Covington, GA Newton County resident Jerrie Brooks will be signing copies of her new devotional, Treasures in Secret Places, at The Chocolate Box Dessert Shoppe in Conyers, 3030 Edwards Drive, on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 1 pm until 3 pm. The author and the chocolatier/owner of The Chocolate Box believe that as people break their Lenten fast or give Easter baskets to their loved ones it is a perfect time for their “Books and Chocolates” event. According to Brooks, “books and chocolates pair well together, and it will be an event that both feeds spirits and delights taste buds.”

A Newton County resident, Brooks is a retired administrator with many published works to her credit including a biocritical study, training materials, and book reviews; however, Treasures in Secret Places is her debut into the religious genre. Treasures in Secret Places bridges the gap in the devotional niche by addressing both universal issues of faith and real issues of unique concern to women of color, such as racism, sexism, and politics. Written from a Christian perspective as informed by the author’s experience, the devotional is topically arranged and features a collection of meditations and Bible passages. The book evolved from the merger of some of the author’s journal reflections and an electronic file of her favorite scriptures. Brooks says she “hopes the book will be a message of encouragement for all who read it, but especially for women who have walked a path similar to [her] own.”

Chocolatier Latimore says she will be prepared for the dessert hungry with a full array of her hand-dipped chocolates, including her chocolate covered strawberries. A fixture in the Victoria Square retail mall, she has been delighting customers with her welcoming presence and handmade chocolates since 2010.  She is a past winner of awards from the Taste of Conyers and the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia Contest. She is often sought after to provide gourmet desserts and specialty favors for events and to host children’s birthday parties.

The Chocolate Box will be open for regular Saturday hours, noon – 9 pm, with Brooks on site signing books between 1 pm and 3 pm. Books will be available for purchase and autographing, and purchasers will be entered in a drawing for a “Sweet Treasures” gift basket (which includes a copy of Brooks’ book and an assortment of chocolates), a ten dollar Chocolate Box gift certificate, and a five dollar gift certificate. The community is encouraged to come out and meet the author and put some books and chocolates in their Easter baskets.