Black Authors I LOVE! Day 22

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Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is the incomparable Shonda Rhimes! Mrs. Rhimes has long been an idol of mine and I admire her writing prowess. She is best known for hijacking Thursday nights on ABC with hit shows “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, and “How To Get Away With Murder”. Somehow she found time in her chaotic schedule to write and release a book last year called “Year of Yes”. In this book she details how she turned her life around from being reclusive and overweight to a life of adventure all by saying “YES” to things she never would have before. That one little word opened her life up to opportunities she never imagined. The book is inspirational and it spoke to me as she and I were similar. I am working on saying yes and attempting to make it my theme for the year.

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 21

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For day 21 of my Black Authors I LOVE! series I want to feature Mrs. Dorothy West. Mrs. West was born in 1907 and died in 1998 leaving us a collection of unmatched literary gems. She was a writer during the famed Harlem Renaissance and became a well respected writer along with the likes of Langston Hughes. Her most popular work is “The Living is Easy”, though my favorite work from her is  “The Wedding” made popular by the television mini-series produced by Oprah and staring Halle Berry.

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 20

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On day 20 for the Black Authors I LOVE! event I wanted to spotlight author Terry McMillan. She is best known for her books that inspired films like “Waiting To Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” both staring the amazing Angela Basset, but my favorite book of hers is “Mama”. I read this book in my early twenties and it was awe-inspiring. Ms. McMillan is known for her well developed female protagonists and this book exemplifies that.

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 19

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Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is James Weldon Johnson. Johnson was an author, poet, educator and civil rights activist in the early 1900s. He is known for writing the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, The Negro National Anthem. I became familiar with his works when I lived in Jacksonville, FL his home town. His autobiography is one that should be read by the masses. Mr. Johnson was also credited with naming the “Red Summer”, the bloody summer of 1919 in which countless numbers of lynchings, occurred in the South culminating on June 26th in Ellisville, Mississippi. There were race riots in the North and South and caused the bloodiest summer in the history of the US.

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 18

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Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! event is poet and novelist Ntozake Shange. Best known for her amazing work of poetry ” For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” Shange is a very talented writer. Her work has a feminist feel and celebrates women! You may be familiar with the movie produced by Tyler Perry based on her work. The movie starred Loretta Devine(Green), Janet Jackson(Red), Kimberly Elise(Brown), Tessa Thompson(Purple), Thandie Newton(Orange), Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose(Yellow), Whoopi Goldberg(White) and Kerry Washington(Blue).

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 17

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For Day 17 of the Black Authors I LOVE! event I wanted to feature someone who is better known for her contributions to television, but has written a few books about life and her unique views on living, Miss Robin Roberts! I was first introduced to Robin when she was a sportscaster and have followed her successful career to mainstream news. This is unheard of in this industry, but Robin made the transition seamlessly. The daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, she learned at an early age that she could do anything and she has. I greatly admire her strength, wisdom and her poise. If I were, scratch that, when I become famous I want her to be the person to interview me. Speaking it into existence! Robin’s book “From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By” is a great read and it provides her lessons she has learned and rules she lives her life by. Robin and I share one of the same heroes and that is the incomparable Pat Head Summitt!

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 16

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The featured author for Day 16 in my Black Authors I LOVE! event is Lorraine Hansberry. She was known as an author and playwright, in fact the first play I remember seeing was a version of her play “A Raisin In the Sun.” I remember being extremely excited to see this play because it was also a movie I had seen as a child that starred the gorgeous and talented Mr. Sidney Poitier. He was the epitome of a strong, intelligent black man and I loved anything his was in. His performance in the film prompted me to read the book for myself. The title of the play was taken from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes: “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 15

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Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! event is Julie Dash! Julie, better known as a film maker, is not to be confused with Stacey Dash. Make no mistake this lady is a proud woman of African descent. Her award winning film Daughters of the Dusk led her to write a novel of the same title, but the book is set 20 years after the movie. Daughters of the Dusk is a unique tale of a family from the Gullah Islands off the coast of South Carolina. Watch the trailer of the film here to get a taste of the film and the climate of the book. I first ran across this book a few years back when my husband and I visited a museum in Charleston, SC. I hope you will enjoy.

Black Authors I LOVE! Day 14

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Happy Valentine’s Day Lovies,

Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is Keith Lee Johnson. I stumbled upon his work by accident several years ago and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. He is a writer who fell into this profession on accident. My favorite books by him are from his most popular collection: “Little Black Girl Lost”. There are five books in this collection and they are all great.

Book Review – Wild Aces

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Hi Lovies,

With this being Valentine’s Weekend I wanted to post my review of Marni Mann’s “Wild Aces”.  I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review. This is not your typical flirty romance, it is hard and fast and steamy with a twist. Please read my review below and pre-order your copy on Amazon today.

 

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Wild Aces by author Marni Mann is an erotic tale of secrets, lies and abuse. I was thrilled to see Brea as the female protagonist in this story. Fans of Marni Mann should remember her from the amazing five part series Unblocked. I loved her spunky, sassy personality in the first book so I was happy that she finally found happiness and love with Trapper in this novel. We also see a little of Frankie and Derek from the first book, but make no mistake this is a standalone novel. You can certainly love this story without reading the first collection, but why would you want to? I highly recommend you get your life by reading both.

The male protagonist Trapper stole my heart from page one before I even knew his name and kept it throughout the entire story, even more so after I learned all of his secrets. The horrific abuse he suffered as a child shaped his future for better and worse, but the man he grew up to be was nothing short of heroic. This story reminds us that no matter where our lives begin, the choices we make and the paths we choose are totally up to us. We can either fall into despair like Trapper’s mom or rise above our circumstances like Trapper. It also reminds us that there are still good people in the world out there fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves.

The story is sexy and provocative with a few twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.  At the beginning of the story Brea confides in her best friend Frankie that she wants “A perfect cock with a good man attached to it” and she definitely gets that in Trapper. He is tall, mysterious and dark, not to mention passionate and loyal. Brea is dealing with the death of her boyfriend and after two years of mourning she is ready to try love again. Frankie and her husband host a masquerade party and Brea is taken with a sexy stranger in a Batman mask. They immediately fall for each other without seeing each other’s faces; just their mouths. And his mouth is perfect. He shows Brea how much potential he has and after setting her body aflame with just a kiss, Trapper takes his leave. Before leaving he enters his number in Brea’s phone, putting the ball in her court.

I love the way the relationship between Trapper and Brea develops from heat and passion to one of love and understanding with only a couple of hiccups along the way. The universe has placed them at the right place and the right time and their connection cannot be denied. Even after she sees his face, Brea feels an indescribable pull to him. The unusual and very awkward situation his face puts them in ends up bringing them closer.  I definitely didn’t see this coming and the way the story developed after the removal of the “mask” was spot on. I was happy that I was correct in guessing what the “Compound” was all about, but I had no idea about Roman and his hidden secret.

Overall I would give this story a 5 of 5 stars for being able to not only transport me to another world, which is the goal of a great book, but making me fall for a guy I would never think about in the real world. There is absolutely no way I would ever date a professional poker player if I were single, but I fell for Trapper in his fictional world. There’s just something about a good man who has beaten the odds in life and has a perfect cock.