Today’s Featured Author – Danyelle Scroggins

Today I welcome author Danyelle Scroggins to my blog. She is currently on a book tour promoting her book, Put it in Ink, which came out last year.

Interview

Please tell the readers who are the main characters?

Put It In Ink is definitely the story that shines a light on Nikiya Barnett a top of the line salon owner and Raja Abrams (businessman). These two were once madly in love with one another until things drastically changed.

Sappora Ink the new talk show host of a syndicated blog talk show (owned by Raja) is a woman with a plan and enough wisdom and knowledge to make the world pay attention. She skillfully sheds light on some situations that causes the women in Salon Select to pay attention.

Monica Abrams is Raja’s wife who has some undercover things going on outside of her marriage.

Michelle and Leslie are both co-workers of Nikiya who are more like sisters. They help in every way they can, even as they experience their own situations in life.

What or is there conflict in the story?

No one could have never imagined that Nikiya and Raja would not be married, and to one another. Just when their storybook romance was blossoming into something great and worth lasting a lifetime, something happens.

Getting over heartache is one of the hardest things but both Nikiya and Leslie lean on one another and God steps in as they learn to trust Him.

Take us inside “your book.” What are two major events taking place?

Raja is caught in a compromising situation that changes the course of not only his life but Nikiya’s life.

Which characters are most like you?

I am a whole lot like Nikiya and she is actually me in my twenties.

Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?

My characters are fiction characters but they are based upon the reality of Christian living.

Describe each character in three words?

Nikiya- Saved, Considerate, Lonely

Raja- Wise, Sad, Productive

Monica- Selfish, Sneaky, Liar

Sappora Ink- Wise, Saved, Knowledgeable

Michelle- Witty, Understanding, Loveable

Leslie- Nosey, Funny, Secretive

If your book became a movie who would play the characters?

Nikiya- Sanaa Lathan

Raja- Lamman Rucker

Monica- Gabrielle Union

Sappora Ink- Debbie Allen

Michelle- Regina Hall

Leslie- Queen Latifah

Your lead characters have “baggage” that keeps them from wanting to pursue a new relationship. Do you think sometimes we let our past get in the way of what God has planned for our futures?

Not sometimes but all the time. We often allow our past baggage to get in the way of our future (what God has in store for us) trying to prevent what has happened in our past. We will never fully move on from the past until we forgive the people that we feel caused the things that has happen and we accept our problems as our process (the avenues to our purpose).

How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?

Nikiya is a lot like me because I experienced the same type of heartbreak with someone whom I just knew I would marry. Like her, I poured all of my energy into something greater and I expected God to move. I wanted to be sure that when God did move, I would know that it so I prayed for discernment.

Book Blurb

Nikiya Barnett aka Nikki, is still secretly suffering in silence concerning losing the love of her life, Raja Abrams. She desires total healing from God, but somehow seems to be stuck in her heart and mind. She alongside her two best friends who happens to be her coworkers, are trying to make Salon Select the new ‘it’ spot but this does not happen until they invite God in, by way of Sappora Ink.

Sappora Ink is the new blog talk show host with a show entitled, RFRT~Real Folks, Real Truths. Sister Ink is a straight to the point, raw, doctrinaire Christian girl trying to help her friends in this sinful world. She is changing the world one show at a time, and taking Shreveport by storm with the help of Nikiya Barnett, the owner of Salon Select, who has opened her salon as a hosting spot. Little does Nikki know, Sappora is closer to Raja than she thinks?

Raja is stuck in a world wind of adversity that he seems to have created for himself. Through R.A.B.~ Raja Abrams Broadcasting, he is trying to secretly for Nikiya and Raja, or is the plan that has been laid before them all a part of God’s plan?make Nikki aware that their time together was not a waste, but will his method be the same method used to change his life forever?

Things happen when we choose to let God in. Whether we appreciate His ways or not, we must remember, His ways are not our ways. Will life change for the better?

About the Author

Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of “His Mistress or God’s Daughter, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins, the mother of three by birth and two by marriage.

You can find out more about Danyelle on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Put it in Ink on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Today’s Featured Author – Yasmin Shiraz

Today, I welcome author Yasmin Shiraz to my blog. Yasmin is just wrapping up a Virtual Book Tour as she promotes her latest release – Loyal, a young adult novel released this week. (You can purchase Loyal on Amazon.)

Interview

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I began writing when I was still in single digits. I wrote and compiled my first book of poetry when I was 19. I considered myself a writer at that age. By the age of 21,  I had written my first television episode spec script. Many people consider themselves aspiring writers, but I believe you are a writer the moment you commit to completing a work.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences is in your books?

A lot of my experiences dance between the pages of my books. I am so inspired by real life and I convey that energy in my books.  In both the Retaliation series and the Tisha Ariel Nikkole series, I’ve created strong, female protagonists. These characters guide the stories and every decision ripples through the books. I believe I have a strong personality and I’m encouraged by the decisions that my female protagonists make. In many cases, I’ve had to make similar decisions or have been put in similar situations.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

My plot ideas are influenced by my research on youth, culture and the entertainment business. Additionally, since I’ve worked with youth for the past twelve years, I’m inspired by the fearless teens I’ve met along the way. For my adult novel series, I’ve created plots based on my personal experiences as a hip hop / entertainment journalist and my work with top secret security clearance based government agencies.

Please tell us about your current release.

My latest book is Loyal. It’s the prequel to Retaliation. It’s about the relationship between a brother and sister. In the book Retaliation readers were able to see how protective Khalil was of his sister Tashera, but in Loyal, the readers get to learn how he was paralyzed and how it impacted their relationship.

What inspired you to write this book?

Khalil is one of the most memorable characters from my book Retaliation. I wanted readers to learn about Khalil and Tashera’s relationship. I cherish the close relationship that I have with my brother. Our relationship inspired me to write Loyal.

If this book is part of a series, what is the next book?

Loyal is the prequel to Retaliation which won a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Award by the American Library Association. With this release, there are three books in this series. Retaliation tells the story of Tashera who is now in high school and is traumatized when she is jumped by three girls that she doesn’t know.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

If I could be any character from one of my books, I’d be Tisha Ariel Nikkole from the Exclusive, Privacy, Devious and Secrets adult novels. She is a free spirit, determined and is living her life on her own terms. She is not allowing anyone to control her life or her destiny. She is brave beyond her years. I love her courage and boldness.

What book are you reading right now?

Currently I’m reading the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. I’m a fan of every kind of book that has ever been written. This book is non-fiction and explains how people who don’t have boundaries in their lives, lose control of their lives. This books is absolutely changing my life for the better. This is one of my favorite books of all time.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I’m a meditation enthusiast. I’ve even taught my kids to meditate. When I first finished graduate school, a college student in one of my classes told me that I should meditate and she gave me a book on meditation. I took the book but it took me a decade before I ever read the book. But once I read the book and started meditating, I felt the power of meditation in my life. It makes me more calm and keeps my head clear. I love meditation. My motto: When in doubt, meditate.

Book Blurb

loyalWhen a gang member is shot at a heist, his sister copes with trying to help him heal while he proves his loyalty to his crew. In the prequel to Retaliation, brother and sister, Khalil and Tashera find themselves on different sides of loyalty. Khalil’s loyalty to his gang threatens the loyalty he should have to his family. This book illustrates the dynamic between a brother and sister and shows their love, challenges and desire to be there for each other.

Loyal, Retaliation and Accused make up the Retaliation Young Adult trilogy.

About the Author

yasminYasmin Shiraz is an author, filmmaker, speaker and activist. She uses her passion for life to fuel her books, documentaries, speaking engagements and social activities. She’s spoken at over 100 colleges, universities, middle schools and high schools as well as non-profit organizations. She’s an award winning Writer/ Director and enjoys producing work on youth and community issues. By day, she’s the President of Still Eye Rise Media and runs the Yasmin Shiraz website.

You can find out more about Yasmin on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Loyal on Amazon.

Today’s Featured Author – Andy Peloquin

Today I welcome Andy Peloquin to my blog. He is on a blog tour promoting his new release The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer.

Interview

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I wish I could write fiction for a living! That’s the plan, but as of right now, I have a day job. Oddly enough, it also involves writing, though much more on the marketing/blogging side of things.

My schedule is pretty well-organized:

7 AM to 12 Noon — Day Job

Noon to 1 PM — Work on whatever project I’m immersed in.

1 to 2 PM — Gym time

2 to 4 PM — Lunch, cleanup, chores, etc.

4 to 5 PM — Preparing for the next day’s work

5 to 6:30 PM — More work on whatever project

6:30 on — Time with family/kids/relaxing

I manage to make time to write because I have a VERY understanding family. They make it easy (most of the time) to fit it in!

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

It’s funny, but I’ve never consciously tried to put myself into my characters. The main character from my first novel had a few of my traits (wise-cracking, irreverent, authority issues, etc.), but it was not a conscious thing.

I think all authors unconsciously add a bit of themselves into each book. After all, you’re the only one you truly understand, so you know how you think and feel. Every character we write has a small shard of ourselves in them, and that’s what makes them realistic characters.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

I am a VERY creative person. I have so many ideas and thoughts whirling around inside my head. Sadly, until I discovered writing, I had no way to let it out. I’m not artistic at all, and I can’t do any of the other tasks we associate with creativity.

But now that I have discovered writing, it’s hard to “turn off the tap” of creativity. If I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about plot lines, creating new stories, or fine-tuning whatever project I’m working on next. I can’t turn off the creativity–and I don’t want to!

Please tell us about your current release.

The Last Bucelarii is a new dark fantasy/grimdark/Gothic series about a half-demon assassin. He has no memories of his early life, so he feels out of place, like an outcast from society. He uses his work to cover up his lack of belonging and his emptiness, but eventually he has to come to terms with it.

At the same time, he’s dealing with literal “voices in his head”. The psychological concept of a “split identity” or “dark passenger” in his mind is very real to him.

Basically, he’s a mixture of schizophrenic with sociopath, but his flaws and faults make him someone we can all relate to. It’s a dark, twisted tale, and one that I LOVED writing!

What inspired you to write this book?

For me, the most terrifying things in life are NOT monsters. Werewolves, vampires, Kaiju, horror novels, and all that stuff don’t really affect me. Instead, the things that really terrify me are the things HUMANS are capable of.

This story is exactly that–a look at what people will do to achieve what they want.

If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

I don’t want to spoil too much of the book, but I will share this: the Hunter loses the thing that makes him immortal/hard to kill. He literally has to face his own mortality, and it gives him a unique outlook on life and being human. He also has to make some tough decisions about what he’s willing to do in order to find answers about his past.

What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?

The scene I found hardest to write was the raw, emotional scenes near the end of the second act. Some things (no spoilers!) happen to propel the Hunter to go on an all-out rampage against the villains, and there are a few scenes there where s**t gets very real for him. He realizes just how much it hurts to lose the things that he holds most dear.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I would definitely be the Hunter. He is one bad-ass character. It would be amazing to feel that rush of being more than human, even with all its downsides.

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to my writing. I do my best work when sitting at my desk. I can’t really write if my computer is on my lap, so it’s hard to write on a couch. That being said, the day I buy a Barcalounger/La-Z-Boy is the day that I start learning how to write on my lap.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

I’ve gone through some interesting stages.

At one point, I wrote best with a cup of black or green tea. It has evolved to include:

  • A White Russian (cocktail)
  • Chocolate milk
  • Cold chocolate

I like to have something sweet (such as a PBJ sandwich or a cookie) before I sit down to write. It helps to sort of set the “starting point” for my creative time.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I was born in Japan, my nationality is Canadian, my mother is French, my father is American, and I am currently residing in Mexico.

Book Blurb

Bucelarii - CopyThe Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

About the Author

AndyAndy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

You can follow Andy on Twitter and Facebook.

You can purchase The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer on Amazon

 

Blog Tour: Tomorrow Never Comes

Today, I welcome author Pamela Jones to my blog. She is on a book blog tour promoting her book Tomorrow Never Comes.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

Professionally, I’ve been writing for 19 years. During these years, I’ve done a variety of writing: short stories, poetry, blogging, eBooks, and online articles. I also freelanced as a SEO copywriter for private clients.

Personally, I strive to live a quiet life. Although I write drama, by no means do I like living it. So, I enjoy peaceful activities such as reading. I also like traveling and spending quality time with my family.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?           

Yes, I’m already working on a second eBook. It’s entitled “Her Married Lover.” It’s about a single, lonely mother involved with a married man.

When the adulterer’s wife, who’s suffers with depression, discovers their affair, a wrath of hell breaks out. The story will end with a message to readers: infidelity has its consequences.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?               

Yes, I’m a full-time writer. I start my writing day after 11 A.M. My days vary. For instance, on Mondays, I tend to preset tweets and Facebook posts. I also network on social writing sites such as World Literary Club and Goodreads.

Either Tuesdays or Thursdays will be the day I write my blog post. Wednesdays and Fridays are days I mostly dedicate to writing my eBook. I use Saturdays to do additional projects, such as gathering information that will help me with future stories.

I don’t write on Sundays. I tried countless times to make time to write on this day – with no luck. That day is so busy doing personal affairs, until I decided that it’s best NOT to even go near my computer.

On my workdays, I stop writing around 5:30 P.M., which is a big improvement from what I used to do. When I was doing SEO copywriting, I wrote around the clock … and went to bed as late as 2 A.M. … only to get up before 8 A.M.!

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

There are so many great things about being a writer. Truthfully, being a writer is the best thing next to retirement. However, I’ll just list three things:

1) You’re free to do whatever projects you want – copywriting, eBooks, blogging … the choice is yours.

2) You choose the hours you want to work. If you want to work at night and sleep all day – go ahead. If you prefer to work during the day and sleep at night, do so. And with either choice, you can work as many or as little hours as you wish.

3) I love the fact that I don’t have to be bothered with the following type of co-workers: people who tell everybody’s business but their own, and backstabbers. I love working by myself, and despite the myth that writers get lonely, I don’t. Just give me my coffee and my music and I’m good to go!

The worst thing about being a writer:

1) You are responsible for your own taxes – a serious headache if you don’t know jack about self-employment taxes.

2) You have to get your own health insurance.

3) It can take years to get a steady income in writing – although it doesn’t take years for bills to come in steady!

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

The unemployment line – I kid you not! I DO NOT want to walk in that line again – ever. I know if I quit writing, I would have no choice but to get back in it. No way!

Also, I truly love writing. It’s beyond a career for me. It’s a passion.

Please tell us about your current release.

“Tomorrow Never Comes” is a short eBook; less than 35 pages. It’s categorized under women’s fiction.

The story is about Bernice Albright, an author who raised her siblings, Marlena and Rico Brown. She raised them in order to honor her dying mother’s request: take care of her babies.

Although she raised them well, Bernice’s siblings are living troubled lives: Marlena is in an abusive marriage; Rico is a drug addict. This worries Bernice, and makes her determine to help them change their lives.

In spite her efforts, her siblings’ circumstances overtake any chances of “tomorrow being a better day” – a belief that their late mother always believed in.

“Tomorrow Never Comes” is a fictional example of family loyalty, and how the wrong decisions can impact an entire family for a lifetime.

What inspired you to write this book?

My late grandmother inspired me to write this book. I feel like I was “touched by her presence” when this idea was presented to me.

How did you come up with the title?

The title came into my head naturally. There was no struggling with it. It was just as natural as a good thought.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

My favorite character is Bernice. I like her strength as a woman. No matter what she faces in life, she finds the strength to triumph the tribulation. And as women, we need to be strong in the face of adversity. It serves no purpose to be weak and helpless – something Bernice wasn’t.

I disliked Otis. Actually, I hated him. He was a coldhearted man who had no guilt behind his ruthless actions.

What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?

The most difficult thing to write in this story was when Bernice’s siblings’ problems overcame them. Such scenes aren’t joyous to write because you’re bringing pain to the story. However, they are necessary to write because they do happen in life.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

My snack is actually a beverage. It’s coffee. I love a tall cup of coffee mixed with International Delight Creamer and artificial sweetener. My mind goes to work in full drive with those first few sips.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I have arthritis in my hands. This makes writing longhand a difficult task. Just writing a page can cause my fingers to stiffen and hurt more. It also makes my penmanship shabby sometimes.

So, it’s best for me to type. Even then, there are times when typing can be a bit difficult. Arthritic flare-ups make it even worse. The pain goes down to my wrists.

However, I have too many stories to tell to let “Bad Boy Arthur” keep me down. So, I do stretching exercises for my hands. I also pray.

I can’t let pain get me down, especially since this is my true calling. In addition, I’ve got too many fictional characters waiting to come to life so that readers can love or hate them!

Book Description

Tomorrow Never ComesBernice Albright is a bestselling romance novelist. Her renowned fame and fortune affords her an affluent life, such as a mansion, an ocean view condo, and a luxury car. She knows influential people around the globe.

She lives a good life, but it’s minimal compared to her love for her family. Her love is associated with a promise she made to her dying mother 20 years ago: to raise her siblings, Marlena and Rico Brown.

Marlena and Rico are now adults. Despite having a good upbringing, they made choices that resulted in their lives being “hell on earth.”

As the presumed matriarch, Bernice is preparing to help her siblings rebuild their lives. This gives her strong belief in her late mother’s motto: tomorrow will be a better day.

However, a turn of events occurs, and it changes her family forever. At the end of it all, Bernice has a new reality about her family, her mother’s belief, and herself.

Author Bio

Pamela JonesPamela Jones is a self-published author of contemporary women’s fiction. “Tomorrow Never Comes” is her first eBook.

Prior to publishing her first eBook, she wrote 19 contemporary short stories for the defunct New York based publisher, Sterling MacFadden. Their magazines included Jive, Bronze Thrills, Black Confessions, Black Romance, Black Secrets, True Black Experience, True Black Passions, and True Black Secrets.

Pamela’s writing background has also included nonfiction content written under the pseudonym “Penlady”.

You can find out more about Pamela on her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can buy Tomorrow Never Comes on Amazon.

Virtual Book Tour: Twist by Roni Teson

Today author Roni Teson stops by while on her book tour promoting her novel, Twist.

Book Blurb

twist_cover_finalA romantic suspense full of twists and turns . . . When a steamy incident in the back seat of a borrowed car plunges sixteen-year-old Beatrice Malcolm smack in the middle of a global manhunt, she discovers that the search for her fugitive father has more to do with her than she could ever imagine.

With her mother gone, Bea’s life is unraveling in the worst possible way as she’s thrust into a world of government conspiracy, insanity, and mind-altering experimentation that forces her to make a life or death decision on who to believe—the FBI or her father.

In Twist, Roni Teson has crafted a suspenseful tale of love, betrayal and intrigue with a cast of characters who will leap off the pages and stay in your heart long after the last page has been turned.

READ the first five chapter here.

About the Author

roni_05cGrowing up in Southern California, I developed a love for the ocean and all things coastal. I lived inland for a few years in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Denver, only to be lured home by the sound of crashing waves and colorful sunsets.

I wrote Heaven or Hell, my first novel, during my treatment for stage IV cancer. The day after the final edit of this book, the doctor told me that I was in remission. I believe writing was a critical part of my recovery, and now it’s integral to my life.

I’m lucky. I have a passion that keeps me awake at night, friends who have been in my life for decades, family that supports my craziness, a home on the beach, many more novels in my head, and a body that is healed. I am forever grateful.

You can find out more about Roni on her website. Or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Twist from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

Blog Tour: Silver Bullets by Suzetta Perkins

Author Suzetta Perkins is on a virtual book tour to promote her latest book, Silver Bullets.

Book Blurb

silver bullets 3In this sizzling, exciting novel, four women show that age is just a number by seeking out new forms of pleasure, love, and romance.

Whether it be getting a tattoo, using whips and chains, or preparing dinner in nothing but stilettos, four divas—all best friends and over fifty years old—decide that they need to spice up their love lives. And they’re willing to go to any length to achieve that.

So Emma, Queenie, Yolanda, and Connie set out to get the pleasure they crave. For Emma, that means rekindling her sex life with her doting husband, whom she decides to take care of for once. Yolanda, who is still turning heads and could have anyone she wants, finally meets a man who suits her tastes—but can she suit his? Queenie, who is fifty-eight and divorced, entertains her on-again, off-again male friend one night when he’s lucky enough to get his hands on some Viagra. And Connie, who has never been married, is in love with a man who won’t put a ring on her finger. Will she be able to convince him to marry her, or, more importantly, does she even want that herself?
As things start heating up, the ladies’ lives get sexier…and more complicated. Soon, the four divas soon face more drama than they bargained for…

About the Author

SuzettaA native of Oakland, California, Suzetta Perkins’ writing history dates back to her high school senior year when she shared the title of co-editor of her high-school yearbook.  Since then, she’s traveled the globe making stories of her own, which have been the subject of some of her unpublished short stories. Suzetta also is a contributing author of My Soul to His Spirit, an anthology that received the 2006 Fresh Voices Award. She is the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of two delightful granddaughters.

Find out more about Suzetta on her website. You can also follower her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Silver Bullets from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Today’s Featured Author: Yvette Allen-Tatum

Today, author Yvette Allen-Tatum stops by my blog as part of her I Didn’t Know virtual book tour.

From The Author

I Didn’t Know – Identifying, Confronting & Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse – the title is indicative of the subject matter.  In this book the author brings to the forefront the many faces of child sexual abuse; those of the victims and the abusers.  Yvette Allen-Tatum boldly confronts her past of child sexual abuse to demonstrate that TRUE deliverance is possible.  Yvette believes that we ALL (victims, abusers, enablers, nay-sayers, etc.) can OVERCOME the horrible effects of child sexual abuse.

This book proves that true healing is possible and necessary for us to become more than CONQUERORS through Christ Jesus.

As a community, we have to:

  • Identify Child Sexual Abuse –
    • We have to talk about it (raise public awareness)
    • Know the signs & symptoms
  • Confront Child Sexual Abuse –
    • Error on the side of caution – THE CHILD
    • Be quick to BELIEVE the victim and make all necessary inquiries
    • Studies show people are more apt to believe the innocence of the accused; this has to END
  • Overcome Child Sexual Abuse –
    • We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the WORD of OUR TESTIMONY

Book Description

i didn't knowI Didn’t Know is for more than just an audience of one. If you look to your left, look to your right, or directly in the mirror, you will see or know someone who has been sexually abused… even if you look in the mirror, and the person is YOU! More than the tragedy of sexual abuse is the tragedy of the silence of sexual abuse. It must be talked about. Our stories have to be shared; someone’s life is literally depending upon YOU to BREAK THE IGNORANCE OF SILENCE! “I Didn’t Know” brings to the forefront the many hidden faces of child sexual abuse. The author, Yvette L. Allen-Tatum, shares not only her story, but the compelling testimonies of others–everyone from the actual victim, to the offender, to those who standby by in disbelief and allow these heinous crimes against our children to continue. Our voices have to be heard, our children must be free or freed to tell the TRUTH: that someone touched them. Who can they run to? Will it be you?

About the Author 

yvette-newAuthor, Teacher, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained & licensed Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ, undercover Comedian and the list goes on

Yvette is a graduate of Grace Christian College where she earned her Masters of Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology.  She is also a graduate of University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance and a Minor in Leadership Studies. In addition, she has 30 plus years of experience in income tax preparation and bookkeeping.

As the Founder of Surrounded by Faith Ministries, Yvette has had the opportunity to touch and transform the lives of many women with the Word of God.  This mighty Woman of God has a prophetic teaching anointing which has enabled her to cross many boundaries.  As such, the Call of God on her life has broadened from transforming the lives of women to transforming LIVES with the Word of God.  While she still holds a passion to train and equip women in the life study and application of the Bible, her ultimate goal is to strengthen families.  To do so her platform is geared to men, women and children.

You can connect with Yvette on her website. Or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase I Didn’t Know on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Don’t forget to check out her book trailer!