VBD Author Spotlight: Darliss Batchelor

Victorious By Design is pleased to feature author Darliss Batchelor and her latest release, The Make-Believe Wives.

Darliss Batchelor was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Computer Science. After working for several years as a Computer Programmer/Analyst, the family made the decision that she would leave her career to become a full-time stay-at-home wife and mother.

Darliss founded Word in Due Season Publishing in 2010 and released her first novel, “Secrets ” the following year. She is a member of the Detroit-Area Scribes for Christ and a founding member of the Aspiring Writers Association of America.

A wife, mother and grandmother, Darliss is actively working toward the commission to write inspirational fiction that ministers healing, hope and deliverance.

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Title: The Make-Believe Wives

Genre: Inspirational

Release Date: June 4, 2017

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Janay and Evan Ingram have it all, a beautiful home, a loving marriage and three wonderful daughters. However, Janay feels she’s missing something from this perfect picture and needs a period of time away from her family to regain her perspective. She soon disappears and Evan wonders if she’s run away from home.

Faith Richards, the children’s babysitter, steps in as a helping hand and finds herself in an unexpected love triangle with her employer, Evan and his missing wife, Janay.

When Janay returns, she finds another woman in her place.

Evan has a choice to make. Who is his real wife and who is the make-believe wife?

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REVIEWS

“Wow. What a fast paced and engaging read. Janay and Faith end up being make believe wives to two different men that are not their husbands, one of them by force. They both struggle to keep their emotions intact while navigating life. I’m a little perturbed with both Faith’s and Evan’s behavior, because what they dealt with could have been avoided in my opinion. I will definitely be looking for the next read from this author. Phenomenal job.” Amazon Customer

“This book is captivating. Full of excitement with suspenseful twist and turns that will make you want more. It is very well written. You will definitely enjoy it. I did.” Amazon Customer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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It was on a white sand beach in Cozumel, Mexico that Darliss received the call to write her first book. Secrets was born ten years later and she hasn’t stopped. Her books, Hell is a Skyscraper: A Trio of Novelettes and Something Else to Want followed. Her newest release, The Make-Believe Wives, joined her book family in June 2017. Currently, her books are listed as both required and optional texts for a university-level Oral Communications class. Walking in the footsteps of her Christian playwright grandmother, Darliss was also commissioned to write and witnessed the performance of her short play, One Simple Yes.

Darliss is also a dynamic speaker for both church and secular groups on various subjects including sexual abuse and emotional healing.

A passionate writer, Darliss desires to write stories of fiction that have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of her readers. She is committed to continue to write entertaining and inspirational fiction for years to come.

When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband of over thirty years, Greg, her son, Brandon and grandson, Bentley. She also enjoys reading, cruising, Detroit Pistons basketball and watching court shows on television.

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Thanks for joining us, Darliss! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Denise M. Walker

We are pleased to feature author Denise M. Walker and her latest release, Re-Presenting God: Taking a Healthy Look at the Holy One of Israel.

“First off, I am a Christian,” Denise said. “I am also a wife and mother. My husband and I met in high school and have been together for more than 20 years. We have a 14 year old 8th grader. I have served as an educator and mentor for more than 17 years. My passion is writing, teaching reading, writing and grammar. I also love teaching biblical literacy and singing.”

“I am the founder of Hope-in-Christ Ministries. It consists of the Hope-in-Christ Book Club, the Hope-in-Christ w/Denise podcast, and the Hope-in-Christ blog. I am also the owner of Armor of Hope Writing and Publishing Services, LLC. Through my business, I proofread and edit. I am a writing coach and Christian and children’s literature promoter. I also publish my own works under Armor of Hope. I am also the founder and director of Project H.O.P.E. Youth Institute. Through this ministry, I host another podcast, “Building Literacy and True Identity.” I teach and mentor virtually and hold face-to-face workshops. My focus is building literacy and helping youth and others to understand that their true identity is found in Jesus Christ.”

“My first book is a youth journal, “Re-Presenting God: Taking a Healthy Look at the Holy One of Israel.” I wrote it to assist with building biblical literacy. It is written like an English language arts textbook. It teaches the youth to break down the scriptures and come to an understanding of the deity of Christ for themselves. I have also written in two anthologies, which are women’s inspirational books.”

CHECK OUT HER LATEST RELEASE

Title: Re-Presenting God: Taking a Healthy Look at the Holy One of Israel

Genre: Youth Ministry

Release Date: January 11, 2017

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Do you ever wonder about all the religions? Have you asked yourself about the truth of a creator? Do you have questions about the truth of Jesus Christ? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you. It is a journal that walks you through scriptures regarding Christ and who He is as it relates to all of humanity.

 

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A REVIEW

“This was a powerful book intended for the youth but I found myself grabbing my pen and journal and answering the questions. I wish I had gotten the paperback version. It was a refresher course as to my perspective on God. It presented a foundational study on why and how I believe backed up with supporting Biblical evidence.

I highly recommend this for the new believer as well as the seasoned saint whose faith needs a picker upper. The book was easy to understand and I loved the format.” Amazon Customer

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Denise M. Walker will release her first youth novel, “Hannah’s Hope” at the end of January 2018. It addresses child abuse and other topics that will be used as a mentoring tool for teen girls.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise M. Walker is a new author, middle school educator, speaker, podcaster, writing coach and editor. Denise has also mentored middle school youth for more than ten years. She is the founder of Hope-in-Christ Ministries, Inc., Project H.O.P.E. Youth Institute, and Armor of Hope Writing and Publishing Services, LLC.

Through her writing ministry, she desires to create more youth journals/workbooks, youth novels, adult inspirational novels, and inspirational non-fiction, all with the message of Christ as the center focus.

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Thanks for joining us, Denise! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

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VBD Author Spotlight: Julia Royston

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Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my week book tour for Jillian, by Julia. A Royston. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs November 6-30, 2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.

ISBN-10: 0692528067

ISBN-13: 978-0692528068

ASIN: B016C0HJBO

Book Title: Jillian (Book 1 of the Women of the Fellowship Series)

Genre: Romance Fiction

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia Royston

Julia Royston is an author, publisher, speaker and teacher. Julia provides full-service book publishing services, writing and publishing coaching services as well as hosts workshops and conferences to help aspiring writers become best-selling authors and thriving entrepreneurs. By profession, Julia is a 22-year certified, media specialist/technology instructor with the local public school system. For more information about Julia and her companies, please visit, www.juliaroyston.net.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jillian watched so many of her friends date, get engaged and marry before her. She wondered what was taking so long. Jillian had done all of the right things. She had gone to school, built a thriving company, owned a home, drove a luxury car and dedicated years of service to her church and community. But, where was her love? Come experience the lessons, longing and love of Jillian Forrester. Have faith, your love is on the way too

 

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Is Your Book for Business, Pleasure or a Movement?

Before you look for a publisher, write the first word in your journal, I have one question for you.  Is your book for business, pleasure or a movement?  Now, it may be your first book and you have many questions about the publishing process and what the book will look like when finished, but before you do that, determine your vision and goal for your book.  After 10 years of publishing, 40+ books written, 100+ authors coached and published, I know that this is the most important question to be answered.  Whether you sign a contract with a traditional publisher, vanity press or self-publish your book, you are the author and you are the visionary of your book.  No matter who you ask or pay to help you, you ultimately determine how far your book will reach.  Why?  Because readers are investing in you the author and indirectly in the publisher, printer or distributor.  Your name is on the front of the book.  The publisher’s name is inside or on the back.  You are the star of your own book business reality show.  So I ask again.  Is your book for business, pleasure or a movement?

If your book is for business, it should do three things. 

1. Your book should be about some aspect of your business or stand and give voice and credibility to your business and industry

2. Your book should be an additional product to your already existing products or services

3. Your book should be the foundational literary document from which your ideas, methods and opinions on your business are built.

If your book is for pleasure or about your passion, it should do two things. 

1. Your book should be about what you love.

2, Your book should be about what consumes your every day existence.

If your book is for a movement, it should do three things

1. Your book should be about what literally moves you.

2. Your book should move others to conversations, engagement and action.

For me, my books are for all three.  I want to help people create products and services that will increase their business profits.  I want to help people write about and publish what they love.  I know that I write and publish what I love.  I also want to write about and publish books that move people to action in their own writing, businesses and lives.  I want to leave a legacy in the book publishing world long after I am dead and gone.  So which is it?  Business, Pleasure or Movement.

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Thanks for joining us, Julia. Stay victorious.

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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VBD Author Spotlight: W. Mason Dunn

We are pleased to feature author W. Mason Dunn and her new release, A Family Dilemma.

“I am motivated by the ministry of reconciliation,” Dunn said, when asked about her motivation to write. “We are called into His service: “[God] reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” (2 Cor 5:18, 20). God has commissioned each of us to share with others His message of love and peace. I want to move people toward a reconciled relationship with God.

Further Dunn stated, “My life is a living testimony.  My stories are based on events in my life. I want readers to know that our Heavenly Father is a loving father and He cares about us and everything that happens to us. He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten son for us. I want readers to understand that whatever temptation they are faced with, it is not a new temptation and that God has already provided a way out.”

CHECK OUT HER NEW RELEASE

Title: A Family Dilemma

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Day: October 16, 2017

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Aretha Mills experienced a terrible humiliation as a teenager and is unable to move beyond the memory.

As a young adult, she finds reconciliation with her parents, a perfect job and a handsome new boyfriend.

But the clock is ticking, and every moment Aretha spends in bondage to shame and fear, means another moment closer to loosing the ones she loves.

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A REVIEW

“Family drama indeed – this is book three in the series, and it definitely captured me! It is packed with conflict, emotions, and family drama. The action just kept coming and the author delivered a powerful finale. I was on the edge of my seat pulling for Aretha. Download this to see what I mean.” Amazon Customer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The author, W. Mason Dunn, born in Bossier City, Louisiana, received her undergraduate degree from Texas College in Business Administration and earned a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She is an established professional with over 22 years as a higher education experience for the military while traveling with her husband before he retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service. The breadth of her personal and professional experiences have contributed enormously to her fascinatingly inspirational writings.

Waletta has been married for 31 years to retired Marine, Donald Michael Dunn. She is the proud mother of two young, adult children, Michael Stewart Dunn and daughter, Ashley Elaine Dunn.

Mrs. Dunn participated in many writing and speech competitions in her younger years. She traveled her home state of Louisiana participating in numerous contests, winning many of them. One of her most memorable competitions was the “Voice of Democracy Contest”. Mrs. Dunn was originally interested in journalism until she took her first accounting class in college, which catapulted her career in a different direction. However, inspired by her award-winning sister, screen and play write, Judi Ann Mason (“Sister Act II; Back In The Habit”, “A Different World”, “I’ll Fly Away”), Mrs. Dunn never lost her love and passion of writing.

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Thanks for joining us, Waletta! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

Please leave a comment and share this post. Thank you.

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Tonya Barbee

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This is one of my stops during the two month tour for The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain by Tonya Barbee. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs October & November. Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.

BOOK TITLE: The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain

ASIN: B00VJFVN5Q

ISBN-10: 0692564802

ISBN-13: 978-0692564806

Genre: Non-Fiction

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tonya Barbee

TONYA BARBEE is a novelist and aspiring playwright. Her most recent published work is titled, The Little Girl Inside Owning My Role in My Own Pain. She is currently working on another project that complements this book. Tonya grew up in Durham, NC, a family of four daughters and one son. Her father, Woodrow served his country for twenty years as an Army officer, retired then taught ROTC for another twenty years and her mother, Doris, a college administrator. She is a proud 1980 graduate of Frank W. Ballou High School in Washington, DC. She worked in operations and management for Department of Agriculture for twenty years. For the past ten years, she’s worked as a project manager for Department of Defense in Washington, DC. She studied at National-Louis University where she earned her Masters in Business Administration in 2009.

Although she’s worked her way up the ladder in the federal government, she had no idea she would end up writing professionally however she has always enjoyed sharing her personal life through story telling with those she thought she could help. Then something clicked. As she writes, she is in hopes that her work reaches her readers that have been through something and have contemplated giving up. Her goal is to enable her readers to become empowered to keep moving forward to accomplish their dreams no matter what challenges they have been faced with.

Tonya resides in Bowie, MD with two of her youngest children, Christian and Zachary. Her eldest two, Andrew and Jessica left the nest years ago and have blessed her with seven beautiful grandkids.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Little Girl Inside is a prolific story of triumph and discovery of inner peace. With each page, the reader will be captivated while the author uses the writing pen as a sowing tool-seaming a garment of praise, banner of victory and fabric of joy. With imaginative color, the book is a perfectly designed combination of patterns expressing the maturation of a woman.

A uniquely designed transparent jewel every woman should own in her jewelry box. The Little Girl Inside is a ministry resource tool for women in search for transparency in the human heart. The author shows us how to overcome the inner battle of doing the right thing the wrong way, going from finding love in the wrong places to allowing love to be revealed in the right time and in the right place.

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I made room for Sir Intellectual to bring what I thought were the remainder of hi things. I also made room on my health insurance policy just in case he didn’t have any. Too bad it didn’t occur to me to ask him. My ability to confront was non-existent. I decided not to wait until I returned to work to handle it. I contacted my carrier and updated my policy to include my new husband. The whole time I felt sad that he wasn’t contacting his carrier to include me. I had a husband, though what caliber of husband, I wasn’t sure. Sometimes I wanted to slap myself for being so needy that I overlooked important things and ignored flags, bells, and whistles.

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Thanks for joining us, Tonya. Stay victorious.

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Genevieve D. Woods

Victorious By Design is pleased to feature author Genevieve D. Woods. Genevieve is the author of the bestselling Greatest Love series. She writes flawed characters that do not always start out on the right path.

“I write inspirational drama that causes spiritual reflection. I write from what I like to believe is a spiritual practice/viewpoint and how it relates to the trials and triumphs of everyday life,” Genevieve said.

Genevieve is an avid reader of all genres. She has a great love of music, which, if you pay close attention, you’ll see come through in her writing. Check out her  books.

THE GREATER LOVE SERIES

These are Christian love stories that reflect the greatest love of all times—the love that is Christ’s love for his bride, the church.

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Each character in the Greatest Love series is thrust into a whirlwind of drama filled with abuse, betrayal, secrets, and scandals. Experience dark times, inspirational times, and romantic times with these characters.

As secrets are revealed, life-altering decisions are made. The characters will face the reality that their duty is to fear God and keep his commandments, or deal with the consequences of their actions.

The characters fall down, they curse, they have physical and verbal altercations, they do not deny their flesh. But through the love of Jesus Christ, they find redemption and happiness (in most cases).

Genevieve doesn’t always agree with her character’s actions, but she allows them to follow their paths.

Get ready to face emotional times as you read the Greater Love series.

The following books are in the Greater Love series:

Book 1 – All I’ll Ever Ask
Book 2 – After Church: Walking Worthy….After the Benediction!
Book 3 – Dawn and Autumn: Finding Him
Book 4 – Just Be Held
Book 5 – The Conclusion

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UPCOMING RELEASE

Title: Kalee’s Secret Love (Book 1 – Love Undefiled series)

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Day: 12/4/2017

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Kalee Maxwell has been raised to honor her parents and to live her life according to church doctrine. For the past twenty years, she has done exactly that until the fateful moment she meets a man who stops her heart. On that day, her life changed and birthed the beginning of many secrets.

Charles Monroe II, the heir to the Monroe Hotel and Resort Conglomerate, has inherited millions and turned them into billions. As ruthless as he may be in the corporate world, he is as charming in the media’s eye. During a chance encounter at a University in TN, Charles meets the lovely Kalee Maxwell and is completely captivated. Their love story should be a fairytale . . . only it’s not.

Find out what happens when family drama and tragedy puts their love to the test in Kalee’s Secret Love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Genevieve D. Woods is the bestselling author of the Greatest Love series. She is a believer in Jesus and feels she has been called to tell Christian love stories that reflect the greatest love of all times—the love that is Christ’s love for his bride, the church. Her novels, All I’ll Ever Ask, After Church, Dawn and Autumn, and Just Be Held, consistently hold steady in the top 50 books in African American Christian Fiction on Amazon.com with Just Be Held debuting at #2. Her novel, Love Again, debut on Amazon at #1 in African American Christian Fiction paperback and Kindle, and Extended Families. Genevieve lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband and three children.

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Thanks for joining us, Genevieve. All the very best in your endeavors. Stay victorious!

Please remember to leave a comment and share this post. Thank you!

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Paulette Harper

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Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops for the Virtual Book Tour That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs September 28, 2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.

Title: That Was Then, This is Now

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Release Date: July 10, 2017

ASIN: B073VCY1L5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paulette Harper

In addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole and Secret Places Revealed, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, The Sacramento Observer and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

Paulette resides in Northern California.

ABOUT THE BOOK

HOW COULD GOD HAVE A PURPOSE FOR ME AMIDST THIS MESS?

WHY DO SUCH BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

If you’ve recently asked yourself these questions, Paulette Harper’s That Was Then, This is Now has the answers. Struggling to recover from a broken marriage and disappointed dreams, Paulette Harper gropes for meaning and understanding. And through her searching, God reveals Himself to her in ways she never before imagined possible. By sharing her struggles with transparency, she illustrates how a heart attitude of surrender allows God to use a broken vessel for His ultimate plans of glory.

That Was Then, This is Now, minsters to hurting hearts in every season in life, reminding them that God restores shattered lives, intent on using them for His sovereign purposes.

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Chapter 1

Have you ever wondered how a building that was being erected would be able to withstand the elements of weather—earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, and the like? A building must also be able to withstand the weight of the occupants. If you and I are not contractors, we may not have the complete knowledge of what goes into the development and restructuring of a building. But what I do know is this: first, there are the building plans, which must get proper approval from the building planner and city before any work can be started.

Once you get the approval, the next step would be to secure the engineers, general contractors, electricians, plumbers, surveyors, and all those who will be part of this development. Knowing that each person is unique in his field of expertise, you would never hire someone unskilled to do a job he is not qualified for.

Next, the foundation must be laid. Building the foundation of the house is one of the most important tasks. If the foundation is not properly laid, then the entire edifice will be unstable. A well–laid foundation is absolutely essential for a house. Once the proper foundation has been laid, we can now start building our house.

Now let’s examine what the Bible has to say about our foundation. First, it must be settled that our foundation is Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Word of God.

Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away in sudden panic. Isaiah 28:16 (TAB)

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Thanks for joining us, Paulette. Congratulations on new release. Stay victorious.

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight – M. A. Malcolm

M. A. Malcolm, a native of Jamaica, is a wife, mother, stepmother, daughter, sister and aunt. She is a freelance copy editor, administrative service provider and self-publishing consultant. With a passion for enhancing the work of Christian writers, she is certified in copyediting and is the founder of Nitpicking with a Purpose. Over the years, she has worked with a host of local and international authors and authors-to-be.

When she published her first book, His Last Hope: A Contemporary Christian Romance in July of 2015, she fully expected it to be ‘one and done.’ She had no intention of writing another book of any kind; however, readers have demanded more, and the Lord has made it possible for her to comply. Not only has He allowed her more time to write; He has also given her more messages to share.

With the publication of His Last Resort (the prequel to His Last Hope) in 2017, the first part of her relatively recent vision of creating the His Last Hope Series has come true. She is currently working on two more manuscripts in the series.

In 2016, she also became a children’s author with the publication of her first children’s book, So very… Max!—a modern-day response to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Mrs. Malcolm has been a part of Faith in Christ Ministries in Westmoreland, Jamaica, for more than ten years. She divides her time among her family; work and writing projects; dogs; to-be-read list, and catching up on much-needed sleep.

She loves hearing from readers, and can be reached via her website authormamalcolm.com. You may also sign up there for her mailing list if you’d like to receive occasional emails and special offers, including bonus chapters and printable coloring pages for both adults and children. Book clubs may invite her to appear in person or via the Internet for live discussions surrounding her books. She is also on Facebook and Instagram as @AuthorMAMalcolm.

HIS LAST HOPE

***WINNER! Christian Small Publisher Association’s 2016 BOOK OF THE YEAR – ROMANCE***
It’s a nightmare from which she can’t seem to wake up. With no name, no memory and no identification, she can only answer to the name given to her–Hope. In the hospital, she is befriended by an older woman who becomes her lifeline, but even “Aunt Ruby” is stunned when Hope shares the mysterious circumstances of her amnesia and the unexpected complication: she’s pregnant.

When Professor Daniel Donahue returns to Florida from teaching abroad, he’s suspicious of the stranger now living with his beloved aunt. He makes it his mission to discredit Hope and disclose what he believes are her devious intentions.

Hope can’t help but feel the tension between them, but just below the surface lies an inexplicable attraction. With each passing day, Daniel finds it harder to deny his feelings, but before he can acknowledge them, he must face the pain of his past and resolve his issues with God. Can he lay his heart on the line, never knowing if someone else is out there, ready to reclaim his new-found Hope?

HIS LAST RESORT

Makeup artist Claire is everything future minister Robert knows he doesn’t want, so why can’t he get her off his mind?

Driven and focused, business owner and future pastor Robert Marsden knows exactly what he wants, and what he doesn’t. The Do Not Disturb sign he’s placed on his heart is his way of discouraging the ‘wanna-be first ladies’ who’ve set their sights on him. The way he sees it, Claire Foxwood and women like her are more focused on impressing others than on their eternal souls. As a man of God, it’s his duty to set them straight, right?

Claire can’t help her attraction to Robert, but his decision to make a public spectacle of her hurts to the core. Part of her wants to give him a piece of her mind, but the rest of her remains infatuated with the man who’s too attractive for his (and her) own good. If only she didn’t feel like he has a role to play in her destiny!

Can “Aunt Ruby” Crawford’s words of godly wisdom peppered with humor help the misguided pair look deep within themselves and discover God’s plan for their lives?

SO VERY…MAX

Being Max isn’t easy. He’s just so different from every other foal at the farm. Momma Milly Mare protects her baby and showers him with tons of love, convinced that what makes him different is what makes him special. Sure of his mother’s love, Max still struggles with being stared at by disapproving eyes. When all the other foals find themselves in danger, it’s Max who triumphs and shows them what makes him So very… Max!

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VBD Author Interview: Danyelle Scroggins

Victorious By Design is delighted to interview author Danyelle Scroggins, a pastor, author, wife, mother, grandmother, and student. Check out our interview and her new release.                                                                                         

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of “His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three.     

OUR INTERVIEW

1. What makes you feel inspired to write?

After God has allowed processing to take place, I am always inspired to write. What others call problems, I have grown to understand these occurrences or situations are processes to push or pull you into purpose. Anytime God pulls me through a particular situation, it births the opportunity to write.

2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I was in elementary school reading every Amelia Bedelia book in the library when I decided I wanted to become a writer. I considered myself a true writer when I published my first non-fiction book entitled Not Until You’re Ready.

I was in elementary school reading every Amelia Bedelia book in the library when I decided I wanted to become a writer. I considered myself a true writer when I published my first non-fiction book entitled Not Until You’re Ready.

3. How did you come with the idea for your current story?

Put It In Ink started over twenty years ago. I began to write the frame but had to put it to the side until I was ready. Meaning? I had to discover the power in writing down the things God showed or revealed; putting in ink the visions and dreams God gave concerning the future. It is not only eye-opening but necessary and therapeutic to write the things that are in your heart.

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40 Days of Healing birthed after God ushered my church and me into 40 days of fasting. It was so amazing to discover how God will grant daily manna to encourage, rebuke, reprove, restore, and redirect you in your life. 

4. Tell us about your writing process. Do you outline, or are you more of a seat of your pants type of a writer?

I usually begin my writing process by jotting down particular thoughts or should I say, “I plan the writing road.” I often plant the characters, the outcome or the end, and then I begin the prayer process. I never want to write anything that would hurt, demean, or destroy someone so this is why I pray to be on one accord with God and sow into the lives of people exactly what is directly linked to God’s spirit.

40 Days of Healing was unlike any book I have ever written. It was like dialing God each morning and getting directly what He wanted me to give to His people. Some days, I was so shocked at how He took me back in my dreams to places in my past that were so relevant to what He wanted to relate. I’m still amazed.

5. What is your usual writing routine?

When I write, I generally try to write late at night when my house is still although sometimes, I carve out at least four early morning hours like between 6 and 10. You would be surprised at how your schedule changes during writing but the end result is always worth the sleepless nights or early rising.

6. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?

As an author, I understand that each time a reader reads my books and become compelled to allow Christ into their lives and situations I have my reward. It took me a while to understand that being an author is just and extension of my ministry and who I am as a pastor.

7. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

My best advice to anyone who wants to write is be true to you. Do not try to write like everyone or anyone else. Find your authentic self and discover who you are as a writer. I also would like them to understand that writing is not easy, but it is just like anything else in life…available to those who fight to make it happen.

8. Name three of your best writing tips.

You must be true to you and your beliefs at all times.

You must make time to write and treat your writing as a career.

You have to love the messages you are trying to relay.

9. Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.

I would definitely love to have been mentored by the Bible author Paul as he had a way with writing that not only encouraged the reader, but also prick a place that made the reader desire to be true to themselves as well as to God.

10. What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?

I pray a lot before, during, and after writing. I just believe that in order to make sure I am in alignment with my purpose and mission as a writer, I have to be in constant communication with the source of my imagination.

11. Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.

I really love Ann Marie Bryan as I see within her writing a true love for God and a true honor of the marriage bedroom.

12. Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?

Yes I am really trying to dabble a little in children’s books and also take my husband’s favorite story and make it into a series.

13. How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?

I absolutely love to travel, and whenever I have a moment of freedom, I take it to the road. There is nothing like sitting on the passenger side, reading a good book, and laughing aloud as my husband asks, “What has happened now?” Now when I am not able to take a trip, I love spending time sitting by my pond. You see so much in nature and really the presence of God when you take the time to be still.

14. What do you have in store next for your readers?

I just did my first anthology with a couple of excellent authors, and I will be making that book available as a Kindle book soon. Then I am revamping a book that I did a short story called Evonta’s Revenge, and I am doing a four book series with her family if God wills. There is so much more on my agenda as an author, and my prayer is that my readers continue to support my efforts to share Jesus Christ with them in forms of fiction and non-fiction books.

NEW RELEASE

Title: 40 Days of Healing Journal 

Release Day: June 8, 2017

Genre: Christian Living

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40 Days of maximizing your privilege to go boldly before the throne of grace. 40 Days Of Healing is your opportunity to be renewed in your mind, body, and spirit. This journal is lined for your very own insight, prayers, and reflections. It is also saturated in scriptures to help usher you into your…

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 Ann Marie Bryan

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Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Danyelle Scroggins

Victorious By Design is pleased to spotlight author Danyelle Scroggins and her new release, 40 Days of Fasting. Danyelle wears many hats – pastor, author, wife, mother, grandmother, and student -  so we are excited to feature her. “It was so amazing to discover how God will grant daily manna to encourage, rebuke, restore, and redirect you  in your life,” Danyelle stated, with reference to her new release.

Title: 40 Days of Healing Journal 

Release Day: June 8, 2017

Genre: Christian Living

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40 Days of maximizing your privilege to go boldly before the throne of grace. 40 Days Of Healing is your opportunity to be renewed in your mind, body, and spirit. This journal is lined for your very own insight, prayers, and reflections. It is also saturated in scriptures to help usher you into your…

A REVIEW

“After I went through this journal I found it well written and giving one so much important divine inspirational information that will only help ‘renew ones total mind, body and spirit.’ I loved how after each day, one is to write their prayers. Wow, what one can get through fasting and prayers!

This journey was beautifully well done and anyone can follow along each of the 40 days and be truly blessed. Would I recommend? Definitely yes! I plan on starting my 40 days soon.” Amazon Customer

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AN EXCERPT

This journal was birth through my desire to participate in Lent. No, I am not Catholic, but I definitely believe that the blessings of the Lord fall on those who love Him enough to lay aside themselves for the sake of getting more of God. That is what fasting is all about.

It is about laying aside that thing or those things that obstruct you from being the best person you can be, and believing the denying of yourself, gives God room to maximize your potential at becoming the best you, or opening channels for you to receive answered prayers.

It is also about putting the “it” in your life down so you can move to your next level in God, as we coined our fast, “It Must Go Down So I Can Go Up.” Say that. Before you can even finish saying it, you already know what the “it” is that is keeping you from elevating in God.

Therefore, I first would like to tell you that I called each day’s Word, my morning manna. Then I would like to ask you to begin this journal with an open mind and heart. Pray and ask God to give you the will to complete your 40 days of fasting. I would also like to encourage you to use your morning manna daily to help someone you pass along the way.

Last, I would like to tell you to be prepared for whatever God is going to do for you because of your obedience! He is a great God, and He is willing to supersede all you can ask or think because He does the exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ask or think.

Today is the beginning of your road to healing through fasting and prayer. The beginning of your 40 days of giving up something  (my it), so you can “Go Higher”!

For the next 40 days, I want you to commit to giving up something (your it): Soda, Sweets, Lying, Facebook, Social Media, The Telephone or Cell Phone, Gambling, Alcohol, Gossiping, Sex, Wine, Television, Something but faithfully for the next 40 days!

So before you begin Day 1, write down what you are willing to give up…

I’m giving up: _______________________________________

Why I chose to give up this is. __________________________

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pastor Danyelle Scroggins is the Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North, but her first ministry is being the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three wonderful young adults: Raiyawna, Dobrielle, & Dwight Gatlin Jr. Pastor D, as she is affectionately called, is the author of Not Until You’re Ready, His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, Not Too Far Gone , and The Power Series: The Power of Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving, which is her fourth Christian fiction.

Behind this great woman, is a life story of pain and promise which led her to the reality of who she is in Christ. It is this reality that has caused Pastor Danyelle to write books that are designed to usher change into the lives of God’s children; especially His daughters.

Pastor Danyelle studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, and later went on to gain a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology/Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a M.A. in Psychology from Phoenix.

Pastor Danyelle currently resides in Louisiana along with her husband and family.

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To find out more about Danyelle, her books and ministry, visit: 

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Thanks for sharing with us, Danyelle! Congratulations on your new release. Stay victorious!

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Michelle Stimpson

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Who Killed My Husband? By Michelle Stimpson

Virtual Book Tour: July 17-28, 2017.  

Genre: Short Story/Mystery

ASIN: B071743ZLP

Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults. In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking.

Her works include the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Falling Into Grace. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company, Right Track Academic Support Services, at www.wegottaread.com.

Michelle serves in women’s ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, in Dallas, TX. She regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored by churches, schools, book clubs and other positive organizations, and she has taught writing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington. Michelle lives near Dallas with her husband, their two teenage children, and one crazy dog.


Ashley Crandall finally convinced her husband, Allan, to attend the Christian men’s retreat…but he ends up dead there. What happened to him on the campgrounds? Who would want to kill Allan? And why are the detectives pointing fingers at Ashley? In her quest to solve the mystery and clear her name, Ashley will learn something about her husband that she didn’t want to know and something about her Christian faith that shifts her life. 

This short work by national bestselling, multi-published author Michelle Stimpson is packed with emotion, suspense, and a her signature way of weaving hope into a story – always a hit with readers who enjoy faith-based reads.

In Conversation with

Michelle Stimpson

Q: This is a different kind of book for you. What made you venture a little with this title?

A: After writing 40+ books, an author can get kinds stagnant. I have recently started reading clean mysteries, and I found that I actually enjoy them. They keep me up late at night because I truly want to find out whodunit and why. I’m hoping my readers will enjoy a different pace, too. I think they’ll be glad to know it’s possible to change things up and still keep the message of the book strong.

Q: What is the message of the book?

A: The main character, Ashley, is struggling to make sense of things as they relate to her. She has suffered much loss in her life already. But she’s going to have to understand that God doesn’t make His plans around Her. She may be the apple of His eye, but she is not the center of the universe.  His promise to be there always will have to sufficient for some of us until we reach the other side.

Q: Wow! That title really caught me. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

A: You know what, I wish I could remember. Thankfully, I have not experience much death around me, but I know that the longer I live, the more loved ones will pass away. Death is a part of life.  I don’t kill off a lot of characters in my books, but there was just something about this couple that struck my imagination and I knew they needed a book. Quickly!

Q: How quick?

A: About 10 days from outline to finished first draft.

Q: Seriously?

A: Yes, but keep in mind: This is a shorter work of fiction.

Q: Why did you choose to write a shorter piece?

A: I actually got my start with fiction as a short-story writer. I love shorter reads because I can finish them quickly. My schedule is often irregular, so it’s hard for me to get into longer books during hectic weeks. When I sit down for a few hours with a short read, I already know I’m going to have the satisfaction of finishing it. I usually save longer reads for holidays/vacations.

Q: What else is going on with you outside of the writing world?

A: Glad you asked! I am now the grandmother of a wonderful baby girl. Bless God! I am spending a ridiculous amount of time just staring at her and nibbling on her juicy cheeks.

Q: What’s your next release?

A: I’ve got a non-fiction book coming out entitled Change Your Mind, Transform Your Life: 21 Truths to Renew Your Mind in Christ. I am always sooo excited about edifying believers. Non-fiction is not my first genre, but it is definitely one of the most fulfilling to me.

Q: Do you have advice for aspiring authors?

A: I have more than advice—I have help! They can visit www.PublishMyBookAlready.com to take classes and learn more about publishing, marketing, etc.

Q: How Can Readers Connect with You?

A: The best way to keep in touch is through my email list. I send out notice of new books and keep people posted on all kinds of things from events to what’s happening with their favorite characters to upcoming releases. 

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VBD Author Spotlight: Lorine S. Thomas

We are delighted to spotlight author Lorine S. Thomas. She writes thrillers and suspense novels.

According to Lorine, “My latest release, Beauty and Bloodshed, was officially released on my wedding anniversary since it is my labor of love. 

It was a much easier process than my first book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This whole writing and publishing process has shown me that you are never too old to take a chance on something new.

If you love a good crime drama, look no further. Follow the breadcrumbs in my latest release.”

CHECK OUT HER BOOKS

Title: Beauty and Bloodshed

Genre: Crime

Release Day: June 21, 2017

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What happens when you mix the city that never sleeps, the world’s oldest profession, and a methodical killer? You have the ingredients for one hell of a roller coaster ride.

When Det. Joseph Hall gets called to the scene of a dead prostitute, at first, he works it as a random case. But, when another body turns up, he begins to realize that something more calculated and sinister is at work.

Now, Det. Hall must rely on his instincts and ability more than ever to find this ruthless predator. Alongside his new partner, and returning allies, Dr. Reece and ADA Calloway, they begin a citywide manhunt for the killer who is stalking the streets. But as the killer circles closer, nothing prepared them for this kind of psychopathic behavior.

Can they stop this madman before he claims his next victim? Will the streets of New York City be safe again?

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A REVIEW OF BEAUTY & BLOODSHED

“After reading Cross Your Heart, I couldn’t wait for her next book to come out. As soon as I heard this one was coming out I preordered it. I am so HAPPY I did. I could not put it down….” Amazon Customer

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Title: Cross Your Heart

Genre: Thrillers

Release Day: February 4, 2015

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Some say that pranks are just harmless fun. But no one ever said anything about them turning your life as you know it upside down. What was originally thought of as a harmless stunt, would later turn out to be the catalyst for a series of events that would shake their worlds to the foundation.

When one of their closest friends is found brutally murdered, one by one their lives are then turned into a living nightmare. The remaining friends struggle to try and keep a long hidden secret in the past. But reality breaks through in a heartbeat as they too are slowly being picked off one by one. A pact made long ago that then seemed innocent has now come back to have severe and deadly consequences.

With a killer bent on extracting his own brand of justice and seemingly one step ahead of the police, danger lurks around every corner. Not sure who they can trust, they lean harder on one another. Thrust into a dangerous situation, secrets are exposed and a long forgotten love is rekindled.

The twists and turns only get crazier as time passes by and gives a whole new meaning to that old saying: Cross your heart and hope to die…..

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A REVIEW OF CROSS YOUR HEART

“Fanatic, absolutely loved the story. Again I had to step outside my usual romance. I’m on a mission to broaden my horizons by reading other genres. This novel was my first murder mystery and Mrs. Lorine did not disappoint. The story had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.” Amazon Customer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lorine’s early childhood was filled with a passion for reading just about anything that caught her attention and captured her imagination. She read things between the Sweet Valley High series to anything by V.C. Andrews. She soon found that along with reading, she developed a talent for storytelling and writing, specifically the form of poetry.

It wasn’t until she was in her adult years when she dove into her first thriller, “The Switch” by Sandra Brown, and that got her hooked on that genre.  She marveled at how authors were able to write such captivating stories and characters and often wondered what their secret was.

She would soon find that out when in 2006, she came up with the crazy idea of seeing if she had what it took to put pen to paper and write a full-length story. At first not quite sure where to start, she looked for ideas everywhere but nothing seemed to light the inspiration bulb. And then after weeks of nothing, the idea just came to her in the middle of one winter’s cold night.

Between the late hours at her full-time job, long spans of writer’s block and then finally a damaged beyond repair computer, she didn’t think that she would ever complete the first draft. But soon, the block lifted and her husband gifted her with a brand new laptop for Christmas. And that was all the motivation she needed to finish her greatest challenge. It was hard work and very tiring but she persevered and in February of 2015, she published the finished project.

Lorine currently resides in New York with her loving husband of twelve years and the love and support of her five wonderful step-children and two spirited grandchildren.

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Thanks for joining us, Lorine! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

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 Ann Marie Bryan

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