New Release: My Cup Runneth Over by Janeva Gardel 

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Synopsis:

Skylar Jae Mathis trusts no man with her heart. Abused when she was a young girl by her father and beaten down by her many failed relationships, she would rather be alone and on her hustle, than to be with someone who can’t appreciate her for the beautiful, independent woman that she is. 
She’s determined to stay happily single, but when Zyon Davis moves in next door, she re-evaluates her vow to stay single. Will he be able to restore her faith in men and break down the barriers around her heart? Most importantly, can he help restore her faith in God?

Zyon Davis has been burned by a woman before. He has vowed to never ever love another woman again let alone get involved with one. Feeling the humiliation of being cheated on, he moves to Dallas, Texas in hopes of starting anew. When he meets the lovely Skylar Mathis, he can’t help but be intrigued. Even though he can tell she has been hurt before, his entire being yearns to help her heal. But how can he help her when he’s been hurt as well? Can they find restoration in each other?

Excerpt:

1986


I hated when Daddy hit Mommy. When he drank, he became an absolute monster. Someone I didn’t recognize. Nothing like the sweet doting father and Pastor he allowed everyone else to see. Like right now. I could hear them arguing. Their voices escalating. The same argument every time.


“Look, I worked a twelve hour shift today and I don’t feel like having this conversation, Earl. Take your drunk behind to bed!”


“Oh so you’re just going to throw your job in my face huh? Like I don’t want to work?!”


“God, I wish you would stop with this woe is me crap. I’ve had it up to here with your self-pity. God spared your life in that car accident but all you can do is talk about what you can’t do anymore.”


About a year ago, Daddy and Mommy had been on their way to a church banquet in Arlington when a truck had run a red light and not only hit but totaled their car. They’d both survived but Daddy’s hand had been pinned in the driver’s side door and it hadn’t been the same since. He couldn’t work because it was his dominant hand that had been smashed. And he blamed Mommy for what happened. He blamed her for everything. I thought it was so unfair.


“You wanna repeat that Patrice?” I heard Daddy say. I could tell he was about to snap.


I heard her sigh, like she was just tired of this merry go-round. “Nothing…just nothing.”


“Say it again!” He roared at her and I jumped. My heart began beating frantically and my palms began to sweat. God please don’t let him hit Mommy! I prayed. I prayed hard because once he unleashed his wrath on her, I would be next. I heard his big feet move and then my mother yelped. Then I heard her scream as he pushed her into the door.


“I hate when you spew that God spared me crap!” Slap.


“Stop Earl!” Mommy screamed


“I’ll stop when I’m good and ready! You don’t run me! I’m the man of this house, not you!” Daddy bellowed. Slap. Soon after I heard the doorknob being turned and I hightailed it up to my room and locked myself in my closet. Putting my hands over my ears, I prayed again. “Please God. Don’t let him hurt me. I’ll be a good girl. I promise.”


“Sky! Where are you?!” Daddy roared.


“Leave her alone Earl!” My mother screamed


I heard his heavy feet trudging up the steps and tears seeped out from the corners of my eyes. He’s going to find me. He always finds me. I kept praying though. I refused to stop calling out to God. My closet door slammed open but I didn’t open my eyes. My daddy yanked me into his arms and shook me.


“You heard me calling you girl! Got me looking all over this house for you, Sky! I’m gonna beat your butt!”


“No! Daddy please!” I sobbed.


“Shut up your blubbering girl!” I opened my eyes to see his hand lift to strike me but before he could Mommy struck him in the back of his head. With what, I wasn’t sure. I was just relieved that he hadn’t hurt me. I fell down on the floor and he fell beside me. Quickly, I scampered away from him. Afraid he would grab me again.


“Are you okay, baby?”


“Yes.” I whimpered.


“I’m so sorry I let this go on for so long. He will never hurt you or me again.”


My eyes grew big as I saw her point a gun at my Daddy. I began to tremble at the thought of never seeing him again. I didn’t want him to die but he’s hurt us and he would keep doing it. “Mommy…”


She glanced over at me for a second. “No Sky. I know you’re too young to fully understand but your Daddy is not going to stop hurting us. I’ve tried to get him help but he won’t take it. I can’t live like this anymore.” Tears seeped from her eyes and her hand shook but I knew she was serious. How did we end up like this? I wondered.


BOOM!


I jumped at the loudness of the gunshot. She’d shot my Daddy in the head. I began to cry hysterically and ran over to him. “Daddy! Daddy, wake up!” I shook him as best as I could with my small hands but he never moved.


One, single gunshot changed my life forever.


I was only seven when my father was taken from me. I was too young to understand the consequences of what had just happened… what God had allowed to happen…


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Xyla Turner’s Under Further Review book is live on Amazon!

  
Blurb:

Under Further Review is a contemporary, standalone, sports romance. 

Shane Sinclair, a professional football player who does not like, entertain or talk to reporters, even when he is mandated to appear for the press conferences. Shane has his reasons for his stance, which strengthens when a reporter blurts out that his father had passed, and he was not informed yet. The only reporter that gave their condolences was one of the lone female sports reporter, Diamond Reeves. Although, Shane kept his stance about the story-hungry reporters, Ms. Reeves wiggled her way through his defenses and Shane finds that he needs to maneuver past hers so that their odd friendship can go to the next level. Shane’s ex-fiancé does not take the break up easily and sets out to cause havoc for the new couple and herself. 

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COUNTDOWN TIME!

I am pleased to announce that there is only 5 days left until Yours Truly is officially published!! I am uploading it to http://www.smashwords.com. You can then choose which format you would like it to be in (pdf, mobi, epub, etc.) and send it to that application on your phone or IPAD or whatever it is you use to read e-books. I’m praying that this formatting with Smashwords goes as planned. It’s already giving me a run for my money lol. Stay tuned for me to announce that it is on Smashwords on 12/25! Thanks for your support! I appreciate it greatly!

SOMETIMES I FEEL…

I feel like I'm losing
myself. 
Like I don't know who I am anymore
Like I can't get a grip on my own reality.
It's like I'm stuck
between joy and
sorrow
This in between existence
that is slowly choking
the life out of me
As much as I try
to push it behind
me
It's always there waiting for the
opportunity to engulf
my entire being.
I wish somebody,
anybody could hear
my cry of despair
and anguish.
Too bad they can't
Their too self-absorbed
in their own lives & routines.
To ever notice the pain I'm in.
So, I cry deep inside
Praying for someone to see through 
my tough exterior.

COUNTDOWN TIME!

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17 days!!! 17 days until Yours Truly is available for your reading pleasure. It’s ironic, how  times flies. I remember just announcing this two months ago & now it’s COUNTDOWN time. I really hope you guys enjoy it! It will be available on Kindle and Nook. Pray for me that I don’t panic to death over these last two weeks. Thanks in advance for your support!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I love writing, it’s the center of my life. If you don’t love what you do, you’d better find something else to love. Otherwise, you don’t have a reason for living.

~Ray Bradbury~

WARFARE

I wish I knew how
to handle this
These thoughts are
climbing through my
mind. Trying to
break through & be
set free to cause
destruction, confusion,
and mayhem.
I say a silent prayer
to God to not let
these things be.
I’m not this person
I can’t be…
Can I?

I cry out in anguish
as wave after wave
of my thoughts cause
visions to appear before
my eyes.
I thrash &writhe
on the bed as the visions
keep a stronghold on
my soul
“God, please help me!” I scream
Suddenly, there is a stillness
in the room.
Peace envelopes my aching soul
and the visions disappear.
the dark thoughts leave me.
I hear a faint whisper “You’re
my child, and this shall not be. Sleep
my child. I won’t be far away.”
Serenity envelopes my heart
as my eyelids lower, I thank God
for giving me peace at last.

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REGRET

What happens when Mr. Right isn’t exactly Mr. Right?

What happens when he’s not all you thought he would be?

Do you give up?

Throw in the towel? Or just work with what you have?

Do you go in search of someone else that can meet your expectations?

What if he just pretends that he’s all you want him to be?

Then one day you wake up and see that you really do not know him

just what he wanted you to see.

Then you go back after Mr. Almost Right but it’s too late because

he’s got his Mrs. Right.

So was it really worth it to go searching for something that you

already had but just didn’t really recognize it because you were too

focused on what he didn’t have?

 

 

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ECSTASY IS YOU

Your lips touch mine
and I find it hard to breathe.
I suck in a lungful of air but it does nothing
to tame my desire for you.

You drink from my mouth greedily
and I hold on tightly
Hoping that this fire between us
doesn’t consume me.

I love how your passion
embraces me. Like a tidal
wave, it knocks me over

and floods every part of me.

Oh, let me count the ways of your gentle

strokes across my skin and your tender

caresses on my body. I’m slowly drowning

in a sea of ecstasy…No need to save me.

I will happily drown as long as you

 are right here next to me.

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