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Another Man’s Treasure , Author Joy Avery



Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Graphic artist Trinity Hargrove never knew real passion until she sleeps with her boss’s son. Mistake number one. Mistake number two…liking it too much. But they agreed to only one night. Simple enough, right? Wrong. He may be out of her bed, but their intense night together still burns in her memories. As long as she keeps her distance from the oh-so-desirable Xander Duval, everything will be okay. Unfortunately, fate won’t go along with her plan.

Restaurateur Xander Duval agrees to Trinity’s “one night” stipulation, but only in theory. He has no intentions of not being with her again. Especially when his mind—nor body—will allow him to forget the fire that blazed between them until the wee hours of the morning. When Trinity is injured in an automobile accident, he jumps at the opportunity to be her arms and legs. He plans to show her just how determined he is to make her his…for far longer than just one night.

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By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.

Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.

Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.

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Captured by Terri J. Haynes

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About Terri’s Latest Book Release Captured from Brown Girls Faith

Special Agent Will Anderson is counting the days before he transfers from the D.C. Human Rights squad of the FBI, but he’s leaving behind everyone he loves. He is asked to interview a victim of suspected human trafficking, a simple task, but finds himself deeply involved in the case.
Social rights activist, Savannah Elliott, has made a fresh start in Washington, D.C., but a routine consultation on a D.C. Human Rights case brings her face to face with a terror from her past.
As Will and Savannah struggle to solve the case, they are forced to face choices, some they’ve buried for years. Will their decisions, past and present, bring them love and safety or will they lose everything, including their lives?

Captured is available today in e-book format at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and will be available on September 28th at your local bookseller.

Book Review

More and more it is coming to light the thousands of young women from other countries who are brought to the United States by trick or force to serve in  human trafficking , i.e. the sex slave trade. “Captured”, novelist Terri J Haynes’, suspense story opens your eyes to the plight of those caught in the bondage of human trafficking while showing how two persons with baggage from the past can find love in the midst of a negative situation. Both of the two leading characters, who have compassion for others, Savannah Elliott and Will Anderson, lives are endangered by the desire to help victims of the sex slave trade from their respective professions, social advocate and FBI Agent. 

Crisp writing, engaging characters and suspense will keep you “captured” to determine what will happen next and how the story will end. 

This book was provided by the author for an honest review.
Linda Fegins
Brown Girls Faith Street Team




Meet Terri

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches and fiction. She is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.

Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include Cup of Comfort for Military Families,, the Secret Place Devotional,, Vista Devotional, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Terri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design, meeting the minimal requirements of being a geek. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill of their favorite characters.

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Kim Brooks author of She That Findeth #shethatfindeth


Kim Brooks Talks About Her New Book She That Findeth #shethatfindeth

What inspired you to write this book?

As a licensed minister to singles for the last 10 years and the author of a daily devotional for single women in which I receive feedback from subscribers as well, I’ve noticed many single women have similar issues when it comes to being single and matters of the heart. Also, as a 30-something woman with familial dreams of my own, I have experienced moments of desiring a mate myself, which is truly natural since Scripture says God will give the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). It’s the waiting period that so many get impatient with as many God-fearing women wonder, “When will he come?” So I decided to place these feelings along with the feelings of others into one character by the name of Shenita Love (which stands for “She Needs a Love”) who, at 35, gets tired of waiting on God to send her a husband and decides to set out to get one on her own. In her quest to find a husband, her friends Jackie, Pippa, Danielle and RayShawn all have their own problems to deal with as well and by the end of the novel the reader discovers whether or not Shenita finds all she seeks.

What is your favorite chapter from the book and why?

My favorite chapter from the book is Chapter 56 near the end when all is forgiven from the three friends as Shenita and Jackie support Danielle in her future endeavor. It’s a nice “moment” between friends who, in spite of their different personalities and different personal issues with men, come together and be a blessing to one another as true friends should be.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
I wish I had known that just because you sign on with a major publisher doesn’t guarantee that they’ll market your book. When I signed my first book deal for my debut novel, He’s Fine…But is He Saved? years ago I assumed the distribution and marketing would be there. I eventually discovered that while the distribution was there (once the publisher realized there was a real demand for the book as at one point they were sold out because they didn’t print enough copies initially) the publisher solely depended on me to get the word out about the book to the masses. Thankfully, with the help of my publicist, Pam Perry, we were able to spread the word about the book to the point where it did become a bestseller with Black Expresssions Bookclub shortly after its release.
That’s the only thing I wish I had known, other than that I have no regrets and to this day consider everything a learning process.

Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?

I know that Jesus is Lord and that He created each and every one of us with a purpose in life and it’s up to us to seek God and discover what it is. I know for sure that I was born to write. I also know for sure that I love Oprah 🙂

What did you learn while writing this book?

Interestingly enough, I learned that pole dancing isn’t just some freaky dance women do in order to get dollars from dudes. One of the characters gets tempted to go back to a pole dancing lifestyle, and interestingly enough in doing research for it by attending a class (yes, I did) and watching instructional videos on YouTube I discovered that there’s a lot of effort involved and that it’s not easy to do, requires skill and is an actual sport. I believe because of the music, costumes and environment makes for a more sexual atmosphere, but remove those elements and place a girl in a gymnasium wearing a leotard doing the same type of routing I don’t believe you’ll have the same effect. If given the right enviornment and family friendly music and decent clothing, I actually can see it as an Olympic sport one day.

If you could have dinner with three authors to talk with about their writing , living or deceased , who would you invite and why?

I would love to have dinner with Tyler Perry (yes, He authored a Madear book before so he counts 🙂 Joyce Meyer and Jerry Jenkins.

Tyler Perry is my inspiration and has been since his first movie (I’ll admit I didn’t start attending his plays until recently) and I would ask him how in the world does he find time to write movies, plays, t.v. shows along with their accompanying songs etc. I love how he doesn’t keep himself in a box but still respects his core audience by not going to far left to the left.

I would talk to Joyce Meyer about her relationship with God and how she maintains such a calm, peaceful and humble demeanor while heading a largely successful ministry that blesses at the same time and I’ll also ask her about her philanthropic efforts in feeding and providing water for others in other countries. I love her spirit and her words are anointed and I would just enjoy gleaning from what she has to say.

I would ask Jerry Jenkins about the success of his “Left Behind” books and how he got to where he is today since millions have been blessed by his books.

What is the toughest test you faced as a writer or in your profession and how did you overcome the problem?

The toughest test I faced in in not taking things personally. I had to learn that not everyone will agree with your work or endorse it and I had to learn that everyone is entitled to their opinion. I had to trust God that He would have the right people be blessed by my work and the right people to come along and support what I’m doing. Now, when my new book, She That Findeth, released I checked the Amazon reviews actually looking for a 1 star rating because I wanted to get the feedback and learn how I can improve. To my pleasant surprise so far all reviewers have given it 5 stars and many women commented on how they can relate to one or more characters and how they were encouraged in their walk with Christ as a result of reading it. To God be the Glory!

About the Author


Kim Brooks is the Award-winning author of non-fiction and fiction books for singles including Black Expressions Bestseller, He’s Fine…but is he Saved? and her newest novel release, She That Findeth.

Kim is a former guest columnist for Gospel Today Magazine and featured on The Word Network and she publishes a monthly eNewsletter, The Single Heart, and an online daily devotional for single women which encourages thousands worldwide and is subscribable for free on her website,

About the Book


Ten years of believing, yet still no husband in sight for Shenita Love. The Bible does say “Wait on the Lord,” which, for Shenita, means waiting for God to deliver her a soul mate. Then again, God helps those who help themselves.

On her thirty-fifth birthday, Shenita’s fear of never starting a family has reached a fever pitch. Her trusty “rule book”—filled with guidelines for dating—simply isn’t cutting it. Soon Shenita is signing up for online dating sites, hitting on men at sporting events, and putting herself out there in ways she never imagined.

When Shenita stops playing by the book and takes matters into her own hands, she finds anything can happen.

Meanwhile, her closest friends are struggling with their own issues of sexuality, acceptance, divorce, insecurity, and financial strain. Always the faithful shoulder to lean on, Shenita wants to be there for them, but her desire to find a man leads her to an unforeseeable circumstance. A place where she must examine her relationship with God and reconsider her priorities.

Book Review by Linda Fegins

How many of you had said to yourself, “God helps those who help themselves” and taken a matter into your own hands? You don’t have to raise your hand, but you will love the chief character Shenita Love in Kim Brooks’ novel She That Findeth . Shenita turns 35 and decides she has waited on the Lord too long and must find the right man her way.

Minister Kim Brooks is a prolific writer who entertains you, while at the same time she engages you in learning a life lesson or examining your faith and relationship with the Lord. You can relate to her well developed characters who face real and tough issues. The story gripped my interest from the beginning to the end. Kim’s story telling is captivating.

Kim raises a very real issue in Christendom about how do you trust God while waiting for a mate or for any situation in which you have been waiting for an answer. A fun read, this book will serve as a wonderful discussion and topic study for the women’s ministry or just among friends, men and women. She That Findeth is a wonderful book.

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Where We Left Off, Virtual Book Tour with J. Alex Blane~~April 21-May 2, 2014


About The Author

J. Alex Blane is an author whose debut Novel “Where We Left Off” was his first break in the literary world of fiction romantic suspense, but definitely not his last as he is currently working on both his second & third novels within the series. A Multi-Media developer by trade; “J. Alex Blane is a talented man whose creativity is exceptional!” – Katrina Coleman (Amazon).
Since Alex could remember, it has always been his dream to write a novel. After nearly eight years of deciding to put a single ballpoint pen to a piece of paper he finally finished placing the last period at the end of the last sentence and introduced readers to Where We Left Off, a story that has evolved into something to this day he will say he never expected and in some cases transcending the definition of its genre.

Alex currently resides in Bear, Delaware with his wife and his two children where they share a small home just right for him to sneak off into a little corner and write more of what he loves and where he is currently at work on his next novel. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Upsilon Chapter in Wilmington, Delaware, a father and a husband. Alex loves to tell a good story, but more than that he loves to make you feel as if you are right there as it’s happening.

About The Book


Some memories you do your best to forget. Others you wish you simply had the opportunity to remember. Mason Everett found himself in the center of both, as he felt the warmth of an autumn sun graze his face through the tinted windows. A successful Real-estate developer, Mason had his picture perfect life. He was young, handsome, wealthy and single. No stranger to keeping relationships at-arms-length he tries to avoided them at all costs living tirelessly by one rule: Never again let anyone close enough to hurt you–
Until he found himself falling for Sydney McCail, a young woman he met at his brother’s wedding. In the midst of a developing relationship Mason’s past begins to surface causing him to push Sydney away in fear of her finding out a secret he’d kept hidden for most of his life. In the wake of a tragic accident she finds what she thought she knew was only the beginning, and what happens from there leaves them both searching for answers to a single question in what turns out to be a startling outcome. Where We Left Off.

I enjoyed this book ! The characters were interesting, real and vibrant. I love the theme of forgiveness and healing from betrayal and feeling abandoned by those who should protect you. While there are some areas that could have been improved upon, this story was a refreshing romance with unexpected twists and turns. This is a story of devotion, pain, being blinded with unforgiveness and hope. A great love story of how God can work all things together for our good. I look forward to the sequel.

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Practical Advice for Writers

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers

If I could give any advice to beginning fiction writers I would say this: Just write. One of the biggest mistakes we make a freshman authors is that we are overwhelmingly seduced by the ideas that we are not enough, that we don’t know as much, or can write as good as those appearing on New York Times, and National Best Seller Lists. We are …you are just as good if not better. What you write is about you and your story, your characters and your plots be it fiction or otherwise. Regardless of how much you may think or hear that “we’ve heard this story or we’ve seen his before”, YOUR story hasn’t been told until YOU tell it.

Another piece of advice I would give you is not to rush. When I finished my novel I was ready to publish it and make it ready for the world. I was so happy to place that last period at the end of the sentence until I was willing to overlook the editing process. A friend of mine said to me “this is your first book, and what you put out whether it’s good or bad will determine the level of expectation readers place on you and your next novel. You can put it out without being edited and risk that being your first impression or you can be patient send it to be edited and release it when you are happy with the results. Either way it’s your choice”. From there I actually did a few things. I established a focus group to first read my novel completely unedited just to get their unbiased views and opinions. From that I was able to revise, take away add to etc. After that I submitted to have it edited which helped me to see a lot more. So long advice short, I would say (1) Be confident in your decision to write. (2) Don’t rush progress. (3) Find a trusted and unbiased focus group of friends and family to read your novel. (4) Remember, first impressions are everything.

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No Conditions Book Blast & Book Giveaway by Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress


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About The Book

O.C. Byrd is hard-working, handsome and newly married to the woman of his prayers. With his sights firmly set on becoming a Gospel recording artist, his determination is beginning to pay off, earning him a windstorm of recognition at the local level.
But will both his widespread notoriety and his marriage be jeopardized through the accidental discovery of his wife’s former lifestyle?

About The Author


Dr. Congress is a Best-Selling, Award-Winning Wordsmith, Literary Advisor, Publisher and creator of C.H.O.C. Lit™ Flavored Books (Christians Having Ordinary Challenges).
She holds a BA in Human Relations, Masters in Theology, Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Counseling and is a Certified Christian Life Coach.

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Chapter Ten

“Okay, let’s hit that once more from the top,” directed one very perfection-driven recording engineer. Enoch “Z-man” Zimmerman is, by far, the most on-point dude I know; nothing gets by him—musically speaking—and if his name is attached to it, so is excellence. If I hadn’t known this about him beforehand, I would’ve ended this session an hour ago. Old dude is dipping into my pockets—deep. But, it’s all good. There’s no price tag on quality or knowing that your creative vision is being birthed and we did cover a lot of ground in these last two days. However, I was trying to come in under a budget since I still have to get updated headshots and that, alone, can cost a mint. Needless to say, the budget needs a budget.

From within the encapsulated sound booth, I quickly prepare myself for a retake by clearing my throat and rolling my head to work out neck and shoulder tension. This is the last track we’re recording, also my favorite, and I can’t risk anything getting in the way of my sound. I’ve reworked the lyrics and rearranged the music to Will Downing’s All About You and in a play on words, I decided to use the working title, All About Him, for my CD. Z-man, who was previously in a zone setting the levels on the control panel, gives me his ‘look,’ the one that says, any minute now…waiting on you.

Closing my eyes, I ease into the moment by thinking of the unending blessings God has poured into my life, most recently the love and devotion of a woman who loves Him as much as I do. I give Z-man a thumbs up, our non-verbal cue that I’m ready to record. Through my headphones, I hear the music intro and seconds later, Z-man‘s voice comes through in a word, “Rolling.”
Swaying side to side, I’m feeling it and without forethought, I take ownership of the musical moment and sing, “I’m not a perfect man, I do the best I can…”

Inside of four minutes, Z-man shouts, “Perfect!” and just like that we’re done. Demo complete, mission accomplished. Talk about feeling good … man!
Collecting my sheet music from the copy stand, I give the booth the once-over and scan the small space for other belongings I might have overlooked. As if handling a Ming vase, I carefully place the headphones on the overhead hang. Lord knows the last thing I need now is to have Z-man add something else to my currently swollen studio tab.

“You know, O.C., I believe your voice has gotten much stronger. Not at all like when I first recorded you a few years back. You’ve got a more mature sound.”
Beaming with pride, “Man, a lot has gotten stronger and better with me.” I strike an impressive bodybuilder crab pose, careful not to flash the shiny new article of jewelry that now resides on the ring finger of my left land. We both laugh and post up a high-five on it.

“Oh, I know that look. Had it once upon a time myself,” Z-man reflects. “That’s the look of a man who’s found his better half. Congrats again, man. I wish you the best.” His voice fades as though he’s been a casualty of love. And while his wound may still be fresh, he is no love reject; he’s recovering from the death of his wife earlier this year.

“Thanks, Z,” I respond. Placing a sympathetic hand on his shoulder which serves as a point of contact as well, I whisper a brief prayer for his healing. “That means a lot, man.”
“I miss her, O.C.” his voice slightly cracking, “I miss her a lot.” Z-man’s body slowly slumps in his chair, his eyes misting despite his best efforts to blink back the tears.
Identifying with his pain in the presence of my own joy is a real challenge, but I do my best to console him anyway.

“You and Maggie…watching the two of you was…was…well, inspiring. Y’all were so in sync. I’ve never seen anything like it except for my Mom and Pops, of course.” Although I did my best to encourage Z-man, Goddess is the pro at this kind of thing since she deals with death and sorrow every day for a living.
I watch as a nostalgic smile sweeps across Z-man’s face. I must’ve said something right. Unfolding his grief-tormented body, he sits straight up and releases a fraction of his pain through a loud exhale, “Remember this…if this were your last day on earth, what would you look at more closely, more intensely? What would you appreciate? What would you want to savor? What would really be important to you?” He pauses and appears to be thinking about his next words.


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Romance Eternelle Virtual Book Tour


About the Book
A young woman in France finds her heart broken and seeks solace from her sister. Reluctantly seeking help from a monk, she has an unusual dining experience. He discloses a tale that feels like a veil being lifted from her eyes. Involving a prostitute and a priest, this story captivates and entices the young lady. The otherworldly descriptions of grace and the Holy Spirit prove to be her undoing, challenging what she thought she already knew. Her intimacy lost proves to be a doorway to that which often people can only dream.

Rarely is there a book that inspires one to the Divine that doesn’t involve work and discipline of some sort. As an unusual Christian romance novel, this story opens the reader to a mode of following God that seems almost too good and too easy to be true. As this allegory unfolds, a mystical reality birthed in earliest Christianity is illuminated, drawing attention to the origin of true love, grace and the promised freedom we all desire. Monks and nuns, the Catholic church and even Protestants have at times attested to such ecstasy. Freedom and joy is often elusive though, as struggle, work and sin seem to be unnecessarily common amongst many of us. The world often sees only hypocrisy. The ache for real freedom and fulfillment has never been more apparent.

Fegins’ Comment
This short and odd novel is intriguing, tender and engaging. The intriguing story within this love story is powerful when one realizes that it really is demonstrating the unconditional love God has for the broken hearted, the fallen and those that society rejects. I enjoyed it .


About the Author
Lawrence Miquelon is actually first and foremost a registered nurse. He has a wife and grown children, and has been working in the Intensive Care Unit with children for about twenty years. He grew up in the presence of a number of ministries, and continues to participate in missions together with his family and friends. He was raised in Southern California and enjoys nature and long distance barefoot running. Having been raised his entire life in the church, he saw the shortcomings in his life and others that are all too common. Something personal, deeply spiritual and simple happened in himself and his family. He felt compelled to write a book that illustrates a level of intimate spirituality that seems almost too good to be true and is occurring to ordinary people today. He explains, “It’s as though I have stumbled upon a hidden treasure of which only a small percentage of believers are aware. The book I’ve written is a portal into that treasure.”

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