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Blog Tour- Put It In Ink by Dayelle Scroggins

Hello! I’m excited. This is one of my stops during the two week tour for Put It In Ink by Danyelle Scroggins. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs August 7-18, 2017. 

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Author: Danyelle Scroggins

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

ASIN: B01FP5TZC8

ISBN-10: 0996003878

ISBN-13: 978-0996003872

Nikiya Barnett aka Nikki, is still secretly suffering in silence concerning losing the love of her life, Raja Abrams. She desires total healing from God, but somehow seems to be stuck in her heart and mind. She alongside her two best friends who happens to be her coworkers, are trying to make Salon Select the new ‘it’ spot but this does not happen until they invite God in, by way of Sappora Ink.

Sappora Ink is the new blog talk show host with a show entitled, RFRT~Real Folks, Real Truths. Sister Ink is a straight to the point, raw, doctrinaire Christian girl trying to help her friends in this sinful world. She is changing the world one show at a time, and taking Shreveport by storm with the help of Nikiya Barnett, the owner of Salon Select, who has opened her salon as a hosting spot. Little does Nikki know, Sappora is closer to Raja than she thinks?

Raja is stuck in a world wind of adversity that he seems to have created for himself. Through R.A.B.~ Raja Abrams Broadcasting, he is trying to secretly make Nikki aware that their time together was not a waste, but will his method be the same method used to change his life forever?

Things happen when we choose to let God in. Whether we appreciate His ways or not, we must remember, His ways are not our ways. Will life change for the better for Nikiya and Raja, or is the plan that has been laid before them all a part of God’s plan?

Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional by marriage.

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Humble, Kind, and Generous.

What is a typical day like for you?

I normally start my day off with prayer then it is off to work. I normally try to make sure my day is productive and that I am strategic about everything that I pushed my hands to do. After a full day of working, I come home and transition from Author/Pastor to Wife/Mother.

What do you want to do different in 2017 that you didn’t do in 2016?

This year I want to publish the first book from my children’s book series, The Gat Pack. Another thing that I am doing this year that I did not do last year is move strategically. I was so busy last year and when I looked back, my money, nor progress equaled my exhaustion.

What television show best describes your life and why?

There is really not a television show that describes my life but there are programs that describe my life on TBN. My life is filled with ministry and the assignments associated with being who I am.

What’s your favorite quote & why?

1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”  ~Paul

What character in your new book could you most relate to?

Nikiya is a lot like me because I experienced the same type of heartbreak with someone whom I just knew I would marry. Like her, I poured all of my energy into something greater and I expected God to move. I wanted to be sure that when God did move, I would know that it so I prayed for discernment.

Tell readers about your latest release.

Put It In Ink is about a young lady named Nikiya Barnett who thought she was going to be the wife of the love of her life, Raja Abrams. All of her dreams and visions shattered when she found Raja in a compromising position with the lady who is now his wife, Monica Abrams. Nikiya (Nikki) moves forward trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart by pouring all of her time and energy into building a chain of Salon Selects.

Raja, is trying to adapt to his new wife and his new life and soon to be status of a father. He finds that his happiness is compromised because his wife can not let his past with Nikiya go. In search of finding deeper meaning, he hires a talk show host for his blog talk radio station named Sappora Ink. Sis. Ink, not only changes Raja life, but she touches Nikiya, her co-workers, and her patrons.

 

What’s next for you?

I am getting ready to release a title featured in an anthology entitled Enduring Love this year, and I am also working on my first Christmas release. So, I guess you can say, “More writing, more preaching, and more living.”

What song would you use as the soundtrack of your life and why?

I would definitely use Way Maker by Sinach Joseph as the soundtrack of my life.

Sometimes I have to remind myself who HE truly is and that regardless to what it feels like, Jesus is a way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and a light in the darkness.

Excerpt
Nikiya “Nikki” Barnett
Nikiya Barnett, known to shop patrons and friends as Nikki, was eager to tune in to RFRT with Sister Sappora Ink. The blog talk show previewed for the first time the past week, rating high and considered a hit by reviewers. As far as Nikki was concerned, the world needed someone who would tell the truth, live the truth, and share the truth, even if it were a blog talk show host.

As explained, Sister Ink answered questions about relationships, and although honest, she was raw. Against her will, Nikki listened to blog talk shows often blaming the desire to be a good best friend for this phenomenon. A couple of them were worth listening to, but some were uninformative and a useless waste of time. The hosts were inexperienced or too pretentious to explain life’s circumstances with realness and clarity. They failed to solve problems or share foundational truths from the Gospels, as Chelle declared Sister Ink did.
For the first time, Nikki’s curiosity about a show’s review ignited interest and Nikki refused to miss it. Intent on judging for herself perhaps sparked the motivation. It may also have been the desire to understand how she lost the love or her life or the need for spiritual advice. Either way, Nikki would be in the front of the computer, with an open mind centered on Sis. Ink.

The only dilemma was making it home on time. Nikki’s solution may not have been perfect but it was plausible. She drove 85 in and 70 mph zone, praying the angels would blind the police. The inability to afford another speeding ticket should have detoured Nikki from breaking the law, not to mention how dumb it would be to get a ticket resulting from rushing to hear a talk show, but it didn’t. With long hair weave blowing, as the wind whipped through the windows of the car, Nikki uncaring and unconcerned bobbed and sang along with the music. We are conquerors, conquerors.

Driving fast, the “zooming” of the other passing vehicles warranted a rear view mirror check. Dang Nikki! The thought was not a result of a police approaching, but the reality of looking at a calescent mess. Nikki snickered, but noticed the children in the car to the left laughing and pointing their fingers. Nikki licked at the children and then sped past them.
                                 

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Author Interview- MzJetson.com

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Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. This past week, I did an interview for Love Unbroken on MzJetson.com! Read what inspired me to write the book and how much of the storyline is real. 🙂

AUTHOR ♥ SPEAKS

Q01. What inspired you to write Love Unbroken?

The characters were part of a series that I wrote about 10 years ago that focused on the ins and outs of college life, similar to what these characters went through in this story. At the time when I was thinking of a new series, I just revamped the original story and focused on a couple, which brought about Love Unbroken.

Q02. How did you come up with the title and storyline?

The title and storyline were pretty simple. It described what the main characters were going through with relationships; they both were broken in a sense and wasn’t sure if they could repair the thoughts they had about love; but that all changed when they gave love a second chance.

Q03. Is this a standalone novel or apart of a series?

This is the first book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series. The series has five parts and each book devoted a couple and their journey to love. The main characters (Riana and Shawn) not only started the series, but finished the series with the book, Love Always.

Q04. Tell us a little about the main character(s)?

The heroine, Riana, went through so much in her life, especially during the last two years of high school. After being humiliated and ridiculed, she wanted to have a fresh start in college; that’s when she meets the hero, Shawn. Shawn has been through his own experiences with relationships and didn’t want to be in another one, until he met Riana. The two both had to realize that it’s okay to give love another try, but they both had to do a lot of soul searching within themselves before they were able to fully give their all to each other.

Q05. Do you think the cover art of your e-book/novel will persuade readers to read the story inside?

I think the cover does the book justice. The story is filled with so much passion and intrigue and the cover has both elements. I think one look at the cover and readers will be curious to know more about the story.

Q06. How much of the book is realistic?

The story is strictly fiction, but there are some elements that are realistic. The poems, the open mic scenes, all of those are real experiences that I have encountered when I first met my husband when I was in college. I supported him when he performed poetry at open mic nights and events.

Q07. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The story was sort of a dedication to the relationship I have with my husband. Although the story is fiction, there were some elements in the story that I wanted to incorporate in my personal life to make it a bit realistic. How the main characters are is how the relationship my husband and I have, which is pretty solid.

Q08. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

The hardest part about writing this book was actually putting some of my personal experiences into the story. I was a little hesitate on what people would think of the story as a whole or wondered if the entire story was about my husband and me. There are some scenes that described us, but not the entire story. You have to read between the lines to figure out what is real and what is fiction.

Q09. Is there a message in your e-book/novel that you want your readers to grasp?

I want readers to know that no matter what you have been through in a relationship and lost hope on love that you shouldn’t give up on having that feeling of being in love and being loved by someone. Love does exist with the right person; you just have to believe.

Q10. Is there anything else you would like your/the readers to know about Love Unbroken?

This story has a lot of twist and turns that I don’t want to give away, but it’s an enjoyable read with a lot of emotion and passion between the main characters. Readers will definitely enjoy this story, which is a great way to start off the series.

Q11. Where can readers purchase your e-book/novel?

Readers can purchase Love Unbroken on the following sites: Amazon.Com, BarnesandNoble.Com, KoboBooks.Com, and AllRomanceEbooks.Com.

To read the entire interview, please visit MzJetson’s website at http://mzjetson.com/?paged=3.

Love, Life, & Happiness Blog Tour

The Love, Life, & Happiness blog tour starts today, and will feature interviews and excepts from both Love Unbroken and Trust Me. I posted one of the interviews that was done today.

1. In five words, describe you as a writer?
Entertaining, exciting, unpredictable, quirky, romantic, and drama

2. What is your inspiration for writing?
I have a vivid imagination, so I think that’s the inspiration I need to come up with storylines, characters, etc. But I also think it’s my love for writing and being a reader that makes me want to create stories that are interesting and engaging.

3. What are some things that you have to have while writing?
My laptop or iPad (when I don’t feel like turning on my computer), food, and music. Music is the most important element, because that is how I set-up scenes for my stories. Most of the scenes in my stories are based off of songs that I was listening to while writing. That is also why I have playlists for all of my books.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years with your writing career?
Even though I love the fact that I’m an indie author, I would love to be with a publishing company. Also, I would love to see one of my books on either The New York Times or USA Today best-sellers list.

5. Name five things that are on your bucket list?
1. To be a New York Times best-seller
2. Go to Disney World (which I plan on doing with my family next year)
3. Go to New York
4. Visit Vegas
5. Try zip-lining (which would be an accomplishment since I’m terrified of heights)

In honor of the blog tour, I have another giveaway going on, which is for a $25 Amazon gift card! The giveaway will end on April 21st. To enter, click on the link at the bottom and you will be directed to the entry on Rafflecopter. Good luck 🙂

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/13384313/

The Thursday Interview

Hi everyone!!! Recently, I did an interview with “The Thursday Interview.” Check it out…

No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?

I believe I would. Knowing that my loved one is the person that needs help, I would do everything in my power to help him or her when needed. It’s just a part of loving someone and for them to know that you have their back no matter what. I hope my loved one would do the same for me (which I’m sure of), lol.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Being alive is just going through the motions, not experiencing life for what it is. With truly living, you’re doing everything that you want to do, experiencing new things, surrounding yourself with great people on a daily basis. It’s also knowing the importance in being happy and living a full life.

No.3 What motivates you to write?

I have a vivid imagination, so I think that’s the inspiration I need to come up with storylines, characters, etc. But I also think it’s my love for writing and being a reader that makes me want to create stories that are interesting and engaging.

No.4 Why do humans want children?

There could be various reasons. Majority of humans want children because they feel they have a tendency to love and take care of others. They have a nature in them to help guide someone in this world. Some may just want children to keep their namesake and to continue the legacy going.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book “Trust Me”?

Since this book is a part of a series, the biggest challenge was to create an entire new storyline, but keep the same theme as with the first book, Love Unbroken. At the end, I was able to provide a new focus with characters that were first introduced in the first book, but was able to add more personality so readers could root for them as individuals as well as a couple.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?

To always live life to the fullest. Do not ever regret the choices that were made in the past or the present and to never doubt yourself.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Trust Me”?

Since the story is all about giving your all to someone and for that person to do it in return, and believing in that person, regardless of their issues or flaws. With those thoughts in mind, the title fit the story perfectly.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?

At first, I couldn’t handle criticism. I would always take it to heart, putting doubt in myself on my decisions and my abilities as a writer. Now, I just let the criticism roll off my back. Not everyone is going to like my work, so now, it’s just something that I have to deal with.

No.9 Why should people read your book?

I believe readers will enjoy this book, because it has every element to a good story: Romance, drama, and hot love scenes. Who wouldn’t want that in a story?!

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?

In life, you have to have something to strive for, whether it’s a job or school, or just to be a good person. No one should live life empty and meaningless; everyone should have something they want or long for.

A special thanks to “The Thursday Interview” for the great interview. To check out the interview on their website, click on the link below:http://the-thursday-interview.blogspot.ie/2014/03/interview-with-sheena-binkley-author-of.html

Book Tour- A Chance at Love

Hi everyone!!! My book tour for A Chance at Love kicked off this week and I was interviewed by the blog The Reading Cat. The full interview is below:

Who is your favorite author?

I love anything with Carl Weber, Nicholas Sparks, Victoria Christopher Murray, and Reshonda Tate Billingsley. Now that the New Adult genre is huge, I love various authors from Jessica Sorensen to Colleen Hoover.

What book genre of books do you adore?

I love the New Adult genre. It’s just something about reading characters who come full circle with their lives and finding love when they least expect it. I can’t get enough of the genre.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you live now?

I grew up in Houston, Texas, but I live in a sub city named Stafford, which is still in Houston.


Do you find it hard to share your work?

I do sometimes. I may be a bit intimidated when I share my work mostly to strangers than family or friends. With my first story, In Love With My Best Friend, I was really nervous to share it to the public because this was my first book and didn’t know how people would perceive me and my writing. So it takes a little getting used to with comments or feedback about a particular writing or work.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family and friends definitely support me. They were the first one out buying my book! I really appreciate their love and support for me while trying to find my way as a writer. It means a lot.

Do you plan to publish more books?

Of course! I’m in the process of publishing my fifth book, Trust Me, which is the second book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series. The story will be released February 27th. I am taking a month off from writing and will start back in April to begin writing The Wedding Part I & II.

What else do you do to make money, other that write? It is rare today for writers to be full time….

I’m an office manager for a driving school. I run the entire office as well as help teenagers and adults with driving programs. I’m also a freelance writer, and have published several articles for various sites.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I have been a secretary, a preschool teacher, a cashier for Old Navy and for a community college, and a substitute teacher.

How do you write- lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I have to use a computer when writing. I feel lost without one. When I have ideas, I usually jot them down on my iPad, but I have to use a computer for the final project.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

Usually I will read, watch TV, hang out with my family and friends, or just sleep. Sleep is always good!

To check out the full interview, visit The Reading Cat blog at http://thereadingcat.blogspot.com/2014/02/sheena-binkley-her-favourite-authors.html

A Day In The Life Of…

Hi everyone!!! I recently did a guest post for Katies Books during the New Year, New Adult Blog Tour. The post talked about what I do on a typical day. To see the actual blog post, visit Katies Books at http://kitkat1242.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/blog-tour-new-year-new-adult.html Enjoy!!

I’d like to think that a typical day for an author would be the basics: You get to sleep late, sit in bed, write all day, have book signings, and enjoy reading emails, comments, and tweets from adoring fans of your work. But for me, a typical day is the complete opposite.

5:45 A.M.: My day begins by getting ready for a long day of traffic, drop-offs, and work (did I

mention lots and lots of traffic!).

7:30 A.M.: Out the door and to my son’s school. Even though I should probably leave my house a little bit earlier due to Houston’s traffic, but I don’t.

8:00A.M.: Pull up to my son’s school and he barely makes it on time (I really need to leave the house early). Head to my husband’s job to drop him off (we carpool since our jobs are 5 minutes from each other’s).

8:45 A.M.: Drops husband off and heads to my job.

9:30A.M.-6:30P.M.: At work as a manager for a driving school. In my spare time (which is limited) I do develop story ideas for a current or future story. I check emails and look up information for ideas.

6:30P.M-7:00P.M.:In traffic (did I mention how much I hate traffic?).

7P.M. -9P.M.: At home and is spending time with the family. We eat together (which is mainly fast food, since no one wants to cook. I know, that’s terrible), helps son with his homework, gives him his bath, and he’s off to bed.

9P.M. – 1A.M.: Once son is asleep, it’s my time to be a writer. This is the time when I could put my thinking cap on and just let my imagination run wild. Since my latest project, Trust Me (the second book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series) will be released in February, I’ve been writing nonstop to meet my deadline.

There have been times when I automatically have the ideas in my head and can easily type them onto the computer. But there have been times when I have no idea what to write and I will just stare at the computer. And yes, there have been times when I fell asleep and the computer was still running on my bed (I know, bad idea). Usually when I do that, that’s my cue to sign-off and get some rest.

Writing at night has helped me a great deal, mainly because that is the time when I can actually think. My mind is clear of the everyday pressures of work and chores and I can focus on my story and the characters. Also, writing can be therapeutic in a way, mainly because I can get all my frustrations out from an event from that day and put it in writing.

As I put my head on my pillow, I realize that I only have a couple of hours of sleep before I have to do my routine all over again.

Author Interview- Freado

Good morning!!! I recently did an interview for the book website Freado, in which I briefly discussed the ending to Our Love and what to expect from A Chance At Love. Take a look below:

1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Houston, TX (which readers probably guessed since all my books are based in Houston), I’m a wife and a mother to a six year old son and I’m an indie author trying to find my way in the literary world.

2. Describe your book ‘Our Love’ in 30 words or less.

‘Our Love’ is a coming of age story about a young interracial couple who not only discover the love they have for each other but also discovering who they are as individuals.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I think the hardest part of writing ‘Our Love’ was the ending. When I wrote this book, I had two different endings, and at the time, I chose an ending that didn’t go well with readers, so I changed it. But I did think with the ending, I was conflicted because I didn’t know which direction I wanted to take the couple since they went through so much throughout the book; but I think at the end, the current ending fit the story perfectly.

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

Growing up, I was hugely obsessed with anything ‘Sweet Valley,’ whether it was ‘Sweet Valley High’, ‘Sweet Valley Twins’, the university series; I had each and every book. I think those books made a huge impact to why I wanted to write throughout the years.

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
The Internet and social media are the two most important elements to marketing my book. With the Internet, I will go on my blog to post updates and information regarding my books. I will also use other book sites (including Freado). Social media is very important, because everyone has an account with a particular site. Just posting a tweet or sending a message on Facebook will gain fans or readers who are interested in a certain book.

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I like to watch TV, listen to music, or just spend time with my family. Relaxing is also an important element when I’m not writing.

7. What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on the sequel to ‘In Love With My Best Friend,’ titled ‘A Chance At Love.’ This is Tia and Charles’ story, so for anyone who has read ‘In Love With My Best Friend’ is in for a real treat, because their story is completely different from Camille and Trevor’s story.

I’m also doing a giveaway on the site for a free copy of Our Love. If interested, sign-up at the link on my Contest and Giveaway page. The next time to enter is December 20th. Good luck!!