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⚔ This is no fantasy, the WAR is REAL 🙏

📚  Suicide Watch by Janell 📚

TITLE: Suicide Watch
AUTHOR:  Janell
PUBLISHER: Divine Garden Press
SERIES: NO
RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Compelling 

12418839_951675741580985_4086532033802960356_oWhat you don’t know can kill you. A wave of suicidal behavior has gripped the nation with no concern for race, gender, or age. Many think it’s just a trend, but inspirational singer Candace Tremont knows better. Since witnessing the suicide of her husband five years prior, she’s committed her life to fighting the spirit of depression. Unfortunately, suicidal thoughts and dreams also plague her mind, making the war more personal than anyone around her realizes. Unfulfilled with periodic and low-paying gigs, Candace yearns for an opportunity to touch more lives. Her prayers are answered—or so it seems—when she is offered a temporary job at Ontario Correctional Facility, performing for suicidal female inmates. A surge of self-harming behaviors has put the facility at risk for shut down, and Candace’s music might be the staff’s final hope of keeping their jobs. In addition to a substantial fee, Candace is given the assistance of the handsome Julius Barnes, one of the prison’s psychologists who believes her music can help reduce the lethal behaviors of the incarcerated population. However, Apollius, a fallen angel committed to destruction, has other ideas for the inmates, and won’t give up his control over these women so easily. A supernatural battle of epic proportions has ignited in Upstate New York, and the consequences could be fatal. Are Candace’s songs of faith powerful enough to save the lives of the inmates and keep the facility from closing down indefinitely? Or will her interference with Apollius’ plan make her the next target?


REVIEW:

Following the death of her husband, Candace Tremont felt her life was in shambles.  Knowing she’d never lived to her full potential during her marriage, Candace finds new purpose after death.  Julius Barnes can’t believe that Letizia is gone, by suicide no less.  At the funeral of his childhood friend and celebrity, Julius lays eyes on Candace whom he hasn’t seen in years.  After hearing her singing the most tranquil, spirit lifting words he’s ever heard, Julius feels a peace beyond understanding.

Either through sheer coincidence or divine interaction that their paths crossed Candace and Julius lives both changes after that chance meeting.  Back at OCF, Julius’ job as Psychologist is on shaky ground after the double suicide of two inmates within the same hour.  Feeling as his back is against the wall, Julius urges his supervisor to take on a daring and drastic therapeutic session for group therapy.

Dark forces are working hard to destroy the lives of inmates at OCF, will their plan succeed and successful close the doors to the facility?  Apollius’ is confident in his conniving and views his imminent success as the gateway to greater deeds in the underworld.

 

It is my whole hearted opinion that the main goal of any author is to have their work reach out and touch the reader in profound ways.  Although this is a fictional novel, the depths of the words and meaning goes far beyond mere fiction.  This author has undertaken a subject matter that affects millions of people daily.  Depression is a common but serious mood disorder.  Combining spirituality and music therapy to combat the stronghold of depression brings this fictional piece to reality.   This book evokes robust reactions at various times while holding the you captive with each passionate stroke of her pen.

While I highly recommend this book, I must include this disclaimer:  this book is highly suggestive.  The language while not vulgar nor overbearing with Christianity does deal with the spiritual warfare of souls. Most all religions believe in the forces of good and evil and that spirits can dwell in beings and words.

If you are dealing with depression, there is HELP.  You don’t have to go through it alone. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

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When R&B Divas meet fiction…

Whatever it Takes by Shelia Goss

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Maisha, Isis, Shayla and Stacy are the hit sensation group known as M.I.S.S.  Friends from childhood the group of ladies enjoyed success in the music industry for a while.  That came to an abrupt end with an all out brawl between Maisha and Stacy over…you can surely guess, a man.  Years have passed and the book starts off with Maisha planning to get the group back together for a reunion.  Having enjoyed some success and a multitude of fans, Maisha is now in need of a comeback.  Getting the members together for one more chance to revive their once successful career for Maisha is going to take a some of finesse and a lot of forgiveness.  This was a highly entertaining novella.  If you are a fan of reality t.v. shows this is a good dose in book form.  4 Stars.

Coming to terms: love, pain and gain.

 

 

 

 

The Come Up by Nia Forrester51ixDq+DmnL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_

Synopsis:

Jamal Turner is near the top of his game. Widely-known as the trusted right-hand man to music mogul Chris Scaife, he’s poised to become chief operating officer of his friend and mentor’s international recording conglomerate. But while his career prospects have never been better, Jamal is still plagued by the memories of his humble beginnings, threatening to pull him back down just as he’s on the come up.

Makayla Hughes knows who she is and where she comes from, and she flat out refuses to allow working in the high-powered recording industry to change her or her most closely-held friendships. But when she’s thrown into close quarters, working on a project with the notorious Jamal Turner, she begins to wonder whether her determination to ‘keep it real’ is also keeping her world very, very small.

Jamal is drawn to Makayla, but he can’t let the man he used to be stand in the way of the man he’s becoming. There’s no doubt she fits into the life Jamal used to have, but what’s not as clear is whether she belongs in the life he wants.

REVIEW:

This was my first read by this author, which may be a disadvantage to the review.  The story follows up to previous books; featuring some of the characters key to this book.  It starts off with Jamal in pursuit of an up and coming indie artist Devin Parks.  Devin is temperamental, the  typical hard to work with artist.  Makayla, his childhood friend who works for Scaife Enterprises is the connection Jamal uses to gain access to Devin.  The following fifty percent of the book, is an in depth look behind the scenes of the music industry and what it takes to make a star.  The romance in this book takes an extreme amount of time to cultivate, but once pass the industry lesson it takes off and running.  It’s clear from the onset that Makayla is attracted to Jamal and vice versa but who he was is conflicting with who he wants to be.  Reading backwards isn’t something I’m prone to doing however if I would, this would be one I would take on.  The characters are well developed and memorable, I would have liked to see more inside the mind of Devin Parks.  The plot, although well thought out and detailed took too long to peak.  Being that this was a series, I am going to give the first book a gander.  4  Stars

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