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Deaubrey Devine, author of Destiny Hope Faith Divine
(Vision 7 Publishing)
Enter into the lives of four characters walking through the storms of relationships to their Destiny by Hope, with Faith, and Divine intervention.
Divine is a single brother whoÂ live life as it comes. He gets in with a successful businesswoman named Faith who has some deep-rooted psychotic traits. He tries to shake the master manipulator by getting off the market and marrying Destiny, only to find out her confliction and unstableness is more than he can bear.Â After connecting again with his high school sweetheart, Hope, he finds out she is experiencing the same tribulations with her man.
The two find themselves offering encouragement, helping hands and listening ears as they hurdle their relationship obstacles. Soon, Divine finds himself caught in a love triangle that is anything but simple. This tantalizing novel filled with passionate love, electrifying drama, and climatic triumph makes this read a must-have for every reader’s bookshelf.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Destiny Hope Faith Divine?
Deaubrey Devine: I’ve always desired to have a little girl named Destiny Hope Faith with my last name Devine. I have always had a special affection for those wordsÂ because they all are very powerful. Alone, they are powerful. Combined, they are life-giving. As an author, the intrigue of the names sparked me to create a novel using characters with the names I adore.
JP: What sets Destiny Hope Faith Divine apart from other novels in its genre?
DD: Destiny Hope Faith Divine is set apart from other novels in its genre because it has it all. It is a smoothÂ read that allows readers to become one with the characters and scenes in the book. Everyone can relate toÂ the relationships plus the religious and sexual plots that entertains on this emotional roller coaster.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Destiny Hope Faith Divine getting out to the public?
DD: As an author, the real work begins when the promoting of the book starts. The keys to getting Destiny Hope Faith Divine onto the shelves and into hands of my readers is sheer drive and determination. I have been out and about in the public attending conferences and networking events and interviews. I have also visited book festivals and book club meetings. Some of my ventures also include hiring promotional marketing professionals along with text messaging alerts and blogs.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Destiny Hope Faith Divine?
DD: As a newÂ author, my writing process is still being defined. I do have the attitude of staying focused until completion. My daily motto is “Faith without works is dead”. I push myself and avoid procrastination at all cost.Â Completing this novel was like completing a life long dream. From start to finish, I am going to say roughly around 7months.
JP: What’s next for Deaubrey Devine?
DD: My journey continues with my next novel My Purpose. Allow me to give you a little insight into my next book: It is the story of a young kid growing up through the mist of trials and tribulations. This book is a good read for parents, students, coaches, athletes, and young adults. All will be touched and inspired by this novel that’s due to be released in March.
Hello! My name is Deaubrey Devine (pronounced Dee-au-bray…De-vine). I am from Lakeland, FL, and I’m the author of Destiny Hope Faith Divine.Â I graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando where I received my bachelor’s degree, majoring in Health with two minors in Criminal Justice and Education.Â My multiple areas of study have allowed me to teach and reach lives in different ways.
My talent for writing was exposed and connected when I decided to pick up a pen to pursue a career as a novelist after my professional football career ended in 2007.Â I asked God to use me as an open vessel and allow my passion for writing to encourage and inspire others.
I enjoy spending quality time with my family when I’m not writing, reading, plotting or planning. I also enjoy exploring new adventures, a nice cookout, times of fellowship, meeting other writers and readers in the publishing and book industry.
Other things I like to do in my spare time include: playing chess, poker, traveling, basketball, a good ole Spades game, movies, bowling, skating, Scrabble, attending conferences and learning new things. I just enjoy living life abundantly while looking for peace, joy and happiness. That’s me, all me, all the time, I am…
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Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man
and theme from an earlier book?
Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003
CHICAGO, IL â€“ Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady â€“Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.
Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.
Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to â€œempower you with a wide-open look into the minds of menâ€. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harveyâ€™s book titled â€œWhy Men Cheatâ€ he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled â€œWhy would a man cheatâ€, and the answer was, â€œbecause they canâ€.
Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harveyâ€™s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a womanâ€™s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.
Before the publication of Steve Harveyâ€™s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: http://www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y.
Mindful of all the self – published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.
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