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?

Write Your Book! Free Workshop on March 27, 9a-12p, Lithonia, GA

FREE writing workshops don’t come along very often, but there’s one on the way — Saturday, March 27 from 9 AM-12 PM. The event is sponsored by the Called to Conquer Bookstore at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (Lithonia, GA).

If you know you want to write a book, but just don’t know where to start, this workshop is for YOU!

Inspirational author Tia McCollors will discuss:
  • Book genres and categories
  • Writing fiction vs. non-fiction
  • Choosing premises and story ideas
  • Understanding the craft
  • …and more

Although the event is free, YOU MUST REGISTER by calling the Called to Conquer Bookstore at (678) 824-1055.

** Join Tia after the workshop at 12:30 for a booksigning. Tia is the author of several faith-based novels, including A Million Blessings, The Last Woman Standing, A Heart of Devotion, Zora’s Cry and The Truth About Love.

Tia's Book Club Shout-Outs

I can’t say enough about the wonderful connections I made in 2009, and I look forward to what 2010 has in store. With that being said, it’s time for my book club shout out! This post showcases some of the bookclubs I visited between August – December 2009. If your book club picture is missing, it only means that we were having so much fun that we forgot to take a photo OR I’ve posted a pic of you guys before!

Pages of Grace Book Club

African American Women’s Book Club & Book Babes

November 2009 – Write Away Workshop Participants

(Not a bookclub, but the picture of my inaugural workshop!)

Wine, Women & WordsBold

These bookclubs aren’t pictured above, but I also had the pleasure of meeting or speaking via phone chat with The Daughters of Destiny, Athens Professional Women, Between the Pages Book Club, Black PEARLS, Healthy Hearts, Women of Character, Jerusalem House, Chavis New Book Lovers, Book Talk Book Club, God’s Girls, and Do Something Different.

Thanks for all of your support! Readers make the literary world go around!

Meet Jacquelin Thomas, author of The Ideal Wife

From Tia’s Pen…

Let me start this post off by saying that I’m about three-fourths of the way through the book, The Ideal Wife. There were quite a few times when I had to pick my mouth up off the floor. Jacquelin addresses a taboo topic as it relates to the “marriage bed,” and I can’t wait to see what happens as I pull back the sheets on the rest of the story (gotta read the book to get that pun!). Now, on to business…

Jacquelin Thomas is an award winning, bestselling author with twenty-nine titles in print. Her books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. Jacquelin was a 2005 honoree at the Houston Black Film Festival for the movie adaptation of her novel, Hidden Blessings. She was the first recipient to receive the Writers Achievement Award at the North Carolina Book Festival in Winston-Salem.

Although Jacquelin initially published in the romance genre, she decided to follow the call on her heart to write Christian fiction because she seeks to write books that will touch your heart and uplift your spirits with tales of characters who yearn to have an intimate relationship with God. Committed to writing books that glorify God and her growing teen audience, Jacquelin published the first of her Young Adult Inspirational Fiction series titled Simply Divine in October 2006. Her second book in the series, Divine Confidential was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award. She has since gone on to publish two more books in the series. When asked why she is so passionate about writing teen novels, Thomas shares that teens are confronted with so much—sex, drugs, violence and abuse, physically and mentally. They need to not only listen to what the world says about these things but also to what the Bible says.

Jacquelin is a member of the National Writers Union, Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is happily married to her best friend and is the proud mother of three children. Jacquelin and her family live in North Carolina.

Jana Collins loves her husband with all her heart. But what if love isn’t enough?
Marrying a handsome, wealthy lawyer and living in a Hollywood Hills mansion . . . it’s a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana, from the moment Lawrence Collins swept her off her feet and into his luxurious world. True, she put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order to wed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, with a stunning body, Jana knows men like Lawrence don’t come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion—the ideal wife—to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price?

From her wardrobe and hairstyle to her friends and her choice of church, Lawrence seems to want to change Jana into someone she’s not . . . and soon, the man Jana thought she knew will test her values and her faith with a shocking revelation that goes against everything she believes—how far will Jana be willing to go to keep the man she loves? With her “ideal” marriage falling apart, Jana—the real, modest, smart, and strong girl who knows what she stands for—must put her trust in God, and follow His guiding light out of the darkness of a broken relationship.

Drawing from a moving scripture tale with an insightful message for women today, Jacquelin Thomas delivers a provocative and enlightening new novel.

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Write Away Workshop – November 7 – Atlanta, GA

“Write Away Workshop”
Saturday, November 7, 2009
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: 2191 Northlake Pkwy, Ste 160. Tucker, GA 30084
(Northlake Business Park, Bldg. #11 – Joy of Faith Ministries)

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Don’t wait to add “work on my book” to your list of New Year’s resolutions. It’s time for you to get focused and work on it “write away”!

Join best-selling, inspirational author Tia McCollors and God’s Elect Ladies, Inc.

for a Christian-based writing workshop.

You will learn about:
Getting Started
Overcoming obstacles & struggles
Success strategies and tips to stay on task
Setting goals
Determining whether to write fiction or non-fiction and choosing the appropriate genre
Building a plot or organizing your ideas
Researching publishing houses and submission guides
Finding and working with an agent
Crafting a book proposal
Book marketing ideas
…and more

Please note:
The $40.00 investment includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch and workshop materials.


* Go to to pay your registration fee on-line (Just click on the link above).

* Once payment is received, you will be emailed the registration form to complete and return via email to

* Print your receipt/confirmation page from and bring with you to the workshop.
** Late registration fee is $50.00 after November 1. CASH ONLY payments are accepted at door for registrations after November. Absolutely no refunds after November 1.

Email: or contact Toni Parker with God’s Elect Ladies, Inc. at (770) 335-6277