So What’s Your Story? – New Webinar Series!

5 Reasons Why You STILL Haven't Written Your Book PINHey, I just wanted to announce that my webinar series on self-publishing is now under way, with 5 dates to choose from! I mentioned this a few months ago when discussing the 5 reasons excuses that people give me when they say they want to write a book but haven’t started or completed it.


5 templates that help you write your book
D.A.R.E.E. Authorpreneur Academy Resource Pak

When you join any of my webinars this month (held weekly on Thursdays) I’ll bust those excuses and show you how you can become an author in 2016!  You will also learn how you can get my exclusive Authorpreneur Resource Pak that contains 6 templates to help you plan, write, self-publish and promote your book.

SIGN UP today, and catch me live or watch the recording.
Can’t wait to see you there!

Join Me During National Journal Writing Month #NaJoWriMo

Do you journal? Does it seem daunting, useless, or just something writers do?
It doesn’t have to be.

From the NaJoWriMo Website: October 2015 Theme – Unleashing Your Creative Mind Through Journal Writing

I’m a little late to the party, but Bakari Chavanu created NaJoWriMo at the beginning of this year as a practice to concentrate on journal writing for 4 months of the year.  I’ve been an avid journaler since age 11 (when I called it a diary), and back then, I didn’t know that journaling would help me write my first book.

Journaling is for everyone–it doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender  you are, or what you do for a living.

There are lots of reasons to journal. It has nothing to do with whether you have the talent to write for a living.

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Help Me Help You: Reader Survey

3CZQ87F245Hey there. Yeah, I know, I’m guilty of neglecting this blog :(.

8 years in, and I don’t know what else to say! Actually, I’ve been working diligently on my new podcast and currently creating a couple of new course and campaigns that I will reveal later this fall.

In the meantime, I’d love to get YOUR input.  What should I talk about? What do you need to know? What are you struggling with? If I don’t know, I can’t help you.

Sure, you can let me wing it, but if you have 5 min to spare, you can answer the questions on my new reader survey.  Thank you so much for helping me craft more relevant content for you and the rest of my loyal audience.

Go to Daree’s Survey

What I Learned From: Reading Celebrity Memoirs (And Why You Should Read Mine)

“Bookworm” is a badge I wear proudly and have ever since I was a kid. My books of choice then were mainly fiction tales, never dreaming that as an adult I would write my own memoir.

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This Week: Countdown Deal for What’s Wrong With Me?

Do you know of a young lady transitioning from middle school to high school, or already in high school? My memoir for girls, What’s Wrong With Me?, makes a great gift for her.  And this week, you can take advantage of my Countdown deal on

From May 6-10, 2014, you can get the Kindle version at a discounted price that gradually goes back to regular price at the end of the week (it will start at  $0.99 on May 6). And you can always buy the print version on Amazon and get the Kindle version for only $1.99 when purchased in the same transaction. Get one for yourself and give the other as a gift!

This deal is also featured on and other ebook sites–this week only!

NOTE: Kindle books can be read on iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7, and through the Kindle Cloud Reader app.

Get a Free Chapter of the Book!

How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

(Throughout the month, I’m blogging 20 questions from this month’s feature article on O magazine.)
Credit: Strong Inside/Out
QUESTION 6: How Do I Want to Be Remembered?
Legacy is something to consider while we’re living. My life matters now, and I want it to matter when I’m gone.
The beginning of Hyatt’s Life Plan template asks you to reflect on how you want to be remembered by your family, friends, colleagues and others after you’ve left this earth.
For my daughter, I stated that I wanted her memory of me to be:
Looked up to me as a strong, secure, successful, happy woman who loved her, God, and my family. Someone who modeled clean giving and helped others be better and do better. I gave her the confidence to achieve anything with integrity and faith.
That description is a little serious, maybe even morbid (I wasn’t pre-writing my obituary), but I’m sure she will also think of me as funny and other adjectives 🙂
I want my mentees and friends to be able to say that I truly loved and cared about them, and that I taught them something valuable about their worth and value, living peacefully, producing work with quality and excellence, and allowing themselves to feel joy as often as possible.
It’s easy to take life for granted, but many things about the way I live my life now are with my future–and my daughter’s–in mind. It’s my responsibility to equip her for life to the best of my ability until she’s mature enough to make her own life choices.
Credit: Ms Moem
If today was your last day on earth, how would you want to be remembered? If you feel like you still have more to do, what steps will you take so that your memory will be “complete” (to your satisfaction)?

What’s Your Deal Breaker?

Throughout the month, I’m blogging 20 questions from this month’s feature article in O magazine.
Question 4- What’s Your Deal Breaker?

Many people are quick to say that cheating is a deal breaker. But it’s hard to say what you’d do if you haven’t been through it before. And forgiveness requires that you don’t give too much credence to other’s opinions.

“In matters of love, you have to know where to draw the line.” – from the O article


Teddy and Tina Campbell discuss his infidelity on Season 3 of Mary Mary on WeTV.

If you don’t know what your boundaries are, you will quickly learn when someone breaks them. So without shame or trepidation, I admit that I have a “report card” that reflects my personal requirements for a mate, love language and deal breakers. I created it in 2007 and use it to evaluate men that I am dating or considering a relationships with. It’s not something I carry with me or print out, but I refer to it when needed. (See Question 1- I’m a deep, reflective person.)

I have only shared the actual content with my sister, but told her she’d have to modify it to reflect her own preferences and requirements. In general I’ll say that I assign points to 10 different qualities/attributes. Like a real report card from school, the maximum points total 100.  If the guy has less than 80 points after a certain period of time, I move on (unless I ignore choose to apply). Two of my key requirements involve a visible proof of his love for God (walking the talk, displaying integrity and intangible characteristics) and for his children, if any. So atheists and deadbeats need not apply. Height, weight and color aren’t present on my list, although I have my preferences like anyone else.


So what are your deal breakers?