Columbus is one of the fastest growing cities in our nation. Over the past 10-15 years, neighborhoods have become more diverse and new businesses are emerging in every area of town. Gone are the days of the common complaint, “There’s nothing going on in Columbus.” With all of our growth and change, I wanted to create a platform to highlight some of the current “movers & shakers” in our city.Colette_website_picture_cropped_is_on_author_pageThis month’s mover & shaker is Colette (Ford) Harrell. She is the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It.

Along with being an author, Harrell is a wife, mother, poet, songwriter and playwright. In interviewing Harrell, I found her to be passionate about the written word. She holds a Master’s from Franklin University, and is employed at a non-profit. As a motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is co-founder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company, where she co-writes, co-directs and co-produces positive and uplifting messages that entertain. Harrell is an active member of Kingdom Christian Center Church.

Harrell is a Detroit native, currently resides in Ohio, writing with humor and compassion to engage and inspire the human heart. Her motto is: whatever you do, do it “for love alone.”

If you’re looking for a page turner, her novel is a delectable read, where romance, suspense, humor, and the supernatural all come together to entertain, educate, and inspire. The Devil Made Me Do It debuts June 24th.


Check out a synopsis of The Devil Made Me Do It below:

The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it.

Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness.

Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them.

When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?

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