Back to Reality by Danielle Allen Blog Tour
Her past: Emanuel Mills was her first love. The guitar playing, adventure seeking, IT whiz was everything she ever wanted.
Her present: Tyree Barker was her last love. The cultured, educated, successful entrepreneur was everything she needed.
But when Sahara Lee’s past and present collided, a series of events occurred that changed her life forever, leaving her future up in the air.
As a college freshman, a tragic accident changed the course of Sahara’s life. Ten years later, just when she started putting her life back together, Sahara’s world was rocked again due to a similar accident.
Heartbroken and guilt ridden, Sahara fell into old, familiar habits before quickly realizing that she wasn’t the same Sahara Lee anymore. Unable to live a lonely, loveless, isolated life anymore, Sahara decided that the way she coped before wasn’t going to work this time around.
Time didn’t heal her wounds, but forgiveness might.
I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.
With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.
So in a nutshell: I plan. I teach. I read. I write. I watch. I critique. I shop. I play. I love.
To know me is to love me. XOXO
All About A Character:
Full name: Emanuel Mills
Born: April 12, 1982
Astrological Sign: Aries
Three Words To Describe Yourself: Adventurous. Strong. Thrill-Seeker.
Stats: 6’2”; 195 lbs; black, wavy hair; grey eyes
Favorite food: Lamb Chops. My mom makes them with a traditional Lebanese recipe she got from her aunt.
Favorite music: I like it all. The album that’s in heavy rotation on my iPod right now is Yeezus by Kanye West. I’m a big Kanye fan. The song that made me get off my ass and learn to play guitar is “Hurt” by Johnny Cash.
Favorite TV show: The Wire.
Activities: Basketball. Hiking. Biking. Kayaking. Anything physical.
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite movie: Casino
College degree: B.S.in Information Systems & Technology (Delta Southern University)
Current job: IT Operations Manager for Dominion
Favorite Quote: “It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it’s harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.”
Biggest Moment with Sahara: One of my biggest moments with Sahara was at James and Lidia’s wedding back in 2003 is one of many, many favorite moments. Emily got pulled onto the dance floor, leaving just Sahara and I sitting together at our table. She asked me if I wanted to dance and my heart started pounding. Now I’d known the girl since she was born. She always flirted with me. She always made it known that she was into me. And I always played it cool. But that night, I couldn’t keep it together. It was as if my feelings for her refused to be locked down anymore. When we danced and she gazed up at me, I had to restrain myself from kissing her. I almost told her I loved her for the very first time after she performed a ‘Crazy In Love’ routine for me. I almost did a lot of things that night. But I lost my nerve. I told myself that I had time to figure it out, to make it perfect. Especially since there were so many people around including a random guy who had followed her around the whole night after she danced with him once. So I decided to wait. And two weeks later, I was in a coma. I never got a chance to tell her anything. And when I woke up from the coma, she was gone. That’s when I realized life was short. And I needed to man-up.
The Moment You Fell For Sahara: To tell you the truth, each day of my life, from childhood to adulthood, I have fallen a little more in love with Sahara. But even before I was ready to admit it at James and Lidia’s wedding, we ran into each other at my parent’s house, my childhood home, in the hallway. It was Thanksgiving Break 2002 and she was about to go somewhere and I felt it. Everything I’d felt up to that point clicked into place and I knew that somewhere along the lines, I’d fallen for my little sister’s best friend.
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