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⚾️ Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you do❣️

📚  Hittin’ it out the park 📚

TITLE:  Hittin’ it out the Park
AUTHOR:  Allison Hobbs & Karen E. Quinones Miller 
PUBLISHER: Zane Presents
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Scandalous 

51BIphyo8QL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fuelled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who’s trying to ruin their marriage—if a long-held secret doesn’t destroy it first.

Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He’s wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There’s just one little secret she’s been keeping from him: her husband doesn’t realize that she’s nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl’s had no problem hiding her age—her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene.

Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl’s man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she’s in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she’d rather keep to herself…

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Whew…whew! Where do I begin!! This book starts out with the woman-child Cheryl Blanton.  Struggling with an addicted Mother, Cheryl is forced to do what she has to do in order to survive.  Her struggle leads her to a man that changes her life…

Randall Alston is a young country boy hoping to make it into the big leagues of Baseball.  After being invited to a major party by one of the New York Yankee’s scouts, Randy first encounters Cheryl.  Seeing him beyond the bad hair, pimply face and extreme southern drawl, Cheryl isn’t  initially attracted to Randy.  However after a night of unbridled passion, Randy is smitten and Cheryl isn’t that far behind.


Life for Randy quickly changes after signing a major contract to play for the New York Yankees… (Who knew baseball was so exciting!)  The duo marries and quickly become the IT couple of major baseball.  

Sexy Sanchez is living her life like it’s golden…well at least in her mind it is.  Sexy moves to the beat of her own drum.  Her goal, to seduce and take other women’s men.  There’s no man that won’t succumb to her feminine wiles.  She uses exactly what she has to get what she wants, and right now she wants Randy Alston.

As this book plays out, the drama and scandal that unfold will leave you breathless.  These women are not into playing fair, they are only playing for keeps.  Just like the game of baseball, though, after three strikes…your OUT!  The question is who’s gonna be on the outs?   Sexy or Cheryl?   Although I really enjoyed this book and recommend it, the ending left too many open ends.  I hope there is a sequel to follow soon.


☠ Danger….Watch ya’self…Danger!! ⚔

📚 The Fix Trilogy 📚


TITLE: The Fix 3
PUBLISHER: Urban Books
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.



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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WhistlingCamptown ladies sing a song…Doo dah, doo Dah…Camptown racetrack five miles long…Oh the doo dah day…

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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
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Alluring


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!



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.




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?


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!  


🎭 Reading give us someplace to go when you have to stay where you are 🌟

🎧 A book is a gift you can open again and again 📚

Generally, I don’t review the books I listen to nightly on audio, but this has been a slow reading week for me.  So I thought I’d share some of my listens/reads from the week.  I’m not writing reviews for them, however, I have rated them all on Goodreads.  Below includes the synopsis and link to purchase, maybe you’ll find something you like as well.  ~L


TI16139598TLE:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
AUTHOR:  Katie Alender
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Suspenseful 


Heads will roll!

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge.

And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history–and one killer queen.


51oWcFXgZuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE: Moth to a Flame
AUTHOR:  Ashley Antoinette
PUBLISHER:  Urban Books
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Hard-Knocks living


In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city’s drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven’s young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there’s nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Puppy love always feels right, but things turn stale, and she soon finds that everyone she loves has disappeared. All she has is Mizan, but when hugs and kisses turn to bloody lips and black eyes, she realizes that Mizan is not who she thought he was.

Raven becomes desperate for a way out, but this time, Daddy can’t save her. Every time she finds the courage to leave, fear convinces her to stay. Like a moth to a flame, Raven is drawn to Mizan, even though she knows he’ll be the death of her.

When the hood life she chose becomes unbearable and the only way out is in a coffin, what will she do?


12813630TITLE: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Vampire/Dystopian 


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

TITLE: I am the New Black
AUTHOR: Tracy Morgan and Anthony Bozza
PUBLISHER: Speigel & Grau
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enlightening


The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan’s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian.

Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party–any party, anytime, anywhere–getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50¢ soda.

When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape–from the untouchable sadness of his father’s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer’s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days being funny is about living his dream–a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martinand Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked.

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows–from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time.



30371TITLE: Temperatures Rising
AUTHOR: Sandra Brown
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Seductive 


Darkly handsome with an arrogant edge, architectural engineer Scout Ritland is the kind of American man who spells trouble. Chantal duPont should know, for she has experienced the best and worst of the country and its people—including one who broke her heart. Yet here she is, home on sultry Parrish Island, putting herself in the way of another bold Yankee. This time, however, it’s for a good cause: Scout is the one man who can help her village, and she’s not about to let him get the better of her—no matter how much she may want to.

Fresh from completing his work on the island’s new luxury resort, Scout’s ready for a little recreation—though being kidnapped and shot isn’t on his agenda. But when he catches sight of an exotic beauty with electric blue eyes, events quickly spin out of control. Scout should be outraged to find himself held captive, but an abductor as alluring as Chantal makes it hard to stay angry.

Soon Scout is swept up by Chantal’s need to help her people—and the role he is to play in her ambitious plan. With each passing day, the work and the woman present him with challenges he could never find at home. But as the project progresses, intrigue and adventure burn hotter than the island’s volcano—and two people who have met their match in each other face a future that could tear them apart….

🗡I am a King among peasants and a wolf among sheep…🗡

📚 Tainted No More by Blacc Topp 📚

TITLE: Tainted No More
AUTHOR: Blacc Topp
PUBLISHER: BlaccStarr Media Group/ InkSlinger Publishing
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  Demented

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I am a King among peasants and a wolf among sheep……

With Jasmine locked away safely, Monica may be able to concentrate on the pursuit and capture of King Kochese. If there was one thing that the DEA and FBI had taught Agent Monica Deitrich , it was to check everyone and trust no one. Between Millicent and Noisy Boy they keep her busy and content, that is, until a new love interest threatens to tear down everything that she’s built.

A series of gruesome murders are happening simultaneously, spanning from the east coast to the Midwest and they have Jasmine and King’s signature style written all over them. Monica can feel it in her gut that King is behind the murders, but Jasmine is tucked away in a government asylum awaiting trial.

The body count is rising and all roads lead to King Kochese, but how can Monica track a ghost? How can she corner a ghost with unlimited resources and connections, capable of ruining not only her career, but her life with a snap of his cold-blooded and calloused fingers.


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Where do I begin, when the previous book left off, King Kochese and Jasmine were discovered to be the dreaded insane Monopoly Killers.  The most deadly duo, leaving a gruesome body count spread like the game.  I’ll never look at the game the same… Fast forward, King is on the run and Jasmine is locked away tight in an insane asylum.

Torn between her job and her only family left, Monica Deitrich still reaches out to her sister on a regular basis.  However, the person staring back at her is no longer the little innocent girl.  Jasmine, pregnant and cuffed to a hospital bed, hates her sister with a passion.  Her loyalty lies with King Kochese.

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If money is the root of all evil, then King Kochese is the banker.  Having billions in his reach as the heir to CrossTech Industries, King Kochese defies the odds again on the run.  Genius and insanity often go hand in hand and with Kochese’s sick mind, he devises a plan to not only reunite his family but to take revenge on the woman who first stole his heart then brought down his empire.

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A spree of murders, set to be grimmer than the Monopoly killings are taking place across the country, leaving the DEA and FBI scrambling to track the killer or killers.   As the bodies rack up, Monica Deitrich is once again forced to defend the job she loves and the blood ties she holds.  Having to deal with that and face the reality that her feelings for the King, leaves her mentally depleted and in the arms of those she may not be able to trust.

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The action and page turning plot of this book is not for the faint of heart.  I highly recommend this series, the author has constructed a plot of mayhem and murder that is surely a classic tale of horror.

💋 She who laughs last, laughs best! 💋

☕️ Woman at the Top of the Stairs III: Final Say by Deidra D.S. Green ☕️

TITLE:  Woman at the Top of the Stairs III: Final Say
AUTHOR:     Deidra D.S. Green
PUBLISHER: Rathsi Publishing Company

RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Revenge is best served Cold! 


51cr+J0V4lL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Woman at the Top of the Stairs II brought more drama to Gina’s life. There are still matters yet unresolved. Will Marlon’s killer ever be found? Is Percy gone for good? Will Ashleigh get away with murder? And what about Gina? Will she ever be rid of Mac or will he win out in the end. All questions will be answered in Woman at the Top of the Stairs III, The Final Say.








REVIEW:   This is the last book in the trilogy Woman at the Top of the Stairs.  When we left off in book two, Gina had been assaulted by former husband Mac.  The women of her circle; Zenobia, Yvette and Ashleigh were still dealing with their own individual battles.

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Before diving deep into this book, what I didn’t expect in the least little bit, took place.  We’re not only caught up on the former characters from previous books but also introduced to a new set of characters.  Freedom and Brock bring about a new look into the old adage, “Same sex, same problems.”  Yet, that’s not where the story ends.  Mac is a man who believes he can do whatever he likes whenever he likes.

There is so much going on in this wicked thriller, confessions, jealousy, obsession and more.

In an effort to leave no stone unturned, the author brought about unpredictable alliances.  The pages in this gruesome story shed some details that would leave the faint of heart, shaking in their boots. With the exception of the new characters introduced, closure of the life of the Woman still at the top of the stairs was heartbreaking and triumphant.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.


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☕️ Hot New Release ☕️ When Love Ain’t Enough: Rozalla and Vince by Stacey Covington-Lee ☕️

☕️ When Love Ain’t Enough: Rozalla and Vince by Stacey Covington-Lee ☕️


Vince Harper is the ideal husband; he showers his wife, Rozalla with love, commitment, and protection, qualities every woman wants from her man.

Heather Ramos is Rozalla’s deceitful, conniving friend. She worms her way into Rozalla’s life with less than honorable intentions. Heather quickly convinces Rozalla that Vince is not only a poor provider; she coerces Rozalla into believing he’s no longer manly enough to fulfill her desires. Heather’s overpowering influence causes Rozalla to belittle and berate Vince, telling him she’s no longer satisfied with the life that they’ve built. Rejecting his valiant efforts to please her, she yells a heartbreaking response. Rozalla awakens the next morning to find that her caustic wish has indeed come true, and she is face-to-face with the opportunity to live the life she thought she wanted.

Harrison Payne is sexy, tempting, and seems to possess all the qualities Rozalla has been longing for. His passion, persistence, and generosity make him the perfect man to fill the newly opened position in her heart. Maybe even a little too perfect. In this dramatic and sexy novel, you’ll instantly become engrossed in a tale of greed, love, and lust. They say be careful what you ask for. Find out what happens when Rozalla determines that the grass really isn’t greener on the other side.



The fallout from Heather’s little outburst was far worse than Rozalla could’ve ever imagined. The room fell so quiet that you could hear a mouse piss on a carpet. Unfortunately, it didn’t last very long. Lisa jumped to her feet like she was ready to do battle.

“Ms. Amanda, did you know about this date?”

“Take a seat Lisa and we’ll all talk it out,” Amanda pled.

“No ma’am, I won’t be sitting. I just want to know if you knew about this date and if you encouraged it?”

“I found out about the date earlier yesterday. Once it was brought to light and I was unable to get your mother to reconsider, I came over and helped her prepare for it.”

“Lisa, sit down,” Carmen encouraged as she tugged at her baby sister’s arm.

Snatching her arm from Carmen’s grip, Lisa began to spit venom at the two remaining women. “So, let me see if I’ve got this right. You talked my poor, grieving mother into going out on a date with some stranger and she was ignorant, or desperate enough to do it. Which is it, Mama, were you stupid, desperate, or do you just not give a damn about Daddy and the fact that he just died? I mean, damn, do you really think that six months is a respectable amount of time to mourn the man that dedicated his life to you? Or are you so much of a slut that you can’t wait to get back out there and get laid? Is that funky, old twat of yours that hungry for attention?”

“What the hell is wrong with you, Lisa? How dare you talk to Mama like that, you disrespectful little brat,” Carmen hissed.

“Little girl, you have no idea what I’ve been through, what I’m still going through. And for you to talk to me, your mother, like that… Get out!” Rozalla pushed herself up from her seat. “Get out of my house, Lisa, now!” Rozalla pushed her daughter’s shoulders with more force than she realized she had. “Get out now, you hear me? Get out!”

Despite Lisa’s objections and rants about the house belonging to her father, Rozalla continued to yell and physically push her out backwards until Lisa’s back was against the front door.

“You think your daddy was the only one that dedicated himself to this marriage, to this family? What do you think I was doing all those years? Who cooked and cleaned behind you kids and your father? Who listened to him at night as he talked about all the stresses of his day? Who comforted him when his parents died? Who solely supported this family financially after the accident that rendered him disabled for nine months? Who stayed up late nights helping with homework and tending to the sick? It was me, Lisa, me! And don’t forget that it’s been my paycheck paying your tuition. Now it’s my turn to live, without having the responsibility of all y’all on my damn back. And until you are ready to apologize, realize I’m a grown ass woman, and treat me with the respect that I deserve, don’t come back to my house.”

“Screw you and your house,” Lisa spat as she stormed out the door. Rozalla turned around to see three stunned faces staring back at her.

“I love you so much, Mama, but I never realized that your loving and supporting us was such an uncomfortable weight on your back. I promise that I will not impose my weight upon you any longer,” Carmen sniffed as she picked up her bags and left.

“Wait a minute, Carmen, I didn’t mean it like that. Please don’t leave, I didn’t mean it like that,” Rozalla begged, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. Carmen pulled off without looking back.

Rozalla closed the door and slid down to the floor. Her hands covered her eyes as she sobbed like a baby. She wondered what she’d done so wrong that would make Lisa treat her with such disrespect. Furthermore, how could she in turn make her kids feel as if they’d been an unwanted responsibility? She was hurt and angry at the entire situation, but still felt deep down that this was her time to live. Was that really so wrong?

“Come on, Roz, get up and let’s go back into the kitchen. I’ll fix some coffee and we can talk it all out,” Amanda said as she helped her best friend to her feet.

As Rozalla sat at the table trying to collect herself, she thought of all that had just transpired and wondered how it all could’ve been avoided.

“Amanda, why did you have to say that you tried to convince me not to go through with the date? Why couldn’t you just defend me and my choice to go out?”

“That’s what I was wondering,” added Heather.

Amanda looked at Heather as if she wanted to knock her out of her chair. Pointing at her, Amanda commented, “You don’t want to start with me.” She then turned her attention to Rozalla. “Don’t you think the bigger question is why did this chick announce your date to everyone in the first place?”

“How was she supposed to know that Lisa would over-react?”

“Isn’t she supposed to be your friend? I assumed that y’all would have talked about how your daughters might feel about the whole dating thing. And then there’s the common sense factor. Wouldn’t common sense tell her to clear that conversation with you first?”

“Wait a damn minute,” Heather interjected. “I know you’re not calling me stupid.”

“I didn’t, but if the shoe fits, feel free to put it on your big foot.’

“You better watch your mouth before this big foot finds its way up your tight ass.”


Stacey Covington-Lee is the author of multiple Contemporary Fiction novels. She is passionate about and continues to raise social consciousness about sickle cell disease and domestic violence through her writing and speaking engagements. Stacey is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where she continues to live with her husband and son. Visit http://www.staceycovingtonlee.com for more information and blog posts.

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