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I struggled to remember what I had been telling myself, coaching myself over and over again. I said to myself that if he spoke to me, I would pretend not to hear him. If I spoke to him, I would be short. If I was unable to be short, I would stick to finalizing our divorce. If conversing about our divorce was too difficult for him, I would — what? What would I say? How could I ignore what was on my heart? The rambling in my head?

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The latest thoughts on “Undone,” free through midnight:

Undone is a compelling collection of short stories, book excerpts, and character monologues by RH Ramsey. As a whole, Undone masterfully displays Ramsey’s graceful writing style, her amazing skill for writing dialogue, and her stunning storytelling ability. If you have shied away from reading Ramsey’s stories due to her dark physiological edge, which examines domestic violence, reading Undone is a perfect way to introduce yourself to Ramsey’s engrossing stories. ~ Lusty Penguin Reviews 

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My heart breaks a little every time I read R.H. Ramsey’s work. What leads a person to address abuse, mental illness and addiction? It’s so easy not to talk about these tough topics, and yet they’re clearly issues that Ramsey seeks to bring to the forefront. The first short story of the novel, “Fist”, is a story of abuse told from the perspective of the abuser. Ramsey gives us pathology of a man who terrorizes his young daughters and wife. The rage of the abuser and fear of the children and the hints of brutality are soul ripping. The story is written with a beautiful flow that makes no excuse for this antagonist, but shows the helplessness of everyone involved. ~ Rabid Reader’s Reviews 

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Happy Holidays!

In an interview with All the Buzz Reviews, submitted a little before the soft release of Just Beneath the Surface: Landon’s story, I chatted about Just Beneath the Surface I (currently discounted) inspiration, influences, and more. Have a look at this excerpt, follow the link, and I hope your holidays are merry and bright!!

Please tell us about your latest book.

My latest releases are entitled, Just Beneath the Surface and Undone.

When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her; but she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond, is on a path nearly just as dangerous.

Undone is a collection of short stories, essays, monologues and excerpts from novels, both released and soon-to-be released. I think of this book as a way for me to introduce myself. It is a way to sort of shake my hand, look into my eyes, get to know me as a storyteller. I am not one to force myself, my opinions or my thoughts on another individual, and a two hundred page novel is a lot for some people to commit to – especially from a new author.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Thank you so much for this question. I am really excited about Just Beneath the Surface: Landon’s Story.

The first novel, Just Beneath the Surface, is about (physical) domestic violence. Just Beneath the Surface: Landon’s Story, is a novel about emotional manipulation. Landon, one of the main characters, is often referred to as a robot, always in control, and above all, enigmatic. As the story unfolds, he sees Seven, whom Landon connects with, falls for and essentially saves from herself.

There are many twists and turns, many moments of darkness, obsession, and a difficult journey to truth and healing.

Read more of this interview here >> All The Buzz Reviews

Thanks so much to The Social Media Panel for allowing me to share what little I know so far. So much to learn, but always feels good to share what I’ve learned so far.

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Networking (Social Media, Guest posts, Local writer’s groups, online writer’s groups, and more)

Whether you are writing your memoir, a children’s book, a novel, or a non-fiction self-help book, there are others, just like you: driven, devoted, ready to take the world by storm. Before you publish your book, take the time to connect with others. Take the time to connect with the like-minded dreamers – some of them may not have finished their books, some of them may be award-winning novelists – either way, it is a good idea to get yourself “out there” (in person, and online). Soak up all of the information you can. Socialize and make connections – you may even make new friends!

Utilize Twitter, Facebook, writer’s groups/forums, keeping in mind, this is your job. It is important to enjoy yourself, so that others enjoy and get to know you. Search online, for bloggers in your niche, who are searching for guest posts. Research websites, who would be willing to feature you and your book. You will not always get the “Yes.” You may not always get a response. But it doesn’t hurt to try.

And don’t stop there. You wrote your book, so that you could help someone, entertain, or inspire – and, well, the world does not begin and end with the internet. Are you shy, and thinking to yourself, “The very idea of going in public, speaking about my book in public, is making me nauseated?” Same here. So we will work through that uncertainty, together. But what we will not do is allow it to keep us stuck.

Consider making business cards, magnets, calendars, bookmarks, bumper stickers – even t-shirts. Consider joining local writer’s groups, attending events such as book fairs and arts festivals. If you can, contact book clubs, and if you are not able to attend events, see if it is possible to send your book (if you decide to put the book into print), or coupon codes, business cards, etc.

Read this article in its entirety on The Social Media Panel

It’s so hard to put yourself out there. And asking for book reviews, to me, feels like standing naked asking, “What do you think? Critique me. I can take it. Just tell me what’s wrong with me! Tell me what’s right with me!”

But in the process of requesting book reviews, we learn a lot about ourselves as writers, and sometimes, we gain an opportunity to share what others have said about our art. Today, I am very pleased to share two new reviews for Just Beneath the Surface: Landon’s Story (available, now):

RabidReaders.com:

Within the narrative, there is great anger, great suffering, great joy and great loss. Landon and Seven evolve as the story progresses in a shockingly realistic way. Ramsey comments within the narrative, or so it seems, on man’s cruelty to man. Any of us who have been online for more than five minutes can see a parallel. People say the things that cut the deepest and then laugh with derision when a person is hurt. “What do you expect?” they ask. “You’re pathetic. Why haven’t you killed yourself. You’re a waste of oxygen.” They hate each other for the smallest things and never is a thought given to the pain and damage lurking under the skin. Ramsey does the impossible in Just Beneath the Surface II: Landon’s Story in making us feel and weep for those lost souls who may seem to be the least sympathetic. Does that mean we should ever let someone choose our path? Never, but we should reach out in sympathy and compassion to those who can be saved and identify with the turmoil within. We should open our eyes to our fellow man and help who we can each day.

R.H. Ramsey’s writing style is beautiful and hauntingly real. We build a relationship with Landon and Seven in her writing and when the time comes we wonder what we could have done to help. This is a work to be savored. A tragic masterpiece. Pick it up today.

Read more of this review here: Rabid Readers.com

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Review by Ey Wade of wadeinpublishing.com

The signs of abuse, no matter what form, can speak so softly, be hidden so well, dress sooo beautifully, no one would know what was beneath the surface.

In Landon’s story,RH Ramsey pulls us in by showing us how abuse can be hidden behind perfection, wrapped in a velvet glove, tied with friendship, packaged in the familiar faces of loved ones, and is almost totally buried.

I am not one for remembering names, but I remember emotions. Beneath the Surface is embroiled with scenes of tenderness, denial, shock, love, betrayal, amazement and you live each and everyone of them. . I was entranced with this story.

Read more of this review on Amazon

Download your copy of Just Beneath the Surface: Landon’s Story today!

Since this is the week of my Just Beneath the Surface re-release with Inknbeans Press, this will be a week filled with excerpts, interviews and more.

Today, myself and Sherry Pringle of Healthy Happy Relationships, have our first chat — a bit of girltalk — about a few of the issues in Just Beneath the Surface. Feel free to jump in!

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In Just Beneath the Surface, the topic of living together unmarried, for several years, after having children, is a huge part of a couple’s breakdown. There are also disagreements about one man’s need to run home after every fight.

What, in your opinion, Sherry, is the difference between living together girltalkand getting married?

My husband and I lived together for over 1 year before we got married. Although we had no kids, I noticed a huge difference in my level of commitment for our relationship after getting married. I felt like before the wedding I still had the option to leave if I wasn’t happy in our relationship.

We were not a unit yet so I still felt like I was solo and looking out for myself. I didn’t feel completely invested. I still had that, “I gotta’ do me” mentality at times. Our wedding day changed everything. After speaking our wedding vows out loud in front of all our loved ones and making that commitment to God and to each other, our bond grew stronger from that day forward. We became truly united in our lives. He has my back and I got his back. We are each others biggest supporters,  best friend, and confidant. We both felt more trust and belonging after getting married. There’s a powerful sense of security that comes along with marriage, that you just don’t get while cohabitating.

I would have to say the biggest difference between living together and getting married is our level of investment into the relationship. When you’re married, you’re all in, this marriage stands for you and your life. It’s not easy watching anything that you’re fully invested in fail. Before marriage, we were in the same boat, but had our own life jackets. After marriage, our life jackets became one. When things get rocky, now, we either sink or swim together in this ocean of life.

2. If a woman feels that her significant other is a “momma’s boy,” (no offense, guys …) how can she be sure she is not exaggerating? Where is the balance?

I think the best way to know if you have a momma’s boy is, like with many things, your gut feeling. There are a few general things to look out for, which will let you know you’re not exaggerating.

– If your man suddenly metamorphoses from a man to a boy in the presence of his mother. You get that icky feeling all over, and you don’t know whether to hurl or to slap him back into reality when you see them interact.

– He is still letting his mother make major decisions for him and his life, instead of a)figuring things out on his own or b)consulting with you before he calls Momma for help.

– If he is not sticking up for you when it come to his mom and allows her to continually over step boundaries. A man has to be willing to stand up to his mother in order to protect his wife.

Ladies, if you truly have a momma’s boy on your hands, you’ll know exactly what I mean by these.

3. What, in your opinion, should she do to express her concern in a healthy way?

The best way to express your concern is to first check your attitude and your intentions. Be sure you’re not just out to criticize or judge your man. Set a goal for getting more understanding and really expressing your needs. Truthfully, we all want a man who respects his mother, right? So if what you’re truly seeking is more of a balance, start by acknowledging the love he has for his mother, and then simply ask for what you need from him going forward.

You may even have to out right ask him, “Are you ready to open up that space for the number one woman in your life to a woman other than your mother?” His answer to this question will let you know if he’s ready to drop being a momma’s boy and willing to let someone, hopefully you, take on the leading lady role in his life. And if the answer is yes, that’s your moment to step up by asking for what you require as the woman in that role.

Thanks, Sherry. Couldn’t have said it better myself!

I had fun, and I can’t wait until next time.

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