Walking on Thin Ice by Re’Gena Bell-Roberts
Walking on Thin Ice, a memoir of love, hate, envy, and greed traces a young woman’s pursuit of stardom down a dangerous road that leads to shattered dreams and a harrowing fate. Listen to the author read from the book, go here.
Re’Gena Bell-Roberts found herself staring down the barrel of a revolver, and a wave of disbelief rippled through her. An explosion blasted her into a nightmare. The room swirled slowly. Click––click. The sound reverberated each time as the shooter pulled the trigger. She realized this woman was trying to kill her!
In Walking on Thin Ice, Re’Gena Bell-Roberts shares her riveting story against the backdrop of a childhood sexual molestation. She is one, among a few young girls from the small town of Pasco, Washington, who harbored dreams of fame, fortune, and a craving for the love of a powerful man.
After high school graduation, Re’Gena’s life transforms. Despite myriad warnings, she falls for the charming Max Clayton, a thirty-three year old streetwise hustler who entices her into a dark underworld of illicit sex and drugs.
When Max betrays her, their life takes a fateful turn. The gripping saga explodes in the Mount Baker area of Seattle, Washington; and depicts Re’Gena’s struggle to deal with a tragic life-changing event that threatens her very existence. But she fights back with unshakable strength, courage, and a will to survive.
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5-STAR BOOK REVIEWS
5 stars By Amazon Customer
Honestly one of the best, most intriguing biographies I’ve ever read. An amazing life and an amazing woman. This story is truly inspiring and I am a better man for reading it. Lessons of life, wisdom and responsibility. This woman is a true hero! I cant say enough about how this story has impacted me as a person. She is as courageous as they come. If I am able to achieve half of what she did in life I’ll consider myself a success. I am not a big reader. 3-4 books a year in all honesty. I read this in 2 days. I couldn’t put it down. Regina you are one of God’s most perfect creations.
By JUANITA JOYCE GRISBY
I enjoyed reading this story. I cried, laughed, and had anger at times. There is hope, love and inspiration in reading ‘Walking On Thin Ice.” A must read. Enjoy
By Brenda Bentley Parrish
This book is an awesome read. The determination and persistence of a woman with the willpower to begin productive and purposeful living after bad decision making based upon her love for a man almost cost her, her life. The story paints a picture of a beautiful woman of inner strength with her children giving her courage to become a champion. Her love for her man Max, consumed her very existence: mind, body, heart, soul and spirit. Finally she realized that she was starring in a role that was intended to be her final curtain call. After a near death experience she triumphant and find that God will sometime take you down a long winding road when he is teaching you a lesson to get you where he ordained you to be in this life. The story has several valleys and peaks and even a cliff. I am looking forward to the sequel. Great job ReGena Bell Roberts. Your bravery, persistence and determination are a powerful testimony to many who have fallen head over heels in love. Thank you for sharing your story with the world.
By Lionel Mitchell
This was a story that I could not put down. Re’Gena is so courageous to write her story. I pray that some young women will read it , so that they may not go down the same road. The words on those pages were so descriptive. Drawing you in and making you feel all the life in the story. There is love, laughter, and pain. As a first time author this story should be a best seller.
By Verlean Gladney
This book made me laugh and cry. It made me happy, sad, angry and a host of other emotions. This book gave me strength and hope. Very well written and totally gripping. I could not put it down. A must read for all you ladies from any walk of life. This book could literally save your life. I thank the author for sharing her life with me. I can hardly wait for her next book!
By Suzie Lepka
After attending Re’Gena’s book signing party in Pasco, WA., I was given the opportunity to visit with her and meet the person behind the story. I read her book shortly thereafter, my husband had read it earlier, and by the time i finished I was in awe of this remarkable women.
Against tremendous odds, hardships, challenges, and horrendous obstacles, Re’Gena beat the worst of the worst experiences and tragedies one person should ever have to face and came out the other side a strong, vibrant, beautiful person. Her life was not any easy life, the heartbreaking childhood she endured and the challenges she faced after being shot and paralyzed were insurmountable, yet with the her strong faith in God, the love and help of those who love and loved her, Re’Gena was able to beat the odds and bring herself out of the fog of pain and despair to raise her three beautiful children up to remarkable adults, while still learning to adjust to a new normal way of life in a wheel chair with minimal mobility. I was humbled and very honored to be able to meet and spend some time with this remarkable women. She is such an inspiration, such a positive individual who turned tragedy into triumph.
Her book was well written and took me on an emotional roller coaster as I found myself walking beside her as she shared her journey. I would encourage anyone to read her story, it certainly had an impact on my life.
In reading, it was as though ReGena put her shoes on my feet so that I could feel every emotion that she felt. She introduced us to the life of a very young lady that had no study book on how to survive such a life, yet she did. I have no doubt that her next book, that I can’t wait to read, will enlighten me even more to the pitfalls and triumphs of life that in one way or another we all will face and pray to have the strength of ReGena. To all those who love to read, you will not be disappointed. This is one to treasure in your bookshelf.
By Nyesha Bell
A great story of strength, perseverance and love amidst trying times and pain.
By Kristie Wintz
The author keeps you wanting to read it straight through. Enjoyed the reality of the memoir. Would recommend to friends!
Excellent read, which was full of suspense and kept you wanting to read more and more. Found it hard to put down and the anticipation of what’s going to happen next kept my interest. Very good book…
Part 11- Chapter One
Before heading back to my room, I knocked on Teri’s door. There was no answer. I tapped again, louder.
“Come in,” I heard Max’s husky voice. I opened the door. He lay sprawled out in bed—alone.
“Where’s Teri?” I asked.
I stared deep into Max’s soft brown eyes.
“Come here,” he said, patting the space beside him.
I hesitated a moment before slowly climbing into bed. He pulled me closer and embraced me. He showered me with hot, buttery kisses and untied my robe. At first, I felt uneasy until he caressed me in all the right places. I took a deep breath and allowed myself to relax. When he covered me with his nude body, I took another deep breath, wrapped my legs around him, and moaned. Soon, I was creating orgasms as strong as tidal waves. Yes, this was the man that I adored.
A few days later, Teri returned. She had an obvious chip on her shoulder toward me, and her attitude was distant and cold. I couldn’t bring myself to look her in the eye, so I stole a few glances. The bruises on her face were obvious, even though she tried to conceal them with extra makeup. Her hair hung loosely about her face, but what really stood out was her swollen upper lip. I felt a twinge of guilt because I had slept with Max in her bed. Somehow, I knew that she knew. And things would never be the same.
The tension between Max and Teri mounted. I knew that I was the center of the storm. The friction between Teri and me was ready to ignite. It finally happened early one Saturday morning while Max took a bath.
Teri was in the tub with him, and I was jealous. I sat in the living room listening to music. I had a question to ask him, but out of respect for them, I bided my time. When Teri emerged from the bathroom clad in a white terrycloth robe with a towel wrapped around her head, I jumped up and passed her down the hallway. She bumped my shoulder. I wasn’t sure if it was intentional, so I didn’t trip about it.
Then she said, “You have to wait your turn, bitch.”
I snapped. I threw the first blow. Immediately, we clashed. We wrestled and tugged at each other against the walls in the hallway. I broke away, ran into the bathroom, and slammed the door. My breathing was heavy, and adrenaline pumped. I felt my heart thumping against my chest.
“You bitch!” she screamed. “Open the damn door!”
I pressed my weight against the door and put my strength behind it to keep it closed. I was much younger and stronger than Teri, so she couldn’t get in. Teri was as mad as an angry bull. She pounded frantically on the door.
“I’ll get you. You little bitch!” she snarled.
Max jumped out of the tub. “What the fuck is going on?” He frowned. He stood on the floor naked and wet with soapsuds sliding down his body. As he reached for a towel to cover up, I moved away from the door. I thought Teri was gone.
Suddenly, the door flew open. Teri charged in with a butcher knife in her hand. Her wild, murderous eyes squinted as she made a lunge at me. I jumped back. Max grabbed her wrist and wrestled the knife away. The shiny, metal blade clanked in the sink where he had tossed it. He shoved Teri out of the bathroom, but she returned, waving a pistol. Max snatched that weapon from her too and led her down the hallway.
“Are you crazy, woman? What the fuck is wrong with you?” He was agitated and demanded an explanation as they went.
I stared down at the long silver blade that was intended to end my life. I shuddered and then broke down and cried. I felt alone with no one to comfort me.
I wanted to go home but couldn’t. I was too ashamed to face my family. Returning to college was out of the question—I had dropped out before midterm. My current living situation with Teri was unbearable, yet I wanted to be there with Max. I decided to go along with sharing Max, hoping that someday things would change.
Later, he acted as if nothing had ever happened. He joked and teased us both. We responded to his humorous affection, but Teri and I never connected. I felt the cold blade of her resentment slice into me, always present. One day, Max embraced me tightly and gave a dictator’s command, “Don’t let no bitch ever run you off from your man.”
I vowed it would be the rule that I lived or died by.
( Continued… )
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