Romance in March

Many of you know that I started my writing career as a romance writer in 1990. My first romance book was published in 1996 and I was blessed to have four additional romance stories published before I got the nudge (from a Higher Being) to move into the horror genre. Even though I’ve been MIA in the romance genre since 2002, I still love everything about it–the camaraderie of the authors, the loyal readers, the generous opportunities, the blended storylines, the supportive affiliates, etc., which is why I have on occasion attended RSJ (Romance Slam Jam) since “semi-retiring” from romance.

RSJ is an annual conference of African-American romance readers, writers and affiliates. It is a traveling conference that is hosted by a book club and a romance author in the city (or state or region) in which it is being held. Next year in 2015, RSJ lands in Dallas, Texas. I am excited about this because it is close to my home base which means…I am already making plans to be “in the place.” And you’re welcome to join me and about 200 additional participants. Just click here (www.romanceslamjam.org) to learn more about this fabulous organization, conference and opportunity.

See you March 2015!

 

Lead With Love

On June 25, we observed the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Five years after his passing, his legacy remains intact; that legacy in my opinion being:  lead with love.

Michael Jackson 2Despite what we may think about his personal life, Jackson’s message in several songs serves as a reminder of that which is greater than any vice or victory. LOVE! Love of God. Love of Mankind. Love of Self.

Click on the links below and listen to two of his legacy songs: Man in the Mirror, my personal favorite, and We are the World, a humanitarian fundraiser really that features many of the most amazing songbirds on the planet.Michael Jackson 1

After listening, ask yourself as I did, “Do I lead with love in all situations, all circumstances, with all people?” Hmmmm…oh boy, there’s still work for me to do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUrqFkR7QlI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoDY8ce_3zk

Sending you love, Michael! red-hearts-in-3d-1134893-m

 

Working Your Mission

Some people call it purpose, others term it a calling. Lovenia and Evelyn call it a mission. These two ladies are the founders of Working Your Mission, an inspirational/motivational company that encourages people to identify their passion, purpose, calling, mission or whatever term you use to label it, and then work it until it becomes their livelihood.

This is a topic that is cradled in my heart. I feel very strongly about people stepping out of their comfort zone to embrace that for which they live and breathe. I talk about this in depth with Lovenia and Evelyn, and you can listen to our conversation by clicking on the Working Your Mission link.

If you have a mission that you’ve been thinking of shaping into a business, or if you need to be sustained as you work your mission, or if you just want to pick up some really wise words of instruction, then you’ll want to subscribe to Working Your Mission. Regardless, Lovenia, Evelyn and I are rooting for you. You can do it!

A big THANK YOU to Lovenia and Evelyn for the great conversation and for working their own mission. God bless you ladies!

Summer Reading & Book Reviews

I don’t know about you but for me summer and reading go together like salt and pepper, bacon and eggs, animals and Dr. Seuss–you get the picture. So I thought I would share some of the books I’ve downloaded to my Kindle and/or purchased so I can enjoy a well-stocked supply of reading material for the beach and travel, which I’m planning a lot of this summer.

Person reading a book on the beach

The books are not listed in any order, but I encourage you to check them out. I’ve interacted with some of these authors and know their writing and storytelling ability to be “spot on.” For other authors on the list, I’m planning to finish the series/trilogy or read the latest by some of my favorite writers. Feel free to monitor my Goodreads and Amazon accounts for my review of some of the books; the reviews may help you plan your own summer reading. If you already have a summer reading list, I’d love to acquire a copy of it. I always make time for a good read!*

Happy Summer & Happy Reading!

1. Missi’s Dating Adventures by Carol Balawyder

2. No Conditions by Dr. ViVi Monroe Congress

3. Voices from the Block:  A Legacy of African-American Literature by various authors (anthology)

4. Dark Justice by Donnie Light

5. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

7. A Dangerous Kiss by Francis Ray

8. Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci

9. The Haunted House Symphony by Sue Latham

10. Reserved for a referral*

Worth Sharing

I love listening to NPR. They have some of the most interesting shows and interviews. During one particular broadcast of All Things Considered, the reporter filed a story on The American Scholars’ pick of the Ten Best Sentences. These are sentences in fiction and nonfiction books that made the editors at The American Scholar pause and marvel at the beauty of words. I think their picks are remarkable and worth sharing. So if you’d like to read some beautiful words and sentences, if you’re ready for your heart to race and for the world to be righted, click here.

Until next time…to the best of life, to the best of living.

I’m Beautiful and So Are You!

The incredibly talented and lovely Carol Balawyder kindly awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award! You should have seen the smile on my face when I read the email announcement. Such joy! Such excitement! A million words of thanks to you, dear Carol. You’re not only one-of-a-kind but you, too are a beautiful blogger. In fact, as a recipient of this award, I get to select other people who I consider beautiful bloggers and Carol was the first to come to mind. So please ladies and gentlemen, give Carol a hand…

Before I list the other bloggers who I think are simply sensational, I ought to share a few rules regarding the award.

The Beautiful Blogger Award is awarded to those blogs/bloggers who are creative, original and add to the blogging community. The award is bestowed on seven bloggers of the recipient’s choosing and the honor is proudly displayed on the recipient’s website with the Beautiful Blogger Award icon.

So that others may learn why you are a recipient of the award, the awardee is encouraged to share seven random facts about themselves or their blog, and finally, the awardee can choose up to seven other bloggers who they believe represent blogging at its finest.

Now that you know what the award is and its purpose, I am proud to share the bloggers who I think truly represent the spirit of the award. They are…

Carol Balawyder

Faith Simone

Pam Fields

Marti

Sumiko Saulson

Catherine, Caffeinated

Oh, No Typos

To check out their blog, click on their name. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

And to learn a little bit more about me, the newest Beautiful Blogger awardee, below are seven little known, random facts…

1. It took almost a month to get my WordPress site up and rolling. Whew!

2. I post an entry once a week but have several blog posts stewing in my head all of the time.

3. I sleep in four hour periods, which makes me dingy at times.

4. The hardest blog post I’ve written to date is Ann vs. Fear: the Fight for Authentic Living.

5. When I’m stuck for words…well, actually, I’ve never experienced writer’s block or a loss for words. What I experience is a lack of time. Uugghh!!

6. I consider myself a below average technie, which is why it took a month to get my site up and running. 

7. I enjoy the short form of writing (blogging); it encompasses the best of both fiction and nonfiction.

And now the award…

Pink Beautiful Blogger Award

Isn’t it beautiful? Thanks again, Carol! You rock!