Nine years ago, wide receiver and notorious playboy, Colt Emerson, walked away from marriage to the only woman he ever loved. A chance encounter with a runaway teen convinces him there’s more to life than his own selfish needs. But Social Services won’t consider him an acceptable candidate to adopt the kid unless he can provide a stable family environment, and Colt only trusts one woman to handle the job—his ex-wife, Shayla.
I've never felt so helpless as I have this week.
A couple of days ago, I shared images of my parents’ home - a place I once lived in and even visited just a few weeks ago - as it was being destroyed as a result of Hurricane Harvey. In the midst of a panic attack, I deleted all traces of those pictures a few hours later. I wanted to erase this storm, it's damage and devastation, and the pain it's causing Texas. I needed the pain to be gone, as if deleting pictures would make Hurricane Harvey and it's destruction go away.
I've shared countless times that Philadelphia is the place that felt like home for many years, but in every story I've written and every chance I get, it's clear that Texas is the place that's always been home. Now, my home state is fractured and bruised, and this feeling hurts immensely. It was the most crippling feeling I've ever felt, that sense of helplessness from being 1,329 miles away from most of my family and not being able to see with my own eyes that they were safe. All I could do was watch and pray. For me, prayer is the best course of action, but still I felt like it was not enough and that guilt racked through me.
Every emotion one could feel, these past few days, I felt it. My parents lost their home. A cousin I grew up with passed away unrelated, yet unexpectedly in the midst of it. The images on television chronicling this crisis were everywhere paralyzingly me. It was all too much. I clicked a button to remove the picture of a kitchen with flood water up to the countertops. I clicked to remove the floating table my cousins and I exchanged stories about our youth for our kids to hear just last month. I clicked to erase the recliner submerged beneath water that my father sat in with my grandson, showing him pictures of me as a little girl. The picture of my parents’ view outside their second floor window while waiting for a boat to come rescue them… it had to go, too. My daughter and I just walked those streets, laughing and sharing our “adventure” on social media while giggling over random sounds that come out at night. Memories we shared. Memories we were losing. I felt this thing growing inside me that was dimming my light. As this dark, hurting feeling fully took hold, I closed myself off to the world and cried feeling helpless. Just helpless… worry no longer all I thought was consuming me. It was met by an outright fury and fear, anger and regret. This pain that had been brewing just as the storm was growing was all too much. It's too much for anyone. I can't even begin to imagine what those experiencing firsthand must feel.
I woke sometime later actually feeling the blood coursing through my veins reminding me that I'm a Texan through and through. Texas made me. Texas raised me. We are badass because it's simply in our DNA… ask any Texan - by birth or adopted by the Lone Star State. You just don't mess with us. Period. It was this stamp on my heart that reminded me that my state, my family, our families and friends may be down at this moment, but they are strong. Texas strong.
I love you, Texas.
You are my home. You are my heart. You are mine forever and my prayer for your continued strength and recovery will never cease.
I love you, Texas.
You may be hurting today, but you will be healed. We are Texas. We can never be defeated.
I love you, Texas.
Texas strong. Texas forever.
Now that summer is officially here, I thought I'd share things and places that bring me joy this season.
It's that time of year, so grab your sunnies, beach towels and e-readers.
I'm inviting you to kick off your summer reading with my novel Love Is.
It's May, which means we're now five months into 2017. We're also in the midst of growth and blooming season. All you have to do is look around to see May flowers popping up all around us courtesy of those April showers. These blooms are the little reminders my spirit has been in need of lately.
Hi Tia, thank you so much for having me guest post during the release week of To Me I Wed, Book 2 of my Unconventional Brides Series. I’m so excited to bring Lily and Vin’s story to the world. Writing these two meant so much to me.
Bestselling Author Sabrina Sims McAfee brings you another steamy romance filled with twists and turns and edge of your seat suspense.
Love and War brings them together. But with evil lurking in the dark shadows will they stay together?
The Scenario invited some really cool people to go live on air to discuss self-publishing and I'm doing cartwheels in my head because they also invited me to join them! If you're in the Nashville area, tune in and listen live (107.1 FM/103.7 FM) this Saturday between 5-7 PM (CST).
More Than a Mistress is a love story between Sonia Kennedy, a sommelier (aka wine consultant) and Esteban Galiano, an Argentinean restaurateur. Although the relationship starts out in an atypical fashion, where Esteban pursues Sonia and she eventually becomes his mistress—or a kept woman—they fall in love with each other.
To add authenticity to the story, I researched sommeliers and wines and collected wayyyy more information than I needed for the book, so I’ll share a little bit of that with you today.
Wine with Writers is back and this time we’re hanging out in the Philadelphia area. We’re bringing five indie authors to discuss Romance, Realism and the Portrayal of African American Women in Popular Fiction at Towne Book Center Wine Bar and Cafe in Collegeville, PA. Join Nia Forrester, Jacinta Howard, Lily Java and me with moderator Ashley M. Coleman of WriteLaughDream on Saturday, March 25 at 5 PM.