Category Archives: My Writing
Reposted: Tuesday, June 7, 2016/Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018
After a brief hiatus, I returned to my first two books* and decided to continue writing by making a series out of the characters’ personal stories. There are nine women in my SistaGirlz series: Rachael Wallace, Layla Michaels, Raven Powers, Imani Powers, TaMeeka James, Angela DeVille, Nina DeVille, JaShel Jackson and Clarissa Revelin.
SistaGirlz Book #1 ~ LIVIN’ JUST ENOUGH: RACHAEL’S STORY*
In 2003, I wrote a book called LIVIN’ JUST ENOUGH with the story centered mainly around Rachael “Baby Girl” Wallace. She starts off with her childhood boyfriend Aaron Jones until he dumps her. Free to move on with her life, Rachael falls for Alonzo Banks but then Aaron comes back. What’s a SistaGirl to do?
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SistaGirlz Book #2 ~ ILLUSIONS: LAYLA’S STORY*
In 2004, I wrote LJE’s follow up, ILLUSIONS. From this point forward, we see the story from more than just the main character’s point of view. We begin as Layla Michaels meets and gets involved with handsome Nicolas Hayes much to the dismay of Layla’s twin sister Kayla.
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SistaGirlz Book #3 ~ NEVA SAW IT COMIN’: RAVEN & IMANI’S STORY
Picking up where ILLUSIONS ends, we are introduced to twins Raven and Imani Powers. Similar in their love troubles but different as night and day, Raven and Imani keep each other grounded during the storms of their love lives.
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SistaGirlz Book #4 ~ UNEXPECTED DETOURS: MEEKA’S STORY
TaMeeka James’ life hasn’t been the easiest but she’ll be the first to admit the part she played in it. Happily married to Chico Banks, TaMeeka thinks life can’t get any sweeter until the return of her son’s father, Darius Price proves otherwise. With unfinished business left on the table, Darius makes it his mission to reunite his family.
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SistaGirlz Book #5 ~ UNFORGIVABLE: ANGELA’S STORY
Past decisions come back to haunt Angela DeVille when she runs into her ex-high school sweetheart, Devin Lawson, who was unaware of her pregnancy when they parted ways. Reunited years later, this single mother has to decide if telling the truth will set her free or do more harm than good.
SistaGirlz Book #6 ~ HER IDEAL HUSBAND: NINA’S STORY
Fun loving and free spirited Nina DeVille was the LAST of the SistaGirlz to WANT to settle down. Hypnotized by the aloofness of her non-committal lover Yusuf, Nina has to decide if “shacking up” is really the way she wants to live her life.
SistaGirlz Book #7 ~ JASHEL’S TRILOGY
PART 1 THE FAITHFUL CHEATER
PART 2 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
PART 3 WIFEY
By the time the dust settles on Part 3, JaShel Jackson has been married, knocked up 3 times, been cheated on, divorced, married, knocked up 4 mo’ times, beaten on, and divorced. With 2 ex-husbands and 7 kids under her belt, JaShel was content to live her life taking care of her children, preferably without the never-ending pleas for reconciliation from both Jayson Clark and Antonio Black!
SistaGirlz Book #8 ~ CLARISSA’S TRILOGY
PART 1 HER LAST SEVEN DEADLY SINFUL DAYS
PART 2 SHE’S A HARD HABIT TO BREAK
PART 3 HER LAST FIRST KISS
Raised by her single father, Clarissa Revelin lived her life as she pleased, never taking anybody’s bullshit and calling them on it when necessary. The only man she ever truly loved unknowingly shaped the future of her sex life. Never falling for the “L” word, Clarissa enjoyed the pleasures her lovers showered upon her. Could anyone penetrate her rules to tame her heart?
SistaGirlz Book #9 ~ SISTAGIRLZ FINALE…?
At the annual Banks Family Reunion, dirty laundry is aired left and right as old secrets come creeping out of the woodwork. Will their love for each other hold the SistaGirlz together or will revealed lies and betrayal separate them all forever?!
SistaGirlz: an Urban Fairy Tale book series contains strong language, graphic sexual content and is intended for MATURE READERS ONLY (ages 18 and older)
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*I am aware that Books 1 and 2 are also available on Amazon but those are OUTDATED VERSIONS!! DO NOT BUY MY BOOKS FROM AMAZON. Thank you.
#DoYouKnowMyGirlz #SistaGirlzUrbanFairyTale #MonogamyMeetsPolyamory
Edited from the original post at http://authorleamishell.weebly.com/sistagirlz-an-urban-fairy-tale-book-series/meet-the-sistagirlz
My Life Is An Open Book… Series
One of my more favorite personal quotes is “Never do anything you’ll regret. Never regret anything you do.” That’s pretty much the tantra that has guided my life. As a human being, I expected to make mistakes. Yet, I didn’t expect to be so repetitive! Another thing I’ve learned is the reason why I kept making the same mistakes: I hadn’t learned the lesson! As if my brain said “NO! Do it again!” And one of the more “recent” lessons that I’ve learned is that it’s best to be as honest and transparent as possible because no matter how hard you try, you can’t make people do anything precisely the way YOU want them to do it. But the best lesson I’ve learned is to teach what you know. Take my love life for instance. It wouldn’t be until my 40s that I would discover my family history of non-monogamy. To be fair, my parents were monogamous with each other (if you don’t count my father’s wife, who wasn’t my mother, and the family that he had with her, before and after my conception). Considering my first sexual attraction was toward my same sex, it would be years before I would be comfortable telling everyone my secret desires. Once my urges included the opposite sex, I felt a little more “normal” and acceptable by Society. My mother didn’t talk to me about sex the way that I do now. In fact, I don’t recall her actually having “The Talk” with me. No one did. Instead, I experimented on my own. A self-professed “Cougar In Training,” I was always drawn to younger lovers because I don’t like being told what to do and I felt like I was the one in control. Quickly, I would learn that age ain’t nothing but a number and experience is an awesome teacher! Older or younger, it didn’t matter if they weren’t on the same page as me. Blessed to be born bisexual, I wanted to live my life with a man AND a woman! Although I discovered polyamory late in my life, I’m thankful that there’s a way for a non-monogamous person to experience love without hurting anyone or feeling guilty for doing it. I’ve never felt content with a one-on-one loving relationship because I don’t like sharing responsibilities, depending on someone else to do their share to sustain my personal happiness. Also, I love variety and I don’t expect one person to want everything I want. I already have anxiety so the last thing I needed was secrecy and deception in my love life. Plus, I’ve discovered that loving one person will never make me happy. I’ll always want more but I need people who understand the necessity of protected sex until we all get tested, continuing to be careful outside our union. That part wasn’t the easiest thing to sell, let me tell you! Being polyamorous doesn’t mean daily orgies and threesomes. In my current configuration, it’s Hubby and me but we’re seeking a girlfriend in search of a long term relationship with us. This isn’t a fling for us. We’re trying to grow our family: honestly, transparently, polyamorously.
Painfully, I admit, I wasn’t the most honest person in my 20s and 30s but I blame the fact that no one wrote a book on how to navigate your sex life as a polyamorous bisexual female in St. Louis. Until I did, that is, although that wasn’t my intention when I wrote my first book, “Livin’ Just Enough.” I was in a new relationship, still feeling the effects of a lingering one. My heart still lusted the one that had hurt me, not fully allowing me to enjoy the love from the one right in front of me! That relationship ended for a multitude of reasons, one of which was the fact that I didn’t feel that he was “worthy” of knowing my secret life’s goal. Between marriages, I experimented with my sexuality, dabbling with the idea of fully dating a woman while enjoying the pleasures of men. Fully enjoying myself while my children were away on their summer visits with their father, I lived the life of a sex positive fun-loving single woman. During a brief stint at BUSINESS college, one of my professors encouraged us to write what we know. An author himself, he was there because he had the skills to teach what he knew although WRITING was his passion! Taking his advice to heart, I unintentionally began writing about my life in fictional format.
My writing career began on my 16th birthday when my older sister gave me a journal to help me sort out teenage feelings about my life. I don’t recall writing about sex until after giving birth to two children and even then I didn’t know how much more there was to learn! Knowing that my desires may not have matched anyone else’s, I wrote about them instead, allowing my characters to live the life I wish I could. I didn’t come out of the closet until after my children moved in with their father during my second marriage, when I was 41. A year later, I discovered, polyamory: the practice of engaging in multiple intimate relationships with the full knowledge and consent of everyone you’re involved with. To be honest, I wish I had known about polyamory twenty years ago but everything happens for a reason and I wasn’t meant to be fully polyamorous until NOW. Hello World, HERE I AM and so are my SistaGirlz!! Going back to my first published book, I extended it and added the main character’s lovers’ side of her story to make sure it followed through with what developed into my fictionalized semi-autobiography, “SistaGirlz: an Urban Fairy Tale/Mistress Harding Erotica book series.” Mirroring parts of my own life, Monogamy meets Polyamory is the theme of my book series. “SistaGirlz” is an Urban Fairy Tale book series that centers around nine women whose lives are intertwined with love and drama. Friends and family, the SistaGirlz help each other navigate through the trials and tribulations of loving their men, raising their children and finding out about themselves. From their teenage years into motherhood, follow along with the lives of Rachael, Layla, Raven, Imani, Meeka, Angela, Nina, JaShel and Clarissa. “Mistress Harding” is an Erotica book series centered around a very open minded polyamorous mature woman exploring life and various sexual excursions with her loves, Xander, Tracy and Cynda. Everything I’ve written for the series has come from reality mixed with my creative writing skills to help inform the masses that monogamy isn’t the only way to engage in a responsible loving relationship. For those of you that are involved in more than one relationship and everyone is aware, you are polyamorous. If your lovers aren’t aware of anyone else you’re sleeping with, you’re unethically non-monogamous and the good news is that you can change! TODAY! Start being honest and transparent. It’s a lot less stressful and fewer lies for you to remember! In the meantime, if you need some pointers on loving non-monogamously, I ask one thing: Do You Know My Girlz?
#DoYouKnowMyGirlz #SistaGirlzUrbanFairyTale #MistressHardingErotica #AuthorLeaMishell #MonogamyMeetsPolyamory
From time to time I’ll either come across or come up with my own quips and quotes. Here are a few:
If you see “ej”, “lmg” or “lm…”, the preceding quote is mine.
When I was a kid, I always wondered why my mom got to do whatever she wanted to do. Now that I’m a mom, I don’t wonder about it,I ENJOY IT!!!
Gone crazy… Will be right back.
My friends can be broke… my man CAN’T!
(afterthought: I was SO single when I wrote this and was in the Dating World. I probably came across a broke brutha that tried to go too far taking advantage of my kindness and hospitality. SMH)
You bring joy to my heart and make my life richer. I’ll always cherish the gift of YOU.
What if there was someone out there named “Someone” or “Somebody”. Do you realize that he or she gets blamed for practically everything that goes on in the world???
Revised version of that last quote:
What if there was someone out there named “Not Me” or “I Don’t Know”. Do you realize that he or she gets blamed for practically everything that goes on in the world???
-Lea Mishell 090823
(a thought that ran through my head just before I began cleaning my apartment…)
Damn spontaneous tornadoes. Why do they always have to hit MY bedroom???
2001 Mother’s Day dedication to my mother that I wrote inside the card I gave her:
Mama, I’ve loved you since before I could focus my little newborn eyes on your beautiful face. You’ve been there through diapers and divorce. You’re not only my mother, you’re my friend.
If learn to fix my own car, what will I need a man for?
Rebuttal to previous quote: Trust me, I KNOW what I need a man for… I was having a bad “I don’t have a boyfriend” day…
Please don’t allow me or anyone to take away that which gives you joy.
Why are habits so easy to make and so hard to break?
What My Heart Color Means to You!
Color my heart red when you are near because to me you are so very dear…
When you are far away my heart turns blue because I sure do miss you…
Color my heart a bright yellow on a cloudy day because you chase my cares away…
Color it purple because your trust and loyalty has made me feel like royalty…
Color it green like the promise of spring for all the love our friendship brings…
Mishell’s Rant for May 8, 2001: Believe it or not, I’m single… Now you may be wondering why this is the case. Well, first of all, I’m not married…I don’t have what most call a real relationship…Therefore I am single…
The question is: How does Mishell feel about
DAMMIT! I don’t like it!
Yes, I can be a bit of a flirt, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life flirting. I want to be with one and only one man. He knows who he is and he if keeps bullshitting, I may not leave him the option of making a choice in the matter. Summer is coming and I’m already getting nibbled at. It’s not like I HAVE to be alone. I can give him a chance to think of what he’s about to lose…
I could just take the choice away from him totally and go out on my own and be the Independent Woman that I know I am.
And I would if I didn’t love him so much…
I’d rather have high self-esteem and be a diva than have low self-esteem and be a doormat!
~Lea Mishell 070705
Life’s short. Eat dessert first. Work less, vacation MORE!
Never do anything you’ll regret. Never regret anything you do.
My life is an open book… series.
What I found most interesting were the June 19th quotes, the day I married Hubby (they’re the BOLDED quotes in case you can’t read the “date code” behind the quotes)