JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Claretta Street” by Colette Barris

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Title: “Claretta Street”

Author: Colette Barris

Genres: fiction, african american, historical fiction

Description: “Claretta Street” follows the lives of four young African-American girls living in Pacoima, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. They navigate the turbulent change of the 1960s, coming of age in the decadent and destructive 1980s. Through the lenses of the young women, the sound and textures of life unfold as the devoted friends provide vivid accounts of one of America’s greatest periods of social change. This work of historical fiction is the first novel by Pacoima native Colette Barris, who was inspired to write her debut book as a testimony to the struggle and triumph of Africans in America.Continue reading

JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Cindy’s Sin” by Michael Shawn Sommermeyer

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Title: “Cindy’s Sin”

Author: Michael Shawn Sommermeyer

Genres: fiction, short story, mystery, thriller, suspence

Description: Cindy Lash encounters danger the moment she arrives in Las Vegas to avenge the death of her father Tommy. But getting revenge will take a bit of luck, magic, and street smarts. An armed robbery wreaks havoc on her plans and shatters her only lead. Plunged into a frantic chase to find the killer, Cindy plunges into a nightmare of murder and corrupt greed. She lacks street smarts, but luck may turn out to be her best asset.Continue reading

JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Naive and Lethal (Stolen Innocence)” by Nina Ricci

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Title: “Naive and Lethal (Stolen Innocence)”

Author: Nina Ricci

Genres: mystery, thriller, fiction


Months after waking from a coma, trouble comes looking for Storia.

There is someone dangerous roaming the city, leaving a trail of dead and missing—and Storia is the number one suspect. Signs and evidence point towards Storia, despite having woken from a coma recently and overcoming the difficulties that put her in the hospital in the first place. Though she denies having a connection to the latest string of disappearances, mounting proof has detectives at her door. Storia wants to know how she became a target, so she begins to do her own investigating and is struck by what she discovers. Now when asked, Storia changes the subject answering a question with a question. Those around her feel she seems to know more than she is telling. There is a feeling lining the air with something sinister and unfamiliar to the small town. Who knows what is next? Whose next? Is the murderer following and watching Storia because she is on the list or is she creating the roll?

As the detectives dig deeper into the mystery revolving Storia and the recent disappearances and murders, Storia makes moves that might solidify her guilt or innocence. As the mystery unfolds, the levels to the deception heighten. No one knows who is next or if he or she is safe. Some seem to think the murders are random; many realize they are not. Can the truth be uncovered before it is too late?

Content Advisory: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains strong language, violence, graphic sexual activity, and adult situations. This book series is a cross between steamy and sizzling.

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JoeyTweets BookBlast – “The Love of My Life was All in My Head” by Alexandra Pauley

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Title: “The Love of My Life was All in My Head”

Author: Alexandra Pauley

Genres: creative nonfiction, self help, relationship

Description: There comes a time in our lives when the painful experience we endure ends up being worth the self-awareness we gain. “The Love of My Life was All in My Head” is my story of love. This book is written from the unique angle of what I learned from loving, and losing, a remarkable man.Continue reading

JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Open Your G.I.F.T.S., Volume 2: 42 Lessons on Finding and Embracing Blessings in Disguise” presented by Kim Coles

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Title: “Open Your G.I.F.T.S.: 42 Lessons on Finding and Embracing Blessings in Disguise”

Author: Claudia Wair and various authors

Genres: nonfiction, self-help, self-discovery

Description: Claudia Wair’s essay “Learn to Fly” appears in “Open Your G.I.F.T.S.: 42 Lessons on Finding and Embracing Blessings in Disguise,” presented by bestselling author and actress, Kim Coles. This anthology will be available for general release in August 2018, pre-ordering is available now.

When life throws us curveballs, it can be all too easy for us to ask “Why me?” However, what if we shifted our perspective and saw those events in our lives as blessings in disguise, as gifts that we can leverage to make our lives and the lives of others better? In the forthcoming anthology “Open Your G.I.F.T.S.” spearheaded by Kim Coles, each of the authors demonstrates how they turned their hardships into strengths by expressing and practicing Gratitude, Intention, Forgiveness, Triumph, and Self-Love.

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