Memories of Zing: An Excerpt

An excerpt from the novella Reflection in the Music:

“It needs just a tad more garlic, I think,” Pea said when she tasted filling for Omar’s stuffed pasta shells. “I can definitely see where you’re going with this, but there’s still a couple of elements missing for it to really be what I’m guessing you want it to be. Garlic is it. And maybe a little something to add a little kick. You know…zing!”Read More »

Upcoming Projects September/October 2016

I’ve been writing since I can remember. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the idea of writing full-time and potentially being a starving artist. I strayed, but I couldn’t stay away. Some days ideas fill my head and I can’t function until I pick up a pen and a sheet of paper. I officially had my first novel idea in 2012. I started, wrote more than 20,000, then let life get in the way. I’ve written some other things since then; blog posts, SEO articles as a ghostwriter, poetry and short stories. Last year I became fed up and engaged in much prayer and reflection to figure out what the heck I was doing with my life and what kind of example I was setting for my young daughter. One year ago in October, I got the wake-up call and opportunity of a lifetime that prompted me to take steps towards using my natural-born talents as a writer. Should I pursue slam poetry? Maybe I should start a blog. I already had blogs that I had abandoned…why start another? Maybe I should just get back into the habit of writing, period. Well, it seems only fitting to announce the release of two completed projects during the month that I officially began my literary pursuit. The first is my debut novel (technically a novella) Reflection in the Music. Here’s a little synopsis:Read More »

Too Little, Too Late: An Excerpt

An excerpt from the novella Reflection in the Music:

It had been two weeks since she lost him. Pea had several regrets in her life. Her biggest regret was allowing her other regrets to interfere with her love for the man who passed away, the father of her unborn child. For what seemed like the thousandth time she reread Isaiah 55:8. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.Read More »

Past vs Present: An Excerpt

An excerpt from the novella Reflection in the Music:

Jane and Sarita sat across from each other at the kitchen table. Several moments of silence passed between them as they examined one another. One of them was Sly’s past and the other was his present and soon-to-be future. Jane placed her hand on her swollen belly and wondered how the heck she had gotten to this point. She could’ve kept her own husband, if only she had the desire to compete with his drug habit. Unfortunately, that was one of the downsides of the music industry that she had worked so hard to avoid herself, knowing her addictive personality. There was a reason she split with James, her husband, when she was younger and it was the same reason that she split with him after she had gained a few more years’ worth of life experience. Too bad that wasn’t enough to stop her from returning to him. Too bad that addictive personality kept her bouncing back and forth between James and Sly. Had she been in more control over her habit, she wouldn’t be Sly’s and Sarita’s new roommate.Read More »

Reflection in the Music: An Excerpt

She listened intently. Her favorite song was on repeat. Every note. Every nuance. Every lyric. She wanted to consume it all. It wasn’t just the song. Do you want to ride inside my love? Her voice was so melodic. So innocent. The lyrics were drenched in innuendo. The song was so dirty, yet Mrs. Riperton sang it so beautifully, almost like a lullaby. How could she make a song such as this sound as though angels had come down from heaven to lend her their voices to produce an auditory experience such as this?Read More »