National Black Book Festival


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Black Kindle is Still "Freakingly" Happy

I’m still so freaking happy!!!  Remember my post of “what’s more important?”  Well, people are still asking me what the hell I’m talking about.  There is so much misery surrounding us, unhappiness with their job, husband/wife, children, dates, and even a girl told me her “booty call” was lousy.  Well, crap, what the hell did you expect? You met the man at 9am in the morning, had lunch and dinner, then slept with him.  Damn, girl, couldn’t you at least wait the so-call three dates!  You, old mattress pad nut  (she’s a friend, so I can talk about her like that, but it doesn’t matter to me, I will tell people the truth, even when it hurts), crazy-ass-woman!!

Getting back to being happy and what’s more important.  Let the crap go!!! If you can’t change it, give it to GOD and let him take care of it.  You are blessed.  At least you have a job, hopefully it pays more than that crap minimum wage joke they call decent. You have a good husband/wife; let’s hope he/she is not a psycho nut case.  You have good friends (get rid of the crazy negative ones)  You have food, water, heat, air, etc.  And you got me to remind you how blessed you really are.  I hope I also make you laugh a little.  Go on, laugh!! You know you want too!!!
Smile a bit more, that’s it. Let’s see those semi-white teeth that cost you an arm and a leg.  Or in my case, you are missing a few, not in the front, mind you.  I don’t want to look like one of those “Deliverance bubba” goons who can’t talk.  I got those done last year and they look good, but my wisdom teeth were removed and now it has caused a few of my other teeth to shift.  So I’m building up my Dentist money to get them fixed.  Damn dentists are freaking expensive.  I can’t afford major work to have those teeth I see on magazines or TV.  It’s just ridiculous how expensive dental work is.  

Still it will take some time, but I’ll get there, I’ll get there. Dave Ramsey, I'm still on the plan, even thought it hurts like hell.

Sorry to say that I have been behind.  Reading, walking my dog, and posting my blog.  I hope I don't lose any of you, my favorite book lovers.  I'm coming back strong, just hang in there with me.  What's really happening is that I read a book about two months ago, "How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gill - - How Starbucks Saved My Life"  and I really enjoyed it, but after I read it, it was hard to find another book to read.  You know how you read a great book and you don't won't it to end, but when it does, you need another awesome book to keep the momentum going and going.  Well, I got lost, real lost.  So I went back to the library and borrowed again WILL SCHWALBE - THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB - $11.99 - The End of Your Life Book Club.  Then I stopped and went back and finished, WENDY WELCH - THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP: A MEMOIR OF FRIENDSHIP, COMMUNITY, AND THE UNCOMMON PLEASURE OF A GOOD BOOK.  That moved the needle a little and I did enjoy it. Will post my review everywhere when I complete my notes.  You don't won't to read a badly written review, I do enough damaged on my blog.  

It still was not enough, so I went back to the library.  Remember I'm on the Dave Ramsey Budget and I have to be gazelle about getting out of debt so that I can buy more books and take more book fair trips. I can't wait.  I am, though, able to buy lots of books for my Kindle.  Hey, that's why I created this blog.  I still shop at local book stores to keep them going, even if it's a little bit of money, every penny will help. So I found a few at the library that looked interesting.  Started one of them (I read 4 or 5 books at one time.  It keeps me very happy):  I hope it keeps you happy too and you take a few minutes to see if any of these books will move your needle around and around:

JANE KIRKPATRICK - THE DAUGHTER'S WALK: A NOVEL - $9.99 - - -  I'm the leader of my Church Book Club and I forgot what we were scheduled to read for August and picked this up instead.  So far this book is fascinating.  Two women walk from Spokane (I use to live there) to New York in the 18 century!  Do you think you could do it?  I also got this book because I got another job.  Well, I hope it pans out.  I am reading and posting reviews for Blogging for Books.  A website a friend told me to join.  My first book to review is a classic that I have loved:  FRANCINE RIVERS - REDEEMING LOVE - $9.99 - Redeeming Love: A Novel.  It was the biggest hit at my Church Book Group and we have been looking for another type like that since last year.  That's why I selected Jane Kirkpatrick's book.  I wanted that feeling again and so far, I'm finding it.

The Daughter's Walk: A Novel

A mother's tragedy, a daughter's desire and the 7000 mile journey that changed their lives. In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen year-old daughter Clara, the two made their way on the 3500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks and motivated by the money they needed to save the family farm.  After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone by leaving the family and changing her name. Her decisions initiated a more than 20-year separation from the only life she had known.

LIZA KLAUSSMANN - TIGERS IN RED WEATHER - $8.89 - - I don't know why I picked this book up.  I remember when I was home in DC last year, my daughter and I saw it.  She came down to visit me this past weekend and saw the book on the counter.  She tells me it's on her reading list.  Glad I got it.  My daughter and I usually read the same type of books. 

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sun-bleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their 'real lives': Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war. 

Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena's husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena--with their children, Daisy and Ed--try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.  
Tigers in Red Weather

Got to get one in for Black History Year

When I read the back cover of Tigers in Red Weather and realized why I borrowed it was that it reminded me of DOROTHY WEST - THE WEDDING - $9.99 and it's movie with Halle Berry. She played the main character, Shelby Coles.  

In her first novel in forty-seven years, Dorothy West, the last surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, offers an intimate glimpse into African American middle class.  Set on bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie.  Within this inner circle of "blue-vein society," we witness the prominent Coles family gather for the wedding of the loveliest daughter, Shelby, who could have chosen from "a whole area of eligible men of the right colors and the right professions." Instead, she has fallen in love with and is about to be married to Meade Wyler, a white jazz musician from New York. A shock wave breaks over the Oval as its longtime members grapple with the changing face of its community.  With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy West crowns her literary career by illustrating one family's struggle to break the shackles of race and class.

Well I got to go now.  On my way to volunteer at another book sale with the Friends of the Charleston County Library.  You know what hat means I'm buy books and can since they will be used and cheap.  I just love my life.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Black Kindle is very upset!!! - - - Travon Martin


"Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."

I'm going to let the Good Lord take care of Mr. Zimmerman.  His time is coming, his time is coming.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Black Kindle is sad again!!! Monica Jackson

I just found out that another well known author passed away, Monica Jackson.  I read that she wrote 18 romance novels and I have never read any of her books, but will fix that problem soon.  Here’s the notice from Romance Times website:

“It is with great sadness that we report that romance author Monica Jackson passed away late yesterday due to complications that arose during surgery.

Jackson began writing in 1997 with Midnight Blue and over the course of her career published eighteen more romance novels. These stories all share a multicultural element. Although the author mostly wrote contemporary romances, she also edited and contributed to the 2007 paranormal anthology Creepin’, L.A. Banks, Donna Hill, Janice Sims and more. Jackson was nominated for an RT Career Achievement Award in 2001. The author was in the process of releasing several of her older works as e-books at the time of her death.

If you’ve never had a chance to try Monica Jackson’s work, we suggest that you start with The Look of Love. This 1999 contemporary romance won that year’s RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Multicultural Romance category. The novel kicks off the author’s series by the same name, and explores one woman’s challenge to find the love that she wants rather than the life she thinks she should have. RT reviewer Cheryl called the novel, “a witty, hilarious and poignant literary journey that debunks the stereotypes, perceptions and realities of the ‘perfect’ woman. Ms. King does for romance what Wally Lamb has done for fiction! Don't miss this treat.“ The book was adapted into a T.V. movie for BET television in 2000.”

Here are some of her books:  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Black Kindle is very sad - FRANCIS RAY


This is heartbreaking news:  Francis Ray, New York Times best selling author died.  This is a huge lost to the world of Romance.  I did not get a chance to read all of her books, 54 in total, and I’m sorry I missed some of them.  It won’t happen now. I plan on getting all of her books.  

Please check out her website, and read her bio.  She was an amazing woman who wrote beautifully romantic and realistic books and a big supporter of women involved in domestic violence.  I’m going to personally miss her.  I met her once with Brenda Jackson, another exceptionally great romance writer, and it was a pleasure to just hear her soft tone voice.  She looked and sounded like a  very romatically giving woman.  Here are some of her books on Kindle.  Please buy one or two and enjoy the warm and soft ride.