Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Book Blitz: Reunited Series by Sharon C. Cooper





Where most women would welcome love from a wealthy, good-looking man, Chicago-based investment manager, Dallas Marcel, is not one of them. She will never let a man control her life again. That includes handsome entrepreneur, Tyler Hollister. But when a Ponzi scheme ignites a SEC investigation of her firm, and her life is put in danger, she realizes the one man she'd banned from her heart, might be the only one who can save her career…and her life.


Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA agent, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s coming face-to-face with the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man, Special Operative Quinn Hamilton, who she vowed to love forever, that has her running for cover.


Former Navy SEAL Malik Lewis will always remember the night he spent with Hospital Chief of Staff Natasha Lockham. It was the single most amazing night of his life. So when Natasha narrowly escapes a brutal attempt on her life, Malik stops at nothing to protect her, including hunting a man whose skills match his.


Former SEAL, Cameron “Wiz” Miller, has loved only one woman, his ex-wife, Olivia. With plans to remarry her, there's nothing she could ask of him that he wouldn’t do - except search for the woman who left her for dead. Olivia has made peace with what happened, Wiz hasn't. And when sins of the past come back to haunt Wiz, placing Olivia in danger, he'll stop at nothing to save her.





Also available from the Reunited Series & free at all online retailers.






Sharon C. Cooper is giving away a signed copy of Vindicated to two winners!
(winners outside of the United States will receive a digital copy of Vindicated)




Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic - loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (Truth or Consequences), Emma Award - Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), and BRAB (book club) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit




Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: A Surrendered Heart by Joy Massenburge

Title:  A Surrendered Heart
Author:  Joy Massenburge
Genre: Christian Fiction
Rating:  πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

About The Book
As the teenaged pastor's daughter of New Hope Church, Sharonda Peterson knew finding comfort in Carl's arms was a mistake. But how could the only night she ever felt beautiful be wrong? 

When Carl leaves town to pursue an acting and singing career, Sharonda relegates herself to a life of church service--and solitude--rather than face the pain now associated with that one night.

Carl Ray Everhart has been caught up in the fast pace of fame … and female adoration. But a near-death experience has him questioning everything and vowing to set things straight … starting with the love that got away.

When Carl returns home to serve as the worship leader at New Hope, Sharonda finds that it takes every ounce of her resolve to resist his pursuits … not to mention memories that threaten to overturn the delicate balance she's created. Can she finally surrender the one thing she's tried all these years to protect: her heart?

My Review
Being a Preacher's Kid is not easy.  I saw a lot of myself in Sharonda, especially with feeling the need to make my parents happy and ignoring my heart, the insecurities of life,  as well as the weight issues she dealt with.  This story will cause you to truly take a good look at yourself and ask, are you following God and your heart and are you truly living your purpose.  There were also themes of repentance and forgiveness woven throughout the story.  This was truly a God inspired read, and I'm hoping Sharonda's siblings will have stories in the future.  The characters depicted real life people making real life mistakes.  The Author did a great job with this story, and I can't wait to read more from her.  

I received an advanced copy and a review was not required.  All thoughts and opinions were my own.   

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Monday, July 1, 2019

The 7th Annual Author's Brunch

I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite events, The Author's Brunch, hosted by DA Rhodes of the Rhodes Literary Group.  And let's just say I had a good time as always.  I was able to connect with several new authors, got some very interesting books and saw old favorites as well.  The featured author was none other than the fabulous Kimberla Lawson Roby. 

Not only was there a lot for readers, there was information for authors. Saturday they had a writer's workshop on How to Finish Your Book, and I heard that they learned a lot of information in that session.   They had two financial experts Sunday at the brunch and they gave us a wealth of information.  We were also witness to a conversation with Tanya McKinnon, who is one of the few women of color who has her own literary agency, and also represents New York Times best selling author and who also has a children's book out which looks very interesting.  The authors also had 2 minutes to pitch their book, and there was an elevator pitch contest from some audience members. 

Tanya McKinnon
The Rhodes Literary Group also gives back.  They have a  yearly scholarship, and this year's recipient was Ms. Kennedy Cook

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Scholarship Recipient Kennedy Cook

I enjoyed conversation with a lot of authors, and they gave us a lot of wonderful information in a short amount of time, and if you're able, it's a good event to attend. 

For more information, you can contact them at

Some other book Events I'm attending for this year

The17th Annual National Book Club Conference in Atlanta, Ga August 2-4 2019 hosted by Mr. Curtis Bunn

The Cavalcade of Authors Chicago September 27-29, hosted by Ms. Naleighna Kai

The Christian Book Lover's Retreat in Charlotte, NC, October  hosted by Mrs. Vanessa Miller Pierce

Events I hope to Attend One Day and Other Book Events

Cling Conference in MD, hosted by Mrs. Kim Cash Tate

Lights! Camera! Action Hosted by Mrs. Lasheera Lee August 23-24, 2019

Books, Burgers and More in Arlington, Tx, September 7, 2019.  Email for more information

Author Brian W. Smith in Southhaven, MS

BAAR in Oxon Hill, MD, Hosted by Mrs. Sharon Lucas , October 4-5, 2019

And many more.  Join the Literary Events directory on Facebook for a more extensive list


Events for next Year

Book Euphoria Carnival Weekend in Rosemont, IL March 19-22, hosted by the ladies of Book Euphoria

Maniac Book Extravaganza in Linthicum, MD June 25-28 hosted by Ms. Priscilla Johnson and the ladies and gentlemen of Cillia's Book Maniacs
Registration opens July 15.  Will be updated when it's available

The Cavalcade of Authors in the Bahamas, hosted by Ms. Naleighna Kai, October 2020

The National Book Club Conference in Atlanta GA, Hosted by Mr. Curtis Bunn, August 2020

The Christian Book Lover's Retreat, October 2020 Hosted by Mrs. Vanessa Miller Pierce

Bring Your A Game, July 9-11, 2020 in Boston, MA, Hosted by Mrs. AC Arthur

Now for the fun part.  I have an autographed copy of Kimberla Lawson Roby's last book in the Curtis Black Series, Better Late Than Never.  In order to enter, comment either here or any of the blog post social media platforms your favorite book event to attend.  All entrants will be entered into a drawing, and the contest ends Sunday, July 7th.  Good Luck, everyone. 

Other Pictures from the event

Author Takisha Howard

Author DA Rhodes

Authors Kimberla Lawson Roby and DA Rhodes

Author Tony Lindsay

Author Patricia D. Mitchell

Lady Vanessa Johnson

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Author and New Release Spotlight: Hearts Over The Line by Ann Marie Bryan

Title: Hearts over the Line (A standalone novel)

Chandler Peynard has it all—family, fame, fortune, and salvation. This A-list celebrity has come a long way from his philandering days. That’s no longer his style. He’s head-over-heels in love with Sabrina, his wife, and in full pursuit of God’s calling on his life. But when shadows of the past beckon, he panics. Eventually, he has no choice but to face his previous indiscretions, but will Chandler’s past activities be more than his wife can handle?

Larry and Rozene Kanate have moved beyond the consequences of their mirrored sin. The birth of twin daughters helped to seal their happily-ever-after. Life is wonderful, until it’s not. After the beaded curtain falls, Rozene scrambles to put the pieces together and avoid public humiliation. As the past crosses paths with the present, will their marriage survive?

Madison Bradshaw has moved past her inability to trust and love. But when Tyler, her husband, makes a special request, she hides the truth from him. What could go wrong?
In this captivating conclusion to the bestselling Encounters of the Heart series, unresolved issues make unwelcome visits to test the resiliency of love. Will the characters learn to reset the atmosphere in which they live? Will they live in a place where God finds it easy to bless them? In a season that brings many challenges, they must summon the courage to forgive, heal and fall in love again.

About the author:

Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO and Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.

A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Her celebrated bestselling Encounters of the Heart series, blend faith and romance that test the resiliency of love.

Ann Marie's greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Cinnamon Black's Other Daughter by Angelia Vernon Menchan Blog Tour

Cinnamon Black’s Other Daughter? by Angelia Vernon Menchan

Cinnamon faced the wall with her eyes closed. She felt rather than saw Leigh walk into the room. The scent of EstΓ©e Lauder Youth Dew perfume filled the air.

“How is she?” Leigh whispered, asking Velma, her oldest sister. Cinnamon had been with Velma six months since Leigh picked her up in Haiti and Jesse was arrested. She attended school and hadn’t phoned or reached out to Leigh. Velma shrugged, not wanting to speak. She suspected Cinnamon wasn’t sleeping. Velma beckoned for Leigh to follow her from the room.
Cinnamon heard the door closing softly as a tear slid down her cheek. She felt completely empty inside and didn’t want to return to Center City, but she knew Leigh would insist and though at almost twenty, she was technically grown, she would go home. It was time to, there was no longer a reason to stay away. As a Dubois woman, she had to suck it up, square her shoulders and face the world.

Ten days later, Cinnamon and Leigh flew back to Florida, secrets between them. There was also a lie that Leigh would take to her grave with her.




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“Do you know Labyrinth Jackson?” Aura asked Muhammad. Muhammad had lived and worked in Los Angeles several years ago. They were eating lunch in her office. She was his big sister and attorney.

“Should I?” He asked.

“No, she reached out for an appointment in four weeks. She’s lives in Los Angeles. She’s a couple years older than me but you had groupies, even older groupies.” Muhammad smiled smugly. His sister was always on his shit.

“I did but the name doesn’t ring a bell. What’s her situation?”

“I’m not sure. She’s moving to or coming through and needs an attorney to read something and provide guidance. I took her on because I do know Rosetta Garcia. She was two years ahead of me in law school. It’s intriguing.”

“Sounds like it. But you need intrigue, I’m sure your professional ball players and the whole Brown and Black clan are as boring as hell.” Aura could only chuckle. That was a lie. Her practice up to and including her family was always exciting.

“You know damn well, that’s not true. Mo money, mo drama.” Muhammad shook his head.

“Mo money than drama though.” Muhammad noted. Aura held up her palm for her brother to slap it. 

She had looked up Ms. Jackson and there was nothing out of the ordinary. She worked at a bank, earned a decent salary. She lived in a nice apartment she didn’t own but had almost no debt. She was an only child who inherited a house her parents bought in the 60s for ten thousand that was worth over 200 thousand even though it was on the periphery of south-central Los Angeles. She had no ex-husbands or children but had dated four well known athletes who were now married to other women. Her Facebook and Instagram profiles had photos of roses and there were no selfies are photos. Just random expressions here and there. Aura was truly intrigued. She didn’t know Labyrinth has scrubbed away all photos before contacting Aura.


Angelia Vernon Menchan is author, publisher and mentor. Since January 2006, she has published more than 125 books and novellas through her small publishing company, Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for 19 authors to date. Menchan is a retired budget analyst and founder of #JUSTLOVEMinistry a mentoring program for girls and women.



Monday, June 17, 2019

Healing Hannah's Heart by Preslaysa Williams Cover Reveal


Time will heal her scars, but what will heal her heart?
Hannah Hart may have been burned by the breakup of her rocky marriage, but the ambitious Afro-Filipina model has big plans for her future. Her stunning looks and flawless skin provide the opening she craves to become a celebrity in the fashion world. Then an arsonist’s match brings Hannah’s world crashing down around her.

Recovering from the burns that destroyed her skin, Hannah is forced to accept help from the last person on earth she wants, her estranged husband, Jake Hart. Jake isn’t ready to give up on their marriage. The return of Jake’s teenage son from a one-night stand had been the catalyst for their breakup. How can he help both the son who resents his abandonment and the woman he still loves? He can do nothing about the scars on her skin, but can he heal Hannah’s heart?

As she struggles to rebuild her life from the ashes of her shattered dreams, does Hannah have the courage to give Jake a second chance? And is the world ready for a differently-abled model who will redefine what it means to be beautiful?




(U.S. Residents Only)

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Preslaysa Williams is an award-winning author who writes contemporary romance and women's fiction with an Afro-Filipina twist. Proud of her heritage, she loves sharing her culture with her readers. She is currently earning her second graduate degree, a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, at Seton Hill University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Columbia University.

Preslaysa is also a professional actress, a planner nerd, an avid bookworm, and a homeschool mom who often wears mismatched socks. To follow along with her busy life, visit her at where you can sign up for her newsletter community.





Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review of Broken Vessel by Empress

Title:  Broken Vessel
Author:  Vanessa Empress Hall
Genre: Urban Christian Suspense
Rating:  πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£

This book doesn't read like your typical Christian Fiction Read.  Bishop Curtis Jones and his wife, First Lady Shanece Jones and twin daughters Kelis and Raven on the outside seem like your typical church family.  But in real life, that is far from the truth.  From secrets and lies, drama and pain, this story will take you on a whirlwind of emotions, but eventually redemption comes.  Some of what happened to some of the characters will truly break your heart and will draw you in emotionally.  And one thing that also stood out for me was forgiveness, and when you read what happened, it makes you wonder and truly think about what it really means.  This was a truly good read and it really made me think on some things.  The author did a great job with this story.