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Can I Get An Amen: A Love Supreme\Love And Happiness\A Love Like That\Love Under New Management (Arabesque) [Hardcover]

By Janice Sims (Author), Kim Louise (Author), Natalie Dunbar (Author), Nathasha Brooks-Harris (Author) & Nathasha Brooks-Harris (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.5" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2005
Publisher   Kimani Press
ISBN  1583146172  
EAN  9781583146170  
UPC  665828009996  

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'A Love Supreme' by Janice Sims Landscaper Alexandra Cartwright has no time for men, until she meets sexy construction company owner Jared Kyles. When he joins her for worship at Red Oaks, Alex knows sh's falling for him—but is it lust or a lasting love?

'Love and Happiness' by Kim Louise Renata Connor has dedicated her life to Success Unlimited, helping at-risk youth. Devin McKenna is thinking of leaving Red Oaks, until he hears of Renata's program. But when Devin's protg is accused of stealing, can they find a way to clear his name—and find love in the process?

'A Love Like That' by Natalie Dunbar Wealthy, elegant Dominique Winston has sworn off men since learning of her ex-husband's infidelity. Then at the Red Oaks' Men's Day picnic she meets gorgeous Blair Thomas, who is leaving town in a few weeks. Is their relationship a passing fling, or does love have more in store for them?

'Love Under New Management' by Nathasha Brooks-Harris Gifted singer Valerie Freeman gave up on love—and music—after a shady producer stole her heart and her songs. But when she hears the gospel choir at Red Oaks, she can't stop herself from joining. Choir director Norman Grant knows Valerie's his dream woman—but can he approach this fragile songbird without scaring her off?

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More About Janice Sims, Kim Louise, Natalie Dunbar, Nathasha Brooks-Harris & Nathasha Brooks-Harris

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! With the publication of Temptation's Song in July 2010, Janice Sims celebrates fourteen years as a romance writer. In fourteen years she's published seventeen novels and had nine stories included in anthologies. When asked why she writes romances, she smiles and says it's the only genre in which happily ever after is a foregone conclusion. Plus, where else are you going to find a perfect male?

Janice Sims currently resides in Mascotte, in the state of Florida.

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BEWARE - Not A Christian Book - Strong Sexual Theme  Dec 27, 2006
If you are into african-american romance novels like myself then this is the book for you. It is a great romance novel which I love to read along with a little sexiness, But.......the cover and title is very deceiving. This is NOT for the Christian reader looking for a little romance within the church. This book has a LOT of sexual content, values of a TRUE Christian are questioned and you will most likely be offended with this book. There is NOTHING Godly about this book so please beware.
Too predictable  Jun 6, 2006
The group discussed the book and felt that the storylines throughout the novellas needed a bit more substance. There were no real issues associated with each short story. Following the discussion with the author, the group learned that the standard format for most romance novels is always the same where there is a featured hero, heroine, at least one love scene along with a happy ending (wedding). But those members who have read other romance novels did not remember a similar format. Within "Can I Gen an Amen," each novella introduced a male and female character and it became very obvious after reading the first novella that these two characters would not only fall in love (rather quickly) but get married by the end of the story. Therefore, each novella became very repetitive and predictable for the reader.

The group also had a perception that there would be some connection between the various characters in each novella. But at the completion of the book, the reader realized that Mother Maybelle and Red Oaks Christian Church were the only link between each story
Modest affirmations in the Amen Corner   Dec 5, 2005
Capturing the spirit of one church and the antics of a certain matriarch is told in four different vignettes through the eyes of these authors displaying wit, charm and imagery. Every one looks forward to anthologies because they exemplify changes of pace and usually embody stories told from unique perspectives, which gives them flavor. We collectively visit Red Oaks, GA as the setting for this collection of traditional romance stories using the church as a supporting prop. Can these stories stand up individually and collectively to give this book a sense of belonging? The title notwithstanding, the gist of what the authors wanted to convey included the type of romance that you may be accustomed to: unpredictable characters reveling in love scenes with enough drama to make the cast par for this course. Central to all of the stories is Maybelle Carmichael, charismatic and recalcitrant in approach and delivery, who manages to be the catalyst fueling meddlesome mischief. Reverend Avery, is the Pastor is a common denominator to his sermons. Each story boasts the type of women that men gravitate toward, while lacing the stories reciprocally with handsome men women swoon over, all amid small town gossip and jilting jealousy.

Each of these authors are well-adept at how formulaic romance writing is, and they all color their writing acumen with vestiges of it as scenarios are set up with the normal boy meets girl syndrome with a hurdle someone has to overcome to garner the prize. We have four distinct stories with Janice Sims' A Love Supreme setting the stage where the immovable object meets the irresistible urge. Jared Kyles gives all the reasons why he eschews marriage until Alexandra Cartwright comes along to persuade him to change his mind. Usual, you root for the male to get his girl and vice versa. I would have liked more significant drama and more work put into the relationships.

A Love Supreme by Janice Sims pits landscape artist Alexandra Cartwright against businessman Jared Kyles, who is totally against commitment and marriage based on what he perceives as a biological gene. Love and Happiness by Kim Louise hosts Renata Connor as an entrepreneur providing job placement and skill training services to at-risk young men. Mother Maybelle makes it her to recommend Red Oaks Church as a possible sponsor to cure Renata's ailing business. Renata is paired with Devin McKenna, the outreach ministry and entrepreneurial ministry's coordinator. A Love Like That by Natalie Dunbar showcases Dominique Winston, a divorcee who struck out in the marriage game and became the talk of the town and the church. She is the apple of Blair Thomas' eye, a race car driver and engine designer who is in town for six weeks visiting an old college buddy who happens to be a deacon at Red Oaks Church. And finally Love Under New Management by Nathasha Brooks-Harris highlights Valerie Freeman as a woman with a secret as she finds her way to Red Oaks Church to listen to their award-winning choir. There she is in awe of the choir director, and the church is in awe of her voice.

Each story has the proven stamp of Mother Maybelle and her instigating ways. Though there are the usual Christian influences that are prevalent in the book, readers should be wary of labeling the fare Christian inspirational fiction. These stories are pure fiction using the church as a backdrop to tell stories that might be happening in any church in America.

You've Got My Amen!  Apr 28, 2005
This was a very nice anthology. Being the Janice Sims fan that I am, I enjoyed her installment the most. Ms. Sims' Love Supreme is beautifully written and it features an adorable couple - Jared and Alexandra. When the two of them explore their feelings for each other, it's obvious that they'll soon be strutting down the aisle of Red Oaks Church. Obvious to everyone except the two of them that is. But with a strong supportive cast of characters pulling for them and the ever-present Mother Maybelle putting her two cents in, these two find blessed love. Great job Ms. Sims!

Now This Is A Powerful Pairing  Apr 20, 2005
To understand my review, one must first understand that I was most hesitant at first to even read the book. Author Janice Sims I was familiar with, however, she was the only one of the four that I could say this about. Aside from having only read the works of one of the others, the entire concept of "Can I Get An Amen," made me a little hesitant. I wasn't quite sure if the authors would be able to pull off this concept of centering all their stories around this fictitious town and church.

Though I admit, the concept was daring, Arabesque knew their stuff when they assembled Janice Sims, Kim Louise, Natalie Dunbar and Natasha Brooks-Harris together for this anthology. What was indeed a Mission Impossible, became a Mission Fulfilled as the writers penned stories filled with love, laughter, tests, trials and religion.

Readers are bound to cheer as Jared Kyles overcomes his commitment fears to build something special with the lovely, Alexandra Cartwright, in a Love Supreme.

They'll cheer again in Love and Happiness, but not just for the main characters, Renata Connor and Devn McKenna, but also for the troubled teen, Malcolm Goodwin. Malcomlm's story is representative of so many troubled males. And to show a couple's love blossoming while helping out one of the often forgotten ones, was nothing short of genius on Kim Louise's part.

If the novel had stopped with the above two, I would have honestly been able to say readers had gotten their money's worth. But added to the above, were sizzling and humorous romance stories by Natalie Dunbar and Natasha Brooks-Harris. Dunbar's story pulled at your heart strings, while Brooks-Harris' story tugged at your funny bone. And none of this would have been possible without the absolutely, delightful Mother Maybelle. Now if that isn't worthy of an Amen, I don't know what is!

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