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Jane Goodger's HOW TO PLEASE A LADY with giveaway

In many historical romances, the plot involves the hero or heroine being “forced” to marry someone against their will. Though it is difficult to believe, this is not a made up story line, but one that actually occurred—especially among the upper classes—more times than we would probably believe.

Consuela Vanderbilt was forced by her social-climbing mother to marry the Duke of Marlborough. Poor Consuela was in love with another man and her mother locked her in her room in their Newport mansion and threatened to have the man killed. You may know that Consuelo did marry the duke, was completely miserable, and shocked the world in a few years’ time when she got a divorce.

How to Please a Lady is inspired by a story I read in an old 1880s Boston newspaper that I read years ago while doing research. Apparently a German princess was being forced to marry a man she loathed and she escaped Germany with a servant and came to America. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for our princess, for when they arrived, the servant stole all her money and jewels and abandoned her in New York City in the middle of a blizzard. That story stuck with me and I’ve thought about it over the years, always trying to figure out a happy ending for my heroine. And that’s how my book, How to Please a Lady got its start.

Having a wonderful mother, it is difficult for me to understand how a woman could force her daughter to marry someone she clearly didn’t love, or as is the case with Lady Rose, who she feared. I had her gather up her courage in this pivotal scene and confront her mother:

I can’t marry the duke.” This she announced to her mother five minutes before they were scheduled to go down to dine. She might have said “the sky is blue” for the reaction her mother gave her. “Did you hear me, Mother?”

I’m glad you stopped in before luncheon, dear. I wanted to talk to you about Mr. Avery.”

Charlie?”

Her mother gave her a tight smile. “That’s what I want to talk to you about. He is a servant, not a friend. You are to call him either Mr. Avery or groom, certainly not by his given name. His Grace mentioned that he thought you were a bit too familiar with Mr. Avery and I can now understand his concern.”

His concern?” Rose looked at her mother in utter confusion.

He felt Mr. Avery was entirely too impertinent today and suggested I dismiss him immediately. Of course, I will not. That being said, however, I would have given it consideration if Mr. Avery wasn’t already leaving.”

Mother, I’ve known Ch—Mr. Avery—since we were both children. I’ve always called him Charlie.”

No longer.”

I call my maid by her given name.”

That is entirely different. Certainly I don’t have to give you a lesson in how to treat servants. You are being purposely obtuse, Rose, and I don’t like it.”

Rose dipped her head slightly. “I apologize.”

As for that ridiculous statement you greeted me with earlier, it doesn’t warrant discussion. Shall we go down to luncheon?”

Yes, Mother.”

Rose is not a weak woman, but she is young, only eighteen and took the commandment of honor thy mother and father quite seriously. In our modern society, it’s difficult to fathom how a girl could be forced into marriage, until we realize this practice (and worse) are happening even today in other cultures. The modern woman in me rebels, but the reality is, many young women of the day simply had no choice. Choice is a modern invention—and one that hasn’t even reached every country even in the 21st century.

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How To Please A Lady

Run though they might, love will find them…

Lady Rose Dunford is shocked–and titillated–by the number of female visitors coming and going from her mysterious new neighbor’s Manhattan brownstone. Recently widowed by the death of her very sweet, but not very exciting husband, Rose finds it difficult to imagine just what the attraction could be. 

And then she meets the bachelor in question. Not only is Charlie Avery dashing and outrageously good looking–she knows him! He is none other than the man who once helped her escape the dreary matchmaking plans of her father, the man she once dreamed she could love. Can Charlie’s presence next door be an accident? Or has he come to show her everything he has learned about…

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Jane Goodger lives in Rhode Island with her husband, three children, Chihuahua, one-eyed cat, and a ferret. She works full-time, and operates an editing service in between writing Victorian-set historical romances. In her free time (hahahaha), Jane watches HGTV and dreams of fixing up her 1940s colonial. A former journalist, Jane has lived in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pozzuoli, Italy.

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Ella Quinn’s THREE WEEKS TO WED & giveaway

 

Thank you so much for having me back on your blog! I have a new release! Three Weeks to Wed is the first book in The Worthingtons. If you’ve read my books, you know I write Regencies. I can’t tell you how many authors I’ve met who love Regencies, but are actually afraid of the research. Fortunately, I love research. It doesn’t matter if it’s the type of building materials used in a certain area, to food, clothing, manners, customs, titles and anything else you can think of.

For this book I had to delve into the family law of the day and discovered that a married woman could not have custody of children. Bad for the heroine, but excellent for the plot. I also wanted big dogs. I had Great Danes for over thirty years, so I was pleased to find that the breed existed during the Regency.

Danes are fun dogs. They are hard to handle for the first three years, then it’s like a switch flipped and they do what you want them to. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has been suckered into chasing one. It’s a game I dubbed ‘chase me, chase me, you fool, you fool.’

They also have a wide variety of facial expressions from drawing their brows together to acting completely innocent when they’ve just done something they weren’t supposed to do. I once had a Dane who could not resist licking a baby. She would patiently wait until no one was looking, like the child, then glance away as if nothing had happened.

Tell me, do you like dogs in books? What is your favorite, large or small?

 

Blurb Three Weeks To Wed

In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…

Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.

Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…

“Oh, the tangled webs we weave…especially when our hearts are involved. Three Weeks to Wed is a delightfully heartwarming escape into the sparkling world of the Regency.  Ella Quinn weaves magic.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.

She loves having readers connect with her.

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Introducing Joe Cosentino and his PORCELAIN DOLL ~ Jana Lane mystery series

 

Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana’s breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana’s interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

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As Jana sat waiting for Jack to call for action, she looked up at Jason’s encouraging face. She again was taken aback by his incredible beauty.

Reverend Charlton and Gloria reentered the study.

Jack called for quiet and action. Jana and Jason played the scene, where the detective notifies her of her husband’s death. Jason delivered his lines with warmth, vulnerability, and obvious affection for Jana. In turn, Jana listened then reacted with deep emotions, conveying shock, loss, fear, and hysteria while being comforted by the man she trusted. Jana clutched onto Jason with such force, her fingernail accidently tore a hole in his jacket.

“Cut!” Jack hollered.

While the wardrobe woman repaired Jason’s jacket, Jana noticed Reverend Charlton step out of the study again, this time with Ryan O’Halloran.

After the two men returned, and the jacket was mended, Jack called for slate and action for take two. Jana and Jason did the scene two more times. Each take was more realistic and heart-wrenching than the next, and each appeared as if it were the first time Jana was given the sad news.

After the third take, Jack shouted, “Cut! It’s a wrap. Ryan, let’s move on to the next location.”

Jana wiped the tears from her cheeks.

Jason placed his hand on the side of her face. “You’re amazing.”

“You’re not so bad yourself, partner.”

“You make me better,” he said with adoration in his true-blue eyes.

They shared a smile as again people hurried around the room like ants after a picnic.

Suddenly, Jana heard a loud crash followed by a scream. Leaping from her chair, she followed the horrified gazes of the others in the room to Ryan O’Halloran lying motionless on the floor with a Fresnel tungsten shuttered light next to his head, and blood dripping from his scalp onto the hardwood floor.

PORCELAIN DOLL is the second in your Jana Lane mystery series. Can you give us some background on Jana and the events leading to PORCELAIN DOLL?

I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever and is making a comeback as an adult—personally and professionally. The Jana Lane mysteries are separate novels that can be read in any order. Paper Doll gives us the backstory as to why Jana Lane, America’s most famous child star, left the business at eighteen after being attached on the studio lot. It is 1980 and Jana, a thirty-eight-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, suffers flashbacks from 1960 which turn into murder attempts in her present. She visits the California movie studio she once called home and with the help of the handsome son of her old producer uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future. The reviews were amazing. Here are two examples:

Paper Doll is a superbly crafted mystery with an eclectic cast of characters that will engage you and elicit some very emotional responses as you are completely caught up in the events that unfold in these pages. Everyone has secrets and the people in Paper Doll have them in spades!” Fresh Fiction

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” Readers’ Favorite

When readers asked for more, I continued writing and was thrilled when The Wild Rose Press contracted the next three Jana Lane mysteries. In PORCELAIN DOLL, it is 1982 and Jana is thirty-nine years old. She makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. The other suspects include Jana’s James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production, and Jason’s agent. The reviews were just as terrific. For example:

Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine

“Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by.” Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

You’ve done some acting yourself. Any amusing stories you can share with readers?

As a kid I played make believe constantly. “Let’s put on a show!” was my motto with full scale musicals in the garage starring my sister and me. Thankfully my parents and teachers indulged me (rather than committed me-hah). After majoring in theatre in college, I became an actor in film, television, and theatre, working opposite stars like Bruce Willis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream onstage), Nathan Lane (Roar of the Greasepaint on stage), Rosie O’Donnell (AT&T Industrials), Holland Taylor (My Mother Was Never a Kid ABC-TV movie), Charles Keating (NBC-TV’s Another World), and Jason Robards. (Commercial Credit Computer TV commercial). One interesting story is that Rosie O’Donnell and I were on tour doing an AT&T Industrial in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was playing her henpecked husband. I had a terrible pain in my leg, and she insisted upon taking me to the local hospital’s emergency room. When we got there, she bossed around the nurses in her character from our skits. I found it really funny and my leg stopped hurting. I never did find out why it hurt. Later in New Jersey, Rosie mentioned she received an offer to appear on TV’s Star Search. She didn’t want to do it since she was already a professional stand-up comic. I recommended that she do it, thinking if America could see how good she was, Rosie would become a star. I was right. I have lots more stories, perhaps for future interviews.

Of film, television, and theatre acting, do you have a preference?

I love them all. It’s an amazing high to feel a live audience’s energy, hear their laughter or gasps of surprise, and take in their applause onstage. Film affords the opportunity for multiple takes to get everything just right and work with famous people. TV makes you think on your feet and create very quickly. Acting is great fun. That’s why kids play make believe. As Jana Lane says about her film career in Paper Doll, “I enjoyed the make-believe…playing so many characters in so many different locations.” “I felt like…God’s special child.” My love for film, television, and theatre is evident in the series. Jana stars in the films His Obsession in PORCELAIN DOLL and Madam Senator in Satin Doll. She does a Broadway play, China Doll, in China Doll. In Ragdoll, Jana stars in a television murder mystery series, The Detective’s Wife.

I want to come full circle and play Jana’s comical, old world agent, Simon, in The Jane Lane Mysteries on TV. Hear that TV producers!

Is Jana a product of your acting or does she stem from a love of old Hollywood & movies?

Both! As one reviewer of Paper Doll wrote, I used my knowledge of show business to devilish ends. I used my background in each of the Jana Lane novels, since I know the ins and outs on a movie set, television set, and onstage. Thankfully nobody was ever murdered on my sets. As a kid I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. It occurred to me that acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, so I decided to give writing a try. After writing some plays, I knew my novels would include show business in some way, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novels would also be page-turning mysteries with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, and lots of clues leading to a surprising conclusion. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor would play a role in my novels.

Satin Doll and China Doll, books three and four respectively, are also being released this year. How many books do you have planned for Jana?

In Satin Doll, Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the ex-professional football player detective. In China Doll, Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Ragdoll comes next, where Jana stars in a TV murder mystery series, and once again life imitates art. Through the course of the books, Jana not only solves the mysteries, but also reclaims the courage and fortitude she had as a child. This is an important message for all of us. As one reviewer wrote, she starts out as a wounded bird, and ends as tiger. After that, who knows? If readers keep begging for more, I’ll keep writing.

I also have my Nicky and Noah comedy mysteries published by Lethe Press. Since I am a college theatre professor/department head, and theatre departments are havens of mystery, secrets, romance, and high humor; the series takes place at an Edwardian style New England college. In Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 winner for Best Mystery, Best Humor, Best Crime, Best Contemporary) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detectives, it is up to Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the murders, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, handsome Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why bodybuilders are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In Drama Cruise, Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

What is your favorite aspect of writing? 

Readers contacting me via my web site or posting reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads telling how much they loved the books. There is no greater high than knowing my many hours of hard worked paid off! Like a reader, I also enjoy being swept away by the stories and becoming part of the novels, relishing in the lush locations and captivating characters, gasping at the plot twists and turns, and being shocked by the ending. I also love my main characters, who are so real to me. Each book is like visiting with old friends. Finally, I adore the decadence of the 1980’s! I had great fun writing about Jana’s mansion, wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyles. I also enjoyed incorporating into the novels some of the music, films, television shows, Broadway shows, and political and social events of the era.

Your least favorite? 

On the negative side, in writing a series for continuity I need to keep a notebook full of information on each character and the various repeat locations—i.e. every room in Jana’s Hyde Park mansion. Also, since I am a college professor/department head by day, I have to write at night.  My mother asked me, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write at night?” I wonder if Shakespeare’s mother asked him that? Hah.

Thank you for taking the time to visit with Manic Readers, Joe.

It has been my pleasure. I hope everyone reads Porcelain Doll from The Wild Rose Press, and let me know what you think! http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

 

Cheryl Holt's latest ~ HEART'S DEBT & signed print copy giveaway!

My new novel, HEART’S DEBT, will be released on March 15th.  If you haven’t read one of my novels before (or if you have!), I’m renowned for creating some of the most macho heroes in women’s fiction.  Damian Drummond, the hero in HEART’S DEBT, is probably the most virile, macho character I’ve created so far.

He was betrayed as a boy and wrenched from the safe, stable life he’d always known.  He ended up being transported to the penal colonies in Australia where he survived in the most trying, desperate conditions.  In HEART’S DEBT, he’s an adult who’s returned to England and is bent on revenge against those who wronged him.

Of all the heroes I’ve created over the years, I think Damian Drummond is probably the most cynical and damaged, which makes him a hero any woman would want to save.  My heroine, Georgina Fogarty is the perfect person to teach him how to love and care.

Have you had a chance yet to read my ‘Lost Lords of Radcliffe’ trilogy?  The three novels came out over the past summer, and the titles are HEART’S DELIGHT, HEART’S DESIRE, and HEART’S DEMAND.  The third book, HEART’S DEMAND, is very special to me because it’s my 40th novel, so I’ve been celebrating all year.

HEART’S DEBT is a spinoff novel from the trilogy.  It’s a stand-alone novel though, so you don’t have to have read the first three to enjoy it, but it definitely makes the experience a whole lot more fun.  Damian Drummond appears as a secondary character at the end of HEART’S DEMAND, and he was such a mysterious, enigmatic fellow that I was deluged with letters from readers who wanted to know more about him.  I’ve finally had the chance to tell his story, and I hope all of you will help me celebrate his arrival!

Georgina Fogarty and Damian Drummond–coming in HEART’S DEBT on March 15!

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HEART’S DEBT

Three little lost lords, cast to the winds of fate… 
CHERYL HOLT tantalized readers around the globe with her Lost Lords of Radcliffe trilogy. She continues to dazzle with yet another story from the trilogy. In the three novels, no character was more fascinating or intriguing than the mysterious Mr. Drummond…

DAMIAN DRUMMOND had his life ruined when he was wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to the penal colonies in Australia. He survived the ordeal by dreaming of the vengeance he would one day extract from those who’d wronged him. With his sentence complete, he’s grown incredibly wealthy through criminal enterprise, and he’s returned to England, intent on revenge. He begins by buying the bankrupt Kirkwood estate from the wastrel and gambler who betrayed him…

GEORGINA FOGARTY has never been anything but a poor relative. She grew up at Kirkwood with her rich, spoiled cousins. Though she’s worked hard to earn their favor and show her gratitude, she’s never felt welcome or appreciated. When Damian arrives and announces he owns Kirkwood, that her cousin has gambled it away, Georgina is willing to make any sacrifice to save her family’s home. But when she begs Damian for mercy, she has no idea of the high price he will insist she pay…

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CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author who has published over forty novels.

She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre. For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance”, and she’s also revered as “The International Queen of Villains.” She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.

She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans. Visit her website at www.cherylholt.com.

Reading Process by Janice Maynard with giveaway

I never met a book I didn’t like. Well, that’s not entirely true. Have you ever read The Vicar of Wakefield? Take my word for it. Don’t. It was not a page turner.  J

For years I gobbled up several books a week. Now that I am writing fulltime, I find myself with less time to read. NOT a good thing! What that means is I have fewer moments to try new authors. I tend to stick to my favorites in contemporary and historical romance. I like a little bit of almost everything, but when my reading opportunities are limited, I often go with the tried and true.

My husband tackles three or four books at once. He’ll spend an hour at bedtime reading one chapter of each. My process is different. I’ll pick one, and as long as it’s good, I’ll read and read and read until it’s done.

E-books have really helped me try new writers and genres. I’ll take a chance on something I see in an ad and download an unknown author to see if I like him or her. The only trouble is… I don’t know if I’ll ever get caught up!! One TBR stack by the bed and another on the iPad. But it’s a good problem to have, right?

I’ve been a reader my whole life, or at least as far back as I can remember. I do, however, know more than a few adults who discovered the joy of reading later in life. How about you? I’d love to hear your favorite genres of romance and also when and how you fell in love with the written word.

If you have any room left in your life for one more story, I’d be honored if you would take a chance on HOT FOR THE SCOT. It’s a lighthearted, sexy tale about three friends who travel to Scotland in search of adventure and, of course, romance.

Thanks for having me today. Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

Janice Maynard

In Janice Maynard’s sweet and sexy new series, three childhood friends with a shared passion for the Outlander novels and TV show decide to travel to Scotland looking for adventure—and their very own Highland heroes…  

It’s a dream come true for schoolteacher Hayley Smith. No homework to grade, no students to corral, no social media, Internet or cell phone…just a month amid the heather and rolling hills around Inverness. A brawny alpha male in a kilt is probably too much to ask for. But Hayley is in heaven ambling around Loch Ness, gazing and then…falling into the icy water, before being rescued by a strong, chivalrous local hero…

Retired soccer star Angus Munro, aka Angus the Angler, is a little insulted and a whole lot intrigued when Hayley doesn’t recognize him. How long has it been since anyone saw beyond his wealth and fame? And how long before the macho athlete and his modern-day American damsel in distress act on an attraction that could make even the misty Scottish moors sizzle with heat? Long enough, maybe, for both to figure out if this is an affair to remember…or the start of something everlasting…

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USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for a number of years, Janice took a leap of faith and quit her day job. Since then she has written and sold over thirty-five books and novellas.

During a recent trip to Scotland, Janice enjoyed getting to know the “motherland”. Her grandfather’s parents emigrated from the home of bagpipes, heather, and kilts. Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Hearing from readers is one of the best perks of the job!

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HIS FINAL DEAL by Theresa A. Campbell

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His Final Deal

by Theresa A. Campbell

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Raymond Brown, popularly known as Smooth Suave, is one of Jamaica’s biggest drugs lords. With eight children by six baby mommas and counting, he’s a player for life. A true baller, he lavishes in his wealth. He’s a shot caller with “soldiers” wheeling and dealing all over Jamaica. It’s Suave’s world, and everyone else just lives in it . . . or so he thinks.

However, his nemesis, King Kong, sees it differently. Rivals since childhood, King Kong is hell-bent on destroying Suave at any cost. As the war over power, drugs, and money intensifies—from Wilton Gardens (Rema) to Arnett Gardens (Jungle)—bodies are dropping like flies, washing the island of paradise in blood.

But it is the murder and kidnapping of two of Suave’s loved ones that bring him to his knees. Being framed for murder, hunted by the cops, pursued by his enemies, betrayed by friends, tormented by a horrid secret, and fighting to protect his family and empire, Suave is nearing his breaking point. Yet, he isn’t going down without a fight.

Voilà! Suave makes a deal to eradicate his enemies—but if it backfires, it could very well cause him his own life. Then God counteroffers Suave’s deal with His own—one that will undoubtedly give Suave the victory he needs but requires him to give up his drug empire and turn his life over to the Lord. With his motto being, “I don’t do God,” will Suave accept God’s deal or take the risk of his own deal?

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“Today, I want to talk to you about redemption,” Bishop Hudson began. “Ephesians 1:7 says, ‘In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.’ Amen. Redemption is possible through the blood of Jesus! Hello, somebody? I said, you can be delivered from the bondage of sin and find peace with God. Am I speaking to somebody?”

“Amen, Pastor,” a member shouted from the front.

“You better speak to me, Bishop,” a young lady in the choir yelled.

Bishop Hudson paused, took off his jacket, and handed it to his assistant. He grabbed the microphone out of the stand and paced the pulpit. “We all are in need of redemption. You know why? Because we all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.”

Hmmm, interesting, Suave thought. Even Christians need redemption, too.

As if he read Suave’s mind, Bishop Hudson remarked, “So you can act like you were born holy, pure, and righteous all you want, but that’s not the case. We were able to become a child of God because Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross. His death was in exchange of our life.”

“Praise the Lord,” “Thank you, Jesus,” and “Hallelujah” rang throughout the church.

“Do you want to be free from the burden of guilt?” Bishop Hudson asked, looking out at the congregation.

Suave shifted in his seat, wondering why the bishop was looking at him.

“Do you want to be free from curses and bondage?” Bishop Hudson stepped down from the pulpit into the aisle. “God already purchased our freedom,” he said, his eyes wandering from one face to the other as he moved closer to the back.

He better stop picking on me, or else I’m stepping. With his arms folded and face screwed up like a dried apple, Suave defiantly stared at the bishop as he seemed to get closer. I’m no punk.

“I said, you can go from being a sinner to a saint if you accept God’s gift of eternal life.” Bishop Hudson was now at Suave’s bench where he paused.

Suave glanced at the bishop through the corner of his eyes, his head held straight. He didn’t acknowledge the bishop, and for his own sake, Suave was hoping the bishop wouldn’t acknowledge him.

“I’m glad to see you this morning, my brother.” Bishop Hudson looked down at Suave, who still wasn’t looking at him.

All eyes in the church turned toward the back where Suave sat. Alwayne and Annette held hands and nervously looked on. Bishop Hudson was known to prophesize to his members, revealing things that no one else knew but God. He would also predict certain happenings that always came true. This usually made some members excited about receiving a blessing, and others nervous when they hadn’t been walking on the “right” side.

“God is going to give you a second chance.” Bishop Hudson rested his hand on Suave’s shoulder. “Those demons that are haunting you are leading you down a narrow road.”

Suave’s heart began to gallop in his chest. He wanted to brush off the preacher’s hand, but he felt compelled to hear what the man had to say.

“Your mind gets so mixed up at times that you find it hard to differentiate between the real thing and your imagination. But God says to tell you that He is going to give you the victory.”

Some people were now standing on their feet clapping, some praying, and others speaking in tongues.

“Deliver him, Lord,” an elderly man shouted.

“Set your son free, Father Jesus,” screamed another member.

“God is going to right the wrong that was done to you, so you can be free to serve Him and His people.” Tears filled Bishop Hudson’s eyes as he leaned over to Suave, his face only inches away from Suave’s.

On a will of its own, Suave’s neck turned, and he locked eyes with the bishop. Suave’s tears betrayed him and seeped down his face.

About the Author

 

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Theresa A. Campbell is the author of the captivating novels, “Are You There, God?” and “God Has Spoken.” She was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Theresa has had a deep passion for reading since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers by writing stories from the heart to uplift their faith in God

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