D.N.A. -Nothing Would Ever be the Same

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Rated 4.63/5 based on 10 reviews
Debney Nichole Armstrong thought she knew everything about her family. She knew her dad worked hard at everything, except building a relationship with his family. She knew her younger brothers were typical kids, and she knew her mother, for some unknown reason, disliked her first born and only daughter. What she hadn’t known… DNA could ruin your life. More

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About Ey Wade

Knowing me as a writer and author is like cracking an egg’s shell in the air and wondering how far the splatter will spread. Wait, that’s kind of like knowing me as a person. I’m like all over the board and always working on three to five projects at a time. I have no favorite spots to work and my view tends to be pointed at the keyboard. When an idea comes into my head I just flow with it. I haven’t been able to conform my writing to any specific pattern. I am more than often working on one story and the characters from another will just be dying to get my attention and I have to go into their world.

I tend to write in various genres from fiction to picture books. Using pen (same one for the past eleven years) and paper, laptop and as a newly favorite the word program on my cell phone. I have found I can write anywhere with that little contraption and my focus is intent. Has to be with those tiny keys, right? And then I just email to myself and copy past into my manuscript.

Before becoming a self-published author I followed the rules. Wrote outlines, character back stories, did the word counting, queries and everything. I even had an agent once. Unfortunately he was a horrible choice. Directed me away from Ballantine books (wish I would have known who they were then) who wanted The Perfect Solution and straight into the corrupt hands of Publish America. What a crock. After that fiasco I was so humiliated I couldn’t write. Fought and had my rights returned and now, I am back. I tried the querying again, but became frustrated when it seems the agents’ rules are so varied, too confusing for me. Not to mention the rejection letters can be soul crushing. I received a lot of positive reviews for The Perfect Solution when it was first published and yet when I began querying one agent informed me no one would like the book and yet it deals with negligence in the child care system. So, off I ran on my own. I have recently put three novels, three picture books and a creative non-fiction book into the Amazon and Smashwords systems. I think e-publishing is one of the greatest inventions God has given to the world. I would advise any author to go that route when they have something they feel strongly about.
I have worked in the childcare profession for over thirty years, and was bound to Sam. I us those experiences to write novels which have gained the attention of parents, parents-to-be, child care professionals and discerning readers.

I thinks of myself as a caged in frustrated author of thought provoking, mind bending ebooks, an occasional step-in parent, a fountain of knowledge, and ready to share.

As a writer I have had an essay in Essence magazine, several articles printed in the local paper and magazines.

Oh, and to let you know I do have a stable life….I am the (always single) mother of three daughters who are all grown now. I home schooled them on a string and a prayer. Though it may seem as if I am a bit scattered brained I was able to school them into college by the age of seventeen and sixteen. The two eldest have graduated, yeah! I am the drooling proud ‘Lovey’ of a baby boy named Jett Parker Ellington and that’s me and my writing life in a nutshell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for History buffs!, June 8, 2011
By
bookmom -This review is from: Beads On a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History (Kindle Edition)

Beads on a String is an approachable, conversational, and interactive history of diversity in America. Instead of a melting pot, Ey Wade envisions the country as a piece of jewelry where the contributions of all of the people who have immigrated here from all over the world add to the beauty of our society. It honors all of the peoples that contributed to this country in a nicely balanced way. Designed as a resource for students it suits the classroom or homeschool classroom but also is an enjoyable read for armchair historians and fans of the History Channel. It's a must read for history lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read In So Many Ways, June 2, 2011
By
Jonathan Ellis "This works." (New York, New York)
This review is from: Beads On a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History (Kindle Edition)
I just finished Beads on A String and in all sincerity I have to say it is a work of subtle genius. Several years back I read one of the most unusual history books ever written, "The Peoples' History of the United States." Anyone who has read that revelation of history as events that really happened, as opposed to events as reported by those who were left holding the most power, will see a similar sort of understanding in this amazing work by Ey Wade. An alternative title for her work could well be, "A History of the People of the United States. I can give this work no higher compliment.

I was consistently fascinated by unexpected connections, accomplishments and contributions being added to the ongoing tapestry of our country by so many people from so many ethnic and cultural backgrounds, that I simply couldn't put the book down. If I could ask for anything more, it would literally be just that...more.

This is the story of the heroes of our collective past. What is incredibly moving is that so many of these heroes have gone unsung for so long.

I can gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical journey of the land we live in. Beyond that, I can just as easily recommend it to anyone who just likes a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Solution -Isn't!, February 8, 2011
By
Patricia Hardy "patticake 545" (New Orleans,LA USA)

This review is from: The Perfect Solution-A suspense of choices (Kindle Edition)
The story dealing with the abduction of a pre-K student from a day care center shows the necessity for more stringent safety measures to be applied to all day care centers. The characters are sympathetically protrayed and you do feel concern for their perdicament, but you just wanted to shake the people who ran the day care center and ask "What were you thinking"
I would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy a well-paced suspense story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read !!!!, May 2, 2011
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sjp (uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: THE FISHING TRIP-A TRIAL BY WATER, EXECUTION AND A DELIVERANCE OF RETRIBUTION (Kindle Edition)
Ms Wade, has shown the mastery that she truly has in the writing, construction, and execution of this book. It tells of how once you are something, no matter how well you try to mask yourself, the truth will ALWAYS rear its ugly head.
The jumping back and forth works perfectly, as does all of the situations Ms Wade has created.
I would highly recomend this book as a must read.
I was unable to put it down, and felt a part of the story imbedding itself into me.
100% perfect !!!!

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Review by: Sophie Russell on Dec. 08, 2013 :
A young girl called Debney is just about to turn 18… You would think was going to be filled with joy and happiness… well that’s not always the case certainly not in the life of Debney Armstrong. Life has changed but not for the best will anything be the same again or will it all change for the worse? Or will life get better?

Life for Debney has never been a bundle of joy …being left alone while your family takes a vacation to the place of your dreams isn’t a great feeling as well as having a mother that has no intention of showing any affection to her only daughter. Feeling guilty her father lets her throw a party to turn 18 but little did she know everything would change from then on…

Debney has 2 close friends she has Nadine and the handsome Giante. Both characters help the book become reality enticing you in more and more to carry on reading about their different lifestyles.

What can I say next? Well where do I begin to mention the adventures that occurred or even the problems that were sooner or later resolved … DNA does not struggle to take you on an adventure of your life.DNA is very hectic and terrifying with a tint (ok maybe a huge amount)of worry.
I found that Giante became my main interest throughout as he was stubborn but had a great head on his shoulders to help and support Debney a lot of the times I was sat there in awe at what he was doing or tried to do but having two stubborn characters in one book can make you scream in pure annoyance to get one of them to give in !
I could feel what the characters felt at different times but felt a strong bond towards Debney and Giante.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Valerie Bowen on Sep. 10, 2012 :
Ey Wade's D.N.A. pulls you into the cruel word of teenagers and the ridicule one lonely girl faces at the hands of her classmates. After hearing the news of her family's deaths, Debney Nicole Armstrong is left to pull the pieces of her shattered life into perspective and somehow go on living. Teen pregnancy was just one of the many hurdles this young woman had to endure and endure she did. Although faced with the dilemma of being the "Party Favor" Debney is faced to raise her child alone. It's not until she realizes who her true friends area and what they are willing to do to help her get over the devastation life has tossed her way. I just wish things could end this happy for all teens that are faced with the hurdles Ms. Wade's character had to face. She demonstrates inner strength and self respect can conquer the most arrogant.

Ms Wade pushes the reader into the unforgiving world of teens and the bullying that surround our children on a daily basis.
(review of free book)

Review by: RH Ramsey on Aug. 06, 2012 :
This is the second book I've gotten my hands on by Ey Wade. As always, I am enjoying the depth of this story. I love a plot where characters are faced with adversity and find new strength within. (Poor Debney, and shame on those who complicated her life and hurt her).

I also love realistic dialogue and flawed, realistic characters;this book has all of the above and more. I recommend this book/author not to mention the children's books in her collection.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cassondra Wynn on May 19, 2012 :
D.N.A. was another example of excellent writing by Ms. Wade. She was able to bring a fairy tale ending to a story full of tragedy.

Debney was a teenager living amongst a dysfunctional family. Though her father truly loved her, he lacked the courage to stand up for her until it was too late. Her mother, a typical "gold digger" put that child through things no 17 year old should experience.

With all that Debney had to endure while attending school, her pregnancy, and after finding out the truth about her parentage, I'm really surprised she did not have a nervous breakdown.

There was a cloud with a silver lining for her at the end and I was glad that she had true friends (one who may have shunned her in the beginning and one who was in love with her) stood by her through the whole ordeal. I enjoyed the ending very much, like I said in the beginning, she had her fairytale dream come true.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Nicole Bienvenu on April 18, 2012 : (no rating)
"D.N.A." is an insightful novel written by Ey Wade. Debney is a complex character who stands brave in the winds of adversity. I think everyone can say they would be proud to associate with a young woman with as much courage as the main character. The plot is constantly moving and like a detective hinging on clues, the reader draws them out one by one. Light is slowly shed on the events that dramatically changed Debney's life one fateful night. Wade's story draws attention to a situation many young girl's find themselves in.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ed Drury on March 08, 2012 :
The character of Debney Armstrong is a very unusual and remarkable one. Given her life history, she is remarkably grounded and strong. I don't pretend to understand the character. As a male I'm just as confused and clueless about all women, but there are unexpected qualities in Debney that I think most male readers will have trouble getting their head around. There are few strong ethical male figures in the novel, perhaps only one. The story line is incredible for many reasons. Debney has the best of luck and the worst of luck. Her family was unbelievably and irreversibly broken. Yet somehow she finds incredible strength. It helps that her family just happens to be as unbelievably rich as it is morally bankrupt. Not on it's face a stretch of the imagination, yet money can and does solve some of her problems.
The author has presented a complex young woman who's life is tested on so many levels. Reading it, for me, was captivating as I tried to get my head around the circumstances which created Debney's complex last year of high school and at the same time wondering how she could possibly resolve so many issues. In the end, the book has a lot of information to consider about teen angst, bullying, teen pregnancy and peer pressure. Add into it some issues surrounding multiculturalism which challenge traditional thinking about social status and wealth - you have a thoughtful yet entertaining read. I'll remember these characters for a long time. And that is one of the signs of a good book. Unlike most young audience books you will read, the mature content is careful and thoughtful in its presentation. While I think the book will be possibly more appealing to women, I think it offers a unique perspective and voice to speak to males who are comfortable getting inside the head of a courageous woman who has suffered incredible losses and mountainous challenges yet remains true to her core beliefs which she must have developed pretty much from her own good heart and fine mind.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Carolyn Chambers Clark on Dec. 31, 2011 :
What a great read about a dysfunctional family. It's written from the viewpoint of an eighteen year old, Debney Nicole Armstrong (DNA), a strong main character who is not only the valedictorian of her high school, but pregnant as well.

This book's for you if you love wrenching personal trials, emotional highs and lows, terrific descriptions of a young woman's movement through life and her internal dialogues, and beautiful writing.

Full of extraordinary events, DNA will keep you turning pages until the very end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sherry Janes on Nov. 03, 2011 :
Hmm. I see my original review, below, didn't include a rating. So here it is!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on Sep. 22, 2011 :
This is a brilliant look at a dysfunctional family and how the daughter rose above it. The night before a family holiday Debney is told, yet again, she is not to come with them by her mum. They go off on holiday and she has a party. The police arrive at her house to tell her her family has been killed in a car accident. There is some mystery surrounding her brothers. She makes some bad choices and finds she's pregnant, what will she do?

This was a deeply moving story. I was near to tears in many places. the way Debney was treated at school, the aftermath of the accident and finally it all coming together. The triumveret of friends in Debney, Nadine and Giante was wonderful. Most of the story was told in flashback and the story unfolded slowly but coherently. The pace of the story was perfect, and there were no confusing moments at all. The ending was fantastic, just how I hoped it would be, and warmed my heart.

This is a great story and I urge people to give it a go. Great for Young Adults and Adults alike.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sherry Janes on Sep. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
Ey Wade has created a fascinating and courageous character in Debney Nicole Armstrong, who lost her entire family in a car accident on her eighteenth birthday, and realized she was pregnant not long after that. In spite of the insults, crude remarks, and hurtful pranks thrown at her in the last few weeks of high school, valedictorian Debney is determined to graduate and have her child, even though she is not certain who the father is. DNA is a look into an all-too-common issue in a multi-cultural setting. What kept me turning pages was Wade’s deep insight into Debney’s emotions as she found her way through the wrenching trials that followed and wondering when she was going to crash. This was a world foreign to me and I recommend it as a great read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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