Easy Come, Easy Go: Dealing With Fair Weather Friendships As If You’re in an Episode of the Real Housewives

This isn’t the type of post I’d usually write for the Saturday Spotlight here at Through Stephanie’s Eyes but I thought it was appropriate given the myriad of changes in the lives of many of my friends and that of my alter egos.  Both Tammy and Lia have new releases coming up and I’ve taken a backseat to help them prepare for those. Not that I mind one bit. I’m still finding my own niche and going through my old manuscripts. A few I’ve been able to tweak and get presentable and others are just, well, just NO! LOL!

Being in the background, many people forget I’m there and I end up privy to a lot. I’ve watched authors slam others for no reason other than they’re perceived as threats and because they can. I’ve sat back and watched a close, dear friend (let’s call her Jacqueline) make the decision to distance herself from another of our friends(let’s call her Teresa) because she couldn’t stand being lied to anymore. Okay, lying is a bit harsh, but it was enough of a problem “Jacqueline” just couldn’t overlook any longer. Instead of confrontation, she ended their affiliation and online friendship with “Teresa.” 

Teresa didn’t understand why it happened, but instead of going to the source, the questions were presented to the online groups involving people who had no business getting involved. This was and still is an issue between TWO individuals and has NOTHING to do with anyone else.  So why can’t others stay out of it?

It’s only human nature to want to help a friend who comes to you upset, but it’s another thing all together to add fuel to the fire. Instead of just supporting the friend and allow them to work it out, another person (let’s call her Kim D) felt it was her “duty” as mentor, shoulder to cry on, den mother, and enabler to step in and demand an explanation. 

Wait. It gets a bit more convoluted. When the demand for an explanation was met with only silence from Jacqueline, the conspiracy theory wheels began turning. Now instead of an issue between two people who probably would work this out on their own if everyone else just stayed out of it, it’s become a nasty bit of business with little barbs and digs tossed out about Jacqueline and any other person (let’s call her Caroline) who appears to support Jacqueline.

All the subsequent B.S occurring is now based all on the word of “Kim D” who as it turns out has been trying to put wedges between Teresa and Jacqueline for quite some time. 

Low and behold Jacqueline and Teresa pick up the phone and start talking. Yay! They hashed out their differences, laughed about the silly crap that got them there in the first place and agreed to work on their relationship from that point on. Of course that’s not what Kim D wanted to hear!

Ms. D is mighty upset. Seems Jacqueline and Teresa have been comparing notes and find out from each other all the little lies being told about not only them but Caroline and the rest of their little group of friends.  All of it being spread by one person…KIM D.

Kim D’s hold on the group of friends is slipping and more of them are breaking away, moving on to greener pastures and leaving her behind. This doesn’t sit well with her and she launches a whole new barrage of attacks, telling such ridiculous tales about former members of their group. All of it is proven to be false. 

Jacqueline, Teresa and Caroline continue on with their friendship and meet new friends along the way. Ms. Kim D…well, that’s a tale for another day, my friends. The smoke around her hasn’t cleared yet. I’ll let you know!

Until next time

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#ThursdayThirteen From Author @ZeeMonodee And Her New #Multicultural #Romance The Other Side

Another week’s gone by and I’ve another Thursday Thirteen to share with you. This one is from author Zee Monodee’s contemporary romance The Other Side (Island Girls 1).  On August 10th, Zee visited with my alter ego Tammy on our sister blog Not Enough Time in the Day for the Saturday Spotlight. You’ll want to stop in there and take a look. The author shares quite a bit about herself and this series as well as what’s coming up on her project list.

The book we’re teasing you with today, was released on July 30th and can be purchased from Decadent Publishing or Amazon. Here’s the blurb to wet your appetite…

Divorce paints a scarlet letter on her back when she returns to the culture-driven society of Mauritius. This same spotlight shines as a beacon of hope for the man who never stopped loving her. Can the second time around be the right one for these former teenage sweethearts?

Indian-origin Lara Reddy left London after her husband dumps her for a more accommodating uterus—at least, that’s what his desertion feels like. Bumping into him and his pregnant new missus doesn’t help matters any, and she thus jumps on a prestigious job offer. The kicker? The job is in Mauritius, the homeland of her parents, and a society she ran away from over a decade earlier.
But once there, Lara has no escape. Not from the gossip, the contempt, the harassing matchmaking…and certainly not from the man she hoped never to meet again. The boy she’d loved and lost—white Mauritian native, Eric Marivaux.

Back when they were teens, Eric left her, and Lara vowed she’d never let herself be hurt again. Today, they are both adults, and facing the same crossroads they’d stood at so many years earlier.

Lara now stands on the other side of Mauritian society. Will this be the impetus she needs to take a chance on Eric and love again?

Here’s the Thursday Thirteen “taste” from The Other Side…

She shouldn’t have come. The sound of her mother’s high-pitched voice crept over the din, asking if someone had heard a car stop in the driveway. They’d come out in the next minute.

Picking up her courage, and wishing it were Dutch courage despite her not being a drinker, she tore her fingers and head from the wheel and threw the door open. Lara peeled herself out of the vehicle at the same time a chorus of gasps resounded in the garden.

All three older women were over her like a bad rash. Hugging and kissing her cheeks, holding her face in their hands while they exclaimed how beautiful she had become. All of which were simply tactics to lull her into complacency for when they’d really pounce on the meaty topic—her divorce.

With their deceptively frail-looking hands on her shoulders, they pushed her toward the back door to the kitchen. A memory of being pushed around in the same way toward the altar on her wedding day, the glittery gold and red veil over her eyes, assaulted her. She stopped in her tracks, the pain coming in from nowhere to slice through her heart. The biddies must not have noticed her stilling; they simply continued to steer her inside until she was seated at the table. A plate of towering hot bhadias appeared in front her, along with a bowl of satini cotomili, the coriander, tomato, and chili paste-like dip Mauritians ate with all their fried foods.

Auntie Ruby, resident gossipmonger, lived up to her reputation. She had been the first to mention Lara’s failed marriage before they made it back into the house.

To find out more about Zee Monodee and her work, you can find her on her website, Amazon Author Page, Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time

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