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


The big day is FINALLY here!

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

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!


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.


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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