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Book reviews

Two Poweful books…

The a Peacemaker and Peace on That : The Peacemaker IIimage

written by T. L. Criswell

A YA Must Read⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By YA Librarian – January 10, 2013
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Criswells’ literary debut is the best young adult offering of the decade! This writer takes us through the emotional progression of young Jayson Jackson as he emerges from juvenile delinquency to societal responsibility delivering a tumultuous hard knock that propelled the transition. This book is will bring you to tears as you share with Jayson the passions of the guilt that will forever be a part of his life. Kudos to Criswell for such an thought provoking contribution to our young readers!

24 Hour Read⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By Bookworm1011 – August 8, 2012
The PEACEmaker is a must read. I could not put this book down once I started reading. This book was created for people in all walks of life, mothers, fathers, teachers, preachers and most of all young adults. Although the main character, Jayson Jackson is fictional in the book, he is real in so many families. This was a reminder that we cannot let the streets control us or our families, we have self control regardless of the situation. T.L. Criswell is clearly a talented new author with refreshing ideals and I cannot wait to see the next project.

Must Read !!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ByDbrinkon May 31, 2016
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This book exceeded my expectations . The book was so good I literally read it in one night. T.L. Criswell captured me from the beginning to the end. She left me wanting more. Looking forward to reading more of her books.

I really enjoyed reading this novel⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ByAmazon Customeron April 7, 2016
I really enjoyed reading this novel. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read future novels.

ByJ Paul Ghettoon March 30, 2016⭐️⭐️⭐️
The novella The Peacemaker by neophyte TL Criswell is a compelling story about the disease that will ultimately destroy American society: the unraveling of the nuclear family.

Beautifully written and heartwrenching!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ByDenise DeHosseon January 24, 2016
I received this special gift from the author herself as a Christmas gift for her lucky mail lady. It is truly a heartwrenching story. Tiffany has certainly found a true talent for story-telling. Can’t wait to read the sequel! A true must-read! Thank you again for the wonderful gift! Your family is truly blessed to have your unconditional love.
ByAlvin D.on December 29, 2015 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Excellent read!!! T.L. Criswell is able to keep the reader equally intrigued with each character. A series of events with a very intense reality, the author leaves no room for disappointment in her ability to vividly place readers in the reality of her storytelling.

An excellent read for anyone who can relate to being a teenager (especially male), parent, grandparent, friend, uncle, etc., as all of these individuals were impacted in this story.

A wake up call for all⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ByTammy Burnetton September 28, 2015
The first time I read T. L. Criswell book I thought what a beautiful tale that captured the lives of our intercity youth. T. L. Criswell doesn’t hold any punches, her words strikes my heart like a beating drum. The main character, “Shorty” could be the boy next door, a classmate, or a friend, but one thing is for certain Shorty is alive. His character explores off the pages like a rocket. My son, nephew, and brother are all mirror images of “Shorty” in some kind of way. This book will awake you. Each chapter will inform you of why it is so important to mentally and physically be there for your child, because the streets are ready to welcome your child in its arms. Reading this book I could truly say that Shorty could be anybody. Just fill in the blank…. My question to you is, “What is your child’s name?”


 I’m T.L. Criswell and I am a writer.

For me, being a writer is more than just jotting words down on a piece of paper. It’s being able to craft a memorable story about ordinary people and their sometimes complicated lives.

“Writing is like creating a melody for a song; and every song has a story. Writing is about creating a song for every poem; because every poem has a story.”

The inspiration for my first book “The Peacemaker” came from a poem that I had written in 2007 titled “Stolen Opportunities”.

In this story, we find a young Jayson Jackson sequestered in a cell, he’s hoping to regain his freedom but things aren’t going so well. The judge begins to scold him stating… “Two years is such a small price. You shot your best-friend Michael, and ruined that young man life. The story takes you back to how it all began, his parents never administered discipline; they chose to be his friend.

Stolen Opportunities

I never had the chance,

to be all that I could be.

Opportunities I should have had,

were stolen away from me.

My mother was a hustler

my father was the same.

I was conceived out of lust,

so understand my pain.

No one ever tried

to bring out the best in me.

If I were only shown some love

no telling who or what I’d be.

I was dealt a bad hand

that I was forced to play,

before I reached fifteen

my mom was taken away.

My dad was left to raise me

and it’s hard to understand,

why he never took the time

and teach me how to be a man.

My life was lived so fast

to me this was the norm.

Sometimes I often wonder

Why was I even born?

Because I never had the chance,

to be all that I could be.

Now I’m sitting in this jail cell,

wondering, what will become of me.

So to each and every woman,

who plans to have a child.

Take this snapshot of my life

and think about it for a while.

Jayson has one hour before he learns his fate. Jayson uses that hour to reflect over his past. He is then forced to come to grips that he has to be held accountable for his own actions. So he writes…

Missed Opportunities

I self destructed at every chance

of being all that I could be.

Opportunities that I had

Slipped away from me.

My mother was a hustler;

my father was the same.

I considered myself a victim,

because I needed to shift the blame.

So many people had tried

To bring out the best in me

Had I recognized it was tough love

No telling who or what I’d be.

Then I was dealt a bad hand,

that I was forced to play.

And I hated everyone

when Jackie went away.

My life had changed so fast,

my heart was ripped and torn.

I questioned my existence,

and hated the fact that I was born.

But being locked away,

has helped me to understand,

that by making positive choices

I will become a better man.

So if given a second chance,

to be all that I can be,

I promise to jump every hurdle

that’s thrown in front of me.


Will Jayson’s newfound revelations be enough to convince a judge that he is a changed man?

~TL Criswell