It Ain’t The Coffee That’s Bitter by Kristofer Clarke

IMG_5930Relationship: a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings.

Everyday we have relationships with various people.  Our relationships include our spouses, families, co-workers and friends.  In any relationship the one thing that make it work is trust.  If  you can’t trust the people who you interact with on a daily basis it makes for a very strained situation.  Some can be fixed and some fall apart.  We have to figure out what is indispensable and what is not worth the trouble.

Kennedie and Winsor Oliver had a great marriage.  They were deeply in love and had a handsome son Tanner to prove their love for each other.  Kennedie was raised by her grandmother and that gave her a kind heart.  Even though Kennedie had a rough start in life with her mother she still persevered.  One bright day upon returning home, Kennedie had the rug snatched right from under her feet and her life started to spiral.  How had she missed this?  Could this be possible?  What will she do from here?  Will this darkness last forever or will she make it through this trial?

Michaela and Zachary McKnight marriage just ok.  It wasn’t for lack of trying but  something just wasn’t there.  You think back to a time when you looked at each other and all you saw was love but now you are trying to figure out what happened.  Is there a certain event that makes your love start to dwindle or is it just time?  How do you know when to say when?  How do you react when you realize that the person that you love has betrayed you?  Do you try to make it through the storm or do you throw you hands up in the air?

It Ain’t The Coffee That’s Bitter is a book about trust in relationships.  Not just marriages but family relationships where they have been tried and tested.  These stories are about everyday people just living their lives but that’s what make it a good read.  These characters are very relatable and you might see your lives in theirs.  The story flows with such an ease that it makes it easy to continue on to the end.  I applaud Clarke for touching on taboo subjects to show us that healing is obtainable.  Thank you Kristofer!

It Ain’t The Coffee That’s Bitter is available for purchase through Amazon.com (both Kindle and paperback), Barnes and Noble (Paperback only) and on the authors website:  http://www.kristoferclarke.webs.com.

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  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Second Twin Publishing (November 12, 2018)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Is He The One by Janie De Coster

IS HE THE ONE PHOTOHave you ever looked at a person and said to yourself “that is the man/woman who I am going to spend the rest of my life with?”  I’m sure we all have, but what makes us so sure that person is the one for us?  Is it their looks, or maybe their income or could it be the way that they showed you their dreams?  How do you know who “your” forever person is?

Jayree Kennedy knows what she wants.  She is going to find and fall in love with her dream guy and live happily ever after.  She knows he is out there she just hasn’t found him yet.  She continues to tell her sister Teresa and her best friend Linda but they just let her have her fairytale.  Is there someone out there for everyone or is Jayree just wasting her time?  How do you know when you have finally met “THE ONE” and is he/she everything that you imagined?

Teresa Wilson Jayree’s sister,  has felt like her bond with her sister isn’t as strong as it used to be.  Those two girls could talk about anything, that is until Teresa met and married Ray Ray Wilson.  Ray Ray is the one topic in the family that can stir the pot and make it boil over, but Teresa doesn’t care because she loves him.  There is nothing that can separate Teresa and Ray Ray and she is going to live her happily ever after.  How does it feel when your happily ever is starting to feel like the happy is slipping away?  Is there something that can make everybody happy again or was it all just a dream?

Linda is Jayrees’ best friend since forever and they are thick as thieves.  Their bond got stronger when Lisa’s fiance Phillip left Linda at the alter the previous year.  Jayree was there for Linda like a friend should be but Linda decided to take Phillip back.  Phillip provided Linda with everything that she would need to look and be successful but was that enough?  Is having the material things enough or should she continue to shoot for your forever dream?

Is He The One is a story about one thing . . . achieving happiness.  Three different couple take roads to achieve happiness but they go different ways to get it done.  The characters are relatable because this could be you and your friends on any day and that is what makes it an easy and enjoyable read. I enjoy reading De Coster’s work because she makes you feel like one of the family.

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  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Major Key Publishing (October 16, 2018)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07JFXV5SJ
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Dreams Thrown Away ~ The Sperling Chronicles by Dilsa Saunders Bailey

dream_thrown_6x9-perfectebookDreams.  Dreams are a series of thoughts, images or emotions that occur while sleeping.  Having daydreams is something that is pleasurable for you while you are awake.  Most of us dream about what our lives would be like when we get older or what we want to be/want to do in life.  Whenever you hear someone say “I’m living the dream”, the things they thought about when they were younger is happening for them now.  Is it possible to live the dream or is the best we can do is hope for the best?

Kalina Denise Harris is a young girl with a lot of big dreams.  Kalina comes from a small town but she has big city dreams, and she can’t wait to leave this small town behind!  Kalina has dreams of going to a big college and leaving all of the sadness that she has to endure living in that smal town.  One day Kalina world is rocked to the core and now she doesn’t want to leave this small town that she calls home but she has no other choice.  What is she to do?  Where will she go?  How will she make it not being at home around people that she knows?

Dreams Thrown Away is a book about decisions.  Do we make the decision to follow our dreams, do we decide to fall in love and live happily ever after or do we decide to just make it through one day at a time?  This book has you on the edge of your seat with some of the situations that are happening.  You might be happy, you might be sad or you might just be in awe but whatever you are feeling you know that something in this book is causing you to feel that way.  I enjoyed the character interaction and the flow of this book, it is an emotional rollercoaster.  Bailey has written this book to make you want to read more.  This is my first time reading one of her books but not the last, I will gladly continue this series.

Dreams Thrown Away ~ The Sperling Chronicles can be purchased through Amazon.com (Kindle and paperback), Barnes and Noble (Paperback) and the author’s website: https://simplydilsa.com/home/.

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  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Good Show Publications,LLC; 3 edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2011
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  • Language: English
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Appearances by K. Reshay

63306637_Kindle Ready Front Cover JPEG_7070994Appear ~ to be or to come into sight.  When you appear somewhere, you are able to be seen or at the very least your presence is known.  Some people make a grand appearance because they like to be seen while others just are barely noticeable.  However you appear to a person it will be a lasting impression, that’s why when you show your true self you are never forgotten.

Toni and Maya met on the first day of college.  Their first time being away from home they developed a quick bond.  To them, they were the sisters that the other never had.  As they get older and hopefully a little bit wiser, they start to discover things about each other that is not very favorable.  What should they do?  How should they go about addressing these issues and is it even worth speaking about?  Can and will the friendship survive or will they go their separate ways?

Appearances is a book about realization.  When you meet a person you are seeing what they want you to see, not the real and true them.  As time goes along, you start to get comfortable and the real them makes an appearance.  That is what is happening in this story, it is about friends who eyes aren’t totally open towards each other.  The story line flows and the book makes you take another look at the characters.  You are trying to decide if you really like that person or were you tricked.

The excitement that occurs in this freshman novel is the beginning to a very long writing career and I look forward to reading more from Reshay.  Congratulations to a very good start!

Appearances can be purchased through Amazon.com (Kindle and paperback) and BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback).

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  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545192820
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2017
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  • Language: English
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Better Late Than Never by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Rev. Curtis Black series book 15)

bltnFinale ~ the close or termination of something, the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence.  That more than accurately describes this novel.  We all knew this day was coming but for it finally to be here is surreal.  This is the 15th and final book in the Reverend Curtis Black series and it has been an awesome ride but all good things must come to an end.  We have been through every emotion possible with this man and we continue to come back, that is the sign of a great author.

Curtina Black is the youngest of Reverend Curtis Black children and she has fallen right in line with his other children.  Curtina has been as close to perfect since she has been with Curtis and Charlotte but as of late she has discovered the quickest way to torture her parents, by being a typical teen.  It doesn’t matter what Curtis and Charlotte does, they can’t seem to get anything right according to their youngest daughter and likewise she is seeming to do everything wrong in her parents eyes.  Who will break first and will be the consequences if any?  Will the Black family survive this last child and the trials and tribulations that she is sending them through?  Is this marriage strong enough?  Who will come out the victor?

Better Late Than Never is a book about love and forgiveness.  There are several situations going on in this final novel in the Reverend Curtis Black series but the one thing that is understood is love conquers all.  We have been with the good Reverend since the beginning with Casting The First Stone, we have seen wives come and go, lovers come and go and children coming from every direction but through it all the one thing that is constant is love.  I love the way Roby directs her characters because they could be you, me or anyone that we know.  The writing is so realistic that it makes you want to search for the REAL Reverend Black!  I am sorry to see this series end BUT maybe Rev. Black will visit in a standalone book.  So long Reverend Black, it has been a pleasure!

Better Late Than Never can be purchased nationwide everywhere you buy your favorite books.

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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 31, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2018
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0763LBZ8F
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The Wrong Husband 2: The Finale by B.M. Hardin

wh2Marriage is probably the hardest job you will ever have in your life.  It is hard enough trying to figure out what you like and what makes you happy now you have to figure out and maintain what makes someone else happy too.  There has to be an easier way.  When you are getting to know a person and decide to get married, you are still learning about that person.  As long as you are together you will always find out something new about that person.  What if the new things you discover is something that you are not willing to accept or deal with?  How will your life proceed then?

Sassi is just making it by.  Never would she had thought that her life would be so complicated. While she thought she knew that she married the right man she had began to have doubts.  It wasn’t uncommon for a bride or groom to have butterflies on their wedding day, that was a big step!  What was uncommon was for her to continue to wonder.  Yes she loved Eddie and yes she loved their family but why was the butterflies still there after ten years ?  Had she always felt like this and just put it on the back burner or was this something new that she was letting come to the forefront?

The Wrong Husband 2 is picking up where The Wrong Husband left off.  You have everyone trying to be with and figure out who they are supposed to be with.  Hardin brings a new twist to this book and it had me walking away from the book to get myself together.  You have characters that will have you thinking “what in the hell is she thinking?” or wondering “where can I find this author, I’m mad now!”  I love writing that get you in your feelings, that makes the book more relatable to the reader.  The story line had a certain flow to it that allows you to keep up with is going on  and not be lost.  I will continue to read books by Hardin if she keeps writing like this!

The Wrong Husband 2: The Finale can be purchased on Amazon.com (both Kindle and paperback, Barnes and Noble (Paperback) and anywhere you purchase your favorite reading material.

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  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692670254
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2017
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071DZWVVW
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Life After Death: A Romantic Suspense by TJ Graham

40587406 (2)When you get married you agree to love each other until death do us part.  Then what?  Death is final.  There is no doubt about that, but what about those left behind?  Is death final for them or is it possible to pick back up your life and continue on? Is it going to be you and your new person or is it always going to be three of you in the relationship?

Dr. Andre Lang is a dedicated husband and a father.  He loves his wife and daughter, they are his reason for breathing.  He is a successful OB/GYN and his wife Rene is Professor of African History at the University of Memphis.  They were living a great life in Memphis until one day when his world was shaken apart.  Where did his wife and daughter disappear to?  There is no reason for them to just leave, what has happened to them?  What if they don’t come back, what will he do?  How will he survive with his two reasons for living?

Mackenzie Hill is a wife and mother of three.  This is the life she has always dreamed of, it doesn’t get any better than this.  Just when you believe that everything is going your way, life throws you a curve ball.  Your life is turned upside down and you have to figure out how to make life work again.  Is it possible to have happiness after such sorrow?  Should you just hide in a corner or get right back up on that horse?

Life After Death:A Romantic Suspense is a very good read for a freshman novel.  This book has everything that you are looking for that the title proclaims that it has.  Your characters are interacting with each other and it seems familiar to you like you know these people or this could possible be your life.  You are reading and then you are laughing at and with some of the characters and talking to others.  Graham did very well in this break out novel and I look forward to reading more of his work.

Life After Death: A Romantic Suspense is available through Amazon.com (Kindle and paperback) and BarnesandNoble.com (Nook and paperback)

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  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books; 1 edition (June 26, 2018)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07DPW3Y2H
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