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Dare to Dream and Leap into the Life You Were Meant to Live

Dare to Dream and Leap into the Life You Were Meant to Live
  Six months ago I was spending the majority of my waking hours driving the freeways of Los Angeles. Actually, I did this for fourteen years while working on my last two day jobs that were both located in Century City. Monday through Friday at 4:50 a.m., I would awake to my ringing alarm and invariably I would turn over and hit the snooze button, not wanting to leave the comfort of my warm bed. I dreaded the inevitable two-hour drive west on the 10 freeway, not knowing what I might encounter on the way. Would I become the victim of road rage or some drunken driver? Thankfully, God spared me. Once I made it to the other side of town, I would spend eight hours each day, answering phones, setting up meetings, completing expense reports—honest, but mind-numbing work. The truth of the matter was is that while I roamed the halls of my corporate job, visions of writing my books full time and acting danced through my head. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful to be employed, to have a job, but I had reached a point in my life that I wanted more than a job, I wante...
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Life Begins In Retirement

  I only have four more days to work before I retire from corporate America.   It’s not only a dream come true, but it’s a miracle. For the past thirty years I have suited up and shown up for my nine- to-five gigs. Over those three decades I have worked at five major corporations—the longest for twelve years. I often fantasized about being free do what I love—write books, direct and produce plays and act, but I never actually thought it would become a reality. I figured I’d have to hit the lottery for that to happen. Someone once said, “There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.” So no, hitting the lottery didn’t afford me to retire, but stepping out of bed, out of the house, into the car, and into the office every day for 7,200 days, 57,600 hours, keeping my debt nominal, saving my money, and keeping the faith in my Creator, has resulted in me being able to leave the work force and enter the world of dreams. It’s interesting the responses you get when you tell people you’re going to retire. Immediately, eyes get wide, brow...
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A Dream Realized

A Dream Realized
  “We have an offer on Married.” Those were the words that appeared in the subject line of an email I received from my agent, Stacey Donaghy, on January 4, 2014. Only four days into the New Year, and I was on the brink of realizing my dream—my dream to become a published author. “Married is “Married in the Nick of Nine,” the first book in the four-part Cass and Nick series. Deborah Gilbert, Founder and Senior Editor at Soul Mate publishing (how apropos), was interested in my baby! I nearly broke my fingers trying to read the entire email and respond. After fifteen years of trying to land an agent and a publishing deal, the day had finally come. Not only did Soul Mate want “Married in the Nick of Nine,” they wanted the entire Cass and Nick series—“Married in the Nick of Nine,” “The Baby in the Window,” “One Harte, Two Loves,” and “Renee’s Return.” “Married in the Nick of Nine,” will be released in July 2014. They were offering me a four-book deal! Thank you, Jesus. After fifteen years, my prayers had finally been answered. I was determined not to give up....
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