Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Spotlight: Danger at Every Turn

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When retired FBI forensic psychologist Spencer Berry and his dog break up a scuffle between gang members, in the process of chasing one with a gun, they end up discovering the nude remains of a young woman partially submerged in a creek behind the home of police spokeswoman. Deidre Lawrence the deceased appears to be the victim of the Pelle Park Killer, a serial murderer terrorizing Sinclair Heights, Oregon over the past three years. Divorced and haunted by the death of his twin brother, Wesley, Spencer had been content playing the field, spending time with his daughter, Charity, and teaching psychology at the local university. A instant attraction to Deidre changes all that as their troubled pasts give way to chemistry and pent up passions.
Deidre had been plagued by nightmares ever since her husband, Marshall, and son, Adam, were killed by a carjacker three years ago. She recently moved to Sinclair Heights from Houston in hopes of a making a new life for herself. In spite of initial reservations, Deidre finds herself drawn to Spencer Berry as someone she could have a real future with assuming they can get past disturbing events that threatened to come between them. Interfering with their burgeoning romance is a stalker and serial killer, each with a different agenda, putting both Deidre and Spencer's life in danger.

About The Author

Devon Vaughn Archer is a pseudonym for bestselling author R. Barri Flowers. Archer has written more than a dozen mainstream, romance, urban, and young adult novels.
In 2006, he became the first male author to write a romance novel for Harlequin's Arabesque line. He also has written two beloved Christmas classics for the publisher's Kimani line in CHRISTMAS DIAMONDS and CHRISTMAS HEAT.
Other recent novels by the prolific author include the young adult eBook coming of age tale, HER TEEN DREAM, and urban suspense, THE SECRETS OF PARADISE BAY.
In 2011, Archer has four releases scheduled, including PLEASURE IN HAWAII and PRIVATE LUAU, as part of his Kimani PASSIONS IN PARADISE Series; THE HITMAN'S WOMAN, a mainstream suspense novel, and CHRISTMAS WISH LIST, a young adult fantasy novel.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Guilt Trip Virtual Tour with Pat Simmons

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Pat Simmons is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth. She is passionate about digging up the dirt on 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. Pat has won numerous awards for her novels which include: Talk to Me, Grace and Humility and Still Guilty, which was voted the Best Inspirational Romance for 2010.
Pat is best known for her Guilty series: Guilty of Love, Not Guilty of Love, and Still Guilty. She is continuing the series through the Jamieson Family Legacy trilogy: Guilty by Association, The Guilt Trip, and Free From Guilt. Pat has recently been nominated for the best Christian fiction award by the African American Literary Awards for her latest release, Crowning Glory.
Pat and her husband live in Missouri and have two children. Find out more about the series at or visit the author online at

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Aaron Jamieson is living a carefree life. He's good-looking, respectable when he's in the mood, but his weakness is women. When a woman tries to ambush him with a pregnancy, he takes off in the other direction. Responsibility as an option is something he learned from his absentee father.

Talise Rogers has a bright future ahead of her. She's pretty and has no problem catching a man's eye, which is exactly what she does with Ace. Their chemistry is undeniable and their passion explosive. Trapping Ace is the furthest thing from Talise's mind, when she learns she is pregnant.  She is determined to be a good parent.

When Ace rejects her she lets him know, " I want nothing from you Ace, not even your name," and she means it.  But Ace's big brother and cousins don't plan to let the child who represents the twelfth generation descendant of a royal African tribe leave the fold. Whether Ace decides to accept his responsibility or not, his family embraces Talise and baby.  As for Ace, they turn him over to the LORD.  How long will he be able to endure the guilt trip he's experiencing because of his choices?  What will it take for him to accept responsibility and turn from following in his father's footsteps?

About the Series

The Jamieson Family Legacy series follows the lives of the two Jamieson brothers in Boston, Kidd and Ace and their cousin Cameron from St. Louis.  Kidd, the older brother, is struggling with anger and resentment issues toward his absentee father who never married his mother, but had the audacity to demand his illegitimate sons carry his last name Jamieson. Ace, on the other hand, is on a collision course with disaster as he shows how much a "chip off the old block" he is when it comes to women. Their highly educated MIT graduate cousin, Cameron Jamieson, is all about saving his family from self-destruction. Through genealogy research, Cameron's mission is to show his cousins their worth as eleventh generation descendants of a royal African tribe and give them a choice: to be angry black men or accept the challenge to become strong successful black men.

The Jamieson men in this three book series are challenged with accepting that the past and the present are both in God's hand.  Without Him they can't move forward toward their future blessings. The bonus storyline is one that progresses the story of the much-loved Grandma B.B. character from the author's previous Guilt books and her new sidekick, Mrs. Valentine.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

FYI Friday: Did You Know?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Son of a Preacherman Virtual Book Tour with Marlene Banks

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A historical romance novel set in the 1920s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Son of a Preacherman depicts the highly segregated life of African Americans in the Greenwood District, in Northern Tulsa and the tensions leading up to the Tulsa Race Riots.

Billy Ray Matthias is the handsome younger son of the church’s new pastor.  Benny is the daughter of the oil rich Freeman family.  Billy Ray is convinced that Benny is the woman God would have him settle down with. Benny, on the other hand, recently had her heart broken. She is not the least bit interested in getting involved anytime soon. As Billy’s pursuit of Benny intensifies, so does the political and social climate in the prosperous African American neighborhood known as the Greenwood District.

Racial tensions in Tulsa escalate when Dick Rowland, a black man, is accused by a local newspaper of raping Sarah Page, a white woman, on an elevator.  Ethan Freeman (Benny’s brother) and Maynard Vaughn (a radical white attorney and Ethan’s mentor) despite continuous threats put their weight and energy behind helping Dick. While the White Glove Society, a racist group seeks to destroy not only Dick but all the African Americans in this successful black owned community.

As tensions come to a head and violence breaks out, Billy and Benny are caught up in the heat of chaos.  He vows to keep her safe but will Benny let him?

Will faith in God be enough to sustain the people of the community as their lives are changed forever by deadly acts of hatred?


About the Author

MARLENE BANKS resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a prolific writer she has an associate degree in Theology from Rhema Bible Institute in Keysville, Virginia and is currently pursuing studies to initiate a Christian counseling ministry. Marlene is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Her work resume includes forty years in nursing and business.

A divine gift of storytelling with her unique voice and love of Christ creates engaging and inspirational novels. She considers her fiction writing an avenue to communicate the Gospel and Christian principles. It is also Marlene’s goal to bridge the gap between faith-based and secular literature. SON OF A PREACHERMAN is her second release.

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Love can be found in some of the strangest places and this is true in Son of a Preacherman by Marlene Banks. Benny Freeman has been hurt in the past and has given up on ever finding true love. Billy Ray Matthias has tried to live up to his family’s standards seeming he is the son of a preacherman. After moving to Oklahoma with his family, Billy Ray meets Benny and knows that she is his soul mate. Billy Ray just has to convince Benny they are meant to be together.
When Billy Ray’s past comes to visit and threatens everything he is working toward, Billy Ray must act fast or lose his soul mate forever. When Benny finds out a person from Billy Ray’s past has come a calling, Benny must decide if he is worth the trouble. This couple has to deal with racial tension, mental disease, and family secrets while staying true to themselves.
Son of A Preacherman is about a young couple trying to fulfill God’s wish for their union. It is about family, truth, and overcoming trying times. The author does a wonderful job providing readers with authentic characters and an enriching storyline. I’m not a fan of historical fiction but found myself wrapped into the story, the characters dialogue, and behaviors. This book had me intrigued but also frustrated at times when ignorance was present. The twists and turns in this book will have readers wanting to continue turning the pages. I recommend this book to those you like historical storylines.
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Teresa Beasley
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A&RBC Rating: 4 Stars

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Double Book Review: Featuring Omegia Keeys

The Not So Common Sense Guide For Authors
O. Keeys
4 Stars
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Are you an aspiring author looking for guidance in the publishing industry? Then you should purchase The Not So Common Sense Guide For Authors by O. Keeys.  This seven sectioned book gives authors the step-by-step guidelines of publishing their work. O. Keeys has aligned each section to educate authors on the importance of editing, marketing, and promotion of their book.
Writing the book is not the final straw especially if choosing to self-publish. An author has many decisions to complete in order to make his or her book quality material that will grant sales. O. Keeys even breaks down what an author should expect after his or her book is complete. She also provides helpful resources and secrets of the industry.
The Not So Common Sense Guide For Authors has helped me change my approach to promoting, marketing, and completing my book. I recognize that editing and graphic design is essential to produce a qualified book for bookstores, retailers, and wholesalers. I recommend this book to aspiring authors who have made the decision to self-publish.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
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Single, Black, and Government Owned
O. Keeys
4.5 Stars
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Once again O. Keeys has written a book readers will relate to especially single mothers. When you meet a person you are not aware of what he or she is going through or have been through. In Single, Black, and Government Owned, O. Keeys allows readers to enter a deeper part of her life. Omegia is a strong overachiever who doesn’t understand the words “I can’t.” She is a woman who loves challenges and is not a quitter.
In this new installment readers will see a different side of the author. Omegia is working toward healing from past issues, to provide for her children, and to fulfill her given purpose. Omegia’s obstacles are simple but she needs to rid herself of needy and overbearing family members, disappointing relationships, and physical abuse. This book will have readers questioning Omegia’s choices and mistakes but don’t judge a person if you have not walked a mile in his or her shoes.
Single, Black, and Government Owned is about a single mother struggling to survive and provide for her family. This author is a wonderful storyteller who captures readers from the first page. I could not put this book down. It was educational yet brought forth emotions that sent me on a rollercoaster ride. As a fellow single mother I can relate and understand the author’s struggles because I have been there. I recommend this book to single mothers who are in need of encouragement.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Author of the Week: Pat Tucker

How did you become a writer?

I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing, so it was only natural that my passion turned into a career. I’m a radio news director in Houston, Texas who moonlights as a writer. I’m a former television news reporter, and I enjoy drawing from my profession to craft page turning stories that readers will love. I’m an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked as a reporter for ABC, NBC and Fox affiliate TV stations and radio stations in California and Texas.

Where does your inspiration for your characters come from? 

Being a reporter helps feed the creative process for me. Inspiration for characters and stories come from everyday life. I’m a people watcher, I read, watch the news, listen to people and often times bits and pieces of interesting people, and incidents inspire my stories.  During my 9-5, I must stick to the facts, but after 6, it's open season.

What are you hoping readers take from your book?

With Party Girl, I hope to help raise awareness about the Death Penalty and how much it impacts those of us in the Black and Brown communities. I also hope to entertain readers with a topic that’s very important.

If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?

Most of my stories focus on or around social issues. Because I tend to highlight a law that seems unfair or an issue that many people are passionate about, controversy is part of the package for me in my work.

Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?  

The only process/method I have as it relates to writing is, writing! I simply write, and I can do it at anytime, and anywhere, what works for me may not work for anyone else. I always tell people find what works best for you and do just that.

What is your favorite genre of books?

I love contemporary fiction, but I read a wide variety from literature, to street fiction.

Are you an avid or occasional reader?

I read about two books a week.

What are two things you want your readers to know about you?

I am a very passionate person. I am in love with the written word, and I am always working hard to get you to want to pick up my next book. I appreciate my readers so much that I try to make sure I’m always giving you my very best.

If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?

Since I interview people for a living, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing most of my favorite authors as well as many new and upcoming authors. I’m a people person and I enjoy talking to people.

What is or was your dream job?

My dream job is exactly what I’m doing. From a very young age, I wanted to be a reporter and a writer; I’m so thrilled to be one of the people truly living my dream!

What new projects are you working on? 

I am working on a few, Sideline Scandals: a Football Widows story & a collaboration with author Earl Sewell about two people who meet on Facebook, but they’re living a lie. That book is titled the Social Affair.

Where can readers find you?

I am a social butterfly, which means I’m on various social media sites, FB/pattucker, FB/pattuckerreaders, Twitter/authorpattucker ,, and always at

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Innocence in question…Twenty-nine-year-old Hope Donovan never pulled the trigger… But a simple choice landed her behind bars, and on Texas’ Death Row. Hope accepted a ride from two neighborhood thugs. She was stunned when they were pulled over and all were arrested for a deadly convenience store robbery. Her case was quickly catapulted to an international platform and became a symbol in the heated debate over capital punishment. Everyone weighed in, but when mistakes from her past were dug up, the world was suddenly riveted and confused by two conflicting images of the young mother.
How long would you wait? Brendon Donovan stood by his wife after her arrest. He took out a second mortgage on their house and wiped out the family’s savings. But as Hope’s case dragged on, he was forced to consider other options.
How far would you go? Chastity and Hope have shared a tumultuous past. But their rivalry took a backseat when it came time to care for Hope’s children. Years later, as Hope’s chances of survival began to look grim, Chastity was torn. The feelings she developed for Hope’s husband, Brendon, threw her loyalty and motives into question.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

FYI Friday: Did You Know?

Did You Know?

FYI Fridays are for providing information that will be helpful and exciting for any author or reader. We at Authors & Readers Book Corner wanted to let you in on some fun filled events that are happening in the month of June. We hope to see you there!

Book Expo AmericaJune 4-7, 2012
Javits Center, New York City, NY


5th Anniversary National Black Book Festival
Doubletree Hotel
Downtown Houston
Houston, TX 77002-4777
June 6-June 10, 2012
Events: June 9 10:00am- 6:00pm
                June 10 1:00pm-6:00pm

Annual Great Midwest Book Fest
4740 W. Bradley Road
Milwaukee, MI
June 16, 2012
Presented by Urban Review

Son of a Preacherman Virtual Book Tour
Author Marlene Banks
June 20, 2012
All Day Tour at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book Spotlight: Sweet Giselle & Dear Drama

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Giselle thinks she has the perfect life. Her fine and sexy husband, Giovanni, is obsessed with his perfect wife and gives her whatever her heart desires. Giselle thinks her husband can do no wrong. What she doesn't know is that Giovanni's seedy dealings put her in danger.

Giselle is kidnapped by a vicious drug dealer named Bryce, who is hell bent on revenge after his sister comes up missing and he believes Giovanni is responsible. Bryce takes the thing he knows Giovanni treasures most. He plans to torture Giselle, but instead he finds himself falling in love with her. He reveals the truth about Giovanni and the news pushes her right into Bryce's arms. 

Giovanni wages a war against Bryce and anyone close to him, leaving several dead bodies in his wake. Now that he has his wife back, Giovanni thinks things can return to the way they were. Giselle, however, can't get Bryce out of her system, and continues to see him behind Giovanni's back. As the war between these two men heats up again, Giselle has to decide if being with the man she loves is worth risking her life.

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Have you ever had a friend who just seems to attract trouble, no matter what she does?

That’s Allure. Just 21, she barely made it out alive from an abusive relationship with her psycho baby daddy, Greg. Poor girl just wants to be loved, but the harder she tries to find the right man, the more wrong her life gets. Whether it’s Lavante, who has to stuff socks in his pants to make himself feel manly; or Derek, who would be a fine catch if his bipolar disorder didn’t almost get Allure killed; or Bryce, a sweet and sexy cop whose first love is the crack pipe; Allure bounces from one drama to another. Then there’s James, strong and stable—until he knocks her up and hits the road. Get ready to laugh—and cry—at Allure’s crazy love life.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book Review: Bittersweet: Diary of a Safegirl

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Bittersweet: Diary of a Safegirl

Alexis Cherie Norwood

4 Stars

Marie Aili has herself in a predicament. Marie is falling for a young hustler she knows is not good for her. In Bittersweet: Diary of a Safegirl by Alexis Cherie Johnson, readers meet Marie a young girl who has set goals for achieving an education and making a better life for herself. Marie is tired of being the support system for everyone and just wants desperately to leave Chicago. When Marie meets Keshawn her life changes and she will soon find out sometimes it's better to love from afar.

Keshawn is a typical street hustler who is tied to the game by blood. Keshawn wants more out of life instead of having to constantly look over his shoulder. When Keshawn meets Marie and ask her to be his safegirl, his attraction for her is undeniable. Keshawn's desire to have Marie grows as wells as his need to protect Marie and her family. Keshawn makes plans to start a life with Marie and in order to do so; Keshawn will have to walk away from his own family.

When you believe you’re in love it's hard to think clearly and it seemed Marie would never come to her senses. The author does a wonderful job drawing readers into the tug-of-war between Keshawn and Marie. This was a refreshing young adult book that captures the true thoughts of youth. This book was a page-turner, entertaining, realistic, and suspenseful at times. I recommend this book to young adults.

This book was provided by the publicist for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews

Author of the Week: Aileen Stewart

1) How did you become a writer?

 Becoming a writer was really a long process for me, but the seeds of writing were planted early in my childhood. In fourth grade my teacher entered my class in a poetry contest where I won an honorable mention. This helped to spark my love of words. I also inherited a love of words from my father who was a freelance author for hunting and fishing magazines and my mother who was a great verbal story teller. For many years I longed to be a published author, but wasn’t quite sure how to go about becoming one.  I wrote poetry and short stories, but nothing really came of them until my daughter was born.  When she was a toddler and we were watching cartoons together, I began to notice that quite a few of them were based on books. The more I saw this, the more I began to think I could write a book entertaining enough to be turned into a cartoon. One day I mentioned this to my husband who looked at me very seriously and said, “Well then, why don’t you?”  It actually took me longer to become published then it did to write my book. It was a journey fraught with many rejections; but a journey I am thrilled to have taken.

2) Where do you find your inspiration to write?

I find inspiration for my writing in everyday life and the things I know. The farm theme in my book Fern Valley is based on my growing up years. One of my best friends during that time lived on a farm. It was a magical place that I loved to visit full of interesting new experiences. The adventures in my book are loosely based on things that my brother and I did while growing up and the characters in my book are loosely based on people I knew.

3) How do you balance being an author, blogger, and public speaker all while being a stay at home mom?

Since I am a stay at home mother, I have slightly more time then those authors that work a full time job outside of the home; but I do stay busy with marketing and volunteering at my daughter’s school and our public library. I reserve my writing time for after my daughter goes to bed. This way, I am not using valuable time that could be spent with her and I have the peace and quiet I need to concentrate on my craft. It also helps that I have a very supportive husband and family. When I need to travel to book events, my family members all pitch in to make sure my daughter is taken care of and doesn’t miss any school. If it weren’t for their support, I don’t think I would manage very well.

4) What are you hoping readers take away from your books?

First and foremost, I hope my readers are entertained. Life is a difficult balance of joys and heartaches and if someone reads my book and is able to find an extra moment of joy to add to their memories I am truly grateful. I also want the readers to go away with positive ideas about fun, family, and friendship which are the basic themes of my book. Children especially need to know that they are capable, that honesty is still the best policy, that being a good friend and being kind to others makes life better, and that working hard for what they achieve brings a satisfaction unlike any other.

5) It seems as though you enjoy cooking. Have you ever thought about writing a cookbook?

It’s funny that you should ask that particular question because I have indeed thought about writing a cook book, although not in the traditional sense. I am currently working on a sequel to Fern Valley that will include recipes at the end of each short story. Cooking and baking are just two of my many hobbies besides writing. I can remember many a moment working with my mom in the kitchen making some tasty desert or helping with dinner. As a mother, I now spend time in the kitchen with my own daughter building good memories that I hope she will carry into her adult life down the road.

6) Is there one type of genre you enjoy writing more so than another? If so, what & why?

I basically only write in the children’s genre because I have never really outgrown my love of great children’s literature; and when reading for my own pleasure, one will generally find me with a children’s books in my hand instead of a more adult book. To me, childhood is a simpler time where the worries and cares of everyday life have yet to take their toll. This genre always takes me back to that simpler, joyful time.     

7) Most writers have a process or method for writing their books. What is yours?

I guess I am the odd duck as far as the writing process goes because I don’t really have any particular method. Unlike many writers, I do not write every single day; but instead write when the mood strikes. Sometimes I will get ideas while doing my everyday chores like taking my daughter to school or shopping. When this happens, I have to wait until I have a free moment and then I write the ideas down on any scrap of paper that I have handy. I have taken to keeping small notebooks in my purse for such occasions.  Sometimes things I have seen or heard will spark and idea. Recently I was listening to a song by one of my favorite Christian artists and it inspired me to write a picture book about Peter called Peter’s Second Chance: A Story of Forgiveness.

8) Where can readers find your books?

Readers can find my book almost anywhere online such as Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Books-A-Million, Parable Christian Books, Powell’s, etc... They can also be found at Tate Publishing’s online bookstore. If customers want an autographed copy, they can stop by my website www.funwithaileen.

9) What is something that you want your readers to know about you?

I'm just your average mom. A gum chewing, bubble blowing, shower singing, flower planting, cookie baking, craft making, photo taking, reading, writing, kind of mom.

10) Are you currently working on any projects and if so, can you give us a sneak

I have my spoon in several pots at the moment. I am trying to find a taker for two Christian picture books, I have finished the sequel to Fern Valley and I am working on the third one that I mentioned before which will include recipes, and I am working on a children’s mystery series for eight to twelve year olds.

11) What is the best advice you can give to an aspiring writer?

The three P’s: Patience, Persistence, and Practice. If you don’t have these three things in abundance, you might as well find some other line of work or hobby! Patience is important because nothing and I mean nothing in the book world happens as quickly as you think it will and long periods of time often pass before you hear back from publishers, agents, and others. Persistence is important because when you do finally hear back the answer is more likely to be we are not interested then anything else. But like I always tell the children I speak with on school visits, never ever give up! And lastly, Practice is important because as a writer you always want to be learning, growing, and becoming the best writer you can be.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

FYI Friday: Series and Sequels Giveaway!

June is Authors & Readers Book Corner Month
Series and Sequels.

This month we will be giving away three gift bags with books that are part of a series or a sequel (additional books are a bonus). To win a bag answer the two questions below and leave your answers in the comment section. Winners will be announced on July 1st!

Good Luck!!!

1. What genre do you like to read in a series?

2. Which book have you read that you wish had a sequel?

*Leave answers in comment section. Winners annouced on July 1st.