Monday, October 31, 2016

Embracing the Beautiful

Because I'm stuck in the 90s musically, I'm usually late to most listening parties. So by the time I've heard a song and become obsessed with it, most people have moved on to something else.

And I'm okay with that.

Such is the case with "Mercy" from Brave New World, the 2015 debut project from Bethel Music's Amanda Cook. (And see, I was going to call it an "album," but I'm trying not to date myself more than absolutely necessary.) Like most music that is new to me, I heard it one Sunday morning courtesy of our amazing worship team. At the time, I was captivated by the mood of the melody, the poignant emotions conveyed by both the vocalists and the musicians.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

RELEASE DAY! ANOTHER 4.0


The big day is FINALLY here!

The Kindle version of my debut novel, ANOTHER 4.0, is available for immediate purchase at Amazon.com

This day has been a looooooooong time comin'...cue The Winans...and I'm so excited to finally share this book with you.



The print version is coming in a few weeks, but for now, head on over to Amazon and snag your Kindle copy today!



SUMMARY:

Daria Nelson’s life seems perfect. She’s the apple of her father’s eye, the love of Maurice’s life, and a straight-A sophomore at Howard University.

But all is not as it seems.

Daria is angry with her father...because her father is angry with her. After four years, Adrian Nelson still doesn’t like Maurice, which makes no sense to his daughter. Maurice is the handsome owner of a successful West Philly barbershop and the kind of guy any girl would be lucky to have. So what’s not to like?

Well, no, Maurice hasn’t exactly supported Daria’s decision to matriculate some 150 miles away. He expected her to attend the University of Pennsylvania like she promised and hasn’t quite forgiven the drastic change in venue. But Daria understands his frustration because college hasn’t been everything she expected either. Though confident in her choice of English as a major, she feels constant pressure to decide who she wants to be when she grows up...and maintain the level of excellence expected of a student at the premiere HBCU in the world to boot.

And with all these issues jockeying for her attention, all Daria wants is peace and another 4.0.


AUTHOR BIO: 

Denise is not na├»ve—at least, not as much as yesterday. A born-and-raised Philly girl, she uses her English degree to bemoan text-speak and champion the Oxford Comma. Denise never met a stiletto she didn’t like but will switch to sneakers to chase her children or harass her hubby for hugs. The faith-filled characters in her modern stories are real, and they’re spectacular. Her work appears in the anthologies "Color Him Father" (Kinship Press) and "The Motherhood Diaries 2" (Brown Girls Publishing). "Another 4.0" is her debut novel, a veritable tribute to her beloved Howard University.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summary and Excerpt: ANOTHER 4.0



Happy Thursday, all!


I'm continuing the celebration of my forthcoming debut novel, ANOTHER 4.0, with a full summary and excerpt.


Check 'em out!





SUMMARY:

Daria Nelson’s life seems perfect. She’s the apple of her father’s eye, the love of Maurice’s life, and a straight-A sophomore at Howard University.

But all is not as it seems.

Daria is angry with her father...because her father is angry with her. Apparently Adrian Nelson still doesn’t like Maurice after all this time, an attitude which makes no sense to his daughter. Maurice is the handsome owner of a successful West Philly barbershop and the kind of guy any girl would be lucky to have. So what’s not to like?

Well, no, Maurice hasn’t exactly supported Daria’s decision to matriculate some 150 miles away. He expected her stay local and attend the University of Pennsylvania like she promised and hasn’t quite forgiven the drastic change in venue. But Daria understands his frustration because college hasn’t been everything she expected either. Though confident in her choice of English as a major, she has no idea what she wants to do with her life and feels constant pressure to figure it out. Best friends Bernie and Cherrie sympathize with her struggles, but even they don’t fully understand some of Daria’s decisions. To say nothing of the internal pressure Daria feels to maintain the excellence expected of a student at the premiere HBCU in the world.

And with all these issues jockeying for her attention, all Daria wants is peace and another 4.0.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

COVER REVEAL: ANOTHER 4.0 by denise Leora madre


Today is the best Tuesday EVER.

I am indescribably excited to finally announce that my debut novel, ANOTHER 4.0, will be released this fall!

And heeeeeere's the cover:




(God bless you, T.M. Franklin. It looks amazing!)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

On Alton Sterling


Another beautiful brown body
Lies face-down on the bloody ground while
Talking heads indulge their privilege:
Opting to ignore the truth and
Negate our outrage. “He
Shouldn’t have been doing
That,” they say, “that” being whatever
Egregious sin gave the triggermen
Reasons to gun him down. “Black
Lives Matter!” we scream until hoarse.
Indifferent and armed they disagree,
Notching another one on their broken blue belts.
God bless America.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Odd Mom Out


School has been out for about a week, and I am exhausted! I miss my children like crazy when they go off to school, but when they’re home all day and looking at me as if I were the Activities Director of their personal cruise line, I start counting the days until September.

And apologizing to every teacher-friend I have.

In all seriousness, the time together has been great. And because they attend a six-week Extended School Year program each summer, I have to make the most of the next few weeks.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Karlynne: An Acrostic


Today I celebrate one of my oldest--though she loves to point out that I'm four-and-a-half months older than she is--and dearest friends. 

Karlynne, this one's for you!

My Original "Home G" and I through the years...

Monday, June 20, 2016

God Don't Like Ugly

I spend far too much time on social media, Facebook and Pinterest being my favorite hangouts. Though some content leaves me clutching my proverbial pearls and wondering what’s wrong with folks, I learn the most in the comments.

(And laugh till I cry at the memes. Seriously, some o' y'all need to quit your day jobs and go into comedy.)

And in the comments, I often find the following phrase:

“God don’t like ugly.”

Monday, June 13, 2016

Seven Random Questions with Jess Molly Brown of "Moms on Missions"

Happy Monday, all!

I am thrilled to share this space today with my sister-from-another-mister, Jess Molly Brown, to celebrate the release of her debut novel! In Moms on Missions, when matchmaking mothers try to fix their children's love lives, the results are disastrous, hilarious, and romantic...not necessarily in that order.

Jess and I know each other pretty well by now, but there's always room for seven random questions. Here we go!

1. Someone is making a musical of the past year of your life. What's it called and what's the opening number?

I think… it would have to be called Too Far-Fetched. The opening number is Are You Sh*tting Me? followed by Tonka Bit Me Seven Times Today. My friends say our household would make entertaining Reality TV. As we have neither money nor fame, that seems highly unlikely. But hey, at least we aren’t boring.

Monday, May 30, 2016

RELEASE DAY! Review of "Moms on Missions" by Jess Molly Brown

What could be worse than your matchmaking mother trying to set you up?

How about discovering she knows exactly what she's doing?

This is the problem facing Vince Russo in Jess Molly Brown's hilarious debut novel, Moms on Missions. Vince, an independent visual artist living at Niagara-on-the-lake, has put his dating life on hold to save for art school. But Diana Russo needs grandchildren in her home more than another painting, so she conspires with her friends, the Moms on Missions, to find a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Italian girl to make her dreams for her son come true. The Moms find the perfect girl, Mary diGiordano, and secretly install her in the apartment upstairs from Vince, hoping sparks will fly.

And sparks do fly. But not the good kind.

First, Mary apparently has some obnoxious drummer named Danny for a roommate whose rude attitude makes Vince want to tear out his hair. When Vince finally meets Mary, his every attempt at kindness is met with major hostility. This Mary diGiordano is a frustrating whirlwind of contradictions and not at all who Vince thought she would be.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Mom On Missions by Jess Molly Brown

Oh, how I have longed for this day!

Friends and readers, I am thrilled to share the cover for my dear and darling friend Jess Molly Brown's hilarious and heartwarming debut novel, Moms On Missions!

The cover tells you all you need to know: The MOMs have Vince and Dani in their sights, so those two better look out! Stay tuned to this blog for information about pre-ordering this fantastic book and for a review after its May 2016 release.

Congratulations, Jess!