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PMS (Prayer, Meditation, Serenity)

PMS (Prayer, Meditation, Serenity)
When I wake up and before I retire for the evening, I take time to give thanks for all that has transpired during the day—good and bad. I also spend time being still, clearing my head of all the thoughts that bombard my mind—the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts from the past and the present. I breathe deeply and let the peace that passeth all understanding take over my being. I find that when I start and end my day like this, for the most part, I can experience a great deal of serenity. I’m in that population of folk who need to tap into a Higher Power to make it through each day—days that sometimes can be filled with enormous challenges. As a writer and actor, I face rejection daily, and I would be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt. Yes, it’s gotten easier over the years, but there are some days that I just don’t feel like being told no. And in most cases, I’m left hanging. After so much time passes, I’m left with no other choice then to conclude that the agent/publisher isn’t interested in my novel or that the casting person/director/producer wasn’t feeling m...
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He Saved the Best for Last

He Saved the Best for Last
I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and that the year is starting out well. I wanted to drop by to let you know what I’ve been up to lately. At present, I have two new completed manuscripts, the start of a new standalone series: The Dancing Hills Mystery Series. One of the manuscrips is currently under consideration by a fabulous literary agency. If all goes well, I'll be able to make an announcement soon regarding representation and eventually a book deal. I’m thrilled with the finished products and can’t wait to introduce this new work to the world. The stories are full of twists and will keep you turning the pages and one has a paranormal element. In a word, they’re both delicious! On the acting front, I’ve been auditioning and am hoping to soon land my first gig of 2018. I must give kudos to The Brogan Agency. Shaw Brogan and her team are some of the hardest working agents in Hollywood! All in all, I’m blessed. Looking over my life, I have to say that being in my fifties is a delight! God truly saved the best for last. My twenties were tumultuous—t...
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Five Minutes Before the Miracle

Five Minutes Before the Miracle
Happy 2018! My hope for all of you is that you realize your wildest dreams in this New Year. I have high expectations for 2018. Someone once said that an expectation is a planned disappointment, but I choose to disregard that. I choose to believe and have faith. I choose to not give up five minutes before the miracle. What do I mean by that? I think the following situation I experienced will shed light on this phrase. The other day while I was shopping at Albertson’s, there was a young man in front of the store selling candy. I recently cut back on sweets, so I was not interested in his product. Moreover, I had no cash on me. I noticed that several other customers were passing him by, barely looking his way, and steering clear of the young entrepreneur.   On the way out, it was hard not to have compassion for him, especially when I got a glimpse of his dreary expression. At that moment, I was moved to do something special for him. I drove to the bank that was directly across from the store, got twenty dollars, and headed back to  Albertsons. It took...
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The Latest and the Greatest

The Latest and the Greatest
    Hello everyone! Please forgive me for my absence, but I’ve been very busy since my last post, and I’m sure you have, too. Wow! There’s a lot going on with all of us and a lot going on in the world. Some good things and some scary things. Speaking of scary, I can’t believe Halloween will be here in twenty days. Before we know it, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s will have come and gone. Whew! Let me take a breath. Okay, in my last post I announced the launch of the third book in the Detective Rachel Storme Series—“A Penny For Her Heart.” The book is now available on Amazon and is doing well. I hope you can get a copy. Many people are asking if there will be a fourth book in the series. Yes, there will be. It will launch sometime next year. At the present time, I’m in the final stages of a new work yet to be titled. It’s a mystery featuring a mother and a stepdaughter. I’m really excited about this book. I’m also acting again. I’ve been auditioning for commercials, TV, and film. I’m with The Brogan Agency and they’re amazing. Shaw Brogan, H...
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A Penny For Her Heart

A Penny For Her Heart
  Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve given birth to another literary baby.  This one is called “A Penny For Her Heart.” She’s the third book in my standalone Detective Rachel Storme series.  She’ll be coming into the world July 2017. And I am her proud mother. For those of you who have actually conceived and given birth to flesh and blood babies, please know that I’m aware that giving birth to literature pales in comparison to giving birth to a human being. However, there are many similarities. Like a child, a novel starts as a little seed. For me, it’s a thought, an idea, a hunch. It starts deep within.  That’s how the idea for “A Penny For Her Heart,” began.  It’s the story about Penny and Vanessa, two best friends on the same career trajectory. They both want to be chief of staff for the POTUS, and they’re both working in City Hall in a small town, working their way up the political ladder. Unfortunately, Vanessa finds her best friend, Penny, murdered at work. Their dreams suddenly become nightmares. Like a child, the story slowly deve...
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A Look Back At My Eighteen-Year Literary Journey

A Look Back At My Eighteen-Year Literary Journey
Eighteen years ago I wrote my first novel—a coming-of-age story loosely based on my childhood called Daughter Denied .  I had no idea what I was doing. What I did know is that this story had been bubbling up inside me for many years and that it was time to give birth to my first child. After completing numerous drafts, I believed that my novel was agent-worthy. With that in mind, I began submitting my book. Eighteen years ago agents only accepted hard copy submissions. I went through a lot of trees and postage. After a year of submitting, I acquired over a hundred rejection letters. The reasons varied from canned responses to specifics such as, “You have a great story idea, but you seem to be struggling with structure.” I was struggling with more than structure. I finally decided to stop submitting and to work on my craft. Penning a book is very different than writing news copy (I graduated from USC with a degree in journalism). With that said, I shelved my book while I learned the art of writing a novel. Nine years later, in 2008, I decided to self-publ...
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