Christmas Edition…

I’m modifying the rules to fit the “blogsphere.” Thanks Kem for sending this to me.

Welcome to the ‘Christmas Edition’ of getting to know your friends.

 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper for kids and family gifts and gift bags for friends gifts or when I have to go to a party and bring a gift
2.Tree–Real or Artificial? Artificial…saves money all the way around

3.When do you put Christmas tree up?   It’s up now…anytime after Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? Who says I take it down…lol…usually sometime in January…it’s fun putting it up…but I sure hate to take it down.
5. Like egg nog?   No…don’t like the stuff.
6. Do you have a nativity scene?   On my computer…does that count.
7. Favorite gift received as a child?  Black Barbie Doll, record player and the list goes on and on…I received so many.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Who said I was buying anything this year… (smile) but that would be for my mom
9. Easiest person to buy for?  Myself…because I know exactly what I want.
10. Worst Christmas gift? A bunch of Christmas stuff in a basket that I couldn’t use until the next Christmas…I’m like…excuse me, but could have I gotten something I could use during the rest of the 11 months.
11. Mail or email a Christmas card?  Mail…what’s that…you know I’m the email queen…but yes, there are old friends I still mail Christmas cards too…everybody else–EGREETINGS!
12. Favorite Christmas movie?  Although not really a Christmas movie, but they show it every year around this time is IMITATION OF LIFE…that movie has me in tears every time I watch it. I also like Scrooge.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  The day after Thanksgiving–Black Friday.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  Do you want the truth or fiction (hee hee)? If I did, I wouldn’t put out in cyberspace.
15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas?  Glazed Ham/Pound cake/Sweet Potatoe Pie/Pecan Pie and my mama’s cornbread dressing (not that jiffy stuff).
16. Colored or clear lights? Both
17. Favorite Christmas Song? This Christmas by Donny Hathaway & Silent Night by the Temptations run neck-n-neck!!!
18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home? When I lived elsewhere, I would travel back home for Christmas…but now that I’m living at home, I stay home.
19. Can you name Santa’s reindeer’s? Yep (I think…) Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitson… and Rudolph 🙂
20. Angel or Star on Tree top? Star
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? If it’s at a friend’s party or holiday party, gifts are open during the party…all other gifts are open on Christmas Day (unless I sneak and peek).
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Not having my entire family around due to distance and/or death…but I have plenty of good Christmas memories.  
Okay, here’s what you’re supposed to do and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy and paste into a new blank BLOG POST. Change all the answers so they apply to you. It’s the season to be cheerful!! So here’s wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas!!!

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Guilty Pleasures

Made you look, didn’t I?
Why wait on someone else to pamper you, when you can pamper yourself. There are several things that I absolutely can’t do without (well I could but…)
The Top 5 things I use on a daily basis are:

1. Pink Motorola Razr Phone

2. Sweet Pea Bath and Body Products

3. Issey Miyake Eau de Parfum Spray or Calvin Klein Escape Body Spray

4. Sansa MP3 player


5. Shock-o-late M.A.C. Lip Glass
What are some things you absolutely can’t do without?

The Truth and Contest Winners

Here are the answers to last week’s Fact or Fiction. I enjoyed reading your responses.

Here are ten statements allegedly about me. Which are true and which are false?

  1.  I’m from Louisiana and I grew up on a farm. We had to get up at 5 am every morning to do chores before walking a mile to the bus stop to get to school. False. I grew up in the 2nd largest city in the state of Louisiana. I’ve always been a city girl; although I visited my grandparents in the country every Sunday after church while growing up and spent some summers in the country.
  2. I met Maya Angelou in the 9th grade at a freshman lock-in. I didn’t realize then, how important that encounter would impact me later.  True. Up until that point I had never met an AA writer. After meeting Maya Angelou and seeing first hand the passion that words could evoke, I knew then that writing was something I wanted to do.
  3. One of my brothers taped my phone conversation with my boyfriend (is that legal???) when I was a teenager and later tried to bribe me not to tell our parents. True. I laugh now thinking about it.
  4. I married my college sweetheart, but later divorced him after I found out he was on the DL (a dirty leech). False. I have never been married. I was engaged to my college sweetheart and didn’t marry him because he was on the DL (a dirty leech) among other reasons.
  5. My best friend and I got into a big argument about nothing and didn’t talk for two years. False. We did get into a big disagreement about nothing but it was only a few weeks before someone contacted the other. I can’t recall who.
  6. Besides writing, drawing is another one of my favorite things to do. False. I couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler. My brothers were blessed with that talent. I was blessed with the writing gene.
  7. I performed as one part of this singing duo on The Main Circuit, a local version of Soul Train. True. If I ever get my hand on the video; I might just post it here. Not.  🙂 Me and Cassandra used to rehearse after school…back then I could out dance Janet…and yes, I mean Ms. Jackson.
  8. I’ve gone to Paris several times. True. Paris, Texas that is. Michelle, I loved your answer. I do plan on going to Paris, France one day though.
  9. I’ve been engaged twice. True. Fortunately for me I didn’t marry either one…the college sweetheart nor my second ex-fiance; because I would be twice divorce by  now since I’m not with either one.
  10. I am Anna Nicole Smith’s cousin. The verdict is still out on this one. Her real last name is the same as my family. I sometimes kid that she’s our white cousin from Texas. I guess we’ll never know.

The winners from the contest last week either posted a comment on the blog and/or a member of my yahoogroup mailing list: Kim and Michelle please look for an email offloop. Congrats on winning the giftcards. Thanks again to  PrincessDominiqueMultimedia.com for sponsoring the contest.

http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS   “Paige’s Web by Shelia M. Goss is so good. I can’t stop turning the pages!”

Fact or Fiction

I first saw this done on Divalicious Opinions site.  Thought I would do it here.

Here are ten statements allegedly about me. Which are true and which are false? Have fun. I’ll post the answers later.

  1. I’m from Louisiana and I grew up on a farm. We had to get up at 5 am every morning to do chores before walking a mile to the bus stop to get to school.
  2. I met Maya Angelou in the 9th grade at a freshman lock-in. I didn’t realize then, how important that encounter would impact me later. 
  3. One of my brothers taped my phone conversation with my boyfriend (is that legal???) when I was a teenager and later tried to bribe me not to tell our parents.
  4. I married my college sweetheart, but later divorced him after I found out he was on the DL (a dirty leech).
  5. My best friend and I got into a big argument about nothing and didn’t talk for two years.
  6. Besides writing, drawing is another one of my favorite things to do. 
  7. I performed as one part of this singing duo on The Main Circuit, a local version of Soul Train.
  8. I’ve gone to Paris several times.
  9. I’ve been engaged twice.
  10. I am Anna Nicole Smith’s cousin.
http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS   “Paige’s Web by Shelia M. Goss is so good. I can’t stop turning the pages!”

Look Up Your Birthday

LOOK UP YOUR BIRTHDAY  AND SEE WHAT YOU ARE..(I’m a parasite according to the chart).
Don’t forget to scroll down to see what it says about you.
 
January 01 – 09 ~   Ass
January 10 – 24 ~ Slug 
January 25 – 31 ~ Cockroach    
February 01 – 05  ~ Parasite
February 06 – 14 ~   Bullfrog
February 15 – 21 ~   Skunk   
February 22 – 28 ~   Snake    
March 01 – 12 ~   Ape
March 13 – 15 ~ Cockroach
March 16 – 23 ~   Slug
March 24 – 31 ~   Parasite
April 01 – 03 ~   Ass 
April 04 – 14 ~   Snake
April 15 – 26 ~   Slug  
April 27 – 30 ~   Skunk    
May 01 – 13 ~   Slug
May 14 – 21 ~   Bullfrog
May 22 – 31 ~ Cockroach    
June 01 – 03 ~   Slug
June 04 – 14 ~   Skunk
June 15 – 20 ~   Ass
June 21 – 24 ~ Ape
June 25 – 30 ~   Parasite
July 01 – 09 ~   Slug
July 10 – 15 ~   Ass
July 16 – 26 ~   Bullfrog
July 27 – 31 ~   Parasite    
August 01 – 15 ~   Ape
August 16 – 25 ~ Slug
August 26 – 31 ~   Skunk      
September 01 –  14 ~ Bullfrog
September 15 – 27 ~   Parasite
September 28 – 30 ~   Ass
October 01 – 15  ~ Ape
October 16 – 27 ~   Skunk  
October 28 – 31 ~   Snake    
November 01 – 16  ~ Cockroach
November 17 – 30  ~ Parasite      
December 01 – 16  ~ Ass
December 17 – 25 ~   Ape
December 26 – 31 ~   Bullfrog    

If you are a   Ass : A very loyal and  sweet person. Your loyalty can
never be doubted. You are quite honest and sincere when it comes to your
attitude towards working. You are a very simple  person, indeed.
Absolutely hassle free, humble and down-to-earth!!  That explains  the
reason why your friends cling on to you! You have a good taste for
clothes.  If your wardrobe is not updated with what is trendy, you sure
are depressed.  Popular and easy-going. You have a little group of
dignified friends, all of  them being quality-personified.

If you are a Slug : Always up to some sort of a mischief!  The
mischievous gleam in your eyes is what makes you so cute and attractive
to everyone. You are an extremely fun-to-be-with kind of person.  No
wonder people seek for your company and look forward to include you for
all  get-together’s. However, you are sensitive which is a drawback.
People need to  select their words while talking to you. If someone
tries to fiddle around and  play with words while dealing with you, it
is enough to invite your wrath. God  bless the person then!

If you are a Cockroach : Quite contradictory to your name, you  are a
peace loving person. You best try to avoid a situation wherein you are
required to fight. An outdoor person, you dislike sitting at one place
for a  long durati on. You are a born leader, and have it in you how to
tactfully derive  work from people. You love being loved, and when you
receive your share of  limelight from someone, you are all theirs!!!!
Well, well… Hence some people  could even take an advantage, flatter
you to the maximum and get their work  done. So be careful…..

If you are a Parasite : An extremely  lovable, adorable person,
sometimes shy, with a passion for quick wit. At times,  you prefer
quietness. You love exploring various things and going into depth of
each thing. Under normal circumstances you’re cool but when given a
reason to,  you are like a volcano waiting to erupt. You’re a fashion
bird. People look  forward to you as an icon associated with fashion.
Basically, you mingle along  freely but don’t like talking much to
strangers. People feel very easy in your  co m pany. You observe care in
choosing your friends.

If you are a   Skunk : You are near to  perfect and nice at heart. The
examples of your kindness are always circulated  in groups of people.
You, too, love peace. You wouldn’t like to retaliate even  to a person
who is in the wrong. You are loved due to this. You do not wish to  talk
behind one’s back. People love the way you always treat them. You can
give,  give and give love, and the best part is that you do not expect
it back in  return. You are generous enough. Seeing things in a
practical light is what  remains the best trait of you guys.

If you are a  Bullfrog: You symbolize a  very happy-go-lucky approach
in life. Whatever the surroundings may be, grim or  cheerful, you remain
unaffected. In fact, you spread cheer wherever you go. You  are the
leader of your group of friends and good at consoling people in their
times of need. You dislike hypocrisy and tend to shirk away from
hypocrites.  They can never be in your good books, no matter what. You
are very methodical  and organized in your work. No amount of mess,
hence, can ever encompass you.  Beware, it is easy for you to fall in
love….  

If you are a  Snake  : You are  mysterious. You are someone who can
handle pressure with ease, and can handle  any atmosphere without going
berserk. You can be mean at times, and love to  gossip with your
selected group. Very prim and proper. You like all si tuations  and
things to be in the way you desire, which, sometimes is not possible. As
a  result, you may lose out in some relationships. But otherwise, you
love to help  people out from difficult and tight spots when they really
need you.

If  you are a Ape : Very impatient and  hyper!!! You want things to be
done as quick as possible. At heart, you are  quite simple and love if
you are the center of attraction. That way, you people  are unique. You
would like to keep yourself safe from all the angles. Shall your  name
be dragged or featured in any sort of a controversy, you then go all
panicky. Therefore, you take your precautions from the very beginning.
When you  foresee anything wrong, your sixth sense is what saves you
from falling in  traps. Quite a money minded bunch you people are!!

http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS   Paige’s Web by Shelia M. Goss is so good. I can’t stop turning the pages!”

Writing and Reading Habits

Writing:
1. I can write the first draft of a novel in a month if the characters are vivid in my head. I usually wait until the characters hound me to write their story so that it’ll flow. I’ve tried writing any other kind of way but it doesn’t work for me. My characters must speak to me 🙂

2. I like complete solitude when writing. I don’t like being interrupted unless it’s an emergency; otherwise, you will get a half of a response. You could ask me to sign over my life’s savings and I would say okay because I’m not really listening to you when I’m in a writer’s zone.

3. I dream movies. I wish I could finance all of the great movie ideas I dream of. I have to keep a notepad by my bed to write short synopsis of what I’ve dreamed for future use.

4. I do a character sketch for every main character. By the time I finish with the character sketch, I know the character better than I know my friends…lol

5. I don’t like to let people read my stuff unless it’s finished because I know me. I will more than likely change some stuff when I go through the edits.

6. One of my novels is written under a pen name due to the fact that most of my books are considered women’s fiction and I don’t want to mix up my reading audience. No I am not telling you my pen name (smile).

7. None of my stories are about me. Although some folks swear I’m the over 30 never been married character of one of my novels. My stories are all fiction. I only meet folks later that have similiar characteristics as my characters. Reality is stranger than fiction.

8. Due to my vivid imagination, My motto “I write stories with a twist” developed and that’s my goal with every story.

Reading:
9. I’m an avid reader and read in all genres. Reading is my favorite pasttime. My favorite however is either romance or mysteries. There’s nothing like a good romance or a good mystery.

10. I write during the day and read at night.

11. If the book is good, it doesn’t take me long to read it. If it’s not, it takes me forever.

12. I can read by myself or in a crowd. I’ve mastered the art of tuning folks out.

13. I’ve started reading more street fiction and find that I enjoy it.

14. I used to write book reviews monthly so for the longest I was required to read a book. Now that I’m not reviewing books as often, the joy of reading has resurfaced. I enjoy reading “just because.”

15. If I meet an author and they have a bad attitude, I usually don’t read anymore of their books. Even if I was their number one fan before.

What are some of your reading and writing habits?

Pamper Yourself

What items do you use regularly and now feel like you just can’t do without? Since this is my birthday month, I thought I would do a top 10 list just in case someone I know is surfing the net and looking for that 1 special gift. 🙂

My Top 10 Pampering Items:

1.  Bath & Body Works Products

2. Issey Miyake Eau de Parfum Spray

3. Calvin Klein Escape Body Spray and Lotion

4. Curling up with a Good Book

5. Shock-o-late M.A.C. Lip Glass

6. Pink Razr Phone


7. IPOD

8. Dooney & Bourke Extra-Large Sac Handbag 9. Fossil Watch

10. Making it a DVD night – Morris, Denzel, Samuel, Will, Brad, Tom…as long as one of those guys are in it, it’s relaxing.

How do you pamper yourself?

7 Things

7 things I plan to do before I die:

1. Travel to every state in the US at least once.
2. Learn how to swim.
3. Learn how to speak Spanish fluently.
4. Learn how to speak French fluently.
5. Visit the Pyramids in Egypt.
6. Leave a legacy for my kids or nieces/nephews.
7. Develop a way to keep spammers out of my email box.

7 things I can do:

1. Create stories with a twist.
2. Choose songs that will be hits prior to them ever being
played on the radio.
3. Dance like Janet Jackson.
4. Make the best homemade banana pudding this side of
the Mississippi River.
5. Talk on the phone, check email, chat online and hold a conversation
with someone in the room at the same time.
6. A good listener.
7. Travel by myself and have a great time.

7 things I cannot do:
1. Read while a car or plane is in motion.
2. Put up with fake people.
3. Mow a yard (that’s a man’s job)
4. Drink a coke when I want a sprite.
5. Eat a hamburger with onions.
6. Put up with bad kids.
7. Think of something to put on this list.

7 things that attract me to the opposite sex:

1. Sexy Eyes
2. Ability to hold a decent conversation
3. Pretty Smile
4. Body language
5. The size of his shoe (get your mind out the gutter)
6. A man playing basketball or football
7. His ability to make me feel like the only woman in the room.

7 things that I say most often:

1. Whatever.
2. Anyway.
3. Please.
4. Don’t Get it Twisted.
5. I know they didn’t.
6. Life is too short for BS.
7. Don’t even worry about it.

7 Celebrity crushes:

1. Denzel Washington
2. Shemar Moore
3. Morris Chestnut
4. Brad Pitt
5. Blair Underwood
6. Boris Kodjoe
7. LL Cool J

The Face Behind the Blog

I was tagged by Mrs. Grapevine to do the The Face Behind the Blog. She was tagged by Lisa C.

Since I’m revealing all, let me tell you a little about me. I am the author of several novels. Be on the look out for Paige’s Web (coming to a store near you in October). Some of my other books are My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Violets are true and Double Platinum (coming 2008).

Anyway, here’s some pictures I took when I was having fun with my cell phone. 

I’m tagging: Gwyneth’s  Princess Dominique Yolanda Writes and Favorite Nitemare

20 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level of Insanity

A friend sent this to me in email, so I wanted to share with you all. Happy Saturday!

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With
Sunglasses on and point Hair Dryer At Passing Cars.
See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don’t Disguise
Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask
If They Want Fries with That.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It
“In.”

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once
Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions,
Switch To Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write “For
Smuggling Diamonds”

7. Finish All Your sentences with “In Accordance With
The Prophecy.”

8. Don’t use any punctuation

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat
with a serious face.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is “To
Go.”

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems
Don’t Rhyme

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And
Play tropical Sounds All Day.

15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You
Can’t Attend Their Party Because You’re Not In The
Mood.

16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your
Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.

17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream “I
Won!, I Won!”

18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The
Parking lot, Yelling “Run For Your Lives, They’re
Loose!!”

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. “Due To The
Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.”

20. And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity…….

Let Someone else know about this list. Make them Smile!

The I’s Have It

The I’s have it, but don’t let me be alone.  Do we have anything in common? Make your own list and share your link.

I am not: City Bank & Loan; nor was I born the day before yesterday.
I hate: folks who lie and start mess.

I hear: silence.

I regret: not saying “I love you” more to my dad.
I cry: when I think about how my family will never be the same.

I care: about my family and friends.

I always: treat people the way I want to be treated.

I long to: meet a man who doesn’t have a hidden agenda. 

I feel alone: during those times I’m longing for that special man in my life.
I listen: to R & B, hip-hop, pop & country

I hide: my inner-most thoughts.
I drive: with the flow of traffic.

I sing: songs that make me feel happy and blessed to be alive.

I dance: to the beat.
I write: because I have no choice; it’s something within me.
I breathe: as I realize how blessed I truly am; inspite of life’s complications.

I play: more now than ever, because I realize life is too short.
I miss: the way things used to be (concerning having all of my family here).
I search: the internet for practically everything.

I say: what I truly feel now instead of going with the flow; it causes less stress.

I feel: anxious about the new chapter in my life.

I succeed(ed): at being an author, but I don’t feel like I’ve reached the level I want to be at, just yet.

I fail(ed): at being patient.
I dream: about the day when I don’t have to worry about when folks are going to live up to their end of the bargain.

I sleep: light.

I wonder: if certain people actually believed the mess that came out of their mouths.

I want: to be happy in all areas of my life.
I worry: not as much as I used to.

I have: to keep my life balanced or else I’ll get stressed out.

I give: my tithes and offerrings.
I fight: against injustices.
I am: a person who doesn’t give up.

I can’t: stand the heat.

I stay: in the south.

I will: love myself more.
I can: talk on the phone, chat with a friend online and watch TV, all at the same time.
I would: spend more time with certain people, but they only want to talk about themselves and never ask me how I’m doing.
I might: take an extended hiatus from the internet.
I like: to read, write and laugh.
I love: Mexican and Italian food.
I smile: when I see my niece and nephews having a good time. 
I frown: when I’m disgusted about something.

I read: fiction for entertainment and non-fiction for information and/or personal growth. 

I work: part-time as a writer & part-time as a researcher for a Reality TV show.

I borrowed this from: Shai’s Blog

Thursday Quotes

Like working, LOVE writing!  ~ John A. Wooden, Author of A Moment of Justice,
A Lifetime of Vengenance

“You can’t afford to let people or circumstances
drive you crazy. Instead, be driven to stay in peace
instead of falling to pieces. Stay in your own lane
of purpose, dreams and hope. Carry your own map and
allow the Lord to be your navigator.”
~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

“Welcome every
morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special
gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to
complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a
self starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success
and positive action that is certain to echo through your
entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it
with a false start or no start at all. You were not born
to fail.” ~ Og Mandino

 “A wise African saying teaches that around every flower
are insects. It’s good to remember that you are like a
flower and as you grow, the insects (haters and critics)
will come — you can’t avoid it. Our souls and goals
flourish and bloom when planted in good soil enjoying
lots of sunshine, water, fertilizer and care. Continue
growing strong. Bloom where you are planted and
constantly weed out the negative habits and negative
people in your life.” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

The road to success is not straight. There is
a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called
Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You
will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination,
an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called
Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success. ~ Author Unknown

“We spend too much time in our thoughts looking at
what is taking place now instead of looking at the
finish line.” – Joyce Meyer, from her
book “Enjoying Where You are on the Way to Where
You are Going

“When your dreams turn to dust — vacuum.” ~ Desmond Tutu

“I can change. I can live out my imagination
instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless
potential instead of my limiting past.”
— Stephen Covey
 

13 Favorite Slow Jams

Today’s the 13th of August, so I thought I would do something different and have a little fun. Here are 13 of my favorite slow jams.  See how many you remember.

Shelia’s 13 Favorite Slow Jams Prince - The Very Best of Prince

  1. Adore by Prince
  2. Slow Jam by Midnight Star
  3. Girl by The Time
  4. Fire and Desire by Rick James and Teena Marie
  5. Silly by Deniece Williams
  6. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  7. Here and Now by Luther Vandross
  8. You and I by Stevie Wonder (or O’Bryan)
  9. Love on a Two Way Street by Stacey Lattishaw
  10. Love TKO by Teddy Pendergrass
  11. Love & Happiness by Al Green
  12. Just to Be Close to You by Commodores/Hello by Lionel Richie (tie)
  13. If Only You Knew by Patti Labelle

What are some of your 13 favorites?

A Few of My Favorite Authors

To celebrate my new blog, anyone can suggest a topic until the end of the month and we’ll talk about it here.  D.S. White gave the first topic. Name a few of your favorite authors. Why?

It’s a challenge because I have so many favorite authors. This list will not contain all of my favorite authors, but a few:

Maya Angelou, Peggy Eldridge Love  and Marc Lacy and so many other poets. Poets have a way of making words on the page sing.

Waking with EnemiesEric Jerome Dickey – his latest 2 books are why he’s my favorite. 

Everybody Say AmenReShonda Tate Billingsley –   whether she’s writing mainstream fiction, Christian fiction or Young Adult books, her writing style puts her on my favorite’s list. 

I can’t mention Christian fiction without adding Victoria Christopher Murray to my list. I just got this one in the mail and can’t wait to read it. A Novel About Four Women and Faith

Life without romance is BORING…some of my favorite romance authors are Francis Ray, Donna Hill, Gwynne Forster, Monica Jackson, and so many others. I’m hooked on Brenda Jackson’s books. In Bed With Her Boss (Kimani Romance)

  • Mystery & Suspense/Thriller
    •  Walter Mosley, Vincent Alexandria, John A. Wooden, Keith Lee Johnson, Tananarive Due, Brandon Massey, Tess Gerristen, etc….
  • Inspirational/Self-Help
    • T.D. Jakes, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Joyce Meyer, Carla J. Curtis etc….

Other writers who I like and have read every single one of their books include:  Kimberla Lawson Roby, Linda Dominique Grosvenor, Michelle McGriff, JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Jackie Collins, Cherlyn Michaels, E Lynn Harris, Michael Baisden,  etc.

I’m tired of typing, so this post has come to an end. This is only a snippet of who I enjoy reading. Stop back by from time to time and I’ll be posting other books by some of my favorite authors.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?