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Pimp My Rice By: Nisha Katona

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"Across continents, rice is the dramatic centrepiece of the table and at the heart of life. In Pimp My Rice, Nisha Katona shares recipes from her home kitchen and around the globe, from Pimped Rice Piri Piri to Beefed-Up Bibimbap and even Black Rice & Coconut Sorbet. Showcasing a rainbow of rice types and explaining how to cook them perfectly every time, Nisha takes the fear out of the world’s greatest cereal killer.

Nisha Katona is a rice evangelist, barrister and founder of Mowgli Street Food. She has a worldwide following for her Twitter Curry Clinics and presents a hugely popular YouTube channel."

Title:  Pimp My Rice Author:  Nisha Katona Publisher:  Nourish Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Four Review:
"Pimp My Rice" by Nisha Katona 
My Thoughts...
What a interesting array of rice recipes with short introductions, information and photos.  The reader will find recipes from around the world...soups, noddles, salads to name a few.  I li…

Do You Believe In Santa By: Sierra Donovan

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"Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…

What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugarplum crazy?

Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love…&…

Hey There, Dumpling!: 100 Recipes for Dumplings, Buns, Noodles, and Other Asian Treats By:Kenny Lao

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" Kenny Lao has been making dumplings for 30 years--in homes, food trucks, and restaurants across America. He has made dumplings at large family parties, in professional kitchens with Michelin-star chefs, and even with rap mogul P. Diddy. In his first cookbook, Lao reveals how to make the perfect dumpling and host amazing dumpling parties.

Hey There, Dumpling! features 100 recipes covering classic Asian and modern flavors, including Pork and Napa Cabbage and Spicy BBQ-Glazed Beef dumplings, mix-and-match tangy dips, crispy salads, delicious noodles, and festive drinks. With 50 color photographs, graphic step-by-step tutorials, and Lao's accessible approach to the kitchen, you'll be inspired to make dumplings a regular for weeknight meals and a star at your next dinner party."

Title:  Hey There, Dumpling!: 100 Recipes for Dumplings, buns, Noodles and other Asian Treats Author:  Kenny Lao Publisher:  Stewart, Tabori & Chang Reviewed By:  Arlena…

I Am Yours By: Aja

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"Amara Harper and Noah Farrington have a history. A passionate, emotion-filled, pleasurable history. Despite how good it felt to be in his arms, being with Noah terrified Amara and because she is good for running from the things she fears, she runs from him, leaving him brokenhearted and with a newfound determination to become the man he knew he could be if she’d only given him the chance.

Two years later, and in line for a promotion, Amara uses a project she’s put in charge of as a means to get in contact with the man who stole her heart. She’s afraid of what might happen but moves forward anyway and despite his resolve to deny her when she comes calling, he gives in and agrees to help her with it.
Naturally when two people meant for each other come together even for work, passion ignites, and Amara is sent on a journey that forces her to beg these questions: What if? What if I allowed his passion to consume me and not run from it?
There are obstacles though…

A Knights Bridge Christmas By: Carla Neggars

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New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers celebrates the joy and romance of Christmas in New England...

"Clare Morgan is ready for a fresh start when she moves to the small Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge with her young son, Owen. Widowed for six years, Clare settles into her job as the town's new librarian. She appreciates the warm welcome she and Owen receive and truly enjoys getting the library ready for its role in the annual holiday open house.

Clare expects to take it slow with her new life. Then she meets Logan Farrell, a Boston ER doctor in town to help his elderly grandmother settle into assisted living. Slow isn't a word Logan seems to understand. Accustomed to his fast-paced city life, he doesn't plan to stay in Knights Bridge for long. But Daisy Farrell has other ideas and enlists her grandson to decorate her house on the village green one last time. Logan looks to Clare for help. She can go through Daisy's book collectio…

Silver Lining By: Debbie Macomber

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"Set in Cedar Cove’s charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber’s captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find.

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has met fascinating people from all walks of life, but none have piqued her interest quite like handyman Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. As she grapples with Mark’s decision and tries to convince him to stay, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.

Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reun…

A Promise of Forever By: Marilyn Pappano

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"Sergeant First Class Avi Grant's return to Tallgrass, Oklahoma is a long-deferred wish come true. With her final tour in Afghanistan over, Avi can focus on her future-a job here at home and a family of her own. There's just one thing she has to do first: visit her beloved commanding officer's widow and share her grief. The last thing she expected was to feel an instant attraction to the woman's son. Too bad the sexy surgeon is impossible to ignore . . . and even harder to resist.

The sting of his parents' divorce still niggles at Ben Noble. So when a warm, funny, and beautiful young sergeant arrives, mourning his stepfather's loss as strongly as his mother does, Ben can't help but feel conflicted. If his parents taught him anything, it's that love doesn't last-especially with a career soldier. But try as he might to keep his distance, Ben begins to see that Avi-and the spark she brings to his life-is the stuff forever is ma…

Two Hearts: When I Said I Do, I Meant Forever By: James Eric Richey

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"Jaxon Tagget is a cattle-rancher’s son, born and raised on the Double T, just outside of Dillon, Montana. In love with his high-school sweetheart, Annie, Jaxon proposes on graduation night, presenting her with a wedding ring made from gold he mined himself. Annie accepts immediately, to the horror of her bitter, man-hating mother.


Jaxon’s a wonderful husband, but the warnings of Annie’s mother linger in the young bride’s ears. And it doesn’t help that women continue to fall all over the markedly handsome Jaxon.


Unaware of his wife’s persistent doubts, Jaxon is struggling with his own troubles when he finds out his dad is sorely in need of money to save the ranch. But hope glimmers gold when he rediscovers the old mine on the Double T.


While Jaxon travels to verify the mine’s productivity, Annie grows increasingly suspicious. Is Jaxon’s absence what it seems, or does he have another, less faithful reason for his travels? When Annie sees a picture of the beau…

Lost Daughters: Their Untold Secrets: (Golden Book 2) By: Charmaine Galloway

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Lost Daughters 

"Golden - A new wife and mom struggling for perfection, not only within her marriage, but in the relationship with her mother as well. However, while striving for that perfection, Golden comes to the realization that there is no such thing as a perfect anything, not a perfect person and certainly not a perfect marriage.

Mahogany- Deception of the worst kind forces her into a downward spiral that drives her to live life on the edge. With an ‘it’s all about me’ mentality, Mahogany succumbs to the dangerous side of life until suddenly, she finds herself caught up in a cruel game that will change life as she knows it forever.

Grace – Searching for her birth parents and a ‘good’ man leads her to the discovery of much more than she bargained for. With truth in hand, Grace must decide whether she will open the door and accept what is or slam it shut and walk away for good.

Will these lost daughters find their way, or will they allow their corrupt …

A Gentleman's Kiss Romance Collection: 9 Modern Romances with an Old-Fashioned Quality By: Ginny Aiken, Kristin Billerbeck, Lynn A. Coleman, Peggy Darty, Nancy j. Farrier, Rebecca Germany, Bev Huston, Yvonne Lehman, Gail Sattler, Pamela Kaye Tracy

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Are you ready for some good old-fashioned romance in a contemporary setting? Then you’ll enjoy these nine stories of modern women who are forced to slow down and take a new look at dating and romance when new men enter their lives. For some it will take vacation time, others will discover through music, while some need the gentle nudges from both God and Grandma. Delight in discovering how chivalry is not dead despite the stresses of today’s world

Title: A Gentleman's Kiss Romance Collection: 9 Modern Romances with an Old-Fashioned Quality
Authors:  Ginny Aiken, Kristin Billerbeck, Lynn A. Coleman, Peggy Darty, Nancy j. Farrier, Rebecca Germany, Bev Huston, Yvonne Lehman, Gail Sattler, Pamela Kaye Tracy
Publisher:  Barbour Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
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"A Gentleman's Kiss Romance Collection: 9 Modern Romances with an Old-Fashioned Quality"     By:  Ginny Aiken, Kristin Billerbeck, Lynn A. Coleman, Peggy Darty, Nancy j. Farrier,…

Secrets Of A Kept Woman 3: You Can't Help Who You Love By Shani Greene-Dowdell

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Baggage. Every woman has it. "Kicked out and abandoned by her mother at sixteen, Rhonda Wilson didn’t get the blueprint on how to love. Instead, she's been pulling a freight train of baggage and dumping pieces of it on the people who love her the most. After coveting Shayla's second husband, she finds herself battling to stay out of jail. And childhood friend, Jameson Brown, of Brown and Associates Law Firm is her last hope. He agrees to take Rhonda's case, but under one condition. She must make amends for all the hell she's raised. 
Coming from a world of love, privilege and religion, Jameson was groomed to go after what he wants. And, he wants Rhonda, but not before she learns to love herself. Will she finally face her demons and find love – the right way?"Title:  Secrets Of A Kept Woman 3   Author:  Shani Greene -Dowdell                                    Publisher:  Nayberry Publications      Series:  Secrets Of A Kept Woman           …

Secrets Of A Kept Woman 2 By: Shani Greene-Dowdell

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"Five Years Later... The goodwill to step in and help an old friend may land Shayla Davis a chair on the other side of her psychiatry desk in this entertaining, jaw-dropping tale of manipulation, disloyalty, obsession...and possibly murder. This time around, one of the friends is out for money or blood, whichever comes first."

Title:  Secrets Of A Kept Woman
Author:  Shani Greene-Dowdell
Publisher:  Nayberry Publications
Series:  Part 2
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Five
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"Secrets Of A Kept Woman 2" by Shani Greene-Dowdell

My Thoughts........

Wow...what a interesting intriguing read that will keep you turning the pages to see what will be coming next!  Yes, only more drama!  Now we find Shayla happily married with a son and a good job...what more can Shayla ask for take?  However, will she be able to survive with all that is now coming on her...from an ex best friend that seems to come back into Shayla's life?   This is one of t…

Keepin' It Tight By: Shani Greene-Dowdell

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"Three is too many for any relationship. When the insecurity and deception in Cornelius and Lela Johnston's marriage reaches a point of no return, it will take a miracle to pick up the pieces. Take the journey where past hurts and abuse meets temptation."

Title:  Keepin' It Tight
Author:  Shani Greene-Dowdell
Publisher:  Nayberry Publisher
Series:  Love Series 1
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
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"Keepin' It Tight" by Shani Green-Dowdell

My Thoughts...

Now, this was one of those stories you will not want to put down with all the drama, lust and lies, emotions and love  that comes from this beautifully written love story will definitely one that will  keep your attention. This is a story about Lela and Cornelius [Neil].  The author presents the reader with some interesting realistic characters that were well developed, defined and believable.  What is so important about this story line is that this can really happen in a marr…

My Husband's Whore 3 By: Racquel Williams

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"The drama continues in this explosive finale of the My Husband’s Whore series.
Destiny Clarke’s life is turned upside down by the bastard she once thought was the man of her dreams. His reckless behavior has not only caused major heartbreak, it has also caused her major health problems. With the cards stacked against her, she must dig deep within to pull out the inner strength that she has inside.
For Hassan Clarke, cockiness and arrogance made him one of the most hated men. Oblivious to the fact that his reckless behavior has major consequences, he is blindsided when he is charged with the murder of his mistress and given a lengthy prison term. He must now figure out how to prove that he’s no killer.
Josiah Clarke is a reckless thug who has to play the hand that he was dealt. After losing his mother to a violent crime, he vows to get revenge on any and every one that is responsible for her murder.
Take this ride as this trio creates havoc in each other’s liv…

Loving A Colombian Cartel Thug 2 (Loving a Colombian Cartel Thug) By: K'aliyah Knight

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Loving a Colombian Cartel Thug 2

"Lorenzo Medina and his familia are returning to their beautiful homeland. Being connected to Mendoza De Dios Cartel means that they're untouchable, right?
Amid the hoes tryna claim Renzo and his quest to save his little sister, Blu from the Jamaicans, Renzo can't catch a break. Finally, Renzo's good girl Rocky is back, sitting on the throne, Queen to his King. Yet, Rocky's heart is being pulled in every direction to keep her children from the life, Loving a Colombian Cartel Thug and then there is one on Renzo's team trying to steal her heart too...

Take this trip to the coast of Colombia where family secrets have torn the legendary Mendoza De Dios. Though blood is bond, who can you trust in love and war?"

Title:  Loving A Colombian Cartel Thug 2
Author:  K'aliyah Knight
Publisher:  Shan Presents
Series:  Loving A Colombian  Cartel Thug
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Lovin…

It Ain't Over By Lacricia A'ngelle

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"Jacob S. Render has gone to great lengths and traveled far in hopes of starting a new life.
Haunted by his past and those whom he left behind, Jacob devises a plan to return home and reclaim what is rightfully his.

Always the chick on the side, Marie is fed up with the life she has led. Determined to make a change for the better, she makes tough decisions that will completely alter her life. With no one else to turn to, Marie seeks refuge in the only person she can count on.

When these parallel lives intersect, secrets are revealed that will change them forever."
Title: It Ain't Over
Author: Lacricia A'ngelle
Publisher: His Pen Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"It Ain't Over" by Lacricia A'ngelle

My Thoughts...

What a awesome read. I will say up front if you haven't read 'Girl, Naw!' then it may be good for you to do so since this is the other part of the wonderful story by thi…

Girl, Naw! By: Lacricia A'ngelle

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Who counsels the counselor? Antoinette Walker is good at solvings other women's problems. But skeletons are busting out of her closet. How will she respond when her past comes knocking?

Title: Girl, Naw!
Author: Lacricia A'ngelle
Publisher: His Pen Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Girl Naw!" by Lacricia A'ngelle

My Thoughts.....

This was truly a wonderful engaging story that many people may face daily. It was of great interest the way this author gave the readers such a details of each characters situation that they went through. These stories will definitely will keep your attention. I liked the flow of this story that shared many spiritual insights into this well developed situations. These are very real stories of what one may go through in our daily life's. This author has done a well job with the ups and down twist of stories as they are well presented in this novel. Be ready for some real life issues that…

Catchin' Feelings For A Married Man 3 (Catchin' Feelings For A Married Man) by LaQuita Cameron

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"This is the finale you don't want to miss! With all the lies and secrets coming out its hard for anyone to trust love again! Jazz is beginning to regret his moving in with Kara after her true colors begin to show.

Kara is not giving up on Jazz that easy! She gives up good men to be with Jazz, and relocates to show him the woman he's created after making her catch feelings!

Zenayia sees a whole other side of Damon once he's realized everything he's lost after falling hard for her!

Damon is not going down without a fight! Despite Jazz's efforts to see Damon behind bars, Damon still shows everyone he is not that man you want to betray! Kara and Zenayia prove they caught feelings for the wrong men… See if they end up with a fairytale ending or a nightmare of new beginnings..."


Title:  Catchin' Feelings For a Married Man 3 (Catchin' Feelings For A Married Man)
By:  LaQuita Cameron
Publisher:  Cole Hart Presents
Series:  Catchin'…

Breathless: In Love With An Alpha Billionaire By: Shani Greene Dowdell

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"It's so hard to breathe when there's no air…

Walking out of a coffee shop, minding her own business, Destiny never intends to crash into real estate tycoon, Jacob Turner. A chance meeting leads to sweaty sheets, sleepless nights, and a passion she never knew existed. The curve of his lips, the warmth of his breath, his take-charge demeanor; Jacob is proof that charm and chivalry is alive and well.

Jacob had it all… except her. Due to strongholds from his past, he's not ready to let her own him completely. When Destiny pops up in his city, their love affair is challenged by someone who could never take Destiny's place. Getting Destiny to understand that she's the only one he loves proves to be a quest that the billionaire has the means and heart to take.

Will Destiny survive the love of the rich, white tycoon who took her breath away, or will the woman from his past that refuses to let go be the death of her?"
Title:  Breathless:  In L…

Secrets Of A Kept Woman By: Shani Greene-Dowdell

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Shayla Wilson and her two sisters from another mother are all keeping secrets. Her beautiful, expertly-designed house of lies is about to fall, but not before she learns that the people she least expect are pulling her down.


Title: Secrets Of A Kept Woman By: Shani Greene-Dowdell
Publisher: Nayberry Publications
Series: Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Secrets Of A Kept Woman" by Shari Greene-Dowdell

My Thoughts....

This was definitely one of those reads that once you start reading you will not want to put it down until the end because each chapter will reveal something new. This author knows how to keep your attention presenting the reader a story of three friends from childhood... Shayla, Gladys, and Rhonda were the whole package of 'secrets, betrayals, jealousy, mistrust, infidelity and deceit' that will bring out much drama in this urban fiction read. I will have to add to this list of characters above character…