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Saved By Grace by Natasha C. Pointer

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Genre: Poetry/ Christian/Autobiography

Book Title: Saved By Grace

Author: Natasha C. Pointer

ISBN-10: 1937129446

ISBN-13: 978-1937129446

About the Book

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Saved By Grace is an Autobiography told thru poetry about her life, the hardships she faced, but most importantly how she overcame it all through prayer, faith, and steadfastness.

Poetry to touch the lives of others, to inspire someone, to encourage, and to bring joy in someone’s life. This book is filled with great hope for those facing life’s most challenging moments. As a storyteller, Natasha shares where she found her greatest strengths through prayer, faith and her steadfastness.

About The Author

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Author | Motivational Speaker | Entrepreneur

Born and raised in Fort Myers, FL, Natasha C. Pointer, shares her stories of faith and encouragement through poetry. She serves in ministry at Destiny Life Ministries. Saved by Grace is her first published work and is currently working on her next book Expressions. She is the owner/founder of Mysteri Message-In-A-Bottle.

Excerpt

 

 

Blessed

From the day you were born,

you were a blessing.

You were a comfort and

inspiration to those around you.

 

You suffered enormous tragedies

and faced many challenges.

You suffered a great deal

and life as you saw it was over.

 

Each day seemed like an eternity—

every moment seemed everlasting.

You went in with your eyes closed,

but came out with them wide open.

 

You fell to your knees and asked,

why, why me?

Not realizing that your trials

would prepare you for your future.

Not knowing you were a blessed child

and you were called for a purpose.

 

Many obstacles came your way

and the enemy tried to bring you down.

He never wanted you to succeed,

let alone see the light of day.

 

Your cries reached up to God.

He said, You are my child.

No matter where you go,

I will be with you.

 

You are blessed.

Blessed you shall be,

and blessed you shall continue to be;

not only to yourself, but to others.

 

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Website: http://authornatashapoint.wix.com/kingdombusiness

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pointernatasha/

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Sojourner Truth Shines at the Detroit Lighthouse Theatre

 

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I love the theatre and bringing to life real life heroines such as Sojourner Truth. I had the opportunity to portray her in a monologue ,  along with other talented women and men who  brought to life heroines such as Ida B. Wells, Nina Simone and  heroes, at the Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre.   LeDene Lewis is the visionary and Executive Director.

No one would guess that my love for teaching the Word of God and serving as the intercessory prayer leader  sometimes masks my passion for the arts.  The arts helps children and adults  to develop their creativity. Theatre is a great way to learn. Going to the theatre teaches us about people, places, and ideas to which we would not otherwise be  exposed. Theatre can serve as a cultural laboratory where we can learn about our past , confront how the past and present maybe related and  inspire us to make a difference.

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On  March 12, 2016, I had the privilege to  be a part of a Black History Review entitled “Black History: The Revival” as Sojourner Truth at the  Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre located at the International Institute 111 E. Kirby in Detroit. Sojourner Truth was an African-American preacher, abolitionist and women’s rights activist. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case. Her great oratory skills were recognized  and her  1800″s speech entitled  “Ain’t I A Woman” inspires  and intrigues  audiences today.

It would be a joy to be available to bring to life christian and secular  characters for your ministry or organization. (LdFaygo@gmail.com) As a actress and dramatist,  I love to glorify God through drama, poetry readings and portrayals of women characters of the Bible to minister, teach and empower men and women. Such characters as “Eve”, “Sojourner Truth” a homeless woman and a crazy woman have been brought to life by me.

 

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DLCT offers opportunities for community members to lend their creative talents to our city by participating in their productions.  Its seasons will include something for everyone from youths to seniors, comedies to musicals to dramas. Also it provides an array of experiences from production planning to the mounting of and acting in a variety of production types in order to fulfill its mission.

Mission:  To Shine in, on, and for Detroit!

 

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Linda Fegins , The Fegins Report, May 2106 Ldfaygo@gmail.com

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Wake Up Everbody! Wake Up America!

wake up americaindexWake Up  Everybody! Do you see what is happening to our children and communities. Wake Up America!  ! So much is going on in our nation – vicious blatant racism, attack on God’s Word and Way, personal and corporate financial distress, hatred, violence, leadership that lacks integrity and truth, ISIS, war , human trafficking and more.

The lyrics of the song “Wake Up Everybody”, sung by now deceased artist Teddy Pendergrass which described the issues facing people in this world, are so relevant and realistic for today . Part of the lyrics state:

Wake up everybody no more sleepin’ in bed
No more backward thinkin’ time for thinkin’ ahead
The world has changed so very much
From what it used to be
There is so much hatred war an’ poverty

The world won’t get no better if we just let it be
The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me

True, the world will not get any better unless we, you and me, pray and cry out to the Lord in fervent prayer, with a repentant heart, to heal the land. Once we soak in prayer, get our instructions from the Lord, then we must also “Do”— take action to make a difference.

Let’s join in corporate prayer on May 5th, 2016, which is National Day of Prayer. Throughout the day pray from where ever you are—home, work, school etc. Join in corporate prayer where  prayer is taking place all over the country.

This year’s 2016 theme: Wake Up America. Scripture: Isaiah 58:1a “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet” The national theme, Wake Up America, emphasizes the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.

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Join with the nation of Believers to emphasize prayer for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.

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For the May 5th observances, Dr. Tony Evans, is the 2016 Honorary Chairman. Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events around the nation. Gather your friends and family members together in prayer. We have an opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on YOU and all citizens to humbly come before His throne.

The apostle Paul urged that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone…that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (I Timothy 2:1-3). It is time for us to pray as a nation corporately and individually. In this turbulent time of open racism, rumors of wars and aggression, and troubled communities and cites we need to go before the Lord to seek through prayer, “peaceful and quiet lives” – for ourselves, our families, our neighbors and friends and our nation.

Continue to pray for our nation as the “prayers of righteous persons are powerful and effective”. James 5:16. The sovereign Lord listens to our cries, waits to intervene on our behalf and to deliver and transform the ills of our nation. (See e.g. Zephaniah 3:17).  There is a need for faithful, preserving intercession for our leaders, government, families, education system, the legal system, churches, the armed forces and the media. Our prayers will impact generations to come if we continue to seek the Lord’s guidance and protection and be obedient to His Word.

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Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader , May 2016

Tags: Dr. Tony Evans, National Day of Prayer 2016, Teddy Pendergrass, wake up America

 

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Book Blast for Mind Matters by Tanya J. Miller

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Book Title: Mind Matters: Get Out of Your Head and Jump Into Life

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Genre: Self-help/Motivational & inspirational

Author: Tanya Miller

About The Book

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Do you ever get lost in the maze of your mind? When your thoughts start spiraling in a continuous loop—positive or negative—it can seem impossible to consider a different idea or even catch your breath. If the way you think greatly influences the way you live, then it’s important to know how to manage your thoughts and channel their power to improve your life, rather than hinder it.

Mind Matters explores practical ways you can bring balance to your thought life, from replacing anxious thoughts with hopeful ones to curbing unnecessary thinking altogether. It also points out traps that keep you stuck, like “clearing your mind” by airing your thoughts to anyone that will listen via Facebook or the occasional tantrum and outburst.

As you learn the art of controlling your thoughts, you will be able to focus on what you can do in the present to experience the life you want in the future. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts or just need a few tips to better manage your mind, this easy-to-read guide provides you with simple instructions you can immediately put into practice.

 

About The Author

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Tanya J. Miller is a certified life coach with over eighteen years’ experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community and in ministry to pursue purpose, passion and destiny.

Tanya holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University and is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Scrum Master.

Her lifelong passion for writng eventually led her to start the blog Talking with Tanya in 2005. Mind Matters is her debut book. Tanya is married and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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War Room Prayer Journey:Strength to Kick Satan Out ….

DAY 17 – February 26th – Strengths: Search Me Lord (  Days 17-20 of the 40 Day Prayer Journey)

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Scriptures:   2 Corinthians 12:9–10; Psalm 81:8

 

How has your personal prayer journey been during this Lenten Season so far since we started on February 10, Ash Wednesday? I pray that you are indeed listening to the Lord, studying the Word and seeking God in prayer and fasting. Keep pressing toward the mark even if it may be a little challenging. Again keep pressing on the 40 Day “War Room Journey: Praying, Listening to the Lord And Living the Life”.  1 Timothy 2:1-4; Philippians 4:6-7; Deuteronomy 30:20; Galatians 2:20, from February 10, 2016 through March 26, 2016. If you want to see prior post go to http://www.ladyofprayer.com

The season of Lent should be a time of intense discipline and devotion. Obviously the word discipline is close to the word disciple. We are disciples or followers of Christ. We become like Christ through disciplines such as Bible Study, prayer, and ministry. Oh by the way, do you have your journal, Bible and a listening ear on this journey?

 

Every strategy includes identifying your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). It helps you to take a critical and complete look at what you have and what is needed for success (victory) to occur. God is your strength, and He has given you many talents, gifts, resources, and opportunities. Write down these strengths. Ask at least three people who know you well to tell you what they have seen and experienced as your strengths. Write down their responses and keep them/post them with your list.

 

Be honest about your weaknesses; pray and seek guidance from God and others when needed. Pray for opportunities to use but not abuse your training. Never manipulate people or projects; that is Satan’s game and gain. Know your threats—recognize the real enemy, temptations, and tricks you tend to fall for. Fortify your offense and defense in your War Room. We will continue to build on each of these points throughout this battle plan (2 Corinthians 12:9–10).*(Kathy Branzell)

 

 

Pray:

  • For you to be obedient to the call to be a witness to others on your job, at the store and everywhere and to know what is your individual mandate.
  • Pray that family members and church members will have a strong and growing love for God and for others.
  • Pray that the church would walk in love for one another without hypocrisy and out of a pure heart.
  • Pray that the love of Christ will permeate you , believers in Christ and all churches so that the world would see and believe that God loves them and sent His Son so that they might have everlasting life and live in His love through salvation.
  • Pray that God will forgive us, as a nation for the mistreatment of Native Americans and other ethnic groups; for God’s fullest blessing upon their families and lands, that the tribes will find their healing justice and highest dignity as a people in Christ; that the gospel is proclaimed with love to them.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader 2/26/2016

 

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DAY 18 – February 27th – Don’t Complain: Praise and Pray.

Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:22–26; 2 Chronicles 20:15

 

Miss Clara points out to Elizabeth that Satan is the enemy, not her husband—and that all of her complaining brings curses and not blessing or healing to her marriage. Complaining is the praise music of hell. Satan loves to hear us gripe and grumble.

 

On the other hand, Satan hates to hear us pray. He can deceive, distract, and discourage us all he wants until we turn to God to fight for us—and then Satan is defeated! God has no tolerance for complaining; it does not express faith.

 

If you want to fight the good fight, it is time to turn our eyes on Jesus and profess our faith in Him. Praise expresses the awe-inducing, unchanging, mighty attributes of God. As we profess that He is Almighty, we perceive that our problems are not big and bad after all.

 

Write down some attributes of God from Scripture and pray them to remind yourself and the enemy that God is stronger and sovereign. Write down blessings to pray over the people connected to your prayer strategy. Remember, asking God to reveal anything they are doing in deceit is a blessing as long as you pray repentance and redemption over them as well (2 Timothy 2:22–26).*(Kathy Branzell)

 

Bible study and prayer are essential to the life of every Christian. Intentionally read and study the scriptures and listen to God’s words. Fill your mind and soul with His stories and His truths. Spend more time in prayer. Learn to pray on your knees or prostrate on the floor. Confess your sins. Ask God to reveal to you areas of your life that need His transformation. Commit to deeper Bible study and times of prayer.

 

This is a time to repent, recall, refresh and renew our commitment to communing with Christ, talking to him but also listening to hear what He has to say to each of us individually and corporately. Stay on the War Room Prayer Journey–you will be blessed!

 

 

Pray:

  • Pray for those who are blinded by sin that the scales will be removed from their eyes, ears and their minds are illumined with the gospel. Pray for unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
  • Pray that you and members of your church and believers everywhere would praise the Lord with their whole heart and grow in personal and corporate prayer.
  • Pray for the Lord to add to the church daily those who are being saved. (Acts 2:4)
  • Pray for opportunities for you and other believers to witness and invite people to the Lord and/or to the church. Colossians 4:2-4.
  • Pray for college students.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader 2/27/2016

 

DAY 19 – February 28th – Kick Satan Out of Your House

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Scriptures: Romans 4; Proverbs 18:13

 

Elizabeth ( from the War Room) realizes that she needs to kick Satan out of her house. She quotes James 4:7, “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.” It is a procedure with a promise. Jesus quoted Scripture against Satan’s temptations in the wilderness and Satan’s schemes were unsuccessful.

 

What tricks, threats, or treats has Satan used to tempt you? Ask God to forgive you if you have followed the tempter or even fallen into a pit of sin and destruction. Ask God to lift you up and set you firmly back on His path for His glory. Choose and write down verses you will use to deflect and defeat the devil next time he comes prowling around your life (Romans 4).*(Kathy Branzell)

 

Pray:

  • Pray that you will grow in the knowledge of God’s Word for every aspect of your life.
  • Pray that the Father gives you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17
  • Pray that parents will study the Word, come to Sunday School and began to talk to their children about the Word of God every day.
  • Seek God for the sick: There are many names on our sick list – Please pray for each name on that list and focus on three in particular for the rest of the week.
  • Pray for persons with mental illness, who are suicidal and/or depressed.

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader 2/27/2016

 

 

 

 

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DAY 20 – February 29 Distractions

Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:6–9; Proverbs 18:13

 

Satan does not give up. Even in Jesus’ ministry after the three temptations in the wilderness, Satan continued to use demons and other people to be a distraction or disruption—or even try to detour Jesus from God’s plan by the people’s desire to make Jesus their earthly King. Jesus as an earthly king sounds like a good idea that could yield some good, temporary benefits to the Jews in the first century; yet God’s plan was best—the eternal defeat of sin and death and redemption of the created with their Creator for all eternity.

Write down ways that you have been detoured or distracted into settling for “good” instead of God’s best. Pray for God to show you areas of your life that you need to release in order to have open hands (and time) to receive what He wants to give you and where He wants to grow you (1 Peter 5:6–9).*

 

 

Pray:

  • Pray that the Father heals ________ by the power of the Word. Thank the Lord for sending Jesus to bear our sins in His body so that by His wounds ___might be healed. (Psalm 107:20; 1 Peter 2:24).
  • Pray for persons who are mentally ill, depressed or suicidal for deliverance, healing and sound minds that recognize the voice of Jesus.
  • Pray that God will provide for the financial resources to meet the financial needs of the sick.
  • Pray for the caregivers of the sick and shut in.
  • Pray for outreach ministries.

 

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader2/28/2016

 

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40 Day War Room Prayer Journey

 

believe in the power 1513888_10151786371577283_307625861_n Many Christians began preparing their hearts and minds for Resurrection Sunday better known as Easter through the season of Lent on February 10 Ash Wednesday. Although it is February 20, I look forward to you and your family joining me, my friends , family and my church family in participating in our 40 Day Prayer Journey, “ War Room Journey: Praying, Listening to the Lord And Living the Life”.  1 Timothy 2:1-4; Philippians 4:6-7; Deuteronomy 30:20; Galatians 2:20, from February 10, 2016 through March 26, 2016. You can go to http://www.ladyofprayer.com to see Day 1 though Day 12

Step into this forty (40) day prayer journey of repenting and praying toward the desires and promises of God to enable us to grow in our spiritual walk. Let each of us as individuals and as a corporate body grow in grace, in service and deed, in love for God and each other and into a lifestyle of individual and corporate prayer.

It is a time to repent, recall, refresh and renew our commitment to communing with Christ, talking to him but also listening to hear what He has to say to each of us individually and corporately. God wants a personal love relationship with you—with us. A relationship involves a two way conversation. Prayer is a dialogue not a monologue. God is not silent. He speaks to us through His Word and in other ways. Jesus was a listener. He said “Whatever I say is what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:50). Like Jesus, we must listen. God is longing for us to pay attention. Let’s all stop and listen.

Hopefully you had the wonderful opportunity to watch the movie “War Room”. God wants us to become effective prayer intercessors and warriors to carry out His Kingdom purpose. We will be praying and study the war room strategies addressed in the movie. Days 8 though 36 will address effective prayer based on an article by Kathy Branzell entitled “War Room: A Thirty-Day Boot Camp Response, 2015”[1]

               The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. James 5:16

Why not ask a loved one to join you on this prayer journey? Let’s all continue with one accord in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:14a) during this Lenten season.

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Love and pray fervently,

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

 

Suggested Logistics 

What follows is a suggested format for the journey. You may need to modify it to fit your schedule or medical restrictions. You are encouraged to use a journal or notebook to write your reflections, what the Lord is speaking to you when you stop to listen, your prayers and/or prayer requests.

           During the Forty Day Prayer Journey it is suggested that you:

  1. Fast at least one day per week preferably Wednesday . Alternatively, you can fast a food or activity the entire Lenten season.
  2. Select a Prayer Partner or two (Triplett) to pray together at least once a week as you determine for your schedule.
  3. Daily read the devotion if any, and read the scriptures. Meditate on the Word each day. Answer the questions in your journal if there are any for that day and write down your reflections. If there is a blank line contained within a day’s activities fill in what applies to you.
  4. Make an entry in your journal each day or as led by the Holy Spirit. Make sure you take time to listen. Complete the exercises if there are any.
  5. Make a commitment to attend Bible Study and The Prayer Gathering or Prayer Meeting at your church or a church. Or join an online prayer group such at 5am Monday- Friday Global Missions Prayer Force or Girlfriends Pray at 7am and 10pm Monday- Friday. Both can be found on facebook.

If you missed Day 1 through 14 go to www.ladyofprayer.com Join us there every day for the remainder of the 40 Day Prayer Journey.

 

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

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 DAY 12 – February 21st – How Is Your Prayer Life?

Scripture: Isaiah 55; Proverbs 1:5


In a recent interview Stephen Kendrick said, “Prayer is so much more than people realize. It can powerfully affect every problem and need in our lives if engaged from within a vibrant relationship with God.”

So how “vibrant” is your relationship with God? Write down some adjectives, characteristics, and evidences that describe your current relationship with Jesus. Describe your daily interaction and affection toward Him. How many times do you think about Him during the day? How often do you talk with Him, thank Him, or give Him credit for something good or beautiful? Is prayer your first response or your last resort?

One of the biggest mistakes made in prayer is that we make it about us. We think that we only need to talk to God when we need something. But that is not how any successful relationship communicates. If your write your spouse a love note, or a friend a thank-you note, you do not fill it with ways they can make your life better and easier. You thank them for all they have done and the meaning that they have already brought to your life.

Love expresses and affirms affection without attaching a required expectation at the end of the sentence. We do not say, “You bring so much joy to my life, so give me $50.” Practice praying throughout your day; a sentence here, a thought there that just tells God how much you love and appreciate Him. Practice making your requests in the mindset of His will, so He receives glory and His Kingdom is impacted.

A happy marriage glorifies God, so does an addict who recovers, a prodigal who repents and comes home, a bill that gets paid, a church that is filled with people who have a heart for prayer, worship and service, etc. Abiding in Him teaches us to value what He values, not the other way around. Write down ways to praise and thank Him as you see Him move in your requests, and in your relationship (Isa. 55).*

Pray:

  • Ask God to search your heart and life and to reveal to you any sin you may need to deal with.
  • Pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
  • Ask God for spiritual blessings, for ministry opportunities and empowerment for service.
  • Pray that the gospel may reach the unsaved, unchurched and those hurt by church “folk” such that they may be saved and their hearts and minds are renewed.
  • Ethnic Communities: Psalm 22:27 – that God would bring racial harmony; that long standing offenses may be healed by the forgiveness which begins in Jesus; that Christians show honor and act in Christ’s reconciling power; that many churches would demonstrate the redemptive purpose of God in the beauty of the distinctive languages and cultures.
  • Pray for President Obama and his family.

 

Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

[1] The article in Day 12 is from a free resource Mrs Branzell allows one to use to grow and strengthen your prayer life. Days 8 through 36 devotion will arise from the article authored by her. KATHY BRANZELL is the founder and CEO/president of Fellowship and Christian Encouragement (FACE) for Educators . She is also a member of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and America’s National Prayer Committee.

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Tell Me Lies Author: Michelle Lindo-Rice

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New Book Release: Tell Me Lies

Kindle: ASIN: B018EXNO70

Author: Michelle Lindo-Rice

Publication Date: Jan 12, 2016

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About The Book

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-fiancé. 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?

Michelle Lindo-Rice

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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

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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 3×5 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.

 

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Anchored by Love by Unoma Nwankwor

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About The Book

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When Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Just as he begins to feel the forbidden emotion, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way across the world.

Now, Damisi has a request that only Jabir could fulfill. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. They vow never to see each other again, but fate has a different idea. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day.

 

About The Author

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Unoma Nwankwor is a romantic at heart. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She is the COO of KevStel Group LLC, a faith based Entertainment Company aimed at providing uplifting and life changing entertainment through its movies and books.

Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013), When You Let Go (May,2014), A Scoop of Love (Jan,2015) and Anchored By Love (Dec, 2015). She has numerous published flash fiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club, USA Today HEA blog and the Kenyan Ezine ;Wamathai and well as numerous radio shows and blogs. She is currently working on her next novel The Final Ultimatum.

Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice.

After all, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13

Unoma resides in Atlanta Georgia with her husband and two kids.

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

“So I guess you’re my knight in shining armor coming to rescue the damsel in distress…”

The tone of her voice was not lost on him. There was an edge in it he didn’t like.

She continued, “How many of us have there been over the years?”

“What?” He stared down at her.

She sat up straight and scooted away from him. She stared at him. “How many of us have there been? Six years…let’s see…yeah, I remember the three-month rule, so what is that, twenty-four?”

“You want to do this? Now?” His forehead creased in confusion. What had he said? How could she go from sweet one minute to this the next?

“We might as well. All this pretending we’re all good is making my stomach sick.”

He sighed. He wasn’t going to take the bait. Besides, she really didn’t want the answer. She just wanted to find a way to not let him into her heart.

“Answer me. How many?”

“No.”

“No?”

“N-O. No.”

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