Monday, June 29, 2015

Just a Small Thing!

Hello Intellectual Minds,

I apologize that I haven't updated the blog lately.  Unfortunately, I've been going through a little thing call "Internet Withdrawal."  And what I mean by that is I've had to change carriers and I'm in the process of getting a new service, so please bear with me.  I felt horrible that I wasn't able to converse with those of you who email, and again, I deeply apologize for that.  I tell you between these damn electrical storms knocking out my power, and trying to get my service up and running again, it's been a pure nightmare.  OMG, trust, you do NOT know the half!

But anyway, enough with my drama, what's going on with you?  Are you keeping up with your reading challenges.  Hmmph, the nerve of me, I know I haven't as of late.  Hell, my head space has been rather used up with fighting with my Internet carrier, so when all was said and done, I didn't have much left for concentrating on a story line.  As much as I believe in living my life and not staying constantly 'connected,' its been killing me not having the Internet for three weeks.  Yeah, you heard me right!  I bet some of you would go insane!  The only reason it's been hell for me is that I can't work without my Internet.  Oh sure, I can still write, but I do lots more than just that.  Research for one becomes rather difficult.  No worries though because I can put my library card to use.  Ummph, even that feels foreign these days.

Ooooh, these damn companies make us dependent on all these gadgets, and when one of those gadgets stops working or isn't working correctly, well. . .all hell literally breaks loose, and like I said, I've been through it these last few weeks.  

Having said all that, all hope is not lost.  I should be back up and running by week's end just in time to bring you AAMBC's July selections.  Can you guys believe it is July 1 on Wednesday?  Where is 2015 going?  You see what I mean by not wasting your time.  Who has time for that?  Look at how fast this year is going.  And although we had a horrible winter, summer hasn't been too promising.  Here I was, like a fool, thinking oh yeah, when summer comes it will be hot and sunny, and we've had nothing but rain, rain and more rain, and rain!  Did I say rain?!  I'm beginning to have root rot.  I can't take it anymore!  I was so shocked when I awoke this morning and saw something bright and yellow in the sky.  I had to do a double take because I had no idea what that foreign thing was.  Oooh. . .yeah, that's right--the sun.  Hmm, forgot it sits up there.  

It's starting to feel more like Seattle or London 'round these here parts, and I can't stand it! I'm like a flower--I need sunlight to grow and flourish.  My depression is starting to kick in like it does when winter rears its ugly head.

Anyhoo, I've got to run, but just wanted to say hey and to let you know I'm still around. Say a prayer for me that my Internet is up and kicking, so I can join the social media rat race once again.  Until then, have a great week, and pleasant and safe Fourth of July!  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Greetings Intellectual Minds,

Mello & June is taking a much needed break!  We've been going strong for the last six months, and we're giving our intellectual mind a rest so we can come back stronger and better than ever for next week's post.

We'd like to take this time to thank our readers for being faithful and keeping our blog in great spirits!  As you can see, we've changed the way our blog looks offering you more to view and subscribe to through your social media connections.  We're always amazed at how far reaching our blog goes.  As a matter of fact, we were looking at our demographics recently and discovered that we get the bulk of our views from Africa, Australia and Russia. Can you believe that? Of course, the United States is always our biggest supporter, but we were rather taken aback when we discovered how many readers we have from other countries.  That certainly lets us know we're doing something right!

Note:  This is the time to make an assessment of your reading challenges for 2015.  We're at the halfway mark.  Before you know it, we'll be singing Christmas carols and watching snow begin to fall.  Can you believe how fast this year is going?  My goodness, it's almost the Fourth of July.  We hope you're enjoying your spring thus far, and summer will be arriving on Father's Day.  

And speaking of which, Mello & June would like to wish all the "real" fathers out there holding it down, and stepping up to the plate a very Happy Father's Day!  Food for Thought:  Children will forget material things, but they will always cherish and remember their time spent with you!  Real Talk!

So, on that positive note, we're outta here.  Take care!  Have a safe and pleasant Father's Day and we look forward to your emails, comments and interaction.  Mello and June would also like to extend a special 'thank you' to all the publishers and independent authors who entrust us to read their manuscripts.  The pleasure is all ours.  

Until next time, Happy Reading and stay the course on your reading challenges. Remember:  Make your challenges reasonable and that will ensure a successful outcome! Be Blessed!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Making a Child is Easy. . .
Nurturing and Guiding an Impressionable
Life is Hard Work!

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Best Kept Secret #Book #Review


Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie.

It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all, a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.

Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered.

Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence; it's a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.

I came across this book through my subscription of Bookbub! There was a .99¢ special running for a limited time. Here's a classic example of what I always tell my Intellectual Readers, just because a book is cheap doesn't mean it isn't any good.  Also, readers, take note, if you haven't joined Bookbub or ReadCheaply, you're missing out on great deals. You can get books for pennies on the dollar or for free. Something to think about! Here's why you must always take a chance.
Any time you see or hear the word disease, right away you already know it’s not something that any individual would want.  Out of all the diseases in the world, there is one that, to me, is the ultimate betrayal of sorts because you don’t know you have it until you do it.  What exactly is it, you ask?  Alcoholism.  Just think about that for a moment.  Even if you have parents who drank or any family member who drank excessively, you can never know if you’ll be afflicted with alcoholism until you take that first drink.  How horrible is that?!  It would seem to me if you know your family has a history of alcoholics, you might not be so quick to take that first drink, but many do and ultimately find their lives spinning way out of control. 
Unfortunately, that’s exactly where our main character, Cadence, found herself.  Oooh, it started innocently enough.  A glass of wine to take the edge off a rather stressful day of dealing with her freelancing job and taking care of her five-year-old son, Charlie.  Hell, children alone are enough to drive any mother to drink from time to time, so what could possibly be the harm, right?  Dealing with the day-to-day stresses of living will sometimes make an adult reach for a glass of wine or beer or whatever choice of poison at the moment.  Millions of people do this.  How can it be a problem?  
Cadence found that, although she would drink, she couldn’t seem to stop.  She thought she was handling herself, but the alcohol was handling her. There’s a huge difference between a person who drinks socially or occasionally and can stop and not need to drink again, than a person who keeps on drinking and never stops. This is what makes an alcoholic. That one innocent drink turned into two for a day.  And then two drinks turned into having possibly a third or fourth so she could sleep.  Before she knew it, the excuses of why she was drinking no longer mattered.  The only thing that was important was heading to her favorite store and perusing the wine aisle to make her selection.  Individuals who do not have a drinking problem would never think to do that.  But Cadence, like many alcoholics, doesn’t think they have a problem.  She believed she could stop anytime, but for some reason, always found herself having another drink.  This baffled her and it was a constant battle.  Always at war with her guilt and the bottle, and unfortunately, the bottle was winning.
She began having blackouts.  She wasn’t taking care of her son the way she should, even putting him in danger by leaving him home alone so she could run to the liquor store to get her wine.  Her son had the wherewithal to notice she always had her coffee mug with her and there wasn’t a hint of coffee in that mug.  Cadence slurred her words and became edgy and moody when her son would ask or do the slightest thing children his age did.  Her ex-husband was too busy working to notice the problems his ex-wife was having.  In fact, Cadence’s drinking wasn’t really a problem to her and she was fooling everyone.  However, that’s the problem with most alcoholics.  They don’t realize that others know they have a problem.  They think they’re fooling everyone when the only person that seems to be fooled is themselves.  Men, who are fathers, go to work and deal with stress in their day and have a beer or two to relax after a hard day’s work and society doesn’t seem to have an issue with that.  But when a woman, who is also a mother, decides to take a drink to take the edge off her day, she’s viewed as irresponsible and loose.  Umm, the double standards, as Cadence came to learn.
After Cadence’s life begins spiraling down the drain, it is then her ex-husband finally realizes something is seriously wrong with her.  As any responsible parent should do, he took their son from her care, and that’s where this story gets even more interesting.  Cadence’s life could be any one of our lives.  She is completely real and honest.  Her thoughts and feelings are felt as you read her words across the pages.  This novel was so raw and moving and you find yourself rooting for Cadence through all she has to endure.  Her relationship with her son and ex-husband, to the feelings she has regarding her baby sister and her family is absolutely priceless.  As Cadence finds her way back to living, she learns a deep dark secret from her mother that sets the pace for the rest of the story.  
Best Kept Secret is an outstanding read.  I hated to put this down.  I quickly scrolled through the Kindle with ease and I learned a great deal about alcoholism and how an alcoholic mind works.  This story was first published back in 2011, but I tell you, when you start to read it, you will find yourself so engrossed in Cadence’s descent into hell, your eyes will soak up her words immediately.  This is written in the first-person-point-of-view, which really throws you into Cadence’s thoughts—drunk and sober.  The only person Cadence’s secret was kept from was herself!  Mello & June give this novel five stars!
Well done and thought provoking.  It doesn’t get any more real than this!  I hated for the story to end.

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Reading isn't just for Entertainment. . .
YOU can Learn from the Experience!

Indulge your Mind!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June Welcomes AAMBC

Hello Intellectual Minds,

We always celebrate the month of June!  Why, you ask?  Because I'm named after this month that's why!  Summer starts in this month and I feel so carefree, who couldn't love June--Mello, that's who!  Perhaps if you've read our story, you'll know all about our names and circumstances!  Anyhoo, I'm not here to talk about me, as Kim scolded.  She didn't particularly like the way Mello and I handled her blog last year while she was away on vacation.  Hmmph, the nerve!  She should have had her ass here to handle her business, but you didn't hear that from me!  

Ok, getting back on track--I'm excited about AAMBC!  Do we have a nice selection of downloadable books and/or hard copies, if that's what you prefer. All the information you'll need is right here on this post, so feel free to grab your latest copy. It is my hope that you are enjoying your spring and even more eager to see what summer brings our way.  Without further ado. . .drumroll pa-lease. . .let's go!

Lois Mc Allister typifies the voracious writer that I was when I was a child,” according to CS Reid. “All YA writers have a childlike, inner voice that shines through their main characters. Lois personifies a brilliant, budding writer who acknowledges her eccentricities and her burgeoning, literary talents.”

Fiction At My Fingertips illustrates the narrative of Lois Mc Allister, a charismatic bibliophile, who is a voracious writer. Truth be told, narratives pour out of her being with ease and she recognizes that she is developing into a writer with a singular voice.

When her language arts teacher, Ms. Williams, informs the class that they will be, submitting original narratives to a regional contest, Lois is catapulted into the stratosphere. However, an unfortunate mishap could derail Lois’ literary debut.


Sylvia Ketchum was Lois’ best friend, and they were grateful that they were both classmates in Ms. Williams’ class. They like to trade notes back and forth when Ms. Williams had her back turned away from the class. There was a completely different world going on under Ms. Williams’ nose, and she didn’t have a clue! Lois thought, chuckling inwardly. “What are you doing…for the second time?” Sylvia asked questioningly. “I am right in the midst of free writing. I’m working on my short story, and you know it’s due tomorrow. I’m on a roll…the images that I recall are spilling out onto the page like ripples coursing around a bend…” Lois bellowed, waving her hands in the air, mimicking a winding river.

“Well, I finished mine, already,” Sylvia said with glowing pride. “What do you want a medal?” Lois retorted, letting out an audible snort. “No, I would prefer a pink Hello, Kitty backpack to add to my collection,” replied Sylvia, smiling eagerly. “Seriously, Syl…what is your short story on?” Lois asked with an air of maturity.


CS Reid holds a MFA in Writing & Critical Theory from Otis College of Art & Design; M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Teaching/English from National University.

Her work has appeared in diverse publications—most notably are: The Truth About the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction Anthology, Shadowtrain, Blue Fifth Review, Burner Magazine, and Monkeybicycle; chapbook, Walking Near the Precipice (Lily Press, 2007) and ebook, Intonations Heard in the Desert (Gold Wake Press, 2008); YA book, Plucking Poetry from the Air (Paraguas Books, 2010).

Reid is a freelance writer, educator, and Jazz composer/musician in Los Angeles, CA.

What inspired your book?

Lois Mc Allister is based off of my character. Lois typifies the voracious writer that I was when I was a teen. There was a need for readers to read narratives that encourage
them (readers) to want to become actively involved in the writing process. Fiction At My Fingertips encourages teens to acknowledge that their voices and opinions are worthy to be shared on the page.

Why did you pursue a writing career?

There is a “voice” infinitely circulating inside my being. Essentially, I write to allow said voice to air itself via narratives that are identifiable and resonate a contemporary language to the YA reader.

Why are female characters important to you as an author?

Female characters are vital to the narratives that I compose. Female readers need to be inspired to want to be creative and intelligent beings that are far more, than just supportive individuals, who have been relegated secondary positions. It is integral that female readers are nurtured to explore all the avenues that are available to them; and to veer into areas that are foreign to females. It is high time that females are afforded opportunities that display their brilliance and capabilities.

How long have you been publishing your work?

Essentially, I have been publishing my work since 2006. I write in multiple genres:
poetry, fiction, YA, critical reviews (music/film/literary), playwriting, scriptwriting, and
songwriting. It is my belief that all writers should challenge themselves and veer out of
their comfort zones by composing in diverse genres.

What’s your writing environment like?

My writing environment is my bedroom. I have a huge L-shaped desk where I work at throughout the evening. I have a 9-to-5 like most writers, so I work after I have taken a nap; and am able to focus on my projects with a clear mindset. Also, I am the type of writer that can write anywhere; as long the environment is fairly, quiet. Moreover, I always carry my journals with me everywhere and I transfer my writings to my laptop.

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?

I am passionate about encouraging young people to develop an interest in writing. Writing is a means to self-empowerment.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I am wrapping up a YA narrative that centers on encouraging teens to want to study Jazz; and to learn about the exceptional artists that were the pioneers of this innovative art form. Additionally, I am working on a short film that captures how survivors of a cataclysmic event, must adapt to their circumstances by implementing Spartan-like modes of behaviors.

Find the Author and the Book:

What do you get when you put five college friends together? Drama with a capitol D.

Meet Shelly, She’s Number one in her class at Alabama State University. She seems to have everything going for herself. Except for one thing. She has trust issues in men. After her boyfriend of two years cheats on her, Will she find love again?

Tichina is in love with Jarod Hartman, A newly drafted NFL player for the miami dolphins. She’s your typical life of the party. She sees what she wants, and she goes for it. When fate allows them to cross paths, Will Jarod return the love?

Tracey is what some consider a spoiled brat. She basically gets what she wants and will go to whatever lengths to keep it. Her love life is filled with twists and turns. She’ll soon find in the game of love, there are no happy endings.

Your in for a treat. Buckle your seats. This ride is only for the grown and sexy.


Shelley (Prologue)

The names Shelley and I can’t stand wannabe pimps(Otherwise known as male whores). I mean do they actually think they won’t get caught doing they’re thing? It’s been five minutes since I left Chantal’s apartment, where my supposed to be man had been for about an hour and a half. I mean did he really think I was that stupid. Did he really think I would ignore the number in his pants pocket? Yeah, I sometimes did his laundry. Then I actually almost believed him when he told me, “I love you and whatever you want to do, I want to do. If you choose not to have sex right now, then I won’t pressure you.” Well I can’t really blame him, I’m the one who’s been holding out for so long. I mean maybe if I would have just gave in…..Wait a minute, my man just put my property in another woman and I’m the one feeling guilty. I must’ve drank too much Alize’ today.

So, he comes through the door looking all innocent and stuff, like he ain’t did nothin’ wrong, Asking me” Baby, what’s wrong?” I should’ve slapped him right then and there.”What the F*** you mean what’s wrong?” I said stepping in his space. “Damn, you on that trippy s*** already?” He said shaking it off. “Don’t f***ing walk away from me, where the hell were you? And don’t lie to me.” I said “Baby I was hanging wit my boys.” He said “Hanging wit yo boys my a**, which one of yo boys stay in Wiggins, well better yet, Washington Veiw Apartments. Not Pookie, not Santiaga, not Ricky, so who the hell stay in Washington Veiw Apartments, since we choose to lie.” I said, the whole time backing him into a wall. His light coconut brown eyes all glazed from drinking. I had gotten so used to his chocolate brown skin next to mine every night that I was finally about to give him some. I can’t believe I fell for this dog a** n****.

“My home boy Petey stay in those apartments, you ain’t met him yet Shelley d***, you always think I’m lying to you.” He said heading to the bathroom, he takes his shirt off and tosses it in my room, which was another thing that worked on my nerves,he could be messy like a mug. “Well I’m gon’ tell ya like this, Chantal called me at around three, lookin for you. I said I was your sister and she told me to tell you not to forget her apartment number is four on the top floor of Washington View Apartments.”

As soon as I said the name Chantal his entire body went still.”So, I decided to make a road trip up to Wiggins and see just who this Chantal was, funny thing is, I thought you were smoother than that, I thought yo punk a** could at least keep yo s*** on the low.” He slowly turned around to face me, his jaw twitching. “So you been sneaking up on me?” He said. ” Nigga don’t even play that s*** wit me. Dang, and I thought you were gon’ be different. Ha, a lie.” All of a sudden his entire demeanor changed,he went from angry to soft in the blink of an eye. “Baby, I-I- F***ed up. I’m, I’m so sorry. You know what we have is special. Don’t let that peice of a** mess up what we have. Because that’s all she is to me, a piece of a**.” This was the first time I had ever saw D’vonte’ like this. He looked so completely relaxed like he knew he had me. I mean, I love the way his body’s made because he works out every chance he gets, but he has another thought coming if he thinks I’m putting up with this s***. “Ok, so you say she’s just a piece of a**, well how do I know if I give you some, you wouldn’t think of me as just another piece of a**?” I said.

“Now baby, you know I love you. Don’t even front like I don’t.” He said stepping closer to me. “Don’t you f***ing touch me D’vonte’. I just think you’d better leave, because I am ten seconds away from hitting yo mof***ing a** with the closest f***ing thing I see.” I said meaning every word and eyeing a candle holder on my hall table. “But baby,” He said. “Ten,” I said. “Baby I-” He said “Nine, I promise D’vonte’ that candle holder is looking better by the second.” I say. “Ok, Ok, if that’s the way you want it. I mean, how the hell you gon’ let me go?Who the f*** gon’ want you after me? The only kinda nigga that’ll want ya is a ghetto a** bumb or they a desperate a** mof***er.” With that, he started to leave. I finally picked up that candle holder and threw it at his punk a**. I made a thud when it hit his back. He turned around in a flash of an eye.” Bi…..” He stopped then turned back around and left out the door.

Get to Know Kali2cute:

Making her first story debut, Kali2cute, Best known for her music, she takes a step into an authors shoes. She’s always had a dream of becoming a singer/author. Born and raised in Gulfport, MS. and New Orleans, La. She strives for success in everything she does. Since a young girl she’s sung in her church choir. When she was twelve years old she began to write stories in between classes. It started out as a fun hobby to pass her time, and grew into a passion of her own.

1. What is your biggest inspiration?

A: My Mom, She’s so strong, I strive everyday to be as strong as her in everything I do.

2. What are you dreams and goals in life?

A: I aspire to be a succesful Singer/ Author. Those are my biggest dreams.

3. Have you achieved any of your goals?

A: My goal to become an author has finally arrived. It took a very long time, but I finally made it. I’m working on my first soundtrack to accompany my book, The Juice Box.

4: How can your fans find you online?

A: Everything about myself is under my name, Kali2cute. I have all major social media networks.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: I really can’t answer that because I never try to predict my future. I can say that I plan to be better than I am today. I plan to keep striving to be more successful everyday.

6. Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

A: Yes, You can do anything you put your mind to. Ten years ago you could not have paid me to believe that Tamika Newhouse, A bestselling author, would be helping me promote my book to thousands of readers. Its really a dream come true.

7. Is Kali2cute your real name or a pen name.

A: Its actually my nickname. It was given to me by one of my good friends. She said it was because my personality is just so cute and bubbly.

Find the Book and the Author:

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Watch the Trailer Here

The say keep your friends close and your enemies closer but what happens when your friends are your enemies? Paris Johnson is a young naive girl born and raised in the cold streets of Baltimore. She goes off to college with the hopes of escaping the perils of city life only to find that trouble can reside anywhere.

On this life altering journey, Paris learns that her criteria for trusting others is vital to her very own existence. In her life nothing is as it seems. Can she trust her Carlo? Can she trust her so called friends? Can she even trust herself?

Will Paris continue to succumb to the dangerous lifestyle that she has become accustomed to or break loose, rise to the occasion and take control of her destiny?


Key and I are perfect for each other. He is tall, brown-skinned, handsome, and has swag for days. I was never the type to like one of those neat ass pretty niggas. I needed them to be a little rough around the edges and he definitely fits the bill. Key is the type of guy who is always thinking of ways to perfect his hustle. The first time he caught my eye was when I left school and came back to B-More for good. Trina, my best friend, convinced me to go to a party at Mirage with her. I will never forget that night.

Key was standing in the VIP section all swagged out with a black and gray Gucci polo shirt with the hat to match. I remember admiring that nice Brietling timepiece on his wrist. Watching his every move, I couldn’t help but to notice the raggedy chickenhead that was clinging to him trying to make it known that they were together. Trina was mingling and flirting while I was just chilling on the red couch in our section watching Key.

Trina plopped down on the couch beside me and began to talk over the music. “Let’s go downstairs to the bathroom and freshen our makeup.”

After I nodded my head, we made our way through the crowded club. We walked down the steps towards the bathroom stopping at the huge mirror that covered the whole wall to take a few selfies.

“Damn, Paris, could you be any more obvious?” Trina asked while posing in the mirror.

“Huh? What are you talking about, Trina?”

“You think I didn’t notice you checking Key out?”

“Key who?”

“You know what Key, bitch. Keon that used to hang with your brother when he was home.”

“Wow, have I been gone that long? I didn’t even recognize him. I can see that life has definitely been treating him right.”

“Girl, you ain’t neva lied.”

“Who’s the chick he’s with?”

“His baby mother Jasmine, but she ain’t nobody,” Trina replied while twisting her lips.

“That counts me out. I don’t need any more drama in my life. He is looking good though.”

“Looking good and doing good, Paris! I’m going to tell him to come over to our table when we go back upstairs,”

“Don’t do that, Trina. I told you that I don’t want any more drama. I already have enough to deal with.”

“Paris, please. The only drama you have is that crazy ass Carlo who’s all the way in Florida. You need to leave him alone anyway.”

The squeaking sound of the doorknob twisting brings me back to reality. I take my charging stance once again, gripping my blade tightly. My heart is pounding out of my chest. I break out in a cold sweat and my eyes began to bulge as the doorknob turns. It’s true that your whole life flashes before your eyes when you think you’re about to die.

I begin to think about all the things I could have done differently. This has to be the moment before judgment day. My time to stand before the Lord and based upon the position of my soul, I’m deemed to Heaven or Hell. I wonder, based upon my life from birth up until now, where will I end up going? Life experiences have really changed me. I am an evil and cold-hearted bitch who doesn’t trust anyone. I wasn’t always this way. I was once a sweet, innocent young girl so full of promise who gave everyone a fair chance.

Get to Know Aisha Linnea

Aisha Linnea an up and coming author from Baltimore speaks volumes to the new generation with her debut novel “Never Trust A Soul”.

Aisha learned how to balance a demanding work and personal life as a single mother. As life began to change Aisha knew that she had a story to tell which gave birth to her ambitions to become a writer.

Self publishing her first novel Aisha has focused on her new found passion of writing. She will continue to give ground breaking messages that will challenge all generations on ideas of love, trust, loyalty and beyond.

As the momentum from her first book continues she wants her readers to know that “Never Trust A Soul” is just the beginning.

Who is Aisha Linnea the author vs Aisha Linnea the person?

Aisha Linnea the author and Aisha Linnea the person are one in the same. My writing includes a piece of me and my experiences, although the stories are exaggerated they all include real feelings and emotions that I am passionate about. The author in me is able to express things differently and give a perspective that maybe easier for someone to receive. But everyone that knows me knows that I have always been an outspoken person.

What is the meaning of “Never Trust a Soul” and why did you use that title?

The meaning of “Never Trust a Soul” is that you can’t take people for their exterior facade. You have to really get into the inner essence of the human being. When I say “soul”, I am talking about a person’s deeply felt moral and emotional nature. I used the title because I was connected to it. I began writing the story and midway the title just rolled off of my tongue. Also It speaks to the moral and emotional dilemma that people face when having relationships.

What message are you trying to convey to your readers?

I wrote this book for women of all ages, I have a special place in my heart for younger women because I have a daughter of my own that I wanted to be able to share this message with.Too many times young women are going out into the world unequipped with the necessary tools to discern someone who has your best interest at heart verses someone who is using you for their own agenda. As a young woman we have to make sure that we are asking the right questions, being aware, and trusting our initial instincts, and when something seems too good to be true it usually is.

Why do you feel your book is so important to the youth of today?

I know that this book is important because this generation is not informed enough. In this day and age with so much going on in our communities as adults we have to be able to provide the younger generation tools to be able to empower themselves. It is important to know that karma is real and that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is one of newtons law. So even on a scientific level the world is telling us that we have to be prepared for the outcome of the actions that we make.

Why did you make a trailer for your book?

In today’s society social media has become so important that you can put a message up today and have a million views by tomorrow. I wanted to grab the attention of people and let them know that books are still around, there is still a good story line and a plot. I put my video up on Worldstar and YouTube and was able to reach people that I would have never reached by just posting on my page “come buy my book”. I wanted it to be different and unique and I feel that my readers were pleased.

Why did you choose to self-publish instead of using a well known publishing company?

I chose to self-publish because I am a new author, and I know that no one would be able to offer me what I could offer myself. One of my goals was to go into business for myself. When I looked at the deals that other authors were getting, it didn’t make good business sense. I felt so strongly about the message that I was putting into this book and I didn’t want my story to be watered down in order to fit what a publishing company had as a vision for me.

What are your goals for the book “ Never Trust a Soul” in 2015? What are your goals as an author that you would like to accomplish by 2016.

My goal for 2015 is to be able to get my book out there. I want it to be in book stores, on bookshelves, and I want it to be in as many hands as possible. I want everyone to hear this story, share this story and take away from it, that this could be someones life and that you can’t just walk around with blinders on oblivious to what is going on around you.

As an author I want to be able to grow my brand and, grow as a person. With the tumultuous climate in the country I know that I have to be a voice, a beacon of change for my city and for lost people that can not speak for themselves. I want to be able to do an outreach program for young women in the city of Baltimore, which will equip them with knowledge and skills to be more confident when making important decisions regarding their livelihoods.

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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Series, I, Lawyer #Book Review


A university fraternity has a toga party and nude photographs of one young partygoer suddenly emerge worldwide on the Internet. The girl believes she was assaulted while unconscious and her father seeks legal help for her. He is also the District Attorney and is conflicted out of the prosecution so he appoints attorney Christine Susmann to investigate and prosecute. A courtroom drama unfolds as all boys deny all wrongdoing. 

The fraternity boys fire back. A murder occurs and Christine is devastated. Then a second and third murder occur and she suddenly finds herself defending the original toga party victim. 

Join Christine in her legal thriller series spinoff from the popular Thaddeus Murfee series by author John Ellsworth. 


I've been a fan of John Ellsworth for a while reading his Thaddeus Murfee legal novels.  I joined his mailing list and he was kind enough to offer his newest series to his fans at a reduced price.  I'm happy to say, I'm glad I'm on his list.  He didn't disappoint.  I will note, there were a few errors in the book and some repeats I noticed, but those are small things and doesn't, to me, deflect from the story.

This is a novel that was long overdue. I fell in love with this character in the Thaddeus Murfee series. Christine Sussman is an ex-Marine, who has seen active duty and has since retired from the force. She became a paralegal working alongside Thaddeus in his practice and became his right arm. While working as a paralegal, she decided to go back to law school to get her degree.  This lady is as tough as they come.  I absolutely love her strength, and Lord knows she was truly tested in this novel.

In Chris’ first installment of a great series to come, she’s married to a wonderful man named Sonny. She has two children, Jamie and Janny. Jamie’s IQ is off the charts and I suppose he gets his smarts from his mom. He’s extremely resourceful and knows exactly what he wants and he’s only in middle school. 

Chris got to try out her legal chops with a high-profiled sexual assault case. Her client, Bussie, was in college studying to be a doctor, when one of her roommates became ill and couldn’t go to the Toga party happening at one of the frat houses. Bussie wasn’t into partying, but she was all too eager to help out her friends. She gets dressed in the Toga gear and heads on out. While there, several of the frat brothers were dancing and drinking it up and offered her a cup of beer. Bussie, not being a drinker, much less a social one, drank up and the next thing she remembers was being on a couch, nude, with a blanket over her. She was in pain, but didn’t think much of it at the time.

It wasn’t until Bussie receives a text from her best friend showing Bussie posed nude in sexual situations plastered all over the Internet when she soon realized that something terribly went wrong at the frat house. Unbeknownst to the alleged frat brothers who did this to her, they picked the wrong unsuspecting wanna-be med student to mess with. Bussie’s father is a prosecutor for the Chicago courts. When it is revealed to him what has happened to his daughter, all hell literally breaks loose, and this is when Christine Sussman’s legal training comes into play.

If trying this case wasn’t challenging enough for Christine, she soon gets wind of another case happening in Alaska where her expertise is also sought out. Chris agrees to take that case head on, which leads to several other catastrophic things to happen in her life.

There are several cases that take place in this one great story and will keep you turning the pages to find out just how they all come together. Mello and June give I, Lawyer four stars. It’s a very interesting story with characters you’ll be interested in learning and grow to love. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this series plays out.

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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