Hello Romance Readers!
Today I welcome back author Jae Henderson. She’s stopping by to share information and an excerpt from her book, Things Every Good Woman Should Know. She also has a very cool giveaway that I’m participating in. I’ll let Jae take over now! Happy reading!
If you could stop a woman from making the same mistakes you did would you—whether it be in love, friendships, finances, or health. In “Things Every Good Woman Should Know, Volume 1” Jae Henderson has crafted six short inspirational stories designed to educate women on the importance of carefully considering your options when traveling through this journey we call life. Each character allows readers to peek into their lives and experience the joys and the pains of love, lust, naivety, success, selfishness, and more. These stories could be described as fables for adults. Just like the ones you read as children except with adult content and real drama. You are invited to learn the moral of each story that will surely nourish the spirit and strengthening the soul. The titles include:
You Are Beautiful
Take Care of Those You Love
Sex Is More Than Just Sex
Mentorship is Mandatory
Success Is the Best Revenge
You Reap What You Sow
Each story is firmly rooted in Biblical principle and is jam packed with exciting life-altering situations and life-applicable teachings. Once again, proving that God is Good. He may not always keep you from falling, but He can arrange for you to make a soft landing. Be inspired today!
You Can Win Free Books!
Jae is currently running the Things Every Woman Should Know Friends Giveaway. All you have to do is read the book and leave a review and your name will be entered into a drawing to win books by award-winning authors and newcomers such as yours truly, Beverly Jenkins, Mario King, Sheila Lipsey Rhonda McKnight, Pat Tucker, D’ Andrea Wilson and Oosa Book Club. The giveaways will run until May 27th. Find all the details at http://jaehendersonauthor.com/tegwsk-friends-giveaway/.
Success Is the Best Revenge Excerpt
Janice clutched the letter in her pocket tightly. Her palms were so sweaty that the blue ink on the paper began to smear. It only contained a few nondescriptive lines, but it was what the letter didn’t say that made it so intriguing.
She was in the living room helping her favorite aunt mend her uncle’s work clothes when the postman came to deliver the certified letter. Janice wondered how the writer found her. She didn’t tell anyone where she was going. After the scandal, as she referred to it, and her separation from her husband, John, she disappeared. She knew that no one would think to look for her on her aunt and uncle’s small farm in Oklahoma. Not even her husband, since he always thought he was too good to come visit her family “in the country” when they were together. Her mother was the only person who knew of her whereabouts, and Janice knew that she would never rat her out.
She was curious to know who wrote the letter and what it meant. The words scrawled in tiny neat script read, How would you like your old life back? You once extended me your friendship when I needed it most. Please allow me to return the favor. Meet me tomorrow for dinner.
It was followed by the name and address of one of the most popular diners in the town, Lucille’s.
Janice arrived 15 minutes early because she wanted to beat the crowd and get a good view of the man or woman who thought they could restore her life as soon as he or she entered. She opened the door to the eatery to find Lucille herself serving as hostess. This was rare since the old woman retired about 3 years ago and left the daily operation to her only son, Clive. She joined a senior’s travel group and was always on some cruise or exploring what she called “new territory.” But every now and then when she began to miss the hustle and bustle of her busy diner and her favorite customers, Lucille came to her namesake place and behaved as if she’d never left. Lucille was fond of Janice. As a child, she spent her summers in Oklahoma and her uncle and aunt would bring her to the restaurant once a week for some homemade vanilla ice cream and a slice of apple pie. Lucille would always make sure she got a nice portion of crust just the way Janice liked it.
“Hey, Sugar Dumpling! Gon’head and find you a seat and I’ll send somebody over to take your order,” Lucille called out.
“Take your time, Ms. Lou. I’m expecting a guest and he hasn’t arrived yet.”
“He?” Lucille asked while peering over her brown horn-rimmed spectacles with a raised eyebrow. “It better not be that no-count husband of yours, or I’m gone do like Savannah did in Waiting to Exhale and pour water all in his lap.”
Word got around the town pretty quickly that she was on her way to divorce court. Most people in the town only knew bits and pieces of what happened, but to them, Janice was like family. They watched her grow up. She played with their children, spent the night during sleepovers, ate dinner at their tables, and worshipped with them on Sundays. The worst thing you can do is mess with family. John was on the hit list of several people he never met and didn’t know existed.
“No worries, Ms. Lou. To tell you the truth it might be a she. You can save the water for your customers,” she smiled.
Janice sat down, picked up a menu, and looked at it as if she didn’t already know everything that was on it. She held out her hands and examined her semi-dirty unmanicured nails.
It was mind-boggling how her life had changed in a matter of weeks. One of the highlights of her week used to be her trips to the spa. She could no longer afford her massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure appointments. Even if she could, it wouldn’t be practical when you live and work on a farm. Getting your hands dirty was part of the job requirements. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, helping her uncle with the animals and preparing the fields for planting were all in a day’s work. Each evening before dinner she scrubbed the thick rich dark earth from beneath her fingernails. Sometimes she had to wash them at least three times to get it all out. Her manicure and polish wouldn’t last 2 days under those conditions.
Janice laughed, but it wasn’t a laugh of joy. It was the laugh someone gives when they are walking that thin line between sanity and insanity. Everything she held dear was ripped away from her simply because she did what she had to do to give her conscience peace. It tormented her day and night as she fought to convince herself that it was okay not to turn the information she knew over to the proper authorities. She talked it over with her husband, and he told her that if she did that, she would not only ruin their lives but hundreds of others as well.
“Some things are better left unsaid,” he stated. But she couldn’t. As an environmental specialist she knew that the toxins her company was allowing to seep into the water table and the soil were hazardous and could lead to severe illness and possibly even the deaths of the people in the small neighboring town. She and most of the people who worked at the plant didn’t live there. The town was small and poor, and plant employees, most of who made an above-average salary, could afford to live in more affluent areas. So they did. Some drove an hour or more to and from work.
Janice enjoyed her job at Valcrex, and she was good at it. When she noticed the company was growing lax in their hazardous waste disposal standards, she tried to alert her bosses to the problem. She soon learned that they were “trying something new” to save money and told her that she needn’t worry herself about it. She begged them to do the right thing and upgrade their equipment to properly dispose of the hazardous manufacturing by-products they made during production each day. Upper management told her that they would look into it, but the new equipment would cost millions, and it would take time to get it. They tried to pacify her with a month’s paid vacation and a bonus. She was told when she got back everything would be up to code. Janice wanted to stay and supervise the changes, but they told her that wasn’t necessary. She reluctantly took her month’s leave and spent the time relaxing and bonding with her children. She even when to the Virgin Islands for a week.
When she returned to work, she realized that the toxins being released into the environment were worse than ever. Nothing had changed. Janice refused to eat at the local restaurants for fear that they were cooking the food from water found in the nearby reservoir. Each day she brought lunch for her and her husband, who also worked for the company. She encouraged her coworkers to do the same. She tried to appeal to her bosses again, but she was told that if she wanted to keep her job she better keep quiet. That silenced her for a little while. She had grown accustomed to her life of luxury and had no desire to give it up. But at what cost?
The guilt Janice felt became unbearable. She was in constant inner-turmoil because of the dirty secret she was being forced to carry. She couldn’t eat. She couldn’t sleep. She tried to keep busy so she wouldn’t think about the toxins poisoning those in the town, but there wasn’t enough work to be done to make her forget Valcrex’s dastardly deed. Then one day she couldn’t continue to stand under the weight of her guilt any longer and called the Environmental Protection Agency. She even sent them documentation to corroborate her claims. She felt better but wondered what would happen next. She didn’t have to wonder long because within a week, the place was swarming with investigators.
Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1 can be purchased at
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After embracing careers as a radio talk show host, marketing and media professional, and voice over artist, Jae Henderson decided to add inspirational author to her roles.
She first displayed her witty way with words and keen insight into the human emotion through her inspirational romance trilogy: “Someday,” “Someday, Too” and “Forever and a Day”. She most recently released her first book of short stories, “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1”. It contains six inspirational stories to nourish the spirit. Her entertaining tales about the astounding power of love and God’s ability to care for us in the midst of life’s storms have been warmly received by readers of all ages.
Jae Henderson is a graduate of The University of Memphis where she earned a BA in Communications and an MA in English. She is the former host and producer of On Point, a once popular radio talk show geared toward youth and young adults. Other accomplishments include serving as a contributing writer for the award-winning, syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and using her chops to become a successful voice over artist.Her signature voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials and even a couple of cartoons. When Jae isn’t writing, she works as a public relations specialist and college professor. She currently resides in her hometown of Memphis, TN.