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Hollywood Swinging

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Author: Chicki Brown
Published By: C. B.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Hollywood Swinging" by Chicki Brown was a good read.  This was the sequel to  'Hot Fun in the Summertime' which was also a good read.  I found the main characters very interesting and believable ....Shontae and Devin.....along with Phe, Devin's parents, Monica, Vaughn, Julius and a few others that will only have  you keep turning the pages until the very end.

"Hollywood Swinging is the story of a newlywed couple who are trying to make a life for themselves in a new city."  Will there be any problems? Yes, Yes and Yes!  When you pick up this wonderful read be ready  for all the glitz, glamour, romance, in-laws, two careers, mystery, drama, stalker and even suicide... that
you can only imagine in Hollywood. I do not think you will be disappointed! Be ready for a interesting ending!

Ms. Brown writes  well written dialogues  with believable chara…

Hot Fun in the Summertime

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Author: Chicki Brown
Published By: C. B.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Chicki Brown was another one of her good old romance ovels...showing relationships with family and friends. This novel was
written in first person making it very easy to follow.  Ms. Brown was able to bring out each character...Shontae, Linda, Devon, Doc, Kinnik, Walter, Jo, Kip and a few others with all of their interwoven unique personalities and strong
bonds that made this a phenomenal 'Jersey Shore' read. I liked how this author brought a group of friends together to rent a summer house on the Jersey shore.

In this read "hearts are on the mend, new loves begin, old scars serve as a
reminder of pain that has led to strength, and friendships grow stronger. It
is a story of love, hope, and renewal." Be ready for lots of drama, suspense
and romance...having many twist and turns with these seven people(four women & three me…

Have You Seen Her?

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Author: Chicki Brown
Published By: C. B.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Have You Seen Her?" by Chicki Brown was a wonderful well written romance novel with some twist and turns dealing with domestic violence, drugs,  and lies.  This novel was a very easy read that held you on the edge of your seat and kept me  turning the pages until the very end. This author unfolds such a good storyline dealing with this subject of domestic abuse in a marriage...told measures to leave this life behind and start a new life for herself. This was a good read in how this author was able to show.."one woman’s desire to be free from the life threatening clutches of an abusive husband." During this read you are able to feel the pain that this main character felt. Some of the characters were are very realistic, interesting, likable and even relatable in many ways.  In the ending  one may be a little surprise of its ending. Now, this is where I say you mu…

A Heart Not Easily Broken

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Author:  M.J. Kane
Published By: 5 Prince Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 5
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Review:

"A Heart Not Easily Broken by M.J. Kane was truly a wonderful romantic well written read.  This novel is the first of many of Ms. Kane's...'The Butterfly Memoirs' and I enjoyed  it...and that being ...'change...the shedding of the old and bringing  out the new.'  This was definitely a page turner...even though I had read several excerpts... from some of the chapters... but starting with Chapter one till the end you will find this novel a captivating excellent read.  How this author was able to do this was simply a work of art.

The story was of a young lady named Ebony was "smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who was focused on her career to get her D.V.M. degree...and now was there love and romance coming into this picture.  Ebony had two best friends... Yasmine and Kaitlyn...who talk her into going to a night club and it was the…

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

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Author:  Chicki Brown
Published By: C.B.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" by Chicki Brown was a very good romantic
well written read.  It being of a interracial couple that  focused on problems
 that can come up between two individuals who loved each other, however was the trust really there.  The story is a very real one that deals with the pain of infidelity and only through Gods' help with  the power of forgiveness becomes very important in these two peoples life.  This author also showed much understanding and compassion in her storytelling of "ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing."

The characters especially Michael and Dee... I will say were all simply off the
chart...good making all of them...Rita, Krista, Sue and others...they seem to
simply come alive.  This novel  was a  wonderful novel to read and you will
not want to pick it down until the end.  There is definitely a lesson that …

Peyton's Playmate

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Author: Tracy James Jones
Published By: T.J.J.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Peyton's Playmate" by Tracy James Jones was a sweet quick short story of how a player gets fine tuned  by a real playmate (woman).  I loved this  novel because it was truly a game to this handsome young man that lived next door but in the end guess who win the whose affections.  Will  the   final outcome be that Peyton Henderson will find her perfect playmate? Will  Jared Davy learn how to become man? Now, this is where I say you will just have to pick up "Peyton's Playmate and see how this story ends. You will not be disappointed!

I thought Peyton's Playmate was a very captivating short read and I would recommend it to you as a excellent read.

Thy Neighor: A Novel

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Author:  Norah Vincent
Published By: Viking Adult
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  ArlenaDean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Thy Neighbor" by Norah Vincent was some read from the start to the  finish. There is a lot to absorb in this read from Nick Walsh. I found him truly a sad person...why?  Well apart from the fact that he was jobless,  his parents had died in a apparent murder-suicide at home....with him now spying on his neighbors with via spy cameras that he installed in their homes...only to discover that he is also being watched.  Then there is his drinking..at home or in the local bar...why is that?   Nick has a friend Dave only if you can call it that and then there is a woman who enters his life...Monica...but was she a real girlfriend..what did he know about her? 

"Thy Neighbor" moves at a very slow pace until you are able to uncover just how these tragedies are put together with these weird characters and there will

be a whole lot of strangeness goin…

The Gangster's Daughter

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Author: Kendall Evans
Published By: Astraea Press  
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
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Review:

"The Gangster's Daughter by Kendall Evan was a very good short romantic
read about a FBI agent who was able to save the daughter of a notorious gangster, Antonio Donnatelli. The very thought of a gangster family being killed was not unheard of during the 1920's in Chicago. For many reasons this gangster was killed along with his sons but the daughter was left alive.Why was this?   After Maria's father and brothers had been killed there were still other people who  wanted Maria dead especially..... Carli Blanchi.  How was Jack Malone...the FBI agent able to keep Maria safe? Was there something going on between Mr. Malone and Maria? Now, this is where you will have to pick up this short story read of "The Gangster's Daughter" to find out.  Will the guy get the girl?

If you are looking for a quick read then you have come …

Out of the Fire & Into the Light

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Author: Lori Frisch
Published By: iUniverse.com
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"Out of the Fire & Into the Light" by Lori Frisch was a real serious read of a story of survival.This was truly a excellent read.   This is a true story of a author that shares her life with us and it was not pretty.  I enjoyed the scriptures that this author shared with the reader...each one really being presented at the right time during the read.

For Lori Frisch and her two boys....having to lived though all of the abuse and able to be able to heal from this ordeal was really something...definitely it was through the power  and faith  in God that they were able to make it out of all of this abuse sane.

 "Out of the Fire & Into the Light deals with abortion, domestic abuse..child abuse.. death, fires, beatings, family member's betrayal, suicide and healing. This is definitely a novel for anyone is or trying to heal and would like …

Widow's Might

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Author:  Sandra Brannan
Published By: Greenleaf
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4
Review:

"Widow's Might" by Sandra Brannan was a awesome mystery novel.  The "Widow's Might" is the third book in the Liv Bergren Series and this novel will continue on with some of the same characters from the previous reads.   Be ready for a lot of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you edge into the meat of this novel about the 'Crooked Man' that has striked once again. This series is how "Liv gets swept up into the investiagion of the rancher's murder along with her trailing dog ...protecting a terminally ill woman and helping in the cold case of The Crooked Man Murders."

The characters are so real from Liv, Helma, Elizabeth, Streeter, Jack Linwood, Enif,Tommy Jasper, Beulah, Lisa Henry, Dr. Morgan, Agent Blysdorf, Hester Moore, Steve Preston, Paula Pierce, Agent Jenna Tate, Senator Billings, Pas…

The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow: Surreptitious Superhero

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Author:  Lorin Barber
Published By: SweetwaterBooks 
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Secret Life of Corpernicus H.Stringfellow:  Surreptitious Superhero" by Lorin Barber was a very interesting enjoyable read of a man who became rich, brilliant and had great powers. Copernicus(Nick) Stringfellow was true genius who was kind and wanted to make good... always trying to set things right around him. Sometimes it seem like Corpernicus had all the different languages and OMG that random trivia...but he got through it all  by meeting and helping the right ones that needed his help. I loved his outlook on life..for Nick would make friends with those who needed him..."he would help anyone without wanting anything in return.

The author offers the reader quite a list of themes being introduced throughout  the novel like: murder, harassment, child and domestic abuse, plane crash, some romance, and even some family dynamics going on....  so be …

Deadly Phine

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Author: Darrell King
Published By: Darrell King Productions
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:
"Deadly Phine" by Darrell King was a believable story that had one true
thought in the end and that is AIDS and HIV is a serious virus that is deadly and was a intentional spread of one of the worse diseases ever!  I found this novel that was told in two parts...all  very educational in more  than one way
that truly left you saying OMG and Wow!  This was sort of what I thought when I heard about the Tuskegee Oklahoma experiment from 1932-1972.  Why? This is certainly a subject that many of  us are afraid to address and that we should all be aware of. Why?  Unprotected sex is deadly! Mr. King did a wonderful job  providing us with informational facts about this deadly virus? I really like how this author opened up each chapters with a true "occurrences...some  of people purposely infecting others with this HIV/AIDS virus" and even telling us of…

RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES

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Author: Michelle MRob Robinson
Published By: AuthorHouse
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5+

Review:

RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES by Michelle MRob Robinson was some read that will stay with
me forever. Why? Because it was so realistic and emotional that will only leave you saying Wow...what a wonderful read! This author was able to bring a real story that you could feel the spirit... the realness of each and every page of the read. I laughed, cried and even got upset at certain {going ons} but in the end when I thought all was truly being worked out however, there was a shock at the end that left me hopefully thinking that there will be a sequel. Ms. Robinson don't leave us with this being 'The End.' Anyway, I will say this was a excellent read that comes to us from the California area...from Chapter 1 ..Alright.... till the end... to Chapter 34... Gangsta Party.... I was on edge of my seat. I also loved the crankberry {cell} phone conversations th…

Vengeful Intentions

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Author: Stephanie Norris
Published By: Create Space
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Vengeful Intentions" by Stephanie Norris was a wonderful read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  This novel was well written with such plot and deliverance that will keep you only reading till the end.  How this author was able to get this story out with all  of the details were truly a work of art. This novel is the sequel  to 'Trouble In Paradise" and if you haven't read this book you must do so. We have waited and Ms. Norris did deliver to us a great dialogue that can only be thought of as great piece of work.

It was asked:"What will happen when Love Crosses the Line?"....well you will get all kinds of craziness from a cast of characters that I can only say 'Off The Chart' GOOD starting with  Danielle Shumaker..just out of jail...after being charged with "voluntary manslaughter, burglary, kidnapping, assault with a deadly w…

A Reckless Heart

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Author:  Amy Clipston
Published By: Zondervan 
Age Recommended:  Pre-Teen
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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Review:

"A Reckless Heart" by Amy Clipston was wonderful interesting read. There will
be illness, misunderstandings, sadness, lots of conflict, faith, family, loyalty
and love.  The glossary at the front of the book with all of the Amish phrases was real good add giving you the definitions of many of the hard pronounced words.

The novel is set from a modern day Amish community with the oldest of four
(Lydia) children has the a lots of  responsibilities put on her due to the fact
of a illness of a younger sister battling leukemia.  Their  mother has to leave to take care of the younger child, Ruthie who is in hospital and the father has to  who works overtime and still has a finance problems. Lydia who is sixteen year old wants to date and be with her friends but this is not to be and this has made her very unhappy.  It seemed that all is  falling on Lydia...but…

Secrets and Lies

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Author: Tracy James Jones
Published By: T.J.J.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Secrets and Lies" by Tracy James Jones was indeed a wonderful
relationship read. This author really as a great writing dialogue that simply
 keeps you fully interested bringing the characters to life.  Ms Jones  presents
a unique story that shows human emotions. You will find expectations, deception,  hiding, ambition, attitude, male to female, to trust .... all will be found in this great read of "Secrets and Lies."  Be ready to be surprised as the secrets are exposed that will keep you guessing till the end.

The characters were all simply off the chart: GOOD! All showing a  human side with emotions .....from Camilla, Ulanda, Troy, Kenny Jr., Brently (Bren), (granny), Ken Sr., Allyson Goodwin-Jordon, Jalinda, Joe, to  Wade and I am sure I have left someone out but that is where you will find out who...by picking up the novel  "Secrets a…

Breaking Lauren

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Author:  Jordan Deen
Published By: Black Rose Writing
Age Recommended:  YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:

Breaking Lauren" by Jordan Deen was a YA read that took you on a very intense
ride that kept my attention until I was finished. How this author was able to
get these two... Danny and Lauren together with all of the problems each one had. The storyline was able to really suck you right into the the first person view
of two of the main characters....Lauren and Danny.

Lauren is fifteen, new in town and wanting her family troubling incidents from
her family past...put way behind her and to become popular...than a older sister
had been... who is now in college from back home.  Lauren wants to also  lose
weight..why?... become a cheerleader...and date the most popular sports hero in school ...just like her mother?  This is quite different for Danny... he has been
in jevie, loves to fight...drinks has a lots of girlfriends.  Now, how will this author get these …

Call of the Sea

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Author:  Rebecca Hart
Published By:  InkSpell Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Call of the Sea" by Rebecca Hart was a very enjoyable  fantasy, romance
read. This author did a wonderful job with the mythological of the selkie...with pirates, sailors, romance and murder. This novel was of two different people who are brought together from childhood to adulthood by their love of the sea. The novel starts  may start out a little slow however, it picks up and wow...what good read the "Call of the Sea" turns out.

This author wrote a very intriguing story that will draw you in and keep you
hanging for then shoe to drop. With the heroine...Elysandra "Ellie" Winters
who was some character...independent..stubborn ..strong-headed...sometimes even selfish however, by the end of the novel some maturity was seen.  The hero.. Daniel was so sweet, kind, loving, hard worker and simply loved Ellie. Now, just how these …