The Poetry Journal

Inspirational quotes and short stories on romance and travel


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I made it out to The Brunch Summer Finale Mixer & Market event. Thank you Manuela Gomez for the invite. Great sounds from three different DJs, free beer, and the opportunity to network with other local entrepreneurs. We all have a passion to be something or to do something to help someone else be better and to do better. This was mine.

Thanks Elijah and Nicole for your support as well.

This was my first time being a vendor at an event like this, but I have always dreamed of being here. Now I need to work on my presentation. I have great artifacts, but my presentation did not exceed my expectations.

When the patrons asked me what my book was about, I told them it was about my traveling experience and a love affair overseas in the Dominican Republic. Their first response was, “Is it a true story?” Reluctantly, I had to say yes. It seems that some people are intrigued by real life stories. I’m wondering if that’s true. If that is so, I have more work to do.

The Love Experience ~ Blog Edition is a short version of my perception of meeting someone overseas and dealing with a lot of insecurities to hold on to the most impossible love. In this book, I wrote about how we met and the feelings I wrestled with trying to explore more of him and their culture. I wanted to let go, but in real life I could not let go of him and those beautiful beaches. He was a part of my perceptions of lies, deceit and betrayal.

I was exposed to a culture of men working in tourism and pursuing foreign women for their own personal reasons. I did not want to be a victim of deceit, so I was trying to protect myself and to protect my heart. That is why in the book you will see how I was torn.

The adventure of meeting someone in the Caribbean, talking to them daily, traveling back and forth to visit them created a bond. Now it is a soul tie that I have not fully let go of. I say release and he keeps pulling me back in for more.

Yes, the concept of a love affair overseas is very true. But there’s more to the story. He has another side of him. After he broke down my perceptions of lies, deceit and betrayal, he continues to stay with me daily. I cannot explain it. Perhaps he likes our love story just as much as I do. Besides, why wouldn’t he love me? I do!

Hopefully one day he will be able to tell his side of the story. I know that I gave him a hard time, always threatening to leave him behind. Who can trust a man overseas these days? He always insisted I should stay. He is just a different breed. We will see.

EMAV

Thank you Susann for your support. I receive your spiritual confirmation. Here is what Susann wrote after she bought her book yesterday.

Raquel, your book is a beautiful creation, you are living out one of God’s gifts that he had for you in your life long journey. How exciting to accomplish one of the many things that the Lord has tasked us with. Your travel and your book have been a part of your healing..God is with you and he’s proud of you. 💕

I’m so grateful. Thank you.

Love Raquél


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Butterflies

Excited to celebrate my hard work and dedication to self publishing my 2nd book. "The Love Experience" ~ Inspired by Eduard Acero, who pursued me on the beach that day in the Dominican Republic. 🇩🇴

After 2 1/2 years of traveling back and forth, fussing and fighting, he never gives up on my love. Salut to you EMAV ❤️ Besos


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Reward Yourself

Hello to you all! I am just getting back from a summer vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Celebrating good friendships, birthdays and my new book release. Take the time to rewards yourself, even if it's a small success.

This photo of myself with these books stacked in crates on the streets in San Juan shouted out to me. My beloved friend, took the picture. To her it was just a bunch of books, but I saw something different. A perfect opportunity to use this photo as a marketing piece. I love it!

I'm sharing my creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy all wrapped up in my new book called
"The Love Experience" ~ Blog Edition.

Get all the tea on a mysterious love overseas and a lesson or two about loving you!

Now available on Kindle! Specifically priced for $7.25 or paperback for $17.25.
Thank you for supporting self published authors like me.

Photo credit: Ché Allen

Raquél H. 💕

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Now available on Kindle


More great news! 

I’ve expanded the distribution of my new book, “The Love Experience” because I know the hopeless romantics need instant gratification; in which we know is not always a good decision.  However, in this case, now you can sit back, relax and enjoy this good tea over the summer. 

Creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy, all wrapped up in “The Love Experience” now available on Kindle! 

Specifically priced for $7.25! 

Click here for your free sample!

So go ahead and judge a book by its cover. 💕🇩🇴😝

Thank you for supporting self publishing authors! 

#mybusiness #mydestiny #selfpublishing #theloveexperience #thepoetryjournal


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Determination Exists


“A thrilling read on a fantasy romance that leaves the reader thriving for more. It is definitely a delightful appetizer for the upcoming novel. 

Heartwarming, inspirational, and pleasant! The writer has a keen gift for writing and I look forward to reading more of her books. Continue to walk in your purpose!” ~ Ché 


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Still grateful 

Good morning. How’s everyone doing today?  It’s been raining all night and again this morning. But let me tell you about my little journey. Travel can be tricky. I left Houston, no problems and got to ATL and had a 1 1/2 hour layover. Seems like a long time huh?  Not when you’re traveling through airports. 


I had to change over and go to another concourse. Always eat somewhere close to your gate, just in case you look up and realize your plane is boarding. So I grabbed two tacos from this place in the airport, got the notification my flight was boarding. Arrived at the gate and asked for another Delta Comfort upgrade, she replied no ma’am 😡 we don’t give complimentary upgrades!  I tarried on to the plane, dreading seat 32A!  ✈️ 

Passing by Delta Comfort seats 💺 that were empty, I couldn’t resist. Ma’am what’s your seat #?  😩 32A…. Get to the back!  I walked the long mile to the back and when I arrived on isle 32A someone was in my seat!  She politely said, do you want us to move?  (It was a window seat) I said nah! I just got escorted out of Comfort I’m good. 


No need to look over the Caribbean Sea just get me there safely.  I was trying to relax, I always keep these bare essentials for my trip. 


Delta, different from SW, United and AA offered in-flight entertainment. I finally watched the movie Moonlight. What the hell was wrong with Chi-Ron? Troubled child because his mother was an addict?  

Anyway, it was weird. Ok, after that movie I started watching “Jackie”, a movie about her life after JFK was assassinated.  The closer we got to PUJ, the plane was rocking and a lot of turbulence was going on. I was getting nauseous. I don’t know if it was because I was at the back of the plane or them darn tacos I ate. I was ready to go or I was gonna throw up everything! 


So I said all that to say. I made it here. Checked in, had a few problems with my first room but that was rectified.   Went to dinner and a movie and stayed up late listening to this ocean breeze. Still grateful though. 

Until next time… love you all. Make it a great week!  

The Poetry Journal 


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Still Waiting…

I am an introvert by nature; 

Creatively energized with my inner thoughts and feelings.

I can create memorable moments and be happy with just one other unique person in my space. 
I prefer to be enticed in a one-on-one conversation where I can listen and observe other cultures.   

Experience the breeze 

from the ocean’s rolls, 

the sand between my toes, 

holding hands with words unknown, 

and local eateries in flavored bowls. 

My connection with specific people has motivated me to 

plan strategically, yet 

pack lightly, 

and fly freely on a plane 

for a meet and greet. 


I want to be 

where I am supposed to be, 

when I am summoned to be there. 


For that divine purpose 

with the one I am aligned to be with 

and the privelege to explain 

how I got there. 


 I am still waiting…