Book Review of Shes Got Her Own by Kem Smith
Author: Kem Smith
Date of Publication:
Buy Link: http://goo.gl/1i1KT3
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Blurb: “I am finally telling you the truth. “ He stood and ran his hand along his shaved head. He walked around in circles ducking the low hanging tree.”What is the truth?” “I never loved you. Not the way I love Sheila.” The bomb was dropped. Everything made sense. “ p 171
Review by Nicole
First off to summarize this is a novel about a family going through life and how it affects their children and themselves. It also discusses the problems that mothers and fathers face with their sons being educated as young black men in school. So much so that she actually pulls her son out of public school to home school him after the principal and teaches meeting which shows her how much her son has kept from her and his father. It goes on to say that she learns about herself and her marriage while homeschooling her three children. She learns her husband is an adulterer and has been for years through Michael, her high school sweetheart. He wanted to be with her but also knew that as long as she was married that she wouldn’t ever look at him. But that wasn’t the reason he spied on Brian. He just wanted her to know what type of man she was married too. She learns that her high school sweetheart and she were meant to be together despite the many years difference. And she learns that she raised a good son. But her twins-those girls-have a long way to go. Maybe the next book may be about them.
I absolutely loved this book. It is a five star read. It is easy, moves along and lets you visualize what you are reading about. You understand the subject and can relate whether you are black or not; but being black helps a little. It is very relatable. For instance, when she goes to the school meeting and she uses the nicknames for the teacher that the students use- not sure if my mother actually ever did that but you never know. Another instance is when she talks with her friend and finally feels her friends boyfriend is stepping up to the plate and finally showing that he has staying power and is ready to commit. Like when she sees her high school sweetheart and realizes that she still is in love with him not the “pretty boy” she married. We all know the type- light skin, light eyes nice body- “pretty boys” Anyway, Michael is the dark skinned brother who was the drinking, smoking weed type but still a true friend for her. He is the one who shows her what her husband Brian was really up to because he cared about her. And in the end, they get engaged to be married.
There is a relation to church in the novel. Most black people have church as an integral part of their growing up life. We are raised in the church. The things we are taught come from the church. The connections we make come from the church. As we get older, our inclination is to send our children, even if we don’t go, to church. And there is nothing wrong with that. You have wrapped up in one building: teacher, friend, brothers, sisters, confidants, dates and advisors. They will follow you through life and hold you up when you need it. You can see this in the novel with Sharay as she goes through handling the confirmation that he husband is an adulterer.
I really liked this book. I hope that you as you read it will like it too. I recommend it highly. The buy link is above.
There are READING GUIDE QUESTIONS in the back of the novel. I think it’s a good book for a book club to use in their reading list. And I think they will enjoy it.
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Kem Smith Interview Questions
Hello and I hope that you are well. (I am well and thank you for asking )
1. Please state your name, age and educational background.
My name is Kem Smith. I am 41 years old. I have a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration.
2. Please state your spouses information for same if you have it.
My husband is Orlando Smith. He is Union Sprinkler Fitter and the head honcho at home.
3. Do you have any children? If so please state their names, and ages.
We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Jasmine is 24, Trevon 22, Breonna 20, Jaylin 16, Joy 5.
4. Your journey to fitness. Can you explain or describe that to us. I notice in your webpage for your studio it says that you struggled with weight loss.
Body image has always been a thorn in my side. I grew up with ‘baby making hips’ and a plump behind. My mother wanted to be sure I never got fat because she was struggling with obesity. Every diet she went on I went on too. I was able to keep my weight in check while my mother grew horizontally. She died at at 42 because of complications due to obesity. It was hard for me to deal with the loss of my best friend. However, when she died she told me she didn’t want her death to be in vain. While mourning her loss, I lost my sexy. I gained weight and struggled in my career. In my recovery, I realized that I could help women who struggled with obesity. I became a Zumba Instructor three months after having my youngest daughter and lost 65 pounds. Since then, I gotten several fitness certifications and I help women get their SEXY back.
5. What about becoming a fit or healthier individual stuck in your mind as the one thing that you want people to take from your story?
Unhappiness and weight gain go hand in hand. As a person goes on a journey to find their purpose and physical fitness has to follow. We only get one body we must do a better job at taking care of it.
6. Your first book, Sexy by the Weekend: 7 Keys to Living a Practical and Extraordinary Life-how did it feel to get it published? Were there any bumps along the way to publication?
The sense of accomplishment when it comes to publishing your first book is overwhelming. I had invested in a program called Write a Book in a Weekend and the book came from that experience. I did, however, feel as if something was missing. So, early I re-released the book as a workbook with a new cover. Now, I am much happier with the design and the format. I am working on a dvd series that coordinates with the book.
7. Any excerpts from that story that you would like to share with the readers of She’s Got Her Own?
The very first Chapter is titled Rearrange your life to become your top priorty. Here’s an excerpt:
Key 1 to living a sexier life is all about reprogramming your thinking from “that’s impossible to do,” to “how I can get it done?”
Sistas who lose themselves in the everydayness of life lose sight of what it takes to become top priority, and then they often allow the fear of being labeled selfish paralyze them, rendering then unable to take even the smallest vacation from life’s responsibilities.
Often, what happens with women is, in an attempt to be exciting, they have too much on their plates, and their lives tip out of balance. Ideally, life’s priority should be a triangle with self-care at the top and work/volunteer work and family at the base. When work, family, and self-care are unbalanced, the results are obvious.
Success is more about what you say “no” to than what you say “yes” to. When you invest your time and energy into yourself, and then work and family obligations have to be prioritized based upon the big picture. Reprogram yourself to set boundaries on your access to your time and energy.
YOU ARE YOUR BEST INVESTMENT.
1. Your new novel She’s Got Her Own: can you give us a little bit of background as to how you came up with this story and the characters?
I have a heart for married women. There are so many untold stories that everyday married women grapple with. It seems that so many of our men are taking their cues from the world and not from the word. I’ve listened to my friends on the phone. I’ve witnessed women around me in abusive relationships. So, I can relate to the struggle of a married woman who is trying to align her love for God and her love for her husband. The main character, Sharay is a manifestation of women who I’ve known over the years and Michael and Brian are men who need to identify not only who they are but also who they are in God. These two men are a manifestation of what God can do when you start to follow Him instead of worldly desires
2. What about this story sticks out in your mind?
There are several controversial topics:
3. Good biblical counseling
5. Christians and gambling
6. Church leadership and promotions
7. Married couples attending separate worships
8. Respect and communication in marriage
3. The genre of your novel is Women’s Fiction for adult readers. What about this novel will make women around the country read it?
Both men and women should read my book because there is a golden nugget that everyone who reads it can identify with and learn from. The topics covered in the book are so relevant to the times we live in today and even in society, the way it exists now, God still hears and answers prayers.
4. What if anything comes to mind that may have caused you writers block in this story?
I originally wrote the story from the 3rd person point of view. I didn’t want anyone to think I was Sharay. The editors recommended that I change the story to first person point of view and the change stalled me for a while.
5. Now that the book is coming out and published is there anything you would change in your story?
I wouldn’t change the story because I argued with myself over and over during the editing and revision process and I am content with results. I have peace.
6. I am reading your story and I will review it but I did have questions for you on the book. To forward later.
When you have answered the questions please send back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking the time out to answer my questions and I am looking forward to reviewing your novel.
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Author: Joy Avery
Publication Date: 8-2-2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group For Your Book 18+
After learning her boss has scheduled a mandatory team-building excursion, financial planner Nona Rogers panics. What does she know about camping? Nada. Zilch. Heck, she doesn’t even like picnics. And the thought of sleeping amid bugs and wild animals knots her stomach.
No way can she risk looking like an idiot in front of her colleagues. Taking proactive measures, she acquires the services of a guide to give her a crash-course in camping. Seven days living off the land. How hard could it be? Nona swallows those words when she meets the sexy titan tasked with leading her into the wild. Getting mauled by a bear quickly becomes the least of her worries.
Mason Tinsdale’s first love has always been oil rigging. But a horrible accident has him doubting the job—more importantly, himself. Seven days in the Indigo Falls wilderness is just what he needs to sort out his thoughts. Then he meets Nona Rogers. He’s convinced the gorgeous woman is going to be far more trouble than she’s worth. And he’s right. However, there’s something about the feisty vixen that makes her irresistible.
Two guarded hearts. Seven days alone. An attraction that can’t be denied.
About the Author
Joy Avery is a North Carolina native with a passion for penning contemporary romances. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her sixteen-pound peek-a-poo and hundred-pound Rottweiler.
There’s plenty of emotion in a Joy Avery romance. Sometimes there are obstacles and hurdles in love, and she enjoys showing this in her novels. Her stories guide readers along the rutted roads of love, delivering them to a gratifying happily ever after.
Romance is Joy’s genre of choice, because she enjoys the experience of characters overcoming the barriers that have held them back from finding true love. Plus, she loves happily ever afters.
HIS UNTIL SUNRISE is Joy’s second novel. Her first novel, SMOKE IN THE CITI, garnered attention for having well-developed and believable characters, as well as refreshing humor. She is currently working on Book 2 of her Indigo Falls series.
Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
Genre: Urban Fiction/Women Fiction
Paperback: 196 pages
Recommended Age Group 18 +
Kem Smith is well known as the Owner of K.I.S.S. Fitness Studio. Equally at home in the health and physical fitness sector as she is in the world of words, Smith is the author of both non-fiction and fiction. In 2012, she released her debut title Sexy by the Weekend: A Practical Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, which encouraged readers to get their sexy back using 7 practical keys for glamorous, alluring, and exciting living. She is also the author of two other titles, Swag on 10, a gripping tale about a young man who believes swag is everything until he experiences God swag and Why I Quit Teaching, a new teacher’s guide to surviving and thriving in the classroom.
Smith graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. A former teacher of English, Reading, Writing and Communication Arts, Smith has taught in elementary, middle and high school as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor for St. Louis Community College. She served as an active participant in Missouri Writers Workshop for over 7 years and has had her poetry published in Missouri Teachers Write magazine. Smith earned post-graduate course credit from University of Missouri in Teaching Writing Inquiry.
In addition to running her fitness business, writing books and nurturing her family, Smith is a writer for Education for All, Inc.’s Involved Parent Magazine and will be featured in the anthology “I Define Me” being published by the Nia Group Stl, Inc. Smith has written for the St. Louis American on education choices, been interviewed on several radio and television shows including Teacha Tigue’s Let’s Talk Shop on 1380AM The Woman, on Nichelle Womack’s Small Business Hour on 690AM, along with segments on Great Day St. Louis and News Channel 9 special program focused on Teaching the Teachers.
The daughter of a military father, Kem Smith was born in Amberg, Germany. She has lived in North St. Louis County since her family returned to the United States. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and children.
She’s Got Her Own by Kem M. Smith is a gripping tale of two people desperately wanting to make their marriage and family work, but wanting to find personal happiness themselves!
Sharay and Brian are a young couple trying to cope with a big lifestyle change. Sharay is a successful business woman who has quit her job to homeschool her kids. However, raising four children while keeping her faith and sanity has proved to be a bit more than she can handle. Things get even more complicated when an old boyfriend from her past shows up wanting to ignite a new romance he feels still has some spark left.
Sharay’s husband Brian is a hardworking man who just wants some recognition in church, to see his sons grow up to be strong, successful black men and to have a happy marriage. But he finds his world is slowly crumbling when Sharay doesn’t have the same future in mind.
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Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Recommended age group? 18 and up
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Dalia Florea (February 17, 2014)
Dalia Florea is a novelist and native New Yorker. Her debut book “Mirrored” recently reached the top 100 Best Sellers list in Women’s Detective Fiction and rated favorably on both Amazon and Goodreads. When she isn’t crafting suspenseful romance, Dalia enjoys solving Sudoku and cryptogram quotes, attending jazz concerts and visiting wineries. Dalia currently lives in Northern Virginia and is hard at work on her next two novels.
About The Book
The body of a teenage girl murdered in the Lincoln Houses is just the beginning….. Investigative reporter, Nicole Watkins is assigned to the story, but when she comes face to face with homicide detective Andre Moore, she finds herself guarding more than just her sources. Shaken by the murder of a teenage girl, Detective Andre Moore must put his own emotions aside or risk not only his life, but that of the attractive reporter, but is he strong enough to ignore his growing attraction? Love is the last thing either is looking for but when the case brings them together, the complications of the murders only seem to intensify the attraction. But, is passion enough? Does love stand a chance in the midst of secrets and murder?
Excerpt Chapter One
It was springtime in New York City; however, I didn’t see as many of the beautiful flowering blooms of Azalea shrubs or the pink and white blooms of the dogwood trees as I did growing up in Charlotte, N.C. The air back home had the sweet aroma of honeysuckles and jasmines, but I still could feel that it was springtime in the air as I briskly walked down the sidewalks of lower Manhattan. The air wasn’t all that fresh above ground, but it sure beat the smell of urine in the subway station.
I stopped at a bagel shop to grab my usual breakfast of bagel with cream cheese and a coffee. I’d become such a regular that Luiz, the store clerk, who worked behind the counter already knew my order. He tapped in the amount I owed on the cash register and then handed me a bag containing my breakfast with a big grin on his face.
“How are you today, Luiz?” I asked. I should trip him up one day and order something different, I thought.
“Good, good,” he said as another customer approached, interrupting him before he got a chance to say more. I looked back to wave, but his attention was focused on helping customers that were starting to flow into the shop.
New York City was unlike any city that I’d ever been to. Tall buildings invading the sky, cars jammed in traffic with drivers honking their horns, the smell of food coming from street vendors, street hustlers trying to lure pedestrians to either play card games or to buy something that they were selling and crowded sidewalks where everyone seemed to be in a hurry to get somewhere or another. I’d moved there three years ago after my divorce from Michael.
As I sat at my desk going through my notes, preparing to go to the 23rd precinct in Harlem to interview detective Andre Moore, my boss, Ryan Blackman, poked his head inside my cubicle to see if I needed any help with the preparation to interview Detective Moore.
“Ms. Watkins, this is your first field assignment and I want to make sure that you are prepared for this interview, especially with the nature of the case. I want to make sure that you are able to handle the details,” he said as he tried to read my facial expression. “I can’t afford any fuck ups. I want to be the first to run this story and I need everything you can dig up on this one. I had to pull lots of strings to get you this interview. Don’t make me regret it,” he said firmly.
Hello fellow readers and authors. If you haven’t noticed I am participating in a tour group that conducts virtual book tours online. The woman who runs this one is called Paulette Harper. The company is WNL Virtual Blog Tours- Write Now Literary. This tour for Mirrored is a debut novel by Dalia Floria. I won’t tell you anymore I will let you come back on AUGUST 7, 2014 to join with other bibliophiles to meet the new author. Until then I am leaving you with a picture of the author to wet your appetite.
The author is giving away a free Kindle copy of Married in the Nick of Nine
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Publication Date: June 30, 2014
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Diverse Arts Collective (May 9, 2012)
Cassandra Whitmore is facing yet another Valentine’s Day alone. Her love life is as dry as the Sharpie pen she uses to mark an even more dreadful day on her calendar—her upcoming 30th birthday. Driven by the maddening ticking of her biological clock, Cassandra is determined to meet, fall in love with, and marry “The One” within nine months. When Cassandra accompanies her cousin to a night club, her Type-A quest to meet a man is quickly rewarded by a stranger’s velvety, baritone voice asking if he might occupy the seat next to her. He’s Nicolas Harte, whose good looks leave Cassandra speechless, but not for long. After mustering enough courage to strike up a conversation, she learns Nicolas is everything she wants in a man—smart, successful, and available. There’s only one catch: He’s “GU” (geographically undesirable). Nonetheless, Cassandra falls in love with Nicolas and makes the uncharacteristic decision to move from Los Angeles to New York to be with him. But Cassandra gets a rude awakening when she discovers there’s something rotten in the Big Apple.
About The Author
Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming.
This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s “One, Woman Two Lives,” starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences.
In between plays, Alretha’s first novel, “Daughter Denied,” was launched in 2008 and in 2011, Alretha launched “Dancing Her Dreams Away.” Her third novel, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” spawned a four-book series that has been acquired by Soul Mate Publishing. “Married in the Nick of Nine,” the first book in the series was released July 2, 2014.
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Hey fellow readers and writers: once again I am back with another book blast but this time the author has added a rafflecopter giveaway. That’s right- this author is, if you choose to accept the challenge- giving away a book to you for free. All you have to do is on the date of this book blast which is July 18, 2014- stop by this blog and yes hit the link for the Rafflecopter giveaway. Enter in your information and wait for the phone call, email or however she will contact you.
Again that date is JULY 18, 2014. The author is: Alretha Thomas. She is an African American woman who has been writing since she graduated college. She began at her church with plays that have starred some famous people that we all know and love as actors and actresses. But wait- let me not tell you anymore than this. People- YOU HAVE TO STOP BY THE BLOG!
So without further ado I invite you to my place MURDER ON MY MIND on July 18, 2014 at (if you are up that early) 6 am in the morning to get your first crack at this novel.
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About The Author
Joyce A. Brown is a motivational speaker and author who uses her creative energy to give voice and meaning to the challenges women face in all walks of life. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois in a household of strong women, but her professional career expanded her reach into Peoria and Battle Creek, Michigan. She is a proud member of AKA Sorority, Inc. and has served as a direct services worker, executive director, program director for a major foundation, and an entrepreneur. Joyce has experienced many uplifting moments as a professional and as a dedicated parent and strives to bring those events and lessons to life through her characters in the contemporary fiction novels she pens.
About The Book
What You Can Get Away With, Jared Riley, an aging semi-pro basketball player grabs for one last sexual venture before settling in for the lifestyle and comfort he signed up for when he married Lily. He is in explicitly drawn into the schemes of Alicia Connors, a young girl struggling to scratch her way out of a miserable existence who pursues Jared with a vengeance. One night of passion spirals into a series of unfortunate events that impacts his family in a way he never imagined.
Deception, Betrayal, Weakness
Three people searching for the right thing … in the wrong places.
Jared Riley, an aging semi-pro basketball player sees that his chance at fame is slipping away, then grabs for one last sexual venture before settling in for the lifestyle and comfort he signed up for when he married Lily, his upwardly mobile wife. He is inexplicably drawn into the schemes of Alicia Connors, a young girl struggling to scratch her way out of a miserable existence who pursues Jared with a vengeance. She has an intricate plan to fulfill her own dreams of marriage and family in Jared’s arms, and will stop at nothing to have him. One night of passion spirals into a series of unfortunate events that Jared can’t bring under control and impacts his family in a way that he never imagined.
Lily Riley achieves success in the boardroom but can’t find the winning strategy to make her husband remain committed to her. When his recent exploits causes a scandal in their small town, she is totally unaware that he ha brought deadly forces into their lives.
Will Lily finally wake up to the fact that her husband’s high risk behavior has arrived on her doorstep? Will Alicia’s family avenge her by taking Jared for the rough ride he deserves. Will Jared survive a deadly reckoning?
About The Author
Naleighna Kai is the national bestselling author of Open Door Marriage, Every Woman Needs a Wife, with a spin-off titled, The Pleasure’s All Mine. She is a contributing author to a New York Times Bestseller, an award-winning author, and The E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction. Naleighna pens contemporary fiction, erotica, and speculative fiction and is currently working on her next novels: Was it Good For You Too?, Rich Woman’s Fetish and Slaves of Heaven. Find her on the web at http://www.naleighnakai.com or http://www.everywomanneedsawife, and on Facebook and Twitter under Naleighna Kai.
About The Book
Every Woman Needs a Wife is the hilarious, but thought-provoking story of a wife who does the “unthinkable.” When Brandi walks in on her husband and his mistress she says, “If you’re going to cheat, then I need to get something out of it. The mistress needs to come home, clean my house, keep the kids and put some money on the bills, too.”
Bursting with originality and controversy, author Naleighna Kai has created a provocative, and at times heartwarming tale about an age-old problem that will strike a chord with all women.
About The Author
Karen D. Bradley’s weakest link would become her saving grace in her life. In college, she found herself in a place where she needed an outlet for her haywire emotions, a way to focus to get through classes and to stabilize her world that seemed to be spinning out of control. Writing her first book, Shattered Illusions, helped her cope with the death of her father, the emotion upheaval and her changing family dynamics. In 2010, Karen’s world once again tilted off its axis leaving her scrambling to survive. Publishing her second book, Trifling Ways, became one of the ways she endured one of the most difficult times in her life. For her next project, Karen allowed her readers to select which book would be published next and they selected Tainted Love which was release June 2013. She gives a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books to organizations that are designed to help others. Her current book, Love Runs Deep is available in trade paperback and e-book. Her next book, Black Diamond, is slated to be released in 2015. Find her on the web at http://www.ambrosiasands.com
About The Book
Love Runs Deep, After Tyler Bradford has a run in with the Chameleon, she finds herself gunned down and bleeding in the snow next to her best friend, Lorrain. Her entire world changes when Lorrain dies. She becomes determined to make the Chameleon pay for his crimes. However, she isn’t the only one on a mission. The Chameleon is hunting her down to finish what he started. Their paths will cross, yet only one of them will accomplish their goal. Tyler’s love for Lorrain runs deep, but will it be the very thing that gets her killed?
About The Author
Renee Daniel Flagler is an award-winning freelance journalist, teaching artist, and the award-nominated author of four novels, Mountain High Valley Low, Miss-Guided, In Her Mind and, Raging Blue. She teaches creative writing through public school’s Arts in Education programs. Renee resides in New York and is currently at work on her next novels, Still Raging, Society Wives and her first faith-based, nonfiction book entitled, The Relationship Survival Guide. Connect with Renee on Facebook, Twitter or online at ReneeDanielFlagler.com.
About The Book
Raging Blue is a contemporary romance by author, Renee Daniel Flagler. Blue Holiday has decided to call foul and leave her destructive marriage. But her cheating husband, Jaylin, decides he needs her money to survive and insists on a rematch. Usually, Blue would be game, but after discovering the depths of his depravity, she drops him from her roster of eligibles. Unaccustomed to rejection, especially from his wife, Jaylin decides to take what he feels is rightfully his. Problem is, he forgot a woman in love will put up with a lot. But a woman enraged, she’ll let you think you’re winning, just before she snatches it all.