Sunday, August 23, 2009
DAY ONE PANEL MEMBERS
Dr. Linda Beed is an educator, speaker, children’s minister and author of Business Unusual. She co-moderators BWChristianLit, maintains its sister online blog and is the Review Editor for KDGospel Media Magazine.
Business Unusual is a Contemporary Christian fiction novel that reaches beyond the superficial in order to deal with the heart of matters. Unbeknownst to them, the lives of five people cross at a very crucial time. Bernadette Lewis’ business endeavor is more than just a financial blessing. For Treva Scott, Falimah Meyer and Brian Chin, it will become the ministry that shapes their futures. In terms of Hayes Davis, his skewed views of women and life will be challenged beyond anything he could ever anticipate when he seeks the companionship of Bernadette. Each individual is faced with a choice and that choice will determine if they will walk the ordained path to fulfilling purpose or detour down the road of self-satisfaction.
Wanda B. Campbell is an extraordinary and talented writer who brings creativity, a new sense of hope, and restoration through the healing power of God to the Kingdom, by way of Christian fiction. Wanda uses real life everyday issues to exhort, motivate, and give comfort to all. A romantic at heart, Wanda uses relationships to demonstrate how the power of forgiveness and reconciliation can restore us back to God and one another.
Wanda B. Campbell literary achievements include: Mommy’s Present, a short story appearing in the anthology, The Midnight Clear, First Sunday in October (her debut novel). She is the Cruisin’ for Christ 2007 Short Story Contest winner. Her latest novel, Illusions was released by Urban Christian February 2009. Illusions is the recipient of the Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend Award and the Top Shelf Award from Urban-Reviews.
Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty years and two sons.
After three years of marriage, Denise Hightower discovers her husband, Pastor Bryce Hightower, has an addiction. Pastor Hightower’s subsequent denial and casual attitude toward his addiction jeopardizes not only his marriage, but impairs his ability to effectively preach the gospel.
Self-centered and determined to uphold his pastoral image, Bryce is oblivious to wife’s emotional state. Convinced that he can overcome his “little problem” on his own, he rejects the spiritual help God sends him. After Pastor Hightower is confronted with the addiction by a parishioner will he come clean with himself, God, and his congregation?
Cheryl Donovan is a published author, educator, and conference speaker. Her internet radio show Worth More than Rubies reaches thousands of listeners each Saturday and has impacted women all across the nation. She makes her home in Houston, Texas with her husband Keith and Francois, their last son at home.
Inspiring, powerful, thought provoking!"That’s what audiences say when Cheryl speaks. Pairing her engaging presence with her deep understanding of Biblical truth Cheryl ignites audiences to stand on the promises of God.
Cheryl's talents as a gifted communicator are evident as she ministers to women's and teen's groups, singles' gatherings, corporate workshops, conferences, and special church services. Her prepared topics are appropriate for many functions and God uses her messages to empower, encourage, and equip anyone who attends your event.
The Ministry of Motherhood
In a time when teen pregnancy is on the rise once more and single mothers are being blamed for all of societies problems, Cheryl Lacey Donovan presents a view of single motherhood that tears down all the excuses for why single mother's can't succeed.
Cheryl Donovan shares her valuable insight into the spiritual and biblical principles associated with being a good mother.
A former single mother herself, Cheryl shows readers that through the abundance of God's grace and love along with determination and perseverance, children don't have to become statistics.
Cheryl identifies key biblical principles and displays practical life lessons that can help to establish solid foundations upon which to rear happy, well rounded, productive children.
Cheryl provides insight the will assist the reader to look inside themselves for change. It will help them identify the strongholds of poverty, lack of education, and abusive relationships and help them tear them down with the help of the creator.
Cheryl's powerful testimony about her journey from teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and single parenting, to award winning author, educator, and inspirational speaker is sure to empower, enlighten, and inspire mothers everywhere.
Lena Nelson Dooley is a multi-published author and speaker who loves to help other authors. Awarded the Mentor of the Year trophy in 2006 by ACFW, she's also president of the local Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of ACFW. She's been married for 45 years, and the Dooleys live in Texas.
Christmas Love At Lake Tahoe
Love hits the slopes at Christmastime. Four young women, fresh out of college, pursue their careers at a new ski lodge at Lake Tahoe's Incline Village during the winter season. Bethany Stillman's resolve to focus on her RN career falters when she meets paramedic Cole Beckman. Social director Scarlett McKaye loves planning things, but Derrick Greene becomes a reckless suitor. Darrin Hart seems to be undermining Stephanie St. John's efforts to create a time-share program for Showbird Lodge. Michaela Christiansen has chosen a male-free existence, but widower Jonas Bradley and his daughter soon worm their way into her heart.
Zaria Garrison was born and raised in Greenville, SC. In 2005 her first novel Baring it All was published under her birth name Gena L. Garrison. It was awarded the best new author award of 2005 by Mahogany Media.
As she continued writing Zaria found that she could only write what God told her to write. God gave her stories of people who have faults, struggles, and sometimes pain but they continue to trust in God. With God’s guidance a new author was born. As he did with Saul, God gave her a new name Zaria, which means new beginnings. Prodigal her first Christian fiction novel will be released in November 2009. It is currently available for pre-order at www.amazon.com. As she continues to write the stories that God gives her she spends her free time with her son in their home in Greer, SC.
Phylicia Morgan and Phoebe Cox are twin sisters whose relationship has been tumultuous since the womb. As they grow into womanhood the tension between them boils over as they both share an identical love for the
The Reverend Gary Morgan is a devoted husband, a caring father, and most of all, a pious man of God. He's spent his entire life burying an intimate mistake in his past but the moment he walks in on his wife, Phylicia, arguing with her estranged twin sister, his buried memories begin rapidly surfacing.
This retelling of the Biblical story the Prodigal son adds a dramatically modern twist to the separation of the siblings and their eventual return back
into God’s fold.
Ashea Goldson, originally born in Brooklyn, NewYork is a wife of twenty three years, a mother of two daughters, a grandmother of one,a graduate of Fordham University, a writer, a poet, a publisher,a reviewer, an internet radio host,an educator, and a co-founder of a Christian preparatory school. Active in the ministry, she is a dedicated member of World Changers Church International for many years. She has a lifetime of experience with writing which ranges from being published in local newspapers, magazines, and online publications to full length books. Her first Christian fiction novel is The Lovechild, published by Urban Christian Publishers in 2008. Ashea’s short story entitled “The Kit Cat Trial” will be released in an anthology named Pets Across America in September 2009. Her second Christian fiction novel, Joy Comes In The Morning, will be released in July 2010, also by Urban Christian Publishers.She has recently released a non-fiction title, Resurrecting Vision: 45 steps To Digging Up Your Destiny And Seeing It Through God’s Eyes through her own publishing company. Calling herself a kingdom writer, and passionate about this calling, she is currently working on her third novel, random poems, several short stories, a children’s book, and is organizing a literacy group for youth in her community. During her relaxation time she can be found hanging out with her family, snuggled up to a good book, or listening to gospel music.
In The Lovechild Makaeli Hunt, a successful fashion designer, has been driven far away from home by her family’s dysfunction. While living in Italy, trying to heal the wounds of yesterday, ambition becomes her comforter. When a family emergency forces her to return to her home, in seven life altering days, amidst painful crises, and memories of a tumultuous past,will one revealed secret drive her away from her family and God forever? Or will she discover what it means to be God’s lovechild?
Dealing with issues of racism, depression,self-esteem,drug addiction, mental illness, verbal and physical abuse,The Lovechild is a story of redemption and re-dedication, confirming our victory in Jesus Christ.
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