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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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Rebirth of Our Nation

Rebirth of Our Nation
Earlier in the week, I had decided today I would treat myself to the movies.  I’ve been like a mother hen all week, watching over the launch of my tenth baby, LOSING LAUREN.  The second novel in my Detective Rachel Storme series is now available on Amazon. In addition to the launch, I’ve been ensconced in myriad activities involving my budding acting career. In case you didn’t know, after retiring from Corporate America this past February, I made a foray into acting. Actually, I’ve returned to acting after being away for two decades. Okay, let me get back to the movies. It was a toss-up between The Girl on the Train and The Birth of a Nation. Like a true Libra, I vacillated more than what was necessary until I finally decided to see The Birth of a Nation.  Regarding The Girl on the Train, I read the novel, so that kind of killed it for me (no pun intended) when it comes to any onscreen suspense. I know who did it and why. Regarding The Birth of a Nation, like you, I’ve seen the countless interviews Nate Parker has endured regarding the rape cas...
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Losing Lauren

Losing Lauren
  In less than two weeks, LOSING LAUREN, the second book in my Detective Rachel Storme Mystery Series will be available on Amazon.com. To say that I’m excited is a prodigious understatement. Justice for Jessica, the first book in the series, is doing well and has captured the imagination of fervid mystery readers around the world, many of whom have been clamoring for a second installment.  Well, the waiting will soon be over! LOSING LAUREN, like its predecessor, features the feisty, smart as a whip baby boomer Detective Rachel Storme, her supervisor Herb Jones, and her co-workers, Victor Sanchez and Carlos Ramirez.  However, there’s a new juicy mind-bending conundrum to solve with a new cast of possible suspects. Lauren Waters is an A-list award-winning actress who goes missing in the style of Gone Girl.  But is it Gone Girl? Is Lauren missing, dead, or has she run away? These are the questions that Detective Storme is determined to answer. In her quest to find the truth she takes no prisoners (no pun intended), including Lauren’s cousin, ...
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