Monday, November 11, 2019

Featuring Geoffrey Saign, Author of Steel Force Series, Virtual Book Blast


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Geoffrey Saign will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Serve justice. Discover a secret. Find his daughter. Repay betrayal.
Jack Steel trains for the impossible, and it looks like it found him.
On a black op to neutralize terrorists, elite specialist Steel puts honor and integrity ahead of orders when he spares a monk. He just never expected his decision to put crosshairs on his back.

Hunted by a twisted killer, a vengeful billionaire, and the highest levels of government, Steel races to discover who’s behind a conspiracy that will decide the fate of two countries—and why one monk is the key to it all.

Aching from a missing daughter, Steel finds it easy to fall for Christie, a beautiful counter-terrorism analyst who offers to help. But he isn’t sure he can trust anyone.

To have a chance at love and a new life, and to serve justice, Steel just needs to stay one step ahead of a bullet…

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Revenge. Love. Family.

To protect their families, Jack Steel and Christie Thorton must become assassins.

Deadly Blackhood Ops specialist Jack Steel has moved on from his bloody past, but his past won’t let him go. He has it all; his partner Christie, his daughter Rachel, a protection agency he’s proud of, and his head on straight.

But it’s all torn apart when a madman blackmails him and Christy. Their skills are pushed to the limit as they are forced to become assassins to save those they love. The Mexican cartel, terrorists, and people from Steel’s past force them into a non-stop fight that they can’t walk away from.

To protect his country, and everyone important to him, Steel will be forced to trust the very people he swore to kill.

And he might have to walk away from those he loves…

Read an Excerpt from Book 1: Steel Force

The sounds became louder. Christie resisted the urge to sit up. Eighteen inches long, the stunbrella gave her a four-foot reach. But since the rocks rose a foot and a half above her, even if the man stood a foot away from them she might not be able to angle her arm to strike him.

A whimper was trapped in her throat. She didn’t want to die like this. In the middle of the woods, cold, wet, dirty. Injured like a sick animal. Not even knowing why. All alone.

The noise stopped.

She sensed he was close. From her earlier glimpse she guessed five-foot-eight, one-seventy pounds, mid-forties. Small for a Hawaiian. He might be easy to knock down.

Her choice was to either sit up and try to strike him or remain motionless for him to come closer. Unable to guess which was better, she didn’t move. Her lips twisted when the man’s dark-skinned face appeared above the rocks near her feet. Too far from her motionless arm. As he looked down at her, the barrel of his gun swung into view.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Geoffrey Saign has spent many years studying kung fu and sailed all over the South Pacific and Caribbean. He uses that experience and sense of adventure to write the Jack Steel and Alex Sight thriller action series.

Geoff loves to sail big boats, hike, and cook—and he infuses all his writing with his passion for nature. As a swimmer he considers himself fortunate to live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. See what he’s up to at his Website.


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Monday, November 04, 2019

When You Break the Girlfriend Code by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All

The girlfriend code is an unwritten and often unspoken set of guidelines/morals that exist between a woman and her best friends. They are the commandments that outline the acceptable and unacceptable behaviors of a good and lasting relationship. Whether the rules are implicit or explicit, they can make or break a friendship.


Of course, there are loads of codes that best friends follow, but we are only going to focus on one. What happens when your best girlfriend, (we'll call her Suzy) kicks her boyfriend, whom she's been dating for six weeks, to the curb because he is too nice? She wants a man who has a hard-hitting manner, but several months later her best friend, (we'll call her Beatrice) meets him at an event and he asks her out on a date. Beatrice decides to ask Suzy if it would be okay to date her ex.


Well, Suzy makes it very clear that if Beatrice goes out with her ex, their friendship is over and emphasizes it's a Girl Code and the ex is off-limits. Of course, Beatrice is unhappy because she likes this man because he is decent, kind, and compassionate. Beatrice is now facing a dilemma and is questioning whether she should date the guy and say nothing to Suzy who is now in a relationship or should she honor the girlfriend code and tell him no.


My view is if Beatrice wants to date him, she should. After all, he's Suzy's ex, and she is in another relationship and has no right to tell Beatrice not to date him. It is none of her business what goes on between her ex and Beatrice. Suzy has no control or rights over her ex who is free to date whomever he pleases.  But then that is my opinion.

I have never been in this type of situation. My question is how would you react if your best friend wanted to date your ex? Or what advice would you give Beatrice? Please share your comments below.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Are Women Opened to Dating a Gay/Bisexual Man? By Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All
I don’t know if it’s a stigma now, but women have been dating gay/bisexual men since the beginning of time. I know of someone who dated and married a gay/bisexual man back in the late 50s. And everyone knew about his lifestyle, including his mate. Of course back then people didn’t make a public announcement about their sexual orientation, but with the onset of social media, everybody’s business seems to be an open book. I am not into sharing, so I would never knowingly marry a gay/bisexual man.  And there are other important issues at play here, which the books Broken and Broken Hearted 2: Secrets Revealed by Charlotte Marshall-Murray touch on.


So, my question is: Would you knowingly or have you ever dated or married a gay/bisexual man and if so, what experiences did you face? You can place your anonymous comments at the end.  You must be over 18 years of age or the legal age in the country where you reside. Thank you.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Check Out The Official Mulan Teaser Starring Yifei Liu


When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

“Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” 




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Monday, October 07, 2019

Experience The Greatest Event for SINGLES at SingleCon™


SingleConis created to be a home where singles around the world will be free to animate their life to the point that settling is no longer an option!

WHERE: Miami, Florida USA
WHEN: February 13-16, 2020
WHO: Single individuals 21 & up
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Monday, September 30, 2019

Tips on Planning a Memorable Trip

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There are over seven billion people in the world and one way to get to know and understand the various cultures that make up the planet is to travel. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to trek to every corner of the globe. If you can take a trip around the world, that’s fantastic. But you don’t have to be rich to plan a memorable trip. You can choose to travel domestically or internationally. And you will want to get the most from your trip without going bankrupt.

Decide how much of a budget you have and stick with it. Select a good travel agent, or if you have the inclination and time, you can plan your own tour; there are many travel sites online that offer some great package deals. If you are traveling domestically, consider driving or seeing the country on a bus or train. If traveling abroad, check airline promotional fares, and avoid traveling during peak periods such as July, August, and December. If you’re not into flying, there are cruise lines that offer great money-saving incentives, and you’ll get to meet new people and possibly form lasting friendships.

You can take shorter trips if you are press for time or money, but if you don’t like traveling alone, you can join a travel club.

Lastly, wherever you travel, whether it’s domestically or internationally, try to stay and eat where locals live and eat. You will not only learn about their traditions, but they will learn more about your way of life.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

ArtByTessy - Inspire Your Space



Liven up your environment with stunning artwork by Teresa Wiggins. To learn more about this gifted artist, go to ArtByTessy.

Artwork by Teresa Wiggins


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.

Nominate here: https://idateawards.com

Monday, August 26, 2019

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


A HERITAGE OF TREASURES

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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)

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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: http://www.tinyurl.com/AnOceanOfJewels - 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 https://www.90daysthefilm.com. 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.

DOWNLOAD THE FILM! 
GET TESTED! 
KNOW YOUR STATUS!
HAVE THE CONVERSATION!


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.


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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. 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Partake Foods Make Your Snacking Cookies More Delicious



Partake Foods are all about making everyday snacking a little easier, safer, and tastier for everyone. Their allergy-friendly, vegan, non-GMO(Genetically Modified Organisms) cookies are free of the top 14 allergens (and gluten!) and full of real, whole ingredients everyone can enjoy.

With flavors like carrot oat, birthday cake, double chocolate chip and more, there's a cookie for every craving without the guilt. You can find them in 100+ stores across the US—including Whole Foods and Wegmans.

For additional information on this company, go to https://partakefoods.com. You can also order their cookies on Amazon.

Bon appétit

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 

https://www.cjshane.com/
https://www.cjshane.com/dragons-revenge.html
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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.