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.

  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Second Twin Publishing (November 12, 2018)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07KG9V5MC
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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
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RTIYQK
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Something Peculiar About Austin Valentine by Carla Terrell

9781985300620_p0_v2_s550x406Differences are what makes you unique.  There are many things that cause us to be different but at the same time it is what makes us similar.  Love is an act that is obtainable by everyone and everything but sometimes things are not supposed to love one another ~ that is according to the ones who feel like they speak for everyone.  We are in times where love appears different but who says that different is not good for us?

Austin Valentine is a god-loving, god-fearing man who loves all people.  He is business partners with his friend from high school and he is engaged to Haley, the love of his life.  When Austin get stranded in an elevator with a stranger for hours, conversations lead him to rethink his life and his thinking.  How could he be living life and been blind to life at the same time?  Is it possible that he has been wrong all this time?

Simone Watson is a beautiful, single African-American woman who is an interior designer.  There is nothing in her life that she would change, life is good.  A chance meeting with a stranger along with a conversation gives Simone something to think about, but why?  Simone has everything all figured out, so why is this stranger giving her pause?

Something Peculiar About Austin Valentine is a story about love.  The issues and problems that faces these characters is their race.  This is an easy but intense read.  For as much as society doesn’t want to deal with race, it is on the fore front of many minds.  This book has a nice flow to it and the author gives us something to think about.  I love Terrell’s work and I look forward to more.

Something Peculiar About Austin Valentine is available for purchase through Amazon.com (Kindle and Paperback), Barnesandnobel.com (Paperback) and everywhere you purchase your favorite books.

  • File Size: 1603 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1985300621
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B079QL3PZR
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Something New: An Interracial Romance by Janie De Coster

something newIn the world that we live in today it seems like race determines everyones motive.  You can barely talk to anyone without race coming into the conversation, since when did race become so important?  When and how did race make decisions for the smallest of things?  Are we a better society if we let race rule our decisions or should we let fate take it’s course?

Brylane Robinson is a smart young woman with her entire future in front of her.  She has a job and she is taking classes to get her degree.  She used to believe in love until her now ex-boyfriend gave her a reason not to.  Brylane has dreams, dreams to leave the South side of Chicago and that mentality of we can’t do better because of where we are from.  She wants the American dream and she knows she can get it, on her own terms.  Will Brylane’s destiny be changed on that one fateful day that she is involved in a car accident?  Will she continue on course or will she detour and fall into that mentality that she has tried so hard to get away from?

Tobias Benton is a legacy kid.  His family has been in business and politics for as long as he can remember and he is next in line to take over the family business.  He thought that he was content with his current life until he determined that he is following a dream that was created for him NOT by him.  He does not have the same views that his family has and that is going to create waves for him.  How does he have the life that he deserves and keep his family happy at the same time?  If a decision is put in front of him, will he go along to get along or will he be the independent man that he was raised to be?

Something New is a romance novel.  From the title you can see that it is an interracial novel but the romance overrules the racial.  It is written about two people in love that just happen to be of a different race but that does not overpower the novel.  I love the way that De Coster makes this a standalone but it is clear that it could go into series.  The characters just flow with each other and you can see this playing out like it is right in front of you.  It has you asking questions of the characters and even talking back to them.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, I read it in one day so you could too.

Something New: An Interracial Romance is available everywhere you buy your favorite books, Amazon.com (both paperback and Kindle editions), BN.com (paperback only).

  • File Size: 4590 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1984097849
  • Publisher: Major Key Publishing (January 18, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0794TYL9Y
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Men@Play by Janie DeCoster

menplayDedication vs loyalty, is there a difference?  When you are dedicated to someone or something there is nothing you won’t do for them.  When you are loyal, you have a unwavering allegiance to someone or something.  Is there a point when your dedication should be put on hold or once you are loyal you remain loyal no matter what?  Who determines when and at what cost?

Donovan Lattimore is what the older generation would call “a piece of work.”  All through his high school career and after into adulthood he felt like he was entitled and if you didn’t do things his way Donovan was a force to be reckoned with.  It wasn’t until Donovan met a girl named Charlene Hamilton that he was starting to question his actions like never before.  What was it that this girl had that made Donovan attempt to change his way of thinking?  Could the almighty Donovan Lattimore be under the spell of the one person who no one would ever thought that he would be associated with?  Or does he have an agenda for Charlene?

Winston Taylor is the best friend of Donovan.  Some would think that Winston doesn’t have a brain of his own the way he is Donovan’s’ “yes” man.  The one thing that has Winston’s brain all twisted more than Donovan is his girlfriend Dawn.  Dawn is the one person who can break the spell that Donovan has over Winston but when they go head to head over Winston there are casualties in that war, but who will that be?

Men @ Play is a book about relationships.  Some are easy and some are not but the one thing that is consistent is that there is a constant relationship of some sort going on at all times.  The characters interact well and they keep the story flowing very easily.  The book have some twists but it is very easy to follow.  There were some grammatical errors that if you were not paying attention to the story you might get confused (like mixing up names) but all in all this is a good story.  I would suggest to the author if it can be updated and corrected on Amazon, I would do that.  I have read this author before and I know her work and this is not the norm.  It is still a book worthy of purchase.

Men @ Play is available for purchase on Amazon.com in Kindle form.

  • File Size: 1607 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Unlimited Possibilities Publishing (August 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KIDFYZ4
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Diamond Dreams by Zuri Day (Book 1 Drakes of California series)

Diamond dreamsLooks can be very deceiving.  We have all been taught not to judge a book by its cover but with some things, you go according to first impressions without looking deeper into it.  First impression are supposed to be the window on which you determine how you are going to approach someone or something but as we all know, that is just not the case.  Sometimes you have to take a step back and see things from a different perspective in order to get the TRUE feel of what is really going on.

Diamond Drake is true to her name, she is hard but transparent and flawless.  She does what it is that needs to be done because she has come up in a family that doesn’t have time for mistakes and weaknesses.  Diamond has shown her parents and her brothers that she is more than capable to handle the family business and now it is time for Diamond to take the world by storm.  What will Diamond do when she comes in contact with the very person who can snatch the wind from her sails?  Will she continue to fight or will she show a side that many hasn’t ever seen before?

Jackson Wright is a very strong person, on the outside.  He is the head of his own construction company and seems to be holding his own against his competitors.  There are things that haunt Jackson from his past but that is what gives him the fuel to continue on to bigger and better success.  When Jackson is faced with his past will he let it be his fuel or will it burn down everything that he has built?

Diamond Dreams is definitely a love story in every aspect.  Love of family, love of siblings, love of family business and new and or building loves.  You can see this family as the family that you watch on tv and root for the underdog because you know scrappy has to come up to be equal with the rest of the family.  You see many different degrees of intensity in this story and it makes you want to know what will happen next.  Day is excellent when it comes to writing about people and their interactions with each other.  It is like she watches society and builds something worth reading and absorbing.  You will be pleased with this book and you will absolutely look forward to reading more

Diamond Dreams is available for purchase everywhere you buy your favorite romance novels and also available on Kindle and Nook.

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Kimani Romance (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YACNVY
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What My Sister Didn’t Know 2 by Janie DeCoster

what my sister didnt know 2

Love is a word that is thrown around but not taken seriously by some.  Many claim to be in love but at the moment of temptation, everything is out the window.    Relationships are hard enough without one of the parties involved to have their dedication questioned.  How do you deal with current relationships or even new ones when there are trust issues?  Do you build a wall stronger than The Great Wall of China or do you step out on faith, the choice is up to whom?

Lamonte Singletary and his ex-wife Gade are doing the best that they can to raise their son, Brice.  Lamonte is still having pains about the dissolution of his marriage but he is trying to move on with his life.  Gade on the other hand is hanging in limbo trying to figure out what she can do to restore her marriage.   Is there life possible after betrayal or will Gade just live out her days with regret and sadness?

Joe Burrels is trying to be a better person.  Joe recognizes that he has been hurt and is hurting people in the process so that he doesn’t have to feel for anyone.  What is it that can make Joe turn his evil ways around?  Will he finally achieved that relationship that he desires in his subconscious or will Joe continue to have a love ‘em and leave ‘em type of relationship with everyone?

What My Sister Didn’t Know 2 is the continuation of the turmoil that we experienced between Lamonte, Gade, Clay, Saphire and Joe in the first installment.   The drama and intensity continues  while we experience what life is like after breakups.  The characters have a flow that is enjoyable for the reading community but doesn’t make you wait for the connection.  There were small editing  errors but nothing that would take  away from the story.   Once again I have enjoyed DeCosters’ writing and I will continue to look forward to her work.

  • File Size: 1338 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: G Street Chronicles (March 25, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V7R0EQU
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