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This Can't be Life
by Shakara Cannon   

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Publisher:  Infinite Source Publishing ISBN-10:  0983574804 Type: 


Copyright:  December 1, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780983574804

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Shakara Cannon

When Simone Johnson's repressed childhood memories surface through recurring nightmares, family secrets are uncovered explaining the distant relationship she has with her mother. Without her 2 best friends and a man that shows her that she can indeed love, she would have decided that life wasn't worth living. But when life seems to finally make sense, a tragic event takes Simone into an abyss of darkness that she may not find her way out of.

“This can’t be life…at least not a life worth living, I thought, as I moved my aching limbs. I’d been in bed for days in immeasurable pain from a broken heart. I was literally past my breaking point and done with this life. How do you keep living when your best friend is brutally murdered and the love of your life may be responsible? Lying in the dark with nowhere to hide from my thoughts and emotions, I felt alone, betrayed, deceived, hoodwinked, bamboozled, and lead astray! I needed to release the pain by any means necessary.”

Simone, Stacey, and Talise are your typical best friends navigating life. They brush shoulders with entertainment s elite and experience great successes.

Simone is living an extravagant lifestyle, which some may say has come to her easily. She doesn't trust men and is willing to remain guarded to protect herself. Even though star NBA player, Deon Bradford-a good guy, looking for a woman to love him for him-has her in his sights, and is making every effort to bring down her guard, Simone remains distrustful. She feels that she can do without a man's love, until an unsuspecting man comes into her life and shows her what true love is really like, but is he who he portrays himself to be or will Deon win her heart?

Talise is the romantic, who dreams of a marriage just like her parents. When she meets a man that she knows is her soul-mate, but later finds out that they stand on opposite sides of religion, will this be a deal breaker?

Stacey is the brother, the shoulder, and the comic relief, but when Stacey falls in love, he falls hard. Will his need to give into his heart cost him the ultimate price?

Once the secrets start tumbling out of the closets and no door is able to contain them, who do you turn to when your reality feels like a dream and you are sure that this can t be life?


The Days After

This can’t be life… at least not a life worth living, I thought as I moved my aching limbs. I’d been in bed for days in immeasurable pain from a broken heart. I was literally past my breaking point and done with this life.
Lying in the dark with nowhere to hide from my thoughts and emotions, I felt alone, betrayed, deceived, hoodwinked, bamboozled, and lead astray! I needed to release the pain by any means necessary.
I tumbled out of my bed and my knees landed on the hardwood floor with a thud. So accustomed to the darkness, I let it lead the way as I crawled toward the bathroom. I was convinced after less than four hours of sleep over the last three days that death had to be better than this. For the first time in weeks I felt grateful… grateful that I had a practically full bottle of Xanax in my medicine cabinet.
Once my knees hit the cold marble floor I knew I’d reached my destination. I grabbed the cool, slick granite counter top and pulled myself to my feet. On shaky legs, I felt for the only prescription bottle that I knew to be in my medicine cabinet. I pulled it out and opened it with the minute bit of strength I had left. Popping two pills at a time and chasing them with water from the faucet, the bottle was empty and the contents were in my stomach before I could even contemplate my actions. With every labored step that I took to get back to my bed, I prayed for forgiveness and hoped that I’d soon be out of this body and free from this misery and pain.

Professional Reviews

Page Turner (5 Star Review)
I absolutely loved this book I am a very big reader of black authors and I have read many of them. This book reminds me of Tracy Brown's writing and I mean that with the upmost respect. I will certainly read every other book Shakara Cannon puts out. The book was funny,sad,realistic,sexy,seductive and so much more. This young lady is one to certainly watch out for. I love how she described each character and allowed you to really be pulled into their world. I am a stylist and salon owner so some of the things were very relatable. I couldn't read my Kindle fast enough. I can't wait for the sequel coming out in July 2012. I highly recommend this book I can add her to the list of some of my favorite authors Mary B Morrison,Carl Weber,Kimberla Lawson Roby,Tracy Brown,Traci Howard, Connie Briscoe,Trisha Thomas just to name a few. Go out and get this book everyone you will not be disappointed!

Excellent book to have in your collection...(5 Star Review)
I am the type of person that looks for a book to grab me within the first few chapters. I was excited to see that Amazon allows you to read a sample of certain books,once I did that I was hooked. I could not put this book down. From beginning to end it took you through all kinds of emotions allowing you to really relate with the characters. This book was well written and I look forward to reading more books from Shakara Cannon.....

Great Read!!! (5 Star Review)
This book was so intersting. All the characters had depth, it felt like I knew all of them. I really enjoyed the way Cannon dealt with friendship, relationships, and family dynamics. This book should be a movie. It was vividly written and well done. I am looking forward to the sequel. This contemporary romance was so real on so many levels. The use of Los Angeles as another character in the story was done excellently. A must read.

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