Author Archives: Shelia Lipsey

About Shelia Lipsey

Multi award winning author, book editor, literary consultant, asst. acquisitions editor at Bonita And Hodge Publishing, (www.bonitaandhodgepublishing.com) founder of Black Writers And Book Clubs Literacy Festival (www.bwabcliteracyfestival.com)

“The Word According to Shelia” Welcomes Tyora Moody

Tyora Moody

Tyora Moody

Tyora Moody is the author of Soul-Searching Suspense novels in the Victory Gospel Series and the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. She is the 2013 Urban Literary Awards Debut Author Winner and 2013 Urban Literary Awards Mystery / Thriller / Suspense Winner. Tyora is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers.

As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include online publicity, social media management, book trailers and book covers. The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit was released January 2014. On Mondays, Tyora hosts The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.

When Perfection Fails

When Perfection Fails

Tyora, if readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
I’m an introvert by nature, meaning I’m a quiet person. :) I make up for not being talkative by being a huge observer and doer. Definitely a behind the scenes gal who loves to serve.
What has helped shape you as a writer?
I would have to say life. I never really thought about writing fiction until 2006. Due to some grief in my life, I was led to turn to what has been my biggest comfort most of my life – writing. I would say there is definite piece of my personality or experiences in most of my main characters.
Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field?
I’m an engineering major turned web developer. I have always been geeky and been driven by technical things. While I loved writing, it wasn’t a priority to me.
What matters most to you as a writer?
That I continue to grow from one book to the next, always keeping the joy of storytelling alive. Even more importantly as a Christian Fiction writer, I would like to see my books empower or enlighten the reader in their faith walk.
How did you come up with the idea of combining Christian fiction with suspense?
I’m a huge mystery and suspense fan. I’ve been reading mysteries since my Nancy Drew days. I think because I’m an analytical and detailed person, I like stories that make me think. I’ve grown to appreciate the art of making your readers guess. Combining it with Christian Fiction became a natural fit for me due to my faith and the fact that not many people were writing this type of combination.
What are some of your future literary goals?
I have been told my writing style is very similar to literary fiction. I wouldn’t mind stepping into that genre. I could even see myself writing young adult fiction one day.
Tell us the names of the books in the Victory Gospel series, and how they connect with each other.
When Rain Falls, Book 1
When Memories Fade, Book 2
When Perfection Fails, Book 3

ABOUT THE SERIES – Letting go of the past is no longer an option for three female business owners in Charlotte, NC. The Victory Gospel Series introduces three women whose pasts insist on walking beside them like a maddening visitor, unwilling to depart. Through a series of twists and life-altering experiences, these women learn victory over pain truly only comes in developing a deep trust in God.
What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors?
Stay persistent. Be willing to learn. This industry changes fast, but the fundamentals of good writing will always be very important. Learn to write well and keep growing your skills.
What are some of your passions outside of writing?
I love movies big action movies, funny animated movies. Anything but sappy romantic movies. :)
How can you be contacted?
While I have many websites. TyoraMoody.com is my official website online. You can contact me and find all my online spots.

“The Word According to Shelia” Welcomes Crystal Marable

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About the Author
Crystal Marable has had a love for writing since she was a young teenager writing poetry and keeping a daily journal. She also has a heart and a desire to encourage and motivate girls to succeed in their lives. She encourages the development of positive thinking, positive knowing and positive doing. Crystal created the Graceful Girlz children’s book series to inspire our next generation of girls to develop in integrity, character and self-esteem. Also, to teach Christian values that will last a lifetime and inspire them to live as girls of grace, continually growing into graceful young ladies. It is her vision that these books will inspire our girls to display in their own lives, as well as share with others, the Fruit of the Spirit that God gives us: love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, patience, goodness, faithfulness and self-control; changing the world by celebrating the gifts within.

About The Book
Graceful Gabby is excited about her new room, but she’s disappointed that everything in her new room is not “pinky” perfect. Come along with Graceful Gabby as she learns about the Fruit of the Spirit. With the help of her Grand Ma-Ma, Graceful Gabby learns to recognize and share the special gift of love with others and to appreciate the love of family.

Behind the Scenes With Crystal Marable

If readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
Readers would see a dedicated, strong, yet gentle mom who has a sincere desire to empower and inspire our African American girls to succeed in their lives and to provide a platform for mothers and daughters to build strong, healthy relationships.

What has helped or shaped you as a writer?
Reading books, magazines, articles and poetry have shaped me as a writer. My own life experiences have also shaped me as a writer allowing me to express myself in ways that are more intimate and personal while also providing a platform for creativity and imaginative thinking.

Do you often compare your work to that of other writers, namely those that you admire in the industry?
No, I really don’t. However, in order to become a better writer and stay in tune with different writing styles, I enjoy reading a variety of works by other writers. I write about what I feel and about subject matters that are near and dear to my heart. I

Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field?
It really wasn’t my goal to become a writer. I attended a book fair at my daughter’s camp and I was just taken aback that there were not any books there that featured an African American girl or boy. I know that there are books like that out there, they are just not always made accessible for our children. So, I was inspired to write books that featured African American children that would also provide a positive, uplifting message.

What matters most to you as a writer?
Being able to reach and impact my audience matters most to me as a writer. When parents read my book to their children or if children read it for themselves, I want them to be inspired, empowered and entertained. I want children to be able to relate and identify with the characters and to receive and share the intended message.

How did you know this genre was right for you?
I knew this genre was right for me because I wanted to reach little girls. I wanted our girls to be able to have more choices with regard to books and products that are designed for them, look like them and provide messages that they can relate to and identify with.

What are you some of your future literary goals?
My future literary goals are to complete the Graceful Gabby children’s book series and to use my books to promote literacy and empower our children to become leaders in their homes, schools and communities.

Tell us about your latest book and what inspired you to write it?
Graceful Gabby Finds Love In Blue is a bright and cheerful children’s book purposed to inspire children to love God and inspire them to daily practice and share the Fruit of the Spirit with others. In this first book of the series, Graceful Gabby is excited about her new room but she’s disappointed that everything in her room is not “pinky” perfect. With the help of her grand ma-ma, Graceful Gabby learns to recognize and share the special gift of love with others and to appreciate the love of family.

What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors?
My words of wisdom would be to write about things that bring them joy, that they are passionate about and that could make a difference in someone’s life. I would also say to never give up. I have learned that writing is a process and there are times when they will have to write and re-write many times. Don’t let that be a discouragement. If I had allowed the process to stop me, I would not be holding and appreciating Graceful Gabby right now.

How can you be contacted?
I can be contacted through my website www.gracefulgirlz.com or by email at ourgracefulgirlz@gmail.com

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My Wife My Baby…And Him tops USA Today Recommended Reads

The 5th installment in the My Son's Wife Series

The 5th installment in the My Son’s Wife Series

I am thrilled and totally excited that my new release (February 28, 2014) My Wife My Baby…And Him is one of USA Today’s Recommended Reads! Here is a copy of the article and what HEA Contributor Michelle Monkou had to say about the book:

My Wife, My Baby … And Him by Shelia E. Lipsey (I have included the direct link to the article too: USA Today

Blurb, provided by Bonita and Hodge Publishing Group

In the fifth installment of the My Son’s Wife series, Senior Pastor Stiles Graham and First Lady Detria Graham s marriage is rapidly falling apart, thanks to her adulterous ways. Stiles had hoped and prayed that the time they spent away from Memphis would make their marriage stronger, but after just months from returning from Myrtle Beach, Stiles questions whether that is truly the case. When what’s done in the dark comes to light, and Stiles discovers that Detria is cheating on him with his good friend Skip Madison, the marriage quickly unravels.

This startling revelation brings out the worse in Stiles Graham, and leads to his eventual downfall. During the midst of it all, Detria learns that she is pregnant. As much as she wanted to steer clear of Skip Madison and give her marriage to Stiles a fighting chance, her heart says something different. Now she finds herself worried about who is the father of her unborn child.

Turmoil, trouble, deception and disaster infiltrate this marriage, and much is at stake, including Stiles pastoral position at Holy Rock. When tragedy strikes this already dysfunctional marriage, it sends life, as they know it spiraling down a never-ending tunnel of hurt, anger and grief, leaving both Stiles and Detria questioning their faith and belief in God to restore their lives and relationship.

Why you should read it: When I’m ready to squeeze the living daylights out of certain characters, I’m ready to call the book clubs’ attention to this book recommendation.

Lipsey writes seriously flawed characters with such realism that they deserve their just desserts. This is Christian faith fiction with powerful lessons to be learned and talked about even after the book is closed.

Great drama that makes those pages turn. Lipsey will not disappoint.

My Wife My Baby…And Him is scheduled to release nationwide (including on Ereaders, and online E-tailers) February 28, 2014.