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Girlish...to Woman: A Review!

She's done it again, and by she, I mean Angelia Vernan Menchan. She has once again managed to take me through a barrage of emotions. Girlish was so different from Womanish in the sense that it was targeted at young girls and girls coming into womanhood. I know I've said it before when she wrote Womanish, but Mrs. Menchan always manages to show me myself in each of her characters. This time was no different. Let's get into it, shall we?

The first story was about a young girl named Trina. Her mother came running to Angel, desperate for help with rescuing the young girl from the clutches of a predator. When I tell you I hollered when Angel grabbed her glock, I ain't lying. But what took the cake was when she told Darnell she was going to lay him the hell down if he didn't bring her that young girl out of his house!

The next story was about a young girl named Jo and this story touched me deep down in my soul. I felt so many things for Jo, so much so that I can't e…

New Books Alert: A Christmas Kind of Love (A Sojourner Falls Tale)

Christmas is here and Sojourner Falls is in trouble…For two-hundred years, Sojourner Falls has been a safe haven for African-Americans looking to escape the ills of racism. The once lively town used to boast of joyous times and festive holidays, but after years of bad economic downfalls and low tourist turnouts, the town is going under.

When corporate attorney Blade Martyn gets a call from his older brother to come back home to Sojourner Falls, his first thought was to say hell no, as he had been saying for the last twelve years. But things were different this time around. Blade couldn’t put his finger on it, but something strong was tugging at him to come back home.

Grace Bellamy only has one thing on her mind: saving Sojourner Falls. So when Blade Martyn comes gallivanting in to save the day, she has no intention of falling for the man who had come to steal Christmas like his name was the Grinch.

Together, Blade, Grace and the rest of Sojourner Falls must figure out a…

Woman To Woman: Womanish III (Volume 3): A Review

Once again, I'm back with a review for another volume of Womanish. I am a big fan of these books and I didn't think I would be simply because I've never been a fan of books filled with short stories. However, Angelia has managed to pull me all in. I get so engaged in these Womanish books that I even get to ranting and raving about it on Facebook and Twitter.

That's neither here or there. Let's get into this review for Woman to Woman: Womanish III. I must say that the first story in this book floored me. Ilisha and Abraham were something else. I admit that Abraham came off a bit brash to me at times, but Ilisha seemed to like it. However, Ilisha rubbed me the wrong way with one of the things she did. I didn't understand the method to the madness behind why she went to see that woman.

Next was the story of Heidi and her husband. I just didn't like Heidi at all. She would have been okay if she didn't feel so entitled to Anthony and it seems she felt entit…

I'm bored.

I'm bored. I've been bored for a while now. The only thing that gets me remotely excited is reading and writing, and even those things are waning. I'm working on a story that's pretty intimidating as I haven't written in this genre before. I don't want to tell what it is just yet. I'm trying to get to a hundred pages. I feel once I get to that goal then I will be on my way.

The first half of this story is coming in bits and pieces. Although I write every day, it's only a page at a time or maybe a paragraph or two. I have these scenes in my head, I'm just not sure how to navigate my way to them. I'm new at this world building thing so that's taking some time as well.

Anyway, I'm just rambling. Just wanted to check in and update those who follow me. And for my Chyanne fans, no worries. I'm working on Tell Me No More as well.

Oh yeah, pre-order my new book, Bi-Sensual

National Coming Out Day!

Today is National Coming Out Day. I want to take the time to show love to all of those in the LGBTIQA Community who will come out today. No matter what the reaction is, live your life according to you.

I also want to take a moment to talk to the B side of the LGBTIQA Community. Sometimes coming out is solely centered around the gay, trans, lesbians, and others who are queer of the Community.

 I want to remind everyone that coming out also means that those who are bisexual, either living on the down low or even in same gender loving relationships, will choose to come out today. Please provide them agency to do so. It's doubly hard for Bisexuals to come out, even in so called safe spaces.

If you're on the B side and you choose today to come out, you, too, must live your life according to you. Don't hide who you are just to make others feel comfortable.

 B-proud!

 B-Free! 
B-You! 
Just...B! 

A Review: The Delta Blues

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

So last night, I came across a free book, The Delta Blues by Jade King. I read the synopsis and it got my attention. So I clicked the "Look Inside' icon to take a peek. I read the first few pages available and immediately thought, I need to know what happens next. The author had me within the first few pages. Now I must admit, lately books haven't been able to capture and hold my attention too tough. However, Ms. King broke the cycle. Let's get into it.

The Delta Blues opens strong and while the story is told at a fast pace, it locks you in and keeps you there as Grace takes you through her life from the ages of eleven to fifteen. Yes, there were some minor editing issues (misspelled words here and there, abrupt font and format changes)at this point, but they were easy to overlook because the story was strong. Grace was likable and funny. I found myself rooting for her early on. Ryder Freeman was one of the characters that I …

I post HONEST reviews; I'm also an author!

95% of the time when I do a review, I've paid for the book. I used to accept free books in exchange for "honest" reviews. However, I've found that people don't really want honest. They want what makes them feel good. So I started purchasing the books I wanted to read myself. That way, people can't feel that I'm obligated to post anything but my honest opinion. It's rare that I give anything less than three-stars. If the book falls below three-stars, I stop reading it and move on.

Reviewers sometimes get a rough deal. They have authors who come after them maliciously. They have authors who feel like a reviewer owes them something. Some authors even feel a reader/reviewer has to post a review in a certain time frame. They don't. There are no set rules when it comes to reviewing unless the reviewer gives their word that they will post one in a certain time frame. Readers/reviewers have lives. I'm sure many of them would love to just sit home with…

STOP: Don't Rape!

I don't just talk; I practice what I believe in. I stopped watching the CW when they got rid of all the Black shows. If we're not good enough for your station, you won't be getting my views. I don't boycott one person for rape and rape culture and not the others. I wanted to raise Marvin Gaye from the dead and kick his ass once I learned his history with a sixteen-year-old. I had to delete him from my playlist. I got rid of Tupac from my playlist. I don't even listen to hip hop anymore. The rape culture is too glaring. I will no longer watch Black-ish. I can't listen to Michael Jackson or Prince. I don't listen to David Bowie. I get uncomfortable riding with people when R. Kelly comes on the radio and I can't turn it off or switch the station. I did not march for Alton Sterling. I could go on and on. Some have even told me I take things to the extreme. But I stand firm in what I believe in. Racism, rape and rape culture, pedophilia, and child molestatio…

More Womanish: A Review

Whew! I am a bottle of emotions after reading More Womanish by Angelia Vernon Menchan. This book had me hooting and hollering like I was a wild woman in a club full of newly docked sailors.


In the first book, I had favorite stories. In this book, they all stood out to me in one way or another. While the first book, Womanish, was light and airy, More Womanish came in and turned me smoove, yes smoove, on my head.

We had talk about twelve inches of things that I can't mention because I'm a Christian.

Then we had a story with Heidi that I just wasn't prepared for, honey. That one scene with Louis and Heidi in his office just floored me. What? I'm a Christian and I just never heard tell of certain kinds of things.

Whew, gawd! Honestly, I loved every story in this book, but was a heated fool about Winda and Bobby, honey. HEATED! .38 hot! Alas, it shows the sign of a great author when one doesn't always give the reader what they want. All-in-all, I give this book a glowi…

Quick Movie Review: Heavens Hell

So I watched Heavens Hell as I've heard so many great things about the author of the book the movie was based on, Takerra Allen. I read her book Devout a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how it held my attention. I finished the book in one night. I'd rate that book four stars, but this post isn't about that book. This post is about the movie she's released titled Heavens Hell. So let's get into it, shall we?

First let me say, I did NOT read the book before watching the movie. So I went in blind, not sure what to expect. The one thing I didn't like was how uncomfortable this movie made me. Heaven, the underage star of the movie, was still in high school and yet she had the overgrown Khalil as a boyfriend. The girl was only sixteen. She had been neglected by her mother, sexually abused by the man we assumed was her father, and now there is this grown man who has claimed her as his girlfriend? Did I mention this movie made me uncomfortable?

In comes …

Bi-Sensual...

So, another book is done. Bi-Sensual took me through so many changes. I started this book not knowing who my characters were to be honest. I mean, I had an outline, but really no depth to who they were until I was well into the story. But, by God, once they did lend me their voices, the emotional roller coaster was one I didn't think I could handle.

I didn't know who the bad guy was going to be until I was near the end of the story. I mean they had already played a key part in the story line, but I didn't know it would be them to do the dirty deed until I was trying to figure it out. T his particular character asked, "why not me?" They were anxious, willing, and ready.

Samona, Elliot, and Demitri are three characters I'll never forget. Not ever. They came in and showed out. And once I was done, they stayed with me for a least a week. In my thoughts and dreams, they stayed with me to comfort me. I had to make some uncomfortable decisions in this book.

I cried…

You okay, sis? I know how you feel...

I just saw a video that broke my heart. I don't know the woman in the video, but I've heard a lot of good and positive things about her. Julia Press Simmons, I don't know you, but I know how you feel. I know how you feel to the point that I shed tears with you. I know what it is to finally feel so damn good about life and yourself that you're going to wear that dress and/or put on that makeup and have a damn good time. Your story and the way you stood up in the face of bullying gave me the courage to finally share my story.

In September of 2012, my husband walked out on me. I found out he was cheating and my whole world went on a fast track to hell. Not only did he cheat on me, but along with the physical abuse, he verbally mutilated my self-esteem. By the time he'd said what he had to say I was broken. I was bruised. I felt less than a woman. I was black. I was ugly. I was fat. I was unwanted. I felt so damn low to the ground it was hard for me to get up out of …

You are the weakest link. Goodbye!

I'm reading a book that I intend to leave a review on, but I'm not so sure I want to. First off, this writer is pretty popular as a self-published author. The last time I reviewed an author as popular, her readers came to Amazon and left a sh*t storm under my three-star review.

This story I'm reading is not a bad story, but for this author to brag about being an editor, I'm highly disappointed. While I am not an editor, I've had my works edited by real deal editors before. Suffice it to say, I pray this author hasn't charged anyone money to edit their works. When you don't know the basics of grammar, no way should you be editing. If you think it's okay to have exclamation marks after almost every sentence, you're not an editor. If you don't know that a comma comes before you call someone's name, you're not an editor. For example, "Come here, Eddie." This is basic editing. We're not even talking about the content editing wh…

WomanIsh: A Review

My gosh! Where do I start? I've never been a huge fan of books that consists of short stories. For me, I never seemed to get a beginning, middle, and ending. However, God bless Angelia Vernon-Menchan for blessing us with this work of art. From the very first story, I was enthralled. From 'Her Empowerment'  to 'My Life Was Better After He Died', Angelia managed to show us women from every walk of life, young and old, those smart and those a bit aloof.

It's amazing how she is always able to capture every woman. She literally writes every type of woman, including those who are bisexual and won't admit it. But I think what stands out to me the most are the women and their ability to bounce back after such tumultuous situations and circumstances. Every woman in this book did what she felt she had to do whether she regretted the situation later on or not.

Andrea's mother gets the win for her comical  wit. One of the best quotes in the book belongs to Mabel.

All-white doesn't mean all is right.

I keep seeing that meme "I wish Black lives mattered to black people" being shared. It disgusts me in so many ways. A friend, whom I think highly of, shared it this morning (screenshots posted below). He's a police officer. He's black. It saddened me to see it coming from him. But it proves something that I've long thought to be true. Black police officers view us the same way as their white peers. This friend proceeded to tell me how another of his black friends had moved to an all-white neighborhood. He said his friends' children love it because they can play without being bothered by other kids. Another thing he said was that he has to look both ways before he leaves his home and that it had nothing to do with crossing the street.
I was pretty disgusted. It made it seem as if moving to an all-white neighborhood made it all better, as if ‘all white’ is the standard...as if 87%of white people aren't killed by other white people. As if white males aren&…

#LoveYourself

#LoveYourself

by Krisha DeShawn

In a world filled with unrealistic beauty standards, I think it's hard for some women not to fall into the trap. They nip and tuck at themselves. Inflating, deflating, and chipping away parts of their original selves to fit the beauty standards of society. Creating the outer shell they feel is worthy of praise from others. Our children and even some adults look up to celebrities and reality TV stars as role models. Not because of what they may have accomplished, but because of how they look and act. I've come across Instagram accounts of young women dedicated to being their best version of someone else. That's INSANE!!! We were all created to stand out. Not to be carbon copies of each other. Tall, small, fluffy, skinny, dark, light, kinky or straight. You should be comfortable being you. If there is something about you that you would like to change, do it. Just do it for YOU! Don't do it because you've have fallen into the "I wan…

How can such a beautiful human being leave so soon?

How can such a beautiful human being leave so soon?

by Tirtsah Yisrael

It was a normal Thursday morning for me. I had been up meditating and watering my garden outside. I returned my cousin’s call after seeing a few missed calls from her. We were on the phone for a good while talking about the latest gossip from my hometown and sharing our men problems of the week so far. I remember cracking a Prince joke saying, “You haven't lived until a man 'attempts' to serenade you with a Prince song.” She and I laughed because we're two of the biggest Prince fans for Millennials.

I remember her randomly saying, “What the f*** Prince died?!” I immediately dropped everything that I was doing and asked her to repeat what she’d said to make sure I had heard correctly. Seeing the TMZ headline saying Prince was dead at age 57, floored me. I was devastated and VERY skeptical because hey, It's TMZ. They lie their asses off! By now, I'm livid because the last I checked, he was ill …

Err'body needs editing!

Err'body needs editing!

by Giana Monroe*

As someone who likes to read, I find it disheartening when I go through a book, and it’s chock full of errors. I feel the need to take a red pen like I’m a teacher and correct those mistakes. Whether the errors are typographical, grammatical, or any of the other types of errors that can occur in writing, they can be a major distraction to even the best story, and can completely destroy the flow. Which is why, in my opinion, good editing is key.


Now, I realize many non-traditional authors can’t afford to pay for a professional editor, however, I think if an author is going to succeed, I mean REALLY succeed in this industry, proper editing gives one a leg up. That said, even if a professional editor is not in a person’s budget, I say find at least three people who can OBJECTIVELY edit your work. What that means is don’t ask your good friend who likes to read your books simply because you wrote them no matter how bad the writing is. And don’t…