Book Spotlight: Pluff Mud Murders


New Release: Pluff Mud Murders by Ann Carpenter

 
Atlanta, Georgia:
Local author releases brand new suspenseful read, Pluff Mud Murders now available at Amazon.com.

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Book Description: Riley Jordan has come home to Charleston to begin a new life—a life interrupted when she was a young child, and still haunted by vague memories of danger and mystery. After years of living the fast-paced life of New York’s publishing world, Riley will be the editor-in-chief of Charleston’s Premier
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It should be the perfect life. But things are not what they seem.
Soon, Riley, who has suffered amnesia since a traumatic event in her childhood, finds herself embroiled in the past history and current events of the powerful Radisson family, a family whose evil deeds have evaded the long arm of the law, and whose influence reaches far beyond the city limits. When Riley is confronted with three tiny coffins upon a visit to the former Radisson Estate, she begins a journey into the past that will bring her into contact with Summer Radisson and her sister Hayden. Forced by current events to return to her tortured past, Riley is confronted with long-buried secrets that have an impact not only on her life, but on the lives of Alex Keys, a detective who is trying to find out who she really is, and his former partner, Phil Leatherman, who was forced from his position in the department because he knew too much. Under suspicion herself, Riley vacillates between wanting to remember whatever may have happened, and a desire to put the past—whatever it might reveal—behind her, and start life over. But the past is imposing itself upon her very life. As she learns through a series of revelations, “Death is the key that opens the door to the past.” This epitaph from Jefferson Radisson’s grave may indeed provide answers to the secret that has been buried too long—and that will finally set Riley free.

 
 
About Ann Carpenter:

Ann Carpenter is the author of three novels, Pluff Mud Murders, Circle of Player, and The Mystical Doll House. She is the founder of Kidz By Dezign, and lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband and granddaughter.
 
 
 
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Black Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour Stop No. 7: Straight from the Library


Happy Tuesday! Today’s tour stop is at Straight from the Library and once I heard the site’s name, I couldn’t help, but to think of the movie, Straight Outta Compton. This lead me to think about all of the memoirs and biographies out there about some of the world’s most famous people. Do you have a favorite memoir or biography? I will go on record and say that mine is E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX. What is yours? Share in the discussion below by clicking the link:

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Book Spotlight: Irresistible Woman II by J.W. Smith


JW Smith In His Words, Meet Author J.W. Smith:

The man behind the post and this is my story……I am J. W. Smith an aspiring writer, inspirational speaker and motivator to all. I was born and raised in one of the toughest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, California. At a very young age I was taught to survive by any means necessary or fall prey to society’s statistics. In the early 80’s when the crack epidemic hit the circulation of the inner city, I lost my father’s guidance and teachings to the drug, and my virginity to the streets. After many years of incarceration both as a juvenile and an adult, I finally woke up and started taken responsibility for my own actions rather than continuing to search for blame in others. With a lengthy stint of incarceration ahead of me and a high-school diploma to fall back on, I diligently set out to write my first novel “No Love Lost”, while the spirit of God provided the faith and the strength to conquer the obstacles I would face along my journey. I am the proud father of three young adults, two girl and a 23 year old young man, with the youngest graduating high school and set for Texas AM College this semester. My oldest daughter was in a tragic accident at the age of 16, paralyzed from the waist down, with every bone in her body broken per the doctors. She’s the inspiration that I look forward to and my 24 hour rock to lean on. She exudes the unfathomable determination to walk again. She’s the woman that gives me motivation to fight harder in becoming a successful provider, entrepreneur and inspiration to all. The perseverance and dedication within allows me to continue on this journey to master what avid readers can relate to, which is real life. I am the C.E.O of Shinning Starr Publications with several authors in the making on the roster.When I’m not writing I am enjoying a day of relaxation with the family or catching up on the politics of the world. I am Author J.W Smith and leaving a legend to be greatly remembered by is what I awake every morning with the anticipation of doing.

Untitled-1Q& A with Author J.W. Smith

1. What genre are your books?
I write Urban Fiyah with a touch of inspiration for the ladies.
2. How much research do you do?
I write about what I know and what I’ve experience.
3. What are you working on at the minute?
Synopsis for Irresistible Woman II: The Boss Take Over
A series of fast paced events are set in motion when Cynthia is manipulated into captivity by a childhood associate. With the loss of a friend, child and the urgent search for a missing teen triple threat squad formulates a plan of action that will ultimately leave everyone involved, stunned, to the core. This title shows the power of one woman’s sheer determination to break the cycle of generational curse with an unsuspecting person as her mentor. With vivid descriptions and play by play action, Irresistible Woman II will never leave you with a dull moment. This book will have you laughing, crying and filled with an abundance of emotion as you take a tour inside the transitional phase of one woman’s plight to raise the bar on life.
4. Tell us a little bit about you and your books.

Synopsis for Irresistible Woman I:

When three of the most diverse young women are adjoined at the hip by loyalty, the threat of death, murder nor mayhem could separate the trio. Bound by blood and a vow made back in the 3rd grade, the girls are made to endure atrocious activity to survive the gritty streets of Texas.  But when one of the pack member’s are suspected of being an informant for the F.B.I., their loyalty is put through the test.  With Jonetta facilitating the way and Ingrid doing hard time, Samantha is left behind to deal with the dingy street’s alone. With street credentials of a true project Diva, Samantha springs into action, readjust her values and commence to handling her priorities. This book is a fast pace novel, with great influential wisdom throughout it’s contents. These women were born and raised in poverty and destined to be a product of their environment, but eventually through believing in one another’s dreams, goals and aspirations, the girls were able to make a determined transition to the top.   

5.How long have you been writing?

I started this journey of sculpturing my first novel “No Love Lost” in 2004 while incarcerated in Federal Prison.

6. What inspired you to start writing?

Being determined to excel beyond measures.

7.What are your plans as far as writing in the future?

Being able to connect with the people on all level of understanding.

8.What do you hope to accomplish in your books to your readers?

To continue to enlightening the avid readers with Inspirational words of wisdom..(Thanks to the Almighty)

Irresistible Woman II will be released on April 5, 2014. To check out Irresistible Woman I, please click here and to check out No Love Lost by the author, please click here

Book Spotlight: The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor’s Story


ImageBook Title: The Predator Lies of Anorexia:  A Survivor’s Story

I want. I want you to want me. I want you to think I am the smartest, the thinnest, the most beautiful. I want you to want to be me. I want to be enviable. I want to be impervious. I want to need nothing. I want you to know that I am strong. I want to think I am better than everyone else. I want. I’m willing to give up everything. I will give up mind and future. I will give up health, happiness and peace. I will give up family, friends and fun. I will give up rest and comfort. I will give up food. But please, just let me keep faith.

In this raw telling of her long struggle with anorexia, Abby Kelly reveals the predatory lies that ran rampant in her disordered mind. She will lead readers through the fight to her final victory. Readers will find empathy, compassion and insight in these pages. Most of all, they will find hope for recovery and a life beyond the battle.

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 Abby Kelly is a nomadic, military spouse writing from wherever she momentarily finds herself with her husband, their wonderful dog, Brave, and two tolerable cats. Abby began writing in the process of recovering from a more-than-decade long eating disorder. She credits Jesus Christ for her full recovery and for filling her with a passion to encourage others to seek freedom from their own addictions and struggles. Now, Abby writes for numerous Christian publications as well as maintains her personal blog, Predatory-Lies.

In her free time, she and Brave enjoy volunteering in hospitals and schools as a pet therapy team through Pet Partners.

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!

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!