Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Interview with Tenisha Collins, Author of THE SEX DARE: A MARRIED COUPLES' 21 DAY GUIDE TO GREAT SEX

Tenisha N. Collins is an author, accountant, editor & proofreader, speaker, entrepreneur and marriage coach. She recently published two devotionals, focusing on parenting & marriage, which can be found on Amazon, Apple Books, Kindle, Thriftbooks, Walmart, Kobo and other online platforms.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business, she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

When Tenisha’s not preparing corporate and individual income taxes at the firm where she works part-time, she is balancing her mom life with her wife and entrepreneur life.

Founder of Strong Marriage, a Facebook Christian support group designed to give its members the tools necessary to obtain & maintain a strong marriage, Tenisha is passionate about families functioning as God purposed. Tenisha lives in Thousand Oaks, California (USA) with her husband of 27 years, their four children and grandson.

Visit her website, TenishaCollins.Com, to learn more or to join her community.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.TenishaCollins.Com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TenishaCollins4
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.Com/AuthorTenishaCollins




Title: THE SEX DARE: A MARRIED COUPLES’ 21 DAY GUIDE TO GREAT SEX
Author: Tenisha Collins
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 82
Genre: Christian Nonfiction

  Sex is great and feels real, real good! Societal trends advocate doing whatever feels good, including having sexual intercourse with someone you are not married to. The limelight shining on sex isn’t a good one. It’s almost impossible to find positive models of sex while married, in any medium, today. Television sitcoms, movies, magazines, romance novels, gossip radio, and talk shows all highlight marriages consumed with infidelity, trust issues, dehumanizing sex or a lack of sexual intimacy. Most mediums imply that singles are the ones having the best sex of their lives and, if they do marry, great sex ends after the honeymoon. But the truth is, God has reserved great sex for a husband and his own wife — period! This guide removes all the defective propaganda surrounding sex so that a husband and wife BOTH enjoy sex without any issues. In just 21 days, married couples could be having the best, bed-breaking, intoxicatingly addictive sex with one another. Go ahead and read it…I dare you!

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What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am an accountant, editor/proofreader and marriage coach as well as an author, mother, grandmother and Girl Scout troop leader. I keep busy with my businesses and try to carve out time to relax at the beach with my family.

When did you start writing?

I started writing around 2005 and made it one of my professions in 2017.

Pivotal Point in your writing life?

When I completed my first book, I asked my children to write the foreword. My heart was touched hearing how proud they were of my accomplishment and how excited they were to see my book in the hands of my readers, bringing value to their lives. I’d say that that day was a pivotal point in my writing life.

If you could go anywhere…where and why?

If I were able to travel anywhere in the world to write my next book, I’d choose the Maldives. The Maldives are romantic, beautiful and secluded; the perfect ingredients to write a book on sex! No matter what the topic, ocean waves, beautiful sunsets and tranquility are great writing motivators.

If you had 4 hours of extra time, what would you do?

I would spend an hour writing, an hour laying in my husband’s arms relaxing and spend the remaining two hours with my kids on the beach! On other days, I would use all four hours to write or be alone with my husband; it just depends on my deadlines, responsibilities and the mood of the day.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I’d consider setting a story in climates I don’t necessarily want to live in; Alaska, for example. I think it would be cool to use my imagination not only for the plot but for everything including the location and characters attire.

Back to your present book, The Sex Dare: A Married Couples’ 21 Day Guide to Great Sex, how did you publish it?

I chose to self-publish my book with the help of Amazon KDP.

In writing your book, did you go anywhere to research?

I had no need to travel anywhere for research. All my research comes from actual counseling and coaching sessions from my virtual marriage support group, my 27 years of marriage and the Bible.

Why was writing, The Sex Dare: A Married Couples’ 21 Day Guide to Great Sex, so important to you?
It was vital that I write The Sex Dare for all the wives who felt like they had no right to enjoy sex, were too tired to have sex and who thought of sex as a weapon or chore. I wrote it to help husbands understand that their behavior affects their wives’ sex drive, and that past hurts, ineffective communication and busted finances negatively affect sexual performance. I wrote it to assist couples in creating an atmosphere conducive to creating and maintaining intimacy thereby increasing the frequency and enjoyment of sex. In essence, I wrote it to completely alter their perception of sex altogether.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my best ideas for books while commuting to work or sitting at my desk. I think ideas come to me then because I am still and have a big block of time to think.

Any final words?

I am passionate about strong, successful marriages. It is my goal to get this book into the hands of every married couple as well as those who want to be married. It is my heartfelt hope that my books help every couple resolve any problems experienced in the bedroom and free them to enjoy more intoxicatingly great sex more frequently. I’d love for the audience to join my virtual marriage support group on Facebook and visit my website, TenishaCollins.Com, for more information.

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MAGNOLIA by James S. Kelly




MAGNOLIA
James S. Kelly
Historical Fiction/Civil War Love Story

Two young men grow up in the south, become great friends and love the same woman. One moves north as the civil war nears and becomes Administrative Asst to Abraham Lincoln The one who remained in the south vacates his office of US Senator to become the south’s chief spy. Both men are pitted against each other during the war. As the war ends, they try to renew their friendship but will the presence of the one they both love be an impediment.

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As soon as the seven southern states seceded from the union, their sons and relatives in the Union Army and Navy resigned their commissions and became the elite officers of the Confederacy. They were euphoric; they threw parties and prided themselves on their great fortune. They didn’t’[t stop there; they became aggressive. The state of South Carolina, one of the first to secede, claimed that Forts Moultrie and Sumter in the Charleston Harbor belonged to the Confederacy; therefore, the Union Soldiers in the fort must vacate. General PGT Beauregard, the former Superintendent of Cadets at West Point, who immediately switched sides,  was in charge of that state’s militia, but was taking his orders from Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, the interim Capitol of the Confederacy. Whether Jefferson Davis’ request to Lincoln to turn over the forts was rejected because it lacked merit or Lincoln took too long to respond, is mute in the long run.

            The firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861 began a war that had no reason to happen. It was as though a disagreement between father and son had escalated way beyond what either wanted. At some point, each realized that they had gone beyond the normal barrier of good behavior and tried to step back and assess their actions. The father made every effort to try to explain to his son why his actions were unacceptable, but a sense of freedom to do as he wished, made that view almost impossible for the son to accept. He and his friends were caught up in a wave of excitement, which escalated into a cause. The normal civility between father and son was met with obstinacy and imprudence. Consequently, neither could see how to rectify a situation that continued to fester and finally got out of control. There seemed to be no common ground, no mediation and no chance for reconciliation. Just like a family, a nation was splitting apart.

            So too, did the distance between two childhood friends from Charleston, South Carolina, widen even though in the early stages, they tried to maintain a sense of decorum and respect, ignoring all outside influences. But it was not to be. The tension had grown from anxiety to acceptance, on both sides; their views were incompatible.

            On that fateful day, James Stephen Harris and his wife Claire were sitting at the dining room table in their rented Georgetown Residence in Washington DC. The lights on the black wrought iron lamps on their porch illuminated their entrance steps and their beautiful white slump stone exterior.. They were hosting four of their closest friends to celebrate Claire’s thirtieth birthday. Her mother and step-father planned to attend, but the situation was such that they wanted to see what would happen next before they crossed the Atlantic to be with the one they raised.

            James had spent the busiest two weeks of his life getting acclimated to his new position as Special Advisor to the newly elected President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. All six friends looked solemn; the neighborhood outside was quiet; it was as though an honored member of their family had died. No one spoke of the situation; no one wanted to. They talked of trivial things until ten that evening and then the guests left.

            Several hundred miles to the south in their home outside Charleston, South Carolina, John William Beauregard, with his wife Louisa and their two children were celebrating the same occasion with champagne at their magnificent plantation, called Magnolia. He’d resigned from the US Senate, as soon as the State of South Carolina seceded from the union. Interim President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, with an endorsement from John’s cousin, General PGT Beauregard, asked him to lead the Confederate Signal Corp. He was that new nation’s chief spy.

             They were embarking on an adventure and everyone was excited. John looked over at his wife and said, “We won’t be told what to do or how to run our lives anymore by some Union Bureaucrat in Washington.”

            “Be careful what you wish for, John.” She responded.

            “I just don’t understand the provocation. Why start something that can’t be reversed. The forts weren’t being supplied, so why not wait. The defenders would eventually have no recourse but to leave. Firing on the forts seemed to force the issue.” James Beauregard, their son, who was scheduled to attend West Point in the fall asked.

            “I wouldn’t have done it that way, but the die is cast. I believe many in our new administration wanted to make the break as sharp and as quick as possible, so there’d be no recourse.” His father responded

            Over the next four years, the two childhood friends, James Harris and John Beauregard, would be rivals, as antagonistic and would use every conscious moment during that period to assist their side in this ridiculous loss of life, property and dignity..














James S. (Jim) Kelly is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Program Director for a Communication’s Program in Iran, working directly under the Shah. Jim and his wife, Patricia own and operate High Meadow’s Horse Ranch outside Solvang, California. All of his novels use Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a setting. Over the past 15 years, Jim and his wife have been active in a charity supporting our troops in forward operating locations, in hostile territory, overseas.

To contact Jim, email him at jkelly2020@outlook.com.

Website: www.kellywritings.com

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Monday, September 7, 2020

SEED OF TAMARIS BOOK BLAST & Book Giveaway!




SEED OF TAMARIS
Penni Louise
Fantasy

In a treacherous world, is it safe to be powerful?

A Brother with a tainted past. A Lord seeking a legacy for his daughters. A Queen in exhile from her ancestral home. For decades, the Lords and Ladies in the land of Tamaris have known peace among their Houses, unlike the Outlanders who face death everyday outside the kingdom’s borders. But when the King, consumed by power, turns against the beloved Queen, she is forced into hiding, and plots brew among the Houses. The threads of peace begin to unravel. From a Lord’s daughters facing the subordinations of womanhood, to the outcast who flees to The Coven of Sacred Sisters for redemption, to the boy in the mines who prefers darkness and worms to the Lightlands, the lives of the people of Tamaris are unknowingly tied to their Queen’s fate. Only the Witch knows to what end their loyalty leads them. They must navigate political ambitions, social expectations, the complexities of relationship, and traitor’s plots to survive in the midst of the building war. But many will forget that the worst peril often comes from those closest to home. SEED OF TAMARIS is an epic fantasy brimming with magik, desire, and wickedness. It is Book One of the Archipelago Series, and Penni Louise’s debut novel.

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Having tired Timber out in the surf, throwing the stick till her arm hurt, the two weary friends rested on a smooth rock, basking in the afternoon sun.
 “I suppose they’ll be looking for us to get dressed and into the carriage,” Solar
sighed to Timber.
In the distance, the fishing boats were beginning to come into view on the
horizon, gulls circling and diving behind them, returning to their home harbor before the
night fell. She had asked Cook once why the boats did not stay out overnight. They seemed as big as castles, and as sturdy. Cook had shaken her head.
“They used to, little one, but not anymore. It’s dangerous to be so…exposed at
night nowadays. That’s why we tuck away in houses at night; there’s no good to be found out in the open in the dark.”
Cook refused to say why but Solar knew she had to be right.
Solar thought of her sister, always ill, and indoors. She felt badly for her, never
getting any fresh air or sunshine. She shook off the thought of stuffy rooms and stuffy carriages and stretched her legs, examining them in the sunlight.
“Look, Timber, I am getting fur like you!”
How splendid, she thought, reclining in the warm sun, and drifted off to sleep.
Sometime later, Solar woke with a pain in her back, disoriented. She was
immediately overwhelmed by the gloom; it seemed to be trying to suffocate her in shadow. She could hear and feel that the tide was coming in; the water was now splashing against the rocks, the spray hitting her feet and legs.
How long have I been asleep? She peered into the dusk and saw the stars starting to emerge overhead. A long time, then.
Something was missing. The spell of the stars suddenly broken, she realized
Timber was not beside her.
“TIMBER!” she called.
She thought she heard an answering woof but couldn’t be sure over the crashing
sound of the waves.
She stood gingerly, twisting to release her muscles, and called again, “Timber!”
She was certain she heard something this time, and slowly, feeling her way, began to climb the rocks.
She called again when she reached the top but instead of the woof she was hoping for, she heard men’s voices, coming from the direction of home. A Border Patrol! If she revealed herself, she would end up in incredible trouble and worse, the men certainly would not come back to search for Timber. He could be hurt, and was surely lost.
What would make him run away without waking me?
Maybe the fear of the dark was a real concern. More scared than ever, she worried herself with thoughts of Timber being injured, stolen, or devoured by an unknown beast.
The voices were coming closer.
Despite the threat of being truly lost, or being eaten herself, Solar ran away from the voices and into the darkness to find her beloved dog.

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As an eager reader from an early age, much of Penni’s life was shaped by Bilbo’s exclamation that “he was going on an adventure!” Originally from Australia, Penni is now an avid storyteller and traveler (both physical and astral), currently located in Denver, Colorado. With a deep love of all things mystical, she also explores the energetic realm through her clairvoyance and channeling abilities.


Website: http://www.pennilouise.com

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GIVEAWAY!

Penni Louise is giving away 2  Kindle copies and 1 paperback copy of SEED OF TAMARIS!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Three winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive either a Kindle or paperback copy
  • This giveaway ends midnight September 30.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on October 1.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!





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Thursday, September 3, 2020

MY FATHER'S VOICE by Janice Elizabeth Duval




MY FATHER'S VOICE
Janice Elizabeth Duval
Devotional

Many years ago when I became a Christian, I was like many people who did not really know God as he is-a loving and gracious father. When my family and I moved to Kansas and then to Oklahoma, it was right in the midst of the Charismatic Renewal. It was at the point in my life I began to see God in a totally different way. I did not realize that he loved me, Jan Duval. I certainly did not know that he wanted to talk to me personally! As I studied the scriptures and learned more and more about Jesus and his relationship with his father and understood that the Father wanted a similar relationship with me, I was over the moon! Each morning, I could hardly wait for my family to leave for the day so that I could have my time of fellowship with God. It was during these times that I began to write the things I felt God was telling me. I love how tenderly and patiently Father God teaches profound, amusing, and down-to-earth life lessons from everyday events. God is amazing! I hope these writings will encourage, inspire, and add some humor to the reader.

PRAISE AND ACCOLADES:

“Every person I know is in need of encouragement. The problem is that our daily grind and the routine of life sometimes rob us of this precious commodity. Janice Duval has done us all a service by compiling her short stories, antidotes, and heart conversations with God.  I think you will be amazed at how God uses understandable stories to make a profound and lasting imprint on your heart.  No doubt, the encouragement that you receive from this book will cause you to share it with others.”
Bishop Michael Pitts, Bestselling Author

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I still stood dumbfounded as she began to attempt to behead this big white bird in the same manner; she had witnessed both Mr. Thomas and Ralph do in the past.  She tried to wring the bird’s neck by whirling him around and around and then snap ... the head was supposed to come off! But it didn’t!  The bird was staggering around, with its head cocked to one side, looking desperately for a way of escape.  She grabbed it the second time and began her whirling thing again, when Mr. Thomas came running, yelling, “Ruthie, Ruthie, no, that is Ralph’s prize rooster!” Oops! The rescued rooster staggered away, wandering in semicircles, wondering just what had happened!

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Janice Elizabeth Duval (Jan) is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father changed careers and joined the Army when she was 2 years old, and so she was raised in a military environment.  She met her husband, Aaron, also a military man, at Fort Knox, KY and their marriage allowed her to travel to several countries, which broadened her life experiences. She and her husband of 58 years have a total of seven children, six sons, and one daughter. Growing up as an only child, and an Army Brat, Jan learned early on to be content without having a large group of people around her. She entertained herself with books, listening to the radio and making up plays for her parents. In High School, she excelled in History and Literature and Drama.





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Interview with Mavis McKnight, Author of THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE CHURCH GIRL

Mavis McKnight is a candid, caring, and passionate Certified Sex Coach and Marriage Advocate. She is on a mission to educate, empower, and inspire Christian wives to enrich their sexual relationship. She encourages women to embrace their sexuality, learn to be creative, and bring more fun and excitement to their intimate lives. Her goal is to teach women to add flavor and spice to their sex life, blend sex positive messages with actions, and create tantalizing sexual experiences that burst with sweetness.

Some of the areas she coaches are:
  • Little or no interest in sex
  • Problems getting or holding an erection
  • Problems ejaculating too soon
  • Never experienced an orgasm
  • Can’t orgasm with a partner
  • Body Image Issues
  • Sexual inhibitions
  • Uneven desire
  • Little or no sex skills
  • Desire for enhanced pleasure
Additionally, she explores the areas of:
  • More fun and fulfilling sex
  • Planning romantic and erotic dates
  • Taking the stress, distress, and worry out of sex
  • Kicking sexual frustration to the curb
  • Speaking up boldly for your sexual needs
  • Deep soulful connections
  • Intimacy inside and outside of the bedroom
She has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, marriage classes, and bible studies for over eleven years; provided counseling and coaching in marriage and relationships for over 10 years; Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; a Master’s Degree in Human Services; She is a Certified Sex Coach and Clinical Sexologist, a Certified Life Coach, Published author, and Co-Founder and CEO of Intimate Connections.
When Mavis is not bubbling over with passion to teach about sex, she enjoys dancing, traveling, reading, laughing, music, spending time with her handsome, adorable, loving husband and family, and having her grandkids over for a sleep-over…sometimes. 😊

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.MavisMcKnight.com
Blog: http://www.mavismcknight.com/blogs/
Facebook Address: https://www.facebook.com/mavisthecoach


Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Let’s see. I’m laughing, dancing, listening to music, hanging out with my hubby in and out of the bedroom, lol, running a church with my Pastor husband, traveling, spending some time with my sibs, and teaching women and couples how to make their sex life pop with fun, sizzle, and excitement!

When did you start writing?

The crazy thing about that, is as I became more “seasoned”, wiser, and more self-aware, I would just write down certain experiences that were meaningful to me. So, I never considered myself a writer in the sense of it being my passion and heartbeat. When I decided to actually write to be published, I found out just how much I didn’t know about being a writer and if I even wanted to do it.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The most pivotal point in my writing life was learning how much I didn’t know about the writing process, and how much work was involved. When I decided to write my first book, Secrets of a Good Wife: Sex Truths and Other Marriage Essentials, I went to a 3-day writing retreat in Denver CO.

I am from L.A. and once I returned home, I was totally disillusioned and thought I would write my book in 30 days. Ha! Well that didn’t happen. It actually took me 2 years from writing and publishing my book and I tell you, I had a love/hate affair with the whole thing.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Since my books are mostly about marriage and sex, I would love to go someplace sexy and full of sensuality, like Tahiti or Hawaii to get inspiration. I would love to be enveloped in beauty of that type of vibe, sexy, sensual, seductive, idyllic, inviting, what I call paradise, which is also how I describe sexual intimacy.

I am sure being there would move something deep within me and bring out something special I didn’t even know was there.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

If I had 4 extra hours today, I would drive to Palm Springs where my Hubby is working and surprise him with a “lip smacking” lunch date.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Italy. One year for my birthday my Hubby took me to a place in Long Beach that offered Gondola rides. I lived in LB for years and never knew anything about it. We boarded the gondola and rode along a path that gave us a taste and feel of Italy. The gondolier sang to us and every time we crossed under a bridge, we had to kiss each other. I loved that because it stirred the hopeless romantic in me!

Back to your present book, The Mis-Education of the Church Girl: Revealing Truths about Sex, Sexuality, and Self-love” how did you publish it?

I self-published the original copy, but needed to add more pop and appeal to the inside. Soon after, someone invited me to a Facebook group where one of the moderators posted a beautiful flyer and a journal she had designed. I reached out to her and we connected.
I hired her company, IBG Publishing, and she not only redesigned and published my journal but also helped to expand my brand, and increase my social media presence. I celebrated with a Virtual Launch party, July 3, 2020!
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Only to my bookshelf of resources and to my own knowledge and experience!

Why was writing The Mis-Education of the Church Girl: Revealing Truths about Sex, Sexuality, and Self-love” so important to you?

First and most importantly, because it is a calling directly from the Most High-God in case there’s any confusion.

Once I was given this incredible honor, I learned that for years, women had been losing in their sex lives, suffering in silence, but also crying out to God in their pain. That hurt my heart because I want women to win in every area of their lives.

God heard their cries and has called Believers to the area of sexual wellness. That’s when it became not only my goal and passion but also my duty and obligation to teach women how to win in their sex lives.

In addition to being a Certified Sex Coach and Marriage Advocate I am also a Pastor’s wife. I believe, as Michele Obama said in her documentary, Becoming, God gave me this platform for a reason and I am not going to waste it!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

In the shower, lol! There is something about that water that arouses my creativity. The first few thoughts and ideas tumble into my soul and spirit then the waterfall begins! There are so many I have to select the ones that speak loudest to me. Then I ask God to please bring them back to my remembrance when I get out of the shower to write them down. And He always does!

Any final words?

I believe my journal, The Mis-Education of the Church Girl: Revealing Truths about Sex, Sexuality, and Self-love. A Personal Journal of Self-Discovery, will change so many lives, and sexual enjoyment for the Church Girl will no longer be elusive but finally be a rich and rewarding experience she will cherish and return to as often as her heart desires.

Thank you for interviewing me.




The Mis-Education of the church Girl is a Personal Journal of Self-Discovery that sheds light on damaging messages about sex, sexuality, and self-love.
This journal will help you:
  • Unpack negative beliefs about sex,
  • Uncover obstacles to sexual joy
  • Unleash your potential for sizzling and fulfilling sexual intimacy
It is loaded with journal activities, action steps, heart-opening exercises, amazing health benefits, and a few surprises to help move you toward a transformed mind and a new relationship with your sexual self.
Discover and embrace your right to pleasure!

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