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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Title: Hot Cocoa, Green Tea, And The Man Who Sweetened My Heart
Author: Deanna Martinez-Bey
Genre: Women’s Fiction,
Stephanie had been held hostage in an abusive marriage for nearly twelve years. She was manipulated, controlled and abused by her mentally unstable husband. The last physical altercation drove Stephanie to begin a new life, alone, just her and her ten-year-old son, Ray.
Stephanie made an exit plan. She would find a new school for Ray, a full-time job and a place to live and just when she thought that life would be calm and peaceful, her monster of a husband, soon to be ex-husband would rear his ugly head. Stephanie winds up meeting a new friend through work. As time passes, they find that they are developing feelings for one another. After the divorce is final her ex-husband stirs up trouble yet again. Would Stephanie and her new friend become an item or would all the trouble from her ex-monster have him packing his bags and running? Would Stephanie finally be awarded full custody of her son or would her ex sabotage that from ever happening?
Hot Cocoa, Green Tea, And the Man Who Sweetened My Heart, is a compelling story of love, fear, hatred and self-transformation with a touch of humor, intimacy and a hint of the paranormal.
“That day, I decided that a battered and bruised physical body, damaged emotions, and what felt like a broken ankle was not going to keep me from finding happiness. The hunt was on!”
Deanna has always aspired to be a writer. She started writing poetry and short stories and the young age of seven. Born in New Jersey, Deanna currently lives in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. She says. “I will always be a Jersey girl at heart.” Which is why she came up with her own recipe for, New Jersey coffee cake, that she shares at the end of this book. She has had several of her original recipes published over the years. They have been featured in publications such as: Taste of Home Magazine, Taste of Home “Best Of” cookbooks, Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, local magazines and Women’s Day online, to name a few.
Deanna’s other published works: Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star
When Life Gives You Lemons, Drink Coffee!
Deanna’s contact information: Website: www.deannamartinezbey.com
Facebook: Author: Deanna Martinez-Bey @deannamartinezbey
YouTube: Author Deanna Martinez-Bey
United States: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076Z53KMW
Author Bio Author and occasional philosopher and monologist, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given his writing a progressive and environmentalist view. You can find a growing number of his books and performances available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.
Links Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/KenLaSalle
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kenlasalleAuthor
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/theKenLaSalle
Website link: http://www.kenlasalle.com/
Amazon page link: https://www.amazon.com/Ken-La-Salle/e/B004U6OFQ0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1509644216&sr=8-1
Book Excerpts Excerpt 1
“It’s a ritual. You understand? The intent is to force all of the childhood memories out of the boy and leave the man remaining. But that’s not exactly what happens. Sometimes, it causes brain damage and the boys lose their memory, their identity, even their ability to speak. The fact that they survive at all means they have cheated death and now they are ready to be men.” “Okay,” I said, drinking my beer. “What’s your point? What’s that have to do with – ” “That’s only one example, Mister Hollis. Just one! In the Amazon rainforest – back when, you know, it still existed – the Satere-Mawes had an equally brutal ritual. They would capture bullet ants. Do you know what bullet ants are?” Of course, I didn’t. So, he took another big pull from his beer and told me. “They’re called bullet ants because being stung by one is so severe that it hurts like being shot by a bullet. They live in trees and warn passers-by of their hive by falling down on you. They’re a full inch long. And after they fall on you, they shriek – yes, they shriek – and then they sting you, which is like being shot by a bullet. And that’s just from one, single ant.” Tom stepped back into his furniture storage room and returned with a stool. He sat on it and said, “Now comes the best part.” “There’s a better part?” I asked. “The Satere-Mawe tribe gather these ants by the hundreds and make gloves out of huge leaves, putting these ants inside the gloves. Then, they have their young men place their hands inside these gloves. The ants are woven into the gloves in such a way that when you put your hand inside of them, the ants begin stinging. Every sting is like being shot and they leave their hands in there for two minutes – five minutes – ten minutes! Ten minutes of agonizing pain. Soon, their bodies are convulsing from the toxins. Their arms grow stiff, useless, twisted appendages wrecked with agony. This agony lasts for days, days filled with uncontrollable spasms, useless limbs. For a Satere-Mawe boy to become a man, he doesn’t go through this ordeal once. The boy must endure this twenty times.” “That’s… that’s horrible,” I said. Tom finished his beer and said, “And then, there are the Vanuatu Land Divers, who throw themselves off of 98 feet tall towers, breaking bones and sometimes dying. There’s the Matis Hunting Trials that include pouring poison into the boy’s eyes, injecting frog toxin with a wooden needle, beatings, whippings – ” “Wait,” I said. “Hold on. Why are you telling me these things? What could this possibly have to do with your son?”
Friday, December 1, 2017
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077NTCPVP U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077NTCPVP
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