Sunday, January 29, 2012

Inherited Slave - D.L Shorts

Carla is approached by Jim to become his Submissive for a year, and after weighing her options she agrees. As her time is coming to an end will she be able to let go without falling in love?

This selection was a very quick read.  The page is count is 7 – 9 pages depending where you download it from. This was submitted to me for a review so my .pdf copy registered at 9 pages. Author D.L. Shorts captured my attention from the first sentence to the very end.

The only reason I gave it a 3.5 stars was I felt the author should have given the readers a full story instead of what read like one long hot steamy scene. (Side Note: It was a very steamy scene!!!)

I will definitely read the sequel. I will say this author did an excellent job of capturing my attention in 9 pages than what some authors can’t do in 200 pages.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

A Hustler's Promise - Jackie Chanel

Life for Jaicyn has never been easy. Her mother is a drug addict that disappears for weeks on end thus leaving Jaicyn raising her two younger sisters.  Rayshawn Moore and his twin brother Dayshawn have had it with the world they live it. Their beloved mother was killed by her husband the twin’s father. Since then, they have lived with their father’s parents who raise them out of a sense of duty rather than loving the boys. Both have plans to get out of Washington Heights; but their plans are drastically different. Dayshawn turns to books while his twin turns to the streets.

Rayshawn meets Jaicyn and a new school Bonnie and Clyde are formed. Rayshawn helps Jaicyn with making ends meet since her mother disappears frequently. Things go great until CPS gets wind that Jaicyn’s mother has been locked up for a week and no one is home with the kids. During their investigation, they find a stash of Rayshawn’s drugs.  Jaicyn opts not to talk and gets sent to Job Corp.

Two years later, Jaicyn is fresh from Job Corp with a new job and outlook on life. She is working at a real estate firm and seeking custody of her sisters who were now in foster care. Her mother is strung out and living in an apartment with other known drug addicts. It will be an uphill battle but one she is willing to take. It has been two years since she saw Rayshawn and she doesn’t want to see him now. He stopped writing her and taking her calls. After returning, Rayshawn makes clear that he never wanted to leave her. Back together again, there is nothing that these two can’t accomplish, whether good or bad.
Jackie Chanel’s urban love story tells the ins and outs of the drug game. It shows the hard life in the city and what it takes to make it out. This story was an easy read that pulls you in immediately. Though Jaicyn and Rayshawn are criminals, you root for them; you want them to win!

Only issue with this book is editing. Sometimes the names of the twins were transposed but reading the content you knew which twin she was talking about; other than that, I love this story. Looking for to the next adventure of Jay-Jay and Rayshawn in Atlanta!

4 ½ Stars


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Thursday, January 19, 2012


To Celebrate The Return of Pilar - Book Referees has created "The Pilar Pack" - for your Inner Pilar..  Just In Time for Valentines Day!! - Electa Rome Parks has created an unforgettable character by the name of Pilar.. if you don't know her.. It's time you found out about her.. :)

Excerpt from Diary of a Stalker
            I'm your #1 fan.

            It's funny how one's life can forever be changed with the utterance of four simple words: I'm your #1 fan. Well, actually, they weren't spoken, but sent to my favorite male author, Xavier Preston, by way of e-mail. Man, I love the World Wide Web.

            I couldn't believe it; I had recently finished reading his latest national bestseller, Secret Desires, and to put it mildly, I was simply blown away. I felt like the main character was speaking directly to me, like she was inside my brain, picking it apart, piece-by-piece. I could relate to the storyline. . . totally. . . and the ending was spectacular, took my breath away. Secret Desires stayed with me, languishing inside my soul, like a sweet kiss that lingers into the early morning hours as dawn approaches.

            Even though I am an avid reader, I should be since I'm a freelance writer; I typically do not contact authors about their books. I don't get caught up in the entire groupie side of the literary industry. Yes, it exists! Surprise, surprise. There is an entire circle of women all across the country, sometimes entire book clubs, which follow the lives and movement of African American male writers the same way groupies chase after rappers and actors.

In the book industry, it is just a bit more subtle. For example, the book club president might fly the handsome, fine, articulate male author into her city for the weekend, to discuss his most recent hot release at the monthly book club meeting and to perhaps get the added bonus of getting up close and personal between the sheets. It happens.

Diary of a Stalker: a bestselling male author gets more than he bargained for when he meets a fanatical female fan, Pilar. What starts out as a one-night stand quickly spirals out of control and into a dangerous game of obsession and pain.

The Stalker Chronicles: is the sequel to Diary of a Stalker. Pilar is 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 more 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…

Electa Rome Parks 

Author of
The Stalker Chronicles (coming soon, January 31, 2012)
True Confessions (Kensington/Urban Books)
Diary of a Stalker (Kensington/Urban Books)
These Are My Confessions (HarperCollins/Avon Red) 

Ladies' Night Out (Penguin Group/NAL) 

Almost Doesn't Count (Penguin Group/NAL)

Loose Ends (Penguin Group/NAL) 

The Ties That Bind (Penguin Group/NAL)


Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Tour: Pat Simmons - Guilty by Association

Life and a last name is all that Kevin “Kidd” Jamieson received from his father, but that doesn’t stop his father’s family from seeking him out.

In Pat Simmons’ latest book, Guilty by Association, we meet Kevin Jamieson; a man with a chip on his shoulders the size of the Grand Canyon. Living in Boston with his mother and brother, he is recently unemployed and trying to make ends meet. 

Enter the other Jamieson’s, Parke, Cameron and Malcolm. Seeing that there was nothing positive about him staying in Boston, he agrees to move to St. Louis with his newfound cousins. He bounces from several jobs until he is bribed to work in a nursing home/rehabilitation center to keep an eye on everyone’s favorite Stacey Adam wearing Grandma, Grandma BB, who has suffered a stroke. 

On his first day, he meets Eva, a woman on fire for God and strong in her convictions. Kevin is immediately smitten with Ms. Savoy but she could care less. The more these two work together; Eva realizes that there is more to Kidd beneath that hard exterior. Through their talks, he discovers God’s grace and love. Eva manages to win over even the toughest critic, Kami, the precocious daughter of Parke and his wife Cheney. 

Throughout the book the resounding message is Love and that ultimate love coming from God.

I love this series and can’t wait for the installment which will be about Kidd’s bad boy brother, Ace.

5 Stars


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Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Whore and The Virgin - Ceet

The Whore and The Virgin

“Life can change in an instant” and for 15 yr. old Melanie, nothing is truer than this statement. Melanie has been living the sheltered life in sunny L.A. Living with her parents, Mel has been in the best schools and exposed to the best that life has to offer. Suddenly, her world is flipped upside down. Her parents are divorcing and she is being sent to Philly to stay with an aunt and cousins she barely knows.

Fresh off the plane, it is clear that she is not in L.A. anymore! Mel is introduced to Philly life. Her cousin Yolanda, aka Yo-Yo is her same age but not her same mentality. Yo is hood in every sense of the word. Her friends are exactly the same. It is clear that they like to party. Suddenly Mel is introduced to fast cars and even faster boys. She finds herself in situations that her sheltered life have not prepared her for. Mel is clearly not ready for life she finds in Philly. Living in the city will age you quick.

The Whore and The Virgin is a coming of age story.  However, it is not the “dirty dancing” or “inkwell” version.  It is the gritty, true life version that sadly too many young girls find themselves in. For me, reading this
book was interesting as I grew up in Philly. I knew many of the places the author chose to incorporate in his story. The story pulls you in quickly as you follow Mel and Yo-Yo’s adventures through life. I am looking forward to the continuation of this story.
4.5 stars


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Generational Dysfunctions - Anica Walston

General Dysfunctions introduces readers to Bernice, Tracey, Diana, and Veronica who are dealing with dysfunctional relationships with themselves and others. Anica Walston does an excellent job of writing about characters the readers can relate to. From the struggles of a single parent doing the best she can to take care of her kids while dealing with inner turmoil, a woman who has had her share of heartbreak and not willing to open herself to the possibilities of true love, a woman who wants to hold on to a relationship that proves to be more harmful than helpful, and finally a story of finding oneself.

As a poetry lover, I love the fact the author gave the readers a poem before introducing each character. My favorite poems were Releasing a Good Man, Decadence and Divinity, and Focused.

I definitely look forward to reading Volume 2.

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4 Stars


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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chasing China - Kay Bratt

A sense of longing is what Mia has. Adopted from China at age 4, Mia wants to know where she comes from. She loves her adoptive family but she needs to know her roots and culture, thus sets off Mia’s journey to China. Armed with limited information from her adoptive parents, Mia’s first stop is the orphanage that she was adopted from. There she meets the director of the orphanage along with her foster mother. The meeting at the orphanage abruptly ends with no explanation given. 

A chance encounter leads to a much needed friend in a foreign country. Trying to speak a language she had no concept of, she meets Jaxson “Jax” Wu. Jax is Chinese-American living in China on an internship. Jax becomes the shoulder she needs as she proceeds along her journey. As Mia begins to unravel the mystery surrounding her adoption, Mia learns the insidious world of Chinese Adoptions.

Kay Bratt’s haunting tale of a girl coming of age and new found discoveries is a book that will forever remain with me. Every street is vividly detailed, every step Mia takes you are there with her. The sequel for this book is due out in a couple of months and I look forward to the follow-up.

5 stars

Monday, January 2, 2012

This Can't Be Life - Shakara Cannon

Shakara Cannon’s, This Can’t be Life encompasses the journey of true friendship, torn by heartache, deceit and drama.  The story highlights the life events of characters Simone, Talise, Stacy and Deon as they battle with personal and professional obstacles, resulting in impending decisions that will leave someone lifeless.  Strength and true character are questioned, as this group of dedicated individuals embarks through tests and tribulations, wearing the phrase “only the strongest survive” as a badge of honor. 

The book overall was interesting and kept me engaged, however, there were moments that reading became difficult.  The author had a series of “flashbacks” that weren’t easy to follow.  It was difficult to determine the past from the reality, making transitioning from scenes hard to understand.  There were times during the course of the book I had to reread the paragraphs to ensure that I fully understood what was occurring.  The ending of the book was also very disappointing as I felt the author left the reader “out to dry”.  I’m assuming that the abrupt ending was a segue into a sequel, however, I felt the ending could have prepared the reader more for what was to come. 

Overall, I rate the book a 3.5, however, I am aware that a whole number should be given so I will give it a 4.  I do believe that without as much detail of the past and more focus on the current issues that were highlighted in the book, it could have been an amazing piece of work. 

I can say honestly, I’m looking forward to seeing how this drama filled novel ends (hoping for a sequel) and other work from the author. 

4 Stars


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