by Carl Weber

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber takes readers back to church, where preaching isn't always enough, nothing goes better with the Word than a song--and it's time for some hard-earned lessons in love, brotherhood, and betrayal. Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success. But with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. To fill the pews and collection plates, the Bishop is counting on a new choir director, the charismatic Anthony Mackie, to revive the church.
Anthony Mackie has been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a big-time choir director like Kirk Franklin. But while Anthony is more than up to the challenge, his ways around women, both past and present, could cost him more than his job.
Savannah Dickens is just one of the women who's caught Anthony's attention. The choir needs a soloist, and Savannah, a beautiful singer who once topped the charts, also needs the church. She has a voice that could break any man's heart, but now she just wants to be left alone to reclaim her faith.
First Lady Monique Wilson is far from being the typical first lady. She does and says what she wants, and doesn't subscribe to church politics. Despite her shortcomings and a past rumored to include a long list of men, she's willing to do just about anything to protect the Bishop.
The members of First Jamaica Ministries are also keeping the Bishop busy with choir in-fighting, romantic jealousies, and personal vendettas. You'd think the Bishop was being tested enough, but a final piece of the puzzle has yet to be revealed: Someone has been robbing the church blind. Someone whose connection to the Bishop is far too close for comfort. . . .

About the author:

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Carl Weber is a New York Times and #1 Essence® bestselling novelist.
In addition to his writing, Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books and in 2005, he was named Blackboard's Publisher of the Year. He is the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of book stores and a past recipient of Blackboard's Bookseller of the Year award.

In addition to running the African American Bookstore, Weber plans to write a book a year. Weber's next book "Married Men" is scheduled to be released in September. The book's cover promises the audience "a rowdy romp through sleazy hotels, divorce court, jail...strippers, trippers, psycho ex-football players and stuff too freaky to mention."

But what about other literary critics who feel that Weber's work is Jerry Springerish?
"Yeah it is," Weber said unapologetically. "We have to realize that not everything is going to be Toni or Cornell West."

The best selling author is quoted widely regarding his knowledge of the publishing industry which he first honed as a book retailer. In a recent article appearing in the New York Times Weber touted the book "Addicted byZane" as the "hottest paperback in the country." Weber was also named as the Blackboard Bookseller of the year in 2000 and he says even as he continues to write, he'll also continue to sell books. "I can't forget where I came from," he said. "I'll never give up the store."

Weber graduated from Virginia State University and holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Virginia

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