TITLE: First Husband
AUTHOR: Lutishia Lovely
PUBLISHER: On Due-Line Publishing
PUB DATE: Fall/Winter, 2018
TYPE: Print/Digital EBook
DISTRIBUTION: Print: Where books are sold. Ebook: Amazon, B&N
For Immediate Release
Columbia, SC – In her latest installment of the fan favorite Hallelujah Series, national bestselling author Lutishia Lovely tackles one of the Black churches’ biggest yet least openly discussed taboos—homosexuality. First Husband, set for a Fall/Winter 2018 release, tells the story of two handsome, popular, charismatic pastors who meet, fall in love, and hide behind carefully-crafted public personas so that no one finds out. What happens when what’s done in the darkness comes to light? Congregations enthusiastically embrace their first ladies. Can they do the same for a first husband?
Malachi Clark, IV is the heir-apparent to a dynasty. Decades earlier his great-grandfather, the first Malachi, was a founding member of the Church of God’s Holy Trinity, COGHT (pronounced caught), a denomination with roots in the holiness movement of 19th century Methodism. A worldwide organization boasting more than eight million members, COGHT gives literal meaning to biblical tenets and in a world viewed as increasingly immoral, have doubled-down on the institution’s rules of righteous living. Their doors remain closed to those openly embracing the LGBTQ lifestyle.
For Lance Elliott, being a gay Black man is not his biggest challenge. His church, Federal Presbyterian, has an increasingly tolerant policy regarding homosexuality, ordaining gay ministers and both recognizing and performing same sex marriages. Still, Lance feels locked inside the closet. He and Malachi have been best friends for years and if he comes out as an openly gay man, the church world that Malachi navigates is bound to become suspicious of their brotherly bond. So they keep their love affair a secret, until the decision of making their relationship known is taken out of their hands. With millions of lives and dollars at stake, along with the Clark legacy, the gloves come off, lines are drawn and threats are made that if carried out, no amount of prayer can heal.
While it is impossible to estimate the number of people (Americans in general, Christians in particular) who are still in the closet, studies suggest that the number may be as high or higher than those who openly identify as LGBTQ. The latest Gallup poll puts that number at 4.1 percent of the US population, up almost a point and half from just six years ago. According to a recent PEW report, 4 out of 10 of those who’ve come out are rejected by family and/or friends. This furthers the claim by some that the number of proclaimed Christians still closeting their sexual identity, is much higher than the average American believes.
“OMG reads,” are how Lovely’s novels are described by the loyal, supportive readers that have helped this series reach ten books and counting. When asked how long the series will last, Lovely replies, “As long as the lovelies want to read them.”
Interview Talking Points:
* Homosexuality and the Black Church
* The Down Low
* Biblical Interpretation/King James
* Changing Mores/Attitudes re Cultural Differences
* Black Church/Community Relevance
* The Second Greatest Cmmandment/Unconditional Love
The Hallelujah Series (in order)
Sex In the Sanctuary
Love Like Hallelujah
A Preachers Passion
Heaven Right Here
The Eleventh Commandment
A Date With Destiny
First Husband (2018)
The Shady Sisters Trilogy
The Perfect Affair
The Perfect Deception
The Perfect Revenge
The Business Series
All Up In My Business
Mind Your Own Business
Taking Care of Business
Lutishia Lovely is a multi-faceted creative artist and the national bestselling author of more than two dozen novels. Find out more @ LutishiaLovely.com.
BIO (Mini – Word Count: 57)
Lutishia Lovely is a multi-faceted creative artist and the national bestselling author of more than two dozen novels. Her latest release, A Date With Destiny, is the 9th installment of the wildly popular Hallelujah Series, that have been labeled “OMG Reads.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @ LutishiaLovely, and visit her website, LutishiaLovely.com.
BIO (Short – Word Count: 127)
Lutishia Lovely is a multi-faceted creative artist and the national bestselling author of more than two dozen novels. Her latest release, A Date With Destiny, is the 9th installment of the wildly popular Hallelujah Series. In addition to the Hallelujah Series, Lovely wrote The Business Series and the Shady Sisters Trilogy. Her novels regularly appear on bestseller lists including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Black Christian Book Review, and have been nominated for several awards, among them Best Multi-Cultural Fiction (Hallelujah Series) by Romantic Times Book Review and Best Mystery/Suspense (Shady Sisters Trilogy) by African-American Literary Awards Show. Lutishia’s professional memberships include the Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America and OSB Screenwriters. Follow Lutishia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @ LutishiaLovely, and visit her website, LutishiaLovely.com.
BIO (Complete – Word Count: 234)
Lutishia Lovely is a multi-faceted creative artist and the national bestselling author of more than two dozen novels. Her latest release, A Date With Destiny, is the 9th installment of the wildly popular Hallelujah Series.Other Hallelujah novels include Sex In The Sanctuary, Love Like Hallelujah, Heaven Right Here and Divine Intervention.
Lutishia also wrote the Business Series (All Up In My Business, Mind Your Own Business, Taking Care of Business) and the Shady Sisters Trilogy (The Perfect Affair, The Perfect Deception, The Perfect Revenge). Her novels regularly appear on bestseller lists including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Black Christian Book Review, and have been nominated for several awards, among them Best Contemporary Fiction (Sex In The Sanctuary) by the Southeastern Arts Association, Best Multi-Cultural Fiction (A Preacher’s Passion, Heaven Forbid) by Romantic Times Book Review and Best Mystery/Suspense (The Perfect Deception) by African-American Literary Awards Show. Lutishia’s novels were voted one of 2014’s Top Reader Picks by Black Pearls Magazine. In 2015, she received a Legends and Leaders award from the same publication. A Literary Quest award from the Cameron Jackson Library was presented in 2011.
While writing currently takes up much of her time, Lutishia is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, song writer and producer. Her professional memberships include the Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America and OSB Screenwriters. Follow Lutishia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @ LutishiaLovely, and visit her website, LutishiaLovely.com.
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“Lutishia is destined to become a favorite among phenomenal authors.” —RT Book Reviews on Heaven Forbid, Hallelujah Series.
“Lovely…expertly illuminates the wacky world of the devout and the devoutly devilish.” —Publishers Weekly on Reverend Feelgood, Hallelujah Series.
“All of the storylines in Lovely’s latest are expertly woven together to create one big, dramatic tale.” —RT Book Reviews on Mind Your Own Business
“A great new taste in the literary world.” —New York Times Bestselling Author Carl Weber
“This reviewer was pleased with the nifty twists accumulating into a cliffhanging promise for the trilogy’s final volume.” —The Library Journal on The Perfect Deception, Shady Sisters Trilogy.
“The story is both electrifying and terrifying. Lovely truly delivers in the conclusion to this trilogy. Read all three…they’re awesome!” —RT Book Reviews on The Shady Sisters Trilogy
"When I was a little girl my father told me I could go anywhere, do anything. That simple statement fueled my ability to believe in the power to co-create. Went to New York absolutely convinced that I would get a book deal. And I did." Lutishia Lovely
1. Tbe Lovely Life. Perfect for conferences and graduations, this talk shares guaranteed ways to help ones live their best, most authentic, purpose-filled lives.
2. That Literary Life. Great for writing conferences and groups wanting an inside look into an every changing publishing industry, how to stay alive and thrive.
3. You Are The Miracle (that you're waiting for)! A certified spiritual life coach who's practiced holistic lifestyle for two decades, and who at one time was senior writer and managing of a holistic lifestyle magazine, Lutishia uses her personal journey to share ways of becoming whole in mind, body and spirit.
4. Spiritually Speaking. Lutishia shares her own unique, circuitous journey to a personal, engaging, open and honest relationship with the Highest Power she calls Spirit. From a small church in Kansas to living in Jerusalem, from an angel encounter on the streets of Paris to the presence of God ushered in on a Muslim's prayer, Spirit has allowed her to experience universal awareness of a loving, transformative power that is larger than any single religion can contain.