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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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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.

Commanding Your Morning: Unleash the Power of God in Your Life by Cindy Trimm

Title: Commanding Your Morning: Unleash the Power of God in your Life

Author: Cindy Trimm

Rating: 5

Headline: Will Change Your Life!

If you are looking for a way to take your life to the next spiritual level, I highly recommend you pick up Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm. Commanding Your Morning is a very simple book to read as it will not reveal anything new from the Bible but that is what makes it so powerful. Commanding Your Morning gives practical ways to change your thoughts, words, and overall attitude. It is up to you if you will implement and in turn Command Your Morning!!

Commanding Your Morning can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Commanding-Your-Morning-Unleash-power/dp/1599791773/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Visit the author’s website at: http://www.trimminternational.com/

Bluesday by Adrienne Thompson

Title: Bluesday

Author: Adrienne Thompson

Rating: 4

Headline: We Must Face Our Past

Bluesday by Adrienne Thompson is the story of blues singer, Bobbie Brooks. Bobbie seems to live a pretty successful life as an artist and she has her husband, Clyde, by her side as her manager. Bobbie’s world turns upside down when her husband disappears and all of her credit cards except for one are declined.

Bobbie begins to go down a path of self-destruction and before she hits rock bottom she returns home to Arkansas. While at home, Bobbie must begin to put her life back together as she has no money, still has no idea where her husband is located, and then she runs into Reggie, who is the first love of her life. Bobbie must now not only face her present struggles she must conquer past demons so she will be able to move forward with her life.

Adrienne Thompson has written a fresh story and concept in Bluesday. It was so refreshing to read because as a reader I could feel the different emotions and it felt as if I could feel Bobbie’s pain, betrayal, sadness, frustration, and then her happiness. I stopped short of giving Bluesday a 5-star rating because I personally did not care for the nickname Clyde had for Bobbie and the word “champagne” was repeatedly misspelled.

Overall, I would recommend this book to others. And, I look forward to reading the sequel, Lovely Blues.

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