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Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! Kindle Edition

Crazy Hot Trailer

About the Author

I started out trying to write a decent enough manuscript but it was clear that my thoughts and memories were so scattered and so fragmented that it was almost next to impossible to write it all down so that it made sense. First mistake I made was in not documenting each occurrence as it happened. As a result a lot of situations were completely and utterly forgotten—until I was done and the book went to press; then the memories started flooding in. Obviously some of it was too traumatic and so I blocked it all out. I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten so much.

There was the stalker boyfriend who followed my every move and tried to isolate me from my family. I was divorced and trying to raise my son as a single parent. It had gotten so bad that it spilled over into the workplace. My girlfriends at work herded me through a side exit when they spotted him sitting in front of the building. I was mortified and scared.

And that’s as far as I’m going with that one. But it appears to be the start of another book doesn’t it?

I can’t believe where all the years have gone. You know how you hear the old folks say that no matter how old they are, they don’t feel it and are shocked when they look in the mirror. Well age has been kind to me because I look good compared to some of my friends. I forget how old I am until I look at them. I am very thankful for my health and wellness after all I’ve been through. Looking well is just a side bonus.


This story follows the fictional account of one character, Leslie Louise Allen, working at a major newspaper in Downtown Detroit. From her perspective on race; interactions of colleagues; circulation wars; new hires; layoffs and romantic encounters, she takes us on a harrowing journey thru the 70s and 80s when Detroit was a two-newspaper town.



Author Page: http://wp.me/P43s9i-1m

Email: sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharrislaughter3

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sharrislaughter

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/historybuff

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please continue to follow along on the rest of this amazing #RRBC 2019 OCTOBER-WEEN BLOCK PARTY! for the month of October.


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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  1. I’m so happy to be one of the lucky winners! Thank you and I can’t wait to read “Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge!!”


  2. More stories waiting to come out? A stalker? Can’t wait to read that one!


  3. jinlobify says:

    Hi, Shirley, I think you really did a great job with your first novel; NEWSPAPER CHRONICLES. I look forward to reading more from your stable.


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Joy there is more coming believe it or not. I’m glad you made it. I know you are out of the country and had connections problems, and that’s what makes your being here much more special.


  4. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Hi Shirley, I’m a little late to your party, but I finally made it and I’m so glad I did! I hope you’ve had a terrific turnout. I enjoyed Crazy Hot, and I’m looking forward to reading Newspaper Chronicles. All the best to you!


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Gwen, you will miss out on the giveaways but its never too late otherwise. I’m glad you came. I am enjoying the party very much.


  5. Hi Shirley. Crazy, hot and living on the edge was one of the first books I read when I joined #RRBC book club. I read Newspaper Chronicles not too long after that. Both were really great reads. I’m sorry to hear about your traumatic experiences.


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Lizzie, I was over at Ron Yates’ stop today and he talks about building women characters. Some people have described me as a strong woman but I never thought that worked. I almost had a complete breakdown. The strength was in choosing not to be the victim. Your description is spot on and I’m glad you didn’t use the term strong. For some reason I dislike the description.

      Thank you for your comments to this conversation.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. beemweeks says:

    Hi, Shirley! I’ve read two of your books and I am a fan! I hope you’ve enjoyed your block party! Best wishes.


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Beem, I really appreciate you saying that as it is a confidence builder. Yes I am enjoying the block party.

      Thank you so much for being here.


  7. Sorry, I’m late Shirley but time got away. I hope your tour was super. I enjoyed this post

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Shirley, great that you aren’t limited by the number of candles on your cake!


  9. You have lived an interesting life. I bet you have many books inside you waiting to be written.


  10. Yvette M. Calleiro says:

    I enjoyed Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge! I can relate to having blocks of time erased from your memory as I experience the same situation. I commend you for finding the courage to face your past, Shirley.


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Yvette, then you can relate to it and that is comforting. Thank you for sharing a little of your story. Maybe there’s one in there to tell. Lol

      Liked by 1 person

  11. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I don’t consider it a failure. Quite the opposite I see surviving as brave and inspiring.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Mary Adler says:

    Shirley, I understand about not feeling your age. Sometimes I tell my husband a story and say there was an older woman … and he usually laughs and asks whether she was younger than I am. Funny how we see ourselves and others. As to writing about your failures, I don’t think you need to feel responsible for stalkers!! It’s not your fault that they wouldn’t go away. Of course, you are Catholic and we girls were raised to believe EVERYTHING was our fault, as I recall. I’ve given that idea up!! Don’t let anything stop your stories. Happy Block Party!


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Mary I appreciate your encouraging words on this horrific topic.I was a virgin for a long time and to be introduced to life this way was almost to much to bear. I vowed never to say anything about what happened to me because I had such a low self esteem. But God was carrying me some of the way and I got through it. I never dreamed that I would one day share some of it.

      Thank you Mary.


  13. John Fioravanti says:

    I enjoyed reading the background to your book Crazy, Hot, and Living on the Edge, Shirley. That must have been a harrowing experience!


  14. balroop2013 says:

    I am inspired by the trailer to read Crazy Hot. Thanks for sharing it Shirley.


  15. They both sound like great reads. Have a great day.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi, Shirley. #Crazy was a great book, and I enjoyed reading it. Have fun, today!😀

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Great trailer. Taking responsibility for one’s own health. I love it!


  18. Jan Sikes says:

    What a wonderful book trailer, Shirley. I have Crazy, Hot and Living on the Edge on my TBR list. Oh, for more time to read! Great stop along this October-Ween blog tour!


  19. Linda Mims says:

    Good morning, Shirley! This was my first read today. I gasped over your stalker and smiled about you looking younger than your friends! By the way, I will be dropping my review of Newspaper Chronicles soon. Have a wonderful time today!🤗


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Hello Linda. I was delighted when I opened up my blog, to see your enthusiasm. I’m glad you’re here. Hope you have a nice read.



  20. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    That must have been scary to have a stalker, Shirley. It is hard to remember things especially traumatic things. Guess it’s a blessing to forget sometimes. but not when you are trying to write about it. Enjoyed your post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Denise, I still can’t believe I left out huge chunks of my memory. Its the craziest thing, and like you said, it doesn’t help when you are trying to write about it. I had a stalker ex-husband & boyfriend. So there was a lot of traumatizing going on. And I had no plans to write about it at all, so I was very unprepared to go down this road. Who wants to reveal their failures and be judged?

      Thanks for your input and for stopping by.


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