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Angelia’s Novel, “Widow ” is FREE On Saturday!



Angelia Vernon Menchan is wife, mother, nana, mentor and prolific author. Since January 2006, she has published 17 books and an additional 33 ebooks through her small publishing company, MAMM Productions. She is also the Co-founder of Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for other authors. Her personal motto is, ‘There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.’ She resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and cover designer, Maurice Menchan. Tomorrow one of her bestsellers, Widowed will be free all day!


Here’s a taste:Widow

The attorney’s office was spacious and masculine. Arista had never known Paul’s attorney. When they married, they were both established in their own right and they simply created a marital account and added funds to it and prepared wills. She knew there was an insurance policy but had no idea what Paul left other than the house and things they jointly owned. Walking into the office, she was surprised to see Jackson was already there. She was further surprised that Paul’s attorney was a tall, muscular man who looked to be about forty in a bespoke suit with a neat beard, divine dark skin and the sexiest lips she had ever seen.

What the h#ll am I thinking? Arista wondered. Standing, the attorney made his way to Arista offering his hand in greeting.

“Welcome, Mrs. Melbourne-Sebastian, I wish we had met prior to now.” His eyes held hers. “I am Donald Prescott, I handled your husband’s affairs.”

“Thanks Mr. Prescott but I am Arista Melbourne, my name never changed.” She said, releasing her hand from his grip. Jackson stood and kissed the side of her face. She looked at him in surprise; he had never done anything like that. Donald watched them both with intelligent, probing eyes.

“Please have a seat, this will is very straightforward. I met with Paul as you are aware at least twice annually and he found a way to articulate what he wanted. The last time I spoke with him, he changed his will to include Mr. Sharper, who he indicated was one of his trusted caretakers.” Donald paused to glance at Arista and Jackson before continuing. All Arista noticed was how deep and melodious his voice was.

“Everything he owned, including the house, his car and his considerable assets and savings will be left to his wife, Ms. Melbourne. To Mr. Sharper, he bequeaths a sum of twenty-five thousand dollars and all of his golf clubs and memberships.” Jackson turned to Arista in surprise.

“I had no expectations, he was my friend.” Jackson said.

“You were invaluable to Paul and to me, Jackson. You were there so I could handle my business and simply as Paul’s friend. That is the least he could do.” Arista glanced up to find Donald staring at her.

“If there are no further questions, there are documents for signing and Mr. Sharper, my accountant can provide you with your check today. As I indicated this was straightforward. Ms. Melbourne, I would love to talk to you after this meeting.” Donald said, standing. Jackson looked uncertain but he stood as well and Donald led him to another area.

After several minutes, Donald returned to the room and sat on the edge of his desk, facing Arista. His nearness made her slightly uncomfortable.

“So, you are a contractor.” Donald stated more than asked.

“Yes. I own Melbourne Designs. Nowadays, I am more the owner than actual designer due to my husband’s illness but yes it is all mine. I started it when I was twenty five.”

“I wasn’t expecting you. You were never around when I visited Paul and he never introduced us. I thought you would be in your fifties or sixties. Paul was sixty-seven.”

“I am fifty, almost fifty one.”

“Let me see your identification.” Donald said.

“I am. I’m sure you are trying to be complimentary counselor but I am fifty.”

“Wow… Do you have any other questions?” He asked, changing the tone of the conversation.

“No, I will sign what you need me to sign and be on my way.”

“You don’t want to know how much money he left, other than the insurance policy?”

“I really don’t care about that right now. My husband died less than two weeks ago and you know what I crave more than anything? I crave sleep. For the past two weeks, I am in my pajamas by seven and I sleep an incredible thirteen to fourteen hours. I had not slept more than five hours per night in five years.”

“What do you plan to do when you finally wake up?” Donald asked.

“I will let you know when that happens.” Arista said. “Please provide me with the papers.

To keep up with the latest from Angelia Vernon Menchan and for updates on her upcoming novel, Calling Malcolm, follow her on her Fan Page, and her website.

Calling Malcolm


My Writing Process Blog Tour

I have been invited by the marvelous Mercedes Keyes to participate on this blog tour.  Thanks Mercedes for your love and encouragement.

Nikki Walker

Author Nikki Walker

What am I working on?

I am currently working on my tenth story. This story is entitled Serenity Inn: Her Guy-Friday.  Lindsay Morgan,  the B & B Innkeeper has many secrets–starting with the domestic abuse that she endured in her marriage, which ends when her husband Warren is killed.

But how does he die? Is it the result of her gunshots in self-defense, in the line of duty or once he ends up in the operating room of a drug addicted surgeon?   🙂

I am shooting for a June release date.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

You might find some of my writing in Christian Romance, Women’s Fiction as well as Interracial Romance—but no matter what I write, it will always revolve around a second chance element.  I believe in developing characters that need a bit of redemption.  I like my stories to have an underlying message of hope.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I write because I have devoted a great deal of my life in the service of others.  It seemed natural that my writing would take on this slant as well.  I also remember a time when I felt that I was beyond redemption and that’s why I always say that second chance stories chose me.  Some of my readers have called me the Diva of Second Chances.  Well, I embrace this sobriquet proudly and hope that I can continue to find that diamond in the rough hidden within my characters. Each day offers an opportunity for renewal for all of us.  This is what I hope I convey in all my stories!

How does your writing process work?

Originally, I wrote all my stories long-hand and then typed them up.  As I became more proficient at typing, I began to type directly on the keyboard late at night–pecking away on my laptop. When my lappie died a few months ago, forcing me to type on my desktop again, my process stalled.  With Her Guy-Friday, I have resumed my original writing process and it’s been a great help. I’m usually a fly-by-the-seat type of writer choosing to outline only certain portions.   I love to discover the story as I go along.

Someone once said, “I love the way Nikki Walker pulls back the layers of her characters, revealing them to us in a lush, unhurried manner.” I feel oftentimes that I am on the same journey as the reader…well except that I ultimately hold the controls. (smile)

Well that’s a little snapshot into my writing process.  Please continue to reach out to me here, on my Facebook page or my website.

Oh and here’s some encouragement for those who are letting a little fear tug at them. Enjoy!


Please look forward to hearing what’s new from my fellow writers and friends Cassandra Baker Durham,  Leanora Moore and Kr Bankston on April 14th.

Scroll down to get to know  a little about them!



Cassandra Baker Durham author

Author Cassandra Baker Durham

Cassandra Baker Durham is a minister, author and advocate for women. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A& T State University in the field of social work. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services from Capella University. She also hold a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. Cassandra is a social worker that provides services to individuals and families impacted by HIV and AIDS. She also conducts self-esteem, self-worth workshops with African American women who are at risk of contracting and/or transmitting HIV/AIDS. Cassandra is a trained workshop facilitator with 8 years’ experience utilizing Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI’s). This role has developed her to be a staunch advocate for empowering and building self-esteem and self-worth in women as a manner of prevention against the spread of HIV and AIDS. She sits on the Guilford County Substance Abuse Recovery Advocates board and The African American Initiative of the United Way of Greater High Point. The spiritual side of Cassandra is fed at her home church Temple of Prayer, Praise and Deliverance Ministries in High Point, NC where she sits under the anointed leadership of Senior Pastor: Apostle Louise Baker. Presently Cassandra coordinates the church’s outreach ministry and usher board. Cassandra is the author of the Salt, Light and Witnesses blog which seeks to encourage, uplift and motivate others to walk in their divine calling as children of God. She has written four books, Fully Persuaded: 30 Days of Encouragement in Times of Trouble, The Summer of Wrath (Christian fiction novel), and Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do and As I live & Breath scheduled to be released the summer of 2014. She can be reached at cassdurham2012@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/cassandra.bakerdurham Twitter: Cassdurham www.cassandradurham.net



author leanora moore

Author Leanora Moore

Leonora Moore wanted to start a movement for all plus size women in the world by writing about plus size heroines and the men that they love in her books. She created The Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series as a symbol for all women to know that they are beautiful no matter their size, shape or color, and the first novel in that series is titled Smooth as Silk. Other books also included in the series are Finding Love Within and His Forgotten Lover. They will  be followed by Drafted for Love, which will be released soon. http://www.leanoramoore.net/apps/blog/






author kr bankston

Author KR Bankston

KR Bankston is an escalating serial novelist, following in the famous footsteps of her idol, VC Andrews. She hails from Tallahassee, FL and now resides in Jonesboro, GA. Having written various works of fiction including short stories and reflective poetry for most of her adult life, Bankston entered the world of commercial publishing in 2008 with her first novel, A Deadly Encounter.

Bankston is the CEO and Founder, of Kirabaco (ki-rah-buh-ko) Publishing LLC, which houses her works. Kirabaco expands its publishing circumference with the introduction of new authors signed to the company beginning in 2014.

Bankston has since gone on to write and publish to date some 22 novels, including two anthologies and one novella. KR’s “BookOpera” series “Thin Ice” was voted Serial Novel of the Year in 2012 by Future Bestselling Authors. The series was also voted Best Urban Serial of 2013 by Building Relationships Around Books. Her other series, “The Gianni Legacy” has been touted as The Godfather of modern day.