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Friday, January 14, 2022

Book Review: This Game Has No Loyalty by June

    Junior had become the king of the Baptiste housing project in Brooklyn in a relatively short period of time, and the haters didn’t like him because of the fact that he was an outsider and was making money hand over fist selling crack cocaine. He was also dating one of the most coveted girls in Baptiste named Shondra, and life couldn’t be sweeter for the two of them.

    However, things began to unravel for Junior when he started being attacked from all angles―the neighborhood stickup kid Stump wanted him dead, and his right-hand man Kendu set him up to get robbed and murdered by Stump. He was also wanted for questioning by the police for a couple of murders in the area, and his girl Shondra was angry at him for two-timing her with the beautiful Muffin.

    The author June narrated the story with a methodical but steady cadence―paying close attention to detail and painting a picture that was virtually cinematic. It was as though I had a front row seat on a bench in Baptiste, and even if you’re not a fan of urban fiction, this novel is an accurate depiction of what life was like back then in the early 90s. I strongly suggest reading this book as it read like an episode of the hit series The Wire.

    My Rating: ★★★★★

 This Game Has No Loyalty by [Brooklyn JUNE]

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Blogging Is the Social Media Platform for Introverts

    I want to start off by saying that I’m currently not on any social media platforms―not Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, nor Instagram―I’ve tried them all, but I wasn’t successful. I tip my hat to the YouTubers who create content daily and captivate their audience because I realized early on that talking in front of a camera wasn’t my strong suit. I’m not popular enough to have a following on Facebook that would yield me any substantial book sales, and I’m not talkative enough to create a video per day in order to keep viewers interested in what I have to say. I did have a decent following on Twitter and was part of their writing community, and I even made a couple of genuine connections. However, I didn’t feel that the time I spent on Twitter versus writing stories was worth it, so I quit.

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    Blogging has provided me with an avenue to share my fifteen years of knowledge on writing and self-publishing with authors who are starting their writing careers. It also has given me a vehicle to showcase my novels and short stories to the reading public. I created my blog seven months ago, and it’s now beginning to gain traction through search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. An introvert like me can then interact with my readers via informative and meaningful posts weekly that shed light on some of the pitfalls I’ve encountered over the years as well as entertain them with articles and short stories.

    In summary, authors who don’t feel comfortable on social media or awkward in front of a camera can use blogging as a tool to sell books and gain readership without any direct contact. Authors also can be unconventional but still effective in achieving their goals despite being introverted, and I’m living proof of that fact.

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