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Monday, January 3, 2011

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Thank you. We appreciate you and looking forward to seeing you over at our new home!



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The Gospel Writer

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Love Never Fails by Carla Victoria Wallace


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fall in love with someone of a different race? According to Jada Calloway, she has never considered dating outside of her race. When Jada is introduced to Pete McKnight, the handsome single brother of her co-worker, she suspects that he's interested in more than friendship. Mike Jenkins is a familiar face from Jada's childhood who has finally captured her attention. Jada is interested in Mike at first, but gradually, Pete begins to intrigue her. Pete's mother, Mrs. McKnight, fears that Jada is getting too close to her son. Mrs. McKnight does not approve of Jada because of her race and has no shame in letting everyone know. With each encounter that Jada has with Mrs. McKnight, the tension increases and Jada's insecurities resurface. Will Jada put her bitterness and insecurities aside to pursue a new relationship, or will she go back to what's familiar?



Pick up your copy of Love Never Fails here!

Monday, February 22, 2010

In the Midst of it All by Tiffany Warren

An interview with Mrs. Warren, author of In the Midst of it All

-Mrs. Warren, I'd like to thank you for agreeing to do this interview. It was a pleasure reading, In the Midst of it All.
The pleasure is all mine! Thank you for the invitation.

-Where did you get the inspiration for this storyline?
It’s a novel that I’ve been writing for about five years. Part of the inspiration came from my own experience leaving a similar church to the Brethren of the Sacrifice as a teenager. I also grew up with a mother who is schizophrenic, so I’ve wanted to do a story about mental illness in the African American community.

-I was blown away by your ability to write and express Zenovia's thoughts about her worship experiences. Was this difficult for you to write without being critical of another sect of religion?
It wasn’t difficult at all. My Christian walk now allows me to be able to look at other religious sects and not be critical, because my focus is on the love of God and reconciliation through Christ. I hope that it comes through in my writing.


-This book deals with varying aspects of faith - faith for love, faith for friendship, and faith for healing. How has your faith being challenged as a writer of Christian books?
My faith has been strengthened by writing Christian books. When I write about prayer, I find my own prayer life increases. When I write about forgiveness I cannot help but check myself for areas of lack of forgiveness in my own life. Perhaps my faith has been challenged concerning the reception from readers that I may receive for picking any given storyline. That is definitely a faith walk kind of thing!



-In honor of Black History Month, is there anyone in black history that inspires you to write or "be all you can be"?

As a very young woman, I remember being in awe of the writings of the late Octavia E. Butler. She was a trailblazer for Black women in the Science Fiction genre, and has paved the way for the likes of Tananarive Due and L.A. Banks.


-Do you intend to write a sequel? (I hope you do! I can't get Zenovia out of my head!)
I haven’t thought about a sequel yet for Zenovia’s story. She could definitely have some interesting plots, now that she’s operating in her prophetic ministry. Let’s see what unfolds.

-It was an honor to read In the Midst of it All. I pray that God continues to anoint you to write to reach the masses. You indeed have a gift that is able to reach the heart, mind and soul of the reader. May God Bless You.
Thank you for your kind words! Blessings to you as well!

You may visit Mrs. Warren's website to learn more about her. http://www.tiffanylwarren.com.

Pick up your copy of In the Midst of it All here!

Log on tomorrow to read our review of In the Midst of it All

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Maya Angelou by Rhonda McKnight


Rhonda McKnight, author of Secrets and Lies tells why Maya Angelou is her favorite black historical figure.

I pondered this question for several hours because there were so many people that came to my mind. I finally settled on Maya Angelou because she would not leave my spirit. I heard Ms. Angelou speak at a graduate school colloquium I attended several years ago. She shared amazing stories from her childhood and teenage years; stories of hardship and discrimination, but also love, and commitment to family. She has had an incredible journey through this life and she’s risen to challenges and defeated devils that I’m not many of us would have handled. She was open and transparent. She was overtaken by emotion at times and she cried tears. Aside from being an awesome poet, author, speaker and actress, she is an incredible black woman. She paved the way for so many of us to be published today and for that legacy she is my favorite black historical figure.


Secrets and Lies by Rhonda McKnight
Faith Morgan is struggling with her faith. Years of poor communication and neglect leave her doubting that God will ever fix her marriage. When a coworker accuses her husband, Jonah, of the unthinkable, Faith begins to wonder if she really knows him at all, and if it’s truly in God’s will for them to stay married.

Pediatric cardiologist Jonah Morgan is obsessed with one thing: his work. A childhood incident cemented his desire to heal children at any cost, even his family, but now he finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Will he continue to allow the past to haunt him, or find healing and peace in a God he shut out long ago?



Rhonda McKnight is the owner of www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com, a popular Internet site that highlights African-American Christian fiction and Legacy Editing, a free-lance service for fiction writers. Originally from a small, coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia home for eleven years. Her website is http://www.rhondamcknight.net

Pick up your copy of Secrets and Lies here!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

An Interview with Vanessa Davis Griggs

Vanessa Davis Griggs talks about her journey of writing and faith.

Monday, November 30, 2009

SECRETS AND LIES by Rhonda McKnight

Faith Morgan is struggling with her faith. Years of neglect leave her doubting that God will ever fix her marriage. When a coworker accuses her husband, Jonah, of the unthinkable, Faith begins to wonder if she really knows him at all, and if it’s truly in God’s will for them to stay married.

Pediatric cardiologist Jonah Morgan is obsessed with one thing: his work. A childhood incident cemented his desire to heal children at any cost, even his family, but now he finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Will he continue to allow the past to haunt him, or find healing and peace in a God he shut out long ago?



About the Author
Rhonda McKnight owns Legacy Editing, a free-lance editing service for fiction writers and Urban Christian Fiction Today (http://www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com), a popular Internet site that highlights African-American Christian fiction. She’s also the vice president of the Faith Based Fiction Writers of Atlanta. Originally from a small coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia home for almost twelve years.

Rhonda, tell us how you came up with the idea for this story? I woke up one morning and these people were talking in my head, or rather arguing. (LOL). I thought this could be interesting, turned on the creativity, and came up with the “issues” in their marriage. I also did a lot of research about heart disease. Jonah is a pediatric cardiologist and that’s central to the story. I knew absolutely nothing about heart disease before I wrote this novel.

Who is your ideal reader? I think most people will think my ideal reader is women who are married. While I think the book will definitely appeal to married women, I’d love for single woman who are thinking about marriage or waiting on Mr. Right to read the book. There is a valuable lesson for single women in the story. Faith chose to overlook a very important issue prior to her marriage to Jonah. This issue becomes a huge source of pain for her. Ten years later her ideal black man has her pulling her hair out.

Name something about the book that will appeal to readers? I think readers will find it appealing, because more than half of it is written from Jonah’s point of view. My informal research amongst readers has taught me that women readers love stories that are written from a man’s perspective. Like most men, Jonah is complex. He’s a love to hate kind of guy. People will love him because he’s dedicated his life to physically healing children, but he’s emotionally and spiritually sick himself. What a burden for Faith. Faith’s pain will have some folks shaking their heads at Jonah.

When’s your next book being released? My second novel, An Inconvenient Friend comes out August 1, 2010. I have a nasty little character in Secrets and Lies who gets her own story, and what a story it is. She’s up to no good. Can she be redeemed?

How can readers find out more about you? Readers may contact me at my website at www.rhondamcknight.net. I love for people to sign my guestbook and share their thoughts about the story. I’m also a complete Facebook addict. You’ll definitely find me there more than you should at http://www.facebook.com/rhondamcknight

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Rhonda,
Thank you for stopping by! We pray that God grants you abundant favor!

Wanza Leftwich
The Gospel Writer
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