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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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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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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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2014 Reasons to be thankful

2014 Reasons to be thankful
When I reflect on this past year, I’m imbued with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.   I have so much to be grateful for, and when I count it all up, it surpasses 2014. I have a loving God, my health, a wonderful husband, a great place to live, an income, a passion, and family and friends who love me, and so much more.   On the career front, this time ten years ago, I was vacillating over whether or not to self-publish my debut novel, Daughter Denied. I couldn’t pay an agent to represent me. Daughter Denied was self-published in 2008 and within the past year, I acquired literary representation, have written five novels, three of which have been published. I became a recipient of the Jesse Redmon Fauset Fiction Literary award for my indie novel, Four Ladies Only, and I’ve had several novels on Amazon’s bestsellers list. In October, my play Sacrificing Simone opened to sold out audiences, and in November I completed a new novel in a new genre—new adult literary suspense. My fan base is growing and my book sales are steadily increasing. I have a lot t...
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SUCCESS IS NOW

SUCCESS IS NOW
  Today is my 15 th wedding anniversary. That is truly a miracle. Fifteen years ago I believed I had a better chance at winning the lottery than landing a husband.   Well, God showed up and showed out and sent me a wonderful man.   We’ve been going through life together as a team, he in pursuit of balance and a stronger spiritual life and me in pursuit of my longtime dreams and goals:   1)       To land a good agent.   2)       To land a publishing deal.   3)       To have at least one novel on any bestsellers list.   4)       Obtain a good publicist.   5)       To have at least one novel optioned and turned into a major motion picture.   6)       To have enough money to live my dream full time.   7)       To have at least one of my plays produced on a major stage.   8)       To have at least one of my plays ...
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