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💔 Bruises fade but the pain lasts forever 🎭

📚 At Least I didn’t KILL Him by Kenni York 📚

TITLE: At Least I didn’t Kill Him
AUTHOR:  Kenni York 
PUBLISHER:
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  Gripping 

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Love shouldn’t hurt…especially not physically. Janelle Hampton is living the picture perfect life, but no one knows anything about the heartbreak and dysfunction that constitutes her marriage. Determined to no longer be a victim and have taken all she can take, she finds herself acting out of character and doing the unthinkable. This eye-opening, heart-wrenching short story depicts what it’s like when a woman has reached her breaking point. Affairs of the heart can often prove fatal and in the end love can become war.


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REVIEW:

Janelle and Oliver Hampton seem to live the picture perfect life.  Married during their Junior year of college, the Hampton’s to most are the couple to be.  However is living the life on the outside, enough?  Janelle suspects her husband is a cheater, all the pieces are there she just needs to fit them together like a puzzle.  But does the overall picture show the truth or what she wants it to be?  Could Janelle and Oliver go on to live happily ever after?

 

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The signs are right there girl, Runnnn…..do not walk but Runnnnn….  Life for the Hamptons are not what they appear to be, and Janelle has grown tired.  But what does it take to push one woman over the edge?  When will enough be enough?  Janelle soon finds out that loving the wrong man, may be a carry a heavy weight to pay.

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Cuz when a woman’s fed up…It ain’t nothing you can do about it…It’s like running out of love (Insert R. Kelly here)  Staying a little too long, when the love is already gone causes deadly consequence’s.  At the end of her rope, Janelle thinks there’s no other way out of Oliver’s abuse.

This was a very quick read.  Crafting a short story that pulls you in from page one is a skill not many can acquire.  The story needs just enough details, just enough characters, and a strong plot to move it along easily.  This author accomplished all of that with this book.  This was my first read but definitely, won’t be my last.

 

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👾 Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they sleep inside your head 🏊

📚 The Lake 📚

51UQQTXxcsL._SX374_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE:  The Lake
AUTHOR:  Tananarive Due
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ 30 Minute Read Horror/Sci-fi

A free short story taken straight from the pages of THE MONSTER’S CORNER, an all original anthology from some of today’s hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories from the monster’s point of view.

In THE LAKE, Abbie LeFleur, a lifetime Bostonian, who hides her scales, webbed feet, and an incredible hunger for people, has relocated to Graceville to start her life anew when she sets her eyes on a young student in her English class.


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Review:

This short tale follows Abbie, a recently divorced school teacher moving from Boston to Florida in search of a new life.  After impetuously buying an old house and private access to the lake it sits on, Abbie believes she’s made the right choice for her life.  However, what she doesn’t know is that you’re not supposed to swim in the lake…

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Unluckily for Abbie, the townspeople, the realtor, and even her new co-workers never warned her about the lake.  Things happen to those who swim in the lake.  Soon after her first dive in, Abbie starts to have dreams, but not just normal dreams.

Abbie becomes fixated on the lake when she’s not inside her body aches for it.  When she dives in, even the large alligators fear her. What has she become?

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This was a very quick and suspenseful thrilling read.  I’ve only read one other book by the author but it most certainly won’t be my last.

 

 

✊ 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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👀 Deep down you already know the truth…maybe! 💑

☕️ Never Felt So Good by Barbara Joe Williams ☕️

TITLE:   Never Felt So Good 
AUTHOR:     Barbara Joe Williams
PUBLISHER:  Amani Publishing, LLC
SERIES:        No

RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  An OMG moment

 


 

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Mack and Natalie Burney have been married for seven years. Mack suspects that his wife is cheating on him with a younger man, who happens to be her boss. When Mack hires a friend to go undercover, what will he discover about Natalie and himself?

 

 

 

 


REVIEW:   

Well you know how the saying goes if you go looking for something you just might find it.  Mack Burney, a traveling pharmaceutical salesman, believes his wife, Natalie is pulling a creep on him.  Super suspicious, Mack enlists the services of his friend Bobby J, to do recon surveillance on his wife… (insert ba dum tish here)

will smith sherlock holmes fresh prince mystery investigateMack returns after a month of being away from home, only to find that Bobby has been on the job relentlessly.

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Distraught, Mack hatches a plan to give his wife enough rope to hang herself…

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One thing I like about this book is that the tables are turned.  Usually, the wife thinks her husband is fooling around on them…

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But after Mack set his plan in action and for the most part things were turning out the way he suspected…

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The time of reckoning came.  Did things turn out the way Mack imagined?  Or did he finally talk it out with his wife Natalie and learn how to make love feel as good as it is now?  Find out if Mack gets it Straightened out…

Grab your copy on kindle here: http://amzn.to/1VC6YXs

👰 A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, with the same person. 👸

☕️ Holiday Hotel Series by Barbara Joe Williams ☕️

 

TITLE:   Holiday Hotel: A sexy short story
AUTHOR:     Barbara Joe Williams
PUBLISHER:
SERIES:        Yes

RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️ Short romantic and sweet! 

 


 

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Book 1: Janna and Waverly Jones have been married for fifteen years. When they set out on a holiday trip from Tallahassee, Florida, to Savannah, Georgia, an unexpected overnight stay at a hotel turns into a sexy scene on Christmas Eve. Will hotel sex be the best sex they’ve ever had or not?

Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day story. Janna and Waverly Jones are at it again. They are planning a romantic night at a luxury hotel on Valentine’s Day. Will hotel sex be the best sex they’ve ever had or not?

Holiday Hotel 3: An anniversary story:  Janna and Waverly Jones are ready to celebrate their sixteenth wedding anniversary at a local hotel. When work interrupts their sexy plans, will there be Fourth of July fireworks or not?


 

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REVIEW:  After being married for years, sometimes a couple has to take drastic measures to keep the flames burning bright as when they first met.  For Janna and Waverly Jones, there freaky comes out at nights in the hotel.  

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The lovers begin their holiday travel with family, headed off for Christmas vacation.  With heavy rainfall, they ended up in one of their favorite places, the Hotel.  Book one quickly heated and fizzled literally.

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Book two was more of the same.  Janna and Waverly, both have busy lives and much like any other married couple they need an escape.  So off to the motel for a little bump and grind.  Janna’s always excited to go and spend a little quality time with Waverly.  And Waverly well he’s obsessed with the new work venture.

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Book three:  I stepped into an Anniversary story, singing Tony Toni Tone; It’s our anniversaryyyy!  I just knew with all my being it was about to go down for the count.

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Yet when I got to the end.  I was like darn.  Don’t get me wrong the story was good and sensual and I was elated to read of married couples trying to keep their flame from fizzling out.  However, the constant repetitions reminding me that Janna was a happily married woman kept me from being shocked at the outcome.  I enjoyed them as much as you can enjoy a flash story.  These were shorter than short stories but actually longer than flash fiction.

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🙅 Now I’m feeling how I should. Never knew single could feel this good. 🎭

 ☕️ Whatever Dude! Meet-ups, Musings & More by Dalia Florea ☕️

TITLE:     Whatever Dude!     
AUTHOR:      Dalia Florea
PUBLISHER: Dalia Florea
SERIES:        No
RATING:      ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Hilarious

 

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Have you ever wondered about online dating? Journey down the rabbit hole of online dating in this pocket-size book of vignettes filled with hilarious stories of meet-ups, musings and more. From Mr. Doesn’t Have A Job to Mr. Takes His Shoes Off During A Date to Mr. Let’s Go For Coffee But Too Cheap To Actually Buy Coffee. This book will have you laughing out loud!

 

 

 


REVIEW:

My first thoughts when reading this book was OMG you too!  When I first divorced online dating seemed to be the thing to do but after a few of those meet-ups and recommendations, I quickly learned it wasn’t for me.  Now after reading some of the hilarious tales brought forth in Whatever Dude! I realize that it wasn’t only me.

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Whatever Dude! is laugh out loud funny.  I’m sure the instances weren’t that funny while they were taking place but it surely brought back some memories.  While reading this book, I’m not sure which story I enjoyed more, but certainly the duck-walking cowboy…

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Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny and a reminder that dating online isn’t for everyone for various reasons.

If you’re having one of those days, I highly recommend you read this book for a hearty laugh!

Purchase your copy on Kindle: http://amzn.to/1Su61km

🎁 Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas 🎁

🎄 Center City Christmas: A Cinnamon Black Christmas Short Story by Angelia Vernon Menchan 🎄

51cBfF1aKTL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Synopsis:

“I am going to do something ridiculous this Christmas.” Cinnamon said to Malcolm who held her close as they walked along the marsh near their home.
“What would that be, not buy any gifts, everyone would find that ridiculous.” Nudging him with her hip, she laughed at his absurd response. She was well known for her gifting.
“No, I think on Christmas Eve, I am going to open the property I purchased years and years ago, at least ten acres and give a huge community feast. I will cook and hire some of the best caterers around and there will be gifts for children, homeless people and those who stop by. I have a few weeks but I dreamed it this morning and it is going down.”
Love and heat filtered through Malcolm at his wife’s words. She was so damn loving, which is why she was so loved.
“There are two shelters for homeless and another for women and I will tell the staff at all those to get the word out. That is about nine hundred people at any given time. I will make sure there are three times as many gifts as that and food. We can certainly afford that and more. There will be tents and bounce houses and all kinds of stuff.”
He could hear the excitement in her voice and the catch. He was unable to say anything himself. It was a wonderful idea and they could afford that and more. He simply pulled her closer, hugging her tighter.

 

Review: 

Christmas is a time for giving more than you receive. Cinnamon Black dreamed of doing something wonderful for the disenfranchised of Center City and with the help of her husband Malcolm and all her friends, she turns an old property into an elegant and festive event. Not only is this book full of holiday spirit but it brings along a dose of drama and passionate connections. I enjoyed catching back up with the residents of Center City. A couple minor errors but a good short read to heighten the holiday spirit.

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