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”

 

 





A New Year – Another Opportunity

31 12 2013

happy-new-year-2013Wow, can you believe it? 2014 is here. It is indeed a blessing to see yet another second, minute, hour, and a new day. It is especially a blessing to witness the start of another year. I know you and I are on one accord when I say that all glory and honor goes to God our Savior. It is God who has allowed us to be here and experience a day that we will never experience again.

Thank you once more to all of the loyal and faithful UC His Glory followers. Thank you for an amazing year of supporting our literary dreams and careers! We pray that you will experience good health and prosperity in 2014. We pray that you will enjoy all the good things that our God stands ready to give you.

To the anointed authors at Urban Christian who pour out your gifts and talents through your writing, God has given us another opportunity to be the best that we can be. No matter what we experienced in 2013, whether good or not so good,  God is ready to do exceeding and abundantly more than we can ask or think. His favor, grace and mercy never ends.  Take this time, begin this day, and resolve this year to welcome the opportunities that God sets before you.

To all of the new Urban Christian authors, we welcome you to Urban Christian. Live your dreams while always remembering to give our awesome God the glory, praise and honor! His plans are for you to prosper, to give you hope and a future – not to harm you! Every good and perfect gift comes from Him, so enjoy this tremendous gift of being a published author.

Finally, expect greatness in 2014. After all, this is a New Year and Another Opportunity!

Shelia E. Lipsey, God’s Amazing Girl!





Theresa A. Campbell – Are You There, God?

29 12 2013

Are You There, GodThe UC  family welcomes author, Theresa Campbell. Theresa was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her associate’s degree in business administration from Bronx Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Theresa has had a deep passion for reading ever since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers with her stories by uplifting their faith in God.

Are You There, God? Synopsis: As a young woman in rural Jamaica, Dupree struggles to maintain a home for herself and the ailing aunt who is raising her after she was abandoned by her teenage mother. After a brutal attack that takes her to hell and back, Dupree must reach for her inner strength to survive. Her journey for a better life leads her to Kingston, a city some people refer to as “Jamaica’s Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Dupree seeks comfort in the arms of her Prince Charming—but he might just be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Caught up in a web of lies and betrayal, Dupree fights to save her life. In pure desperation, she seeks an answer to her question, “Are you There, God?” Will she be around to hear His response, or will it be too late?

Are You There, God? will be available nationwide, including online December 31, 2013  





Have Yourself a Merry Christmas!

23 12 2013

christmastreeTo all of the faithful, supportive and dedicated readers and followers of UC His Glory Book Club, we want to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a joyous and blessed Christmas. It is our heart’s desire that each of you be continually blessed and favored throughout the remaining days of 2013 and on into 2014. May you spend this Christmas surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. Always remember and never forget the true meaning for this season of celebration, which is Christ the Lord.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 KJV)





UC His Glory Book Club Welcomes Michelle Lindo-Rice

5 10 2013

MISH 2Originally from Jamaica West Indies, author Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. Michelle currently works as a Reading Specialist for exceptional student learners, and is the proud mother of two teenage sons.  www.michellelindorice.com  Her published works include, Sing a New Song (Feb. 2013); Walk a Straight Line (Jan. 2014); My Steps are Ordered (Aug. 2014)

Walk A Straight Line (January 2014)
WALK-A-STRAIGHT-LINE-FRONT (2)Two friends. Two brothers. Two weddings. Too many secrets.
Colleen MacGregor rededicated her life to God when she met and married Terence Hayworth. However, her happily-ever-after will have to wait, because she has some serious dragons to slay to sustain her marriage and keep her friendship with Gina Price intact. After fifteen years of friendship, Colleen must now draw the line and stop telling Gina everything.

What did God do to her friend? Gina finds it hard to deal with Colleen’s new found faith. She thinks Colleen has become self-righteous, subjecting Gina to her holy tirades whenever the mood strikes. When Gina begins dating one brother, while simultaneously falling in love with another, boy, does she get an earful! Gina, however, is way too busy trying to sort her way through her own murky feelings to worry about her soul. Her heart wants what it wants.

Michelle Lindo-Rice explores the complicated world of female friendships. Can a friendship survive when one friend becomes saved?

1. Please tell us how you got started writing novels.
I read voraciously as a teen, and then I started writing songs, as I also love to sing. It was about twelve years ago, when I penned and self-published my first novel—a secular fiction entitled Keep the Knot Tight. I knew nothing about writing, and even less about editing, but I loved telling stories. I’d written short skits for church, so that was my first foray into writing, and then I gathered the courage to write novels. Once I began writing, I realized I was blessed to write characters that people loved, or loved to hate. I would have four novels written the best way I knew how, faced rejections, until God opened the door for me at the Faith & Fiction Retreat.
2. Why did you choose to write Christian fiction?
My first venture into writing wasn’t with Christian fiction, but I grew up in church and I have a strong spiritual faith. It took me years to realize that God had given me that gift, not for my own pleasure, but to use it to bring Him glory. It was a journey of self-discovery and building my relationship with Christ that I realized I was given the talent to draw others to Him. So, in other words, Christian fiction chose me, and it’s the best fit.
3. What message(s) would you like your readers to take away after having read your books?
I would like to introduce readers to relatable characters who face the same struggles they do, but they get through it because of Christ. They face real-life situations and are flawed, but they serve a perfect God. I would like readers to be drawn to read the Word of God and to improve their spiritual lives while being entertained. I hope readers will meet a God who is full of mercy, love, and compassion, and who forgives us of our sins. I would like them to see serving God is about having an abundant life filled with hope.
4. How do you come up with the title(s) for your book(s)?  The titles of my books so far have been based on the central theme or issue in the book. With Walk a Straight Line, the title came from the fact that sometimes we are so sure of what we would do if placed in a situation—that is until we are actually in it. So many times we think we would walk a straight line, do the right thing, but life can get murky, and we will cross lines, unless we have God to constrain us.
5. What can readers expect next from you?
Walk a Straight Line is the first installment in what I call the “On the Right Path” series. Therefore, I’m currently working on the sequel, My Steps are Ordered, slated for release August 2014.
6. What final thoughts or words of inspiration would you like to share with readers?
I would like to leave a word of inspiration. Follow your heart and pursue your dreams, but make sure God is guiding you. Always know that He cares and that you can cast every single care upon Him because He’s strong enough to bear it. As I’ve now been added to the Urban Christian line, you can do the same by developing your craft, finding the right mentor/editor who will help you improve.
7. How do readers contact/connect with Michelle Lindo-Rice?
Readers can connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, or on my blog michellelindorice.blogspot.com. They can also reach me through my webpage at www.michellelindorice.com I love hearing from you!





UC His Glory Book Club Welcomes Nicole Rouse

21 07 2013

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When Nicole S. Rouse’s parents decided to name their firstborn after their favorite literary icon, Nikki Giovanni, they hadn’t expected their daughter to share the same birth date as the famous poet. They also had no idea their child would one day become the author of five published novels. In addition to writing, Nicole participates in literary events across the country where she encourages women to follow their dreams.

If readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see? Readers would see a person who smiles quite a bit. You never know when a smile can brighten someone’s day. Readers would see a person who tries to make the best out of every situation, as well as a person who tries to learn from her mistakes. Readers would also see a person who accepts challenges and enjoys experiencing new things.

What has helped or shaped you as a writer? My parents have both touched my life with their creative gifts as writers and poets. In addition to my parents, I was greatly influenced by Terry McMillan. She captured my attention with the way she told real-life stories and realistically portrayed her characters. After reading her novels, I was moved to tell real stories that most people could relate to.

Do you often compare your work to that of other writers, namely those that you admire in the industry? I don’t necessarily compare myself to other authors. Although some authors may share similar styles, I believe that each individual author has a special, or unique gift that reaches the heart of readers. I do have a few authors that I admire and follow.  I look to those authors more as role models and learn from their literary journey.

Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field? As a child, I spent a great deal of time writing stories to entertain family and friends. I loved the different emotions that surfaced after reading one of my stories. There was always a dialogue that followed, and often they wanted to know more about particular characters. In college, I quickly became the person who edited research papers and helped classmates with their essays. Writing was something that I always enjoyed, but didn’t realize that I could make a career out of. As such, I earned an education degree and taught for a number of years. It was no surprise that I specialized in writing as a teacher and helped to organize literary workshops, plays, and other related school events. One day, another teacher spent the day in my classroom and after observing me said, “It’s never too late to follow your dreams.” That summer, I devoted my time to finishing a novel I had started, and about two years later, that novel was published with Urban Christian.

What matters most to you as a writer? I would love for readers to be entertained by my novels but most importantly, I want readers to be blessed by the storyline and the message.

How did you know the Christian fiction genre was right for you? As early as I can remember, I wrote stories about love and romance. To me, stories had to have a happy ending. But, as I matured and experienced heartache, bad break ups, and false friendships, the nature of my stories changed. I learned that life was not always filled with happy moments. Although relationships experience moments of joys, there are also challenging moments. I wanted my writing to capture all of the good and challenging moments. It became my desire to write stories that would inspire conversations and possibly encourage or help people face the challenges in their lives. Once I shifted my focus, a wealth of opportunities opened up and I knew that writing Christian fiction was where I was designed to be.

What are you some of your future literary goals? I would like to explore other areas of publishing. I have worked in the education publishing industry for over ten years and have developed a great interest in book development and planning. While it is my desire to continue to write novels, I would love to be in a position to help other aspiring authors reach their dreams.

Tell us about your latest book and what inspired you to write it? My latest book is called Tender to the Touch. This is mainly a story about the value of friendship and of sisterhood. It follows the lives of six women who met in college; each dealing with a different personal struggle. As the women try to manage their daily lives, filled with love, lust, and betrayal, their friendship is tested when someone from the past resurfaces and the reunion ends with an unexpected death.

Proverbs 27:17 reads: As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. During an eventful college reunion, that scripture became real to me. At that reunion, I realized that God blessed me with a great support system. True friends may not always agree with what you say or do. But, because they genuinely want what’s best for you, they will challenge you to be a better person. That college reunion was the inspiration for Tender to the Touch. Every woman should have a good girlfriend; someone who can celebrate the triumphs and provide support and encouragement through the trials and various stages of life.

What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors? Never give up! If your goal is to become a published author, don’t lose sight of that dream. Keep reading and writing. Keep attending literary events. And keep praying! You never know when God is going to show up. Meeting my publisher came at a time when I least expected it, but I was ready and prepared.

What do you find the most gratifying about writing? When readers share how they were touched by one of my stories, that makes me smile. In my travels, I have laughed and cried with women who either identified with one of the characters, or the situation in the story. The dialogue that has occurred as a result of the message taken from one of my novels has been immeasurable, and gives me encouragement to continue writing.    

How can you be contacted? My website address is: www.nicolerouse.net. My email address is: nsrouse@gmail.com.








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