Books I have authored.

Many times I receive books for FREE to give them an honest review. I do not get paid to give a good or bad review. Spotlights are promotional and should be regarded as advertising for the book spotlighted. Regardless of where or how I got a book, my review will be as honest as I can make it.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Curse of the Coloring Book by Howard L. Hibbard


This was a hard book to read.  The plot is inspired by the true story of an attorney dealing with PTSD due to his Vietnam experiences. 

The idiocy of the college fraternity experience, the stress of the draft and protests and the inability to “measure up” to unrealistic expectations fuel aspects of this plot.

Herald Lloyd is an attorney struggling with internal demons.  His experiences as a infantry platoon Lt. in Vietnam feed the fires of alcohol abuse and self loathing.  Many Vets from Vietnam believed that to be a man you had to bottle up your anger and frustration and soldier on.   The futility of this approach is graphically illustrated in the book.

The incongruities of the Vietnam war are clearly shown.   Herald flashes back to stress points when he encounters stress points in his current life.  His wife’s insistence that he seek help are rebuffed by his assurances that he can handle it.

The book showed the despicable way returning Vets were treated in that era.  It seems that today’s Vets are treated better, one can only hope that is true.

What we ask of our young men and women is almost beyond comprehension, the least we can do is treat them with respect, help and honor when they come home.

Good book.

Web: http://howardlhibbard.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Spotlight on Four African American Romance E-Neovellas

Not quite ready for the holiday season? Take little, sexy steps with these four African American Romance E-Novellas…E-Noelas!

EVERY NEW YEAR
Brenda L. Thomas
Pocket Star EBook
December 4, 2017
ISBN 9781501177538
76 pages
$.99

Enjoy the RT Book Reviews exclusive Hump Day excerpt (11/29/17) here!

About the book:
New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year when the line between old and new blurs, when fantasy can become reality, and every woman is given the opportunity to reinvent herself. But in Brenda L. Thomas’s novella, New Year’s Eve turns tragic when a shoot-out lands a respected doctor in the hospital with a bad case of amnesia—and in the care of a man too sexy to resist.

About the author:
Brenda L. Thomas is the national bestselling author of Threesome, Fourplay, The Velvet Rope, Every Woman's Got a Secret, Woman On Top, Secret Service and the deeply moving memoir of her 15-year struggle with domestic violence and drug addiction, Laying Down My Burdens. She has contributed short stories to the anthologies Four Degrees of Heat and Kiss the Year Goodbye. Brenda, a native of Philadelphia, is currently serving as Executive Producer of the movie adaptation of Laying Down My Burdens. Visit her website at BrendaLThomas.net.

WHATEVER IT TAKES
Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Pocket Star EBook
December 4, 2017
ISBN 9781501177545
90 pages
$.99

About the book:
India Parker has settled in with the idea that she will be alone. However, all of that changes when her girlfriend, Joan, ask for help catching her husband cheating on camera. When India goes to return the camera and she comes across pictures of Devin, Joan's 23-year-old son. He's not a boy anymore and he wants to prove to India that he's man enough for her. National bestselling author Tu-Shonda Whitaker sets the stage for an older-woman-younger-man relationship that will have you hoping love can find its way with humor and drama.

About the author:
Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker is the Essence bestselling author of Rich Girl Problems, Money Never Sleeps, Millionaire Wives ClubThe Ex Factor and Game Over. She is also a contributing writer to the anthologies: Cream and Kiss The Year Goodbye. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their children. For more information on Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, please visit here.

DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE
Crystal Lacey Winslow
Pocket Star EBook
December 4, 2017
ISBN 9781501177552
106 pages
$.99

About the book:
Jovie and London have a lot in common; both are single, creative and they've already spent the New Year together. Thanks to a broken heart and a lot of alcohol, London does not recall their first meeting. As London pursues Jovie, a quality woman who is worthy of so much more, he's quickly caught up in the essence of her uniqueness and soon finds it hard to stay away. Unfortunately, he meets Jada, her cocky, disrespectful identical twin, who appears hell bent on destroying their newfound relationship. Essence bestselling author Crystal Lacey Winslow pens a wild and sexy enovella with Dangerously In Love that will leave you thinking about love in a whole new way.

About the author:
Crystal Lacey Winslow is a publisher and the national bestselling author of Life, Love & LonelinessThe Criss CrossSex, Sin & Brooklyn,HistressTales of a Trainwreck Lifestyle, and the co-author of Four Degrees of HeatKiss the Year Goodbye, and Menace. For more information on Crystal Lacey Winslow, please visit here.

MY BOO
Daaimah S. Poole
Pocket Star EBook
December 4, 2017
ISBN 9781501177521
85 pages
$.99

About the book:
Gina seems to have it all: the job, her own house, her own car, and a boyfriend. The only problem is she's in Philly and Chris, her long distance boo lives in DC. They've been dating for a year and Gina is finding it harder and harder to come home to an empty bed. She and Chris just can find the time to be together. . . but Khalil, her best friend and roomate's ex, might be able to show her just what she's missing.

About the author:
Daaimah S. Poole wrote her first novel, Yo Yo Love, when she was nineteen, and it became an Essence bestseller. She is the author of two other novels, What's Real and Got a Man. Visit her website at daaimahspoole.com.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mink Eyes by Max McBride



I don’t know if this is a first effort but regardless it was very good.  The story centers on a divorced, private eye, O’Keefe, his attorney friend Harrigan and a mink farm ponzi scheme.

O’Keefe is hired by some stockholders of the mink farm to find out why their money has disappeared.  He discovers there is more to the mink farm than meets the eye. 

Harrigan and O’Keefe are lifelong friends who aspired to be metaphoric Knights of the Grail as alter boys.  Their plans for life did not pan out in the manner they were hoping.  A sub theme of the book is their dissatisfaction with their choices and wishes they had taken the road less traveled.

Tag, a femme fatale, who is up to her neck in the nefarious activities of the mink farm, discovers there are a few chinks in her cynical shell.   Chinks that O’Keefe hopes to pry into full blown armor failure.  

The plot was good and intricate enough to keep my interest.
The characters were recognizable, larger than life versions of folks we all know.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it.

Web: https://max2themax.com/ (seems like just a place holder, no content as of this review.)

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Outrageous Book Deal and Hurricane Relief Simultaneously!


This book sale is an opportunity to put
your money where your mouth is!

A group of authors are providing 25 books at a ridiculously CHEAP price and 100% of the royalties will be donated to  
One America Appeal  for Hurricane Relief.

This is a Win-Win situation 
if there ever was one. 

You're getting hours of great reading
and doing good as a bonus!
Link

R.E. McDermott's books alone are worth far more than $10, 
I have read them all and loved them. 
Go to this link and revel in having gotten a terrific bargain and done some good for the poor folks struggling to recover from this years devastating hurricanes.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Love And Not Destroy by Sandra Carey Cody




I consider Sandra a friend when she asked me to review her book she made it very clear she wanted an honest review.   She didn't want someone shielding her feelings from harsh criticism. The only harsh criticism I have is that I wish I would have read her book sooner.

I read the book and frankly I was stunned at how good it was. When asked to review a book by a friend, you do so with some trepidation.  I'm obsessive about being frank and honest in my reviews.   In my head, I calls them as I sees them.  The beauty of Sandra's book is I don't have any need to feel badly about my reactions due to how much I enjoyed the book. Part of it was the enjoyment of knowing the locale of the crime.  You could safely compare it to the early works of Michner that also starred Doylestown.

I have to admit I was dismayed over the naivety  of Peace.   However it is important to keep in mind she was 22 years old in the book.  I guess that naivety could be explained due to age.  Plus the locale of Doylestown tends to make you naive.

Sandra kept the mystery going all the way to the end.  The plot was quite intricate. It included a wide variety of characters.   A lot of them familiar, not familiar as other authors using them,  but familiar as they could be people that you know.  Identifying with the characters good or bad often promotes the enjoyment of a story and this case looking at some of the people their families and their pain really made one introspective as to how you treat others.

I have seen Daniel multiple times throughout both Doylestown and other places I visited not Daniel the character but Daniel the stereotype.  There are so many of these lost souls who just want someone to touch them and recognizing their existence.  They want to have their own identity and not be a carbon copy of their parents.  

I highly recommend the book.  Not to just the people who live in the area but  to anyone who's ever lived in a small town,  you're going to recognize many of the attributes typical of a place like Doylestown

Web:https://birthofanovel.wordpress.com/about-us/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017


Here's hoping you have many blessings 
to give thanks for today!

Where There’s Smoke by Sandra Brown

I haven’t read any Sandra Brown lately and it was nice to see she still brings the heat.  I’ve said quite vocally I will not read a book with a shirtless guy on the cover.  I’m not fond of romances.  Sandra Brown is the exception she combines sex and violence with not a single shirtless guy on the cover.   This book charts the journey of a wander lusting cowpoke and a disgraced female physician.

The book read like a small scale version of the old TV soap opera, Dallas.   It has the hard nosed single mom running an oil company through intimidation and shadiness.  The setting is a small Texas town with closed minded, stereotypical small town people.   Toss in some scandal, a heavy lidded bright eyed cowpoke and international intrigue, leaven with a good hearted ex-con, a spinster sister and a heavy handed, trashy witch (Amazon doesn’t care for anything even smelling profane, which isn’t all bad.) and you get the gist of the story.

Dismayingly I enjoyed the book.



This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.