Just breathe, remember to breathe…

-microphone-clipart-6Only 7 more days until the release of “What You Won’t Do For Love.”  Here’s a short excerpt from the chapter entitled, “Just breathe, remember to breathe.”    Post your thoughts…

…Trey’s voice enveloped the microphone like velvet. In the evenings he took control of the airwaves. From nine pm to five in the morning, he carried listeners through the graveyard shift by playing a mixture of Old School, R & B and Jazz. In between music he took calls on important topics, mostly relating to love. At that time of night, it seemed to always be the popular topic for his listeners. He had a dedicated array of followers who called in to voice their thoughts and opinions. He leaned in close to the microphone, speaking over Marvin Gaye’s, “I Want You” as it played in the background.

“If you’re out there, call me up” he whispered in the microphone.

He clicked the “in line” button and winked at his engineer who shook his head at him from the other side of the glass. Trey put his headphones down, leaned back in his chair and listened to the smooth sounds of Marvin Gaye flow through the sound booth and the station. He loved his job; working at WDAS was the best thing that ever happened to him. He had been here for five years, moving from North Carolina, where he was once the infamous voice of weather at one of the local stations. He wanted to be in the hubbub of a great city with a love for great music. Virginia was definitely the spot. It was midway between the big cities and the Bible belt. Home to many great performers and the best Jazz and R&B Festivals, besides the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Trey loved it here… music was his passion.

Trey could sit in the studio all day and night and just play music. He knew it soothed others, but it also had a therapeutic effect on him. Playing just the right combination of songs at the right time, man… He closed his eyes and let Marvin take him away…just for a minute. He needed to clear his head; too much was going on in his life right now. As the song came to an end, he sat up to check his call board, several lights were flashing. He pressed a button while putting the next song in cue.

“You’re on the midnight ride…talk to me.”

“Yo, Trey, this Craig, what’s going on? Hey man I’m just calling to say, you’re doing your thing tonight. Playing all the ole school jams, you’re really taking me back,” he laughed.

“That’s what I do, that’s what I do. Thanks for the love Craig, I know you out there working hard. Tell everyone I said what’s up on the graveyard shift over there at Hewett’s.”

“For sure, for sure, they listening, they checking you out. I got a question?”

“Cool” Trey said “What’s up?”

“Man, I’m trying to get an understanding of what these women want. You know man, I work, and I think I’m a pretty decent guy” he laughed. “A brotha’ trying to do something with my life, but then every woman I run up on, want a thug or something I guess?”

Trey laughed.

“Trey, I’m really beginning to think these women ain’t looking for a good man to treat em’ right. I’ve been dating this chick, we been kicking it for a while….couple months. Then the other day she tells me, I’m too good for her.  I’m like TOO GOOD FOR YOU? HUH?”

“Yeah man?” Trey laughed. “Wow, I’ve heard that one before myself.”

“Yo Trey, what’s too good mean? I mean, wouldn’t you want a good man? Not someone beating you up every night or cheating on you? Laying up on your couch smoking weed while you at the job?”  He laughed. “Maybe one of these ladies can call in and tell me what the heck, “You too good for me” mean and what is a man suppose to think or do after he hear that one?  Is he supposed to lower himself to some thug mentality?  I’m just saying?”

Trey chuckled, “Craig, I’m with you on that one, I feel ya’ dawg.”

“Just wanted to get some feedback man…I’mma holla’ though.’ Keep doing your thing!”

“For sure, thanks for calling in Craig” Trey clicked the line.

“Well, you heard my man, he asked a poignant question. One I’d really like to know myself! Call in if you got some answers.”

Trey laughed, “Wow….women, that’s all I can say. Sometimes I wonder if that’s a woman’s way of saying, “You’re moving too fast and I’m just not ready. Or maybe women are just scared of a good man and the responsibilities that come along with it…like being a good woman.”

Trey clicked the audio and Norah Jones’s, “Come Away With Me”, flowed through the speakers.

Love Deciphered…

My first novel will be released on April 17th!  I’m excited, yet305976_10151832034564638_1936313678_n anxious!  You see I’m a poetry gal and although writing comes easy, I am anxious to see the thoughts and reviews on my attempt to bring a whole story to life.

“What You Wont Do For Love” has been a looooong time coming. This novel has been hanging around for ten years. It has been reworked, renamed and remade. Nine years of a long intense pregnancy that was pushed along by many close friends and family members, also my  dear brother who stood alongside my birthing bed waiting patiently for it to be released!

This book is a classic tale of love and relationships , involving several women and men who go through a wide arena of emotions and behaviors. It’s sprinkled with a little bit of everything!  Real life experiences dealing with real world issues. Tracey, Natalie, Monica, Ari and Jacki are some real characters and will truly remind you of someone you know…if not yourself!  Trey Styles?  Well you will just have to read the book to find out about him.

I must also let individuals know that this book details the good and the bad about life, there are behaviors and language that is not all becoming, however real life is not all becoming!  So if you have forgotten what it was like before you arrived or got saved, then this book is not for you. It will quickly remind you that we are all still a work in progress.

The humor in the book is untouchable, however, in the midst of the humor, I also look at  some of the serious sides of relationships and family dynamics. Issues such as domestic violence, drug addictions and alcohol abuse are deciphered as well.

As far as the characters…yes they are a mixture of people I really know! They are also from my own experiences. I will leave it up to you to figure out which is which..

The book has the awesome artwork of Mark Givens Sr on the cover. Mark is a dear Air Force friend whose artwork is beyond  fabulous. The women on the cover are a collage of beautiful female friends he has painted over the years. The design of the cover belongs to my ever talented daughter, Kayla Suell, whose patience has been unwavering in regards to my requests! The song selections within the book are from my son, the silent audio engineer behind my thoughts. I am so grateful and blessed to have their support!

Please support my endeavors and buy a copy of the book when it is released. You can get an autographed copy from my website or purchase  it via Amazon.

Part II of this book is already in the works, the characters are so lovable you will definitely want to know the rest of the story!

I  have several scheduled book signings if you are in the Columbia SC area…

Voorhees College, April 18

SC Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Center, May 18-19

I will also start a military base tour in July, I will keep readers posted  of my stops via my website and this blog.

I can’t wait to read your thoughts, suggestions and reviews on “What You Wont Do For Love” Send them to me at contactv@virtuousvibes.com   or you can post them here…

Thank you for sharing my journey as I attempt to decipher love…it’s been one whirlwind of a puzzle!

Peace, Love & Empowerment