VBD Author Spotlight: Tonya Franklin

Victorious By Design is delighted to spotlight Author Tonya Franklin and her new release, Devil in Disguise. Tonya is a Christian fiction author, who also writes books on business empowerment and professional training.

Her desire is to bring a healthy image of African-American and Christian writers from Mississippi to global readers and entrepreneurs. And she wants to provide a platform for Christian authors in the South to expand their reach and reputation on a global scale. She has been a writer for over 20 years, but has only been a published author since 2015.

“There aren’t many avenues for Christian authors and entrepreneurs in Mississippi, and I’d like to change that. I want to project an option for (us), where we can compete successfully with a strong sense of ethics, and not fear that we have to compromise our faith in order to do it,” Tonya said.

Title: Devil in Disguise

Release Day: February 8, 2017

Genre: Christian Fiction


Can a pastor find his way to true deliverance and peace as he rides the rollercoaster of murder, secrets, and lies?

Ben Moore, III is the pastor of Triumphant Valley Christian Center, and has had his share of secrets and lies. But his desire to live holy and whole puts him on a path to restoration from his past mistakes.

Aside from struggling with the pressure to please his father, his prayer for a comeback seems to be getting answered until tragedy strikes his family, someone gets murdered, his wife goes to jail, and his buried past comes to haunt him with a vengeance. And even more secrets are revealed as he struggles to have his own one-on-one revival with God. Being blinded by who he believes are his enemies, Ben gets blindsided once more on the rollercoaster that becomes his life. Is there any hope for him to be truly delivered and restored, and find the real…DEVIL IN DISGUISE? 


Click to Purchase: Devil in Disguise



“My God! What happened to you?” Angela turned toward the officer, “Is he alright?”
“He’s fine. Are you his sister?”
“No, I’m his wife. What happened?”
“He got into a brawl with his brother,” the officer said.
“A brawl?!” Angela turned accusingly to Ben.
“Yes ma’am. I’d advise that you keep him at bay when he decides to get another urge to fight his
brother out on the lawn. I won’t be so nice the next time,” the officer tipped his cap, “Goodnight y’all.”
“I will, thank you officer,” Angela said. As the officer turned and got in his squad car, Angela stood there
and stared at Ben.
“I don’t know if I should slap you upside your head, or fall down on my knees and be thankful you didn’t
get your stupid self killed,” Angela set her hands on her hip, staring at Ben.
“Not now,” Ben said walking past her to get into the house.
“Ben, I can’t believe you! You know everybody’s watching us and every move we make. Really? Fighting
with Andrew in the front yard?” she scolded following him in.
“I know he had something to do with it,” he said opening up the kitchen cabinet and taking out a glass.
He slung five ice cubes in it and held it up to his face. He sat down in his recliner in the family room and
leaned back with the glass.
“Well, for your sake, I hope you’re right.”
“Where’s Vic?”
“She dipped out almost twenty minutes ago. She said something about checking on a friend.”
“A friend? I wasn’t aware my sister had those,” Ben said switching the glass to the other cheek.
“Well, I guess she does have them. At least one,” Angela said grabbing her bowl of Mexican rice.
“Do you really think somebody saw what happened tonight?” Ben said looking up at her.
“Yes, I do. Somebody’s always got their eyes on you.”


Author Tonya Franklin has been writing since the age of 13, and has had a love for words ever since. She has served as a contributing writer for various e-zine publications, and although she has written numerous books, this is her first professional work self-published for profit. She is also the author of Good Customer Service Tips for Entrepreneurs and Women on Purpose: Bible and Business, a study-help empowerment book for professional women, which applies the prophetic nuggets of the book of Amos to assist women in birthing and moving forward in their purpose. She is currently working on two other writings for small businesses as well as another non-fiction book for publication.

She is the Chief Administrative Officer/Owner of UpWrite Solutions, LLC that offers virtual services in marketing, event consulting, and basic office administration, and the EIC/Founder of The Virtual Elite magazine, which caters to virtual assistants and freelance entrepreneurs of color. She is a native Mississippian, but has lived abroad in Europe. She has a love for food, teaching, and reading.


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Thanks for sharing with us, Tonya! 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: M. A. Malcolm


Write Now Literary is pleased to announce His Last Resort, a Contemporary Christian Romance by author M.A. Malcolm, March 27-April 7, 2017.


ISBN-10: 9769581550

ISBN-13: 978-9769581555




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 who also works part-time as an educator. With a passion for enhancing the work of Christian writers, she is certified in copyediting and is the founder of Nitpicking with a Purpose (NitpickingwithaPurpose.com). 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, 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 anticipated publication of “His Last Resort,” the first part of her relatively recent vision of turning “His Last Hope” into a series has come true. She is currently working on two more manuscripts in the series, and has plans for a third.

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.


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… ladies like Claire Foxwood. The way he sees it, Claire and others like her are clearly more focused on impressing others than on their eternal souls.

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

“Do you go out of your way to be offensive to everyone? Or am I special?” She folded her arms and looked crossly at Robert. Chaz stood alert, as if he was aware of his owner’s mood.

“Excuse me?” He wondered if he’d heard her right.

“I’ve wracked my brain, Mr. Marsden. I’ve gone over every minute of every conversation we’ve ever had, and the only time I remember being even a little bit rude to you was that day at your church. Clearly, my defensiveness that day made more of an impact than I thought, so please let me apologize. I’m sorry for my behavior that afternoon. I was annoyed that you had so easily forgotten me, although I obviously remembered meeting you. It was childish, and if I was rude or out of line, I’m really sorry. Now, if you don’t mind, I need to go.”

She stepped away from him, but Robert moved in front of her and stood with his legs wide apart and his hands on his hips, effectively blocking her path. It was amazing how attractive she was with her face free of makeup and covered in perspiration. If circumstances were different, he might be tempted to lean forward and kiss the bead of sweat from just above her top lip and then maybe he’d—

He caught himself mid-thought and tried to remember what she had just said.

As if she were aware of the direction his thoughts had taken, she retrieved a small towel that had been tucked into the waistband of her pants and mopped her face.

“Thank you for the apology, as unnecessary as it was. Exactly how have I ever been offensive to you?”

She gave a wry laugh. “I guess the word is not so much offensive as it is judgmental.” She moved towards the nearby park bench, but remained standing.

“Me? Judgmental?” He was quite confused. Was he hearing right?

“You. Judgmental….”

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Thanks for stopping by Marsha. Congrats on your new release.

Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series




A Place For My Heart

From #1 Amazon Bestselling author Ann Marie Bryan comes the highly anticipated third installment in the Encounters of the Heart series – an emotionally gripping account of a most unexpected love, and a marvelous reflection of God’s grace.

Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.

When Chandler Peynard staggers into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he is desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he has erected barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.

Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hasn’t given up on finding love. Still, she is caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more—a lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.

Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing choice; however, complication is inevitable when the past he’d thought was long buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.

In a season that has brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart in order to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?

 Standalone books in the Encounters of the Heart series:

Book 1 – Shades of the Heart

Book 2 – Mirrored Heart: Sealed by Fire

Book 3 – A Place for my Heart


List Price: US $2.99 (Kindle Edition)


Visit Ann Marie Bryan’s website for further information.

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of Encounters of the Heart Series