It’s the fourth Sunday of the blog tour, and I’m always excited when I have to release another special feature poem! This time, it’s the story of To Die Once from Stefano’s point of view. Sit back and enjoy! For the reviewers who have read the book, they’ll surely understand each poem. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on it, and readers, you can join the fun by following the twitter hash tag #ToDieOnce. There’s a wealth of conversation there! Don’t miss it!
First Lost, then found, I see the morning Bright
This goodness shown to me by God’s own Light
Was not because I was wise or clever with Foresight
Or because of anything I’d ever done Right
My hope soars so high like a Kite
And I pray my past wouldn’t come and Bite—
–Me in the back or play like a Cite
As joy remains my peace’s Site
I’ve traveled so far to the ranch to Camp
–A place called home so I can put away the Damp
I’m sure, so sure, God’s Word is my Lamp
That way, I wouldn’t run into a Ramp
Don’t want damage caused by nuisances like Blight
Or lies and thorns that increase my Plight
No hiding my feelings; no fear or Flight
Or the littlest mistake that could cause a Slight
This I promise as I hope my love will Shine
–To Jenny as I hold my breath in Line
With the pretty roses that I hope are Fine
Because to Jenny, I’ll give them when we Dine
Things were going fine until the past Attacked
It came like a flood and pity it Lacked
It pushed so hard that I was Backed
–Up against a dilemma fully with trouble Packed
Tears, fresh as a tree’s Bark
Flowed like a Stream through a Park
I was sure this time damnation left its Mark
And the darkness continued to Lark
But God’s Word came again like Salt
And moved me to heights of great Alt
And the blessings were without a Halt
As I continued to hope life would turn out sweet like Salt
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I’m happy to announce this week’s giveaway winners: Dawn Froggy Saenz, Christina Dutra, Ashley Willis Leakey, Heather Burgess, Jill Stengl, Jennifer Ricketts, Paul Davidson, and Amber McCallister! Congrats, you all! I hope you not only enjoy this book, but that it blesses your heart. You’ll receive an email from me after the tour bearing your gifts!
If you’re interested in reading the poem stories from other character points of view, you can read Part 1&2 ( The Love Story & The Friendship Story), Part 3 (Jennifer’s Story), Part 4 (Rodrigo’s Tale),by following the links. Also, you can visit To Die Once’s pinterest board and have the book come alive to you in pictures, or it’s promo page to follow the blog tour where you can read the author interviews/book reviews. I also recently published another ‘pieces of a page’ post. This time, it was my Acknowledgment Page. Take a look, and see the awesome people that helped put together To Die Once.
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
This is a story centered on God’s healing power of grace and mercy. People like Jennifer, Rodrigo (and Stefano), and Chidi exist in our world today, hurting from the choices and the
mistakes they’d made in the past, and seeking redemption/solace in any way possible, even from vices like alcohol. If you find yourself in such a position, or you know someone drowning in pain, please, let them know that God’s arms are wide-open to receive and heal anyone who will earnestly come to Him. He says in His Word in Heb. 4:16 that we can come boldly before the throne of grace to seek grace and mercy for when we need it. Do not lose hope that you can be healed and fully restored. There is no sin that God can’t forgive, and there’s no one He’ll turn away. Come to Him today and receive your healing!
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