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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New Romance Novel Release – When I Think of You

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When you love what you do, it flows naturally and that’s how writing is for me. I love writing about love, I love thinking about love, I love – LOVE! In my latest romance novel, there are 318 pages of nothing but pure love – not a lot of drama, no questioning of real love vs. fake love – it’s all about love. For this novel, I wanted to focus on a man, Leo Westmoreland, unlike the men in most of my novels. I usually try to appeal to women readers who love stories of well off men who have money, power and prestige and therefore, making them more of a match for the kind of man they want. This time, I chose to focus on a regular, working, 9 to 5 type of guy and in fact, Leo has three jobs to make ends meet. His purpose in life is to make sure his mother, who had been abused for years by his father, and his two brothers were able to accomplish their goals and live successful lives. He made a promise to his mother that if she walked away from her abuser, he would always take care of her and make sure she could survive without the need to stay in an unhealthy situation. He was seventeen at the time, but mean every single word. Twelve years later, he’s holding to that promise even putting his own dreams on the back burner to give his family what he could. Like a few men I’ve talked to, he’s been in relationships that haven’t gone well because he turned out to be the regular run-of-the-mill guy and women want more from the start. They want a brother who’s ballin’ and can provide them with a lifestyle they don’t want to go out and seek for themselves. Leo tried to show women that there was more to him and other men besides how deep their pockets were, but he always came up against the same type of gold-digger. The day Leo met Raquel, there was something about her that he could turn away from. He had a feeling she had high expectations and from the start, he had reservations about what they would have in common. Little did he know that Raquel had money, power and prestige of her own, achieved through hard work.

Raquel had endured her share of men who were her equal and had deeper than deep pockets, but she found what she wanted the most was a man who would love her enough from his heart that deep pockets wouldn’t matter – hers or his. She was tired of being used, cheated on and taken advantage of. When she met Leo, she felt something in her heart that told her there was more to Leo than just his good looks. Once they had that first late night date at a diner, she had no doubt Leo would be the kind of man she’d longed for and she went into the relationship with her eyes and heart wide open, ready to focus on the love and nothing else.

I love this story much more than others I’ve written because I’m a true believer that if we look beyond material needs and what someone could do for us, we would find what someone can be for us and that could lead to a forever kind of love.

Check out Leo and Raquel’s story and discover real, true love comes from the heart.

Happy reading!

Cheryl

And Then There Was You

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I recently returned from an incredible trip to Hollywood, California and while there, I explored and ended up in Malibu. I enjoyed the beach, drove up Pacific Coast Highway (a dream of mind), checked out a few great restaurants and loved the beautiful homes that lined the coastline. I was inspired to write a Malibu themed romance series from the impact and the majesty of the beauty I encountered. Love can be discovered anyplace, but I wanted to take time to focus on a city that I came to love in a short period of time. I hope you enjoy book one of my new “Malibu Hearts” series and that you will stick around for the four follow-up novels that are coming!

First up is, “And Then There Was You,” a beautiful, sexy love story, set in Malibu, California and focuses on the growing love between Diezel Wilder, an attorney from New York who recently moved to California after a bitter divorce from a woman he married on a whim and Brooklyn Hunter, a sexy Armenia bombshell, who is a late-night, on-air radio talk show host who woos men all over the country with her sexy, sultry, seductive voice. Brooklyn is coming off of a divorce from a man twenty years older, who she thought was helping her escape a dismal existence only to thrust her into the Hollywood spotlight which revealed adultery and out of wedlock children. Seeking a new lease on life, Diezel and Brooklyn are in search of the kind of connection with a mate that leaves you breathless. Little did they know they would find it right next door. Bring on the ice-cold water because you’re about to go on one very steamy ride to love in, “And Then There Was You.”

Happy Reading!
Cheryl

What Would You Do?

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Well, another book has been added to my list of published novels and I’m still as excited as I was when I released my first book back in April 2013. I still smile bright when I push the button to release yet another romance novel.

Sometimes when I write, I add a little of me and my story here and there, but not with this one. This new release, “I Can’t Let Go”, isn’t a personal story at all. I’m not married, haven’t been stepped out on and had to deal with whether to stay or not to stay. The only one of my books that has a real personal, me-like touch to it is “Bossy”. When people ask me if any of the stories I write are true or are they about people I know, I always say no, but that may or may not be true. There is always a little bit of someone when an author pens a novel. In my novel, “Bossy”,  she is all me – not her life story, but her personality is pretty much me. I even made sure we had the same initials to keep that connection between Cassidy Bostic and Cheryl Barton, me.

In, “I Can’t Let Go”, I tried to dive into the story behind what kind of love makes a woman stay with a man who has hurt her, not physically, but emotionally. I’m not a believer in any woman staying after being physically abused, but I straddle the fence when it comes to an indiscretion. How far did it go? How long did it go on? Did the indiscretion produce any children that were kept a secret? Was the indiscretion with someone the other person knew? A friend? A relative? These and more are considerations to make in any relationship when you have to decide whether it can survive someone stepping out.

Carter Garrison was a man deeply in love with his wife, Sienna, but he made a bad choice. He got caught up in the limelight of hanging out with and being included in as a friend of a professional athlete who was known for cheating on his wife and in his case, the wife was good with it as long as it didn’t interfere with the life they had together. Carter knew Sienna wasn’t that type of wife, but he went with it anyway. To his credit, his  act of stepping out lasted for few minutes before he realized how wrong it was and how he shouldn’t be in that situation with anyone that wasn’t his wife. He could have done what so many others do that we read about in the media everyday – he could have kept the incident to himself. He decided to tell Sienna and suffer the consequences and hope they could stay on tract as husband and wife. Sienna had a different idea. Any indiscretion is a problem and it didn’t matter the size or length of time, it was wrong. She tried to I’ve with it, tried counseling, but the image of the only man she’d ever loved and given herself to had hurt her in the worse way. She couldn’t shake it and had a hard time forgiving it, so her answer? She packed up, left Carter and divorced him. Her only problem was she did it out of spite and in the heat of the situation. The only way for her to deal with it and be okay with her decision was to avoid any contact with him after the divorce. That worked only for a time.

Eighteen months later at a wedding of a friend, Carter and Sienna see each other and sparks fly immediately. With one glance, they each remembered how deep their love had been and questioned if being apart forever was the answer for them. True, he made a mistake, but was it a mistake that could be forgiven? Some would say yes and some would say no. What are those things that you weigh against an indiscretion to determine if it’s something you would forgive or not? How easy is it to forgive and then live your life wondering if it will happen again? A bigger question is, how deep is your love?

A while back, everyone was up in arms when Jay-Z released an album which alluded to him stepping out on Beyonce. Before that, Beyonce release an album that referenced “Becky with the good hair” and the world went crazy about the possibility of him stepping out on her. Then there was the fight between Jay-Z and Solange on the elevator and the word decided that was because she found out he was cheating on her sister. No one knows for sure what went on at any time other than Jay-Z and Beyonce, but that didn’t stop the tongues from wagging with stories of their own about what it all mean. Even if he did step out, why is it anyone else’s concern if she decided to forgive and move on AND have two more children by him? Why do we care? I thought about that as I wrote, “I Can’t Let Go”. What does it matter if a man or woman decides to stay with a cheating spouse if the only people impacted are the two of them? What about forgiveness? Is there such a thing after cheating? I believe there is and so does Carter Garrison. His hope in, “I Can’t Let Go”, is that he can convince Sienna that the love they one shared is still there and though he messed up, she is still the only woman for him.

Take a look inside of “I Can’t Let Go” and decide for yourself if the kind of love Carter and Sienna share is worth saving and worth a second chance.

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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!!

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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.