Voting Time – indieBRAG 2017 Cover Contest
After “I Do!” A Marriage Map is a finalist in the non-fiction category!
It’s finally voting time – indieBRAG 2017 Cover Contest. I’d be honored and humbled if you would vote just once for my cover from July 1, 2017 through July 28, 2017.
If you’d like to vote for After “I Do!” please click here.
May I offer an excerpt from by book as thanks for you stopping by?
I didn’t have a childhood filled with innocence or a doting father whom I could wrap around my little finger. He didn’t tell me how beautiful I was, and he didn’t shield me from the world; in fact, he was the world from which I needed to be shielded, but wasn’t.
My father was an alcoholic who sometimes beat my mother. Anger was the first emotion to surface in our family because we lived in a household founded on fights. I didn’t learn to express my emotions with maturity because I didn’t grow up in a loving, calm and nurturing environment. And because my parents fought first, and sometimes apologized later, I learned to argue rather than discuss disagreements.
This disturbing family dynamic made me distrust men to the point that I’d planned my escape route long before I had a serious boyfriend or fiancé. I had dreams of happily ever after, but that was all they were: Dreams. I thought they were a fairy tale, not reality.
But when my mom left my dad and married my step-father, I saw a couple where respect, admiration and love were the key ingredients. Through watching their love grow, I learned that relationships could be happy, and marriages could last. I began to believe “and they lived happily ever after” wasn’t just a fairy tale ending after all.
I began to open up to the idea that not all men were bad, but my dad’s inappropriate behavior was the yardstick in which I measured the characteristics of the men I dated. I didn’t date bad boys. Guys had to kind and respectful before I would date them. If they reminded me of my dad in any way, I didn’t date them.
Although you, the reader, needed to know this about me, dysfunctional relationships aren’t what this book is about. I’ve written about the keys to communication that will help relationships survive because I would love for you to have a relationship as happy as ours.
The inspiration for After “I Do!” A Marriage Map?
After “I Do!” A Marriage Map was the result of a blog post called “How I Escaped the Domestic Violence Cycle, which can be read here.
I’d love your vote for After “IDo!” so I can win this badge and other contest prizes. Thank you!