Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Spotlight: The Marrying Kind

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Travis Wayne Highgate has been dumped by his wife. Now he's decided that trying to do things the right way got him nowhere, so he's becoming a player. He changes like a chameleon for each of his new relationships. Once the good guy, now he's devious, conniving, sneaky, and underhanded.

Travis is having the time of his life, until his plan is foiled in ways he never expected. He realizes his wife is the one he should have worked to stay with in the first place, as chance encounters with her and his new relationships teach him that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

About The Author

Monique Miller is a native of North Carolina and is a 1994 graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She is a member of the Divine Literary Tour (DLT) a non-profit organization which brings together Black Greek Authors from across the nation for a cross-country tour to promote literacy. Monique's creative writing landed her a placement in the 2003 Black Expressions Book Club's Annual Fiction Writing Contest. Monique's novels include Quiet As It's Kept, Secret Sisterhood, Soul Confessions and Redemption Lake. Currently, Monique resides in Cary, North Carolina with her family. She is working on her next novel. Visit Monique at

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Review: Pirates Revenge

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Pirates Revenge
Douglas Boren
4 Stars

Pirates are such brutal and inconsiderate people and this is true in Pirates Revenge by Douglas Boren. Rafe Alexander leaves England to become part of a pirate crew aboard the Cutlass. After joining the crew, Rafe learns his mother was treated horribly and this does not sit well with him. Rafe’s mind is reeling and thought and visuals of revenge is all he can see. Rafe realizes he will help to carry out his plans so he joins forces with the Black Widow. After joining the Black Widow’s fleet, Rafe comes to terms knowing that to get his revenge will take a lot out of him.
Black Widow has a score to settle with Ramirez the captain of Cutlass. Black Widow plays it smart by joining forces with Rafe seeming they both want vengeance against the same person. In the course of planning and all of the action Rafe and Black Widow become fond of each other. A passion starts, flames are ignited and soon everyone should beware because their deadly combination is much to fear.
I have not been a fan of pirate theme storylines but Pirates Revenge, took me by surprise. This book was an action packed thriller and full of adventure. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the era and keeping the reader interested. This was a relatable book that encourages the reader to visualize that action as it is happening. I recommend Pirates Revenge to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: The Guilt Trip

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The Guilt Trip
Pat Simmons
4 Stars

Aaron “Ace” Jamieson is determined to keep living a carefree life. Aaron is determined that no woman will tie him down. Aaron has a weakness for women but he throws them away at the first mention of pregnancy because he is scared of being like his father, a deadbeat. In The Guilt Trip by Pat Simmons, Aaron will be forced to go through different changes all due to one woman.
Talise Rogers is a hardworking woman trying to reach her goals. Talise meets Aaron and their chemistry is so strong that both are beside themselves. Talise believes in commitment and compromise. When Talise informs Aaron that she is expecting their child, Aaron bolts leaving a confused Talise in his wake. Talise decides that she will be a single parent refusing to talk to Aaron. Will Talise learn to forgive?
The Guilt Trip is about understanding the meaning of family and learning to forgive. The power of prayer and family support can change a person’s life. The main character’s revelation that every woman is not out to trap him and the realization that he is not his father was touching. The author does a wonderful job including powerful messages within her writing. I look forward to more from this series.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Unresolved Issues Virtual Tour with Wanda B. Campbell

About the Author
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 believes there is nothing too hard for God and through His love and power; He can heal you in EVERY area you hurt. Wanda believes with God’s help our darkest time can become our brightest moments. Her primary mission is to encourage everyone to experience the unfailing love of Christ. Wanda is not limited by race, age, sex, denomination or organization; believing the liberation that comes from Christ is free to all.

Wanda B. Campbell’s literary achievements include: Mommy’s Present, a short story appearing in the anthology The Midnight Clear, November 2006, First Sunday in October, January 2007, Crusin for Christ I Short Story Contest winner with Illusions, which landed a multi-book deal with Urban Christian. Illusions, the novel, February 2009,Right Package, Wrong Baggage, August 2010, and Silver Lining, August 2011. Her fourth novel, Unresolved Issues, is scheduled for release August 2012.

Wanda is a two-time winner of the Urban Reviews Top Shelf Book Award, two-time winner of Coffee Time Romance’s Critical Review Award, and a three-time Black Expressions Book Club Bestselling Author. She has appeared on the BCNN1/BCBC National Bestselling List multiple times and was nominated at the 2011 African American Literary Awards Show in the Christian Fiction category.

Wanda is a mother of three and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty-two years and two sons and enjoys spending time with her grandson.

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Wanda: I began writing on a dare I made with myself. On December 13, 2005, I picked up a yellow writing pad and challenged myself to write the story that had been playing out in my head for years. The finished product was my first novel, First Sunday in October.

A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
Wanda: My characters are inspired by my experiences and people I see and meet every day. The commuter train is a great place to write and observe people.

A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Wanda: I want readers to understand that marriage is more than just a passing thought or the “in” thing to do. Secrets cause wounds and can destroy individuals.  Open and honest communication is the key to any relationship.

A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Wanda: I’ve pretty much covered most controversial topics from pornography to homosexuality.

A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
Wanda: For the most part, the process is all in my head. Once I formulate the plot I begin writing and allow the characters to dictate the journey.

A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
Wanda: I love Romance and Christian Fiction.

A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
Wanda: I love to read. Books are my one true addiction. When I’m not working on a manuscript, I read every day.

A&RBC: What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
Wanda: I am a shy and simple girl. 

A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Wanda: I would be honored to interview Gwynne Forster. I love her writing style and strong characterization. Her persona depicts class.

A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
Wanda: Currently, I am working on two projects. Liberation, the prequel to Unresolved Issues is in the early publication stage. In May 2013, the sequel to Silver Lining, Doin’ Me is scheduled for release.

About The Book

Stacelyn thought her life was complete the day she married Dr. Derrick Garrison. The fairytale life she envisioned quickly vanishes, however, when Derrick’s late nights and unexplained absences cause her to question his motives for marrying her. As secrets from the past and emotional wounds are revealed, Stacelyn discovers the hard way that it takes more than love to build a marriage.

Alone and bitter after Derrick’s sudden departure, Stacelyn is forced to face hard truths about the man she married. In the process, she discovers her own unresolved issues.

Will the revelations drive her to her knees, or send her seeking comfort from the enemy?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review: Against The Gates of Hell

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Against The Gates of Hell
Mylow Young
4 Stars
The relationship between twins is interesting because some can be so different. The twins in Against The Gates of Hell by Mylow Young are like night and day. Kerby and Herby Wilson are brothers struggling with different issues. One is a police officer and the other a functioning addict. Their differences keep them at odds with each other with no chance of a brotherly bond.
Herby is a man trying to live a Christian life. Herby has resentment because of losing his partner as well as losing his brother to drugs. Herby has tried everything to help his brother and when it goes without reasoning, Herby decides to shut his brother out. Ruth, Herby’s wife will not hear of it because the God she serves won’t allow her family to be destroyed. Will Ruth’s faith help heal her husband’s heart?
Kerby’s pride has led him down a desperate path and one he can’t seem to get off. Kerby struggles with his faith and the fact that he needs help. Kerby isolates his self from those who love him. Kerby doesn’t realize he won’t be able to sustain especially when the monkey on his back is getting closer to doing him in. Kerby ends up robbing the wrong dealer, which puts him in a fight for his life.
Against the Gates of Hell is about the internal and external struggles of two men needing to restore their relationship with God. This story truly gives readers a glimpse of the power that drug addiction has over a person. I applaud the author for sharing his story in a creative way. The book was engaging, suspenseful and also frustrating at times. I recommend this book to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review: Redeye

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B. Danielle Watkins
3.5 Stars
Four years has passed since the break-up of Danielle and Lance. The couple’s wedding day was ruined by those they believe loved them. In the sequel Redeye by B. Danielle Watkins, readers find Danielle in Los Angeles trying to move on with her life. Lance has stayed in North Carolina trying to pick up the pieces of what he believed his life was supposed to be.
Danielle decides to leave her hometown and lands in Los Angeles after finding two unique roommates. Danielle meets Hendrix and everything seems to be going well until Danielle starts having dreams about her ex-boyfriend, which sparks feelings she had buried. Will Danielle hinder her current relationship?
Lance has moved on and is engaged to be married to Cael. Lance tries to forget the past to eliminate hurting his future. When Lance comes face to face with his past, Lance realizes he is not as strong as he thought.
Redeye is about choices and not making the same mistakes twice. The main characters must deal with their past in order to see if their meant to be together. This sequel is an important from the first book in this series. It was entertaining and had me anticipating the outcome of these characters. I look forward to the final book.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Crossing The Tracks Virtual Book Tour with Dolphus Weary

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Dolphus Weary knows from personal experience just how harmful racial division can be. Growing up in rural Mississippi, he learned that if poverty, hunger, and disease didn't kill him, racism, bigotry, or the Klan just might. So when a college basketball scholarship gave him the opportunity to get away from the broken, racially divided city of Mendenhall, he jumped at the chance. But he couldn't outrun racism. Eventually God called him back to his hometown--to the city where the railroad tracks not only separate economic classes but also represent a divide in the church. Believing that prejudice is ultimately a spiritual issue, Weary went back to Mississippi and worked to break down racial divides and promote productive dialogue, greater understanding, and ultimately racial reconciliation. The founder and part-time president of R.E.A.L. (Rural Education and Leadership) Christian Foundation, Weary helps ministries and communities realize that a "kingdom mentality" is possible only when we stop limiting God's work to a denomination or racial group.

About The Author
Dolphus Weary (D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary) became one of the first black students ever to graduate from the all-white Los Angeles Baptist College. In 1971, he received a Masters of Religious Education Degree from Los Angeles Baptist Seminary and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He returned to Mississippi to work with Mendenhall Ministries, devoting his time to developing his impoverished Christian community. His autobiography I Ain't Comin' Back details these early years. Now an ordained minister, Dr. Weary serves part time as the president of R.E.A.L. Christian Foundation and part time as the major fundraiser for Mission Mississippi. He and his wife, Rosie, live in Jackson.
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