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Watch Night Service is rooted in our history!

Posted by Erosa Knowles on November 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (5)

WATCH NIGHT SERVICES

Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of "Watch Night Services," the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year's Eve.

The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. To 10 p.m. And ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year. Some folks come to church first, before going out to celebrate. For others, church is the only New Year's Eve event.. Like many others, I always assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service -- made a bit more Afro centric because that's what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church. Still, it seemed that predominately White Christian churches did not include Watch Night services on their calendars, but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs.

In fact, there were instances where clergy in mainline denominations wondered aloud about the propriety of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New Year's Eve.

However, there is a reason for the importance of New Year's Eve services in African American congregations.

The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as "Freedom's Eve." On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free .

When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year's Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

It's been 145 years since that first Freedom's Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate

"how we got over."

PS- Pass this information on so we can educate more of our Family and Friends about our History!

And the winner is....

Posted by Erosa Knowles on October 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (14)

Not This Time Book give-away

Posted by Erosa Knowles on October 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (14)

Hey everyone! Just a quick heads up. The final chapter is about done, and should be posted no later than Sunday. I say Sunday because my hubby's kidnapping me Sat and there's a couple of points I need to make to tie this story in with Brenda and Roark. That story's shaping up really good by the way! And will be out in November.

Then it goes to editing. My hope is to have the finished book uploaded to Smashwords.com by the middle of next week.

I will post the coupon code here, for members only, to go to Smashwords for your free copy in any format you choose. That link will expire after two or thre days, I'm not sure which.

Please understand, Amazon, B&N, and All Romance will not allow me to give away free books and sell them on their sites at the same time. That's why I'll pull the chapters down after the coupons expire. But, I want each of you to have a free copy of Frank and Veronique's slide into love.

Erosa

Please forgive me...

Posted by Erosa Knowles on October 4, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (9)

I apologoze for the delay with the last chapters for Not This Time, Frank and Veronique's short story. I went with the hubby to Key West thinking I'd be able to finish and post. But the internet service was wonky!

Then my hubby felt I'd negelected him enough leading up to the vacation and kept me, shall I say, fairly busy. *smiles* Key West is a beautiful and refreshing place. I'm back and ready to write into the new year!!!!

I promise to have the conclusion of Not This Time out before this Friday, barring any major problems. You all have been great, I promise to make it up to you.

Thanks

Erosa

Secrets

Posted by Erosa Knowles on September 2, 2011 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (27)

Okay, so Secrets is out. Yay! You probably can't tell, but that story kicked my butt. The FBI has a website with statistics of children kidnapped, and enslaved in our country, US, that is alarming. If you're like me, you probably had no idea that so many of our kids are victimized every year. And for what? Money. It's sad to realize as long as there is demand, there will be supply.

Secrets is a fictional story rooted in reality. Truthfully, I wanted to slow roast the rapist and the pimp over coals, give them a taste of hell, but that got rejected real fast. (Darn editors. *smile*) At any rate, there's romance, family tension, and enough get the bad guys drama to keep the story moving along.

 Hope you enjoy!

Frank and Veronique

Posted by Erosa Knowles on July 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM Comments comments (50)

Hello everyone,

I'm really stoked over the upcoming story with one of my fav female characters, Veronique. In case you forgot, she's Cherise's mother. She played a major role in the first book, (Have I Told You Lately) and made an appearance in each subsequent book.

I developed her fiesty character from a friend of mind, who's name should be "Pepper." An interesting mix of street wisdom and down home goodness. In the story, she meets Frank, Red's oldest brother,who is  younger than her, while she's out of town. Sparks fly.

This story will be submitted in chapters on this site for members only. Once completed, the story will be placed on Amazon and other retail sites. If you're signed up, you'll recieve a coupon to download a free copy of the finished work as well as read and comment on the chapters as written.

This is my way of saying thanks for hanging in there with me. Although I've been writing for a while, I'm new to publishing and everyone has been so kind.

Thanks for Reading

Erosa

Denise and Red Engaged!!

Posted by Erosa Knowles on May 1, 2011 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (5)

For those of you who read the first two books, you know Red and I had a long road but, it seems we're finally on the right path. God, I hope so. That man drives me crazy at times, but I love his kind of crazy. We're having an intense discussion right now about my daddy's role in the wedding.

I mean, he still hates Red. I'm not sure how to handle this one, even though Red says it's up to me, I know he feels having daddy at the wedding is going to mess up our big day. But damn, that's my daddy and I was a daddy's girl unto I became Irish's girl.

I'm sweating this and he may not even want to come. Mama was excited when I gave her the good news, but daddy didn't say anything. I'm not gonna lie, that hurt. Mama said to give him time. Red and I have been together for eight years, how much more time does he need?

Cherise and I have started the preliminary planning. She says I don't have to decide right away who'll give me away. There shouldn't be anything to decide. *sighs* Unfortunately, I have no control what others think or feel.

 


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