Monday, January 25, 2016

Motivational Monday


Book Spotlight: Whatever Dude by Dalia Florea



Have you ever wondered about online dating?  Journey down the rabbit hole of online dating in this pocket size book of vignettes filled with hilarious stories of meet-ups, musings and more.  From Mr. Doesn’t Have A Job to Mr. Takes His Shoes Off During A Date to Mr. Let’s Go For Coffee But Too Cheap To Actually Buy Coffee.  This book will have you laughing out loud!



Meet Author Dalia Florea

Dalia grew up in Queens, New York and now makes her home in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.  She is the author of Mirrored and Teardrops Know My Name and Whatever Dude.  Her debut, Mirrored reached Amazon’s Bestseller’s list in Women’s Detective Fiction.  Her second novel, Teardrops Know My Name also reached Amazon’s Bestseller’s list in African American Mystery, Thriller and Suspense.  Whatever Dude a humorous short read reached Amazon’s Bestseller’s list in Humor & Entertainment.  She is an avid reader who enjoys writing fiction stories with a mixture of mystery and suspense sprinkled with romance.  When she isn’t crafting mystery suspense stories with a dash of romance, she enjoys reading, attending live music concerts, visiting wineries and solving puzzles.
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Twitter: @DaliaFlorea
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Sample #2 Never Stop Praying


Never Stop Praying
  
Ephesians 6:18: And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. One of the greatest challenges in life is including prayer in your everyday life, not just when you are in distress. Hold tight to your faith, because it will push you to pray more. Remind yourself that even when things do not look like they are going to work out, you cannot stop praying.
Prayer is like having a full-time job, and you must keep going and praying until the job project is finished so that you can start the next one. Know that God hears all of your prayers, and He has already supplied the answer. He is just waiting for the right time to show you the results.

PrayerLord, I come to you with a thankful heart. I do not understand how I am to keep smiling while my life is filled with so much hurt and pain. I come to you today, asking and praying that you allow this pain to be reversed and lead me to a closer relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scripture Reading

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ". 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
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Sample Sunday #1: A Praying Heart Blog: Prayer Closet


Prayer Closet

Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then you’re Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you A prayer closet is a designated space that you use to communicate with God without interruptions. It can be in a quiet park, a garden, a little corner in your house, or out on your balcony.

God does not care what space you choose; He is just looking for you to spend some private time with Him. Even when you are not able to have a physical space, it is important for you to become deaf to those things happening around you as you pray.

If it is possible, close your eyes, and allow your imagination to take you to your quiet place, and begin to pray to God in silence. When you enter into your prayer closet, it is not a time for you to relax, but a chance for you to give yourself to God completely.

There are a few things to have waiting for you when you enter your prayer closet:

1.Your favorite Bible
2. Prayer journal.
3. Worship music.
4. Lamp.
Prayer:

Lord, I come to you in my prayer closet, looking to spend some one-on-one time with you. Not because something is wrong, but to build our relationship. I know that I have not spent enough time with you, because things have been busy around me. Help me to become one of your faithful servants. Lord, today I surrender myself to you completely. I praise and thank you for your love, grace, and mercy that you continue to show me every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scripture Reading

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples. ”He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”~Luke 11:1-4

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Author Interview with Cheraee


LaToya: Hi Cheraee thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Cheraee: I'm a self-published author who has self-published (4) books since 2014. I'm the editor of (2) magazines in my hometown Detroit. One is a hip hop magazine (SDM) and one is a gospel magazine (Indie Faith.) I also do book editing and ghostwriting in my spare time.

LaToya: Which writers inspire you?
Cheraee: The writers that inspire me are Noire, Nikki Turner, Maya Angelou, and Eric Jerome Dickey.

LaToya: What are you working on at the minute?
Cheraee: At the minute I'm working on 3 books I plan to release in the first quarter of 2016.

LaToya: What genre are your books and why?
Cheraee: My books are urban fiction, but I have created 2 of my own genres which I call reality fiction and intellectual, hood fiction.

LaToya: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Cheraee: A quote that I use to represent myself is "the queen pen of reality fiction."

LaToya: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Cheraee: I would love for Naturi Naughton to play the leading role in my book.

LaToya: When did you decide to become a writer?
Cheraee: I decided to become a writer in 2014 when I started self-publishing my books.

LaToya: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Cheraee: I write full-time.

LaToya: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Cheraee: I don't have a special time to write I just write whenever I'm inspired.

LaToya: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Cheraee: I don't aim for a set of words or pages a day. I just write until I fall asleep.

LaToya: Where do your ideas come from?
Cheraee: My ideas come from my own life, people around me, and everyday society.

LaToya: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Cheraee: I always start off with a general outline, but I let my ideas do the talking.

LaToya: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Cheraee: Creatively I have evolved because I am now a more independent author, and every book I write I become more humble in my writing.

LaToya: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Cheraee: The hardest thing about writing is writing new ideas that haven't been published.

LaToya: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Cheraee: The hardest thing about writing my last book which was part of a sequel is making sure it was better and shadier then part 1 and 2.

LaToya: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Cheraee: The easiest thing about writing is being able to have the freedom of speech.

LaToya: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Cheraee: It takes me about 3 months or less to write a book.

LaToya: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Cheraee: In 5 years I hope to have published 20 books, be a national best-seller, and own my own publishing company.

LaToya: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Cheraee: The advice I would give my younger self is to have started self-publishing when I first started writing novels at 19.

LaToya: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Cheraee: A famous person I would love to meet is Zane because she is more than just an author.

LaToya: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Cheraee: I would have loved to be the original author of Candy Licker by Noire. This was one of the first books I read that made me fall in love with urban lit.

LaToya: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Cheraee: I would advise aspiring authors not to change your writings for anyone, and not to take no for an answer.
Connect with Cheraee:

Website: www.cheraeec.com

Facebook: Sheree Cheraee Cranford

Twitter: @ashadymission

Instagram: @literally_raee

Amazon Author Page: Cheraee C.



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Monday, January 18, 2016

Motivational Monday


Book Spotlight: After the Pain by Adrienne Thompson


After the Pain by Adrienne Thompson

About The Book:
Genre: African American Women’s Fiction/Edgy Inspirational Fiction/African American Romance
Release Date: Jan. 12, 2016

Blurb:
Barely grasping on to her sanity due to past trauma and unhappiness, LaVonda Ingram leaves her home in search of peace and finds it in the love of a beautiful man. But will she be able to hold on to the healing and peace his love provides?
This is book one of the Latter Rain series—stories of women over forty finding love.
Tagline: “After the Pain, she needed peace. She found it in his love…”



Book Excerpt:

It smelled like rain the day I lost my mind.
As a matter of fact, the scent of rain clung to the air like an unfulfilled promise until the sun set. I spent that day, the entire day, sitting on my front porch, staring at nothing in particular. I can’t say I was deep in thought because I wasn’t. As a matter of fact, all that seemed to fill my head was static—white noise. It was as if someone had flipped the switch in my head from on to off.
I just sat there and rubbed my hand over my freshly-cut hair, the hair I’d had cut because I just didn’t have the desire to keep it up, to go the beauty shop every week like I had in the past. I didn’t eat or drink anything. I didn’t use the toilet. I didn’t answer the phone when it rang. I didn’t smile or return the mailman’s hello. I didn’t wave when my neighbor greeted me. I didn’t utter a word or move a muscle until the sun began its daily descent. And once the moon took its place in the sky, I stood from my seat, walked out into my yard and fell to the ground. Pressing my face into the grass, I cried for the rain, begged for it to stop playing around and go ahead and pour down on me. In my mind, the rain would make things better, maybe water down some of the pain. I writhed on the ground, pulling up handfuls of grass until my tears dried and transformed into soft wails.
“LaVonda? You all right?” my neighbor, Bunny, shrieked when she stepped outside her house and saw me. What a dumb question that was. I was rolling around on the ground begging for rain, wasn’t I? Of course I wasn’t okay. And then I saw the worried expression on her face and the ugly dress on her body and all I could do was laugh. I laughed so hard that I started to cry again.

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Link to Book Soundtrack: http://ow.ly/X3mgH

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Author Bio:

Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of three young adults currently resides in Arkansas where she writes and publishes her stories from the soul… for the soul, full time. Adrienne writes stories about brokenness, healing, and redemption, because she has traveled those roads herself. 
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Book Review: When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change by Tumika Patrice Cain

When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of ChangeWhen a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change by Tumika Patrice Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change brings out a lot of emotions because it deals with various issues that are happening today. Avery and Alicia feel in love with each other instantly. Where Avery played close attention to her Avery missed an ignored signed of him being crazy. This book reminds you of the importance of getting to know someone. It also shows us that the way a man treats his mother is a direct indication as to how he will treat you.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

Author LaToya Murchison

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Book Spotlight: When A Man Loves A Woman by Tumika Patrice Cain



Avery:

Feeling better than I’d felt in a while, I walked into the condo with a purpose. “Alicia, where are you, baby?”
“I’m in the tub, Avery.” I burst in on her and she looked up at me with a curious expression. “Ave, are you okay?” Her eyebrows raised in question.
“Baby, I’m great!” I dropped down to my knees by the side of the tub to plant a kiss on her perfect face sticking up from the sea of bubbles. She looked adorable. And incredibly sexy. “Mmmm. I missed you.”

She stared at me for a long time before answering. “I missed you, too.” Her face was so serious. Her eyes bespoke of a great turmoil burning in her soul. It was a hard admission for her to make, but nevertheless true. I began to nibble her neck, and I heard her moan. It had been a month since the “incident” and we’d barely touched. Not that I hadn’t tried. She wouldn’t let me too close to her. I missed her softness, and I could tell she wanted me as much as I wanted her. Felt her breath quicken and become labored against my cheek.

“You wanna join me, Avery?” The look on her face was a cross between come hither and nervous anticipation of what was to come by letting me into her space again. In her life. Seeing as how, until that point, I’d been hovering near the edge, just barely able to keep from falling off. That was the sweetest question I’d ever heard.

“Yeah, baby. Oh, yeah.” I growled deep in my throat. Before I could even finish my answer I’d already stripped down to nothing and was climbing into the oversized whirlpool tub to join my wife. The sight of her reaching up to me excited me tremendously. I heard myself groan.
Heated sounds of moaning and ecstasy filled the air as I nibbled and sucked her neck, lips, breasts. A romantic urgency eased between us. “Come to me, Avery,” she panted against my ear. I thought she’d never say it. Our mating was fast and furious as we loved away our hurt and frustrations. We were left panting and clinging to each other. She looked into my eyes and I felt her reach for me again. I picked her up and carried her to our bed. All the urgency of the first encounter was gone, so we were able to love each other slowly, tenderly. Tears slipped silently from her eyes, releasing a host of unanswered emotions, finally being let loose. I licked them away and looked deep into her eyes. “I love you, Alicia. And I’m so very sorry I hurt you. Please forgive me.” I couldn’t touch her enough. I wanted to mold us together to absorb all of the hurt she was feeling.

Excerpt from When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change by Tumika Patrice Cain

Meet Author Tumika Patrice Cain


Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author, media personality, publisher, columnist, poet and book reviewer. Her works center around the uplifting, encouraging and empowering others to live the abundant life. Her works have been described as brilliant wordsmith that paints beautiful word pictures. Experience her writing for yourself!

Tumika enjoys reading books of various genres, especially romance, literary fiction and contemporary women’s fiction. Some of her favorite authors are Pearl Cleage, Maya Angelou, Beverly Jenkins, E. Lynn Harris, J. California Cooper, Nikki Giovanni, LaVyrle Spencer, and Danielle Steele. She writes to give herself wings to fly and to give a voice to those who have yet to find their own. She writes to empower.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Author Interview with Author Imani



LaToya: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Author Imani: I want to write novels that become best sellers. I want to explore more than just drama in urban fiction. I would love to bring crime, thrillers, mystery and suspense all mingled with romance to the urban world. I want my writing to come across as different and unique.

LaToya: Which writers inspire you?
Author Imani: I’m inspired by Zane, James Patterson, Carl Weber, Lisa Jackson and Kiki Swinson

LaToya: What are you working on at the minute?
Author Imani: I’m currently working on a novel called Deception Unleashed.

LaToya: What genre are your books and why?
Author Imani: My books are urban fiction. I won’t say it’s because I’m the most comfortable writing in this genre because I would love to challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone, but for now, this is where my desire is.

LaToya: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Author Imani: I don’t have a quote that I can create for myself, but I know a quote that best describes me: Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing by Benjamin Franklin and that’s me in a nutshell. I either write something someone wants to read or find something that would inspire to write. I would have it no other way.

LaToya: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Author Imani: The leading character is London Forrester and she would be played by Jurnee Smollet-Bell from the movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

LaToya: When did you decide to become a writer?
Author Imani: I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, but I didn’t take it seriously until I was in my late teens, but even then, I was too scared to do something with what I wrote.

LaToya: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Author Imani: For now, I write part-time

LaToya: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Author Imani: I write anytime during the day. On my lunch break, in the evening or into the late hours of the night. It depends because sometimes, I just can’t turn it off once the words start flowing.

LaToya: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Author Imani: I didn’t use to until recently. I started challenging myself to do 5K to 10K per day. Sometimes, I’m able to accomplish that goal. Other times, not so much.

LaToya: Where do your ideas come from?
Author Imani: Sometimes from my favorite TV shows Revenge, Criminal Minds, CSI Miami or Law and Order SVU. Even lifetime movies get my creative juices flowing.

LaToya: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you
Author Imani: Normally, I would just let an idea take me, but recently, I started working better off of outlines.

LaToya: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Author Imani: I think I’ve gotten better with show versus telling a story and I think my characters are well developed. Also, with every book, my writing gets better.

LaToya: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Author Imani: Promoting and letting my voice be heard.

LaToya: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Author Imani: My latest book details someone who is psychotic and has Histrionic Personality Disorder. I can write about a crazy person, but if I’m going to detail someone with any personality disorder, I want to get it right. It’s more to it than someone who is crazy. I have been doing a lot of research on it.
  
LaToya: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Author Imani: Honestly, there is nothing I consider easy about writing. Writing is hard work in itself and could easily become a full time job - but a job I enjoy doing.

LaToya: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Author Imani:  The first book took a year. Lovin’ the Enemy took a year as well only because I would go over it and over it. Take out what doesn’t work and add what does. It took me awhile before I was completely satisfied with it. Lovin’ the Enemy has a part 2 and it took me 3 months to write that. For me, every book has been different.

LaToya: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Author Imani: I see myself as a well-known and well established author with a few best sellers under her belt

LaToya: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Author Imani: If making it as an author was easy, then you’re doing something wrong.

LaToya: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Author Imani:  I will like to meet the Mowry twins, Tamera and Tia (perfect example of people who didn’t turn away from God even after fame). I’d also like to meet Tyler Perry

LaToya: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Author Imani: I would have to say Addicted by Zane. I love Zane anyway, and I love her writing style. Her books are page turners, but even though I read this book maybe a year ago, I still remember the story line. It was the type that made you mad at the character as well as feel sorry for them and even made you shed a few tears. That’s the kind of book I love to write.

LaToya: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Author Imani: Stay true to yourself. Write what you want to write. Don’t try to please people. Disappointments and discouragement are inevitable in this industry, but don’t let it get to you because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. He gave you the talent so He will see to it that you make it all the way to the finish line.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Blast: Tell Me Lies by Michelle Lindo-Rice

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New Book Release: Tell Me Lies by Christian Fiction Author
Michelle Lindo-Rice
Kindle: ASIN: B018EXNO70
Publication Date: Jan 12, 2016
Genre: Christian Fiction

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About The Author

Michelle Lindo-Rice is an award winning, bestselling author of "Able to Love" and "On the Right Path" series. She enjoys crafting women's fiction with themes centered around the four "F" words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. She is the 2015 winner of the Black Writers And Book Clubs Rocks Author of the Year Award. www.michellelindorice.com  

About The Book

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A broken heart...When Sydney Richardson meets Pastor Noah Charleston it was practically love at first sight. Sydney has battled so much deception in her personal life and in her work as an attorney, she is glad to have a perfect man she can depend on. But her Prince Charming has some secrets that are worse than Sydney could have ever imagined. What will she do when Noah's past life come to light?

A broken truth… Pastor Noah Charleston has come a long way since his troubled youth. A respected Man-of-God, Noah’s long buried past emerges in the form of blackmail and threats. Noah not only fears for his safety but also for his newfound love. Will he take a chance on the truth before it’s too late?

A broken trust...Newly converted Christian, Belinda Santiago, harbors a secret that could end her friendship with Sydney. She’s in love with Lance Forbes, Sydney’s ex-fiancĂ©. When Belinda and Lance’s relationship is exposed she may have to choose between her man and her best friend.

A broken man...Lance Forbes returns to Port Charlotte to make things right with Sydney, but his feelings for Belinda are in his way. Lance knows for him to become a do-right man, he must face his childhood pain. Will Lance get his act together and take a chance on love or run again?

Connect Socially 
 Website: http://www.michellelindorice.com 
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.lindorice 
 Twitter: https://twitter.com/mlindorice 

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 Amazon: http://amzn.com/B018EXNO70

Prologue

“The rumor is three black boys killed your parents. Is it true?”

Perched on the edge of his cot, Noah Charleston lifted his eyes to look at the four half-men standing before him. The leader of the pack, Mitch, was sixteen with a baby face, braces and bad acne around his chin. His two muscles, twins Roger and Wylie, were about a year older at seventeen. Both were built like linebackers. Finally, the Whiz, or Matthew a slender fifteen year old with glasses that took up half of his face was the brain of the group.

“Answer him,” Roger prodded, stepping into the small cell. 

Noah shrugged. “That was a year ago.”

“We can do something about that.” Mitch popped his gum. “Join us.”

Noah had heard about the “Avengers” as they dubbed themselves. They ruled the juvenile detention hall and dressed in their version of combat gear: khaki pants, boots and camouflage shirts. Even the counselors were afraid of them.

Noah kept to himself. Everyone pretty much left him alone. Except for today.

He looked up at them. “Do I have a choice?”

Wylie stepped forward. “Do you want me to help you make up your mind?”

“How about I help fix that ugly face of yours?” Noah threw back.

Wylie sprung at Noah. Noah jumped to his feet and sidestepped the much bigger guy. Then he bashed Wylie in the back of the head. Roger lunged at him. 

“Quit it,” Mitch bellowed. “Leave him alone.”

Roger’s chest heaved but he backed off. His eyes held a threat. Noah met his gaze, daring him to bring it.

“I like your heart,” Mitch said. “We need you.”

 “I like my own company,” Noah said.

 “We have something you want,” the Whiz said. His voice was barely above a whisper. He wheezed his words as if he was always in need of an asthma pump.

 “You don’t have—” Noah’s eyes widened.

The Whiz held a crumpled 3x5 photograph in his hand. Noah snatched it, “Where did you find this?” “We have our ways,” Mitch bragged.

Noah squinted.

“I hacked into the computer system,” the Whiz said. This time he coughed at the end of his words. “I know who took your picture.”

“We’ve handled him.” Mitch’s tone was solemn.

 “That’s why you should be thanking us,” Wyle said, rubbing the back of his head.

 Noah looked at the photograph of his parents and closed his eyes to keep the tears from falling. It was his most prized possession. When he had been sent here to the juvenile home two months ago, Noah had placed it under his pillow before lunch. When he checked for it later that night, it had been gone. He searched everywhere but couldn’t find it. That was the first time since his parents’ funeral Noah had cried himself to sleep.

 “Thank you,” he grounded out.

 “Thank us by joining us,” Mitch said.

 The Whiz held up a picture. It was an African-American by the name of Tony Billows who had taken it.

 Noah clenched his fists. “Where is he?”

 “In the hospital with some missing teeth,” Roger said.

 “And a missing pinky,” Wylie added.

 Noah blinked. He would have settled it with a well-deserved punch or two. Not doing Tony serious injury. “That was vicious.”

 “It was a message. You mess with one of us you mess with us all. We’re a family,” Mitch said.

 “The Avengers,” Wylie and Roger said in unison. They held out their fists. Noah had reservations but Mitch had used the magic word. Family. Noah wanted family. He made a fist and the boys all did a fist bump.

 “The Avengers,” he said.

 “Welcome,” Mitch said.

 “Glad to have you,” The Whiz whispered. “Now, let’s get you some proper clothes and a haircut.”

 Noah swallowed his reservations. He had a family again. Nothing else mattered.

To Read the first three chapters, click here: http://michellelindorice.blogspot.com/2015/09/tell-me-lies-prologue-and-first-three.html



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