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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diva Love: Merci McKinley



Today, I am delighted to welcome fellow author and poet, Merci McKinley. I enjoyed reading her latest work, The Harvest, and I am grateful to showcase it here on my blog!

1|I particularly enjoy featuring other writers who, such as myself, have a testimony of chronic illness and domestic violence that empowers other women and puts an emphasis on their Christian walk. Tell us about your decision to include your faith in your writing.

The decision to write The Harvest came rather easy because it is my tribute to the presence of GOD within my life. It was my way of thanking him by helping another discover who he is through seeing the importance of having a relationship with him for themselves. Oddly enough, but rather a divine intervention, I chose the cover and the title for the book prior to writing it. I wanted to provide someone with the same gift I was given which is an ultimate relationship with the Heavenly Father and propel her forward towards it. Our faith is ultimately our lifeline and I wanted to provide that lifeline to the woman whom is sitting where I once was sitting. I was sitting in a dark place, paralyzed and living inside of a box due to traumatic experiences. When I discovered God’s presence even in the midst of my storms, I discovered the box I placed myself in was nonexistent. So many of us live a life contained within this box we created for ourselves. Henceforth, we come to exists rather than truly living. So God placed my testimony within me to allow others to live vicariously through me, and show them that with God and in him, we can discover the ability to live long after trauma. He never promised us a life without trials and tribulations, but he did say I am the truth, the way and the light. I will never forsake you, and my grace, love, and mercy shall be with thee. So given this, it is hard for us to see this when our hearts are filled with thorns. If we allow GOD to do the mending, we can see he is providing us with the strength, and tools necessary to pull out these very same thorns. So ideally, writing about my journey with him and growing into a Survivor of many things because of it, I found whom Merci ultimately is. I sought to provide the same for others so they can in return learn to break the mental chains place upon them due to trauma. It would be easier for me to say my testimony is rather powerful, but it is even better to have it affirmed by a reader whom it was specifically written for. When they are able to connect with it, then I know it is none other than God speaking through my written words, in order to reach them. At this very moment, I am able to understand that God will call the unqualified to teach what he wants others to learn through that person for a reason. I am simply a vessel for it, and my oh my what an honor it is to be able to be it.


2|Who are some of your writing influences?

 I grew up reading poetry, so my influencers were Langston Hughes, Phyllis Wheatley, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mya Angelou to name a few.  Their ability to influence others with hidden meaning behind their words was intriguing to me. It is not enough to write, but it is more than enough to evoke thought in the reader themselves that ultimately challenges them and change their lives. The lyrical intervention in words is powerful beyond measure.


3|Do you schedule your writing or just let it flow?

I find that when we force ourselves to write, we aren’t writing to our fullest potential. Writing should not be a chore, but rather an ability to escape and be free while doing it. So for myself, I just let it flow. As writers we must not confine ourselves to timelines, but confine ourselves to the passion for writing. We must always allow this to be our guide.


4|Who are you hoping to reach with your stories? Do you have a certain theme that you focus on?

I am specifically writing to the person that is hidden behind a false exterior and not truly thriving in life. Ideally, my reader is someone whom is struggling to rebuild themselves because they think they can’t make it. So, it is my honor and privilege to be able to connect with them, and provide them with the tools necessary so they can see beyond the now, and start the steps necessary to move towards the future. I am for empowering them. Yet, had I not gone through what I went through, I would not be able to understand how to do it. God said if you give ears to my words, you will hear me and see me in the ways I am revealing myself to you. I am revealing transparency to my readers in order to empower them. The theme I am focusing on is self-love, self-worth, and determining one’s value. I find that we often try and seek validation in others whom or just as broken as we are, if not more. I find that we seek a counterfeit love rather than a love based in truth and in understanding. There is only one person I know that can provide that, and that is God of course. Just as the cover of The Harvest is that of sunflower that much position itself before the sun in order to survive, we must position ourselves constantly before the Lord in order to survive. My overall theme is tackling tough issues and empowering others through it.


5|What a wonderful message of empowerment! What's next for Merci McKinley?

Ultimately, my next move for myself is to continue to nurture my craft, and recognize something I think all of us writers must be able to do. We must get out from beyond the book, and recognize the book in which we have written is not our only product, but rather an extension of ourselves. We must get out and connect with our readers. I see myself as more of a motivational speaker, so I am building for that. I envision taking my She Speaks Creatively into new heights which is a platform for emerging female poets. The ability to write poetry takes deep thought, connecting to emotions, and a unique gift that must be embraced. So I am starting the She Speaks Creatively Anthology.  Female poets will now have the platform necessary to perform lyrical interventions. In addition, I am starting my self-publishing consultation services. There is an author within us all, as well as stories that are waiting to be told. Ideally, I am trying to assist someone to discover the author and voice within.




From the latest release of “ The Harvest” by Merci L. McKinley

The Poem “Look in the Mirror”

Look at yourself in the mirror
With the beauty as God sees you
Look past the hurt, and past the tears
And know that God is seeing you through

Look in the mirror with a love
So fiercely and wonderfully made
Uniquely crafted from the heavenly father above
Be not weary or dismayed

Look in the mirror with faith and conviction
You are not defined by relationships that did not last
Look beyond your ailments, pain and afflictions
You are worth so much more than your past

Look at yourself with the love as God sees you
With a faith built through prayer
Beyond your fears as God is working anew
Releasing the burdens, you thought you could not bare


Purchase your copy of The Harvest



About the Author




Merci McKinley is a living testimony to overcoming the odds.  She’s an author, a veteran and a survivor of domestic abuse and military sexual trauma.  She’s an advocate who raises her voice on behalf of those who can’t speak, who don’t know there’s a way out and for those who can’t bear another day of abuse.  Ms. Merci McKinley is not only their voice, but their armor bearer and a source of unending hope!

This stellar product of Prince George’s County, Maryland, has traveled the world in the fight for freedom as a United States soldier.  Yet, in defending the liberty and rights of fellow countrymen and women, she had to fight hardest for her own.  In battles that would have defeated lesser individuals, Merci triumphed through the Grace of God and the steely strength that makes her unstoppable!  After being medically retired from the Army, Ms. McKinley launched her advocacy as an Author, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker.  It’s no surprise she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science!

In the short time Merci has been published, the accolades are adding up.  In addition to being a contributor to the #1 Bestseller SILENT NO MORE, Ms. McKinley has become a top author in her own right with her titles THE HARVEST and LYRICAL INTERVENTION.  To learn more of Ms. Merci McKinley, survivor extraordinaire, you may visit her website at www.mercimckinley.com or contact via email at mercimckinley.author@gmail.com


Connect with Merci McKinley:

www.mercimckinley.com
https://www.facebook.com/mercimckinley/

I hope you enjoyed the testimony and poetry of Merci McKinley as much as I did! If you would like to be featured, feel free to stop by my site and leave me a message.

Peace and Blessings,

Straight from a Diva's Heart!

Michelle Lynn Stephens is a poet and #1 Bestselling Author with Brown Girls Books. She has a heart for sharing the work of others and assisting them in sharing their vision with the world.










Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Behind the Chapter: California Love


 In chapter three of Diary of a Divorcee Diva, the introductory scene symbolizes Mikayla leaving all of her troubles behind and hoping, against all odds, that this journey would take beyond her wildest dreams. Ironically, she was taking the trip with her off again and on again ex-boyfriend. There was no denying the temptation to rekindle the past, but she was determined to turn her focus to the future. Based on my actual first trip to Cali and my experiences there, I try to give my readers a sense that they are with Mikayla on her way to freedom and new adventure as her love for California and the flicker of her old flame take flight. Let’s catch up with Mikayla on Cloud Nine...



 

Chapter Three-California Love Excerpt

I never felt so free as I did on that flight to LAX. The sky was the limit and I was literally on top the world, looking down on it from Cloud Nine. No one could tell me anything would ever go wrong ever again at that moment in time. After chatting it up with Darren a little bit about my hopes and dreams as always, he suggested that maybe I should look into moving to Cali, too. It would be the perfect place to start a totally new path in life and get away from all my troubles. I daydreamed myself about it right on to sleep.

“Good evening, passengers. This is your Captain speaking. I hope you have enjoyed your flight. We are approaching our destination and fully expect a safe and uneventful landing. Thank you for joining us. Have a good night.”

Waking up to stare out the window at the stuff that dreams are made of was surreal. The view of the Concrete Jungle, with all that water surrounding it, was amazing. I saw nothing but miles and miles of highway and bright lights! I had on my cute little sleeveless cotton dress that was hit just above the knee and got a rude awakening when I stepped onto the tarmac. The cold, sweeping air hit me right in the face.

“Whoa!! How can it be freezing in California in the middle of July?!”

“Kay, this ain’t Cackalacky. Ain’t none of that humidity out here. Don’t you know this is the desert?” Darren was always so thorough in his explanation of everything. Always had been, even back in the days when he was trying to tell me why we needed to break up and just be friends.

“You gone love the way it feels outside tomorrow when the sun is out, though. I’m telling you, Kay. The weather is addictive.”

“Ok, I’m just gonna have to trust you on that one ‘cause it’s just freezing my legs off right about now!”

That night as I looked out the 12th-floor window of the hotel at all the lights that put the dark, tree-lined streets back home to shame, I was hooked and my mind was made up. If the rest of Cali was like the view from here, I was gonna call it home and soon. The next day, Darren and I headed out to paint the town. He was right about the weather being gorgeous and we checked out the usual tourist traps like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater, then watched the many talented hopefuls acting out at Venice Beach. We toured the star homes and rode past all the famous places like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Capitol Records, and the Hollywood sign. We even checked out South Central and in the words of Ice Cube himself, I gotta say it was a good day.

“Tomorrow we’ll go look at the apartments I found online”, Darren said. “If you decide to move here, you can just find something when you get to town because people move in and out around here all the time. It’s not like back home.”

We talked about staying together and decided that it was not the best idea. Darren still wasn’t ready for commitment at a time when he was trying to launch his screenwriting career and probably somewhere in the back of his mind was planning on seeing what the California Girl singers were wishing all the other the females could be. Besides, I was still trying to get my walk with the Lord right and that would be so to the contrary. God would not be pleased. I didn’t know how I would make it, but not to worry about that as long as I remembered that God would supply all my needs!


Don't miss the final week of my Goodreads Giveaway! 
 
 

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The Divorcee Chronicles by Michelle Lynn Stephens

The Divorcee Chronicles

by Michelle Lynn Stephens

Giveaway ends May 30, 2017.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

DDD Spotlight: Fiercely Camille

A shopaholic boss diva who sits in a boardroom filled with men all day, Camille can best be described as fierce. Not always the most confident in her own superpowers, yet she speaks her mind and always takes the lead, even when it comes to Mikayla’s relationships. Their first loves were brothers and they have considered themselves sisters ever since. Always opposite in their love lives thereafter, Mikayla was divorcing while Camille was tying the knot and matchmaker Camille soon wanted to hook Mikayla up with her new man’s best friend. Imagine that, since she encouraged Mikayla to date the guy she was just in divorce court with! But, Camille knows her better than anyone, so why not take her advice again? Get your copy today!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

DDD Spotlight: Divinely Keisha

I like to describe Keisha as divinely loyal. Sometimes, too much and too soon, but she never gives up on her family, her friends or her man. She often prays to get that dedication in return. God spared her from death when she was given just two years to live, fifteen years ago, now surely he could deliver her from lies and betrayal. If there's one person who she can count on to be there, it's her friend, Mikayla. Whether she wants to laugh or needs to cry, Keisha can always call on her. They didn't start out that way; more like almost toe-to-toe, but after both being on a collision course with divorce and life as they once knew it, now they have each other's back. Enter my anniversary giveaway on Goodreads and be sure add it to your to-read shelf!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DDD Spotlight: Simply Mikayla

Quiet, yet confident with a whole lot of sass, Mikayla is never afraid of a new adventure in life or in love. She has a heart for taking care of others and always has an encouraging word to offer. Mikayla is rarely the initiator of trouble, but if you cross her, she will tell it to you straight and simple, then cut you loose. She often wonders if that's what keeps her in the land of happily NEVER after. But, then there's that little thing where she compares all men to her first love and floats back to him every time they are simultaneously single. Still, that doesn't stop her quest to find the one who will make her forget all about her past and never let her go. Get your copy of her story at Amazon or Barnes and Noble !

Monday, May 15, 2017

The DDD Sisterhood

Welcome to Diary of a Divorcee Diva Sisterhood Week!



In continuing to celebrate the fifth anniversary of my debut novel, I will be highlighting some of the themes in the book. This week I will be focused on sisterhood and I am starting by introducing you to the main character, Mikayla Summers, and two of her best friends. Check out my video link below with some of my favorite quotes from them highlighting support, vulnerability and strength. Stay tuned throughout the week for more on their special bond!




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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway-The Divorcee Chronicles

The anniversary celebration continues! I am commemorating the 5th anniversary of The Divorcee Chronicles by giving away an autographed paperback copy on Goodreads. Join the party and enter to win. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/235601-the-divorcee-chronicles-diary-of-a-divorcee-diva

Monday, May 1, 2017

Anniversary Spotlight-The Divorcee Chronicles

This month marks the fifth anniversary of my debut book and you are invited to help me celebrate! Stay tuned for giveaways and look out for reminiscent posts about some of my characters, review highlights and the wonderful journey that the book has taken me on. See you next week!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Diva Love:Poet Taneisha Grace-LaGrant


      I can't let National Poetry Month come to a close without putting the spotlight on one of my fellow poets. Taneisha LaGrant joins me today and gives us a look inside of her writing life and influences.




1. There are so many poets who don't publish their work. Tell us about your decision to share your words beyond the stage and your journey to publication.


Hi! Thanks for having me. For me it started a long time ago. My seventh grade teacher told me I should publish and so I compiled two volumes of poetry from middle school through high school that I wanted to publish. Long story short, I lost all of those poems and started over. I knew that I wanted to be a published writer and I hadn't branched off into novel writing at the time and the stage scares me. I tend to speak too fast when I do spoken word, so I was in my barracks room and started typing up my book. That was in 2009 and I published The Pain of Love in 2010. At the time I had never heard of a poetry editor, writing groups or any of what I know now. I'll be republishing a more polished version within the next year or so. I felt that other people could relate to some of the things that I've been through. Understand and other pieces like it was my way of telling other women that they aren't alone. I write to inspire and want to help as many people as I can, even if it's only one.


2.      Who are some of your writing influences?


I am really enjoying all styles of books these days. Growing up, Maya Angelou and Tupac's poetry spoke to me. I love what they had to say. These days I read to branch out and get introduced to more writers. In doing so, it allows me to find my own voice. I've always wanted to write about love, but hadn't read my first romance novel until 2014. I could say that initially I was influenced by Brenda Jackson, but now that I'm branching out, my writing is mixed with romance and suspense based on the book.


3.      Do you schedule your writing or just let it flow?


I try to schedule my writing during lunch, before work and on the weekends. Other times, I just let it flow and lately it works better that way. I'm not distracted by social media when I let it flow.


4.      What advice do you have for new writers?


Stick to it and learn your genre. It took me awhile to find my niche and now that I'm learning, I don't want to stop. So read. Writing is important but reading is better to me. When you read, you learn what elements go into the book and you can dissect books based on what you know about plot development for that genre. Don't worry about word count in the beginning. Edit after you've completed your first draft. If you edit as you go, you'll be stuck in the first chapter. You can do it!


5.      What's next for Taneisha LaGrant?


I just released my new poetry book Life & Love: Volume I, which to me is the beginning of my journey. I enjoyed the experience. That said, I'm working on Life & Love Volume II (Spring 2018), the revisions of God, Love & All My Soul 2nd Ed (September 2017), The Pain of Love 2nd Ed (Winter/Spring 2018), The 6th Month Vow (Winter 2017) and I'm brainstorming my first screenplay Rise.



Please enjoy this spoken word video and be sure to connect with Taneisha on the web!







About the Author


Taneisha LaGrant is a poet from Gretna, Florida. She is the author of Life & Love Volume I. Taneisha holds a BA in English and currently attends graduate school majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She resides in Washington with her husband and two children.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Diva Love: Pastor Danyelle Scroggins



About Pastor Danyelle 

Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of “His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three.



To find out more about Pastor Danyelle and her ministries, visit www.danyellescroggins.com, www.newvesselministries.org, www.facebook.com/danyellescroggins, or www.twitter.com/PastorDanyelle


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Diva Love:Tracee Lydia Garner




Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce the Virtual Book Tour for
Deadly Affections
 by Tracee Lydia Garner.

The tour will run March 27- April 7, 2017.

Book Release Date: March 30, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

About The Book
 


Synopsis

A crime romance, mystery suspense, romance novel. Psychologist Leedra Henderson has a hidden motive in abandoning everything to accept a new job at the Anchored Empowerment Center. She secretly hopes that the new position will help her to investigate her own past – and to finally uncover the real story behind a string of mysterious deaths at her childhood foster home. Now a strong, independent woman, Leedra doesn't need help: she wants to seek justice, and she will. Alone. Dexter Parker needs his own answers about that time in the foster home so long ago. A grown man reeling from the fallout of a broken marriage, Dexter’s rational mind tells him never to try the risks of love again – but he knows he could fill in the blanks for Leedra, if only it doesn’t end up costing him his heart. More urgently, Dexter needs to save the determined Leedra from the results of her detective work, before it all blows up in her face and costs both of them their lives. Can the pair set aside their painful histories, avenge the lives that have been lost and – who knows – discover new love?


Excerpt

 His father moved closer, tugging feebly at Dexter only to be pushed back. “Get off me. Get off!” Dexter warned and gave a final shove. The old man fell dramatically onto the bed. The little energy he’d summoned was spent.

“Stop looking through my stuff.”

“No. It’s here, isn’t it? I’m going to listen to your pathetic excuses just one more time. I’m listening this time, so you tell me. You think you gonna die or something? Well, you’re still here now and people want answers. I want answers.”

His father sighed, rubbing his forehead. “I had a job and a life and I was trying to get my son—you—back. It wouldn’t have looked very good if they knew I had any dealings with those people, now would it?”

“You are ‘those people,’ Garrison,” Dexter clarified coldly.

“No, no. Now, I wasn’t like ‘em. I had a drug problem, y’see,” the older man clarified in a wheedling tone. “But I wasn’t no killer. Don’t you see I would never have been able to get you back if they found out? At least I had supervised—”

“I know, I know. Stupid supervised visitation to see me . . . A lot of good it did! Eventually, you stopped coming around altogether, anyway.”



About the Author
 
 

Tracee Lydia Garner is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes stories full of complex heroes and heroines, relationships and families that experience tough but realistic life challenges in their quest for love. Born and raised in a suburb of the DC metro area, Tracee works in health and human service by day, has a degree in Communications and is a speaker and advocate for people with disabilities. Find Tracee on the web at www.Teegarner.com, or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy National Poetry Month!


April is National Poetry Month!
Stop by my website to see some of my poetry performances and to get your copy of Straight from a Diva's Heart.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Diva Love:LaShaunda Hoffman

Today I would like to welcome Shades of Romance Magazine Founder and Promotion Queen, LaShaunda Hoffman. I have learned so much from her and encourage all writers to check out her Don't Rock Fear Tour below.





       Thanks for following the Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Tour. 
Welcome to day eight of the tour. I would like to thank Michelle for letting me share with you today.


Today’s Promotion Fear – I Can’t Toot My Own Horn
A lot of writers have a hard time tooting their own horn. I will be honest and say I fall into this category.  I can promote other people’s book with no problem. I love raving about other books, I’ve been doing it for years. You would think when it came to my own book, I wouldn’t have a problem.



I can only speak for myself, but it feels like bragging when I rave about my own book. That little monster name fear, pops in and whispers in my ear. Who are you to be talking about your book? I don’t know why I listen but I do and instead of shouting to the world about my book, I keep quiet.
This happened to me when I published my book. I had this huge promotion plan and I was ready to work it and the fear knocked on my door and I let him in. He said, you don’t have to say anything, everybody you know will buy your book.
I found out the hard way, that’s not how it works. Most times you friends and family members aren’t your audience so they aren’t going to buy your book. My book was for writers and business owners so I had to get out there and find my audience.
Instead of letting fear win, I sat down and had a virtual tea session with myself. If I wanted to sell books and meet readers, I had to work my plan. It was not going to work for myself and the readers would not come just because I wrote a book.
I looked over my plan and picked out the things that were comfortable and then I picked one or two things that scared me to death and did those first. Each month I was promoting and each month it was getting a little easier to toot my own horn.
If one of your fears is tooting your own horn, here are few suggestions.
     1. Remember readers can’t buy your book if they don’t know it exists.
     2. You are your best book seller. You know what your book is about and what makes it great.
     3. Create a team. Sometimes help will bring you out your comfort zone.  
     4. Word of mouth still works. You tell someone and they tell someone and they tell someone.
          It starts with YOU.
     5. Always have a plan for your promotion. Then you know what to toot.
Now you don’t have to ROCK this fear anymore. You have these tips to help start tooting your own horn. Go out there and TOOT.
I would like to invite you to register for the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day challenge and kick fear in the butt.
This challenge is for writers, business owners and anyone who is dealing with fear. Don’t let fear ROCK You.

You are also welcome to join the See Ya On The Promotion Training Group, where we teach you how to be a social butterfly.

Leave a comment for a chance to win...

Are you dealing with promotion fears? Leave one of your fears in the comments for a chance to win registration to the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day challenge.




About the Author

LaShaunda C. Hoffman took her love for books and turned it into an award winning online magazine, Shades of Romance Magazine.  Her mission in life is to introduce as many books as she can to readers. She’s happily married mother of three who believes in dreams and working hard to achieve them.  She has a promotion strategy program – Virtual Tea With LaShaunda where writers and business owners learn how to create promotion strategies for their online promotions.
In 2015, she published her first book, Building Online Relationships – One Reader At A Time, a book to help writers stay consistent with their promotion by building relationships with their readers.
Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Stops
Learn more about Promotion Fears on the blog tour.  
The person who visits all the stops and leaves a comment will be entered for a chance to win registration for the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day Challenge
March 20-Nothing But Books- http://pauletteharper.blogspot.com/
March 21- The Literary Entrepreneur- http://theliteraryentrepreneur.com/
March 22- Tracee Garner- https://teegarner.com/
March 23- Sylvia Hubbard- https://sylviahubbard.com/
March 24- Rose Jackson-Beavers- http://www.rosejacksonbeavers.com/
March 28- SORMAG’s Blog- http://sormag.blogspot.com
March 29- Michelle Stephens- http://www.michellelynnstephens.com/
March 31- Patricia Saunders- http://www.blessedpoetpat.blogspot.com



A Diva's Heart is the blog of National Bestselling Author and Poet, Michelle Lynn Stephens.
Michelle writes to inspire and uplift people after troubled times.Visit her website at www.michellelynnstephens.com                            

                         

Monday, March 27, 2017

March Madness: Mad Diva Finale

My favorite team has survived March Madness! The University of North Carolina will be among the teams playing on April 1st in its record-setting 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four appearance. Before I cheer them on, I will be closing out my March Madness on that day by giving away a Kindle copy of my debut novel from 2012, as it approaches the 5th anniversary of publication. Be sure to check it out!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy National Single Parents' Day!

As a child of divorce, I was raised by a single mother. I was blessed that my dad was around as much as possible, but the one who does the daily grind always faces challenging times. As a former social worker, I know all too well the struggle and problems that some single parents encounter. It can be physically, mentally and financially draining, yet very rewarding.

Congratulations to all who are hanging in there on the crazy, wonderful journey that single parenting is!

This week's March Madness Mad Diva Giveaway will have up to three winners and is dedicated to you!

March Madness Mad Diva Giveaway: Single Parents Day Edition


Monday, March 13, 2017

March Madness:Mad Diva Monday




It's that time of year! Time for the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament and March Madness is in full effect. I am super excited that all of my teams are represented. My favorite team of all, University of North Carolina, is a #1 seed. My alma mater, UNC-Greensboro is playing and my parents' school, North Carolina Central University, is doing big things and is also scheduled to play. I am celebrating them and you by holding giveaways all this month.This week you can visit my author page on Facebook through the link below for a chance to win a iBook copy of my bestselling anthology, Single Mama Dating Drama. Good luck and I hope you enjoy!