Adrienne Thompson

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Book Title: Born at Dawn

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction, Women's Fiction

Author: Nigeria Lockley

Urban Books (September 30, 2014)

ISBN-13: 978-1601626752

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

About The Book:

Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?


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About The Author:

Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master's degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master's degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

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Posted on September 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual."

~Arthur Koestler

Book Review - Honour Among All by Vivian Kay

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Honour Among AllHonour Among All by Vivian Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honour Among All is a quick, easy read that packs a powerful punch. Author Vivian Kay has bravely shone a spotlight on subject matter that is not usually covered in works of Christian fiction and I applaud her for that because, the truth of the matter is, there are people, Christians, dealing with similar situations who need to know and understand there is deliverance and healing available for them. This book clearly illustrated the dangers of letting the tiniest bit of sin creep into your life and/or marriage, whether in thought or deed. It also nicely illustrates the saving grace of God. At times, this book made me cringe, made me angry, and left me in shock--and shouldn't a good book evoke that type of emotion? As this is her debut, this is definitely an author to watch.

4.5 Stars

Adrienne Thompson
Author of When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)

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Are #Reviews Important?

Posted on September 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (2)


The title of this post begs a question that seems to surface pretty often in the social media groups/forums that I frequent. And it's actually an excellent question. Are reviews really that important?

The short answer is yes. Reviews are very important to some readers when they are considering their next book purchase. But, as with anything, the importance of reviews varies according to the reader and, in some instances, the author. If the author is one with a solid readership, reviews will not make a big impact on the reader's decision to purchase the book. They will most likely buy it based on their prior experience with reading the author's work. If not that, they will probably wait and see what friends or other readers are saying about the book, but those opinions are not always shared via a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. Quite simply, word of mouth “reviews” may take precedence over written ones. After all, wouldn’t you value the opinion of a friend over that of an anonymous online reviewer?


On the other hand, there are readers who will only buy a book after having read the reviews. Some readers are looking for various things in a review that will influence their decision regarding purchasing a book—the number one deterrent being a review that complains about bad grammar/editing. As a reader, myself, that would also be a big turn off for me. Bad and/or non-existent editing makes for a bad reading experience.


However vital reviews may or may not be, I do feel that some authors overemphasize their importance. I believe that some authors fixate on receiving a large number of reviews when the honest truth is that having reviews in not the only way to sell books. Selling books takes a combination of things that must be repeated and are virtually never-ending (promotion, adjusting prices, fine tuning blurbs, revising covers, revising the book, and so on). After all, I've seen books with lots of reviews and poor sales rankings. It would be nice if tons of reviews = tons of sales, but that simply is not true. The reviews are just one piece of the book-selling puzzle.


Please don't think that I'm knocking reviews altogether, because I'm not. I even wrote a post with tips for getting more reviews (you can read it HERE). As I stated before, they are an important and much-needed part of the publishing process. Just don't put all of your eggs in the review basket.


What say you? Do you think reviews are important? Do you read them before purchasing a book? Comment below and share your opinion!


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Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

~Les Brown

Book Spotlight - Rejected But Still Prevailing

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Book Spotlight - Rejected But Still Prevailing

About the Book:

In his debut novel, Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II explores rejection and how it affects individuals in their lives.

We have all been affected by a form of rejection at some point in our lives, but it is how we’ve dealt with the rejection that shapes who we become. Keith Taylor II shares his passion and knowledge to change readers’ minds about rejection. In Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II helps readers understand the meaning of rejection, how to handle it and how to overcome it.

We first have to understand what is against us, then look to ourselves for change and learn to forgive those that have hurt us. Rejected But Still Prevailing will help you through it with biblical references and personal examples, readers will have a better understanding of what they are facing.

About the Author:

Keith Taylor is a freelance writer, pastor, mentor and graduate of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. He started at a young age ministering about the Word of God to area juvenile detention centers, prisons, churches, and conferences. Keith Taylor II is known as “Mr. Inspiration” and with his heart for mentoring has concentrated on helping at risk youth. He focuses on bringing to light issues that have been hidden or avoided. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his lovely wife Jasmine and is working on his next title.

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Posted on September 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

"It's not what happens to you that counts, but how you handle it. It's not how far you fall, but how well you bounce."

~Dan Zadra

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"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death."

~Robert Fulghum