Reading List for Women of Color Book Club
December 2016 — Selection
Millionaire Wives Club: A Novel
by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
One World/Ballantine (Nov 10, 2009)
List Price: $15.00 Format: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Synopsis: In Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker’s steamiest novel yet, we meet the four deliciously dramatic, designer-clad divas from prime time’s new hit reality show, The Millionaire Wives Club.
Evan: Married to a pro-football star who isn’t in love with her anymore, Evan is digging her freshly manicured nails in ever deeper as she fights to keep the husband who loves someone else.
Milan: Half Dominican, half black, and beautifully exotic-looking, Milan is watching her has-been husband’s fortune fade fast while her romantic attachment to Evan’s husband is heating up.
Jaise: Divorced from a former boxing star who’s now married to a white woman, Jaise is trying to raise her sixteen-year-old son on her own. Will her huge alimony checks keep her from falling in love?
Chaunci: Editor of the hottest black women’s magazine, Chaunci is now engaged to the high-powered man who helped finance her magazine when she was just a struggling single mom. But when a onetime passionate flame reignites, Chaunci may not be able to resist its charms.
When these starlets private lives run as wild as their emotions, their relationships with one another inevitably turn into high-profile catfights. Through it all, the cameras never stop rolling on TV’s guiltiest pleasure, where power and diamonds are always a girl’s best friend.
September 2016 — Selection
That Devil’s No Friend Of Mine
by J.D. Mason
Palgrave Macmillan (Mar 17, 2009)
List Price: $23.95 Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 352
When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds. He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved. His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . . His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free. His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine. His prot g , Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about. Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him. And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged. And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down. Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.
July 2016 — Selection
Stand Your Ground: A Novel
by Victoria Christopher Murray
Touchstone (Jun 01, 2015)
List Price: $16.00 Format: Paperback
Page Count: 368
From the AALBC.com bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray comes Stand Your Ground, a new novel about two women who are faced with the same tragedy.
A black teenage boy is dead. A white man shot him. Was he standing his ground or was it murder?
Janice Johnson is living every black mother’s nightmare. Her seventeen-year-old son was murdered and the shooter has not been arrested. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revenge?
Meredith Spencer is married to the man accused of the killing and she sees her husband and the situation with far more clarity than anyone realizes. What she knows could blow the case wide open, but what will that mean for her life and that of her son? Will she have the courage to come forward in time so that justice can be done?
#1 national bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray’s Stand Your Ground is a pulse-pounding meditation on race, motherhood, marriage, and vigilante justice that will have readers spellbound until its shocking end.
May 2016 — Selection
Sinners & Saints
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray
Pocket Books (Oct 30, 2012)
List Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
Page Count: 328
Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams are not your typical first ladies. But they’ve overcome their scandalous and drama-filled pasts to stand firmly by their husbands’ sides.
When a coveted position opens up—president of the American Baptist Coalition—both women think their husbands are perfect for the job. And winning the position may require both women to get down and dirty and revert to their old tricks. Just when Jasmine and Rachel think they’re going to have to fight to the finish, the current first lady of the coalition steps in . . . a woman bigger, badder, and more devious than either of them.
March 2016 — Selection
Midnight: A Gangster Love Story
by Sister Souljah
Washington Square Press (Sep 28, 2010)
List Price: $7.99 Format: Paperback
Page Count: 608
A fierce fighter with heart and a powerful mind, Midnight is willing to do anything to defend his family, the women he loves, and his business and property. In this riveting prequel to her urban classic, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah reintroduces readers to Ricky Santiago’s strong, humble, and dangerously attractive lieutenant. The intricate storytelling in this passionate tale of love, loyalty, strength, and survival will sweep readers from the wealthy North African estate of Midnight’s father to the complicated challenges and confrontations of the Brooklyn projects where Midnight lands with his beautiful mother. This story will move your heart and soul and change your life forever.
February 2016 — Selection
After the Rain (Rain Series) (Volume 7)
by Vanessa Miller
CreateSpace (Jan 25, 2015)
List Price: $13.95 Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Synopsis: Isaac Walker is back with a vengeance. As old enemies from his past resurface Isaac desperately tries to hold onto his faith in God’s ability to fight his battles. Nina and Isaac raised their youngest son, Isaac Walker Junior (Ikee) as far away from the hood and drug life as they could get him. But the sins of the father were too strong and too deadly for the son to avoid. Once Ikee leaves the church to become a gang banger Isaac is pulled back into a life he left behind so long ago and only God knows how this nightmare will end. Bonus Read... Rain For Christmas Five years ago, Donavan lost the love of his life, but this Christmas he just may get it back. The golden boy, Donavan Walker, was destined to take over for his father, Isaac Walker in the family business preaching the gospel or so his family thought. But when Isaac catches his son with the church secretary, Donavan leaves the ministry. He sets out on his own and becomes financially successful, but this Christmas he will discover, that money don’t mean a thing without your first love. Diana Milner fell for Donavan from the moment she spilled coffee on him. But mistakes from her past doomed their relationship from the start. She dreams of a second chance, but now she has other responsibilities. The courts just awarded her custody of her four year old niece. Amarri deserves two parents to love and care for her. The moment Donavan meets Amarri, it seems that the little girl has stolen his heart. But Diana, wants to know if his heart still beats for her as well. Join me on this journey of Christmas wonder with your favorite characters from the Rain series. Rain for Christmas is a novella. I hope you enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas