Today, I’m delighted to be a host on the Seasoned with Grace Blog Tour for Christian Fiction author, Nigeria Lockley.
Are you ready for a dose of Grace? She’s a beauty and the beast, which one will prevail in her life?
Sentenced to probation, thirty-year-old, supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting to extend the longevity of her career on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job Grace’s ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be. His church.
Instead of God, Grace finds a “chocolate drop” of a man—Brother Horace Green. However, Horace isn’t looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of fortune, fame, and Grace?
While Grace focuses on the pursuit of passion Ethan finds one director willing to take a risk and cast Grace in his debut film, but this role fits Grace all too well. Will this film revive Grace’s relationship with God and her career or bring her closer to destruction?
“You think you can cure me?”
Doctor Sternberg rubbed the bald spot in the center of his head. “There is no cure for anger; however, it can be curbed. Stand up.” He stood and waited for Grace to join him. He walked her over to a closet and opened it. A large, round, ornately decorated mirror hung on the door.
“Look at yourself.”
Is he crazy? I know what I look like.
“Doc, did you read the file? I’m a model. I look at myself all the time.”
“Do you ever get an opportunity to look at yourself or a stylized version of yourself all primped and posed the way that some curator of style has positioned you like you’re an artifact in a museum? Do you ever get a chance to look Grace King in the eye? Have you ever—”
Grace held her hands in the air forming a T in front of Dr. Sternberg’s face, signaling for a timeout.
“Dr. Sternberg, I appreciate your concern, but don’t you think that you’re jumping in the deep end of the pool a little early? You don’t even know if I know how to swim. May I at least take off my coat?”
Bowing in concession, Dr. Sternberg backed up a bit providing Grace enough room to remove her coat and stretch her long limbs.
“Are you ready now? I promise to take it easy on you—I’ll ask you just one more question.”
Grace ran her hands along the sides of her one piece floral jumpsuit, adjusted the red leather belt she wore mid waist to emphasize her waist. The sweat of her palms made the pants stick to her legs. All you have to do is look in the mirror. Lift your chin and straighten your back, she reminded herself after tucking her hands into her pockets. Slowly, she raised her head leading with her eyes.
“What do you see?” Dr. Sternberg asked in a whisper.
She took a quick inventory of her face. Her pores appeared to be growing, she’d put on a few pounds. They hadn’t caused her to lose the contour in her cheeks, yet. All the nights she spent staring at the ceiling trying to figure out what her next move should be had prompted some bags to collect under her eyes.
“What do you see?” Dr. Sternberg asked again.
“A tired model.”
“Not what you do, but what do you see?” Dr. Sternberg stepped behind her disappearing behind her tall frame. He squeezed her arms and jerked her body a bit. “Look at yourself, Grace. What do you see when you look at yourself?”
The word seemed to be spray painted across the mirror—mistake. Mistake was all she could see. Closing her eyes was no help. The word mistake reverberated in her ears like a gong. Cold shoulders and hushed whispers were imprinted upon the back of her eyelids along with the word mistake.
“What do you see, Grace?”
When she opened her eyes the word was still there on the mirror.
“A mistake,” she said dryly. “When I look in the mirror I see a mistake.”
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Time Out with Nigeria Lockley:
In Seasoned with Grace the protagonist Grace King must deal with a lot of issues and one of them is Grace’s constant battle to keep her anger in check. Being angry is a natural emotion. In Ephesians chapter four the Bible tells us to “be angry but sin not.” In other words, don’t let your anger control you and cause you to do something inappropriate to yourself or someone else. This is not an easy task and if you’re struggling with anger issues the first thing you should do is try to pinpoint your triggers. Once you’ve figured out what sets you off—walk away at the first sight of your trigger, if you’re not in a position to walk do some breathing exercises and pray. Prayer is a direct channel to the Lord and when He sees us striving He is more than willing to give us a hand. Anger is an oppressive force that does more damage to the carrier than the target if you can’t control your anger seek counsel at your church or local therapist.
Nigeria Lockley possesses two master’s degrees, one in English secondary education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education, and a second in creative writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the vice president of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home, King of Kings and Lord of Lords Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her online at www.nigerialockley.com.
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