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I am a very quiet person that dabbles in many hobbies.  I have found writing to be my passion to take me away from my stress and help me relax.  Very family oriented, I enjoy spending time with family and friends doing a big cookout or just having a good round of sister talk with the girls. I take each and blessing as a gift and never question why things happen.  We have to take the good with the bad to complete ourselves as a person.

Monday, July 25, 2011

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

One Man In A Bar


Okay, I went to a jewelry party yesterday.  It was very nice and hosted by two very personable women.  The jewelry representative was on point with her sales and had beautiful displays of product to show and talk about.  My sister and I went and we both spent more than we said, but the quality and price of the jewelry was worth spending the extra money.

Now with every sales party there is always a down side.  First, I have to say, there wasn’t a down side to where the party was held, but more so the one man who wandered in.  The venue was a lounge/bar.  It was early in the day, so no bar regulars were there and probably wouldn’t start coming in until after the jewelry party was over.

The host had a wonderful spread of appetizers to offer to her guests and you could purchase a cocktail if you chose.  As the jewelry representative is going over her merchandise and helping the guests with their purchases, a man comes in to interrupt the good time….sigh.

First, he stands at the back of the room near the bar making comments to let the women know he is there….no big deal.  We women can block out the biggest nuisances when spending money.  Ever been in a mall during a sale…our feet can be hurting, arms heavy with packages, but we still manage to find the strength to fit one more bag or walk that extra length of the mall to get to that must have item…endurance baby.

Not liking he was ignored and probably feeling the testosterone boiling to boost his ego, he moved closer.  Still throwing lines from then 1970’s or earlier.  Some of what he was saying I had to give a raised eyebrow.

Anyway, continuing our ogling over the sparkling jewelry and burning credit cards in our wallets, we ignored Superfly sporting his work clothes at the bar.  He had his drink in hand, and maybe had a few before he got there, made the move---he bought a round for the women in the bar.

Yeah, he got them where he wants them now---free drinks! The bartender graciously takes the orders of those that accepted Superfly’s generous offer of free cocktails, thanking him with nods and smiles.

With cocktails served, a break was taken to enjoy the appetizers and to socialize among each other; Superfly’s bubble was busted yet again.  The free drinks did not garner the attention he was seeking.  (1) the women in attendance were not there looking for a man, (2) we are spending money, so even if you were the hottest male on the tube or in print, you wouldn’t have been noticed and, (3) he was starting to hit a nerve.

Doing number (3) was probably the worst thing he could do. A room full of women and an irritating man is a recipe for trouble, but Superfly wasn’t done yet.  He had one last ace in his pocket.  The host offered Superfly food.  We are talking finger foods here, not Subway.  Why do I mention Subway--because he asked for a meatball sandwich.  The host, annoyed, said nicely, “I can’t make a meatball sandwich.”

He declines the food since he couldn’t have it his way. Finally, he pulled that last card and the one that let him know he should move on while he still had legs.  He whipped out a $10 bill for the jukebox to get dances.  Superfly has fallen from the seventies back to the forties or fifties.  Did he think he could buy dances for ten cents or better yet ten dollars?

At that point, I think, he knew he made a mistake and first tied to correct it by saying he didn’t know there was a party going on and then by offering to buy a watch.  I guess the display tables with all the jewelry was part of the bar’s d├ęcor and the fact there wasn’t any jewelry for men displayed or any other men present besides the men that worked in the bar, didn’t give him much of a clue either.

The women handled it with grace and dignity by only burning him with stares.  Superfly backed his singed wings back to the end of the bar and out the back door.  He had to be the only customer that purchased products (drinks and $10 no-lap dances) that day and didn’t have a bag or receipt to show for it.

When my sister and I left, we saw the battered Superfly standing at the front entrance of the bar outside.  A storm was brewing and the winds had picked up.  I wonder if he was wishing he could catch a breeze to fly his wounded ego home.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

GUILTY


I don’t normally voice my opinion too much on what is going on in the world, but today I have a need to say something.  In 2009, Cleveland Police and other law enforcement agencies captured the city’s first serial killer in decades.

The Anthony Sowell killings stunned and sickened the residents of the Imperial Avenue neighborhood.  That area of Cleveland is not without its share of violence but to have a neighbor using his home as a death chamber to torture women, well, even that, will make the most hardened person shake their head.

Yesterday, July 22, 2011 the verdict was read and the monster, that I’m sure his parent’s did not groom him to be, stood to hear his fate. The eleven women that died so violently and left to rot like trash; got the last hoorah.  Anthony Sowell, found guilty of all counts—justice did prevail.

Newscasts carry almost daily, how women of other ethnicities are killed or gone missing.  When I say this, I mean women that are either wealthy, come from better neighborhoods or are not black, to break it down.

The eleven women, no matter what path they choose to take while on this earth, did not deserve to die at the hands of this man.  The local news stations here did an excellent job on profiling these women as human beings.  They have families who cared about them, children that will miss them and hearts that will weep even when remembering the good times they shared with them.

When reporting a woman or any person missing, it should be considered a serious matter.  Therefore, what if that person missing has a drug problem, so what if that person is poor, so what if that person is not a public figure—so what.

Some of those women had been missing for years and the families tried repeatedly to get help, only to have doors closed or the promise to look into it.  These procedures have to change so men like Anthony Sowell will not have an opportunity to kidnap torture and murder woman for years because they are not fortunate to have families with status or fit that certain profile to start looking for them immediately.

I am not going to bash the officials who handle missing persons, because I don’t have all the facts on how they operate. They most likely follow a protocol when opening a file to see who get priority; therefore, I can only voice my opinion on how I feel it should be handled.

This article is only my opinion.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Congratulations To The Winners of The Goodreads Giveaway

Congratulations to Ann, Amber and Morgan for winning the free copies of "Nayla's Dilemma-The Ends of Justice." I hope you enjoy the book. Also, I would like to thank all those that expressed an interest in receiving a copy. I will be doing another giveaway in the future.

You can still pick up a copy of  "Nayla's Dilemma-The Ends of Justice" or copies of my other books; "Obsessive/Obsession" and "Fighting The Desires," from http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.bn.com/, http://www.smashwords.com/ or http://www.toyebrown.com/.

Electronic versions are only $0.99 an available at all the above retailers.

Thank you again for entering.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Goodreads Free Giveway




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Nayla's Dilemma - The Ends of Justice by Toye Lawson Brown



Nayla's Dilemma - The Ends of Justice


by Toye Lawson Brown



Giveaway ends July 20, 2011.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Final Two Weeks For Gift Card Freebie

Counting down to the last two weeks of the Lofton Family Gift Card Contest. For your chance to win a $50 gift card to Olive Garden or a $25 American Express gift card.  Check out my website for details at www.toyebrown.com or my blog for the post giving details on how to enter to win.

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