Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NEW REVIEW : Sin of a Woman by Kimberla Lawson Roby

  5 out of 5 books

After her humiliating and very public divorce from Dillon, Rachel was trying her hardest to get her life back in order. Dillon tried to destroy her but Rachel didn’t let him. Unfortunately, Rachel is slowly becoming just as vengeful as Dillion. She soon realizes that playing with people's lives takes her down a dark path that she isn’t prepared for. Is it too late for her to change course?

I have always been a fan of Kimberla Lawson Roby's Curtis Black series. This series never disappoints. I really enjoy  how she gives you an in-depth look as to what is going on with each character and how they are affected by it. In each one of these books,  Kimberla always brings you back to how as a child of God, you’re supposed to forgive those who have wronged you. Sin of a Woman an excellent read . If you have not read the other books in the Curtis Black series, I highly recommend you do. You will not regret it. 

Reviewed by Jackie

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

NEW REVIEW : The Practice Wife by Marissa Monteilh

4 out of 5 books

Misha is a 44-year-old real estate agent who yearns to be married with children. She thought that she had a future with Carson but it was not to be. They broke up and Carson got married the next day. Misha is on the road to single motherhood as she prepares for IVF with her frozen eggs. She’s so focused on the upcoming procedure that she has no time for another relationship. But when Dr. Devonta Hill suddenly enters the picture, Misha may be having second thoughts. Will Misha give him a chance?

Marissa Monteillh paints a very accurate picture of how the dating scene is for a professional woman in her 40s with The Practice Wife. There are so many women out here like Misha who spend time “cleaning up” a man and get nothing in return. Monteith does a good job of including heartbreak, humor, and an unexpected love story in this novel. The Practice Wife is a refreshing read that would be a perfect book club selection.

Reviewed by Radiah

NEW REVIEW : LUST by Victoria Christopher Murray

 5 out of 5 books


 Being a granddaughter of a pastor, Tiffanie’s life has basically been laid out for her. Everything changes when she meets Damon. Damon is a very successful businessman in the entertainment industry and a former drug dealer. Their life together seems like a match made in heaven until Damon's best friend and former partner Trey gets out of prison. Trey blames Damon for everything that has happened to him and wants to get payback. Trey will stop at nothing to bring down his former friend and whoever else is in the way, including Tiffanie. 

Author Victoria Christopher Murray does an amazing job of telling the story of Tiffanie who leads a structured life. I've always enjoyed reading the novels of VCM, because of how she brings you into the story. You can imagine how the characters feel emotionally, their looks, and how they deal with each situation they encounter. Her stories deal with situations that you can understand. 

Lust is definitely a good book and keeps you at the edge of your seat until the last page. You will not be disappointed with this novel by Victoria Christopher Murray. 

Reviewed by Jackie

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NEW REVIEW : Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby


  4.5 out of 5 books                                                                    

To imitate someone is to pay the person a genuine compliment, often an unintended compliment. In this case, it was more of an obsession. Simone Phillips and Traci Calloway Cole realized they had so much in common when Simone contacted Traci regarding her future career goals. Traci was a successful author who didn't mind helping out a fellow author to get her career started. It soon became obvious that Simone not only wanted to be like Traci, she wanted Traci's life. Will Traci find out how psychotic and twisted Simone is before it's too late? 

I have been reading and reviewing Kimberla Lawson Roby's books for a very long time and I have yet to be disappointed. Copycat was a short book (about 200 pages), but from beginning to end you become intrigued in what's going to happen next. You’ll wonder how could one character be so clueless as to what the other character was doing. Roby gave enough detail to each character in a thought provoking way. Some parts of the book were a little predictable,but not much. It was a quick read because you want to know if Traci will get tangled up in the craziness of Simone. If you want to read a novel that’s not a long and drawn out, Copycat is for you.

Reviewed by Jackie

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NEW REVIEW : Death's Companion by Monique D. Mensah


                                                        5 out of 5 books


Kameron Peace is a walking zombie. Her past haunts her every day and her only therapy is a daily diet of vodka. Cameron feels that she has nothing to live for until she runs into an old colleague. This colleague refers Kameron to a therapist so that she can start the healing process. But is she ready for it? Bridget Garrett is trying an unorthodox treatment on her new client Karmeron. But Bridget is still searching for her psychotic husband that disappeared five years ago. When she hires a private investigator to find her husband, she finds the task daunting at best. Through the therapy sessions , Bridget and Kameron get the shock of their lives when a truth is revealed that neither one of them are prepared for.

After a four year hiatus, Monique D.Mensah is back better than ever with Death’s Companion. The two main characters in the book are extremely flawed, human, and likable. Just when you think you’ve figured out the who, what, when, where, and why, Mensah turns everything upside down with her signature plot twist. Readers will be absolutely shocked at the ending that you won’t see coming. Death’s Companion is a perfect psychological thriller by Monique D. Mensah.

Reviewed by Radiah

Book of the Week : Secrets In Love : AlTonya Washington

Amon Mikende and Patrice Flowers seemed different as night and day. He was a sought after young architect. She was a struggling college student. He was sensuality personified and she was undeniably intrigued. Amon wasn’t thrilled by their ten-year age gap, but he found Patrice impossible to ignore. For a time, she forgot her past. She forgot that in college, there were always back doors that resulted in secrets best kept hidden. Those secrets would haunt her longer than she could ever imagine.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Poet of the Month : TL Jones

This is not your typical love poetry book. This book explores the depths of a relationship that are often ignored or concealed. All aspects are explored as topics of love and pain and is presented in a raw unadulterated manner. Alphabetical Attractions: 26 stages of love and pain explores love, hate, one night stands, spirituality and much more while spelling it out from letters A to Z. Do you know your alphabet?

For more information on TL Jones and to purchase her books, visit http://www.tljones.co

Monday, September 19, 2016

NEW REVIEW : Open Season: Growing Up Black In America by Darryl Harvey

4 out of 5 books

Open Season : Growing Up Black in America is a wonderful collection of poems by Darryl Harvey.  Harvey does an excellent job summing what it is to be black in America today with this book.  From The Price of Hate, a poem dedicated to Trayvon Martin, to the revolutionary poem Open Season,  you feel the raw emotion of Harvey in these poems. This book will definitely make you wonder what can you do to make your community a better place. Open Season : Growing Up Black in America is a thought provoking poem collection by Darryl Harvey.

Reviewed by Radiah

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NEW REVIEW : A Sinful Calling by Kimberla Lawson Roby

4.5 out of 5 books

Reverend Curtis Black's "secret son," Dillion Whitfield Black has decided to come back home. The family has decided to let the past be the past, but they distance themselves from Dillion. When Dillon moved back home, he met Raven and soon they were married. Dillion decided to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a Pastor of a mega church. Though the church was not big as his father's church, it still has almost a thousand members. 

Alicia was the only child of Curtis Black that reached out to Dillion and to give him some family support. So Alicia decides to join her brother’s congregation. It was hard for Alicia to decide to leave her dad's church. But she had no choice because she knew her family would not accept her husband and forgive him for his past. 

But Dillon wasn't the holier than thou Pastor he pretended to be. Dillon is obsessed with the fast life, women, power, and money. Little did Dillion know, Raven had her own agenda and would do anything to make sure she gets everything she wants. Secrets and lies will soon be exposed and no one will trust each other again.

I have read every book in the Curtis Black series and this author has yet to disappoint. I have always enjoyed how Kimberla Lawson Roby uses events that could definitely happen in real life churches. Roby gives just  enough details of every character and it's never excessive. Each chapter flows right into the next. I am always excited to read one of her books, especially the Curtis Black series. I hope you enjoy A Sinful Calling as much as I did.

Reviewed by Jackie

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Friday, January 08, 2016

EXCERPT of the MONTH : Behind Closed Doors 2 : Dana's Story by A.L. Smith

Behind Closed Doors 2 : Dana’s Story : A.L. Smith



Fear is a defense mechanism that produces a vital
response to emotional and physical danger.

Walking five blocks to and from school through the
dangerous ghetto would have intimidated any twelve year old, but
survival was a way of life and fear was my protection. There were
no immediate signs of danger during my daily journey, but I was
instinctively aware of everything around me and always prepared
to act accordingly. As my classmates sped by me on their colorful
bicycles, I grew excited about the prospect that I might finally get
one of my own for Christmas. My father gave my mom the money
to purchase the bike the previous year, but she used the money to
pay the electric bill—at least, that’s the story she told me. When I
mistakenly allowed her to see my disappointment, I received a
whipping and an hour-long speech about my ungratefulness.
“I feed you, and this is the thanks I get? I don’t hear
anyone else around here complaining and poor-mouthing," she

She looked at my younger sisters and my little brother for
affirmation. I wanted to remind her of the fact that they had little
to complain about since she gave them everything. My point was
valid, but I was smart enough to know that a comment from me on
the topic would result in another lashing.

My sisters didn’t respond to the latest outburst from my
mother because they were accustomed to it. However, I could see
the paralyzing fear on their little faces. At times, the verbal and
physical abuse that I received from my mother had a greater
impact on them than it had on me. As a coping mechanism, I
learned to channel everything to a place that was beyond the realm
of feeling. I no longer responded to the physical pain that my
mother inflicted and it drove her crazy. The verbal abuse escalated
a few notches when she realized it had a greater effect on me than
her physical punishments.

This was my life for as long as I could remember, but the
intensity of the abuse dramatically increased when my parents
separated. I was around eight years old at the time. When I got
home from school that evening, I met my father at the front door.
When I noticed the suitcases and plastic bags, my heart sank. I
asked him if he was leaving for good and he said yes. My mother
came out of the house in a violent rage, which worsened at the
sight of my tears. Her eyes narrowed and she spoke to me through
clenched teeth.

“Why don’t you get your shit and go with your daddy!
That’s one less mouth for me to feed. I mean it, Bernard. Take that
little hussy with you!"
She spoke as if her words were meant for a perfect
stranger instead of her own daughter.

My father dropped his bags and knelt in front of me,
without so much as even a glance toward my mother. He gave me
a hug and cradled my face between his hands.

“I love you, Dana. Don’t ever forget that," he said softly.
He gave me a hug and a kiss on the forehead, then turned
to look at my mother for the last time. He spoke in Haitian Creole
or “patois” to my mother, who was from South Louisiana. It was
something my father often did to conceal his anger from me or
whenever he wanted to discuss sensitive information with my
mother. By now, I not only understood the language, but I spoke it
fluently. Neither of my parents were aware of this. In his thick
Haitian accent, he addressed my mother very calmly, but his anger
was apparent.

“You’re going to burn in hell for your evil ways, Diana,"
he said.
“I’ll be waiting for you when you get there,” she replied.
An evil smile crossed her face before she turned and
walked back into the house.

My father left that day and my entire world crumbled.

 For more information about A.L. Smith and her novels, visit  www.alsmithbooks.com

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

NEW REVIEW : Building Online Relationships by LaShaunda C. Hoffman

5 out of 5 books

Building Online Relationships by LaShaunda C. Hoffman is the most comprehensive guide for online promotions on the market today. Hoffman gives writers step by step tips on how to successfully promote your book online while continuing to focus on the primary goal of writing. There is a wealth of information including how to successfully do a blog tour, how to create an online promotional budget, and figuring out who your reader is. Hoffman also includes schedules and worksheets to help the writer to achieve specific goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. This book is not something to be read in one sitting. The book is meant to be read in stages so that you can complete the worksheets and calendars according to the different goals you're trying to reach. One of the many stand out tips of this book is to not become a "drive by" author in different social media groups and forums. Many writers need to definitely take heed of this advice. Building Online Relationships provides excellent information not only for writers but other literary professionals can benefit from some of these tips as well.

Radiah Hubbert 
Urban Reviews

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

NEW REVIEW : Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby

  5 out of 5 books

   Keith and Celine Richardson have been married for twelve years with a little girl named Kassie. But lately, their home has not been the "happily ever after" that it used to be. With Celine's business, Kassie, and her best friend Lauren, Celine has not made time for her husband. With the constant arguments and Keith coming in at all times of the night and early morning, their marriage is crumbling. 

   To make matters worse, Celine has found out that she has cancer. So now she has to deal with her failing marriage, take care of her daughter, and her cancer treatments. She is now wondering if she's going to have to weather this storm alone. Soon she realizes that she does have a great support team and it comes in the form of her very best friend Lauren. Celine and Lauren have been inseparable since childhood. She finally decides to tell her best friend about her health and the health of her marriage. Is it too late for her friend to give her the support that she needs? 

   What can I say about Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby?  I have never been disappointed with one of her novels. This is a short read, but it's a good one. It doesn't jump all over the place. It stays on track with how Celine and Keith's marriage started to go down hill. I have always loved how the author incorporates God in her books. It's never too much or too little. It’s always straight to the point and you know that no matter what your circumstances are God is always in control! Trust me, there are some twist and turns throughout the book that you will not expect. Best Friends Forever is a short novel but a good one. I highly recommend this book.

Urban Reviews

Friday, December 25, 2015

Book Preview of the Month - Behind Closed Doors 2: Dana's Story - A.L. Smith

"The love of money is the root to all evil, but poverty and lack are its greatest companions..." A.L. Smith

Human trafficking is often considered an international phenomenon and women from third world countries are the first images that come to mind. However, “familial human trafficking” is a more intimate crime due to the dynamics of the underlying relationships.

Behind Closed Doors 2 the riveting tale of one little girl’s struggle to overcome circumstances beyond her control. Born and raised on the ruthless streets of East St Louis, Dana Toussaint was accustomed to a life of privilege; thanks to her father, a Haitian-born immigrant and notorious drug lord. Dana’s mother; a materialistic southern belle from South Louisiana, is consumed by the good life, as memories of her upbringing in an East New Orleans housing project become a distant memory.

In spite of the similarities between the Haitian and Louisiana Creole cultures, the marriage unravels and the unthinkable occurs when Dana’s father abruptly abandons the family. At the age of 12, Dana becomes the ultimate sacrifice and her mother brokers the deal.

Coming January 2016!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HIS ALL NIGHT by Elle Wright (November 24, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Edge of Scandal #2)
THE PRICE OF PLEASUREIn relationships, Calisa Harper has clear rules: no expectations, no commitments, no one gets hurt. She doesn't need a diamond ring to bring her happiness. She just needs Jared. Fine, fit, and ferocious in bed, Jared is Calisa's ideal combination of friend and lover. But the no-strings status they've shared for years is about to get very tangled.

Jared Williams is the kind of man most women long for: sexy, successful, and ready to settle down. He knows convincing the commitment-phobic Calisa that forever is nothing to fear won't be easy-especially when his ex turns up with a daughter she never told him about. In a heartbeat, Jared and Calisa's passion goes from fiery to fragile. He wants to hold on to the love they share but is terrified that their next night together could be their last . . .

About the author:
Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor,  Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel:  Indigo by Beverly Jenkins.  From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance.  An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Author of the Week : Miss KP

UR : Tell us about A Wife's Betrayal.

MKP: A Wife's Betrayal is a novel about two wives Kennedi and Charlotte, from my novel Paparazzi, that are living a lie that's filled with ultimate betrayal. Kennedi's husband suffers from amnesia as she hides from him, her dark past and his true identity. Charlotte, newly widowed, is sleeping with the enemy and marries the man that she thinks murdered her husband. She seeps deep into the Mafia world and realizes, there's no getting out. As both of the wives lives collide, lives are lost, secrets are revealed, and their worlds are turned upside down, as the drama unfolds. Definitely another page turner!

UR: What inspired you to write this novel?

MKP: It’s actually a spinoff from Paparazzi. People wanted to know what happened to those characters. Well I thought that it would be great to have a new novel, that developed those characters even further. Charlotte shows growth and Kennedi is still crazy as ever, but in the end, it's all about understanding both of their journeys from where they've come from. A lot of time, we as people, judge without knowing what others have been through. That was my motivation.

UR: When was the moment that you realized that you wanted to become a writer?

MKP: I always wrote poetry as a teenager, and I always wanted to touch people thru literature. One day, I was speaking to my good friend, Tiffany. She raised a topic that I felt needed to be addressed on a larger platform. She was going through something in her relationship and said a powerful statement. She said that she felt she was being punished for everything her father did wrong to the women in his life. That statement hit home. Sometimes people don't realize how their actions can sometimes affect their seeds. Men sometimes don't realize how they treat women in relationships and how it could really come back on their daughters. I could definitely relate to that. That's how I built the relationship between Denie and Rich in The Dirty Divorce, and the rest is history!

UR: What is the best advice that a fellow writer has given you?

MKP: Save your money so when bigger projects surface, you can have ownership in your work. Here's my own advice I would offer to any writer that is reading this-
Always be a student and never be so married to your work that you don't embrace corrective criticism. Don't settle to be good, be the greatest. Be patient and stay connected to your readers.

UR: Name one thing that you know now that you wish you would have known at the beginning of your writing journey.

MKP: Learning the business side is important in order for growth. This industry has waves so you must invest in your growth. 

UR: What do you want readers to know most about Miss KP the person?

MKP: Sometimes I feel I am misunderstood because of my brutal honesty...but I'm a loyal friend and through all my chaos in my busy life, my family comes first.

UR: Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

IG @therealmisskp
Twitter/Facebook/Periscope @misskpdc

Amazon and ITunes 

Click here to order your copy of A Wife's Betrayal today!

Monday, October 12, 2015

BOOK of the WEEK : A Wife's Betrayal : Miss KP

Best Selling Author Miss KP is at it again, as she brings you another novel filled with deadly sins, lust, and heart-wrenching betrayal of two wives who are determined to dodge their pasts. As secrets unfold, they fight to survive one day at a time. Newly widowed Charlotte Fitzgerald never thought that her life could get more complicated. Sleeping with her husband's nemesis was never a part of the plan, but the further she seeps into the Mafia World, she soon realizes there's no getting out. Right across the pond, newlywed Kennedi a sassy socialite, tries to keep secrets buried from her new husband who suffers from amnesia. Her dark past if revealed, could cost her to lose it all from the only man she's ever loved. As the two wives' worlds collide, lives are lost, loyalties are tested, and lessons are learned as Miss KP takes you on another ride filled with twists and turns. Hold on to your seats for another shocker of a husband's worst nightmare of ultimate betrayal.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT : Elle Wright : The Forbidden Man

THE FORBIDDEN MAN by Elle Wright (July 28, 2015; Forever Mass Market; The Edge of Scandal #1)
In Love With the Wrong Man
Sydney Williams has forgiven her fiancé, Den, more times than she can count. But his latest betrayal just days before their wedding is too big to ignore. Shocking her friends and family, she calls off the engagement. She walks out on Den . . . and into the arms of his brother, Morgan.

Known as a player, Morgan Smith has secretly spent years fighting his feelings for Sydney. When Den's latest dirty deed leaves Sydney devastated, Morgan can't stop himself from coming to her rescue. What begins as friendship quickly escalates into all-consuming passion. Despite their intense connection, Sydney would rather deny her desire than come between brothers. But as Morgan is determined to make Sydney his, Den won't give her up without a fight . . .

About the author:

Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor, Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance. An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).

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Monday, July 13, 2015

NEW REVIEW : Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray

5 out of 5 books

Janice Johnson is living her worst nightmare. Her young black son has been murdered and no arrest has been made. Janice wants to trust the justice system to do the right thing but that’s easier said than done. To further complicate matters, Janice’s brother-in-law wants to get his militant style group involved which she doesn’t approve of. Meredith Spencer’s husband is the person accused of the murder. She knows what really happened that night and feels conflicted. Does she do the right thing and tell the truth or does she stand by her man?

Stand Your Ground is the most prolific novel by Victoria Christopher Murray to date. Murray does an excellent job of bringing this controversial law to the forefront. The interesting part of this story is that you see all sides of this. You see not only Janice’s side of dealing with the murder of her son but you also see Meredith struggling with doing the right thing. Murray gives readers a front row seat to the dirty tricks that are used in order to sway pubic opinion and the jury about this case. This story would not be complete without Murray giving us a very satisfying and shocking conclusion. Stand Your Ground is great discussion book and another winner by Victoria Christopher Murray.

Radiah Hubbert
Urban Reviews

NEW REVIEW: Mama's Boy by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

5 out 5 books

One tragic incident can change a life forever. This is what happened to Jamal Jones. Jamal records a scuffle with a white police officer on his cellphone that leads to the officer’s death. Facing murder charges, Jamal is now on the run. Jamal’s mother Gloria will do anything to protect her son. She knows that her son couldn't possibly be the cold blooded murderer that everyone is saying he is. When she finds her son, Gloria has to decide if she should turn him in or help him run. Kay Christiansen is a prosecutor and Houston mayoral candidate that can’t wait to put Jamal behind bars. But when her past comes back to haunt her, Kay has to worry about more than her case.

Mama’s Boy is a stunning novel by ReShonda Tate Billingsley. This emotionally charged story shows how strong a mother’s love is and decisions that she has to make in order to protect her child. Billingsley’s signature character development and shocking plot twists makes this a joy to read. Just when you think you have it all figured out, she drops another secret or lie on you. Mama’s Boy is the perfect book club selection because it would foster a lively discussion. Once again, ReShonda Tate Billingsley produced another heart wrenching and entertaining tale with Mama’s Boy.

Radiah Hubbert
Urban Reviews