Monday, September 09, 2019

Captivating Books to Read

Following are books for your reading pleasure, written by best-selling and award winning authors, featuring crime, mysteries, international espionage, suspense with a touch of romance and all those in between.

The Unkind Hours by Dwayne Alexander Smith - The child of a prominent couple is abducted.

Peak Democracy: Data is Power by G. D. Leon - A futuristic thriller where nothing is sacred.

The Women on Retford Drive by Alretha Thomas - The soon to be ex-husband of a past sitcom star is missing.

Psycho Ex: Revealed & Exposed by Bebe Callini - A woman sets out to destroy her ex-husband’s relationship with his new girlfriend.

Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery) by A. L. Herbert - A shady businessman is found murdered in the kitchen of a popular restaurant he co-owns.

In Service to the Senator by Shakir Rashaan - The wife of a vice-presidential candidate is abducted.

Bullets (Book l) by Elijah Drive - A professional poker player sets out to prove a Mexican day laborer, who is accused of murder, is innocent.

Big Slick (Book 2) by Elijah Drive - An ethical contract killer is hired to kill a rapper.

Vengeance by John Ling - An operative goes after the person who killed her father.

Double Illusion by Deborah Shlian - A young reporter investigates the abduction of infants three years apart in three different cities.

A Vision A Day Keeps the Killer Away by Kelly Hashway - A private investigator with physic abilities is given the assignment to locate the missing daughter of a wealthy businessman.

Never Again by Angela Sanders - A detective apprehends a serial killer who nearly made her his ninth prey.

Qualified Immunity (A Casey Cort Novel) by Aime Austin - The daughter of the first African American woman elected to a federal bench discloses a family secret that threatens her mother’s position.

Sharpe Note: Sour Grapes of Wrath by Lisa B. Thomas - A crime reporter and her husband are drawn into solving a suicide, which may end up being a murder case.

Mine (A Kate Hamilton Mystery) by Fiona Quinn - A CSI intern uses her skills to collect evidence when two teenagers die from a drug overdose.

Double Blind by Dan Alatorre - Two detectives pursue a vile serial killer.

Death’s Shadow by Dariel Raye and Muffy Wilson - A woman sets out to find the killer of her fraternal twin sister.

The Missing by Terry Keys - A PI assists the police in catching a methodical serial killer.

Grayout by Bill Hargenrader - A boy bullied in school creates an unreal ally that has horrible repercussions.

Beach Traffic by Judith Lucci - Two federal agents are investigating a vicious murder on the beach and the disappearance of five women.

Love Thy Sister by Maria Grazia Swan - A woman comes upon a family secret that turns her life topsy-turvy.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Vote for the Best Dating/Matchmaking Sites

The 11th annual iDate awards represent the best in the dating industry. Each year, thousands of people nominate their choices for the 14 categories.

The dating site or matchmaker has to be nominated in order to win. Nominations are accepted from now until October 31.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Featuring Judy C. Andrews - The Author Who Explores Gullah/Geechee Culture



An Ocean of Jewels (a literary novel) by Judy C. Andrews

“…the language of photographs and a love letter kept appearing on the walls of the cave that had grown in my soul along with the oak trees, especially on my 12th birthday, when my mother’s sweet whispers of her love for me disappeared. That night, I learned the art of dancing people used to wipe tears away…” (From Chapter 1)


Judy C. Andrews’ debut novel, An Ocean of Jewels, released by The Harlem Writers Guild Press explores Gullah/Geechee culture in a suspenseful, mesmerizing plot. The main character, Imani Jewel Henderson, a former foster child, is forced to seek the knowledge of her rich heritage when her father dies at Christmas on her 29th birthday. A legacy of treasures is in her grasp. Will she find it?

Imani embarks on a journey to discover her father’s mysterious past and the root of her mother’s pain. Readers will learn what Imani uncovers about her family, history, and herself. Join her, in the Gullah/Geechee, fictional towns of Jewel Park, New York, and Eva Creek Island, with a glass of Teacola, some warm sweet potato pone, and a dollop of curiosity.

Other issues explored in the novel are Colorism, Orphan Trains, The Jewish Holocaust, and Bedford-Stuyvesant’s historic, Weeksville community.

A Gift To Treasure - A Novel by Judy C. Andrews

The newly married narrator, Treasure Fields Hawthorne, embraces her hometown, Jewel Park, New York with loving nostalgia, despite bittersweet memories. Her life is altered when she encounters a mysterious teenager. Through the teen's revelations of abuse, Treasure soon learns that Jewel Park, New York, the predominantly African American town founded by descendants of Gullah/Geechee heritage, has changed in plain sight.

While the town's history and cultural fabric remain intact, Treasure soon realizes the teenager's devastating ordeal can destroy the town's legacy, the teen's life, and even her marriage. The teenager's story unfolds to reveal a horrific abuse of power and criminal activity involving kidnapping, sex trafficking, insurance fraud, black market drugs, and possibly murder.

With the help of her husband Herald, as well as family and friends from the Freemasonry community, Treasure must dive headfirst into dangerous situations. Yet, Treasure herself has a painful past she must first overcome. Can Treasure heal and soothe the pain of this teenager? Can Treasure restore honor, dignity, and respect to her hometown and the long-time residents of Jewel Park?

About the Author

Photo Credit: Clinton Long
Judy C. Andrews received a Master of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from The City College of New York. She has worked as an educator, freelance writer, an editor, and a presidentially appointed children’s advocate. The novel, An Ocean of Jewels (Harlem Writers Guild Press), is available on Kindle and at your favorite bookstores.

Ms. Andrews has completed her second novel of suspense, A Gift to Treasure. It examines the horrors of medical fraud and sexual abuse as well as their impact on an upper-middle-class town in New York.

An Ocean of Jewels is published by Harlem Writers Guild Press in association with AMAZON & Kindle: - ISBN-13: 978-0595400300

A Gift of Treasure is published by Harlem Writers Guild Press and can now be purchased by clicking here.

For more information on the author, please visit her site Blessed Brown Publishing.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Upcoming Multicultural Bridal Event

World Bride Magazine (WBM) has partnered with BibiMagazine to present the best of what the industry has to offer for all your bridal needs, during the New York Fashion Week Bridal at Manhattan Manor, which is steps away from Times Square, in the heart of the Theater District.

Date: On October 9, 2019
The prestigious staff of Manhattan Manor wants to help you celebrate your wedding day. Register now at The Style Salon.

Monday, August 12, 2019

90 Days Update

The award-winning film, 90 Days is now available for download at You now own it or rent it.

90 DAYS stars Teyonah Parris, Nic Few and Pauletta Washington and deals with HIV disclosure, dating and the power of knowing your status. It was written by Nathan Hale Williams and directed by Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte.

90 DAYS has screened at over 30 top-tier film festivals, community screenings and has won multiple awards, including the African Movie Academy Award, the Pan African Film Festival Visionary Award, the Grand Jury Prize at the Hollywood Film Festival and it was the Overall Winner at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, to name a few.

It has been the goal of the filmmakers to make the film available to as wide an audience as possible to use as an entertaining tool to have the much-needed dialogue about HIV/AIDS in the Black community. However, the film has touched a wide range of audiences around the world and has a message for everyone.


Together, we are greater than HIV/AIDS.

Monday, July 29, 2019

What to do When Your Sister’s Man makes a Pass at You - Miss Know It All Gives Her Advice

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Miss Know It All
Question: My sister’s boyfriend made a pass at me, knowing I'm married. I told her immediately and she read him the riot act. But she still took him back. I am still hurt by it. Isn't she wrong? I have to see this person at family functions. I thought blood was thicker than water.

Answer: In some cases, blood is not always thicker than water. My advice is when this happens, whether it is a friend or a relative, is to think very hard and long before saying anything, because most of the time you will end up being the bad guy, and the woman will most likely stay with the man. My guess is that you are not the only woman he has made a pass at and eventually your sister will either realize that he does not value her, you or your husband or she will continue to stay with him until he decides to leave her. As far as seeing him at family functions, you have the option of not attending or if you do, keeping as far away from him as possible. Don’t engage in any discussions with him. Telling other family members may help, but you may end up damaging your relationship with your sister more.


What would you do if your sister’s boyfriend or husband made a pass at you?” Send your answers, fewer than 150 words, to

In the near future, we will post those answers.

Monday, July 22, 2019

How to know If You Are Financially Ready to Get Married by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All
I don’t know if some couples are trying to keep up with the Joneses or if it is instant gratification when it comes to spending money you don’t have on a wedding, especially if you are already in debt.

There seems to a trend where couples are asking parents, relatives, friends, and even strangers to pay for their wedding. Traditionally, depending on the culture, the bride’s parents were responsible for footing the bill. Nowadays, there seems to be a shift in who is actually going to pay for the ceremony. In many cases the bride and groom will pay for their own wedding or the parents of the couple will contribute what they can afford.

You will know right from the start if you can afford to have an elaborate wedding. If you and your partner have disposable income, then go ahead and plan that extravagant affair.

But if you have to do the following to plan your wedding, then you should think long and hard before making that commitment, considering fifty percent of marriages end in divorce:

·       Taking out loans to pay for your wedding.

·       Going on a crowd-funding page and asking strangers to pay for your ceremony.

·       Asking your quests to cover expenses for your reception.

·       Requesting money in lieu of gifts.

·       Refinancing a home or using credit cards.

According to Money Inc., 2019, the average wedding costs $33,931. But this will depend on your budget, the location, the number of guests, and the add-ons you want to include.

Of course, you can plan a nice wedding on a shoe-string budget. Go here to find out how. 


Monday, July 15, 2019

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Book Blast: Dragon’s Revenge by C.J. Shane

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. C.J. Shane will be awarding his original artwork - an ink drawing of Ocotillo on handmade paper in a wooden frame ready to hang with hooks and wire. Size of frame: 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" (U.S. ONLY), via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When Tucson private detective and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez is hired to investigate a murder, she immediately finds herself targeted by a violent criminal. To find the killer, Letty turns to an old memoir of life in late 19th century Tucson. Clues in the memoir, with its tale of love between two immigrants - one, an Italian widow, and the other, an exiled Chinese revolutionary - launch Letty on a suspense-filled struggle to find answers, to stop the murderer – and to stay alive!

Read an Excerpt:

from the memoir:

Mama agreed to sing at the rededication of the cathedral. She considered this a great honor and a spiritual responsibility. She wanted to do well to show her respect and devotion. Because of this, she began practicing every week as she had time, even though the rededication was six months away. She liked to climb a ladder up onto the flat roof of our adobe house and sing there. I asked her once why she went up on the roof.

"It's the right place to talk to God and that's what I'm doing when I sing. Singing here helps me to be strong." Mama said. Mama was very religious. She talked to God a lot. She also talked to Jesus, the Virgin, and all the saints. Me, I never had much use for all that.

She was up on the roof one day when Drago came up the street with his cart. When Mama didn't appear at our front door, he entered the gate to the side yard hoping to find her at the outdoor ovens. It was then that she began singing. Drago moved into the yard and stepped away from the adobe wall so that he could see her on the roof.

Mama stood straight upright, her long skirts moving slightly in the breeze. Her hands were clasped in front of her. She took another deep breath and out came that glorious mezzo-soprano, full and textured, subtle, rich with emotions I was too young to identify but would later know, emotions like passion and longing. Tendrils of curly dark hair escaped from the knot on her neck. Her northern Italian skin, pale like a pearl, glowed in the sunlight, and her dark eyes sparkled. My mama was a beautiful woman and she sang like an angel.

Drago stood transfixed in our garden, his hands at his side, his head bent upward to watch her. He was utterly still, utterly silent. I know this because I was hiding high in the branches of a tall mesquite tree behind him where he couldn't see me. I was supposed to be doing my chores but I, too, liked to watch Mama when she was singing.

Drago stood for the longest time listening to Mama. I was watching Mama but when I looked at Drago, I saw that tears were running down his face.

I think that was the day that Drago fell in love with Mama, the day he first heard her sing.

About the Author:

C.J. Shane, Author, and Visual Artist
C.J. Shane is a writer and visual artist in Arizona. In addition to her mystery fiction, she is the author of eight nonfiction books. Her first fiction book, _Desert Jade: A Letty Valdez Mystery_, (11-2017) is a finalist for Best Suspense-Thriller novel, New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Learn more at
Rope’s End Publishing 

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Monday, July 01, 2019

In Fabric | Official Trailer HD | A24

From writer/director Peter Strickland and starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, and Gwendoline Christie. 

In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences. 

Coming Soon in Theaters.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Impact of Sleep on Romantic Relationships by Alicia Sanchez

Sleep affects every part of your life, from your food choices to your driving to your mood.

When you're tired, you are more likely to be grouchy, react poorly to even the most minor changes in your plans and to be less interested in physical intimacy.
Here's why!

Less Sleep = More Grouchy

Everyone is in a worse mood when they don't get a good night's sleep for any reason. The more often this happens, the worse your mood will be in the long term. This can also lead to issues with anxiety and depression that could require medication to fix.
If you catch yourself being grouchy for no reason, maybe try taking a nap. Naps give you a boost of energy and improve your mood!

Less Sleep = More Stressed

The less sleep you get, the more likely you are to react negatively to stressors in your life. This, in turn, makes you more stressed out and less able to get to sleep. Anything from a change of plans to an unexpected visit can cause major stress, and you're less likely to feel good about the good things going on in your life.
This can make your partner feel unappreciated, and make you feel like the relationship isn't doing anything for you.  If there's something that your partner does that brings you unnecessary stress, try talking about finding ways to avoid that behavior.

Less Sleep = Less Sex Drive

The more a woman sleeps, the more sexual desire that women will feel the next day. Having sex can also help you to get to sleep easier, thanks to a combination of exercise and endorphins. It's an important part of many relationships.
If you find that sleep issues are causing problems for your romantic relationship, think about talking to your doctor or therapist about finding a solution. They might tell you to check the carbon monoxide detector in your home.


About the Writer: Alicia Sanchez is a researcher for the sleep science hub with a specialty in health and wellness. A Nashville native, Alicia finds the sound of summer storms so soothing that she still sleeps with recorded rain on her white noise machine.
Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on The Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC News, CNN, NPR, Lifehacker, and Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Perfect Wedding Gift

Wondering what gift to give to the bride and groom? Well, wonder no more. Check out the trailer for these two best-selling romance books by Sydney Arrison and place your order now on Amazon and other retail book stores.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Featuring Two ‘Til Midnight: A Novel by Bernard L. Dillard

At the center of a fierce, fiery, and invisible battle is Dr. Garnet Gibbs, a history professor, who is considered to be both a guidepost for and a mystery to many on the job. After hours, she often finds herself caught in a vortex of drama surrounding her family, associates, and friends.

Although she tries to offer support as best she can, the shenanigans of all involved may prove to be too much for her, especially given the potpourri of players in her world, including: Jamay, her adopted daughter; R.J., her grandson, whose father is facing challenges as he serves overseas; Kemal and Manuela, a kinky church couple; Tario, a Que Dog, whose frivolity and wry wit lead to his nail-biting confrontation with death, igniting a spirited rally in the city.

Then there’s Nieko, a gay gentleman, who is rethinking his sexuality but whose ex-boyfriend is making it tough; Rusty, an avowed redneck, who makes a shocking decision since he believes President Trump is taking too long to do something about the current state of affairs; and Celeste, her what-comes-up-comes-out co-worker, who has a knack for catching people off guard with her uncanny sense of humor. Critical interactions reveal key life lessons, but not all interchanges end on an upswing.

Set in modern times, Two ’Til Midnight is a soap-operatic dramedy that presents two distinct and separate worlds that thrive together, both influencing the other in their own unique way. Ultimately, their coexistence produces a jaw-dropping ending that no one sees coming.

Something’s brewing. Someone’s watching. And time is running out! Midnight is fast approaching. What will go down when the clock strikes twelve?!

(Recommended reading for ages 18+ and includes discussion questions at the end for reading groups and book clubs)

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Book Reviews of Two ‘Til Midnight:

“It’s a cosmic battle royale…Resonates like a live wire…Delivers a stunning conclusion that will leave you pondering long after you’ve turned the last page. Five-plus stars to Two ’Til Midnight.” Publishers Daily Reviews

“In Two ’Til Midnight, author Bernard L. Dillard does an amazing job of storytelling while integrating several of today’s hard-to-discuss topics...This book is not for the faint of heart.” San Francisco Book Review

“Dillard skillfully weaves each character’s part into the plot…[He] has done an exceptional job creating a novel that will be enjoyed…This is highly recommended reading.” Reader Views

“Readers who stick with the myriad of characters and [the] blend of supernatural influences, daily life challenges, and confrontations between [two] worlds will find Two ’Til Midnight an engrossing, multifaceted story.” Midwest Book Review


“I don’t know. It just seemed wrong to me. I knew Schmidt wasn’t all there sometimes, but I never thought it would come to this.”

“Well, honey, I’m glad you spoke up. That wasn’t right.” She adjusted her nightgown and took one last look at the bathroom mirror before turning in. “You did the right thing.”

George was hesitant to accept her praise. “I hope so. It just didn’t feel like me. It was like I wasn’t myself. It’s hard to explain. At the moment, I just felt like I had to step in and say something. Honestly, Schmidt didn’t seem like himself. Something had to be controlling him. If I hadn’t said anything, I really think he woulda shot the kid.”

“Things were going that bad?”

“Only because Schmidt kept pushing the issue. And the way he looked at me when I told him that was enough. He just had a different face.” He spooned her and placed his arm around her stomach. His breath was a little tart, but she had gotten used to it.

“Imagine if you hadn’t spoken up and said anything. It might be a different story on the television. It may have been one of those stories again. Another one shot dead where the cop claims that he felt threatened.”

“It’s just not right, baby. I’ve seen all kinds of stuff on the beat. I feel sort of in a bubble because I know the violence will never probably happen to me and probably not you either since we’re both lily white.”

She laughed.

He continued. “It just bothers me that things are the way they are now. White cops can pretty much get away with whatever they want. You should hear some of the conversations in the precinct, how the guys talk among themselves about minorities. I’ve even seen Schmidt put up a poster that had a black face with a target on it and a picture of the white cop using it as target practice. Sick.”


“My gut feeling is that things aren’t gone change until white people start speaking up against it. Sad to say, but seems like it’s true. Seems like the more they protest in the streets, the less stuff gets resolved. I’m not saying we gotta be the ‘Great White Hopes,’ but we gotta make sure our voices are heard right along with theirs.”

“I’d say you made your voice heard loud and clear last night. I’m proud of you, dear.”

“Well, at least that makes one who is. But I’m definitely on the Schmidt Sh** List. I really caught him off guard. He chewed me out when we got back to the precinct, asking me whose side I was on. ‘Right. The side of right,’ was what I told him. He didn’t like that and told me I’d learn soon enough but to never challenge him like that ever again.”

Out of the blue, Nan asked, “So where do Asians and Hispanics fall in this drama?”

“Dunno. There don’t seem to be huge numbers of killings involving Asians or Hispanics. Just seems to be a thing with African-Americans. Just seem to be a lot of tension between whites and Blacks. I’m sure it still has something to do with slavery. I’m sure America is still rather proud of that.”

“Oh, George. Everybody knows slavery was bad.”

“Yeah, but when it’s time to talk about some of the kickback and consequences from slavery, not everyone is willing to talk about. White people seem the most uncomfortable when race matters are addressed. Like people are blaming and accusing them today of it. No one is accusing us of anything, but it would be nice if we could understand our part in helping black people get their footing, economically or otherwise. Nobody’s talkin’ about giving them forty acres and a mule, but we can start with basic treatment with human dignity. There’s a good starting point.”

“So what advice would you give a mother who has to raise a black son in these turbulent times?” She could tell he was getting sleepy, even though he was talking logically.

“Yeah, I’d tell her to make her son pull his pants up and stop wearing hoodies. They need to put on a suit and tie every day and wear glasses, I guess. Walking through these streets in America looking like a bookworm may do the trick and make them look less of a threat. I really think that would work. A suit and glasses.”

Nan chuckled a bit and turned to him face to face and dropped a bombshell on him. “So I guess you’ve never heard of anyone named Malcolm X, huh?”

“Oh yeah, that’s right.”

It was too complicated to solve tonight. All they could do was simply revel in the small victory that had been attained last night. Maybe preventing a possible homicide of another black guy with promise at the hand of an overzealous cop was all that was needed for the moment, for the present, for the here and now.   


© 2019 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Bernard L. Dillard. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author's written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

About The Author

Bernard L. Dillard
Bernard L. Dillard is an associate professor at Fashion Institute of Technology in NewYork City. He graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in English. The author of two textbooks, he is more known for his book, Lemonade: Inspired by Actual Events, which won first place in Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award (2013) in the memoir category. 

He is also the author of Two 'Til Midnight, this controversial novel is a soap-operatic dramedy, whereby the author tackles sensitive material against the backdrop of a Trumpian society. Select topics include race, diversity, tolerance, terrorism, sexuality, and faith.

Bernard L. Dillard has enjoyed a few acting stints (“The Wire” and “West Wing”) and several modeling assignments (Sean John). He is available for media interviews and can be reached via email. More information can be found on his website.  

Monday, May 27, 2019

21 BRIDGES Official Trailer (2019)

A disgraced detective in the NYPD is given a shot at redemption, starring Chadwick Boseman, J.K Simmons, and Keith David. Produced by Anthony & Joe Russo (Avengers: End Game)