Lifelong friends Coco, Nita, and Tia have spent years looking for love in the arms of flashy pro athletes, hoping to land a baller but ending up with a stream of failed relationships. The beautiful and demure Coco has endured years of physical abuse from her boyfriend, Sonny, while Tia, a single mother, has dated her fair share of cheaters and yearns for a stable companion who will be a father figure to her son. And feisty, seductive Nita is tired of being the million-dollar mistress and wants to settle down—ifshe can find someone worth coming home to.
Changing the Game . . .
Now that the women are approaching thirty, they’re finding it harder than ever to compete with the pro groupies. Determined to change the game and find some worthwhile men, Tia hatches an outrageous plan. Soon the trio is "holy rolling," masquerading as God-fearing churchgoers at a local conference for young ministers in the hopes of snagging a prominent pastor. But will their big gamble pay off? Men of the cloth are still just men, after all. As the three friends meet their potential life partners, they will have to decide how far they want to take their holy rollers scheme—each risking heartbreak while taking a chance on finding a reliable, responsible man to love and cherish, flaws and all. Read more about S2S B2B: Holy Rollers
Samson Taylor has just been installed as assistant pastor at a thriving North Carolina church. He's a man of God—and most definitely no saint. Handsome and charismatic, Samson is controlled by his lust for beautiful women, a weakness that stirs up trouble, heartache, betrayal, and damaging rumors—and soon costs him his marriage, his best friendship, and even his new job. Samson loves God and tries harder than ever to keep his temptations in check. Then he meets Delinda. . . .
Beautiful, irresistibly sexy, and married to a famous NBA star, Delinda has Samson head-over-heels in love . . . in a dangerous affair that leads to a physical confrontation with Delinda's husband.
Now, the disgraced pastor begins a journey he could never have anticipated, where his heart is now his guide—not a heart of lust, but of new wisdom and a new kind of seeing. God will forgive Samson's past—but will Samson himself be able to let go of bitterness and regret, and find a new light in his life?
Inspired by the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah, Jacquelin Thomas powerfully portrays a modern-day pastor's dance with earthly desires . . . and the faith that made him whole. Read more about S2S B2B: Samson
The infamous Reverend Curtis Black's sordid past is no secret, as his wife, Charlotte, is well aware. But when Curtis' longtime mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old dies, he and Charlotte have no choice but to raise Curtina together. Soon, Charlotte's resentment of the child affects her marriage. Read more about S2S B2B: Love, Honor, and Betray
At thirty-six, third-grade teacher Maya is ready to get married and have children, and she’s been waiting an astonishing thirteen years for her live-in boyfriend, Kenneth, to finally propose. She’s prayed for the moment and believes their anniversary will be it—until she gets dumped instead. Devastated and desperate to get back in the game, she prays for a new man, then starts dating gym teacher Lloyd Bradford. She tries to make herself believe she’s in a good thing with Lloyd, but the longer they stay together, the more it looks like this is one dangerous dude. As she tries to break free, she takes solace in the Lord, fully trusting that He will finally restore peace in her life—even if what He provides isn’t quite what she wanted. Read more about S2S B2B: Be Careful What You Pray For
The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have. When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.” From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidosco. Read more about S2S B2B: Perfect Peace
Our guest speaker, "God's Cheerleader" Vanessa Davis Griggs, is an author and motivational speaker who adores the power of words both written and spoken. At the end of 1996, this former BellSouth employee left 18 years of service stepping out on faith and decided to pursue her purpose and passion--writing. Vanessa pens a column May I Have a "Word" With You? that appears weekly in The Birmingham Times. Vanessa is the author of novels: Destiny Unlimited, The Rose of Jericho, Promises Beyond Jordan, Wings of Grace, Blessed Trinity, Stongholds, If Memory Serves, Practicing What You Preach, Goodness and Mercy, and The Truth Is The Light. Released in December 28, 2010 is "Ray of Hope" and coming soon is "Redeeming Waters" on July 28, 2011. Griggs will speak, followed by a question & answer period, book signing, and author reception. Read more about Meet the Author: Vanessa Davis Griggs
From the New York Times bestselling author of Big Girls Do Cry comes a deliciously provocative new page-turner starring plus-sized diva Loraine Farrow, and the two men in her life...
One of Richmond, Virginia's hottest, most successful women, Loraine Farrow is finally putting the relationship drama behind her. There's nothing she wants more than to settle down with her husband, Leon, and focus on her marriage. Trouble is, her ex-lover, Michael, isn't about to let her go so easily.
But things aren't so simple with Leon either. He's dealing with painful issues from his childhood - and some of them are starting to surface in the bedroom. Leon's seeing a therapist, but what he's uncovering could destroy their marriage for good-unless Michael does it first.
The short time Michael spent with Loraine was the happiest he's ever known, and he-s fired up about winning her back - until he discovers a secret Leon's been hiding. Now he's faced with a wrenching choice: either sacrifice what he wants most, or cause the woman he loves unbearable heartbreak.
Grandmother Ma Ray, a churchgoing woman with a mysterious past, steers her two reckless granddaughters away from trouble with her smarts, savvy-and the word of God…
Troublesome teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother Lenora can handle. Enter the girls' 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother, Ma Ray, who agrees to take charge of the young women. She's determined to turn their lives around-and knows more about being a bad girl than either sister bargained for…
Sahara and Crystal don't realize what they're up against when it comes to Ma Ray, but when they learn of their grandmother's former rebel antics, which were wild enough to rival their own, they begin to appreciate her present-day passion for leading a more productive life-via family, love, and faith… Read more about Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother Book Club
Chosen started the war. In Destined, brother battles brother for ultimate control of their father’s multimillion-dollar ministry in the captivating second novel from Patricia Haley’s provocative new series inspired by the biblical kings David and Solomon.
Don Mitchell thought he’d left DMI headquarters behind forever when he fled to South Africa after his dying father chose his younger, inexperienced half brother Joel to run the thriving family business. But he could not ignore Abigail’s dire request to return to Detroit. After three years of exile, torn between self-preservation and undying devotion to the woman who was once his father’s trusted assistant, he’s considering a plan to secretly assume control of the ministry that Joel, plagued by a slew of illicit affairs and poor business judgment, is plunging into ruin.
When his estranged sister refuses to help him, Don must decide whether to stand up and fight a war he never wished to ignite. Should he face down his power-hungry brother to save the ministry his father worked so hard to build – and take a chance on an unrequited love he never dreamed Abigail would reciprocate – or should he return to the tranquility he’s found in South Africa along with the budding drama-free relationship he left behind? Patricia Haley’s evocative modern-day interpretation of these popular biblical tales will keep readers riveted until the stunning conclusion, when the entire fate of a family rests on their ability and willingness to forgive. Read more about Sister 2 Sister Brother 2 Brother Book Club