August 31, 2015

No Condemnation Virtual Book Tour with Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress

Vivi Monroe CongressTell us about yourself.

This is always the hard part, lol. I’m a writer of both inspirational fiction and non-fiction. I received a Doctorate in Ministry which is incorporated in my writing to uplift and motivate. On a personal note, I’m a decent cook, an avid people-watcher, mother of 3 and love iced coffee!

What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past?

I really have only held 3 jobs (for long periods); I’ve been in customer service, collections and home lending for and electricity provider, an automotive finance company and also in banking.

Who are your favorite authors?

J California Cooper and J.D. Mason. Those ladies are truly gifted!

What are your favorite books?

Actually, I don’t have one. Anything inspirational that can assist me in becoming a better human being will usually draw me in.

When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?

Actually, I often joke that I’m a writer by suggestion, almost like a dare; a co-worker one day walked up and told me I should write a book. She went on to explain there were a lot of hurting folks in the world and then indicated that I—me, of all people—could be a catalyst for inspiration. I prayed about it and began a faith walk from that point to this, using my pen/keyboard and haven’t looked back.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

After deciding I would try my hand at writing a book, I soon learned there were no real open doors so I created my own; I established Little Light Productions, LLC and self-published under my own imprint.

Are you a full-time writer? If so, describe your day?

Not at this time so I usually tend to jot ideas throughout the course of my day and then apply the notes to a manuscript and go from there if the time and mood sync up.

No CondemnationAbout The Book

The city of Tobe, a snowball’s throw away from Buffalo NY, is known for its frosty climate…and its drama. Despite the chilling temperatures, love is in bloom for some of its residents while lowering the boom on others. Either way, getting the most out of love and life is largely based on healthy decisions because there are times when, simply put, love isn’t always enough.
Young, enterprising Trené Sloan is successful in business but not so much when it comes to relationships. Recklessly in love with Chaz Thomas, the philandering father of her children, Trené continues to dole out love and forgiveness in the face of his unrelenting quest for short-lived affairs with every woman that crosses his path.

But will she find the courage to make the hard decision to leave the toxic relationship and reclaim her misplaced faith before tragedy occurs?

No Condemnation (from the Just NO Series) is next level inspirational fiction; heartwarming, emotionally-engaging while keeping things real.

About The Author

Dr. Congress is a Best-Selling, Award-Winning Wordsmith, Literary Advisor, Publisher and creator of C.H.O.C. Lit™ Flavored Books (Christians Having Ordinary Challenges).

She holds a BA in Human Relations, Masters in Theology, Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Counseling and is a Certified Christian Life Coach.

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Book Excerpt

New Beginning

The women sitting in the pew three rows ahead had glanced over their shoulders several times, whispering and exchanging sly, familiar, yet discreet grins in his direction. Even in church, Chaz Thomas knew what people—women, in particular—were saying about him. Not that he gave a king-sized flying flip one way or the other as long as the conversation gave him the front-and-center attention he craved. In feminine circles, he was hailed as The Perfect Ten. Although he was, in fact, a good-looking brother with strong, chiseled features and a body to match, those attributes weren’t exactly the reasons Chaz had gained the ‘title.’ It was more along the lines of his having fathered at least ten children, aged ten years old and younger, all within a ten-block radius. But, who was keeping count other than those he casually wrote off as trash talking women he’d rejected, full from drinking that bittersweet playa hater’s juice?
If it weren’t for Trené, his current baby mama, begging him to attend Friday’s Watch Night Service with her, he wouldn’t be here now subjecting himself to visual inspection—and temptation. Every man knew church was the place to find a woman engaged in inner warfare, surreptitiously longing to unleash the “other,” less-holier side of herself. Trené was aware of his weakness and should’ve known better than to bring him for that reason alone. Chaz was no different in his thoughts on the subject and like most so-called preachers he knew, he was more than willing to accommodate. Unlike a great many of them, however, Chaz was able to… in ways and for durations that only he and God would ever truly know.

What Others Are Saying

Vivi Monroe Congress writes with a rhythm and flow that prods the reader along for the ride. No Condemnation injects just enough grit and honesty for a dose of realism. Her multi-dimensional characters will have you turning pages with curiosity as she reveals their plight with literary prowess and wit. No Condemnation is a journey of faith that s not for the faint of heart. Essence Bestselling Author of the Brunch Series, Sweet Magnolia and other works –Norma L. Jarrett

The prolific wordsmith, Dr. Congress, entertains and counsels as she infuses inspiration into the chaotic realities of life in her debut novel, No Condemnation. Bestselling author of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box –Valerie J Lewis Coleman

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  1. Thanks Renee for the continual support

  2. Linda Chavis says:

    Sounds like a great read…will have to check it out.

  3. Renee, thanks for the Blog-spitality!!! I truly appreciate you playing a huge part in my Virtual Book Tour.

    Continued Blessings, Love & Light,

    Doc V

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