Sunday, October 13, 2019

Five Reasons Why It’s Okay To Not Be Okay


No one said life was fair. Whatever life throws at you, there will be a reaction. The expectation of being Okay with all of the outcomes is not realistic. Life is messy. It is Okay to not be Okay with mucky results. Here are some thoughts on the subject.
  1. Okay, so you feel cruddy. Nothing fits. Nothing taste right. Your hair won’t cooperate, the job, home, partner, and small humans you are responsible for and love are out of sync, and the bank account threatens to bottom out. It is Okay to not be Okay with troubling truths, but it is Okay to admit you are overwhelmed.
  2. Okay, so your way is not the way things are going. Life is chuck full of bumps, detours, and blindsiding. It upsets and rattles your balance. Give yourself a moment, a day, or a week to stop and re-work the immediate priorities. It is Okay not to be Okay when crap happens, but it is Okay to take time to process and plan.
  3. Okay, you really don’t like words and or actions of others. It is uncomfortable, elicits negativity, and is escalating into anger. Don’t sit in seething silence. You need to advocate. It is Okay to not be Okay with an action or idea that affects your life, but it is Okay to speak up for yourself.
  4. Okay, so you are alone and disconnected from everyone. You are feeling sorry for yourself on so many levels. Have a good cry. Let the tears flow, and the tissue boxes deplete. It is a physical relief to just blubber all of the negative emotions. When you are done, wash your face and throw away the tissues. Find that friend who is always there. Take a walk. It’s Okay to not be Okay with sadness, but it is Okay to have a private pity party.
  5. Okay, so you are feeling inept. Everything is piling on your plate and spilling over. Juggling everyone is exhausting. You have only two hands and less than fifteen hours of conscious hours to get it all done. Ask for help. There is no shame in reaching out for advice and assistance. It is Okay to not be able to do everything solo, but it is Okay to accept a helping hand.
 Be mindful of yourself. Be honest about your feelings and abilities. It is Okay to not be Okay, but it is NOT Okay to not being Okay all of the time. Seek out professional help if not being Okay morphs into your normal state of being. Your emotional health needs to be a priority so you can be an active participant in your life. Okay?


Antoinette Truglio Martin’s

WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR

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Hug Everyone You Know
  

Book Summary

During 2017's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, She Writes Press published Antoinette Truglio Martin’s touching memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. It is a 2017 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Non-Fiction: Narrative and a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist: Non-Fiction Women's Issues.


In 2007, Martin believed her call back doctor appointment was routine, maybe a scare, nothing worse. Her shock at receiving a Stage I breast cancer diagnosis was instantly compounded by her own deep fears. As a self-described wimp—afraid of needles and uncomfortable with sedation—how was she going to get through this?

 Antoinette started her fight against cancer with words. She began by journaling and by writing emails to Her Everyone—the large close-knit family and circle of beloved friends wanting to offer their support, especially those who were fighting breast cancer alongside her. The emails not only helped to keep Her Everyone informed, they gave cancer less of a presence in Antoinette’s life, since she wasn’t repeatedly updating people or saying the word “cancer” over and over. The practice of writing calmed her and also gave her space to focus on living: on the house that wasn’t selling, an exciting new job, daughters in college, and summer beach plans. She signed every email with a reminder to “hug everyone you know.”

Those emails and journal entries are at the heart of this memoir, which gives the book an immediacy and raw power.

Hug Everyone You Know is a memoir about how Antoinette found the courage to navigate her first year of breast cancer treatment. It’s the story of how a community—colleagues, family, friends—rallied to support her. The book is moving, brave, informative, and occasionally funny—and it speaks to us all.



Hug Everyone You Know is now available to purchase on Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and  IndieBound.
 Praise for Hug Everyone You Know



“…a well-written, concise telling of what it’s like to be hit with a cancer diagnosis and the human thoughts that accompany it, like ‘how do I tell the family?’ and ‘what do I tell them?.... In five words: she writes a good story…. Martin’s persona is optimistic; you just want to hang around her and it’s that attitude that got her through. Not surprisingly, gratefulness is part of her mantra. So are hugs.”—The Suffolk County News


“Filled with fresh air, light, and life, Hug Everyone You Know is an intimate conversation with an intelligent, funny survivor. The voice rings true, and the insights resonate well beyond the cancer moment. Highly recommended.”—Joni Rodgers, NYT bestselling author of Bald in the Land of Big Hair

“… a compelling memoir about the importance of community while navigating a life crisis such as cancer. As an oncology nurse and a cancer survivor myself, I found Martin's writing to be a refreshingly real depiction of life as a cancer patient. Her writing is a testimony to the endurance of the human spirit, the importance of love and community, and the need for hope every day of the journey.”—Lee Ambrose, StoryCircle Book Reviews

“Martin used journaling and emails to “My Everyone,” her group of close family and friends, to get through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from early-stage breast cancer….The account reveals the value of keeping a journal as a means of coping with one’s fears and acknowledges the support Martin received through sharing her experience rather than trying to shield others from her illness.”—Library Journal

“…how does one wake up from a nightmare like Stage 1 breast cancer? For Antoinette Truglio Martin, the answer was in her community — her family, friends, and close “everyone.” In this memoir, she documents how staying connected with the people in her life helped her to find the courage to embrace her reality and to transform it into a life-giving experience….Martin writes with natural humor and readers will find a lot of encouragement and hope in her writing. This book will show readers the power of human connectivity and how sharing our experience can become an inspiring journey, not only for those who listen to us, but for us who live it….a gift to receive, use and pass on. This book will give readers the strength and the inspiration to name their suffering and to triumph over it. It’s exciting, informative and, above all, entertaining.”—Christian Sia, Reader’s Favorite

“This is a beautifully and honestly written account of the challenges that face women and families confronting a breast cancer diagnosis. It passionately illustrates the ability of women and their ‘Everyone’s’ to find their strength and demonstrate their love.”—Karen Schmitt, MA, BSN, Director, Cancer Services Program of Manhattan New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Executive Director, CARE Shared Resource Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center


“…Being in the medical field, it’s a shot of reality seeing it from the patients’ point of view, with the day-in and day-out struggles of life compounded with the diagnosis. This book brought a face to breast cancer and I feel privileged and honored that she shared it with me. I will hug everyone I know, now and forever.”—Barbara M. O’Brien RN, Director of Cancer Services Program of Staten Island, Staten Island University Hospital

“…beautifully captures the terror and anxiety—as well as the awkwardness and occasional humor—that follow a diagnosis of breast cancer, and the salvation to be found in the love and support of family and friends.”—Andrew Botsford, Editor and Visiting Professor, Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature

  



About the Author
Antoinette Truglio Martin is a life-long Long Islander, teacher, wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer—a memoir chronicling her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. Personal experience essays and excerpts of her memoir were published in Bridges, Visible Ink, and The Southampton Review. Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University in 2016. Antoinette had also written the children's picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup (Albert Whitman and Company), and was a regular columnist for local periodicals Parent Connections (In a Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Her blog, Stories Served Around The Table, tells family tales and life's musings. She lives in her hometown of Sayville, New York with her husband, Matt, and is never far from her “Everyone” and the beaches she loves. Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012, she strives to not let cancer to dictate her life. 



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Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Accidental Romance Blog Tour



🎸 New Release - 

Accidental Romance, Silverblade, Book 2

Bella Jeanisse

Rockstar Romance

258 Pages

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Even with the job of your dreams, you can’t have it all… or can you?

Bassist Zack Bryant has gotten his big break, but it may come with a price. Zack is torn between his career and the beautiful but off limits daughter of his lead vocalist and mentor, Shane Martin. In order to keep his job with Silverblade, he has to stay away from Abigail. It’s harder than he expects, especially when she visits them on the road.

Abigail Turner will do anything to capture Zack’s heart. Even though he’s made it clear nothing can happen, she won’t take no for an answer. Getting to visit them on tour was hard enough, but Abigail refuses to let Zack go without a fight. Now if only she can keep her father from learning of her true intentions.


Warning: For those 18 and over only. May not suitable for all readers. Bumps in the road can be fun, right?

A Rockstar Romance set in the World of Triple Threat.




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“This series just keeps getting better and better…if that’s even possible. No one writes a rock romance like Ms. Jeanisse. She gives you the raw, gritty life of rockers who don’t follow the rules and she isn’t afraid to break your heart along the way only to put it back together again.” ~ Doris 


"Amazingly well written!!! I didn't want the book to end!!!" ~ Amy



Zack stood next to a nearby table. He smiled at Abigail’s giddy expression. She was most definitely surprised. Her gift laid just in reach. He had hidden the small box in a pair of socks for the past week.

He’d planned to mail it to her. For a change, his usual procrastination worked in his favor. He hoped she liked it. Since he finally made good money, he’d purchased what had spoken to him.

“Hey,” Abigail said as she stood in front of Zack. “Did you help?”

He couldn’t meet her eyes, afraid that would portray his feelings. “Yeah. Happy birthday.” He reached over and lifted her gift. “I got you something.” When he turned, his gaze drifted to the new tattoo. Oh, fuck! He groaned to himself but hid it well. “That’s beautiful.” He stared at her cleavage. The tattoo was prominent.

“Thanks.” She threw her arms around him and cringed when her breasts pressed against him. “Was hoping you’d like it.” She pulled back a bit. “Should I open it now?”

Kyle appeared behind her and glared at Zack. “Food’s ready.” He waited until she let Zack go. “Your dad’s looking for you.”

“OK.” Abigail smiled and followed Kyle, who she noticed was angry.

Zack sighed with relief. Then he realized she hadn’t taken his present. He put it back on the table and sat down. His stomach was doing flips. Food would likely worsen it. His gaze fell on her. She hugged partygoers and laughed. She’s happy, and that’s all that matters.

His eyes roamed her body unconsciously and stopped at her tits several times. The tattoo was eye catching and looked amazing on her.

“Should I make you a plate?” Shane asked Abigail as she greeted more guests. “We got most of your favorites.”

She smiled, excited. “After presents?”

“Eighteen hasn’t changed you, huh?” Shane hugged her. “How about you open my gift, then we eat?”

She jumped in his arms. “You bought me another present?” She thought the tattoo was her gift. “Can I open it? Please?”

“Yeah.” Shane led her to a table with a few wrapped boxes. He selected the ones from him. “Hope you like it.”

Curious, she tore the paper. When she saw the box, she squealed. “You really got it? You said I was too young.”

“Trying to throw you off.” Her happiness meant everything to him. “This too.”

Abigail was beyond grateful. He had bought her a professional camera and lenses. “I can’t believe this.” She hugged him fiercely. “Thank you so much!” She hoped she had the chance to use it that week.

“You can open a few more later.” Shane directed her toward the food. “We got vegetable lasagna.”

“You’re the best, Daddy.”

Most of the bands set to play that day attended the party. Alcohol prevailed, but the drinkers were respectful of the occasion. Music played in the background. Everyone had good clean fun for a change. It didn’t compare to the parties they normally had. Shane was grateful it had worked out so well.

Soon after they handed cake out, the party started to wind down. Crew members needed to finish setting up the stage. Zack figured he should help, so he followed Dave toward the exit.

“Wait!” Abigail ran up to him when he reached the door. “You’re leaving? I didn’t open your gift.”

He smiled. “Right, sorry.” Instinctively, he checked to see if anyone was watching them. No one paid them any mind. He pulled the box out of his jacket pocket. “It’s just something that made me think of you.”

Excited, Abigail tore the wrapping and stared. Her pulse raced. He got me jewelry? She opened it slow. “Oh my God!” The pink heart diamond pendant was gorgeous. “I love it.” Unable to hold back, she jumped on him and wrapped her legs around his waist.

It shocked Zack when she kissed him. However, he automatically embraced her. His cock swelled when she eased her tongue into his mouth. He didn’t resist and delved his into hers. A soft moan slipped out as her hand gripped his back. Then he came to his senses and forced her to her feet.

“I’m sorry.” Zack backed away from her. “That was… That was…”

She grinned. “Amazing. I love how you kiss.” She moved closer and freed the necklace from the box. “Put it on me. Please.”

With shaky hands, Zack laid the pendant on her chest, then closed the clasp. His gaze went to her breasts again. The heart settled right between them, nestled perfectly. “Wow.”

“It’s perfect.” She hugged him again, that time on her feet. “I love you too.”

His eyes opened wide. “Wait, no. That’s not what it means.” He stepped back. Fear gripped him. “It’s just a birthday gift.”

Her reaction made him realize how extravagant and significant the pendant was. He’d purchased it without thinking of that. The impulse to please her had overruled his mind.

“I’m sorry if you misunderstood.”

Her eyes watered for a few seconds. “It’s OK. I love it.” She hoped it meant he wanted to be with her. “Thank you.” She turned and rushed to the bathroom to get herself together.

Zack watched her until the door closed. He hated to hurt her. I need a drink. He sighed. No. I need to work. As planned, he left and headed for the stage.








Silverblade by Bella Jeanisse



Genre: Rockstar







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Before there can be a Rockstar Romance, there has to be a band… 

Shane Martin, lead vocalist of Silverblade, has given up on keeping his band together. He doesn’t know how to go on after the loss of their bassist and his best friend, Troy. When Troy’s widow insists he start the search, he does. No one was good enough until he found Zack. 

Zack Bryant plays bass, but his band is going nowhere. He thinks he has no chance to have a better life. That is until Shane walks into the bar where he is playing one night. He finally has a way to show the world what he can do. 

Will Zack blend with the rest of the band? Can they get ready in time to join the Reign of Fire tour? Little do they know, this is only the beginning. 

Warning: For those 18 and over only. May not suitable for all readers. Bumps in the road can be fun, right? 

This book has spoilers for the Gasoline and Wicked End series, as well as Triple Threat's Dual Desires.







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“Bella is an awesome author” 5 STARS ~ Lisa M Queen


“Great rock romance” 5 STARS ~ Doris


“All of Ms. Jeanisse’s books take you directly into the world of rock and roll and makes you feel as a voyeur into their lives. I cannot wait to see where the next book in the Silverblade series takes us. I highly recommend this book.” 5 STARS - Verified Purchase


“Every time I start a new book by Bella I wonder if she is going to be able to top the last one. I have read every single book she's put out and I haven't found ONE that I don't like.” - 5 STARS Anita


“Bella has once again has shown us her mad writing skills”. 5 STARS - Traci







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Bella Jeanisse lives for rock music. Addicted to concerts, Avenged Sevenfold, fictional rockers, and blasting music in the car, she can’t get enough. After her father turned her on to Queen, there was no going back. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Playing guitar became a pastime, which didn’t turn into a career… until she started to pen her fantasies and publish them.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, she grew up with access to clubs like L’Amour and CBGBs, hung out in Greenwich Village, as well as had plenty of friends in bands. No wonder rockers stayed on her mind. Bringing her ideas to life was a long time coming.

She is now living near Tampa, FL with 3 kids and 3 grandkids, as a single mom. Her family supports her writing even when it seems to take up more time than they feel is necessary. Can’t stop the muse, ya know!

Besides erotic rock star romances, Bella also writes about wild bikers, hot college men and more.

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