Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Six...

I love starting to write a new book. Even though this is the final book in my Stafford Brothers series, I'm excited about INNER CITY BLUES, Jesse Stafford's story. Jesse is an oncology surgeon who works with his father in his practice. He's been married for six years to the former Cydney Nelson, whom he met when she worked in the records department at one of the hospitals. 

I used actor Jesse Williams as the character model for Jesse, and I merged some of what I've read about his personal life as a community activist and some of the character he plays on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Jackson Avery.

I chose actress Nia Long as Cydney because of her down-to-earth personality and her appeal as the "girl next door."

They have three small children and are living the life made possible by his professional success.

Jesse's book will be a bit different from the others, because it deals with a serious subject, the shooting of an unarmed thirteen-year-old boy in the neighborhood where his wife, Cydney grew up. Yes, this is a fictional account, but I've taken some of the details from real accounts in other parts of the nation.

Of all the brothers, Jesse is the most active in the community, only it's not the community in which he lives, but the one in which he works. He volunteers at a neighborhood free clinic and speaks to elementary school children on Career Day at every school in what used to be known as the Bankhead area of Atlanta. He knows the people and their problems first-hand, and after the shooting, he participates in the protests. An incident in the opening chapter puts Jesse in a situation that puts his and Cydney's comfortable lifestyle in jeopardy.

As always, when I start a new book, I create a collage of characters and ideas for the story.

Today the meter looks like this: 

As time goes on, I'll be sharing excerpts from the book here on Sample Sundays and optimistically aiming for an October release.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Carol P. has been chosen by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Kindle Fire in my contest! Congratulations, Carol!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

On Hiatus...

Before I Want You Back released I had decided to take a little time off to take care of things I'd been avoiding during the writing phase. It's been a week, and I have successfully crossed several big projects off of my To Be Done list.

The major one was to purge my office files and sort my reading material. It was a huge job that took several days, but that chore was finished yesterday. There's something about clearing out clutter that makes me happy...

One of the things I wanted to do once the office purge was done was to take a few days reading all of the craft and marketing articles I've saved over the past year or so. Hopefully I can get some of that in before Monday when I plan to start on Inner City Blues, the sixth and final book in my Stafford Brothers series. 

This last book is going to be a bit different from the others, because Jesse is already married. Here's a hint: Jesse volunteers at a neighborhood free clinic in one of the roughest parts of Atlanta where his wife, Cydney's family still lives. When an event similar to what happened in Ferguson, Missouri takes place in this neighborhood, he finds himself in an ethical dilemma and at odds with some family members. It's going to be good! Here's the title song...

I still haven't gotten I Want You Back uploaded to Nook because of a formatting issue. I've contacted them twice, and still haven't received a response, which is typical for B&N. No wonder we keep seeing these signs...

Keep an eye out for my announcement about the upcoming contest...