A Memoir by Lisa Vaughn

Lisa was conservatively raised in a Catholic family in no-where middle America, where excitement is scarce and dreams are for sleeping. Little did she know, at age thirteen, she would suddenly find herself on a totally different path.

Through an unlikely chance meeting of a fellow classmate, she's surprisingly mesmerized, almost consumed, to befriend a girl who is obviously from the other side of the tracks...the cool side. Lisa does whatever she has to just to be accepted into this small club of coolness. Little did she realize, she was signing up for a lot more than social status. The two best friends find themselves innocently taking their relationship to a foreign level neither had experienced or saw coming.

A rollercoaster ride littered with choices and challenges Lisa never fathomed facing, especially in no-where middle America. She will find out what she is made of as she faces the consequences and struggles that come along with going against the grain.

Throughout their six year relationship, you will witness a touching story of human nature at its best...and at its worst. Showing just how far the human spirit can be challenged and pushed to a point where your “fight or flight” instincts naturally kick in. Struggling just to survive in a world where you are not like everyone else, but at the same time you really are. The daily struggles - both internal and external - are exhausting, yet necessary in their quest for one simple human need....love.

Finally breaking through all constraints that hold them back, reaching levels of one-ness that few actually obtain in a lifetime with their partner...only to find once they've reached that special place, it's not quite the right fit...for one of them, at least.

This contemporary story, told in the voice of the teen that lived it, will lead the reader through highs and lows, giving insight to the everyday challenges of the socially unaccepted, which will no doubt leave them rooting for the underdog. A true story of human resilience and the power of love...plain and simple.

*Please be advised, this memoir is real, honest, and raw. If you're looking for your typical 'sterilized' read, I'm not your girl - but if you're looking for a read that is written from the heart, certain to impact you on a human level, follow me! Have I got a story for you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nature or Nuture? But What If There's a 'Grey' Area?

Born gay or made gay? I know everyone has their own opinion on that subject...but what if there really IS a grey area? What if some people can love regardless of gender? Is that even possible? I know the term 'bi-sexual' probably comes to mind, but what I'm speaking of goes far beyond labels I think. To truly fall in love with the PERSON, not the GENDER...that's what my memoir, The Gifted Ones, explores.

Although I was born heterosexual, I spent my early years in a homosexual relationship. Who does that? Well me, for one, I guess. Funny thing, I never thought my experience that odd, until I shared it with a friend some 30 years after the fact. She convinced me to write a book about my trials and tribulations - through the ups and downs of living against the grain of society and your programmed nature. I do hope you'll take the time to peak into this secret world not many talk about...and maybe, just maybe, you'll discover something about yourself or someone you know. An open mind is a beautiful thing after all.

A healthy love is never wrong.

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