There are so many people responsible for the making of this book. They have brought their love and kindness, their suggestions and critiques, keen eyes and warm hearts. This book is truly a labor of love and craziness. I have to name some very remarkable people who helped me on this literary journey. Roberta Littlejohn, the ﬁrst person to read The One Date Rule and encourage me to move forward. K.B. Jensen for being my friend, conﬁdant and ever-present teacher. I have fallen in love with the written word again. Thank you for introducing me to an awesome community of writers, Indie City Writers and Just Write Southside, that keep me on my toes. A huge thank you to Unoma Azuah for her brilliance. To my editors Yvonne Jeﬀries, S.E. Lauzen, Samantha Clark Rajala and Mary Howard, I thank each of you for what you added to these pages. I am grateful.
Where would I be without family? Nowhere. Thank you to my mom Delory Ann Gordon for being my constant cheerleader and prayer warrior, my sister Lintzia Gordon for being my backbone, and my nephews for making me feel like a rock star. Thank you to my Auntie Lenita Gordon for being in my corner and reading everything I’ve posted whether it was good or not.
To Gail and Arturo Terrell, thank you for lighting my ﬁre.
I thank all of my family for their belief in me as well as their patronage. Last but not least thank you to Sybil Wilkes my forever sister/friend for believing in me. I dedicate this book to Kager and Nancy Lee Gordon, Lillian Gordon, Gerald Fisher, Antwan Terrell, Melvina Jackson and Darryl Dentley. Peace.