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A Good Excuse To Be Bad Blog Tour

About the Author

Miranda Parker is the author of the Evangeline Crawford Bounty Hunter Series. After graduating from college, she began working as a features editor for various magazines and spent many years as a publicist for national recording artists, actors, ministers, and authors. However, writing fun, fiesty, redemptive bad girl gone good stories is her passion. She resides with her family in Georgia near a horse ranch and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. On a perfect day she can be found curled up with a good book or in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn.

Visit the author online at http://www.mirandaparker.com/.


About the Book

Smart gorgeous and too tough for her own good, bail recovery agent and single mom Evangeline Crawford moved to the burbs for a quiet life. Fortunately, it’s not turning out that way…

Angel has to admit she’s feeling restless. The only excitement in her life is her schoolgirl crush on the town’s new pastor, Justus-too-Hot-to-be-Holy Morgan. But a fateful encounter and a job gone wrong at Club Night Candy in Underground Atlanta is about to change all that…Soon, Angel’s trying to save her divazilla twin sister from her big mouth and a scandalous murder charge, and probing a church cover-up–with none other than Justus by her side. But Angel has one more pressing concern; will Bella be ready for kindergarten? Only time will tell for this bad girl gone good whose days are once again far from boring–and hopefully far from numbered…

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 Book Review by Linda Fegins
This page turner, A Good Excuse to Be Bad by Miranda Parker, is a great blend of mystery, romance, and humor with a redemptive theme. I was hooked early on with this fast paced “who done it” in a “Christian setting”. I enjoyed Angel, the feisty bail recovery agent hunter’s, personality and her struggle to do the right thing while attempting to overcome her “bad girl” past reputation, compared to her lady like First Lady of a church twin sister, and their over the top  diva mother. “I have a good entertaining book for us to read for our September or November meeting”, I told one of my book club members. I was disappointed that I did not learn what caused Angel’s sister, Ava and her murdered  husband  ,a  prominent  minister, to part ways from her. Oh well, I look forward to finding out  in the next book which I hope will not leave me in suspense. 

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Visit the author online at http://www.mirandaparker.com/.

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How is Your Heart? February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Read “Secrets and Lies” by Rhonda McKnight

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

Participate in the Healthy Heart Blog Tour with Rhonda McKnight – February 1-5, 2010. 10% of the donation during this blog tour will go to the American Heart Association (AHA). The 3 ways you can win are stated below in detail.
“A Hungry Heart and Aching Spirit Make a Battered Body“…it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” ~1 Peter 1:16

What does holy mean? I did some research and found that it is defined as having a moral standard of living, Christ-like in character, separate, pure, set apart. It was defined in spiritual terms, as a spiritual position or state of being. And while I agree with those definitions, I think too often we think that holiness is merely a spiritual thing. Meaning, if we attend church, read our bibles, serve in ministry, don’t cuss or drink, or commit other sins (that we’re aware of), we believe we have achieved holiness. Today I’d like to discuss another side to holy living; the reality that to be like Christ, we have to attend to not just the spiritual, but the physical.

The word says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” It goes on to tell us in the 20th verse of the same chapter that we were bought with a price; to honor God with our bodies. If we are going to be Christ-like we must honor him not just with our spirits, but with our physical temples as well.
Many of us, try as we like, are only half-holy. We know the word. We haven’t skipped over this scripture in the bible, so what keeps us from taking care of the Lord’s temple? What is really holding us back from the place of complete holiness to God? I think it’s our hungry hearts and our aching spirits.

Despite the billions spent on diet and health products, Americans are more overweight than ever. The problem of obesity is epidemic. The solutions of diet and exercise are not the singular remedy. The root cause has to be addressed to really get a handle on the problem. It’s not just a love of food, or a lack of discipline. We like to blame it on those things because we often don’t like to talk about the real reasons we overeat. Usually they’re intensely personal. Here are a few:
• We need comfort when we’re stressed, tired or overworked. We know this, because we call the foods we reach for comfort foods.
• We are depressed or anxious.
• We need to anesthetize pain from abuse: current or past. Self-medication.
• Boredom. Our lives are unfulfilled.

We have to break these cycles of destructive behavior or they will destroy us. Obesity, irregular insulin levels, fatty levels in the blood all beat the temple God has given us down to a battered pulp. Then what do we do with our battered bodies? The battered body is sluggish and tired. It doesn’t want to go to mid week services, or even interact with its children. The battered body doesn’t want to make love to its spouse. It’s too beat up to enjoy life fully. Additionally there are obesity related diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, certain cancers, joint deterioration and more aliments that tear at the temple and keep us from being whole in our physical person.

In my novel, Secrets and Lies, the character Jonah Morgan is not overeating, but he is using another unhealthy coping mechanism: alcohol, and lots of it. Jonah’s heart is hungry for a relationship with Christ; his spirit is aching from the burden of un-forgiveness. His childhood pain is tearing him apart, so much so that he has completely checked out emotionally and physically on his family. He can’t sleep at night. He’s tired. His hungry heart and aching spirit have created a battered body.
Jonah’s alcoholism is an unhealthy, addictive behavior. So is overeating. Anything we do in excess is gluttony. Gluttony is the sin that keeps us from achieving true holiness. If you’re overweight or you engage in some other activity that negatively affects you physically, get at the root cause of your problem. Find out what’s eating you before it literary gobbles you up.

Let’s discuss this. Have you ever compared substance abuse to overeating? Do you think this comparison is accurate? Can a person’s heart be completely surrendered to God if they have an eating problem? Share why you agree or disagree. Feel free to share your testimony in this area or a plan for change.

About the Author
Rhonda McKnight is the owner of Legacy Editing, a free-lance editing service for fiction writers and Urban Christian Fiction Today, a popular Internet site that highlights African-American Christian fiction. She’s the vice-president of Faith Based Fiction Writers of Atlanta. When she’s not editing projects, teaching workshops about writing or penning her next novel, she spends time with her family. Originally from a small, coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia home for twelve years. For more information, visit http://www.RhondaMcKnight.net.

About the Book
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?

Read an excerpt and check the tour schedule at http://bit.ly/HealthyHeartBlogTour

Enter to Win 3 Great Giveaways!
GRAND PRIZE (one winner possible)

A “Start” Fitness Pack she purchased from the American Heart Association’s Online store. The online store helps in the fight against heart disease by promoting heart-healthy lifestyles that include physical activities like walking. Net proceeds from the sale of these items support the Start! movement.
The Fitness Kit includes: Start BackPack, Start Water Bottle, Start Shoe Wallet, and the Power to End Stroke 46 Recipe Healthy Soul Food Cook Book.

SECOND PLACE PRIZE (one winner possible)
Autographed hardcover copy of Secrets and Lies will be given away to the 2nd person whose name is pulled in the drawing.
THIRD PLACE PRIZE (one winner possible)
In honor of Rhonda’s birthday on Feb. 6th – a $10 Barnes and Nobles, Borders or Starbucks Gift Card will be given to the 3rd person whose name is pulled in the drawing. (winner chooses).
All entrants with 10 POINTS AND UP will be entered in a drawing to win the GRAND PRIZE – FITNESS PACK.
All entrants with 5 POINTS AND UP will be entered in a drawing to win PRIZES TWO AND THREE.
+15 Point ENTRIES: Purchase a copy of Secrets and Lies from the online store during the tour.
+1 point ENTRY: join the discussion by commenting on one of the blog tour sites each day (must comment on the day of the toursite by 9 pm). Comment must include your thoughts on the subject. (can not just say – great point or I agree).
+1 point ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING INTERESTING YOU FIND WHEN YOU GO TO Rhonda’s WEBSITE or blog. LOOK AROUND AS THERE IS LOTS TO SEE. HERE are THE LINKs www.rhondamcknight.net and www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com
+1 point ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY. On Twitter Retweet @rhondamcknight or use the hashtagS #Health or #hearthealth

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“Murder on the Down Low” Blog Tour Review

Meet Pamela Samuels Young,  
author of Murder on the Down Low

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and author of the legal photo_1[1] thrillers, Murder on the Down Low, In Firm Pursuit, Every  Reasonable  Doubt, and the forthcoming, Buying Time. A desire to see women and people of color represented in today’s legal fiction prompted  Pamela to start writing despite a busy career as an attorney.  The former journalist and Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.  Pamela is the fiction writing expert for BizyMoms.com and is on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. 


ABOUT THE BOOK -Book review by Linda Fegins

mdl[1]Educated and prominent  African –American males in Los Angeles are being murdered.  The suspense filled book keeps you on the edge to figure out who did it.   This legal thriller is a well-written page turner that realistically portrays the legal system.  Significantly, this mystery  educates the reader concerning the diverse viewpoints  about a provocative social issue causing havoc in the black community, through the lives of its female characters’ struggles and mistakes. There is Vernetta Henderson, a savvy attorney at a big law firm trying to make partner. The others are Vernetta’s  best friend “Special”, J.C.,  a detective for  the Los Angeles Police Department, and Nichelle , a former prosecutor  now a partner at her own law firm.

You find a story of a  “sisterly bond” among these women in this  tale of lies, lust,  deceit,  betrayal, and vengeance. The friends suffer a  lost  link in their circle of friendship when Maya died because of the deceit of her fiancé Eugene, an attorney. A wrongful death lawsuit is filed against Eugene. However, the hot-headed Special is not satisfied with simply suing Eugene for the death of her  beloved cousin. Her hatred and desire for vengeance leads her to become involved in some underhanded activities. Is there a connection between this contentious lawsuit and the five murders ?

 As a practicing attorney I was delighted to see  women attorneys of color realistically represented in this legal fiction.  Pamela has this to say about one of the main characters.

Character Sketch: Vernetta Henderson

Since you have written three novels about her, can you tell us a bit about Vernetta Henderson?

Vernetta is a savvy, 30-something LA attorney who is very career driven.  I created her as the protagonist for my first three novels because I never saw African-American women depicted as attorneys in legal thrillers.  I wanted to create a character who was dealing with some of the dilemmas that I faced as a young attorney in a high-profile law firm. 

Although Every Reasonable Doubt was my first published novel, In Firm Pursuit was actually the first book that I wrote.  It’s based on a wrongful termination case that I tried in federal court.  I changed a lot of the facts because the real-life case wasn’t quite as exciting as the fictional one.  

I have to admit that I’m a lot like Vernetta.  Early in my legal career, making partner at a big firm was my primary goal.  I worked long hours and didn’t have much of a personal life.  But in my mid-thirties, I began to realize the importance of smelling the roses along the way.   Money and professional achievements are great, but you’ll be missing out on quite a bit in life if that’s your sole definition of success.  I don’t make anywhere near the kind of money I would make if I was still practicing law at a large law firm.  But I have a lot more time to spend with the people I care about and to do the things I love, like writing legal thrillers. 

Murder on the Blog Tour Giveaway

Please leave a comment to be eligible to win an autographed book and a 25 dollar gift card from Pamela Samuels Young.  One winner will be chosen each day for a total of FIVE winners.

Follow the rest of Murder on the Down LowBlog Tour at http://bit.ly/MurderOnTheDownLow

For more information about Pamela, visit her at PamelaSamuelsYoung.com.


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