Talent Spotter #14. Featured Author: Bev Allen.

My featured author today is Bev Allen.

The Tattooed Tribes.

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From war they came, from violence they became. Now on a faraway world our settlers see war looming once more. The settlers had to adapt to survive, once again living off the land like our ancestors of old. The Tribal Liaison Guild is formed to distill tension between the tribes, as the smallest issue could now lead to war. John Harabin is the senior Liaison Officer, and he needs an apprentice to train for the future.

A lad from town, sixteen year old Lucien Devlin, becomes John’s perfect protégé. He loves the wild jungle and his curiosity craves to see the tribes above the cataracts, except he doesn’t follow rules, yet rules are all that will keep him alive in that treacherous territory. Criminals kidnap a young girl to stir up unrest, whilst exploitation threatens domestic peace. Tensions rise when John Harabin liaises to distill the volatile situation, but standing in his path is the rebellious Lucien.

Tense action and adventure ensue, Lucien’s quest becomes a path of destiny, and it’s now up to Lucien and his friends to find a solution that will lead to peace.

One of the Five star reviews from The Tattooed Tribes.

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When Jon Harabin of the Tribal Liaison Guild takes on an apprentice to accompany him beyond the cataracts into tribal lands, nothing prepares him for Lucien Devlin. This boy has a real issue with authority and often lands up in trouble, but his high spirits may just save the day.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these tribes on another world, the jungle, the river, the sense of colour and culture, and the characters are real, I certainly identified with them. Even the criminals were well-rounded and believable, and added spice to an already exotic tale.

Add to that some great twists and surprises and it will keep you reading too. Definitely worth it!


On a distant and often hostile world, the human race survives. Their ancestors learned of war first hand, and now their world is under threat as the devastation of war looms once again.

Author Bev Allen has a deep understanding of the fears and traditions that drive us all in order to survive, her characters spring from that empathy. Each character is crafted so beautifully that we begin to understand the passions and the traditions that drive them forward, not always with wisdom.

The author gives us an entire world here, a world and a people with honor, tradition and custom.

A society that now balances on the edge.

John Harabin is tasked to seek balance between the factions, and to that end, he chooses an apprentice to further that work.

That choice: A sixteen-year-old young man named Lucien.

Lucien is willful, defiant, and hell bent on causing John Harabin more than his share of nightmare situations. A teenager of the future.

The fragile peace is put at great risk by the kidnapping of the daughter of a highly placed official.

Fingers of blame are pointed and tensions rise dangerously.

In order to forestall war they must find the girl.

The land is wild, and beautiful; and as all wild country is, it possesses inherent danger.

The author has managed to intertwine the world of Science Fiction with fantasy and more; it is a marriage of genres and it works beautifully aided by her deft and descriptive touch.

I’m very aware of spoilers and this book is too good to spoil for the reader, it is a clever, thoughtful and deeply insightful journey into our fears, our joys, and the traditions that make us human and vulnerable.

I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Book Review: “The Dragons of Alsace Farm” By Author Laurie Lewis.

Welcome to my book review segment.

Lets meet Author, Laurie Lewis.




Laurie (L.C.) Lewis began her career under contract with Covenant Communications in 2004, moving to Walnut Springs Press in 2010, during which time she published seven books. Her eighth novel, “The Dragons of Alsace Farm,” debuted in July 2016. it was inspired by her family’s experiences supporting a loved one with dementia. She calls this book a four-year love project. “The Dragons of Alsace Farm” won New Apple Literary’s 2016 Medallion for Inspirational fiction, and it’s a 2016 Whitney Awards finalist.

In March of 2017, she released her first romance novella, “Sweet Water” for Gelato Books’ “Destination Billionaire’s Series.” It’s available as an e-book on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2nuPYuZ.

While Laurie Lewis is best known for her much celebrated historical fiction series, “Free Men and Dreamers,” she writes different genres under several pen names–general fiction and woman’s fiction as Laurie Lewis, historical fiction and suspense as L.C. Lewis.

Laurie Lewis loves to hear from her readers.

“Thank you so much for visiting my author page and looking over my titles. Reviews are the best way to acknowledge a book you enjoy, so if you’re so inclined, please let others know how you felt about my books via Amazon, Goodreads, or shout out about my book on Facebook. Feel free to mail me at laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com. I love to chat! My official web site can be found at http://www.laurielclewis.com, and I hope you’ll stop by the newsletter link and sign up for news on projects and free books!

“Always remember love.”

Laurie Lewis.



The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis.


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In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.
Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.
Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.
The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

MY REVIEW.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟”A wonderful read that possesses both depth and a clear perception of the strength of the human spirit.”

It is a rare book that has the capacity to move me to tears and laughter, this book does both, occasionally at the same time. The complexity of the characters drawn by author Laurie Lewis can’t be overlooked. Each of them have issues with long held fears and an inability to trust. This author has the capacity to make them clearly visual to the reader, not, as some authors do by over-describing their physical appearances, but by allowing the reader the pleasure of seeing them through their actions and the marvelous exchanges of dialogue.

Noah, Tayte and the lovable Agnes share depths of pain, understanding and loss, in an interwoven delight of a story. The pervading sadness of Dementia could have been overwhelming, but Agnes’s character doesn’t allow for that type of maudlin reflection. I have watched a marvelous woman fall prey to Alzheimer’s disease, and it was devastating. To have our shared memories together forgotten, and to learn to be her new friend a harrowing lesson to learn. We all have that fear, that ‘what if’ looms large, and this author is to be congratulated on tackling those fears head on, and allowing her characters to grow within the framework of human frailty.

These characters rapidly become people we care about, and our own emotions are invested in the outcome of their shared lives. They are imperfect, flawed, and very very human. I enjoyed this book on so many levels. It left me feeling satisfied that we humans are indeed capable of unconditional love. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for something to read that possesses both depth and a clear perception of the strength of the human spirit.Talent Spotter images links for Liza Oconnor

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Book Review: Silke Ming

Book Review: Silke Ming “Three Degrees East of Bliss.”

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jason Porter and Gabrielle Parker are modern day lovers. Author Silke Ming wastes no time introducing the insecurity felt by Jason Porter when night after night, for weeks at a time, his partners’ dreams cause him to call out the name of ‘Nicholas’. This causes intense jealousy and insecurity on Jason’s part and an unwillingness to believe Gabriel’s cries of innocence as he denies any knowledge of anyone with that name.

Jason is so distraught he enlists the aid of his business partner, a fellow psychologist, to hypnotize Gabriel and discover the truth. The sessions themselves are not divulged, we see only the outcome.

Whilst under hypnosis Gabriel returns to a different place in time. The author introduces two pivotal characters almost immediately, they meet on the ‘Merciless’ a ship bound for Barbados from Ireland in 1914.

Young priest Damian Fassnidge, is under punishment for breaking his vow of celibacy with another man. He has been sent to the place considered by the church in Ireland to be the worst and most punishing post of all … in Barbados. Damian is afforded courtesy because of his position as a priest, and his journey on board is not a severe as others.

His first night on board ship, he meets up with a likeable rogue by the name of Nicholas Duffy.

Afraid because of his immediate and overwhelming attraction towards the young man, Damien does everything he can to ensure his personal barriers stay in place. The chapters that follow show how over a period of months on the island that barrier is broken down and the two men become lovers whilst Damien still attempts to maintain his post as priest.

 Suffice it to say the sexual content is explicit; and not unexpected, as the book is  clearly categorized as erotica.

The sexual content  is well written and not employed purely for shock value. The love between these two men will be tested and tested again in the three years that follow.

They use sex both as a reward and as punishment. With BDSM used by mutual consent.

The ending came a little unexpectedly and for me it was too abrupt. I would like to have seen much more of the reaction to the remarkable journey revealed by the hypnotherapy on the present day lovers.

However; the ending does open the book up for a sequel. I do hope there is one.

The title of this book is drawn from the name of an alcoholic cocktail that is very popular on the island. This book is due for release shortly.

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Book Review: “Deadly Secrets: The Truth will out (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff @ADPase #RRBC #IARTG #ASMSG


Hello and welcome to my Book Review of “The Truth Will Out”

 Let’s meet Author Gordon Bickerstaff.


I was born and raised in Glasgow but spent my student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, I learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and I cut the grass in the Meadows. I learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before I retired to write fiction. I do some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. I live with my wife in Scotland where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in my mind. I have written the Gavin Shawlens series of thrillers: Deadly Secrets, Everything To Lose, The Black Fox, and Toxic Minds. More will come in due course. I enjoy walking in the hills, 60s & 70s music, reading and travel.

Deadly Secrets: The truth will out… (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1)


The truth will out…

Gavin’s life will be turned upside down. He joins a company to work on a product that will revolutionise the food industry. His initial gut instinct is to walk away until he discovers one of the company directors is the former love of his teenage life.

The financial implications are global and incredible. Powerful individuals and countries are prepared to kill as they compete to seize control of the company. Corruption at high levels, a deadly flaw in the product, and the stakes jump higher and higher.

Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must rescue his former love from the hands of an evil cult as they prepare her for a living nightmare.

‘… doesn’t have twists – it has hairpin bends!’
‘… an intricate fast paced modern day thriller’
‘… will appeal to readers who like intricate plots’
‘… plot kept me guessing what will happen next’
‘… weaved it all together masterfully’



5.0 out of 5 stars  This fast-paced thriller will keep you enthralled.

on August 27, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Author Gordon Bickerstaff has woven an intricately threaded plot here. It took me a short while to accustom myself to this authors pacing, however once I did the book flowed well.

The characters are all described in detail, and are permitted to be three-dimensional as a result.

The characters need to stand apart and be easily recognizable throughout the journey the author invites us on. Without this authors’ clear, and visually descriptive talent, the large number of characters would all blur together. He allows them all to sound, look and feel differently, with precise dialogue and shared perceptions of the life they are living.

The work has been researched well, and no glaring errors appeared during the telling.

I have no wish to include spoilers, although the ending is rather brilliant.

The violence in this work is handled extremely well, allowing the reader to watch safely while their heart still pounds.

The mental images invoked by Author Gordon Bickerstaff’s clever pen may well leave you needing a stiff glass of scotch.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. I look forward to reading book #2.

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Book Review: ‘The Hearts Journey Home’ by Natalie Ducey.@NatalieDucey #RRBC Poetry For The Hungry Heart.


Hello and welcome to my review of “The Hearts Journey Home.” By Natalie Ducey. An Inspirational work of Poetry.

Meet Natalie.

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 With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has had the privilege of working in the counselling field for approximately 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit.

In her own words she explains, “The potential of the human spirit has always amazed me. Through poetry, I try to capture the essence of the fragility and the resiliency of our hearts – the brilliant beauty of life’s journey. I believe we are connected by similar and relatable experiences. We all love/loved deeply and most likely have been on both sides of goodbye. We know the exquisite and profound beauty of love. We know the immobilizing force of grief and the anguish between letting go and holding on. We know the acute distinction between second chances and new beginnings.

It’s majestic and mystifying, and every day we are granted the opportunity to begin again. Let’s enjoy the Journey!

Natalie was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a Soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, and their little dog, Bella. She enjoys kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.

In February 2015, Natalie published her first book of poetry – The Heart’s Journey Home, a collection of 23 poems celebrating the brilliant beauty of life’s journey.

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The Hearts Journey Home by Natalie Ducey.

Poetry for the soul. The Heart’s Journey Home is a collection of 23 poems that capture the essence of the fragility and the resiliency of our hearts – the brilliant beauty of life’s journey. We all love/loved deeply and most likely have been on both sides of goodbye. We know the immobilizing force of grief; we experienced hardships that have brought tears, revelations, and self-discoveries of strength unknown. These trials could easily dishearten us, but instead we choose to be more loving, compassionate, and kind. That is worth celebrating.
The Heart’s Journey Home is a celebration of our heart’s journey through life’s majestic beauty. The collection includes 23 poems titled: Reckless Words, Borrowed Angel, Nobody’s Fool, Silence of the Heart, Love’s Illusion, Fallen Angel, Let’s Dance, Where Does the Love Go, Young Love, Small Town Girl, Winter’s Gift, Destined to Fly, Eternal Love, The War Within, To my Sister on our 40th Birthday, Goodbye without Warning, Old Oak Tree, Names in the Sand, Can’t Let Go, Memories Linger, Caged Bird Sings, Surrender, and Heart’s Journey Home.

MY REVIEW: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

An inspiring read that touches the soul!

BySoooz Burke

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Author Natalie Ducey has penned a poetic journey here, and she has done it in a way that allows us to not only glimpse her private journey, but to celebrate and reflect on our own.

Each poem is written with a pen dipped  deeply into her heart and her experiences.

The comfort of reading poetry such as this can’t be overlooked. I found comfort in the knowledge that I am not alone in experiencing loss, love, and the pain of letting go.

Author Natalie Ducey reaches into that secret place we all try so hard to shield, and with her words she invites you to remember, laugh, cry, and say goodbye.

I purchased this as a gift to myself. I will be purchasing other copies as a gift to dear ones I hold close. Such is the measure of my pleasure in reading this work.

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Talent Spotter #12. Author Jeff Lee.

Welcome again to Author Jeff Lee.

If you like your humor fast-paced and laugh out loud (in a packed commuter train) funny … then Author Jeff Lee’s work is for you.

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You think being the Bounty Hunter and Repo Guy to the Stars is easy? Just talk to “Fish” Fishbein. If he isn’t trying to round up a heavily lubricated ex-rocker, he’s flying down the freeway in a repoed Wiener Mobile, chased by the pistol-packing deadbeat who owns it.

   A bail bondsman hires him to track down a crew of unwise guys who blew off their court date to snatch L.A.’s monthly parking meter take — 300 grand in quarters. Then they start dropping like flies. And Fish has to catch the killer.

   Maybe it’s the city’s armed and dangerous Parking Meter Czar. Or his brother-in-law, a corrupt televangelist who needs some serious coin to bankroll his foray into Bible-based porn. Or the Rev’s wife and co-minister, who’s several clicks beyond crazy about winning toddler beauty pageants. Or, it just might be the defrocked talent agent who’s dying to make Fish a reality TV star.

   With more than seven tons of quarters at stake, bodies are dropping faster than turn-downs on America’s Got Talent. And if Fish and his hog-riding buds, Kenny and Einstein, don’t nab the killer in a hurry, they could get eliminated themselves.

   Chump Change is author Jeff Lee’s third book in his Adventures in La-La Land series, following The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour and Hair of the Dog. If you enjoy the whacko characters, situations and fast pace that Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard bring to the party, check out all of Fish Fishbein’s big adventures.

WARNING: Contains some of the most hysterical explicit sex scenes ever written. 

Just one of the many 5 * Book Review of ‘Chump Change.’


Format: Kindle Edition

We first met Fish and his two buddies in The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour (https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/the-ladies-temperance-clubs-farewell-tour-by-jfredlee-bookreview/). Fish is a triple threat: bounty hunter, repo hunter and lawyer. He owns Doberman Recoveries and while at first glance he appears to be the tat-covered repo man we all know and love on various reality shows, he’s got layers.

Fish’s latest client wants him to find the criminals who stole an armored truck filled with money from parking meters. Sounds easy enough but hijinks ensue and in a city like L.A., hijinks are usually taken to a new level. Fish has to track these criminals but before he can nab them, they start dying off. Suspects are piling up faster than you can “I’ll have a triple caramel latte with foam”. Fish and his buddies better act fast because they’re swimming with invisible sharks and there’s blood in the water.

I loved this book! Filled with wise-cracking characters and quirky circumstances, Jeff Lee has a gem on his hands. The plot moves fast and I read it in one afternoon. Jeff Lee has a knack for comedic timing and I swear this should be on television.

If you’re a fan of Dog the Bounty Hunter or the Stephanie Plum series, grab this book!

Favorite Character:

Fish is my favorite character. I love how he’s a bounty hunter with a valley accent, cares about people and his inner thoughts made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair. Really. No, really. Fish deserves his own show and I’d bet it would be uber-popular.

Favorite Quote:

If you’re trying to get from one end of Los Angeles to the other during rush hour, you’ve got two choices.

Assuming you’re the head of Disney, ABC or 20th Century Fox, your corporate helicopter can whisk you where you need to be before the Grande, half­caf two­pump Chai Latté in your cup holder has a chance to cool off. But if you’re anyone else, you’re stuck sharing the Ventura, Santa Monica or San Diego Freeways with three or four million of your closest friends.

Which means, sometimes the best way to get where you’re going in L.A. is just to be born there.

My Rating: 5+ stars


Laugh out Loud Funny!

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Big Dog Recoveries…that is the name of the Repo-firm operated by three very strange, diverse, and seriously lovable characters. They are so well depicted, and so intensely visual, they become an image in your mind. I initially met these three whackos a few years back when I read the first book in the Adventure’s in La-La Land series: ‘The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour.’

It only took a brief moment for me to have them flash back into my head. Let me introduce you.

Meet Fish ‘Fishbein’ A quick on the uptake, finds humor in the worst of situations, lawyer, Repo man and Bounty Hunter. Fish is the fastest wisecracker in town, and a damned fine friend to anyone in need.

His buddies in the business, are, ‘Kevin’ ah!—yes, Kevin. Kevin is cool. Kevin has a daily return ticket to the 1970’s. His mind still lives there. They are on speaking terms. I was a teenager in the 1970’s, they were my era, so Kevin for me is just such a damned comfortable fit.

Then we have ‘Einstein’. Not used in a derogatory fashion. A seriously bright, and loyal individual, who helps translate to and from Kevin frequently. The dialogue exchanges between Einstein and Kevin are priceless. Einstein and Fish have taken on being Co-Parents of a sort, attempting, not always successfully, to keep Kevin safe– and present in the current decade whenever possible.

Okay, then there are the bad guys. It would take forever to do justice to them all. What, between, the ex-lawyer, now turned Producer- Director, aka ‘Arnie Babe.

Arnie is attempting to convince Fish to be TV’s latest reality star in a series entitled “Fish … Bounty Hunter to the Stars.”

Insert the hugely popular and much loved TV Evangelist, The Right Reverend Dr. George Stonewall Rogers a money hungry, despicable, manipulative piece of scum; currently making his foray into making Biblical-Porn flicks.(The hysterical Roman orgy scenes are worth the price of the book alone)

His Wife…Mrs.TV Evangelist … Janelle. She is a totally crazy, violent, obsessed, just plain bad female. I enjoyed despising her. This paragon is mother to an increasingly obese 4 year old; a four-year-old who she is attempting to organize breast implants for, so she is more likely to win ‘The Toddler Pageant’ circuses. Like I said, Janelle is nasty … and certifiable.

Janelle’s less than charming Brother, The Parking Czar who does a reverse Robin Hood on the unsuspecting folks of L.A.

Mix them together, add doses of the Mafia, bad guys masquerading as good guys, stolen loot and multiple murders … set them in a great location, with a rollicking, fast-paced plot, and you get a marvelously funny and utterly delightful read.

The journey is a delight; author Jeff Lee has drawn each and every character with an artist’s eye for detail, dialogue, and clever characterizations. His observations of people are acerbic and acutely accurate.

What pleases me even more with Author Lee’s work is that the plot is carefully drawn with seeming ease, comedic writing is hard to maintain, the timing has to be perfect and seemingly effortless… yet it it is one of the most difficult genres to write well.

The author creates mood and characterizes so wonderfully well, I found myself still laughing long after I’d read the last page.

I recommend this book, to anyone who enjoys feeling good about life

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Book Review: Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko


In Mirror of Our Lives, four Nigerian women share the compelling tales of their troubled lives and failed marriages, revealing how each managed to not only survive, but triumph under difficult and repressive circumstances.

Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life-each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect and inner peace. But none of the women’s journeys is without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and is dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji were the perfect couple-until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly is a kind and good-natured woman who allows everyone to take advantage of her-even her husband, whom she married only for his name. But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage was a battle from the very beginning.

The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire womenaround the world to never give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everyone else.

My Book Review.


The Quiet Heroes of Africa!

on August 15, 2016

Format: Paperback

I always try to put aside my own thoughts and feelings about violence and the submission some woman must endure in order to survive; when I am about to read a book dealing with this highly emotional content.

In order to read a non-fiction book that exposes such humiliation, I need to distance myself in order to become a part of what the writer is saying. And she has much to say!

You will feel the Nigeria she is allowing you to visit, you will hear the voices and the sounds, but most of all you will meet Four woman, woman that I personally would be proud to call friend. Each of the stories takes you into the homes, hearts and minds or four very different woman. There is no grasping for sympathy in this book, these woman are survivors, and their dignity remains intact, no matter how it is stripped from them.

Author Joy Nwosu Le-Bamijoko writes straight from the heart. She writes with a strong soul. Each story stands as a dedication to woman having the strength of character to live through and beyond the many forms of abuse they endure. This book is about the quiet heroes of Africa.