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The Lord and the Scorpion (Shiree McCaver)

Ethan Clare is a loyal subject of Queen Elizabeth I. While he is loyal he doesn’t like the Queen’s interference in his life. He has already lost one wife to childbirth and now the Queen has set up his marriage to another woman, when she comes of age.

While at Hampton Court Palace to celebrate the Queen’s birthday he sees, and falls for, a Moor, a servant who cares for Lady Frances, the child of Sir Francis Walsingham, the Queen’s most trusted advisor.

Sauda Mauri, a Moor, is a trained assassin. In addition to being Walsingham’s daughter’s caretaker she is working with Walsingham to eliminate the Knights of Darkness, a group of nobles bent on assassinating Queen Elizabeth and putting a Catholic on the throne.

While at Hampton Court Sauda is injured while saving the Queen’s life. At Walsingham’s insistence Ethan nurses her back to health. Then Sauda and Lady Frances travel to the Clara’s home, as Frances is to be trained as a lady-in-waiting by Ethan’s mother. And Sauda is continuing to search for the leader of the Knights of Darkness.

Rich in detail and history The Lord and the Scorpion by Shiree McCarver is a fantastic read. Ms. McCarver has created a story that captivated me from the first page and held me until the last. I loved the fact that Sauda was such a strong woman in Queen Elizabeth 1’s England. I was also entranced by Ethan’s love for her and his willingness to show that love.

I truly enjoy this book, and would recommend it to anyone into Black women White men romance.  

J POP LOVE SONG

African American Charlene Alfred, a 41-year-old writer is about to have her first best selling novel Blu’s Diary turned into an internationally released miniseries which features a jaded Japanese rock star that has hit rock bottom. Her manager gives her an ultimatum: use the Japanese lead actor of their choice or forget the project. When 24-year-old Japanese pop sensation known as Kane hears that the writer he’s always admired, strongly believe he’s too young for the crucial role, he makes it his mission to change her mind; only to find that there is a connection between him and this woman that defies all reasoning and logic. The building of emotions and passions between these two characters keeps you almost breathless as you journey to the beautifully exotic city of Tokyo, mixed with new technology and old traditions. Come and experience this amazing love story that will put two careers in jeopardy and two lives in danger as possessiveness, buried secrets, and lies, are exposed. Will love be enough to fight the ghosts of the past?

I am extremely excited about reading Shiree Mcaver’s work. This book will not leave my hands until I devour it hahaha.

Black History Month

African-American Women Inventors of the Early 20th Century

Socially significant personal care items

In
1898, Ms. Lyda D. Newman patented the first hairbrush with synthetic
bristles. Soon thereafter, two other African-American inventors
revolutionized hair-care and created an industry. These women were
Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, known as "Madame C.J. Walker," and
Marjorie Joyner.

Madame Walker (1867-1919) was a St. Louis washerwoman turned
entrepreneur, who in 1905 invented a method to soften and smooth black
women’s hair using hot combs, curlers, and pomades—instead of a hot
flat-iron. To market the system, Walker’s "hair culturists" sold her
products door to door, but also made hair-treatment housecalls. "The
Walker Way" spread throughout the U.S.; but Walker’s greatest coup came
on a trip to Paris, when Josephine Baker, perhaps the most popular
singer of the ’20s, adopted Walker’s method and started an
international fad. Walker died (aged 52) a millionaire, philanthropist,
and employer of three thousand [this a year before women got the
vote!].

Marjorie Joyner (1896-??) began to work for Walker’s company in Chicago
in the mid 1920s. Frustrated, because only a day after her treatment
every client "looked like an accident going someplace to happen,"
Joyner invented the permanent wave machine (patent #1,693,515 – Nov.
27, 1928). This was a dome-shaped device that applied electrical
current to pressed and clamped one-inch sections of hair, creating a
hairdo that would last a considerable time.

Joyner herself "never got a penny. . .but that’s OK" from her
invention, but later became Director of Walker’s nationwide chain of
beauty schools, and co-founded the United Beauty School Owners and
Teachers Association (1945). With their "Pay While You Learn" policy,
these schools have provided an accessible and profitable career for
thousands of African-Americans.

Others followed in Walker’s and Joyner’s footsteps, founding
beauty schools for blacks all over the U.S. . Jessie T. Pope of Detroit
invented the thermostatically controlled curling iron; patented it with
help from Eleanor Roosevelt (1946); and founded a company to
manufacture it (1958).

Walker’s and Joyner’s ultimate purpose was to improve
African-Americans’ appearance, confidence, and job prospects. It is
true that all Beauty Culture is somewhat artificial and arbitrary; but
it is also a fact that everyone then and now (especially employers) has
certain expectations. As Joyner put it, "a good personal appearance
helps people get and hold jobs. . . People need to make their own
opportunities, and appearance is important." Thus it is no exaggeration
to say that these women’s inventiveness and entrepreneurship have
provided significant social and professional benefits to
African-Americans. "Not for me, but for my race!" were Madame Walker’s
last words.