors, with frankness, transparency and sincerity to inform the majority of citizens, that survivors have a unique struggle that has been widely overlooked. Survivors have had to overcome pain and guilt to find a “new normal” as Simpson terms it.

Recognizing the call of ministry on her life, even Simpson asked the question “Where was God?” Yet, she recognizes that He was there all the time. This book not only shares eye-opening information in an easy to read personal and authentic manner, but the book offers hope to survivors. She encourages survivors to embrace the destiny and purpose awaiting for them to fulfill. Simpson’s account speaks volumes as to how we are more than conquerors over adversity and obstacles with faith in God. Nicole is no longer a victim, but serves as a resource for people who have experienced trauma and catastrophic events in their lives.

Elder Nicole B. Simpson is a compelling motivational speaker, author and certified financial planner who is actively involved in spiritual, emotional and economic empowerment in the penal system, not for profit organizations, and the educational system. A radio and television personality, and author, Ms. Simpson travels throughout the United States empowering men and women who have suffered catastrophic and traumatic events to Dare 2 Dream and she teaches basic financial principles with biblical references. She is the visionary and CEO of the Power of Gospel Ministries and Harvest Wealth Financial LLC. Elder Nicole has written three books; “Planning for A Reason, a Season, and a Lifetime”, “The Ultimate Plan…A Financial Survival Guide for Life’s Unexpected Events” which was nationally distributed through Tate Publishing and her latest release, “Dare 2 Dream”. She is also a contributing writer for AIRPLAY 360 In 2010, she embarked on a national campaign Dare to Dream with me encouraging everyone to begin pursuing their heart’s desires. She was recently profiled on Keeping It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Talk at 12 with Roxanne Evans and the Mancow Muller Show expressing her perspective on the death of Osama Bin Laden as a World Trade Center survivor. She is preparing to release a new book titled “09/11/01 A Long Road Toward Recovery”.

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