Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's a Giveaway!!

It is one of things that I am most proud of. Next to my children it was one of my greatest accomplishments.



I started writing this story back in 2001 and finally published it in 2004. I love this story. It is a great story. Not just because I wrote it … but because it is really a great story.

Three women who meet for the first time at their father’s funeral.

That’s it in a nutshell. You’d be surprised to know how long it took me to sum it up that succinctly. It took so long because it is really so much more. The story revolves around the lives of three women who have to reconcile themselves with the fact that their papa was a rolling stone. His actions had very long-lasting effects on all three women and now that he’s gone, they are wondering if they could possibly ever be friends, not to mention … family. They struggle with the fact that they are sisters yet they really know nothing about each other.

The story is fiction but was inspired by true events from my own life. My birth was the result of an affair between my mother and a married man. I found out about it when I was sixteen years old and I met him when I was nineteen. He died when I was twenty-nine. I met one of my sisters (from his first marriage) when I was in my thirties and I have yet to meet another sister (from his second marriage) face-to-face, but we have corresponded through e-mail (sort of).

Still with me?

I know very little about my mother’s relationship with my biological father. I had a lot of questions but I didn’t feel comfortable asking them so I made up a story about what I thought it would have been. Before the story was published I asked my mom to read it and give me her feedback. She gave me the green light to move forward which I really admired. If she had one single issue with the book it would never have seen the light of day.

Just about everyone in my immediate family has read it. I was reluctant about my biological father’s family reading it. Mainly because it doesn’t really paint them in a positive light. But then again, the book is fiction … I made all that stuff up. Well, most of it anyway. I traveled to Atlanta a few years ago and met most of them and the ones that read the book (my uncle and my brother) didn’t seem to have a problem. And even though I was an “outside child” they really welcomed me with open arms.

As I said, this is a great story and I would love to share it with one lucky person so I’m going to do a giveaway. This is easy. All you have to do is leave a comment and I’ll do a random drawing at the end of the week, the winner will receive an autographed copy. I’m hoping the lurkers will come out of hiding for this. You must be willing to provide your address in order to receive the book.

Good luck.

15 comments:

LadyLee said...

Don't enter me in the contest, as you know that I still have my copy, all dogeared and shabby and falling apart as it is. I LOVE THAT BOOK, MAN!

Anonymous said...

Yes i'm a lurker and yes i'm coming out of hiding...This hit home because my dad passed and we didn't have a relationship....I didn't forgive him until his funeral....I was angry my WHOLE adult life because I felt he abandoned my brother and me....then at his funeral a bunch of kids from his neighborhood got up and testified how he taught them lots of stuff and how great he was....

RIGHT THEN I KNEW GOD PUT HIM WHERE HE NEEDED TO BE.....

Dee in San Diego...."a frequent lurker"

Diva (in Demand) said...

I'm jealous that my copy isn't autographed......so can you send me a piece of paper with your autograph on it that I can glue in the front of the book? And don't fold it!

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

I'm a lurker coming out of hiding. This book has been on my book list even since Ladylee mentioned it.

LB said...

Put me in the drawing, please. I'm coming out of hiding. I am intrigued.

Remnants of U said...

I'm not a lurker...Although I comment more often in my head than I do on the blog.

I haven't been able to read a book since I finished school & it is going on 2 years now. I would certainly start with your book. :-)

Single Ma said...

I'd love to own an autographed copy of your book!

Spring said...

I found your site the Diva in Demand; I check your site out once or twice a week. This was luck day for me. You book sounds intriguing. I don't think I've read one with your plot. Even if I don't win, I’ll be heading to the book store soon.

~Truly Tina~ said...

Okay, okay, I'm coming out of hiding. :) Raymond's Daughters sounds very interesting and I would really like to have an autographed copy of your book!

Anonymous said...

*coming out of lurkdom*

Would love to have an autographed copy of your book. I learned at the age of 38 that I had an older sister. So, we have something in common.

~LisaB

Bballmom said...

Please add my name in the drawing. I would LOVE and autigraphed copy of your book.

Icey said...

Dont ass my name to the drawing either as I have a copy as well!! Just really proud of you that's all!

Icey said...

Yeah so that should be "add" not ass! smh

dmac said...

Please enter me in the drawing. I love true life fiction (if that makes sense)

Luv said...

okay...i know i am late but i want to chat about the publishing process. i have 2 books i want to publish..i think it's time for me to get over my fear and let the world see my talent