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Friday, December 24, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Ask Nicely and I Might by Lorraine Elzia

A twisted game of bewildering intrigue proves positive that
six degrees of separation bridge the gap
between the sane and the insane.

Alex Carlysle is a savvy homicide detective highly respected among her peers and on the fast track to make Captain. When her lover becomes the latest victim in a series of brutal murders, the investigation of the killings becomes personal for her. Not only has she lost the only man who ever understood her, but also catching the killer could be the break she has been waiting for concerning her career.

Jade, on the other hand, resides on the opposite side of the law, abiding by a different set of rules - its Jade's way, or no way. Instead of enforcing the law, she is the thorn in its side. Motivated by an urge for revenge, she is a sexy enigma of a serial killer who taunts the police just for the pleasure of it while devouring her
prey in the process. As the hunter becomes the hunted, two women, both at the top of their game, are destined for a massive head-on collision with each other. But the thrill of pursuit is not the only tie
that binds them; they are also both driven by blood shed and a chain of circumstances that began in the subconscious mind.

Ask Nicely and I Might is a racy thriller - fast, furious, and filled with sexy suspense. A wicked game of cat and mouse where time is rapidly running out and with the hunter and hunted lives on the line, they have everything to fight for . . . and everything to lose.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Cutting Truths - 50 Enlightening Slices of Life by Michael Levy

Investigating journalism meets inspirational expressions as Levy explores education, finance, media, mythology, religion, science, philosophy and ancient traditions. 

In Cutting Truths, probing questions are asked;

Are religions based on superstition and fallacies?

Can newspapers, magazines, Internet blogs, TV news and other media outlets be trusted to deliver truthful reports?

If we lose faith in people who deceive where can we turn for authentic information?

Do we really have to suffer and wait till we progress to Heaven before we can enjoy ourselves?

Does hell really exist, if so where is it?

50 enlightening slice of life reveal answers that essentially allow the reader to discover their own home baked truths and find out how real they are. Levy does not say he knows absolute truth, in fact he declares nobody on earth can claim to hold sole possession of truth.

However, Levy does point out what is not true and made-up from intellectual propaganda, myths, fallacies and partial falsehood.

Someone once said; nothing can stop and idea whose time has com … Cutting Truths is right on cue to deliver what the public demand ... A free mind released from hype, flim-flam, sensationalism, skullduggery and outright deceits so that they can enjoy life as nature intended.

Michael explains; in life there are but two pathways from which we can choose;

 On the first pathway, truth can be sliced into little pieces and turned into propaganda and lies. This is then sliced into Perceptions, Ideas, Thoughts, Suggestions = Pits. It is then twisted into be-lie-f and non be-lie-f systems that divide people, which in turn causes mayhem and suffering.

 This path is not compulsory. You have a choice

Alternatively, on pathway two, pre conceived concepts, theories and belief systems are dismantled by truth so that the thinker of the thought lives a genuine fulfilling life without fear or prejudice. In everyone's lifetime, results will speak for themselves … Are you ready to leap into an investment that can produce prosperous self-assurance?

On the bigger world scene the author probes the possibilities of human extinction via the ignorance of tribal divisions, pollution and other man-made follies. He states that only veracity can set humanity free but the question now remains is humanity ready to handle the - Cutting Truths?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote

Her Healing WaysFinal in Gabriel Sisters series

ISBN# 0373828497
ISBN-13: 978-0373828494

Unconventional, Unafraid, Unwelcome.

A female physician with an adopted black daughter? The townsfolk of
Idaho Bend will never accept Dr. Mercy Gabriel—even when faced with a deadly cholera epidemic. But all Mercy needs is one man willing to listen…and to trust.

Four years of war command turned Lon Mackey into a footloose gambler who can't abide attachments. Yet he can't help getting riled by the threats Mercy keeps receiving. Her trailblazing courage could reignite his faith and humanity. And his loyalty could make her dream—for the first time—of a family of her own….


Friday, December 3, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Different Flags

Different Flags
Eugenia Marie Renskoff

Different Flags is the story of Ani, a sensitive young woman. In 1982 she travels from San Francisco back to her native Argentina. Once in Buenos Aires, Ani experiences culture shock and falls in love with a young Catholic priest.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Beauford Place

Beauford Place
by Gwandine

Travel back in time in a fictional place known as Tradassa Town situated in the south during the year 1881 where two people unbeknownst of one another become acquainted under unexpected circumstances. After the death of Mary Ellen’s father Benjamin, she meets Nathan Jonah Hickey who is the hired ranchman of her father’s estate and an attractive singing cowboy known for his genteel mannerism.

Nathan’s love for Mary Ellen Beauford begins the day they meet upon her return to Beauford Place. Being an accomplished woman of color from a wealthy family and a recent college graduate, the austere Mary Ellen tries to show resilience to Nathan’s feelings. This is partially due to the fact that her only example of a good man was her late father who was a successful businessman.

Behind Nathan’s smooth dark complexion and deep brown eyes lies a terrible secret known only by him. If he shares his secret with her, will she be able to handle it? Will it destroy him?

Visit http://theblackwest.com/ or http://theblackcherokee.com/


Throughout her years as a historical researcher and author, Gwandine has found a niche for writing sweet inspirational romantic stories. Her English Literature professors complimented her creative writing skills.

She is the founder of Gwandine Black Cherokee Cowgirl Studios (GBCCS). GBCCS was formed to publish her novels, categorize her paintings and sculptures depicting African-American cowboys and Native-Americans, record audio narrations, and further her research regarding “Black Indians.”

Gwandine is the wife of a pastor. She has always enjoyed sweet romantic stories. Her passion and persistence in creative writing and classical literature stems from childhood when she preferred to write stories rather than play.

She has self-published inspirational Black western romance and adventure novels including intrigue and a book of inspirational romantic poetry under the following titles: Beauford Place, A Love Worth Finding, The Ethiopian Princess and the Cameroon Knight, Murder in Manalapan, and Poetic Peace. Other works consist of her graphic novels Jade Qi and The Anointed Atura, which feature her comic book characters, illustration, inking, and dialogue skills.

Her initial work was published during grade school. With her background in communications, she has written press releases, news advisories, public service announcements, proclamations, and articles for magazines. She also produced over 40 spiritual television productions as a certified video producer and editor. She formerly worked as a graphics editor, graphic artist, webmaster, paralegal, and a proofreader. She has also written inspirational quotes for the church website.

She presently writes inspirational historical romance and adventure stories involving African-American cowboys and Cherokee Native-Americans as she is of Cherokee and African descent. Although her stories and characters are fictional, African-American cowboys have existed since the dawn of the cowboy era as well as the historical accounts of the vital role that the African-American Buffalo Soldiers played in the settlement of the southwest. She is the creator of African-American cowboy and cowgirl graphic novels (comic books) titled The Black West, The Black Cherokee Cowgirl, and The Disguised Debutante.

Gwandine is an accomplished artist as she enjoys painting the wild west on canvas to design her book covers. She is also an accomplished figurative sculptress whose work has appeared in several international magazines. She has donated artwork to the Wilberforce Museum and Cultural Center.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Piano In The Dark
By Eric Pete

Chase Hidalgo has a successful career, a loving wife, and a loyal best friend, but something is still missing. His unfulfilled dreams leave him unsure of his place in the world. Then a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger changes everything.

Ava claims to know Chase, but he has no memory of ever having met her. Still, something about her intrigues him. She seems to know so much about him; she has insight into his deepest feelings and desires, things he’s never even told his wife. He can’t resist this enigmatic woman, and soon the two are involved in a passionate affair.

It isn’t long before Chase starts to wonder just how Ava knows so much about him. What is their true connection? As he searches for answers, his life is coming apart at the seams, and Chase is beginning to wonder if he’s lost his grip on reality. Ava is a woman who will stop at nothing to regain what she believes she’s lost, and if Chase can’t find the right key to unlock this mystery, there could be dire consequences.

Website: http://www.ericpete.com/

Friday, November 19, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Delilah by Shelia M Goss

Delilah by Shelia M Goss
Behind every successful man is a good woman. The downfall of a good man is a woman up to no good.  
Thirty-year-old Samson Judges is a prominent pastor of the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. His church owns land that real estate mogul William Trusts wants. When Samson refuses to sell, William hires Delilah Baker to find out Samson’s Achilles heel.
Money isn’t Delilah’s only motivation for taking the assignment. After watching Samson every Sunday morning on a local television station, Delilah has fallen in love with him. In her mind, there is only one person standing in her way of getting Samson—his fiancĂ©e, Julia Rivers.
Samson is far from innocent. He feels his longstanding relationship with God puts him above reproach. His weakness for one woman, Delilah, threatens to ruin his relationship with Julia, his parents, and his church. When he realizes the length Delilah will go through to get her man, Samson vows to protect his ministry by any means necessary.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Food Enchantress

The Food Enchantress, the sequel to The Food Temptress, takes readers on another journey with Ambrosia Bourgeois, the New Orleans Goddess of Gastronomy. She continues to seduce men with food in hopes of converting them into the perfect mate. This time she tries her luck on the east coast; however, she meets her match -  Lucius Delight, a chef. Join Ambrosia on her quest for both love and culinary perfection.

Website: http://www.foodtemptress.com/


Monday, November 15, 2010


Merry Acres Widows Walz
By Nan D. Arnold
They say retirement kills. And it looks that way in MERRY ACRES, a planned community in South Florida for the over-fifty-five crowd. Husbands are dropping fast.  Georgiana Duncan wonders who will next wear the black veil of widowhood. Should she be worried....or happy about such dire prospects? Perhaps, like Georgiana,  other wives in Merry Acres have secrets, too. Skeletons rattling around personal closets that so mar the gloss of happily-ever-after that only murder can make amends.

Friday, November 12, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Rivals in Paradise

Rivals in Paradise
By Gwyneth Bolton

Contemporary Romance

Cicely Stevens needs the vacation of a lifetime. After being cheated on by her boyfriend and passed over for a promotion, she's off to the Caribbean for a weekend of hot island fun. And there's no sexier bad boy than her old college rival Chase Yearwood, who's on the same plane en route to his lush estate…and whose kiss Cicely never forgot. When he takes her in his arms again, he's more irresistible than ever. But will she lose her heart before this fling is flung?

They call him the "Wolf" because of his legendary skills in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now is Chase's chance to even the score with the woman who once beat him at his own game. But can rivals in business become passionate partners in love? Under a romantic tropical moon, he'll seduce her with a passion that will have her begging for more!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Prey for the Wicked

Prey for the Wicked

Sheila Peele-Miller

Where innocent sleeps . . . Evil lurks! Twenty-year old Janeen Cooper wasn't born with the best of anything. But one thing she knew for sure, her mother loved her and wanted nothing but the best for her only child. When Janeen's mother dies unexpectedly, her life takes a drastic turn and she winds up in the one place she was warned to never go, Williamston , NC . Convinced there's no chance for happiness, Janeen meets Sheriff Sergeant Adam Sinclair. Adam has money. He has power. And he has the charm to win her trust. She quickly learns, however, that he is not the saint he appears to be and is forced to leave the state with just the clothes on her back. In a new city , Janeen tries to start over again. Yet, she is still haunted by the events that transpired prior to her untimely departure: the mysterious disappearance of someone she loves dearly and a possible murder plot involving her former lover. Longing for the truth, Janeen makes a bold decision to return to Williamston. There she faces the biggest challenge of her life. She must confront Adam. Ultimately, she makes a shocking discovery that could destroy his family's name. It could also mean her death.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


"RAMBLINGS is an inspiring and thought-provoking call to action that anyone would benefit from reading. From the first word to the very last, I was moved by Menchan's voice which is filled with a love of family, passion for mentoring, and the importance of understanding & loving yourself. " - Tee C. Royal, Founder of RAWSISTAZ.com

Website - http://www.angeliamenchan.com/

Monday, November 8, 2010


Amazing Grace
By Donna M. Watford
This riveting and heart-felt testimony reveals God in each chapter of Donna's life and on every page of the book. Just when you were convinced that God is a distant being, and much too busy with managing the complexities of the world; He is revealed in an inspiring book of a girl growing up in Philadelphia, PA with her mother, Carolyn V. Jackson. The daughter is raised in a Christian home and through great sacrifices of her mother, she is availed every opportunity to become an upright and productive citizen in society, but as too many others, Donna travels a dark path. Her saving grace is the fact that Jesus remains in her heart. The story wraps up with a poem of encouragement by Dr. Howard Thurman, Song of the Angels. This story written for Christmas, offers a timely message of love: John 3:16, and concludes with extending everlasting life: Romans 10:9.

In memory of Carolyn V. Jackson, the United Negro College Fund will receive donations from book proceeds. For an autographed copy, order using PayPal: http://www.donnamwatford.com/blog/.

Available in Online Bookstores and Barnes and Noble.

ISBN number: 978-0-9796998-6-3

Look for the Talking Matters of the Heart book tour. Donna M. Watford, RN will be discussing Heart Failure. Book an event @ 800-807-7952.

Friday, November 5, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Be Careful What You Pray For

Be Careful What You Pray For
by Nicole S. Rouse

Be careful what you pray for is an old adage, but one that Maya Richards comes to discover is more than just a cliché.

Third grade teacher Maya Richards has been with her soulmate, Kenneth Green, for over ten years. She never doubted that Kenneth would one day ask for her hand in marriage, but on the eve of their anniversary, Maya asks a question that Kenneth struggles to answer.

When their relationship ends abruptly, Maya finds herself alone for the first time in thirteen years. She turns to family and friends to help deal with her heartbreak, but is left to heal on her own. Instead of seeing this time as an opportunity to get closer to God, feeling lost, Maya begs God to send her a new mate. Impatient and desperate, Maya begins a relationship with gym teacher Lloyd Bradford despite the many warning signs.

As she struggles to escape a dangerous situation, Maya learns that the relationship that matters most in life is the one that she has with Christ. Will Maya have the strength to break away from Lloyd’s tight reigns, or will she trust God and allow Him to restore peace in her life?

Website: www.nicolerouse.com

Thursday, November 4, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT- Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer


Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Head in the Clouds, go HERE.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Spotlight - Home Again

About The Book

Home Again is a compelling journey into the relationships that matter most: family, friends and self. Each story is founded on natural love, but will require the Father’s love to heal the brokenness.

Travel with husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, friends and families as they maneuver through life’s hurts and betrayals while leaning on a power greater than themselves.

Part 1

Part 2

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• Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Home-Again-Stories-Restored-Relationships/dp/0979045819/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287861077&sr=8-1

• BarnesandNoble.com - http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Home-Again/Wanda-B-Campbell/e/9780979045813/

View the Blog Tour Schedule at http://bit.ly/HomeAgainBlogTour.

Monday, November 1, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT - The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund


In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her aid. She's even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family. Yet Elizabeth's new role as nanny takes a dangerous turn when John's boldness from the pulpit makes him a target of political and religious leaders. As the preacher's enemies become desperate to silence him, they draw Elizabeth into a deadly web of deception. Finding herself in more danger than she ever bargained for, she's more determined than ever to save the child--and man--she's come to love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Preacher's Bride, go HERE.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Covenant of Lies the Revealed Truth

Covenant of Lies the Revealed Truth

By Holly Spence

Monarch Publications

ISBN-10: 0578065819

ISBN-13: 978-0578065816

Click to purchase book

The drama, lies, deceit, and hidden secrets are revealed in this second release of the Covenant of Lies trilogy. Continue to follow the lives of the McFinley, Richardson and Taylor families. What will become of Jill and Shane's budding relationship? Will the long time relationship between Henry and Carl survive the years of deceit and lies? Will Marcie's relationship with her father be the final straw for Selma? "Covenant of Lies The Revealed Truth" is the second book in the "Covenant of Lies" series of self created web of lies by Author Holly Spence.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Right Package, Wrong Baggage Blog Tour

Wanda B. Campbell is an extraordinary and talented writer who brings creativity, a new sense of hope, and restoration through the healing power of God to the Kingdom, by way of Christian fiction. She uses real life everyday issues to exhort, motivate, and give comfort.

Wanda B. Campbell’s literary achievements include: Mommy’s Present, a short story appearing in the anthology The Midnight Clear (KNB Publications, November 2006) ISBN 0-9742207-0-1, First Sunday in October (W.B. Campbell Publications, January 2007) ISBN 978-0-9790458-0-6 and the Crusin for Christ I Short Story Contest winner with Illusions by Urban Christian, February 2009, ISBN 978-1601629432. Right Package, Wrong Baggage is her third novel.

Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty years and two sons. She also has the unique position of being the oldest of five siblings and also the youngest of twelve. Her hobbies include writing and reading of course, traveling, and collecting magnets from around the world. Wanda is the self-proclaimed biggest Oakland A’s fan.

Wanda, tell us about Right Package, Wrong Baggage.

My current book is Right Package, Wrong Baggage. I love this story. It has romance, comedy and drama. It’s the sequel to my first published short story, Mommy’s Present in The Midnight Clear. Readers will remember little six-year-old Matthew Roberts who went on a mission to find his mother the perfect Christmas present-a husband. Right Package, Wrong Baggage picks up from there.

Micah Stevenson turns out be the perfect package for Pamela Roberts. He loves God, is a great role model for her son, and has good credit plus, he’s handsome.

As Micah and Pamela build a solid relationship, everything appears perfect. That is until Micah trusts Pamela with his heart and shares his tainted past with her. Will the man he used to be prevent Pamela from loving Micah for the man he is now?

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Basically, I let my character dictate the story.

Who are your main character(s)?

Pamela Roberts, a widowed single mother and Micah Stevenson, a dedicated Christian with an interesting past.

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

My favorite character in Right Package, Wrong Baggage is Micah. I love his honesty and sensitivity. He is a man of integrity and he places the needs of others above his own. Most of all, his courage is something to be admired.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Right Package, Wrong, Baggage?

First, there is a reason behind every action a person does. Second, don’t judge a person by their actions. Third, don’t hold ones past against them; we all have one. And last, but most important, always extend love and forgiveness.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

I’ve had both good and not so good reviews and I enjoy the feedback. Some of the comments have helped me grow as a writer.

About the Book

For five years, Pamela Roberts, has balanced the demands of being a single mother and a devoted Christian. She unselfishly places the needs of her son, Matthew, above her own. Although she tries to convince everyone that she’s happy with Jesus alone, Matthew handpicks the perfect present for her—a husband. Everything about the man her son chooses is perfect, except for his past.

Micah Stevenson is excited when he learns the son of the woman he has been praying about wants him to join their family permanently. Believing Pamela Roberts is his soul mate sent from God, Micah pursues her. Once he is certain of her love for him, Micah reveals his dark history, shaking the foundation of the once loving and stable relationship. Trust is broken as judgments and prejudices threaten to deny the couple’s destiny.

Will the man he used to be prevent Pamela from loving Micah for the man he is now?


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• Visit the authors at http://www.wandabcampbell.net/.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Only Way is Up Blog Tour

Folake Taylor is an outpatient Internal Medicine Physician in the suburbs of Atlanta Georgia. She is married with a little girl. She obtained her residency training at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta after her initial medical education in Nigeria. She was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian born parents.

The Only Way is Up

This book features the author’s experiences and views on pertinent life issues as an immigrant to the United States of America. The objective is to empower women. However, the greater part of the message is of relevance to a general audience. Some of the issues that are the focus of this book are:

• Identity
• Health & Preventive medicine
• Finding a mate
• Relationships & Family
• Single parenthood
• Teenage pregnancies
• Gender roles
• Diet & Nutrition


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• Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Only-Way-Up-Journey-Immigrant/dp/0982667205/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

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For More Information

• Visit the author online at http://www.theonlywayisup.net/.

• View the blog tour schedule at http://bit.ly/TheOnlyWayisUpTour

Monday, August 16, 2010

BOOK INTRO: Crossing Color Lines

Crossing Color Lines focuses on racial relations, comes at a good time, as people around the country have a renewed sense of hope regarding this issue since President Obama s election. Now that he has taken office, people are beginning to talk about the need for equality based on opportunity, and about how his winning the election has changed things, explains d. E. Rogers, author of the book, which is being published by REGI Books and is available online and in bookstores. Race in America is an issue that we may finally be able to start addressing. Crossing Color Lines follows the story of Chase Cain, someone who as a child witnessed the brutal hanging of his father. Since he has lighter skin, he is able to use in a way that he believes will be his advantage, and pass as a white man. He sets out to gain all the things he desires friends, love, and wealth but ultimately the way he has chosen to live his life ends up causing his demise. The novel asks a candid question that many of us have pondered: If you had the opportunity to choose your race, would you remain true to your birthright, or would you opt for the race that you believe can provide you with the greatest benefit? That is a question that the main character must answer, live and experience. We always think that other people have it so much better, adds Rogers. But would you want to make such a fundamental change, or would you choose to stick with the race into which you were born? It s a hypothetical question, but one that we should all consider. This latest book focuses on real-life drama. By taking this approach, Rogers shows that he has the ability to look race issues in the eye, bringing them to the forefront in a compelling and riveting manner.

d. E. Rogers is a dynamic, charismatic, magnetic, powerful and intelligent person who has been successful in all facets of his life. Coming from humble beginning, he has accomplished a lot in his short time on earth. Rogers has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Management and Production from Purdue University and an MBA from Bethel College. He has also attended Stanford University for Project Management, the University of Notre Dame for Executive Leadership and Management, and the New York Film Academy for filmmaking.

d. E. Rogers has written five great novels (White Lie, Color Line, Just Like Your Daddy, I Know She Didn’t, and Counterfeit Friends). His books have had increasing and incredible sales records. On every project, Rogers has taken his writing skills to the next level where few have gone. His stories are rich in reality and tell of real life love and drama that all can relate to. The characters jump from the pages and into your life as though they were long time friends. After reading one of his books, you will want to read another.

His short film titled, The Aftermath has been screened at several film festival across the country. The Aftermath was a finalist at the Motor City Film Festival in Detroit. He is now in preproduction of a film project and documentary that he plans to shoot during 2010.

The intangibles that he brings to the table are an outstanding background in the entertainment industry, exemplary expertise in screenwriting, and solid experience in directing and producing films. To complement these qualifications, he has strong problem solving talents, and exceptional organizational abilities which should prove instrumental in producing this film.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Jennifer Coissiere – August 4
Debut Author

Francine Craft – August 5 BT

Deborah Hall Branch – August 6

Laurie Alice Eakes – August 9

Lorraine Eliza – August 13

D. E. Rodgers – August 16

Liz Johnson – August 19 BT

Lawanna Campbell – August 20

Brook Blander – August 23

Chicki Brown – August 27
Debut Author

Elaine Cantrell – August 30

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rose for Melinda by Lurlene McDaniel

Rose for Melinda
by Lurlene McDaniel

Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Reprint - August 13, 2002
ISBN-10: 0553570900
ISBN-13: 978-0553570908
Young Adult

Reviewed by Trae Candelario

“This was my first read of Lurlene McDaniel’s and it got me hooked. A Rose for Melinda, is by far one of the best novels I’ve read all year. It is full of lessons describing the disappointment of fleeting friendships, along with the excitement of lasting ones. Melinda is an accomplished ballerina diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Although she is slowly deteriorating and her dreams are slipping away, Jesse stays by her side. That is the true meaning of friendship, and it proves to Melinda that her life isn’t over yet. I recommend this book to anyone who loves dramatic romance. It is well written and suitable for anyone over the age of fourteen. A Rose for Melinda will leave you speechless and on your toes. It will defiantly make you cry tears of joy and sorrow. The surprise ending will make you want to read this again and again.”

Save The Best For Last by Bettye Griffin

Save The Best For Last
Bettye Griffin

Bunderful Books
ISBN-10: 0615306217
ISBN-13: 978-0615306216
Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 Stars – EXCELLENT

Reviewed by LaShaunda C. Hoffman

Genevieve L’ Esperance is a graphic artist living a good life. When her Visa expires she finds she can’t return to her homeland. Her friend Barry suggests they marry and he hides her away in Harlem until his divorce is final. Barry wants more than a marriage of convenience and Genevieve isn't ready for that type of commitment. As she dodges the INS, she tries to figure out another way to fix her dilemma.

Genevieve meets the law student, Dexter Gray sharing the other room on the floor. They both feel the attraction between them, but decided to keep it platonic.

Dexter has his own dilemma; he needs funds to finish his law degree. Genevieve still needs a husband, and she proposes a deal that changes their relationship forever.

I enjoyed reading Save The Best For Last. It was fun watching Genevieve and Dexter fall for each other. Genevieve fought the attraction, but Dexter let the feelings flow. Even though he was a struggling law student, he didn’t let that stop the romantic in him. I also liked he always ate his dessert first. As a person who is known to eat dessert first, I could relate.

Ms. Griffin has written a story that every romance reader will enjoy. You’ll find yourself turning the pages quickly to see what’s in store for Genevieve and Dexter.

Sistergirl Devotions – Keeping Jesus In the Mix on the Job by Carol M. Mackey

Sistergirl Devotions – Keeping Jesus In the Mix on the Job
Carol M. Mackey

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
May 2010
ISBN-13: 9780800733971
ISBN: 0800733975

Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars – EXCELLENT

Reviewed by LaShaunda C. Hoffman

Ms. Mackey offers devotionals for the working girl. She shares her work experiences and then offers advice in the situation and words of encouragement.

Each lesson is something everyone can relate too or has experienced and she shows you that you can make it through them too.

A working woman needs all the encouragement she can get and this is one book she should keep on her desk. I wish I’d had it when I first started work.

Who Speaks to Your Heart?: Tuning in to Hear God's Whispers by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Who Speaks to Your Heart?: Tuning in to Hear God's Whispers
by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Publisher: Zondervan
April 2010
ISBN-13: 9780310292715
ISBN: 0310292719
Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars – EXCELLENT

Reviewed by LaShaunda C. Hoffman

As a fan of Stacy Hawkins Adams I was looking forward to reading her first non fiction book. I was not disappointed. It surprised me because I wasn’t expecting it to speak to my own heart. I learned how to be a better listener and how to spend more quality time with God.

Ms. Hawkins Adams shared her own testimony while offering a lesson to help the reader improve their relationship with God.

This book will make an excellent gift for the college bound student. It is also a perfect book for those who want to build a better relationship with God.

Destination Love by Gwynne Forster

Destination Love
Gwynne Forster

Kimani Romance
Kimani Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-86157-6
Published: July 2010


Reviewed by Vicki Brooks

This is a story about two individuals who grew up in two different environments and somehow managed to fall in love. They both came from two-parent homes that were on opposite ends of life’s spectrum.

Professor Sheri Stephens had a not-so-normal childhood that impacted her love life. She never saw her parents touch, let along kiss or be intimate in anyway. She knew her parents loved her, but this was based on her academic achievements only and not on their affections. In her heart she knew this was not what she wanted or longed for in a relationship.
Consequently, she hadn’t given a relationship much thought until she met a stranger on a cruise ship.

This stranger was Dr. Dalton Wright who grew up in a loving, caring environment where he saw his parents caress and show affections each day of his life. He knew this was what he wanted in a relationship. Somehow his paths crossed with Sheri Stephens and he showed her how to love.

Lift Me Higher by Kim Shaw

Lift Me Higher
Kim Shaw

Kimani Romance
Kimani Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-86159-0
Published: April 2010


Reviewed by Vicki Brooks

This is the first book I’ve read by Kim Shaw and to say the least, it won’t be the last. I loved “Lift Me Higher”. Monte Lewis is every woman’s dream man. I fell in love with his character. He loved and respected all the women in his life. This included his ailing Mom, deceased wife and his newly acquired love, Torie Taylor. And to top it off he loved and cared for his two well-mannered sons. After his wife’s death, he swore to never love again until he was smitten by Torie, who also swore to never love again based on her last relationship. Once the two met, they threw passion to the wind. A must read for all romantics.

Samson by Jacquelin Thomas

Jacquelin Thomas

Gallery Books
ISBN-13: 978-1-4391-0940-3
Published: May 2010

Christian Fiction


Reviewed by Vicki Brooks

Samson was a BAD “Mamma-Jamma”. I liked this novel because the characters were just as REAL today as they were during biblical times. I could see many of the situations from my own life weaving in and out of this story. Samson was a charismatic preacher that thought he had it all together, but he was just like most of us – full of himself. If you’re like me and ever wondered what it would be like if the Bible was written today – then you need to read Mrs. Thomas’ 2010 version of Samson. It will be a reality check.

Not Quite What It Seems by Mari Walker

Not Quite What It Seems
Mari Walker
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-37541-6
Published: April 2010
Mainstream Fiction

Rating: 3 ½ STARS - GREAT

Reviewed by Vicki Brooks

If you enjoy the dance scene, you’ll enjoy the trials and tribulations of Jadyn, a talented dancer to say the least. Not only is she struggling to make it in the very difficult entertainment business, but she also has serious challenges on the home front. Her live-in boyfriend Taji is very controlling. Like most of us her life isn’t perfect and although some of her decisions are not so good, I commend this young girl for deciding to make a change to better herself and her situation. By doing so she decides to find her biological Father not knowing what to expect. During her journey she quickly realizes that things in life are not quite what they seem.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

FLASHBACK: Vows by Rochelle Alers


On a well-deserved vacation in exotic Mexico, sensible, pratical accountant Vanessa Blanchard allows a maelstrom of desire to turn her world upside down. She's not sure why she dared to trust gorgeous, mysterious Joshua Kirkland, a man who revealed very little about his past...or their future together. All she knows is that she fell in love with a man who made her his, and then disappeared without a trace. Now Joshua haunts her days with desperate questions and torments her sleepless nights with remembered ecstasy.

But Joshua Kirkland hasn't abandoned the woman he branded with his passion. Though his mission began as a game of seduction fueled by suspicion, it has now turned into a daring race to confront the deadly danger that threatens the love of a lifetime...and the woman he loves.

This book sealed my love for romances. I fell in love with Joshua Kirkland as I read each page and from then on, I judged other heros by him. It was hard to find another hero worthy of him. I will say, Dix Wildhorse gave him a run for his money, but that's another flashback for later.

Did you miss this book? Pick up your copy TODAY.

Which hero did you fall in love with?

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