Not with the Church’s Money When the pastor of Lee Chapel passes away suddenly, his son, Willie Lee, Jr., is supposed to pick up the mantle. But “church” was never Willie Jr.’s forte…until his uncle Joseph convinces him that becoming the next pastor might prove beneficial financially.
Willie’s mother, Ephesia, hopes that her son will be able to fill his father’s shoes, but she has doubts. And Willie’s Aunt Galatia has no problem voicing her opinions about Willie Jr.’s deficiencies. In fact, she hopes that her husband (Joseph) will soon be able to take over the job of shepherding the church.
Amidst this uncertainty, Willie’s wife decides now would be a good time to leave, which means Willie Jr. must obtain and keep a job–something he hasn’t ever really had to do. Will the pressures of making ends meet cause Willie Jr. to abuse his position and the church’s money? Will he ever be able to live up to the prophecy his deceased father told? And will he learn his most valuable lessons before it’s too late?
Blended Blessings Series
A New Beginning (Book 1 in the Blended Blessings Series)
Sometimes love doesn’t work out the first time. Or the second. Now in her third marriage, Angelia is hoping for her happily-ever-after with former pro-football player Darren Holley. But soon after they move into their sprawling mini-mansion, Darren’s new job as a high school football coach in a trophy-hungry Texas town consumes him, leaving Angelia feeling like a single mother to her two children as well as Darren’s twin diva-daughters. Not to mention the drama from Darren’s mother, who can’t get over the fact that her son has married a woman with so much baggage.
When Angelia confides in a few ladies from the local church, their nice, sweet, holy-wife advice may prove ineffective and too burdensome. Should Angelia cut her losses and get out before the ink settles on their marriage certificate, or will she finally learn the true meaning of marriage as she and Darren attempt to blend two very different backgrounds in the face of adversity and nosy church folk?
A New Beginning is the first book in the Blended Blessings series by newcomer CaSandra McLaughin and bestselling author Michelle Stimpson.
Through It All (Book 2 in the Blended Blessings Series)
Angelia Holley knows she’d never win a mother-of-the-year award. But was her example so bad that it drove her daughter, Amber, to repeat the pattern of teenage pregnancy? And why did Amber pick J.D. of all people to father her baby?
While Angelia is forming a bond with her stepdaughter Skylar, twin sister Tyler isn’t nearly as fond of the new “family” forming in the Holley household. When Tyler starts to act out, will Angelia be able to keep her mouth shut and let her husband and the girls’ mother work this out?
And the baby of the family, Demarcus, suddenly wants to bond with his biological father. Should Angelia swallow her pride, overlook the years of lack of financial/emotional support, and allow Demarcus to form a bond with the man who has never been there for him?
Join Angelia and Darren Holley as they continue with the growing pains of a blended family as they mature in their knowledge of the One who can help them through.
Peace of Mind (Book 3 in the Blended Blessings Series)
Angelia Holly hopes that things in her blended family have made a turn for the better. She and her stepdaughter, Tyler, are getting along better. Twin Skylar has fully recuperated from surgery and Angelia is even learning to embrace her new role as a much-too-young grandmother.
Just when Angelia gets a firm handle on life, up pops Javar—her oldest child’s father, who had been imprisoned. Will Angelia be able to put her past life with her previous boo behind? Will Javar want a relationship with Amber and Dylan?
And then there’s her meddling mother-in-law, Mother Holley. Will she ever accept Angelia as Darren’s wife? Will Angelia’s prayer group be able to help her stand on the word and her faith, trusting God to work it out?
Join Darren and Angelia in the final book of the Blended Blessings series to see if they will ever have peace of mind
No Weapon Formed (Book Two in the Boaz Brown Series)
In this sequel to Michelle Stimpson’s beloved debut novel, Boaz Brown, LaShondra and her Boaz, Stelson, are living the ideal American lifestyle, except for the subtle and not-so-subtle ways society keeps reminding them that they aren’t the norm. She’s African-American, he’s Caucasian, and their oldest child is already tackling the question of identity. It’s bad enough when outsiders show their ignorance or disdain. But when the issues come from family, LaShondra finds herself wondering if Stelson can truly comprehend the challenges looming on the horizon.
When a church picnic leads to a head-on clash between LaShondra’s fears and Stelson’s optimism, the truth prevails. But that’s just the beginning.
LaShondra learns that the drama during the family outing was only a set-up for an even more rigorous spiritual battle to save her family. After turning her back to the pressures at work and yielding to Stelson’s leadership, LaShondra finds herself interceding for a husband she hardly even recognizes anymore.
Is this the beginning of the end for the couple that truly endeavored to honor God’s ways, or will this season fortify their marriage for His glory?
Boaz Brown (Book One in the Boaz Brown Series)
What if the right man is the wrong color?
Smart-talking LaShondra Smith and her girlfriends all face the same relationship issue – where to find a good man. They yearn to meet a strong, confident man who loves God, just like Boaz in the Bible. The problem is that they don’t just want a godly man, they want a godly black man. Enter Stelson Brown, a handsome engineer and faithful man of God who matches LaShondra’s wit, style, and values, but happens to be of a different race. But will LaShondra be able to overcome the beliefs that she and everyone around her supports and has grown up with in order to open herself to the true love of Stelson and God?
Post (Short Story) – Lindsey Huffman is a new principal at an urban elementary school. She adores her students and hopes to help Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary live up to its namesake. But one Facebook post may cost both her professional reputation and her faith in the goodness of humanity. Will she fight to prove herself or follow a new route to reconciliation?
Issues of race, social media, and justice converge in this thought-provoking peek into the life of a woman whose good intentions meet harsh realities.
This short story (8500 words) is a great cross-cultural conversation-starter for civic and educational groups. Discussion questions included.
The “A Few Good Men” Series
Book #1 – A Forgotten Love One bad play brought London Whitfield’s brief professional football career to a devastating end. Back at home and reluctantly living life as an average Joe, London reconnects with the one girl, Daphne, who represents the best and the worst relationship he ever experienced. He takes the high road, trying to make things right with Daphne, but will he leave her hanging when the opportunity to “be somebody” presents itself again? Though Daphne’s gospel singing career keeps her busy, she realizes that her melodious voice is only a platform for the painful testimony burning in her heart. She hoped a casual meeting with London would bring much-needed emotional closure. His presence, however, only rekindles a love that was never completely forgotten. But converting her misery into ministry may jeopardize London’s opportunity for the post-NFL limelight, not to mention their second chance at love. Amidst a backdrop of well-meaning but sometimes misguided friends, family, and advisors, London and Daphne wonder if the best way to move forward is to clean up what they messed up…or leave their messy past behind. Written by national bestselling Christian fiction author Michelle Stimpson, this novella raises poignant questions for younger and older readers that will reignite hope in the ONE TRUE love.
Book #2 – The Start of a Good Thing Jonathan Lawrence knows better than to sit up in church and lust over the women on the praise dance team, but apparently Jonathan’s body has forgotten that he is a minister. It’s clearly past time for him to start searching for a wife. He decides to employ technology and finds some promising prospects. Still, he wonders how he will concentrate on finding his soulmate when he’s surrounded by marriages that appear to be falling apart? When an unwelcomed assignment to visit the sick and shut-in members of New Vision Community Church leads him right to the doorstep of a woman with previously questionable morals, Jonathan finds himself wondering whether to run from her or look beyond her past and behold the new woman may be in Christ.
Bria Logan has many regrets, including how she first met Jonathan. She also loathes things she had no control over, like the person God picked to be her mother. Bria’s slow, painful recovery from a car accident lands her on the “home-visit” list of her new church, opening an avenue for her to experience God’s word in a personal setting. But will the ongoing tension with her mother prove too much for Bria to bear? And how long can Bria deny the attraction to this “church boy” who so diligently points her heart to the Father she adores more each day?
This light, inspirational romance by bestselling author Michelle Stimpson is the second the “A Few Good Men” series.
A Change of Heart (Book 3 in the A Few Good Men Series)
When Isaiah asked Myesha to move in with him, he was hoping she would agree to marry within the first few months. He never dreamed he’d be “shacking up” almost a year later. Pressured by his parents and his own convictions, Isaiah struggles to choose between his girl and his God.
Myesha cares deeply for Isaiah, but she will not be pressured into marrying him based on beliefs she doesn’t really understand. And if his parents are any indication of what it means to be a believer, they can keep that religion to themselves!
But just when their relationship seems to fall apart, an unexpected change of heart makes all the difference.
After being fired twice in the same day, Chaka Stringer wonders how much worse her pointless life as the wife of an underachieving husband and mom of two musty pre-teen boys can get. If only she had finished college and picked a different husband, her life would be better…or would it?
Through a mysterious haze, Chaka gets her shot at fame, fortune and the passionate relationship with her high school crush who never quite left her heart. But what ugly truths about herself will be revealed in the process? And what about the life she left behind? Anyone who has ever wondered what “shoulda” or “woulda” happened if they had made different choices will enjoy this funny, inspirational, faith-based Christmas novella by bestselling Author Michelle Stimpson. Perfect for the holidays or throughout the year!
The “What About” Novella Series Book #1 – What About Momma’s House?
Katrice, Montrel and Junior are siblings who couldn’t be more different, but they all have one thing in common: plans for Momma’s house.
Katrice was Momma’s faithful caregiver until the day she died and wants to make sure that Momma’s last wishes for her house are met. Montrel needs the house sold as soon as possible to get out from under the mountain of debt his gold-digging wife has him buried under. Junior needs a place to lay his head in peace, away from the thousands of dollars in back child support.
Will Montrel honor his mother’s wishes? Will Junior ever learn to man-up and take care of his responsibilities? As Katrice turns to Christ, will she stop worrying about her brothers long enough to find a life full of hope and the promise of love and restoration?
This is a fun, inspirational novella (short novel) that will make you laugh and appreciate the people God puts in your life to conform you to the image of Christ.
Book # 2 – What About Love?
They say leopards don’t change their spots, but can the love of God change the leopard? Patrick sure hopes so, because if he can clear up all the issues from his past, he might have a shot with the girl on the praise team. But will people ever stop thinking of him as “Junior” and begin to see him as a new man in Christ?
Katrice has found the love of her life in Desmond, but a rumor threatens to undermine the trust between them. Should she confront her beau or wait until he confesses…if the rumor is true at all? Montrel has had enough of his greedy wife, Glenda, but before he can make good on his ultimatum, Glenda pulls a few tricks from her sleeve. Is it time for them to call it quits? This sequel to “What About Momma’s House?” will take readers deeper into the lives of three siblings who are groping for answers in a world that doesn’t always play fair. Filled with inspiration and humor, this novella will point toward the glorious love we have in Him.
Book # 3 – What About Tomorrow? Patrick has heard the clichés “tomorrow is not promised” and “you only live once”. Actually, he used to live by them. But now he is busy trying to walk in the footsteps ordered by the Lord. As Patrick continues to morph into the man God created him to be, a negative paternity test actually tests Patrick’s heart in ways he never imagined. Will he bend or break under the pressure of being the kind of father he never had? And will he find someone to walk down this rocky road with him into uncertain tomorrows? Montrel is drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Will distance make his heart grow fonder of his estranged wife, Glenda, or solidify their plans to divorce? Katrice is eating her cares away and quickly falling into a food dependency while trying to plan her wedding alone. Desmond is busy working hard to pay for the wedding and their relationship is tested as pre-marital counseling uncovers some of Desmond’s not so handsome flaws. Is a year of knowing each other too soon to make the walk that will end in a lifetime commitment? All three of Momma’s children are wondering, “What about tomorrow?” But can they make it through today first?
STEPPING DOWN (#1 AMAZON BESTSELLER / AFRICAN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION!) – Mark has been pastoring New Vision church for six years now, and all his hard work is about to pay off as the church approaches mega-church status. But while Mark has been busy building the church, his own household has been crumbling to pieces. After ignoring divine guidance, Mark finds himself caught up in the appearance of a scandal that threatens to tear the church apart. And his wife’s secrets only add insult to near-fatal injury.
Sharla would have done just about anything to be a mother…and, actually, she did. She was willing to pay the price for her mistakes, but she never dreamed someone else might have to suffer instead. How close can she come to confessing her past without jeopardizing her future?
Stepping Down is the eighth full-length novel from National Bestselling Author Michelle Stimpson. As the granddaughter of a pastor and the great-granddaughter of a bishop, she explores a conflict many spiritual leaders still encounter today. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced, hard-hitting novel that addresses the ageless question: How can a man run the church if he can’t run his own household? ORDER ONLINE NOW!
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Book 1: A Time to Speak – Over 100 5-Star Reviews!
The good folks at Mt. Zion Baptist are doing their best to keep the church flowing smoothly while Pastor Phillips takes time off to be with his wife in her final days. Beatrice “Mama B” Jackson even opens her home so that the women’s groups can continue to meet faithfully after some “rascal” stole the copper from the church’s air conditioning unit. But when the interim preacher comes talkin’ a bunch of foolishness, Mama B has to speak.
Book 2: A Time to Dance (BCNN BESTSELLER!) – Mama B thought her life would return to normal, but when her nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, she has to reconsider. Though she’s not known for housing marital fugitives, she realizes Derrick is looking for more than a place to stay; he needs help finding his way back to God. Of course, help is almost Mama B’s middle name until Henrietta crosses the line with her accusations about Mama B’s intentions with the recently widowed pastor. Mama B isn’t looking for romance with either the pastor or her suitor, Dr. Wilson–but will love come looking for her?
Book 3: A Time to Love – Amazon #1 Bestseller! Mama B was supposed to be helping people at the community food pantry, but Eunice needs more than just a bag full of canned goods. Though Eunice has plenty money, she can’t seem to manage what matters most in life. Maybe if Eunice stopped all the “cigarette-ment” (as nosy church member Henrietta says) she might turn out all right. And Dr. Wilson’s not letting up on his pursuit of Mama B. Will he come on too strong and scare her away, or will Mama B throw caution to the wind and fall in love at age 72?
Book 4: A Time to Mend – Mama B’s address has changed, but her heart for people is still the same. When a young neighbor with special needs (Jeffrey) passes out on her back porch, Mama B springs into action to help him recover in more ways than one. But intervening in Jeffrey’s dysfunctional home life leads Mama B to go poking where Frank doesn’t want her to venture. How can she submit to her heart and her new husband at the same time?
Meanwhile, Son wants to rent out the family home to a trifling relative, Ida Mae, who still owes Mama B money from back in the day. Even if it weren’t for the money, Ida Mae’s character will certainly ruffle Mama B’s feathers in a way that only family can do. This may be the biggest challenge to Mama B’s love walk yet! Settle down and sit a spell with Mama B and her new challenges in this award-winning novella series.
Book 5: A Time for War – Mama B knows she needs to get a handle on her bulging waistline, so she visits an exercise class at the local recreation center. But when the dancing style isn’t quite her cup of tea, she and her longtime friend, Ophelia, start a class of their own. Soon Mama B finds herself compelled to take in yet another wayward soul from the class. But will Frank agree to open his home to strangers?
When the exercise class comes under attack, Mama B has to figure out her place in the Lord’s army while hoping her strong position won’t backfire against Frank. And just when things seem to be looking up for the young woman whom she has been divinely appointed to help, Mama B’s temper gets the best of her and threatens to unravel the very mission God has called her to complete.
Join Mama B and a host of small-town characters in this poignant story about the internal and external wars we fight whether we realize we’re in them or not!
Mama B 6: A Time to Plant – Mama B is back, and this time she has met her match in Dr.-Apostle-Prophet, etc. Falanda McPherson, the evangelist who has come to lead the fall revival at Mt. Zion. With her closest comrades away and other church members afraid of the minister, Mama B quickly becomes the one-woman hospitality committee.
Thankfully, Falanda will be staying at the hotel…well…she was staying at the hotel until she managed to get herself kicked out.
Now, Mama B finds herself trying to help a woman whose explosive patterns put everyone in danger. Words and prayer alone won’t solve the problem. Mama B has to break ground in Falanda’s heart the best way she knows how: the expressed love of God.
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I MET HIM IN THE LADIES’ ROOM (NOVELLA) – Kerri Dalee didn’t grow up in a religious family. In fact, the last time Kerri went to church, she only attended for the cool door prizes and food served at Vacation Bible School. But when her wealthy roommate, Stephanie, gets engaged, Kerri finds that her only hope for financial survival is an editing job at a Dallas area mega-church. While waiting for her interview, Kerri makes a quick, desperate decisio to meet Christ–in the ladies’ room, of all places–so that she can fulfill every aspect of the stated criteria for employment. But can she fake her faith lone enough to make it through the 90-day probationary period? How will her family respond? And, more importantly, will Kerri get more than she bargained for at this new job?
I Met Him in the Ladies’ Room is a fun, faith-filled novella (short novel) that revisits the foundations of Christianity with humorous, light-hearted wisdom and wit. ORDER ONLINE NOW!
I MET HIM IN THE LADIES’ ROOM AGAIN (Sequel) Kerri Dalee is a Christian…most of the time. Well, maybe all of the time except she can’t seem to stick to her Bible-reading plan and she has less-than-holy incidents with the general public. The more she and her best friend, Stephanie, learn about what it means to follow Christ, the more their inadequacies shine.
After an impromptu trip to Vegas, Kerri and Stephanie return to Dallas feeling like even bigger failures. How can they “do” this Christian thing well? Is it even worth the struggle? And why does that chubby guy in Christian Education class want Kerri to “study” with him?
Follow Kerri and Stephanie in this much-anticipated sequel. After barreling through heartache, the “zombie” theory, and a crazy weekend that need not be mentioned ever again, they will finally discover hope as they learn that His plan for them is indeed good. ORDER ONLINE NOW!
How far will one diva go to revive her dream?
FALLING INTO GRACE – Camille Robertson had her fifteen minutes of fame in the late ’90s with the sexy R&B girl group Sweet Treats. Now she works as a telemarketer and longs for the past. With her thirtieth birthday around the corner, Camille is determined to break back into the music industry. But her new agent says her only chance is to reinvent herself—as a gospel singer.
Nominated for “Christian Fiction of the Year” by the African-American Literary Awards Show. Optioned for movie by Paulist Productions. ORDER ONLINE NOW!
*Essence® Bestseller* Some secrets refuse to die.
After being blamed for her baby sister’s death, Dianne Rucker swore she’d never come back to Dentonville, Texas. But her Aunt Gloria, who took her in after the accident, is getting remarried. Going back home means Dianne must face her own demons as well as a drug-addicted mother who is now falling even farther into schizophrenia.
But Dianne isn’t the only one struggling. Her two cousins must come to terms with their own issues after having grown up in this dysfunctional family of women. And Aunt Gloria may be hiding the biggest skeletons of all.
The women must look to their faith in God as they attempt to turn their lives around like Saul on the Biblical road to Damascus. ORDER ONLINE NOW!
Is unconditional love too much to ask for?
Tori Henderson is on the fast track in her marketing career in Houston, but her personal life is slow as molasses. So when her beloved Aunt Dottie falls ill, Tori travels back to tiny Bayford to care for her. But when Tori arrives, she’s faced with more than she bargained for, including Dottie’s struggling local store, a host of bad memories, and a troubled little step-cousin, DeAndre. Worse, the nearest Starbucks is twenty miles away… ORDER ONLINE NOW!
“Stimpson describes her settings and multidimensional characters to perfection.” Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly
Can sin have a silver lining?
Patricia “Peaches” Miller knows right from wrong. She knows better than to get involved with a semi-engaged man. And she knows Quinn is the best thing to happen to her in a long time. But sometimes, wrong feels so right.
After cutting herself off from friends and family to live life on her own terms, Peaches wonders – can sin have a silver lining? If you enjoyed Boaz Brown, you’ll love catching up with LaShondra, Stelson, and the ever-outspoken Peaches in Last Temptation.
What happens after I do?
Sonia is tired of raising two six-year-old twins and a thirty-something-year-old husband. Adrian couldn’t love her husband Daryll more if she tried, but he seems more interested in making money than babies. These two women are heartbroken and ready to call it quits when a common friend, Miss Irma, invites them to a prayer group. They discover marriage is more than a wedding – it’s a lifetime of compromise, patience, and forgiveness. But Adrian didn’t sign up for all that, and Sonia is busy eyeing another male prospect up ahead. Will help come in time to save their marriages? ORDER ONLINE NOW!
Karis Reed doesn’t try to get in trouble—but, sometimes, trouble gets in the way.
An unauthorized trip to a male friend’s house puts Karis at odds with her mother, a minister who is determined to make sure that Karis doesn’t follow in her footsteps by getting pregnant at sixteen. Against Karis’s better judgment, she takes part in a plan to keep her social life flowing just beneath her mother’s radar.
Enter a self-proclaimed bad boy, a trifling potential stepmother, a deployed soldier, and threats to relationships with two of Karis’s best friends. When Karis’s mother finds out about the deception, she is fed up and decides that Karis may be better off living with her father. Feelings that Karis could never before articulate come to surface when she realizes that there’s nothing left to lose when you’ve lost your parents’ trust. Through a renewed faith in God’s plan for her life, Karis decides to recommit herself to living with integrity. ORDER ONLINE NOW!