The Mercy Seat by Alvetta Y. Rolle

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Going from raunchy to redeemed is not easy. When 19 year old prostitute Sofia Douglas walks into Freedom Baptist to reconcile with her mentally abusive foster mother Julia Aaron, she is met with much more than she bargained for. tms

Although befriended by an elderly church mother by the name of Ruth Stills, she begins  to fall for Ruth’s son Xavier who is handsome, caring, a minister… and married. Sofia begins an endless cycle of trying to stifle mutual feelings for a married man of God, and combat the bitterness of a mother who has her own issues, both spiritually and psychologically.

With the arrival of the mysterious Sofia at the last night of revival, Xavier Stills and Felecia’s already troubled marriage takes a tumultuous turn for the worst. Felecia and Xavier now have to fight to save their diminishing relationship, even as they try to ward off the temptation of yielding to outside influences.

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Interview with Alvetta Rolle

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?

I realized that I had some books inside of me in 2005, when I spent most of my time in Bimini Bahamas. I was always a poet, and usually never wrote anything beyond a few stanza- or a page if I was lucky. However, one night when I couldn’t sleep I just began to toy around with different ideas and plots that I feel were given to me by God. I know he put them there because he wanted me to write. That is when I started writing books.

Why is the theme of this project important?

Forgiveness, or better yet the lack thereof, is something that has enslaved a lot of people. This is because we are taught that as long as we have something to hold on to from an offense that it empowers us. This is not so, because usually we just use that hurt to validate our bad behavior or prevent us from progression. God wants us to know there is power in letting go. This does not only have to do with the power to forgive others, but the power to accept God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves as well.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

Wow! This is a great question. Through writing this book, I learned there were people I had still not forgiven. So this was a wake up call for me. I was still blaming so much on how I felt as a child, and how certain people would treat me. Through writing this book, I began the journey of letting go as well. I am still on that journey today.

How do you find time to write?

I often tell people that I "steal from sleep." I sneak a few hours in before bedtime to get some good writing in. Sometimes, I may do the old fashion way of writing with a pen and notebook on long car rides with my family as well.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?

I would love to work on something with author Angela Benson, because I love her writing style. Her creativity sparks mines somewhat! And she is a Christian fiction writer as well!

About Alvetta Rolle

photoofalvettaAlvetta Y. Rolle is a poet, author, and above all else a child of God. Born in Dunn, North Carolina, she graduated cum laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Communications in 2010.

As the VP of Production & Marketing, Alvetta is the point person on Ellechor’s book production and marketing efforts, organizing our teams, communicating to Ellechor Authors and delegating work. As an Executive staff member, she works very closely with our President and also assists with our Internship program.
She has been happily married for nine and half years to her husband, Elrod and has four beautiful children ranging in ages from fifteen to four.

In July of 2012, Alvetta released her debut novel The Mercy Seat via her publisher Ellechor Publishing House. This work, focusing on the forgiveness of God and our forgiveness of one another, is part of a three book trilogy. Since its release The Mercy Seat has gotten no less than four star reviews. The next book in the trilogy Potiphar’s Wife, will be released by Ellechor in November of this year.

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

2 comments on “The Mercy Seat by Alvetta Y. Rolle”

  1. Hadassah Thomas Reply
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book synopsis and the interview with Alvetta. Thank you for spotlighting such a talented and wonderful woman of God....thank zgod's for The Mercy Seat!

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