Archive | November 2012

Guess What I’m Reading-Baby Daddy by S. Newman Spenzer

I grabbed this one out of the pile of books I have waiting to be reviewed. The name caught my attention so I decided to give it a go. I thought is was going to be boring and drag but I’m about half way through it. Give me a few days and I’ll let you know what I thought.

Baby Daddy is the story of seventeen-year-old Deshawn Margray, who is named in a paternity suit after a thoughtless sexual encounter at a party.  He is desperate to conceal his plight from his mother, a single parent with a meager income.  Mother and son are already haunted by memories of a neighborhood youth who took his own life in a desperate attempt to escape the legal system’s relentless pursuit.  Determined to protect his mother from being re-exposed to the nightmare that has left its pall over the community, Deshawn is torn between fleeing and facing the legal process alone.  He tries to navigate his way through a hostile system, but every attempt to learn anything about his baby daughter is thwarted and he quickly finds himself labeled a “deadbeat dad”.  A brutish child support collection agency succeeds in driving him to his breaking point. A physical confrontation with an insufferable case worker ensues, and the altercation leads to an unexpected discovery that indelibly reshape Deshawn’s life.

Author Bio:

S. Newman Spenzer is married, and has two adult children: a daughter who is an Education Interventionist working with autistic children, and a son who is a student at Miami University of Ohio.

Spenzer has worked as a child support Magistrate in a county court system in Ohio since 2002. Prior to that, she spent 13 years as an Assistant County Prosecuting Attorney, and two years as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society representing the interests of the indigent population.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. This is her first novel.

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Interview with Michigan Literary Network

Check out my interview with Sylvia Hubbard on the Michigan Literary Network blog talk radio yesterday.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/michiganliterarynetwork/2012/11/28/michigan-literary-network#

Incredible Dreams Book Tour

Incredible DreamsIncredible Dreams

INCREDIBLE DREAMS is the story of a modern-day ghost whisperer who travels through time to save the life of a WWII fighter pilot and ends up jeopardizing her own existence.

Izzy Miller prefers to call herself a spiritual therapist because she thinks it makes her sound more professional than plain old ghost-whisperer. She expects her latest project to be quick and easy because exorcising military personnel is pretty routine. But there’s nothing easy or routineabout Captain Jack Baker–he’s a rather forgetful spirit and somewhat mischievous. And even though he’s intrigued by the US Government’s latest attempt to remove him from the only place he can ever remember being…he has no intentions of going anywhere.

Plans to exorcise Jack are quickly sidelined when Izzy discovers a portal into the past inside her dreams and sets out to change his fate. Trouble is…when she gets back there, she can’t remember anything but her name. She still sees ghosts, but is far less accepting of her gift. And, to make matters worse, a demonic force pretending to be the forgetful heroine’s sister has her own plans–to steal Izzy’s soul.

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About the Author

Author Sandra EdwardsSandra is an award-winning author of romance. She has eclectic tastes, penning tales in a variety of genres such as paranormal (mostly time travel and reincarnation), contemporary and suspense. She lives in the U.S. (west coast) with her husband, two kids, four dogs and one very temperamental feline. Sandra’s books often push the envelope and step outside the boundaries of conventional romance.

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Interview with Hannah D. Spivey, author of Ebony the Beloved

Today I have the pleasure of talking with Hannah D. Spivey, author of Ebony the Beloved.

Q.   Tell us about your book Ebony the Beloved.

A.  My book is about a young girl named Ebony who’s seen worst days than Satan.

Q.   In the blurb you talk about “Ebony still struggles to fight her way to the top, never fully realizing what her worth is.” What did you mean by that?

A. Well, Ebony has been knocked and kicked down by her “family” and peers so much that she begins believing that she isn’t worthy of anything. Fighting for love and acceptance is a struggle for her and even though she met a man who amassed wealth, his money alone could never buy her the genuine love she always craved.

Q.  What gave you the innovation to write this particular story?

A.  I love literature. So I wanted to write a book that many people can relate to. I wrote this book as way of being a voice to so many people who have been abused and are being abused as we speak. Also, I wrote this book because even though there are hundreds and thousands of books about abuse, I knew there could never be a book quite like this one.

Q.    Has your writing been inspired by friends/ family?

A.   My book has been inspired by some of my personal experiences as well as authors such as Mary Monroe, Carl Weber, and Kimberla Lawson Roby. All three of them are uniquely talented. Continue reading

Bulletproof Love-Loyalty Before Betrayal by Daniell Harshaw

Bullet Proof Love, Loyalty Before Betrayal is a cautionary hood tale of two friends who rise to power after a snatch and grab robbery. The story goes on to tell how they give back to the community, have children and try to build an empire only to get caught by law enforcement. During their rise to power a turf war breaks out and rival drug dealers put a price on the heads of the two main characters. This drug war cost both side casualties and sparks the investigation into the M.O.E.T organization.

I like that the story show the reader that just because you have it all doesn’t mean you get to keep it. The story displays in black and white the toys that come with being in the drug game can come as fast as they go and cost you your freedom in the long run.

I didn’t like that the characters were your stereotypical gangsters or that the two main characters had female companions who seem to be slow on the uptake. This books needs some editing, but it didn’t take away from the readability of the book. I gave the book four stars but it could easily become a five-star book with some editing. I think that this new author has a lot of potential and with some editing this book could be phenomenal. I read it in a day and half, but I could have finished it the same day. I had to prepare for Thanksgiving company.

This story is available in ebook and paperback. Click here to purchase this novel.

This book given free for review.

BulletProof Love Loyality Before Betrayal by Daniell Harshaw

Bullet Proof Love, Loyalty before Betrayal is a cautionary hood tale of two friends who raise to power after a snatch and grab robbery. The story goes on to tell how they give back to the community, have children and try to build an empire only to get caught by law enforcement. During their rise to power a turf war breaks out a rival drug dealers put a price on the two main characters heads. This drug war cost both side casualties.

I like that the story show that just because you have it all doesn’t mean you get to keep it all. The story clear displays in black and white the toys that come with being in the game can come as fast as they go and cost you your freedom in the long run.

I didn’t like that the characters were your stereotypical gangster or that two main characters had female companion who seem to be slow on the uptake. This books needs some editing, but it didn’t take away from the readability of the book. I gave the book four stars but it could easily become a five-star book with some editing. I think that this new author has a lot of potential and with some editing this book could be phenomenal. I read it in a day and half, but I could have finished it the same day, but I had to prepare for Thanksgiving company.

This book was given free.

Cristian Mihai

Yesterday I felt like eating some traditional food, so I went to McDonald’s and ordered some stuff. And some fries to go with that stuff. Anyway, as I was eating my stuff, something happened.

Across from where I was seated was this girl. Truly beautiful. Like really, really. The sensible thing to do in this situation would be… dunno, but I got inspired. I stopped eating for a while. Can I use that cliche with time stopped? Like that quote from Of Mice and Men, “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. And then the moment was gone.”

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Guess what I’m Reading-Bullet Proof Love Loyality Before Betrayal by Daniell Harshaw

This is a page turner. I can’t wait to see what happens and who’s going to die. What do you think the title Bullet Proof Love means?

Book Synopsis:

Frank and Mike were considered by Law Enforcement officers to be one of the most violent drug dealers in the city of Detroit. Detroit was the playing field that birthed the Urban Legends, Frank West and Mike Young.  It was estimated that their organization earned millions of dollars through three independent record labels.  The D.E.A. said that they were capable of distributing at least 50 kilos of cocaine on a monthly basis.  The indictment stated that they covered over ten major black cities including Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio and so forth.  As a part of the department of justice, the F.B.I. agents investigated a wide variety of crimes dealing with the M.O.E.T Boys ranging from drug related murders to drug trafficking to money laundering.  They bought in an estimated net worth of $700,000 a month not including the business’s they purchased with drug money.  The M.O.E.T Boys drug empire was possibly the most in-depth drug organization ever to exist.  Government documents claim that Mike and Frank profited almost one million a week. They were being indicted in a string of violence that included at least nine murders.  Investigators described the M.O.E.T. Boys as one of the busiest and bloodiest of the drug traffic rings that plagued Detroit.

Author Bio:

Author Daniell “Lil Dan” Harshaw is an empowering, young author who was born on the east side of Detroit in April 1977.

He grew up in a middle class neighborhood that eventually became dilapidated over time due to drugs, guns, and violence.  By his late teens, Daniel faced the harsh realities of the inner city street life.   His run- ins with the law began in 1995 and eventually he received a lengthy prison sentence and served time in a Michigan Correctional Facility.

Daniel realized that life in the streets often reaped more negative outcomes that positive, he reconstructed his outlook on life while in prison and soon began writing.   He was strongly influenced by a man named OmarX who further encouraged him to utilize writing as a means of letting his emotions, thoughts, ideas, and life experiences shine through.  In addition, a book entitled “Crack Volume One,” written by Shaka further encouraged Daniell to keep writing and sharing his life experience with the world.

Over the years, Daniell’s passion and skills grew and are demonstrated through a variety of different writing styles.  His determination and willingness to learn and improve soon led to the publication of his first book, Bulletproof Love “Loyalty Before Betrayal” in 2010. This novel is an urban tale that focused on the reality of life in the streets. His second book Adonis “Ray’s Untold Story” was published in 2012. He has gone on to produce several other literary works that ultimately appealed to the urban community.

Follow author Daniell Harshaw on Facebook @ Daniell Harshaw, Twitter @supermandan@_supermandan,  and Instagram @ supermandanx26

Available in paperback and ebook format. Click here to get you own copy.