Tuesday, April 30, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Face To Face

Alright my people!!! The last day of April has arrived!! Wow...time is flying by...geez!!

Anyhoo...I enjoyed sharing my poems with you these past 30 days! I love writing poetry and I really need to do it more often especially since I have a third poetry book that I want to publish!

Without further adieu here is Poem 30!!

Stay Blessed....Stay Tuned!


Face me in the day
Love is your reflection
Convincing are the words you speak
As you tell your needs of affection
Stronger than all
Is my belief that you truly care
Face to face, in your features
I see the happiness you aspire to share
Face me in anger
To reflect the thoughts in your head
Speaking fearful words, not in truth
Trying to recapture my heart with lies instead
Face to face, in your features
I can read your intense desperation
Rekindling the love is your mind set
Read me to learn I need patience
One face hides behind a mask
The secret face I desire not
Deepening the wounds I have given
Making you release the pain you got
Reflecting in your face is a grin
A grin of revenge seen to my eye
Your planned actions I don’t know
For your face gives no definite reply

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

Monday, April 29, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Is It Love...

Hey Peeps!! 

Here is poem 29! You ever been in a situation where you know you should leave but for whatever reason your desire for your relationship to go RIGHT outweighs your desire for a GREAT relationship.....what keeps you there? Most of the time we think its love but in actuality...it's FEAR!

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I sit here wondering
What is wrong with me?
I know what you’re doing
Still whatever you say I believe

Late at night when you come home
I smell the scent of another woman’s perfume
Still I say nothing, pretending to be sleep
Watching you slowly sneak into the room

I don’t know why it never worries me
When you forget my birthday or our anniversary
Some people would say that there’s another woman
And I’d say, “He’s just a forgetful person”

But in the back of my mind I know what’s going on
I know it’s true what they say
Is it love that keeps me here?
Night after night, day after day

Putting up with your games
Thinking nothing has changed
But I know your love is gone
It’s probably best if I move on

Is it love that keeps me here?
By your side through thick and thin
Still being with you
Whether you lose or win

As I think about all the things you’ve done to me
All the names I’ve been called
What is keeping me here?
It’s not love at all

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

What's Your Ideal Lifestyle?!

Other than living in perfect health with my family and close friends by my side....my ULTIMATE goals in life boil down to these top 3:

1) Financial Freedom! Money is never an issue!

2) Travel the world whenever and wherever without any financial or time restraints!

3) Never wake up to an alarm clock unless it's for important meetings or to catch my flight!

It's not impossible because I know people, not personally, that had the same exact three goals and they have accomplished all three!

I'm just waiting on my day!

The key to reaching these goals..........................I'll report back on that one once I have reached them ha!

But I can tell you that I plan to embrace the process, embrace the small beginnings, perfect my gift, and FULLY COMMIT to making it happen! I have to give 120% and make the right decisions, smart decisions, and whatever sacrifices are necessary because I refuse to live in mediocrity when I know I was born for GREATNESS!!

Stay Encouraged

Stay Blessed.....Stay Tuned!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Never-Ending Pain

Heya!!! Poem 28!!!

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It was a nightmare in disguise
The desire for love blinded my eyes
The immediate attraction took me by surprise
My heart was bound to be broken but I didn’t realize
My eyes were deceived
Many lies believed
A lot of pain received
My mind has not been relieved
I got hurt in your game
My feelings for you are not the same
I hate the sound of your name
Your wild heart I could not tame
Your feelings were mistaken
A lot of emotions faken
My love was taken
From a nightmare I have awaken

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

Saturday, April 27, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Unexpected Twist

Hey Peeps!

Poem 27!! The month is almost over!!!

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It was my pleasure to be with him that night
He held me in his arms, so close, so tight
He showed me off to his friends like I was his trophy
I thought this was the start of a relationship with me
That night I felt so loved I didn’t want it to end
But he knew what he was doing and so did his friends
He was in love, was the impression he gave me
To my surprise, he had tricks up his sleeve

No warnings, no signs, to help me along the way
To see through his game, find no truth in what he had to say
It was all a big front; he had no real intentions to be with me
I didn’t give him what he wanted, so he felt he had to leave
He had one thing on his mind; but he said he had changed
I walked into his lies, fooled by his game
He didn’t seem to care, that I got hurt by this
I never thought it would come from him, an unexpected twist

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

Friday, April 26, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Intoxicated

Hey Peeps!!! T. G. I. F!!!

It's time to get wasted!!! 

Wasted on love that is...hahahaha!


Stay Blessed...Stay Tuned!


I’m so intoxicated
Intoxicated by your love
Intoxicated by your love

I want to free my heart
Loosen the chains
Penetrated deep into my soul
Release me, let the love drain

My scream turns into a whisper
As I try to say no
I’m held captive by your love
It hurt so good, how can I let go?

I’m so intoxicated
Intoxicated by your love
I breathe you…I am you
How can I give this up?

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

Thursday, April 25, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: I'm Through

Hey Peeps!!

This is the poem that I did as my monologue for Tyler Perry's Talent Search last year!!!

You can check out the video that I submitted as well!

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I’m Through

Take your claim, get back your freedom
Take your memories, I don’t need’em
Wipe away the tears, erase all your lies
Take back the excuses and the reasons why

Release me from your bondage and your drama
I need to be me, not compared to your mama
Keep your empty promises and your lonely nights
Give back my strength to walk away instead of fight

Give back my friends that you ran away from me
Give back my worth and my self-esteem
Take your unfaithfulness and your blame
Keep your immaturity and your mind games

Take your pain, take your disrespect
Keep your “I love you” as I live with my regrets
Tomorrow will be the day I begin my existence without you
It’s over, it’s finished, finally, I’M THROUGH!

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Once In My Life

Hey Peeps!

Poem 24!! Enjoy!!

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Once In My Life

Once in my life I was afraid
You could not say anything worth believing
My ears were open, my eyes close
All things said I thought to be deceiving
My heart was crushed once
At that moment I became cold
I started living my life very cautiously
Fearing to feel and my fear grew bold
I wanted to be with many souls
I needed to have back up plans
I desired to experience it all
I was your “woman” but I had no “man”
I wanted the cares and attention
But hurt had me afraid from the start
I was crushed early in my life
Which placed a deep bruise on my heart
As I grew my way of thinking started to change
My eyes opened and I began to see
That being afraid hurt me more than taking chances
So I judge each one as individuals and enter each openly
There may be many souls to break my heart
But I allow every break to strengthen me
Because you’ll need my whole heart
To bond with my soul completely

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: The Invitation

Hey Peeps!! Happy Tuesday!!
Poem 23!

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The Invitation

Would you think I’m crazy to want to know you beyond the flesh?
I want to get to know you from the inside
I want to know what makes you think the thoughts you think
Can I get to know you, the you, one often tries to hide?
Let’s get passed the impressions
And start off as being friends
Forget the materials you got
Let me know what you possess within
Let me get to know your inner being
Get so close our two hearts become a single
I want to feel your deepest feelings
Make your body shiver in places you never thought could tingle
And this is just from conversation alone
I want to understand the feelings in your heart just by speaking
Explore your desires, pleasures, and needs
I want to explore your being, very passionately
Let me caress your heart with my friendly words
I know you want this, your eyes don’t deny it
I want to get to know your intimate side
So…Am I Invited?

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

Monday, April 22, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Absent

Day 22!!

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There comes a day in everyone’s life
Where you realize the sun rose without the sound of birds
There comes a night in everyone’s life
Where you realize there’s a full moon without any stars
There comes a time in everyone’s childhood
Where you realize you’re not innocent anymore
There comes a time in everyone’s house
Where you realize the place has lost the feeling of home
There comes a time in everyone’s relationship
Where you realize there’s a couple without a bond
There comes a time in everyone’s love life
Where you realize the love has simply disappeared
There came a time in my life
Where I realized the sheets no longer shared your scent
There came a time in my life
Where I realized the bed lay heavy beneath the weight of your absent body
Today is the time
In my life
Where I realized
I am waking up

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

Sunday, April 21, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: A Wondering Mind

Hey Peeps! So it's Day 21...as I'm reading over this poem I remember why I wrote it...LOL

I have A LOT of celebrity crushes....and I was thinking about them when I wrote this poem!!


Stay Blessed....Stay Tuned!


I wonder if I took your hand
Would you lace your fingers between mine?
If I caressed it softly
Would you, then, caress mine?
I wonder if I looked into your eyes
Would they dance at the sight of me?
If I took your face into my hands
Would you smile shyly?
I don’t know if you would do these things
Since I’m not reality to you
But I just have to wonder
Would you feel for me what I feel for you?

I wonder if I stroked your body
Would you tingle from my fingertips?
If I kissed you on your ears
Would you, then, kiss my lips?
I wonder if I held you close to me
Would you press your body against mine?
If I rub you on your back
Would you gently rub mine?
Since to you I have yet to exist
I can’t say the things you’ll do
Until the day I become your reality
I’ll just have to assume

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

Saturday, April 20, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: Love's Duplicity

Hey Peeps!!

DAY 20!! Enjoy!

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“I knew that there were three words to say that would change this person’s world. Three words that would change our relationship, I would then possess the title as ‘his girl’. I’m not ready for this yet, it is moving a little too fast. But if it’s not said, he may go; I want whatever we have to last. How can he love me in such a short period of time? It’s easy to mean that I love him, if I’m speaking from my mind.”

“I don’t know what it is about her that made me fall in love so fast. If she doesn’t feel the same way then how can it last? She’s different from everyone else, that’s why she’s so special to me. My love is true for her; I feel it in my heart deeply. She’s taking a while to respond but I’ll give her some time. I want it to be real in her heart like it is in mine.”

“I don’t think that I really love him even though I said so. After I returned I had no feelings. Where did they go? I have to tell him the truth that I lied to keep him with me. Three little words that will make him stay are the same words that’ll set him free.”

“How could she lie? Knowing how much she meant to me. Saying she loved me, knowing it had no meaning of sincerity. I was pulled into the world of deception, not able to see beyond the lies. Her love was an imitation, a delusion in disguise.”

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

Friday, April 19, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: The Silent Kiss

Hey Peeps!! 

Poem 19!!

Stay Blessed...Stay Tuned


His gaze penetrated into me
I could feel the stare in my bones
Falling into his deep chocolate eyes
I suddenly wished he were gone
Reading my every expression
His eyes searched every inch of my face
Not wanting him to touch me
He moved forward, closing the space
When our lips kissed
What force made me close my eyes?
What drew my arms around him?
I succumbed to his passion before I realized
After our lips separated
No voice did they impart
We held each other’s gaze
The silence sank, like music, on my heart
Not a word to be said
I left the passion where it needed to stand
Slowly I walked away
Letting my fingers slip through his hand

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

Thursday, April 18, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: The Breakfast

Hey Peeps!!

Poem #18!! Check it out! :-D

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The Breakfast…Part 4

I noticed her as soon as we made our entrance
I watched her eyes following us to our seat
I saw him take a glance
And my heart rapidly started to beat
Did she know I was his wife?
Didn’t she know it’s our one year anniversary?
How can he ruin an important day of my life?
How can he break the vows he made to me?
Before the food even came
I put my ring in his hand
“I know about your love, whatever her name”
“I saw you at the beach having sex in the sand”
He stared at me, eyes filled with shock
He couldn’t find the words to speak
I didn’t need to hear any excuse
So I just rose to my feet
I walked over to her at last
With a smile, I extended out my hand
“I hope you enjoy your breakfast,”
“As much as you enjoyed my man”

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

New Adult Fiction!!

Hey Peeps!!

So if you are new to the New Adult category in fiction then you can check out this post on USA today which gives an accurate description of what New Adult is all about!!

"New Adult fiction is the hot new category in books"-USAToday


I look forward to exploring this category more with you and introducing you to my characters and their life experiences which you will find may not be to far from what you have gone through, or are going through or it just may remind you of someone that you know. Either way, I hope you will enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

Stay Blessed and Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

National Poetry Month Challenge: The Bath

Hey Peeps hope you are having a marvelous day!!

Here is Poem #17!!

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The Bath…Part 3

I awoke to wet kisses
Disturbing thoughts made my head hurt
I pushed his face away from mine
I suddenly remembered her satin panties and Hawaiian skirt

“What’s wrong with you?” he asked
I didn’t say a word
“Why is your ring on the nightstand?”
He had his nerve

The water from the shower fell on my body hard
I wanted to wash away the nastiness I shouldn’t feel
“Can I join you sweetheart?” he asked
Those words made fire burn from my head to my heels

I felt his arms around my waist
It seemed like I was being suffocated by the steam
Flashbacks of the beach popped in my head
My nightmare was his dream

He started kissing me the way he kissed her
I pushed him away with both hands
He looked at me with confusion
“What? You can’t make love to your husband?”

Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life's Journey

New Adult: Unexpected by Faith Sullivan

Hey Peeps!!

Sharing a New Adult book with you....Unexpected by Faith Sullivan!

I haven't read this book but if you decide to give it a go, please leave a comment to let me know what you thought of it!!

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Title: Unexpected
Author: Faith Sullivan
Expected release date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Ebook available at: Kindle ($1.99) 
Paperback available at: Amazon ($6.99)

Book Description:

September 11, 2001.

A day that forever changes the destiny of college overachiever, Michelle Rhodes.

Shattered, confused and alone, no one understands the trauma consuming her until she meets Connor Donnelly.

A native New Yorker, he believes he can aid in getting her life back on track. But what if he's even more broken inside?

Offering her a chance at a fresh start, Connor convinces Michelle to move in with him. Hiring her to waitress at his bar, their mutual attraction only complicates matters.

As more details surrounding Connor's past emerge, Michelle uncovers the full magnitude of the loss he's trying to hide. Refusing to let her feelings for him hinder his recovery, she makes a decision that winds up hurting them both.

By sacrificing her heart, Michelle thinks she is helping Connor come to terms with his grief. Little does she know, Connor is gambling everything for the sake of having a future with her.

What happens is truly unexpected.


Chapter Six

“W...what?” I stutter despite myself.

He gives me a crooked grin. “All night, I’ve been freezing my ass off out here waiting for you. I didn’t think you were gonna show.”

If his first remark didn’t floor me, the second leaves me utterly confused. “Whoa, slow down, buddy. How do you even know my name?”

Again, he laughs. “Does it really matter? I’m here to talk some sense into you.”

The dimples in his cheeks distract me. He has such a cute smile. But I’m not letting him off that easily. “Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m done with New York.”

“Really? You could’ve fooled me.”

“And why’s that?”

“Because you should never run from something that scares you.” His hazel eyes catch the moonlight as they bore into mine. “And this time, you won’t be alone. I’ll be with you.”

This whole conversation is getting way too intense. Standing up, I wrap my arms around myself. I have to get out of here. This guy is crazy.

I jump as the front door opens and my ex-boyfriend Tony emerges, giving me a hopeful look. We broke up after our senior year. He understood I wasn’t planning on sticking around, so I set him free. He met someone else over the summer, and I only talked to him once on the phone when I got back. But with the way he’s looking at me now, I can tell he feels sorry for me, and that’s something I won’t tolerate.

Inching closer to the steps, I attempt to play it cool. “Oh hi, Tony. It’s good seeing you. I wish I could stay and chat, but I was just leaving.”

“I don’t think so.”

I whirl around. That’s it. Who does this guy think he is? “Listen, you little...” I begin, but Tony interrupts by grabbing my arm.

“Michelle, calm down. There’s no need to freak out,” Tony says, slowly releasing his grip on me. “Do you remember me telling you about Sal, my roommate at school, the one from New York?” I nod, but I can care less at this moment. “Well, this is his older brother, Connor. I kind of told him all about you, and I thought it’d be a good idea if you two met.”

I shake my head and sigh. “So you made him wait out here alone in the cold?”

I can tell Tony’s nervous. He’s running his fingers through his hair. “I thought you’d bolt otherwise.”

“She nearly did,” Connor chimes in.

Frustrated, I slam my fist on the porch railing. “The both of you just stop it, right now! I knew it was a bad idea to come here. I don’t need some random guy from New York giving me advice on how to live my life.”

Pushing off the swing, Connor gets to his feet. “Well, what are you doing with your life then? What’s plan B?”

I advance toward him. “I don’t have a plan B, asshole. I don’t have all the answers, but apparently you do.”

Connor closes the gap between us. “I wish I did, but I think you can figure it out. You were brave enough to take on the big, bad city once. Why not try it again under different circumstances?”

Tony clears his throat, and for a moment, I forgot he was there. “Michelle, Connor owns a bar downtown. He thought you could go back and work for him. Give it another go.”

“I’m no bartender,” I retort.

“You sure aren’t,” Connor fires back.

Tony holds up his hands in an attempt to keep the peace. “Just hear him out, Michelle.”

“Fine,” I say glaring up at him.

“Go on, Connor. Tell her about it,” Tony urges, knowing I may flee at any moment.

Connor’s eyes find mine again, but I look away as he starts speaking. “My family’s owned a pub on Beekman Street for years. Not too long ago, my dad had a heart attack, so I took over. I can offer you a waitressing job plus room and board above the bar for as long as you want it.”

For a minute, I stop and consider the possibility. It actually doesn’t sound that bad, and it’d be a welcome change from my original intention of becoming the next film school prodigy. It would be fresh start, and I wouldn’t be alone. But can I really go back there?

Sensing my trepidation, Connor pats me on the shoulder. “Listen, I know it’s not what you imagined. Tony told me how smart you are and how you were hoping to make it big at NYU. I can understand how working in a bar sounds like a letdown after that. But honestly, I think it’d be good for you.”

“And why do you care about what happens to me?” I ask, raising my eyes to his.

“Because I was there that day, and so were you.”

About the author, Faith Sullivan:

I really hate talking about myself. My goal is to have the shortest author bio imaginable. I would much rather have a conversation with my readers.

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