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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Behind the Chapter: California Love


 In chapter three of Diary of a Divorcee Diva, the introductory scene symbolizes Mikayla leaving all of her troubles behind and hoping, against all odds, that this journey would take beyond her wildest dreams. Ironically, she was taking the trip with her off again and on again ex-boyfriend. There was no denying the temptation to rekindle the past, but she was determined to turn her focus to the future. Based on my actual first trip to Cali and my experiences there, I try to give my readers a sense that they are with Mikayla on her way to freedom and new adventure as her love for California and the flicker of her old flame take flight. Let’s catch up with Mikayla on Cloud Nine...



 

Chapter Three-California Love Excerpt

I never felt so free as I did on that flight to LAX. The sky was the limit and I was literally on top the world, looking down on it from Cloud Nine. No one could tell me anything would ever go wrong ever again at that moment in time. After chatting it up with Darren a little bit about my hopes and dreams as always, he suggested that maybe I should look into moving to Cali, too. It would be the perfect place to start a totally new path in life and get away from all my troubles. I daydreamed myself about it right on to sleep.

“Good evening, passengers. This is your Captain speaking. I hope you have enjoyed your flight. We are approaching our destination and fully expect a safe and uneventful landing. Thank you for joining us. Have a good night.”

Waking up to stare out the window at the stuff that dreams are made of was surreal. The view of the Concrete Jungle, with all that water surrounding it, was amazing. I saw nothing but miles and miles of highway and bright lights! I had on my cute little sleeveless cotton dress that was hit just above the knee and got a rude awakening when I stepped onto the tarmac. The cold, sweeping air hit me right in the face.

“Whoa!! How can it be freezing in California in the middle of July?!”

“Kay, this ain’t Cackalacky. Ain’t none of that humidity out here. Don’t you know this is the desert?” Darren was always so thorough in his explanation of everything. Always had been, even back in the days when he was trying to tell me why we needed to break up and just be friends.

“You gone love the way it feels outside tomorrow when the sun is out, though. I’m telling you, Kay. The weather is addictive.”

“Ok, I’m just gonna have to trust you on that one ‘cause it’s just freezing my legs off right about now!”

That night as I looked out the 12th-floor window of the hotel at all the lights that put the dark, tree-lined streets back home to shame, I was hooked and my mind was made up. If the rest of Cali was like the view from here, I was gonna call it home and soon. The next day, Darren and I headed out to paint the town. He was right about the weather being gorgeous and we checked out the usual tourist traps like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater, then watched the many talented hopefuls acting out at Venice Beach. We toured the star homes and rode past all the famous places like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Capitol Records, and the Hollywood sign. We even checked out South Central and in the words of Ice Cube himself, I gotta say it was a good day.

“Tomorrow we’ll go look at the apartments I found online”, Darren said. “If you decide to move here, you can just find something when you get to town because people move in and out around here all the time. It’s not like back home.”

We talked about staying together and decided that it was not the best idea. Darren still wasn’t ready for commitment at a time when he was trying to launch his screenwriting career and probably somewhere in the back of his mind was planning on seeing what the California Girl singers were wishing all the other the females could be. Besides, I was still trying to get my walk with the Lord right and that would be so to the contrary. God would not be pleased. I didn’t know how I would make it, but not to worry about that as long as I remembered that God would supply all my needs!


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The Divorcee Chronicles by Michelle Lynn Stephens

The Divorcee Chronicles

by Michelle Lynn Stephens

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Friday, May 19, 2017

DDD Spotlight: Fiercely Camille

A shopaholic boss diva who sits in a boardroom filled with men all day, Camille can best be described as fierce. Not always the most confident in her own superpowers, yet she speaks her mind and always takes the lead, even when it comes to Mikayla’s relationships. Their first loves were brothers and they have considered themselves sisters ever since. Always opposite in their love lives thereafter, Mikayla was divorcing while Camille was tying the knot and matchmaker Camille soon wanted to hook Mikayla up with her new man’s best friend. Imagine that, since she encouraged Mikayla to date the guy she was just in divorce court with! But, Camille knows her better than anyone, so why not take her advice again? Get your copy today!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

DDD Spotlight: Divinely Keisha

I like to describe Keisha as divinely loyal. Sometimes, too much and too soon, but she never gives up on her family, her friends or her man. She often prays to get that dedication in return. God spared her from death when she was given just two years to live, fifteen years ago, now surely he could deliver her from lies and betrayal. If there's one person who she can count on to be there, it's her friend, Mikayla. Whether she wants to laugh or needs to cry, Keisha can always call on her. They didn't start out that way; more like almost toe-to-toe, but after both being on a collision course with divorce and life as they once knew it, now they have each other's back. Enter my anniversary giveaway on Goodreads and be sure add it to your to-read shelf!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DDD Spotlight: Simply Mikayla

Quiet, yet confident with a whole lot of sass, Mikayla is never afraid of a new adventure in life or in love. She has a heart for taking care of others and always has an encouraging word to offer. Mikayla is rarely the initiator of trouble, but if you cross her, she will tell it to you straight and simple, then cut you loose. She often wonders if that's what keeps her in the land of happily NEVER after. But, then there's that little thing where she compares all men to her first love and floats back to him every time they are simultaneously single. Still, that doesn't stop her quest to find the one who will make her forget all about her past and never let her go. Get your copy of her story at Amazon or Barnes and Noble !

Monday, May 15, 2017

The DDD Sisterhood

Welcome to Diary of a Divorcee Diva Sisterhood Week!



In continuing to celebrate the fifth anniversary of my debut novel, I will be highlighting some of the themes in the book. This week I will be focused on sisterhood and I am starting by introducing you to the main character, Mikayla Summers, and two of her best friends. Check out my video link below with some of my favorite quotes from them highlighting support, vulnerability and strength. Stay tuned throughout the week for more on their special bond!




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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway-The Divorcee Chronicles

The anniversary celebration continues! I am commemorating the 5th anniversary of The Divorcee Chronicles by giving away an autographed paperback copy on Goodreads. Join the party and enter to win. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Anniversary Spotlight-The Divorcee Chronicles

This month marks the fifth anniversary of my debut book and you are invited to help me celebrate! Stay tuned for giveaways and look out for reminiscent posts about some of my characters, review highlights and the wonderful journey that the book has taken me on. See you next week!