You Get What You Pray For

11 01 2015

joylynn Bestselling author E.N. Joy returns with another entertaining read with her latest title, “You Get What You Pray For.”

Lorain has been a prisoner of secrets almost all of her life. At the age of thirteen, she’d managed to keep her pregnancy a secret, discarding the infant she’d given birth to and leaving it for dead. She also never revealed the fact that the baby’s father was her middle school guidance counselor. Years later, Lorain’s mother had finally met the love of her life, and Lorain couldn’t find the courage to tell her mother that her new beau was the man who molested Lorain. To complicate matters, Lorain discovered that the baby she’d abandoned all those years ago had survived, and God had placed Lorain in the now adult child’s life. It seemed liked the legacy of secrets had been passed on, too, as Lorain helped her daughter conceal the true details behind her own pregnancy.

Lorain has managed to maneuver the secrets and lies like a strategic game of chess, and is now living the lavish fairytale life of a doctor’s wife. But even that is a lie. With the rug about to be pulled from underneath Lorain by the woman who raised her abandoned child, all Lorain prays for is that everything will end well. In this cycle of lies, secrets, shame, and guilt, will Lorain get what she prays for?

“How does a wretch like me go from the hood life to the good life?” Lorain had to stop and ask herself.
Growing up, Lorain had never been poor. The house she was raised in, though, teetered the property line of the good side of town and the bad side. Even when her father left the home when she was ten years old, he still stayed current on child support. Lorain’s mother kept a full-time job, never forcing Lorain to do without. So even though she might not have grown up having and getting everything she wanted, she’d always had enough. Now she had more than enough. And there were often times she felt she didn’t deserve it, but God had blessed her with it all, so obviously He felt she did deserve it. And who was she to argue with God?

Lorain now lives in a big, beautiful home on unmistakably the good side of town. She drives a fancy car, has beautiful children, a doctor for a husband, wears fine jewelry and travels the country with name brand luggage. Her new lifestyle has led her to ask herself the question, “Now with having everything I’ve ever prayed for in life, who needs God?”

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Joylynn M. Ross writing as BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy
Author of the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas” & “Always Divas” series
Coined “Soap Operas In Print” or

Theresa A. Campbell “God Has Spoken”

20 10 2014

Urban Christian Author, Theresa A. Campbell returns to U C His Glory Book Club to share news about her upcoming release and to give us an inside look on her life as a writer and published author.

Synopsis: “God Has Spoken”
Official Release date: November 25, 2014
How hard is it to forgive? After finding the biological mother who abandoned her as a baby, learning the identity of her birth father and her biological brother, Dupree is left distraught and betrayed. Like a volcano about to erupt, she vows to have nothing to do with her newly discovered family–so help her God! However, if Dupree’s mother, Tiny, has anything to say about it, Dupree won’t be able to keep that vow.

How does a former teenage runaway become a wealthy, sophisticated business executive? Tiny’s quest for happiness and independence in Kingston, Jamaica, has taken her on a life-altering journey through hell. After a vicious attack and a serious sickness that leaves her fighting for her life in the hospital, Tiny prays for death . . . but then God speaks. Will she listen to His voice? What exactly is He saying?

theresacampbellAn inside look at Theresa A. Campbell

1. If readers wanted to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
They would see a very kind hearted woman. I love to help people and will give the shirt off my back, if necessary. For me, it is so soul-fulfilling and rewarding to know that I can make a difference in someone’s life (no matter how small) by giving a helping hand.

2. Why did you choose to write Christian Fiction?
As a Christian, I’ll be the first person to tell you that I make mistakes all the time. However, for some reason my God just won’t let me go. He loves me beyond my faults and He is always there for me. This encourages me to try harder and to be grateful for God’s mercy and grace. I knew I had to share this with my readers. It’s important for me to keep it real at all times, because even though we are Christians, we are still human and we live in an imperfect world. So it was a no brainer for me to write Christian Fiction because every praise will always be given to God!

3. Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something that inspired you to choose this field?
Growing up in rural Jamaica without electricity until I was about eleven-years-old, I used to read a lot (I mean many, many books). I would sit by that little kerosene oil lamp and lost myself into those characters. One day I was Cinderella, the next day I was a Princess marrying my Prince. But most importantly, I had an alternative ending to most of the books I read. I would rewrite the stories in my head with different outcomes. I knew even then that I wanted to become a writer and this feeling only intensified as I grew older. It’s my desire to touch people’s lives with inspirational stories.

4. What are some of the timeless if not memorable occurrences that shaped you as a writer?
One event that helped shaped me as a writer was the unexpected, heartbreaking, sudden death of my uncle. He was like a father to me and his passing shook me to the very core of my being. But through this tragedy came my rededication to Christ and the thirst to achieve a dream that laid dormant all these years…becoming a writer. My uncle was a child of God and he encouraged me to be a better person. Therefore, writing my first novel was not only therapeutic but it was in honor of a man who believed in me, and helped me to believe in myself.

5. What did you learn while writing this novel and how does it impact your life?
While writing this novel I learned that whatever God has in store for me, must be for me. No one can take away my blessings. It was hard to believe I was actually writing my second novel. If someone had told me a few years ago that I would be a published author of not one but two books, I wouldn’t believe it. Nothing in life comes easy for me and getting a book deal was one of them. However, I was more confident when writing this book and absolutely grateful for the opportunity that the Lord gave me. It’s my intention to just keep growing and to continue writing stories from the heart. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Yes, I can!

6. Tell us about your book and what motivated you to write this story?
This book is actually the sequel to my first book, “Are You There, God?” In this book readers will find out what happens now that my main character, Dupree, finds the biological mother who abandoned her as a baby and learns the identity of her birth father and her biological brother. Will Dupree be able to forgive these people for their deception? I was motivated to write this story because it will address something that I think most, if not all of us struggle with on a day to day basis; the will to forgive.

I also answer the question that many wanted to know by telling Tiny’s story. How does a former teenage runaway become a wealthy, sophisticated business executive? Beware because everything is not always what it seems.

So we asked Him the question, “Are You There, God?” and now we need to listen because “God Has Spoken.”

7. What is the underlying message of this story?
The underlying message of this story is very simple yet so very vital to our existence; no matter what you are going through in life, always remember it’s not over until God has spoken. He has the final say in all that we do!

8. What is next on the horizon for you as an author?
Well, I am now writing my third book and have ideas for the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh…LOL. You get the picture. I was hit by the ‘writing bug’ and want to continue to write stories that will not only entertain readers but will inspire and uplift them. It’s my prayer that I will develop a good reader base as I keep on attending book fairs and book signings etc. and I’ll always grow as a writer and be recognized as a good one too.

9. How can readers contact you?
I would really love to hear from my readers and they may contact me through my website at: I also have a mailing list that I hope they’ll join so I can keep in touch with them. Also, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

10. Where can your books be purchased?
My books may be purchased on Amazon (paperback and eBook) and from book stores nationwide. Please get your copies today!

Ava Bleu and “Glorious Sunset”

26 09 2014

Glorious-Sunset-Ava Bleu U C His Glory Book Club welcomes Urban Christian Author, Ava Bleu with her new release, “Glorious Sunset.”

“Synopsis: Glorious Sunset by Ava Bleu”
King Taka Olufemi has traveled over four hundred years to find the spirit of his murdered queen; he now has three wishes and three days to win her heart … or lose his soul.

African King Taka Olufemi has traveled over four hundred years to find the woman who holds the soul of his murdered queen and he’s a little cranky. With a ruby brooch as his vessel, the former king is forced to grant wishes to ungrateful mortals hoping to one day find, and win, the heart of his lost love.

But it will take more than good looks, superior intelligence and an impressive pedigree to earn the love of Violet Jackson. The ambitious interior designer doesn’t remember Taka or their history. Love—with its inevitable heartbreak chaser—has no place in Violet’s immediate life plan. All the handsome “genie” can do for her is pony up on the three wishes he’s promised and try not to be a pain while he’s at it.

While the arrogant king is praying for his submissive queen and the faithless object of his affection isn’t praying at all, guardian angel, Aniweto, is praying for them both. With Ani’s help, Taka and Violet’s epic love will be rekindled and this royal couple-behaving-badly will finally earn their happily-ever-after through the grace of the Almighty.

An inside look at Ava Bleu:
1. If readers wanted to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
Generally, I’m the standard introverted author, but I can also be somewhat naïve and silly with occasional bouts of grandstanding.

2. Why did you choose to write Christian Fiction? This is my first inspirational novel and as someone who was not raised in the church, I came to it from a different perspective. Glorious Sunset kind of chose me.

3. Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something that inspired you to choose this field? I always wrote for fun. It wasn’t until about fifteen years ago when, miserable in my day job, I considered writing as a career. Until that point, writing was something I could always turn to when I needed a stress reliever or needed to get back to me. It was a sacred thing. You lose that when you put your work out into the world for people to read. But sharing your work provides other benefits that, for me, have made up for the loss of that purely personal enjoyment.

4. What are some of the timeless if not memorable occurrences that shaped you as a writer?
I was an Air Force brat and I don’t know if I would have been a writer if it had not been for my childhood spent adjusting to new situations, people and environments. Also, when you are born on an Air Force base you just naturally look to the sky for inspiration. When the sky’s the limit, creativity knows no bounds.

5. What did you learn while writing this novel and how does it impact your life? I learned that to be truly faithful means believing and loving God through the good and bad. It’s frightening to think that you can do all the right things and still be dealt some hard blows. But in reality, bad things happen to really good people. I’m constantly trying to reconcile that reality with my confusion about why God, who has the power to fix anything, doesn’t seem to stop these things from happening? There are no easy answers but I work my way through the questions in my book.

6. Tell us about your book and what motivated you to write this story? Glorious Sunset is the story of a 17th century African king who is given the option by God to grant wishes to people in the hopes of one day coming upon the woman who holds the spirit of his slain queen. If he can earn her love again, without revealing his identity, he will become mortal and live out his life with her. If not, he will be condemned. This is a romance, but it is also edgy inspirational with fantasy.

As someone who has always loved many different genres, it was exciting for me to create a hybrid of my own and I borrowed from tried-and-true models. Fables and fairytales were created to teach children themes of morality so it’s not a leap to interpret aspects of fantasy as tools of learning. As children we were able to understand symbolism without much effort. As grownups we forget how to translate fantasy into something we can use. After I took “can’t possibly happen” out of the equation, the question became, why wouldn’t God use time or space or angels in whatever way he sees fit? There is a word for unexplainable occurrences … they’re called miracles! Once I made that connection and fleshed out the characters, the story wrote itself.

I love this book because despite the seriousness of the subject matter, this novel is as light or as heavy as the reader wants it to be. At its core Glorious Sunset is a romance but there is a great deal of symbolism and lots of material to generate discussion. I’m proud that I was able to develop that complexity.

7. What is the underlying message of this story? God knows best.

8. What is next on the horizon for you as an author? I’m busy at work on my second inspirational for Urban Christian which features a heroine in an entirely unflattering light. Of course, it’s also a romance.

9. How can readers contact you? I love to hear from readers and they can find me on my website or reach me by email. Subscribers to my website have access to giveaways and bonus material so I am always happy to have them.


10. Where can your books be purchased? My books are available on Amazon and at Barnes &
Ava Bleu
Urban Christian/Kensington
Genre: Edgy Inspirational Romance w/Fantasy Elements
ISBN: 978-1601626707
August 26, 2014
Print: $14.95
Kindle: $10.99
Nook: $10.99
Glorious Sunset

Colette R. Harrell Visits UC His Glory!

1 06 2014


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 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

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 ( and Facebook. I also have a mailing list which readers can join via my website, 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

Shelia E. Lipsey
UC His Glory Book Club

More Than I Can Bear by E. N. Joy

3 05 2014


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

“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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