Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Madiba

Nelson Mandela made his transition on Thursday, December 5, 2013 after blessing the world with a lifetime of service. What incredible challenges he overcame and great accomplishments he achieved! After decades
in jail, he is freed; going on to liberate South Africa of Apartheid, and then to be elected President.

Once I arrived home on Friday, I turned on the evening news to watch the coverage of his passing. I expected to see grief stricken people in the streets, mourning. What I saw completely surprised me.

South Africans rejoicing in the streets.

They were celebrating his life, dancing, joyously attired, thanking the Lord for blessing their lives with Madiba. Yet when you think of Mr Mandela's life, how can you mourn and be sad? There aren't many leaders of change who lived to the ripe old age of 95 years old. Not only did he lead his nation through a revolution, but was elected President and embraced by his all South Africans, both Black and White. Now that is something to celebrate. Nope, sure can't cry about that. Once you think about it, we understand why South African's can't sit down.

Or the world for that matter. I was fortunate enough to catch the Memorial Service live, at 1am-ish Pacific time this morning. It was amazing to see the 'who's who' of the United Nations fly in from around the world to honor him. It was even better to see the citizens of South Africa rejoicing in the rain for the great leader who'd gone home to be with the Lord.





Mr. Mandela was more than a blessing for South Africa alone, but for the international community as well. It seems as if he changed the world with a gentle admonishment and a smile, but I know this isn't the case. Leaders listened to and respected him. He didn't seem to get the push-back that some leaders experience. He had a way of talking to folks, of interacting with them. He was like a grandfather, who having raised his children in the callousness of youth, now molds his grandchildren with tenderness, love, and compassion in the twilight of his years.






OK, so I'm romanticizing him. So what? I can if I want too. But much of it is true, isn't it?




Rest, Madiba, our chief.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Coming Soon! La Rose Book II Le Baton Chronicles

Coming November 1, 2013


On August 28, 1963, while waiting for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom telecast to begin, 116 year old Lela Chevalier Roberts continues her recount of the Chevalier family history to her great-grandson, Julian Charles Chamberie, with the life of her late husband, James Roberts, in 19th Century Louisiana.

Assisted by angels and heaven, James escapes his father’s hatred, forced enlistment in the Civil War’s Confederate Army, and Mammon the Devil’s repeated attempts to annihilate him by fleeing America for France and taking refuge with his cousins, Emmanuel and Jonathan. Once settled into French society, James searches for his wife, the one he has dreamed of for centuries. Much to his delight, James falls in love, marries, and honeymoons with his new bride in Milan, where she soon becomes pregnant. Yet, Mammon finds James and destroys his new family, propelling James into a battle against madness; nevertheless, James triumphs over insanity and escapes hell, returning to life once more.

Rebounding from the loss of his wife, James remembers a love he has yet to find, his true love, his Rose, and resumes his quest to find her. When James returns to the Chevalier Mansion of New Orleans at the war’s end to save his friend from self-destruction, James discovers his Rose, Lela Chevalier. But Mammon is busy, and initiates his greatest plan yet to destroy Lela’s and James’ love, jeopardizing the lineage and future birth of Le Baton.


Available on Amazon.com November 1, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We Remember

To those who lives were taken



And to those who sacrificed theirs


Thank you

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It's something about the shoes

Dorothy Jones is a shoe girl. Anyone who knows Dorothy cannot deny her blatant love for stilettos. In Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz, Dorothy hits the shoe jackpot when she is transported to Oz after ingesting two martini's made with tainted bath tub gin: Ruby stilettos.

I've often wondered what this gift must have meant to Dorothy. You have to be kidding me, shoes constructed entirely of rubies? I know I would probably carry a soft cloth with me at all times to wipe the dust from them.

In any case, while sitting at my desk, the NM email ghosted in the lower right hand corner of my screen. I said, "What the heck, I can use some retail porn."

I opened the email and what I found blew my mind.

This week, my shoe dreams manifested into reality:


No,  you're not losing your mind. You think you hear the angels singing and rejoicing? Well, yes you do hear them because I hear them too.

Check out the side profile:


Rouge Absolute Crystal Suede Scallop Pumpdesigned by Valentino, is available at Neiman Marcus.

God must have channeled Dorothy's shoe to Mr. Valentino! They are so close to the shoe I envisioned for Dorothy, except my version sported a pesky ankle strap. I'm glad it was omitted from the real thing.

The shoe is simply beautiful. Check them out on NM's website. This dream prices out at about $3K. You can pre-order them as well...

http://goo.gl/wbRGYU

Lordy, if only I had the $$$!!!

If you want to see more of my... uh I mean Dorothy's... shoe fetish, please visit Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz Pinterest page: http://goo.gl/sDZYrD.

It's good to be Dorothy and to drop speakeasies on witches.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Eve of the Greatest March of All Time

This is a special night for me. 50 years ago today, thousands of people from around the nation, from all walks of life, arrived in Washington, D.C. to participate the following day in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Celebrities such as Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, Charlston Heston, and the March's organizer, A. Philip Randolph, strapped on their walking shoes to participate in the festivities, headlined by Dr. Martin Luther King, encouraged by Mahalia Jackson to "Tell them about the dream, Martin."

However, one young man missed this event. In La Rose, Book I Le Baton Chronicles, Julian Charles Chamberie sits at the bar of New Orleans' Hotel Monteleone, pissed off. His 116 year old Great-Grandmother, Lela Chevalier Roberts, has summoned him home to order her affairs, forcing him to miss the greatest humanitarian event of all times. Julian hadn't seen Lela since 10 years before when he was 14 years old, but what did he care. He had no desire to return to the home where his mother had fallen to her death.

Despite his pain and despair, Julian returns to the Chevalier Mansion to realize his emancipation and freedom in ways undreamed of through Lela's recount of their family history, beginning with the story of her father and slave owner, Augustus Chevalier, in 19th century St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. With Lela's story, Julian begins to uncover his true purpose and calling in life, as unbelievable as may be. I encourage all of you to read this story of the supernatural spiritual exploration and liberation of Julian Charles Chamberie, defying the truths which the color of his skin and radical beliefs may have attempted to convince him of in August, 1963.

Happy March. I hope to see you for a few moments tomorrow on the internet. Keep the dream alive.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Why isn't anyone talking about the March on Washington, or am I the only one not in the loop?

I find it strange. The 50th Anniversary of one of the greatest human rights events in history is approaching, but no one seems to be talking about it. At least I'm not hearing or reading about it. I know it's coming because the event is the back drop for the opening of my book,  La Rose Book I Le Baton Chronicles. Granted, I don't have cable, but anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I keep up with my news outlets. I haven't seen anything on CNN, Reuters, MSNBC, or FOX websites. If they posted something, I missed it.

But maybe it's just me. I don't catch everything on the internet.

I did find a few articles on Black Voices: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/black-voices/
BET offered some travel tips: http://www.bet.com/news/national/photos/2013/08/march-on-washington-travel-tips.html#!040213-national-action-network-convention-logo-nan
Okay. Well here's an article on NBC news: http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/week-long-celebration-marks-50th-anniversary-march-washington-6C10963042

OK, so maybe it is just me. However, since we're getting closer to the walk, I'm guessing there will be more buzz about it. But gee whiz, maybe some folks may have wished to attend in person. Now we're under seven days before travel; plane tickets will cost a fortune.

I think that we, as a nation (me too), have been more focused on other things, like the hottest song in the country, celebrities babies, political sex scandals and petroleum selected foreign wars and unrest. Who wants to discuss equality, voting rights, jobs or our children murdering each other? Something may change in the world if we did and who wants that? Better keep it under our hats.

But yeah, there will be a March in Washington on Wednesday, August 28th. Please visit http://50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com/ for more information and a schedule of events.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quick Accusation

I'm on Tumblr now. It seems cool; I'm still getting my feet wet though. Want to follow me? You may be able blame me for something later if you do. Ha!

http://lafleur2009.tumblr.com/


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

March On Washington 50th Anniversary




On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 America will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, forever altering the course of American History. Although many may believe the March to be the brainchild of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council (at least I had), it was organized by A. Philip Randolph, leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and political activist.

Growing up in the 70's, I always fantasied what the March must have been like for those fortunate enough to attend. I have missed major events in my adulthood, such as the President Obama's inaugurations, due to either financial limitations or obligations at home. In my novel La Rose, Book I Le Baton Chronicles, 24 year old Julian Charles Chamberie also suffers the same misfortune. An activist in the Civil Rights Movement, Julian is summoned home to New Orleans by his 116 year old Great-Grandmother Lela Chevalier Roberts on the eve of the March on Washington. Although furious with his grandmother's request, Julian skips the March and returns home to visit her once more, expecting her to die soon.

Available on Amazon.com
As the March on Washington challenged the collective conscience of America, Lela  challenges Julian.  In preparation for his end time role as the Keyholder, Lela transports Julian through time and space to the La Rose Plantation in 19th century Louisiana,  reacquainting Julian with his life as Lela's father and slave owner, Augustus Chevalier. Lela captivates Julian's mind, soul, and spirit with her oral narration of the story, compelling Julian to examine his own inner turmoil, wounds, and strongholds which have dogged him across several lifetimes. Yet, Lela not only wishes for Julian to come to terms with his past life, but to learn how deal with the Archangels and Fallen angels who have battled for control of him throughout the centuries, and who continue to do so,  seeking take hold of the Chevalier Family for all time. With her account of their family history, Lela offers to Julian the opportunity to take hold of his true purpose in life and his freedom.

If you wish to learn more about the March on Washington and upcoming events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March, please visit http://50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com/events/.

La Rose, Book I Le Baton Chronicles is available on Amazon.com.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Cocktails With Janice Ross

Check me out on B
logTalkRadio.com with Janice Ross, author of Damaged Girls Series. she's promoting new authors like me. ūüėĀ @LaFleur2009: RT @JGRWriter: Tune in for Saturday Cocktails w/ @LaFleur2009 on 8/10/2013 8:00 AMEDT #BlogTalkRadio  http://t.co/9glCjdVusC

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hey World! Living Life through Social Media

Designed by Claudia Ross
Social Media is now my second job; writing is my third.

My schedule, you may ask?

Work: (incl. travel to/from work): 730am - 730pm
Social Media: 7pm - 9pm (oh, there's intermittent Candy Crush mixed in)
Writing: 9-11pm
Candy Crush: 1130-1145pm
Bedtime: whenever


I have a full day.

I'm learning how to manage it all. I love Twitter. FB is OK. Instagram and Picasa I'm still learning. LinkedIn is cool. Not sure what Pintrest is all about? I guess it's like Picasa and Instagram? Ugh. Google +, I'm still figuring that one out too.

I downloaded something called Pocket (formerly Read It Later) to my IPad. It sounds cool. You can save articles, etc to Pocket and read at your convenience.

Buffer is an app that reveals peak hours/times when your followers are line. This will be great once I learn how to use it.

TweetCaster is an interface for Twitter. I like it. Tweets come in lightning quick, shiny front end. You can get stats on everything! Cool.

Do you have any tips on how you manage your social media activities? I would love to here them.

Here are some links if you would like to learn more about the apps I've discovered:

http://bufferapp.com/

https://tweetcaster.com/

http://getpocket.com/


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Comic Con 2013

Every year I try to attend ComicCon. In 2012 I was working in Seattle, so I missed the event. However, I'm happy to say that I made it to the 2013 Convention; and I wasn't disappointed.

I haven't been able to score any tickets since 2011, so nowadays I just go down to the convention center and walk around, taking in the sights and sounds. There is plenty to see! But this year was different for me. For ComicCon 2013, I had my two books to plug: Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz and La Rose, Book I Le Baton Chronicles. Yay!!! Every year since 2010, I would always tell myself, 'Next year, I will plug my book at ComicCon.' My 'Next Year' came July 20, 2013.

Dressed as "The Rose," a character from  my book, I took to the the streets of ComicCon and handed out pluggers. I met so many cool and interesting people. It was a fun day and I enjoyed mysellf.

Check out the rest of my photos on Picasa!




Friday, July 12, 2013

Releasing Control

In March, 2013 I published my first novel, Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Through Oz.
Between December, 2012 and the time I published it, I placed a lot of pressure on myself to get it done. I would read it again and again; however, when I arrived at the chapter entitled "Emerald City," I would lose interest. I just assumed I was tired of reading the story. Yet, I never tired of reading the first chapters of the book. I published the novel and received good feedback on it. 

One Saturday in June, I awakened at 4am in the morning. Needless to say, I wasn't happy. Saturday was my day to sleep until 11am, not sit up in bed before the rooster crowed! I lay back on my pillow and all I could think about was Dorothy Jones. In my mind, I flipped through the book, laughing at most parts until I arrived at "The Emerald City." It was then I accepted the inescapable fact I did not like the end of my book!

I got out of bed, turned on my laptop, and spent the next two days re-writing the end of Dorothy Jones. By magic, different themes, sayings, characters and incidents within the story began to tie together and make sense. I republished the eBook that Sunday night.

Was it a surprise to me I didn't like the ending of the story? Not at all. When writing the story, I wanted Dorothy Jones to be a short story; something I could submit to contests. So, I stunted Dorothy's growth. Instead of allowing the story to take the course it desired, I forced it into the direction I wished it to go. Now that I've allowed Dorothy Jones to be the novel she desires to be, I love to read the entire novel, again and again.

Have you ever experienced this phenomenon in your writing? I would love to hear about how you learned to release control.