2015 has been one awesome whirlwind of a year! As it comes to a close, there are a few things I’d like to reflect on. Some of you reading this post know that my lifelong dream of becoming a published author came into fruition with the February release of The Dating Game, an anthology of fictional short stories about love, dating and the search for Mr. Right. My short story, “We Ain’t the Huxtables” was featured among fifteen others, all comprised of fresh, new writers that happened to be all women; a sisterhood that stretched from the west coast of California to the east coast of Maryland. We didn’t know each other personally, but a bond was formed and we worked collectively to promote The Dating Game which hit the #1 spot on the Amazon Bestseller’s List before its official release and then again thereafter. We were now bestselling authors!!! And, it didn’t end there. The Dating Game was nominated for the 2015 African American Literary Awards for Short Stories/ Anthology of the Year. Although we didn’t win, it reinforced for me that we as women are strong in numbers, and when we work together we can do some AMAZING things. I will forever love my Sister Scribes, my sisters in pen. Our journey as best-selling authors is just beginning. #BrownGirlsRockandWrite
Sisterhood will continue to be a recurring theme for me in 2016, starting with my debut novel, Sister Surrogate, scheduled to release this summer under Brown Girls Books. Can you say, EXCITED!! Readers will meet Bridgette, Ivy and Savannah, three sisters dealing with a traumatic event that shakes their sisterhood and how they cope with it as a family, and asks the question of how much we’re willing to sacrifice for others, especially when it’s family. My hope is that Sister Surrogate will spark great discussions among readers and inspire them in some way. And, in honor of sisterhood and my new release, I’ll be featuring sisters every week during the month of May and giving away prizes. It’s going to be so much fun, so stay tuned for more details in the upcoming months. I also look forward to creating more memories with my own sisterhood comprised of some of the most supportive, intelligent, talented and witty women about their BUSINESS. I’ve always felt that every woman should have a support system. Their own Sister Circle. And I’m blessed to have that with these lovely ladies. So, BIG HUGS to LaShawn Weaver, Denita Green, Michelle Chavis, Cheryl Ashford Daniels, Nakai Stroman, Shonnethia Johnson and Marisa Watson. We don’t all see each other or speak on a daily, but when we do it always feels like not a second has passed. We pick up right where we left off. Love you ladies for life!!!! Xoxoxo
My final thoughts, as we approach the New Year, let go of anyone or anything that hinders your self-growth and path to realizing and accomplishing your own dreams, whatever they may be; whether it’s writing a book, getting a degree or starting a business or embarking on a new career. If it doesn’t motivate, encourage, or lift your spirit, get rid of it! (Throw up those deuces and don’t look back) Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people, block out the negativity and naysayers and start building the foundation and working towards what you have been called to do (Your PURPOSE). Don’t keep talking about it. BE about it!!!
Dream BIG, Fly HIGH and Keep strutting like the ROCKSTAR that you are. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Bountiful New Year!!!! See you all at the TOP in 2016!!!!