Wednesday, June 04, 2014
BLOG TOUR: BeJeweled:The Flight of an Angel - Chelle Ramsey
THE HOUSE OF BEJEWELED– the place all divas go in the ATL for the hottest hair styles and even hotter gossip.
OLIVIA – the owner of The House of BeJeweled hair and nail salon faces the challenge of inspiring the clientele while helping her team of talented stylists pick up the pieces of their broken lives. Paired with their constant drama, she must now fight to keep her heart protected from the one man who has always laid claim to it. ANGEL – has put up with a lot from the man she loves. Is his latest betrayal the last straw or can love conquer all? Beware the rage of a woman scorned. Stop by for a visit and get your hair cut or colored at BeJeweled, where the scissors are sharp, but the tongues are sharper.
INTERVIEW with CHELLE RAMSEY
Tell us about BeJeweled: The Flight of an Angel.
BeJeweled: The Flight of an Angel is the story of a salon owner (Olivia Morris) and one of her stylists, (Angel Franklin). It is the first book in the four book series of The House of BeJeweled.
Olivia is determined to stay strong in her faith, and inspire her team and clients, in an environment where the majority of them are steeped in their own personal drama. She continues to bring inspiration into her shop despite the challenges surrounding her. She has centered her life around BeJeweled, because she is an only child, her parents are deceased, and she is single with no children of her own.
Yet, when one of her best friends return to Atlanta to meet up with her, Olivia is beside herself. She has harbored a secret love in her heart for this man for 20 years. This was partially because she did not want to risk ruining their friendship in the early years, and in the latter years because he was married.
Angel Franklin is married to a man, who is both a hustler and adulterer. Despite his continual failings she keeps turning her head the other way and ignores his indiscretions for the sake of her love for him, and their young son. But Angel soon receives a wake-up call, which forces her to make some tough decisions for her future, and her son.
This book takes a look at the lives of salon workers and their behind the scenes life. We often see stylists gossiping, or cutting up having fun, but who are they really? People just like we are, struggling with everyday challenges. This novel is inspirational, entertaining, and real.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I wanted to write something where the main character was more inspirational than drama filled, like my other books. I thought about career-minded women, who have made their careers their primary focus over starting a family. I wanted to take an in-depth look at the loneliness they experience, as they enter or are steeped in middle-age. And that’s exactly who Olivia is. I also wanted to look at the beauty salon as a backdrop, and how that is a central gathering place for women to get pampered, but also to exchange gossip.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this book?
Actually I had less research to do on this book compared to my others. This book’s research entailed an understanding of the education required for each character’s career level, and a bit about the construction industry, and other minor details, but not too much more than that.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading BeJeweled: The Flight of an Angel?
My desire is that they will gain a sense of self. Everyone faces adversity and goes through their trials; however, all things can be overcome with faith, belief in one’s self and a positive attitude. I want them to see that regardless of the situation they find themselves in, ultimately they alone will dictate the outcome. My characters face challenges that people encounter on a daily basis, and while the outcome isn’t a traditional happy ending, they each make the best of what they have been given. They gain growth and maturity through it all, and that’s what I want readers to discover as they face challenges. Don’t let the challenge define you, but you can allow it to grow you and strengthen you as you’re being bent, pushed, and molded.
What's next for you?
I am working on the second novel to The House of BeJeweled, as well as a sequel to my first book, Real Secrets, which was not originally planned to have a sequel. But based on readers responses, I have decided to do one.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
I love reviews as much as the next person, but I no longer sit around stressing over them. What I have learned is that people are not always going to read the reviews. I am personally that type of reader. If I am interested in a book’s cover, I am going to dig deeper and read the blurb. If that intrigues me enough then, I am going to buy the book. I seldom read reviews, when I make purchases. The reviews that I receive from my books do not necessarily dictate whether or not I will have sales. But they do tell me what the readers like, and what they don’t like. That feedback is important to me, as an author.
About The Author
An avid reader since her primary years, Chelle saw books as an escape mechanism. Excited by the worlds, and characters that could be created with a touch of the imagination, she began writing her own stories at the age of 12. The more enamored with storytelling she became, the more she wanted to create stories about the suffering, and hardships she saw others enduring, with one twist…her characters would rise above their adversities and limitations, but not always with traditional endings.
This busy wife, and mother of three, exchanged her Girl Scout Leader pins for her creative writing pen, as she began to focus on publishing her novels. In her spare time, when she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading mystery novels, watching the NBA, remodeling their home with her husband, and spending time with him and their children. Having received her MBA in Human Resource Management, she says she cannot wait for the day when writing becomes her full-time career. “If I can show my readers they are not alone, in dealing with their challenges, and that they can rise above their limitations, I have achieved my goal,” Ramsey says.
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