African American Romance, Book Reviews, Interracial Romance

Book Review: Be My Always

As matchmaker extraordinaire Kayla Montgomery breaks all records finding love for her clients, her colleagues watch with awe and envy. And a bit of curiosity. Why does the woman they’ve dubbed Cupid deny herself her own happily ever after? Billionaire playboy Brendon Humes vows to repair the reputation of the company his father built and tarnished.  He doesn’t need distractions or entanglements. But a one-night stand with a beautiful stranger couldn’t hurt. Until he finds himself wanting more. Found this book browsing for a new read on Amazon Kindle. I couldn’t tell you why I downloaded a sample, because I…

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Liza Gets Schooled

Racking (or Wracking) My Brain?

It seems like every day I write, I learn something new. Not about writing necessarily, but the world and things in it large and small. Some might say useless. So, welcome to my new topical posts … Liza Gets Schooled. Turns out I need a lot of schooling. This maiden installment came by way of an tiny coinkydink. While reading Jasmine Guillory’s The Proposal (which I am loving BTW), I noticed she used the phrase racked her brain. With total smugness, I immediately thought … that should be wracked. Too absorbed in the book to stop right then, I filed…

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African American Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance Novels

Why Romance Novels Need Strong Heroines

I was kidnapped this morning, and reminded of the importance of strong, independent female heroines in romance novels. Yup, while online researching for another blog post, my attention got blindfolded, gagged, and dragged away by an advice column headline: My Husband Refuses to Give Me My Stimulus Check…What Can I Do? I admit to all sorts of devilish thoughts. GTFOH. This must be a joke. No, it’s not a joke? Okay, point the bastard out to me. A good swift kick to his tiny twin— And all that ran through my brain before I’d clicked to read. There, I discovered…

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The First Rule of Hook-ups

Left at the altar, business executive Alexa Cayne plans to flee the nation’s capital and move across country. But not before a wild night out with her girls at Club Escapades’ Breakup Bash. Would male stripper Raphael be there and would he remember her? When he’d invested in Club Escapade, Rafe Dumond’s days as a hunky male stripper ended. Until the group he booked for the Breakup Bash was down a man. Again. Last time he filled in, a beauty named Alexa had burst into his life for a few minutes. Would she be back? I’d already read Rules of…

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Healing, Psychology, Readers, Reading, Self-Help

Coronavirus Stressing You? Try Bibliotherapy

Ask anyone who knew me then about the childhood me, and they would utter one word. Books. I coveted a good read like others vied for precious diamonds. Would spend my last dime on a book. Planned my days around when I could resume reading. ANYWHERE. ANYTIME. Just like Sam I Am in my all-time childhood fave Green Eggs and Ham. In adulthood, I came to realize reading didn’t simply entertain me. It cooed at me like my mother, cradled me,  rocked me. Sung me a lullaby. In short, it calmed my rattled nerves, and gave me the safe place…

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Books, How To, Readers, Reading

Lockdown Boredom? Start an Online Book Club

Coronavirus crisis putting a cramp in your regular book club meetings? Got your head stuck in a fantastic book and wish you had a few ladies to discuss it with, but social distancing says no way. Or maybe you’re sitting home bored. You’re dying to go out, but ‘Rona might be out there waiting to make you really dead. In the age of Covid-19 lockdowns, shelter-in-place, and six-feet social distancing, all our normal activities are falling by the wayside. Still, this doesn’t mean we have to lose contact with the outside world. If you’re an avid reader, why not start…

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Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Book Review: See Me

A ruthless casino developer threatens everything she holds dear, so bakery owner Kennedi Chase cooks up an unconventional plan to protect her family legacy. But why does the man she despises have to be so wickedly charming and sexy? Newly divorced Trenton Shaw’s casino project hinges on a parking lot in D.C.’s wharf district. Still battle fatigued and bitter from a bad marriage, no way will he let a little cake baker thwart him, no matter how gorgeous and tempting she is. Can Kennedy convince him his plans are not worth destroying her? Will Trenton surrender his ambitions for the…

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Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Book Review: Contract Baby

Baby Contract Layla Powell has loved Keenan Myers her entire life. So when he and his terminally ill wife ask her to carry their baby, Layla doesn’t hesitate. Not even when her best friends, mom, and boyfriend object. Is she setting herself up for even more pain? When Amy disappears, Keenen is beside himself and nothing concerns him but finding her. Not even Layla or his unborn child. Will he find her before it’s too late, and how will he go on when she’s gone forever? This book truly surprised me in a couple of ways. Choosing it from Kindle…

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Romance Authors, Romance Novels, Royal Weddings, Royalty, Writing

A Romance Author’s Royal Dilemma

In A Princess in Theory, waiter Jamal is really Prince Thabiso of Thesolo who’s come to New York in search of his runaway betrothed. At the outset, let me state I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the fairy tale nature of it. I loved the romance between Naledi and Thabiso. And most especially, I loved the scenes set in the mythical kingdom of Thesolo. Which worries Liza… Sure little girl Liza loves a good royal fairy tale—real or imagined. I thrilled to Princess Diana’s wedding thirty-odd years ago. And to Kate’s thirty years later. And don’t get me started…

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