I’M SO EXCITED to announce my First Book Giveaway of The Healer’s Love paperback edition by Kierra L. Rose (US residents only). Random drawing from Author Barbara Howard Newsletter subscribers, winner announcement on July 29th @ 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
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Here’s what I love about The Healer’s Love by Kierra L. Rose:
Setting is *everything* to me in a book. If the scene does not have a well-crafted setting, I lose interest quickly. I felt present in each scene because of the careful treatment that location was given throughout the story. I wanted to go to Igbala! Or at least take a virtual trip there. (Yes, I googled it!)
Beyond that, there are so many wonderful layers to this story. The author does a masterful job of capturing the playfulness, intrigue, reverence, and conflict in each relationship between the main characters, family members, and overall society. There were many thought-provoking passages regarding caste systems, sacred traditions and values intertwined with modern-day economics, politics and the exploitation via tourism.
Most of all, it’s a LOVE story that is warm and beautifully told. I wanted to know more about Iyanda and Emiliano after every page. There is nothing formulaic or stunted about this work of fiction. The author added all the ingredients and let the message of these two lovers simmer until everything created the magic that is The Healer’s Love. Order or pick up a copy wherever books are sold. Request it through your local library. Everyone should read this lovely story by Kierra L. Rose.
On the island of Igbala, rebellion starts in the heart… She has no voice… A dutiful daughter, Iyanda Bankole follows the Igbalaian tradition to the letter, even pursuing the calling of traditional healing on the small island. But when her fiancé returns ready to set the date and give her the position of doting housewife, she readies herself for the domestic placebo being forced down her throat. Even though an arrogant fiancé and buried secrets threaten their love, Iyanda and Emiliano can’t deny their attraction for each other. When tragedy strikes, they must overcome her silence and his bitter wounds before she is forced to say ‘I do’.
Sometimes you get stuck on the simplest little things when crafting a story. The name of a character, city, color or song choices. I can brainstorm ideas and lists for days. So one day I decided to make those moments meaningful.
Now I pick street names from an abandoned steel mill my ancestors worked at back in the day. And continue looking to those lost people and places for help.
While my first book Final Harvest is in final edits preparing for the August 1st release date, I’ve already started working on Book 2 of the Finding Home Series, Charlotte’s Revenge. So excited to continue the story of Traci Simmons and grateful for all the positive feedback on Final Harvest. I think you’re going to love her as much as I do! And I can’t wait to share more with you. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the cover for Book 2, Charlotte’s Revenge coming out this Fall.
Traci has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” – source The History Channel https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth
It was HARD to finish this quilt while being vigilant about the pandemic updates, checking in on our elders and family working with infected patients, sewing over 100 facemasks and Priority mailing them around the country. It was HARD to finish something so totally unrelated to helping my people survive spiritually, emotionally and physically. Something selfish and private and colorful. It was a goal that boxed me in and sat my expanding backside in the chair to sew. A quilt a month. That’s MY goal. At midnight straight up, I finished Big Grape (I’ve wrestled so long with it, I gave it a nickname). Tomorrow I ship it to my cousin who loves purple and son loves blue. Surprise! We win the day. We still set goals and stick to them. We still make promises and keep them. Our souls have not drowned in despair, in spite of. In spite of. Yes, in spite of. It’s not the best work, it’s just another attempt to make something of the pieces. And, win another day.