September 6, 2013

Is The Grass Really Greener?

Hola! I am so excited to introduce you all to author C. Michelle Ramsey who is stopping by today on her blog tour promoting her latest book "Is The Grass Really Greener". Michelle claims to love taking her reader's emotions on a roller coaster ride, one page at a time! Now, I don't know about you, but that sounds like the markings of good writing to me!





Five women, five lives, five secrets. Each woman is battling her own personal demons, and hiding a secret from her friends and family. 

Each of them envies another's life, wishing her life was different, wishing she had what the other woman had. But what happens when what appears to be real, is all a fa├žade? 

Battling breast cancer, single parenthood, infidelity, the loss of a child, and managing the single life, can become overwhelming for these ladies.

Not satisfied with their lives, looking for something better, they contemplate alternative choices to improve their lives; crossing over to the other side of the fence is a very real possibility. We can't see beyond the choices we make, but we must be held accountable for them.

And after they have crossed the fence, they realize two things simultaneously. Yes, the grass was greener on the other side; and also their grass could have been just as green had they taken care of it. 


About the Author:


An avid reader since her primary years, Michelle saw books as an escape mechanism. Excited by the worlds, and characters that could be created with a touch of the imagination, she began writing her own stories at the age of 12. The more enamored with storytelling she became, the more she wanted to create stories about the suffering, and hardships she saw others enduring, with one twist…her characters would rise above their adversities and limitations, but not always with traditional endings.

This busy wife, and mother of three, exchanged her Girl Scout Leader pins for her creative writing pen, as she began to focus on publishing her novels. In her spare time, when she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading mystery novels, watching NBA, remodeling their home with her husband, and spending time with him and their children. Having recently received her MBA in Human Resource Management, she says she cannot wait for the day when writing becomes her full-time career. “If I can show my readers they are not alone, in dealing with their challenges, and that they can rise above their limitations, I have achieved my goal,” Ramsey says.

Contact Info:
Pinterest: authorcmramsey

And now, enjoy a little excerpt from her latest book "Is the Grass Really Greener?"

Courtney found herself nodding her head to the beat of the music, more than she was focused on her report. Anita Baker’s “I Apologize” was on the radio playing softly in the background on KSTORM. She had to get this report done for tomorrow morning’s budget meeting. Stretching back in her chair, she let out a long yawn and shook her head to shake the sleep off. It was 11:55 at night and she knew that she had to be up at four in the morning. But these numbers just weren’t shaking out right.

The right thing to do would be to put it away and go upstairs with Nate and go to bed. She found herself going to bed after her husband more and more these days. She used to be the one who was knocked out by eight or nine o’clock, but not anymore. Some nights she was still up until two or three in the morning, if she didn’t have an early day at the office. Nate didn’t question it, because he didn’t want to be bothered with her anyway. She couldn’t remember the last time they had sex. She stopped to ponder that thought, had it really been five months now? Damn, it had. Seems as if she was always attempting to get him in the mood, and the last time she had done that he had brushed her off and he didn’t show even the slightest interest in her.

“Lonely hearts, find someone to love. Fellas, take care of your women; remember to love them long and strong, ‘cuz if you don’t, another brother will. And to all my lovely ladies, I’m wishing you a good night out there in the ATL; thanks for spending another night with me. And come back tomorrow for another night of love with Hypnotiq on the Storm.”

And with that he blew his traditional kiss and Pierce was off the radio for the night. As if this were some subliminal cue, Courtney closed her folder, switched off the radio on the bookshelf behind her, walked over to the doorway, switched off the light in her office, and walked upstairs to her bedroom. She was halfway up the steps when it hit her.

Damn, she thought to herself, I’ve been staying up half the night every night to hear the voice of a stranger. I’m falling for a man who I don’t even know. She started walking back down the steps to her office and flicked on the light and sat in her chair behind her desk.

Courtney furiously ran her hands through her hair shaking her head in disbelief. What the hell is this? I’m falling for a man I don’t know? He’s a kid from the old neighborhood that’s what it’s got to be. He brings back pleasant memories for me at this rough time in my life. Hell I had one cup of Joe with this man and ran into him at my art exhibit, and I sit up every night to hear his voice on the damn radio, how pathetic am I? He might have a girl, hell for all I know he might not be interested in women anyway, or black women, she shook her head laughing at that one. The way he came on to her that night she highly doubted it.  “This is crazy, it doesn’t even matter. I’m a married woman…not happily, but I’m married just the same and I love my husband with all my heart,” she said aloud, “I’m taking my butt to bed, I’m tired…that’s what it is,” and once again she repeated the steps she had just taken, not even three minutes earlier.

But this time when she got to the bedroom Nate wasn’t asleep. He was sitting in the bed staring at the TV. She could tell he wasn’t watching it. Courtney decided it would be best to not say anything, because she didn’t want to argue. All of their words turned into arguments these days and they couldn’t have decent communication. But it wasn’t to be.
“Courtney, I want a divorce,” Nate said.
Thinking she must have lost her mind, or maybe forgot to clean the wax from her ears, she turned over in the bed to face him. “Huh?” she said, a little befuddled.
“I want a divorce,” he repeated in that same monotone he had just used.
“Why?” she asked with panic rising up in her throat.
“I don’t wanna be here anymore, I can’t do this,” he explained.
“Do what Nate?”
“Do us, this thing we call a marriage, this faking it we’re doing day by day, I can’t do it anymore,” he said with a little emotion coming into his voice.
“Look Nate, I know that you’re hurting, I’ve been hurting, too. And what’s hurting the most is that you’re shutting me out. You won’t even talk to me. I know you’re grieving baby, we’re both grieving, but you didn’t suffer this loss alone. I did, too and just like we lost him together we have to find a way to heal together, to go on with our future,” she pleaded.
“I don’t think you heard me. There’s no future for us,” Nate responded a little more passionately this time.
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I know!  I know!  I already want to know what happens too!  So, if you're as curious as me to find out how the story unfolds, here's where you can purchase the book for the incredible price of $0.99.  No need to rub your eyes, you're seeing just fine...only .99 cents!  
Amazon          Kobo          Smashwords

Other Books by C. Michelle Ramsey:
                 Reflections of Promises:  Amazon                                  Real Secrets: Amazon

If you'd like to learn more about Michelle, please visit her blog Writing My Dreams.  Tell her SimplyyMayra of PonderWonders sent ya over to take a peek!  I'm sure she'd love that.  Enjoy and happy reading!


                                                                             Tootles!


8 comments:

  1. Wow, Mayra!!! Thank you for the amazing welcome; it's like being at a party over here. Thank you for having me on your lovely blog today, it is a true blessing. :)

    I cannot wait to find out, which one of your readers wins the book today.

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    1. Hola Michelle,
      Unfortunately the rafflecopter did not work, but I may just encourage comments! And the best comment (chosen by author herself) wins the free book. We'll see what happens. Thanks for stopping by.

      ~SimplyyMayra :)

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    2. That will definitely work Mayra. I would love to give away a book to some lucky commenter!!! Thanks again for having me. :)

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  2. OMG OMG OMG!!!! What?!?!? This is totally unfair... How DARE YOU STOP in such a nail biting scene. As a matter of fact, LOL I already purchased my e-book copy for my kindle. I get to anxious and I can't wait!!! (smirk) I am sooooo excited to start the book from the beginning and get to this part so I can see what the heck happens. Or I might just sneak a peek and find the spot just to read what happens and then start from the beginning. I am OK with that. It won't ruin anything for me!!! (Happy Dancing)I like good books that capture me right away. This book definitely gave me a feel of reality and it was as if this book could be about me and 5 of my girlfriends, so this is definitely going to be intriguingly interesting. I will let you know when I am done! =) xoxo

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    1. Hola Zulaima!
      Your excitement is contagious! So happy the book peaked your curiosity to go on ahead a purchase one! Your comment is still an entry to win a book...you may want to give it as a gift to someone special! Thanks for stopping by!

      ~SimplyyMayra :)

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    2. Zulaima,

      Thank you for your response, you have me walking on cloud nine. I am excited about your enthusiasm!!!!

      If I could have you shouting all over the world about this book, I just can't even begin to imagine what the response would be. You're awesome, thanks so much for purchasing it, and I am glad that you can relate to the book. I try to keep all of my writings based on real issues people deal with every day, but show how they overcome. Although their stories don't have the "fairytale" ending, they do come out just fine. Maybe not the way people expected.

      I have one simple request, when you're done please leave a review on the site where you purchased it. Thank you so much, once again...my day has been made.

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  3. Ok I'm hooked!! Who did they lose? How did they lose him? Who is this mysterious man from the past? Will her and her husband rekindle the romance and water their grass greener???? And what about all the other ladies!! Hope I win!! I've been looking for a good new read!! ;) Thanks for introducing us to Miss Michelle!! Inspiring as always! I think it's wonderful how you empower even the every day women and give them the spotlight to be extraordinary! Wonderful!!

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    1. Wow, Chantelle. So many questions that you have, I cannot begin to answer them all at once. Or, maybe I could...if only you could read the book. Hmmm...

      Thank you for commenting Chantelle, best wishes in the contest.

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