Here I Come!

The last few weeks have been busy to say the least. I’ve had some great and unexpected experiences. I’ll try to catch you up as briefly as possible. Let’s take care of business first.

This weekend I’ll be in Little Rock,  Arkansas for a book signing for my newest book, Husband Wanted. If you are in the area, please join me.

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Secondly, on June 21st I launched a fashion tribute and scholarship in honor of my mother. She would  have been 70 years old. In it I took several pictures wearing my mother’s clothes. The majority of them are from the 1970’s. You can find it at www.lilliesdaughter.com. ESPN’s THE UNDEFEATED caught wind of it and did a story on it last week. Check it out!

I’m proud to announce that once again, I have been nominated for the Best In Black Award for Best Author. It’s sponsored by the Tri-State Defender Newspaper and I would be most appreciative if you would take the time to vote for me. You can vote once a day from each electronic device you own (phone, tablet, PC, etc.) You do not have to vote in every category and Best Author is #6 in the voting arrangement. I thank you in advance for your support, www.bestinblackawards.com.

Oh before I forget, recently I was cast as an extra in CMT’s new series Million Dollar Quartet. It’s based on the hit Broadway musical by the same name. In the scene, I am an aspiring country singer trying to get a record deal. It was a fun experience!

Well that’s all for now!

 

Happy Release Day!!

Today my latest novel Husband Wanted has been released and I am so excited. What would you do if you had to meet a good man, fall in love and get married in 9 months to inherit $15 million? Find out what plan the Purdue Girls came up with to try to make it happen. Purchase your copy of Husband Wanted on Amazon for $3.99. Click this link to go straight to the order form. ow.ly/8R7E301IqVp

Also, PCJ Consulting in hosting an online release party via Facebook at 6 p.m. CST to discuss the book and introduce you to some of the characters. Be sure to join us. https://www.facebook.com/events/1620771658251347/

Feel free to read the first chapter Husband Wanted_Ch1

Thank you for your support!

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Read the First Chapter of Husband Wanted

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COMING SOON!

My newest novel, “Husband Wanted,” will be released next week and I decided to share the first chapter with you. Click this link to read it.

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For those of you who have no idea what it’s about.

Millionaire Grace Purdue never understood why her three beautiful, intelligent granddaughters didn’t have a husband. Every woman needs a good man by her side, especially a woman of means. So, when the publishing empire heiress died she made sure that her granddaughters wouldn’t stay single. In order for them to get their inheritance, they must each fall in love and get married in nine months. Easy….right?

Sheila, Leslie and Regina are wondering if their grandmother took too much medication when she wrote her will.  If thousands of women across the globe are having a hard time finding true love and a husband, what made their grandmother think that they could in less than a year? But with a total of $45 million at stake, they are determined to shed their singleness or die trying. Little do they know that love, romance, deceit and deception run deep because money can get you what you want and a whole lot of what you don’t.  Enjoy this entertaining tale as the Purdue women each take a different path that they hope will lead to meeting the love of their lives at the altar.

A Successful Little Writers Workshop

I am proud to report that The Little Writers Workshop this past weekend was a success! We had 14 young people ages 7 -12 who wanted to know what it takes to make a good story. They were engaged during the instruction and then went to work on their own stories.We even had a surprise guest for our little ones……Shiloh Sanders, the author of “Shiloh’s Prayer,” which she published at the tender age of 7.  I had a great time leading the instruction, but I must send special thank yous to our other volunteer instructors Ashley Foxx (“Kesha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth“) and Angela Kay Austin (“Run for Freedom” and “Melodee”). Both are published authors and are very good at what they do. I also want to thank Gwendolyn Woods director of the Ira Samelson Boys and Girls Club for allowing us to use their wonderful facility and artist and producer Chris Franchesci for helping with check-in. We definitely couldn’t have done this without our sponsor the Tri-State Defender and the generosity of Kroger.  A big thank you to them as well.

Once again, thank you to Women.Identity.Purpose (W.I.P.) for sponsoring the attendance of five girls from Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary. It truly does take a village and I’m glad that I could be a part of it.

I’m proud of each one of these young people and grateful to their parents for seeing the value in them attending my workshop. I’m excited to see what these little writers will do in the future!

 

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The Little Writers Workshop

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The Title Page of My First Book (In case you are wondering Arnetta is my middle name.)

Click Here to Register for the Little Writers Workshop

This picture may not mean much to you, but it means the world to me. It’s the title page of what I consider to be my first book. It is dated May 8, 1984 and the title is “My Mother”. I had to be around seven or eight years old when I wrote it. I found it among my mother’s things after she passed. This, along with several other written projects, I’d done over the years were carefully preserved in a storage box. Of course, I don’t remember writing this but when I discovered this I had an “aha” moment. I realized that I am doing exactly what I was destined to do! All those years ago I already knew I was going to be a writer I just didn’t know I knew!  What I also realized is that somewhere there’s a teacher who has no idea that with this simple assignment she lit a creative spark that would turn into an inferno. To that teacher, I am extremely grateful and to my mother who was my inspiration I say, I love you!

I want to do the same thing for other little writers and I am proud to announce that I am doing my first workshop for children.  I want to help youth who have a desire to give words a life of their own catch the “writer’s bug” too. Parents, I invite you to register the little writers in your life and allow me and a few of my colleagues to inspire and encourage them.

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The Little Writers Workshop will tell students ages 7 -12 about the craft of writing and what they need to do if they want to be an author. Students will also learn the basics of writing a good story and participate in a writing project. It is suggested that students who attend have moderate to strong writing skills to get the most out of this workshop. All materials will be provided. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The basic cost is $20.00 per child. For more information and to register visit…..

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-writers-workshop-tickets-24595376433

Would you like to hear me read my “first” book?

 

Happy Presidents Day!

Portrait_of_George_Washington.jpegYesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about Presidents Day. It was pretty much a consensus that nobody we know celebrates this holiday. Although, government institutions, banking institutions and various other businesses love it because their employees get the day off. My friend thought Presidents Day was to celebrate the current president, and I thought it was to celebrate all the presidents, current and past. I was never taught anything about it in school like other holidays so I decided to do a little research and see if it was worthy of closer attention in the future. Here’s what I found…..

Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. This holiday is legally designated as “Washington’s Birthday”. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law. Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1879 when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law and became a national bank holiday 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

Although, this is what was posted on the White House website. It seems it’s not about just ole George with them.

“This is often the time of year students across the country study U.S. Presidents, especially Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, both of whom have birthdays celebrated in February. Luckily, we’ve revamped our Presidents’ pages in time for the holiday, so whether you’re a student or adult, you can more easily buff up on American history.”

They say it’s the time for students to learn about presidents but school is closed. Go figure! To celebrate in 2015, they revamped the White House presidential history pages. (YAWN) They also posted this cool picture of all the living presidents, minus Bush, Sr.

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Turns out my friend and I we were both kinda sorta right, depending on who you ask. As far as I know, there are no Presidents Day festivities planned in my city. What about yours? I know some stores are having a Presidents Day sale but that’s not really special. Retail will commercialize anything. Are we truly honoring a man who was our great nation’s first elected leader if we do nothing but give people the day off? I searched the internet and didn’t really find any official celebrations. The White House isn’t even doing anything. Aren’t we supposed to celebrate, do some act of kindness in his honor, have a program or fundraiser to honor him, get the family together for food and sports, or go get drunk at a local bar because he can’t?  I’m just saying. Google didn’t even bother to put up a cute Google design like they do on other holidays. Valentine’s Day was yesterday and all the local restaurants were packed with people celebrating love. Does anybody want or care to celebrate George Washington? Washington is on the face of money for goodness sake. Maybe we should all just only spend one dollar bills today in his honor?

I combed through several pictures of him today and that gave me another question, did he ever smile? Celebrate if you are moved to do so.

Happy birthday George Washington and Happy President’s Day to you!