Monday, February 17, 2014

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table by Keisha Bass

Back Cover Blurb:

If you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancé throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.

Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a newfound love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?

Read an Excerpt:

Chapter One

Ava sat next to the waterhole that posed as a lake. Flicking the cool, murky water with her toes, she contemplated her next move. An old Nike shoebox rested across her lap.

Gripping Xavier’s sunglasses, she shook her head. “Humph, cheap.”

She threw the shades back in the box and picked up the CD of slow songs he’d made for her after an argument. Snapping the CD in two, she tossed the pieces in the shoebox and considered throwing the box, and her memories of him, in the water.

Toni, one of her closest girlfriends, planted the idea in her brain. Toni’s words echoed in Ava’s mind. “Girl, when you see his stuff float away, a calm feeling will overcome you and you’ll get closure.”

Ava giggled at her friend’s dramatic suggestion and the visual therapy it could provide, but she didn’t want to pass her problems on to Mother Nature. The sign that read: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS, along with the $500 littering fine also aided in her decision. She walked by a garbage dumpster on the way to the lake and knew that location would work. Maybe even better. Imagining his personal belongings getting crushed at the land-fill with the rest of the trash, would give her peace.

“Lord, why did I put myself through this again? Last time my heart broke, I said I’d wait on you to bring the right one. Then Xavier showed up, and I jumped into a relationship and into bed with another fool.” 

She jerked her feet from the water and slid them into her weatherworn sandals. “Okay, Lord. I will listen to Your voice. I will wait on You to bring that special man.” Ava stood and picked up the box. “In fact, I declare celibacy right here and now. I pray for the man You have picked out for me. And Lord, while I’m praying for stuff, can You help me lose about fifty pounds?” She chuckled. “You know, so I can feel comfortable in my own skin when the right man does show up. Thank You for everything You do. In Jesus’ name.”

God had to be listening and He’d answer her prayers, but she knew He moved in His timing. Ava just wanted to know when that would be. She tucked the box under her arm, as tears began to race down each side of her face. Wiping her tears with her free hand, she turned her back on the lake idea.

The dumpster loomed about twenty yards ahead of her, but the stench hit her nose before she could take another step. As she got closer, the purpose of her actions became more real. I will not rush into anything next time. I will follow God’s leading. When she arrived at the dumpster, she turned the box upside down and shook out the contents. She chucked the box on top of the trash, slapped her hands clean, and walked away. Ava could admit to herself she would miss Xavier, but knew she wouldn’t be missing much.

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About Keisha:
Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, and Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.

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Keisha is giving away a copy of Permanent Resident. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


squiresj said...

Sounds Interesting - I would love to win, read and review it.
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Linda Kish said...

This sounds really good. I look forward to reading it.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Interesting story line would love to see how this story unfolds. Thank you

Anonymous said...

this sounds renewed hope to gals who have jumped into relationships they regretted and feel trapped.... they can turn their lives around & change their ways!


sm said...

I like your title, Permanent Resident, for the larger than size 6 lady who isn't allowed to dance and must watch the purses. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janet K Brown said...

I love the interview, Keisha. I met you at the DiAnn Mills workshop in Fort Worth last fall & thought then how interesting your book sounded. So glad to hear it's released. I'll check it out. Thanks, Sharon, for introducing Keisha.

Keisha Bass said...

Thank you for leaving comments about my interview and book. And I appreciate the support!!!
Keisha Bass :-)

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