Happy Father’s Day!
This is the month for Father’s Day, June weddings, proms, high school and college graduations and the official start of summer. The flower of the month is a rose and the pearl is the birthstone.
It is also the month to celebrate Juneteenth and Cancer Survivor’s Day. There is also Beautician’s Day – June 26. Don’t forget to thank all those men and women who hook our hair up so that we can maintain our diva status.
Happy Father’s Day to dads, single moms and dads who are both mother and father to our precious children. And, a very special shout-out to President Barack Obama. Thanks for being an awesome father. You make us proud.
Speaking of pearls … I’d like to congratulate Vanessa Riggins of Springfield, Illinois as the contest winner. Vanessa was the third place contest winner, but because the winners of the first and second prizes did not respond she won by default. I even waived contest rules for the response time when I gave the winners an extra two weeks to email me their addresses.
There will be another contest. This one will be tied to Capital Wives. Contest rules will be made available closer to the October 2011 release date. An incredible book trailer will give you a glimpse into the lives of three very different women with spicy secrets guaranteed to keep you turning pages until the last word.
I had no idea when I’d sat down to pen Capital Wives of the number of politicians whose exploits would become fodder for tabloid gossip, while dominating the national news. At a meeting with my editor last week I’d committed to follow up Capital Wives with Capital Husbands. I can reassure you the men will be a lot naughtier and more scandalous than their female counterparts.
I am gearing up to attend RWA National in New York – June 28th through July 1st. For those who plan to attend I would love to see you at the free-to-the public literary signing at the Marriott Marquis near Times Square.
On a more somber note … I would like everyone to put bestselling author Leslie Esdaile on their prayer list. Some of you may have seen this, but for those who haven’t …
It is with profound sadness that we have to inform you that our beloved sister and friend, Leslie Esdaile, (“L.A. Banks”) is most gravely ill. She is facing an uphill battle in her struggle with serious illness. Please know that as Leslie needs all of her energy in this fight, she is absolutely not able to receive visitors, answer emails, texts or phone calls, or receive flowers. What she is able to receive is your continued prayers.
Also, Leslie’s medical expenses are mounting at an astronomical rate. If you wish to assist Leslie, a fund has been established to help with these ever increasing expenses. If you wish to send donations (please note that donations are not tax-deductible) to help Leslie, please see the information listed below:
Leslie Esdaile Fund
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404
If you live in Philadelphia, PA, you may take donations directly to any Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branch. Please be sure to note the account number. You may also send them to the P.O. Box listed below*.
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union Branch Locations:
901 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Leo Mall, 11705 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116-2515
Davisville Shopping Center, Street Road, Philadelphia, PA
Andorra Shopping Center, Ridge and Henry Avenues, Philadelphia, PA
City Avenue Shopping Center, 7604 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19151-2007
Mayfair Branch on Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Northeast Branch, 7500 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Grant and Academy Shopping Center Branch, Philadelphia, PA
You may send good wishes and cards to*:
c/o Tina Ryan Wise
P.O. Box 37189
Philadelphia, PA 19148-9998
On behalf of Leslie, her daughter Helena, her sister Liza and all of her family and friends, we sincerely thank you for all of your continued prayers and support.
Tina Ryan Wise
Until next month … don’t forget to read, love, live romance and pray for Leslie.