Excerpt: 10 Minutes before Sleeping

Excerpt: 10 Minutes before Sleeping

I shouldn’t be sitting here before you right now. We had such great plans for our future, so I have to wonder, how did I end up like this? How did we end up like this? Why am I even bothering to speak with you? Does it even matter? I mean…how could it ever make a difference after all that’s been said and done?

My life is over. I became a failure the moment I was conceived by adults who cared nothing about me. A father who was ashamed of me and a mother who had “better” things to do with her life than raise her only child. My kids might be okay in spite of it all, but how will I ever know? Are you willing to help me or is this just a story for you to tell — straight from the horse’s mouth?

There was a slight clearing of the throat from somewhere within the large, scantily-filled room, but other than that, one could hear a pin drop. The woman sitting opposite Eva in a cold, steel chair with the rounded seat simply looked on, unaware for the first time in her career of what her response to a mere question should be. But Eva was clearly different from all the others she had spent her valuable time with. This thirty-one year-old Cuban-Haitian was no regular detainee. This woman had a story to tell and Trina Hines – undoubtedly sophisticated and classy in almost every sense – would step on anyone or anything to ensure that she was the first one Eva would tell it to.

Don’t miss this powerful story. One that will likely linger in your mind for years to come.

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Dysfunctional Families: The harmful effect of Favoritism

What constitutes a perfect parent? Is it one that does everything right and never makes a mistake? Perhaps… but can we find any of those?

Needless to say, no one is perfect, but when it comes to parenting certain things could and should be expected of adults given the wonderful responsibility of caring and nurturing children. As a parent myself of teenagers, I hope that one day when they’re grown, my kids will genuinely be able to say that my love for them was unconditional, I never had favorites and I did my very best to raise them with solid values and a good moral compass. I do believe that they’re able to say that even now. Am I a perfect parent then? Certainly not! That’s because I’m not a perfect human being. I make mistakes just like everyone else and when I’m wrong or mistaken about something, I apologize to my kids– I show them that I’m not too big to do that. Unfortunately, many parents I know believe it’s beneath them to apologize to their children when they’ve made a mistake, but if that’s the attitude, what are they teaching their kids? How will their children learn to apologize when they’re wrong?

I mentioned earlier that one thing I wanted my kids to be able to say is that I didn’t have favorites. Favoritism seems to be a usual problem in families even from the days of old. If you go by Biblical examples, you may think of Jacob and Esau or Joseph being his father’s favorite. The ideal situation would be that parents train themselves to love their children equally, but to those who don’t, my wish is that you never be open or make the fact obvious that you prefer one child over the other. This can be detrimental to the family structure and cause major problems among the siblings that will continue for years and years and then trickle down to generations. Open, blatant preference for one child over the other will have terrible, long-lasting effects.

In my book,’ INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare’, Marie Adams has faced the dilemma of being her mother’s least favorite child and as a grown adult now with a family of her own, she still faces the disdain of her aged mother. As a result of years of her mom’s mistreatment of her, her siblings have basically followed suit and the family structure is nonetheless, broken. However, Marie has turned out to be the most successful of all the children and although treated as an outcast, she has always been there to help each and everyone of them. I wanted to address this topic in my book because it is one that needs to be looked at and each of us as parents need to consider if we’re guilty of ‘tearing down our own house with our own hands’ based on the way we treated our kids.

In closing, I’d like to think that someone can improve the quality of a child’s life if we consider our children’s feelings before we speak and before we act.

She Was Rejected By Her Own Family…

You never know who you are raising and you may be surprised what their purpose is in life.

INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare was #4 yesterday on HOT NEW RELEASES in the Inspirational Religious Fiction category (Amazon). For anyone who’s ever felt rejected or misunderstood–especially in your own family, this one’s for you. Also, for those interested in the paranormal & supernatural, you can’t miss this.

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