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Reading List for Girl Fridayz Book Club

November 2016 — Selection

My Wife’s Baby: I am not a murderer
by R.M. Johnson

Marcusarts LLC (Oct 31, 2014)
List Price: $13.00
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9780989511438
Page Count: 226

Synopsis: 
Does the love for a wife and the jealousy of an infant, warrant murder? After ten years of bad dates and worse relationships, Stan is in heaven, for he has finally found his soul mate, Erica—a beautiful, caring woman who shares all his beliefs, to include not wanting children. They discussed this over bottles of red wine the night they met and promised, if ever they became a couple, they would remain childless and forever the other’s priority. One year after being married, Erica tells Stan she’s pregnant: news she’s very happy about. Stan considers talking Erica out of it, but that would mean aborting her child, something he knows Erica would never do. Two months into the pregnancy, Stan notices changes: times he and Erica enjoyed as a fun-loving childless couple are no longer; Erica’s attention is occupied with all things related to the forthcoming baby, and Stan has gone without sex for months. The child arrives and things get even worse; Stan feels like an outsider: a stranger living among his wife and her son. Erica gives all her time, attention and love to the infant, leaving none for her husband. Stan becomes envious; he looks at the newborn as a threat, tells himself something must be done—but what? He fights his jealous thoughts, knowing horrible things would happen if he were ever to act on them. But one night while drunk, Stan attempts to make love to his wife but is once again rejected. His pride hurt and feeling disowned, Stan stumbles into the baby’s room with intentions of eliminating his problem once and for all, knowing there can only be one man in Erica’s life. That is the promise his wife had made him on the night they met, and it is the promise he intends to make her keep.

October 2016 — Selection

Unforgettable
by Delaney Diamond

Delaney Diamond (May 13, 2014)
List Price: $0.00
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781940636078
Page Count: 192

Synopsis: 

She offered everything he never knew he needed... Ivy Johnson is stunned when Lucas Baylor makes an appearance at her family's event in Seattle. She hasn't seen him in nine years and never expected to again. Avoiding him is a must. She can't let him uncover her secret, but Lucas won't be denied. When her deception is revealed, it throws his life into a tailspin and forces them to face the truth of their feelings for each other-feelings they've both tried in vain to forget.

September 2016 — Selection

Relentless: Redeemed Series Book 1
by Patricia Haley

Urban Christian (Oct 28, 2014)
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781601626783
Page Count: 288

Synopsis: 
Attorney Maxwell Montgomery has amassed a long list of legal victories in the war he’s waged against corruption and religious hypocrisy, single-handedly bringing down one of the most popular churches in Philadelphia. Estranged from his family and uninterested in committing to a serious relationship, Maxwell appears heartless and full of disdain. His resolve isn’t fueled by strong spiritual convictions, however. It stems from adversity in his childhood.
Maxwell’s parents were devoted church members who followed their leader blindly into a get-rich-quick-scheme that went terribly wrong. His cushy, middle-class life was ripped from him when his father was convicted of fraud, lost his job, house, car, life savings, long-time position as church treasurer, and credibility in the neighborhood. Maxwell’s mother was also convicted and served nearly a year in prison at a critical time in Maxwell’s childhood. Tossed from their home, he barely escaped foster care as an abusive aunt agreed to keep him and his sister until their parents were released from prison. Seeds of bitterness were deeply planted as Maxwell watched the pastor walk away with no consequences and his reputation intact.
Maxwell has vowed to never again let his fate be dictated by anyone else—not his parents, not God, not a romantic relationship, and definitely not the church. He is determined to be successful, powerful, and rich enough to never end up like his father, and never to need God or the church. No one is immune from his vengeful pursuit—or so he believes. Success abounds; however, Maxwell isn’t prepared for the surprise headed his way and the price he’ll have to pay.

August 2016 — Selection

Secret Indiscretions
by Trice Hickman

Dafina (Jul 01, 2015)
List Price: $9.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781617737435
Page Count:

Synopsis: 
Two couples, two unhappy spouses--one shocking solution…

Five years into her happy marriage, Geneva Mayfield is devastated to find that things have taken a turn for the worse. Her husband, Johnny, is suddenly hard to reach, distant, and works late too often for Geneva not to be suspicious. Is it because she's been pressuring him about having a baby? Feeling lonely and neglected, Geneva bonds with Robert Owens, a colleague who is having marital trouble of his own. Soon, their relationship blossoms into an uncontrollable affair.

Bored with her husband, Robert, and dead set against having a child with him, Vivana Owens is biding her time until she's ready to leave—and she's spending it with Johnny Mayfield. It's just a fling—until Vivana becomes obsessed with Johnny, especially once he tries to win back his wife. But affairs don't end easy—and soon one of the unfaithfuls will end up dead, one will end up in jail, and one just might get away with murder…

July 2016 — Selection

Stand Your Ground: A Novel
by Victoria Christopher Murray

Touchstone (Jun 01, 2015)
List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781476792996
Page Count: 368

Synopsis: 

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.

June 2016 — Selection

The Favorite Son
by Tiffany Warren

Dafina (Feb 24, 2015)
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781617731983
Page Count: 320

Synopsis: 
Do family, faith—and fame—go together? In this captivating novel from award-winning author Tiffany L. Warren, two brothers reach for the stars, but are they prepared for a fall?. . .

They’re handsome, smart, and musically gifted. Brothers Camden and Blaine Drake have put their talents together and founded a gospel group. The quieter one, Camden is the songwriter, while charismatic Blaine is the performer. At first, their Bishop father is against the idea—until Blaine, his favorite, wows the congregation with his performance at a church revival. Sure enough, once the bishop witnesses their effect on the crowd he wants them there every Sunday. But he may have set the stage for trouble. . .

As the group’s popularity grows, so do the groupies—and promiscuous Blaine is more than happy to share his love. Gigs across the country, meetings with music execs, a chance to sign with a major label, and a sexy new band member bring new connections—and dangerous new temptations. Soon, a slew of rumors and a shocking betrayal threaten to destroy the group—and the brothers’ relationship. But one event is going to rock their world forever. Do they have enough faith, forgiveness, and brotherly love left to find harmony once more?…

May 2016 — Selection

When All Is Said and Prayed: Book One of the Forever Diva Series
by E. N. Joy

Urban Christian (Sep 29, 2015)
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781622868155
Page Count: 288

Synopsis: 
It ain’t easy being saved, sanctified, and single. Try being a once divorced, now widowed single mother of two on top of that. Thank God the Lord built Paige Vanderdale to be able to bear all of those titles without becoming weary to the point of giving up. From the outside looking in, that life looks good on her. On the inside, though, Paige is coveting what so many others around her seem to have, which is true love.

In the past, everything that she thought was love was either something far from it, or was taken away from her. Now Paige is afraid to let her hair down and open herself up to love again.

Paige struggles with the decision to reach out to an old flame to rekindle their spark. When the blaze gets too high, will Paige do what she always does, which is grab the nearest fire extinguisher and try to put it out? Or will she utilize her backup plan and run? The decision is abruptly removed from Paige’s hands when something else begins to pull her away—something that just might be the thing that finally breaks her.

April 2016 — Selection

Something Old, Something New: A Blessings Novel (Blessings Series)
by Beverly Jenkins

William Morrow Paperbacks (Jun 07, 2011)
List Price: $13.99
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9780061990793
Page Count: 352

Synopsis: 
Beloved bestselling author Beverly Jenkins introduced readers to the delightful town of Henry Adams and its unforgettable residents in Bring on the Blessings and returned for another visit in A Second Helping. Now she brings us back to the people we have grown to love in Something Old, Something New—this time for a long-awaited wedding that will live forever in our hearts! Already one of the premier names in African-American historical romance fiction and thrilling contemporary romantic suspense, Jenkins is a wonderfully versatile storyteller who enchants with this poignant, heartwarming, and funny tale about the joys and trials of a uniquely endearing community that fans of Kimberla Lawson Roby and Angela Benson will especially appreciate.

March 2016 — Selection

Mama’s Boy
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Gallery Books (Jul 01, 2015)
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781476714950
Page Count:

Synopsis: 

An AALBC.com Bestselling Book for May/June 2015

When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him, in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s powerful family drama—a novel as timely as today’s headlines.

The breaking TV news rocks Jasper, Texas, to the core: a white police officer is fatally shot in a scuffle with three black youths—and a cellphone video captures Jamal Jones, the sixteen-year-old son of esteemed Reverend Elton Jones, escalating the tragic encounter. Now, as the national spotlight shines on a town already rife with racial tension, Jamal is a murder suspect on the run. And all of Jasper—even the Reverend’s congregation—rushes to judge the boy they thought they knew.

But Gloria Jones knows her son best, and she races to find Jamal before the law does—to the outrage of her workaholic husband. Once she finds him, she has to decide whether to turn him in or help him run. With ruthless prosecutor and Houston mayoral candidate Kay Christensen hungering to put another young thug behind bars, Gloria will face her biggest battle yet. And when long-hidden secrets and shocking lies come to light, throwing Jamal’s case and his destiny into a tailspin, all Gloria can do is pray that the truth—and a mother’s unconditional love—will be enough to redeem the mistakes of the past and ultimately, save her son.


February 2016 — Selection

The Fall Of The Prodigal (Urban Books)
by Michelle Lindo-Rice

Urban Christian (Jan 27, 2015)
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781601626981
Page Count: 288

Synopsis: 
A condemned man, his two brides, and one untimely death.
The third installment of the "On the Right Path" series
Michael Ward is at the top of his game and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend—until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?

Verona "Tiger" Stachs has been Michaels’ attorney for years. She’s in love with him, but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona finds herself being drawn closer to God. She thought she was through with God, but soon discovers He’s nowhere through with her. Which relationship will she choose?

Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light?

January 2016 — Selection

My Steps Are Ordered
by Michelle Lindo-Rice

Urban Books (Jul 29, 2014)
List Price: $0.00
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
ISBN: 9781601626677
Page Count: 288

Synopsis: 

What happens when your husband finds out you're in love with his brother? Team Keith? Team Michael? How about Team God? Gina Ward has it all: a husband, a child, and all the finer things life has to offer. She doesn't see herself as one of the less fortunate who needs God, but what happens when her only son, Trey, falls ill? Will she rely on the one who holds the world in His hands? Keith Ward is a respected attorney, but he cannot shake his inappropriate feelings for his brother's wife. When his nephew falls ill, Keith knows he has to drop everything to be by her side. Will he finally find healing for his broken heart? Michael Ward is living the dream life, but life as he knows it changes drastically when his son falls ill. Everything he thinks is the truth will be brought into question. What will he do when he realizes he is living one big lie?






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