Surrendered – Roe Braddy Book Review

Synopsis –

Nezzie Fergerson came to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania looking for solace from her life of deprivation and poverty in the south. Arriving in Pittsburgh was an eye-opening experience. There she found that pushing through her painful past wasn’t going to be as easy as she suspected. Nezzie was drawn to the nightlife and found comfort in slinging drinks in a local nightclub. A life of obscurity was the life she was looking for, at least that’s what she thought. Mathias Whaley was good-looking and soft-spoken. Spending his days hoisting steel in the steel city and his evenings sipping coke under the soft glow of lights the local nightclub offered. Where he runs into “His good thing.” Mathias is a man of few words but one full of action. Acting on the pull of his heartstrings and the tug of the struggles occurring in the turbulent year 1960 might keep him from winning the heart of Nezzie Fergerson. Will Nezzie surrender to the desires of her heart and let love take the wheel? Does Mathias have the fortitude to press on beyond the hurt and capture the woman who struggles to break free? Only time will tell.

Queenie’s Review –

This author never seems to fail me. I have enjoyed all of her books and I can’t wait to read more. I love how the author Incorporated in southern things in her story like the Carolina peas and rice and “the front part of my stomach or touching the back part”. This author  is a great storyteller.

Chapters are short and to the point. I like how the story just continues on even though each chapter is named by the main characters. I love that about this book.

 I enjoyed how the author talked about the different jazz artists at the Copper Pipe. I felt like I was at the club along with the artist. Great job. 

The title Surrender is a great title for this book.  The characters wanted to surrender to the thoughts of true love.  The characters are unburdened by the chains that held them captive from their past.

The characters Nezzie and Mathias were great in the story. I feel in love with them. These characters are relatable and likable.  They wou;d make a great little couple.  Both are battling  with things in their life.  I think they will get through whatever obstacles they faced.

I recommend this to avid readers of Historical fiction.  I give this book 5 stars. 

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Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert Book Review

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?
Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight.
Only problem? Duke can’t vote.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right. And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can’t sit around waiting for the world to change but some things are just meant to be.

Queenie’s Review

This is a story about young people getting out and voting.  Our main character, Marva, is very passionate about voting. She helps a young guy, Duke out on voting day to get his vote in. The story takes place in one day with lots of twists and turns. Sometimes during the story, I was holding my breath because of all the things that we’re going on. The characters were real, relatable, and funny. I love the dialogue between the characters. The characters seem like next door neighbors. A lot went on in the story for the story line to flow smoothly. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I recommend this to middle-aged and high schoolers. I love the ending. Did Duke get to vote? I give this book five stars. Can’t wait to read more by this author.

Act Like an Author Think Like a Business 2021 Conference welcomes Brandy M. Miller

Globally recognized author, entrepreneur, writing coach, and business leadership strategist, Brandy M. Miller is the founder of the Writing Problems Into Profits movement where she helps aspiring authors claim their power as thought leaders and innovators while building successful businesses, as well as the Turning Problems Into Profits campaign where she helps low-income earners find and monetize the unique value they have to offer the world and connects them to wealthy investors looking to gain both financial and emotional ROI by using their money to transform lives, empower families, and liberate communities trapped by economic hardships using free enterprise principles.

Her signature program, Magnetic Leadership Training, helps organizations and individuals whose profitability and productivity is being negatively impacted by infighting and departmental divisions to use their common problems as tools to build bridges that turn adversaries into allies, end the infighting, and restore both productivity and profitability so leaders can stress less, get more done, and make a bigger impact.

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Writing Prompt- “That’s my story and I am sticking to it”….. Liselle Powder

Writing Prompt – Write a scene using “That’s my story and I am sticking to it”…..

Trust, lie and betrayal. My mouth was shut. I couldn’t speak from my hospital bed. I gave my story over and over again. No one believed me. I hired a worker to come over and do some repairs to the house I just bought, his name is David. I lived by myself and wanted a fresh start.
Recently divorced, no kids, my ex-husband was a sweet, caring man, but after a while he became violent and jealous. I had to get away, thank god he agreed to the divorce.

I decided to move to another state. The house I bought overlooked the city and it’s always beautiful in the night. There were some minor fixings, that needed attention, so I can have my house warming and god’s blessings. I got into contact with David online, he looks fine but that was not my mission. Things started to fall into place until David asked me out. He thought about it and said why not. I am single, no kids. We went out for a few drinks, one thing led to the next, then we were in bed.

Our affair just hit off. He was more than my handy man. He was my lover. He did his job well, but he was so irresistible and I didn’t want this part of my life to end. As time went by everything was going great until I noticed a sudden change. He became demanding, withdrawn and didn’t want to go out with me or even make love. I had to confront him. I was losing focus, couldn’t think, asking myself if this is another heart break. Then he finally opened up, by telling me he is a married man.

I felt something rushed through my body. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I felt betrayed, used. And lied upon. I asked him how he felt about me. He was so blunt, he just wanted a good time. My blood was boiling. I felt all the rage and hate coming back. I just went up to him and slapped him in his face, He hit me back hard. A struggle in-sued. He was so strong that he pushed me so hard and I hit my back against the cupboards.

He came over apologizing as I was in deep pain. He called 911 and they came, he had to give the report as if we were lovers in a fight. On the way to the hospital I wanted revenge, so I told the medic. David tried to rape me I wanted him to feel the pain I felt. I didn’t care I was accusing an innocent man, it was my word against his, but that’s my story and I am sticking to it.

-Liselle Powder, Author

Book Spotlight – Miscellaneous Pieces – Robert Horton

Which five words best describe Miscellaneous Pieces?

Wisdom, dedication, inspiration, patience, fulfillment

Can you share one highlight from the book? 

It is dedicated to my brother Fred

What is the purpose of this book?

To honor my brother Fred

 Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?

Common thread is the culmination of wisdom that I have to offer

Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?

The sharing of wisdom in everyday life was the most fun to write.

Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?

That I have a very shy, introverted and quite side

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

That I pray a special prayer over everyone who reads my poems and anything they take from the reading them