Friday, November 30, 2012

What Kind of Fool - Rhonda McKnight


What Kind of Fool is an awesome book by Rhonda McKnight that confirms true love does indeed conquer all.   It is a must read for everyone.  It should be included in pre-marital counseling for couples as well as for singles.   Author McKnight displays the strength of marriage, dedication, communication, self-examination, and forgiveness.  

In the book, Greg and Angelina are confronted with communication, financial, forgiveness, infidelity, and trust issues within their marriage.  Their marriage goes through several ups and downs.  Author McKnight does a great job of keeping you engaged.  I was eager to find out what was going to happen next in the story.  I was excited to ride on the roller coaster that had several interesting twists and turns.

Author McKnight brought this story full circle.  It had an excellent and realistic plot and character development.  The events that occurred were so realistic, I found myself talking to and giving advice to the characters to help them through the different issues.

While reading the book, I asked questions such as:  What kind of fool would jeopardize their marriage and career?  What kind of fool would stay in a marriage after infidelity?  What kind of fool would become involved with a married man and befriend his wife?  What kind of fool thinks a married man is going to leave his wife for you? 

This book will make you believe in old fashioned love and that nothing is too hard for a couple as long as they have each other.  It reminds you that although it is not always easy to forgive, it can happen if you allow it.  It also reminds you how to treat your mate and that there is room for improvement on both sides and that you should not be so busy with outside commitments when your marriage and family should be your main priority.

After completing the novel, Author McKnight did indeed answer all of my questions.  The kind of fool that goes through the same issues as Greg and Angelina is the kind of fool who recognizes true perseverance, dedication, and commitment.

What kind of fool will make you ask the question will I do everything in my marriage to make it work or did I do everything to make it work?  Sometimes we walk away over petty issues instead of fighting it out to the end and remembering why we fell in love in the first place. 

I absolutely loved this book.  I look forward to reading other novels by Author Rhonda McKnight and will definitely be recommending this one to everyone.

5 Stars

Moon Called - Patricia Briggs

When I saw Moon Called, I just picked it up on impulse because liked the cover art. I didn't expect to want every book in this series; a good book for me is like a drug! Some people need caffeine daily; I just need a good read..

Patricia Briggs builds an alternate world where werewolves, fae, and vampires co-exist with humans – but the fae and the werewolves are the only ones to come out in the open, so to speak. Modern technology has forced much of the supernatural community out of hiding. Many are not happy about it. In walks Mercedes Thompson-- A mechanic who also happens to be a walker. She can shape-shift into a coyote, a trait she inherited from her Native American father who died before she was born. Mercy’s human mother couldn't deal with occasionally finding a puppy in the crib, and gave Mercy to a werewolf family who raised her in their pack. Mercedes owns her own business, a car repair shop. She bought the shop from Zee, a metal-working Fae, who wanted to retire but still helps her out on occasion.

Mercy lives in a trailer and shares her back yard with the local werewolf Alpha, Adam. The two are very attracted to each other, but when Mercy’s first love Samuel comes to town, she is torn between the two. Samuel is the son of the Marrok (the Alpha of the Alphas, ) Sam is a powerful werewolf, that could be the Alpha of his own pack, But Sam is more interested in starting up where he left off with Mercy. Adam secretly told his pack that Mercy was his “mate” to keep them from harassing her – but failed to tell Mercy that tiny detail. Plenty of action mingles with tons of romantic tension.

I like Mercy for many reasons – she is smart, stubborn, and a born romantic. Growing up in a werewolf pack taught her how to get her way without being too pushy. Her intelligence and curiosity get her in trouble a lot, but also has her supernatural friends asking for her help on occasion. In my opinion this book was a good read because the author really pulls you into the plot and makes you feel immersed in the action, also I enjoyed all the back-stories that were included that will more than likely lead up to the final book in the series.
I would rate this book a 5 - I loved it and would encourage readers that like the fiction/paranormal genre to check out all the different series this author has to offer!!!
5 Stars
Billie Jo

Thursday, November 29, 2012

One Eyed Jack - Christopher J. Lynch


Professional blackmailer John Sharp, aka One Eyed Jack, is a man who knows how to keep a secret – for a price. But when a routine case of infidelity takes an unexpected detour, he soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of double-blackmail, commodities manipulation, and trying to rescue the woman that had once been his target. - Amazon

From the first introduction of John Sharp aka One Eyed Jack, I knew my anxiety levels would go up. If you want to know why they call him One Eyed Jack…..READ THE BOOK!! Now back to my review…  Can you imagine someone knowing some of your deepest dark secrets?

Author Christopher J. Lynch does an excellent job of developing a story that will keep you on the edge of your seats. This Author gives his readers a strong plot, developed characters, and an all around entertaining read.

 I’m still not sure if I like John Sharp, but then again… I do like him. That’s the best part of reading a story like this - you are invested in the characters. This book was very fast paced, suspenseful, and add a little blackmail to the list you have a winner. Word to the Wise: Don’t cross One Eyed Jack!!!

I look forward to see what new drama John Sharp aka One Eyed Jack will find himself in.

4 Stars



Fancy - Vanna B

Author Vanna B introduces readers to Maribel "Fancy" Alvarez, who starts off as an innocent wallflower until she meets a new friend named, Shawn. Shawn takes Maribel under her wings and introduces her to designer clothes. Maribel is transformed overnight to Fancy. Fancy is a confident, no-nonsense, fearless young lady who is ready to take on the world. Is Fancy ready for the twists & turns life can sometime present or will she find out everything that glitters isn’t gold.

This book shows readers what can happen when you are easily influenced by your peers & surroundings. Young adults these days are dealing with so many negative influences around them – which could make it easy for them to fall into the traps of life.

Overall, this book was a very easy read for me. I would definitely recommend this book to young adults.

3 Stars


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Blog Tour: Conversations of a Watchman - K.E. Allen

About the Book
How does a person move from a place deficient of light?  How can an individual shift from a place of complete and utter chaos, obscurity, apathy, and adversity?  The pathway to transformation is through in-depth conversations with the One True God of Creation–El·ō·hēm'.  For you to move to a place of prophetic providence, your conversation must be divinely inspired.  Hebrews 11:3 states: “The worlds were framed by the Word of God.”  Framing begins with an idea, expands as a result of the imagination, and gives life through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through divine utterance for a specific purpose.  Declaring the Word of God releases the creative power of God for authentic transformation.
K. E. Allen designed this book to draw you into a deeper conversation with the Father to renew your prayer life, mend your brokenness, enlighten your pathway, and arrange your chaos according to the divine order of God. This resource will help you exercise your kingly and priestly authority and impose kingdom mandates to release God’s original intent in your life, family, community, city, region, and nation.  It will encourage you to frame your prophetic destiny.

Tell us about yourself?
 I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  I have a strong legacy of women and men of God that have impacted my life.  But, the person who has had the greatest influence on my life is my grandmother, Mary Williams.  She was a strong woman of faith and prayer.  In a denomination where female preachers were not accepted, one could always find her preaching, teaching, and hosting meetings/shut-ins where people would be filled with the Holy Spirit and demons were cast out. In fact, I have her ordination papers that she kept hidden under her bed.  Why do I tell you about my grandmother when you ask about me?  Because if it wasn’t for her courage and strength I would not be who I am.  I watched her life until the day of her passing and as an adult, it is my desire to emulate her life.  As she was a woman of wisdom and grace, so am I.  Who am I?  Inside of me is a strong inheritance of prayer, faith, and a full life in Christ Jesus-all passed down to me by my grandmother, my grandfather, and my parents.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
By far, the most difficult aspect of writing this book was the editing process.
Did you have to do any special research for this book?
When one writes about principles pertaining to the Bible, there is always extensive research and study involved so as to ensure accuracy.
Why do you write? Is it something you have always done or always wanted to do? Or is it something you started fairly recently?
I write because it is a passion I enjoy.  As far as I can remember, I have always loved to write.  As a young child I wrote fiction stories all the time.  In my teenage years, I wrote poetry and by the time was in college I started writing songs.   So, writing, in some form, has always been a part of my life.
How did you feel when you received the first copy of your book?
It was a surreal moment.  Being able to hold what God had given me in my hands literally overwhelmed me.  My heart was filled with so much gratitude towards God and all the people that had help my God-given dream become a reality.

Connect with Karla
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Twitter: @ fresh_reign

Monday, November 12, 2012

Amnesia - Brian W. Smith

Best-Selling Author, Wesley Paisley is on his way to an Awards ceremony when he loses control of his car – bumps his head and is left on the highway – with no memory & holding on for dear life. He is “saved” by a dysfunctional racist family who decides to keep his identity a secret because they are more concern about claiming the reward money.  Will Wesley be able to regain his memory before it’s too late?

Anyone that has read a Brian W. Smith book knows you will be in store for some dramatic turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. When I read the synopsis for Amnesia, I was very eager to get my hands on the book.

The premise of this book is very good, but unlike other Brian W. Smith books I have read in the past, I wasn’t invested in these characters. I felt there were some parts of the book (Jacob/Malcolm) that should have been left on the cutting room floor. In my opinion, the story started off full blast, but lost some of its steam somewhere in the middle of the read.

 In true Brian W. Smith style he did add a twist at the end of the story that I definitely didn’t see coming. Overall, Amnesia is not a bad read, and it will definitely have you talking.

3.5 Stars


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blog Tour: Escape From A Nightmare - Stephanie Acon

About the Book
Have you ever experienced a premonition that you just couldn't shake? A foreboding dream or sign that you deeply wanted to ignore but...your spirit just wouldn't release it? Well meet Gabriana Hilson...
Gabriana is a dreamer in more than one way. She has daydreams of living the good life on her terms, and without compromise. But then, there are the “other” dreams. The very strange and disturbing omens that come while sleeping. They whisper the conflict of everything, and arrange messages that Gabriana doesn't want to hear...or see. Especially the ones about her boyfriend. She wants them to just go away. But they won't. The visions only multiply, and are rapidly distorting her reality, threatening and interrupting the life that she wants so badly to exist. That's a problem.

To Gabriana, Scholar is the king of kings. She is willing to sacrifice it all for him, including family, friends, God, and her sanity. She believes that Scholar is a beautiful dream come-true...but is he really? After signing a record deal as a rapper, Scholar brings Gabriana along for the roller coaster ride of her life. He knows how much she loves him so when the drama begins, he uses his manipulative tactics to hold her in place. He is the ruler of their world, and everything is running the way he has always planned until things go horribly wrong. Suddenly, a well-planned dream quickly turns into the nightmare of all nightmares. Both Scholar and Gabriana learn the hard way to expect the unexpected - for he comes out of the blue. Or does he? He is extremely calculating...and his name is Khali Simone. After meeting him... Gabriana has no idea of the door she opens. Will she discover the truth behind her peculiar premonitions, and make a meditative escape?...Or will Gabriana continue to run until she falls?


Tall houses surrounded the large pond. There was a great distance between them, but somehow, they all appeared together. He watched her through the upstairs window. Her hair was thick and curly, but the strands were disarrayed. The dress she wore was a dingy white. She sat before the pond with bare feet curled at her side. She intrigued him.
Slowly, he approached her from behind. The cold air caused the pond to release a steamy mist that blended with the surrounding fog. He wanted to touch her, but he did not want to frighten her. So he stood. Then, he looked up to the dimly lit sky. The sun peeked through one great hole amongst the clouds. It appeared a million light years away.
He then lowered his head to look at her. She stretched out her legs before the pond and was about to place her bare feet into the freezing water. “Stop!” he shouted.
He thought she would turn completely around, but she didn’t. She only slightly turned, exposing the side of her chocolate-brown face. He noticed the dimple as she smirked. With her legs still outstretched, she dipped part of her feet into the water.

About the Author
Stephanie Acon has been writing edgy fiction tales and poetry since the age of ten years old. However, it wasn't until the age of 21, when she found Hip-Hop, (or Hip-Hop found her) that subsequently she became known to the underground Hip-Hop world as NinaRaw. For ten years consistent, she rocked with force, and played a vital part on the side of Systematic Muzick Inc. ('The OESC' and 'The Murc Unit'). In the mist of performing, writing, rhyming, recording, selling and shopping mixtapes...amongst the community, somewhere, NinaRaw became hailed and dubbed as the "queen". And not by way of cliché props, but strictly because those saying the title "queen" meant it when they said it, and said it when they felt it necessary. 'ESCAPE FROM A NIGHTMARE' is her first urban fiction novel. Her inspirations have been drawn from the many experiences she has endured, observed, and inhabited in the streets of St. Louis.

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