Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Book Tour and Giveaway - Hard Conversations: Book 1: Breadcrumbs to the Past by BJ Communicates

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Hard Conversations: Book 1: Breadcrumbs to the Past by BJ Communicates. This book tour was organized by Write Now Literary. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a helpful guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Enjoy!
Title: Hard Conversations: Book 1: Breadcrumbs to the Past
Author: BJ Communicates
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: June 22nd 2021
Print Length: 88 pages
Genre: Urban Fiction
Sometimes it’s the conversations not had that do the most damage to the people in our lives. Hard Conversations is a collection of short stories detailing the lives of five urban people who are standing at the intersection of their past and their potential. Sensing that something is still off in the lives that they have built, each has to make the crucial decision whether to address their secrets long buried, or to continue living in the uncomfortable matrix they created. Only they can decide what their future will bring.

Our gifting often becomes our prison. I wrote this book to pull back the mask on our experience in the hopes that it compels us to confront our learned ability to white wash our pain with our talent and giftings. We are often taught that the greatest value that we bring to the world is solely present in what we do, what we earn, or how well we play. In reality our greatest value is in the stories that we can articulate to those we influence once we have reached the other side of trauma. Trauma that tried to silence our voice, trauma that caused a part of us to die in the fight, and trauma that threatened us to stay silent after our experience with it because we should just be grateful that we made it to the other side.
BJ Communicates, aka Dr. Brad Johnson, LSSBB, CSM, is a Kingdom writer, a communication practitioner, and an influential Bible teacher. Given the assignments of assisting urban believers in articulating their stories, finding resolution, and gaining the language of the Kingdom, BJ continually creates and releases inspirational media content that highlights their stories and experiences. “The Holy Spirit is constantly giving me things to write; sometimes it’s a book, sometimes it’s an article for a Christian publication, sometimes it’s something for my blog site or social media, and sometimes it’s a song for me or another recording artist, I’m just the pen in His hand,” says BJ. In addition to faith-based media creator, he is the owner of Communic8 Life Consulting, a communication consulting firm that specializes in assisting couples, families, and business teams in improving their interpersonal communication skills; and is the co-pastor of the urban cafe church Transformed City in Richmond, VA.

How to make your characters believable…
by BJ Communicates

The most believable characters are the ones that are based on personalities that we have encountered before. Most writers have lived long enough to have encountered various types of people from all walks of life. The best advice would be to create character concepts that are multidimensional and multifaceted. Most individuals don’t always act, talk, or express emotions in the same way, so our characters should reflect the diversity of the human experience. I hate when I read stories about characters that seem to be based on a stereotypes with no variation or depth to who they are; it shows that the author either hasn’t spent time with people who are similar to the characters that they are writing about or didn’t spend enough time researching and studying people to authentically articulate their stories because of laziness or their own personal biases. Do your research, people watch in public places, have conversations with people from diverse backgrounds, and read well written autobiographies to help you develop well rounded characters that represent real life. Our characters should step off the page and into the living rooms of our readers to the point that they begin to visualize and feel like they are meeting a real person.
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  1. Sounds interesting thanks for sharing!

  2. Short stories are a favourite of mine - these looks very interesting. Best of luck with the book tour.

  3. Dialogue in short story form concerning past hurts and the secrets kept hidden to all but those involved. Letting go to go forward is something which takes thought and deliberate attention. The five short stories appear to be a roadmap for resettling differences.

  4. "Let Go Let God" is my motto. There are too many "things" that I can't handle or am unable to understand. Therefore, letting my higher power take these "things" because I can't do it all.