Friday, August 26, 2016


Welcome to Behind the Scenes

Today's featured author is Nigeria Lockley

About the Author

Nigeria 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. Nigeria's debut novel, Born at Dawn received the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction. 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.

About the Book 

Kira Seagram is frustrated by her husband Mason’s zeal for the Lord, so she pours all of her attention into her work and reserves her soprano singing skills for the shower. Kira would rather not use them if she can’t get the adoration and recognition she feels she deserves and doubts she’ll find singing lead for Mason’s choir. When a routine drop off at her son, Nate’s private school turns into a ten-year reunion with her ex-boyfriend, Quincy McAdams, Kira isn’t interested in Mason's half-hearted affection or willing to keep her voice to herself. With a firm offer from Quincy to help Kira cut a demo and possibly revive the love they let die, Kira has some choices to make. When Kira finds herself tempted to touch will she remain faithful to her husband or yield to the desires of her flesh?

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


If Only You Were Mine (Real Love Series Book 1)

Second Chance Love: A Christian Romance Novel 

Monday, August 22, 2016

#MOTIVATIONALMONDAY #Inspirational #encouragement @pauletteharper

When the Odds Are Against You

As people of God, we are all faced with issues that seems to unbearable to handle. We believe God to do something big, different and out of the norm. For some of us we have been promised great ministries, financial breakthroughs, mended marriages, healings and the list goes on. Whatever we are believing Him to do there is a process we must go through to get what He has promised.

It’s going to take time, patience and fortitude on our part while waiting on the promises to be manifested in our lives. God is going to do what He has promised and all He requires from us is to believe, receive and obey.

Here are three points of reference while waiting:

  • Trust that God will keep His promise regardless of how difficult the circumstances

In Genesis 18: 11”Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; it had ceased to be with Sarah as with [young] women. [She was past the age of childbearing]”

Here in this passage there are several things going against Sarah & Abraham. They are old and Sarah was passed the natural state of bearing children, yet God gives them a promise.

“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, this man shall not be your heir, but he who shall come from your own body shall be your heir.” Gen 15:4

God gives a promise to Abraham, but God doesn’t give him all the details. Our nature is to ask why, when and how. The only information God gives Abraham is that he will some day have a son. No matter how difficult it is to believe, we must believe that God will not promise us anything and not deliver. After 25 years of waiting Isaac was born. Yes, it took 25 years of waiting. Can you wait that long for your promise to come to pass? Let me tell you it will be worth the wait. Don’t settle on anything less than God’s best for your life.

  • We must press through the opposition

If we are going to received anything from the Lord, we must be persistent. Unfortunately nothing will come easy. Our opposition will come from our flesh, the devil, the world and people. In the process of waiting we must strengthen ourselves for the battle that lies ahead. Webster defines press as the ability to go forward with energetic or determined effort, to force one’s way. In order for you to receive you must be determined to press your way through all the doubt, fears, naysayers and uncertainties.

  • Rejoice while waiting

When God gives us a promise, in order for us not to be discouraged, we must learn to praise God as though it is already done. The Word of God tells us to walk by faith and not by what we see or hear that will be contrary to the Word. There are times in which we must encourage ourselves. “My tongue shall sing [praise for the fulfillment] of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteous”. Psalm 119:172. The message that David is relaying is that we must choose to praise God knowing that He will fulfill every Word that He has promised.

No matter what we are facing, no matter how difficult it becomes to believe, remember when God speaks a Word be assured that He will do what He has promised. He remains faithful. Hold on to the promises of God especially during these turbulent times. 

Paulette Harper is an inspirational speaker and has authored several books in the genre of inspirational fiction, nonfiction and children's books. As a speaker, she shares solid, effective principles that will help her audience to navigate through the journey of life and reach the ultimate destination of living to their fullest potential. While addressing real-life issues, Paulette’s presentations are inspiring, enriching and encouraging. Her ability to share and connect with her audience comes from her own life’s journey and experience.

Paulette lives in Northern Calif.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Welcome to Behind the Scenes. 
Today's featured author is Suzette D. Harrison 

Suzette D. Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began when her poetry appeared in a volume of creative writing published by her junior high school. While Mrs. Harrison pays homage to Gloria Naylor, Dr. Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Toni Morrison as forerunners who inspired her creativity, it was Alex Haley’s Roots (which she read at the age of fourteen) that unveiled the tremendous power and importance of African American literary voices. Wife of a university professor and mother of two gorgeous children, Mrs. Harrison operates a small homebased cupcake business and is currently working on her next novel…in between batches of cupcakes.

Welcome to the sleepy, all-Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare “ain’t nothing white here ‘cept milk and teeth.” It’s 1935. A press-and-curl costs a quarter. Records play on phonographs. And a telephone is a luxury.

Meet twenty-three-year-old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman. She doesn’t need her gift of second sight to know her “mockery of a marriage” to a man twice her age is far from good. After a seven-year exile Up North, Taffy travels down-home to the small town bearing her family’s name, plotting her escape from a marriage not worth the price of a press-and-curl. She only needs to retrieve the son her husband banished to her parents’ care, before boarding a train headed for the Windy City filled with liberty and opportunity. Instead, Taffy stumbles into Roam Ellis: the man Taffy meant to marry.

Twenty-six-year-old Roam Ellis is a “broad-shouldered, hard-bodied” Pullman porter riding the rails coast-to-coast, outrunning the bitter heartbreak Taffy left behind. Now, after a seven-year absence, Roam is face-to-face with his first love. Anger ignites. Old wounds are exposed. But when pain subsides, passion rises, thrusting Taffy and Roam into a hurricane of buried secrets and lies. Reminiscent of the works of Bernice McFadden, Bertice Berry, and Andrea Smith (The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner) this Historical Romance is bathed in southern lore and sweeping imagery. Lyrical and powerful,

Taffy is a story of restoration and redemption that you won’t soon forget!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

#MOTIVATIONALMONDAY Standing Under Intense Pressure #christianliving #inspiration @pauletteharper

Standing Under Intense Pressure

 Around 605 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar had a huge golden statue made and erected in Babylon. He then commanded that all people should fall down and worship the statue when the signal was given. Most everyone did this, since the consequences for refusing were to be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 

There were three men, however, that refused to bow to the golden statue because of their loyalty to the Lord God of Israel. Their names were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king was furious when he learned of their defiance of the decree, and called the three to appear before him. Then, he gave them one last chance to bow before the statue, reminding them of the fate awaiting them if they refused, and pompously flaunting his power by asking them what god could possibly save them from a fiery furnace.

Have you ever been faced with death, loss of a job, loss of a love one, divorce, calamity or living in distress? I bring you good news today. Just as the three Hebrew men were faced with an eternal sentence of death, many of us are in the same situation and circumstances. No this is not the good news but keep reading......

Cast into prison for not bowing down to the King’s god and the King’s demand, left the three Hebrew men with only one option and that option was to continue believing that the living God of Israel would came to their defense.  Because of their disobedience to his orders, the King ordered the heat to the furnace be turned up seven times more than usual.

Do you feel like you are under fire? Are you bombarded with money issues, downsizing on your job, children rebelling, conflicts with family, turmoil everywhere, drama with the ex, pressure from coworkers, or challenges in ministry? Whatever the case may be, you find yourself in the furnace of affliction. You know the old saying if it ain’t one thing it’s another.

Just as the King offered the three Hebrew men another opportunity to bow down, you will be given another opportunity to either stand for what you believe or give way to the demands of the oppressor.

What will you do? Here is what the King said “Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

For the people of God there can not be any compromise. We must absolutely without doubt stand up for righteousness and defend the Gospel. Paul put like this: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

Whatever situation you find yourself facing, you have the ability to stand and endure.

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [saw and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered, True, O king.” (Daniel 3:24)

Know this that the enemy is watching you to see if you are going to crumble and buckle under the difficulty. He’s looking to see if you can handle the heat and how you are going to respond. He is hoping you die under the pressure. The enemy is trying to desperately break your spirit. He’s hoping you give up, and doubt what God is going to do.

“He answered, Behold, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” (Daniel 3:25)

God is ready to loose you from the hand of the enemy; from darkness to light; loose you from those grave clothes; loose you from sin; loose you from everything that binds you. Loose the shackles, chains, restraints. As long as God is with you, you will walk through every adversity, trial, test, tribulation, hardship, attack, setback and so forth.

The enemy must get his grip off you. David said it like this: Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Ps 23:1)

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him! And they set aside the king's command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. (Daniel 3:28) 

If you stand firm in the midst of the fire, God will promote you! We may not like the place that we are in, it might be rough, and tight, everything is coming at you, and the test might have intensified but hold your position, hold your ground, stand firm for you shall see the salvation of the Lord.

The Author: Paulette Harper 

Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This Is Now, 
award winning Completely Whole
and soon to be released Secret Places Revealed 

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Friday, August 12, 2016

#BEHINDTHESCENES with LaToya Murchinson #bookalert #nonfiction #wnlbooktours

Today's Behind the Scenes Author is LaToya Murchison

LaToya Murchison is a Woman After God’s Own Heart. LaToya was born and raised in Southern Pines, NC and started writing poetry as a junior in high school. LaToya found that writing allowed her to be creative and eventually discovered her interest in becoming a published author. After graduating from high school and uncertain of her career path, she attended and received an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.

LaToya is passionate about encouraging, helping, and building up others. She gave her life over to Christ 8 years ago and is the best decision she ever made. At the age of 18 doctors told her that she would not live to see the age of 25. On August 2, 2015 she turned 37 years old and she continues to give God all the thanks daily because she knows that if it had not been for the plan and the favor that he had set for her life before she was born she would not be here today. LaToya loves to spread the word of God everywhere she goes.

In 2012 LaToya created a Facebook Group named D.O.V.E Daughters of Virtue with a mission to unite women who strive to encourage and empower other women and members of their community. She created dove to promote unconditional love, peace unity and the importance of understanding and respecting women’s individual’s rights to choose a spiritual path.

LaToya serves as Media Director, VBS Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church. LaToya published her first book A Praying Heart on November 21, 2014 and her second book Poetic Expressions on May 30, 2015. LaToya is currently working on her 3rd book entitled: Broken Chains (90 Day Prayer Warrior Devotional).

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

A Praying Heart

A Praying Heart is compiled of 17 principles that I used in redefining my prayer life. Prayer is an open line of communication between you and God. Prayer is your chance to humble yourself before him and speak freely from your heart. A Praying Heart will take you on a journey where you will learn what God says about prayer as well as strengthen your prayer life.


Monday, August 8, 2016


"You are never too old to set another goal

 or to dream a new dream." C. S. Lewis