“Nelumbo Nucifera” by Cristina Slough


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Title: Nelumbo Nucifera
Author: Cristina Slough
Genre: Thriller/ Womens Fiction

Release Date: January 24th, 2017
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On the surface, Gaby Parker has it all; however, behind closed doors, is a woman who lives in constant fear of the man who was supposed to love her: her husband, Kyle. Beaten, desperate, and broken, Gaby realizes the only way to escape from her violent husband is to kill herself — on paper. Gaby is dead, and Riley Locklin is born, residing in the tranquil coastal town of Chesswick Bay Montauk where she hopes to start over and meets a man who shows her bruises aren’t kisses. Meanwhile, back home, Kyle is doing everything in his power to prove Gaby isn’t dead. But…police find her burnt-out car and remains? Kyle isn’t buying it; he knows she’s still alive. He launches his own full investigation to find his wife — and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her back. A female Detective assigned to his wife’s case doesn’t like him very much after discovering a domestic violence report – scorned by the history of her mother’s domestic abuse, she’s determined to send Kyle down for his wife’s murder. And then he finds her. Will Gaby finally take a stand? – NELUMBO NUCIFERA

Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of: Till Death Us Do Part, and Nelumbo Nucifera.

Cristina has always been a bookworm and loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, and several spoiled pets.

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“Hunted (A Jonathan Harker Novel)” by Christopher Draven


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Title: Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel

Author: Christopher Draven

Genre: Paranormal Thriller / Urban Fantasy

Slinging Spells with Broken Ribs Isn’t Easy

Jonathan Harker, mage and life-long demon hunter, wakes to find himself tied to a chair and severely wounded. His captor, a demon in service to a summoner who wants Harker alive.

Armed with impossibly powerful magic and a gang of demon toughs, the summoner has snared Harker in a deadly trap. Nothing is ever easy, and being new in town has left Harker with few allies. However, with help from a Fortune-Teller named Clover and a self-described “Kitchen Witch” named Momma Dee, Harker fights back.

To prevail, Harker must walk unprepared into a pit of demons and black magic – and come out alive on the other side.

Author Bio

Christopher DravenChristopher Draven has worked as an instructional designer, newspaper journalist, and ghostwriter.

One soggy Monday morning, he committed to leaving behind the soul-stealing work of corporate puppetry and escaped to a meadow where he could concentrate on his passion. Since that fateful day, Christopher has focused on learning the craft of fiction.

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#Review “Black and White” by Ben Burgess, Jr.

On Monday, September 11th, “Black & White” by Ben Burgess #Review” ran through my blog without the review. Oops! Evidently, I added it to the queue without adding the review and never double checked. This post contains the review. Really. It does. Read it. 😉


 

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Title: Black and White

Author: Ben Burgess, Jr.

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Suspense/Legal

Release Date:  June 21, 2017

5/5 Stars!

Excellent Story on Real-World Problems!

Incredible read.

While a work of fiction, the scenarios played out in Black & White felt real.

Extremely real.

The author did a great job of dissecting multiple viewpoints and putting them on display. Even minor characters were well-developed.

A bigoted white law firm lands two huge cases—a black rapper accused of a quadruple murder (including two cops), and a white NBA star accused of raping a black stripper. Dangling a partnership as bait, the firm assigns the rapper’s case to Ben Turner… who’s also black; and the ball player’s case to Bill O’Neil… also white.

Let the games begin.

Both young men are determined to win and claim the partnership.

Despite their obvious differences, these two men had more than enough in common to be good friends—especially with Ben’s white girlfriend, Becky, and Bill’s black girlfriend, Ebony.

But that wasn’t the case. Preconceived notions, personal biases, and LIFE, itself make Ben and Bill adversaries. Combined with the personal drama of each of their lives, both men were fighting uphill battles battling the perceptions which guided their lives.

The son of two judges, privileged Ben dealt with being accused of “acting white”, “not being black enough”, “and never being good enough.” As a black woman, I completely understood Ben’s struggle, however, I felt he was too consumed with always trying to prove himself. Not saying Ben was wrong, by any means, but I believe he would have been happier if he spent more time living his life instead of constantly playing a role. Ben wanted to be seen as a good man and a good attorney without the element of race overshadowing everything he did. He would have saved himself a lot of grief and heartache by realizing nothing you do can or will change people. They have to want to change and invest in it.

Ben’s girlfriend, Becky, also worried about how people viewed her. Rebellious from a young age, Becky only sought to be taken seriously and respected by her white, wealthy family… which was never going to happen. Becky’s father, Steven Preston, considered himself nothing more than a pragmatist about race, but honestly, all he was missing was a hood and burning cross. I believe Becky loved Ben but allowed her father to overrule her too often because she still wanted his approval.

Gabby, Ben’s best friend, was also a piece of work. Once the object of Ben’s affection, all Gabby ever did was push him away, figuring he’d always be there. When Ben finally moves on with a relationship with Becky, Gabby becomes bitter, mean, and unkind. Her close friendship with Ben brings Gabby and Becky together often and Gabby doesn’t miss a chance to show or voice her disapproval of their interracial coupling.

I didn’t like Becky or Gabby. Not because of their personal views or opinions, but their personalities. Becky needed to get a spine and walk upright, and Gabby needed to shut up. She considered herself up front and “real” but Gabby was over-the-top rude and arrogant. I must give Becky props though for the scene where Gabby tells her black people cannot be racists and Becky stands her ground and schools her.

Bill’s life had been the opposite of Ben Turner’s. Abandoned by his father, he and his chronically ill mother found affordable housing… and eventually acceptance and family in Kew Gardens, a poor, black housing project. Bill overcame a lot as the only white kid in a black neighborhood, but I felt he was honest in his efforts and not simply just trying to get by. Bill’s friendship with Akeem and relationship with Akeem’s twin sister, Ebony, prove his character. He was genuine and not playing a role…at least not until he went to work at Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln.

After losing her brother to street violence, Ebony became a cop to help institute and implement change. She ended up mired in frustration and confusion when her own people saw her as part of the problem and hated her as much as they did white cops. Ebony also questioned her relationship with Bill—her first and only boyfriend—when she becomes attracted to a black male at work.

Add in Reggie and Johnny, the two men at the heart of each court case, and Black & White is a hot pot of racism about to boil over.

The author does an excellent job at maintaining balance in the story. No one is all right or all wrong. People are the sum of their experiences… mostly. That being said, Bill was the only main character I liked. While not an innocent, I felt his motivations were the most real and the purest. I also liked Simone, Ben’s cousin raised by his parents. Her dysfunctional background and issues with abandonment led her to look for love… and acceptance in all the wrong places. I understood the other characters and their motivations… I just didn’t like them.

Black & White is well-written and developed. The multiple viewpoints are not distracting but served to pull the reader further into the story. Grammatical and editing errors are minor and do not take the reader out of the story.

The quote from To Kill a Mockingbird which opens the story perfectly sums up the story’s theme. A work of fiction, Black & White is still an accurate commentary on the conversations about race NOT being had today. Not because we’re afraid of admitting our fears and prejudices about other races, but we’re afraid to accept certain truths about ourselves.

This is a must-read and I highly recommend it.

Enjoy!


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When the prestigious law firm of Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln catches two major cases—a rape case where a White NBA star allegedly raped a Black stripper, and a murder case where a Black rapper allegedly killed a gay couple and two policemen—Bill O’Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle these racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the two lawyers and force them to reckon with their interracial relationships and families. Will the racial tension of their cases destroy them or make them stronger?

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Ben uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in and to never give up on their dreams. His novels Monster and Wounded are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management and an MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughters Jaelynn and Jaclyn and he is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

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“Black and White” by Ben Burgess #Review


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Title: Black and White

Author: Ben Burgess, Jr.

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Suspense/Legal

Release Date:  June 21, 2017

When the prestigious law firm of Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln catches two major cases—a rape case where a White NBA star allegedly raped a Black stripper, and a murder case where a Black rapper allegedly killed a gay couple and two policemen—Bill O’Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle these racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the two lawyers and force them to reckon with their interracial relationships and families. Will the racial tension of their cases destroy them or make them stronger?

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Ben Burgess, Jr. is the author of the award-winning novels Monster, Wounded, Love and Happiness, Daddy’s Girl, and the new novel Black and White. He is an active performer of spoken word poetry.

Ben uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in and to never give up on their dreams. His novels Monster and Wounded are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management and an MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughters Jaelynn and Jaclyn and he is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

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“Daddy Soda (A New Hampshire Mystery Book 1)” by Mira Gibson

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“Daddy Soda (A New Hampshire Mystery Book 1)”

Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Psychological

Release Date: November 8, 2015

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Hannah Cole has built a life around her job as a receptionist at the local precinct after surviving a tumultuous upbringing, one she’s worked hard to forget. For years, Hannah has hardly spoken to her overbearing mother or the half-sisters she barely knows: shy Candice, and Mary, a stunning fifteen year old with an eerie grip on the town. But when she learns her mother has been kidnapped, she returns home to the shack on Hermit Lake and the step-father she’s never trusted.

Detective Cody McAlister has never seen a case like this. The kidnapper has planned every detail with exquisite precision and when body parts begin to arrive at his department, the glaring reality becomes all too clear: Kendra won’t be alive for long. The key to the deranged kidnapper’s motive and identity may be held in the unsteady hands of a twelve-year old girl. But Candice hasn’t spoken a word since that tragic night.

As Hannah and Cody’s investigation takes them from abandoned strip malls to the outer reaches of the marsh, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Hannah finds herself reliving hellish memories of the shack she thought she’d never have to face. If she doesn’t unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past, she won’t find her mother in time. In small-town New Hampshire where what you see is what you get, no one is who they seem.

***Author’s note: Each book in The New Hampshire Mysteries can be read as a stand-alone***

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“Dead Girls Don’t Blog (Murder Blog Mysteries Book 1)” by Pamela Frost Dennis

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“Dead Girls Don’t Blog (Murder Blog Mysteries Book 1)

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Women Sleuths

Release Date: April 15, 2014

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Sometimes doing the right thing can get you dead …

As Katy McKenna struggles to rebuild the successful career she suspended to chase her cheating wasband’s dreams, her life suddenly takes a dramatic turn when she stumbles upon a newspaper story about the upcoming parole hearing for the man who raped, kidnapped, and murdered her high school friend, sixteen years ago.

Fearing he could soon be set free to prey on other innocent young girls, Katy sets out to make sure this doesn’t happen, not realizing she might not survive to blog about it.

Meanwhile, Grandma Ruby is hell-bent on finding Katy a hunky transition man and her happily-married BFF is nagging her to blog about her anger issues.

Dead Girls Don’t Blog is a dramedy-mystery novel and the first book in the Murder Blog Mysteries.

Awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion for excellence in independent publishing.