Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Up Pops The Devil

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Up Pops The Devil

Avon A (July 29, 2008)


Angela Benson


Angela has published nine novels, one novella, and a nonfiction writing book. Her books have appeared on national, regional and local bestseller lists. She has won several writing awards, including Best Multicultural Romance from Romantic Times magazine and the Best Contemporary Ethnic Romance from Affaire de Coeur magazine. She was also a finalist for the 2000 Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award in Multicultural Romance.

Awakening Mercy is the first book in her Genesis House series from Tyndale House Publishers. Awakening Mercy was a finalist for both the RITA Award given by Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction. The second book in the Genesis House series, Abiding Hope, was published in September 2001. Abiding Hope was awarded the Emma Award for Best Inspirational Romance presented by the Romance Slam Jam. The third book and final book of the series, Enduring Love, is not yet scheduled.

BET Books, now Harlequin's Kimani Press purchased the mass market rights to Awakening Mercy and Abiding Hope in 2000 and released mass market editions of the titles in June 2002 and June 2003, respectively.

Angela's first hardcover title, The Amen Sisters, was released in September 2005 by Walk Worthy Press. The Essence bestselling title won the Emma Award for Best Inspirational Romance. The trade paperback edition was released in November 2007.

Up Pops the Devil, published by HarperCollins (Avon A) in August 2008, is Angela's tenth novel.

Angela has a diverse education and work history. She majored in mathematics at Spelman College and Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and worked for fifteen years as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. She holds Masters degrees in operations research and human resources development. Her most recent degree is a doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Benson is now an associate professor of educational technology at The University of Alabama.


This is the story of Wilford "Preacher" Winters and the four women—his fiancee' Tanya, his sister Loretta, his old girlfriend Serena, and his new friend Natalie—who complicate his re-entry into society as a law-abiding Christian man after being incarcerated for two years for drug trafficking. Two hard years in prison have changed Wilford "Preacher" Winters for the better. He did his time, now he's going to "do the right thing." But the women in his life have other ideas.

Tanya, the sleek and sexy mother of his two kids, is much too comfortable with her pearls-and-Porsche lifestyle, and she'll do whatever it takes to maintain it. His sister, Loretta, kept "the business" running smoothly while Preacher was inside, and she can't believe he'd trade Easy Street bling for a nickel-and-dime dead-end job. His one-time girlfriend Serena, now married to his main man Barnard, is hiding a secret—and if past sins come to light, they'll ruin several lives and a very new, very precious friendship between Preacher and Barnard's beautiful-inside-and-out sister, Natalie.

With his world about to explode all around him, Preacher's going to need every ounce of his new-found faith to remain strong. Because it takes a lot to become a new man, sometimes even a miracle.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first chapter of Up Pops The Devil, go HERE

In Review: When I was a little girl, there was a very popular button that everybody was wearing that said, "The Devil Made Me Do It". That is catchy and even funny until you start to think about that verse in Ephesians 6: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Preacher has high hopes for getting out of jail and living a clean life. He knew it was going to be tough and a tough sell. His fiancee, Tanya, was used to living a life of luxury on the money that had been made in his previous life. His sister expected to come back to the life that had put him behind bars.

Preacher hits his first wall when he realizes that his sponsor, Barnard, is married to his college girlfriend, Serena. He and Serena had split on very unhappy terms and those terms were having affects on Barnard and Serena's marriage.

It seems as though the only person happy is Sean. Who is Sean? You will be surprised when you find out, but we all have a Sean in our life. Satan counts on it.

In the end, Preacher has choices to make. That is what is all boils down to. For Preacher. For you. For me. Because in our everyday life Up Pops The Devil. It's our choice to decide how to deal with him.


Anonymous said...

Oh that book looks great!

Webmaster said...

Deanna ... I don't know if you subscribed to the comments on Boyd's blog, about the devil, but I left him a note about the book "The Screwtape Letters." Have you ever read this? It's by C.S. Lewis, who (as you know) was a great Christian author who left us fiction (like the Narnia series) and nonfiction works (like Mere Christianity) that were beautifully written and considered classics in any genre.

Screwtape Letters is about the great struggle for our souls, by the forces of heaven and hell. It's a real battle, not some fairytale or myth ... or just something that happened in Old Testament stories. It's real. It happens, every day and in every facet of our lives. This book is a series of letters from "Uncle Screwtape" to a lesser demon, Wormwood, who he's teaching how to tempt and manipulate men. Throughout the book, you see the devil's clever tricks to get us to stray (for instance, Screwtape tells Wormwood to get the man to focus on someone's squeaky shoe at church, instead of listening to the sermon). At the end, the man dies, and in the final letter you learn whether he goes to heaven or hell, if Wormwood was successful. I'm not going to spoil it for you ... read the book. You'll enjoy it.

(you can get it as a book on tape at the Eudora Welty library, and that version is narrated by John Cleese. It's great)

Webmaster said...

Sorry for the long post, LOL, but that's one of my favorites by Lewis.

Deanna said...

LOVE The Screwtape Letters. Our Sunday School teacher got us all hooked on the book about two years ago and then someone got the book on tape and we passed it around. Soo good. I liked it even better than the Frank Peretti books which have the same concept of spiritual warfare. If you haven't read his first books you should check those out!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your well deserved award! Your use of Scripture and your discussion of how this fictional story serves the Christian in their everyday walk with God is timely and well crafted. If I hadn't read this one, I'd want to after reading your review:-)