Two strong black female protagonists will save the worlds in Sharolyn G. Brown’s “The Heaviness of Knowing.”

Two strong black female protagonists will save the worlds in Sharolyn G. Brown’s “The Heaviness of Knowing.”

From the Author/Publisher:

You can’t unknow the truth.

Roxal has spent her life using her Dream Traveler ability in service to Trebor’s gods, The Keepers. Even after she learns they aren’t all powerful like she was taught, she dutifully continues to manipulate an Earth woman named Lauren to do their bidding. Roxal’s content pretending to be a loyal follower, until her mate’s activities with a rebel faction put both of their lives in jeopardy.

Meanwhile on Earth . . . Lauren discovers that not only do aliens exist, but that she’s been in contact with one for most of her life. And that’s just for starters.

Now Lauren’s world is turned upside down. And Roxal has to figure out if she can harness the survival instincts which before told her to hide and use it to now fight for her survival.

The Heaviness of Knowing is an Excellent Debut Novel in a Classic Sci-fi Tradition!

This fantastic debut novel is very enjoyable and well written. The stars of the story are two young black women, Roxal and Lauren, who are growing up in two different universes. They are complex characters, beautiful, intelligent and determined to make a difference in their worlds. The story line is multi-faceted and multi layered. .

Although it started slow, by the time I made it 1/3 of the way into the book I LITERALLY could not put the book down. Ms. Brown skillfully and methodically builds her 2 worlds, one on planet earth and one elsewhere. By the time the book ended I was immersed in Roxal’s universe and had such a palpable feeling of having visited her world and experiencing it first-hand. Ms. Brown’s writing and her world building are reminiscent of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and other classic sci-fi stories. The two main protagonists have strength of character and mind. Both are motivated by kindness and love. I am pretty sure these 2 young women will end up becoming the salvation of both Earth and Roxal’s world.

At least that is what I am hoping! I am very excited to read the next one and will not miss it!!!!

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Put this on your #WeNeedDiverseBooks and GoodReads To-Read list!

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Weird Book Alert! Weird Book Alert! (Psst…Weird doesn’t mean bad!)

Weird Book Alert! Weird Book Alert! (Psst…Weird doesn’t mean bad!)

Weird Book Alert!  Weird Book Alert!

I’m starting a category of Book Reviews for the Weird, Quirky and Strange books of the world.  For me, “weird, quirky and strange” does not imply “BAD.”  I realize that I have a hard time passing up a book that looks or seems *REALLY weird*!!!

 

“Delinquent’s Survival Guide To The End Of The World” by Edua Erasmus.

Rated: 3 Stars! (3 out of 5 Stars)

From the author:

“Justin and Jason are delinquent friends in a small boring town where nothing ever happens… Until the day a nuclear explosion goes off just outside of town.”

“Delinquent’s Survival Guide” is an interesting and very unusual story. If you are easily offended then you should skip this one- not because of the m/m sex but due to the boys’ juvenile antics. It is told from the voice of a very immature young man as he and his best friend suddenly find themselves survivors after a cataclysmic and devastating nuclear attack.

FYI, I had to crop the cover photo in order to display it here because I was concerned it might violate WordPress’s Terms of Service!

This definitely does not fit cleanly into a traditional genre. It is quirky and cute- if you can forgive the two boys for being “stupid kids” who probably act like jerks most of the time. (They act *pretty bad*). If you can accept that part, then you can enjoy their escapades as they find themselves confronting the end of the world, their awakening sexuality and the “friends to lovers” angst.

These boys are TROUBLE, but even trouble makers need love and affection, too!

This story/novella is available for free on smashwords.com.

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Book Review: Selena Kitt’s “Swap Meets, Vol. 1” (Shhhh…Erotica!)

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Swap Meets Vol. 1, Wife Swapping and More!  Oh my!

Well written bundle of erotica stories and novellas. In terms of the quality level of each story these are consistently well written, unique and interesting. A few were shocking. A few stories contain some very gritty or… ahem *messy* elements and some explore the outer limits of how far a love relationship or a partner’s emotions can be pushed and still spring back relatively unharmed. Every story tried to explore difficult aspects of open relationships or encounters- many the result of careful planning by one or both partner’s in the core relationship. I didn’t read any that were here for the titillation alone.

I appreciated that these stories were very creative and complex. Almost all of the stories are either from the woman’s point of view or if from her partner’s POV they still concentrate on the woman’s needs, desires, thoughts and satisfaction. I would say this is very female-centered erotica.

There is one story which *appears* to have dubious consent- “Obsessed with Tori,” even though it is the woman’s husband who is the apparent victim. Coincidentally, “Obsessed with Tori” was the only story containing noticeable editing flaws- the type where the author forgets the names of the characters involved mid-tryst, which is pretty jarring! The story was very good, so I will overlook those errors but I recommend the author or editor fix those details!

All of these stories were new to me except for Selena Kitt’s Bluebeard’s Wife. I will admit that I had never read Bluebeard’s Wife prior to this because when I have seen it offered as a single the cover art was dated and not attractive and the brief excerpt didn’t make sense to me! I was therefore VERY pleasantly surprised to read Bluebeard’s Wife was far better than I expected. I am glad I finally sat down and read it.

Altogether, the stories boast a high literary quality so if you like thoughtful erotica you will find it here and will see some intense intimacy explored beyond the level I have seen in other “Hotwife” stories. This went way beyond “wife-swapping.”

I have a criticism regarding Lucee Lovett’s “A Question of Size.”
The story was great and I appreciate that the author tried to write a non-white character. However, in doing so, she describes the Asian male (potential partner) in a way that makes him an “exotic” OTHER. It is subtle but it is slightly offensive. Here is the passage. Continue reading “Book Review: Selena Kitt’s “Swap Meets, Vol. 1” (Shhhh…Erotica!)”