Excerpt #2 From The Misadventures Of Melody T.

Excerpt #2 from -The Misadventures of Melody T.- A Novella

Saturday mornings was usually the same routine. Breakfast with Mom, Dad and Michael. We always ate at our favorite breakfast spot, GiGi’s that made these delicious cinnamon rolls. Since Dad works so much, it’s almost impossible to talk to him one on one any other day of the week but Saturday’s. Saturday mornings was our time. After we finished eating, Dad dropped us off back at home and took off for the rest of the afternoon and Mommy went for weekly hair appointment.

When we got back to the house, Mikey went to living room immediately and turned on the TV. From the kitchen I could hear the weekend video countdown intro come on. I peeped around the corner and saw he had his feet propped up on the coffee table steady making the volume rise on the TV . On the kitchen counter, the number 2 was flashing in red on our black answering machine. I looked at the caller id on the phone and scrolled. There were a couple of numbers I hadn’t seen before. Probably all calls for my Mikey, I thought.

“Aye, turn that down a minute, I gotta use the phone,” I yelled.

“It’s not even that loud Dee!” I rolled my eyes, snatching the phone off the charger and stomped all the way up stairs. I knew he wasn’t going to do what I said after the TV actually started going up louder when I hit the stairs. Slamming the door to my room, I plopped down on my bed. Scrolling through the caller ID, I spotted a number that looked halfway familiar and called it back. I inhaled deeply and held it, while pressing redial on the receiver. As the phone began ringing, my heart was beating so hard in my little chest. I was surprised he had kept good on his word.

Daysha D’s Summer ’16 Reading List

Daysha D's Summer '16 Reading List (1)


I thought maybe I’d share with you my reading list or books that I plan on reading this Summer. I’ve been on a roll reading lately and hope to at least complete all of these books I have listed by Summers end (crosses fingers and hopes like none other). Also from my last post you know that I love Biographies and Memoirs, so I have a couple of those as well as so fiction mixed in. My list is very short unlike the hundreds of others I see posting their Summer reading lists.

As I am getting older the more I am learning that reading is so educational. I am just at a point where I am not only thirsty for knowledge but just so interested in different writing styles of different authors. I figure also before I add one more child to our household,  I better get all the reading in I can do NOW. So lets hop right into it!

Daysha Devine’s 2016 Summer Reading List

  1. I Almost Forgot About You By Terri McMillan

Terri McMillan has been a favorite of mine since I read “A Day Late and A Dollar Short” back when I was in high school. Most know her from her novel, “Waiting To Exhale” but she has many other works that I favorite as well. This latest one peeked my interest because it’s about a woman, who has decided after awhile to take a different path in life. It sounds to be a story of love and courage which is something I am always interested in.

2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han

Jenny Han is another author I’m faintly familiar with. I read and almost finished a book, “Burn For Burn” she co wrote with author Siobahn Vivian. It had excellent first person narrations from the characters but it was a little lengthy for me. Anyways long story short I still have it in my collection and plan to finish it someday. Although in my early 30’s, past the young adult stage, I still love a good YA fiction novel. This one that came out earlier this year, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” just the title alone sounds relate-able. Reading the book blurb, it sounds like a story that would take me back to those lovely teenage years, I both hated and now cherish memories of.

3. Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir By Eddie Huang

You’ve probably seen the hilarious comedy, “Fresh Off The Boat” on ABC. Well before the sitcom was the book about his actual life. Eddie Huang is a restaurateur, chef and personality who I personally am a fan of his show Huang’s World on the new cable channel Viceland. His personality is comedic, yet down to earth. I hear the book is better than the show so I know I’ll love this memoir.

4. The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir By D. Watkins

Recently, D. Watkins Memoir appeared on O Magazine’s Summer reading list. A tale of growing up in a rough neighborhood, drugs and triumph sounds like the makings of a great Memoir.

There are so many great books out or that are coming out soon. Between continuing to edit my own Novella (I’ll be updating you guys on that very soon) and these great read I’m sure I’ll be booked up the entire Summer. (P.S. Get it…”booked”….lol. I laugh at my own corny jokes)




A Star You Can Relate With

A Star You Can Relate With


Taking a break to gather my thoughts and get my self together I decided to post, finally. I’m currently 4 months pregnant and days have been a struggle. My husband and I will be welcoming our second child in November. Since I last posted, I have been reading and resting a lot.

I love books and reading when I can squeeze it in between chasing down my 2-year old and napping for two now days. So for Mother’s Day my mom gifted me with singer Toni Braxton’s book “Unbreak My Heart : A Memoir”. I can’t really remember the last time I read a biography but I love reading about other peoples lives.

In this book, Toni Braxton talks about how her super strict religious upbringing had a lasting effect on her life. She also discusses what happened when she was the only one chosen to be signed to a record deal out of her group of sisters. What I found surprising was this beautiful woman had insecurities with her body and her looks just like any other woman would.

I love to read about super stars that are just so relate-able. I’m an only child and never knew what it was like to grow up with a bunch of sisters. But I loved reading about it. What I found that I related with her on was that she was just working and working, ignoring the signs that she was possibly ill. I can say I have been there before also.

Sometimes we put celebrities on a pedestal like there life must be perfect because they’re beautiful, talented and have a lot of money. But we know this isn’t always the case. They are people like us too. Okay, maybe with a bit more spotlight and fame than others but what I loved most about Ms. Braxton’s biography she shared some of her most high points and low points. I love to hear other people’s stories. Often there is so much inspiration gained from hearing people’s triumphs and let downs.

So glad to have read this. Another excellent read!