You all should know by now, I am a huge Tennessee Lady Vols fan. I haven’t posted much about them since coach passed away. 2016 was a tough year for me. I lost the two most important women in my life that year – Pat Summitt in June and my mother in December. I met Pat Summitt only once in my life, but she impacted me greatly. I can only imagine having her as a coach, mentor, boss and close friend like Holly Warlick did.
Well, this past week, Tennessee women lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in history. As a result of the unsuccessful seasons under her belt, and pressure from unhappy fans and alum, she was fired as head coach.
Whether justified or not (That’s not for me to determine), what was NOT justified was all of the hate and nastiness that is circulating throughout social media attacking Holly and her character. I would like to give those people who feel the need to bash this woman, who has been nothing but loyal to the Lady Vols, a different perspective. Bear with me because this is how I see things…
Imagine being in one place from the time you were a teenager. You have given everything to this place. You lost your mentor, who happens to be the best at the job that you are now asked to step in and try to do. You step up to the challenge, despite being consumed with grief. A grief that takes forever to heal because everything around you reminds you of the person you lost. On top of that, you have the added bonus of pressure
from fans, family and admin to live up to their expectations.
You do the best you can at making the program your own, while still honoring the legend who came before you, and still can’t satisfy people. After failing in the position, you are publicly insulted by a member of your team and you are cast out of the only home you know.
I ask, would you be quick to talk about how devastated and disappointed you are? Would you know where to go or what to do next? Please leave that woman alone. Allow her time to finally grieve and attempt to heal. Have some empathy in this situation. NONE of us could do any better. Whoever came behind Pat Head Summitt was in a no win situation. The program was still reeling from her diagnosis and subsequent death. Despite being at her side and learning from the icon, there was only 1 Pat. There will NEVER be another. She was the blueprint. However, fans expected Holly to step right in and be Pat2.0. So unfair, but such is life.
So, now that exactly what should have happened has come to fruition, Holly is being chastised and raked over the coals. In my opinion, Holly deserves better than this. She has lived and breathed Orange all of her adult life. She should be embraced and loved like Pat would have wanted us, The Big Orange Nation, to do. Remember, once a Lady Vol, ALWAYS a Lady Vol. #LV4L
NOTE: After publication, I was informed by Mary McBride Artello-Kneidel that Tennessee lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament once under Pat Summitt, so this would be the second time in school history. Thanks for the fact check.🤗
In celebration of my upcoming book release, I am hosting an Author Takeover event! Romance Authors, join me in the festivities to launch my MC novel, The Taming of LaRue! Authors will have 30 minute time slots and are required to have one giveaway during their time. Feel free to share with other author friends and in your reader groups.
Event Timing: March 9th, 2019 from 10 AM – 3 PM Est (9 AM – 2 PM Central)
Event Address: I Love Diverse Romance Group on Facebook
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Guess who is the featured author in this month’s edition of The Swirl Magazine? That’s right, if you haven’t guessed from the title of this blog post… it’s me! Check out my thoughts on writing, get an inside peek of my WIP – The Taming of LaRue, and find out some exciting things I have in store for the coming year. Click HERE to read it! Enjoy.
On this day in 2016 I released my first LoveRotica Tale, The Layover and officially became an author in the erotic romance genre. It is one of my most popular stories to date. It is book 1 in a 3 book serial series. I really had no idea how freeing this book and series would be for me. I am so much more open in my sexuality and my willingness to explore new things. Sometimes it is only within the pages of the books I write, but I have always said I live vicariously through my book babes. Since I am in an interracial marriage, I wrote the couple in this story to mirror that; BWWM (Black Woman, White Man) to be specific.
This story stars Lynn Sutton and Connor Wyatt. The two are inseparable even with their seven year waiting period between meeting and dating. Connor goes…
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I am excited to announce that I wrote a short story that was included as a part of the Alabama Emerging Writers Anthology put out by Z Publishing Network! The book was released in August, but I waited to announce my inclusion because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Only 2 chapters of my story were included in the book because I mistakenly exceeded the word count.
However, as a treat to all of my newsletter subscribers, I am sending out the entire story. Currently it is not available anywhere else, but I may release it on other platforms in the coming weeks. To be one of the first to read my story all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter. You can do that here!
In the meantime, here is what the story is all about:
Reid Loving is gorgeous, charismatic and a great person. Because of his job as a high school sociology teacher, he is surrounded by overzealous, hormonal teen aged girls, who are all clamoring for his attention. When he takes an interest in Amelia, a female student with a learning disability, unfounded rumors start to fly.
Shante Jackson has her eyes on Mr. Loving and will stop at nothing to get him. Her jealousy of Amelia causes her to use her popularity for evil in an effort to get rid of her. Unfortunately, her seventeen year old mind cannot phantom the trouble she can cause for Mr. Loving, when she spreads nasty rumors about his relationship with Amelia.
When Mr. Loving is accused of a heinous act, he is raked over the coals, with not only his job, but his freedom in jeopardy. The photographic proof does nothing to prove his innocence. Amelia is the only one who can save him after he is accused of this unspeakable act. The police and district attorney don’t believe Amelia is being truthful, until she provides the smoking gun against Shante. However, it may be too little, too late to save Mr. Loving’s reputation, career and impending marriage.
Thanks for your support over the years and please let me know what you think of the story. I have created a profile for the story on Goodreads for you to leave your feedback. Add it to you TRB list. Click Here.
Congrats to our Grand Prize Winner!
This week we are spotlighting the winners of the 2nd Annual Poetry Contest! For the next two days, you’ll get to learn more about our grand prize winner.
Jahkazia reminded me that it’s never too late. How so? Because her poem came in exactly one minute to the deadline of this contest and won the entire competition. If she had thought, “maybe it’s too late,” then we would not get to meet and learn more about this beautiful soul. Let’s get into it.
Introducing Jahkazia Richardson
Jahkazia (Jah-kay-asia which translates to Goddess of the land) is a slam poet hailed from Durham, NC. She studied Clinical Psychology at William Peace University and will be continuing her vocational path in Art and expressive therapy next fall. She appreciates going to live shows in the area as well as trying different recipes from all over the world. Currently, she is…
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