Colette R. Harrell Visits UC His Glory!

1 06 2014

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Colette Harrell is the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It. She is passionate about the written word. A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company. Colette is a wife, mother, author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Her novel is a delectable read, where romance, suspense, humor, and the supernatural all come together to entertain, educate, and inspire.

UC: Welcome to UC His Glory Book Club, Colette. Colette, please share with us how you got started writing novels.
CH: I was always the person in the group setting telling the story in an animated, detailed, edge-of-your-seat fashion. I am also an avid reader. Put me in a room full of books and I’m in heaven. Like peanut butter and jelly, these two passions merged into my wanting—no—needing to write.

UC: Why did you choose to write Christian fiction?
CH: When I first became a Christian, one of my fears was that I would have to give up a good read. I went on the Internet and looked for Christian fiction books, by people who looked like me, and I couldn’t find any. I wanted real books, about real people, who were fighting the good fight and doing it all because they loved Jesus. Not perfect, but forgiven. Then slowly, I saw the market open up, and here I am!

UC: What message(s) would you like your readers to take away after having read your books?
CH: That redemption is available to all of us. That Christians are fun, adventurous, and yes, sometimes (okay, many times!) we get it wrong. That’s when we dig in, cry, “holy, holy, holy,” and work to do better.

UC: How did you come up with the title for your book?
CH: I have to be honest on this one. I originally had another title selected for my book. And I was told it was dull and lifeless. I was reminded why I picked books. First, the title catches me. So, I went back to the drawing board and laughed when I thought about all the times we, as Christians, use myriad excuses to “reason” through our failings. My best friend will text me, when things go wrong in her life, “The devil don’ found me.” So, The Devil Made Me Do It was birthed. Since it’s a trilogy that deals with the supernatural, the other two books follow along in the same vein.

UC: How do you feel being a newly published author?
CH: Exhilarated, head in the wind, hair blowing, thrilled. Then. . . fearful. What if you don’t like my baby? I’m that mother that wants to protect her child and for the world to accept and love her. This is a rollercoaster ride . . . hold on for dear life!

UC: What can readers expect next from you?
CH: The second book in my trilogy is Tell The Truth and Shame the Devil. It continues the story of Esther and Briggs, and adds new people in the mix. Some old characters come back to stir up a few things! The third book will follow. All three continue the theme that all supernatural-bent readers love. Who needs to watch television? If you aren’t saved, you’re already the walking dead.

UC: What final thoughts or words of inspiration would you like to share with the readers?
CH: Your dreams are possible. Your thoughts are valuable. No one can do what you were specifically designed to do, the way you would do it. Get busy!

colettebookThe Devil Made Me Do It, Synopsis
The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it.
Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness.
Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them.
When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?

UC: How do readers contact/connect with Author Colette? (twitter, Web site, Facebook, e-mail, etc.)
CH: My Web site Coletteharrell.com is filled with blog content, tours/events, and soon to be released, my character Mother Sweat’s advice column and video blog. My e-mail is writespirit@aol.com.





UC His Glory Welcomes Leslie J. Sherrod

12 05 2014

LJS picture (2)Leslie J. Sherrod, the recipient of the SORMAG Readers Choice Award for Christian Author of the Year (2012), has a Masters in Social Work and has worked as a therapist, just like her current protagonist, Sienna St. James. Her novels, Losing Hope, Secret Place, and Like Sheep Gone Astray have been featured in Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library Writer’s LIVE! Series, as well as local CBS and NBC affiliates, and on AOL’s Black Voices. She has received a starred review from Booklist and is a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort devotional series. Leslie lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children.

As both a writer and a social worker, Leslie tackles matters of current social significance, including mental health and wellness, healthy relationships, and spiritual growth – with the unique backdrop of page-turning, satisfying suspense. With a talent for drawing on raw emotions and painting vivid and meaningful imagery with her pen, her books especially speak to the needs of diverse women and have been welcomed in book clubs and church groups around the country.

May 2014

May 2014

Sacrifices of Joy
In her most chilling challenge yet, Sienna St. James believes she has come face to face with the terrorist responsible for the carnage in her hometown. Taking him on as a client in her therapy practice may be the only way to prove to herself and authorities that her time-tested instincts are right. Complicating matters are her damaged dreams and broken heart and the need to finally confront the one person whose absence from her life changed everything. The time of reckoning has come, and for Sienna, finding healing and happiness – and the savvy need to stay alive – hang in the balance.

The Sienna St. James Series: Love, Loss, and Dangerous Clients…Sienna St. James is more than a sharp-witted social worker. She’s a problem solver who keeps getting pulled into life-and-death mysteries that only complicate her already complex life. With a head-strong teenage son and a missing, estranged husband – who could be anywhere on the globe – Sienna has to figure out what gets her focus first: the questions she has about her own love and loss or the dangerous quirks and dark confusion of her current clients… And then there are the eligible men around her who are jockeying for position, waiting for her to make up her mind about it all. Find mystery, drama, and soulful inspiration in The Sienna St. James Series: Losing Hope, Without Faith, and Sacrifices of Joy.

Available wherever books are sold and in eBook format.

More about Leslie
1. What is(are) your passion(s) outside of writing?
By night, when the children are sleeping, I’m a writer, filling pages and computer screens with stories and ideas, thoughts and dreams. By day, I am a social worker, which gives me a chance to serve my city and the people in it. I am passionate about maternal and child health concerns as well as emotional well-being. I’ve loved serving as a therapist and also heading up projects and initiatives that help others. In my spare time, I love listening to music, traveling, and spending time with my family. And when I don’t have spare time, I just daydream…
2. Tell the readers a little about your life growing up. How does it affect your writing? Remember the cartoon The Backyardigans, where a group of neighborhood kids used their imaginations to pretend to have adventures in different scenes and lands? And Muppet Babies where they did the same? Well, that was my childhood. I stayed in a constant state of imagination, creating stories, writing my own songs – and theme music – to accompany those stories, and pretending to be different characters. Stories have always been a part of my life, from listening to my mother teach Bible stories in Sunday school to sitting on the porch at my grandfather’s house while he shared tales from his youth. Faith played a huge role in making me into who I am today. I fell in love with Jesus at a young age and knew that I wanted my life to be whatever He wanted it to be. My continual prayer is that what I say and do are pure ministry – encouragement to others and worship to Him.
3. When did you know you were a writer?
I had an assignment in second grade to write a paragraph about a friend and draw a picture to accompany it. I have a distinct memory of loving that assignment, of finding a joy in putting words together to share my thoughts about someone who was important to me. I also remember having fun using my spelling words in sentences in fifth grade. In middle school, I loved English class and learning more about sentence structure, and how words can be used as a paintbrush to create vivid scenes. In high school I filled notebooks with poetry and in college I discovered the potency of short stories. However, it was not until I was a young adult when something clicked inside and I realized that, yes, I am a writer.
4. What motivates you to write?
When it comes to my novels, my desire is to write stories that uplift and inspire, as well as intrigue and entertain. I love reading across a broad scope of genres and I find those diverse elements reflected in my stories. I aim to write stories that I would want to read myself, with characters I can relate to dealing with real issues – many such issues I see in my work as a social worker. I want to bring healing and hope while keeping readers’ fingers turning the pages.
5. What inspired your latest work? I wanted to write a series about a social worker who solves mysteries on her caseload, all while trying to manage the drama of her personal life. With the Sienna St. James series, I’m able to tackle important social and emotional issues, all while keeping readers guessing until the end.
6. What advice would you give others about writing? Do your research. Don’t be afraid of the work. Do find other writers with whom you can connect. Don’t give up on your dreams. Set high standards for yourself and the avenues you choose to put your work out there.
7. How can your readers contact you?
I love to hear from readers and am easily accessible by email (lesliejsherrod@gmail.com) and Facebook. I also have a mailing list which readers can join via my website, http://www.LeslieJSherrod.com. Thanks for allowing me the chance to share with you!

Thank you, Leslie! It was a pleasure.

Shelia E. Lipsey, President
UC His Glory Book Club





Urban Christian Welcomes Lacha Mitchell-Scott

5 05 2014

lachaUrban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books, announces another dynamic, talented author to the family. UC His Glory would like to extend a welcome to Lacha’ Mitchell-Scott as well. UC His Glory Book Club takes pride in promoting the Urban Christian line of authors who write some of the finest stories in Christian fiction. Here is a little about Lacha’.

Dreams of being a writer was birthed through Lacha’s love of reading. Growing up, she says you could always find her curled up with a good book. Because of her love of words, writing papers, short stories and poems were Lacha’s favorites in school. She found a safe place with her writing and practiced her craft weekly. Becoming equipped to take her writing to the next level, Lacha’ self-published her memoir, Cancer-The Silent Storm and Destiny’s Child was her first independent published fiction work.

Lacha’ has been featured in Essence Magazine, Peace in the Storm Publishing, and has been a guest speaker for numerous internet radio shows. She has had the pleasure of co-authoring in Never Would Have Made It~ an anthology with Tranquil Moments Publishing, Have A Little Faith, anthology edited by best belling Author Vanessa Miller, and A Reflection of Me, an anthology by AAMBC Publications Presents.

Lacha’s vision for her writing is to “enlighten readers to the goodness of God in spite of the trials they have to endure in life.” Lacha’ is currently the Senior Pastor of No Greater Love Christian Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina under the leadership of overseer and founder, Dr. Arlene S. Chavis. Lacha’ is married with three beautiful daughters and one grandson.

Speak of The Devil will be released under Urban Christian January 2015. Welcome to UC His Glory Book Club, Lacha’ and of course, welcome to Urban Christian. May God continue to show favor upon you and your literary endeavors!

To learn more about Lacha visit her at http://www.lachamscott.com/

Shelia E. Lipsey
President
UC His Glory Book Club





More Than I Can Bear by E. N. Joy

3 05 2014

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More Than I Can Bear
by E.N. Joy ‘Queen of Soap Operas in Print’

Some would say that God will not put on a person more than they can bear, but Paige begs to differ, because she is truly on the edge. One more unexpected and unpleasant occurrence and she’ll be free falling.

As if physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual abuse from her husband doesn’t weigh heavily enough on her, Paige learns that her best friend and sister in Christ slept with her husband. Thank God for Norman, one of Paige’s co-workers. He is there to catch her fall before she hits the ground. But will Norman be there when Paige receives news that may not only push her off the edge, but cause her to jump willingly?

In More Than I Can Bear, Paige must decide if she is going to allow herself to drown in the storms she finds herself in, or catch hold of the lifesaver God extends to her.

Excerpt of More Than I Can Bear
CHAPTER SIX

“Will you please stop biting your nails? That’s one of my pet peeves. It makes my skin crawl to see a woman biting her nails,” Norman said to Paige as he turned onto his parents’ street.

“I can’t help it,” Paige said, sitting over in the passenger seat, staring out of the window. “I’m nervous. I’m about to meet your parents for crying out loud.”

“Well, find some other nervous habit. The whole nail-biting thing is just disgusting.” Norman made a face to show his disgust.

“Then don’t look, then. I can’t help it. It was a habit I had as a child. For years I managed to overcome it, but now, today, it’s back with vengeance. See?” Paige put her hands in Norman’s face so that he could witness where she’d bitten her middle fingernail down to the skin.

“Yuck, no!” He swerved and then regained control of the vehicle. “We’ve only been married four hours and already you’re trying to kill a brother.” He looked to Paige and then back to the road. “Was this all a setup so you could marry me, kill me, and then live off my social security? Don’t think I don’t watch the ID channel. You women are a trip.”

“For one, no, it’s not a scam. Sorry, I didn’t mean to make you almost drive off the road. For two, look at yourself in the rearview mirror and you will see for yourself that you are no brother, so no; I’m not trying to kill a brotha.” They both laughed.

Glad that the tension had turned to laughter Norman said, “You know what, I think we kind of just had our first fight as husband and wife.”

Paige thought for a moment. “You know, you’re right. That was our first argument as husband and wife. Guess that makes it official.

“Oh, no. Only one thing makes it official.” Norman looked to Paige and raised his eyebrows up and down.

“Do I have to remind you that our marriage is just like the rest of America’s? Sexless?” Once again the two laughed as they pulled up into a long, hidden drive.

They passed lovely trees and beautiful landscaping. “Hey, what street is this? I’ve never seen it before. Where are we anyway?” Paige had been too busy biting her nails and playing out in her head what a disaster this introduction could be to pay attention.

“We’re in New Albany. And this is no street. It’s my parents’ private drive to their house.”

Paige perked up in awe. “This is just the driveway? Wow. I’m going to have to come visit my in-laws quite often.” Paige relaxed back in her seat, some of the excitement fading away. “If they’ll have me that is.”

“Of course they’ll have you. My parents are going to love you. I told you, they’re happy for me.”

Paige had to admit that when she sat next to Norman while he told his parents over the phone of his nuptials just hours ago, she was surprised of their excitement and invitation for the newlyweds to join them for dinner that night. “I can’t believe you told your parents you got married, not only without them being in attendance, but with them never even having met your wife… and they didn’t get the least bit upset.”

“Well, your parents will find out soon enough since we plan on going to their house for breakfast,” Norman said. “So it seems like I’m the one who should be biting my nails. At least my parents already know . . . and they’re happy for me.”

“Which, still, I can’t help but to find as strange.”

“Well, don’t.” Norman took a deep breath. “Between me and you, my parents have always had this underlying suspicion that I was gay.”

“What?” Paige asked in shock, not even trying to hold in her laugh. “With all the tail you done chased and caught, how could they possibly think that?”

“Well, I’m not one to kiss and tell with my parents you know. The things I used to converse with you about I’d never share with my parents in a million years. That and the fact that I’ve never brought a girl home before.”

“Never?” Once again Paige was shocked.

“Never,” Norman confirmed.

“I’m the first?”

Norman turned and looked at Paige. “You are indeed the first, wifey.”

Instantly, Paige felt all warm and fuzzy inside. She felt special as a huge grin formed on her lips. Then she caught herself feeling a certain kind of way and immediately wiped the smile off her face. Reality had slapped that smug little grin right off her face. The reality was there was no need to feel special. This wasn’t about her. She had to keep that in perspective so that she didn’t get caught up in a fairytale that had absolutely no chance at coming to pass.

“Well, here we are,” Norman announced as they drove into a circular drive, parking behind a white convertible BMW.

Norman exited his vehicle, a nice reliable Honda Accord, and went around and opened the door for Paige. He took Paige by the hand and helped her out of the car. Hand in hand, he led her up to the door as she admired the house like she was a hungry, fat kid approaching a real, live gingerbread house. Once they hit the doorstep, Norman rang the bell and then followed it with a knock.

Within a few seconds, the door swung open. “Norman, now, child, you know darn well you don’t need to ring the doorbell,” the round-faced, slightly chubby older black woman who answered the door said. “This here is your home more than it is mine. Get yourself on in here. Your mother has been expecting you for dinner.” She pulled Norman in and gave him a long, warm hug. She then released him and stared at him. “And you look like you need a good meal. Ain’t that new wife of yours been feeding you? Speaking of which, where is this fine gal your mother has been calling up all her friends to brag about?”

Norman reached out the door for Paige, who had stayed placed to the side out of the view of the doorway . . . biting her nails. “Why she’s right here.” Norman had to somewhat struggle to pull Paige to the doorway. “Miss Nettie, this is Paige, my wife. Paige, this is the woman who practically raised me, Miss Nettie, our housekeeper of almost twenty years.”

“Very pleased to meet you, Miss Nettie.” Paige extended her hand. She waited patiently for Miss Nettie to extend her hand as well, but it never happened. Instead, Miss Nettie just stood there for a moment all bug-eyed, staring at Paige at if she’d seen a ghost.

“Miss Nettie, are you okay?” Norman asked. “Miss Nettie,” he said again after not getting a response the first time.

“Hunh, what?” Miss Nettie finally snapped out of her gaze.

“I said are you okay?” Norman asked with concern.

“Oh, me, uh, yes, of course.” She set her eyes on Paige, eyeballing her up and down. She finally spoke, while Paige’s arm remained extended. “So you’re the new Mrs. Vanderdale?”

Paige didn’t know how to take this woman’s reaction. “Well, uh, yes, I am.”

Miss Nettie stared at Paige stone-faced for a few more seconds before the stone shattered and resting under that expression was a huge Kool-Aid grin. “There is a God!” She clasped her hands together and let out the biggest yelp of laughter. “Hot dang!” She clapped again. “Child, put that arm away. You’s family now.” Miss Nettie pulled Paige in for a hug and shook her like she was her toy teddy bear. “Whoa whooo. Yes, there is a God indeed, and if we wait on Him long enough, He’ll show up and pay folks back on our behalf greater than we ever could.”

“I have no idea what she’s talking about,” Norman said to Paige. “She’s always talked in riddles since I can remember,” he added. “No offense to you, Miss Nettie.”

“None taken. You call it riddles,” Miss Nettie said as she released Paige, “but I call it God having a sense of humor. And with that being said”—she grabbed Paige by the hand—“it would be a true blessing from God Himself for me to have the honor of presenting you to your mother-in-law.” Miss Nettie practically dragged Paige by the hand while Norman closed and locked the door.

Paige looked over her shoulder at Norman with her eyes pleading for help. In less than ten seconds she’d be meeting her mother-in-law for the first time. She’d need help all right. But her help would definitely have to cometh from the Lord.

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UC His Glory Introduces Nigeria Lockley

1 05 2014

nigerialockelybookcoverBorn at Dawn
Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage, Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband, Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself, and her family, she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life, sooner than later, Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons, Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

After six years in Richmond, Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present, Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?
Official Release Date: September 30, 2014

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Get to Know Nigeria
nigerialockleyNigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

1. If readers wanted to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
Readers would see passion. I am a very passionate person. I bring a certain level of passion and enthusiasm to everything that I do (except cleaning).

2. What was your profession prior to becoming a writer? What lead to your transition to becoming an author?
I was, and still am, an educator. I have not yet made the leap of faith into writing as a full time profession.

3. Why did you choose to write Christian Fiction?
I chose to write Christian fiction because I wanted to glorify God. I wanted to fill a void that I found in my own life after rededicating my life to Christ. After I rededicated my life to Christ, it seemed to me that much of what I found to be entertaining or labeled as entertainment, was full of things that didn’t please God, so I just stopped reading and watching T.V. for a while. Then I discovered Christian fiction and found books that I could read without repenting. After reading Boaz Brown by Michelle Stimpson I realized that this [writing Christian Fiction] is what I wanted to do, and based on my own personal experience I knew it was needed.

4.For those readers who may not be familiar with the genre, tell me your personal definition of Christian fiction.
Christian fiction is more than books about a dysfunctional church filled with scandals or characters who attend church regularly. Christian fiction is a fictitious rendering of realistic situations that challenge our faith and inspire our faith to grow. Christian fiction demonstrates God’s righteousness, justice, judgment, and most importantly Jesus Christ’s love for us even when we are unlovable.

5. Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something that inspired you to choose this field?
Pursuing a career in writing was something that I’ve always wanted to do. That desire seemed to kind of dull and taper off when I was in the world, but when I rededicated my life to Christ that fire was reignited, and I don’t plan on stopping.

6. What was your motivation behind writing Born at Dawn?
The motivation to begin Born at Dawn came shortly after James Brown died. I was watching a documentary about his life. When I discovered that he was raised in a brothel, after his mother abandoned him, my interest was piqued. I was curious about what could drive a woman to abandon her child and what impact it has on the child. I was particularly interested in the impact that being raised without a mother has on young men. While James Brown inspired me to begin, my children motivated me to finish. I really want them to know that the God of the Bible is not dead nor are His promises, but they won’t know it if they don’t see me living it. So, I committed myself to getting it done and letting God have His way that they might see the goodness of God in the land of the living.

7. What are some of the timeless, if not memorable, occurrences that have helped shape you as a writer?
One event that helped shape me as a writer occurred when I was in middle school. I had an English teacher who would give me a check plus or a star, but he would not leave any comments. I would try to make sure that each assignment I completed was better than the previous one in order to compel him to leave me some feedback. He never did, until the final day of school when he signed my autograph book and stated that he recognized that I was a good writer, and he knew, that I knew, I was a good writer. He said if he had told me that I wouldn’t have gotten better. Now all I want to be is a better writer.

8. What did you learn while writing this novel? How did it impact your life?
While writing this novel, I learned to believe God. Every step of the way He was whispering in my ear. He told me Urban Christian would be my publisher, but when I looked up the submission criteria it seemed like it would be impossible for me to submit my novel to Urban. I had the opportunity to attend the Faith and Fiction Retreat where I was able to pitch Born at Dawn there. When the revision process seemed to be going less than stellar, I was ready to give up, and the Lord whispered to me: my latter would be greater than my former. When I submitted my completed manuscript for review, I was then offered my book deal. This experience has made it easier for me to recognize when God is at work and trust the work that He is doing.

9. What is next on the horizon for Nigeria Lockley?
I am currently working on my second novel, Seasoned with Grace starring Grace King. I would really like to do some speaking engagements. I am praying for the opportunity to tour and meet with readers across the country to discuss the book.

10. How can readers contact you?
Readers can contact me through my website http://www.nigerialockley.com. They can subscribe to my newsletter on the site to keep abreast of all that’s going on with me. They can subscribe to my blog “Neophyte Author” where they are free to comment and converse with me about the posts. I have an author page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authornigerialockley and they can find me on Twitter and Instagram: @newnigeria.





UC His Glory Welcomes Back Tyora Moody!

13 04 2014

T_Moody_author-0307_smallerTyora Moody is the author of soul-searching Suspense novels in the Victory Gospel Series and the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. She is the 2013 Urban Literary Awards Debut Author Winner and 2013 Urban Literary Awards Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Winner. Tyora is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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 online publicity, social media management, book trailers and book covers. The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit was released January 2014. On Mondays, Tyora hosts The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.

UC: Tyora, welcome once again to UC His Glory Book Club! Tell us, Tyora, if readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
TM: I’m an introvert by nature, meaning I’m a quiet person. :) I make up for not being talkative by being a huge observer and doer. Definitely a behind the scenes gal who loves to serve.

UC: What has helped shape you as a writer?
TM: I would have to say life. I never really thought about writing fiction until 2006. Due to some grief in my life, I was led to turn to what has been my biggest comfort most of my life – writing. I would say there is definite piece of my personality or experiences in most of my main characters.

UC: Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field?
TM: I’m an engineering major turned web developer. I have always been geeky and been driven by technical things. While I loved writing, it wasn’t a priority to me.

UC: What matters most to you as a writer?
TM: That I continue to grow from one book to the next, always keeping the joy of storytelling alive. Even more importantly as a Christian Fiction writer, I would like to see my books empower or enlighten the reader in their faith walk.

UC: How did you come up with the idea of combining Christian fiction with suspense?
TM: I’m a huge mystery and suspense fan. I’ve been reading mysteries since my Nancy Drew days. I think because I’m an analytical and detailed person, I like stories that make me think. I’ve grown to appreciate the art of making your readers guess. Combining it with Christian Fiction became a natural fit for me due to my faith and the fact that not many people were writing this type of combination.

UC: What are some of your future literary goals?
TM: I have been told my writing style is very similar to literary fiction. I wouldn’t mind stepping into that genre. I could even see myself writing young adult fiction one day.

WHEN-PERFECTION-FAILS-2Tell us the names of the books in the Victory Gospel series, and how they connect with each other.
When Rain Falls, Book 1
When Memories Fade, Book 2
When Perfection Fails, Book 3

ABOUT THE SERIES – Letting go of the past is no longer an option for three female business owners in Charlotte, NC. The Victory Gospel Series introduces three women whose pasts insist on walking beside them like a maddening visitor, unwilling to depart. Through a series of twists and life-altering experiences, these women learn victory over pain truly only comes in developing a deep trust in God.

UC: What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors?
TM: Stay persistent. Be willing to learn. This industry changes fast, but the fundamentals of good writing will always be very important. Learn to write well and keep growing your skills.

UC: What are some of your passions outside of writing?
TM: I love movies. Big action movies. Funny animated movies. Anything but sappy romantic movies. LOL!

UC: How can you be contacted?
TM: While I have many websites. TyoraMoody.com is my official website online. You can contact me and find all my online spots.

For more information about her literary endeavors, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com





Urban Christian Welcomes Keisha Bass

20 02 2014

Keisha Bass CoverSynopsis: Permanent Resident at the Purse Table If you’re a size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancé throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.

Ava seeks spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a newfound love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?

About Keisha Bass
Keisha has been a teacher and a coach for fifteen years. However, writing has always been her first passion. In the non-fiction arena, she been published on two online websites, sober24.com and TheChristianPulse.com, as well as, Vista magazine by Wesleyan Publishing House and Living Magazine. She has a story in The Plight Before Christmas, a collection of captivating stories from North Texas Christian Writers. Part of her testimony of being supernaturally healed while in the midst of overcoming drug addiction, entitled “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles. Keisha’s prayer is that her story will touch someone’s heart and help to strengthen their faith.

keishabass@att.net
http://www.keishabass.org
http://www.twitter.com/BassKeisha

https://www.facebook.com/KeishaBassAuthor

“From Hot Mess to God’s Best – Characters Transformed”

 

 








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