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  This psychic mystery is a keeper! Reba Rose Parker, the protagonist in Jenna B. Neece’s debut novel, is an irascible but loveable and irresistible character that takes her small town in Oklahoma by storm. Out walking one morning engaging in her profession as a photographer, she stumbles upon a grisly crime scene. Back at home, while editing her photos, she notices a hand in one of the shots. So she decides to return to the scene of the crime, if you will, to further investigate. That one move kicks off a series of startling and life-threatening events that Reba, although a psychic, doesn’t see coming. To her chagrin, the police want to bring her in for questioning. Kicking and screaming all the way, she soon learns that she’s not the only one in town with psychic abilities. It’s obvious that Jenna put a lot into how the paranormal element of the book would play out in the story and with each character. She is brilliant in how she uses the phenomenon to move the story forward as well as help Reba and the police, many of whom also have abilities, ...
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I just read that it’s been confirmed by John Singleton’s agents at ICM Partners that he has passed away. The news has shaken me, and I can’t stop crying. No, I’ve never met John, and I’ve never been in his presence. So, like you, I’m wondering why his death has rendered me a blubbering pile of sorrow. Perhaps it’s because we’re close in age and so many in our age group are dying. As I’m sure you know, Luke Perry died last month. And it was also from a stroke! I wasn’t a big Luke Perry fan, but my heart was saddened by his death as well, but John’s death has hit me harder. The first time I heard the name John Singleton was in 1990 during the filming of Boys n the Hood. I was acting in, producing and directing Reginal Rose’s play Twelve Angry Women in Hollywood. One of the actresses in my play, who went by the name Ceal, had a role in John’s film. She actually had to miss rehearsal because she was filming. The next time I saw her she was bouncing off the walls, telling me and the other cast members what an amazing time she had on set with John and how groundbr...
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  Corey Brookshire is the protagonist in B.W. McKay’s engaging and well-written novel, Digging Deep Within: A Story of Courage and Liberation. McKay has created a character that debunks stereotypes not only about African American men, but men in general. Corey has never seen the inside of a jail or prison. Corey isn’t anyone’s baby’s daddy. Corey isn’t grappling with alcoholism or drug addiction. He doesn’t wear sagging pants, and he doesn’t refer to women as the “b” word. He’s the antithesis of the aforementioned. He’s a young professional who’s a rising star in his company’s marketing department and, he’s a loyal and loving husband to his wife, Leslie. Is he perfect? No—far from it. But he’s a three-dimensional character that you will fall in love with while you go on his journey of uncovering and discovering. Corey, although successful, is struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother, childhood events that filled him with humiliation and shame, and his tumultuous, basically nonexistent relationship with his father. Moreover, Corey at his...
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Eleven days ago, I had no idea what a twice emitter, JEDDO, VC, EPIC, and DAN were.  But now that I’ve read Sapien: Dawn of Oblivion by T.O. Burnett, the combat weapon, heavily armored ten passenger all-terrain vehicle, viewing console, information conveyor, and currency, respectively, are as familiar and real to me as they are to the inhabitants of the colorful Sapien Solar System featured in Mr. Burnett’s wonderfully written Sci-fi Fantasy book. Before coming across Sapien, I had never read anything in this genre and never thought I would. But the beautiful, haunting cover of the book and the blurb on the back piqued my curiosity. I’m glad I followed through, because the book was more than worth the read. Mr. Burnett is a gifted writer whose woven a tale filled with three dimensional characters that you will fall in love with and love to hate. The story revolves around the mercenary crew of the Starship Whisper led by Mulati Soldaat, a 6’2” Adonis of Scandinavian and Zulu warrior descent. And yes, you will fall in love with this man who embodies ethic...
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  I discovered an “American Marriage” while I was updating my currently reading books on Goodreads. There was an ad for the novel at the top of the page. I had never heard of the novel or the writer, Tayari Jones. My first thought was that the advertising served her well, because it caught my attention. My second thought was that I loved the title. What is an American marriage? Then I noticed that the book had been given Oprah’s seal of approval and that it had over a hundred thousand ratings and over eleven thousand reviews on Goodreads, and over two thousand reviews on Amazon with a 4.4 rating. Then I wondered, how I had missed this gem. It had to be good, right? Oprah endorsed it. Curious, I read the sample, and I was hooked at the chapter titled ROY. The book is told from multiple POV’s, and Roy is the husband in the marriage. His wife is Celestial. We hear from her also in the novel, as well as her best friend Andre, who ends up playing a crucial role in the lives of Roy and Celestial. Yes, it’s a winding story—a great story, that’s told with beau...
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