Category Archives: On Books

Twice I Smiled and Twice I Frowned at The Postman


The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic noir, mystery novel by James M. Cain. First published in 1934, the book became notorious for its graphic sexual and violent scenes, thus becoming banned in Boston. It’s a fast-paced and engaging read which became the bases of several movies and the inspiration for Albert Camus’s novel “The Stranger”. Read my review about the two things I liked and the two I didn’t quite enjoy about The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Review: https://mbkeen.com/postman-rings-twice-review/

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Announcing the Keen Reader’s Bookclub!


Happy almost Friday! I’ve been talking about starting a bookclub for a while and a lot of my followers seemed to be interested, especially those with tight schedules and who don’t always know what book to read next. If you would like to join my bookclub, welcome aboard! 📖✈️ Bookclubs are an awesome way to stay motivated to read and meet likeminded people, even just virtually.

Joining is easy: simply like my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/authormbkeen
There I’ll be posting the book of the month and weekly discussions 💬📝

Go to my website http://www.mbkeen.com/keen-bookclub/
or Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/authormbkeen/
for the link to buy the book and the weekly reading schedule. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Reading!

Should You Read American Gods by Neil Gaiman?


In addition to writing tips, I also post book reviews on my new blog http://www.mbkeen.com/

Check out my review of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, a bestselling, sci-fi, fantasy novel that was turned into a series on STARZ. http://www.mbkeen.com/american-gods/

Also, stay tuned, because I’m starting a bookclub! Let me know if you’d want to join. I’ll be on the look out for fun and thought-provoking reads, suggestions are welcome. Have a great week!

Book Review: Love in the Time of Cholera


In a town along the Caribbean, during a time when the Cholera epidemic had not yet fully abated, Florentino Ariza, a simple young man who works in the post office, and Fermina Daza, the daughter of a suspiciously wealthy man, fall in forbidden love. But their romance is short lived. After Lorenzo, Fermina’s father finds out about the innocent letters exchanged between his daughter and a common boy, he forbids the relationship and does everything in his power to prevent it from flourishing including marrying his daughter to the wealthy doctor Juvinal Urbino.

Read the full review on my website: http://www.mbkeen.com/review-love-in-the-time-of-cholera and please subscribe to my newsletter 🙂

Book Review: The Ascent of Feminist Poetry by Charles Bane, Jr.


If you are interested in learning more about feminist poetry while also discovering some amazing poems by various authors, then The Ascent of Feminist Poetry is the right book for you. It’s short, sweet and to the point. And if you’re anything like me, you will enjoy this book over a cup of tea in the afternoon.

I was not surprised when Charles told me that his book was excerpted by the Huffington Post. The book celebrates the new age of poetry and sheds a light on how the publishing world has change particularly for poets in times when social media influence is one of the most important assets an individual could have.

I recommend you give this book a read. You won’t regret it! Get it on Amazon now!

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Bio:

Charles Bane, Jr. is the author of three collections of poetry including the recent ” The Ends Of The Earth: Collected Poems ( Transcendent Zero Press, 2015 ) and “The Ascent Of Feminist Poetry”, as well as “I Meet Geronimo And Other Stories” ( Avignon Press, 2015) and ” Three Seasons: Writing Donald Hall ( Collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University). He created and contributes to The Meaning Of Poetry Series for The Gutenberg Project.

http://charlesbanejr.com/

Get The Ascent of Feminist Poetry on Amazon NOW! http://goo.gl/5mJLEh

Book Review: Cruzader by Omar Morales


When Omar Morales, Guinness World Record holder for writing the longest comic book published, asked me to review his graphic novel, I had no idea what to expect since I don’t think I read more than one graphic novel in my life.  And once I saw the cover and started reading, I realized that Cruzader wasn’t like anything I have read before. 

It’s a comic, it’s a fantasy, and it’s a Christian novel all in one filled with unrighteous villain both from and out of this world. I must confess, I usually wouldn’t pick up a graphic novel especially if it’s a religious one. But reading the Cruzader taught me the real meaning of not judging a book by its cover. I actually enjoyed leafing through the vivid graphics and reading the brief but encompassing dialogue. And the preachy vibe that usually makes me avoid religious books and films was not as intense in the Cruzader. 

The book itself felt more like a series of short films that can be enjoyed independently. Although, you have to read them all until you get to the final few stories where things begin to change. I must admit, I would’ve loved to see more conflict in a lot of scenes. But I guess the concise nature of graphic novels doesn’t leave much room for that. 

All in all, I really enjoyed reading the Cruzader and looking forward to what Omar Morales has in store next. Please grab a copy and let me know what you think. You can also follow Omar on his blog and social media accounts. 

Bio
: Omar Morales is the creator, writer, publisher and eternal sufferer of CruZader™: Agent of the Vatican – a supernatural tale about an exorcist who is forced into duty as a holy hitman for the Vatican against his will. He summarizes CruZader in five words sure to give comic book fans the chills, “Aliens. Prophesies. Sinners & Saints.” Morales literally blew up with CruZader, producing a poster-sized version of chapter one to gain entrance into the Guinness Book of World Records as the titleholder for “Largest Comic Book Published” which you can see at the Guinness website: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-comic-book-published
Bio video: https://youtu.be/4eWFjeWiPaE

Links: http://www.theforcemedia.com or info@theforcemedia.com to purchase direct from me. For a free preview of CruZader chapter one: http://www.freedablecomics.com/comic/cruzader-agent-of-the-vatican/
 

Social Media: http://www.twitter.com/thecruzader ; http://www.facebook.com/theforcemediallc.com ; https://www.instagram.com/the_CruZader/ ; https://plus.google.com/+omorales81 ; https://www.youtube.com/user/omorales81 ; http://thecruzadercomic.tumblr.com/

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I’m still accepting submissions for book reviews. If you have a book that you want me to review or if you want me to promote you or your project on my blog, email me at inquiries@missbenison.com Next available slot is April 15th, email me to book it. 

Interview with Kimberly Michelle Scott


I absolutely love talking to new authors and learning about their journey. Kimberly Michelle Scott is someone I stumbled upon recently and we had a little chat about her new book, The Collection: A Book of Short Stories. Here’s a brief interview with Kimberly. 
  
Q: What is The Collection about?

A: The Collection is a compilation of short stories and flash fiction. The first story, “Ms. Addie’s Place” chronicles the story of Nora, a compelling character with a deep secret, who moves into a boarding house for African American women seeking to better themselves. There she meets Ms. Addie, who runs the house. With a turn of events, her secrets grow, but luckily she has Ms. Addie, who will help her protect her secret at all costs. Below are the premises for some of the other short stories in the book: 

Set at a funeral, a young girl struggles to cope with the death of her mother, while contemplating where she will live and how to deal with family members in which she is unfamiliar all while coping with being the black sheep of the family as a striking similarity to her deceased mother.

In the story, “Wide Tooth Comb,” Maggie finds herself in a predicament when she goes to extreme measures to avoid getting her hair combed. The trouble Maggie faces for doing away with her hair comb brings about anxiety that can only be erased by “coming clean” and leaving herself at the mercy of her mother.

Living in the world of underground prostitution and balancing being a high school student is no easy task for the main character in “Kat House.” As she compare her life to her classmates, she draws from only the harsh lifestyle to which she is accustomed. Just when she thinks life could not get any better, she is faced with one last difficulty that just may break her.

Tania resents the fact that her brother basically threw his life away, choosing his girlfriend and a baby over the college and football career that he was destined to have in “Rest in Peace.” More than her brother’s choices, she resents his baby’s mother. While reminiscing about the past, the future of all the characters change one fateful night. 

These stories and a host of others will keep you turning pages in The Collection.
Q: What sets it apart from other collections?

A: The Collection is a diverse literary collection in style and content, making it the perfect read for everyone. It has short stories and flash fiction. It has historical fiction, contemporary fiction, horror, and science fiction. However, many of the themes are the same.

Q: How long have you been writing, and what advice would you give other writers?

A: I have been writing since I was about four years old. In Kindergarten, when all the other kids were drawing pictures, I was creating books with words and pictures on my construction paper! I have always loved writing! I would tell other writers to be persistent, follow your heart, and do your research. 
About Kimberly Michelle Scott

  

 Kimberly Michelle Scott is an author, poet, and educator from Montgomery, AL. She has written numerous online articles and has several projects in the works. Kimberly has been featured on Chicago’s Poetry Exhale with Pizaaz and was also featured on the Be A Bestseller website. As a previous Yahoo! contributor, she has also done guest blogs. She has received her Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. Her book, NAKED: A Book of Monologues for African American Women was released Spring 2013. “Moments of HerStory,” a book of memoirs, in which she was featured, was an Amazon bestseller and made # 1 on its Hot New Releases list at #1.

Here is the link to her books:

Nook Press

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-collection-thomas-edward-scott/1122191664?ean=2940157933579

Amazon Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Collection-Book-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B019JK4NJ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450653361&sr=1-1&keywords=the+collection+kimberly+scott

Visit her website

http://kimberlymscott.wix.com/kmscott

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