Friday, September 21, 2012
BLOG TOUR: Shana Burton - Flawless Virtual Book Tour
Tell us about Flaw Less:
Flaw Less is the story of five best friends (Lawson, Sullivan, Reginell, Angel and Kina) who always have each other’s backs, though sometimes they’ve got their claws out. Sullivan’s a First Lady who strayed once—but she has to cope every day with the sex tape that’s plastered all over the internet. Unhappily married Lawson’s insecurity causes her to drive away the people she loves…including Reginell, her younger sister, who’s trying to better herself but feels trapped by her job as an exotic dancer. Meanwhile, Angel feels she’s competing with her husband’s late first wife for his affections, and Kina fears that following her heart will lead her into sin. Facing crisis after crisis, the women must rely on God’s help and their own bonds of friendship to get them through.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Since it's a sequel, it wasn't that hard in that I didn't have to develop new characters; I just had to think of new drama and situations for them to get themselves into. During the prequel, Flaws and All, I felt like the characters were more or less victims of circumstance. This time, I wanted their actions to drive the story, so that's what I had in mind for framing the novel.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this book?
I did a little. Someone has a stroke in the story, so I had to research the correct terminology to go along with that. I had to do the same with the infertility storyline that takes place. It definitely helped that it's set in Georgia and is a sequel because I didn't have to do as much as I normally would have.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Flaw Less?
I would like for people to learn that our actions do have far-reaching consequences and when act selfishlessly, a lot of innocent people can get hurt. I want people to grasp the power of forgiveness-- be it of self or others. I would like people to know that we can bring life or death to a situation through our words as much as we can through our actions.
Do you have upcoming events for readers? Please tell us.
Yes, I'll be at the Black Writers and Readers Festival Sept. 15, The Crossroad Writing Conference in Oct. I'll also be at the Women's Fall Retreat with Words of Inspiration Book Club in October. I'll be at the GA Literary Festival in November. That's all I can tell you without looking at my calendar!
What's next for you?
I'm working on the third, and possibly last, book in the Flaws series, which will be Flawfully Wedded Wives. I say it's the last, but I've come to love these characters, so it might not be!
Where can readers find you online?
If readers want to contact me directly, they can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm also on Facebook under www.facebook.com/shanajohnsonburton or Twitter www.twitter.com/shanajburton. Be sure to check out shanajburton.blogspot.com as well.
About the Book
The ladies of Mount Zion Ministries are back, and “Flaw Less” picks up where all of the drama of “Flaws and All” left off! While the bonds of their friendship couldn’t be tighter, life around the ladies is slowly unraveling.
Newlywed Lawson Kerry Banks has the man she loves, Garrett, and the man she has a love-child with, Mark. When a new woman enters Mark’s life, Lawson’s jealousy not only threatens her walk with God but may cost her marriage as well. First Lady Sullivan Webb has struggled to get her life and her marriage back on track after her affair is exposed on the Internet. Doing the right thing proves to be harder than Sullivan expected when she finds herself led into temptation once again. Kina Battle thought her troubles were over once her abusive husband was dead and buried, but her troubles take on a new face when she finds herself drawn to the last person she ever thought she’d be attracted to. After years of heartbreak and disappointment, Angel King has finally met the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, she is engaged to someone else. When an injured soldier enters her life, Angel can’t help giving him all her attention and medical expertise, but will he capture her heart too?
The ladies have all overcome their share of obstacles, but nothing like the challenges facing them now. Friendship, love, and laughs won’t be enough this time. Only God can save them now.
Shana Johnson Burton is a two-time Georgia of the Author of the Year nominee and is the author of Suddenly Single, First Comes Love, Flaws and All, Catt Chasin’, and Flaw Less. She lives in Georgia with her two sons. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, dancing, and traveling. She is currently working on the third book in the “Flaws” series, Flawfully Wedded Wives.
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