Hi Ya’ll! You know I’ve been a bit under the weather for the last few weeks and have not been here as much. However, I wanted to take part in B. Swangin Webster’s blog tour. Her book sounded like something I needed to read. As you can imagine, I haven’t quite finished the book but the tour is almost done…today’s the last day!
Therefore, I decided I would take part by sharing with you the Twitter Chat B. Swangin Webster (@BSwanginWeber) and @NoteBkBlogairy hosted this past SuperBowl weekend. (Yeah, I know — ambitious [read: cray-cray] ladies!)
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this page.
Before we get started, here’s a brief synopsis of B. Swangin Webster’s book, Let Me Just Say This:
Cheryl Goldman is a stay-at-home mother of two: a boy, and a girl. Her husband, Kevin, is a successful businessman who owns his own marketing firm. From the outside, all looks perfect. Too perfect, perhaps. When we scratch the surface, we find Cheryl wearing too much makeup on some days and rather overlarge shades that make her look every bit the fierce diva. Yet, she’s not.
Cheryl allows the unthinkable to happen more and more in her life. Her children watch her. Her BFF watches her. Her parents watch her. Yet, no one steps in…not even Cheryl speaks up for herself. Her daughter is disgusted. Her son is angry at both of his parents. Her father knows Cheryl’s not trying to make any waves. Cheryl’s mother? Thinks the world rises and sets on Kevin.
Will Cheryl wake up and realize she shouldn’t be the object of abuse because someone else is having a rough go of it? Will her children forgive her? Or, simply walk away from it all?
Go behind the scenes of this upper middle-class African-American successful family and see how the foundation of things was set and how it all slowly unraveled.
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Twitter Chat Round-Up from Saturday, February 6, 2016
NoteBook Blogairy (NB) Question: Cheryl’s sister was none too gentle. Why is that?
B. Swangin Webster (BSW) Answer: Cheryl’s sister was jealous of Cheryl because she felt they loved Cheryl more.
Kenya (KY) Answer: I didn’t catch that either. Those family relationships were nuts, in general.
NB response to KY: I KNOW! The relationship with the son was so intense. I almost felt as if blows were going to come from him next.
KY response to NB: Cheryl was really trying to keep the kids’ feelings about everything in check. They probably didn’t know how to feel!
NB response to KY: Yes, she wanted them to be good Christians and overlook what was happening in their own home. So sad for them!
NB Statement to BSW: Loved the way you show the tension in Cheryl’s relationship with her children.
BSW response to NB: The son knew all along and until the time comes and the son has a ‘treat’ in store for his dear old dad.
KY response to BSW: I felt that was so true to life. My brothers would have gone in with a bat! But, we didn’t grow up with it (domestic violence).
BSW response to KY: Yes, it’s funny that I wanted to beat him with a bat as well but you feel the emotion.
NB response to BSW & KY: Readers feel the full range of emotions.
KY response to BSW: Well I think the emotion is an important part of the book. Which made the love scenes with Kevin hard.
BSW response to KY: She [Cheryl] knew that her marriage was not based on love. #infatuation
NB response to BSW: Hmm…I didn’t see that. It read to me like she knew he was trouble but she stayed hoping it would get better. Then, stayed for the kids.
KY response to NB: Me, too. She had clues early on but was being defiant and got stuck.
BSW response to KY: And for Kevin…he gets what’s coming to him…by someone HE loves.
KY response to BSW: Awww…that’s going to be sad, too. But, I felt sorry for Mister at the end of The Color Purple…
Dianne (Dii) statement to BSW: (Pops in; new to chat.) I was proud to be a part of your tour!
BSW to Dii: Make sure to see just how the secretary pays him back #Book2
Dii to BSW: LOVE paybacks!
BSW to group: Yep! If Cheryl could have had that…we would be cheering her.
NB to group: Backbone? Yep. Cheryl needs to buy one. Put it on layaway…
KY to group [spoiler alert!]: I guess she can use Matthew’s instead.
BSW to group: Thanks @NoteBkBlogairy for hosting this #NBbookchat today.
NB to BSW: You are quite welcome! I’ve learned so much more. THANK YOU!
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B. Swangin Webster is the mother of five grown children and the “Nina” of nine grandchildren. She continues to write because if she didn’t, she believes she would stop breathing. Live Life with passion is hermotto. This is something she does every day.
She has recently embarked on an additional career as a radio talk show host on WLVS Radio: Radio You Can Watch. She has become one of their leading hostesses.
When B. Swangin Webster isn’t writing, you can find her reading one of her 300+ novels. Or, taking cooking classes. When she isn’t doing either of the above, you will find her at grandchildren’s football games, or watching her favorite football team: The Dallas Cowboys.
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