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A Review of Whispers of Words Spoken by An Howard

Poetry is a great way to express one’s thoughts and emotions in an abbreviated way that touches your soul. In Whispers of Words Spoken, An Howard guided readers through her poetry in four section: Whispers in General, Whispers to God, Whispers of Erotica and Whispers of Love. In each segment, I was swept away by her words about life in general, her self-love, her love of/for God, her being in and out of love and her love of erotica.

I thoroughly enjoyed An’s poetry as I could see myself in quite a few poems in each section. Funny how words can be so universal in that we can all feel the same hurt, pain, love, joy, and excitement through the eyes of another.
A very good read!
Some of my favorite lines from poems in each section:
My Words Sometimes my words are all that I have In this empty place called life. I use them to express my happiness or my strife.
God Where Are You? God where are you when I’m feeling alone, Where are you when I’m saddened and kneeling at your throne?
Just A Sip I love th…

Interview with Gilbert H. Richards, Author of Herd of Tusks

Author’s Bio:A native of Baltimore City, Maryland, Gilbert H. Richards, a high school English Literature teacher of 20 years, set a goal to write a book of poetry during his college years. Having always written personal essays, Richards combined his love of writing, reading and his knowledge of English literature in his first book of poetry, Herd of Tusks. Richard has earned an English degree from Morgan State University and a Masters in Special Education from Coppin State University. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. 
What inspired you to write your book? GHR: I’ve been writing poems since my teen years.  At 62 years old, I think a lot about my own mortality. I want to leave a testament behind. This volume of poetry is that testament. I hope it’s not my last.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? GHR: I like a lot of authors, poets, journalists, and columnists etc. However, I was definitely influenced by the Bl…

Interview with Glynis Guevara, Author of Under the Zaboca Tree

Author’s Bio:  Glynis Guevara was born in Trinidad. She completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree in London, England and was also admitted to the bar of England and Wales and Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to Toronto, Canada in the 1990’s and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers Creative Writing Program. She also completed a Technical Communication certificate (George Brown College), an IT Diploma (DeVry), as well as a Teacher of Adults Certificate (Centennial College). Her YA manuscript Barrel Girl was a finalist for the Inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Her debut YA novel, Under the Zaboca Tree was published by Inanna Publications in June 2017. Her second YA novel, Black Beach is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in the fall of 2018. 
What inspired you to write your book? GG: Many years ago, after signing a contract to buy a townhouse in Toronto, I lost my job. I was extremely stressed about the possibility of losing my down payment. To deal with this chal…

A Review of Six Easy Pieces by Walter Mosley

Wow, if you are an avid Walter Mosley fan of the Easy Rawlings series then this book which is a collection of six short stories about Easy will leave you very fulfilled. For starters, you get a great snapshot of Easy and his family and friends who become key players in other novels and the backstory primes you for future adventures.
The major thing I enjoy about Mosley’s books is his love of colors and how the titles conjure up what’s to come. In Smoke, a fire breaks out at the school where Easy is the supervising senior head custodian and he has to figure out who is behind it. Here Easy’s investigative skills are at work, maneuvering the streets of L.A. and solving crimes. Mosley continues to thread the drama from one short story to another In Crimson Stain, Silver Lining, Lavender, Gator Green and Gray-Eyed Death. Overall, this is an excellent read!
Some of my favorite lines:             “I don’t know what he said, but I’m no criminal, and I haven’t been involved in any crimes,” I sai…

Interview with Charles Stokes, Author of Love Pain & Poetry

Author’s Bio: Charles Stokes is an avid writer and military veteran from Baltimore, MD who served as a paralegal in Iraq and Afghanistan. His time served at war and his interactions with others throughout his life have given him a deeper understanding of the human experience. In his free time, Stokes is a car enthusiast, appreciates sports, and target shooting. Love Pain and Poetry is his first book.
What inspired you to write your book? CS: I don't know what inspired me. I was writing daily.  I’d written 50 poems in ten days. It was the most productive thing I'd done in eight months.  It eased the worries of depression and cleared my head.  The thoughts of a book came after allowing my brother to hear it.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? CS: No, honestly it was music if anything that got me writing. As far as writing poetry goes, there is Dr. Angelo, Tupac, and Langston Hughes. I really like their poetry howe…

Interview with Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, Author of The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box – relationship advice that your father didn’t tell you and your mother didn’t know

Author’s Bio: Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves women who struggle to experience a fulfilling relationship by revealing The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box to attract and keep lasting love. She helps women identify the four types of male hunters, avoid 70% of men who only want the goody box and win the heart of Mr. Right-For-You. With proven techniques to help you get off the crazy cycle of relational demise and advice from men women would be crazy to ignore, you, too, can become a man whisperer. Request your complimentary copy of Every Man's Private Marriage Check List at #TheGoodyBoxBook
What inspired you to write your book? I was tired—and this next statement must sound familiar—of making the same relationship mistakes over and over. Like many women, I vented to my mother, sister, and girlfriends, but their advice was tainted with broken hearts, betrayal, and disappointment. I had left my relationships to chance instead of intentionally designing the relatio…