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Deacon Brown's Daughters Poster

Deacon Brown’s Daughters Poster

Deacon Brown’s Daughters is FINALLY available to the public on Amazon. Here is the official link, y’all.

Whew! Y’all just don’t know…we went down to the wire with the timing of this release, and we got an intervention right when we needed it to meet our deadline.

We were planning to release tonight at midnight, but up until just this very afternoon, we saw this on the video processing screen:

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We were like: Oh. No. This cannot be happening! They cannot be saying that this movie will not come out on time! We had tried to call them earlier this week because the time was winding down, but because they aren’t taking phone calls (due to the backlog) all we could do was email. That was NOT a good sign. But we moved forward with plans, praying that things would work out. And they did – THANKS BE UNTO GOD! This whole entire project has been a testament to His faithfulness.

Well, I have to go right now. Right now, I think everybody I know and their momma is watching it. People are texting me, tagging me, inboxing me about scenes – I’m so excited for the message and for the support and for the fun of finally being able to share this with you all.

I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

Michelle

P.S. It’s also my birthday. So, if you wanna give me something, check out the movie!

Just Thank You

Hello There!

It’s 2020. Can you believe it?

I want to thank you all for hanging in there with me. Aside from my supportive family who have known me all my life, I’ve known some of my now-online folks since elementary school. Some I know through Jarvis Christian College, some from work in education. Many of you have been hanging with me since LaShondra met Stelson in Boaz Brown. Others came along when Mama B helped out at the church. We might have met when Stanley (Deacon Brown’s Daughters) started acting right.

So many of you say such kind things to me online and inbox me little pictures and encouraging words. That people would take time out of their busy days to write reviews and tell friends about my books and re-post sell-links, invite people to signings and workshops…it all matters to me.

Some of you know that these past few years have been rough for me. My mom, my grandmother, and a co-worker with whom I worked closely transitioned. Even Mi-Mi (my 15-year old “writing dog”) passed away in 2018. I think I spent 2019 in a peaceful stillness, learning how to view this next season differently. I let a lot of projects drop. Honestly, I needed to. (I know you all understand.) But I say all of that to say: your kindnesses have been so very welcomed and received.

Thank You. You’re a blessing to me! Happy 2020 – let’s make it an AMAZING year!

In Christ’s Unfailing Love,

-Michelle

Deacon Brown’s Daughters

Just wanted to share the amazingly good (like Ephesians 3:20!) of what’s going on with the film, Deacon Brown’s Daughters, which CaSandra McLaughlin and I wrote and later created a movie around this book. As some of you know, we finished it in the summer of 2018. It was shopped around by an agent for a while. Then we entered the CapCity Black Film Festival this year and won Best Feature film. Hallelujah! That was an amazing moment.

Our friends and family and cast members were too, too excited for us and we’re so thankful to God for the recognition!

And now we’re sharing the news with media to spread awareness about the film and it’s message. Here’s the local Fox4News Interview: https://www.fox4news.com/video/607544

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We’ll let you know when it’s available for viewing!!!

Is this you?

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  • Have you been putting off writing or publishing your book because you just don’t know what to do?
  • Tired of feeling guilty about not walking in your purpose?
  • Needing to talk with someone about making changes in your marriage, but don’t want your business “in the streets”?

I’m here for you! Yes. For real for real. I get calls, email messages, and texts every week from people who need everything from a detailed relaunch plan to a brainstorming partner to some Scriptures to pray for their marriage. Most of the time, I have to decline because I just don’t have the time to set aside my own work and focus on others. But you know what? That’s gonna change. Helping people is part of my work. The truth is: I love people! And I want to help everyone who desires my help and expertise to achieve their God-ordained purpose. That includes you!

So, if you’d like to schedule a consultation with me, click here:

MICHELLE, WE NEED TO TALK!

My calendar and available times are there for you to see.

With each consultation, you’ll receive:

  • An intake session survey so I can adequately prepare for our time together
  • 60-minute online or phone consultation with specific, actionable next steps
  • A 15-minute followup
  • Most of all, the peace of mind in knowing that you’re moving forward!!!

And this month (my birthday month!) I’m offering a 10% discount so that YOU can birth a great thing in your life! The discount code is: HBDMICHELLE

I look forward to being a part of your success!

Hope to see you soon!

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Marriage 9-1-1 Webinar Series

Hey there! If you know me, you KNOW one of my greatest passion is to help women learn to thrive in sometimes (or all the time!) difficult marriages. Feb. 5-7, I’m hosting a LIVE webinar at my WarriorWivesClub Facebook page.

Until then, sign up to get your workbook, save the date, and get ready to grow in our time together!

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Newlywed and Learning New Things Already!

Hello there! If you know me, you know I have a heart for helping wives. Let me introduce you my favorite newlywed: Tamara Davis – oops! Debose! I was blessed to travel from Dallas to Florida attend her wedding to Mr. Chris DeBose in September of this year. It was a blessed occasion, a wedding where God was the center of the ceremony indeed!

Now, just so you know, this was actually my first time meeting Tamara. She’s one of my long-time loyal readers, a huge Mama B fan, and we are grandma-twins (her granddaughter is exactly 2 months older than mine). We both love to laugh and we love the Lord, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to travel to Florida along with another friend and witness the nuptials.

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So, now that she’s married, you know I couldn’t wait to interview her for my Wife Chat. After only one month of marriage, she’s already learning new things about her husband, and they’ve had to stand together against an attack only hours after saying their vows!

Click here to listen to Tamara’s wife chat and many more!

If you would like to share your wisdom with wives, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email: contact @ warriorwives.club.

Latest Release – Step of Faith

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Hello there!

I hope you are enjoying Spring wherever you are. It’s beauty surprises me every year. No matter what’s happening in the world, who’s being investigated, who’s fighting whom, or what dangers lurk ahead, the flowers remind me that He is yet on the throne!

Speaking of fresh beginnings, I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Ms. Frenchie Davenport, the main character in a new series of books I’m co-authoring with CaSandra McLaughlin. The series is called “Magnolia Gardens”, which is the name of the senior living facility where Frenchie recently moved. She’ll meet a cast of characters who will become her new family. They’re really not the problem. It’s her “old” family that’s causing all the issues! What’s she to do about a grown son who thinks he’s entitled to her money? And what about the daughter who rarely keeps in touch? These are the kinds of things we face as we age and our loved ones age, too.

You can check out the video of Cassandra and I talking about this series here. (Note: We’ve been told that we’re quite a team on camera as well!)

I pray that this series will be a blessing to you and that you’ll grow to love the characters as much as we do!

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My Intermittent Fasting Story

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Hey there!

I hope this blog post finds you all transitioning into a wonderful spring!

Well, this post isn’t about books or writing. It’s about something I’ve been asked to share based on a Facebook post I made on my birthday last week. It was about my recent weight loss (43.6 pounds in 3 months) and change in eating.

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For the record, I think my daughter’s camera made me look skinnier than I am – LOL!

Several people tagged me and inboxed me asking for details about my experience with Intermittent Fasting (IF) and exactly what I’ve done. So instead of responding individually, I thought I’d just write a blogpost and share with everyone.

Let me first say that I am not a dietician, health expert, lawyer, doctor, or anybody who is any authority to give you medical advice. Take this as a personal testimonial and consult with a physician as you would before starting any diet.

How it started for me

My issue with fitness was not necessarily eating too much or even emotional eating. I just ate way too much fast food, and I ate at irregular intervals. Something else that probably contributed to gaining weight for me was a partial hysterectomy in late 2016. Though that procedure is not “supposed” to cause weight gain, umm….it did for me. I would eat my normal diet and still gain weight. Not a lot of weight at once, but, say, half a pound a month. I wasn’t so much concerned about my health (I believe my health is in Christ), I was concerned about my level of fitness and what that slight but steady weight gain would mean for me over time.

Well, in December of 2017, I started doing Alternate-Day-Fasting (ADF) which is a form of Intermittent Fasting (IF). Basically, the way I do ADF has been to eat low-carb foods on “feed” days.

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Side effects I’ve experienced: Bad breath, heartburn, insomnia, and the interesting phenomenon of how people reacted when I told them I was fasting–as in NOT EATING for a whole day–every other day. 

If you’d like more, detailed information about my Intermittent Fasting journey, please download my book from the Amazon store. It’s FREE for Amazon Prime users, only 99¢ for all others!

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Mama B is Back!

Hello everyone! Whew! I know it’s been a while since I published a Mama B book – two years, actually. I can’t believe it took me THAT long to return to her wisdom, her wit, and the characters. I missed them tremendously, but I truly had a bunch of other stuff come up over these past years. Not the least of which is my sweet granddaughter.

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She’s growing up!

This one here keeps me busy – in a good way! Watching her grow up through a grandmother’s eyes is something for which I’m truly grateful.

I also accepted a full-time, grant-funded position working with teachers to create and share research-based lessons. It’s a lot of fun and very gratifying, but it’s also a lot of work because of the “grant” status. I’ve made some new friends and gotten a chance to view teaching and learning in a different light. I’ll decide when the grant is over if I’m ready to stay in full-time get-up-and-comb-your-hair-every-day world!

Anyhow, now that THE WAIT IS OVER, Mama B is back with Frank, Son, Debra Kay, and some new characters that I hope you’ll enjoy as well.

Mama B: A Time for Peace finds Mama B away from Peasner, TX, in unfamiliar surroundings and out of her usual schedule. Though Mama B has a strong relationship with the Lord, the stresses of life outside her normal routine cause her to lose sight of things and lean to her own understanding rather than consult with the Lord about every matter.

This, of course, is something I’m dealing with in real-time right now! The changing of life-seasons, a new schedule, working with new people, splitting time between writing and working outside of home–these are all things that compete for my attention. And, like Mama B, I have had to make my “prayer closet” mobile, stealing away for quiet moments at lunch, in my car, or whenever I can grab them.

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The mobile prayer closet!

I know we are to pray unceasingly (which is something I am learning all the more, too). But the quiet, uninterrupted, dedicated time alone with God is so sweet to me. I NEED IT!

I pray that my story and Mama B’s latest adventure will encourage you to live life in the fullness of Christ wherever you might go, whatever you might find yourself doing!

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Who Killed My Husband?

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I  know, I know…it’s a different kind of title. (Thankfully, my husband is still alive – we’re looking forward to celebrating our 24th anniversary soon!)

But this story, Who Killed My Husband, did make me look at relationships differently. Believe it or not, we are not in control of the entire universe. And we can pray effectually, but we don’t always immediately see things the way God sees them. Even the prophet Elisha was stumped by why God didn’t reveal something to him ahead of time–and he was truly close to the Lord! (2 Kings 4:27)

My main character, Ashley Crandall, is growing in her relationship with the Lord while it seems her husband, Allan, is not. He doesn’t even look like he’s trying to grow in the knowledge of Christ. Their marriage was recently shaken by the loss of their only child, which has placed yet another wedge between them.

This fast-paced story starts with the death of Ashley’s husband but ends with a lesson about life that she’ll never forget…and I hope you won’t forget the lesson, either!