2013 Book Reviews

Conversations of a Watchman

K. E. Allen

4 Stars

K.E. Allen shares a helpful handbook of prayers in Conversations of a Watchman. This 3-sectioned book takes readers through three watches of prayers to help build a spiritual relationship with God. The author provides an array of prayers that will meet readers wherever they are in their life’s purpose.
K. E. Allen announces three watches in the book that include exercises to give readers a better understanding of why prayer is important. These three watches will also help readers learn the value in their prayers and that God hears and sees everything. He knows what you need before you kneel to pray.
K. E. Allen has provided a tool for teaching, inspiring, guiding and a devotional for everyone. After reading Conversations of a Watchman, readers will have a sense of peace and comfort. This book reassures that everything is going to be alright because God never leaves his children to face anything alone. I recommend this book to others.
Conversations of a Watchman was provided by the author for review purposes.

Dripping Chocolate

Keith Thomas Walker

Publication Date: November 6, 2012

4 Logos= Great Page Turner

Nicole's choices in men has gotten her into trouble in Dripping Chocolate by Keith Thomas Walker. Nicole's boyfriend Byron can't take no for an answer. Nicole understands that ending their relationship was the best thing she could have done, but Bryon is not taking the break up well. After her ordeal with Byron, Nicole has given up on finding love until her friends throw her a birthday party at a strip club.

Charles has recently gotten out of jail after doing a four year bid and he is determined to change his ways. Charles takes a job at a local strip club to make ends meet and on his first night dances for a woman he can't stop thinking about. After running into Nicole at a store, Charles recognizes the attraction between the two of them and decides to act on it. Charles is happy that Nicole feels the same way and the two start dating. Charles has baggage but so does Nicole. However, Charles believes they can make the relationship work.

Nicole's friends start fussing with her about dating a stripper and this soon stumbles into Nicole's relationship. Having thought it would not be a problem in the beginning has started to bug Nicole as their relationship progresses. On the other hand, Nicole's ex-boyfriends also starts to cause the couple problems. Will Nicole and Charles be able to work through their obstacles?

This author seems to amaze me with every book that he writes. Dripping Chocolate was not only a love story but also a suspense thriller. The twists in the story caught me by surprise but also made me want to find out what the characters would do next. The author created some colorful characters that go through everyday problems but bring life to the storyline that will capture readers attention until the end. I definitely recommend Dripping Chocolate to others.

Dripping Chocolate was provided by the author for review purposes.

Playing Dirty Mind Games

Playing Dirty Mind Games

Louise Payne

Publication Date: February 8, 2012

3 Logos= Fair Page Turner

Sydney Henderson is dealing with a warped sense of reality in Playing Dirty Mind Games by Louise Payne. Sydney has a personality disorder that landed her in a mental health clinic. After being released, Sydney's personalities are fighting to take over her life. Sydney is having a hard time controlling them and soon turns to destructive behavior.

Sydney's sister, Naomi has tried to help Sydney the best way she knows how and that is giving her a place to stay. Naomi is pregnant and does not want Sydney's mental condition to affect her life with her man, Judas. Judas is trying to make his mark in the drug game but his love for women seems to keep getting in the way. Naomi does not agree with his choice of profession, which becomes a problem in their relationship. Will Naomi and Judas keep it together? Will Sydney be able to stand on her own?

The mind can play tricks on you and this was not evident in Playing Dirty Mind Games. This was an interesting book to read, but I wanted to know more about Sydney. This character's disorder was not present enough in the storyline for me. The transitions in the story confused me at times and this made it hard to relate to the characters. I believe with professional editing this could be a good book.

Playing Dirty Mind Games was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

The Face Within

SJ Blenman

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

3 Logos= Fair Page Turner

A chance meeting changes the lives of two individuals in The Face Within by SJ Blenman. Dean Richards was getting off work when he comes across a domestic argument between a couple. Dean helps the woman by breaking up the situation and then escorting the woman home. Dean's Good Samaritan act lands him in bed sheets and thinking about the woman and if she would be worth his efforts.

Clarissa Morgan is once again in an argument with her boyfriend Lewis. The argument gets out of hand causing a man to stop and help Clarissa. The instant attraction turns Clarissa on and she can't help herself. Dean becomes a fixture in Clarissa life but she doesn't share a lot about her personal life with him. Clarissa is living a secret life and once revealed will Dean still hang around?

The Face Within is a suspenseful thriller that connects two strangers in an unsuspected event. The main character is mysterious but also spontaneous, which gives the story its thrill factor especially once readers find out her true profession. This book had a slow start but once it picked up kept my interest until the end. On the other hand, the book did have some grammatical errors that did not take away from the storyline. I do recommend The Face Within to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

The Traveler: No Turning Back

Omar Tyree

Publication Date: Unknown

5 Logos= None Stop Page Turner

Gary Stevens is a womanizing business owner in The Traveler: No Turning Back by Omar Tyree. Gary is the carefree owner of Psychedelic Records. He has not had to worry about anything due to his doting mother. Gary's mother, Gabrielle is on her way to pay him a visit with important news, when she is involved in a car wreck. After learning about the accident, Gary is visited by Jonah Brown, an associate of his absent father, who tells him of a proposition his father is offering. Gary is confused and cannot understand why his father chooses now to come around.

Gary's answer to getting over the tragedy of his mother and the sudden appearance of his father is to travel. He enlists his friend, Taylor Hutchinson to come along as they venture off to Colombia. This vacation takes a tragic turn and both Gary and Taylor will never be the same.

No Turning Back is about family, decisions and revenge. The author does a wonderful job creating a story that will capture readers with the first chapter. This is a suspenseful but mysterious tale that leaves the reader hanging anticipating the main characters next move. I cannot wait until the next book in this series is available. I definitely recommend The Traveler: No Turning Back to others.

This uncorrected proof of The Traveler: No Turning Back was provided by the author for review purposes.

Shenette Jones
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
4 Logos=Great Page Turner
What happens when a woman is fed up? Ask Minister Stephanie Hall in Uncovered by Shenette Jones. Stephanie Hall has had enough. She is tired of her husband not taking care of her needs. She has tried everything to get her husband’s attention without any success. Stephanie decides she is not going to try anymore and turns to an outside source to listen to her complaints. Stephanie soon realizes that what goes on behind closed doors should stay there especially if it can be used against you.
Markus Hall is a talented musician and dedicated employee. When it comes to his home life, Markus has communication problems. Markus is holding on to the pain he suffered when he was younger not realizing that it is causing problems in his marriage. Markus avoids the problems with his wife by putting all his time and energy into his work. When Markus does discovery that he needs to get over his issues, it is too late. When his wife decides she has had enough, will Markus finally open his eyes?
Uncovered was about forgiveness. The author did a wonderful job creating a story that will capture reader’s attention from beginning to end. This was an entertaining book with well-developed characters that readers will relate to. The Devil is always busy and it was evident in Uncovered. I recommend this book to others.
Uncovered was provided by the author for review purposes.

Be Still & Know
Cassietta Jefferson
Production Date: July 9, 2012
4 Logos: Great Page Turner
Kai Bennett a technician at a beauty shop has to deal with being judged in Be Still & Know by Cassietta Jefferson. Kai has avoided relationships due to issues from her past. She believes she doesn’t deserve love. Kai lets her past haunt her until she meets Alvin Reigns. Kai’s problems soon take a backseat as Alvin teaches her to live, love and laugh again. Will Kai be able to return the favor?
Alvin Reigns has taken enough chances with love and his heart can’t take anymore. Alvin had given up until he meets Kai Bennett. Alex and Kai grow closer as he shares his spiritual guidance with Kai. When Alvin’s sister, Alex, starts snooping in Kai’s background, will it tear Alvin and Kai apart?
The storyline and characters go hand-in-hand with its title, Be Still & Know. The blessings that come from Alvin and Kai meeting will capture the reader’s heart. The author does a wonderful job sharing characters that readers can relate to especially Alvin’s noisy sister. I enjoyed reading this book of love and change. I recommend Be Still & Know to others.
Be Still & Know was provided by the author for review purposes.

Unmarked Grave
Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
4 Logos: Great Page Turner

Ardis Cole is at it again in this new adventure, Unmarked Grave by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton. In this new mystery, Ardis heads to Scotland to help a friend. Bruce McBrier has uncovered a skull in his backyard and wants Ardis to help him reconstruct it. This relic has distinctive features and Bruce believes its historical background could be of an ancestral battle.
Ardis is on the job and soon finds out the skull Bruce has discovered is of a recently murdered victim. The more Ardis and Bruce dig into this mystery it becomes clear that someone wants the identity of the skull to stay hidden. Will Ardis find out who is behind the mystery before it is too late?
Unmarked Grave takes readers on a journey of family secrets. The twists in the story were unsuspected and shocked me once I discovered the culprit’s identity. I enjoyed this story because of its mysterious nature and also because I couldn’t figure it out until the very end. It kept my attention and I enjoyed the characters. I recommend Unmarked Grave to others.
This book was provided by the authors for review purposes.

The Unlikely Remnant
Tracey Michae'l Lewis
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
5 Logos=None Stop Page Turner
Mother Faye Duncan, Chad Donahue, Rosa Johnson-Vasquez and Bishop Michael “Jeremiah” Hampton have one thing in common they were left behind in The Unlikely Remnant by Tracey Michae’l Lewis. A mother of the church, a radio talk host, a teacher and a bishop find refugee in a church after the rapture. All four individuals are from different backgrounds and each one does not understand why God didn’t take them.
All four individuals soon realize that they will have to come to grips with their wrongs in order to try and find out why they are still here. Mother Faye has been barren and it has ruined her marriages, Chris made a mistake when he was a child that has caused great pain, Rosa is suffering with what lies within her mind and causes her to take unhealthy actions and Bishop Jeremiah has hidden secrets that cause him to commit acts that should stay hidden. Will each individual correct their wrongs before God comes back? Or will they give in and join the other side?
The Unlikely Remnant is a reminder that we are not in control. When problems arise and there are issues we cannot handle turning them over to Him is the best thing to do. Having faith in God will help any transition become a smooth one. This was a powerful story that had me hooked from page one.  The author does a wonderful job creating a story that will have readers emotionally invested. The characters are well-developed, the storyline is strong and the ending is shocking. I recommend The Unlikely Remnant to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Reasons For Hatred
J. E. Thomas
Publication Date: October 24, 2012
4 Stars=Great Page Turner
Friends are reunited in Reasons For Hatred by J. E. Thomas. Sylvia and Hadassah are best friends who do everything together. When Hadassah’s family moves away, separating the girls they are devastated. Sylvia and Hadassah try to stay in touch but as time goes on their contact with each dwindles.
Sylvia meets Brooklyn who happens to be friends with Hadassah and after thirty-two years, Sylvia and Hadassah are reunited through a phone call. The two decide to take a cruise to make up for lost time. Hadassah shares the horrific details of her life. The friends continue to catch up on old times, new events in their lives and how they were not going to let past issues take over their lives. Both ladies did not know what to expect but after spending time together realized their friendship was still present.
Reasons For Hatred tells true accounts of a Hadassah’s terrifying childhood that led her to forgive her abuser and move on with her life. A person’s pain can be turned into a positive to help others going through the same situation. This was a touching story and I applaud the author for sharing such intimate and emotional details.  I recommend Reasons For Hatred to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Dream Girl Awakened
Stacy Campbell
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
5 Stars=None Stop Page Turner
Aruba Dixon, Victoria Faulk and Tawatha Gipson are three women in three different relationships whose worlds collide in Dream Girl Awakened by Stacy Campbell. Aruba Dixon is fed up with her unemployed husband James. She is ready to trade him in and Aruba has just the right candidate.
 Tawatha Gipson is ready to settle down and find a father for her four children. Tawatha has not had much luck until she meets James Dixon. James is everything she is looking for in a man and potential husband. Tawatha does not even feel bad that he is married. In her mind once James divorces his wife, he will be all hers.
Victoria Faulk is a shop-a-holic who loves the good life but does not want to put work in to keep it. Victoria has a bad attitude and has no desire to keep her husband happy. It is said that what you won’t do another one will. Will Victoria’s nonchalant ways catch up to her?
Dream Girl Awakened is a great example of the grass not being greener on the other side. It is also about being careful of whom you call friend. This book was a wonderful debut novel full of drama, mischief and backstabbing. It was entertaining, had some suspense and a little mystery to round it off. The characters were well-written and I could relate to them all, especially Aruba even though I would not stoop to her level. The twists and turns were just right and had me continuing to turn the pages. Great job, Stacy Campbell! I cannot wait to read her next book.
This book was provided by the authors for review purposes.

Let Me Pimp or Let Me Die
Caujuan Mayo
Publication Date: November 7, 2012
4 Stars=Great Page Turner

All pimps have their day in Let Me Pimp or Let Me Die by Caujuan Mayo. Ricky Walters is a security officer in San Diego trying to come into his own. While getting his car customized Ricky meets Trust, a well-known pimp. Trust sees that Ricky is interesting in the game so he teaches Ricky everything he needs to know about becoming a pimp.
After his Pimp 101 training course is complete, Ricky decides to put the knowledge into action. After some smooth talking Ricky turns out a young Asian girl named Yuki, who becomes his main girl. Ricky then adds to his new found family and soon becomes Jackpot, the pimp with a master plan. Jackpot is handling his pimp game very well and soon starts attracting trouble. When the competition starts getting wind of his good living enemies come from everywhere. Jackpot soon finds out that running a pimping business is something you cannot take lightly.
Let Me Pimp or Let Me Die is about manipulation. I appreciate the author’s ability to share with readers the full circle of a pimp’s life. This book took me by surprise and kept me interested until the end. The main character is a sales man convincing women to become his property. I enjoyed this book because it was edgy, had drama and expressed the length people will go for money. I recommend this book to those wanting a glimpse of the pimp game.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Spiritual GPS God Promised Solutions

Apostle Oliver T. Reid

Publication Date: January 2, 2013

4 Stars= Great Page Turner


Apostle Oliver T. Reid provides readers a road map in Spiritual GPS God Promised Solutions. This journal helps guide readers with quotes and questions to overcome the obstacles in their life. When you are on the path God has placed you on then everything works according to His plan for your life. We often try to take detours that keeps us from getting back on track. This book was written to help readers stay on their path or to get back on it.
Apostle Oliver T. Reid has included a 31 day map, which has three routes. The routes instruct you on the exit you are to take on your journey. The quotes given lead the reader to answer the questions as daily journal entries. My favorite quote is Route 2 day 1 Exit 1 and what I gained from this day is to stop embracing who I am and embrace who God has created me to be than no one can stop me, my growth or what God has planned for me.
Spiritual GPS God Promised Solutions is a book of encouragement, empowerment and motivation to live the life God has planned for you. This book is an inspirational road map that will help those seeking guidance. This book is intended for those who are willing to follow the routes, days and take the exits along with filling in the questions.
This book was provided for review purposes.
Grandma, How Do You Know God Is Real?
Lorita Kelsey Childress
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
5 Stars=None Stop Page Turner

Kendra is a young girl who loves spending time with her grandparents in Grandma, How Do You Know God Is Real? by Lorita Childress. One morning Kendra asks her grandmother a question about God. Kendra explains to her grandmother that since going to church, listening to the singing and hearing the pastor preaching she has wondered how her grandparents know that God is real.
While eating breakfast Kendra’s grandmother explains the different ways to acknowledge that God is real. Kendra has an inquisitive mind so her grandmother takes her to the park to explain more about God authenticity. My favorite part of this story is when Kendra tells her grandmother how she knows that God is real. This book shares the beautiful relationship between a grandchild and her grandmother. The explanations given to Kendra are a representation of God’s love for His children.
Grandma, How Do You Know God Is Real? is full of wisdom, inspiration and love. I recommend this book to all families.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Wanda B. Campbell
Publication Date: December 21, 2012
4 Stars=Great Page Turner
We do not have the liberty to choose our family members, but Shannon Yates wish she did in Liberation by Wanda B. Campbell. Shannon has lived with the constant mistreatment from her family members. The family has convinced Shannon that she will never find love because of her dark skin. Shannon has given up until she meets Marcus, a musician that comes into the church where she works. Marcus stirs feelings in Shannon that she cannot explain and that scares her to death.
When Marcus meets Shannon, he is overwhelmed with her beauty and shy behavior. Marcus approach is aggressive and it sends Shannon running the other way. As Shannon starts to come around and the two start dating, Marcus notices changes in Shannon that has him concern. The emotional distress Shannon’s family has placed her is hindering her growth in her relationship with Marcus. Will Marcus continue to be patient? Or will Shannon let her past issues rule her future?
Liberation is a story of love, blessings and faith. The author does a wonderful job sharing the development of the relationship between Marcus and Shannon. I believe readers will be able to relate to the emotions the main character experiences and the feelings of being unwanted. God has chosen a mate for every one and this proves true in Liberation. I recommend Liberation to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Miss Scandalous
Nicole Dunlap
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
4 Stars=Great Page Turner

In this new installment in the Shaw series, Miss Scandalous by Nicole Dunlap, readers are re-introduced to Raven Shaw, now a single-mother trying to forget her past. Raven has been through a lot especially finding out the man she loved was her half-brother, Jon. Who can get over that news? Raven moves to Dallas to start over and is doing well until she finds out that Jon Dubois is currently living in the same city. Raven believes she has gotten over losing Jon and the love she never received from her mother. When everything starts taking its toll on Raven, she can only see revenge and decides she will get it by any means necessary.
Jon Dubois still loves his half-sister, Raven and moving away has done nothing but make him want her more. When he finds out Raven kept the child they conceived he wants to be a part of their lives rather Raven accepts him or not. As time goes by Jon’s grandmother pays him a visit, which provides information that will change Raven and Jon’s life. Will she accept the news he has to share?
Charlene has tried everything to make up with her daughter, Raven. Charlene wants a relationship with her eldest daughter but Raven still keeps her at a distance. Raven wants Charlene to feel the pain she has felt all her life and what better place to hit her mother where it hurts then at her wedding. Charlene realizes that her past indiscretions have come back to bite her and even so she is determined to not give up on acquiring Raven’s love.
Miss Scandalous is about family, secrets and revenge. The main character allows her anger and need for revenge to take over, which hinders the love that everyone around tries to give. The author does a wonderful job allowing readers to see the progression in Raven’s behavior. She is not the innocent girl from Miss Nobody, but now a mischievous adult wanting revenge in Miss Scandalous. I appreciated the drama, the emotional rollercoaster and the acts of revenge that made the story come to life. I recommend this book to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Lost  Ones
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
3 Stars= Fair Page Turner

In Lost Ones by Zenobia readers are introduced to the Reid family, a family with secrets and bad habits. Katherine Reid has been putting up with her husband, Dexter’s infidelity for far too long. When Katherine learns of another one of his hidden secrets, she realizes it is time for her to starting thinking about herself and she knows just what to do. Dexter Reid knows he has dealt his wife an awful hand and Katherine deserves the truth. Dexter is just not sure if his wife will be able to handle the truth. I guess there is only one way to find out.
Dexter and Katherine’s daughters, Sasha and Taylor, are moving onto the college life. These twin sisters are like night and day. Taylor is pursuing a career in the medical field while maintaining her good girl status with her father. Taylor is not all that innocent and is easily persuaded. Sasha on the other hand, is the naughty twin who convinces her parents to send her to fashion school in New York. Sasha believes she is going to take the big apple by storm but is in for a big surprise. When Sasha starts looking for love, will she find it in the right place? Sasha’s track record is not looking so good. Will Sasha be able to change her ways?
Lost Ones is about a dysfunctional family. This book had drama, secrets and backstabbing that will keep readers attention. However, there were too many points of view, which made the transitions in the story confusing. I also felt some of the subplots could stand alone. Don’t get me wrong the characters were interesting and readers will be able to relate to them. I just wanted the story to focus more on Dexter, Katherine and their children. I would have liked to see Katherine’s sisters have their own book. I do recommend Lost Ones to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Get You Good
Rhonda Bowen
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
4 Stars=Great Page Turner
What would you do for your family? Sydney has to decide in Get You Good by Rhonda Bowen. Sydney runs the family pastry business, Decadent with her sister Lissandra. Sydney has always put family and the business first and her strong work ethics has made Decadent one of the most popular spots for tasty treats.
When Sydney’s brother, Dean returns home with his pregnant fiancée, Sheree, the dynamics of the family take a drastic change. Dean informs Sydney the business she loves will be sold. Sydney offers to buy the store but is underhanded by the competition, “Something Sweet.” Sydney has a funny feeling that something is not right and plans to find out her brother and his wife’s intentions.
Sydney’s investigative skills are in high gear when an unsuspected tragedy hits the family. Sydney discovers that the man she loves is the half-brother of the woman causing her family pain. Sydney soon has to ask her sisters to step out of character and help her protect their family as well as the history their father started when he opened Decadent.
Get You Good is about preserving a legacy and stopping those trying to destroy it. This was an exciting book with drama, suspense, romance and an unsuspected ending. I enjoyed the characters. The acts these sisters go through to take care of their own was unbelievable. I recommend Get You Good to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

When Memories Fade
Tyora Moody
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
5 Stars=None Stop Page Turner
Angel Roberts longs for memories of her mother in When Memories Fade by Tyora Moody. Angel has lived her life with faith and is now determined to investigate the disappearance of her mother. The investigation keeps her mind off being betrayed by her ex-boyfriend.
Angel decides to partner with a reporter who is working a similar case. Angel is always on guard but after meeting Wes Cade, she starts to feel comfortable. In the process of learning about what happened to her mother, Angel must learn to deal with her fears. Will Angel discover the truth?
Wes Cade is an investigative reporter trying to catch his next big story. Wes had a hard time working and helping his mother take care of his grandfather, who suffers from Alzheimer. When Wes teams up with Angel Roberts to investigate her mother’s disappearance, Wes believes it related to the story he is working on. The more Wes and Angel dig into both her mother’s and the missing singer’s disappearances, the more dangerous the investigation gets. Will Wes and Angel finally uncover the mystery? Or realize they have gotten in over their head.
When Memories Fade is about a daughters determination to solve her mother’s cold case. This book has a Christian mystery feel to it with a small hint of drama and romance. The suspense will keep readers on their toes. The characters were well developed, which made the storyline flow consistently. The twists and turns were unsuspected, which made me want to continue reading to find out what would happen next. I definitely recommend When Memories Fade to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Kingdom Principles

Stewart Perrilliat

Publication Date: December 21, 2012

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Change is a beautiful thing starting something new should be a part of everyday life. What can a person do to overcome obstacles? Who do they seek to take away the pain? Kingdom Principles For Everyday Living by Stewart Perrilliat has the answers. This 40 day devotional will guide, encourage, empower and help readers transform his or her life.
Readers will take a journey that will help them understand what is asked of them to change for the better. This devotional will test you with thought-provoking questions but will provide resources within scripture. It is a devotional that requires full commitment. In doing so readers will be surprised of the baggage, stress and doubt that will fall off their shoulders. A feeling of enlightenment will take over and a renewed person will appear.
Kingdom Principles For Everyday Living had me really thinking about issues that I did not realize where present. You learn a lot about yourself when you are in silence with scripture. I recommend this book to those who want to see a change happen in their life.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Change Beyond The Pain

Monifa Robinson Groover

Publication Date: January 30, 2012

5 Stars= None Stop Page Turner

Change Beyond The Pain by Monifa Robinson Groover was written for those seeking guidance, change and new beginnings. This eight-chaptered book of transformation will have readers re-evaluating their lives. This book is a guide to having a closer relationship to God.
Each chapter is a source of inspiration that will hit home with each reader. My favorite chapters were three, four and six. Chapter three explains how to be patient and wait on Him. He may not come when you want him but He always shows up right on time. Chapter four explains that everything is not about you and that we need to learn our place. Being selfish hinders the blessings He has for you. Chapter six explains about faith and believing that God knows what is best for you. Having faith will allow you to accept God’s plan for your life.
Change Beyond The Pain has been one of the best inspirational and self-help books I have read in a while. The author does a wonderful combining scripture with lessons that are thought provoking and therapeutic. In reading this book readers will feel the anointing and want to experience transformation in their lives.  I definitely recommend Change Beyond The Pain to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

A Social Affair

Pat Tucker & Earl Sewell

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

4 Stars = Great Page Turner

The World Wide Web poises problems in A Social Affair by Pat Tucker and Earl Sewell. Codi Norman is a thirty-two year old woman who is bored with her marriage. Codi is fed up with her husband and his “always in your business” mother. When Codi’s best friend, Katina asks her to join in on an online business venture, Codi jumps at the chance.
Quinn Hamilton is a married man looking for a change from his nagging wife. When Quinn's cousin Calvin, asks him to accompany him on a date with some lovely ladies, Quinn is all in. Quinn and Calvin meet Codi and Katina under assumed names from their online site. After spending time with the ladies, Quinn decides to continue his affair with Codi whom he believes is Candi. When secrets are revealed, will Quinn and Codi be able to handle the consequences?
A Social Affair was about deception by means of the internet. The authors do a wonderful job including the element of suspense of Codi and Quinn wiggling their way out of the fire. A Social Affair lets readers know that playing with people’s emotions can go too far. This was an entertaining book that had a little drama, suspense and made me laugh at times. I recommend this book to others.
This book was provided by the authors for review purpose.

Perfect Circle

Alvin Horn

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

4 Stars= Great Page Turner

In Perfect Circle by Alvin Horn readers are introduced to two friends Ayman and Sterlin both trying to find women who complete them. Ayman Sparks tries to get over the end of his marriage to wife, Vanessa. Ayman’s therapy is coaching his basketball team at East Seattle City University. Ayman is out at the movies with friends when he meets Vanita. After meeting Vanita, Ayman decides that he may need to give love another try.
Vanita is a single mother trying to live her life through Christ. Vanita has baggage in her life that has caused her to not be able to find love. When Vanita meets Ayman she feels God has given her another chance. However, when things do not go Vanita’s way the real Vanita surfaces.
Sterlin Baylor, assistant coach and best friend to Ayman has been known to be a ladies’ man. Sterlin is dealing with some past issues and cannot seem to fully commit to one woman. He feels women don’t understand him until he meets Lois Mae. Lois Mae helps Sterlin when he is sick and a friendship between the two starts, which leads to them being attracted to one another. Will Sterlin give into his desires and give this relationship a try? Or will he run?
Lois Mae has all but given up on dating because she always picks the wrong men. When she meets Sterlin Baylor and helps him in his time of need, Lois Mae feels that her time for love is now. Lois Mae’s crush is coming true and she does not want to let anything interfere with the bond they have established with each other.
Perfect Circle is about four friends trying to find consistency in their lives that fit what they are about. Love is hard and finding true love seems to be impossible. Ayman truly wants to find a woman who completes him whereas; Sterlin wants to find a woman he can trust completely without getting hurt. Vanita wants to be understood and loved whereas, Lois Mae wants to find the man who wants to be partners in the love that they share. These four friends go through some changes in their lives that will have them making hard decisions while trying to stay out of danger and not ruin their reputation.
This was an entertaining book that had well-developed characters that readers will relate to. This book had a strong storyline that had me anticipating what would happen next. Perfect Circle touches on a little of drama, suspense and romance that will keep readers attention until the end. I recommend Perfect Circle to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Heiress To The Throne

Lady K

Publication Date: March 21, 2012

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

In Heiress To The Throne by Lady K, readers are introduced to Lync Chaney, business owner in training. Lync’s father has been teaching her everything about his drug business against her mother’s wishes. Lync’s mother finds out and moves away to stay clear of any drama. Lync’s father, Big D makes sure his daughter is covered by sending Lync’s childhood friend, Quan, with her for protection. After an incident takes place Quan and Lync must lay low. In this time their feelings for each other grow to another level until Lync finds out that Quan may have known about the death of her best friend.
Lync decides to attend college and finds that it is a good place to set up shop, especially since her roommate is all in. After a short time, Lync has to come home when things get out of control and lands Quan in the hospital fighting for his life. Lync loves Quan and is by his side. While there she has an altercation with his mother that has Lync questioning her father. When the truth is revealed it causes major damage in Lync and Quan’s relationship. Lync now wants revenge and doesn’t want anyone getting in her way. After her father’s murder Lync is next in line to take over her father’s business and learns that there are more skeletons in the closest. Will Lync decide to take over? Or will she ignore her call in becoming the Heiress To The Throne?
Heiress To The Throne is about a daughter learning to become the thug her father trained to her to be. The author does a wonderful job in portraying the roles in the drug game while still having developed characters that readers will be able to relate to. In the drug game realizing that you are very much touchable is the best way to stay alive and these characters learn this the hard way. I liked the progression of the main character that is to step into her father’s shoes without realizing that she was also stepping into the dangers her father was in to. This book had drama, secrets, betrayal and was entertaining. I recommend Heiress To The Throne to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

What Hatred Breeds
Kimberley Jasper
Publication Date: January 18, 2013
5 Stars=Great Page Turner

Louisiana is known for its priestess and voodoo and both show up in What Hatred Breeds by Kimberley Jasper. The Metoyer family is a prominent family some members have the gift. Stella Moreau is a descendant of this family but her gift comes from a powerful dark realm. Stella is a determined woman that is on a mission to destroy lives especially those of Julian and Kayla. Stella wants her son to marry a daughter of a prominent family instead of his choice which is Kayla. It seems everything that Stella tries does not break Julian away from Kayla but makes them stronger. Stella gets desperate and soon sells herself to a darker power to get what she wants. Unbeknownst to Stella, she may have done business with the wrong entity.
Julian and Kayla are newlyweds that are very much in love spite all the obstacles in their way. After the loss of their twins, they have a son JD. When strange things start happening to their family, Julian and Kayla soon realize Stella’s terror is not over. Stella is not aware that Kayla has the gift as well from a power higher than Stella can imagine. The history between the two families goes way back and Stella will have to face the fact that Kayla won’t go down without a fight.
What Hatred Breeds was a page turning book of suspense, excitement and even terror at times. This was a well researched book that fully expressed the fight between good and evil. The emotional stress and spiritual struggle these characters went through will have readers wanting to destroy Stella as much as I did. I applaud this author for sharing a topic that many shy away from but are interested in knowing about. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

The Ace of Diamond


Publication Date: February 11, 2013

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

The Santiago drama is back in The Ace of Diamonds by Vogue. In this third installment, Jay has been released from prison and is back rebuilding is empire with Malik. Jay has decided that he wants to change business ventures and get out of the drug game. He approaches an old friend who he believes will be able to get the ball running. Jay soon realizes that everything is not as it seems especially when there are people trying their best to bring harm to him and his family.
Carmen Santiago Kane is still trying to make her marriage with Michael Kane work. Kane is still determined to bring his wife’s ex down and put him away for life. Carmen is stuck in the middle because she loves both Michael and Jay. When Jay approaches her about helping him with his new business venture it brings them closer. Carmen is soon asking Michael for a divorce, which makes him want to destroy Jay even more. When Carmen agrees to help Jay she is not aware that she is also putting herself in the crossfire of Jay’s enemies.
Blu is an old friend of King’s who joins the team to be of assistance. When King gets out of jail he is hit with the realization that his friend has tried to take over his family’s empire. King also finds out that harsh decisions were made by Jay and some of his friends are missing. King’s heart darkens and soon he picks up where Blu left off, fighting to take over everything Jay has built.
The Ace of Diamonds is about greed, betrayal and consequences. This book is consistent with the first two books of the series and has more secrets, lies and drama. These characters will have readers turning pages until the end. I recommend The Ace of Diamond to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.


Nicole Bradshaw

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

5 Stars=None Stop Page Turner

Corinne LaRoche is a 15-year-old girl who strongly believes in family in Unsinkable by Nicole Bradshaw. After confronting her cheating boyfriend, Sebastien, Corinne arrives home to find her father being held by the police. Corinne’s father tells her and her sister, Astrid, they have to leave France for Canada as soon as possible but that their mother will not be joining them. Corinne can’t understand why her mother is not coming and why her father wants them to wait for him to explain later.
When they board the beautiful Titanic, Corinne and Astrid are hit with racism and evil looks, something that they were not used to. Both girls choose to ignore others behavior and plan to have a good time, so they decide to take a tour of the ship. Corinne meets Christopher who happens to be the captain’s nephew. Corinne and Christopher are attracted to each other and a bond begins. The union is frowned upon but Corinne and Christopher are determined to be together. Christopher has been promised to Sophia, a girl from an established family, but he has no interest in her. Sophia decides to make Corinne’s life on the Titanic hell if she cannot have Christopher to herself.
When Christopher and Corinne announce their engagement to their families, Sophia causes a disturbance which leads to Corinne’s father being detained and beaten. After the matter is cleared, it is announced that the ship has hit an iceberg. The ship is in an uproar and Corinne, Christopher, Astrid and their parents’ lives will never be the same.
Unsinkable is a well-written story about the first black family on the Titanic. This book is about true love, family secrets and racism. The author does a wonderful job developing characters that carry this storyline while keeping readers interested and anticipating the turn of events. I applaud this author for taking on such an historical event that touched many lives and putting her own twist and flare to it. However, I believe the author should have used another title seeming that many books related to the Titanic have this same title. I recommend Unsinkable to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Imagined Love
Diamond Drake
Publication Date: August 31, 2012
4=Great Page Turner

Imagined Love by Diamond Drake is about a young girl trying to not follow in her mother’s footsteps. Willa is married to Miles and they have a daughter named Jade. Willa has learned that their home life is not suitable and decides to leave her husband. When she goes to her daughter’s school to pick her up Willa meets and becomes friends with Cicely. Cicely can relate to Willa’s struggles because she has been through a similar situation. While Willa and Cicely build their friendship so does their daughters. After while Willa decides to give her husband another chance until she finds out he has been keeping a secret that will change their lives forever.
Jade decides that when she is older that she will not endure painful relationships. Jade is in for a rude awaken when she moves to California with a friend. Even though Jade has tried her best to not follow in her mothers’ footsteps when it comes to relationships, time has proven that it has been hard for her to find true love. Jade knows that she can depend on her best friend, Katrina until she betrays Jade and things are never the same. Jade like her mother realizes that she has to take control of her life. Will she succeed? Will she find that one true love?
Imagined Love is about carrying the past into your future. The author does a wonderful job sharing characters that go through everyday problems. Readers will be able to relate to the different emotions and the struggles the main character endures through her journey of growing up. This was interesting and entertaining book to read that caught my attention with the first chapter. I recommend Imagined Love to others.
This PDF copy was provided by the author for review purposes.

Minus One

Norwood Holland

Publication Date: February 1, 2013

4=Great Page Turner

In Minus One by Norwood Holland readers are introduced to Drew Smith, a hotel employee who attends school to become a lawyer. Drew becomes friends with Medhat and Julio. These two men become a thorn in Drew’s side from borrowing his clothes, to trashing his apartment and taking his car. So, why is Drew friends with these two fellow employees?
Medhat becomes involved with the wrong crowd and evidently owes a drug dealer, Fast Eddie a lot of money. In addition, Medhat starts to date Fast Eddie’s girlfriend, which does not sit well. When Fast Eddie is found dead, Medhat becomes the prime suspect.
On his first day as a lawyer Drew acquires his first client. The client happens to be his friend Medhat. Medhat is in the wrong place at the right time and is accused of murder. Drew is now on a mission to find out what really happened to Fast Eddie and enlist the help of their free loading friend Julio. Will Drew solve the case in time to save Medhat?
Minus One is a murder mystery about three friends trying to stay out of trouble but can’t help but find it. The author does a wonderful job with description and character development that will capture the reader’s attention. This book was entertaining, suspenseful and I appreciated the knowledge of law. However, I was confused at times due to the changes in point-of-view. I look forward to read more of this authors work.  I recommend Minus One to others.
This PDF copy was provided by the author for review purposes.

Inspired To Move Forward

Alyesha R. Proctor

Publication Date: February 7, 2013

3=Okay Page Turner

Inspired To Move Forward by Aleysha R. Proctor is about moving past the many obstacles we encounter in life. It is about pursuing your purpose of fulfillment and being able to consistently encourage yourself to do and be better. This 14-chaptered book provides information on building a relationship with God and having faith that he can help you through anything. Where there is a will there is a way but you have to believe that it can be done.
Inspired To Move Forward contains stories that can be found in the Bible. The book refers to the many scriptures that relate to the chapter headings that readers can be used for studying.
This book provides needed information for those struggling in their relationship with God and or life. I applaud the author for sharing scripture as a helping tool in understanding the subject matter. However, I believe the scriptures took over the book and did not leave room for actually experiences. I would have preferred to read more of the author’s experiences and stories as it related to the different chapters. This will not stop me from reading this authors work and I do recommend others to read the book to form their own opinion.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

No Condemnation

Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress

Publication Date: March 13, 2013

4=Great Page Turner

In No Condemnation by Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress readers are introduced to Trene Sloan, a salon business owner who happens to be in love with the wrong guy. Trene believes everything is going well in her life until she finds out her man, Chaz has been cheating and with one of the salon’s client. Chaz Thomas is an irresponsible womanizer who knows that Trene loves him and will forgive his flaws. Trene gets a wakeup call when a new man enters her life and shows her what real love is about.
Trene’s friend and partner Nikki has been supportive and only wants what is best for her friend. Nikki, on the other hand is dealing with her own issues but her faith will not let her give up on a chance at motherhood. When a tragedy occurs it will change the course of many lives and just maybe Nikki and her husband’s prayers will be answered.
Viola, Trene’s mother is trying to move past her husband of forty years leaving. Viola is struggling to make ends meet but will not let it get her spirit down. While exercising, Viola runs into her neighbor, Floyd and the start of a friendship begins. Will both Floyd and Viola have a second chance at love?
No Condemnation is about friendship and faith. The author does a wonderful job developing characters readers will fall in love with. This was an inspirational book that recognizes faith, love, self-worth and the meaning of friendship. This is the first title I have read by this author but will definitely read more of her work. I recommend No Condemnation to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

The Wild Life


Publication Date: July 12, 2013

5=None Stop Page Turner

In this third installment of the Brianna Morris series, The Wild Life by Stacy-Deanne readers are re-introduced to Brianna Morris, a hard headed detective that can’t let anything go and loves danger. Brianna gets in over her head when she goes looking for reasons why she was attacked in her home. The clues lead Brianna to her father who happens to be involved with some questionable individuals. Brianna wants to help her father by going undercover and soon realizes that she has bitten off more than she can chew.
Milan Verla, head of the Cuban mafia wants Brianna’s father, George, out of the picture. He is just having a hard time finding him. When Milan meets Anna Hampton, he is memorized by her beautiful and she becomes a distraction. While spending time with her, Milan starts to second guess the future of his organization. When Anna’s true intentions are revealed, Milan learns a lot about those around him and will have to make hard decisions.
The Wild Life is about the lengths of which we go to help family. The author has done it again providing readers with a suspenseful thriller that will have them on the edge of their seat. The Brianna Morris series is one I would love to see on the big screen or on television. The quality of the plots and characters will viewers glued to the screen. I applaud this author for writing crime fiction that actually competes with my favorite crime writer, James Patterson. I look forward to reading more installments in this series and I definitely recommend The Wild Life to others.
This uncorrected PDF was provided by the author for review purposes.

Romance Eternelle

Lawrence D. Miquelon

Publication Date: December 15, 2011

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

In Romance Eternelle by Lawrence D. Miquelon readers are introduced to Danielle, a young woman planning to get married. Danielle finds out that are fiancée cheated and she calls off the wedding. Danielle turns to her sister for comfort to mend her broken heart. Her sister makes a suggestion for her to speak with their uncle. Danielle goes to dinner with her uncle who happens to be a Monk. Danielle’s uncle tells her a story about a prostitute and a priest that changes everything that she believes to be true.
Michelle is roommates with Stephanie and both are prostitutes. Michelle wants better for herself and decides to change her life. The first step she takes is attending church. Michelle starts embracing her relationship with God and her life starts to change. The Priest where Michelle attends church shares a similar experience. The paths both take in their lives are very different. After hearing Michelle and Priest Rene’s stories, Danielle realizes that she wants the same for her life.
Romance Eternelle is about accepting God’s love and sharing it with others. This book took me by surprise. It has the biblical essence of the Book of Hosea. Michelle and Priest Rene go through many changes and obstacle as they embrace the love God showers on them. The faith in Him they express is remarkable. Readers will feel they are reading a love story but it is the love between God and his children. To have that kind of love is priceless. I applaud this author for sharing such a loving and inspirational story. I recommend Romance Eternelle to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Deep Fried Trouble
Tyora Moody
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
4 Stars=Great Page Turner
In Deep Fried Trouble by Tyora Moody readers are introduced to Eugeenia Patterson, a retired teacher who runs her neighborhood watch association. Eugeenia finds herself in a pickle when she discovers one of her neighbors, Mary, dead in her home. Eugeenia becomes interested in the investigation especially when she learns that her daughter, Leesa, is one of the prime suspects. All of this comes out after Leesa has left her children with Eugeenia and disappears. While searching for Leesa, Eugeenia takes it upon herself to find the killer and to clear her daughter’s name.
Amos Jones is a new neighbor whom Eugeenia has been trying to get to know until the current tragedy occurred. Amos is a retire detective who offers to help Eugeenia. They are on the case to solve Mary’s murder and in the process building a beautiful relationship. When Eugeenia decides to host a neighborhood watch meeting at her home, Amos supports the decision. While Eugeenia is rounding up guest she finds herself in a dire situation. Will Eugeenia finally uncover the mystery of her neighbor’s death? Or will harm come her way trying?
Deep Fried Trouble proves holding grudges ruins relationships that you might not get a chance to repair.  This was an entertaining murder mystery that kept my attention until the end. The twist and turns were unsuspected with a shocking ending. The plot was consistent and characters were well-developed. I cannot wait to see what Eugeena Patterson will get into next. I recommend Deep Fried Trouble to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.