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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Forgive Me Blog Tour Day 2

I’m really excited and honored that Stacy Campbell picked my spot as one of her stops during her blog tour. Stacy and I became friend like many others, on Facebook. I had the pleasure of finally meeting her last year at the NationalBook Club Conference in Atlanta, GA. Stacy’s new novel, Forgive me is a definitely pager turner. I couldn’t read fast enough.

Stacy sat down and talked about Forgive Me, what brings her the most joy as well as a sharing with us something that she loves to do. I hope you enjoy.

Yolanda: Tell us about Forgive Me. What is it about? How did you come up with the title? Are there any characters from Dream Girl Awakened in Forgive Me?
Stacy: Forgive Me is the sequel to Dream Girl Awakened.  It focuses on the fallout of a lot of things that took place in DGA. Lies, infidelity, and parental neglect led the characters to make bad choices.  Forgive Me explores what happens five years later. I came up with the title because the characters kept talking to me, telling me they wanted a do-over and a second chance with the people they hurt. Yes, the crew is back from the first book.
Yolanda: What or who brings you the most joy and why?
Stacy: This may sound sappy, but I get joy from living. Each day is another chance to grow, to learn, and to do better. We chase so many things that we forget to give thanks for being able to walk, talk, breathe, read, have freedom, live in a country where we can openly serve God, etc. Living is the cake; everything else is the buttercream icing.
Yolanda: Tell the readers something about yourself that they would be surprised to know/your hobbies.
Stacy: I love to cook. I was attached to my mother’s hip around the age of 8 or 9 in the kitchen. I’d follow her around, ask questions, and pull up a chair to see how she prepared meals. I mostly cook from scratch, but my family gifted me my mother’s “recipe suitcase” when she passed on. I trace my fingers over her hand-written recipes.
Yolanda: Did you always want to be a writer?
Stacy: No. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I’ve been writing since I was small, but when I brought up the subject of writing for a living to some older relatives, they said, “Child, only fools and dreamers go to Hollywood to act or write books for a living. Get you a real job.”
Yolanda: What is one thing you hope that readers would get from reading any of your books?
Stacy: I want readers to know that life isn’t perfect, neither are people. It’s easy to judge someone who doesn’t suffer from our issues and urges, but we’d all shrink back if someone put a spotlight on our weaknesses.
Yolanda: What are you currently reading?
Stacy: I am reading/doing Kicking In The Wall by Barbara Abercrombie. I read writing exercise books when I’m working on a novel so I can write consistently. It also eliminates my fear that someone else’s writing voice or style will creep in my head. Barbara challenges the writer to replace the “you” in each prompt with characters from your work so you can get to know them better.
Yolanda: What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
My goal with both books was to write with a fast pace and a sense of immediacy. 
Publisher: Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978-1593094584
336 pages

About the book: In this fast-paced sequel to the debut novel, Dream Girl Awakened, five characters come to grips with their pasts amidst broken friendships, infidelity, grief, and loss.

Aruba Dixon has hit rock bottom. After two years of marriage, her second husband has died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and she finds herself wanting to end it all. A botched suicide attempt makes her parents reach out to her ex-husband, James, for assistance. Up until that late-night phone call, James is living the golden life of success and wealth, but now everything is about to spin out of control… Meanwhile, Tawatha Gibson is grateful for the chance to be free again. After serving five years in prison, she is released on a technicality. Though shunned from those she loves most, Tawatha clings to the dream that she will be given another chance to start anew. But when her daughter, Aunjanue, learns about her release from prison, she’s not sure she can celebrate her mother’s freedom, let alone forgive her. 

Then there’s Victoria Faulk, who struggles with forgiving and forgetting. After a messy divorce, she wrestles with feelings of inadequacy and doubt. When her new beau, Emory Wilkerson, proposes in front of family and friends, she knows she’ll never be happy until she forgives the one person who hurt her—her old “friend,” Aruba Dixon. 

As the events unfold around the lives of these women, they face the challenge of letting go of the past and building new bonds. Will they come full circle and learn to move on, or will their past mistakes follow them forever?
I hope you’ll support Stacy and purchase a copy of Forgive Me, available February 11, 2014. 

Author Bio: Stacy Campbell is an author born and raised in Sparta, Georgia. A graduate of Albany State University, Stacy was bitten by the writing bug after hearing her elderly relatives share family stories on her front porch.  Her work has been published by the Detroit Writers Guild, Indiana Writers at Home, and Georgia magazine. Her first novel, Dream Girl Awakened, was published in February 2013 under Strebor Books, a Simon and Schuster imprint.  Stacy’s subsequent novels, Forgive Me, and Wouldn’t Change a Thing, are also under the Strebor imprint and will be published in 2014 and 2015, respectively. When she’s not creating new characters or honing the writing craft, she’s most likely spending time with her family, trying out new recipes, or dining at new restaurants for dinner ideas. You can visit her at,, or @stacycampbell20 on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Joneses Blog Tour Day 2

Today, I have the honor of hosting Shelia Goss during her The Joneses Blog Tour. I would like to thank Shelia for taking the time to stop by and giving my followers a sneak peek at The Joneses, which will be available on February 18, 2014. Shelia also has a few gifts she’s giving away. Details on how to enter are below.

 ISBN: 978-1593095222
Publisher: Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
Genre: Fiction
336 pages


Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control. 


Avoiding Lexi hadn't been easy, and it seemed that it was all for naught. I heard her coming long before she made it to my office. I looked up toward the door awaiting her entrance.

Lexi stormed in my office enraged. "Royce, you can run, but you can't hide. You caused this problem and you're going to fix it. Now tell me how you plan on doing it, so I can deal with other things."

Lexi plopped down in front of my desk.

"Hello to you, too, my beautiful wife."

"Save the pleasantries for your customers." Lexi held her hand in the air and then looked around. "Snap! There are no customers."

"Calm down. If there were some, you would run them off with that mouth of yours."

"Calm? How can I be calm when according to you, we're going broke?"

Order your copy of THE JONESES from Simon & Schuster ( or purchase from other online retailers such as: 

Available in stores everywhere on February 18, 2014.

Shelia M. Goss is a national bestselling author and a screenwriter. The Joneses is her seventeenth book in print. She writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She's received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her books have been on several best sellers lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Book Club. Shelia loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact her via her website: or follow her on Facebook at or Twitter:


Lexi Jones, one of the main characters, from THE JONESES loves her handbags so it’s just befitting that the grand prize be a handbag.  Contest ends on February 25, 2014.

One (1) random entrant will receive a small Coach handbag {Retail value: $188.00, 10 3/4″(L) x 7″(H) x 3 1/4″(W)} and Bath & Body Works minatures (Retail value: $19.75)

One (1) random entrant will receive an autographed copy of Montana’s Way.

Ten (10) random entrants will receive the electronic version of the book Hollywood Deception.

Open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Avoid where prohibited by law.

To enter please click the rafflecopter giveaway link below.