Excerpt from Men and Manolos by Alyssa Velazquez

Taking a look at relationships as you head into the new year?  We have the opportunity today to host an excerpt from Men and Manolos from Alyssa Velazquez, as she takes a personal look at life and relationships.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.

Quick Summary of Men and Manolos.  No one walks into a relationship without the proper footing… In a collection of original essays drawn from her open ended and inquisitive relationship column “Sex and the Chester,” Alyssa Velazquez explores a twenty-first century world dominated by proverbial singles, foreign and domestic affairs, and emotional recall relationships. In her intensely personal memoir of unscripted cute meets, dates that should have never happened, and affairs to forget Velazquez searches through her past for wisdom, perspective, and advice on the survival of a hopeless romantic. Following familiar scenarios through her never ending, often time predictable search for love in flats, sneakers, rain boots, and even a pair of Manolos her electric honesty makes us contemplate if maybe the key to the “mating ritual” is all in our shoes.

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As I moved across the room I realized I was still wearing my silver ballroom heels. 

Not wanting to leave spike marks in his comforter I unbuckled my heels and sat them on the chair. I knew Will’s blue eyes were watching me. They had been keeping track of me all night wondering what I was thinking. How would I respond? It had been so long since I had found myself the object of someone’s attention that I didn’t know what to think. 

I knew that in my heels I had kept a safe distance. Propped up, I could view our relationship logically. 

As soon as I was free of my shoes I felt myself on uneven ground being carried forward by the unsynchronized fluttering that was occurring in my diaphragm. I sat down on the bed, a consistent location for our private discussions. Once again our weight pulled at the edges of the mattress and we began to shift, this time neither of us moving away. I looked up to see a flash of blue eyes as steely as the surface of the sea after a terrible storm and then, nothing. When my eyes opened some time later I realized that in order to regain my sea legs I had to leave my heels on shore.

Book Details:  109 pages Genre: Women’s Biography, Memoir, Emotional Healing, Dating

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About the Author 
Living in New Jersey, Alyssa Velazquez currently works as a barista while daydreaming of mastering latte art. The product of liberal arts education, she has worked in D.C., Maryland, and Philadelphia as a conservation apprentice, production design intern, living history actor, and most recently a free-lance writer for The Women’s History Magazine and the Secretaries of Juliet Newsletter: Il Giornal de’Juilette. 

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  1. This sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for sharing! New GFC and NB follower!



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