Black Diamonds

About the Book by Vogue

Cover ArtWithin the last year, acclaimed fashion designer, Carmen Davenport, has witnessed the ups and downs of being romantically linked to one of New York’s most prominent men. On the heel of her engagement to Jay Santiago, a Puerto Rican businessman, she learns her oldest daughter has been kidnapped. A direct result of an ongoing war between her fiancé and a disgruntled drug kingpin, Carmen becomes determined to put an official end to the conflict. She sets out to track down her daughter only to be met with unforeseen obstacles. A criminal investigation, led by her soon-to-be ex-husband, Michael Kane, leaves her fiancé behind bars. Due to Jay’s incarceration, Carmen is placed in the care of his estranged cousin, Gully. He constantly reminds Carmen of the price of fame, ultimately forcing her to take matters in her own hands. Determined to bring her daughter to safety, she takes a no holds barred approach to ensure her daughter’s return.

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“So you want me to accept the fact that my daughter has been kidnapped?”

Carmen looked over at Kane and shook her head. “I don’t even want to accept that. I most definitely wouldn’t tell you, too. All I know is what I’ve told you already. I guess we’re going to have to wait and see what the detective says. He probably knows more since they’ve been running tests.” Carmen bit her lip out of fear only because she knew she was withholding information from Kane. She was wrong in not telling him that Kristian’s kidnapping was a result of the beef between Jay and Blu, but she knew if she did, Kane would demand they return to Malik’s house. He would shoot Jay dead, Carmen thought. Humph, like I don’t want to do the same. The only thing stopping me is the fact that I’m in love with him.

“Kristian never mentioned anything to me about having a problem with someone. She didn’t say…” Kane paused as he made a right turn, starting to remember a conversation he shared with his daughter. Shortly after Carmen announced she wanted to separate, he had come home to remove his items from their bedroom. Kristian had tried to talk to him about someone who was bothering her, but he had pushed her away. Now, she was gone and the only thing he had left was her cell phone and purse, which were miles away in Georgia.

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Our Review

Author Vogue / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 248 Pages

This book is very different from what I consider a detective novel. It’s described as crime/detective and not a mystery novel. Yes, there is a crime. Yes, there are law enforcement characters. Carmen’s ex is an agent. But it doesn’t have the feel of a normal detective novel. When trying to put my finger on it, I would have to say that the main focus of the story isn’t solving the crime. Saving the daughter is somehow the backdrop to the story instead of the main focus. It seems to be more about the drama of the main characters. Somehow the line of good characters / bad characters is blurred so far, I don’t know how you can even tell who to root for.

All the characters are angry. Carmen’s ex, Michael Kane, is angry about the divorce. Carmen’s angry at her fiancé for the predicament her daughter is in. Jay, the fiancé, is angry at Kane, for trying to get Carmen back and for trying to get him in trouble with the law. Jay and his grown son are so mad at each other, guns are drawn. And there is a feud between Jay and some business competition. You would think with a loved one in danger, they would all put aside their differences long enough to save her. But that would be a ‘nope,’ let’s sabotage each other at every turn.

There is quite a bit of harsh language included. I believe I saw the phrase street lit mentioned. So the dialogue is meant to match the culture and occupations of the characters. This ‘street lit’ may be a sub-genre that I hadn’t encountered before. This is book four of the series. You don’t have to have read the others to enjoy this one.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Vogue’s journey through the world of creative writing first began in middle school with poetry and songwriting. While the mix of rhythm and words was the initial passage to self-expression, it was the discovery of prose that opened the door to a world of endless possibilities. An avid reader of Urban Fiction, Vogue felt the need to create literary works that had an equal balance of street lit, drama, romance, and faith-based undertones.

Vogues's PhotoA graduate of Winthrop University (Rock Hill, S.C.), possessing a bachelor’s degree in social work, Vogue, first birthed the idea of The Diamond Collection in the halls of her alma mater. In 2003, she put pen to paper and thus was created, Diamonds In The Rough, part one of The Diamond Collection series.

By 2010, Vogue had written drafts of the entire ten book series and in June of 2010, Diamonds In The Rough, was published for her to share with the rest of the world. Soon followed by Diamonds Are Forever in October of 2010 and The Ace of Diamonds in February of 2013, Vogue joined the league of other writers, determined to make her mark in the literary world.

Still writing, Vogue released the fourth book in the series, Black Diamonds, on July 4, 2015. She is currently working on Diamonds N’ Roses, the fifth installment of the series.


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17 Responses to Black Diamonds

  1. Thank you for hosting and providing a review of the book. I will be checking in periodically throughout the day to engage with readers, writers, etc. A question I would love to pose to everyone is what do you intend to get out of review? You can address this from a perspective of a reader or writer.

  2. Mai T.

    Do you consider yourself a confident or an anxious writer?

    • I consider myself as both but at two different times. When I’m in the beginning stages of a book, I’m anxious, because I have so many ideas but not all of them will fare well with readers. Once the book is edited and polished, I’m confident, which encourages me to move on to the next

  3. Becky Richardson

    Sounds like a great read.

  4. Rita Wray

    I liked the excerpt.

  5. momjane

    Interesting review and the excerpt was excellent.

  6. Victoria

    Thanks for sharing your review, I didn’t even know there was a genre called “street-lit” – I’m going to have to check this out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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