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Guest Spotlight: Marvelous Are Thy Works by Meiah Shaun

19 Dec

For all of you ladies inspired by the natural hair movement, our guest spotlight is on an author hoping to help you love your hair and yourself. It’s my pleasure to welcome Meiah Shaun and her novel, Marvelous Are Thy Works!

Book Title, Author Name, ISBN:

Marvelous Are Thy Works, by Meiah Shaun, ISBN-13: 978-1500398033,

Book Synopsis:

book cover(2)Fatima Williams is a natural hair stylist and the owner of All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, D.C. Her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are her business partners. Fatima wants to empower African American women by hosting speaking engagements about the natural hair movement. She desires to travel nationally spreading her message. Lauryn and Sheba will not commit to Fatima’s business proposal. They have their own plans for their careers.

Fatima’s boyfriend Ephraim of five years is too busy climbing the corporate ladder and has not proposed to her. The best season of her life is turning into a lonely one as her inner circle has dwindled.

Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story about natural hair empowerment, self-love and relationships.

CC: Why did you write this book/What was the inspiration behind this book?

MS: My inspiration behind Marvelous Are Thy Works is that I love empowering African American women to accept and wear their natural hair.

CC: What makes this book different from other books?

MS: My book is unique because there aren’t a lot of fictional books with a natural hair theme. There are numerous books about natural hair care discussing products, styling and maintenance. My story allows readers to experience the day and life of 3 natural hair stylists with their clients and their personal lives.

CC: What’s the hardest part about being an author?

MS: The hardest part about being a self published author is the promotions if you’re not prepared with a marketing plan.

CC: What do you love most about being an author?

MS: I love inspiring and empowering others with words of encouragement and entertaining my readers.

CC: Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book and why?

MS: Lori Tharps is one of my favorite authors. I read her book Kinky Gazpacho a few years ago while in graduate school. As a grad student, I was transitioning into wearing my natural hair. Lori Tharps’s wrote about her childhood and traveling abroad to Spain. She revealed how she was perceived by her brown skin and kinky hair texture while living in Spain.

Lori Tharps also co-authored Hair Story, Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America with author, Ayana Byrd. The book educates readers about the culture of African hair and the history of it in America.

CC: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

I advise all aspiring authors to find a writer’s group to join for support.

CC: What question or comment are you asked most frequently about your book?

MS: I have been thanked by African American women in the natural hair community for spreading a positive message about self love and the natural hair movement.

picCC: Do you blog? What’s your blog site address? What do you blog about?

Yes, I blog on my Facebook page. I often speak about natural hair topics and I post excerpts from my book. You can visit and like my Facebook page at

CC: What events/book plans do you have coming up?

MS: I am networking with natural hair meet up groups in my area. I plan to attend more natural hair events.

CC: How can readers contact you?

MS: Readers may contact me by email:

Visit me on Facebook at

Follow me on Twitter: @MeiahShaun or

Visit my Youtube channel:

CC: Thanks, Meiah, for stopping by! I look forward to checking out your novel soon!

About the Author

Meiah Shaun is an inspirational author and freelance writer. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. She is a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas.

Meiah Shaun is the author of Marvelous Are Thy Works, a novella. Meiah Shaun has a special interest in empowering African American women to self love and to embrace their natural hair. She and her twin sister rock Sisterlocks. Her fraternal twin sister is thirteen minutes older than her.

Meiah Shaun is featured on as a platinum level author penning articles on numerous topics such as inspirational, spirituality, goal setting to shopping and product reviews.

Meiah Shaun enjoys writing, reading, cooking, jazz music and making scrapbooks.

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My Two Cents: November 2014 Recommended Reads

17 Nov

Being an avid reader, I’m always looking for a good read. If you’re seeking a quality, inspirational book, here are a few books that I’ve recently read and enjoyed.* Happy Reading!

How Could My Husband Be Gay by Ondrea Davis

How Could My HusbandMy Two Cents: I’d been hearing about this book since its release two years ago. I’m glad that I finally took the time to read this courageous memoir about the author’s previous marriage to a man who seemed to live a double life. This book is more than drama and juicy details; it’s someone’s journey through a difficult time in their life. I applaud Davis for taking a negative experience and turning it into an opportunity to create awareness about “down low” lifestyles.

Synopsis (via Amazon): Award winning title, How could my husband be GAY?, is an autobiographical look into the life of Ondrea L. Davis. On the outside, Ondrea’s life is nothing short of a fairy tale. She has a dream home, the perfect husband and three beautiful children. Ondrea soon discovers that her husband, Marceous King, is not the man she thought she married.

Exhausting all efforts to salvage her marriage, Ondrea finds herself in the fight of her life. In the process, she uncovers a highly sophisticated web of deception and shocking secrets. Marceous will stop at nothing to keep Ondrea from exposing the truth and derailing his plan – even if it means destroying her in the process. In this battle of good versus evil, who will be the ultimate victor?

Check out How Could My Husband Be Gay? at

Excuse You by Terri Whitmire

Excuse YouMy Two Cents: In Excuse You, Whitmire encourages readers to respond to life’s setbacks with faith, hope, and a determination to overcome. She offers practical wisdom for handling barriers, as well as in-depth examples via personal interviews with people who have survived hardships and learned life-changing lessons. This is the perfect read for anyone in the midst of an unexpected situation who needs to know that sunlight comes after the rain.

Synopsis (via Amazon): Who or what situation dared to interrupt your life? It’s time to redirect your course and tell your setback, “No more. You’re excused.”

From the author who brought you “Breathe for Me”, “My Next Breath”, and “Walking in His Shadow”, comes 27 lessons and five real-life stories that will bring clarity and give you that “Aha!” moment you’ve been searching for. Hiccups, setbacks, and interruptions will no longer have control over your life. Excuse them and reclaim your life.

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Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

BridgeMy Two Cents: Anyone who really knows my reading habits knows that I LOVE Francine Rivers! Her most recent release, Bridge to Haven does not disappoint. It’s the behind the scenes story of an abandoned girl who leaves all she knows for the hope of love and stardom in Hollywood, only to realize what she needs most cannot be found in fame and fortune. Rivers is a master storyteller, weaving an amazing, inspiring tale that I enjoyed so much that I never wanted the book to end.

Synopsis (via Amazon): To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

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*Books listed are titles that I’ve chosen to read for my own entertainment and are recommending based on my personal reading preferences. I do not accept requests for reviews or recommendations from authors, publishers, agents, or publicists. 

Guest Post: Trying to Outrun the Love of God by Karen Adams

17 Oct

Coffeehouse Conversations brings you another inspirational author who has dedicated herself to uplifting others with her debut book. Welcome, Karen Adams!

Trying to Outrun the Love of God by Karen Adams, ISBN-13: 978-0-9903066-0-3

Book Synopsis: In her debut book, Author Karen Adams struggles to understand how a loving God would allow life to be so unbearable. Facing childhood molestation, years of crack addiction, nervous breakdowns, and admissions to mental wards, she learned that no matter how difficult life was, God continued to extend His love. Trying to Outrun the Love of God, is a deeply moving story of one woman’s journey filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds wholeness and deliverance in the arms of a loving Savior. A must read for all those who think they are alone.

KA 3CC: Why did you write this book/What was the inspiration behind this book?

KA: I wanted to offer hope and encouragement to those who have had to go through hard times and still may be stuck.

CC: What makes this book different from other books?

KA: It’s my personal story of overcoming drugs, mental illness and sexual molestation. I believe one of things that make it different is my honesty regarding both the good and the bad. I very open regarding everything I have gone through. I have proven rather God has proven through me that the scripture is true that we become new creatures in Christ.

CC: What’s the hardest part about being an author?

KA: Finding the time to write and learning the process of it all. It is quite overwhelming.

CC: What do you love most about being an author?

KA: When someone comes up to me and tells me that my book has blessed them, especially when it causes them to open up about something they are going through or have gone through.

CC: Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book and why?

KA: Victoria Christopher Murray is one of my favorites. Her books are always very entertaining yet deliver a powerful message of hope. I don’t think I have a favorite book…I love reading.

CC: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

KA: Don’t be afraid just begin writing there are a lot of valuables tools to assist you with completing your project. Do you research before signing with any one company.

CC: What question or comment are you asked most frequently about your book?

KA: Most people can’t believe I have gone through everything I write about. The question is most asked is, You went through all of that?

CC: Do you bloKAg? What’s your blog site address? What do you blog about?

KA: I don’t blog.

CC: What events/book plans do you have coming up?

KA: I am doing a two day book signing in Birmingham, Al at the end of January. I will also be a part of a virtual tour Oct-Nov 2014.

CC: How can readers contact you?

KA: Facebook: or

About the Author

Karen Adams survived childhood molestation, 7 years of crack addiction, 4 nervous breakdown, two admissions to mental wards of hospitals against her will. She is now an Evangelist who teaches and preaches on the transforming love of God. She has a burden for emotional wounded and hurting people. She attended college at all of the Alameda County Jr. Colleges. In her free time she enjoys, traveling, movies, reading and spending time with her cat Noches and her Cockatiel birdy.

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Weight Loss God’s Way: Book Review

30 Jun

cathyIn Healthy by Design by Cathy Morenzie, the author provides 21 days of inspiration and encouragement for those striving to lose weight. Health expert Cathy Morenzie merges professional experience with Biblical references to help readers overcome personal obstacles and build faith. Each day offers a  spiritual reflection, which includes a Bible verse and devotion connected to both the verse and attitudes about health. The author then offers a health challenge for the day and a confession, both intended to help the reader push beyond unproductive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The book also includes blank areas where the reader can write notes and reflect on the day’s topic. In the rear of the book, additional scriptures can be found to enhance each day’s topic.

I found the book to be a very simple and straight-forward approach to encouraging those who are attempting to lose weight. The book is a quick read. It’s thinness makes it easy to carry in a medium-sized purse for those who want to use it for inspiration throughout the day. Also, the shortness of each day’s content makes it a good fit for busy people who can only spare 5-10 minutes a day for reading. The psychological and spiritual aspects of the book allow the reader to consider more than mere food choices and exercise, but what other factors may be influencing weight loss and gain.

My criticism of the book is its lack of thoroughness. Yes, it makes for an easy read, but I don’t feel CathyMorenzienewthat each day’s content gives the reader all the tools needed to be successful in their weight loss efforts for the day. The tagline for the book is “A simple 21 day plan for permanent weight loss and stronger faith.” However, the book doesn’t feel like a complete weight loss plan. It’s too vague about what the reader should be actually doing to lose weight. I understand the lack of specifics may be for the sake of the reader being led by God in their activities, but it would have been helpful to provide a little more structure for those unsure of what to do or struggling with hearing from God. I think the book would be better marketed as a devotional for weight loss rather than a self-help, weight loss plan. Nevertheless, Healthy by Design is a positive read and worth checking out.

If you’re looking for an inspirational book that will challenge you to use your faith as a key component to losing weight and become more healthy, purchase Healthy by Design at

Also, check out Cathy’s Facebook group at


New Book Alert: Family of Lies by Mary Monroe

20 Jun

liesNew York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe weaves a stunning portrait of a family immersed in deceit … and the women whose happiness depend on the secrets they keep…

After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it’s been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband’s mistresses to keep her pregnancy secret. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband’s fortune is hers alone…

Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew showed up at her mother’s funeral to claim her, it’s a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah’s life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be… because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she’s ever known, she wants a life that’s richer than what Vera’s got planned for her.

Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth’s heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah set the course to live on her own terms, they’ll have everyone they know choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top…


About the Author

MonroeMary2005sigMary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. She never attended college or any writing classes. She taught herself how to write and started writing short stories around age four. She spent the first part of her life in Alabama and Ohio and moved to Richmond, California in 1973. She has lived in Oakland since 1984.

Her first novel THE UPPER ROOM was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1985 and was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. An excerpt is included in Terry McMillan’s anthology BREAKING ICE. She endured fifteen years and hundreds of more rejection letters before landing a contract for her second novel, GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY. It was published in October 2000 by Kensington Books. GOD DON’T PLAY is her seventh novel to be published, and it landed her a spot on the prestigious New York Times Bestsellers list for the first time! Her eighth novel, BORROW TROUBLE, was released December 2006. Her ninth novel, DELIVER ME FROM EVIL, was released September 2007 and her tenth novel, SHE HAD IT COMING, was released in September 2008, and her eleventh novel THE COMPANY WE KEEP was released in March 2009. In September 2009, GOD AIN’T BLIND was released and in June 2010, GOD AIN’T THOUGH YET was released. MAMA RUBY, the prequel to THE UPPER ROOM was released in June 2011, and her fifteenth novel, GOD DON’T MAKE NO MISTAKES, was released June 2012. LOST DAUGHTERS, the sequel to the Upper Room was released May 2013, and her seventeenth novel Family Of Lies was released May 27, 2014.

She won the Oakland Pen Award for Best Fiction of the Year in 2001 for GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY. She won the Best Southern Author Award for GONNA LAY DOWN MY BURDENS, in 2004.

Mary is divorced, loves to travel, loves to mingle with other authors, and loves to read anything by Ernest Gaines, Stephen King, Alice Walker, and James Patterson. She still write seven days a week and gets most of her ideas from current events, the people around her, but most of her material is autobiographical.

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Guest Post: April L. Minger’s Altars of the Heart

6 Jun

Looking for a way to deepen your relationship with God? April L. Minger stops by Coffeehouse Conversations to tell us about her book, Altars of the Heart, and how you can increase your worship experience!

Altars of the Heart by April L. Minger

Book Synopsis:

Do events from your past continue to play over and over in your mind? Do you feel like your relationship with God is not where it should be? Are you looking for a deeper worship experience?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have some good news for you. The answer may seem far away, but it’s actually much closer than you think.

Altars of the Heart will take you on a journey to rediscover who you are and give you authentic tools to help you connect back to walking hand-in-hand with God through deeper worship.

The knowledge and insight that you will gain from reading this book will take you to a life of new-found liberation from insecurities, fear, doubt, shame, and un-forgiveness.

You will be encouraged to do an internal “heart” examination, to re-evaluate how you interact with others, make choices and worship the Lord.

The Word of God specifically states in the book of Hosea 4:6, that my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. I issue a challenge to you to open this book, and allow your life to experience freedom from bondage and finally discover your path to deeper worship.

Open this book, and let’s have a heart to heart conversation!

CC: Why did you write this book/What was the inspiration behind this book?

AltarsoftheHeart_Front_Cover_FINALAM: I was doing a study on the life of Abraham, and that study led to a personal interest in the altars in bible. Because of this interest I began to study the meaning and uses of altars in Scripture. My study opened my spiritual eyes to the connection between the altars in the bible and the spiritual heart of man. After doing the study on the altars in the bible and seeing the connection between them and the heart of man, I took my own journey of self-evaluation and self-discovery and after allowing myself to go through the process I knew I had to share. I wanted to share what I had learned and what I was able to achieve in my own walk with the Lord with others in hope of help others.

CC: What makes this book different from other books?

AM: It takes the reader on a journey of self-evaluation and self-discovery where they are able to understand why the events of their past continue to trouble them in the present. This book is not a cookie-cutter; one-size fits all approach, but rather an individual “guided tour” that helps the reader discover their own path to deeper worship. This book does not go through a step by step process where you are instructed through a series of steps, but rather a way in which you can tour your own heart to see what’s there. This experience is different for each reader.

CC: What’s the hardest part about being an author?

AM: For me it’s sharing a piece of yourself with others and then asking them to offer a critique. Your book is in some way a part of who you are, so you have to be able to welcome feedback and only give it the value needed to help you in your personal and or professional growth.

CC: What do you love most about being an author?

AM: I would have to say I love the opportunity I have to teach and help others through my writing.

CC: Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book and why?

AM: I don’t really have a favorite author, but I do enjoy reading books written by: Joyce Meyer, John Eckhart, and John C. Maxwell. I like books that have a lot of biblical teaching and practical application. My favorite book right now is ‘Right People Right Place Right Plan, by Jentezen Franklin.

CC: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

AM: If you want to write, then do it! Don’t wait for the perfect time to start just start writing about what you are passionate about. Reach out to others who can help you fulfill your dream of writing; seek help from resources like writing and author coaches.

CC: What question or comment are you asked most frequently about your book?

AM: What was my inspiration for writing the book?

CC: Do you blog? What’s your blog site address? What do you blog about?

AM: No, I do not currently blog.

CC: What events/book plans do you have coming up?

photoAM: I am currently on a two month virtual book tour with Write Now Literacy and I believe that I will write a follow-up book to Altars of the Heart that will continue to help readers move forward in the journey process.

CC: How can readers contact you?

AM: I am on Facebook and Twitter. I also have my own website at:

Author Bio:

April Minger was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. After graduating from high school, April joined the United States Air Force. April works in the Insurance and Health Care fields, and also has a Master’s degree in Business, graduating with honors, and is a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa Chapter of The National Honor Society. She currently resides in Fort Drum, New York, where her husband serves on active duty as a member of the United States Army. April and her husband of eighteen years have two children.


*April appears on Coffeehouse Conversations courtesy of Write Now Literary Tours.



Guest Blog: Jae Henderson’s Things Every Good Woman Should Know

15 May

As a woman, what important lessons can improve your life? Our guest on Coffeehouse Conversations, Jae Henderson, provides us with some insight on choosing the right path in her most recent e-book, Things Every Good Woman Should Know.

Welcome Jae!

Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1 by Jae Henderson

Book Synopsis:

TEGWSK_Vol_1_smallIf you could stop a woman from making the same mistakes you did would you—whether it be in love, friendships, finances, or health. In “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1,” Jae Henderson has crafted six short inspirational stories designed to educate women on the importance of carefully considering your options when traveling through this journey we call life. Each character allows readers to peek into their lives and experience the joys and the pains of love, lust, naivety, success, selfishness, and more. These stories could be described as fables for adults. Just like the ones you read as children except with adult content and real drama. You are invited to learn the moral of each story that will surely nourish the spirit and strengthen the soul. The titles include:

You Are Beautiful

Take Care of Those You Love

Sex Is More Than Just Sex

Mentorship is Mandatory

Success Is the Best Revenge

You Reap What You Sow

Each story is firmly rooted in Biblical principle and is jam-packed with exciting life-altering situations and life-applicable teachings. Once again, proving that God is good. He may not always keep you from falling, but He can arrange for you to make a soft landing. Be inspired today!

CC: Why did you write this book/What was the inspiration behind this book?

JH: I wanted to encourage women to truly think about the decisions they make. We make so many decisions without doing our research or thinking things through carefully. Unfortunately making the wrong one, depending on the situation, could have disastrous consequences. I felt the best way to do this is through a short stories that any woman can relate to and enjoy. We don’t always have to personally make mistakes to learn a lesson. We can learn them from fictional as well as nonfictional characters as well.

CC: What makes this book different from other books?

JH: It’s a book of short stories designed to tell women things I really believe they should know while encouraging them to apply Christian principles to their daily lives. For example, every woman should know that she is beautiful. Having confidence in your inward and outward appearance is vital to having a healthy self-esteem and this can lead to a go-getter attitude that can help propel you to success. It can also help you ignore negative people or put them in their place when needed.

CC: What’s the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest part about being an author is exposing your soul for the world to see. Some of the stories I write have a piece of myself or someone I know in it. Without even trying, we as writers purge ourselves of our emotions and they end up on paper. We never know how others will react to this cathartic process. Sometimes, you can’t help but take it personal when someone doesn’t care for what was presented because it is personal. We basically leave ourselves naked in front of the world.

CC: What do you love most about being an author?

JH: The readers. The positive words they send my way are what motivates me to keep writing.

CC: Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book and why?

JH: I don’t have a favorite author, per se. I love so many. But I am quite fond of Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston and Beverly Jenkins. I love period or historical pieces and anything with keen insight into human emotion.

CC: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

jae_henderson_headshotJH: Study your craft. I see so many new writers making mistakes that they don’t have to make because publishing a book has been done millions of times before. Do your research: read, comb the internet, and talk to successful published authors about what they did. I would also say don’t do it just for the money. Yes, you can become quite successful but being an author, especially an independent author, is a grind and it makes it easier if you enjoy what you are doing.

CC: What question or comment are you asked most frequently about your book?

JH: When I wrote my first three books, the Someday trilogy, the most common question was if my main character, Tee, was me. My answer has always been, “Tee is very loosely patterned after me. My life is not that exciting nor do I ever want it to be.” Now, people want to know if my short stories are about me as well. Yes, a couple of the stories are based on my personal experiences but I doubt I’ll ever tell which ones. I like to keep people guessing.

CC: Do you blog? What’s your blog site address? What do you blog about?

JH: I have a blog on my author website, It is geared toward updating my readers about my literary endeavors and from time to time I embrace hot topics as well. I also have a blog geared toward singles at I like to address many of the situations singles face and discuss some of the occurrences in pop culture. One of my recent blogs talked about the nude pictures many men now find it acceptable to send to women they barely know. It can be tough for a dating Christian.

CC: What events/book plans do you have coming up?

JH: I recently relaunched my e-book, “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume1”. I am running a promotion where people who read my book and leave a review will have their name entered into a drawing to win a free book by popular authors such as yourself, Beverly Jenkins, Rhonda McKnight, Pat Tucker, Candace Shaw, Sheila Lipsey, Mario King and the new book released by Oosa Book Club. The giveaways will continue until May 27th.

CC: How can readers contact you?