Update on New Book Release for One Foot Outside The Door

1 comment April 1st, 2015 11:22pm Vina St Fran

I have not written on this blog in ages, as I have been working on The Amorous Trilogy, which features two upcoming novels this year. The first book,  One Foot Outside The Door, is actually is a revised edition that was originally published in 2007. As a writer, the goal of writing a novel or book of any kind for me has been to finish the damn thing and be done with it! The thing is the euphoria you get from it is short-lived once you go through the editing process.

As a former English major with over 60 undergraduate credits, I felt like I could take on both the writing and editorial stages. I had a few beta-readers and I made the corrections myself and published it without a professional editor. Big mistake!  I got really good reviews, but I also got a couple, though surprising not many negative ones due to typos. The following year,  the next thing I did was use an editor that had tons of editing experience for business journals, and textbooks, yet not in the genre in that I wrote, contemporary romance. Furthermore, at the time, the fact my former editor had an impressive resume and 20-plus years as an editor, I decided that was enough for me to hire Gary for the 2nd edition.

Fast forward to the present. I began writing the follow-up, Betrayal’s Dust last year. I finished writing book two on schedule in roughly four months. This time, I had thoroughly researched many editors, some highly recommended, others, through research, and narrowed down the choices on who I wanted to work with. I am extremely lucky that the editor I selected to work with was a dream to work with.A young lady, named TS. TS actually started the editing process with working on Betrayal’s Dust first, and afterwards, One Foot Outside The Door.  

The ironic thing was, TS shared with me is that, I’d grown quite a bit since my first novel. There were actually less track changes I had to review or accept for Betrayal’s Dust. It reflected in the invoicing! But let me tell you, when TS did edit, One Foot Outside The Door, there were things that the first editor didn’t catch, and I was horrified, yet humbled that TS was AMAZING, and insightful throughout the arduous process. Her experience as a former Senior Editor of a major publishing house, matched her level of integrity.

One Foot Outside The Door, will be released on 4/15. There are many book tours and events that are upcoming. You can also pre-order on Amazon, and Smashwords. The book is available in digital and print. Links will be posted shortly. In the meantime, to find out more about the current promotion conducted by IndiesAge PR. Please click on the following link:


Score No More! The Spartans are heading to the Final Four

Add comment March 29th, 2015 09:18pm Vina St Fran

There is nothing like the frenzy of the NCAA’s March Madness when some of the best universities at the top of their game compete at such a high level. Nothing is predictable. Nothing is guaranteed. It is why I find it as a sports fan, must-see television! It is quite amazing to follow the teams throughout the year, especially the home teams. In my case, MSU, who let’s face it, were underdogs by all of the sports pundits accounts. Look at Sparty now!

Coach Izzo led his team to the Final Four for the first time since 2010 with players that were a serious work in progress the whole season.  At times this season, Izzo’s team displayed little glimmers of hope here and there, but with injuries that plagued the team earlier and shoddy play with losses like the one from Wisconsin a few weeks ago, fueled speculation of doubt, and gave birth to a new generation of naysayers who normally root for MSU, and rival foes who enjoy the privilege of saying, “I told you so!” 

Coach Izzo’s current class in my opinion, truly was the challenge of his entire coaching career at MSU. They struggled to win games this season due to the sloppy play, and poor free throw attempts which were pathetic! It is easy to see how fans, and pundits alike, wrote the Spartan’s off this year. You can believe that the Spartans made it to the top of few brackets going in to this year’s dance.

Rick Pitino and the Cardinals came to play and it was evident in the fast pace the game got off to. As a Spartan fan, Wayne Blackshear had me nervous. Even when he sat because of his nosebleed, only to come back into the game moments later, had me biting my nails along with the excessive fouls committed by the 7th seeded Spartans.   Montrezl Harrell’s domination of the game in the first half and as we headed into overtime left me beside myself with disgust that we didn’t put Louisville away when they had a chance due to free throws. The Cardinal’s were a play away from victory! This was a game that didn’t have to go into overtime.  Let’s just say it was a good thing I was at home watching the game, because I may have been thrown out of a bar because of my colorful language!

Denzel Valentine,Travis Trice, and  Brandon Dawson got the running game going, and at time they were sluggish, but you could see they were on a mission, and I am glad to witness seeing these young players turn into men out on the court. Wishing the Spartans well on their way to Indy! This has been a dominating month of Izzo!

Imagine if GOP Donors Created Jobs For Americans Instead of Donating to The Romney Campaign

Add comment July 9th, 2012 07:18pm Vina St Fran

Greetings all,

 This election year is off to a start! From a fundraising viewpoint, clearly, this will not be an equal playing ground. The Republicans are donating at a frenzied pace, raising $106 million in June. Can you imagine if these donors, including those Super PACs, acutally hired people with their discretionary income instead of contributing to the Romney campaign? Could you imagine just how many people could have been hired with this kind of money? Take a look at my articles at: http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-detroit/vina-st-fran

Here is my latest article that discusses this more in detail:


As always, I welcome your thoughts!

Elizabeth Edwards:A true champion in life and death 1949-2010

Add comment December 7th, 2010 11:59pm Vina St Fran

Today, the world lost a true champion in the death of Elizabeth Edwards. She represented so many things for women, as she fought breast cancer, and a failed marriage, and the death of her son. In our lifetime, we tend to have one life challenge at a time, however, Elizabeth weathered more than most, while living in the public eye.

There are many people whom Elizabeth touched throughout her personal battles, as she was brutally honest about her feelings, and her need to heal and concentrate on her children in that she separated from her husband, John Edwards for his affair. Despite all of her trials and tribulations, Elizabeth always appeared with a smile, and seemed hopeful for the future.

As a woman, Elizabeth was a mother, wife, sister, and friend to all. I must add that she was a tremendous teacher. The lessons she left behind was to confront your biggest fears, no matter what they are, and make the most of your life. Even while doing it with a broken heart. Elizabeth said in a recent interview, all she wanted was for her husband to be faithful to her. We know how it turned out.

I pray that women really look at their lives and make responsible decisions about who they choose to love. As much of an inspiration Elizabeth Edwards was and will remain to be, she died of breast cancer and a broken heart. There are 3 children now, without a mother.

I pray that John can set aside his narcissitic ego, and go to counseling with his children to help deal with the loss of their mom. Please keep Rielle away from the children, as everytime they look at her, they will remember the pain she put their mother through.

Women have to be accountable for having affairs with married men. The marital vows include one from the bride, and one from the groom to each other. This affair did affect Elizabeth’s health as it was such a strong sense of betrayal, and lost of trust.

I am hopeful that the lessons Elizabeth Edwards left behind will be around for a long time to come. I, for one, will by her books as a form of sisterhood. Forever, may you find peace, and your family comforted by your warmth, charm, style, and character.

Check out my latest article on how the impact of the Governor’s race will affect Detroit

Add comment October 26th, 2010 08:35pm Vina St Fran


Bernero vs. Snyder spar over debates in Michigan’s Governor’s race

Add comment September 29th, 2010 08:41am Vina St Fran

It is only my opinion here, but debates are about marketing your ideas to the people, who just happen to be taxpayers, and are mad as hell about the state of events happening in Michigan. Here is an article that I wrote for the Examiner. Let me know what you think! I will be writing more about this topic in upcoming weeks, as I cannot believe the arrogance really of both candidates. Here is the link:


How can the Detroit Lions win against Pittsburgh or anyone else in 2009

Add comment October 11th, 2009 12:06pm Vina St Fran

Yesterday evening, I was at a nice restaurant in Novi, enjoying dinner with my son. I then overheard the party sitting across from us totally bashing the Lions. Okay, they deserve it, right? Well, last year, was the winless season that wasn’t, so I would say hell yeah for 2008. However, this is 2009.

I need to clarify my position here. I am not a huge NFL fan. I prefer college football because the players play with more heart, and it is great rooting for them, and seeing them make that transition into the NFL and do some pretty amazing things, in most cases, however, there are some exceptions to the rules, shall we say, Charles Rogers, Joey Harrington?

The problem here is that this playful group of ten were from Pittsburgh and they had driven down to cheer for the Steelers and a comment that came from one of the gentlemen, was that they were here to watch the Lions lose. Ouch! A statement made was,”How could they win? They don’t know what that means, look at their owner!”

My goal for this evening was to have a great dinner, and a glass of wine, and just chill. Trust me, that so went out of the window, the chill part, at least! These idiots felt entitled to a win, and pre-celebratory drinks were flowing all over. I want to examine the question that was posed by the Steelers fan because it opens up a dialogue that could ignite something, at least from my prospective.

How can the Detroit Lions win,  and I am not talking about just against the Steelers? First, let’s start with their name. According to Webster’s definition, a person who resembles a lion has the strength and ferocity as the animal itself. Sorry to say, but none of the Lion’s players with the exception of Kevin Smith, pop into my mind.

Hey Coach Swartz, can you remind the team of this in meetings? Can you take the players out on a field trip to the Detroit Zoo perhaps, to show them how a real Lion roars, and is feared, and revered because of its character? I would love to see the Lions live up to their name and play with such fierceness that earns them respect, initially for themselves, and I am sure it will trickle down to both the fans and foes.

The symbol of the lion itself, is much like that of the unionized, blue-collar spirit city of Detroit, and the surrounding surburban areas. There is strength, and courage despite hard economic times, that will recover in time, but never at the capacity in which it was in the past. Detroiters (this includes everyone within the tri-county areas) are fierce, and when they fall, they get back up, and find a way to get it done. No excuses!

So, the comment I posted above from the Steelers fan, “How can they win? They don’t know what that means, look at their owner?” My response is the Lions can start from the beginning, by learning what the lion really resembles, other than a team name, and to take pride to have such a name bestowed upon them. Secondly, I hope the Lions don’t look at their owner, Mr. Ford, as motivation for winning. Instead, I hope as they drive down Woodard Avenue viewing the beauty and the apparent blight on their way to Ford Field, that they are motivated by the support of fans of all economic backgrounds who are resilient and in their own personal life, play to win. No excuses! That, my friend is a good start.

The Steeler fans are a passionate group of “folks”, as I would like to use another expletive word, but I will refrain from this, at this time. Besides, some words in my opinion, are better spoken in person, than written, as there is power in the interpretation and delivery that can leave a lasting effect.

The hypocrisy of adultery: Rielle Hunter & John Edwards

3 comments August 11th, 2008 11:41pm Vina St Fran

Well, here we go again about yet another high profile sex scandal. This time, the culprit is John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and some washed up, trashy looking bitch. I must say this for the record, I would never knowingly screw someone else’s husband. There are way too many available men on the market that I could have right at my fingertips and for that reason, I wouldn’t take that route.

Here is a married man alert, so men, please pay attention. If a woman says that she is comfortable committing adultery with you because the sex is so amazingly good, and she really doesn’t need a man in her life other than for a good time, don’t buy into it.

Edwards was looking for a temporary distraction to help balance the stresses that comes with dealing with a spouse that is fighting a serious battle with cancer. He should have found another way of channeling his energies. Rielle couldn’t resist the temptation of having someone of Edwards caliber pay any attention to her and pounced on the opportunity.

I wasn’t there with them, but you can believe that Ms. Hunter lived up to her last name by assuring Edwards she would be discreet, whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, would be fine for her. I imagine she probably even had the nerve to say that she didn’t have time for a relationship and this arrangement would work to both of their advantage.

I am sure John Edwards rarely gave Rielle a second thought,unless it had to do with sex. But unlike him, this manipulative, lying witch probably longed for Edwards in the wee hours of the night when she was all alone, possibly plotting to get pregnant despite the fact, Edwards was already married with children.  This clearly was a desperate attempt to be a part of someone’s life who already had one, at any cost.

As a female, I am pissed that a woman would fuck someone’s husband, and especially without a condom! There needs to be a sisterhood between women that we protect each other, and not try to destroy someone’s home by humiliating ourselves for an orgasm.

There is a fine line men need to walk when they cheat. If you cheat on your spouse more than once with the same woman, that is foolish because most women are emotional, and despite what they develop feelings and might want more. If that happens, an erection isn’t the only thing that may be hard, so please think about that before you unzip your pants!

Character Interview featuring Cyndarella Worthy of One Foot Outside The Door

1 comment May 20th, 2008 09:18pm Vina St Fran

I recently completed a character interview with Cyndarella Worthy of One Foot Outside The Door for theplot.com. This is a great opportunity to get into the mind of Cyndarella and I hope you not only take the time to read it, but enjoy it as well. Here is the link of the interview. Enjoy!


Black readers don’t discriminate when it come to romance novels

Add comment May 3rd, 2008 09:41pm Vina St Fran

Please check out my thoughts on this which was featured today at the American Chronicle.


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