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Deadbeat by Brian W. Smith

Title: Deadbeat

Author: Brian W. Smith

Rating: 5

Headline: It’s Never Too Late

We are introduced to a 15 year old that goes by QJ and his two friends as they roam Tent City at the beginning of Deadbeat by Brian W. Smith. The teenagers get into altercation with a homeless man and QJ was about to deliver a fatal blow when the man says his name. Startled QJ discovers the homeless man is his father whom he has not seen in over 10 years.

Carmen had told QJ that his father died and never imagined that they would cross paths with him. The revelation that his father is alive brings a number of wide-ranging emotions for QJ from anger, curiosity, and confusion. Quincy Sr. also has issues to deal with as he will now need to decide if he will get his life together so he can have a relationship with his son or continue to be a deadbeat and live on the streets.

There are many books on the market that tackle the issue of absentee fathers but Brian W. Smith has penned a novel that offers a fresh and unique perspective. Deadbeat is a deep, emotionally-charged story of redemption, forgiveness, and new beginnings. Brian W. Smith does what very few authors are able to accomplish: change your outlook on a certain segment of our population while teaching lessons that will stick with you long after you have read the last word. Bravo to Mr. Smith!

Running from Solace by Nakia Laushaul

Title: Running from Solace

Author: Nakia Laushaul

Rating: 5

Headline: Heartbreaking but Powerful!

As a young girl, Naomi has a life that none of us would like to experience. Her mother is a drug addict who often “lends” Naomi to her dealers to supply her habit. Even if you are not a child of abuse and/or neglect, the young girl’s pain can be understood as Nakia Laushaul’s writing technique pulls you in and forces you to feel as in your Naomi’s shoes. As an adult, Naomi’s demons still seem to haunt her and she is forced to face them when she meets a young boy by the name of Xavier. Will Naomi continue to run or will she finally find solace?

I kept hearing about this book, Running from Solace and I wanted to see for myself if it would live up to the hype. To say that it lived up to the hype would be a huge understatement because it is very rare that within one book I feel the range of emotions as I did while reading Nakia Laushaul’s words. I was literally drained at various times from being upset, disgusted, sad, gratified, and then feeling joy.  Any book that can make you genuinely feel this wide range of emotions sets itself apart from others that are currently on the market. Running from Solace is Nakia Laushaul’s debut novel but I am confident in saying that she will become a force within the literary world.

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