Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CFBA: Greenwood and Archer

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Greenwood and Archer

Lift Every Voice; New Edition edition (September 20, 2012)


Marlene Banks


 Marlene Banks has worked 30+ years combined in nursing and the business arena.  Her goal as a writer is to create inspiring, gripping and realistic stories with an emphasis on African American literature.  She believes her gift and desire to write is from God and desires to use it to fulfill His purposes.  Marlene lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church.


Greenwood and Archer: After the Riot continues the stories of Billy Ray Matthias and Benny Freeman and the residents of the Greenwood District after the historical Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. Though a sequel to Son of a Preacherman, Greenwood and Archer can be read as a stand alone book.

The White Glove Society has all but destroyed the Greenwood District, home to the affluent blacks in Tulsa. Now those who have survived are trying to recover what is left including Billy Ray Matthias and Benny Freeman. Billy Ray and Benny are engaged but Benny is hesitant to set a date.  Jordan Franks, Benny's ex-fiancee shows up in Tulsa and Benny is confronted with the memories and emotions of the crippling break up she experienced with Jordan. She must decide whether she will stand and face her past or allow it to drive her back into the dark place she'd grown used to before meeting Billy Ray.  Billy Ray's attempts to keep Benny from running away are challenged by his own struggles as he wrestles with God's call on his life to preach.

DP Dooley, plagued by a past that prompted him to turn from God and become a government agent, is in a turmoil as he wars against enemies seen and unseen. Internally, he fights against the darkness of his soul as the anger and resentment he has harbored against God for most of his life wears him down.  Externally, he continues to fight against the threats of the bigoted White Gloves Society, which is growing and trying to increase its racist activities.

The once hard-edged racial views of Chief Tobias Parnell have noticeably dulled and he no longer enjoys the favor of the White Glove Society.  Teaming up with Dooley, Chief Parnell fights against illegal racketeering, bootlegging and racial crimes.
A new brotherhood forms in Tulsa, the interdenominational Christian clergyman (ICCA). Braving the social struggles of Tulsa, five clergymen attempt to and bring together God's people, regardless of race, economic status, gender, ethnicity and even doctrine. Their goal, along with the people of Greenwood is to see a new Tulsa rise from the ashes.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Greenwood and Archer, go HERE.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Liberation by Wanda B Campbell


Tired of living a life of manipulation and abuse, Shannon Yates trades in her mini-skirts, colored contacts, and twelve-inch weave for a Bible. Although she accepts the liberation found within its pages, walking in her newfound freedom proves easier said than done. Just when the thing Shannon longs for the most is within reach, insecurities and old emotional wounds resurface, causing her to reject the blessing the Father has for her. Will love cast out all fear and liberate Shannon before it’s too late? Or will she settle for the familiar?
Wanda B. Campbell is an extraordinary and talented writer who brings creativity, a new sense of hope, and restoration through the healing power of God to the Kingdom, by way of Christian fiction. Wanda uses real life everyday issues to exhort, motivate, and give comfort to all.
A romantic at heart, Wanda uses relationships to demonstrate how the power of forgiveness and reconciliation can restore us back to God and one another. Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty-two years, and two sons. She holds the unique position of being the oldest of five siblings and the youngest of twelve. Her hobbies include writing and reading of course, traveling, and collecting magnets from around the world. Her favorite hobby is spoiling her grandson.

Monday, February 18, 2013


The Liberation Virtual Book Tour with Wanda B. Campbell starts today!
Check out the tour schedule at  http://tywebbinvirtualevents.com/kwIvD

Join Wanda B. Campbell on TONIGHT - Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm EST for a Facebook Chat about her latest book, Liberation.
The chat will take place in the Wanda B. Campbell's Readers Facebook Group.  JOIN at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/131336800301/?fref=ts


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This week read a partial Sneak Peek of Chapter 1 fromLiberation by Wanda B. Campbell.
Shannon Yates studied her reflection in the mirror one final time. She had changed outfits three times already, but she was now was pleased with her choice. The navy blue pin-striped pantsuit accented her short frame nicely, and the four-inch navy sling back pumps gave her five-foot-four-inch height a much needed boost.
She turned so she could see the view from the back, but there wasn’t too much to see; Shannon’s size six didn’t allow for much in the area of hips and behind. She turned back around, and while she added the silver earrings and necklace that matched the buttons on her jacket, she finally allowed her eyes to concentrate on her face.
Her appearance had changed drastically in the past year. Her neck was once burdened down from the weight of long blonde curls whose roots belonged to someone else; today, her relaxed black hair was styled in a sassy short crop cut that framed her ebony face. If her neck and shoulders could talk, they would have screamed Thank you!
Shannon had beautiful dark brown almond shaped eyes, but up until a year ago she hid them behind green, hazel, or whatever colored contacts she felt like wearing that day, as well as enough foundation to change and lighten her skin color - but not anymore. After turning her life over to God a year ago, she was a new person. Like the good book says, “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Shannon Yates was definitely a new person with a new outlook on life. A year ago, her main focus was on trying to snag a man who would take care of her and give her a life of luxury; today, a man was the furthest thing from her mind, and a relationship was totally out of the question. With God’s help, she was going to take care of herself. As far as luxury went, she would just have to be content with her one bedroom apartment in East Oakland and her maybe-I’ll-start-maybe-I-won’t used Ford Focus.
Shannon looked at her watch; she would have to hurry if she were going to be on time. She dashed into the small kitchen and ate breakfast. Being very conscientious of her weight, breakfast consisted of only nonfat yogurt and a glass of water. Once she emptied the plastic carton, she went back into her bathroom and quickly applied make-up to her eyes and lips. Pleased, she grabbed her purse and keys and headed out the door, all the while praying that her car would start.
“Thank you, Jesus,” she said when the engine came to life on the first try.
While allowing her car to warm up, Shannon looked around her depressed neighborhood. The only reason she lived in the rough neighborhood referred to as The Village was that was all she could afford on her small salary as an accounts payable clerk in the admissions office at UC Berkeley. She hated the rundown buildings and the constant foot traffic hanging in front of every apartment building and the corner liquor stores. It didn’t matter the time of day or night, there were always some brothas and sistas hanging out, trying to mark their territory or shooting dice. Once in a while, a Caucasian male or female would swoop up in a fancy ride and make a quick transaction, then speed off, leaving skid marks as the only proof of their visit.
Across the street from Shannon’s gray apartment building was a shrine of candles, flowers, poems, and pictures of the latest shooting victim. Shannon didn’t know the kid personally, but she was told that the victim was a fifteen-year-old male. As Shannon began to whisper a prayer for the boy’s family, someone knocked on her driver’s side window and interrupted it.
“Hey, can you help a brotha out? I ran out of gas over there,” a young man with blotchy skin said, pointing in the direction of an old model dark brown Cadillac.
Shannon shook her head. The Cadillac may have run out of gas, but in no way did it belong to this man who was attempting to hustle her out of her hard earned money; that car had been parked in that same spot for at least a month. Shannon didn’t even bother to roll her window down. She just shook her head and shifted the gear into drive. Pulling off, she heard the hustler call her everything but a child of God.
“I’ve got to get away from this,” she told herself when she turned onto International Boulevard. The busy East Oakland main thoroughfare only added to Shannon’s anxiety. International Boulevard wasn’t the average street you could leisurely drive down; if you didn’t stay alert, you ran the chance of getting both you and your vehicle totaled. At any given second, a careless driver could stop the two-way traffic by running a stoplight or spinning a rubber doughnut in the street.
Twenty-five tense minutes later, she pulled into the reserved parking garage at Emery Bay. Shannon smiled and handed her employee ID badge to the parking attendant.
“I haven’t seen you before. Is today your first day?” the middle-age gentleman asked.
“Yes, it is,” Shannon answered proudly.
“Welcome to Emery Bay, Ms. Yates. Have a good day.” He gave Shannon a smile and returned her badge.
Shannon drove around the crowded garage, looking for a place to park her Focus where it wouldn’t look like an eyesore amongst the other SUVs and luxury vehicles belonging to CEOs and other prominent individuals. Shannon smiled as she drove past the stall mark Reserved for CEO Pinnacle Developments, where her new boss’ gold Jaguar Vandan Plaus was parked.
Julia Simone-Pennington held a special place in Shannon’s heart. In addition to being her new boss, Julia was also the First Lady of the church that Shannon attended: True Worship Ministries. She was also the woman who led Shannon to salvation.
Shannon met Julia Pennington almost two years ago, when she was chasing after Julia’s now son-in-law, Brian. From the first moment Shannon laid eyes on Julia, she admired her, and when Shannon hit rock bottom, Julia mentored and nurtured her. Shannon’s mother was alive and well, but Shannon considered Julia her mother figure. It was only because of Julia’s nurturing that Shannon had what little self-esteem she did. It was Julia who encouraged her to go back to school and finish her degree. That’s the reason she was here in the parking garage, looking for a place to park: Julia had hired her so Shannon could quit her clerical job at UC Berkeley and go back to school.
Shannon backed up and squeezed her battered Ford between two SUVs. With only three minutes to spare, she hurriedly grabbed her bag and made a quick dash for the garage elevator. By the time the elevator arrived, another woman and two men had joined her. One of the gentlemen stepped aside and allowed her to enter the car.
“Good morning,” he said.


Advice for Writers from a Writer

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Unhlikely Remnant Virtual Book Tour


Faye is a mother in the AME church. She has spent 40 years of her life working for the Lord. Chad is a white, conservative Christian radio talk show host. He enjoys riling up the masses about issues related to race, gender, class, and politics. Jeremiah is a popular, Christian tele-evangelist. The charismatic, African American pastor of a popular mega-church, he is celebrated for his knowledge of scripture. Rosa is a Hispanic, single mom. An English teacher in the Catholic school she grew up in, she is a survivor of domestic abuse. So what happens when these four very different people find themselves trapped in a historical church in North Philadelphia AFTER THE RAPTURE? More than left behind, the characters in THE UNLIKELY REMNANT are left to deal with the personal truths and tragic secrets that led to them missing God; all while wrestling with the prejudices that inevitably surface in their relationships with each other. Who will press in an d who will give up their soul forever?
Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts is a writer, editor, and educator. The author of six books including The Integrated Church: Authentic Multicultural Ministry and Interruption: The Gospel According to Crystal Justine, Lewis-Giggetts explores in her work both the personal and collective impact of the intersection of identity and faith.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CFBA: Shattered

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)


Dani Pettrey


In real life, Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

Just in case you’re curious…The real Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.

And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.

Dani is the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling debut novel Submerged and latest release Shattered. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.


Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Shattered, go HERE.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Being Fabulously Fit in God’s Kingdom: A 40-day Journey to Wellness

Did you know that 2/3 American people are overweight? Being overweight can lead to obesity and increase the risk of the chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and some cancers.
Do you know that your body is the temple for the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were brought at a price, Therefore honor God with your bodies. (TNIV) 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
Being Fabulously Fit in God’s Kingdom: A 40-day Journey to Wellness provides a road map to staying healthy, fit spiritually and physically. You will learn how to:
  • Ask for help
  • Stay motivated
  • Set spiritual and smart goals
  • Become fit physically and spiritually.
Renee Wiggins, owner of ResultsbyRenee.comhas mentored, trained and changed lives in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years. A strong believer and encourager in living an authentic, healthy lifestyle, Reneespecializes in designing customized lifestyle programs that are tailored to client needs, goals and habits. Her areas of expertise are Diabetes and Weight Management through which she uses a variety of presentations to educate, including workshops, lectures and one-on-one consultations.

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