Title: American Outrage

american-outrageAuthor: Tim Green

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publish Date:  April 25 2007

Buy Link: https://goo.gl/wkKqFA

Review by Ivory Moseley

 

I thought American Outrage was a good book. Very good pacing and a very easy read. This was my first encounter reading something written by Tim Green

The title of the book is also the name of the TV show that the main character, Jake Carlson is the host and star of. It is a take of the show “A Current Affair” which started in 1996 which Maury Povich hosted and where he 1st got his fame, to 2005 which was hosted by our author Tim Green.

The story is about Jake Carlson and his son Sam who Jake and his late wife adopted. What begins as a search to find out Sam’s real parents and his birthplace, turns into a story of intrigue, murder, chase and even some involvement with some Albanian gangsters.

Tim Green did a very good job with the main character Jake Carlson, He’s tough, a little bit of an ego but really down to earth despite being a popular TV journalist. As you read the story, you will find that Jake is also very clever and resourceful as his son Sam and himself are being pursued by various people of interest.

Also surprising to me in the story was how Sam was even more clever and smarter than his dad Jake. Sam is only 16 and has ways like a teenager but he’s a little wiser than most teens.

I also like the inclusion of a wealthy family (in the story called the Van Buren family) into the mix and as you read, has a much bigger part in the story than you realize.

Rating this book from one to five stars, I give it a 3 ½ to 4 stars. My criticisms are that I would have like to have had more insight on Jake Carlson (i.e. how he got into the TV business, etc.). Just some brief info would have sufficed.

Also I would have like to have had Jake and his good friend Judy linked romantically. It would have been a nice addition to the end of story.

Overall, Tim Green did a good job with this book and I recommend it as a nice weekend read.

 

I received this book by purchase and writing this review. I will receive no compensation for this review.

Book Review Time!

Title: The Most Dangerous Thing

Author: Laura Lippman

Publisher: Morrow

Publish Date:  8/18/2011

Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/most-dangerous-thing-laura-lippman/1100151124?ean=9780062122926

Book Blurb “We were the most dangerous things in the woods”

Review by Ivory Moseley

I found this book to be very well written and the author Laura Lippman has very good ability to grasp the reader into the mystery.

The book begins with a car accident and death of Gordon “Go Go” Halloran, which begins the circle back to events that involved Go Go, his older brothers Tim and Sean, and two neighborhood girls Gwen & Mickey.

In the middle of a hurricane in 1979, in an old shack in park, a tragic incident pulls apart the five childhood friends and all of them carry a dark secret.

Laura Lippman expertly guides the reader from the past from viewpoints of all 5 involved, to the somewhat resolving end of the story. You get a really good look on how different each family life is for the 3 Halloran brothers, Gwen Robinson, & Mickey.

She also writes a very good view of the trials and tribulations of each of the characters’ lives as adults. Marriage problems, alcoholism, taking care of an aging parent, gay children, etc., things that we call all relate to.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

To sum up, this was a very good novel. Laura Lippman’s writing is superb and she really shines.

 

I received this book by purchase and writing this review. I will receive no compensation for this review.

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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.

A Book Review of The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

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Title:                       The Third Wife

Author Name:                 Lisa Jewell

Date of Publication:         June 9, 2015

Publisher:                     Simon and Schuster

Buy Link:                     http://goo.gl/dlfJyz

Rating:                       5 stars

 

Book Blurb:   “Dear Bitch. Her poison pen pal was right about her.”  P 206

Review by Nicole Harmon

I gave the book 5 stars.  I really liked this book because it kept me reading and guessing until the end. I was so sure that someone had been murdered and that I knew who the murderer was. I was actually surprised and disappointed at the ending.

A quick summary of the novel is that Maya, the deceased was the third wife of Adrian Wolfe.  Adrian had over a period of time collected three wives; two of which he had children with. All of whom he helped to take care of, spent time with and knew.  They all knew of each other and seemed to get along okay with one another.  But Maya felt at a disadvantage because unlike the previous wives, she was the younger one, the mousy one, the one who couldn’t conceive and couldn’t contribute. Yet she seemed to always be available and made to feel like family.

At some point in the marriage things with her and Adrian had started to go south.  She started to fall for her stepson but did nothing about it because she was married to his father.  A year before her death she started receiving these emails that started out with “Dear Bitch.” These emails were assaults against her character and were also knowledgeable about her life.  Who she saw, what they thought and also seemed to be telling her that she was worth nothing and needed to disappear from their lives.  They lasted up until the day of her death.

The story itself is well written and keeps you involved. It doesn’t go too far forward or too far backwards when she flips from past to present to explain her story.  The use of the letters via email is a very unique tool in helping explain the possible reasons for her death and also putting forth a red herring as well.  I think that when you read this story you may agree with me.  You will be like me in thinking that oh you know who did it or you may have a good idea who did it. Like most mysteries it keeps you guessing and involved trying to follow and link up what the author has told you already.  Yet I still believe the ending will surprise you but follow from all that was written before.  Unlike me however, you may not be disappointed.

I highly recommend this read to you for a summer beach read. Despite it being a mystery, this book will keep you involved while you lounge on the beach.

 

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for the writing of this book review. I did however receive a complimentary copy of the novel from the publisher, Simon and Schuster.

GUEST POST BY MARY PEREZ

Why Did I Write My Book
Thanks to my grandmother, I took a liking to writing at an early age. She instilled in me the importance of reaching out to relatives across the miles by letters. At first she’d have me add a paragraph or two at the end of her own typed-written ones. Eventually I started mailing out my own letters and cards and quite contented in doing so.
The one statement I’ve been told since early on was that I have “a way with words”. I quickly found comfort taking pen to paper as I found expression, void of any nervousness or interruptions to my train of thought.
The idea of a book didn’t occur to me until a few years ago. My motivation in writing my story initiated because of my children. Upon reflection, I felt they needed to know some of the hardships that I endured. Their thinking me as some kind of superwoman didn’t negate the fact that I had my own share of meltdowns, loneliness and at times felt powerless. They needed to know that life’s entire journey did not take me to a happy place. Although I endured some hardships along the way, I also discovered strength because of the struggles. I was a mess, but God healed my messes and turned them into a message of hope, survival and forgiveness.
The beauty in my writing endeavors was to find how others needed to hear my story for inspiration. My journey is one of God’s grace and how He turned my weakness into a pillar of strength when I needed it the most. As I learned to rely in Him in the valleys, I recognized Him in the mountain tops. I am no longer a victim, alone or afraid.
My book, “Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace” carries a young girl through the shadows of her mother’s choices and on through an abusive marriage. It is an incredible story of survival in the face of hopelessness, and learning to forgive against all odds.