Showing posts from March, 2017

Book Review Rant: Riot School

Man, this is not the usual book review today. Not at all. I don't usually do rants on books. But this one has just gone too far. It is a disgraceful book written by a white man who takes progress in writing diverse characters back to the dark ages. And yes I didn't give any book links on purpose.

Title: Riot School by Robert Rayner

Source: Netgalley

Publishing Date: August 22, 2016

Summary: In the middle of the night, five teens break into a small town high school that has been closed by the regional school board. They are there to protest the decision to move them to a big city school and make their little town that much smaller. Led by Bilan, whose experience with the Arab Spring fired a passion to peacefully fight against injustice, the Gang of Five occupy their old school. The local police chief and the town quietly cheer them on. When the school board calls in a big security firm to break up their occupation using any means necessary, including force, the five have to dec…

Book Review: It's Hard to be Good (Ellie the Weinerdog) by K.J. Hales

Netgalley has passed along another gem to me today. Books are made for all ages and sizes. Today I'll be reviewing a children's picture book.

Title: It's Hard to be Good (Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Weinerdog, Lesson 1)

Source: Netgalley

Buy Link: Amazon

Summary: Ellie tries, reallytries, to be good as she faces temptation over and over again. But how can a wiener dog resist? There are sandwiches and trash baskets and freshly baked ham sending heavenly smells straight to her wriggly nose. Ellie so wants to please because she loves to hear “What a good dog!” but she is also taunted by naughtiness because she thinks with her nose. She smells and sniffs and it’s hard for her to be good when she gets a whiff! Children, and adults alike, will find Ellie’s tale hilariously relatable. What will she do when put to the ultimate test? Ellie’s irresistible charm radiates from every colorful, energetic page as she struggles in her desire to do the right thing. Her expressio…

Monday MishMash: March 2017

Back with Monday MishMash hosted by Kelly Hashway.

1. Blogging conundrum guys. Circumstances as is just don't have me hopping around blogs like I used to. Will try to do better today. Always feel kinda bad when I post but don't visit other blogs.

2. I scheduled for a book trailer. It will be released late Summer 2017. I hope to blow some minds when it is all finished.

3. Excited to be united with Najla Qamber again to complete the covers for The Sacrifice Series. I had done one with her in 2015 and another with a different designer. Now she'll be doing all of them and I'm considering using the one from the other designer as an international cover. Hey, the big guys have had their special international covers....

4. I can't wait for Descendants 2 to arrive on Disney. So fiction time!

5. Got wet in the rain last week. Just what black women love to happen to their hair.

6. Also got approved for Legion on Netgalley. Started reading and it's okay so …

Cover Reveal: Twelve Tiny Truths

Hey guys, as part of a blogger's mailing list I got a chance to share a cover with you this week. The cover for Twelve Tiny Truths is quite a sight to behold. Read on to get a look.

Cover Reveal
Twelve Tiny Truths By M. Dauphin & H.Q. Frost

I'm Charlie, and these are my truths:
1) I should have been a doctor
2) One stupid decision changed my life
3) My best friend, Frankie, kept me sane when I thought I'd crumble
4) A new career running a dating website helped save me
5) Steady routine and burying myself in work became everything
6) A drunken dare on a boring night caused a spark in my routine
7) Cherry pie and a deep, sexy voice made the spark ignite
8) A date at the movies and country songs made me swoon
9) His kind heart, affection, and faith in me made me fall in love
10) The secrets he kept broke my heart
11) Good friends helped me understand his reasons
12) Unexpected circumstances threaten to ruin my life
....Travis has his ow…

Poetry Corner: If Only

Have not posted any poetry for a bit huh? Yesterday was World Poetry Day so I'll go with that. Anyway the one share today is from 2012. Dealing with regrets and being female in tough circumstances. While I do see room for improvement. I do have some personal writing pride with this one. So read on to form your own opinion.

If Only If only I could turn back the hands of time. I’d go back and tell my childhood self. ‘Stay in school and study hard.’ ‘Listen to your mother, not strange man.’ ‘Advance yourself and graduate high school.’ ‘Go to university and you can go anywhere you want in life.’ ‘You choose the life you live, pick wisely.’

But I can’t go back in time. There’s no way to let her know my future. This old zinc house is where I squat. Is me one with the pickney them and another one soon come. Every man who come, always leave. The only one stuck here is me.
If only I could turn back the hands of time.

So what did you think? Was the poem enough to evoke any emotion or memories? Let me know i…

Book Review: Nameless - Broken City #1

Happy Monday  to all of you. Sorry that I've not been visiting blogs for a bit. I'm back on that train now. 

Title: Nameless (Broken City Book One) by Jessica Sorensen

Source: Bought as ebook on Amazon

Buy Link: Amazon

Summary on Amazon: I live in a world where freedom doesn't exist, and life is a battle for survival. Most people aren't even allowed to have names.

But I had a name once. I was Allura until the Wardens captured me.

They told me I was a Nameless. That I was no one, and my sole purpose was to obey them. And, for a while, I believed them.

I spent years living underground in the channels beneath the city, dreaming of being outside again. I never thought it would happen. That I'd die in the darkness of my cell.

But then three guys show up in the channels and my fate suddenly changes.

Blaise, Ryder, and Reece are part of a secret group working to take down the Wardens and help rescue the Nameless. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I might survive.

But t…

Book Review: Ballad of the Beanstalk

I love a fairytale retelling that surprises me. While I kind of figured out the end of the main character early on, it was more because of Jack and the Beanstalk's limited lore than any misdeed on the author's part. The story was still a good journey from start to finish. Great in some parts even. I met the author through wattpad and had been interested in her books previously because of positive reviews. When she offered me an arc of her next book on Twitter...well I said yes! Now let's get to the review.

Title: Ballad of the Beanstalk by Amy McNulty

Release date: April 11, 2017

Source: Arc from author

Purchase: Amazon

Summary on Goodreads: As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends tr…

Book Review and Promo Redo: Secondary Characters

Rachel Schieffelbein has put her book Secondary Characters back on the market. While I originally enjoyed the book, I was intrigued to see the new look. While I was in love with the old book and cover, the new one is still quite nice. If you want to support Rachel feel free to buy a copy or share the book online. I'm reposting my book review here and on Amazon. This is a worthy read and shows even secondary characters need to be important to the story in some way.

Summary (on Amazon): When Mabel's best friend, Amber, drags her along on a double date she finds herself falling for Lance, the obnoxious class clown whom she swore she'd have no interest in. The only problem is, she's not sure if she's really the girl Lance is into, or if, like every other guy she knows, it's really Amber he's after.

One thing is clear, if Mabel wants to be the lead in her own love story, she needs to start acting like it.
Source: Bought ebook on Amazon

Buy Link: Amazon

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Book Review: The Frog Who Was Blue

Who doesn't love a netgalley book review. Today we have another children's book this time being told from the perspective of animals. Fictional animals of course.

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Troubador Publishing

Publication date: January 19, 2017

Buy Links: Amazon

Summary (from Amazon): It's not always easy being different, as Biriwita the blue frog is only too aware. He longs to be accepted at Croak College, the most famous school for frogs in Malawi, but the other students all turn their backs on him. He is just too different! The Frog Who Was Blue is a witty and charming tale underpinned by the message that being different to others is no bad thing. It will appeal to children aged 7-9, and fans of Faiz's former books. Faiz Kermani is publishing The Frog Who Was Blue to support the World Medical Fund (WMF), a medical charity working in Africa. WMF's focus is on the region's poorest and most vulnerable children, including AIDS orphans, whose practical and cost-ef…

IWSG: March is here

Today is IWSG and time to get your posts up for another first Wednesday. Hey guys!

Is it March already? Oh hell. I feel as if time flew this month. Maybe because February is the shortest month of the year and is short two to three days? No? Well it ended too soon for me. Anyway I'll be answering this month's IWSG question. The Goal Hop and a new book review will be up Friday. On a happy note I'm working on getting a series published and you can find out more on my Author Facebook Page and Instagram. Check the side bar.

Monthly Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work?

My answer to this is no for original fiction and sometimes when it comes to fan fiction. Reworking an old idea is no easy task. It takes going back to a story you had to put aside and look at it with fresh eyes and a willingness to whip it into shape. That is no instant journey and you need to be in it for the long haul. I find it easier working with new ideas. Though …