Monthly Archives: August 2015
Antoine Inch Thomas’ sophomore venture introduces Anthony Wheeler, who is no different than the many underprivileged children growing up in the Bronx Housing Project. Stumbling into the world of drugs and the underworld he threw himself directly in the path fast pace money-making destruction. Slapped in the face with the reality of his chosen course, he has absolutely no regrets.
No Regrets is about a young boy growing up in the Edenwald Projects in the Bronx. The protagonist Tone gets his start in the drug game by watching his sister Crystal’s boyfriend, Bo.Tone grew up struggling in a single parent’s home. He wanted to give his mother a better life, and himself as well. At the age of twelve, he begins by helping his sister bag. But he had higher aspirations, so he begins to sell drugs.
Through a twist of events, he meets a major connect, and starts moving major dope to big players. However, due to an unfortunate incident, the police began searching for Tone, until they surrounded him in a major road block.
Antoine “Inch” Thomas is a creative writer who has the uncanny ability to keep you guessing and in suspense. I highly recommend this book.
Antoine ‘Inch’ Thomas was born and raised in the Bronx. He’s talented, impulsive, and a passionate writer who thrives on being creative. You can fallow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Print Length: 292 pages
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Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
From the streets of Baltimore, Maryland hail an all girl clique called the Pussy Pound. At the head of the clique is Netta, at her side is her close friend, Mimi. Both women are armed with a do anything-for-the-money attitude. Quickly it becomes clear that Netta will go above and beyond the call of duty in her quest for the almighty dollar. Under her tutelage the Pussy Pound becomes infamous on the streets of Baltimore as they attract and target some of the most prominent dope boys in the city. With each hustler that they bed the Pussy Pound becomes more deeply entangled in the game.
As the consequences of their acts catch up to them. They soon discover that the streets of Baltimore are an unforgiving place and there is a heavy price to pay for their treachery.
B-More Careful was a raw and gritty account of what takes place in the life of the streets. The premise of the story was based on betrayal, deception and treachery.
I would have rated this book five stars had it not been for the excessive typos and grammatical errors I came across. Nevertheless, Shannon Holmes is an exceptional and talented writer.
B-More Careful was fast paced. I was able to visualize and feel everything as if I was there.
I admit, I had a difficult time getting through this story. The characters and content felt so real to me. In reading this story, which took place in Baltimore, I came to understand the realities of the streets. The game is certainly not a lifestyle I would want to be a part of, because of all the danger, backstabbing, jealousy, envy, betrayal, greed and revenge which is paramount.
B-More Careful emphasized the life of drugs, money, sex and murder. There is nothing glamorous or attractive about it based on what I read. This story made me sad.
Shannon Holmes did not sugar coat anything. He gave it to you straight and to the point. The characters who stood out for me were Black, Netta and Mimi. Black and Netta being the most ruthless of them all.
Unfortunately, there was no happy Hollywood ending either. All in all, B-More Careful taught me a great deal and opened my eyes to the harsh realities of a world I knew very little about.
Shannon Holmes wrote his first novel, B-More Careful, while in prison. When it was published, it immediately became a #1 bestseller, making him a major name in a new generation of fiction: hip-hop fiction. He then launched Triple Crown Publications, one of the leading publishers of hip-hop fiction, with Vickie Stringer, and wrote more novels, including the #1Essence bestsellers Bad Girlz, Never Go Home Again, Dirty Game and Caught Up.
Jazmin always had the biggest crush on her childhood friend Sean since she could remember. Being that she was the “cute for a fat girl” and “like a little sister” type of girl, Sean never really gave Jazmin much attention. Now that they’re older, things have changed. Sean has started seeing her in a different light and now they’re caught up in a love affair that Jazmin has been waiting her whole life for.
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If I could give this book ten stars, I would. Crush is a phenomenal story. I can’t add much more to the three hundred plus, five star reviews Ivy Symone has received already. All I can say is this, her character development, plot, pacing and comedic flare is outstanding.
Crush will probably remain as one of my favorites and on the top my list. I will never forget it.
You are probably wondering, what is it that I loved so much about Crush? Well, firstly, it was different. Secondly, Ivy Symone is an extremely talented writer. Thirdly, her characters are so real, my favorite being, Jah. I fell in love with Jah.
I would write more, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just trust and believe that once you start reading this book, you are not going to want to put it down.
And that ending though… all I can say is Wow. I can’t wait to read Crush 2, which will hopefully drop on August 7th.
Ivy Symone was born in Murfreesboro, TN, but was raised and resides in Nashville, TN. She began writing at the age of 10. In 2013, her mother advised her to take her writing skills to a different level and get published. In 2014, she signed under King Publishing and has several best selling books out. When she’s not reading and writing, you’ll find her cooking, watching horror movies and spending time with her family. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Have you ever found yourself sitting back and evaluating your life? Well, this year has been one of those for me, as I find myself at a crossroad.
Crossroads aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Yes, they make us feel uncomfortable and force us to face the unknown. But, none of us knows what lies ahead, life is one big leap of faith anyway.
Growing pains never feel good, neither does facing the truth about yourself and the choices you’ve made that have lead you to where you are today.
Let’s face it, we all want easy, simple, and less complicated. However, life will never hand us a box of chocolate covered strawberries neatly tied with a bow on top. I’ve learned that things will get messy before they get better.
So what do you do in the meantime?
For one, don’t run. Running won’t solve anything. Sit with your feelings, look at it for what it is, analyze why you are where you are, and if there is something you can do differently not to repeat the same pattern.
Second, get help. It’s okay to seek counseling when life feels overwhelming. Some people may not admit it to you, but everyone goes through rough patches in life. None of us are exempt from difficult or hard times.
I can’t tell you how much the rooms have helped me throughout my life. It’s a gift when you are afforded the opportunity to learn about yourself and receive unbiased support.
Pain is a signal, a sign for you to pay closer attention. Be brave and courageous. Face it. Delve into those areas that hurt the most. Don’t be afraid. You’ll be surprised at what you discover, and how free you’ll feel as a result.
Do you find yourself at a crossroad today? If so, how are you coping or dealing with it. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.