Tonight on the Write Stuff — Theophilus: A Tale of Ancient Rome with Lewis Ben Smith

51x8XghyjyL._SY346_FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS HIS NAME WAS UNKNOWN. HIS STORY WAS UNTOLD.

When members of Rome’s most despised religious minority are accused by Emperor Nero himself of starting the Great Fire, will any man have the courage to stand up for them?

ONE MAN WILL.

His name is Marcus Quintus Publius . . . a brilliant lawyer, a confidant of Emperors, a fearless soldier, and a man of integrity – a rare combination in the Roman Empire! His journeys have taken him from the windswept shores of Britain all the way to the Parthian capitol of Ecbatana, with many adventures along the way. He crosses paths with crooked governors, barbarian invaders, monstrous beasts, maniacal tyrants, and the apostles of the Empire’s newest faith: Christianity. Hailed as imperator by his troops on the field and called “The Scourge of the Provinces” by corrupt politicians, he now faces his greatest challenge – defending Rome’s Christians against a mad Emperor. He might finally earn the name given him by Paul of Tarsus – Theophilus, the “Lover of God” – but just how much would that stand cost him?

Join me for a trip down the historical streets of ancient Rome with my returning guest, Lewis Smith! You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link: http://tobtr.com/10403001.

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Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Adunni Dares to Dream by Taiwo I Ajao

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Adunni Dares to Dream by Taiwo I Ajao, Virtual Book Tour, June 5-30, 2017.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Kids, Youth

Author/Illustrator Bio




The Dr. Ajaos are a husband-wife, doctor-nurse team who have a joint passion for health literacy, preventative healthcare, and education for at-risk groups in the Global setting. Mrs. Taiwo I Ajao, the Author, is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, while Dr. ‘Wale Ajao, the Illustrator, is an internationally-trained medical doctor with a Master’s of Arts in Communications & Producing for Film and Video. Together, The DrAjaos intend to address health literacy via it’s most fundamental forms: using the arts of writing, entertainment, and communication to educate children and their parents. Adunni Dares to Dream is the beginning of a beautiful merger of not just a celebration of educational achievement, but also of Faith, Hope, Love and Miracles.

About The Book



Adunni Dares to Dream is the true tale of a poor African girl who just wanted to go to school. Although she was a part of a very hardworking family, Adunni just could not have the finer things in life, like school, books, & literacy. In her culture, girls were just expected to look pretty, get married and have children. But Adunni wished for something more.

As Adunni dares to dream , she inspires many others to dream too, including a handsome young man who couldn’t stop dreaming about her! So Adunni has choices to make. Does she give in to her society’s expectations? Does she chose the status quo? What are Adunni’s dreams and where do her dreams take her?

Excerpt

Whenever Adunni brought up the idea of school, somehow Mama found a way to end it. Despite the fact that she was illiterate, Mama was sharp, hardworking and very resourceful with money. Mama had married young, as was common in the culture, and she started to bear children as a teenager. It was unfortunate, however, that she experienced the loss of many of those children during childbirth. Only Adunni and her sister had survived, and Adunni wondered often about what she could have done to save those who hadn’t made it. Adunni was tearful as she remembered how her mother had nearly died last year during childbirth. Was every girl expected to get married and have children, even if it killed her? Adunni didn’t want to be like other girls: she wanted to be great! Adunni believed that to be great, she must be smart and be able to read, and learn great things. 
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Tonight on the Write Stuff — Swept Into Destiny with Catherine Brakesfield

One brave decision leads to serious consequences. Maggie is secretly educating the slaves at Spirit Wind Manor. But the manor’s serenity is soon threatened by abolitionist John Brown. A new republic looms on the horizon and with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, her countrymen’s anger escalates as secession spreads across the southern states. With the fires of civil war glowing on the horizon, Maggie is swept into its embers realizing she is in love with the manor’s hardworking, handsome Irishman Ben McConnell. Ben joins the Union Army and Maggie is forced to call him her enemy. An unexpected chain of events leads her into choosing where her loyalties lie. Conscience and consequence—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South? As the battle between North and South rages, Maggie is torn. Was Ben right? Had this Irish immigrant perceived the truth of what God had predestined for America?

Join me for an insightful discussion with author Catherine Brakesfield as we discuss her new release! Join in by calling in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the ink here.


Catherine is an ardent receiver of Christ’s rejuvenating love, as well as a hopeless romantic and patriot. She skillfully intertwines these elements into her writing as the author of The Wind of Destiny, an inspirational historical romance, and Images of America, The Lapeer Area. Her most recent history book is Images of America, Eastern Lapeer County. Catherine, former staff writer for Michigan Traveler Magazine, has free lanced for numerous publications. Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books Extraordinary Answers to Prayers, Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door; CrossRiver Publishing, The Benefit Package. Her inspirational historical romance, Wilted Dandelions, is scheduled for release by CrossRiver Media in 2015.

Catherine enjoys horseback riding, swimming, camping, and traveling the byroads across America. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Edward, of forty years and her Arabian horses. Her children grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and a lovely granddaughter!

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Nikolai the Penitent with Mark Carver

Nikolai.jpgSALVATION MUST BE PAID IN BLOOD.

The Black Death ravages 14th century Europe. Kingdoms crumble, cities fall, family members abandon one another. God has forsaken His children and now chaos reigns.

A young man who has lost everything is swept up in the turmoil and finds his calling in the Brotherhood of the Cross – groups of pious men and women who viciously whip themselves as they parade through the streets of sinful cities, hoping their sacrifice will atone for the iniquities of the people. As the scars grow on Nikolai’s back, he purges himself of lust, fear, and doubt, but the price he pays will threaten his very soul.

Join me as I talk with author Mark Carver and his newest release, Nikolai the Penitent. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

Mark carverMark Carver was born in Queens, New York. After graduating from Toccoa Falls College in 2005 with a degree in English Literature, he hopped on a plane to China. He worked for 8 years at various Chinese universities, teaching spoken English and writing.
In 2009, Mark married a lovely Chinese girl named Tina. Their son Nolan Z was born in 2010, their daughter Zoe Ann was born in 2013, and another daughter Nora Snow was born in 2016. Mark now lives with his family in Atlanta, GA, where he teaches ESL at a local university.
Mark loves art in all forms, and this is reflected in his enthusiasm for tattoos. Mark currently has more than 20 tattoos, some with significant meaning, and others that are simply for fun. He also enjoys art, listening to heavy metal music, and studying medieval architecture.

Mark’s reading list skews heavily towards classical literature, specifically from the medieval, American Romantic, and Gothic periods. His favorite works include The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, and many more. These works have had a profound effect on Mark’s writing style and subject matter.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — All God’s Children with Piper Huguley

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In the U. S., February is heralded as Black History Month and so in the past, whenever February rolled around, many organizations, TV ads, and other outlets would tribute a portion of time to recognizing the impact African Americans have had in U. S. development as a country. Historians would argue that there really isn’t such a thing as Black History. Rather, it’s just history.

However, over time, there’s a subtle, almost too subtle trend, to get rid of the impact of African Americans and other minorities in the book of history that make up our country. Or, and perhaps more insidiously, there’s an undercurrent to revise history to maintain a narrative that excludes the contributions of everyone.

What it comes down to is this: are we all God’s Children, saved by the blood of the Lamb or not? Do we all contribute in some way, form, or fashion or not?

Join me for a thought provoking topic as I talk with returning guest, Professor and author Piper Huguley, author of the Migrations of the Heart series. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Download the Stitcher app and here us on the go. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8307579

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A VIRTUOUS RUBY

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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.


 

A MOST PRECIOUS PEARL

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They’re cut from different cloths…but their hearts are a perfect fit.

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Asa Caldwell returned from the Great War with nothing to show for it-as in nothing below his left knee. Forget about the journalism career he loved. His story is over. Done. Yet he finds the strength to journey to Winslow, Georgia, to get Ruby Bledsoe Morson’s sister out of trouble. Before he can bring Mags Bledsoe home, though, a spate of mysterious attacks reawakens his investigative instincts.

During the war, Mags did her duty to God and country by stepping into a management role at the textile mill. Now she’s been shuffled back to the rank and file-and Asa has her hard-earned job. Not only is the infernal man doing everything wrong, her plan for revenge against the mill owner who lynched her childhood sweetheart is farther out of reach than ever.

As they clash over almost everything, Mags begins to set fire to Asa’s soul, bright enough to dim the memory of the killing fields of France. Enough to give him a new mission in life-to make her feel the same way.

Warning: Contains a wounded warrior who’s done with fighting…and one feisty woman who makes him snap to attention.


 

A TREASURE OF GOLD

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When you follow your heart, never count the cost.

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Trusting in the One who orders her steps, Nettie Bledsoe is determined not to deviate from her route to the charity kitchen.Don’t stop for anything, her sisters say. Pittsburgh isn’t like Georgia, they warn.

Yet when low moans of unholy suffering drift from an alley, she can’t help but investigate. It’s a man. The most beautiful man she’s ever seen. Despite his scandalous reputation, something within her responds to his sinfully rich voice.

Jay Evans is trying hard to stay on the straight and narrow, and doesn’t want help from any church do-gooder. But until his wound heals, he needs help caring for his young daughter, Goldie. Especially since Nettie saw fit to fire Goldie’s barely competent nanny.

Despite their mismatched backgrounds, Nettie and Jay fight a losing battle against their growing attraction. But it’s only when Nettie is kidnapped that Jay realizes that if he doesn’t get her back safe and sound, his heart will shatter into uncountable pieces.

Warning: Contains a single father with a photographic memory for numbers, and a country girl out of her element in the city. It all adds up to a heart-winning tale.


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Piper HughuleyPiper G Huguley is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series traces the love stories at a small “Teachers and Preachers” college in Georgia over time, beginning with the love story of the founders. Book one in the series, The Preacher’s Promise, was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest,and a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The Representative’s Revolt will be published in the Spring of 2015.

Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. A Virtuous Ruby will be published by Samhain in July 2015.

Piper Huguley blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Huguley — .99 cents #sale and #EXCERPT

“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

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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.

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Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Blood of my Fathers with Piper Huguley

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

A+Virtuous+RubyAn unexpected love in a small, Southern town.

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 HughuleyPiper 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.