I was just looking on Google books to see if Damon had been added yet. I typed my name under Google books to see if Damon was there and my name is in Black Belt Magazine for winning the World Championships in 2001. Tito Ortiz is on the cover. Very freakin cool!!!
It just reminded me of how hard I had to work to earn that title. I was born with a club foot and had to have eight corrective surgeries. I missed tons of school, had a hard time making and keeping friends. I was always in a cast and on crutches or a wheelchair. My uncle was a Shriner so he talked my mom into taking me to Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington and he was be my sponsor. That was the best thing that ever happened to my ability to walk right.
I was born in 1966 and then they really didn’t have the technology that they have today. So I guess you could say I was the age of the guinea pigs for club feet. I was put in a cast right after I was born to see if that would correct the deformity, but no luck. Then I wore the shoes with the bar across connecting the two, my mom had bruises on her hips from that with no luck. Two of my last surgeries were done at Shriner’s to correct things that had been done when I was young and then extensive surgeries which should have been done in the first place. My first surgery I had to stay in Lexington Shriner’s for a month. My very last surgery was at the age of 19 by a orthopedic doctor that I actually work for now to release my tightening heel cord which would bring my heel off the floor when I walked.
When I first wanted to start taking Taekwondo I was told by multiple doctors, my mom, friends, family and everybody else it seemed, not to do it. I was told that if I broke my foot it could mean more surgeries and possibly more permanent deformity. Yeah, I didn’t listen. I went for it and loved every single minute of it. Of course I was careful trying not to break boards with that foot. I accomplished more than anyone ever dreamed I would. After 20 years I finally did break my foot when I tried to kick my husband in the head and kicked his elbow instead during a demo. We both knew it broke, but with fifty or so potential students I keep sparring. HA! Dang proud of that moment. It was okay though and healed fine.
So why does my post read ‘Always the underdog?’ Well because I think I’ve always have always been an underdog. It took me so long to get my black belt because I couldn’t break my boards. The board break requirement was a punch which was a breeze, but the kick was the kicker. LOL! I had to either kick with my bad foot or land on it. It was so hard and painful. If it wouldn’t been for my instructors Mr. Larry Creech, Mr. Mike Creech and my husband I don’t know if I would have been able to pull it off. The night before testings Mr. Mike Creech would make anyone who had a hard time with their boards, ME, work on their kick or hand technique the whole class while everybody else had a easy night with sparring or something fun. I loved to spar to so it stunk big time for me. I would be in so much pain that I would get in the car and cry. Mr. Mike if you are reading this I appreciate every kick you made me do on that dang heavy bag. It made me the person I am today. Thank you Sir. Then I would have Mr. Larry Creech who with one look could send all of the self conscious and giving up thoughts away faster than they started. I also thank you Mr. Larry Creech. Because of you I never give up! Now to my husband. Thank you so much for never kicking me like I was a girl. You literally beat the crap out of me and when I would have a few tears once we were in the car you told me to suck it up or quit, which pissed me off and I went at it harder. So thank you Ron.
Seeing the article in Black Belt Magazine today from 11 years ago made me realize that even if I am a underdog again in the writing world being a unknown indie writer I will not give up. I love writing as much as I loved getting in that championship ring fighting women from Canada, Korea, Great Britain and the good ole USA. That day a underdog surprised a lot of people, even herself and came out on top. So at a time in my writing when I wonder if I can do this, I come across this article and it reminds me that yeah I can.
So thank you to everyone who has supported me by coming to my page, reading my post, being my facebook friend, my twitter friend, reading my book (soon to be books), reviewing my books, and pimping my books. The support is awesome and I appreciate every single one of you. Thank you!!!
Always remember never give up on what you want most. Being a underdog sometimes is not a bad thing. Work hard and always thank the people who helps you along the way whether you’re an underdog or not.
Teresa “The Underdog” Gabelman HA! Couldn’t resist.
Damon (The Protectors Series) Paranormal with a twist!.
When I was a little girl my brother made me sit and watch all the old monster movies like Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla, Nosferatu (which scared the crap out of me) and my favorite Dracula. Even though most of the movies I watched between my fingers because my hands hid my face I still loved them. To me vampires out of any of the paranormal/monster beings I grew up watching had a mysterious, creepy, yet romantic feel behind them. The more recent vampire movies seemed to catch on to the romantic lure of vampires such as Interview with the Vampire, The Lost Boys and Twilight to name a few.
In the wake of Twilight tons of books surfaced with publishers trying to get in with the Twilight phenomenon. So yeah, to say the vampire paranormal romance genre is overflowing is a total understatement. I read Twilight and really liked it even though my tastes usually run more toward adult reads. I have also seen the movies which I liked a lot. I have probably seen all of the vampire movies out there and I have to say it’s pretty cool to see where the genre is going. It pretty much started with Nosferatu, which this dude is the creepiest vampire I have yet to see, to Twilight and sparkly vampires.
My first book Damon (The Protectors Series #1) has been compared to Twilight and True Blood. I really haven’t gotten into the True Blood series, which I’m sure I’m missing out, but have been too busy writing. I guess it’s fair that Damon has been compared to Twilight, but it could be compared to many other vampire books out there. Although it is more adult driven with no sparkly vampires.
I will let you be the judge and post a blurb to see what you think.
Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets and it’s their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it.
As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There’s a war now as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society and the children are at the heart of it all.
Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.