I’m getting born tomorrow! (so to speak) Even though I’m thirty-something years old, I won’t actually be born until May 2, 2017 because I’m coming to life in Varina Denman’s latest novel, Looking Glass Lies. I already feel alive though, because I’m blogging now, and interacting on social media. I’m even sharing some of my wisdom and advice as well as encouraging women to grow and heal.
Talk about healing! I’ve been through a bit of that over the past few years, and I tell you what! Emotional healing can kick you in the pants, can’t it? When I married, I thought my life would be easy smeasy forever and always, but marriage just ain’t like that. (Not every day, at least.) My man, Al (I wish you could meet him), is an awesome guy, but he’s a human and therefore, has faults. So the two of us have to work through issues every now and then, but marriage is worth the trouble, and I would never wish it away. My Al is the love of my life.
I meet with two other women down on the square at the Midnight Oil Coffee Company. We get together once a week and talk about our troubles … mostly our self-esteem issues. Seems like each of us has been beat up, emotionally, in one way or another. Take me for instance. When I was young, my daddy wasn’t around a lot. He worked a million hours a week, so he didn’t tell me I was pretty all that often, and it kinda got to me. Even as an adult, I still question whether I have worth.
Then there’s Nina. She’s just a sweet young thing, a sophomore in college who is so quiet, you’d think she didn’t know HOW to speak. But she does. And every so often, she shares a little bit of her past with us, enough to let us know that most of her pain involves her quiet disposition and the fact that she has trouble speaking up—and standing up—for herself. I guess you could say that verbally, Nina is my opposite. Lol. ‘Cause I never have any trouble talking!
Cecily is the third member of our group, and she has a completely different story. Talk about a rocky marriage, bless her heart, she didn’t have a swell guy like my Al. But, anyhoo, I’ll let her share that with you in Looking Glass Lies. I can tell you this much though: Cecily Ross is a fighter and she doesn’t give up on things … or people. Not that she knows that about herself though. I suppose she and Nina are getting born tomorrow too. I hadn’t thought about that. That’s one more thing we have in common. We all share the same birth-date!
Will you join us for an imaginary birthday party down at Midnight Oil? We can order a vanilla latte and eat a slice of cake … and tell each other our current troubles. What’s said at Midnight Oil stays at Midnight Oil.
See you there!
From the backcover of Looking Glass Lies:
A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.
For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women—and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.
But coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape—especially with her model-perfect ex–sister-in-law working at the town’s popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.
The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily’s eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty—and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.
Shanty Espinosa is a happily married mother of four who has a passion for helping others overcome their life struggles. Even though she’s not a real person, she’s helped dozens of fictitious characters through her support group that meets down at the local coffee shop. You can read about one of the women she’s helping in Looking Glass Lies, the novel where Shanty came to life. Available now.
If you like what you read on Shame on Shanty, you might enjoy the book where she came to life. Follow Shanty’s blog and be entered to win an autographed copy of Varina Denman’s Looking Glass Lies. Winner will be drawn from blog subscribers and announced next month! US and Canada only. Today’s winner: Noelle Ammerman.