Saturday, February 27, 2021

Florida Bar Journal! :-D

Check out the fantastic review in the Florida Bar Journal for our book, Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four. :-)


Friday, February 26, 2021

Humble Pie :-D

I was taking a Masterclass on writing and one of the exercises was to write about a time you were embarrassed or frightened. It's an excellent exercise and one I recommend to improve your writing, with a little bit of therapy thrown in.  :-D Recalling one of my more embarrassing days I wrote this:  


Being catty makes my throat tickle like I have a giant hairball but I must confess I used to be quite snarky. Until the day it backfired. My public humiliation was served with cake, it was my cake of shame and I'm embarrassed to say I ate it anyway…

Louis was a challenging client. His custody case didn't warrant his endless phone calls and questions but since he had some issues I tried to be patient.  

When Louis discovered I was Jewish he imagined we had a kinship. The week of Passover I took a day off but stopped by my office for my paycheck. As I chatted with a co-worker the receptionist buzzed on the intercom to ask if I wanted to speak with Louis. Since he was one of the reasons I needed a day off I couldn't believe she was asking.

"Of course I don't want to speak with Louis," I said, exasperated. "He's the last person I want to speak with!"   

"Well, he's standing here with a gift for you," she replied coolly. "And you're on speaker phone."

It was like a bad dream, but worse than dreaming you forgot your clothes or a final exam. I was too horrified to face him. After minutes that seemed like hours I worked up the nerve to go see him. He was despondent as he handed me a Passover cake purchased from a Jewish bakery. For once, he was silent.

I tried to apologize for my rudeness explaining that it was my day off and how I was annoyed with the receptionist. He said he understood but left quickly, head down, convinced he would always be supremely annoying and all the baked goods in the world couldn't fix it. 

What did I learn? That being mean leaves a bad taste in your mouth that won't go away. Even if you eat an entire cake in one sitting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

New book on free promo thru 2/14 :-D

Just in time for Valentine's Day, our fun new book of Valentine Flash Fiction is free on Kindle through 2/14. Check it out:

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Book for Black History Month

Are you searching for books to read for Black History Month? Check out our memoir, Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four, available in e-book, paperback and audio-book. This inspirational, uplifting story explores a young man's four-year journey to right a terrible wrong and bring peace to four families. The Groveland Four were falsely accused of a heinous crime in the Jim Crow South and their families would spend the next seventy years trying to clear their names.    



This book will take you through my incredible four-year quest for justice for The Groveland Four and teach you how to pursue your own causes, whatever they may be. It is a primer for positive action, a journey through Florida's past as well as its future. Some of the things you will learn: everything takes more time than you think, nothing ever goes according to plan, help can come from unexpected places, time is on your side, everyone is connected to everyone else, you can reach your tipping point for success and not even realize it, your goals can change along the way, and flexibility is key. Let's get started, shall we?

***Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to establish "The Charles Greenlee Memorial Scholarship" to benefit a child with an incarcerated parent.