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

Book Spotlight – Why Yes to God! – Rev. Dr. Nina M. Thompson

The fact that you picked up this book with this title speaks volumes. It demonstrates that you’re searching for a better way to live your life – a way that can alleviate some of the pain, some of the loneliness, and some of the emptiness that life can often deposit within us!

Tell us about your book Why Yes To God.

Why Yes to God is a book of essays by young adults, who share their experiences with life that made them seek a relationship with God. The essays are written anonymously, and after each essay there are study scriptures and questions for exploration. 


 Why did you decide to write it?

I had just started a young adult ministry, and I asked myself why they would be interested in God. I didn’t want to force them to choose God for my reasons; I wanted them to examine scripture, explore spiritual foundations and decide to choose or not for themselves. It was the foundational guide for our ministry.

The essays written by the participants in the study group let them explore their past relationships with both God and the church, or the lack thereof, and to examine why they never entered or left that relationship. Their essays allowed them to explore their journey for themselves, and to share it with others, and the scriptures introduced them to Bible study and spiritual development. Finally, it helps them to choose God and not be forced. 

 What’s the best part of being an author?

Putting ideas into the universe that can potentially change, or at least enlighten, the life of someone who needs it.


 What’s the worst part of being an author?

Prioritizing both your ideas for books and the time to complete them. Oh yes, and the marketing.

 Who is your favorite character in the book, and why?

While there are not true characters, Timothy from the Bible is the main character, as the first section of the book will explain.


 What was the hardest part of writing the story?

It came naturally. That is the wonderful part of exploring, accepting, and walking in purpose. God supplies all you need for success. You just must be obedient.

 If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

If it was autobiographical probably something like – God’s Ms Anyhow – I am focused and practicing how to do whatever God tells me to do, and even whatever I think God is leading me to do, regardless of how feel. The journey to this was long, challenging and often painful but well worth it.

What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

I LOVE food!

What are you currently working on right now?

In the midst of all of the other things I am engaged in, I am working on my fifth book, and launching, well relaunching, my young adult ministry. We have our annual Making Life Work Conference coming up soon and I am super excited.


Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Life is challenging, and life is wonderful and being with God is worth both.

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/373pPID

Nina Thompson is a woman growing in the wisdom, work, and ways of God! She is a proficient prophetess, evangelists, young adult minister, business owner, college instructor, and author tasked with birthing healing and purpose out of people. Her focus is unconditional love that brings forth realization of spiritual authority and purpose.

Author’s Amazon Page: https://amzn.to/378iR4S

Queenie’s Book Review- Cute for a Black Girl – Amy Watkins

Synopsis – Though her beginnings were rough, Chloe is a beautiful, smart and talented girl with a promising future. She was adopted by Mr. Wilcox, a wealthy lawyer who is supportive of Chloe’s dreams and she is surrounded by loving family and friends. So how does this bright young girl end up unconscious in the ER? Foul play is suspected and a group of unlikely associates are unifying in an attempt to discover the truth.

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/3l7zmGG

Queenie’s Book Review

Chloe is a beautiful African American girl that gets adopted by William, a Caucasian male. The love they shared comes out of the pages of this book. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast-paced read. I fell in love with the cover and was intrigued by the title. This story is about racism, drug use, domestic violence, LGBTQ, and rape. The message in the story was on point and I got it. The book had me in my feelings where one minute I was laughing and the next minute I was crying. I recommend it to all avid readers. I can’t wait to read more by this author. I give it five stars.