*Book Discussion*

You’re invited to join myself and a few friends for our Book Discussion. April’s selection is Promise Boys by Nick Brooks.

The prestigious Urban Promise Prep school might look pristine on the outside, but deadly secrets lurk within. When the principal ends up murdered on school premises and the cops come sniffing around, a trio of students―J.B., Ramón, and Trey―emerge as the prime suspects. They had the means, they had the motive―and they may have had the murder weapon. But with all three maintaining their innocence, they must band together to track down the real killer before they are arrested. Or is the true culprit hiding among them?


Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Book Review: The Streets Have No Queen by JaQuavis Coleman

Bless is morning the death of his beloved wife, Queen. At first glance, he suggests to be this mysterious, laid back guy who moves lavishly…in silence. Then one fateful night changes it all. Three individuals confined to one house, and the events that led up this moment will blow your mind.

It was refreshing to see a blast from the past and how they tied into this book. I loved the plot and the plot twist was pure genius. My familiarity with @realjaquavis had me wondering who and when the axe would fall, and he did not disappoint. My favorite character is definitely Bless and the least favorite is Shauna. She gave me selfish, opportunistic vibes and got every bit of what she deserved.

“Honor your mother and your father, that your days may be long on this land…”

I highly recommend this page turner (book so nice…I copped it twice), which had a few minor errors. I don’t know what took me so long to read it, but I’m so glad that I did.

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is a memoir by Faith Evans.

Forceful talent” (Essence Magazine) and R&B sensation Faith Evans gives us a first person account of life at ground zero of the most infamous part of hip-hop history.

It’s been over ten years since Big was killed. I grieved for him for a very long time. And then, as time passed, the icy wall of grief surrounding my heart began to thaw and I began to heal. I remarried, had more children, and continued to record and release more music. I continued to live my life. And while I can never discount the time I spent with Big, I’ve never felt the need to live in the past.

But sometimes, I still find myself thinking about Big being rushed the hospital, and I break down in tears.

It’s not just because we hung up on each other during what would be our last telephone conversation. And it’s not because I am raising our son, a young man who has never known his father.

It’s partly all of those things. But mainly it’s because he wasn’t ready to go. His debut album was called Ready to Die. But in the end, he wasn’t. Big never got a chance to tell his story. It’s been left to others to tell it for him. In making the decision to tell my own story, it means that I’ve become one of those who can give insight to who Big really was. But I can only speak on what he meant to me.

Yet I also want people to understand that although he was a large part of my life, my story doesn’t actually begin or end with Big’s death. My journey has been complicated on many levels. And since I am always linked to Big, there are a lot of misconceptions about who I really am.

I hope that in reading my words, there is inspiration to be found. Perhaps you can duplicate my success or achieve where I have failed. Maybe you can skip over the mistakes I’ve made. Use my life as an example-of what to do and in some cases, what not to do.

It’s not easy putting your life out there for the masses. But I’ve decided I’ll tell my own story. For Big. For my children.


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Book Review: From A Black Perspective (The People)

I was asked to give an honest opinion of this anthology, and went in blindly. What I discovered, was nothing short of amazing. Six stories about the black perspective, told by the people. The two that spoke to me the most are My House Cried Tears by Renna Thomas and Shatter by Senyah Haynes. Rainbow Room Publishing, you really have something special on your hands.

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is from New York Times bestselling author @realjaquavis.

As a painter travels the world, he mourns the death of his wife, but finds an escape through his art. Until an unexpected knock at the door takes his otherwise secluded life on a dramatic turn.

The guest presents a problem that traps them inside of a home for 72 hours, and the quiet suburban estate becomes the devil’s playground.The painter is then thrown into a psychological game with twists and turns that lead to an unforeseeable ending…


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Happy Release Day!

Life is practically perfect for Patience Hampton. She enjoys her challenging work as a voice actor, has a supportive network of family and friends, and is expecting a proposal from her long-term boyfriend, Daniel. But, when Patience is blindsided with shocking news, in an instant, everything she’s placed her trust in comes crashing down.

While recovering from her explosive breakup, Patience is finally determined to focus on defining happiness. So, when she crosses paths with Mr. Charisma, Lennox Davenport, while on a business trip out of town, she’s open to spending the night with the handsome stranger. Lennox is everything Patience didn’t know she needed: assertive, encouraging, inquisitive, and has a sex appeal that leaves her senseless. As their interactions quickly intensify, she realizes she doesn’t know herself at all.

Patience wants much more from her casual relationship with Lennox and begins recognizing how the relationship residue left by an absent father and a manipulative ex poses harm to her growth, healing, and happiness. Is she ready to finally release her emotional baggage and love freely? Or will her toxic habits resurface to sabotage yet another chance of finding real love with the man who has finally managed to behold her beauty within?


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Brer Mack by Isiko Cooks



A Memoir of Struggle & Reward

BRER MACK’s title is inspired by the story of Brer Rabbit’s Briar Patch, a place of struggle and reward.

Peter Mack is the novelist pen name of Isiko Cooks, prolific author of over twenty-five genre bursting, highly reviewed novels and prescient memoirs, including FILTHY: Innocence Lost, winner of a 2015 PEN America Center book prize.

BRER MACK details the spiritual lessons and secrets of personal discipline utilized to achieve success as a writer and businessman while incarcerated. The author offers a view into the influences, motivations, work ethic and spiritual beliefs that have guided and sustained him through stints in solitary confinement, loss, love, betrayal and prison politics.

Isiko Cooks bares all with honesty and the insight evident in all of his memoirs and Peter Mack novels. He details personal strategies to achieve the reward of personal struggle for anyone in any endeavor.

Isiko Cooks is President of Peter Mack Presents, LLC, parent company of Signature Peter Mack Apparel and The BRU CAPO Company.

Available in paperback and Kindle (K/U)




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