Friday, July 13, 2012

$100 Visa Card giveaway and Review of Dark Side of Valor

Book Review of Dark Side of Valor


Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crack houses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born. The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son.  Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel. Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor.

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The Dark Side of Valor Virtual Book Publicity Tour
Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16
Book Review at Books in the Burbs
Tuesday, July 17
Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey  Girl Book Reviews
Thursday, July 19
Interview at Book Marketing Buzz
Friday, July 20
Monday, July 23
Interviewed at Examiner
Tuesday, July 24
Interview at Broowaha
Wednesday, July 25
Interview at Paperback Writer
Thursday, July 26
Friday, July 27
Interview at Between the Pages
Monday, August 6
Interview at Divine Caroline
Tuesday, August 7
Interview at The Book Connection
Wednesday, August 8
Book Review at Words I Write Crazy
Thursday, August 9
Interview at SheWrites
Monday, August 13
Book Review at  Book Review Club
Tuesday, August 14
Book Review at The Story of a Girl
Tuesday, August 21
Book Trailer Feature at If Books Could Talk

Book Review:

            This book was amazing, yet it was also one of the hardest books I’ve ever read.  Leila works getting runaways and such off the streets and into safety because she was once on the streets.  In fact, she almost died because she refused to work for the pimp that ran the street she lived on.  On the day she decided to get help and get out she got caught and was shot and left to die.  The 13 year old child she had been helping and protecting died in her arms from an illness that was the final straw that led her to find help.
            She never let go of that moment.  It haunted her for years.  Even during the biggest trial of her life which involved a fight for her life.  Her life seemed to be one HUGE hurdle after another, but she was strong and a fighter and got her happy ending.

            I have worked with Child Protective Services, specifically in the adoption department and in Foster Family Agency placements (for the harder to place kids).  It’s a hard job.  It tears at your soul.  That was part of what made this so difficult to read.  I’ve seen what she’s seeing and has seen.  The ones you lose are the hardest to deal with because it takes part of you.

            The book is haunting, uplifting, scary, sad, happy, gritty, funny, and hopeful.  It is not an easy read; this is not an easy subject.  However it is definitely work reading.  I highly recommend every adult read it, and any child who is thinking of running away because things at home are bad needs to read it also.  If things are really that bad at home, you have other choices… Please choose something besides the streets.

            I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

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  1. Very important to me! They are the future.

  2. I think it is very important. I know how it is being a teen, its alot of work!

  3. Very much important. Teens are the future!

  4. Very important. The world is becoming increasingly complicated, they need some guidance.