I’m Ready For Something Good…

When three women find their lives inextricably linked after a terrible mistake, they must work together to make the most of their futures.

Alexis Marshall never meant to cause the accident that left Jon-Jon Robinson paralyzed—but though guilt plagues her, her husband hopes to put the past behind them. After all, he’s in the middle of selling a tech business—and if Alexis admits to texting while driving, the deal could collapse and cost them millions. Meanwhile, Alexis’s life is not as shiny and perfect as it may seem from the outside. She has secrets of her own. As she becomes consumed with thoughts of the young man she hit, can she reconcile her mistake with her husband’s expectations?

Trish Robinson is just trying to hold it together after the accident that left Jon-Jon dependent and depressed. As the bills pile up, Trish and her husband, Dwayne, find themselves at odds. Trish wants to forgive and move on, but Dwayne is filled with rage toward the entitled white woman who altered their lives forever. Trish can’t see how anything good can come from so much hate and strife, so she determines to pray until God intervenes. Then one afternoon Marquita Lewis rings their doorbell with a baby in her arms and changes everything.

Vanessa Miller’s latest inspirational novel reminds readers that differences may separate us, but if we cling to each other, God can bring something good out of our very worst moments.

Available March 8, 2022. Pre-order Here https://linktr.ee/authorvanessamiller

A Southern Treasure…

Southern traditions, history, and hope come together in author Piper Huguley’s heartfelt romance from Hallmark Publishing.

Althea Dailey has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams: she’s about to make partner at her prestigious law firm in New York. So why doesn’t she feel more excited about it? When she has to travel South for a case, she pays a long-overdue visit back home to Milford, Georgia. To her surprise, a white man she’s never met has befriended her grandmother.

Jack Darwent wasn’t interested in the definition of success dictated by Southern high society. His passion for cooking led him to his current project: a documentary and cookbook about authentic Southern food. Althea’s grandmother is famous for her cooking at Milford College, a historically Black institution. But Althea suspects Jack of trying to steal her grandmother’s recipes.

Despite Althea and Jack’s first impressions of one another, they discover they have more in common than they’d guessed…and even as they learn about one another’s pasts, they both see glimmers of a better future. 

This Southern small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Grandma’s Biscuits and Gravy.

Available now from Hallmark Publishing Click HERE to buy.

My Review:

I need to approach this review with truth. I’m biased. I am a huge fan of Piper Huguley’s work. I have loved every single thing she as written. I would probably enjoy reading her middle school essays if she gave them to me, but this book…this book was so much more than I expected.

I opened this book without reading the back cover copy. I tend to do that with books by authors I love. The blurb is not going to determine whether I buy or read the book. I prefer to let the experience happen organically and because Piper Huguley fits in the category of authors I love to read, I opened Sweet Tea blind. I had no idea I was in for not only a thoroughly satisfying romance, but a southern culinary journey. There was food. Lots of Southern food like fried chicken and homemade biscuits and collard greens. The desserts were not to out down by entrees. I enjoyed fantasizing about the Red velvet cake, pecan pie, and pound cake the characters enjoyed. And then there was the pie! Grape pie from one of my very favorite Southern delights–muscadines. Through Huguley’s description, I could smell, feel, and taste the food. My mouth watered on nearly every page as I thought about the sweet tea. I even had a few glasses while I read.

I loved the heroine, Althea Dailey. She was uptight and feisty and often right. In contrast, our hero, Jack Darwent was easy going, self-assured, and usually right. Huguley delivered tension, humor, witty banter, more sexual tension than I expected from Hallmark and a range of other emotions as Althea was forced to look at herself, her feelings about the past, and the choices she’d made. The third party in this romance was Althea’s grandmother. Her sass and sage advice were a blessing to my soul.

It was a delicious read.

All The Cowboy Wants – Book 4 in the Bennett series

He has something she needs.
She has something he wants.
Neither expected the complication called love.

Journalist Addison Ingram has yearned for more serious bylines and being assigned to interview Stone Bennett of the upcoming Bachelors of Atlanta series isn’t a part of her plan. She loathes rich, entitled men like Stone but interviewing him is a means to even meatier stories. However, Stone is not the man she thought he was and that discovery could lead to more than she bargained for.

Stone Bennett wrangles horses and women but he never gets attached. No woman has held his attention for more than a night and he doesn’t expect things to be any different with Addison Ingram. Then he hires her as a ghostwriter for his passion project and the chemistry between them makes him yearn for more than a business relationship. Stone thought he didn’t need love, but will he discover Addison’s heart is what he wants? 

Purchase links: Amazon and Other eBook Retailers

Beyonce Is Forever…

Sooo, there is a story circulating about a young lady who announced on social media that she is getting evicted. She spent her rent money on Beyonce tickets. She said “Shelter comes and goes, but Beyonce is forever.” Interesting value system there, but in the spirit of not judging her choice, maybe her mama moved her around a lot as a child. Maybe shelter does come and go.

As a child my character Samaria Jacobs grew up like that. Her mother moved around a lot because of evictions and it had some pretty damaging effects. In An Inconvenient Friend deceitful diva, Samaria Jacobs, plots to get close to her lover’s wife in order to get inside information about his troubled marriage. What she doesn’t expect to find is the one thing she’s never had…a friend. Available at Amazon, B&N, BAM, iBooks and through your local bookseller.

An Inconvenient Friend

Here’s a link to the story.

Righteous Ways

righteous_waysSamaria Jacobs would be living a platinum life as the wife of successful music producer, Mekhi Johnson, that is if she weren’t on her way to prison. Samaria’s always been a bit of a Grinch, but this year she feels like she has absolutely nothing to be grateful for. Will the desperate situation of an old friend make her examine her life at its lowest moment and find that even in her fear, shame, and sorrow that God has given her with the capacity to love?

Coming Dec 18, 2015 Pre-order today.


Breaking All The Rules

I’m excited to be releasing a new book soon. Soon as in the next couple of weeks.  I’ll let you know when it’s available for your Kindle/Nook or other e-reader. breaking_front

About the Book

Deniece Malcolm is shocked and heartbroken when she finds out her baby sister, Janette, is marrying Terrance Wright, because she was the one who was supposed to marry him! Everybody knows there’s a rule about dating exes. Janette is pregnant and not only is this wedding happening, but Deniece has to arrange the festivities.

Deniece’s feelings and pride are hurt, but surprisingly, Terrance’s younger, sexier, cousin, Ethan Wright, is there to provide a listening ear and a strong bicep to cry on. Ethan’s interested in Deniece, but she has a rule about dating younger men. Despite her resistance, things heat up between them and Deniece begins to wonder if it’s time to break a few rules of her own.

Sherri Lewis’s Finding Mrs Wright

I read James Patterson, Tess Gerriston, Pamela Samuels Young, Walter Mosley and a whole host of other mystery and suspense writers, but everyone once in awhile I like to kick back, relax and fall in love. When I read Finding Mrs Wright I fell in love with the characters and impatiently waited for them to do the same.

Devon Wright hasn’t considered being in a serious relationship for the last seven years. Not since he met Quartisha Shauntae Randall – aka Satan’s little sister – who is, unfortunately, his baby mama. He’s not the kind of guy that can live without a woman, so he finds himself in a string of short-term relationships, breaking heart after heart – without meaning to, of course. He tells the women he dates that he’s not looking for something serious, but somehow, they keep falling for him and wanting something more.

Devon’s parents and best friend, Charles, who used to be Atlanta’s most notorious player, keep telling him it’s time to get into a real relationship with the right woman and get married. When his six year-old daughter, Brianna, begins to ask him when he’s gonna get her a “real mama,” Devon begins to wonder if it’s time to try getting serious again.

When Charles introduces him to the best friend of the woman who convinced him to turn in his player card, Devon is intrigued. Cassandra Parker is smart, sassy, and sexy, but the catch is, she’ll only get into a relationship that’s headed toward marriage. The more Devon gets to know her, the more he realizes that she’s the right woman for him. But will his past heartbreak, crazy baby mama drama, and commitment issues keep him from making her Mrs. Wright?

It’s available today for your Kindle or Nook. Click on the image below, download it and let me know what you think.


2013 Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading

Tiffany Warren, one of my very, very favorite authors is back with a women’s fiction release. Don’t Tell A Soul. I promise I won’t. It’s available January 29, 2013. Here’s a little about it:

In this powerful new novel, the trio of faithful friends from Tiffany L. Warren’s inspirational bestseller What a Sista Should Do are older–but are they wiser?…

Once successful, Pam Lyon’s husband, Troy, has blown their fortune. Now he’s hustling to make a comeback. But his partner, Logan, is more interested in connecting with Pam–and soon he crosses a line that will challenge Pam’s marriage. . .

Taylor Oldman’s ex, Luke, is finally out of prison and wants a relationship with their eleven-year-old son. But newly remarried Taylor doesn’t want Luke in her life. The problem is, the boy is acting out–and Luke is the only one who can reach him. Can Taylor forgive Luke for the sake of their child?…

Recently divorced, Yvonne Hastings is lonely for the first time in years. She finds solace by befriending new church member Eva Logan. Eva is trying to leave behind her scandalous past, but it seems she can’t let go of everything. And when her behavior starts to affect Yvonne, she’ll have to reflect on what it means to be a good friend in and out of church. . .

As their personal lives test them like never before, can these three women find a way to keep the faith–and their friendship?…


Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsely are back with more drama from the two messiest First Ladies I’ve ever…YOU’VE ever read about in the sequel to record breaking bestseller, Sinners & Saints, Friends and Foes. Available Feb. 26, 2013. Here’s more about it:

The drama is still fresh between Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Larson Bush after each woman attempted to get her husband elected to the coveted position of President of the American Baptist Coalition. Now, everyone’s favorite First Ladies are going at it again.

When Rachel learns that Jasmine is going to be featured on a national television interview—thanks to the publicist she hired—the gloves are off and Rachel is set to do battle. But unexpectedly Rachel finds herself caught up in a much more ominous plot—one that involves murder—and must navigate these troubled waters with her least-expected ally, Jasmine.

Combining light-hearted action with a message of faith, this book is a delightful read featuring two beloved characters from two exceptional authors.

Rhonda Bowen’s Get You Good. I actually already read this when it was in it’s developmental stage. Lucky me. I loved it and can’t wait to read the final version. I highly, highly, highly recommend it. It’s available March 26, 2013. Here’s a little about Get You Good: 

Sydney Isaacs has two priorities: her family, and Decadent, the gourmet pastry business they founded almost three generations ago. But both are in jeopardy when her brother, Dean, announces his sudden engagement to the conniving Sheree Vern. Much to Sydney’s dismay, Dean inherits ownership of Decadent, despite his lack of interest. Now he and Sheree are selling the chain to finance his dreams of becoming a music producer–or so Dean believes. . .

Thanks to Sheree, Dean’s plans, the business, and his marriage, soon implode in ways he never expected–leaving Sydney determined to salvage whatever she can, and fix the mess left behind. Her only solace is her romance with Hayden Windsor. But Hayden is Sheree’s half brother, and it doesn’t take long for Sydney to wonder if Hayden knew about Sheree’s scheming all along? Soon Sydney creates a deception of her own to find out the truth. Her strategy is working, until the consequences threaten to destroy everything she values most–including her faith. Overcome with guilt, can she make things right with her brother, with Hayden, and with God?…


I’ll be back soon with more great selections as I find out what my favorite authors are releasing.  If you need something to read this weekend here are some great choices as well:

What Kind of Fool by yours truly. Just in case you haven’t read it yet. Here’s a bit about my latest novel:

Angelina Preston tunes out the voice of God when she decides to divorce her husband, Greg. She’s forgiven him for his affair, but she won’t forget, even though her heart is telling her to. Shortly after she files divorce papers, she finds out her non-profit organization is being investigated by the IRS for money laundering. In the midst of the very public scandal, Angelina becomes ill. Through financial and physical trials, she learns that faith and forgiveness may really be the cure for all that ails her, but can she forgive the people who hurt her most?

Sexy, successful Dr. Gregory Preston didn’t appreciate his wife when he had her. His affair with a devious man-stealer has him put out of his home and put off with women who continue to throw themselves at him. Greg wants his wife back, but he’ll have to do some fancy operating to get her. When the secrets and lies from his past continue to mess up his future, Greg finds himself looking to the God he abandoned long ago for a miracle only faith can provide.

Samaria Jacobs finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: a man with money. The fact that she’s in love with him is a bonus, but even so, life is anything but blissful. She’s paying for her past sins in ways she never imagined and living in fear that the secret she’s keeping will separate them forever.


Kimberla Lawson Roby has a new release. It’s hot off the presses. The Perfect Marriage. ADDICTION. DECEPTION.


Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for fifteen years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected . . . and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.

It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.

They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that’s what Denise would like to believe . . .

As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?


A Woman’s Revenge

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A Woman’s Revenge contains the tales of revenge served up cold by three of your favorite Christian fiction authors. Will their desires for revenge take them too far? Find out March 26, 3013 and pre-order today!

Marlene Banks – Virtual Book Tour

List your  published books.




 Which book did you find the hardest to birth? Greenwood and Archer because it is a sequel requiring a continuation of one story while bringing in a fresh new plot so it wouldn’t be a boring rehash.

 Which book is  your current favorite? I like them all equally for different reasons.

 How would you   describe your writing style? My writing style is informal, natural, edgy and divinely inspired. My story telling is soap opera style. Although they are dying out now I grew up in the heydays of daytime soap operas and it’s evident in my storytelling style. My writing is psychology based, multilayered and can be quite edgy but most of the edgy gets edited out. It’s mostly character driven but I have written an occasional plot driven story.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?  No, I have to write in quiet. Once in a rare while I listen to music that will help propel me into the mood for a scene when I find it hard to get there. I am a music lover though just not while I’m working. My musical tastes are as eclectic as my reading. I like Gospel, Oldies, Jazz, Blues, Spanish guitar, R&B, Show tunes, Big Band music, Classical, Chamber music, Harp music and Ragtime. Oh and I love those old torch songs like Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson and Judy Garland sang.

Tell us anything about you as a writer that you think might be interesting or unusual.  I have a very lofty goal for my writing future. I do not want to be pigeonholed like most authors and write one genre and that’s it. I want to be the Sammy Davis Jr of the Christian literary scene. That means [for all you young folks who don’t know who he was] I want to do it all and do it all well. Sammy Davis Jr could sing, dance, act, he was an impressionist, a night club performer, recording artist and Broadway stage star. He did it all and did it all exceptionally well; the consummate entertainer. That translates in the world of writing like this; I want to be known for writing different genres; romance, historical, mystery, contemporary, suspense etc. Also that includes fiction and non fiction. I want to write plays as well.

What advice do  you have for aspiring writers? Hang in there and keep writing. Listen to GOD not your family and friends who know absolutely nothing about the writing profession or publishing business. They may be well meaning but they haven’t a clue. If you need advice talk to someone in the business, not Sha Na Na and your girls.

Writers are often encouraged to write what they know. Have you found that to be the case with your writing?  Yes and no, in the beginning it’s best to write what you know but what you’ll find after a while is you don’t know enough to write that will help you break into the market with something fresh or different. Most of the time what you know is the same as thousands of other people. What use to be shocking or unusual is nothing new in our contemporary culture. So making yourself stand out from the crowd is getting much harder. That’s when your imagination needs to kick in. As your writing improves you can concentrate less on structure and let that imagination soar. That will be the unique part of your fiction writing. With nonfiction it’ in the delivery. Your book may be the same old rehash but if you plate it up different in a more reader friendly way or a manner that resonates better, you’ve got a winner. Non fiction should be what you know of course but how you disperse the information can be in a new unfamiliar method.

 About the Book

Set in the 1800s, Ruth’s Redemption, depicts slave life in the south.  Bo, the main character who was educated while a slave is a freedman who now owns a farm and  buys slaves for the purpose of giving them their freedom. Bo is also a widower whose life is destined to changed when he meets the stubborn, proud and hard-hearted 20 year old slave girl, Ruth.

Ruth has known nothing but harshness and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding and the enlargement of her master’s slave stock, Ruth struggles to understand the way of her new master.  Bo is unlike any master she’s known and what she experiences in his care will leave her forever changed.

A gripping pre-Civil War slave era novel, Ruth’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater,Virginia, this novel shines the light of God’s unconditional love in the darkness of the evils of hatred and acts of inhumanity.

About the Author

Marlene Banks is aPhiladelphia, PA native.  She attended Westminster Collegein New Wilmington, PA and has an Associate’s Degree in Theology from the Rhema Bible Institute inKeysville,VA.  She is the director of ministry at Lifeline Mission of the Gospel.  Through her writing ministry, Marlene’s desire is to promote the gospel and serve the needs of her community.

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