Michigan Authors Coming to Barnes & Noble in Rochester Hills

Three authors not to miss this late fall season will be visiting the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore – Nicole Curtis, Nakesha Woods, and Amy S. Eckert. All different genres from fun and engaging women. Meet the author, get the book signed, and start your holiday shopping. All events are free and open to the public.

Nicole Curtis

Michigan native and star of the network show Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis, will be doing a talk, with Q&A, maybe some singing, and a book signing on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. Her program is broadcast on HGTV and DIY. Fans of the show should enjoy her new book, Better Than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me), as it is a behind the scenes look of the program and the host. Curtis reveals private struggles, personal victories and inspiring lessons.

Nicole Curtis October 25

Nicole Curtis October 25

Pitched as part celebrity memoir and part self-help, the book, Better Than New, takes readers into the world of this entrepreneurial single mom, working as a waitress and real estate agent to becoming a home renovation expert, preservationist and television star.

With eight chapters in the book—eight lessons told through her life story and through several of the homes she has remodeled—readers will get to see another side of Nicole Curtis, including the private and personal struggles that are not seen on TV. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Curtis has opened her fans’ eyes to the beauty of older homes and the value of reclaiming and reusing authentic original materials rather than sending dumpster loads to the local landfill. Curtis applies the same principles to her personal life—valuing old friends, rescuing dogs, and advocating for the wounded, the elderly, and the disadvantaged. Readers will find inspiration to apply to their own lives supplemented with never-before-seen photos of Curtis and the homes she renovates. Better Than New is a visual treat, packed with more than 75 color photographs from Curtis’s personal collection, ranging from family photos to before-and-after photos of the rehabbed homes’ interiors and exteriors.

Nakesha Woods

Local author Nakesha Woods will share thoughts about her new book, When Your Dream Becomes a Nightmare, and signing copies on October 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Nakesha Woods October 29

Nakesha Woods October 29

When Your Dream Becomes a Nightmare is a novel about the life of Chloe Everheart, a young beautiful attorney who believes that after God, there is nothing more important than family. Her dream is to become a successful attorney, but a series of family crises jeopardize the success she’s worked so hard for. First, her parents announce they’re getting divorced after thirty one years of marriage, and then her teenage brother is arrested. She devises a plot to get him out of jail, but it blows up in her face and threatens her life. Her faith is tested as she faces a temptation that ruins the one thing she covets most-her reputation. She finds herself at a crossroad and the decision she makes changes her life in a way she could have never imagined. “Where do you go when you’re broken, lost, and confused-when your back is against the wall-when your dream becomes a nightmare?” Born and raised in Detroit, Nakesha Woods began writing short stories at the age of twelve. Her love for words inspired her to write poetry, which she performed at coffee houses. As a young adult, she began writing and directing Christian stage plays. After years of managing a nonprofit geared towards empowering women, she was led to write her first novel. When Your Dream Becomes a Nightmare was birthed out of her desire to provide clean Christian fiction that uplifts and encourages women of all ages. Nakesha is married to the love of her life, Michael, and they share a creatively talented son.

Amy S. Eckert

Along with signing books, Michigan travel writer Amy Eckert will lead the discussion on her new book, 100 Things to Do in Detroit before You Die on November 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Amy S. Eckert November 12

Amy S. Eckert November 12

Detroit enjoys a rich history, having forged the American landscape with sexy muscle cars and the toe-tapping rhythms of Motown. But there’s more to love about Detroit than merely its history. And there’s never been a better time to explore than today, as the Motor City buzzes with a spirit of renewal. 100 Things to Do in Detroit before You Die paves the way to a rediscovery of this great Midwestern city, revealing tucked-away gems like the Grand Trunk Pub and the world’s oldest jazz club, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. Detroit and the neighboring counties are brimming with renewed energy, where young chefs innovate with urban farm-grown food and where manufacturing know-how crafts trendy Shinola watches. And since oldies really can be goodies, also included are classic sights like the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the Motown Museum. For the lifelong Detroit native, Michigan resident or first time traveler visiting the Motor City, 100 Things to Do in Detroit before You Die will help readers relive old memories and create new ones.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore

2800 S. Rochester Road

Rochester Hills, MI 48307





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