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Savage City

In the aftermath of the global economic crisis of 1932, the Savage City of Detroit has become a microcosm of the subsequent ferocities of the century. Amid the murky politics between the capitalists in control and the Communist-backed Unemployed Council for the worker’s rights, there are Black Legions, Purples, and Sicilians, the criminal organizations with their ridiculous radical views and drugs trade. With the backdrop of the 1932 Ford Hunger March, the four protagonists of this crime thriller encounter, and are stuck in, the political and criminal deluge that irrevocably change their fate forever.

Within the span of eight days before a six-week leap in the story, the narratives of the four main characters in the psychological thriller expose the frustration and helplessness of common people just getting by with their lives in the racially divided, xenophobic, and brutal city of Detroit, where a person’s life is as fragile as an acorn. Detective Clarence Brown’s agitation and utmost efforts while tracking down the killer of a teenage colored boy reveals the general disbelief in the preposterous prejudice against black citizens. On the other hand, Ben, the Jewish victim of racial persecution, and Elizabeth, the member of a communist league, demonstrate the victims of tragic circumstances, emblematic of the society in general.

The author Donald Levin fuses aspects of the historical Ford Hunger March in 1932 with fictional characters and plots that make for an engaging and powerful read. As the story unfolds, the scenes with more than one protagonist offer an extra perspective through the character’s self-narratives. This allows for a clear and precise description of the event and thus enhancing the sense of inclusivity and anticipation. 

This crime thriller features a large number of minor characters to add depth to the plot, which both adds excitement and complexity. It’s ideal for readers who prefer reading novels with numerous and distinctive characters.

Savage City reveals the stark reality of the Great Depression in its most vivid colors, showing the desperation of a city crippled by the consequences of the masses of frustrated men and women, crushed between dirty politics and corrupt authorities. It is answered explicitly by the many characters in the novel as to who transforms a city into a savage beast. This intense book is ideal for readers who want a glimpse into the human psyche of a city affected by a bull-headed and corrupt system, perfectly encapsulated in a brilliant work of fiction.

Pages: 426 | ASIN : B09N6RJCVF

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Who You Gonna Serve?

Who You Gonna Serve? by [Aaron Pullins III]

In Who You Gonna Serve readers are faced with a conundrum, do you suffer through the bad situation until it passes? Or, do you contend with the necessary evil then atone for it later? It is a tough situation to be in. One that Daz Brooks knows all too well about. He is fresh out of prison and has a dream to be one of the best rappers alive. He could see no other way to achieve his dream other than the grey area resident, Andre Paul Zaayer.

APZ is a lawyer. Unlike other lawyers, he does not exactly practice the law. He practices around it and out of it. He is also deep in the drug trade. The exact thing that got Daz Brooks into prison to start with. APZ seems like everything a lawyers should not be. He is also the last person Daz Brooks should be engaging with. Will he be able to untangle himself from this web he walked into? Will APZ let him?

Authors Aaron Pullins III and Cathy Clark have written a captivating Christian fiction novel following two contrasting characters. One determined to get out of a dark hole and another willing to go to any lengths to keep him in there. It is a book about seeking the grace of God when the only solution you can come up with is a bad idea.

The authors have put names to the good and bad angels on your shoulder who pull you in different directions. Daz Brooks and APZ represent the two types of people in the world. You cannot help but root for Daz Brooks as you hope that the 40-day rule applies to guys like APZ and that his are almost over. Although, learning about his childhood in the beginning sort of eases the abhorrence you might develop for him.

Who You Gonna Serve starts an interesting conversation about the decisions people make and how they change their lives. Many times, people will take the path that gets them what they want despite the risk of losing more. However, with the grace of God it is easier to foresee the regret and pain that will come afterwards before the mistake is made.

This riveting crime fiction story lures readers in with a well written and descriptive story and then delivers some thought-provoking ideas. Readers will able to relate with a variety of moments throughout the story as well as the characters. It is especially interesting how the authors have used little bits from scripture to help drive the point of the story home.

Who You Gonna Serve is an absorbing urban Christian fiction novel with an entertaining storyline and a fascinating cast of characters.

Pages: 176 | ASIN: B08J3PVJX3

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A Sense of Purpose

A Sense of Purpose by [Russell Plante ]

Everyone faces hardships in life. Even animals aren’t exempt from that, feral or domestic. Russell H. Plante brilliantly illustrates this aspect of life in his book A Sense of Purpose. In it, he introduces us to Chester, a cat that gets to experience many things, some good, some not so great, and helps us see the purpose that we all have in our lives, one way or another. We get to experience Chester’s adventure since he was just a little kitten. Without a mother, and having to figure things out by himself, he finds early on a girl that’s willing enough to give him a home and some companionship. From this very moment, he starts learning new things, things that will help him live through many difficult situations, lessons that he ultimately shares with others around him and with ourselves, the readers.

The story is told from Chester’s perspective. Despite being a cat, there’s so much that people can relate to with his life. What Chester goes through are things that we all go through and experience in our lives. Fear, uncertainty, loneliness, but also hope, friendship and love. Both the beauty and the harsh reality of life is presented in detail throughout the book. Chester meets multiple people, makes new friends and adapts to different environments repeatedly. Each situation gives Chester a new perspective through which to see life. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, but it’s not all unavoidable darkness either. The storms that he lives through, both metaphorically and literally, help him gather new knowledge and become more resilient.

Author Russell Plante’s story gives visibility to a prominent issue in both human and animal life: the one of homelessness. Chester experiences this terrible reality early in his life. He loses his mom, gets lost and at one point decides to leave the safe home he already had in an heroic attempt to find and help a friend. The loneliness and helplessness that he gets exposed to because of this is heartbreaking. He makes friends with humans that are also homeless, and realizes that sometimes those who have less are precisely the ones that are ready to give more. The meaning of love, friendship and companionship gains a lot of importance in this story, and is the main thing that allows everything to move forward. Readers will immediately feel compassion for the characters introduced throughout the plot, and will be able to relate and empathize with their struggles.

There are so many things to like about this book. It is an overall sweet and beautiful story that will resonate with everyone that reads it. Love for those around us, humans and animals, are the main things that I leave with after finishing this book. We all have a sense of purpose, and this book will help you understand that more clearly.

Pages: 172 | ASIN: B08KSJWFXN

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Family Gathering: Book One in The Mark Magazinez Series – Book Trailer

Every family has drama. Mark never imagined the depth of his. As a child he watched, listened and learned. Mark knew there was more going on than he was being told. Now an adult, Mark is being pulled into a world he doesn’t understand. A world filled with hidden agendas and secrets that could ruin his life. His dreams become troubled but it is the haunting message of his great aunt that return to guide him. Family Gathering is a story of family and the lengths we go to keep the secrets of the ones we love.

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Sisters and the Plight With Boys

N. R. White
N.R. White Author Interview

Destiny Love Jones Vol 1 follows sisters through two different time periods that face similar challenges with society and dating. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Great question, thanks for asking. The story of Destiny Love Jones Vol.1 Sisters and the Plight with Boys actually derived from a novel I had previously written which was a romantic satire. Upon completing that original book, my thinking evolved as I began to understand that there were more to women’s lives than romance (not saying that romance isn’t important, because it is), but I wanted to explore additional facets of being a female. I also loved the main characters from that original book and knew that I wanted to explore these complex characters more. Thus leading to my latest novel Destiny Love Jones Vol.1 Sisters and the Plight with Boys. I wanted to dive into the characters’ history so readers can have a better understanding of cultural ideology, generational trauma, and the evolving and sometimes stagnant issues in society that girls and women of colour face throughout generations. I also wanted keep the essence of the original book so there are quirky and entertaining moments as well! I find that if readers can understand where a family and people are coming from, they can understand, empathize and even relate to their circumstance. I also felt that by comparing the past to the present in the story, readers can clearly see that although the times and society have changed, one can ironically question, have the times really changed or is it just systematically cloaked?

Your characters were enjoyable to follow and interesting. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I have a natural ability to empathize with people; it’s a natural trait I’ve always had since I was a small child. Being a fictional writer, it’s easy for me to thoroughly develop a character because I can walk in their shoes. I can see their point of view when no one else around them can fully see or understand. I can do this from the most lovable character to the most grotesque. I believe that by having empathy as a writer, I can develop strong, well throughout, believable characters that are uniquely themselves (even the times when they pretend not to be themselves)!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

There were numerous themes I included in this narrative because they are all important to mention. But if I were to focus on a few critical ones, I would say the issues of friendship/sisterhood, race, patriarchy, classism, colorism, mental health, relationships (both romantic and platonic), and just being a teen in high school and all of it’s dramas. I believe that all (or most) of these issues intersect in our lives at one point or the other and bringing them to the forefront will hopefully promote healthy duologues and explore ways to address some of these issues in real life.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Happy to say that Destiny Love Jones Vol. Sisters and the Plight with Boys is part one of a seven-series novel collection. With this well throughout series, readers will be able to follow these main characters throughout their life’s journey, mainly into adulthood, and all the adventures, obstacles and twist that will come their way. Volume 2 is due out Spring of 2022 and will be available for pre-order this fall.

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Let the fascinating and thought-provoking world of Destiny Love Jones take you on an intricate journey where blissful fantasy collides with unfortunate reality, and fate and choice oddly intertwine. Uniquely Canadian, this profound coming-of-age narrative begins in the 1940s and ’50s in the rural, coastal town of Cliff Harbour, Nova Scotia.

Pearl, Augustine, and Holly are black teens forced to live in the reality of war, segregation, classism, and patriarchy; however, their faith in sisterhood and bond of friendship strengthens and unites them. As they expand their independence as young women, forging their own paths and finding intimate relationships, the predicaments with the men in their lives only seem to exacerbate their situation, and the strength of their friendship and all things they hold sacred is tested to the cusp of utter devastation.

With an impish twist of irony, forward forty years later in the late ’90s, and as fate had once aligned Pearl, Augustine, and Holly’s sisterly bond, so it does with Destiny and her friends Olivia and Tiffany. Although society has progressed since the ’50s, being a black teen girl in modern times continues to present its unique challenges. If the pressures of their fractured home lives and the politics of high school aren’t stressful enough, the trio’s troubles only heighten as they strive to discover themselves, find love, and gain acceptance by those who surround them. Boys of all kinds in the mix only seem to intensify matters as their delicate friendship is continuously challenged beyond their wildest imaginations. Will their sisterly bond be fortified among adversity, or will they be pulled apart like the women of two generations before them?

Outcast – Book Trailer

Tirrell Ellis has always felt like an outcast. His loving grandmother takes him in after the death of his parents and his very existence becomes the source of much conflict between him and his half-brother.

Feelings of being unwanted fester inside Tirrell and he eventually explodes in fits of anger. His unbridled temper gets him booted out of the military, and he violently unleashes his frustration on his girlfriend when he discovers a secret that she’s been harboring.

Tirrell believes things are finally turning around in his favor when he meets Alexandra Solomon. Blinded by the trappings of the lifestyle she offers him, he ignores the warnings of his grandmother to stay away from her.

By the time Tirrell finds out that Alex Solomon is not who she appears to be, it’s almost too late, as he puts his life and the lives of his family in danger.

With his world falling to ruin, will Tirrell be able to right the wrongs he’s done and prove that he’s not he pariah his family believes him to be?

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Discover Something New

Wynsome Peters Author Interview

Unlikely follows two friends who investigate mysterious activities in an abandoned house and uncover something unexpected. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration was to write a story about people who live in a smaller community. Where life goes at a slower pace. Where if everyone does not know each other, they know of the person. Where everything happens the same. So, when the two friends discover something unusual it gives one friend the opportunity to branch out and discover something new.

Nate and Zachary are intriguing characters. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted personalities that were opposite but able to get along; to show how a sense of adventure versus a sense of logic complement each other. As the story progresses the roles of adventure and logic are sometimes swapped.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

You should be able to guess one if you have already read the book. Friendship, the other one is the pressure of pleasing your father.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book is a YA called Watchers Eye and comes out the summer of 2021.

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lt’s not spectacular, it’s a run of the mill some would even call it Mayberry but that’s a good description. The city is enlarging and with it starts the beginning of the breaking apart of the everyone knows everyone harmony. This one small city has fought to remain the same

Slowly as the earth turns, this city is being swept away into living life in an unharmonious way. New buildings, mostly banks are being built for the homes where the newcomers are coming; although they are on the outskirts.

One new arrival is the new school system, no longer are they going to buck the system and have 6th grade remain elementary.

The kids go with the flow, while the parents can see a hint of the conformity and being puppeteered.

One norm that no one wants to discuss is one vacant solitary building that looks eyeless. It’s the only reminder and remainder of what used to be.

Two main characters Hiccup and Pontmus happen to be traveling past the “used to be” when movement catches one of their eyes.

It’s from that one shadow that the sleuthing begins. One boy is going to uncover whatever is going on; while the other rather have the police handle it.

Why he is so determined to find out can be unearthed by checking out his family. Being the middle child has neither the perks of being the leader or being the spoiled. The dad has a job that places a demand to find things out that once was thought impossible

This gene of discovering has lain dormant in him since where he lives is so tame but things are about to go from normal to un.

The personality that wins out causes more sleuthing which uncovers very little until happenstance collides with reality.

One of the new families to move in, breaching the solitude of the city has a child who is so oddly articulate, it’s cool.

He becomes an unknowing accomplice in whatever is going on.

Sleuth boy gets his chance to really find out what is happening when he takes over a temporary job offered. Right now, all he has is his assumptions and imagination.

He is not trying to get caught; in fact, he doesn’t believe he will. He is so caught up that he doesn’t see the signs that show that the table has been turned and he is no longer the only spy.

Capture is imminent, but not only does he get ensnared, his friend, who had a moment of bravery is also entrapped.

Now what can they do?

These people are adults, bigger, stronger smarter. Hiccup notices that the smart gene may have passed on them. While he tries to play on that notion, his friend fades into despair.

Still leading, Hiccup’s brain is swirling with ideas on escape. Each one does not produce the wanted effect.

Will they ever be found?

This author writes her debut novel under a sobriquet. Some facts are that her real name can be pronounced in every country. She writes with a passion of telling an Unlikely story with funny parts if you have the type of humor to appreciate it. Holding a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, writing has always held a torch. This book shows the light at the end.


Unlikely by [Wynsome Peters]

Every abandoned building holds a bit of mystery. At one time or another, all of us have had that moment when we imagine the life that used to inhabit the old homes and businesses in our communities–it’s just part of their charm. On the other hand, those same buildings can be homes to some truly sinister activities. When Nate and his friend, Zachary, notice something amiss with the abandoned building in their neighborhood, they make it their mission to discover the truth. What begins as an innocent exercise in eavesdropping quickly turns into an adventure neither of the boys will soon forget. 

Unlikely, by Wynsome Peters, is the realistic urban fiction story centered around two middle schoolers making their way into high school and finding adventure along the way. Nate and Zachary, curious and eager to prove themselves, begin their own investigation after seeing shadows and overhearing a disturbing conversation behind the walls of a dilapidated building. The young boys make it their mission to solve the mystery and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Peters has managed to create an engaging story which will appeal to adolescent readers who enjoy mystery plots with relatable characters. The move from middle school to high school is one that causes mixed emotions and a host of opportunities to meet new people. The author has given young readers two main characters who both feel and act like them and have their own unique families full of quirks. Readers will find themselves just as invested in Nate and Zachary as they are the mystery unfolding before them.

While I enjoyed this adventurous romp, I noticed a few grammatical errors which affect the flow of the story. With a bit of proofreading, and an editor to keep the story focused, this could easily be an exceptionally fun novel.

Unlikely is an intriguing middle school adventure story that builds up and unravels a mystery in entertaining fashion. The author’s choice of characters and storyline work well and provide a relatable and engaging story for younger readers. 

Pages: 137 | ASIN: B07MRF18HH

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