Zora is 2 Years Old!




It is the 2 year Anniversary of The Mistreatment of Zora Langston!(March 16th) To celebrate I am giving away 2 autographed copies to my readers. Enter to win on Goodreads.com and good luck! Only available in the US.

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A Great Compliment Goes A Long Way



This morning I received an email from a fellow blogger and author  who just recently read my book, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston. She loved the book and that made me happy, but as I continued reading I received the best compliment ever! She compared my book to The Bluest Eye by legendary author Toni Morrison! I wanted to scream and shout, but that would have scared my poor cat.

This compliment gave me the jolt I needed to get motivated to write this morning. Thank you so much Kendra! Kendra is from the UK and her review posted on the Amazon UK site; click here to read the complete version.

Zora Takes Over Silver Threading!


Hi Everyone,

Colleen of Silver Threading Blog has graciously allowed the protagonist of my debut novel, “The Mistreatment of Zora Langston” to takeover her blog for one post only this coming Saturday! I am happy to report you are invited to this EXCLUSIVE event! I will be interviewing Zora and if you like you can chime in too. Zora has consented to answer all questions and respond to your comments all day long! Join us this Saturday, May 9th.

Zora Langston Takeover!

Thunderclap Hooooo!


This story will have you cheering for

Yesterday I had a chat with someone who has become dear to me over the past few months. The thing is I have never met her in person, but she and I are building a “BLOGSHIP”. I know that’s not a word, but there is not a word for a relationship via a blog, so I made-up my own. Colleen Chesebro from the Silver Threading blog has been a great source of support with the launching of my debut novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston. Well Colleen suggested I start a Thunderclap campaign to help get the word out.

As an indie author I am all about finding unique and effective ways to market my book, not to mention FREE! I decided to check out their website and found it very interesting indeed. Thunderclap is an online forum for people to spread the word about their causes. You’ll find campaigns about the environment, health, legalizing cannibus, etc. They also offer artists the opportunity to start a campaign to get the word out about their work.

The Basics:
You sign up in just a few minutes providing a social media account of your choice.(required because this is how they run the campaign) You can choose the amount of clicks required to start running your campaign. I chose 100, the basic plan. Once the set-up process is complete, they will review your campaign and either approve or deny your campaign request. I am happy to report mine was approved!

Now come the fun part. I NEED to get 100 of my family, friends, followers and fellow bloggers to go to my campaign and simply click the button to support my campaign. If I meet the minimum clicks by the deadline I set during set-up, the company will launch a social media campaign to spread the word about my book! I chose the FREE option, but you can upgrade to other packages for a pre-determined rate.

Now I need your HELP! I need everyone who reads this post to click the link to my campaign and support me. It doesn’t cost any money and it will help get my book some exposure.


Thanks for your assistance and please spread the word: Reblog, share on FaceBook and Twitter

Love Poems Challenge – Zora’s Blues


I wrote this poem with the protagonist from my novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston in mind. It’s called “Zora’s Blues”

A nine year old girl loses her father (2)

Zora’s Blues
By Lisa W. Tetting

I love you but I don’t dare
Take you in my arms and tell you I care
But that’s what I want more than anything
Every time I see you, my heart sings. (but I turn your stomach)

You look at me with ice cold eyes
Sometimes I wish you’d tell me lies
Say you love me and never let me go
These precious words I will never know. (because you hate me)

But I love you more each day
Just tell me what to do or say
To make you love me back
And stop treating me like a welcome mat? (but you enjoy it)

You gave birth to me so I don’t know why
Every time you see me you make me cry
I try my best to no avail
I feel like I’m living in Hell. (because I really am)

“Why Don’t You Love Me” is my theme song
I often wonder why we can’t get along
Moms are supposed to value their daughters
My only love came from my father (and you killed him)

I cry for him and I long for you
What’s a nine year old child to do?
When Daddy’s dead and Mommy is the killer
And she beats me like Ali in Manila (but I will survive)

So Mommy I pray you will change
Just think of all the LOVE you’ll gain
Stop beating me and hug me tight
I need to know everything will be alright. (because it will)

Don’t turn your back and walk away
It’s not to late to change today
Just say the thing I most want you to
And that is simply I LOVE YOU! (and God will fix us)

A Special Thanks to Pearls Before Swine for sharing her wonderful tribute to her husband for last week’s challenge. If you missed it listen to it here.

Want to join the fun? Click the pic below to see how it’s done: