Update: Debut Novel Coming Out Soon!!!

The Diary: Succession of Lies

Coming Soon 9/7/2010

What if you discovered that the sins of your mother’s past will forever haunt your future? That finding out the secrets she took to her grave would turn your life upside down?

To the rest of the world Corynn Hayes was a brilliant writer and entrepreneur. To Karlee Jones, she was not only a mother but a best friend. Until Corynn’s unexpected death, Karlee thought that she knew everything there was to know about her mother. Then, Karlee receives her mother’s diary as a farewell gift. The depth of the secrets within those pages end up devastating Karlee, forever changing the memory of her mother.

The Diary: Succession of Lies is a novel that exposes the secret life of a mistress. It is a tale of love, lust, loss, and redemption as well as the trials of two generations of women. The Diary takes a new spin on the mistress image, a woman often vilified throughout literature as a harlot and a home wrecker. It tackles several questions. Why does a mistress stay? Is love possible in such a taboo relationship? Is love enough to endure the consequences that come later.

Jimmetta Carpenter, writing as Jaycee Durant, is the editor of the Free Fall Literary Newsletter and Spoken Like a Queen. Her other works include The Art of Love, volume of poetry published under the pseudonym Gemini.

Check back on this link (http://www.passionatewriterpublishing.com/thediary.htm) soon to see when you can pre-order your very own copy.  Hope you give me your support.


Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Coming in September 2010)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”










And the Reviews Are In

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role that self-confidence plays in any person who has dreams and ambitions. If you are a totally confident person, and I mean confident not only within yourself but also in what you want out of life, then you could end up really seeing everything you want become a reality. But not every one is that confident and I am beginning to realize that one of the main things that could really stop a person dead in their tracks on the way to making their dreams come to fruition is a lack of self-confidence. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself and your dreams then how is anyone else supposed to believe in you?

For those of us who have chosen the career of a writer we not only have to face the reviews and critiques of our peers but what’s truly important is facing the reviews and critiques that we make of ourselves. We spend so much time analyzing and criticizing and literally picking apart our accomplishments to figure out what mistakes we made that we forget to praise ourselves for the accomplishment in itself. This kind of obsessive self-criticism is what tears down our self-confidence eventually making us doubt every decision, every adventure, and every achievement we make leaving us in the position where we never take the risks that will move us forward and are always playing it safe.

Sometimes we project a sense of confidence on the outside to the rest of the world but inside we still hear those little voices telling us how much more we still have to do and how we still have to prove our worth to everyone who’s looking at us. But being confident does not mean proving your worth to anyone else but yourself. I believe that some people think that if they can achieve perfection then they will gain more confidence within themselves but being confident does not in any way mean being perfect. We have to expect less then perfection from ourselves and realize that we all do the best we can in any given moment. Life is abundant and has no shortage of opportunities but if we spend all of our time analyzing and criticizing ourselves, wondering what others will think, then we begin to loose the confidence we need to take the necessary risks we need to take.

Nothing succeeds like confidence and true confidence is in knowing that you are capable of accomplishing anything you want, mistakes and all. It is being able to cope with the disappointments instead of making the setbacks mean something about you. It is letting those setbacks make you more open to what’s next. Having true indestructible confidence within yourself is about owning your dream and saying yes to you. It is taking the bull by the horns and going after what it is you want and making it happen. You may never be 100% satisfied in whatever it is you do. You quite possibly will always be able to find some flaw in what others could very well see as damn near perfect. But if we let our own reviews of ourselves halt our progress then nothing will ever get done and the journey will be over before it can ever begin.

Jimmetta Carpenter