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THE FORBIDDEN MAN

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Thursday, July 30, 2015,

The Forbidden Man

THE FORBIDDEN MAN by Elle Wright (July 28, 2015; Forever Mass Market; The Edge of Scandal #1)

In Love With the Wrong Man

Sydney Williams has forgiven her fiancé, Den, more times than she can count. But his latest betrayal just days before their wedding is too big to ignore. Shocking her friends and family, she calls off the engagement. She walks out on Den . . . and into the arms of his brother, Morgan.


Known as a player, Morgan Smith has secretly spent years fight...


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WILL YOU PARLAY WITH ME?

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Thursday, January 8, 2015,

The New Year’s festivities are over, the confetti’s trashed, the champagne’s sipped, and 2015 is in full effect.  If you are a resolution maker, I salute you! My attention span is too short to write out a list of items. When I used to do resolutions I’d fall off the wagon around January 15th. About five years ago, I implemented a yearly word challenge. Instead of creating a laundry list of items to knock out in 365 days, I’d assess character flaws, desires, or goals and key in on ...
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FIVE LESSONS I (RE)LEARNED FROM GET ON UP

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Sunday, August 3, 2014,


I’ve wanted to see the James Brown movie come to life for years. As a Georgia girl, I admired James’s showmanship, style, and dance moves. I played a cast-the-movie game with my friend, Lisa Coffman, when we worked together. Finally, the Hollywood powers that be gave viewers an intimate, complex look at the Godfather of Soul. I sat transfixed in the theater with my son as actor Chadwick Boseman became James Brown. I mean disappeared into the role! As he unfolded the footsteps of Soul Br...


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OPEN 24/7: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Monday, February 24, 2014,


We moved to Indianapolis seventeen years ago to try something new; the Midwest fit the bill. A woman I knew sparked my eternal desire to try new things. We worked together and I kept my distance most days. Like Peanuts Pig-Pen, a cloud of regret and sadness enveloped her body like a shadow. The sadness manifested itself in her words. Understandably, she had no clue how she sounded. Most of her comments were what we call in the South, “compliments with a cut.”

Me: “I got the job and ...


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BLOG HOP 2014

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Monday, January 6, 2014,



I'm super-excited to participate in the 2014 New Year's Blog Hop! Enter to win prizes that include 2-$25 Amazon Gift Cards and books penned by some amazing authors!!!

Click on the link below to get in on the fun and prizes!!!! In case my site plays shy sister and won't let you click the link, copy the link and paste it in your browser.

Happy Hopping, Readers!!!

http://2014nybh.blogspot.com

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DRIVE-BYS

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Sunday, November 17, 2013,


My mother subjected me to several drive-bys that I still remember today.  Take a deep breath.  These were glockless affairs.  Acts of kindness that planted seeds of generosity in me when I was a pre-teen.  My mom pointed her finger in a come-hither motion and said, “Come ride off a piece with me.”  I obliged and took a seat in our green Chevy Impala with a book.  I loved the dust the Impala kicked up on the dirt roads in our community and was grateful to witness the area’s natural bea...


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BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Monday, July 1, 2013,


Nothing says mission accomplished like typing THE END.  Another manuscript finished, new family members explored.  Truly, characters become like family to writers.  Their quirks, habits, beliefs, and flaws dominate a span of three months to a year of your life.  They whine, complain, laugh, lie, steal, cheat, and sometimes, come full circle with their foolishness.  You sit with them, waiting for them to tell their stories and what lesson they want the reader to glean.  Sometimes, it’s slo...


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GRACE IN THE WALMART CLEANING AISLE

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Sunday, April 7, 2013,


Hard Water+Rust Spots x Bar Keeper’s Friend=a clean bathtub.  I just had to hightail it to Walmart to get a few cleaning items to handle my business.  I entered the store and found exactly what I needed, a gold bottle of BKF.  I spotted a few other goodies to add to my basket when a young woman strolled down the aisle in a stylish sleeveless pocket dress, leggings, and riding boots.  I was not the only person who noticed her.  Another woman near the scrubbing pads said, “Cathy, is that yo...


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POO ON PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL!

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Thursday, March 28, 2013,



I've been walking around the Midwest with a serious attitude! Punxsutawney Phil had me hyped about a beautiful spring. Then again, can we really trust a groundhog? I was prepared to dig out my must-do recipes,dust off my 30-day spring cleaning list, and map out travel hot-spots for the spring and summer.  Alas, snow is falling and I'm fighting hard to keep a cold at bay.  Shame on it all, I thought as I pondered spending the rest of the spring under my warm comforter.  I can get those things ...
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YA!!!!

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Tuesday, March 19, 2013,


 I hate outing you like this today, but it’s your birthday, Daddy, and I’m missing you like crazy!  I’m sure everyone else misses you, too.  One thing’s for sure, family and friends remember the foot-stomping man who jumped up when the riff to Evelyn Champagne King’s “Love Come Down” came on the radio.  I’m not sure what was so significant about this song for you, but that was your jaaaammmmm!!!!

 On the afternoon of your funeral four months ago, we sat around at Becky’s aw...


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DREAMS DO COME TRUE

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Tuesday, February 19, 2013,
Dream Girl Awakened

My first novel officially releases today, February 19, 2013.  It’s my brother David’s birthday as well.  I am excited but nervous.  I know I can’t control reviews, or public opinion, or whether folks will get the message I tried to impart.  I’m smiling, though, because a dream I’ve had for years finally came true today.

The seed of my writing dream was planted when I was small.  I was the little prankster running around the family making up wild tales and pretending things were going...


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VERNON HARDAPPLE, THE MUSE

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Thursday, February 7, 2013,


Vernon Hardapple, the Muse

There is a scene in the movie Wonder Boys that is hilarious and educational for writers.  Michael Douglas portrays Grady Tripp, a college professor who garnered critical acclaim with his first novel and has been stuck for seven years, unable to repeat his initial success.  Robert Downey, Jr. shines as Terry Crabtree, his editor who desperately needs Tripp to complete his sophomore offering, now a whopping 2,000 pages.  Toby McGuire is spot-on as James Leer, Tripp...


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FOLLOW YOUR FIRST MIND

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Friday, January 25, 2013,


 I satisfy my cupcake jones at Cami Cakes in Buckhead whenever I visit Atlanta, Georgia.  Last Friday, I stood in line awaiting the taste of a Cami Classic Chocolate on Chocolate and a Banana Cream.  Hospitality is the custom of the south, so I said hello to the patrons who walked in behind me and refocused my attention to the mesmerizing display of goodies.  A tall, chestnut brown, salt-and-pepper gentleman with a melodious voice behind me asked, “What’s good here?”; I shared my favori...
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Third Thursday Recipe

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Friday, January 18, 2013,

Dad's Favorite Seafood Stew
 

 My girl, Aruba Dixon, asked to post the inaugural third Thursday recipe on my blog.  Aruba is the main character in my debut novel, Dream Girl Awakened.  Aruba believes the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Aruba’s By the Sea is the dish Aruba prepared for her friend’s husband.  Even took it to his practice and served him like a king on his lunch break.  For those of you saying, “no she didn’t”, yes she did.

 

She also wanted me to include her famous facial, Aruba’...


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HOT COMBS AND WISDOM

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Thursday, January 10, 2013,



If you remember when communities were tight and families were tighter, nod your head and say Mmmm Hmmm.  If you don’t, indulge me for three to five minutes while I go down memory lane.  

A woman asked me recently why I chose to write a book about man-stealing.  “After all,” she said, “it’s already enough mess out here with these reality TV shows and black women cutting the fool like they don’t have turtle sense.” I reminded her of the cities that preceded the Atlanta Housewives...


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2013 Breath Moves

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Thursday, January 3, 2013,

I hear my dad saying, “As long as there’s breath in your body, you can do something!”  How appropriate to hear his voice at the start of a new year; I’m finally thawing from his passing two months ago.  Not only was he the last living member of his immediate family, he was the baby.  I guess that’s why we bonded so well.  Two babies navigating this thing called life while learning from those who came before us.

 I don’t make resolutions.  I’m better at writing down my goals and w...


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Ain't Long For This World

Posted by Stacy Campbell on Sunday, October 14, 2012,
October 14, 2012



The South is filled with lots of sayings. If someone says, "a hit dog will holler," it means your toes were just crushed because someone told you about yourself.  If you're being blessed out, it has nothing to do with the Bible. When a woman is living on the flowerbeds of Eve, she's lazy and getting handouts from suspicious donors.  These sayings conjure fond memories of my elders as they sat on the front porch of my childhood home shucking corn, shelling peas, or gathering to...

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