Sunday, July 13, 2014

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with Colette Harrell, author of THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

Colette (Ford) Harrell the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It is passionate about the written word. Holding a master’s degree, she is a director of human services. Her creation and implementation of a health and energy medical program stands as a best practices model. Her philosophy of service is compassionate care through a spirit of excellence. A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels.  She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company. As an active member of her church, Kingdom Christian Center, she serves in several ministries.

Colette is a wife, mother, author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Her novel is a delectable read, where romance, suspense, humor, and the supernatural all come together to entertain, educate, and inspire. 

A Detroit native, she currently resides in Ohio, writing with humor and compassion to engage and minister to the human heart. Her motto is: whatever you do, do it “for love alone.”

Her latest book is the inspirational fiction, The Devil Made Me Do It.

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 About the Book:

The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it.

Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness.

Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them.

When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?

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  • The Devil Made Me Do It is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
  • Read Chapter One here.

Welcome to the book club, Colette! Can you tell us how you came up with the title of your latest book, The Devil Made Me Do It?

Colette: Thanks for having me. We all make a mess of our lives sometimes, and I have these “aha!” moments, when I realize that I or others have found a justification system for what and why we did what we shouldn’t have done. Since everyone else gets blamed for our acts . . . Mom, Dad, the teacher that never liked us—why not the devil?

What made you choose inspirational fiction to write, or did it choose you?

Colette: I think it chose me. I love positive messages that result in positive outcomes. I also recognize that we all have to grow, and our growing pains can cause us to err in our everyday living. These nicks and scrapes are what make us unique, interesting people. They also can make for the telling of an awfully good story.

Can you tell us a little about Esther Wiley?

Colette: My, my . . . Esther is a beautiful, plus-size woman who has failed her closest friends at a time she was needed most. In her youth she was slender, so she struggles with her adult weight gain. As a result, her weight and her past failure to be there for her friends causes Esther to make some life-changing decisions in first marrying, and then trying to “save” her spouse. Her past leads her to interpret being “good” as doing everything for everybody. I like to say that Esther is on the “willing to do board.” When she finally wakes up to her poor choices, it leads her to make some hard and surprising decisions. Along the way, Esther finally learns when to let go.

And who is Briggs Stokes?

Colette: Well, besides being tall, dark, and deliciously handsome, Briggs is a man who recognizes where his faith in God lies, but fails in having faith in himself. As the son of a world-famous televangelist, he has grown up watching his father shine on the mega stage of life. His sense of self is further compromised, when he picks a woman who is well-known in her own right. His struggles in making a place for himself leads him down a dangerous path of temptation. We’re all left hoping at the end of the day that he does the right thing.

Who is trying to break them apart?
Colette: LIFE is tearing them apart, and a reckless woman name Monica plays a large role as well. Some of their circumstances seem insurmountable. At the end of the day we don't always know where we'll end up in life. And, life's surprises are not always a necessarily bad thing. 

They say there’s always a pivotal point in every book where the reader just can’t put the book down. What’s one of yours?
Colette: This is a really great question. I believe my task here is answering it without giving away too much of the book. There are several scenes to choose from, but one pivotal point is when Esther comes to the realization that she has to move on from her husband. The entire chapter keeps you on the edge of your seat. And the outcome makes you want to applaud!
What’s next for you?

Colette: The sky! I’m currently finishing my second book Tell The Truth, The Devil Won’t (formerly, Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil). All of my books are stand-alones because I just can’t handle cliff-hangers. But, Esther and Briggs’s story has more chapters in it, and then there were a few other characters in The Devil Made Me Do It that just weren’t ready to go. So get ready . . . the second book promises to bring you more delectable page-turning, edge-of-chair-sitting fun.

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