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Book Review: Red Hot Blues by Mickey J. Corrigan


Red Hot Blues

Mickey J. Corrigan

Publication Dates: December 17, 2014

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Telluride is a no hold barred young girl who has to deal with a lot in Red Hot Blues by Mickey J Corrigan. A road trip is one thing but the crazy escape that Telluride and her mother, Kittie, are taking just might take its toll out on the both of them. Telluride loves her mother but the situations that her mother puts them in are starting to get dangerous. As they travel across the country in a stolen car Telluride tries to reason with her mother, Kittie and make her understand their lives need an overhaul.

Red Hot Blues is an interesting story that lets the reader into the relationship between a mother and her daughter. This was a quick read but the overall message was very clear. The child should not have to be the parent at sixteen but should have the luxury of just being a child.

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

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

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Author Brandy Jellum Shares A Excerpt of If I Say No

If I Say No

Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.

Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.


“Reid…” Marco walks in looking like he’s spent the last couple of days rummaging through garbage. From the foul smell wafting off him, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly where he’s been me. “I’ve found him. I’ve found Rhe— ”

“What is that smell?” I cut him off as quickly as possible. He hasn’t noticed my mother in the kitchen.

“Found who?” My mother chimes in. We all turn our attention to her who is studying us with a watchful eye. “Please don’t stop on my account.”

“Ellen!” Marco says with false charm. “I didn’t know we were expecting you…here. Tonight.”

 “Why wouldn’t I be here?” she says, grinning. “Apparently, my son is getting married in two weeks. A better question would be what are you doing here?” Her nose wrinkles. “Like that?”

She walks around the bar and toward him. Marco is a big man who can kill without a moment’s hesitation, but this little lady makes him cower like a scared puppy. I watch in silent amusement as he takes a few steps back. His eyes plead with me, but he’s on his own here. I’m already on my mother’s bad side and I’m not going to do anything to dig myself into a deeper hole.

“I’m…I’m…” He shrugs and shrinks a little. “I’m here for the wedding. Just like you are.”

“That’s a load of crap if I ever heard one.” She raises her hand and swats his arm. “I know you’re only around when there is trouble brewing in my son’s life. So tell me what’s going on, or so help me God I’ll beat you to the floor and make you tell me. Don’t think for a second I’m afraid of all this macho muscle garbage you have going on.”

Marco looks over at me again, and I hold back the laughter threatening to escape. This man has seen enough terror to last him a lifetime. He’s been in countless battles—in the military and in his own personal life. He’s built like a monster truck. He has no fears. He can handle anything.

My mother has just crushed him with nothing but her attitude.

“Yes, ma’am,” he says quietly.

“And don’t think I don’t know that you’re laughing back there, Reid Emerson Harder,” she calls out without turning around. “You’re in as much trouble as he is.”

Marco steps closer to me, putting distance between himself and my mother.

“Now,” she says, and she holds up a lethal-looking spatula. “Which of you children wants to tell me what‘s really going on here?”


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Brandy Jellum

Brandy’s passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading, everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with. Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Romance and Young Adult Fiction (which is mainly just for fun).

At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.

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Book Spotlight: Against All Odds by Mahisha Dellinger


For Mahisha Dellinger, life in the rough streets of Sacramento, California was paving the way for a lifetime of poverty, despair and dysfunction. But while criminals ran rampant, gangs took over, and her own relatives chose drugs over dreams, Mahisha knew she was destined for something greater. Rewriting her storyDetermined to write a different ending to her story, Mahisha set out to alter her destiny, through college and hard work. But her dreams were bigger than just a 9-5 job and she worked tirelessly to pursue her passion of owning her own hair care business. That dedication and commitment has paid off as Mahisha’s company, CURLS LLC, is one of the leading natural hair care companies in the country. Against All Odds chronicles Mahisha’s journey from the projects to the penthouse, how she overcame an impoverished beginning to lead a life of wealth, privilege and success….doing a job she loves. Complete with success tips to process in your own life, Against All Odds will show you how to turn your tragedy into triumph, no matter what the odds.

About the Author
In 2002 Mahisha Dellinger left Corporate America to follow her passion. She launched CURLS, an award winning line of organic hair care products for women and girls with natural waves, curls and kinks. She singlehandedly built a strong demand for her brand and Target, Sally Beauty, Wal-Mart and CVS came knocking at her door. CURLS has been featured in a host of beauty publications including InStyle, Essence, Glamour, Ebony, Juicy, Redbook, Lucky, Seventeen, Vibe, Black Enterprise, Elle, Modern Salon, Woman’s World, Parents and a host of other hair and salon trade publications.
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Book Review: ItGirl4Life by Tamara Branch



Tamara Branch

Publication Date: June 13, 2014

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

ItGirl4Life by Tamara Branch is a motivational handbook for readers to learn how to love themselves and be as true to themselves as possible. This 40-chaptered book provides readers with inspiring quotes, motivational statements along with guidance that will help build readers confidence.

ItGirl4Life is short read that is straight to the point with helpful tools for readers to better themselves. It was an enjoyable read but I would have preferred a little more substance to the book. When I chose a self-help book I am looking for guidance, solutions and activities to help me through the issues and problems that I am currently facing. In ItGirl4Life I did not receive all that I was looking for but that does not mean that it is not a book you wouldn’t on your shelf. Please believe me this book is a keeper and when speaking to my young girls will be one that I mention. I just wanted more and I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

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

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley