When my husband and I moved into our house some years ago, we had a huge backyard that needed some tender loving care. There were areas that had small brown patches and some spots that just wouldn’t grow at all. I remembered us hiring a professional to treat the ground, laying seeds ourselves, and doing just about as much as we could to get the grass to grow.

Our next door neighbor had beautiful grass. He even provided encouraging advice of what he had to do to get his to grow, but year after year ours stayed in the same state. Well, as I opened my blinds today, I realized how beautiful the grass has grown without any of those brown patches in sight. I couldn’t believe it! I wish I had taken a before and after picture. It’s probably been like this for a while now, but my focus hadn’t been on it anymore.  I immediately thought about my prayer life, and I realized that’s typically how I receive answers to my prayers. When I pray about a problem and take my mind off it (surrendering it fully to God), the answer just shows up when I least expect it.  It’s just like the old saying: “A watched pot never boils.”

Sometimes I receive an answer to my prayers right away, but there are times when I have to “Be Still” and wait on God.  Just like the grass in my backyard, I had sowed seeds, watered them, and in due time (God’s timing) I received the blessing I had been hoping for. 

Whatever you’re standing, praying, and hoping for today, just give it up to God and trust in His timing that it will all work out for your good!



Waiting can be one of the hardest things we have to do in life. In this fast-paced, ever-changing society, we’ve become accustomed to getting instantaneous results without having to wait for it. However, when we’re called to wait for a door to open for a new job or our financial situation to change, we become impatient and want to give up. As I was driving to the beach today, this bible verse came to mind: Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. I have learned from personal experiences that God’s ways and timing are far better than mine. A delay is not always His denial.

There’s a lot of good that can occur in waiting. We learn about ourselves and behaviors that we need to change, our hearts are renewed, and faith is demonstrated. Sometimes we have to be prepared for a blessing before it’s actually given to us. What parent would give their children the key to their car if they weren’t ready to drive it? I know I wouldn’t, so why do we think it should be any different for us?

Whatever you’re waiting for today, do not give up on your dreams just because it looks like it’s never going to happen. If you ask any actor in Hollywood how they made it to the big screen, I’m sure you would hear how someone had to persevere against all odds before landing their first big break. This definitely gives true meaning to the old saying “Anything worth having is worth fight for.”

I pass by a picture of Abraham Lincoln every day at work. It has the word “Perseverance” on top with a list of all the failures he experienced before becoming the 16th President of the United States. I like to look at this picture and reflect sometimes. It’s a true depiction of perseverance; what happens when you don’t give up in the mist of obstacles. If Mr. Lincoln had given up when he failed in business or thought maybe a career in politics wasn’t right for him when he was defeated twice for U.S. Senate and the nomination for Vice President, then he wouldn’t have stayed the course to become the president of this country.

Just because something doesn’t happen when we expect it, doesn’t mean we’re not on the right path. We just have to wait, remain on course, and exercise patience. Remember we all have a purpose in life, so walk it out, and wait for your perfect timing!

What’s going on with me…

It’s been some months since I’ve posted anything to my Blog page…I know…I know.
I like to have a purpose behind my writing, whether it’s writing a book or a blog to share stories or information that will inspire someone else. I don’t like to write about just anything to say that I was able to get some content down; it’s not my style or who I am as an author. With that being said, I’ve been thinking a lot about my brand lately and what I want my blog to focus on. I’ve actually had this conversation with the editor-in-chief of my publisher quite a few times. I just love her!
While I was sitting at my computer this week working on marketing ideas, it finally came to me – Women, Love, and Romance (WRL). It’s what I love to talk about, so why not blog about it! I plan to start posting next month in April. Make sure to sign up on my mailing list to receive email notifications. #CleanRomance at its best.
Let’s chat about it.

Who’s Your Doorstopper?

Steve Harvey said something profound yesterday, “Discipline determines your destiny not your desire.”
You can desire for your dreams to come true all you want, but without some type of effort on your end it’s going to remain just that – a dream.

If your gift is writing and you desire to publish a novel, then write at least one sentence today. That’s one sentence more than you had yesterday.

If your desire is to own your own business, then call around for rates, or talk to an owner in that field about start-up ideas. That’s one call towards the start of your dream. Please do not get offended if someone does not want to help. Brush it off and call someone else. Don’t allow one person to become your doorstopper.

If you’re called to start a ministry, then do some research today, or talk to a leader in that particular ministry who can provide guidance…and always pray first about it.

If music is your passion and you’re finding it hard to crack into the business, then start at a level that’s attainable for you. I love to sit outside at restaurants and listen to local musicians play on a beautiful summer day. Contact a restaurant or town center to see about playing for them on a busy weekend. All you need is one well-connected person to hear your music. Music execs have to eat too, right?

We’ve all been blessed with gifts. It’s time to use them. If you keep putting it off and saying tomorrow or next month or next year, you’re going to look up and see all the time that’s been wasted…time that you cannot get back. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, but you have today to make a difference.

Dream BIG! Live Greater! Aspire to live the life that’s meant for you. And please do not blame someone else for not getting it done. Kick the doorstopper out of the way (only you know what’s blocking you) and push the door open to walk into your destiny.

This is the year to get it done. 

Book Clubs

For groups in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas, I’m available to meet with your book club to discuss my books. I’m also available to join book club meetings via Skype in other areas of the country.
To make arrangements, complete the contact form on my website. I’d love to hear from you!

The Time Is Finally Here!

I can’t believe this day has finally arrived! On the eve of my book launch, I have a lot of emotions running through me. I’m EXCITED – that’s a given – but also thankful to have another opportunity to have my work published. I started to write When Love’s Knot Enough (originally called To Marry or Not to Marry) almost two years ago. It didn’t take me that long to finish the first draft, but it was a process to get it just right.
I was sitting up on a weekday night (when I should have been asleep) watching a Real Housewives television show when the book idea came to me. A story about a woman who has been married twice and now has a phobia of doing it again. I immediately started to write the next day; however, if you’re familiar with my writing style from my first book (When it’s Time to Walk Away), you know I like to write with a purpose behind it.
Mariah Langston, my leading character, has it all. She is a top executive at a marketing firm that is dominated by men (this doesn’t bother her), has a wonderful life outside of work, including a dedicated, gorgeous man who supports her beliefs. She doesn’t want to get married again, and he is fine with it…or so she thinks.
Don’t let the rings on the front cover fool you – this is not just another wedding book. This book is about letting go of your past in order to get to where you need to be in the present. Holding onto baggage is never good. From the outside, no one would believe Mariah, who is successful in all she does, has deep embedded issues that control her life. This can cause someone who has it all to lose out on what’s most important because they just can’t let go of the past. I have a sample chapter to share with you on my book landing page Book Landing Page.
Be sure to let me know what you think about Mariah’s story. Do you think love is enough?

Picking the cover

Finishing a manuscript is one of the most rewarding experiences for an author. Picking the cover is just as exciting! I’m a cover person, so this is my favorite part. If the cover doesn’t grab me, there’s a chance that I will not read the summary.
For the past couple weeks, I’ve been involved in the cover design process for my next book. I like to think about the readers and what will draw their attention to the book. After reviewing various proofs, I believe the designer has created a beautiful cover. It’s elegant with an eye-catching design that flows perfectly with the title. The cover is scheduled to be revealed soon! I look forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for your loving support.

When Love’s Knot Enough – Coming April 7, 2015