Love Unexpected Review

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Love Unexpected was another great read and the storyline developed more since the first book which drew me all into the book.

While reading this book I feel like Love Belvin put me on a roller coaster and strapped me in and did not let me off the ride until the last page. The raw emotions that are displayed in this book will touch your mind, body and soul. Rayna and all insecurities was so relatable to me because sometime when you have been hurt and disappointed you developed insecurities that are hard to let go of.

This story continues the love story between Rayna and Azmir is still going thru it issues but it encompasses true love that has other things that must be work thru before love will take over. The patience that Azmir displays is remarkable and makes you fall for him from day one .

The love scene are scorching and well developed and helps you to understand the dynamics of their relationship. This novel has all the right elements, and it makes you go thru all kind of emotions will you read it.

In conclusion, this is a great follow up to the first book.

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Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old by Tahnee Jones – African Americans on the Move Book Club

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Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old by Tahnee Jones

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cover 4Not quite a memoir, but including personal internal issues, the writer chooses to use several animated short stories to describe the different phases of the Black Woman’s life.Thoughts of a Twenty Something Year Old “The Very Essence of Me” is the first book included in a series written from the perspective of well…a twenty something year old black woman. From toxic relationships with both insignificant others and parents, to identity crisis’ and motherhood, each fictional story is written to provoke thoughts of careful self evaluation within each reader. Like life in general, some of the stories and commentary are given remedies from both spiritual and practical aspects, and some are simply left opened ended thus creating a shock effect; but all are tied together with a single touch of advice in between each passage from an anonymous “Wise Woman” as titled who possesses a motherly (or grandmother to younger ladies) type of spirit.
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A Wise Woman one told me, “Baby, don’t be a fool. One decision can lead to a lifetime of pain”
He Said He Would Change
A cold rainy night engulfs a beautiful glowing woman whose belly is swollen full of a little boy and right eye closed with pain. She frantically limps towards a small cozy looking house with its porch light on in hopes of finding a safe haven from the man who helped create the child she now carries. Her knocking is not in vain resulting in a wrinkled chestnut brown woman answering the door and ushering her into the safety of her living room.  The nurturing widow of many years wraps the young woman’s wet bare feet in an electric blanket and tries to calm her in order to find out her circumstance but tears and wailing is all that could be produced. While shivers and shakes control the movement of her body, the battered woman recites over and over, “He said he would change.” Ten months prior to this devastating night, the sweet natured receptionist had made a decision to let her one weakness filter back into her life. Instead of heading to her sister’s advice and ignoring every love letter that her then imprisoned ex boyfriend sent, she chose to embrace and believe the never ending poetry and promises. Thoughts of their prior experiences, the nights of beatings and days of stalking, were simply just pushed to the back of her memory. The seductive yet sweet lines of his handwriting were too good to let pass. Convincing and deceiving all in the same, each letter led a trail to her tender heart which was ready to receive her changed lover. Within the next few weeks her newly changed beau was released from prison and instantly set up a home within her one bedroom apartment. He said he would change, and for the first month he did just that. The once abusive thug became a sensitive romantic man ready to build a life and family with his eye on the prize of fulfillment. Life for the couple was lived in perfect harmony and a month thereafter the news of a new addition was discovered via a home pregnancy test. He was ecstatic; she was overjoyed, they were together in bliss and wedding plans immediately followed. Things suddenly took a sharp turn as soon as morning sickness set in for the newly impregnated bride-to be. Her fiancé’ began to express his dislikes in everything from how she cooked to the way she made the bed. Character assassination from his end to hers soon then transformed into outright blows to her face and swift kicks to her growing tummy. Weeks grew into months with night after night of alcohol driven abuse until one stormy evening when she began to scheme her escape route. As soon as his fist met the side of her face for the second time that night, she swiftly withdrew her grandfather’s switchblade which he had taught her to maneuver with precision as a teenager, from her bra and connected the sharpest end to his neck. Leaving him bleeding on the bedroom floor, she fled without shoes, a purse, or even a jacket to protect her from the bitter winter temperature. The faster she ran the faster the thoughts and regrets raced through her head. Never did she ever suspect that her honest life would turn out in this mess, she was a preachers kid. Why didn’t she listen to her sister and do what her heart knew was right? How could she be so foolish? Would her child have to be raised without her do to a possible capital murder charge? The pain numbs her mind as the unfamiliar but kind old woman escorts her into her home out of the rain as she whispers, “He said he would change.”
tjones headshotTahnee Jones was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until the age of eleven when her family relocated to Dallas, TX. Her passion for writing has lingered since the tender age of seven years old when she first decided to write poetry and songs, following in the footsteps of her father. Throughout her childhood she was praised by teachers for her literary work but never entered an actually contest until her sophomore year in high school where she won a bronze medal for her poetry in the NAACP ACT-SO competition. In the same competition the next school year, she again was rewarded a bronze medal for her poetry. After encountering some life altering experiences for the worse at the age of seventeen, writing was put on the backburner until she decided to pursue a rap career two years later. The harsh lyrics she wrote from her heart began to take negative effects on her personality as she transformed into someone even her own mother could no longer recognize. Just a few months into her new career, upon finding out she was with child, Ms. Jones knew a decision had to be made between being a stable mother for her child, or continuing in a reckless lifestyle. She chose her child, then shortly after chose to live completely for God leaving everything in her past behind. Just a year after being committed to salvation she was recruited to be a columnist for an internet magazine geared towards Christian teens and continued to contribute until the magazine discontinued. She also worked as a monthly columnist for B.L.O.G. (Beautiful Ladies of Grace) Magazine, her column “Dating for the Cause” focused on being able to maintain integrity while courting in a Christian relationship. Currently Ms. Jones is a contributing writer for Beautifully Said Magazine as well as a monthly columnist for Mane Dame Magazine which is based out of Dallas, TX.  She also serves as Chief of Editorials over the Agape World Harvest International organization as well as organizes several women’s events under the umbrella of Greater Victory Love Outreach Ministries also known as VLOM.  Her time now is devoted being on her post as a youth minister, public speaking, writing novels, and remaining the best mother she can be to her daughter. Inspired by first and foremost the Holy Spirit, she also attributes her inspiration to being a young single mother coming out of the secular world having to stand flat footed for righteousness.
Get to know Tahnee:
  1. What are your favorite topics to write about? My favorite topics to write about would be dealing with emotional issues as a woman because I went through so much in my late teens and early twenties mentally. I always aim to impact women by sharing the wisdom that was given to me by my spiritual leader and God Himself so that they may be able to overcome as well!
  2. So you freelance; why do you enjoy writing for different magazines? I absolutely LOVE writing for different magazine because it gives me the opportunity to impart what I stand for to different audiences. I have been told that I have a gift of being very personable and relatable with my articles and that’s my goal.
  3. How did Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old come about? Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old basically started as a blog called “The Essence of Me” in which I developed short stories and posted thoughts in the form of narratives. The purpose of the blog was to provoke black women in thought concerning decisions they may be facing as well as developing an appreciation for being a black woman. One day after a few months I just decided to take it all the way and develop sequels, prequels, and some even “three-quels” as I call them along with extra commentary to help give remedies to the problems in question.
  4. What can we look forward to in terms of the sequel and other projects connected with this book? I’m actually working on the sequel to my book as of right now and aim to have it released by early 2015. Basically, this next book will be from a more mature perspective because I’m older and know how to better handling things. The things I basically whined about in this book with be conquered with a positive mindset in the next. Also, I plan on doing spin-offs of a few stories in “The Essence of Me” which would give the reader the WHOLE background leading up to the dramatic event that takes place in the short story.
  5. So who exactly is the “Wise Woman” as stated so many times throughout the book? The “ Wise Woman” in the book is designed to relate to the reader as any older grand-motherly type figure they might have had in their lives no matter if she was blood related or not. Personally mine is my godmother who is an old church mother (but young in spirit!) who has walked a life of faith and has an unbelievable testimony herself. Most of the quotes are actually the quotes which came from her mouth to my ears many days throughout my twenty-something life. I truly thank God for her!
  6. What is your expectation for the reader’s behalf? The one expectancy that I have for my readers is that they be able to personally relate to at least a few of the characters in one way or another. I desire that many root issues that cause us to stumble in our minds as young women be exposed and dealt with so that we be free!
  7. Can we get a sneak peek of a few topics we will reading about specifically? A few topics featured are of course broken relationships with a man, eating disorders, premature sex, depression as a young mother, and much more!
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The Wedding Blog Tour

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Blurb:

Camille Anderson has been dreaming about her wedding with Trevor Williams since she first laid eyes on him in her driveway 18 years ago. Now that her dream is coming true, she doesn’t want anything to interfere with her special day. But when issues surrounding her parents, an office scandal and Trevor’s nosy cousin come into play, Camille wonders if her dream day will go up in smoke. 

Trevor Williams doesn’t want anything to go wrong with his wedding with Camille. He wants to do everything perfectly; but when he is faced with an important decision, he soon realizes that not everything in life will be the way he wants it. 

With the issues that are surrounding them, they soon have to re-evaluate the love they have for each other and most importantly, the friendship they deeply cherish.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1: Camille

 

August, 1996

“Camille, you better get a move on! Tia will be here any minute!”

I rolled my eyes towards the ceiling at my mom yelling in the hallway. I knew Tia was on her way over. She called five minutes ago letting me know she was.

“I know, Mom! I’m trying to find my sandals!” I yelled back.

The two of us, along with her mom, were heading to the mall to buy new clothes for school. Since a new school year was starting soon, my parents gave me some spending money to shop. Normally, my mom would take me, but since she had a huge project for her job, she asked Mrs. Simmons if I could tag along with her and Tia. I think she really wanted her as reinforcement to see what types of outfits I would pick out so Mrs. Simmons could report back to her.

After searching through my room for a good 10 minutes, I was finally able to find my tan sandals. I slipped them on, looking at myself in the full-length mirror. I couldn’t believe in a matter of days, I would be heading to eighth grade. This time next year, I would be in ninth grade. I couldn’t believe it! I wish this year would just hurry up so I could start my journey in high school.

I looked at the green dress I was wearing, wondering why I chose such a hideous color. I hated anything green, so I didn’t know why I bought it. I guess because I loved the dress so much. I spun around, letting the full skirt twirl and did another inspection of my appearance. I sighed, grabbed my purse and went downstairs. Once I got down there, I went into the kitchen and took an apple from the fruit bowl. My mom looked at me as she stuffed a couple of papers into her briefcase.

“Took you long enough. What were you doing up there?”

“I had to make myself even more beautiful. You didn’t want me going out of the house dressed any kind of way, did you?”

My mom smiled and put her glasses on. “Of course not. If you did, I wouldn’t let you leave. Now, I trust you to pick out appropriate clothing for school, okay?”

“Of course, Mom. See you later. I love you,” I said, giving her a kiss on the cheek before heading out the door.

I went towards the driveway, taking in how beautiful the day looked. The only thing that would make this day better was a breeze or two coming in. Hopefully, Tia and her mom would arrive soon because heat and I definitely did not mix.

I continued standing outside when I noticed a tan Suburban pulling into the driveway next door. I stared intensely at the vehicle, curious to see who my new neighbors were. The SUV had been coming back and forth to the house since this morning, along with moving vans and loud noises that woke me up from my peaceful sleep. Whoever it was probably wouldn’t peak my interest anyway. It was probably some older couple who I would never see because they never left the house.

I started to become impatient waiting on Tia. I stood on the heel of my sandals, rocking myself back and forth. I looked over at the house again, and my entire body stiffened. My breath was caught in my throat as I stared at the guy stepping out of the Suburban. He was absolutely gorgeous! I checked out his appearance from head to toe: ivory-colored skin that looked so smooth, jet-black hair that was wavy and looked shiny in the sunlight. And the best part – he was wearing the jersey of my favorite player from the ouHouston Rockets, Hakeem Olajuwon.

He looked over in my direction with a bright smile that showed his pearly white teeth. His smile alone made me melt.

He turned around and looked at an older man, which, from the similar features, I assumed was his father. He smiled at him, then walked my way. I suddenly became nervous and wiped my sweaty palms onto my dress. Hopefully, I didn’t leave any stains.

“Hi,” he said once he approached me.

“Hi,” I said shyly, wiping my hands on my dress again.

“I noticed you’ve been staring at us from the time we pulled up to now, so I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Trevor Williams,” he said, offering his hand.

I smiled and put my hand in his, giving a firm shake as I stared into his brown eyes. Even his eyes were dreamy.

“Camille Anderson. I guess we’re neighbors,” I replied. Then I thought that was the dumbest thing ever to say. Of course we’re neighbors; I didn’t have to remind him of that.

“Yeah, I guess we are. So, do you usually stand outside and keep a watch on the neighbors?”

I blushed and realized I probably had been staring at him for a long period of time. I guess I couldn’t help it.

“I’m waiting on my friend and her mom. We’re heading to the mall for school shopping.”

“Cool, there’s a mall nearby. Well, I will definitely have to ask to tag along one day, if you’re interested.”

Definitely, I thought. “So where are you moving from?”

“Across town. My dad just got a manager’s position with Cadwell Bank, and since it’s in this area, he wanted to be closer, so here we are.”

“Cool. Well, welcome to the neighborhood.”

“Thanks. So, what school do you go to?” Trevor asked.

“McKinney.”

“That’s where I’m going. I guess it makes sense since it’s in the neighborhood. What grade are you in?”

“Eighth.”

“Same here. Maybe we’ll have some classes together,” he replied.

“That would be great,” I said with a bright smile while looking at his jersey.

“So, I see you’re a Rockets fan.”

“Of course! I am from Houston, so why wouldn’t I be?”

“There are a lot of people who live in Houston and like sports teams from other cities.”

“I guess that’s true. I know this may be a dumb question to ask, but do you like video games?”

I rolled my eyes at him and smiled. “Why because I’m a girl?”

“Well, yeah.”

“Don’t let the girly exterior fool you. I play them every once in awhile. In fact, I just finished playing Tekken 2 yesterday.”

“Really? I’m playing that game now.”

Before I could say anything else, Tia’s mom pulled up. Tia stuck her head out of the passenger side window with a surprised look.

“Hey, Camille. Who’s the cutie?”

I blushed again, and Trevor gave a huge smile.

“Tia Marie Simmons! Get your head back into the car!” Mrs. Simmons yelled.

“Well, I guess that’s my cue to leave. It was nice to meet you, Camille. I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a lot of each other.”

“Yeah. I’m counting on it.”

Trevor smiled as he looked at me one last time before heading back to his house.

I let out my breath, finally able to breathe again. Hopefully, I’d get the chance to talk to him again.

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Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.

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Excerpt From Love on Death Row

 

 

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Excerpt: “These are for you! He said as he slowly brought his hands around to show me the dozen of red and yellow roses he had gotten for me. He kissed me on the back of my neck. “Well, do you like it?”
I couldn’t believe he was acting so casual after just punching me forty minutes ago. He must be suffering from personality dissociation.
“Of course,” I replied with a fake smile on my bruised face. “Thank you, baby.”
“Can you forgive me for the way I have been acting? I know that’s my child you’re carrying. Is it a boy or a girl?” He asked as he rubs my stomach and kissed me tenderly.
“I don’t know yet, it’s too early to tell, but when I go back next week I can ask the doctor and you can go with me if you want to?”
“Hell, yeah, this is my first child, so I got to be there. I called my parents, and they are so thrilled too.”
The only reason I hugged Terence and forgave him is because of our baby, and I know it sounds stupid, but this is our first child and I refuse to be just another single black woman raising a child alone.
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Shelia Goss

 

 

Shelia GossShelia M. Goss is a screenwriter, national best-selling author and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her book, Montana’s Way, is nominated in the mystery category for a 2013 African American Literary Award. She has over sixteen books in print and over seven books as ebooks. She writes in multiple genres: Christian fiction, romance, women’s fiction, suspense, and young adult. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…”

In February 2014, Shelia’s seventeenth book, The Joneses, will be in stores. Published by Strebor Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, The Joneses is an intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists. Some of her book titles are as follows: The Joneses (coming February 2014), Ruthless, Delilah, Montana’s Way, My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Violets are true, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum, His Invisible Wife, Hollywood Deception and Savannah’s Curse. Her young adult book series is The Lip Gloss Chronicles: The Ultimate Test, Splitsville, Paper Thin and Secrets Untold.

She also writes under the pen name Sparkle and has a new young adult series: The Sweet Sixteen Diaries. The first book in the series is Sade’s Secrets, where readers will delve into the dynamics of a mother/daughter relationship. Crystal’s Crush (May/June 2013) is the second book in the series.There’s nothing sweet about turning sixteen as Crystal quickly finds out in this edgy tale of drama, intrigue and teenage love.

Besides writing fiction, Shelia is a freelance writer. She’s also an Essence Magazine best selling author, the recipient of three Shades of Romance Magazine Readers Choice Multi-Cultural Awards and honored as a Literary Diva: The Top 100 Most Admired African American Women in Literature.

Although Shelia has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, her passion for writing has always been there. Shelia decided to pursue her life-long dream after being down-sized from a fortune 500 company.

She’s received many accolades since embarking on a writing career:

2013 Nominated for African American Literary Award – Mystery Category – Montana’s Way
2013 USA Today “Happily Ever After” Recommended Read – Delilah
2013 International Thriller Writers Interview – Montana’s Way
2013 Women of Color, Power & Influence
2012 Feature on USA Today for Second Day of Kwanzaa – Montana’s Way
2012 USA Today Interview
2012 USA Today Review of Ruthless
2012 Emma Awards Finalist for Inspirational Romance – Delilah
2011 Top 20 Christian Fiction Novels of the Year – Delilah
2011 EDC Creations Top Books Award – Delilah
2010 Dallas Morning News Best Seller – Paper Thin: The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 3
2009 EDC Creations Top Books Award – His Invisible Wife
2009 EDC Creations Author of the Year – Lip Gloss Chronicles series
2009 Amazon Best seller – His Invisible Wife, The Ultimate Test, & Splitsville
2008 BlackWebAwards.com – Best Female Author Site
Disilgoldsoul 2007 YOUnity Guild Award – Most Outstanding Book Debut Promotions- “Paige’s Web”
Infini’s Outstanding Author 2006
Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women in Literature
ESSENCE MAGAZINE Bestsellers List
#1 Black Expressions.com Bestseller
Honorable mention in a New York Times article & Writer’s Digest article
2004 OneSwan Productions Female Author of the Year
Three Shades of Romance Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards
Dallas Morning News Bestseller

 

 

Other Works from Shelia Goss:

Young adult book series The Lip Gloss Chronicles: The Ultimate Test, Splitsville, Paper Thin and Secrets Untold.

Young adult book series Sweet Sixteen Diaries written under the name Sparkle: Sade’s Secret and Crystal’s Crush

 

 

Social Media links to Follow Shelia Goss:

https://www.facebook.com/shelia.goss

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Shelia website:

http://sheliagoss.com

 

Shelia M Goss also writing as SPARKLE

 

 

 

 

 

The JonesesKeeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed..