#BookReview…The Last Black Unicorn…#BookBoost #Comedy #Memoir #SundayMorning #Reading @TiffanyHaddish

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

This novel kept popping up everywhere I went online.  Eventually, I couldn’t ignore it and added it to my Kindle wish list on Amazon.  I figured since Tiffany Haddish is superhot these days, I wanted to read her memoir and find out what the funny lady is all about.

Well, I laughed so hard until I peed a little bit is what I got from her words.  There were times I don’t even think she was trying to be funny, and she just oozes hilarity.  One thing you have to honor and respect about Tiffany is that she kept it one hundred!  In fact, there were parts of her story that was so raw and in your face, I was shocked she even went there with her readers, but she kept it very real with her audience.  I can’t hate on that.  I could feel her sincerity in her words.

I will say this book is definitely not for the Christian based readers.  And by that I mean, if you’re one of those readers who have problems with profanity, sexual situations and talking about people in general, you may want to pass this book up because Tiffany doesn’t make any apologies for her life and who she is—nor should she have to.  Although she’s a humbled woman now, her beginnings were far from that.  It was just heartbreaking learning about her biological mother and what she endured thereby turning her mental instabilities onto Tiffany.  But, I have to say, had her mother not had mental issues, Tiffany wouldn’t be the comedian she is.  In fact, her upbringing was preparing her for a bigger blessing.  God definitely brought this young woman into her own.  And thank God for that because she’s a wonderful fresh voice to the literary world, as well as on screen and in comedy.

She can speak rudely sometimes and just throw her thoughts out there not really giving a damn who she may offend.  Actually, if you think about it, how can anyone be mad at her for that.  This is her story and it may not be packaged all sugary sweet as some of our lives may have been, but it’s not for us to judge.  Tiffany is about as real as they come and I applaud her for telling her truth and being vulnerable enough to tell us who she is.  She lets the world into her life and it was really horrible for a while.  I could not believe all this woman has endured having turned out as well as she did.  She was definitely guided by God’s hands.

This was an amazing read and one you can get through quickly because you can’t put the book down.  You want to find out what else has she done or who has done something to her.  I felt her pain, and it was a pleasure to journey through her life on the pages. What an awesome lady she is.  I ain’t hatin’ Tiffany!  You deserve all the wonderful things you’re receiving right now in this life.

Mello & June gives The Last Black Unicorn five laugh-out-loud stars.  Tiffany’s story will take your breath away, have you peeing your drawls and speaking aloud as you read her crazy stories about show business, men, and life as a whole.  I am so glad I added this to my Kindle reads.  It’s an amazing story.  I wish you continued success in all you do, Tiffany Haddish!  God bless you!  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading.

Laughter will Cure what Ails Ya!

#BookReview…An American Marriage…#BookBoost #LoveStory #SundayMorning #Reading @TayariJones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward–with hope and pain–into the future.

Marriage is a serious union.  It’s  a union that many people do not truly know the meaning of what it takes to combine your life to another’s for all eternity, at least that’s what is supposed to happen. So. . .imagine if you will, that you got married to the love of your life, your soul mate, your life partner, and within a blink of an eye, your whole life is turned inside out. That blink of an eye was a year and a half of time passed. And on one fateful night, everything you once believed and trusted within your mind, body and soul was ripped from you like a tsunami wreaks havoc over a neighborhood.

Celestial and Roy were typical young newlyweds trying to find their way within their marriage and life in general. Equally were motivated and eager to see what life had in store for them, although what they got wasn’t exactly what either of them signed up for. But, therein lies a question and an issue. When you take your vows to stand before God to attest that you will stick with your partner through the good and the bad and sickness and in health, how many married couples actually do? Their test was in seeing just how much they each honored their vows.

When Roy gets arrested for a crime he did not commit, not only is their marriage in jeopardy, but their promise to one another is called into question. Unfortunately, the fates had other plans because poor Roy got hemmed up for twelve years for this crime he didn’t do. In other words, shit just got real—quick like and in a damn hurry! This was one of the most captivating, frustrating, poetically, sad told stories I’ve ever read.  I felt the emotions of each of the characters and placed myself in each of their shoes. Well, Jones, in fact placed the reader in each of the character’s shoes. She wrote this book!  OMG, this was an amazing story and I could not get enough.

The entire time I was reading I kept wondering how in the world is this story going to end? I had my doubts and reservations about what this couple would do, but I have to say the ending is quite what I expected to happen. Actually, there are other scenarios that could have played out, but the one Jones wrote is the correct one, in this reader’s opinion. My God, I would never ever want to face what Celestial and Roy had to face. I don’t know how they managed to do it? But, as you read this story, you will quickly find out just how real this story feels. This is not your typical love story by any means. You have to go through some things to get to happy, and trust and believe, this couple goes there and back around again. I fell in love with the story and characters.

I soaked this book up in two days that’s how damn good it is. I could not wait to get back into their lives. I see why Oprah chose this as her book club pick! She was absolutely right in picking this novel.  An outstanding read!  I will never forget this story as long as I live.  It sort of reminded me of the story An Indecent Proposal. If you saw the movie and how it caught on like wildfire, that will give you a sense of what you can expect from An American Marriage. It deals with so many real life issues and Jones handled the story flawlessly.  This is as perfect as one author can get to writing a story, and Jones executed this well! It will have you asking a hundred different questions with that many answers and more.  There really isn’t a right or wrong answer, or is there?

Mello & June gives An American Marriage five I-Do’s. OMG I do love this book! One of the best I’ve read this year. Wow, I think this is going on my all-time favorite’s list.  Jones is a phenomenon writer. She deserves every award she’s received. If you haven’t read this yet, you’ve got to get it immediately and don’t add it to your to-read shelf, start immediately! Simply amazing. Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!

Life is So Unpredictable!


#BookReview…You Can’t Touch My Hair…#BookBoost #Humor #BlackExperience #Essays @dopequeenpheebs

A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, which means that, often, her everyday experiences become points of comedic fodder. And as a black woman in America, she maintains, sometimes you need to have a sense of humor to deal with the absurdity you are handed on the daily. Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend,” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel (“isn’t that . . . white people music?”); she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it. 

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, “2 Dope Queens,” to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, “You Can’t Touch My Hair” examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.” 

While there isn’t a manual or instructional guide into the “black” experience, if you’re a non-person of color wanting a glimpse into our world, Robinson’s book is about as close as one might get!  I absolutely loved this novel.  I have to say I didn’t know much about Phoebe Robinson.  I’m not into listening to podcasts much, but after doing some basic research of her on the internet, I was quite impressed with Robinson’s resume. 

Each morning I’d read You Can’t Touch My Hair and I would literally bust a gut from laughing so hard, as I watched non-people of color look at me like this black woman has lost her entire mind.  Eh, some may say that, but I say, when a comedian writes a book this good and you aren’t laughing, then the jokes on you, I suppose.  She touched on so many things that I’ve had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with in my own life. 

When she began explaining what it’s like for black actors in the industry to get casting calls and to really tell it like it is, my jaw dropped.  I wanted so much to believe she was joking about that, but the sad reality of it all is, I know she wasn’t kidding.  Being followed around in stores is something I’m very used to, even to the point I’ve had non-people of color take their precious children to the side as if I want to snatch them away.  Hmm, newsflash, trust and believe, your children are the last thing I’d ever want to steal. 

I was really in awe as she expressed this idea or notion of post-racial era.  Umm, I’m sorry, but what era is that?  The last time I checked, this country was not without racism.  In fact, if you take a look at our government and the news in general, I don’t think we’re “past” racism.  OMG, are you friggin’ kidding me right now?  That’s exactly how Robinson feels as well.  This woman touched on so many things that should make the average person cry, but using her humor to keep it light, makes it bearable. 

It’s truly sad that she had to write a book about what we should and shouldn’t do to a group of people, but she damn sure didn’t tell any lies.  She hit the mark tremendously.  I realize, after reading several reviews of her book, that many people weren’t feeling her humor.  Well, it’s all good because I did.  I don’t understand how some can take offense to what she’s saying when it’s her experiences.  If you want to be offended, be offended by the offense being done to her, but not in the way she went about expressing it. 

I kept seeing this book in all my magazines and online and I wondered what it was all about.  After reading it, I quickly figured it out.  This was really a deliriously funny book.  You have to laugh to keep from crying, especially if you’re a minority.  I must say the one section that made me laugh more than anything else is her hatred for my Pittsburgh Steelers.  Eh, we have many haters, and having another Cleveland Brown fan hate on us is nothing new.  I’d hate us too if I didn’t play for a winning team.  But that’s the breaks, Phoebe! (chuckle). 

Mello & June gives You Can’t Touch My Hair five fists pointing toward the sky.  Robinson’s humor in taking pop-culture and basic knowledge in telling her truth was delightfully hilarious.  I get her and I get the book.  Laughter truly is the best medicine and Robinson’s book is a great pill to swallow.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  She’s really gifted.  If you haven’t read this book, you need to add it to your shelf.  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading.


#BookReview…The Dead Wake Anthology…#BookBoost #Horror #SundayMorning #MustRead @AuthorEllie

Ten utterly gruesome tales, that will disable you. You won’t know what hit you.  You will from this day forward sleep with one eye open.  Insist that all the lights stay on…always.

You will begin a ritual; checking under your bed, inside the closet and double checking your windows. Throw into this the sick and twisted and the utterly crazy humor and your stomach will explode. With some erotica, you’ll be hot and sweaty and wont know which way to run...and you’ll be scared for life.  In the best possible way.


From outer space journeys to passengers on a subway station to families eating in a mall—all sounds very simple and something we’re quite used to, but what would appear to be normal isn’t quite so.  For you see, there was something wrong with each of those scenarios.  Most of the characters you read in these stories are the walking dead—Zombies running amuck!

If you’re a fan of the Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, The Night of the Living Dead, well you’ve come to the right place.  Every kind of zombie imaginable Douglas has graced each of the pages with one horrific tale after the other.  There were tons of gore galore and for this horror fan reader, I just couldn’t get enough.  My all time favorite story was the one where the mother and her kids were at the mall sitting at an eatery enjoying her KFC moment, when blood curdling screams could be heard throughout the mall, and her own children began getting frightened.  The way that story ended had me in total stitches, literally.

Everything about these stories were downright hilarious with some very real life’s lessons to be learned.  One thing is for sure, I’ve learned many people do not take heed to their surroundings.  It would seem to me if I’m out and about and see what appears to be a human being taking bites out of another person, and you just sit there as if this is just a normal everyday occurrence, something is seriously wrong with you and that picture.  I often found myself happy when the zombies got some of the living humans because they were just plain stupid to wait around to see what would happen to them next.  My other favorite story was the one where the guy who was homeless makes a deal with the devil to turn his life around, and boy did the devil ever come through.  There were several lessons in that story. 

Douglas did an amazing job with all the gory details.  Some of it was so gross I had to look away, but for only a second, and my eyes went right back to reading because I couldn’t get enough.  I’m a huge horror fan and the bloodier the better and Douglas definitely kept the gore factor going.  She even managed to throw in some sexy scenes and tons of humor.  You can’t read gory stories like this and take them seriously, although Douglas’ writing was on point!  She most definitely took her writing seriously.  Each of these ten tales will catapult the reader to the next level.  And what was really touching is how each of the stories, although reads as a standalone, they each connected. 

Douglas made the zombies the star of the show while showcasing her talent for great storytelling.  The hairs on the back of my neck and arms rose quite a bit as she built up the suspense.  These stories were haunting, yet at the same time, kept you laughing because you had no idea where the story was going next.  The human characters’ reactions were spot on in some cases, and then in others, you wondered where their minds were at.  Oh…that’s right, perhaps the zombies took a bite out of their brains.  No matter, there was plenty of body parts, blood and brain matter to satisfy the horror fan.  Outstanding anthology!  I just wished I had waited until October to read, but it didn’t matter because I was terrified beyond belief reading each and every night.  (chuckle) 

Mello & June gives The Dead Wake Anthology five bites of body parts!  Douglas is very talented writing an anthology that should be made into a short film.  I’d love to see these stories come to life on the silver screen.  Oh, what a great movie this would make!   However, having said that, if you’re not a true fan of horror and do not like blood and guts and gross stuff, I wouldn’t suggest you’d read this type of book.  But for all my real horror fans out there, get to reading.  You’ll love it.  Just make sure you’ve eaten well in advance before you begin this book.  There’s lots of gross stuff in it.  I love it!  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!



#BookReview…Tracking A Shadow…#SundayMorning #BookLovers #MustRead @RWeir720

Never knowing where his next case will come from, Private Detective Jarvis Mann is thrilled when his voicemail is lit up by the sexy tones of a lady looking to hire him. Successful business woman Emily White with girl next door looks, is certain someone is stalking her and wants Jarvis to track down the elusive shadow. Even with three suspects, an ex-husband who lives to play softball, a sexist pig ex-employee and a mystery man who he encounters with painful results, Jarvis believes it’s all in Emily’s head until a killing in her home convinces him otherwise. Further complicating matters a powerful business man and crime boss becomes involved muddying up the case, leaving Jarvis the prime suspect in the brutal beating of one of the possible stalkers, threatening to put his PI career on ice. Navigating through each twist and turn in the case, and the affections of two desirable women both with an agenda, Jarvis uses dogged determination and razor-sharp wit in Tracking a Shadow that moves across the Denver landscape with each shift in the sun.

Jarvis Mann wasn’t your average run-of-the-mill Private Investigator.  Although he liked money just like the next guy, there were two key components that Jarvis demanded of his potential clients.  First, never lie to him about the facts of your case and second, have his retainer up front and be able to foot the bill for his services.  If you can handle those two things, Jarvis was your mann (chuckle).

This is what he advised his newest potential client, Emily White. What struck Jarvis as odd is that Emily didn’t seem to have any issues with his rules—and not only did she not have any issues with his rules, she had plenty of money to back her up.  Jarvis was excited to do business with the beautiful businesswoman. The only problem was, Jarvis didn’t think the pretty little lady had much of a case. So, you’re wondering what was Emily’s problem? A stalker!  Emily was convinced someone was following her to do her harm, but why? That’s what Jarvis wanted to know as well.  Since Emily didn’t have a problem being truthful, she began laying out the possible suspects who was stalking her.

As Jarvis begins taking notes, after carefully folding her freshly inked check in his shirt pocket, one thing was becoming very obvious. This woman had to be nuts.  What she described sounded like what most women go through with men, especially when she was a real looker, which Emily definitely was. Jarvis begins to shadow Emily to get a sense of her daily routine, when strange things and occurrences begin to happen, which gives Jarvis pause. Perhaps Emily wasn’t imagining things after all? As the reader follows the clues and the would-be suspects, it will become crystal clear that what you see isn’t exactly what you’ll get!

This was a fun book to read on so many levels. First off, Jarvis was a quick-witted wise ass that made following him a pure pleasure. He made me laugh so many times with his sarcastic sense of humor. There were times when Jarvis made some errors, which you may find were a little obvious, but after getting to know the character, you’ll soon discover his actions suited his personality well. This is the first time I’ve read Weir and he’s written a very suspenseful, old-fashioned private investigator type of novel. I couldn’t get enough of Jarvis.  Not to mention, I so enjoyed his name.  It’s not one you read a lot in books, so that was quite refreshing. 

What I also loved about this character is that he may have appeared to be an average type of guy, but he was one who could kick major ass, which he needed those skills for some of the shady characters he met along the way. All-in-all this was a quick read that worked up fast to get you going and kept you going.  A definite page turner. The characters felt real and brought a lot of mystery to the story line. Weir did an amazing job keeping the reader’s interest.

Mello & June gives Tracking a Shadow five looks through the magnifying glass.  This was a humorous suspenseful tale about sex, money, power and greed.  With those ingredients thrown in the mix, you have a recipe for a great suspense novel.  Well done, Weir, I’m definitely a fan!  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!

#BookReview…Kindred Intentions…#BookBoost #Suspense #Thriller

It was 10 a.m. when undercover agent Amelia Jennings arrived at the law firm Goldberg & Associates for a job interview. Her mission was to investigate a series of murders involving some well-known lawyers in the City. Her target, an elusive hired killer who had been of interest to the police for months. But her plan is doomed to fall apart before it even starts. In less than twenty-four hours Amelia will be the prey in a man hunt and her destiny will become entwined with Mike Connor’s. Their intentions, apparently similar, may prove to be opposite, but the affinity binding them goes beyond what they think they know about each other.

One day to survive. One day to let go of the past.


Amelia Jennings arrived at her job interview. She was in the throws of the interview when a bullet whizzed past her head.  Umm…wait a minute?  Why would a bullet be anywhere in the vicinity of where she was?  The sole purpose of Amelia’s interview was to investigate several murders of various attorneys around the city.  Amelia was a police officer working undercover, unbeknownst to Attorney Goldberg.  She immediately kicked into survivor mode and dropped to the floor, trying to protect Mr. Goldberg and herself, while the assailant got away, or did he/she? 

As Amelia tries to get her bearings and figure out what is going on, she begins chasing shadows, until the shadow speaks to her and takes her hostage.  This shadow turned out to be one of many in a string of corruption and wrongdoing.  And that, folks is where the story begins to take on a different vibe altogether.

The premise of this story sounds so promising and enticing, you can’t wait to delve into the story, but after you begin getting into it, I found myself so confused that it caused me to question the integrity of some of the characters.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe it’s the characters’ fault, but I found them to be so disconnected from one another.  One reason I find may have been the culprit is the continuity of this story was all over the place.  There would be moments when characters were speaking in a cottage, and then the next paragraph they’re outside running from helicopters with assassins brandishing rifles trying to kill Amelia.  I kept asking myself when did the scenes change?  Did I skip a paragraph or miss something?  The entire story read like this.

Characters would show up and then suddenly disappear leaving the reader (more importantly, this reader) wondering why were scenes changing so suddenly?  I could gleam a little from the story, which would have been a damn good story had it made more sense.  I couldn’t make heads nor tails out of this story.  There were too many changes happening leaving the reader to question what exactly am I reading?  I do not like stories where I have to constantly go back and read to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  This is the first time I’ve read Monticelli and although I give her so much credit for taking on such a tall order of a story line, unfortunately, the story falls flat because of what appeared to be poor execution and development of characters.  Another thing that may have been a disconnect for me is that I believe this book was translated from Italian to English and somewhere the story was lost, and that’s very unfortunate for the author, if that was the case?

Mello & June blasts three stars for Kindred Intentions.  It started off pretty well, but quickly weaves in and out of what makes sense and what doesn’t.  It wasn’t my cup of tea, but perhaps you wouldn’t mind taking a sip.  As you know, just because I don’t like a story, I would never advise any of my readers not to read an author.  Every story isn’t for every reader, and this just didn’t do it for me.  By all means, if it sounds interesting to you, please show the author some love.  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading.

#BookReview…In Wolves’ Clothing…#BookBoost #Dark #Suspenseful #SundayMorning #MustRead @greg_levin

On his best days, Zero Slade is the worst man you can imagine. He has to be. It’s the only way to save the Lost Girls.

During his seven years on a team fighting child sex trafficking, Zero’s become quite good at schmoozing with pimps, getting handcuffed by cops and pretending not to care about the Lost Girls he liberates. But the dangerous sting operations are starting to take their toll on his marriage and sanity. His affinity for prescription painkillers isn’t exactly helping matters.

When the youngest girl the team has ever rescued gets abducted from a safe house in Cambodia, Zero decides to risk everything to find her. His only shot is to go rogue, and sink deeper into the bowels of the trafficking world than he’s ever sunk.

It’s the biggest mission of his life. Trouble is, it’s almost certain death. 

This was one of the darkest, comedic, sickest, vile stories I’ve read in a long, long time.  It was the worst story imaginable, and yet it was that damn good and written to perfection.   

Zero was not only a wolf, but the monster your children are terrified to find lurking under their beds.  He was everything and nothing all wrapped up into one.  And you might be asking yourself, well how in the hell can that be?  Easy, Zero was a human trafficking finder.  He was the master when it came to his bedside manner with pimps and dark side of the underworld.  Zero’s sole mission was to find the Lost Girls, and unfortunately, for every one he finds, there are that many more being taken from their homes, betrayed by family members and sold into the sex trade. 

One thing Zero knew not to do is to become connected to any of the children he was charged with finding, and on one of his busts, an adorable five-year old found herself wrapped around Zero’s body much like a monkey clings to its mother.  She refused to let him go, and when Zero zeroed into her eyes, he saw something—the innocence of a babe.  Right then and there Zero knew that this little baby was not going to be sold as a sex slave ever again. 

Problem was in order for Zero to deal with the monsters he sought after, seeing the drabs of humanity on a daily basis all over the world has a way of taking its toll on the mind, body and spirit.  After all, he was human, despite having to portray a pedophile to entrap human traffickers.  Zero’s poison of choice to help him chase away his nightmares were pills, Oxycodone to be exact.  How can he chase these despicable humans and be one himself, in an offhanded sort of way? 

Readers, this is where the story takes off and it never lets you go!  My God, this was a horrendous story to read, and one I wouldn’t recommend for the squeamish.  If you do not have a tolerance for violence or dealing with the reality that this story may be fiction, but it goes on in our world, you may want to pass this story up, but I challenge you to read it.  You can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend these things don’t happen in our world!  Zero’s humor was to die for.  I couldn’t get enough of his snappy comebacks and comedic sickness.  The way he tells this story will keep the reader in stitches.  After all, you’re going to need that dealing with the content of this story and our protagonist handles this well as you journey with him through his drug addiction.

Levin wrote a very dark tale about things that happen to little girls around our world.  Human trafficking is a serious offense and you can pretend it doesn’t happen because you don’t see it firsthand, but make no mistake this story is very real.  I didn’t want to put the book down, despite how horrible the content. It made me extremely uncomfortable, but that makes me human and it proves that Levin did his job well in bringing these sinister characters to life. Zero had a heart made of gold and struggled with his own demons.  He’s a character we can relate to because who doesn’t have skeletons in their closet?  Zero never lost sight of his true goals, and he was definitely the hero in this story.

Mello & June gives In Wolves’ Clothing five huffs and puffs stars.  Every story you read isn’t going to be ideally written to suit every readers’ tastes. I noticed in several reviews of this story that the commonality being it’s such a dark and violent one.  Yes, it is, but if you look past that and really delve into what this story is about, you’ll find it’s a very enriching one that needs to be told. I’m thankful Levin had the balls to write it.  Not every author could, but he didn’t appear to have any problems tackling this story.  Well done, Levin.  I’m a fan! Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!

#BookReview…An Engineered Injustice…#BookBoost #MustRead #LegalThriller #Suspense #SundayMorning @williammyersjr

What if the deadliest train wreck in the nation’s history was no accident?

When a passenger train derails in North Philadelphia with fatal results, idealistic criminal defense attorney Vaughn Coburn takes on the most personal case of his young career. The surviving engineer is his cousin Eddy, and when Eddy asks Vaughn to defend him, he can’t help but accept. Vaughn has a debt to repay, for he and his cousin share an old secret—one that changed both their lives forever.

As blame for the wreck zeros in on Eddy, Vaughn realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. Seeking the truth behind the crash, he finds himself the target of malicious attorneys, corrupt railroad men, and a mob boss whose son perished in the accident and wants nothing less than cold-blooded revenge. With the help of his ex-con private investigator and an old flame who works for the competition, Vaughn struggles to defeat powerful forces—and to escape his own past built on secrets and lies.

Well my, my, my!  What a way to start the 2018 reading season off with a legal thriller so exciting, it’s literally begging Hollywood to turn this novel into a major feature film!

Talk about ripped from the headlines?  A catastrophic train derailment not only tore up the tracks and anything that came within inches of its wrath, but destroyed the lives that it carried within its cars.  These passengers were thrown about like clothes tumbling in a dryer.  Some came out with major injuries, while others lost their lives right upon impact.

What on earth could have caused this derailment?  If you were to ask Eddy Coburn, the engineer of Amtrak 174 train, he’d tell you he can’t remember what caused the accident.  For you see, Eddy sustained life threatening injuries and was placed in an induced coma due to his brain swelling.  The doctors didn’t want him to wake up or try to move while they tried to put his body back together again.  His wife was beside herself with grief for the pain her husband was in and all those lives that would forever remain changed. 

Of course, the media became frenzied with the story and trying to figure out who and/or what caused this derailment?  But it didn’t take long to figure out who would ultimately be blamed for this tragedy.  Yes, you guessed it, the engineer, Eddy Coburn.  While the media continued to spin the story in every direction it would bend, Kathy, Eddy’s wife, called the only person she knew would be able to help her family out.  Enters, Vaughn Coburn, cousin to Eddy. 

Vaughn is a brilliant attorney working on his cases never dreaming that a matter this huge would end up in his lap.  When he got the call, he had to answer.  This, for Vaughn, was a no brainer.  Eddy is family for God’s sake and there wasn’t any way he was going to let his cousin fry for this.  After he visits with Eddy and his wife to get an assessment of what he was dealing with, it will soon become very clear to the reader that this case isn’t going to be so cut and dry after all.  There are forces so strong that you will not see the circumstances coming.

Hot Damn, we’ve got a damn good thriller now!  Man, Oh Man was this book good!  I could not get enough of this story line.  If you thought Myers outdid himself with his last novel, his newest one is going to knock your damn socks off for real.  Myers is an exceptional writer and he puts the story right up in your face and you just can’t ignore or hide from what is happening.  I became so frustrated with the bullshit that was happening to Eddy, I hated when I had to stop reading because I couldn’t wait to find out what the hell the system was going to do to him next?  These characters were so lifelike, raw, gritty, telling, witty and vicious.  Myers didn’t miss a trick in this latest installment.  There’s a little bit of everything going on in here and I couldn’t control my excitement.  This novel gave my mind quite an orgasmic stimulation, I hated when the story ended.  When a book makes you feel that damn good, you already know it will last with you for years to come.

What an outstanding read!  Damn, Intellectual Minds, as I told you last year when I read Myers A Criminal Defense, I knew I stumbled across a masterful writer.  He does not let you down in this latest novel.  If you love legal thrillers as much as I do, I am ordering you to get this book, An Engineered Injustice.

Mello & June gives An Engineered Injustice five locomotive speed-lightening stars!  This, by far, was one of the best legal novels I’ve read.  The story is so enticing and with Myers’ legal knowledge brings to life a story so horrible, yet so intriguing, you will not be able to put this down!  If Hollywood doesn’t come knocking on Myers door soon, I don’t know what the hell they’re waiting on? This would be a blockbuster for real! Awesome, Awesome read!  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!  An Engineered Injustice goes on sale, Tuesday, January 23, 2018You can pre-order now.  Don’t delay! 

Check out Mello & June’s review of Myers’ debut novel, A Criminal Defense.  

You can also read Mello & June’s interview with the legal novelist here.


#BookReview…The Secret Mother…#BookBoost #SundayMorning #Mustread #BookLovers @ShaliniBoland

‘Are you my mummy?’ 

Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.  

Not anymore. 

She doesn’t know who the child is or how he got there. 

After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the boy. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself… 

A chilling, unputdownable thriller with a dark twist that will take your breath away and make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and The Sister. 

What readers are saying about Shalini Boland: 

‘What can I say? Just wow. I’m usually never surprised by an ending, but this one blew me away. I am totally in shock and think I’ll have a hangover from this book for a while. A great read that keeps you on your toes until the very last word.’ Stacey Harrell, Goodreads  

‘If anyone can have me reading until 2am and finishing a book in less than 48hrs in the school holidays it’s this author… massive five stars from me.’ Sarah Mackins, UK Crime Book Club, 5 stars 

‘The plot is gripping and once you’ve started reading, you have to keep on reading, you need to know how the story will end.’ Bits About Books, 5 Stars 
… one of the most chilling reads of the year for me. Ajoobacats Blog, 5 Stars 
‘This is a brilliant psychological thriller. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve read. It is full of suspense and has more twists and turns than a fairground ride.’ Jackie Roche, UK Crime Book Club, 5 Stars 

‘I thought I knew the direction this story was going go. Then the jaw dropping moment happened!… unputdownable!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 Stars 

‘Once again, Boland has managed to blow my mind with all the twists and turns… an outstanding explosive read!’ Mello and June, 5 Stars

Happy New Year, Intellectual Minds!  This is my first book review for 2018.  I feel so invigorated.  What a way to start off the reading year!  So, let’s get it going.

As usual, Boland never lets her readers down!  She always takes you down one path and you end up in a completely different location.

What would you do if you came home from work and found a cute little doe-eyed brown haired five-year-old boy sitting at your kitchen table drawing pictures and coloring them in?  If you expected this adorable child to be in your home, there wouldn’t be any cause for alarm, but if you don’t have any children, all sorts of bells and whistles should be sounding off!

Tessa Markham could not believe her eyes.  This child sat at her table as if he belonged, and Tessa knew full well that this child did not.  Did she call the police as soon as she discovered this child?  No!  When she questioned the child as to how he got to her home, he wasn’t forthcoming with information.  All he managed to say was “an angel brought me here.  Are you my mummy?”

Totally shocked and terrified, Tessa called her estranged husband.  Of course, Scott would know what she needed to do, right?  Hmm, Scott appeared agitated that she even called him.  When he arrives at his former home, he’s just as shocked as Tessa to see this child sitting at the table drawing and coloring like he doesn’t have a care in the world.  Harry, as they learned of the boy’s name, seemed happy to be within his element, so why were these two adults looking at him like they were crazy?

Scott became outraged with Tessa that instead of calling the police straight away, she called him.  What kind of responsible adult would do that?  Because Tessa was so distraught, Scott finally calls the police and they come and investigate the situation.   Of course, the police separate all parties.  Tessa is trying to keep it together, but suddenly she gets a sinking feeling about Harry.  She doesn’t want to see this child ripped away and placed in foster care.  Perhaps she went about this situation all wrong, or did she?

Well, readers, this is where our story takes flight.  As usual, Boland has a way of twisting plots in a hundred different ways until you’re so confused as to who is doing what, you’re not clear what is happening, until the ending smacks you in the face.  What an incredible story Boland has managed to tell.

This story was really good and it reads pretty quickly.  Once you get started, it’s hard to put the book down.  I have to say, though, this storyline didn’t make me earn it like some of Boland’s other novels.  It’s a good story, but for me it came off as a bit predictable.  Once I figured out a few scenarios, it wasn’t too hard to put two and two together.  However, having said that, it doesn’t deflect from the story and it’s very entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

Mello & June gives The Secret Mother four mummy hi-fives.  As you journey along with Tessa and all that she’s been through and what is going to eventually happen to her, you’ll be hard pressed to put this book down.  Actually, if you have a few hours to set aside, you could read this book in one day, it’s that damn good.  Boland, as usual, always keeps her readers front and center.  Another masterpiece from the author of twisting plots.  Great job!  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!

#BookReview…Weave A Circle Round…#BookLovers #YA #MustRead #HappyHolidays

Madeleine L’Engle meets Stranger Things in this debut YA-friendly fantasy adventure about how the unexpected can move in next door

Freddy wants desperately to not be noticed. She doesn’t want to be seen as different or unusual, but her step-brother Roland gets attention because he’s deaf, and her little sister Mel thinks she’s a private detective. All Freddy wants to do is navigate high school with as little trouble as possible.

Then someone moves into the house on Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones.

Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren’t . . . normal. When they move in next door, the house begins to exhibit some decidedly strange tendencies, like not obeying the laws of physics or reality. Just as Freddy thinks she’s had enough of Josiah following her around, she’s plunged into an adventure millennia in the making and discovers the truth about the new neighbors.

“I adored this brilliant book from start to finish. It left me reeling with delight and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get as lost in its pages as I was.” —Charles de Lint

“I’d have loved this book when I was twelve, and I love it now.” —Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy-Award winning author Jo Walton

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

This was such a wonderfully woven story of imagination, youth, growth and mystery. The last time I read a young adult novel this well told was from Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  And I have to admit this story did remind me a great deal of one of my favorite Netflix shows, Stranger Things.  In fact, I immediately began thinking of the show as I read this book.

Poor Freddy was in a dilemma of sorts.  She’s growing up with all the pains that come along with it.  Having a deaf brother who gets on her nerve and a bratty younger sister, was there any wonder Freddy found herself in a rut?  Getting through high school was trouble enough, but Freddy couldn’t possibly have experienced trouble much like the kind she encountered by the two strangers who crashed into her neighborhood by total accident. Or was it an accident?  One minute you’re fighting with your siblings and the next minute you hear what sounds like an explosion and when you go to investigate you find a truck smashed against a tree and two strange individuals arguing like they didn’t just end up in a car accident.  Who the hell were these people and what on earth were they doing on Grosvenor Street?

Roland, Freddy’s brother, warned Freddy that their new strange neighbors were dangerous and to stay away, but why on earth would Freddy listen to what her brother had to say, right?  Cuerva Lachance and Josiah weren’t exactly what we would call normal neighbors.  In fact, they appeared, pardon the pun, to be a little out of this world.  Hmm?  Freddy ended up being schoolmates with Josiah, the young teen with a sharp tongue and quick-witted mind whom she absolutely abhorred more than her siblings and classmates.  Josiah was able to say things and get her to say things that she wouldn’t normally think to say.  In fact, every time Josiah was around, she managed to find herself in a heap of trouble. What was it about this young teen that caused so many problems for her, but managed to intrigue her at the same time? How is it Josiah knew things before she knew them and could make gravity do things that weren’t relatively possible? 

Well, readers, you’ll have to read the story to find the answers to those questions.  Maaren did a really great job weaving these characters into such a fantasy.  I enjoyed their journey and investment in their lives to find out more about them.  What a cute story.  With all the serious reading that I do, it’s always fun to read something that goes outside the scope of what you’d normally read. 

Mello & June gives Weave A Circle Round, four out of this world stars. Weave A Circle Round would make for a great film.  This novel would make a perfect gift for yourself or that young adult in your life.  There’s seven more days left to make your reading challenges, Intellectual Minds.  Let’s make 2017 go out with a huge bang by finishing what we started at the beginning of the year.  We have another year to do this all over again.   We can do it!  I have faith in you.  Until next time, keep on reading!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

#BookReview…Written Off…#BookBoost #SundayMorning #Amreading #MustRead @sheila_lowe

In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker. The manuscript, written by Professor Madeleine Maynard, who was, herself, brutally murdered, exposes a shocking secret: explosive research about a group of mentally unstable grad students selected for a special project and dubbed “Maynard’s Maniacs.” Was Madeleine conducting research that was at best, unprofessional—and at worst, downright harmful, and potentially dangerous? Could that unorthodox research have turned deadly?

Claudia finds herself swept up in the mystery of Madeleine’s life—and death. But she soon realizes that Madeleine left behind more questions than answers, and no shortage of suspects. The professor’s personal life yields a number of persons who might have wanted her dead—and her academic success and personal fortune clearly made her the envy of fellow faculty members. The University anticipates being the beneficiary of Madeline’s estate—but that seems in question when a charming stranger, claiming to be Madeleine’s nephew, turns up brandishing a new will.

The local police chief prevails upon Claudia to travel into town to examine the newly produced, handwritten will. Rushing back to Madeleine’s isolated house to escape an impending storm, Claudia becomes trapped in a blizzard. With a killer.

My favorite handwriting expert, Claudia Rose, was sitting back and relaxing and thinking about wedding plans when a colleague asked her to do him a huge favor.  Little did Claudia know, this favor was going to turn out to be a bitter cold one in every sense of the word.  Her latest escapade takes her across the country to the east where winter is more than on the way, but a constant here and now.  Claudia certainly wasn’t used to that type of weather, but she’s a trooper and always up for a challenge.

Turns out Claudia was sent to Maine to retrieve an unfinished manuscript that Professor Madeleine Maynard was working on.  Unfortunately for the professor, someone did not want her to finish the manuscript because she ended up brutally murdered.  And what was worse, as Claudia begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together, something horrible becomes quite clear: Professor Maynard wasn’t exactly on the up and up with her special research she was conducting.  In fact, I’d say she was borderline up for review by the school’s board, had they really known what she was up to, but was that enough to have the professor murdered?  Hmm, obviously, someone thought so.

Besides, Claudia is dangerously close to missing her flight back to Cally so she can spend New Year’s with her fiancée, Joel Jovanich.  I don’t think they’ve ever been apart this long and Claudia was growing restless.  However, she wasn’t too restless that the more she unearthed clues about the professor’s death, the more she realized that one of the students involved in the research had much to gain, while someone else had much to lose.  As you continue to follow Claudia and the clues to this murder mystery, you’ll be quite surprised with what you learn leaving you quite shocked!

I absolutely loved this story.  Lowe, as usual, never lets me down in the Claudia Rose series. I was so elated when I found out she had written another installment to this outstanding series. What was even more interesting is that this novel really delved into what Claudia does as a handwriting expert.  It truly centers around her skills and I found the story quite intriguing and interesting. If you’re not familiar with this series, you most definitely need to get acquainted. And the best part is, all of the books read as standalones.  You can easily pick them up and start and move around quite nicely. 

Mello & June gives Written Off five handwritten stars! Lowe is one of my favorite authors and she’s brought forth another masterpiece of writing. If you love a good whodunit with a little bit of forensics and humor tied in, please add Written Off to your eReaders or gift it for that special book lover in your life. Remember, a book lover never has enough books.  It’s unheard of!  (wink, wink!)  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, Keep on Reading!  We have twenty-one more days left to meet our reading challenges. Let’s finish strong for 2017! We can do it. 

Our Favorite Formation!

#BookReview…Of Deception and Divinity…#BookBoost #SundayMorning #MustRead #BookLovers @IARTG

The arrival of a new enemy. The start of a greater battle. A destiny to be defended. 

A mighty war, waged every 500 years, has returned to the realm of mortals. And with it, the Day of Serpents arrives to wreak havoc upon the world.

Assefa and Sanura struggle to complete their mate bond, as they also continue their fight in this preternatural war of fire versus water. Unseen enemies, surprise magic attacks, and betrayal lurk at every turn for the couple, and revelations about their powers and past come to light.

As Assefa and Sanura fight to seal their bond and love, destiny and divinity may have already sealed their fate.



Wow, N.D. really summed up this trilogy with a damn bang! One thing is for certain, when fire and water came together, it proved to be a mighty fight.

Assefa and Sanura still hadn’t completed their mating bond, although the love the two shared wouldn’t prove otherwise.  What neither of them could have foreseen was the war raged over 500 years ago that sort of sealed the character’s fate, or did it?  Assefa finally takes his beloved to his home land of Sudan to meet his father, and while visiting it becomes clear there are forces much stronger than their love that does any and everything to rip the two apart.  Jones introduced new and shady characters in the mix, as well as tons of excitement, as the reader embarks on a chaotic journey that is all Assefa and Sanura. 

This was a true masterpiece at its finest.  A beautifully told story of Assefa and Sanura’s love and a true test of wills in this final part of the trilogy.  Readers will get to revisit old characters and come to love and hate some of the newer ones.  What I loved about this story is that it really gets to the soul of Assefa and Sanura and proves, once and for all, that love conquers all.  I truly enjoyed embarking on their journey.  This was such an exciting read and one I’m sure will please all the paranormal romance fans out there.

Mello & June gives Of Deception and Divinity five stars out of this galaxy.  Jones weaves her poetic storytelling into a comforter that will engulf and engage the reader with warmth and heart.  You can’t ask for any more than that from an author, and Jones has proven she has the writing chops to back up her stories.  Outstanding read!  Make sure you show her some love and download a copy of it today.  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading.

#Book #Review…Naked We Came…#SundayMorning #Reading

Jake Travis searches for the man who abducted and killed his sister and only sibling over 30 years ago, while on a family vacation in Florida. She went to their motel room to get the book “Matilda.” She was never seen again.

Now, the man suspected of killing her has washed up on a beach near Jake’s house. He penned a confession just days before his mysterious death. Jake believes that the confession was forced and that DNA was tainted.

His vengeful quest tangles him in a web of murky and powerful figures. As Jake forges ahead, seeking both justice for his sister and personal closure, he questions if he will ever spring free of his past, or whether the past will forever shackle him in its chains.


I’ve never read this series before nor have I read this author before, but I have to say it wasn’t my cup of tea.  Jake Travis has been searching for his sister’s killer for over 30 years and it was pretty evident that he’d stop at nothing to get to the truth of the matter.  The suspect that was accused of killing his sister has wound up dead, and the police seem to think the case was closed, but was it?

Aah, no, not according to Jake.  Too many circumstances pointed toward the dead suspect, but Jake didn’t believe this was his man.  As the reader continues to plug along with the story, a very clear and direct picture begins to take shape.  I don’t know what to say about this story.  It was missing something for me.  Perhaps not missing is the correct thing to say.  What bothered me about the story was Jake and the over detailing of every single thing happening in the story.  One of my pet-peeves is when an author provides so much detail, to the point, the reader has nothing left to imagine for himself. 

There were times I’d be engaged in the story, especially when the characters were speaking and then there would be tons and tons of detail in between the conversation that I’d forget who was speaking and what it was about.  Detail can be a writer’s best friend or worse nightmare depending on how it’s used and for me, it was entirely too much detail going on and that spoiled the story for me.  From a technical standpoint Naked We Came was well written.  Lane proved he has a well verse vocabulary, but again, I think the detail went a little overboard.  This wasn’t a bad read and I’m positive there are many readers who would enjoy this book, but it just didn’t satisfy my tastes. 

Mello and June give Naked We Came three dressed up stars.  This is Book 5 in the series.  Perhaps had we read the series from the beginning, we’d understand the protagonist a bit better and the flow may have made more sense.  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading.

#Book #Review…Abuse of Discretion…#BookBoost #Legal #Thriller #SundayMorning @AuthorPSY

A Kid’s Curiosity … A Parent’s Nightmare 
The award-winning author of “Anybody’s Daughter” is back with an addictive courtroom drama that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile criminal justice system. 

Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen-year-old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn’t thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin’s defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice? 

Unbeknownst to Angela, her boyfriend Dre is wrestling with his own drama. Someone from his past wants him dead. For Dre, his response is simple—kill or be killed. 

Parents beware!  If you haven’t checked your children’s cell phones recently, you may be so inclined to do so after having read this shocking new book by my favorite legal author, Pamela Samuels Young.

Do you remember when you were 14 years old?  For some of us, that may be too far back to remember, but I can tell you one thing, sexting wasn’t something that any of us knew about, let alone heard of.  Graylin Alexander is living in the here and now.  And unfortunately, he’s been summoned to the Principal’s office unaware of why he’s being asked to go.  As he nervously awaits, he’s greeted by two police officers with critical issues in mind.  When Graylin asks what he did wrong, the officers immediately tell him he’s been accused of harboring pornography—and not just any pornography but a naked picture of one of his schoolmates.  Of course, Graylin flat out denies this allegation, and when further probed by the police, they ask if he has his cell phone on him, which, again, Graylin denies.  But what you must keep in mind is that Graylin specifically, on more than one occasion, told the police he was not permitted to speak with them without his father being present.  Humph, did that matter to the police?  Hell no!  They continued to grill Graylin as if he was some hardened criminal.

What felt like an eternity to Graylin only amounted to about fifteen minutes of an interrogation, but Graylin being a basic good kid and having excellent grades, just wanted to get to his grandma and be in the creature comforts he knew to be his home.  When his cell phone begins ringing in his back pocket, the police knew they had their man—oh, my bad, their teen.  Or so it would seem?  They continually demanded he give up his password to his phone, and after much intimidation tactics, Graylin does so unwillingly, and there beholds the naked picture of his schoolmate.  What was Graylin to do?  All the smarts in the world wasn’t going to get him out of this one.

Finally, Gus, Graylin’s father, gets to the school to try and sort the whole misunderstanding out, the police had no time to explain their position to him.  They handcuffed Graylin, put him in the police car and drove him off to a world he had never known—juvenile hall.  This young man didn’t have anything on his squeaky-clean record, is now in the system blemished.  So, what did Graylin do when he was locked up in a kid’s prison?  Resorted to be a kid and cried his eyes out.  What did he do that was so wrong?  Hell, boys back in the day hid Playboy magazines and any others in their bedrooms to look at for self-satisfaction.  But kids today have technology and it is not always on their side. 

This was a tough story to read because it felt so damn real.  OMG, I found myself screaming at the situation because it was so unfair for what happened to Graylin.  He was a typical young boy, curious about the opposite sex, not trying to hurt anyone, and because someone texted him a sexted picture through Snapchat, his world literally turned upside down and back around again.  Wow, I had no idea this sort of thing was happening in real life.  There are tons of kids facing real adult court with heavy adult charges put upon them simply because they possessed nude photos of teens their age or a little older.  To treat these children like they are pedophiles is downright preposterous to me.  What are the court systems thinking by doing this to kids? 

As usual, Young never lets me down.  When I tell you this sista can write, that is truly an understatement.  She’s a happening author of today!  She makes the reader pay attention to real-life issues like it’s nobody’s business.  If you don’t come away learning something from her novels, then you are incapable of understanding what it means to be educated.  I’m here to tell you this book blew me away.  I just did not want to believe our courts are being bogged down with these idiotic cases that don’t have any business taking up the people’s time and taxpayers’ money.  My God, where does it end? 

Mello & June gives Abuse of Discretion five righteous stars!  Wowwwww!   I tell you, readers, Pamela Samuels Young is one of my favorite authors for a reason.  She never ever lets me down.  If you’re looking for an author that is socially adept and brings the drama, you don’t need to look any further—this author will do that for you and more!  What an outstanding read, and, as usual, I devoured the book too quickly, but it cannot be helped.  When the writing is that good and the storyline is so spot on, how do you put a book down like that?  Umm, you don’t. 

Before I go, not only did I love this book, you’re in for a special treat.  Please join us tomorrow for Ms. Young’s interview with Mello & June.  Yasss, my favorite author was kind enough to grant us an interview and it is quite nice.  I certainly hope you do stop by and check her out.  She’s so put-together and an amazing talent.  You do not want to miss her interview.  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, Keep on Reading!


#Book #Review…Wrath of the Ancients…#BookBoost #Horror #Suspense #Mystery


Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . . 

There are some books you read you just know would translate well onto the silver screen, and this is one such book!  Oh my, if you’re looking for a great horror book to read, look no further!  Wrath of the Ancients has all the ingredients for a spooky tale.

Miss Adeline Ogilvy is a young woman making her way in the world.  She recently lost her husband to an unfortunate accident, leaving her to fend for herself in the cruel, cruel world.  Part of her plan to make a better life for herself was to seek a job that can help make ends meet.  She agrees to take a typing assignment through an employment agency.  She’s been hired to type up the manuscript of the world-renowned archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus.  Dr. Quintillus was a huge risk taker seeking the remains of his beloved Cleopatra.

While in Egypt, not only does Dr. Quintillus come across Cleopatra’s resting place, but he discovers something even greater than the Queen herself.  He finds a priceless relic that will ensure his destiny for many years to come.  But, finding such a rare treasure comes with a price and it’s a price Dr. Quintillus was willing to take.  He ends up murdering the entire crew so he can, not only steal the relic but steal all the glory of taking credit for having found Cleopatra in the first place.

Fast forward to Vienna where we find Miss Ogilvy living in Dr. Quintillus’s mansion and beginning work on his manuscript.   As she’s adjusting and typing his story, no matter how bewildered she became from reading his words, there were other strange things happening around her.  The mansion held lots of mystery, and that one thing was the eerie scratching noises she heard coming from the other side of her bedroom wall.  Hmmm?

What could those sounds mean?  A mansion of that size had to have mice and/or rats running about, and perhaps that would explain what Miss Ogilvy heard?  Right?  Hmm, Miss Ogivily being an inquisitive type of person decided on her days off, she’d explore the mansion’s library and catch up on her reading.  And wouldn’t you know it, not only did she discover books, but a door leading to a secret room.  If the strange noises weren’t enough, Miss Ogilvy had to find out where this secret room led to.  Upon venturing down the dark basement, to her surprise and horror, she met her employer Dr. Quintillus.  The only problem with that was, Dr. Quintillus is dead.  Was she hallucinating?  Was she going insane?  She’s living in Dr. Quintillus’s mansion typing vigorously to get his manuscript finished, and sitting before her was the infamous Dr. Quintillus.  And that, readers, is where all the sparks begin to fly.

This was a magnificent horror story!  It has all the elements you look for in a suspenseful story.  Dr. Quintillus’s mansion, along with the weird staff he employed, to things going bump-in-the-night, and sinister laughing and images appearing and then disappearing were enough to make the hair on your neck stand at attention.   Trust me, every noise I heard in my home, while reading, made me look twice to make sure there wasn’t anything there.  Talk about a story making you jumpy.  This was it.  I’ve read Cavendish’s work before, and as always, she never lets the reader down.  She executes the plot well, with characters that are interesting to read and keeps the reader turning the pages until you just can’t get enough.  I truly enjoyed every part of this story. 

Mello & June give Wrath of the Ancients five ghostly nods.  What an exhilarating experience to travel along with Miss Ogilvy as she tries to come to terms with the reality that her dead employer has created.  This story scared the hell out of me!  Oh yes, my senses became very heightened while reading.  Wrath of the Ancients goes on sale Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  If you’re looking for books to read for your Spooktacular October reads, you’ve got to add this book to your eReaders.  Warning, you might want to read this in the daytime, but for you who like to dare yourselves, go ahead and read at night! (Ha Ha!)  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, keep on reading!   

#Book #Review…The Parable of the Dumbass…#BookBoost #SundayMorning #Reading #Inspiration #Motivation



Each of us has a dream, and we all know how long, hard and tricky the path to achieving it can be. So, it may be wiser to not even start … However, some choose to give it a try. And they go because something pushes them not to give up when obstacles pop up: the examples of those who have made it. They’re there on TV, happy and smiling, exhibiting the reward for their sacrifices. They didn’t give up and they made it. So, it is possible to make it! Isn’t it?



For such a short story, it packs a huge punch!  Ouch!  This story resonates with me on so many levels because I’m that dumbass that dares to dream.  In this story, you have the dreamers, the believers, the faithful, the marchers, the quitters, the movers, the skeptics, and the ones that have self-doubt and eventually succumb to giving up.

I’ve been all those emotions plus some.  Think about the dreams you’ve had or still have.  How many of you have the balls to see your dream through?  Dreams can be achieved, but you must have faith.  And with faith, you must believe in the theory of your own success.  That’s what this story is all about.  Destination Eldorado.  Why Eldorado, well, readers, you’ll have to trust me on this one and read this short story about one’s test of wills, strength, faith and belief.  As a writer myself, I, more than most, truly get what Scotto di Carlo is talking about.  And, if you dare to dream, you too, will soon understand the impact of this story.

Mello & June gives The Parable of the Dumbass five faithful stars.  It’s an incredible story that deals with a sense of self and having the courage to see it through.  It’s so easy to give up, but hard to stay the course.  I have been to the land of Eldorado and I plan to revisit time and time again.  I thank the author for using this beautifully told story in a metaphoric type of way.  Simply awesome!


#Book #Review…Law and Vengeance…#SundayMorning #Reading #Legal #Thriller

Gina Romano is a highly successful trial lawyer with Bergman/Deketomis, a firm dedicated to protecting the public by exposing and penalizing corporate crooks and their allies in government. Well into her thirties, Gina hasn’t overcome the anger and defensiveness resulting from a bizarre and traumatic childhood. As she contemplates whether to marry solid, attractive, and loyal veterinarian Bryan Penn or to send him packing, the murder of a friend and mentor, Angus Moore, turns her life into a quest for vengeance. In consort with partner Nick Deketomis, Gina runs headlong into a life and death struggle against weapons manufacturers, a gun rights lobbyist, psychopathic Chicago police, a hi-tech genius assassin, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Still, the most formidable and dangerous enemy she faces is herself.


Gina Romano is an attorney you’d want on your side!  She wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but has a heart made of pure gold.  Gina is a highly respected trial attorney with Bergman-Deketomis working to protect the public from conglomerate corporate America.  The firm fights for the underdog and takes on cases that most firms wouldn’t bat an eye at.

Not only does Gina have a job that she loves and respects, she has a new man in her life who is making it hard for her to concentrate on the law at hand.  He’s a cute veterinarian who carries the same strength and fight for animals and their rights.  Is there any wonder the two of them got together?  Just as she and Bryan’s romance was about to go to the next level, a weapons manufacturing case reared its ugly head.  The weapon in question was called Sight-Clops.  Several police departments and soldiers have been issued this high-powered gun to help combat the mean streets and protect America from abroad.  The only problem was, when the person using Sight-Clops zeroed in on their target, it didn’t hit the target in question.  Instead, it hit a person who wasn’t anywhere near the gun.  Well, that can’t be? 

Unfortunately, Sight-Clops was causing more harm to the officers and soldiers using the weapon and wreaked holy hell on the lives that were involved.  Bergman-Deketomis decided this was a case it needed to fight because it had harmed so many people.  Gina wanted to head first-chair in this case, but one of the firm’s founding members decided it was too tough for Gina to get involved.  As Gina fights to win her argument, she takes a ride with Angus, a founding member, to discuss the merits and validity as to why she should take this case on, when a terrible accident occurs, killing Angus and damned there taking Gina’s life in the process.

When the dust clears, Gina’s holed up in the hospital, while her trusted friend and colleague is dead.  This was a defining moment for Gina.  She was going to be first-chair for the weapons case and avenge the person or persons responsible for her friend’s death.  The closer Gina got to the guts of her case, the more dangerous it became for her and all those around her.  And that, readers, is where this exciting story takes off!  Oh my, this was one explosive read with all the law and order you could possibly handle. 

Gina was such a strong character with her no-nonsense take charge and kick ass attitude.  I absolutely loved her.  She was a masterful beast throwing Lady Justice all sorts of shade and trickery along the way.  This story had plenty of humor that gave the story so much character.  When Gina chose her time carefully to depose the weapons manufacture, I couldn’t get enough of the back and forth.  It was better than watching a tennis match.  The law in this book was so spot on and perfectly executed, I was just in awe.  What an incredible story. 

Mello & June gives Law and Vengeance five shots into the air.  Wowww, I loved this story!  I’ve never read this author nor this series, but now I’m intrigued to learn more.  Law and Vengeance goes on sale Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  If you love legal thrillers, this is one you most definitely want to add to your eReaders.  Enjoy!  Until next time, Intellectual Minds, Keep on Reading.

#Book #Review…Miss D and Me…#BookBoost #Sunday #Afternoon #Reads

For ten years Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis’s side–first as an employee, and then as her closest friend–and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star’s harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear.

Miss D and Me is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning. As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn: a loyal and loving buddy, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent assistant whom she trained never to miss a detail. But Miss D had strict rules for Kathryn about everything from how to eat a salad to how to wear her hair…even the spelling of Kathryn’s name was changed (adding the “y”) per Miss D’s request. Throughout their time together, the two grew incredibly close, and Kathryn had a front-row seat to the larger-than-life Davis’s career renaissance in her later years, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed Miss D. 

The frame of this story is a four-day road trip Kathryn and Davis took from Biarritz to Paris, during which they disentangled their ferocious dependency. Miss D and Me is a window into the world of the unique and formidable Bette Davis, told by the person who perhaps knew her best of all. 


I was never fortunate to meet Miss Davis in person, but I’ve seen quite a few of her films, and after having read this beautiful story by Kathryn Sermak, I feel as though I got to know the real legend, Bette Davis.  Oh my, this book was amazing!

It was so refreshing to read how Miss D came to hire Kathryn.  And even though Kathryn was a bit green when she was first hired, Miss D, in her typical fashion, groomed and guided Kathryn to become the woman she is.  Their working arrangement was a bit rocky in the beginning, as Miss Davis could be overly dramatic and quite overbearing.  It took all Kathryn had to get to learn Miss Davis.  What people often mistake when they see their favorite Hollywood actors is that to work for them is quite different than what you see up on screen.  However, that wasn’t Kathryn’s problem.  Miss Davis began molding Kathryn from an era in which she came up.  I believe Miss Davis was seventy-three when she began working for her.  Kathryn was in her early twenties.  There was a huge age difference, but the lessons that Miss Davis taught her were golden.

I loved the stories she recounted about their trips to Paris and London, while Miss Davis was working on films.  The arguments and disagreements the two of them had.  But what really stood out for me was the love the two of them shared for one another.  I remember when Bede Hyman, Miss Davis’s daughter, wrote a book about her famous mother.  I’m glad I never read her book because this book is the true impression of what I believed to be Bette Davis.  In fact, if you ask me, I feel Kathryn was more of a real daughter to Miss Davis than Bede.  I can’t begin to imagine how painful it must have been for Miss Davis to read the words her daughter had to say about her.  After you read about Miss Davis’s learning of her daughter’s ultimate betrayal, you’ll feel the pain.  I know I certainly did.  Not to mention, her daughter didn’t even give the respect to her mother to tell her that she wrote it.  Miss Davis had to learn this through her closest confidantes, Kathryn, and Harold. 

I love memoirs and this was well written and so heartfelt.  What I truly loved about the way Kathryn attacked this book is that she told what needed to be said instead of going for the jugular vein and sucking all the dollars she could to tell a story about Bette Davis.  This story felt honest and sincere and I’m positive Miss Davis would be proud of Kathryn’s real words.  At least Kathryn received Miss Davis’s blessing on writing her story, which is more than I can say for how her own daughter treated her before she passed.  But, I’ll say this, at least she betrayed her mother while she was here to see it, unlike Miss Davis’s archrival, Joan Crawford’s daughter did with Mommie Dearest.  I’m not saying that parents are perfect because they aren’t, but to deliberately write untruths about your famous mother to make money off those lies and to try and destroy her reputation is downright cruel and vicious.  Thank you, Kathryn, for setting the record straight.  I truly believed her words.  It touched me in ways I will never forget.  The ending was hard for me to read.  I kept thinking about my own mother and how I’ll one day have to deal with her death.  My God, that was so touching the way Kathryn handled Miss D’s death.  I sat and cried my heart out trying to read the words through my tear-filled eyes.  Wow, what an incredible woman Bette Davis was. 

Mello & June gives Miss D and Me five star-studded Oscars.  What an award-winning performance.  I absolutely fell in love with this story.  Miss D and Me goes on sale, Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  If you’re a memoir fan, I highly recommend you read this.  You will not be able to put this book down.  I hated when I had to, but I quickly picked it up as soon as I was done with work.  Kathryn, what an incredible life you’ve led, and you can rest easy knowing you did right by a legendary woman and actress, Miss Bette Davis.  Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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