Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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
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
Reviewed by Jackie
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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
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
Reviewed by Radiah
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
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
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Monday, September 19, 2016
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
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
Friday, January 08, 2016
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
“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
“You’re going to burn in hell for your evil ways, Diana,"
“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
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.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
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.
Friday, December 25, 2015
"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!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
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?
Amazon and ITunes
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Monday, October 12, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
THE FORBIDDEN MAN by Elle Wright (July 28, 2015; Forever Mass Market; The Edge of Scandal #1)
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).
Buy the book!
Monday, July 13, 2015
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
5 out of 5 books
Alicia is the oldest daughter of Reverend Curtis Black. In the past ,Alicia had some issues with deception, lying, and cheating on her husband Philip. After some time apart, Alicia gets a second chance with Philip and she is getting her " happily ever after”. That's until Levi pops back into the picture. As much as Alicia tries to deny it, she and Levi had a connection that is undeniable. Will Levi throw a monkey wrench in Alicia's chance at happiness with Philip or will she be able to resist him?
The Ultimate Betrayal is one of the best books I've read so far. I have read every single book in the Reverend Curtis Black series and this is a great one. I loved how no matter how much drama, lying, and cheating there is, Kimberla Lawson Roby always ties in God. There is a lot of detail included for each character in this story, but it's not overdone. It's a book that'll be hard to put down. It's one of those books that will have you gasping, screaming at the characters like they're in front of you. So far, The Ultimate Betrayal one is my favorite books in this series. Highly recommended!