Monday, July 28, 2014

Polish Your Diamond Virtual Book Tour by Teresia Miller Burroughs #NEWRELEASE #CHRISTIAN #NONFICTION

About The Author

Teresia Miller Burroughs was born in Bayboro NC and now resides in Raleigh NC. She is a certified Life Coach and the Founder and CEO of Transformation Coaching, LLC. She also Co-Pastors Holy Transformation Empowerment Center in Raleigh NC with her husband Pastor Burnice Burroughs. Teresia leads women's seminars, tele-sessions and workshops. She is on an empowering mission to help women live the life they were destined to live.

Teresia, Tell us about your book?

“Polish your Diamond” is a book about teaching women from all walks of life to shine, teaching them how to stay polished and how to be the women they were called to be by changing their mindset to one that’s positive, confident and brighter in every area of life. Polish your diamond was written for the young and the older. My book will help women view themselves as God views them, a beautiful brilliant diamond!

How did you come up with idea for this book?

God instructed me to write this book to encourage and empower women using my life experiences and sharing them. In my life I have been through a lot of hard situations especially in relationships. In my book, I tell about some of those things, I remember being a woman that didn’t know who she was, didn’t think I was valuable or worth much at all, so I settled for what came my way. So God spoke to me to share with women and help them see themselves as I now see myself, a beautiful shining diamond!

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

As I mentioned earlier, I have been through some rough bumps in life and as I was writing this book, my mind did go back to my past, the hurt and pain that I endured all because I saw myself way differently than God saw me, so I had some moments that I pondered on and said wow! Look at all you went through!!!! But as I continued to write I know now that all that I went through was to help some women out there that was just like me. So I will never get mad at anyone in my past or feel sorry for myself, im a new woman now and what I have been through has helped me to be stronger and more confident because during those times, I built a strong relationship with God. The past is over and I’m on an empowering mission to help fellow sisters come forth. No more crying and feeling sorry for myself, I’m a beautiful and I now help women to find their shine.

Why do you write?

I love putting my thoughts on paper, as I write, I just go on and on. God speaks and I write, it’s just so peaceful. As I was writing my book, I was set at a page a day, but as I set down in front of my computer, it just flowed so I went with it. I have so much to say and writing it all out helps me and it helps others. It’s my way of getting it all out and reloading more in. The more I write the more I get!

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

After reading my book, women will discover their inner brilliance, elevate their thinking, build their self-esteem and increase their value.

Who are your favorite authors? Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar

What book(s) are you reading now?

I’m reading the confident woman by Joyce Meyer and overcoming fear by Creflo Dollar

What books have most influenced your life?

I have to say that battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer has truly influenced my life in a great way, I know now that I can control my thoughts and in doing that I can control my life. I empowered now because I know that I can cast down any thoughts that is not of God, I don’t have to receive them if it doesn’t have to line up with what God has promised me. I can think on good things and have the victory in every area of my life!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Joyce Myer, I can relate to her in so many ways, all her book were written in such a way that its well received and every time I read a book she has written I get something great out of it. She’s my mentor!

Any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The advice I would give to aspiring writers is to never give up, always press forward, just stay in constant fellowship with God and he will feed you everything you are to say as you write. As he speak, you write. Never give up! Never give up! Never give up on your dream of becoming a writer.

About The Book

Have you lost your shine? Or better yet do you ever remember shining? Do you need a push forward? Do you need to change your mindset? Do you find yourself always settling for less? Always taking the back seat?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book was written just for you and I want to let you know that God has not forgotten about you.

This book will help you see yourself as God sees you, a beautiful diamond! God instructed me to write this book to encourage and empower women from all walks of life to let you know that you are loved and of great value.

From the beginning to the end of Polish your Diamond you will see that you were created to shine brilliantly!

Polish your Diamond is guaranteed to create a better you! A positive you! A confident you! A fearless you!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

#BOOKBLAST #GIVEAWAY Lottie, by Jeanetta Britt #NEWRELEASE #CHRISTIAN #FICTION @wnlbooktours

One winner will receive: an autographed copy of all three books in the Lottie series: Pickin' Ground (The Lottie Series Book 1) In Due Season (The Lottie Series Book 2) Lottie (The Lottie Series Book 3)

Publication Date: May 31, 2014
Book Title: Lottie

Genre: Christian Fiction

Print Length: 235 pages

Publisher: Twelve Stones Publishing LLC (May 31, 2014)

About The Book

Oh, no! Rose is back! If Lottie isn’t having enough trouble being a newlywed and taking on her duties as the first female African American Senator in her native state of Alabama, her sister Rose is trying to make the moves on her husband, Chaney. Rose has had a crush on Chaney since high school, and it looks like she’s not done yet. And in spite of her love for her community and her political pursuits, Lottie has to learn to open her heart and fight for her family. Family, however, is not always what it seems—family is the people who love us. Lottie, the third book in the Lottie Series, follows the murder mystery in Pickin' Ground, and the story of personal and community redemption in In Due Season. Lottie explores the fulfillment of marital love that overcomes selfish ambition, political corruption, and family pain. “There is no love like married love!”

About The Author

Award-winning author, Jeanetta Britt, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fisk University and Top Ten from The University of Michigan. She completed a successful executive career that spanned over three decades in Dallas, Texas, before returning to her native Alabama. "But," she says, "my faith in Jesus Christ means more than anything, and it has proven to be the most valuable asset in my life." She also says, "That's why I write Christian Fiction novels and Gospel poetry . . . to share the love!"

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Married in the Nick of Nine by Alretha Thomas Book Blast #GIVEAWAY #NEWRELEASE #CONTEMPORARY #ROMANCE


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Publication Date: June 30, 2014
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Diverse Arts Collective (May 9, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0615620744
ISBN-13: 978-0615620749

About The Book


Cassandra Whitmore is facing yet another Valentine’s Day alone. Her love life is as dry as the Sharpie pen she uses to mark an even more dreadful day on her calendar—her upcoming 30th birthday. Driven by the maddening ticking of her biological clock, Cassandra is determined to meet, fall in love with, and marry “The One” within nine months. When Cassandra accompanies her cousin to a night club, her Type-A quest to meet a man is quickly rewarded by a stranger’s velvety, baritone voice asking if he might occupy the seat next to her. He’s Nicolas Harte, whose good looks leave Cassandra speechless, but not for long. After mustering enough courage to strike up a conversation, she learns Nicolas is everything she wants in a man—smart, successful, and available. There’s only one catch: He’s “GU” (geographically undesirable). Nonetheless, Cassandra falls in love with Nicolas and makes the uncharacteristic decision to move from Los Angeles to New York to be with him. But Cassandra gets a rude awakening when she discovers there’s something rotten in the Big Apple.

About The Author

Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming.
This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s “One, Woman Two Lives,” starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences.
In between plays, Alretha’s first novel, “Daughter Denied,” was launched in 2008 and in 2011, Alretha launched “Dancing Her Dreams Away.” Her third novel, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” spawned a four-book series that has been acquired by Soul Mate Publishing. “Married in the Nick of Nine,” the first book in the series was released July 2, 2014.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

#SHADESOFBROWN Virtual Book Tour by Cassietta Jefferson #NEWRELEASE #CHRISTIAN #FICTION #INSPIRATION @MsSetta @wnlbooktours

Genre: Inspirational/Christian Fiction

Paperback: 182 pages

Publisher: Virtuous Ink Publishing LLC (April 29, 2014)

ISBN-10: 0988625903
ISBN-13: 978-0988625907

About The Author

Cassietta Jefferson is a contemporary Christian author, publisher, editor, and blogger. She is the newest book reviewer for Prophetic Worship Intensive Christ Unit (PWICU); a faith based Radio and TV media platform. She is also the founder of Virtuous Ink Publishing LLC where she seeks to provide her readers with the best in contemporary Christian literature.
Cassietta earned her Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University and after traveling the country currently resides in Las Vegas Nevada. She is married to a proud retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant and together they have raised three children. Cassietta the youngest of ten siblings; seven older brothers and two older sisters who in addition to her wonderful parents help to shape her life.
In 2012, Cassietta published her first novel, Be Still & Know and published a novella, Timing is everything, the following year. Her latest book, Shades of Brown, is now available in print and ebook versions. To find out more about Cassietta Jefferson, visit

About The Book

Asami, Bonita, Morgan, and Sienna have shared everything including their laughter and tears. No matter the challenge, they always emerged stronger with their friendship intact. No one ever expected that they would be tested again so severely.
These women soon learn that although life brings its share of storms, it’s what they do in the midst of those storms that define their character. While navigating the worst storms of their lives, these captivating women discover the true meaning of friendship, faith, and family.
What will they do when faced with devastating life situations that shake the very foundation that their lives are built upon? Follow this group of audacious women as they stare down the most tumultuous year they have ever had to face.

Character Interview

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

Shades of Brown revolves around four main characters; Asami, Bonita, Morgan, and Si-enna.

Q. What or is there conflict in the story?

Shades of Brown is about four women who face some pretty incredible challenges and how they face and overcome these challenges. There is a ton of conflict throughout the book. These women face things like health concerns, fertility issues, and marital strug-gles; their very faith is shaken.

Q. Which characters in “are you most like?

I think there’s a bit of me in all four characters, but if I had to choose one of the four that I can relate to most is Morgan. She loves her family and keeps them in the forefront of her mind. She lives for the happiness and wellbeing of her children and always strives to be a good wife to her husband. Morgan gets caught up in being all things to all peo-ple and sort of forgets to take care of herself; she’s last on her list of things to do.

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

There is a lot going on within the pages of Shades of Brown, but there are a couple of major life events that stand out for me here. The first is the completely life altering health concerns that a couple of the characters face. I think most of us take things like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension for granted because they’re so common place now, but these decreases among others are life threatening, life altering deceases that should be taken seriously. Second, my characters come to a point in their lives where they’re shifting gears and starting over. They’re changing careers and starting families; these are major life events that cause them to sort of do a 360 degree turn and start life over again.

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

They are. I see these characters in my own circle of sister friends. I have a people in my life who are comforters like Morgan is, quiet strength and innocence like Asami, No nonsense fire like Bonita, and the voice of reason like Sienna. They all bring something different to the table but whatever they bring is welcome, respected, and valued.

Q. Describe each character in three words?

In three words: Asami is sweet, sensitive, and strong; Bonita is audacious, creative, strong; Morgan is loving, nurturing, strong; Sienna is protective, wise, strong. Yes, I used strong to describe all of these women because at the end of the day, they all show the strength and fortitude God has given them.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author Feature ReShonda Tate Billingsley #NEWRELEASE #WHATSDONEINTHEDARK, Releasing July 16, 2014

ReShonda is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. The movie is slated to be released in spring 2014. (ReShonda, who served as a consultant, makes a cameo in the movie). Her entire Amen series, as well as the novel I Know I’ve Been Changed has been optioned by BET. ReShonda also makes her on-screen acting debut in the movie, which will air in 2013 as part of BET’s new original programming lineup.  Several of her faith-based books have become a sought-after property in Hollywood.

A much sought-after public speaker, ReShonda recently won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her book Say Amen, Again and was nominated again in 2013 for her book The Secret She Kept. She has won numerous awards for her journalism, fiction and poetry writing skills. She is a five-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Spirit in the Words competition. Considered one of the top Inspirational Fiction authors in the country, her books remain a staple on the Bestseller’s list and have been featured in USA Today and Ebony Magazine as Summer Sizzlers. She was recently inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

On February 3, 2014, ReShonda Tate Billingsley along with National Best Selling author, Victoria Christopher Murray launched Brown Girls Publishing, their new boutique publishing company. Visit

Reshonda’s current novel, What’s Done in the Dark, will be released July 16, 2014.

What’s Done in the Dark

 Felise is not the kind of woman to cheat on her husband—especially with her best friend’s man. But after one perfect storm of a night, it happened…and she can hardly believe it herself. To top it off, when she woke up in the morning, she found that the man to whom she guiltily made passionate love died of a heart attack overnight. Felise, who is a nurse and a good citizen at that, leaves the hotel room without reporting his death.
When her best friend, Paula, finds out about her husband’s sudden death a day later, Felise is overcome with guilt and grief. She must be there for her friend and her family, but when her husband repeatedly tries to apologize for his absentminded behavior and Paula starts investigating who Stephen was with the night he died, Felise finds it hard to hold herself together. Should she come clean and tell everyone what she did? Or should she just let it go and move past the mistake on her own?
A. Right where I am
A. Harriet Tubman because when I set my mind to something, I'm going to work past any obstacle to achieve it.
A. Blessed and Living my life like its golden!

Monday, June 30, 2014

#SeasonsOfMySoul Virtual Book Tour by Delmar Johnson #NEWRLEASE #NONFICTION #INSPIRATIONAL

Author | Speaker | HR Consultant | Career Coach 

Delmar Johnson, MA With over 10 years of experience working with big corporations, small business owners and new entrepreneurs, human resource guru and visionary Delmar Johnson founded the brand HR Brain for Hire™ as a trusted and resourceful solution for first time employers in need of affordable, efficient, and top notch recruitment, training and HR services. Delmar’s personal story, which includes multiple layoffs, life challenges, and her own dive into entrepreneurship, gives her a perfect mix of formal knowledge and “real life” experience that she pours into each client and their unique needs. Under her latest brand iReboot 
Careers, Delmar also has an unconditional passion for women in career transition and enjoys coaching and sharing her time and knowledge with organizations, non profit groups and individuals who simply need a little guidance and a plan in their career job preparedness. 

In offering solutions, interactive workshops, and professional development training, Delmar’s goal is two-fold, 1) to offer value-added solutions to women-owned business owners, positioning them as an” employer of choice” through the establishing of HR tools, standards and systems; and 2) to equip women to design 
their own career path by connecting who they are authentically to what they do to serve the world. 

Delmar is the Author of the newly released book Seasons of My Soul: Lessons Learned in a Dry Place and co-author of The Power of Collaboration in Business, she has been featured in The Working Mother Magazine, The Business 101 Magazine, and The Little Pink Book Magazine; and featured on the Black Butterfly Media TV and Blog Talk Radio. 

Tell us about your book?

Seasons of My Soul is about overcoming and having the tenacity to keep moving forward, even at times when I felt there was little hope to get through being unstuck, struggling with depression, toxic relationships and financial failures. It speaks of the lessons I learned as I got on the other side of each of those experiences and pass any shame or embarrassment that was illuminated in my own mind.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

It all came from me journaling for so many years and I saw writing this book as another way of journaling; only this time I allowed others to join me along the ride with more intimate details of what was in my mind, heart and soul as I journeyed through times in my life that had a significant impact.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book? 

I found the most difficult part of writing the book was remembering the parts that left emotional and mental scars. Going back to some experiences had me right back in the moment as though it was happening in that moment of writing about it. However once it was written down it no longer held any power. 

Why do you write? 

Writing for me has always been therapeutic. I've been writing by way of journaling thoughts for more than 15 years. And I picked up that habit once I moved out of town from my family and friends to pursue my career. 

Who are your favorite authors? 

I actually don't have a particular favorite author, however I do like books written from a spiritual, personal and professional development point of view, and some of those authors from that genre that I enjoy include, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyers, John Maxwell, and Rick Warren; also, Napoleon Hill, Jay Levinson, 
Steven Covey 

What books have most influenced your life most? 

Besides the Bible, I would say, Battlefield of The Mind by Joyce Meyers, Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren No Matter What by Lisa Nichols, and Repositioning by TD Jakes
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

If I had to choose, it would be TD Jakes, because I enjoy how he pulls the spiritual and real life matters together, creating a visual picture of what he talks about and how it resonates with the reader within as you apply the principles and lessons in your own life. 
What book are you reading now? 

I am currently reading Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T.D. Jakes and I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life by Joel Osteen 

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book? 

The lessons I believe readers will be able to take from this book is, (1) that you don't have to stay in the place in which you have fallen, (2) that there is absolute power in forgiving and letting go 
of past hurts, and (3) that it's important to surround yourself with people that support you to renew within you a sense of hope 

Any advice to give to aspiring writers? 

To not give up and get organized. Write by creating some structure around it including, writing an outline of thoughts, use color note-cards of the potential topics and what points you want to write about each point, schedule your writing time and stick to it. Additionally, begin building a platform prior to finishing and 
launching your book; this helps to create momentum among your current and potential audience. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Don't Look Back, Look Forward, by Tinnie Garlington Virtual Book Tour #NEWRELEASE #NONFICTION #DontLookBack

About the Author

Born and raised in Atlanta GA Tinnie Garlington has always had a passion for teaching. At preschool age Tinnie would tell the class "don't listen to the teacher, listen to me". As she grew older "life" happened and she became a mother at the age of 14. Even though she traveled from school to school, living with anyone who would take her in, she never gave up on learning. Through those experiences she began to write in notebooks about how she was feeling and in some cases make up stories so that she could escape her reality. A high school drop out with no one to turn to but God, she decided at the age of 20 to go back to school to obtain her GED. Times were still tough, but she made it. Shortly after graduating from Atlanta Job Corps, she decided to attend GMI Georgia Medical Institute for her certification as a Medical Administrative Assistant. The journey was still bumpy, but through her will to succeed, she graduated with honors.
Now the Atlanta born "Grady Baby" Tinnie C. Garlington has embarked on her passion to motivate and encourage individuals to see beyond their past. Don't Look Back, Look Forward was birthed from a dark place. Tinnie discovered healing through writing and wrote poetry and plays, yet was too afraid to move forward on her dreams to use this material to teach and encourage others. Well, a close friend and her mother encouraged Tinnie to stop being afraid of the greatness that was inside of her and act on what God has given her. Through that tough love and confirmation, this small yet powerful book was pulled from her personal library and now the world can share in the thoughts hidden in her heart.

Her hopes is that her first book titled "Don't Look Back, Look Forward" will capture the attention of those who are looking for a way forward and encourage them to never give up and allow the hard times to serve as a solid foundation for growth and a positive future.

Author Tinnie, tell us about your book?

Don't Look Back, Look Forward is a book that was written during a time that I was not so sure about the direction that my life was headed. I can recall having these questions and being too afraid to discover the answer. One day I decided to sit down and write down those questions and answer them honestly and without thinking about what to say or how to say it. This book is a combination of my thoughts and pieces of poetry that comes straight from my heart.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

The idea for this book came from people telling me that my poetry is powerful and very inspiring. Also, I have a passion for teaching others and I felt that this book could serve as a teaching tool for many people as well as organizations. It is my goal to develop courses that surround this book. The courses will assist people with reconnecting with their passion and finding a way to move beyond anything that tries to keep them from moving to the next level.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

The most difficult aspect of writing this book was going back in the past and really facing the reality of what I went through and how it made me feel. Reconnecting with the past causes you to feel those same emotions that you felt as if it was happing at that very moment. However, I found strength in reconnecting and knowing that allowing myself to see what I was hiding from was not so bad. It was my stepping stone to greatness!!!
Why do you write? Is it something you've always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently?

I write for therapy and a way to express what is hidden away in my heart. I write so that my legacy can live on and others who have experienced or will unfortunately experience what I have gone through will find my book as a resource for strength.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are Bishop TD Jakes, Terry McMillian, John Maxwell, Sista Souljah, and Langston Hughes.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

The valuable lessons that I would like for my readers to learn is the power of REVEALING. I would like for my readers to remember a quote that I came across during an interview that states "People and things are powerless, your reaction is their only power" by an unknown author. I want them to understand their power to look forward to greatness and know that its okay to not look back.

Any advice to give to aspiring writers?

If I had to give advice to aspiring authors I would tell them to look beyond fear, rejection, or doubt and just be in the moment. Try hard to not be distracted by anything. Do not allow people to contaminate them with their opinions and thoughts. Write from the heart and be present with your feelings. The best work is work that comes from the heart.

About The Book

When life throws a challenge, throw one back. Don't Look Back, Look Forward is a mini book that packs a powerful punch. Author Tinnie Garlington allows you to take a peek into her inner most thoughts and she provides you with her insight on those questions that can sometime keep you from pursuing your passions or moving to the next level. This book inspires you to reconnect with your passion that you may have either suppressed or fear is trying to rob you of. Your life will not be the same when you take this journey and discover the benefits of Looking Forward.

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