The Long Road Home (Continued from What Doesn’t Kill Me…)


After he said he wanted to go home, I took Brant’s hand.

“Do you remember me?” I asked him.

“I love you,” he answered in that strange new voice we’d all get used to in the coming months. I smiled and kissed his fingers.

“I love you more,” I answered. His eyes narrowed at me, but he looked around at his family. My admission was something we’d discuss during a private moment later. He squeezed my hand gently. At first, I thought it was his attempt at being gentle, but we’d also find out that he’d have to relearn how to use his limbs, walk, talk and pretty much start over as an infant would from birth.

“I’ll be back at the next visiting hour,” I told him after his family talked to him for awhile. There wasn’t much he could say in response. His words were indistinguishable, as if he spoke another language.

As soon as Brant’s visiting hours were up, the family and I went to the waiting area. He hadn’t been awake for more than a few hours and the family told me, “You have to tell him what happened while he was asleep or we will.”

“He needs to rest and recuperate. He doens’t need to know his daughter was molested while he was under. That could set him back.”

“We don’t believe she was. That’s why we want you to tell him. He’ll be on our side.”

“You don’t know my husband very well, then do you?” I asked back and walked away from them. There was no way I would tell him something so shocking so soon after he awoke. There was no need. My daughter was fine (as fine as could be), and Brant’s recovery was the most important thing.

At this point, we didn’t know what sort of damage had been done to his brain or organs from being under so long and being on an oscillating ventilator, which is the ventilator that vibrates air into the lungs. He didn’t takes breaths like you and I anymore. His lungs vibrated, air entering and leaving in an extremely fast rate.

Brant’s stepmother, father and brother followed me as I walked away.

“I’m serious. If you don’t tell him, we will.” His father said.

I walked faster. I made it to the chapel and fell to my knees.

I don’t remember the exact prayer I prayed, but I do know I asked God for wisdom. I knew I could throw his family out, but that would make things worse. I might end up attacked on my way to my car if I had to leave to take money to mama. But Brant might also end up back where we were a day before if they stressed his body or mind, too much. I just asked God for his hand of protection over us.

In three hours, it was time for his next visitation and we’d be alone. I looked forward to it so much, yet dreaded it at the same time. His family had stolen what should have been one of the sweetest moments of my life…

Ever After Webinar and Release Party


The first installment in the Cursed Series

The first installment in the Cursed Series

Ever After Webinar and Release Party is today at 4:30 PM. I’m so excited to talk to everyone. I had the amazing experience of talking to a lot of fans, friends and family this morning and am excited to carry the party on into midnight tonight. We’re going to be discussing the elements of acquiring a publishing company, the process of publishing a novel, and all the amusing things that happened in between. I can’t wait to see every one there. :)

Ever After’s Release

The first installment in the Cursed Series

The first installment in the Cursed Series

The first installment in the Cursed Series

As my family and I sit around the dinner table with a myriad of different electronics impatiently awaitng our download of Ever After (Cursed Series) http://www.amazon.com/After-Cursed-Odessa-Gillespie-Black-ebook/dp/B00QP3CZUO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427223322&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Beautiful+Soul+Odessa+Gillespie+Black, the previous year comes to mind. This has been a rewarding road.

When #KensingtonBooks sent me the contract, I cried.

When I saw all the work involved, I almost cried. :) But I knew it would be the means to an amazing end. Or beginning.

And it has.

When Cora Graphics Cover Art released the cover, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was as if Cora had crawled in my head and tapped into the very soul of the novel. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen.

When the editing rounds started, I was a little overwhelmed, but one of Lyrical’s best freelance editors Penny-Jo Barber-Schwartz baby-stepped me through the process. We ended up with a professional grade novel.

I was suddenly so glad I hadn’t tried to self-publish it. I could have never done a better job than Kensington Books, Lyrical Press and Cora Graphics. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

Ever After (Cursed Series) Release


EverAfter_5A few more days until Ever After is released and I’m over the moon. On September 1st, the first installation of the Cursed Series, Ever After will be available for order. I’ll be hosting a question answer session online on my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Odessa-Loraine-Black/293831887382283

This has been one of the highlights of my life. A lot of people put their hearts and souls into this work.

Cora Graphics gets huge props for an amazing cover. People do judge a book by its cover, and this cover will definitely turn heads when someone sees it.

On to the interior. Penny-Jo Barber was the best editor a girl could ask for. She taught me how to pace, paragraph, characterize, and stay in the proper point of view, when I had minor slips.

All the #KensingtonBooks and #LyricalPress staff were amazing. I was guided through the publishing process with ease. I was so nervous, but they all tethered together to make the experience as delightful as possible.

Last but definitely not least, my husband and my children have been so supportive. I couldn’t have closed the door to my bedroom and shut out the world so that I could let Cole and Allie’s world invade my space if they hadn’t held all calls, cleaned the house, and run all my errands for me. I love you guys!

WITHIN THE MOST HOLY OF CHALICES!


Odessa Loraine Black:

This is a gorgeous picture!

Originally posted on Humanity777's Blog:

WELCOME

MY NAME IS JOHN

THIS IS FOR REAL

THERE ARE OVER  “15,475″   FOLLOWERS HERE LISTENING, AND IN THE WEB, THERE’S A BUNDLE MORE.  AND FOR VERY GOOD REASONS.

NOW TOUCHING  “194”  COUNTRIES

SO, WHAT ABOUT YOU?

IN A WORLD GOING ABSOLUTELY MAD!

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PROPHECY SPOKEN BY YOUR MESSIAH:

 “”EVEN GREATER THINGS THAN THESE YOU SHALL SEE”

BECAUSE VERY SOON, ALL OF HUMANITY IS GOING TO LEARN CLEARLY, WHAT THIS MEANS:

“THE GREAT TRIBULATION”

A LESSON HUMANITY WILL NEVER FORGET

“I SAW ANOTHER GREAT AND MARVELLOUS SIGN IN HEAVEN.  I SAW SEVEN ANGELS HOLDING THE LAST SEVEN PLAGUES.  LAST BECAUSE WITH THEM GOD’S WRATH IS COMPLETED.”

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WHY IS THERE SO MUCH VIOLENCE ON EARTH RIGHT NOW; WHY ARE WARS SPREADING AND DESTROYING COMPLETE NATIONS?

WHY IS ALL OF THIS HAPPENING WHILE BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS ARE PRAYING FOR PEACE?

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EVIL BEGETS EVIL! 

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Ever After Cover Reveal


It’s been awhile since I’ve updated everyone, but I’ve been busy editing and writing new books. I’ll make myself less of a stranger now that I have more time. Since we’ve last talked I have some exciting news. Ever After (Cursed Series Book One) will release September 1, 2015.

After working with the cover designers for a week, they finally revealed one of the most beautiful covers I could have ever hoped for. The picture depicts so much of the novel, I wondered if the designer at Cora Graphics hadn’t gotten in my head and picked my brain. The colors are gorgeous. So eye-catching. The backdrop of the house behind the girl is exactly as I depicted it in the novel. I could go on and on about how great it is, but I’ll let you see. I’m tickled pink.

Pre-order here

http://www.amazon.com/After-Cursed-Odessa-Gillespie-Black-ebook/dp/B00QP3CZUO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426930428&sr=8-1&keywords=Ever+After+Odessa+black