Sunday, December 28, 2014

Review: After Wednesday: A Short Story


After Wednesday: A Short Story
After Wednesday: A Short Story by Nakia R. Laushaul

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



After Wednesday was an okay short story to me. Although the characters were defined, too much going on in the short span of the book. Characters and scenarios were introduced near the end and left me wondering…who and where did that come from? To make the story flow, I think the author could have made this book a novella or full length novel.



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Review: A Husband for Christmas: A Holiday Novella


A Husband for Christmas: A Holiday Novella
A Husband for Christmas: A Holiday Novella by Nakia R. Laushaul

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



A Husband for Christmas was my first read by the author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a mix of love, humor and sensuality rolled into one. I was rooting for Pretty Brown Eyes and her online interest. When you let down your guard and allow love in, you just may find it.

I need a full length novel on this story. Great job and I look forward to reading more of your titles.




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Review: Vengeance Will be Mine


Vengeance Will be Mine
Vengeance Will be Mine by Chyta Curry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Revenge is sweet even when it is unexpected.

Vengeance Will Be Mine is a great story of a woman, Rhonda who survived the lowest points in her life and came out swinging to gain the win in the end. There has been many times when we as women take more than we deserve in the name of love from our husband (or significant other but when is enough, just that…enough. One click this story to be taken on an emotional ride. Sometimes you would want to slap Rhonda, other times you want to hug her as we all know someone like her.

Although there were a few grammatically errors, it did not take away from the story which flowed effortlessly. Each character was well developed and had its own identity. I applaud the author on penning this story of love and what it truly does not mean.




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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: My Husband and My Soulmate


My Husband and My Soulmate
My Husband and My Soulmate by Michelle Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



My Husband and My Soulmate was a whirlwind, unrealistic novel of a couple who wanted the best of both worlds. The story did not flow well as while Danielle is pregnant with her husband, Percival’s child, she does some unthinkable things with a stranger, Daniel, with whom she had just met. Although her husband was a jerk, it would have been nice to see the story flowed and developed with Daniel.

As in most cases of infidelity, this story makes you think and brings the issue of the “down low” brother to the forefront. Too many men are living double lives and putting everyone at risk rather than being up front with their partner. Also, “all that glitters is not gold” so be careful.

Although the flow was off, I would still like to read part 2 to see how it all ends and give the author a second chance.




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Review: Love & Happiness


Love & Happiness
Love & Happiness by Michelle Cuttino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



In this novel, we meet many characters but each one was clearly defined and developed to the point you knew them. The main character, Roxanne Linden was a confused woman who hid so much of her past inside that when confronted by the demons, it overtook her existence and made it hard to cope with everyday living.

Ms. Cuttino brought to light many realistic issues from being a plus sized woman to being uncertain of one’s sexuality. When those issues clashed, it caused an explosion of truths along with the need to be accepted. But in the end, was Roxanne being truthful with herself? Did she find love and happiness?

This was my first read by the author but will not be my last. Very few authors are able to intertwine so many characters in one book without confusing the reader but Ms. Cuttino mastered it by giving a background on each one of them while you are reading the story. The story had a great flow plus the added bonus of the main character being a plus sized lesbian.

One click this book today to be tangled in the web of love, lust and betrayal amongst family and friends.

***A COMPLIMENTARY COPY WAS RECEIVED IN EXCHANGE OF AN HONEST REVIEW ***



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Monday, December 22, 2014

BOOK BLAST: Unbound Hearts by Michelle Lindo-Rice



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Genre: Interracial Christian Romance

Author: Michelle Lindo-Rice


Unbound Hearts (Able to Love Book 2)


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Would you hire the person responsible for your losing both your legs? Before he lost both his limbs, Jasper Orion was on his way to being voted Most Valuable Player in the National Football League. A man of faith, his faith in God remains unshaken and he starts his own business. With God’s leading Jasper decides to hire Charmaine Evans, the woman responsible for his demise. But, unexpectedly, Jasper develops feelings for his newest employee. He longs to hold her in his arms. Wheelchair bound, will Jasper’s love for Charmaine motivate him to walk again? A backslidden Christian, Charmaine Evans’ ambitions left her broke, unemployed and a social pariah. Guilt-ridden, she returned home to Port Charlotte, FL to lick her wounds. To Charmaine’s surprise, Jasper not only offers her forgiveness but also a job when no one else would. Charmaine marvels at Jasper’s faith while grappling with her own. Bound by her past, will Charmaine learn to accept God’s plan for her heart and her life?


 



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Michelle Lindo-Rice enjoys crafting women's fiction with themes centered around the four "F" words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her first published work, Sing A New Song, was a Black Expressions featured selection. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner. She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor's kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. Feel free to connect with her at michellelindorice.com You can read her testimony, learn about her books, PLEASE join her mailing list, or read a sample chapter at michellelindorice.com


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Tour: Terra Cotta Beauty by Jola Naibi

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Book Title: Terra Cotta Beauty #TerraCottaBeauty

Paperback: 142 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1491271671

ISBN-13: 978-1491271674

Genre: Fiction


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Jola Naibi was raised in Lagos, Nigeria and studied in in the United Kingdom. She enjoys writing and blogging as a way to satisfy and extremely eager imagination.

About The Book

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Follow the daily lives, loves, and hopes of an entire community in Jola Naibi’s moving debut, Terra Cotta Beauty.

A carefully crafted selection of short stories, this collection examines life in Lagos, Nigeria, during the era of military rule. It reveals the struggles, loves, and hopes of a disparate group of people whose lives always manage to intersect—sometimes in the most devastating of ways.

With each brief conversation and split-second decision containing consequences that reach further than anyone could ever imagine, each of the book’s seven tales is a delicate thread that helps form the social fabric of a nation divided.

From a woman whose journalist husband is jailed for criticizing the government to a young man’s reluctant descent into crime, Terra Cotta Beauty acts as a carefully crafted ode to the essence of Lagos itself: its people.
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Friday, November 7, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Michelangelo Effect by Nekesa Ouma-Namulu

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Paperback: 218 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 26, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1500654388
ISBN-13: 978-1500654382

Book Title: The Michelangelo Effect:
Keys to Extraordinary Success for Ordinary People

Genre: Self Help

About The Author

Nekesa Ouma-Namulu describes herself as a 'true citizen of the world,' having the privilege of calling many places home. She was born and brought up in Nairobi, the capital of that picturesque nation on Africa's eastern coast, and moved to London where marriage and career made Europe her second home for almost two decades. Her career as a Computer Networking Systems consultant, which included a year with Cisco Systems, saw her spend many happy hours in data centres all over the world, fiddling with fibre-optic cables plugged to huge data switches alight with dozens of different blinking lights. Work saw her set up camp in Mexico City, Seoul and most recently Paris, which led her to conclude, "no-one does a strike quite so thoroughly as the French." Nekesa has published a computing book, which sits happily next to others in UK libraries, as well as a children's fable. Today, Nekesa and her family split time between homes in Kenya, Spain and the UK.

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If you've ever wondered why...
*dating and relationship advisors are so fixated on 'make-overs' (your online profile, your wardrobe, your face, your conversation skills)?
*prosperity gurus are so bent on you 'fixing' yourself?
*some of the most beautiful people never find love and many of the most intelligent ones never make good money?
*people with disadvantages identical to yours are so hugely successful?
*and finally, why 'idiots' do so well?
...you need to read this book.
The answer, is hidden in plain sight.
With unparalleled clarity the book reveals the single common denominator behind the new wave of personal success stories that is sweeping across the globe.


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Monday, October 6, 2014

The Storytellers Tour: Kinky Coily by Pamela Samuels Young

This book will help African-American women with kinky hair learn the true beauty and versatility of their natural hair.

Have you been thinking about transitioning to natural hair, but don't know where to start? Then Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide! This book is a collection of the best resources to help you begin your natural hair journey. You'll find the books, the bloggers, tools, product and more. You'll learn how to develop a hair care regime, how to determine the tools and products you'll need and how to track your progress. Whether you have a relaxer, press 'n curl or you're already natural, Kinky Coily has something for you. So get ready to experience the true beauty and versatility of your natural hair.

Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide by Pamela Samuels Young
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About Pamela Samuels Young

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and award-winning author of eight books. Her thriller, Anybody’s Daughter, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction. A former journalist, Pamela began writing despite a busy legal career in an effort to bring diversity to the legal fiction genre.
She is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide. A graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, USC and Northwestern University, Pamela is a native of Compton, California. She speaks frequently on the topics of writing, pursuing your passion and discrimination law.

To invite Pamela to your book club meeting or event, email Pamela via her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com



Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOOK BLAST AND GIVEAWAY: Born at Dawn by Nigeria Lockley


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Book Title: Born at Dawn
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction, Women's Fiction
Author: Nigeria Lockley
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ISBN-13: 978-1601626752
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
 
 
 
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Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.
Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.
After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?


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Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master's degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master's degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.




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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOOK TOUR: The Devil Made Me Do It by Colette (Ford) Harrell

The voluptuous Esther Wiley has always known that she is special. She’s a tiara-wearing, wand-carrying kind of Cinderella princess in disguise. The problem that her very own Fairy Godmother, the Prophetess Mother Reed, struggles with is getting her to live like it.

Briggs Stokes is the reluctant heir to his father’s worldwide, multimillion-dollar televangelist ministry, yet he yearns to be his own man. His past mistakes have caused him a private life of hurt and loneliness.

Esther and Briggs meet and develop a deep soul connection, until tragedy strikes and the two are thrust apart. Their separation leads each down a different path scattered with emotional minefields. While each step they take brings them closer to who they were always meant to be, the devil is on assignment. He sends in reinforcements to usher in confusion and create chaos, and soon no one is safe. The members of Love Zion church reel from the rumors, innuendo, and downright sabotage that is going on around them.

When others devise evil schemes to seek the destruction of Esther and Briggs through jealousy, greed, and murder, only divine intervention can save them. As an all-out battle for dominion breaks out in the heavens, will Esther and Briggs become a casualty of war?




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Colette (Ford) Harrell the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It is passionate about the written word. Holding a master’s degree, she is a director of human services. Her creation and implementation of a health and energy medical program stands as a best practices model.

As a motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is co-founder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company. As an active member of her church, Kingdom Christian Center, she serves in several ministries.

Colette is a wife, mother, author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Her novel is a delectable read, where romance, suspense, humor, and the supernatural all come together to entertain, educate, and inspire. A Detroit native, she currently resides in Ohio, writing with humor and compassion to engage and minister to the human heart. Her motto is: whatever you do, do it “for love alone.”




Excerpt from The Devil Made Me Do It

Prologue

1975

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep (Genesis 1:2)


Two ominous figures sat in quiet contemplation, the larger one’s head was gargantuan in nature, and foul droplets of acidic mucus fell from his protruding fangs.

The smaller one stood sixteen feet tall and his rapier tail was wrapped protectively around his middle. He sat as still as cold hard stone. His sinister eyes were yellow rimmed and telegraphed evil cunning. He was known as The Leader.

Their silhouettes cast eerie shadows against the backdrop of the smoke-filled flames that spewed from the lake of fire.

“Ummm, this is my favorite place. Listen to the melodic sound of souls screaming in agony—it is music to my ears. If you concentrate, you can hear the desperate pleas for release. Yessss . . .It allows me to know that all is right in our world,” The High Master said.

The Leader shuddered as the menacing timbre of The High Master’s voice snaked fear around his chest. For him, it was equal to the singe of demon skin from a thousand innocent prayers; he loathed it. His tail subconsciously tightened as he awaited his newest orders.

The High Master continued, “These human souls are pathetic with their self-serving natures. They frighten at the sound of our bumps in the dark, but create havoc in their own lives. What idiots they are and not fit for company until they have totally crossed to our side. And even then they tire me soooo . . .”

The Leader didn’t stir; his thoughts were of survival. He refused to speak. He knew a wrong word could cause such suffering and pain. The High Master’s punishments are prompt and fierce. One seeks death, but yet, death will not come.

The High Master continued his tirade, his grimace displaying double rows of slime-covered fangs. His was a chilling profile. “Your charges are young. Both are being raised in good homes, and, as a result, they are overconfident creatures. Leader, do not underestimate their youth; innocence is a powerful weapon. In their kingdom, the weak become strong. But we must prey on that weakness and use it to our advantage. You must destroy them before they complete their purpose. I am giving you this head start; you must not fail.”

After speaking, he stood his full twenty feet in height, his shoulders reared back as his frame vibrated with his frustrated bellowing. “In the beginning, we owned their world. After the fall, we adjusted; the land we were given was dark and empty, but we were content with our lot. Then He whose name is not spoken, created man, and we were once again demoted. All we seek is our rightful power, our rightful place. Make haste, bold one, and steal, kill, and destroy all that stands in your way.”

The Leader bowed his head in submission.

“And, Leader—this was a most productive conversation. You are learning.”

The Leader’s tail unwrapped from his torso as he swiftly rose and slithered toward his point of ascent into the Earth realm. He was determined not to fail.


( Continued... )

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Addison's Release: A Letting Go novel by Leia Madison







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Addison Baxter has survived more things in one lifetime than any one person should. After her only child Autum dies in a car accident, she finds out how many secrets and lies her abusive husband, Curt, was hiding. Filing for divorce and putting her house up for sale, Addison is determined to build a new life for herself and grieve the loss of her daughter. But life is fickle, and somewhere between grieving and building her new life, Michael Crestmoore walks into her heart like a Mac truck.



With Michael around, dealing with life’s cruel punches is easier for Addison. No matter what has happened Michael has been her rock, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by her soon to be ex, Curt. Addison wants a new life with Michael; one that holds the promise of love, laughter and healing. But will Curt’s jealousy and hurt spill over into Addison’s happily ever after?


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Addy stands in front of me, her eyes never leaving mine. She removes her shirt slowly and drops it to the side, her red bra cradling her exquisite breasts. I reach out placing my hands on her thighs pulling her to me, her soft belly in front of my face I kiss it tenderly running my tongue along the waist of her skirt. She places her hands in my hair and quietly moans. My hands run down her skirt finding the bottom. Lifting up the skirt and placing my hands on her smooth legs instantly hardens me. Her breathing is faster now as she works her fingers through my hair at a more rapid pace. I slowly slide my hands up the backs of her thighs and reach her lacy underwear, my fingers work themselves under the fabric as I grab her ass and pull her towards me so her groin is mere inches from my mouth. I look up at her with wild heat in my eyes. Pulling down her panties so they are around her ankles I take my hand and lift up her foot and slide them off, one side then the other. I drop them on her shirt that is next to me. Addy lets go of my hair and steps back. Her beautiful skin glowing in the waters reflection. She reaches around her and takes off her bra dropping it on the pile of clothes. Her nipples are hard, I lick my lips in anticipation of swirling my tongue over them.






Tilting my head he lightly bites my neck and then kisses it. “Oh, Michael.” I am breathless, closing my eyes leaning into his touch.

“You are so soft Addison, I want to lick every piece of you.” His hands start to roam slowly up my shirt.

Softly moaning I rub my ass into his crotch.

“I have to ask you a question.” I say softly
“What do you want to know?” He whispers in my ear.
His hands have made it to my breasts as I moan louder.

“Where did you put my underwear?” I say with short breaths.

Michael stops immediately and I can feel him starting to chuckle behind me.

“Are you serious right now? I am trying to seduce you, and you want to know where your…underwear are.” He states perplexed.
“Yes, it’s a legitimate question.” I state with a wide smile on my face.
He releases his arms around me, I turn around and he is standing with his arms crossed and trying not to smile, but his dimples are giving him away from being serious.

“Well… I am waiting.” I start to tap my foot.

“Addison Mire, I have a massive hard on right now.” He says matter-of-factly.

Looking down at his trousers I see a large rise in them. I look back at him and cross my arms.

“I think that I told you a few minutes ago that you ruined a sweet moment by smacking my ass.” I raise my eyebrows and tilt my head looking at him. “Remember that?”

Michel tilts his head and then looks back over at me.

“That was a love tap, I have done that exact same thing, only harder… if you remember.” Staring down at me like he is forcing me to remember.



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