Monday, June 9, 2014

More Than I Can Bear by E.N. JOY

Back Cover Blurb:

Some would say that God will not put on a person more than they can bear, but Paige begs to differ, because she is truly on the edge. One more unexpected and unpleasant occurrence and she’ll be free falling.
As if physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual abuse from her husband doesn’t weigh heavily enough on her, Paige learns that her best friend and sister in Christ slept with her husband. Thank God for Norman, one of Paige’s co-workers. He is there to catch her fall before she hits the ground. But will Norman be there when Paige receives news that may not only push her off the edge, but cause her to jump willingly?

In More Than I Can Bear, Paige must decide if she is going to allow herself to drown in the storms she finds herself in, or catch hold of the lifesaver God extends to her.

Read an Excerpt:

“I guess I’m lost, because I still have no idea what this has to do with me marrying a black woman,” Norman said.

“Because she looks like those women on the television. I don’t want to have to worry every night that that’s what my son is dealing with. Those women are damaged goods. They carry so much baggage with them. They’re hurt and full of pain and misery. Lots of them don’t have fathers who stuck around and some of them have never even laid eyes on their fathers. Wouldn’t know him if he was standing in front of them in the grocery store. Then there is their health. They deal with that sugar diabetes, high blood pressure, and all that weight they tend to end up carrying. Have you noticed how thick most of ’em are? Or just outright overweight? I don’t want that for you; not my son. Maybe somebody else’s, but not mine.”

“Mother, you’re being—” Norman started.

“Wait, let me finish.” She put her hand up, cutting Norman off. “Every mother under the sun wants what is only the best for their child. Well, you are my child and I want only what is the best for you. And you have to admit it, son, Blacks aren’t always granted the best treatment and opportunities. I don’t want you to have to bear witness to that. All it will cause you is hurt and pain. I don’t want my son having to deal with unnecessary hurt or pain, or my grandchild. Because no matter how you dice it, a mixed child is usually deemed black by society. My son, my only son,” Mrs. Vanderdale said, heartfelt, “you wouldn’t have to deal with all that drama if you had a white wife. I’m sorry if this sounds racist, prejudiced, or whatever else. You know me; I’ve never discriminated or said a bad word about Black people. And I repeat, I don’t have anything against Black people. I just have something against my children marrying Black people.” And with that, Mrs. Vanderdale sat on the couch, her eyes darting from her son to her husband as if waiting to see who would cast the first stone.

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About Joy:
BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the writer behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas,” and the forthcoming “Forever Divas” series, which have been coined  “Soap Operas In Print.” Formerly writing secular works under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio and cities across the country as well as instructing literary workshops.

Joy writes children’s and young adult titles under the name N. Joy.  Her children’s story, The Secret Olivia Told Me, received the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor.  Book club rights were acquired by Scholastic Books and the book has sold almost 100,000 copies.

 Currently, Joy is the acquisitions editor for Urban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books in which the titles are distributed by Kensington Publishing Corporation.  In addition, Joy is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls.  Joy pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.

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Joy is giving away a copy of More Than I Can Bear. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

More than I Can Bear sounds like an excellent book. I look forward to the chance to read it.
Joyce Guard

Nadine Keels said...

It'd be interesting to see what more this book says about race relations. nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Most of her remarks are true. This is what happens, and I have a black step-grandson-in-law. They have 2 boys. And her sister isn't married, but has a black baby too. I love those great-grandkids with all of my heart but still know this is what happens in our country. And, I've heard of some mixed people who aren't accepted by either side. It's a sad situation. I would love to win this book so I can read it. Boy, she is a very talented author. Please put my name in the drawing. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

KayM said...

More Than I Can Bear sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for offering a copy.

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance to win this book. New author for me :)


Sharon A Lavy said...

I am not sure why blogger glitched and posted this early. But I am leaving it up because of all your lovely comments. Be sure to scroll down though and read the current posts. Thanks ~ Sharon

JackieW said...

Would enjoy reading your book. Glad I dropped in today.

Charity Lyman said...

Please enter me. Thanks so much for introducing us to some new authors!

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