Monday, June 16, 2014

GUEST POST: Finding Your Passion by Roni Teson, the author of Twist

Read the first 5 chapters of Twist on the authors website:
Title: Twist
Genre: Fiction, Romance Suspense
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Brown Girls Publishing (March 12, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0991532236
ISBN-13: 978-0991532230

About The Book
A romantic suspense full of twists and turns . . . When a steamy incident in the back seat of a borrowed car plunges sixteen-year-old Beatrice Malcolm smack in the middle of a global manhunt, she discovers that the search for her fugitive father has more to do with her than she could ever imagine.
With her mother gone, Bea's life is unraveling in the worst possible way as she's thrust into a world of government conspiracy, insanity, and mind-altering experimentation that forces her to make a life or death decision on who to believe—the FBI or her father.
In Twist, Roni Teson has crafted a suspenseful tale of love, betrayal and intrigue with a cast of characters who will leap off the pages and stay in your heart long after the last page has been turned.

About The Author
Growing up in Southern California, I developed a love for the ocean and all things coastal. I lived inland for a few years in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Denver, only to be lured home by the sound of crashing waves and colorful sunsets.
I wrote Heaven or Hell, my first novel, during my treatment for stage IV cancer. The day after the final edit of this book, the doctor told me that I was in remission. I believe writing was a critical part of my recovery, and now it's integral to my life.
I'm lucky. I have a passion that keeps me awake at night, friends who have been in my life for decades, family that supports my craziness, a home on the beach, many more novels in my head, and a body that is healed. I am forever grateful.

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Guest Post: Finding Your Passion

By Roni Teson
 I do my own poll when I’m around people, in a group or one-on-one. I find that only about a third of the people I speak to have some type of passion in their life that they are aware of and can acknowledge. Might not always be creative or earth shattering, sometimes the passion is as simple as being a great mom and wife. 

To have a passion is to have a purpose. Life with an acknowledged purpose will put pep in your step and so much more. If you haven’t identified your passion yet, as long as you’re breathing you still have time. 

About four years ago, my life seemed perfect. A career as an executive, a long-term relationship, cars, homes, pets, and anything else I wanted—I had, or at least I thought I did. 

I found a huge hard lump in my right breast and the doctor figured out after three weeks of testing, the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes and my sternum. I had stage IV breast cancer—a heavy diagnosis for somebody who had never been sick a day in her life. 

Once I got through the initial cry, I put a list together of everything I wanted to do.  I recognized right away many of the things I loved to do I left behind, some of them for years. I owned several guitars, always a great escape for me. I hadn’t touched any of them in three years. My piano gathered dust. The novel I started writing two years prior waited for me. During chemotherapy, when my employer’s support waned, I focused on writing that book, and many of the other things on my list that I hadn’t done in years. 

My relationship fell apart. That gave me the opportunity to move by the beach, an entry on my list! When I finished writing my novel I found out the cancer went into remission. I found another employer. The items on my life list continued to grow because I wanted plenty of things to keep me on this planet.

 I used to scoff when I heard the words, “Be true to yourself.” I don’t anymore. I have to say my life before that diagnosis did not fulfill me. I lived for everyone else, including my employer. I know this to be true because the moment I took my eye off those things and focused on healing, my work, my relationship crumbled. 

Easy to talk about now that I’m four years away from the devastation because I hurt when I went through the storm, it wasn’t easy. But I also recovered and found my passion. The universe jolted me into my new reality and thank God for that—I’m so stubborn my life had to happen in this manner to put me back on track. 

What about you and finding your passion or being grateful for passions identified? I spent some time with an artist and we developed a set of passion cards. Symbols embedded in each design for the intention of that card: Career, Love, Health, Gratitude, etc

I never want anyone to go through what I went through to right track a life. I’d rather help you find a purpose, or a passion, or focus on an existing dream. If you want to know more, check out the two-minute video and see what Passion Cards are all aboutOrder a set or rejoice in your current existence, either way, I hope you find your passion and chase that dream to victory. Thank you for reading!  

Roni Teson is the author of Twist and Heaven or Hell. She is also a survivor. 

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My own note to the author: Kudos for being so open about your battle with breast cancer. My own sister had her battle with Stage IIA breast cancer last year and she still struggles with the emotional aspects of the chemo and radiation. But like you, she's a survivor.

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