Earlier this year, I started doing something called Good Woman Gatherings. I became bored with traditional book signings and decided to make them more fun! It’s an afternoon or evening of fun and games centered around my latest book Husband Wanted. We have food, great games, some wine and lots of laughs. I’ve done three of them now in Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN. I’m proud to say that each one had been a hit. I’ve gotten great feedback and the ladies seem to have a good time. If you would like to bring a Good Woman Gathering to your book store, organization or home please contact me. I’d be happy to come. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.286.JAE1.
I truly have enjoyed fellowshipping with great women and sharing my efforts with them. Here are a few pictures from previous ones. I’d like to saying thank you to the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for always showing up and showing out!
There were fun times in Little Rock!
Kiss the Bachelor. Where wouuld you put your kiss while blindfolded?
Do you have your copy?
We had a small but very engaged group in Nashville.
I had a great times with my ladies in Memphis.
Chef Chris made strawberry fajitas on the spot yum!
The dessert bar in Memphis received rave reviews!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
The Title Page of My First Book (In case you are wondering Arnetta is my middle name.)
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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.
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…..
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