Monday, May 7, 2018

Full Figured 12 by La Jill Hunt & C.N. Phillips and Kingpins: Los Angeles


After many years of misery, Zen Brooks is finally free. Free from her cheating husband, free from a dead-end job, and free from more than one hundred pounds of weight that she worked hard to lose. Now, she is enjoying life and determined not to ever go back to being the person she was.

Josh Miller had the world in the palm of his hands. Once one of the top players in the NBA with millions of dollars in his bank account, there was nothing in this world that he wanted and couldn’t have. But his fame and fortune was short-lived, and his world and career came crashing down because of bad habits, bad choices, and a bad attitude.

Will Zen gain the life she wants after losing what she thought she didn’t need? Can Josh become a better man now that he has nothing to lose and no one to hold onto? This is a story of love, trust, defying the odds, and facing demons of the past in order to find peace in the future.

Ever since he was a child, the only thing Cyril Anderson wanted was to be down with his brother Cane's crew. Cane Anderson, leader of the notorious Bankroll Crips, was invincible--or so Cyril thought. 
On the night of Cyril's initiation, things take a terrible turn and leave Cane lying dead in a pool of his own blood. Now the leader of a blood-thirsty gang, there is only one thing that Cyril wants to do: seek revenge.
When he learns that the man behind Cane's death is none other than Arnell "Dubb" Lewis, the current kingpin of Los Angeles, it is up to Cyril to figure out why. He begins a bloody journey to redemption with a heart as black as the night sky and a team of loyal hitters behind him.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Better Late Than Never by Kimberla Lawson Roby


Curtis Black is no stranger to scandal. Throughout the decades, he has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don't realize is that Curtis has been hiding a horrific childhood that has affected him in countless, unspeakable ways.

His buried past returns in an unwelcome visit when his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill and his youngest child, twelve-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem daughter that he never imagined she could be. This is only the beginning. The horror of Curtis's childhood secrets, as well as Curtina's wild and rebellious behavior, takes a critical toll on Curtis and the entire Black family. All the public scandals they've experienced over the years now seem like child's play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. Who could have known that the deepest wounds would come from within?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Me and my Girl C.N. Phillips

“I’m in love with my best friend’s boyfriend.” It seems to be a trend, but for 25-year-old Matise Jackson, it is an ugly truth. When she told her college best friend the type of woman she thought he should be with, she was describing herself, but instead of falling into her trap and becoming her Prince Charming, he shows up at her doorstep with a new princess.

As much as Matise wants to hate Lia, she can’t. They’re so much alike that gradually they become the best of friends. Still, no sisterhood can stop Matise’s heart from wanting the thing she desires most—Jordan. He is sexy as hell, smart, funny, and the two of them are so in sync with each other it scares her sometimes. Matise knows he is the man designed for her, but there is one thing standing in the way. When she finally gets the chance to act on her heart’s desires, will she rip apart a seemingly happy home, or will she live her life constantly wondering, “What if?”


Monday, April 23, 2018

A Conversation with Rhea Alexis Banks

Books bring together a world of people from different walks of life all made possible from the pages of a book. Pieces of paper are what results in an author gaining or losing a reader, entertaining their market and flushing out thoughts crammed inside their cranium in need of an out. The world has a chance at reading, capturing and understanding the thoughts of a writer, but what about the reader? What are the readers thoughts pertaining literature and when do they get a chance to spill their guts?

In search of answers I ventured out and contacted book lovers, I’ll pick their brains and give them a chance like authors, to write down on paper their thoughts. Rhea Alexis Banks, the floor is yours.

  1. My Urban Books: Tell us about a time when reading has helped you during a difficult time in your life.  
Rhea Alexis: The help I have derived from novels thus stories is escapism.  During times of trouble and/or strife for me, I can remove myself for a while by diving into a story.

  1. My Urban Books: Where do you see literature in five years?
Rhea Alexis: I don’t see much change from many activities of today within the next 5 years.  I don’t see no more paperbacks, this will be a great injustice to readers.  If this by chance comes to pass, I will no longer be purchasing books. I probably have a library that would last my lifetime at this point anyway.   I don’t read ebooks by preference, there are several series and authors that I have ardently followed that I no longer do so because they only publish ebooks, this still hurts at times. 
I can see the ending of brick and mortar book stores however, not internet ones.  I would still attend events of/featuring some of my favorite authors.

3           3.  My Urban Books: What do you believe best describes how an author’s mind works?

Rhea Alexis: The author’s mind is creative, full with a huge imagination, filled with what ifs.  I am in awe of many of them.  

  1. My Urban Books: What is the hardest book you've      read and what made it so difficult?
Rhea Alexis: The hardest book that I attempted to read (I stopped, it gave me headaches) was Push by Sapphire.  The language/verbiage made it difficult for me.  I am a story driven reader and when I have to “fight” to get the story I become frustrated and/or lose interest.

  1. My Urban Books: Is there anything you ever wanted to ask an author? If so what is it?
Rhea Alexis: Not that hasn’t already be answered.  I have close relationships with numerous authors so I have gotten all my questions answered. When a question comes up, I ask via phone, email or Facebook.

  1. My Urban Books: What is your definition of fiction?
Rhea Alexis: My definition of fiction is stories/things that are made up from one’s imagination.

  1. My Urban Books: How has your reading grown? 
       Rhea Alexis: My reading has grown by me reading any genre except horror.  I am open to experience it all, except horror.  I don’t read more books than I have in the pass however, my numbers are increasing.

   8.     My Urban Books: What would you never want to know about your favorite author? 

        Rhea Alexis: Negative views of readers for the most parts. 

  1. My Urban Books: What is your favorite type of character and why?
Rhea Alexis: My favorite type of character is one that is relatable, thus “every day people.” When characters are relatable it is much easier to see the story and I love stories that I can see as I read. 
  1. My Urban Books: How important is having free access to books for you? Ex: libraries.
Rhea Alexis: I don’t use them as much. I have a full home library however they are very important to people that regularly use them because everyone should have access to read.

11. My Urban Books:As a child, how were your reading habits?

Rhea Alexis: I read when I had books available to me.  I would devour all that I could read even when it’s beyond my years.
  1. My Urban Books: If you could talk to a fellow reader born twenty years from now what would you tell them?
Rhea Alexis: Enjoy and share what you like, learn and have read.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Becoming by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Second Time Sweeter by Beverly Jenkins

Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown.
But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness?
Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances?
A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around…