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Mama B - The Complete Series
Mama B - The Complete Series
by Michelle Stimpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.23
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4.0 out of 5 stars I’ve enjoyed this entire series, January 13, 2014
“Mama B - A Time to Speak” was a FREE kindle read that introduced readers to Mrs. Beatrice ‘Mama B’ Jackson, a widow with four children who loves the lord. Along with being healthy, dressing fly, and being a loyal follower of God’s, Mama B is always willing to help others. Her granddaughter Nikki and great-grandson Cameron come to stay with her. She’s hoping to help Nikki get back on her feet, while at the same time establishing a relationship between Nikki and God as well as Nikki and her dad.

While trying to help with her own family matters, Mama B finds her doors open to the members of the church and trying to watch what she says as she is not in agreement with the visiting pastor and his wife’s message. Can Mama B find the right way to address them without causing a rift in her own family?

“Mama B - A Time to Dance” is the second in the Mama B series. In this edition, Mama B has gotten her house back and is enjoying it until her nephew, Derrick Jackson, shows up with his bags. Mama B has made it clear to him that she does not house marital fugitives. Unbeknownst to her, Derrick’s issue is more serious and definitely keeps her in prayer for him, his wife, and their child.

Dr. Frank Wilson, who readers met in A TIME TO SPEAK, has asked Mama B on a date. At seventy-two and stuck in her ways, Mama B is certain that she is beyond her dating years. But when Libby Maxwell, her walking partner and friend, dares her to call him, Mama B accepts the challenge. Will she regret it?

“Mama B - A Time to Love” is the final book in the series. Mama B is alone again in her home and back to doing charity work. While enjoying being a help to those in need, the new rules seem to hurt those who really are in need of assistance. Eunice Henderson is one of those affected by these rules. When she and the director have a little more than words, it’s Mama B to the rescue.

Things between Mama B and Dr. Frank are definitely moving into the serious side of things. She’s invited him to her church and it seems things are going smooth until First Lady Cynthia Dukes warns Mama B to be careful with him.

Can Mama B figure out and fix things in Eunice’s life while at the same time trying to mesh well with Frank?

Michelle Stimpson has stumbled on gold! Mama B is a refreshing character who will remind readers of their own grandmothers. It is amazing how in each of the stories, no matter what the problem is and how challenging it may seem, everything is resolved with God’s promise to His people.

My only issue is that there are quite a few typos, but, even with those, this book is uplifting and I’d easily recommend to ALL!


I Wish I Had a Red Dress
I Wish I Had a Red Dress
by Pearl Cleage
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Own Reality, December 19, 2013
Joyce Mitchell is a devoted social worker, an optimist and a widow. Since the loss of her husband, she founded the Sewing Circus - a place for young women where they can receive assistance, job counseling, GED classes, daycare, and development into becoming ‘free’ women. Joyce and the Sewing Circus have been in business for two years and now they have to find a way to keep the program funded.

Nate Anderson is new to Idlewood. He’s the Assistant Principal at the high school. Friends of Joyce’s have been unsuccessful at setting her up. This time it appears that Nate, a former cop, who is looking for a way to connect to the young males before the cuffs, just may be the one.

With so many issues arising between the young ladies and males in the community, it seems to keep Joyce and Nate on opposing sides. Will they ever find a common ground?

In this second installment, readers are introduced to individual members of the Sewing Circus as well as other residents of Idlewild. I absolutely LOVE the way the author utilizes certain black male stars as positive males and how through black movies they are able to analyze life and see things in a different way and apply it to their own lives. Both the title and cover play an important part into the journey of the lives of those in the story.

I really enjoyed this book.

4.5


In Search of Satisfaction
In Search of Satisfaction
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Abeyance, December 18, 2013
Yoville is a small, legal township founded by the rich for their own personal use. When slavery ended, some of the rich who lived in Yoville moved farther east while most returned seasonally, making Yoville a dying town.

Josephus Josephus, a former slave, had nowhere else to go so he stayed on with the Krupt family. Josephus fathered two daughters with two different women. His daughter Ruth was being raised by her mother Bessel and another man. Yinyang was born to the mistress of the plantation he lived on.

Josephus’ desire is to have opportunities like others. Willing to do what he can to insure that he will live well will not just affect him, but future generations to come.

IN SEARCH OF SATISFACTION by J. California Cooper is a substantial story about lineage, money, love, hate, support, and family. This is my second book by Cooper, and just like with FAMILY, I’m impressed with the way she weaves lively characters, storylines and plots. This is definitely recommended reading!


Open
Open
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quixotic, December 18, 2013
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This review is from: Open (Kindle Edition)
Poor little Ailana. Her parents died when she was young and she lived with a great aunt that harbored a ton of ill towards her. Without any friends Ailana simply existed. It wasn’t until Aunt Helene passed away that Ailana’s life began.

Ethan Scott, a businessman, introduced Ailana to love. Married, they share a very adventurous marriage. While Ailana and Ethan are clear on what they want in their marriage, things seem to heat up when Professor Austin Clark enters the picture.

I picked OPEN because I thought the book cover was HOT! I’ve read a few of Lamar’s titles and while this one is too short for my liking, it does its job of entertaining the reader. It took a minute for me to fully understand the particulars, as it’s not really spelled out. In some respects, I feel like the hinting versus the saying may have been the missing oomph. Even still, a quick and good read.


Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, No. 6) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, No. 6) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.69

3.0 out of 5 stars A Pip of Life, December 18, 2013
Carlos Manoso aka Ranger, Stephanie’s mentor, missed a court appearance and now he’s the number one suspect in the murder of Homer Ramos. The people looking for Ranger all decide that Stephanie is their best way to find him.

Despite the manhunt out on Ranger, Stephanie is trying to bring in easier skips to help put some money in her pockets. While Mooner, the local weed head, is easy to handle, Morris Munson is in a league of his own.

Stephanie is losing sleep as her apartment has become a safe haven for runaway grandmothers, advice central for burnouts, a dog rescue, and a fugitive hangout. Can Stephanie get things back in order before she’s the next victim because of lack of sleep?

HOT SIX is just okay. Of course I laughed at Stephanie’s antics. I’ve come to enjoy the Plumb family and their life in the Burgs. However, for me, it seems that something was missing in this story.


Time to Shine (Fab Life)
Time to Shine (Fab Life)
Price: $7.39

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3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, December 15, 2013
Sunday and Sam are no longer an item. But it seems that no matter where Sunday goes, Sam is there. At the studio, the House of Blues, the Grammy’s, and the photo shoot. Despite what Sunday’s heart may be telling her, her mind is telling her to get over Sam. He hurt her. But Sam is pleading his case, hopeful that Sunday will soon recognize that they are meant to be together.

Gia and Ricky aren’t as harmonious either. And while it’s obvious that they love one another, they both want to maintain their friendship, even if they’re miserable. Newcomers Piper and Meagan are totally different, yet they find that they have a lot in common which causes a rift in the friendships.

As usual, Sunday is caught up in the beef between Mystique, her mentor, and Drama, her cousin. While she is certain that Mystique is a high-caliber chick, her label mates at Reign Records keep telling her to watch her back.

Between school, music and boys, Sunday is on overload. Can she find a way to balance her hectic life while living out both of her dreams?

TIME TO SHINE, book five in the Fab Life Series, is just good. I like that you’re growing with the characters.


The Promise
The Promise
Price: $1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Scapegoats, December 8, 2013
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Detective Roman Stefan has little to no integrity. Most of his family in blue regard him as dirty and know that he’s not above doing what he wants in order to get results. His dad is dying. He knows that Roman hasn’t been a good man and tells Roman of his own transgressions, hoping that Roman be a better man.

Reassigned to a cold case, Roman’s chief is breathing down his neck with threats of not only ending his career, but locking him away. IA is also on his case and his father’s words are vibrating in his ear. While investigating, he’s doubtful that Ebony Warner, a murder victim, is even worth his time. But it seems that someone, somewhere went through a lot of trouble to shut her up. Is there more to this case?

THE PROMISE: A ROMAN STEFAN NOVEL is an okay read. I like that the main character is sketchy and marches to the beat of his own drum. Gaston provides readers with enough background that you understand the character and his characteristics. The story has a good flow. Some parts of the story are a little farfetched, but as the plot thickens, readers become more and more invested in the who, what, why, where and how of the story. While I really liked the story, there are issues in editing with tense, missing and wrong words that definitely need to be addressed.

3.5


What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day
What Looks Like Crazy On an Ordinary Day
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnels, December 6, 2013
Ava Johnson has returned to her childhood home in Idlewild, Michigan, to spend the summer with her older sister Joyce before moving to San Francisco. As a child, Ava couldn’t wait to free herself from the small county town. Now that she’s back, she can’t help basking all of the city’s charm.

Idlewild is not the black paradise it once was. Like bigger cities, it’s plagued with drugs, robberies, teen pregnancy, scandals and HIV. An activist, Joyce is doing her best to help the young women in the community. Can she pique Ava’s interest as well?

Ava insists she’s only there to spend the summer and hopefully convince her sister to head west with her. What Ava finds is the possibility of starting over and love.

WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY ON AN ORDINARY DAY by Pearl Cleage is a riveting story. Like most books written in the 90s, the story is forthright. You feel an instant connection to the characters, the history of the town, and despite the odds, you’re praying that life works out.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I loved how the story not only discusses HIV/AIDS, but how the author talks about people being so ignorant about the transmission and the safety of the disease. Even in 2013, with HIV/AIDS still on the rise, I fear that there are people still afraid to discuss the importance of safe sex and knowing your status.


Chasity Rules
Chasity Rules
by Nakia R. Laushaul
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey, December 4, 2013
This review is from: Chasity Rules (Paperback)
Chasity Hall is looking to climb the corporate ladder. But being single is holding her back. Pia, her sister/friend who loves love, has suggested using a matchmaker, Madame Edna, in order to find her one true love. Unfortunately, Chasity’s already in love with her career. All she wants is the right arm charm.

While visiting Madame Edna she finds herself reliving her past. She’s had her share of men and wonders if she’s already met and lost her true love. Chasity has a set of rules she lives by when it comes to matters of the heart. Mainly because she’d seen her mother cry over many men and Pia has also been in the same boat and she refuses to follow in their footsteps. Will her rules be a help or hinderance?

CHASITY RULES by Nakia R. Laushaul is the first book I’ve read by this author. I really liked the book. I love that the author allows readers to get to know the characters and their lives. It was a quick and enchanting story, but, as the story draws to the end, Nakia reverts to telling as opposed to showing. I wanted to SEE things.

Even still, CHASITY RULES is a fun book that I’m certain even picky readers will enjoy.


Dangerous Decision
Dangerous Decision
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3.0 out of 5 stars Drastic Measures, December 4, 2013
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Michael Brown is having a tough time at it. He and his fiancée, Sharonda, lost their jobs. With the economy being in such a disarray, it’s getting harder to make ends meet. Michael's been everywhere looking for work and soon their home will be in foreclosure. With so much on his shoulders can he handle another burden?

DANGEROUS DECISION by Nine Livez, while short, was heavy on details. You got the who, what, why, where and how of things, but you really wanted a second helping.

It was a really quick read. I hope that Nine Livez will consider this when he begins his next book. Give the readers more than a teaser.


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