A New Beginning by Michelle Stimpson and CaSandra McLaughlin

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Sometimes love doesn’t work out the first time or the second. Now in her third marriage, Angelia is hoping for her happily-ever-after with former pro-football player Darren Holley. But soon after they move into their sprawling mini-mansion, Darren’s new job as a high school football coach in a trophy-hungry Texas town consumes him, leaving Angelia feeling like a single mother to her two children as well as Darren’s twin diva-daughters. Not to mention the drama from Darren’s mother, who can’t get over the fact that her son has married a woman with so much baggage.

When Angelia confides in a few ladies from the local church, their nice, sweet, holy-wife advice may prove ineffective and too burdensome. Should Angelia cut her losses and get out before the ink settles on their marriage certificate, or will she finally learn the true meaning of marriage as she and Darren attempt to blend two very different backgrounds in the face of adversity and nosy church folk?

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Interview with Michelle Stimpson

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
The summer after my sixth grade year, my life took a tragic turn when my mother was involved in a bad car accident. I started keeping a journal to deal with the pressures of suddenly being thrust into the role of mother to my two younger brothers, while coming-of-age without my mother at my side. In the midst of all that, God gave me writing as a form of comfort. I realize now that He must have read every single word I wrote because the Holy Spirit comforted me and kept me as I poured my little heart out onto those new beginningspiral notebook pages.

Even after my mother regained her health, I kept on writing. And writing.

Why is the theme of this project important?
When I’m writing Christian fiction or non-fiction, aside from the book’s message, I have one question in mind: Where is Jesus? I’m very cognizant of the fact that there are many religions and beliefs in the world. I believe that what designates “Christian” fiction from inspirational fiction or simply feel-good reading is Christ. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with feel-good reading, I just think that if I’m going to categorize a particular work under the “Christian” label, ultimately Christ should be the main character.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
The main character, Angelia, is probably a lot more dramatic than I am, which made her a lot of fun to write. My life is pretty boring–LOL!–so I get to experience excitement through my characters. Thankfully, I’ve been married to one man for 21 years, but I know many sisters in Christ who have a different experience with marriage. Exploring Angelia’s situation opened my eyes to the special challenges blended families face. It’s hard enough trying to get two to agree, let alone four and six to agree about one child!

How do you find time to write?
I try to carve out time in my busy schedule to work on my craft.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
That is an interesting question. I feel that there are so many talented authors I would love to work with in a collaborative effort. Therefore, I don’t want to narrow my choices. lol

About Michelle Stimpson

Michelle Stimpson is the national bestselling author of more than 25 books and 50 short stories. Her work includes the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown series, the award-winning Mama B series, and the Dafina title Falling Into Grace, which has been optioned for a television movie.

You can learn more about Michelle Stimpson at www.michellestimpson.com.

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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 Amazon.com.

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