It’s a blog tour stop!
First of, let me say, “Happy, happy Easter Sunday!” I personally believe it’s no coincidence that this Sunday is found within the period of the blog tour for my book, To Die Once, and more especially, Rodrigo’s story written in poetry style. To Die Once is a story of grace–God’s healing power and redemption. To all my readers, I hope you enjoy this piece!
~ Tales of a Cunning Man Redeemed by Grace ~
Swiftly and deftly, I move as fleet
It’s fun, it’s groovy when I can’t be beat
I’ll make my name, take my place, and carve my seat
High up in the sky despite the race’s heat
It has been this way for as long as I know
To win, to conquer wherever I go
Come rain, come shine, hail or snow
I will have my way, I won’t take no
So why, then does this beautiful woman–Jenny–think that
She’ll turn me away and fling me like a hat
With one glance, a cold stare that could swing a mean bat
I don’t care, she’ll be mine to softly and sweetly pat
So I plan and I scheme until I get her to dine—
–with me; we talk, and then we drink wine
She glances at her watch no doubt it’s past nine
The perfect time to kiss her and make her mine
But oh, I didn’t know that my heart she would take
And demand that I change, and my life I should make—
–a clean slate, nothing less, and I did it for her sake
Didn’t want to be left alone like a lifeless, empty lake
So I played my cards, yes, and even rolled the dice
So sure that one more time it’d turn out pretty nice
I’d done this before once, and twice, and even thrice
Little did I know this time there’d be a great price
My enemy–old enemy–came like a mean frost
He poked, he taunted, and even raised the dust
He swore, he threatened that there’d be a cost
If I didn’t do as he said, whether good, bad or rust
My heartbeat skipped and rang with great alarm
For once my laugh was without its usual charm
I would bring no good to Jenny but only harm
Nor return home to my father’s grand, old farm
So I decided in my heart one more time I’d work
But this time no celebrating with the burst of a wine’s cork
I could see clearly now how much I was a dork
To have let myself get caught between the devil’s fork
But hope didn’t go away because I remembered a rose
I worked hard then to bring everything to a close
I promised myself: no more foolish schemes would I pose
Sadly, nothing seemed to go the way I chose
I said a prayer, made a plea, and even sang a psalm
To God, Most High, to please make me calm
I begged for His mercy and gracious healing balm
He whispered back, “Son, your name is in my palm.”
It wasn’t long that I knew that return home I must
Wasn’t prepared, though, to have my plans being bust
But God who knew better, Who’s wise and also just
Once again taught me that in Him I must trust
So I stopped running the hard, and selfish, cunning race
And let the Lord guide my feet at His own good pace
He then took my sin–all of it–and left no trace
And restored me home and to His holy place
In my arms now I hold the woman that is my love
Peace like a river has settled on me like a dove
Could there be anything greater than this love?
Shown to me by the Holy Spirit, gentle like a dove.
You can also find this post on facebook.
Dear friends, this is the tour’s third Sunday. You can join in to be part of the 10 ebook winners every week until the week of May 21st. This week’s winners are: Deborah Dunson, Leigh Walther, and Laura Pol. Congrats! You’ll receive an email from me bearing your ebooks shortly!
Also, there’s so much going on, on twitter, blogs and pinterest! Don’t miss it, join the fun! Follow the #ToDieOnce hashtag on twitter, take a peek at the book’s pinterest board to have the story come alive to you in pictures, or visit the book’s page to follow the reviews/interviews of the tour! And yes, you’re welcome to let me know what you think via post comments, or an email through my contact form.
Much love, many blessings, and a happy, happy Easter to you!
~ Miranda A.
About the Book
Two men, one woman, a rosebush …
… a terrible past, an uncertain future
Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes.
Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.
Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer.
Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?
From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.
Then he is gone.
Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.
Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.
Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?
… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.
Praise for To Die Once
“A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh’s debut novel and thankfully, this won’t be the last.” — K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling author of From Across The Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: volume 1, Santiago Brothers book series.
“Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love – romance, friendship, and faith – in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh’s debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career.” — Amber Stokes, Author of “The Heart’s Spring” Series
“A fun inspirational romance read” — Rektok Ross, Best selling YA Romance author of Prodigal
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