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Be Careful What You Pray For

by Nicole S. Rouse

"Be careful what you pray for" is an old adage, but third grade teacher Maya Richards comes to discover that it's more than just a cliché. Maya has been with her soul mate, Kenneth Green, for more than ten years. She never doubted that he would one day ask for her hand in marriage, but on the eve of their anniversary, their relationship ends abruptly, and she finds herself alone for the first time in thirteen years. Maya turns to her family and best friend to help deal with her heartbreak, but is left to heal on her own. Her parents have discovered a love for traveling, her sister is preparing to move across the country, and her best friend is busy tending to her husband and children. Instead of seeing this time as an opportunity to get closer to God, Maya begs God to send her a new mate. Impatient and desperate, she begins a relationship with gym teacher Lloyd Bradford, despite many warning signs. As she struggles to escape a dangerous situation, Maya learns that the relationship that matters most in life is the one that she has with Christ. As Maya finds the strength to break away from Lloyd's tight reigns, will she trust God and allow Him to restore peace in her life?

Happily Ever Now

by Rouse Nicole S.

All Renee Thomas ever wanted was to have a fulfilling life. So she married Jerome, her high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children, and was steadily climbing the ladder of success. Months before her thirty-fifth birthday, however, she realizes that her life is slowly crumbling. Her oldest son has become rebellious, and her once stable career seems like it is about to end. In addition, Renee learns that Jerome has been involved in a long-term affair with Taylor Kimball, a thirty-three year old bus driver. After a few bad relationships, Taylor has given up hope on finding the perfect man. She settles on Jerome, believing he will eventually leave Renee. When Taylor grows tired of being the other woman, she pressures Jerome to commit to their relationship. When he cannot give Taylor the answer she wants to hear, she spirals into a slow depression. At a low point in their lives, both Renee and Taylor find themselves longing for true happiness. The phrase "happily ever after" has lost its attraction;they want the happily ever now. Through God's love, can both women learn to forgive those who have caused them pain, and discover the true joy of life's happiness?

Someone to Love Me

by Rouse Nicole S.

"What's done in the dark comes to light eventually," says the pastor of First Baptist Church in Chicago. Those words enter Jerome Thomas' spirit and release bittersweet memories of his past;memories he worked hard to suppress for the sake of his family. In the early years of his marriage to Renee, Jerome made several mistakes. He neglected his family, struggled with bouts of alcoholism, and wasted money. But the one mistake he regrets the most was cheating on his wife with Taylor. Every morning before she opens her eyes, Taylor Belle says a quick prayer for forgiveness. The guilt of the affair she had with Jerome and the lives of the people she hurt weigh heavy on her heart. Several years have passed since the affair, but there is still unfinished business between them. As life becomes more complicated, Taylor knows that she needs to settle things with Jerome before God will lift the burden on her heart. Although Jerome and Taylor now live in different states, they share a secret that could potentially destroy their families. What will happen when the actions of their last intimate encounter catch up with them?Once the truth is exposed, Jerome and Taylor are alienated by their loved ones and are forced to rely on faith and the power of God's love to repair the sins of the past. Will God mend old wounds and restore the love and peace they once knew? Or, are Jerome and Taylor destined to live in sorrow because of the shame of their past?

Still Standing

by Nicole S. Rouse

Renee Thomas wakes up one Monday morning longing for change. For years she's been a faithful wife, supportive mother, and successful hotel executive, but recent events have taken her over the edge. 'After thirty-five years of marriage, she has learned that her husband, Jerome, fathered a child with another woman. Before Renee can fully accept what happened, Jerome hints that his 16-year-old love child wants to live with them. In addition to her troubles at home, a power struggle with a new executive threatens her job security, and a longtime friend confesses his undying love. Afraid she's heading for a breakdown, Renee desperately struggles to get a handle on her life. 'On that same day, Jerome Thomas wakes up thanking God. Renee was his high school sweetheart, and though he's given her plenty of reasons to end the marriage--bouts with alcohol, a long-term affair, and conceiving a child out of wedlock--she fought for their love. Knowing he doesn't deserve Renee or the life God has given him, Jerome plans a special romantic weekend for his wife, unaware that his marriage is on the brink of divorce. 'As Renee and Jerome struggle through a turning point in their lives, an unfortunate accident ends the life of a loved one. Now faced with their toughest challenge, will Renee and Jerome give up on God and the life they built together, or will they firmly stand on God's promises and trust in the plans He has for their future?

Tender to the Touch

by Rouse Nicole S.

For the past eleven years, Reverend J. Amanda King served as an anointed and powerful leader for the women's ministry of Faith Tabernacle Church. Though thousands of women have been blessed by her leadership, J. Amanda is most fond of the ministry she built with five of her sorority sisters. To them she is more than a spiritual leader and counselor. She is their sister and true friend. The bond of the sisterhood is tested when J. Amanda's old flame, "Hunky" Crawford, resurfaces and pleasant memories of their life together seem more appealing than the one she shares with her husband, David. In time, J. Amanda remembers why she ultimately chose David over Hunky, but is she too late? Hunky exposes secrets that threaten to destroy J. Amanda's relationship with her husband and line sisters forever and lead to a startling death. Will J. Amanda salvage her relationships and get her life back on track, or will she give up on God and accept the consequences for turning her back on her faith?

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