My Interview Comments on “FOLLOW YOUR HEART”

The previous post mentions my interview on the website.  Here is an excerpt from that interview that covers my comments on the novel that won their Award of Excellence, FOLLOW YOUR HEART:

“[Interviewer]: FOLLOW YOUR HEART received an Award of Excellent from Romance in Color. Why is FOLLOW YOUR HEART so special?” 

[My reply:] “FOLLOW YOUR HEART is special because it is a Christian romance that takes place in the real world. I didn’t want to write a Christian romance where everything was all sweetness and light and everyone in it followed a Christian lifestyle. That’s not the way the world is. I wanted my book to show Christian people living in a real world, and having to deal with all the challenges and temptations that entails. I think one of the biggest challenges for anyone who wants to live a Christian lifestyle is all the temptation around them to live otherwise. I think the book very definitely covers the ground of how difficult it is to stick to your beliefs in the face of so very much that is trying to steer you in a different direction. 

 “Although my main characters are Christians, many of the other characters in the book are most definitely not. The book therefore contains some mild profanity, sexual scenes, and some very un-Christian behavior by some of the characters. FOLLOW YOUR HEART has two villains, and they are the most evil and vicious characters in any of my books. 

 “There is also a major rather twist about two-thirds of the way into the book and I really heard from a lot of people about that. Most of the response was along the lines of “I didn’t see that coming and I really enjoyed it.” I do, however, remember a letter from one reader who told me I should be ashamed of myself and that she put the book down and absolutely refused to read further after the point of the “twist.” This was a shame, because had she read into the next chapter she would have found out things were not as they had at first appeared. 

“The Black Church has been and still is an important part of the lives of a host of black folks. Many readers said they could identify with that aspect of the book, down to the paper funeral home fan on a stick. 

“ Many critics and readers have called the beauty shop scene in FOLLOW YOUR HEART “a classic.” 

“I have also had any number of readers tell me that they didn’t expect the book to be “good” because the hero is a minister, and that they were amazed to find they couldn’t put the book down. As one reader put it, “It’s a marvelous romance from a Christian perspective, and it proves that Christian romances do not have to be dull, boring and so ‘other worldly’ nobody would ever believe it!” 

“Several readers who told me they were not Christians said that they enjoyed the book, too. 

 “But the way FOLLOW YOUR HEART is most special to me is that it is dedicated to my mother, who was the greatest example of a Christian woman I have ever known. The heroine’s mother in the book is based on my Mama, Lebertis Knight Manees Wright.”


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Raynetta Manees, Author of the Month, Romance In

I’m thrilled to be the Featured Author for the month of August on the website.  The website is doing a retrospective on past winners of its Award of Excellence, and my book, Follow Your Heart was the very first winner of this prestigious award, which I have always treasured.  This is a direct link to my author interview.

My thanks to Wayne Jordan, himself a fantastic romance author, for my interview and its inclusion on the website.

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Award of Excellence Winner, My Book FOLLOW YOUR HEART

FOLLOW YOUR HEART- 2012 digital edition cover ISBN: 978-0-9855324-0-6

FOLLOW YOUR HEART- 2012 digital edition cover
ISBN: 978-0-9855324-0-6

My paperback book, FOLLOW YOUR HEART, won the very first Award of Excellence given by the Romance in Color website, and I have always treasured that honor.

Currently the Romance in Color website is featuring FOLLOW YOUR HEART on its home page, .  (Please note that the award was in 1998.  It’s shown as 1989—just a typo.)

I also did an interview for this feature that I believe will be posted on the website shortly.

This is the cover of the updated 2012 updated digital edition of FOLLOW YOUR HEART. (click to purchase for KINDLE or NOOK )

FYI, Here is the original paperback cover. Paperback editions are still available through

FOLLOW YOUR HEART - cover of 1998 paperback edition  ISBN: 0-7860-0560-2

FOLLOW YOUR HEART – cover of 1998 paperback edition ISBN: 0-7860-0560-2 and (Barnes and Noble) if you are interested.  Also AUTOGRAPHED copies of this and all my books are available online via my other website: Raynetta’s Romantiques

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Pictures from My Book Signing in Cincinnati July 14

DSCF1960Thank you to all who came to my book signing this past Saturday in Cincinnati.  We had a great time!  Here I am with two of my handsome cousins who came by to wish me well!  Additional pictures of the book signing are shown below.
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Raynetta Manees Booksigning in Cincinnati July 13

13_09AAs a reminder–especially to my readers in the Cincinnati Area:
I will hold a book signing in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, July 13 from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Westin Cincinnati Hotel, 21 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.  It will be held …in the Knight Family Reunion Hospitality Suite.  I will have all six of my print books available, and I will sign covers for my four digital books.  If you already have my books, bring them! I will be happy to autograph them.  Hope to see you there!
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Check Out The Truth Of Internet Rumors – Warnings On Snopes.Com

Do you know about  It’s a site where you can check out internet warnings and rumors to see if they are true.

I used to pass on all this stuff automatically because they usually involve somebody’s safety, but then I found out about Snopes.  Now I check out this stuff before I post it or forward it.

Out of the last nine warnings only one happened to be true.  The rest were hoaxes, some going back for a decade or more!

Perhaps if we catch this stuff and don’t pass it on some of the nuts who send out these hoaxes will stop.

Here is the link to

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A Steamy Excerpt From Best-Seller Romance ALL FOR LOVE

“We slowly went upstairs holding hands, and walked to my bedroom door.  I saw the longing in his eyes.  He kissed me softly, cupping my face in his hands.

“Angela, I’m all mixed up inside,” he said huskily.  You know my background; my ‘home training’ is really pricking my conscious right now.”  He kissed me again, “But I want you so much…” He kissed my neck, and murmured again, “so much…” against the hollow of my throat.

Abruptly, he pressed me against the wall, holding me so tightly I could hardly breathe.  His lips crushed mine roughly, almost cruelly, as his hands started to caress my body.  I pulled away slightly and looked into his eyes.  I was no longer with Dare, the sweet, shy guy who couldn’t drive one-handed.  I was with DARRYL, the whirlwind, the dynamo, and all that passion and power, instead of being diverted into a song, or a dance step, was instead directed at me.  He took possession of my lips yet again.”

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