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Giving Birth to My 9th Child

Giving Birth to My 9th Child
    I apologize for my absence, but I’ve been writing and editing for the past six months—consulting with my development editor and my beta readers. Finally, I’ve given birth to another literary baby. I’m so excited about this new work, and I can’t wait to introduce it to the world. However, depending on the outcome, it may be a while before I can do the latter. It’s my dream to land a traditional book deal for my baby and that’s more than a notion. It’s definitely a process.   At the present time, I’m seeking literary representation. In order to get the attention of the big publishing houses, I need an agent to advocate on my behalf. I need someone to fall in love with and believe in my baby. The search for an agent can be elusive at best and maddening at worst. Writing is so subjective, and one person’s literary masterpiece can be another person’s literary monstrosity. I’m hoping my work won’t fall in the latter category. So far I’ve sent out a handful of query letters, and I’m waiting to get responses. Agents sometimes respond with silence a...
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The Color of Violence and Fifteen Minutes of Infamy

The Color of Violence and Fifteen Minutes of Infamy
    “Nine people shot in a church.” That’s what came across the airwaves when I turned my car radio on. My heart sank thinking about the victims. They weren’t robbing a bank or attacking anyone. They weren’t resisting arrest. They were in church. Not just in church, but praying in church. Who guns down parishioners in a church? I couldn’t help but think about the times I had attended Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, never once imagining that I would be sprayed with bullets.   While listening to the report unfold, I never thought about the race of the killer or the victims. I didn’t see white or black, but only red—blood on the floor, on the pews, on the Bibles. It was only when I saw the story on the Internet that I learned the gunman was a young white man and that the people he savagely slaughtered were black. Was this new knowledge a game changer?   Did it make me angrier? Did it make me want to strike out against the white perpetrator? Did it make me hate all white people?   The answer to all the aforementioned questions is, “No.” &...
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Missing Melissa - Review from John Valeri of Hartford Books Examiner

Missing Melissa - Review from John Valeri of Hartford Books Examiner
Missing Melissa is Alretha Thomas’ eighth novel but first mystery. In it, readers are introduced to twenty-two year old Madeline (“Maddie”) Patterson, a recent college graduate with an entry level position at a local television station. Maddie is just getting her first taste of real freedom by moving out of her family home and into an apartment with her bestie, Ruby (and her doting dog Pepper). She’s also found the courage to finally explore the most traumatic event of her past: the disappearance of her identical twin sister who is feared dead following a carjacking when both girls were three. Though Maddie and her mother were present on that long ago day, they escaped their attackers. And while the family has worked hard to put the event behind them, Maddie is convinced that Melissa is still alive—and that she’s been visiting her dreams to tell her so. Despite her family’s misgivings, Maddie meets with the local authorities to pursue reopening the investigation. She is met with resistance due to the time that has elapsed since the crime (with the exception o...
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The Business of Being Busy

The Business of Being Busy
  Hello everyone. Let me stop and take a breath. Forgive me for being absent, but like the title of this blog suggests, I have been busy! I’m sure you have been, too. In fact, we live in a time when everyone is doing something—blogging, branding, writing a book, in concert, taking care of children, working, and the list goes on. You would think with the advent of all of this sophisticated technology, that we’d actually have more time to connect, but that just doesn’t seem to be the case. Nonetheless, I didn’t want another day to pass without touching base. I hope you are all well and that you had a safe and fabulous spring break and that you’re gearing up for a splendid summer. Here’s what I’ve been up to. I am currently obtaining early reviews for my latest indie novel, “Missing Melissa,” that will be available on Amazon in early May. It’s about a young woman who believes her identical twin sister, who was kidnapped during a carjacking nineteen years ago, is still alive. To the chagrin of her parents, she reopens her sister’s case to try to find her. I ...
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Mustard Seed Faith

Mustard Seed Faith
  Jesus said if you have the faith of even a mustard seed, you’ll be able to move mountains. A mustard seed is approximately 1 millimeter in size. That’s miniscule. That begs the question, what is faith? According to Webster, it’s a strong BELIEF or trust in someone or something. I find the definition in the Bible to be more exact: Hebrews 11:1 says Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. So it’s BELIEVING something is going to happen, being certain of that something, before it actually happens. Sounds simple enough. Try putting it into practice, and you’ll find it’s more than a notion. Recently I’ve been grappling with my own belief or lack thereof, if you will. How much faith do I have? As you may or may not know, I recently finished my latest novel and am currently shopping it around to agents. In my humble opinion, this phase of the road to publication is beyond grueling and nerve-wracking, because once you make that submission; you have no CONTROL over the recipient. You have no idea how your precious story will be...
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I Ate Ice Cream for Breakfast

I Ate Ice Cream for Breakfast
  You read it correctly. Yep, I did the unthinkable for a woman who’s the poster child for weight watchers—not the organization, but the countless females who pride themselves on keeping their figures in check. That’s just how carefree I was over the holidays. I had two weeks off of my nine-to-five and I went buckwild! Sacramento has the best Popeyes Chicken in the nation and that’s what I ate for dinner while I hung out with my brother and sister-in-law for four of the fourteen days I was not working. Two wings, red beans and rice, and a biscuit smothered in butter and strawberry jam. Yep, I had lost my mind in vacationville. I saw the Gambler with Mark Wahlberg and then got my own game on at the casino. Won some, gave some back. It was fabulous. Stayed up watching TV until three in the morning and slept in until noon. I told you I was a novelist gone wild. You have no idea how it feels to not have to sit in freeway traffic that’s moving at a snail’s pace. I travel three-hundred and fifty miles a week, that’s seven-hundred miles I didn’t have to drive. ...
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