The cover for The Whisperer’s Warning (my sequel to The Protectors’ Pledge which will be published by CaribbeanReads) is complete, folks, and I’m in love! Huge thanks to the super-talented children’s book illustrator, artist, and teacher Rachel Moss for her gorgeous art that is 100% on point. You can see more of Rachel’s beautiful work at rachelmossillustration.com
Hi everyone! For those of you who have been waiting, asking, and were probably tired of hearing me say, “I’m working on it” or “It’s almost done” (the author guilt is real, y’all!) I am excited to finally tell you that not only have I finished writing the second book in the Secrets of Oscuros series, but it has been submitted to CaribbeanReads Publishing and we have signed the contract for its publication! This is one rung in the ladder, but I’m so happy that The Whisperer’s Warning is a step closer to joining The Protectors’ Pledge on those physical and online shelves.
As always, thank you SO much for all your love and support. Keep well, and be kind to yourselves and one another.
Well, you certainly made and left your mark, didn’t you? You were a year that threw us off balance and pushed our limits. You caused us to question, to reassess, to pivot, and propelled us to make difficult decisions. You tested our patience, humanity, empathy, resolve, and relationships, and true to your contradictory nature you simultaneously brought us together and pulled us apart.
You claimed way too many of us.
But amidst the loss, uncertainty, and instability, you demonstrated over and over again that the human spirit is one of hope and resilience; that faith in what we are capable of and what we can achieve is not easily extinguished.
So good-bye to you, 2020. So long. A new year and all the good that it potentially holds is in the wings. Peace out!
Bocas Lit Fest Donates 325 Books to Schools (Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 30 October, 2020)
I’m so pleased that The Protectors’ Pledge is among the books being used in T&T secondary schools as part of Bocas Lit Fest and Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago’s The Write Away! young adult literature project (Virtual creative writing workshops accessible through the T&T Ministry of Education’s School Learning Management System). More information about this fantastic initiative facilitated by the amazing Lisa Allen-Agostini can be found here: The Write Away Young Adult Literature Project
2019 will be a year of courage. For some it will take the form of stepping into the unknown and pursuing an opportunity or dream, while for others it will be to finally say no to a situation that has gone on for too long. May our eyes and minds be open to recognize our own times of strength and the particular brand of courage that others possess.
It will be a year of learning. There are those who will learn how to be still and really listen, and others whose triumph will lie in discovering their voice and raising it to be heard. For the benefit of ourselves and others, may we carve out time for introspection, reflection, and constructive interaction.
2019 will also be a year of adjustment: of perhaps welcoming new members into families, groups, and tribes, or adapting to the painful reality of life after the loss of someone dear. May we be blessed to receive support and love when we are in need and be in a position to provide them to others when needed.
For all of us, I hope that this is a year of growth, clarity of purpose, and discernment. May our moments of joy far exceed any of sadness, and may the sense of optimism and hope that we feel during this first week of January never dip too low during the next twelve months.
Wishing you peace, love, and a happy New Year,
Thank you to the 1000+ persons who participated in the recently concluded Goodreads giveaway of The Protectors’ Pledge, and big CONGRATS to the 25 winners!