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Book Review Alert: The Player in Me

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Book Review Alert: The Player in Me  Author: Hezekiah Morris Published: October 29, 2019 Publisher: Kindle  ISBN: B072ZR1WN45 Rating: 5 Z is a man that any woman would want. Sexy, intelligent, gentleman, just everything. To put the icing on the cake he knows his skills in the bedroom. How can any woman resist him? But this is where the trouble starts. Z is juggling 3 ladies that we know of in this novel and keeping them all happy until he decides that it is time to settle down. Z decided that Sapphire is the lady that he wants in his corner. Other players in the game of life such as LaQuitta, Smok , and Deja all will have a say so in the relationship between Z and Sapphire. Who will be left in the end? What will happen when all the roads meet? This book was a dozy. It kept me at the edge of my seat. When you think why is this character here or what is the purpose of this character, the next sentence or page answers that question. It's crazy how the characters are intertwined with e

Book Review Alert: Tales of Elhaanai

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Book Review Alert: Tales of Elhaanai Author: Nicole Thomas Published: April 14, 2020 Publisher: Nicole Thomas ISBN: 978-1734919219 Rating: 3   Fantasy and magic comes together in this debut novel by Nichole Thomas. King Kaison and Queen Alanna rule the kingdom. And for years, they have been trying to produce a child. Well the time has come for a king but there is someone in the kingdom that is not too happy with this joyous occasion. You have those around that want the power that is waiting for the new king. Family is not always for family. She (Devona) wants her son to become king but time will time about that idea.  By the way, did I forget to say that she is the King’s sister.  You have Alric and Elhaani sent to the Oracle to receive guidance. Others in the story such as David and Akronius are looking for Alanna’s and Kiason's child. Who will become the ruler of this kingdom? Who will come join forces and become allies for the greater good? WHO WILL WIN???   I

Book Review Alert: Poems from the Cloud of Reality: BIW Anthology of Poems

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  Book Review Alert: Poems from the Cloud of Reality: BIW Anthology of Poems Author: Benn Ahwayevu, James Victory, S.C. Akio, Nathaniel Okeke, I’Prince D’Poet, and Henry Amani Published: July 27, 2020 Publisher: Independently published ISBN-13: B08DRWSKKX Rating: 4 Poems from the motherland is the vibe that I get when reading this anthology. I have never really been a fan of anthologies but this was great. Reason being is that they all were on the same wavelength. This book was just not a random group of just placed in a book but thought out poems that are supported by a similar subject. The descriptions and wordings all made you feel as if you were in a little village enjoying a great book.   My favorite poem was Heart Apart by I’Prince D’ Poet. A breakup poem. My very first time reading one I must say. This poem was sweet but to the point telling the reading that no matter what they might do; they are just never meant be together (Reviewed by   Patrice)

Book Review Alert: Birds Don’t Swim in the Winter

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Book Review Alert: Birds Don’t Swim in the Winter  Author: Kenyatta Garner Published: 2020 Publisher: Paperback ISBN: Unknown Rating: 5   Enter the life of Dakota. She is the all-around teen. Smart, pretty, slick mouth but nothing less than a typical teen. We all know that things change with those older teen years. Well Dakota is now in the 11th grade and her life is far from perfect. She has a friend well used to being a friend that has problems at home and doesn’t know how to handle it. Her own parents are in the process of getting a divorce and Dakota has to deal with that on top of all the other craziness that is happening at home.   A great storyline and character development is something you would not see in a debut author. I went to see if any other works were published and I was unable to find any. I was blown away by the style and grace. Ease to read because of the great flow. I love a book where I can sit back and see the book play in your mind.  (Reviewed

Book Review Alert: If I Can't be the Cake I won't be the Crumz.

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Book Review Alert: If I Can't be the Cake I won't be the Crumz.  Author: Delbra Brown (aka Mrs. Debbie Cakes) Published:   June 12, 2017 Publisher:   D.A. Brown Consulting ISBN-10:0-9990738-9-3 Rating: 5 stars     Thank you Mrs. Debbie Cakes for this amazing interactive book.   You poured your time, energy, thoughts and love into this book.   Your transparency to share to educate, empower and encourage others to having a “HEALTHY LONG LASTING RELASTIOHSIP”.   I thank you from the bottom of my heart.   So this book is 8 chapters of pure knowledge past from her grandmother “Wise Woman of Humor & Wisdom Mrs. Violetter VanHoose (her jokes)…, What is the Cake Chronicles 80/20 relationship challenge?   Wow….woot..woot… Is all I can say you have to go get the book because I will tell too much but I tell you this you learn about the fall, the “struggle”, church folks yes “church folks” vs Christians and so much more and that’s just the 1st chapter……… 7 more cha

Book Review Alert: Thorns of My Past!

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Book Review Alert:  Thorns of My Past! Author:   Arrelle Thomas   Publisher:   Amazon Publication Date: March 7, 2020 ASIN: B085N78C47 Rating:    4 stars   The Thorns of My Past is a set of memoirs that explains the trials and tribulations of a young Christian woman. For   example   in chapter   one the author   opens the scene with her grandmother   trying   to   explain   something   to her but   as   a young   woman,   Arielle   does not understand.   We can understand this as women right? The response   to   her grandmother questions   with   respect   and shows the   reader how she as a young   woman   back then dealt with   problems   by consulting   with   grandmother . In this example Arielle told in so many words about her womanhood choices.   At one point, she thinks about everything and she finally gets the message.   By chapter 2 the guides the reader’s attention as she takes back to a class where a boy is being bullied and she becomes his friend. She become

Book Review Alert: Money, Blood and Disloyalty

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Book Review Alert: Money, Blood and Disloyalty   Author: Stephanie Wilson Published:   February 21, 2020 Publisher: Kindle Edition ISBN-13: B084V4WHQ3 Rating: 5 stars   Life was great to Zamion but one night everything changed. First, his father is killed in a drug deal gone badly and then his mother dies of a broken heart. This leaves Zamion alone to take on the world. But never think that you are alone in the world. And to Zamion this was so true. He falls in love with Rayleen. She is more than gold in his eyes. Zamion and his friends become a new crew with Zamion in control. Later Zamion is taught a valuable lesson. Gold is not always the best and there is almost always a snake in the camp. Zamion has to deal with both of these issues when he is caught up in the game.   Is money worth more than a friendship? Will Zamion be able to keep his head above water? Who in the crew will become disloyal to him? Is the love that Rayleen has for him real and worth the wait?  

Book Review Alert: Talitha Koum! Girl Get Up and Write…

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Book Review Alert: Talitha Koum! Girl Get Up and Write…  Author: Sherrie “D” Lon Published:  Sept 22, 2020 Publisher:  Kindle ISBN-9781076440020 Rating: 3 stars Talitha Koum! Girl Get Up and Write…is full of expressions, ups & downs, high & lows, good & bad times, happy & sad times……. This book allows you to experience L.I.F.E(what we call LIFE).  You get to see the author grow from a child to a young girl, from a young girl to a women.  The author uses poetry to speak to the challenges that are plaguing our  African American families/communities (spirituality & family issues). In, closing I like how the author incorporated a sneak peek of her new book as a close to this book.  Leaves the readers wanting more now because they see another side of you other than poetry.  I want to see what Naomi is up to now.  However I rate this book a 3.5 because interior design,  a little more color, change your fonts character & size you are well on your way to a successful 1s

Book Review Alert: Squilly Sorts It Out

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Book Review Alert: Squilly Sorts It Out  Author:  Tashia Beaty Published:  June 23, 2020 Publisher: Kindle Edition ISBN-13: B08BT7Z7PL Squilly loves to sort and count and he is the best at what he does. Join Squilly as he helps the gardener sort her fruit and get the garden back in line.  This is the cutest book to help a little one learn how to sort and count. A straight to the point tutorial on sorting by type and counting. Another great addition to this book was the illustrations. They are great and vibrant. It makes it easy to read and to engage the child.   (Reviewed by Patrice)

Book Review Alert: Broken Essentials

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Book Review Alert: Broken Essentials  Author: April Harper Published:  March 11, 2020 Publisher: Kindle Edition ISBN-13: B0857GV172 Rating: 4 stars Every girl wants the love of her mother, but what happens to the girl that doesn't get it.  Meet Denise. The relationship that she has with her mother, Terry, is nothing less than a nightmare. There is no love for them and Denise is determined not to have the same relationship with her unborn child. Now we have Terry. Who for no fault of her own is a TERRIBLE mother. Denise then meets Tyrell. But the love of her life has his own issues. But because of the love that Denise has for him, his issues become her issues. When this happens everything comes to the forefront. Worlds collide. Issues come. Who will be the last female standing? What about Tyrell will he come to his senses? But most of all what will become of Denise’s daughter?  This book was a good read. All the characters were able to bring a true identity to the storyline. I do no

Book Review Alert: I Wanted Peace: A Divorce Memoir

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Book Review Alert: I Wanted Peace: A Divorce Memoir  Author: D. Lynn X Published Date: September 12, 2018   Publisher: Honorable MENCHAN Media LLC ASIN: B07HB875T8 Rating: 4 stars   I’d like to thank the author for sharing her insight, and personal experience on her road to a better place.   As I read I could easily see how this memoir might be inspirational to others, who are considering leaving a marriage, trying to work up the courage to, or recently have left a marriage and are on the road to recovery. This was clear to me.   However, for me I Wanted Peace: A Divorce Memoir is an extremely short read of about fifty pages, for a memoir, at times it felt like it was just the surface of the author’s experience I read.   More like a justification for the actions taken. While this is personal content that was enjoyable and inspirational to read, I felt as a reader and outsider I would have loved to read more around the author’s actual experiences, this could have been enh

Book Review Alert: The Alpha Centaurians: The Beginnings (Volume 1)

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Book Review Alert: The Alpha Centaurians: The Beginnings (Volume 1) Author: Lizzy Landon Published: January 5, 2018 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ISBN-13: 978-7986398415 Rating: 3 stars Paranormal, romance, and hints of a sexual appetite are only part of this novel. Skye is delivered to a location where she meets her mate. The scent of her blood has power and is wanted by the wrong people. Balen is a prince that falls for a half-bred. When consuming her love he gains strength and speed. Will this source of power be his downfall? Ryan will do anything to have Balen, even if it means deceiving others or breaking their hearts.   Which love will prevail? All is fair in love and war. The novel was a good combination of paranormal and romance. The flow of the novel was a little difficult at times but at certain points, it would come all together. I would like to see the author use a little less description and to streamline all components of the novel t

Book Review Alert: Lynching Calendar

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  Book Review Alert: Lynching Calendar   Author: Jessica Starks Published: October 18, 2019 Publisher: Onion Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1733764704 Rating: 5 stars   I’d like to thank the author for sharing this book, wow what an emotional read. Within this short read are a number of stories from past times. Tales of people of color who suffered at the hands of racism, across the United States of America in a time when racial tension was even more charged than it is in the present day. I found all the stories to be page-turning, heart breaking, and at times while hard to read they are all a must read. I had to read this book in small doses even though I wanted to lap it all up in one siting, as it is a short read. I had to pace myself, this was not because they are badly written or uninteresting, to the contrary. They are so beautifully written they can and at times did draw tears. The most memorable story for me was one of the first I came across, about a man who was basical

Book Review Alert: FAME

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  Book Review Alert: FAME  Author: Robert Horton Published: June 26, 2020 Publisher: Truth Books Publishers ISBN-13: 978197089603 Rating: 5 stars   To me I love the book because it was full of a variety of poems touching on various topics from Jealous to Greedy,   madness to pain and so much more.   This book would have you checking your emotions.   It definitely has a good title. I think it would be great for children to read and explore.     This book actually could be used to teach kids various lesson about life.    Great read in my opinion.     (Reviewed by Julie) For more information on Robert Horton’s book, check out his website at www.damoodypoet.com

Book Review Alert: Get Up & Get Out Your Own Wa

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Book Review Alert: Get Up & Get Out Your Own Way  Author: Aquinas Jones Published: April 20, 2020 Publisher: Amazon.com Services LLC ISBN-13: B086ZN9RKL Rating: 5 stars   Self-help, Self-love, and self-motivation is this novel plus so much more. Every chapter starts off with a scripture and ends with an affirmation. In the middle of these two are explanations of why you place this scripture in your life and why it is placed in this chapter. Short, sweet, and to the point this book is a great read for any female that is at a point in her life where she needs to feel guidance from the word of God.   As a reader, this book was my eye-opener. This book had me evaluating myself. A feeling of pride and acceptance came over me when finishing each chapter. I find myself rereading chapters to take notes to keep with me when those hard and tough days come along. The author really felt the soul of the woman and made a book that is one for all that wants to be picked up and l

Book Review Alert: Full Circle

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  Book Review Alert: Full Circle  Author: Alvin Surrency Published Date: June14, 2019 Publisher: Xlibris US ASIN: B07V3T9PZ Rating: 3 starts Once in a while you read a book and it makes you think about author point of view as in the case with this book. I wondered as a reader did the author have racism problems he faced as a child. I see this book being read in history classes with various topics (Reviewed by Julie)

Book Review Alert: The Power of The Bayou

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Book Review Alert: The Power of The Bayou   Author: Dana Littlejohn Published Date: January 28, 2020 Publisher: Dana Littlejohn ASIN: B084BZY6YK Rating: 4 starts   Wow this is a fast-moving plot! The author did not hang around with pace. I liked that, I enjoyed this little novella story. What pulled me in was the book’s blurb, genre, and the location it’s set in. We follow the hero’s story—Reynaud after he is cast out by ‘his people’, who are magical beings that have been alive for centuries, living undetected in this realm. His punishment handed to him is because, he is accused of a crime. As the story develops we learn he was set up, while he spends time in this realm as part of the punishment. He then falls for the heroine— Kameryn which sets him the path he needs to be. There are some twists here, no spoilers from me! I was gripped from the first few pages, the opening scene with Reyanud’s situation had me reading quickly. I found the characters Kameryn and Reynaud

Book Review Alert: The Muted Cage

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Book Review Alert: The Muted Cage  Author: Milagros “Lotus~BeYouTy” Romero Publisher: Self-published Published: 2018 ISBN: 978-0-359-03447-5 Rating: 4 stars   For me this book represents those women who suffered at the hands of their abuser Because a lot of   women are in a place where they cannot tell their stories but want to. It's a powerful moving book of poems that connects us all to the victims and makes you really evaluate and think about your own life (Reviewed by Julie)      For more information on Milagros “Lotus~BeYouTy” Romero, check out his Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/milagros.romero.568089 .

Book Review Alert: Zortega's Qualum and the Shadow Walker

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  Book Review Alert: Zortega's Qualum and the Shadow Walker  Author: Lagina Weaver & Darryl Johnson Kindle Edition Published: February 29, 2020 Publisher: Luniverse Inc. ASIN: B085L73PRD Rating: 4 stars   Zortega and the other council members are in danger. Deveraux feels that he has to do something about it. Deveraux, Anthony, and Harley have to get on it. While on the earth Dev and all others are attacked. Damage has been done and now the war is on the horizon. Dev use. Magical powers fight until the job is down. But will the job get done?   To not be an individual who reads fantasy,I must say this was a very smooth read. A book that anyone in the family can read and enjoy. The storyline is moving and understandable. Dev’s development as a character complements the storyline of the book. It is like the character was created and then the story.   (Reviewed by Patrice)

Book Review Alert: Stop!

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  Book Review Alert: Stop!  Author: Colleen Williams Publishing Date: March 2020 Publisher: Shar-Shey Publishing Company ASIN: B086CVP6NN Rating: 5 stars   Stop tells the raw truth of Colleen William’s life story. She has endured sexual abuse and domestic violence by the people she once loved and trusted. After years of being knocked down, she finally made a decision to stop and do something. She put pen to paper, using her power and perseverance to pour it out. Stop will take you on an emotional rollercoaster where you can feel her pain, and some may even be able to put themselves in her place.  Come take a ride with her and see how this young woman turned her pain into power. You have to make peace with your past to have a successful future.  We all have stories to tell and this is mines. This is a touching, emotional, and in every sense very raw memoir. It is a detailed account of the author’s experience and survival of abuse from a number of abusers, from pre-teen to

Book Review Alert: Lifestyles & Situations: From the Streets to a Single Father

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  Book Review Alert: Lifestyles & Situations: From the Streets to a Single Father  Author: Corey Palmer Publisher: Independent Kindle Edition ASIN: B08634C7KB Rating 4 There's a few things I like about the book. For starters, it was simple and heartwarming. Secondly by the writing you can tell that the poet was in his feelings. That was portrayed throughout the novel. This makes this book related to many fathers. Would make a great book for first time dads or even single dads. (Reviewed by Julie) For more information on Corey Palmer’s book, check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/corey.palmer.967  

Book Review Alert: How to Resolve Any Relationship Issue

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  Book Review Alert: How to Resolve Any Relationship Issue  Author: Angela Walker Kindle Edition Published: September 14, 2019 Publisher: Amazon Services ASIN: B07XM4M6NB Rating: 3 stars We are surrounded by relationships in everything that we do. This book gives pointers in relationships from how to start one to how to get what you want from it. There are examples that are given throughout. From how to deal with personal situations between you and your mate to employer to employee. Resolving issues in relationships is something that we all strive for and with this novel, some information can be given to help achieve this goal.  Great information could be found throughout this novel. As a reader, I would have liked more pointers/information. There were plenty of examples but not enough information/pointers. As a reader, if the author placed more context, this would greatly improve the rating.  (Reviewed by Patrice)

Book Review Alert: Corner Stone: Christ the Rock on Which I Stand

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  Book Review Alert: Corner Stone: Christ the Rock on Which I Stand  Author:   Shante Reed ASIN: B07F8922C5 Published: July 3, 2018 Kindle Edition Rating: 5 stars   I loved this set of Christian poems because it may me feel loved by God. Most of all it reminded that there is always a God. I would invite the poet out to any event I have in future for a reading.   This book also teaches us various things to remember. The content was readable and understanding .   (Review by Julie)    For more information on Shante Reed’s book, check out her Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/shante.reed.1  

Book Review Alert: Love of My Life

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Book Review Alert: Love of My Life  Author: Jahzara Bradley Kindle Edition Published: April 28, 2020 Publisher: Tranquil Moments ASIN: B0087X97CCD Rating: 4 stars Meet Gia Black. Smart and beautiful. You can say that she has almost everything put together but her love life. Gia is in a relationship with Matthew aka Taboo. The love between them is a threatening love with the threats coming from Taboo. Somewhere Gia does not want to be but tolerates it. We all have the love that got away. But will go after it again if love returns. Well this is what is going on between Gia and Infinity. Things happen between Gia and Infinity that makes Gia realize where her heart should be. But will the return love be that easy to obtain or will someone risk it all to get the love that they want.   Page turner. In some spots in this novel I was confused. That confusion would not last long because questions that would arise were quickly answered in a later chapter. Character development was minimum. This

Book Review Alert: Marrying Outside of God’s Will

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  Book Review Alert: Marrying Outside of God’s Will  Author:   Frances Dupree Kindle Edition Published: June 2, 2020 Publisher: Frances Dupree ASIN: B089NG27V4 Rating: 4 stars   This is a great down to earth book because it’s truthful and people can connect to what the author has to say.   I love the fact the author herself has a strong connection with God and uses that in my opinion to teach others what she has learned.  This book should be recommended to women groups to read and discuss. (Reviewed by Julie)   For more information on Frances Dupree’s book, check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MzladyDupree  .

Book Review Alert: Major Repercussions& Book Giveaway

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Book Review Alert: Major Repercussions Author: Pugh Kindle Edition Published: October 31, 2017 Publisher: Turtle Pu Books ASIN: B076VXDXST Rating: 5 stars   Runny Clem aka Mini-size when we first meet him is in the fight for his life.  Mini-size was involved in a car accident that left him unable to move pleading not to die. Well, this is far from where the fight starts. Mini-size finds himself now as an inmate at West Jefferson Correcti onal.  But is not determined to stay down for long. As his body heals, plans come together for the great escape.     Detective Crook cannot believe that Mini-size has escaped and he is determined to get him back in prison or else.   Mini to get things right in his eyes and it does not matter who it is. With the body count growing, who is Mini gonna have at the end? Who or better yet will he have anyone to turn to? What will be the MAJOR REPERCUSSIONS???   Talking about a fast-moving novel. Twist, turns, and those OMG moments

Book Review Alert: Different Sides of the Same Coin: A Collection of Poems

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Book Review Alert: Different Sides of the Same Coin: A Collection of Poems  Author: Chyrel J. Jackson & Lyris D. Wallace Published: September 21, 2019 Publisher: Independent ISBN-13: 978-1723998348 Rating: 5bstars       As a poet myself, I think getting the reader to hear your voice and see you could be hard but was achievable with in this novel.   What I love about this book is the use of everyday people and events that is true to the poet. Although this is a book of poetry it also connects on a story level because the poets are doing just that… telling a story.   I think the book is entertaining and inspiring for all ages. It does have a lot of other great highlights like the use of words that metaphor for symbols in life or may mean something else. I think the poets should teach a class because the book can use in schools for children to read and learn from. (Reviewed by Julie)     For more information on Raitta Rogers's book, check out her facebook

Book Review Alert: I Broke Out of Prison

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                                                         Book Review Alert: I Broke Out of Prison  Author: Raittia Rogers Published: November 28, 2019  Publisher: Independent  ISBN-13: 978-1691314881  Rating: 4 stars   This book was very insightful and entertaining. Some parts of this novel made me want to cry. I really didn’t think I could relate to this author but I did on a whole different level. The content is good and to the point. I love the way the author described and explain things that I was uncertain of. There was such a message that was given throughout this novel.  For more information on Raitta Rogers's book, check out her facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/raittia.rogers   (Reviewed by Julie)  

Patrice and Friends - Meet your AAMLLC Review Team

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Patrice Grimball Patrice Grimball is the Director of Book Reviews at Aspiring Authors Magazine LLC.  is a young adult generalist for one of the largest library systems in South Carolina. She  has been a book reviewer for several different organizations for the past decade. She goes under the surname of SCBookGal843. Patrice has a love for urban fiction and books that focus on diversity. The book that made her fall in love with reading was Thugs and the Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark.  “I read books that take me out of my normal life. I prefer books that have a main character of color. For me it is easier to relate to.” Her favorite authors would include Keith Kareem Williams, KR Bankston, Elizabeth Lashaun, Jason Reynolds, and Chamsil. She resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her fiancé  (Ervin) and two children (James III and Aniya). Markeshia Anderson Markeshia Anderson is a  published author who loves to heal others through her blogs, podcasts and books. Currently she onl