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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