- Sinners & Saints by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
(Touchstone, 2012-01-10, Kindle Edition)
TEAM JASMINE or TEAM RACHEL? Bestselling and award-winning novelists Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley bring their favorite heroines together in a novel that will delight their legions of fans. Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams are not your typical first ladies. But they’ve overcome their scandalous and drama-filled pasts to stand firmly by their husbands’ sides. When a coveted position opens up—president of the American Baptist Coalition— both women think their husbands are perfect for the job. And winning the position may require both women to get down and dirty and revert to their old tricks. Just when Jasmine and Rachel think they’re going to have to fight to the finish, the current first lady of the coalition steps in . . . a woman bigger, badder, and more devious than either of them. Double the fun with a message of faith, Sinners & Saints will delight readers with two of their favorite characters from two of their favorite authors.
- While The Church Says Amen (A Family Affair) by Keyon Polite
(KingDominion Publishers, LLC, 2012-01-22, Kindle Edition)
Tessa Taylor and the dysfunctional yet loveable Taylor Family returns….but this time with a major scandal unfolding. Tessa finally thinks her drama filled days are over, now she is focused on her new born baby girl and her husband, Trent. But when New Valley votes to elect Trent the new senior pastor after her father, Bishop Benson Taylor, unknown resignation; Tessa has a few words for the deacon’s board that does not include ‘children of God.’ Now the new First Lady, things seem to be floating comfortably…that is until Jazmine returns with a scandal that will all but destroy her family and the good Reverend Trent Harris. While she is going head-to-head with Jazmine; her best friend turned sister-in-law is debating on whether or not she’ll leave her marriage after her husband’s, Assistant Pastor Benson Taylor II, ex girlfriend returns with her over the top baby mama drama. Two marriages are at stake…are these faithful women strong enough to survive a scandal this hot? Or will the Devil have the last say on this one?
- What Kind of Fool by Rhonda McKnight
(Urban Christian, 2012-02-01, Kindle Edition)
Angelina Preston tunes out the voice of God when she decides to divorce her husband, Greg. She’s forgiven him for his affair, but she won’t forget, even though her heart is telling her to. Shortly after she files divorce papers, she finds out her non-profit organization is being investigated by the IRS for money laundering. In the midst of the very public scandal, Angelina becomes ill. Through financial and physical trials, she learns that faith and forgiveness may really be the cure for all that ails her, but can she forgive the people who hurt her most?Sexy, successful Dr. Gregory Preston didn’t appreciate his wife when he had her. His affair with a devious man-stealer has him put out of his home and put off with women who continue to throw themselves at him. Greg wants his wife back, but he’ll have to do some fancy operating to get her. When the secrets and lies from his past continue to mess up his future, Greg finds himself looking to the God he abandoned long ago for a miracle only faith can provide.Samaria Jacobs finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: a man with money. The fact that she’s in love with him is a bonus, but even so, life is anything but blissful. She’s paying for her past sins in ways she never imagined and living in fear that the secret she’s keeping will separate them forever.
- When Solomon Sings by Kendra Norman-Bellamy
(Urban Christian, 2012-02-01, Kindle Edition)
Could Shaylynn Ford be the perfect woman for Neil Taylor? Neil certainly thinks so. The problem is, he’s pretty sure he’s not her perfect man—that was her husband, Emmett, a wealthy politician who was assassinated eight years ago. Neil, the director of a Christian school, is gifted with a singing voice that can heal the sick and bring souls to Christ, but his own soul is burdened by his insecurities and past indiscretions. He feels like he’s in competition with the memory of Emmett—and Neil’s desperation to win Shaylynn’s heart may lead him to do something he may regret. Meanwhile, Shay herself is head over heels for Neil, and she just wishes he would open up to her. It may take a miracle to make Neil’s heart sing again.
- An Inconvenient Friend by Rhonda McKnight
(Urban Christian, 2012-01-01, Kindle Edition)
Samaria Jacobs is a deceitful, yet captivating diva who will do anything to win the heart of her married lover. Will she get her man or destroy herself and everyone else in the process?Samaria has her sights set on Gregory Preston. A successful surgeon, he has just the bankroll she needs to keep her in the lifestyle that her credit card debt has helped her grow accustomed to. He’s married, but Samaria would never let a little thing like that get in her way.Samaria joins New Mercies Christian Church to get close to Gregory’s wife. If she gets to know Angelina Preston, she can become like her in more than just looks, and really work her way into Greg’s heart.Angelina’s life is filled with a successful career and busy ministry work, but something’s just not right with her marriage. Late nights, early meetings, lipstick- and perfume-stained shirts have her suspicious that Greg is doing a little more operating than she’d like. But does she have the strength to confront the only man she’s ever loved and risk losing him to the other woman?Just when Samaria thinks she’s got it all figured out, she finds herself drawn to Angelina’s kindness. Will she be able to carry out her plan after she finds herself yearning for the one thing she’s never had. . .the friendship of a woman?
- Someday, Too (I’m A Good Woman) by Jae Henderson
(RiverHouse Publishing, LLC., 2012-02-15, Kindle Edition)
Tee realizes dreams do come true when she becomes the wife of retired NFL great Michael Stokes. But fairytales are fleeting and they return from the honeymoon to find the devil is still busy. Tee learns the hard way not everyone is happy she found Mr. Righteous. Michael’s reputation is rocked by a scandal that could end his new career as a motivational speaker. As if that weren’t enough, crazy Rebecca DeFoy is back—or is she? Can a love so fragile and new withstand these tumultuous times?There’s more! Meet the girls….Sandy is expecting a new bundle of joy but the baby blues take over when her adulterous past comes back to haunt her. Lenice finally seeks help for her man-hating ways, but learning to love again is hard to do even if there is a good man willing to help. Her twin, Lenora, has a love affair with food that is threatening her health and her marriage. Also, Tiffany finds herself living single after giving her married lover the boot, but she isn’t fond of living without his loot. Can she find the strength to take care of herself and her son on her own, or will her love of money keep her tied to a sinful relationship? “Someday, Too” delves into the complexities of love, friendship and faith. It reminds us that God can provide all your needs but first, you have to be willing to trust Him.
- Been So Long by Adrienne Thompson
(Pink Cashmere Publishing Co., 2012-01-25, Kindle Edition)
A woman, her married lover, an ex-boyfriend, and the ties that bind them together….Whatever Mona wants, Mona gets…including another woman’s husband. But when a face from the past re-enters her life bringing with him long repressed memories of a painful past, she begins to question the decisions she’s made. Will she make a change or stay the course with her lover? *this is not your ordinary inspirational novel*Excerpt:I could see the coach leaning over, placing red, white, and blue basketballs on a rack. He was tall, maybe 6’2”, and very muscular. He exhibited pure power. He must’ve logged in several hours a week at the gym. He wore black track pants and a tight black t-shirt. His arms were so huge, it looked like they were going to burst out of their sleeves. From that angle, I had a perfect view of his perfect butt. Now, I loved me some Wasif, but this man was fine!We were only a few feet away from him when Morgan said, “Coach, this is our mom.”The coach turned around and faced me with a bright smile. A handsome face to match that body. Mm mm mm.He extended his hand. “Mrs. Dandridge?” he said, but as soon as the words left his mouth, his smile disappeared. His eyes changed. Do I know this man?
- Ruthless (Urban Christian) by Shelia M. Goss
(Urban Christian, 2012-01-01, Kindle Edition)
Shelia M. Goss brings readers a modern day retelling of David and Bathsheba. Bathsheba Richards has just discovered that she has a half-sister who needs her help. Sheba’s long lost sister isn’t too happy about their reunion, though, since she has a lot of problems of her own. Sheba’s dealing with her husband’s boss, who wants her all to himself. After succumbing to his advances, Sheba gets pregnant, and there’s no question about who the daddy is, since her husband has been overseas for the past three months. David King is the CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the country. Few people know that David has a calling on his life, but he’s been running from it. He thought having fame and fortune would fulfill the need. Only after Sheba gets pregnant does he realize the error of his ways. Praying for God’s mercy, David tries to right a wrong. Whether he will succeed or fail remains to be seen. With a long lost half-sister and a husband who will surely feel betrayed, Sheba’s life is filled with turmoil. Will David be her knight in shining armor as he professes to be, or is her nightmare just beginning?
- Kayla’s Redemption by Wanda B. Campbell
(Pulse, 2012-01-29, Kindle Edition)
Since childhood, Kayla Perez has despised the person responsible for every traumatic experience in her life, from her father’s death to the loss of her innocence. With a heart filled with anger and bitterness, Kayla strives to live far away from her oppressor – until she meets Samuel Jerrod, who serves the person she hates most: God.Pastor Samuel Jerrod’s caring and patience softens Kayla’s heart – but just as she embraces the idea of a loving God, tragedy strikes again. Will Kayla lean on her budding new faith, or will she spiral out of control and lose both salvation and Samuel…?
- The Choir Director (Church) by Carl Weber
(Dafina, 2012-01-01, Paperback)
New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church, where preaching isn’t always enough, nothing goes better with the Word than a song–and it’s time for some hard-earned lessons in love, brotherhood, and betrayal. Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, the Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Anthony Mackie, to revive the church. Anthony Mackie has been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director like Kirk Franklin. But while Anthony is more than up to the challenge, his ways around women, both past and present, could cost him more than his job. Savannah Dickens is just one of the women who’s caught Anthony’s attention. The choir needs a soloist, and Savannah, a beautiful singer who once topped the charts, also needs the church. She has a voice that could break any man’s heart, but now she just wants to be left alone to reclaim her faith. First Lady Monique Wilson is far from being the typical first lady. She does and says what she wants, and doesn’t subscribe to church politics. Despite her shortcomings and a past rumored to include a long list of men, she’s willing to do just about anything to protect the Bishop. The members of First Jamaica Ministries are also keeping the Bishop busy with choir in-fighting, romantic jealousies, and personal vendettas. You’d think the Bishop was being tested enough, but a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed: Someone has been robbing the church blind. Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort. . . .
- And You Call Yourself a Christ (Still Divas) by E.N. Joy
(Urban Christian, 2012-03-01, Paperback)
Out of all the divas at New Day Temple of Faith, Unique has to be the most colorful one–she and her mother Lorain, that is. Never one to hold her tongue in the name of keepin’ it real, it’s no surprise that Unique has not been saved all her life. It’s safe to say that Lorain wasn’t born on the church pew either. Let the church folk tell it, the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree when it comes to Unique. Lorain–once known as the tight skirt, V-neck blouse, too much makeup-wearing leader of the New Day Singles Ministry–claims she’s there to look out for her daughter and try to keep her in check. But how in the world does Lorain think she can even begin to keep her daughter on the straight and narrow with her own crooked life?Some might say Lorain has failed miserably as a mother when Unique ends up in jail for three counts of murder. One who would agree is the woman who raised Unique while Lorain was out living her life freely. As an all-out war takes place between Unique’s birth mother and the woman who raised her, will Unique have any support while she fights for her life behind bars? Will all forsake her while they are too busy with their own agendas? Only God holds the answer to this one.
- Be Still & Know, A Novel by Cassietta Jefferson
(2012-01-24, Kindle Edition)
Kai Bennett never believed that she was worthy of love. Years of being mistreated left her bitter and convinced that she would never know the type of love she’d seen other’s have. Throwing herself into her work, she developed a love of money unmatched by anything she had ever received from any other person in her life. Will Kai be able to bury years of bitterness to enjoy the love she’s always wanted?Alvin Reigns found out long ago that as far as his love life was concerned, there would be no happy endings. He had fallen in love once and vowed to never again allow any woman that much control over his heart. Kai Bennett was an unexpected surprise who showed him that happily ever after could be possible after all. After many years of self preservation, Alvin only hopes he’s able to trust Kai with his heart.
- The Disappearance of Cyrum T. Washington (Baby Boomer Mysteries) by Mick Zimmerle
(2012-01-23, Kindle Edition)
Twelve year old Tait, his younger sister Katie and his best friend Marcus go on a school field trip to see the Hope Diamond. It gets stolen while they are there.The kids figure out who stole the Diamond and get in over their heads. Cyrum T. Washington helps the children like a guardian angel. The children don’t often know he is near but his constant help saves the day.Cyrum is a former Tuskeegee airman and a righteous Christian man.The story takes place in 1957 and “Tin Can Man”, a black man named Dennis Tucker makes a living recycling junk and is courageous, kind, and God loving. He also protects the kids. Cyrum and Dennis are friends. Cyrum is educated, a war hero, and economically well off. Dennis is at the bottom of economic society. The story shows that it’s not economics that make the man but good character.
- Princess by Staci Stallings
(Spirit Light Publishing, 2012-02-11, Kindle Edition)
From the outside looking in, Anthony Russell has it all. As the star basketball player on a winning college team, everybody knows him and loves him. His face is plastered on publicity poster after publicity poster. He’s even gotten offers from the pros to forego his senior year for the glitz and glamour of the Big Show. But Anthony has a secret that’s threatening to swallow his life whole… Heather Nolan would be the perfect poster-girl for academic overachievers. She’s got straight A’s and every professor in her cheering corner. But the life Heather thought she was studying so hard for is in danger of coming to a neck-snapping halt if she can’t come up with a way to pay the bills. Bitter and angry that the basketball team seems to get the royal treatment while “real students” are forced to scrape by, Heather spitefully takes the only job available-tutoring. However, the lessons she teaches about English and what she learns about basketball soon pale in comparison with what she learns about herself.
- The Spirit of Dangley Manor by Erika Hamilton
(2012-01-15, Kindle Edition)
During a visit to a preserved plantation in Roswell, Georgia, 13-year old Sammie is confronted by a ghost and discovers a mysterious passage, which takes her back to pre-Civil War Georgia. She meets and befriends Phoenix, a slave about her age working on the old plantation. While planning to help Phoenix escape, Sammie and her older brother Charlie, learn about the resilience, faith and ingenuity, which helped slaves survive and overcome even the greatest difficulties.This fast-moving adventure leads from Roswell south to Savannah by way of Macon and exposes the reader to period history, as well as providing a glimpse into surrounding nature. The group finds shelter at the historical First African Baptist Church in Savannah, which still stands today.
- Love at Work (Making Love Work Series) by Pat Simmons
(Pat Simmons, 2012-02-07, Kindle Edition)
Love at Work is Book I of the Love Series:How do two people go undercover to hide an office romance in a busy television newsroom? In plain sight, of course. Desiree King is an assignment editor at KDPX-TV in St. Louis, MO. She dispatches a team to wherever breaking news happens. Her focus is to stay ahead of the competition. Overall, she’s easy-going, respectable, and compassionate. But when it comes to dating a fellow coworker, she refuses to cross that professional line.Award-winning investigative reporter Bryan Mitchell makes life challenging for Desiree with his thoughtful gestures, sweet notes, and support. He tries to convince Desiree that as Christians, they could show coworkers how to blend their personal and private lives without compromising their morals. But Desiree has more on the line than protecting her job or reputation.She’s safeguarding her heart. However, Bryan will prove to her that love doesn’t just happen, it takes work!
- Forever Soul Ties by Vanessa Davis Griggs
(Dafina, 2012-01-01, Paperback)
When one woman is caught in the act of her greatest transgression, it’s the beginning of her greatest transformation. . . It started innocently: a coincidental meeting between old high school friends–first loves–at Butterfly’s business, The Painted Lady Flower Shop. Then came lunch, then confessions of unhappy marriages, loneliness. It went on that way for years between Butterfly and Ethan. That’s how they built the soul tie–the bond that, despite their devotion to God, has now led to adultery. And as with all things done in secret, they’ve been found out. Well, Butterfly has. As a leader in her church, Butterfly is suddenly cast into the spotlight. But she soon realizes she’s being used as a pawn to bring down a new pastor–a young man who is upsetting tradition by preaching about real-life issues real people deal with. People like Butterfly. And as she faces a challenging search for truth, forgiveness, and the real meaning of love, she may finally break out of her cocoon. . .
- The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony by Sharon E Foster
(Howard Books, 2012-02-07, Kindle Edition)
They were all heroes . . . Sparked by an indigo sun, Nat Turner stormed into history with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Thirty years before the advent of the Civil War—in the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, commanding a small army of slaves, Nat Turner led a bloody fight for freedom that shined a national spotlight on slavery and left more than fifty whites dead. In The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony, as Harriet Beecher Stowe seeks to learn the truth of the man his people called Prophet, Nat Turner shares the faith, triumph, tragedy, and hope of his fight for liberty, brotherhood, and self-determination. For 180 years, the truth of Nat’s story has been tainted. Award-winning author Sharon Ewell Foster reinterprets history to offer a new American story of one man’s struggle for freedom and the redemption of his people. Based on actual trial records, interviews with descendants, official documents, and five years of research, The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony is a story of the quest for truth and the true meaning of liberty.
- Coming Home: A Novel (Winds of Change) by Stacy Hawkins Adams
(Zondervan, 2012-03-06, Kindle Edition)
If forgiving your ex-husband was easy, everybody would do it. Brent had cheated on Dayna and coldly said goodbye to her seven long years ago—dashing her hopes of having children or growing old with the love of her life. Working hard to make herself successful as a hospital executive, Dayna has moved on, finding comfort in a new dating relationship with a faith-filled colleague, Warren. But when Brent resurfaces on her doorstep at just the wrong time, Dayna’s heart threatens to come unglued. Why is Brent asking for forgiveness now? And why are he and his new wife, Tamara, interested in reconciliation with Dayna? The unbelievable answers begin to surface in the ebook download of Coming Home as Brent boldly asks Dayna to support him at the most crucial time of his life. While Tamara’s heart brims with guilt, both women will discover what it means to reach beyond pain and baggage to love unconditionally, leaving the consequences to God.
Life can grab a hold of you like captivating strings of color. It is a lesson that four women will learn as they each travel down a journey filled with lies, betrayal, and shocking secrets.
Simone. Is immensely talented, yet everything she has ever known will be ripped apart. Her love will be tested. Her heart will call out for a strength that could only exist in moments like this, and her tears will carry her through the storm. Will she be able to give her heart to the love of her life while fighting to open her heart to a mother she has never known?
Naya. While facing her greatest loss, will she be able to find the key to strength, the will to continue on, and the endurance to make it through one of the darkest moments in her life?
Monà. Within her heart is a secret so deep that it could shake the very foundations of two lives. Will she be able to finally look into the eyes of a daughter she has only known from a distance?
Misty. Two paths are set before her; one could lead her back to the life of fame and prominence, which she so desperately wants; and the other could give her the love she so desperately needs. Will she choose the path that is best for her future, or for her heart?
Author’s Website: http://www.marianlthomas.com
Event Date: December 10, 2011
Event Start Time: 11 a.m.
Event End Time: 4 p.m.
Join more than two dozen Christian fiction and non-fiction authors on December 10, 2011 in the Office of Student Services at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library for a Christian Writer’s Literary Festival. Christian authors from around the country will share writing/ministry tips and read book excerpts.
Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Office of Student Services)
400 Cathedral Street (21201) in Baltimore, Maryland
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The top-selling Christian fiction featuring African Americans or by African American authors, from Amazon.com.
- The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray
What would you do for five million dollars? Adam and Evia Langston have lived in their own little garden of Eden since the two married at the age of seventeen. Working their way up from the humblest of beginnings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Now they live in the finest home, drive the best cars, and indulge in all the trimmings that signify their massive success. But then the recession hits and rips apart the family’s financial stability. Unable to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble and teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn, the Langstons have no idea what to do. Until Shay-Shaunté, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a five-million-dollar offer that seems so hard to refuse. Will the Langstons make this deal? Or will they recognize that the glitter of five million dollars may be far from gold?
- Say Amen, Again by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
(Gallery Books, 2011-07-05)
The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel—even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord? Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go . . . but as these expectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlike anything Zion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?
- I Can Do Better All By Myself (New Day Divas) by E.N. Joy
(Urban Books, 2011-11-01)
The singles ministry at New Day Temple of Faith is beginning to unravel, and the pastor is considering dissolving the ministry. Some members believe the only way to hold it together is by getting their pastor to join. And why shouldn’t their leader show support by joining, considering the pastor’s own single status? Some church members support the idea, while others frown upon the fact that they are being led by a shepherd who is single in the first place. It becomes an all-out war, with one side wanting the pastor to embrace singlehood, while others secretly play matchmaker.Marriage has been the furthest thing from the pastor’s mind, not because there hasn’t been an opportunity, but because there really hasn’t been time. With a needy congregation facing trials and tribulations, Pastor has no time to play the dating game. Being a pastor on call twenty-four seven, who has time for a serious relationship period, other than the one with God? Eventually, decisions have to made around New Day. Will these decisions mend the ministry or destroy the church?
- Broken by Patricia Haley
(Gallery Books, 2011-08-23)
#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.
- Quiet as It’s Kept by Monique Miller
(Urban Books, 2011-07-01)
Will Tracy is a good, God-fearing man who had a shaky childhood as he watched his father abuse his mother. But now he’s grown and feeling confident and secure that he has finally met the woman he’s been praying God would send him to be able feel the security he’s always craved. Morgan is beautiful and appears to be the perfect Christian woman. But once Will pledges his life to her, he nearly loses his…. After a series of strange, inexplicable “accidents” plague him, he starts to wonder if the woman he married is all that she outwardly appears to be—or if he’s indeed sleeping with the enemy. He continues to honor the vows he made to God and to Morgan. But is this wife of his really a gift from God? Or is she the devil in disguise?
- Something Special (Morgan Love Series) by Stephanie Perry Moore
(Lift Every Voice, 2011-05-01)
Morgan, wanting to fit in with the crowd, teases a large girl and a special ed kid at school. When she is caught she has to go to the principal’s office. When she finds out how much her teasing hurt her classmates she feels bad. Even though she feels bad, the principal disciplines her.At home things become weird when she tells her parents about what happened at school. They get upset with Morgan and start arguing with each other about the best way to punish Morgan. Once again Morgan feels bad and sees that going along with the crowd is not always a smart thing to do.Later, while playing together, Morgan and her cousins all share a secret wish. Morgan wanted to be prettier. Drake wanted to be taller. Sadie wanted longer hair.When Morgan goes to vacation bible school she learns that God made each person just the way they are for a good reason. As she thinks about this, the wishes she and her cousins made and even those other kids she laughed at, Morgan realizes that they are okay just the way they are and that to God they are all something special. The Morgan Love Series is a chapter book series written for girls, 7 – 9 years old. The series provides moral lessons that will aid in character development. It will also help young girls develop their vocabulary, 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.
- Who Said It Would Be Easy?: A Story of Faith (Zane Presents) by Cheryl Faye
(Strebor Books, 2011-02-08)
Who Said It Would Be Easy? is the story of a man and woman who rely on their faith in God to live and love, despite formidable trials and tragedy. Charisse Ellison is a beautiful twenty-nine-year-old single woman who is new to her faith, but convinced that her relationship with God is the only way to have the truly fulfilling life she desires—one that includes a husband and children. Stefàn Cooper is a thirty-three-year-old bachelor who has no desire to change his ways. Tall, muscular, and strikingly handsome, Stefàn is used to getting what he wants from the opposite sex but is intrigued by Charisse’s seeming indifference to his charms. The couple’s intense romance leads them on a journey that challenges the bravado Stefàn has held on to for most of his adult life and forces Charisse to see that God’s answered prayers don’t always come packaged the way we expect. Who Said It Would Be Easy? is a story that offers hope in situations that, at first seem hopeless, and shows that through faith in an all-powerful God, even the most painful experiences can culminate in true joy and peace.
- Sex in the Sanctuary by Lutishia Lovely
From exciting new author Lutishia Lovely comes a steamy debut in the manner of Victoria Christopher Murray and Kimberla Lawson Roby. Set in a church community on fire for the Lord–and for each other–Sex in the Sanctuary is filled with scintillating sisters, playing brothers, and church matrons trying to run everybody’s business… As first lady of Kingdom Citizen’s Christian Center, Vivian Montgomery has it all: a beautiful home, lovely children, and a pastor husband who makes her shout Hallelujah–and not just in church. There’s no doubt Pastor Montgomery has a healthy appreciation for the Lord and for the pleasures of the flesh, namely his wife’s flesh. If only Vivian’s best friend, Tai, was so blessed… A first lady herself, Tai’s husband, King, is pastor of Mount Zion Progressive Baptist Church. But with two affairs under his belt, Tai wonders just what “progressive” means. In fact, she strongly suspects her husband is at it again. Now she can follow her mother-in-law’s example and threaten to shoot any would-be-husband-stealing floozies, or she can take Vivian’s advice and listen for God’s instruction. But Tai’s husband isn’t the only one fighting temptation. Whether trying to wait until marriage or just waiting until the next mating opportunity, these congregations are filled with members whose eyes are on more than Jesus! The result is a page-turning read, not soon to be forgotten.
- Cherished by Kim Cash Tate
(Thomas Nelson, 2011-08-30)
Before healing can begin for Kelli and Heather, they need to believe they are worth cherishing. Kelli London once dreamed of being a songwriter. As crazy as it seemed, she hoped that God would use the lyrics that came to her even while she slept. She dreamed about Brian too, that the love they shared as high-school students would grow into marriage. But choices that still haunt her destroyed those dreams. Until now-when a series of love letters reawakens her hope for the future. Heather Anderson’s life has spun out of control-first, an affair with a married man, then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band has left her devastated. Broken and alone, she cried out to the only One able to save her. He met her there, but it was just the beginning. Because now she must take a different path. And the one God has planned for her looks nothing like the one she envisioned. As Kelli and Heather awaken to their true worth, they find the freedom to pursue their dreams-and relationships-based on the security of knowing God’s unconditional love.
- Still Standing by Nicole S. Rouse
(Urban Books, 2011-11-01)
- In Laws And Play Cousins by Robyn Gant
Nubia is a successful black film maker with unknown enemies seeking revenge. Her closest circle of friends include Tracie, a computer expert whose personal vendetta backfires; their friend Eva, a jurist leading a double life; and Eva’s cousin Tina, who takes risks that jeopardize her professional career. They all have her back, but with fame and fortune comes jealousy and heartbreak. From the heart of Los Angeles to the South of France, In Laws and Play Cousins tells a story about love and romance, deceit and envy and the price it ultimately commands.
- My Son’s Next Wife by Shelia E. Lipsey
(Urban Books, 2011-06-01)
First Lady Audrey Graham is gone and her husband suffers from loneliness and the after-effects of his second stroke. Their son, Stiles, now minister of his father’s church, is engaged to Detria and has found happiness at last—despite his heartbreaking divorce from Rena. Rena’s now living in another state and has found a new love herself, Robert, though she resists his marriage proposals because she doesn’t feel she could ever be completely forgiven for her past sins. Things take a turn for the worse when Stiles’ father suffers another stroke and Detria has a miscarriage, and his faith is tested like never before. But who knows in whose arms he will land up in the page-turning conclusion to My Son’s Wife series!
- Redeeming Waters by Vanessa Davis Griggs
Must a young woman choose between her commitment to her marriage…and to God?Brianna was ten years old when she first met twenty-five year old David R. Shepherd, a devout and gifted gospel recording artist who would ultimately become world renowned megastar, King d.Avid. He left an impression on Brianna she would never forget. And they were destined to meet again…Brianna’s best friend, Alana Norwood, hasn’t had the best encounters with men, but she’s always been a good friend to Brianna, no matter what situation the two may find themselves in. But despite their bond, the next time Brianna encounters King, she’s a lonely young wife seeking solace in religious studies. While Alana’s quest for fame has her living a life that seems to be going nowhere fast, King’s companionship offers Brianna the deep emotional connection she longs for. But when both a tragedy and a blessing enters Brianna’s life, she finds herself wrestling with questions of faith, fidelity, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God…like never before. “Griggs address[es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased.” -Publishers Weekly on The Truth Is the Light”A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from-divorce-with frank realism.”-Library Journal on Practicing What You Preach
- Upon This Rock (Shelton Heights Series, Book 4) by Kendra Norman-Bellamy
(Urban Books, 2011-03-01)
The much-beloved and acclaimed Christian fiction author delivers a redemptive delight with the story of an ex-con who learns the hard way that it’s better to be with God than without Him. Deon “Rocky” Rockford is released after serving nearly twenty five years in jail. He may have been “saved” on the inside, but now that his term, originally a life sentence, has been overturned, and he’s free from the shackles of the prayers of the men’s ministry of the New Hope Church, he wants only to focus on himself. As fearless as he is strong, this big, brawny guy won many brawls behind bars, and feels ready to forge a new life in the infamous community of Shelton Heights. But he soon starts to see that the only “rock” he can count on is God.
- Beneath The Surface by Roy Glenn
(Escapism Entertainment, 2011-04-18)
Now that he has taken care of all of the people responsible for the murder of his wife, Cassandra, Mike Black faces his toughest opponent, Carmen Taylor, an old girl friend who has recently returned to the city. Carmen is an entertainment reporter for a local television station, who wants to do bigger things. Her opportunity comes while she is covering the opening of an art exhibition. A woman is found murdered, and Carmen is the only reporter on the scene. The police say that the victim, a known call girl named Tangela House appears to have been strangled during sex. Anxious to prove she can do more than just fluff stories, Carmen begins her own investigation into the victim s past, and quickly finds that there is more to the case than just rough sex gone wrong. Now with the help of Mike Black, Carmen must stay alive long enough to uncover what secrets lay beneath the surface.
- Abundant Rain (Urban Christian) by Vanessa Miller
(Urban Books, 2011-08-01)
Elizabeth Underwood. Bold. Vivacious. Confident. Her life was about to be turned upside down. As far as Elizabeth was concerned, the Underwoods were the poster family for GodÕs blessings. She had two beautiful children and an elegant home. Her husband was the CEO of his own technical consulting firm and he truly loved her. But when the storms of life interrupt ElizabethÕs world, will she become entangled in her struggles or will she rest in the promises of God?
- My Son’s Wife by Shelia E. Lipsey
(Urban Books, 2011-05-01)
First Lady Audrey Graham believes she’s found the perfect woman to become her eldest son, Minister Stiles Graham’s wife. Sweet, sensitive, kind, and of course a fine Christian girl, Audrey couldn’t ask more of lovely Rena Jackson. But skeletons fall from the closet when Audrey and Stiles discover that Rena is in love and committed to the troubled, rebellious, ex-con, Frankie. My Son’s Wife is more than a love triangle, it’s a time bomb set to explode with twists, turns, entanglements and sinful revelations that only a loving God can make right
- Promise Of Forever Love (2nd Chance V3) (Second Chance at Love) by Vanessa Miller
(Whitaker House, 2011-04-05)
Ever since the death of her husband almost two years ago, the church that Yvonne Milner pastored with him has been losing members and money–fast. When the board decides to find a new senior pastor, Yvonne determines to hang on to her position and do a better job of shepherding her flock. She’s neither ready nor willing to hang up her minister’s robe just yet. Just before a pivotal meeting of the church board, Thomas Reed steps back into her life. The handsome, world–renowned motivational speaker was her husband’s best friend, and, as a widower, he knows the pain she’s going through. With his help, Yvonne fights to stay in the ministry, trusting that God has great plans yet for the church. When a threat of a different kind targets the church, as well as her daughter, Yvonne is grateful to have Thomas standing by her side. But when long–buried emotions arise in their friendship for the first time, Yvonne hesitates, not wanting to betray her husband or break her promise to love him forever. Will her passion lie forever buried in the past, or can she let it live again?
- Steppin’ Into the Good Life by Tia McCollors
(Lift Every Voice, 2011-02-01)
Shelia Rushmore thought she’d be the last woman standing when it was time to fight for her man. Instead Ace, her boyfriend of two years, chose to reunite with his ex-wife, leaving Shelia emotionally devastated. It’s a year later when Sheila is convinced that sneaking into their wedding ceremony will put closure on the gaping hole in her heart. But it’s on the back pew of the church where a new relationship begins for Shelia. She can’t explain the touch she received from God on that day, but she’s determined to be a better woman-a woman of faith. Since high school, Shelia has been chasing her definition of the good life – it’s left her with no home, no man, and no money. But now that’s she’s living life for God, things should get better, right? Shelia learns that living a faith-filled life isn’t always easy. With faith, tough love, and some tough decisions, Shelia realizes that the life she’d been praying for she could have for herself is actually attainable. Being wrapped in God’s arms, she decided, was by far the safest place she’d ever been.
Faith, family, and friendship have always been top priority to lifelong friends Lawson, Reginell, Sullivan, Angel, and Kina, but each one is about to be put to the test during one turbulent year.
Lawson Kerry is a struggling single mother who has finally gotten her life together. Now, a fierce custody battle with her ex threatens to the tear apart everything she’s built.
Reginell Kerry is a starry-eyed singer determined to make it to the top of the charts, but will she change her tune when a chance at fame means shedding her clothes and her self-respect?
Sullivan Webb is the pampered wife of a charismatic pastor with political aspirations, but she just might destroy her husband’s campaign and their marriage if she can’t control her wandering eye.
Angel King has dedicated her life to nursing following the destruction of her marriage. Can she maintain her professionalism when she discovers that her newest patient is the woman who stole her husband?
Kina Battle has had enough of her husband’s verbal and physical abuse. When she’s pushed to the edge, the situation heads in a deadly direction, and there’s no turning back.
Nothing is sacred, all bets are off, and the lives of these ladies will never be the same. Will they have the strength to hold on to their friendships and put their trust in God?
Urban Trade Paper
Secrets and Lies
by Rhonda McKnight
Available December 1, 2009
Faith Morgan is struggling with her faith. Years of poor communication and neglect leave her doubting that God will ever fix her marriage. When a coworker accuses her husband, Jonah, of the unthinkable, Faith begins to wonder if she really knows him at all, and if it’s truly in God’s will for them to stay married.
Pediatric cardiologist Jonah Morgan is obsessed with one thing: his work. A childhood incident cemented his desire to heal children at any cost, even his family, but now he finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Will he continue to allow the past to haunt him, or find healing and peace in a God he shut out long ago?
Gold Pen Award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley returns to the Houston congregation of her #1 Essence magazine bestseller, Let the Church Say Amen, in this warm and powerful sequel.
When her husband hears God’s call to become a preacher, Rachel Jackson Adams is distressed — she grew up a preacher’s daughter, and knows how difficult life under the microscope can be for a reverend’s family. But hot-headed Rachel has toned down her wild ways, and for the sake of her marriage and her two children, she is now the reluctant first lady of Zion Hill, unafraid to rock the boat with her unconventional ideas for revitalizing the church. When her son, Jordan, begins fighting at school, Rachel turns to the boy’s father, Bobby — Rachel’s first love from years ago. Married now himself, there should be nothing between them except their concern for Jordan — so why does seeing Bobby again feel so distractingly tempting? With her brothers facing dramas of their own, and her father, Reverend Simon Jackson, recovering from illness, Rachel must listen carefully to discover what God truly wants for her — and to decide if Bobby is the lover of her dreams or the devil in disguise.
The List by Sherri Lewis
In Stores March 2009
Single and satisfied? Not Michelle, Angela and Lisa. These saved but sexy, successful black women think they’re getting too old to keep waiting on God to send their soulmates. Under the protective eye of their more spiritual sistergirlfriend, Vanessa, and the scrutiny of newly saved manhater, Nicole, the ladies go on a hilarious adventure to “be found” by their husbands.
Armed with their list of essential must-have’s, would-be-nice’s, icing-on-the-cake’s, and total-deal-breakers, they start their search – but soon encounter issues specific to the saved woman on the dating scene. Is online dating okay for Christians? How long do you wait before you tell the hottie you just met that you’re celibate and plan to stay so until married? He’s too fine to pass up – how saved does he really need to be? And of course, how do you keep things holy when he’s oh-so-sexy?
It’s not long before they realize they still have to trust God to know what’s best for them and that He loves them enough to send them everything on The List.
Love on the Line
by Laura Castoro
Available February 1, 2009
Identity, attitudes, and culture collide as a mother and daughter’s values and backgrounds are challenged by everyone around them in this moving, often humorous, and unforgettable novel from Laura Castoro.
It ain’t easy being biracial and a trust fund baby, but blue-eyed Jesse Morgan is determined to just be herself at an eastern college—where no one will know who or what she is…unless she chooses to tell them. What Jesse doesn’t yet realize is that “no past” doesn’t equal “no problems.”
High-powered executive Thea Morgan is marrying Rev. Xavier Thornton—the former athlete and successful black businessman-turned-pastor, a man she first fell in love with at sixteen. A fair-skinned black woman who cracked the glass ceiling in the Texas oil business, Thea assumes her identity difficulties are behind her. She hasn’t yet met Xavier’s new congregation in a down-on-its-luck Arkansas town…nor Mrs. Hattie Patterson—the matriarch of St. Hurricane Church who has fixed opinions about how a minister’s wife should behave. Will Thea lose her struggles to win over Xavier’s congregation, people who just don’t understand her big-city ways? It will take every bit of her humor, business acumen, and just plain hard-loving to deal with her crisis of faith and the sinking feeling that, just maybe, love can’t conquer all.
Like mother, like daughter, Thea and Jesse discover that sometimes to get what you need most you to have to put everything, even love, on the line.
God Only Knows
by Xavier Knight
Available March 23,2009
Julia Turner, an ambitious educator in her mid-thirties, leaves a high-profile job in Chicago to return to Dayton, Ohio to serve as superintendent of Christian Light, the K-12 private school system from which she graduated two decades earlier. A single mother with an ugly divorce and a complex childhood in her rearview mirror, Julia views her mission as a chance to contribute to her hometown and conquer the demons from her past. But she never expects to confront the one sin she and her childhood friends agree to bury as teens-the accident that left Eddie Walker hospitalized and incapacitated. Meanwhile, Detective Peter Whitlock, Eddie Walker’s older bother, is still determined to find the person(s) responsible for his brother’s condition. As an unrelated investigation leads to another woman who is involved in the accident, the responsible parties must decide whether they will keep their dark secrets, or tell the truth and let God decide the outcome.
A native of St. Louis, Michele Andrea Bowen began writing stories as a child, and her experiences growing up gave her insight concerning all of the possibilities for telling great stories about regular folk who go to church and love the Lord.
Michele was educated in the St. Louis Public School system in segregated schools. She then went on to earn her Bachelor and two Master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. And she also furthered her education by earning graduate degrees in United States History and Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked as a social worker in mental health and child abuse, a program coordinator in health care, and instructor at the undergraduate level. She also worked at Barnes and Noble Books, a job that offered considerable experience with the retail side of the book world.
Michele currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her daughters. They are members of St. Joseph’s AME Church.
I was on my way to becoming a history professor when the writing bug really hit me and I started writing what was the rough draft of my first novel, Church Folk. I originally titled this book “The Missionary Ladies” but quickly came up with Church Folk after my good friend, Dr. Valerie Kaalund, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, took one look at that title, frowned and said, “NO. NO!”
I became a writer and subsequently an “author,” when Church Folk became the third book in an African American Christian Fiction line of books under a new Warner Books Imprint called Walk Worthy Press in June 2001. I was blessed beyond belief with the response to this outrageously funny book about black “peepes” who went to “chutch.” And since that time, I have published two other books with Warner, Second Sunday (June 2003) and Holy Ghost Corner (September 2006).
I am currently writing a fourth book that continues with my tales of African American religious life and culture. Writing is a ministry for me. I love the Lord and I love writing about God and church life. It has been a tremendous blessing to reach so many people with my stories. I praise God for this. I can’t imagine writing in any other way.
Her next novel, Up At The College, is the second novel in a three-part series about the lives of contemporary African American church folk who live in Durham, North Carolina, featuring Yvonne Fountain Copeland.
From her website – www.micheleandreabowen.com: “She writes black Christian Fiction because that is what the Lord called her to write. And each novel is a venture into black church life and culture that she hopes will entertain, make you laugh out loud, inform, inspire, and hopefully encourage each reader to seriously think about what a wondrous thing it is to serve the Lord.”
- With each of your novels appearing on the Essence bestseller list, do you have any expectations for your next novel, Up At The College? Do you expect any “controversy” that came with your first, Church Folk?
My prayer partners and I prayed over Up at the College. I asked God to bless this book, as I have for each of my books. My expectation is that the Lord was listening and answered our prayers.
As for any controversy…haven’t thought about it at all.
- Like most genres, Christian fiction can’t be lumped into a simple bag. Are you stretching those boundaries? Or, are you writing something secular with a church setting? How would you classify your work?
I write Christian Fiction. I don’t write something secular with a church setting. I write as a ministry and I’m thankful that my stories crosses the lines, so that folks who read secular fiction will reach out and pick up a copy of one of my books. And I write what is placed in my heart, what appears to be a good project to pursue, and something that makes me crack up with laughter whenever I think about it.
- How have readers reacted to your success?
The readers have been a blessing and very encouraging and supportive. I am thankful for them. Many of them keep me lifted in prayer, some have prayed for me when I meet them, some have met me and just started laughing and said that I was funny and those books were something else.
When I was in Dallas, Texas at Cedar Valley Community College, a reader came up to me, hugged me and blessed me while we hugged. She prayed over me. That is not the first time this has happened. On another occasion, back in 2004, I was at the AME General Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. A woman who worked in the maintenance department came over to us on her break and asked about my books, she was very interested but didn’t have the money at the time. We gave her a copy because there was something kind, honest, and warm about this lady. She thanked me, and then turned back and gave a blessing that floored us. I will never forget that experience. I could feel what she shared.
These are just two examples but this happens on a regular basis. And I get the laughter from readers all the time. They give testimonials about the people at their church. They also will tell folks that they need to read one of my books because they are very funny.
- From where do you find the inspiration for your stories? For your characters?
I find inspiration in events happening around me. I find inspiration in what folks share. I find inspiration in my own experiences…and I am inspired when I read the bible (lot of good stuff in the bible). As for the characters…I see so much in everyday life and find a lot of inspiration in some of the most unlikely places like the mall, grocery store, a church event.
If I see something that tickles me to no end, I use it to create a character. Also, if someone has come through a serious storm and is still standing, I use that story or experience to create a character. The person who inspired me to create Baby Doll Henderson was actually a man, who used to be homeless. He lived under a bridge, has battled with crack/cocaine for years, and got saved, joined our church, and walks a hard road each and every day.
- Do you have a favorite character?
I have a few favorite characters. Precious Powers and Rev. James (Church Folk); Sheba Cochran Wilson, George Wilson, and Mr. Louis Loomis (Second Sunday); Baby Doll Henderson Lacy (Holy Ghost Corner).
These characters are my favorites because they are funny, sweet at times, very different with regard to their outlook on life, bold, unconventional, and have good hearts. My characters are true-to-life, only because they represent something that needs ‘reppin’ well. And I haven’t created anybody who I personally thought was too outlandish, even if some of them are very colorful at times
- How do you write? Do you work in developing dialogue, characters, or scenes? Are there any special challenges to writing your novels?
I write on the computer or laptop… I like to type. Also, I prepare a synopsis and now, write a very detailed outline that provides comprehensive overview of entire book from start to finish, including characters.
- African American fiction and Christian fiction have experienced booming sales over the last few years. Publishers have certainly responded. Do you have to do anything different than other authors to promote your novels because of the content?
Yes, I have to be aggressive about where to go and how to market the book. I look for those hidden markets that publishers may overlook because it’s outside of the main stream. I use the model of gospel artists. They go to the churches and places where they know their audience is in abundance, and trust that they will support them and their work–which they do. There is a very vibrant market of readers out there…you just have to know where to look, and have your heart right when you go to those places and to those potential readers because they don’t like mess and foolishness.
- Do you have any tips for your fellow writers? Anything that has worked for you in writing, finding a publisher & agent, in promoting your book?
I think I’ll have to tailor this answer for budding writers of Christian Fiction. Be right with the Lord. Study God’s Word. Pray without ceasing. Be in church and fellowship with other Christians. Read, read, read, and write your story as you are led by the Lord to write it. Trust God in every phase of this endeavor, strive for excellence in your actual craft of writing, pray for direction, and ask questions of those who have come before you.