Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mello & June's Book Reviews. . .

What's the point in reading a great book or a dud, if you don't review it?  For those of you who just give star ratings without any description of how you felt about a book, I don't count those as a real review--just saying!  As you know, we've adopted a Book Review policy right here on our blog, so if you'd like to be considered, please feel free to contact us on the Contact Form to the right side of this blog.  

Here are some recent books we've reviewed and would like to share with our viewing audience.  So sit back, relax and enjoy!  The links for these books will be listed at the end of this blog post.  

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Are you a fan of Memoirs, here's a great one you should add to your reading list!

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OMG, it's stories like this that make me absolute abhor a child abuser--hell, any type of abuser for that matter. What Anelisse a/k/a Lissy had to endure with her twin sister and brother, was an absolute downright pitiful damn shame. Her mother definitely doesn't win the "mother of the year" award in my book because it was due to her own neglect that her children were subjected to physical and mental abuse at the hands of their stepfather.

What the hell is a child supposed to do, and where does one go when they are being subjected to this type of inappropriate behavior? You may go to a grandparent or other relatives, and that's exactly what Lissy did, but thanks to her own mother's lies and cover-up just to say she has a man/husband in her life, she would make out as if Lissy were lying about what was happening to her, and her relatives chocked it up as fatherly discipline. Hmmm, someone stomping you on the ground and misshaping your face to appear like some alien out of a horror film, doesn't strike ME as fatherly discipline. Ed, the stepfather, gives parenthood a terrible name. 

As you read, you will feel Lissy's pain and struggles. She had to grow up, literally, overnight to protect her siblings as she felt it was her duty and responsibility to do so. Again, I wanted to kick her mama's ass for real! This is a horrible story, but one I'm so glad Lissy told, and she's finally living a happy life with the help of her very good friends who were and are angels to her.

You will root for Lissy and take great pleasure in the ending! I'm so proud of her for having the courage to speak about such a sensitive subject and not keep it a secret, which is what hurts families in the first place. You can read this book in a few hours, and what you read will leave you jaw-dropping! People like her parents deserve a special place in hell, and I hope they rot there!


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Do you love women's literature or contemporary reads, this is one outstanding story of five generation of women.

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There are those who want to live forever, and those of us who settle for whatever time we're to be given. Can you possibly imagine living to be 112 years old? I can't fathom it, but Anna Keller certainly proved the test of time in this wonderfully thought-provoking novel.

The Olive Trees roots go deep for the Keller women starting back in the late 1800s spanning to the year 2017. Five generations of women who have loved, lost and gain a new sense of independence and individuality. The Keller women are not unlike other families, except for one difference--longevity. How beautiful it must be to have your great-great-great grandmother still living alongside you, and your offspring. 

They suffered tragedies and still they forged on. This is such a well written novel with all the emotions one reader can handle. The secrets some of the Keller women held were hard for their souls to take, but as they grow and learn from each other, eventually, the truth comes out, as they painfully found out.

This is a great read. If you love living through family generations, you'll definitely enjoy the journey.


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Looking for the strange and unusual murder mystery, this one is going to satisfy your "appetite!"  A horrifyingly good read!  Keep the lights on!  

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Once again, judging a book by its cover, you have to admit, it makes you want to read to find out just what is Creatures of Appetite! Well I'm here to tell you, this was one hair-raising story and I'm so damn proud of myself that I figured out who the killer was in the very beginning of the book, but it did not deflect from the story.

Jack Thorne is one of the best profilers in the world. Thorne was a serial killer's worst nightmare come true--sort of borderline Columbo-ish wherein once he set his sights on a psychotic killer, he wouldn't cut loose until he was either dead or severely maimed. 

The Iceman struck Nebraska by stealing parents' pride possessions--their children, and how bold was the Iceman, he could just walk right in your house, subdue the parents, and take whatever child he wanted. His child of choice were always little girls ranging in age five to twelve, so imagine what would happen when little children were out playing in the snow near a playground, and body parts stuck up in the snow as if left on display in a museum? 

Needless to say, the town was on edge and Jack Thorne was called in to close this case! Trust me, readers, the ending is not one you are going to see coming, unless you are a true mystery/suspense buff who really knows your way around a story. 

If you'd like to test your skill, try with this novel. I guarantee you, you will not be able to put this book down! A DAMN GOOD READ! I hated that it ended, but the ending gave me a chill! :-)


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Are you the type of reader who loves a really good drama to sink your eyes into?  Well, this one is all that!   If you've missed it, definitely add to your reading list!  Great Stuff!


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Aaaaw sh*t--this is what I'm talkin' 'bout!!! Wow, what a love triangle. What's weird is I usually don't read these types of books, but I have to say Anna Black got some skills. This was really, really good!

Janiece was your typical side-piece woman--wanting her married lover to leave his wife and kids, so she could have him all to herself. His lies and promises was really getting on her nerves, but she hung in there for many years. But what is a side-piece woman 'sposed to do? 

Never in Janiece's wildest imagination did she ever think she could actually get her "own" man, and God has a way of answering prayers, which he did, but not without complications. Throw in the very sexy Isaiah, and we got a damn good story. The love scenes were awesome and the story has so many twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing as to who will Janiece run too? You have to read to find out! Damn this book was sizzlin'!



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Saturday, April 5, 2014

SPRing has sprUNG!

Well, it's that time of the month again!  Hmm, what exactly were you thinking by that last statement?  You know what time it is--AAMBC time!  We've got some great novels for you to download and enjoy!  So sit back and relax!  Let's Go. . .


Candy Lady
Thou shall kill: in order to live! Being a drug lords’ woman proves to be no easy task; especially when you’re obligated to take over the business that has been nurtured by your man for countless years. 

After the arrest of her lover, Carlos, Kamille ‘Kami’ Lathan, holds down the business until his long awaited return. Kamille quickly learns that nothing last forever as she witnesses Carlos’ murder in their own home. 

Abandoned, now for the second time in her life and feeling indebted to him; she immediately picks up where he left off. With Carlos’ best friend Joe, by her side, Kamille can’t go wrong. Always a lover of the streets and respected throughout the city of Atlanta, Kamille finds it easier, by the day, to take another persons’ life in order to maintain the crown that has been passed to her. 

Having her best friend, Natasha, around to assist in the day-to-day dealings of the dope world; they form a clique of female hustlers, gangsters, murderers and robbers. With Kamille holding the lead, the group is unstoppable. 

While plotting her revenge on the king pin believed to be responsible for Carlos’ death, Kamille’s life begins to spiral out of control. Her once desirable life quickly becomes an erupted volcano with never ending duplicity. Greed sheds light on so-called friends and jealousy of Kamille’s success rears its ugly head; life as she knows it, falls apart. Who can she trust? Where can she turn? Giving up and bailing out is not an option. 

For reasons unknown, Kamille finds herself wanted dead by those she once shared close bonds with. Stemming from an entourage that catered to her every need; she finds herself nearly alone with only a few people in the world that she can completely depend on. Creating new plans, moving fast, meeting new hustlers and murdering her enemies is the only way for her to maintain her rightfully earned title as the Candy Lady. 

Excerpt

“Poker anyone?” Kamille opens the table to new comers. Five guests fall in without a second call. “Five card draw, five hundred dollar minimum.” 

The game was going good until this hood, New York nigga named Ed, started talking shit. The nigga works for the business but he was put on by Carlos. Kamille has never had to deal with him. Carlos didn’t even know this guy. He just said that he wanted to help him out. “Yo’, yo’ yo’ I ain’t no dumb mutha-fucka, shit. My shit is tight. Mutha-fuckas try and come on my block and I bust they ass. No fuckin’ questions asked.” 

“Dealer takes two.” Kamille has her mind on the money and the money on her mind. The pot is at least three thousand strong and she’s already decided that whatever she wins, she’s giving to Tashjma. No need to expose her to more than she already knows. Kamille left her and Dallas with two blunts and some DVDs. They’re probably passed out by now. 

“Fuck that, you takin’ two? You can’t play no poker yo’. This yo’ fuckin’ house and I’m ‘bout to walk off wit’ it, yo’.” This dude Ed won’t let up. Its three thirty in the morning and the crowd is thinning out. There’s just a few people left; Kamille, Natacha, Bridge, Ronni, Joe, Coupe, Traz and a dude they call Spook. “See, Los had it good. He had a bad bitch, house, cars, money, but that nigga didn’t have any sense.” 

“You need to slow yo’ role, Ed.” Natacha tries to put the fire out. 

“I ain’t got to slow shit. You slow the fuck down, bitch. You know who the fuck I am?” Kamille cuts her eyes over at Ed, trying to stay focused on the game and ignore the shit he just said about Carlos. Not mentioning the fact that he called her a bitch, a bad bitch, but a bitch none-the-less. 

“I got yo’ bitch and you ain’t shit but a dime nigga.” 

“Yo’, fuck you.” 

“No, fuck you.” Natacha has never been afraid of any man, let alone a loud mouthed son-of-a-bitch like Ed. 

“Fuck that. Like I was saying Los was a stupid nigga. Laying up in here with a bitch and got his fuckin’ wig split.” Just as fast as the nigga said the words, Kamille went behind her back, pulling her faithful .45. One pop to the head and the loud ass northern bread boy hits the floor. Ed’s mouth and the room fall silent. 

“Coupe, Traz, take this shit outside and burn him. Spook, you got his shop now.” 

“Alright, Kami.” Spook accepts the much-wanted promotion to two shops.


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Born, Shanna Marie Teasley in December of 1980 to Deacon James (deceased) and Deaconess Priscilla Teasley; Shan Marie is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in nearby Decatur, Georgia (east of Atlanta), she is the middle child with an older brother and younger sister. Searching for a place to belong and how she could fit into the equation of life, at the tender age of nine she wrote her first short story. Always having a vivid imagination – in addition to real life situations and circumstances – she began to put her thoughts and feelings on paper.

Overwhelmed with a need to express herself – also to simply entertain others – Shan Marie continued to explore the newly found love for literature. She fell head-over-heels in love with Urban Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery novels. By the age of seventeen, she’d completed her very first novel; needless to say, she’s grown emotionally and mentally since then, bringing her writing full circle.

Shan Marie diligently writes with a heart-filled desire to provide heart-wrenching and warming fiction for her readers. Writing novels that specialize in heroin based plots with the twists and turns of street life is her passion. Full of love for a plethora of genres, she’s completed eight novels; including an Urban Christian novel and the first of an Urban Murder Mystery series.

Shan Marie is fully aware of the gift and talent that her heavenly Father has bestowed upon her, therefore, she has also began a Spiritual Guidance book that focuses on new and returning Believers of Christ. It may sound strange and to some, maybe even hypocritical to write Urban Fiction and anything Christian. However, isn’t that life? Don’t we all have a past? Yes we do and Shan Marie chooses to tell both sides of the story; the before and the after.

The joy that the art of writing brings her seems to have no end and pushes her to work hard, network and stay true to who she is as an author. This is the only way that Shan Marie feels that she can honestly make a name for herself in the literary world. That being said; she refuse to limit herself to one genre or any particular audience – outside of children, of course. The stories that she brings to the world are from her personal point of view and are as honest as they come. Life has truly taught Shan Marie that things don’t always go as you would like or even hope for them to. This knowledge forces reality with a smidge of fantasy together and make them work as one.

To date, Shan Marie has published two novels (the first two installments of the Candy Lady Saga). There are several titles in the pipeline for this year which include; Hoasis, Madams and Madams 2, Snapped Chronicles, Housewife or Hoe, Candy Lady 3 – Retribution and more. Shan Marie is determined to provide, for her readers, Urban Fiction and Street Fiction at Its Best! There is absolute pleasure that comes from within her, to bring characters to life that have the power to grab readers and pull them into their world. She is confident that this is a uniqueness that separates her from others and places her on the road to becoming one of the next big things to hit paper.


1. Why did you become a writer? 
I began writing at the age of 8; short stories and poems. This began out of frustration as a way for me to release my anger. As I grew older I began to read more adult novels. I was a about 10 or 11 when I read my first novel, which was Dopefiend by Donald Goins. My father had the collection and I read every single one before getting caught. The I started with Eric Jerome Dickey, Sista Souljah, Connie Briscoe etc… I fell in love with Urban Lit and knew that I could tell a story just as well or even better than some things I was reading; not including the before mentioned authors. So I wrote my first novel when I was 17 years old and have been pursuing writer as a career for about 12 years.

2. How do you come up with titles, characters and plots?
I can get a title first or a plot; however it comes to me is how I receive it. Candy Lady, for example; I got the polt first and then the title came about 10 minutes later.

3. Do you outline or freelance? 
I’m more of a free lance writer. I sit down and what comes to my head hits the keyboard. I usually have one idea in my mind but by the time the book is done it may or may not be what I thought it would be it always turns out great.

4. Why did you start your own publishing company? Under advice of my consultant and I realized that I’m not going to get the contract that I want from other publishing companies. I keep 100% control of my babies (my novels) and most of the money that comes in. The down side is that if you don’t have the money to put into your project then your book won’t move. There’s way more to this thing than writing; that’s the easy part.

5. What drives you to continue to write? 
It’s my passion. I love being able to be or portray who I want to at any time. I can say and do things in my writing that I would never do or say; it’s my outlet. Every since I wrote my first book and people that I knew would be honest with me read it, critiqued it and loved it… nonstop from there. The love my readers show and are showing right now, pushes me to keep going.

6. Is Candy Lady a series?
Yes. Candy Lady 2 is out now! 3, 4 and 5 will be out by Summer 2015. I decided on a 5 book series due to reader demand.

7. What is coming up for Shan Marie?
Several novels will be released this year, 2014. They are (in no particular order): Hoasis, Madams and Madams 2, Snapped Chronicles, Housewife or Hoe?, Poor Lil’ Rich Nigga and more. I am finished with the first of my murder mystery series, which is Madams and my first Erotica, which is Hoasis. I will be featured at several book conferences this year and am currently pushing for more public book signings. I will continue to put out my best and gain more and more readers!


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Sexuality is something that should be celebrated not hindered. It should be nourished not inhibited. District 69: The Crimson Edition does just that. The book’s purpose is to simply have a good time; to show sexuality and erotica through the eyes of a young man. Many men are not comfortable with discussing their sexuality or lack of inhibitions. Many men or even women for that matter are not so free to explore, with regards to the sexual world; for those that do or are curious, District 69: The Crimson Edition is definitely for them.

District 69: The Crimson Edition is a collection of short stories. Each short story is a real life experience; a real life experience that shows an untamed and unorthodox sexuality. What is so special about these real life experiences is that the majority of them were the author’s personal experiences, and a few of them from those close to him. Through the emotions, passions, and pleasures of each person; there is representation for everyone.

Excerpt: 

Here I was in a taxi cab, where only God knows the kind of people that have sat on these seats. The poor young driver was trying to drive and peek in his rearview mirror at what we were doing. However, the crazy part is that I didn’t even care about being watched. I was so hypnotized by the spontaneity of everything, that I really didn’t give a damn. Here I was butt ass naked and this man was exploring every part of my body with his mouth. He exhibited multi-tasking at its finest. His mouth was doing one thing and each of his hands was doing their own thing as well. With one leg leaning against the head of the driver seat and the other leg up against the back window, Norris ate my pussy with the perfect mixture of intensity and softness. I was so overtaken by the thrust of his tongue. His tongue was like a drill that moved in and out of my pussy in the midst of its circular motions. The pleasure from the way he ate my pussy had me, at times, thinking that he was fucking me. There were times that I felt as if it was a dick that was down there doing the job, not a tongue.

While I was going in and out of it of ecstasy, I missed him pulling down his pants and putting a condom on. I told y’all he was the master of multi-tasking. With one quick sweep, he picked me up. Despite hitting my head against the roof of the car, I slowly gyrated my pussy on top of his dick with my back facing him. I took my time letting every piece of his dick disappear inside of me. The fear of the size of his dick was easily erased by the pleasure pains that I felt. With each movement inside my pussy I would feel a quick pain. This was not the most comfortable environment to be riding a dick of such a size, but between the shock and pleasure of what was going on, I just could not stop. I had opened my eyes, briefly, to catch the cab driver looking at us through his rearview mirror and jacking off. With all of the pleasure that we were experiencing, I had also neglected to notice that the cab driver had stopped on some side street. Now South Beach is a huge part of my life, but I was so out of it that I had no idea what part of South Beach I was in. Honestly, I didn’t give a damn. I released a quick smirk at the cab driver and put both my hands behind the heads of the front seats to give me some balance.

It had really been a long time since I’d had a man work me over like this. Our bodies began to be full of sweat and I could feel him licking it off of my back as he held me firmly. He proceeded to push his dick further and further in me. The power from his thrust was so intense as I rode him, that you could not have told me that I wasn’t feeling it in my stomach. With his dick still inside of me, I turned around to face him. I grabbed him by his arms, holding onto his muscles as they were flexed from the intensity of his thrust. While our bodies moved in competing rhythms, we kissed more and more passionately with each thrust. The way his tongue took sanction inside of my mouth, it rivaled the way his dick inhabited my pussy. He leaned me back and proceeded to nibble on my nipples. With each thrust inside of my pussy, each breast moved in and out of his cool and moist mouth. I leaned my hands back and attempted to grab the head of the driver seat, but accidentally grabbed the driver’s head. I really let all inhibitions fall to the side as I slowly started caressing the drivers head. The driver slowly started sucking on my fingers and the weakness I was experiencing really had me entranced. I had a dick inside of my pussy, a moist mouth on my breasts and my fingers were being sucked on.

With boldness, the driver turned my head to the side and began to kiss me. I immediately fell apart. This young boy kissed me with such passion. Yet he was extremely sensual in how he held my head and with how his tongue guided itself through my mouth. Before I knew it my neck and back started to tense up and with just a few more. . .


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Ra’Mone Marquis is a native of the state of Florida. He received his Bachelors degree from Florida International University where he became a proud 2005 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He went on to receive his Masters degree from the University of Phoenix. Currently living in Melbourne, Florida; Ra’Mone cites Miami as his second home. Due to a desire to provide people with an uncensored, informative, and uninhibited place to learn and express one’s self, regarding everything sexuality; Ra’Mone created the website The Quis Box. It includes everything from a blog, discussion forum, videos, and more. He is also the Founder and President of True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc.; a 501c3 nonprofit that he started in 2011. Its mission is to mentor and enrich the youth of our communities, ages 13-18 years old. With talents including music and the dramatic arts; Ra’Mone finds joy in writing, cooking, entertainment, exercising, eating, and traveling…just to name a few.




1. What 5 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Determined – with various situations that I was born into and raised in; statistically I should not have acquired half of what I have. I was determined and still am to make something out of myself and to break certain cycles that are in my surroundings.

Persistent – with all of the obstacles I have enduring and still deal with I refuse to let it define or deter me.

Chameleon – I’ve always been able to blend into any situation and environment. A wide variety of people have always been able to relate and connect with me; everyone from a local dope boy to the CEOs of corporate America.

Private – I am a very private person. My business is my business and I do not feel it is anyone else’s business. People know about me what I choose for them to know. This has allowed me to protect myself. However, on the flip side this is a pro for those who are close to me, because I’m not just private with my business but theirs as well.

Progression – I have come a long way from the person I was 20 years ago and even the person I was 7 years ago. I love me, I’m proud of me. I’m stronger, wiser, and my zero tolerance for various things has increased. Each day I strive to have progression internally and externally. This helps strengthen the foundation for my success.

2. You have a very diverse taste when it comes to art, literature, and overall entertainment. Of all the genres, what was it that motivated you to write an erotica book?
I have always been a person that was intrigued by all things sex and sexuality. I even took a class, while I was a student at Florida International University that was called Female sexuality. It gave me knowledge of not just sexuality here in America but all over the world. It really allowed me to understand females a little more sexually. I love to tell and share stories. I always have. People always tune in when I got a story to tell because of how I present it. Accompanied by the fact that I have been an avid reader of all types of books, felt that with regards to the erotica books that I and those I’ve interacted with love; my experiences and theirs rival or are better than the ones featured in the book. So the realization of how widespread the love for sex and reality is, is what fueled me to want to write erotica.

3. What makes District 69: The Crimson Edition stand apart from all the other books of its genre?
When I read a book, you feel that you’re doing just that. However, when you read my book you feel has if you’re chilling, kicking back, and having a one on one conversation with me or one of your friends. This typr of presentation allows the readers to relate more to the stories I tell. Through the descriptiveness I provide, they are more in the moment while they are reading. What really hooks the readers and takes them to another level is the fact that my stories are real life experiences. Nothing excites people more than juicy real life stories; rather it’s a tv movie, reality tv, a box office film, or even a novel. All of these components together provide my readers with a literary experience. Although many books are good most do not do that.

4. Were you or the individuals you wrote about filled with any hesitation, with regards to the sharing of sexual experiences?
I personally was not nervous about sharing any of my stories. I specifically knew which people I wanted to acquire their permission, to write about them. If they had any reservations they did not make it known to me. Each person I asked said yes. What I feel eased any hesitation was that they were assured that names would be completely different and no one would even know who the story was about but me and them. Different names but the sexual escapades remained the same.

5. Along with your own sexual experiences, were there any other aspects of yourself that you used to enhance the stories written?
My personality fueled the entire book. My personality has always entertained and/or gravitated people towards me. To make the book more entertaining I used my personality with regards to the word usage and how I described things and situations. This made the stories easy to tell because it allowed me to pretend that I was chilling someone with my close friends having a good ole chill chat and chew.

6. In 2011, you created and since have been growing your own non-profit, True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc., which deals with the mentoring and enrichment of youth 13-18 years of age. The effectiveness of the organization has been showcased through winning awards and being published in newspapers. Do you feel that by being an erotica author that you have tainted your image and respect as a community leader?
I do not feel that I have tainted any image or reputation. Sex is an area of interest of teens as well as adults. I speak with my youth about topics of sex however I do it on an age appropriate level. My effectiveness and success with mentoring youth is heavy due to my transparency. A huge majority of the youth today do not have a positive outlet where they can express their thoughts and feelings without being judged. I came from the same background as almost all of the youth that I mentor. I have no criminal record, I have college degrees, and I’m an independent adult consistently accomplishing things. I provide them with not just a positive role model but someone they can trust and relate to. I provide them with positive insight and enrichment to aid them in reaching their full potential.

7. In the intro you mentioned that sexuality should not be hindered yet celebrated. Why do you feel that celebrating one's sexuality is important?
One’s sexuality is a part of who they are as a person. It is a part of their individual makeup. When people are ashamed or held back, with regards to their sexuality; it causes self-esteem issues and other emotional complexes due to individuals being unable or afraid to be themselves and make sure that they are happy. People should embrace their sexuality and be with people who will embrace them for who they are. No one wants to be a caged bird.

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Virtue has been dating her boyfriend Ty for two years, he was a rebound after she broke up with her ex finance. Virtue and Ty ended their first night together in bed and has been having a seemingly good relationship since. During their relationship Virtue reaches out to God to try to find the missing pieces in her life -she wants to know if she really loves Ty for who he is or is it just the sex and the way he helped her get over her ex fiance, among other things. She gives her life to Christ and in the process of walking in her faith she wants to end her and Ty’s sexual relationship to wait until they’re married to resume having sex.


Virtue struggles with finding the right words to tell Ty about her decision to abstain. She’s afraid of how he would take it. Erika, Virtue’s best friend and polar opposite, thinks Virtue is stupid and warns her that she may be pushing Ty into the arms and legs of another woman.

Virtue begins to feel that no one in her life understands her new self journey, that’s when she reaches out to Terrance a member of her church who heads the Singles Ministry. She sees in Terrance everything she wishes Ty would be – a godly man for one. Virtue and Terrance’s friendship blossoms and he becomes her voice of reason as she deals with the challenges in her new walk of faith and her relationship with Ty. She will find out that sometimes her will is not the best.


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Khara Campbell was born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas, however she currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three children. Khara has a bachelors of Fine Art Degree in creative writing. Besides Khara’s debut novel “Not My Will, but His”, she has also written and self published a children’s book titled “Island Girl.” Khara has had a joy for writing for as long as she could remember and is excited about her debut novel.



1. What was your inspiration for your debut novel?

The idea for Not My Will came from my own personal experience years ago, newly saved and dating. This guy at the time just didn’t understand my desire to abstain from sex which made the relationship every different.

2. Have you ever experienced writer’s block, what got your juices flowing?

Yes I have. During those times I take a break from the story and allow my mind to relax which helps me to think clearer. Sometimes my mind would get so jumbled up with all these thoughts and ideas that I would have to take a mental break from writing to regroup.

3. What type of music gets you up and going and why?

I love all types of music so it really depends on the mood I’m in. I love my praise and worship, some Mary, Mary or Kirk Franklin. Sometimes I’m in the mood for R&B or reggae, it all depends on my mood at the time. But music does help to get me motivated, it’s like listening to a short story being played on the stereo.

4. What keeps you grounded: faith, family, writing?

My faith in God is number one! I’ve had moments when all I felt I could rely on was God. My family of course is right after and also writing because its so therapeutic to me. I have to write just like I have to eat and sleep.

5. If you had to teach a fitness class today, what would the workout be? Sit-ups, running, basketball, tennis, squats etc.

Ahh probably running or tennis. I was really good in track and field, sometimes I wished I had stuck with it. I also like recreational tennis though I haven’t played in awhile.

6. Besides being an author, what other interests, desires do you have?

My dream is to start a business or develop some opportunities in the Bahamas, where I’m from, to continue to grow the economy. I’ve always had a desire to give back to my country in a big way. 

7. Tell us something about your next project.

My next novel is about self acceptance. The main character will find out some shocking news from her dying mother.


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Social Media Info:

Twitter: @kharacampbell

Instagram: @KharaCampbell




PROMOTE A HEALTHY MIND--READ!



Chi-Chi is a young wealthy female living with the fact that nothing has been done about her brother’s murder. The police are of no Help, and when she learns that Houston’s own, “Money Black”, could be her brother’s killer, she has to find a way to face this Notorious drug dealer. But Chi-Chi has no street sense and no connection with the underground. All she has is money. 

Torn, she is forced to confide in her ex-boyfriend Cornelius and Offers him one million dollars to find out if Money Black actually behind the murder. Cornelius could only think of one person when he’d heard that name and the amount of money being offered. His big homey Javoo, a street hustlin’ mastermind and the one person Money Black Hated the most. 

Bona Fide Street Thug lets you explore the dark world of robbery, drugs, kidnapping and murder. It is a story that defines the life of Houston’s street hustlers and the plots that scandalously pursue our number one resource: money.



GET TO KNOW DONALD



Donald Ray Johnson is a motivational speaker and writer with a little over 4½ years of experience in the publishing business. He is the leading author and co-founder of Southern Classic Publishing LLC, a Texas based company, who’s mission is to make a bold statement from the south. He is the author of the urban classic, BONA FIDE STREET THUG and many other novels that are to be released in the near future. In 2005, Donald was sentenced to prison, where he discovered his own ability to write street fiction. He is from Houston, Texas and currently uses his time wisely tutoring other incarcerated authors, who are seeking to get into the business of publishing.





Q: What inspired you to start writing Street Fiction and when did you start?

I started writing street fiction in the summer of 2009, after having a debate with another guy on who could write the best street stories. At the time, I really didn’t know the first thing about writing a book and I hadn’t played that much attention to any urban novels.

Q: What is Bona Fide Street Thug about and what do you hope readers will gain from it?

Bona Fide Street Thug is about a street hustlin’ mastermind named Javoo. He’s a jacker, but he kinda has this good guy-bad guy thing going on through the whole story. When a girl that he knows brother gets killed, she comes and asks if he could help her find out if a notorious drug dealer named Money Black killed her brother. It’s a real good story. It’s heart-felt. I didn’t write the story to specifically teach anything, but I do think it will enlighten some readers to some of the things that actually takes place out on the streets. It’s reality. I don’t write stuff that’s too far-fetched.

Q: What made you write this particular story?

I wanted to write about someone who does bad things but still has a good character. My main character Javoo is a full-blooded criminal, but there’s just something about him that makes everyone like him. He’s the true definition of what it means to be Bona Fide.

Q: Could you tell us what sets your book apart from many of the other urban titles?

The story line. Some of the characters in the story don’t really know each other, but they’ll come to find out that they’re connected some kinda way. It also makes you feel like you’re a
part of the story and that you’re connected with the characters as well.

Q: Have you written anything in other genres of the literary field? 

Oh yeah! I have a Young Adult book, an Adult mainstream novel I might put out by the end of the year and an Urban Fantasy novel too?  It’s a vampire book and the first of a series. I’m kinda like the real deal with these books. I feel that a lot of people don’t see me comin’.

Q: What are some of the other accomplishments you wish to make as an author?

I would like to have best sellers in 4 or 5 different genres. I feel I have the right kind of material to make that happen and I want it all to be done under Southern Classic Publishing.

Q: As an author/publisher, where do you see yourself and Southern Classic 5 to 10 years from now?

As an author, I see myself standing out among a lot of other magnificent talented authors simply because of my writing style and my hustle to increase my knowledge. Also because of the move my wife and I decided to make by starting our own publishing company in the South region. As far as Southern Classic Publishing goes, I can see it being one of the biggest publishers from the State of Texas and the among the other leading African American Literature publishers in the market.  With a lot of hard work and dedication, that is!


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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet

A Mind Really is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stay Tuned. . .

Hello Everyone,

Mello & June likes to touch base with our fans, from time to time, to keep you abreast of the newest things we're up too!  Due to our popularity, we've been asked to review several indie author's work.  We've adopted a "Book Review Policy" which may be found on the top tab of our blog.  

If you have a book that falls within our guidelines, please feel free to contact us using the contact form on the right hand side of the blog.  Also note, you will need to provide the book to us to be considered for review.  The book needs to be in some type eBook format, preferably for Kindle, PDF, .mobi, etc.

We're happy to announce AAMBC will be hosting this coming weekend, so don't miss out on the great books they put forth.  They offer an array of topics to tantalize the most avid reader.  If you're looking for something different, you've come to the "write" blog!

AUTHORS:  Please note, if you'd like to be a guest on Mello & June, you know what to do--contact us using the contact form on the right hand side of the blog.  And, fans, please feel free to contact us as well.  We are always looking for ways to improve your reading experience, so any suggestions or information you'd like to share, you know you can always do so.  

Spring has Sprung and we're about fourteen weeks into the reading year.  We hope you're keeping up with your reading challenges.  If you've read a great book, don't keep the news to yourself, let us know about it!  We love to post reviews of a good book, or a dud, it doesn't matter, we're about getting our read on!  

So, we hope you're brushing off the winter crud and getting yourself in gear for the spring weather.  Because, as you know, spring turns into summer, and we are definitely looking forward to the warmer weather.  Don't forget to keep it right here for AAMBC this weekend. Take care, and thanks for making Mello & June, It's a Book Thang! your blog to come to for all the latest news in the literary world!  Keep it Movin'!  And, as always, Keep on Reading!



Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet

We're Inspiring Intelligence. . .READ!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Got Books? Need a Review?

These days, who doesn't have a book is the question.  If the writing bug has bit you at some point or another, the best way to get yourself noticed is to have your book reviewed.  I, better than most, know this firsthand, being an author myself.  Factor in that not only do I enjoy writing novels, I'm just as passionate about reading, as most of you already know.

So, indie authors, today is your lucky day!  I've been asked, from time to time, to review author books, and usually I decline due to my hectic schedule, but I decided that maybe this isn't such a bad idea, since I'm not writing anything at the moment, and I do believe in helping out authors in any way that I can.

Ok, so here's what I would like to do for you.  But before I get into the types of books I'm looking for, I must advise that my guidelines must be followed to the letter, otherwise, I will not take the time to review your books.

If you are an independent author who has the types of books I enjoy reading for me to review, you may send me an email via the "Contact Form" listed on the right hand side of this blog.  Also, to get further information as to Mello & June's book review guidelines, please refer to the "Book Review" tab at the top of this blog.

Just so you know, if and when I read your book(s), please note that my review is not up for discussion, cannot and will not be changed for any reason, and is final regardless as to what the author thinks or feels about my opinion of his/her book(s).  I'm going to give my honesty 100%, so if you're looking for lies, you've come to the wrong book reviewer.    

Good luck to all of you in your future endeavors, and I look forward to reading your work.

Blog Mistress of Mello & June, It's a Book Thang!



Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet

Reading takes your Mind where It's Never Ventured Before!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Room Without a Roof. . .

Hello Fans,

Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I'm the type of person where if I have nothing to say, I don't.  That's what my mama taught me.  So, keeping in line with that, I decided not to update the blog.  But there have been some things happening as of the last couple of weeks that set my fingers on fire.  

I was speaking with a good friend of mine whose daughter is a substitute teacher (which, by the way, I will not mention the school district), but at any rate, she advised me that her daughter was given specific rules as to how she should go about conducting her classroom. Oh, did I forget to mention she teaches elementary school--ok, so we were talking about how things have changed with schools these days--you've seen the news reports and read about the changes online.  You hear all the horrible stories about some teachers sleeping with students, or some students who go on killing sprees, schools shutting their doors forever, the whole nine.  It makes me thankful I went to school when I did.

Anyhoo, she mentioned that her daughter was told she cannot give grades for her students. If you think that's weird, it gets better.  She was also told that the students can stand up during class, go to the bathroom without a hall pass, or move around if it tickles their fancy, etc.  Damn, do schools offer hall passes anymore?  Umm, I've been out of school for so long, and I don't have any children, so I was so totally out of the loop.

Ok, several questions formed in my mind so fast, I couldn't gather the thoughts together. First off, how does a child know how he/she is doing, if they aren't given grades?  When I asked her what is the point to that, she advised the school district feels it makes the children "upset" if they get a bad rating thereby causing them to feel bad about themselves.  Ahh, Ok?  One of my coworkers mentioned that when she was in school, her teachers gave the letter "N" for Needs Improvement instead of an "F" because they felt that made the student feel better.

What the hell?  I'm sorry, but this, to me, is the worst thing you could do to a child.  They have to learn that everyone is NOT a winner!  Everyone doesn't always do well on a test. Some children apply themselves and should be awarded for that, and there are some that do not, and reap what they put in.  Some children may need more guidance and help with a subject matter, but to not grade them at all, and to tell children they are all winners, and to sugarcoat situations all for the sake of keeping the peace and their feelings from getting hurt, is lulling your child into a false security that isn't a reality.

This now explains why I see younger people working today that have this attitude that they can do what they want, and when they don't feel like doing something, they don't have to do it, and that everything they do and say, is quite alright because this is the way many of them were taught. 

OMG, if you don't find something seriously wrong with this way of teaching, what the hell is wrong with you?  My mother didn't give a damn about my feelings when it came to school. The rules were, "your job is to go to school, apply your best, do what you're told, and get good grades."  Period!!!!  If you screwed up on a test, then you studied harder.  If you struggled with a subject, then you asked for help.  When you tried something new and it wasn't working for you, practice made perfect.  If practice wasn't helping, then perhaps you might find something else that may be your gift, but at no time did my mother ever walk on "eggshells" or tell me untruths just so my feelings didn't get hurt--she could give a rat's ass! Education was extremely important to her, and still is.

Rejection is a part of life.  In fact, so is negativity.  Those things built, what we used to call, character, but now we're building weak-minded, handheld children who can't function in the real world by telling them everything is great and lovely, when we all know damn well that's not the case.  If your children watch the news alongside you, do they not see and hear what is happening in the world?  Do you make excuses or lie to them about real-life issues?   Do you really think that's the best way to educate a child by telling them lies--seriously!  

I was horrified when I learned that some school coaches are told to advise their student athletes they're all winners!  Some kids can't cut it, but they are a winner and should be allowed to remain on the team, even when their skills lack or they show a lack of interest. What the hell is going on in this world anymore?  Who likes rejection?  Who wants to be told they didn't make the team or receive an F on a test/paper?  No human being wants to ever deal with those things, but the fact of the matter is, that's REALITY!  Life isn't always going to go the way you want it, and that's just the facts damn it!  Even when you prepare the best you know how, bad things can and do happen.  

Like I said, many parents are raising weak-minded, handheld, living-in-a-fantasy-world children.  Is that really what you want for your kids?  And many people wonder why this world has gone to hell?  Well, sh*t, if schools are educating children this way, is there any wonder?  I'm so damn glad I don't have children because I would be at the school everyday if my child was being subjected to those falsehoods.  Which brings me to another point.  It's up to the parents to teach their child the correct way long before he/she gets to a school.  

This subject was weighing heavily on my mind, and I had to speak about it.  You may or may not agree with me, but I'm sorry, that is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard!




Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet

Instead of Watching Reality TV, Wake Up to YOUR Reality!