Friday, June 17, 2016

Introducing A Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif

Medeia Sharif is one fierce writer. The way she manages her career makes her my hero! On top of that, her books always 100 percent kick butt. Here's her latest! It goes on sale today, so be sure to click over and buy your copy.





Blurb:

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Bio:

I was born in New York City and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I'm a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I'm a public school teacher. My memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.




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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How to Become a "Real" Housewife

Last week, while working, I caught up on trying to understand pop culture by binging on The Real Housewives of Orange County. The show started off as a documentary about average-looking shallow California housewives.



And somehow became a multi-show franchise where everyone has big boobs, Botoxed faces, and is (usually) Hollywood beautiful.



As you can see from the woman on the left of the first picture and in the center of the second one, generally one or two housewives stay with the show forever. The other housewives come and go like there's a revolving door. When a new housewife comes in, they usually "pretend" she just happens to know one of the existing housewives, not that she was chosen from a very careful search-and-audition process.



As soon as a new housewife is added, we often see her going through this (if she hasn't already): 



It's as if it's in the contract. "You agree to film for X months straight and get breast implants on camera." There's also tons of this:



Not only do the women look "perfect," they live "perfect lives," complete with ginormous houses...



And fancy cars.



All while not working.



Okay, Miss Piggy up there is a workaholic. The rest design crap that they sell based solely on their Real Housewives fan base.



So that means if you want to be a "real" housewife, your husband will have to work extra hard. Or go into debt and end up in jail for not paying taxes. 



Either way, you'll only get (and stay) on the show if you pretend you have the money to afford the house you live in. Just ask this couple. He faked it until he made it...only instead of making it, his kids were served an eviction notice on air. Their time on the show ended a couple of episodes later.



This husband committed suicide, reportedly due to the pressure (financial and otherwise) the show put on him.



So the question isn't so much HOW to become a Real Housewife as "Why would you want to?" Seems people are willing to pay any price for fame, but the price here may be way too much.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

There’s Power in the Facebook Block

As Facebook has evolved, it seems it's more useful for the groups you can join than interacting with your high school classmates and distant family members. There are groups for writers, groups for bloggers, groups for your neighborhood... The list goes on.



As anyone who has ever spent time in online forums knows, things can get ugly. There's always that one person who never seemed to have been taught how to act like a decent human being.



So you find yourself doing this...



And then you ask yourself why...because:



But Facebook has a feature that is all kinds of amazing. It's called this:



In the group I'm most active in, a few people seem to be perpetually cranky. They take that crankiness out on everyone else. They were never taught this basic lesson everyone in the South learns from a young age:



I've only blocked a few people...usually after seeing a pattern of behavior. Most of the time it's that they seem to always be looking for a fight and do you know what?



Most often when I've blocked someone, it's more of an effort to keep them from seeing my posts than vice versa. If they can't see me, they can't reply with their nasty rudeness. Clicking on "Block" is very liberating. You immediatley feel as though someone has been completely removed from your life.



If only we could block toxic people in real life. One minute they're there, the next they vanish.



Have you ever blocked someone on Facebook?