Happy Mother’s Day to All Us Sexy Grandmas!

geegeeThe heroine in my romance novel “All The Way Home” is a grandmother. Her nickname is JJ and when her grandchild first overheard this and tried to say it, it came out “Gee-Gee.” So that’s what the little one calls her, because JJ’s son said it stood for “gorgeous grandma!” Oh, and BTW, she’s a plus sized lady! If you haven’t yet read the book, check it out on Amazon! (P.S. The hero is a hot, sexy grandpa!)   ATWH COVER new format KINDLE 2500X1597

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My Pinterest Page: Books, Writing, and More!

pinI just added a page to this website (see menu above) that contains links to various boards on my  ‪#‎PINTEREST‬ Page. Some of my Pinterest boards address my books, like my “Book Video Trailers” board or my “Book Signing Pictures” board, but others are just for info—or just for fun! Check out my “Fabulous Famous Black Women” board,  my “Words of Wisdom” board and my “#MichaelJackson” board.”

Stop by for a visit and/or to follow!

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World Book Day: 85 Quotes-The Joy of Books!

yourstory-85-Quotes-On-The-Joy-Of-Books-And-ReadingApril 23 is designated by UNESCO as World Book Day, a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries across the world. In this compilation in alphabetical order are 85 quotes from around the world on the joy and importance of books and reading!

( Material from the http://yourstory.com/2015/04/world-book-day-quotes/ website)

A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. – Edward P. Morgan

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. – Franz Kafka

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. – Jerry Seinfield

A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. – Robert Aris Willmott

A good book has no ending. – R.D. Cumming

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit. – John Milton

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – George R.R. Martin

A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. – Samuel Johnson

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P. J. O’Rourke

Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint. – Markus Herz

Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. – George Steiner

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. – E.P. Whipple

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. – James Russell Lowell

Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life. – Jesse Lee Bennett

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles William Eliot

Books had instant replay long before televised sports. – Bern Williams

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. – William Hazlitt

Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – W. B. Yeats

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. – Augustine Birrell

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes. – John LeCarre

I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges

I was born with a reading list I will never finish. – Maud Casey

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. – Charles de Secondat

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. – Steven Wright

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. – Mortimer J. Adler

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde

It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle. – Sutton Elbert Griggs

My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. – Abraham Lincoln

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. – Thomas Helm

Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. – Anatole France

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. – Confucius

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest. – J.A. Langford

No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. – Ann Landers

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – Harry S. Truman

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. – Frederick Douglass

One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind. – Ishmael Reed

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. – Mary Schmich

Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape. – Nora Ephron

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

Reading means borrowing. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Hazel Rochman

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. – Harold Bloom

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon

The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. – Theodore Parker

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. – Oliver Goldsmith

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. – Elizabeth Hardwick

The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. – J.A. Langford

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read. – Mark Twain

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen

The wise man reads both books and life itself. – Lin Yutang

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. – Clarence Shepard Day

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. – Isaac D’Israeli

There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway

There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. – Maurice Sendak

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. – Elbert Hubbard

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. – Somerset Maugham

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

What is reading but silent conversation? – Walter Savage Landor

When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. – Christopher Morley

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. –Vera Nazarian

You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. – Paul Sweeney

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Maya Angelou US Postal Stamps Have Been Issued!

The Maya Angelou stamps were issued today, and I had to go get them! A wonderful addition to my stamp collection!

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“Mom, I Think You Might Have Alzheimer’s.”

“Mom, I think you might have Alzheimer’s.”   Coming this spring.

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How They Met–The Lovers in ALL FOR LOVE

I recently discovered that many readers would like to see longer book excerpts.  So, with no further ado, here is an excerpt from ALL FOR LOVE, my classic romance of the love story of a business woman and the most famous entertainer in the world (inspired by Michael Jackson):

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I eeny-meeny-miney-moed a decision to go left, and started out in search of the office.  After wandering aimlessly for a minute or two, I heard an elevator bell from somewhere in front of me.  I headed for the sound, hoping it was someone who could direct me.

I heard running footsteps, and a voice cried, “Look out, man!” a second before something big came flying around the corner I’d just reached and ran smack into me.  I would have fallen, but a strong arm suddenly encircled my waist, and held me erect.  I looked up into the deepest, darkest eyes I’d ever seen.

“Hey…Wow…I’m really sorry!  Are you all right?  Did I hurt you?”

“No…no, I’m fine,” I gasped.  I wasn’t hurt, but sure had the wind knocked out of me.

“Man!” he said, looking down at the things that had flown out of my purse when I’d dropped it.  “Look, let us pick these up.  That’s the least I can do after almost maiming…” he turned and looked at my face for the first time, “you…” his voice trailed off.

That’s when I realized this man with his arm still around me was…Darryl Bridges!

He must have realized he was still holding me at the same time.  We abruptly stepped apart.  I was still trying to catch my breath.  “What’s your hurry?  Where’s the fire?”

“I’ve got a press conference across town in twenty minutes—though that’s no excuse for knocking a lady semi-conscious, Miss…?”

“Mrs….Delaney, Angela Delaney.”

“I’m Darryl Bridges.”

“Yes.  I know.”  This brilliant statement was all I could think of to say.

By this time a guy in Darryl’s sizable entourage had picked up my things, and handed me my purse.

“Well, I…Uh…could I drop you somewhere?” Darryl asked.

“No, I’m staying here.  In fact, I just checked in.”  I couldn’t resist adding, “Besides, if you get in any bigger rush, the reporters at that press conference will be interviewing a ball of flame.”

Darryl started laughing just as the older guy next to him said, “Yeah, we’d better light a fire under it, man.  You’re due there in fifteen minutes.  The limo’s waiting.”  He gestured down the hallway.  I surmised it connected with the parking structure next door.  They were no doubt leaving this way to dodge the throng of press and fans out front.

“Yeah, Sam, okay.” Darryl answered him, while never taking his eyes off me.  “Are you sure you’re all right?”

I smiled, “Positive.  But you’d better hurry.  After all, it’s not like they can start without you.”

He laughed again before turning to go.  “Guess you’re right.  Well…uh…goodbye.”

“Bye.”

They started off again.  Darryl turned and waved just before they rounded a corner.

Mercy!  What a man! I almost said aloud.  He’s even more handsome in person!  And why can’t I find somebody that…nice?  I had to laugh aloud at my own foolishness.  Angie, you run into the most famous entertainer in the world, and all you can think of was that he was “nice?”  But he was.  Talking with him had been as easy and natural as if he was some guy I met in line at the grocery store.  There wasn’t any “kiss my ring—I’m a star” about him.

I went through the discussion with the caterers, and my afternoon meeting in a daze.  I was fortunate that my presentation wasn’t until the next day.  I wasn’t thinking very clearly.  I kept seeing Darryl’s dark, probing eyes before me.  I was grateful to finally get to my room after the seminar ended.

I took a shower, and went over the notes and visual aids for my presentation.  Just as I was nearing the end, the telephone rang.  When I answered, a vaguely familiar voice said, “Hello?  May I speak to Angela?”

I wasn’t sure who it was, but had the feeling it was someone I knew.  “This is she,” I acknowledged, half my attention still on my materials.

“Hi…uh…this is Darryl Bridges.”

My first impulse was to say “Yeah, right—and I’m Aretha Franklin.  Now who is this really?”  But something stopped me.  Now I recognized the voice—it really was him.  I didn’t say anything.  I couldn’t think of anything to say.  After a few beats he asked, “Are you still there?”

I focused a bit then, and feeling like a real jerk, answered, “Yes…uh…I’m still here.  I’m…I’m just so surprised…”

He cleared his throat, “I probably shouldn’t have called out of the blue like this….If it’s a bad time…”

That brought me back to life.  “No…oh, no, Darryl.  It’s not a bad time at all.  Excuse me, I was so startled you were calling I forgot my manners.  How are you?”

“Just fine.  Listen, I had to see if you were all right after having me line block you this afternoon.”  His warm mellow baritone sounded just as good spoken as it did in song.

“Right as rain.  It’s really thoughtful of you to call.”  Despite my best efforts, there was a small quiver in my voice.

“No problem.  Sorry to just run off like that.  Sometimes my schedule is tighter than a new shoe.”

“I can imagine.  I heard you have a concert tomorrow in Miami?”

“Right.  We’re on the way there now.”

“You’re driving down?”

“No, flying.”  He paused, “Can’t see much, but I think we’re close to Orlando right now.”

“It must be exciting…traveling all over the world.”

“It can be, but it can get old, especially when I’m near the end of a long tour, like now.  Do you travel much?”

“I travel a fair amount for my job, although most of my business trips are a lot closer to home than Atlanta.”

“Where’s home?”

“Lansing, Michigan.”

“Lansing…Lansing.  That’s the state capital, right?”

“Yes.  You know your geography…but then I guess you would.”

He laughed, “Yeah, I do move around a bit.”  He paused then asked, “You live in Lansing with your…uh…family?”

“Most of my family lives in Detroit.  I moved to Lansing two years ago for a promotion.  But my daughter Tiffani lives with me.”

Just your daughter?  No Mr. Delaney?  You’re divorced?”

“No, widowed.”

“Oh.”  He sounded ill at ease, “I’d noticed you weren’t wearing a wedding ring.  I’m sorry.  Was…was it recent?”

“No, it’s been sixteen years now.  But enough about me,” I said, quickly changing the subject.  “Where are you going after Miami?”

We began discussing his tour.  From there the conversation went on to travel in general, and California, where he lived, when I told him I’d never been there.  I was surprised he wanted to talk so long to me—someone he didn’t even know.  But talk he did.

I got the feeling he not only wanted to, but needed to talk.  It reminded me of years before, when I’d done volunteer work at a community center.  He reminded me of some of the people I talked to then, especially some of the older people, who maybe lived alone, and had no one to talk to.  Sometimes they’d go on and on while I was helping them, talking about everything under the sun.  And I’d let them, knowing they were enjoying the opportunity to just talk to someone.

I got the same feeling with Darryl, but I enjoyed every minute of it.  He was an awesome conversationalist.  He expressed himself so well, and had such astute insights.  I was caught off guard by how bright he was, and by his off-the-wall sense of humor.  He’d traveled all over the world, and I loved hearing about the places he’d visited.  And he had one rare additional quality—he was a great listener.  He really listened to me, and his perceptive questions showed it.

We wound up talking almost an hour.  Finally, he said, “We’re about to land, guess I’d better get ready.  It’s been really great talking to you.  Would…would you mind if I call you again sometime?”

I caught my breath.  “No, of course not, Darryl.”  I gave him my telephone numbers.  “I’ll look forward to hearing from you.”

“Fantastic!  Well, gotta run.  Talk to you soon.”

I just sat for a while staring at the phone.  Had I actually spent the past hour talking to Darryl Bridges?

 

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Homage in “FANTASY” to Empire’s Terrence Howard

I’m a HUGE Empire fan, and I just remembered that there’s an homage to Terrence Howard (who plays luscious Lucius) in my book, FANTASY:

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“Hot damn! My brother, you look like Terrence Howard, Denzel, and President Obama all rolled into one!”

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