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Diva Love: Carol E. Keen

A damaged man. A strange young woman. 
Secrets that can bring them together, or tear them apart. 

Review-Monstrous Beauty by Carol E. Keen

I enjoyed this quick-moving period piece, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a touch of Cinderella. The era was not specified, but I appreciated the historic language and setting that Ms. Keen provided. There were so many raw emotions involved in this story. Annabelle and Ethan shared the same feelings of sadness, rejection and loss. I loved how their lives intersected at a mutual place of comfort with a connection to both of their mothers and how they brought a sense of joy to each other that had seemed elusive for most of their lives. I didn't want to leave the story without finding out what secrets Annabelle and Ethan would reveal and if their newfound love could survive.

Many thanks to Ms. Keen and Celebrate Lit for my free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

"This is perfect for girls of all ages. There are valuable lessons throughout the story and the author makes sure to point the readers towards God."

Ethan's father did a number on him, to say the least. In his passing, he left Ethan a wealthy man, but a severely damaged one. More than one person has considered him to be "beastly". Annabelle is unique and could be his only chance at love, but she has secrets of her own. Can they achieve true forgiveness before their world collapses? 

"My entire world got zoned out as I fell into the enchanting world of Ethan (the beast) and Annabelle (the beauty) and wow, I was just swept away! I LOVED how the relationship gradually grew..."

"If you love fairy-tales then you will love The Beauty Series!! I highly recommend these books to anyone!! The Beast here is a selfless hero and the villain(s) were quite a surprise."

"I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just say that I love the reason why Ethan is a 'beast' and that whole backstory was gripping. And I was cheering for these two, with the clever obstacles that kept coming up. If you are looking for a lovely romance story, you'll love this."

Author Bio

Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses.

She is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.

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Diva Love: Edward King

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for Edward King. This tour will run August 23.  
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Book Title: The Works of Christ My Proof of God's Existence  
Genre: Christian, Poetry, Inspirational 
ISBN: 9781498464451

Meet Edward

Edward King is a positive-writing author, who tells us about how to look at things in a positive perspective. With his inspirational writings, he has come a long way from being at on verge of death to being able to inspire many people with both his life and his writings. With his quick healing from the death-defying car accident, Edward King goes through everyday looking to God for all of his answers and finds so much inspiration. He writes to show everyone the God he knows. 

                                             About The Book

In August 2010, Edward King was in a traumatic car accident that nearly ended his young life. From this accident, he had an incredible out-of-body experience. This is his story along with a collection of simple poetry designed to help one come closer to Christ.

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Sometimes we lose vision, and we're blinded by our desires,
but the Lord always cares about us, and he always inspires

a servant of his to show each of us some clues
that he will always love us, and his guidance, we'll never lose.

From our birth to our death, he will always be there
to cleanse us of our sins and enable us to care

and love every one of our brothers and sisters in his name,
for he loves us so much, he totally cleansed everyone's shame.

Kids' Korner Review: Eraser by Anna Kang

I am a storyteller, so when I was a substitute teacher, my favorite part of the day was sitting in the rocking chair with the kids gathered around for story-time. They loved how animated I would get and they encouraged my plan to write children's books someday, especially those with life lessons. For now I am shining the spotlight on a great book of the genre, Eraser by Anna King. Check out my review and be sure to get your copy!

My Review: Eraser by Anna Kang

My four-year old and I had so much fun reading this book! We loved the unique illustrations and banter between the characters. It was engaging and packed with nibbles of wisdom on valuing yourself, as well as others. This delightful story does a fantastic job showcasing how we all have different, and sometimes hidden, qualities that play an important part in everyday life. I look forward to reading more from the author.

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Diva Extraordinaire: Victoria Christopher Murray

I love books, but even more, I love the people behind the books. As an author who supports other authors, I am happy to see this same support coming from authors at the top of the game. Brown Girls Books co-founders, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, are not just my publishers, they are the epitome of gracefully supporting others, while still doing their own thing. In addition to publishing others, they teach their strategies and share their spotlight gracefully. Today, I am shining the light on Victoria.

One of my dreams as a writer, like many others, is to see my words come to life on television and in movie theaters. I am so proud of Victoria for recently inking a deal to bring her Seven Deadly Sins series of novels to Lifetime television. All seven books have been optioned and the first three, Lust, Envy and Greed, are already slated for 2019 and will be produced by one of my favorites, the awesome and anointed Bishop T.D. Jakes. His sermons and books got me through some tough times and I always dreamed of him producing my movie, so I am super delighted to see them teaming up and I am very much looking forward to the series premiere.

Check out the books from these two dynamic creatives posted below and take a look at some of the titles from the awesome Brown Girls Books collection! (Note: Affiliate links are included and I earn from purchases made.) 

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Books from the Seven Deadly Sins Series:

Books by Bishop T.D. Jakes that got me through:

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Diva Love: Patricia Bridewell

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for Patricia A. Bridewell. This tour will run July 23- Aug 3, 2018.  Book your own tour here.

Title: Two Steps Past the Altar
Genre: Genre: Inspirational Romance/Fiction  
ISBN: 978-1732130913

          Meet Patricia 

Reading and daily journal entries were the catalyst to Patricia’s first novel, Reflections of a Quiet Storm, published by an independent publisher in 2009. An avid reader, her previous published work includes two books, multiple short stories, monthly health care columns for an online magazine, and several health care articles for a local newspaper. She also enjoys reading Women’s Fiction and Romance novels, which occupy many seats on her bookshelves.

Patricia is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she holds Adjunct Nursing Faculty positions at two universities. She is a member of the National Black Nurses Association/Council of Black Nurses – L.A., Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Black Nurses Rock, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and International Black Writers & Artists.

Patricia’s church home is Greater Zion Church Family in Compton, CA. She considers music, reading, and prayer as the keys to relaxation and creativity, and she loves spending time with her family.

Patricia’s short story appears in the Brown Girls Books Anthology Single Mama Dating Drama, an AALBC two-time best-selling book. Two Steps Past the Altar is her third and latest novel. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

                                                About The Book

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Sasha Edmonds, is a motivated high-flyer with a stellar track record. Being the top sales representative and having a fiancé who loves her is more than she could ever imagine. Her life spins in another direction when she discovers that her mom requires a life-saving medication and her fiancé, Damien, may be cheating. Devastated, she breaks off their engagement. 

Amid healing, she becomes captivated by Wesley, a wealthy pharmaceutical businessman who may hold the cure for her mom, career, and wounded heart. Romance transforms into a love triangle, surfeit of lies, blackmail, and deception. A story of love, trust, restoration, and forgiveness.

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Diva Love: Anthology Spotlight-Arise from the Ashes

Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a virtual book tour for Arise From The Ashes: Stories of Hope, Anthology. The tour will run June 26, 2018.

About The Book

Arise from the Ashes, are stories of hope from seven women from all walks of life. These women who have gone through the fire, walked in places that others dare not tread, but women who are not ashamed of their scars and willing to bare it all.

They share their journey of going from trials to triumph and pain to purpose. Arise from the Ashes is filled with inspiration, wisdom and life’s lessons from women
who have endured personal pain and have come through empowered, encouraged and victorious.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspiration

Meet Paulette

Visionary and Co-Author

Chapter Title: Losing To Win

Behind her smile is a woman who has learned the real meaning of endurance, faith and tenacity. Bestselling, award winning author, speaker and marketing specialist, Paulette Harper has authored several books, including her award winning novel Secret Places Revealed, and her award winning inspirational book Completely Whole.

Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, The Sacramento Observer and Real Life, Real Faith Magazine.

As an inspirational speaker, 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 experiences. She lives her life based on her motto: Intentionally Living Life on Purpose.


                              Meet Donna

Chapter Title: Unexpected Life’s Transitions

Donna Moses passion is to pen works that will impact the hearts of readers, leading them to Christ. An avid reader, she founded Sistahs in Conversation & Sistahs in Harmony Christian Book Club.
She is a retired nurse, graduate from Sacramento Theological Seminary And Bible College, and a member of Progressive Community Church. A Links Incorporated member, Donna is also a recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award for her community involvement.

Donna lives in Northern California with her husband, Raymond. They have four adult children and nine gifted grandchildren.


                           Meet Cassietta

Chapter Title: Not Forgotten: After the Storm

Cassietta Jefferson is a contemporary Christian author, book reviewer, and blogger. She is the founder of Virtuous Ink Publishing where she seeks to provide her readers with the best in contemporary Christian literature. She earned her Bachelors of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Cassietta currently resides in Las Vegas Nevada where she lives with her husband of twenty years, retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant Ben Jefferson Jr.


                  Meet Angie

Chapter Title: God Sees What We Cannot See

Angie Jones is passionate about prayer and called to build prayer within the local church. Since the late 1980s, she has been involved with prayer ministries through intercessory prayer as a watchman on the wall, corporate prayer, prayer walks, prayer partners, and facilitating prayer meetings and conferences. She wrote a monthly publication “The Prayer Journal” which included articles on prayer, testimonies and prayer activities.
As a co-leader of Community Prayer Conference Call connecting local churches in prayer, she leads a team of eighty-plus prayer team members and holds prayer trainings within the local church. An advocate for adoption, Angie lives in Fairfield, CA and is the mother of three adopted children.


                          Meet Michele

Chapter Title: Back Down Memory Lane

Andrea Mills is a published author of several books writing under her pen name, Michele Mills. An inspirational speaker, visionary, and entrepreneur, she is the Founder and CEO of Love In Spite of Women’s Bible Fellowship, where Jesus Christ is Lord. Women’s ministry leader and Bible teacher, in 2014, Andrea launched the 1st Annual Prophetic Women’s Crusade, which was embraced by the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit, manifested through signs and wonders from God in Heaven.

Andrea resides in Northern California. The mother of two children., Adrienne, her late daughter, and a son, Andrè. She also has three grandchildren: Charnell, Ronal III, and Chase Benjamin.


Meet Sydney 

Chapter Title: Hope Exists

Sydney Dela Torre is creative, passionate and funny. She has a heart for God that exudes in her writing. Her transparency and vulnerability are on display as she walks her audience through the fragments of her broken life so God may be glorified. Sydney has always been encouraged by others to “share her story.” From after school children’s programs to women and youth groups, her words open the window to her heart. Often witty, Sydney approaches some of life’s toughest challenges with candor, honesty and an understanding that no problem is too big for God.
Personal discoveries, as well as spiritual growth, have proven to be a source of inspiration for her writings. Her works introduce real flawed characters who overcome obstacles through Jesus. Currently penning her first fiction novel, about God’s love and grace breaking down barriers and transforming hearts, she hopes to complete it soon.
Sydney and her husband, William, reside in the breathtaking mountains of Arnold, California.


                     Meet Yolando

Chapter Title: Unfailing Love

Yolando Cooksey is a published devotional author in The Upper Room magazine and was recently published in an anthology, The Short and Sweet of It: When the Right Word is a Short Word. She enjoys writing as an expression of sharing her faith and her journey of developing an intimate, personal love relationship with Jesus Christ. Although raised in a Christian home, Yolando did not discover intimacy with God until after suffering several traumatic events in her life. The experiences God allowed Yolando to go through have been her motivation and passion to mentor teen girls and women to find the true meaning of real, authentic, and unfailing love. Yolando's foundation in Christ has been the guiding light in her writing and making a decision to return to school after retiring in 2015. Yolando is pursuing a master's degree in Social Work with a goal to counsel at-risk youth and children in the foster system.

Yolando is a mother, grandmother, friend, and most importantly, a daughter of the Most High God. It is her dream that women truly learn who and whose they are!


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Michelle Lynn Stephens is an award-nominated inspirational poet and #1 Bestselling Author with Brown Girls Books. She has a heart for sharing the work of others and assisting them in putting their vision out into the world. Visit anytime at http://www.michellelynnstephens.com.