Lucinda “Luce” Price is a having a tough time befriending Molly, her reform-school classmate in Fallen by Lauren Kate. During class, a teacher asks, “And do we all know who the wicked angel was who battled God?” Molly then passes Luce a note that says, “Luce … Lucifer … any relation?” Not so much. “…… Read more.

“If I should take a notion
To jump in the ocean
‘Tain’t nobody’s bizness if do.”

– Bessie Smith, ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do,
 featured 1920s singer in Shout, Sister, Shout! by Roxane Orgill

Bessie Smith, ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do

“Don’t ever think nobody else’s cooking is better than yours. Don’t matter if their kitchen is bigger, or their pots are shinier. A man will eat beans mixed with love before he’ll chew steak seasoned with spite.” – Grand in What Love Tastes Like by Zuri Day

What’s Cooking

The Gift of Pain [Book Review]

Author: Frederick W. Marks Reading Level: Adult Paperback: 94 pages Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (January 16, 2012) “Pain, when it rubs against character, acts as a sharper.” –  Frederick W. Marks, The Gift of Pain   COVER DESCRIPTION “Few readers will come away from this series of meditations without feeling lighter and more optimistic in… Read more.

I Like PaperBackS​wap!

If any of the following applies to you, consider giving PaperBackSwap a try. I: Have thought about using a book exchange/swap service. Have too many books and need to thin out my bookshelves. Haven’t been able to borrow a book that I wanted (from the library, a friend, etc.). Have had difficulty finding a book… Read more.

Catastrophically Consequential [Book Review]

Author: Stephen C. Bird | Goodreads | Reading Level: Adult Paperback: 152 pages Publisher: Hysterical Dementia (February 16, 2012)   “Usns been speakin duh Dumbspeak uh reel long time now, evuh since dey wuz Gooderz an Badderz. Jes so youse know, deah two kinds uh Dumbspeak. Deah dat dats duh Gooderz speak, an deah dat dats… Read more.

Fallen by Lauren Kate [BOOK TRAILER]

I picked up Lauren Kate’s Fallen to complete the angels and demons category for 2012 Immortal Reading Challenge hosted by Under the Covers Book Blog. I had seen the book several times in bookstores and was smitten with the hauntingly pretty cover. You know what they say about books with pretty covers …

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide [Book Review]

Author: Mark Coker | Website | Twitter | File Size:174 KB Print Length: 39 pages Publisher: Smashwords (June 25, 2011) “This guide provides authors and publishers practical advice on how to market their books.”  – Mark Coker, Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market any Book for Free COVER DESCRIPTION “Learn how to market any book. This… Read more.

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