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Thu
Jul 17 2014 11:00am

Rooftop Bathing, Secret Encounters, and Ugly Sisters: Faith-Based Romance Is Not a Contradiction

Pastor Needs a Boo by Michele Andrea BowenToday we're pleased to welcome author Michele Bowen to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Michele's book, Pastor Needs a Boo, combines the worlds of romance and faith, and it's that combination Michele is here to talk about today—the two are not as far apart as they might seem! Thanks for joining us, Michele!

When folks think about “Faith” and “Church” and “The Bible,” they might be inclined to take a detour around the issue of Romance. If that romance story is steamy and full of the possibilities of a few good pages of “Oooooo Baby-Babys,” there is a chance they will not want to mix that kind of good reading with a story filled with the concept of faith. I mean, like really, who looks at the Head of the Usher Board at their church and says to their friend, “Girrrrrrrllllllllllll, Mr. Jenkins sure does look like he needs to be on the cover of the next romance book I have on my summer reading list.”

On the other hand, while a “Mr. Jenkins” Head Usher may not inspire thoughts of what he could look like, shirtless, on the cover of a must-read romance novel, rest assured that church life can have some pretty juicy scandals. And there will always be something about the scandal that qualifies for a place on the Top Ten List (aka, the Ten Commandments).

We are talking about some schemes and plots and plans about money, love, sex, intrigue, deceit, and power that can rival anything Scandal’s Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant, along with Mellie and the rest of them could ever cook up on the show. In fact, Mellie Grant, on her best “Betty Crocker Dress and Accessories/White House Vamp” day, might have to take a back seat to a good old, gold-lame-with-lace-trimmed-hat-wearing inspired church scandal.

[This sounds juicy indeed...]

Wed
Jul 2 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Pastor Needs a Boo: Exclusive Excerpt

Michele Andrea Bowen

Pastor Needs a Boo by Michele Andrea Bowen

It was a regular New Jerusalem Gospel United Church work day for Reverend Denzelle Flowers when Veronica Washington, Keisha Jackson, and Marsha Metcalf showed up after losing their jobs on the same day, same morning, and almost at the same time. Denzelle struggled to solve that first problem. The other problem—the lovely Marsha—would be much harder to solve. Denzelle didn’t even know how to fight wanting to turn in the playah’s card and getting “booed” up with the poster girl for “church girls.” Marsha Metcalf and her fellow unemployed church members aren’t Denzelle’s biggest problem, though. He is running for bishop, and his enemies—a more ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy—want power badly enough to go to rather extreme lengths for it because the stakes are just that high. Now, his ex-wife was back and sleeping with the enemy, digging for dirt. Reverend Denzelle can’t fight this battle alone. This pastor needs a ‘boo’ who will stand by his side. Before the dust settles, both Marsha and Denzelle’s faith and love will be put to the ultimate test.

Get a sneak peek of Michele Andrea Bowen's Pastor Needs a Boo (available July 8, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of the Prologue and Chapters 1 & 2.

Prologue

Marsha Metcalf sat at her desk with her chin pressed in the palms of both hands. She picked up a stack of folders on her desk and dropped them back down on it. How in the world was she supposed to get all of this work done in two and a half weeks? Even if she worked a seventy-five-hour week, didn’t get sick, didn’t eat, didn’t bathe, and maybe didn’t even brush her teeth, this could not be done in that amount of time.

Who was she trying to fool by putting on a brave face and acting like she could “make it happen”? No one person could do all of this work in this time, and her supervisor, Yolanda Richardson, knew it when she dumped all of it on Marsha’s desk.

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