Blurb Blitz Tour Stop #4 @ Andi’s Book Reviews


Today, I’m stopping through at Andi’s Book Reviews to drop off a blurb and excerpt of The Ace of Diamonds. Come chat for a minute or two! Today I’m asking for all visitors to leave the name of their favorite character from a book as well as the name of the person who they believe could play the character in a movie. Leave a comment and automatically enter into a giveaway to win a $50 gift card to Kay Jewelers! *Razzle~Dazzle*

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Blurb Blitz Tour Stop #3 @ Welcome To My World of Dreams


Whoo! I just had to get that out! This tour so far has been an amazing ride. I have enjoyed interacting with readers and authors. So far, there have been discussions on characters, plot, and cliffhanger endings. Today, I decided to change the subject a little bit and ask everyone to name their favorite genre and why. Join in the discussion by clicking the banner below. Comment, leave your email address and be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Kay Jewelers.

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Tour Schedule for The Ace of Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour


As promised, The Ace of Diamonds by Vogue, will be participating in a second virtual book tour, hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions, entitled The Ace of Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour. During this tour, you can enter to win a $50 gift card to Kay Jewelers. This giveaway will also serve as the giveaway for April and The Diamond Exchange giveaway will be postponed to May. Below is the schedule of tour stops:

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4/15/2013 Linda Nightingale-Wordsmith
4/16/2013 United By Books
4/17/2013 Welcome to My World of Dreams
4/18/2013 Andi’s Book Reviews
4/19/2013 Beyond My Writing Space
4/19/2013 SECOND STOP You Gotta Read Reviews
4/22/2013 Long and Short Reviews
4/23/2013 Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!!
4/24/2013 Loose the Hounds
4/26/2013 The Muse Unleashed
4/26/2013 SECOND STOP Deal Sharing Aunt

What I Read: Power & Beauty by TI (with David Ritz)


ti-power-and-beautyWhen TI announced he was writing a book, I knew I would be the first person in line to get it. I’m a huge fan of his music, reality show, and anything else he puts his hands on. When I first started reading Power & Beauty, I expected the writing style to reflect TI’s persona as a rapper. Let’s just say, I was in for a rude awakening. There were points in the story, which sounded like TI, “the rapper,” but the majority of the story seemed to have possibly been written in the voice of his co-author. While I was expecting one thing and got another, overall, I still enjoyed the book and purchased the sequel, Trouble and Triumph prior to finishing Power and Beauty.

The novel details the coming of age of Power (real name Paul) and Beauty, after their mother, Charlotte, is killed in an explosion. Although, they are not biologically related, they view each other as brother and sister despite the undeniable love they share. After their mother’s death, they are taken in by the ruthless Slim, a local businessman in Atlanta. Slim is crooked and although Power takes a liking to him, Beauty can see through him like glass. She even leaves Atlanta because of him, leaving Power behind.

The tagline of the book, a love story of life on the streets, in my opinion, is used incorrectly. The book is a love story, but not on the streets. Although Power goes through situations somewhat similar to stories found in street fiction, I wouldn’t put the book in this category. For example, one of the main turning points in the story is when Power drops out of high school because he didn’t win class president. (Yes, you read correctly, he drops out of high school because he didn’t win class president). His disappointment over the loss leads Slim to send him to New York to get schooled by the best players in the game.

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Beauty, the female protagonist of the book, goes on her own journey, hitting the fashion world in New York and even making her way to Japan. She starts from the bottom and even takes a job as a sales associate at Claire’s. In this position, she has the potential to become the youngest store manager in the company’s history, however, she is never granted the position. She ends up taking a job at a department store, which puts her in New York, the same city as Power.

The highlight of the novel is the different people they come across during their journey. Each person leaves a lasting impression and is somehow connected to the next person who “schools” them. Since the book has a cliffhanger ending, I am anticipating the direction Trouble and Triumph takes. I already envision Power and Beauty crossing paths once again. However, the question is, will they rekindle their forbidden love, or will they face their demise at the hands of Slim? To find out, one must read!

Partying with Goddess Fish!


Partying_with_Goddess_Fish_button_200_copy (1)The Party Pavilion is the kick-off for all authors who are touring throughout the month of April. The Ace of Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour, commences on April 15th through April 26th. Check out the Party Pavilion today for a book feature, excerpt, and guest blog! Simply click the banner to be directed to the Party Pavilion.

VBT Stop #5: Spotlight @ The Official Blog-Zine of Terra Little


The tour is still going strong! Today’s stop is a spotlight at The Official Blog-Zine of Terra Little! Remember to visit, comment, and enter the giveaway! To get to today’s post, simply click the banner below!

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What I Read: Invisible Thug Lover by Charles Burgess


51H8esrKSeL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_At one point in time I was going to participate in a flash fiction anthology, however, I never got around to writing my piece. Now, I’ve been given the chance to review a flash fiction story and I must say, I am now intrigued. For those of you who have never heard of flash fiction, it is almost like another form of a short story, however, much shorter. Some flash fiction titles are as short as three hundred words and some are as long as one thousand. By the time I finish this review, I may have a large enough word count to give you an idea of how short flash fiction is.

Charles Burgess’, Invisible Thug Lover, is the first flash fiction story I’ve ever read. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect aside from what was mentioned in the synopsis. When I started reading, all I could think was, “Meet the man of your dreams,”−literally. The main character, Hightower, is exactly what the title describes, an invisible thug lover. The CIA tried to tame him, but he escaped their system and now lurks the streets of Chicago, finding female victims who he can seduce and offer unimaginable pleasure. Hightower is the ultimate lover, one who takes his time to discover his victims’ fantasies and likes.

I will admit; I feel a little apprehensive about using the word victim. Hightower is not a rapist, but I viewed him as the man who comes to you in your dreams, the one who you believe is really there, fulfilling your wants and needs. Nevertheless, the real question is, does Hightower actually exist, or is he simply a figment of his victims’ imagination?

With flash fiction and short stories, I often read complaints from readers feeling as if they never get enough of the story. With this particular piece, I believe you get everything you need (including a little bit on Hightower’s background), but the mystery surrounding whether Hightower is real or not, will leave you wanting more. Therefore, I’ve already one-clicked my way to Part II. The only thing I really hoped for in this story was a description of Hightower’s looks. The lack thereof didn’t impact the overall story because I simply envisioned Morris Chestnut to fill the void (LOL).

For those of you who like quick, erotic, and descriptive stories, I highly recommend this work!

Invisible Thug Lover Part I and II are currently available on Amazon’s Kindle for .99.

This flash fiction story was provided by the author for review purposes.

VBT Stop #2: Book Spotlight @ I Know That Book!


Today is the second tour stop for The Ace of Diamonds. The book is spotlighted at I Know That Book! If you haven’t had a chance to enter the giveaway, you can do so here! You also can read a blurb about the book, excerpt, as well as a brief bio on the author! Visit the second tour stop by clicking on the banner below!

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What I Read: Pink Lipstick and Pistols by Pinky Dior


521575_552440421441300_1194444042_nIt is very rare that I am given the time to sit down and read a book because I am so busy with my own project. Since downloading the Kindle app on my phone, I have now found a way to fit in time for reading. My first official purchase on the Kindle was Pink Lipstick and Pistols, a short story by Pinky Dior. The initial reason I bought this book was because I wanted to support the author who I saw via Facebook was a young mother who displayed a high level of determination and ambition. In addition, I had read samples of the book and wanted to see how the story played out.

Pink Lipstick and Pistols tells the story of Milan, a beautiful, young woman who loves her pink lipstick just as much as she loves her boyfriend, Stakkz. Although not billed as such, the story could be considered as a Bonnie and Clyde tale. The story takes off with a bang immediately after the reader learns that Miss Milan has a pink pistol in her possession.

What sets this book apart from others that I have read is that the lead female character is the one displaying the most aggression while her male counterpart handles the majority of the “business.” I enjoyed that the roles were somewhat flipped because in most Urban Fiction titles, the male is the one with the most gunplay. I can honestly say that there is not a dull moment in this story. For young adult readers who love twists and turns, this is the read for you.

I commend Pinky Dior for writing an entertaining story and I hope you all get a chance to check it out. You can purchase a copy of Pink Lipstick and Pistols exclusively on Kindle for 2.99. If you do not have a Kindle, try downloading a Kindle app for free on your phone or your PC! Enjoy!