The reaction to a photo of Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry together is not unlike the response to a Renoir painting or Valentino gown, there is an involuntary three-second intake of breath as the beauty is fully absorbed. What do we really know about this alluring couple? We know they have acknowledged they intend to proceed with the split amicably and are keeping their two-year-old daughter Nahla’s wellbeing a healthy priority. We also know Halle is 9 years older than Aubry…so what?!

There is an important and HUGE story here that women of all ages can take from this break-up. Why does Halle look so radiant?!

It is amazing when a woman going through a heart-wrenching break-up can continue to keep her glow. Especially, when she can’t help but run confusing and often painful questions about the father of her child, once the absolute love of her life, through her head. How does she keep her head up, not go through gallons of ice cream, boxes of brownie mix or gallons of dirty martinis?

Besides her amazing love for her little girl, Halle has a secret inner beauty that women in the midst of relationship chaos can emulate to get the same glow…and mothers around the world can explain to their daughters so they too, can find their own strength in tough times.

There is a reason her inner beauty comes through when she is playing roles that do not highlight her glamour, it is called caring-confidence…and during my years of researching what men really think… the secret to being the sexiest of women (out of a three page list of some other powerful answers), is to share the special caring-confidence that he can see when she is helping others…because he knows (or hopes) she will share her special power with him! I have heard the response to this “alluring radiance in hard times” question so many times I dedicated an entire chapter in my book.

Last Saturday, May 1, Halle co-hosted the 13th Annual EIF/Revlon Run/Walk for Women in Times Square. She was joined by Revlon Brand Ambassadors Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba who were also shining. In a video at the May 1 event on Access Hollywood’s website Halle looks radiant as she said, “I am blessed to have a voice in the world and I think it is important to use the gifts we are given to help others.” She also goes on to say she has been an Ambassador for Revlon for over a decade and less than two weeks prior has fabulous photos and a story about Halle lending her support to the 30th Anniversary Silver Rose Gala and Auction to help victims of domestic violence… that’s two HUGE fundraisers in less than a month…and her compassion always shines while helping those in need!

 Working on a fundraiser will inevitably make you have to choose between other fun or work projects… and completing your dedication to the cause at hand will never go unnoticed. When a woman keeps her focus on reaching her goals, like getting victorious results for those in need, the truth is revealed… she’s hot!

Will there be a new romance in Halle’s future? Well let’s see…the intense inner beauty she has developed is like a gigantic-man-magnet and her dedication to keeping her outer beauty smokin’ at the same time continues, so I would guess that if the right and deserving man comes along (or comes/is asked back) she could be wrapped in man-muscle with a simple flex of her pretty biceps. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…could many women set out on a new adventure (in volunteerism) to follow Halle’s beautifully manicured footsteps to radiant-magnetism? I think I will try that super-power on today!

Cover story for Citiview

April 21, 2010

4/20/2010… Just received a copy of Central Iowa’s Newsweekly City View Magazine with the Cherries Over Quicksand as the cover story!  It is fabulous!!  Thank you writer Matt Miller!  See the online version here.

4/20/2010… Had a blast today on the Southern California Life KZSW and KVMD TV show with beautiful host Allie Myers talking about Cherries Over QuicksandNews Net is Dedicated to Providing Local, Regional & National News Pertinent to the Inland Empire and Southern California.

Just found out Luxury Beauty Products has recommended Cherries Over Quicksand as a “must-read, Summer beach read”!!   Thank you for your support and great compliments Missy!  Visit her blog to read about her new favorites: cosmetics, clothes, shopping and everyday fun things: .  She will surprise you with great new finds!

4/19/2010… A Press Release from the Art Institute of Colorado about my daughter and book cover designer, Sandra Poortinga was just published on Denver’s for her work in designing my Cherries Over Quicksand book cover (and for being a 4.0 student, Smile).  She rocks!  Yea!

4/19/2010… Setting up my first book signing at a California Starbucks location, hopefully we can successfully pair Cherries Over Quicksand with their delicious new coffee drink Dark Cherry Mocha…Yum!  Stay tuned for date & time.

Murrieta Bookshop

April 19, 2010

4/14/2010… Met with Murrieta Bookshop’s marketing manager to set up a book signing in May, they will be displaying a large poster of the Cherries Over Quicksand book cover in their entry. 😀 It’s a wonderful book store, with a fabulous book selection!  They are planning a fun festival next month!

4/10/2010… Covering the Red Carpet Event Fashion Show & Luncheon presented by the Assistance League of Temecula Valley at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula for The Californian/North County Times Social Scene.  The event will benefit Operation School Bell for underprivileged children in need of school clothes, Kids on the Block , Project Smile helping children in need with dental care; HOPE services for victims of domestic violence and more!  To read the published article about this event, click here.

4/11/2010… Just talked to Deniece Barnes about my upcoming interview with her later today at 3:00 PST on about Cherries Over Quicksand…she said she’s loving the book!  Can’t wait to be on her radio show!

Daniel Guiterrez Show

April 19, 2010

4-1-2010… I just had a great one hour interview live on the radio (and internet) on the Daniel Guiterrez Show… he was so fun! He always posts great tips and topics on his twitter page.