Both of these ladies are new authors. Upon seeing the announcement of this month-long author parade, both Victoria and Charmaine reached out to ask whether they could be included. With a month of posts to fill, I was definitely open, and when realized my roster consisted of only established authors, no new ones, I said yes.
So I'm delighted to close out this year's Black Christian Fiction Authors on Parade with two debut authors.
First, author K. Victoria Chase:
From childhood, K. Victoria Chase, or "Tori", has been writing stories and plays since childhood. A fan of Christian romance, she pursued a career that was anything but fanciful. Tori received degrees in Criminal Justice and Diplomacy and worked as a federal law enforcement officer for several years before trying her hand at writing a novel.
Serial Games is her third completed work, and the first to be published. It is the first book in the Virginia Justice series.
FBI profiler Maggie Weston has a reputation for identifying the most gruesome of killers. But her reputation is put on the line when U.S. Marshal Brandon Worth walks into her office with the news that the one case that haunted her the most, John Michael Burrows, has escaped federal custody. Brandon needs her help; she understands how Burrows thinks and the best tracker on the East coast isn't about to pass up her expertise. Maggie and Brandon have to work together to catch a serial murderer and the closer they get to Burrows, the more their hearts become involved. While insecurities and bitterness threaten a budding relationship between Maggie and Brandon, an elusive killer terrorizes a small Virginia county with a game he plans on winning.
Books 2 and 3, Marked By The Mob and Killer Shoot, are scheduled for release in November 2012 and July 2012, respectively.
Tori is active on social media, including the publication of the Tori Chase Daily, a roundup of interesting publishing-related stories from around the web. Until she can make this "hobby" a full-time venture, Tori continues to work in the field of counterterrorism, identifying potential terrorists who threaten the United States and the world. She currently resides in Leesburg, VA.
Learn more about Victoria and her books at her blog, http://torilounge.blogspot.com and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
Now, author Charmaine T. Davis:
Charmaine T. Davis is a Virginia native and current resident. She "sneaks in writing time between taking care of her seven children and romancing her husband." Charmaine writes short stories, novels and screenplays.
I am a literary entrepreneur, a fancy way of saying I am an indie writer and enjoying every minute of it!" She released her debut title, The Red House: Almost A Memoir, in August 2011.
A family comedy, The Red House: Almost A Memoir, takes place in the 1980s in the foothills of Virginia. The Douglases give up a modern house to live on the home place—a decrepit log cabin dressed in red tar paper. The house has no indoor plumbing, and trips to the spring for water and to the Johnny-house for relief, are a far cry from the central air and MTV other people in town enjoy. Gail, the narrator, takes you back to her first year on the farm as a ten-year old girl. Flying chickens, run-ins with roaches, breakdowns in hoopties, crazy relatives and runaway mules are just some of the hilarious happenings in what is supposed to be a quiet life in the country.
Country housing: "The Red House had roaches. Long, flat brown ones – with wings. We didn’t know they could fly until we were having supper one day."
Country fashion: "If I stepped wide enough maybe the panty hose would stay up until I could get to the bathroom."
Country entertainment: “Grab that skinny one in the corner. He oughta fly real good.”
Country relatives: “Watch yourself, boy! We still paying off your rabies shot.”
Country vacations: "You brought your own housing...and food and shampoo and towels and sheets."
Country revivals: "We goan start promptly at seven o’clock, so be sure to take care of all your bodily needs and functions."
Country shopping: “Don’t steal nothin and don’t sit on the toilet.”
Country dining at its best: "The day he mentioned stewed possum, Mama told him, “Don’t even think about puttin somethin that nasty in my pot. We may be broke but we ain’t that broke.”
Such is the revelation in The Red House: Almost A Memoir. Think rural life is nothing but hay fields and hayrides? Think again.
Charmaine's next novel, The Dancer and the Pitcher, an interracial Christian romance, will be released in March 2012.
Learn more about Charmaine and her books at her website, http://www.charmainetdavis.com or connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Both ladies have offered to give digital copies of their books to a commenter. Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be announced tomorrow.
So concludes this year's Black Christian Fiction Authors on Parade. I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little about our parade of authors. Be sure to pick up their existing books and be on the lookout for their upcoming releases!
We have a month of book giveaways. It's not too late to comment to win. Leave a comment on any post if you'd like to win that author's book. Winners will be announced tomorrow!
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.