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Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Strivers' Row Spy Review

  • Series: The Renaissance Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (August 30, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496701763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496701763

Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies…

For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI’s first African-American agent, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice.

Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the “dangerously radical” back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans...

But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes. An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta’s innocent trust in her husband—and turn his double life into a fast-closing trap. For Sidney, ultimately squeezed between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive.


When I first read the synopsis of this books months ago, I immediately added it to my list of books to read because I'm a lover of Historical Fiction. I love giving new authors a chance because soon I'll be a new author and I want readers to give me a chance. Jason Overstreet proved that I made the right choice. The book started off slow, but it soon took off and had me wondering what was going to happen next. He did a great job of developing each character and showing the dimensions of each. I gave this book four stars and can't wait to read his next novel.








Jason Overstreet grew up in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. He attended two Southern California universities, earning a B.A. and M.S. before spending ten years in the field of education. After attending UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting, he turned to writing fiction full-time. He lives in Los Angeles.
Twitter: JasonOverstreet

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spotlighting LaChelle Weaver

LaChelle Weaver debut novel, Sister Surrogate was released on July 12th and everyone is talking about how great the book is and that LaChelle writes like a seasoned author. She began her journey when her story was selected to be in The Dating Game anthology that was published through Brown Girls Book.From there, LaChelle has blossomed into a into a beautiful flower.
Publisher: Brown Girls Books, LLC (July 3, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1944359192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944359195
  • Paperback: 276 pages


  • When asking LaChelle how does it feel to have her first book released? Her first official book baby. She replied, "It feels great seeing all of the love for something I wrote. It all feels so surreal. My goal was to spark conversations and I think I've successfully completed that goal. So awesome!"

About the book:

Three sisters and a baby equal family drama... Bridgette, Ivy and Savannah have always been close...but their sisterhood hasn't been without its challenges. Yet these sisters always manage to come together in times of need. When Savannah, the youngest sister, is faced with a life-altering illness, which threatens her lifelong desire to have children, one of her sisters offers to give her the ultimate gift- to become her surrogate. While Savannah is overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude about her impending motherhood, not everyone in the family shares her sentiments. In fact, the upcoming bundle of joy has created a discord that this family may never be able to overcome.





I'm giving away two ebook copies of Sister Surrogate (Kindle and Nook). To be entered, all you have to do is leave a comment.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ambitions of a Monster Review


  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Lethal Ink Publications; 1 edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F4NVOAW

Sypnosis

Enter the streets of money, murder, and mayhem. Submerge yourself in a world where greed and power rules all. Vicious, the right hand man to his best friend Trevon, is a no non sense natureal born killer who is feared in the streets. Friends with Trevon since high school, his motto to friendship and his crew has always been "death before dishonor. But between a hit being put out for them, an unthinkable love interest, and a surprising offer from a mysterious man to join another organization...what is loyalty?

My Review

Very seldom do I give a one star review. But, this story could have been better if it had been edited better. It was quite obvious that it wasn't edited by a content editor. There was inconsistency in the first chapter, the use of proper nouns to describes things was over the top, there was a lot of telling and very little showing. I also felt that the story wasn't developed. I think the author has great potential but needs to work on his craft a little more.


**I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.**


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Just Can't Let Go Review




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  • Series: The Crystal Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (July 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617730742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617730740
  • Available: August 1, 2016


Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers an explosive second novel about the unforgettable Crystal women, a family battling to stay together as desire, deception, and ever-elusive happiness threaten to tear them apart . . .

Too much is never, ever enough for Alexis Crystal. She's playing a dangerous game, but she's finally close to getting 24/7 sizzling satisfaction. With a ring on her finger from James Wilcox and the woman she loves firmly between her sheets, no one can match Alexis when it comes to scheming. And her duplicity just makes her better at helping her siblings get revenge on the lovers who are doing them wrong. . .

Devereaux Crystal just about has it all. Producer of TV's hottest new reality show, she's engaged to entrepreneur Phoenix and will do anything for their adorable two-year-old, Nya. She and Phoenix have always set it off in the bedroom, but lately Devereaux is starting to question whether Phoenix will ever make his own success, much less set a wedding date. Soon, his seductive excuses and tantalizing evasion finally lead her to an unthinkable truth: Ebony, the fiery star of Devereaux's series, is keeping Phoenix primed, hot, and at her beck and call. But Devereaux is holding all the cards--and she plans to use them to exact the sweetest revenge. . . 

With the help of her sisters, Devereaux sets out to blow up Phoenix's house of lies. But the explosion ignites its own chain of devastating consequences. Because no one should mess with the Crystal women without expecting some fierce payback. . .


My Review

Mary HoneyB Morrison is the Queen B when it comes to writing a drama filled, page turning novel with more than three main characters. I don't know many authors that can do that without confusing the hell out of me. It takes talent and skills to do this and Mary HoneyB Morrison does it well.

Just Can't Let Go is book two in The Crystal Series and it picks up with more drama among Blake and her daughters and their significant others and a few other folks. They're just one big reality show. Alexis makes and announcement to her entire family, including the father she just met a few months ago, her boyfriend and also her lady, that's when things begin to go from sugar to shit. Just MESSY! Messy indeed. But, I loved every bit of the mess that each character went through. The only one in the book that didn't have any problems was Blake's three-month old Yorkshire terrier, KingMaxB.


The story line flowed well. Even though the characters have flaws, and they're dealing with so much hurt and heartache, they weren't all bad either. During times of trouble the the sisters were there for each other. Because of how well written the book was I gave this book five stars and a fist bump.

The book will be available nationwide August 1, 2016. You can pre-order your copy by clicking the Amazon link below.

  


Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




Just Can't Let Go Review




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  • Series: The Crystal Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (July 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617730742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617730740
  • Available: August 1, 2016


Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison delivers an explosive second novel about the unforgettable Crystal women, a family battling to stay together as desire, deception, and ever-elusive happiness threaten to tear them apart . . .

Too much is never, ever enough for Alexis Crystal. She's playing a dangerous game, but she's finally close to getting 24/7 sizzling satisfaction. With a ring on her finger from James Wilcox and the woman she loves firmly between her sheets, no one can match Alexis when it comes to scheming. And her duplicity just makes her better at helping her siblings get revenge on the lovers who are doing them wrong. . .

Devereaux Crystal just about has it all. Producer of TV's hottest new reality show, she's engaged to entrepreneur Phoenix and will do anything for their adorable two-year-old, Nya. She and Phoenix have always set it off in the bedroom, but lately Devereaux is starting to question whether Phoenix will ever make his own success, much less set a wedding date. Soon, his seductive excuses and tantalizing evasion finally lead her to an unthinkable truth: Ebony, the fiery star of Devereaux's series, is keeping Phoenix primed, hot, and at her beck and call. But Devereaux is holding all the cards--and she plans to use them to exact the sweetest revenge. . . 

With the help of her sisters, Devereaux sets out to blow up Phoenix's house of lies. But the explosion ignites its own chain of devastating consequences. Because no one should mess with the Crystal women without expecting some fierce payback. . .


My Review

Mary HoneyB Morrison is the Queen B when it comes to writing a drama filled, page turning novel with more than three main characters. I don't know many authors that can do that without confusing the hell out of me. It takes talent and skills to do this and Mary HoneyB Morrison does it well.

Just Can't Let Go is book two in The Crystal Series and it picks up with more drama among Blake and her daughters and their significant others and a few other folks. They're just one big reality show. Alexis makes and announcement to her entire family, including the father she just met a few months ago, her boyfriend and also her lady, that's when things begin to go from sugar to shit. Just MESSY! Messy indeed. But, I loved every bit of the mess that each character went through. The only one in the book that didn't have any problems was Blake's three-month old Yorkshire terrier, KingMaxB.

The story line flowed well. Even though the characters has flaws, and they're dealing with so much hurt and heartache, they weren't all bad either. During times of trouble the the sisters were there for each other. Because of how well written the book was I gave this book five stars and a fist bump.

The book will be available nationwide August 1, 2016. You can pre-order your copy by clicking the Amazon link below.

  


Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Finds(June 17, 2016)

This week's Friday Finds are some good ones. I've selected The Mind of a Man: 365 Relationship Scenario Discussion Questions as well as The Mind of a Woman: 365 Relationship Scenario Discussion Questions both by Marissa Monteilh. These are great books to discuss with your mate, co-workers, family and friends. There are no right or wrong answers. What do men really think? What do women really think? What I love most about this book is that it is a way to strengthen any and all relationships. 


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: 4D Publishing (June 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970414145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970414144

About the book
Your girlfriend's father prefers her ex over you. Do you still move forward? Would you stay with a woman who cheated on you? Have you ever broken up with woman you had no intention of leaving, just to teach her a lesson? Have you ever fantasized about one of your woman's friends? Do guys really worry about penis size? For seven years, best-selling author Marissa Monteilh has posted original relationship questions on her social media pages. Thousands of responses to her creative questions have generated controversial debates. The Mind of a Man, the companion piece to The Mind of a Woman, is a compilation of those posts, as the top 365 relationship scenario questions were selected for this fun, interactive non-fiction book. Ladies, it's time to ask the men in your life what they really think. Male and female readers will enjoy discussing these topics during book club meetings, family gatherings, office parties, intimate evenings, etc., and readers will test their own relationship boundaries privately. Find out what your man would do. After all, the mind of a man is a mystery. We've been asked to think like a man, but it's time to calmly and openly hear men's honest replies, while we continue to think like the beautiful and fascinating women we are.



  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: 4D Publishing (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970414137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970414137

About the book
Your boyfriend's mother prefers his ex over you. What would you do? Your man's ex-wife is in town and wants to stay with him for the weekend. Would you be okay with that? You see your brother-in-law at the movie theatre holding hands with another woman. Do you tell your sister? For five years, bestselling author Marissa Monteilh has posted original relationship questions on her social media pages. Thousands of responses to her creative questions have generated controversial debates. The Mind of a Woman is a compilation of those posts, as the top 365 relationship scenario questions were selected for this fun, and interactive non-fiction book. Male and female readers will enjoy discussing these topics during book club meetings, family gatherings, office parties, etc., and readers will test their own relationship boundaries privately. Find out what your friends would do. After all, the mind of a woman is a beautiful and complicated thing. It may surprise you!


Author Bio

Back in elementary school, Marissa was always the first in line when the bookmobile would arrive. In middle school, her teacher singled her out as a gifted writer, which Marissa recalls as a defining moment in her life. She is now living her passion as a full-time author.
Originally self-published in 2000, the following year Harper Collins offered Marissa a three-book contract, and she has not looked back. She has also been published by Kensington Books, Hachette Book Group, and Blackstone Audio, Inc.
In 2015, Marissa was named one of Conversations Magazine's 25 Women Changing the World, and she was recently voted the 2015 Female Author of the Year at the 2nd Annual GANSPA Award Show. Five of her titles have been African American Literary Award Show nominees, and she received the Pink Diamond Book Club Award in 2010. Also in 2010, she was voted amongst the Women of Influence in Publishing by Written Magazine. Her titles have debuted as top-ten bestsellers on Black Expressions, and also voted Best Reads. Since 2009, Marissa has been a regular monthly contributor to the Novel Spaces blog site, an eclectic group of authors bound by writing.
Marissa also writes under two pen names, one being Sylvia Sinclair, which identifies her interracial romance titles. To Each Her Own by Sylvia Sinclair debuted in August of 2015. 2016 will bring Marissa’s second non-fiction title, The Mind of a Man, and a novel devoted to women who have been the bridesmaid, and never the bride, called The Practice Wife. In 2018, to celebrate the anniversary Marissa's twenty year writing career, the final in the Hot Boyz trilogy will be released, called L.A. Husband and Wives.
Marissa is currently taking on ghostwriting and developmental editing projects under her company, SilentINK, which includes celebrity memoirs and contemporary novels.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her family and her 60 lb. German shepherd.
Twitter: @divawritermm

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bed of Lies Review


  • Series: A Chesterton Scandal Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (April 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617734039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617734038
  • Price: $9.95

Synopsis

Secrets and scandals are a way of life for the Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia. But the lies that bind them may end up tearing them apart…

With his drama-filled marriage behind him, Evan Murdoch has finally found happiness with his longtime friend turned fiancĂ©e, Leila Hawkins. But when his party boy brother, Terrence, is seriously injured in a car accident, a gossiping press puts the family back in the spotlight. Soon Terrence could face a lawsuit--and much worse, if his vengeful half-brother, Dante, has his way. Terrence's only bright spot is journalist C.J. Aston--but is she really on his side, or does she have another motive?. . . 

While Terrence struggles to recover from his injuries, Paulette, the little sister of the family, is struggling with a secret: she's pregnant, and unsure whether the father is her blackmailing ex or her husband. Amid the turmoil, Evan does his best to stay above the fray, but a shocking revelation makes that impossible--he's a Murdoch after all, and trouble seems to be their business…



My Review

Bed of Lies is full of drama! When I tell you drama...I mean drama. If you love soap operas (daytime & nighttime), you'll probably love this book. Shelly Ellis does a great job of showing vs telling the story. I felt like I was in every scene. But after a while, I really got tired of the men in the story...more so than the ladies. Okay, well I got tired of the ladies as well. But my problem that I had with this novel was that the male characters all had the same voice. Each time one of the brothers spoke, it was profanity was always near. They all used the same profanity, chapter after chapter. I mean, I know there are families who curse all the time, day in and day out but, everyone in the family doesn't curse the same way. The more I read the book, the more difficult it became for me to read and really get into it therefore, I gave this book three stars. I would still read another book by this author.




***I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.***