Sunday, December 22, 2019

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Legacy Writing Services

Helping Authors Produce Books That Leave A Lasting Impression...

About My Services

I enjoy working with writers and new authors. I honestly love to see a writer’s dream of holding their finished novel in their hands come true. However, I have noticed that many times the finished product in their hands was not ready for publication. Because of the inability of many writers to find good, objective feedback on their writing, I’ve decided to offer some services that will fill this gap. My (4) four services are:


  • Private Writing/Coaching Services
  • Manuscript Evaluation
  • Manuscript Critique
  • Substantive Edit
No erotica, science fiction, or children's book will be considered at this time.

Additional Points

With respect to the Manuscript Critique and the Substantive Edit, my desire is to work with writers or authors who are either ready or almost ready for publication. I will easily be able to determine this from your writing sample based on basic writing rules and your integration of craft techniques.

I will provide you with a contract that clearly defines what will be provided to you. If you would like to hire me, please contact me at by scheduling an appointment at this link -

https://rhondamcknight.as.me/

 Email: rhondamcknight@gmail.com

If you decide to contract me to provide a service, you are under no obligation to accept or agree with the changes I suggest. Editing is subjective in nature. My suggestions and feedback may contradict other feedback you have received. This is normal. I make comments based on my understanding of the craft of fiction, current trends in the publishing, and based on my own writing experience. My ideas may be different from someone else who may be equally qualified to make suggestions.

Payment

I accept payments by PayPal at rhondamcknight@gmail.com, postal money order or cashier’s check. Please contact me to let me know what service you would like and how you want to pay and I will give you instructions.


  • I require payment of the first month of Coaching Services prior to scheduling the first session.
  • I require a 50% deposit before I will begin a Manuscript EvaluationManuscript Critique or Substantive Edit. The balance is due before delivery of the the project.
  • If necessary, please contact me to discuss a payment plan that fits your budget. I am a very reasonable person who is willing to work with you to meet your needs.
I also occasionally take assignments critiquing a query or synopsis for existing customers. These will be taken on a case by case basis and a price will be determined. I will also accept copy editing projects from publishing houses (which includes a substantive edit, proofreading and fact checking). The price for this will be determined by the size of the project.

Proofread Only projects are billed at $1.50 per page. A page is 250 words. Delivery is 10 days from confirmation of payment. 50% deposit is due at acceptance.

Thanks for stopping by and considering my services. I wish you the very best of success in your journey to publication or republication.

Many Blessings,

~ Rhonda

The Manuscript Evaluation is for the writer/author who has written a manuscript or a good portion of the manuscript and you need an evaluation of the project. This is a look at the big picture. It’s an overview type of critique where basic plot, characterization and consistency will be evaluated. Although the entire projects submission will be read it will not have line by line comments that address all the elements of your story in detail. A manuscript evaluation is recommended during the early stages of your work or if you have received several rejections from editors and want to have your work reviewed before sending it out again.

What you will receive:

A  1-2 page summary write up that outlines the strengths and weakness of your character, plot and story structure. A phone call to discuss my summary if necessary.

What you will pay:

I charge $ 1.25 per page for manuscript evaluations. A page is 250 words.

If this sounds like it fits your needs contact me by Email at rhondamcknight@gmail.com

The Manuscript Critique is for you if you have written an entire manuscript or a good portion of your manuscript and would like in-depth feedback. The manuscript critique is a higher level process than the evaluation, because in addition to identifying strengths and weaknesses in character, story structure and marketability, I will also analyze for key writing and story elements as follows:


  • Opening hook/inciting incident
  • Pacing
  • POV (point of view)
  • Dialogue
  • Use of dialogue tags vs. beats
  • Distinct character voices
  • Adverbs
  • Passive verbs
  • Backstory
  • Description
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Balance between narrative and dialogue
  • Unique use of prose and identification of cliché statements
  • Realism in character emotions
  • Voice
  • Scene structure--goal, motivation, conflict
  • Redundancies
What you will receive:

A redline edit throughout the document in Microsoft Word for the elements listed above and a 1 to 2 page summary of my evaluation/analysis of character and story structure and all the elements listed above. This service does not include rewriting. Rewriting is included in the Substantive Edit service.

I will email you your completed project at a predetermined delivery date by 9 p.m. eastern standard time on that date. If a hard-copy red-line is your preference this will require a printing and postage fee to be determined based on the size of the project. I will tell you where to mail your project if you choose this option.

Please also note that your project WILL NOT be proofread. (Proofreading includes spelling, punctuation and basic grammar.) Proofreading should be done as the final check of your manuscript. You should never pay for this during the critique or substantive edit process. (See Proofread Only service at the end.)

Normal delivery of critique projects will be within 7 days of acceptance, 14 days for projects over 80,000 words and 10-21 days for projects over 95,000 words. (Although they can rarely be accommodated, you may contact me for “rush job” prices.)
I am a very fair person. If I determine that your project was in excellent condition and I had very few suggestions for improvement, I will refund half of your fee, so that you may spend those monies to have your project copy edited.

What you will pay:

I charge a flat rate based on word count and you may submit a Full or Partial Manuscript. If you cannot afford a full manuscript critique, keep in mind a partial critique can really help identify weaknesses in your writing that you can correct moving forward. A partial critique may also be helpful in identifying weakness in your story.


  • Word 1 to 20,000 words: $175
  • 20,001 to 30,000 words: $300
  • 30,001 to 40,000 words: $450
  • 40,001 to 50,000 words: $550
  • 50,001 to 60,000 words: $650
  • 60,001 to 75,000 words: $750
  • 75,001 to 85,000 words: $850
  • 85,001 to 90,001 words: $950
  • 90,001 to 95,000 words: 1,000
  • 95,000 to 100,000 words: $1,100
Please contact me for pricing on projects over 100,000 words

The price for a second critique of the same project will be negotiated based on your submission, but generally if noticeable improvements have been made, the price will be cut by 20% of the regular price. Repeat customers will also receive a 10% discount on a new project. A 15% discount will also be applied to your next project when you refer me to another customer. (Limit one discount per project.) Your referral will receive a 5% discount as well.

Sounds great? How do you get started? With a sample.

Sample

Contact me a free sample of my work.

I will provide a sample edit of your work. This will provide you with a more substantial look at my service. The turnaround time for the substantive sample is 5 (five) business days. Your work must be submitted in Microsoft WORD. (no PDF's or emailed content permitted).  Please email sample requests to me at rhondamcknight@gmail.com  with Editing Sample in the subject.

The Substantive Edit is the most comprehensive service I provide. It includes a complete manuscript critique, but in addition, I provide you with suggestions that will help to improve the manuscript. This edit is highly developmental in nature. It will help get to the nuts and bolts of what needs to be fixed with suggestions on how to fix it. The Substantive Edit includes line editing of sentence structure and paragraphs and some rewriting, but not proofreading.

The elements of plot, structure, characterization and pacing are the things that will make or break your manuscript. Many authors, particularly self-published authors will hire an editor to provide proofreading when in truth the manuscript has larger structural issues or problems with characters or plausibility issues that are hard for the writer to see because the writer is so familiar with the story. These larger issues will keep a manuscript from being published. An acquisitions editor or an agent will not turn down a great story because the writer is weak on comma usage. They will, however, reject a novel when larger issues exist such as undeveloped characters or weak plot or bad pacing, because these things require too much work to be fixed. Reviewers will also give you a bad review for these issues, because they are hard to overlook. This is why substantive editing is so important. You may only have one chance with an editor or agent. Make sure your manuscript is as rejection-proof as possible.

What you will receive

A phone call to discuss my findings/comments, a detailed red-line edit throughout the document in Microsoft Word and a detailed write up (often 5 - 10 pages) that discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the plot and characters. With plot, I look at overall premise, the main conflict, the flow of one scene to the next, the black moment/final climax, the resolution, and places where the story is redundant, goes off track, or moves away from the main plot. The write up will also evaluate any sub-plots and whether or not they are well-integrated into the story and add or detract from the main story line. With characters, I provide a detailed analysis of the main characters’ Goals, Motivations, and Conflicts, and discuss how those could be strengthened or better-utilized in the story. I also discuss how those characters fit into and enhance the plot and make suggestions for minor characters roles.

I will make comments directly into the manuscript itself, as well as the summary at the end of the manuscript. However, please note that a Substantive Edit will not include proofreading (punctuation, grammar and spelling). There will be some, particularly when I see blatant errors, but the purpose of this edit is to deliver suggestions for rewriting. Proofreading is never done at this stage of writing. (See Proofread Only service. )

Please note that while I will do some rewriting, this is just to give you examples of how to execute what I have noted. I don’t write, rewrite, or correct your manuscript for you. So rewriting will be heaviest at the beginning of the manuscript.

Does this sound like what you need? Want to know how to get started? Or is what I’m saying making sense, but you’re not sure what the end product will look like? I recommend we start with a First Chapter Sample Edit.

Sample

I will complete a partial first chapter substantive edit of your manuscript as a sample. 

In order to receive a sample, please submit the prologue or portion of the first chapter of your manuscript and synopsis of the story. The writing sample must be at least 750 words, but cannot exceed 1,000. If we choose to work together, the fee will be deducted from the total cost of the edit.

What you will pay:

Substantive Edit is only available for a full manuscript. Prices for a Substantive Edit are estimated as follows. A manuscript that requires substantially more work will have to be submitted so the price may be determined:


  • 25,000 – 45,000 words $650 (novella length)
  • 45,001 - 55,000 words $750
  • 55,001 – 65,000 words $850 (short fiction)
  • 65,001 – 80,000 words $950
  • 80,000 - 85,000 words - $1000
  • 85,001 – 95,000 words $1,100
  • 95,001 – 105,000 words - $1,200 (long fiction)
  • 105,000 words and up $ 50 for every 2500 additional words.
Delivery of a Substantive Edit is between 10-15 days depending on the word count and the work required on my part. A final delivery date will be provided once the first chapter sample is completed. Second review of manuscript can be contracted. A 20% discount applies.

Please contact me at 
https://rhondamcknight.as.me/  to inquire.

Private Coaching Services

Need a little help from someone who's where you want to be? 

Sometimes, that’s what a writer needs to reach a fiction writing goal. I offer one-on-one coaching assistanceediting, and mentorship, because those are the three things (in addition to writing) that helped me get where I am as a multi-published, award winning author. I’d love to offer you the same.


  • Do you have a great story idea and need some help fleshing it out?
  • Do you want to write a story, but have no idea if it’s actually salable?
  • Do you think you have a great idea and want to make sure it’s not going to fizzle in the middle? Or are you in the middle and its sagged?
  • Do you have great characters and a weak plot? Or a great plot and weak characters?
  • Do you have a project written and need help with rewriting?
  • Finished your project and have no idea what to do next?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you may need my Coaching Services. All my packages include coaching, critique and mentorship.

As a coach – I’ll cater to your specific needs. It is a completely client-driven service that addresses your project, publishing and promotional needs.

As a mentor – I’ll share how I did it and what I would do if I were you, so that you have a model to consider.

As an editor– I’ll give you substantive developmental feedback on your writing.

What qualifies me to coach you?  Several things, but the number one is that I love writing and I love mentoring. I'm a bit of  a dream chaser, so I get it...you are gifted and you want to see your dream of holding your novel in your hands come true. I used to be you. Or you are a published author and you know you need some help with craft and marketing. Continuing education is critical to the success of an author's longevity in this business. Readers expect and deserve the best. I applaud you for caring about your career. I know I can help you to become a better author.

I have several award winning novels under my belt, most notably my 2015 Emma Award for Unbreak My Heart, nine years of free-lance editing experience, a master's degree in adult education, and 19 years of career experience training and providing coaching services for state government. I told you I enjoyed teaching. See the 
About Rhonda page for more about my experience publishing other authors.

 With respect to coaching, I have 4 packages. Choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.

Package 1 – The Starter Kit: Writing has been a hobby and now you want to finish a project. Attending a writer’s conference and need advice on what to say to an editor or agent?


  • One – 45 minute session and 2 follow up emails.
  • Read and critique the first 5 pages of your project.
  • Feedback on story premise from a creative and marketing standpoint.
 Price - $75

Package 2 – Emerging Writer: Are you serious about publication, but need help making it happen? We’ll address goal setting, time management, organization, and development of the project, to include: story structure, character development, goal, motivation and conflict or whatever YOU decide you’d like to discuss.


  • Two – 60 minute sessions and up to 3 follow up emails a month.
  • Written summary or recording of the content of conversation.
  • A list of resources to assist you.
  • A critique of 3,000 words of your project or synopsis (1st month)
  • Feedback on five pages of the project per month (subsequent months)
 Price - $ 150 a month

Package 3 – Fix-It Craft Intensive: You’ve finished a project and you need intensive assistance to make revisions.


  • One – 60 phone session and 7 follow up emails (first month only).
  • Four – 30 phone sessions and up to 5 follow up emails a month (subsequent months).  
  • Written summary or recording of content of conversation during the sessions.
  • A list of resources to assist you.
  • A substantive analysis of the first 5,000 words of your project and synopsis (first month).
  • Critique/feedback of 10 pages of your project (each subsequent month).
Price - $250 - 1st month and $175 each subsequent month (2 month minimum).

Package 4 – You Call It.You tell me what you want, and we’ll tailor the package to suit your needs. This package includes a minimum of 60 minutes of a coaching session, but beyond that you’ll decide what’s next.

Price - $125 for initial consultation session. The balance to be determined by your unique needs.

To inquire, contact me by email at  
https://rhondamcknight.as.me/

 rhondamcknight@gmail.com – Writing Coach in the subject line. 


  • All sessions will be completed by telephone unless otherwise requested.
  • Georgia residents who desire in person sessions will have to make accommodations for space and pay and onsite fee and travel expenses.
  • For the purpose of critique/feedback - a page is 275 words and double spaced.
  • All submissions must be made in Microsoft WORD.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bejeweled: Standing Strong by Chelle Ramsey



BOOK BLURB:

Olivia has overcome many challenges and disappointments in her life. Yet, when faced with an unexpected death of a family member, and witnessing the murder of someone she cares for, she isn’t sure she can survive. The losses incurred on this journey may cause her to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
The return of Black and Kianna means the puzzle pieces of Angel’s life are finally locking into place. The picture is different than she envisioned. Angel must determine if uncovering the truth of their past, is worth the sacrifice of her new relationship.
Kianna’s played dirty in the past, but this time the fight is deadly. She’s willing to go all in to expose the truth, which will cause everyone in the game to ante up. Will her sacrifice be more than she bargained for?
Black’s gambled several times in the past, but this time the stakes are high. With his life and those of his family serving as the bargaining chips, it isn’t that easy to fold. To protect those he loves the most, he may have to sacrifice his own life to save theirs.
Angel. Kianna. Black. In the end everyone must bear their cross. And the truth is so explosive, the House will never be the same. One will stand strong and walk away. One will stand strong and make the ultimate sacrifice. And one will stand strong and won’t survive!

EXCERPT 1:
Angel had been sitting in the waiting room for several hours with Georgette beside her. On her way to the hospital, Angel called Black’s mom to let her know what happened. She promised Angel she would be on the next flight in from DC and catch a cab to the hospital. Angel expected she would arrive at any moment.
“Mrs. Franklin,” a nurse greeted, entering the waiting room and approaching Angel.
“Yes?” Angel replied, standing up.
“Terrence is out of surgery now. He was back in recovery for the last half an hour, and they just rolled him up to his room. You can see him for a brief moment. Please follow me, Mrs. Franklin,” the nurse said. Her name tag read, “Ophelia.”
Angel looked back at Georgette who nodded her head reassuringly. She folded her arms across herself as she nervously followed the nurse through the blue swinging double doors marked Intensive Care Unit 1 {ICU 1}. Georgette had stayed behind in the waiting area, because no one was allowed back but family. Angel had told the nurse upon her arrival she was his wife, conveniently leaving the “ex” off.
Despite all the hell Black had taken her through with his years of selling drugs and cheating, she didn’t want any harm to come to him. There were more years with him as his woman and wife than not. Not to mention he was the father of her child. Although she would not admit it to anyone else, she still cared about Black.
She paused momentarily as the nurse came to a stop outside a room two doors down from the nurses’ reception desk. Angel looked through the glass partition of the ICU room Black was in. Gasping, she placed her hand to her mouth to stifle the sob that threatened to break forth. Angel didn’t try to stop the tears that flooded her eyes, running down her face. She had to be strong right now, for him and her little boy.
“Are you up to this, honey?” Ophelia asked. She placed a tiny, cool hand on Angel’s wrist and cast a warm, blue gaze at Angel.
Inhaling deeply, unable to find her voice, Angel shook her head “yes.” Following the nurse into the room, she warily took in her surroundings. The monitors stood guard over his bed like night watchmen, bleeping out readings that wouldn’t make sense to her in a million years. To the left of his bed stood two machines. According to Nurse Ophelia, one recorded his heart rate and monitored his blood pressure, while the other monitored his oxygen level. A saline drip was attached to his left hand and another pole with a plastic packet stood next to it. She was unsure as to what it was for, but the tubing attached to it; snaked its way underneath the covers to his pelvic region.
Her heart skipped a beat when she found the courage to lift her eyes to see Black lying inert in the bed. He was on a ventilator. Her Black who was so full of life, so flirtatious and fun one moment and so hardcore the next, but always talking. There were no sounds coming from him now. The endotracheal tube made sure of that. No sounds other than the low beeping and the whooshing of the equipment could be heard.
“Why is he on a ventilator?” Angel found her voice.
“It’s to assist him with breathing until he is able to do so on his own. It’s not abnormal. It just ensures that if he misses a breath, the machine will do the breathing for him. This tubing here,” Ophelia pointed at the plastic tube coming from his nose, “is a feeding tube that will give him all the nutrients he needs until he’s off the ventilator and able to eat on his own.”
“Do we know how long he’ll be here in ICU?”
“That always varies depending on the patient, their response to treatment, and how soon he begins coming around. It’s really difficult to say. But what you can do while he’s here is just talk to him, as you normally would. Just be careful not to say anything that might be upsetting to him. It’s okay to rub his hand or arm; you can even kiss him on his forehead if you would like.”
Angel shook her head and sniffed as she blinked back tears.
“All right, I’m going to step out, and I’ll be at the nurses’ station if you need anything. Its 4:30 now,” Ophelia stated, looking at her wrist watch. “You have 15 minutes with him, and then you’ll have to leave until 8:30 tonight. That’s our next visiting time.”
Angel cautiously sat in the chair on the right side of his bed. She wasn’t sure what to do with herself or how to even respond to him. A part of her continued to wait for him to wake up and say something sarcastic to her at any moment, or even ask about his son.
After sitting there for almost five minutes, she tentatively reached out her hand and touched his wrist. “Black…what happened? Who did this to you? I told you! I told you if you didn’t change your lifestyle…” Angel shook her head, recalling the nurse’s advice.
“I’m sorry,” she tried again, “I don’t know who did this to you, or why, but I’m sure we’re gonna bring them to justice.” She sat rocking back and forth for a few moments more, staring at him.
“I don’t know what I’m gonna tell TJ. He was looking forward to spending this weekend with you. Maybe I’ll just say you aren’t feeling well. I know we’ve been through so much, but that little boy loves you. And neither of you deserves this. There’s a lot of things I didn’t say throughout our marriage, which I should have said. But the one thing I never failed to tell you is you’re a wonderful father. You’ve always been the best father that little boy could have. You’re strong, smart, funny, and you have so much love in you for him. And he needs that. So if for no other reason, you have to get well for TJ, Black.” She rubbed his hand and stared at him, fighting back the tears.

EXCERPT 2:
It was always so much easier to give it when it didn’t impact you directly. The benefit of the doubt. That’s what Olivia was thinking about. There were so many things that needed her attention at the moment, but she couldn’t move past the funeral. Bethany’s funeral had been explosive in more ways than one. She had been strong through it all, even when Anne, Bethany’s mother, had announced in front of just over a hundred strangers that Raymond had been trying to re-ignite his marriage to Bethany and had even shared her bed after marrying Olivia.
A weaker woman would have broken. A weaker woman would not have walked out of the funeral home with her head held high. A weaker woman would not have held her composure on the ride back to the hotel with her husband and step-children, or on the return flight home. But Olivia was anything but weak. Her strength and faith in God kept her through it all…until they returned home.
Throughout it all, Raymond had attempted to explain it. She told him in no uncertain terms she didn’t want to discuss it until they returned home.
They had arrived back at their house just after midnight on Sunday. She pretended to be asleep even when Raymond reached for her in bed. She had pulled away and spent the remainder of the night with questions floating in her head. She would have her say. But not in front of the children. So the next day when her father asked if he could take the children for ice cream, she jumped at the opportunity.
“Baby, I’m telling you, Anne is evil. She twisted everything into something ugly. It never happened like she said,” Raymond pleaded, as he sat on the bed bench with his hands clasped between his knees.
Olivia sat at her dressing table with her back to her husband.
“Why would she lie about something like that, Ray?”
“Because she’s hateful. She wants to see me unhappy and miserable,” Raymond reasoned.
“But why, Ray? What have you done to her that would make her so angry she would tell such vile lies?” Olivia asked. She still refused to turn around and face him.
“I don’t know, baby. She’s angry because her daughter died, and she’s always hated me. The woman is prejudiced. I mean, don’t get me wrong, she loves black people as long as we’re not mixing with her precious blue blood. But once you cross that line you’re an enemy for life,” Raymond clarified.
“Raymond, this is the worst excuse I’ve ever heard. Tell me,” she said, turning around in her chair and facing her husband for the first time. “Did you tell Bethany you wanted to work on your marriage?”
“No!” Raymond adamantly denied.
“Did you ever want to work on your marriage?” Olivia interrogated.
“No, baby. At least not once I decided to divorce her. By the time you and I got together, I had left all of that behind me,” he explained.
Olivia could see the pain in his eyes, but she couldn’t help but think of all the return trips he made to Boston in the beginning of their marriage. Many of those trips had resulted in an argument between her and her husband.
“She said there were times you were staying up there and the kids were with her and Cal. What about that, Ray? How do you explain that?” she asked, pursing her lips.
“Beth knew I was coming to see the kids, but hadn’t told them. On a couple of occasions they asked if they could spend the night with their grandparents. And she took them, never telling them I was on the way into town. I usually didn’t arrive until that night some time, and it would be too late to get them by then. So I would have to wait until the next day to pick them up,” he explained. Raymond stood up and began crossing the room to his wife.
Olivia held up her hand to stop him in his path.
“Did you ever sleep in the same bed as her, Raymond?” Olivia asked. Her heart fell when her husband lowered his head. “Ray-did-you-ever-sleep-in-the-same-bed-with-Beth?” Olivia asked in a slow, drawn-out tone.
He held his head up and looked her in the eyes. “Yes, but—”
“Get the hell out of my home! Now!” she screamed, when it took a moment for him to take in what she was saying. “Get out!”
She fast-walked to the closet and began pulling his clothes out and throwing them at him.
“Ivy…baby, listen!” Raymond pleaded, pulling on her arm.
“Raymond, don’t you dare touch me! Get the hell out, now!” she growled.
He began picking up his items from the floor and left the home before the kids returned.
All alone in her bedroom, she screamed until she grew hoarse, and then she lay down and wept until she fell asleep.

EXCERPT 3:
She needed to figure out how to calm the firestorm of her marriage. She would not allow her family issues to become fuel for the gossip mill. As if catching a vibe, her cell phone began to buzz at that moment. She glanced down and saw Raymond’s smiling face on the phone.
“Hey, ladies, I’ll be right back,” she said, walking back towards her office.
She hit the answer button before she made it there. “Hold on for a moment,” she said into the phone.
Closing the door behind her, she sat in her office chair and slowly put the phone to her ear.
“Yes, Raymond,” she answered in a sharp tone.
“We need to talk, Olivia.”
“About what?”
“I don’t want to do this over the phone. We’ve been going at it like this for the last couple of days. We can’t keep telling the kids I’m out of town for a work conference.”
“That was your idea, Raymond! You better not dare try to turn this around on me. I have not interfered with your right to your children. I have no right to do that, and I wouldn’t try. You’re the one who decided you didn’t want—”
“You’re damned right, I decided!” Raymond interrupted. “They are going through enough right now and the last thing I want is for them to know we’re on the outs.”
“I don’t care what you want, Ray! Your wants don’t matter to me!”
“They had better matter. Especially where those kids are involved, Olivia. Look, I know you’re angry with me right now. But this isn’t about you and me. It’s about what they need. And what they need is to see strength and unity and love. They don’t need to see us falling apart. You’re their stepmother, and as a parent you’re a role model whether you like it or not. I’m coming home this evening. And we can talk or not, but I’m coming back home and I’m not leaving again, Olivia,” Ray shot back.
“Fine then! I will!” Olivia insisted, and clicked the phone off.
She got up from her office chair and sat on the couch. Her hands were shaking and she, felt ready to explode. She dropped her head into her hands and released the tears of hurt and frustration.
“Father what am I going to do? I’ve given this man all of my heart and all of my love. I can’t take this hurt and pain. How can I be there for these children or this man right now, when I don’t have strength for myself? How could he do this to us, Lord? I trusted him more than I’ve ever trusted another person in my life! Oh, God…whyyyyyy?” she sobbed.
Olivia’s shoulders shook with each sob that wracked her body. She thought about how all she had done was cry all weekend long. And each time was at the hands of Raymond, the man who had sworn to love, protect, and cherish her. He’d failed miserably. She wondered if he had ever gotten over his first wife. She had asked him that early on in the relationship. He’d sworn he was over Bethany. Now she began to question everything.
He wouldn’t make a fool out of her. Olivia was a good, strong woman who deserved better. This she knew. And she could show him better than she could tell him. She had a bathroom there at the shop and an extra change of clothes. She wouldn’t be going home tonight.



ABOUT CHELLE RAMSEY:
An original Georgia Peach, Chelle Ramsey is a fiction author, writing stories to encourage, empower, entertain and strengthen readers. Many of her stories are based in her birthplace of Atlanta or her husband’s hometown of Cincinnati, where readers can relate to local hot spots and events. She wants her readers (women and men) to become empowered to rise above adversity, with faith in God, and belief in themselves.
Chelle holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, which she puts to use in her HR generalist role by day, while she writes her women’s fiction and Christian fiction novels by night. She is also a romance ghostwriter, a genre very diverse from her own.
Her most important roles are those of a wife and mother of three. During her “me time,” she loves listening to music, and becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, and Nora Roberts. She especially relishes trying to solve the engaging mysteries of James Patterson and Stuart Woods, while eating a bowl of her favorite butter pecan ice cream. Chelle resides in a rural community of Atlanta, GA and enjoys writing, family time, and watching NBA games with her husband.

CONTACT INFO:
BLOG:  www.chelleramsey.com/beautifully-inspired-blog
WEBSITE: www.chelleramsey.com
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChelleRamsey?ref=hl
FACEBOOK_NOVEL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-House-of-BeJeweled-Novels/385049478363422?ref=hl
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ChellesBooks
EMAIL: chelleramseywrites@gmail.com
INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/chelleramseybooks/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscom_Chelle

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