Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading

~Mailbox Monday~
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We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

Here is what I got
It's Simple
It's Simple by Michelle Richardson

The general consensus is that relationships are easy to start but challenging to maintain. Although we may not think so, our choices ultimately determine the types of relationships we have. It's truly funny how after we've contributed to the chaotic state of the relationship, we hire therapists to fix us, to tell us it's not our fault when it typically is. The truth? Therapists don't fix us; they provide tools that guide us. Ultimately, we find the solutions ourselves and, for the most part, we really need to forget what we've heard. Relationships can be complicated, littered with challenges and that preventable thing called drama. Just ask Tia and Chase. 

They met as teenagers. Upon graduation from college, things got complicated. Chase was drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers; Tia was offered a position in the Obama administration. Despite the geographical distance, Tia and Chase stayed together. 

But how easy is it to make love last? It's simple--if we can be honest, forgiving, and patient with each other. Here's a unique look at a progressive couple and how their choices impact their journey; providing a truthful and sometimes painful look at real life scenarios and how two fiercely driven and stubborn lovers choose to handle them. Experience life from a different perspective

Sent to me by the author for Review


I Want To Know My Future
I Want To Know My Future by Linda Dipman

What Happens when God fights for you!

What do you do when your family, friends and church turn against you?   What happens when everything you were taught by your church and family about God is suddenly turned upside down and has to change in order for you to survive? This is a true life story! Every chapter keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next! “I want to know my Future?” Elizabeth pleaded as she was thrown in jail, denied justice and deprived of her children by an unjust Judge. She was attacked by members of her own church. Her life became a living hell and her only hope of reprieve came from the supernatural intervention of the Almighty God. “My Ways are not human ways. Trust in Me, God has Spoken!” Elizabeth studied the words that were at the end of every written message. She read her Bible and sought scriptures to understand what it all meant. She prayed and within the chaos of her life she found an unbreakable faith in God. She held the hand of God and He took her life and preformed miracles. He gave her supernatural strength, confidence and a determination to stand up to everyone who rose up to fight against her.

Sent to me by the author for review


Baby, Put That Gun Down
Baby, Put That Gun Down by Leander Jackie Grogan

Put That Gun Down introduces the greatest legal mind to ever come out of the know-all, show-all state of Missouri. He's been shot, cut and scaled with hot grits, and is tired of getting beat up by women. If producing his own iconic version of Joe Millionaire will free him from the grips of the the double-dealing, gun-running, pot-peddling, throat-slashing Honey Ho motorcycle gang, then lights, camera, action ... let the show begin. Baby, Put That Gun Down is a wacky, quick-humored roller coaster ride over the Georgia Pines, through the Louisiana Cajun-infested swamps, and into the awaiting arms of ill-tempered female gang members who might mow you down with an AK-47 or even worse, choke you to death with a yard of tongue. Of course, no hapless, Harley Davis scatter-brains are going to keep the manly duo of Attorney Frazier (Shaft’s daddy) and Dr. Hadley Peabody III (Shaft’s white step-daddy) from their shameless rendezvous with the A-list gold diggers awaiting them in New York and LA; that is, unless somebody does something stupid and falls in love; which brings us to the true essence of this hilarious journey. In the end, the story is about the awkward quest for companionship in a contemporary world of disappointing relationships, and the ultimate reward of finding love in the eye of the storm. Every reader that has loved and lost and even won in the eHarmony, crapshoot called dating will see the flickering light of hope beckoning them to open their heart and climb aboard the old romance bus one more time.



The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil: A Novel
The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray

What would you do for five million dollars? Adam and Evia Langston have lived in their own little garden of Eden since the two married at the age of seventeen. Working their way up from the humblest of beginnings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Now they live in the finest home, drive the best cars, and indulge in all the trimmings that signify their massive success.  

But then the recession hits and rips apart the family’s financial stability. Unable to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble and teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn, the Langstons have no idea what to do. 

Until Shay-Shaunté, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a five-million-dollar offer that seems so hard to refuse. Will the Langstons make this deal? Or will they recognize that the glitter of five million dollars may be far from gold?

Purchased - I will be meeting her in July and getting her autograph in it!!!!!  I already read and reviewed this one!


Derailed by D. Skies

Ever have dreams that took your mind to places reality couldn't? Kristle wanted it all, money, power, and lavish possessions. But being a poor girl from the South side of Chicago, she had no idea how she was going to get it all. She busts her butt to get her finances to a generous amount using her dope girl skills when it is all whisked away on a whim. Kristle is left without a pot to piss in and has to regain her life back by fending for herself anyway she can. She finds a way to make some money and learns to live off civil means. But as things are starting to look up again they come tumbling back down with a house fire. Just as Kristle is about to give up she encounters a man that gives her a strange note. The note introduces her to an opportunity of a lifetime with a few stipulations. It's a game that needs to be played in a timely fashion or Kristle is a dead girl. If she successfully completes her task she gets more money than she's ever seen before in her life. What she doesn't know is that the tasks are not ordinary and the person making her play the game is someone she least expects.



Differences: Sibling Rivalry is Bad... But it's Worse When There's Money Involved

A wealthy man dies and leaves his dysfunctional kids $100,000 each. But in order to get their inheritance, they have to team up and go on a scavenger hunt to find the money. They have forty-eight hours to find the money or it will be donated to charity. Can these six malcontents deal with their differences long enough to find the money?



We discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

Book Reviews/Posts Last Week:

This Week:

Mon., 13      The MPire: Death Cometh (Book 2) by T.L. James –NURTURE Book Tour
Tues., 14      Revelations (Jane Perry #3)  by Laurel Dewey Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tour

Wed., 15      Flesh and Bones" by Paul Levine Review 

Thurs., 16     Paul Levine Interview

Fri.,    17      N.H.I. (No Humans Involved) by Ray Ellis (Pump Up Your Book Tour)

Currently Reading:
N.H.I. (No Humans Involved) (A Nate Richards Novel)

Up Next to Read This Week:
Growing Pains;Kendras Diaries
Upcoming review will be on 
Week With An Author - K.P. Smith (6/20-6/24)

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  1. I love the selection of books you've got going on!! looks like a busy week of reviews!

  2. What a nice mix of genres here. Enjoy the books.

  3. OH i surely could of enjoyed your mailbox last week. lol. Happy Reading!! Your current read looks interesting also.