Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: In love with a hustler


In love with a hustler
In love with a hustler by Tiffany Haynes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This was an interesting read and I didn't know what to expect based on the title so it was a nice surprise once I read it.

Terri is a woman who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Like most women, after the birth of a child and the weight gain, she feels unattractive. Her husband, Marcus does nothing to make her feel differently. He barely has sex with her. Since Marcus quits his job to manage a boy band, he travels a lot or so Terri thinks. Hmmm, imagine her surprise when she finds out Marcus has been creeping with a pretty young thing.

Feelings are hurt. Words are said. Revenge is sweet. What Terri does next will surprise everyone as the good girl turns bad and comes out on top or will she? Will Terri forgive Marcus? Will Marcus cut off his side chick to stay true to his vows?

I enjoyed this read but rated it 3 stars due to the numerous grammatical and spelling errors. If those are resolved, this will definitely be a 4 star read. This story has a great plot and character development. The author did a great job displaying the emotions of a woman scorned.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review: Right Before My Eyes II


Right Before My Eyes II
Right Before My Eyes II by Michelle Robinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Jordyn, Journee, Kalena, Najah and Chelsea are back and the drama has been turned up about ten notches.

Kalena comes home from her honeymoon heartbroken due to her husband, Todd committing suicide while they were away. There are so many unanswered questions surrounding the suicide and Kalena has no idea where to turn to. Her friends are there for her but little does she know, one of the Bell sisters have a secret and it is going to cause an uproar. Friendships are tested and love is doubted.

This sequel has a great storyline and it pulls you into a web of friendships and deception. It shows you how far one would go to cover up their wrongdoings. As you read this story, you will be able to relate to the situations as it could happen to any one of us. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Review: Untamed Desire


Untamed Desire
Untamed Desire by LaRedeaux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Once again, LaRedeaux takes us on an erotic journey. The mixture of short stories and poems is a nice touch and allows the reader to fully grasp the words, the emotions and their sexual feelings. Do not read this book if you are not sexually open minded.

This is the perfect e-short to read to your partner. It might even give you some ideas (hint hint). So one click tonight and take the "untamed" roller coaster ride.

Great job LaRedeaux!



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Review: Freakizm


Freakizm
Freakizm by Forever Redd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This is my first read by Forever Redd. Freakizm is a short erotic read about Rico, a young man who was releasing his sexual desires in a reckless way... through online hookups. He finally decides to meet one of his online trysts, Brioshe. Rico is definitely not ready for the adventure that Brioshe takes him on and she is not ready for her heart to be broken as she wants more than a sex buddy. Will Rico commit to a relationship with Brioshe? Will Brioshe be okay with just being sex buddies?

Besides a few grammatical errors and the author's use of slang such as "nekkid" instead of "naked", this was an okay read for me. I felt the story starting building a plot without coming to a climax. I understand the story is written by a woman from a man's point of view but it doesn't really tap into his emotions. Although it was a short story, there was no real character development.

I have the author's debut book and I look forward to reading it to see if that is just Forever Redd's writing style.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

BOOK TOUR: Sex, Lies, Betrayal by Kharisma Kashmere

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The Queen of Conniving is back in Sex. Lies. Betrayal: The Fa├žade 3
“I left the only man I ever loved after killing the one I was with.”−Erie Gold

After taking off from her disastrous double life with Yay, then double crossing him along
the way, where does Erie’s loyalty truly lie? Bitten twice, Yarnell is out for
a vengeance no amount of cream can ever replace. But when these two lovers
cross paths this showdown over love and money will leave more than a trail of
blood and dollar signs. After fleeing to Mexico, Erie finds herself back t in
the States, in more than just her enemy’s reach.


No one is expecting Shawndrell Ford to be released from prison after being arrested so
publically. But now that’s he a free man his only goal is to get back on top
with the help of his partner Greedy. But will his own greed be the cause of
their demise?


This explosive trilogy takes readers on a masterful journey through the mindsets of those who entrust everything they know and love into the almighty dollar. And in streets that have no statute of limitation with more enemies than friends, one of these cash connoisseurs are bound to fall victim to all the
Sex, Lies, and Betrayal.
 




Growing up in Maywood, IL, one of Chicago’s most violent suburbs, Kharisma Kashmere adapted to reading and writing in adolescence. Spending more time inside than out, she became enthralled with
urban fiction and suspense at fourteen. Reading her means of escape from the tumultuous city surrounding her, Kharisma decided to start writing about what she thought maybe going on outside her home. The eldest of eleven children, she remembers sharing her stories with siblings who praised her maturing craft. Her
husband whom she met at only eleven years old was the person that brought forth the more creative imaginations she pens today. At twenty four, having traveled from Atlanta, Texas, and New York, Kharisma quotes, “I’ve been blessed to have found a passion so deep for writing; I could have seen the world without ever leaving my room. Her first novel, Sex. Lies. Betrayal: The Facade which she penned in Georgia is only the tip of the iceberg, she states. Today she and her husband reside in the Englewood area of Chicago. And she says there’s no place like writing at home.
































 

 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: The Lost One by Meg Collett

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Title: The Lost One
Author: Meg Collett
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
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They say some things must be broken before they can be fixed. But when Michaela hoped to cast doubt on the Aethere, she never thought things would fall apart like they did. Now the Aethere have turned their attention to the End of Days, and they won’t rest until they obtain the tools of Earth's final destruction: the Seven Seals.

The world is falling apart at the seams, and Michaela finds herself clutching the threads. She alone understands what will happen if the Aethere ever get the seals, and it’s the one thing she will fight to the death to prevent if she has to.

Even amidst the devastation on Earth, Michaela struggles to restore her faith in Gabriel. Together, they'll need to decide if their love is strong enough to erase the line she had fought so hard to draw between holy and fallen.

Michaela said she wanted a war, but when the End is looming, what will she fight for?

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Outside, nearly all the Nephilim were gathered on the front porch. They stepped aside for Michaela as she made her way down the steps. It was easy to see what they were looking at.

The sky was growing dark, nearly black along the horizon of the farthest fields. But Michaela’s attention was on something else. She recognized them immediately.

The Archangels landed lightly on the gravel and walked toward the house. Their wings were white and brutally bright in the snapping air. Ophaniel’s beautiful platinum hair twisted in the wind. Michaela recognized Simiel’s easy smile. Raphael looked even more serious than usual, his bulk taking up twice the room as the others. Uriel stalked slightly behind the others, her hand wound tight around Zarachiel’s, who walked slowly with his head down.

It didn’t take them long to reach the group. The Nephilim watched the Archangels carefully, their weariness ingrained from centuries of being hunted. Their anxiety was only kept at bay by Iris, who stood among them, smiling and beckoning the angels closer. Raphael found Michaela in the crowd.

“You better get the livestock in the barn,” he said, the warning clear in his voice.

“Why?”

The Nephilim parted around her, outlining a clear path between her and the Archangels, who didn’t come any closer. They regarded her with empty faces. Even Simiel averted his eyes. Michaela had only been able to guess up until this point, but now it was clear even her Archangels blamed her for releasing the hybrids and the chaos it had caused. If they knew about Gabriel signing over his soul, they likely hated her for causing that too. There was a divide between them as wide as a river. No one crossed. Their hollow presence sapped any relief at their return. She squared her shoulders.

“Why?” she asked again.

Raphael glanced over his shoulder at the approaching wall of darkness. “Locusts.”


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Meg Collett lives deep in the hills of Tennessee where there the cell phone service is a blessing and internet is a myth of epic proportions. She is the mother of one giant horse named Elle and two dogs named Wylla and Mandy. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her ragtag life. End of Days is her first series.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Love Redeemed by Love Belvin



Love Redeemed – the conclusion of the of the Love’s Improbable Possibility series:
Life’s complicated…
Life’s not fair
All is fair in love and war…
You ever wonder what events led up to an individual’s inability to trust? Love Lost starts off by peeling back layers of a young girl who experienced the loss of essential, reliable and nurturing love.
Rayna Brimm, hailing from an inner-city in New Jersey, survives a series of betrayal and loss only to forge forward in self-preservation and obtain an education in North Carolina. After receiving her degree, vowing never return home, she finds herself in California where she tries to build a self-contained life. She made a personal declaration to get through life without further dependence on others in order to avoid yet another heartbreak. Only, fate said otherwise.
Enter Azmir Jacobs, a tall, dark, handsome and very wealthy man, who has street credibility and executive power in the corporate world. Azmir has money, power and beautiful women at his beck and call, but only one woman has caught his eye. The resilient Rayna Brimm, a woman whose dysfunctional upbringing contributes towards her tough skin, issues with trust and a deep-seated fear to love, turns out to be more than he bargained for when he discovered her in his boardroom presenting a leasing proposal. 
Rayna isn’t the only one with a checkered past. Can Azmir conceal his convoluted life long enough to prove that he can provide Rayna the stable and reliable love that she clearly needs and deserves? Or will his lofty lifestyle and endless resources scare her away? 
Find out in this riveting conclusion how Rayna reconciles her inability to trust and willingness to explore love in ways she thought she wasn’t worthy of. See love redeemed for someone who thought it was not in the cards. Also, experience Azmir’s lessons on love, forgiveness, and acceptance as his world is transformed to include a life partner.   
Love Redeemed coming in April...





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Title: Within Temptation (Sons of Temptation #1)
Author: Tanya Holmes
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense/Mystery hybrid
Release Date: May 12, 2014
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Love, betrayal and murder in a small town…
Twelve years after her mother's murder, Shannon Bradford fears she may have helped convict an innocent man. Even worse, her prominent family may have had something to do with it. Desperate for answers, she seeks help from the one person least likely to give it. Her best friend and childhood crush, Trace Dawson.

The man she sent to prison.

Serving hard time for murder has left Trace angry and bitter. As far as he's concerned, digging into the past won't replace the years he's lost or erase the hell he's lived. Now that he's free, Shannon Bradford tops his list of bad memories.

But he never counted on falling in love.

WITHIN TEMPTATION is a contemporary/romantic suspense/mystery hybrid. Set in a sleepy little town during the dead of winter, this award-winning romance novel is a tale of one woman's quest for truth and a man's struggle to forgive.


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Provoke by Missy Johnson




Title: Provoke
Author: Missy Johnson
Release Date: March 16, 2014


Mace Jordan was not the type of guy I expected to sweep me off my feet. I knew of the crowd he ran with, and they were bad news. But beyond that tough, biker exterior was a sweetheart, and one that treated me like his princess.

I liked being the good girl with the bad boy, but I never expected this. What I saw on his computer…I thought I knew him.

But I was wrong. So wrong…

If there was ever a bad time for me to fall for a chick it was now, but from the moment I saw Leeta, she had me. There was something special about her, and I had to have her. But I also had a job to do, and I couldn’t let her distract me from that. I couldn’t let her discover that side of me either. But she’s not stupid, and I know she’s getting close. God knows what she’ll do if she discovers the truth.

Or what she thinks is the truth.








Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a dog...you get the picture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.




Monday, March 17, 2014

BOOK BLAST: The Predatory Lies of Anorexia by Abby Kelly




About The Book

I want. I want you to want me. I want you to think I am the smartest, the thinnest, the most beautiful. I want you to want to be me. I want to be enviable. I want to be impervious. I want to need nothing. I want you to know that I am strong. I want to think I am better than everyone else. I want.
I’m willing to give up everything. I will give up mind and future. I will give up health, happiness and peace. I will give up family, friends and fun. I will give up rest and comfort. I will give up food. But please, just let me keep faith.

In this raw telling of her long struggle with anorexia, Abby Kelly reveals the predatory lies that ran rampant in her disordered mind. She will lead readers through the fight to her final victory.
Readers will find empathy, compassion and insight in these pages. Most of all, they will find hope for recovery and a life beyond the battle.




Genre: Memoir/Self Help

Paperback: 196 pages

Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers (March 17, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1940784174

ISBN-13: 978-1940784175









“The Flight”
“You will never see me again!” I screamed. I knew I was running out of time as we approached the airport. “I’ll die there! I’m never coming home.”
“Abby, stop. You are getting yourself all worked up and we have to go inside now.” My father parked the car in the dismal parking garage. Ignoring my residual choking on tears, he got out of the car and began to extract the suitcases, careful not to get any dirt on his jeans.
Daddy always looked sharp, one more thing I hated about myself. In the last several years I had become more of a skeleton freak show than an attractive daughter he could be proud of. My face was gaunt and haggard and wore the look of an aging smoker. My breasts were flat and my waist curve-less, like a prepubescent boy. I wore sea-foam green sweat pants with the word “SPIRIT” in block letters down my right leg. The sweats hung around my thighs like a tent missing poles, but I liked them because I felt small inside them. A sloppy white t-shirt blaring “SPIRIT” as well, topped the ensemble.
“Abby, get out of the car.”
I debated for a moment, but knew that I’d never win. The wildest of my tantrums were no match for Dad’s strength, but until now, at least in the battle of wills, I had triumphed. Two days prior my parents played their trump card.
“We’ve tried everything.” My parents had me cornered in their bedroom. Mom spoke because I listened more calmly to her. “We’ve been patient while you’ve promised over and over to try. We are really, really worried about you.”
Mom’s voice broke there. Dad turned and glared at my little sisters eavesdropping from the bedroom doorway. Two sets of chocolate brown eyes and one blue pair ducked back into the hallway. Then he shut the door and stepped forward.
“You promised to gain ten pounds in two months.” Dad’s voice was taut. The six-foot-four man that I once thought invincible slouched beneath a heavy burden. “Over a month ago, you agreed to the ultimatum that you would gain eight pounds. You’re nowhere near that. You need help and this is not a discussion. Remuda Ranch agreed to admit you, and we need to be there the day after tomorrow.” Daddy turned and left the room.
I slumped to my knees on the floor. “Please, please, please, Mom! Don’t send me away. I can’t be gone for two months. You might as well disown me. I’ll die there!”


Meet The Author

Abby Kelly is a nomadic, military spouse writing from wherever she momentarily finds herself with her husband, their wonderful dog, Brave, and two tolerable cats.
Abby began writing in the process of recovering from a more-than-decade long eating disorder. She credits Jesus Christ for her full recovery and for filling her with a passion to encourage others to seek freedom from their own addictions and struggles.
Now, Abby writes for numerous Christian publications as well as maintains her personal blog, Predatory-Lies. In her free time, she and Brave enjoy volunteering in hospitals and schools as a pet therapy team through Pet Partners.




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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RELEASE BLITZ: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

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Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: "Grey" Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2014
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She has a secret.
I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free.

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.


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Hazel

It was the best kiss I’d ever received, but also the worst. It sparked lust and need in every inch of me. My lips wanted more, my tongue wanted savagery. My skin wanted to bruise because he needed to touch me so badly.

All my thoughts disappeared as I nipped at his bottom lip. He flinched, but a second later he copied, his sharp canines piercing my oversensitive flesh.

I moaned.

I couldn’t take it.

My hands flew up and gripped his shirt. Yanking him toward me, fireworks whizzed in my fingertips; my heart galloped toward exploding with lust. I’d never been so drunk on someone before.

Then I landed flat on my back.

The crack of my skull jangled my teeth. The thick carpet did little to cushion me. My eyes flared wide and I grunted in pain. Fear, hot and terrible, swamped my lust in a dampening wave.

“Top rule. Unbreakable rule. Don’t. Ever. Touch. Me.” Fox kneeled on one knee beside my head, breathing hard. His hand noosed my throat, pressing my spine into the carpet. His eyes were cold and lifeless, looking like a hunter intent on blood.



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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

BOOK TOUR: Not My Will by Khara Campbell


Not My Will Book Tour

This week Khara new book will be released and she is also giving away her book on Goodreads. 
Title: Not My Will
Author: Khara Campbell
Publisher: Delphine










Having hooked up with her boyfriend Ty the same night they met in a club, two years ago, Virtue now wants to put a hold on their sexual relationship, but she's not sure how Ty will take it. Their    relationship started with sex from day one so she's unsure of how to break the news to him. Erika, Virtue's best friend from childhood, thinks Virtue is stupid for to force  her man to quit having sex. She warns Virtue that she may push Ty into the arms and legs of another woman. While on her self-discovery, Virtue meet Terrance, a new confidant who is everything she wishes Ty would be: a godly man for one. But she will find out that sometimes her will is not the best.











1. What is your inspiration as a writer?

My faith is my inspiration for pretty much everything that I do, so that would include writing. I've always had a desire to write since I can remember being a little girl. I'm thankful that I didn't give up on my dream, it's so awesome to be releasing my debut novel-one of many.



2. How hard is to gain a following when you are a Urban Christian Writer?

I'm still in the process of doing this since this is my first novel. However I've been opening up myself and sharing bits of who I am on social media along with writing my blog post which has been helpful so far in gaining followers. I've realized that people like to know the person behind  the products more than the product itself.



3. What motivates you to write?

Live motivates me. I like to write about real life situations, fictional of course, but real enough for readers to connect with some of the characters.



4. What do you want reader's to take away from Not My Will?

Not My Will is fictional, however it is inspired by a similar situation I faced like the main character Virtue. Virtue struggles in her  faith by wanting to abstain from sex with her boyfriend, however there are many other struggles that we all face in our lives. Virtue clearly is not perfect in this novel, like we all are imperfect, but she is looking to God to help her overcome that particular struggle. Like Virtue we are all faced with struggles, tragedies, fears, death whatever it may and the only place we can get help is from God. Everyday is a day to surrender our will and allow God's will to be done.





5. What can the reader's expect from you in the near future?

I'm already working on my second novel which I am very excited about. The main character gets some life changing news from her dying mother. I think there are many people that unfortunately are faced with family secrets that can either destroy them or make them stronger-depending on which way they allow the news to carry them.






 


Khara Campbell holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Midland Lutheran University. She is an online contributor for The Praying Woman which many of her post have went viral on social media; also Black Literature Magazine and The Literary Network. She was born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas. She resides in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their three young children. Not My Will is her debut novel.




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