Ask any woman who has been divorced or is going through one and she will tell you divorce is a devastating experience. For those of us who have not been divorced, we can only imagine what it’s like – the pain, the disappointment, the shock of having your world suddenly turned upside down.

Formerly A Wife – a survival guide for women facing the pain and disruption of divorce – by Welby O’ Brien drew me in from the first line. The author ‘s down-to-earth outline of her experience- sometimes laced with bitterness, sometimes with humor – is one that any woman can relate to, divorced or not.

How does a woman who, one day happily married, suddenly find herself trying to decide whether to attend the singles social or the one for couples? How does she explain to her child that daddy still loves him even if he no longer lives with them? And how does she decide if she should one day remarry? Welby answers these poignant questions and more with references from God’s word, our final authority, and she invites us to do our own soul-searching through pointed questions at the end of every chapter.

If you are going through divorce, are divorced or knows someone who is, I highly recommend that you read this book and/or pass it on to someone who you think might need it. I am certain it will bless them as it has blessed many others.


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I couldn’t help reacting to the breaking news that Toni Morrison, one of the most acclaimed authors of our times, has passed. She was 88 years old. Among her many honors, Ms. Morrison will be remembered as winner of the Pulitzer prize, the Nobel prize, the Légion d’Honneur and a Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to her in 2012 by Barack Obama. 

I was first introduced to Toni Morrison’s work when I selected the 1981 novel Tar Baby for a college English assignment. At the time I’d only heard of Ms. Morrison and was curious to see what made her stand out as one of the literary geniuses of our time.

Tar Baby, with its vivid portrayal of the love/hate relationship between Jadine Childs, a black fashion model and the enigmatic black fugitive, Son, drew me in from the first line (like a tar baby) and held me right down to the last. From then I was hooked by Ms. Morrison’s writing and went on to devour all her works.

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However, much as I admire her work, I must admit that some of her writing is anything but clear. Some years ago, I wrote about Toni Morrison on this blog:
What I love about Ms. Morrison’s writing is her inimitable way of animating her  descriptions, such that the settings become characters in themselves. Some of her narrative can be very complex and multi-layered, not to mention some of  the subject matter which can be very gothic, making them  difficult to digest, but once you have got it, you savor each bite down to the last morsel. African American literature, and history,  owes a great debt to this extraordinary woman.

 

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In case you didn’t know, Sunday Aug. 4th is Sisters’ Day. It’s the day we set aside to honor and celebrate our sisters. I think it’s a neat idea. For those of you who are fortunate to have a sister, I’m sure you anticipate spending time her with this Sunday and reminiscing on those special times.

Maybe you will look back to the times when you needed to confide in someone, share your special moments, laugh, cry and, yes, even argue with. And who did you run to? Your sister, of course. Your mother may still be around, but your sister is closer to your own age and is therefore more likely to understand and empathize with what you are going through.

I don’t have a sister, but God has blessed me with three great sisters-in-law and wonderful girlfriends who are as dear to me as sisters. I also consider the ladies in my church to be sisters as we are indeed sisters in faith. So, whether you have a biological sister, step-sister, adoptive sister or whatever kind of sister you have, this Sunday make sure you let her know how much you love and appreciate her.

One of the ways you can show your love is by giving a book. This is a gift that’s as timeless as the bond between you, and what better book to give than one that is all about sisterhood. For this reason, I have made In the Promised LandFREE from today until Sisters’ Day, Aug. 4th. It’s free so download as many as you like.

In this book, you will meet two sisters, Marva and June, who suffered through an abusive childhood together, experienced the consequences of Marva’s rash actions, and the agonizing possibility of her being imprisoned. But through it all, the bond between them grew stronger as they clung to each other, learned from each other and emerged victorious in the end.

Here’s what one reviewer said:

In the Promised Land is a captivating story of family and forbidden love. A story that captures your attention at the very beginning and holds it until the unexpected ending. In the Promised Land will take you on an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. A story that will stay with you long after reading. I was so drawn in that I finished reading this in one night. In the Promised Land is the perfect beach read.  – Truly Trendy


To learn more about these two memorable sisters, you may want to get the other two books in the series Coming Out of Egypt and In the Wilderness . And whichever book/s you read, please remember to leave a review on Amazon. Other readers will appreciate it. Then drop me a line and let me know how you celebrated Sisters’ Day.

Coming Out of Egypt

The South Florida Book Fest is an annual event which takes place at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. This year the book fest will be held on Sat. Jul. 20th, and I’m happy to be a part of the event. I’ll be signing copies of my debut novel Coming Out of Egypt. If you are in the area, please drop by my table and have a chat.

In the Wilderness

In the Wilderness is now being printed and unfortunately will not be available at this event. However, you can get a flyer of this book and the third in the series, In the Promised Land. The event starts at 10. 30 and there will be a huge line-up of authors, speakers, presenters and more. You can also enjoy cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, workshops and other activities. So don’t miss out! Hope to see you there.


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“Where did the time go?” That’s a common topic of conversation these days, and one I ask myself almost every day. Before you know it, the kindle-countdown-one-year celebration for In the Promised Land will be over. I hope you took advantage of the deep discounts over these 3 days to get your copy of this captivating novel.

In order to whet your appetite further while there are still a few hours left, I am posting an excerpt that captures one of the scenes written around the true event which forms the backdrop of this novel – the bombing of the police headquarters as a small Muslim group staged a bloody coup in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Excerpt

As he checked his watch, something on the television screen caught his eye. A man resembling Dennis Kallipersad, the evening news anchor, sat at a table. Behind him, stood two men dressed in army uniforms, carrying rifles. Derek frowned. Not one of those bad plays at this time of day. It was just after four. He was about to switch to the other station when the man sitting said in a tremulous voice, “We have suspended regular programming to bring you this report. Trinidad and Tobago television was taken over by the Muslimeen forces of Yasin Aboud Bakr this afternoon around 2.30 p.m. It has been learned that our sister radio station, Radio 610, has been taken over. Muslimeen forces also stormed the Parliament building and bombed the Police Headquarters on St. Vincent Street earlier this afternoon. Motorists are urged to stay away from those areas.”

Derek dashed across the room and yanked the bathroom door open. June stood there drying herself, but for the first time her nakedness failed to excite him. He grabbed her by the hand and ran with her back to the bed. Snatching up her clothing, he thrust them at her. “Here, get dressed, quick.”

“Honey, my hair —”

“Never mind, you’ll fix it in the car.”

While she scrambled to get into her clothes, Derek shoved his feet into his socks and shoes, then felt his pocket for his keys. June, clad in underwear, paused, looking at the television. “What’s going on? Is that a play?”

“Here. Put on your skirt.” He held out the garment, she stepped into it, and he quickly pulled her zipper up.

She reached for her jacket.  “What’s that about the Parliament?”

Derek turned off the TV. “Here’s your jacket, let me help you.” He pushed the sleeve over one arm, and she shrugged the other arm through.

 “Ready? Let’s go.” He grabbed her arm while she was still buttoning her jacket.

She twisted free. “Wait. What’s the rush?”

“The Muslims have taken over. Come on.”

June barely had time to grab her purse before he dragged her by the hand and out through the door.

Everything seemed normal as they got into their car, and Derek wondered if it was some type of hoax. But when they eased into the mainstream of traffic, chaos confronted them. Drivers turned in the middle of the road, passed on the shoulder, cut in and out, showing off their skill in amazing ways.             

 Derek decided to turn around. Signaling, and not giving the car behind him time to pass, Derek spun the wheel, bringing his bumper right up to the paint of another car. The driver shook his fist and mouthed something, but Derek ignored him, backed up, then zoomed off in the opposite direction. After a half mile they encountered another traffic jam. This time they saw the reason. Police were stopping everyone and checking their identification.

“Oh, boy,” Derek muttered, leaning his head back against the head rest.

June switched on the radio. An announcer’s voice came through the static. “Motorists are asked to avoid St. Vincent Street where the Police Headquarters building is still smoldering after this afternoon’s bombing —”

Derek switched off the radio, cursing under his breath. June’s face had gone pale. She stretched out her hand to turn the radio back on, but he growled, “Leave it alone.”

“I heard something about Police Headquarters —”

“I said leave it alone.” He spoke through clenched teeth, his knuckles white as he gripped the steering. He dared not look at her. He hated speaking to her like that especially after the lovely time they had just had, but he was scared as he’d never been in his life. His father worked at Police Headquarters.

So, I won’t hold you up any longer. Get your copy of In the Promised Land while the price is still $2.99.


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Tomorrow, June 29th, will be one year since In the Promised Land, Cbook 3 of the Egypt trilogy, made its debut into the world. And in order to to celebrate, I have arranged a countdown deal starting today and going up to Jul. 1. Join me and others who have read and enjoyed this gripping novel by celebrating this important milestone.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about In the Promised Land:

 In the Promised Land is a captivating story of family and forbidden love. A story that captures your attention at the very beginning and holds it until the unexpected ending. In the Promised Land will take you on an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. A story that will stay with you long after reading. I was so drawn in that I finished reading this in one night. In the Promised Land is the perfect beach read. – Truly Trendy

In the Promised Land – Backstory

If you have been reading my blog, you would know that
In the Promised Land is based on a true event—a horrible blotch on the history of Trinidad & Tobago that took place when a small Islamic group calling themselves the Jamaat al Muslimeen staged a short-lived coup. They held the government hostage, killed innocent people and caused widespread carnage. Marva, the protagonist, and her family—like the rest of the country—were deeply shaken by this event.

Always the levelheaded one, the rest of the family looked to her to help them make sense of this terrible tragedy, but for the first time in her adult life, Marva felt her faith floundering. It was against this background she came to realize that loving a man and needing his support when unthinkable situations arise did not mean she loved or needed God any less.

In the Promised Land wraps up the Egypt series, which has sexual abuse as its central topic Before I leave you, what is the biggest issue you have about this topic? Do you think enough is being done in today’s society to help victims of sexual abuse? Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts. To learn more about my books and special offers, please sign up for my newsletter.


Contemporary Christian Fiction
Date Published: June 11th

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Danger lurks around every corner for career military man and government, secret operative Nehemiah Bolden. When he continues to have nightmares of an assignment gone wrong, he decides it is time to retire from the military and find another career path. Just one thing stopping him, a ghost from his past.

Nehemiah meets an attractive woman while on vacation and has an overwhelming need to protect her. He soon discovers that meeting her is more than a coincidence. Over the years, he has kept her safe but now their pasts may put their lives in jeopardy again. They need to both trust in a love like no other.





About the Author


Lisa Washington is a Contemporary Christian Fiction author and a serial entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of the Washington Way LLC, which is the umbrella company for Washington Way Publishing, Washington Way Travel, Washington Way Financial and Ms. Lisa Weddings.

Her first novel When You Least Expect It received an African American Literary Show Award for Best Christian Fiction. She has also published More Than You Know, which is the second novel of the Faith Series.

Lisa Washington was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After serving in the United States Navy, she then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University, an MBA from Averett University and an MFA in creative writing from Butler University.

She now resides in Noblesville, Indiana with her family.



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Facebook: @authorlisawashington

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Novel excerpt:

“Angel, Keep your eyes open. The informant said we’d know him when we see him.”

“Copy that, Civic.”

Darkness filled the room and smoke seeped from the vents.  Someone was trying to make visibility near impossible. Nehemiah switched to his night vision goggles. He was perched just inside of the furnace room in the back of the hotel’s ballroom. He counted 22 hostages and four shooters.  The smoke was making it difficult for Nehemiah to keep his eyes on the target.

“Angel, come in.”

“Go, Civic.”

“We have a friendly to your 9 o’clock.”

Nehemiah heard her voice before all hell broke loose and shots rang out.

Nehemiah sat straight up in bed, drenched in a full sweat. Like every other night, the terrors woke him up at the same moment in the dream. He relived that tragic event, night after night.  Why him? Why her? He always questioned himself. Nothing could change the past, but the dreams continued to come.

Like clockwork, he went into the kitchen of his one-bedroom apartment in Portsmouth, VA and grabbed a beer from the refrigerator. He sat in front of his television, but never turned it on. Nehemiah wanted to close his eyes, but every time he did, he saw her face, her eyes, and her blood.

Draining the contents of the bottle, he went back into his bedroom and sat on the edge of the bed. Face to palms, he sat there for a few minutes, feeling weary.

“Come back to bed. It’s cold under these sheets,” a soft feminine voice said.

Nehemiah needed to stop this philandering he was doing. His actions went against every principle and every value he was raised with.

“I’ll be right there,” he responded.

What was her name? He couldn’t remember her name or where he met her. Yeah, it was time to change his lifestyle.

From the far-flung reaches of South Africa to the sun-kissed shores of South Carolina, USA, author Muriel Gill takes us on a heart-warming journey of family dynamics, second chances and the power of redemption. Scared Courage begins with Neo, the black South African wife of a wealthy European businessman, discovering that her husband has amassed his wealth through illegal and criminal means.

This discovery so disturbs Neo she divorces her husband and returns to live with her mother in the poorer neighborhood in which she grew up. At first, she can only speak to her children on the phone but later she has them on weekends.

Eventually, Neo plucks up her courage and tells the police everything she knows about her husband’s activities. Gregory, Neo’s husband, is not a man to be trifled with. He plots to kill her, but his daughter is the one who meets with the accident he’d arranged. Fortunately, the girl survives. With the help of the police, Neo and her children flee South Africa and build a new life for themselves in the United States.

The characters in Scared Courage are well developed, but Neo is a shining example of what every single mother ought to be. Firm, but loving, gentle and patient, she guides her children into making the transition from a life of opulence to one of barely getting by.  

Although the family faces some challenges adjusting to their new life, I sometimes felt that everything happened too easily for them. I think some descriptive passages, especially of places in Africa, would have made the story come alive to us. Also, the author’s overuse of repetitions tended to draw me out of the narrative at times. But overall, I enjoyed the story and was very touched by the ending.

Scared Courage was published by Pizazz Publishing and is available from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Scared-Courage-Muriel-Gill-ebook/dp/B01IEZ6NDK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Scared+courage+muriel+gill&qid=1559042703&s=books&sr=1-1

It’s no secret that we spend more time with our devices than with our loved ones. And although it provides a solution for family members looking to reduce their screen time, at its heart The Well-Balanced Family is about learning to take the newly-available time and channel it toward strengthening family connections, spending more quality time together, and supporting each other in developing healthy, productive, and enjoyable lifestyles.

The Well-Balanced Family focuses on four areas: Connectedness, Open Communication, Fitness, and Organization. Using an evidence-based approach, author Robert Myers, PhD teaches parents how to encourage developmental play activities, develop avid readers, instill cooperation and mutual respect, improve physical fitness, build self-esteem and character, and reduce struggles over bedtime, chores, and homework. It also provides tips for helping kids safely make the most of their screen time.

If your family is more interested in their phones and tablets than in each other, The Well-Balanced Family will teach you everything you need to reclaim that sense of familial connection and love.

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  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Published: April 2019

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B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-well-balanced-family-robert-f-myers/1130986236?ean=9781543961058

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Woozie
Wisdom, Volume 2
Self-Help
/ Relationships
Date
Published:
March 2019
Publisher: iUniverse
 
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This
is an easy to read book that has everyday situations described about life, sex,
and love. It is an accumulation of my blogs where thousands of people have
avoided or improved their lives as a result of my over thirty years experience
as a licensed therapist and sex educator. It is meant to be shared and enjoyed
while learning.
Other Books in the Woozie Wisdom Series
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Woozie Wisdom Publisher:
iUniverse
This
is a lively, fun, down to earth book with helpful ways to look at life, sex,
and love. It offers practical applications to make life fulfilled and joyful.
While there is no all-knowing guru, my over forty years of experience as a
relationship counselor and sex educator provides some answers for problems as
well as how to avoid them.
Woozie
Wisdom won a national first runner up award from Eric Hoffer.
Praise
for Woozie Wisdom:
“Author
Lynn Hubschman has constructed a book that gives grandmotherly advice to those
that might have missed out on important life tips. In earlier chapters she
talks about common sense tips as they relate to living a happy healthy and
vibrant life.” —Pacific Book Review
 
“Read
this book and then empower yourself to make any necessary changes. Hubschman
advises but she says it more indirectly and comically when she says, ‘So listen
to what you say and how you say it. Listen to what the people around you talk
about. If you want to throw up…. move on.’ The breadth of the book’s content
is unparalleled.” —The US Review of Books
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About
the Author

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Lynn
Hubschman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also its’ School
of Social Work.She has been a marriage counselor and family therapist over
thirty years. Has been Director of Family Life Education for Jewish Family
Service and then Director of Social Work at America’s oldest hospital;
Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Has always had a private practice and
appeared on major TV talk shows. She has written three other books including
‘Transsexuals. Life From Both Sides.’
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