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Please allow me to introduce you to my colleague, the written word. 

You see, it has been my friend for many years. We have a passionate relationship so great that it wakes me up at night and whispers to me in my dreams. 


It is the essence of my very being, the expression of the depths of my soul. It helps me to understand life so that I may respond with humble submission. It is the most unfathomable yet comprehensible thing in existence.


It has earned my respect as I realize it is insignificant enough to be manipulated in teaching a child the basics of the English language,

yet profound enough to educate an adult in Quantum Physics.


Brilliant is what it is.


Reading it can heal me when my soul is sick, soothe insomnia when I need sleep, and make me laugh when I’m feeling down. Writing it can do the same for others and can be used to reach out and touch the entire world.


Leaving behind a book is the greatest legacy I can fathom for my children and the greatest gift I can think to give others. Sometimes I am awakened with words pouring from my fingertips, demanding life to be given to them.


How can you not love a thing that drives you so?


It wears me out, yet makes me live. It takes me far beyond what I ever thought possible, yet leaves me exactly where I am in time and space. I can travel to worlds unknown and tell stories not my own. My characters speak to me as though they once lived, as though they can breathe through my fingertips.


Words are my friend and my enemy. Words formed in just the right fashion can bring healing or hurt. Words are powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. I have seen men awakened by it, driven as though motivated by some unknown force.


My friend can literally open new worlds of possibilities. It can inspire, restore, and cause one to breathe air into lungs that were ready to collapse. 

There is nothing greater than a thing that gives life!


For all of these reasons, I seek not to make you my student but rather my equal in a romance that is never-ending and unfailing. I find that my trusted friend takes me down many roads. Some paths are winding, some narrow. Somehow, all of those paths lead me to a knowledge of and love for, the written word. 


I suspect that even the grave cannot hinder our friendship nor diminish its value, for the grave is yet, just another road.


I invite you to join me in an escape from reality to a world much larger than the mind can comprehend, yet so accessible your curiosity will drive you there.

A world where my time is sacrificed for the chance to embrace my friend,

and in my friend's arms-

I fall away. 


A world where my characters live on, even when they die;

and through their death, I am allowed to live, once again.

Copyright © 2019 by Valerie R. Clay



An excerpt from my fictional thriller

based on my own true story

“Held Hostage” 

Copyright, 2019, by Valerie R. Clay


“Needing desperately to catch our breath, we found a dark place to hide behind in a tiny electrical room in the nearby strip mall. I clenched my mother’s hand, waited for the signal to run. When my mother heard the sound of his old ’53 Chevy pulling toward us she whispered, “Shhh, there he is” as she grabbed me and leaned into the darkness.

I felt my body go numb, paralyzed with fear. The rumble of his old car ricocheted through the hallway of that old building sending chills down the back of my neck. He thundered, “You broke my arm,” as he blew the horn and shouted for her to come out of her hiding place.


I could feel the humid air around us swell with apprehension. The thrashing pang of horror ran up and down my spine as he turned the motor off and stepped out of the car. We both took a deep breath as she grabbed me and pulled the back of my head toward her body, covering my mouth and nose with her bloody hand to muzzle the sound of my panting breath. The smell of her blood reminded me this was no time to be defiant.


As he walked over to the entrance just a few feet away from where we were, his steps resonated through the hall as his steel-toed boots chewed at the gravel in the parking lot. The dreadful grinding caused us both to lean back in anguish, hugging the wall as closely as possible squeezing our eyes closed in fear of being found. The wall between us and our oppressor was only about three feet wide, just enough to shield our presence.

As his steps drew nearer, I remember feeling faint for lack of air as my mother’s hand innocently smothered me. The closer he got the harder she squeezed. I held my breath for as long as I could knowing that pulling away could literally be our last breath. If I moved a muscle, he might see us and the horror would start all over again. I stood marooned on a desert island with no escape. The closer he got the more I felt life leaving my body, practically going limp.


As everything grew black, Morton turned and got back in the car! Hearing the sound of his door slam, I struggled out from under my mother’s hand and sucked in as much oxygen as I could to prepare for the escape. As his car sped off the grasp of my mother’s hand let me know it was time to run again.”


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An excerpt from Valerie's newest eBook


Copyright, 2019, by Valerie R. Clay

Real Estate Madness is a book that describes what it was like to be a real estate agent. I give advice on how to buy or sell a home, give you the low down on what is important in contracts, talk about real estate law and the code of ethics, and advise you what you should not do if you are considering becoming an agent.


I provide decorating tips for home staging purposes for those planning to put their home on the market. I also share some of my experiences as an agent, and let you in on a few secrets of the trade.

I even tell you things that your very own agent is not allowed to share with you about the market. I highly recommend reading this book before hiring an agent, signing a contract, or placing your home on the market!


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Inspired by my online journal-breakfreedaily.com, The Devil Within packs a punch with loads of information on how to break free from bad habits, overcome negative eating patterns, and kick addictions to the curb!

This book reveals who your enemy is. It isn't just that red beast with horns on his head and a pointy tail. It's mostly the devil within that holds you back in life. 

Filled with information on how to break free from bad habits, how to lose weight, and how to create a more positive and productive life; this book helps you to overcome a negative mindset and move forward. 

From stories of how people have completely transformed their lives, to the revealing of a principle that will help you to maintain integrity; these few simple steps will set you on the road to success. If you need answers, this is the book for you!

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