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This Week’s Guest – Monday, September 18, 2017


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
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September 18, 2017


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September 18, 2017


September 18, 2017


Fran Lewis
Author of

A Daughter’s Promise



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Hostage of Lies

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Gearing up for 2017 by Dr. Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson
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“Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Luke 11:9

Have you ever known someone who spent all her time talking about what she was going to do when she retired, then she dropped dead just before, or shortly after retirement?

How did you feel when that happened? Whenever this happens, I always feel that this person wasted her “today” time, living for “tomorrow”, which never came.

Now how about people who followed their dreams and stopped waiting for that elusive retirement brass ring?

I speak from experience because that’s exactly what I did. On October 31, 1997, due to health reasons, I walked off a high-stress job as a social worker (I had been in this field for twenty-three years at this point,) and have not looked back.

As I was facing these health challenges, life took on a new perspective that went something like this: “If I had one day to live, is this what I want to be doing?” In my heart, I would always get a resounding, “NO!”

I don’t know about you, but 9-11 was also a wake-up call for me. In the aftermath, I noticed in the media where family members reconciled who hadn’t spoken to each other in years. People changed careers and left intolerable situations that they had been tolerating. Across the board, everyone realized that life was short and that they needed to make the best of it.

Don’t get me wrong. It was not an easy path to follow, but it was the best one—when I look back. That first year I left behind my familiar pattern of getting up, fighting L.A. gridlock traffic, and going to work, I felt lost. I didn’t know how I was going to make it financially.

What I learned on the journey is there is never a perfect time to make your move to pursue your dreams. You should save up, plan, but eventually you have to take the leap.

Since that time, I have owned my own Internet radio show at the now defunct www.maxineshow.com, (which I might start back up) and have hosted three other Internet radio shows on other networks, such as www.voiceamerica.com, (March 2002 to December 2005), www.artistfirst.com (since March 2004) (where I still host) and www.harambeeradio.com.

As the owner of Black Butterfly Press, Maxine Thompson’s Literary Services and Thompson Literary Agency found at www.maxinethompson.com, and www.maxinethompsonbooks.com, I also own a nonprofit, Maxine Thompson’s Literary and Educational Services, in order to give back to my community. I was even conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in April 2005.

I have also negotiated over 100 book deals for other writers as a literary agent and have edited or ghostwritten over 1,000 books. In addition, I am the author of 17 titles. This is the Act III, or my second career in my life. All of these endeavors grew out of my passion, not out of my bank account.

Do I have any regrets? No. I have challenges, but I don’t think I would have lived to this age had I stayed in the job I was on. I’ve heard of many of my former social work colleagues dying over the past 19 years. I’m sure stress had a lot to do with it.

Let’s face it. Too many women often are not living their lives to the full. Many report they feel they are living for everyone else in the family. Although we want to have a life of balance, we don’t know how to get it. As women, we’ve been trained to think struggle and sacrifice for others is what we should do.

Well, one way to bring our lives into more balance is through affirmations. What if we could reinvent our lives through thinking positive thoughts?

More than ever, we are in need of sayings to help give us control over the qualities of our days. Just as our ancestors used old sayings to help them survive—in spite of racism, sexism, ageism, and classism—we need to revisit the ‘old ways.’

Whether we are working as secretaries, working at McDonald’s, or running a company, we need peace.

In the creative arenas, for women filmmakers, writers, publishers, and those wanting to become artists of sorts, there is a need to decode and recode symbols for our culture. If we don’t do it ourselves, it won’t get done.

We need to reclaim our bodies, our souls and our lives. Affirmations can help us get closer to our goals.

In the main, why do we need affirmations? Because today, women are dying from stress. One woman told me, “I guess I have to die in order to get some rest.” And she died shortly after that. That’s exactly what’s happening. We are dying at younger ages and at an alarming rate.

However, the good news is this. We are living in an exciting time, filled with possibilities, so why not take advantage of these times?

One reason is that we now live in an age of spiritual enlightenment, interdependence, and access to information that only the rich enjoyed at one time. We have the Internet, which levels the playing field for everyone. With the Internet, you can start a business on a shoestring budget. You can meet friends on a global level because of the different communities on line. You can start podcasts and alternate medias on Youtube. In fact, you can start your own communities of interest.

Why not become the artist of your own life? Use affirmations to redesign your life and find your joy. Find ways to create multiple streams of income with technology. We now have money that can be made through twitter, facebook, linked in, Instagram, and other social media groups.

For in order to have fun and enjoy life, you have to throw out all the mental “what-I-should do’s” and “must-erbations” and follow your own heart. If you are doing work you love, it will feel like play. Learn to live authentically from your very soul.

Creating a life you love will help determine the quality of your health, your happiness, and sometimes, even your longevity. The benefits from doing what you love and living a passionate life are too many to enumerate. (By the way, my health problems have lessened.)

As an African American female baby boomer, I’d like to break ground for the younger generation behind me. I’d like to disrupt our conventional thinking. Each generation should progress beyond what the generation before them accomplished.

Why not make these the best years of your life, whatever age you are? Never forget that life is tenuous. It can be taken from you without a minute’s notice.

So use affirmations to help heal and to change your life. Start feeling like you’re a co-creator with God, instead of a victim of your circumstances.

Go into 2017 with a new attitude. Don’t put off what you can do today for that elusive tomorrow.

“I will connect with the world through technology for the betterment of humanity.”
Taken from Affirmations and Essays for Melanoid People
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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, December 5, 2016


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
Publisher, Literary Agent, Author, Host of Internet Show is cross-referenced to her other businesses

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Dr. Maxine invites you to join her this week on her various shows where she will be speaking with some interesting people.


December 5, 2016


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December 5, 2016



Natashia Deon
Debut Best-Selling Author of

Grace



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Hostage of Lies

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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, August 8, 2016


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
Publisher, Literary Agent, Author, Host of Internet Show is cross-referenced to her other businesses

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August 8, 2016


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This Week’s Guest – Monday, August 8, 2016

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August 8, 2016

Judson Bacot
Author of

The Evolution of America’s Homebred Terrorist: The Changing Culture an Indisputable, Comprehensive, Provocative Scrutiny Into the Makings and World of America’s Urban Terrorist


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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, February 29, 2016


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
Publisher, Literary Agent, Author, Host of Internet Show is cross-referenced to her other businesses

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February 29, 2016


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February 29, 2016

Linda Diane Wattley
Author of
Soldiers With a Backpack:
Living and Dying Simultaneously


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Season of Terrorism

Like the rest of America, I’m sitting here saddened, numb and appalled by this last massacre, which took place in a historic Black church in Charleston, South Carolina. This violence was, by the perpetrator’s own admission, a hate crime.

We talk about terrorism since 9-11, but what about the terrorism we’re witnessing now in the past several years of police and citizens killing innocent people on American soil? What happened to America, the land of the free?

Well, I just want to know. Is it open season on killing Black people? Has having a Black President made racism rear its ugly head in a way that was never shown before when racism was underground and subtle after the Civil Rights Movement? How can a 21 year old have so much hatred for Black people that he would go to an iconic church in Charleston, South Carolina, sit in their Bible Study for one hour, then shoot 9 people, unless he learned it? Did he learn to hate Blacks at the dinner table? Is he a microcosm of white society’s low grade infection called racism that metastasizes into a cancer of violence?

These are just some of the questions swirling in my head.

One thing I’ve noticed is that when Blacks commit heinous crimes, the media even covers it differently. They’re already trying to say that the killer, Dylan Roof, has mental problems, when there has been no indication of it before now. Roof allegedly had planned this for 6 months.

Think about it. When law enforcement caught Christopher Dorner, the black police killer, (who wrote the Manifesto), after a manhunt, they burnt him to a crisp in a San Bernardino cabin. I’m not excusing Dorner’s crime, but there was no kindly putting him in the car, or kindly walking him up onto a plane like they did this young white boy, Dylan Roof. Christopher Dorner, who was shooting back, was not given due process, an arrest, or a trial. Somehow, his killing and subsequent burning by the police/sheriffs just seemed a little reminiscent of lynching.

To paraphrase President Obama, ”We refuse to accept that guns have become the New Normal,” but when will Congress pass laws to do something about gun violence?

My condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victims. I love the forgiveness that the survivors of the deceased relatives have shown Dylan Roof. I applaud the fact the people of all races in Charleston, South Carolina are showing that love can conquer hate, and there are good people of all races in the world. But times like this makes one afraid for your family, if you are Black.




Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, September 15, 2014


Maxine Thompson


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September 15, 2014


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This Week’s Guest – Monday, September 15, 2014

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September 15, 2014

Dale O’Body.
Producer/Screenwriter/ of


“Hollywood Blues”


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This Week’s Guest – Monday, August 25, 2014


Maxine Thompson


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August 25, 2014


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August 25, 2014

Minister Bryant Keith Williams, Sr.
Author of



The Ugly Side of America:
A Society that Still Devalues Black Men


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LA BLUES 3: FIVE SMOOTH STONES

A cold sweat, heart palpitations, bounding headaches and silent fears are just some of what Zipporah “Z” Saldano is about to experience. Nightmares can wake you in the middle of the night or even evoke memories during the day. Facing so many obstacles in her life and now trying to rejuvenate her reality show, little does she know that there are many more difficult roadblocks to come. Bad omens! Do you believe in them? What would you do if you saw a flock of ravens forming an arrow in the sky? What if a blackbird flew into your garage? Would you predict that something bad was going to happen? “Z” has just come back from Brazil, fought to free her brother Mayhem from kidnappers and in the process watched the man she loved killed. Running off to Rio to free her brother and then discounting Romero’s proposal for marriage brings back memories within the first chapter of the book and sets the tone for what is about to happen next. Flashbacks trigger her nightmares and she relives the shootout but something else about that last time she was with Romero would change things for Z forever. Remembering the terrible ordeal at the hand of Alfredo, she reveals to readers her dilemma. What would happen if she were pregnant? What if the child belonged to the rapist and not Romero, her true love?

Once again Zipporah relies on the friendship and love of Chica and confides in her. Reflecting back about the murder of her own son, Chica bolsters her courage, tells her to forge ahead. But, what will “Z” do? That is the real issue that the author presents right from the start of the novel? As Chica recounts what happened to her and the end result, “Z” faces her own demons and choices. Would she opt for an abortion? Rationalizing her options the author reveals the character’s innermost thoughts, fears and trepidations regarding parenthood. Was she the motherly type? Would she be able to care for a young child like she did her younger brother so many years ago? But, before she could ponder the rest someone walks into her life hoping to create a cushion for her to lean on. Reverend Edgar Broussard of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Inglewood, California would be more than just a friend but her savior.

Within the novel we hear the voice of the main character as she narrates the events in the first person. Enter her world, feel her pain, work with her as she bears her soul trying to come to terms with not only her pregnancy, her estrangement from her real mother and her inner conflicts that might destroy her. Once again the novel is set on the war torn streets of Los Angeles, where gangs think nothing of shooting up mourners at a funeral, or taking pot shots at anyone on the streets. Drugs, murder, corrupt government agents and police rule the streets. But, Z reminds readers that she is strong and bent on finding the two men who orchestrated her brother’s kidnapping and caused the death of her man she loved. Throughout the novel the author recounts her past. Abandoned, orphaned to a point, rescued by her foster mother Shirley, knowing her mother was in prison for a crime someone else committed, author Maxine Thompson in will place several more obstacles in Z’s way that will not only surprise readers but will help you understand just how strong she really is and why she never gives up on herself or getting what she wants.

A simple phone call will bring her back to reality as someone named Rachel Jackson phones her. Not quite sure at first, her reception halted, Z learns that this person just might be the sister she has been looking for. Excited yet scared, not knowing what to expect she spends time talking with her and hopefully will connect. Money being thrown in the air, people flooding the streets taking the money and the police trying to stop the melee of havoc and Z gets caught in the middle. What happens when someone smacks right into her truck? Blindsided and not seeing it coming she winds up in the hospital fighting for her life and that of her unborn child. A car hit her and just kept going and all of a sudden her floodlights came on, the dull bulbs of doubt about whether to have this child disappeared and a major decision was made. If you are not sure about the events that led up to this point read page 37 and learn about harrowing experiences that she had, voodoo power, a surviving African religions, two rogue agents, relive the death of Romero and finally the make believe wedding on her reality show. The author introduces the issue of right to live. Does the child have the right to a full life or should she end it before it’s too late? This accident would shed some light on her true feelings and the two sides of the coin: Abortion: No Abortion are debated and a major decision is revealed. But, the roadblocks are just beginning as her brother shows up and presents her with more. Being pregnant would hamper his plans for his sister, as she explains why she is not going back to Rio to get Appolonia. Revelations about his wealth are discussed and his plans to get back what he claims are his discussed. But, there is much more that happens before the final reveals are made.

Every step of the way the Reverend is there for her and learning about the loss of his wife and child helps readers understand why he wants to help Z. But, is there another reason and will she fall prey to his wiles? Is she ready for another relationship? Meeting her sister Rachel brings her much joy yet she is jealous of how her mother reacts. Resentments run high. Words are spoken both harsh and heartfelt as two sisters try and bond for a short time, a mother bears her soul and tries to justify her past to her angry daughter in the present. Trust comes hard to her and when she is once again in danger it’s the minister that comes to her rescue but first someone is blackmailing her, sets her up and she winds up in jail. Not everything about her brother causes her grief. Read the jail scene, hear the dialogue and smile when you read the final result. As the situation heats up and she is once again in danger, it is the minister that offers her a place of refuge while the police go after the blackmailer and two rogue cops hoping to keep her and her unborn child safe. But, things get out of hand and she winds up alone in a cabin. The roads are blocked. The snow covers the roads and Z goes into labor. Having downloaded important information on UTUBE learned about childbirth, prepared to a point a miracle happens and a child is born. Just who is after her and why? Who comes to the cabin before she goes into labor and wants her dead? What is the final outcome? What happens when someone sets the cabin on fire? Will they safe Z and her child?

What happens when someone blackmails her because of what she knows about Tank? Why doesn’t she reveal the truth to her brother? Where is Tank’s body? What happens when the truth comes out? Five Smooth Stones: five stones that David had: these five stones would keep her safe and remind her that God is in charge of her will stop her from being afraid. But, what happens when she goes into labor and has to face it alone? What happens when she lays eyes on her child for the first time? Will these five stones keep her safe? An ending that will surprise readers as Z comes to terms with her relationship with her mother, her feelings about her sister and the hope of finally reuniting with her brother. The story does not end here for Z but is just beginning for her child. What is next for Z? How will her child grow up? Will she protect the child from the gangs, Crips and the life she is still trying to escape? Family loyalty, distrust, prejudice, corruption, hate, love, moral dilemmas, ethical decisions and one woman that faces it all in a book that will keep you glued to the printed page and hoping that Z will finally find the peace and love she deserves. What is next? Will the Reverend remain a constant in her life? What will happen when Mayhem learns the truth about Tank? Will the Executioner win? What is in Z’s future? That remains to be seen. The Crips are mainly but not exclusively an African American gang originating in Los Angeles, California in 1969 by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. The gang has enlarged to one of the largest and most powerful ones in the United States with over thirty thousand gang members involved in murders, robberies, drug dealings and other criminal activities. Enter their world, meet some of the gang members, understand the meaning of the color blue in their clothing and consider themselves the true LA BLUES!

LA BLUES: SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS
DR. MAXINE THOMPSON

Once upon a time in a make-believe world where everyone and everything was perfect, people got along. Every race, creed, nationality put aside their differences and worked together to create peace and harmony rang throughout the world. Within this make-believe world, there were no gangs. The only drugs that were supplied were to cure illnesses. Guns were banned and the streets were safe, even from kids that played practical jokes.
In this make-believe world lived a beautiful young woman named Zipporah “Z” Saldano, who lived with her entire family, was loved and cherished by her parents. did not have a mother who was incarcerated for 20 years, or a brother who was kidnapped, involved in the Crips, sold drugs or owned a massage parlor, dealing in prostitution. In this world, her sisters and brothers lived with her and her parents and she was a decorated police officer whose partner was not killed.
But, as we all know, there is no such thing as a make-believe world and even we have to often face the harsh realities of life. as Zipporah snaps out of her revelry, faces the present as she is about to enter, or hopes to enter, the Hollywood Kodak Theater. Invited to the Academy Awards, sitting in a limo with her man, Romero, Z could not be happier. Licensed as a PI and sometimes having to bend the rules, Z felt for the first time life was good. With her main girls, Haviland and Chica, and Haviland’s man, Trevor, Chica’s man, Riley, they were in for a hot time.
But, something in the real world would make her wish she was back in the make- believe one as she reminds herself that, in spite of her accomplishments. Reminders of the past bring tears to her eyes as she remembers the murder of Trayvon, Chica’s son. As she sits back in the limo and begins to think, she realizes that family ties are vital, loyalty and blood matters, but, at this time, she never knew just how much.
Knowing that her brother was missing, not knowing where he was or why he was taken, Z did not know that the answers were just a wild car ride away.
Life hands you a strange deck of cards that you have to learn how to play whatever you are dealt. One phone call received by Romero, one instant move that Z makes to alight from the limo and two lives are changed. Talking for a few minutes, expressing their feelings, Z did not realize that this would be a strong turning point in both of their lives. Recounting her relationship with Haviland, her need for medical marijuana, and her excitement about going to the after party, she stepped over the media section. She thought about her mother, Venita, as she did not want to become involved in his kidnapping.
But, circumstances would change that and Z would have to make some quick, fast and difficult choices as two “Federal Agents,” shoved her in the back of their car, took her to a deserted location and the interrogation began. But why?

Standing up for her rights, not backing down, she learns what they are telling her about her brother. The threats are there, the information could be fabricated, trying to convince her that her brother sold out other OGs. They claim they gave Mayhem money to complete a deal for them. Thinking Z knows where the money is, they threaten, coerce and manhandle her. Within this scene, you can hear her voice and thoughts loud and clear, understand her frustration and the need to learn the truth. But whose truth and who can be trusted?
Sober for two years, her youngest siblings somewhere out there, Z made a decision that might cost her more than just her new career.
Back at the theater, her friends are frantic. Z begins to think over her options, deciding whether to trust Romero or to go it alone. One phone call would alert her to the truth behind her brother’s disappearance. A voice on the phone and the events that follow will send Z on a downhill collision with gang members, her real mother, Shirley, the only mother who took care of her and a family so mixed up in trouble how could she not help them. First, she needed information from her mom, Venita, and prayed that she would step up to the plate. Just what did her brother request of her on the phone before he was cut off? What threats were made against his family? With Shirley’s guidance and understanding Z just might find her way before it’s too late.
Within the novel, author Maxine Thompson, brilliantly reminds us that every family needs love and understanding and that when one member is ill, in this case, the foster father, Chill, has dementia- soon- to- become Alzheimer’s, children need to understand the illness, care for the person and know that they will always be that person, even if their mind is slowly disappearing.
Searching for Tank who was to have the answers she needed, no one seemed to know where Mayhem might be. Gang wars, followed by thugs and constantly harassed by the two “Feds”, Z found her way into the grimy streets, the back alleys, the underbelly of town to search for Tank to save her brother. The author’s descriptions of the places she went to, the streets, the gang members, the outfits worn by the men and the prostitutes doing pole dances in some of the clubs she visited, allow readers to know the extensive research into the areas, the real life of so many caught up in this climate, and their hope of escaping to find The American Dream. But false hopes run high as Z learns that her fate is to find and hide Mayhem’s children, go to Brazil, locate his common-lawwife and a man named Diablo, who is at the core of it all.

Living in an atmosphere where drug dealers would sell their own souls or that of their children for a score and not hesitate to kill anyone that stands in their way, Z finds herself a mission to locate her brother’s children, bring them to her mother and pray for their safety. Enter the jungle; find F-Loc, hoping that he might enlighten her. What she learns will not surprise the reader or Z but solidify just why her brother might have been taken. Just what was hiswife’s role and why was she sent to act as a mule? What is the deal on the street from a crime family in Brazil? Just what should she do and why won’t she call Romero? What is his connection?

Choices can make or break our lives and as Z began to rethink what she needed to do regarding her brother’s kidnapping, why did she continue to hesitate about calling Romero? Family loyalty, distrust, fear and blood being thicker than water led Z on the path she had to take. Leaving on bad terms with Romero after a night that was supposed to be special, finding her way to a club watching the dangers and hoping to talk with the bartender, Z’s role became clear. Searching for Tank and then another named Bonzo, speaking to someone named Chutney, Z got more than her fill about her brother. But, just where he was and who had him and why has yet to be revealed.

Prostitution, threats made to warn her to stop, remembering Trayvon and hoping to catch his killer, and Fed Ex package that would turn things around but not the way you think. What was delivered and how would this change things? What would she do with the contents and would the end result come back and haunt her?

From going to the Academy Awards to two Federal agents on her tail, Mayhem’s call on Skype and the information from Tank, getting her nephews and bringing them to Venita, the info from F-Loc, the tattoo shop and the massage parlor and then getting strong armed by one of Bonzo’s lackeys, Z needed to sit down and think about what comes next. Where was Appolonia, Mayhem’s wife? What was her link to the dangerous drug lord Diablo?

From Rio to to the streets of the inner city of Los Angeles, author Maxine Thompson gives readers a firsthand look at how people live in areas that are riddled with crime, where the only noise outside is that of gunshots, not children playing, and the music you hear does not come from a CD.

Spending her life in foster care, guilt ridden and blaming herself for her family’s plight and their disconnect, Z needs to find a way to not only reconcile her differences within herself, rid her life of guilt, deal with the abandonment issue and remain sober. Sexual relationships, watching her father die as her mother’s boyfriend kills him, wanting to take revenge of the killings, the racial strife and the street wars author Maxine Thompson reminds readers of what so many are still struggling with today. How can Z live and fight the anger, the fear within the streets of Watts. and yet discount the help she could receive from the one man who really loves her? But, something will cause her to snap and the end result will force her to make a decision that will impact her life forever.
Hoping to find Appolonia, dealing with a dying parent and the end result will send shockwaves down your spine. Santeria: a woman quite powerful, ageless and possibly her salvation as she takes Z within the world of Diablo, explains a curse that was placed on both her and Appolonia and a necklace or amulet that would protect her from harm. Would Appolonia agree to come with her to say a final farewell to her dying mother? Would she give up her life with this drug lord or will she stand by her family and fight for her kids? What happens when Z is once again taken captive, forced into submission and finds her only way out might not be what her moral compass would want? Go inside the den of this man, listen to his rants and his desires, and you the reader decide if what happens next to Z is her fault? A truth and deceit revealed and the rationale behind the kidnapping you won’t believe as one woman fights for her brother’s life and another makes a startling choice.
The final decent back to LAX. Two Federal agents that claim that have the power to teak her down and one young woman that will fight until the very end. Just where do they take her and who are they really? What happens when the final shots are fired? Who lives? Who dies and who takes a fall and slips into total darkness? LA Blues 2: the story is just getting started and the ending will inspire you to pick up, as I am doing LA Blues 3 to find out what is next in store for Z. Enter her world, fight her battles along side of her, and learn just how far this young woman will go to protect her family. Blood is thicker than water! Remember that always! Family First! Sometimes we wish we all lived in that make believe world!
Fran Lewis: Reviewer

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