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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Black History - I made A Boo Boo! - January


Number 48
NOTE:  If and when you finish reading a book, please submit comments to the author's website or on Amazon or where ever you shop.  Also, comment on my blog.  Let me know if I have driven you crazy yet or just bored you to death or if you want something more.  It does help.
I made a Big Boo Boo when I submitted my review of Roby’s book.  So here’s the corrected version and I should know better, but when I make a mistake, I will apologize and correct it.  I'm sorry, but no use getting upset, just fixdo it!  
I just finished reading and listening to KIMBERLA LAWSON ROBY -  $9.99 
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Now, I’m at a disadvantage because I usually find good books to read while on my rounds through book fairs, book sales, libraries and other venues, but this book caught me by surprise and I bought it.  I have heard about Roby’s books, but with so many books to read and so little time to read them, I never got around to her.  This time,  I just bought the book on impulse.  
While volunteering at the library on Tuesday, I borrowed the audio version as well.  Read the book on any breaks I could get and listened to the audio while driving back and forth to work.  I just couldn’t get my head on straight until I finished it.  When I started it, I did not realize it was a continuing story, so I have gone back, way back, to the beginning books and brought them all. 

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Alicia Sullivan, a spoiled and gorgeous 22 year old, is the daughter of the unscrupulous, dashing and always impeccably dressed, Reverend Curtis Black.   She shops like she is one of these’s Wall Street money Diva’s.  She is married to a good man who practices the Dave Ramsey Mantra and doesn’t even understand why.  Get’s all mad and decides to have an affair because no one understands that she has to be dressed and be presented in the most expensive items for show.  Gets caught up with a known drug lord, gets robbed at gun point and finally on top of that, blames her father for her infidelity and bad spending habits.  Fundamentally, she has not learned a damn thing, which pissed me off.
Roby’s Christian attitude writing is simple. It reminds us about how the past’s bad behavior of one’s parent can haunt later, but that was not enough justification for Alicia in my mind.  That child should have received a butt whopping from day one and that man she married doesn’t figure it out until it’s too late.  I enjoyed the book more because of her elementary writing and I don’t mean a grade school level writing, I mean it flowed smoothly, fast and to the point.   
On the audio side, the narrator, Caroline Clay, is not one who changes her voice to try and match the characters, but she did a very good job of keeping her voice consistent and light.  I would recommend this book because it makes me need to go back and read her others.  It is that good.  I love Christian fiction, even when the bad guy or girl doesn’t get enough payback for me.  Roby is just easy on the eyes and mind with a little help from GOD and that’s a good thing.  Oh, yeah, one other point.  Another married couple who comes to the church for guidance on a drama mama problem, Mr. and Mrs. King, will have you laughing.  It's so hard to keep a good marriage going, so hard.
Now, we can get some more dram mama single big woman or slim woman and men problems with the one and only CARL WEBER.  His latest book, THE CHOIR DIRECTOR - $9.99 - - - The Choir DirectorpastedGraphic_2.pdf  came out today and he will be at Books A Million on January 28 at 7pm in Northwoods Mall in Charleston, SC and my book club members, The Literary Divas of The Lowcountry will be there to support him and I have sent e-mails to every single person I know to get them there.  We don't have enough writers coming to Charleston, especially our African Americans, so I will push to get them here. 
The last one we had here was Omar Tyree and it was the saddest book signing I have every seen in my life.  There were less than 30 people there.  30 Black women!  Where in the hell were the men!  and Where in the hell were our black folks!  They won't get away with this again.  You can be sure of that. I will haunt, cajoled, campaign, promote, trick, what every it takes to get these books out and brought.  I may be down now, but no way am I going away. 
I have purchased all of Weber's books because he is another one whom I don't know how he managed to get out of my grip, but I got him now, and look many of his books are less than 5 dollars!!! Five dollars!  You can't beat that price to load on you Kindle, iPad, whatever you got, load it!!!
LOOKIN' FOR LUV - $4.47  Lookin' For LuvpastedGraphic_3.pdf
BABY MOMMA DRAMA - $4.47  Baby Momma DramapastedGraphic_3.pdf
THE FIRST LADY - $4.47  The First LadypastedGraphic_3.pdf
THE PREACHER'S SON - $4.39  The Preacher's SonpastedGraphic_3.pdf
SHE AIN'T THE ONE - $4.39  She Ain't The OnepastedGraphic_3.pdf
MARRIED MEN - $4.47  Married MenpastedGraphic_2.pdf
UP TO NO GOOD - $4.76 Up To No GoodpastedGraphic_4.pdf
SOMETHING ON THE SIDE - $7.99  Something On The SidepastedGraphic_2.pdf
SO YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAN - $4.47  So You Call Yourself A ManpastedGraphic_4.pdf
TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS - $8.80 - - - Torn Between Two LoverspastedGraphic_5.pdf  I read this one and with two men after you, Loraine was trying to stay focus on her marriage, but when your husband is hiding a secret and your lover is hitting home, what is one to do?  What is one to do!!! Run!!! "Run, I said." 
BIG GIRLS DO CRY - $8.49  Big Girls Do CrypastedGraphic_2.pdf
PLAYER HATERS - $4.47  Player HaterspastedGraphic_3.pdf
A DOLLAR AND A DREAM - $6.64  A Dollar And A DreampastedGraphic_5.pdf

More books for your bucks!!

CHAMPAGNE, JELLYBEANS AND CHOCOLATE - R.L. RAYLOR - $.99

COME SUNDAY MORNING - TERRY E.HILL - $9.66 Paperback - - - According to Cyrus Webb of Conversations Books Club, "What a remarkable confession, and it is one that no matter what your profession many can relate to. How many of us have given up what we really want just to go after what we feel like will make us look the best to the world. Pastor Cleaveland showcases that not only do we have the potential to destroy ourselves but those that we have involved in our facade of a life sometimes with irreversible consequences. It is also important to realize that with much of life, what's done in the dark will ultimately come to the light. Come Sunday Morning is just the kind of book we needed to start off the year, not just because it is an entertaining read, but as any literary work worth its salt, it sparks a much-needed discussion. Kudos to Terry E. Hill for once again showcasing that some things get better with age. This is a book that will be talked about for some time to come. 
Got to stick on one for Black History this month:
WALTER MOSLEY - DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS - $10.99  - - - I know you remember Denzel Washington playing the main character, Easy Rawlins?  He looked Damn goooooood!!!!! and the story is great too!








Sunday, January 23, 2011

Number 47

This has been one long, nutcase week.  I worked every day and each day there was something or someone, pissing me off.  Why, because they feel it’s their obligation to drive others insane since they are not able to get their life in line, so they kick people down and keep on kicking.  I will go down, as most humans do, but I will get up and start fighting like a bull on crack.  Nobody, and I mean nobody is going to rain on my parade, drag me down, kick my hindpot, knock me over or continue to keep me down.  I got too much GOD in me and the Devil be hell.
Whoa!! that felt better, now on to my review.  People have asked me over the past weeks how I find time to promote, buy and read books.  Simple, my TV watching is less than 4 hours a week.  I work, walk my dog, play on the net, update my blog, volunteer and watch old and new DVDs.  I’m sure I’m not like other people, but then I have always been “out there”!   My grandmother and I did not get a TV until I was about 9 years old.  I just wanted to go to school and go outside and play.  When my daughter was born, her Dad and I only had one TV and it was in the basement.  She watched a few cartoons, but most times she was kept too busy with school, outside activities, and of course books.  I did let the child eat and sleep now and then! 
There are only 24 hours in a day and if you stop to think about it, you sleep 7 hours (I usually sleep 8 hours, got to get my beauty rest).  Work 9 hours, if you are living in DC,MD,VA,or NY, that is probably 11 hours, 1 hour each way to and from work.  I know about traffic, I drove the mixing bowl in Virginia daily and don’t let it rain or snow, it’s then 12 to 14 hours Monday thru Friday and on Saturday and Sunday, the traffic is still messed up.  When you work and drive in rush hour traffic in DC, MD and VA, you know how one feels at the end of the day.  It’s brutal, more than brutal!.  When I use to drive back to DC from SC, I did not run into traffic, even on a Saturday or Sunday, until I got just a bit pass Kings Dominion, an amusement part in Doswell,Virginia, but over the last two years, the traffic has increased two fold beginning at the Virginia line.  Bumper to bumper. Man, it’s a good thing that I’m never in hurry.  I figure I get there when I get there, just as long as I’m safe.  
I have lived in Charleston, South Carolina for the past 8 years, and I still can not believe there’s no traffic.  It takes me from 20 to 30 minutes each way to work and I don’t see any problems.   I’m sure there are some pockets of bad traffic, but overall, it’s no way, no way, compared to other cities.  Can you imagine what they went thru in SC when It snowed?  They just about freaked. They also don’t have much of a parking problem either, except in Downtown Charleston, but they can pay for parking in many lots and it don’t cost an arm and a leg.  Whereas in DC,MD and VA, you pay big time.  Where I work there is no parking fee.  It’s a huge parking lot with nothing to pay.  Can you believe it!! Don’t have to pay for parking and many people here at my job complain that they have to walk a bit from their car to get to the building.  They don’t pay for parking.  “Shut the hell up!!! You don’t know how good you have it!”  “So, drive, relax and listen to the radio, iPod, or, more importantly, books and more books.
I just finished reading and listening to KIMBERLA LAWSON ROBY - The Best of Everything - $9.99 - - - The Best of Everything  
Now I’m at a disadvantage because I usually find books while on my rounds through book fairs, book sales, library and other venues, but this book caught me by supreme surprise and I brought it.  While volunteering at the library on Tuesday, I borrowed the audio version.  Read the book on my lunch break and listen to the audio while driving.  I just could not get my head on straight until I finished it.  When I did, I did not realize it was a continuing story, so I have gone back, way back to the beginning books and brought them all.  
thru those white teeth, blaming her father for her infidelity and bad spending habits, she has not learned a damn thing, which pissed me off.  
Roby’s christian attitude writing is simple and reminds us about how the past’s bad behavior of one’s parent can haunt later, but it was not enough for me.  That child should have received a but whopping from day one and that man she married don’t figure it out until it’s too late.  I enjoyed the book more because of her elementary writing and I don’t mean a grade school level writing, I mean it flowed smoothly, fast and to the point.  The narrator, Caroline Clay, is not one who changes her voice to try and match the characters, but she did a very good job of keeping her voice consistent and steady.  I would recommend this book because I need to go back and read her others. I love christian fiction, even if the bad guy or girl don’t get enough retribution for me.  Roby is just easy on the eyes and mind with a little help from GOD and that’s a good thing.  Oh,yeah, Mr. and Mrs. King will have you laughing.  It's so hard to keep a good marriage going, so hard
Here are her books, from the beginning:
HERE AND NOW - $2.90 Paperback - October 2001 
CASTING THE FIRST STONE - $6.99 - Paperback - July 2002 - - - The beginning of the awesome, well dressed and thrill seeking lifestyle and oh so handsome, he should have a reality show (A reminder of Creflo Dollar and I’m not saying it’s him) Casting The First Stone
TASTE OF REALITY: A NOVEL - $9.99 - January 2003 A Taste of Reality
IT’S A THIN LINE - $6.99 Paperback - October 2003 It's A Thin Line
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - $11.71 Paperback - October 2004 Behind Closed Doors
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING - $11.19 - Paperback - February 2005 Too Much of a Good Thing
THE BEST-KEPT SECRET - $10.29 - Paperback - January 2006 The Best-Kept Secret
CHANGING FACES - $9.99 - January 2007 Changing Faces
LOVE AND LIES - $9.99 - January 2008 Love and Lies
SIN NO MORE - $9.99 - February 2008 Sin No More
THE BEST OF EVERYTHING - $9.99 - January 2009 - - - My review above.
ONE IN A MILLION - $9.99 - June 2009 One in a Million
A DEEP DARK SECRET - $9.99 - October 2010 A Deep Dark Secret: A Novel

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR: A NOVEL - $9.99 - January 1, 2011Be Careful What You Pray For

LOVE, HONOR, AND BETRAY - $11.99 - - - The family that prays together is at it again, but this time a child is involved.





Now on to other authors:
ALAN CRAMER - GOD HELPS THOSE - $1.00 - - -  The year is 1983, Marcus Dupree is on his way to the top. He has it all, the great job, the girl of his dreams and a chance to live the truly good life. But Marcus has a secret, a secret that soon becomes to big to hide. He struggles to keep his family together, but it looks like it's all about to come crashing down. Only God can save him.




TOI MOORE & T’ La JUNE - NOT QUITE GOOD ENOUGH - $4.95 - - - The Ding Dong cover alone will make me buy it, but here’s a little tease.   Not Quite Good Enough is a page turner where erotica meets comedy with a bang!  The story combines five women and one gay man together for fun, laughter, and sex! The women believe they’re not quite good enough to catch a good man, or that the men are not quite good enough for them.
KAYLA PERRIN - THE SISTERS OF THETA PHI KAPPA: A NOVEL - $11.86 - Paperback - - This is one of the books I promoted on my blog before and read it again.  Ms. Perrin has  great descriptive writing a story about four friends who you either like or hate like the dickens.  One of them got on my last nerve and the other  pissed me off to no end. Now, that's what I call a good story when you get upset at the characters.  The plot of the story is about four friends and the secret that will kick their but. You will start to read it in the morning or night and before you know it, you can't stop. It's worth the money.
Got to stick on one for Urban Fiction:

TRACI BEE - TWO TEARS IN A BUCKET - $2.99 - - - Betrayed by her cold, callous mother and abused by her alcoholic stepfather, eighteen-year-old Simone Woodard is kicked out of the house like a bag of trash and left to survive on her own. While struggling to create a life for herself, her beauty and innocence captivated Kevin Kennard, a handsome, hazel-eyed felon with an addiction to all things illegal. For the first time in Kevin's life, real love has him rethinking his criminal path. But the action on the streets refuses to take a backseat to Simone. Who will win the tug of war? "Two Tears in a Bucket" is a soulful novel that reminds us how powerful and lasting the bonds of love can be, even among the harsh realities of life.

Got to stick on one for Black History this month:
LORRAINE HANSBERRY - A RAISIN IN THE SUN: SHMOOP STUDY GUIDE - $1.56 or the paperback version for $4.79 - - - Did you like Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs playing Walter Lee and Phylicia Rashad playing Lena Younger? A Raisin in the Sun: Shmoop Study Guide

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Black History Year - January



 Number 46

As I stated before and will continue to drown this out until my eyes pop, my drawers are hanging down my legs and my head is still bobbing up and down the bookshelves, book stores, book fairs, book clubs, book seance's, facebook, itbook, atbook, what ever book, to get the word out about us.  
It’s Black History Year and here’s some more of what’s in fashion, “Reading us.”  Will update you more, though, on the reality TV Blog Show, “Life without my mother and the sufferings of a du jour, bookworm daughter whose living with Dad and a Grandma who stalks.”  Right, let’s bring in the books
MICHAEL GLENN YATES - MY PARTNER’S WIFE - Paperback - $9.92 - - - I ordered this book and there are some used books but the prices, if you can believe, were higher.  Oh, well, according to a few reviewers, the main character is not as exciting as Sneak and Lamar, so I got to find out what’s the deal (did I just just write, “What’s the deal?, I’m having a Shaft-Richard Roundtree moment!).  Get the book.  My Partner's Wife
ANDREA CLINTON - “LIFE KNOWS NO BOUNDS: 1 WHO LUVS U MORE” - $11.01 - - - “Money grubbing, gold digger” is what Alisa mother and aunt calls her, so instead she listens to her grandmother who tells her to “always get a man who loves you more than you love him." But Alisa becomes so spoiled rotten and confused she can't seem to find the flowers because of the bees."Life Knows No Bounds: 1 Who Luvs U More"
I have mentioned BETTYE GRIFFIN before and I must say, the writing is fierce and keeps you coming back.  I do like romance stories with a twist.  Her latest  “THE HEAT OF HEAT” - $3.99 - - -  A steamy summer, Twenty somethings Chantal Hatchet, her sister Sinclair, and their good friend Yolanda Jones are working on building their careers. Their love lives, though, are another matter…until the night of rising singer Carlos Brown’s concert on his native Long Island. Chantal has a close encounter with handsome CPA Trystian Rogers…very close. Yolanda catches Carlos’s eye mid-song, making for a very public love connection…but can it last under the weight of his celebrity? Sinclair has no luck that night, but soon she meets magazine publisher Ivan Price, and they, like the others, get caught up in “The Heat of Heat.”


Here are her other books: 

A NEW KIND OF BLISS - $ 8.96 A New Kind of Bliss
THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR - $4.47 - - - I enjoyed this one in particular.  The People Next Door
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK - $8.96 If These Walls Could Talk


TROUBLE DOWN THE ROAD - $8.96 - -  The oh-so-complicated passions and power plays in a Jacksonville, Fla., suburb emerge in Griffin's sticky melodrama (after The People Next Door) about just how low some women might go to snag a rich man, even if he belongs to someone else. Middle-aged Suzanne Betancourt is married to her former boss, radiologist Bradley Betancourt, and, in a frustrating twist of fate, lives next door to Bradley's ex-wife, Lisa, and her second husband and children. If that's not bad enough, she suspects that Micheline Trent, the young wife of Bradley's golfing buddy, wants her man. Micheline's got crazy baggage of her own, as do the neighbors down the street, whose son gets quickie married to Suzanne's pregnant sister. Readers may have trouble keeping up with the large cast and all the twists that Griffin packs into this tart and torrid tempest, but those who crave their drama fast and furious will surely enjoy.  
Check our her blog at http://www.bettyegriffin.com


ELECTA ROMA PARKS - TRUE CONFESSIONS - - - Paperback $10.07 - - - True Confessions   Kennedy Logan is too ashamed to reveal the truth about her steamy relationship with hot, insatiable Drake—his sweet lies and hellacious lovemaking—to anyone except her private diary.   Twenty-eight year old Kennedy Logan is gorgeous, educated, talented, and in love. Unfortunately, Drake Collins has other ideas about the true state of their relationship. Kennedy hopes to turn him around; Drake just wants to turn her out sexually. Kennedy is also searching for her biological mother, who gave her up at birth. She wants answers and she has tons of questions. The enormous weight of these predicaments leads to a failed suicide attempt.  Her overprotective and overbearing mother, Dorothy Logan, moves in with Kennedy and makes it her mission to get her daughter's life back in order. The first step is getting rid of Drake Collins once and for all, but that's easier said than done. Drake has no intentions of going anywhere. Kennedy's ever loyal and fun-loving best friend, Taylor, and her absentee father join forces to help support Kennedy in her time of need.  At her psychiatrist's advice, Kennedy uses writing as her therapy. She starts to keep a daily journal detailing the erotic circumstances and family drama that led up to her despair.  Get ready, its going to be a bumpy and sexual ride. Brace yourself!
BERNICE McWILLIAMS - A QUIET STORM - $9.99 - - - A Quiet Storm  
La La La, a good old romance.  
Hey, how come everyone is under the age of 40.  Are they trying to say over 40 can’t have good old romance.  I need to look for more books for us over 40 women who can knock a man down faster than he can think straight.  I am that good.  
CHRISTOPHER HERZ - THE LAST BLOCK IN HARLEM - $3.99 - - - The Last Block In HarlemRealizing he has yet again polluted his reality with unintended consequences, his fight to clean up the block evolves into a quest to cleanse his soul. The choices he makes cannot change the past and the secrets that haunt him, but will alter the future for himself, his family and the last block in Harlem.



Got to add one for Black History this month:
ALEX HALEY - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Paperback - $10.24 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Black History (Year) starts here and now!!

Number 45

I have a story for you.  My daughter is in her last year at college, but over the last six years she has worked during the summer months and holidays at a federal government agency in Washington, DC.  She also lives with her Dad and Grandma (Yes, my mother was living with my ex for about three years after she was moved from an apartment in DC that was converting to a condominium, believe me when I say, it was a voyage beyond!!).  
I’m back at work! Nothing too exciting here at the agency. The politicians are still corrupt  and the employees still talk to themselves in alcoves when they think no one is around, when in fact I don’t think they realize there are not secrets here... The big boss does not really work here; something I had to tell many new and disappointed interns. Dreams of working for “the man” crushed I’m sure. People still sign “Toodles” at the end of emails…oh wait that’s just Roger. And there is still a severe lack of modernization. I expected better of Obama, really.

So this could be my last summer here at the agency. Then again I said that two summers ago, so who knows? However it is my last summer as an undergraduate college student. You should feel sorry for me because I will be thrown into a world of unemployment and continuous schooling debt accompanied by a great big dose of reality. Control your excitement.

My mother is extremely interested to know what those people living in my childhood home are up to these days. What with the overbearing grandmother who believes there’s a rapist/murderer around every corner or the absent-minded father who would have easily forgotten me anywhere for at least a day before realizing there is no one spending his money (my mother left me in a parking lot once, but she came back for me a few minutes later, minimal trauma). I just can’t seem to grasp the truly interesting life I lead here in the DMV.

My father is away somewhere. I believe it could be Florida, however last time he went away he was actually in Korea so I just stop wondering. He said he would do some grocery shopping before he left. Funny thing is no matter how many times my father fails to do something he says he will do, I still don’t get it. It must be the devoted and trusting daughter aspect of my other-worldly personality. Or simply that his genes of forgetfulness have passed on to me which is much more probable. So I scrounge for food. In fact I was just telling my mother this morning that I found some Starbucks coffee in the fridge and boy was that a treat! Notice I used the word “found” because that’s what you do in that kitchen. You “find” things and hope it hasn’t been there for weeks on end. Of course one could always resort to my grandmother’s food which I’m sure is very healthy…if you live in the stone ages or they haven’t invented stoves and microwaves yet. Her diet consist of Pepsi, garlic, lettuce, and leftover KFC that seems to be leftovers for quite a few days. Anyway, my lovely father left me basically destitute. He doesn’t know that I will make him pay for it when he gets back. Father’s day will be his only relief.

Last night, driving home from the metro (with so many fashion disasters, I’m getting anxiety attacks on a regular basis), I was forced to go to Panda Express (Chinese restaurant). I love the place, really I do, but I don’t love spending money so much. Sometimes I have to commit really sneaky ways of getting Grandma to buy me stuff like, “Hey, let’s go to the store, I’ll drive.” My grandmother hates driving and she loves going to the thrift store. But since I’m driving and I happen to be starving we’re headed to the store of Mickey D’s.

Today is the third day that I have paid 4.50 for a cup of Starbucks coffee (actually a Vanilla Soy Chi). I woke up and told myself I wouldn’t, but I got off that Foggy Bottom Metro and before I knew it, I was in line for Starbucks. I honestly had a black out. I have no idea how I got there. My dad has this plan, that is sure to keep his Starbucks spending down. He has a certain amount of money put on his Starbucks card every month straight from is pay check. Now in to day’s society Starbucks is a necessity, but when you make it a bill, that means you need help. He’s going to need to up that amount starting next week with me in tow. I can’t help that I’m girl. We’re expensive. All the luck in the world, Harper.

But aside from the creepy waiting of my grandmother behind the screen door every day at 6 pm as I get out of the car and head for the house, I can deal. Yes, I could do without the immediate assessment of my outfit after I have walked in the door, and after I say, “Could you please not be a stalker and watch me from the door everyday?” she says, “You can just do whatever you want, Kendra, before you know it, I’ll be gone and out of yall’s lives and you won’t have to do anything blah blah blah blah.” I love the woman but she would have done better in theater than in medicine.  

The idea was to save money by not renting an apartment, but I’m feeling like my sanity is slowly dwindling, not that there was much of it in the first place and the week isn’t even over yet. When I was little I thought when I closed my eyes no one could see me. Sometimes I close my eyes and hope the crazy woman living in that house just thinks I’m asleep and doesn’t start badgering me about how I’m going to be a lesbian because I go to college and that I should never go out after dark because I’ll be kidnapped. Maybe if I close my eyes I can just pretend that she’s a normal grandmother who makes cookies and sews pillows for her grandchildren, instead of one who collect chairs and wears way too many stripes. That father of mine is going to pay for me leaving me alone for a whole week, and when I say pay I don’t mean revenge, I mean actual money. I think I need a new pair of shoes.
Will add more to this story from the mother’s side on another blog, but for now, let’s get to some books:
If you are a fan of the mystery writer Lisa Scottoline, then you will love PAMELA SAMUELS-YOUNG'S books.  I recommend this very strong. We do not have many African American mystery writers and I love mysteries, but I will track them down for you.  Try one of these from Ms.Young.  After you read it, contact her and tell her what you think, she may write many, many more. 
BUYING TIME - $3.99 - - -  Buying Time
Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.  In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.  The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder. 
MURDER ON THE DOWN LOW - $3.99  Murder on the Down Low



IN FIRM PURSUIT - $8.79  

After winning a multimillion-dollar verdict in a race-discrimination case, Vernetta Henderson's legal career is definitely on the upswing. Just weeks away from a coveted partnership at her prominent law firm, the African-American attorney takes on the defense of a major corporation in what appears to be an open-and-shut case of sexual harassment. But Vernetta soon discovers that the case is not what it seems. After passing up a chance 

to settle the lawsuit for a minimal amount of money, a string of unforeseen events places the entire case and her own promising future in jeopardy.

It's bad enough having to work with a pretentious second-year associate 
who has her own agenda. Now Vernetta finds herself going up against the smooth-talking litigator she once beat at trial. And just when she needs her husband, Jefferson, most, he finds himself in a compromising position that could destroy their marriage. As more troubling revelations about the case emerge, Vernetta uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy of corporate greed, deceit and violence that will touch many lives, including that of her closest friend. With both her private and professional lives spiraling dangerously out of control, Vernetta is about to discover what really matters and how far she'll go to protect the people she loves.


EVERY REASONABLE DOUBT - $8.79  Every Reasonabe Doubt (Sepia)  (Believe me I thought I had the word spelled incorrectly, but is is Reasonabe and not Reasonable.  Go figure!
MOSES MILLER - He is an author of five books and a journalist.  He is also co-founder of Mind Candy, LLC.  A company that discovers and assist in the development of aspiring writers.  Let’s keep him keeping on and support his books.  Once again, we spend more money on materials things that do not last, but need to spend more on the mind and heart of our life.  Buy Books.
NAN: THE TRIFECTA - $9.99 - - - Nan: The Trifecta  For some sins, even repentance and heartfelt prayer won't guarantee forgiveness. And for some cold hearted sinners, there is no desire to be forgiven for their misdeeds at all. Jada Dupri had survived many trifling times in her life, which would have easily consumed weaker individuals with a lot less resolve. However, for some reason she was still living—at least for the moment. From murder to mayhem, her young eyes had been exposed to many things. But, little does she know, death is looming ever so closely, with no plans of sparing her life ever again.
Nathan "Nan" Jones has finally been reunited with his family, but sanctity and salvation will be short lived. His weakness has always been his willingness to jeopardize himself for the sake of others. So, when a friend calls upon him in a desperate plea for help, he will be forced to return to the battlegrounds of Brooklyn to face his nemesis one final time. 
For every ending there must be a beginning. And for every beginning there will most assuredly be an end…Old enemies will reemerge, friends will be betrayed and many more lives will be lost.


NAN: THE TRIFLING TIMES OF NATHAN JONES - $9.99 

NAN: THE GAME OF TRIFE - 9.99  Nan: The Game of Trife

THE BARACK IN ME - $8.87The Barack in Me

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HARLEM - - -  Once upon a time in Harlem  Unfortunately it is not on the kindle and it costs moola.  The cover looks good though! - Price from $24.99 to $30.00 used.  
It reminds me of that movie with Denzel Washington in “American Gangster” and Laurence Fishburne in “Hoodlum.”  Here’s an excerpt - - - Once upon a time in Harlem there was a man named, John Williams that single-handily conspired and plotted to eliminate all of his competition on the uptown streets. Through the use of brute force and calculated moves, he was able to control all illegal activity from numbers to the drug trade. John was an intelligent thinker, manipulative and cunning. And as those that crossed him would find out, he was a cold-blooded killer as well. But, John wasn't always that man. When he moved from South Carolina with his younger brother Sam, he had dreams of escaping the racism that was a prevalent in the south, in order to provide a better life for his family. But, what he quickly found out was that racism still existed in the north, and the opportunity well had also dried up. With his back against the wall and no money in his pockets, John concocted a scheme to rob a local hustler that went horribly wrong. Blood was now on his hands and a price was on his head. The events that transpire from that moment on will have John and Sam pitted against some of Harlem’s most notorious gangsters. With their lives on the line, sacrifices will have to be made. John has dreams of providing a better life for his family, but at what cost? Will he and Sam be lured in by the sex, drugs, money and other dangers of the uptown streets? Only time will tell.