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!

Friday, September 16, 2011

OMG It's Time For Saturday Samples! A Fun Size Snippet From:TheGiftedOnes!

This week's excerpt was inspired by my newest fans -Orchid & Sandrine- after giving my memoir a 5star review! Click here to see review & join their blog! http://sandrinesmusings.blogspot.com/
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Excerpt from Chapter 5: THE Year

The topic soon turned towards me,as I complained of feeling like I had a fever. Maybe I was coming down with something - our faces just inches apart. Selina leaned toward me,her movements slow and smooth,as she quietly asked if I knew the only true way to test someone's body temperature? I swallowed hard while she continued to explain. “A true reading of a fever could only be felt by putting your lips on the person's forehead”,she said. I stared at her with wonder and fright,as a strange feeling washed over me. Something was different. I noticed her whole demeanor had changed. Was she about to play a joke on me,or was she being serious? Something crucial was about to happen,I could sense it. I instinctively laid there,my breathing becoming shallow,as I quietly waited. She leaned towards me,proceeding to do what she had just described. Surprisingly,I felt her thin lips pressing onto my forehead. Time literally stood still. There were no outside noises,no outside thoughts,no outside world. Hell,I don't even think I was breathing at this point,but I was certain my pounding heart was loud enough to blow our cover. It was just her and I,in a cold barn, with her lips on my forehead. My eyeballs as big as plates by then,I'm sure. Slowly,she moved down the bridge of my nose,her lips touching me in small,even increments. A lifetime seemed to have passed before I felt her lips touch mine. A dizziness swept over me as my world fell even more silent. My “fever” taking on a whole new meaning.

There we were. My best friend,my idol,my mentor - with our lips pressed together! We stayed in that position for what seemed like forever, neither of us making a sound. Each carefully calculating the other's next move. I surprisingly didn't have the urge to move,get upset,or even put a stop to what was happening. Maybe this was the moment I had been waiting for, but didn't know it? It just felt right to me. Perhaps she was testing me? I certainly didn't want to fail. Instead of freaking out,I surprisingly kissed back,and she instinctively followed my signal. Our fate was being sealed,yet we had no clue of the monstrosity of this moment.

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