Monday, August 2, 2021

Book Tour: Soul Deep by Various Authors

SOUL DEEP: Perspectives on Race, Relationships, Social Justice, and Hope

Authors involved:

S.M. Troye

Raven Banks

Angela Kay Austin

Kim Golden

Delizhia Jenkins

N.D. Jones

Lee Mariano

Tracey Wooden-Carlisle


“Soul Deep”— Perspectives on Race, Relationships, Social Justice, and Hope - offers a soul-baring excavation into the lives of eight African American women. Born, raised, and educated in the United States, the authors currently live in eight states and three countries. Despite differences in personality, lifestyle, skin color, hair texture, regional vernacular, and geographic location, they share a significant and life changing common bond—Their ethnicity.

At one or more points in each woman’s life, she found herself in toxic environments teeming with an undeniable message. This language was spoken in a manner they will never forget— The language of hate.

These women—mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, musicians, artists, professors, educators, and entrepreneurs share a collective, intense desire to make a difference with their truth. Personal experiences that only they can share. Experiences that are often painful, vile, confusing, hurtful, and deeply rooted not only in the fabric of who they are, but in the ongoing, systematic practices of our society and repercussions of our past – the perpetuation of exploitation, greed, denial, and a criminal sense of misguided entitlement.

In this compilation of short essays and memoirs, these writers, including USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors, re-examine their hearts and minds under the microscope of racism. If you have ever felt marginalized or oppressed, their voices will enlighten and resonate with you.



Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Release Blitz: Reel by Kennedy Ryan



"Reel is alive and pulsing like a beating heart.

This romance is a triumph of art and emotion.

--Talia Hibbert, New York Times bestselling author 

Reel, an all new epic CONTEMPORARY STANDALONE love story from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

One moment in the spotlight.

For months I stood by, an understudy waiting in the wings, preparing for my time to shine. 

I never imagined he would watch in the audience that night. 

Canon Holt.

Famous film director.

Fascinating. Talented. Fine.

Before I could catch my breath, everything changed. 

I went from backstage Broadway to center stage Hollywood.

From being unknown, to my name, Neevah Saint, on everyone’s lips.

Canon casts me in a star-studded Harlem Renaissance biopic, catapulting me into another stratosphere. 

But stars shine brightest in the dead of night.

Forbidden attraction, scandal and circumstances  beyond my control jeopardize my dream.

Could this one shot—the role of a lifetime, the love of a lifetime—cost me everything?



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-- Alexandria House, Amazon & Audible bestselling author

Narrated by Eboni Flowers and Jakobi Diem

Featuring Nicole Small

Vocal Performance by April Christina



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About Kennedy Ryan

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Kennedy Ryan and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. A RITA® Award winner, Kennedy writes empowered women from all walks of life and centers those who have found themselves perennially on the margins of traditional storytelling. 

Her Hoops Series (Long Shot, Block Shot and Hook Shot) and All the King's Men Series (The Kingmaker, The Rebel King and Queen Move) have been optioned for television.

An autism mom, Kennedy co-founded LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable initiative, and has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for autism families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Book Review: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

 Title: Concrete Rose

Author:  Angie Thomas

Genre:  Young Adult

Rating:  πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

About the Book:  

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

My Review:

The prequel to The Hate You Gives takes you on a Journey of Star's father, Maverick and what he went through at the age of 17.  This book was able to get me out of a slight reading slump, and It was so good I was able to get through it in a matter of hours.  There were laughter and tears and it was just such an emotional ride from start to finish.   The book will also start some conversations.  It was truly a pleasure to see Maverick and Lisa from the beginning.  This was such a great book.  

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Book Blitz: Redemption On Rivers Ranch by Kathy Douglass


The return of his childhood friend leads to
the fresh start he never expected.

Horse rancher Carson Rivers has his own emotional demons. There’s no place in his life for a divorced single mom pulling at his heartstrings. But when Gabriella Tucker and her adorable children move next door—the place of her favorite childhood memories—Carson’s tempted to help the heart-guarded beauty make more adult memories. Maybe Gabriella and her kids are the healing balm he’s been yearning for…






A copy of Redemption on Rivers Ranch and a $10.00 gift card




Kathy is a born reader who as a child always had her nose in a book. She went from reading Bobbsey Twins to romance novels. One day she stumbled upon The Shining by Stephen King and was hooked on horror. When she caught herself checking under the bed and looking in the closet for monsters, she knew it was time to put down the horror and return to romance novels.

Her return was short-lived. She started law school and soon her reading was limited to legal opinions. Then she discovered Harlequin romances. They were short enough to read in a week and she wouldn't have to search her room before she went to sleep.

When her first child was born, she became a stay at home mom. Her second child soon followed, and reading was limited to children's books.

All too soon her kids were attending pre-school. Kathy spent those hours renewing her relationship with romance novels. Soon she felt the urge to write the stories she wanted to read. In 2016, Kathy sold to Harlequin. Her first book, How to Steal the Lawman's Heart, was released in February, 2017. Since then, she has released several more books with Harlequin.





Monday, May 24, 2021

Book Review: Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Title:  Hurricane Summer

Author:  Asha Bromfield

Genre:  Young Adult

Rating:  πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ 

About The Book:

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise—all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic—and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

My Review:

YA is usually  a hit or miss for me, but this book was such a big hit.  There were several themes that face people of color throughout the story.  I will have to read the book again, due to the fact that there was a dictionary of the Patois language, but it wasn't conducive for me to try to flip back and forth while reading  on my kindle.  The author did a great job with the characters explaining hat they were saying to Tilla in a way that she could understand.  Now usually in a book there about one or two characters that I end up not liking.  The opposite happened in this book.  There were only about maybe 4 or 5 characters that I really liked in this story.  The rest were words that I can't really say on here.  The author did such a good job with this book.  I really enjoyed it so very much.  

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Book review: Lucy's Worth by Letrise T. Carter

 Title:  Lucy's Worth

Author: Letrise T. Carter

Rating: πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£

Book Blurb:

LucyΚΌs Worth is part one of a young woman's desperate journey to find
herself while trying to make it on her own. Faced with her first true
relationship, Lucy's long battle with low self-esteem will cause her to fall
down a path with a dangerous man. Will Lucy be able to escape the trap
that's been set for her? She's going to have to make the most important
decision of her life -- because her life depends on it!

My Review:

Lucy's Worth is a phenomenal short story in a new series about a young woman and some of the things that happens in her life. Some parts might be triggering to some people, but this was such a great read that is packed in a few pages. This emotional story will take you on such a ride throughout the pages. There are characters that are just not likeable in my opinion, as well as some that are so loveable, you wish you knew them in real life. An exceptional book that would be very beneficial for younger ladies to read. There are several themes throughout the story that are great life lessons. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Phenomenal job

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