Recognizing The Power Of Forgiveness

Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness

When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge — or embrace forgiveness and move forward.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. Perhaps your mother criticized your parenting skills, your colleague sabotaged a project or your partner had an affair. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance.

But if you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy. Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What is forgiveness?

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Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, more positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.

What are the benefits of forgiving someone?

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Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for happiness, health and peace. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Greater spiritual and psychological well-being
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Higher self-esteem

Why is it so easy to hold a grudge?

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When you’re hurt by someone you love and trust, you might become angry, sad or confused. If you dwell on hurtful events or situations, grudges filled with resentment, vengeance and hostility can take root. If you allow negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice.

What are the effects of holding a grudge?

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If you’re unforgiving, you might:

  • Bring anger and bitterness into every relationship and new experience
  • Become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can’t enjoy the present
  • Become depressed or anxious
  • Feel that your life lacks meaning or purpose, or that you’re at odds with your spiritual beliefs
  • Lose valuable and enriching connectedness with others

How do I reach a state of forgiveness?

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Forgiveness is a commitment to a process of change. To begin, you might:

  • Consider the value of forgiveness and its importance in your life at a given time
  • Reflect on the facts of the situation, how you’ve reacted, and how this combination has affected your life, health and well-being
  • Actively choose to forgive the person who’s offended you, when you’re ready
  • Move away from your role as victim and release the control and power the offending person and situation have had in your life

As you let go of grudges, you’ll no longer define your life by how you’ve been hurt. You might even find compassion and understanding.

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8 Avoidable Reasons People Will Unfollow Your Brand

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Avoidable Reasons Why Brands Unfollow You Never Ever Back Together
Twitter marketing is about more than just follower numbers, and business success is about more than just being liked. With followers being 67% more likely to buy from a brand they’re following, it’s always worth doing what you can to hold on to them. 55% of people will follow a brand on Twitter because they like them, but if things go bad they’ll have no qualms about changing their mind. If your brand isn’t careful there may come a time when people simply don’t want to be mates with you anymore.

You don’t want that to be your brand, Twitter (and business as a whole) is better when you have a positive ongoing relationship with your customers. But you can’t stress over every tiny factor that could cause someone to might unfollow you. So to keep you focused, here are the main reasons why people will unfollow you which can be totally avoided without much hassle:
You’re Aren’t Interacting

21% of people will unfollow accounts with no conversational Tweets. While your brand isn’t necessarily there to be the life and soul of the party (unless that’s in your brand strategy), if you can’t find the time to acknowledge the Twitter users who interact with you then they’re likely to find the time to unfollow you.
You’re Not Helpful

55% of Twitter users expect questions on Twitter to be answered within an hour, this rises to 72% when it’s a complaint. 34% of customers are also more likely to make a repeat purchase from you if your response is timely. If you’re dawdling and not getting back to people with swift, helpful answers then don’t be surprised to see those people disappear from your follower count.
You Spam

Every brand is allowed an amount of selling of some sort on their profile. It’s expected. But 47% of people unfollow for too much spam, and 48% do it for too much self-promotion. So if you’re constantly shoving links out to your buying pages and not mixing up your Tweet content, then you’re likely to annoy after a while. Seek conversations that are relevant to you, interact with people Tweeting about you, and post things that your audience are likely to find useful or interesting. Then when you do want to advertize yourself, it’s not an unwelcome intrusion to your followers timeline.
You Use Bad Automation

Automation done well can have personality, serve a purpose, and ultimately help your marketing if it’s unrealistic for you to do all of the work yourself. If it feels robotic then people may decide that they’d rather follow a human instead of a machine. Be ready to respond to scheduled Tweets, include an offer or freebie in any automatic messages to followers, and use a variety of messages.
You Give Nothing Back

33% of people follow brands on Twitter for the freebies and 52% for news on discounts or promotions. While you don’t have to desperately buy Cadillacs and ponies for every person who clicks ‘follow’, giving out offers, free samples or even ‘exclusive’ updates occasionally will keep those 52% of people on board and help you win over some others too.

You Never Tweet

A common reason people will go on unfollow sprees is to balance their follow:following ratio, and inactive followers will be trimmed. If you never Tweet, people may assume you’re not active on the service and you’ll probably be first in line for an unfollow. A worst case scenario would even be that they think your business isn’t even operating anymore and don’t visit you in future, eek!
You Weren’t There For Them When They Needed You

Approximately 60% of people will follow a brand on Twitter for customer service and support. If you’re not giving it to them when they need it, then they may unfollow you. If you can’t be responding to people around the clock, let people know when you will respond in your bio. If you don’t use Twitter for customer service, make sure your bio lets people know where they can get in touch with your team for help.
Your Brand Is Your Personal Soapbox

What you believe in your free time is up to you. But if you start Tweeting controversial political views from your brand’s account, or streams of social commentary that’s nothing to do with the brand then prepare for people who don’t agree to depart swiftly.

You can’t please everyone all of the time, so don’t worry about each and every unfollow. But by being aware of what switches people off, you can minimize the unfollows while having an engaging and entertaining Twitter account. What other avoidable things are there that brands do, which cause you to unfollow?

DJ Gatsby & WBMG Publishing Presents “All Of My Favorite Stories (A Children’s Book) by Madlen Namro

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All Of My Favorite Stories (A Children’s Book) by Author Madlen Namro.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute. September 11, 2014
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After his owner falls ill and releases, Lonek a Maine coon cat, he travels on is way to find a new home. He first runs into Stephanie, a fox, who allows him to stay with her in her burrow. Stephanie attempts to teach Lonek how to hunt, but Lonek who is domestic, used to being served, has a hard time killing other animals. Lonek felt bad that Stephanie had to do the hunting for the both of him, so he felt it would be better to say goodbye and find a more suitable home for himself.
This is a very cute story about a coon cat’s travels. I found it amazing sweet and at times funny. The author did a very good job of placing you in the story.
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I bought it last week and downloaded it for my 6 years old daughter….She has her own Kindle since 3 months… She devoured All of my favorite stories during the week-end !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different than a lot of childrens books. September 12, 2014
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These stories remind me of some from when I was younger. Very sweet and nice stories! Love the illustrations! Thanks for publishing this book!
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“Fiction versus Non-Fiction” Do Your Readers Know The Difference ?

Fiction v. Nonfiction

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The distinction between fiction and nonfiction has been blurred in recent years. Novelists (writers of fiction) have based stories on real life events and characters (nonfiction), and historians (writers of nonfiction) have incorporated imagined dialogue (fiction) to suggest the thoughts of historical figures.

Texts are commonly classified as fiction or nonfiction. The distinction addresses whether a text discusses the world of the imagination (fiction) or the real world (nonfiction).

Fiction: poems, stories, plays, novels
Nonfiction: newspaper stories, editorials, personal accounts, journal articles, textbooks, legal documents

Fiction is commonly divided into three areas according to the general appearance of the text: stories and novels: prose–that is, the usual paragraph structure–forming chapters

Poetry: lines of varying length, forming stanzas

Plays: spoken lines and stage directions, arranged in scenes and acts
Other than for documentaries, movies are fiction because they present a “made up” story. Movie reviews, on the other hand, are nonfiction, because they discuss something real—namely movies.

Note that newspaper articles are nonfiction—even when fabricated. The test is not whether the assertions are true. Nonfiction can make false assertions, and often does. The question is whether the assertions claim to describe reality, no matter how speculative the discussion may be. Claims of alien abduction are classified as nonfiction, while “what if” scenarios of history are, by their very nature, fiction.

Article courtesy of: Dan Kurland’s http://www.criticalreading.com
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Marketing Tips For Authors : Reach Out to Book Clubs

Marketing Tip: Reach Out to Book Clubs

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on May 13, 2014 5:02:52 AM

Book club organizers are always on the lookout for what to read next, so why not throw your hat in the ring? Offering to attend a book club in person is a great way to spread the word about your work and establish a personal connection with your readers. Plus it’s a lot of fun! Most of the book clubs I’ve attended have never met an author in person before, so they’re just as excited as I am about the whole experience. A win-win!

 

Here are two great ways to find book clubs:

 

1)    Do a search on www.meetup.com

 

I love this site! You can search for appropriate book clubs within a specified radius of where you live, then send the organizer a friendly note about your book and yourself. (Note: This is why it’s good to have basic marketing materials prepared – you don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel every time you reach out to a potential reader.)

 

2)    Contact local college alumni chapters

 

Go to the national alumni page of your alma mater, which should link you to the pages of local groups across the country. Many chapters have a book club and include the contact information for the person in charge. As a fellow graduate, you already have a legitimate connection, so send a note and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy!

 

As with any outreach strategy, it’s important to attack your book club “campaign” realizing that not everyone will respond to you – in fact, most people won’t. But if you contact enough groups with a compelling, targeted pitch, you will get some replies. Just like sales (and dating!), book marketing is a numbers game. You just have to keep at it until you find the right match.

 

-Maria

Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on PaperIt’s a Waverly LifeHoney on Your Mind and Chocolate for Two, and Cassidy Lane. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more atwww.mariamurnane.com.

DJ GATSBY BOOK CLUB: SETTING THE BAR WHEN IT COMES TO AMAZON BOOK REVIEWS WITH 32 REVIEWS IN 2013

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Clothesline Blues
ReviewedClothesline Bluesby B. Berry
December 06, 2013

B. Berry tackles a interesting plot in Clothesline Blues & i for one was drawn in by the synopsis. An unhappy & abused wife who is looking for love from a younger man confiding in her friend is a recipe for disaster. As the story unfolded i became more and more intrigued with where the author was going to take me with this plot. Needless to say i was both amused & entertained with the way the story unfolded & Clothesline Blues is well worth the price of admission.

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Represent
ReviewedRepresent
December 06, 2013

In the book “Represent” Author David L does just that, he does a fantastic job as he represents Urban Fiction & the streets of New York in this novel . The book has a street feel that a lot of other authors fail to bring to their stories and the characters are so real that i feel he changed the names to protect the innocent. I am looking forward to reading more books by this very talented author and “Represent” is a great place to start if you have not read any of his books. “Represent” brings you Suspense, Drama, Murder & Mayhem as main characters “Innocent” and “Prentice” bring a new meaning to the term “Crime Family”.

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Sins Of The Flesh
ReviewedSins Of The Fleshby Stacey Thomas
November 04, 2013

I didn’t know what to expect when i received my Review Copy of “Sins Of The Flesh” By Author Stacey Thomas. As i started reading it i was quickly introduced to a word of sex, infidelity and lust. All 5 stories kept me engaged as their plots started to unfold and i quickly realized that this author was skilled at story telling and the book would be a very good read. While all 5 stories deal with the same subject “SEX” Author Stacey Thomas manages to keep them very different and original. Great job Stacey & i am looking forward to your next book.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
October 11, 2013

“My man My Abuser” is a story filled with both “Love, Hate, Pain & Suffering”. The female character Qortni thinks she is in love with her man Qamar, but she knows that she hate the way he treats her. While this story is very touching and based on the authors past relationship, it is like so many other abusive relationships that young women go thru everyday.

After meeting and dating Qamar for a short period of time Qortni falls in love with him. Not long after that, she realizes that Qamar is not the man she thought he was or even the man she wants to stay in a relationship with. But as abusive relations go she finds out that it’s hard or sometimes even impossible to leave once you fall in love with an abusive lover. Qamar is a dangerous man who will seemingly stop at nothing to keep Qortni in his bed and under his control. The story is also an example of how young women can recognize the signs and traits of an abusive man & even avoid the pain and suffering of being in a relationship with one. Qoutni’s will, determination and love for herself will be tested as she fight’s to get away from Qamar for good.

Author Rocky Rose is a very talented young writer and i look forward to reading more of her work.

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Monster
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
September 22, 2013

In this Readers Favorite “Book Of The Year” Author Ben Burgess Jr. shows his readers a vulnerable side of men that we seldom see. Ken is a young man who is fairly new to the dating scene who falls in love and is hurt by a woman he cares deeply for and wanted to marry.

While the author skillfully tells us about all the women he has seduced, he also meticulously shows us how he became a womanizing player who now looks to change his promiscuous ways. When he falls in love with one of his many conquests he attempt’s to change from the Monster he has become into the loving, caring, faithful man he wants to be.

“Monster” is a true coming of age story where a boy becomes a man and seeks to atone for his hurtful ways by writing this book.

Good Job Mr. Burgess !!

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They Say She Broke the Rule (Volume 1)
ReviewedThey Say She Broke the Rule (Volume 1)by Bradley Hall, Helen
August 29, 2013

“They Say She Broke The Rule” By Helen Bradley Hall Is Avery Ambitious Effort By This First Time Author. While I Found The Book Both Interesting & Intriguing It Lacked The Editing And Writing Skills Needed To Make It A Recommended Read. The Book Tells A Tragic Tale Of Overcoming Adversity & The Other Pitfalls That Sometimes Confront Us In Life. I Look Forward To Reading More From Helen Bradley Hall And Hope She Continues To Grow As An Author.

August 20, 2013

The Legend of Billy D by Zoe & Yusuf Woods kind of took me by surprise when I read the theme of this book. I did not know whether to read the “Blood Of My Brothers” series first or “The Legend of 0f Billy”. I am glad now that I read “The Legend of Billy” first, because I grew up in the 70′s and loved Harlem, NY. You had Hustlers, Pimps, Ballers & Players and they all wanted to rule the streets.

The main character Terrance Brown has a plan to be A Don and is willing to do what it takes to get there. .The story has the strong characters and gritty hardcore street drama and suspense that any good book needs, and it actually takes you back in time to when Legends were made on the streets of Harlem. I like the way the book ties into the Blood of my brothers & I suggest you read that series also.

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August 13, 2013

Little Bad Girl 3, Precious Revenge!

Treasure Blue once again takes the “scenic” route to a shocking destination! Just when you start to think the story will end with Chantel, Nakea, Precious, Boston and Mama Granny living happily ever after once they’ve exposed “The Good Reverend”, He completely flips the script and sends you careening around a corner onto a road you never dreamed you’d travel! Mr.Blue is a Master at easing you into the story and taking your mind in one direction, then suddenly slapping you in the face with something so unexpected that it takes your breath away! I anticipate book 4 with bated breath!!! ~Teri A.H.~

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Money Ain't Everything
ReviewedMoney Ain’t Everythingby Eyone Williams
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
July 28, 2013

Eyone Williams a/k/a Uptown Eyone once again sets himself apart from the rest of the so-called “Hard Core” Urban Fiction writers with “Money Ain’t Everything”. Fresh off the heels of his book “Secrets Never Die” he brings us a book that’s straight from the streets and based on a true story. Money Ain’t Everything follows Vicioso and his brother from the ghettos of Panama to New York City where they start a drug empire that stretches to Philly and Washington, DC. While Vicioso & his team all have a plan to make money and take care of their family’s back in Panama, any “Real Hustler” will tell you the “Drug Game” is the most dangerous occupation in the world and most if not all end up “Dead or in Jail”. “Real Is Back” and his name is Eyone Williams, be sure to check-out other his other books “Lorton Legends” & “Secrets Never Die”.

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LITTLE SATCHMO
July 26, 2013

In her tell all book, “Little Satchmo, Living In The Shadow Of My Father Louis Daniel Armstrong” Author Sharon L. Folta’s once again breaks her silence about her famous Father Louis Armstrong. She attempts to set the story straight and shares some of the most intimate times she spent with her father. She also shares some very personal letters that Louis Armstrong wrote to her and her mother. I commend Sharon L. Folta for writing this book as it sends a message to all Fathers & Mothers about the pain and suffering that “Unclaimed” children can be subject to when their “Parents” are ashamed or reluctant to reveal to the world who their children are.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
July 14, 2013

Author Cindy J Smith is back with her latest book of poetry “They Wont Shut Up & it does not disappoint. She has proven again that she has a talent for writing poetry that is unique and original. I highly recommend “They Won’t Shut Up” and I also suggest that you pick up her first book ‘Voices Inside My Head” also.

The Pussy Trap
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
June 23, 2013

The Pussy Trap by Author Nene Capri almost had me P*ssy Whipped. From the very first chapter she sets the stage for the main character Kayson to make his way to KingPin status. Set in New York City this story takes you on a ride filled with lies, deception, murder & millions of dollars to be made. Kayson befriends KoKo a “Boss B*tch” who has a thirst for money & murder, but will she be the one who Sets “The Pussy Trap” for Kayson’s rival or Will Kayson Get P*ssy Whipped ? *I Suggest You Read the Book & Start #Trappin.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful
June 17, 2013

Lashanta Charles brings us “Lovely Lies” & it is a very good book for this first time author. The main character Makynzee pulls you in right from the start of this drama filled “rollercoaster” ride. She comes from a troubled household that has an abusive mother & a lying father and family members that can’t be trusted. When she ventures out on her own she becomes a Stripper” to support herself but that life proves to be a very dangerous decision. She falls in love with one man “Kalil” only to be stalked by another who is relentless in his pursuit of her. “Lovely Lies” is a tale of love, drama & deception that will have you yearning for the sequel.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
May 02, 2013

“Revenge Of The Orgasm” by The Greatest Poet Alive Is A Book Quite Unlike Anything That I Have Read Before. I Highly Recommend That You “Read” Or Should I Say “Experience” This Book In An Intimate Setting With A Another Person. The Poems In This Book Will Take You To Another Place & Time Where You Enjoyed “Sexual Bliss” And You Will Want To Remain There.

The Book Is.. Part Sex, Part Foreplay, Part Fantasy & These Erotic Poems Are So Eloquently Written That You “Must” I Mean I “Insist” That You Read Them With An Open Mind,Body & Soul.

Lastly To All Of You Uptight, Sexually Frustrated, Ain’t Made Love In A While People Out There, Revenge Of The Orgasm (An Erotic Autobiography) Is The “Climax You Want, Need & Have Been Waiting For !!

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April 15, 2013

Kisses don’t Lie is part one of Tamika Newhouse’s provoking series which includes a tale of suspense, intrigue mixed with some real life drama. While visiting her family in Texas, Kyla comes face to face with her first love who confronts her about a promise they made to each other over ten years earlier. A simple kiss brings back secrets. Secrets that if were ever revealed would be devastating to say the least. Kyla struggles with her desires and finds herself caught between two lovers from her past and one of them is blackmailing her. To make matters worse, Kyla has recently entered into a relationship with a co-worker in Washington, DC where she currently lives. Oh, “what a tangled web we weave”. Who will she choose? Brittany has recently met a wonderful man that adores her and is falling for her quickly. Things are going good between Michael and Brittany but, after a night of passion Brittany comes up pregnant. She begins to relive experiences from her pass and chases Michael away. Believing he would play the disappearing act anyway. Michael is confused and rejected by her actions and tries desperately to show her she is wrong about him. Brittany struggles to make a decision whether to have his child or not. Will both of them make the right decision?

Tamika Newhouse does a wonderful job of weaving the intricate plots full of twists and turns and suspense. This novel will literally have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you begin to think you have it figured out the story line & plot Tamika will reveal another twist to keep you full of suspense. A love story like no other, all because of a simple kiss.

Kisses don’t lie? Do they?

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Voices In My Head
ReviewedVoices In My Headby Cindy J Smith
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
March 22, 2013

Cindy J, Smith has complied some of he most touching poems that I have read in a long time In her book “Voices In My Head”. She seems to have a grasp of words that very few poets have yet to master. I am looking forward to reading more poems from this talent & gifted Poet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful
March 18, 2013

“Let Me Pimp or Let Me Die” by Caujuan Akim Mayo is a gritty inside look into the Pimp’s & Hoe’s subculture on the streets of San Diego, CA. This fictional tale of the inner workings of the pimp game will entertain you while educating you on how this game is played. Jackpot, learns the game from an ex-pimp and tweaks his instructions to earn him the riches, the fame and the respect in the pimp game. The same game that elevated him to superstar status eventually brought him down and landed him in prison. Ricky Waters also known as “Jackpot” story is one of intrigue and suspense. His inside look into the pimp life is very informative as well as educational. Caujuan’s ability is to tell his story so explicitly detailed with drama is pure genius. This inside look into the life will hold your attention to the very last page and will not disappoint. I highly recommend it.

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Dysfunctional: (The root of betrayal)
ReviewedDysfunctional: (The root of betrayal)by Oliver- Hicks, Tameka
February 04, 2013

Dysfunctional by Tameka Oliver-Hicks, this is a or so it seems. The more this suspenseful account reveals, the more you want to know. You want to understand the root of the character’s dysfunctional behavior. Tameka does a wonderful job of describing the character’s background and her troubled childhood. As a reader you get drawn in and at times believe that there is something really dysfunctional about Tamara or is there? Is something more sinister being gradually revealed, is she truly dysfunctional or is there a calculated plot for revenge.Her seemingly uncaring attitude is slowly peeled away and her intricate plan to correct all the wrong that has been done to her is methodically revealed. The story slowly unfolds, giving very little away until finally the questions are answered.

Everyone deals with pain and suffering in their own special way. Sometimes we take for granted that person’s seemingly dysfunctional behavior can be ruse to hide their pain or a cry for help.

A brilliant story line filled with twists and turns that will keep your attention and leave you wanting to know more, wanting to know what Tamara will do next. Sit back and enjoy this suspenseful journey of a troubled teenager and her dreams of changing the hand she was dealt.

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Gman: The Education of a Criminal
ReviewedGman: The Education of a Criminalby Gregory Marshall
January 30, 2013

Robert “DJ Bass” Jones Writes, G-Man was a calculated master of the hustling game on the streets of LA. His rise to power and the education he received while being incarcerated was very informative and served as a blueprint for his success as a hustler. The 80s and 90s were turbulent periods for a young black man with dreams.

Gregory Marshall started out as a normal kid from the streets with dreams of making it big. However when we venture down the wrong path even if we have honorable intentions sometimes it can have grave consequences. This crisp and fast paced thriller was easy to follow and comprehend and gives a dramatic inside look into the geducation of a criminalh. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of one manfs journey from obscurity to fame and back. I particularly liked the way the author brought it full circle and demonstrated that even as a feared criminal, he still had a human side.

Although Greg had to die to live, he finally began to realize that he was given a second chance for a reason. Itfs Funny sometimes how the things we sometimes take for granted can be so fulfilling and bring us the most joy. A Great story an even better book and I would highly recommend it to many of the troubled youth in our streets.

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Secrets Never Die
ReviewedSecrets Never Dieby Eyone Williams
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
December 07, 2012

Secrets Never Die Was A Thrill Ride From Beginning To End. Niya Is A Classy Young Lady Who Is Surrounded By Money, Drugs & Death. Jay Is A Hustler Who Understands That Life & Embraces It Totally. The Characters In This Story Are Very Real & The Situations Happen Everyday In The Hustle Game. This Crew Of Friends Have The Money, The Cars, The Jewels & All The Bling That Goes With It. But With Her Mother Doing 20 Years In A federal Prison & Her Sister Getting Shot, Niya Needs More Than Money To Deal With The Situations That Confront Her. While This Was My First Read By This Veteran Author It Won’t Be My Last, I Look Forward To Reading Lorton Legends & Money Ain’t Everything By Bestselling Author Eyone Williams.

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Streetz Gon' Cry
ReviewedStreetz Gon’ Cryby Anthony Barrow
November 29, 2012

“Streetz Gon Cry” Keeps It Real From Start To Finish. I Was Blown Away By The How These Cats Told This Story. If You Don’t Know How Ruthless The Bloods & Crips Can Be Read This Book For A Glimpse Into The Gang Life. Anthony Barrows & Tracey “Big Tray Dee” Davis Get “2 Guns Up” For This Street Tale that Is Sure To Become A Classic.

Fancy
ReviewedFancyby Vanna B.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
November 24, 2012

“Fancy” by Author Vanna B is a solid read about a beautiful young lady & the important lesson she learns. Vanna B shows us why you should always love yourself & not the person you created just to fit in with the crowd. Fancy asks the question,if you can’t be true to yourself who can you be true to? Vanna B is a very talented author who has scored a hit with her first book “Fancy”.

Command Me-Not
December 06, 2013

A colorful story that the author seems to hope will bring attention the 10 Commandments. I did not know what to expect when i started this book but i was pleasantly surprised as i read it. Dominique Wilkins has a unique way of bringing spirituality into her stories and this a very good one..

God Loves You
December 06, 2013

A delightful short story that will entertain children of all ages. Dominique has once again given us a book that will keeps us thinking & praying.

Girl Friend's Secrets
ReviewedGirl Friend’s Secretsby Charmaine N. Galloway
November 18, 2013

Reading “Girlfriends Secrets” by Author Charmaine Galloway turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The book was very well written and the characters were very believable. It centers around 3 girls who grew up as best friends, but as they grew older they grew apart. As their lives go in different directions the secrets that they keep from each other may prove to be their demise. “Girlfriends Secrets” will make you wonder why sometimes your best friends can end up being be your worst enemies. This was my first read by this talented author and I am sure it won’t be my last.

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October 26, 2013

Author Natalie P Kennerly has written a book that will appeal to both Teens & Young Adults. “My Brothers Keeper” tackles real life issues that our children face everyday. The book is written with a sense of realism that most other “Teen Fiction” authors fail to incorporate in their books.

I love the way the author describes the relationship between Craig and his sister Georgia as they go thru pain of their parents not being in their lives. Georgia shows that she is very mature for her age she takes on the responsibility of looking after and protecting her younger brother. The author shows her talent for writing when the story takes a dramatic turn as Georgia’s longtime friend Christian seems to have eyes for her brother Craig.

I highly recommend the book for people of all ages because there is a message for everyone who read it, no matter how old you are.

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It Is What It Is
ReviewedIt Is What It Isby Brenda Stokes Lee
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
October 11, 2013

The wait is over and I love the latest collaboration from Manswell T. Peterson & Brenda Stokes Lee. It is a fantastic book that highlights the talents of both writers. Manswell T. Peterson brings the Drama, Mystery & Intrigue that he featured in his “One Last Cry” series of books while the “Erotic Romance” writer of “Georgia On My Mind ” fame Brenda Stokes Lee keeps the pages hot & steamy as only she can.

“It Is What It Is” follows three people who’s lives are all filled with Drama, Sex & more Sex. First there’s Mykal a bachelor & playboy who wants to try the married life and have a family. Then there is Suniya who just can’t seem to find the right man and is tired of pleasing herself with her vibrator when ever she get’s horny. And there is Victoria the rich hot & horny chick who likes big black, well you know the rest. Put them all together and you have It is What It Is” a Erotic drama that is sure to have you waiting for the Sequel.

I don’t want to spoil the book anymore than I have so I will end by saying “Bravo” Mr. Peterson & Ms. Stoke Lee “Bravo”.

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September 06, 2013

I honestly never saw that ending coming! Once again Treasure Blue,teamed up with Traci Bee has created a masterpiece! In my mind as I read…Jasmine ends up with all of Russell’s Money, Passion becomes her Mini Me with her own ‘Mr. Big’ And Jasmine hooks herself a hot young man to satisfy her every sexual need!! Well, in His usual fashion….Mr. Blue along With Ms. Bee, takes you down several roads and alleys only to lead you to a very shocking and unexpected “Dead end Street!

I give Cougar’s Candy 5 Stars for originality, suspense and for being a very entertaining Read!

Thank You Treasure and Traci!

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August 29, 2013

Author RJ Champ Is Back With His Latest Book “A Beautiful Satan II Natasha’s Wrath” And He Has Done it Again. The Story Is Filled Well Written Beautifully Edited And Filled With Suspense. Natasha Is Still Doing her Devilish Deeds As Her Alter Ego Goes Along For The Ride. This Book Will Keep You On The Edge of Your Seat As You Read Every Page As The Author Pulls You Deeper Into The Mind Of The Notorious Serial Killer. Well Done RJ Champ, And I For One Am Looking Forward To Reading More About Natasha Very Soon..

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Bottom Bitch
ReviewedBottom Bitchby Racquel Williams
August 16, 2013

Review for “Bottom Bitch” By Racquel Williams

In her very first Novel, Racquel Williams comes out Swinging! She shows that she understands the need to keep her readers interested and guessing! Throughout the story, Racquel had me happy, sad, angry and a myriad of other emotions! I loved that Sierra had her own independence and worked toward opening her own hair salon despite the fact that she could have had anything she wanted from Alijah! Then there was Shayna, the ultimate traitorous bitch that every good book needs, as well as the “other Tricks” such as Luscious and Priscilla that Alijah was messing with behind Sierras back, but then again, Sierra had Mo’…..My heart was in my throat as Sierra is describing how she sees all her homies that have already gone to Heaven…….

I cannot wait for Bottom Bitch 2!! ~Teri A. H.

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August 05, 2013

This is a great product, I just wanted to get an attachment for my tripod. This is turning out to be some of the best money I spent for my I -pad..

Guestlist
ReviewedGuestlistby Jay Fingers
July 28, 2013

Jay Fingers made a ‘Fan’ out of me with his book “Guestlist”.The story is set in the Bright Lights,Glamour & Glitz of the New York City Night Club scene, where things are not always what they seem. The main character Juliet Feliz moves to NYC ready to party, hang out with her friends & meet the VIP’s & Celebrity’s. But she is in for a big surprise when she gets caught up on the ugly side of that “Velvet Rope” which is reserved for those on The “Guestlist”. There are millions of stories about New York City and this is one of the best that I have read in a while. Well done Jay Fingers I am looking to reading and reviewing your latest book “Orange Mound”.

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Fancy 2
ReviewedFancy 2
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
July 25, 2013

Vanna B, Comes back with “Fancy 2″ and completes what she started in “Fancy”. I expected nothing less from this fantastic author. Vanna B is a talented and gifted writer who tells a story like no one else. Fancy 2 is fire !!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful
June 23, 2013

“Taste Of Insanity” Is A Story About 3 Mentally Challenged Young Ladies Who Meet In What Is Essentially A Mental Institution. First There Is “Egypt” Who Lived In The Lap Of Luxury, Then There’s “Andrea” Who Grew Up With A Mom Who Was Practically A Crack-head & And Finally There Is “Blakely” Who Is A Very Intelligent Young Lady Who Looses Her Mind & Her Memory. The Hospital Staff Has No Idea What They Are In for When These Three Young Ladies Arrive To The Rose Program at The Rose Lee Institution For Woman & Children. The Author “Morenike” Does A Great Job Keeping You On The Edge of Your Seat With Every Word In This Very Entertaining Very Different Type Of Book..

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Baby Momma (Urban Books)
ReviewedBaby Momma (Urban Books)by Ni’chelle Genovese
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
June 23, 2013

Baby Momma By Ni’chelle Genevese Is more than what I expected it to be. A story of a Player & Baller Rasheed who gets involved with a young lady Michelle & gets her pregnant. Michelle’s dream of having a beautiful & happy relationship with Rasheed her “Baby Daddy” is not going the way she hoped it would. Being the “Baby Momma” of a Hustler who loves Money & the Fast Life more than he loves you & your baby is not good a way to start a family. This book is a great read for all the “Baby Momma’s out there.

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Found Son
ReviewedFound Son
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
May 06, 2013

‘Found Son’ By Bookauthor Thomas C, A scintillating potrayal of life on the streets and in the drug running game. Thomas C weaves a tale of deception betrayal and scandal that will have you on the edge of your seat then have you breathing a deep sigh of relief when some of these young men mature into wisdom and become …Found Sons!

May 01, 2013

Teri, Gives 5 stars for ‘Shattered In A Split Second’ Besides being a true story about the trauma of a real family who faced and overcame a terrible crisis, it was the catalyst to me beginning to read again! Reading is something I did my entire life due to a hunger for knowledge and love for the written word yet I had fallen into a slump, but I got my autographed copy when the Author did a presentation & signing @ my Church..I began to read it immediately and the way she tells her story keeps the reader fixated and holding their breath through each and every development as the story unfolds! The fact that I used to work with Her son Atiba & that the family are my Sisters next door neighbors, made it even that much more poignant for me! Two Thumbs up Vanessa Richardson Bagby , for inspiring others, for turning your “test into a testimony’ and for Trusting God to bring You through.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
April 26, 2013

M. Harp’s Little Book of Inspirational Quotes for Sophisticated Divas.: A Diva’s Guide to Excellence By Maria S. Harper Is A Very Interesting Little Book. It’s Not What I Expected But I Am Sure All Of You “Divas” Or “Wanna Be Divas” Will Find It Very Interesting. The Quotes & Tidbits Are Sure To Be A Conversation Piece & Topics Of Discussion For All Who Read It. #DJGBC

Dead Panties
ReviewedDead Panties
March 29, 2013

“Dead Panties” By Author Celia Laratte is a book that every woman & man should read. It touches on a subject that a lot of women are afraid to talk about or even admit that they have been victims of. Domestic violence & abuse against women is addressed in this book in an attempt to put a face on the victims and allow you to understand how widespread this problem is around the world.I commend this author for telling these stories and giving us a powerful & thought provoking book that will hopefully change the way we look at domestic violence in this country.

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Fly Betty (Harlem Girl Lost Novels)
ReviewedFly Betty (Harlem Girl Lost Novels)by Treasure Blue
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
February 07, 2013

DJ Gatsby’s Book Club Book Review “Fly Betty” by Treasure Blue (Cash Money Content Pubishing)

With another addition to the Harlem Girl Lost series, Treasure Blue continues to draw you in and make you feel like you really know the characters. This talented author introduces us to some new characters as well as bringing us up to date with some of the old ones. The lead character Betty Blaise is a very intelligent, calculating street smart young woman who is determined to take the game to another level. Armed with her mother’s diary and principles to live by, she uses them as a guide to survive the street game. She maneuvers through the journey will the skill of surgeon. She has high hopes, big dreams and will stop at nothing to obtain them. However the most thought out plans can go wrong.

Betty has succeeded where other women have failed by always being in control and staying a step ahead of her prey. But when she meets an unlikely candidate, her skills are tested and will ultimately prove to be no match for this new found love interest or so you think.

Treasure Blue will lead you in one direction and just when you think you have figure it out he will change direction and leave you floored and bewildered with that “I didn’t see that coming” look upon your face. Treasure Blue’s ability to tell this story of suspense and intrigue is just so amazingly brilliant. Fly Betty will hold your attention from the beginning to the very last sentence.

A good story told by a good story teller. I highly recommend it.

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February 03, 2013

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right, is a very interesting story of one woman’s journey while looking for love in all of the wrong places. Kennedee Devoe makes some bad choices, gets herself in some awkward situations and just makes plain old mistakes. She ignored a lot of warning signs, all while searching for a loving relationship.She established a pattern of failed relationships and taking revenge on those that lied cheated and caused her harm. Some of her decisions were costly and not just financially. I liked how the Author Kennedee Devoe was able to take her experiences both negative and positive and use them to evolve from a young girl into a mature woman. She eventually realized that “Two Wrongs Equals A Wrong”. Her decision to share her experiences in hopes that someone else will learn from them is admirable in itself.Sometimes we make choices that will have great consequences. These choices will ultimately impact us and serve to shape us into the mature adults we will become.

I enjoyed the journey and you will too. At times you will cheer, other times you will shake your head. It doesn’t matter how you get the message as long as you get it. Avid Reader & DJGBC Reviewer Robert Jones

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Where Did We Go Wrong?
ReviewedWhere Did We Go Wrong?by Monica Mathis-Stowe
January 01, 2013

Music Producer George “Na’im” Cash Writes: I’ve just completed “Where Did We Go wrong” by Author Monica Mathis-Stowe (DJ Gatsby Book Club Award Winner For Best New Author Of 2012). Let me begin by saying it was an exciting and addictive read for me, with it’s generous portions of tangled webs being weaved, while doling out an equally generous amount of impromptu hot, vivid & sexy scenes that made this reader want to put down the book, and act out what was on the pages myself. Yes! Monica nails it; and all that implies… Well Done.*****5-stars from this reader, Bravo!

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November 30, 2012

Michelle A. Fletchers book “CHARGE IT TO THE GAME” Is a great read. It is a heart wrenching account of what is like to be on top and have the rug yanked from beneath your feet. From an abusive relationship to prison there is a sense of excitement and anticipation in every chapter. She brought it home as she gives tips on how to secure your identity and keep your good credit in tact with an added bonus list of the major credit reporting agencies. She is indeed on the road to being a very accomplished author. It is great to see that she took a situation that could have very well ended her life or left without a career and turned it into something positive.I am praying God’s blessings on her that she will have a very long sucessful career. I will pass this book on to my own daughters because I believe that it can be instrumental in showing them the strength of a black woman.

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The Cartel 4 (Urban Books)
ReviewedThe Cartel 4 (Urban Books)by Ashley and JaQuavis
November 28, 2012

Great thriller- Thank you Ashley & Jaquavis for a well written sequel of The Cartel Saga. You set the pace from the start of the book with Monroe coming out of his five year coma cut throating by all means necessary to dethrone Zyir, the new boss of The Cartel. Miamor returns to Miami seeking forgiveness and a second chance of love from Carter “The Epitome of a Man” Jones. The Cartel Empire was crumbling internally due to family bickering. The Feds had arrest warrants for Estes and The Cartel, however Carter had a heads up, fleed to Bermuda with Monroe and Zyir leaving his newborn son behind. Their plane reportedly crashed over the infamous Bermuda Triangle…Now the Cartel widows – Miamor, Breeze, and Leena must reign!