Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never Better Late Than Never by Kimberla Lawson Roby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been with Curtis Black from the beginning until now. What a way to conclude his story by going back to the very beginning. Curtis came full circle. After all his experiences, he himself had to learn the power of forgiveness. Forgiving yourself and others frees you. However, this wasn't just Curtis' story. Charlotte's storyline showed what happens when we ignore our feelings and truth and try to live a lie. Eventually, truth prevails. Kimberla Lawson Roby gave us a fitting end filled with some unbelievable events from an unexpected character. Better Late Than Never has all the ingredients for a powerful read with lasting impressions.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one month book tour for Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs January 26-February 26, 2018.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.
About The Author
Cheryl Robinson has the Until Ray trilogy set in her beloved hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Cheryl currently resides in Central Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. This is her eleventh book.
About The Book
ISBN-10: 098471104X
ISBN-13: 978-0984711048
ASIN: B0778P6N72
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
In this journey into second-chance love, author Cheryl Robinson invites us to ponder whether we would rekindle a romance with someone who had broken a promise to forsake all others.
Meet Ray and Sarita Saint. In 1987, they pledged to love, honor, and cherish each other until death. When Ray goes missing a year later, Sarita wonders whether he’s dead or alive. While she was dreaming of their happily ever after, Ray was exploring greener pastures, a new relationship. Sarita—a virgin until marriage—took her vows seriously and believed Ray did, too. Instead, he left their marriage and their life in Detroit to reinvent himself. Sarita always held out hope that he would return one day. And he does. It’s twenty-seven years later, and Ray is determined to find his one true love. What he discovers has him question everything he thought he knew about Sarita, as well as himself.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two week book tour for Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs December 18-29,2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL
ISBN-10: 1683143728
ISBN-13: 1683143727

Genre: AA Christian Fiction

About The Author

Meiah Shaun pens fiction, non-fiction and plays with faith-based messages linking her personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons. She launched A Crown of Beauty Ministries. She's a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. Her anticipated new release "Burnt Orange" is an inspirational coming-of-age story. In addition to writing, she's an avid reader, a foodie, loves flowers and shoe shopping.

About The Book

A coming-of-age story of Erin and Erika, Texas twins in an abusive home in a town segregated by white and black color lines, who are wounded by the revealing of a shocking family secret and long to escape their circumstances and erase what they have been labeled. Follow their journey in this compelling novel filled with inspiration and triumph.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Coveted Conversations

Lessons Learned
For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of sharing my life with two phenomenal Christian women.  We met every four to six weeks to share, eat, laugh, cry, and write.  Let me share with you a few “Lessons Learned” from our three year journey.
v Trust God in your writing process.  As you seek Him, He will give you the words that he wants you to share with His people.
v People were created with the need for connectivity.  It has been wonderful to share the joys and challenges of life with these two women.  We each have grown spiritually, emotionally, and relationally because of the encouragement and inspiration we have received from one another.
v Building relationships and working on a project together is not always easy.  Each of us had to sacrifice time, energy, and some of our personal desires to bring this project to fruition.  We learned to value each other’s opinions and viewpoints and to build consensus.
v Everyone brings a different gift to the table.  One of my co-authors was great at developing storylines; the other co-author was instrumental in the editing process. One of my major contributions was the typing and formatting.  All gifts were needed to bring this project to life.
v Writing is hard work.  We spent many hours/days brainstorming, gathering our thoughts, and researching best literary practices and grammar rules, but the effort was well worth the end product. We are much better writers today than when we started.
v We needed to write this book just as much for ourselves as for future readers.  All of us know women who poured into our lives. Writing provided an avenue for us to do the same for other women. Edifying and uplifting individuals became a passion for us.
v Authenticity can be difficult. The decision was made early to pen “real-life” stories. We live in a world where people spend a lot of time, money, and energy creating the perfect image. It’s a little unsettling to write about not being perfect. You automatically wonder, “What will people say and think when I am transparent in my writing?”
v Everyone has a story.  Most stories can be used to encourage, inspire, and refresh someone else. Never be afraid or embarrassed to share what you have been through. It just may be what someone needs to inspire them to continue their journey.
v We learned from our literary mistakes. We are all human and making mistakes is a natural part of the human experience. We did not waste time discussing the mistake or placing blame; we corrected it, and moved forward.
v Never give up. Continue to move forward even when you don’t feel like it. Many days we did not want to write, but we persevered.  Some sessions that began with “writers block” were the most successful.
v Stay humble and seek help when you need it. No one person (or three) knows all the answers. When we had a question, we asked individuals that were experts in that field.  That helped us save valuable time and energy.
All of the aforementioned “Lessons Learned” are transferable and can be used to fulfill any goal.  Life is a wonderful journey and if we pay attention along the way, we can gain knowledge from every experience that can be used to prepare us for our next assignment.

Shailendra Thomas, Marilyn Randle, and Jennifer Smith are the authors of Coveted Conversations. This inspirational book was written especially for women who value connectivity and growth. Coveted Conversations starts with down-to-earth stories depicting women in various authentic situations. Readers will see themselves over and over as the authors bear witness to the joys, challenges, and sorrows of life. Coveted Conversations is available on-line at and

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Right Where We Belong

Right Where We Belong Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right Where We Belong is another amazing read by Brenda Novak. I love the Silver Springs series and this read was filled with suspense to keep me engaged.
Savanna's husband is accused of rape and she cannot remain the small town. So, she packs up her family to start over in Silver Springs. This is where she she meets Gavin, her next door neighbor with a tragic past.
Together they make the journey to happy-ever-after while keeping us captivated. Well done, Brenda Novak. On to the next one!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, the beginning threw me a little but I enjoyed Chris Brennan's story. The plot twist and the conclusion made this a good read.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops during the month tour for But My Soul Is Black by Terrell Williams. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs September 4-29, 2017. Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL   
ISBN-10: 150069312X
ISBN-13: 978-1500693121
Genre: Fiction/Romance

Terrell Williams began life as the 2nd eldest son of 9 children (4 girls and 5 boys) and was reared in less than affluent circumstances. The second in his immediate family to graduate from college, he went on to marry a wonderful woman, and who eventually became the proud parents of 4 children (3 girls and 1 son who is also his namesake).

Mr. Williams enjoys reading and writing poetry, and he has written several plays that have been performed and were well received in Texas. The idea for his debut novel, But my Soul Is Black, lay dormant for many years until Mr. Williams finally finished the novel upon his retirement, fulfilling his dream of becoming a published author. His romantic tale tackles controversial topics such as interracial relationships, generational differences of conceptual thinking about life and love. This novel seeks to remind the readers of the interconnectedness we share as humans, as well as showing that truly, love transcends all!

But My Soul is Black, takes a candid look at interracial romance and the human experience. The book reveals the cultural misperceptions that harm us, and the love that heals us.

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