Monday, December 04, 2006

Anticipation Answered???

Dee3Y'all pray for my daughter, Selah. Girlfriend hasn't bought that child a blessed thing for Christmas. My body and soul has begun to do it's yearly dance. It connects. It fasts, prays, praises, anticipates...Lord, have mercy. There's nothing I can do about it but rejoice and write. Hadn't thought about shopping for her or anyone, but God. What can I get him that no one else can?

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Monday, November 20, 2006

5 Days At the Well: Thanksgiving Literary Event

Set your blog feeds, subscribe to, set your google calendar, because on November 21 GF will host a Thanksgiving literary event 5 Days at the Well with Sharon Ewell Foster about her new novel, Abraham's Well.Quick reference: Sharon is the Christy Book Award and Essence Magazine Bestselling Author of Passing through Samaria. Bishop T. D. Jakes applauds her breathtaking prose.An excerpt of Abraham's Well...

There is a time when I'm feeling fine--my hands are warm and don't hurt, and when my back doesn't bother me when I bend over." She [Miss Susie] placed her hands back in the bowl. "But the truth is, I don't kow if I've ever seen that perfect time. Everyday I just show up and make biscuits, Happy or sad hands or back aching, flour or powder ain't right. I still make do and make the biscuits. The same way with life. The same way with love. You go to keep showing up. If you gon' win over the evil that tries to kill you, you got to keep doing it anyway.>

Caressing the dough like a loved one, she formed the mixture into a ball. "If you gone love, you got to love even when it don't make sense... if you want to live, you got to take it by force and you can't wait until the perfect day to bake your biscuits."- Miss Susie's Living your best life now/baking biscuits analogy to Armentia.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Haunting of Marantha


My friend, Mary Demuth's second novel Wishing on Dandelions has taking my blogroll by storm. She makes her final pitstop here at Gospel Fiction. I'm honored. We're talking about tolerance, storytelling and the characters that haunt her. Click here to experience the haunting.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Ephiphany Factor

There are stacks of books on my tables in my living room. Most of them are some form of inspirational romance. Every day my mailman drops off another novel for me. Every day a new novel is sat on the bottom of these stacks. Some books are not read before their release date. Some novels never reach my home until after its shelf life. And some novels move above the rest. Yet, they are read. Some find placement in one of my magazines or in a bookstores magazine. Others find placement on my site or blog. And others, I can't seem to stop talking about: here, here, and here. But what I rarely see in these novels is an Epiphany factor. Click here for more about The Epiphany Factor.
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Monday, October 09, 2006

From Humble Author to Cover Girl!

You will love this book by Patricia Raybon. Grab your copy today and get ready to take your prayer life to new levels! You'll discover how to see your prayers answered and mountains moved! By the way, you are receiving this e-announcement from Good Girl because you purchased a product/service or subscribed on our website. Happy reading!

Dee's Treasure Box: Fall 06

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.There is a Prodigal Diva talking trash in my laptop. But I thought I should take a break from her for a while and relish in my newfound treasures. I love to read more than I love to write. I take my reading seriously. So today I'm opening my treasure box of some good reads that I've read this fall that you need to take note of. All have Christian themes. Click here .

Friday, October 06, 2006

Repost: Best Summer Biblical Fiction

Ginger Garrett's Dark Hour

This summer I highlighted this novel as one of the best summer selections for Christian Readers. God is good. He has blessed me to call the good ones out, because this month the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance has made it our book selection. Remember today is an open track back day, leave your best blog entry in the trackback.

An excerpt from Chapter One...
Athaliah realized her own body was trembling. She tried to steady herself and call a servant but a living Presence moved into the room and silenced her. She watched as the hairs along her arms stood straight up, and the hairs unseen everywhere on her body raised as well. Her breath stopped and terror overwhelmed her, perhaps if she looked out of the corner of her eye, she would see the God Miraiah had called. She bit her lip and forced herself to look, but saw nothing.
Dark Hour is a biblical historical, but fictional account of 2 Chronicles 21-23, written in Queen Athaliah and Princess warrior Jehoshebeth points of views.
Honey, Desperate Housewives has nothing on this book (second installment of Garrett's Serpent Moon Trilogy.)
I really liked this book, because of the strong women characters portrayed. Although Athaliah is horrid, Garrett gives her some balance. Jehoshebeth's reverance for her wayward stepmom also brings a little balance, too. This book is a great supplement to a bible study and a great read. My mom, who is not a reader, is reading my copy now. :)
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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Meet Me At the Altar

Meet Me at the Altar
(Leading Ladies Publishers)
October 2006
Tamika Johnson
Where do you go when you discover your husband is on the down low? When your husband wants to come back after he abandoned you and your child? When you no longer want to prostitute yourself? When you've fallen for a woman who's soul is broken? You meet Me at the altar...

...I could tell you that my husband loves me and treats me, right...but you read enough fiction. My husband rarely comes home anymore and when he does he sleeps on the couch or complains that I am not the woman he married. He had the nerve to say that marrying me was an experience he would not want to repeat.

No one gets married thinking that one day they are going to fall out of love with their spouse and get a divorce, and no one, I mean no one ever thinks that the man that falls to his knees and plants an engagement ring on your finger, then stands before a room full of people and pronounces his undying love for you will ever sum up your life together as an experience. Judge Mablean where are you when we need you, girlfriend?

Now I know that you are wondering why I on't talk to someone like my pastor or the First Lady of my church...been there and done that so many times.

"Sister, Shana, if you would just submit things would get better." Pastor Hughes said that to me. Told me I have a problem with authority.

"A man likes to know that his wife is going to be home waiting up for him when he gets there , no matter what time he comes in the house." The First Lady told me that.

What I'd like to know is why I have to be the one waiting up until three and four o'clock for him when I am the one working three jobs to pay our bills? Can you answer that, Pastor and First Lady?

© 2006 Tamika Johnson

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Celebration of Not So New Christian Fiction year, I hosted October's Celebration of New Christian Fiction. I thought it would be fun to repost that entry here. Some TMA Members have short stories posted in here. Part of the entries to this celebration came from Dave Long's conversion short story contest. As I read through some of these and cringe at my own entry, I wonder why we don't do this anymore. I also wonder about new ways to showcase our talent. I wonder have my writing improved since last year. Click here and you decide.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dirty Birds Bad Idea

Easy answers. Perfect, pious people. Storybook endings. These are just three of the things you won't find in the novel you are about to read.
Click here to learn more about Bad Idea and Why it's a Great Idea to read this book
(NavPress/Think Books, October, $12.99.)
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Patricia Haley

You'll love this new novel from Patricia Haley!

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Author Panelists Call

Next year I am convention captain for two inspirational writing workshop panels at the 2007 RT Booklover's Convention. If you are a published inspirational author, and interested in being a panelist on one of these workshops, please goto my site- Gospel Fiction for more information.
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Monday, September 04, 2006

To Be Fabulous

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."- An excerpt from Marianne Williamsons' A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Puritan Morality in early Pan African Novelist Thought

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"As Iola finished, there was a ring of triumph in her voice, as if she were reviewing a path she had trodden with bleeding feet, and seen it change to lines of living light. Her soul seemed to be flashing through the rare loveliness of her face and etherealizing its beauty.
Everyone was spellbound. Dr. Latimer was entranced, and, turning to Hon. Dugdale, said, in a low voice and with deep-drawn breath," She is angelic!...She is strangely beautiful!...The tones of her voice are like benedictions of peace; her words a call to higher service and nobler life."
-Iola Leroy, written by Francis E.W. Harper 1892
When I was thirteen I fell in love with African American Women's Literature. The novel that done me in was Alice Walker's A Color Purple. In under grad I knew There Is a God when Agnes Scott College offered a course called Black Feminist Thought. What I didn't know was that my soul would leap for a stranger kind of fiction- Christian Fiction.
Once believed to be the first novel written by a Black author was Francis E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy. I return to this novel often as I write my own works both as a benchmark and as a warning. This month I want to share this novel with you, as it relates to early Black Christian Thought, sociodynamics between Black Women of the early nineteenth century, and what we can learn about storytelling, theme, and orthodoxy as new, liberated Christian writers.
You can pick up a copy of Iola Leroy at your local library or download the text version for free here. So there's no excuse. Ha. :) If you do, please let me know in the gospel fiction forum.
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OTA: Happy Birthday, Mair!

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Happy Birthday, Claudia Mair Burney

Click the bookcover for my review of her debut novel, Murder, Mayhem & a Fine Man
Today is Open Track Back Day, leave me your best blog entry of the week.  Stop by read them and tell me which entry was the best of the week.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tiffany's October Buzz

Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay.

Tiffany Warren has a new book coming out in October. Check it out.

Charmayne Ellis is an established, polished professional. But out of loneliness and under pressure from her family, she allows the drop-dead gorgeous Travis Moon to work his chiseled-to-perfection charm on her.

Choosing to dismiss a gnawing feeling that he's not the man God intended for her, she ignores her pastor's advice and gets married. But Travis has only devastating secrets in exchange. Sure, Charmayne knew about his felony record before they got married - but when she faces his bisexual behavior and porn addiction it empties her bank account and costs her the career she loves.

Now, with the help of a Christian therapist, Charmayne will learn that her real problem was never her weight or her marital status. It was her own inability to trust God enough to wait on His best for her.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

TMA: Relevant Christianese

Join me at The Master's Artist Blog today, I'm asking you what's missing in Christian writing? Is it relevant? Too preachy? Too Racist? Not Godly enough?

Relevant Christianese

"Perhaps the reason why Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit New Orleans was because it is a den of sin down there. Ernesto is coming back to finish it off." My Sunday School classmate *Jack Turner, said to our group.
Before I could stop myself my chest rose, my fingers balled up. I huffed. "Then what about the 25, 000+ members of Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church? They're NOs. They're Christian? Why weren't they spared? I have to tell you that your statement is dangerous. It is the reason so many negate Christianity?"
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Monday, August 14, 2006

Dee's ACFW Event

I'm at The Master's Artist today sharing a fun quiz I created regarding the ACFW quiz. Stop by this week here and at Gospel Fiction for a week long blogging event about the ACFW conference.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sweet Magnolia in 3 Takes

Starting this fall Christan Fiction Blog will present book reviews in a different format than before. We will post a summary and description of the book, and at least two takes on the book from different reviewers and myself. If you are a book reviewer and would like to participate, please leave a comment. If you have a book, you want discussed, please contact me off loop. The next books for discussion are Tamika Johnson's Meet me at the Altar and Karen Kingsbury's Like Dandelion Dust.

Sweet Magnolia

Norma L. Jarrett


Summer Ledoux returns to her family’s New Orleans estate-the Ledoux Mansion for her wedding. While there she finds that her prestigious and well-guarded family name is steeped in dark secrets and a legacy curse that haunts both her and her sister Misa, a former supermodel. Harlem Moon, June, 256 pp, $16.95)

Take One: Shawneda Marks

Norma Jarrett offers readers a phenomenal read. The characters are believable and real. It delves into a much ignored topic in the black community that calls us to the carpet and shows the true effect of this bone in the african american communities closet. Setting the story between New Orleans and Houston brings the reader into the surroundings and settings with every turn of the page. For some the details would be too much but the intricate way this story unfolds is deserving of nothing less than a four star rating. Run to the nearest store and get yours today.
Take Two: Dee Stewart
Dee2Jarrett writes beautiful prose. Her close attention to detail, t romantic scenes, and New Orleans cultural references create an sweet, southern genteel mood for this story. Yet, the constant flashbacks and episodic chapters slow the story’s pace. Too many surprises and secrets add so much drama that it clouds the central themes of redemption and family responsibility from greater view.
Take Three: What's Your Take?
How do you feel about this novel?
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Monday, August 07, 2006

The Truth on Building a National Platform

In less than six weeks this gospel diva will take a huge step at fulfilling a lifelong dream, and flying a commercial airline for the first time, to boot. Think I'm game for the adventure? Let me tell you. I'm hyper ventilating over here. But not for what you think.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Vote for Me
OK, dear friends it's time for 2006 black weblog awards nominations and I want to win at least one category, preferably best new blog(, best free blog( writing, best topical blog( and best original content.  You do not have to be black to vote. :) Just click the link or the pic to be directed to the site and it will direct you how to vote. This award is a great way to get the word out that great gospel fiction exists. :)
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hammond's The Last Ten Percent

From Marina Woonds, Good Girls Book Club

Monday, July 31, 2006

Ask me Faqqly

Have a question to ask me about writing, christian publishing, the gospel recording industry or ATL? Click here and I will answer you in a flash. Faqqly is an open end interface, widget driven beta site, so it always you to interact with your favorite gospel diva or favorite author in real time.  Isn't that cool. So you don't have to run to your email, to await an answer just check in at Faqqly.
I'm looking for authors to feature on Faqqly for interactive interviews with your readers, contact me here if you're interested.
This week Essence Bestselling author and one of my ride-or-die chicks, Tia McCollors will answer my questions and yours. Want to know about her newest novel, Zora's Cry, how's new motherhood treating her, or how crazy I really am, hit the link and she'll answer you, faqqly. :)
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TMA: My Daily Fruitful Checklist

Most days I document and share new projects that today's rising Gospel ministers and artists are involved in. From the Megafest to a small Lake Park, GA churche's prison ministry to Pastor Della Reese to an eleven year old Holy Hip Hop Artist my email and phone fight for my attention. Most days I try to accomodate both, while trying to read and review books, parent my daughter, Selah and write my own novel. And then there's the real story...

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Monday, July 24, 2006

TMA: Amen Corner Eblasts

Amen Corner Eblasts

Last week I asked y'all for a Gospel Push. Well, you people delivered. I got pushed around, prayed on and told off all week. Sherri and Tia called me and made ultimatums. Shoot, one of my alumni buddies from Chucky P's writing workshop sent me a line asking me about my writing and that crazy story I workshopped. Made new friends and got my old ones sending me Amen Corner Eblasts. My Ace BC, Claudia Mair Burney shoved me so hard she knocked me out my comfort zone. Had me up until 3 am churning out a plot, character sketch and a first chapter Saturday night when I should have been at the MegaFest. She's feening for another excerpt of said short story that I am now fleshing into a novel and hot dog I'm gon' deliver. So I'm passing on her letter to you. If it could light a fire under my belly, it'll probably knock you out of your desk chair.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Summer Fun Reading Cont'd

Saved Folk in the House

Went on vacation. Every Weekend I will highlight a book and/or movie that are on my must have list.
If you've read them or saw them, hit me up. You can post your review here or in my new forum.
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Monday, July 17, 2006

TMA: A Gospel Push write-or-die chick, Sherri just received a publishing deal for a novel we critiqued in our writing group two years ago. Two months before she received the good news she wanted to pack it all in and give up on the writing thing. Rejections for her other manuscript cut her deeper than the sand between my sandaled toes in summer. Of course, we prayed her through her dissappointment, and we sighed relief when our prayers were answered.

Yet, I must confess. Her blessing has become a thorn in my side. See. Tia, our ringleader, got her book deal two years back. Now, Sherri has hers. So by default I'm next. Problem is I'm in a shame spiral, a horrible rut. Lord, help me. I need a gospel push.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Judging Christy

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This year I judged the Romance Category for the 2006 Christy Awards. We had thirteen books to read, rate and review. I received my shipment around the February 1st and had until the first week in April to rate them. Because I also review for Romantic Times, Anointed, Rejoice and Gospel Fiction I had to create a plan to keep track of all these books as well as read them on time. Thankfully, I had such a system. My good friend and former editor, Jackie Miller of Real Reviewers gave me Waterlane's The Reader's Journal. as a Christmas gift.
I love this book. It has great quotes from notable authors as well as plenty of writing pages to record what you read. One of my best quotes in the book comes from Ernest Hemingway:

All good books have one thing in common- they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you've read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and that it belongs to you forever...

This month we will discuss such books and how those books relate to this quote, and how why I think they were chosen for Christy selections.

But before we do. I want to know how you keep up with the books you read?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

First Lines

I am a big fan of Poets & Writers magazine. One of my favorite sections in the magazine is the Page One section. When I'm hiding in the library or hanging out the Potter's House bookstore or Barnes & Noble I peruse books by reading the first chapter. Sometimes I make my selections from how I feel about the story after that first paragraph. So I decided today to start a new category for Gospel Fiction- First Lines. I will post the first line of the books that I am currently reviewing.
Click here to see the first set of 1st Lines. Stay tuned for the full reviews this summer and fall.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Judging Christy Part I

This year I judged the 2006 Christy Awards Romance Category. For the next couple of days I will talk about my process, my picks, and concern over some missed selections.

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If you could have selected the best christian romance novels for 2005, what would you have picked? Updated
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