Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Yasmine and Romeo: A Valentine’s Day Short


Book Review Alert: Yasmine and Romeo: A Valentine’s Day Short

Author: Talena Tillman

Published: January 30, 2021

Publisher: n/a

ASIN: B08VHQGLX2

Rating: 5 stars


Enter the life of Ms. Yasmine. Just left a bad relationship to go home with her tail in between her legs back to mommy and daddy.  Time flies and we meet our main character again but this time she meets Dr. Pierce aka Mr. Gynecologist aka Romeo. This short, sweet, and steamy novel will take you on the ride to discover the  love of Ms. Yasmine and Mr. Romeo. They go from intimate dates to putting exs in their place. I promise you, you will feel some type of way after reading this novel.  


WHY WHY WHY???? How could you leave me this way. I want to know what happened. I am sitting here writing this review feeling like a kid: where as someone just took my favorite toy while the playing was getting good. A great book shot. A book that is just enough to get you through the day.  Tillman you did that with this book. And the sex scene…. Look here. Girl you had me feeling some type of way. Too hot to handle. Please keep me informed when your next installment comes out.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Book Review Alert: The Awkward Armadillo: A Mental Health Memoir

Book Review Alert: The Awkward Armadillo: A Mental Health Memoir

Author: Aimee Larson
Published: January 17, 2021
Publisher: Aimee Larson
ISBN-13: 978-1736497500
ASIN: B08SWJJ98Y
Rating: 5 

Author Aimee Larson is an author and a poet who has written a memoir regarding
mental health. However, the writer has not always been good with writing, the
pronunciation of words, or the subject of English in general. In her memoir, she
discusses the impact of mental health on her family going back as far as her
grandparents; her paternal grandfather, who was an abusive alcoholic believed to be
suffering from PTSD, and maternal grandmother, who was an alcoholic narcissist. Back
in the day it was universally known that mental health issues were not discussed nor
were you to seek out for professional help. She discloses that her father, brother, as well
as herself has suffered from mental illness. She also discusses her bouts with mental
illness and how it has impacted her life negatively growing up leading up to her adult
life.

First and foremost, the author was very courageous in sharing her story. What can I say?
This was an exhilarating read! I absolutely loved the author's writing style, which was
indeed unique and raw. I loved that she was able to incorporate poetry into this novel. I
was pleased that her father finally agreed to receiving help, which improved his quality
of life. I was also happy to read that Aimee came to terms with her mental illness and
termed her symptoms “armadillo mode”. I’m sure many people who may read this book
would be able to relate to this terminology as people suffering from mental illness tend
to shut themselves off from society, as an armadillo may tuck away into its shell. In the
memoir, the author was able to finally start loving herself more by making positive
decisions for her life, whether it made her uncomfortable in the beginning or not. This
was a pure example of stepping out of your comfort zone, or in her case, coming out of
her armadillo shell. I was happy to read that with all of her awkwardness she was able to
find true love and develop a true support system. I would recommend this read and give
it ten stars if I could. The author also wrote in her memoir that she plans to write more.
I would gladly read more from this author.

(Reviewed by Kelva)

Patrice's Literary Meet & Greet: Meet Aquintas "Quint" Jones

Reading her first novel Get Up & Get Out Your Own Way, had me wondering who in the world is Quint Jones. Now after reading her second novel called Overcoming the Mask: Something Had to BreakI know that the world deserves to know her better. 
So everyone meet AQUINTAS "QUINT" JONES. 

    Aquintas "Quint" Jones was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT to a single parent home. Her  mother, Gwendolyn Jones raised me. Her father had his own issues and could not be there for me, but she had an uncle stepped in as a father. Jones is mother herself of 2 beautiful daughters and a grandmother of 3. She is an Author, an Evangelist, A Certified Life Coach, A Podcast Host and The Founder of My Life Has Destiny Corp. Needless to say she is also a Domestic Violence Advocate. 

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
           The most surprising thing I discovered about writing this book was that I wasn't completely healed from the loss of the love of life. I realized I was still grieving. I was not only grieving over Kevin passing but I was also grieving over my good friend that tried to commit suicide because I pushed him away.  I had to repent for being mean to him. He didn't know what I went through as a child. I didn't tell him because I didn't know how he was going to respond. After he tried to commit suicide I completely stopped speaking to him. I couldn't handle it. I ended up repenting right before my book was completed. The sad part was, this was a memory I completely repressed. But God uncovered it. 

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
         My tip for aspiring authors is to keep writing. This book was completely draining to me because it dealt with my life. It brought back memories I didn't want to deal with. But it also helped me to heal. And the completion of the book was very rewarding. It showed me I can accomplish anything. 

Tell us a little about what inspired  you to write Overcoming the Mask: Something Had to Break? 
          OverComing The Mask: Something Had To Break is a testimony of my life. I watched cycles of abuse go on in my family for a long time. It started with my mom, trickled down to me and right down to my children. The generational curses had to be broken. We kept silent for too long. I needed to tell my story to help others that are going through. I pray my testimony inspires others to speak out. Silence does not Bring healing. 

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
          I pray my readers know that they do not have to tolerate abuse. Don't allow others to project prayers on them that are not even theirs. And watch your surroundings because everyone is not for you. Please speak out and Break Your Own Cycle. Voids can only be filled by God. Also, spiritual abuse is real, please recognize it. 

What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?
         Success to me is knowing who you are and having peace, joy and happiness.  For a long time I didn't know who I was and I was far from having peace and joy. I was existing. I was like a zombie, just walking around dead. My life was full of chaos. I had no purpose for living. Now my life is full of purpose. And success is: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
       I am currently working on Part 2 of OverComing The Mask: Something Had To Break. It is Called: Exposed To Humility. This book is going to Expose more of the wounds that were masked. And tell of my journey to obedience. 

What book is currently on your bedside table?
        Pigs In The Parlor: The Practical Guide To Deliverance by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond

How many bookshelves are in your house? 
    I have a total of 3. 

What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
    That would be Rebecca Brown.

What would you like to say to your readers? 
    I would like to say to my readers: See the progress in your process. You can only lose if you give up. Quitting is not an Option. No matter how long your process takes, walk in Purpose on Purpose. Walk In Your Destiny. #mylifehasdestiny


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Monday, March 29, 2021

Book Review Alert: Overcoming the Mask: Something Had to Break

 Book Review Alert:

Overcoming the Mask: Something Had to Break


Author: Aquintas Jones

Published: February 20, 2021

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN-13: 979-8705624614

ASIN: B08Y4T6XR2

Rating: 3.5 stars



Enter the life of Aqunitas Jones. What a life it has been for her. The book takes the reader on the journey through her life to where she is right now. The life of Jones has been that of many trials from being sexually assaulted at a young age by one of her mother’s “friends” to being abused by her husband. Overcoming is a great word for this novel. She was loved by her aunt and uncle, who to me seems to be the only “family” she had in the beginning. Survival is a trait the Aquintas adapted at a young age as the reader can see in this novel. From when she heard the arguments and cries that would happen between her mother and father. The point of the book that affected  me the most as a reader was the death of Kevin. As she described the death of Kevin, my heart went out to her. You could tell that he meant something to her. Overall, I will say that I love the fact that she was so strong in her faith. She stayed committed even when it came against those that were also in the faith and were family.


I needed a better flow to this novel. Yes the flow was in the timeline of her life but it did not go smoothly as a reader.  That in no way takes away from the content of the novel. I can tell that she pours out her heart in this book but I wanted to get more from her and a little less from others. 


(Reviewed by Patrice)

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Book Review Alert: Anemone: Son Of The Ocean


Book Review Alert:  Anemone: Son Of The Ocean

Author:  V.M. Moliko

Published:  January 18, 2021

Publisher:  Valentia M. Publisher

ISBN-13:  979-8597461038

ASIN:  B08TCJV9RP

Rating: 3 stars



Book Summary

Violet is a young woman who is striving to become a lawyer. She decides to go on vacation to the Cape Land Ocean after a much needed break. This Ocean is where her father was last seen before his death. Ironically, this location made her feel spiritually bonded to her father. She was raised by her Aunt Mariam, living with her along with her cousin Amanda. While vacationing, the ladies met three brothers of the island; Jake, Phillip and Ethan. There was an instant attraction between Violet and Ethan that would lead to much more; a whirlwind romance and unexpected circumstances surrounding their connection to the ocean. People were continuously disappearing from the Cape Land Ocean. It was later discovered that the anemone, the predatory animal of the sea, could be responsible for these vanishings. Mr. Beckham, also known as Uncle Becky, raised the brothers. They were not biological brothers or biologically his children. Uncle Becky would soon have to reveal the secret behind their parents deaths and the causes of Ethan’s strange characteristics. This was due to the observation of Ethan and Violet both being unphased by the stinging of the venomous tentacles of the vicious sea anemone. Ethan and Violet’s connection led to the revelation of them both being products of the sea anemone. 


Overall Feeling of The Novel   

This scientific short read has the potential for being a more solid story. I gave this story a three-star rating. I’ve actually read a book by this author before and I like the author’s creativity. However, this story did not woo me. There were times that scenes of the story felt rushed. I understand what the author was trying to execute in this story regarding who the sea anemones were and their connection. However, it appeared that scenarios and characters were randomly thrown into this story. Towards the end of the story, the author wrote that her cousin Amanda was killed, but she didn’t notify her aunt, Amanda’s mother; the son Phillip killed his father and another character, but he wasn’t punished and the story ended happily ever after. Also there were a lot of grammatical errors that interrupted the flow of the story. With proofreading and editing, this story could have been better received. 


(Reviewed by Kela)


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Book Review Alert: wPower: The Strength of an Empowered Woman to Change the World

Book Review Alert: wPower: The Strength of an Empowered Woman to Change the World 

Author: Felicha Sinegar- Stanley

Published: February 12, 2020

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN-13: 978-1087866260

ASIN: B084RVD6XD

Rating: 4 stars



If I had to give this book one word summary, that word would be strength. This book is an oath to Girl Power. Sinegar-Stanley guides a woman to a point where she can see excellence in her and other women around her. She gives readers great examples for each point in her book. She gives examples of women whom you would consider to be empowered; women that you can look up to. A book that is great with the age that we are living in today seeing that we have our first female and African American Vice President.  This book would go great with a journal that is designated for a woman’s goals and dreams. I will have to say that this book made me think of creative ways to encourage and to empower women that I see on an everyday basis. In some cases, I did not know that I was already doing just that. I didn't think that helping a woman by supporting her in a crisis was a form of empowering her. She stated in her book that she was “soft spoken” but “my words are powerful.” That is the mic drop for me. 



This is a great book to have in your collection of self and group motivational books. The author gave great points on how you can better yourself and others. I would have to say that  my favorite chapter was about mentoring. It made me think a lot about my best friend and how I should pass on the knowledge that she gave me to other women that work with me. Great job. 


Monday, March 8, 2021

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

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Free Books (as of 3/6/2021)

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Book Review Alert: Recipe for Disaster


Book Review Alert: Recipe for Disaster

Author: Montoya Epperson

Published:  December 2, 2020

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN-13: 979-8566082035

ASIN: B08PP5F5DM

Rating: 4 stars


Jasper could be considered the glue that keeps the things  together for her and her girls, Kim and Freckles. She is the ride or die friend. Just because she can keep the crew together doesnt me her life is going smoothly. Jasper is a caterer starting her own business. She is trying to make a name for herself but someone is making sure that will not happen for her. Who is trying to sabotage her business? 


David has very bad luck when it comes to women. To me he seems to be dumb as a door knob. He always seems to go for Mrs. Wrong. Well this last time, he chose Mrs. Wrong and lost everything. Yes David will have to fight from the bottom to get things back to the way it was and as you read you can tell he is up for the challenge. Jasper and David meet. Something is there but because of the hurt that one has gone through and the drama the other is going through makes both of them miss the fireworks to me. Going right past the target is called love. Will love have its way in more ways than one? Or will everything fail?



Jasper was getting on my nerves in some parts of the novel but I will say that her development as a character saved her in my eyes. David on the other hand, I felt bad for him. I was rooting for this couple from the moment they met. So many times in this book I was thinking to myself why won't these two??? OMG they are getting on my last nerve. But seeing the love mature between them was worth. The up and down of the roller coaster called emotions UGH!!!!. Good job but I know that there has to be more. Correct?? BTW: I do have one request?? Can I please beat up Freckles and Kim? She got on my nerves badly. Freckles (Amber) didn’t know any better and Kim at the end seemed like a hater to me. I know they were just looking out for their homegirl but dang.  LOL


Book Review Alert: Violet: A Street Vixen

Book Review Alert: Violet: A Street Vixen  Author: Elaine Jenkins  Published: August 10, 2022  Publisher: Independently published  ISBN-13: ...