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Book Review Alert: Multiverses

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Book Review Alert:  Multiverses Author:  Celia Lissett Published:  n/a Publisher:   n/a ISBN-13:   n/a Rating:  5 Multiverses is a collection of poems that consist of pain, trauma and strength all in one. This piece resonated with me on a personal level. I was able to relate to much of the authors pain, raw emotions and even deepest desires. Multiverses is what I would label as healing!! I truly appreciate how the author put great detail in the pain, the trauma and the journey of losing a child. Highly recommend for any grief counselors to incorporate as a tool in their therapy sessions as well as possible support groups. This contemplation of poetry speaks to the heart of mother's and/or father's who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillborn. It takes strength to share the most intimate parts of oneself. Kuddos to this author for her bravery and transparency.  Each section was vivid, full with raw emotions and the author did an impeccable job of sha

Book Review Alert: Ethosism: Self-Enslavement Abolitionist Manifesto

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Book Review Alert:  Ethosism: Self-Enslavement Abolitionist Manifesto  Author:  Jo M. Sekimonyo Published:  November 20, 2020 Publisher:  Resource Publications ISBN-13:  978-1725265349 Rating:  4 This book is loaded with a wealth of information. The author was passionate about the message of why poverty still exists and ways to overcome it. Reading this novel was so relatable to how times are now as compared to the past. It puts all of the lawmakers “on  blast”, exposing them for their hypocritical ways. In a nutshell, the same politicians that we elect into office to work for the people are basically working for themselves to enhance financial gain and status quo. Time is way overdue for morals and standards to overcome worldwide poverty.   The author utilized many quotes relating to his point of views. However, the one that stood out to me the most was, “There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it.”---Ida B. Wells. Elected officials could find

Book Review Alert: Pink Lotus

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Book Review Alert: Pink Lotus Author: Dominique D. Glisson Published:  July 31, 2020 Publisher: Afrosofly Inc.  ISBN-10: 1734924500 ASIN: B08M2K9F5P Rating: 5 stars A collection of poems that are all in some way related to the vagina. This book gave the vagina a voice. Poems in this book will make you hate a man and other ones that can make you love a man.  One of my favorites was titled Poetry Man Part 1. This poem puts me in the mind of the movie Love Jones. The first time that Darius sees Nina to be exact. Another poem that I thought was HILARIOUS was titled False Alarm. All I can say about that poem is it is ok to be small. LOL Glisson did a great job with this book of poetry. I found myself able to relate to some of the poems. Some poems I found myself thinking like omg if she only could talk. And lastly some poems had to giggle and laugh. Some poems are short and some are long. But overall this book is great for females. It is our words from our special box.  (Reviewed by Patrice

Book Review Alert: The City Heroes and other stories from the Heart of Africa

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Book Review Alert: The City Heroes and other stories from the Heart of Africa Author: Omoruyi Weingarten Published:  February 21, 2012 Publisher: Pen Books ISBN-13: N/A ASIN: B007C4Cy6A Rating: 4 stars   Literary Tic Tok of animals. I never thought of at this age reading a book where the animal, in this case cats, takes on real human feelings and emotions. In a way it is kind of funny. One point in reading this book, I could see the animals talking, drinking, and taking on real human attributes.  This book is an anthology. The stories within these pages are well rounded. You can have a solid beginning, middle, and end in each one. Every story has some type of meaning or thought that the author is trying to get across. The story of Forgiveness took the spotlight for me. In this very short but to the point story gives a great example on how forgiveness should be granted and how all in the situation can walk away stronger and better than they came in.    I am a big fan

Book Review Alert: L’s: Lust, Love, and Lifetime

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Book Review Alert: L’s: Lust, Love, and Lifetime Author: Therapeutic Poet Published:  June 11, 2020 Publisher: Kindle Edition ISBN-13: 979-8653579714 ASIN: B08B4BBPSD Rating: 4 stars Poetry that leaves you hot and bothered. Looking for someone to unleash the buildup of tension from what you have read.Most of the poems contained in this book  are about love and lust. There were maybe about two or three that seemed to pertain to lifetime with one mainly about the Black Lives Matter Movement. With all of that being said the flow of the book was great. I would have to say that my two favorite poems in the book included Poetry Man Part 1 and Agape .  Poetry Man Part 1 gave me the vision of Love Jones. I can see Tate and Long’s character in a coffee house silently watching each other remembering the poem that they heard.  The second poem that struck a chord with me was Agape . Now me being a big girl,I can really relate to this poem. My three favorite things together: love, my man, and foo

Book Review Alert: The Road to Success In Life

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Book Review Alert: The Road to Success In Life Author: Michael Maliele Published:  December 25, 2016 Publisher: Kindle Edition ISBN-13: 978-1539765011 ASIN: B01NCPZJ9Y  Rating: 3 stars       The book was about Michael’s Road to his personal success, with the details of where he began and what he went through and when he actually found success. The author gave specific accounts of each and every struggle he faced on his road to success. The book was a little difficult to follow and understand in the beginning, but towards the middle of the book it got a little easier to follow and understand. When he writes, he talks about everything and how it made him feel. From reading this book you can always tell who the key people are in his life. This author is very open about events and writes them in chronological order as they happen. Although the writing style of the author was different, you could understand where he is going if you read slowly and paid close attention. The things that I l

Book Review Alert: Amanda (A Golden Jewelry)

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  Book Review Alert: Amanda (A Golden Jewelry) Author:  John Amarachukwu  Ezeakanihu Published:  N?A Publisher: N/A ISBN-13: N/A ASIN: N/A  Rating: 5 stars The book begins with the wonderful characterization of Amanda herself. We learn about her likes and dislikes her, the people she knows and loves and the way that the mother watches over her daily with unconditional love. We are brought into the presence of the family as they sit down to eat and prepare for the attending of school the next day. She begins school and is a fantastic student. She enjoys her teacher and adores her classmates. An incident occurred that shows that Amanda’s character is outstanding. As a young girl, it was a very nice thing to do. Eventually Amanda has to go to another class. She is older and is reading and growing fast. She is a favorite in her calls and graduates with accolades. Amanda is a great gift to the people she knows, exhibiting kindness and consideration to those she comes in contact with.

Book Review Alert: The Road to Success In Life

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Book Review Alert: The Road to Success In Life Author: Michael Maliele Published:  December 25, 2016 Publisher: Kindle Edition ISBN-13: 978-1539765011 ASIN: B01NCPZJ9Y  Rating: 3 stars Never let the situation that you are in determine the future you will have is a great summary for this novel. Michael Maliele talks about his life. Throughout the novel he speaks about the ups and downs of his life. Yes he has had many trials and tribulations but in every situation he seems to find the silver lining in the cloud or situation. Even being diagnosed with epilepsy halt the plans he had for his life. Overcomer who became an achiever.  I would have to say this book was a little difficult to read. I find myself on some occasions wondering where the novel was going because of the incomplete thoughts. On the other hand, it was great to read about places in South Africa and find that place on the internet. It was always such a beautiful and breathtaking picture. I would like the author to know t

Patrice and Friend's (AAMLLC’s Review Team) Book of the Year

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Patrice and Friend's (AAMLLC’s Review Team) Book of the Year Aspiring Authors Magazine Review Team decided they wanted to choose a book that has stood out from all the reviews that they have done in 2020. We decided to call it the AAMLLC’s Review Team Book of the Year. This is the first year of this award. We are proud to announce that Author Pugh is the winner. The title of the book is Major Repercussions. Our director, Patrice Grimball interviewed Pugh to get to know more about him.  Tell us about yourself. Greetings, I am the author known as PUGH. I was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in South Miami- Dade County,FL. Thus far, I have written and published four novels. In my spare time I like to exercise, write, read, and watch my favorite shows. As we speak, I am working hard to complete my fifth novel entitled 'Legacy',which is scheduled to be released February 2021.   When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  I first realized that I wanted to be a

Book Review Alert: The System and Purple

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Book Review Alert: The System and Purple Author: Rijan Maharjan Published: 2020 Publisher: self-published ASIN-13: B08NV3TP5J Rating: 5  The System and Purple is a poetry book including 12 poems. The poems are about the system that we as a society currently live in, and the life we have created. This poetry book was extremely well written. It’s not my particular type of book, but it was still good. The poet takes the current state of our society and uses metaphors and concrete ideas to display it in a beautifully crafted format. (Reviewed by Chantel)

Books 2 Read in Black History Month Feature Author KR Bankston

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Meet Author KR Bankston KR Bankston is a Fiction Novelist, Publishing Consultant, Ghostwriter, Public Speaker, and Mentor. The CEO of Kirabaco Media Group, LLC. Bankston entered the world of commercial publishing in 2008 with her first novel, A Deadly Encounter. She has since gone on to write and publish to date some 40+ novels, including two anthologies and one novella.  KR has been featured in the Daytona Times Literary Spotlight: ‘What to Read While You Wait’ for her books Shattered Peace, Interception, The Destroyer, and Sinister Alliance. KR has been a guest on multiple online and blog radio shows.  KR is a nonconformist novelist who writes in a myriad  of genres.    1. What is your writing process like? I generally start with the idea of the story, at least 2 of the main characters, and go from there. I firmly believe in letting my characters tell their story, in their words. I’m not really an outline author. I write from the gut, normally writing two or three books at the same t

Books 2 Read in Black History Month Feature Author Shante Reed

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  Meet Author Shante Reed  Shante Reed was born and raised in rural Georgia. She is the oldest of three children. Reed was raised by her grandmother because her stepfather was in the military. She did not want to move around so to her grandmother she went. She started writing because in high school while she was dealing with depression. It took her relocating to California to begin to learn who she really was.  1. How long did it take for you to write I Am What You See ? It took 2 years because there were stretches in time I refused to write. 2. What inspired the idea for this book? This book came about as I began to discover how God sees me.   3. How would you describe your book's ideal reader? The ideal reader for this book is the person who seeks to grow spiritually.   4. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused? It’s more about what I don’t need which is distractions. 5. How did you celebrate when you finished, I Am What You See ?   I didn’t.   6. Does w

Books 2 Read in Black History Month Feature Author Robert L. Horton

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Meet Author Robert L. Horton    Robert L. Horton is a poet and author who is from Springfield, Illinois. Horton has written 3 books.  The three books of poetry are entitled Released (2015); Miscellaneous Pieces (2017); and his latest FAME (2020). 1.  The book we reviewed for you was FAME . This was a poetry book. Would you consider this your genre? If so, why?                                                                                               Yes, poetry is my genre. The reason why poetry is my genre is because this is what I have been most comfortable with writing.   2. What would be your favorite poem in FAME ?   It is a toss-up between Midnight Flower and Highs and Lows.   3. What would you consider to be common traps for aspiring writers? A common trap would be thinking their work is not good enough to be published.   4. What is your favorite writing snack and drink? Cheese/Crackers and wine   5. What is the most difficult part of your writing process? Having a quiet

Book Review Alert: FAME

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  Book Review Alert: FAME Author: Robert L. Horton Published: June 26, 2020  Publisher: Truth Book Publishers ISBN-13: 978-1937089603 Rating: 4 stars FAME is a collection of various poems by Author Robert L. Horton. Poems in this book cover many subjects. I have to say that if the author was going for a well-rounded book; he did achieve that with this novel. Each poem has either a quote or a scripture reference at the end of it. This seems to drive the poem or subject of this poem a little further for the reader or in some terms giving clarification. If I had to pick at least two poems in this book that stood out to me they would be Burdens In Life and H ow To Make It Through Each Day.   Burdens In Life is a poem that is relevant for this time that we are living in. It is a poem that speaks of death. With so much death around us in large numbers, the poem will be will received. While reading this poem, I could see the RIP t-shirts, bookmarks, and social media posts.  Secondly I chos