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Having friends is an important part of my life.  I have a couple that who have been in my life since I was a kid and some that I only know because of the internet.  I think a few of them are closer friends than some I see in person. I believe people come in your life for a season.  It took me a few years to understand this because I use to think friendship was
If you know me, you know I can’t imagine my life without music.  I know there is a soundtrack to my life.  My love of music comes from my mother and my father.  They both played music and even though my father left my life when I was 7, I still remember music he played on the record player.  Yes, I said record player, I don’t know if they even exist anymore. I bought my
I started Shades Of Romance Magazine before there was social media.   Promotion was all about participating in groups, forums and blogs.  It was fun hanging out in forums and talking to authors and readers.  Everyone was passionate about writing and books. I never dreamed about making money with the magazine.  I was doing something I loved.  When people ask me about starting a business I tell them to do something they would do for free
I was blessed with 5 sisters. Two I grew up with Stephanie and Antoinette. Two I found out about when I was 13, Bridgette and Kimberly. One I met as a baby and didn’t see her again until she was an adult when I found her on Facebook, Socrotiff. I always wanted brothers and was blessed with nine when I married my husband, Eric, Johnny, Craig, Tim, Nathanial, Wallace, Jamel, Darren and Tarron. Family is
I’m happy my children were able to see me live my dream of being a published author.  I hope it inspired them to go after their dreams. My youngest, Sean has enjoyed this new journey as much as I have.  He took my book to school for show and tell. He was super proud to show off a book that his mother wrote.  He gave two autograph copies to his favorite teachers and he tells
The first fan letter I wrote was to Romance Writer Rochelle Alers. She was featured in Essence magazine and included her mailing address. I wrote her a letter and to my surprise she wrote me back. That letter was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I loved Rochelle’s books and she will always hold a special place in my heart because she wrote me back. I received my first fan letter last year after my
I love that my hubby get’s me.  He understands my dreams and supports them.  He bought me my first computer and was my first editor for SORMAG when I first started. When I have my pity parties about my book not selling for the week, he asks have I had a Virtual Tea with LaShaunda to get myself back on track.  He knows that this journey hasn’t been easy for me, but he will not let
I thought I found God when I was 25 and became a Christian. As I began to grow in my faith I learned I was the lost one. God was with me when he placed me in my mom’s womb. I just had to acknowledge him as the head of my life. When you have faith, you look at life differently. You want to know how you can serve the world. For years I wonder
Yesterday I wanted to talk to my mom. I wanted to hear her say my name. I don’t know why I was feeling like this. I wasn’t having a hard day at work. I just wanted to pick up the phone and call her, like I use to. I haven’t had one of those days in a long time, before I knew it the tears were flowing. I was thankful I was alone at work
When I look back over my life I realize I’ve always had an entrepreneur spirit. My first business was as a babysitter. I loved children and spending time with them. Every New Year’s Eve I would have 5- 10 kids because their parents wanted to celebrate the New Year. In the summer time I was the go to babysitter for those who couldn’t afford day care. I made enough funds every summer to get my