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Junior Size Faith is free today! Share, Share, Share!

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Like to take quizes? Download my book from Amazon today for free and read it front to back. Next Monday I will post a series of ‘quiz questions’ about this love story and also the back pages on my short testimony.

  I released it in 2012 and still receive emails from fans. I love hearing from my readers!  

Riv and Ella~~

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I’m surprised the sun is shining this morning. I promised him I would wait. I promised I would be outside this fenced in prison. I would physically be here when he got out, and I did wait, but my heart died long ago. It’s been three years since he’s been behind bars and away, and if I were being honest it has been peaceful. Peace is something I never knew while he was out.

I’ve got a job now at the farmer’s market in town. I don’t sell food there, I just schlep from vendor to vendor helping out where I can. Nothing the average person would brag about however, it is huge for me. I am thankful for any job I can get especially since my reputation in this town is as tarnished as garage-sale silverware.

I stopped the heroin after Riv went to prison but not by choice. I didn’t want to stop but I didn’t have a choice. I was placed in a detox center then to a long-term facility to get clean. I think about it every day though, the high. It is a memory, a want, which every cell of my body remembers. The dreams have stopped. The dreams where I was shooting up with it and feeling the rush. Even though it made me deadly sick, my hair started to fall out, and the mind tunnels, the dark hollow tunnels that I don’t want to think about now… My teeth hadn’t started to deteriorate yet, but that was just a matter of time. I would have sex with strangers to get it, I would rob my family and strangers to get it, I would vomit uncontrollably if I went to long without it, and I would have shaking withdrawals so badly I could hear my teeth chatter. Yes, it was the devil and still I would have done all I could do to get it in my veins. At least I used to…

Riv walked out of a large heavy door and I could hear it clank and lock behind him. He looked healthy and strong. I haven’t seen him healthy since we were younger. Rubbing my face I take a deep breath as he walked towards my brother’s car. Why did I agree to this? Why did I agree to pick him up? Why did I feel obligated to answer his letter back? Why? I could feel my heart-rate increase. I hated that he had this kind of power on me. Then again, it was my fault he was here…

I was free from his control. I was free and now I know it will be a daily fight with him. The mood swings, the yelling, the looks of detest. My stomach is in knots and yet, I sit here. I sit here.

“Ella, I didn’t think you would be here?” Riv mumbled as he reached through the door and unlocked it, and quickly pulled it open.

I say nothing.

“Thank you,” He gulped. He was just as nervous as I was at this encounter. He reached over and gently placed his large hand on the back of my neck. “It is going to be different this time. This time we are going to make it work. I am going to stay clean and you and me are going to have a good life. You have been clean, Ella? Right?”

I nodded yes, still yet to speak. I bit my top lip as tears filled my burning eyes. Not tears of joy, but tears of pain. He is lying. I have heard the exact same promise before. My heart has no hope on his recovery, I’m still not sure about mine, and I have no hope in him treating me with respect.

Why did I pick him up? Misery loves company, I guess.

 

Thank you for reading!!  Riv and Ella is a Flash Fiction Story I wrote in 2014 and since then I have actually plotted and outlined the entire story to the ending scene so it has grown.  Just not sure when I will get to it!  I have been looking over all the projects I have going on and thought I would share this one before I publish my new Sci-FY Novel.  This is a CopyWrite of Neasha Hill and the plot is subject to change!  Hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment or edit if you see one! 😀

 

~~Neasha Hill

 

 

Well Done…

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IMG_20150618_213615I haven’t been as active on here as I would like to be.  My time has been focused on a new/old project that will be published soon.  I have been working on this project since 2013 and now that I am expecting the book cover any day I feel like I can breath a sigh of relief!  SO, when I saw this picture, it reminded me that carefully crafted words cannot be rushed.  They take time and they need to be *done well*.

 

Hope you are having a great Wednesday!!

Mexico Vacations! Is a carefree vacation….

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The Barcelo in the Riviera Maya is a Beautiful Resort if you are looking for a place to take your family.  The staff was friendly and the food was great not to mention the rooms were clean and the maintenance staff was always grooming the landscape.  We have been twice to this resort, once with our boys and once without and I would recommend it to anyone with children.  We packed our own snorkel gear because the ones that the resort offers complimentary to you, you only get to use them for 1 hour a day per guest and that was not enough time for our family.  However, it was plenty of time for me!  My husband and boys love to snorkel and the fish here at this resort are quite colorful and the they have a dock that you can walk out further on to snorkel where more fish are located.  It is an all-inclusive resort so no need to worry about food when the little ones get hungry- all the food is included.  You will need a passport for each family member so make sure you plan a month ahead.

If you have any questions please ask 🙂

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Gaining More Blog Followers

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Blogger, Blogger, how does your blog grow?
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                                                With love and work and, and, and, and….
The last month I have received several questions from friends that were thinking about starting a blog. I get the same question over and over again, “BUT, how do you get followers?”
I thought I would put together a beginner’s quick guide for newbie bloggers to start gaining readers. There is NO PERFECT formula but there are some general rules to help you get started.

#1. Stop worrying about getting followers if you just started your blog. That simple. Now, you will eventually want to set a goal you will want to reach but for now put the thought of followers out of your brain.

#2. Content. Content. Content. You need to focus on posting in your niche. Let’s say it is cooking. Post recipes, pictures, and cooking flub-ups (because we are human and your readers might like to know you mess up too).  Videos are a great addition to a blog so if you have the skills to place up a video then do it.  It doesn’t have to be Steven Spielberg movie quality– just show your personality.

#3. Post on a regular schedule. If it is once a month, make sure you post once a month. After awhile you can set that goal we talked about in step one. Maybe you want ten followers a day, then you are going to have to visit other blogs and be *blog socialable* (and yes, I just made that phrase up). Do not be spammy! Do not beg people to follow your blog. Be genuine and be yourself. You MAY gain followers this way you may not but it is the best start.

#4. I can’t stress this next one enough: Content. Content. Content. Get the picture?

#5. Make sure you tag your blog post with the right keywords. You DO NOT need to saturate your posts with a hundred tags. Make sure you pick relevant tags for your posts and it is important to tag each post separately.  These tags help search engines find you on the world wide web!

#6.  A call to action.  If you want followers for your blog, ask them to follow you when you post your content.  Many people will follow you if they like what you have to say and you just ask them to follow you.  Do Not Spam their websites and blogs though.  Only do this on your own blog or if you have something helpful you can offer another blogger perhaps reach out to them.  Do not spam them.

Keep at it and you will see your followers grow.  Make sure you click the follow me button on the right-side column <– see what I did there 🙂 and I will post more helpful tips to grow your blog in the coming week.

This is not a guide from A to Z but it will hopefully ease your unease about starting a blog… and for those of you that think you can start monetizing your blog right away—think again. Many of us have been at this long time. It takes time to build an audience and we love what we do and we would be doing it regardless of an income.  I think that WordPress is a great site to start your blogging journey so do your own research and then jump in and blog!

If you have any helpful tips  or even questions please, please share them below and help our community grow.