1.31.2017

Tuesday Jams #170: Fight The Power!



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No long words from me at all and I think you get the idea of where I'm going with this jam #resist. Stand up for OUR country's civil rights, Stand up for innocents at home and abroad. Donate to the ACLU.  Just don't talk about it...be about it! 







Sharonda
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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1.27.2017

The Farmer & The Belle (Baymoor #1) by D.A. Young #ContemporaryRomance




The Farmer & The Belle
(Baymoor #1)
Published: May 16, 2016
Source: Self Purchased
Format: eBook (Mobi)
Series: Yes
Genres: Contemporary, African American, Romance
Heat: Strong Sexual Situations
Author: D.A. Young
Available: Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf it)






My Review

Overall, I thought this was a good read. The story flowed well and I liked the characters.

Georgina and Max got along good and they clashed just as good. Most the time, I'm not a fan of the "give the man a hard ass time just because" club but idk, I kinda liked it on Georgina because she knew damn well she wanted Max, lols. But Max was man enough to call her on her bullmess. He was a arrogant and cocky without being the assholish type that seems to have become a popular meme to many of men characters in romances...it's just not likable anymore (at least for me). So here, basically Georgina wants to just visit her family in peace while her Uncle is recovering for the short time she's in this little ol town and then get back to her jet setting life but Max ain't having it. He wants her and this use to be corporate lawyer now turned farmer is not letting little Ms Belle go without the a fight.

I didn't jive with Georgina's hate of Baymoore, I mean I get it but to just cut off erebody just because of some folk? nah dog. But hey, to each its own and Georgina and her siblings didn't have the best of childhood before they came to live with their Aunt and Uncle (their mother was a messy ass messy chick to say the least). So I again, I get it but...yeah. Anyhoo's, I enjoyed the story and this little town of Baymoor.

I'm looking forward to reading more about the Carlton siblings.




Sharonda
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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1.24.2017

Tuesday Jams #169



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More Solange for me...I'm so loving this song. Again, it's another one fitting my current mood.

Don't You Wait





Sharonda
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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1.23.2017

#GraphicNovel #BookReview: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (#Scific, #Video)


So I decided to read all of Octavia E. Butler's books this year. Big ol' thanks to my girl Monica over at Monlatable Book Reviews for the awesome idea. I've always been intrigued by Ms. Butler and her books so, as I stated in my video...I did attempt to read one of her books back in the day but couldn't rise up the interest. But now that my tastes have changed...some...lols. 

My Review



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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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1.16.2017

#BnBSpotlight: Author Blue Saffire




Today, we are spotlighting Author Blue Saffire. 
 Below are the first book in each of her series. Below are just some of  the books  you can indulge yourselves in :)
Goodreads (Blurbs/Shelf Them All). *books are of the erotic nature.             








































Author Blue Saffire

In just over a year since romance author Blue Saffire began writing and releasing books, she has trailblazed a path to success that many indie writers can only dream of. A multi-Swirl Award winner and a perennial Amazon bestseller, Saffire is the woman behind the popular interracial romance series “Legally Bound,” “Hush,” “Ballers,”“Brothers Black,” “Perfect For Me” and “Yours.”

Always the overachiever, Saffire typically releases a new book every four to six weeks, quenching the thirst of her dedicated fans with spicy storylines and dynamic writing. Saffire has seven releases slated between October 2016 and January 2017 including three new “Brothers Black” books and four new “Legally Bound” books.

One of Saffire’s keys to success is her talent for connecting with readers on a personal level. In 2017, she’s throwing Blue’s March Madness from March 23 to March 25 at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC. Not only does each reader get a chance to meet and hang out with Saffire, she’s inviting her bestselling author friends to join in on the fun. Included in the price of tickets are the events, new books exclusive to March Madness attendees and an extra-special secret surprise. For more information, visit http://bluesaffire.com/leads/march-madness/.

BLUE SAFFIRE is a woman on a mission to share her words and thoughts with the world. She has found her passion in her pen and steams up the pages with her humor, honesty, love and voice. Saffire represents the secret author inside that some of us are too scared to let out.

Saffire and her family all enjoy life in the suburbs. However, life throws her challenges daily and since her diary is no longer enough, she has decided it is time for new outlets for the words she would never say face to face to her friends, family and definitely not her husband. For more about Blue Saffire and her books, visit
http://bluesaffire.com/
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Sharonda
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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1.12.2017

#TVSeriesReview: Crazyhead, A Netflix Series










Crazyhead
Horror, Comedy
Netflix Series
Season 1
6 Episodes




My Review


Crazyhead is a British horror comedy where two young women become friends while fighting demons. I caught this gem of a show while perusing through Netflix one night. I'm glad I took a chance and decided to watch it.

Anyhoo's, the show starts off where Amy who sees dead people, lols...no in all seriousness she sees demons in their full face when no one else around her does so of course she thinks (along with most her friends) that she is totally bonkers. After a night out with her best friend Savannah, Amy finds herself in the most particular situation..that being she is almost being killed by one of these demons. She also meets Raquel who see the sames things she does and saves her life.

Raquel however is a bit different from Amy. Where Amy is human, Raquel is half demon.

When the show first starts, you think it's about Amy buuutttt you quickly learn that it's not. I mean it kinda sorta is but it’s not. Okay, let  me just explain. Amy is like not feeling the whole I can see demons thing but Raquel finally gets her to understand that what she is seeing aren't just some folk dressed up in Halloween make up early. No, these demons are real and aren't going away and the only way to protect herself is to kill any demon she comes across because if she doesn’t they’re going to kill her (which they totally try to do…like all the time). Anyhoo’s it seems that there is a head demon in charge who is after Raquel because since she's half demon, seems ol girl is holding onto some serious power.

So throughout this first season, Amy and Raquel become fast friends as they try find out why the demons are after Raquel so badly. They also try to navigate their perspective personal lives as well, which made for some funny takes between them and others.

The show is hilarious although it does has it’s scary and sad moments. But the funny is excellent throughout each episode. Especially when these two are doing their exorcisms, that shit was crazy. You got to watch it to see what I’m talking about. And I’m guessing there will be a S2 because the ending was quite surprising and I’m looking forward to see where they’re going to go with the storyline. But at this point, Amy and Raquel are your friendly, sarcastically funny neighborhood demon fighters

I’m really starting to enjoy British TV shows, they are so inclusive. The U.S of A needs to take a page from their book when it comes to TV. We need more of their shows!

*I would insert some pics from the show but the way the blog is set up right now...lols.



Sharonda
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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1.11.2017

#GuestReview: Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (@sophiarose1816)













Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
#3 Midnight, Texas
Mystery, Paranormal Suspense
Publisher:  Ace
Published:  5.3.16
Pages: 320
Rating: 4
Flames: 2
Format:  Hardbound
Source:  Self

Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf it)




Sophia's Review

I have been captivated by this series since I picked up Midnight Crossing, the first book.  Imagine a dying small town in the middle of nowhere where each resident has something to hide yet they are so few that they can’t help learning something about each other.  And though this town is a mere crossroads for two highways, it attracts mysterious and dangerous events.  The atmosphere is ominous and tense, waiting.  The people are wary, yet protective of their town and each other.  They look after their own.

This third book in the Midnight, Texas series felt like the finale.  I don’t know for sure if it is, but it wrapped up all dangling threads and finished pulling out all the hinted at secrets and more from the earlier books.  The big conflict was a growing and powerful evil in the town compelling people from other places to come to the crossroads and commit suicide.  Not only must everyone work to stop the killings and keep the spotlight of the outside world away, but now they must figure out how to stop what is causing it.  Meanwhile, Fiji is challenged to accept who and what she is, Manfred gets answers to his past, Olivia’s past catches up to her, and more.

The pace and feel was cozy mystery with a paranormal flavor.  There is a good solid mystery, but I also felt that this was a long good-bye as it pulled out all the stops tying things up and getting it all out in the open.  The atmospheric quality and tension suffered as a result.  That said, I have no complaints about seeing relationships gel and get my answers from previous books while getting a few surprise twists in this latest one.  I loved the characters and the world of Midnight so I am sad to see it go though I understand it is being adapted for TV.

On a side note, for those not in the know, a few crossover characters and references to events in her other series notably the Sookie Stackhouse series take place.  My favorite crossover is Quinn the Weretiger.

All in all, those who enjoy small town mystery blended with paranormal and romantic suspense would probably enjoy this trilogy which I recommend getting in order.



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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.  Associate Reviewer for Delighted Reader blog

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1.10.2017

Tuesday Jams #168



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 wasn't a big fan of the Suicide Squad movie. I did however enjoy it when I saw it in the theaters, IMO they attempted to squeeze too much story line in the movie and well...it just din't work. I will say that Harley Quinn's (Margot Roby) and Dead Shot's (Will Smith) characters/stories were the best thing happening and if not for them, this movie would have been a true dud. The Joker's side story? meh, we could have done without it (sorry Jared...)

Anyhoo's, the soundtrack is pretty okay. But I love Twenty One Pilots and their song Heathens fits perfectly with the movie.







Sharonda
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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1.04.2017

#BookReview: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (#Fantasy, #SciFi)

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Source: Purchased
Format: Mobi (Kindle)
Published: August 4, 2015
Series: The Broken Earth #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science-Fiction
Heat: Some Sexual Situations
Author: N. K. Jemisin
Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf It)







My Review

So although it took me awhile to get into the beginning of this story, the Fifth Season is a fantastic fantasy tale with some mixing of sci-fiction. This story is somewhat complicated and detailed which is why it took me a minute to jump right into it BUT once everything started to come together? Man...listen!


There are several stories going on here and all told from each person's POV.  Every character is doing what they can to survive because this world...this world is brutal, it's unfair, it's scary but it is all so very fascinating. No one is spared heartache or pain but I will say Essun’s story touched me the most.


N. K. Jemisin has created a complex society and story and...and if you truly read into The Fifth Season, it ties very much into what is going on in our world today.  The hate, the division and the complete disregard for the resources this earth has continued to give to us.

If you have a love for fantasy and are looking for a new world to dive into, something different from the normal then please give The Fifth Season a try.


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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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1.03.2017

Tuesday Jams #167




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I totally *almost forgot today is Tuesday 😐. Anyhoo's here's today's Jams 🎶














Sharonda
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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1.02.2017

Brazen Random Thoughts: Happy 2017!

Happy 2017 Beautifully Brazen Folk! 2016 was rough and draining for me, yeah...there were some pockets of goodness but I will say Im glad to see that heffa gone. Here's to a New Year...my wish for myself and all of you is to have a prosperous, healthy and peaceful year (and we are gonna need all the prayers we can get with these upcoming four years...).

Anyhoo's I was going to do a favorites list but I just dont want to. Everytime I conjured up the energy, I felt the world spinning (kidding...lols). But in all seriousness, I did have some favorites...some. I feel like we got a whole lotta duds in 2016...a whole lot of the same ol same in the romance genre.

Me personally, I'll be reading outside of romance in 2017. I'll still have my go toos like Christina C Jones, Love Belvin and a new to me author I found thru some fab friends, D.A. Young. 

Its a shame too because my library is about 80% romance. But I feel like we as readers have been getting some not so great books. Poorly written stories, delays in releases (even after a date was solidly set), internet drama, just a whole mess of a mess and we're still expected to be loyal to the genre with our time and money...how is that fair?

Anyhoo's, I'll probably read some older romances I have but expect to see other genres reviewed besides romance from me at least. My co-bloggers may feel different.

You'll also see more Anime and some movie/TV show reviews.

As for my challenges, Im dropping from many but will stick with a few:

Brazen Babe Reviews Diversify Your Shelves Reading Challenge (I swear I change the name every year, lols). I really didn't want to use the word Diverse in our challenge this year. A lot of folk took that word and ran with it in 2016, rather it was good or bad...seems folk had their own agenda when it came to diversity and books. And Im over all of the drama but hell what else could I use??...

Writing Reviews @ The Delighted Reader
Audiobook Challenge @ Hot Listens
Goodreads 2017 Challenge 

Also I'm going to do more podcast reviews (Soundcloud) and I may...just maybe start doing more video reviews (Youtube). And expect to see the return of some memes...of course Tuesday Jams, also Waiting on Wednesday  and whatever else we join during the year.

That's it for now. I'll have my first review of the year up tomorrow, no more rated reviews for ME...at least not here on the blog but of course, you'll see them on my Goodreads page.

There will more spotlights as well (and not just with books) Oh and hopefully, we can finally get the blog updated... ;)


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