Book Reviews

Book Review: Flawbulous by Shana Burton



Shana Burton

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

Sullivan, Lawson, Angel, Reginell and Kina are back but this time their friendship is put to the test. Sullivan is expecting a baby boy and excited about having another child. She is so ecstatic seeming that motherhood is the only thing she gets right. When a tragic incident occurs, Sullivan receives bad news that changes her whole world. Lawson is the proud mother of a college student and has become close to her step-son. When her eldest son, Namon comes home to announce his surprise, Lawson’s old ways resurface. Lawson doesn’t like not being able to control any given situation but this time she just may have gone too far.

Angel has been patient and waiting for Duke to make her an honest woman again. Everything is going good until a co-worker accuses Duke of the unthinkable. Will Angel stand by her man? Or will she turn the other cheek. Reginell’s life has finally come full circle. She has been able to put the past behind her and she is in love with a wonderful man. The only problem with being in love with your sister’s baby daddy is that your sister doesn’t understand boundaries. Reginell has had it and this time under certain circumstances she definitely has to put her foot down.

Kina has had success but looking for a new venture since reality television is not going as planned. When Kina is offered a book deal and receives a nice advance she is thrilled until the publisher assigns a ghostwriter to help her produce the final product. Unbeknownst to Kina her ghostwriter, Desdemona has a hidden agenda that will either make or break Kina and her friends.

Flawbulous is by far my favorite book in this series. These ladies finally had to face their truths which cause some unsuspected consequences. I appreciated Desdemona’s character and loved that she entered into these ladies lives even though she frustrated me at times. This book had twists and turns but brought suspense, anticipation and entertainment. I definitely recommend Flawbulous to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Reviews

Saturday Suggestions: Event Management by Laura Capell


(As seen on the back cover)

Learn to:

  • Plan and run a successful event – from conferences and exhibitions to festivals
  • Tackle everything from the creative brief to health and safety
  • Get through ‘show’ day with your sanity intact
  • Measure and build upon the success of your event

Your A-to-Z guide from a top industry professional

Whether you’d like to break into the booming event industry, or you’ve been tasked with organising an event for work or socially and don’t have a clue where to start, this book has you covered. Written by the Managing Director of one of London’s top event companies, it’s packed with expert tips, hints and checklists, and covers all aspects of planning and running an event – from budgeting, scheduling and promotion, to finding a location, sorting security, health and safety and much more.

  • Take your first steps – start out by deciding what kind of event you want to put on, researching your audience and putting together a realistic budget
  • Design an experience – discover how to craft an event’s ‘message’ and create a truly memorable occasion – with tips on selecting the right creative content and entertainment
  • Manage the nitty-gritty – from location to deliveries, health and safety to paperwork, learn how to successfully handle the million-and-one details involved in an event
  • Plan for the worst – get the lowdown on potential problems and how to avoid them, and what to do to stop them from ruining an event, should they occur
  • Tackle event day and beyond – keep everything running smoothly on the day, learn to measure the success of your event and build on that success with post-event marketing

Open the book and find:

  • Priceless tips, hints and checklists
  • How to tailor the event to your audience
  • Guidance on budgeting, scheduling, promotion and location
  • Advice on technical production, catering and entertainment
  • Important health, safety and security information
  • The types of suppliers you need in your address book – and must-have items to keep in your ‘event kit’
  • Insider information on building a career in event management
 About the Author

Laura Capell is Managing Director of Sledge Ltd, one of the most successful events companies in London. Her unique ability to understand brands and how people want to interact with them has seen Laura work with some of the biggest brands around, delivering award-winning service. Laura was voted one of the top young industry professionals by Conference & Incentive Travel magazine.

Why We Suggest: This book provides exactly what it says. The tips and checklist are very helpful in getting you organized as well as helping you with budgeting and promotions. It is worth having on your reference shelf.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Previously Loved Treasures by Bette Lee Crosby


Previously Loved Treasures

Bette Lee Crosby

Publication Date: April 2, 2014

 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

In Previously Loved Treasures by Bette Crosby readers are introduced to Ida Sweetwater, woman struggling to keep a stable home while looking for her son. Ida decides to open her home and allow people to stay for a fee. Ida realizes she will need additional furniture so she goes shopping to enhance her home décor. While shopping Ida stops in Previously Loved Treasures and meets the owner Peter Pennington, who loves to help others.

Ida has invited a diverse group of people into her home because of her mission to find her son. In the process things start to unravel and Ida finds that she is more to these individuals than just a place to stay.

This was an interesting book with twists and turns. The characters were entertaining and easy to relate to. I would have preferred the story to be longer and did not quite understanding the ending. Overall it was a quick read that readers will enjoy.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Features

Book Spotlight: The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan


Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

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Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015.

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