Black & White by Ben Burgess Jr.

black and whiteFor whatever reason race relations have always been a difficult thing.  I’m not sure if it is a fear of the unknown or reliving our ancestors past but one thing is for certain, things are just barely better than they were back in the slavery days.  We have to do better.

Ben is a successful lawyer who is trying to become partner in his firm.  He is doing everything he possibly can to prove to them that he needs no he deserves the position but he has one major obstacle with them.  Should Ben sell his soul just to obtain partnership or should he be that respectable man that he was raised to be and let the chips fall where they may?

Bill is also a successful lawyer at the same firm who is also trying for the partnership.  While Bill has a good winning record, his chances for partner are greater than Ben’s for a reason that should not be taken into consideration.  How will Bill deal with receiving a position that was biased from the start?  Is he selling his soul or just going along with the flow?

Black & White is a book that even if you aren’t living it you can relate to.  It is about how without knowing all the facts, basically we all are a little racist.  Do we judge people on their character or on events that happened in the past?  This book makes you ask many questions of yourself and why you may or may not do things.  Burgess has brought an issue that has been plaguing society to the forefront and is making you think.  I love the story line and the way the characters make you feel like you are walking in their shoes.  I was asking question of myself while reading and to me that is the sign of a great novel and author.  I would encourage you to read this novel, great job Burgess!

Black & White is available for purchase through Amazon.com (Kindle and Paperback) and BN.com (Paperback only).

  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548077429
  • Publisher: Legacy Books LLC (June 21, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0732MBZQB
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The Doctor Is In by Carl Weber and Brenda Hampton

THE DOCTOR IS INWhere is the line drawn between obsession and stalking?  How far do you go to show someone that you like them?  How far is too far and how do you know when to stop?  Is there a such thing as a healthy obsession?

Dr. Kasen Phillips is a counselor who has a heart of gold.  He is very empathetic with his patients and that makes for a great counselor and a great man.  The love of his life, Rain, is the woman that he has been waiting for all of his life.  Once it finally clicked that he needs to make some changes for his happiness everything is going so fast he can barely keep up.  Is this the right decision and has he gone about it correctly or has Kasen messed up for good?

Voncile Harper is Dr. Kasen’s office manager and she is very thorough at her job.  She takes taking care of Dr. Kasen and his business very seriously and she will not let anyone interfere with her business.  When Voncile decided that she wanted to do more than take care of Dr. Kasen she sets forth a plan and when that plan gets started, everyone in her way better beware!

The Doctor Is In is a very well written book by two excellent authors.  You always know that you are going to get a great read when you have two powerhouses collaborating. Weber and Hampton have distinct writing styles and you know they are going to give you a story that flows, the characters go well together and it will leave you with a solid feeling that the story is completed.  I look forward to reading more from these authors in the future.

The Doctor Is In is available in various formats everywhere books are sold, Kindle, paperback, hardback, Nook and audible editions.

  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books (September 27, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LJKU4GO
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Like A Closed Fist by E.H. Nolan

LIKE A CLOSED FISTBeing alone and being lonely are two very different things.  When people are trying to figure out which is which then the lines become blurred and that is when the trouble begins.  Which is worse, being alone or being lonely?  For some there is no difference.

Phoebe Pliesze is a beautiful young girl who has the world at her fingertips but she just doesn’t see it.  Phoebe is family orientated but when her mother passed away the family seemed to part instead of getting stronger.  Kennedy Wilson was the one person who Phoebe thought would sweep her off her feet and take her away from everything.  The problem is when you are banking on someone else and not yourself, that is when you run into issues that you can not fix.  What do you do to make sure that your happiness comes first?  Do you take matters into your own hands or leave it to chance?

Like A Closed Fist is a book about life decisions.  When you are looking at your life and making knee jerk decisions you have to suffer some consequences.  The main character is based on some people that we may know in life and she may drive you crazy but just like in life you stay right by their side watching the train wreck.  Phoebe’s character is not a complex person but she is intense.  This is a borderline romance novel that you will have to pay close attention to or else you will get lost.  Nolan will make you work for this one.

Like A Closed Fist is available to purchase on Amazon.com (Both Kindle and paperback) and BN.com (Paperback only).

  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539093271
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M9CG4KY
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Mommy Please Help Me Get My Baby Back by Shaquana Jackson

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Living life is difficult enough but when you have factors that interfere with basic survival it makes life unbearable.Who do you turn to when you feel like you have no one to turn to?  What should you do besides running screaming tearing your hair out?  Is there any way that you can bounce back from this?

Aniya is trying to be a normal 16-year old teenager but her life is far from normal.  She is in high school and just happens to be dating Malik, the star of the football team.  That is where Aniya’s normalcy ends.  Her mother Anita is giving her problems that she doesn’t know if she can handle but the one thing she does know is that she loves her mother very much.  But will her love for her mother be enough to keep her happy?

Anita is far from a perfect mother but she does her very best and that’s all that can be asked of her.  When Anita tries to find some joy in her dismal life she soon finds out that everything that glitters ain’t gold.  Does she deserve her pot of gold or will life give her a lump of coal?

Malik is the boy everyone loves to be around.  He is good-looking, popular and a star athlete. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with him.  The only person who doesn’t agree with all of Malik’s decisions was his mother, but that is a mother for you.  How can Malik live the life he wants if he is being pulled in many different direction?  Who will survive in Malik’s future?

Mommy Please Help Me Get My Baby Back is a story about family and real life situations.  You have decisions to make and sometimes you have to suffer the consequences but the end result is you should learn from your experiences.  This is a well written story that keeps you involved in the storyline and makes you want to know what is coming next.  From the title you can tell that there is a desperate plea from one of the characters but you will be pleasantly surprised how everything turns out.  This is my first time reading this author but it won’t be my last.

Mommy Please Help Me Get My Baby Back is available for purchase through Amazon (both Kindle and paperback) and BN.com (Paperback).

  • File Size: 2434 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Author; 1 edition (November 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZISZVH
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Daddy’s Girl by Ben Burgess Jr.

daddy's girlGrowing up we have dreams and fantasies.  We may see a picture or watch a movie and think “Wow, I want a life just like that when I grow up.”  We watch others and see how their lives are going and we know what we should and should not do, what we will and will not do.  We set our plan and we go for it!  Then POW! life happens and everything changes.  There is nothing wrong with changing the direction that you were planning on going in but it is how you make the change and how you adapt that will determine how successful you will be in life.

Nick Johnson has had an interesting life.  It has not been the life that he has planned for but then again Nick hasn’t had a solid plan.  Nick is a free spirit, he just kind of goes where the wind blows him if whatever he plans doesn’t go the way he planned it.  He is a carpenter by trade but drinking and partying is the job of choice for Nick.  When Nick is thrown a life altering change, will he deal with it the way that he has always dealt with life or will he step up and be the man that he needs to be?

Daddy’s Girl is a great read!  It is all about choices and good, bad or indifferent and how we choose to deal with them.  Burgess has touched on some very good points in this novel about decisions and the choices we make.  This is a very easy read because it flows very well but it is an emotional read at the same time making this a book that I would gladly recommend to all.  I look forward to reading more from Burgess in the future, continued success!

Daddy’s Girl is available for purchase through Amazon.com (Kindle and paperback) and BN.com on paperback.

  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Legacy Books (June 13, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H28T1LQ
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Packing Heat by Zuri Day

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Dreams, we all have them but how many of us follow them?  Does following your dreams require that you are the only one to believe in it or should you have dreamcatchers with you?  Because you ARE the only one who believes in your dream does that deter you from having one or does it make you more determined to achieve that dream?

Janice Baker is your average woman.  She has a great heart, family oriented, goal oriented and has a subtle beauty.  Janice has dreams.  While she has been working hard at them she is trying not to get discouraged.  When it looks like everything is beginning to go her way life hits her with another blow.  Will she ever achieve her dreams or should she just give up.

Douglas Carter is a great man.  He comes from a strong loving family.  He is kind, gentle and handsome.  Any woman would be lucky to have him.  How should Douglas feel when he things that he has found “the one” but she keeps shutting him down?  Should he continue his mundane life or should he try for this new and different adventure that life is offering him?

Packing Heat is the second book in the Blue-Collar Lover series by Zuri Day.  Day is introducing new characters and flashes some of the characters from the first series.  This is a romantic book but not mushy.  The characters show that being friends can lead to more if you want it to.  There is no time in this book where you feel like you are missing something, there is always something to keeps you interested in the story line.  It is a great second book to this series and I look forward to more in this series.

Packing Heat is due to be released in March 2016, so you have time to get the first book Driving Heat.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y6RBZX4
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What My Sister Didn’t Know by Janie DeCoster

what my sister didnt knowFamily and love are two words that are supposed to go hand in hand.  Your family is there for you no matter what and the love is always going to be there.  What happens when those two words are fighting against each other?  Should you just give up and walk away or will you do what is right and forgive and forget?  Family and love are the two best thing that could ever happen to you and two of the worse things that could happen.

Saphire and Gade Michaels are sisters who couldn’t be more different. Saphire is older and more everything.  Saphire is what is called a BBW ~ Big Beautiful Woman and she uses her curves to get whatever she wants.  Some would even add Bold to the mix because she goes for anything and everything that she feels she deserves without even batting an eye.  Gade on the other hand is a beautiful petite woman who is shy and has always lived in the shadow of Saphire.  Gade has never felt good enough and that has always been what helped to keep their sisterly relationship strained.  When Gade finally has the upper hand over Saphire (or so she belives), Saphire decides to help her little sister along.  Little does Gade know Saphire is still using her special charm to disrupt anyone’s life that may get in her way.

What My Sister Didn’t Know is very intense.  Anything that has to deal with any type of family issues is going to be intense but DeCoster took it to another level.  This novel is very well written and the characters have you sitting with your mouth open while reading because of their antics.  You will go through a range of emotions but you will absolutely love this read.   This book is an re-release.  If you didn’t read it the first time around, don’t slip on it a second time!   I wholeheartedly recommend this book and this author to anyone that is looking for a new read in their collection.  Kudos!

What My Sister Didn’t Know is available on Amazon.com (Both Kindle and paperback) and BN.com (Paperback only).

  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: G Street Chronicles (March 19, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UYBMD4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled