The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it. Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness. Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them. When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?
ISBN 13: 978-1-60162-782-7
ISBN 10: 1-60162-782-3
page count 300
Publisher: Urban Christian Books
Which character do you think readers will love to hate and why?
Abigail and Roger would wrestle for the championship ring. Hopefully, they would end up knocking each other out. Abigail has a penchant for everyone else’s business, and she sees everything through a dark carnival mirror. She has no life, and many skeletons rattle around in her own closet. Roger’s insecurities have never allowed him to take responsibility for his own choices and his lack of direction. His abuse and obsession with getting back at his ex, Esther, makes him an unsympathetic character. If he was smarter he’d be dangerous . . . Or is he?
If you were to create a spin off of your newest book with one of your supporting characters, which one would it be and why?
So glad you asked! The Devil Made Me Do It is the first book in a trilogy. (Don’t worry, each book is a stand-alone.) The second book features more background on Deborah (Esther’s best friend) and what happened to her and why. I also wanted her to have her own love story. I find Deborah interesting because she had a secret that was never revealed in the first book. In addition, we don’t always deal with mental health issues in the African American community and we’re not open about causes, triggers, and coping mechanisms, so those with these issues can live full productive lives. I have a close family member who has a mental health diagnosis, and I wanted to address the issue in a straight forward, yet fun and intriguing way. It doesn’t always have to be a dark subject. Let’s let the light in!
What is a hidden talent or pastime that you enjoy that would surprise others?
Come on now, after reading several books a week. . .what else is there? But, if pushed against the wall to give up my secret? I'm a closet make up artist. Not just myself, but sometimes I itch to work on others. It's fun being a girl!