All posts tagged: Miranda A. Uyeh

~Five Differences Between Stefano & Rodrigo. Also, A Giveaway!~

On Saturday’s post, we mentioned the similarities between Rodrigo and Stefano, which added to the drama in To Die Once. Today, we’ll be looking at the differences! Here they are! 1. Stefano loved to nurture and grow plants; he especially had a love for a certain rosebush. Rodrigo, on the other hand as Jennifer put it, “would never go on all fours on soil.” 2. Stefano showed he was willing to exercise some patience in waiting for Jennifer; Rodrigo, on the other hand, loved to play “Lord of the Manor” and have his way as often as he could. 3. Stefano, from his intro into the story, was a Christian. Rodrigo was not. 4. Stefano had Chidi’s trust and support from the get-go. Chidi didn’t like, trust, or approve of Rodrigo. 5. Rodrigo liked to wine and dine in rich style. Stefano didn’t seem to have a problem with simple living–he seemed more on a mission! 😉 … now you know! For a chance to win an ecopy of To Die Once and be featured …

Sunny Sunday Poetry Special Feature ~ Jacob’s Soliloquy & Grace Race (To Die Once, Part 7&8)

Unfortunately, I couldn’t post a special poetry feature last Sunday, so I’m lumping the two poems in this post. I apologize for that! I decided it would be nice to write a poem for Jacob, one of the secondary characters in To Die Once. I thought it would add flavor to the poetry series hearing his reasons for his actions poetry style. Here it goes! ~Jacob’s Soliloquy~ How do I get it Right? I won’t give up the Fight Or let my prey out of Sight It is the only way to Light   I will sink hard with a mean Bite When I get him in the right Site Whether it’s a million or a Mite I’ll secure it with any Rite   I dream of a home that’s a Loft With cushions, settees—round and Soft One that’ll make me feel like I’m Loft Whatever the cost, I’ll pay—hard or Soft   ~The Grace Race~ Tis the season for Grace So get in the Race In line with God’s Pace And be laced with …

~Five Similarities Between Rodrigo & Stefano. Also, A Giveaway!~

There came a time in the story when Jennifer started to compare Rodrigo and Stefano. She noticed some mind-boggling differences and similarities, and even discussed them with her friend, Chidi. Of course, I, the author intentionally designed it that way! Today, I’ll feature the similarities between these two! 1. They both love horses–immensely, too!–and won the loyalty of Sebastien, the horse. 2. They were both determined to win Jennifer at any cost. It went crazy and dramatic sometimes! 3. They were experts at winning the hearts/favor of the people around them; Jennifer found it quite disturbing. *chuckling* 4. They both loved to watch the early morning sunrise, and a lot of times, tried to persuade Jennifer to accompany them. 5. They both liked to picnic by a certain stream that ran across the Montello property. And, yes, they liked to persuade Jennifer to come along, too! … now you know! For a chance to win a copy of To Die Once and be featured on my blog in June, leave a comment! This giveaway is …

Five Similarities Between Chidi, The Character, & I, The Author! Also, A Giveaway!

Chidi is a character that I’m glad I discovered and kept. She actually turned out to be a hit, as some reviewers mentioned her as their favorite and, that her role blessed/inspired them. That made me truly happy, as I once contemplated removing her POV (point of view) from the story. Like Jennifer, she has a part of me, too. Here are our similarities! 1. We both have a deep sense of loyalty to God and our faith, and, place good sense over emotions most of the time. 2. We take care in whom we call friend and, believe in being loving, loyal, and supportive to anyone we call ‘friend’. 3. We both believe in telling the truth, especially to our loved ones, even when it’s not sweet. 4. We both had to come face-to-face with God’s grace to learn to be better gracious to others, and even with ourselves. I still struggle a lot of times to be gracious to myself. 5. We both find it really hard to trust someone who has had …

Nine Things About Anguillara Sabazia, Italy, Seven About Lagos City & A Giveaway! ~ Did You Know …

Friends! Today marks the first of the last seven days of the Child of Grace blog tour, apart from Sunday, which I set aside for a special poetry feature for the book. These seven days will be dedicated to exposing more of To Die Once. Also, to win an ecopy of To Die Once, that is, apart from the weekly ten winners, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog or on my facebook. Everyday, a winner will be selected, and they will be featured on my blog in the month of June–seven winners, seven features! Today, we’ll talk a little bit about Anguillara Sabazia and Lagos, two of the four settings in To Die Once. Here it goes! Did you know … 1. That even though Anguillara Sabazia is just a town, it has it’s own coat of arms like a country? 2. That it is on a beautiful lake called Bracciano, as well as another called Mantigno. The two lakes and the surrounding area have been declared a Regional …

Sunny Sunday Poetry Special Feature ~ Rodrigo’s Tale (To Die Once, PArt 4)

Hello Everyone! 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 …

Sunny Sunday Poetry Special Feature & Giveaway! ~ Jennifer’s Story (Matter’s of the Heart) ~ To Die Once

My fair lady, they say, but my name is Jennifer I dreamed of a life full of love that’s Tender Was it wrong to wish on willows for norms that were Gentler? Or hold unto a man whose love promised me Better? I didn’t mean it; I didn’t see it Coming Passion and romance so rich and Stunning Swept into the arms of a man so Cunning He teased my senses so, and I stopped Running When I realized the truth, it was too Late My feet had sunk beyond redemption’s own Pate My heart, my soul, I’d given and promised to Wait For the one I called my love, my all, my true Mate I could swear my joy was God’s own Fate Bestowed upon me in bountiful Rate Why else was it sweet like delicious Date Or beautiful like roses hung on a Gate But little did I know that a bit of a Lie Was poison that could kill and cause me to Die To die once—my love, my heart—I Sigh Rodrigo, …