Friday, July 29, 2016

#BEHINDTHESCENES~~ Princess Nevaeh, Lessons on Self- Discovery #childrenbooks #kidlit #children #teachers @pauletteharper

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Princess Nevaeh: Lessons on Self-Discovery

About The Book 

Six year old Nevaeh wants to be something she already is —a princess. Do you know a little girl that doesn’t know she is loved or even beautiful? Do we as parents, grandparents, or guardians reinforce and give our little ones daily affirmation?  Princess Nevaeh, Lessons on Self-Discovery covers topics that are important not only to parents but also to our little girls.
Find out how Mimi shares with her granddaughter the things that matter most. Some of the topics discussed in this book are:

Ø  Teaching behavioral skills: fighting, bullying, listening, and obeying.  
Ø  Reinforces manners.
Ø  Teaches self-worth and values.

Princess Nevaeh, Lessons on Self-Discovery allows caregivers to use this as a tool to affirm the child, build positive dialogue and to encourage self-worth.

About The Author

As a bestselling, award winning author, and coach, Paulette has authored six books, including her award winning book Completely Whole. She is a gifted inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator.  She has appeared on Television and countless radio shows sharing her faith and her expertise to the listening audience. She has been a contributing writer for Real Life Magazine, Black Pearl Magazine and CBN.

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What others are saying...

A precious little girl wants to be a princess and turns to her Mimi to find out how to make this happen. I am especially touched by the assurance at the book’s end that Nevaeh (by the way this is Heaven spelled backwards) is, indeed, already a princess, and has been since the day she was born

My four-year-old granddaughter and I had the most wonderful time reading this sweet little book together and she couldn’t get enough of it, asking me to please read it again and yet again. The illustrations and colors are very princess-like and delighted my senses, as well as those of my granddaughter.

Ms. Harper has a wonderful sense of what a child can relate to and also what they are interested in reading. I love the Christian message that is implied in the story, as well.
I highly recommend Princess Nevaeh for the budding princess in your life!

Monday, July 25, 2016

#MOTIVATIONALMONDAY Finding the Purpose of Life #completelywhole @pauletteharper

Finding the Purpose of Life

5 Ways to Grow:  Completely Whole

“So many of us allow bad experiences to get the best of us and we don’t learn how to turn those experiences into stepping stones for us to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially or socially.  I would be the first to agree that life can be hard and challenging however if we take a look back and begin to analyze how to use those bad experiences to help us in one area of our life, we will never look at bad experiences the same.”

Coming from Paulette Harper‘s book Completely Whole, which provides women and men with keys to living a life on purpose, spirit, soul and body.

Here are her five suggestions on learning how to live a happier life.

1. Accepting that sometimes the “Why” will never get answered.  When we can accept that many times we won’t be able to change the outcome and accept what has happened, and realized that it happened for a purpose and rest in that, we are better prepared to handle all experiences. 

2. There is no easy way out. Many times we want to escape the bad experiences by not dealing with them head on, but that won’t solve anything. Stop for a moment, look at the situation and make the necessary changes that are required to be more empowered.

3. Realize that God is in control. Our lives are totally in the hands of someone who knows how all things will pan out. Trust Him in every situation, knowing that He will guide you as you look to Him for help.

4. Forgive yourself and others.  In life people will hurt us. That includes family, spouses, children, and parents.  As you forgive others for their trespasses, God will forgive you of yours.

5. Pray that God will show you what it is He is trying to teach you.  Allow this opportunity to let God reveal to you what lessons are to be learned. Treat each experience as a great opportunity to grow and mature.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

#BEHINDTHESCENES #Secretplacesrevealed #Bookexcerpt #inspirational #fiction #romance #wnlbooktours

Secret Places Revealed


A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied

Single—and very content--real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to be in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single-- he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.

After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She's built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back to together.

Simone Herron wanted to escape from the pain, and from life. At this time of the year, she always felt utterly lonely. Simone had family and friends, but it wasn’t the same. This was year number five without Joshua. As if she weren’t already miserable, the holiday season had arrived, with all of its cheery fanfare. She wished she could skip over November and December and head straight into January.
Pensive, Simone stared out her fifth floor Park Avenue office window in the center of Manhattan, New York—the city that never slept. Below her, hordes of people bustled to and fro, arms laden with shopping bags. Tourists gawked at the beautiful and spectacular views from Times Square to Central Park. Who wouldn’t love it? But her heart was no longer enraptured by its beauty; the Big Apple wasn’t the same anymore.
Simone turned away from the window. Even the business of the city and all it had to offer could no longer mask her restlessness. Something was missing. Could a move be the answer to her restlessness? It would keep her distracted and her mind off her personal life.
As a paralegal for a prestigious law firm, Armstrong and Armstrong, she worked with some of the most gifted and intelligent lawyers. Sitting in a leather chair, she mindlessly shuffled the papers. For the past few years, she’d spent her Thanksgivings volunteering for the dinner drive at Sheppard’s Gate, a women’s shelter. Christmas, was spent singing carols with her church at Faith Bible Center. When had her life fallen into this monotonous rut? 
Maybe it was the fact that she’d had to bury her fiancé a few months before their marriage…but that was five years ago. Could she still be mourning the loss after five years? Did a piece of her die with Joshua? She should have been enjoying life. 
Her life was like a puzzle, parts of it missing and scrambled. Joshua was gone and she was still alive trying to remember how to put one foot in front of the other.
People told her time would heal her wounds and it would get easier day by day. And they were right—some days. People also told her never to question God, but those that knew Simone knew her to be inquisitive. There were days she felt she had moved on and there were days when the feelings in her heart and the dreams of him were as real as the love they’d once shared.
She couldn’t understand why God had taken the only man she’d ever truly loved. Joshua was her soul mate, her friend, the love of her life, her future children’s father. The more she got to know him, the more she realized that meeting him had been something divine. He felt the same. They’d met while attending college in Manhattan. There was a connection between them the first time their eyes met.
She spent time thinking about what their children might have looked like. Would they have had his dark eyes and curly black hair, or maybe brown eyes like hers? The idea of not having a family hurt her to the core. Her parents were married for decades before her father suddenly died from a heart attack. For now, the dream of falling in love and having a family was tucked away somewhere in the back of her mind, preserved in the hope of a second chance.
Simone wasn’t sure she believed there was such a thing as getting back to a normal life. She accepted what life had dealt her and was allowing it to bring her to a place of surrender. She learned to accept that when life brought pain, God would give her the strength to go through it.
Simone became teary-eyed as questions swirled around in her head. Why, with all of her great accomplishments, did she still feel like there was a void in her life? She needed a change. A fresh new beginning would do her wonders. A move would make her feel differently.
She scanned her office. Her eyes drew to the plaques on the wall, awards she had received from her boss. Then she focused on the plaque on her desk, a gift from her pastor. Her favorite scripture was engraved, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose—Romans 8:28, KJV.” 
She knew God was in control, but sometimes, it was more difficult to accept when His plan superseded her own. She’d heard all the sermons. She was in all the prayer lines. She had plenty of oil poured on her head. But the pain, at times, remained unbearable. She was resilient, but felt weak, as though she hadn’t slept in months. Externally, Simone had it altogether, yet she felt detached. She was a fighter at the end of her fight.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

#WNLBOOKTOURS #NewBookRelease, Another Man's Treasure by Joy Avery #contemporary #fiction #romance


Publication Date: June 18, 2016


Genre: Contemporary Romance



By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.

Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.

Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.



Graphic artist Trinity Hargrove never knew real passion until she sleeps with her boss’s son. Mistake number one. Mistake number two…liking it too much. But they agreed to only one night. Simple enough, right? Wrong. He may be out of her bed, but their intense night together still burns in her memories. As long as she keeps her distance from the oh-so-desirable Xander Duval, everything will be okay. Unfortunately, fate won’t go along with her plan.

Restaurateur Xander Duval agrees to Trinity’s “one night” stipulation, but only in theory. He has no intentions of not being with her again. Especially when his mind—nor body—will allow him to forget the fire that blazed between them until the wee hours of the morning. When Trinity is injured in an automobile accident, he jumps at the opportunity to be her arms and legs. He plans to show her just how determined he is to make her his…for far longer than just one night.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#Virtualbooktour Vengeful Vows by Parker J. Cole #newrelease #christianfiction #romance

#newrelease #christianfiction #romance #novel

Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: eLectio Publishing (May 25, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1632131889
ISBN-13: 978-1632131881

About the Author

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Parker J Cole the author of Dark Cherub and the Sins of the Flesh series; this includes Many Strange Women, The Other Man, and Vengeful Vows. She is also host of The Write Stuff, which showcases Christian authors worldwide and the Parker J Cole Show interviewing guest, news, and commentary. When not writing or hosting, she spends most of her time reading, knitting, cooking and concocting new ideas for stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and dog, Sarah.

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Daffodil Simmons knows how the world works. She’s the spider, all the world is a fly. She has spent her life spinning webs, using people for personal gain. And now, she’s about to spin her biggest one yet – for vengeance. She'll do whatever it takes to get revenge on the two men who abandoned her: her father, and her former lover. When she blackmails her half-sister Leah Westwood’s ex-lover to do her bidding, she tightens her fist around his will and brings him into submission to her plans.

Vincent Miller hates that Daffodil has a noose around his neck, forcing him to do whatever she wants. But he’ll do anything to steal Leah back from Jacob Westwood, the man who destroyed his life, even if it means making a deal with a blue-eyed spider. Yet as Daffodil spins her web, he finds himself entrapped by a silk of a very different kind and intrigued by a woman who only sees him as expendable prey

Everything is going according to plan until another spider, a ghost from Daffodil's past, begins to interfere with their web. It's a battle of wits against a powerful foe. When it comes time to make the ultimate choice, can Daffodil lay aside everything she’s ever known… for something even greater? Can Vincent set aside his need for revenge to go after what’s in front of him?

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Character Interview

Q. Please tell the readers who are the main characters?

Daffodil Simmons and Vincent Miller

Q. What or is there conflict in the story?

Daffodil Simmons wants get revenge on the two men in her life who abandoned her – her father and her ex-lover. Vincent wants to steal the love of his life back from her husband. They form a partnership together.

Q. Which characters in “are you most like?

My stubbornness is definitely an attribute Daffodil and Vincent both display. Sometimes I dig my feet in and won’t move no matter how often others tell me to.

Q. Take us inside “your book” What are two major events
taking place?

In one scene, the very beginning, Daffodil goes to Vincent Miller’s house, bold as brass, and blackmails him to be her husband. He’s still dealing with the events from the second book the series when she comes along. With a major secret she holds over him, she makes him bend to her will and he hates it and her.

Another scene is when she is plotting her revenge while sitting in a church watching a ceremony going on. As she does so, her mind is filled with hateful thoughts about her father, and her ex-lover who both happen to be in the church with her. She plots, and plans, and weaves her web of how she is going to do destroy them.

Q. Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?

I hope not! Yet, I did get some inspiration from my own life as far as mannerisms of people I know and my own habits. For example, Daffodil always drinks raspberry tea. My favorite tea is peppermint tea so I incorporated that into the story.

Q. Describe each character in three words?

Daffodil Simmons – cunning, devious, untrustworthy
Vincent Miller – brooding, thoughtful, and exciting

Q. If your book became a movie who would play the characters?

I’d like unknowns to play the roles because I think an unknown would take the uniqueness of the characters and make it their own, thus catapulting their careers.

Q. Your lead characters have “baggage” that keeps them from wanting to pursue a new relationship.

Do you think sometimes we let our past get in the way of what God has planned for our futures?

All the time. Daffodil’s hatred of her father and her former lover consumes her to the point she wants to destroy them. She can’t move on because of that. Vincent wants what he had with another man’s wife. He doesn’t want another woman and he can’t move on either. So two people, both who have been hurt, will hurt others. Or as another man said rather eloquently, hurt people will hurt other people. And that’s definitely the case here.

With Daffodil, she has no desire for a relationship with God and neither does Vincent so they only choices they have is to take matters into their own hands.

Q. How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?

Vengeful Vows is a reflection of my life that year I wrote it. I was very stubborn and disobedient to God, trying to do my own thing. I had to deal with the repercussions of my actions and see the aftermath. Of course, the Lord will forgive us for our sins but we often equate forgiving sins with having a better life. Yes, forgiveness can change us but we also have to deal with the aftermath of our decisions. I lost a lot in that year trying to handle my own life and the Lord fixed it. But I still bear the scars from my self-inflicted wounds.

#VirtualBookTour One Sunday At A Time, by E. N. Joy, #newrelease #fiction

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Genre: Fiction
ISBN-10: 1622867173
ISBN-13: 978-1622867172
Book Release Date: March 2016

Author: E. N. Joy


About The Author

Joylynn M. Ross now writing as

BLESSEDselling Author E.N. Joy (Everybody Needs Joy)

BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the author behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas” and “Forever Divas" series, all which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. Her title, If I Ruled the World, earned her a book blurb from Grammy Award Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man, an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publications), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin's Press. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country. She also conducts publishing/writing workshops for aspiring writers.

Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.

After being the first content development editor for Triple Crown Publications and ten years as the acquisitions editor for Carl Weber's Urban Christian imprint, E. N. Joy now does freelance editing, ghostwriting, write-behinds and literary consulting. Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott and Reality Television star Shereé M. Whitfield.

You can visit BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy at or email her at

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What does crazy look like? Let Deborah tell it, it's the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time, being a full-time mother, full-time wife and a full-time Sunday only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.

Lynox is Deborah's husband who she thanks God for putting back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?

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Character Interview

Q. Please tell the readers who are the main characters?

Deborah is the main character in my book, One Sunday at a Time. Deborah runs her own business from home, which is sometimes a hard act to juggle with her role as a mother, wife, and a Christian trying to stay saved. But Deborah simply throws on her cape and hopes it will help her to fly.

Lynox is Deborah’s husband. The suave, debonair Lynox Chase is the man Deborah had wanted for years. She’d had him once before, but had left him hanging when she decided to give her ex another try. The spark never fully developed in the rekindling of Deborah’s romance with her old flame. With her ex no longer in the picture, Deborah had to eat crow and go claim Lynox. In reconnecting, those two defied the laws of romance, but ultimately ended up together. The thing is now, though, with Deborah losing control of her life and her mind, can they stay together?

Q. What or is there conflict in the story?

There is definitely conflict in the story, and Deborah seems to be not only in the middle of it all, but the cause of it all. Anger and anxiety issues consume Deborah, still leaving plenty of room for control issues and depression. Lynox knew she had come along with some baggage when he married her, but he had no idea the weight of her luggage exceeded the limits in which he could travel through their marriage with. Everyone knows there is a price to pay for overweight luggage. Will it be worth the cost for either Deborah or Lynox?

Q. Which characters in One Sunday at a Time “are you most like? I’m not just most like the main character of Deborah, I am Deborah. I believe that after reading this book, so many readers out there will realize that Deborah represents some characteristics they may have as well.

I didn’t do some of the things Deborah did, but I absolutely felt the way Deborah felt in this story, which was crazy and inundated with everything that was going on in my life.

Q. Take us inside “your book” What are two major events taking place?

In One Sunday at a Time, one of the major events that take place is when Deborah goes from simply feeling as though she’s up to her neck with tasks, responsibilities and expectations of life, to completely going under to the point of drowning. Prayer doesn’t seem to be the lifesaver she needs, and the lifeguard—God—appears to be off duty. Not knowing how much longer she can hold her breath under water, Deborah takes matters into her own hands by making a decision to do something that almost no Christian woman would ever admit to doing.

The second event is the turning point when even Deborah’s husband, Lynox, feels that it’s going to take more than God to help his wife; it’s going to take herself. Lynox feels that perhaps he’s obstructing God’s path and may need to get out of the way. Things go from bad to worse when Deborah feels Lynox is turning his back on her. It hurts Deborah to the core. And like they say, hurt people hurt people. Like I say, hurt people hurt people…including themselves.

Q. Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?

As an author I write what I know, I research what I don’t know, and then I make up all the rest. So typically the people portrayed in my books are me; the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s what I love so much about writing; I get to put my true self behind the pen, that way when I speak on my life or give my testimony, the devil can’t hold it over my head. I tell my story before Satan can. Satan likes to use humiliation, shame, guilt and embarrassment. When I tell my story through my ghostwriter, the Holy Ghost, it’s with much grace and mercy. Might there be some conviction? Sure. But what there is not is condemnation.

Q. Describe each character in three words?

Real Life People. I say this because as an author who wants each title to be better than the last, at some point I had to graduate from simply writing about characters to writing about people. I wanted my readers to feel as though they were reading about a friend, neighbor, relative, or themselves.

When I first started writing books, I wrote about characters. Once I started to receive emails and testimonies from readers about how the lives in my stories mirrored their own or someone they knew, I realized then that some readers didn't see the people I was writing about as some fictitious character. They were real and their lives were real. More importantly, they were emotionally connected. At that point I knew I couldn't deny my readers of what they longed for (a connection/relationship with the people I write about) and continue creating characters from dust. I had to give them real live people with real life situations. I could no longer create these plots and scenarios just because they sounded like they would make for good drama and a great twist. Heck, real life is filled with enough drama, twists and turns of its own. So why not just bring the real and bring the truth? Readers can relate to something that not only feels real, but they know to be real.

Q. If your book became a movie who would play the characters?

I think I missed my calling as an actress. I felt that way when I played the role of Helen in a play that was based on my book, She Who Finds a Husband. Because I put more of myself in the characters of Helen or Deborah, in One Sunday at a Time, I would love to play the role of Deborah. I could see actor Vincent Ward playing Lynox, although he’s more in the pocket when he plays the role of a bad guy, and Lynox is a pretty decent guy. Vincent actually played the role of Blake in the stage play “She Who Finds a Husband,” and he nailed it. Some of you might recognize Vincent as Oscar in The Walking Dead.

Q. Your lead characters have “baggage” that keeps them from wanting to pursue a new relationship.

Do you think sometimes we let our past get in the way of what God has planned for our futures? Even though One Sunday at a Time is book number thirteen in my “Divas” series (She Who Finds a Husband, Been There Prayed That, Love Honor or Stray, Trying to Stay Saved, I Can Do Better All By Myself, And You Call Yourself a Christian, The Perfect Christian, The Sunday Only Christian, I Ain't Me No More, More Than I Can Bear, You Get What You Pray For, When All is Said and Prayed, One Sunday at a Time, Lady of the House) it all started with She Who Finds a Husband, in which a single’s ministry was created. Although the women were interested in finding a man to spend their future with, they had to deal with that raggedy past of theirs. Deborah, my main character in One Sunday at a Time, was one of those women.

That baggage is hard to let go of when a person has a death grip on it. Deborah and her husband Lynox play a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. But all that baggage that was swept up under the rug (Deborah’s emotional rug) gets to stinking. Lynox has a hard time standing and coping with the stench. Deborah, like so many women, allows her past to keep her so bound, that God can’t catapult her and Lynox to where they need to be.

Q. How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?

I knew who Deborah was because she was me. The emotions I had her experience and go through in the book were some of the same emotions I had dealt with in my own life. I began to pen One Sunday at a Time after looking at myself in the mirror one day and asking the very same question I have Deborah ask: “What does crazy look like?” I honestly thought crazy looked like me. If I felt this way, I could only imagine how many other women wearing multiple hats—being mother, wife, working and trying to stay saved—might have felt. I wanted them to know that they were not alone, because it was the moment of feeling alone that could have taken me down a destructive road; the same one it took Deborah down.

Friday, June 17, 2016

#Virtual #Booktour Going Viral and Maximizing Your Online Presence with #Author @pauletteharper

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