Excerpt from The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Excerpt from The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self-Discovery

I’m working on multiple projects right now, one of which is a fictionalized version of a client’s real life. Titled The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self Discovery, it follows the main character Theresa’s awakening after she receives earth-shattering news about her origins.

From the book description:

Does the truth really set you free? What if you discovered one day that everything you believed about your life was a lie?

For Theresa Chianti, the revelation of a 30-year secret rocks her to her core and initiates a journey of self-discovery where the pursuit of truth threatens her relationships and forces her to draw upon courage she never knew she had. Will her quest for answers lead to peace of mind or usher in more heartache?

Armed with a mother’s example of enduring faith, she’ll come to appreciate the transcendent power of maternal love on her quest to achieve a level of self-awareness never before experienced.

Here’s an excerpt:

The thick, distinctive aroma of incense hung in the air as Theresa made her way into Our Lady of Lourdes, the large wooden door creaking shut behind her. In the late afternoon of a weekday, the pews stood empty, save for a few devoted souls – most of them on bended knee – scattered throughout. She scanned the massive room with her eyes, taking comfort in the biblical scenes depicted by stained-glass windows and the presence of an enormous, intricately carved crucifix hanging above the altar.

She couldn’t remember the last time she walked into church simply for prayerful reflection. Since Toni Ann’s birth, she’d made a conscientious effort to attend weekly Mass, but it often felt rote and forced. Being here in the quiet, observing the pure devotion of the elderly folks who made it a daily practice to connect with the Lord on their own filled her with a sense of wonder.

She smiled as she thought of her own mother, whose faith in God never wavered. Would this time here alone help her to summon the courage she needed?

Satisfied that the few people present either didn’t know her or were too wrapped up in their own meditations to notice her arrival, she made her way to the altar. After genuflecting and making the sign of the cross, she proceeded to the assembled collection of candles to the right, a few feet in front of the statue of Mary. She pulled a dollar out of her pocket and slid it into the donation box. Taking a long match out of a container of ashes, she dipped it into the flame of a burning candle and murmured a prayer as she lit a new one for her special intention. Then she settled her knees onto the cushioned kneeler and closed her eyes.

God, please give me the strength to do what I gotta do, she pleaded. Help me to be calm and get what I need from Sara, for the sake of my little girl. And God, thank you for Ma. Thank you for letting me end up in a home with love. Thank you for giving me such a strong woman for a mother. Please keep her healthy. Please keep her from ever finding out about this meeting. I know, I need to see Sara in person; I just don’t want Ma to ever find out because it would hurt her too much. Help me keep this secret, God. I know it’s wrong to lie, but I love her so much, I can’t tell her the truth.

Uncontrollable tears poured from her eyes, smearing black mascara on her pale skin, but she didn’t care as she prayed with an energized passion and purpose, her hands covering her face. When finished, she took a few gulps of air and held onto the bannister for a few minutes to steady her shaking shoulders. Once composed enough to walk, she took a seat at an empty, nearby pew, where she remained in peaceful silence until an involuntary flash of memory startled her.

A knock on the door.  A man and a woman smiling at her. Her father, Joseph Chianti, enraged.

“She’s either ours or yours; get the hell out!” she heard him bellow in the theater of her mind. The scene then faded into a marina, where she saw herself as a child sitting on a raft with her brother Joseph. Her body felt the steady rise and fall of the water as she watched this younger version of herself squeal with delight under the warm summer sun. Drifting, drifting, drifting away, until…panic. In her head, she heard the children screaming in terror, two young captives on their way out to sea when a rope securing them to the dock somehow unraveled.

“Grab the pole, Joseph; grab the pole!” the seven-year-old girl yelled out to her brother. Theresa felt her entire body convulse with fear as she watched them cling helplessly to the only thing preventing them from becoming shark food.

A moment later, she almost screamed out loud when she felt a hand on her shoulder.

Ghostwriting fiction tends to be a much longer process than nonfiction, but I’m working hard to complete this incredible story by the end of the year. I’ll post an update soon.

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The Writestream Welcomes Jeannie Longacre, Author of ‘A Driven Soul’

The Writestream Welcomes Jeannie Longacre, Author of ‘A Driven Soul’

On Wednesday, July 19 at 11 AM Eastern, I welcome Writestream author Jeannie Longacre to The Writestream with Daria Anne to discuss her compelling memoir, A Driven Soul:

Like many lost souls, Jeannie’s was on the wrong path. Stricken with addiction and heartache, negativity had become a way of life. As if from beyond the grave, the love from her father changed everything. With a new outlook, Jeannie managed to turn her life around. Now she shares this miracle of love with you. This is a story of hope.

To listen to the live interview, click on The Writestream Welcomes Jeannie Longacre, Author of ‘A Driven Soul’ on Wednesday, July 19 at 11 AM Eastern. Call in with your questions at (347) 945-7246 and press “1” if you would like to ask Jeannie a question.

Preview and purchase the book on Amazon.com.

UPDATE: Did you miss the live show? Click to listen to an inspiring interview.

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Recommended Reading: The Mentor In Me

Recommended Reading: The Mentor In Me

Due to Amazon’s strict review policy and the fact that I’m a co-founder of Writestream Publishing, the company that published William Todd’s book, I cannot post a review there. However, there’s nothing standing in the way of sharing my impressions on my own website.

First, a little background. I met William last year when I filled in for Love Liberty & Lip Gloss host Donna Lyons, who told me she’d scheduled an important guest and preferred not to inconvenience him by changing the date of their interview. Without even asking the name of the person in question, I agreed to substitute for her. I love hosting on the air and meeting new people; besides, whenever I can help out one of our hosts (especially Donna, whom I adore), it’s my pleasure.

That led to the interview posted here:

From there, I extended an invitation to William to host his own show the first Tuesday of every month, and to my delight, he accepted. Listen to his debut with Writestream Publishing author, Major General Linda L. Singh:

Our affiliation led to William selecting Writestream Publishing to release his excellent book, The Mentor In Me, on January 1, 2017. It may sound crazy, but when you read a book as an editor (focused on flow, grammar, typos, etc.) it’s quite different from reading it for education and enjoyment. So once the book was published and I had a paperback copy in my hands, I sat down to fully absorb its message.

William’s honesty in sharing his journey in such an engaging way makes you feel as if he’s a good friend. It also brings him down to earth: in spite of his amazing success as an entrepreneur, he still struggled with his own fears, negative thoughts, and embedded paradigms. Becoming Bob Proctor’s protege is a humbling experience, yet one he embraces fully — at least in the beginning. As suggested by the subtitle, What To Do & What Not To Do, William describes his resistance to taking his mentor’s advice, “the times when, to his detriment, he failed to make the most of opportunities presented.”

The book’s chapters are organized according to the Seven Levels of Awareness – the process we all undergo as life unfolds. William explains each level, supporting its premise with real life examples of how he demonstrated a particular behavior, for good or ill. Each chapter closes with his Mentor’s Message, What To Do / What Not To Do (questions to consider), and Words of Wisdom.

It’s organization and ease of reading, combined with the author’s genuine tone makes The Mentor In Me a practical guide for improving every aspect of your life and becoming the person you were meant to be. No wonder why Bob Proctor calls it “a book you form a relationship with.” It’s overall 5-star rating on Amazon is well-deserved.

Aside from this wonderful book, William has created an excellent, affordable 21 Day Coaching Series. Visit his website, www.TheMentorInMe.com for more information.

 

 

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“A Love Story You Can’t Miss!”

“A Love Story You Can’t Miss!”

What a wonderful surprise to see this latest review of Water Signs, posted by Jennie L:

I often sift through books and read the reviews and endorsements to see what people are saying about the book and I’m Happy to say I was both pleased by the reviews for this book, but even more so when I read it for myself!! Well worth five stars and beyond. It’s one of those books that REALLY moved me, like a deep emotional impact and it was just a wild adventure that really allowed my imagination to soar. Since reviews helped me in deciding to get this book I wanted to help other readers know they are in for a REAL treat with this book and I know it will leave footprints on your heart. 🙂

As a writer, it doesn’t get any better than that. Knowing your book was received with love, appreciation, and understanding is the best reward for living and writing; if it leaves footprints on the heart of just one reader, the effort was well worth it. Thank you, Jennie, for taking the time to read and review!

If you would like to purchase your copy of Water Signs in paperback or eBook, click here.

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