4 out of 5 books
Saturday, July 22, 2017
4 out of 5 books
Terrell Warren is an African-American senator who is a rising star in the Democratic Party. He is currently on the party’s ticket and is very well liked. Senator Warren even has his beautiful wife Kianna at his side. Someone is trying to destroy everything that the Warren’s have worked for when Kianna is kidnapped. Senator Warren steps off the campaign trail to find his missing wife. But it’s more complicated than he imagined when the organization that’s responsible for Kianna’s abduction makes unreasonable demands. They are trying to revert American policy back to the “Cold War” days. If Senator Warren doesn’t comply, Kianna will die. What will he do?
Shakir Rashaan has brought us an entertaining thriller with In Service to the Senator. Rashaan does a wonderful job of giving readers an insider’s guide to how seedy American politics can get. This story is very fast-paced and you truly don’t know what’s going to happen next. Of course no Shakir Rashaan novel would be complete without incorporating the kink lifestyle in this story. In Service to the Senator is definitely a page-turner.
Reviewed by Radiah
Radiah: Where did you get the idea for In Service to the Senator?
Shakir: I picked up the idea during the election cycle. No, really, it was like around the summer when we finally figured out who was going to be the Democrat and Republican nominees. I always tend to see around the bend, and I could see the circus coming just like everyone else did. So, I went to sleep one night after a particularly raucous evening watching the Republican rallies and Senator Warren showed up…and no, not her, but my fictional senator, who happened to share the same last name as Senator Elizabeth Warren.
He and I had a long chat, and by the time we were finished, the concept was born. I took National Novel Writing Month (NANO) to write the entire book, December and January to polish and edit, and there you have it. It was the quickest turnaround I’d ever done with any of my books, and not one I plan to duplicate any time soon LOL!
Radiah: This book is a bit of a departure from your previous novels. Were you nervous about how this one would be received?
Shakir: The one thing as an artist that I try to do is figure out what speaks to my creativity. Yes, I’d built a name and a platform on sexual creativity and freedom, but I felt that this was something that I could still tell a compelling story and still stick to my platform at the same time. Senator Warren is still a Dominant, but he isn’t in the same vein as Dominic in my Kink, P.I. series or Ramesses and Neferterri in my Nubian Underworld series.
I’m always trying new things (I actually created a paranormal novella that I plan to flesh out soon) to see what I can pull from my ever-expanding universe of characters, and it’s fun to watch what develops, even while getting back to the signature series that put me on the literary map.
Radiah: Are we going to see any more of these characters in the future?
Shakir: I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about whether or not the Distinguished Gentleman from California and his triad, with particular interest in how things began between Terrell and Lea before Kianna showed up. One never knows, but I’m never ruling anything out when it comes to my literary universe.
Radiah: What made you decide to introduce your readers to the world of kink in your books?
Shakir: I think the more important question is what made me decide to introduce my readers to the world of kink and how WE (meaning people of color, black people specifically) do things in my books. In that vein, I did it because we have only “their” representation of how things are done in the kink world, with no real characters that they could identify with. That’s how the Nubian Underworld was born in the first place; there are so many books written by authors across the aisle, so to speak, so I felt a sense of obligation to showcase the “soul” in kink. The rhythm in which we do things, the music, the innate cadence that we know, all of that. And doing it from a healthy place; I’m so sick of reading books where one of the main characters of the love interest is mentally unstable or needs to be rescued from their situation. Yes, it happens, but damn, can we showcase the beauty of what can happen if one delves deep enough? *Stepping off soapbox now*
Radiah: How do you feel about how mainstream media portrays this lifestyle versus how it really is?
Shakir: They’ve been screwing it up for the better part of thirty years now, so why should I expect any better? The way this thing we do really is would be considered boring, and mainstream media loves drama because drama sells books, papers, magazines, etc. I don’t begrudge the job they have to do; hell, I work for USA Today, and there are things I love doing for Happy Ever After, but let’s be real. Even a mainstream relationship is considered boring if it doesn’t have a healthy dose of drama in it. It’s the American way!
Radiah: Can you give us a sneak peak of your next novel?
Shakir: Why yes, yes, I can…
I’ve been playing with old manuscripts in an effort to spruce it up until I get the bug to put new material out toward the end of the month, so there are two that I’m in the midst of re-releasing. The first of those re-releases is titled Unthinkable, which takes us into the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. I’m updating it for current times, so I get to play around with some outright craziness LOL!
Keion has had his heart broken by a former girlfriend, but in his need to throw himself into his work to keep from getting caught up again. That all changes with a happenstance meeting with Alexia, who happens to be a part of a singing group that the entertainment group Keion works for as a filmographer wants to sign to a long-term deal. There are a whole lot of moving parts with this one, so you’ll have to try to keep up as the pieces fit together.
Radiah: Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Shakir: Everything starts at “home”. You can find my work at www.ShakirRashaan.com and run through my blogosphere, my catalog and other things.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Myles' voice came through the intercom.
"Tell Mr. Mitchell I'll see him as soon as I finish with this conference call."
Chrystina smiled inside. He was making Mitch wait on him. Good for him. She knew Myles was talking to Ms. Daisy on the phone, but had hung up a few minutes ago.
"Mr. Dunning will be with you in a few minutes. Would you like to have a seat while I get you a cup of coffee?"
"I'll stand and I don't want any coffee," William snapped. "What is so important to make me cancel my afternoon appointments?"
"I have no idea, Mr. Mitchell. But I don't believe Mr. Dunning will be too much longer."
"Don't give me that brush-off. We all know you are his right arm, for the moment that is. So what does he want?"
Chrystina did not like the implication, but was used to shielding her thoughts. After all, technically, Mr. Mitchell was her boss so she sweetened her reply.
"I was only asked to make the appointment, sir. I really do not know what the meeting will be about. Perhaps it's concerning whether or not you are going to continue in the role as Vice-President of the bank."
Mitchell was stunned by her response. "Of course I am," he said with an air of superiority as he adjusted his blazer. "He cannot run this bank without me. Huh, if anyone should be concerned about their tenure here it should be you." He looked Chrystina up and down. "There is no way Myles is going to take you down the hall to the corner office." He smirked.
The office door opened and William's whole demeanor changed. "Myles." He turned with his hand extended with an air of sincerity all knew was manufactured. "I understand you wanted to talk. I'm here for you, son. What do you need?"
Chrystina looked over William's back at Myles then rolled her eyes. She could tell Myles held his laugh as he shook William's hand, then patted him on the shoulder.
"Let's go into the office and talk."
Myles shot Chrystina a look. She raised her eyebrow as she watched them closing the door.
"He is right you know," Nancy said from the hallway as she leaned against the opening to Chrystina's office.
Chrystina looked over at the slim blonde with the fake eyelashes, nails, and booty pads.
"Right about what?" she asked as she fumbled with papers on her desk.
"There is no way Myles is going to take you down the hall to his new office." She took a step inside and shrugged her shoulder. "Oh, I don't think for a minute he is going to let you go. However, I just don't see you fitting in down the hall."
"And why not?" Chrystina looked at the woman with a curious brow raised.
Nancy laughed. "Come on, Chrystina. You know why."
"No, I don't. Enlighten me."
"Now, Chrystina, Mr. Hep selected every person in the front office for two reasons. They look good and they know how to socialize with the elites." She shook her head. "No disrespect intended, but you don't fit either category. I, on the other hand, grew up with the socialites. I know how to mingle." She flipped her long blonde hair across her shoulders. "And the looks, well, we both know I have you heads over heels on that front."
"Some people in this building are chosen for their skills and knowledge. Not on what you can do with your mouth." Chrystina tilted her head, then turned back to her computer.
"You are right." She removed her lean body from the doorframe and smirked. "But none of them is in that office down the hallway." She ran her hands down her hip-hugging short skirt, then looked over her shoulder. "This mouth will get me where you want to be." Nancy took a step to walk away and stopped. Turning back to Chrystina, she placed a finger on her cheek. "You know, I think I will go down to the mailroom to get a few empty boxes. I'm pretty sure I will be moving soon." She walked out of the office smiling.
"You are right. You will be moving straight out the front door," Chrystina mumbled to herself. But inside she knew the wench was right. Everyone in the front office looked and acted the part. None of the females were bigger than a size six and the men...well most of them looked like GQ magazine cover models. Every one of them had come to her for help when they could not find the answer or figure out exactly what Mr. Hep needed. But, they weren't friends that would look out for her. They were co-workers who used her when it benefited them. She knew even if Myles wanted to take her along, she would not fit in with the group. That meant she would probably no longer work directly for Myles. A new boss would not be too much of an issue for her, because she knew her stuff. The thought of being without Myles would shatter her world.
For the last ten years he'd been more than her boss. Myles was her mentor, her confidant, her friend, her wildest fantasy. Myles Dunning was her everything. Opening her eyes in the morning there was a picture of him on her nightstand. The last voice she heard at night was Myles, on her recorder. A message he sent telling her to get well soon two years ago when she was sick. All day, very day, Myles was around, needing her, more now than he ever did before. That need materialized right before her eyes the night before his father's funeral. One minute she was consoling him, then the next minute...well, all she could say was her fantasy world became a reality.
The way he drove himself into her still made her inner lips moist, her thighs shake and her knees weak. To this day she had not told anyone what happened between them. That was a memory she was keeping tucked away, in her heart. The feel of him inside of her, even though she knew deep down it was just a weak moment for him, filled her in a way no man ever did before and she had no doubt if anyone will in the future. Her inner lips were throbbing at the memory.
About the Author
Award winning author, Iris Bolling, published her first novel, Once You’ve Touched the Heart in 2008. This self-published work was the first of the five additional books to complete the Heart Series. The popular Heart Series has captivated the hearts of readers and awarded Iris the Emma Award as Debut Author of the Year in 2010
In May of 2011, Iris introduced a new cast of characters in her in Night of Seduction Series. The second book in the series, The Pendleton Rule was reviewed in USA Today and received, the 2014 Emma Award for Suspense of The Year.
In 2012, she began the Gems & Gents series with her novel Teach Me, which generated an importune shoe contest on Facebook that spanned the international waters. It continued with the release of the very popular Book of Joshua I and Book of Joshua II. The series has earned Iris several awards including 2014 Hero of The Year and 2015 Heroine of The Year.
The beginning of her third series, The Brooks’ Family Values, was introduced in her novel Sinergy in 2014, followed by book 2 Fatal Mistake and Propensity For Love, both released in 2015. Propensity For Love was awarded the Villain of The Year honor and has been nominated for several 2016 Emma awards.
Iris received the honor of being named Author of The Year twice since the inception of her career, 2012 and 2014.
In 2014, Iris stepped into a new venture geared towards bringing books to film. She produced The Heart, a television series based on her popular novels. Season two aired in the spring of 2016.
Adding more to her resume’ Iris is now doing quest-speaking engagements and indie publishing workshops to share her experience and to encourage others to follow their dreams.
Currently, she is gearing up to work on film production for two iconic women in literature, Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson.
Iris currently lives in Richmond, Virginia where she is working on her next series.
How to Connect with Iris Bolling
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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
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