If you can’t ha…

8 Sep

If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~ Marilyn Monroe

I’ve learned that true friends are few and far between. My grandmother always tells me that life is full of “fair weather people”, those that are by your side when the sun is shining, but run for cover when it rains.

I remember when I got pregnant with my daughter, I had too many friends to count. I was pretty spoiled- nice car, nice clothes, partying all the time. I had money to blow and people around me ready to spend it. When I found out I was pregnant I knew if I chose to keep my daughter, I would be raising her alone- which meant I’d have to sacrifice a lot. And I did. I lost my job because I got really sick and couldn’t work, which was followed by losing my car and having to move back in with my mother. My daughter was worth it- and the experience taught me to be more appreciative. But more importantly, I learned that out of all of the people I had surrounding me who I thought were friends (at least 10), I only had about 2 who were there for me. It was a rough learning time and I can’t say it didn’t sting, but I’ve bounced back, gotten closer to God, and pretty much returned to where I once was before those hard times, but with a wiser mind 🙂 Anyone who can’t stick it out with you at your worst doesn’t deserve to celebrate with you at your best!


Query News!

7 Sep

I got a request today for the first 30 pages of my new novel “Ivy League Madame”. Fingers crossed!!

Ivy League Madame follows the story of Casey Whitehall, a flourishing Yale senior. She is on track to finishing her final year of college and going on to medical school when her father loses his high paying CEO job amidst a sexual harassment scandal. Now, her once prominent family is plagued by humiliating gossip and dwindling finances. With her father unable to cover her tuition, Casey must find a way to pay for her last semester of school. The latest local political scandal involving the governor and a pretty little escort peaks an interest in Casey’s mind. These powerful men were willing to pay thousands for one night with an attractive college co-ed. Casey couldn’t imagine selling her body for money, but what if she secretly opened her own service? She could quickly build her bank account while helping her fellow students make money. Before she knows it, Ivy Escorts is born. What was meant to be a temporary solution to pay tuition quickly turns into a lucrative money making machine. But all that glitters isn’t gold. Juggling a staff of money hungry escorts, an inquisitive boyfriend, and grueling medical classes is more than Casey signed up for. She realizes she has to decide which path she wants her life to take before all of her dreams for success are ruined by greed, envy, and betrayal.

Stay tuned!!!


Do what you fee…

7 Sep

Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

People are people, most of them judgmental. Everybody has an opinion, and there will always be at least one person that has something negative to say about you. You can’t please everyone, so as long as you know you’re doing what you feel is best, LIVE YOUR LIFE 🙂

An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

20 Aug


Okay, I am a die hard fan of this man’s work. Ironically, I was first introduced (not literally, but I wish!) to Dominick Dunne when his show “Power, Privilege, and Justice” aired on TruTV. I was instantly hooked to his tell-all show exposing the hidden skeletons and justice (or lack of) of the wealthy. His way of speaking was so addictive- that old, slightly raspy, sarcastic voice!!! I’ve always been interested in shows and books that portray rich people just as they are- people, not gods. Dominick Dunne had a great way of parlaying their faults into incredibly entertaining books as well. Now, I will say that the over the top enthusiasm I have for his novels may not be shared by everyone else, even those who find the subject of rich people committing crimes and getting caught interesting. Dominick Dunne’s writing style is very literary and intricate. In other words, if you’re not an imaginative person that can get past the big words and dry satire, his works probably aren’t for you. But I adore them!! I just wish he were still around to write more, but unfortunately he passed away in 2009.

An Inconvenient Woman is the story of the rise and fall of a prominent couple in Los Angeles, with the husband having an ongoing affair with a woman who didn’t exactly fit into the high society circle. There are a lot of little stories within the main plot referencing colleagues of the couple who go through their own trials and tribulations. I’m about halfway through the book, but have loved every page so far. Again, it’s far from commercial/main stream, so may not be for everyone. But I love all of Mr. Dunne’s work including this one 🙂


In three words …

19 Aug

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. ~ Robert Frost

I’ve learned through the many ups and downs I’ve had that no matter how bad, or good things are, there is no pause button you can hit to get yourself together before moving forward. Sometimes we get so focused on the mistakes in our past and the trials of our present, that we forget to simply live and enjoy what we have. This is why I try to savor the good moments in life and learn from the bad ones. Life is so short and everyday is a gift. If you don’t take time to stop and smell the roses the years will pass you by and you’ll wonder what happened. Remember that God is in control and He makes no mistakes!

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