So…Step Into Summer Aqua Blue Book Tour

Today on So Says Kimyatta…Meet Marian L. Thomas!  From her website:

Clean Fiction novelist, Marian L. Thomas is a dynamic story-teller with three engaging and dramatic novels to her credit.  Her books have been seen on national television stations such as, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations. Her titles, “My Father’s Colors” and “Strings of Color”, both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award. Each of her books have reached a #1 bestseller position on Amazon.com for their respective categories and have placed on the bestseller’s list for Barnes & Noble.com, as well.

What makes her books, unique? Mrs. Thomas might be the first African American pioneer of contemporary women’s clean fiction. She refuses to lace her work with explicit sexual themes or profanity. What does she include in her books? “A refreshing and engaging dramatic story that revolves around strong female characters,” stated, the author.

Ms. Thomas’ books, are rich with ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, divorce, friendship and abuse. And yet, her tales which seem to pre-stage current tabloid headlines are spelled out in ways that suit the delicate moral tastes of both the Christian Fiction reader and the Clean Fiction book reader.

Without further adieu…Marian L. Thomas!

SSK:  Thank you Marian for agreeing to let So Says Kimyatta be a part of your tour!  I’m super excited to have you!

So…we’re here to talk about your new release:  Aqua Blue.  Tell us a little bit about the book.

MLT:  From the back of the book:

In 1968 a child was born. Her father’s eyes boast a beautiful green and her mother was born with hazel. Yet, Aqua Blue was brought into the world with neither.

Haley wishes her parents would forget her. Her mother wants to control her, her father constantly beats on her and Haley, however, just wants to dance on Broadway. Will her dreams cost her more than she ever expected?

Jonathan Jacob Benjamin Brown is running from the memory of a mother he loved. His journey will thrust him into a world filled with secrets so shocking, he must determine whether he will forgive or walk away.

As they each step foot into the intoxicating city of New York, their dreams are standing before them with open arms. Yet, in order to embrace the possibilities, they must first learn to live, love, and breathe.

SSK:  Where did you get the idea for this book?  I love when her friend, Haley, finally asks her about her eyes!

MLT:  My hubby and I were driving through a rural part of Tennessee when I couldn’t help but notice the dirt roads, the old and barely able to stand gas stations, the carts that lined the roadway where goods had been sold and the one small car sales lot that had cars that were probably older than it.

Everyone seemed to be at the same starting point.

As I watched a few individuals travel along the sidewalks, I wondered what it would be like for them to escape a place such as that and travel to a major city, like New York. The story took off in my head from there.

SSK:  So…there’s a contest associated with this blog tour…can you give us some information on that? 

MLT:  The Step Into Summer AQUA BLUE Book Tour, is a great contest that features a $25 Visa E-Card that will be given away to one winner. Another winner will receive a copy of AQUA BLUE. It’s easy and fun to enter.

(1) Leave a comment on a blog that I’m stopping by (such as this one).

(2) Visit this website: http://mlt0925.wix.com/aquabluebooktour

(3) Enter the contest.

SSK: Well that’s easy enough.  Did you see where she said followers/fans/readers?  Leave a comment on a blog?  Yeah…like this one!

SSK:  What kinds of things do you like to read? 

MLT:  Poetry is my favorite.

SSK:  Do you have a favorite book? 

MLT:  I have had the opportunity to be in the company of many talented authors, so picking a favorite book from them, would be hard.

SSK:  Yeah.  I have trouble answering that question too!  lol.  Good to know I’m not alone.

SSK:  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

MLT:  No journey can start unless you put two feet on it and start walking. Being an author is a journey. You start by writing. You continue by writing with passion. You grow by writing with purpose.

SSK:  Truer words were never spoken.  I’m sitting here with my mouth open…wow…

SSK:  What can we expect next from you?

MLT:  I am looking forward to releasing a new book in 2014 called: Precious Blue.

SSK:  How can fans get in touch with you?

MLT:  http://www.marianlthomas.com

Again Marian…I sooooooooooo appreciate you coming to talk to us!  Aqua Blue is really…REALLY awesome so far!  I’m mad that I’m reading it so slowly!  (My fault..not the book’s…got a lot going on!)  Go ahead and pick up your copy wherever books are sold!  You will not be sorry.  You can read the first chapter on Marian’s website…when you do…you’ll NEED to get the book!

Until next time,

Hakuna Matata

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