It’s finally here! The Official Rerelease of In The Mirror. It’s been a long few months, but with the help of some truly talented friends, I was able to put this book back out with a new, fantastic cover and some beautiful editing. Thanks to everyone who helped me get to this amazing point in my writing career. I believe readers will thoroughly enjoy reading how Jasmine goes about trying to prove that the love of her life is not in love with his wife. Now without further adieu, click on the link below and get your copy of In The Mirror. Happy Reading 🙂
Finally, In The Mirror is now available!!! Click on the following link and begin your journey into the heart and mind of the other woman. Read In The Mirror and see the other woman in a way she hasn’t been seen before, even by herself. Thanks so much for your support. I know you are going to love Jasmine.
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I had one of the best times at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday. I met a lot of talented authors and a bunch of excited readers, who were looking for the next book that will keep them reading through the night.
The new cover for In The Mirror was a big hit. Readers could not resist picking the book up and once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t leave without buying it. So, once again I want to thank Tyrone Wilkens, Toni Belafonte, Lauren Smith, and Malcolm Blackman for helping me reshoot the cover. It is a beautiful thing.
So below are so highlights from the festival. On my Facebook page, are interviews of several authors, who were gracious enough to allow me to Go Live so I could share their work with my friends and family, who, by the way, were super, super supportive and came out to get their copy of In The Mirror. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Reading 🙂
For the last few months, I’ve been working feverishly to re-release my novel, In The Mirror. It’s been a challenge because I am determined to produce a great story, inside and out. Meaning, I want the cover and interior to be awesome. I’ve been working with some wonderful people. Natalie Stokes-Peters has been formatting the interior. I wrote In the Mirror using Word. Natalie uses InDesign. The two programs did not mesh well at all. In reading the book, I found over 700 edits that Natalie had to address. That took a lot of time.
The cover is another thing that has taken a lot of time. More time than I expected. We shot the cover in April. Here is the link to the behind the scenes of the cover shoot. https://youtu.be/XN0QZ2Jt3nU
Well, we have a beautiful cover. The only problem is the digital version looks great, but the physical copy prints too dark. The main character, Jasmine, can be seen, although not at vibrant as the digital version, and the two other characters, Daniel and Regina, are hardly visible at all. So I am working hard to get it right.
My hope is that I’ll have it correct before the Baltimore Book Festival.
🙂 Happy Reading.
I had the wonderful opportunity of being interviewed by Joey Pinkney. Thank you so much, Joey, for the support you give authors. Click on the link for my interview. Happy Reading
I was fortunate enough to be featured in an article written by reporter and playwright, Ursula Battle in The Baltimore Times newspaper. Click on the link and read all about Water the film, which is based on my novel, Water in a Broken Glass. Thank you all for the support and love you are showing Water. I truly appreciate it. None of this would be happening without you.
Recently, I reshot the cover to my novel In the Mirror. I’d been wanting and needing to reshoot the cover for a long time. The first time the cover was shot was when In the Mirror was published by Dewdrop Publishing. The cover featured my beautiful cousin, Dana Pryor, who plays the main character, Jasmine Falls.
It is a wonderful cover. I love it, but it didn’t attract many readers. There was something missing from the cover. Not long after its release, I was able to acquire the rights to In the Mirror and I decided to reshoot the cover. Now, I’ve never bought a book based on the cover. I’m title’s person, meaning, if the title grabs my attention, I’m picking up the book to see what it’s about. I now understand that covers do the same for most readers. Their first introduction to you as a writer is the cover, and if it doesn’t grab them, they won’t grab the book.
So I had this wonderful idea for a cover and had a friend, Steven Houk, who dabbles in photograph to shoot it for me. For the talent, I again used my cousin Dana, who is Jasmine. I asked my co-worker, Lauren Smith, to play the role of Regina Roberts, and I asked my former publisher, Devlon Waddell, to play the role of Daniel Roberts. This is what we came up with.
This cover attracted a whole lot of attention. Every book fair I attended, I sold several copies because it drew people over to my table. And once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t wait to read it. The only problem is this cover didn’t exactly do what I wanted. I wanted it to be a night time scene, but we weren’t able to achieve that. So it looks like Jasmine is standing in Daniel and Regina’s room in the middle of the afternoon as they are napping. Also, we had elongate the image because we couldn’t originally shoot it vertically. So everyone is distorted, which I could say plays a part in how Jasmine views the relationship. Yeah, I could say that. It sounds really good….Naw…
Soooo, that brings me to April 23, 2017. I’ll tell you all about that day in my next post.
The coolest thing in an author’s life happened to me. Page Turners Bookclub selected Water in a Broken Glass for their book of the month. The discussion was originally supposed to take place in a restaurant, but I received a phone call from Page Turners this morning. People have been calling the library wanting to attend, so the library asked them to have the discussion at the branch instead. Crazy, right? I want to thank Page Turners Bookclub, Mr. Farmer of the Woodlawn Library, and the people who love Water in a Broken Glass for making my day.
Click on the link to read all about it.
Author Chandra Sparks Splond gave me the wonderful opportunity to talk about a book that changed my life. Click on the link and read all about it. http://chandrasparkssplond.com/blog/odessa-rose/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork
Thanks so much Chandra.
Nate, the host of The Artist Exchange Radio Show, will be interviewing me and Jamelle on Friday, February 17, 2017. We will discuss everything from writing, acting, movie-making, and of course how Water in a Broken Glass made its way to the big screen. Tune-in and call in. Thanks in advance. I be listening for your call on tomorrow night.
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I had an absolute ball with the Liberty Lite Bookclub. Everyone was so welcoming and we had a great discussion. I love it when readers can tell me things about my work that I didn’t even see. I want to thank Liberty Lite Bookclub for featuring Water in a Broken Glass and for loving it as much as I do.
I’m almost done with Kizmic’s Journey, but I’ve run into the dreaded procrastination monster.
Yesterday, I attended the 6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo. This wonderful event is the baby of Patricia Johnson-Harris, one of the hosts of Authors Talk Live blog radio show. Although she is not an author, Pat is a great supporter of authors. This is my second year attending the Expo and it’s been a blessing. I’ve connected with so many talented authors and the sweetest, most supportive readers. You feel loved when you are at this event. I am so thankful to be a part of it. I can’t wait until next year.
This year I attended the 12th Annual CityLit Festival, which is held at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. It took place the Saturday after what is now known as “Baltimore’s Uprising.” It was a difficult time for the Baltimore. At CityLit, a number of authors and poets discussed their work and expressed their feelings about the riots and their love for Baltimore.
Kizmic’s Journey is all about loving and remembering your childhood. Some of the things we remember the most are the games we played. Four Square was one of those games.
Kizmic’s Journey takes us back to the 70’s when children played hand games. I got together with my family and friends and went back down memory lane.
On Saturday, July 25th, my new publishers, Edward Robinson and Natalie Stokes-Peters, held an Odessa Rose Fan Appreciation Day for all the people that have supported my writing. It was a great event. I wasn’t sure if I could do something like that at first, but when I realized that I’d be able to thank all of you for believing in and like my work, I was all for it.
We enjoyed good food, music, and conversation. I read a chapter from Kizmic’s Journey and I must say that it was a hit. I was a little worried that people wouldn’t like it, but everyone loved it. I’m going to do another reading this week and I’m going to post it here so people can see it.
Kizmic’s Journey is a wonderful story. I love the characters. I love the events that take place. It really takes you back to your childhood.
Kizmic’s Journey is scheduled for release in 2016. I can’t wait for you all to read it.
Here are a few pictures with some friends that came out.
In Baltimore, we played a game called Four Square or Block Ball, depending on what side of the city you lived. I grew up in northwest Baltimore, and we called it Four Square. I got together with my friends and family to relive our childhood playing this wonderful game. When people see us playing this game, they say it brings back wonderful memories. That’s what Kizmic’s Journey will do–bring back all those beautiful childhood memories.
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