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More Womanish by Angelia V. Menchan

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419XbJoDkDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgMore Womanish: She Survives is more stories of women, real women with real ish that they are always in the struggle to survive. Review for Womanish: WomanIsh. Yes…it’s all that the title enamored and more. Angelia Vernon Menchan once again has stepped outside of the usual and fully embraces real life stigmas many won’t address. Menchan takes the reader on a situation-based ride varying from love, self-esteem, lack of respect, pitfalls and even further questions the security of one’s stability while married. Not only does she utilize the muse smartly, she shows counsel and guidance, post story. For an author of Menchan’s realistic writing style and candor, she has touched me on more than one occasion in her past works. One thing is for certain, “WomanIsh” is a must read for 2016! Highly recommended for women of all walks of life, book clubs and the like. Loretta R. Walls CEO, Nu Cherte Publishing

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👀 For nothing is a secret that will not be revealed…💑

📚 I love him…Anyway 2 📚

TITLE: Jeremy and Melinda: I love him…Anyway II
AUTHOR: Angelia Vernon Menchan
PUBLISHER: Honorable Menchan Media
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Concealed secrets
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51MkfpO-0ZL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Tears coursed down Melinda’s face as the doctor’s words resonated inside her. Jeremy stood beside the hospital bed holding her hand is if someone shot him.
“I am so sorry Mr. and Mrs. Stuart, I am so sorry, last week everything seemed fine. The only thing I can offer is perhaps something happened with the fetus…” the doctor said. Melinda turned her tear stained face to look into the doctor’s eyes.
“Fetus? Doctor, I am eight months pregnant. I didn’t lose a fetus; I lost a baby, a baby who if he had been born would have been viable. My baby is dead inside me and you need to keep the platitudes and deliver him so I can grieve.”
Jeremy clutched her hands tighter, unable to speak and glanced at his mother, Marva and Melinda’s mother, Alicia who had flown in from Miami to find out hours later her grandchild passed.
The doctor nodded, telling them they were taking Melinda to surgery. Jeremy kissed her gently, telling her he loved her before walking out behind his mother and mother in law.
The three of them sat quietly in the waiting room unable to offer words of comfort to the other. Everything happened so quickly. Alicia arrived, they were planning dinner and a shower and suddenly Melinda didn’t feel well and was cramping. The doctor told them to come to the hospital and it was discovered their child was no longer alive. Jeremy felt as if something in him died also.
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“Hey.” Jeremy said when Melinda’s eyes opened.
She had been under general anesthesia and was in recovery. She touched her belly and Jeremy flinched. The pain on her face matched his internal anguish. He could not imagine how she must feel having carried their child.
“Where is he?”
“Your dad isn’t here, your mom is with mom; they are getting food in the cafeteria.”
“No, I mean the baby?”
“They have him, I mean he is in the…” He was unable to say morgue.
“I want to have a proper funeral,” Melinda said.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m positive and when that is done, I think we need to discuss this marriage.”
Jeremy felt as if she had punched him. “What about it? Things have been good,” he murmured.
“We need to discuss if it is viable or if like our son, it is gone.” Turning away, she closed her eyes, leaving Jeremy unsure what to say.
There had been some struggles but he thought they were past those and settled into a routine, preparing for the baby. He dropped down in the chair next to her.


REVIEW:

When my life is in disarray my reading suffers.  This last past month my reading suffered a lot.  However, Jeremy and Melinda brought me out of my current slump.

The second book in the series is a prelude of sorts.  It starts off with Melinda and Jeremy facing the tragic event of losing their first born child.  That in itself is hard enough but the challenges their marriage will face doesn’t stop there.

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Melinda has been harboring a secret from Jeremy, secrets that leave him wondering, who did he marry.  The aftermath that follows the loss of her child, sends Melinda into several stages.  Her jealousy of Florence increases, making the friends, now frienemies.  Yet while everyone is focused on Melinda’s pain and suffering most seem to forget about Jeremy and his pain.  Losing a child is hard for any parent and being a man Jeremy had to place his feelings on hold to deal with those of his wife.

This author is no stranger to tackling issues that plague the community as a whole.  In I love him…Anway II: Jeremy and Melinda deal with many of those issues.  Covering up the ugly with a pretty bandage doesn’t erase it nor heal it.  Melinda and Jeremy learn this lesson the hard way.  Will their marriage survive?  Grab your copy and find out.

 

 

🚪 You are one decision away from a totally different life.🌱

📚 WomanIsh📚

TITLE:  Womanish: How she survived
AUTHOR: Angelia Vernon Menchan
PUBLISHER: Honorable Menchan Media
SERIES: NO 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕ 4.5  Practical life lessons 

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What is WomanIsh? It’s all the things women go through. The day to day Ish, the man Ish, the raising kids Ish, the I earn lots of money but still want to be cherished Ish, the I’m more than my womb Ish… The what you mean I’m old Ish… Sound familiar? Every Woman Has Ish…

 

 

 


 

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REVIEW:

WomanIsh ~~ Defined by Alice Walker as the opposite of girlish…being a grown up…

WomanIsh is a collection of stories that center around women and the lives they chose.  The decisions each of them have to make and live with.  All of the stories, much like the decision they each have to make revolve around the man in their life. Each story is different and shares the encounter with the author, much like an intervention or session with Dr. Phil, Oprah or Iyanla Vanzant.  WomanIsh is the cause, the effect, and the solution.  WomanIsh is the making of a decision, the wavering, and the standing your ground of consciousness.  WomanIsh is taking the very thing you desire and making it yours, the dealing with the consequences.  That is WomanIsh.

 

The Stories:

There are several stories encased in this book, I’ll share a few that stuck with me.

Her UnEmpowerment:  Betta’s story

Out of the frying pan and into the fire!  Betta at the age of 39 became involved with a man, whom at the time she didn’t know was married, but violent nonetheless.  Roy was everything Betta thought she wanted, he took her out, provided, and sexed her on the regular.  What she didn’t expect were the beatings.  After an encounter with John, Betta assumed she’d found better.  John treated her like she wanted and desired to be treated until she stepped out of line.  Just like the other old saying goes, the grass ain’t always greener on the other side.  However if you take care of it by any means necessary, your grass can flourish.  It’s never too late to live a life without pain.

When I married…I didn’t love him: Mary’s story

There are hundreds of reason women and men choose to marry.  The #1 reason often being “in love”.  Mary’s choice was more about the bigger picture.  Marriage takes more than undying love to sustain them and Mary felt the swooning or big fall wasn’t it.  After 35 years of marriage, Mary loved her husband just as much as he loved her.  Hot relations come and go but a marriage of sustenance endures for a lifetime.

It’s my turn…damn the rest:  Kenya’s Story

Reading Kenya’s story, had me singing “I ain’t saying she’s a gold digger…” Kenya at best was ambitious and goal oriented, however, her darker side craved the excitement derived from obtaining different men.  Kenya married George, a man she felt was beneath her, he was too meek, too soft-spoken, too sweet.  He wasn’t hard nor a thug.  He didn’t strive for more than what he had and was happy with that.  After Kenya achieves her goal of becoming a P.A. her itch returns.  Too little, too late! Kenya learns the lesson.

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I loved men before I changed: Lena’s story

This story was different.  Lena was married for years her husband.  However at the turning point of life, she found herself attracted to another.  Hurting her husband, Aaron was never intentional for Lena.  She just wanted to live her life.

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The common thread in all the stories, is Women, doing Womanish things.  Standing by their decisions, good bad or indifferent.  I would recommend this book and the lessons it contains.  4.5 Stars

 

 

💟 To love and be loved in return is everything❣️ 💞

📚 Bonded with Ezra 📚

TITLE: Bonded with Ezra
AUTHOR:  Love Belvin
PUBLISHER: MKT Publishing
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Ferocious 

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He devised a specific road map of how they’d carry out their covenant—without input from her. She determined she needed to chart a new course in order to stay true to herself.

Perhaps Ezra has been wrong about his gift from above. Maybe Lex has bitten off more than she can chew. At this fork in the road will they continue their detour, or will they find middle ground and a covenant that keeps them bonded for life?

Disclaimer: This series is for mature audiences ONLY. There are three installments to the “Love Unaccounted” series. This installment is a full-length novel that contains profanity, erotica, acts of bondage, domination, and violence. If you do not like dark, racy romance between your pages this book is not for you.

 


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REVIEW:

What is Love?  Love is a variety of complex feelings, states, and emotions that range from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can relate to a sensation of a strong attraction and personal attachment. Love is an interchangeable word, capable of being used as a noun or verb.

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Lex and Ezra are back, but not quite.  When we left off in book two, Lex’s personal demons had come back to life from the past like a Mack truck barreling down the center of her life.  What ensued afterward, shattered the standing covenant she had with Ezra. Fast forward, Book 3, starts off with the feral Ezra storming into his therapist office.

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In this book, we meet Ezra the man, outside of all the roles he plays.  This book opens the doorway to the man that has shielded himself away from the one thing that could carry him when he needs it the most.  Ezra has to come to term with those things.  His life is so compartmentalized that he doesn’t realize until it’s nearly too late that he cannot close off his heart from his most prized possession…  prince stroke chin

Speaking of possession, the Beast, claims Lex, devours Lex, can’t get enough of Lex…but Let’s be frank, can we be frank…Lex needs more.  Leaving Ezra is one of the hardest things, Harlem World has ever done.  Truly she’s at a crossroads, not only for herself but for those who depend on her and her well being.  Lex more than anything needs to see and feel the covenant between her and Ezra.  Will her wish be granted, her desires filled?

It’s no secret anymore, that although I loved the first book I hated the ending.  I was livid after falling for the duo and then for it to end the way it did, but I digress.  The author came back with ferocity in the following book and all was forgiven.  This book took you to the brink of delirium, tossed you with moments of despondency, engulfed you with vibrant exuberance, and wrapped it all up in love.  The evolution of a man. Ezra is now fully that MAN!!! I highly recommend this series!

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💜 Love sees roses and thorns 🌹

📚 She was born with a veil… 📚

TITLE:  She was born with a veil
AUTHOR:  Angelia Vernon Menchan
PUBLISHER:  Honorable Menchan Media
SERIES:  yes
RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Ohh la la Melt…


 

51pyQw7M4SL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Arnia Watson stared from the window of the train as it sped along the Eastern Seaboard. Actually, sped was gross exaggeration. The train felt as if it was meandering and that wasn’t a bad thing. Arnia had just turned thirty-eight and was going home. She had to. She received a telegram of all things, telling her Ava, her godmother passed and not only was Ava a woman who loved her dearly; she was also the midwife who delivered her and the woman who named her. She visited Ava a few weeks earlier and saw she was on her way, though she seemed very vibrant at over one hundred years of age.
Arnia’s mother, Sala was almost forty when Arnia was born and Ava was in her sixties. Sala was never well after delivering her child but raised her as best she could, succumbing to her illnesses when Arnia was sixteen and considered herself emancipated. Everyone in particular Ava, always considered Arnia an old soul because she was born with a veil over her face. Scientifically and medically everyone knew that simply meant the amniotic sac was over the infant’s face but many, especially black and Native Americans knew that meant the child had special powers, she could see things. Arnia had a slip of paper in her purse with the following written on it, given to her by Ava. Had it not been from Ava, she would have crumpled it and tossed it aside.

Through many belief systems, it is held that having been born with a veil is a sign of psychic abilities, good luck, or a special destiny. Through some research done by various psychics as well as medical professionals, “veils” or cauls, are most often found on female infants and these females tend to be psychically gifted.

It is best said that they seem to have psychic abilities, are able to see the past, the future – the things we cannot see. They have “different eyes” and their way of thinking is typically more open than most.


 

 

REVIEW:  

Arnia Watson begins a journey back home that no one would look forward to. The death of her surrogate mother and godmother Ava changes the course of Arnia’s somewhat mundane life.  Leaving her home in Charleston, SC, Arnia finds herself coming close to her only surviving relative Ava’s daughter, Wilma.

 

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Wilma is as dramatic as she sharp, classy and mean spirited.  The older woman harbors ill placed resentment towards Arnia feeling that she took her place as the daughter in her mother’s life.  Wilma soon comes to realize there is no need for resentment and becomes attached to Arnia forming a bond akin to a loving relationship.

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Now on to the good parts…  Melt!

Melton Moore, his name slides off the tongue just like melted M&M’s, easy, sweet, and chocolate!  Melton’s first encounter with Arnia is rough and callous when Andre makes an impromptu stop at Arnia’s house.  However, that impression is short-lived, for both Melt and Arnia.  Being born with sight gives Arnia an advantage and disadvantage.  Having been shunned in high school due to her mother’s reputation and her own quirkiness, she learned to control her sight.

From their first encounter to the end of the book, the flames were ignited and slowly burn.  With both parties crossing borders for the first time in their lives, the intensity of their connection becomes apparent quickly to everyone who sees the duo.  This book is grown and sexy to the tenth degree, tossed with a splash of drama from parents and an ex, it’ll leave you flipping the pages swiftly.  I recommend this book and I’m sure we’ll see more of ohh la la Melt!

 

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🍊 Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.🌞

📚 I love him…Anyway by Angelia Vernon Menchan 📚

TITLE: I love him…Anyway
AUTHOR: Angelia Vernon Menchan
PUBLISHER: Honorable Menchan Media
SERIES: Yes  (Book 1) 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Loving him…

 

51D4XHsjQkL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Florence Vellor lay in her bed staring at the ceiling. She was now forty-one and alone. Her eyes filled at the word “alone” because in the next bedroom was her twelve-year-old daughter Capri, but by alone she meant no man, no husband. She had never had a husband, and had gotten pregnant with Capri after thinking she would never have children. Her mind flickered to Juan who laughed in her face when she told him she was pregnant. Juan was twenty-four at the time, a beautiful mix of Africa and Mexico and with an engineering degree in hand, the last thing on his mind was marrying; and certainly not an older secretary who had countless lovers, only a few semesters of college and who his mother Violet would never approve of. His words rang through her mind.

“I hope you don’t expect me to think it’s mine. When I met you, you were with that guy from the barbershop, and seeing the good doctor.”

“Juan, this is your baby, I have only been with you for seven months, and I’m almost three months pregnant.”

Gathering his sweater, he left and she hadn’t seen him but once since; and that encounter ended with her hands around his throat. Juan died two years earlier from a heart attack while running at age thirty-six. His checks had arrived for Capri the first of each month. On her birthdays and Christmas, she would receive elaborate packages from Violet who stopped by twice a year, her mouth twisted in distaste at Capri who was the spitting image of Juan with her crinkly hair, slanted eyes, and puffy lips but was closer to Florence’s pecan complexion than Juan’s considerably lighter hue. Violet was slightly past ecru and felt that offered some superiority. For two years since Juan’s death, they hadn’t seen Violet but now received benefits for Capri. In his death, Juan was good to Florence and Capri financially. Capri was also a smart, sassy joy but Florence wanted love, a man of her own, someone to be there for her. Closing her eyes, she tried to sleep… Tomorrow was another day.


Review: 

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Should one mistake set the course for an entire life?  Or should the person endure his time and then be able to move on with forgiveness?

Florence Vellor is, to quote the book, “the bohemian woman.”  She’s the daughter of Rae, mother to Capri, love interest to one, a paralegal, designer, jewelry maker and friend.  Yet to herself she’s just alone, waiting and celibate.  Consumed with working and raising her daughter, Florence hasn’t really made time for love.  Silently she doesn’t believe she’ll find it.  Ever.

You smell like sunshine and lemons…

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Ray Saunders, tall, dark and brooding steps into the scene at the grocery store.  He’s flawed and recognizes his own fallacies, however, he’s drawn to the woman who’s scent trickled through his nostrils and landed in his soul.

Is loving the bad boy/girl worth the suffering that could ensue?  In I Love him…Anyway, Florence has had her share of men, after all she is a woman right.  Jeremy her boss, and friend has a deep-seated love for her that he’s never admitted to anyone, yet the eyes of a wife can see through the eyes of her husband.

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Loving him anyway is taking a chance, not only for the man but the woman as well.  Yet if you never leave the shore you might not get your feet wet.  I enjoyed this book a good dose of reality and romance all rolled into one.

 

✊ With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see. ✌️

Sister You are More than your Assets by Angelia V. Menchan

TITLE:   Sister you are More than your Assets
AUTHOR:     Angelia Vernon Menchan
PUBLISHER: Honorable Menchan Media
SERIES: NO

RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Reaching Our Youth

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Sister You Are More Than Your assETS is a mentor’s outreach to young sisters. Angelia Vernon Menchan has penned a timely book sharing her life experiences as a growing and grown woman in overcoming sometimes daunting experiences. It also speaks to the way in which women can love, support and empower other women, sometimes simply by being there. This book is in no way a fix for the ills of society and will not speak to every reader. It is meant for those who can take what’s needed and pass on the rest.

 

 

 

 


 

REVIEW: You can not sit on the throne as Queen, pointing out what everyone else is doing wrong in their lives.  A leader steps down and reaches the people where they are in their life.

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That is what this book does, it’s Chicken Soup for the Soul with a Neo-Urban flare.  This book has 108 pages of lessons on how not to look down on those who are less fortunate or who’ve been brought up a different way than you.  Each story inspires you to reach deep inside and see things that are often overlooked and passed by.

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The phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder.” came to mind as the author embarked on the journey of letting others know that they can be more than their looks.  In the age of selfies and technology, many young girls today need this lesson.

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One of the most powerful phrases in this book is, “Self worth starts with self.”  This is something that needs to be embedded in our youth.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was enlightening and a bit nostalgic.

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