Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WRITER WEDNESDAY_A NECESSARY LOVE

Today's #writerwednesday sample highlights a piece from my next release, BeJeweled: What A Tangled Web We Weave. This particular story is the second book in The House of BeJeweled series. I had originally scheduled it to be released in October; however, the house fire that we had at the end of September caused me to place the project on hold.

I am currently looking at a release date after the first of the year. I promise when I know the exact time frame...you'll be the third to know, coming in only after my husband and myself. Well on to the point. Here's an excerpt for your reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy.

BEJEWELED: WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE
CHAPTER 10: A NECESSARY LOVE


Nikki was unsure how long she had been out. But when she came to, bright lights were surrounding her and strange faces were staring back at hers.

“Where am I?” she asked, the kind elderly lady looking into her eyes.

“Atlanta Medical Center. Honey, can you tell me your name?” the lady asked.

“Huh?”

“I need you to tell me your name.”

“Nekana Vincent.”

“And do you know what today is?”

Nikki shook her head to clear it, but regretted it as soon as she did. It felt as if her head were about to explode.

“Umm, it’s…it’s October 12th,” she recalled that Mrs. O had just gotten married yesterday.

“Do you know what happened to you, honey?” the lady asked.

Nikki turned her head towards the wall. She didn’t want to talk about it, she recalled exactly what had occurred between her and her husband. She was not only hurt, but she was furious at Carlos. Never had he caused her to enter the hospital. In the past, the situations had always been able to be handled by the two of them. The police had been called by the neighbors in the past when things had gotten too loud, but Carlos had learned to keep things under control as much as possible.

“There are two police officers standing outside this door that would like to speak to you.”

Nikki still refused to speak. She didn’t know what they expected but she refused to get Carlos into any trouble. She wanted everyone to just leave her alone. If only there were one friendly face in the crowd, she could make it through the rest.

“Mrs. Vincent, I’m Dr. Carney and we’re all worried about you. You have a mild concussion, and we want to keep you overnight for observation. There is severe bruising to your ribs and you have suffered a mild hematoma to your left eye, which is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels. I would like to have you X-rayed to take a closer look at your ribs, as there is a hematoma there as well. But we will schedule that soon. I want you to get some rest and I will inform the two police officers that you have only five minutes and then they must leave.”

“What time is it, doctor?” It was the first question she had asked since learning her location.

“It’s 2:33 in the morning,” Dr. Carney replied, looking at her watch.

“Thank you.”

“Oh by the way, you have another gentleman outside waiting to see you. He can visit for a few moments after the police officers leave.”

“Who is it?”

“His name is Wesley King,” Dr. Carney said, consulting the chart in her hand.

“Thank you…Dr. Carney?”

“Yes, Mrs. Vincent?” Dr. Carney turned back around.

“Is there a mirror that I can see?”

“Sure give me just a moment,” the doctor went into the bathroom and brought back a small hand-held mirror.

After checking her bruises and swelling she had hidden the mirror underneath the covers, and fought back the tears. Nikki had not been cooperative with the police officers at all, despite their reassurances that they would catch her husband.
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by: Chelle Ramsey

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALK ABOUT IT TUESDAY_UNFAIR PUNISHMENT OR JUSTICE BEING SERVED?

Another house fire resulting in the death of two children, and three others injured. Why? Because they were left home alone, while their mother worked. More often than not we see these stories populating the top news reports. Children are being left alone to watch their siblings and the results can sometimes be devastating, not always, but sometimes. Why are they being left alone, we question? In this particular instance, the mother had to work and had no one to watch the children.

Sure the neighbor popped up on TV claiming that she would do anything to assist her. But everyone wants to sound good in hindsight. I don't know if the woman actually offered to assist her or not, but it is often in these cases we see the well-meaning neighbors come forward with their good intentions. My question is, where are all these well-intentioned people during the time of need.

The four and five year old children died in the house fire, the ten-year-old child is on life support, and the other two have been released from the hospital. The police charged the mother with "murder." Of all the charges to pin on her, they chose murder. This charge is one of the most serious ones because it implies the crime was committed with intent. When you hear this charge, it appears as though the police are implying that the mother tried to make this happen. We know that the definition of murder is that it is an unlawful killing, with malice "aforethought," a premeditated action.

Now, I know they have to conduct an investigation but I think more often than not, some of these women are catching a bad rap. Okay, the kids shouldn't have been left home alone, yet, so many single women are struggling to provide a living for their families. When there is no support system in place, this isn't easy. They are making the decisions they believe to be in the best interest of their families. It's easy for some of us to make a judgment about others, especially when we haven't walked a day in their shoes. In this instance, my heart goes out to the children and the mother. My heart breaks that she found herself in a situation where she would have to make this decision. I also find sorrow in the fact that she is suffering the loss of her children, while being charged with murder for their deaths. There is enough punishment in the fact that her decision caused the loss of her children. And what's more, she can't be with the others to console them now, or even be by her child's side who is currently on life support.

My prayers go out to the entire family and all the single mothers and fathers who are doing the best they can to provide for their families. How do we begin to put support systems in place to help those in need and to make them feel comfortable seeking that help?

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Writing My Dreams

by: Chelle Ramsey

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A TRIBUTE_NELSON RAMSEY, JR._MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner

I am so thankful that we spent a week in Cincinnati during Thanksgiving, with my husband's family. There was moments of healing, forgiveness, and clearing up misunderstandings. Some issues remained to be worked out, but the healing process had begun. This past Saturday, my brother-in-law, Nelson Ramsey, Jr. passed away, 1 week before his 48th birthday. As we reflect on his life, my husband and I are both thankful that the family came together again before his passing. It was expected and not expected. He had been sick for such a long time, but it still came as a surprise. On Thanksgiving Day, he enjoyed his family, he joked, and he was extremely happy his two younger brothers had returned home for a holiday visit. And then Saturday evening we received the unexpected phone call. We find peace in knowing he is resting and no longer suffering. We are thankful that we were blessed to see him once more. We praise God for His wonderful blessings.

Love your family today, forgive one another for wrongs, and clear up any misunderstandings. He hasn't promised us tomorrow, let alone the next breath.

R.I.P. Nelson Ramsey, Jr.

Until we meet again, we love you...


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Writing My Dreams

by: Chelle Ramsey

www.cmichelleramsey.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY_MILLENIUM THROWBACK

Today's #throwbackthursday is dedicated to the millennium. A time we all waited with expectancy and hope to see the changes that would be realized.



TOP SCANDALS


2011 -
  • IT'S REVEALED THAT ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER FATHERED A LOVE CHILD WITH HIS HOUSEKEEPER 14 YEARS PRIOR

2010-
  • JESSE JAMES AFFAIR ON SANDRA BULLOCH IS REVEALED
2009 -
  • TIGER WOODS CAR CRASH LEADS TO INFIDELITY EXPOSURE
  • ALTERCATION BETWEEN LOVE DUO RIHANNA & CHRIS BROWN LEADS TO RIHANNA IN THE ER W/BRUISES & CHRIS BROWN AT THE POLICE STATION
2008-
  • ACTOR HEATH LEDGER DIES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE OF PRESCRIPTION PILLS
2007 -
  • ANNA NICOLE SMITH DIES & A CUSTODY BATTLE ENSUES OVER HER DAUGHTER BETWEEN HER HUSBAND & DAUGHTER'S BIOLOGICAL FATHER
2006 -
  • BRITNEY SPEARS APPEARS TO ABDICATE HER MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD & THE IMAGE THE WORLD HAD BECOME USED TO

2005 -
  • BRAD PITT & JENNIFER ANISTON'S SPLIT BLAMED ON ANGELINA JOLIE
2004 -
  • JANET JACKSON'S BREAST EXPOSURE AT SUPERBOWL HALF TIME PERFORMANCE
  • MARTHA STEWART SENTENCED TO 5 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR CONSPIRACY, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS & OBSTRUCTION OF AN AGENCY PROCEEDING



TOP 10 SONGS OF THE FIRST DECADE OF THE NEW MILLENIUM:

2000 - FAITH HILL - BREATHE
2001 - LIFEHOUSE - HANGING BY A MOMENT
2002 - NICKELBACK - HOW YOU REMIND ME
2003 - 50 CENT - IN DA CLUB
2004 - USHER FT. LIL' JON & LUDACRIS - YEAH
2005 - MARIAH CAREY - WE BELONG TOGETHER
2006 - DANIEL POWTER - BAD DAY
2007 - BEYONCE - IRREPLACEABLE
2008 - FLO RIDA FT. T-PAIN - LOW
2009 - BLACK EYED PEAS - BOOM BOOM POW


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NANOWRIMO UPDATE_WRITER WEDNESDAY



There you have it ladies and gentlemen, my word count is 11,253. Okay, so I'm not doing so great with my nanowrimo project. But have I given up? Not quite. I've actually reverted to working on another project that I was completing prior to nanowrimo. And that's what I'm going to share with you today. So before you bash me read on...


EXCERPT FROM A WOMAN'S CHOICE:

I was sitting in my husband’s hospital room reading a book early that Sunday morning when the door opened. I sat on the left side of his bed, surrounded by flowers and hidden by the bed, which was lifted high. I couldn’t see the person who entered the room, which was unusual. Whenever anyone walked in I could often see their head and chest above the bed. But as I listened I heard a distinct noise. Suddenly it dawned on me when the squeaking stopped that it was the sound of a wheelchair.

I rose slowly from my seat by his side and walked around the bed. I was still unseen as I stood there with a look of disgust on my face. I took in the light skinned woman, whose skin was the color of creamy coffee. She wore her long, brown hair in a wavy braid down her back. She was bent over in a wheelchair with her head lying on his bed. Her shoulders shook as she cried. I chose not to say a word, not because I wanted to give her a private moment with my husband, but because I needed to gather my thoughts.

I remained that way for almost two minutes and I couldn’t take it anymore. “Kendra?” I had never met her or even seen pictures of her before, but I knew who she was.

She turned her head around, with her eyes widened in surprise.

“I’m Ambiance, Eric’s wife.” I stood with my arms folded across my breasts, my face lined with fury.

She sniffed, wiping her arms on the sleeves of her robe. “I know who you are. Can I just have a moment with him please?” Her voice was somewhat deep, what most would probably call sensual. I couldn’t believe she had the gall to ask me if she, his mistress, could have a moment alone with my husband.

“Don’t you think you’ve had more of them than you were entitled to, Kendra? I always thought about all the things that I would say to you if I ever met you. I wondered what you looked like, what you offered him that I couldn’t, and so many other things. And now that I see you, I’m not impressed at all. Actually I feel sorry for you. A woman who can’t get her own man and has to sink to the level of sharing another woman’s man is no woman at all in my book. You have no self-respect, no love for your fellow sisters, and no self-worth. I pity you because until you’ve learned how to love yourself you can’t truly love anyone else. And don’t tell me you love yourself because if you did you would have placed yourself in a much better situation than this. You have to settle for his leftover love,” I spat out at her in anger.
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Writing My Dreams

by: Chelle Ramsey

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