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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Get Your Reading On This Holiday Season

This holiday season I decided to do something special for the readers and authors. In this special holiday blog, I will introduce you to many genres & authors. Some may be very familiar to you, others not. My hopes is that each of you will support them. A few of the featured authors have graciously offered books for various contests. Are you ready to read?

D.L. Sparks

(Click on the above link to view the book trailer)
This December three friends reunite setting the streets if Atlanta on fire. A drug bust gone wrong brings D.E.A. agent Orlando "TRIP" Spencer back to his hometown after being gone for years and he's not the only one unhappy about the return home. Idalis Arrington and Trip have been best friends since tey were little. Nothing or nobody could come between them, that's until she meets Lincoln. With Trip back in Atlanta Idalis' perfect world starts to get messy and she finds herself praying that his visit is a short one. But the question is can she hold it together or will the sound of the skeltons in her closet drown out what she's convinced herself has been the truth all these years? Lincoln "Linc" Briscoe, a Lieutenant with the Atlanta Police Deptartment, knows he has a lot at stake and his girl's best friend or not he refuses to let anyone, especially Trip Spencer, jeopardize what he's worked so hard to gain.
Will Trip and Lincoln be able to avoid the collision course they've been...

Pat Simmons

Guilty by Association is the story of Boston bad boy Kevin "Kidd" Jamieson. His gripe is with his father who dared to insust that his two illegitimate soms carry his last name. To add insult to injury, the man never bothered to stick around to provide love and guidance as his boys matured into men. Kidd's anger overflows into every area of his life. As his animosity festers, Kidd becomes as a roaring lion, seeking whatever and whomever he can devour. He's as gritty as his cousin in St. Louis, Parke Jamieson VI, is polished. The two strong-willed men clash when Kidd relocates to St. Louis where his cousin assures him it's a land of milk and money in job opportunities. Where he lands a position is far from a Promised Land. To read more of the synopsis and order your copy, visit her website

Mutima Jackson-Anderson

Synopsis of Painting the Perfect Picture: 
For many, perception overrides reality- for Rain Henderson, perception is everything! Beautiful and successful art gallery owner, Rain Henderson lives a life of luxury as the mistress of wealthy NBA superstar, Kevin Spivey. After unexpected detours shattered her picture perfect image, Rain will soon discover that being morally corrupt can produce life-threatening consequences. To learn more about Mutima, visit

Trice Hickman

This book is being re-released by Kensington/Dafina Books on January 31, 2012
After six years of marriage, Victoria and Ted are the ultimate power couple. She's a beautiful, business savvy sister who owns one of Atlanta's hottest event planning companies. He's a blue-eyed CEO who knows how to take care of business in and out of the boardroom. But their happy life quickly begins to unravel when long held desires and decades-old secrets come back to haunt them.

Marissa Monteilh

In the continuing tradition of the hit novel HOT BOYZ, celebrity, sex, money, and violence are all components of the long-awaited sequel called HOT GIRLZ, a family drama that explores the lives of three women, Mercedes, Venus, and Sequoia, the wives of wealthy brothers, Mason, Claude and Torino Wilson. This time it's seven years later as the housewives return to tell their stories. The ladies quickly prove that even with their fancy cars, big homes, designer clothes, and luscious spending sprees, the scandalous drama still continues in the upscale neighborhood of Ledera Heights, California.

Rickey Teems II

Book Trailer

You must check out this video. After watching it, I know that you will not be able to pass it up.

Brian Ganges
Have you ever felt condemned, belittled or judged by someone in the church? A place that should be known as an oasis of love that provides spiritual support, guidance, and refuge. Unfortunately, it is often characterized as a place that is full of bondage, drama, confusion, betrayal, and insensitivity, where many people extol the preacher more so than God. In  his second book, Lord, Delover Me From Church Folks, award-winning author Brian Ganges breaks through the walls of religion and political correctness, while confronting matters that many in the church sweep under the proverbial rug.

Sharel E. Gordon-Love

In The Putting Away, Denise, a single mom, has finally met the man of her dreams; one she can settle down with. As a bonus, he is the perfect partner to help her to raise her son, Amie. Bernard loves Denise with all of his heart, and other than his weekend drinking binges, he's a pretty good man. The break up to make up scenario makes it all better and pacifies Denise every time.

Will Denise continue to allow abuse to shatter her life? Will Tonya stop making excuses for the man she loves? AS every act of abuse takes away a small part of them, will there be nothing left to take? The Putting Away is a heart-wrenching, yet formidable tale of how the power of God can heal any situation even those that are put to the test. You can purchase the book by visiting this website. Currently, Peace In The Storm Publishing is offering a kindle special for all their authors. You can download books for $5. 

Pamela Rice

The old saying is true. You never know what's going on in someone else's home.

From the outside looking in, Yolanda Clarke appears to have it all. She's a beautiful woman, and her husband, Timothy, is the pastor of BrightStar Tabernacle. Timothy is easy on the eyes as well, often being told he resembles Harry Belafonte. They seem to have the perfect life. But, looks are certainly deceiving.

Yolanda has become a puppet on a string, totally controlled by Timothy. While everyone at church thinks he walks on water, Yolanda knows the person behind the mask. His constant verbal tirades, physical and emotional abuse has become unbearable.

In walks Andre Hunter. He's the type of man that can make any woman forget all her troubles. his chocolate skin, pearly whites and beautiful smile enthrall Yolanda. She has never entertained the idea of infidelity, but the abuse and lack of intimacy at home makes her adulterous affair justifiable in her mine. Andre gives Yolanda everything she's missing at home-respect, conversation, and passion behind closed doors. But, Andre is hiding secrets of his own. Want to know more? Visit Pamela's website to learn more.

Jessica Robinson

On the outside looking in, Keisha Mahone appears to have the perfect life. She's a married, mother of two with a house in the suburbs but inwardly she struggles with a deep, dark, secret that has plagued her life since she was a little girl. Since her mother's drug overdose, Keisha has been the glue that seems to hold it all together but a phone call from her Aunt Darlene completely rocks her world. Up until that point, she has worked hard at maintain a stable, carefree life that she never had but the unexpected phone call from home forces her so called "perfect life" to come crashing down before her very eyes. Now she's hit head on with family secrets and lies that she's tried so hard to leave behind. Pretty Skeletons will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as one woman is faced to deal with the demons of her past.

Russel Blake

"This book honors uplifts, encourages, motivates, and empowers all women. The strength of the idea is to communicate the precious and priceless value/existence of Black Women to the minds of black men, the rights to be treated with unwavering respect and dignity in the minds of black women and the seeds of reverence to be sown by virtue of changing perception one community at a time. If one black woman is thought to be expandable, then every Black Women's immeasurable value is now diminished in the eyes of the world." Russel Blake

Jennifer Dean
*Mrs. Dean is running a special on her website*

Death and loss are introduced early in the life of Brendan Maxwell, and he is pushed into the dark world of dangerous street life.  But after a failed suicide attempt, he reacquaints himself with Someone he once knew and is now a man determined to rise from the ashes to live a God-ordained life, especially when he discovers the unique gift he has to comfort others.
            Fighting his way to the top, Brendan faces battles in love, school, judgment from others and guilt for his past mistakes.  His determination is tested even further when he encounters challenges from a well-known enemy, threatening to throw him again into a world of darkness.  The battle is fierce.  Will Brendan give up everything he's worked so hard for, or allow the greater One in him to bring deliverance?

Paulette Harper (Black Friday deals until December 10, 2011)

Life’s daily struggles can often leave us perplexed and bewildered on how to cope with hard issues. In Completely Whole, Paulette Harper offers keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: Spirit, Soul and Body. Completely Whole focuses on how to overcome suffering caused by alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, and other obstacles blocking the path to a life of wholeness.

Jacqueline Luckett

"A fierce, beautiful tour de force...Luckett is a writer to watch and admire." ZZ Packer
Passing Love, the story of two women dealing with lost love, secrets, and betrayal...and how Paris may hold their answers, releases January 25, 2012.  Pre-order today!

Pheare Alexander
I played with it and ran my fingers through it. It was warm and tasted delightful. My name is McClaine Henry. Find out what I'm talking about. Read Str8 Laced by Pheare might want some when you're done reading. Make your Kindle happy at $2.99 Amazon and for you Nook lovers" Pheare Alexander

Jumata Emill Jones


The Perfect Couple?
Emerson McGee has spent most of his life living with a secret, and the first-year law student's menacing struggles with his sexuality is only the half of it. His wife, Danielle, has her own scars of adolescent heachache-which she thinly veils behind her facade as an upper-middle class princess. The newlywed's cookie-cutter marriage is abruptly interrupted when they make a reluctant move into the quaint house Emerson inherited from his deceased grandmother.Unbeknownst to them, there's already something else living there: A malevolent entity hell-bent on exposing its connection to Emerson and the tragic secret they share.
While a mysterious narrator recounts the details of his abject life, the McGees' vengeful poltergeist pulls Danielle deeper into a mystery that has an impoverished ghetto in South Baton Rouge-aptly called "Da Bottom"-for nearly a decasde, and spills into the provocative world of New Orleans hoodoo. Before its final scare, Never Dead concludes with a bloody twist the McGees never saw coming.

Portia Cosby

Little About the book
“I agreed to “for better or for worse’, but I need more “better” and some of that cherishing we spoke of. Can I review my contract, please?”
Dana Hall has been more than patient with Ric and his never-ending issues. She has supported his pipe dreams and bitten her tongue when he’s lost his jobs, but infidelity is inexcusable. When Ric adds the P.Y.T. from work, numerous text messages, and risqué emails to the stewing pot, he finds he has created a recipe for disaster. It’s his secret ingredient, though, that sends Dana over the edge.
"If love doesn't hurt, why am I holding this ice on my jaw again? Did 'until death do us part' mean he's going to kill me?"
Willow Townsend is torn. On most days, Vaughn could tutor Prince Charming in the art of being a good man. Then, there are the other days…She understands that a woman should be submissive to her husband, but is pretty sure the Bible didn’t mean for it to be achieved through violence. After Vaughn throws his worst temper tantrum ever, will she leave her convoluted fairytale or wait around for the happy ending.

We said, ‘in sickness and in health’, but… herpes? I was thinking cancer or kidney failure.” Crystal Moss is married to R&B superstar, Dante. Due to the nature of his profession, she has adopted the “If I don’t see it, it isn’t happening” rule when it comes to groupies and cheating and found a way to cope with her lonely nights. When Dante gets sloppy and breaks one of their rules, the tabloids have a field day and Crystal is faced with a tough decision: kill him in his sleep or while he’s awake?

Cosha Hayes


Gabrielle thought she had found the perfect guy in Tre’ Johnson. He was all she ever wanted in a man. He was handsome, romantic, loveable and he swept her right off her feet. Her dreams had finally come true. Her fairy tale relationship/marriage was suddenly about to come to a devastating end. Gabrielle soon realizes that the man she married and who fathered her only son was suddenly becoming someone she didn’t know. The lies, cheating, sneaking around and odd behavior were making her regret her not so perfect married life. Was Tre’ getting tired of the married life or was he just showing her the person he really was all along. Gabrielle’s discovery of the person she married was mindboggling. She realized that from the beginning who she thought of Tre’ Johnson was only a Misconception.

Shelia Goss

Shelia M Goss brings readers a modern day retelling of David and Bathsheba.
Bathsheba Richards has just discovered that she has a half-sister who needs her help. Sheba’s long lost sister isn’t too happy about their reunion, though, since she has a lot of problems of her own. Sheba’s dealing with her husband’s boss, who wants her all to himself. After succumbing to his advances, Sheba gets pregnant, and there’s no question about who the daddy is, since her husband has been overseas for the past three months.
David King is the CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the country. Few people know that David has a calling on his life, but he's been running from it. He thought having fame and fortune would fulfill the need. Only after Sheba gets pregnant does he realize the error of his ways. Praying for God's mercy, David tries to right a wrong. Whether he will succeed or fail remains to be seen.
With a long lost half-sister and a husband who will surely feel betrayed, Sheba's life is filled with turmoil. Will David be her knight in shining armor as he professes to be, or is her nightmare just beginning?
Visit's Shelia's website to read an excerpt from Ruthless.

Electa Rome Parks
Message from Electa: "Black Friday is behind us, but are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Do you have any avid readers on your list? Well...I'm having a clearance sale just in time for your holiday shopping needs. I have copies of Almost Doesn't Count, True Confessions and Diary of a Stalker." You can email Electa at for prices.

She’s back, and this time it’s all about revenge.
Tall, dark, and handsome bestselling male author Xavier Preston thought his nightmare—in the form of Pilar, a fanatical stalker/fan—had finally ended. Little does he know it’s only beginning. When Xavier met Pilar, he got much more than he bargained for. What started out as an erotic one-night stand quickly turned into a dangerous game of obsession and pain, with both parties playing to win. Then she simply disappeared.
Stunning Pilar hasn’t gone away, though. In fact, she has been very near, watching his every move and patiently waiting for him to realize they were meant to be together forever. She still believes they’re soul mates, and the only option for her is “Until death do us part.” If she can’t have Xavier, then no one can. Now no one is safe—not his friends, and definitely not him.
Revenge can be a real killer.

Margaret Johnson-Hodge


Nobody asked Erica Lorraine Simpson if it was okay for her husband to die. Not God, not her husband. Nobody. But he did die, leaving Erica alone and widowed at the age of 45. Anger has her now, sprinkled with grief, disbelief and profound sadness. It’s the worst part, she thinks. But Erica’s wrong. It’s not the worst part. The ‘worst part’ is on its way and it will take her places she never dreamed she’d go. For Erica, the ‘worst part’ is learning how to keep on living when the one who meant the most to her is gone…

Cheris Hodges

A Party Girl's Work Is Never Done...
At twenty-seven, Marie Charles is still Charlotte's number one party girl. But when she adds a DWI arrest and a totaled Jaguar to her list of tabloid news-making escapades, her daddy is done bailing her out. Sentenced to five hundred hours of community service at My Sister's Keeper, a homeless shelter for women, Marie won't have much time left for partying...
Renowned chef and TV star Devon Harris volunteers at My Sister's Keeper. And he's not happy Marie is joining him. He may be single and may be gorgeous-but the last thing he's interested in is a superficial southern belle. But as Marie outgrows the selfish girl she was, Devon is turned in by the woman she's becoming...

My sister from another mother, Tiffany L Warren, has a holiday special going on right now. You can't pass up this deal. All her novel, including her teen novels as well are $7 each. For more information, email Tiffany @ or you can find her on Facebook.

Her pen name for her teen novels is Nikki Carter. T
here are two series, A So For Real Series & The Fab Life Series

Calandra "Staxx" Brown-Lafleur


Meet Devine, a smart, hard-headed, outspoken diva, who thinks her shit doesn’t stink. She has no time for love and vows to avoid it while staying focused on becoming a nurse. That is, until she meets…Devin.
Meet Lauren, the nice, soft spoken, “attorney in training” of the group, is an only child whose parents are attorneys. She struggles to live up to the high expectations that they have set for her. That is, until she meets…Curtis.
Meet Brooke, the beautiful, promiscuous, songstress who uses sex to fill the voids in her life. She searches for love in all the wrong places. That’s until she meets…James
Meet Denise, the fun loving, charity case of the group. She vows to make life better for herself than what her mother provided. She has her life planned out to the fullest.
That is, until she meet…Sean
Join them as they make decisions that will alter their lives…FOREVER

Natasha Gooch


Diamond is a beautiful Christian woman who finds herself caught up on the glitz and glamour with Taurus. He was everything she dreamt of and more...driven, motivated, handsome, compassionate, and debonair. Diamond had thought she could find true happiness in him, and thought he was her soul mate.

Through a series of events she realizes what she considered being a"perfect life" wasn't all so perfect. Broken Promises will take you on a long journey as a young woman struggles with what she feels is perfect for and what God actually has for her...
"Be careful of what you pray for because it just might come to pass!"

Karla Brady


The sequel to the award-winning book club favorite The Bum Magnet features the return of the smart, quick-witted, loveable real estate agent with a long memory and a short fuse. Sassy and successful real estate agent Charisse Tyson is about to tie the knot with the man of her dreams, but the wedding has everyone, including Charisse, under a lot of pressure.

As Charisse and the love of her life march toward matrimony,his hidden past is revealed, Charisse’s missing-in-action father resurfaces, and things heat up with Charisse’s best guy friend. Suddenly Charisse is faced with many new questions regarding her life decisions, and she must figure out just how right or wrong she was all along.

Bernice McFadden


Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossed tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi—a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.
Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit.
Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till’s spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.
Gathering of Waters mines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the town’s families and threads their history over decasdes. The bare-bones realism—both disturbing and riveting—combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Daphine Glenn Robinson

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