Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box Excerpt, Interview and Giveaway.


Sept 2-13, 2013



Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Pen Of The Writer, LLC (May 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978606639
ISBN-13: 978-0978606633


Book Title The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box

About The Book
What your father didn't tell you and your mother didn't know. Successful. Beautiful. Intelligent. Yet a satisfying relationship eludes Debra Hampton. At thirty-five years old, she can't figure out why her philosophy on men-and what they want from women-isn't working. She's trapped in a cycle of shattered relationships, until a friend refers her to a relationship guru. After some resistance, Debra finds refuge in his counsel as he helps her navigate through the storms of rejection and failed love. Once he reveals the error of her ways, will Debra master the forbidden secrets to attract her soul mate or continue to keep love at bay?

  


About The Author

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman has helped women find relational fulfillment by identifying the four types of male hunters, avoiding seventy percent of men who only want the goody box and winning the heart of Mr. Right-For-You. She explains how she overcame struggles and offers proven techniques to help you get off the crazy cycle of relational demise in her novel The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box! Visit TheGoodyBoxBook.com for the sequel, prequel and upcoming events!

The bestselling author of Blended Families An Anthology, Valerie has helped thousands of families navigate the challenges of child support, visitation, discipline and more. With over twenty years of experience in family and relationships, she has given advice on varying issues including baby-momma drama, defiant children and disapproving in-laws. On her journey to assist others with building strong families, she shares her testimony and provides practical tools to help you stop the stepfamily madness in your home!
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Book Excerpts

The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box
What your father didn’t tell you and your mother didn’t know

Chapter 1
For the Love of Vincent

Sunday-morning service stirred Debra Hampton’s heart. The poignant message convinced her to resolve a matter that had her torn for almost a year. She had been undecided about whether to marry her live-in boyfriend, Vincent. He didn’t share her religious beliefs and refused to go with her to church, but she knew that he was the best man for her.

He laughed at her silly antics, talked with her about her ambitions and encouraged her to greatness. He made her the focal point of his life and involved her in every decision no matter how minute. But it was his touch that held her hostage, kept her toying with God’s love by giving herself to a man who was not her husband.
With her head bowed to hide the free-flowing tears, she exited the church without speaking to anyone. She sat in her Mercedes S550, took a moment to freshen her makeup, expelled a sigh of relief. She looked to Heaven through the panorama sunroof, smiled, closed her eyes, gave thanks. The decision to accept Vincent’s proposal resonated; filled her with peace as she trusted the Lord with her soul mate.

The thirty-minute drive from the inner-city church to her suburban home gave her ample time to reflect upon the life they would build together: three children, business partnership and unlimited mind-blowing sex. The rush of blood to her southern bell—the name her mother called her vagina when she was a child—gave her pause. Fortunately, she was stopped at a red light. She clicked through the Sirius Satellite stations and then opted to enjoy tunes Vincent had downloaded to her iPod a few nights prior.

As she turned into Creekwood Estates—a lavish community north of Dayton—she admired the mansion-sized homes set hundreds of feet from the street. Manicured lawns featured rows of exotic trees, shrubbery and blooming flowers. Cobblestone driveways boasted luxury cars and backyards had customized gym sets or in-ground pools.

Her stucco and brick palatial home was small in comparison to those of her neighbors, but it was big enough for her family-to-be. She loved the side-entry, three-car garage because it camouflaged the unpacked moving boxes from passersby. She parked in the usual spot—closest to the mudroom door—and then she smiled wide. “He’s home.”
Debra grabbed her purse and Bible and then jaunted into the house. She placed her belongings on the granite countertop, careful not to make noise. Since the television wasn’t locked on a sporting event, Vincent had to be resting in the master suite. A 3,500-square-foot home and he preferred the family room and bedroom.

She slipped off her stilettos, tiptoed up the stairs. Her heart beat faster with each step. She wiped her palms together to dry the sweaty moisture, pressed her ear to the door. His subtle snores seeped through. She giggled and then covered her mouth to halt the escape of more laughter.
She opened the door, peeked in, swung it wide. “Vincent! What the devil?”

“Debra, what are you doing here?” After a quick dismount, he rummaged the floor for his Fruit of the Looms. “When’d you get home?”
“Who is this woman and why is she in my bed?” She ran to the side of the bed, towered over her betrayer. Breath stalled in her throat, eyes widened. “Catherine!”
Catherine—the first person to welcome Debra to the neighborhood—reached for her clothes, scurried to dress.

Debra lunged at her, snatched her by the ponytail, drew back her fist. Just as she connected with Catherine’s right jaw, Vincent grabbed Debra around the waist, pulled her away. She flailed her arms, kicked at his shins, head-butted him in the mouth. When he released her, she pursued Catherine who was halfway down the stairs, underwear in tow.

What Others Are Saying

"A brilliant writer. I love her work. The characters are so real, so rich and fleshed out so well. You hit the nail on the head with these women. Can I have the rights to the movie?"

Mother Love, TV and radio host of The Mother Love Show

"I started to skim through this book, but now I cannot put it down. This is an incredible book that all women must read."

Lexi, talk-show host of The Lexi Show as seen on The Word Network

"Coleman lays the hard-hitting arsenal out in the open in this refreshing and looong-awaited new spin on an ageless battle to tame the flesh! Goody Box is a woman's must-have, must-READ handbook. Goody Box will have you pledging heart-gasm before orgasm!"

Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress, author of Manna for Mamma and The Bankrupt Spirit


1.       Where did the idea come from for The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box?
Like most women, when I had man problems, I talked with my girlfriends, sister and mother. Although the concern was genuine, the relationship advice was riddled with emotions, bad experiences and a twisted perspective on men. After consistently choosing Mr. Wrong and dealing with the consequences, I finally attracted a great guy to whom I have been married for almost twenty years. But here’s the catch: I did not know what I did differently to win his heart.
I wanted to understand what actions led me down the aisle of matrimony while many of my girlfriends were still in distress about living single. So as I dug inwardly, I also researched and studied men for years. I got the scoop on man-cave, barber-shop, locker-room conversations normally off limits to women and developed the top three things every woman must know about men. The result was The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box.

2.       What genre does your book fall under?
The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box is classified as chick lit. Readers dubbed it “the Black Sex in the City.”

3.       Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I love this question. When Mother Love, TV and radio host, said, “Can I have the rights to the movie?”, I pondered about the actors. The process was gruelling because I love movies and support African-American actors. Despite my desire to be on the set with all of the best, I would cast the roles as follows:
Debra Hampton, the petite, successful attorney who cannot figure out why her philosophy on men isn’t working, would be played by Nia Long.

Sherry Harris, the recently unemployed engineer who mastered relationship advice, attracted her soul mate and is moving toward marriage would be played by Kerry Washington. 

Rachel Nance Monroe, the self-made mogul who is in a not-so-satisfying marriage, would be played by Nicole Ari Parker.
Brian Monroe, Rachel’s model-like husband who loves his wife, but has not figured out how to be the man of the house, would be played by Boris Kudjoe.
Conrad Bateman, the office manager who protected Rachel’s business from sabotage and has the ability to predict her needs, would be played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Doc Reed, the relationship guru who is a reformed ambusher committed to teaching women how to be men whisperers, would be played by Denzel Washington or Laurence Fishburne.
The book has several other characters perfect for Morris Chestnut, Idris Elba, Terrence Howard, Anthony Mackie, Michael Ealy.… The actresses are of great importance, but the male actors came to me without effort.

      4.       What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box is an entertaining novel that enlightens and empowers women to build satisfying romantic relationships.

5.       Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box is published by Pen of the Writer.

6.       How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took about four months. After years of researching men, the characters and their lives leapt onto the paper.

7.       What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Within the chick lit genre, none. No other fiction succeeds in offering women an entertaining and undeniably unique perspective on what your father didn't tell you and your mother didn't know. However, The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box has been compared to Steve Harvey's Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and Michael J. Lockwood's Women Have All the Power - Too Bad They Don't Know It.

8.       Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration came when I turned forty-something and experienced an unexpected transition in my mind and body. In 2007, as a presenter on a cruise for authors and artists, I committed to writing a book to help women better understand men.

9.       What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Although it’s a novel, The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box has relevant, practical, proven relationship advice. Many of my readers have told me that the book changed their life. One reader indicated that by following the relationship advice, she met and married the love of her life. For their first anniversary, she sent me a picture of his gift to her: a BMW!
The audio book, which is a production with a troupe of voice over talent, releases later this year. A Stellar-Award winning producer created an original theme song that speaks to the heart of women searching for real love. Samples can be enjoyed at www.TheGoodyBoxBook.com.
As a result of the book, I have been contracted to conduct workshops, presentations and keynotes at churches, schools and organizations. Collaborating with fellow author and advocate for “girl power,” Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D., we created the Uterus Adventures (UAs) (www.TheUterusAdventures.com). UAs are ladies-only experiences and excursions designed for women who are willing to step outside their comfort zone to embrace the courage they never knew they had! These adventures are single-day events and weekend excursions that include empowerment workshops, a challenging adventure and time dedicated to debrief the experience.

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman has helped women find relational fulfillment by identifying the four types of male hunters, avoiding seventy percent of men who only want the goody box and winning the heart of Mr. Right-For-You. She explains how she overcame struggles and offers proven techniques to help you get off the crazy cycle of relational demise in her bestselling novel The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box!
The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box – What your father didn’t tell you and your mother didn’t know
Successful. Beautiful. Intelligent. Yet a satisfying relationship eludes Debra Hampton. At thirty-five years old, she can’t figure out why her philosophy on men—and what they want from women—isn’t working. She’s trapped in a cycle of shattered relationships, until a friend refers her to a relationship guru. After some resistance, Debra finds refuge in his counsel as he helps her navigate through the storms of rejection and failed love. Once he reveals the error of her ways, will Debra master the forbidden secrets to attract her soul mate or continue to keep love at bay?
“A brilliant writer. I love her work. The characters are so real, so rich and fleshed out so well. You hit the nail on the head with these women. Can I have the rights to the movie?”
Mother Love, TV and radio host of The Mother Love Show
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My review will follow soon. This really sounds like a good read. 


2 comments:

  1. Hi, Lynelle.

    Thank you for hosting my tour stop on your site. Looking forward to reading your review. Val

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  2. Will let you know the moment it is done, Already start reading.

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