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Lawyer | Romantic Suspense Author | Speaker | TV Junkie | Foodie | Sweet Wine Addict | Savvy Shopper You can visit my website at www.authordeelawrence.com to learn more about my romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go, which is set in Baltimore. You can also connect with me online @ thewritepen (Twitter and Facebook). Thanks for visiting with me today!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review of "A Wanted Woman" by Eric Jerome Dickey

I've been a fan of Eric Jerome Dickey for many, many years and I can't get enough of his writing. I recently finished reading A Wanted Woman, EJD's 21st novel and here's my review: 

In “A Wanted Woman” no detail was left unturned by Eric Jerome Dickey, the master of thrillers. His in-depth descriptions of the story’s locations (Trinidad, Barbados, etc.), its complex characters, the dialect of the regions, the music, the food, etc. were spot on. I felt like I was there with Reaper when she was wrecking havoc against all her enemies…and they were aplently. Also, there were so many great lines in this novel. 

Here’s one of my favorites from a conversation between Black Jack and Reaper (a woman of many faces who switches accents at a drop of a dime and who is deadly as hell): “Keep a woman broke, keep her under control. Give her enough to get by. She won’t starve to death, but she’ll never be able to afford to leave. That’s from the handbook on how to be a pimp.” 

The action was definitely a thrill ride! A must read!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Just That Kinda Weekend!"

Winter is really not my favorite season. There's hardly any sunlight when I leave to go to work and it's always dark when I get home. I feel totally drained of energy which is matched by the weather. There's no real drive to hangout for the entire weekend. So, when I have a weekend to relax and do absolutely nothing - let's just say that I relish this.

I spent this weekend writing, catching up on some of my favorite TV/cable shows (e.g. Justified, Banshee, Shameless, House of Lies, etc.) and eating some delicious meals. I also indulged by having some Breyers cheesecake gelato - oh so decadent!

Now that the weekend has come to a close, I must prepare once again for another week of possible snow, sleet and rain. But my mind will occasionally do a flashback to my laid back weekend and I will truly smile until I can do it again!

Come on SPRING!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"One Night in Miami"

As a season subscriber to Center Stage productions in Baltimore, I'm always excited to see new plays. On Saturday, January 17, 2015, a friend and I checked out the premiere of "One Night in Miami,"a play written by Kemp Powers and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. When we arrived there was a boxing ring set up in the lobby with the announcer introducing a fight. This was very exciting as the theater goers were fascinated to see something different. We watched as one of the boxers jog down the hallway with his handler and made his appearance in the ring. Cool!

Then we decided to grab a drink before the play started and to our surprise, there was a drink called the "Miami Punch," that fit perfectly with the theme of the play. Of course, I couldn't resist getting one. It was a refreshing, fruity drink mixed with just the right amount of rum. Way to go Center Stage for thinking outside of the box! 

See ya next time and for those who haven't seen this play - let me say that the actors were AWESOME! Their performances were captivating and the songs resonated with the times especially when Mr. Soul aka Sam Cooke played by Grasan Kingsberry belted out, "A Change Is Gonna Come." The audience ate it up! Wow!! Two thumbs up!!

Here's the synopsis of the play and I hope you get a chance to check it out! It runs from January 14 - February 8, 2015.

February 25, 1964. Twenty-two-year-old Cassius Clay has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, Clay chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends - activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown. This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights movement stirs outside, and the melody of "A Change is Gonna Come" hangs in the air, four men will emerge from the at one night ready to define a new world.

The Cast
Tory Andrus - Malcolm X ("Brother Minister")
Royce Johnson - Kareem
Sullivan Jones - Cassius Clay ("The Greatest")
Grasan Kingsberry - Sam Cooke ("Mr. Soul"
Genesis Oliver - Jamaal
Esau Pritchett - Jim Brown ("Big Jim")

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Create A Life You Love...Telesummit"

Today, I received an email from Marshawn Evans about the "Create A Life You Love...Telesummit," presented by the Sisterhood of Reinvention. I was very excited because the New Year causes me to do an introspection and force me to commit to finding my voice and valuing who I am as a person. In other words, claiming my significance.

I vow this year to be one where my dreams are even bigger than the year before. So, I had to YES to participating in this telesummit! 

You should join me on this journey. All you have to do is click on the link below and get registered. The telesummit starts Monday, January 12, 2015 and the best thing is...it's FREE!


http://www.lovesyouback.com/

Sunday, January 4, 2015

"Ain't No Half Steppin"

2014 has been a very emotional and challenging year for me. It was a year filled with joys, pains, and great opportunities. So, as 2014 makes its way out the door and 2015 ushers in, my motto will be the works of Big Daddy Kane, “Ain’t No Half Steppin’.” This means going full force in achieving my writing goals, exploring new creative outlets, forging new collaborative relationships, and turning up the heat on my marketing strategies.

Ready. Set. Go. It’s time to ROCK ON! Happy New Year everybody!

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