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Fathers rarely get the recognition they deserve and often it’s because for a lot of people they are absent. I think fathers are the most understood people. Now granted, because I have a father who has always been present in my life, I’m biased. But what I know for sure that even for those fathers who are absent or not always present, that most wanted to be. Yes, they do have the deadbeats who no matter what shirk responsibility at every bend and turn. Then they are the men who didn’t have the proper guidance on how to be there for their families and if they did would be better. Men do not get the nine months of bonding that women get naturally with their children. And for some men, they have to make a point to bond with their children while other men instinctively bond with their children. And let’s not forget that men are supposed to be the providers and there are some who leave if they can’t fit the role. The problem with this notion is that men AND women often equate providing as financial, instead of all the other facets of life that men can provide: emotional, intellectual, guidance, structure, and love. As long as you can provide all these other areas, you are still a good father and needed in your family.
Often my characters have emotional challenges due to the absence of a father because a father’s love is influential. I do hope that if you have a poor relationship with your father, that you find it in your heart to forgive him so that you can flourish emotionally. And if you can still repair it, then try and maybe see if you can get some understanding on why he may not have always been the father he should have been. And if you have an awesome dad, tell him so, and never take him for granted.
I can write a thesis on fathers but I have to get back to writing Essence of Us…
I hope that for those who already read EOY, fall in love all over again with Jasmine and Montana as I rerelease their story in anticipation of the follow-up to their story, Essence of Us, tentatively slated for a July 26 release. The original EOY as I have mentioned previously is now split into Essence Of You released June 18 and Essence of Me, to be released on June 21. And for those who haven’t read it, I hope you enjoy the journey of Jasmine Green, usually unlucky in love who literally bumps into Montana Keyes, a sexy NBA player, while on a girls’ trip to the Essence Festival in New Orleans. They have a passion filled weekend fling and while Montana wants to explore a possible relationship, Jasmine has trust issues and is wary of men like him. In time Montana convinces her to give him a chance, and the three stories are about their trials and tribulations on their path to a lasting love. Essence of You, Book One is the introduction of Jasmine and Montana and their respective family and friends, as they both accept their inevitable…enjoy!!
What a wonderful way to wake up on Monday morning and see I made Editor’s Choice for the beginning and the end of my trilogy. I love all my stories and I fall in love with my characters, even the not so likeable ones (e.g., Bunny, LOL!!). However, The Forbidden Trilogy was one of the most emotional stories for me as I wrote. It was inspired by Black Panther and my niece who was 2 years old at the time. We were all watching Black Panther on premiere night at the movies and at the climatic battle between Black Panther and Killmonger, my intuitive niece yelled at the screen, “Brothers, stop fighting!” How profound and deep on so many levels. It inspired me to tell a story about what would happen when two brothers fight over love. In regards to sales, it has not done as well as Endgame, in part I believe because of the taboo nature of the forbidden love between Kameron and Bakari, but again I would and have written for free. So if one reader is touched by anything I write, then I’ve done my job!!!
But it still feels good when a reviewer gets your work and loves it like I did!!! To living your passion and an Amazing summer!!!
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Wishing my readers a Happy Mother’s Day!
Like any holiday, this day brings about joy and for some sadness. It’s a reminder of the loss of a mother, lack of a mother, bad relationship with a mother, or you haven’t been able to become a mother. Even if you are feeling the blues today, do your best to shake them off and smile. Everyone has in their life someone who is one of the best mothers (it may be you!!) and so let’s celebrate and rejoice those women today and honor those who we have lost…