#RRBC BACK TO SCHOOL 2016 BOOK & BLOG PARTY!!

Blog Party 1 (2)

HELLO EVERYBODY!!

Coming to you live from Oak Park, Michigan
The Great Lakes State

Here are the winners! 

$15 Amazon Gift Card – C. S. BOYACK

LAURIE LEWIS won an Autographed Paperback Copy of
Crazy Hot And Living On The Edge

D.L. FINN won an Autographed Paperback Copy of Our Lady of Victory The Saga of an African American Catholic Community

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!!

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 Take a ride on the 2016 Book & Blog Party tour bus with me today. There are some fabulous prizes just for leaving a comment.


 

CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

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“Crazy Hot and Living On The Edge”

 

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 by Shirley Harris-Slaughter

 About This Book…..

Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air. Or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off, so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label?

The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, how I got out of them, and the affect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being.

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Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!! Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!

 A reader stated it better than I ever could when she placed emphasis on my journey from a personal perspective of storytelling. Other readers felt like I didn’t do enough of it. Everybody took something away from having read it.   


Excerpt:

I recall one night, while preparing my baby son for bed, I sat down and laid him on my chest to rock him to sleep. Suddenly, I started to feel this tightness in my chest. It felt like I was being squeezed and it got worse and worse until I was writhing in agony and pain. I had difficulty breathing. I tried and tried but I just couldn’t get enough air in my lungs. My mother called for help, but when the police arrived and offered to take me down to Detroit Receiving Hospital, she exclaimed:  “Over my dead body! You are not taking my daughter downtown!”

At that time, Receiving Hospital had a reputation for admitting a lot of violent criminals and crime victims and she didn’t want me in that environment. So the officers left. Fortunately, they returned with the decision to take me somewhere closer to home. We rode to Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital aka Sinai-Grace Hospital, right in our neighborhood. The doctors went through the normal line of questioning, including personal inquiries about my marital status. When I told them I was separated from my husband, they looked at me with a sympathetic but knowing expression on their faces.

“OK,” one of them said, “That explains it all.”

The doctors went on to explain that cases such as mine – a young woman having sudden episodes of anxiety — were all too common. They called them panic attacks. They prescribed valium which helped control the symptoms. That night, I learned what stress can do to you…practically kill you.

Around that time, I began to feel despondent. I was so ashamed of my life and the bad choices I had made. I also continued to experience more and more episodes. Then, one day my mother looked at me and said: “Maybe you need to go back to your husband.”

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that my mother didn’t understand why I filed for a divorce. She supported me in every way possible. However, she was worried about my health and finally decided that I would feel better if I worked out the problems in my relationship.

I remember saying, “No mom, just let me get through this. I’ll get over it no matter what it takes!”   I may have been sick and filled with despair, but I refused to go back to him.

My doctor referred me to a psychologist for several sessions. During my first session, the psychologist just stared at me. Beyond introducing himself, he literally didn’t open his mouth to say much of anything.  We sat there for an hour staring at each other. It became very uncomfortable for me. Finally I said, “It’s been nice knowing you but I think I can handle this on my own. I’ll call you if I need you in the future.”

And I thought I was crazy!…..

 

 Listen to this trailer, produced by 4WillsPublishing. It kind of grows on you…

Crazy Hot Book Trailer



OUR LADY OF VICTORY

THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

OLV  by Shirley Harris-Slaughter


One act set in motion a chain of events that threatened one Catholic community’s ability to thrive.

It happened between 1945 and 1946 at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Detroit in the Chancellor’s office. Msgr. John C. Ryan called an emergency meeting with the cardinal…

And so the stage was set for the years of turmoil that followed and the subsequent demise of this once vibrant church. Here comes the author who gives the reader an intimate look at her church, the township she grew up in, and its historical significance to World War II, Henry Ford’s auto plant, migration from the south, and the housing crisis that was unfolding.

The reader is introduced to the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community who helped shape and establish this community that shaped her. But the book takes a different turn as the research uncovers forgotten secrets…

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Watch the OLV book trailer!

Excerpt:

Introduction

To my dismay, most folks, both in and outside of our community, have never heard of Detroit’s Our Lady of Victory Church. Most of those who worshipped there are not aware of its legacy. And those who lived it are not inclined to talk about it much. But we should commend the black folks who contributed to the development of both the West Eight Mile Community and the church. They left a legacy to be proud of. They were making history; those of us who lived it became a part of it and reaped the benefits.

This book will present the facts—and some of those facts may not make for pleasant reading. I make no apologies since I had nothing to do with making the policies that shaped Our Lady of Victory and our lives; I was only a recipient. I ask that you understand that I am only the messenger. I ask this because I was totally unprepared for the hostile reaction that occurred after an early draft of the manuscript was read. I was told that the story was fascinating but that I shouldn’t expect support. It was only after I received the encouragement of someone else in the diocese along with my husband’s support that I continued to forge ahead. However, I did go back and take another look at the history; I decided to remove my personal opinions from the historic narrative and talk about my memories in a separate section Part I. In that way, the historical facts are not distorted. But the fact is that black people have always been on the receiving end of the negative consequences of racism. So why must we always bear the guilt for exposing it?

On a larger scale, I felt compelled to write this book because Our Lady of Victory’s story is being overlooked by historians and others who write about black Catholics. For example, The History of Black Catholics, by Cyprian Davis, makes no specific mention of Our Lady of Victory. There are references to the Oblate Sisters of Providence, but nothing specifically tied to the church and school. Heritage of Faith, written by Detroit’s Religious Bicentennial Task Force, completely missed Our Lady of Victory’s history as well. The archdiocese has written special articles and booklets on the history of black Catholics in Detroit, but its own records list Our Lady of Victory as beginning in 1975 when it merged with Presentation. These slights and omissions must be corrected.

Fast Forward To Today…

The struggle continues. Our building is gone and we are sharing space with another church in the chapel. The black Catholic Church is dying and the mega churches are taking over. I keep getting this underlying feeling that black folks do not like the Catholic Church and have nothing good to say about it. I discovered during past book events that some in my audience had bad experiences with the nuns and/or a priest. Most of them never converted to Catholicism and so the Black Catholic Church could not be sustained. I put up a FB post and there is no comment, nothing, zilch!

All I’ve ever known is Catholicism and there is nothing in a protestant church that moves me. It seems like something is missing. And yet I am conflicted about the Catholic Church because of the many conflicts that they don’t or won’t address.

Get your copy here!

 I thank you so much for stopping by today. Please keep following the tour here. Let’s keep this party going and win more fabulous prizes!

 

 

 

 

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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107 Responses to #RRBC BACK TO SCHOOL 2016 BOOK & BLOG PARTY!!

  1. Miranda L. says:

    Great blog post, Shirley! Indie authors definitely deserve their spotlight during this awesome block party!!

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  2. Staci Troilo says:

    What a compelling story. So many conditions today are simply misunderstood. Kudos to you for shining a light on your experience.

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  3. Mae Clair says:

    Both of your books are on my Kindle, Shirley and on my TBR. I’m particularly interested in Our Lady of Victory as I come from a long line of Catholics. Wishing you the absolute best on the blog party. It’s so much fun making the rounds. Thanks for another great stop!

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  4. Woo Hoo, Shirley! Great giveaways….great books:)

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  5. Micki Peluso says:

    Hi Shirley. I loved Crazy hot and gave it a rave review. Panic/anxiety syndrome is my old friend, caused in part by an abused childhood, molestation, etc., but it can also be brought on by illness. Just when I thought I had it under control, lyme disease popped up and added agoraphobia to the mix. We can learn to control it, even live with it but it is always lurking, waiting to strike at any point of weakness. I just bought ‘Our Lady of Victory,’ which draws my interest as a historical book and as you know in my book, I was a Baptist forced into Catholicism with some funny results, and while I am Catholic today, I still argue with it 🙂 I reblogged this on mallie1025. Keep writing non-fiction, my friend. Your voice needs to be heard and you tell it flawlessly!

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Thank you so much Micki. What an interesting comment on all of it. I’m so glad you stopped by to lend your take on this topic.

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  6. Micki Peluso says:

    Reblogged this on mallie1025 and commented:
    Don’t miss this incredible read. Get your copy today!!

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  7. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Shirley,
    Thanks for opening up and sharing your life experiences with the world so others can benefit – you are a generous soul.
    Best Wishes,
    Wendy

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  8. kimwrtr says:

    Great excerpts. Crazy Hot is an extremely informative book that everyone should read. Our Lady of Victory is on my TBR list as well. Have a great party, Shirley!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your feelings in “Crazy Hot …” You describe your anxiety attacks so well and helped me to identify with you that which chases one to end up in hospital thinking its a heart attack or worse! I am going to read your book soon. I hope you have a great day and thanks for the free download. All the best for today🤓

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  10. tracey clark says:

    excellent excerpts… hope the party has been a blast… 😛

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  12. Hello Shirley! Great excerpt you shared here. Lots of emotion to tug at the heart strings! Thanks for sharing! Cheers! S.J. Francis

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  13. lindacovella says:

    Great excerpts. Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be checking out your books!

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  14. Shirley, I have both books on my Kindle! This post is a really nice glimpse into your work. I applaud your courage to share your personal story. I’m sure you are/will help many people through your words. Bravo! 🙂

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  15. Joe Stephens says:

    As usual, a great post! Your excerpts are quite moving. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi, Shirley, I finally made it over. You have a great blog, and I’m glad I got the chance to visit. I loved today’s post, and also reblogged it. I hope you have a great day with your stop on the tour. *Hugs*

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  17. Beth Hale says:

    Great post. I’ve read both books and enjoyed them both.

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  18. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Reblogged this on Rhani DChae and commented:
    Another great stop on #RRBC’s BackTo School Book & Blog Party! I’ve read these books, and I recommend them both.

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  19. Great presentation, and I hope you move a ton of copies.

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  20. Great introduction to your writing. Great blog post.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Brent I’ve been in this club since its inception and the story will always be new and fresh because new people are coming in all the time. Besides my story is timeless. Thanks for the compliment. Glad to meet you.

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  21. Way to go, Shirley. I hope the Book and Blog Block Party treats you well. I know you are treating the readers well with the free books. Thank you.

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  22. apboustead says:

    Love the powst
    Books sound grate will get them when I can

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  23. Shirley, the excerpt is so interesting and it kept me enthralled. You have my utmost respect, I MUST read more of/about you. Good luck with your writing!

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      I appreciate your comment Robert. That’s what these blogs are all about – introducing us to our members and beyond. As Indie Authors its the answer to our needs. Thank you for stopping by.

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  24. Jan Hawke says:

    Hi Shirley – looks like you’re a busy lady here today (as usual!) 😉 I’m always in awe of people who can write non-fiction that feels personal and from the heart and I KNOW you’re given hope, encouragement and much-needed laughter to a lot of your readers with your down to earth and heart-warming writing style.
    Have a wonderful time today my dear! 😀

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  25. Hello Shirley, As a registered nurse I understand the panic attacks all to well. Life experiences shape us but they don’t define us. Thank you for the books. I have liked it, tweeted it, reblogged it, and more. Mary 🙂

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Mary only you would really understand them. The illness is so elusive that even today I don’t think people know enough about it. I was working at my job about to be pink-slipped when I experienced another one. I was so disappointed in my boss whom I had a secret crush on that it plunged me into an attack. My co-worker gave me a paper bag to breathe deeply and stop it. Oh wait, that’s another story? Or did I just forget to add it. I was a basket case back then and would cry at the drop of a hat. lol

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  26. Thanks for the quote it looks good! I have lady of victory but have not had the chance yet!

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  27. Shirley ~ After reading your book “Crazy Hot and Living on The Edge” I have become a fan of yours. That is why I just took up your generous offer for a free copy of Our Lady of Victory. Your description of the book is wonderful so now I plan to read it.
    Thanks so much~

    Richie Gerber

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Richie isn’t that the point of promoting our works? If not for RRBC there never would have been a conversation going. I’m so grateful for that.

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  28. joannwentzel says:

    Your books and trailers sound interesting. I learned long ago about being your own best health advocate too. Who knows their body better. Interested in reading any historical novel so will put you on my list.

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  29. Laurie Lewis says:

    Shirley, I have a friend who has panic attacks. Thank you for helping me understand them better. And much praise for your project for preserve the memories and history of that Church. I count preserving history a great calling for a writer. So nice to connect with you.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Laurie I appreciate your sentiments on my books. Preserving history is more than a notion so it had to be a calling that I kept ignoring for years until a situation triggered me into action. Panic attacks are not that easy to understand but it is a terrifying experience that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

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  30. beemweeks says:

    Hello, fellow Michigander! I have read both of your books and enjoyed each one. They taught me things I didn’t know! A great blog block party tour post. I wish you all the best, Shirley.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Hello to you Beem. I would have missed you if you hadn’t shown up seeing as we are both from the same Great State. Glad to see you over here.

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  31. Susan Joyce says:

    Very interesting information! Thanks for the free downloads! And for sharing your story.

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  32. Hello, Shirley. What an incredible story you tell in just this excerpt of “Crazy! Hot!”. Thank you for the opportunity for everyone to download a copy and read your story! I’m looking forward to it!

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  33. Lincoln Cole says:

    Awesome blog stop! Super interesting information and your books look really exciting! I’ll definitely be checking them out in the future!

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  34. Well done, Shirley – good excerpts here! Have a great day on your block party and sell lots of books!

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  35. Doing great work, Shirley! Keep it up.

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  36. Neil O'Donnell says:

    Let the truth come out

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Neil truer words were never spoken. And you went right to the point. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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  37. I have read both of your books and definitely recommend that everyone take advantage of the free downloads today. My favorite was Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge! because I was able to relate to some of your struggles and because I believe that you give really sound advice that everyone needs to follow. Best wishes for today! 🙂

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Wait Yvette, didn’t I just see you somewhere? I had to say that so start laughing. I’m so glad you made it over here today. This Party is rocking now. I’m also glad you got something out of Crazy! Hot! That was the intent so people won’t be afraid to speak out and share their stories. That’s really the only way we will learn anything about ourselves and know that no matter what we put ourselves through, our bodies are miracle workers and can get through it if you pay attention and learn.

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      • You’re so right! You sharing your story shows others that there is no shame in our experiences. We are stronger when we share and help others. You are a living example of that! 🙂

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  38. It shows great courage to share your personal journey and pain! I know others will be helped by reading your story and knowing they are not alone. As a psychologist myself, it is disappointing to learn about those in my profession who do not operate with compassion and integrity. So sorry you had that experience. Best wishes on the tour and with your books!

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      I think he may have never seen the likes of me and he displayed that in our meeting. He didn’t set me at ease; he didn’t say anything except for me to state my name. I didn’t know what to expect and his silence didn’t help at all. You never forget an experience like that.

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  39. That was a creepy psychologist. How do they expect people to get better if they behave like that?

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Rebecca, my sentiments exactly. I never forgot it because it really had an effect on me that day. He was rather creepy-looking. lol

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  40. jinlobify says:

    Ride on Shirley! I love your output. Beautiful spread! Of course I’ve read all your books, and enjoyed them. This party is really kicking! :D. I am having a lot of fun.

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  41. mikelynes says:

    Hi Shirley! Great blog as usual! The RRBC Back to School Blog Block Party is terrific again this year – thanks for helping put it together!

    Best – MikeL

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  42. Loved your excerpt from Crazy Hot and Living On The Edge. I have the book on my kindle. Have a great day at the party!

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  43. harmonykentonline says:

    Hi Shirley! I read both your books and loved them. You are always so supportive, and I hope you have a blast today! I love the excerpts and the book trailer, and want to thank you for sharing your experiences in Crazy Hot … so helpful for so many others. Best wishes with everything! 🙂

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  44. Good Morning, Shirley. What a wonderful stop on the tour! I have read both your books and they show the strength, your faith, and willingness to overcome any obstacle. Enjoyed reading the excerpts and watching the trailers.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Karen thank you so much for being here. Glad you enjoyed this stop. This is so much fun. Its unique to RRBC.

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  45. Gwen Plano says:

    Hi Shirley, I’ve read both of your books and loved them. Your “Fast Forward” at the conclusion of your blog, poignantly captures your dilemma. Thank you for sharing so deeply.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Gwen, I could have gone on and on with the conclusion, but I’ll save that for another blog. Thank you for stopping by.

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  46. D.L. Finn says:

    Hi
    Thank you for the free copy of Our Lady of Victory. As a fellow Catholic, I can’t wait to see your take on it. Your other book sounds like something I will have to read, too I will be adding to my kindle. I have created a very long reading list so far on this tour. I am glad you shared your stories and I look forward to reading them. Thanks

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Hi D.L. I think all of us have so many wonderful books that we have to catch up on. From one Catholic to another you will find my story quite different. Thank you for joining this tour.

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  47. Soooz says:

    Hello, Shirley. Writing out stories of personal survival of traumatic situations is both a painful and healing process at the same time. I have just downloaded “Crazy Hot and Living on The Edge” and I look forward to reading it. I applaud your strength and your absolute belief that you would overcome your difficulties. A lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Sooz thank you so much for your support. Are you new to the club? I know I haven’t met you and very glad you stopped by.

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      • Soooz says:

        hi, Shirley, Yes I’m relatively new. You may have seen me posting @pursoot. I’ve RT’d your posts a number of times. I’m delighted to be a part of such a supportive and talented group.

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