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Giveaway: Read It All Book Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Picks

Wife 101 Husband 101Over the course of 2012, I read a lot of books, but there was one book that stood way above the rest. This book was Wife 101 by A’ndrea Wilson. I have told absolutely everyone I know, whether married or single, about this book. It was read and reviewed in February. In December I read the sequel, Husband 101 and it did not disappoint.

So, I have decided to give these books (kindle version) away to one lucky Read It All Book Reviews reader. All you have to do is click on the Rafflecopter link below (it says a Rafflecopter giveaway) and enter!

I wish you all good luck and trust me you WILL NOT be disappointed by these two books by Dr. A’ndrea Wilson!!!

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Interview: Dr. A’ndrea Wilson

I have ranted and raved for almost all of 2012 about Wife 101 by A’ndrea Wilson. It was by far the best book that I read this year. And, when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Husband 101 was released a few weeks ago. Both of these books are works of fiction but can be very beneficial to both sexes, whether married or single. I am so excited that the author of Wife 101 and Husband 101, Dr. A’ndrea Wilson stopped by for a little chat!

Dr. A’ndrea J. Wilson

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this Q&A!

1. What message do you hope to convey through Wife 101 and Husband 101?
I hope to help men and women begin to perceive their relationships and marriages in a manner that is more conducive to lifetime commitments. I hope that readers will see themselves in the characters, causing them to re-evaluate their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and roles. And if nothing else, I hope that the message received is that love can still truly conquer all if we are willing to believe in God, ourselves, and each other.
                  2. Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…
Get off of Facebook! (LOL) No really, I need quiet. No music, no TV, no barking dogs outside. I need it completely quiet so that I can clearly hear the characters in my mind, telling me what to write next.
3. What is your main reason for writing: to educate, inspire, entertain, or all three?
Definitely all three. Inspiring is most important to me. I would love for readers to close the book feeling a greater sense of hope and faith. Education is second in importance. I want readers to not only feel encouraged, but have the tools to move forward and make the necessary changes in their own lives. And finally, I do want readers to be entertained. Laughing, cheering, crying, screaming, and every other reaction connected with enjoying the book is certainly welcomed.
4. What has been the most surprising and upsetting part about your literary journey?
Surprising? The reaction to Wife 101. I thought it was a good book, but I had no clue that it was going to be a life changing book for my readers. That was very surprising, but also very awesome.
                Upsetting? I wish I would have given into my gift/calling much earlier in                  life. I wouldn’t have had to endure so many jobs that I loathed just to get to the one thing I will always find peace in doing. 
                 5. When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?
I have several favorite authors, but to name a few, JD Mason, Bernice McFadden, and Francine Rivers. Right now I am reading Sly, Slick, & Wicked by Angela Henry which is a part of the Kendra Clayton Mystery Series.
6. If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?
Crazy Faith. People have always told me that they could never take some of the risks that I’ve taken or gone some of the the places I have been. They think that I have courage. I tell them I have faith. I believe in myself and when myself isn’t enough, I believe that God is all that I am not.
7. What is a normal day like for you?
I hate structure so there isn’t a “typical day” for me. Some days I take a walk in the morning to exercise and think, other days I hop on Facebook and see what I’ve missed while sleeping. I teach college courses online so I usually check on my classes daily. If it is a good day, I get some writing done, and if it is a great day, I also get to read. If it is a weekend that I have a book event (which is about 2 weekends per month), I might be traveling to my destination or connecting with the public. Outside of that, I do what everyone else does: sleep, eat, social media, pray, spend time with loved ones, etc.
8. What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?  
 1. I am self-diagnosed ADHD. 2. I am very economical (basically, I’m cheap). 3. I don’t attend church on a regular basis (I know, I write Christian Fiction! I blame it on being a Preacher’s Kid.)
9. What can your fans look forward to next?
Couples 101 comes out in October 2013. The Wife 101 Series also has two more novels that are scheduled for release in 2014. I have a romance anthology titled Four Seasons of Love that comes out in April 2013. I also have begun writing Christian Thrillers under the pen name Janell. Right now, Janell has two short stories on ebook, Grave (Available Now) and Vanity (Available 1/1/13), and her first novel, Spell, comes out in June 2013.
10. Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Read It All Book Reviews. Any last words for those who are reading this interview?
I feel so honored to have Wife 101 selected as your favorite read of the year. I would like to offer my gratitude for the interview and for supporting my work. For those reading this interview, I hope that you take a chance on Wife 101 and/or Husband 101. And if you do, please make sure to reach out to me and let me know your thoughts on the book. Happy Reading!
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Blog Tour & Review: The Blood Done Signed My Name by M. Ann Ricks

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About The Book:

Are the sins of the father and mother visited upon their sons and daughters?

Undoubtedly damaged, Honey Lamb, like many, is a descendant of an unfortunate legacy of molestation, addiction, murder and bad decisions. For as long as she could remember, she believed the unhappiness she experienced was somehow bequeathed to her. The blood that surged through her veins seemed to be tainted and she often wondered about the DNA she possessed. Experiencing more than her share of misery at the hands of her mother, an alcoholic; the source of all her woes, Honey believed she’d overcome her seemingly checkered path all by herself when she met and married, Mason; a man she loves beyond her own understanding. Unfortunately, unsettling memories emerge to crack the veneer of her seemingly happy existence. Feeling unable to escape what she believed to be her destiny, Honey makes a decision that may have ruined her life. Not realizing God places people in our lives for His purpose, she reluctantly embarks upon a journey that will open her heart to a divine inheritance. Will she accept what God has already given to her or will she shun the invitation of salvation and allow her familial carnal legacy to continue to the next generation? Will she come to understand that Jesus’ blood redeemed us from a self-defeating existence because He became the sinful inheritance for us while at the same time eradicating it forever, giving us a spiritual blood transfusion that would change us all?

My Review:

M. Ann Ricks writes an uplifting and inspirational tale in The Blood Done Signed My Name. The main character, Honey Lamb, is burdened with going through life carrying the sins of her mother. Honey Lamb had a childhood that makes you want to root for her in hopes that she will overcome all of her struggles.

The Blood Done Signed My Name is a book that will stay on your mind long after you put it down. I stopped short of giving this book 5 stars because there are a few parts of the story that are drawn out especially that the ”betrayal’ was not revealed until almost the end. Overall, this was a very good read and lesson on deliverance and how Jesus is the only one that has the power to change our lives. 4 Stars

About the Author

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M. Ann Ricks, (Melissa Ann), is a Christian Fiction novelist residing in Bear, Delaware with her excellent husband and two awesome sons. She is a graduate of Rider University and formerly a national accounts insurance executive. M. Ann is also what one may consider a motivational/inspirational speaker but she prefers the term, “Godspirational” as one may only be truly inspired, transformed and receive true revelation when hearing the uncompromised word of God. M. Ann also continues to utilize her group insurance knowledge as a Benefits and Network Consultant. Lastly, M. Ann is a Group Fitness instructor as she is determined to keep her natural “temple” fit and ready for the Master’s use! M. Ann is the author of Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance ,The Son. the much acclaimed, third novel, THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME.

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Husband 101 by A’ndrea Wilson

Book Description:

How many women does it take to ruin a marriage? Eric Hayes is a man with too many women in his life. As a bachelor, he loved all of the attention, but now being a married man, he quickly realizes that he cannot please more than one woman at a time. Succumbing to the pressure, Eric takes a course at his wife’s church to become better equipped for the bittersweet realities of marriage: Husband 101. The course ends up being more than he bargained for and his role and actions as a man are put to the test, one that he struggles to pass. Unable to keep everyone satisfied, Eric’s picture-perfect life begins to crumble even before he can make it to his first anniversary. Will he heed to good advice and put into practice the lessons that can salvage his family, or will pride and self-reliance guarantee his fall?

My Review:

To say I was excited to read Husband 101 by A’ndrea Wilson would be an understatement. Since reading Wife 101 (which was released in November 2011), I have been telling everyone I know about Wilson’s work. Husband 101 continues the story of Amber and Eric who are now married and expecting their first child.

Eric thought he knew all there was to being a good husband but when Amber urges him to attend the Husband 101 at her church, he realizes that he was deeply mistaken. Eric’s ambition to be a success on his own causes him to go down a path that blurs the line between bending the truth and telling a lie. Throughout the thirteen week Husband 101 course, Eric reevaluates, reexamines, and reassess his views on marriage and his role and responsibility as a husband.

Husband 101 clearly looks at the topic of men and marriage just as Wife 101 explored women and their role in marriage. Both books are work of fiction, but each chapter teaches a lesson that ministers to your soul and gives you a greater understanding of the words written in the Bible. Like its predecessor (Wife 101), Husband 101 is one of my favorite reads in the last twelve months. Couples 101 cannot be released soon enough!

My Rating: 

5 star rating

Purchase Link: Husband 101 by A’ndrea Wilson can be purchased on Amazon by clicking on the book cover at the top of this post.

Meet Carla Terrell

1. When did you fall in love with books?

I fell in love with books at an early age.   I’d say around the age of seven.  Every Saturday afternoon, after our assigned household chores were finished, my parents would drive my three sisters and me (my brothers were usually with their friends) to the downtown public library in the city.  My parents would drop us off there for about two hours—the children’s’ department—and we would read books and then checkout at least three that we liked.  Basically, it was my mother who instilled in me a love for reading.  My sisters and I were exposed to various types of genres:  nursery rhymes, brothers Grimm, biographies, autobiographies, history books, the classics, fantasy books, and even song books.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I would say around the early 1980s, that’s when I realized that I wanted to write.  I believe that period in my life was the most interesting because I was just entering adulthood: my twenties.  From the mind and perspective of a twenty-year-old, life seems much more interesting and adventurous.  That’s the age when life lessons challenge set opinions and views.  It is the age when the innocence of youth is stripped away and one is exposed to new ideas and lessons from an adult point of view.   Life opens up a whole new world then.  So I would write for myself.  That is to say, I wrote to entertain and engage my personal thoughts, and to analyze my experiences and beliefs.  I had no purpose to publish any type of writing until I reached my mid-forties.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I’m fifty-two.  I was born and raised in the Midwestern town of Muncie Indiana, and I currently live in Virginia.  I am the sixth-born of eight siblings—four brothers and three sisters.  I’m an artist and web-designer, now I can add author to that list.  I’m also married.  I’ve been married for over thirty years; yes, to the same man.  I’m somewhat an introvert, but on the flipside of that coin I can be sociable in familiar circles.  My faith and family are utmost important to me, if not my everything.  Meaning, the Lord Jesus Christ is foremost in my life.  My family comes second, and I am third.  I am currently exercising my talents to learn the violin, which is proving to be an enjoyable challenge.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

I have a variety of favorite authors.  Some will find it strange that this African-American writer is an avid fan of English literature.  Therefore, my favorites are the popular writers of the 1700s to 1800s, such as:  Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters (Emily, Charlotte, Anne).  But I also enjoy the more modern writers as well, most of which are writers of the Christian/Inspirational genres: T.D. Jakes and Cindy Trimm, to name two.  Of course, there are other writers in the secular field; Steve Harvey is becoming more appealing to me.   And who doesn’t enjoy the celebrated works of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes?  I also have a place in my heart for forelore tales by the character Uncle Remus (compiled by Joel Chandler Harris).   My list of favorite authors are starting to grow each year.

5. What are your favorite books?

A look at my favorite authors will hint at my favorite books.  There are many, so I won’t list them all.  Of course, the Holy Bible is my favorite, and that goes without saying.  After all, it is the bestseller of all time.  My favorites are also:  A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Emma, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Commanding Your Morning, The Best of Simple, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Act Like a Lady-Think Like a Man, and Straight Talk-No Chaser.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of Remove the Fig Leaves?

Good question.  Although the gift of “love” is the one specific element for the readers to grasp fromRemove the Fig Leaves, I would also like for readers to know that love encompasses all things and hope endures,even in the face adversities, dire circumstances, and loss.   I believe each reader will find something different to embrace from the novel.  I don’t want the novel to speak at you, but rather to speak to you.  Place yourself in the shoes of the two main characters: Dr. Preston Good and Lola Cartwright.  Then ask yourself, what would you do?  Would your faith be strong enough to hold on to hope?  Would you be angry with God?  Would you give up on love?  Could you move beyond your profession and/or faith to heal the hurt of another, even when you are hurt?  Or would you hide behind the fig leaves of excuses, anger, regret, distrust, anguish, jealousy, uncertainty and loss?

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

There are several things that make me unique as an author.  First, I prefer to write mainly from the male (hero) protagonist point of view instead of the female protagonist.  Most romance novels will make the female protagonist the most notable voice and character.  Secondly, I want the hero to be an African-American, Christian, masculine, “alpha” man, as there are few stories written about minority men; men who are moral in character, yet flawed, big-hearted and brave, yet they face vulnerabilities.  It is my endeavor to set my book apart from the ordinary view to promote “good” men who respect femininity and demonstrate godly character.  Men who don’t engage in profanity to articulate words—who value society and their communities.  Sensual men who shun promiscuity for the selfish sake of fulfilling one’s own gratification.  Respectful men that preserve the dignity of African American women.  My novel does have sensual scenes, but it only allows for sexual intercourse to take place in the confines of marriage, and even then behind the closed doors of discretion.

8. What is your writing process?

There are so many paths to take in the writing process.  Focusing on the topic (characters and plotsis first and foremost, which gives an account of the story’s overall message.  Making an outline and/ordraft helps to keep characters, scenes and chapters in sync, and it also helps with scene transitions.  An outline makes me accountable to the story from the beginning, middle, and conclusion.  Critical thinking plays an important role in my writing process, which helps in seeing multiple sides of issues and plots.  I would be remiss to neglect research;a great deal of in-depth study on each character’s profession and personality is required.  If the character is said to be of wealthy status, or has a professional background, then I should capture the dialect and the articulation of the character.  Not only that, I must show how the character functions in his vocation by using the correct words.  For example, a doctor in the middle of surgery wouldn’t ask for a knife, but would ask for a scalpel.  Therefore, simple things, such as the medical terms for tools, will give fictional stories a feel of credibility.  Editing andproofreading are arduous tasks, but it is essential to my writing overall.  In Remove the Fig Leaves I had chosen to be more involved in my novel as a whole by designing the book coverwebsite, and book trailer.  Wearing so many hats was exhausting, but it was also a rewarding experience.  As a novice, I am quickly finding my way in the writing world.

 9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

 I am currently working on my second novel, Romancing the Stony Heart, which is set to date for mid-January, 2013.  Romancing the Stony Heart will be a three book series.

Air force Chaplain, Carson King unwittingly falls in love with Seprah Nelson.    However, she’s a nonbeliever of the Christian faith who seems to harden her heart against God’s call to salvation.  Carson hopes to win Seprah’s heart for himself, and her soul for heaven’s gain.  But he’s a man of secrets, which may wreak consequences in the dating relationship he had hoped to develop with Seprah.

Seprah Nelson is a pastor’s daughter and the assistant director of her father’s church daycare center.  Her uncanny beauty gives her a shot at fame and fortune when a prominent modeling agent offers her a contract.  Just when all seems well in her life, a tragedy occurs and threatens Seprah’s safety.  Although Carson makes arrangements to protect her, his measures may toss her from the frying pan into the fire when his look-alike half-brother, Laramie, who is more worldly than Carson is Christian, seeks to gain Seprah’s love for himself.

Will God give Seprah a heart of flesh, and give Carson his heart’s desire?

God is known to work in mysterious ways.

10. How can readers connect with you?

 Website: www.cyterrell.com

 Facebook: carla.terrell@facebook.com

Twitter: (Forthcoming)

 Amazon Page:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1475285949/ref=kinw_rke_rti_1

Remove the Fig Leaves by Carla Terrell

 

Title: Remove the Fig Leaves

Author: Carla Terrell

Rating: 4

Headline: A Solid Debut

Married couple, Lola and Pete are the main characters in the debut novel, Remove the Fig Leaves by Carla Terrell. Lola and Pete have been trying to conceive for 5 years and so they went to see Dr. Good who is one of the best infertility specialists in their area. Over the course of time, Dr. Good falls in love with Lola and then as a result of his treatments she becomes pregnant with twins. Some would say it was a twist of fate but two months after the couple is able to conceive, Pete dies from a brain aneurysm.

The book seems to jump months ahead at a time in between chapters. Dr. Good’s nurse, Geraldine, encourages him to pursue Lola but there is another man in the picture. Dr. Good and Lola both must learn to remove the fig leaves of doubt, fear, and excuses and must choose to claim God’s most precious gift: love.

There were a few spelling errors but they were not major enough to distract from the storyline. Remove the Fig Leaves is a relatable and understandable story because like most of us, both Dr. Good and Lola were guarding their hearts and would not let go of different things of their past. Carla Terrell has written a Christian fiction story that is inspirational and lays the foundation for a very promising writing career.

Disclaimer: Read it All Book Reviews was given a free copy of this book from the author. We were not compensated for the review.

Unshakeable Faith by Rickey Teems II

 

Title: Unshakeable Faith

Author: Rickey Teems II

Rating: 5

Headline: All You Need is Faith

A lot of us that claim to be Christians say we have faith, but do we really mean it? In Unshakeable Faith by Rickey Teems II, we the readers, get to see what it means to have true, unshakeable faith. Faith is a young lady who has a past but has decided to turn her life over to Christ, but guess who is trying to stand in her way? It is the other women in the church that constantly remind Faith of her past and they are determined to not allow her to move forward with her life.

Teems writes a story of how Faith must have ‘Unshakeable Faith’ so she keeps her focus on God and not on church folks. The story is powerful and forces you to take a hard look in the mirror and think about how you treat people who want to turn their lives around. Unshakeable Faith is labeled a novella, but Rickey Teems II writes a story that has as much style and substance as a full book.

Unshakeable Faith is part of the Three The Hard Way series which includes novellas by Moses Miller and Brian W. Smith. I highly recommend reading the entire series.

Wife 101 by A’ndrea Wilson

In Wife 101, A’ndrea Wilson introduces us to Amber Ross, a young lady that has excelled in her professional life but has bad luck when it comes to love and relationships. After a painful breakup she decides to take the Wife 101 class at her church which is a Bible study through Proverbs 31. As the weeks progress, Amber begins to juggle two relationships and she becomes confused on if she should continue with the class or try to lean on her own understanding.

A’ndrea Wilson has accomplished what many Christian authors fail at – she writes a Christian fiction story which is completely realistic and relatable. Wilson keeps an equal mix of fiction and Biblical references without one overshadowing the other. As a Christian wife, I found myself taking notes and taking an assessment on my own journey to be a virtuous women and what I need to work on. I highly recommend Wife 101 by A’ndrea Wilson to all women, married and/or single, that are striving to be the type of women God intended us to be.

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