2018 African American Literary Awards Show Recipient
Best Novel in Christian Fiction
Ricardo Diaz started his company from nothing and is proud of the work he is doing. His company is threatened when the potential software program is copied while he is away taking care of his wife. He needs to make a decision, his company or his wife.
Monica Diaz has battled cancer once before and won, but this time is different. None of the other treatments are working and she running out of options. This new, experimental treatment in Germany is her last chance at life. She loses faith in her recovery and decides that she wants to die alone, but God. God has a different plan for the both of them. Family and friends will show just how much love they have for you. Sometimes, more than you know.
Danger lurks around every corner for career military man and government, secret operative Nehemiah Bolden. When he continues to have nightmares of an assignment gone wrong, he decides it is time to retire from the military and find another career path. Just one thing stopping him, a ghost from his past.
Nehemiah meets an attractive woman while on vacation and has an overwhelming need to protect her. He soon discovers that meeting her is more than a coincidence. Over the years, he has kept her safe but now their pasts may put their lives in jeopardy again. They need to both trust in a love like no other.
Karyn has her heart set on starting a magazine. As a freelance journalist for several other magazines, she is close to having her own. That's before Her best friend Neiko shows up on her doorstep, homeless and jobless; and before her twin sister Sharyn is arrested for theft, which is her third offense and leaves Karyn as the sole provider for her 5-year-old nephew.
If that isn't enough, two men are trying to romantically pursue her. How can Karyn take care of her friends, her family and still move her career forward while dodging two men? Life happens When You Least Expect It.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
Were you raised in Detroit, MI? What was your childhood like? What was your ambition as a child?
I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I was raised by my mother and grew up with an older brother. Growing up was normal type of middle-class stuff. I was introduced to cheerleading at 5-years old and kept that going until college and beyond. I remember wanting to be a teacher as a young girl. I realize now that I wanted to do something that helps people and youth.
You have mentioned that, by profession, you are a are Mother, Wife, Author, Educator, Event planner, Wedding Planner, and Travel consultant. Can you rate these in the order of your favorites? Which of these fields did you start your work life with?
My work life began in retail, working at various retail stores. I then joined the military. After Navy Life, I tried different jobs trying to figure out what I wanted and ended up with a degree in public relations. Public relations incorporated 2 things I loved to do, writing and events. I thoroughly enjoy planning and executing events. I couldn’t find a job in public relations, so I stayed in government positions that paid the bills. When my health became an issue with the stress of the work I was doing, I started to rediscover my passions in life. The things that really make me happy. I was blessed to find a position in higher education without the professional background. The position I have allows me to be able to work my other businesses in weddings and travel. I was also able to complete my first novel after 12 years. Being an author, helping brides, traveling, are all equally important.
What was it like serving in the United States Navy? Do you have any memorable instances from this time?
I enjoyed my years in service. I met some great people and visited some great places. I lived in Italy for 2 years and enjoyed every minute of it. I have some great memories, but way too many to tell and many I can’t share.