Monday, April 7, 2014


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Kill Mary Jane DoeKill Mary Jane Doe by Nicole Dunlap
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Open “Kill Mary Jane Doe,” by Nicole Dunlap, and meet Mary Jane. In this psychological thriller MJ winds up with a case of amnesia … she doesn’t know who she is. The story comes to life when shots rang out and guns are pointing in Mary Jane’s direction. She’s running from a two-timing dirty rat named Jake who pretends to be a friend, now trying to pin a murder on her she didn’t commit. He and his thug buddy, Lyle, chase her down in a stolen Corolla she was driving and rams her right smack into a police cruiser. This happenstance isn’t the lucky break she thinks because the Chief of Police wants her dead, but why?

“Kill Mary Jane Doe” is a cleverly crafted story woven into a web of lies and deception. The book keeps you wondering about its characters relationship to each other, and what the heck they’re all up to. For one, does Mary Jane really have a twin sister named Asia, and are the flashbacks of Asia really about Mary Jane’s life in Malaysia? Then what is the strange relationship between Jake (an underbelly of society) and Officer Daniels about? Are they involved in some diabolical scheme reeking havoc on everyone around them? And that Jacob Woods is a holy terror. He grew up in a militia household, half Iranian and half Italian. Even worse, he’s a bloodthirsty psychopath who killed a lot of people including children without batting an eye. Beasley, the ultimate bad guy, surprisingly adds a very interesting dimension to the story that I actually enjoyed reading.

This book is good! “Kill Mary Jane Doe” will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters jump off the page and challenge readers to understand and figure out the complex psychology of the “who-why” that unfolds before your very eyes. And if you grasp the emotional dynamics of what’s going on, you’ll find some humor too.

If you enjoy reading a book with an exciting plot, I highly recommend reading “Kill Mary Doe.” You won’t be disappointed!

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Monday, March 24, 2014


Midnight Captive (Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, #2)Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bonded by Blood is a paranormal romance series that takes place in Scotland circa 1500. The characters are some hot, blood-lust vampires your imagination will ever meet. The author drifts you into a daze of darkness that goes beyond the typical in vampire stories: bloodsucking, bat morphing, daylight sleeping, cross and garlic fearing. No. The Vamsyrians are different and they eat people. They are picky eaters too. Their immortality depends on it.

Broderick “Rick” MacDougal learns this after exchanging blood with a temptress named Cordelia who turns him into a blood slave to fulfill some mysterious intentions. The mixing of blood complicates things for Rick, and I find myself sympathizing with him because of his desire to become a vampire.

Bonded by Blood unfolds like the hit T.V. show Scandal, but with vampires. You don’t know whose maniacal plan will be to your good or detriment. Veronique is a perfect example. She’s relentless in her pursuit to eliminate the heroine, Davina. Angus Campbell is another good example. He’s Rick’s nemesis and brother, and he shouldn’t be trusted with a ten-foot-pole between them.

Never thought I’d become so invested in a vampire story, but the author does an awesome job of character development. She helps you to connect with her protagonist by giving you an indication of what he’s feeling and thinking. She also lets the reader know as soon as possible what he wants. Rick’s goal is what holds the story together.

The author introduces the kind of mystery that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I love that Rick reacts. In every scene he’s revealed as visceral, emotional, physical and intellectual.

If you’re a binge reader like me, you want to get swept up in a powerfully crafted romance novel. I highly recommend Bonded by Blood Chronicles series because it will knock your socks off!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013


Birth of an AssassinBirth of an Assassin by Rik Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stone packs some powerful imagery in Birth of an Assassin, and a tantalizing plot like no other author I’ve ever seen in this genre.

This suspenseful thriller takes place in Moscow, Russia 1947, and the main character, Jez Kornfeld, a young Jewish recruit, gets a heaping dose of the cruelty of reality in the cruel world that surrounds him. Jez goes to an army recruitment center thinking he’s signing up to become a soldier, and learns quickly this is not “the man’s” army. By the time he figures out what’s going on, he’s already caught up in a world of crime and corruption. And the only way out is to kill your way out. When Jez realizes this is the hand life has dealt him, he becomes the ultimate killing machine turned assassin and seeking revenge. He settles the score with his enemies in the most ruthless ways you could ever imagine.

The historical part of “Birth of an Assassin” didn’t spark my interest that much, but I did find intriguing the way Jez Kornfeld carries out assassinations. How he kills a perpetrator is directly related to their importance, and right down to the method or weapon he chooses to kill them was seen in some instances as an honor. I’m reminded of the eerie feeling I got when Jez grabs Nikolas by the wrist and slowly twist it to a grind. I mentally can still hear the sound of bones popping and grizzle cracking in Nikolas’ arm.

The book gave me a new perspective on human trafficking. I thought I knew a lot of details about the subject, but the book is filled with new details. The story is long and could take a week to read, if you have the time. But the good news is it’s a pace read, and it will hold your attention to keep you turning pages throughout the story. If you like thrillers filled with danger, revenge and life like characters, Birth of an Assassin is the book for you. I found the story suspenseful and well worth the read, and would highly recommend it.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013



Sophia A. Nelson is a National Op-Ed Columnist, TV Pundit, Journalist and author of the award winning Black Woman Redefined. She appears on CNN, MSNBC and theGrio to discuss important issues of the day. She helps women to dispel myths and discover fulfillment in the age of the woman. Available on Amazon now.

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Book Review:
Sophia A. Nelson delivers a well-written account of the strong, independent black woman and offers the reader a reflection of who she is inside. The author brings forward the pain many African-American women have endured caused by negative perceptions and myths that continue to plague many of us in current times. Sophia helps the reader to understand that such perceptions are not and do not have to be the black woman's reality. She points to past- and modern professional women who have soared above their status in life to achieve their goal in spite of all the negativism that surrounds them. The author offers a "how to" approach to re-frame the pain into a positive self-image so that you can go on to get what you're entitled. After reading this book, you'll walk away with a greater sense of confidence and appreciation for you. A great read and one that won't steer you wrong.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Christine Romans is the host of Your Bottom Line and CNN's Saturday morning personal finance and lifestyle program. She reports on the economy, politics and international business for CNN's morning show. She's a best-selling author of How to Speak Money and Smart is the New Rich. Check her out today on Amazon.

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Smart is the New Rich by Christine Romans is undoubtedly one of the best well-written and easy-to-read books on financial matters out there. The author takes you to a familiar disastrous place, the economic situation today. Then she softens the blow by suggesting ways to avoid calamity or climb out from under the clutches of debt. Unlike other "financial freedom" books, you won't find any promise or quick fix to solve any money problems you may have. Instead, she offers sound and realistic advice about being smart about your money and expands her argument using empirical data to supports facts with few instances that lead the reader to believe otherwise. Something to have in mind before reading the book, you won't find any "how to" instructions so don't be too hasty to put the book down fast. What you will find is the concept as it relates to the "how to" manage your finances smartly. Although the book is helpful to all adults, ideally it positions young adults to manage their finances wisely, and thus, inevitably leading to wealth. By the time I finished reading the book, I was all too happy to put down anything I couldn't afford. 

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