VBD Author Spotlight: Paulette Harper


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



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.




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











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


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…


“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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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. __________________________


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.


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





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.”


Title: Beauty and Bloodshed

Genre: Crime

Release Day: June 21, 2017


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?




“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


Title: Cross Your Heart

Genre: Thrillers

Release Day: February 4, 2015


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…..




“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


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

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series