‘SHERRI’ Talk Show To Start Tomorrow in Same Time Slot Previously Held by Wendy Williams…

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As one of Sherri Shepherd’s biggest fans (I interviewed her for my first book After the Altar Call: The Sisters’ Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship With God), I’m very much excited to see Sherri have her own talk show SHERRI, which debuts TOMORROW! However, I cannot lie: It’s going to be hard to see a new show in the time slot that was previously held by the Queen of All Media Wendy Williams. That being said, although in various articles, blogs, posts, tweets, etc., it has been insinuated or even flat out said that Sherri stole Wendy Williams’ spot, that is not true. As I’m also a Wendy Williams fan, I’ve had many months to ponder the downfall of The Wendy Williams show and its host Wendy. I truly believe that many factors contributed including but not limited to her divorce, the death of her mother and her empty nest after her son left for college. These factors most likely triggered her to relapse into what appears to be an alcohol addiction. Still, despite what it’s looking like now, I believe that with God, all things are possible. I hope and pray that Wendy develops a personal relationship with God  if she doesn’t have one right now (as Sherri does have a personal relationship with God) and even if she never has a talk show again, she will regain her health and peace of mind. And let’s be clear: no amount of success, personally and professionally, matters if you don’t have a personal relationship with God as your foundation. As the children song states, you’re building your house on sand (personally and professionally) if you don’t have one. Because when the storms arise in life, as they most certainly will (and Sherri has weathered storms), your house will collapse…

And now that I have said that, I can properly celebrate a new chapter in the career of Sherri Shepherd! Check out what she has lined up in the first season of SHERRI because we’re claiming that her new talk show lasts for many seasons ahead…

ABOUT SHERRI

The Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show host, comedian, actor, and best-selling author Sherri Shepherd brings her inimitable, authentic and comedic perspective to daytime on Monday, September 12 with her own nationally-syndicated talk show, SHERRI.

Sherri’s warm, relatable and engaging personality will shine through as she offers her comedic take on the day’s entertainment news, pop culture, and trending topics with the daytime audience. As America’s favorite girl next door, her comedy-driven show will feature celebrity interviews, informative experts, moments of inspiration and amazing everyday people to create an hour of entertainment escapism.

Taped live in New York City in front of a live studio audience, SHERRI is produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury.

Tickets are still available for September shows! Click HERE for more information…

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To Win a Prince – NEW BOOK ALERT!!!

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I’m always excited about sharing a new book with y’all, my dear blog readers, and today is no exception…If you’re looking for a new book, please consider To Win a Prince by Toni Shiloh! Below is a brief bio about Toni, followed by praise for Toni’s novels and concluding with my interview with her.

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys.

When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family.

“Captivating, romantic, and faith-filled, To Win a Prince captured my attention from the first page. . . . Shiloh’s latest royal romance is a pure page-turner.”

Melissa Tagg, USA Today bestselling, Christy Award-winning author

To Win a Prince transports readers to a lush tropical island for a tale of second chances and redeeming love. . . . Be prepared to be swept away by this story that is another jewel in author Toni Shiloh’s own crown as a master storyteller.”

—Sarah Monzon, award-winning author

Shiloh delivers a fun, contemporary romance delightfully full of favorite romantic tropes that also conveys serious messages of faith and destiny. It is refreshing to see dynamic Black characters in the genre, and readers will be eager for this modern-day fairy tale.”

Library Journal, starred review of In Search of a Prince 

1. Please provide a brief summary of your new novel, To Win a Prince.

To Win a Prince is all about Iris Blakely and Ekon Diallo’s journeys to each other and through the ups and downs life throws at them. The story explores what happens to Ekon after the royal council delivers their judgment on his actions (read In Search of a Prince or the prologue in To Win a Prince for a recap). Thus, part of the story is told in his point of view. The story also takes us through the ins and outs of Iris’s new business and her life as she settles into a new country and, hopefully, a new love.

2. To Win a Prince is set in the fictional African country of Oloro Ilé and follows Iris Blakely, who first appeared in In Search of a Prince. Can you share what readers have to look forward to in this novel?

I’d be happy to. Expect Iris shenanigans, the world of fashion, swoony romance, and a redemption that brought me to tears.

3. Can you tell us a little more about the inspiration behind this book?

I knew when I wrote In Search of a Prince that I would be telling Iris’s story. Honestly, all I knew was that she started a fashion business and Ekon would be her love interest. I let the characters dictate the rest of the story from there.

 4. How do you think To Win a Prince serves both fiction readers at large and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) readers?

For romance fans, they’ll get that in spades with To Win a Prince. Iris can’t help but wear her heart on her sleeve, and the fodder that ensues speaks to that. The romance goes through ups and downs but ends with a happily ever after, just as romance readers have come to expect. As for BIPOC readers, they get the added benefit of being represented in fiction. I have had readers tell me how much they appreciate being able to identify with the diverse characters shown in my novels. To Win a Prince touches on the fairy-tale aspect of romance but grounds all readers in faith and realism.

5. You’ve said in the past that seeing diversity in Christian fiction is a goal of yours as an author. Do you think the genre is moving in that direction?

I do. Every time I celebrate a BIPOC Christian author’s new release, I feel the industry moving in the right direction. I’m also praying and cheering on unpublished authors who hope to join the Christian fiction market.

6. What challenges did you experience while writing this story?

I actually wrote this story during a really difficult time. My husband had been laid off and our lease was up, and we needed somewhere else to live. It was completely overwhelming, and even though I was able to get an extension on my deadline, I didn’t give myself a lot of wiggle room to complete the manuscript. But God is truly faithful, pouring the words out in six weeks’ time. Enough time to give it another read through before turning it in. I’ll never forget the journey God brought me through while writing Iris’s tale and learning what patience in the Lord means.

7. How can readers connect with you?

Readers can find me at tonishiloh.com. There you can subscribe to my newsletter, find my social media links, and even fill out the contact form if you want to send an email directly to me.

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Handsome Hubby & I Are Featured in Victorious By Design Magazine/I Will Be at the National Book Club Conference This Weekend!

AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY INCLUDED

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As we close out July, I wanted to share that Handsome Hubby (my nickname for my husband) and I are featured in July’s issue of Victorious By Design Magazine ! In just over a week, we will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary!!! To God be the glory, particularly since before this relationship, I hadn’t had a relationship last longer than a year! Yes, I was a serial dater I have to admit! So if you’re interested in knowing more about how that happened, get your copy of the July issue of Victorious By Design Magazine by clicking HERE!!!

Also, I will be one of the authors at National Book Club Conference (NBCC) this weekend! I will be selling copies of Destination Wedding! By far, meeting with book clubs has been the best part of this novel writing journey! So far, Destination Wedding has been read by 14 book clubs as far as I know, and I met with my last one just after I gave birth to the twins while I was in the hospital! Yes, through God’s grace, I was a soldier and Zoomed in from my hospital bed. That’s why I’m SO EXCITED about going to the NBCC! If you’re in the metro Atlanta area, I would love it if you could stop by and holla at your girl. By the way, there will be many other authors there including but not limited to: former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young (my favorite former mayor) Victoria Christopher Murray, Tia Williams and Vanessa Riley! Click HERE for ALL of the details! And if you’re part of a book club, I humbly ask that you tell your book club about Destination Wedding. And in honor of NBCC and because I love y’all, I will send a link to listen to the audiobook for FREE if you can tell me the names of the twins I featured in Destination Wedding! (Hint: You can find out by looking at the free excerpt on Amazon!)

So that’s all I have for today!

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