#AtoZChallenge: Phenomenal Woman, a Poem by Maya Angelou

APhenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) was an American author and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie.

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Author Mark Stone is having a special offer for his author services. Continue reading to know what he is offering. Please, Mark, explain…

A website should be more than an online presence. It should work for you, especially in the capacity of generating a fan-base. The best way to get a fan-base is through special or free offers you extend only to those who have subscribed to your updates. In no other web design service tailored to authors will you such capability offered at such a price. Normal cost is $1,500 but the first three customers responding to this FB event will get their website for $750.

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#TeaserTuesday: #erotic #romance #mystery books by @kelgendron @Patricias_Place and @opalcarew

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Title: Lost Wishes (A TroubleMaker Novel)
Author: Kelly Gendron
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015

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Title: I Stand Corrected
Author: Patricia Asedegbega
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: August 2014

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Title: Riding Steele
Author: Opal Carew
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: March17, 2015

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#AtoZChallenge: Theme Reveal!

wordleAfter thinking a lot about what to write about for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, I finally know what I want to do. As you all know, I am a bookworm and I love reading all kinds of books. All kinds of books except for poetry. I have never really liked poetry, maybe because I don’t really get the poems. I like reading things that don’t make me have to figure out the hidden meaning. I read to relax, not to be analysing what I read. So I decided to give poetry a go.

During April, I will be blogging a poem a day written by different poets, some more famous than others, but all excellent poets. In the image above you can see the surnames of the poets who will be appearing along this challenge.

I hope you like my posts! What about you? Are you participating on the challenge? What will be the theme for your challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

Why #JaneAusten? A Guest Post by Rose Fairbanks @Rose_Fairbanks

Hello, people!

It’s Friday! Today we continue with our series of guest posts about why authors and readers alike like Jane Austen (feel free to contact me if you want to participate). And today I want to introduce to all of you Rose Fairbanks, author of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Rose Fairbanks fell in love with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy thirteen years ago.  Coincidentally, or perhaps not, she also met her real life Mr. Darcy thirteen years ago.  They had their series of missteps, just like Elizabeth and Darcy, but are now teaching the admiring multitude what happiness in marriage really looks like and have been blessed with two children, a four year old son and a one year old daughter.

Previously rereading her favorite Austen novels several times a year, Rose discovered Jane Austen Fan Fiction due to pregnancy-induced insomnia. Several months later she began writing. Undone Business is Rose’s third published work. Continue reading

Deena Got Brutally Attacked at Home ‪#‎Crowdfunding‬ ‪#‎Charity‬ ‪#‎Help‬

At 4:45am on November 17, 2014, Deena Rae experienced a home invasion and brutal attack from the perpetrator.

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Deena in the ICU

Had she not fought her assailant, she’d be dead and her children motherless. The attempted murderer stabbed her four times–in the pelvis, in her torso narrowly missing her heart, in her face, and lacerated her liver before running away into the darkness.

When the police came out, the attempted murderer was long gone, and cops say they won’t find the perp, because he has a fairly nondescript profile. I find it appalling no efforts are being made to get this dangerous man off the streets before he successfully claims the life of another unsuspecting victim. Thankfully, he failed with Deena.

Had Deena been sleeping that night rather than working the long hours single mothers often do when trying to support a household of four, she certainly would not be with us today. In February, her elderly mother experienced a horrific leg break resulting in surgery, and now Deena, who is trying to still heal from her liver injury, is still trying to work and take care of her mother, too. Her work hours have been cut severely, but the one thing that never gets cut are the steady stream of bills.

Bill collectors have been calling, and the medical bills for the household are piling up. Deena is a generous, loving woman who would do anything for anyone, and it hurts my heart to have to type this request for help. Not because it’s wrong to help someone, but because someone who radiates such love and kindness is rare, and the world would be a worse place for the loss of someone so beautiful in heart and spirit as Deena Rae.

Any donations are appreciated to ease the financial burden on her and her family so she can focus on healing and helping her youngest daughter recover from the trauma of seeing her mother covered in blood, thinking she was already dead, before the ambulance arrived.

Thank you in advance for anything you can contribute to help this family during such a dark and difficult time in their lives. Donation button is just below, and even a dollar makes a difference.

Other ways you can help Deena:

  • Print this campaign sign, and post them on bulletin boards in schools, churches, and other places permitted: Deena print flyer
  • Send the link to email contacts to help spread the word: CLICK HERE FOR DEENA’S FUND LINK
  • Share this post with others on social media.
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Thank you so much!