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🚬 There are things known, things unknown and in between is the truth. ⚖

📚 Rose Gold by Walter Mosley 📚

TITLE: Rose Gold
AUTHOR: Walter Mosley
PUBLISHER: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Incredible Storytelling 

Rose Gold is two colors, one woman, and a big headache.

51d2OeHAh0LIn this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don’t receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff. With twelve previous adventures since 1990, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. Rose Gold continues his ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/PI genre form with a rich social history of postwar Los Angeles—and not just the black parts of that sprawling city.

 


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Easy’s back!  After a near death experience, Easy Rawlins returns to the P.I. scene.Set in the 1960’s with hippies and drugs and radical life, Rosemary Goldsmith has been kidnapped.  Roger Fisk contacts Easy to help with the search, with some reluctance Rawlins takes on the job of finding Rose Gold.

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As with most Mosley novels, the plot moves forward with several intense subplots that move the prose along smoothly.  A black boxer is accused of various crimes, a child is stolen and romantic obsessions occur.  However, none of that deters Mosely to get to the bottom of what happened to Rose Gold.

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Walter Mosley is one of my favorite authors, his descriptive language, and vivid prose brings to life an era long since past.  The Easy Rawlins series is one that will live on for eternity.  I highly recommend.

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🎭Some men become ghosts before their deaths. ~Plato 🕵

📚 The Real Mrs. Price 📚

TITLE:  The Real Mrs. Price
AUTHOR: J.D. Mason
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
SERIES: NO
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Sizzling mystery 

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51AbMDqH+dL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Lucy Price is living the American dream. She has been married to her successful husband and businessman, Edward Price for a year and couldn’t be happier until she learns that Eddie is a dangerously ruthless man, heavily involved in illegal activities that threaten not only her marriage, but her life. Eddie abruptly disappears, but not before warning Lucy that if she wants to keep breathing she’d better keep her mouth shut. Six months later, word of her husband surfaces when she learns that he is presumed murdered in a small Texas town, apparently killed by his “wife”, Marlowe Price.

Marlowe is no stranger to trouble. An outcast in her own community for being one of those “hoodoo women,” who can curse you or cast you under her beguiling spell, Marlowe is shunned at every turn. Six months ago, a whirlwind romance in Mexico led Marlowe to marry the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. For Marlowe and Eddie, there is no such thing as trouble in paradise. But late one night, when Marlowe witnesses her husband putting the body of a dead man in the trunk of his car, the illusion comes crashing down around her and she knows she has to move fast before the devil comes calling once again.

Now, Lucy and Marlowe must come together to find out where and who Eddie really is, and help each other through the threat he poses. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned…except for two women scorned who are willing to put their pasts behind them and band together to take one bad man down…


REVIEW:

What would you do if your estranged husband turns up dead, burnt to a crisp one day out of the blue?  When the shock wears off, you also discover your presumed dead husband also has another wife.  That’s the journey Lucy Price is on after her estranged husband Edward Price resurfaces, dead.

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In an effort to reclaim her life, Lucy feels the need to prove that Eddie is really and truly dead.  Her mission unites her with Roman Medlock, the former cop, turned PI.  After Roman sets a meeting for Lucy and Marlowe to meet the mysterious tide turns.  There is also an undeniable attraction between the couple.

 

Marlowe Price, is wife number two.  Marlowe Price seems to always find herself leading with her heart instead of her head.  When her Aunt Shou Shou, calls and tells her to read the bones, they warn her of the darkness that’s coming her way.  Suspected of murder, Marlowe doesn’t believe the body found is that of her husband Edward Price.

When Osiris Plato Wells, enters the scene…temperatures are rising (In my best Raheem DeVaughn voice). The physical attraction between O.P. and Marlowe is instant, but the warning from the bones, sets her tooth to grind.

This book follows the four characters as they try to find out if Edward Price is really deceased or playing ghost!  Can the two women put their scorned feelings aside to find out the truth?

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a mashup of mystery/suspense with a tinge of paranormal voodoo.  As our book of the month, this was my first read by J.D. Mason but it surely won’t be my last.

🗿 Circumstances don’t make you what you are, they reveal who you are chosen to be! 👊

📚 First Kill Wonder 📚

 

TITLE: First Kill Wonder
AUTHOR:  R. Jerome Brooks
PUBLISHER: Prodigy Gold Books
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Dramatically Captivating 

Pre-order today for the release on 6/16/16 First Kill Wonder

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


518pkKy+ByL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Naim Butler, a rainmaker, has perfected the art of sentencing mitigation, as a partner with Manhattan power-firm, Baker and Keefe. He’s the kind of captivating and accomplished man that therapists vent too. His bachelorhood is turned upside down when an old flame, Sinia Love, drops a seventeen-year-old son into his lap forcing him to balance this revelation and his budding romance with Brandy Scott. Professionally, Naim’s assigned to prove a man’s innocence of murder is filthy work itself, but catastrophic when an envious lover of Sinia Love’s sets out to kill him while hiding amongst the glitterati of Manhattan’s upper crust.

First Kill Wonder is the author’s seventh novel, but the first under this pen name.

 

 


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Does the path you’re meant to travel stop when a bad decision is made?  Or are like the Phoenix, formed in the fire and destined for greatness, once consumed.  For Naim Butler, he was most definitely formed in the pits of fire.  From dire circumstances, Butler’s life choices were a product of his environment.  However, that wasn’t the end for him, one could call it; just a prelude.  After turning his life around, Butler became the first non-practicing partner at the law offices of Barker and Keefe, a prestigious law firm in Manhattan.  Life for Naim Butler was exceptional…

A fury of events including finding out about his now seventeen-year-old son, Marco and the chance meeting of Brandy Scott sets a change of pace for Butler.  And once again, just like a Phoenix he rises to the occasion and is determined to be the kind of father He wished was a part of his life.

Great books are formed by details they present.  It’s all in the details, and Brooks made sure not to leave them out.  Combining his love of a mystery with a hint romance, Brooks is definitely one to watch.   This introduction to Naim Butler is one I didn’t want to end right away.  The flow and pace were steady enough to keep the reading experience engaging while pulling you deeper into the world of Butler.  I am looking forward to seeing where this series will go.  Five Stars

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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/

 

☠ Danger….Watch ya’self…Danger!! ⚔

📚 The Fix Trilogy 📚

 

TITLE: The Fix 3
AUTHOR: K’Wan
PUBLISHER: Urban Books
SERIES: Yes 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Addictive 

 

D1l07a2v6wS._SL250_FMpng_From Book 1: What would you do if you felt like you were dying and the only thing that could save you was the very thing that was killing you?
Persia Chandler doesn’t know the meaning of the world struggle. After the arrest of her notorious father, she is whisked away from Harlem, the only place she has ever called home, to be raised in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island City. Her mother and stepfather shower her with the best that life has to offer. During her senior year in high school, she convinces her parents to let her transfer from Catholic school to attend public school. That is the start of her problems—but it’s hardly the end.
In her new school, Persia is reunited with the friends she was forced to move away from, and starts to drift further and further from the life her mother and stepfather have built for her. To the sheltered Persia, the Harlem underworld is like one big adventure. Things promise to get even more interesting when she starts dating a dealer named Chucky. He introduces her to his world of sex, money, and drugs, dragging Persia along with him on a long and bitter ride into the bowels of addiction.

In the third and final installment of The Fix Trilogy, two worlds that have been running parallel finally collide.


FROM BOOK 2: Two lives . . . two paths . . . one tragic outcome. The Fix 2 is in and the game is afoot!

The past few months have been a living hell for Persia. Seemingly overnight, she has fallen from grace and found herself scraping rock bottom, all in the name of two lovers—Chucky and cocaine. One was supposed to love her and the other take away the pain, but they’ve both fallen short on their promises. The last time she saw either one of them was the night she almost lost her life.

It has taken a bout of physical therapy and a stint in a rehabilitation center for Persia to be able to start pulling together the pieces of the life she almost ruined. She’s living at home with her mother and stepfather and is refocused on school. For the first time in what seems like forever, she is finally able to enjoy life as an average teenage girl trying to graduate from high school. That’s when they get the phone call that sends everything to the left.

As Persia struggles with her demons, her childhood friend Li’l Monk is embracing his. Under the tutelage of the vicious crime lord Ramses, Li’l Monk is quickly making his way through the ranks of the Pharaoh’s army and creating a name for himself on the streets as a ruthless killer. Just as his father, Big Monk, had always predicted, he is walking a mile in his daddy’s bloody shoes.

As cold as Li’l Monk’s heart is, however, he still has a soft spot for his old friends. When a childhood pal comes to him for a favor, Li’l Monk finds himself with blood on his hands and dirt on his name. When the double cross knocks him out of favor with Ramses, Li’l Monk is left with two options: kill or die.

K’wan delivers another instant street classic that is sure to keep him at the top of the charts.


514nAlUJxDL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_BOOK 3:

Persia Chandler has managed to get her life back on track. Things are calm at home, she’s preparing to leave for college, and she is even feeling confident enough to start dating again. More importantly, she’s drug free and plans to stay that way—until Chucky slithers back into her life. He’s determined to make Persia his again, and he isn’t willing to take no for an answer.

When trying to woo her doesn’t work, Chucky plays hardball and gives Persia an ultimatum: go along with his latest twisted plot, or have her junkie past exposed to the new man in her life, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Vaughn Tate. Fearing that her dirty laundry will damage not only Vaughn’s reputation but also their budding romance, Persia agrees to Chucky’s terms.

Chucky thinks he’s got Persia right where he wants her, but little does he know that she isn’t the same naïve little girl he remembered. There is no way Persia is going to allow him to make her a slave again, even if she has to see him dead to prevent it.
In another part of town, Li’l Monk is discovering that a friend in need isn’t always a friend indeed. After helping his old running buddy, Charlie, out of a jam, he finds himself the victim of a triple-cross when a prominent mobster is found dead and all signs point to Li’l Monk as the murderer. To prevent a war with the Mafia, Pharaoh has passed a death sentence on to his young lieutenant, but he will soon learn that killing the monster he helped to create is easier said than done.

The cards have all been dealt, and now it’s time to play the last hand.

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REVIEW:

Let me start with saying, I started this trilogy in audiobook.  It was a fantastic find.  I’ve only previously read a novella from this author and I did enjoy it.  In Book 1, I met Persia, the poor little rich girl with a heart for the streets and thugs.  Intriguing right!  In Book 2, her story continues, I had an instant dislike for Chucky stemming from the first book. With that being the case, I couldn’t just stop there since book 3 wasn’t on audio yet…so off to Walmart to purchase Book 3.

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The crew is all back.  Persia’s life has come to some semblance of control now that her addiction is under control.  However, that is short lived with the reemergence of Chucky.  Slithering back into town, he’s on a mission and that mission is Revenge with a Capital R.

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All isn’t well however on the home front for Pharoah, Ramses, and Lil’ Monk.  The death of various cartel members is bringing the hood to the brink of war.  A war that neither party truly desires to engage.  Will the deadly games commence or will there an amicable truce?

After a fury of events sets off, Lil’ Monk begins the hunt of his life.  There are things and shadows creeping in hoping to cut down the life of the fearless soldier.  The death toll rises, with people closer and closer to Persia, standing on the brink, will she continue to hold strong to herself and see the light at the end of the tunnel or is she back on shaky ground.

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Snakes can slither into the smallest hole, but when they’re caught the best way to kill them are to chop off the head.  Chucky is a snake that needs his head chopped.  With a hefty bounty, attached will his head soon roll for all the crimes he’s committed?

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Sometimes series seems to go on forever and ever, but to end a series is a feat for most.  This series ended with a BANG!!!  The last book in the trilogy was by far the absolute best.  The author brought you to the brink addiction and cut if off with a slice of his pen. I really enjoyed this book, with a slurry of characters, all well developed and a storyline uniquely told I highly recommend this trilogy!

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🍭Sweet as sugar, hard as ice, hurt me once, I’ll kill you twice!🕵

📚 Sugarland 📚

TITLE: Sugarland
AUTHOR: Jo Dee Sanders
PUBLISHER: Aquarri Publishing
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Alluring

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Meet Sugar, a mysterious and vengeful woman originally from a small town in Georgia, as she returns to the Carolinas to deal with her shameful and disturbing history with a group of three very flawed friends.
Malcolm, married to a sexy and adventurous vixen, Sampson, a crooked police officer on the prowl and Deke, a petty, downtrodden criminal with a crush on Rochelle, who happens to be Malcolm’s wife, all have a past of individual transgressions with Sugar, who now seeks redemption from each one of them.
Unable to forget how the unscrupulous people of her past defiled her, Sugar falls into a lapse of insanity and returns with a steamy, conning and morale-less alter ego, who brings all hell with her–and she wears a mask!

 


 

REVIEW:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

What circumstances can transform a woman child into something more than anyone could ever imagine?  For Sugar, the mysterious girl from Georgia, the deadly secret she harbors will soon come to light.  The enigma she holds is hidden under her masquerade a part-time dancer in a hole in the wall shack nestled quaintly in the depths of North Carolina.  And Sugar is their headliner, bringing men from all walks of life to the small establishment to get a glimpse of her treasures.

Deke, the d.j. at the current establishment, has plans to become more than his present life.  Dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, come to fruition when Sugar enters his world.  Teaming up with his longtime friends; Malcolm and Sampson, the trio merge together once again to form the hot new club: Sugarland.

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The bond of the triplets run deeper than they even imagine.  Rochelle, Malcolm’s wife ties them to a deeper past transgression.  The vixen of more than one eye, Rochelle chose money over love long ago. Will she ever realize what that choice will cost her, or will it be too late?

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When I started this erotic thriller, I didn’t know what to expect.  The tone of the book is more of a mystery thriller than an erotic book.  Although there are some sexual scenes it wasn’t the type that leaves the reader saturated and wanting for more.  The pages keep flipping and flexing the mind, making you wonder who is Sugar?  Although I figured it out about halfway through, I was intrigued to see where this book was going.  Is vengeance best served cold or sweet?  In this  book, I’d say revenge is best served Sweet, sweet like sugar.  I’m looking forward to the next book Sugar-free!  

 

👾 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.

 

 

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