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Shades of the Heart

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 25, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Shades of the Heart by Ann Marie Bryan

RATING: Five-stars

GENRE: Christian Romance

PRICE: $2.99


I loved that the book started out at the heart of the conflict between the two main characters: Blake and Gabrielle Montgomery. I also loved that the storyline centered around a Christian married couple who were going through some trials and tribulations. Due to infidelity, on behalf of the wife (Gabrielle), the husband (Blake) decided to leave the home. After months of being separated, they finally decided to have a sitdown talk and many secrets were revealed that might change the course of their relationship, if they follow their hearts.

It was a beautifully written book that flowed like poetry through my soul. This book covered all of the emotional basis needed to draw me in to the romantic storyline and keep me turning the pages. I couldn't wait to read the Epilogue which pulled on all of my heartstrings!



The book contained an abundance of prayers, Scriptures, and sermons that were relevant to the story but might sound preachy at times. However, they were right on time for me. Overall, it was a fabulously written love story that I would highly recommend for Christian romance readers seeking a wholesome mixture of love and spiciness. 

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Author Iris Fambro Carter

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 24, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I was born on November 7, 1965, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Wyomia and Sylvester Fambro, Jr. I will begin working on my masters in professional counseling this fall at Liberty University. I earned a bachelors in interdisciplinary studies consisting of fine arts and psychology from Liberty University. I am a flight attendant based in Atlanta, Georgia. I have a 24-yea- old daughter named Jade and a 21-year-old son named Wesley. I also have two girl cats, Sasha and Paris.


I gained a love for reading as a child while watching my mother enjoying romance novels. Curiosity set in and I soon started checking out age appropriate novels from the local library. Some of my favorite authors are: Alice Walker and Tony Morrison. I enjoy reading stories about my African American heritage. Beloved and The Color Purple are two of my favorites. They both bring to light struggles and triumphs of African Americans. Keeping with the southern theme, I also like Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. As you can see, I enjoy stories with a historical, preferably southern theme. I also prefer books that are based on true crimes and thrillers. The types of books that will take you on a rollercoaster. I am a signed writer with Artistic Words Publishing. I have written two novels, Weep of the Willow and When It Rains. I also have a short story in AWPs Creative Differences, A Collection of Inventive Stories called Offline.






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Weep of the Willow will be released July 14, 2015.


Synopsis of Weep of the Willow


Atlanta, Georgia 1983––Eva has been keeping a secret from her sister Annie. On her deathbed, Eva has to clear her conscience. It is time to right old wrongs.

Crabtree, Georgia 1921––Luella Mae Jameson has found herself in the last place she ever expected to be…living life as the town whore. Luella Mae’s husband has run off with the first “river-hipped thang” that crossed his path, leaving her to take care of herself and their young daughter, Eva, the only way she knows how. After visiting the voodoo priestess, who cast two spells to give Luella Mae her heart’s desire, her life changes in ways she never expected.


Jimmy Thompson is everything society expects him to be…a successful businessman, married to a well-bred southern woman, and above all, a staunch racist and member of the Ku Klux Klan. The only problem is he’s been in love with a colored woman for most of his life and then he’s given the opportunity to have her.


In the midst of such violent times, where the lines have been drawn between segregated whites and the colored folk of Crabtree, Georgia, Weep of the Willow dares to share their story of forbidden love and secrets.

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Author Imani Writes

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 19, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I was born in Oakland California, the year 1971. Adopted in 1974. Adoption became my salvation, yet at the same time, my prison. In 1979, my family moved to the island of St. Croix. I wanted to fit in anywhere, being bi-racial seemed to be unheard of at that time. So I was an outcast, alone. Wasn’t allowed to tell anyone I was adopted either for my parents feared I would be treated differently. However, it was them that treated me differently. I escaped into books the instant I learned to read. I found my reality among the pages of fantasy. With them, the characters,I was never alone. I had friends, I never had to defend why my light colored skin was always adorned with bruises. I could laugh. As I got older, I wanted to be the one that created the stories to make someone find an escape, even if just for a moment. Imani Writes was born.

I really have no particular genre, I love to write what comes to mind. My release under Artistic Words Publishing, Shug’ah, is Urban Street Lit. I also write lesbian romance, and about to venture over to the supernatural genre. My reading tastes are more along the side of romance, big fan of Eric Jerome Dickey, was introduced to RM Johnson, his book, Love Frustration, was very well written and only enhanced my want to produce books that would touch so many people. I write because the joy one of my stories can give a reader is the best feeling ever. The connection they make with my characters is priceless, that some will get angry at me for “eliminating” one. I can’t think of anything else I would want to do in life.

Excerpt from Shug'ah


“Samantha, come play with me.”

Melanie’s taunting kept me tossing and turning for hours. I think I passed out from sheer pain. Around four in the morning, my cell rang. I ignored it and it kept ringing repeatedly.

“Who the fuck is this?”

“Shug'ah? What is wrong with you?”

“Nothin’ Baby J. What’s up? I just got to sleep.”

“I need you to pick me up.”

“You’re joking, right?”

“This is serious. I need to get away from this crazy-ass girl Tiffany. She is over here trying to get me to tell her I love her and shit.”

“I love you, too, but I am too tired, playa.”

“Come on, Shug'ah. I would do it for you.”

“No, you wouldn’t because I wouldn’t be in your situation.”

“Come on. Please?”

I looked down at the shimmering pendant that saved my life tonight—the pendant Baby J gave me.

“Alright, damn! Where you at?”


“You can walk from there?”

“True. But I need another favor.”

“I really don’t need this right now, Baby J.”

“I want you to pretend to be my jealous girlfriend. I really need to break it off with her.”

“Fine. Give me her address.”

I put on my jeans, a black wife beater, but no shoes because I wanted to appear crazy. I parked down the street so she wouldn’t see my ride.

“I can’t believe I am doing this,” I whispered to myself. I began banging on her door and ringing the doorbell. “Joe, I know you in there with that bitch!” I yelled a few times just to make my presence believable.

The door flew open. “Who the fuck are you?” Tiffany demanded.

“Don’t you worry about who the fuck I am. You need to worry about what I am gonna do to you because you are fucking my man.” I crossed my arms and tapped my bare foot on the cool concrete. “Joe? You better get your ass out of this trick’s house.” I could see him behind her getting his stuff and smiling the whole time.

“You have no right to come here and do this shit.”

“Oh, he didn’t tell you about me?”

She shook her head.

“Joe, I’m going to kick your ass. I am so sick of this shit. Got me driving looking for your trifling ass.”

“He is my man!” Tiffany yelled.

I slapped the shit out of her. Joe eased past his now stunned ex-fuck buddy. I turned to walk away, and she grabbed my hair. I turned to face her and got a firm grip on her throat. I shoved her against the door frame.

“I had a really fucked up night. Are you sure you want to dance with me like that?”

She looked at me wide eyed with fear. I loosened my grip, and she disappeared into her house. Baby J missed my final performance. I ran to

catch up to him.

“You’re not dropping me home?” he asked as we pulled up to

Rome’s house.

“Walk. I am tired.”

“That’s cold.”

“You dragged me out of bed to get you. I did my part and now I am going back to sleep. You can stay if you want.”

Before getting into bed, I stepped in the shower and washed my feet. Baby J was already comfortable and his eyes were closed. I closed the curtains so the morning sun wouldn’t disturb us, and laid next to him.

“Why do I put up with you?”

“Because you wuv me,” he said with a smile without opening his eyes.

“Yeah,” I agreed with a yawn. “I wuv ya. Night, playa.”

It was a little before ten when I opened my eyes. Baby J was staring at me.

“What?” I asked and stretched. I shouldn’t have done that because all my bodily pain screamed good morning.

“Did Tiffany get a swing in?”

“Hell no. That bitch didn’t touch me.”

“Then explain the black eye and these.” He threw the band-aid wrappers at me.

I sat up wincing in pain and pulled up my shirt.

“That’s about a five-inch cut, Shug'ah. How the fuck did that happen?”

Baby J was the one person I could never lie to. I told him what went down[last night] as he paced.


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Author Laurina Osborne

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 17, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Laurina Christine Osborne is a native of the Caribbean island of Montserrat. She came of age in New York City where she worked in the securities brokerage industry for twenty years. She has lived in Florida since 2003. Laurina has published five titles since 2011 and is a fiction writing novelist. She has also contributed to, The 21 lives of Lissette Donovan, an anthology by members of the Tallahassee Authors Network. Writing about the different relationships we share as men and women in search of love is her passion.

I will read anything that holds my interest for the first ten minutes. Stories about other cultures including those written as fiction are my favorite pastime. Authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Andrea Levy, Edwidge Danticat, Amy Bloom, Terry McMillan, and Barbara Taylor Bradford will always keep me reaching for yet another book. And yes, romance novels are very high on my list. Currently, I reach for books that will help to improve my writing and thus, my storytelling ability.

Prologue from Say It In Plain English

I was fifteen-years-old the first time I caught him staring at me. It felt as if someone had turned on blaring headlights on a moonless night and I was standing unprotected in their glare. Goosebumps covered my whole body. Something moved in my upper belly. My salivary glands seemed to open wide, as spit filled my mouth like I was sucking a sour lemon.

He was a grown man, a barrister. What could he want with me? Could I be mistaken? As the days turned to weeks and months, I realized he was definitely interested in my appearance. I’m what they call a big-boned child. It made adults forget my age when they were discussing grown-up people’s business, so I knew much more than I should about what men do to the women in their lives.

I didn’t see him often, maybe once every few weeks. When I did, I noticed the way he sneaked glances at me, like he was taking pictures of my body; he listened to my answers and frowned at the way I behaved. It made me self-conscious, so I made a point to speak and act more maturely whenever he was around. I guess my behavior was so noticeable that my grandmother caught on and told my mother, who grabbed me, leaned me up against the side of our concrete house and, with her finger in my face, informed me what a man rat he was.

I was born in New York. My mother and I moved back to Saint James after my father was killed. After Daddy, no man could meet her standards. She said she didn’t go to all the trouble to keep me safe just for Hilton Scabbs to ruin. Yes, he was a rich, successful attorney, but I didn’t need his money or the heartbreak. She made me promise to keep my drawers on and my legs closed.

My mother’s dire warnings didn’t stop me from scrutinizing him as he scrutinized me. It became a game, his eyes and my heart, like a fish on a hook, and for the next three years I grew into that little adult I refined under his eyes. Soon after my eighteenth birthday, my mother returned to New York. She was tired of wasting her time with what she called the dried up men on Saint James. I refused to go back with her, so she finally gave in and left me in Saint James with her mother, Granny Kitty.


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Author Shelia Goss

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 16, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Shelia M. Goss is a screenwriter and national bestselling author of twenty-one books. Secrets Uncovered is her twenty-first book in print. She writes in multiple genres. She's received many accolades in her career, including being nominated for a 2015 AAMBC Literary Awards in the Romance Author of the Year category. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…”


Besides being a writer, I’m an avid reader. I like to read in multiple genres but my two favorite genres are romance and mysteries. I grew up reading books like the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries. When I got a little older, in my teen years, I would read my aunt’s romance novels. I have too many favorite authors to name.

 Online info: website: , Facebook at or Twitter @sheliamgoss


A hot one-night stand could lead to a once-in-a-lifetime chance at love.

As the producer of one of TV’s highest-rated shows, Kem Phillips has a knack for creating the perfect leading man. But love in real life? No thanks. She has no interest in repeating her mother’s mistakes.

Thank goodness the star of her newest project is discreet. No one knows about the one-night stand they indulged in at her best friend’s wedding. He’s also a gentleman who always seems to be there when she’s in a jam.

Brent McKenzie has had his share of memorable moments, but that night with Kem is as fresh and hot in his mind as if it was yesterday. He’d love to be the man who comes to her rescue in all possible ways—if she’d let him.

When an emergency call sends Kem racing home to Louisiana, she goes against her better judgment and accepts Brent’s offer to go with her. Yet as everything she thought was true about her past crumbles, is his emotional support something solid to lean on…or a crutch she dare not trust?

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Five Steps to Finding an Excellent Editor

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 15, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Finding an editor is not a simple process but it's not a complicated one either. If you're done with your manuscript and ready to move to the next level, you'll need an excellent editor to help you get there.

Step 1. Experience.

The best way to find an editor is through a referral or from the "Acknowlegment" page of a book you loved. Look for an editor with experience in content and developmental editing. Content editing is also referred to as "line-by-line" editing. Developmental editing helps you with character and overall development of the story. In my opinion, you need the developmental editing first to make sure the storyline is plausible and flows well. Once that's worked out, then you can do the "line-by-line" editing to clean up the manuscript and add more description or action where needed. You may find one editor that can provide this service but in most cases, you will probably need two separate editor. And once the editing is complete and the revisions have been made, you'll need a good proofreader and several beta readers.

Step 2. Genre.

Make sure the editor that you choose has experience in the genre that you're writing. For example, if you write romance, you want someone with experience in editing romance novels. If they have only edited Science Fiction or nonfiction books, they might not be a fit for you. When I selected my first editor I interviewed her and one of the questions was, "What do you like to read?" When she replied, "Romance novels," I went on to ask her what were some of her favorite romance books. To my surprise, we had read many of the same books and loved or (not) loved them. Anyway, I felt she was a good fit because the other two prospects openly stated their disdain for romance stories.

Step 3. Sample.

An experienced editor will usually ask for a sample of your writing before quoting you a price for editing. It might be five pages or it might be ten. Either way, it will give them a taste of your writing style as well as give you a taste of their editing style. Some editors will charge for the sample but some might not. It just depends on the editor and their individual policies. So be sure to ask about the charge before submitting anything to an editor. Once you have the sample returned, you're ready for the next step.

Step 4. Talk.

Yes, you should actually talk with the potential editor in person or via the telephone before sealing the deal. I know this is the age of technology and personal contact can be limited (or nonexistent) in some cases. But I recommend you have some personal contact with the editor to make sure that you have an open line of communication. You should definitely exchange phone numbers and have a way to reach each other in case questions arise that need immediate attention. Although you should have a professional relationship with your editor, you will also get to know each other on a personal level, if you continue working together on future books. 

Step 5. Decision.

Now that you have found several experienced editors in your genre, received samples, and spoken to them, you're ready to make an educated decision. Although price will be a part of the selection process, it shouldn't be the only determining factor. However, the highest price won't necessarily be the best editor and the lowest price may not be the worse. So take everything into consideration and make the best decision for your project. If you can, talk to other authors who have used this editor to see what type of feedback they have to offer. And never, never, never be afraid to fire your editor when you realize that things aren't working out because the next one on the list, might be a better fit.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post today. I wish you great success on all your writing projects!

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Author Unoma Nwankwor

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 12, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Funny story, when I was writing my first novel, An Unexpected Blessing, I called my husband Alex (the book’s hero) almost all the time. It got so bad that he would give me the side eye, until the warning came. But then as a creative himself, he understood how the characters live with you. Becomes part of your waking and sleeping.

Well, I don’t do that anymore, or rather I catch myself before I do. But that doesn’t mean they are still not with me always. It’s funny because sometimes I’d think of something, a plot idea and I would go “naaah my present heroine won’t do that, but oooooweeee the heroine of my next book will.” You see the characters I write, I build from the ground up. I know I already told you that their core is getting back the hope they lost or restoration back to where they used to be . But all of the characters are as different as their names.

Recently, I got this review of A Scoop Of Love. “I loved the characters, they felt real and I could relate to all their struggles. I loved the detail in which Unoma writes, every time Ibiso prepared a meal, I did feel like I was there in the kitchen with her. Can’t wait to read book two!”

I loved it, because it took a great deal to build all three Danjuma brothers and the women that will capture their hearts. And I’m glad it reflected in the story. Nancy Kress says that to be a writer, you must learn to be three people at once: writer, reader, character.

According to Jordan Dane, “It’s not enough to picture their outward appearance. Give them a background and sphere of influence."

I had no clue how to do this until I talked to one of my mentors. She asked, “So who is Yomi?” (Yomi is the hero in my second published work, my Christmas novelette.) I said, “He is a rich, fine, biracial man.” She said, “And….” I was totally speechless, then she sent me a character profile and I have used it ever since. I spend time building my characters before I write a word. At least I have the basics, so what is a character profile…here is a version of what I use...



Family life (or origin) and its effects:

Mother and relationship with her:

Father and relationship with him:

Siblings and relationship with them:

Extended family and relationship with them

Current family life:



Weight and build

Body type

Face type

Predominant feature/Distinguishing marks:




Clothing style:

Speaking style:

General demeanor:

Career and social status:

Religious beliefs:

Relationship history:

Health history



Best qualities:

Worst qualities:

Bad habits:




Personality traits:


Best thing that ever happened to them:

Worst thing that ever happened to them:



What is most important to them? :

What makes them angry?

There are so many other questions on my sheet. A profile helps when I’m figuring out their dialogue and their reaction to things or what moves and drives them.

To authors, how do you shape the characters in your work?

To readers, do you appreciate the depth of the characters you read?



Born in Akron, Ohio, to Nigerian parents, Unoma Nwankwor spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Global Management. Her publishing credits include An Unexpected Blessing (2013), The Christmas Ultimatum (2013), When You Let Go (May, 2014) and A Scoop of Love (Jan, 2015). Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club, USA Today HEA blog and The Kenyan E-zine; Wamathai. Her stories are described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice. Unoma is also the co-owner of KevStel Group LLC and resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children.








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Entrepreneur Tyora Moody

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 10, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I want to thank Barbara Joe for this opportunity to guest blog this week. An anthology that I have been working on for almost a year was released earlier this week. I would have to describe, When Women Become Business Owners, as the first book in an unconventional spin-off series.

The idea behind the, Stepping into Victory, compilations seemed a bit strange to me at first, but I couldn't let go of creating a platform for a nonfiction series as a spin-off to the Victory Gospel Series, my romantic suspense trilogy. Before I jump into this nonfiction series, let me introduce you to where it all started.

On New Year's Eve in 2005, I sensed I had reached a crossroads in my life. As the clock ticked closer to midnight, I scribbled down my reflections of the past year and asked God for a new direction creatively. You see, I live and breathe creativity. I get bored easily and I have found those sparks of creativity re-ignite me when I'm at my lowest points. It might have been a few days later, but vivid scenes showed up in my mind. The concept wasn’t foreign to me, as a child, and then as teenager, I loved making up stories. But like a lot of us, as we grow older, I buried the joy of storytelling.

So from 2006 to 2008, I wrote and re-wrote the first book in a trilogy called, The Victory Gospel Series. It was my first attempt at writing Christian Fiction. It wasn’t until 2013, when I was editing the third and final book in this series that I noticed a few things. Each one of the main characters in the books, Candace – When Rain Falls, Angel – When Memories Fade and Lenora – When Perfection Fails were female entrepreneurs. Now oftentimes, writers receive advice from other writers to write what you know. It wasn’t intentional on my part to make these women entrepreneurs, but it served as an example of how real life can be woven into fiction.

I have been an entrepreneur for over fifteen years. There are many life experiences and events that shape a person's faith. For me the many, many moments of helping clients achieve their vision without a doubt have shaped my faith. My skill level has grown, my business sense has matured and my discernment has sharpened. That’s after countless times of flat out getting it wrong.

When you decide to start your own business, that’s a walk of faith. When you decide to walk away from your full-time, very stable job, that’s a walk of faith. When you’re laid off from your job or your financial circumstances changes drastically, it’s a walk of faith as you seek to earn the only income you can with the skills you possess. Being an entrepreneur is truly a walk on water and if you’re not careful, you will find yourself sinking like Peter when he took his eyes of Jesus (Matthew 14:29-30). Because there is no doubt the winds will blow to distract you and cause you to stumble. At that moment, fear may try to take over your thoughts, but you have to remember Jesus already gave you the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57).

In When Women Become Business Owners, you will find twenty-two women who transparently share their stories and provide faith-based advice to help other women step into victory in their businesses. To meet the contributing authors and to find out more about When Women Become Business Owners, visit:


About the Author

Tyora Moody is the author of Soul-Searching Suspense novels in the Serena Manchester Series, Victory Gospel Series and the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. She is also the author of the nonfiction book, The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, and the compilation editor for the Stepping Into Victory Compilations under her company, Tymm Publishing LLC.


As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include virtual event planning, book covers and book trailers.


To contact Tyora about book club discussions or for book marketing workshops, visit her online at: 

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Author Shantae Charles

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 5, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Shantae Charles is a multifaceted Artist. She is the CSO of God Ideas, LLC, a creative consulting company. Shantae is a Publisher, Editor, Author, and Artist working in all disciplines (music, acting, dance, and visual) of the arts world. A graduate of Florida State University, Shantae also Pastors Life Nation alongside Robert, her husband of 15 years in Northern Virginia. Shantae is the author of the popular Christian fiction series, Church Love, the non-fiction books, BLISS: Believe Love Is Sacred & Special and Grief for Dummies. She is also in the anthology, The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan.


Shantae is an avid reader and boasts a personal library of over a thousand books. Her favorite topics are Christian Living and Theology. Some of her favorite authors are Sharon Ewell Foster, Karen Kingsbury, Tony Evans, John Ortberg, Elmer Towns, A.W. Tozer and Star Parker. Shantae sees writing as a personal call. She writes prophetic fiction that includes the active voice of God speaking to her characters.

Excerpt from Chruch Love:

As beautiful as Savannah was, it would have been hard for a man not to notice but his mind had been on other pressing matters, then. He knew that she‘d had a crush on him, but he figured it would wear off in time. As she’d matured and blossomed, he’d fought back many urges not to fall into temptation where she was concerned. What young teenage boy couldn’t help noticing creamy caramel skin, luscious lips, long legs, and chocolate eyes that could envelope you in playfulness one moment, and righteous indignation the next?

Though many a boy would have tried to manipulate and morally compromise Vannah, they dared not. The fire of holiness was upon her so, that respect was not what you showed her-- it was what God demanded of any man-- righteous or not. No matter how her gentle curves slowly burgeoned, fitting her slender 5’8’’ frame perfectly, Savannah was God’s anointed, and she was not to be treated lightly. She was his warrior-princess, stomping on the devil’s head while balancing her social life with grace and poise. She was not just beautiful but ravishing, completely guileless and unassuming. Though cognizant of her comeliness, Savannah did not openly flaunt her good looks like so many other women whom he was acquainted with.


Vannah’s life was worthy of emulation, marking her as a virtuous woman, whom many of her contemporaries respected. Her strong will, sagacious mind, and quick-wit, complimented her incomparable beauty. No, Savannah was no man’s plaything, but a treasured vessel of glory and honor to God.

It would have honored Josiah to be the man that God would ordain to cover her. But God had told him that he was not that man. He was wise enough to understand that casual dating was off limits. And so, he’d distanced himself from Vannah, keeping their conversations brief, and the content centered on the Word of God. And he knew even now, watching her rise from the table, that she was preparing to do a little of her own distancing act from him. “First fear, then flight,” he murmured. But Josiah would thwart that plan very shortly. He was here for a reason, and he intended to fulfill every part of that purpose.




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Author Miriam Kelly-Ferguson

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 3, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

 Thank you so much Barbara Joe for this opportunity.

I was born and raised on the eastern shores of Maryland. I studied at both Morgan State University and Hoftra University (pre-Law, paralegal program). I worked for many years as a paralegal in the New York City area. I am a fellow of both the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color. I am a member of the renowned Harlem Writers Guild. My writings have appeared in Harlem World Magazine, Impact News, Hamilton Stone Review and the Amsterdam News. I now live in Harlem and I’m currently working on my next title.

I love writing and reading! I read across genres but historical fiction and mystery make my day. My favorite authors are Walter Mosely, Bernice McFadden, Wally Lamb and Maryse Conte. I believe that writing and reading are the construction sites of our humanity. I am a writer who picks complex scenarios. I want my stories to entertain, and have a lasting effect on my readers. I can now focus full time on my writing and plan to release my next title March, 2016. Please see my press release for my debut novel Weaver. I loved working on this book. Weaver took five years to complete. I’ve met some wonderful people along my writing journey. My research for Weaver really enlightened me. Our world is so connected that a fictional idea can speak to our real time needs. Weaver does that. Thanks again for being my Facebook friend.


Media Contact: Miriam Kelly Ferguson

Phone: 609.423.9755

Email: [email protected]


PRESS RELEASE: June 15, 2014




New York – Weaver, the debut novel by Miriam Kelly Ferguson, follows a mentally challenged and deeply troubled woman, who channels her pain through the craft of rug weaving. These skills are instrumental in helping this young woman cope with her life’s challenges.

In this country, crafting is a multibillion-dollar business with over three-quarters of American households having at least one family member who engages in a craft-type hobby on a weekly basis. The National Institutes for Health [NIH] has conducted studies that show crafts, such as rug weaving, have physiological and psychological benefits. Arts and crafts therapy is also commonly used in rehabilitation of the disabled, the mentally disadvantaged, individuals with substance abuse problems, and to engage the elderly.


About Weaver

ALMENA JOHNSTONE, a young women thought to be mentally slow, is thrust back to her insular hometown. She expects nothing more than a lonely, unfulfilled life. Her passion is weaving, but her past is ugly. Her isolation is broken when a new family moves in nearby. But the neighbors she comes to adore arrive with their own history of violence, trauma, and sexual abuse that play out in a horrific murder. Left with motherless twins, Almena must make a desperate escape to keep them safe and make a new start in New Haven, CT. But will Almena’s tainted past resurface to disturb the peace she finds in the sanctity of her new home? Can Almena safeguard the children, who like her have already experienced the worst of what life has to offer? This southern voiced novel will linger long after you have your fill.



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