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Invisible Girl: The Suicide Journal by Daphine Glenn Robinson Link up

There are times when a paragraph is too few words and an entire book is too many.  Sometimes, that’s when a short story is appropriate.  I’m not usually a fan of short stories, unless they are compiled into a compendium of some sort. This short story by my friend Daphine Glenn Robinson, made me change my mind.

The story is called Invisible Girl: The Suicide Journal and it is a story for young adults, although it should appeal to everyone.  This short is the real deal.  Although fiction, it’s based on fact. Young Melissa feels lost in her family’s destructive downward spiral and feels like she has no options other than to kill herself.  How many times have children thought about suicide? I don’t know the statistics but I do know that readers can probably relate to Melissa in many ways.

Robinson is the author of many books: Mommy Moments, Too Many Lies, Caring What Other People Think, and Brotherly Love and Betrayal. I think this is her best work yet. I am proud to call Daphine my friend and am prouder that she trusts me to review her work.  I am especially fond of Too Many Lies, because the book contains a character whom I just love to hate: Stanley Thompson. ick (spitting).

Check out her website to see what she’s doing over there.

You can buy The Suicide Journal as well as her books on Amazon.  Still can’t get enough? Follow D (my nickname for her) on Pinterest .

Meanwhile, back over here, some of my friends have also had the pleasure of reading The Suicide Journal. Check out their links below to read their reviews as well!


All fun aside, if you are in a crisis and need help, PLEASE call the USA National Suicide & Crisis Hotline at 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255.  Or talk to a friend or someone you trust.  You’re not in this alone.


Now, go on and READ some of D’s other reviewers!

Blogging Reviews

You’ve read #TheHungerGames now read #TheBloggerGames!

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Yes, it’s true, PammyPam is a Hunger Games junkie; but you knew that already non? Despite my initial radical social commentary between the book and race, found here, I still loved the book and the movie.  Speaking of social commentary, I could speak about feminism and The Hunger Games, but I won’t.


Pumpkin and I decided to revisit The Hunger Games movie and I came away like I’d hoped: pleased.  To be sure, I love to rewatch movies so, this is not a new phenom for me, because each time you watch, you take away something new.  Why else would people still be watching The Wizard of Oz some 80 years later?

So, where was I? Blah blah blah…I came up with The Blogger Games: May the Blogs be EVER in your Favor!

Representing District 12 is PammyPam aka An Unconventional Librarian.  (crowd roars) Her skills? Wearing scarves and finding just the right book for the kiddos.  When she sings “Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car” she can eradicate millions. Gone in the first five minutes, while searching for soy milk for her latte.

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District 11 offers up inspirational blogger and author Daphine Glenn Robinson.  Dangerous Daph, as she’s known on the streets, has a direct line to God and isn’t afraid to use it.  That’s what makes her dangerous, folks. Bet on her for the win.


District 10 also offers up inspiration from the powerful Uneeka aka PowerMommy. Uneeka blogs at Powermommy Nation and can tweet messages so powerful and inspirational that you’ll think you can conquer the world. Looks like we might have an alliance forming between Uneeka and Daphine.  Kill em with kindness is their motto.  Key word: kill em.  She’s one to watch, folks.


District 9 sends the irreverent Liz Henry from The Six Year Itch.  Liz has a brain and is not afraid to use it.  Her rapier wit is almost as sharp as the Bowie knife she keeps in her bra. Not only did Liz volunteer, she knocked out two Peacekeepers running to the stage.  Odds are in her favor.

From District 8 comes the sweet and friendly Steph from Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom.  Friend to all and enemy to none, Steph is also part of the Kill em with Kindness alliance.  The two babies in the photo? Props. Also? She drank the soy milk that caused PammyPam’s demise.


What can we say about District 7?  They send Amy from Lady Readers Bookstuff.  Known to never watch the movie before reading the book, Amy is building a library. She can throw a book like a lethal weapon and you won’t see it coming. Her tattoos keep track of her victims. She’s one to watch.


District 6. Darla DeMorrow from HeartWork Organizing.  She’s a professional organizer so during the games she’ll be sure to alphabetize, organize and schedule everyone’s demise (hey it rhymes).  She may be a mole planted by Seneca Crane.


District 5. Dances La Vida Loca and shakes his bon bon all over the Games. Not favored to win, but so pretty.


District 4 is thrilled to send Rachee.  Pronounced Rah Shay.  They are thrilled to send her because no one understands what she’s saying when she quotes Jack Prelutsky’s TwaddleTuck Talk.  District 4’s tribute hopes to confuse her opponents for the WIN.  And if that doesn’t work, her knitting needles surely will.


Sarah from District 3 blogs at Chester County Mom and Montgomery County moms.  Sarah torments her opponents by filling up their calendars with so many fun family functions (love that alliteration?) that they are too busy to fight; thus leaving them defenseless.


District 2’s tribute is Steph from A Grande Life.  And that’s Grande (pronounced grahnd ey)  as in coffee size.  She’s pint sized and drinks coffee like it’s her job.  She’s the resident photographer so you’ll be sure to see every minute of Blogger Games bloodshed beautifully photographed.


District 1 proudly sends Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books as their Blogger Games tribute.  Jennifer, from Texas, naturally packs a weapon; everyone in Texas does, right? So she’s definitely one you want to have on your team.  Don’t let that smile for you, folks; she’s deadly.


Well there you have it:  Twelve Tributes for the Blogger Games.

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Who would YOU nominate for The Blogger Games?

Adult Fiction Books Challenges Giveaways

Ford 99 Test: #Too Many Lies by @Daphine Glenn Robinson

So here we are at the Ford 99 Test for Too Many Lies. What’s the Ford 99 test? It’s simple really:

  • Open your book to page 99
  • the author will discuss the scene, sort of an inside look at what’s going on

Deidre, having been “burned” for real by her husband, finally had a chance to escape her reality and be up close and personal with her teen idol, LL Cool J. They were dancing the way she imagined star crossed lovers would dance, and just when he was about to go in for the kill and plant those juicy pink lips onto hers, Stanley calls, interrupting her dream.

The record was scratched, just like in the old movies when some out-of-towner waltzes into a saloon.
In her mind she was thinking, do you have to mess up EVERYTHING? Even my dreams? Really? [email protected]$# you, Stanley Thompson!

I wrote this scene to show that even as naïve as Deidre appeared at times, she still fantasized about normal things like finding LL to be a “hunky” man. Stanley made her sick and she didn’t care that she was about to kiss LL in her dream. She may have even thrown herself on him if Stanley had let her dream on. That is why she was so irritated with his conversation, or lack thereof. At this point in the story, the distance had totally disconnected her from her husband.

This is the beginning of the new Deidre.

YAY for new beginnings!  As readers, we are glad that Deidre finally realizes that she needs to get out of her bad marriage.  And of course, we can’t wait to see what happens, although we think we know…

In celebration of Deidre’s new beginning Daphine is offering one lucky reader a SIGNED copy of her latest release!

How do you enter? See below:

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Book Review: Too Many Lies by Daphine Glenn Robinson

Too Many Lies is the latest book by my friend and author Daphine Glenn Robinson.  Robinson’s books are about real people with real problems.  They are appealing on several levels:

  • They are easy to read
  • You feel as if you’ve met these characters before
  • The subject matter is something we can all relate to

The author’s latest foray into story telling includes Stanley and Deidre Thompson.  Stanley is a lying, cheating, dirty dog of a husband and Deidre is his long suffering wife.  Deidre puts up with a lot but after discovering his latest secret, she decides she’s had enough.  Fortunately, Deidre has a strong support network and is able to decide what’s best for her; even though it took her 15 years.  You can’t help but like Deidre because she’s a good woman and while she’s not perfect, she recognizes the difference between right and wrong and has enough confidence in herself and her faith to be able to make good choices.  She’s a good friend, a devoted mother, and a hard working employee; what’s not to like about her?

The most refreshing idea about this book is that the characters in the tale are multicultural, a point that is near and dear to me and this blog.  Many of the characters are obviously African American but their problems are not necessarily specific to a particular race.  Does Robinson obscure the character’s races on purpose to widen the appeal? Not sure.  But the appeal is there, regardless of race.

If you’ve ever attended church or any place of worship, you’re bound to encounter the various types of characters Robinson includes in her books.  Daphine Glenn Robinson’s books are entertaining and uplifting without hitting you on the head with preachy-ness.  Watch out our Tyler Perry; Sister Robinson can tell a story!


I give this book four paws and think this is Robinson’s best work yet!




Check back for an interesting post by the author herself AND a giveaway!

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