Nothing Compares 2 U… Prince


Today my heart is broken. It’s so hard to believe the Prince is actually gone. The man taught a generation the TRUE meaning of sexy. The man who taught us to be bold. “Make the rules, the break them all cause you are the best.” But I think the reason I can’t stop crying is because musical artists dispense more than great music. They capture emotion, they strengthen the soul and the real great ones that are few and far between give us power. Power to be what’s deep in us, beyond scripts and programming and socialization. They allow our spirits, minds and souls to break free. And that’s why I can’t stop crying.

I’m so thankful I caught two shows during his Welcome 2 America tour at The Forum. If you’ve been following me for years, then you’ll remember that was one of my first blog posts. I was so excited, enthralled and satisfied. I wanted to catch so many more concerts. I planned to do so in 2017 and hopefully this year, waiting for his Piano and Mic tour to reach Cali. 🙁 The reason why I could plan to OD on Prince concerts is because he was so accessible to fans–tickets weren’t overpriced, he preformed often and gave us his ALL.

Okay. I must leave it. I know that he will RIP and will always be my favorite–always.

The stage at Prince "Welcome 2 America" concert series at The Forum, Inglewood
The stage at Prince “Welcome 2 America” concert series at The Forum, Inglewood

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… Prince …

(REPOST on 6/21/2016. ORIGINALLY POSTED on 5/15/2011)

The memory I will always hold dear.

I warn you…

This post is not about writing…

It’s about an earth shaking explosion of an experience I had last night!

The stage at Prince “Welcome 2 America” concert series at The Forum, Inglewood

Okay–so, I’ve seen the man himself in concert on the TV screen and still somehow found myself infused by his greatness. And you know when you go to a concert, they’re all “pitchy” and lip syncing because they’re moving around doing all this extra dancing to make up for their lack of singing ability?

Well, not Prince.

Listen–he is really only like — 5’2″ (a little guy) with an astronomical, inflated, humungous, and all the rest of those adjectives that means BIG x 3000 or more–presence!

I just kept saying, “wow” and again, “wow” and over and over again… He never misses a note (NEVER). I mean, how old is this guy? 20???? He looks 25 and moves like a teenager.  I mean first he’s at the tip of the symbol, next thing you know he’s jumped on top of the piano, next thing you know, he’s doing the splits at the back of the stage where the pit is about to lose their minds, reaching out for him begging for MORE! MOOOORE!!!  And did he even sweat? Or did he look absolutely perfect, through my adoring lenses? And those facial expressions–the definition of true sex appeal…Man … sighh…. And let me tell you, there were men in the audience mesmerized by him too…

And you know you have to be good when you can get us LA’ians off of our feet and dancing and shouting and out of our pretentiousness for a solid 2 hours–

And you know you’re unmatched when you get us pretentious LA’ians to sit around for thirty minutes after you TRULY packed it up, begging for more… no, really, like BEGGING… shouting and stomping our feet–watching the detail pack Shelia E’s drums set up and we still are staring at the stage just hoping he’d come back for at least ONE MORE song…

But here’s the thing about us LA’ians–we don’t get mad. We don’t complain… We drop another $180+ for next week’s concert!

We have discussion with the person sitting next to us precisely about that!

“I’m coming back.”

“How many times have you come?”

“This is my third time”

“My friend’s, friend, neighbor’s, dog walker, said he comes back three times and stays on stage as late as 2:00AM!”

“Oh well, see you next week.”

None of us mentioning which show we’ll catch because he’s been sold out for every one of them…

Ahhh…twas nice…

And now, back to reality…I must return to writing the vampire novel!

Apologies My LOVE in the USA Readers… Apologies.

Apologies because I certainly didn’t make reading the LOVE in the USA series uncomplicated.

So… you’re emotionally invested in one character and their continuing story and then WHAM, the next story stars an entirely different character and his or her love story. However, to my defense, at least the characters in the previous book are related to the character in the next book. And, the main characters in the previous book will show up in the next book. I mean… At least. Right????


I think I did it because A–I’m a nerd and B–I was intrigued by the thought of people/characters living while something significant is happening in other characters’ lives (see, I’m a nerd). Does that make sense? Like, while Maggie & Vince are getting together, the honeymoon is over for Belmont and Daisy from Find Her, Keep Her (A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story).  We learn about what’s going on with them through incidences in Maggie’s life.

You see… I thought that was clever.

But then I left you hanging so long to find out what happens next in the primary characters’ lives from book 1 that I had to wait until book 4 to get to them. However, if you read books 2 and 3, then you know what sort of difficulties Daisy and Belmont had faced. First in the story about Maggie, Belmont’s cousin, and then in the story about Charlie, Belmont’s brother. However, this madness continues because you have to wait until book 5 to get back to Maggie & Vince, and then book 7 and then book 9.


Well, at least I’m going to give you an option to read through all of Maggie & Vince books soon. I’m compiling them into a boxset just to see how it goes (It’s now available on Google Play). I sort of have mixed feelings about releasing this version because I don’t want  you to lose the rich experience of reading each story back to back and in order. Here’s what I would say to you–know that if you read There’s Something About Her (book 2), then you will learn more about Daisy & Belmont (book 1) in that story. The same goes for later books. So you read, He’s So Bad ( A San Francisco Love Story). Well, if  you read Made To Love Her (9), then you will see more of Robert and Carter’s relationship before He’s So Good (Robert & Carter) is released.

Let me digress for a moment. OMG, tonight’s sunset is miraculous. I live in the desert and I promise you every I’m privy to a spectacular sunset. I’ll show a picture below.

Anyway… I would like to say THANK YOU for sticking with me.

I forgot… The third reason why I wrote the books so complicated was out of sheer ignorance. I never considered sitting on the other side of this keyboard. I mean, I, myself, usually wait until a series is completed to start reading it.  I mean, I’m still making you wait for the final Charlie & Angel story and Daisy & Belmont story. Actually, I want to have a lot of fun with those two stories so they should be interesting. I’m outlining Say You Love Me (Charlie & Angel) now!

Also, there’s a lot of sex in the earlier books but my writing partner and I have spent the last three or four months pondering the value of sex in romance and we’ve come to some interesting conclusions. I think from He’s So Bad (A San Francisco Love Story) onwards you have seen and will see a healthier expressions of sex. Where this (circling a finger around my nether regions) isn’t the full value of a woman’s worth and a couple’s expression of love

You know what I mean????

Like what makes a lasting relationship is being able to share your deepest fears with that other person and not get judged, penalized or shunned for it.  Basically, they’re in love because they have become really good friends, who are attracted to and are in love with each other. Other expressions of love are loyalty, support, humor, sharing, compromise and respect.

Okay… So I  conclude this with a promise to never do that again. Disrupt a story by changing the main characters in the next release. I do plan to write Monroe, Hannah, Dexter, Rose and possibly Anton’s story but I’ll do them in sequential order. For instance, I’ll release She’s So Bad (A XXXX LOVE Story) and She’s So Good (Monroe & ?) back to back, and possibly at the same time or no more than a month apart.

At least that’s my goal!


T.R. and I are coming up with a remarkable series. Have you tried the Sexy Series? That’s not the series I’m referring to but the books in The Sexy Series are  not as sexual as the LOVE in the USA books but you still get an emotionally charged story that draws in you and won’t let go of you until “the end.” The reason why they’re not as sexual is because I don’t have three or four books to solidify the characters bond beyond the stand-alone novel. I have to get to the emotional/real bond.  And let me tell you, all the hot, steamy, butt licking sex ends at some point–always. Unless he or she has some issues. LOL! We’re definitely going to deal with issues in the next series we’re writing (again, a different one besides the LOVE in the USA series). The idea is novel so I don’t want to give it away! 😉

Okay. It’s time for me to get back to writing on the outline for  The Sexy Chef – Domination. Also, He’s So Good (Robert & Carter) cleared it’s first round of editing. Guess what??? I’m super happy with the story. I can’t wait to get it to my ARC readers, get you some samples and then finally release it! Yay. Also, The Sexy Artist Fixation is in the second phase of first round editing. T.R and I are going through the edits this week.

So as you see… I have A LOT to do, and that’s after taking off the week before last. But never fear, I’m determined to get  you the books that are supposed to be released this year.

Oh and here’s that sunset! Sigh…. Amazing, isn’t it?

Toodles! And until next time!

Tonight's sunset


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In the beginning… (while writing He’s So Good: Robert & Carter )

It always sucks.

I’m writing… He’s So Good (Robert & Carter) and if you’ve been around for a while, when I used to blog more, then you know writing the beginning of the story is the most torturous part.
I feel discombobulated. Nothing is going right in or out of the world of the story I’m telling. I feel like I’m never going to get going–I’m never going to finish. And what I’ve already written sounds okay but I’m pretty sure it’s how I want to start. I’m playing off the first paragraph of “He’s So Bad: A San Francisco Love Story.”
It starts like this:  She moans, and it makes me harder.
Here’s what I feel…
I feel “He’s So Bad: A San Francisco Love Story” is the best book in the LOVE in the USA series as a whole. I loved writing all the books but there was something about “He’s So Bad” that made me feel as if I was constructing a masterpiece out of Robert Tango–a fully alive and complex human being, captured in fiction. So if you haven’t read the book, grab it. I’m thinking about promoting it soon. But first, I have to find my way out of the start of the book blues. And, in addition to “He’s So Good,” written by me, I’m writing “The Sexy Artist – Fixation” with T.R.
At first I thought I needed a hug but I think I need to dig deep and find some extra tenacity.
Here’s another reason why I have to dig deep. It’s cold as heck in this house and it’s on propane. Well… propane in Southern California is upwards of $3.50 a gallon! Rip offs!!! So, we’ve been keeping the thermostat set to like 65 degrees max. I know that’s wimpy to a lot of you in other parts of the country but cut me a little slack–I grew up in the Sunshine state! LOL! 😉
Also, we were supposed to run a mega promo on The Sexy Boss – Sedition today but it fell through because of Amazon. I think that’s really irking me the most. I really want this series to get off the ground. It’s good. It’s different for me. I like it.
Now that that’s all out, maybe I can grab something to eat and get back to work. I. must. move. forward. One word at a time. One sentence at a time. One paragraph at a time. One chapter at a time.
And so, happy writing to me and happy reading to  you–or if you’re a writer then happy writing to you 🙂
Oh, and keep your eyes peeled open for “Made To Love Her” the final book featuring Maggie & Vince. By now it’s solidified–they’ve been together long enough to make it legal in the eyes of humans, and through enough to know they want spend the rest of their lives together. I think when you’re done reading this story, you’re going to feel that whatever life throws at this couple, they’re going to stay together, and it took There’s Something About Her, Still In Love With Her, Made To Like Her and Made To Love Her to make it work between these two independent, ambitious and contemporary people. 🙂
Also Robert, Carter and Monroe have nice roles in Made To Love Her. If you want a fuller look of what happened before “He’s So Good” starts, then make sure you read Made To Love Her. 😉
Okay… back to the drawing board. I’m starting to feel separation anxiety and my computer is at 50% battery life.
Until next the time…
Much love and lots of peace,


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