“I really wanted to read this and I’m so glad I did — Cliques! Are you kidding? Churches have cliques! Oh, my dear, do sit down, and let’s talk about it! Yes, what church member hasn’t suffered through the web of church members and their groups all snatching for power and attention? Hey, even the apostles scrambled for preference. Yet this well-written story with spot-on characters captures that all-too-human scene and is both touching and riveting!” — Mary Sheeran, an Amazon Five-Star Reviewer
During these trying times, many parents are unsure as to the future of education and what many are calling the new norm. Does the new norm mean students will forever require protective masks? Does it mean students will no longer be able to embrace their family or friends with something as simple as a hug? Will a social distance of six feet remain indefinitely and what will happen to students’ ability to learn in a traditional school setting? Many students need that one-on-one connection with teachers and other students. At the end of the day, what measures are being put in place to ensure students remain connected to what matters most, i.e., the human touch? Maybe it’s time for the community to come together and provide valuable resources to one another. While many families are self-quarantining, students should be exposed to opportunities for safe learning, fun activities, and physical interaction. Some school districts have taken measures to install portable plexiguard shields in every classroom, similar to the way they have in many casinos. However, this is probably very expensive, and while it may provide a higher measure of safety or prevention, online learning is also an option. Yet, even the online environment should incorporate resources that allow parents, school districts, and communities to collaborate in a manner that ensures that students feel connected. For example, when a teacher is providing instruction, the student should be able to see their teacher, even if it’s only virtually. In addition, students should have physical copies of the same textbooks that they see their teachers using; they need to touch it! Moreover, parents should be included and allowed to actively engage in student learning in a manner that allows a personal touch, maybe even find ways to involve the quarantining family member(s). Of course, these are just a few examples. I’m sure there are many others. Needless to say, our collective ideas could create a treasure trove of literary activities that are fun and engaging, especially now!
Have you ever taken a closer look at the business world with consideration of the games people play to get ahead in the workplace? Game Changers: Power – Control – Deception takes readers inside the offices of Dynamic Digital Marketing (DDM), an organization that is highly competitive. This character-driven novel spotlights Carmen Fenton, a waitress at Greyton’s Grill. Carmen is also a student studying to earn a college degree in Marketing. With the laborious hours she spends as a waitress, she’s eager to graduate and start her career. Meanwhile, Ray Collins, an architect and lover of the arts finds Carmen quite beautiful. While there is mutual attraction, she wonders if she can handle the demands of school, work, and a new relationship. Upon graduation, she receives an internship with DDM. As she strives to learn the business, she is ill-prepared for what lies ahead.
On February 23, 2020, Detroit Book City hosted its 4th Annual African-American Family Book Expo. Over sixty independent authors were in attendance and I was honored to be one of them. While at my table, a father and his son approached my table and asked if I had any children’s books for elementary or middle school-aged boys of color. Unfortunately, I did not. Needless to say, that was incentive enough for me to start writing again. So, the title of my next book is, THAT’S MY CAR – Subtitle: I DESIGNED IT! Now available on Amazon for Pre-Order.
The synopsis follows: Kevin is a nine-year-old boy who loves cars. He and his best friend, Michael, often play with Hot Wheels. Yet, when Kevin isn’t playing, he is in school or drawing designs of cars. His father is an automotive design engineer and Kevin desires to be just like him when he grows up. This is the story of a father’s influence over his son’s life choices. It emphasizes the importance of role models and is presented as a fun-filled adventure that is colorful, entertaining, and educational.