Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Referees Presents: The Pat Simmons Give-Away

Pat Simmons new book... GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION is available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon..

To Prepare Readers for Pat's New Release... Book Referees are giving away the 3 previous titles in THE GUILTY Series..

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Pat Simmons considers herself a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth. She is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels.  She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother died at the young age of ninety-seven years old.
She describes the evidence of the Gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, and life-alternating experience. She believes God is the Author who advances the stories she writes. 
Pat has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She has worked in various media positions in radio, television, and print for more than twenty years. Currently, she oversees the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions. Pat is a motivational speaker and has been a panelist on several workshops that focus on the writing industry.
She is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including The Black Pearls Magazine's 2008 Top Books that Changed Lives forTalk to Me, ranked #14; The Romance Slam Jam Committee's 2008 Katherine D. Jones Award for Grace and Humility; The Romance Slam Jam committee's 2011 Emma Award for Still Guilty as The Best Inspirational Romance of the Year. Her novels have also been nominated for several awards.
Pat is scheduled to release two books in the Jamieson Legacy in 2012, which feature the Jamieson men from her popular Guilty series: Guilty by Association (January) and The Guilt Trip (June). Free From Guilt will be published in 2013. 
When Pat is not tracking down her ancestors and writing novels, she's cutting out patterns and sewing clothes to add to her wardrobe.
Pat has converted her sofa-strapped, sports-fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. They have a son and daughter.  
Pat’s media appearances include television and radio; newspaper and magazine write-ups; blogtalk radio and blog interviews. - Pat Simmons Official Website

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ride or Die Chick – J.M. Benjamin

Treacherous Freeman lost his mother at an early age and watched his dad go to prison. Treacherous quickly turned to a life of crime as a way to survive the streets. After witnessing her mom get killed by her dad, Teflon Jackson was forced to grow up fast in the mean streets of Virginia. After meeting in a Juvenile Detention Center, and sharing their stories with each other the two of them became inseparable.  In an effort to survive they turn to what they know best … wreaking havoc.
Will Treacherous & Teflon take crime sprees too far? Will they be able to turn their lives around before it’s too late? Would their love be able to survive it all?

I have heard the term Ride or Die used numerous times in my life, but I wonder do people really understand the responsibilities that come with the term “Ride or Die”.  In my opinion, Ride or Die is having someone’s back no matter what the situation calls for. Treacherous & Teflon love for each other sums up the definition of “Ride or Die”.
I was very surprised that I haven’t read a JM Benjamin book before this selection.  I guess I felt familiar with JM Benjamin because of his statuses on my Facebook Timeline. I often refer to him as, “THE AUTHOR THAT NEVER SLEEPS…” After watching promos for Ride or Die Chick 3, I was bitten by the curiosity bug and decided to buy Ride or Die Chick 1 & 2. After reading this selection in less than 24 hours, I was upset with myself for not reading it sooner.
I love the fact that JM Benjamin is able to tell a complete story without being too wordy. This is a gritty tale mixed with a love story that is very believable. This author does an excellent job giving his readers the complete back story of each character.  I love reading a book with SOLID writing.  Even if you don’t agree with what the characters are doing, this author writes in such a way that makes you care about each character and their story.  I can’t wait to read Ride or Die Chick 2 & 3
Ride or Die Chick 3 will be released November 26th, so if you haven’t read 1 & 2 – click on the links below and be prepared to be BLOWN AWAY…
5 Stars

Side Note: Audible Members - Ride or Die Chick - J.M. Benjamin is available for download.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It Can Happen To You - Phette Ogburn

The first installment in the It Can Happen To You series features the three short stories: S & M: Sexts & Messaging, The ID and Organized Karma. Come follow Sabra, Nya and LaTrease on their journeys as they cope with issues of loneliness, lust, sex, betrayal, deceit and love. - Amazon

It Can Happen To You: Volume 1 contains three short stories that will blow you away.

S&M (Sexts & Messaging) - a cautionary tale of what happens when an online friendship turns into obsession. 

THE ID - After meeting Chazz, Nya thinks she has found the love of her life until he vanishes with no trace. When she uncovers the truth of his disappearance, she realizes her life will never be the same.

ORGANIZED KARMA - Destinee and Tracy have been friends for years, but as they get older their lives take them on two different paths.

I really enjoyed reading this selection. Author Phette Ogburn does an excellent job in writing characters you can related to. After reading the first story, this author grabbed my attention from beginning to end. The only issue I had with this selection was Organized Karma, I felt that story was added as a filler to complete the book.

Phette Ogburn is definitely an author to watch out for. I will definitely recommend this book.

4 Stars

Phette (pronounced fee-ett) Ogburn was born in Wayne, Michigan in 1975. According to her mother's accounts, and some of her own, before she was five years old, she was reciting television shows, movies and commercials -verbatim, which is something she still does today and has somehow passed down to both of her children. She has been keeping a journal since she was 19 years old, and loves referring to them from time-to-time for reflection. Included in her list of things she loves are: family, writing, reading, pizza, sweets, movies, drama shows, natural hair and tattoos. She released her first book IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, a series of short stories, August 29, 2011. She's currently working on a novel, a short film and more short stories.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. Thank you Phette Ogburn for giving Book Referees the opportunity to review this book.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Regression - Rickey Teems II

What would do if you woke up to the news of Hip-Hop being banned in The United States of America? What would you do if they separated classrooms based on the color of your skin? What do you think would happen if they cut off welfare? What would you do if all African-Americans were order to turn themselves in to the police or face death?

Aeneas wakes up to the news of Hip-Hop being banned, schools being segregated, and welfare coming to an end, and he believes someone is playing a crude joke on him. He soon realizes this isn’t joke and his life will never be the same.

I fell in love with the characters in this book. Aeneas, a father of one trying to be the best father to his son, Naashon, but his baby mother, Leah is making it difficult for him. Apphia, Aenea’s new girlfriend tries her best to keep the peace, but finds it hard to do when Leah is around. Will they be able to put their differences aside or Will those differences get them killed?

Author Rickey Teems II does an excellent job of challenging his readers to think outside of the norm. I have to say some will find REGRESSION by Rickey Teems II controversial, but I believe this is a book that everyone needs to read. As I read this selection, the thought that kept popping in my head was … “THIS REALLY COULD HAPPEN!” I know many people try to avoid the topic of race relations, but this book will definitely have you wanting to talk about it.

This is the first book I have read by Rickey Teems II and it won't be the last. It was a much needed break from the "Love have given me the blues" books. If you don't know about Rickey Teems II.. I think its time you found out about him.

5 Stars


I thought of this song while I read Regression...

Regression Book Trailer

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Truth or Dare? - Dwayne S. Joseph

Dwayne S. Joseph has delivered another best-selling book to masses. In Truth or Dare, we are introduced to Jess, a married mother of two who starts an online friendship with one of her classmates. What starts off as an innocent friendship ends in a deadly game of Truth & Dare.

I remember playing Truth or Dare as a kid, and the furthest we ever went was a kiss on the cheek. Mr. Joseph shows us what can happen when the game of Truth or Dare is played by adults. I love Dwayne S. Joseph's style of writing. He has a way of getting the readers attention from the first page, and keeping it to the end of the book.

Twenty percent of divorces involve Facebook and 80 percent of divorce lawyers have reported a spike in the number of cases that use social media for evidence, according to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. I was happy that Mr. Joseph tackled this subject of online "friendships". After reading this book, the question that floated in my head was.. "How well do I know the people I come in contact with online?"

I highly recommend this book. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

5 Stars

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601623305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601623300
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