Diva Love: Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

Today, I am pleased to be featuring the fabulous Toni Shiloh! I enjoyed her book, Finally Accepted, not only because she write great love stories, but because she tackles hard-hitting issues with grace. I love that she focused on the issue of identity, as it can be a touchy subject in the African-American community. My own family has a mixed heritage that has been hidden, shunned, and berated, but we are strong in our knowledge of Christ and knowing that he is our Father has been all that has mattered in the long run. That same strength in the Lord is what the gives the couple in this story a solid foundation. Toni masterfully tells the story of how these two go from broken and seeming to be unequally yoked to living and loving according to God's perfect plan.

Finally Accepted

There’s only one thing Chloe Smith has ever wanted: family. Yet the DNA results she’s received have thrown her life into a tailspin. Her utmost desire has ended up being the catalyst for shaking her faith. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore, and she’s certainly too messed up for her longtime crush to give her more than a second glance.

Darryl Jones is struggling between his past and the grace God so freely offers. His sins feel too big for him to handle, let alone expect the woman of his dreams to accept. Chloe is the only woman he’s ever wanted and the one he doesn’t deserve.

As they form a tentative relationship and examine their faith, Chloe and Darryl ache to know they are finally accepted and fully loved.

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian contemporary romance author. Once she understood the powerful saving grace, thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

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Diva Love: StormProof: Weathering Life's Tough Times

 Please help me welcome Carol McLeod today! I enjoyed reading Carol McLeod's latest release, StormProof. It is a unique analysis of well-known Bible stories combined with the author's own personal accounts of weathering the storms of her life. Ms. McLeod reminds us not to tell God what time it is and how she learned to anchor deep. A basic theme that she holds to in this book is that we can choose faith or panic. A highly encouraging read. Read all about StormProof  below.

About the Book

Book: StormProof

Author: Carol McLeod

Genre: Religion/Christian Life/Woman’s Issues

Release Date: March 5, 2019

Go “storm chasing” through the pages of the greatest Book ever written! 

What storm has blown into your circumstances? Are you—or someone you love—suffering from the trauma of plans that have been washed away, relationships that have been uprooted, or security that has been devastated? Many believers have been known to ask, “God, where are You in this storm?” or, “Lord, did You send this storm into my life?” Just what does a believer do during a stormy season? StormProof: Weathering Life’s Tough Times tackles these and other tumultuous questions.
Author Carol McLeod is a storm survivor—more than that, a victor—over infertility, depression, and cancer. She understands the spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges of the trials we face in our lives. A gifted Bible teacher, she provides “life preservers” of hope and faith through the eternal, practical wisdom found only in God’s Word.

By examining key storms in the Bible, and the lives of those affected by them, Carol guides you to uncommon comfort for your own storms, offering the shelter of hope, joy, and faith. In StormProof, you will step out of the boat to walk the waves with Peter, knowing that Jesus always comes to be with you in the midst of your storms; you will be rocked aboard a wind-driven ship with the apostle Paul, in danger of being smashed against the rocks, but be preserved by God’s power; you will watch the gathering storm clouds with Noah, holding on to faith in God’s purposes. You will also experience Jonah’s self-inflicted tempest while affirming God’s unconditional love, sit in silence with Job and ponder his questions about the greatest storm of testing, and huddle with the disciples as their boat is swamped by surging waves—only to hear Jesus’s eternal words, “Peace, be still.” You will also hear about storms of harsh circumstances that others from recent history have encountered and overcome.

Storms are common in every season of life. Yet, for a believer in Christ, the damage such storms cause can be contained, depending on how we navigate their tumultuous waves. There is a way—a triumphant way—to encounter the fierce gales of life and then exit the tempests with strength and resilience. There is a definitive way to walk through the most devastating of circumstantial tornadoes and emerge with grace, empowered for the future. There is a way to be StormProof.

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About the Author

Carol McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through Carol McLeod Ministries. She is the author of ten books, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue (Whitaker House, 2018), Joy for All Seasons (Bridge-Logos, 2016), Holy Estrogen (Harrison House, 2012), and Defiant Joy (Thomas Nelson, 2006). Carol hosts a daily podcast, A Jolt of Joy! on the Charisma Podcast Network, and a weekly podcast, The Joy of Motherhood, which is listened to by thousands of moms around the world. Her blog, Joy for the Journey (formerly A Cup of Tea with Carol), has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. After her 2013 devotional 21 Days to Beat Depression had nearly 100,000 downloads in the first month, YouVersion picked it up, where it has been read over 500,000 times in five years. She also has ten other devotionals on YouVersion, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue. Carol writes a weekly column for Ministry Today and often writes for Charisma magazine. She is also a frequent guest on and has cohosted 100 Huntley Street. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart won a Telly Award in 2005 for excellence in religious programming. The first Women’s Chaplain at Oral Roberts University, she currently serves on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors. Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for nearly forty years and is the mother of five children in heaven and five children on earth. Carol and Craig are now enjoying their new titles as “Marmee and Pa” to seven delicious grandchildren! She and her husband will soon be moving to Oklahoma, where Craig serves as the North American Director for Global Partners, a missions organization that plants churches in remote areas of the world.

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I wrote this book and dedicated it to a lifetime friend and a woman who has survived the worst of life’s storms.
”You have danced in the sunshine…
been drenched by circumstantial downpours…
been threatened by windy situations…
and been attacked by the blinding blizzard of events.
But through it all, you have been faithful.
You have been a warrior.
You have been a worshipper.
You have kept your eyes on Jesus.
You have been StormProof.
You haven’t just weathered the tough times in life…you have rejoiced through them!
There is no one I would rather share an umbrella with than you, my friend.”

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To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away
Grand prize of a $20 Starbucks Card and a Woman of God Umbrella
1st Place prize of a copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, and Whitaker House/Anchor adult coloring book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de82/storm-proof-celebration-tour-giveaway

Diva Extraordinaire: N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green

North Carolina's first Black Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, spent Black History Month criss-crossing the state hosting various events. I was delighted to close out this special month in attendance at her documentary poetry workshop my hometown of Durham, NC. Ms. Green introduced a short film called The Color of Reality by Jon Boogz, featuring the art of Alexa Meade. We were asked to interpret the ending of the film into words that might be spoken by the shadows of the men after their untimely end. I have posted the video below, along with the poem it inspired me to write.

Man, I told you
We shoulda stayed inside
Done came out here and died
You said we'd be okay
I aint tryna take
No chariot ride today

How was I supposed to know
And where else were we supposed to go
I'm sorry I dragged you into it
Sorry we had to go through it

The pain, the tears
All the broken years
Being ignored in these streets
I wonder how long
We gone lay here and bleed.

Divinely, another such destination during the month included her very own induction ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol. This event had been rescheduled twice due to extreme weather conditions. I believe that the ultimate date, in the middle of  Black History Month, was perfect timing. Watch a video the celebration below. Her introduction by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper can be found at the 23.00 minute mark.

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