Marlene

AUTHORESS on the RISE... WRITING With A PURPOSE!

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5.0 out of 5 stars DeceivedAugust 25, 2009
By LOCKSIE "ARC Book Club Inc" (ARCBOOKCLUBINC.com) - See all my reviews
   

Sometimes we're missing something or someone from our lives that we think we need because everyone else has one. We think about it, dream about it and are excited when we can finally say YES we have one of our own. But what a devastating shock to our emotional mind when what was supposed to be happy ever after turns your life into a living nightmare! And what's even worse is your best friends who are supposed to be a source of support are busy using you behind your back and keeping secrets. 

The main character Sage Churchill has plenty of emotions going on when she finds out that the mother that's supposed to be dead is alive and kicking living in her native Jamaica W.I. Confusion then gets added to the mix causing the police to show up ather door to arrest her!! 

Open this latest novel from author Marlene and discover a tale that will have you shaking your head wondering how people can live with themselves after knowingly deceiving you. 

An enjoyable story where the author shows her talent for bringing a story full circle. 

Locksie 
ARC Book Club Inc. 
Star Rating 4.5 

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5.0 out of 5 stars A banger for sure!August 5, 2009
By M. T. Pope (Baltimore, Md) - See all my reviews
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Oh my Goodness. Island Beauty was a magnificant read. I read this book in I and half days and couldn't put it down. I read it at work, in the bed and on the bus until i was finished. The characters in this book just stand out on their own. The story flowed with realism and emotion. I was immediately drawn into the characters lives as if i was a family member watching the drama unfold. It was so good i didn't want it to end. Marlene you push out another classic and I will definately be pushing this work of art. Thanks for the good read and keep up the good work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Island BeautyAugust 2, 2009

Sage Churchill is her father's pride and joy. Being an only child, Donovan Churchill showered his baby girl with plenty of love and affection to make up for not having a mother figure in her life. Life for Sage is wonderful until her dad drops a bomb about her mother that might change her view of daddy dearest. The question is, will she venture to Jamaica to meet the mother she never known and get the answers she been searching for? 

Sage has been friends with Tish, Nicky, and Lace since they were knee high. Their friendship seems to take a turn when mishaps and mayhem interfere landing at Sage's doorstep. Tish is having mad issues with her undercover lover and is very hesitant on revealing her companion's identity knowing the havoc it will cause amongst the friends. Nicky is living lavishly and dangerously; she is caught up in thedrug game. Lace will do any and everything to make herself happy, but at what cost?
Will the ladies' friendship survive all the drama? 

"Island Beauty" was a quick read. It had a very interesting story line that was enjoyable. I really love the father/daughter relationship between Sage and Mr. Churchill. It showed that a man can step up to the plate and take care of his responsibilities. 



Reviewed by: Tange 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Lies...July 30, 2009

Growing up without a mother in your life is never easy regardless how loving and supportive your father may be. Sage Churchill knows this all too well and after twenty odd years of believing her mother departed this earth, she is confronted with one hell of a shock at her father's sick bed. Not only is her mother alive and well in Jamaica, WI, but apparently she voluntarily abandoned Sage. Unable to understand the many years of deceit, Sage travels to Jamaica to confront her mother and learn the truth...and this is where the drama begins... 

Sage's BFF Nicky joins Sage on her many trips to Jamaica however...she has concocted an ulterior motive that threatens to tear their friendship apart. Nicky's sister has an unsuspecting new love in her life that is sure to shake things up. Tish, the fourth musketeer in this circle of friends has been hiding something - but as we all know, whats done in the dark will eventually come to light. 

Once again Marlene has penned an excellent story that will leave you shaking your head like "She did what?" The way the action unfolds is very unsuspecting and realand the descriptive details of how things are on the island made me feel as though I
got a free mini-tour. Island Beauty is an EXCELLENT summer read that is sure to leave you satisfied at its completion. 

English 
ARC Book Club Inc. 
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars 

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4.0 out of 5 stars D-R-A-M-AJuly 29, 2009
By Ms Toni "Avid Reader" (Midwest - USA) - See all my reviews
   

Sage Churchill lost her mother to a tragic accident when she was just an infant. But her father more than made up for the loss by doting over and spoiling his only child. Even so, Sage couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to have a mother. It isn't until her father lands in the hospital that she learns the story that her father told her was just that - a story - and that her mother is in fact still alive. Sage is torn. Should she search for her long lost mother or leave well enough alone? 

Adding to Sage's emotional struggles are her best friends, Nicky and Tish, and their drama. Nicky's lifestyle as wifey to a notorious drug dealer hits a little too close to home. And Tish is involved in an explosive relationship with a lover whose identity she keeps secret. 

As with "Baby's Daddies" and "Making It On My Own," Marlene is at her best when she is able to play off a strong heroine facing emotional struggles. She deftly mixes Sage's own weaknesses with her strengths to create an emotionally and dramadriven novel. 

Marlene has put together an engaging account for readers while painting a vivid portrait of Jamaica as a backdrop. "Island Beauty" is well-written, well-plotted and contains characters that grab our interest. It's a good read. 

Also recommend: 
Babies' Daddies 
Making It on My Own

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“ISLAND BEAUTY is the best piece Marlene have ever written. She have really matured as a writer. I think it would even make a good movie. There is great suspense and conflict. Marlene shows life and how it really is, even when we think we have good friendships, life can throw us a curve ball. I really enjoyed reading her story it was great, the tone was good and it was exciting. Keep up the good work!”

 
Gidorah Matthews Author Of: 
Methuselah's Rainbow 
The Secret Exposed: What Every Christian Should Know 

 
5.0 out of 5 stars DeceivedAugust 25, 2009
By LOCKSIE "ARC Book Club Inc" (ARCBOOKCLUBINC.com) - See all my reviews
   

Sometimes we're missing something or someone from our lives that we think we need because everyone else has one. We think about it, dream about it and are excited when we can finally say YES we have one of our own. But what a devastating shock to our emotional mind when what was supposed to be happy ever after turns your life into a living nightmare! And what's even worse is your best friends who are supposed to be a source of support are busy using you behind your back and keeping secrets. 

The main character Sage Churchill has plenty of emotions going on when she finds out that the mother that's supposed to be dead is alive and kicking living in her native Jamaica W.I. Confusion then gets added to the mix causing the police to show up ather door to arrest her!! 

Open this latest novel from author Marlene and discover a tale that will have you shaking your head wondering how people can live with themselves after knowingly deceiving you. 

An enjoyable story where the author shows her talent for bringing a story full circle. 

Locksie 
ARC Book Club Inc. 
Star Rating 4.5 

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5.0 out of 5 stars A banger for sure!August 5, 2009
By M. T. Pope (Baltimore, Md) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   

Oh my Goodness. Island Beauty was a magnificant read. I read this book in I and half days and couldn't put it down. I read it at work, in the bed and on the bus until i was finished. The characters in this book just stand out on their own. The story flowed with realism and emotion. I was immediately drawn into the characters lives as if i was a family member watching the drama unfold. It was so good i didn't want it to end. Marlene you push out another classic and I will definately be pushing this work of art. Thanks for the good read and keep up the good work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Island BeautyAugust 2, 2009

Sage Churchill is her father's pride and joy. Being an only child, Donovan Churchill showered his baby girl with plenty of love and affection to make up for not having a mother figure in her life. Life for Sage is wonderful until her dad drops a bomb about her mother that might change her view of daddy dearest. The question is, will she venture to Jamaica to meet the mother she never known and get the answers she been searching for? 

Sage has been friends with Tish, Nicky, and Lace since they were knee high. Their friendship seems to take a turn when mishaps and mayhem interfere landing at Sage's doorstep. Tish is having mad issues with her undercover lover and is very hesitant on revealing her companion's identity knowing the havoc it will cause amongst the friends. Nicky is living lavishly and dangerously; she is caught up in thedrug game. Lace will do any and everything to make herself happy, but at what cost?
Will the ladies' friendship survive all the drama? 

"Island Beauty" was a quick read. It had a very interesting story line that was enjoyable. I really love the father/daughter relationship between Sage and Mr. Churchill. It showed that a man can step up to the plate and take care of his responsibilities. 



Reviewed by: Tange 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Lies...July 30, 2009

Growing up without a mother in your life is never easy regardless how loving and supportive your father may be. Sage Churchill knows this all too well and after twenty odd years of believing her mother departed this earth, she is confronted with one hell of a shock at her father's sick bed. Not only is her mother alive and well in Jamaica, WI, but apparently she voluntarily abandoned Sage. Unable to understand the many years of deceit, Sage travels to Jamaica to confront her mother and learn the truth...and this is where the drama begins... 

Sage's BFF Nicky joins Sage on her many trips to Jamaica however...she has concocted an ulterior motive that threatens to tear their friendship apart. Nicky's sister has an unsuspecting new love in her life that is sure to shake things up. Tish, the fourth musketeer in this circle of friends has been hiding something - but as we all know, whats done in the dark will eventually come to light. 

Once again Marlene has penned an excellent story that will leave you shaking your head like "She did what?" The way the action unfolds is very unsuspecting and realand the descriptive details of how things are on the island made me feel as though I
got a free mini-tour. Island Beauty is an EXCELLENT summer read that is sure to leave you satisfied at its completion. 

English 
ARC Book Club Inc. 
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars 

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4.0 out of 5 stars D-R-A-M-AJuly 29, 2009
By Ms Toni "Avid Reader" (Midwest - USA) - See all my reviews
   

Sage Churchill lost her mother to a tragic accident when she was just an infant. But her father more than made up for the loss by doting over and spoiling his only child. Even so, Sage couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to have a mother. It isn't until her father lands in the hospital that she learns the story that her father told her was just that - a story - and that her mother is in fact still alive. Sage is torn. Should she search for her long lost mother or leave well enough alone? 

Adding to Sage's emotional struggles are her best friends, Nicky and Tish, and their drama. Nicky's lifestyle as wifey to a notorious drug dealer hits a little too close to home. And Tish is involved in an explosive relationship with a lover whose identity she keeps secret. 

As with "Baby's Daddies" and "Making It On My Own," Marlene is at her best when she is able to play off a strong heroine facing emotional struggles. She deftly mixes Sage's own weaknesses with her strengths to create an emotionally and dramadriven novel. 

Marlene has put together an engaging account for readers while painting a vivid portrait of Jamaica as a backdrop. "Island Beauty" is well-written, well-plotted and contains characters that grab our interest. It's a good read. 

Also recommend: 
Babies' Daddies 
Making It on My Own

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“ISLAND BEAUTY is the best piece Marlene have ever written. She have really matured as a writer. I think it would even make a good movie. There is great suspense and conflict. Marlene shows life and how it really is, even when we think we have good friendships, life can throw us a curve ball. I really enjoyed reading her story it was great, the tone was good and it was exciting. Keep up the good work!”

 
Gidorah Matthews Author Of: 
Methuselah's Rainbow 
The Secret Exposed: What Every Christian Should Know 

                                    Island Beauty

                                             

 

                                  Summary & CHAPTER ONE

 Sage Churchill has always had the best of everything, a loving father that gave her everything her heart desired and good friends to kick it with, which always made life more exciting. She thought her life was perfect, until the day her father makes a deathbed confession that shatters her world as she knows it.
When Sage finds out that her mother, whom she was led to believe died, may be alive and living in Jamaica, her world is turned upside down. She is faced with the toughest decision of her life. Does she search for a woman she’s never known or does she ignore her longing for a mother’s love?

Sage, Nicky, Tish, and Lace have been friends since pre-school. But their relationship suffers when they bring the drama to Sage’s doorstep. Her girl, Nicky, has gotten herself involved in the drug game and has Sage’s name all caught up in the mix, bringing the authorities to her door. Tish, has a mystery lover and when that person’s identity is revealed, it may tear the girls’ thirteen year friendship apart and possible cause one of them to lose their life.

Will Sage find her mother and live happily ever after? Will she survive the drama? Or have a nervous breakdown?


One

 BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! The sound came from outside my cozy apartment. At first I was going to ignore the noise, but changed my mind. I walked out my bedroom and over to my cute bay window in my living room. I should have known it was my ghetto ass friends acting the fool out there!!

            “Hey witch stop leaning on that horn, I got neighbors trying to sleep you know!” I yelled out the window.

            “Get a move on then chick! I told you I would be here by eleven,” Nicky screamed out to me from the driver’s seat of her spanking brand new money green Escalade.

            “I’ll be right there, just squash the noise.” I rushed to finish getting ready for my night out with my girls. Nicky, Tish and I practically grew up like sisters. Lace was Nicky’s younger annoying sister that would tag along when we didn’t want her around.

Whenever we all got together it was like we reverted back to our early teens, sniping and sniding at each other. It was always done in good humor though. We always had each other’s back no matter what. I adjusted my black clingy Guess slip dress, checked my face one last time before grabbing my purse.

            “Bout time heifer. Damn, you wearing that dress ain’t you sister girl,” commented Tish, openly licking her lips and taking in every curve of my shapely five six frame.

            “Bitch get your eyes back in your head, you know you can’t never get none of this,” I told her.

            “In time, chica. In time,” she laughed still looking me over. Tish was rocking a purple silk tight midriff and a baggy black pair of men’s Sean John jeans. Knowing her, my girl was most likely wearing a pair of silk boxers underneath. Her hair was corn rowed back and almost conceal by a purple scarf tied around her forehead. Without her normal male like getup, she was a good looking female with a nice body.

            I took my position, riding shotgun. I wasn’t paying that lesbo no mind. Don’t get me wrong though. Tish was my girl, one of my closet friends. Wasn’t no problem to me that her ass preferred to lick kitty kat than ride a big, long, hard dick. What can I say? To each his own.

            “So you guys ready to get it cracking tonight?” asked Nicky as she slipped the lastest Jay Z CD in her player and pumped the music up to the point that the truck began to shake.

            “Damn, turn that shit down. My ears is about to start bleeding,” Lace called from her position next to Tish in the back seat.

            “Hell no, this my shit. If you don’t like it, I’ll pull over and you can walk,” Nicky told her sister turning the volume up more to make her point.

            “Come on now, you can’t even understand what the hell that nigga is saying with all that bass,” Lace tried again to plea her case.

            I just cut my eye at Nicky. I knew that she was just doing that mess to get a rise out of her sister. After a few minutes of that ear piercing noise she finally turned it down.

            “So, where are we hanging tonight?” I asked.

            “Over on Pacific Heights. That’s where the shit is happening,” said Nicky.

            “That frigging hole in the ground! Come on now ya'll. Ain’t no baller’s hanging out over at that dive,” Lace said sucking her teeth and rolling her eyes.

            “Shut-up Lace, I heard that it was the place to be and there would be plenty of baller’s to holla at up in there,” Nicky snapped at her little sis.

            “And where did you hear all this from?” I asked her.

            “From my man Peep’s, girl. Just wait and see you won’t be disappointed.”

            Twenty minutes later we were pulling up in front of an apparently abandon establishment. The only sign that something might actually be going on was the faint sound of music coming from inside. None of us said anything as Nicky took a detour that took us to the back entrance. As soon as we turned the last corner the scene was a different as night and day.

What looked empty and abandon on one side was jumping on the other. The parking lot resembled an episode of ‘Pimp my Ride’ on BET. All the latest shit was on display. At the back entrance of the building was a long line of people waiting to get in.

The building’s windows that were painted black on the front were clear in the back and lit up with flashing lights from the inside. As soon as Nicky pulled her ride into a reserved spot we all exited the vehicle. Like clock work we immediately began to prim and check ourselves over making sure everything was just right. Without a word, Nicky began to sashay her five nine thick Beyonce frame past everyone towards the front of the line. Lace, Tish and I followed closely behind.

The impatient group waiting and hoping to get inside was definitely not happy, but we paid them no mind. A tall muscular bouncer at the door smiled at Nicky and let us all in without a word spoken. There was no need to speak. Oh, didn’t I tell you who Nicky’s man was? Clancy, the most well know and notorious drug dealer holding it down in Baltimore.

That nigga’s paper was stacked to the ceiling. Everybody who was anybody knew that if they wanted the good shit to go see him. People from NYC, VA, Delaware, and just about all over traveled to buy from him. This nigga held it down and control the majority of the drug movement.

            As soon as we stepped in the club we knew why it was the place to be. This place was hooked the hell up! A long shiny mahogany bar occupied one side of the room. Across from there was the DJ stand and the place was pumping with the Snoop and Farell joint, Drop It like It’s Hot. The dance floor was filled with females dropping their shit like it was really hot, trying to catch the eye of some unsuspecting high roller.

The VIP section was up a short flight of stairs. Nicky continued to lead the way to the best spot in the place. We found a table and claimed it real quick. See, it’s quarter to twelve and it was open bar until midnight. That was when all the unknowns would be let in and have to pay for their drinks. Until then the place was half filled with the cream of the crop and drinks were flowing.

            “Hey, baby girl. Come over here and give your man some a dat good shit.”

            Without a second thought, Nicky separated herself from us and began to walk towards the voice. That was Clancy. He was sitting at a table with four other dudes. They were almost hidden by a big Fica plants that was sprinkled throughout the room. That’s why we didn’t notice them when we first came in. The guys were all blinged the fuck out.

            “Oh shit, this place is definitely the place to be. I guess big-sis was on it tonight. I plan to get me a baller tonight. Hell I might even take two of those mother fuckers home,” Lace laughed taking the scene in.

            “Bitch, as loose as your ass is you better be lucky you don’t take home Mr. Gonorrhea and Mr. Syphilis,” laughed Tish, even though her words were delivery with a sharp razor’s edge.

            “Fuck you, Tish. I always use a condom before I let any nigga get up in my shit,” she told her.

            “Hey you two calm the hell down and---”

            “Can I get you ladies something to drink?” A mildly attractive waitress asked.

            “Long Island ice tea,” Lace responded.

            “Sex on the Beach,” I answered.

            “Gimme a Hennessy and coke, and a shot on the side,” Tish told her.

            Within minutes brothers was popping over to our table asking for a dance. Lace and I accepted from these two decent looking guys and went to shake our butts on the dance floor. Tish stayed to watch our drinks.

The guy that I was shaking my groove thing with was nice looking, but as he tried to get his mack on, I wasn’t feeling anything so I ignored his advances as much as possible. When I looked over towards Lace, she was grinding up against her dance partner like they were two stones and between them was a bunch of corn they were trying to turn into cornmeal. I really had to talk to Nicky about her little sister. Lace was starting to remind me of her older sister’s wilding out ways back in the day, and that wasn’t good.

Lace at eighteen was three years younger than me and Tish, who and actually share the same birthday month, June. Nicky was the oldest by a year. Like I said before, Nicky, Tish and I practically grew up together. We attended the same after school program when we were younger until we were old enough to stay home.

Back then we all lived in the Huntington complex, which was located in the Randallstown area. Tish lived in the same building as me. Nicky and her sister lived in the building next door. Our school offered a low-cost after care program as an alternative to being latch key kids. The program was held in the basement of the neighborhood church, which was located at the end of the block a few doors down from the school. All the parents had to contribute was fifty dollars a month to help with the cost of art supplies, monthly trips and snacks. It was corny as hell staying with those old church folks but we would make our own fun.

After we got our eat on and our homework done we would separate ourselves from the group and have our own kind of fun. At the time it was only the three of us, cause Lace was only eight and preferred spending her time riding the bikes or playing on the swing with the other little kids. Tish and I were eleven and Nicky was twelve.

Even at that young age Nicky was a horny little bitch. She would love to tell me and Tish about how she could make herself feel good by rubbing herself for a long time between her legs. She would always try to get the attention of the older boys who would hang out at the building across the street from the church.

            This one time she convinced me and Tish to sneak away from the group when the grown ups weren’t looking. There was this small hole that only a little kid could squeeze through where the fence ended at the bushes. We took off giggling on our little adventure. We decided to put together our pocket change and get some candy from the store. In the county there were no corner stores like in the city. The ‘store’ was actually located inside the apartment of this lady, Ms Herman.

She had set up in her living room to sell her stuff. You would go to her window, which was located on the first floor. She had it opened halfway to collect money and pass people their items. The other side that remained closed was a display of the items she sold. There were an array of candy bars, chips, cookies, cakes and juices and soda. On the down low it was known that you could buy weed there, too.

Between the three of us we had a total of two dollars and forty-five cents. Nicky decided that she was the fastest runner among us, so she would sneak across the street and get our goodies. We knew that her fast tail just wanted to be up in the boys faces that were hanging over there. Beside, neither Tish nor I wanted to get caught so we let her.

            Within a few minutes she came running back towards up with a big ass plastic bag. Tish and I looked at each other, both thinking the same thing.  The money we gave her wasn’t enough to buy all that stuff she was carrying. We were hiding in the bushes and just as we were getting ready to reveal ourselves we saw this older guy come running up behind Nicky.

Tish and I looked at each other wondering if he was going to try and hurt Nicky, and what should we do if it came to that. We knew we were not supposed to be outside the church ground. Shit! I was getting scared as hell and reached over to grab Tish’s hand. Before we knew it he ran up to Nicky, and grabbed her from behind. The both of them fell to the ground.

            “We have to go get help,” I whispered to Tish trying to get to my feet. All four of us were hidden by the tall bushes, and trees in the area and no one could see us unless they were trying to find us.

            “Wait,” Tish said pulling me back down and out of sight of the two tumbling on the ground.

            I looked to where she was pointing and instead of seeing a crying and very upset Nicky, my eyes were surprise to see our girl laughing and grabbing on the strange boy.

            “So, girl why you wanted me to follow you over here, huh?” he asked Nicky rolling off of her.

            “I wanted to thank you for getting me all those goodies.” Boldly and without hesitation she reach her hand over and caress his crotch into an instant bulge.

            “So, it’s like that huh? You wanted to play baby?” he asked watching her hand moved back and forth across his bulge.

            “That’s why I wanted you to come with me,” she answered bravely.

“How bout I play with you first?” he asked.

            Before she could answer he had quickly moved his head down to between her legs, pushed up her skirt, pulled her panties aside and was lapping between her legs like a hungry cat with a bowl of milk. Both Tish and I were enthralled as we watch this unknown boy eating the shit out of our friend’s coochie.

Nicky laid on the ground withering as if in pain, except for the big ass smile plaster across her face. At one point, I could have sworn she looked our way and winked. That shit was unreal. As soon as he was done eating her, they switched position and she had his cock in her mouth doing all the moves we saw when we would sneak into Tish’s older brother room and watch his porn tapes.

Pretty soon homeboy was talking in tongue. They stayed on the ground for a few more minutes whispering and giggling. He then got up, fixed his pants and began walking back the way he came. As soon as he was out of sight, me and Tish came running out the bushes.

            “Oh my God Nicky, you is a nasty bitch. I can’t believe you had his shit in your mouth!” exclaimed Tish.

            “Girl please, like his was the first dick I ever sucked. But did ya'll see the way he ate the hell out of my kitty cat. That nigga’s tongue was the bomb. Beside, look what he gave me.” She opened her fist and revealed two joints, a twenty dollar bill and a piece of paper with his pager number.

            I was still speechless with all I had seen. I didn’t refuse when Nicky lit up one of the joint’s, took a puff and began to pass it around. After the first joint was done we got our eat on. The bag was filled with three ham and cheese sandwiches, three bags of chips, two snicker bars and a bag of M&M and three bottles of soda.

We ate all that shit up in that very sitting. By the time we made our way back to the rest of the group we got in trouble for disappearing for so long. We lost our playtime for the next day. We didn’t give a damn though we had a good ole time.

To this very day I was still embarrassed to tell anyone how much watching the two of them going at it turned me the fuck on. That, at night when I was alone in bed I would play with myself imagining that it was my thing getting all that good tongue treatment. That was the kind of shit we did back in the day and no one could tell us shit.

Until the age of fourteen, when Nicky got pregnant by this dude Ty and that’s when the party came to a fast halt. She didn’t keep the kid though, but she was so young that her parents had to sign for her to get the abortion. I just didn’t want to see her sister suffer the same faith

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceived, August 25, 2009
By LOCKSIE "ARC Book Club Inc" (ARCBOOKCLUBINC.com) - See all my reviews
   

Sometimes we're missing something or someone from our lives that we think we need because everyone else has one. We think about it, dream about it and are excited when we can finally say YES we have one of our own. But what a devastating shock to our emotional mind when what was supposed to be happy ever after turns your life into a living nightmare! And what's even worse is your best friends who are supposed to be a source of support are busy using you behind your back and keeping secrets. 

The main character Sage Churchill has plenty of emotions going on when she finds out that the mother that's supposed to be dead is alive and kicking living in her native Jamaica W.I. Confusion then gets added to the mix causing the police to show up ather door to arrest her!! 

Open this latest novel from author Marlene and discover a tale that will have you shaking your head wondering how people can live with themselves after knowingly deceiving you. 

An enjoyable story where the author shows her talent for bringing a story full circle. 

Locksie 
ARC Book Club Inc. 
Star Rating 4.5 

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5.0 out of 5 stars A banger for sure!, August 5, 2009
By M. T. Pope (Baltimore, Md) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   

Oh my Goodness. Island Beauty was a magnificant read. I read this book in I and half days and couldn't put it down. I read it at work, in the bed and on the bus until i was finished. The characters in this book just stand out on their own. The story flowed with realism and emotion. I was immediately drawn into the characters lives as if i was a family member watching the drama unfold. It was so good i didn't want it to end. Marlene you push out another classic and I will definately be pushing this work of art. Thanks for the good read and keep up the good work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Island Beauty, August 2, 2009

Sage Churchill is her father's pride and joy. Being an only child, Donovan Churchill showered his baby girl with plenty of love and affection to make up for not having a mother figure in her life. Life for Sage is wonderful until her dad drops a bomb about her mother that might change her view of daddy dearest. The question is, will she venture to Jamaica to meet the mother she never known and get the answers she been searching for? 

Sage has been friends with Tish, Nicky, and Lace since they were knee high. Their friendship seems to take a turn when mishaps and mayhem interfere landing at Sage's doorstep. Tish is having mad issues with her undercover lover and is very hesitant on revealing her companion's identity knowing the havoc it will cause amongst the friends. Nicky is living lavishly and dangerously; she is caught up in thedrug game. Lace will do any and everything to make herself happy, but at what cost?
Will the ladies' friendship survive all the drama? 

"Island Beauty" was a quick read. It had a very interesting story line that was enjoyable. I really love the father/daughter relationship between Sage and Mr. Churchill. It showed that a man can step up to the plate and take care of his responsibilities. 



Reviewed by: Tange 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Lies..., July 30, 2009

Growing up without a mother in your life is never easy regardless how loving and supportive your father may be. Sage Churchill knows this all too well and after twenty odd years of believing her mother departed this earth, she is confronted with one hell of a shock at her father's sick bed. Not only is her mother alive and well in Jamaica, WI, but apparently she voluntarily abandoned Sage. Unable to understand the many years of deceit, Sage travels to Jamaica to confront her mother and learn the truth...and this is where the drama begins... 

Sage's BFF Nicky joins Sage on her many trips to Jamaica however...she has concocted an ulterior motive that threatens to tear their friendship apart. Nicky's sister has an unsuspecting new love in her life that is sure to shake things up. Tish, the fourth musketeer in this circle of friends has been hiding something - but as we all know, whats done in the dark will eventually come to light. 

Once again Marlene has penned an excellent story that will leave you shaking your head like "She did what?" The way the action unfolds is very unsuspecting and realand the descriptive details of how things are on the island made me feel as though I
got a free mini-tour. Island Beauty is an EXCELLENT summer read that is sure to leave you satisfied at its completion. 

English 
ARC Book Club Inc. 
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars 

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4.0 out of 5 stars D-R-A-M-A, July 29, 2009
By Ms Toni "Avid Reader" (Midwest - USA) - See all my reviews
   

Sage Churchill lost her mother to a tragic accident when she was just an infant. But her father more than made up for the loss by doting over and spoiling his only child. Even so, Sage couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to have a mother. It isn't until her father lands in the hospital that she learns the story that her father told her was just that - a story - and that her mother is in fact still alive. Sage is torn. Should she search for her long lost mother or leave well enough alone? 

Adding to Sage's emotional struggles are her best friends, Nicky and Tish, and their drama. Nicky's lifestyle as wifey to a notorious drug dealer hits a little too close to home. And Tish is involved in an explosive relationship with a lover whose identity she keeps secret. 

As with "Baby's Daddies" and "Making It On My Own," Marlene is at her best when she is able to play off a strong heroine facing emotional struggles. She deftly mixes Sage's own weaknesses with her strengths to create an emotionally and dramadriven novel. 

Marlene has put together an engaging account for readers while painting a vivid portrait of Jamaica as a backdrop. "Island Beauty" is well-written, well-plotted and contains characters that grab our interest. It's a good read. 

Also recommend: 
Babies' Daddies 
Making It on My Own

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“ISLAND BEAUTY is the best piece Marlene have ever written. She have really matured as a writer. I think it would even make a good movie. There is great suspense and conflict. Marlene shows life and how it really is, even when we think we have good friendships, life can throw us a curve ball. I really enjoyed reading her story it was great, the tone was good and it was exciting. Keep up the good work!”

 
Gidorah Matthews Author Of: 
Methuselah's Rainbow 
The Secret Exposed: What Every Christian Should Know 

 

 

 

 

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