Ignited by Education (The African Woman Challenge Book 1) by Eileen K. Omosa

And the chase began. Sophia, daughter of an indebted livestock trader has by sheer luck completed her university education. Next, she has a detailed life plan, build her career and uplift her family out of poverty. That plan excludes romance and marriage, which she believes distract women from their goals. Richie Broaders crosses Sophia’s path. He not only floods her work desk with flowers but wants to marry her. Sophia is aware of her employer’s rule on romance between employees, one of them must resign. Desperation kicks in when she learns that Richie is the son of the billionaire owner of the Broaders Group of Companies, her employer. Resigning from her job is tantamount to falling back into the poverty she was born into but has worked very hard to overcome. Evading Richie is not Sophia’s only challenge. Marko, her father summons her to the village to get married to Cleophas, a local school teacher. Can she object without straining existing family relations? Ignited by Education is a captivating and inspirational women’s fiction on change and adaptation as Africa embraces education, especially for the girl child. What it means to be an educated and career woman – the nature of expectations from family and society. The sweet romantic twist in the book will stop tears from falling. This first book in The African Woman Challenge Series provides a new experience – a story of change, where education, culture, ambition and love are intertwined.

Author: Eileen K. Omosa

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 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
215 reviews

Jimmie Barnes by Barry C. Davis

Jimmie Barnes is dying. After an incredible 132 years of life, his time is short.Jimmie has one mission, unfullfilled – the return of his father’s hard earned 40 acres, awarded to the slave soldier at the end of the Civil War.Over the decades Jimmie approaches the rich and famous, including all the American Presidents from Grant to Reagan in a quest to have the land returned. He makes one president cry (Nixon), helps kill another (McKinley) and accepts the brotherhood of an unlikely ally (“brother” Ronnie Reagan).Will Jimmie finally get back the 40 acres?A reader’s review: Jimmie Barnes is similar to the style of Forest Gump, minus the guile and innocence. Rage, injustice and racism in all it’s true colors are depicted from the main character to the behind the scenes players. The game of politics in a scary and grim light, makes you wonder is this fiction or closer to the truth than you want it to be?

Author: Barry C. Davis

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
177 reviews

Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

The heroes of King Solomon’s Mines return to Africa in this action-packed sequel that inspired the film Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold.   Allan Quatermain, big-game hunter and explorer, has recently lost his son, Harry, to smallpox and is ready to get away from civilization. Rather than continue to wallow in grief surrounded by his trophies and guns in England, he instead chooses adventure and journeys to eastern Africa with his friends, Sir Henry Curtis and Capt. John Good.   With Zulu chief Umslopogaas accompanying them, they head to uncharted territory in search of the Zu-Vendis, a race of white-skinned people rumored to be isolated from the other tribes of Africa and ruled by two beautiful sister queens. There, the travelers confront angry Zu-Vendi priests who admonish the men for killing their sacred hippopotamuses—and Curtis unwittingly becomes part of a tumultuous love triangle with the sister queens.   Soon, the party of adventurers finds themselves embroiled in a civil war. Each queen is now vying for the throne, but only one faction will win—and not everyone will survive.

Author: H. Rider Haggard

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
299 reviews

Jimmie Barnes by Barry C. Davis

Jimmie Barnes is dying. After an incredible 132 years of life, his time is short.Jimmie has one mission, unfullfilled – the return of his father’s hard earned 40 acres, awarded to the slave soldier at the end of the Civil War.Over the decades Jimmie approaches the rich and famous, including all the American Presidents from Grant to Reagan in a quest to have the land returned. He makes one president cry (Nixon), helps kill another (McKinley) and accepts the brotherhood of an unlikely ally (“brother” Ronnie Reagan).Will Jimmie finally get back the 40 acres?A reader’s review: Jimmie Barnes is similar to the style of Forest Gump, minus the guile and innocence. Rage, injustice and racism in all it’s true colors are depicted from the main character to the behind the scenes players. The game of politics in a scary and grim light, makes you wonder is this fiction or closer to the truth than you want it to be?

Author: Barry C. Davis

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
175 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
167 reviews

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