Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lacresha Hayes and her book, Raw Redemption

I'm very happy to announce my interview with Lacresha Hayes, a publishing, pastoring, grantwriting, parenting, social reform maven. This woman is so anointed and special. I enjoy any chance I get to be a blessing to her. I think you'll find this interview to be a very special one.

Me: Hi, Lacresha. I'm glad you brought your tour to my blog. Give us an overview of your book.

L.H: Thanks, Kim. Raw Redemption is my first work of Christian fiction and it deals with issues of family secrets, incest and abuse, insecurities, fears and eventual healing and happiness. It deals with the issues of the heart. Since it has been on the market, several people have mentioned that I should do a Johansson family saga of books.

Me: In the book, Cheyenne has to overcoming losing both parents. She is molested by a wealthy but psychotic uncle. She goes through a bad marriage. She ends up pregnant. Are those the major themes of the book?

L.H: No. Actually, those are more like the issues she has to overcome. The primary theme is healing. I chose the death of the parents and molestation by an uncle as trials because those are some of the worst imaginable situations. Cheyenne beat them in the end, which is to signify that people can overcome any challenge with faith. Divorce is common place, and so is accidental pregnancies. I wanted her to be a real person and thus these trials made her someone anyone could relate to.

Me: This book has some highly sensationalized parts. What was the purpose in that?

L.H: When I read, I read for knowledge or entertainment. I knew I needed some pieces that were not as common and not as likely to happen to most people. Therefore, I used her inheritance and the family's secrets to make the book more entertaining without losing it's believable factor. Who doesn't want to dream? That's why I used what I used.

Me: Who do you think will enjoy this book most?

L.H: Young women, definitely, though there is much in there to attract men too. It's not for children.

Me: Do you have any other writing in the works?

L.H: Definitely! I have finished The Snare of a Strange Woman and Black Dakota is being edited. Snare is about the perils of sexual infidelity and is mostly aimed at ministers and leaders. Black Dakota is another work of fiction and is a Christian thriller. I look forward to both of these books hitting shelves before Christmas. I'm also writing and editing my entrepreneur series of books. I'm not sure any of them will see the market this year, though. I'll have to keep you all posted.

Me: Can you give us further contact info and purchasing information?

L.H: For those who want more info about me, please visit my website at or email me at
You may purchase discounted copies of my books on my Truth and Intimacy blog in the right sidebar from the pull down list. I'm in the process of adding buy links on my website. You can also order via Amazon or BN, Powell's and anywhere else books are sold.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Raw Redemption Book Tour is Here Tomorrow

Lacresha Hayes, an author full of surprises, is on tour with her latest book, Raw Redemption. Come back tomorrow for a wonderful interview and glance into this superwoman's future books.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Amazon versus Barnes and Noble

Okay, so we all know that those are the powerhouses of online book sales. Seems BN is trying to compete with Amazon, but there's no stopping the super power. Amazon has a hand in publishing, distribution, printing, and secondary sales sources. There's books, downloads and movies. There's jewelry, electronics, and much more.

I've honestly began buying most of my books through Powell's and Diesel for my ebooks. However, I find myself on Amazon's website daily while BN is rarely ever a stop for me. How about you? Which do you prefer?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Releasing Your Inner Story

Most people have an imagination. Most of us can sit down and tell a story. Writing a story is not as easy, but with modern technology, even the worst writers can find themselves in print with a bestseller. With the popularity of ghostwriters increasing, many people are getting to see their names on the cover of a professionally published book.

Over the past two weeks, I've been outlining and brainstorming. I want to begin writing short stories to feature right here on my blog. I will keep everyone updated as I work on releasing my inner story. In the mean while, maybe you should consider what muse lives inside of you.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tribute to Michelle Sutton

Just yesterday, I finally received my Michelle Sutton book, It's Not About Me. I ordered her book after she came highly recommended by several members of our book club. While I haven't finished it yet, I'm very pleased to say I have researched her and am very impressed with what I see.

Christian fiction is a booming genre, but often not appreciated as much as it should be. It can be just as effective at lessons and is often more effective at witnessing. Michelle's fiction has been talked about all over Goodreads and LibraryThing, as well as several Ning groups. If you haven't read her work, I suggest you grab up a copy and start reading.