Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR: I Didn't Know w/Yvette Allen-Tatum

 About The Book
“I Didn't Know" is for more than just an audience of one. If you look to your left, look to your right, or directly in the mirror, you will see or know someone who has been sexually abused... even if you look in the mirror, and the person is YOU! More than the tragedy of sexual abuse is the tragedy of the silence of sexual abuse. It must be talked about. Our stories have to be shared; someone's life is literally depending upon YOU to BREAK THE IGNORANCE OF SILENCE! "I Didn't Know" brings to the forefront the many hidden faces of child sexual abuse. The author, Yvette L. Allen-Tatum, shares not only her story, but the compelling testimonies of others--everyone from the actual victim, to the offender, to those who standby by in disbelief and allow these heinous crimes against our children to continue. Our voices have to be heard, our children must be free or freed to tell the TRUTH: that someone touched them. Who can they run to? Will it be you?

About The Author
Author, Teacher, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained & licensed Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ, undercover Comedian and the list goes on...
Yvette is a graduate of Grace Christian College where she earned her Masters of Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology.  She is also a graduate of University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance and a Minor in Leadership Studies. In addition, she has 30 plus years of experience in income tax preparation and bookkeeping.    
As the Founder of Surrounded by Faith Ministries, Yvette has had the opportunity to touch and transform the lives of many women with the Word of God.  This mighty Woman of God has a prophetic teaching anointing which has enabled her to cross many boundaries.  As such, the Call of God on her life has broadened from transforming the lives of women to transforming LIVES with the Word of God.  While she still holds a passion to train and equip women in the life study and application of the Bible, her ultimate goal is to strengthen families.  To do so her platform is geared to men, women and children.

From The Author
 I Didn't Know - Identifying, Confronting & Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse - the title is indicative of the subject matter.  In this book the author brings to the forefront the many faces of child sexual abuse; those of the victims and the abusers.  Yvette Allen-Tatum boldly confronts her past of child sexual abuse to demonstrate that TRUE deliverance is possible.  Yvette believes that we ALL (victims, abusers, enablers, nay-sayers, etc.) can OVERCOME the horrible effects of child sexual abuse.

This book proves that true healing is possible and necessary for us to become more than CONQUERORS through Christ Jesus. 

As a community, we have to:
  • Identify Child Sexual Abuse –
    • We have to talk about it (raise public awareness)
    • Know the signs & symptoms
  • Confront Child Sexual Abuse –
    • Error on the side of caution – THE CHILD
    • Be quick to BELIEVE the victim and make all necessary inquiries
    • Studies show people are more apt to believe the innocence of the accused; this has to END
  • Overcome Child Sexual Abuse –
    • We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the WORD of OUR TESTIMONY
Connect with the Author
Twitter: Twitter.com/loosed03
Facebook: Facebook.com/Yvette.tatum

Buy Links
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/om77u4q
Barnes & Nobles: http://tinyurl.com/ngowlaq

REVIEW: Who I Be by Annie Brown

Date:              September 23, 2013                    
Title:               Who I Be                  
Author           Annie Brown          
ISBN 13:        978-1-4327-9513-9                     
Pages:            46                  
Publisher:     Outskirts Press
Cover:            Paperback   
Rating:            4    Stars  

            Author Annie Brown’s novel, “Who I Be” is a very poignant book on
finding your self-worth with the help of God.  This book packs a lot of thoughts with simplicity and clarity. 
            This book is characterized as self-help and I completely agree.  It pinpoints things to explore in order to find your purpose in life.  Her use of personal experiences, along with scriptures, is right on point.  She does not hit you over the head with sermons, or with what she thinks you should do to find you. Instead, she gives examples that allow you figure out what you should do.  
             “Who I Be” breaks down the major factors in our lives that can help us become the complete person God wants us to become.  Good job Ms. Brown, on a very good read.

REVIEW: Forgive and Be Free by Ana Holub

Date:                         10/25/13
Title:                         Forgive and Be Free: A Step by Step Guide to Release, Healing, and Higher Consciousness
Author:                     Ana Holub
ISBN 13:                    978-0-7387-3617-4
Pages:                        288
Publisher:                 Llewellyn Publication
Cover:                        NetGalley ARC
Rating:                      4 Stars

Release Date: February 8, 2014 - When something bad happens to us or when someone
hurts us, we are often left asking why? This is often followed by anger and unforgiveness. It is hard for many to realize that this can fester and have a negative impact on our lives. We must realize that in order to heal and move on, we must forgive that person or action that has caused us pain. We must also realize that we must forgive, not for the person or action that we harbor anger for, not for them, but for us.

In Forgive and Be Free, author Ana Holub, discusses this very point. In addition, the author dives into the deeper meaning of forgiveness offering suggestions such as prayer and embracing your fear. As a writer, I especially like that Holub encourages her readers to tell their stories to other. I have worked with and read many works from authors who have suffered hurts from divorce, to sexual abuse, to betrayal. And each time I am amazed at the psychological and physical changes these people make once they share and tell their story. In addition to freeing themselves, they are able to see that they can help others heal.

Chapter 5 shows you how to create a “forgiveness list”, which I think is extremely important especially if you are dealing with multiple hurts. The author recommends hand writing instead of typing on a computer because she feels watching the ink flow on the paper tens to be more therapeutic and taps personally into a writers emotions. I tend to agree.

Finally, this book is just not a “reading” manual. It is a call to action. It includes ten (10) steps to help you assess, accept, learn and release people or actions that have held you back so you can move on with your life. The sample stories and prayer are relatable and helpful.

Great book and great therapy.

REVIEW: An Unexpected Blessing by Unoma Nwankwor

Date:                         10/25/13
Title:                         An Unexpected Blessing
Author:                     Unoma Nwankwor
ISBN 13:                    978-0-9890738-0-6
Pages:                       326
Publisher:                Kevstel Group
Cover:                        Paperback
Rating:                      4 Stars

What do you do when your Nigerian heritage dictates when and who you marry and you
have other desires? You lie to your Nigerian parents and tell them that you are dating someone who is Nigerian; when he’s not. 

Feranmi, who lives in Atlanta, pays her parents a visit in her native Nigeria. Her parents are adamant about her lack nuptials and lack of exposure to a Nigerian candidate for husband. Trying to respect her parents, she lies to them and tells them she is dating a Nigerian, but old flame Alex is all American.

Wanting something in return, Alex plays the part of Feranmi’s potential Nigerian husband when her parents plan a visit to the states to visit their daughter.

Feranmi and Alex’s past make things complicated to say the least and Feranmi knows that if her parents find out that Alex is not Nigerian, it may break their hearts. Feranmi struggles with her parents and cultural wishes and what she truly wants for her own life.

Newcomer Unoma Nwankwor has done a great job with her debut novel with her ability to spin a story, while adding twists and turns and summing it up with food for thought. I look forward to reading more from this author.

BLOG TOUR: The Adventures of Nurse Nicole – N is for Nurse

About the Book

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole is a wonderfully clever and bright series about a nurse with
three children who are curious about nursing. The Adventures of Nurse
Nicole, “N is for Nurse” describes the art and science of nursing from A to Z with positive images of the nursing profession. Nursing is one of the most sought after
and trusted professions in the world. This is a must-have book, because everyone will need a nurse one day. The next book from The Adventures of Nurse Nicole is titled, “Wash Your Hands,” which is coming soon.

About the Author

Nicole Brown, MSN, RN, is a nurse educator, Doctoral candidate and an Army veteran. Nicole lives in Central Virginia with her three children and is dedicated to providing positive images of the nursing profession for children and the world.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Without Faith Virtual Tour with Leslie Sherrod

About the Book
A diva and a gentleman have shown up for couples counseling, but now Sienna is the one in

She’s a sleuth. She’s a scorned wife. She’s a sista on a mission. Sienna St. James is more than a sharp-witted social worker. She’s a problem solver who keeps getting pulled into life-and-death mysteries that only complicate her already complex life. With a head-strong teenage son and a missing, estranged husband - who could be anywhere on the globe - Sienna has to figure out what gets her focus first: the questions she has about her own love and loss or the dangerous quirks and dark confusion of her current clients... And then there are the current eligible men around her who are jockeying for position, waiting for her to make up her mind about it all.

About the Author
Leslie J. Sherrod, the recipient of the SORMAG Readers Choice Award for Christian Author of the Year (2012), has a Masters in Social Work and has worked as a therapist, just like her

current protagonist, Sienna St. James. Her novels, Losing Hope, Secret Place, and Like Sheep Gone Astray have been featured in Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library Writer’s LIVE! Series, as well as local CBS and NBC affiliates, and on AOL’s Black Voices. She has received a starred review from Booklist and is a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort devotional series. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she also took courses in writing at The Johns Hopkins University. Leslie lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children.

Sienna St. James is a woman who is dedicated to following her instincts and getting answers, even when doing so puts her own life and safety at risk. She is a social worker who keeps getting mysteries on her caseload, all while trying to manage the complex issues in her personal life.

As a social worker myself, I was intrigued at the idea of having a helping professional who is addressing harrowing situations while trying to maintain her own sense of sanity and integrity. Writing about her is somewhat of a release for me as I am frequently exposed to real life stories of pain, hurt, and devastation in my line of work. With Sienna St. James, I can broach those same topics but offer hope. I guess being able to control what happens and making sense out of the suffering is my own form of therapy.

Did I just say I can control what happens? That’s not entirely true. I have to follow my character’s lead, listen to her voice and trust that the story will go the way it’s supposed to. She’s different from me; dare I say braver? I try to insert myself into her courage as I write, but in doing so I also see her flaws, her questions, her doubts and her secret fears. The books are as much about the mysteries to be solved as they are about her own emotional and spiritual development. By the end of the story, a facet of her character has been exposed and polished for the better.

Without Faith, my newest release is the second book of the Sienna St. James series. Losing Hope was the first. The series is lighter than my novel, Secret Place, which addresses mental illness, but weightier than my first novel, Like Sheep Gone Astray, because of the issues it addresses. Sienna is not afraid to tackle difficult issues and challenges, so I had to step up my writing game to enter the action scenes along with her and allow myself to feel the wide scope of emotions she experiences. I am enjoying writing this series and watching my character grow along with the page-turning plotlines. My hope is that readers find as much joy delving into Sienna’s world as I did creating it – and also find hope, encouragement, faith and courage along the way!


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Cover Reveal of Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper

About The Book
Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows,
but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?

For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised.  Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.

Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?

About The Author
Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

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“Stop preaching to me. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I’ve had enough of your self-righteousness.” The words continued to cut Jordan’s heart; words that she never heard before coming from the mouth of her husband, Eric. “You knew how I was before we got married.”  His tone deepened with every word.
                Standing in front of the sink, Jordan was frozen and motionless in the middle of the kitchen. She held the dish towel in one hand and a plate in the other. She turned and faced Eric, whose eyes were cold and hard.  The verbal blows kept coming.  Her mouth opened wide, but no words could be formed when he uttered the deadly words, “I want a divorce.”

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