Friday Features

Here’s my Friday Feature on Tracee Lydia Garner’s blog post. Check it out as well as Tracee’s other posts.

Tracee Lydia Garner

It’s Friday and it’s time to meet author,

Savannah J.

About her new book, Raising Tristan

Raising Tristan.jpgRaising Tristan is a story of Shiloh Milner, a gentleman who is involved in a relationship with Angela Pitchard. Their relationship is purely for companionship; she doesn’t love him, he doesn’t love her. When Angela who has made it clear she does not want children finds herself pregnant, Shiloh convinces her to have the baby. Twenty-four hours after their son, Tristan is born; Angela checks herself out of the hospital and disappears. With the help of his parents, and his new lady love, the beautiful Moselle Laveau, Shiloh devotes his life to caring for his son. But as time goes on will Moselle turn out to be all Shiloh believes her to be and will she be an asset in Raising Tristan.

   Get Your Copy of Raising Tristan here

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30 Days 30 Authors- Savannah J.

Thank you Sheena for the feature!

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Hi everyone! I really hope you are enjoying the event so far. There are so many talented authors, so I hope you’re finding some good reads to add to your collection.

The next author to be spotlighted is Savannah J. Read about her journey to being an author as well as her inspiration for becoming one.

Now, here’s Savannah! 🙂

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Savannah J. was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware in an Italian neighborhood affectionately referred to as “Little Italy”. The unconditional love and support of her family and influence of her environment fostered her love and talents in the Arts.

Subsequently, during her college years, she studied music and literature, which fed her passion for writing. She is the author of Toward the Light and the sequel The Prodigal Son, Behind Closed Doors, The Prey and Raising Tristan. She is also the founder and organizer and host of The Annual…

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The Authors’ Corner

Welcome to The Authors’ Corner. This week’s featured author is LaShawn Hewlett-Wilson of The Sister Scribes. 

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Passion for writing books has always been in LaShawn’s heart. Her debut novel, Forbidden Fruit” has been described as a “wonderful” love story filled with suspense and drama. La ’Shawn loves writing romance novels because she says it’s nothing like creating a story surrounded by erotica, suspense and drama, which portray characters burning with lust, love, and passion.

LaShawn’s focus is to inspire many readers with novels that will allow them to capture the essence of every sultry, raw, and passionate story, bringing a new, fresh, and exciting outlook to romance writing. The sequel, Forbidden Fruit 2 was released on September 11, 2015. LaShawn Hewlett-Wilson is CEO/Founder of Bittersweet Publications, LLC., and resides in Richmond, VA with her husband and three children.

 

 

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   Book Synopsis
Rayne Armstrong was blissfully married to her childhood sweetheart Rashard and she thought she had it all- perfect career, perfect looks, perfect home, and the perfect husband. So when her marriage came crumbling down due to Rashard’s infidelity, she felt her world was turned upside down. Rayne begins to feel her life spiraling out of control, and she is grateful her family and best friend are there to help her pick up the pieces.

Devastated by her divorce, Rayne promised herself she would avoid relationships because they were too complicated—until her instant attraction to sexy and handsome Bryce Underwood, a successful Real Estate Broker caught her off guard. Unexpectedly, she finds herself becoming emotionally involved but there is just one problem- he is married.

Rayne finds herself in a vicious love triangle as she struggles with her burning desire for Bryce and still being in love with Rashard. Then there is the wildcard Troy, whom is determined to win her heart which throws her into a whirlwind of pleasure and anguish. All hell breaks loose when secrets are unveiled, and Rayne emotions began to collide. Torn between the world of love and temptation, will Rayne finally realize which man is truly the one…?

For more information on LaShawn and to purchase her books visit her website at http://www.lashawnhewlettwilson.com.

To follow Lashawn on social media: Facebook Fan Page: Bittersweet Publications
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BittersweetPub
Instagram: Misslala2U
Website: http://www.lashawnhewlettwilson.com
Email: bittersweetpub@yahoo.com

 

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Ciao!

Savannah J. providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life.

http://www.thesavannahjpublications.com

Follow Savannah on Twitter http://bit.ly/1tBBC6o

on Google Plus http://bit.ly/1pnq9sP

and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/10p1o32

Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g

 

 

I Am More Than Capable. Part 3

 

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It’s been said, if we remain in “flight or fight” on a continual basis, because of stress, it causes harm to our bodies. My goal was to remain as stress free as possible during my work hours. I attempted to develop an attitude adjustment, sort of an acceptance of my circumstances and not allowing them to affect me. Keeping up that type of effort on a frequent basis can be exhausting.

I found myself so miserable, I began to talk about the five year job I’d had and how wonderful it was. What I didn’t realize was, that’s passive aggressive behavior that had no baring on my situation. I was attempting to get some sort of respect from my co-workers. I failed to see just because my former supervisor and team found me a valuable partner, didn’t mean my present co-workers would.

My change finally came when I opened myself up to what my good friend had been saying all along.  I was more than capable of doing my job. I began to work on my self confidence and self esteem, not only on the job, but in life. Working on myself outside of my job proved to be beneficial; when we feel good about ourselves on a daily basis, it spills over into everything.

There are still some challenges from a few co-workers from time to time but my method of handling the situation is different. I politely confront them, especially if I overhear them discussing me without inviting me to the meeting, in other words, talking about me behind my back. If their criticism is constructive and valid, I listen and apply it to my work habits. In the event it’s petty, I throw their words out the window.

I now realize my self worth. Psalm 139:14 in the New Living Translation says, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.” It no longer matters what my co-workers think of me; I think a lot of myself and so does God. I am more than capable of doing my job and much more.

It may have taken me time to get to this place of self-healing but I’m here. I received an added bonus, when the major bullies took different jobs. I’m excited for my future and the plans I’ve made. I challenge myself on a daily basis to live outside the box after all, I can’t spread my Eagles wings inside a tiny space.

I implore you to seek your full potential; live on the edge; shake off the naysayers. Don’t waste another second living in the shadows. Spread your mighty wings and soar. And remember, if you’re going to be an Eagle, be a Harpy.

As always, I hope my thoughts encourage you.

Ciao!

Savannah J. providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life.

http://www.thesavannahjpublications.com

Follow Savannah on Twitter http://bit.ly/1tBBC6o

on Google Plus http://bit.ly/1pnq9sP

and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/10p1o32

Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g

Bending In The Wind

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I remember hearing my mother talk about weathering storms. At those times, she would always liken herself to a pine tree. She said, “When the storms come everybody wants to be an oak tree, but not me, I want to be a pine. If the wind is too strong the oak tree will break but the pine just bends with the wind.”

When we think about it, what wonderful and true advice. I live in an area where we’ve had a lot of vicious storms lately. The winds have uprooted numerous trees. Of all the trees that have fallen or broken, I’ve only seen one evergreen, the rest have been oak.

We think of the oak as majestic and strong; is branches reaching far and wide. It’s likeness is often featured on book covers, magazines, and greeting cards to name a few. We use the branches of the oak to secure swings for children and to support a treehouse as well. I do believe it’s the sturdiest of all.

The pine is frequently used to grace covers only during the winter holidays. It’s branches are stunning when covered with snow or ice. But when it comes to resilience I believe my mother had a point. I recall seeing footage of hurricane force winds tearing through towns. And when I think about it, the pines and palm trees are always bending with the wind.

In times when I need strength and a firm footing, I would like to be like the oak. But when the gale-force winds are blowing, like my mother, I want to be a pine tree. You see, if the wind is too strong the oak tree will break but the pine just bends with the wind.

As always, I hope my thoughts encourage you.

Ciao!

Savannah J. providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life.

http://www.thesavannahjpublications.com

Follow Savannah on Twitter http://bit.ly/1tBBC6o

on Google Plus http://bit.ly/1pnq9sP

and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/10p1o32

Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g

Becoming Me

 

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I recently read a post written by Alicia Keys. In  it she spoke on how she’d spent  years hiding her true self from the world. She described in detail the reasons pieces of her being had been neatly tucked away – it was more a means of survival than anything else. The more I read her story, the more I realized it was also mine.

As a young child I had an innate musical ability and quickness at grasping things. I was often singled out by adults to sing at church or answer questions in school. My older sisters ensured I had a proper grasp on the English language by teaching me to pronounce my words correctly. In the long run, those and other attributes I’d been blessed with would leave me open to being bullied.

I began as Alicia to slowly hide bits of myself in order to draw attention away from me. I was told I thought I was cute because I could sing, and so I tried to get out of performing solos at school. It was said, I though I was better than others because I was bright. To counter this, I grew quiet when the teachers asked questions. I used more slang than proper English and even attempted to appear not as intelligent. What I did was minimize myself in order for others to feel good about themselves.

Through the years, I grew quite skilled at hiding. My appearance even suffered in all of the minimization. I love clothes and jewelry. I enjoy dressing up and going out but in order not to outshine, if you will, I hid that piece too.

Well, over the past few years, all that has changed. I’ve finally realized, it’s not my responsibility to ensure others feel good about themselves by minimizing who I am. As a child, I didn’t think I was cute, or better than others or proper. I was and am a naturally gifted and bright individual and for that, I no longer apologize.

I want all those in the world to feel good about who they are. Each one of us are extraordinary, and gifted with something special to offer. We must not allow those who are unhappy with themselves to demean us. Perhaps someone has attempted to degrade you in an effort to feel good about themselves. To you I say, no more! From this moment on, square your shoulders, hold your head up and declare to yourself, I will be all I’m called to be. And then, run with it!

I’ve added a link to the blog written by Alicia Keys. May it inspire you as it did me.

http://www.aliciakeys.com/a-revelation/

Ciao!

Savannah J.  providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life. 

Http://www.thesavannahjpublications.com 

Follow Savannah on Twitter   http://bit.ly/1tBBC6o 

on Google Plus http://bit.ly/1pnq9sP 

and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/10p1o32

Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g

 

 

On Being A Mom

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I wrote this blog  in gratitude for being my son’s mom. A year later it warrants repeating as I’m more grateful than ever. Enjoy! 

In a few hours it’ll be Mother’s Day and although I had a amazing mother, I want to do things a little differently this year. I want to let the world know how grateful I am to be my son’s mom. The day his dad and I found out we were expecting a baby, I also was informed I was having complications. I would spend 18 weeks on bed rest in order to bring our son into this world. In later years, I would try and expand my family but to no avail. I believe because, God knew I would only be able to have one child, He sent me His best.

For many years, it was just the two of us; my son and me. The years as a single mother were far from easy but had I to do it all over again, I wouldn’t hesitate. My son has been my right arm through the years and I’m so grateful to have him in my life. He has almost single-handed nursed me through 4 surgeries and not once did he complain.

As a child, my son was my best travel partner. I’d strap him into his car seat and later booster seat and we’d go as far north as Buffalo, New York and as far south as Daytona Beach, Florida alone. Never once did he complain or ask are we there yet. He knows I love Super Heroes and each year for Mother’s Day my son takes me to see a Super Hero movie. He buys me popcorn and a drink and patiently sits with me as I laugh, cry and cheer at the screen.

Growing up, my son went through so much. He was bullied, made fun of and mistreated by children and adults. I spent many hours fighting for him in the natural and warring for him in the spirit. He is a man now and God has kept His promise and given me an amazing son who is so much more than I could have imagined for myself.

Only 5% of Boy Scouts make Eagle Scout and I’m proud to say, my son has. He works a full time job and is patiently building his photography business. He has traveled to several states with the musicians and bands he photographs and receives referrals for other opportunities to work with politicians and other professionals. Some parents can boast and brag about their children having multiple degrees and high powered jobs; I don’t have that option but I am equally proud of my son.

I am proud of him because, he dares to be different and carve his own path. I once heard a quote about water that says, “Water is powerful. It can wash away earth, put out fire, and even destroy iron.Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.” (Memoirs of a Geisha) That quote reminds me of my son; he is a gentle spirit but when need be, he can rise to the occasion.

I praise God each time I think of my son. I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life. I tell him pretty much on a daily basis, how much I love him and how I couldn’t ask for a better son. To God be the glory for the things He has done. To all mother’s everywhere, I wish you the best Mother’s Day ever!

Ciao!

Savannah J.  providing a place of tranquility away from the stress of life. 

Http://www.thesavannahjpublications.com 

Follow Savannah on Twitter   http://bit.ly/1tBBC6o 

on Google Plus http://bit.ly/1pnq9sP 

and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/10p1o32

Savannah is the author of The Prey now available in eBook on Kindle http://amzn.to/1xg0pgM and on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1q5hncz

Also look for Raising Tristan on Google Play Books http://bit.ly/1pL4GqN and on Kindle http://amzn.to/1AlHl6g