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!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What did your 1st love teach you about life?Was yours as profound as mine?

We all go through it..our first love. And surprisingly, we all seem to live through it as well. But what, if anything, have we learned from it? Did our first relationship set the pace for future paths? Mine sure did, but at the time I had no idea just how much of an impact that innocent first kiss would have on my entire life. Which, thirty plus years later, I would find myself writing a memoir about my journey - and that all important, life changing, first kiss!
The Gifted Ones depicts my experiences along the way to finding love - the good, the bad, and the ugly...no sugar coating, nothing omitted. It's raw, real, and true...and oddly, has the ability to touch anyone whos ever been in love, has parents, or has been through adolescence. It's about the universal language we all speak: LOVE!

Please see snippets and teasers located all over my page - follow me on FB or Twitter - Share you first love impacts with me as well, I'd love to hear them!

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