Alethia Parson Speller

Author & Publisher

Who is Alethia Parson Speller?

Alethia Parson Speller currently lives in the city where she was born, Norfolk, Virginia with her family. She is an alumnus of Booker T. Washington High School. Alethia attended Norfolk State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Arts in Urban Education and Teacher Certification. She attended Cambridge College and received a degree in School Administration.


Alethia has taught for both Norfolk and Portsmouth Public Schools since 2001. She also co-authored the Married But Single series and released her first novel, Broken By Default in April 2016. Reading has always been a passion of hers since she was eight years old. Alethia, recently discovered her love for creative writing within the last three years.

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Broken By Default

Monique, Essence, and Simone are three sister friends enjoying life to the fullest. They each are faced with challenges in their relationships that required them to be broken by default. Offering support, assistance and guidance to one another helps them to prove that in life, one will realize that there is a role for everyone that we meet. All relationships go through problems, but relationships built to last, find a way to work through it!

After six years of playing house, Monique discovers that her fiancée, Casey, has no intention of marrying her. She receives positive DNA test results from Casey and some Portsmouth chick. “His ass better be glad that he was currently out to sea at the moment. No wonder he didn’t want to marry me. He walking around here going half on babies and shit. I just do not know why he felt the need to hide a whole baby from me? He must have thought that I would never have found out.”

Essence’s motto is that “you can’t raise a grown ass man! It’s too many bitches out here trying to do just that. I mean they are cooking, cleaning, giving them money and dressing them up for the next “ho” in Hampton Roads. These women are doing everything but getting the dudes last name and claiming them on their taxes.” Essence is always down for anything but a commitment until she sets her sights on the good Interim Pastor William Rountree. Will he be able to restore the years of brokenness that she has had to face?

Simone is Keyshawn’s baby’s momma and believes that everyone wants a piece of Keyshawn with his trifling tail. “Look we all have been gone off the “D” at least once in our lives, but Simone acts like that about every man that she meets. Good wood will surely make some women lose their damn minds and act a pure fool. Keyshawn, knows that they are together and that she is trained to go from zero to one hundred real quick.

It’s not easy when it comes to matters of heart, and anyone can be broken by default in the blink of an eye. "Until a person gets comfortable with being alone, they will never know if they are choosing someone out of love or loneliness”-Mandy Hale


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If It Isn't Love

Love is an intense feeling of deep affection.


It is an action word and there must be an effort put forth in order for it to work.
The word love is also viewed as a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection. It is also a sexual passion or desire. Oftentimes, people mistake liking someone as loving them.

Today, so many people spend way too much time looking for love in all the wrong places.
Church, grocery stores, board rooms, and even school buildings. To some, truth be told, it doesn't even matter if they are already married or dating someone else. No one is off limits. Anyone and everyone appears to be fair game. Side pieces have come up out of hiding and now appear to have leveled the playing field. The “You, Me & Us” concept has somewhat become the norm.

When it comes to matters of the heart, love isn't always enough. There will be some instances where so many other things will be needed and love alone isn't enough.

Follow along as you delve into three short stories where the characters are caught up trying to determine if it isn't love, then what is it? What happens when you discover that it takes a fool to learn, that love doesn't love anyone?


If it's not making you better, it isn't Love!
-Mandy Hale

Married, But Single Series

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