Tickets! Get Your Tickets!

All right.  So it’s official.  The tickets for the Water In A Broken Glass premiere are on sale right now.  Please, click on the link and get your tickets early because they are moving fast.  I want to sincerely thank you all for the support you’ve given me and this project.  I dreamed that something like this could happen but didn’t truly believe that dream would ever come true.  Now, Thursday, March 1, 2018, Water In A Broken Glass the film will premiere at the Senator in Baltimore at 7 pm.  I would absolutely love for you to share this special day with me.  So get your tickets as soon as possible.  Thank you a thousand times.  See you on March 1st.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-in-a-broken-glass-premiere-tickets-41138699959?aff=efbeventtix

Christmas List

Hey Y’all.  Christmas is just a few days away.  If you are still looking for that great gift, I have two–Water In A Broken Glass and In The Mirror.  Click on the links and order you copies today.  I hope y’all have a very Merry Christmas.

Water In A Broken Glass

https://www.amazon.com/Water-Broken-Glass-Rose-Odessa/dp/0964763575/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1513971698&sr=8-2&keywords=odessa+rose+water+in+a+broken+glass

In The Mirror

https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Odessa-Rose/dp/0615907334/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513971757&sr=1-1&keywords=odessa+rose+in+the+mirror

Indiegogo Campaign

Well, the Indiegogo Water In A Broken Glass Finishing Funds Campaign has wrapped.  And thanks to the generosity of our friends and family, we raised $5,140 of our $45,000 Goal, and we had 99 Backers.  It was a great campaign.  And while we did not reach our goal, we truly appreciate each and every person who shared and contributed to our campaign.  So now we are getting ready for the premiere, which will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater in Baltimore, 7 pm sharp.  The red carpet will be rolled out and we hope to see you strutting your stuff on it.  Stay tuned for information about tickets and the after party.    Once again, thank you so much for all your help.

Journey From Book to the Big Screen

On Saturday, December 2nd, a few friends and I got together with the Black Writers Guild of Maryland to form a panel entitled From Journey From Book to the Big Screen.  It was one of the best meeting the Guild has ever had.  In addition to myself, the panel featured author and filmmaker, Teresa Davis, rapper, videographer, and filmmaker, Kang Cole, Filmmaker and designer, Devin J. Ricks, and filmmaker Jamelle Williams-Thomas.

We discussed everything from when Jamelle first read Water In A Broken Glass to how to write a screenplay.  Also, several members of the Guild pitched their novels to Jamelle, Devin, Teresa, and Cole to get feedback on what it would take to adapt their books to a movie.

I had an absolute ball and so did the members of the Guild.

Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign

What’s goin’ on, People?  As you know, we are in the middle of our Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign for the film version of Water In A Broken Glass.  Our goal is to raise $45,000, most of the money will go to paying the wonderful cast and crew who worked on this film.  So far we’ve raised 10% of our goal, $4,375.  We have about two weeks to go.  I know that we will get the funds we need to bring Water In A Broken Glass to the big screen.  The premiere is set for Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater in Baltimore City at 7 pm.  It’s going to be a wonderful event.  To help support the film, Click the Link and Pick A Perk.  It’s that easy.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-in-a-broken-glass-finishing-funds#/

I will see you all on the red carpet. 🙂

Indiegogo Campaign for Water In A Broken Glass

A few weeks ago we launched an Indiegogo Campaign to raise finishing funds for the film Water In A Broken Glass.  So far we have raised $3,070 of the $45,000 needed.  We are so thankful and happy for the support we are receiving.  We couldn’t do this without it.  So, I’m happy to announce that the premiere for Water In A Broken Glass will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater, 7 pm sharp.

For those of you have contributed to our campaign we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  For those who have shared it with your friends and family, thank you as well.  Word of mouth goes a long way in the world.  We still have time, so please click on the link and support our campaign.  See you on the red carpet.

Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-in-a-broken-glass-finishing-funds#/

Thanks you 🙂

Cherry Hill Book Club

On Saturday, I met a wonderful group of women who make up the Cherry Hill Book Club.  What an awesome time we had discussing Water In A Broken Glass.  They truly got into the story.  Marsha, the president, had three pages, front and back, of notes and questions.  I felt like I was in school being tested on a reading assignment.  LOL  It was wonderful.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Thank you Ladies for selecting Water In A Broken Glass and the great support.  Also, I made their wall of writers.  I feel so special. LOL  See you Ladies at the premiere for Water In A Broken Glass.

Water the Film Name Change

Big Announcement.

On Sunday, Jamelle, Tekoa, and I shot the crowdfunding video for the film.  Right before the shoot, Jamelle announced that she’s decided to change the name of the film to match the book.  So Water the Film is now Water In A Broken Glass.  Yea!!  So stay tuned for other great news about the Water In A Broken Glass the film.

 

In The Mirror

Hey Everyone!

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.

Click the link below 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Odessa-Rose/dp/0615907334/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506452724&sr=8-1&keywords=odessa+rose+in+the+mirror

Countdown to the Rerelease of In The Mirror

In just a few short days, everyone will be able to purchase the revised edition of In The Mirror.  You can order it at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Odessa-Rose/dp/0615907334/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506354153&sr=8-1&keywords=odessa+rose+in+the+mirror

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-the-mirror-odessa-rose/1105552299?ean=9780615907338

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/454169

Order Today!  Thank you in advance for all your support.

The Baltimore Book Festival 2017

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 🙂

The Baltimore Book Festival

Look what arrived just in time for my appearance at The Baltimore Book Festival.  The official rerelease of In the Mirror is Friday, September 29, 2017, but if you come to the Book Festival, you will be able to get a copy and start reading about Jasmine Falls and what she does to get proof that her boyfriend is not in love with his wife.

I will be at the book festival on Sunday, September 24th with the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland from 3 pm to 7 pm.  I hope to see you there.

As always, thank you all for your support.  It is truly appreciated.

The Re-release of In The Mirror

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.

“Water” in the Baltimore Times Newspaper

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.

http://baltimoretimes-online.com/news/2017/jul/28/odessa-roses-water-broken-glass/#.WYDmmW4l8Sg.facebook

 

Water and the Hampden Branch Library

I had the most marvelous time at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  Devon, the branch manager, set up a theme in the library based on black art and water, including bottles of water from all over the world.  It was one of the coolest things anyone has ever done for a discussion about Water in a Broken Glass.  Speaking of discussion, it was so awesome.  Everyone really enjoyed the characters, the art in the book, and the way Baltimore is represented.  Devon appreciated the mention of the Pratt Library in the book.  If you have a chance, please visit the library.  It’s small but so adorable.  You will love it.

I thank the Hampden Branch for having me and all the people who came out to support me, which includes my mama and my husband, Michael.

Here are a few pictures.  Enjoy.

  

Discussing Water in a Broken Glass

On Thursday, July 20th I will be at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library discussing Water in a Broken Glass.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone there.  It’s going to be a fun time.  I hope to see you there.  Click on the link below for more information.  And thanks so much for all the support.  I couldn’t do any of it without you all.

http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/bood_discussion#.WW66LbpFyUk

 

Book Cover Reshoot: Third Time Around

Okay, so they say that the third time is a charm.  I believe who said this is right.  In my previous post I talked about the two different covers I had for my novel In the Mirror and how something is missing from both.  Well, this time I got it right.  Everything I wanted for this cover I got and more, much, much more.  And guess what!  For you viewing pleasure, I recorded some behind the scenes footage that puts you in the middle of that wonderful shoot.  I do have to warn you, though.  While this video shows several photographs, I do not reveal which picture I chose for the cover.  You’ll have to wait for the re-release to see that.  So click on the link below and enjoy.

https://youtu.be/XN0QZ2Jt3nU

It’s All About The Book Cover

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.