Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Man Enough for Me Blog Tour
About the Author
Rhonda Bowen is a writer and event planner living in Toronto. When not stressing over her job, she can be found at church stressing over the kids she teaches in youth class. She enjoys spending time with her family, trying on shoes she can’t afford, and enjoying life’s unexpected twists and turns.
Visit her online at http://www.rhondabowen.com/
Tell us about Man Enough For Me
Man Enough For Me is about Jules Jackson, publicist by day, and promoter by night. Jules is passionate about her career, especially her after-hours gig promoting new artists. She is also passionate about her family and friends. Even though they bring a lot of drama to her life, she knows she can count on them when it matters most. But most of all she is passionate about her faith and about following the path God has for her.
While working one of her events, she meets Germaine Williams, a record store and nightclub owner who makes a lasting first impression. The attraction is immediate, but the more time she spends with him the more she begins to worry that he might be into something shady. As her relationship with him begins to break down, so do her other relationships and her career. She eventually comes to a junction in her life where she must decide whether she will play it safe, or risk everything for the chance at true love and happiness.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Inspiration came from quite a few sources actually. For one, I have always wanted to write stories about real things that real single Christian women go through. I believe you can remove the illicit sex and immoral behavior and still have stories that are worth telling. Come sit down for an hour with me and a few of my single girlfriends and I’ll prove it.
I also had the opportunity to work on a small project with people in the music industry some time ago. The experiences I had with those people inspired the characters in Man Enough For Me. After that the story sort of wrote itself. Of course all names were changed to protect the innocent (wink, wink).
Who are your main character(s)?
Our main girl is Jules Jackson. Everyone either knows a woman like Jules or is Jules. She’s got her life on a tight schedule, holding down a day job, running a different hustle on the side and handling the issues of her friends and family. She is used to having everything under control, but she learns that to get what God has for you, you often have to let go of what’s in your hands.
Germaine Williams is the other lead character. Germaine Williams is the kind of brother you look at and know for sure that he’s got everything handled. He is the guy who manages to catch Jules’ attention despite the busyness that is her life. This tall, dark and handsome record store owner has ambition that matches Jules’ and game that keeps her hooked. However there are secrets surrounding his life that make it hard for Jules to trust him. Fortunately he is able to look past all her trust issues and see that winning her over will be worth the effort.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
I love the three lead women in the story, Jules, Maxine and Tanya. However of the three Maxine was my favorite to write, just because she is the one who says whatever she wants without filtering. It sometimes creates friction between her friends and it is likely to make some people blush, but at the end of the day her heart is in the right place and her loyalty towards her friends is unwavering.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
I did some research but not too much. The novel is set in Toronto, where I live and so it was easy to draw from locations I was familiar with. Additionally I have worked in the event planning and PR industry which the main character is a part of and so, it was easy to draw on my own experience when writing about events in the novel.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Man Enough For Me?
I hope readers will learn the importance of trusting God in all areas of life and become more willing to take a step of faith for Him. No one likes giving up the reigns of control in life but without risk there can be no gain. I hope readers will also be inspired to look for the best in the people around them. When we don’t know a lot about people it is easy to pass judgment and write them off. Taking the time to know who people are inside is important.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
Quite important - though it takes me quite a while to build up the courage to read them! But they help me see my blind spots. Good reviews are always fun, but reviews that include criticism are the ones that can help a writer improve her craft. I am all for both. Bring it on!
Man Enough for Me
Twenty-something public relations gem Jules Jackson has everything in her life under control, and that’s exactly the way she likes it. She’s got no problem handling two jobs, her crazy friends, and her difficult mother. But she’s just about given up on men—until she meets fine Germaine Williams …
Straight-up catch Germaine is eager to prove his worth to Jules, and she falls hard. But it’s soon clear Germaine’s keeping at least one big secret. And the deeper Jules digs, the more her balancing act, and her romance, begins to crumble. Now Jules can either turn to her faith and open her heart to love—or risk getting it broken…
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