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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Two new 4 star reviews for The Roux in the Gumbo

4.0 out of 5 stars They don't know, February 2, 2014
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I could have told this story but I am humbled to realize that I could not have written it.

I was born in the area that this book has beginnings. This was difficult to read not because of editing or errors but because I could smell the air, see rows and rows of cotton, shotgun shacks as I read about Tallulah and Rebi etc.

As I read I shared what I was reading with a friend and was hesitant to go on but I could not stop. The sharecroppers, the joints off the beaten path, the migration to cities remind me of people I know. The people that are incredulous and unwilling to believe are people (much like my nieces and nephews) that are uninformed and never will be considering the school systems are working very hard to have slavery and post slavery deleted from school books.

If the chaos of baby momas, who's cousin to who, who went to jail or was killed on the way seems confusing and hard to keep track of, that means you can't imagine living in Louisiana not so very long ago; nor will you remember the restrooms for 'coloreds' or the part of the cafe designated for 'coloreds'.

I think the outraged should not be indignant but rather, cognizant. We walk on the backs of those before us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A labor of love, January 31, 2014
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This book was a labor of love for Ms. Robinson, and it shows. The story of her family plays out painfully through the pages as numerous tragedies and heartaches befall them. Because the story starts during Civil War times and continues to the present, I lost track of the players about two-thirds of the way in. Nonetheless, it didn't diminish the story being told. I'd say the best way to approach this book is to hear it as if you were seated with your grandmother listening to her tell it. Although there are some issues with editing, structure, punctuation, and point of view, the end result is a rich, compelling story, and an engrossing read.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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To celebrate the release, I have arranged a 'Free Book Friday'.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review for Rubies and Other Gems by Joyce DeBacco

     I literally traveled back in time while reading this book. Lillian Manning is a 40 year old housewife. Her two children are at the age where they think they have all the answers, as my grandmother used to say, "They're smelling themselves."
      Her husband does not realize how frustrated and neglected she feels, or does he simply not care?       Lily wonders if she would be happier in a simpler era. One where kids did what was expected of them, go to school, obey your parents and do your chores. Boys were required to achieve higher education then find a respectable job. Girls needed to snag a husband and raise a family of her own.       Technology was non-existent.
      The only thing a woman expected out of the bedroom was conception, she wouldn't dare think of, much less, ask for carnal gratification.
      The phrase, "Be careful what you ask for," comes to mind when Lillian falls asleep one day and wakes up to discover that she is still in the home that her grandmother left her, only time has been turned back, way back.
     When she walks into the kitchen it is occupied by a woman and a young girl. She soon comes to realize that this young girl who is complaining about the chores that she has to complete before she can do anything fun, was actually her namesake and grandmother.
     No one can see Lily because this is a dream.
     Being the history buff that she is, Lily is impressed with how accurate the details of her dream arm. The kitchen reflected a period in time when they had water pumps outside the back door instead of running water and plumbing.
    She had always been curious as to how people made out without all the creature comforts that we take for granted. How did people manage without refrigerators, cell phones, the internet and electric can openers? Did they really use outhouses?
     Lily steps out the back door and the paved streets are now dirt roads without automobile traffic. In touring the town she can stand next to someone and observe them all she wanted without their knowledge, after all this was a dream.
     She is taken aback when an attractive man comments on her attire, (or lack thereof). Her shorts are totally inappropriate during this day and age, when women didn't even show their ankles.
    "You can see me?" she asked.
     The town smithy Daniel assures her that he can most definitely see her, and he likes what he is looking at. To his thinking, any woman that dressed like that, wanted to be seen.
    Why could no one else see her? Yet this muscular, handsome man was engaging her in conversation. Who cared he was fine as wine, and she was going to have some fun and flirt. 
    Daniel invites Lily to take a ride on his horse. What harm could come of it? After all this is a dream.

I loved this book, it was full of historical tidbits and spoke on the deterioration that can come along with development. It made me laugh, was suspenseful and made me want to keep reading as Lily kept getting herself into difficult situations.
I cried right along with her. The writing was on point and makes me want to polish my own craft. I will be putting Joyce DeBacco's novels on automatic buy at  Amazon and recommend you do the same.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Bohemian Cafe

For all you writers who like meeting other writers try the Bohemian Café It is a quaint little coffee shop in Plano at the corner of Los Rios and Park behind CVS Writers meetup is on Wednesday at 7:30 Bring five minutes worth of writing to read and share

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ride Along

The movie was side splitting, the food was not all that, but the hurricane was good. The movie had me laughing, and I needed a good laugh. I recommend it,

Off To The Movies

I am off to see ride along, I know it is going to be good with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube Going to the movie grill theatre. I am going to eat a nice pizza and have a couple of their hurricanes will let you know how it was.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


As you can see I have not been doing my blog it's due diligence, but I am back and going to be blogging at least once a week, hope that you can join me on my new adventures. Since I last blogged I had a really bad bout with my thyroid which I am happy to say, I do not have anymore. All the weight that came with this struggle is melting away. I had gotten up to a whopping 280 lbs. and have lost 69 so far. Another 70 and watch out world. I went home to California august on a book tour and must say that I was a little more than disappointed with the outcome. I sold 30 books the whole week that I was there, 14 at an event that I had organized with 3 other authors at a Compton library. I am happy to say I filled the room to capacity with about 70 people by going on the site. The other venue was at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I was really surprised to find that I was one of the key authors in attendance. There were many authors, all trying to sell to one another as there were very few attendee's. I spent 200 hundred dollars on a table, paid $700 on plane tickets for my son and myself... well you can see where I am going with this, all to sell one book. ONE BOOK. My husband words rang in my ears, as he paid $400 dollars for a case of 50 books he had told me, "If this does not work, I am not putting anymore money into your expensive hobby. You are going to have to do something to help bring some money in this house. We have been dealing with this book stuff since 1993 and I can't keep throwing good money after a bad project." I went home and took my spanking in the form of, "I told you so's and decided to get a job. I did that, my daughter was working on a job and had been asking me to apply because she would get a referral for my having successfully finished the season. I not only got the job but when the enrollment season was over for the health insurance related company, they actually kept me for an extra month and I did quite well. When the season was over my supervisor tried to get me on permanent but as his own job was in jeopardy he finally had to give me my end of assignment. I was not bitter because I felt like God had put me in a position to find out if 1. My health would hold up. 2. That I could maintain and be dependable for 3 months. 3. Put me back out in the world, which I had not been in for 5 years due to my thyroid. I never knew when I would be flopping around like a fish out of water, due to the seizures that came along with graves disease. Not to mention that I could not go more than two hours without having to take a nap, could not drive a car or go anywhere without my husband or children along to watch for the signs of me having an episode. 4. And most important, he put me in a call center where I was around 1500 people daily. Talk about a great place to sell my books! I had people coming to my desk everyday purchasing books. (Funny story) One day a girl was at my desk and was purchasing a book and my supervisor walked up and asked, "Can I see that?" The girl handed him the book and he took it and turned it upside down and fanned the pages and shook the book. Of course I asked, "What in the world are you doing?" His response was, "I wanted to see if you were putting crack or something in these books, the way they are selling. These people seem desperate to purchase your books." I told him, "No drugs just the words and the message that the books deliver." I sold 3 cases of print books in as many months. I was home and in my element! I could not wait to get to work everyday to see what I would write. They also started a book club there where during my lunch break we meet in the cafeteria and discuss my books. 5. I was also able to write and work on my craft for about 5 hours a day in between calls and during the disclaimer that I had to play to the enrollees. As you can imagine, I was not disappointed when I got my end of assignment because he said they would be calling me back in March to start a new season. Meanwhile I was researching call center jobs in my area and was pleased to find more than a few with even more employees. If I could get a job at the new block long building that a popular company is building I could clean up. I was making about half of my salary in book sales on the previous job. I was just let go on January 7th, but I knew that I had to jump into action fast. On the way home from the job that last day I noticed a hiring sign on the building which is still under construction, but they are doing classes not from the old job. I went home and with my husbands help applied. I heard back the next day through a phone call that I was going through the next phase of the pre-employment process. The next day (Yesterday), I was sent an email with the assessment test, (common sense questions) and a data entry and typing test. I know I did well. So I am waiting to see what happens next. I also opened my email today and was blasted with an advertisement for a new company called, it is a spin off of C. D. Baby which I know about because I have a lot family including my son who have rap songs that they upload there. I checked my Amazon ebook sales and The Roux in the Gumbo has sold 4 books so far this month. I did an advertisement on Apex for The Kings of Credit, a book about credit laundering, which happens to written by myself and my uncle Willie Bruce Jr. based on his life. I can't wait to see what it does for sales. I am going to update my website since I have not done that since before Obama was elected and I made it red, white and blue. I have four books that I have to work on the final drafts and get an edit, (can't afford to spend a lot on that, so I am researching for someone who can give me a good price, if that is you contact me.)Anyway I am going to dedicate this time off work to finishing, "Street Life to Housewife Part 2, G-Mama The Introduction, and my new book that I just started entitled, "You Are Not The Father!" Please join my blog and if you have anything of interest and would like to be a guest on my blog contact me. I would love to be able to help you in your endeavors.