Back at the Garden

June 22,2019
So today is Saturday, June 22,2019, and is a beautiful day.  The last week was interesting. First, this is my first post in a long while.  I figured it’s time to get back into blogging. So let me.start by saying Congratulations to all 2019 graduates. Enjoy your summer because here comes the hard part.  For the first of many times, in addition to the first of many times, you will experience life as an adult.  For some,  it is just a continuation of growing up and for others it is the first indication that Mommy and Daddy won’t always be there, and now is when those decisions we make count. For some they travel to a different state, country, and others stay at home. Some work and go to school, while others just go to school.  Some raise children, work and attend school.  But from now on what you get is life, death and taxes. 

So personally, I have had a week.  I had my first mammogram this past Monday.  I always thought you had to be big busted, yes ladies, to get a mammogram, because small busted woman like myself don’t have enough to worry.  The woman who did my test stated that the breast size had nothing to do with the test, but the tissue did.  The denser the tissue the harder to detect cancer.  Well, it was slightly uncomfortable the test but, over shortly. She took several pictures and told me, “If you need to come back for a second appointment, we will contact you.”. I received a letter that stated no cancer detected in my tissue.  This was considered my baseline test from which all other mammograms will be based on. 

I have lost two aunts to cancer, and several other family members as well.  I believe it is important to be tested and to handle the matter in house with your family.  You all at some point will be called upon to say goodbye to that family member and no matter what your relationship might be,  that same goodbye will not be easy.  Take some time, get tested, and grow your knowledge. 

Second, I am starting a budget.  For those in the know🐌: how you ask? I don’t have a steady paycheck, but have been reading and found out it is doable.  So today, I make up my budget. Expenses currently are not many, but they include a credit card bill.  My source of income has to be sent in for me to receive it meaning I send in my article.  And wallah beginning of my budget. Included in said budget is also what I want to save for.  I believe I can do it. 

Summer is here. What do you plan to do? Travel, gain new family members, or just expand your horizons? Whatever it is, drop me a line. If you send an email, I will respond. For this time, I have a request: send in your graduation 🎓story. It can be current or old. I will pick three stories to print as is.  Please check your writing before you send, thanks. 
For those in the know🐌 is.BACK! 

Book Review of Daddy’s Playhouse by B. Moore

Title: Daddy’s Playhouse
Author: B. Moore
Publish Date: July 14, 2015
Buy Link: https://goo.gl/ZgL4KW
Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Blurb: ” I murdered my … daddy hoe” She admitted her fault easily, preying on my vulnerability. “Self-defense is my middle fuckin name. I do not have a problem with killin a mutha fucka who think they gon come try me.”
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Review by Nicole:
I wasn’t that happy at the ending because I got left hanging. Hence you know I would like to read more of the book. It appears to be a series as this is Book 1. I highly recommend it ladies. You and your gents can read and enjoy. Let me tell you why.

So it is a story about four women who dance for a local strip joint in Georgia. Each has a life of their own outside of the club. They are as follows:
Star: she was studying for a degree in medicine. Star was also getting stalked by a man she slept with named Keenan. So one day when he went to her house on a desire to find her, she called her brother and his friend Rari, both bouncers at the club to help her out. They roughed up Keenan and then Rari and Star started a relationship. Some people weren’t happy with it but she was.

Delicious: She was a “victim of circumstances” Raped by her Daddy who had sex with her until she murdered him; she then became a prostitute for Nyce. (A name you will see I believe in more than one story.) She went to Daddy’s Playhouse because it was the number one joint in the state and as she put it: “[She] refused to let the daddies play without [her].” A character to definitely watch in future stories.

Ms. Lady: She was Don’s girl friend until Delicious. Don is the owner of Daddy’s Playhouse and I guess in the future you may call him Daddy himself. We shall have to watch and see. Ms. Lady was the Queen Bee. She wanted to dance and Don wanted her to stay home. So, she got replaced. Now I think of her as a psycho bitch. When she got raped by a man who roofied her that they all know the man paid dearly. And Ms. Lady decided to get it together.

Jaguar: She was a totally different kettle of fish for me. Jaguar is the married mother of three who has her own businesses that she owns and runs as well as a successful husband who also makes big money. Sadly she loses her young son in a motor vehicle accident. So she has to regroup and gain an understanding of why her baby had to die.

Baby: She is 18, Baby. She started to dance after she met Nyce, the pimp. Remember that name? Her story is about searching for who she is and what she wants out of life for herself. Maybe it is Nyce?

As you see from the mini-summary on each of the characters except for Don the story lines are all about women that have had trouble in their lives. Their only connection is Daddy’s Playhouse. All have two desires in common. One is to dance and make money while the other is to better their own respective situation.
In this first book you get the beginning of their stories which is listed in the summaries above. I would sit back and enjoy the next installment of Daddy’s Playhouse as it will continue to develop each of their stories and also introduce more about Don the owner of Daddy’s Playhouse.

Enjoy the read.

Disclosure: According to law I am informing you that I didn’t receive any compensation for this review but I did receive a copy of the book from the author.

BLOGGER WEEK IN DC 2016

Hey  readers of my blog.  I hope you like the revamped look and are about to enjoy the new topic.  All book reviews and everything to do with books.  Nothing but tours, book releases, interviews along with the other new page which is also about the life of a 40 something year old woman who is living her life.  So in keeping with that I am letting you know that:

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH BLOGGER TAKE OVER IN DC

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INTRODUCING: IVORY MOSELEY BOOK REVIEWER

Ivory-Blog Bio

My name is Ivory Moseley. I was born in 1967 from two people who migrated from the south to the north to make it in life, Emerson Moseley & Geneva Pyles.
Reading has always been a big part of my life as my parents loved to read and encouraged their children to read. Our home always had books from the set of Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedias to old school books that my siblings had obtained and to books purchased at garage sales or the annual book sale at the local library.
Getting my 1st library card felt like an honor, seeing my name on something that would allow me to further my reading journeys. The book fairs at school was also fun, saving my allowance to be able to walk into the traveling book van and purchase a book I like.
My favorite genres of reading are mysteries, biographies and novels in general. My reading also expands to comic books and daily comic strips.
I am honored to be chosen to do book reviews for this blog and I will do my best to give my honest insight on the books that I will be reading.

ANNOUNCEMENT: COMING SOON

BOOK REVIEW BLOG:

 

Hi bloggers and readers !  Guess what?  Coming back to post is your favorite blogger. I hope you have had an enjoyable time this year because summer is coming up and I thought what a great time to start a book review blog. In the beginning it will be slow and touch and go but hopefully it will be the greatest review you have ever read!  Cool Beans huh?!!

So  a little housekeeping rules here.  The reviews will be our honest opinion and if we feel we can’t give an honest review we will let you know.  If for any reason there is any money or other compensation given we will let you know via our declaration at the end of the review.

Please be advised we will not be reviewing any lgbt novels; pornography, erotica (unless written by the author(s) of the blog); and science fiction (unless chosen by the reviewer in question).

The two reviewers will be myself, Nicole Harmon and my friend Ivory Moseley.

Look to see Ivory Moseley’s biography to be seen soon.

Looking forward to seeing you all over the coming months. We welcome questions and suggestions. From time to time you will see virtual book tours with giveaways and the like. Please participate and enjoy!

FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW: Reading increases your knowledge of yourself and the world around you as well as increases your fantasy.

Until next time!

 

CYNTHIA BLUE’S MULTI BOOK TOUR

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Meet Cynthia Blue
Cynthia Blue is a military brat and a native of Albany, Georgia. She is the oldest out of two children and the only daughter. She is single with no children. She graduated from Dougherty Comprehensive High School and is also a Savannah State University Alum with a BBA in Computer Information Systems. She started writing in the beginning of 2011 as a coping mechanism. In time she found it to be her passion and decided to let it grow and blossom into a challenging and fulfilling career. In December 2014 Cynthia Blue decided to take her literary career a step further by starting her own publishing company Cynthia Blue Creations.
Twitter: @CynthiaBlue4
Instagram: blue.cynthia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamila.mathis.3
Facebook FanPage: Cynthia Blue Creations
Email Address: cynthiabluecreations@outlook.com

About The Books

Title: The Marshalls: Loyalty Is Thicker Than Blood
Genre: Urban Fiction
Publisher: Cynthia Blue Creations
Pages: 212
Publication Date: 1/25/15
Blood is thicker than water. A saying that symbolizes the ties of family, but if you ask the Marshall siblings Rocco, Phoenix, Moselle and Skyla they’ll tell you that’s not necessarily true. Abuse, abandonment and neglect have brought these four siblings together and created a family like no other. Take a journey with The Marshalls as they go through the good, the bad and the ugly and prove that when it comes to family: Loyalty Is Thicker Than Blood.

Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Marshalls-Loyalty-Thicker-Than-Blood-ebook/dp/B00SS4W29W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1426613743&sr=8-2&keywords=cynthia+blue+creations

Title: The Lesson
Publisher: Cynthia Blue Creations
Genre: Urban Fiction
Pages: 87
Publication Date: 1/27/15
What happens when a man has almost everything he wants and decides he needs the total package? Or when a man receives the love he needs, but decides the giver isn’t enough? How do you let go of something you know, for what seems to be greener pastures? Find out these answers and more as The Lesson takes you inside the lives of three people as the quest to have it all may turn out to be more destructive then one anticipates. Follow this tale of love lost and found as one man’s story may become another man’s lesson.

Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Lesson-Cynthia-Blue-ebook/dp/B00SVJ7FPU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1426613743&sr=8-3&keywords=cynthia+blue+creations

Title: Unrestricted Chains
Publisher: Cynthia Blue Creations
Genre: Urban Fiction
Pages: 75
Publication Date: 1/20/15
Explore the steamy hot sexual chemistry between two unlikely new friends: the sexy and irresistible correctional officer Appolonia and the innocent inmate Dewayne in Unrestricted Chains. In this unique, not afraid to go there, take risk story these two unforgettable characters take the lessons they learn from each other to resolve their personal conflicts and conquer their inner demons. This unbelievable lustful tale will take you on an out of this world ride from start to finish.

Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Unrestricted-Chains-Cynthia-Blue-ebook/dp/B00SIJ48QC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1426613743&sr=8-4&keywords=cynthia+blue+creations

Book Excerpts
The Marshalls: Loyalty Is Thicker Than Blood
Present

It was a bright and sunny afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The crowd is cheering for their Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team as Bray Marshall threw the game winning pass to a wide receiver in the end zone with only a few seconds left in the game which broke the tie. Bray’s teammates carried him off the field in victory while the photographers took pictures and the reporters asking a million and one questions.

Bray is the best college quarterback in the country. He’s a junior with a 4.0 GPA and a journalism major. NFL scouts have taken a great interest in him. Playing in the NFL had been Bray’s dream since he was in kindergarten. His backup career is in sports journalism.

After getting away from the press Bray took a quick shower and put on his black suit for the press conference. He took the podium and gave his speech, “It was a tough game, but we pulled it out. I was nervous about the last play, but I took a chance. I would like to thank Coach Williams and my teammates for their support and motivation. It’s going to be a long and challenging road to the championship, but with hard work and determination we can make it happen. Most importantly I want to thank my family for being there for me since day one. My mother Moselle for being the best mother in the world. My grandmother Eloise for teaching me the importance of family unity and loyalty. My uncles Rocco and Phoenix for being strong father figures in my life. My Aunt Skyla for being like a big sister to me. Aunt Bella for being a wonderful wife to my Uncle Rocco and their lovely twin daughters Rose and Violet. Together they demonstrated that with the foundation of love, loyalty and family anything is possible. Thanks you guys,” After Bray’s speech he got a standing ovation.

He left the podium and went into the audience to find his family. They never miss any of his home games. The first person he found was Moselle. “Thanks momma!”

“Congratulations baby! I love you!” Moselle said before she gave Bray a kiss on the cheek.
The next person he hugged was Eloise, “Thanks grandma!”

“Bray baby!” Eloise said.

“Grandma did you…..”

“Boy, you know I always bring my legendary red velvet cupcakes for the team,” she said with a smile.

“Momma, no one can resist those things,” Phoenix said. He turned to Bray and said, “Congratulations my boy! You nailed it!”

“Thanks Uncle Phoenix!” Bray said as he shook his hand. “What’s up Uncle Rocco!” He greeted as he shook his hand.

“Way to go boy!” Rocco said.

“That game was scary,” Bella added, “But as usual you pulled it out. That was a lovely speech.”

“Thanks Aunt Bella!” Bray said as he hugged her.

“Bray! Bray! Yay! Yay!” Rose and Violet cheered.

“Aww my little cheerleaders! Group hug!” Bray said as he hugged his ten year old twin cousins. Bray glanced at Skyla who gave him a ‘boy I know you not about to forget about me’ look. “Aunt Skyla you know I wasn’t going to forget you.”

“I know you know better,” Skyla said with a playful attitude. “Now get over here and give me a hug, Bugs.” Skyla is the only person that calls Bray that. That name kind of stuck after Moselle found out that she was having a boy. Skyla dropped the ‘Bunny’ part when Bray was born. “Where do you want to eat?”

“Oh we’re not going out to eat. I already have a meal prepared at the house,” Eloise informed.

“Really momma?” Rocco asked.

“Yes I did. I cooked all of Bray’s favorites and of course some red velvet cupcakes.”

“Thanks grandma,” Bray said as he hugged Eloise, “are you sure that it’s not any trouble?”

“Boy, you know how much I love to cook and great at it,” Eloise responded with a laugh, “Dinner is ready. The coach and the team have their cupcakes. With that being said we can head to the house.”
“Whatever you say momma,” Moselle said as everyone headed to Eloise’s house for dinner.
The Lesson
“You’re not coming with me!” Cyrus yelled when he was about to go over to a friend’s house.

“I’ve been at the house all day alone! I want to spend time with my man!” Hope yelled back.

“You should’ve spent that time looking for a job instead of sitting around doing nothing!” Cyrus shot back.

Hope couldn’t believe her ears. “Doing nothing? Doing nothing! I cook. I clean. I try to look my best for you and it’s not enough for you! I know I have a slight weight problem and for the last time, the reason I don’t have a job is because Stewart’s Diner closed! It’s hard out there!” Hope was a waitress at Stewart’s Diner before it closed down two months ago. Cyrus tried to be patient and understanding due to the economic situation, but his patience was getting thin. He can’t financially support Hope and pay all the bills forever. The only bright side is even though it’s not much Hope does get unemployment.

“Listen, I understand all of that. I appreciate everything you do around here, but this clinginess needs to stop!” Cyrus demanded.

Hope sighed, “I’m not clingy! I just want to spend time with the man I love! What the fuck is wrong with that! Oh, nevermind! It’s okay! It’s fine! Go do what you want!” Hope stormed off in the bedroom and slammed the door. Cyrus followed suit and stormed out of the apartment.

On his way to his friend’s house he was wondering was this almost six year relationship worth it. He loves Hope. She’s beautiful, sexy, fun, exciting and the sex is out of this world. She’s also very open to try new things. She’s also 100% loyal and loves him unconditionally, which is very difficult to find these days.

He knows she’s frustrated about being jobless, but her moping is getting on his last nerve. He’s trying to be patient, but it’s getting difficult. He knows that Hope has had a difficult and painful past which causes her to be insecure at times. A family member molested her when she was seven years old. At eight her father abandoned the family for another woman and she never saw him again. In middle school, she was bullied so severely to the point that she had to transfer schools. When she was thirteen, her social studies teacher fondled her. When she started her freshman year of high school she fell in love with a senior who was a football player. He said he loved her and took her virginity. He dumped her the next day.

At sixteen she met her high school sweetheart. Everything was perfect until her
senior prom. She caught him having sex with the star of the men’s basketball team. The whole relationship was just a front plan for them to cover up their homosexuality.

After high school she attended Baker University. She worked for the athletics department. She was seduced by the defensive coordinator for the football team. He grew jealous when he saw Hope talking to a football player and got in his car. In actuality he was her roommate’s boyfriend and Hope’s lab partner. He was nice enough to drive her back to her room, plus he was going there anyway. The coach ambushed Hope in the equipment room and confronted her about it. She explained what happened but he didn’t believe her. He called her a lying bitch and punched her. He beat her up before raping her. Hope was so traumatized to the point that she transferred to the student affairs office. Later she found out that she was pregnant. She ended up getting an abortion.

The coach ended up resigning when the news broke out about him raping three other girls. The next year she met Cyrus when they were paired up for an assignment for American Government. The rest is history.

Hope and Cyrus have the same free-spirited attitude and both of them want to become teachers. Cyrus is at Baker getting his Masters. He’s also a Professor’s Assistant and a tutor. He wants to become a Pre-Calculus Professor. Hope received her teacher’s certification a month before the diner closed. Due to the tough economy and her past, Cyrus is trying to be supportive. But seriously, how much can one man take?
Unrestricted Chains
Damn! I really hope that Michael is okay. It’s been three days, and I still haven’t made up my mind about visiting him. I’m so confused: I never wanted Michael to get hurt or get killed, but I’m still pissed at him.

I go outside, and I see the female guard that Johnny said rescued Michael and walked up to her. “Hi,” she greeted. Oh, she’s friendly. That’s good.

“I just wanted to thank you for saving my brother,” I said.

“Oh, so I was right,” she said. “And you’re welcome.”

I raise an eyebrow in confusion. “What do you mean?”

“I had guessed that y’all were brothers,” she said. “I also noticed that you two are not very close. Do you want to talk about it?”

Let’s see friendly, smart, beautiful and compassionate. I’m starting to like her more. I told her my tale of woe and my conflict about visiting Michael. She was actually
apologetic and sympathetic. It’s official. I like her.

“Look,” she said, “I know you’re pissed at Michael, but he really needs you.

Especially now more than ever. At least try to make amends, or meet him halfway.” She sounds like Johnny… “I know you care about him. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have thanked me for rescuing him.”

“Okay. I’ll think about it,” I said. “By the way, my name is Dewayne.”

She shakes my hand and says, “Appolonia. You seem like a really cool person, and I’ll look after you and your brother and take care of y’all.”

I said, “Thanks for saving my brother and offering your support. I’m so happy. How can I ever thank you?”

Appolonia says, “By taking your happy ass to the infirmary and be by your brother’s side.”

Hmmm… And she has a little spice in her. I like that in a woman. This chick is amazing. I just might visit Michael after all.

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NEWS

Hi blog readers. I am going to turn this blog into a book review blog that also hosts tours and authors only. I will have a new comment policy and also look for advertisers. I have to show them the blog and see if I can get any. So I will let you know and hopefully by January of 2016 I will reveal my new book review blog.

Have a great summer. Please stay tuned for continuing book tours and the like.