The Vineyard: Exploding Grapes by Damon Johnson

“Like a vintage wine love seeps through our skin quenching hunger’s thirst.” Dark, rich and full bodied, only begin to describe this wonderful blend of poetry contained in The Vineyard: Exploding Grapes. It is a bouquet of love and desire with a spicy undertone of lust. A very generous wine of words, this second collection of poetry from Damon Johnson takes the reader on a poetic journey, and with its smooth attack it is indeed, full on the palate with a lingering finish.

Author: Damon Johnson

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
48 reviews

Struggles of the Women Folk (Tethered Angel) by TM Brown

This is the story of Georgie. She is a young black girl growing up in the 1940s in a small, rural town in Virginia. Life is hard and she dreams of better life. She experiences great loss and heartache. She loses friends and family, as well as the love of her life. And still, she remains strong. This emotional and inspiring story has a gritty dialogue. TM Brown’s signature writing style is captivating. You will find it difficult to stop reading once you begin…

Author: TM Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
82 reviews

The Sharecropper Prodigy: A Southern Historical Thriller by David Lee Malone

A true underdog story of an unlikely hero and two best friends coming of age in depression era, rural Alabama. Tom is white, Ben is black. This creates problems in this particular historical period.
Ben Evans was born forty years too early. A black kid growing up in the height of the Great Depression in the South, being raised by an alcoholic, abusive and incestuous father. This is not the place, nor the circumstances, you would expect one of the brightest young minds of the time to emerge. But Ben has an insatiable curiosity from a very young age to learn everything there is to know about the world. With the help of Rachel Winston, the benevolent daughter of the man who owns the farm the Evan’s family lives on as sharecroppers, Ben finds a way to educate himself. He gains access to Rachel’s text books, as well as her fathers extensive private library. When a series of adventures cause Ben and his best friend Tom Martin to move to Atlanta to find work, Ben gets the opportunity to really expand his education. But the more educated Ben becomes, the more trouble he encounters in a time where black folks were not supposed to forget their place. Despite racism and other seemingly impossible barriers, Ben doesn’t give in to self pity or hatred. Instead, he becomes more determined than ever. Genius and tenacity vs. racism, envy and lynch mobs in this southern historical thriller. Which will prevail? A novel for adults as well as young adult readers.

Author: David Lee Malone

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
163 reviews

Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown

“1978. The year I turned ten and the year my mama killed herself. She was thirty-five, and dying is the last thing that should have been on her mind.”

After the death of her mother, Sylvia Butler’s father, a man she knows only from an old photo, takes her from Louisville, Kentucky to Ozark, Alabama to live with his family. But his wife resents everything about this intruder, from her out-of-wedlock conception to her dark skin and nappy hair.

When the wife’s younger brother Charles returns from Vietnam, Sylvia thinks she has found a friend and confidante, only to be hurt again, but this time, in a manner she never could have imagined.

Set under the backdrop of the Deep South in the 70s and 80s, this coming of age story of redemption and grace follows Sylvia in her journey from awkward girl to confident young woman, at last standing on her own.

Author: Angela Jackson-Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
212 reviews

The Day is a White Tablet by Jill Fletcher Pelaez

In this gripping Southern saga, America is in the final days of the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict ever waged on her soil. Tench Traymore, a free black teen, has been following his older white cousin, Lance Traymore, as his cook. The two young men grew up together and are inseparable as they fight under the command of General Pickett. But when Lance dies in battle, Tench is left alone. With a few of his cousin’s possessions — a horse called Night, his boots, and his journals—Tench travels home to Georgia. Discovering the Traymores have moved to Florida, he heads south in search of them. On this treacherous journey and encountering those who would stop him, Tench gains courage as he faces this changed world on his own.

Author: Jill Fletcher Pelaez

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
108 reviews

Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown

“1978. The year I turned ten and the year my mama killed herself. She was thirty-five, and dying is the last thing that should have been on her mind.”

After the death of her mother, Sylvia Butler’s father, a man she knows only from an old photo, takes her from Louisville, Kentucky to Ozark, Alabama to live with his family. But his wife resents everything about this intruder, from her out-of-wedlock conception to her dark skin and nappy hair.

When the wife’s younger brother Charles returns from Vietnam, Sylvia thinks she has found a friend and confidante, only to be hurt again, but this time, in a manner she never could have imagined.

Set under the backdrop of the Deep South in the 70s and 80s, this coming of age story of redemption and grace follows Sylvia in her journey from awkward girl to confident young woman, at last standing on her own.

Author: Angela Jackson-Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
210 reviews

Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy Book 1) by Kiru Taye

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?
That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.
Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.
She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

Author: Kiru Taye

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
217 reviews

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Xist Classics) by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Christopher Paul Curtis

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly, is one of the most famous anti-slavery works of all time. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel helped lay the foundation for the Civil War and was the best selling novel of the 19th century. While in recent years, the book’s role in creating and reinforcing a number of sterotypes about African Americans, this novel’s historical and literary impact should not be overlooked.

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Christopher Paul Curtis

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
1702 reviews

Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown

“1978. The year I turned ten and the year my mama killed herself. She was thirty-five, and dying is the last thing that should have been on her mind.”

After the death of her mother, Sylvia Butler’s father, a man she knows only from an old photo, takes her from Louisville, Kentucky to Ozark, Alabama to live with his family. But his wife resents everything about this intruder, from her out-of-wedlock conception to her dark skin and nappy hair.

When the wife’s younger brother Charles returns from Vietnam, Sylvia thinks she has found a friend and confidante, only to be hurt again, but this time, in a manner she never could have imagined.

Set under the backdrop of the Deep South in the 70s and 80s, this coming of age story of redemption and grace follows Sylvia in her journey from awkward girl to confident young woman, at last standing on her own.

Author: Angela Jackson-Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
206 reviews

The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker

Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive, medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist séance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra’s mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and baffling successes, and the public demands to know – does the “Queen of Spirits” really have supernatural powers? Nigel Huxley is convinced she’s simply another vulgar, Italian trickster. The icy, aristocratic detective for England’s Society for the Investigation of Mediums launches a plot to trap and expose her. Meanwhile, the Vatican is quietly digging up her childhood secrets, desperate to discredit her supernatural powers; her abusive husband Pigotti is coming to kill her; and the tarot cards predict catastrophe. Inspired by the true-life story of controversial Italian medium Eusapia Palladino (1854-1918), The Witch of Napoli masterfully resurrects the bitter,19th-century battle between Science and religion over the possibility of an afterlife, while earning praise from Kirkus Reviews as an “enchanting and graceful narrative that absorbs readers from the first page.” In March 2015, The Witch of Napoli” became an Amazon Top 100 paid bestseller. It is also a 2015 BRAG Medallion Award winner in Historical Fiction. Michael Schmicker is an investigative journalist and co-author of The Gift: ESP: The Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People (St. Martin’s Press). He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Author: Michael Schmicker

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
471 reviews