Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beautiful Ugly by Sheila Lipsey

Imagine It! by Shelia Lipsey

My son has been excited about a change that is occurring in his life. It is a good thing too. You see, he used to be the type of young man that spouted defeating, negative words over his life. Words like, “I never get a break. Nothing ever turns out right for me. I can never catch a break.” Some of you may have said some of the same things. If you haven’t, maybe you’ve said something similar. I admit that I have.

Much like my son, the three young women in my novel Beautiful Ugly have some not-so-good opinions of themselves for various reasons. The opinions they have translate over into their everyday lives. Believe it or not, our words have power. We can use words to speak life or death. "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." (Proverbs 15:4)

Praises be to God, my son has begun to speak positive things over his life. He has seen the fruits of his words quickly spreading because he has changed his tune from a negative attitude to words like Imagine It! He has begun to believe that his dreams can come true. He believes that good things will follow him.

Your dreams can come true too, if you imagine that they can. Imagine being a bestselling author. Imagine being a great doctor, lawyer, teacher, or parent. Whatever the desires of your heart, imagine that they will come to pass. Speak great things over your life and the lives of your family and loved ones.

Never give up, because you’ll never achieve what you don’t believe. Believe that you will receive that which you ask for. Speak words of faith and love.
Imagine goodness and mercy following after you. Imagine the blessings of God running you down, chasing after you to give you good gifts and perfect gifts. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Imagine It!

About Beautiful Ugly
Three friends with different struggles rely on God and each other to get by. Layla Hobbs has so much to offer, including a beautiful singing voice, but obesity and low self-esteem hold her back from life and finding true love. Envy Wilson has always been Layla’s backbone. But what about her own dark secrets? She won’t share them with anyone, and it’s starting to eat away at her from the inside. And then there’s Kacie Mayweather. Stricken with cerebral palsy, she’s had her share of men—five baby daddies for six children, in fact. But she’s never had one man to call her own. They’ll need plenty of faith and support from each other to see the real beauty that lies within each one of them and fulfill their deepest desires at last.

Win an autographed copy of Beautiful Ugly by Shelia Lipsey
Shelia Lipsey is the author of three other Christian Fiction novels. The trivia question below is from one of those novels. Leave your response to the trivia question below in the comment section.
** What kind of job did Chandler Larson pretend to have? Tell us the title of the book.

About the Author
Author Shelia E. Lipsey is a multi-award winning author. Her novels are available at most bookstores nationwide as well as online. Lipsey’s books have been called gripping, life-altering, memorable and realistic. Lipsey was recently awarded the 2009 Top Shelf Award for Beautiful Ugly by Black Pearls Magazine. She also won 2009 Shades of Romance Readers’ Choice Awards for My Son’s Wife in the following categories: Author of the Year, Christian fiction Book of the Year, Christian Romance of the Year, Best Book Cover of the Year, Best Fiction Book of the Year, among several other awards for her novels, Into Each Life and Sinsatiable.
Lipsey is the proud mother of two sons and the grandmother of three blessed young men. She is president of, founder of Living Your Dreams Now a non-profit organization and MAAW (Memphis African American Writers).
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Friday, January 08, 2010

Tia's Book Club Shout-Outs

I can't say enough about the wonderful connections I made in 2009, and I look forward to what 2010 has in store. With that being said, it's time for my book club shout out! This post showcases some of the bookclubs I visited between August - December 2009. If your book club picture is missing, it only means that we were having so much fun that we forgot to take a photo OR I've posted a pic of you guys before!

Pages of Grace Book Club

African American Women's Book Club & Book Babes

November 2009 - Write Away Workshop Participants

(Not a bookclub, but the picture of my inaugural workshop!)

Wine, Women & WordsBold

These bookclubs aren't pictured above, but I also had the pleasure of meeting or speaking via phone chat with The Daughters of Destiny, Athens Professional Women, Between the Pages Book Club, Black PEARLS, Healthy Hearts, Women of Character, Jerusalem House, Chavis New Book Lovers, Book Talk Book Club, God's Girls, and Do Something Different.

Thanks for all of your support! Readers make the literary world go around!