Book of the Day – Confessions: Secrets & Lies Revealed – Michelle D Rayford

This is a collection of page-turning short stories about what happens when secrets and lies are revealed.Confession is good for the soul….or is it?Secrets have a way of festering inside of us. Sometimes we release them, sometimes they find their way out. Most the time, they come with a whole set of problems. In this tantalizing compilation of stories, fifteen talented writers explore what happens when secrets and lies are revealed. From Nicole Bird-Faulkner’s story about a woman whose fear of marriage sends her running into the arms of her ex…..to Eric Jamal’s story about a man who can’t let go of the love of his life….to Nakecia Bower’s tale about a scorned wife ready to exact revenge on a celebrity….to Corey Bu-Shea’s story about an NBA athlete whose whole life is upended by a devastating secret…to Tamika Lucas’ story about a woman whose husband reveals he wants a divorce, just as she’s about to tell him she won the lottery…these riveting stories will have you clamoring for more as they show the best – and the worst – of what happens when secrets and lies are revealed.

Recommendation of the Day – Confessions: Secrets & Lies Revealed – Michelle D Rayford

This is a collection of page-turning short stories about what happens when secrets and lies are revealed.Confession is good for the soul….or is it?Secrets have a way of festering inside of us. Sometimes we release them, sometimes they find their way out. Most the time, they come with a whole set of problems. In this tantalizing compilation of stories, fifteen talented writers explore what happens when secrets and lies are revealed. From Nicole Bird-Faulkner’s story about a woman whose fear of marriage sends her running into the arms of her ex…..to Eric Jamal’s story about a man who can’t let go of the love of his life….to Nakecia Bower’s tale about a scorned wife ready to exact revenge on a celebrity….to Corey Bu-Shea’s story about an NBA athlete whose whole life is upended by a devastating secret…to Tamika Lucas’ story about a woman whose husband reveals he wants a divorce, just as she’s about to tell him she won the lottery…these riveting stories will have you clamoring for more as they show the best – and the worst – of what happens when secrets and lies are revealed.

Author of the Month – Michelle D Rayford

Her pen sharpens spine-tingling tales of betrayal, lies, consequences…and their fallout when the truth comes out. Fitting for her brand of literary inspiration – shining the light in the darkness of deceit.

National Best-selling Author Michelle D. Rayford is a doting wife, rocking mother and the dynamic CEO of Barrington Drive Publishing. The seed for Michelle’s gift of storytelling was planted well before she was old enough to drive…now this talented scribe is driven to INSPIRE. Her red-hot keyboard has cranked out hits for several anthologies, as well as her soulful debut novel – Moment of Truth and the chilling Not That Nice. Her latest book, Settling Up, is scheduled to come blasting onto reading lists everywhere in 2020.

Michelle’s laptop is housed in the colorful south, where she resides with her husband, who she’s spent half her life crushing on, and two daughters who push her to keep the dream going. When she’s not reading, jamming to her 80’s music playlist or playing NBA2K, Michelle is hard at work, hanging out with her vivid imagination, developing stories about the messy parts of relationships and the aftermath of declaring I do. She loves chatting with readers and book clubs; reach out to her at mdrayford@gmail.com or through her website – http://www.michelledrayford.com.

Michelle D. Rayford – driving readers to literary pleasure!

Book Spotlight – Moment of Truth – Michelle D Rayford

Tell us about your book Moment of Truth.

Adrienne is obsessed with the new man in her life – the bouncing baby boy she’s always dreamt of having…over her husband Logan’s staunch objections. Motherhood. Wealth. Power. On the surface, the joyful mother has it all – but beneath the bliss, a scandal is brewing that will rip her contentment to shreds.

Logan’s professional aspirations leave little room for marriage, family…or guarding his secrets. He’s laser-focused on surpassing his father’s success in the family law firm, and when an affluent new client breezes into town, Logan has one shot to overtake his father…if his wife will get out of his way.

When the past collides with the present, will the truth set Adrienne free?    

 Why did you decide to write it?Most of my stories start with a question. Moment of Truth started with this one: What if a woman married the wrong man for the right reasons? Once I had my main character, Adrienne, the story flowed from her dilemma. 

 What’s the best part of being an author?The best part of being an author is getting to tell stories. I love putting words down on paper and getting the characters out of my head onto the page. It’s especially rewarding when some aspect of your book resonates with readers and they let you know. 

 What’s the worst part of being an author? This may sound cliche but even the more challenging aspect of being an author isn’t that bad. For me, the marketing aspect of it is more challenging. Being self-published, it’s a constant battle to get your book in front of as many people as possible. But it helps to come up with creative ways to get your story out there. 

 Who is your favorite character in the book, and why? I have two favorite characters. Adrienne and her sister Kim. Their relationship reminds me of the one I have with my own sisters.

 What was the hardest part of writing the story? The hardest part may have been trying to make sure the antagonist in the story, Adrienne’s husband, Logan wasn’t all bad. I wanted to show his motivations for some of his bad behavior.

 If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why? The title would be Invisible No More. For a long time, I let fear stop me from pursuing my dream. Putting this book out into the world was terrifying and freeing at the same time. It was something I needed to do for myself and I’ll so glad I did.

 What is something readers would be surprised to know about you? I’m a huge NBA basketball fan and since I didn’t grow past 5’7″, I live my basketball dreams playing NBA2k on my phone. 

 What are you currently working on right now?I have a few things I’m working on. My next full length is about 75% done. I’m completing a novella with another author that will be out later this year. And I have a couple of short stories brewing waiting on me to make time to complete.  

 Do you have anything else you would like to add?

This was my first book baby, the first story I released into the world.  I’ve always been a writer but this book allowed me to call myself an author. 

Author Spotlight – Michelle D. Rayford

ABOUT MICHELLE D. RAYFORD

Her pen sharpens spine-tingling tales of betrayal, lies, consequences…and their fallout when the truth comes out. Fitting for her brand of literary inspiration – shining the light in the darkness of deceit.

National Best-selling Author Michelle D. Rayford is a doting wife, rocking mother and the dynamic CEO of Barrington Drive Publishing. The seed for Michelle’s gift of storytelling was planted well before she was old enough to drive…now this talented scribe is driven to INSPIRE. Her red-hot keyboard has cranked out hits for several anthologies, as well as her soulful debut novel – Moment of Truth and the chilling Not That Nice. Her latest book, Settling Up, is scheduled to come blasting onto reading lists everywhere in 2020.

Michelle’s laptop is housed in the colorful south, where she resides with her husband, who she’s spent half her life crushing on, and two daughters who push her to keep the dream going. When she’s not reading, jamming to her 80’s music playlist or playing NBA2K, Michelle is hard at work, hanging out with her vivid imagination, developing stories about the messy parts of relationships and the aftermath of declaring I do. She loves chatting with readers and book clubs; reach out to her at mdrayford@gmail.com or through her website – http://www.michelledrayford.com.

Michelle D. Rayford – driving readers to literary pleasure!

What is your genre? What draws you to this genre?

I consider myself a Contemporary Fiction and Women’s Fiction writer although I inspire to branch out into multiple genres to include thrillers. I’m drawn to write stories that I like to read.

What is your purpose?

My purpose with writing is to inspire and entertain. I want to create characters that people can relate to. I love reading books where the characters linger long after the story has ended.

Who has influenced your life as an author?

Early on, I admired Maya Angelou. I read I Know Why the Caged Bird sings at least a dozen times. Once I got serious about learning the craft of writing, I’ve been fortunate to be mentored and or learned from some awesome authors. Victoria Christopher Murray, Rhonda McKnight and Naleighna Kai to name a few.

What is your favorite marketing technique? How do you get your book in front of readers?

I started blogging several years ago so I would have to say that I enjoy participating with blogs and book reviewers. (Shameless suck up.😉) Really, I appreciate talking directly to readers. Of course, social media is a great marketing tool although I’m not the type to post something all the time.

What is something you want readers to know about you?

I’m just a woman learning how to pursue her dreams in spite of the fear. This past year has taught us all that time is not promised to anyone. If there is something you’ve always dreamed of doing, do it now.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished “Reel” by Kennedy Ryan. Excellent novel.

3 Fun facts about yourself

1. I love 80’s & 90’s music

2. I relax by reading a book or playing NBA2k video game

3. I once knew all the moves to Janet Jackson’s Pleasure Principle video