Book Review: Short Stories: The Autobiography of Columbus Short

Best known for his role as Harrison, alongside @kerrywashington in the ABC prime time drama Scandal, and later our beloved Quadir in the book-to-film “True to the Game”, @officialcshort is very open, honest and candid in this book.

He addressed everything from his childhood to his relationship with his mother (then stepfather), to forming lifelong friendships with the likes of @meagangood, etc. He takes the reader on a journey thru his resume, including choreography for Britney Spears, and his roles in Stomp The Yard and Cadillac Records. Thru his words, I learned about Method acting and how it can become an extended part of your life…if you let it. Racism in Hollywood is also something that was addressed, but somehow, I wasn’t surprised.

If you’re wondering about the tumultuous things that you may have read in the headlines or saw on the blogs, about his addictions and marriages, well then yes…he addresses those, too. What I took away from this is…there’s always a more to the story than what we’re told and, for every action…there is a reaction.

I went into this book knowing nothing, and walked away with a newfound respect for Columbus…the husband, father and man. I recommend this 💎💎💎💎💎book to anyone looking for a good read.

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*Deal of the Day*


Mildred Peacock is fed up with poverty—and with the jealous rampages of her husband, Crook. When Crook runs over her foot with his ’59 Mercury, she finally kicks him out to raise her five kids on her own.

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*Book of the Day*

In keeping with the theme of Domestic Violence Awareness, today’s book is the final installment of the unforgettable series by @brendahampton_1.

Naughty is as naughty always does, and Jaylin Jerome Rogers never disappoints. The aftermath to the Naughty Series picks up nearly three years later, and the tables have clearly turned.

For the first time ever, Nokea has found true love with another man, while Jaylin remains on the outside, wondering how it has come to this. He could never imagine Nokea falling out of love with him, but Dr. Travis L. Cooper has it all from A to Z. He’s perfectly fine with Nokea and Jaylin being just friends, but getting too comfortable may become a setback or a setup for major things to come.

Everyone struggles to stay in their own lane, even Scorpio, who is finally preparing herself to walk down the aisle. Before that can happen, she desires one final night, just one, with the man who continues to hold a grip on her heart. Every woman knows that one night with Jaylin can be a game changer, and as Scorpio predicts, their heated sex session concludes with a bang.

The only person ready to aim and shoot is Scorpio’s man, Mario, whose loyal family has ties to the Mafia. Betrayal isn’t something he’s comfortable with, and with a billionaire status, Mario is forced to keep his eyes on the money and his woman. Scorpio is in way over her head, and unfortunately, so is Nokea, who gets blindsided by a twist that no one sees coming.

If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself or a friend, you can find it in the Domestic Violence Awareness section of Diamond’s Literary World’s Amazon storefront:

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Once again, I’d like to thank @authorsabrinabscales!

Finding love is beautiful.
Being in love is amazing.
Watching love falter is painful.
Losing love forever can be devastating.
I’m Parker Melbourne, and I’ve witnessed love in many stages–both thru the experiences of others, as well as personal experiences of my own. Thru it all, I’ve learned that love, in its purest form, never leaves completely. Even if the lover is no longer among the living, love can survive in spirit and help us to cope. Here’s my story of life lost, and a unique kind of love discovered by a lake when I needed it the most.

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*Book of the Day*

The life of actor/choreographer/musician Columbus Short has been punctuated with trauma that extends well beyond the plot lines of his previous role on the hit series Scandal. Short has lived many lives packed into one-from a family filled with turmoil to tumultuous love affairs and enough scandals of his own. But somewhere in the middle, Short’s realization that there has to be a better way comes into full view. “Short Stories” not only details Columbus Short’s journey from childhood to Hollywood, it shows how even the most checkered of pasts can create a different person with the right amount of will and drive, especially when it comes to fulfilling your true destiny.

If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself or a friend, you can find it in the Biography section of Diamond’s Literary World’s Amazon storefront:

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The Breakdown

The Breakdown: The View 2 (Secrets, Lies and Betrayal) by @authoruntamed

Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to watch the video, subscribing to the channel and telling a friend.

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Thank you @authorsabrinabscales!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
And for all those tragically beautiful reasons, Colandria ‘Cola’ Washington didn’t want anything to do with it!!!
Who needs love when you can feel good without it and avoid all the messy emotions that usually get tossed in the mix? There is much more to life than placing your heart in someone else’s unpredictable hands, and Cola immensely enjoyed the alternative. She toyed with men the way they typically toyed with women, and lived guilt free, reaping the benefits of not being tied down. But like a thief in the night, love would eventually find it’s way down her block, hoping she’d be wise enough to finally embrace it.
There is no substitute for the undeniable feeling that envelopes your soul when you find true love. Let’s see if this is true for Ms. Cola Washington’s feelings, or if she’ll find contentment living with no love.

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*Happy Release Day*

Congratulations @authortstyles!

Be careful what you wish for never rang truer…

After years of plotting, Mason Louisville finally has what he always wanted. Upon selling Blaire Petit into believing that she was his wife post her brain injury, he expects things to be smooth. But the more Blaire becomes accustomed to their lives together, the more she starts to feel like something is wrong.

In walks Jersey Louisville, whose sole purpose is to make Mason’s life a living hell while also seducing Blaire into remembering her life as Banks. She uses one weapon to reach her goal, her body.

As Blaire and Mason’s worlds begin to unravel, it soon becomes clear that the twins, Ace and Walid, are also bringing the drama inside the Louisville Estate.

Unlearn all you think you know about your favorite characters and prepare for a hell of a twist.

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*Book of the Day*

In keeping with the theme of Domestic Violence Awareness, today’s book comes from my brother from another mother @novelistblacctopp.

Forced to murder his own father but, hailed as a savior by his brothers Julius Gage has a tough row to hoe. He’s been thrust into an adult world that he’s ill prepared for and all that matters is keeping his family together. With no adults in the picture the state of Arkansas is all too willing to separate the brothers. Julius has no choice but, to steal his younger brothers away from the state and reunite his family. Their only hope is to find their older brother Otis Gage in hopes that he and he alone can fix what’s been broken.
The Gage brothers travel to the mean streets of Detroit, Michigan in an attempt to not only escape the demons of rural Arkansas but, to also start anew. None of the brothers are prepared for the dog eat dog world of crime, sex, drugs and mayhem that they are about to encounter. Lost love, hatred, greed and an utter hunger for the finer things fuel the Gage brothers and in fact threatens to tear the already fragile family apart. A chance encounter with a new friend thrusts them into a business that they’re very proficient at but, that could unravel all of their hopes and dreams. Can they weather a storm that’s been brewing for years or will the love of money destroy a legacy that Julius Gage is fighting tooth and nail to establish? Their journey unmasks an abusive past, the misuse of power and the disintegration of an American family.
Redemption usually begins with the soul’s commitment to withstand evil and it’s easier said than done. Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?
The only question that has everyone puzzled is: Do the Gage’s kill for the pleasure or is it all for the money?

If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself or a friend, you can find it in the Blacc Topp section of Diamond’s Literary World Amazon storefront:

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*Deal of the Day*

Help @the_tymarshall_era celebrate his birthday by purchasing his book…limited time only!

Meet King Dayvid, the most feared man in the city of Baltimore. After years of terrorizing the streets through murder, armed robbery and extortion and frustrating every law enforcement agency in and around the state of Maryland. Dayvid is on the verge of accomplishing what so many before him had failed to do…retire on his own terms. But as with most things in the life, nothing goes as planned, when ATF raids the safe house following his final heist.
Locked away in the Solitary Housing Unit of a federal prison and facing the death penalty. Dayvid is offered a second chance from an unlikely ally. Returning to Baltimore, he discovers that his woman and his money have gone missing. In his search to recover them both, Dayvid learns the old adage that, No man can serve two masters, when he is forced to choose between love and money.

Follow Dayvid’s journey to a fresh start in this fast paced, action packed, gangster love story.

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