Today on my blog I have The Preacher's Son blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, guest post, and giveaway.
Jeremy Ferguson is caught between two worlds—the conservative, faith-based expectations of his Southern preacher father and his own ambitions to live the life of a model in New York City.
Aura Vanderleigh is similarly trapped by her own battle for self-respect, her own family’s expectations, and her dreams of a better life. As a plus-size woman, she’s been indoctrinated with the belief that she doesn’t deserve love, let alone the love of a beautiful white man. She is surprised—and intrigued—when Jeremy shows up at her church one day. And fate has something wonderful in store: true love.
When Jeremy returns home with Aura, neither is prepared for the backlash. Will Jeremy’s family be able to set aside their prejudices and accept their son’s choice for a mate? Can Aura’s family and friends learn to embrace her choice and believe that she deserves the love of such an extremely handsome and sexy man like Jeremy? Can they inspire compassion and tolerance in those who would tear them apart?
When I saw this had a Christian theme to it I almost didn’t read it but I am so glad I gave it a chance. I really enjoyed the storyline and characters. I got so wrapped up in them that the religious part just added to the storyline. The relationship between Jeremy and Aura just captivated me and I kept hoping he wouldn’t let his family’s prejudice get in the way of his love. I am hoping for more of them in another book along with Olivia and Emerson. 3/5 Bloody Fangs
B.D. Anderson, (Brenda Diane) has loved to read and write romance stories all of her adult life. The Preacher’s Sonis her very first published novel, but will certainly not be her last! Outside of being an author, she is also an Associate Minister at her church. Brenda is married and the mother of two adult sons.
It was quite a struggle for Brenda to write what many church people would consider ‘worldly’ romance with an underlying Christian theme, but her desire was to reach people where they are at and not to necessarily ‘preach’ at them. Her book is aimed at an audience that does not necessarily know about God, and she hopes that her book will open the door for honest discussion. Her story has been warmly embraced by her church members and they have turned out to be some of her biggest fans. Her book will be used as a tool to open the door of communication in several Women’s Groups as they seek to minister to young adult ladies.
Brenda has received a wonderful review from Penn Book Reviews and has been featured on Alliance for Independent Authors website for her desire to help other new authors to have their works published.
She had dedicated a portion of the proceeds from her book to help new authors, as well giving a portion to her own church’s ministry. Brenda hopes to have the sequel to her book finished by the end of this year.
Defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer.
When I was about twelve or thirteen, I would write stories for my friends and they in turn were to write stories about me. However I soon discovered that they didn’t really have an imagination or ability to write a story. It was very frustrating to write these stories paring them off with whatever boy that they were in love with at that time only to get back just a few lines from them for my story or worse yet, they copied my story because they couldn’t think of anything to write. They begged me to write more, while I wasn’t getting anything from them. This went on all through middle school and into high school.
At some point I realized that I had a gift and that they weren’t just being selfish or lazy; they just weren’t writers. I knew then I wanted to be a writer but I had no idea how to go about it. There were no computers back then and if you wanted to do research, you went to the public library and searched through the card catalog for whatever subject you wanted. I did that, and learned that becoming a writer was no easy task, especially without the proper education.
Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better” and I must confess that I felt that it was just a pipe dream back then. I didn’t even know I could go to college without being rich. I thought that only people with money went to college.
My parents both grew up on a farm with limited education. Neither of them finished high school and my Mom’s dream was for her children to graduate high school. College wasn’t even in their vocabulary. I was told to graduate and then get a job.
When I was finishing my junior year and met with my counselor, she was surprised that I didn’t know anything about grants and scholarships when she asked me if I had college plans. She wanted to help me, but I felt that I didn’t have the funds or the grades to get a scholarship. However with her encouragement, I went to community college. I decided not to write, but to learn how to become a secretary, to get a good job as my mother hoped, not one taking care of other people’s children or cleaning houses for a living.
I’d still fill notebooks with my stories, but I’d put them away in a drawer. I married and had two sons, but I never forgot my love of writing.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to B.D. for your guest post and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.