“Living a VIP lifestyle on someone else's dime leads to eye-popping changes for a former New York beauty editor in Berry's hilarious riches-to-rags-and-redemption saga... Eva's juicy journey to self-enlightenment amounts to another fine outing for Berry." --Publishers Weekly


“With a strong, powerful female lead and feisty, tough women as her support, Berry’s first novel is a fresh, vivid portrait...”—Booklist


Saturday, March 20, 2010


"So this is always the key: You have to write the book you love, the book that's alive in your heart. That's the one you have to write." --Lurleen McDaniel

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Find some quiet space around you, and maintain it. Don’t fill your inner or outer space with other peoples anything. Keep a space just for you, because it’s the only way you can grow into what you were meant to be. ~ Alice Walker

Saturday, July 25, 2009


A friend of mine passed this story along to me after losing someone close to me recently, and I now pass it along to you. The author is unknown.

Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, “I love you, and I wish you enough.”

The daughter replied, “Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.”

They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?”

“I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said.

“When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what you meant by that?”

He began to smile. “That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone..”
He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. “When we said, 'I wish you enough, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.”

Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY: It takes a minute to find a special person, but then an entire life to forget them.

Live, laugh love! And to all my friends and loved ones, I not only wish you the best of everything, I wish you Enough!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Nothing says "HOPE" like the sun coming up in the morning.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


"Art is the ability to tell the truth about oneself, even when it hurts. Tell the truth until it hurts." ~ Richard Pryor

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


"Wherever you are, you are standing on Holy ground." ~Susan L. Taylor

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." ~Henry David Thoreau

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tips for getting past procrastination

Ewwwwwwww…..That ugly “P” word!

I don’t know about you, but I can tell you I’ve gotten stuck in a rutt more than once in 2009 thanks to procrastinating.
I have been blessed to have an absolutely PHENOMENAL year so far, but when I think about a few of the little things I could have done to make it an even GREATER year, I want to kick myself! Now granted, anyone who knows me personally or professionally, can tell you that I am an on-the-go work-horse and a stickler for dotting the T’s & crossing the I’s. However, no matter how much of a “go-getter” you might be, no one is exempt from “dragging their feet” when it comes to certain things.
I’m sure you’ve heard that expression…the early bird gets the worm, right? Well that’s truth and nothing but the truth. When we step up to the plate early (be it in business or in our personal lives) not only do we free up our time to pursue other goals but we also give ourselves a chance to take advantage of great opprtunities that may be right in front of us. Here are a few tips to kick procrastination to the curb:
1. Schedule it! When you know you have a task that must be completed, be sure to write it down on a wall calendar or schedule it in your Blackberry or phone calendar.
2. Write it down! Creat a “To Do” list. Research shows that when you write something down, your chances of actually following through on the goal are increased dramatically.
3. Do the hardest or longest tasks first! If you focus on getting the biggest challenges out of the way first, doing the easiest things later will be a piece of cake.
4. Learn how to delegate! If you find yourself getting stuck on the minor things you need to get accomplished, learn how to delegate that task to someone else who can help lighten your load. Whether it’s an assistant, intern, friend or relative…don’t be afraid to ask for help.
5. Like NIKE Just Do It! The hardest part of doing anything is taking the first step. Don’t worry about doing it “right”… Just do it. If you make a mistake, you can always go back and re-do it.

LESSON LEARNED: Stop putting off until tomorrow or the next week what you can clearly do today!

Friday, June 26, 2009


Unfortunately, Michael Joesph Jackson died from a cardiac arrest yesterday, and was dead upon arrival at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Thursday, June 25th 2009, the world lost a music icon, and in my opinion, the greatest entertainer who ever picked up a microphone and danced across a stage.

Michael's sudden and untimely passing has me literally lost for words, so I will just say: Thanks Mike for all the beautiful music which is woven tightly into the fabric of my life. I have so many great memories because of you, and your endless catalog of hits. Your talents were immeasurable, and there will never be another. While the world mourns, I rest assured that you and the angels are dancing and singing all over heaven... You will be greatly missed.