Share an excerpt Tuesday, “Coping: Meet Gertie

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Share an excerpt Tuesday, “Coping: Meet Gertie


Here is the next part of my story Coping on This Share an excerpt Tuesday.   Now it is time to meet Gertie.



Gertie 30

Gertie stood outside of the back door of the restaurant.   She held her hands together and closed her eyes in prayer form.

Lord give me strength. 

I do not know how much more I can endure. 

As tears filled her eyes.   She could hear the echoes of all that was wrong in her life.

Gertie recalled her past.   She was only 16 years of age when her stepmother had kicked her out.

Her Dad never had a backbone and ever since her mom passed when she was only 8 years of age nothing was ever the same,

Thankfully, Gertie’s father never allowed her stepmother to kick her out but he did ask her to get a job if she wanted to live with them.

This is when Gertie applied at the local diner near her home in San Angelo Texas.    She only worked part time but quickly moved up to full time when she graduated from high school.

Gertie had so many dreams about attending a great college. After all her grades were over the top and her counselors encouraged her to take her SAT’s.   They also had scholarships available.   She was so excited about her prominent future.

Sadly,  as Gertie planned her new life away.    Her father suffered a stroke.   Gertie began feeling guilt.

I can’t just leave my dad.  Can I? 

Unfortunately, she did not get a chance to make that choice.    Once her father fell ill.  Her Stepmother got up one day and never came back.

He was devastated.

” I am so alone again!” he cried.

” I am here Dad.”

Gertie held his hand.

” Thank you Gertie, Thank you.”

Gertie thought that eventually she could get back to her own life.   After all her dad was doing so much better.   However as time went on and years passed. He began needing more care.

This is when Gertie began working many long hours and eventually became the manager of the local diner in San Angelo.

This was not the plan Gertie envisioned for her own life.   Howevever she loved her Dad and no matter all the pain he had placed upon her she knew family had to come first.

Dad needs me. 

Meanwhile in her own personal life Gertie had met someone.  At first he seemed kind and generous but over time he grew to be overly possessive and jealous.   All he did was verbally abuse her each time.

All of this torment began taking a toll on her.    It was not enough she was caring for her ailing father but now the person she thought would love her was only hurting her.

One day Gertie decided enough was enough.   She began applying at other local diners.

She had saved enough money to have a nurse come in to help with her dad and he also began receiving some of his medical benefits from his own job.

In the present moment tears began rolling down her face.


I hope you enjoyed meeting Gertie.   Until next time join us for another WIP of Coping on Share an excerpt Tuesday.



Coping  by Sylvia Stein 2017.






We Are The World Community Blog Fest: A Father’s tribute to his daughter


Welcome to my fourth official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.  Each month I bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:I hope everyone is doing well and having a fantastic June. Our next #WATWB post is just around the corner and I thought I would get a head start.   On this week’s post our hosts are:
Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle Wallace,
myself Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen

For this week’s post on We Are the World Blog Fest I have one that is emotional but beautiful.   I will begin with an excerpt from it.

“It had been five months since Bill Conner suddenly lost his 20-year-old daughter, Abbey, and he felt like he had to do something to honor her short life.So, on May 22, a day after his son, Austin, graduated from college, Conner hopped on a bike and began riding across the country.”

Then Mr. Conner decided that the best way to honor his beloved daughter Abby was by traveling 2,600 Miles – from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, To Fort Lauderdale, Florida- to visit Broward Health Medical center which was the hospital that recovered Abbey’s organs for donation back in January 2017.

You see Abby Conner had registered as an organ donor since she was 16 years of age.

“She registered. It’s something that she knew a long time ago. Unfortunately, it came to fruition, but that’s Abbey,” Conner said. “If you had her as a friend she always had your back, and for her to be helping people in need — that fits who she is.”

However, as the Conner’s were dealing with the loss of their beloved daughter another family was dealing with their own heartbreak. Their own 21 year old son in another state by the name of Loumonth Jack Jr. had suffered a heart attack and was told his days were numbered.

It would take a miracle to save him. Abbey donated 4 organs to four men among them Loumonth Jack Jr.

As a way to honor his daughter Abbey, Bill Conner, the Florida donation board he would be riding on her behalf and was given the contact info for each of them.

“The only person who has responded at this point is Jack Jr., the heart recipient,” Conner said.

He also added upon meeting Jack. ” He’s a really humble kid, respectful and he has an old soul.”

” After sharing a minute-long hug, Jack pulled out a stethoscope so Conner could hear his daughter’s heartbeat for the first time since she died in January. Listening carefully, surrounded by Jack’s friends and family, Conner heard the thumping. Both men began to tear up.”

In conclusion,  I wanted to add this story touched me because Bill Conner was able to take a tragic event from the loss of his daughter and turning it into a place of healing knowing that she saved others by being a donor and him being able to hear her beating heart on Father’s day and he was able to pay tribute to her in the same way.



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EXCITING NEWS: The Rafflecopter has been extended from June 27- July 28, 2017



Hello, everyone.  This is Indie Author Sylvia Stein and I have exciting news.  On October 27-28 I will be participating in an amazing book event thanks to the fabulous and very talented author Rachael Brownell and so many other wonderful authors through the Great Lakes Book Bash which will be in Kalamazoo Michigan this October 2017.   I signed up for this event two years ago through my wonderful PA Nathalie Raven and it is hard to believe it is coming up here in a few more months.   It is for this reason I have set up an amazing Rafflecopter which begins at midnight on June 27, 2017, all through July 6, 2017.    I will also be making some announcements on my podcast this week.   I hope you all participate because you will have a chance to win two Rock Star Passes to this amazing Book Event.    The winner will be announced on July 6, 2017.   I also have some audio books of my latest book,  The Diary of a Broken Father, Amazon card, and a Starbuck’s card.  Best of luck everyone.  Remember the Rafflecopter begins at midnight July 27, 2017.

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Coping Continued Copyright 2017

Hello, everyone, it is again Tuesday and I am sharing another excerpt from my fictional story Coping.

Today we are continuing on Eric’s story.


Coping Eric 30

Dammit, now I am late!

Shit, I am never going to hear the end of this one.

Eric got out of his car and quickly ran inside to clock in. He was just about to walk out the door to get to his work duties when he heard a loud crash just outside the doors.

What the hell?

“ Attention everyone, we must evacuate the building it appears there is a small fire in the back warehouse!

“ I repeat!” called out the voice on the intercom.

Wow, a fire!

Just then he ran into his boss.

“  Eric, can you please make sure everyone gets out safely, luckily no one was in the warehouse when the fire began but I still have a ton of stuff I need to do and fill out with the insurance company.”

“ Sure thing Mr. Rhodes.”

“ Thank you, I have to step out and check out the damages to the warehouse so I am leaving you in charge, just take roll call and then send everyone home.”

“ Yes, Sir.”

“ Tell everyone this will be a paid day and we will see everyone tomorrow morning and that includes you.”

“ Sure thing Mr. Rhodes.”

As Eric walked out the door he noticed the sun was now out. He could not help but smile.

Man, I have to say. This has turned out to be a great day for me.

Eric couldn’t believe what was happening. Not only was he not in trouble for being late but this accident had even shown that Mr. Rhodes valued him. After all, he had been working as the Manager of the leading Tool Supply house for about 3 years now. He did not want to mess it up. This was the first steady job he had kept.

Thank you, God, After all the disaster I put myself in I just want to be able to make a go of my life again.

Trust me there is no looking back to the past.

Be sure to check out next week’s blog post for more of Coping.   We will meet another new character.

Coping by Sylvia Stein 2017

Coping – Continued Copyright 2017


Hello everyone,   normally I would have shared my excerpt on Tuesday.  However, for this week the excerpt will be out Wednesday.   Here is the next section of my story.


Eric  30

Eric stepped outside with the downpouring rain coming at him with massive thundering.     There was a storm brewing and you could see it from the dark clouds in the sky.    He was in a hurry to get to work this morning.

Shit!  I can’t be late today.

Just my rotten luck! 

Things hadn’t been easy for him.  It just seemed that no matter how hard he tried to keep himself out of trouble    It just followed him everywhere he went.  This wasn’t all his fault.    Not to make any excuses for him.   But it appeared that from a young age Eric had been destined for hardships.  For one thing, his mother abandoned Eric and his brother Randy at a very young age.   Eric was 8, and Randy was only 4 years of age.     Only Eric knew his father.   His Father was a drunk and he spent most of the time at bars spending all of the money he earned from working.

This all took a toll on their mother.   She could not deal with having to work two jobs, taking care of them and also having to dig a grown man from bars every night. One day she kicked him out.   Eric recalled that night.

She was home sick with the two boys.  Randy was a baby and running a fever.    Eric had to call a cab to take them to the hospital.

He was only 4 years old.   But his father was nowhere to be found.   After they came back early the next morning.   His mother stormed into the living room and kicked him out.

Get out of here! 

We don’t need you, you miserable excuse for a man!

In the present, Eric kept driving.

I need to get to work on time! 

I just need to get there!

I hope you enjoyed the next part of my excerpt.     Until next time!


Coping by Sylvia Stein   2017



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