Buffalo City Czar by James Scott

buffalo city czarWhen you think of the word Czar you automatically think of a person who is in charge, a person who is in control of everything ~ according to Merriam-Webster it means: one having great power or authority.  It is not often that you see that but when you do the only thing you can do is respect it or suffer the consequences.

Julius Smith grew up in a broken home.  Julius’s mother was married a couple of times but the men continued to leave the family not to return.  This caused the streets and street life to become Julius’s best friend.  At the ripe young age of ten, Julius discovered that he wanted to live the life of a mogul, absorbing any and all information that he could in order to be the best he could be in his future endeavors.  When Julius became a teen he got in trouble with the law and had to serve one year in a juvenile facility only to meet up with his future lifelong friends.  With the help of Black and Mike, Julius took the knowledge that he had obtained and turned it into a very lucrative business.  Julius knew one thing and one thing only, that he wanted to be on top and he would do whatever he needed to do in order to get there.  As the saying goes, be careful of who you step on in your rise to the top because you will definitely see them on your way back down.  Being a successful businessman will gather you many enemies but part of your success is knowing just what to do with them.

Buffalo City Czar is a very intriguing tale of life in the big city.  The characters and their antics make the story flow and keep you so engrossed that you can find out what is going to happen next.  The intensity that this story offers make you scream for more and that is a plus in my book.  The is the freshman novel for this author and I look forward to seeing more from James Scott in the future.

Buffalo City Czar is available in e-book format on Kobo, Nook, Sony E-Reader and iTunes.

Knuckleheadz by CJ Hudson

knuckleheadzIn life we should choose our friends wisely.  It should be known that if we are in a bind then you can call on them and vice versa and when you find that person you should keep them for life.  That is what we find going on in the streets of Cleveland, OH.

Antwan, Niko, Chris, Temp and Bishop are a group of friends that grew up together and had each other’s backs.  These guys are looking for a way to get some money, quick and fast and by any means possible.  When it is decided to rob one of the neighborhood stores, there is tension in the group because that is the store that Bishop works at.  Promises are made not to hurt anyone at the store but in the heat of the moment, things change and things happen.  Between the stresses that some of the group is having in their homes and trying to make some cash quick, the dynamics of the group change but they are still loyal to each other because at the end of the day it’s Knuckleheadz or nothing.

Knuckleheadz is a book about friendship, family and loyalty.  Even though the backdrop is crime, there is a story to read in there.  There were some editing issues but not enough to stop the flow of the book.  I am waiting patiently on the sequel to see what is happening in the story, there were many things left unanswered.  CJ Hudson is an awesome author and I look forward to reading more of his work.

Knuckleheadz can be purchased through Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle) and BN.com (Nook book only).

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: C.J. Hudson; First edition (August 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984690123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984690121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches

Bloody Chedda by CJ Hudson

bloody cheddaAll is fair in love and war as the saying goes but in the dope game the last man standing is the Kingpin.

Chaz is ready to build his empire to take over Cleveland and he feels like he has everything lined up to do just that, all he needs to do is get Jose Cuevas out of the way and it is a done deal.  Big Mo is alive, little does everyone know, and on his way back to Cleveland to take revenge on all who wronged him and to build a better and stronger Chedda Boyz and take Cleveland back by force if needed.  G-Boy is fresh and new on the scene from New York and heard that Cleveland is wide open and ready for the taking and he is willing to take it by any means necessary.  While these crews are willing to do battle to take the top spot in the drug trade in Cleveland, there is a wild card in the mix that only has eyes for Big Mo.

Hudson has really brought the heat in this final installment of the Chedda series.  Hudson has given us the characters that we needed to complete this series along with some new ones that complement the old ones and they work well with each other.  The story line is strong and keeps you engrossed in the story.  It is hardcore, on the edge and in your face and I loved it!  Kudos to you CJ Hudson, continued success and I look forward to reading more of your work!

Bloody Chedda is available for purchase through Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle) and BN.com (paperback and Nook)

Dead End II ~ Pierre’s Story by J. Anthony Graves

dead end IIThe saying goes “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, if this statement is true then some of us should be as strong as a brick wall.  The process that you go through that makes you stronger is what gives you character and that is what makes us who we are!

Curtis and Alonzo were teenage brothers growing up in a single parent household on the East Side of Chicago with their mother Carmen.  Because of their neighborhood and the lack of a male figure in the house, naturally they were adopted into the neighborhood gang The Comrades, which was fine by them.  One day when their mother disappeared never to return, things changed quickly for both of the boys into a life that they wanted but not sure if they could handle.  Curtis, now going as Pierre is meeting more challenges as he grows older in the gang and is quickly finding out that he needs to prove himself.  Meeting challenge after challenge is becoming less and less difficult but more and more trying.  Is this really the life that he wants to live or is this his only way out?

Dead End II ~ Pierre’s Story is a coming of age story about one of the major characters in Dead End, the first novel by J. Anthony Graves.  This gives us the back story on Pierre and how he became the man that he was in that book.  It is a very well written novel, with a lot of local/regional terminology that helps you get into the character frame of mind.  You don’t get lost in trying to figure out what the author is talking about.  I love this side of the author, waiting to see more from him.

Dead End II ~ Pierre’s Story can be purchased through Amazon.com in paperback and on the author’s website http://www.janthonygraves.com.

Dead End by J. Anthony Graves

dead endThere is not a person in this life who doesn’t want to live the good life and have the best of things but how hard are you willing to work to get those things?  Is it worth the blood, sweat and tears or do you want the easy way out?

Legend Hamilton is a very simple and straight to the point man.  He attended Southern Illinois University with a major in pre-law with aspirations of becoming the best criminal defense lawyer in Chicago.  All of that came to a screeching halt when he got put on academic probation and went back to the East Side of Chicago to doing what he and his friends do best, slinging dope.

Imani, Legend’s girlfriend just wants what everyone wants, a piece of the pie.  She wants her house with the white picked fence, two and a half kids and a dog.  She most definitely wants to move out of the ghetto but making Legend see how important that is to her is going to be more of a task than she is willing to partake in so she will just have to find other ways to achieve her ultimate goal of being successful ~ with or without Legend.

Antonio Freeman AKA Black, is Legend’s best friend since first grade and when you see one you can bet the other is not far away.  Black and Legend are trying to build their way to the top of the food chain in Chicago’s drug world and they know that there are some obstacles to overcome to get there but they can and will achieve their goal because they have each other’s back.  Anyone that gets in their way better beware because they are a force to be dealt with.

J. Anthony Graves has penned a very exciting novel into the life of Chicago’s drug trade.  It is a very interesting story with a strong storyline.  The characters compliment each other and keep you  engrossed in the story.  The content has you sitting back talking to the book waiting to turn the page to see what it coming next.  I truly enjoyed this read and can’t wait to read the next installment.

Dead End can be purchased through Amazon.com in paperback.

Fancy by Vanna B.

FancyHow far will you go to have champagne wishes and caviar dreams?  Does it mean selling your soul to the devil or just forgetting who you are as a person and stepping on everyone that you know and love in order to get there?

Maribel Alvarez is a very smart, nerdy girl. A beautiful girl who feels like she doesn’t fit in with anyone and the one person who she fits in with is her total opposite.  Shawna dressed like and could pass for a boy on first glance and even called herself “Shawn”, but was the best friend that a person could ever have.  Through this friendship Shawn helped Maribel realize that she was somebody, that she was Fancy!  Life goes on for Fancy and as she lives and learns through the years she is wondering who and what she really is.  How did she get to this point and where does she go from here?  Through a series of events Fancy will learn some lessons about life that she might not have wanted to learn but will forever be grateful for them.  But will she learn from the ultimate lesson that is given?

Fancy is a very well written and put together story.  I enjoyed the flow of the story and the storyline kept you engrossed.  Vanna B has something going with this story and I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Fancy by Vanna B is available for purchase through Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle) and BN.com (paperback and Nook).

Butterfly A Novel by Sexy

In order to become a beautiful butterfly you have to shed your cocoon and spread your wings and fly and that is exactly what Deja Padilla does!

Deja Padilla is a beautiful woman with two beautiful daughters and a husband that is physically abusive.  Once Deja has made up her mind to leave him and get her life back on track for her and her daughters she has to put her plan into motion to be the success that she knows she can be.  Deja enters a domestic violence shelter to escape and to make plans for the future.  Knowing that she didn’t want to fear a man or anyone anymore, Deja enters a program to become a corrections officer.   After completing her training to become a corrections officer Deja is assigned to Albion Corrections facility for women where she can begin the process of putting her plan into action: to recruit women to work for her so that she can become a madam.

With her recruited security in place Deja is a C.O. by day and a very successful madam by night.  With many special and important clients in little black book Deja feels like she has made it until there is a problem at Butterfly that could bring her successful business to a halt.  How will she solve this problem or will this issue be the end of Deja and Butterfly?

Deborah Cardona aka Sexy the author of this dramatic novel makes you appreciate the fact that women are taking risks and doing they need to do to succeed in life.  I like the way that she incorporates her characters into the story, just need a little more background on them so I could understand why they react the way that they do.  I look forward to reading Butterfly II.

Butterfly can be purchased on Amazon.com (both paperback and Kindle), BN.com (both paperback and Nook), and the authors website http://www.dejavupublications.com/