Dream Maker Saturday, Apr 27 2013 

We all have dreams of what we want our lives to be.  From childhood to college to the realities of life, we continue to dream about what we want.  Growing up, I wanted to be an actress and then when that dream faded into another, it was to become a fashion store owner.  In my early 20s, that dream faded to become an author.  Becoming an author was the one dream that stuck.  Over 25 years later, I am finally realizing that dream.  I am working on a fiction piece currently titled Moments in Time.  The goal is to finish it by mid to late May and be ready for distribution by mid June. 

I am very excited to share a small sample of my work.  This is pre-edited so forgive my formatting:

The sudden scream from just behind them caught Matthew’s ear. He turned his head to the left toward the sound and oncoming traffic lanes just in time to see the car coming with seemingly no intent to stop. Instinctively, he grabbed Courtney, who was so engaged in her story that she was not aware of the burst of activity around her, and pushed her forward in an attempt to get her out of the way… then darkness.

When he woke up, it was the next morning and he was in the hospital with a broken left arm and IVs protruding from his good arm. Jeremy was there calling for the nurse when he saw Matthew turning is head with eyes first searching for familiarity and then realization. It took Matthew a moment to remember what happened.

As his memory came back, he felt immense panic. “Where is Courtney?” He could feel his mouth moving but no sound was coming out just some strange sound he could not identify. Why did Jeremy not hear him? Just as he was becoming agitated, the nurse walked in, helped him sit up and gave him some water which he drank through a straw. He could feel the cotton in his throat start to dissipate. Once he got his voice back he started to ask again, Jeremy, sensing his panic, raised his hand to stop him.

“Courtney survived but she is still in critical condition,” Jeremy immediately told him.

I will be self publishing this book and have started an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds and raise awareness for the project and a worthy non-profit.  Check it out, pre-order your book, share with others – http://igg.me/p/396357/x/649489.

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Common Names Friday, Apr 26 2013 

What is in a name?  I have learned that when your name is your bread and butter, there is a lot riding on your name.  Having a fairly common name, I discovered that I share the same name as a best selling author.  Does this work to my benefit?  I guess it could but I really want my own identity.  I have decided to change my pen name to, drum roll please…. Lisa Jeannine. 

I am very excited to share with the world a project I have been working on for the last couple of months.  I am finally realizing my dream and hope everyone loves it.  I will be posting a short snippet from my book within the next couple of days.

My Inspiration: Janelle and Milan Saturday, Apr 6 2013 

I have been working on my first fiction piece over the last few months between a full time job, school, consulting work and my two daughters. It has been challenging building a story around two central characters but it is a challenge I welcome. I look at my girls and am impressed with where they are in life and how focused on the future they both are.

The oldest has achieved her Bachelors degree and is working hard to get to the next stage. She has been accepted into a Masters program in Bournemouth University in Europe. She is working hard to raise the funds needed for her deposit and moving expenses. She is fiercely determined to make her dreams come true.

My youngest is a Freshman in high school and is very talented in several ways. Her biggest challenge is cystic fibrosis. She may have been born with a defective gene that causes this disease but that is not slowing her down one bit. She maintains good grades while at the same time is working on her acting, fashion designs and just being an awesome kid. I have no doubt that like her sister her sheer determination will make her a success in life.

When asked what is my inspiration, I have to say my girls who I do it all for.

My Angels

My Angels