Producing a romance event is why I reached out to my good friend Gabriel Robinson. At the end of that very event is when and where he proposed. I pride myself on being a rather prolific writer, but I couldn’t have penned a better storyline. Wedding plans are underway. As a writer, it probably won’t surprise you that the first thing I finished was the cover of our wedding invitation, designed to resemble a romance novel. A no-brainer, right? And totally appropriate. The real life romance that began in part due to RT will soon have its’ real life romance ending. Happily ever after…!

We began the very next week, and agreed to be open and authentic in our answers to get the best and most beneficial results. We were both ready for a shift in our creative conscience and to write a new, rewarding, balanced, successful next chapter in our lives. At the end of each chapter was a set of questions and tasks that probed into intimate, sometimes uncomfortable, areas and aspects of our creative process and emotional foundation. That worked to uncover creative blocks, remove them, and restore passion. Daily journaling was also required. We held weekly conferences to review the chapters. In the process of doing the work, we began to discover ourselves and each other in a way not known before. Simultaneously, on opposite sides of the country, we began to get a spiritual nudge.

You want a good man, right? What about the one on the phone now. Hello?

That Lutishia (Zuri) is something special, don’t you think?

We both simultaneously and separately rejected the initial unction.

Gabriel? Naw, I’ve known him forever. He’s just a friend.

Gabriel wrote in his journal. I hope Tish isn’t looking for anything romantic. I want to focus on my career.

 

That was in October. By November, neither of us could deny what was happening before our very eyes and seemingly without our help or consent. We were falling in love! In December I met his family, after which he convinced me to take an out of the way detour on my return west to make a surprise visit to Kansas where my family lived. Several times during the two weeks I was in South Carolina, he’d mentioned wanting to talk to my father. The reason why finally dawned. He wanted to ask Daddy for my hand in marriage! I didn’t even think guys did that anymore. That gesture of character and respect was one of a hundred reasons why I knew without a doubt that Gabriel was my guy.

BTW, the one-hundred number isn’t an exaggeration. It was a list created based on an exercise that used the laws of attraction to manifest your soul mate.  After our second or third conference call, and at Spirit’s urging. I compared the list I’d written to what I knew about Gabriel. Out of the one-hundred traits I’d listed, he had ninety-six!

In the weeks leading up to RT and our event—City Chicks, Southern Belles and Bad Boys—getting married, even being in love, was the last thing on my mind. A friend of Gabriel’s owned a modeling agency and was slow in providing the names I needed to pass on to event organizers.

Where’s the information? What’s up with your friend? OMG, I could strangle you right now!!!

Before arriving in Atlanta, however, I remembered what was important. I was going to see the love of my life. Still, with the frenzied preparations that happened on Wednesday, the day he drove in with two of the models, personal romance wasn’t even a blip on the radar. So when radio announcer Morris Baxter (Morning Drive host, WCLK-FM, 90.1) who’d welcomed RT attendees the day before asked me to join him up front, I wasn’t surprised. I knew the reason. We’d planned it during an earlier meeting. At the beginning of the event he’d announce the authors and at the end I’d thank him and also mention his radio station and book. Even when he asked a bad boy to join me and Gabriel came forward, I thought it nothing more than a way to end the evening with the theme visually represented. Imagine my shock when he went down on one knee. I actually screamed and ran away! LOL… Unlike Julia Roberts in the Runaway Bride, I didn’t go far or stay away long. I came back, displayed a happy/ugly cry to more than two hundred of the remaining seven hundred or so attendees who’d come through our doors…and said yes!

Producing a romance event is why I reached out to my good friend Gabriel Robinson. At the end of that very event is when and where he proposed. I pride myself on being a rather prolific writer, but I couldn’t have penned a better storyline. Wedding plans are underway. As a writer, it probably won’t surprise you that the first thing I finished was the cover of our wedding invitation, designed to resemble a romance novel. A no-brainer, right? And totally appropriate. The real life romance that began in part due to RT will soon have its’ real life romance ending. Happily ever after…!

Zuri Day makes history at 2017 RT Convention!

 

            Last year Renee Daniel Flagler and I sent workshop and event proposals to two of our favorite conferences. One of them was RT. Our event idea was accepted. We were SO excited and began planning right away. Our idea included using models to represent common, popular romance novel heroes—cowboys, law enforcement, personal trainers, construction workers, billionaires—as our event bad boys. That’s why I reached out to Gabriel Robinson, a friend I’d known for over twenty years, to see if he was interested in participating. I hadn’t talked to him in a couple years. Hadn’t seen him in almost five.

            It was great to catch up on each other’s lives. During the conversation we learned that 2016 had been a challenging year for both of us. Gabriel, a model and actor, had put his career on hold to fulfill a promise and take care of an aging grandmother who’d gone blind. Months earlier, she’d passed at the age of ninety-nine. I’d had a mental “shut down” after writing nonstop for over ten years, and “ordered” by my publisher to not write for six weeks. He had a copy of Julia Cameron’s workbook The Artists Way, a spiritual path to higher creativity. It had sat face out on my shelf for ten years yet I’d never taken the DIY course. Let’s do it together!

 

A Few Zuri Stats:

Birthplace:  Ocho Rios, Jamaica (by way of a phone call. Yeah. Raises questions. I know...)

Current Residence:  Jamaica/Southern NV

Astrological Sign:  Libra

Favorite Color:  Iridescent  - I know that's actually many colors but iridescent is IRIE!!!

Favorite Scent(s):  Jasmine & Ylang Ylang

Favorite Outfit: Wide-legged jumpsuits

Favorite Accessories: Big earrings and sunglasses (duh! :) )

Favorite Foods:  Plaintains, Veggie Patties & Callaloo  Rundung  (Me no Rasta, buh me pudna meat in 'de belly). 

Favorite Time of Year: Summer (Hot! Yeah, mon!)

​Favorite TV Show(s): Empire (Check out her 60-second "Zuri Zip" recap below), Unsung & Super Soul Sunday

Favorite Musician:  Bob Marley (Of course.)

​Favorite Fairy Tale: Cinderella (no surprise there, huh?)

Favorite Fantasy Movie: The Wizard of OZ

Favorite City/Places To Visit: Ocho Rios, New York, Palos Verdes, CA, Barcelona, Aruba, Costa Rica (travel is

 one of my passions so these are just a few!)

Favorite Romance Author: Brenda Jackson

I love my beautiful, voracious reading, romance loving DayDreamers! You help me  live a life that is totally irie!!! This popular Jamaican patois word is often translated to mean 'alright.' It means that and so much more: excellent, happy, cool, good. It is the state of being at peace, in harmony with yourself, your situation, those around you and the world. Hey, life is short. What better way to live? That's why it's my favorite word. Because if one stays centered in irie, one's life is sure to be okay!

While my persona may suggest otherwise, I'm a down-to-earth small town girl who loves to mix and mingle with people from all over the world - especially readers! I rock the funky clothes, clunky jewelry and unique shades because it nurtures the inner goddess that exists within all of us. It makes me feel...say it with me...irie! LOL!  Plus dressing up is much easier than being carried on a jewel-encrusted litter by a group of thong-wearing, buff, sexy warriors, while being fed grapes and fanned with a palm! But hey. Wouldn't that be a cool giveaway prize to one lucky reader? Hmm...

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