Skip to main content

Love's Culture: A Review

This is the first stop on a new slate of reviews I'll be posting on Nikki-Michelle's Spot. Before I ever had dreams of becoming a writer, I was a reader. That hasn't changed. I love to read. A good book can always take me away like Calgon. Therefore, I put a post on my Facebook page that I was looking for authors to feature on my website. One of the authors who answered was Angelia Vernon Menchan. I asked her what book of hers should I read and she suggested her Love's Culture Series. I should note that this series is on Kindle Unlimited as well. So if you're a reader looking to a test a new author, KU is a good investment, especially in this market of....eh, that's a story for a different day. Back to Love's Culture.


I started this series with high hopes. You have Sadia, who is a PR specialist and a bookstore owner, and Mahad who's an Arabic architect and a well-off business man. The two meet and sparks fly, almost instantly. Mahad's friend Cyrus is a poet who happens to be doing a book signing at Sadia's bookstore. Mahad see's Sadia's picture on a promotional flyer and is instantly enamored with her. I
 must admit, Mahad scared me a bit. He came on strong and never let up. After their initial face-to-face meeting, he even went home and stared at her picture on his computer screen. I almost thought he was bordering stalker tendencies. But then I remembered who wrote the book and calmed down. I knew I didn't  have to worry about him turning into one of "those" guys.

Mahad was a nice enough guy, but he didn't leave a lasting impression...at first. Then I felt a jolt of electricity was when he was waiting for Sadia outside her home after she had told him she needed space and time to process the fact his father would all but write him off if he continued to see her, an African American woman. Mahad was pissed that Sadia had been ignoring his texts and calls. She came home to find him sitting outside her house dressed in all black with a look on his face that said he wasn't pleased. One thing led to another and next thing I knew, he had her up against her front door...you can figure out the rest. HA!

I decided to interview the author so I could get a better understanding of why she decided to pen a novella as such.

Good morning, Angelia! I’ve finished the first book in the Love’s Culture Series.

First, I must say I enjoyed the fact that you showed black love as well as love that transcended racial lines. Sadia’s parents had a very loving relationship and I enjoyed reading about it. It was also nice to read about Sadia and Mahad. I appreciated the look at multicultural/interracial love that didn’t have the whole black man bashing theme.

My first question would be, why did you decide to write this series?
I'm never completely sure where these people come from. Mahad appeared first and the story was born. I'm fascinated by the Arabic culture, and though Christian, the Muslim components.

What lessons are you hoping people take from it?
That love transcends race, culture and religion.

Who was your favorite character to write about in book one?
It's a tie between Sadia and her father.  I love their relationship.

What was the purpose of the Jerica and Larry sub-plot?
I'm not sure there has to be a purpose in a subplot. It simply occurred quite organically.

I see that there is a trend in interracial romance based books all over Amazon now. Do you think this is because people are becoming more open minded to interracial love or is this just a fad that most authors are jumping on for popularity and/or to make money?
It's a reality of life and literature. It does sell well and I think that's largely because African American women feel a need to be desirable to all men across the demographic... Other times it's just not that deep.

What’s next for you as far as writing? Do you plan to tackle other genres or is romance your go-to genre to write in for now?
I have always written genre free. I've published over 150 novellas of women's fiction, multicultural fiction, spiritual fiction and young adult fiction. I've also published nonfiction.


Thanks for interviewing me. Just Love. 

In the end, I decided to give this novella three and a half pages (think three and half stars). And that's because I felt something was missing. It could be because it was a short story and ended too soon. Still, it was funny, quirky, and showed love through a different looking glass. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Meredith Wild's Hacker Series & Bridge Series Giveaway!

Hello, my page turners and bookends! A few weeks ago, I entered a mega giveaway that Meredith Wild, New York Times Bestseller and author of  the wildly popular Hacker Series, was hosting. Out of over 14,000 who entered, I was one of the 300 chosen winners. Imagine how excited I was to get the email that lil' ole me  had been chosen as winner. Now imagine that excitement a hundred times over when I actually opened the door to see my postman delivering boxes of books!

The Hacker Series  has a total of four books. I won ten of each. I also won ten copies of book one to her Bridge Series. So after I took my cut (LOL), I'm now left with nine books of each story from the Hacker Series and nine copies of book one from the Bridge Series. So because Meredith was generous to me, I'm going to return the favor.

I won't ask you to jump through hurdles win these books either. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I'll randomly select winners. I'll also post…

Coming soon: Tell Me No More

“He’s getting married!”
“What?”
“Jamie… he’s getting married,” I repeated frantically.
There was a wild look of panic in my eyes, I was sure. My whole world seemed to be crashing down around me. Nothing prepared me for the news that the man I still loved was about to walk down the aisle and make another woman his wife. Kay had to catch me in her arms before my legs gave out on me. For four years I’d been trying to come to grips with the fact that I’d let a good man get away.
Jamie and I had been together for almost two years before I’d cheated on him with my son’s father’s best friend. I’d met Jamie while I was head over heels in love with Aric. Even after finding out Aric was married, I held on to hope that he and I could be together. That was until his wife, Stephanie, tried to kill me and my son while I was pregnant with him. Even then, it took a while for me to see that Aric and I just weren’t meant to be together.
I finally saw that Jamie was the man I needed. Everything was g…

Naughtier Than Nice: A Review

This is another stop on a new slate of reviews I'll be posting on Nikki-Michelle's Spot. Before I ever had dreams of becoming a writer, I was a reader. That hasn't changed. I love to read. A good book can always take me away like Calgon.  Next up, Naughtier Than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey. I should note that this book is NOT on Kindle Unlimited. As a reader, I'm a fan of Kindle Unlimited. If you're a reader looking to test a new author, KU is a good investment, especially in this market of....eh, that's a story for a different day. Back to Naughtier Than Nice.

Man, whew. I've waited so long for EJD to get back to this style of writing. Now don't get me wrong I love Gideon and  the chick from A Wanted Woman, but I longed for the day EJD would get back to the Cheaters and Liar's Game style of writing. Once I read One Night earlier this year, I knew I was going to get Naughtier Than Nice. First off, let me say it did my heart some good to get an update…