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A Promise Is A Debt…Here Is The Bonus For Email Subscribers! @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge #fiction

Hey Lovelies,

For those who enjoyed my A to Z Challenge and already signed up for my email list, the BONUS installment I promised is sitting in your inbox as you read this (or it’s in your junk folder)!

For those of you who sign up after this post for my email list but before my next newsletter, I will email you the password to access the “Just Desserts For Dex” link on the “Breaking the Mirror” Page. in the menu.

I hope that you find the ending satisfying. But I’m leaving it “open” to one additional installment, that is, if Cara feels like posting one more time.



M  xoxo

Reflections on the 2018 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2018

As part of the 2018 A to Z Challenge, participants are asked to provide their “Reflections” on their experience.

This is my reflection.

My “A to Z” Theme

My “Power and Control” theme was dark but that’s what abusive relationships are, right? I was looking forward to shedding light on some of the red flags but though I started pre-writing back in March 2018, I got stuck deep in “H”.

And not just stuck…REALLY stuck because I wanted a balance between realistic, not being “too real”, not to depressing and with a little revenge in the end.

I think that I was successful with the realism…a few readers/commenters who joined in mid-story said they were “concerned” by what they were reading and were forced to go back to “A” because they thought it was “real”. Well, I’ll take that as compliment.

Just like last year, in order to keep up, I was writing nightly with only the idea that #Dexmustdie (as one reader said!) in the end. And because of that, I couldn’t keep up with your posts. But at least I’ll have great reading waiting for me – I will enjoy slowly catching up on all that I missed.

All in all, I’m generally happy with my story but I’m not sure that I would tackle something this serious again in 26 posts.

I was smiling from ear to ear at your reactions at the end of “Z”…

Don’t worry that bonus installment by email newsletter is in your email inbox right now! And I won’t make the same mistake I made last year – I will start editing this A to Z asap and convert it into a lost leader/freebie!

Technical Side of the A to Z Challenge

Kudos to the A to Z Challenge organizers on the improvements that were made this year. So many improvements since las year… a master list that could be filtered (it was easy for me to look for other fiction writers), the Daily List where we could drop our links if we were writing serial posts. And best of all, this lists will remain posted so that we can access them throughout the year!

Great thinking!

And though I’m tired right now, by the time December rolls around, I’ll be looking forward to April!


M xoxo

Thank God the “A to Z” Challenge is now OVER! @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

Thank God the “A to Z” Challenge is now OVER!

I don’t know about you but I was running on fumes since “V”! 🙂

Congratulations to all those who participated!

If you participated with 1, 10 or all 26 posts, you slayed it! 

And if you managed to participant AND spend time reading other participant post, I salute you!

I’ll be catching on my fellow A to Z Challenge participants over the next month or so while I take a break!

See you on May 7th for the A to Z Reflections post.


M  xoxo

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No Excuse For Abuse #ifmywoundswerevisible @aprila2z #atozchallenge

As you might have noticed, I fell a little behind with my “Y”. And I just cheated by backdating it as yesterday.


A few days ago, I stumbled across a song on YouTube that perfectly speaks to my “A to Z” theme.

Was it a coincidence?

I don’t think so.

You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video.

If this is the first time you are visiting my blog and want to read the first post of my A to Z challenge, you can start with “A” is for Afflicted.

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Don’t Ask Because I Won’t Tell #atozchallenge @April@aZ #ifmywoundswerevisible

I don’t usually write dark, emotionally charged fiction that is challenging to read but could truly unfold in real life.

No, it’s not my usual MO.

But “Power and Control” is a topic that I felt compelled to tackle (see graphic below).

I also wanted to write something different from other A to Z’s – 2016’s romantic “character” pieces and 2017’s story of Kate who was “Living to Die“.

Regardless of the genre I’m testing out, I do enjoy bringing a certain level of “realism” into my storytelling. Like my tagline says, “Life is just a story. And I’ve got a pen.”

And if you ask me from where I get my “realism”, I won’t tell. 😊

Because that’s what your imagination is for, right?

Two more things:

  1. If you have any creative ideas on how to get rid of Dex (#Dexmustdie, as someone said 😊), drop a comment. I’m writing this story on a nightly basis so you could have a hand in how it ends!
  2. If you would like to be a beta reader and offer feedback and suggestion for this story, please sign up for my mailing list so that I can let you know. You can sign up my lists here!


M xoxo

Shaking The Silly Out Of Cara – A To Z Challenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge #ifmywoundswerevisible

Don’t get confused now…

This is Marquessa talking to you right now – not Cara. 😊

It’s sad to know that my A to Z story resonates with sooooo many of you. Either you have experienced that kind of relationship yourself or you know someone who has. Your comments and even some of your emails attest to that. And it’s more than a little disconcerting to realize that.

Some of you want to shake the silly out of Cara and most of you just want to kill Dex.

I understand both desires. I’ll do my best to make the outcome of “Z” as satisfying as possible for all.

Okay, three things today:

  1. Out of curiosity, I posted an (anonymous) poll above. Feel free to VOTE or not. I thought it would be interesting for others to see that these types of toxic situations are not such a rare occurrence;
  2. If the RED FLAGS in my story so far resonate with you, do your own research online about narcissistic sociopaths and read, read and read as much as you can to gain more knowledge and get yourself the support you need; and
  3. I will post *trigger warnings* for future “dark” installments. In my rush to stay on the alphabet track, such warnings slipped my mind. Though this is a fictional story, I’m writing this series with a very heavy-hand on reality. The more intense scenes I included are not as far-fetched as some of you may think. If you feel that this story is too stressful for you to read, I totally understand if you choose to stop reading. But if you choose to skip over the posts listed with a *trigger warning*, you will not miss the flow of the rest of the story.

P.S. If you are reading this and have no clue what I’m talking about, you can start with A is for Afflicted.


M xoxo