For Your Love: A Blessings Novel

by Beverly Jenkins This latest book in the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins is the one I didn’t know I needed and the one that I maybe enjoyed the most. So much of these books focus on the newer residents of Henry Adams, Kansas and all the changes that are happening there, that I forget…

Pleasantville

by Attica Locke Lawyer Jay Porter is back after his introduction in Locke’s first book, Black Water Rising, where he tackled a murder case that found him embroiled in environmental politics and changed his life. Pleasantville picks up a few years later and Jay has become somewhat of a go-to lawyer for citizens in their fight against the…

Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Cats

I decided to do sort of a weekly digest instead of a post for every book I read as a way to keep blogging fresh and interesting for me. I’m still tweaking it, but here goes: Just Finished: The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the studio, and in the streets with Ol’ Dirty Bastard  by Buddha…

Super Stitches Sewing

A Complete Guide To Machine-Sewing And Hand-Stitching Techniques Nicole Vasbinder Not a lot of sewing going on in my world right now. In fact, I had not one, but TWO wadders yesterday as I try to convince my sewing mojo to return. In the meantime I’m doing a lot of reading, of course, including some…

2015 Physical Book Challenge

Really?!? I haven’t blogged since September? That’s a crime and I must do better. Anywho… I must have been busy reading because, according to my Goodreads stats, I read 138 books last year. My goal was 150 but I’m good with my number. I’m not competing against anyone (I don’t think). I realized, though, that…

The 3-1-2-1 Diet

  by Dolvett Quince I’m one of those people who watches weight loss shows like The Biggest Loser while holding a pint of ice cream or a plate of cookies. I also read a lot of diet and healthy eating books and while I don’t adhere to all of the information, a lot of it…

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

by Marie-Helene Bertino Madeline Santiago smokes cigarettes, has the mouth of a sailor, and is very serious about being a jazz singer. She’s only 9 years old, though, so each of those things can be a problem. Her mother passed away a year ago leaving her father in a depression so deep that he rarely…

Time of the Locust

by Morowa Yejidé I’ve been really good lately at picking novels to read without knowing anything about them first. The only thing I knew about Time of The Locust was that the story surrounded an autistic boy, Sephiri, and his internal life. I wasn’t prepared for any of the rest of the characters and their respective journeys…

Your Face in Mine

by Jess Row Kelly Thorndike hears his named called out by an African-American man as he is shopping one day in Baltimore. Although, the man seems familiar, he is sure he doesn’t know him. But he does. Martin was a friend of his from high school, but back then he was a gangly, Jewish kid…

A Man’s Promise

by Brenda Jackson A Man’s Promise is the next in the series about the Granger Brothers. Jace, Caden, and Dalton have returned home to Virginia after the passing of their grandfather and have each taken a role in running the family business that they avoided before. In the first book, A Brother’s Honor, Jace falls in love with…

Beyond the Velvet Rope

A Club Babylon Novel by Tiffany Ashley I almost didn’t read this book because of the cover. It was giving me too much of a “50 Shades” vibe and, while I don’t have a problem with that sort of fiction, I was scared it was going to be bad. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t…

Forty Acres

A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith Forty Acres is rightly called a thriller, because it definitely had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. Martin Grey, a young black attorney, is taken under the wing of the lawyer he recently won a huge case against. Damon Darrell is so impressed by…