10.18.2017

Recap: Blackish, Season 4 - Episodes 1--2



Blackish is one of the best TV shows going on right now, YOU need to be watching it :D




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10.17.2017

Tuesday Jams #183




Want to share that song you been loving like crazy lately? Just grab the image above or make your own...and whether you have a blog or not; you can show a video, a music player..whatever suites your fancy. Just remember to have fun! ♫♫

I discovered this artist via one of the folks that I follow via Twitter. I love being introduced to different genres of Music. ThaGata Negrra describes her music as Alternative Rap and after listening to a couple of songs via her website, I like it...a lot. Now, I don't see myself listening to her music constantly but every now and again would be cool. 

Side Note: I think she is really awesome for taking an alternative route in the rap world. We get so much cussing and degrading of women by men AND by our own gender. So yeah, it's great to see she going a positive way. And growing up and being from Newark, NJ, I bet she caught (probably still does) a lot of flack for being herself and doing music the way she wants. 

The video below is via her Youtube channel but you can get more listen to her full library via her website






Grown ass woman, Mother, reader, drinker of the red wines, not so serious makeup enthusiast and finally...a habitual procrastinator. I read just about everything but I really do love my romances. HEA’s are optional because hell sometimes, Prince Charming really is just a frog. Don’t asked if I finished *that book* yet...because I didn’t.

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10.10.2017

Book Review: The Diamond Empire by K'wan




Title: The Diamond Empire | Author: K'wan | Source: NetGalley | Format: eBook | Published: October 10 2017 | Genre: Street Literature | Available via Amazon *Book Cover and buy link below | Also available via Barnes & Noble | Shelf It via Goodreads

The Diamond Empire is a gritty and suspenseful drama filled read, but as I stated on Goodreads; I struggled with it.

I haven't read "street literature" in a very long while so when I saw this title on NetGalley, I was pleasantly surprised if not a bit shocked but instantly clicked on "request". To simply put, the draw of street lit is the true to life feel of the stories. The hard core street life that the characters live is...I don't know quite how to put it, but its engaging.

I have no issue with violence, sex or drugs in a book because these things run across many genres in publishing. My issue with The Diamond Empire and some books like it is the lack of character development. IMO each and every character lacked substance, everyone was a walking stereotype. The one dimensional aspects of these characters also led to a lack of story plot. It's no different with this book, everyone wants to be King of or a Boss Bitch which  of course leads to mayhem and murder. This is fine because that's what street lit is but when parts of the plot makes no sense, when some of the characters actions don't make jive; it's makes you wonder how the author let things just sit.

I wanted to like The Diamond Empire, but I realized as I finished it that this genre just isn't my cup of tea anymore. And this is no disrespect to the genre or the author because both will always have a audience, I'm just no longer part of it. However, if you are a fan of street lit; then this is definitely right up your alley.

*Note that this is a follow up to the first book, Diamonds and Pearls. I don't think you have to read the fist one to get a good grasp of the story as the author inputs enough backstories throughout the book.








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10.06.2017

Book Review: The Truth of Things by Tasha L. Harrison




Title: The Truth of Things | Author: Tasha L. Harrison | Source: Self Purchased | Format: eBook | Published: September 5, 2017: Genre: African American Romance | Available via Amazon | *Book Cover and Buy link below this post

The Truth Of Things is a title I tell you, but it's also a very good story going on within this little old eBook. The story centers around characters Ava Marie Greene, a photographer and Levi Raymond, a cop who just happens to patrol the city where Ava lives and works which is Camden NJ. Shot out to the author for making Jersey the home of our characters as I tend to see few of them and it's always good to see.

Ava and Levi meet on a night that she is roughly mishandled by another officer. There are many layers to the this tale and we aren't just talking about Ava's and Levi's romantical hook-up. That in itself was fun to read. Ava talked shit and Levi seemed just the man to give it right back to her. As in most romances, they are and were a perfect ass match. Levi had his hurdles to jump when dealing with Ava because she was a many layered onion but Officer friendly did a wonderful job of giving Ms. Greene a run for her money.

What impressed me most about The Truth of Things is not just the easy way that Ava and Levi got together but this author doesn't shy away from the current tensioned-fill relationship that many black and brown communities deal with when it comes to the police. Especially when it comes to the current issue of many young black and brown men who are being killed by the very people whom are to protect and serve them but instead are murdering them and walking away freely. Yes, some of these young people may have a stained past or present for that matter but just like the character in this story, it touches upon the bias that many people of color face even when they are attempting OR have gotten their shit together. Even when they are now the victim, they are still the "suspect" in death.

Also, we read how Levi deals with his budding relationship with Ava, as well her friends as he is a cop and works with some not good people on the force. Levi being a cop and volunteering within the neighbor he patrols, how does he get through his day knowing that he does work with corrupt cops? How does he keep balance between "what" he sees in the community and "who" he works with/for?

Tasha L. Harrison brings a budding love, family, humor and tragedy together beautifully in The Truth of Things, it's a must read book for 2017 and beyond.





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10.05.2017

Freddie Duet by Kiru Taye





Freddie Duet by Kiru Taye
Series: The Essiens #6 & #7
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction
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Violence marked Freddie Edun's early years. Coming to work for the Essiens saved him from the angry young man he was and gave him focus. Now he's walking the path of success, and partnership in Banks Security business is within reach. He
just has to seal this deal with a potential customer first. Until he meets the client's wife, and the deal risks taking a nose dive.

Kike Ogun married young to a man who dazzled her with his bogus charm. She’s lived like a caged bird for many years, but with a looming milestone birthday on the horizon, she is determined to walk a new path of self-love. If she could just ignore the electrifying and forbidden attraction she feels towards a younger man from the first moment they meet. With a devious husband who refuses to let go, she’s going to need help—Freddie’s protection—to stay alive long enough to celebrate her upcoming birthday. And she’s going to have to give in to her dark passion for him and finally unleash the natural woman inside. If it's only sex, then what's love got to do it?

This story unravels in two installments—this is the first part.

EXCERPT
“Did you know that yourgateman believes that God guards your house?” Freddie’s words cut into herthoughts, drawing her attention back to him. “And therefore, he doesn’t have todo anything more than just opening and closing the gates?”
Kike sighed. She remainedaware of the lackadaisical attitude towards security around here. As if bybeing a pastor, her husband and anyone associated with him became bulletproof.
“I know. It’s part of thereason I don’t feel safe,” she replied in a monotone voice. “Sometimes, I feelas if I’m going to be murdered in my sleep and everybody is going to dismiss itas the will of God.”
Freddie stopped the car justafter he went past the main gates leading out of the estate. He turned in hisseat and stared at her, eyebrows drawn together. “Do you feel that unsafe? Didsomeone threaten you?”
Damn. Why had she blurted thatout? She shouldn’t have spoken those words out loud. She’d never said anythinglike that to anyone before. And she certainly shouldn’t have said it toFreddie.
She avoided eye contact, andher gaze bounced around the car interior before settling on a spot beyond thewindscreen at the high fence surrounding the building across the road. Sheclenched her hands into fists and closed her eyes, counting between inhales andexhales.
“Mrs. Ogun, is there somethingI should know?”
“Look, Freddie—“” Saying hisname felt very intimate like she knew him on a personal level, which shedidn’t. He was just a man looking to provide a service to her and her family.She needed to remember that. She avoided his searching gaze. He seemed able todiscover things she hid. Not to mention the ease with which she had confided inhim. “Forget I said that. It was nothing.”
“It’s not nothing.”
Cool palm covered the bareskin on her wrist. Her pulse jumped, her skin electrified, and her breathhitched. She turned her head so quickly that she felt woozy, the disorientationmade worse when she met his gaze.
His eyes were full ofquestions, concern, and compassion. He looked at her as if he’d understood herfears even before she’d spoken them.
What was going on with her? Hedidn’t know her. Couldn’t know her. And he was never going to get the chance toknow her.
“Just drive.” She ordered,forced herself to look away again, and tried to tug her arm free. He didn’t lether go. She swallowed as her skin flushed.
“Kike.”
Her heart skipped a beat. Hername on his lips was beautiful, like a plea whispered by an old lover ratherthan a man she hardly knew. The low timbre vibrated through her, making hercore throb. Her skin tingled where he held her. She was certain he could feelher racing pulse underneath his thumb.
Did he know that his restraintexcited her?
She closed her eyes and heldher breath. An image of him caging her with his body popped into her mind.
Her eyes flew open, and sheraised her palms to cover her face.  Soshe’d become starved of a lover’s affection in the past few years. But did shedesperately miss the touch of a man enough to forget herself? That she wouldache for the first man who inadvertently pushed her needy buttons?
“You shouldn’t call me that.”Her breathy reprimand came out weak, more to remind herself that she was just aclient to him than to prompt him of his status.
“You can tell me anything,” hesaid, his enticing voice filled with empathy. “You can trust me. What I said inyour house is true. I will protect you from any threat.”
“Okay.” Her voice croaked, andshe swallowed.
“So will you tell me what’sgoing on?” he probed.
Her first impulse was to tellhim the truth. To bare her soul to him. His soothing tone felt almost magical andinspired trust.
Breaking the habit of alifetime proved difficult. She’d hidden things about herself from other peoplefor years. When people found out things about her, all she ever got back werejudgements and criticisms. The only person who ever really understood her wasLekan. See how that had turned out.
“Nothing is going on.” Shestill didn’t meet his gaze. At least this way, he wouldn’t know she was tellinga lie.
He didn’t say anything forseveral racing heartbeats.
“Okay. When you decide to talk,I’ll be here to listen. Any time of day.” He pressed the ignition knob,indicated, and pulled out of the junction, heading to Yomi’s school.
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Kike has struggled for years to break out of the chains of her marriage to Lekan. After moving out of the Ogun estate, she has to cope with condemnation not just from family and friends but from unseen followers as the story of her relationship with Freddie becomes media fodder. She’s finally free to love a man who loves
her but is she about to lose everything else that matters to her?

Freddie has a new family—Kike and the kids—and he has to pull out all the stops if he is to outwit a powerful sociopathic pastor as well as and deal with ghosts from his past that come to haunt him. He will do whatever it takes to keep the woman he loves safe but the price might be his sanity and his life.

Lekan is not about to give up on a woman he sees as his property and uses every weapon in his arsenal to get Kike back, including following through on the threats he made. With the odds stacked up against Kike and Freddie, is a happy future together even possible? Will they ever be out of Lekan’s reach?

This story unravels in two installments—this is the second part and not a standalone.

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ABOUT KIRU TAYE
As a lover of romance novels, Kiru wanted to read stories about Africans falling
in love. When she couldn’t find those books, she decided to write the stories she wanted to read. Kiru writes passionate romance and sensual erotica stories featuring African characters whether on the continent or in the Diaspora.  When she's not writing you can find her either immersed in a good book or catching up with friends and family. She currently lives in the South of England with her husband and three children.
Kiru is a founding member of Romance Writers of West Africa. In 2011, her debut romance novella, His Treasure, won the Book of the Year at the Love Romances Café Awards. She is the 2015 Romance Writer of the Year at the Nigerian Writers Awards.

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Grown ass woman, Mother, reader, drinker of the red wines, not so serious makeup enthusiast and finally...a habitual procrastinator. I read just about everything but I really do love my romances. HEA’s are optional because hell sometimes, Prince Charming really is just a frog. Don’t asked if I finished *that book* yet...because I didn’t.

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