[Review] – Noble Love (Nobles of Sweet Rapids, Book 1) by Te’ Russ

Noble Love by Te Russ Published by Amazon Digital Services on June 21, 2016 Genres: African American Romance Pages: 163 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon Goodreads Isaiah Noble has returned home to Sweet Rapids, Nevada to help his family business. When he walks in to Tessa Everett’s bakery, he finds more than her desserts irresistible. Wanting to help her family’s bakery continue to grow and thrive has been Tessa’s main focus. But when Isaiah enters his life, his charm instantly sweeps her off her feet. The passion they share builds quickly, but will they be able to fight for love when difficulties in their lives arise? Pre-review: Let me just say that it was important to me to finish this book before it releases on Tuesday so that I could brag about having already read it. I have ISSUES. Anyhoo, this is a great read– Te just gets better and better! And I already need book two in this series… so.. chop chop! We’re not gonna talk about how Te’ got me not ONCE but TWICE until the book is released. **** Ok now for the real review? I ate this book up in just a few hours. It was a sexy, fun Sunday read. Isaiah Noble, one of four quadruplet Nobles, makes a return to Sweet Rapids that is made even sweeter by becoming re-acquainted with bakery owner Tessa Everett. The Noble family line of natural hair care products needs some TLC and attention from an award-winning artist. Tessa and her sister Dana have inherited a family owned bakery and are excited about bringing it into a new era… if only mom would let go! My usual review of a romance novel includes a lot of grumbling about how fast characters fall in love. I do understand that instant attraction and that ~feeling~ is swoon worthy. I DO! However engagements at two months in and weddings before the season is even over… I am always going to complain about […]



Ramblings on writing

Ramblings on writing

There was a time, not all that long ago when I was a n00b writer. Not that I know everything now, or that I’m advanced or any such flight of fantasy. I just… didn’t even know what I didn’t know yet, I was still trying to get past chapter 8 of Ruby’s and I was writing a lot of fan fiction just to keep the fingers moving (and because I loved the accolades. Seriously, ego plays a #YUGE part of this writing thing). I remember that I was sucking up information and advice from wherever I could get it and trying to apply it all to my writing. One publication said, “you’re doing it wrong if you’re doing this!!” and so I stopped doing that but then another publication said, “you’re doing everything right if you’re doing this!” and I started doing that and then other publications said, “those pubs don’t know what they’re talking about!” and I would get confused and flustered and didn’t know which way was up. Couple that with advice like, “you’ll never publish your first book. Don’t even think about it, it won’t be good enough. But you should write it.” Nothing made me feel like more of a waste of space, failure of a writer. That thing you’re writing that you think is pretty good actually sucks and it won’t go anywhere but you should waste your time and finish it and then BURN IT, LOSER. Quelle dramatic! I know. I have a flair for the dramatic, specifically where my feelings about my own writing come into play. So, for a long time I put those pub mags and advice columns and blog posts away. Unless they were a trusted source, I paid no attention. I couldn’t let myself get caught up in what seemed like the negative push toward aspiring or new writers… it’s like people are trying to break their spirit before they even get deep into the industry. And back then, I […]





[Review] I Almost Forgot About You by Terri McMillan

[Review] I Almost Forgot About You by Terri McMillan

I have always loved McMillan’s laid back style. It’s more like having drinks with a girlfriend than reading a novel. You’re friends with the main character practically before you meet her and get the inside scoop on her life. She’s a single woman in her 50’s with two grown children, an Optometry practice and a line of men in her wake that she may or may not want to get in touch with again.

I also feel like McMillan’s characters are full and three dimensional, very realistic on the page, from Georgia Young’s neighbors to her best friends to her children and the men in (and out of) her life.



Just what the heck have I been doing??? Stuff.

Just what the heck have I been doing??? Stuff.

First of all… AYYYYY! I know, it has been awhile since this blog has seen anything except a book review. I DO read a lot but I don’t like talking about much else so that’s all I have been posting. I wanted to give a VERY brief update on stuff coming up, namely my first author signing event, which is going to be EPIC!     This event is going to be FUN IN A BUN (I don’t know what that means, I assume it means ‘a good time’)… let’s just say it’s going to be LIT. Literally. A room full of your fave indie authors with their books for you to peruse and buy… including ME! I’ll have copies of Brunch at Ruby’s and A Thin Line (very possible that I could have Same Time Next Week, it depends on shipping time) for sale. If you’re local to Atlanta and you want a paperback copy of any of my books, please do stop by come see me, as well as everyone else on the list. There will be giveaways and intimate conversations… it will be a great time! If you need information, please do drop me a line here at dlwhite [at] the sweetescape.net or hit me up on any of my social media sites. Ya’ll know where to find me! What else have I been doing? Not much. Really. And I’ve been kinda enjoying it. I love water and beaches and traveling to them so I’ve been going here and there, standing in the ocean, digging my toes in the sand, enjoying a long day at the lake. Reading books and thinking about writing them. Thinking is writing, right? Unfortunately I have been in a writing slump for awhile. I have a good burst and then get hit with the ‘now what’ stick. And before you suggest plotting, GO AWAY. I’m working on it. This is a problem I need to solve for myself. Just… emoting. I do […]






[Review] The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey-

[Review] The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey-

Eric Jerome Dickey has always been a detailed, decadent writer. From one of the first books I ever read by him, Friends and Lovers, I appreciated that I felt like I was ‘in the scene’, like I could go to LA and drive around, because he’d been so descriptive, down to the number of streetlights one might encounter on Crenshaw Boulevard. So when one sits down to read an EJD book, one should not expect to skip and flit over details.