Tag Archives: Running in Heels

#TBT Giveaway Contest!

#TBT – Free giveaway of #RunninginHeels for best tag line!!! via Facebook
(Enter to winhttps://www.facebook.com/WriterMaryAPerez/posts/1567283613322757)

Please share this giveaway w/ fellow bloggers, fans, friends & family.
The more, the merrier!   flatterer-emoticon

1 Comment

Filed under Book Giveaway, Throwback Thursdays

Texas Book Festival

TXBOOKFESTIMAGE

October 17th-18th

This is the 20th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival, and as such, they’ve scheduled to be the biggest and best Texas Book Fest ever! There will be over 300 authors in attendance (including Margaret Atwood, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson, Sandra Cisneros, Jonathan Lethem, yours truly, Mary A. Pérez, and so many more), author panels and signings, The Chuck Palahniuk Show (a variety show hosted by Chuck Palahniuk), a Lit Crawl, Yoga With Authors… the list goes on! Go to the official Texas Book Festival website to get the full schedule.

And the best part is, it’s FREE and open to the public!

Texas Book Festival at the State Capitol

4 Comments

Filed under Texas Book Festival, Upcoming Events

Presenting… Mary A. Pérez!

A sincere thanks and appreciation to Kev for featuring me and for all the support from his faithful followers!

4 Comments

Filed under Author Interview w/ Kevin Cooper, Interviews from Bloggers

Full Circle – My Writing Journey

11750720_1017090005008790_4728723792586052925_nHey guys! Today I feel I have come full circle. It’s surreal that I am sitting here doing a book signing at the same Barnes and Noble, where I first attended a weekly writers group two years before my story published.

Back then, I’d sit with many seasoned writers and talented published authors, wondering if my day would ever come that my own dream would fulfill and to declare: I AM AN AUTHOR!

Once a week, I’d bring 5 pages of my manuscript and make several copies (enough for 10-15 other attendees) before arriving to the group. I passed around my copies to every one there, and someone would volunteer to read aloud. As I listened, the rest added notes, made corrections, suggestions and/or comments on my sheets. Then it was someone else’s turn to critique. I enjoyed doing that but I couldn’t wait to take my work home and sit in front of the computer to see what–if any–changes I should make.

I’ve met some wonderful people I consider friends to this day, and received great feedback which only helped propelled me forward. Looking back, I am thankful that I didn’t give up. I took constructive criticism; I stayed the course. I kept my voice as well as my message. If I couldn’t quite convey the meaning in my sentences correctly, I welcomed suggestions. However, if someone didn’t get my meaning but added their own take instead–which meant changing the entire contents from what I initially believed how it should read–I’d reworked the sentence, paragraph or phrase to express better what I wanted to say, or left it alone.

I believe you have to stay true to who you are. After all, it’s your story and in my case, wasn’t one of fiction. Therefore, only you can tap into your own mind filled with memories and jot down those scenes and sequels in your head. May not always be an easy feat, but oh, can be so worth it!

So for those of you who haven’t read my story, just what is the message? My message is one of hope, perseverance and forgiveness. You don’t have to be a product of your environment and have your past dictate your future. Know that you don’t have to remain isolated or medicate yourself, nor do you need to become ashamed of your pain. You can rise above the ashes and soar to new heights bruised or scarred, and not remain broken. I believe there is healing for us all; it’s a work in progress and sometimes takes a while. But where there is life, there is hope.

The fruition of my entire journey, is to hear that others are inspired.

My story, “Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace” is currently found at your favorite online bookstore.

Here are a few photos taken at Barnes and Noble for you to enjoy. Two hours went by so quickly!

Thank you for taking part in my journey.

Sign2collage-2015-07-20 (1)

10 Comments

Filed under Author, Book Signing Event, Writing Journey

Book Review

A beautiful, heartfelt review of my book that brought me to tears. Testimonies from readers like these confirm that out of all my messes, I did something right! God bless you, Cate.

Let's Have Another Piece of Pie

A fellow blogger that crossed my path a while ago has published a book.  It is full of truth and pain and her reality.  Her memoir.

I purchased this book through amazon.com for my kindle.  I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.  But I had to.  I tend to feel the pain as I read and needed short breaks.  That is a GOOD thing.  Why?  Because we all have come from dysfunctional backgrounds.  But some faced harder things than we may have.  Or perhaps I should say different things in our past.

I never went hungry or was physically abused.  I had more of the verbal attacks and great loss and left to myself to heal.

As I read through Mary’s book, Running in Heels, I thought of people I have met over the years who had to endure great pain.  Is it fair…

View original post 147 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Review, Houston Authors, Running in Heels

First Day on the Job – 1972

“Hold the pickles, Hold the lettuce, Special orders don’t upset us,
All we ask is you let us, Serve it your way.”

Our uniforms reminded me of ketchup and mustard. After riding the city bus to Miami Beach to my first paying job, I’d pasted on a smile, greeted customers, took their burger and drink orders and handled the cash register.

BK - 1972 Chpt 11

“Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace” page 101

#TBT – Yeah, I did that.

 

 

6 Comments

Filed under Memoir, Running in Heels

Five Star Treatment – Running in Heels by Mary Ann Pérez

Thank you Sally for this fabulous Five Star Treatment – I am honored to be featured on your wonderful blog!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

five-star25

Welcome to the start of a new week and to the first of the Five Star Treatments. Since I interviewed Mary Ann Pérez on the Sunday Show in mid-March, her memoir Running in Heels has been receiving terrific reviews. I am sharing a couple with you today and you can also read more about this inspiring writer in her Sunday Show interview linked to below.

10502490_10152735712319492_6516957624892283845_n

About the Book

More than a memoir—this book is a promise of hope for anyone who was abandoned as a child, to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body.

Somewhere between stealing cold cuts from stray cats and watching a stranger leave her mother’s bed after breaking in through their bedroom window, Mary figured out that her family was dirt poor. Worse…

View original post 1,046 more words

3 Comments

Filed under Book Review

Today on The Parker J. Cole Show

PJC Showhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/wluv103/2015/04/25/the-parker-j-cole-show–of-grit-and-grace–lessons-from-life#.VTvqEOFMxt8.twitter

Leave a comment

Filed under Author Interview, Radio Talk, The Parker J Cole Show

Today’s Featured Author: Mary A. Perez

I got to do a guest blog today! Thank you Susan, I am honored to be here!

Into Another World

Today author Mary A. Perez stops by my blog as part of her Running in Heels virtual book tour.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am Puerto Rican descent, meaning both my maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as my father, were all born and raised in the Island of Puerto Rico, which by the way, I have yet to visit!

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in the Bronx and raised in Miami. In the year ’77 we moved to Texas. Although Houston has been my home for the past 38 years, I am far from having a Southern country accent. I am told that I sound like I am from up North. Go figure.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

The best thing about being a writer is that writing can be therapeutic. It…

View original post 1,320 more words

1 Comment

Filed under Author Interview, Featured, Running in Heels

Girls Night Out University

1509260_10153210207602323_35599705803372266_n

A little update to continue this journey with you all. Last night was new territory for me, as I had the honor and the privilege of speaking 11119507_10206612723224616_4333682381497684401_nbefore several women at my church. I was asked to share my heart about overcoming some of the adversities mentioned in my book, Running in Heels. There were six of us speakers who were each given a classroom to hold TWO 25 minute discussions on different topics. Although this was out of my norm, I felt an unusual calmness while delivering my message. You can rest assure that this entire event was saturated by prayer!

 11113072_10206612111529324_3060283893788985204_n    11083968_10206612111569325_6839482641355300993_o    11081163_10206612116689453_6931504219160829095_n

To be surrounded with precious ladies–many who had read my book, many who hadn’t–all attentive to my every word touched me in a special way. Many came up to me afterwards to give me an encouraging word. But I couldn’t be more blessed than to have the honor of praying for others hurting as they walked through their own struggles.

We should never be ashamed of our pain. Whether you’re going through the valley, or over the mountaintop: WE NEED ONE ANOTHER.

© M.A. Pérez 2015, All Rights Reserved

8 Comments

Filed under New Territory, Speaking Event