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Daddy's Smile

My beloved dad left this earth 20 years ago today. Some things remain.  I still have his smile!

Diva Love: Merci McKinley

Today, I am delighted to welcome fellow author and poet, Merci McKinley. I enjoyed reading her latest work, The Harvest, and I am grateful to showcase it here on my blog!

1|I particularly enjoy featuring other writers who, such as myself, have a testimony of chronic illness and domestic violence that empowers other women and puts an emphasis on their Christian walk. Tell us about your decision to include your faith in your writing.

The decision to write The Harvest came rather easy because it is my tribute to the presence of GOD within my life. It was my way of thanking him by helping another discover who he is through seeing the importance of having a relationship with him for themselves. Oddly enough, but rather a divine intervention, I chose the cover and the title for the book prior to writing it. I wanted to provide someone with the same gift I was given which is an ultimate relationship with the Heavenly Father and propel her forward towards it. Our faith is ultimately our lifel…

Behind the Chapter: California Love

In chapter three of Diary of a Divorcee Diva, the introductory scene symbolizes Mikayla leaving all of her troubles behind and hoping, against all odds, that this journey would take beyond her wildest dreams. Ironically, she was taking the trip with her off again and on again ex-boyfriend. There was no denying the temptation to rekindle the past, but she was determined to turn her focus to the future. Based on my actual first trip to Cali and my experiences there, I try to give my readers a sense that they are with Mikayla on her way to freedom and new adventure as her love for California and the flicker of her old flame take flight. Let’s catch up with Mikayla on Cloud Nine...



Chapter Three-California Love Excerpt I never felt so free as I did on that flight to LAX. The sky was the limit and I was literally on top the world, looking down on it from Cloud Nine. No one could tell me anything would ever go wrong ever again at that moment in time. After chatting it up with Darren a lit…

DDD Spotlight: Fiercely Camille

A shopaholic boss diva who sits in a boardroom filled with men all day, Camille can best be described as fierce. Not always the most confident in her own superpowers, yet she speaks her mind and always takes the lead, even when it comes to Mikayla’s relationships. Their first loves were brothers and they have considered themselves sisters ever since. Always opposite in their love lives thereafter, Mikayla was divorcing while Camille was tying the knot and matchmaker Camille soon wanted to hook Mikayla up with her new man’s best friend. Imagine that, since she encouraged Mikayla to date the guy she was just in divorce court with! But, Camille knows her better than anyone, so why not take her advice again? Get your copy today!

DDD Spotlight: Divinely Keisha

I like to describe Keisha as divinely loyal. Sometimes, too much and too soon, but she never gives up on her family, her friends or her man. She often prays to get that dedication in return. God spared her from death when she was given just two years to live, fifteen years ago, now surely he could deliver her from lies and betrayal. If there's one person who she can count on to be there, it's her friend, Mikayla. Whether she wants to laugh or needs to cry, Keisha can always call on her. They didn't start out that way; more like almost toe-to-toe, but after both being on a collision course with divorce and life as they once knew it, now they have each other's back. Enter my anniversary giveaway on Goodreads and be sure add it to your to-read shelf!

DDD Spotlight: Simply Mikayla

Quiet, yet confident with a whole lot of sass, Mikayla is never afraid of a new adventure in life or in love. She has a heart for taking care of others and always has an encouraging word to offer. Mikayla is rarely the initiator of trouble, but if you cross her, she will tell it to you straight and simple, then cut you loose. She often wonders if that's what keeps her in the land of happily NEVER after. But, then there's that little thing where she compares all men to her first love and floats back to him every time they are simultaneously single. Still, that doesn't stop her quest to find the one who will make her forget all about her past and never let her go. Get your copy of her story at Amazon or Barnes and Noble !

The DDD Sisterhood

Welcome to Diary of a Divorcee Diva Sisterhood Week!



In continuing to celebrate the fifth anniversary of my debut novel, I will be highlighting some of the themes in the book. This week I will be focused on sisterhood and I am starting by introducing you to the main character, Mikayla Summers, and two of her best friends. Check out my video link below with some of my favorite quotes from them highlighting support, vulnerability and strength. Stay tuned throughout the week for more on their special bond!



DDD Sisterhood
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Goodreads Giveaway-The Divorcee Chronicles

The anniversary celebration continues! I am commemorating the 5th anniversary of The Divorcee Chronicles by giving away an autographed paperback copy on Goodreads. Join the party and enter to win. Good luck and thanks for stopping by! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/235601-the-divorcee-chronicles-diary-of-a-divorcee-diva

Anniversary Spotlight-The Divorcee Chronicles

This month marks the fifth anniversary of my debut book and you are invited to help me celebrate! Stay tuned for giveaways and look out for reminiscent posts about some of my characters, review highlights and the wonderful journey that the book has taken me on. See you next week!



Diva Love:Poet Taneisha Grace-LaGrant

I can't let National Poetry Month come to a close without putting the spotlight on one of my fellow poets. Taneisha LaGrant joins me today and gives us a look inside of her writing life and influences.



1. There are so many poets who don't publish their work. Tell us about your decision to share your words beyond the stage and your journey to publication.

Hi! Thanks for having me. For me it started a long time ago. My seventh grade teacher told me I should publish and so I compiled two volumes of poetry from middle school through high school that I wanted to publish. Long story short, I lost all of those poems and started over. I knew that I wanted to be a published writer and I hadn't branched off into novel writing at the time and the stage scares me. I tend to speak too fast when I do spoken word, so I was in my barracks room and started typing up my book. That was in 2009 and I published The Pain of Love in 2010. At the time I had never heard of a poetry editor,…

Diva Love: Pastor Danyelle Scroggins

About Pastor Danyelle
Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of “His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three.


To find out more about Pastor Danyelle and her ministries, visit www.danyellescroggins.com, www.newvesselministries.org, www.facebook.com/danyellescroggins, or www.twitter.com/PastorDanyelle

Diva Love:Tracee Lydia Garner

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce the Virtual Book Tour for
Deadly Affections
 by Tracee Lydia Garner.

The tour will run March 27- April 7, 2017.
Book Release Date: March 30, 2017 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
About The Book


Synopsis
A crime romance, mystery suspense, romance novel. Psychologist Leedra Henderson has a hidden motive in abandoning everything to accept a new job at the Anchored Empowerment Center. She secretly hopes that the new position will help her to investigate her own past – and to finally uncover the real story behind a string of mysterious deaths at her childhood foster home. Now a strong, independent woman, Leedra doesn't need help: she wants to seek justice, and she will. Alone. Dexter Parker needs his own answers about that time in the foster home so long ago. A grown man reeling from the fallout of a broken marriage, Dexter’s rational mind tells him never to try the risks of love again – but he knows he could fill in the…

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Stop by my website to see some of my poetry performances and to get your copy of Straight from a Diva's Heart.
Thanks for stopping by!

Diva Love:LaShaunda Hoffman

Today I would like to welcome Shades of Romance Magazine Founder and Promotion Queen, LaShaunda Hoffman. I have learned so much from her and encourage all writers to check out her Don't Rock Fear Tour below.




       Thanks for following the Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Tour.  Welcome to day eight of the tour. I would like to thank Michelle for letting me share with you today.

Today’s Promotion Fear – I Can’t Toot My Own Horn A lot of writers have a hard time tooting their own horn. I will be honest and say I fall into this category.  I can promote other people’s book with no problem. I love raving about other books, I’ve been doing it for years. You would think when it came to my own book, I wouldn’t have a problem.


I can only speak for myself, but it feels like bragging when I rave about my own book. That little monster name fear, pops in and whispers in my ear. Who are you to be talking about your book? I don’t know why I listen but I do and instead of shouting to the world about my book…

March Madness: Mad Diva Finale

My favorite team has survived March Madness! The University of North Carolina will be among the teams playing on April 1st in its record-setting 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four appearance. Before I cheer them on, I will be closing out my March Madness on that day by giving away a Kindle copy of my debut novel from 2012, as it approaches the 5th anniversary of publication. Be sure to check it out!


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Happy National Single Parents' Day!

As a child of divorce, I was raised by a single mother. I was blessed that my dad was around as much as possible, but the one who does the daily grind always faces challenging times. As a former social worker, I know all too well the struggle and problems that some single parents encounter. It can be physically, mentally and financially draining, yet very rewarding.

Congratulations to all who are hanging in there on the crazy, wonderful journey that single parenting is!

This week's March Madness Mad Diva Giveaway will have up to three winners and is dedicated to you!

March Madness Mad Diva Giveaway: Single Parents Day Edition


March Madness:Mad Diva Monday

It's that time of year! Time for the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament and March Madness is in full effect. I am super excited that all of my teams are represented. My favorite team of all, University of North Carolina, is a #1 seed. My alma mater, UNC-Greensboro is playing and my parents' school, North Carolina Central University, is doing big things and is also scheduled to play. I am celebrating them and you by holding giveaways all this month.This week you can visit my author page on Facebook through the link below for a chance to win a iBook copy of my bestselling anthology, Single Mama Dating Drama. Good luck and I hope you enjoy!

Click here for a chance to win!