SPOTLIGHT: After the Pain by Adrienne Thompson

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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.

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After another failed attempt to pay for my room, as the front desk was unmanned again that morning, I went to the dining room to find it empty except for the delicious-smelling food. I made my plate and was digging into half of a grapefruit when the unmistakable scents of grass and gasoline hit my nose. My first thought was that it was the lawn mower guy, my second thought was how rude it was of him to come into the guest dining area reeking of grass and gas, and my third thought—well, I’m not sure what my third thought was because I happened to look up and into the nicest pair of dark eyes I’d ever seen. Then my eyes scanned the rest of his face—strong nose, Darnell Williams-caliber thick lips that parted into a handsome smile, smooth coffee-with-no-creamer-colored skin. And when he said “Hi,” his voice was as rich as a thick slice of New York cheesecake. I mumbled hi in response and began to nervously mutilate my grapefruit with my spoon. He gave me a little nod as he slid his work gloves off his hands and shoved them into the back pockets of his jeans. Thankfully, he now had on a black V-neck t-shirt. Had he still been shirtless, I might have started drooling…

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Kindle and paperback: http://amzn.com/B01AHWOI6W

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AHWOI6W

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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 and author of 24 books currently resides in Arkansas in her newly empty nest where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

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Got a Right to Be Wrong by K.L. Brady

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synopsis

AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW NOVEL FEATURING THE HIGH-SPIRITED HEROINE FROM THE BUM MAGNET!

Charisse Tyson is about to say “I do” . . .

But could the smart, sassy, curvaceous bride-to-be, who’s more than paid her dues with a string of worthless ex-lovers, have good reason for second thoughts? What if her fiancé, Kevin Douglass—the gorgeous FBI agent who rescued her from a con artist boyfriend and promptly swept her off her feet—turns out to be like all the others? Rissey’s worst nightmare comes true when, one week from their wedding day, they hit a major bump in the road—a baby bump, that is. Kevin reveals that a one-time liaison with his former FBI partner produced a lot more than a one-night stand.

Thrown into a tailspin, Rissey turns to her beloved top-shelf vodka and her best friend Lamar, who makes no secret of his desire to replace Kevin. With her own family in upheaval when the father Rissey has never known enters her life and Kevin desperately trying to make things right, time is running out . . . will she and Kevin survive the drama and make it down the wedding aisle?

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Got A Right to Be Wrong by K.L. Brady picks up right where The Bum Magnet ended. Charisse and Kevin are headed to go down the aisle until all hell breaks loose. A baby comes into the picture, there are daddy-daughter issues, and drama is caused by a friend that believes he is a better man for Charisse, and those are just a few of the situations that make up this wonderful sequel.

“Now, with one stupid mistake, one failure to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and all the effort I’d made to earn her trust had dissipated.”

Kevin is one of those characters that I wanted to make human and slap him upside his head but on the other hand I found myself hoping that he would be the one. Kevin makes it hard for Charisse to trust him again because he often listens to his friends instead of simply doing what is right.

And, don’t get me started on daddy issues. Charisse was hanging on to forty plus years of resentment and anger towards her father.

“The rage I experienced all those years he didn’t demonstrate an ounce of concern for my well-being, the years he wouldn’t even speak to me or send me a simple birthday card to acknowledge my existence in the world. Could a father hurt his child more?”

Brady writes this aspect of the book with such conviction that it felt as if I were Charisse.

The Bum Magnet was one of the funniest books I have read recently and I must admit that it was quite surprising yet refreshing to see that Got A Right to Be Wrong took on more serious subject matters. Brady writes in a style that I personally prefer: it is real and an accurate portrayal of how people’s conversations go. And, this quote perfectly summarizes the book as well as Brady’s writing style:

“Baby, marriage ain’t nothing if not real. And the longer a marriage lasts, the more real it gets. That’s what you signed up for. You didn’t sign up for a lifelong fairy tale. You signed up for a lifetime of real. So, now you got real.”

Once again, Brady has knocked it out the park and I look forward to reading more from her!

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five

Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray

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synopsis

In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage and change lives forever.

 

When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .

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Chauncey and Jamal are best friends who share the same profession of being firefighters and happen to have wives that have been best friends (more like sisters) since their college days. This foursome has a strong bond and friendship that is quite solid until Chauncey dies in a school fire. Miriam, Chauncey’s widow, turns more towards Jamal for comfort than her girlfriend Emily and the issues begin.

“Michellelee asked me if were sleeping together and I didn’t tell her anything. She asked if you were the one who was here the other day and I told her no, but she didn’t believe me and I think she knows. She knows it was you and…”

Obviously as a reader, I already knew that Miriam and Jamal were having an affair but to read this is how Emily finds out still brought emotion out of me. Can you imagine you’re riding in the car with your husband, you see your best’s friend name come across the Bluetooth screen so you answer, and she immediately starts saying these things??? Boy, oh boy! And, I will leave it at that!

Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray truly makes you think is there a time/situation when adultery, infidelity, and deceit are acceptable. Is there sometimes a justified explanation for our behavior and choices? Or, is it right and wrong without the possibility of wrong but I really have a good reason?

Victoria Christopher Murray is one of my most favorite authors because she consistently makes the reader think and there is always an element of Christian principles to her writing. Her characters are always memorable and will stay with you long after putting the book down. And, she does not disappoint with Never Say Never as it is one of the BEST books I have read so far in 2013!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Never Say Never from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

On a personal note, I was looking forward to reading Never Say Never so much I took it with me to Rome, Italy back in May 2013. Here it is with me inside of the Colosseum!!!

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five

meettheauthor

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1.    What message do you hope to convey through Never Say Never?

I never try to write a message into any of my books.  Truly, I just try to write a great, entertaining book, have faith be a center part of the story, and then let every reader get the message they’re supposed to get.

2.     What was the inspiration for Never Say Never?

The inspiration for Never Say Never came from events that happened after 9/11.  I’d read about the situation in the NY Times and it even became a Law & Order episode.  The situations — several of the firemen who survived the WTC collapse, were leaving their wives for their friends (who died) widows.  I wanted to explore that story with my own twists.

3.     If Never Say Never were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast?

This is always a question I can never answer.  When I write my novels, I cut out pictures from magazines and place them on a white board in my office.  I never use celebrities, just ordinary people (well, if you can consider a model an ordinary person) and I focus on that picture as the character for my books.  So, I already have a picture in my head and it’s no one we know.  Once it’s been in my head for a year, it’s hard for me to come up with people to play the roles.

4.     Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

Set up my iPad, get out the keyboard…and type.  I don’t have a mood.  I don’t need music, I don’t need it to be quiet, I can write anywhere…and I do.

5.     What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

I’m surprised that my career has never taken off.  I’ve worked very hard on the craft of writing, I’ve tried to write intriguing plots and I’ve worked endlessly on promoting my novels, but I’ve made very little inroads in the sixteen years that I’ve been writing.

6.     When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

I read everything…and I read while I’m writing.  I’m not one of those people who can’t read while writing.  Thank God because reading is as important and enjoyable to me as writing. Right now, I’m reading the autobiography of Assata Shakur.  I’ve read that book before, but now that she’s been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted TERRORIST list, I wanted to revisit her story.

7.     If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Dancing Through the Storm….’nuff said.

8.     What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

1. That I used to run marathons  2.  That I can’t run marathons anymore because I had my hip replaced, but that’s okay because I do Shaun T’s INSANITY.  3.  That I’m not too far from celebrating the Big 6-0!

9.     What can your fans look forward to next?

My novel, The Ex Files has been optioned to become a movie, and the producers actually asked for more “Ex Files material.”  So, I’m writing a Christmas novella called “Merry Ex-Mas” which will be out in October.  And then, my 2014 novel will be Forever An Ex.

10.  Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

Thank YOU.  And if anyone wants to read the first seven chapters of Never Say Never, visit Amazon or my website at www.victoriachristophermurray.com.