Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: A Jersey Love Saga 3 by Karma Monae


A Jersey Love Saga 3 by Karma Monae

Jux has had all of the opposition from Ya’Lani he’s willing to take. Deciding that ‘no’ was not an answer he liked nor would he accept, he took it upon himself to hire movers to pack up her Atlanta home and send her belongings back to Jersey where they belong. Ya’Lani is pregnant, tired, and in no mood to fight, so she makes her way back home, albeit with much attitude. Time and drama have not softened the results of the blows each has taken, but the love they have for each other is real. For the sake of that love, and their unborn child, they agree to push beyond all the issues and make their relationship work, much to the relief of their families.

Ya’Lani leaving Atlanta is fine because her friend and business partner, Harmony, is there to keep their clothing boutique running. Problem is Harmony hasn’t been the same since being raped. She is making choices that jeopardize their business and years of friendship in her wounded state. Although she has a man who loves her, how he initially handled the rape wounded her in a way she has not bounced back from. Feeling as if she doesn’t have a clue who she is, Harmony is blindly grasping at straws in a way to feel whole again. Unfortunately, the choices she is making are alienating her from the very ones who have always loved her.

Yayla has finally decided to give Rique a chance at her heart. She has loved him for a while, but guilt wouldn’t let her give them a fair chance. When some unexpected drama lands on their doorstep, leaving a high profile personality in trouble, they do everything in their power to make this situation disappear. But will their efforts be enough before someone has to give up their life to pay for the crime?

In book three of the A Jersey Love Saga series, things pick up right where they left off in book two. I appreciate that Karma Monae did not rush through this book to bring readers to an automatic happy ending, because life isn’t always easy like that, and sometimes the road to our happiness can be winding, with detours along the way. It is true that hurting people hurt people and they hurt themselves, too, so I really appreciate how she’s chosen to handle what is going on with Harmony after the trauma she experienced from being raped. This is an enjoyable series where readers are presented with extremely flawed characters that show love in the best way they know how. Sometimes they get it right, often they get it wrong, yet they are willing to put everything they have on the line for the ones they love. These characters are witty, feisty, sexy, fun, intense, and full of drama…all the necessary components for an urban love story.

4.5 stars

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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

Author Interview: Flo Anthony

I am pleased to present this author interview for your reading pleasure. Read on to find out what celebrity journal/author FLO ANTHONY has been up to and learn about her newest release, ONE LAST DEADLY PLAY.

Happy reading! Tumika


Celebrity Journalist & Author FLO ANTHONY



Tell us about your newest work and what inspired you to write it.
The name of my new book is One Last Deadly Play. It is the sequel to Deadly Stuff Players and the third novel about Valerie Rollins and Rome Nyland solving crimes. My readers wanted to know what happened to the characters in Deadly Stuff Players, so I decided to continue their story.

Tell us about yourself. 
I am a veteran celebrity journalist who has been covering the entertainment scene since 1985 when I started work in the Entertainment Department at the New York Post. Prior to that, my focus was sports. I also host a daily syndicated radio feature called Gossip On The Go With Flo that's in 20 markets, as well as freelance for the New York Daily News, write a weekly column Go With The Flo that appears in several black publications, including the New York Amsterdam News and Philadelphia Sunday Sun, contribute to postpublishing.buzz and have my own online magazine, blacknoir.nyc.

Is there a general theme present in your work? If so, what is it?
The general theme in my novels is Black Hollywood Murder Mystery. However, One Last Deadly Play mainly takes place in New York City and the Hamptons.

Who would you say is your target audience?
My target audience is both men and women, 18-90.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I would like to turn my books into a TV series.

What is one thing you wish you had known about this industry that would have made your journey easier?
That royalty checks take years.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
It's best to pick a subject that you know well. That way, the characters and plot just flow out of you.

If there was one message you could get across to your readers from your most recent book, what would it be?
That true love is everlasting and the bad guys eventually get caught.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of writing? 
Reading, dining out with friends, travel, decorating.

Who are your favorite writers?  What are your favorite books?
The late, great Jackie Collins and Jackie Suzanne, Eric Jerome Dickey, Wahida Clark, Zane, Roshonda Tate Billingsley, Debbie Macomber, Danielle Steel.  All of their novels.

When did you first know you wanted to become a writer?
When I was 6 and wrote a play about Caroline Kennedy that the whole school put on.

What makes this book special?
The plot and characters are so wonderful.

How long did it take you to write this book?
3 months. 






Synopsis:
Almost two years had passed since the discovery of retired baseball player Royale Jones’ real identity: Rolondo Jemison. Valerie Rollins, famous Gossip Columnist, never revealed her intimate past with the true Wildcat player. While she and her crime-solving partner Rome Nyland were behind the uncovering of this imposter, one infamous question lingered on: what happened to the real Royale?
As if the heavens themselves intervened, a peculiar stranger who has been living in isolation, tucked away in the Bahamas, suddenly awakens from his amnesia. Five years of memorylessness evaporates upon seeing a photo of Rolondo and Valerie’s name in a newspaper article.

Valerie returns to the Big Apple, with intentions of aiding her fiance, Victor Dumas. Upon discovering the murder of her staff, her home invaded and Rome’s fiancee missing, the worst has yet to come. Her fiance’s son, Vance, discovers his wife has left him, only to secretly join forces against the Dumas family with Rolondo and Victor’s worst enemy: Sincere. In a plot to kidnap Vance’s daughter in ransom for billions and kill Victor and Valerie, the dastardly trio is also after a trunk stored in an obscure, Underground Railroad location.
Follow these eclectic lives as they navigate the streets of NYC and the glittering Hamptons, all the while making new love connections and rekindling old, dodging bullets and death, but more importantly, Valerie and Rome are once again trying to keep the bad guys from making One Last Deadly Play.

Excerpt:


Chapter Twenty-seven

Columbus

     After Ariel insisted upon taking a separate taxi to wherever the hell she lived from the airport, a weary Columbus was just finishing up checking into the Ritz Carlton as Rome, Valerie. and Amethyst walked into the hotel. He heard the one voice that had lingered in his ear for over thirty years say, "Rome, you and Amethyst get us a table in the lounge. I'm going to run to the ladies room." Columbus turned in the direction that the voice was coming from. He couldn't believe what his eyes definitely saw. Valerie was standing just a few feet away from him. He listened as the man she called Rome told her, :I'd better go downstairs with you."
    "Don't be silly. Look at all of these people around. I'm just going to the bathroom. I'll be right back.You know what to order for me."
     Rome followed her instructions, grabbed Amethyst's hand, and headed into the lounge.
     "Where is the closest men's room?" Columbus asked the desk clerk.
    "Just one floor down, Mr. Isley. You can take the elevators that are right over there. We'll get your bags right up to your room."
     After he thrust a fifty dollar bill at the man, Columbus made a mad dash to the elevator. When he reached the floor, he headed straight into the ladies room. He didn't care how many women were in there. Luckily, it was empty. He locked the door behind him.
     "Sweet Val, are you in here?"
     Val was just coming out of a stall.She almost fainted when she heard the man standing in front of her call her by that name. Her 'oh so secret past' had come back to haunt her. The man whom she considered as the love of her life before she met Victor, the real Royale Jones, was alive and well. She could barely get a whisper to emerge from her throat.
     "Royale?"
     He didn't want to waste time talking. He pulled Val into his arms and kissed her passionately. Caught up in a strange mixture of the past and the moment, Valerie didn't offer any resistance at first and returned his kisses. Reality sunk in when Royale tried to take it one step forward by squeezing her nipple. She pushed him off her. He let out a sinister laugh.
     "Still the same Sweet Val, always playing hard to get."
     "Where is God's name, or in your case, the devil's name, did you come from?" She stepped back out of Royale's tight grasp.        

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Available in paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.

Purchase link:
https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Deadly-Play-Anthony/dp/1936649055 

Print ISBN: 978-1936649-96-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936649-95-2

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About Flo Anthony

A veteran celebrity journalist, Flo Anthony currently hosts a daily syndicated radio show "Gossip On The Go With Flo" syndicated by Superadio. In addition, she is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Blacknoir.nyc, and a contributor to the New York Daily News' Confidential column. Flo also writes a weekly syndicated column "Go With The Flo" which appears in several publications including the New York Amsterdam News and Philadelphia Sunday Sun. Flo has been seen on countless television shows including Geraldo, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, TV One's Life After, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, HLN and E! Entertainment TV!
She has appeared on over 25 television programs over the course of her career which began with a contract on the late Joan Rivers’ Emmy award winning talk show.

A graduate of Howard University, with extended graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Flo resides in East Harlem.

For further information contact Flo Anthony at 917-439-3382.  

Follow Flo on Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/florence.anthony.73
https://www.twitter.com/banananosekid

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Interviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

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