The Higher the Heels

img_6061Today is the first day of my third trimester and I am still rocking my heels. I have been told that it’s time to give my heels up for months, but my heels and I have a plan, we are strutting our stuff all the way to the delivery room.  Ok, maybe not the delivery room, however, I’m not ready to give my heels up yet. If my body hasn’t rejected them why should I? At seven months pregnant, my body has done a lot of growing. There are times when I don’t even want to look at myself in the mirror but my feet are not swollen, my legs have not given out and my heels remain faithful. They make me feel good and that’s enough reason for me to keep wearing them.

For Christmas my sister-in-law gave me a mug that says, “The higher the heels, the closer to heaven.” I believe this quote. My heels lift my spirit. I don’t want to sound shallow, but any woman who has ever ever been pregnant can tell you, there are not too many clothing options that make you feel good. So if you find one, you hold on to it. I’ve made a pact with my body. Every inch of you can grow, just not my feet. And believe me, my body has held up to its end of the bargain because it has not let up on any other limb, down to my fingers. I can’t even wear my wedding rings anymore, and let’s not get started on my pants…ugh.

It’s ok though. I’ve pre-paid for my personal trainer and I plan on snapping back to my goal weight as soon as possible. When I do that the last thing I need is to have to invest in bigger shoes. I have already invested so much into my shoe collection it would be a total devastation to have to start all over. So please pray for me. The one thing I’ve asked God for, other than a healthy baby and natural delivery is to keep my perfect size sevens. Now, that’s not too much to ask for…is it?

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An Intimate Reading at The Russell

Thank you to Hugh Russell for hosting

Me & My Man’s Wife: A Testimony of Deliverance at The Russell

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I’ve known Hugh, the owner of downtown Hartford’s hotspot, The Russell for many years. He has always been so supportive to me and so many other artists, always opening his doors and giving us an outlet to promote our work and talents. I remember when I was doing Poetz Corner TV, I asked Hugh if I could host season two at The Russell and with no hesitation he agreed.

Two weeks before the release of Me & My Man’s Wife, Henry and I were having dinner at The Russell and I ran into Hugh. I told him about the book and he immediately suggested that we do something there when it came out.  As always he honored his word and on Thursday July 21st I will be at The Russell for an intimate reading.

I am so thankful to Hugh for being so gracious to host this reading. I’m excited about this event because I will be reading some of my favorite scenes and having a Q&A with the audience. You don’t want to miss this, we will be there from 6-8pm with hors d’oeuvres and drink specials for the first hour and the reading beginning at 7. Hope to see you there.

#MAMMW Final Leaked Passage

There is only one week until Me & My Man’s Wife finally hits the stands. I wish I could say I’m excited but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to really let it sink in. There have been moments that I felt some joy over what’s happening, but I don’t think I will really get to bask in it until after the release. With that said, I hope someone out there is excited for me and is enjoying these little snippets. Today I am going to leak a little more to hopefully really peak your interest, if I haven’t done so already. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking this journey with me! Thank you! See you next week.

Final Leaked Passage #MAMMW

I wasn’t ten feet away from the building when I ran right into Terren. We both froze when we saw each other. I decided to keep walking to avoid confrontation. “Casey,” Terren called out behind me. I stopped, took a deep breath, and turned around to face her. “Listen, I really don’t want any problems, Terren.”

“I don’t want any problems either. I just want my husband back.”

“Oh my God!” I said throwing my arms in the air in surrender. “How many times are we going to do this song and dance?” I shouted.

“I’m tired Casey! My kids are tired! Do you have any idea what this has done to our family?”

“Terren, why do you think I have so much power over August? I’m not holding him hostage.”

“Casey, you are the woman in the relationship, you have all the power. He can only do what you allow him to do.”

“Terren, I don’t have the power. I am powerless when it comes to August. Please tell me how to stay away from him, please.”

“Just tell him to go home,” she said casually.

“If it were that simple, girl, then he would’ve been back a long time ago.” I laughed.

“No, you have to say it and mean it.”

“Say it and mean it. I got it,” I said sarcastically. “Let me go do that right now.”

“Casey, this is not a joke. My children need their father to come home, I’m begging you, because I’m desperate now, I’ve run out of ideas on how to keep him, and frankly, I’m beginning to think I’m going crazy. I’m losing it Casey, please help me, please.”

I shook my head. “Fine, Terren. I don’t know how, but I’ll take care of it.”

“Casey, I understand the hold he has on you. He has it on my too, but we have to help each other. If we both stand together on the same team, we can get him to do the right thing. Can we be a team now instead of fighting each other?”

I was completely caught off guard and all out of clever remarks so I agreed, “Sure Terren, we can be a team.”

She looked defeated. “Thank you,” she said then continued towards her car. When she got in, I noticed her kids were inside. As she drove off, her son turned around and looked out the window at me. The sadness on his face destroyed me. I knew that Terren’s plea was out of pure desperation. She didn’t want to beg me to leave her husband alone, she didn’t even want to ask me to help her, but she had to, for her children.

The Leaked Passages 2 #MAMMW

FullSizeRender-4Good morning, I literally asked God what He wanted me to post today. I give Him all the glory and the honor for where I am and what I’ve been able to accomplish. I promise I would not be here if it weren’t for God’s mercy and His grace. Yesterday, I was getting ready to leave out the door when UPS arrived, and there they were – the paperback copies of my book. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and extremely humbled. This is just more confirmation that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! I hope you enjoy this snippet.

Passage #2

“I could hear his heartbeat, feel him breathing, and I knew that I wasn’t ready to let him go. I just didn’t know how to keep him. We loved each other, but could our new love handle this? I didn’t know if I was strong enough to wait it out until they got divorced. I didn’t know if I was OK with being the reason they got divorced. My parents are married. I believe in what marriage stands for. I know how sacred marriage is to God. What would that make me if I were the cause of breaking God’s union? I’m sure Pastor Mosley would have lots to say about this.”

#MAMMW Exclusive Book Preview: The leaked passages #1

SHBKI am so excited for this book to come out, I don’t know what to do with myself. Since I’m the impatient person that I am, with only three weeks before the release, I’ve decided to leak some of my favorite passages from the book.  Of course, this is exclusive to my website, so make sure you come back every Saturday until July 2nd for more.

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PASSAGE 1 #MAMMW

“Terran crawled in the bed. August turned over and wrapped his arms around her belly, then laid his head on her breast. She didn’t even care that they were swollen and tender, she loved when he did this. She kissed him on his forehead and rubbed her hand across his back. He snuggled up closer to her and woke up out of his sleep long enough to whisper, I love you, in her ear. Then he fell sound asleep while she stayed awake enjoying every second of this intimate moment with the man she loved, and periodically thinking about the pink elephant in the room – Casey, the other woman he loved.”