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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Books Baby!! and It's Black History Year

Number 65
I’m still having that dream about my friend Melanie.  I’m in the court room and she is still hanging her head down, holding her hands together as if she is in complete darkness.  She does not see or hear anyone and at this point does not care.  Even when the lawyer tries to talk to her and the woman sitting next to her rubs her back and tires to get her to raise her head, she does not move. 
It’s not just breaking my heart; my whole being is sinking down into some dark, very dark pit.  I’m just sitting there wondering what in the hell can I do.  I know where that pain came from.  I lived with and watched it over and over again.  It’s probably the reason I don’t take much crap from people and why, even when I walk, some say I walk like John Wayne about to kick some serious ass, but it has been my stance, my being and soul, to walk very tall and keep my head high.  I’m scared like everyone else is, but as I told one man who tired, “I may not be able to whoop your ass, but I will pull that sucker off and fried it with some eggs.”  I know I’m not as strong, but watching Melanie sit there and endure the worse any human being should, being sexually and physically abused, it pisses me off to hell and no end. 
I get so angry when I hear and see a child.  A child!!  Going thru this.  I’m hurt.  I’m in pain and I’m powerless.  Aren’t there times you wish you had some magic to rid the earth of people who hurt people like that?  I have wished that many times.  I may not be able to do much of anything but report it if I see it and be there to help the child if I’m able, but what I will do is pray and pray hard.  For the kids and the person who is hurting them.  Yes, I’m sure you are asking, “Why in hell pray for that piece of Do Do,” because GOD says so.  We pray and hope that they realize how much they hurt others and will stop, if not, let’s continue to pray and know that GOD will take care of him/her when his/her time comes.
In the meantime, I will continue to buy books for kids and talk to kids whenever I can.  I will continue to promote reading in every single child I find and seek out.  So, get ready world, I’m not stopping something that has been in my soul since birth.  No Ding Dong Way!!!
Let’s read!!!
ALTONYA WASHINGTON – SOUL’S DESIRE – 99 cents - - - AlTonya re-releases her short story, Soul's Desire, which features Maxima Reed and Jurel Reed as a couple struggling to deny many truths. For Jurel, it’s the fact that he’s been in love with his brother’s wife from the moment they met. For Maxima, Jurel was a friend and confidant. Anything more was out of the question and Max didn’t entertain so much as the thought of it. Then, Maxima lose her husband in a fatal motorcycle crash. Slowly, the feelings both she and Jurel fought so long to hide, gradually resurface in this story of dormant feelings and the consequences of missed opportunities.

SYLVIA HUBBARD – LOVE 101 – 99 cents - - - Young looking, prudish school teacher, Cheyenne Roberts, loses a bet with her students. She is forced to wear their horrible looking uniforms on the same day she meets sexy Evan Crane, who just wanted assistance in driving around Detroit.  Evan assumes she's a student and Cheyenne doesn't tell him any different. She's amused as he fights his attraction to her. 
Deciding to take advantage of his weakness and her own mounting attraction to him, Cheyenne kisses Evan.  That's when her plan to just tease the stranger becomes a chance for her to live out her own reckless fantasy.
Many reviewers are saying the book is really good, but they wish it was longer.  Maybe the next one she will expound on and give us more juicy plots.
SYLVIA HUBBARD – DIARY OF A….. TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT MAN BUT I KEEP SLEEPING WITH ALL THE WRONG ONES – DIARY BY SHERYL - $1.00 - - - Reviewer Savanna - This book is full of steamy, kinky, weird in that what-just-happened type of way stuff. One minute they were arguing, then the next they were orgasmic everywhere! I would have never known about all of this because I don't date much and I am still a virgin (but that doesn't mean I don't know what to do! LOL!) But other more experienced women would know where she was coming from. In this book, I kinda started to hate the main character because at times, she was just a complete bitch and slut and I have never ever EVER done some things she did/does. Her family situation/work situation keeps you on your face and has you like, "Ha! I knew it....Wait, I was wrong...WAIT! Was I wrong...Am I right?" at some points and keep you at the edge of your seat. I would def recommend....TO FEMALES ONLY!!!! Or gay men (But I don't think you all would enjoy it as much as women!)
SYLVIA HUBBARD – RED HEART (Heart of Detroit) - $1.99 - - - After a long period away, Jode returns to her hometown Detroit just to attend her best friend’s funeral.  Yet, when she finds out that the death was no suicide, she goes in search of the truth.  As secrets are revealed and the past she ran away from began to haunt her again, Jode believes that her best friend’s murderer may be her first love, Red Heart.  

SYLVIA HUBBARD – STONE’S REVENGE – $2.99 - - - There is a copycat killer in Davenport and William is the number one suspect.  William is the son of a serial killer; Therefore William's nemesis, prosecuting attorney Ramsey McPherson feels the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Ramsey makes it his number one mission to put William behind bars.  William vows revenge against Ramsey with every intention to hurt what Ramsey holds dear in his life and that is the prosecuting attorney's daughter Abigail, who thinks someone is trying to frame William. Abigail and William fall in love and they keep their love affair a secret from Ramsey.  Yet with a murder so gruesome happening on a night when Abigail and William are together, Abigail is forced to choose between not telling where William was and revealing to her father that she is truly in love with William.   Only question remains: Who's the real killer?

ReSHONDA TATE BILLINGSLEY – EVERYBODY SAY AMEN - $7.99 - - - This is the sequel to “LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN - $10.99 Let the Church Say Amen (You may be able to get the Paperback for $5.64, shipping included).
When her husband hears God's call to become a preacher, Rachel Jackson Adams is distressed; she grew up a preacher's daughter, and knows how difficult life under the microscope can be for a Reverend's family. But hot-headed Rachel has toned down her wild ways, and for the sake of her marriage and her two children, she is now the reluctant first lady of Zion Hill, unafraid to rock the boat with her unconventional ideas for revitalizing the church. When her son, Jordan, begins fighting at school, Rachel turns to the boy's father, Bobby, who was Rachel's first love from years ago. Married now himself, there should be nothing between them except their concern for Jordan.  If that is so, why does seeing Bobby again feel so distractingly tempting? With her brothers facing dramas of their own, and her father, Reverend Simon Jackson, recovering from an illness, Rachel must listen carefully to discover what God truly wants for her and to decide if Bobby is the lover of her dreams or the devil in disguise.
I’m telling you from Kimberla Lawson Roby, Carl Weber, Michelle Andrea Bowen and ReShonda Tate Billingsley, I'm saying, “Let the Church Say, “Got Damn!, What the hell is wrong with you people?  “Have you finally lost your minds?”  I have never cracked up so much from reading these guys and others on the way and means of “church folk.”  They are tripping me from one church to another. 
TOYE BROWN – OBSESSIVE/OBSESSION – 99 Cents - - - Who is trying to bring the family down and at what cost? The Lofton sisters had it all, money, success, and happiness. Now someone wants part of it. Follow the lives of the four sisters as they unite to unravel the mystery of who is stalking them. The romance and intrigue the sisters endure is captivating. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat; the humor will have you laughing out loud.

Let me know if you did laugh out loud. 

TOYE LAWSON BROWN - NAYLA’S DILEMMA – THE ENDS OF JUSTICE – 99 cents - - - The sequel to "Obsessive/Obsession."  District Attorney, Nayla Smith concentrates on the main reason for her return to Cleveland.  Unraveling the mysterious death of Ramona Franklin cost Nayla more than she bargained for.  Did she dig too deep to get to the truth?  Follow the elite team of Cleveland Homicide Detectives as they work with the FBI to get their number one suspect.

VANESSA MILLER – LOVE ISN’T ENOUGH – 99 Cents - - - Sometimes love just isn’t enough and Hannah Ellison is sick of pretending.  She promised to love, honor and cherish her husband, but Thomas kept secrets. And now as Hannah wades through all of Thomas’s unpaid bills, baby mama drama and her inability to conceive, she must decide if love is enough to keep her at home when her heart and mind is in turmoil over something that only God can fix.  This short story is loosely based on the Old Testament story of Hannah’s pleas for a child of her own (1 Samuel 1:1-2:26).
I got a good one for you, Sister married to a white man and writing some serious sexual stuff, yeah, good stuff!

EROSA KNOWLES – ULTIMATE BREED - (THE ULTIMATE CHRONICLES) - $4.99 - - - Time is running out for the Vampire Breeder Skye, in more ways than one. Her car is attacked while on her way to the hospital to give birth, a huge bounty is placed on her head and a Vampire Hunter attacks her. And that happens in one day. Her Were-Hyena security team calls in Adrian Vail, a mercenary who gets results. He’ll get her to safety, keeping a step ahead of the Bounty Hunters and the master-minds behind the threats. One thing for sure, he’s never met anyone like her and fights the attraction with each breath. After the lost of his daughter, women with children were off limits. Her strength intrigues him. Her beauty captivates him. Can he maintain a professional distance while saving her life?

EROSA KNOWLES – SPECIAL FORCES - $3.99 - - - Major Tyson Bradford had two mistresses his family and his career. He loved them both. For the first time, the two were demanding his presence at the same time. He’d failed to secure his ailing eighty-year-old Aunt into his home. All the traditional methods failed to produce the results he needed.

Lynay's four-year-old son had severe asthma. Fear strangled her each time he fell gasping to breathe. Her minimum wage job barely kept up with his escalating medications costs. Medicaid only went so far. Her baby needed more help than she could provide.

Anne, her best friend suggested something unconventional, a contract marriage. Anne’s brother deployment would take place in less than a week. Desperate, Tyson and Lynay agree to a marriage that would meet both of their pressing needs. His only requirement: absolute fidelity during their marriage. Since Lynay hadn’t been sexually active since the birth of her son, she agreed.

Everyone got what they wanted, right? Wrong. Allison, Tyson’s ex-wife refused to accept not only their divorce of three years, but Tyson’s re-marriage as well.  An uncommon path of destruction pummeled Tyson’s Achilles heel. Seeds of deception were sown, and ultimately led to the breakup of their marriage.  But to a woman scorned, the breakdown of the faux marriage was simply gravy. She intended to teach him a lesson. Her ultimate vengeance: his total ruin.  In her hatred, she forgot one thing, she messed with his family. And nobody messes with his family, for long.

GOT TO GET ONE IN FOR BLACK HISTORY

TERRY McMILLAN – MAMA - $10.20 Paperback - - - The book, to me that is, that started it all.  The Urban fiction from a black woman ready to kick ass and show others how we may have been down, but got damn it!, we are coming up strong and fierce.  This was Terry McMillan’s first novel, and the best to me.  The story of an uneducated black woman in the 1960's who possesses the strength to survive and the will to hope. Mildred Peacock, the central character of the story, is no saint. She swears (I love it!), she drinks constantly, and whenever she has a good opportunity, she lets a good-looking man have sex with her (OK, I may think like that, but too scared to do that with all of this down low crap and men not being honest with you and not, for the life of me I don’t understand, take an AIDS test.  They are punks if you ask me.  Just punks!  Men, who go around and not get tested, but want to screw everything that looks and act like a woman.  Pisses me off.  Don’t get me started on it!!!). This book came out in 1987.  Can you believe it’s been 24 years?  I still have my original copy.  Man, cannot believe it.
If you never read this book, you need to get with it.  It may upset you that a woman 27 years old with five kids, living in a decaying house in the poorest of Detroit and an abusive husband, would turn you away.  On the contrary, McMillan wrote this book with the zest and amazingly positive of a woman who overcame and solve her problems.   
Think of the TV show Good Times with better writing.  I must tell you, I was not a fan of that show.  JJ got on my last damn nerve and Thelma was boring. When the father character, James played by John Amos, was killed, that was it for me.  If I recall, the next time we saw a strong African American male father figure was Cosby.