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Weekend Writing Warriors: Could She?

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy (the full synopsis is below). Though Joya and Shannon have spent lots of time together, Joya is still operating under the status quo–a widow unable to love again. But while the Independence Day party still rages on, Joya comes to an important realization–not about herself, but Shannon, leaving her with a decision to make.


Snippet:

Joya looked around the yard, searching for Shannon. She saw dozens of faces, many of whom she hadn’t yet met, but none were him. He was probably inside, helping out. What was she hoping to see though — the look he gave her when his eyes rested upon her? Did she hope to hear his heart when he said her name, or promised her whatsoever her heart desired? What was he going to ask her before his cousins interrupted him? Was he going to ask her out, ask her to open her heart to him? Could she?


Synopsis:

Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.

Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.

This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.


The book is now available at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo and iTunes.

#TheBookofJoy #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

World Suicide Prevention Day

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I wanted to write something deep or touching, something related to how this is a cause that is near and dear to me, but sometimes the statistics, the facts, speak for themselves:

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
  • Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide
  • For every suicide, there are 25 attempts
  • Men die by suicide 3.53 times more often than women
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling helpless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

We can all help prevent suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Suicide Lifeline (USA) at 800-273-8255 or text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.

For more information, visit the following websites:

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #WSPD #Suicide #SuicidePrevention #YouAreNotAlone #WeAreInThisTogether #EveryLifeMatters

Weekend Writing Warriors: A Lot Jealous

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. hchabjeaToday’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy (the full synopsis is below). Now fully aware of his feelings for Joya, Shannon finds he’s got some possible competition with his cousins, Trevor, Kevin and Wyatt, who are over at his mother’s house, helping set up for her annual Independence Day party while discussing that ‘girl’.


Snippet:

“You know,” Trevor said, nudging his arm, “That sweet Latin thing helping you.”

Shannon raised an eyebrow and asked, “Joya?”

“Yeah that’s her.”

“Trevor said she’s a looker, huh?” Wyatt said, a cheap smile on his face; Shannon didn’t like where the conversation was going.

“Hot,” Trevor added, “And single too, thought I’d take a crack at her.”

Shannon frowned, a little jealous–no, a lot jealous. Not that he imagined Joya could be charmed by Trevor or any of his other cousins, especially Kevin, who was now using his fork to pick food out of his teeth, but the fact that they might try something had Shannon ready to fight.


Synopsis: 

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Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.

Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.

This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.


The book is now available at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo and iTunes.

#TheBookofJoy #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Weekend Writing Warriors: Whatsoever You Desire

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. hchabjeaToday’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy. The full synopsis is below. Shannon and Joya have spent time together helping his mother, who is now laid up following an accident that Shannon feels partly responsible for. Joya, however, sees the situation for what it is and convinces him otherwise. It’s then Shannon comes to an important realization.


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Shannon stared at her in earnest, astounded by her level of care for him–she wouldn’t even let him wallow in pity. She was right, he needed to stop arguing.

“Yes ma’am,” he responded, “whatsoever you desire, my lady.”

“That’s what I like to hear,” she said, seriously, then laughed. Shannon smiled: he liked the sound of her voice–it was melodic. “I’ll let you get back to work, just wanted to make sure you were hydrated.”

Joya handed him the second bottle of water, stood up and went back inside. Without even trying, his heart followed after her: he was in love.


Synopsis: 

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Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.

Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.

This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.


The book is now available at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo and iTunes.

#TheBookofJoy #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Weekend Writing Warriors: Friendly With Each Other

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. hchabjeaToday’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy. The full synopsis is below. Following last week’s church visit, the outcome remains the same: Shannon and Joya are still ‘just friends.’ Then an accident occurs, bringing them all to Evelyn’s house, where seeds of doubt are sown. Maybe there was something more…


Snippet:

“Do you and your husband live near here?” Ashley asked as she chopped up some onions for the casserole they were working on. Joya was so focused on her part of the recipe, she didn’t immediately realize Ashley was talking to her, then it was another minute before Joya understood Ashley was referring to Shannon.

“Oh, no, we’re not married,” she corrected her, “I’m just a family friend.”

“I’m sorry, I assumed by the way you two were…” —she paused, seemingly searching for the right words. Joya was suddenly curious. She stopped what she was doing and turned to the young woman, causing her to blush— “…friendly with each other, I thought maybe you were married…or together at least; you definitely make a cute couple.”

Joya considered her actions around Shannon. Yes, she was friendly, but not any more so with Shannon than with any one else…right?


Synopsis: 

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Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.

Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.

This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.


The book is now available at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo and iTunes.

#TheBookofJoy #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Full of Grace

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I was getting ready to make some changes to my library. I’m updating the covers and changing printers for my books. Some will have added content, some will just change design. Full of Grace is the first one. This book is a retelling of the events leading up to the first Christmas, the story of Mary and Joseph and their families as they adjust to their destinies. It’s a little out of place in the heat of summer, but always a great story. Keep it in mind as the holidays approach. The ebook will be available for free. I’ll post links once they’re live. Stay tuned for more changes.

#RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Christmas #TheFirstChristmas #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #FreeReads #FreeEbook

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