Reviews

Solomon & Sheba

Solomon & Sheba
Craft’s New America Press, October 2012
$0.99 US

Gotta Love this One! – Charles Kanno

I’m a fan of the Holy Bible and a never-miss churchgoer, something that began in my native Honolulu. So you can see when I began to hear about Solomon and Sheba, I looked forward to reading it. I can only say I loved it. As a man who is fond of the plus–size beauty, I found Sheba Solomon, 41, fascinating. She stands up for what she believes in, is a gifted woman who uses those gifts to great advantage. Her relationship with her white televangelist husband, Marty is deftly done and won my heart. I believed in their love and their passion. Both had known grievous losses and they managed to pull thru.

Life hasn’t been easy for Marty Solomon. Whe he was 14, his beloved mother confessed on her deathbed that he may be the son of her Black lover. He fell apart for several years until he finally managed to pull himself up from death’s door and go on to become a pastor and a televangelist like his uncle who mentored him. Now 34, his megachurch is thriving, his marriage is on fire. When Sheba gets pregnant, Marty decides he needs to know his background in case his coming child has an illness that will require it. And so his life takes a turn with painful twists and disappointments. Trouble brews at his church, too, when a powerful deacon hates the modernistic sermons he preaches on sexuality-sensuality, and vows to bring him down. But Marty is determined to persevere. Will he win, or will he lose Sheba and a life they both love? You’ll find out like I did, and I think you’ll read with interest.

Kudos, Ms. Craft!

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Dying on the Edge

Dying on the Edge
Wheatmark, July 15, 2010
ISBN-10: 1604943378

I Loved This Book

When I first started the book I was kind of leery being a New Orleans native I have heard my share of voodoo stories but this was not the entire foundation of the story and I am glad. As much as I want to tell you about this story I don’t want to spoil it for you. I will tell you that the person you think is the killer just may not be. I had about five suspects and they were all wrong. I am a fan of Ms. Craft and I must say that she did not disappoint me with this one even if I thought she did when I first started reading it. Trust me when you get about 50 pages in you are gonna be like what the heck! but keep going. There is a lot going on in this story so fight the urge to skip ahead because if you do you will be confused and will have to go back anyway. I gave the book 5 stars because it did not treat the voodoo aspect in the typical way, also because she kept me guessing. I wish it would have gone a little deeper into some of the characters, but in the end I loved it. – Carla E.

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Love in Bloom

Love in Bloom

Love In Bloom
Kimani Press, January 2007
$5.99 US; ISBN:0373830629

Readers will experience the spectrum of emotions while reading the latest multicultural anthology offering, Love In Bloom, from BET/Arabesque. High school chums Christopher St. John and Maya Williams get reacquainted in “Loves Masquerade” by Francine Craft. Both have suffered in love and now they’re hoping to put aside the pain and look forward toward the possibility of a future together. When Ashleigh Ayers and Austin Carrington first meet in Linda Hudson-Smith’s “Forbidden Fantasy,” brightly lit fireworks blast through the sky. Having admired the football great for as long as she can remember, Ashleigh is floored to find they’re vacationing on the same Caribbean cruise. Millionaire Colin Armstrong meets professor Bethany Porter in Janice Sims’ “Teachers Pet.” Never had Bethany been so attracted to a man as she is with Colin. Yet her strict adherence to the rules could prevent the two from having a truly wonderful relationship. Luckily Bethany has two really caring friends who are determined to see them together. These three authors have banded together to create some excellent reading for the month of January. – T.L. Burton, Romantic Times Book Club

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Dreams of Ecstasy

Dreams of Ecstasy

Dreams of Ecstasy
Kimani Press, May 2005
$6.99 US; ISBN: 1583144498

Fantastic – This book is a keeper! Caitlin Costner is a successful art gallery owner who has suffered too much loss for one person — her twin, husband and infant, all in the same year. What has kept her going is friend and fellow artist Marty Steele. Marty makes no secret that the strong friendship he feels toward Caitlin long ago transformed into much more. How long can she fight her feelings, especially when he tells her he’s in love with her? Caitlin idolized her husband and feels that love can never be duplicated, although she loves Marty with every fiber of her being. The transition between friend and lover is a fierce one in this story. While Caitlin and Marty are careful to protect their cherished relationship, they both experience powerful erotic dreams — and sometimes that power can only be denied for so long. Dreams of Ecstasy is far more than a love story. There is mystery and an air of danger, culminating in an intense conclusion. Craft wonderfully blends together all of these elements. – Romantic Times Book Club Magazine

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Wild Heart

Wild Heart

Wild Heart

Kimani Press, October 2004
$5.99 US; ISBN: 158314448X

Clea Wilde owns the famous Wilde’s Wonderland nightclub. On the edge of a singing career, she is also dating a wealthy record mogul. Then Dr. Bob Redding comes back into her life. Three years ago Bob and Clea were engaged, but she broke up with him, knowing how much his mother hated her because of their different backgrounds. Bob always loved Clea and believes they belong together despite his mother’s objections. But now a murderer is back in the area — the same person who killed Bob’s wife years before — and the killer is threatening Clea. Can they overcome their differences and keep Clea alive? An exciting story filled with sympathetic characters, a touch of spirtual atomsphere and warm relationships make this a touching read. Page Traynor – Romantic Times

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The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything

Kimani Press, March 2004
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583144471

Believing that Byron Tate is instrumental in her husband’s death, Sherrie Pinson has cut all lines. Then Sherrie finds out that her husband was not all he appeared and she rethinks that decision. After an extended trip overseas, Bryon returns with a new lease on life. He’s suffered the loss of both his family and his best best friend in a relatively short period of time, and now he’s convinced that he and Sherrie can help one another heal. … Craft spins an undoubtedly good story. Sherrie and Byron are well-defined characters and lend themselves to an interesting and unique plot. –Romantic Times

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Born to Love You

Born to Love You

Born to Love You
Kimani Press, September 2003
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583143025

If you believe that dreams do not come true take a a pause and enjoy BORN TO LOVE YOU. Detective Lieutenant Danielle Ritchey experiences a vision as she drives home. Sparks fly when she accidentally rear ends the car driven by gospel singer Whit Steele. Even though she has the gift of visions, she has been unable to find the person responsible for your mother’s death. Mayhem and danger, laughter and sorrow, new beginnings and resolutions are components that are deftly woven into this story which gives the reader the opportunity to enter a world of wonderment and enchantment. – P

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Haunted Heart

Haunted Heart

Haunted Heart
Kimani Press, December 2002
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583143017

Psychologist Annice Steele would never have taken the counseling position at Casey’s School for Troubled Youth if she knew beforehand that her ex-fiance was the acting superintendent. Luke Jones had called their nuptials off for no apparent reason-save the secret he’s protecting her from. Now that the two are working together, Luke has it in his heart to pick up from where they left off. HAUNTED HEART starts off strong as Francine Craft weaves a skillfully crafted tale of intrigue. – T.L. Burton, Romantic Times Book Club

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What Matters Most

What Matters Most

What Matters Most
Kimani Press, March 2002
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583141952

WHAT MATTERS MOST is an enjoyable tale with a touch of magic and mystery. This novel was selected as one of the most popular novels at the www.blackexpressions.com. Ashley Steele, fresh out of a nasty marriage and divorce, has a promising career as a gospel singer. When Ashley meets up with horse farmer and long time friend Derrick Quinn, their attraction is immediate. However, similarities in career responsibilities between Ashley and Derrick’s deceased wife, make him reluctant to commit to her. Add in Derrick’s jealous sister-in-law, who believes he rightfully belongs to her. The relationship between Ashley and Derrick is romantic and quite sensual, Ashley and Derrick do finally discover WHAT MATTERS MOST. – Pamella Tullos, Romantic Times Book Club

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Forever Love

Forever Love

Forever Love
Kimani Press, September 2001
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583141944

Radio talk show host Francesca Worth’s life is in danger. Someone has been sending obscene messages to her house and most recently a dead rabbit. For assistance she turns to detective Jonathan Ryson for help. After divorcing her physically abusive husband, Francesca is in no hurry to start any new relationships. However, Jonathan may be just the man to change her mind. Two problems stand in the way of Francesca and Jonathan: the former radio station employee whom Francesca replaced and her ex-husband. Forever Love is an enjoyable read with plenty of intrigue and suspense. – T. L. Burton, Romantic Times Book Club

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Betrayed by Love

Betrayed by Love

Betrayed by Love

Kimani Press, November 2000
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583141529

Maura Blackwell’s beloved grandfather, Papa Isaac, has been diagnosed with operable prostate cancer, they just don’t know how they’re going to pay for it. Along comes Joshua Payne, Maura’s old high school boyfriend, he has the money for Isaac’s surgery, only he wants something in return-a child. Maura and Joshua strike a deal-he pays for Papa Isaac’s surgery, she marries him and has his baby. They will divorce after a year and a half of marriage. Problem is she falls in love with him and he with her…only he fights it tooth and nail. This story is believable and entertaining. – Debbie Sims, Romantic Times Book Club

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Star Crossed

Star Crossed

Star Crossed
Kimani Press, April 2000
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583140999

Journalist Fairen Walker’s losses wouldn’t be wished on anyone. In addition to losing both her parents years ago, a car accident claimed the life of her three-year-old son, and six months later, her sister was murdered. Her sister’s husband, Lance, who has been Fairen’s support system, receives her support when he is tried and later acquitted for the murder of her sister. Two years after the deaths, Lance has come back to Crystal Lake to care for his sick father and passion ignites between him and Fairen. The pair begin looking for Fairen’s sister’s murderer, which exposes them both to some painful truths. Fairen and Lance’s losses make them much more appreciative of the love they have found. It is this love that gives them strength when they encounter a killer. Ms. Craft is a master at storytelling. This book’s numerous subplots leave you just as intrigued as the main storyline. – Chandra Y. Sparks, Romantic Times Book Club

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Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells
Kimani Press, June 1999
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583140166

“Love for a Lifetime,” by Gwynne Forster, is the captivating story of two attorneys, Ginger and Jason, who meet while on vacation in Zimbabwe and fall in love. Yet, too afraid to follow her emotions through to fulfillment, Ginger returns to the states, leaving Jason no way to contact her upon his return. But fate and love have other plans as the two attorneys find themselves in the same courtroom, arguing the same case, and falling deeper in love! “A Love Made in Heaven” is Francine Craft’s heart-tugging story of a woman whose fiancĂ© is unable to walk away from the pain of his first marriage and his wife’s tragic death. As Margo’s wedding day approaches, she wonders if her love can free Ron from his past and give them the triumph of a bright future. “Champagne Wishes” is based on Niqui Stanhope’s May Arabesque release Made for Each Other. Summer Stevens and Gavin Pagne meet in a parking lot in California and end up living together in Jamaica! This exciting novella gives another vignette of Summer and Gavin’s love story. WEDDING BELLS is yet another anthology illustrating the talent, creativity and incomparable style of Arabesque authors. – Cheryl Ferguson, Romantic Times Book Club

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Still in Love

Still in Love

Still in Love
Kimani Press, March 1999
$5.99 US; ISBN: 1583140050

Raine Gibson can’t believe her luck. After the death of her abusive husband, Dan, she’s reunited with her college sweetheart, Jordan, the only man she’s ever loved. With a loving daughter, a passionate man and her paintings selling successfully, life couldn’t be better. But that life begins to unravel-not only does Jordan’s ex-wife arrive, determined to get Jordan back, but Dan returns, claiming to have had amnesia. Raine refuses to be drawn back into their abusive relationship. Dan kidnaps their daughter, Kym, forcing Raine to reveal a shattering truth-Kym is Jordan’s daughter. As Raine and Jordan race against time to save their daughter, they are determined not to give in to Dan. But with Kym’s life hanging in the balance, will Jordan and Raine again have to sacrifice love, this time to save their little girl’s life. – Cheryl Ferguson, Romantic Times Book Club

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Lyrics of Love

Lyrics of Love

Lyrics of Love
Pinnacle Books, July 1998
$5.99 US; ISBN: 0786005319

Gina Campbell is trying to cope with her brother’s death and the break-up of her marriage. The greatest tragedy is that all the evidence points to her husband, Joe as her brother’s killer. Now Joe has arrived on Lyric Island, wanting to reconcile. She knows it’s not in her to hate him and that she’ll love him forever, no matter what he’s done. Taking him back into their home is a different story. Joe is praying Gina will understand why he had to push her away, why he has to let everyone believe he’s the only suspect in her brother’s death. Even as he falls deeper in love with his wife, he realizes he can not afford any distractions-he’s Gina’s only protection in the swirling pool of murder, betrayal and tragedy. Ms. Craft has used her talent to create a lush paradise as the backdrop for a romantic who-dunnit that will keep the reader in delicious anticipation from the first ripple to the last tidal wave of this literary love cruise.

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A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

A Mother’s Love
Pinnacle Books, May 1996
$5.99 US; ISBN: 0786002697

Sarah Mosely returns to her native California, escaping the memories of the death of her only child. Though she has her granddaughter to raise, Sarah opens a country inn, reveling in the endless work until Kurt Rogers, the only man she’s ever loved, the man who deserted her when she became pregnant, forces his way back into her life. Back into her heart. Bette Ford’s “Mama’s Pearl” is a poignant, sensual story showcasing the best qualities of romance: grace, forgiveness and healing. Widow Rose Lily Winslow works hard, in Prohibition New York City, to make a living for herself and her son. Her only solace is her friend and confidant, Grover Ainslie, who now wants to become her husband and lover. Mildred Riley’s “Flowers for Rose Lily” is an uplifting, inspirational romance with a hero and heroine whose passion and verve makes them unforgettable. Misty Haverland is running scared from love and commitment despite the tenderness of her hunk fiance, Trask O’Quinn. Francine Craft’s “Misty’s Mothers” is a lush portrait of three women, motherhood, and the loyal, fantastic men who love them. – Cheryl Ferguson, Romantic Times Book Club

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The Black Pearl

The Black Pearl

The Black Pearl
Pinnacle Books, January 1996
$5.99 US; ISBN: 0786002360

Martin Dominguez has been fascinated with Katherine ever since he spied on her while on shore leave. To keep her from his lecherous shipmates, he marries the beautiful herbalist, knowing he’s been in love with her ever since he saw her frolicking in the woods with her friends. Though forced into marriage with the handsome West Indian stranger, Katherine knows he’s the only man in the world for her. But tragedy, voodoo and Martin’s past threaten the very foundation of their fledgling marriage. – Cheryl Ferguson, Romantic Times Book Club