**Love**

Every year, I look forward to February for so many reasons. First, it’s my birth month. Next, it’s Black History month where Black American history is researched, discussed, and challenged. Then, there is Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl of love celebration.

Every month around this time, I like to share something about me or a book I’m writing. Since genealogy is my favorite pastime, I thought it would be a perfect conversation piece, but it’s Valentine’s Day, how about I mix the two: Black Love.

Honestly, I don’t know how our ancestors were able to find love under the constant threat of separation or humiliation, yet love endured. I found evidence of this with my third-great grandparents, Ned and Priscilla Brownlee, born in 1800 and 1801, respectively. When their first enslaver died, he divided them between his two sons. However, once slavery had ended, they were reunited and it appears with all their children too.

My ancestors’ strength and perseverance are the backdrop for my Jamieson Legacy series where I write about strong Black men who are committed to their wives and families. They know their worth, and the Word of God that they apply to their lives.

Readers always comment they want a Jamieson man. Well, he’s out there, searching for the one woman who will snag his heart. A WOMAN AFTER DAVID’S HEART (A perfect Valentine’s story in the Anderson Brothers series). How about a man who has seen you at your worse, but loved you anyway? WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME (Love at the Crossroads series).  What does a woman really want in a man? Looks—check. Employment stability—check. What about a godly man?—triple check.  EVERY WOMAN NEEDS A PRAYING MAN.

I can’t wait to introduce my next strong Black man in MY ROCK, Book I in the Caregivers series. Whether you have a box of chocolate, or not, fall in love with my men: the Jamiesons, Andersons, Tollivers, and more on the way.

The greatest love of all is Jesus whose love is better than a box of chocolate, candlelight dinner, or card.

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Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.

Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit her at www.patsimmons.net.

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