Live a Dream and Build a Dynasty

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Dreams of a better life are real.  They are promises that though you may feel down or bound, it won’t last forever if you take that first step toward making a dream a reality.

Not everyone started out at the top.  Some started at the bottom and they erected a ladder that enabled them to climbed toward a dream that others may have thought impossible.  They had hope that though they may not get there today or even tomorrow, as long as they keep that dream alive and work toward it, they could do more than imagine how big of a dynasty they could build.

Don’t just dream a dream, but live in that dream and imagine the higher heights it could take you to.

Check out “A Purpose-Filled Dash: Living an Empire State of Mind” now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Live and Let Live – Again

Why must people try and shame and slam a woman for having a life and moving on? If you don’t want your son to connect and be taken care of by another man, then make sure there is no room for him to do so because you are there. You move on yet the woman is not suppose to? Time waits for no one and neither does a male figure in a boy’s life. You can choose to step up and do what you should or you can go to social media and complain about a man who chooses to step in where you falter. The choice is yours. The sentiment actually goes both ways..either you do it or sit down, shut up and be jealous of the ex’s life in quiet. Getting someone pregnant and thinking you have them on lock down from other men when you want to go back to doing you, is wishful thinking and not a reality when it comes to strong women. You want it, put a ring on it otherwise, you have no claim.

I like that Ciara didn’t let grass grow under her feet and she got right back out there and found someone that is clearly for and about her.  The issue, it seems, is that some think she moved too fast simply because she has a son by someone else.  Who sets the time-frame for finding happiness?  I’m sure her significant ex wasted no time in doing so.  Can you imagine waiting around for the perfect time to move on?  It doesn’t exist.  Your life is  your own and how you choose to live it whether it be in private or in the public eye is your business.  I respect celebrities and all they go through having every aspect of their lives out in the open to be scrutinized.  That shouldn’t have an impact on your choices and decisions.  As I stated, Do You!!

Having a child with someone doesn’t lead to someone controlling your every action or having a say in what you do.  It means you have a child together and the idea at that point should be how do you co-parent together.  If our heart is pricked because you see your child embracing and hugging the new man in his mother’s life, don’t try to social media shame, but get up and make sure you are just a much a presence in your own son/daughter’s life.  It’s up to YOU to stake your claim and be the father you should be.  No one cane take your place if you don’t leave a space to be taken.  Working together is what will secure that your child has no doubt about who you are!

Sisters Being Sisters

Are you ready to be blessed!  Eighteen sisters, not by blood but through relationship and in solidarity, wrote to encourage, inspire and empower! We got together to combine our love for encouraging another sister and we collaboratively created a new book compilation project call, One Sister Away: Encouraging Words From One Sister to Another.

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We wrote from the heart and in some cases poured out some of our innermost thoughts and feelings and we found ourselves healed by our own words though our goal from the start was to help heal another sister around us who was broken, discouraged and hurt.  We wanted women and children around the world to know that we are here to support, if not in person, then through our words in the book.

Checking out social media and television shows these days women are portray as catty, backstabbing, betrayers, snakes, turncoats, insecure, whoremongers, airheads, haters, and the list goes on and on.  We see them never getting along, disrespecting and degrading themselves and others to stay relevant or to make a living.  We’ve got to do better than that.  We are better than that.  Each person who agreed to be a part of the project did so without question.  They know that in order for us to survive, we have to do it together, holding on to one another, embracing each other as we rise and embracing each other when we fall, keeping the bond tight.  We know in reality, not everyone will get along all the time, but it’s our hope to shed as much light on the positive women can do just as much as the negative is being shown.

This book project consisting of children and women from all walks of life, not professional writers, but those with a desire to reach out and bless another sister are excited about the possibility that we can make a difference.  We want to show that when we rise, we all rise, when we fall, we all fall, so which do we want to do together.  We Rise!!

Join us and check out our new release One Sister Away: Encouraging Words From One Sister to Another. Found in the pages of this book is pain turned into power, confusion turned into forgiveness and poetry that will take your mind away from the stresses in today’s world. Support our effort as we show how women can come together and birth something positive!

Girl Power!

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No Time For Sleeping; There’s too much to do!

I’ve spent most of my weekend in doors writing almost non-stop. You have to get it in when the inspiration to do so sets in and what did I accomplish? I finished Twelve Bachelors For Sale and Love at Last, the last two books in the Bachelor series that started with Bachelor Not For Sale. I also finished the Electrician, book 5 in the Amorous Occupations series and I edited Xavier’s Plan and Spence’s Challenge, book 1 and 2 of the McIntyres series which I wrote over a year ago and never picked up again until this month, now that I’m finally ready to set them free (these two will come out together in the same book).

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As if that wasn’t enough for me, I did additional editing to Heartthrob, an upcoming release I wrote this summer while on vacation, worked on the re-design and overhaul of the Sisters About Making Moves website (coming January 2015 along with a launch party!) and worked on my idea board for my new YouTube channel, “SAMM”, which stands for Sisters About Making Moves. With this channel, I’m looking forward to interviewing and spotlighting women making moves in the community who encourage, empower and inspire. Feel free to subscribe to my channel and look out for the first posting coming later this month at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYd8kCk7eqYFAZp0sEf_0ag. I am so ready to put this new HD video camera to use.

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Now it’s Monday, my day off from the office and I look forward to getting a lot more done populating my Pinterest, uploading my books to iTunes and Google+ and working on idea boards for lots of traveling to market and promote my publishing company and my books in 2015. Its time to travel to get more of the word out and to take this game to the next level! Always looking up and pressing forward, never giving up and certainly not giving in! Today and tomorrow are filled with too many opportunities to not go after them. Let me just say, I am thankful for my full-time job that gives me the flexibility with my work schedule to have time to do me and still give them 110%. I’m 26 years in with the Federal Government and I’m still loving it! Happy for this Monday off and after being up all night, not wanting to sleep on the many ideas I have, i’m about to shut it all down and finally get some sleep.

Thankful for my family who don’t count it robbery on days when I need to shelter in place while the ideas are flowing. Their patience and understanding keeps me going! Have a great Monday all and i’ll see you at the top!

I have lots more books to write and more ideas to make happen.  It’s my time and I’m loving the journey.

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Kanye and his jackass-ness

kanyes a jackassDon’t be distracted by the jackassness that is Kanye West. He’s mentally unstable and can’t survive without attention being placed on him even if he has to demean and bemoan the history of what our people went through. He’s the kind of buffoon that others would like to put front and center as if he represents all black people. If you can’t respect what our ancestors went through to make it so that someone like Kanye can live as luxurious as he does, he certainly doesn’t deserve anyone attention. There are many educated, powerful, intelligent and non-mentally strapped African Americans that can be quoted and given an audience to, but that’s not who the media choose to focus on. We have to see how the media also wants our people to appear in mainstream media. He’s fodder for those who want to claim we’re all like Kanye. Yeah, not! He’s the worst of the worst when it comes to pathetic jackasses and is on a path to self-destruction, giving us all a front row seat to his descent into madness. This is what mental illness looks like and why our healthcare system needs to change. He may have the money to seek whatever kind of help he needs, though it’s clear he doesn’t, but for those who do need it, this is what they become, not by choice but by circumstance. A choice is what you decide and agree to do, not by being chained, dragged away, raped and whipped until you conform. Our ancestors would love to meet this crass jerk and school his pathetic mind away from his mental deficiency. But then again, perhaps there is no help for him. Let him crash, burn and throw himself over the edge. He’s heading there anyway.

 

Hooray for Black Panther

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“Black Panther,” Marvel’s first film directed by an African-American, brought in an estimated $192 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend. That’s the fifth biggest opening of all time.

For all of my friends who are writers/directors/producers and aspire to be even greater with a wider reach, be empowered, be inspired and be encouraged to stay the path through the ups, downs, doors closing and hearing no time and time again. Somewhere in the past, someone said no to this young director and he still chose to never, ever give up. I have some incredible opportunities that are being placed before me this year and I know that each one is a step closer to my destiny. I will not be hindered by any negative vibes. Come on and dream-chase with me!

I started writing a few years ago and have pretty much stuck to my introvert personality and haven’t really spread my wings like I’d like to. I would like to expand my writing and really dive into the entertainment industry and this year, I’ve found that it’s time to do exactly that. I’ve been inspired by so many great movies and books and the talent of those behind the scenes. I believe that’s where I’m suppose to be and I’m retooling what I’m chasing. It’s not just the dream of writing and getting better at it, but it’s also the dream of writing for major Hollywood projects. Now, some may say, oh, she is dreaming mighty big for someone living a quiet life in Bel Air, Maryland, but all dreamers start someplace. I’m starting.

I never thought that I was meant to be a writer and though it’s still on a small scale, it’s meant for something greater than what I’m giving myself credit for. I have to aim higher, dream bigger and work harder because if I don’t, then who will really take me serious. It’s time for a change and to move to the next level. Look out world, Cheryl Barton is coming for you!!

Check out my websites at www.cherylbarton.net and www.crbarton.com.

Take a good look at where I’m starting from and one day you will join others and say, “I knew her when…”

 

Black Love is Real!

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I woke up one morning a few months ago and for once I could remember my dream. That doesn’t happen often, so I was excited. I jumped up from the bed, grabbed a pen and paper and started writing like crazy. My mind was working faster than my fingers could go. I don’t know why I didn’t head to my computer, but it was on another level of my house and I didn’t want to lose what I could remember.

The night before, I was in a group chat on Facebook and women were talking about how much their men loved them and all they ways they prove it everyday. It was refreshing to read their posts because a lot of times men get a bad rep and in particular, black men. I’ve seen people who say that so many black men grew up in homes without fathers that they never saw their mother getting the royal treatment by a man and from that, they never learn how to really love a woman. Do I think that’s true? Absolutely not.

Any man can love when it’s in his heart to do so. If a man cheats does that mean he doesn’t love their woman? No, I don’t believe it does. Recently, there was speculation that Kevin Hart cheated on his wife and when he gave a public apology on social media, that was his way of deflecting responsibility for the fact that he didn’t mess up, he made a conscious choice to do whatever he felt the need to apologize to his wife and children for. That’s between Kevin Hart and his family though he made us all a part of it because he took it to the internet. Whatever he did, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his wife or that he doesn’t know how to love her. Whatever he did, I can equate to disrespecting and dishonoring his wife, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love her.

Black love is something special. I say that because I’m black and I can’t account for love for a race that I have no experience being. I believe in love and I believe that no matter what anyone has gone through in life, if you want real love, don’t stop until you find it or until it finds you. The love between a black man and a black woman goes back to a time in our history when our men had to stand by and watch white men rape and molest our women during slavery. They had to deal though they were broken. When they had a chance to love their women, they loved them deeply because they know what our women had to experience every day.  As centuries go by, that deep love is still there because of the past and history of our women. Even today, our women still have to struggle to be taken seriously and seen as equals, so when a man encounters a black woman and sees her out here doing everything in her power to survive, he should want to love her and be that rock she needs at the end of the day. There is nothing like coming home to a man who loves you unconditionally. There are other options out there, but seek out that love that is all about you everyday, all day.

I tried to tell a story of unconditional love in my new book, “Black Love”. In this story a woman loves a man with all that’s in her only to find that on her wedding day, he doesn’t show up. He is, in fact, away on a romantic trip with another woman. The bride-to-be was so hurt that a year later, when a real, good man wants to love her like she should be loved, she can’t let herself let go of her past treatment. She’s afraid she doesn’t know how to give and receive love because her heart is still broken. The hero of the story is a patient and loving man and he knows that all it takes is a little time and patience because a black woman, a good black woman is a delicate specimen and if he’s lucky enough, she’ll want him and will be open to letting him treat her right. Invest in real love and in this book, “Black Love” and experience what its like when a man really loves a woman and he does it, unconditionally!

Love matters, especially black love – it’s real love!

Happy Loving!!

Cheryl  www.amazon.com/author/cherylbarton      www.cherylbarton.net

Pay Attention to Your Wife

Love on Top New Cover 72617b“Pay Attention to Your Wife,” were words spoken that carried a powerful punch for Brandon King in “Love on Top” a new romance novel. This romance novel is an example of much of what we see and read about these days. It starts out wonderfully with Brandon King finding the woman of his dreams and there is no doubt in either of their minds that they were meant to be. One day Brandon’s wife, Dakota, discovers life isn’t exactly what she thought it would be. After being married for eight years, having two children she adored and her husband’s extremely successful career as a business man, she hoped that they wouldn’t lose sight of each other along the way, but that’s exactly what happened. Brandon’s success turned into even more success and that led to him being away from home and distance grew between him and the love of his life. He’s becoming an absentee husband and a father who sees his kids less and less and his business grows bigger and bigger. Dakota, not wanting to become a woman who complains tried to give Brandon the benefit of the doubt because he was taking care of his family. To her, marriage was more than just taking care of the family. It was also about taking time with family.

How many times have we seen marriages end because not enough attention is spent on one spouse or the other. We live in a society that tells us to make more money because that’s the key to happiness. In the interim, while that’s going on, there’s the possibility that love is being sacrificed. Brandon was busy making more money that his attention to his wife began to suffer and he took for granted the fact that she’d be there. It wasn’t until he stood on the outside and overhead men talking about how lonely his wife appeared to be. Though she tried to tell him that on several occasions, it wasn’t until he stood back and took a good look at his life and realized he was fighting hard to make his businesses bigger and better, but he wasn’t giving the same attention to making sure his home life was everything it was supposed to be.

Fight after fight doesn’t appear to get them anywhere, so Brandon has a better idea. He wants his wife to know that she means more to him than anything about business and rather than spend time with a lot of words of promises to do better, he’s going to show her that he values her and their love and he’s ready to put his love for her where it belongs; he’s ready to put their “Love on Top”.

Enjoy Brandon and Dakota’s story of never taking love for granted ever again.

 

You have the power….Use it!

you-have-the-powerI’m very aware of the fact that every time I turn on my television and flip through the channels, i’ll come across some show I don’t enjoy. I’m not a fan of horror movies, I don’t care for those non-reality, reality shows and i’m not big on daytime talk shows; just not my thing. I do understand that there are people who live and breathe for the shows I choose not to watch because they aren’t my cup of tea. I don’t knock your flow when it comes to being entertained by what works for you. My problem comes when people have real live internet arguments and cyber-fights over a show that someone else loves, but another person hates. The arguments are often between people who don’t even know each other. Social media allows us all to connect with people across the globe who have similar or not similar likes and dislikes, but when I see literal fights with cursing and threats, all I say to myself is which one of you are so heated that you can’t see that you have the power to turn them off. One person loves a show, the other hates it and both can’t understand there is a block/ignore feature. People are so angry over crazy little things like the plot of a television show. There are some shows I live to watch every single week and some I even watch over and over again because of the entertainment factor. When it comes to a show I don’t care for, I just use the power that lies in my hands. What is that power you ask? It’s the power to change the channel. Here is the process for anyone who just can’t get it because they are so lit. First, you pick up the remote control, that piece of equipment that you used to get you to the channel where the show is playing that you don’t like and then (now wait for it because this is a power and enlightening statement I’m about to hit you with), you click the buttons and you find another channel!! (drops the mic). That one move gives you so much power, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Should you find something you like, maybe listen to the music channel and chill out or perhaps, now this is an incredible option to, how about turn the television off! (Now that’s saying something right there!) Either way, you have the power to move beyond what you don’t want to lay your eyes on. Instead, you decide you’re going to take your anger out on someone who likes what you don’t like. I can sit here forever and write about all of the things I don’t like in this world, but what I won’t do is get into a cyber fight with a stranger or with a friend about something I chose to continue watching though I don’t like it, it disgusts me or I don’t find it entertaining. Its a television show, those are actors and they making a living at what you ask? Yes, they make a living at entertaining you. If you’re not entertained, use that ultimate power and change the channel. I read a conversation where someone was called a sell out because they watched a Maury show. (I think that’s the name of the show). The guy was called a sellout because he enjoyed the craziness of the show and the person who called him that name did so because he said its insulting to our race to watch a show and continue to let people make money from us folks acting a fool. Again, it’s entertainment. If that’s what works for him, to lighten his day, makes him smile and forget about serious concerns in his life, let him be. I don’t care for those types of shows either and I could write many, many blogs about why, but I find it hard to understand fighting with someone on the internet, name calling and being insulting simply because it’s a show you don’t like. What amazed me even more is that they name caller gave examples of various episodes that he found disgraceful which in my book means he watched more than one. Why? If you hate it and find it demeaning, why did you continue to watch beyond one episode then go to the internet, search for twitter hashtag that took you to people who glorify the show only to then bash them with post after post after post? Houston, I think there’s a problem!! I’m just saying, forget that Chuck D said “Fight the Power” and use that power to gain control over your option to not look insane. Go ahead and change that channel; I dare you. I want to hear you put that Superman/Superwoman “S” on your chest and declare that you have the power and you’re going to use it and let that anger rest easy for a real situation.  Remember, you have the power!

Don’t Quit..The reward is ahead

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I know that was meant for more than just staying stagnate. I’ve had hurdles that should have taken me out. I’ve had struggles that I’ve seen others never come back from, but in all of that, I continue on. I press forward because I know that what is behind me can totally be forgotten about, what’s going on now often pacifies me, but what lies ahead sends a challenge back to me to do my best to get there and I’m not one to back down from a challenge. There are people who have died so that I could have the opportunity to try and try again because the only roadblock is myself. One step in front of the other and I’m already a winner because I didn’t settle for standing still; I choose to see what’s on the road ahead and ready or not, here I come!

 

Cheryl

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Bachelor Not For Sale

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Well, he might be for sale if he wasn’t Duron Knight. If you love sexy romance novels, feel free to check out this excerpt from my first novel, “Bachelor Not For Sale”. This is book 1 of the Bachelor Series and still my favorite!

After sitting through his last briefing of the day with his partners and one of their new clients, Duron couldn’t get his mind off of the woman who occupied his thoughts day and night.  It was still pretty early in the day and he didn’t have anything else that was a priority as he felt a pull to see Taija.  He knew she was busy at the office and he hoped she wouldn’t mind his stopping by.  He knew from the many conversations they’d had about her transition to the job in Atlanta, that she had been under a lot of stress lately.  She was enjoying the job, but it was a lot more challenging than her previous one. 

He left his office and took the short drive to her office.  

“I’m here to see Taija Charles,” he said to the guard in the lobby of her office building as soon as he arrived.

“Sure, sir. Take the elevators to your left to the eighth floor. The receptionist on that floor will show you to her office.”

Duron thanked him and added a little more pep in his step as he made his way to the elevator that would take him to Taija. 

When he reached the receptionist, who alerted Taija to his presence, he was escorted to her office where she sat behind her desk, finishing up a phone call.  He liked that she smiled brightly when she saw him enter.  When she completed her call, she got up and came around to greet him with the kind of kiss that he had come to enjoy.  He also noticed that she was in her workout gear, not work attire.

“Is today dress down day at work or something?” he asked.

Taija looked down at herself, noticing she still had on gym clothes.  She’d had a free morning and due to much stress at work, she’d decided to work out at the gym on the lower level of her office building.  When she returned to her office, she’d spent time returning phone calls and had yet to go into the adjourning bathroom in her office to shower and change back into her work clothes.

“I went to work out this morning after a stressful meeting and haven’t showered and changed yet.  I was just about to when you arrived.  So what brings you by today?”

Duron pulled her closer to him loving the feeling of having her in his arms.

“I wanted to see you and to also see if you wanted to partake in an afternoon delight of lunch with me.”

Taija loved how spontaneous Duron could be and she noticed a hint of a little something extra in the way he said lunch.  Her body tingled thinking of the possibilities those words and the new smirk on his face could mean.  Over the past several weeks that they had been seeing one another, she had experienced his spontaneity on more than a few occasions and the outcome had always been more than she could ever have imagined.  She decided to play it cool and not be too eager to show him how much she wanted to do lunch with him and little something more. She gathered herself before responding.

“Of course.  Lunch would be wonderful.  Let me get out of these sweaty clothes, grab a shower and I’ll be ready to go.”

Duron watched the sway of Taija’s hips as she made her way to her adjourning shower.  His thoughts turned back to one morning a few weeks back when he entered his bedroom and Taija had been in the shower.  He wanted to join her then, but she had just turned off the water and gotten out.  The sight of her always turned him on and seeing her today was like seeing her for the first time.  His body’s response to her was instantaneous.  He wasn’t sure if Taija noticed how his body hardened the moment she came into his arms, but he knew of only one way to quench his body’s thirst for her.

He heard her turn on the shower and wondered how adventurous he could get her to be.  Without hesitating or second guessing his constant desire for her, he walked over to her office door, told her secretary that Taija asked if she could hold all of her calls.  When her secretary smiled at him, knowing his intent, she acknowledged as he closed and locked the door.  He wanted Taija bad and he wanted her now.  He began taking off his own clothes as he headed for the bathroom shower to join her. 

Check out “Bachelor Not For Sale” at http://www.cherylbarton.net, on http://www.amazon.com and on http://www.bn.com.

Happy, Sexy reading 🙂

Cheryl