Monday, August 27, 2018

Book Picks Of The Week - August 27 - Sept 2

Broken Promises: A Domestic Violence Story
by Tywanda Brown-Johnson (Author), Kale Johnson (Illustrator)
I promise to love, honor, respect and protect you and only you until the end of time; that was the promise that Cari, Wendy and Angela’s husbands made on their wedding day. Smiling from ear to ear those ladies thought they were off to live their fairy tale ending, but little did they know that it was only the beginning of their nightmare once that promise was broken by their husbands, Romeo, Marcus and Justice.

What do you do when the one that promised to love and protect, is the one causing you the most pain?

Practice What You Praise
by Candice Y. Johnson 

Pregnant and unwed, Jojo was quickly dismissed from the church's praise team, though the baby's father (a choir musician) remained in his position thanks to his familial ties at church. Two years later, Jojo believes she's paid the price for her choices and wants her spot back--after all, anyone who has ever seen her dance knows that she's anointed to praise Him in the dance. But how long must one "sit down" before being reinstated? Isn't a repentant heart and a humbled spirit enough?

Pastor Trigg wants to lead the church in the right direction, but the congregation seems quite divided about how to move forward with letting Jojo--who is still in high school--dance in the sanctuary. Will allowing her to dance set a bad precedent? Can the members forgive and forget? While trying to sort through what's best for the church, his personal life seems to be a total bust. Will he ever find true love?

This debut work deals with a sensitive topic while maintaining a uniquely humorous point of view. Jojo will have you laughing out loud and make you while the story line begs the question: Who gives whom the right to praise?

Anything She Says (Instant Prayer) (Volume 1)
by Tyra E. Rowell 

Vivian Woods, newly married and in love, thought she had all three things that she believed were vital in a marriage. Money, Sex, and Love. And in that order. Those beliefs changed when she gave her life to Christ and met Jerry. During their courtship, she decided to wait to test the water, as people say, until she married him. Now, after three months of marriage, she realizes the love of her life can’t please her in bed. What does Vivian do to keep her bed undefiled and honorable? She seeks help in an unorthodox way that could either restore or corrupt her marriage.

Hannah's Hope ("My True Identity" Teen Series Book 1)
by Denise M. Walker

Since she could remember, young Hannah Monroe has endured pain and struggles. Now she is moving in with her Aunt Loretta and her husband. She is a middle school student that attends school daily, hangs out with her friend, Monet and heads home to complete mounds of homework for her classes. As this is her daily routine so is the secret she carries. Will Hannah find hope during the darkest moments of her young life? Will any one ever believe her?

Straight From A Diva's Heart: Volume One 
by Michelle Stephens 

A trio of poetry to comfort the brokenhearted.

Awaken The Dream: 90 Day Devotional
by Indiana Tuggle

What’s holding you back from making your dreams a reality? Is it your past, limited education, family obligations, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, fear, time, money, or lack of support from others? Or perhaps you started but then the storm came, accusation aroused, friends and loved ones turned their backs and your life slowly spiraled out of control! Regardless of your current state, it’s difficult to remember that you were created for greatness, that there is a miraculous calling on your life, that all things will work together for your good or that the storm won’t last always. Indiana knows what you are going through, and has provided just the dose of inspiration to get you moving.

Awaken the Dream, filled with 90-days of encouragement, serves as a reminder of God’s everlasting love for you and His plan for greatness for your life. With daily prayers and ‘Reflections and Reaction’ exercises, each devotional is intended to motivate you to continue to stand on the promises of God while helping you to examine yourself and live a life holy and presentable unto Him representing Christ in all your endeavors.

The beauty of Awaken the Dream is that it is numbered rather than dated, therefore you can mark your favorite devotional and pick it up whenever you need a dose of encouragement or kick in the butt to stay the course.

by Suzette D. Harrison 

Welcome to the sleepy, all-Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare “ain’t nothing white here ‘cept milk and teeth.” It’s 1935. A press-and-curl costs a quarter. Records play on phonographs. And a telephone is a luxury. Meet twenty-three-year-old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman. She doesn’t need her gift of second sight to know her “mockery of a marriage” to a man twice her age is far from good. After a seven-year exile Up North, Taffy travels down-home to the small town bearing her family’s name, plotting her escape from a marriage not worth the price of a press-and-curl. She only needs to retrieve the son her husband banished to her parents’ care, before boarding a train headed for the Windy City filled with liberty and opportunity. Instead, Taffy stumbles into Roam Ellis: the man Taffy meant to marry. Twenty-six-year-old Roam Ellis is a “broad-shouldered, hard-bodied” Pullman porter riding the rails coast-to-coast, outrunning the bitter heartbreak Taffy left behind. Now, after a seven-year absence, Roam is face-to-face with his first love. Anger ignites. Old wounds are exposed. But when pain subsides, passion rises, thrusting Taffy and Roam into a hurricane of buried secrets and lies. Reminiscent of the works of Bernice McFadden, Bertice Berry, and Andrea Smith (The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner) this Historical Romance is bathed in southern lore and sweeping imagery. Lyrical and powerful, Taffy is a story of restoration and redemption that you won’t soon forget.

Love and Loopholes 
by Railyn Stone 

Business brought them together. Love could tear them to pieces.

A knight in shining armor can’t come fast enough for Kirby Allen. Broke and on her own, she longs for the chance to live a better life. Without a stable place to live and no money to her name, she has to do something and fast.

Familial pride and a sense of tradition fuel Channing Lucas’ desire to run his father’s company. There is just one thing standing in his way.

His eccentric mother and her ultimatum. Get married or lose his family’s business forever.

After a predetermined ‘chance meeting’ in a Las Vegas casino, Channing and Kirby decide they can both get what they want and enter into a business deal. What starts as a marriage of convenience, evolves into complications neither expected. And the strangers find themselves fighting not only to maintain their deal, but struggling to hold on to their hearts.

Birthday Behavior 
by Katorry Tyler 

I didn’t think I would ever get over the hurt that Eugene caused, I wish I could change the day I ever met him. That situation totally broke me down didn’t really think I would make it through that tough time. Not responding to his text or phone calls seemed to be the hardest thing to stop. Here we are five years later they aren’t together anymore, suddenly he feels he made the wrong choice, picked the wrong girl. Really, I’m not in that shit anymore! Don’t include me in your bullshit, you didn’t choose me then I’m not for the picking now! My girls can think all they want that I’m turning into the man. Pick a mate already, they say! Men have been doing it for centuries now it’s my time. It’s my birthday and I can act anyway I want to! So let the games begin…..

Maybe Baby: special edition (Maybe...) 
by Kim Golden 



Imagine finding out you could never have a baby with the man you love...

Expat American Laney Halliwell finds out the hard way when Niklas tells her he had a vasectomy before they met and isn't interested in reversing it. Why should he? They've got his kids from his first marriage and an enviable life in Stockholm.

What if you fell in love in the most unexpected way...?

But Laney wants more. So when a friend suggests she look into an alternative sperm bank in Copenhagen to find a potential father for her baby, things don't go exactly as planned. Especially when Laney meets Mads and finds herself falling in love.


Mads Rasmussen has had enough: of being a sperm donor, of feeling disconnected, of being alone.

Then someone walks into his life in a most unexpected way...

Maybe Tonight gives us a glimpse of Mads's life just before and after he meets Laney and lets us see what happens when love takes you by surprise.

**NOTE: This special edition contains Maybe Baby and its companion novella, Maybe Tonight. Both titles have been previously published as separate books **

A Planner Is a Girl's Best Friend: 12 Month Perpetual Calendar with Timetable
By Eartha Watts Hicks

"A woman with a plan is the heroine of her own story."
--Award-winning author, Eartha Watts Hicks

We have goals, dreams, commitments, and responsibilities. Our time is a resource, but keeping up with everything is difficult. A Planner is A Girl's Best Friend is an awesome tool to help us manage time better.

Try this everyday planner, created for today's busy woman.

Yuki's Luck (Smith Pact Duo Book 1)
By Ja Nese Dixon

He’s stolen her heart, it’ll take luck to get it back.

Just her luck, one evening after too many shots, Yuki wakes naked tangled in Dylan’s expensive sheets. Yuki Smith doubts her mother’s judgment on men, life, and definitely on naming her “lucky.”

Dylan Jameson is her twin’s best friend and all the things she’s not. Filthy rich, focused, and drop-dead gorgeous. And beneath it all he is a really great guy. Then he messed it all up by asking for what she could not give, commitment.

Dylan heads to Ireland, somehow he took her luck with him. Now Yuki must board a plane to god-knows-where, to encounter god-knows-what, hoping for a chance to tell Dylan the truth. Because he’s captured her heart and something tells Yuki she’ll need luck to get him back.

Friends become lovers in Yuki’s Luck with strong family ties, alpha men, and professional women in beautiful Dublin Ireland.  This BWWM romance will have you happily reading non-stop until the last word.

The Grief Helpline: Restoring Your Joy After Experiencing a Personal Loss
by Vernessa Blackwell

The road to recovery after the loss of a loved one can seem hopeless and endless. As no stranger to tragedy, author Vernessa Blackwell understands the paralyzing effects that can be caused by the deaths of loved ones, especially when you feel there is nowhere or no one to turn to. In The Grief Helpline, Blackwell opens up about the many devastating losses she's experienced and how she was able to heal and eventually find joy where she didn't think possible. With this devotional, Blackwell inspires your journey to grief recovery and joy restoration with daily thoughts, verses, prayers, and challenges, as she walks you through the five stages of grief: shock and denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

A place of healing may seem unreachable at times, but if you speak to God and learn to face your grief, you will restore your happiness, piece by piece.

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