Demon Child

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A teenage girl comes to terms with her abusive childhood by seeking emancipation in order to find her first love and embrace her powers as a witch.

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Odessa was dubbed the Demon Child from the day she was born in the midst of a thunderstorm on Halloween. She is a redhead with a fondness for rattlesnakes that never quite fit in with her father’s Pentecostal church congregation. After her sister runs away to Raleigh with her boyfriend, Odessa is befriended by Carmella, the new girl in town and the daughter of a Haitian Hoodoo practitioner. Their friendship in the late 1950’s shocks the rural costal town in North Carolina.

Disowned by her father amid accusations of witchcraft and associating with coloreds, she is taken in by Carmella’s family and homeschooled by Mama Jubilee and Tante Effie, a white woman blinded and widowed when her black husband was killed in fire Charleston. In her new home Odessa becomes smitten with Derek, Tante’s biracial grandson and a college student at Fayetteville State.

Odessa turns sixteen in 1960 right before John F. Kennedy is elected as president. On this pivotal birthday she casts a love spell, gets her first kiss from Derek, and is given a journal she is to us to help her come to terms with her abusive past. Demon Child chronicles that journey.

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Turning sixteen less than a month before John F. Kennedy is elected president in 1960, Odessa is on a quest to come into her powers as a witch, seek emancipation from her abusive Pentecostal pastor father, and maybe fall in love for the first time with her best friend’s biracial cousin. All of this takes place in a small Southern coastal town not exactly tolerant of a fair skinned snake handling redhead associating with a family of Haitian ancestry and a lineage of powerful HooDoo practitioners.

The $1500 advance would be used to cover the medical bills for the Harry beast. He is a senior Golden Retriever mix who had to have some expensive surgeries on Friday. We are awaiting the results of a biopsy to find out if the cyst he had removed was cancerous. The surgery was paid for with a credit card that needs to be paid off as soon as possible, and there are going to be more expenses as he currently has 14 stitches in his leg.

When the book goes live you will also get a free review copy. This is my favorite of all of Odessa’s stories and took a long time to write. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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Demon Child

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A teenage girl comes to terms with her abusive childhood by seeking emancipation in order to find her first love and embrace her powers as a witch.

Odessa was dubbed the Demon Child from the day she was born in the midst of a thunderstorm on Halloween. She is a redhead with a fondness for rattlesnakes and she’s never quite fit in with her father’s Pentecostal church congregation. After her sister runs away to Raleigh with her boyfriend, Odessa is befriended by Carmella, the new girl in town and the daughter of a Haitian Hoodoo practitioner. Their friendship in the late 1950’s shocks the rural costal town in North Carolina.

Disowned by her father amid accusations of witchcraft and associating with coloreds, she is taken in by Carmella’s family and homeschooled by Mama Jubilee and Tante Effie, a white woman blinded and widowed when her black husband was killed in fire Charleston. In her new home Odessa becomes smitten with Derek, Tante’s biracial grandson and a college student at Fayetteville State.

Odessa turns sixteen in 1960 right before John F. Kennedy is elected as president. On this pivotal birthday she casts a love spell, gets her first kiss from Derek, and is given a journal she is to us to help her come to terms with her abusive past.

Then there is Roger Rohde, the blond and bronzed pro wrestling champion that Odessa first spots on the cover of a magazine. She develops a crush on the superstar wrestler until she learns he is married and has a young daughter. Still, every time she does any type of magick to test her love interests, she always gets the letter R. All of those reoccurring R’s have her wondering if Derek really is her Mr. Right.

Dirty Little Secret

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I found some of my earlier musings in a notebook while the human was doing some cleaning, so I thought I’d share…

 

I never knew the real you

You never let me inside your cold dark heart

I loved you once

But not anymore

That door has slammed shut

and shall never be unlocked again

Once upon a time

you were the sun to my moon

Together we dazzled the galaxy

more brilliant than an starry night

You were my white knight

My savior

My redeemer

You gave me the world

until you took my life away

I never wanted to be your possession

not some Barbie to put on a shelf

Take me down and play with me

then disappear with someone else

All I did was love him

when I couldn’t have you as my own

You preyed upon my bleeding heart

building yourself up by tearing us down

never giving up until my body went into the cold ground

You used us

We were all your pawns

in your sick

twisted

perverted

universe

Now that the last piece of the puzzle has been placed

We are once again united

Never to be torn apart

The truth will come out

Your dirty little secret

shall be revealed

Sit back and watch this all unfold

As we tell why

we shall never grow old.

 

 

Wimbledon: The Championships

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Wimbledon, and to get in the mood I thought I’d share my favorite Wimbledon matches over the years.

1.  Without a doubt is the second live Breakfast At Wimbledon from 1980 – Bjorn Borg defeated John McEnroe in five epic sets: 1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7 (16-18 tiebreaker) 8-6.

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Back in the days of bootylicious short shorts and wooden racquets I was 13 years old and madly in love with Bjorn Borg. I still vividly remember watching this match. I burned a pizza in the oven during the 20 some minute tie breaker where Borg had seven chances to win the match. The fifth set was amazing. Borg cranked up his serve and only lost six of thirty-one points on serve. He charged the net and played brilliant composed tennis. Check out a New York Times article on the match.

2.  Goran Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter in a rain delayed Monday final in 2001 – 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7.

Goran was also one of my all time favorite players and was a wild card entry that year. This final wasn’t shown live and I remember running downstairs on changeovers to check the live score on dial up internet. I was so happy when Goran finally won his only Wimbledon title.

3.  Rafa Nadal defeated Roger Federer – 6-4 6-7 6-7 6-4 9-7 in a four hour forty-minute final in 2008.

Thanks to a rain delay (no roof back then) I had to go to work at Dell during the final set. My niece was texting me the score updates as I followed along on the internet. There were a lot of Vamos Rafa’s that day!

4.  Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick – 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14 in 2009.

The was an emotional roller coaster of a match. Federer served 50 aces. Andy Roddick played the match of his life in the end and still lost. Here is an ESPN account of the match.

5.  2001 4th Round – Roger Federer beats Pete Sampras – 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.

This was Federer’s break thru match and the first time I’d watched him live. I remember thinking that Federer kid is going to be good some day. I believe his 17 Grand Slams have proved me right.

Honorable Mention – Roger Federer destroys Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 in the 2012 finals.

I didn’t watch most of this match live because I HATE Murray and turn off the TV when he is playing. I did watch several replays of the match because I totally enjoyed watching Roger make old Snaggle Tooth cry.

Demon Child

I have finally completed a book that has been two years in the making. Demon Child, the story of Odessa’s earliest days, is now complete. It’s currently been critiqued by a couple of people and I will soon being the process of submitting to find an agent.

Here is the synopsis:

A teenage girl comes to terms with her abusive childhood by seeking emancipation in order to find her first love and embrace her powers as a witch.

Odessa was dubbed the Demon Child from the day she was born in the midst of a thunderstorm on Halloween. She is a redhead with a fondness for rattlesnakes that never quite fit in with her father’s Pentecostal church congregation. After her sister runs away to Raleigh with her boyfriend, Odessa is befriended by Carmella, the new girl in town and the daughter of a Haitian Hoodoo practitioner. Their friendship in the late 1950’s shocks the rural costal town in North Carolina.

Disowned by her father amid accusations of witchcraft and associating with coloreds, she is taken in by Carmella’s family and homeschooled by Mama Jubilee and Tante Effie, a white woman blinded and widowed when her black husband was killed in fire Charleston. In her new home Odessa becomes smitten with Derek, Tante’s biracial grandson and a college student at Fayetteville State.

Odessa turns sixteen in 1960 right before John F. Kennedy is elected as president. On this pivotal birthday she casts a love spell, gets her first kiss from Derek, and is given a journal she is to us to help her come to terms with her abusive past.

Her first assignment is to connect with her mother’s spirit by visiting her grave. Her mother died when she was bitten by Odessa’s favorite rattlesnake right after the woman stood up to her abusive husband for the first time when she tries to stop him from cutting off Odessa’s long red hair. By connecting with her mother’s spirit Odessa learns that her illiterate and troubled mother did the best she could to protect her and is now watching out for her from the other side.

Odessa’s stepmother also plays a pivotal role in the story. Lillian gives an injured Odessa a ride home in the rain and learns her stepmother is pregnant. She also has to turn to Lillian to get her help in getting her estranged father to sign the papers relinquishing his parental rights.

Odessa and Carmella use a trip to Wilmington to see a movie to secretly meet Derek and Carmella’s boyfriend, Jamal. The date doesn’t go so well when she is confronted by racism and what she thinks is Derek’s lack of interest in her. Derek later admits in a letter that he is attracted to Odessa, but is concerned that if they see each other she could suffer a fate similar to his grandmother’s.

Then there is Roger Rohde, the blond and bronzed pro wrestling champion that Odessa first spots on the cover of a magazine. She develops a crush on the superstar wrestler until she learns he is married and has a young daughter. Still, every time she does any type of magick to test her love interests, she always gets the letter R. All of those reoccurring R’s have her wondering if Derek really is her Mr. Right.

Thanksgiving is another big occasion for Odessa when the family goes to Fayetteville to visit Derek and Jamal and most importantly Odessa has an appointment with a judge to see if he will grant her emancipation. She’s also supposed to get to see her sister for the first time since she ran away five years ago. Only Olivia isn’t on the bus and Odessa learns that she won’t be able to come from Raleigh due to an accident. Olivia surprises her by showing up that Friday morning just moments before Odessa’s appointment with the judge.

Judge Chavis is an old friend of Tante and her deceased husband and meets with them in his chambers to hear the case. He grants the emancipation so that Odessa will be able to get her driver’s license, have control of her health care, and make plans for college.

Things also heat up between Odessa and Derek. First, Carmella catches them making out alone in his apartment, and then on her last night in town Odessa loses her virginity to Derek. It wasn’t everything she had hoped it would be, but she is thrilled to finally be his girlfriend, at least until he wants her to go to church with him the morning after they first make love.

Odessa reluctantly goes into a church for the first time since being disowned by her father. The Baptist church is very different from her Pentecostal upbringings, but a flashback to her last visit to a church sends her running out the door. She finds a rattlesnake and cuddles with him as she realizes that she is okay with being exactly who she is, a witch and a survivor, and no longer the demon child.

Derek comes outside to find her and they both agree to accept each other for what they are. She’s okay with his religious beliefs as long as he accepts her path as a witch.