If you’re recovering from surgery,  lapsing into boredom or simply want to take a day off,  do what I did yesterday — binge on television cop shows. It may be a strange way of creating a motive to become a total slacker for a day, but on the other hand, you can get lots of ideas, watch other plots that diligent writers like yourselves have taken from book to television.


The ones I’ve been watching are from BBC, through Netflix.  They’re varied and character driven and oh so much fun.

It’s a wonderful way to rationalize the fact you’re not writing. And I could give you a few more ideas if you need them.

For one, you can’t get a lot done while binge watching, yet, here’s what I did while watching television all day. I invited umpteen people to my LinkedIn account. I read all the FB blurbs — and tweets — and updated my author page on FB. And it was total fun!

All the while I viewed my manuscript — the final version of REMEMBER REDEMPTION — out of the corner of my eye, mentally preparing to hit it hard tomorrow, finishing it up by next week when I send the final version to my editor.

So who says having surgery can’t be fun. Plus, did I say I am off narcotics now? Depression is lifting and whoopie! My back is better.

Thanks for reading one and all. I’m feeling better, like I’m back in the human race.


After my last blog, I received congratulatory messages from many of you. And, usually, I respond immediately.

At the moment, however, I’m weaning myself off narcotics after a back surgery nearly two weeks ago. I’m taking this lucid BP moment — (Between Pills)– to explain that you will be receiving a message shortly.


Those emails, cards and texts pumped me up each and every day. I mean it.

The surgery to remove the hardware, which was inserted nearly four years ago during my back fusion, should reduce the current discomfort.  Keep your fingers crossed! Hopefully this will do the trick!

Thanks, thanks and thanks again!

My best,


P.S. REMEMBER REDEMPTION is done! Watch for it in SEPTEMBER!

The Very Merry Month of May!

Over all, I had a good month of May and wanted to thank all of you.


MIDNIGHT IN MALAMULELE was an Award-Winning Finalist in the “Fiction: Multicultural” category of the 2015 International Book Awards! And an Award Winning Finalist in “Best Cover Design: Fiction,” also of the 2015 International Book Awards. Coupled with receiving an additional honorable mention for MIDNIGHT IN MALAMULELE at the San Francisco Book Festival, my month of May was indeed exceptional.

Special congratulations and thanks to NarraSoft, the company who created the cover.

Also, thanks to my Editor Victoria Hanley and Gail M. Nelson of e-book-design, as well as a big thank you to all the writers, critique group members and beta readers of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Of course, I must thank my supportive family and friends in the U.S., Australia, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Take a bow, one and all! I could not have done it without you!

My best,