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Easier Said Than Done [Kindle Edition]

Nikki Woods
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Easier Said Than Done is a touching new novel of love and risk, featuring a sassy and skillfully created cast of characters that are so full of life, they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page. Kingston Phillips, a beautiful entertainment executive in the fast-paced city of Chicago, has finally grasped the brass ring. But just as her friends and colleagues are buzzing with her success, Kingston must return to Jamaica for her grandmother's funeral. While there, childhood tragedies, heartbreak, and family jealousies come back to haunt her, threatening to shatter her dreams. Not only does Kingston come face to face with the college sweetheart who left her heartbroken, but her grandmother names her executor of her will and forces her to make a life-altering decision. Does Kingston continue to reap her success in Chicago or stay in Jamaica to fulfill her grandmother's dream—possibly risking another broken heart? Can a modern woman find the balance between a successful career and the responsibilities of family and love while enduring the bumps along the way? Or is life really … Easier Said Than Done?

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About the Author

Radio personality and author, Nikki Woods, said to be a cross between Terry McMillan and Kimberly Lawson Roby, has written a poignant new novel about love featuring a skillfully created cast of characters that are so full of life they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page

Nikki was born in Rock Hill, Missouri, just west of Saint Louis, where her family was an integral part of the community Her father,Kennard O. Whitfield, is a former Rock Hill Mayor and Alderman.

An avid writer since grade school, her daydreams became her short stories and her journals became the home for her thoughts and memories. She pursued education at Howard University and also has a BA in Journalism from the University of St. Francis where her aspirations to enter the field of broadcast journalism came to light.

Her family has ties in Jamaica, and Woods relished the opportunity to teach elementary education overseas in Portland Parish, Jamaica before switching careers

She eventually began her journey in Broadcasting when she became a news reporter for KMOX-AM [St. Louis], then on to a spot as morning co-host and news director at WILD-AM [Boston]. After meeting with Elroy R.C. Smith (Operation Manager/Program Director of WGCI), she joined The Crazy Howard McGee Morning Show, which she co-hosts with comedian Tony Sculfield.

Woods can be heard everyday delivering the latest scoop on such notable Hollywood stars as LL Cool JSteve Harvey and Queen Latifah to name a few.

Nikki Woods spends some of her spare time doing volunteer work with The Big Sister, Little Sister Program, Chicago's Rape Crisis Center and the Walter S. Christopher School for Children.

She lives in the Chicago Suburbs with her husband Willis Porter and two sons. She is currently working on her second and third novels, "Innocence Lost" and "Light My Pathway Home."

Product Details

  • File Size: 981 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Girls Publishing (April 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JK10RG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easier Said Than Done September 4, 2005
Kingston Phillips is a savvy entertainment executive still reeling from her first major signing to MMG's new urban music label. Sharing her success with her two best friends, Keela and Essence, her float on cloud nine is cut short by a late night phone call.

Kingston rushes back to Jamaica to bury her Mama Grace but not before finding out her boyfriend, Randy, is a lying cheatin' poster child for her `men ain't sh$%' campaign. Being back on the beautiful island, Kingston is surrounded by family secrets, jealousy and greed, things commonly associated with the death of the family matriarch. What she doesn't expect and is even harder to digest is the reunion with her first love, Damon.

As if Kingston doesn't already have enough to deal with the reading of her grandmother's will makes her the executor of a very large estate-one she must move back to Jamaica to run. Her cousin is all for the move as well as Damon, but Kingston is having a much harder time figuring this one out.

With a realistic tone and skillfully written characters Ms. Woods has given us a glimpse into one woman's life. She's taken us through her ups, her downs and her triumph in the end. Although it took a moment to set the stage, this novel encompasses a wealth of emotions, Kingston's dreams being the most moving. What was remarkably different about this relationship novel was that it was a complete story, Kingston's issues from childhood through adulthood being addressed and resolved in a clear, realistic manner. This was an enjoyable read and I am anxiously awaiting Ms. Woods' next literary contribution.

Reviewed By: AC Arthur, Black Butterfly Review
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier said, but definitely done December 29, 2005
Kingston Phillips realizes that things aren't always the way they seem, even when everything is falling into place. Just when she is about to embark on the pinnacle of success, her world is shattered by the loss of her grandmother.

Going back to Jamaica permanently is not in the cards for Kingston, at least thats what she thinks. Unknowingly, her deceased grandmother had other plans. Still reeling from losing the one man that put the fire into her heart, she unexpectedly rejoins his company. Will her hurt and confusion outweigh the love that has rekindled?

Although this is her first novel, Nikki Woods weaves a poignant tale of love, hurt, self-discovery and forgiveness. I highly recommend it and look forward to more writing from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh October 3, 2005
Fresh, warm, and rich with life, that's Nikki Woods's "Easier Said Than Done." It was a most enjoyable read. She blended love, confusion, problems within family, friends, and lover well. Kingston's life changing events were not out of the realm of reality. Yet, Nikki handled the transition with a fresh spin. Love between Damon and Kingston was encouraging and heartwarming. Yet I didn't quite get his explanation for being absent from her life for 10 years. But I guess this is a trait of some men. The ending was predictable and I was glad. I enjoyed the book and the feeling it left me with. Thank you for the experience, Nikki.

Minnie E Miller

Author/Publisher of "Catharsis"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing- an excellent read!!!! September 27, 2005
Kingston Phillips' world is turned upside down when her grandmother dies and leaves Kingston her estate in beautiful Jamaica. Faced with giving up what she has worked hard for, jealous family members, and devastating issues from her past, Kingston not only learns to give in to what her heart has been telling her for years, but also discovers that sometimes life is.. Easier Said Than Done! Great job- Nikki!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier Said Than Done-- A must read! April 13, 2014
By sthngrl
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Easier Said Than Done" is a great weekend read that would take you on a journey of self discovery, forgiveness, family, love and romance. Nikki Woods did an excellent job in breathing life into the characters by entwining a storyline readers can relate and feel as though you're apart of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing Love Can Be Complicated April 11, 2014
The book “Easier Said Than Done,” by Nikki Woods is a great mix of romance and mystery…a lot of romance. The main character is a woman we all know, a smart, successful, driven, professional, but something in her past is keeping her from really allowing herself to love or be loved like she should. The story is fast- paced and takes us from the blustery cold of Chicago’s Southside to warm, sunny Jamaica. What I really like about “Easier Said Than Done” is all its layers. Like the title infers, love is complicated and Nikki does a great job helping us peel away, unravel and explore relationships between family, friends and soul mate Damon. Unlike the average depiction of a Jamaican paradise, Nikki’s main character appropriately named Kingston expertly describes the culture, the traditions and the class system of her ancestors' homeland. Her honesty and multiple dimensional characterization helps us see why deciding whether to return there to live is so difficult. Like all good writers, Nikki takes a common dilemma—career vs. love—and tells the story in a fresh way that’s so inviting you don’t want it to end. Nikki Woods is a friend of mine and it’s always a relief when you can honestly applaud the job of someone you know personally. I’m looking forward to a sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier Said Than Done. By Nikki Woods April 15, 2014
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Easier Said Than Done is a well written book, with the ideas flowing. Once started difficult to put down as you look eagerly to what happens next.
Having grown up in Jamaica it brought back many pleasant memories of places and customs.
The book deals with many phases of life that faces the young adult as they must make decisions concerning career, relationship and family issues.
I look forward to Nikki's next book. Congratulations on a book well written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Good book, to read while on vacation. The author kept you wanting more. Easy reading would recommend to all my friends
Published 24 days ago by sweetie
5.0 out of 5 stars When making music is your dream
It was rewarding and refreshing to read about the thrills, exhilaration, turmoil and lows of love in Jamaica from a native perspective instead of from that of a tourist with an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin R. Pendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
Awesome book that kept me flipping to the next page! Looking forward to the next book from Nikki Woods! Interesting from beginning to end!
Published 3 months ago by Vetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!!!
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Published 4 months ago by Life Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful effort, Ms Nikki Woods
What's the next event that's about to unfold for Kingston? Makes you want to turn the next page. Wonderful effort, Ms Nikki Woods. Can't wait for her next book.
Published 4 months ago by LLOYD K. JACKSON SR.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
For me, it started a bit slow but once it got going I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the unique love story with a few twists and turns. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dontae C Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ!!!
This was a great story about friendship, determination, strength and love. This book was a page turner. I just couldn't put it down....
Published 5 months ago by Natasha Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars must be said
I disliked the fact that the best friend crossed the line by sleeping with her friends' boyfriends. Who does that?
Published 5 months ago by Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless!
This book left me breathless. I didn't know what to expect until I reached Chapter 11. The dialogue was complete throughout the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cebrina Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehhhhh....for 99cents wasn't bad
I bought this on whim based on an Amazon sale that listed it at .99 cents. I didn't like it too much. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael W Larweth
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More About the Author

Nikki Woods, the author of Easier Said Than Done, is a Multi-media personality, Social Media and Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker and Voice-over artist, and the CEO of Nikki Woods Media. She is also the senior producer of the acclaimed, nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS), the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million people on a daily basis. She is responsible for the engaging on-air content heard each morning on the over-100 affiliate radio stations that air the award-winning program.

Woods is also a "TJMS" contributor, dishing out her own brand of info-tainment on weekend events and activities in the segment; she created and produces, "What in the Weekend with Nikki Woods." She can also be seen and heard on a variety of programs, including "The TJMS Community Watch" on WSRB Soul 106.3, their Chicago affiliate; and "Beyond the Studio" celebrity interviews on Her "Mamas Gone Wild" website and weekly blog entries on highlight--with insight and hilarity--the ups and downs of being a hard-working radio producer by morning, an ever-patient classroom mom by afternoon and adventurous mother of two by night.

As a highly sought after keynote speaker, who serves as both an OWN ambassador for Pretty Brown Girl Inc., Nikki has earned the title of Global Visibility Expert and continues to reach millions and growing using multi-media to empower and train audiences with messages and methods for excelling in business, marketing and personal growth.

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