I Know A Girl…

 

I know a girl who’s always saying

She doesn’t know what to do

She’s fifteen and her son is two

 

They live in the projects just south of 7th street

I sometimes see her walking home from school

She stands out from the other kids

There is no voracious curiosity beaming from her eyes

No barely contained desire to push the envelope and test boundaries radiating from her being

She has the closed off look of someone who has learned that curiosity did indeed kill the cat

She looks like she knows that some steps taken and lines crossed are impossible to retrace

 

I know a girl who’s always saying

She doesn’t know what to do

She’s fifteen and her son is two

 

One part of me wants to write her off as another statistic

To look past her to another teen with less drama and more potential

Another part of me, the part that longs to break down generational brick walls

Wants to sternly tell her

Number one: Take care of you and your son.

Number two: Get an education.

Number three: Strive for a career, not just a job.

Number Four: Choose what you’re naturally good at, then study it to make yourself better.

Number Five: Leave the boys alone for now. Wait until you’re older and know who you are. Then you’ll know who you want.

Number six: There will always be people who will judge you based upon your past. They’ll call themselves realists, but they’re cynics. Ignore them.

Number seven: Dreams are good. Call them goals and have a plan.

Number eight: Always remember that—are you listening to me?

Yes ma’am but…

But WHAT?

 

I know a girl who’s always saying

She doesn’t know what to do

She’s fifteen and her son is two

 

My frustration spills over

Why won’t she walk into the bullet pointed life I’ve outlined for her?

And now this woman/child is looking at me

With those eyes that have seen too much and not nearly enough

So I soften my voice and ask again

But what, sweetie?

A slight hesitation with bowed head and gaze glued to the floor

I’m still stuck on number one

I can barely take care of myself

Let alone my son

 

I know a girl who’s always saying

She doesn’t know what to do

She’s fifteen and her son is two

Author Spotlight: Karen Adams

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I had the pleasure of ‘interviewing’ debut author Karen Adams. She’s written a non-fiction autobiographical book entitled “Trying to Outrun the Love of God” that speaks on some heavy hitting topics such as drug addiction, mental health problems, and child abuse. Read on to learn more about this phenomenal overcomer and the book she wrote to help set others free.

When did you begin your writing career?

2 years ago.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

Part-time,  I just make time after work, weekends and vacations.

What’s your writing process?

I write probably 2 days per week.  Praise and worship music playing in background.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I have been keeping a journal since 1992. I can’t really say it helped my writing though.

What’s your inspiration?

The need for others to receive hope.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I hope my writing helps someone realize all is not lost regardless of what they have gone through.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Just do it. Get rid of all the negative thoughts and proceed.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library? 

I have several Christian fiction books on my e-reader.

What are you currently working on? 

Nothing at this time, I am trying to decide if I will write another book.

book coverLatest release and book blurb? 

In her debut book, author Karen Adams struggles to understand how a loving God would allow life to be so unbearable. Facing childhood molestation, years of crack addiction, nervous breakdowns, and admissions to mental wards, she learned that no matter how difficult life was, God continued to extend His love. “Trying to Outrun the Love of God” is a deeply moving story of one woman’s journey filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds wholeness and deliverance in the arms of a loving Savior. A must read for all those who think they are alone.

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

The main character is myself.  I have gone through a long healing process dating back to when I was 3 years old, due to childhood molestation.  My goal is to allow the readers to understand the pain of it all while also letting them know that by God’s grace I have been redeemed from the pain of it all.  I take them step by step on my transformation journey.

How can we purchase your work?

CSNBooks.net or you can reach me at joyfulkministries@yahoo.com

How can we stay in touch with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karen.adams.7399786?fref=ts

My email joyfulkministries@yahoo.com

Author Bio

head shotKaren Adams survived childhood molestation, 7 years of crack addiction, 4 nervous breakdowns,  and two admissions to mental wards of hospitals against her will. She is now an Evangelist who teaches and preaches on the transforming love of God. She has a burden for emotionally wounded and hurting people. She attended college at all of the Alameda County Jr. Colleges. In her free time she enjoys traveling, movies, reading and spending time with her cat Noches and her Cockatiel bird.

Whoa! Take a deep breath everyone. That was some heavy stuff! Do your personal experiences shape your writing? Do you find it therapeutic to help others that have gone through the same experiences as you have? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

Check out the rest of Karen’s tour stops (hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours) by clicking here!

 

“The New Mrs. Collins” Blog Tour with Author Quanie Miller

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Have you ever been pleasantly surprised, nay, hooked by a book in a genre you never thought you’d enjoy?  I never read paranormal fiction…like NEVER, but this book made a fan outta me. I’m pretty sure I won’t be alone once you get a peak at author Quanie Miller’s latest release ‘The New Mrs. Collins’. Check out the deets below!

Title: The New Mrs. Collins
Author: Quanie Miller
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 13, 2014

Book Blurb

In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

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Excerpt

Even though Johnny’s house was a good ten miles away, it did not occur to Leena to put on a pair of shoes, or to comb her hair, or wash her face. She walked along Elmer Drive until she got to Stoney Way. She ambled along, not paying attention to anything in particular, when she looked up and saw a woman in a white nightgown walking towards her. There was nothing really remarkable about her except for the fact that her face was on fire. Leena stopped and pointed at the woman. She was going to ask her if she knew her face was on fire when the woman smiled at her. To Leena’s horror, the woman’s face transformed into her face. The woman was her. She looked at her reflection in a store window and saw that it was true: her face was ablaze.

Leena looked down at her fingertips and noticed that they were on fire as well. She wondered — if she touched something, would it burn? She turned her attention to a mailbox on the corner and winced when it blurred, went back into focus, disappeared, and then returned. She walked towards it, stuck her burning finger out, and was shocked to discover that the mailbox wasn’t real. Her finger went right through it as if the mailbox were made of clouds. She was stumped. She looked at her hand again when it dawned on her what she had gone to the kitchen for that morning — to cut the tips from her fingers.

She turned around, headed back to her house and wondered who left her front door wide open. When she got to the kitchen, she laid her hand on the cutting board and took the biggest knife from the cutlery set. She would start with the pinky first. She laid the little finger there, raised the knife high in the air, and just as she was coming down to slice, heard the whisper once more, and this time, it was as clear as a blue diamond sitting in a shallow pool of water: Go to McCullens Bridge.

McCullens Bridge! Well, that made sense. Her face was on fire so it was logical that she should go to McCullens Bridge and stick her head in to put the fire out. Why hadn’t she thought of it before? She walked outside and noticed that the sun was hanging lower than usual, almost on top of her neighbor’s house. She wagged her finger as she walked past it, thinking that if it fell on her head, she’d be in a world of trouble. She looked at it one more time to make sure it would stay put, then she continued walking.

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Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She is the author of The New Mrs. Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit quanietalkswriting.com.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @quaniemiller
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuanieMillerAuthor
Blog: http://quanietalkswriting.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/QuanieMiller
Website: quaniemiller.com
Email: quanie@quanietalkswriting.com

What’d I tell you? That cover! That excerpt! By this point you have to be delightfully intrigued. That’s a nice way of saying you’re dying to know what in the entire H. E. double hockey sticks is going on? Luckily for you (and me!) ‘The New Mrs. Collins’ is available for purchase at any of the following links: 

Did you enjoy the sneak peak? Are you planning to read ‘The New Mrs. Collins’? To see where else Quanie will be on her tour click here. To read about how a bad weave helped Quanie finish this novel click here. Yep, you read that correctly.

It’s My Blog-a-versary!!!

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Woo-hoo! I can’t believe its been one year since I decided that my thoughts and opinions were worthy of needing a public outlet. The time has flown by. My only regret is that I didn’t start blogging sooner. I’m extremely grateful for all of my delightful followers (yes, I’m talking about YOU). I’ve ‘met’ so many wonderful people in the blogging community and I’m looking forward to meeting many more over the next year.

Being that this is a milestone, I took the time to really think about the direction I want this blog to take. I’ve enjoyed posting about writing tips and publishing, as well as books and authors. I’ve been overwhelmed at the positive feedback for my poetry and fiction. I’ll continue to post on those subjects, but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s gotten a lot more personal over the last couple of months. I’ve been experimenting with blogging in the style of its original intention, which is as a sort of public diary. Hence, my Confessions of Faith category was born. Over the next year, you can expect lots more of my personal shenanigans. I look forward to letting y’all all up in my business. Close family, friends and random co-workers, you’ve been warned!

I was blessed to officially become a published author this year! Please wait a second while I literally pat myself on the back…ok, I’m done. I’m so proud of my contributions to the BEST ANTHOLOGY EVER! I’m also looking forward to dropping my first solo project this December. Yeah, I kind of like to randomly speak in the rhetoric of an independent music producer. If you’ve read this post, then you totally understand. Anyway, my book, When the Real Thing Comes Along is my debut novel, and since a writer is only as good as their last published book, I’ve got to get started on novel number two asap.

All that means for you is that a) you’ve got an awesome book to look forward to reading and b) I plan to pretty much limit my posts this year to once per week. There’s only so much time in a day and a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Thank you for devoting a few minutes of your time each week to reading my random thoughts and mostly unsolicited advice. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and encouragement here along the way.

XOXO,

Faith

BTW, what do you think of my new theme? What would you like to read more about here? Holla at your girl!

This is what I’m singing all day in celebration of one full year of blogging. Giving myself a round of applause!!!

Bravo-Ledisi

 

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Book Review: “What Nora Knew” by Linda Yellin

What Nora KnewTitle: What Nora Knew

Author: Linda Yellin

Genre: Literature/Fiction (Adult)/Women’s Fiction

Book Description:

Molly is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly’s been on staff at Eye Spy, covering all the wacky assignments. She’s snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year-old chiropractor. He’s comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance “in the style of Nora Ephron,” she flunks out big time. Clearly she can’t recognize romance. And in her own life, she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who getsher. Mainly because he’s a well-known player.

But, with help from Nora Ephron’s movies, Molly learns to open her heart, suppress her cynicism, and find her very own fairytale ending. Linda Yellin’s WHAT NORA KNEW will captivate readers with its charm and humor.

My Review:

I have to start off by sheepishly admitting that I had no idea who Nora Ephron was. Not. A. Single. Clue. Amazingly enough, I (the self-proclaimed google queen) didn’t google her prior to reading this book. *gasp* I figured that if the author did her job right, I wouldn’t NEED to google Nora Ephron to ‘get’ this book. I figured correctly. There were many, many references to Epron’s movies. Thankfully, I’ve seen ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I just had no idea who the genius behind them was. Yellin expertly captures Nora Ephron’s signature style of witty understated comedy while developing a quirky romance.

What Nora Knew reads exactly like a Nora Ephron movie. The story is predictable, but that’s part of its charm. Everyone knows that in romantic comedies the two love interests eventually end up together. It’s the way and the how they accomplish their union that keeps us watching. The same is true of What Nora Knew. Reading this book was like curling up on the couch to watch a classic romantic movie. It was comforting and funny and sentimental. I finished it with warm fuzzy feelings and a wistful smile.

You can get your copy of What Nora Knew via Amazon here

What’s your favorite romantic comedy movie? Why do you love it?

I was provided an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have freely given.

Confessions of Faith: Transformation

Transformation:

a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.

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Lately I’ve been feeling the gentle, yet persistent, urge to transform. Not just any transformation, but an overall metamorphosis into the woman I am destined to be. This may sound all flowery and poetic, but the reality is a brutal confrontation with who I am now, in all my imperfections. Change is scary, especially when the change means challenging yourself and revamping habits that have become ingrained in your psyche.  Whenever I’m off-balance there are two things I depend on: God and words. They both comfort me, calm me and push me towards knowledge.

This past Sunday I curled up on the couch to watch an episode of  “Super Soul Sunday”. For the next hour I sat entranced as Oprah and Elizabeth Gilbert (author of the critically acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love) got all up in my business without ever having laid eyes on me. They spoke of destiny, fear, the loud racket of self-doubt and criticism, the quiet voice of grace. They spoke of women daring to chase their dreams. They spoke of transformation.

It is my pleasure to share with you the words of truth I absorbed that day. I hope they speak to you the way they spoke to me.

“People don’t usually change until the status quo is scarier than the transformation.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”~Anais Nin

“He who would be what he ought to be must stop being what he is.”~ Meister Eckhart

“Every day do something. You’re either going away from it or towards it,  whatever your destiny is.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“The path to success requires you to commit. It is a process.” ~Devon Franklin

“The hero’s journey: face the battle, lose the fear.”~Elizabeth Gilbert

Today I encourage you to take a step towards your destiny, whatever it is, however small the step may be. Consider the dreams of your youth. Remember the plans you made on languid days when you took time to see animals in the clouds of the sky. Remember the wishes you made on the first star of an ordinary night. Remember them and pursue them with the resources available to you now. It’s never too late to change course and aim towards your destiny. It’s never too late to renew your mind and listen to the still small voice within. Pay attention to it. It will take you places you’ve only dreamed of.

XoXo,

Faith

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Roman’s 12 :2 (NIV)

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You Are Loved!

Hey y’all, I normally don’t post anything on Sundays, but I really wanted to share this video with you guys! It’s a powerful message of affirmation for women. I hope it speaks to your soul. Be blessed!

 

XoXo,

Faith