Anyone who had listened to this show long enough know that I am a lover of romance. I used to read a lot of secular romances and now I have gravitated toward edgy Christian romance. It’s not a surprise that romance is one of the biggest, if not the biggest genres to sell year after year. With that in mind, I wanted to take the time to talk about the Romance Slam Jam that is coming to Detroit from April 28-April 30th
The Romance Slam Jam is an opportunity for African American romance authors of various genres to meet and greet new and old fans, participate in workshops, and celebrate the stories that describe and display Black and multicultural romance stories.
With me to talk about the Romance Slam Jam is coordinator Elaine Overton as she gives more detail about what the RSJ is, it’s history, past events and more. You can listen in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher app on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8347327
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”—Daniel 3:17
1866 – Oberlin, Ohio Devastated by her father’s death days after her triumphant graduation from Oberlin College, Amanda Stewart is all alone in the world. Her father’s unscrupulous business partner offers her an indecent proposal to earn a living. Instead, to fulfill a promise she made to her father, she resolves to start a school to educate and uplift their race. Sorting through her father’s papers, she discovers he had carried on a mysterious correspondence with a plantation in Milford, Georgia. She determines to start her teaching work with the formerly enslaved. However, when she arrives, the mayor tells her to leave. There’s no where for her to go.
Virgil Smithson, Milford’s mayor, blacksmith and sometimes preacher man with a gift for fiery oratory, doesn’t want anything to do with a snobby schoolteacher from up North. On top of everything else, the schoolteacher lady has a will hard enough to match the iron he forges. He must organize his fellow formerly enslaved citizens into a new town and raise his young daughter alone. Still, his troubled past haunts him. He cannot forget the promise he made to his daughter’s mother as she died—that their child would learn to read and write. If only he didn’t have secrets that the new schoolteacher seems determined to uncover.
To keep THE PREACHER’S PROMISE, Amanda and Virgil must put aside their enmity, unite for the sake of a newly-created community in a troubling age, and do things they never imagined. In the aftermath of the flood that was the Civil War, God set his bow upon the earth to show love and understanding for humankind. To reflect God’s promise, these combatants must put aside their differences and come together–somehow.
The cap and gown is symbolic for many reasons. It is a sign of accomplishment, endurance, and fortitude. Through difficulty, trial, and sleepless nights, the graduate succeeded in obtaining a higher education. We’ve all had the opportunity to be proud of a loved one we know persevered through many odds. One of my good friends recently graduated with a degree of higher learning. I was happy for her because I knew the obstacles she’d gone through. The pitfalls & dark days where getting that degree was nigh impossible.
Lets imagine for a moment we are the graduate. As we take our place in line to receive our degree, we look out into the sea of faces. Our grandmothers and grandfathers who can’t read or write are sitting there, tears in their eyes. We look and see our mothers and fathers who worked several jobs to pay for our education. Further back, we see figures shrouded in darkness with chains of slavery or lacy parasols of inequality that prevented them from learning how to read and write. We look and see blood stains on those nameless ancestors who died in an effort to become more than a society told them they could be. We take another step and reach out for that degree. At once we realize our success comes from the blood of our fathers.
Join me as I talk with best-selling, award-winning author Piper Hughley as we discuss the impact of our ancestors in our writing and our lives. Call in 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/7822783
ABOUT THE BOOK
Migrations of the Heart, Book 1
After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.
When she comes to help an injured mill worker, she bristles when a tall, handsome man claiming to be a doctor brushes her aside. Despite his arrogance, Ruby senses he’s someone like her, whose light skin doesn’t quite hide who he is.
Up north, Dr. Adam Morson easily kept his mixed race a secret. Now that he’s in Georgia, summoned by his white father, he can feel restrictions closing in around him.
Something powerful draws him to the beauty whose activist spirit is as fiery as her name. And soon, Adam wants nothing more than to take Ruby and her child far from Georgia’s toxic prejudice. But Ruby must choose between seeking her own happiness and staying to fight for the soul of her hometown.
Warning: Contains a doctor learning there’s more to healing his patients than stitching a wound, and more to a woman than knowing her place—and it’s not in the shadows with her head down. Sorry, Buckeye fans, this hero’s a Wolverine—but we won’t hold that against him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Piper Huguley seeks to make new inroads in the publication of historical romance by featuring African American Christian characters. The Lawyer’s Luck and The Preacher’s Promise, the first books in her “Home to Milford College” series, are Amazon best sellers. The Mayor’s Mission, published in Winter 2014. The next entry in the series, The Representative’s Revolt will publish in Spring 2015. She is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her novel, A Champion’s Heart—the fourth book in “Migrations of the Heart”. The first book in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, was the first-place winner in The Golden Rose Contest in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. The first three books in the “Migrations of the Heart” series, which follows the loves and lives of African American sisters during America’s greatest internal migration in the first part of the twentieth century, will be published by Samhain Publishing in 2015. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.