It Started In A Styrofoam Cup

25 years ago

The bus rounded the corner at the end of the road, bringing an energetic load of elementary school kids. It was the same bus I’d ridden when I was in elementary school with the same driver – Ms. Joyce wheeling  bus number 311. It came to a screeching halt in front of the house and my brother and sister jumped out,  jetting across the spacious back yard like two brown jets.

They busted through the back door of the house carrying a Styrofoam cup. Inside of it was a small sprout buried in a scoop of black soil – the beginnings of a tree. Of course at that time our minds couldn’t conceive that years later it would tower over us and provide such useful shade in the back yard.

The power of a seed! The words we speak today, will be the fruit that we eat from tomorrow. Sometimes we forget about the importance of the words we speak because we don’t always see the immediate consequences. How different would your words be if you the effects were instantaneous?

We’ve all said things that we regret, but unfortunately our lips don’t have a rewind button. But believe it or not, God wants us to have a B.I.G. mouth. Read more about Me and My B.I.G. Mouth in my newest e-book devotional, If These Shoes Could Talk. It’s available now to download to your Kindle or to your kindle reading apps.

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If These Shoes Could Talk is a 30-day devotional for a woman’s daily walk. Tia McCollors uses inspiration infused with humor and wisdom to deliver a message that will move women forward in their lives of faith.

At the end of each reading, she lists scriptures to “Stand On The Word,” as well as a self-reflection section to “Think It Out. Write It Out. Walk It Out.”

Some devotion titles include: “Your Royal Highness,” “Me and My B.I.G. Mouth,” “Upgrade Me,” and “Pantyhose and Rubber Bands.”

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In If These Shoes Could Talk, Tia McCollors gives you bite-sized wisdom – just enough to inspire you for today and strengthen you for tomorrow – and practical questions and scripture to help you unearth your potential.

~ Valorie Burton, bestselling author of Successful Women Think Differently and          What’s Really Holding You Back?

When Rain Falls

From Tia’s Pen: Love and mystery. It’s the perfect combination in a new Christian fiction title, When Rain Falls, by Tyora Moody. For years, Tyora has been the masterful hands behind my website and the website of many others. She’s scheduled countless virtual tours for readers to learn more about their favorite authors. Well now it’s her turn! She’s definitely earned my High Heel STOMP of approval. Here’s what I had to say after reading her book: “A showering of faith, love, and mystery. When Rain Falls proves that when life is cloudy, God will soon being his sunshine. Make room on your bookshelf for the entire Victory Gospel Series.”

About the Book

“Why does God keep taking away the people I love?”

This is the lamentation of widow CANDACE JOHNSON when her best friend is brutally murdered. Ensnared by a deep-rooted bitterness, seeping her faith day by day, Candace is determined to seek justice.

Detective Darnell Jackson is in need of clues fast. The police captain is coming down hard on him and his partner to find out who murdered Pamela Coleman, the daughter of a high profile judge. Darnell confers with Candace to get the inside track on events leading up to the murder. As the investigation heats up, his growing attraction for Candace plays havoc on Darnell’s judgment.

Little does she know, Candace’s quest to find the truth has led her straight to the killer. She’s already lost loved ones. Now Candace must choose to completely trust God with her own life.

About the Author

Tyora “Ty” Moody is an author and entrepreneur.  Her debut novel, When Rain Falls, will be released March 2012 (Urban Christian/Kensington). This is the first book in the Victory Gospel series.  She is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers. She owns and operates, a design and marketing company. Her company’s niche is assisting authors with branding and developing an online presence.

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I’m So In Love!

From Tia’s Pen:   I used to look at the Carmen Brown series by Stephanie Perry Moore and think to myself, I can’t wait until my baby  girl can read. Well, I still think that way, but this time I know my daughter will be able to enjoy Moore’s books at an even earlier age. I know your little girls will fall for the Morgan Love Series just like I did. Your daughter will be able to relate to the ups and downs in little Morgan’s life, but they’ll also share in her victories. She’s a little lady in the making, and even at her young age she’s learning how to trust God. Aren’t we all?

The books in the Morgan Love series are cute, realistic stories, but parents will appreciate that Moore has thrown in some education aspects as well. Your girls will grow their vocabulary and even learn a few new math skills as they read along!  (They’re chapter books geared toward 7-9 year olds). Of course I’m an advocate of all books that teach a Christ-center message, but I also cheer for the Morgan Love series because it features an African-American protagonist. Our girls need that. But I encourage parents of all races to introduce your girls to Morgan Love. She’s in second grade now, but who know….we might get a chance to grow up with her! I give the Morgan Love series my high heel STOMP of approval!

About The Morgan Love Series:

A+ Attitude

Morgan is sad and mad at the world because things are not going the way she wants.  Why does my daddy have to leave again to save the country?  Why do I have to go live with mommy and her new husband? Why does my mommy have to have a new baby? Why do I have to go to a new school?  Why do I have to make new friends?   Why? Why? Why?  Though she is having a hard time adjusting to all the new things in her life, especially her new baby brother and stepdad, Derek, Morgan makes up her mind that no matter what is going on, she is going to have an A+ attitude.

Speak Up

When Morgan discovers that Antoine and Alec, the new kids on her block are big bullies she doesn’t know what to do. When she goes back to school, she finds out that Alec is the also the new kid in her class. When her friend Trey, stops hanging out with her and the others and hangs out with Alec instead, she is worried. She doesn’t want Trey to get into trouble nor have the other kids think she’s a tattletale. Morgan is having a hard time knowing what she should do.  Should she continue to keep quiet or is it time to speak up?

Something Special

Morgan, wanting to fit in with the crowd, teases a large girl and a special-ed kid at school.  When she is caught she has to go to the principal’s office.  When she finds out how much her teasing hurt her classmates she feels bad. Later, while playing together, Morgan and her cousins all share a secret wish.  Morgan wants to be prettier. Drake wants to be taller.  Sadie wants longer hair. When she goes to vacation bible school Morgan learns that God made each person just the way they are for a reason, even those kids she laughed at and teased. Just the way they are, is okay and they are all something special to God. 

Right Thing

When Morgan lets her best friend, Brook talk her into doing something her mommy tells her not to do, she gets into trouble.  But that does not stop Morgan from disobeying her mommy again.  When she ignores her mommy and takes her iPod to school, she not only gets in trouble but is badly hurt by one of the older girls.  She learns that when she doesn’t obey her parents she is not only letting them down but God too. The next time Brook tries to talk Morgan into doing what she knows is wrong; Morgan decides to do the right thing.

No Fear

Don’t be afraid. Have no fear. That’s what Morgan’s parents and grandparents were always telling her.  But she was having a hard time doing what they said as she thought about the big test coming up and wondered if her daddy was on the navy shipped that was recently attacked. When Morgan shares her fears with her mommy, her mommy tells her about the good news from God and about Heaven, Morgan begins to understand why her parents and grandparents are always telling her to have no fear.

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About The Author: Stephanie Perry Moore

STEPHANIE PERRY MOORE is the author of many Young Adult Christian fiction titles, including the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series. She is also the co-editor for the impactful BibleZine, REAL. Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, showing them how they can live life fully and do it God’s way. Stephanie currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, a former NFL player and author, and their three children. Visit her website at


Your Question Answered

“Are there any series for our African-American boys?”

I get this question all the time, so here’s another answer to it: The Alec London Series by Stephanie Perry Moore & Derrick Moore. So here’s a review…From Tia’s Pen.

The series is geared toward kids (girls will like it, too) ages 8-12.  I must say there’s a special place in my heart for Stephanie, because she referred me to Moody Publishers who ended up publishing my very first manuscript….and four others after that! I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie’s teen series as well (I’m young at heart). The fact that she’s teamed up with her husband for the Alec London Series just means these books are twice as nice!

Readers are introduced to Alec London in Making The Team, the first book in the series. Alec has enough problems in his life with his big BOTHER (or more accurately big brother), Antoine. To make his life even more complicated, his father lands a job as the new assistant principal at his school. Groan!

Alec is a Mama’s boy (in the good sense of the word), but she takes an acting job that sends her across the country to California to pursue her dreams. To Alec, that’s a nightmare. Now he’ll be forced to handle his father, brother, problems at school, and these crazy feelings he’s having for Morgan, a girl that’s a friend in his class. Alec is lashing out at everyone, so his dad encourages him to temper his aggression and stress by trying out for the football team. He does! But he ends up making the team and his older brother doesn’t. Even though problems continue to mount for this fourth grader, he’s finally able to build a relationship with his Dad and build a faith that assures him that being on God’s team always makes him a winner!

About the Authors:

STEPHANIE PERRY MOORE is the author of many Young Adult Christian fiction titles, including the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series. She is also the co-editor for the impactful BibleZine, REAL. Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, showing them how they can live life fully and do it God’s way. Stephanie currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, a former NFL player and author, and their three children. Visit her website at

DERRICK MOORE is a former NFL athlete who played for the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, and Arizona Cardinals following his successful college football career. Since his retirement from the NFL in 1998 he has been in demand as a motivational speaker for professional teams, civic groups, churches, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is on staff with FCA, serving as the chaplain of the football program at Georgia Tech. Derrick is the author of The Great Adventure and the general editor for the Strength and Honor Bible.

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Guilty By Association

From Tia’s Pen..

I met Pat Simmons in the summer of 2011, and she approached me as if we were childhood friends. She’s intriguing, engaging and downright fun. It’s no wonder that Pat is able to write books that yank you into a story just the same as her personality draws you in.  Guilty By Association is the first book I’ve read by Pat, but now it seems I’ll have to add her other novels to my already overstocked bookshelves.

Pat comfortably uses the male point of view to write the story of Kevin “Kidd” Jamieson. Kidd’s anger and bitterness about his absentee father affects every area of his life. Initially he’s not interested in the genealogy of the man he’s always hated, but Kidd loves his mother enough to accept an offer from a distant cousin that moves him to St. Louis. Soon the Jamieson legacy takes a hold of Kidd, and so does a woman named Eva Savoy.

Leave it to a woman to crumble the walls bricked up around a man’s heart. And leave it to God to heal a man’s wounded heart.  Guilty By Association is about the making of a man and the road he takes to discover his biological lineage, but more importantly how he discovers that he was adopted by God and chosen to be a part of the royal family! That’s a heritage to be proud of!

The Jamieson Legacy continues with Pat’s other upcoming releases: The Guilt Trip (June 2012) and Free From Guilt (October 2012).  Now let me introduce you to Pat Simmons!

Meet the Author: Pat Simmons

Pat Simmons is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth. She is passionate about digging up the dirt on her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother died at the young age of ninety-seven years old. Pat has won numerous awards for her novels which include: Talk to Me, Grace and Humility and Still Guilty, which was voted the Best Inspirational Romance for 2010. Pat is best known for her Guilty series: Guilty of Love, Not Guilty of Love, and Still Guilty. She is continuing the series through the Jamieson Family Legacy trilogy: Guilty by Association, The Guilt Trip, Free From Guilt. Pat has recently been nominated for the best Christian fiction award by the African American Literary Awards for her latest release, Crowning Glory.  Pat and her husband live in Missouri and have two children. Visit Patricia at

About the Book: Guilty By Association

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