“Black and White” by Ben Burgess #Review

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Title: Black and White

Author: Ben Burgess, Jr.

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Suspense/Legal

Release Date:  June 21, 2017

When the prestigious law firm of Wayne, Rothstein, and Lincoln catches two major cases—a rape case where a White NBA star allegedly raped a Black stripper, and a murder case where a Black rapper allegedly killed a gay couple and two policemen—Bill O’Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle these racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the two lawyers and force them to reckon with their interracial relationships and families. Will the racial tension of their cases destroy them or make them stronger?

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Ben Burgess, Jr. is the author of the award-winning novels Monster, Wounded, Love and Happiness, Daddy’s Girl, and the new novel Black and White. He is an active performer of spoken word poetry.

Ben uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in and to never give up on their dreams. His novels Monster and Wounded are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management and an MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughters Jaelynn and Jaclyn and he is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.


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“Necklace of Kisses: A Novel” by Francesca Lia Block

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“Necklace of Kisses: A Novel

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Release Date: October 13, 2009

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Where were the kisses? Weetzie Bat wondered. And so begins a magical journey of discovery. As she turns forty and the relationship with her secret-agent lover-man Max falls apart, Weetzie packs up her lime green and bright orange bikini, orange suede sneakers, and Pucci tunic, jumps in her ’65 mint green Thunderbird, and leaves.

Weetzie finds herself at the enchanted pink hotel in sparkling Los Angeles, where she once shied away from a kiss that may have led her to the love of her life. Now she returns, perhaps in search of her lost passion, and meets an otherworldy cast of characters, among them a blue-skinned receptionist, an invisible cleaning lady, a seductive fawn, and a sushi-eating mermaid who gives her a kiss that sets the wheel of self-discovery in motion.

Block invests every scene with equal shots of magic and realism, rendering her heroine and supporting players in vivid, poetic detail. In Necklace of Kisses the fans that have grown up with Weetzie Bat will be able to meet her in adulthood and find that life is still no less trying and no less full of wonder.

“Be Careful What You Pray For: A Novel (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel Book 7)” by Kimberla Lawson Roby

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“Be Careful What You Pray For: A Novel (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel Book 7)”

Genre: Women’s Fiction/African-American

Release Date: January 19, 2010

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Alicia Black is back! The pampered, privileged daughter of the irrepressible scoundrel Rev. Curtis Black and protagonist of Kimberla Lawson Roby’s New York Times bestseller The Best of Everything, Alicia makes her triumphant return in Be Careful What You Pray For. Alicia is newly remarried, to a man of the cloth who unfortunately mirrors far-too-closely her rascally dad. The Reverend Black himself, star of Sin No More, Too Much of a Good Thing, and other popular Roby novels, co-stars in Be Careful What You Pray For—a tale of love and ambition that once again deals with important issues as it tells a witty, moving, page-turning story, a best-selling combination that is a Kimberla Lawson Roby hallmark.

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Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon

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The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Wishful Endings. It runs from September 11th through 24th with the goal of diminishing our to-read pile of books. All books in any format and source count and you do not have to be a blogger to participate. There are challenges and giveaways as well. You can sign up through September 23rd. Read all the specific details here. You may also join the Goodreads group, if interested, here.

~ My Reading Goals ~

My TBR looks like a library exploded—and it probably always will. But for the reading challenge, I’d like to complete at least six of the ARCs which have been on my Kindle WAY too long (thank you for your patience, authors!)—and of course, for each book read, I have to write and post a review!

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I’ll post my daily updates here either through links to reviews for completed reads or number of pages read.

September 12th – Broken Promises – 138 pages

September 13th – Broken Promises completed! Review posted.

September 14th – I Used to Cry – 57 pages read

September 18th – I Used to Cry completed! Review being written.

September 19th – Fender – 75 pages read.

September 19th – Give in to the Feeling – 34 pages read.

September 20th – Okay, I cheated (kinda) and stuck in an unexpected book – Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books For Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker… and I finished it! Back to our regularly scheduled programming! 😀

September 20th – Fender – 91 pages read.

September 20th – Give in to the Feeling – 39 pages read.

September 22nd – Fender completed. Review to be written.

September 22nd – Give in to the Feeling – 61 pages read.

September 22nd – Something New – 40 pages read.

September 23rd – Give in to the Feeling complete. Review to be written.

September 23rd – Nicu (The Dark Shadows) completed Review to be written.

September 23rd – Something New – 57 pages read.

September 24th – Something New completed! Review to be written.


Now to write some reviews!

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Part of the enjoyment of reading a book is sharing thoughts and opinions about the story through a book review. My challenge to readers is to:

Post the Amazon or Goodreads permalinks from TWO book reviews.

Books MUST be read during the Read-a-thon – September 11-24.

A randomly drawn winner will receive $10 in Paypal cash and a digital copy of In the Best Interest of the Child.

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Winner announced September 30th!

Good luck and Happy Reading!


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