Monday, December 28, 2020

Book Review Alert: The Player in Me

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 each other and no one knows until you get to the end of the novel and things start to fall apart. The author leaves you with a cliffhanger that makes you go and read the second novel. This is the work of a skilled author. 

(Reviewed by Patrice)  


Book Review Alert: Tales of Elhaanai


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 needed more from this novel. Chapters were short and had little depth. The reasoning for this statement is because there is no conflict that went past two chapters. It was a conflict present and then solved. I wanted to keep hanging for a little while at times.  I wanted to see the story unfold and come together a little smoother. I would have seen the characters have a defined purpose in some chapters. With a little more seasoning in this novel, I feel that the rating could have been a little higher.

(Reviewed by Patrice)

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

 


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

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 by Patrice)

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


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 chapters packed full of the E3Experience (Educate, Empower & Educate ©AngelaThomasSmith) is what I call it.  I tell you this book is definitely one I would suggest to those seeking to marry or those seeking to improve relationships period.

Author Delbra Brown, how you use humor and the cake to teach important L.I.F.E. lessons was amazingly refreshing and gives a lighter side to a serious and challenging part of life.  You made me the reader feel like I had hope and could love more and more freely.  Thanks for sharing your book with Aspiring Authors Magazine Review Team.

I would suggest this book not only to those singles looking to marry, but to married couples working on growth & development and last but not less I definitely would suggest this book as teaching totals for ministries and groups.  Excellent work, I look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future.  I hope this it’s it for your wisdom and knowledge its need in this present time.

(Reviewed by Angela)

Book Review Alert: Thorns of My Past!


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 becomes the unspoken superhero. And with this the whole message of the memoirs take on another meaning. She's sassy and resourceful and she's young  women  to be themselves  because  she uses  herself and her  memoirs  so the reader  can  relate  to her

(Reviewed Julie) 

Book Review Alert: Money, Blood and Disloyalty

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?

 

The beginning, middle, and end of this book was MARVELOUS! The author really as they said put her foot in this novel. A true example of a well thought out book being less than 150 pages. Each character had a purpose in the storyline. Wilson did a great job making this story very believable. Now there were some twists and turns that added to the greatness of this book. Because Lawd knows I did not see what was coming from some of the players in this book. Stephanie Wilson BRAVO on this novel. I can’t wait to read more of your work.

(Reviewed by Patrice)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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

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 1st book.  (If you decide to revise great,  If not note for future projects).  I recommend this book to youth, young ladies and women book clubs and any one looking for strength.

(Talitha Koum!- Means “little girl, I say to you , Get Up!”) 

(Reviewed by Angela)

Book Review Alert: Squilly Sorts It Out


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

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 not know if the author did this, but in my opinion it seems like the storyline was built around the characters. The development of the characters and storyline went hand in hand. For situations in the novel are very believable and that was a great addition to the novel. A storyline that you can really see happening. The only thing that keeps this novel from getting 5 stars is some questions that were left unanswered for the reader. Please author come up with a part 2 or give a conclusion because I would love to see what happens to Denise as a woman and to Denise and Tyrell as a couple/parents. 

(Reviewed by Patrice)

Book Review Alert: I Wanted Peace: A Divorce Memoir

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 enhanced. This could have helped the narrative to not seem like just the surface or an overview. For example what she did, how she did it, and who helped her and her children survive, also her ex-husband’s responses etc. would have been lovely to read in more detail. The rawness and emotion I felt was left out, adding to the smaller page count, or feeling of an overview of the memoir. I would have loved for this memoir to be a little more ‘raw’ and from the heart, but don’t get me wrong it’s certainly a good and worthwhile read!  I recommend it to anyone who has been faced with the decision to leave a marriage, on the road to recovery or who has an interest in the subject matter. I could fully understand why the author did what she did, and how I this short read could help others. Four stars from me, thank you for sharing your story.

(Reviewed by Kim)

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


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 to keep the reader interested.  

(Reviewed by Patrice)

 

 

 For more information on Robert Horton’s book, check out his website at www.damoodypoet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review Alert: Lynching Calendar

 

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 basically a target of a local white woman, and a pretty loose woman. She set about sleeping with as many men of color as she could, she came across one who did not fall for her hypnotic ways. He was a man of God, all he wanted to do was to enlighten her about the word of God, while he helped her chop some wood. To my surprise, she set him up and had him killed by the KKK for a rape and abuse that he did not do.  Thing is the local people even though then knew what she was like, they believed her. It felt like reading To Kill a Mockingbird all over again. I can’t really put into words how I felt reading it without being rather disrespectful to this female character, who had a hidden agenda against men of color, but I will say it was a good read even if sad.

 

Overall for me I enjoyed every single story. Beautifully written, engaging, the characters also resonated the speech and manners of those from the Deep South during the time the stories are set. For this I’d give props to the author for good character development. Five stars, a must read.

 (Reviewed by Kim)

Book Review Alert: FAME

 

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

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 lifted up.

 (Reviewed by Patrice)

 

 

 For more information on Aquintas Jones’s book, check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aquintas.jones

Book Review Alert: Full Circle

 

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

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 both to be likeable. Kameryn has a backstory of her own, which weaves nicely into how her path crosses with Reynaud’s, it was easy to see why the two would find love given Reyanud’s ‘situation’ and punishment.  The ‘bad guys’ and other secondary characters to me I enjoyed reading. Reyanud’s enemy was not likeable and he was not meant to be! Kudos to the author here.  Like I said, I found as a reader that the plot moved quickly, which was good for me. That said I felt that some areas could have been developed more as I read. Such as Kameryn and Reyanud’s first year together. Literally as one chapter ended, the next started stating they had been together a year. As a reader rather than being told this, it would have been lovely if the author showed it— show don’t tell. This would have been a good reading experience for me, and filled in gaps regarding questions I had. Such as how did their love, relationship, life, and business partnership etc. develop over that year? At this point it would have been nice to see and experience this. As well as them actually falling for one another and love bloom, rather than being told or it just happened as a new chapter started.

Now I read very closely especially in genres where the world is ‘made up’ like paranormal stories, the timestamps within the plot caused a bit of confusion. Right at the end at a critical moment, in the last few pages one of the elders stated fifteen years had passed since the hero had been away, but, a moment ago it was just one year that he and Kameryn had been together. I got a little confused. Given the genre, this could be natural that time passes faster in the ‘other realm’ than the human realm. If so, I would have loved it if the author made this clearer. But it was no massive issue for me, nor did it take away reading enjoyment. It just raised a question, like ‘gosh how wonderful would it have been to see what had happened in this timeframe, rather than being told again.’ It just boils down to a bit more plot development, which could have brought this to a full five star read for me—readers (especially me) love it! Give us more! Overall as a reader from my reading experience this was a lovely introduction to the author’s work, I would recommend it to those who love paranormal romance, especially with African- American characters as leads. I would also read more from this author without a doubt, it was enjoyable. Even if I would have loved some parts more developed, rather than skimmed. Four enjoyable stars from me, I am pleased I read it! It was my cup of tea at the end of the day.

(Reviewed by Kim)

Book Review Alert: The Muted Cage

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

 

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)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Book Review Alert: Stop!

 

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 adulthood. While this may seem like hard reading, I personally found it very insightful, and took away valuable lessons about self-worth and ‘red flags’, when it comes to relationships that could potentially become abusive. Even as a reader that has never walked in the same shoes the author has, I saw the message, understood it, and then quickly started to admire the author’s bravery. Firstly, for turning her life around, secondly, for being brave enough to write the memoir. There are some very shocking events the author shares surrounding past relationships, which highlighted the length abusers will go to when it comes to control. It pulled on my heart strings yes, but I was turning the pages very quickly! 

The writing style was easy to follow, personal and natural. I really felt as though the author was conversing directly with me, I liked this. Within the personal accounts and story-telling of the author’s personal journey, are a number of beautiful and frank poems. I loved them and found them touching.

Overall, enjoyed the emotional journey as a reader, I recommend this book to every woman who has or is currently in an abusive relationship to help with healing and moving forward. I also recommend it for anyone who has not experienced this, but has an interest in subject matter. Five stars from me, a touching memoir that is well worth a read.

(Reviewed by Kim)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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 novel has a lot of situational development in other words a moving plotline that was excellent. With the interactions in the characters and the situations in the novel everything was well thought of and developed. What I love most of all was the conclusion. A novel that shows a situation from beginning to end making sure to cross every “t” and dot every “i” is a winner in my book. 

(Reviewed by Patrice)


For more information on Frances Dupree’s book, check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jahzarabradley.



Book Review Alert: Marrying Outside of God’s Will

 

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


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 Correctional. 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. I love the continuing speed of the novel. As I stated before it never slowed down. Steady pace with great character growth even though it was not much. You with the information that was given let you know why they got the fate that came upon them. 

 

 (Reviewed by Patrice)

 

 

 

For more information on Author Pugh’s book, check out his facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/author.pugh.5.


 

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Monday, December 21, 2020

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

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 page at https://www.facebook.com/DSOTC


Book Review Alert: I Broke Out of Prison


                                                         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

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 fiancĂ© (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 only has one book published however book two the world will see in the upcoming year. She is a mom of two outstanding boys a native of Charleston SC and a proud wife of my veteran husband Kenneth Anderson. 

Chantel Sills

Chantel Sills is a 27 year old Virginia native who attended Virginia Wesleyan College. She received her bachelors in a Creative Writing and has since been pursuing a career as a published author. She fell in love with reading as a child, and can’t wait to share that love of reading and writing with the world. 



Ashley Green 

Ashley Green is  just an ordinary black women who is either Reading, Thinking about Reading or about to Read. 




Felicha Stanley

Felicha Stanley is a freelance writer, and author of her new book wPower: The Strength of an Empowered Woman to Change the World. Her book is focused on the issues that matter most to women such as equality, paying it forward for another woman, making sure that women’s voices are being heard, and women as change agents. Felicha Sinegar-Stanley is the founder of Women Empowering Women. Women Empowering Women is a business for women who want to empower other women and young girls. Felicha grew up in Port Arthur, Texas and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys reading, writing, and mentoring young women. Her goal is to get women actively involved in empowering young girls and other women. She helps women by empowering them in the areas they want and need.


Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas is a Christian author. She lives in the state of Michigan. Julie loves reading and writing. 

Kela Calvin

Kela Calvin is an author from Hopewell, Virginia. She has a degree in human services. She aims to motivate and inspire others through the art of storytelling. The author currently has four books published entitled Living Proof, Living Proof Two, L’s: Lust, Love And Lifetime poetry book and Worthy. All are available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. She also writes poetry and performs spoken word on occasion under the name Therapeutic_Poet. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with family and friends, read, cook and watch movies.

Book Review Alert: Her Obsession by A. J. Write

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