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Monday, March 21, 2011


A Silver Lining 

In the midst of melee and mayhem, when everything is going down in flames it can be difficult, nearly impossible to see the benefit of a negative experience. But there can be something good inherent in the bad. You have to train your eyes to try to see it and it’s not always easy.

Many of life’s greatest successes, ideas, or times of reinvention are sometimes birthed through tragedy—something that we have spent our days and nights wishing away. But there’s something unique about those moments of despair. Even though they are filled with pain and discomfort, they can also contain the seeds of growth and life. 

It is said that the darkest hour is just before dawn. One of my characters, Alex, finds herself in a situation where everything she has worked so hard to build is crashing down around her. In an instant, everything she once believed to be true becomes a lie. She’s horrified and in her panicked state she’s completely oblivious to what’s happening. Life’s giving her what she’s asked for but she’s too busy grasping at straws to see it. Finally, when she’s completely exhausted treading water and going nowhere, she surrenders to the current and allows it to take her to a new place—a place where life starts anew. An even better place than where she was before.

In one of the darkest moments of my life, I sat at my computer and began to write A Taste of Love. Had it not been for that painful time and the need to distract myself from what was going on around me, I might not have ever sat before my computer and started pressing keys. I might have never had the joyous experience of letting the characters fill my mind and allowing them to come to life on the page. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care to ever return to that place, but there was a silver lining in the cloud and I am completely and totally grateful for it from where I stand now. 

Tonya was born and raised and currently resides in Ohio with her husband. After she graduated she worked in the areas of sales and marketing, employee benefits, and recruiting. Eventually, she left corporate America to pursue a career as a life and career coach. 

As she continued on her own path to fulfillment, she was surprised to discover a natural talent and love for writing. She began writing a coaching newsletter and online articles, and then her first novel began to take shape. Her debut novel is titled A Taste of Love. For more information, please visit

What happens when things seem too good to be true? 

A Taste of Love is the debut novel by Tonya Lampley that explores the journey of a Chicago stockbroker.

        After working hard for many years, she’s created her ideal life. The only thing missing is love. Suddenly, out of nowhere, she meets the man of her dreams. He’s everything a woman could want in a man. 

            But past relationships and deep hurts leave her struggling to surrender her heart to him. Is he the man he appears to be or will he turn out to be just like all the rest? In time, he completely captures her heart and she finds herself reluctantly falling for him.

            With a sophisticated backdrop of life in one of the nation’s most glamorous cites and the greed and deception that exists in the world of investment banking, the main character, Alex, finds herself in a situation where nothing is as it appears—not even the man she loves.

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