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Spotlight: Welfare Grind by Kendall Banks

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Cold-hearted Keema takes the world by storm as she navigates her way through every trick and scam she can pull off. With four kids in tow, living off the welfare system had become her life along with the extra cash, sex and violence, her gangsta boyfriend Dupree brought into her life. Soon, chaos erupts, causing Keema’s secret past to become a problem. When the chips fall, they fall hard, leaving Keema willing to do whatever it takes to keep money in her pocket. She’s willing to go that extra mile, even if it means selling her kids, or setting up her man.
Excerpt

Finally the door to the back offices opened up. Ms. Vines, my caseworker, stuck her head out. She was wearing an out dated pant suit too tight for her fat frame, and a pair of run over heels, which she seemed to have on each and every time since the very first day I met her. Her dark skin was dry and acne filled, which came from drinking too many of them Cokes she always had on her desk. And today her short, bob styled wig was matted to the left side of her head.

“Keema Newell !” she called.
“Bout time,” I whispered as I stood from my chair and quickly walked past her, anxious to find out when I was getting my kids back and get this visit over with. The two of us headed to her tiny office. As we walked I could smell a double cheese burger with extra onions seeping from her pores. Once we reached her office she plopped down behind her desk, opened a drawer and pulled out my case file. She opened it and sat it on her desk next to the half-empty bottle of Coca Cola.
“Was my Medicaid application accepted?” I asked as I sat down. We’d discussed me getting full coverage during the last visit. I was hoping I’d be approved before the next check, which would be here in ten days. I was always trying to milk her ass for whatever I could get. “Deniro’s doctor really thinks he may have a disability,” I lied.
“Keema, right now the Medicaid application is the least of your worries.”
Here she goes. My eyes wanted to roll but I forced them to remain still. Despite how much I hated her, Ms. Vines wrote the checks so I had to be cool.
“We need to begin this visit with you telling me about why the children are in Baltimore City custody.”  She eyeballed me like she was better than me or something. “That’s the reason I requested the meeting.”
“The police kicked my door in two days ago pointing guns at me and my kids,” I told her. “They told me somebody lied and said I was selling drugs out of my apartment. Can you believe that?”
“Why would someone do that?”
“You know how people are, Ms. Vines. They nosey and always want to get stuff started. Just because I don’t associate with none of them, they want to mess with me. I’m out looking for jobs every day and they hatin’ on that. That’s all that is.”
“Keema, the police don’t just kick in doors for no reason. They do investigations before they do something that extreme.”
“Not this time, they didn’t. They kicked mine in for nothing.”
Ms. Vines gave me a smirk and looked down at my case file. “Keema, the police found a gun and marijuana in the apartment,” she said raising her head to look at me.
“But it wasn’t mine,” I said, trying to sound convincing.
“Then whose was it?”
“Shane’s.”
“Your boyfriend’s son?”
“Yeah, I didn’t even know he had the stuff.”
“You had no idea, huh?” she asked pursing her lips.
“I really didn’t.”
“Doesn’t he have autism?”
“Yeah, that’s why I’m so surprised. I’m starting to wonder if the autism thing is an act. You know autism is a brain problem that makes it hard to communicate. But if he selling drugs then he communicating just fine.”
“Keema…”
I cut her off since she hadn’t been convinced yet.  His father told me that his autism only meant he’d have social impairments and some mild character flaws, but this is too much. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking about telling his daddy he needs to find Shane another place to stay. I can’t have that kind of stuff around my kids.”
She stared at me for a moment, causing me to nibble on my nails again. I always did that when I was nervous. Right now I didn’t quite know what was going through her mind but the look on her face showed me she still didn’t quite believe me.
“Ms. Vines, I miss my babies,” I whimpered. “They’re my world. I haven’t even been able to sleep since the cops took them.” I stopped to snivel before continuing, “And it’s breaking my heart so bad I went to church this morning and prayed on it. That’s why I was late to see you. Oh God, Ms. Vines, when will I be getting them back?”
Ms. Vines leaned forward and folded her hands on the desk. “Keema, do you have any idea how serious this situation is? There was a gun underneath one of your children’s mattress and drugs in a cereal box.”
“But they weren’t mine,” I whined. “I didn’t even know the stuff was there. I swear to God in Heaven I didn’t.”
“I find that hard to believe, Keema.”
“Do you think I would actually have a gun and drugs around my kids?” I asked in disbelief.
“You tell me,” she said. “The police have also stated they found a lit blunt in your apartment.”
“That was Shane’s too.”
“You mean you didn’t smell him smoking?”
“I told you that autism thing may be a front. He’s real slick.”
She leaned back into her chair and looked at me strangely.
“I’m not lying, Ms. Vines. I would never put my kids in harms way like that.”
She exhaled. “Keema, I’m going to be straight forward with you. “You’ve been on assistance for several years. You haven’t shown any urge to find gainful employment.”
I slammed my hand on the desk. “I go on job interviews all the time!”
“Let me finish, Keema,” she said sternly. “You’re always late for our appointments. You’ve failed drug tests. To be honest with you, if it wasn’t for the kids, I would’ve taken you off of assistance a long time ago.”
I looked at her pitifully, biting my nails again.
“The system is in place to empower you, not enable you Keema.”
“I know, Ms. Vines. That’s what my mother tells me all the time. And I swear I’m trying my hardest. I’ve made mistakes but I’m a good person and I love my kids.”
She looked at me with no emotion. She was pissing me off but I didn’t show it. I stayed in character despite the fact that she was trying to give me such a hard time.
“It’s so hard out here for a single black mother, Ms. Vines.” Tears appeared in my eyes.
“I’m sorry Keema. No money this month until your case is reviewed further.”
I almost fainted.

kendall banks
Kendall Banks, Executive Assistant by day, bartender by night is the proud author of Rich Girls, One Night Stand, Another One Stand and The Welfare Grind Series. She originally hails from both Georgia and North Carolina and presently resides in Washington, D.C. Her long time goal was to produce movies, however after writing her first movie script and failing, she turned it into a manuscript and submitted it to LCB. Ironically, after the success of One Night Stand the novel, an independent studio picked up the project and is now in pre-production. Kendall enjoys the success of her hard work but participates in community service activities often.
Get to Know Kendall:
1. Introduce us to your book and the main characters. What makes each one special? Do you have any favorites?Welfare Grind starts off with an explosive scene that shows Keema, the main character not taking ownership of something that has the authorities at her front door. When her kids are taken away from her this starts a downward spiral for tons of tricks and scams that Keema pulls off to get them back…all in the name of  getting those Welfare Benefits. The money is good..REAL good and she can’t stand the thought of not collecting the funds.  Keema’s character is very authentic and has readers wanting to choke her!Treasure is Keema’s daughter who subliminally acts just like her mother. At ten years old she’s had to grow up all too soon becoming an apprentice in their project based home. Treasure is quick, witty and extremely intuitive. Unfortunately for Keema, karma may come from her own child. They say- the apple never falls far from the tree.

2. Which character or topic in the book can you identify with the most? Why?

I can mostly identify with the ten year old character, Treasure. Forced to grow up without a father and ultimately be responsible for her younger brother’s well-being, Treasure often takes the ‘mother role’ and is allowed to use her own judgment to solve problems at such a young age.
I myself was one of those kids who didn’t have a relationship with my father, so I knew this was a subject that a lot of readers could relate to.

3.  Is this the book you intended on writing or did it take on a life of its own as you were writing? How do you stay focused?

It definitely took on a life of its own because the character, Keema became so dramatic and entertaining after the first chapter. She became far more dimensional that I ever imagined and has several variations. She became so exciting, and so absorbing, I couldn’t stop writing. Even with her flaws, the readers seem to love her.

4.  Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?

I want readers to walk away with the understanding that being on the system is a choice and getting off is a lifestyle change. It’s easy to get complacent when you’re getting income to live with little effort. The money may seem good on the surface, but is it really self gratifying and what message does it send to your children? For those who really need it, I’m hoping they use it to help them get on their feet then get off of it.

5.  We are here to shine the spotlight on your new book, but what’s next?  Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases. How may our readers follow you online?

My next project is the third part to Welfare Grind. Readers everywhere are talking about parts 1 and 2 (Still Grindin’) of this Series. This book is going to explore the aftermath of Keema’s decisions and what effects they had on Treasure.

Find Kendall at:

Instagram –  authorkendallb
Twitter – @authorkendallB
Facebook – LCB
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Today’s Spotlight: HBIC by Caroline McGill

“One of the industry’s most underrated female authors takes you on another thrilling ride through the streets ofBrooklyn.”

K’wan, Best Selling Author

 

“Great story by a much slept-on author who keeps it authentic and street while cleverly weaving a great tale. 5 star read!”

 

JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times Best Selling Author

“Caroline McGill is Urban Lit’s best kept secret, but that’s all about to change once HBIC drops.  …And a new Queen will be crowned.”

Treasure Blue, Best Selling Author

Take a walk in the shoes of Elle Mitchell. She came up in the church but quickly became fascinated with the underworld. The youngest sister of three, she has something to prove. Street smart and book smart, Elle will stop at nothing to get rich quick. Determined, she sets out to be Head Bitch In Charge.

But HBIC is a position to be earned and the stakes are high. Ain’t no easy road to riches when treading down a path of unrighteousness. Prosperity spawns adversity and enemies. Only one can fill the shoes of HBIC. Delve into these pages to see just how much those shoes cost.

Caroline McGill is back with a BANG! Prepare to be sucked into a world where money and power rules, and will ultimately destroy relationships… and even lives. Readers will love the new drama-filled “HBIC” series as much they love the “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” series.

Excerpt:

 

“For what shall it profit a man,

if he shall gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?”

Mark 8:36

 

 

Prologue

 

1981

Brooklyn, NY

 

 

In a crowded Brooklyn church in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a young woman sat at a piano pounding on the keys and directing three little girls with the voices of angels. The young woman was especially proud because the singing cherubs belonged to her.  Her daughters, Etta, Elaine, and Elle were just ten, eight, and five years old. “The Mitchell Sisters” were singing their little hearts out and making a joyful noise unto the Lord. They had the church rocking to their rendition of the old gospel favorite, “Trouble In My Way.”

 

“Trouble in my way (trouble in my way) I have to cry sometimes (I have to cry sometimes) So much trouble (trouble in my way) I have to cry sometimes (I have to cry sometimes) I lay awake at night – but that’s alright (That’s alright) Because I know my Jesus (Jesus, he will fix it) I know my Jesus (Jesus he will fix it) After while …”

 

The little girls’ father, Elliot Mitchell, was proud and choked up by his big voiced babies. He sat in the third pew clapping along with the rest of the congregation. Elliot was a goodhearted gentleman who was a big dreamer. He had huge ideas of making his daughters stars. God had blessed him with those girls, so he had the makings of a successful gospel group. He wanted his girls to sing for God. He also wanted to capitalize off their talent. He didn’t see anything wrong with wanting to make a better way for his family.

Elliot glanced over at his wife, Ellen, who was signaling their daughters to cut the song. Their big voiced eight-year-old, little Miss Elaine Twyla, was singing lead. When she got into the groove she hated to turn the microphone loose. Elliot caught his wife’s eye, and they smiled at each other. Their girls were born to sing.

Elliot was the type of man who was driven by his ideas and unafraid to put them into effect. That was why his family had something. At just twenty-eight years of age, he owned the 4-story building his family resided in, as well as a business on the same street.

He and Ellen were in love and they were a match made in heaven. Both were from the same small town in North Carolina. Elliot courted Ellen at age fourteen, and they remained high school sweethearts who later got married the year they turned eighteen. Ellen was a southern bell who had the class and style of Jackie Onassis. She believed in her man and followed him to New York City, where he promised to take care of her like she was the First Lady. They purchased their first house at nineteen, and she gave birth to their first daughter, Etta, at twenty.

Elliot adored Ellen. He owed her his life because to some extent, she had saved him. He was from a family of hustlers. They were about money so education wasn’t necessarily a priority. His mother, Sadie, sold bootleg liquor all night to support them when his father went out and got drunk and spent all the money earned from their puck wood business on other women. So she slept late some mornings.  If he and his brothers hadn’t gotten themselves up for school some days, they would have never gotten there on time.

As Elliot got older, he got wrapped up in the nightlife and hustle and bustle of his family’s activities. There were juke joints and liquor houses along the roadside in his community. They were owned by his aunts and uncles, who had reputations so feared folks dubbed their community Little Korea, comparing it to The Korean War fought in the early 1950’s. But they couldn’t get enough of it. Folks came from afar to indulge in the mischief Little Korea had to offer, so there was action going on all night.

Elliot often kept late hours and had the luxury of deciding whether or not he wanted to attend school. But Ellen was so pretty and sweet, he went as much as he could. He’d been smitten with her ever since seventh grade. She was the main reason he went to school everyday. And his fear of being rejected by her and labeled a dummy made him study hard to impress her with his intelligence. She was smart and seemed to get good grades effortlessly. Trying to impress her had motivated him to finish school.

They graduated from high school in May, 1968 and got married that December on Christmas Eve. A few months later, they picked up and moved to New York City. They tried living in Queens, but later settled in the borough of Brooklyn.

After Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, angry Blacks were determined to tear down the establishment so they vandalized, looted, and burned cities across the country. Brooklyn was no exception. Some of its neighborhoods suffered vastly. As a result, Whites began to relocate. Property values declined drastically, allowing Elliot to purchase his first house for a little more than a dollar and a dream.

Now all these years later, he and his wife were well respected pillars in their community. Ellen played the piano in church and directed the choir. She was his better half and she was a great mom to his daughters.

They had three girls but Elliot vowed that they would all be like him. He grew up with six brothers so he didn’t really know how to be gentle. He often made his girls wrestle and tussle like boys. And he had big plans for them. He envisioned that they would all be women of power and head their own empires one day. They would be in charge, no matter what society said about women being unequal. The year was 1981, and times were changing.

Caroline McGill is the best-selling author of the highly acclaimed, award winning “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” series (parts 1 – 4). The self-published prolific Virgo also penned the rave, controversial novel, “Sex as a Weapon,” a steamy, eye-opening tale about AIDS awareness. Her latest novel “HBIC: Head Bitch In Charge” is based on her life story, and has been hailed as one of her best.

Caroline McGill has penned and contributed to eight 5-star rated novels to date, including a stellar anthology she published called “Guns & Roses: Street Stories of Sex, Sin and Survival.” Caroline has also published the phenomenal two book series, “Anything for Profit” 1 & 2 by author Justin “Amen” Floyd. Caroline is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is working to promote her latest novel “HBIC: Head Bitch In Charge” and writing the fifth installment in the “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” series.

MEET Caroline McGill:  President/HBIC at Synergy Publications

What type of work were you doing before you launched Synergy Publications in 2004?

Prior to launching Synergy Publications I worked a few odd jobs and also did lots of illegal stuff I’m not proud of.  The life I was living, I am fortunate to have bypassed death or a lengthy prison sentence.  I wanted money the fast way, and didn’t apologize for the ways I earned it.  Then in the year 2000 I had an “aha moment” and realized that enough was enough. I was getting older.  Age thirty was approaching in five years, so I was determined to get my life together.

During my enlightenment period I decided to go back to school.  I enrolled in a community college in North Carolina fulltime and pursued a degree.  I earned my AAS in Business Administration in 2002.  Armed with blind faith and eager to make a positive turnaround in my life, I started working on a novel that was loosely based on the crazy life I had lived prior to my turnaround.

Why did you venture into the publishing business?

I wanted to be my own boss so my dream was to form a legitimate business.  Overcome with the entrepreneurial spirit, I moved back New York and obtained a real estate license to supplement my income while I figured out what my calling was.  I rented out apartments to pay the bills, meanwhile, brainstorming to come up with a product to sell.

I continued to work on my novel in my spare time and then made the decision to self-publish my debut novel, a semi-autobiographic tale of lust, love, and betrayal called “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent.”  I formed Synergy Publications in 2004 and haven’t looked back.  God is good.

Is it true that you consider Synergy Publications to be the home of conscious street literature? If so, what is it about the books you write and publish that makes you state this?

All of the books I write and publish contain underlying messages.  I make it a point to raise awareness by touching on issues that matter.  Important issues that need to be addressed.  I found a clever subliminal way to share life lessons, and I take pride in knowing that my efforts aren’t in vain.  I get calls, emails and messages from our readers all the time.  They get it!  And they appreciate it.  They let me know.

What is the S.O.S. AIDS Awareness Campaign? When and why did you found this organization and what types of benefits are offered through the organization?

My first novel, “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” was the inspiration behind me founding the S.O.S. (Saving Our Selves) AIDS Awareness Campaign.  One of the main characters in the story contracts HIV in a startling jaw-dropping way, and things sort of take a turn for the worse.  The feedback I got from my readers was phenomenal.  I always place my direct phone number and contact info in the back of all my books, so they let me know how much they appreciated the fact that I had opened their eyes.  A lot of them told me they were going to get tested for the first time.

That good news, along with the horror stories I heard about the alarming rate we (Black women) were being infected with the Virus, moved me to do something.  My demographic was being destroyed by this epidemic.  S.O.S. (Saving Our Selves) is a campaign fueled on educating the minority community on fighting the AIDS epidemic.  This AIDS Awareness Campaign was created for us to take the initiative to protect ourselves.  Women and men alike.  S.O.S. does stuff like talk to the youth and hand out informative pamphlets and brochures about STDs.  We also distribute free condoms and we direct folks in the right direction for counseling and testing.  And we offer a platform to talk about these issues.  We do it because we care.

What advice would you give to authors and other entrepreneurs thinking about starting their own book publishing company?

My advice to aspiring publishers is read and research.  Do your homework!  This is a business that requires hard work and should be taken seriously.  The market is currently saturated.  It seems like everybody and their mama wrote a book.  But during the years I’ve been in the business I’ve seen a lot of authors and publishers come and go.  To have staying power you must stay informed and be innovative.  Learn the business before you venture into it to avoid costly mistakes.  Last but not least, publish material you will be proud to stand by.  Go at it for the long run and don’t just try to capitalize off the here and now. This can be a lucrative business to a person who respects it and treats it with professionalism.

Why should people read your books?

People should read my books if they are looking for something outside of the norm that they will love, learn from and be thoroughly entertained by.

What’s next for Caroline McGill and Synergy Publications? Where would you like to see yourself and your company two to three years from now?

We are heading for the film business.  We will soon be bringing my best-selling “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” book series to life as a web series.  We’re currently in the pre-production stage.  After that Synergy will venture into producing movies and other projects based on our books.  We’re gonna try to take on Hollywood next.

 

Contact Caroline:

Email address:  carolinemcgill160@msn.com

Facebook Link:   http://www.facebook.com/caroline.mcgill.142

Twitter Link:  https://twitter.com/CAROLINEMCGILL

Website and bookstore where the book can be bought:  www.SynergyPublications.com

Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.  Also available on Nook and Kindle…

Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/HBIC-Bitch-Charge-E-book-ebook/dp/B008DPFT14/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

 

Today’s Spotlight: Lies Unleashed by Tammara Matthews

Lies Unleashed by Tammara Matthews

Synopsis:

TAMMARA MATTHEWS, in her novel Lies Unleashed, takes her readers into the lives of colorful characters whose relationships are turned upside down when they can t seem to let go. Meet Niki, a partner at a law firm, who learns that her fiance Shawn had a little too much fun at his bachelor s party. She calls it quits, then meets Donte, who quickly sweeps her off her feet. But Shawn refuses to let go, causing Niki s new relationship with Donte utter chaos. Then to further complicate the situation, Shawn s brother James enters the picture, spinning a web of intrigue. Niki confides in her best friend, Charlene, who thinks she s found a winner in Mason until she receives a threatening call one day from his wife/baby mother, which causes a whirlwind of drama to unfold. Watch as lives are transformed as multiple plots overlap in the author s debut novel as the saga continues.

 

Excerpt:

It’s 8 o’clock in the morning, and I’m just waking up again after getting up at 5 to fix my niece, Danielle, something to eat. After eating, we stayed up for a while and watched a little TV. We didn’t go back to sleep until 6 in the morning. Now I’m up once again getting her ready for her parents to pick her up and take her to school. Speaking of the devil, there they are now. “Hey, Tanya, where is Darnell?” “Outside waiting in the car. You know how he is. Always Mr. Impatient.”

“Yeah, I know,” I replied agreeing with Tanya. “He thinks we’ll take too long if he comes in. But he doesn’t have to worry about that today. Shoot, I’m tired and ready to go back to bed. Danielle wore me out these past two days, not to include this morning, but we had fun.”

“Danielle! Come say good-bye to your aunt Niki so we can go. You know we don’t have much time!” Tanya yelled. “So are you coming to her birthday party tomorrow?”

“Yeah, I should be able to make it,” I smiled. “I can’t believe she’ll be seven years old. My baby’s growing up fast.” “I know. Who would’ve thought out of all of us you’d have a baby first, Tanya?”

“I know. I was the main one swearing up and down I wasn’t gonna have no kids, but I’m glad I did . . . Well, I guess we’ll see you tomorrow. Give your aunt a kiss good-bye, Danielle.”

“Bye, Aunt Niki,” Danielle said as she kissed me on my cheek. “Bye, sweetie, I’ll see you tomorrow, OK?” “OK.” “Oh, tell Darnell I said hello,” I yelled waving them good-bye. “Good, now I can get some sleep.” As soon as I lay down in my comfortable bed underneath my big goose down comforter and started to doze off I heard another knock at the door. Damn, people just won’t let me go to sleep! “Who is it?”

“It’s Shawn.” “What do you want? I already told you it’s over!” “I know, but I need to talk to you. Can I come in?” “Hell, no! We’re not together so why are you here?” “To explain what happened and plead my case.” “It won’t do you any good because we’re still not getting back together, but OK, I’ll give you five minutes.”

“Thanks for letting me in. It’s cold outside,” Shawn said rubbing his hands together.  “Look just get to the point. You got four minutes, now!”

“OK, OK! Look, I made a mistake, but I want to make it right so we can get back together. What happened really wasn’t what it seemed.”

“What do you mean it wasn’t what it seemed? You cheated on me at your bachelor’s party with a stripper!” I glared at him. “I know, I know, but you don’t understand. They took advantage of me! I was drunk.” “They? What do you mean, ‘they’? It was more than one? You slept with two women?”

I am 29-years-old and was born in Augsburg, Germany but spent most of my life in the Midwest in East St. Louis, IL. I currently reside in Maryland, which is where I decided to pursue a career in writing. I began reading urban fiction novels when I was about 15 years old and had been interested in writing one of my own every since. Lies Unleashed is my first novel of many to come. My contact email for readers is tammy_3715@hotmail.com. I can also be reached on Facebook and Twitter under username Author Tammara.

 

Get to Know Tammara:

1. Where are you from?

I was born in Augsburg, Germany, which is where I lived until the age of five then moved to the Midwest, East. St. Louis, IL.

2.  When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing books in 2008 and began writing after I was hit with a book idea to the point where I couldn’t stop writing. Since then I’ve been writing non-stop.

3. What inspired you to write your first book?

After reading multiple books, some of which I had to skip pages, I decided to write a novel that would grasp readers attention from start to finish. I want my readers to feel as if they know the characters personally and they’re watching the drama unfold right before their eyes.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, it’s better to love and let go. There’s no point of holding onto someone who doesn’t want you, it only causes more drama and pain when you can’t let go. Also lying and cheating gets you nowhere, eventually the truth will come to light and when it does it won’t be a pretty situation.

5. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer once I completed my first novel and received positive reviews.

6. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing first originated at the age of fifteen when I read my first urban fiction novel. From that point on I took an interest in writing my own novel.

7. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite author is Carl Weber, I like how he incorporates multiple characters and their individual situations in his story plots. His books are never disappointing and are always page-turners.

Web-Links:

www.facebook.com/tammaramatthews

www.twitter.com/authortammara

Two Tears in a Bucket by Traci Bee

 

Title: Two Tears in a Bucket

Author: Traci Bee

Rating: 5

Headline: Will Leave You Wanting More!

Every so often I pick up a book that leaves me completely drained and Two Tears in a Bucket by Traci Bee is one of them. Every single emotion I have was felt while reading the story of Simone. She is a young girl left to take care of herself until she meets Kevin and everything about him is bad except his love for Simone.

Two Tears in a Bucket tackles the age-old question does love truly conquer all? Traci Bee has written a story that is lightning speed, full of drama, and felt like a drug addiction I couldn’t shake because I found myself saying “only one more page” until I hit the last page. Luckily there is a sequel, Another Tear!

Two Tears in a Bucket can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Tears-Bucket-ebook/dp/B004CRSRXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349023746&sr=1-1&keywords=two+tears+in+a+bucket

Visit the author’s website at: http://www.tracibee.com/

Kisses Don’t Lie by Tamika Newhouse

 

Title: Kisses Don’t Lie

Author: Tamika Newhouse

Rating: 4

Headline: It’s in His Kiss!

Kyla is torn between her co-worker Keith and her first love, Dean in Kisses Don’t Lie by Tamika Newhouse. Things are starting to heat up between Kyla and Keith until she must go back home to Fort Worth and she runs into Dean. One kiss can change everyone’s lives, especially if it is not from Keith or Dean.

Tamika Newhouse has written a very entertaining book and I love the supplemental story of Brittany and Michael as it added depth and was not a distraction. There was no closure or a true ending to this book so I hope that means there will be a sequel. Kisses Don’t Lie was the first book that I have read by Tamika Newhouse and it will not be my last.

Kisses Don’t Lie can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Kisses-Delphine-Publications-Presents-ebook/dp/B0079Q8S7K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349020932&sr=1-1&keywords=kisses+don%27t+lie

Visit the author’s website at: http://www.tamikanewhouse.com/home/

Disclaimer: Read it All Book Reviews was given a free copy of this book from the author. We were not compensated for the review. If you would like to have your work and/or your clients reviewed, please send an email for submission guidelines.

Today’s Truth by Terri D

 

Title: Today’s Truth

Author: Terri D

Rating: 4

Headline: Make it a Trilogy!

Today’s Truth by Terri D. is as good as its predecessor Yesterday’s Lies. All of the characters from Yesterday’s Lies are back in this second installment and the storylines are just as juicy and entertaining. Terri D. has done an excellent job of digging deeper and exposing more of each character and how far they will go to protect one another.

Today’s Truth is full of twists and turns that will keep you wanting more and not wanting the book to end. This is not a standalone book so you will need to read Yesterday’s Lies to understand the backstory. Like my headline states, make it a trilogy, c’mon Terri D!

Today’s Truth can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Todays-Truth-ebook/dp/B008177278/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349018681&sr=1-1&keywords=Today%27s+Truth+Terri+D

Visit the author’s website at: http://www.authorterrid.com/

Disclaimer: Read it All Book Reviews was given a free copy of this book from the author. We were not compensated for the review. If you would like to have your work and/or your clients reviewed, please send an email for submission guidelines.

Where Did We Go Wrong? by Monica-Mathis Stowe

Title: Where Did We Go Wrong?

Author: Monica Mathis-Stowe

Rating: 4

Headline: Girlfriends to the End!

Monica Mathis-Stowe writes a story that most women can relate to in Where Did We Go Wrong? Gabby, Maxine, and Joy believe they are thick as thieves but what happens when the ties that bind are challenged. Gabby is the diva of the bunch. She is determined to get whatever she wants at whatever cost normally forgetting about that little word called karma. Maxine is the one that seems to have the perfect husband and family life but everything changes when she finds out it was all an illusion. And, Joy has an overbearing mother who controls her even as an adult.

Monica Mathis-Stowe has done an excellent job at developing the characters as I could relate to an aspect of each of them and could feel their pain as well as their victories. Where Did We Go Wrong? is full of drama and will keep you excitedly turning the pages. I look forward to reading more work by Monica Mathis-Stowe.

Where Did We Go Wrong? can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Where-Did-We-Wrong-ebook/dp/B007QE3Y60/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Visit the author’s website at: http://www.monicamathisstowe.com/

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When Truth is Gangsta by Tecori Sheldon

 

Title: When Truth is Gangsta

Author: Tecori Sheldon

Rating: 3.5

Headline: Definitely street lit

If you enjoy reading street lit then you should definitely pick up When Truth is Gangsta by Tecori Sheldon. It follows the story of Ruffneck as he navigates through being a teenager living the street life. Ruffneck has survived a childhood tragedy and it fuels every single move and decision that he makes. Family ties, friendships, and other loyalties are definitely tested as we watch Ruffneck search for the truth.

When Truth is Gangsta is a pretty good read that will keep you entertained. I did not give the book 4 stars because there was a complete section (Lil Shorty) of the book that I tuned out as it simply did not make sense to me and the storyline of Him and 9 read like a joke to me. I am not sure how in depth the sequel will be but I will be sure to read it. Tecori Sheldon has proven himself under this pen name and his original name that he is an author worth reading!

When Truth is Gangsta can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/When-Truth-Gangsta-Strebor-Streetz/dp/1593093977/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349007558&sr=1-1&keywords=when+truth+is+gangsta

Visit the author’s website at: http://slaterboyfiction.com/Home.php

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Allure of the Game by Danielle Santiago

Title: Allure of the Game

Author: Danielle Santiago

Rating: 4

Headline: Oh my!!!

This book is centered on Arnessa who is doing whatever is needed so she can provide for her and her younger sister. When she gets in over her head, Butta steps into her life and a romance blossoms. Besides love, Butta introduces Arnessa to some new girlfriends: Kennedy, Kisa, and Eisani. These girls definitely know how to hold it down for their men.

‘Allure of the Game’ is the first piece of work that I have read by Danielle Santiago and after reading this book I was left scratching my head wondering why I haven’t read her work before now. Her style is so raw and real that I did not want to do anything else but read this book. Now, I must go back and read Ms. Santiago’s previous works. I would recommend this book to others.

Drama With a Capital D by Denise Coleman

Title: Drama With a Capital D

Author: Denise Coleman

Rating: 4

Headline: Don’t mess with family!

Don’t mess with Lena, Tank and Lonnie as these siblings stand up for each other to the fullest. Lonnie is the main character of this book and she is in what she believes to be a loving-monogamous relationship with John. The drama (definitely with a Capital D) begins when Lonnie finds out that John has gotten another woman pregnant.

The “mistress” begins to harass Lonnie at her home and on her job and that is just the tip of the iceberg of the drama. Lena and Tank try to stick up for their sister as much as possible until they find out just how much their lives are intertwined with John’s pregnant girlfriend. Lonnie has no problem sticking up for herself using both her words and her fists.

Denise Coleman has written a book that will definitely catch your attention. The first two chapters had me so sucked in that I couldn’t put the book down until the very last page and I still wanted more. I would recommend this book to others.

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